I started my website as an all around `this is how I did it` success story to paying off debt. My goal is to pay off all my debts while using http://HelpMePayOffMyDebt.com as a tool to chronicle my efforts, as well as to assist in them.
While doing this, maybe I will stumble upon something useful that will help others.
Forum marketing is great! If I were, say, an online retailer of mopeds. I would do a quick search of `scooter clubs, `moped clubs`, `some other word for moped community` and get to know those people. If you can get your product/service into the minds of a community, you have a base to get your started.
Just because you can, doesn`t mean you should:I`ve noticed a lot of people starting out (mainly with online services, or something similar) start by underselling their competition. While I promote this idea for new customers (discounts to new clients, trial editions, that sort of thing) you need to remember, if you want to make more money you can`t keep underselling the competition.
You need to make a better product/service, so you can make a better paycheck.
"A picture is worth a thousand words, but a <your product> "...
For a dramatic flipblook:
"will leave you speechless."
For a humorous flipbook:
"can replace words with laughter."
For a awe-inspiring type of flipbook:
"will take your breath away."
I think online marketing will grow to become... marketing. We will no longer realize that it is the internet handling the marketing. Using the previous post`s grocery store idea. You enter your shopping list and the phone has the layout of the store with the locations of your items (I just moved, so I`ve spent lots of time wondering around in new...larger...stores).
Oh, and by the way... You might want to check out these items based on your list. Perhaps since you bought pancake mix, you might want some syrup as well? Why get Pepsi when Coca-Cola is on sale?
While we will of course know it is the internet that powers these devices, as things become more consumer aware we will start being cattle even more so than we are right now!
You know, I was reading this thinking "duh". But, after finishing your post I realized... This is how I went at my life! My `break even` point kept getting pushed back and next thing I knew I was $40,000.00 in debt with nothing to show for it!
I wish I would could have read this five years ago, and connected it to financial well-being as a whole!
Cheers, and keep up the no-nonsense approach to helping those starting out!