The new Marketing Landscape!

Written by Lee Traupel

The New Marketing Landscape!

Many of us inrepparttar marketing services and/or agency business are starting to see some real tangible marketing patterns emerging that businesses need to be aware of if they want to leverage their marketing dollars in this "post .com implosion economy."

Good Web Site Design increasingly More Important

It's imperative for a company to have a quality web site today - but many firms are still throwing up web sites that are just poorly designed or overly complex. Poor navigation (menus and overall site structure) when coupled with low quality graphics is really problematical (!) - online visitors think less of your company as a result which will hurt revenue inrepparttar 101004 long run. Many think just doing a minimal job is sufficient but they aren't factoring in how close your competition is! Onrepparttar 101005 web any potential customer is only one click away from seeing a high quality web site that is well designed and conveys a quality image

A good rule of thumb when budgeting for a web site is to assume you will pay approximately $250-300. USD per page - this should include your graphics design, content development, setting up registration forms, etc. This may sound too expensive for many companies but for better or worse perception is reality inrepparttar 101006 online world! So, don't short change yourself, put some resources into your web site and be prepared to continue to do so - it's now a vital component of any company's ongoing marketing processes that needs constant upgrading like traditional marcom (PR, print, etc.) materials.

Opt-in E-Mail Trending Down but still Viable

Opt-in or permission based e-mail (meaning people give you "permission" to market to them) response rates for Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer are dropping below where they were a year ago by 30-50% on average. What's happening? The ever-increasing deluge of Spam is negatingrepparttar 101007 throughput (response rates, purchases, etc.) of quality opt-in e-mail.

Opt-in e-mail is still a viable and excellent way to market your company but expect less results, lower costs/fees (more vendors equals more competition which is good) andrepparttar 101008 need to repeat your campaigns if you want to see tangible results. And don't get dazzled by a design firm or your in house marketing staff that wants to design a fancy HTML e-mail message for you - 65-75% ofrepparttar 101009 market today still doesn't want fancy graphics, they want a short message, delivered concisely with short paragraphs in a text format. Less is more!

Performance Based Marketing on Upswing

Publishers and advertisers are more and more willing to accept advertising which is "performance based" and/or based on a "cost per click" or even a revenue share basis. Meaning, it's not like putting an ad inrepparttar 101010 USA Today and hoping people respond torepparttar 101011 publication - you can now work with list brokers, online publishers and marketing organizations to setup very targeted campaigns that are based on your paying a small cost for an actual response to your message via an opt-in e-mail campaign, text link ad on a web site and/or an insert in a newsletter.

Charting Future Sales

Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

The marketplace ofrepparttar world is open for business to anyone who has a product to sell or an idea to get across to as many people as possible. Whilerepparttar 101003 thrill of reaching literally millions of people acrossrepparttar 101004 globe is captivating, there are some drawbacks to consider.

The most important of these is to actually have a product or idea to market that will benefit everyone and make their lives better. If you are simply trying out or testingrepparttar 101005 water, then you are wastingrepparttar 101006 valuable time of everyone considered, especially yours. When you place something onrepparttar 101007 internet marketplace, it should be as near to perfect as you can render. You will have first-time lookers and hopefully buyers, but if you are ill prepared and not ready, these visitors may not return. You will have lost a vast part of your possibilities and then some. In essence, if you want to gainrepparttar 101008 most from your business venture onrepparttar 101009 internet, then have everything picture-perfect before you open it up to everyone. Check those details, and check them again. A loss of just one surfer because you are not totally prepared will become an opportunity floating in cyberspace for someone else to catch and promote.

Everyone feels that their product, service, or idea isrepparttar 101010 best there is. That could be true, but when you are dealing inrepparttar 101011 realm of millions of viewers, yours may not be so original or wonderful. There are competitors and they are lurking in every nook, cranny and shadow. You must be better, offer more, or present your offerings in a way that they have not. Originality will make or break any business online.

The concept of reaching people on a one-to-one basis is

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