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Anatomy of effective cold direct mail

I love getting really timely direct mail messages that are relevant. This one came just in time to help me navigate a change to podcast categories. Let’s analyse the direct message Hello podcaster, [Small fail here as they don’t know my name.  Implies a purchased list rather than an opted in CRM database.] In case […]

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Conversation as a marketing tactic

At the weekend I was teaching a class on The Art of Conversation and it was such an enlightening experience. Firstly, the topic intrigued me because I wondered who wanted to learn – and I soon found out that the group was a complete mix of people.  Some wanted improved networking for work and some […]

Podcast marketing

What are the key essentials for promoting and marketing a podcast to grow listeners so you can improve monetisation?  This article runs through some of the fundamentals and also asks some important questions so you can find out if a podcast is the right marketing tactic for your brand. Brand suitability for podcast marketing Here […]

Customer Reviews – a reality check

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is investigating online retailers who they claim have manipulated customer reviews and testimonials in “…conduct that was liable to mislead consumers by creating artificially positive impressions…” NZ Commerce Commission website What actions constitute “misleading consumers”? Related posts: The Best E-Commerce Platforms 4 simple (yet effective) ways to drive traffic to […]

Is Guest Posting Dead?

In 2014, Matt Cutts, former head of the Web Spam team at Google, wrote the following: “Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop.” Ever since the state of guest blogging has been debated heatedly. Indeed, guest blogs with low-quality content have […]

Make your B2B proposal stand out

One of the joys of being a freelance consultant is that sometimes I get to act on behalf of my client and hire specialists to work on their B2B marketing campaigns. I recently advertised a job and was stunned by one of the proposal submissions. As a new business specialist I know how hard it […]

How to Successfully Market Your Website

How to Successfully Market Your Website

Digital marketing is very finicky. You are not just contending with customers; you have impartial algorithms to contest with, the attention market, your competitors, technological glitches, and so much more. Knowing how to successfully market your website means more than simply knowing the basics. Yes, email newsletters help. Yes, social media marketing is an option. […]

Apple Podcast analytics beta

Apple has launched a beta service to analyse listenership of your podcast episodes on Apple devices and via Apple services. I took a quick look – log in to iTunes Connect and select the drop-down next to the header. [Note the URL – since podcasts are being split off from iTunes, it’s now got its […]

Podcast RSS automatic update

The RSS feed helps people subscribing using a podcast app (like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts etc) to receive your episodes. Each time you upload a new episode, the RSS feed updates the app. Then the listener downloads a local copy of your episode to listen to. So you don’t need to do […]

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Another Podcast launched

Today we announce the Economy Watch podcast by Interest.co.nz has launched. It’s a daily summary of the key overnight news that affects the New Zealand economy. Short podcasts for news In scoping the content and audience for this podcast, we decided that a short format podcast was a good choice. Listeners are on their way […]