Twitter – An Emerging Sales Platform

Twitter – An Emerging Sales Platform.


6 Steps for lead conversion

Sales leads are the crucial success point to any business-to-business (B2B) industry.



If you know when someone is looking to buy a product or service that you offer, you can contact them directly, pitch your service, and spell out their return on investment to secure the sale.

However, too much focus is placed on these quick win sales. What about the potential customer who doesn’t know how you can help them yet? What about the potential customer who wants a bit more information on prices? Surely they are just as valuable in the long term.

Only 27% of business to business (B2B) leads are sales-ready when first generated. This makes lead conversion essential for capitalizing on the other 73%, but up to 65% of B2B marketers have not established lead nurturing campaigns.

This begs the question: Can I make my lead generation campaign nurture opportunities for the future? The answer is yes, and here is how…

Understand the Online Marketing Funnel

The traditional marketing funnel encompasses all marketing activity from PR to print advertising. However, from an online perspective, you can monitor and analyze anyone who is looking at your online activities and tailor your approach to reach them.

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Essentially the four main elements of the online marketing funnel are:

6 Steps Lead Generation to Lead Nurturing 6 Steps to Turn Your Online Lead Generation Into Lead Nurturing


Take a look at your current online traffic levels and conversion ratios. Do they match up? Some webmasters get obsessed with visitor levels, but having a lot of visitors without conversions to me only equals one thing: A leaky marketing funnel. Although people are interested in your product or service, you are losing them at the final hurdle.

This is where lead nurturing comes into play. By gaining information such as an email address, name, or phone number, you can continue to monitor and connect with them, ensuring they don’t fall off your radar and buy from a competitor.

Make sure you are monitoring online leads and conversions, but are finalizing sales by phone. The easiest way to do this is use a visitor level call tracking system. In the majority of B2B industries, a phone call is definitely a prerequisite before a sale is made.

Target, Target, Target!

After you have narrowed down what should be included in your online leads funnel, you need to put a plan in place to make sure you’re reaching the right people. Deciding how you judge which point of the sales process different customers are at is essentially deciding what it means to be sales ready. The more you can find out about a website visitor, the closer you can match their requirements with what you can offer them.

A study suggests that our brains help us to focus on one thing by allowing us to ignore everything else. This really puts emphasis on creating something that visitors really want to see; otherwise you simply become part of the white noise. Target quality leads over quantity, and use your strategy to nurture relationships with people who want to be targeted.

Leverage Existing Databases

Existing databases are an invaluable resource, especially for your lead nurturing efforts. When marketing budgets are tight, spending them on sourcing new leads will eat into your profits. Why go to that trouble when you have an entire list of past customers who may be looking to buy again?

One of the most important messages to take away from this is the more effort you put into creating a database and keeping it up to date, the more leverage you have to align them to you brand again.

Content Marketing on Steroids

Having a great product will be little use if no one knows about it, and social media is often the first stage of the online discovery process. To have a good social media campaign, you must first have some great content to share. To make the content work for you, you have to have a great website that offers a unique service. Content is what holds social media and product together.

Create some exciting content that will educate your potential buyers on exactly what you can do for them, testimonials on what you have done for others and establishing yourself as a thought leading brand in your industry is what you should be aiming for. This takes strategy and time to build up, but linking social to content is an absolute power house for lead attraction and conversion. High quality content that is contextually relevant sent to potential clients leads to a 208% higher conversion rate than batch and blast.

Hard selling is not needed and is often inappropriate in the first establishing steps to generating and nurturing a lead, but if you’re able to show how you can help a potential customer, using statistics and offering something of value to the reader or establishing your business as a thought leader, you’ll be able to get people thinking: “if they know this about my sector, and are giving it away for free… what else do they know and how can they help me?”

Decision Maker’s Needs

Although you are looking at your online marketing strategies, working closely with an offline sales team is essential. By understanding the buyer, you can understand their needs and wants and evaluate how best to nurture this lead. Targeting people around the decision maker in a business is likely to be useful and if you can schedule in-person meetings to get in front of the people they answer to, you’ll have a better chance at getting ball rolling and making the lead into a sale.

The average number of people involved in a decision is 6.8 — and that number goes as high as 21 individuals on buying committees at larger companies. Your nurturing content will need to speak to each of them individually and address their unique needs.

Lead nurturing is more than simply pressurizing people who are not ready to buy into purchasing. If done right, it can create a loyal customer base that trusts what you offer and believes in what you do. Taking a visitor from the initial website visit through to sale is a skill which will become increasingly valuable as the internet markets become increasingly wide and competitive. Get a head start today and begin formulating a lead nurturing plan for your business.

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Most Effective SEO Techniques

As we all know SEO techniques are quite crucial when it comes to delivering returns and for best ROI

There has been an argument always between webmasters about this. In my opinion, on-page seo is more important as it doesn’t affect search engines alone, but it reaches your readers.

But for your site to rank well on search results, you need to apply both on-page and off-page optimization.

Most Effective On Page SEO Techniques


1. Interlinking (100% effective)

This on-page seo technique helps search engines to better index your blog as search bots will crawl from one link to another adding all your new pages to their searchable index.

When writing a post, try as much as possible to include links to your other relevant posts, having at least 6-8 links pointing to other posts really works miracles.

2. Title, Meta Description, Keywords And Formatting (95% effective)

Your page title, meta description and keywords – This helps search engines place your content on the right place, it helps them determine what your content is all about.

Formatting – Post formatting is all about optimizing your content for search engines and readers, this includes: using header tags in your post heading and subheadings, ensuring that your text is not too tiny for readers eyes, including your targeted keywords in your post and highlighting them in bold or italics.

3. URL Optimization (90% effective)

You can optimize your url for better search engine results by:

A: Having a good permanent link – The first example is the default permalink of new word press blogs, if your link structure is still like that you can change it by visiting “settings” – “permalinks”, use a permalink that includes your post title, category name or both for good results.

B: Canonicalizing your URLs – Canonicalize your urls to avoid duplication. If a page of your blog can be accessed through multiple urls, search engines will treat those pages as duplicate contents. If you are a word press user, you can canonicalize your urls by using an seo plugin (seo by yoast) or visit “general settings” in your dashboard, include the full url of your blog (e.g. and save. This redirects other versions of a page to prevent duplicate issues.

C: BONUS: Using breadcrumbs – Let visitors (and search bots) navigate your blog easily by enabling breadcrumbs.

4. Image Optimization (85% effective)

Images makes your post look professional, more readable and friendly. Here are ways to optimize your images.

A: Create your own images – 90% of images you use on your posts should be original and always give image credits when you copy an image.

B: Make it search engine friendly by using alt tag and avoid using names like 4850.jpg or image3.jpg on your images, include your keywords in your image name, here’s a good example “Apple iPhone4.jpg”.

C: Compress your images to avoid increasing your blog load time. If you are on wordpress there are lots of plugins to help you with that ex: wp

5. Regular Blog Posting (80% effective)

I recently wrote a post on Setting up a blog. Read on the post to know the benefits of updating your blog regularly.

6. Quality Content (100% effective)

Create quality and original posts, posts that provides useful information and apply the above on-page seo techniques.

Best Off Page SEO Techniques


As i said earlier, off-page seo is done outside your blog, it’s all about promoting and advertising your blog. Off-page seo is mainly concentrated towards creating backlinks. Here are off-page seo techniques that works.

7. Social Bookmarking

Use top bookmarking sites like, stumbleupon, delicious,, and reddit. You can do a quick Google search to find more high pr social bookmarking sites.

8. Guest Posting

Guest posting doesn’t only create quality back-links for your blog, it drives targeted traffic. 

9. Social Networking

Social networking seems to be the most popular of off-page optimization, even a newbie blogger can advertise and promote his blog on social networks. You can tweet your posts, share it on facebook, there  are a lot of ways to promote your blog on social networks.

10. Commenting

Blog commenting has always been a good off-page optimization method. Dropping relevant comments on blogs creates back-links and even traffic. There are blogs that provide no-follow comments while others are do-follow, but i highly recommend you mix both do-follow and no-follow blogs when creating back-links.

11. Directory Submission

You can still gain quality back-links from link directory sites. I recommend you only go for those that doesn’t require reciprocal links. Below are few link directories to start with

12. Article Submission

I agree this is an old off-page seo technique but it’s still very effective. Submit your original and quality articles to high pr article directories and have quality backlinks pointing to your blog. Below are few top article directories to start with.

13. Forum Posting

Join forums that are related to your niche, add your URL to the resource box, join or open a conversation, help others on topics you understand deeply and gain free quality back-links and traffic to your blog.

14. Press Release Submission

This is a great way to drive huge targeted traffic to your new blog that hasn’t been indexed by search engines. Although Google no longer consider links from press release sites, the traffic it drives is still worth it. There are free and paid press release sites, below are some good ones to start with.

Free Press Release Sites

Paid Press Release Sites

15. Link Exchange

To get the best out of link exchange, you need to exchange links with high pr sites. Find high pr sites related to your niche and request for a link exchange.

16. Submitting To Classifieds

Advertising your website on classified ads sites also helps. Below are few good ones to start with.

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Importance of Corporate Branding

Branding has its own importance and its very crucial for the growth of the company.

A company brand is something that often combines a trade name, logo, slogan, and certain colors.

With the right branding, A Company could be recognizable without the name even being visible. 


This is why businesses, including small businesses, cannot underestimate the power of creating, building, and developing a brand. Your company brand speaks volumes about your business both to other businesses and to the general public. Branding is, in short, one of the most effective methods of marketing and advertising around for a business.

Reasons why corporate branding is vital to any business

There are many reasons why branding is so important to both small and larger businesses. This is why it is never too early to start developing and building upon your company brand.

Here are just 5 of the reasons why branding is so important for your business:

Identity: Corporate branding gives your business an identity. Your slogan and logo become the face of your business, which is why a company with a strong enough brand can be recognized by any one of its branding elements even if the name of the company isn’t visible.

Customer relations: Customers find it far easier to relate to a brand, which means that you can build customer relationships far more easily when you have a strong brand identity.

Professionalism: Having a well developed, strong brand is something that will make your business come across as far more professional, polished, and even successful. This is something that will appeal to other companies you may be considering doing business with as well as to potential customers.

Trust: Your brand will speak volumes about your company and its values, and this is something that customers will come to put their trust in. Many consumers will only buy products from certain companies because their brand is one that they know and trust, so the power of branding when it comes to trust issues can be huge.

Sign of quality: As long as your business offers goods and services of a good quality, your branding can also become a mark of high quality. Customers will start to associate your high quality products or services with your brand, and pretty soon your brand alone will become synonymous with high quality.


Value: Solid corporate branding can help to add value to your business. If you decide to sell the business in years to come, you could improve both value and sale-ability with solid branding.

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SEO Best Practices: Setting Up a Blog

One mistake many businesses still make is creating posts that consist of self-promotion with little “meat” to entice anyone to engage with the content, much less share the content.

Usually post should be relevant to the topic and to the point.


Setting Up Your Blog

Once you know you’re trying to achieve, you need to consider where the blog resides. Should you use a sub-directory, a sub-domain, a completely separate domain, or either WordPress or Blogger? Let’s look at all the options.

Blog on a Subdirectory

More often than not, this is how I recommend clients set up a blog. In my opinion adding fresh content to the root domain is a good thing. I also believe that having an RSS feed of “latest blog posts” to the home page of the website is a good thing.

I believe that promoting content that resides “on” the website is a good thing because you can earn links and provide balance to your link profile. And, I believe that having thought-leadership content that is closely associated with your brand  is a good thing.


  • Add fresh content to the root domain.
  • Add deep links (from other websites)/social signals directly to root domain (assuming that you’ve promoted this content well).


  • Won’t provide an additional “brand” listing (in most cases) in the SERPs, so doesn’t serve well for reputation management.
  • No direct ability to get links “from another website/sub-domain”.


Blog on a Subdomain

A good case can be made for why you might want to blog on a subdomain.

For example, perhaps you have issues with reputation management (perhaps someone posted to review complaint sites like Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer, etc.) so you need to occupy additional real estate in the SERPs. By building your blog on a subdomain, you accomplish this by providing the search engines another “official web presence” (the search engines will treat this as a separate entity) for your company, that should rank when folks search your company name.

The nice thing about having a blog on a sub-domain is that it will also piggyback on the authority of your root website (hopefully you already have some authority on your root domain) and posts there can rank, without the need to build up the authority for a new website.


  • Get an additional brand presence in the SERPs that you control.
  • Get links “from another website”; Ability to deep-link to specific pages within the root.
  • Piggyback on the already “built” authority of the root domain.
  • Can be hosted anywhere. Very important consideration for those on a content management system that does not provide a blogging platform.


Blog on or Blogger

Some pretty large companies have gone this route because – to them – it’s the easiest to execute. Mind you, a link from isn’t a bad thing, but how does this help with any of the aforementioned reasons why you might want to blog in the first place?

Are you tying in the “thought leadership” to the brand? Are you adding fresh content to the domain? Are you aiding your abilities to provide an additional “official brand presence” to the SERPs? (Perhaps, but you’re better off with subdomain).


  • You could create some very aggressive link building tactics or “test” things without burning the domain.
  • You would gain a link that is coming from an authority domain (remember, a quality link profile is about gaining links from many different/authoritative/relevant websites/domains; not many links on one domain)
  • Easy. Just about anyone can get engaged and start blogging today.


  • Limitations as to how you can design/template to fit your brand.
  • Any content promoted (linked to) won’t provide direct value to your main company website/domain.
  • Inability to utilize plugins.
  • Cheesy. It is what it is. Not gonna be a great representation for your company.


Blog on a Separate Domain

Some people like to create a “non-official” blog presence, to have control over a website that isn’t directly tied to the brand. They want to have an “unbiased” voice and probably use this to occasionally link to their main website.

I typically discourage these types of initiatives, for many reasons – not the least of which is the amount of effort that would need to go into making this new web presence gain any amount of trust/traction or authority.


  • Can create an “unbiased” resource (that just happens to link to your corporate website, on occasion).
  • If the content is good, and it becomes respected in your industry, the blog can gain authority that can then be passed through to your corporate website through “unbiased” linking.


  • There’s a better than average chance that gaining good authority/ability for posts to rank is going to take considerable time.
  • Does little to really show thought-leadership for your company.
  • If you really do drop links to the corporate website, there’s a good chance that it’ll be seen for what it is: a paid advertisement, not an official unbiased reference. The backlash from this could be (should be) huge.


  • Not as much freshness on the domain.
  • Content that “hits” (gets good promotion/links) doesn’t add as much link value to the root.

Best Approach To Better Twitter Marketing Strategy

Twitter is a social site used today by thousands of businesses for micro-blogging.

For any business, Twitter is an incredible marketing and PR tool.

Here is the best approach to successful micro-blogging.


1. Choose carefully who to follow on Twitter

 On Twitter, what you will come across in terms of updates and knowledge is going to directly depend on the people you follow. Always remember that your incoming stream should stay relevant.

2.      Organize the Twitter accounts you follow

It might be a good idea to actually organize your incoming stream into lists using Twitter tools including Tweetdeck and Hootsuite . This helps you keep tract of those topics that you particularly care about.

 3.      Don’t think twice about blocking irrelevant accounts

Like on the social media giant Facebook, Twitter offers its registered users the possibility to block other Twitter accounts. So if you have spammy accounts following you, don’t think twice. Block them.

4.      Don’t make retweeting people a point of pride

On Twitter, businesses often make it a point not to retweet other people’s updates. This is not the right approach. As a matter of fact, you should be retweeting people you wish to build a rapport with.  If you come across something useful or interesting, share the good stuff. What’s the harm in that?


5.      Always find new people to follow

Always make it a point to find new and relevant Twitter accounts to follow. One of the best ways to do this is to find the time and research the Twitter streams of the people you follow. The site’s Advanced Search function might also be helpful.

6.      Streamline the things you share on Twitter

To most businesses, social media marketing is a joke but it’s not. You see, having a Facebook account with hundreds of fans or a Twitter account with hundreds of followers is not really the goal you want to set for your marketing strategy. What you should be doing is engaging your audience and finding the triggers that will convert potential customers into buyers. So don’t share just about anything you find on the web because you can’t be bothered to come up with good stuff. Invest in the content you share.

7.      Use the weapons in your arsenal, for example ‘Favorite’

Did you know that each time you favorite someone’s content or Twitter update they get notified about it? Use this to your advantage. That right there is an incredible tool you have to dangle your name in front of people you respect and wish to connect with.

8.      Learn the semantics of the micro-blogging site

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter for long enough, you would know that people on a social site tend to speak a language characteristic to that particular social network. Learn the secret language of Twitter. Of course you can refer to the Twitter Glossary but more importantly you want to pay attention to how other people are using the social site.



A recent U.K. study showed that the average office worker spends around 16 hours in meetings each week. That’s over 800 hours a year. For a grand total over an entire career of–are you sitting down?–37,440 hours of meetings. That’s more than 4 years of your precious time. Shocking.. Isn’t it?


Here are the strategies to get your office meeting off life support.

1. Pretend you’ve already failed.

Guy Kawasaki, a business guru and best-selling author, advises business leaders to gather their team before making critical decisions such as launching a product or service. He suggests seizing these moments to say, “Let us pretend that our product, our company failed. Now, what are all the possible reasons?” The reasons may include lack of distribution, an unsophisticated sales force, buggy software, or unreliable cloud services. According to Kawasaki, the point is to get people imagining everything that could go wrong, so they can take steps to remedy problems before they happen. In other words, he says, “Conduct a pre-mortem so that you never have to conduct a post-mortem.”

2. Keep it Novel.

Richard Branson, Virgin founder, writes about adding novelty to freshen up meetings. He invites thought-provoking speakers in diverse fields from astronomy to nanotechnology to get groups thinking in “new, exploratory ways.” And he holds discussions in innovative spaces.

3. Pause.

Clay Shirky, an author who covers the social, economic, and cultural effects of the Internet, has a bit of advice for those who charge off to meetings in a frenzied, preoccupied state. Shirky learned an important lesson when he was a student in London. To get into a receptive frame of mind for his studies he would pause during his walk over the river Thames on his way to the lecture hall.

4. Don’t squander youth.

Sean Higby, COO of Newsala, a real-time media app, believes that there is great value in the opinions of junior colleagues. He regularly invites them to meetings and solicits their feedback. Higby says, “Their ears are often closer to the street so they instinctually know what your customers want. Often they’re working for you because they’re a fan of the industry and are up on the latest, yet-to-be-reported trends, and their opinions are not clouded by what other people think is not possible.”

5. Say it in 5 words.

Christopher Frank, an author and vice president at American Express, has some words of wisdom for those trying to answer the question: “What exactly are we meeting about?” He suggests a Twitter-like hack–start your meeting by asking each person to articulate in five words or less the problem to be solved. If the answers are inconsistent or too long, your attendees are probably not focused on the same problem. “By clearly articulating the issue,” Frank wrote in an article for Forbes, “you will get a good idea of the information you need, the people you should talk to and will ensure everyone is working towards the same goal.”

6. Think like a director.

Patrick Lencioni president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm, and the author of Death by Meeting, believes that the cure for boring and unproductive meetings is to think of them as if you were a movie director. He suggests replacing “agendas and decorum with passion and conflict.” This will engage people and give them something to care about. “The good news,” he says, is that “there are plenty of issues at every meeting that have the potential for productive, relevant conflict.”

7. Get them laughing.

Suzanne Bates, founder of Bates Communications, who coaches executives says, “Humor actually increases your stature as a leader.” She goes on to explain that, “If you can warm up the room and make people smile, you stand out. You gain the respect of your colleagues, you appear confident and in control.” As a colleague of hers added, “Who looks like a leader–the person who is stiff and formal, or the one who can help the whole group loosen up?”

8. Bring something to the table or don’t come at all.

Al Pittampalli, author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting, believes in requiring those who come to your meetings to “turn up in mind and spirit and contribute something.” This could include “asking questions, sharing insight or offering to take on tasks.” Pittampalli suggests making this message stick by letting everyone know that if they aren’t bringing added value they won’t be invited to future meetings.

9. Be like a talk show host.

For two years, Ian Fisher, an assistant managing editor at The New York Times, ran the newsroom’s morning meeting in which editors from different sections battle vigorously for best play of their stories. Fisher had to allow enough time for complicated information to be communicated as well as leave time for discussion to deepen coverage. “But a half an hour is about a normal human’s attention span,” he says. He had to know when to bore in, and when to move on. “I called myself Regis,” he told us. “Say what you want, but he knew when it was time to go to the commercial.”

10. Use meetings to beget meetings.

For those of you just getting started and trying to network your way to success, here’s a tip from Valentina Rice, a champion networker and founder of Many Kitchens, an online artisanal food marketplace. Rice’s father, a prominent English businessman, often told her, “Never leave a meeting without getting the names of two more people to meet.”

Top 5 ways of Lead Generation

1) Direct Mail to your Best Buyers

The fastest way to build your business is to target the best customers with a“laser-focused” approach with direct mail to your “best buyers.” This strategy alone has helped many businesses literally double their revenues in just 12 to 18 months (or less). This disarmingly simple strategy is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to market and grow your business… fast!


2) Buy leads from lead brokers and leads companies

Another great way to generate hot “ready to buy” leads is to purchase them from lead brokers and lead companies. These company’s sole focus is to generate leads and them sell them to companies like you who want a great source of consistent new business.

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3) Buy leads from the Internet Search Engines

One of the most effective online strategies for generating leads is by attracting targeted traffic to your Website with the “Pay-Per-Click” Search Engines (PPCSEs). PPCSEs can and should become an indispensable part of your lead generating arsenal.

The 2 best PPCSEs are…

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4) Advertise

Studies show that 50% of all purchasing is motivated by advertising. Advertising is also one of the best tactics for generating leads that a company can deploy. Plus, it’s also the great way to build name recognition in the market which can get you publicity, “word of mouth” advertising, and other great benefits.

Here are a few tips for running an advertising campaign that brings you a high return on investment…

  • Place ads in the most targeted publications that your target market reads.
  • Consider inexpensive ads in e-mail newsletters and Web Sites that your target market reads.
  • Use direct response ads – always ask the reader of your ad to respond for more information by phone, mail or via your Web Site.
  • Be proactive. Have a follow-up system in place to get maximum results from your advertising dollar.
  • Use a compelling headline that introduces the biggest benefits your product or service offers your client.
  • Make them an offer that they’d be crazy to refuse so they’ll respond and become a new long-term client.


5) Referrals

Referral marketing is one of the most effective techniques for creating steady streams of prospects and clients. Plus, according to a survey, 70% of Internet users are compelled to visit new web sites through referrals. 

Here are a few tips…

  • Give your customers an incentive or additional products or services in return for referring others to you.
  • Use a “Give a Gift” referral system where you invite your clients to give a free sample of your product or service to others as a gift. Referral gift certificates are great tools for this.
  • Use a “Loss Leader” referral system. Here’s how it works… Advertise a free sample to get new clients to try out your product or service. This alone will get you more sales. Plus, you can build a perpetual referral generator by giving each person who tries your freebie 3 or more referral gift certificates to give away to their friends and family. Then, watch your new referral system take off and bring you a steady flow of new customers!
  • Along with your mailed or e-mailed invoices to clients, include surveys that ask for feedback about how to improve company’s product or service. Be sure to ask for referrals in the survey as well. This works!
  • Identify and create relationships with non-competitive companies and people who already serve your target market. Then partner with them and have them automatically refer you to their database of clients. Give them an incentive if possible and watch your business grow!


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