Awards Programs: Promotion

Written by Richard Lowe

I know you've finished creating your awards program. You spent ages creatingrepparttar perfect award image - everyone agrees it isrepparttar 125170 best that they have ever seen. Your criteria are exact and exceptional. Your award is completely defined and, well, it's perfect.

Now what?

Hey! You need to tell people about it! That'srepparttar 125171 whole purpose of awards after all - to get people to send in their site data. And they cannot do that if you don't tell them all about it.

The first thing to do is make sure you reference your awards program from every single page on your web site. Build it right into your main, top level navigation. Make it as obvious as you can without detracting from your design.

I cannot stress this point enough. You are already (presumably) promoting your web site - so it only makes sense to be sure your web site promotes your awards program. Make it very easy to get torepparttar 125172 program signup page so that people will flock to it and literally flood you with submissions.

Next, make sure you submit your program to all ofrepparttar 125173 same search engines as you submit your site. Submitrepparttar 125174 page separately and on a different day than you submit your index page.

Now isrepparttar 125175 time to also make sure you are inrepparttar 125176 big index -

This is arguablyrepparttar 125177 most important awards index onrepparttar 125178 internet. If you are listed here you will get by far more traffic than any other listing. Awardsites carefully reviews every single award that gets submitted, and they are so good at this that they have earned a prestige and trust that is unparalleled anywhere.

How do you get listed on Awardsites? Begin by readingrepparttar 125179 promotional material onrepparttar 125180 site. You will find that awards are separated by subject and grade (higher grades means better awards programs). Readrepparttar 125181 criteria and determine which level you think you would like to be listed within.

Now, go back to your awards program and compare it torepparttar 125182 criteria with a critical eye. Does your program measure up? For example, one ofrepparttar 125183 big requirements to get a better grade is "good criteria". Look at some award sites listed inrepparttar 125184 different levels and see what "good criteria" means. Once you understand, go back and modify your criteria to measure up. Do this for every point and you will probably get a higher listing.

How To Get The Most Mileage Out Of Running A Contest

Written by Denise Turney

Before you set up your contest, ask yourself a question. Think aboutrepparttar make-up and demographics of your target audience then ask yourself, "Why am I running this contest?" Your answer will help you focus and insure that you run a contest that complimentsrepparttar 125169 products you sell at your web site. At times this may call for a bit of control and reservation on your part. Let me give you an example. A cash giveaway will attract loads of visitors from every market. After all, not many people will turn downrepparttar 125170 chance at gaining free money. But every market is not your market. Every consumer is not your customer.

If you are running a contest to pull in traffic to boost your site's appeal to advertisers then a cash giveaway will prove to be an excellent vehicle at pulling in visitors. If, however, you are running a contest to gain repeat visitors to your site or to increase your sales, you will gainrepparttar 125171 most benefit out of running a contest if your contest aligns withrepparttar 125172 products you sell. Think about this. Your company sells musical instruments. To boost your sells you could run a contest whererepparttar 125173 grand prize winner gotrepparttar 125174 once in a lifetime chance to accompany their favorite musician (who usesrepparttar 125175 same products your company sells) to an awards ceremony.

I have seen online businesses run contests that have no connection withrepparttar 125176 products that they sell. It is not uncommon to hear these business owners say, atrepparttar 125177 end ofrepparttar 125178 contest, that they gained lots of traffic whilerepparttar 125179 contest ran but their sells remainedrepparttar 125180 same. It doesn't take much effort to hearrepparttar 125181 frustration in these business owners' voices. When you visit their site and read up onrepparttar 125182 contest, it becomes easy to decipherrepparttar 125183 problem. The contest has no connection withrepparttar 125184 productsrepparttar 125185 company sells.

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