Sales and Marketing

What Do You Spend on Your Pay-Per-Ignore?

So here is the question: how much Internet marketing money are these businesses spending in Web design, hardware, infrastructure, search-engine optimization, etc., to attract me as a potential customer, only to ignore me? What is their Pay-Per-Ignore?

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How to Write an Effective Marketing Plan

Contributed by Alan Gleeson. A marketing plan is a core component of a business plan. It relates specifically to the marketing of a particular product or service and it describes: An overall marketing objective A broad marketing strategy The tactical detail related to specific marketing activities The various costs associated with these activities Those tasked...

By Noah Parsons |

Creating Passionate Users

Passion is a key ingredient in the recipe for successful products, and more importantly the people that create them – customers and creators alike. But where do you get it – and are there different types of passion? I’m going to tune you into a blog that might just help you figure it out. The...

By Cale Bruckner |

Winning Shelf Space In a Competitive Market

Good article over at StartupJournal with an entrepreneurial story about Vitamin Water. Interesting insight into what it takes to get retail shelf space when you’re just starting out. It turns out that it’s just guts and perseverance… If you’re an entrepreneur, you already have that.

By Noah Parsons |

Professional TV ads for small business?

Why do all cable TV ads for local businesses have to look like they were shot on a friend’s video camera with a budget of $10? Spot Runner doesn’t think it has to be this way. This interesting service offers a library of professional produced ads with professional voice-overs PLUS online media buying for a...

By Noah Parsons |

Great Marketing Advice

Anne over at MarketingSherpa.com has a great feature summarizing the results from a focus group study examining how people use search engines and paid inclusion results to research and purchase products. Read the complete summary, and find out where to download the full focus group results. I highly recommend subscribing to MarketingSherpa’s email newsletters. For...

By Noah Parsons |

Where to find free market research

ClickZ is working on a series of articles focused on finding free market research information. The latest in the series focuses on resources from the US Census and the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. I am consistently amazed at the amount of free information that is made available on these two sites....

By Noah Parsons |

Trash Talkin’

Tim Berry, author of Business Plan Pro and our resident business planning expert was recently featured over at Inc Magazine in an article about how some companies “go negative” and bash their competition to make a sale. It’s an article worth reading as I’m sure most companies have been at either the giving or the...

By Noah Parsons |

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