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Forum: Social Media 25th June 2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 79,420
Posted By Jim Collins
Let me ask. Have you actually seen any...

Let me ask.
Have you actually seen any conversations going on in the account? In our experience it is only used to post new photos and videos to have a "presence" but not actual sharing of content...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 25th June 2013, 11:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,846
Posted By Jim Collins
One thing learned recently is that the ppc...

One thing learned recently is that the ppc company doesn't always act in your interest. Our number of clicks per budget often drops a lot when the "reps" call us to suggest changes.
Spend a lot of...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 18th June 2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,830
Posted By Jim Collins
Follow up.

I forgot to update this thread after the show ended. Better late than never.

I learned that the free stuff we gave away ( bags, coffee, samples ) had a limited impact, in our opinion.

We spent...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 16th August 2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,140
Posted By Jim Collins
It is amazing how much more help your get from...

It is amazing how much more help your get from consumers than the people you pay for the service. :)
Forum: General Search Engine Marketing Information 8th August 2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,944
Posted By Jim Collins
The best strategy seems, in lose terms, not to...

The best strategy seems, in lose terms, not to have a strategy.
According to some SEs you should not be doing SEO at all. Funny right?
What the new consensus suggests is that you talk to your...
Forum: Social Media 23rd July 2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,836
Posted By Jim Collins
I think tweeter is a way to keep your presence on...

I think tweeter is a way to keep your presence on the web, communicating with existing clients... If your presence is constant it might generate new clients, but it takes time and dedication and...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 2nd July 2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,140
Posted By Jim Collins
Good tips, although I still can't see the banner...

Good tips, although I still can't see the banner information to get some important data.
I also changed to exact match and it seems to work better.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 2nd July 2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,678
Posted By Jim Collins
It's sounds like some type of link bating to get...

It's sounds like some type of link bating to get people to look at seo companies.
Forum: Social Media 1st July 2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,810
Posted By Jim Collins
It's hard for many people to really focus on one...

It's hard for many people to really focus on one post or point that a company is making.
A trend I noticed is the discussion on completely unrelated topics, just to get the followers attention....
Forum: Social Media 18th June 2012, 01:25 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 79,420
Posted By Jim Collins
Your posts though don't seem to be "catchy". I...

Your posts though don't seem to be "catchy". I mean, many sources say that people are not really interested in seeing sales pitch on these mediums, instead something they can engage.

Do you see...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 16th June 2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,870
Posted By Jim Collins
That actually sounds like a great idea. Good spot...

That actually sounds like a great idea. Good spot too.
It would be a good shift from people playing alone at home.
This way we socialize a bit more!
I really wish you good luck.
Forum: Blogs and Blogging 16th June 2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,709
Posted By Jim Collins
Are speaking in general terms, this forum, or...

Are speaking in general terms, this forum, or another specific forum?

It depends on the content, quality and relevancy.

I guess if you have never been flagged, there shouldn't be a problem...
Forum: Social Media 16th June 2012, 10:13 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 79,420
Posted By Jim Collins
Hello BNB, sorry but we just saw your question. ...

Hello BNB, sorry but we just saw your question.

Yes, it's very easy. The products are geared to all every-day handyman.

Thanks.
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 3rd June 2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,830
Posted By Jim Collins
Yes, we're running a booth, not as attendees. ...

Yes, we're running a booth, not as attendees.

Good tip about the pre-invitation...

Thanks.
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 2nd June 2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,830
Posted By Jim Collins
Trade Show Do -don't Advice / Help.

We've started to sign up for a couple of trade shows.
The people representing them seem to be a bit pushy in my opinion. When I hear people say "hurry up, only few [whatever products] left.." I get...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 31st May 2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,966
Posted By Jim Collins
Just to give some perspective, I have a campaign...

Just to give some perspective, I have a campaign and I spend only $40 per day, yet google says it's not enough volume to qualify for the campaign optimization tool!
Historically, a low budget makes...
Forum: Social Media 31st May 2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,884
Posted By Jim Collins
I see, some sort of call-to-action. Have you...

I see, some sort of call-to-action.

Have you had a chance to test different formats? Specific topics that get a better response?

Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Social Media 28th May 2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,555
Posted By Jim Collins
It wasn't a long reply at all. I use webmaster...

It wasn't a long reply at all.
I use webmaster tool already and noticed a decline in the social media traffic.

I have to check out Hootsuite.

Great tips. Thanks!
Forum: Social Media 25th May 2012, 03:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,810
Posted By Jim Collins
I will definitely look further into the...

I will definitely look further into the "attractiveness" of my post, in which I put serious thoughts :(
:)
I usually show new exiting products and colors, with a positive message, unlike my last...
Forum: Social Media 23rd May 2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,555
Posted By Jim Collins
Well, what I meant is that many people invest a...

Well, what I meant is that many people invest a ton of time into social media but often they don't know if it has helped at all. There is often not a way to measure it.
Forum: Social Media 23rd May 2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 79,420
Posted By Jim Collins
I have also added all 3 of you in my google+ ...

I have also added all 3 of you in my google+

mine is
https://plus.google.com/106782885999043429850
Forum: Social Media 21st May 2012, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,884
Posted By Jim Collins
Do you mean in this forum or the company website?

Do you mean in this forum or the company website?
Forum: Direct Mail 20th May 2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,947
Posted By Jim Collins
This is a very informative thread. I've been...

This is a very informative thread.
I've been interested in alternative ways for marketing, besides the online one. After all, how did people thrive before SEs? Right?
Are there direct mailing...
Forum: Pay Per Click Advertising 20th May 2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,846
Posted By Jim Collins
Some keywords are more affordable and have a much...

Some keywords are more affordable and have a much better return that the more competitive ones. Today google seems to favor companies that spend a lot on ppc by ranking them higher on the organic...
Forum: Social Media 19th May 2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,555
Posted By Jim Collins
I've seen a lot of tools around that seem to...

I've seen a lot of tools around that seem to promote social media to create a list of follower. Some claim it creates lead. Some others just say that you will receive a large enough volume of...
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