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Business leader, best-selling author and Hall of Fame speaker Scott McKain joined Ulitzer with his blog syndication at http://mckainviewpoint.ulitzer.com. Scott McKain is the Co-founder and Principal of The Value Added Institute, a think-tank that examines the role of the customer experience in creating significant advances in the level of client loyalty. He is Vice Chairman of Obsidian Enterprises, a dynamic holding company with 19 companies in diverse industries, that was named one of the "fastest-growing companies" in America, and is also Vice Chairman of Durham Capital Corporation. Scott's new book, "The Collapse of Distinction: Stand Out and Move Up While Your Competition Fails" has already reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com's list of Customer Service Bestsellers! He is the author of two #1 additional business bestsellers (Amazon.com & 800-CEO-READ): "What Custo... (more)

Prepare Yourself for More Email Coming to Your Inbox

From Forrester's Press Release Spending on email marketing in the US will balloon to $2 billion by 2014 — a nearly 11 percent compound annual growth rate — according to a new forecast by Forrester Research Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR). Falling CPMs (cost per thousands), a high return on investment, and growing consumer use of social email accounts will fuel the use of email by Direct Marketing professionals. In five years, consumers will be deluged with more than 9,000 email marketing messages annually. “By 2014 direct marketers will waste $144 million on emails that never reach their pr... (more)

Build Your Own Successful Affiliate Site

An affiliate is someone who sells another businesses products or services on their behalf and/or provides leads for that business and gets paid a percentage of what is passed on or sold. You don’t have to deal with warehousing, customer complaints, pricing and so many of the other hassles of running a business and you can paid as much as 75% of the sale. No wonder so many people want to get into this game. Typically to succeed as an affiliate marketer you must have a very good informational site attracting visitors on specialized subjects with your interesting content. You have t... (more)

Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review

Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a quick comparison, so I will. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning repr... (more)

Forrester's Five Year Forecast on Interactive Marketing Spend

No big surprise, but overall advertising budgets are declining. The biggest increase of 34% CAGR will be in social media which is quickly becoming what marketing never had the ability to be before which is the most efficient and scalable conversation strategy available. Interactive marketing now represents over 20% of all marketing spend and close to $55 billion. This speaks to the need to put more thought into how marketing is contributing to the efforts of revenue generation and the long term reputation of the company. The C-level wants marketing to be productive AND efficien... (more)

Tales Keep Prospects Talking

We all talk about defining leads, managing leads, the nurturing process and other facets of lead generation, but the most important component of good lead generation is overlooked - the content strategy. Demand generation communications are often approached in a one-off fashion as a reaction to an upcoming milestone, like a new product launch, or an event, such as webinar registration. When that’s over, the campaign is discarded in favor of the next “hot” idea in the market. We talk at our prospects and customers in single threaded, one-way electronic statements – when we have th... (more)