Content Creators: Would Mark Twain have written 4000 words a day during the Spanish Flu of 1918?

The Coronavirus has challenged everyone globally. However, all content creators can get inspired by some popular nuggets from Mark Twain.

How work-life will change after coronavirus

With the experience of  coronavirus COVID 19 lockdowns work-life will change forever. . With 91% US kids at home parents are spending more time than ever with children. Some parents have jobs that allow digital work and these folks are so lucky. Then there are the  struggling 25 million unemployed in the travel, tourism, retail and any type of jobs that require a physical presence. At the other end of essential workers are the beleaguered medical worker, true heros, who show up every day to work. No less valiant are factory workers, grocery retail workers, law enforcement folks who are keeping essential services working. For everyone in each of these situations the pandemic has been trying as the USA tries to reopen. Going forward here is how work life will change:

Why Dollar Stores are doing pretty well in a digital world

Next time you pass a Dollar Store in the US (including Dollar Tree and Dollar General) observe the parking lot. In towns rich and not so rich you’ll find that the parking lot is full most of the time.If you have not gone into a Dollar Store recently – do so and then compare the merchandise to Walmart. For a dollar the quality is not bad.
Dollar Stores took off after the 2008 recession and there are more Dollar Stores than McDonald’s in the USA.  Between Dollar Tree and Dollar General there are 30,000 stores and these are very densely seen in the mid-west and the farmlands of middle America.  A recent article “Sign of hope or worry- when the dollar store comes to town”  describes the mixed bag that these stores are for local communities.

Market Segmentation and Targeting: Why Trump did not go to California in 2016

Market segmentation and targeting is probably the hardest concept in marketing. Strangely once understood even the savviest marketers seem to flip-flop in their marketing execution. For those dear readers who followed the 2016 US Presidential election the map below (Source : Philip Bump, Washington Post,Donald Trump spent more time in the states that handed himContinue reading “Market Segmentation and Targeting: Why Trump did not go to California in 2016”

Landing Pages for SEO vs Landing Pages for Advertising

A landing page is a specific page on a website where a web visitor “lands”. Your web visitor could be a prospective customer looking for your solution or an existing customer looking for customer service. Your customer can get to your web-page or landing page in two ways a) through your content based SEO or  b)Continue reading “Landing Pages for SEO vs Landing Pages for Advertising”

If they haven’t Googled about the problem you solve …

You are making sales calls and some customers are unresponsive even after initial conversations. It is quite possible that these people do  not have the problem that your business solves. They haven’t yet Googled about the problem you solve! For people are looking for solutions to their problems and all businesses exist to solve customerContinue reading “If they haven’t Googled about the problem you solve …”

What are your customers searching for? – The Search Terms report in Google AdWords

What if you could know what exactly your customer typed on the Google Search bar that led her/him to your website? The “search terms” report in Google AdWords is an amazing way to do just that. The search terms report tell you exactly what your customer typed on the Google search bar. The search termsContinue reading “What are your customers searching for? – The Search Terms report in Google AdWords”

Why web advertising for e-Commerce is different from Brand Building

It’s useful to think about paid web advertising (eg.Google AdWords, Facebook advertising) as Brand Building vs. e-Commerce: Brand Building: Brand building is more at the upper end of the sales funnel. The purpose of the advertising is to build awareness and inform the potential customer in the target market. A great way to understand howContinue reading “Why web advertising for e-Commerce is different from Brand Building”

Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global

The surprise victory of Donald Trump has brought into sharp focus a  big idea for the 21st century. Life is local-Business is global Here are some things to think about from observing “local life” in  America: Local Newspapers are alive: In the US only small town newspapers are still around. The regional and national newspapersContinue reading “Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global”

Brand positioning for authenticity: Focus on mission or competition?

The idea of positioning was created and developed in the years before the Internet and social media. Today in a 24 hour news and social media world the marketer or advertiser is not in control of the message. If a customer has a problem, before calling your 1800 number and going through the agonizing 1,2,3Continue reading “Brand positioning for authenticity: Focus on mission or competition?”