Give Behavioral Targeting a Try

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Behavioral Targeting (BT) is a fairly new method of targeting ads to visitors. It is something that has been used by search engines and big websites for quite sometime, but now, BT is moving a little more mainstream, and I believe, as long as privacy laws do not interfere, will be a serious step in… Read more »

Behavioral Targeting (BT) is a fairly new method of targeting ads to visitors. It is something that has been used by search engines and big websites for quite sometime, but now, BT is moving a little more mainstream, and I believe, as long as privacy laws do not interfere, will be a serious step in helping spend online marketing dollars more efficiently.

BT is the act of tracking visitors from one page to another (even one domain to another) and giving them a reoccurring ad message. It has been proven for decades that giving a consumer a redundant message will increase the response of your ad tremendously. In some cases, as high as a 400% increase in ad effectiveness.

Currently the biggest downfall is network reach. If the visitor is on site A and your ad is displayed and then moves to site B and is not part of the same media network, chances are, you will not be able to display your ad and track the visitor. I believe that over the next 2 years, these media outlets will share their “targeted visitors” data for the purpose of displaying better ads, thus making BT that much more valuable.

Give BT a try now as you are going to get a much better deal now than you would next year. Google “Behavioral Targeting” and you will find some good networks. If you want more information about it, email me.

Dont always push for the sale

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Especially if you are selling a large product online, Internet stats show that someone will not make a purchase until they have been to your site 3-4 times. Because of the speed of Internet, people are doing a lot more research before making a purchase because it is quick and easy. Have your site setup… Read more »

Especially if you are selling a large product online, Internet stats show that someone will not make a purchase until they have been to your site 3-4 times. Because of the speed of Internet, people are doing a lot more research before making a purchase because it is quick and easy. Have your site setup to get an email address, phone number, name, something. Not only will you get an additional piece of data to market to this person down the line, but them giving you information is getting them to commit to your website just a little bit more. Sometimes, that little bit more will have them come back to you, versus a competitor. Offer a coupon, enter them into a sweepstakes or just offer up good information on a monthly basis.

Actually using analytics

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Its quite funny as I often am guilty of this myself, but it is amazing the data that internet businesses can get for free, using Google analytics, but many dont us it. Traditional marketers would pay anything to see what products visitors had their eyeballs on, which ones longer views, which products they purchased, and… Read more »

Its quite funny as I often am guilty of this myself, but it is amazing the data that internet businesses can get for free, using Google analytics, but many dont us it. Traditional marketers would pay anything to see what products visitors had their eyeballs on, which ones longer views, which products they purchased, and when they left. Imagine if you where able to see which sections of your website produced a customer and which sections of your website inspired them to leave. The good news is, you can! The great news is, its FREE! www.urchin.com. The data is there, it is up to you to actually read, analyze and make changes based off of this data.