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Aug 26, 2008
In this article, I'll discuss why Internet based marketing can give you a better return on your investment versus traditional, off-line marketing. Let's start with an example.

Suppose that you want to place an advertisement in your local paper. You go to their offices and while there, you ask them two questions: firstly, what is their circulation? They will give you a ballpark figure. Secondly, you want to know the demographics of their readership. They will most likely guess here, as they cannot know for sure.

Then, let's say the place an ad in the classified section and then sit back and wait to see what happens. Now, to track this, you put a code on your website URL so you know exactly how many visitors you're getting from that one newspaper ad. With the phone number, you also include a code, so that you know where the calls are coming from.

Now, of course, you need to wait and have your ad go out in the next newspaper edition. After about a week, you start to get some calls and some website traffic. You measure that against what your ad cost you. You might find that with 10 leads, the ad is costing you five dollars a visitor, for a final ad cost of $50.

Now suppose one of these leads converted into a sale. You may get some more calls of course over the next few weeks. Responses to print advertisements sometimes take a while.

In the next example, let?s say you start a Pay per click campaign. Using this method, you research keywords that are relative to your product or service. You can get as targeted as you want, plus you can leave a few keywords in the broad category to see if there are other keywords you may be missing when trying to capture this market.

Your ad goes live within fifteen minutes, using Google as an example. You only pay for people who click on your link and in this case you are paying $1.00 per click. Let?s say you convert at 2%. So you spend $100 to make two sales.

However the advantage here is that you can track which keywords are leading to keywords, and which are not and refine your ad campaign accordingly to maximize your conversions.This makes your campaign more cost effective, not to mention bringing in more sales than a newspaper ad.

You can also tell with the broader keywords how exactly people are finding you. Additionally, you can place ads on other websites with exact demographic information which are highly targeted to your business.

What's the point of all this? Basically, when you compare advertising in traditional venues such as the newspaper with online advertising, you can measure your performance with online advertising much more efficiently.

By the way, pay per click is only one form of online marketing, there are many other effective marketing techniques you can use online, such as writing articles relative to your business, doing a press release, adverting in relevant online ezines and one of the most effective online marketing techniques is e-mail marketing, that is if it is done correctly.

Internet based marketing can keeps your advertising costs low while boasting better performance than print advertising campaigns. The tracking allows you to keep on top of your campaign and get information on its effectiveness almost instantly - and this kind of adaptability is just what your business needs in this competitive marketplace.
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Before you do something online, look at joe cotroneo's weblog utilizing internet based marketing to promote a network marketing home business
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