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 […]

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Marketing using easter eggs

Little surprises that reward your customers are a really nice way of helping them to feel special. Today I got a marketing easter egg from Seth Godin. The benefits of careful reading The message was short, barely formatted and it’s one I have waited a year to receive. Hidden in the fourth line was a […]

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10 LinkedIn Company Page Ideas & Suggestions

Create a Showcase page – with updates just for these sub-sets which allows for segmentation of viewers. Add Company page link to email signatures – update monthly with the pinned post. The BEST imagery on the Company page – include your logo watermarked into the image. 1,536px x 768px. Re-write the company overview text to […]

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2 new LinkedIn Tools – Saved search and Article title edits

Today I came across two new features in LinkedIn which will definitely help marketers and pro-active networkers. And one negative feature. Throttle Control is ON LinkedIn is clearly pushing for greater revenues – many of my favourite work-rounds for search and connecting are now getting blocked. Have you noticed this? I got blocked from searching […]