My Domain Can Beat Up Your Domain

“What’s in a name?” Well Shakespeare, everything in the internet name game!

The right domain name can bring lots of opportunity or some sweet cash! Ever since the beginning of the internet boom, the domain name game has always been about the perfect name. For instance in 2009 these were some of the domain name deals that happened. Toys’ R Us bought Toys.com for $5.1 million, Insure.com went for $16 million, and even Beer.com which is just a parked domain for now, they have to be making a killing on affiliate links to cover that cost!

Matt Cutts explains here the weight that keywords in a domain name play in Google Rankings

So which domain is the best type to have? In my theory their are 3 types of domain names, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Kind of a a paper, rock, scissors 3 way tie depending on the needs of your business.

The Brand Domain

New word/ name to build a brand with an original idea.

In The Class: Google, Twitter, Facebook, Blogger

Pros:
* Easier to brand and distinguish yourself
* People create dialogue around your site, “Google That”, “Facebook me”, “They Tweeted”

Cons:
* Very hard to get people to catch on
* Needs to be short, 1 syllable if possible

The SEO Domain

This one got really popular for awhile because Google would give good ranking to domains that had the keywords in the actual domain. So sites like buyviagra.com might get really good rank for that keyword. Companies might just buy a domain with the keywords like Tucson-Air-Conditioning and then re-direct it to their own site.

In The Class: buyshoes.com, tucson-air-conditioning.com, carquotes.com

Pros:
* Good for SEO
* Re-directs can drive lots of traffic to your site

Cons:
* Hard to stand apart from the competition
* Becoming less effective for SEO. As Matt Cutts said, Google is leaning towards lowering the importance of keywords in domains.

The Witty Domain

– These are when they create a new word or a play on words that is very close to their business

In The Class: Wikipedia, YouTube, SpoonMe

Pros:
* People like witty websites, they stand out and our easily remembered
* Easier to brand without having to overly explain what they do

Cons:
* People might not get it, nothings worse than that

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You Never Listen, We’re Over… Socially!

Alright i’m sorry this isn’t some sob story on how my girlfriend broke up with me over Facebook or Twitter. No no, I found this great article on Mashable that has a lot of great info-graphics on why people “break-up” with brands socially through Twitter, Facebook, and unsubscribing from email lists.

After looking through the article I saw a common theme.

The main reasons why people are “breaking up” with brands on social networks are for the following reason

1) The company contacts them too frequently.

2) Social feeds were overcrowded with marketers.

3) Content has become un-relevant.

4) Only connected with them for a promotion.

Finish Him

This just goes to show that having a social strategy is more than bribing people to follow you and then force feeding them whatever your agenda is. Society is becoming more social savvy and fed up with annoying social brands.The information shows that more than ever if a company is going to be social that they need to have a set plan, objectives, and especially keep your followers interested.

This video I think accurately portrays the relationship that we get into with these companies on social networks.

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Taco Bells “Real Time” PR

So I just got done reading the book Real-Time Marketing and PR by David Meeram Scott.The main point of the book is how in a world of blogs and social media companies are being forced to react and resolve PR problems in real time, not on their own time tables weeks later.

After I finished reading this book I was excited to see how long it would take for me too see examples of companies trying to tackle this problem of real time marketing and PR.

Taco Bell Case Study

January 25th Taco Bell woke up to the news of a Lawsuit over its taco meat. I guess the main question is what percentage of taco meat must be meat? At Taco Bell its taco meat is 88% meat which for Amanda Obney isn’t enough, so she is suing them. The story had such appeal that it spread all over the media very quickly!

So what steps did Taco Bell take to counter this negative publicity? Within 2 days Taco Bell executed these following steps to offset the media, and I believe any company could easily follow these steps to stay out of PR hot water.

Taco Bell’s Steps To Instant PR Recovery

1) Video Explanation

CEOGreg Creed didn’t hide up in his glass tower when the news broke out. rather he got in front of his audience and addresses the issue head on through youtube.

2) Build PR Site

Taco Bell quickly put up this site to keep the public upto date on the situation. Here they show the video, live news updates, taco meat facts and it even comes in espanol.

3) Promote the Site

AFter creating the site Taco Bell didn’t sit back and hope everything blows over, instead they actively promoted the site to get as many peoples peepers on the page as possible. All this week Taco Bell has been promoting the news site on all the social media networks, blogs, and even paying for sponsored results on major search engines.

Ask Sunday’s Lack of PR

On the other end of the spectrum I have had a bad experience with Ask Sunday the online virtual assistant company. I know that my case is not national news breaking like Taco Bell, but I think its still a good example.

It began when I saw their ads everywhere like on all the sites I was looking at for this post. So i tried them out and sadly I wasn’t happy with the inconsistent service so I cancelled my account and I thought it was over. It wasn’t because I got billed for the following 2 months. I emailed, called, and didn’t hear back from them. As a last resort I went to twitter to try and reach them and I admit to vent a little.

I was surprised that by the next day I got some great responses to my tweet, but not from Ask Sunday.
My text about Ask Sunday

Instead I got a tweet from someone explaining their disappointment in Ask Sunday and a competitor of theirs. Talk about real time monitoring! In my moment of anger with their competitor TimeSvr chimes in offering to fill my needs, including a free trial of their product. Finally days later Ask Sunday emailed and called me back to inform me that they would finally cancel the account and refund the money.

Final Word

Now more than ever companies need to be set up to monitor and resolve problems quickly through social media and blogs. Thankfully with so many tools out their to monitor and engage with customers these issues will become streamlined and easily resolvable.

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Interview With Tac Anderson

On my journey to becoming a Online Marketing Ninja I have been searching out the best Sensei’s in the world.

I had the chance to speak with one such Sensei, Master Tac Anderson currently the VP of Digital Strategies at Waggener Edstrom (A Global PR Firm). It was a great interview because although we were on the phone, for most questions he directed me to content online and then added his timeless advice. The following are the highlights I got from my talk with Sensai Tac.

Q: Who are the influencers in your field? Who do you look upto?

Answer:

– marshal kirpractric @marshallk
– luis gray @LouisGray

Twitter List Digital Social Futurists

Twitter Lists Digital Leaders

Great Point: Marketing is collapsing into people trusting influencers and what they are saying.

Q: What makes a great blog?

Answer:
– People like to read things that sound like how we talk, don’t be to formal or overly concerned about perfect grammar.
– State your bias, and opinion, don’t hide them.
– Be Yourself!
– Write short blog posts, a few paragraphs, check once, then move on
– Write from your own personal exp! What your learning.

Great Point: Think of blog post as like emails. Keep them short, a couple key thoughts, check once for errors, then move on

Q: What are some blogs that you follow?

Answer: Tac’s Blog Posts

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