The Four Fundamentals of Database Marketing

The subject of databases and database marketing usually does not inspire the imagination of most people, at least not in the same way as, say, finding long-lost buried treasure.

However, as an apt comparison, effective use of databases is analogous to finding buried treasure – it’s just hidden within your own business.

Database marketing refers … Read the rest

The Old Way of Marketing

Marketing used to be about shouting at people loud enough and often enough so they’ll be influenced by what you have to sell. (And there’s no shortage of this type of advertising nowadays).

Although the delivery of the “Big Brand” message became more subtle through the latter part of the 20th century, the concept of … Read the rest

How Google Search Works (in 5 minutes)

Every time someone searches for content on the internet, there are thousands, sometimes millions, of webpages available. How Google figures out which results to show starts long before a searcher begins to type.

In brief, Google evaluates the search terms a user enters into its search engine and matches them to the content on the … Read the rest

Good and Bad of Modern Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

With the advent of modern advertising, and internet marketing technologies in particular, has generating more sales become easier, more efficient and less costly?

Or in fact, has marketing become more complex, more misunderstood, less efficient and more costly? (And I’m not even talking about integrating artificial intelligence into your marketing and advertising mix).

In brief: … Read the rest

Internet Fraud and Work-at-Home Scams

Mass Marketing Fraud and scams are not new.

As an example, in the 1920’s, the Ponzi scheme (bogus investment swindle) was a notorious way to bilk individuals from their savings. However, the idea of that specific scam goes back earlier, to 1857, when Charles Dickens described it in his novel Little Dorrit. Back in … Read the rest

What is a Website’s Value?

Over the years I’ve purchased a few websites from previous owners. Determining a website’s value has always been the central topic that leads to a successful transaction (or not).

There is considerably more information available nowadays, but the common theme is what you and I have understood about evaluating the worth of any item: The … Read the rest

What is a Landing Page?

A landing page is a special type of website sales page. It may be a page that directly sells a product or service. Alternatively, it could be a web page that sells visitors on the benefits of entering their name and email address in exchange for a free download; or to get more information about … Read the rest