How To Be An Infopreneur – The Rare Art of Effective Online Marketing

Who is an infopreneur?  The new term evolved to describe a person who combines the role of an entrepreneur with that of an information creator.  An infopreneur creates (or commissions) valuable information that informs, educates or inspires its audience.  The infopreneur then turns these precious information assets into income streams in various ways.How To Be An Infopreneur - The Rare Art of Effective Online Marketingbook of success business

It’s easier to explain the concept with a concrete example.  Imagine an author who writes a book, or a professor delivering a lecture, or a craftsman recording a short movie to show off his skill.  They are all infopreneurs who can leverage the content they are creating into a source of ongoing income.  With the incredible global reach that the Internet offers today, it is possible for each of them to tap a worldwide market at affordable cost.

If you’re wondering if it might be too difficult to get started as an infopreneur, then the rest of this report will show you how easy it really can be.  Every beginner was once in the same position once, and had to learn everything about becoming an information marketer.  All it takes is to follow a sequence, one step after the other.

Dig into your reserves of knowledge and experience.  Think about what you already know well, and may even reasonably be considered an expert at.  What are the things you are good enough at to teach or explain to someone who is just starting out?  It could be a job, a hobby, a skill, or an art form.

Then consider your potential audience.  Are there people who would be interested in learning what you can teach them?  It can be a costly marketing mistake for infopreneurs to set out being obsessed about whatever they know, and disregarding what their market wants.  As an infopreneur, you will quickly learn that your target market is king or queen.  Your role is to serve them what they desire.

When you’ve hit upon the ideal information to share with your eager audience, decide the format in which you will make it available.  You can be an infopreneur who writes, or one who speaks, draws, records or meets your students in person.  The format you choose depends on your personal preferences, skills and strengths.

Chalk up your action plan next.  Your success as an infopreneur will not be automatic or instant.  You must first come up with a plan of action, backed by a powerful strategy.  Just as you wouldn’t set out on a trip without a plan and a destination, your infopreneur journey must also follow a carefully drawn up business plan.

Finally, prepare to take massive action.  Remember that infopreneurs are entrepreneurs.  They are action-oriented, purposeful and motivated people.  They think big, and believe in their dreams.  You should cultivate the same attitude and behavior. Your conviction in the quality and value of your information and the value you will add to your audience should drive you beyond any hurdles and obstacles towards success.

Along the way, be prepared to keep learning.  Information marketing changes constantly, especially when you are using a rapidly evolving technology like the Internet.  There will be many interesting twists and turns.  Staying on the cutting edge takes constant education and practice.  If this is something you’ll enjoy, there is nothing that will hold you back from massive success as an infopreneur.

The journey towards becoming an infopreneur is fun.  It may not always be an easy path to treat.  In essence, it is simple and logical.  Once you learn the rules and develop a system to get your information in front of the ideal prospects, you will find it almost effortless to keep the momentum going.  Eventually, being an infopreneur can be fulfilling and profitable.  You may not get rich in the first week or two.  But sooner or later, as the value you share becomes obvious to the people who need it, they will gather around you and happily pay to receive the value you offer.

Five Common Social Media Mistakes

Social networking conceptMore and more small businesses are catching on to the fact that social media is more than the latest hype, and they are beginning to see its value for marketing purposes. Larger businesses have paved the way for these smaller businesses to follow. They have done this by making a lot of mistakes from which small businesses can learn a few valuable lessons. Below is an overview of five common mistakes you should try to avoid making with your business.

Mistake 1: Constantly offering special deals.

While daily or weekly offers are no doubt appealing to consumers, you run the risk of your business developing the reputation of being an online discount store. Be sure to offer added value to consumers beyond being the cheapest. Your goal is to get people interested in buying from you for other reasons than just price.

Mistake 2: Waiting for consumers to find you.

Just because your business has a Facebook page and a Twitter account, that doesn’t mean that consumers will spontaneously drop by. Setting up a social media account or two alone is not enough. You will need to put some time and effort into the various social media channels by engaging in conversations with potential fans or followers.

Mistake 3: Posting long (news) items.

It is best to avoid posting entire articles on Facebook or Google+, no matter how interesting or relevant the information might be to your fans or followers. Instead, you should post a teaser. This usually consists of a short introduction and a link to the relevant web page.

Mistake 4: Frequently organizing competitions.

If you run competitions all the time, consumers will start to feel less emotionally connected with your brand. In time, they might not even remember what products or services you offer. Instead you will forever be associated with the chance of winning something. You can, however, run competitions periodically, as long as you make sure that you leave plenty of time in between competitions and you never run two competitions at the same time.

Mistake 5: Blocking negative feedback.

Larger companies have been known to ignore or even remove negative comments by consumers. Funnily enough, consumers are suspicious of businesses that receive only positive comments all of the time. When consumers see some negative comments as well, they get a much better impression of the business, because their suspicion that the comments might be fake falls away completely.

Social media is a great marketing tool for small businesses, but when things go wrong, they go wrong very quickly. With social media, your mistakes are there for everyone to see. That is why it is important to set out a clear strategy before you begin using social media. Some sound practical judgment will stand you in good stead.

Redirecting Incoming Traffic to Immediate Action

Getting Acquainted with Call to Action (CTA) Buttons/Text

The term “Call-to-Action” has become more common in the field of web designing and online experience of internet users. It is used to refer to those aspects of a web page that request the visitor to take immediate action. In fact, you may have seen some CTA buttons yourself while browsing over the web. Remember the biggest and inarguably the most prominent buttons on the webpage with ostentatiously catchy fonts that are just too hard to miss? Yes, they are called CTAs; prominent clickable buttons or text that, when clicked, perform a custom predefined action. Clickable buttons are the most common demonstration of CTAs.

Are CTA Buttons And Text Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

There isn’t enough difference between a CTA button and a CTA text and the two terms have often been used interchangeably. The only difference between the two is in their appearance with CTA text being in the form of prominent, colorful, and very legible text while buttons are simple text wrapped in eye-candy. Both of them are strategically positioned on the page and their words are carefully chosen so that they literally drive visitors to action. As far as usage and marketing benefits are concerned, both have the same scale of marketing capabilities.

CTA – Online Marketing and Promotional Tool

In the online world, the term “call-to-action” is solely an advertising, promoting and marketing concept. It is both a request as well as a directive that encourages the visitor of the webpage to take immediate action. CTAs are the doorway to the sales process because they answer the most common question that pops up in the mind of the site visitor; “I want to purchase it. So what do I do now?”

A good CTA can be a great marketing tool for businesses with online resources. They are the most prominent link that acquaints the user with the sales process. This makes them a highly effective tool for websites that need to redirect incoming traffic to landing and sales pages.

CTAs have been observed to increase sales levels exponentially by encouraging a considerably higher number of signups compared to other tools of marketing, promotion and distribution.

How Big A Punch Do CTAs Pack?

The entire purpose of a CTA button or text is to ensure that the visitor is driven to action. However, not all visitors would be so keen to click on these buttons or text regardless of how strategically planned and placed they might be. Therefore, many businesses keep monitoring the volume of traffic that is directed to their landing sales page as a means of checking the efficiency of CTAs. Also, it is in the best interests of a business to check the effectiveness of CTAs on a regular basis. Current statistics on the volume of traffic should be compared with past trends to identify fluctuations in volume.

Finding The Perfect Spot For CTAs

Simply making button and text colorful, prominent and fancy is not always enough to make them visible. The placement and positioning of a CTA property also plays an equally important role in how effective it is at driving traffic and generating a higher sales turnover. This is because most visitors do not even consider skimming or scrolling down the page to view all its content probably because they are short on time. Therefore, CTAs should be placed such that they are the first and possibly the most prominent feature of the page upon loading.

Most common and strategic positions for CTAs are at the right hand of the page or in the center. Traditionally, a CTA is placed in a strategic position where it is isolated and prominent. Along with contrasting colors and catchy, visually appealing buttons, using the right color contrast also helps the button in standing out from the other text on the website.

(a) In an isolated but strategic area so that it dominates other web elements
(b) Right in the middle of your layout
(c) At the top of the page for shorter pages
(d) Throughout the length of the page if the page is long. Also, it is best to place CTAs in multiple positions for long pages.

LANGUAGE SPEAKS VOLUMES – Simple, lucid and laconic is the inarguably the best approach to make CTAs powerful and comprehensive. Using big, bold fonts for CTA property works really well. Care should be taken to ensure that text does not represent double meaning as it would confuse the user to act.

BUTTON ICONS ADD VISIBILITY – It also helps the site in boosting its prospects if an element of visual stimulus is added to the button. The most common types of visual stimulants are button icons or images.

Adding Dynamism to CTA Buttons

Smart marketers and webmasters make effective use of dynamic text as a tool to boost the prospects of a CTA button. Dynamic text is helpful in that it allows the user a lot of customization options for the text to use in the CTA button. Using dynamic text tools also creates more relevancy drives stronger and quicker conversions.

Text-free CTA Buttons

During your time browsing the internet, you may have stumbled across a CTA button that in fact does not look remotely similar to the conventional CTA buttons on other website. These buttons use no text and rather take help of signs and symbols to deliver a message. A good example is an online media resource that has a “play” button with a corresponding “play” sign embedded into it. These are effective and innovative variations of the CTA button as they are more laconic in conveying their purpose. However, the use of text-free CTA buttons is limited as not all text can be translated and represented by a symbol. Also, in most cases, symbols fail to induce people to action as they represent neither a request nor urgency.

Uses and Abuses of CTAs

Owing to the popularity of CTAs as the leading marketing and conversion tool on the internet, there are countless positive as well as negative practices that they can be used for. Some of them are listed below:

USES

  1. Add to Cart – Sites and pages use these buttons as a means to coerce the visitor to consider buying the specific product or service that he has been reviewing. These buttons affect direct sales.
  2. Download Buttons – These buttons direct visitors to take possession of a specific item on the page.
  3. Trial Buttons – It is common for marketers to entice the visitor into trying out their service before they can decide on buying it. This is especially true on gaming sites where visitors can try out a free- trial version of the game in order to understand it better.
  4. Sign Up Buttons – These are perhaps the most common type of CTAs and they entice visitors to subscribe to an online service. Social networking and international news sites use Sign Up buttons in highest frequency.

ABUSES

Compared to the positive aspects of CTAs, their negativities are not many. The only possible way they can be used negatively is that, marketers who usually have the tendency to run a strict promotional campaign may use CTAs as a means to deceive customers or to lure them. In such cases, customer may not find what they had been promised by the CTA property.