Archive for January, 2011

postheadericon Get Your Website Buzzin’

Businesses are constantly trying to figure out the best ways to generate traffic to their website. With so many different outlets and resources offered out there, there’s no doubt you can attract visitors to your site, but which factors are consistent and the most effective? Social Media is a great resource when it comes to targeting different demographics that fit your ideal consumer profile. You can narrow anyone down based on age, sex, gender, location of residence, etc. so that you know who will benefit from your services more as opposed to others who wouldn’t care. This is also a great outlet to share information about your company, advertise and promote your site, and even offer incentives, specials, etc. to your fans.  Social media is the latest craze right now and it doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon, so jump on the bandwagon and give it a try! Don’t be afraid to engage with your friends/fans either. Consumers and potential patrons want to know that you care and want to know that they have voice within your brand. A creative website name and creative content will surely earn you high marks when it comes to your visitor and gaining their interest. You want to be able to capture consumer attention from the beginning and convince them that your brand is like no other; in fact it’s better than the others. I like to call it “sweet talk”, tell your consumers not only what they want to hear, but what they need to hear. Be honest but also a little entertainment can go a long way too. You also want to make sure you stick in their memory so the next time they want to go back to your site; they can remember your name. If you’re not sure exactly how to draw people to your site, or which sources would be beneficial for your niche business the best thing you can do is hire an expert. As skilled professionals, they can offer you more insight to who you should target and how to generate traffic to your site based on your key demographic. Not only that, but experts like Active Nation can manage your social media pages for you, update your blogs and analyze your website statistics to predict and monitor visitor behavioral trends. This will help you to know what works for your company and what doesn’t. Frankly, I would advise you to at least consult with an internet marketing expert either way so that you can weigh all of your options and know the best approach for your company to garner web traffic. You want to not only just attract new users to your site, but you also want to keep them coming back. Research all of the possible resources out there and make it work!

postheadericon A Peek Into Facebook’s Growth

Recently All Facebook posted this istrategylabs data. The data was apparently collected “directly from Facebook’s Social Ads system”. It’s basically information regarding different demographics of U.S. residents that are Facebook users. It’s a pretty interesting overview. What do you think about the info? Do you think this helps internet marketers with consumer targeting and online social media behavioral trends?

postheadericon Teens and Their Parents Determine Buying Trends

Targeting your audience can be challenging depending on your ideal consumer profile, but when it comes to determining teens and tween customers and their buying habits, naturally it’s not as complex as you would think. Teen buyers usually are pretty solid when it comes to knowing what products they want. Considering teens and tweens are pretty tech savvy, the internet naturally would be a great resource for them to make their purchases. But what exactly influences a teen to purchase a product or persuade their parents to make the purchase for them?

Usually teenagers are pretty set on what they want so they may not need to research so much into their favorite product since they’re pretty keen on the newest and hottest trends, especially with electronics. But what resources influence teens to attain information about their favorite products and to make their purchases? According to an eMarketer report, “two in five teens said online reviews influenced their computer product preferences, and 37% cited product websites”. So it seems as though teens pay attention to their web sources like online customer reviews, product websites, and online ads. In fact according to the “TeenFluence Survey” conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ConsumerSearch.com, ads were the second most common element that helped users to make their decision about a product or service.

A study by Mintel also found that the influence of online content becomes more important as kids enter their teenage years, you can also call this demographic the “tween” generation. “At the upper end of the age range, kids 9-11 are more likely to turn to more diverse resources for information, including online ads and social networking sites, while the younger kids, aged 6-8, have a stronger reliance on parents”. Not to mention word of mouth is definitely popular among this age group as kids like to “show and tell” their favorite products they possess or want to purchase. Teens usually know more about popular products and electronics than their parents do so usually the teen would influence the parent to make the purchase and the parent then researches the item through the web through customer reviews, website content, word of mouth and online advertisements also. And since tweens and teens may not have the income to make their purchases, it’s ultimately up to the parents to make the purchase.

It’s safe to say that the internet plays a major role when it comes to purchasing products, not just with adult users but more so with the newest generation of tech savvy teens and tweens. Would you agree with the report and their results?

postheadericon Top Ten Viral Ads of 2010

Now that we’re finally living in the year 2011, reports of what was “in” digitally last year are coming out of the woodwork; and when it comes to internet marketing, 2010 was big year for online ad viewing, posting and sharing! It seems as though television ads have inspired people to go online to review these popular advertisements and share them with their friends and family.

The numbers are in for the most popular television ads that gained viral popularity. So which ads made the top ten list for 2010?

Check out the countdown below and see if you’re favorite online ad made the top list!

Number 10: E-Trade Super Bowl

Number 9: Gillette Perfect Length

Number 8: Pepsi- Oh Africa

Number 7: Old Spice – The Return of The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Number 6: DC Shoes- Gymkhana Three

Number 5: Nike – Write the Future

Numbe 4: Old Spice – The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Number 3: Doritos – Crash The Super Bowl 2010

Number 2: Old Spice – Odor Blocker

And drumroll please….

The Number 1 viral ad of 2010 is:

Number 1: Old Spice – Responses

Top Ten via Advertising Age

postheadericon Emotionally Attached?

How do you define loyalty? My definition relates to the emotional attachment of some source that you feel obligated to or are passionate about that makes a person want to support it and nothing else like it. With brand-consumer relationships, it’s no different. But can a person really become emotionally attached to a brand enough to make them not want to go anywhere else for the same service? Absolutely. But how and why does a consumer become emotionally attached to a brand?

Businesses have come to the realization that it’s not just about attaining new clients and consumers [which by the way can be more expensive] but it’s also just as significant, if not more, to maintain their current customers. Retaining your current customers is rewarding considering you know they will come back to your brand for products and services and no one else, or as I like to call it; loyalty. Not to mention these loyal consumers will be more than happy to spread the word about how great your company is and possibly recruit new customers for you. Also, they’ll usually be first in line to try new products and deals your company offers and competitors’ marketing tactics more than likely won’t work on them. Consumers have made their choice and they’re sticking to it.

Generally consumers are attracted to a brand that not only obviously offers quality products and services but a brand that is also honest and genuinely cares about their customers. When you gain a customer’s trust you seal the deal for possibly a lifetime.

According to the New Media Metrics’ first annual Leap Index above, which ranked emotional attachment of consumers to brands in numerous categories, Apple products like the iPod and iPhone topped the list as consumer favorites.

So I want to know….what brands are you attached to?