I Don’t Think Marketing Is About Making Money

If there are two words I see in this industry that make me groan and walk away, it’s the phrase making money. I don’t want to go into the politics of recent, but a company made a decision to launch a controversial marketing campaign. One of my colleagues stated it was brilliant marketing because it’s going to make them a ton of money. Ugh. Look, they’re a corporation and can do whatever they’d like with their

Let’s Make Money: 8 Ways To Turn Social Media Traffic Into Sales

Social media sales are the new craze for marketing specialists all over the world. Contrary to an outdated belief, social media sales can be profitable for any industry — doesn’t matter if your target audience is millennials or generation X, schoolers or huge business owners, fixers or college professors. Considering the fact that there are about 3 billion active social media users worldwide, can you really say that there are no people who would like

13 Ways that Content Is Monetized Online

A good friend contacted me this week and said that he had a relative that had a site that was getting significant traffic and they wanted to see if there were a means of monetizing the audience. The short answer is yes… but I don’t believe the majority of small publishers recognize the opportunity or how to maximize the profitability of the property they own. I want to start with the pennies… then work into

How Presidential Candidates Are Using Email Marketing

A couple of elections ago, I made the mistake of posting some political articles on this blog. I jabbed a hornet’s nest and heard about it for months after. This isn’t a political blog, it’s a marketing blog, so I’ll keep my comments to myself. You can follow me on Facebook to see the fireworks. That said, marketing is the foundation for absolutely every campaign. In this campaign we see Donald Trump wagging the traditional

What $22 Billion Can Get You: Facebook’s Acquisitions in Perspective

Imagine if your company had so much money that you could spend $22 billion on acquiring other companies. While this would only happen in most people’s wildest dreams, it is the reality for Facebook. In 2013, Honduras and Afghanistan brought in less money than Facebook’s acquisitions. The top 13 big budget blockbuster films combined only total $2.4B, yet that $22B in acquisitions is still $8B away from reaching Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth of $30B, which is

Making the Most of your Monetization

Monetization of a blog is difficult unless you have a lot of traffic or if you have a great niche. I run a few different advertising technologies on my site and have been impressed with the revenue I’ve attained. One of the issues with running ad space is getting the most out of the real estate. Do you run display ads? Banners? Buttons? Text links? I believe this is the idea behind new efforts such