Here's a fantastic article about how small businesses can use social media in their marketing: 10 Small Business Social Media Marketing Tips. What I think makes this article stand out is that the author gives both a basic strategy and an advanced strategy for each social media tool. Most articles I've read give only more advanced strategies. However, the basic strategies are especially helpful for those who are just getting their feet wet. With these basic strategies, you know you're starting out on the right foot.
As a marketing professional, I think it's important to stay abreast of the latest online marketing tools. So sometime last year, I signed up for a Twitter account -- and promptly determined that Twitter was only for egotistical people who actually thot others were interested in the minutia of their day. Well, I'm eating my words now.
What do you do when you're faced with filling in an online profile? Perhaps you are just registering on a site to comment on someone's blog posting, or to post a question in a user forum. Are you prepared with a cool screen name and a line of information about yourself? Or do you just skip that section, with a vague intention in the back of your mind to come back later?
This is a great article I came across today, Ten Stories That Can Sell Anything. Simply put, there are basically 10 angles you can take to market your product or services. And they are all related to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Any marketing or psychology class will all tell you about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. However, this article puts the marketing and psychology together in a simple, straightforward package. Here's a summary:
Two Volvo ads caught my attention in the last 24 hours. Really, that's quite a great thing, isn't it? A company wants to attract your attention. The one last night, on TV, made me laugh. Here's the angle: