Hello everyone,

A month ago, I  started hosting my own BlogTalkRadio show every Thursday at 10:00am PDT.

At first I featured local savvy business leaders, but then I have been approached by some incredibly talented people with-in my social networks, so I’m opening it up to local and national savvy business leaders and inviting you to contact me to feature you!

Our topics range from self care, social media (which is a broad topic), business growth coach, success stories from business owners who used adversity to carve a new career path, and much more.

My goal is to encourage and edify others, provide insight, tips and resources to help people succeed with their personal and professional relationships.

I welcome you to contact me at analucia.novak@gmail.com to be my special guest – I’m loading my calendar for  2011.  So far my November and partial December is already booked.

This November and December, @LissaDuty and I will be hosting a Social Media Hour with a topic each week, but it will be a loose agenda, as we really want people to engage and ask questions. We want to help people kick start their 2011 with confidence in utilizing social media tools to enhance their presence and grow their business.

Please bookmark my BlogTalkRadio site and add the number 347-843-4092 to your calendar!

– Every Thursday at 10am PDT – Savvy Business Leaders

– Every Wednesday at 2:00pm PDT – @LissaDuty and @AnaLuciaNovak Social Media Hour for November and December.  Of course, all calls are recorded for later viewing!

This Thursday at 10:00am PDT,  I am featuring Jeffrey Levine,Tamian Associates

Jeffrey Levine is Your Social Media Visionary at Tamian Associates. Imagine being able to get your strong message, products or services out to your target audience, in your area while attracting new clients, profits, media opportunities. What if you could position yourself as the hub of the wheel of your market place as the authority in your market? http://tamianassociates.com/ 408-844-4576

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Written by: Wendy Montes de Oca, Precision Marketing

Precision Marketing eNewsletter

Market With Precision. It’s Proven. It’s Powerful. It’s Free! Oct. 12, 2010
In This Issue
PPC for Research
SEO for PDFs
SMM: Hype or Hidden Treasure?
More for Less

Precision Marketing

Quick Tip

PPC Testing For Market Research and Product Development
Next time you have a concept or direct mail package you are about to launch … test it on pay-per-click (a/k/a display ads) first. This can be done on Google, Yahoo or Bing.
This is a great way to gauge general market sentiment that is cost effective and fast.
You can test headlines or concepts. For example, seeing if a topic is of interest to general public before creating an entirely new product.
Create your ads and run them for about a 2-week period. Make sure all your ads are different but link to same landing page.  The offer can be a short free report of related matter.
You’ll have an idea at the end of the testing period, based on clicks and conversions (or lack thereof) how your package (or concept) may perform before it actually goes live.
Having this insight will help save you money and allow you to tweak copy, offer, landing page and other important conversion elements.
Depending on your keywords used, placement, daily budget, and some other variables, your entire campaign should only cost a few hundred dollars.

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In today’s issue, find out how to use pay-per-click to test creative and conceptual ideas.  Also, discover the best ways to measure your social marketing efforts. Finally, learn how to optimize your .pdfs for better search engine results.
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Make Your PDFs SEO Friendly!
There’s a misconception out there that search engines don’t read (spider) PDFs.

They do. Of course, HTML pages are faster to index than a PDF, but they can be indexed. The trick is to know how to set up the PDF to make sure you get maximum pick up by the search engines.

Here are the top 5 tips to help make sure your PDFs on your website are optimized for search engines…

1. Make sure each PDF file is text based and has the correct document properties set up. When the search engines spider a PDF, they extrapolate the text from the information fields within the PDF … so it’s critical what meta data and keywords you have in these fields. The important fields are: author, document title, description, file size and modification date.
2. Remember to tag the PDF and use anchor text and links within the file. Just as SEO best practices tells us for a website, this method is also viable for PDFs. In addition, make sure your links are not buried deep within the PDF file. Have them at the root level … easy to find for search engines.
3. If you have a large PDF file, consider breaking it into smaller relevant groups, sections, chapters, etc. These sections should be tagged accordingly with accurate, relevant keywords. This is not only reader friendly for humans, but also for search engines, since as I mentioned, it takes longer to spider a PDF than HTML.
4. Check the PDF file format version number and make sure it’s readable by search engines. Typically, the version to use is Acrobat 5/Adobe XMP (PDF V. 1.4 or 1.5).
5. Finally, make sure the reading order in your PDF is logical and flows. Again, this is user friendly for humans and search engines. However, your reading order, for a search engine perspective, will give you an idea of what will be displayed in organic search results. To do this, when your PDF is open, select Advanced-Accessibility-Add Tags to Document. Then select Advanced-Accessibility-Touch Up Reading Order. After you do this, the reading order of the PDF will be displayed.
So if you have PDFs on your site already, it’s a good idea to review them to make sure they were originally set up correctly for search engines.
Don’t let your PDF content get overlooked … optimize it today!

Social Marketing: Hype or Hidden Treasure?
My friend, copywriting expert and best-selling author, Bob Bly, had an interesting discussion about social media on his blog.

In a nutshell, there was a comment about how using standard direct response marketers metrics, social marketing is a waste of time.

I disagree and here’s why:

Social media, in my opinion me, is a hybrid between relationship/network marketing as well as direct marketing.

It’s relationship marketing if you know how to be a strategic thinker as well as be creative with your marketing messages. In other words, what to say and where to say it. Targeting is key. You have to look at each social media website to see if it, and it’s users, are the right fit for your marketing message and business. Then, you need to craft your message accordingly. And that requires good creative, copywriting skills.
(Editor’s Note: I’ve had tremendous success with LinkedIn, Twitter, Digg and StumbleUpon, but not so much with Facebook. For my business, Facebook users are not necessarily the decision makers I want to get in front of to help build my consulting business. However, I still promote my website on Facebook and include links to my lead gen and product pages. I get to enjoy ancillary traffic and the backlink (SEO) from a top ranked website, but I don’t count on real, solid leads from this source.)

It’s direct response as you can measure results. Granted, it’s not as cut and dry as some other online marketing methods, like email.where deliverability, clicks, opens, sales, and ROI is concrete. But, for me (and my business), I can specifically track any leads or sales I get back to specific social media platforms. And I can measure traffic to my website via Google Analytics from those same sites.

As a core direct marketer, I don’t waste my time on something I can’t tie a metric to.

Here’s How I measure Social Media: Look at the “3 O’s”-Outputs, Outcomes and Objectives.
1.    Outputs measures effectiveness and efficiency, such as new subscriber sign-ups and spikes in Web site traffic during your campaign. And it measures analytics, such as referring Web site sources, visits, unique visits and visit percentages.

2.    Outcomes measures behavioral changes such as internal customer/subscriber feedback (calls, e-mails, forum postings) on your Web site, as well as external reputation monitoring or visiting targeted chat rooms during your campaign looking to see the “buzz.”

3.    Objectives compare direct product sales during the time of the campaign to other sales that occurred before the campaign. So it establishes a baseline, giving room for sales assumptions tied to your effort.

Use Free Online Tools:
1.    Google Analytics

-Check the “referring sources page” to see how much traffic was generated by LinkedIn.
-Look at overall traffic to website during same time period of your effort.
-If you have a sign up/email form, look for lead spikes during time period of your effort.
2.    Google Alerts
-Set alert for your name, your company name, and keywords in your content. You’ll get notified via Alert if content/your message gets picked up and goes viral.

3.    Backlink Checkers
-Google Webmaster Tools – Check back links going to site during same time period of your effort.
-Link Popularity Check – Link popularity analysis is one of the best ways to quantifiably and independently measure your website’s online awareness.
-Sample free tools: http://seopro.com.au/free-seo-tools/link-checker/, http://www.iwebtool.com/backlink_checker, http://www.backlinkwatch.com/index.php.

What do you think?

Hot Marketing Ideas: Getting More Leads For Less!

Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, local proprietor, or online publisher everyone is looking to make more money, get more leads and grow their business … for less.
Below are some ideas to help you do just that.
  1. Online press releases could be a powerful tool that’s often overlooked. There are many free online press distribution services, like PRLog.org, that can help get your message on the web and picked up by media sources, online news aggregators and bloggers. If you have a relevant, useful, newsworthy message…turn it into a press release. In addition to driving traffic to your site, the link you embed into the online release will help you with SEO link-building efforts.
  2. Classified ads and internet bulletin boards are not just for selling items any more. They are a powerful way to create buzz, initiate back-links and drive traffic to your site. Many sites like Craig’s List, which is a “Top 50” site that reaches over 40 million people, offers free postings and many categories to suit your message. Crafting the right ad for your objective just takes some creative thinking. I’ve used this platform successfully for many lead generation efforts.
  3. Leveraging local or regional newspapers with an editorial piece or captivating print ad is also a great trick I’ve used with fantastic results. You simply search online for list of newspapers by city or state, then narrow down your list by newspaper circulation. If you don’t have the budget for advertising you can offer the newspaper valuable content with your name and contact information mentioned in your byline or editorial note. Surprisingly, there are many regional newspapers that sell advertising space dirt-cheap. Years ago, I was targeting high net worth individuals. I researched the richest counties in America, and then those respective newspapers and publications within those counties. Aspen, Colorado was one area where a print ad cost me roughly $500. That ad generated several sales (I only needed 1 lead to breakeven) and produced an ROI of more than 1000%.
  4. Partnering with synergistic companies is often a tactic that doesn’t get as much priority as it should. In my opinion, at least 25% of a marketing professional’s role should be business development and relationship cultivation (including affiliate marketing). Reaching out to “friendly competitors” opens the door to a plethora of possibilities including revenue share deals, joint venture agreements, guest editorials, and reciprocal ad swaps (in ezines). These efforts cost virtually nothing and help with both your sales and lead generation efforts.
  5. Advertising on blogs and ad networks with either banners or text ads is another great way to target a particular prospect (by either channel or genre) and costs a reasonable fee. There are many high traffic blogs for almost any niche out there and some rates are under $1/CPM. With this, research and strategic targeting as well as relevant, powerful creative copy is essential. I’ve been advertising on select blogs for many years with great results. Some cost-effective networks worth checking out are: BlogAds.com, Burst Media and AdBrite.com.
  6. My SONAR Content Distribution Model TM is another cost effective, yet powerful, way of repurposing and synchronizing content (albeit text, audio, video) distribution into various, targeted channels. And it allows companies, publishers, entrepreneurs … basically anyone with content on their website … the ability to ultimately turn traffic into sales. For more information, check out http://www.precisionmarketingmedia.com/sonar.html.
    Pay
  7. Pay Per Click can be a viable way to bring in leads and sales. Although in my experience, it’s hard to get a conversion with a “cold lead” that is over $99. The “sweet spot” seems to be products between $19.99 – $59.99. This is ideal for lead generation efforts of low cost info-publishing products, like paid eBooks. And you don’t need to break the bank either. With a robust keyword selection and bid management tool as well as engaging text ad and landing page copy, you could bring in several thousand names per month and spend less than $2,000 (which is about a $1/CPL). Note: for saturated markets (such as real estate related terms), certain keywords may cost a little more to get exposure.
There’s many more ways to market your business effectively … and “cost” effectively. It’s just a matter of being a creative marketer.

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I’m working on a new book that is slated to hit stores and online retailers next Fall.

This is very exciting for me.  Although I’ve had many articles published in top business and Internet marketing publications as well as written several eBooks … it’s my first ‘real’ book … and I am the sole author.
The book will be based on my acclaimed SONAR Content Distribution Model TM and will have loads of useful, practical, & proven strategies I’ve used for the last decade to make more than $150 million in total revenues for the companies and consulting clients I’ve worked for.
I’ll release the name soon as well as keep you posted on my progress.
Stay tuned!

Follow Me…

As you know, the business of blogs has grown and evolved significantly over the last 24 months. A quote from the WordPress.com site puts it best…

“Blogging is growing both in the US and especially internationally. Tens of thousands of new WordPress blogs are created every day – by regular bloggers, companies, large media publishers, and many others. In addition, we seeing a trend that’s potentially even bigger than blogging: Publishers are starting to use WordPress as a platform to create all kinds of sites beyond blogs – large and small company sites, online magazines, social networks, travel sites, scrapbooking sites, contact managers, startups, multimedia archives, video sites, sports sites.”

Isn’t this cool? Ten of thousands of blogs being created DAILY! Businesses are using blogging technology to create company websites, social networks, video sites, membership sites and so much more.

The sad reality is that a good portion of these blog sites won’t last more than a year as they are lacking some key success strategies for optimizing and marketing their blogs.

Well now there is a great remedy for that problem….

VAClassroom.com has recently launched a new 2-week mini-course titled, “Blog Marketing Tips, Tools & Tactics”

As I have reviewed course, I see two valuable reasons for taking this program:

1.  This blog marketing mini-course will give you some advanced and current marketing and optimization skills that you can offer as a high value and “in-demand” service to a fast growing base of blog site owners.

2.  Many of you may currently be using a WordPress blogsite as your primary online business presence, which is very smart! This two-week training program will essentially provide you with a blog marketing tune-up and blueprint for your site, so that you can increase your targeted traffic, business visibility and new client leads.

This two-fold purpose will have a strong impact on both your business visibility as well as new income opportunities!

To get all the details on this important new training program, just click on the link below:

http://www.vaclassroom.com/socialmarketing/cmd.asp?Clk=3195901

Seven is a magic number. Why? Because there are seven simple strategies every small business can employ to jump on the social marketing bandwagon. The best part: most require only a moderate investment of time and/or money.

1. Start Blogging – Blogging is old news to many. Not quite the distant past, but still not the future… sort of a Web 1.5. Is blogging what’s ‘hot’ at the moment? Well, no. It certainly doesn’t compare with chasing a link from the front page of Digg. But blogging is alive and well! It continues to be a great way to get interactively connected with your customers. ‘Dialoguing’ is the reason social marketing exists. How much time you invest in your blog is up to you, but you’ll get out what you put in. You don’t have to drive yourself crazy putting in daily entries, but you should establish a regular schedule for your blog updates. Otherwise, when people check your blog they’ll see the same-old/same-old so often that they’ll stop visiting your site… which is the whole reason you started the blog! So don’t shoot yourself in the foot by creating a blog that’s a visitor-repellent rather than a visitor-magnet.

Blogging is not a monologue. Your blog is not the electronic equivalent of Hamlet’s soliloquy. Just the opposite! Blogging is about creating conversations and joining others in progress. Take time to read what others in your industry are saying. Get in on the discussion (and get your name out there) by posting your comments on other blogs. It’s free, and again, the amount of time you invest can bring some very big returns. The beauty of blog posts is that you’ll almost always be encouraged to supply your name and URL when leaving a comment. This is a great way to build visibility and create a springboard to catapult traffic from other blogs to yours.

2. Take and share Digital Photos – Flickr can be a tremendous marketing tool thanks to its incredibly active photo groups. The time and cost investment are minimal, and you can use Flickr to reach thousands of highly targeted prospects with compelling images of your product.

3. Be The Answer Man (or Woman) at Yahoo Answers – There’s one thing you have to provide that no one else does – your expertise. If you’re a service-based business, your knowledge is your #1 marketing tool. Yahoo Answers is a great place for you to hammer away at prospects. Imagine being the go-to person that people seek out. That’s who you’ll be at Yahoo Answers.

There’s no better way to share your expertise and make an instant and direct connection with potential customers. I know dozens of marketing pros like me who spent as little as an hour or two each week answering SEO and promotíon-oriented questions there. They tell me that they’ve been able to track big results from even that small investment of time.

4. Get Into the Movie Business – Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but moving pictures are worth their weight in solid gold marketing. Fortunately, good video cameras are cheap these days, and a short video needs little editing/production work in today’s “everyone’s a filmmaker” environment. And if you’ve got the creative “chops” to add some sizzle to a video, go for it! Be the next Scorsese, if you can. Fortunately, the software you need to add special effects won’t break the bank. The most “viral” videos are usually spontaneous and unproduced… merely “captured” by a videographer. For marketing purposes, however, a produced video is the way to go… and a how-to video featuring your product is a good choice. If the look or location of your business is a selling point, “tour” videos – of a workplace, a restaurant, the homes you sell, the real estate you landscape, etc. – are your best bet.

Marketing videos are finding a home on local search portals like CitySearch. The find-it-in-your-town site announced that local video ads will be added to its listings. YellowPages.com is also exploring the idea of video opportunities.

Upload your videos to a unique page on your website or add them to your blog page. But don’t stop there! YouTube is the most obvious – and the most active – sharing destination. And there are so many others. Just nose around the web and you’ll find ’em.

5. Don’t Wait To Visit StumbleUpon.com – There are many so-called ‘discovery’ type sites in social marketing. The best-known are Digg, Reddit, and Netscape, but they’re also a bit complicated. StumbleUpon requires the lowest time investment. The site’s functionality makes it much quicker and easier to join groups related to your industry and add friends from those groups.

Once you’ve joined and created your lists, you can start to upload “sticky” (appealing to visitors) content and before you know it, other users will “stumble upon” what you’ve added. That’s when the “magic begins”. When visitors give your pages good feedback, your content is shown to even more users.

You can’t sell your product or service on StumbleUpon. The benefit it offers is increased traffic, which can lead to increased profíts. Those profíts are just a click away because your site is just a click away. Think of StumbleUpon as a way to raise awareness, Blog readership, grow subscribers, etc… all of which ultimately feed into your profit stream.

6. Join Up – A HUGE part of social marketing is detective work. You need to find your customers where they like to hang out. Well, if your customers are like most people on the planet, it’s pretty likely that they hang out at Yahoo Groups or Google Groups to share interests and opinions.

Fetch, Marketer! Go get those prospects.

Like Flickr, the groups at Yahoo and Google are organised into interest-based lists. When you join the lists and discussions, you can provide your expertise (there’s that word again) and become a trusted member of the community… the person that other people will want to do business with. There’s no better outcome to marketing than that!

7. Make Friends Not Noise – As you explore social marketing opportunities across the web, be sensitive to the rules and regulations posted on various websites. As a member of a social community, it’s your obligation to play by the rules… so make sure you know them and follow them! But here’s one general rule for using these sites as marketing tools: Don’t spam the system. Flickr doesn’t want your entire product inventory posted, and they have rules against doing so. But a few high-quality photo submissions that add to the community are fine.

Whatever social marketing you do, make a contribution to the community. Try to add content and comments of value, not an endless spew of “Buy my product” messages. In other words, don’t be a leech that’s merely there to suck up prospects. Give back a little. Or, better yet, give back a lot! When you do that, you’re on the road to social marketing success. (Translation: more money than you’ll know what to do with!)

And remember, with social marketing we’re not talking about any old traffic. We’re talk about platinum, USDA Prime, pre-qualified, eager to do business, trusting, ready and willing prospects who don’t think of you as a business… they think of you as a friend.

So be a good friend. Deliver on the promise of quality and service. If you do that, social marketing will make you rích beyond your wildest dreams.

So stop dreaming and start marketing… socially.

About The Author
By Jonathan Jay: Founder and Managing Director of SuccessTrack. Helping Business Owners Make More Profit in Less Time With Less Effort. Strategies like that can explode your small business quickly, that’s why you should go right now to http://www.freemarketingbook.org and request a copy of Jonathan Jay’s new book “Marketing Secrets of a Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneur”, a 72 page book with hundreds of practical ideas. About SuccessTrack – http://www.successtrackonline.com

There are several ways to get website traffic fast and free, and I’m going to share ten niche ways with you.

Article Submission

You don’t need to be an award winníng expert on the topic you are writing about – just pick an area that is related to the theme of your website, do a bit of research using a search engine and before you know it you will have more knowledge on that subject than most. Write in a relaxed, straightforward way. And, of course, when you add your details at the end of your article, make certain that you include your web address as well.

URL Submission

This sounds so obvious, yet so many people overlook it. Website URL submission is about getting more links to your website to help your website get ranked high on major search engines, thus getting more visitor traffic by, well, submittíng your website URL to the major search engines. You can buy or subscribe to software that will do this, but it is quite possible to get a good return by submitting manually.

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is a way for internet users to store, classify, share, search and discover Internet resources that they find useful. Since social bookmarks are saved online, users are able to access them from anywhere – at home, at work or while travelling.

These lists can be accessible to the public by users of a specific network or website. What you need to do first is register with a social bookmarking site which allows you to store and tag bookmarks. Most social bookmarking services allow users to search for bookmarks which are associated with given “tags”, and rank the resources by the number of users which have bookmarked them. This means that other visitors and members of social bookmarking sites can search for resources by topic, category, keyword, tags, or popularity to see what others have saved. As a user, social bookmarking sites let you find useful, informative resources through pages that have been tagged because others have found them to be valuable sources. Voila – more web traffíc. Free.

Forum Posting

Forum posting is a hands down alternative to paid advertising methods. For just a few hours of work every week, you can capture batches of interested leads everyday. The more forums you contribute to, the more you will gain traffic. If you are an active forum poster, you will also get a good feel about the kind of products that are hot on the market.

Please don’t overlook the forum signature or commonly called resource box – it’s a powerful free advertising tool for you. What you must do is edit your forum signature. Basically, a curiosity inducing one-liner and a link to your website is great. Once you have edited and saved your signature, it will appear at the bottom of all your comments in the forum discussions. That means, the more you participate in the discussions in the forums, the more people see your semi-ad written on your signature. I promise, this will encourage people to visit your website, and hopefully buy from you.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to get the word out about your website and can be done with very little technical expertise and therefore is easy to start up. If you have a product or service you believe in, visit a site such as Clickbank and open an account. Follow the simple instructions to gain affiliates – and traffic.

Press Releases

It’s a fact that a well-written Press Release can dramatically improve your sales, expose your company to the masses, and greatly enhance the image of your business or products. Publicity is the most cost-effective web traffic building marketing tool there is, and, surprisingly, web traffíc can be generated by ink and paper!

Classified Ads

Again, it’s easy to associate Classified Ads with yesterday’s technology, but they are extremely cheap and a one line product or service description, together with your website, will pay dividends.

Blog Comments

If you are an avid blog follower, you have to include Blog Commenting in your web traffíc arsenal. You will almost always find a “comments” link at the end of each post. Good blog commenters add to the discussion and are known as knowledgeable, informative, friendly and engaged. Join them!

FaceBook

Don’t forget that you can use Facebook to its full potential to attract more visitors to your website. You can get away from just interacting with your school or college friends and start interacting with people within your industry or other industries that you want to get into.

An easy way to do this is to join groups that interest you as well as make friends with people that you want to get to know. Fill out your profile (fully) – the best profile on Facebook is a complete one.

Videos

Finally, why not make a video and post to video sites too! This is not a Warner Bros. effort! Your PC or Mac may well have a webcam, or you can borrow a camcorder or Flip. Write a brief script – lights- camera – action – and upload to YouTube. (Just remember to be sure to link it back to you.)

Well – there you are. Not all of the ten suggestions I’ve outlined may appeal, but if you select three or four, stick with them, and implement them on a regular basis, you will see your web traffíc grow significantly. My best to you.

About The Author
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