A Beginners Guide To Social Media Marketing

In the past few years, Social Media and Social Media Marketing have become buzz- words. This is due to the popularity of sites like Reddit, Facebook, etc. The social media have two components – user generated contents and the ability to form networks of friends for sharing contents.

In sites like Facebook users create their profile pages and use texts, pictures, and videos to embellish the pages. They can then share those contents with others in their friends’ network, or the social network

In sites like Digg, YouTube, Flickr users submit a summary of news articles, pictures, videos and they vote on the contents submitted by others. Popular contents are featured on the homepage and it drives massive amount of traffic to support your campaigns.

There are many variations of the two models described above, including a combination of the two.

Using the social media sites to promote your product or services (or a website) is called social media marketing. There are two types of traffic you get when your content becomes popular in a social media site.

The primary traffic or the direct traffic comes from the site where it becomes popular. For sites like Digg, it can be huge and your site should be ready to handle the surge in traffic without crashing.

When your site becomes popular in a social media site, people talk about your site and the post that becomes popular. The secondary traffic or the indirect traffic flows from that activity long after the surge due to the primary traffic is over.

So, what are the benefits of primary and secondary traffic from the social media sites? The primary traffic exposes your site to people who have no other means of knowing about your existence. Some of those visitors will become regulars to your site if you are providing something that they want on a regular basis.

Social media Internet Marketing lets you expose your site to a large group of people. If your search engine traffic has leveled off, shifting your focus to the social media marketing and becoming successful in that will take you to the next level in search engine traffic.

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Marketing Your Office Website, Does It Really Matter?

Let me ask you this, Does putting gasoline in your car really matter? I know that’s a pretty silly question and you are probably wondering how in the world does that have to do with marketing your dental website, but stick with me for a minute and you’ll see where I’m going with this.

How many of you would like a brand new car? Any car? Your dream car?

Okay, so now picture yourself at the car dealership sitting in your dream car, your hands on the wheel, the seat
perfectly forming to your behind… pretty cool right?

Now for the best part…you get to drive it home!

You can’t wait to show your friends and family your dream car. You climb inside, start the engine and the dealer was so kind to give you a 1/164 of a tank to get you home.

You pull in the driveway and honk the horn. Your family and friends come out and are just going crazy over your new car. They all take turns sitting inside, holding on to the steering wheel, playing with your new GPS navigation system, cranking the stereo testing out the new 8 speaker surround sound, rolling up and down the windows,
moving your seat back, up, down to fit them just right. Opening and closing your sun roof and playing with the rest of the gadgets and gizmos in amazement.

Everyone loves your brand new car and tell you you look absolutely awesome in it and they are totally jealous.

You hop in one last time just to make sure it’s still real before heading inside your house. The second you get inside you go to the closest window and look outside just making sure it’s still in your driveway.

For the next few hours you about every 5 minutes you keep looking out the window, even sometimes going back outside just to touch your new car. Things are pretty exciting.

The next day roles around and you just can’t wait to go for a long drive with the sun roof open and the radio blasting your favorite tunes.

You climb in your car, fasten your seat belt, put the key in the ignition, turn the key…

And nothing. At first your shocked. Maybe you didn’t turn the key far enough so you try again even harder.
Still nothing.

You check your gauges and everything looks perfect… Except one little yellow light that’s telling you..

OUT OF GAS!!

It dawns on you that the dealer only gave you enough gas to get home and show your family and friends, but not enough for that long afternoon drive along the beach.

You’re a little bummed at the moment, but still extremely excited you have your new car.

You remember that as part of the “Extended Warranty” the dealership promised you gallons and gallons of gas free of charge as long as you kept paying your monthly payment.

So you give the dealership a call and tell them you need gas really bad so you can take your afternoon drive along the beach. They tell you they are doing all they can and will get you some gas as soon as possible.

So you wait around and a few days later someone shows up, puts in 1/164 off gas a leaves. Your excited, you got your first bit of gas, but not enough to go anywhere. So you continue to wait, and wait, and wait and you then realize your brand new car looks awesome, but your not able to take advantage of all that power, speed and gadgets.

Weeks, Months, Years go by and your still only receiving 1/164 off gas maybe once a week.

You’re now sick and tired of it and decide to look up companies that specializes in delivering gas. There are a few to choose from. Which one is the best one? Who will offer the best gas? Who will offer gas the quickest?

You have your choice of regular unleaded or premium unleaded with power boosters.

Regular Unleaded might get you around town, but doesn’t offer quite enough torque to get you where you really want to go.

Premium unleaded with power boosters will do everything you need. Give you all the power you can handle. And most importantly, fill up your tank of gas everyday. Your tank will never run dry again. Some days gas will even spill all over the place because there so much was delivered that day.

So which would you choose? Regular Unleaded Gas or Premium Unleaded with Power Boosters?

If you caught on during my car scenario you realized that your dream car represented your brand new website you built weeks, months or even years ago.

I’m sure when you finished your website you told your family and friends all about it. They all went to your website, clicked on all the buttons, looked at all the pictures, read all the material and thought it looked awesome just like when you brought home your new car for everyone to see. It was an exciting time.

The only problem was, when you went to drive your car there was no gas. Your car was beautiful, but stuck in your driveway.

Your website could be the most coolest website in the world, but without traffic (gas) it will just sit there and do nothing.

So is Dental Marketing important? I think through this demonstration we’ve proved how important online marketing truly is.

For whatever reason, businesses with websites seem to neglect online marketing. For some reason they think since they have a website traffic will just start flooding in overnight.

Dental Marketing is so complex it usually overwhelms everyone and so they just forget about it and “hope” traffic just falls in their lap.

Marketing your website is an absolute must if you want to drive in quality new patients. If you have a website just sitting their collecting dust, I suggest you call your web design company and cancel your $59 monthly payment and put that money to good use somewhere else.

There is absolutely no reason why your website shouldn’t be flooded with traffic. Millions of people are searching for dentists on a daily basis. It’s not like your in a business with zero demand or searches.

Dentists are in huge demand by millions of people everyday. The dentist that puts himself in front of those millions of people are the dentists reaping the rewards.

In the past dentists would use their marketing budgets for yellow pages, radio spots, direct mail and even some tv commercials.

Back then that’s what people used, but guess what? Things have changed.

The internet is sweeping the world by storm. Even yellow pages, radio, tv are all taking things to the internet.

Just think about it, when you want to find information or do research where do you go? Let me guess…the internet?

I could go on all day talking about this, but I think by now you get my point.

Internet marketing is, and will be in the future for many years to come, the best form of advertising out there. Your website can be seen by thousands of people each and every day 24/7. You can’t say that about any other form of advertising.

Internet marketing is like everything else, you get what you pay for.

You need to look at it on a business standpoint. Usually when you purchase something for $50 you don’t care much about it. You put it on the back burner and just let it go. If it does something great, it only cost $50. If it doesn’t do anything, great I only lost $50.

If you are serious about your dental practice you’ll invest in things that bring back a return.

Why do dentists spend $250,000 on digital x-ray units?
Why do dentists spend $100,000 on Cerec Crown machines?
Why do dentists spend $120,000 on Biolase Lasers?
Why do dentists spend $1,000,000 on a new practice? or remodel?

The answer is quite simple, it makes you money. It simplifies things, makes things easier. Attracts New Patients!!

For those of you who own some of those things I listed how much is your monthly payment? My guess is your paying $5000 or more for each item each and every month for the next 5-10 years.

How much is your Million Dollar practice costing you? I’d say around $15,000 a month for the next 30 years.

So, if you are willing to spend all that money to simplify things, make things easier, keep technology current, attract new patients, then wouldn’t it make sense to invest in a solid dental marketing company that will simplify your online marketing, keep current with hot trends and techniques, and attract new patients?

I think the answer is pretty simple…YES!

No matter who you are, people will always pay for quality.

There is a reason why you purchased the $250,000 x-ray unit instead of the $50,000 unit. There is something about quality that wins every time. Grab dental marketing by the horns and run with it. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Written by: J. King
Smile America Dental Marketing

bloggers revolt against AP

The A. P. (Associated Press) took a very strict position with bloggers quoting it’s new articles.  Essentially the position is “don’t”.   Check the techcrunch post on the topic. Wonder what this means for digg?

The death of internet marketing?

I’ve been doing some mass unsubscribes from the IM guru’s lists.  Too many hyped promotions, too many people cross promoting.  And the worst thing of all, it completely distracts me from getting real work done.    Seems like I’m not the only one.

What is a webinar?

Webinars are so prevalent in the internet marketing and the technology industries that we sometimes forget that many people still don’t know what they are.

Let’s start with a description of it’s predecessor, the teleconference or teleseminar. I’m sure you are familiar with what a seminar is. Seminars or a conference is when you attend an in person meeting which has a speaker that talks about a particular topic. Teleseminars are very similiar except that you attend by calling a phone number and listening to the speaker. They have become very popular because the attendees avoid the cost of traveling and the presenters avoid the cost of renting a room. Another great thing about teleseminars is that they are usually recorded, so the busy person can listen to the recording later at a time of his or her choosing, although this means missing the chance to ask questions.

However, teleseminar attendee doesn’t always get the full learning experience of attending in person. You don’t see the speaker’s facial, body language and the presentation materials (such as demos and slides). Since people learn best when they receive information in multiple ways (audio and visual), some information is not absorbed as well when it is in an audio format.

Some teleseminar presenters will send out slides ahead of the meeting, which helps, but the presenter has to be very mindful of not losing his audience. The speaker must make sure the attendees are looking at the right slide and clue them in when moving to the next slide. This is where the technology of a webinar comes in as it solves this problem, syncing the visual to the audio.  So here is how webinar works:

  • You listen to the speaker talk (audio)
  • And you also watch the presentation on your computer(visual)

No need to figure out where in the presentation materials the speaker is, you just need to look at your computer screen. And the presentation can be more than just slides, you can see live demos and videos. Additionally many webinar tools allow the presenter to “point” to (with an arrow or some other symbol) the part of the slide that is being discussed, which can really help at times!

Webinars can be recorded just like teleseminars for later viewing. And if you want to listen to a webinar but you are away from your computer, you can still listen in but you will miss the visual component of the presentation.

There are a number of technologies that provide webinar capabilities. Some require no additional software to be installed, you just point your web browser to the right URL. Other webinars, when you click on a link, will automatically download the software, this may take a minute or two. Often you can listen to the audio through your computer sound card rather than calling a telephone number, a boon to folks (especially those overseas) who want to avoid long distance charges.

Webinars are becoming more and more common, so if you want to learn more about a topic it is the next best thing to attending a talk in person.

You don’t have to be dressed to telecommute

The Career Journal, part of the Wall Street Journal site, published Working Productively as a Telecommuter.  The article had some good but general tips, such as avoiding isolation and making an effort to reach out to work colleagues, but some of the suggestions were of dubious value.  In particular the old school urging of “dressing appropriately”.

I work out of a home office 4 days a week.  I started telecommuting several years ago starting with 2 or 3 days a week.   Some days I start my days very early, often around 7:30 in the morning.  And at that hour,  I am not interested in putting on a suit or other work attire.  In fact, I might be even in my sweats, yet to take a shower, and my productivity is not impacted one bit.

In the end if you are committed to what you do, you really don’t have to worry too much about “preparing yourself psychologically” as Garone advised, as most people can make the transition.   The article would have been far more useful dealing with topics such how to keep cohesion with a distributed team and a survey of ways to keep in touch with your colleagues (IM, email, phone, twitter) and when to use each.

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