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مُساهمةموضوع: How To Make Money On The Web   الخميس يوليو 08, 2010 12:45 am


Before I decided on the title for this article I wrote down a list of
options: how to engage an audience, how to affect change, and how to
alter perceptions and change attitudes. All of which are valid, and all
of which are important to you as a business owner or marketing manager.


The trouble is, most busy, results-oriented business owners and
managers want quick, simple answers to complex marketing questions that
involve psychological and sociological issues. Buying a mobile phone,
makeup, or a car is more complicated than which option provides the most
features at the cheapest cost. Even if that was someone's intent, it's a
purchasing strategy that is defeated by the myriad of confusing and
conflicting feature packages offered: you can get this with that, but
not that with this, unless you get the other thing you don't want, and
of course whatever you do want costs a lot more. To clarify the
situation you can always consult the specifications with the help of an
engineer to explain them to you, or you could read some user-generated
consumer reports that were probably written by some paid shill or
someone with way too much time on their hands. As a last resort you
could just buy the one that comes in the nicest color.


What gets lost in all the paradox of choice, technological hype, and
fad-marketing confusion is no matter what you sell, tanks or toilet
paper, it's people who buy it, even if those people work for mega
corporations that order in container-load quantities. People are
frustrating after all, it's hard enough negotiating where to go for
dinner with your friends, so what chance do you have of convincing
strangers to part with their hard earned cash. As a result blogs and
newsletters present a steady diet of search engine optimization, social
networking, and link building tactics with some mobile marketing
thrown-in. It's not that these things aren't important marketing
tactics, it just that they are tactics not strategy, and in order for
companies to maximize their marketing impact and sales, they must
implement a broader more complete marketing approach that deals with the
issues that trigger buying decisions and customer loyalty.


A System's Approach To Web Marketing Development


There are three reasons why people use the Web: access, content, and
communication. These are the critical elements needed to build a
Web-based business. The Web has become vital to business because that's
where the customers are, both business-to-consumer and
business-to-business. The Web is important because it provides access to
a huge international audience. And the reason the audience is there is
because the Web is the largest depository of content the world has ever
known. All of which wouldn't be of much value if it was all hidden away
in some gargantuan library instead of being easily, and for the most
part, freely accessible to send and receive; making it the most
efficient communication environment ever devised. From a system's
perspective the Web provides input, process, output, and feedback, a
classic business system's model.


We can all get a little carried away with the latest marketing trends
and technological solutions but when all is said and done a Web
business strategy must be based on delivering content in the form of
text, images, audio and video in informative, entertaining, and above
all memorable presentations that influence perception and trigger
action.


Everyone understands businesses have to make money in order to
survive, but all too often companies waste valuable resources following
trendy techno-fads that don't deliver meaningful, memorable content that
influences market behavior, creates brand awareness, delivers service
support, promotes positive public relations, generates leads, or
increases sales.


Confessions of a Social Networking Misanthrope


There are two basic financial website models, sites that provide
niche content that uses advertising as its revenue source, and sites
that provide content about the products and services they sell. If
you're in the business of selling eyeballs to advertisers you want as
much website traffic as possible; but if you're in the business of
selling merchandise or expertise, you really only want interested
traffic. In other words, if you sell anything other than advertising you
only want traffic that might actually buy what you sell.


Of course there are hybrid sites that want it both ways, they sell a
service and provide a blog that contains advertising in order to support
the effort. The trouble is the advertising bleeds off a lot of traffic,
the very thing the content was intended to attract in order for the
company to prove its expertise and thus gain new clients. And with
today's sophisticated behavioral advertising these ads can be sending
visitors to indirect competitors even if direct competitors have been
restricted. Even if the advertising is totally non-competitive, it is
still a distraction drawing people away from your ultimate objective of
gaining new customers.


This notion of distraction has even led to a new trend that supports
putting all hyperlinks at the end of a presentation rather than
spreading them throughout, which has been the norm and often recommended
practice. The current thinking on inline hypertext links is that they
are distracting and get in the way of the message so they should be
relegated to the bottom of the page and used for reference purposes
only.


Advertising sites want traffic, and any traffic will do; product and
service sites want an interested audience. When all is said and done
it's not traffic that website businesses want, it's awareness,
engagement, and leads.


You Have To Influence Your Audience


It may not be trendy, and it sure isn't easy, but if you want to make
a pile of dough, you have to influence your audience, you have to
change perception, alter attitudes, target emotions, and facilitate
positive change.


I know, I know, you only sell shoes or the thing that fits inside the
thing that turns the other thing that you don't sell, but all that
doesn't matter because whatever you sell you can make a difference if
you stop worrying about traffic and the latest social networking fad du
jour.


And that statistical analysis that arrives in your in-box only tells
you what happened, not why; it presents only a sterile snap shot of
history, it doesn't foretell the future; otherwise we'd all be driving
flying cars, wearing Dick Tracey watches, and have so much free-time
they'd have to legalize polygamy just to keep us busy.


Successful companies change the way we think and ultimately the way
we act, and it usually revolves around the consistent communication of a
simple idea or concept. Ever heard of a company called Apple? Wasn't it
the firm that all the Wall Street stat-geeks and techno-wizards told us
just couldn't compete and was going to go broke not so long ago; so
much for blind statistical analysis.


When Apple first introduced the Mac they talked about a computer that
was "convivial," meaning enjoyable due to its ease of use and quality
of design. And with that guiding principle Apple has changed how we
design things, how we communicate, how we listen to music, how we view
video, and they're on their way to changing how we read books,
newspapers, and magazines. Apple has not just influenced its audience;
it has changed society. Oh yah, they're now the computer company with
the largest market capitalization, and it's all because they stuck to
their core philosophy and message, and presented it in clever,
meaningful, memorable marketing campaigns.


Business Websites are Communication Platforms


Poor communication is worse than no communication at all. Poor
communication kills trust and credibility. You may be the greatest
expert in widget technology or software engineering but if you're a poor
communicator or are represented by ineffectual media, videos, and
websites, then you're doing your business a disservice. If you want to
make a lot of money you have to change attitudes, alter perceptions, and
influence people, and you can only do that if you communicate
effectively.

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