Archive for May, 2009

Going Personal For Better Business

Many successful business owners often are striving to:

1) Grow relationships with customers.


2) Be innovative in their industry.

I believe that ideally the most successful business’s combine the two areas.  If you can continually have better relationships with your customers or partners, then trust builds over time and your customers will be more likely to do business with you. Combine that with your business striving to be the most efficient tool for your customers and bingo, you are growing your business better than the competition.

For instance, Convert2Media has always been one of my favorite affiliate networks. Why? C2M has dedicated countless hours towards their affiliates, helping them be better marketers and make more money. I haven’t seen any other online business be more upfront and personal than C2M. Especially Ruck, he’s the man, offering a guaranteed response to any question in their new coaching forum. They continually grow relationships with publishers, while initiating the first affiliate network coaching forums and podcasting sessions.

Most affiliate networks leave the personal side for affiliate managers to handle. Many publishers have developed relationships that grow their business, but this is not nearly enough to maximize the potential to establish undeniable trust between networks.

Also, another shameless plug goes out to MediaTrust. Without a doubt, their affiliate managers know how to grow business through relationships. On top that, their weekly news show Relevantly Speaking and newly released platform for publishers are top-notch.

Even if its not all that much, the extra effort goes a long way. Get personal.


05 2009

Social Media For What?


This post was inspired by Adam Singer’s post named “What If?“.

To everyone who uses Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Digg, Flickr, and/or other social websites: What do you do you use these tools for?

I use social media…?

For innovation.

For social causes.

For collaboration.

For transparency.

For feedback.

For education.

For connecting.

For pursuing your passion.

For simplicity.

For brand-equity.

For talking with your customers.

For sharing.

For marketing.

For finding a job.

For better business.

For curiosity.

For relationships.

For knowledge.

For news.

For fun.

For making things happen.

For achieving your dreams.

Embrace these early years of social media for future success and prosperity.

If you have ideas on other uses for social media, feel free to leave a comment.


05 2009

Are Affiliate Links In Twitter Abuse or Opportunities?

There is always a time and place for everything, but c’mon now, are affiliate links about to enter into Twitter for high volume profit? Mitch Joel wrote a post today on how poor of a choice it is to market on Twitter, here: Affiliate Links In Twitter Will Sink Marketing To A New Low

For sure, there are now thousands of mainstream Twitter users thanks to Oprah, Barbara Walters, etc. All of these new mainstream users are susceptible to being marketed traditional products they would see ads for anywhere else on the web. Please keep it real, Twitter is a place to converse via public messages. Twitter is one of the strongest platforms to speak and connect to the world. It is not a place that needs to be infected by a few dozen users who are looking to make a quick buck. So, please prove me wrong, affiliate links on Twitter are abuse, not an opportunity to spam more people.

In an earlier blog entry, Joel said:

And here’s the kicker: we really are speaking to each other, and that is way more powerful than marketers telling customers what they want them to hear.


05 2009

Objective: Earn Your Media

Across the web there are countless platforms that enable “paid” media. In other words, you pay for the exposure of a brand/product that you want to be promoted. The problem is that it is harder to achieve earned-media, due to authentic time and effort, but the rewards are much greater if executed right. Earning your media has become a more popular marketing strategy for brands because it’s very cost effective compared to paid media. Recent innovations such as Twitter, Facebook, and other social media properties give a stronger leverage point for brands to earn their media.

When I read marketing news sites, I usually see something like “Advertising Revenue Predicted To Decline”. Yes, this is correct. Meanwhile, I continually see headlines such as “Social Media Advertising Revenue Increases Amid Recession”. Advertising agencies face the challenge of switching from traditional paid media, to “earned” media. So, with the marketing industry flipped upside down, only handful of agencies have been able to make money with this new marketing mentality. One of which is Crispin Porter + Bogusky, they were the master minds behind Burger King’s “Whopper Sacrifice” Facebook un-friending campaign.

Now, all of that is great for major advertising agencies and marketing executives to know, but how can that trickle down into affiliate marketing? If the appropriate social media/crowd-sourcing tools are used, a long term affiliate campaign can be successful with earned-media. Just take a look at already successful earned-media campaigns, and build your own from their. Just be aware that a lot of the time earned-media is involved with offline marketing strategies, so campaigns with strictly online actions would work most efficiently. Get started now with an earned-media affiliate campaign, performance pays!


05 2009

Virtual Goods Are Becoming A Major Market

Since the inception of virtual goods on Facebook, in Februrary 2007, the demand has rapidly increased. Facebook apps users play many of the thousands of apps available. Often the games that the users play are games that have shops that require points to purchase virtual goods. Why do the users want points? Simply to have something that will make the game more enjoyable, or enable them to attain a higher score. Why do app owners/developers offer virtual goods? The apps make money solely from either advertisements, or the better monetezation method: virtual goods.

Plus, users love virtual goods since many times in-game advertisements are eliminated, making a more user-friendly experience. Thus, users are happier, and more likely to engage in the virtual offers presented to them.  Virtual goods are becoming the preferred way to monetize social network applications. This is awesome news, considering that just last month (April) Facebook reached an astounding mark of 200 million active users.

So great, another growing opportunity to advertise online, but why is this important? The most important part is that the virtual goods/offers are largely coming from performance marketing advertisers. The same offers that are offered in Facebook apps are being published by affiliates elsewhere on the web.  However, most affiliates are unaware of this new trend or don’t see the volume. Performance marketing is already there, now just find your publishing spot in this growing market!

An example of virtual offers in the Are YOU Interested? Facebook application-

Virtual Offers

Down the road-

“The virtual goods economy faces hurdles. For starters, many of the offers themselves reek of scams — like ringtone sellers who don’t tell users that their mobile phones are going to be billed every month even if they don’t buy more ringtones. A longer-term risk is that people who take offers now might not want to take them later. There are only so many credit card offers that any one person is going to want.

But the dynamic at play — incorporating payments and offers into games — looks like it’s here to stay. For users, offers can be a win-win. I might think that getting a new pistol in Mob Wars will make my friends think I’m cool, and help me beat them at the game, so any way I can get that pistol is potentially good for me. If getting that pistol means signing up for some Netflix rentals at the same time — and if I already want to rent some movies anyway, then so much the better that I do it in the process of getting the pistol. More advertisers are looking at offer-based advertising, and if these companies can really nail the consumer-goods market, you can see how offers might get a lot more valuable. Teenagers might re-up on acne medication as they re-up on ammo, one day.”    – Eric Eldon of

I hope that isn’t too sententious, but really get involved with virtual offers in apps now, because they are serious money and a viable performance marketing opportunity.

Oh and by the way, “Facebook Money” is now the #2 Trending Topic on Twitter right now.


05 2009