Marketing

The Holiday Season Begins NOW for Online B2B & B2C Sales [Tips] ©

Your Christmas e-commerce campaigns should be launching in early October if you want to take full advantage of online shoppers.  The online holiday season starts early because it ends early due to shipping time.  If you serve Canadians from another country or export your products outside of Canada, even more time is required for guaranteed […]

Should You Worry About Your Google Analytics Bounce Rates? ©

Several years ago, I almost had a coronary the first time I saw the bounce rate for a site I was administering through Google Analytics.  The metric sent me off on a research journey for clarification.  Just what was this bounce rate, and how dare it imply that visitors were leaving my home page almost […]

Are the Affiliate Gurus Wrong About E-Mail Marketing? ©

There are some brilliant and successful affiliate gurus out there and I’ve learned a lot from them. The experience they offer is invaluable, especially for new affiliate marketers.  Following their advice blindly to the letter can get you into trouble though.

What to Look for in a URL Shortener

Affiliate marketers and ezine publishers have been using URL shortening tools for more than a decade.  They can cloak affiliate links to prevent commission hijacking or affiliate bypassing.  Shortened URL’s also prevent broken links in e-mail from line character limits.  With the advent of character-limited social media, they’ve taken on a new role of lowering […]

Experts Rank Landing Pages Highest for Value Proposition Testing ©

Why should I buy your product or service? A consumer’s perceived answer to that question is your value proposition. It conveys your product’s unique value and ideally presents it as more desirable than any competitor’s product or service. The ultimate goal, of course, is increased sales conversions.

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Canadian online business icon and veteran, Ken Evoy, want’s to jump-start your eBusiness… so he’s having a sweepstakes!

Canada’s HootSuite Top Social Media Tool for Top Brands [Infographic]

I prefer to manage social networks individually so I can tweak the post to grab the attention of the various personalities attracted to each.  I also like to avoid confusing social media cross-over, such as #hashtags in a Facebook post. I feel it’s good for my marketing mind to keep in touch with each network […]

How Many Canadians are Online and What are They Doing? [Statistics]

How Many Canadians are Online and What are They Doing? [Statistics]

They are always outdated, but statistics show the vast, wide open market that Canada offers to online businesses.  They demonstrate trends and growth, while providing some road signs to direct us down the right marketing route. We anticipate new Canadian statistics for 2011 to be released in the Fall of 2012, with numbers expected to […]

How Top Companies Use Social Media [Statistics] ©

How Top Companies Use Social Media [Statistics] ©

Canadian businesses can learn a lot from Fortune Global 100 companies about how to use social media and online discussion to promote their brand and engage consumers.  Marketers can also watch and learn from Canada’s top public companies that have a strong social media presence. Following is a list of the known social networks that […]

The Elusive ROI of Social Media [Infographic] ©

Someone once said that trying to figure out the ROI (Return on Investment) of social media is like trying to figure out the ROI of the telephone.  We know it works for Canadian businesses and there are options suitable for any budget, so we don’t believe there’s any great need to put a number on […]