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Making Sense Of Social Media Social media can be a bit daunting if you don't take a moment to make sense of it all. Each week there are more companies being funded and more mergers and acquisitions taking place as companies attempt to make sense of it all, but sometimes you want them to (quoting the Talking Heads) "Stop Making Sense" and just help us understand what's going on here. To understand the landscape you need to break social media down into its elemental pieces. As I can see it, social media as a blanket term is the one category that overlaps the most with other categories in emerging media, further making it difficult to sort through.   Click for details...


Video Search & Relevance: Important Bedfellows
As I wrote in last month’s column, video offers enormous opportunity for local SMBs (Small/Mid-sized Businesses) to market online more effectively. Admittedly, some folks differ with that point of view. For example, one commenter wrote that “although the technology exists for businesses to deploy video online, SMBs can’t compete with big brands on creative work.” This person argued that it will take more than lowering the barrier-to-entry cost of video for SMBs to compete with bigger brands. I beg to differ. Why? From what we have seen, successful online video advertising involves more than glitzy, expensively-produced commercials. Successful video ads offer relevant, informative, and authentic content about a brand, product, and service: In short, the type of content that search engines love. Also, SMBs have the mobility, which larger competitors may lack, to optimize and adjust their videos for greater relevance, ultimately making them even better for search engines.   Click for details...


Video Marketing - Developing a Video Squeeze Page With High Conversions
Have you heard the statistics yet that 51% of Google searchers in 2007 were looking for video? That's a statistic we simply cannot ignore. And if you're an internet marketer, the time is TODAY to start to capitalize on video marketing into YOUR traffic arsenal. While there are other methods of video marketing which include youtube videos, demos, training videos, and walk-ons, a squeeze page video is what is used to turn a web site visitor into a potential customer. In other words a LEAD.   Why use video rather than text? The answer is simple. Higher conversions which range from 7 to 10 X higher than text and images alone.       Click for details...


The Business Face of Social Networking
You’ve got a Web site, a blog, and maybe even an RSS feed. Think you’re done with Web 2.0? Think again. Social networking sites—community-driven Web sites that aim to connect friends and colleagues into an interwoven fabric of a network—should be next up on your business agenda. The sites can help you find referrals, vet ideas, get advice and more—usually for free.   When it comes to social networking for business, we’re not referring to MySpace, FaceBook and other online popularity contests where teens and 20-somethings (plus 30-somethings who wish they were still 20-somethings) post embellished or embarrassing tidbits about themselves in the name of “connecting” with friends and strangers. (Though it doesn’t hurt to have a presence there, if that demographic is your target market).    Click for details...


Ad Spending On Social Networks Explodes In '08
Ad spending on online social networks worldwide will nearly double, to $2.2 billion in 2008 from $1.2 billion this year, according to an eMarketer study being released today. Most spending will come from the U.S., where social network advertising is projected to grow to $1.6 billion next year, from $920 million in 2007. MySpace and Facebook dominate U.S. social network advertising, claiming 70% of ad dollars. -     Click for details...


MySpace Advertising Surges News Corp. yesterday reported that advertising sales on MySpace, the Web's No. 1 social network, surged 87 percent in the fourth quarter, "primarily due to revenue growth for search and advertising," the company said. Fox Interactive Media, the conglomerate's online division, is now on pace to reach $1 billion by the end of 2008. Operating profit showed exponential growth, up from $1 million in 2006 to $23 million in 2007. Source: Business Week   Click for details...


Streaming Video Goes to College
Video advocates must continually work with (sometimes reluctant) professors to understand the power of video and to find a simple way to deliver it to students who are using a variety of equipment, software, and internet connection speeds.   It was just a generation ago that a college professor stood in front of the room and talked at a group of students who took notes. Other tools consisted of a blackboard, chalk, and, perhaps if you were really high-tech, an overhead projector. Times have changed, and today’s college lecture halls are often wired for sound and video. The professor may project a PowerPoint presentation, slides under a microscope, or excerpts from a journal article. Some students may come to the lecture hall while others may participate in distance learning and watch a live stream or watch on-demand video of the lecture at their convenience.     Click for details...


Ad Auto Dollars Driving To Net
WORLDWIDE AUTOMOTIVE ADVERTISING REVENUES WILL stay at the $40 billion level for the next four years, according to a recent survey by a Princeton research group. But the Kelsey Group says there will be a shift among the media for those dollars. One of the few growth areas expected is the Internet, climbing from 5% in 2007 to 13% in 2011. Overall, the Internet will grow 27.5% over four years to $5.3 billion.   Click for details...


List Building 101 - You Must Use a Squeeze Page
A squeeze page is a way to gather the names and emails address of each visitor. It contains a headline, bullet points, and a subscription forms. Testomials, audio and video messages can also be used.   Click for details...


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Online Ad Spend by Industry - January 2008 Online Ad Spend by Industry - January 2008 Note: Nielsen Online’s AdRelevance service uses a proprietary methodology for estimating online advertising expenditures and takes into account only image-based technologies and advertising sold per CPM. Above data does not reflect house advertising activity, strategic partnerships between publishers and advertisers, or text units, paid search, sponsorships, email, units contained within applications (e.g., messengers and pre-rolls) or performance-based advertising.   Click for details...


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