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Leveraging Social Networks To Promote Your Niche

Leveraging Social Networks To Promote Your Niche

Leveraging Social Networks To Promote Your Niche

Youre probably well aware of how helpful social networking tools can be when it comes to getting attention for your business. In fact, social networking has become such a salient topic in recent years that its developed its own marketing acronym just as Search Engine Optimization has SEO, social networking has Social Media Optimization, or SMO.

Leveraging Social Networks To Promote Your Niche

Yes, its true there are people who make their living by controlling the Twitter accounts and Facebook profiles of people and businesses. The good news is that if youre a small operation, theres absolutely no reason why you cant manage your own social media optimization. Theres very little about the process thats acutely difficult the most annoying thing about it is that it can be time consuming, which is why some companies choose to outsource the work. Once your social media optimization reaches a certain point, you might deem it necessary to outsource it as well, but for people who are just starting on the path to social medial optimization, its recommended that you take control of it yourself.

The reason why social networking is so pivotal when it comes to niche marketing is that the entire point of social networking in the first place is to find a niche. Think of it this way when you create a personal profile on these sites, youre seeking to find people who you can network and connect with. On personal profiles, these are likely friends that you know in real life, so you can build up your communication methods with them. In essence, youre creating your own little niche where you can find others easily through social networking, and others can find you.

Working through social networking with a business is the exact same thing. Youre putting your business out on the waves, looking for people who might be interested in your goods and services, or what you have to say. The art behind using Twitter and LinkedIn is the same as it would be with email advertising or working on forums. Post regularly enough so that your account is obviously an active account and people stay aware of your existence, but dont spam the accounts of your friends and colleagues multiple times a day. To do so is to becoming annoying, and even though youre looking to keep a steady stream of conversation going, if you become irritating, people will defriend your social network account.

Good things to make your friends on social networking sites aware of are promotions, blog updates, sales, discrepancies in business (like if you will be away from the computer for a while or the business will be closing for a period of time), or tips and tricks. Keep your updates fun, interesting, and relevant. A good rule of thumb is that if you dont have anything to say, dont say it. However, you should have something to say about your business at least two times a month should this not be the case, you need to work on making your business more dynamic!

Bridging The Gap Between Online And Offline Companies

Bridging The Gap Between Online And Offline Companies

Bridging The Gap Between Online And Offline Companies

With the advent of the Internet over the past couple of decades, it seems as though everybody and their mother is on the Internet. Of course, the level of proficiency that individuals and companies have when working with the Internet is as varied as there are clouds in the sky. Some companies have really figured out how to use the Internet as a formidable marketing tool and are experts of the highest degree others are still wondering what www happens to stand for.

If you happen to be an online consulting company who works with businesses in order to help them better their online image, youre likely familiar with working with clients who run the gamut when it comes to technical savvy and expertise. However, have you considered the vast untapped world of the offline business?

Bridging The Gap Between Online And Offline Companies

It may seem as though everybody has a website, but the fact of the matter is that there are millions of businesses out there who dont have an Internet footprint at all.

This represents a significant portion of businesses in America and across the world. It can be more difficult to reach out to these companies since, well, if they dont have an Internet presence and youre an Internet consulting company, you need to be able to find an arena in which to promote your services and convince these offline businesses that its worth their time and money to go virtual.

Of course, it shouldnt be difficult to outline to a business why working on the Internet is a good idea. Remind an offline business about the huge amount of commerce that happens over the Internet and all of the potential clients who are looking over their business when they get on the Internet to search for companies to fit their needs and wants. Particularly with the younger generation, the first place that people look when they want to buy an item yet dont know where to go is the Internet! Having a website is no guarantee that youll be able to get every single client that stops by, of course, but remind them that if they dont have a presence on the Internet theyll miss 100% of these potential leads!

Remember that there are a great deal of businesses that are not on the Internet. If youre a savvy consulting company, youll consider this untapped resource as a potential outlet for new business. After all, while the competition is zigging to keep up with the online crowd, youll be zagging and reaching out to a group of potential customers that are constantly overlooked.

It may seem as though everybody is on the Internet, but there are millions who are not. Reach out to this group of people to both help their business while bettering yours at the same time!

How to Price Your E-Book

How to Price Your E-Book

How to Price Your E-Book

You’ve written and compiled an E-Book. Now you have to decide how much to charge for it. Finding the right price is essential to the success of your product. If you charge too little, people will think it’s of little value, and they won’t purchase it, or even it they do buy your book, you will have to sell thousands of copies to get to the point where you can begin to see a profit. If you price it too high when compared with your competition, you will find yourself steadily lowering the price, which will cause you all kinds of new problems in the future. For example, if you sell your E-Book at first for $39.99, and later reduce it to $24.95, don’t you think the people who bought it for $39.99 are going to be PISSED?

How to Price Your E-Book

Choosing the right price for your E-Book is one of the most critical parts of the marketing process. The first rule of pricing E-Books is to never underprice. Determine the highest price your audience can afford, and then if you find your book isnt selling, you can always reduce the price. Before you take that step, make sure you are promoting your book like crazy on the Internet and on websites. The price should be aimed at bringing in profits, but you should never forget that price is one of the factors that people use in judging the value of your E-Book ? before they buy it. So always start with the highest price, and then launch a mega-marketing campaign.

Pricing an E-Book is particularly difficult because E-Books are a fairly new commodity. Since they are digital, the value of an E-Book is as confusing as the understanding of what digital actually is to the average layperson. This means that we must look at E-Books in a different light in order to determine their actual worth in this brave, new cyber world.

Let’s look at the difference between a book in print and an E-Book. A printed book is an object you can hold in your hand, store on your bookshelf, even hand down to the next generation. It is priced on factors such as paper stock, design and production costs, and marketing.

But the fact that unites E-Books and print books is that they are composed of ideas. It is the ideas in these books that have the ability to change, or possibly transform, people’s lives.

What do you think an idea is worth when evaluated against the cost of paper and ink?

It is the IDEAS that are valuable! That is how you determine the cost of your E-Book.

What should I charge for my ideas?

There are all different formulas and methods for determining the correct price for your E-Book. Let’s begin with honing in on your ultimate goals.

Decide if your goal is to get wide distribution and maximum exposure. This goal is aimed at drawing customers to your business or service, or to establishing the credibility of your reputation. If this is your main goal, you should aim to keep your price on the low side. Some authors have even priced their E-Books at a profit loss to draw a high number of new customers. The key is to find a price that maximizes your profits and the number of books you sell.

This is an excellent pricing strategy if you are looking to acquire long-term customers. Long-term customers are extremely likely to buy from you again and again as long as the first E-Book they buy is of exceptional quality and beneficial to the customer.

However, if your book contains valuable and more importantly NEW information, references, or techniques then you should aim to price it on the high end.

After you figure out your goal, you must figure out what your audience’s need is for your E-Book. For example, does your book solve a particular problem? If it does, and solves it in a way that hasn’t been written about in one hundred other E-Books, you will be able to achieve high sales at a high price. If your book solves a problem or answers questions in a new and unique way, you should price your book as high as you can go. You will achieve larger profits this way, but bring in fewer customers. Just make sure the question or problem that your book solves is one that is important and relevant to the majority of your market audience. If your ideas are not common knowledge, or you are presenting a brand new technique, you will be able to sell books at a high price. Just be prepared for your competition to undercut you on price as soon as they hear about your book.

Keep in mind that the above pricing strategy is temporary. Eventually, you will cease to sell books at this high price. So figure out in advance how long you plan to offer your E-Book at this high price, and when that time is up, change your pricing strategy.

If you want to see large profits over customer draw, aim for an audience that is looking for easy solutions to their problems at a low price. If your book is aimed at solving one particular problem rather than general advice, then you can charge more. Start at the highest price the market will bear to bring in the largest profits, and plan to discount the book a number of times throughout the year.

Marketing Strategies

The key that unlocks the sales potential of your E-Book is to find a single sentence that becomes your selling handle. This sentence states what question or problem your book answers and the benefits your E-Book can provide. Then be sure to use that sentence in every piece of sales and promotional material, and every time anyone asks you about your E-Book.

Besides promoting your books assiduously online, there are several other strategies that can help you sell more books.

One is to give something away for free with your book, such as a valuable bonus item. Or bundle several E-Books under one price, which lowers the price for each E-Book if they were sold separately.

An effective technique for figuring out a price is to send out a survey to your current customers. If these customers have already bought an E-Book from you, ask for their opinion in terms of price. Do this by creating a sales page for the new book, but don’t include a price on that page. Instead, add a number of links to survey questions that ask pointed questions to aid you in assigning a price to your E-Book.

Another strategy is to test out prices by creating a number of duplicate sales pages with different prices on each page. Make sure your sales copy is exactly the same on every page, and includes your selling-handle sentence. Then figure out for each page the conversion ratio between visitors to your site and sales of your book. This will tell you what your optimum price is.

Ultimately, if you’ve written a book that solves a problem or presents a new technique, your book will bring in both traffic and profits. So be sure to write that selling-handle sentence that sums up what problem your book solves and what the benefits of your book will be to the customers who purchase it. And then watch your market come to you!

This was all about How to Price Your E-Book.

Mobile Marketing Using Texts/SMS

Mobile Marketing Using Texts/SMS

Mobile Marketing Using Texts/SMS

While this is not the most popular form of mobile marketing in the United States by a long shot, the popularity of marketing via text message or SMS is so strong that its definitely worth a mention. There are companies in the United States that do engage in mobile marketing through texting as well, but the restrictions on place in the United States have made this a harder avenue of media marketing to break into unless you are a startup that has a lot of money to spend on advertising.

Mobile Marketing Using Texts/SMS

Mobile marketing through text messages is exactly what it sounds like a company sends out advertisements and other form of communication to customers through a texting service. This has been a very effective and popular form of advertising throughout Asia and Europe in particular, despite being unpopular at the onset due to people being concerned about spam.

If youre an American company, you might shy away from mobile marketing through texting, as it might give the impression that youre bothering the customer with your texts. While this might be true if mobile marketing through text is handled the same way as spamming somebodys inbox is through email, the reality of it is that mobile marketing has found a great deal of purchase as an effective communication medium.

The trick is making it an opt-in system. In fact, in the United States its a legal obligation to make mobile marketing an opt-in, opt-out system, but this is the linchpin that keeps using texting as a marketing medium from becoming spam. Using texts to get a hold of potential customers is actually a great way to engage with customers in a similar way that the customers engage with their friends on a regular basis through text. If you watch commercials, youre likely to come across a company or two advertising their mobile marketing through text methods. Most companies who use this sort of method in the States put out print, television, or radio ads advertising the fact that interested consumers can contact the company through texting and get discounts and other such promotional offers through texting.

If you as a startup are looking to take advantage of this version of mobile marketing, youll need to contact a mobile operator for whats called a short code, or the number that your customers will have to text if theyd like to opt into your text marketing scheme. Short codes can be prohibitively expensive for smaller startups, though often they cost at least 600-1000 dollars a month to maintain. To waylay costs, though, you can team up with another startup and split the cost of the short code. This is one great way you can introduce text marketing into your repertoire without it costing you a mint.

This was all about Mobile Marketing Using Texts/SMS.

Learn To Use Twitter Like A Pro

Learn To Use Twitter Like A Pro

Learn To Use Twitter Like A Pro

There are two things to remember on Twitter that are key:

1. You need a third party Twitter client

2. You have to engage the community with value

If you keep those two things in mind then you will be off to a great start.

Learn To Use Twitter Like A Pro

The first thing you need to do when new to Twitter is to get a Twitter client – I like to use Hootsuite. I suggest you also use this. The benefits are many.

First off the Hootsuite layout is much easier to use effectively than the actual Twitter set up. It will allow you to do much more than the traditional Twitter dashboard. In fact you will be able to:

Create Custom Search Columns – See every Tweet that mentions a keyword you set, as it happens in real time.

Track your Tweets – Hootsutie has great analytical tools that will track click on your Tweet links, retweets etc…

It Runs in Browser – So no downloads to worry about, you can access it from ANY computer that is connected to the internet.

Manage Multiple Accounts – It lets you manage more than one account and in fact allows more than Twitter. I have my Facebook linked as well.

Scheduling a Tweet – You can set up Tweets to be send out at any time you want. This will allow you to keep a consistent presence on Twitter, and is a time management tool as well.

Hootsuite is also free – so that is a nice addition!

Once you are set up on Hootsuite it is time to start Tweeting. Keep these best practices in mind when Tweeting:

Set up search columns that are based on key terms within your niche. Engage these people.

Don’t spam links – you want to offer value to the Twitter community. For every link of your own you promote, you should have at least 5 nonpromotional @replies to other peoples Tweets.

Retweet others links and interesting Tweets. This will foster a sense of community.

Engage with people on a personal level

Be yourself – it is OK to be different on Twitter

Respond to anyone who Tweets you or about you

Leave 20 spaces in your tweets so people can easily retweet them

Use and learn about hashtags!

Really the most important thing to remember is Twitter is a community. You want to be a valuable part of it and not a spammer. Think of Twitter as a cocktail party – you wouldn’t go up and give random people your business cards, you would chat first, get to know them, find some common ground etc… That is how oyu should use Twitter.

Building your followers might seem like a grind at first, but eventually you will get to the point where your followers start paying off – and then you will realize the grind was well worth it.

This was all about Learn To Use Twitter Like A Pro.

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