6. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following. Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic (more on blogging below).
Email Marketing – The marketing software should have a useful email marketing component. You should be able to prepare a detailed profile of your target customers and engage them with relevant email marketing messages based on their demographics, preferences, and individual behaviors. The app should offer smart automated A/B testing to help your improve the outcomes of your campaigns. It should provide in-depth reporting and analytics features that help you get a clear idea of the impact and ROI of the emails you send to prospective customers.
In the analogy of the seed, it requires the desire, care and nurturing by the gardener in order to turn the seed into a small plant and hopefully a large tree at some point. But besides this effort, it also takes skills and capabilities from his side (individual-level factors) as well as sunlight, water and the right soil (external factors) in order to help the plant grow.
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.
We love Aiva Labs because their AI platform makes our lives easier by helping streamline the conversion optimization process. Their campaign builder allows us to target, test and optimize specific on-site content based on user behavior. We can essentially retarget and customize the experience over different devices at little cost to our smaller business clients.
Another important aspect to consider is whether the cloud provider meets compliance and security requirements. Your firm is accountable to staff members, clients, business partners, and regulators. Therefore, you should select a provider that has implemented a technically sound and comprehensive security system. Map your security control requirements such as availability, integrity, confidentiality, privacy, and accountability to the provider’s capabilities. Ask the potential provider about the processes and systems they use to protect your sensitive data. Do they meet general as well as industry-specific compliance and security standards? Do they offer special measures to meet the unique security requirements of your specific industry? Get satisfactory answers to these queries before you make the investment.
Optimove’s retention automation platform leverages proprietary customer modeling technology to help marketers at online companies maximize the value of every customer. The software helps Internet businesses convert more leads, increase customer spend and engagement, reduce churn and win back more lost customers. By affecting customer behavior through highly-relevant, personalized offers and incentives, Optimove helps businesses -- including clients like Conduit and GetTaxi -- understand customers and maximize revenue.
So, I put together a free master course for you to take that spreads out all of the work involved in starting a blog, into a series of action-packed lessons. My free course breaks the entire process of starting a blog down into an incredibly simple 7-day process for going from 0 to publishing (and promoting) your first blog post in just 1 week. I can't recommend it enough.
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Now, I know what you’re thinking. Most of the software and apps you use on a regular basis are made by massive companies or established development studios. Well, yes. But many successful apps, particularly those in the Apple and Google stores, are created and marketed by individuals and small businesses. In fact, independent developers made $20 billion in the App Store in 2016 alone.
Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).