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Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success Impacts SMBs & Startups via @Curagami

Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success Impacts SMBs & Startups via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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Tough "Dog Days" of summer for "Super Hero" marketing tactics. Here is a list of the dead and dying tactics:

SMB Marketing Tactics Costing More, Getting Less:

* Yellow Pages (near death). 
* Print ads (near death).

* Val-u-pak coupons (near death).

* Coupons of any kind (losing relevance with smartphone users)..

* Groupons (blows brands up almost beyond repair).
* Email marketing (sick due to social / mobile web). 
* Social Media Marketing (sick and getting sicker fast). 
* Content Marketing.(content shock sick).

* Ecommerce (too many stores, same offerings).
* PPC (paying more to get less). 
* Retargeting (cat out of bag, so sick efficacy declining).
* Video Marketing (steep learning curve, expensive). 
* Viral Marketing (everyone has that cold now & hit or miss). 
* Cause Marketing (not as unique as once was & live or die with partner).

* Celebrity Marketing (expensive and live or die with branded celeb).

* SEO (don't even get us started, all but gone, baby, gone). 

Many of these "SMB" tactics are in a startup's launch plan too. Good luck with that. Startups have to double down on asynchronous tactics since their money is tight and they have little or no brand awareness yet.

Favorite startup asynchronous tactics of ours include:

* OPN (tap Other People's Networks).
* OPM (tap Other People's Money via crowdfunding).
* Crowdfunding.
* Friends-of-Friends marketing.
* Community (start handing of the keys to your content early).
* Partnerships.
* OPC (Other People's Content via content curation with attribution(.
* Video Marketing (learning curve and expense scares most away).
* Events.
* Training.
* Contests & Games.

That last bullet can be especially powerful for startups. Remember to create tools needed to empower advocates, contributors and Sherpas. Make it easy to help you by providing graphical tools, listening and curating content into a social space (curation is a form of social reward).  

 

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Social Business Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Business Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.

Via Salah ALhaj Ahmed, Luciana Viter
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

File this infographic under "stats to help sell social to the c level" and good luck.

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Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, April 1, 2014 2:36 AM

Social Business Trends 2014...

StrutturaFine | pl's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:33 PM

Numeri, tendenze, stats | il #Mobile su tutto

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Startups NOT Using GooglePlus Are NUTS, Here's Why...

Startups NOT Using GooglePlus Are NUTS, Here's Why... | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Wow, this post is TAKING OFF fast. Its about something I keep talking about and no one seems to HEAR. GPlus is the place to create your Internet marketing and I use numbers from @Crowdfundeanalysis.@CrowdfundeFind An Amazing G+ Analysis here:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/F5fXyrkTPCr
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How Startups Can Use Power Of Social Media (Infographic)

How Startups Can Use Power Of Social Media (Infographic) | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

"Startups face tremendous pressure while competing with their bigger counterparts. They neither have large manpower nor big infrastructure. Social media can become an effective solution in helping them grow. This infographic shows how startups should utilize the power of social media."

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Startups are "too busy" to create and publish content on the web. I understand. There was a time when I felt guilty about how much time I spend on social media. 

One day I realized the time I spend on social media IS MY JOB. I'm a marketing guy. I've been selling one thing or another for thirty years starting with bar soap for P&G and now our CrowdFunde startup.

Social media is where relationships start and all selling is relationship selling today since we don't buy anything from someone we don't "know" and trust. Despite the fact it makes startups feel like Willy Loman at some point they need to sell something to someone. 

Selling something to someone means startups must embrace social media marketing as visualized in this infographic.  

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lorrinda's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:19 AM

Micropreneurs can use the power of social media for selling because "...social media is where relationships start and all selling is relationship selling" [so that you are known, liked and trusted]... enough that people feel comfortable buying from you or based on your recommendation.

Matty Bdn's curator insight, February 20, 2014 4:23 AM

Comment les médias sociaux peuvent-ils devenir une solution au développement des startups ?

 

Voici un exemple d'infographie efficace pour montrer comment les startups doivent les utiliser. 

Samuel Pavin's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:16 AM

Social Media for startups. Not just communication but a major tool for advertising, sales, marketing and customer service.