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The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising

The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising
The following is a guest post by Rob Walling. Rob Walling has been an entrepreneur for most of his life and is author of the book Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup. He also authors the top 20 startup blog Software By Rob, that's read by tens of thousands of startup entrepreneurs every month and he owns the leading ASP.NET invoicing software on the market in addition to a handful of profitable web properties. Imagine that you've just completed version 1 of your product and you're preparing for launch. You’ve greased the wheels with a few bloggers, targeted some keywords with SEO, created a bit of linkbait, and scheduled the press release to launch in the morning. At this point your co-founder turns to you and says: “What are we going to do with the $300 we have stashed away for advertising?” The half-life of advertising traffic is zero. Strategy #1: Try to Get Permission Seriously consider offering something in exchange for a visitor's email address.

The 7 key pillars of social media for brands and businesses in 2011 Social media is changing in front of our eyes. It's still a very new discipline but companies and brands are embracing it across the board in a number of ways. It can be easy to become distracted by all the new technologies and some people don't know where to start or how to make a difference with their social media marketing. With that in mind I wanted to create a list of seven key areas that I think all businesses and brands should be spending their time on. Yes the headings are broad and there are a hundred things you could be trying within each section but if you improved your companies performance across these 7 areas you would start to see real tangible results. It can be easy to get caught up in all the hype and move from one platform to another trying to follow the trends but have a little focus, hone in on these clear goals and you will be in a far better place...

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Designing a good advert For the purposes of this article, 'advertising' covers all one way communications with the consumer. This include advertising via internet banners, magazines, newspapers, radio, TV, billboards, and the multitude of other media available as advertising space. Designing a good advert can mean the difference between success and failure and is worth investing in. Understand your customer Conquer the Top 6 Small Business Marketing Challenges Whatever industry you are in you are likely to encounter the top 6 marketing challenges for small businesses. As a small business what can you do? We will have a limited war chest of marketing dollars or even marketing staff at our disposal to tame these challenges. Like most small businesses you will be faced with other priorities from all aspects of operating a business and will struggle to find the time to do any marketing at all. That is until you realise that sales are not growing to the levels that you want or worst you are faced with declining sales. This guide will tackle the key marketing challenges revealed in a recent online survey I run and will offer some very practical guidance that will help you improve your efforts for better marketing results.

How to Grow Modern Marketing Skills that Work The successful marketing mix includes a variety of strategies which are complicated and constantly changing. With the continuing improvement of technology on the web, new marketing skills have become just as integral to a solid marketing mix. Let’s talk about four growing skills in marketing that really count. Conversion Rate Optimization Jason Fried’s Secret To Getting Customers Without Spending A Lot On Advertising [clips] Getting passionate customers without spending heavily on marketing is a theme that comes up a lot in my interviews. I asked Joe, Mixergy’s new editor, to pull these 2 clips from my interview with Jason Fried about how his company, 37signals, does it. (Transcripts below.) For more on this topic, get Jason’s book, Rework, or listen to his full Mixergy interview. Clip 1: The “real secret”

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6 New & Innovative Social Media Campaigns to Learn From We're always on the lookout for innovative social media campaigns at Mashable. This week we scoured the web and our Twitter feeds to find some of the most interesting campaigns out there. From utilizing online video in an inventive way to creating a unique presence on Facebook, these six social media campaigns are some of the most original pieces of work as of late. Let us know about your favorite recent social media campaigns in the comments below.