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11
Feb

One of two Email Service Providers that I use and recommend is MadMimi. Apart from having the best customer service I’ve ever had the pleasure dealing with, they have the most elegant, easy-to-use and powerfully simple email editor on the market.

Ever since the initial release of their service the creative crew at MadMimi have been steadily adding new features and improving this already great product.

The latest addition is the ability to add a set of icons that link to your favourite social networking sites. This simple feature will encourage your readers to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other networks. Just add your social media sites URLs and Mad Mimi will place specially designed icons to the bottom of your emails — no additional coding necessary!

Here’s a set of sites that are currently supported:add social links in MadMimi

MadMimi is still free to use for lists of up to 100 contacts, and prices start at only $8/month for unlimited emails to up to 500 contacts. Test drive MadMimi today!

Check out also these related articles:
Cool New Tool for MadMimi
MadMimi Brings the Fun Back to Sending Email “Blasts”

Category : E-newsletter Publishing | Email Design | Email Marketing | Email Service Providers | Social Media Marketing | Blog
10
Jun

Nelson MartinsBoris’s seminar was filled with incredible, usable information on how to make my business more visible on the web. His deep understanding of the inner workings of the web and email is apparent and his presentation is very interactive. This seminar is a must for anyone who is interested in learning internet/email best practices and how to maximize this effective marketing medium.

Boris’ Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Nelson Martins
General Manager at DiPaolo CNC Retrofit Ltd
DiPaoloCNC.com

Note: This testimonial was originally published as a recommendation on Linkedin

If you ever attended one of my seminars, please leave your own comment – Thanks!

Category : Driving Traffic to Your site | Email Delivery Best Practices | Email List Building | Email Marketing | Search Engine Optimization | Selling Online | Seminars and Live Events | Social Media Marketing | Testimonials | Web Site Development | Blog
9
Jun

Did you know that 70% of all sales now start as research on the Internet – are your ideal clients finding you?

Invest 3 hours and I guarantee I will teach you how to:

1
Attract Contacts (Generate Leads)
  • creating a powerful online presence
    • what makes a good web site: basics of design, layout and content
    • search engines: basics of SEO or how to build a Google-friendly site
    • web site is not enough – what else you need online
  • attracting visitors (contacts) with relevant and useful content
    • blogging
    • article writing
    • participating in online forums, etc.
    • online networking (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter)
  • entice visitors to sign up to receive more information about you and your services or products with
    • discount coupons
    • special reports or whitepapers on your topic of expertise
    • regularly published email newsletters
  • how to integrate all your online efforts
2
Build Relationships

(or, How to Get Prospects to Know, Like and Trust You)

  • follow up with automated and semi-automated messages, delivering your expertise via email
  • create communities, followers and friends
  • engage with your audience in a meaningful conversation
  • once they know, like and trust you they’ll be ready for the final step
3
Close Deals
(or, How to Convert “Friends” to “Raving Fans”)
  • use gentle email marketing tactics to introduce your services or products to your contacts
  • close deals on line or off line – depending on your business model
  • finally reach your business goals in 2009 – regardless of the state of the economy

Please visit the Contacts to Clients page to learn more and to register.

Category : Blogging for Business | Driving Traffic to Your site | Email Delivery Best Practices | Email List Building | Email Marketing | Events | Search Engine Optimization | Seminars and Live Events | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Web Site Development | Blog
30
Mar

In times of recession, most small business owners tend to do the wrong thing: trying to save money by cutting back on their marketing spending. I hope you’re not one of them, and that you know that we must promote our businesses all the time, even when times are great, but even more so in tough times.

Well, I can say I’ve never been busier, and I’d like to share some of the secrets of how I got myself booked solid for the next several months!

Join me for a 3-hour training seminar in Oakville and learn how to

► Build an Email List
► Create Effective Email Campaigns
► Get More Clients

Did you know that Email Marketing has the highest ROI over all other marketing channels?

In my seminar I will teach you:

How to Build an Email List of Contacts and Subscribers

  • How to use your web site or blog as a lead generator
  • What you need to sign up visitors to your email list
  • Secrets to generating traffic to your web site, or other online presence
  • How to entice visitors to sign up to receive more information from you

How to Easily Create Effective Email Newsletters and eFlyers

  • Follow up with automated and semi-automated messages
  • Learn about auto-responders, e-newsletters and email flyers
  • Find out about the technology needed to deliver email marketing messages
  • Learn how to prepare email campaigns yourself

How to Make More Money with Email

  • You don’t need an e-commerce site to make money with email
  • How to take credit cards, e-cheques and money transfers online
  • Find out the hidden potential in your business – any business
  • Learn how to create products or services to sell online
  • Finally reach your business goals in 2009 – regardless of the state of the economy

What Do You Get?

  • 3 hours of coaching, tips, strategies you can use immediately
  • You will create your 1st email newsletter – bring your laptop!
  • Ask any questions you might have in Q&A sessions throughout the seminar

Bonuses:

  • bonus CD audio+PDF presentation of my Email Marketing Tips and Strategies for Solopreneurs a value of $27 on its own
  • Chance to win 50 Tips on Growing your Business Online 2 hours+ videos and eBook package valued at $47
  • Free online Email Publishing Account – use it as long as you want to grow and manage your list
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments: hot coffee, tea and muffins!

For more information and to register now visit: iBizAcademy.com/Oakville-Apr-2/

Want proof?

See what other small business owners have said about my training courses!

Category : E-newsletter Publishing | Email List Building | Email Marketing | Email Service Providers | Events | Selling Online | Seminars and Live Events | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Blog
10
Mar

View Boris Mahovac's profile on LinkedInYou probably heard that Social Networking is the next great thing (among others), so I’d really be surprised if you never heard of Facebook, but Linkedin is probably one of those hidden-gem online resources you may not be so informed about.

While Facebook started as a students-only networking site which in the last 2 years has become the place to be online for anyone, including businesses – and big businesses as well – Linkedin started as a closely-knit professional networking site, and remains true to its origins to this day.

Today Linkedin has over 36 million users world-wide. That’s a great place to hang around if you’re looking to grow your business: either by finding clients or customers to hire you as a consultant, or buy your products. But Linkedin works for you on another level, too: it can provide contacts to help you grow your practise or business by supplying services and/or products you need to grow.

For example, if you’re a product designer, you can link up with a local speciality print shop owner to supply 3-D decals for your products. The printer can in turn hook you up with engineers she may have in her network to hire you as a consultant – and the circle continues – you get the idea…

I use Linkedin for both of these purposes I outlined above, but also for one more, not so apparent one: to grow my email marketing list! You see, the way Linkedin is structured, you cannot easily send mass emails to your whole list of contacts, so if you have several hundred, or even several thousand connections, it would be close to impossible, and certainly not very practical to send each one a personalized email.

That’s why you need to find a way to selectively “move” your Linkedin connections to your own email list (hosted by your Email Service Provider of choice), so that you can reach out to them with information and special offers targeted to their particular needs.

One way that’s been working for me is: I create events, such as my free tele-seminars, and then use Linkedin’s application called “Events” to create a page where I can describe the event and in effect advertise it. From there I go on to send an invitation to my Linkedin contacts – I can send it to 50 recipients at a time. I only send one invitation and leave it to them to take action: if they are interested they follow up by registering on my web site – outside of Linkedin – in effect adding their name to a special list I create for each event.

If you’d like to learn more about using Linkedin to generate qualified leads, sign up for my free tele-seminar. Even if you can’t attend the live event, register anyway because you will receive a free audio recording 2-3 days later. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 at 1 pm ET. Register here.

Category : Driving Traffic to Your site | Email List Building | Email Marketing | On Line Networking | Social Media Marketing | Tele-seminars | Blog
9
Feb

Blogging for your business is not an option anymore, but does it work better that Email Marketing?

How do you make the these two marketing strategies work together to create a powerful tool to boost your small business or professional practice?

On Wednesday, February 11, I will be asking ask Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff, the dynamic duo also know as the BlogSquad, some tough questions:

  • Is blogging an option for any kind of business?
  • How to use blogging to strategically market a business?
  • How to choose which blogging platform to use?
  • What are some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them?
  • I have a web site – why do I need a blog, too?
  • I already have a web site – how do I connect my blog to it?
  • I have an email newsletter – how do I use my blog to generate more subscribers?
  • What is RSS, FeedBurner, FeedBlitz – and do I need to be a tech geek to create and maintain a blog?
  • How do I blog without having a blog of my own?

These are a few of the questions Patsi, Denise and I will answer for you.

This is a FREE tele-seminar, LIVE on Wednesday, February 11, starting at 3pm EST

There will be no pitching or selling on the call, just pure content.

Seating is limited, so register for your chance to jump start your blogging efforts in 2009, or if you’re already blogging, to find out how to make the most of business blogging to promote your business.

If you can’t make the live event, a downloadable MP3 recording of the call will be available, so register now:

http://www.ibizacademy.com/blogsquad/

See you on the call!

Boris Mahovac – Email Marketing Coach

Category : Blogging for Business | Driving Traffic to Your site | E-newsletter Publishing | Email List Building | Email Marketing | Events | Seminars and Live Events | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Tele-seminars | Blog
23
Oct

Consumers in the 18-to-34 age bracket are more likely to respond to marketing messages received by email than to advertising they see while using social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. according to new research published in a white paper from Ball State University and ExactTarget.

ExactTarget, Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand email marketing software solutions. The Center for Media Design at Ball State University is a research and development facility focused on the creation, testing, and practical application of digital technologies.

Among other findings: the best time to send email newsletters is in the morning when recipients receive fewer messages, spend more time with each individual email, up to 13 minutes on average. Shorter, promotional email messages have a better chance of response in the afternoon and evening, when the time spent on emails drops down to 2 minutes or less, on average.

There’s a lot of other fascinating data available in this report which you can download for free from ExactTarget.

What is your experience? Please comment – I’m looking forward to your thoughts.

Category : E-newsletter Publishing | Email Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Tracking and Split Testing | Tracking Email Opens | Blog
29
Aug

There’s an interesting discussion on the BlogSquad’s blog about how domains are handled by TypePad vs. WordPress.

A TypePad link to Denise’s blogpost “Tom Antion Reveals The Secrets of HIS Success to The Blog Squad” is http://www.buildabetterblog.com/2008/08/tom-antion-reve.html

On a WordPress blog this would be

http://www.buildabetterblog.com/2008/08/tom-antion-reveals-the-secrets-of-his-success-to-the-blog-squad.html

Now, which link has more keywords?

tom-antion-reve.html <-- this truncated post title or tom-antion-reveals-the-secrets-of-his-success-to-the-blog-squad.html <-- the full title And, btw, you can edit these links, if you wish, to get rid of extra words such as "to, and, the" etc. Another example, from my own blogsite http://www.yourezinecoach.com/2008/how-to-make-money-with-email-marketing-send-email-promotions.html is also the permalink to this blog post.

On TypePad permalinks are in the form of: http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/145459/32319900

Ask yourself this: do I want to build links to TypePad and building their Google Page Rank, or my own domain?

I don’t like dealing in absolutes, so I won’t say WP is better than TP, but in this particular area it shines.

What do you think?

P.S.
By commenting on this blogpost, I accidentally discovered another weak spot in TypePad, and it has to do with displaying long links in posts. Take a look at how long URLs are displayed here, in my post, then compare the same in TypePad.

Category : Blogging for Business | Branding for Small Business | Driving Traffic to Your site | Keywords | Search Engine Optimization | Social Media Marketing | Web Site Development | Blog
2
Apr

Some years ago personal development guru Mark Victor Hansen said “Your net-work determines your net-worth.” You’ve probably also heard the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” and that’s actually better said “it’s who knows you.”

In the previous issue of Contacts2Clients, I mentioned some online networking sites and how to use them to build your business. It sparked a number of inquires from subscribers of this newsletter, but also from clients and colleagues.

Although I created my LinkedIn profile years ago, I’ve never actually used it until recently. Within about a month my network is now over 1.5 million strong – yes, that’s six figures, baby. And all that from only 60 or so connections.

Mind you, the point is not to have a large number of contacts, but to participate. Be active. If you just put up a profile, but never participate, it’s like having a blog to which you never post.

Some people say you should be active on 25 different networks. I don’t think that’s realistic, unless you delegate the work to a virtual assistant, but you should pick at least 3 that you will visit fairly regularly and make an effort to participate.
View Boris Mahovac's profile on LinkedIn

Category : Business Networking | Driving Traffic to Your site | On Line Networking | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Web Site Development | Blog
18
Mar

Are you Networking? I don’t mean business networking in person, you know, at your local chamber of commerce or BNI. I mean, are you networking online?

Are you using LinkedInFacebookMySpaceRyze? I just recently started exploring this area. It seems everyone and his uncle is on at least one of these networks. For example, Facebook now has over 65 million users and adding 1/4 million every day!

Here’s a great article on why you should join LinkedIn.
http://blog.linkedin.com/blog/2007/07/ten-ways-to-use.html

You can find me on LinkedIn and Facebook. Take a look at my profile and let’s connect.
View Boris Mahovac's profile on LinkedIn

Category : Business Networking | Driving Traffic to Your site | On Line Networking | Social Media Marketing | Blog