Online Marketing Solutions  Marketing your business on the internet needs to achieve three simple goals: Get traffic. People need to know about your products and/or services. Introduce your products and/or services. When visitors arrive on your website, you need to tell them what to do next. Offer something in exchange for their email address or phone number. It could be a free sample, an ebook to download and read, a free 'secret recipe'. You then build a database of clients to market your business. Convert these people into customers. Now, how to achieve these goals. Getting Traffic The fastest way to get traffic is to buy it. Nika Bleu Marketing is a Google AdWords...

... that are "out of the bleu!" NikaBleu marketing offers small businesses affordable web site and marketing solutions. The website promotion tools we use are also used by companies like eBay,Canon, Network Solutions, Siemens, and Motorola. How powerful is it for you to have the same tools as large companies at a reasonable cost? The software is robust and is updated monthly. Successfully used since 1997,  it is a proven suite of  web promotion tools that helps you: Optimize Promote Track 1.  Optimize Link Building A link is a vote for your website, and effective link building is one of the most powerful ways to improve results in search engine indexes. ...

Pinterest is a huge portal for folks to put up their own online collections of favorite photos, recipes, and even videos. You simply 'pin' your favorite items onto your own board (you can have multiples upon multiples), and pin stuff you like from other boards on Pinterest itself. Pinterest boards are related to a topic of the user's choice: wedding wish lists, travel boards, favorite topics...an endless flow of the lovely, amusing and entertaining. Once by invitation only (which was appropriately abandoned), now Pinterest welcomes users immediately. Go ahead and browse around to get the feel of how it works. For marketing, Pinterest is ideal because you can see what's popular...

Guest Post by Tiffany Dow Creating an online business is so affordable now that you can even find hosting that won’t cost you a single penny. The best business website hosting you can choose will depend on your specific entrepreneurial needs. If you’re brand new to running an online business, aren’t sure how well you’ll succeed and want to proceed with caution, then getting hosting that doesn’t cost you is a great idea. But like everything that’s given freely, there are always pros and cons - so let’s take a look at what you might encounter with this kind of hosting. What are some of the pros? Obviously, the first pro is the cost. You can’t beat free as a price,...

Plus 1 is Google's "like" button. Do we need yet another way to get other peoples' opinions? Apparently, we do.  Matt Cutts, Google's spokesperson, recently said that one of the key factors in ranking today is "getting social".  It involves their own...

We have been seeing more and more QR codes popping up on signs, windows, packages, and even magazines and tabletops; it's time to see how we could use QR codes in the Monterey Bay. They are not new, just new to the United States.  Japan has employed QR codes for years, and Europe was next.  They are going to be used here extensively, so let's stay ahead of the curve! QR codes are 2 dimensional, scannable bar codes.  QR stands for "quick release" as in quick release of information.  We are used to having our groceries or purchases scanned, right?  QR codes take it a few steps further, and the possibilities are impressive.   I think of it like having access to computer...

These promotional videos were almost exclusively done with simple slide shows with short video clips.  The really good photos are from DMT Imaging (thanks Michael!). Carmel California Chamber of Commerce video: Thomas Bateman Hood Architecture: Both are simple, and effective. They bring views, and views bring visitors to your website/business/Facebook page. You do not "have" to be in the video, nor do you have to speak if that is your wish. The video can include a link to wherever you...

A facebook page for your business is different than your personal facebook page (why do they call them both pages?).  It is confusing, but I finally found a slideshare guide that explains it perfectly. Thanks to Olaf Nitz and slideshare. Fancy Facebook Fan Pages - A Step By Step Guide View more presentations from Olaf...