It seems as if everyone is talking about online auctions. And why not. There are thousands of online auctions on the internet with more popping up everyday. People love them because they can usually find great bargains. Businesses are now also seeing the benefits of online auctions. Below are five ways your business can benefit from online auctions.
Archive for June, 2008
Networking is when two or more different businesses stay in contact on a regular basis to build and improve each others business. There are many ways to network your business online. Participate in online business related discussion boards , e-mail discussion groups, newsgroups and chat rooms. You can communicate with other business people via e-mail, video conferencing and by using instant messaging programs. Join online business associations and clubs.
Giving away content is a powerful way to get free advertising. For example, give other people permission to use your article on their web site or in their e-zine. The resource box at the end of your article acts as an ad. In return, you get free advertising. It’s a win/win situation for both you and the people that need the extra content.
There are many forms of free content. It could be articles, reports, news stories, e-books, e-zines, e-mags, virtual e-mail courses, press releases, web books, etc.
1. Utilize Your Knowledge
Do you have extensive knowledge in a particular subject? Offer people free consulting or advice on that subject via e-mail if in exchange they either link to your web site, run your promotional ad in their e-zine or place your banner ad on their web site for a set period of time.
2. Become A Publisher
Publish e-zines for other people for free. In return for your work in designing, updating and gathering content you request that your promotional ad be placed at the top of each issue. Their duties will be to promote and send out each issue to their subscribers.
1. Give Incentives
Give people an incentive to subscribe to your e-zine. Offer them a freebie if they subscribe. It could be a free e-book, free report, free advertising, etc. Make sure the freebie will attract your target audience.
2. Joint Venture
Joint venture with a similar e-zine. Combine your subscriber bases together and publish one e-zine. Edit and publish each issue together. You both will be promoting the e-zine which means more subscribers.
I feel the most effective way to get people to link to your web site is by offering web masters the option of giving away your free stuff. In exchange, they link to your web site. Why would other web masters want to do this? They may want give away a freebie to draw traffic to their web site. They also may not have the time, knowledge or skills to give away certain types of electronic freebies from their web site.
Your links will just keep multiplying. When a web master offers your freebie to his or her visitors. Those visitors may decide to also give away your freebie. And so on and so on… The more people that link to your web site the more traffic you’ll get. Below are four of the most popular types of freebies given away on the internet to increase traffic. (more…)
1. Give Testimonials
When you purchase a product or service and it exceeds your expectations e-mail the business a testimonial. Tell them in the testimonial the benefits you got from the product or service. Give them permission to publish the testimonial on the web site if they include your sig file at the end. (more…)
Database Marketing is the gathering and storing of specific information about your prospects or customers. This information is usually stored in a database program on your computer. You would then use the information to market and advertise to them. It can save you time and money because you can target your promotional efforts to your best prospects or customers. (more…)
The way you structure your payment offers can increase your sales. I’m not talking about the way people pay like credit cards, digital payments, checks, and cash options. What I’m taking about is can your customers try before they buy, pay later, make payments, do they get a rebate, etc. Below are six payment offers that will sell like your products or services like crazy: