Archives for February 2010

Banner Ad Blueprint Review – Banner Ads the “New” Way to Make Money Online?

Banner Ad Blueprint Review

In this article, I’m going to talk about Banner Ad Blueprint and why buying this program might help you to drastically cut down your marketing expenses, explode your profits, and help you achieve the financial freedom you desire.

Banner Ad Blueprint, Banner Ad Blueprint Review, Banner Ad Blue Print, Banner Ad Blue Print Review, Banner Ads Blueprint, Banner Ads Blueprint Review, Banner Ads Blue Print, Banner Ads Blue Print ReviewOver the past two weeks I have received a lot of emails regarding a new program called Banner Ad Blueprint, so I figured it was a pretty big deal.  After the 20th email, I finally clicked on a link to the site to see what all the fuss was about.

After looking around and figuring out the premise of the program – which essentially teaches you how to use banner advertisements to make money online, which is as easy as getting a cash advance – I was both intrigued and puzzled.

I was puzzled because everyone says banner ads are dead. I was intrigued because, well, everyone says banner ads are dead.

Based on the stats shown on the Banner Ad Blueprint website, it’s clear that banner ads are alive and generating tons of money for the internet marketers who know how to use them.

According to the Banner Ad Blueprint sales page, here are some of the benefits you will receive when you purchase the program:

  1. Get more traffic to your sites for less cost per click, which will increase both the amount of sales you make and the profits you keep.
  2. Not have to worry about the dreaded “Google Slap” because you will be using other advertising networks.? Now you won’t have to worry about your major traffic source cutting you off.
  3. Possibly join the ranks of the program’s students who have been able to lots of money in a very short time span, even with very little previous internet marketing experience.
  4. Never have to work about expensive Pay-Per-Click or time consuming SEO traffic ever again.
  5. According to stats on the site, banners drive nearly 85% of all paid traffic, and deliver the most targeted buyers to your sites, again, getting you more sales with less effort.

Based on these benefits, it seems like purchasing Banner Ad Blueprint is pretty much a no-brainer, and the reason I put together this Banner Ad Blueprint review.

And because these guys are saying they’re going to raise the price soon, if you’re interested you’d better act now.

Hopefully this Banner Ad Blueprint review helped you make the right decision!

Banner Ad Blueprint Review

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5 Innovative Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

This guest post is contributed by Brenda Harris, who writes on the topic of executive mba programs . She can be reached at her email id:

If there is one thing you can say for sure about any business, it’s that competition is fierce. There is no industry today where you can hold a monopoly, no matter how powerful or rich you are.

In a world that offers equal opportunities to those who use their brains and are willing to work hard, the only way to get ahead is to woo your customers and encourage them to stay with you through thick and thin.

And the best way to do this is by offering great customer service – when customers feel that you treat them like royalty, they don’t want to take their patronage elsewhere, even if your competition is offering them a lower cost.

A few innovative ways to step up your customer service are:

  • Don’t be condescending: No matter how large or successful a company you are, it does not pay to look down on your customers. Remember, they are the reason you exist and that while they can thrive without you (because of the competition), you cannot survive without them. So no matter how naive or ignorant your customers seem, help them out as best as you can without adopting a patronizing or condescending attitude. Don’t let their looks or how they’re dressed determine how you treat them – the story of the Stanford University’s birth should be example enough to emphasize this point.
  • Offer personalized service: Customers feel privileged when you remember their names and know what they like by way of service, and this is why they tend to come back to places where personalized service is the norm and not an anomaly. Even if your operations are broad and your interaction with customers limited, you must take up making customer interaction a personalized experience as a challenge.
  • Follow up on issues: Most companies fall short when it comes to following up on issues with their customers. If there is a complaint, they fail to see if it has been attended to or check if the problem has been resolved to the customer’s satisfaction. We live in an age where bad press spreads faster than wildfire, and with the vast reach of the Internet, you’re bound to lose credibility in a jiffy if dissatisfied and frustrated customers leave unflattering commentary about you on the web.
  • Know when to offer your services: There are times when customers like to be undisturbed – not everyone likes a salesperson following them when they shop and hovering around their elbow. So know when you’re needed and when to keep a distance. Similarly, customers resent the intrusions on their time made by unsolicited text messages and marketing calls. Use methods like email or traditional post to get their attention instead of getting on their nerves by cold calling.
  • Don’t neglect the post sales relationship: Most companies lose their customers because they terminate their relationship with them after the sale is made. They fail to understand that a satisfied customer generates more business and that this is reason enough to continue to provide service even though there is no great benefit to the company from providing this service. Take a phone company for example –customers have paid for the handset and a year’s subscription, so they’re not likely to go anywhere else in this period of time unless they want to suffer a loss. From the company’s point of view, they already have their money. But if they let this factor decide how they treat their customers and offer shoddy post-sales service, they’re going to lose many more potential customers because the word will surely be spread by the few disgruntled ones.

Pretty good post by Brenda, right?  What are your thoughts?  Leave your comments below!

Epic Fail – Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Prayin’ for a Viral Video

Turns out you can’t manufacture a viral video.

Well, I mean, you absolutely can make a viral video but you can’t make it a viral video.

The other day, I threw out a hypothesis that I could turn a simple video into a viral video by simply asking my readers and the video’s viewers to Digg, Stumble, Reddit, Tweet, Facebook, email, and blog the video. Seems simple enough, right?

Turns out, asking your readers and viewers to do this stuff does have an effect: the video ended up getting about 5 times as many views as most of my other videos. The problem was, that still ended up being only 150 views, far less than the 5,000 or whatever that I wanted.

(As a side note – yes, I realize 5,000 views does not constitute a viral video. However, for me, that would have blown my mind.)

So, what’s the moral of the story?

I think I proved my point that you get a lot further by telling your readers and viewers what you want from them as opposed to beating around the bush. However, as has been stated many times before, you can’t make a video become viral, it just sort of has to happen.

What are your thoughts? Post your comments below.

Work Place Ethics – Common Sense and Courtesy Aren’t So Common

I’ve noticed a lot of little things around the office lately that have been very grating on my nerves.  Nothing big, but, at the end of a long, stressful day, it all adds up.

So, I’ve come up with the following 8 Principles of Work Place Ethics:

  1. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever take the elevator up or down a single floor unless you have a physical ailment. Even up or down two floors is debatable. Seriously, there’s no reason you can’t hike up or down 20 stairs. Besides getting some much needed exercise, you’ll avoid the death stares of the people who don’t appreciate you interrupting and slowing their justifiable elevator trip.
  2. Replace the paper towel roll if you use the last sheet. This is so common sense that it shouldn’t need to be included on the list. Unfortunately, common sense and common courtesy simply aren’t common enough. Don’t be selfish. Throw out the empty roll, reach up into the cabinet, unwrap the next roll, and put the fresh paper towels out for the next person to use.
  3. Don’t pee all over the toilet seat. Everyone misses once in a while; nobody’s ever 100% at everything they do. Knowing this, if you get a little bit of moisture on the toilet seat, be courteous and wipe up after yourself. Actually, why are you peeing with the toilet seat down in the first place?!?
  4. If you drink the last cup of coffee, brew another pot. This, like the paper towel rule, falls under not-so-common common sense and common courtesy. It’ll take you just a minute or two to get everything situated, and the next person to go in to grab coffee will be very appreciative. As a side note: unless you have a legit medical reason, don’t drink decaf coffee. It’s nothing more than impotent swill.
  5. Never take up more than one parking space. I don’t care how nice your 7 series BMW is, or how fast your new Mustang can go. There’s plenty of space within your single parking space to provide a nice force field protecting your car from door dings. Just because you drive a nice car doesn’t mean you’re allotted more space than dudes like me who drive Dodge Neons.
  6. Step outside to take personal calls. If you have an office door, close it. Otherwise, for the rest of us working stiffs stuck in cubes, grab your cell, walk out the door and then proceed to talk about why your boyfriend broke up with you, or discuss the awful things you did last night when you had one too many Jager Bombs. Because most people have the need to scream into their phones (especially cell phones) in order to have intimate conversations, you should probably know that nobody else gives a crap about your stories. Please spare us.
  7. Stop shilling your kid’s cookies or school fundraising crap. When you push your kid’s fundraising junk you’re a jerk because you make the rest of us feel obligated to buy stuff so that we don’t look like the jerk. I’ve already got 18,000 boxes of thin mints in my freezer because I buy stuff from my family (a legitimate obligation). I’ve done my part, now leave me alone.
  8. The recycle bin and the trash can are two completely different things.  There’s no reason for you to throw your trash into the recycle bin, and there’s no reason your aluminum cans and plastic bottles should end up in the garbage.  I know many times the two bins are put right next to each other, but, seriously, it’s not that confusing!

Get everyone in the office onboard with these rules and you’ll find yourself in a much more happy, productive and efficient workplace. If you can’t get everyone onboard, then you have the easy targets to start rumors about at the water cooler.

What are your thoughts? Have any other rules you’d like listed? Let’s start a petition to get these rules internationally recognized.