content writing,newsletter
Written by Stu Kushner

Designing Your Newsletter

content writing,newsletterA newsletter is one of the best ways to keep your name in front of customers and create a working relationship with clients and employees. But what is the best way to do that?

Consider the newsletters you’ve received. Were the articles and information in the newsletter informative?  Did you get a better picture of the company, its products, and its people? What you saw, or wanted to see, in those newsletters is what you want in your own newsletter.

Will your newsletter be mailed, accessed online, or both?  How often will it be distributed: weekly, monthly, or quarterly? That will determine the level of time and effort needed to produce it.  You also need to determine the time and resources you have to produce a good quality newsletter.

As a benchmark,

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Written by Stu Kushner

Online Video Marketing: Communication & Customer Service

Internet users DO read articles online, if it meets their interests. More often, they simply search for keywords and links related to those interests.

Videos are crucial for online marketing because they allow interaction and increased engagement with potential customers. The trick is first, to entice the user to select your link, and then make them stay long enough to get your pitch. Your pitch is what makes them buy.

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The Advantages of Online Video Marketing

In one month in 2010, 172 million people in the United States watched online videos, an average of 14.6 hours per viewer, and websites that have specific content, such as gaming sites, career opportunities, or on-line product offers had the highest number of online visitors – more than news and sports websites.

That’s an opportunity to reach more potential customers than TV or print ads.

Online marketing has the reach and accessibility of television,

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Written by Stu Kushner

Essentials for Video Marketing

The number of online video viewers has grown from 55 million in 2003 to over 160 million plus today. Television advertising still gets the largest viewers and responses, but computers and the internet is catching up. Even so, the capabilities of online video marketing combines the accessibility of television advertising with the interactivity of the internet and offers a rich sales environment for companies who  know to use it effectively.  Making wise and strategic choices

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Getting Leads

 online marketing, DCAs a web designer, we here at Progressive Office are constantly looking for leads. It’s business. And leads always have the potential to turn into clients. Our leads come primarily from referrals. But we also have a source that is working very well for us. We use Thumbtack to seek out small businesses that are seeking help with a new website and Internet Marketing of the site. It has been cost-effective at getting us new clients. So, we highly recommend that you look into using it for your business.

Written by Stu Kushner

Marketing Tips for Tight Budgets

Bad websites are like bad movies; if they don’t get any attention, they disappear.

In the internet world, attention is the currency. The more attention you create, the more attention you get. With a highly saturated internet it’s more difficult than ever to attract attention to YOUR website.  You’re selling fruit in an orchard; how do you get a visitor to buy YOUR “apples”? Not only are you up against large companies with huge marketing assets, but you’re also competing with other distractions as well.

But you don’t have to spend a ton of money to connect, just be creative. Here are some tips to help you market your business on the web.

  1. Create a LinkedIn group. A LinkedIn group is a free resource that can steer potential customers to your site and provide information, new contacts and gives a personal touch to your marketing, while also steering traffic and more sales. Avoid the ‘hard sale” however.
  2. Get published.   While it may be difficult to get on the front cover of a major magazine, you can create marketing opportunities by being featured in local papers, TV or radio programs. Make a name by supporting charities and local events, and get featured in a local “niche blog” in exchange for some freebies.
  3. Get on YouTube. YouTube can be a powerful platform for an online business. Just post videos of you and your product. Include:
  • A keyword-researched headline that attracts attention,
  • A short, clear editorial message
  • Offer discounts or prizes when they visit and say “I saw your video!”

You can avoid expensive cameras, lighting equipment and editing by using the cameras built into a Smartphone or the MAC iMovie, etc. You can hire a professional editor for a small fee.

Written by Stu Kushner

Marketing Your Website

Getting your product in front of potential customers in a saturated environment like the internet can be challenging. Most companies have tight budgets so getting the biggest “bang” for your “buck” is essential. Here are some tips on developing a successful online strategy on a limited budget.  

1.      Know your market.
You need to have a clearly defined audience. So figure out your target: who is most likely to buy your product or services?  Is it primarily men or women? What is their financial status, age group, and interests?

2.      Set your goals.
Determine what you are looking to gain from online marketing. Increased awareness? Increased revenue? You will probably have multiple goals, but keep track of what they are so you can measure your success. When you reach your initial goals, set new goals so your company can continue to improve.

3.      Set your budget.
You know who your target is and what your goals are, so plan your budget accordingly. Fortunately, a lot of available web “platforms” are free, but “free form” online marketing might not be the best choice for you. Budget some money for web outlets that will showcase you company and products.

4.      Set your “Brand”.
With all the companies on the web, how your customers see you is critical.  Having a unique, professional website that conveys a sense of professionalism and permanence is essential. The Web is interactive, so don’t be passive; take time to interact with potential customers and build relationships with them. That will help establish your presence.

5.  Optimize your Search Engine.
When someone enters a query you want to be one of the first results displayed. To do this, make your website “search engine friendly” by using commonly searched keywords and descriptions that will link back to your site.

Bilingual Website Design
Written by Stu Kushner

Bilingual Website Design

Website Design, online marketingOn occasion, a business needs to cater to clientele that are bilingual. And, as a bilingual business owner, it is imperative to capitalize on that unique skill because it is very likely that there is a market for it. For example, if you are an attorney in the US that speaks French, it certainly is a good idea to target French-speaking clients. This was the case for Pierre Choné. Mr. Choné is French and his legal practice specializes in assisting in immigration issues for French speaking immigrants in the US.

For Mr. Choné, having a website that is bilingual is very important in properly representing his office so that it appeals to his French speaking clients. So, adding that feature to his site must be achieved in a way that provides the ability for the visitor to switch between languages by simply popping down a menu. And if there are multiple languages, again, switching should be effrtless.

Go to the Mr. Choné’s website to see how we handled that issue for him. And please contact us if you would like us to propose a solution for your website.

Website Design, Internet Marketing, DC, SEO, Content
Written by Stu Kushner

Allow All Users to Experience Your Content

 Website Design, Internet Marketing, DC “How often should I…?” is one of the most common beginnings to questions when it comes to any aspect of online marketing.  Unfortunately there isn’t always a clear cut answer for every part of the equation.  Even if you follow other successful businesses’ formulas when it comes to blog and social media schedule there is no guarantee that your followers will engage your efforts similarly.

According to information gathered by online research company Visibli the average Facebook post has already received more than half of its “likes” before the time it is ninety minutes old.  Following the first few hours’ engagement slows a bit until the average post has almost

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Written by Stu Kushner

Deliver the Content Your Customers Want

video (1)Providing your customers with quality content is essential for online marketing success, but failing to provide the type that your connections are looking for can result in missed opportunities.  You need to create content that is related and relatable to your product or service in order to have the greatest impact with both your current customers and prospects.

Prior to pouring every bit of your online marketing efforts into a single medium you’ve got to take the time to figure out if that medium will be the most effective means of reaching your target customer.  Step outside of the business owner mindset and view your approach to

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