CPC Strategy Acquired By Elite SEM

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San Diego-based e-commerce agency CPC Strategy has been acquired by digital marketing agency Elite SEM , according to private equity backer Mountaingate Capital. The acquisition is the third for Elite SEM since Mountaingate Capital acquired the comapny in 2017. strategy elitesem merger acquisition cpcstrategy agency design marketing advertising ecommerce

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The Case for In-Stream Advertising

Both Sides of the Table

The topic of whether in-stream advertising has heated up. Let me lay out my defense of In-Stream Advertising because I believe the topic is really important. People feel angst about advertising in any form – I feel the same feeling about advertising as most consumers. I know that advertising is important to inform consumers of offers – the same reason many tech companies use SEM. And now everybody is laying into in-stream advertising.

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Advertising Wants to be Measurable – An Investment Thesis

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One of the investment themes I’ve been focused on in the past 3 years has been Performance-Based Marketing. When I started investing the US advertising market was $300 billion with only 10% of it ($30 billion) of it being online and measurable.

Viral Marketing And Word-of-Mouth Require Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a long time ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth.

Why Good Marketing Campaign Costs Continue To Rise

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a long time ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth.

Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

Both Sides of the Table

But being best-in-class at online marketing is also a sine qua non to standout from your peer group. The starting point of product IS marketing, which is what a lot of young entrepreneurs that never studied business don’t realize.

7 Ways To Attract Customers Without Viral Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup. His professional background includes having held marketing-executive roles at big companies as well as startups. Social-media advertising.

Pubcon 2010 Here We Come!

Tech Zulu Event

The TechZulu team is coming back to Pubcon this year from November 8-11 to bring you some amazing content from the masters of affiliate marketing, Search and SEO, Social Media, Link building, Advertising, Branding, PR, Analytics and tons more. Tags: Advertising & PR Events Pubcon Social Media Video Advertising affiliate marketing analytics Branding Link building PR pubcon Search SEM SEO

Startups Stick with Organic vs Paid Search Results

Startup Professionals Musings

Paid search engine ranking (PPC) is buying advertising for your business from Google or another search engine company. In this context, there are many parameters and concepts you need to understand before you buy advertising: Cost per impression (CPI).

Startup Viral Marketing Costs Real Money These Days

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a few years ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth.

Startups, Check Your Budget For Viral Marketing

Startup Professionals Musings

Every time I challenge a business plan with little or no budget for marketing, I get the answer that they will be using “viral” marketing, which costs nothing. First of all, Seth Godin pointed out a couple of years ago that viral marketing does not equal word-of-mouth.

Search Engine Marketing - No Panacea for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Probably every one of you who has a business and a website have been approached through email or personal contact, and asked to spend money on Search Engine Marketing (SEM). SEM is sometimes called “buying your way into search results.”

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The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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The point isn’t to “build a business on YouTube” but rather to use YouTube as a marketing platform to build a video business that works across many platforms. Your tech needs to add value to content producers, the audience and advertisers.

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DOMAINfest Global

SoCal Tech Calendar

Attendees include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO and SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. Thursday, February 2, 2012 -- DOMAINfest Global. DOMAINfest is a conference series that brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business.

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DOMAINfest Global

SoCal Tech Calendar

Attendees include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO and SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 -- DOMAINfest Global. DOMAINfest is a conference series that brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business.

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DOMAINfest Global

SoCal Tech Calendar

Attendees include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO and SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. Tuesday, January 31, 2012 -- DOMAINfest Global. DOMAINfest is a conference series that brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business.

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7 Lead-Generation Tactics Thrive On Limited Budgets

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup. His professional background includes having held marketing-executive roles at big companies as well as startups. Social-media advertising.

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5 Tips For Startups To Win With Social Media

Startup Professionals Musings

Social media is now one of the key marketing tools, but not the only one, so the challenge is to manage the resource tradeoffs effectively by constantly assessing payback versus cost. Create an integrated conventional marketing and social media strategy.

5 Reasons Growth Hacking is THE Most Important Function of a Startup

Tech Zulu Event

For about 50 years, (…cough M) Ad Men, or marketing and sales individuals, have been the kings of organizational hierarchy … and then came the Internet of things and engineers took over the throne. Again, the growth hacker owns this component of product, user experience, and marketing.

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Lead Generation Is Still The Lifeblood For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Contrary to popular opinion, viral marketing has not eliminated the need for old-fashioned lead generation to bring customers to a startup. His professional background includes having held marketing-executive roles at big companies as well as startups. Social-media advertising.

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Internet Business Lingo Quiz for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Search engine marketing (SEM). This popular form of Internet marketing seeks to increase website ranking in search engine results. No SEM plan means you are missing a huge marketing opportunity. Viral marketing.

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This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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It’s always fun chatting with Jason because he’s knowledgeable about the market, quick on topics and pushes me to talk more about VC / entrepreneur issues. Users participate by performing tasks, taking surveys or watching advertiser videos.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

Lately I’ve been having to say things I thought I’d never have to remind people, like, “getting to positive gross margin in several territories is a very low bar to claim success” or “profitable excluding marketing costs” is not actually a real thing. Market Size. It’s ok to target a small market and you can probably build a niche business that is extremely valuable to you as an individual. Market Structure.

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Freelancers Are The New Entrepreneurs For Services

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are a few examples: Marketing specialists. As your business starts up, you need marketing programs, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), a modern “pull” strategy based on social networks, and lead generation.

Pour And Stir II – Managing Your Cost Per Customer

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“I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.” In the “good old days”, pre- 1999, advertising dollars were largely gambled away. If you benefit from true word-of-mouth marketing, consider yourself lucky.

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The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever

Startup Professionals Musings

Do basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing (SEM) yourself. Sales and marketing costs. Print your own collateral and marketing materials until the business is rolling.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table

I thing I’ve learned over the years is that technology purists hate advertising even when it is that revenue stream that truthfully drives much of our industry. they can build teams that really focus on building & marketing great products.

Test Your Aptitude for Business Internet Jargon

Startup Professionals Musings

Social media marketing. Search engine marketing (SEM). This popular form of Internet marketing seeks to increase website ranking in search engine results. No SEM plan means you are missing a huge marketing opportunity. Viral marketing.

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How Luxury Link Is Growing Its Travel Marketplace, With Scott Morrow

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Scott Morrow is an Internet and startup veteran, having run such companies as Oversee.net and ThisNext, and headed up product marketing for IAC/Citysearch. When I first came on board, we were not very sophisticated with our search engine marketing. We grew our SEM and improved our ROI.

You Don’t Need to be Rich to be an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Do basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing (SEM) yourself. Sales and marketing costs. Print your own collateral and marketing materials until the business is rolling.

Entrepreneurs Can Thrive on Services or Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are a few examples: Marketing specialists. As your business starts up, you need marketing programs, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), a modern “pull” strategy based on social networks, and lead generation.

Be Part of the Entrepreneurial Revolution

Startup Professionals Musings

Do basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing (SEM) yourself. Sales and marketing costs. Print your own collateral and marketing materials until the business is rolling.

Entrepreneurs can be Specialists or Generalists

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are a few examples: Marketing specialists. As your business starts up, you need marketing programs, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), a modern “pull” strategy based on social networks, and lead generation.

Interview with Billy Fried, Kijubi

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I was in advertising and marketing, working in Newport Beach on the Mazda account. Billy Fried: We first tested it in California, which was our launch market a year and a half ago. The idea was to have tent poles up in the most important leisure markets. We bat about 800 in terms of people buying off on the idea, who understand the bigger reach we have on the Internet, and the more SEO/SEM we do, which delivers business to them that they wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

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