Aug 15 2011

By The Numbers

by Andrew DiFiore

Some interesting direct mail stats from Deliver magazine.

More than 12 billion catalogs were mailed in 2010.

55.6% of respondents found catalogs “useful” and 21.5% found catalogs “interesting.”

52.4% of consumers read direct mail from merchants. More than 53% found merchant mail “useful” and 16.8% responded to merchant mail offers.

Jul 5 2010

Using Online Marketing for Business Growth

by Andrew DiFiore

According to a recent survey by The NY Enterprise Report 71% of their readers are using social media to increase business with 41% blogging regularly.

Of the social networking sites, 60% find LinkedIn to be the most effective for increasing business, followed by a Facebook at 31%.

Of the variety of online marketing venues, e-newsletters top the list with 76% saying they are Very Effective or Somewhat Effective.

One insight noted by publisher Robert Levin is the surprising number of small businesses that do not have websites but are still participating in social media. This may just be a reflection of the type of businesses that make up the Report’s readership but more likely has to do with a misunderstanding on how to best leverage social media to drive business.

Have you ever had a salesman come to the door trying to sell power washing or gutter guards? They give their pitch but when asked for a business card they don’t have one. It is like that.

Every business should have a website even if it is just to be listed on Google.

Think of it this way: Participating in a social community is like attending a cocktail party. Having guests visit your website is like hosting a cocktail party.

Jun 4 2010

Blog Demographics Report

by Andrew DiFiore

Sysomos, a leading provider of social media monitoring and analytics technology, has released a new report on the blogosphere after analyzing over 100 million blog posts. The report is broken down by age, gender and location.

Not all that surprising, 53.3% of the total blogging population is 21-35 years old. Bloggers aged 20 and under came in second, with 20.2%, followed by 36-50-year-olds (at 19.4%), and 51-year-olds and older (7.1%).

Read the complete report here.