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50 Reasons to Get Started with Social Media Marketing

August 12, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

Meet your current fans. Meet your critics…and utilize their constructive criticism Connect with prospects Keep up with past and present clients Share your work (articles, blog, videos, podcasts, etc.). Find referral sources Find Joint Venture (JV) partners Share valuable resources with clients and prospects Drive traffic to your website and blog Gain blog readers Further your online brand Establish your expertise Find speaking opportunities Meet colleagues Tactics relatively easy to carry out (strategy must be thought out) Boost SEO efforts Collect testimonials with ease Give recommendations Maintain relationships with the people you network with offline Serve as a maven or hub of information (connect friends with each other!) Share company event pictures (let people see how cool you really are!) Find interns (happy to detail that in another post). Find employees Find another job Find mentors Mentor newcomers to the field Get the scoop on the latest conferences and seminars… read more

White Papers: #1 Lead Generation Technique

July 28, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder This is the first in a series of interviews I will be doing with experts in various fields. This interview is of particular importance because I personally believe using white papers to market-especially in a tight economy is a fantastic idea. Our guest for this post is Steve Hoffman, a Marketing Communications expert. His firm, Hoffman Marketing Communications, Inc. specializes in White Paper writing. What makes white papers such a good marketing tool? Steve: Good white papers give readers useful information that helps them make decisions. Many readers would rather learn something and make their own decisions, instead of reading marketing fluff. This is especially true when business people have a lot riding on their decisions. Since this is what readers want, giving them what they want benefits the company that provides the white paper. Good white papers help companies establish themselves as leaders in their particular… read more

Online Video: The Next Big Thing

July 22, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder Online marketing…and marketing in general is an attention game. Whoever can get your attention and hold it wins. Keeping within this train of thought, online video is truly the next BIG thing in the attention game. And it isn’t a fad. The more “virtual” we get-the more people crave face-to-face connection. Here is what you need to know about using online video in your marketing. 1) 60% actually finish watching one – compared to the 20% who finish reading an article. (Hey buddy, finish reading this one at least!) 60% is a HUGE number when it comes to marketing and capturing attention. Will this eZine one day be turned into a video? The time may come… 2) All businesses can use it- Often in online marketing, I will say that the effectiveness of one tool doesn’t necessarily translate well across industries. Blogging may work for one business,… read more

How I Have Used Twitter in the Past 30 Days…

July 20, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder So, there is a lot of speculation about Twitter and it’s real purpose. Is it a total waste of time? What do people actually use it for? Here I will briefly chronicle how I have used Twitter in the past 30 days… Hired an Intern. Shared a movie review-after going to view what several of my friends recommended. Gave marketing advice Received mutiple referrals when I asked for an esthetician in Dallas Got interviewed by a top blogger Scheduled a talk with a potential JV partner Got contacted to join in on a panel at BlogWorld Got MUCHO advice from pet owners about raising our new mascot. Shared all blog posts (attracted traffic and readers to the blog). Invited more folks to join the Marketing Mastermind group on Facebook. And this is just what I remember off the top of my head! = )

Asking Past Clients for Referrals-Best Practice Tips

July 19, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder Recently, we decided to launch a referral campaign for one of our clients. They have just opened a new office in Texas, and would like to get the word out to past and present clients. Since we don’t specialize in direct mail type pieces, I turned to the one man I know who is the best in his field. Dean Rieck of Direct Creative. I asked: Are there any best practices when doing a direct mail piece to current and past clients asking for referrals? As copywriter extraordinaire-I thought you might have some insight! Dean replied: I’ve always taken the straightforward approach when asking for referrals. During a phone conversation, I’ll just tell them that referrals are important to me and that I’d like the client to feel free to recommend me to others. I’ve not done this in a direct mail piece, but if I did… read more

Help: Name the Puppy and Win a $100.00 Gift Card from K9 Cuisine

July 11, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder I love my job. = ) Running a virtual company has its perks, and when you have amazing clients-it makes the job EVEN better! A new member has joined our After The Launch team-an 8 week old male Maltepoo (maltese and poodle mix). He is the 2nd official mascot (the 1st is a 2 year old cat named Chuchi). The puppy was originally named Bubba, but it doesn’t seem fitting. So, we are hosting a contest! Name the puppy and WIN! Suggest a name for the puppy in the comments. If we choose that name, you will win a $100.00 gift card from our client K9 Cuisine. Best part-they offer FREE shipping! = ) This contest will close on July 21, 2008, and a winner will be announced! Winning Name: SNOOPY! Thank you for submitting all these WONDERFUL names. It was a tough choice, but something about… read more

Welcome Robert Middleton Readers! Please Read On…

July 9, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder Today, many of you will stumble upon this site and blog thanks to Robert Middleton of Action Plan Marketing. Robert is a mentor and colleague. I recently took part in his 3rd marketing coaches certification program. Marketing is such a field that you MUST constantly keep learning, and Robert is just full of great information. This post is meant to help guide you through the site, and address some questions I have already received… What do you do? Our company does 2 main things: 1) Serve as a virtual marketing department for companies who don’t have the resources for an in-house one or who need extra help. 2) Train small business owners and independent professionals how to be marketing rock stars in their own right. I LOVE what I do. Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that technology and marketing are second nature to… read more

Ranking Social Networking Sites: Which Ones Make the Cut?

July 1, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder Fellow blogger and reader, Mark Salinas, asked this question: “I have yet to explore the world of Facebook or Myspace for that matter. I guess with so many different avenues or options if you will…..what are the advantages of Facebook vs. any other? Does it have a stronger presence with Google, is an easier interface to navigate through, is the infrastructure reliable (unlike Twitter)?” Mark-Thank you for the fantastic questions. These questions keep coming up in my presentations and speaking engagements as well. They have led to this article! LinkedIn- *** Pros: A professional crowd, great place to get and give recommendations, allows for an interactive online resume. Cons: Too static-can’t make out a person’s personality, can’t reach out with ease, level of interaction between members is fairly low. How to Use it: LinkedIn gets 3 stars. Not a great marketing or relationship building tool. Use it… read more

A Most Intriguing Conversation about Facebook

June 26, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder Yesterday, I had the chance to speak to a most fascinating individual. But, before I go into the details of our conversation, it’s important to give some background. A few weeks ago I found out that I would be speaking at Blog World (amazing blogging conference) in Las Vegas. The topic? “Facebook Fortunes: How to Market your Brand, Blog, and Business on Facebook.” Last year, Blog World was amazing, and it blew my socks off. This year, I am thrilled to actually be a bigger part of it. If you are even vaguely thinking about going-stop thinking, and just go. Why? The coolest bloggers in the world are there. You can make some great friends. The presentations are going to kick-butt. Your business/blog/brand WILL benefit just by being there. (I know because that’s exactly what happened for me last year.) It’s in LAS VEGAS! Okay, now, back… read more

Why Do People Twitter?: Results of a Scientific Study

June 23, 2008 - Posted by Shama Kabani

By: Shama Hyder A few months ago, I conducted a full blown quantitative study of Twitter. (This was for a Master’s thesis from the University of Texas at Austin). Main goal was to study why people use Twitter, and to check if they perceive time differently (goes by faster, dragging on, etc.) than people who use other social media sites. Over 1000 surveys were collected. Approximately 650 were Twitter users. One question asked…”I twitter because…” Answer choices were divided into six categories of communication motives (i.e., pleasure, affection, inclusion, escape, relaxation, and control). Results? Results revealed that Twitter users were more likely to communicate in order to Escape. This means they chose items in line with: I talk to put off something I should be doing; I talk to get away from what I am doing; I talk because I have nothing better to do; I talk to get away… read more

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