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As we all know Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, iTunes, and other online retailers are CMS (Content Management System) based sites. What some might not realize is that they are also similar to search engines, especially when it comes to their algorithms.
For example, when you go to Google and put in keywords or a question, the results will vary based on what you queried. If you took the same words and rearranged them, you would find that the search results have changed. The same thing goes with Amazon and other book retailers, the words you use make an impact on the results you get.
Recently a conversation of why certain genres does better than others was asked. A lot does depend on the current market, but it also depends on the quantity of products offered. If you have a book in a genre that only has a 3rd of the same as a different genre, the results are going to be more refined and provide less competition.
There is also paid advertising that happens on Amazon as well. These paid advertisements will have specific focus groups that you might have found yourself in as well. Also, if you notice when you search something on Google such as a particular book or genre, similar results appear on Amazon and even social networks like Facebook. That is because of the cookies that are in your browser cache. These cookies provide websites information about what you are interested in, where you are located and even your buying habits.
So back to why you may have or may not have ranked higher on Amazon or another book retailer, as you can tell there are many reasons why this may happen. Some of them beyond your control and other areas where you need to take a closer look at what you are putting out on the web.
Do not rely on the various systems to take care of it, publishing a book whether traditional or self-published requires work beyond the last line of the book.
It has been a while since my last post … but that is because I was finishing up my MBA. Now that college is over, I expect to get back to a regular schedule. Some of the future posts will be about what I learned in school, some about marketing, and other topics or thoughts that come across. You will also see blogs by Cindy, #PMInc’s manager, about her thoughts on various topics including those in business.
I had always heard the expression “Do what you know”, however, when I began Personalized Marketing Inc in 2008 there were many things that I did not know. My journey began as an author who had a dream about a dress. I could not draw the dress, so I decided to write about it. I had written poems and diaries in my youth so describing a dress in words seemed the right thing to do. Then the description changed, it went from talking about a dress, to describing the woman wearing it, the room around her, the emotions and why she was there. In the end, I ended up with a scene and did not know how I got there. I showed my neighbor and friend at the time what I had done, and she encouraged me to write the rest, to only stop when the description stopped. It was then that a man appeared next to the woman and their story began.
I had written a book, even ended up with a publisher, it was at that moment I learned about marketing, editing, and all the other various steps into putting a book out there. Thankfully, I had a wonderful friend who was already a published author helping me along the way. I had some bad experiences, especially being new I made quite a few. Everyone knows the next part… Then I was given a webpage and I found other author sites and wanted to know how they were made. I was hooked! I began devouring the different lines of code and seeing how the pieces connected together. At that moment I went from an author to beginning a web developer. While working on my own promotions, friends began to ask me to help them and one even suggested I could run a business doing this. Thus, in the summer of 2008 Personalized Marketing Inc was born.
I didn’t know everything when I started, learned some from friends, others by trial and error and eventually I ended up going to college. On my birthday in 2013, I found myself returning to school. Sure, I had contemplated right after getting my GED but I ended up not going then. Looking back, I thought it was the circumstances but today I realize it was because I had not found my calling yet. I cannot tell you what I would have went to school for back then, probably something practical, maybe even in auto. After starting my Associates program, I took an aptitude test to determine what career was best suited for me. I was very happy to see that I tested into the very career I already had; it was like a confirmation that I had done the right thing all those years ago.
When I began school, I had only planned on getting a Bachelor’s degree, thankfully my advisor suggested I break it down and get the Associates as well. You know a way of celebrating a milestone on my journey. I ended up going for a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Advanced Software Development certificate. Four years later, mom was gone, and I was tired. I think that maybe at that moment my time in college was over. However, a year later, I found myself enrolling in the Master’s program. Life had returned and the path waiting for me opened up again. It is now 2020 and I have a Master of Business with a concentration in marketing. In the 7 years it took, I had eye surgery, a hysterectomy, some other challenges, the loss of my mom and the reminder that life does go on.
If I had stuck to the saying “Do what you know” then I would not have gotten to where I am today. If I had followed that saying, I would have probably been content in life but I do not think I would have been happy. I guess the focus behind this post is to not just settle for what you can do but find out what you can’t do but want to do and grab it.
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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? I didn’t, however I did realize last night I only have 6 more months left before I have my Masters In Business with a Marketing Saturation. I was working with Cindy when I looked at my schedule and came to the realization I am almost finished. This morning grabbing a cup of coffee the conversation replayed in my head and I realized it was the prompt for today’s post.
Now that I am almost done, what’s next (hence the resolution), we are making some plans for the company and marketing changes for our clients. We are looking at new venues to promote their books, whether the post we are putting out insight a reaction and then action. We are also looking at the graphics going out and whether they carry a message of their own.
In my last blog I asked if your posts Cognitive, Affective, Or Conative? I also had to ask the same question for the posts we are putting out. The weekly book hooks get good responses, there are comments about having more questions and being curious, which are a good thing. However, does that translate into sales? For a book does the excerpt tease the readers enough to click and grab a copy or read more? Does the excerpt end with an action for the reader to want more? Excerpts are a beautiful thing and can provide the desire to want to know more but there remember do not give away the whole story.
Then I looked at my own books and came to a very real realization that I do not market them or the company no where near enough. Which prompted another change coming for 2020, spending time on the business and my books.
So, how am I going to do right by our clients but also add in marketing for #PMInc and my books? Tools! Personalized Marketing Inc has been using Zoho Social for quite some time now. Many of our clients are also using it and it comes with a scheduling option. However, it also has other benefits such as optimal posting times, editing content for each of the networks, and the ability to monitor those networks. Then I can compare our company’s network growth based on what we posted a year ago, 6 months ago, or even last month to what we are currently putting out, inside the same platform.
Granted I will either be doing #PMInc marketing either early in the morning or at the end of the day, because our clients matter more. It is more important for us to share their material than it is to post our own. So this morning after sending out social media post for our clients, I then sat down to write the blog.
Putting our clients first is and always will be the Year Long resolution for Personalized Marketing Inc.
Christmas has come and gone, well not completely. Tradition keeps our decorations up until the New Year. Speaking of tradition, normally this time of year we are posting for cold winter days and bitter nights, however, the weather in this part of the country is a bit on the mild side. We spent part of our Christmas outside and the children and grandchildren played out in the sunshine. We were not bundled up inside all day but were out enjoying the mild if seemingly off weather. So how does this interesting Winter weather impact your marketing?
Winter Marketing no matter the temperatures outside still are affected by many things, after Christmas sales, year-end clearances, and families spending time together. Also, if you are doing digital marketing, which I am assuming you are, then you have to take into account the weather across the world. So how does one plan on marketing for areas that are impacted by different weather, sales and time zones? Analytics and scheduling, always!
As you know I am in college and we are going over how commercials affect us, whether they are cognitive, affective, or conative? Saul McLeod (2018) wrote a great definition for these in his Attitudes and Behavior article for Simply Psychology.
Are your posts are cognitive, affective, or conative? Or which do you want your posts to be? For authors are your books creating the same psychological effects.
One of the examples I used in school to determine cognitive, affective, or conative was a commercial called Super Bowl Puppy Love. You remember the one where the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales and the cute Labrador Puppy and the puppy gets lost. The commercial was rated a success because it evoked emotion, following and displayed the company branding. How did they prove that the commercial was a success? Analytics.
Using this commercial as an example, when you are crafting posts or videos to reach your target audience are you going after a response other than just making a sale? Are you attempting to convey a trigger in the viewer that creates a memory of you or your product using something other than just text?
Almost everyone that is making posts are expecting some form of reaction from their viewers, many are seeking a purchase or a commitment to signup for something. However, if you do not trigger an action and then provide the steps the posts is for nothing. Sorry if that sounds harsh but quantity will never beat quality when it comes to reaching your audience.
Think about the thought, emotion, or response (neuromarketing) you want your posts to convey and then craft them to create it. If it takes a series of posts or videos to convey the message then make sure each one adds to the one before it and leads into the next one. need help creating a Cognitive, Affective, or Conative posts, understanding analytics or refocusing your digital marketing? Contact #PMInc today.
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Saul McLeod (2018) Attitudes and Behavior. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/attitudes.html
It’s that time of the year for last minute shopping, carolers caroling, the hustle and bustle and of course getting ready because Christmas is almost here. As I sit here and write this blog, I can hear Christmas music playing from my son’s room and it’s pretty cool. For my home, we are anticipating family coming, spending the holiday sharing. It also means planning on posting and knowing when to send them out. As with each season the time and days are shifting and will shift again after the New Year and when the seasons change. Understanding when to post is just as important, if not more than knowing what to post.
Understanding your network and website traffic is the best way. Getting in the back-end and see what days people came or interacted with what you shared, comparing it to previous months and years. Looking at not just Google Analytics but all analytics wherever you can get them. Now, a lot of social platform tools have analytics included but it’s always best to go to the source. You will get better details and can refine the time that you want to look at.
What to post is always a challenge, do you only post your business, products, services, or do you mix in a little personal or funny occasionally. Well that is going to depend on you and where you are sharing too. If it’s a business page, then you are going to do more focused posting. However, people want to know who they are buying from and if you are an author, what makes you tick. People love to share their thoughts and opinions, and if they love a product or hate it, you can be sure that they are telling people. So, to understand what to post about other than ‘work’, check out your group’s demographics. Are they into dogs, cats, science? Then plan on post that are about those topics.
Did you recently buy something new for your home and love it? Share it! Let people know what kind of person you are by the taste you have for your own home. (Speaking of which, I know two people who need to do that…) if you want to ultimately skip the ‘getting to know you’ part, then focus on their other topics. Ask them if they have tried something, encourage them to share to your profile/pages by sharing something they have put out. If you have a physical business, then share your gust posts, tag them and let them know that their thoughts mattered.
Today’s blog ended up being a little longer than expected but I guess that’s due to planning holiday posts for clients. If you find yourself in need of help planning those post, or wanting a fresh look for your website then please shoot us an email or give us a call. We would be happy to see how we can help you.
Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted, busy time of the year and nasty sick, could be to blame but ultimately, we’ve been spending our time on client items. Sorry we missed out on posting for CyberWeek, however, if you mention Cyber Week and Christmas when you contact us, then we will give you the 15% off discount until the end of the year.
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Well the weather is definitely reflecting the season and ads are already pouring in for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas Present ideas. It’s that wonderfully rushed time of the year! Can you believe we are only short 8 weeks away from today until the New Year? I know I can’t and I have been planning holiday marketing for a while now, but time has flown and it’s here. Don’t worry the next blog will be on Friday again, I just decided to do the blog today due to the countdown to next year.
As the leaves continue to fall, the weather grows more crisp, new products are launching, items are going on sale and that means it’s time to make sure you are ready for the hustle and bustle. I do not know about you but I enjoy playing music while I work. My daughter got me an Amazon Echo Dot and I must admit, I am sold! Of course, now I am looking at all the other things Alexa can do, including coffee… Something that I did notice and have already began using is the ‘list’ feature. I can just ask Alexa to add an item to my shopping list and it’s there on my phone. Which means I can add items as they pop in my head and suddenly, I have a working list.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the same functionality for those precious books you have written or read and want to share? Well Alexa can do it… My granddaughter gave me a quick lesson in that when instead of specifying a song, Alexa wanted to know if we wanted her to read the book to us. In the past we have mentioned how AI is taking shopping to the next level and you do not have to have an Alexa to make it happen. Smartphones and other AI devices, including your computer, can search for the item you want and then read to you. With this new way for busy buyers to access your products, maybe it’s time to look at how you have listed them.
Google Assistant is one of those AI’s that can help you find products just by asking it and until recently we were all phrasing items as questions. However, Google Search has changed again and those phrases (questions) are going to generate new results. Now of course if you have been using true SEO methods and Marketing, then you are doing good. Just do a quick search (without being logged in or use Private Browsing) and see what populates about you and specifically one of your products. Now with books, that might come across a bit disappointing, especially if you have only been posting your books with the meta content the title alone. However, if you are an avid blog follower then you know it’s you and not your ‘books’ that people should be looking for. Book Marketing is this… People need to remember your name… Not the title of your newest book, well at least not just the title alone. Amazon has a perfect example of this … ‘Follow’ the author. No matter if you are shopping online or at a local bookstore you are looking for the author first and then seeing what’s available. Granted I go looking for a specific book, especially the new releases, and I am looking at the title but I am also checking to make sure it’s written by the author I want. There are millions of books out there and some have the same name, right down to the exact spelling and punctuation. However, the defining factor is the author’s name and the cover representing it. So, if you want your book to standout then make sure it has a selling cover and that your name is easily visible. (Check La Roe’s Curse for a bad author name placement and yes, thankfully, Cindy is fixing it for me).
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I had originally planned on a post about email platforms and the unknown pitfalls. Which I had planned on posting a couple of times… However, it appears that the blog is MIA, so I can take the hint… No grumbling over missing emails and the server issues that may be hidden in your storage usage. If you have recently emailed us and not gotten a reply it’s very likely it is out taking a tour in cyberspace, so please do email us again. (Server platform has been changed!)
October is here, fall has come at last and if you are not already planning your November and December posts it’s time. There are a lot of events going on over the next 3 months and you should be checking into them, monitoring what pertains to you and how your post over the next 10 weeks are going to line out. Why 10 weeks? Well that’s how many are left before Christmas and it is bound to be another busy season. We have discussed planning your holiday marketing in the past, so for this week’s blog I am going to recap a few of those, found a few more than I realized so here are some highlights.
During our “Real Marketing For Organic Growth” blog series, we have discussed different topics from hashtags to being on different platforms. However, for all of our good intentions, for all of our planning and preparing, Life Happens. Some of life’s changes can be for the better, some though are hard and the world as you know it has changed. Working through this phase in life can prove to be a bigger challenge than what you expected and you find yourself falling short. When this happens, you can either let it beat you down or get back up and try again.
The very definition of Diversify – “make or become more diverse or varied.” Is a clear indication of not only how we should be as a people but also how we should be in our marketing. As I’m sure many of you have seen the changes to Twitter’s Character count and probably heard about the Business Feed testing Facebook is doing, you may be wondering how it affects you.
Well you could jump on the band wagon and do your own Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday event. You could then piggyback of sorts off all the others that are doing it. You could go a little more traditional and just wish everyone a Happy Holiday Weekend remembering that it is a season of giving and not necessarily receiving. You could also chose to not do anything special at all.
Automation is the key to family time, so find a program and schedule those holiday post now!
Why Social Site Marketing Alone Is NOT Enough
I bet many readers looking at that title went ‘huh?’, I know, because I would have had the same reaction at one point in time. I would have said but social site marketing is a key component to marketing and I would have been sadly mistaken. Marketing alone is just not enough.
Each year we realize once again that the holidays have snuck up on us. That the time we once thought we had for extra things like ‘marketing’ is suddenly gone. We look at the calendar and only then do we realize that next week only has a couple of days we can focus on work. The rest of our time will be bouncing between home, family, preparations, and all the other obligations that come with this time of year.
Those are just a few of the blogs we have discussed on Holiday Marketing over the past 3 years. As you plan for Halloween (only 20 days away) think about your #October #Diversity message. Support your local #BreastCancerAwareness organization, taking time to enjoy the falling leaves, they won't last long. Most of all give yourself the time you need to not just work on your marketing plans but also life.
Have a great weekend!
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Wow, it feels like forever since I wrote a blog post about marketing and this week’s blog is a little different than normal. I had previously written and saved a post about email platforms and their pitfalls, however that changed. Hang on tight, I’m having a ‘geek’ moment with this topic and yes, I had Cindy edit it since I get a little ‘uhm’ focused…
While doing some research in class, I came across a definition that resonated with me, that I immediately applied to Social Marketing: regression analysis in business. Personally, I found a simple definition that breaks it down and makes it easy to understand. According to Hunkar Ozyasar (2019) "Regression is a statistical tool used to understand and quantify the relation between two or more variables. Regressions range from simple models to highly complex equations. The two primary uses for regression in business are forecasting and optimization. In addition to helping managers predict such things as future demand for their products, regression analysis helps fine-tune manufacturing and delivery processes."
I am always trying to optimize the results that we provide for our clients, one example would be their social media marketing. Recently, the same shift that I have seen happen over the past 11 years is taking place, optimal posting time changes. By analyzing the data, I am better able to determine when the best time to post is, which puts the customers information about their products or services out at the peak times when their followers would see it, which impacts the delivery of network posting. This posting shift happens throughout the year and will shift again before 2019 is over.
At Personalized Marketing Inc, we do analytics on social networks that we monitor and then use that information to determine how well we are doing our jobs. The information is also used to base what days and times are best for posting. It can also provide useful information about network peak time shifts. Now those who live on their social channels probably won’t notice that there is a time the network is slower than others. They may also not notice that some days are more active than other days, but for those who are using social networks to reach current and future connections, they just might.
The time of year, the season, the holidays, current events and even weather can play a ‘huge’ roll in whether that awesome post you wrote gets seen. Just because it sits on your timeline or on your business page does not mean that it reached the target audience. So, let’s use Facebook after work… Just like your target audience you get a ton of notifications of things you have missed. Now you might click every single one and check them all out but while you are that notorious feed is still going strong. Or if you are on your phone, you click that notification, check it out, then bam you are scrolling through another page. What happened to all those other notifications, if you notice the number count is gone! They are still there but the reminder is missing until a new notification comes back. Sure, your phone might have told you that you had 25 notifications, but you went down the pathway towards somewhere else following just one. Guess what? So did your target audience. Paying attention to when, what channel, what content and how to reach your target audience is all hidden inside that important data. Knowing what’s trending now is important, knowing your networks history is just as important!
I hope you found the blog useful and for those other entrepreneurs check out Small Business at Chron, they have some great information.
Ozyasar, Hunkar (2019) Application of Regression Analysis in Business. Retrieved from https://smallbusiness.chron.com/application-regression-analysis-business-77200.html
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