Your Questions About Internet Marketing Strategies

Donna asks…

Marketing Timeline?

Could some of you internet business owners tell me how you started your business, your marketing timeline? What did you do first and then after you got started. Press release? Media? SEO work?

barry0912 answers:

Marketing is a continuous everyday work. You do everything simultaneously because there is no single way where you can get traffic so you need to make sure that every possible source of traffic is reached

My suggested timeline is:

BEFORE LAUNCHING THE WEBSITE

– Do an extensive keyword research analysis. SEOBook.com has a very good listing of free tools http://tools.seobook.com/ that you can use to research the keywords for your site including: keyword density, determining the keywords you want to target, who are your competitors for your targeted keywords.

– Start mapping out your link strategy. You need to start making a list of who should link to you and where you can request for links.

– Start thinking of how you can get the word out about your business. Do you plan on writing articles? Will you harness viral marketing? Be sure to equip your site with tools Get a Recommend this Site script from websites such as cgiscripts.com and similar directories of scripts. Some even go as far as giving incentives to those who recommend the site to their friends. If only 10 people go to your site, but these 10 people invite 10 more – that’s additional traffic that you get for FREE!

Recommend Site Scripts (various) http://php.resourceindex.com/Complete_Scripts/Website_Promotion/Recommend_Site/
Big Nose Bird Recommend this Site http://bignosebird.com/carchive/birdcast.shtml
CGI Resource Index http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Website_Promotion/Recommend_Site/
Hostscripts http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/Site_Recommendation/index.html

– Beta test your site and start inviting people (if applicable). If you are planning a social networking site for example, you can do a soft-launch for your site and invite people you know or friends of your friends to try out the site. This way you can iron out the kinks before you do your full blast marketing

UPON LAUNCHING

– Make sure your on-page factors (e.g. Title, metatags, keyword densities) are right on-target

– Issue a press release announcing the launch of your new site. Press releases are also a way to get inbound one-way links to your website. Here are some places where you can submit your press release for free

http://www.prleap.com/sign_up.html
http://i-newswire.com/
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/
http://www.pressbox.co.uk/cgi-bin/links/add.cgi
http://www.pr.com/press-releases
http://www.prfree.com/
http://www.clickpress.com/releases/index.shtml
http://www.theopenpress.com/
http://www.przoom.com/
http://www.prweb.com
http://www.newswiretoday.com/
http://www.free-press-release.com/

– Submit your site to the major search engines. If you are going to read only one piece on search engine optimization, I suggest you read Brett Tabke of WebmasterWorld.com’s “Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone: 26 steps to 15k a day.” http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/2010.htm

SEO for Google http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/google.htm
SEO for Yahoo! Http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/yahoo.htm
SEO for MSN http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/msn.htm
Tying It Together: SEO For The Big Three http://www.powerhomebiz.com/052006/seo.htm

– Start submitting requests for links. You will find that some will not link to you because you have 0 pagerank because your site is new. But start submitting to DMOZ and other directories and build your pagerank

– Do offline marketing. Whether you are planning to print brochures or do direct marketing, now is also the time to do them

AFTER YOU LAUNCH

– Try to do marketing at least 1 hour every day – whether asking for reciprocal links, submitting articles or submitting your site to directories

– Keep abreast of what’s happening with the search engines.

– Do email marketing or send a newsletter on a regular basis

Robert asks…

Piano Store Marketing Strategy?

I have invested in a Piano Store recently and was wondering what would be the best means of communicating with my target customer i.e. younger parents with kids in the range 5-10.

Does anybody have any experience with creating a Marketing Plan or Strategy for a Piano Store?

If I was to tie-in with a Brand or product; what would be the best options?

Any suggestions please?

barry0912 answers:

Although it predates the record album as an entertainment source, I guess your business has not entirely vanished yet, but it certainly has to be marketed differently than 20 years ago, I assume the manufacturers touch on traditional family values, as well as the decorative value of a traditional instrument.

One potential method to reach a small number of local prospects may be with paid Facebook advertisements, their demographic targeting is quite powerful, you can have ads only appear for married women between 25 and 40 who live in cities in close proximity to your location, there may be an “interest” like piano playing you may be able to target as well, they show you the potential reach of members a given ad setting would have, you could have such ads send people to a free Facebook business page.
While on the subject of internet resources you for sure need to have (and probably already do) a free Google Places page, they may provide a generic listing automatically, but you need to claim it and improve the content with more lengthy text, photos an potentially even video.

Sorry I m not more in touch with how kids are introduced to e piano these days, perhaps you can be a sponsor of some school events for the publicity and music evangelist opportunities, there are some cities (where the weather is friendly) that have old pianos in public places setup by some non profits.

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Your Questions About Low Cost Health Insurance

Sandra asks…

Need low cost health insurance while pregnant?

I just found out I’m pregnant. I was not planning on getting pregnant but I am excited about it. My boyfriend added me to his health insurance that he gets through work. It will not start until January and it’s going to cost us $500 a month.That is almost half of his monthly income after taxes. Does anyone know of cheaper plans through other company’s that will cover pregnancy?
I looked into medicad, but don’t they go by household income? If so we make too much before taxes.

barry0912 answers:

Like other people are saying, you can get Medicaid. I had it and they paid for everything, even my c-section. It’s really nice to have when your broke, lol. Good Luck and Take Care.

John asks…

What is the best low cost health insurance for a small business owner with no employees?

I have two daughters, one fifteen years old in high school and the other is 21 and a college student. I am a 49 year old woman and in fair health. My husband is a Vietnam vet in fair health as well and will be eligible for medicare this year, so he will not need this insurance.

barry0912 answers:

I’ve been doing research on this since I will be start a new business in a few months and want to be covered with health insurance. I was able to compare a lot of plans and see different prices using http://healthquoteneeded.excellentabc.com . I’m still deciding on which plan to go with but this should help you a bit.

Good luck

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Strategies

John asks…

Does anyone know the promotional and advertising strategy for Coach?

I am doing a marketing plan for Coach handbags and the research I am finding is not too informative.

barry0912 answers:

There is lot of advertising strategy… Maybe thousands…
I make 2 category for advertising.
1. Free advertising
2. Paid advertising

for free advertising could be effective, with knowledge, on this category you can do
1. Socialize with internet users. (social networking)
2. Let every reader know what is new. (blogging)
3. Do some tricky things for search engine. (Blackhat SEO)

for paid advertising, you can make lot money too, or maybe broke if you are not good enough, or lack of knowledge about internet marketing and get scammed. (fraud rate on internet is really high).
1. Make a affiliate program.
2. Be advertiser on affiliate network.
3. If you have a know about blogging, you can try to make other blogger review your website.

Helen asks…

Do Twitter marketing really a good strategy to grow your business?

I just want to know if other entrepreneurs do this social media marketing to boos their sales.

barry0912 answers:

Hi Taz,

Yes, Twitter as one of the social media frontrunner, became as an avenue for business owners and solo entrepreneurs to advertise and to reach potential customers via the internet. It became one of the mainstreams when it comes to social media marketing.

The fact that Twitter rank as one of the ten-most-visited websites worldwide by Alexa’s web traffic analysis means a great opportunity to all business owners to promote their products and/or services on this platform.

Here are some tips on how to have an effective Twitter markting:

1. Know the basics and lingoes of Twitter.

2. Optimize your Twitter Bio.

Make sure to fill up all the required fields to set-up your twitter page. Make it detailed. Put your website URL to your profile to drive traffic to your website. This will also allow people to find out more about your business/company.

3. Schedule your tweets and interact.

If you’re a busy person, and don’t have a budget to hire a social media assistant, “automating tweets” is the best solution to keep your page active.

4. Build Active Followers.

There are a lot of sites nowadays that can give you tons of followers in a breeze such as twellow and twiends but twitter marketing is not just about following and having millions of dormant followers. It is about “interaction”.

In using twitter for your social media campaign, “interaction” is a must. The challenge is to give your audience reason to follow you back and engage in conversation with you. In conversing with your audience, you should talk about things that interest them aside from talking about your business.

By following these tips, you will get a larger audience and a wide reach for your online presence. Just explore, enjoy, and use twitter wisely!

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Susan asks…

What is the perfect business for a market researcher?

I want to start my own business, i have done post graduation in advertising & marketing and have 3 years experience in consumer research and good knowledge of media marketing too. infect i can make my own database for business development perspective.
prior to this i gain experience in B2B news portal as executive. i like to interact with common people. i am a headhunter .

barry0912 answers:

I think a great business for you would be internet marketing. You can work for yourself and at your own hours. From your education I would say you are already ahead of the competition and I think you would do very well with this business.

Chris asks…

How can I get community / local business facebook pages to like my facebook business page?

For some reason my facebook page for my business only seems to attract likes from individuals. I want to encourage businesses who work in my sector to like my business page so that they can share our news etc. How do I enable businesses to like my business page on facebook? The oddest thing is I can like other businesses facebook page but it does not seem to get reciprocated.

barry0912 answers:

You are lucky that people bother to like your business on facebook, most other business owners are too busy running their business to bother with facebook or internet marketing too much, I know I am, but if other businesses liked my page I would do the same for them.

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Degree

Carol asks…

What college should I go to, to get a art education degree?

I’m looking for the best universities that offer a good art education degree program.

barry0912 answers:

First, let me know where you are. But if you are willing to study here in the Philippines, I can recommend my school: De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

Under the School of Design & Arts of this college, you can choose the following degree programs: (source is www.dls-csb.edu.ph)

Bachelor of Arts in Animation (ABANI)

The Animation program strikes a balance between commercial and fine art animation. It is a comprehensive program that focuses on three areas: 2D, 3D and experimental animation, and will train you in developing original Filipino content. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management (ABAM)

The Arts Management program allows you to become proficient in art history, theory, and criticism as well as cultural programming and its resources, while learning design and arts management techniques and technologies.

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking (ABDGFILM)

The Digital Filmmaking program combines motion picture production and broadcast arts with a strong understanding of the legal and financial workings of the film and television industries. You will undergo entrepreneurial training to encourage you to set up your own production studio or create independent features, short films, documentaries, music videos, or educational TV programs and shows. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts (ABMMA)

The Multimedia Arts program combines evolving areas such as digital media and the Internet with core skills such as communications, programming, and graphic design. You harness the power of the latest digital media technology. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Production (ABMP)

The Music Production program focuses on the use of technology in the field of music. The program aims to elevate the fields of video and music scoring, jingle and commercial music writing, and popular composition/arrangement for local and international audiences and markets. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Photography (ABPHOTO)

The Photography program establishes photography as a fine art and as a viable creative industry that keeps up with global standards in communication and information design and technology and is used as a medium for social change. It focuses on aesthetics and the development of creative photography skills, professional and business practices, and promoting ethical practices in the field. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Production Design (ABPRD)

The Production Design program develops your skills and interests in designing sets, costumes and props for movies, commercials, television, theater, events and advertising. Studies in theoretical exercises are offered together with studio classes in drawing, drafting, computer-aided drafting and design, stagecraft, props-making, prosthetics, costume construction, and other related practical skills.

Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theater (ABTHR)

The Technical Theater program develops your knowledge and expertise in the technical requirements of theater, events, concerts and other live performances—from designing lights, manipulating sound, and overseeing and enhancing the technical aspects of a concert or stage production.

Bachelor of Arts major in Fashion Design and Merchandising (AB-FDM)

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program focuses on design development and philosophies, as well as production and marketing procedures, with the fashion business at the core.

Bachelor in Performing Arts major in Dance (BPA-D)

The Dance program is designed to transform dance into an expressive art form and a profession. It is offered in consortium with the Ballet Philippines-Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (BS-ID)

The Industrial Design program trains you to design products that would make the everyday lives of people easier and fun. The program develops your design skills with practical aspects of ergonomics, function, marketing, manufacturing, and aesthetics as well as business-related concepts like entrepreneurship and management.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BS-InD)

The Interior Design program program develops the mastery of interior space planning, as well as specifying interior elements, such as finishes and furnishings, that would lead to creating aesthetic and functional spaces. It is offered in consortium with the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID).

Associate Degree in 3D Design and Animation

Associate Degree in Web Design and Animation

Lizzie asks…

What jobs can I get with a Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management degree?

I have been out of college for about two years now and have worked a lot of random jobs like receptionist, gym member specialist, personal home cook, etc… -the kinds of jobs I don’t need a degree for. I graduated with a degree that is probably more geared toward consulting than a skill related field. What other kinds of jobs should I apply for?
I have been out of college for about two years now and have worked a lot of random jobs like receptionist, gym member specialist, personal home cook, etc… -the kinds of jobs I don’t need a degree for. I graduated with a degree that is probably more geared toward consulting than a skill related field. What other kinds of jobs should I apply for?

My main passions are health, nutrition, psychology and public health.

barry0912 answers:

I find it ironic that you got a four-year degree in entrepreneurship/business management and didn’t mention anything concerning starting and running your own business. The brainwashing of us Americans into the template of automatically looking for jobs working for someone else is very strong. Unless, of course, you’ve already considered this and have no interest in this possibility.

As a business owner, you have total control of what you do and don’t do and your rewards when/if successful are virtually unlimited. And many businesses don’t require a lot of money to start. Plus it’s possible to get money in other ways other than out of your own pockets to start your business.

If you are interested, I would consider books written by Tyler G. Hicks. He has been writing books on this subject for many years (I recently got one with a copyright of 1966) and they are very good, IMHO. The only thing out of date seems to be the dollar examples he uses based on all the inflation over the years. He is still in business today. A number of people ding his books in reviews because he doesn’t take you through the whole process step by step and sometimes plugs his other materials, but I like him. I can virtually guarantee you’ll learn from his books. A true entrepreneur doesn’t need hand-holding. Just info, guidance, encouragement and options. I recently ordered a book of his entitled, “How to Build a Second Income Fortune in Your Spare Time” with a copyright of 1965, that I would very highly recommend to you in spite of its age. I’m only up to page 75 so far but it’s very, very good. I’m very glad I bought it.

I would suggest you go to Amazon.com or some other used book sellers on the internet and see if any of his books interest you and possibly get some ideas going in your head in the fields you are most interested in.

In school did you take coursework in business formation, business law, marketing and advertising? There are many good books on these subjects and I would use the reviews on Amazon.com to find the best ones to help you. Other business books on the subjects of interest and need to you to help you be super successful should also be considered. To look for good books on legal issues and the mechanics, I’d consider Nolo.com as an initial place to look. Their books are most often high quality, although some are of course better than others.

I am presently working on starting a nonprofit. It’s pretty hard to get fired when you’re the owner of the company. Plus, you can work at any job within your company as you desire. And switch around whenever you like. Or stay small and do it all. Or start off small and expand as you need or desire to. You can also start your business part-time while working a regular job until you start making way more money in your own business. Plus you can have more than one small business going at the same time if you’re so inclined.

My opinion is it’s pretty hard to beat the advantages and potential of the job of business owner. No matter what you do, it will build on your degree and experience in your field. That’s my suggestion.

Good luck, Lala. 🙂

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