Posts Tagged Tom Polanski
Palm Beach Jewelry retains eBrand Interactive to boost revenue by emailing its unique value proposition to the 150,000,000 people the agency has permission to market to.
Los Angeles, CA–(eBizine)–11/28/2011-9:35 AM – eBrand Media, Inc. (EBM), a leading provider of digital advertising and marketing solutions to emerging and established businesses announced today that its agency division, eBrand Interactive, will manage a pivotal marketing channel for Palm Beach Jewelry.
“We manage lists for a number of well known brands and as a result we have permission to market to over 150,000,000 people through our CAN-Spam compliant email channel. We take private labeled offers from leading companies and send them to people who have opted to receive offers from 3rd parties. In short we email 3rd party offers to 3rd party email lists that we’ve been licensed to manage”, said Tom Polanski, EVP of Business Development at the eBrand Media Group.
Mr. Polanski concluded with; “My email team always starts in a slow, intelligent manner so as to ensure that the email traffic we deliver meets or beats advertiser mandates while backing into an eCPM for the list owners. We always work with our clients to optimize their campaigns so that they are consistently positioned to actualize a maximum return at the lowest possible cost”. Read the rest of this entry »
You’re spending real money driving traffic to your website but what kind of results do you have to show for it? Are your visitors leaving the site quickly? Are people abandoning their shopping cart before they’ve ordered? Are you having difficulty identifying the problems?
The industry standard conversion rate is 3%, which means that 97% of the traffic to a website isn’t sticking. Of course there are a number of reasons why this may be so, but most commonly, we’ve discovered that the majority of sites we’ve worked with, and that numbers in the thousands, are impediments to, rather than facilitators of sales.
An e-commerce site shouldn’t be a challenge for the customer, no matter the size of the product array. It shouldn’t be a spook house of dead-ends, false staircases and hidden doors. A basic understanding of the psychology of the online shopper; their interests, attitudes, opinions, and behavior, along with a concession to the fact that the internet is a super highway where people are searching and scanning quickly would lead to better site design. It’s important to understand what makes your audience tick, click, and stick.
We all suffer from a form of cultural ADD which means that we’re restless. The mouse, and better computer hardware, gives us the ability to move and groove from site to site. Take a look at your site, does it make it easy for a guest to find and get what they’re looking for? Or is the shopping process a series of frustrating friction points and irritants?
Click on the “Continue Reading” link to find a case study, shared with us by one of our partners, where one company increased their conversions with a simple redesign.
Over the years we’ve compiled a large database of contacts who did not respond to our attempts to engage them regarding our services. Last month we decided to try and connect with these, “not viables”, through the social media site, Facebook. We weren’t expecting much. However, much to our surprise, 98.2% of those business contacts, those who already had Facebook pages, people who wouldn’t return an e-mail or a voicemail, accepted our invitation to be “friends”; thereby allowing us access to intimate details about their lives, families, and friends.
To be clear; we didn’t, and still don’t, try to hide the fact that we’re marketers; it’s right there on our Facebook page under the “Info” tab. We were, and still are, stunned by the positive response to our invitations. Why would they do that? Why invite us into their private worlds when they wouldn’t, otherwise, give us the time of day?
Maybe people just automatically respond to a “friend” request. There’s a likelihood that the branding process we initiated with our repeated attempts to contact them achieved enough of a familiarity where that person felt they probably knew us. I suspect that there’s no easy answer. However, Facebook has succeeded in creating a positive experience which, in turn, breeds trust. Another key driver may be the need, particularly when times are tough, to feel good about ourselves. Membership in a community and the accumulation of lots of friends, who without fail will post positive comments about our pictures, and musings, is a way to do that.
Speaking of which; we’ve yet to see a negative comment from, or directed to, any of the hundreds of people who are now in our circle of “friends”. This attests to the power of “Social Proof” which means we determine what is correct by what other people think is correct. The downside is that, as Walter Lippman put it, “Where all are thinking alike, no one is thinking very much.”
Since the day eBrand Interactive began its partnership with Zappos, and took over management of a particular marketing campaign, eBrand Interactive has dramatically increased that company’s revenue, while significantly enhancing their return on ad spend.
The work my eBrand Interactive team has done is the stuff that case studies are made of. I’d like to go into details but given the nature of our competition, I’m hesitant to reveal too much, but let me say this; eBrand Interactive uses industry-leading, next generation technologies, and expert accounts managers, to do what our “celebrity” competitors can’t; hit the ball out of the park, time and again, for advertiser after advertiser.
Right now, though, I’d like to take a moment to express my admiration for the company. Later in this article is a case study regarding a successfull type of e-mail re-marketing that Zappos developed.
Early on in our discussions it was made clear that providing platinum level customer service and a wide ranging selection was of utmost importance to the company. We’ve often heard companies espouse this but I can tell you, from the way that we’ve been treated, that Zappos walks the talk. One can tell how a much a company values its brand by the way it treats its vendors.
Zappos has treated us wonderfully. Every person we’ve dealt with, and the team we currently work with, has been and is a delight. Zappos delivers a positive experience whether one is a customer or a vendor. That compelling experience creates brand loyalty: customers come back and vendors work harder. Zappos represents what I hoped e-commerce would become when I first began my career in online marketing back 2002.
However, too many companies have lost sight of the fact that those numbers, names and e-mail addresses belong to real people with hopes, dreams, and fears. Zappos hasn’t lost sight of that.
Zappos invests in its people, processes, technologies and products. The end result is a level of efficiency that drives revenue gains while simultaneously cutting unnecessary costs. They manage expectations, and they keep their commitments. That means fewer products are returned, good will is created, rand customers return again, and again. Zappos generates the type of viral marketing that has been used for eons, and is still the best: positive work of mouth.
Kudos to Zappos…I can’t tell you how proud my team and I are to be participants in, and causative agents for, their continued success. Our companies, and our core values, synch perfectly.
Maybe that’s why they chose us when they had a host of vendors to choose from.