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In a globalized economy and a world where customer relationships are everything, businesses are finding that “branding socially” is still the most effective means of retaining valuable customers and in acquiring new ones.

Traditionally, high ranking sales professionals found that they did well by keeping in regular contact with those in their Rolodex or their top-secret black book. To keep in contact with hundreds of people on a daily basis  — holding one on one conversation with everyone in that Rolodex – was a difficult and even impossible task to carry out. As the digital world exploded, this all changed.

Now, we can keep thousands of people in the loop at once. We can interact as a group, and short conversations are now the norm. With social media, we can carry many short, private conversations at once. The downfall is, however, that many traditional business models aren’t up to speed and they’re throwing thousands of dollars away just to find no return on their marketing investments.

Social media influences our lives, whether we want to admit it or not. It can influence us for the better. It can influence us for the worse. It can simply be our entertainment. But, it definitely changes our ways of thought.

Chris Sewell, Creative Director and Chief Strategist of Chris Sewell Digital Media in Brooklyn, New York, pulled this concept into the work of cosmetic surgery. He recently released a video for plastic surgeons, breaking down the cold hard facts of marketing in the digital world. In this video, he discusses the reasons some surgeons are reporting a 40% decrease in customer retention and how they are ultimately throwing money into the garbage through their current marketing strategies.

Sure, billboards, for example, are powerful marketing tools. The problem, however, is that most target markets have become spoiled and want everything instantaneously. They have also become so distracted that every time they return to the billboard to grab the details, they either forget that they meant to take down the information or it just so happens to be that moment that their Facebook just got a notification. Consumers want to access information immediately after it cross their minds.

No one uses the yellow pages anymore, because it’s not personal enough. We want to see visuals, check out pricelists and even reach out semi-anonymously at 3 a.m. AdWords is effective, but only if the company knows what they are doing. With Google’s recent removal of sidebar advertisements, SEM advertising has to take advantage of the correct criteria to find themselves ahead. Trust is a major factor in this process.

We want to see what experiences others had with this company, before we waste any of our precious time contacting them. We don’t want to risk being put into the spam or scam loop, either. We’re frightened to give our phone numbers to just anyone anymore… We don’t want to be haunted for months to years later.  

With many companies now paying people to leave biased reviews, personal experiences are more valuable than ever. Interactions with brands and businesses continue to be more meaningful and impactful. We are able to evaluate the caliber of business we are dealing with, as well gauge the people within their walls.

 In the case of life-altering industries, such as Plastic Surgery, almost 50% of patients surveyed admit that that their influence was, indeed, social media. Peer pressure was a major contributor, as selfies have made us take a deeper look at the flaws we want to perfect.

Likewise, it is the actual media content being shared by social savvy clinics that have caused patients to travel hundreds of miles to take advantage of their services. Photos, videos, client testimonials… these all influenced the decision for patients to take advantage of certain treatments at specific facilities. We can blame it all on Facebook and Instagram.

With YouTube’s monetized video platform, more videos from local businesses are being seen on a regular basis. They are low cost advertising, and the younger generations are okay with consuming them before watching a video that interests them. For this, videos on social media channels are equally disruptive. The days of SEM and SEO are more numbered than you think. While they are the basis for more impactful and more aggressive marketing efforts, it’s going to take more – way more – for most businesses to not just be seen but to also be adopted.

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Elements of Internet Marketing: Brand Social.

Elements of Internet Marketing 101: Brand Social (2013).

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in a while, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “Branding Social”. Enjoy!

As you have noticed in earlier articles, branding is one of the key elements in making “everything” come together and work properly. We have discussed archetypes and why they are important to a brand. We also discussed how archetypes and branding are what actually dictates the direction in which marketing endeavors are to go.

The next point of branding we are going to cover implements the brand presence, spoke about also in a previous post, and how it relates to your audiences and fans Online.

I recently had a discussion with a colleague on the levels of clientele one might have. Sure, you will have niche markets based upon interests and specific calls to action. However, through the implementation of the web and the use of social networks, the spectrum of opportunity has been broadened.

Versatility is one of those fine-line topics. Versatility can easily lead to the controversy surrounding the “Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-none” paraphrase. The final perspective is that versatility is a very bad thing. Now, if you limit the usage of these “additional skill levels” to a minimum in helping to benefit and strengthen your brand, it is a great thing. Hence, the sky is blue but can also be grey!

Versatility, as related to target markets on a broadened-yet-basic level, are key in deciding specific marketing sets. After all NOT keeping in mind these many types of consumers, you have the chance of seeing a domino effect that will ruin your endeavors altogether! These markets, through hierarchy, include those of corporate, organization, client, customer and consumer.

We have to decide how to appease these markets while appealing to our niche. The reason is because how we conversate, what we upload, what we share –how we are perceived– is dependent upon the tastes of our audience and what will lead them into taking us seriously. There is so much that I could talk about on this subject that I might as well write a book on it! But, let me cover this topic a bit before moving on in this conversation, leaving out the trade secrets and psychological elements.

Let’s begin by breaking down the market types, what is expected by these markets, how one must appease them and why:

  • Market Type: Corporate
  • Relationship to a Brand: Sponsors, Partners, Affiliates, Investors.
  • What do They Expect?: Professionalism and Professional atmosphere. Conversions.
  • Product to be Provided: An ROI, mutually benefiting business arrangement.
  • Market Type: Organization
  • Relationship to a Brand: Supporters, Cross-Promoters, Partners, Supported-by, Influencers.
  • What do They Expect?: Professionalism, ethic and mutual benefit.
  • Product to be Provided: Something in exchange for something, tangible or intangible. Mutual benefiting relationship.
  • Market Type: Client
  • Relationship to a Brand: Pays for Services and Products.
  • What do They Expect?: High quality and professional work to speak for the brand and as the brand
  • Product to be Provided: Something tangible and/or intangible to fulfill the need of a customer, while attracting and converting consumers into customers.
  • Market Type: Customer
  • Relationship to a Brand: The End-User. Products and services are meant for this person’s consumption and are paying.
  • What do They Expect?: A need to be fulfilled to satisfaction.
  • Product to be Provided: Something tangible, such as an actual product or service in exchange for cash.
  • Market Type: Consumer
  • Relationship to a Brand: May or may not be a customer. They may be what creates virality and Word of mouth. Has a general interest in your work and may become a customer or client one day.
  • What do They Expect?: Entertainment and substance. Something that they can use to fulfill a need.
  • Product to be Provided: Something intangible such as websites, artwork, social media, conversation.

In order to brand socially, meaning having a social presence Online in order to promote and market your brand, you have to keep these values in mind based upon the “company you keep.” If any or multiple market types are non-important to you, you may exclude them from your current plan. But, keep in mind that literally everything you emit is saved on the web somewhere. So be cautious in exactly what you post and upload for public consumption.

One day, you may include these excluded markets into your business plan. It would be a shame if your reputation was soiled over something minor; and this would be the reason to miss out on opportunities for expanding your brand’s future. In fact, beware of any written or recorded medium, for competitors and brand enemies may use it against you in form of mp3, video or screenshot upload!

When involving the net for professional work, try to stay professional. Even if your archetype is that of the “Villain.” We can love to “hate” you, as long as you stay “about business” the whole way!

Back on topic, branding socially — or social branding — is the most important element in creating the perfect Brand Persona. The Brand Story is told through an interactive, digital journal comprised of uploads, status updates, polls, blogs and conversation. This is how you will include and interact with your audiences every step of the way, even lurkers who sit back and pretend to be invisible. They get the feeling of contribution to the brand’s success story.

In being “friends” with the brand, your brand gains loyalty and enthusiasts who will share and contribute to just about anything you post online and then speak about it offline. Your brand becomes a somebody in this “Always On” culture. This is Viral Marketing and Word of Mouth at its finest! This is also the full circle of Brand Awareness that leads to a thriving Brand Tenure (how long the brand can remain alive and in power) that will last for many years to come.

Have you ever heard the song by Ashton Martin (Detroit Rapper, National Recording Artist), called “I Know Somebody?” Through Social Networking, everyone “knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody that knows YOU…” or BrandYOU thanks to the web!

Take advantage of this and don’t forget to brand yourself socially today and to create a better presence for your brand on the web! It’s all about first impressions and perceptions. It’s all about the rules of BrandYOU! Brand socially and you, too, will be a “New Era of Royalty.

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Shorty Produkshins currently seeks independent contractors in major cities

Shorty Produkshins IS Shorty Productions, social branding, public relations and internet marketing.

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Shorty Produkshins has grown over the last ten years and has expanded borders from Orlando and Pittsburgh origins to other regions around the World that include places like: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Detroit, Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, Toronto, Nigeria and more! They provide clientele with Social Branding and Event Marketing options that are optimized through “Advanced Internet Marketing and SEO tactic.” They also provide current clientele with Public Relations, Mobile Marketing, Design Strategies, and Consultation.

As the company has grown, and with recently adding new services to its menu, Shorty Produkshins current marketing teams have been faced with the challenge of time and possibility. Shorty Produkshins believes in direct focus and dedication to the creative process for each project in providing quality service in a timely manner. Because of this, it has become more difficult to continue ongoing efforts to market services to new and potential clientele. This is an important part of ensuring a successful future for the business. It is also the reason the current campaign has been prompted.

They are seeking “self-motivated” individuals that demonstrate ethics, professionalism and determination to add to the roster. As Independent Contractors, they would be allowed to set their own schedules, work from home and make as much profit from commission as they allow themselves to achieve. They will be marketing in-demand servicing from Shorty Produkshins that is geared towards individual brands, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

“Because the power of ‘Social’ is strong, Shorty Produkshins intends on hiring those Independent Contractors from a variety of backgrounds and education levels, as long as the individuals perform ethically, professionally and with great determination while having fun! Individuals will be working from home but are encouraged to network at larger events and gatherings. They will be working closely with the Shorty Produkshins marketing team from around the World through an Online platform created specifically with them in mind.”

They are asking individuals to submit resumes, along with a written answer or video reply to the questions: “Why I am qualified to be added to the team, and why would I be a great asset to the team?” Strong communication skills are a necessity. They are only interested in “individuals who can demonstrate a passion for Social Branding and Event Marketing.”

Ideal for “ those individuals who are well known in their communities, are attending college, are involved in the Entertainment Business and/or are “Power Hustlers” who can prompt and close sales quickly,” they are asking applicants to direct all deliverables to hiring@shortyprodukshins.com… Will you make the cut?

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ELEMENTS of Internet Marketing: BrandYOU.

ELEMENTS of Internet Marketing: BrandYOU.

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in a while, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “BrandYou”. Enjoy!

BrandYOU! Yes, this is a very important topic. I am glad to be writing about it “on demand.” I have covered this topic many, many times within my articles. But, this topic is the most important one that we can ever cover. The reason behind that is that whether you represent a brand or ARE the brand, BRANDYOU can play a major part in your success… “strike that, erase it (Willy Wonka reference).” It will definitely play a major part in your success.

BrandYOU isn’t just about Branding. It isn’t even anything to do with Internet Marketing, but it can be. And, that is the problem. But, it is also the greatest thing that could ever happen! That is why it is so important to understand BrandYOU inside and out.

Have you ever heard that you need to eat, sleep and dream your business in order to see it take form? Have you ever considered the fact that YOU are a business? After all, don’t you file taxes? Do you file as an individual, independent contractor, sole proprietor or board member?

If you said yes, then technically you just proved that you ARE a business, whether you use your own entity, fictitious name or work for someone else’s brand. The truth is, all of these are brands, And the truth is, you are getting paid to represent that brand.

As a matter of fact, you are responsible to pay taxes because that brand is alive! Isn’t that interesting? So, wouldn’t it be in your best interest to keep THOSE interests at the ultimate peak high point at all times? After all, YOU are investing so much time into the brand and then paying taxes on that time that can never be replaced.

In considering this scenario, one should remember a few things about businesses:

  1. First impressions are everything.
  2. Quality customer service needs to be maintained.
  3. Reviews and Testimonials can sway the opinions of those who seek to know about a POTENTIAL service provider.
  4. Competitors exist and work against competitor brands.
  5. What will you do to protect your brand? What will you do to keep the reputation of the brand satisfactory to clients and community?

The obvious first step in BrandYou is always to be on your best behavior. This doesn’t mean that you can’t show your opinion. But, it means to act upon how you would like to be perceived. If your brand represents THIS, then you can display THIS in your actions.

I had a conversation with another business owner recently. The conversation was based around her recent activity on Facebook. She tried to apologize for the “recent racy content.”

What she didn’t realize, however, that showing a public interest in a subject based upon her role in the community of her target audience will actually allow her brand to be received as a trustworthy persona and build a lasting brand loyalty that will lead to a long enduring tenure of that brand.

It basically all boils down to this: CATER TO YOUR AUDIENCES. If you want to be perceived as an individual for hire, then portray the ideal characteristics of the ultimate employee.

If you are a business, tend to your community of followers and those that you want to target in “giving them what they want” and do not give them a reason to think otherwise. This means to be consistent, persistent and show interest in that particular characteristic.

Like in previous blogs, I would like you to think of a respectable business person, public figure or entertainer. They all have something about them that stands out, correct? This is something that is overemphasized in creating a character perception of them.

Now, look at those characteristics that aren’t “front row and center” in their persona. These characteristics do not conflict with the public perception of that brand. Contradictory elements will keep that brand from being accepted, in turn, they will more than likely remain unsuccessful.

Think of an artist that may be perceived as a “thug” or “boss.” To find out that they were once on the opposite side of the law and never really this “thug” or “boss,” we change our persona of that artist.

True fans will stay loyal. Those are those who really have learned to love the brand’s product and really could care less. But, others have lost respect for that artist. This leads to lower ROIs and less money in our bank accounts.

Keeping realism with your brand or YOU as an individual (BrandYou) and implementing the archetype you have selected for it, you will keep anyone from doubting your mission, vision or even track record. Which means, more often what you say will be taken at face value, respected and believed. If you go slightly off track, we know something is wrong. If you go “left” in your action, we start speculating, assuming and looking for a discrepancy in ALL actions and statements made by your brand.

It all really boils down to the ethics of your brand, professionalism and catering to your audiences. As long as you can be perceived as professional, you are entitled to your opinion.

If you feel you will offend someone, start by giving a disclosure and allowing them to understand your point or opinion… As yourself, how you have gotten to this ideal or interest?

If it is a fellow business person, they more than likely will understand already. As a matter of fact, they may reach out to you in liaising to these markets in cross promotions or future campaigns. They may just send you business or point you in the direction of that business, especially since you may not be competition due to the catering of different audience types.

Stay true to yourself, your brand, and consistency. You will be fine!

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What’s the difference? Mobile Marketing VS Mobile Marketing

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Let’s play a game! What’s the difference between Mobile Marketing and Mobile Marketing? Hmmmmm…. waiting…… Okay, give up? There are SO MANY differences, I don’t blame you for being confused!

Since Mobile Marketing is taking way in such a rapid pace, many businesses are getting left behind by the “early adopters” who are shifting and evolving their Marketing Plans. Mobile Marketing is the way to go in 2013 and 2014, because everyone, and I do mean everyone, has a mobile device and will access the Internet through a data connection in some fashion over time. Those who do not have a Mobile Marketing Plan better start collecting pennies under Walmart Pop Machines; because even if your budget doesn’t allow for it, it is a must!

Think about it: Mobile Devices have faster connections than our home modem connections, and mobile plans are getting cheaper and cheaper. Some companies offer UNLIMITED data for a small price. Shoot, there are so many Wifi-enabled Smartphones and Devices that can serve even those who have no home connection or paid data plan while out in public! Thank you, McDonalds. Thanks, Starbucks!

Those who previously had no access to an Internet connection or very limited usage now have it… regularly! And, there are even those who have been GIVEN a mobile device via Government Assistance (Obama Phones and Phones for the Elderly). So, no matter what, people are getting Online and they are taking advantage… with or without a paid mobile data plan.

Now, tell me why you haven’t evolved and included Mobile Marketing into your plan, yet?!

Ohhhhh, you don’t understand the difference between Mobile Marketing and Mobile Marketing. You don’t know the first thing about it? Well, let me break this down for you really fast!

Marketing is demonstrating the “need” of a consumer or potential consumer through an impactful Marketing Message. It’s the emotional connection that takes place. Now, if you understand contemporary Marketing trends, you will notice that Internet Marketing is an “Always On” approach to Marketing Efforts.

Conversation is important in getting out a message, but the conversation is one way to make it “personal” without ADVERTISING to the consumer. Let’s face it, the consumer WANTS and NEEDS your brand, we don’t need to force it down their throats until they give in! As a matter of fact, advertising in Internet Marketing is often called “SPAM,” as it is also named in the Mobile Marketing World.

Truthfully, Mobile Marketing is almost the same thing as Internet Marketing. Only, it is more personal. The content size and message length are often smaller and shorter than Internet Marketing Messages for attention span and transfer rate issues. Distribution and delivery are important factors in Mobile Marketing, as well. These things are to be considered in creating a Mobile Marketing Action Plan (MMAP).

In Mobile Marketing, most messages and deliverables are able to be monetized. This is awesome! A lot of Cross Promotions between brands also take place. Additionally, a lot of the downloadable content, while it can be shared, is often times not. And yet, links, photos and video codes are shared at an extensive rate!

This means that more measurables are able to be analyzed for true numbers. We can also tell demographical information much more efficiently, because “mobile means personal.” So, we learn the psychology behind our consumers and who to thank for our success! This will lead to more personalization, customized marketing plans and Brand Loyalty.

Through Mobile Content Delivery in using it as a means for Marketing and even Revenue-generating Marketing, our products are always with our consumers. When speaking with friends, family, and associates, they have a point of reference, to explain what they are talking about (when talking about our brand) with visuals and audio. Because they will show this content on their mobile device, they will quickly take their device back, leaving the other person curious.

Electronics are valuable and many are worried that their property will be broken or that someone will intercept a “private message” without their consent! So, taking too much time consuming a product on someone else’s device will lead to the phone to be taken away. Additionally, the average person doesn’t carry around transfer cords in their back pocket to share files. These elements will force the new potential consumer to download or purchase these items on their own. In a way, this is Physical Viral Marketing and Word of Mouth Marketing wrapped into one!

Additionally, the average person doesn’t carry around transfer cords in their back pocket to share files. These elements will force the new potential consumer to download or purchase these items on their own. In a way, this is Physical Viral Marketing and Word of Mouth Marketing wrapped into one!

A really cool thing about Mobile Marketing is that if you have subscribed to a company (or if you are that company), it is easy to unsubscribe. Subscribing to a company is usually done through and in order to receive SMS or Push Notifications which offer the consumer “to-the-minute announcements and updates,” exclusive content, giveaways, contests, coupons, and much more!

These are easily customized and very personalized based on locale, interests, personal data, activity history, etc. Unsubscribe features are important and required by law in abiding by FCC Regulations and the CAN-SPAM Act, which require “opt-in” and “opt-out” features to be provided to consumer rights protection and mobile charges. Most Mobile Marketing platforms, such as Trumpia, MadMimi, ReverbNation and Remark-a-Mobile have set up an automatic process to allow for this.

Being directly connected to your audience is a priority in Mobile Marketing. It’s the second half of Mobile Marketing and the end goal if a Mobile Marketing Plan is set in stone. However, it is also a separate style of Mobile Marketing that could just be the ongoing and “Always Connected” communication to an already established consumer base.

This marketing allows you to be connected to them through personalized messaging. However, you are more than likely not retrieving any new customers unless Marketing takes place elsewhere.

This can be done through short codes (such as texting “BRANDSOCIAL” to 69302) or through QR Codes (Quick Response) that can be scanned and saved directly to smartphones. A QR Code should be programmed and optimized for a “Call-to-Action.” This means of Mobile Marketing is more clerical, in my opinion, than the “nitty gritty, roll up your sleeves” Mobile Marketing one should outsource for. It is setup to give priority to a consumer base already analyzed and for conversion estimations to take form at “bare minimum.”

The more scientific form of Mobile Marketing, as stated earlier in this article, is equivalent to Internet Marketing on a Mobile Platform. It is the delivery of content to potential consumers, as well as established consumers, and the optimization of such. It is the copy, the cross-promotion, the advertisements (directed to specific TARGET individuals), the microblogs, and all around Mobile Marketing Message!

Both means of “Mobile Marketing” are, in fact, important. And, it is very important to give BOTH venues FULL ATTENTION and PRIORITY. Analysis and budgeting are very important in the success of these weapons, but so is personalization.

Personalization and familiarity are the MOST IMPORTANT tools in Mobile Marketing Success. Frequency attention of messaging is very important, as well. You don’t want consumer to feel “spammed.” The magic touch comes with the loyalty factor, stick with the Laws of Branding, and everything should be just fine!

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Lack of Social: So Many Businesses are STILL Doing it Wrong!

Shorty Produksins is Internet Marketing Orlando. Brand Social.

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According for the Center for Media Research and The Chief Marketing Officer Council in its latest release of industry information: “When asked what elements in the media mix were being localized to address local market segments or better drive interactions at the local level, marketers are focused on localizing strategy, segmentation and messaging (68%) and direct mail and emails (53%). However, fewer than 50% of respondents are focusing on localized media buys, social media interactions, website or even adjusting sales literature or collateral.” Those targeted in the first two groups are based on an already established client base and list of potential consumers collected by businesses on the local level.

If you notice, everything related to actual Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing is grouped into one item. To boot, there isn’t much of a budget or energy set aside to really take advantage of such powerful tools. In essence, they’re spending money on the strategy and messaging to be compelling, but not using it where it is most effective! This is when they complain that “SOCIAL” simply does not work.

A job done half mass will be a job done “half-_______ed.” Let that resonate the next time you’re involved in a marketing plan. So many put only little effort into their Social Branding and realize that it’s going nowhere.

In reality, they have a stagnant Facebook Like Page that only Brand Loyalists are stumbling upon and liking. Likewise, the brand’s Twitter account is doing just as well while following 500+ “tweeters” and gaining less than 50 actual followers.

Their mistake is the lack of engagement. After all, what good is messaging with no conversation? If there is no interesting content to be shared or repeated, no one will share or repeat it. It’s as easy as that and nothing less to be said.

The Center for Media Research also reported that “despite 59% of national marketers noting that local demand generation was essential to their business growth, only 7% feel they have highly evolved campaigns and measures in place that can activate consumers at a local level.” It’s obvious that some get it. But, it’s sadly pathetic how so many simply do not.

Not to burst any bubbles, but hiring a High School Student or College Freshman isn’t enough either. There needs to be some type of strategy set in line. True, “fresh ideas” are wonderful to have on the team for ideas and content distribution. But, there has to be a strategic call to action set in line. What is the message needed to get across time and time again? What is being sold? How will we convince others to do what we want them to?

We spoke of Internet Marketing as separate from “SOCIAL” earlier. It truly is. Let’s address this now:

Internet Marketing is a broad categorization of multiple marketing channels and styles done within the world of the Internet. There, of course, are subcategories that also branch out into other realms of the marketing mix. Internet Marketing can be summed up as “content and content placement.” Words can be consumed as content. In essence, they are exactly that. Videos, pictures and audio are all the same — content. Where and how it is placed and displayed for awareness is also part of Internet Marketing.

Some people don’t understand the scientifics behind Internet Marketing. All content is a plausible cause for SEO tactic. Defend your placement in search engines and bring awareness to your brand by naming your content, using search terms within your copy and in finding organic results. Organic results happen automatically. However, paid results are just as important. These also help your placement in search engines. Yes, it is all one large algorithm… One that must be understood.

Backlinks, link pyramids, link wheels, blogs, tags, and many other Internet Marketing elements all help a brand’s presence on the net. These are like hand grenades, gutting knives, and darts in defending against and combatting competition on the net!

The littlest things can and will matter. These things MUST be implemented into Social Branding, as well as within company websites, Youtube channels and so on.

There must be consistency. In fact, the Law of Consistency, as explained by authors Al and Laura Ries in “The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding,” is very important to branding as a marketing strategy on any platform — Online or off. Don’t think for one minute that Google hasn’t been programmed to understand this.

There are many reasons why more of a budget needs to be set aside for Internet Marketing and Social Branding in separate categories. Again, hiring students to complete work for the company’s Social Presence is a great idea. But, there must also be professionals on the team getting their hands dirty if a social garden is expected to thrive.

If you are going to invest a dollar into your branding, what is an extra fifty cents if it triples your return and leaves a lasting impression on your consumers? Think about it.

Speaking of consumers, let’s address them real fast. How much of a budget are you putting aside for customer relationship building and customer service? Do you have any particular way of communications with them available around the clock?

The world of media has changed the way we do business. “Always On” culture has changed the way we seek customer service and retain those customers seeking our servicing.

It’s safe to assume that our business hours aren’t always convenient for our consumers who may also be working or busy with children in those hours. After hours may be the only time they have available to reach us. E-mail correspondences, while easily accessible, may take days to address simple fixes, and not always will someone be able to answer the phone to answer hard to ask questions.

Did you know, in customer service and technical support, the same questions are addressed over and over again? So, why not plan for this in the marketing mix? Hiring and training students to work after hours (when many will be wide awake and available), might be one way to cut back on “social” costs because they are only needed on demand but very important in customer retention.

ddressing customer relations in a social forum, while keeping private conversations private, content is created and a solution has been addressed to unexpected and common problems encountered with our servicing and platforms.

Being brutally honest, some consumers will be too lazy or proud to reach out for help. Let’s use monitoring tools to find out their difficulties with our services and products and reach out to them!

Let’s get involved in their conversations and sway negative conversations into testimonies and positive reviews. After all, Word of Mouth Marketing is always going to be the most effective form of marketing. The reason behind this is Brand Loyalty of our trusted friends and family will gain our interests over some advertisement thrown in our face to sell us something.

Similarly, dampening negative conversation about our brand helps dramatically, because negative feedback is twice as damaging as no feedback at all!

Let’s find out true opinions based on customer experience and find out what isn’t working for our brand, why they aren’t “funneling correctly,” and why they are dissatisfied with our products — and listen to them. Making changes surrounding the concerns of our customers is the way to go. After all, the goal is bringing them an end product that they can’t live without. This is how a brand will endure the tough times that every business battles when the economy slows down.

Understanding that social means interaction and keeping our consumer bases (potential and existing) are key to thriving in today’s overly saturated markets, it is mind-boggling that only 28% percent of marketers are event implementing their consumers’ opinions and needs into the marketing mix! This includes monitoring, conversation, customers support and aggregation!

Furthermore, only 6% are actually including IT and engineers into their strategy. Do they not understand the importance of SEO, customer reporting and analysis of data!? True, some data will never be able to be collected in a full spectrum due to the restraints of Cross-Platform Technologies and privacy laws, but there are some things in business that risks are worth taking — especially if you know it is needed.

So, why isn’t more collaboration taking effect? Why are dollars being wasted outsourcing for data analysis and research when it is already available at our fingertips? Why aren’t we splurging areas of our budgeting on Social Media Marketing and Internet Marketing necessities where we stand to see most of our return on investment? Why don’t we allow our existing Social Branding efforts to coexist as customer retention, conversation and support?

Re-adjusting budgets in 2013 and forward is a must! Not only will funding expand to broaden our possibilities, but funding can be set aside to implement Mobile Marketing Strategies to take effect immediately.

Mobile Marketing is social at our fingertips. It is more personal than any other form of marketing out there! But, guess what: Very few brands have begun to take advantage of this, and that is where many are falling behind. “Brand Socially” and see how much of the conversation takes place mobilly.

So, you don’t have a mobile app. But, Facebook does. Twitter does. LinkedIn does. Google is the default for mobile Android browsers. Take advantage of this… NOW! Don’t be a faulty statistic. Make social work for you!

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BrandYourself: A cool, novice tool for ‘owning your name’ in cyberspace

Brand Yourself | Control your own search results.

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Have you ever “Googled” yourself only to find websites that have nothing to do with you? Mugshots of criminals? Reviews about businesses not even in the same state as you?

Would you like to dominate the first few pages of Google with your search results? Aside from in-depth SEO-work by a professional, there is a basic tool available to novice users everywhere.

A few months ago, I discovered a site called BrandYourself.com. Apparently, I was a little over a year behind this knowledge, because this site has been around since the earlier parts of 2012 from what I am understanding.

The site was created in efforts to keep “same” people together in search results, separating successful business people from arrest records of convicts that include mugshots, both of which share the same name and possibly same city of residence.

BrandYourself.com has the common goal of helping you rise within the search rankings using your name as personal leverage. It keeps your websites, portfolios, social network profiles and more attached to this central hub.

This hub acts as a link wheel and builds the connection between a user on Facebook to the handle on Twitter that everyone is following, while linking to professional and personal web spaces and biographies.

As an active user since my discovery of this site, I have been a little impressed. I use a basic accountm because this is one of my areas of expertise and a paid account would be a waste of money to me. However, it would be a good investment for someone who does not have this knowledge.

While the site, itself, does not rank high in search engines (even with a PageRank score of 6), it does indeed boost the PageRank of your sites through authoritative linking and through acting as a central hub. It also keeps you up to date on tips and tricks of basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies if you subscribe to their newsletter.

BrandYourself.com is very good at communicating with users almost immediately. One of my URLs were not listed on the BrandYourself profile I created with them. When it appeared in the top results, I was emailed by BrandYourself to tattle-tale on the “Unidentified Link.” It gave me tips on how to battle the site and regain territory. It also told me how many people viewed my page by telling on them as soon as they visited the page!

While I do not have a premium account, I am impressed overall. To be honest, there are more efficient and effective ways of doing this. But, as I have stated earlier: For someone to have no experience in the field of SEO or Internet Marketing, this is an awesome tool for them to use and to find ownership in the most valuable keyword they will ever own — their name!

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Event marketing? Two words: Brand socially

Shorty Produkshins is #InternetMarketingOrlando. Social Branding, Digital Marketing and Public Relations.

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“Brand social,” this is the tagline of an Orlando-based Internet marketing company, known as Shorty Produkshins. Branding socially should be a common marketing objective found amongst industries around the globe. Through Web 3.0 and the “always on” culture that we encounter each day, social branding attributes to the evolution of how we successfully market our brands and do business in this new age.

According to HQSocialMedia.com, “80% of the top 100 fortune companies are using at least one social media profile to engage with their customers.”

Many of these companies are even including their own social communities within their pre-existing sites or link to an independent social network of brand enthusiasts. There are many benefits for this, especially if you own a company that is known for hosting events.

Taking social branding to a specific niche, event branding has become a necessity for venues, promoters and organizations as time decides our marketing destinies. The difference between a static website and an actual social network is far and many.

There are a few reasons that event branding is important:

  • To market the event, of course.
  • Calendar of Events and Schedules
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Link Wheels
  • Link Pyramids
  • Backlinks
  • Changes in time/location
  • Personalization & Interactivity
  • Information & Content Collection and Distribution
  • Investors & Sponsors
  • Updates
  • Connecting Event Goers
  • Converting Event Goers
  • Reminders
  • E-mail/SMS Lists
  • Blogs
  • Participation
  • Professionalism
  • Innovative
  • Invites through performers and event goers
  • Projections
  • Builds suspense and enthusiasm.
  • Testimonials
  • Brand Monitoring

In marketing the event, there are of course many items of importance. There are items that must take place regardless of a social presence or not. These items include but are not limited to press releases, event listings, article placements and supporters. In today’s world, a website is a must. If you don’t have this, people will forget about the site or remain confused as to what the event is or if they would like to participate.

Professionalism through a site is important. You must give the consumer an impressive first impression of the brand and event. The better the site looks, the better. The more innovative the site, the more likely your brand awareness will lead to brand interest and possibly brand loyalty.

Through a social network, especially one that users are able to connect through social logins (a simple connect to their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts), users are able to “become part of the event.”

Social networks give users a sense of personalization and interactivity. They are able to add and consume content, while simultaneously giving the brand feedback almost immediately about this content. It is also a way to monitor the brand’s reputation and to address any issues one may have about the brand.

The brand automatically has a street team intact on the online platform, because people tend to invite friends and family. Additionally, when they add this content, it will more than likely stay on the site, even if the user isn’t active. If this content is related to the event or brand, this strengthens the brand’s presence for this and future events. They can share this content within the site or offline through Twitter and Facebook. Videos and audio of performers and venue locations will attract brand interest.

Those commenting on content with statements like, “Oh, my goodness! That event was sooooo fun!” or “I love this artist!” could bring brand trust to new and existing consumers, because this institutes as a testimonial. Testimonials are very important to a brand and brand products. It shows demand and love for a brand. This helps build trust and a need to experience it on an individual basis.

Through constant updates, clicks, constant content additions, linking in, within and outside of the site, the infamous “Google Spyder” knows to check this site more frequently than it would a static site. This is the same reason that having a blog on a business site is often advised to business owners. These updates keep the site fresh, interactive and important to keeping users returning for more content.

This ensures their presence at your event, because they are reminded of the event, have gained high anticipation and curiosity, have been peer pressured into attending and have met others that will be — just in case they would have attended by themselves.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important, especially when “competing” with other events and brands that throw events on a regular basis. Through SEO, we raise our website in the rankings and hold higher visibility to the rest of the world. The higher we rise, the more our site is viewed with quality and trust.

Any links attached to this site will also gain trust by search engines and will be crawled, as well. Link Wheels and Link Pyramids are now formed through one-way, two-way and hierarchy backlinks. These are very important in dealing with quality scores and things of this nature. The more Link Wheels and Pyramids that can be built will lead to higher placement and, obviously, more traffic!

Another important item in successful SEO is “time spent on site” and “return vs. new visitors.” If a user returns to the site, that means they can trust the site. In turn, the engine can trust it a bit more. In returning, these users show loyalty. The more they become active on the site and the more time they spend on each page, the better the impact on SEO efforts!

A social network will rank higher due to the time spent consuming content on each page! That means your site will rise organically and that less money will have to be spent with Pay-Per-Click advertising through search engine marketing.

Often is the case that people want to attend events but have no one to attend with. This also solves that problem. It even convinces people to come that really didn’t think that wanted to or were able to attend. Carpooling is another benefit in saving gas, helping transport those who do not drive and economical reasons. At this point, people feel privileged in attending, because it has become a 24/7 community that projects itself into real life.

People want to meet the other people at the event that they have been speaking with Online! Through their planning and conversation, projections are able to be made based on pre-sale tickets and planning within the site itself!

Other reasons to use event branding via social networking as a source of marketing is that it is very efficient in communicating with your users. They feel that their opinion matters. They thank you for considering their opinions. They become curious if their opinions will be implemented into your brand. Furthermore, your site can be updated regularly and additions can be made immediately to audiences.

Changes in date, time and/or location can immediately be addressed. SMS (text messages) and E-mails can be sent to all users directly from the platform to inform them of changes, simultaneously. Reminders can also be sent. The “journey” can be recorded through blogs in creating a Brand Story for future accords. Calendars can also inform users of upcoming events or deadlines.

Finally, and one of the most important reasons for branding your event socially — investors, sponsors and investors! We all want an additional revenue stream, don’t we? Well, sponsors want to know where they’re going to be presented to the public’s eye. They want to know that their money will buy them placement for awareness of their own and that people will actually see this placement.

Vendors may take advantage of selling or advertising within your site, a site where you can make money allowing them to do so. And last but not least — investors, they want to know that their money will produce a return. This means more than just providing these “angels” with a business plan. Higher funding can and will be obtained through this online portfolio and Brand Loyalists to prove there will be a positive return on investment that will benefit all parties involved.

After gaining such a deep insight on event branding, it would be foolish not to try to implement it into your business structure and marketing plan. From Search Engine Optimization to investment opportunities, creation of such a platform will ensure success for your brand’s events for years to come. Whether your brand throws parties or holds weekly or annual events, this is something that is almost becoming a standard to early adopters. Act now and “brand socially” today!

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