Alerti Social Media Monitoring & Management Service

I’m excited to announce that Alerti is launching their social media monitoring and management in the US and UK this week. With thousands of people already using their French language version, the launching of their English language version is a boon for small and medium size businesses around the world. Alerti’s founders wanted to create a single, customizable interface for managing and sharing information from the web. Their social media monitoring and management service offers all of the advantages of the big name services at a fraction of the cost.

For a limited time, Influence People is proud to offer FREE 3 month trials. To claim yours, go to Alerti and register with the “MN” Bonus code

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Custom Search – Alerti’s customizable search is based on a search engine that continuously scans all types of online content. Alerti empowers you to follow what is being said about you, your brand, or your competitors on the internet, to measure the engagement of your communities, and to interact with them.

Single Interface – Alerti collects all search results in a single interface that allows you to track your keywords, measure the engagement of your communities, and respond from within the same screen.

Work Flow Integration – This feature allows you to share your alerts out to a work-group and respond to relevant posts directly from your Alerti account. The options in the lower right allow you to tag a result or adjust the sentiment analysis. The “Share” button lets you send results out to your own networks, and the “Task” button allows you to delegate results internally to your team.

Metrics – Alerti gives you all the standard metrics, including customizable graphs, sentiment analysis, and profile information on your results.

Cost – Here’s where Alerti makes an even more convincing case- their plans start at just $25/ month.

And as I said, I’m working with Alerti and using this service. Influence People is excited to offer a limited number of FREE 3 month trials to bloggers or business owners who go to Alerti and register using the “MN” Bonus code.

And then come back and let us know what you think in the comments!

Site Acceleration: How to Generate and Convert More Potential Leads Into Sales

Find out how to use site acceleration to convert potential leads into leads, sales, and monetized clicks!

Another online marketing expert recently said that Field of Dreams teaches terrible marketing practices. In that movie, Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball field and people come to it! He doesn’t do any advertising, he doesn’t do any cold calling, he doesn’t put up any fliers. Unlike pretty much every business in the country, online or offline, he doesn’t have to draw people to his field since he believes that “if I build it, they will come”.

You can be selling the best product in the world and not make a dime if nobody goes to your store or nobody visits your website. In my time in online marketing, I’ve seen plenty of great websites with slick payment methods so that it’s easy to complete the sales cycle and purchase a product, but they don’t sell a single thing because they have no traffic, and the little traffic they do have gets quickly disinterested. I won’t tell you how write a great hook for your landing page but I will share a few things I’ve learned about the crucial first two steps of the online sales cycle.

1) People need to be able to find your site

No matter how good your product is, people won’t buy a single product nor sign up for a single offer if they can’t find your website. In the online marketing world, the main way people find you is through Google and other search engines, like Bing and Yahoo.

Have you ever seen a nightclub without a sign?

I’ve seen one, in San Francisco. It’s called The Slide. There’s no cover and it has a great dance floor, and makes a pretty good screwdriver. It easily beats the boilerplate Ruby’s next door. But nobody ever shows up! Even on a Saturday night, there’s at most a hundred people.

In the online marketing world, your signs is how well people can find you on Google. In order to get people to find you, you need to build backlinks on quality websites that link back to your site on terms that people who will buy your product would search for.

Hire a good SEO company

In the old days, companies would hire an outsourced firm full of writers who could barely speak English to do their search engine optimization work for them. This would work fine for a few months, but eventually the companies’ sites would disappear from Google altogether. All their links would be on spam sites so they would get blacklisted from Google and other search engines.

This is because people who are bad writers can’t get posts on good sites. Google is pretty good at figuring out which sites are and which sites are bad, so it penalizes your site if it has backlinks from a lot of spammy sites, so hiring a company that’s incapable of posting backlinks on good sites will get you delisted from Google. That’s why companies today are increasingly hiring SEO firms with expert writers to build links for them so that they can generate traffic to their site.

2) They need to see your site once they find it

This one really should be a give-in, but web development teams often overlook an Achilles heal in converting these new potential leads into sales. Usually, the content development teams and the web design teams are separate from the technical teams. Even small one-man operations rarely host their own sites anymore, and instead rely on a remote server. This means that they often think that they can’t do a thing about their site’s load time.

Even if they do the hosting on their own, the site is only hosted on one server, so it will load slowly for someone far away. Most potential leads are lost within 8 seconds of clicking on a link so a slow low time in any significant part of your target demographic can kill your conversion rate, but there’s a solution.

Site accelerators

Site acceleration services get around this problem by hosting your site on multiple, high-quality, super-fast servers. This means that somebody in New York won’t have to wait for a website in San Francisco to travel across the entire continent to be able to see it. Good site acceleration companies host the video on different super-fast servers than the rest of the site content, which will further cut load times and increase conversions.

David Henzel

David Henzel

David Henzel is VP of Marketing and a partner at NetDNA, which provides CDN solutions that deliver fast page load times for enterprise and SMB websites. A serial entrepreneur, David has more than 11 years of experience in online marketing, having launched and sold several online businesses in Germany before coming to NetDNA in 2009.

Blog Marketing Tips: Video For Business

Blog marketing is an important part of many online marketing campaigns because bloggers are such build your online reputation and reach out to potential customers. When I first started working with online marketing in 2009, blogs were only a small part of the equation (the word “blogosphere) hadn’t even been coined yet) since “web diaries”, the precursor to blogs, had a much smaller readership. With over a decade of experience in online marketing under my belt and many years blogging, I have developed some great tips for blog marketing that can help business and other clients reach out to customers and a commanding presence online.

Since blog marketing has two main purposes, I have divided my tips into two categories: Search engine optimization (SEO) and using blogs to reach out directly to potential customers.

Blog marketing tips: Video marketing

Blog marketing campaigns often involve videos for businesses, but this is a recent development. I remember having to wait for YouTube videos to load before playing, but now high-definition videos stream instantly.

Video marketing adds a personal face to your marketing campaign. For one thing, people like seeing other people’s faces so they will be drawn towards a video.

Also, videos are a better format than text for people who are audio and visual learners. This means that adding video marketing to a blog marketing campaign will allow you to connect with more people than you did before.

Blog marketing tips: Search engine optimization

Blog marketing has not always been a widespread internet marketing strategy, but businesses have tried to get their pages to rank highly on search engines since the last century. Even in 1999, consumers were using search engines to find articles online so businesses quickly figured out to try to get their articles to the top of the first page. However, they mostly only use the top page of searches to decide which site is worthy.

Google has a special algorithm for determining how highly a site will show up on its search engine results and it’s based on two things: The number and quality of backlinks going to a page that are links for a specific term (off-site SEO), and how well the site is written for search engines (on-site SEO).

A good blogger relations campaign publishes articles to link not just to your pages, but also to link to good articles that have already been published about you. This helps both your pages and these articles show up highly in search results, while simultaneously building up backlinks to your site.

Blog marketing tips: Targeted marketing

With the rise in popularity of blogs since circa 2006, marketing directly to blog readers has become a powerful way to connect with customers, but it’s based on concepts that existed even before the Internet.

Why are blog readers good to market toward?

Think of the last few blogs posts you’ve read. Now think about what the blog itself is about. Now think about who reads that blog. What’s the blog’s audience? How old are they? Do they make online purchases?

Now contrast this to an ad by the freeway. What’s the product for? Who’s seeing that ad? What are their demographic characteristics? How closely does this product align with the people who are seeing the ad?

The ad on the freeway is going to be seen by a lot of people who aren’t interested. Yes, a lot of them will be commuters, and most of them will own cars, but most billboards can’t be very specific. In a way, they are even more broad than an advertisement broadcast on TV, since that ad will only be seen by people viewing the show.

On the other hand, most blogs are targeted at a very specific demographic because they are about a very narrow topic. This means that their readers are highly targetable and will have a high lead-to-sale conversion rate if you market toward them. Even compared to other targeted marketing strategies like running an AdSense campaign, blogger marketing lets you focus on a narrow audience that is automatically interested in your product and might have even heard of it already.

Blog marketing tips: Trust marketing

Facebook has recently began putting fake “Like” advertisements up, whereby somebody’s Facebook friend is said to “Like” a particular product or brand. The idea is that people trust their friends more than they trust advertisers, so by masking advertising as friend posts people are more likely to click on the ads.

In this way, people see their friends as “trust agents”, which is a similar role bloggers play. However, bloggers carry extra weight that friends and social media marketing cannot compete with: Like friends, they are trusted for their honest, but they are also trusted because their readership sees them as experts in their field.

Blogging marketing campaigns work because SEO, targeting marketing, and trust marketing synthesize to build your presence online and earn you the trust of people who are likely to buy your product.

How to Win Friends and Influence People Online

Our founder and CEO was recently listed in the ImpactRadius Top 25 Performance Marketing Influencers List. Congratulations Murray!

From Murray:

“I think the list is a good start and I’m sure that Todd and the team at Impact Radius will work hard to perfect it. This is their best guess at online influence, which is a hard thing to do. Klout has spent millions on their scoring system, and it’s far from perfect. The validity of their list was questioned by Missy Ward. I myself have written and posted over 50 guest posts on marketing sites relating to affiliate marketing (many of which have been tweeted, shared and liked) in the last month alone, which will have had a large influence on the sector which is not accounted for in the infographic. This cross platform influence of people is very hard to measure.”

But how do you win those friends and influence people online?

1. Meeting People Face-to-Face

Surprisingly to many, meeting people who hear about your site, follow you on Twitter, connect with you on LinkedIn and Facebook face-to-face makes a huge difference. Ford Social Media Manager Scott Monty discussed this at BlogWorld. See my post on this topic here: WetWorld blogging

2. Content and Conversation Creation

Make good content for your site, blog, Facebook page, Twitter stream and LinkedIn profile make you an influencer. This can be words, photos or video, but make sure it’s relevant to the audience you want to connect with.

3. Content Curation

When speaking on a one-to-one or one-to-many basis, it’s not just about your thoughts and images. Good conversationalists also reference other words and content, as well. If you can become a good resource for ideas, you can become a go-to source for others.

4. Being Known For Something

Shawn Collins and Missy Ward run Affiliate Summit, the biggest conference in the industry, and they are certainly known in the industry for this. They are also very influential.

5. Have Something to Promote

Running Affiliate Summit, the biggest conference in the industry, gives Shawn Collins and Missy Ward something to promote and at the same time builds their own profiles. Lots of people do this with online book, webinars or other social objects.

Why is influence important?

Brian Solis’ blog Francisco Dao posted on The Illusion of Importance: I think it is a great post that we should not get to caught up in ourselves. However that is missing a point. We all do much of our shopping online. It is a small section of society with creates that online content and a smaller section which does it well. Influencing those people can impact the buying habits of a nation. Fact:  Ford was at BlogWorld because they want to influence bloggers who influence the buying habits of America. That is why online influence matters.

Why does being listed as someone who can influence people matter?

Within 48 hours of hitting that list, I was contacted by someone who wanted to influence the affiliate market and write a quote for a new blogger relations project. Now that is good promotion for myself, which will lead to more work in the near future.