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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
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Shoppers Look for Quality—Not Deals

Shoppers Look for Quality—Not Deals | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
Shoppers aren’t too concerned with getting items at a low price. Instead, they’re looking for “superior quality products”—something consumers are increasingly prioritizing when looking to purchase.
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Guess Which Online Marketplace Is Advertising on TV?

Guess Which Online Marketplace Is Advertising on TV? | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Time and again, we hear online merchants urging online marketplaces to advertise their sites more prominently, with many sellers advocating TV campaigns to drive shoppers to their listings. eBay and Overstock.com have run some memorable television ads in the past, but for the most part, online marketplaces stick with Internet, email and affiliate marketing to attract shoppers.

So news that Rakuten.com Shopping has begun promoting its marketplace through television and billboard advertising in the U.S. is big news, even though they are testing the campaigns in limited geographic areas.

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How Online Retailers Could Use Scoop.it To Disrupt & Win In 2014

How Online Retailers Could Use Scoop.it To Disrupt & Win In 2014 | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Content or Conversion
Ecommerce (B2C) merchants are narrowing the "content marketing" gap with their B2B cousins, but the old left/right brain problem remains. Ecommerce requires a strange synergy between right brain creativity (design, merchandising, visualization) and left-brain science (analytics, metrics, KPIs).  

If you asked me the greatest challenge from my 7 year Ecommerce Director tenure it would be finding ways to win on both sides of the content - conversion Rubicon. 

When we thought we had the content dial just right it would tank our conversion metrics. Each time we thought we had conversion set up perfect our "content" metrics like pages viewed, time on site and bounce rates would disintegrate. 

Finding the tiny balance beam between CONTENT's heuristic benefits (more time on site, better engagement, more Lifetime Value, better quality User Generated Content and more of it) and conversion's MONEY was hellish. 

Scoop.it To The Rescue
If you run a multi-million dollars ecommerce website and aren't using Scoop.it you’re nuts. There is NO faster content feedback tool than Scoop.it (period, full stop). 

Here are ways I would be using this magic wand of a tool if I was still responsible for more than $6M in online sales yearly:

* Test contest and game ideas. 
* Test Q&A content (most shared WINS a page). 
* Find and empower brand advocates (buzz team).

* Watch competitors like a HAWK (with keyword tool).

* Watch my key brands like a HAWK (also with keyword tool). 
* Ask for help (amazing talent in Scoop.it community). 
* Reward previous helpers with Scoop.it profiles and long thank you notes). 
* Copy Scoop.it's brilliant soft gamification and leader boards.

* Crack the API and find ways to build curation as a "channel" with a P&L, a budget and distinct goals. 
* Partner with the Scoop.it team to find common points and tap their community for "testing before you test" ideas.

* Look to create an uncapped incentive plan with Scoop.it team to weigh, measure and value traffic and conversions from the channel and PAY THEM a % of the action they create. 

This last bullet is worth MILLIONS . Instead of simply thinking about the very cool curation tool I would set up "content curation" as a marketing channel with a budget. Next I would call Guillaume and Marc and ask to meet in SF. 

At that meeting I would pitch a mutually beneficial partnership. Instead of approaching the partnership in a static way I would pitch the Scoop.it team on a more flexible and uncapped arrangement. If the "commons" we create together produced millions projected then Scoop.it gets a sizable "affiliate-like" commission. 

If I were running LLBean.com, Target.com or especially B&N.com I would be all over Scoop.it in 2014. RedEnvelope.com is an even better example. When I created FoundObjects.com in the late 1990s (now gone sadly) RedEnvelope was the cool kid on the block. 

Now RedEnvelope.com is being destroyed.


They can't compete against the User Generated Content of Estsy.com or the scale of Amazon. They are in the middle where NO ONE SURVIVES.


Crack the top of that website and reinvent it with the help of a cool tool like Scoop.it or RedEnvelope.com will reach the point of diminishing return where every order costs more to ship than it makes (ouch). 

If you are developing your ecommerce plan for 2014 and you aren't thinking about Scoop.it LOOK OUT.  


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Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

Preaching to the choir here, of course ;)

malek's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:14 PM

An eye opener on striking the balance between content and conversion.. The "How-to" list is worth multiple visits.

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Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe

Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
This sort of “blogging is dead, especially for business” thinking as shared in Beyond Blogging: 13 Content Marketing Opportunities for Ecommerce by Linda Bustos drives me nuts: Remember when business...
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, July 12, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for sharing :)
Gracie Passette's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:08 PM

Blogs are not dead, despite what you've heard. And this is great news for those working in the adult industry who are blocked from using Facebook and other giant sites. Click the links in the article for detailed info.


MartinSocially's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:05 PM

The concept of individuals creating their own content will endure, platforms may come and go but the essence of origianal content is fundamental to the future of the internet and society as a whole.

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