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.

“Getting found on Google” – how does Google think?

[Note: This post was originally published on September 5, 2017 and is updated with a new image and some edits on March 31, 2021 due to the interest of our dear readers. We also published a new post Google results are not organized alphabetically on March 31, 2021 given reader interest in the topic]

Instead of trying to second guess the latest algorithm that reportedly contains over 200 factors, it is far easier to intuitively understand the business of Google. And that’s not a secret and reading the Google founders story makes things clear and here are some quotes from the story- with some explanation

Educating the customer is a central task for marketers

The days of information asymmetry are over. Information is no longer power. And Google and other search engines are just getting started. The notion of the used car salesman trying to sell a “lemon” is a relic of the pre-internet era. Today, the entire history of a used car is available to consumers through servicesContinue reading “Educating the customer is a central task for marketers”

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.

[ Note: This post was originally published on December 7, 2016. Due to the great interest of our dear readers the post is updated as of February 27, 2021.}

To recap the sales funnel is seen as Awareness, Consideration, Conversion in Google Search Advertising. The sales funnel before Internet was also known as the AIDA funnel. For simplicity, it’s good to think of the sales funnel as a three stage funnel of awareness,consideration and conversion. See how this three stage funnel is really quite similar to the four stage AIDA funnel and the buyer’s journey.

Brand positioning for authenticity: Focus on mission or competition?

Positioning is a market facing concept while authenticity is about looking inward at the organization.Originally introduced by Jack Trout and Al Reis in 1973, positioning suggests that you must be clear about what your brand is to the customer compared to the competition.

Don’t have a mobile website? Why the new iPhone7 should make you worry

The iPhone 7 launched yesterday. The biggest buzz is about the wireless headphones and the removal of the headphone jack.One more urgent reason to make your website mobile friendly. (plug your website URL to the Google Mobile Friendly Test tool to see if you are already mobile friendly). But first more about the iPhone 7Continue reading “Don’t have a mobile website? Why the new iPhone7 should make you worry”

Content marketing for : User members of B2B buying centers

The Buying Center is an informal group of people in organizations who influence the decision to buy your product or service. Members of buying centers  have different degrees of influence and things can get pretty political and unpredictable. It is therefore important to tailor your marketing content for each role in the buying center. MarketingContinue reading “Content marketing for : User members of B2B buying centers”

No surprise: Content marketing offline is really about trust

When it comes to content online, authenticity and truth matter a lot for  search engine rankings (SEO) . Surprisingly there is some confusion about what “content” really means in offline dealings. If you think about it, the whole “authenticity online” thing for SEO really comes from the physical world. The physical world of human-to-human interactions.Continue reading “No surprise: Content marketing offline is really about trust”

Why do marketers fail to deliver on what they promise?

 Since most marketers have positive intent, its a shame when the customer feels shortchanged. The Citibank ad is a great example of polite first date promises where both people don’t seem to want a second date. Disclaimer: This post is not about credit cards but the general question on why marketers fail to deliver onContinue reading “Why do marketers fail to deliver on what they promise?”

Five tips for screening sales leads for high value products and services

You start a Google AdWords campaign and you start getting leads. Lots of leads. But as you start talking with the leads they don’t seem to pan out. Worse, down the line after signing up many of the customers are really unhappy with the customer experience and tell their friends, post on social media and do great damage to your brand. Your brand that you built literally brick by brick or byte by byte- if you are a digital only brand.

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