Andy Crestodina, Strategic Dirctor of Orbit Media Studios,has created a terrific resource for branding and marketing professionals who are looking for a way to blend SEO, Email and Social tactics to attract visitors to a website and convert those visitors into leads and customers.
Andy shares the most important and effective lessons he’s learned about content marketing.
“My hope is that new insights into web marketing will motivate you to get started and stay active. I hope you realize that web marketing is enjoyable because it’s creative, something both social and analytical.”
It’s an easy read. Every time I open the book, I learn something and find that I’m nodding my head in agreement. Well written, with 54 diagrams, 33 quick tips and 16 warnings, the book is very digestible.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Andy sent me a free copy to review but I am not being paid to review this. However, Orbit Media Studios has provided services to a nonprofit organization that I serve on the board of directors, but that has not influenced my review.
Q. How is Yahoo! marketing search against the Google search engine?
A. One individual and one charity at a time.
Imagine trying to compete with Google! It makes me sigh every time I think about trying to go up against that Goliath!
One way Yahoo! is competing is by encouraging people to give to their charity of choice by using GoodSearch.com. With every search conducted on the Yahoo!-powered GoodSearch.com, approximately one penny is donated to an individual’s favorite charity.
It was started 6 years ago by Ken Ramberg (the former founder of JOBTRAK, now a division of Monster.com) and JJ Ramberg (an MSNBC anchor and the former Director of Marketing at Cooking.com.) After realizing what a fraction of the $8 billion generated annually by search engine advertisers could do if it were directed towards organizations trying to make the world a better place, they launched GoodSearch in 2005.
Notice how it is organized with text links and anchor links, along with snippets of code for people to pop into their Facebook, Twitter or Blog. I like how the individual can measure what the search donations are to their specific charity.
You may want to look at their “Spread the Word” page if you’re trying to get people to spread the word about your organization by providing tools like widgets, codes and toolbar information that individuals can use to share on their pages.
And if you’re a marketing professional in fund raising and development, trying to stretch your marketing budget, you might want to consider using Good Search for your organization.
If you’ve had experience with Good Search, please leave a comment below. I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Are you trying to figure out how to build awareness and market your product or service using a low cost YouTube video?
YouTube is a great platform to market your products and gain recognition for your brand. However, it’s not easy to become recognizable on YouTube due to it being a very saturated platform. Fortunately, with more and more resources available online on how to grow your YouTube channel, including information on https://buyoutubeviews.com/buy-youtube-likes regarding purchasing likes on your videos, it’s straight-forward on how to grow prevalence.
Here’s a video case study of Norvacortex, a Dutch agency that did just that for under 1000 euros (about $1400.)
Using vinyl static cling with a pretend scrape and marketing info, the agency placed the cling on the side of expensive cars and filmed people’s reaction with a hidden camera. They made a video that went viral on social media networks. If you’re reading in a feed, click here to watch the short marketing case study video.
Interesting way to get a lot of attention for about $1500.
Caution: While they blurred the license plates, you will also want to get signed waivers from people who appeared in the film before using them in a viral video.
My guess is that since this video is a humor advertisement, all the people visable in the video are hired actors and have signed releases.
Just don’t forget this step yourself! Although the marketing materials and method they used is very low cost, a lawsuit could be expensive. Be safe and make sure you’re covered by having everyone in the video sign a model release.
As the owner of a marketing agency, what I find especially interesting is the viewer count on their agency’s marketing video that followed. It was a great tactic for the agency posted a VIDEO RESPONSE to the first video, which helped the agency’s brand awareness as well.
When you post a video response to a popular video, you help your chances of increasing your search engine ranking within the YouTube search engine. It is important that your video really is in response to the original video and that it gets accepted by the first video’s author.