One-to-One Marketing – Powerful, but can Destroy Relationship with Customers

Melissa Shore hardly bothers to open email from Delta Airlines’ preferred opt-in list anymore. It’s not because she’s not interested. She travels a lot in her work as a senior analyst with New York-based research firm Jupiter Communications, and she’s always looking for travel deals.

“Every week, I’d get another email from Delta offering discounts on flights from Chicago or Atlanta,” she says, mystified. “I kept hoping to receive a message that read, ‘Melissa, we’ve got discounts on these trips leaving from New York,’ but I never have.”

Though Shore says she’s a very loyal customer to businesses that provide quality personalized service, Delta, she says, has missed the mark. “I’d rather not get anything from them than get something that’s not relevant,” Shore says. At least the promotional email registration on the airline’s Website now asks for the city of origin. Whether that will translate into deals on flights out of New York remains to be seen.

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How Corporate Spies Work

Winkler is a former NSA manager specialized in cybercrime. As we all are faced with this sort of bad things that may hurt or damage our hard work, let’s see what he has to say about cybersecurity and why we must first and foremost focus on a bulletproof connection to the Internet.

At the NSA, Winkler learned valuable lessons about cryptoanalysis and database design, among other things. But the spy’s life failed to match his expectations. The NSA, says Winkler, was “more Dilbert than James Bond.”

It was in the private sector that he finally found the intrigue he longed for. While working as a project manager at SAIC, a San Diego-based technology consulting firm, Winkler was asked to conduct a security test for a client company.

The company wanted to know how easy it would be for a competitor to identify its overnight carrier or the type of computer system used in its research library. Winkler took it upon himself to broaden the assignment. “Why go after something so lame?” he says. “The goal was to simulate an attack, and that means computer access.”

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Traffic Generating Strategies

Looking to drive more traffic to your blog? Don’t sacrifice quality content for traffic generating “tricks” that make your blog look like it exists only to serve up Google Adwords. Here are a few of them that make me crazy:

Linking a business concept with a ridiculously unrelated pop culture reference. Really, does anything scream “I want clicks” more than a post entitled “14 Ways B2B Marketing Strategy is Like a Lady Gaga Concert”?

Numbers. I’m as much of a fan of writing (and reading) the “5 Things That…” and “17 Great Ways To…” list-style posts as the next blogger. This blog has it’s fair share. But when 90% of your post titles start with a number, you’re trying too hard.

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So Many Benefits In Social Media

The main aim of the traditional method of marketing was to get as many eyeballs on your services and products as was possible and then hope for a certain percentage of people to purchase. Television commercials, radio advertising, yellow pages, magazine ads, direct mail, etc…are all examples of traditional advertising methods.

These methods are now no longer effective, as several customers now dislike “one way” messaging. People now no longer trust the advertisers. A recent survey done in the US indicated that only 16 percent of people now trust ads whereas 79 percent of people prefer consumer recommendations. Therefore, today marketers are seeking alternative ways to connect directly with their potential customers.
Internet marketing originally became popular by using websites and optimizing those sites using various SEO (search engine optimization) techniques. Though it is still a worthwhile strategy, now SEO has been updated by the Web 2.0 strategies, such as social media marketing.
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About Affiliate Programs

I often get asked the question what Affiliate Marketing is when I send proposals to potential clients.
In its simplest form, affiliate marketing is commission based marketing. From the perspective of the seller, it is creating a program to pay commissions to those that market your products and services for you. From the perspective of the marketer, it is marketing a product or service and making a commission for each sale.

There are numerous services out there that manage affiliate marketing programs to ensure everyone involved is treated fairly: Google Affiliate Network, Commission Junction, AvantLink, LinkConnector, etc.
Nearly everyone with a website can benefit from participation in affiliate marketing programs. It is a simple, easy and effective way for websites with great content such as magazines sites and blogs to make money. It is also a great way for small businesses to market their products and services because there is no cost unless sales are made.
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Show Your Ads Only When Competitors Ads Are Not Showing

“I’m selling the same products as my supplier and we both advertise on AdWords. We were wondering whether one of us is eating away some market share from the other by doing so, and we end up paying more per conversion than if only one of us would be using AdWords.”

This is a hard question to answer properly as there are a number of different scenarios that could take place and the effects of each will be quite different on your end results.
Yes, competition can drive up prices. If you’re both competing to position your ad in the same slot on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP), then obviously you’re going to be in direct competition with each other and anyone else who is advertising against that keyword, which could drive up costs.
But, if you’re the only bidders on the SERP and not fighting each other for position, then it’ll make little difference on your conversion rates.
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SEO Techniques For Affiliate Marketers

There are many affiliate marketers who haven’t yet understood how essential it is to use the leverage of search engines. After all, the vast majority of Internet users use search engines in order to find information and products online. They are an affiliate marketer’s best friend and are responsible for the promotion of your website to countless people and counts for 90% of the traffic your website will receive. Google and Yahoo are definitely the most popular search engines among the seven or eight top search engines out there. Google being the most popular of all.

When you plug your query into a search engine, it immediately gets to work by looking through all the indexed pages and presents you with all the websites that match the written phrase that you applied. Those with a high ranking will show up first and, more likely than not, a visitor will click on the first websites at the top of the first page. It is only on rare occasions that a visitor will bother going past page 3 unless they were looking for something very specific. Getting on that first page really ought to be what you are striving most for.

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Do You Know The Logic Of Selling?

If you are planning to start an online business, then you should be good at sales. Darn good that is.
There are mixed feeling for people when it comes to selling in general. Some people feel that the profession of selling and marketing is a very rewarding career. It is to be noted that for different people, rewards mean different things.

To you, a reward might be monetary and to some others, the rewards might be emotional benefits. For me, this is a very exciting profession to be in and rewards me both emotionally and financially.
There are people who find it very hectic also. They find the job of selling and marketing to be very depressing especially when they don’t meet their deadlines or targets. These people find the job to be very frustrating as they can’t enjoy what they are doing. I do not condemn these people. Maybe selling is not their cup of tea.
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Learning Security from Good Hackers

“Last night, I stayed up until 6 o’clock figuring out how to do this,” says Riley “Caezar” Eller, a slender and bookish 27-year-old. Scribbling furiously on a dry-erase board covered with boxy diagrams representing a pair of networked computers, Eller maps out a novel cyberattack-a method of disabling a supposedly impregnable system with a few clever lines of code. His listeners nod each step of the way, occasionally grunting their approval. When the presentation is over and the imaginary defenses have all been surmounted, they break into polite applause.

Such demonstrations are part of the standard curriculum at the major security consultancies. But Eller isn’t giving this lecture in a sterile conference room at PricewaterhouseCoopers or Deloitte & Touche.
The setting is a subterranean hideout that closely resembles a frat house, complete with lava lamps and a rickety bar that reeks of week-old spilled Smirnoff. His cohorts – sworn enemies of office cubicles and Brooks Brothers suits – are members of an invite-only group of ace programmers, cryptography enthusiasts, and hardware wizards. Their think tank-cum-social club is known as the Ghetto Hackers.
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People want expert websites, not just the facts

Many Americans who troll the internet in search of health-related information are bored or simply frustrated with “just the facts”: They want the Web to help manage their health and that of their loved ones. A new generation of “care sites” addresses those demands. These Websites offer sophisticated monitoring devices, tailored treatment plans, personalized webpages that store individuals’ health-care data, and regular interaction with health-care professionals who monitor and/or manage their health.

Internet-based devices that measure and monitor user health and vitals plug into these websites. The devices range in complexity from simple blood pressure cuffs to implantable pacemakers. Web-based health devices can supplement–and, in some cases, replace–traditional monitoring equipment or routine medical exams. The benefits are multi-fold: Web health care is convenient; it encourages real-time patient feedback; it provides online tracking information to enhance treatment plans; and it facilitates cost-effective patient monitoring.
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