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Title: Effective Online Business: Hosting, Marketing, and Management Strategies Workshop

Effective Online Business Hosting, Marketing,
and Management StrategiesWorkshop I -
  • Presenters
  • Kelly Burke University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Steven Parente Aina Hawaiian Tropical Products
  • Supported by a USDA Cooperative State Research,
    Education and Extension Service Grant through the
    University of Hawaii at Hilo and College of
    Business and Economics Dean Dr. Marcia Sakai

Ecommerce and the Internet Introduction to
Online Retail Overview
  • The business case for e-commerce
  • What is e-commerce?
  • Benefits
  • Some issues and options
  • The Internet how it works
  • Website hosting basics
  • Alternatives, costs, services provided
  • Website development and design basics
  • Using a web hosts tools and resources
  • Website management basics
  • Assessing site performance
  • Payment processing
  • Order processing and fulfillment

E-Commerce Defined
  • E-Commerce
  • Buying, selling, or exchanging products,
    services, and information via computer networks.
    (Turban, King, Lee and Viehland 2004)
  • But thats narrow
  • Internet offers more E-Business includes
  • Servicing customers
  • Collaborating with business partners
  • Supporting electronic transactions within the
  • We mean the broader definition here

E-Commerce Business Models
  • There are 2 that are most prominent
  • Business to Business (B2B)
  • Selling products and services to customers who
    are primarily other businesses
  • Business to Consumer (B2C)
  • Sells products and services to individuals
  • B2B is where most of the money is
  • About 97
  • B2C is the most well-known
  • Amazon, eBay, etc.

Forces Driving Online B2C Shopping
  • Convenience 75
  • Cost 38
  • Context
  • Opportunity to buy at right time and right place
  • For example from my desk when I am thinking
    about or reminded about that book.

The Typical Online Customer
  • Activity conducted online by of Internet users
  • Research a product before buying 78
  • Buy a product 67
  • Use a search engine 84

Source Pew/Internet.org - 2005
The Typical Online Customer
  • Percent of each group that browse online
  • Age
  • 18-29 64
  • 30-49 56
  • 50-64 36
  • 65 12
  • Gender
  • Male 69
  • Female 67
  • Income
  • Less than 30,000/yr 49
  • 30,000-50,000 73
  • 50,000-75,000 87
  • More than 75,000 93

Source Pew/Internet.org - 2005
The Typical Online Customer
  • Completed online transactions 10
  • Online sessions per week 6
  • Unique sites visited per week 6
  • Average surfing session 31 minutes
  • Time per site per week 32 minutes
  • Time online per week 3 hours, 8 minutes

Source Harris Interactive, Nielson Netratings
Why Have a Web SiteBenefits of E-Commerce
  • Increase sales
  • Distributed market exposure
  • Target narrow segments
  • Create virtual communities which become targets
  • Reduce costs
  • Sales inquiries
  • Price quotes
  • Product availability
  • Enhance product value
  • Benefits work both ways selling or buying
  • But are these reason enough for YOU to own a web

Why Have a Web SiteBenefits of E-Commerce
  • Well of course a not insignificant reason to
    own a web site may be that
  • Your competitors are doing it
  • In our survey of Big Island Flower Growers
    (mostly small mom-and-pop businesses), 40 of
    those responding (29 out of 74) say they already
    have a web site
  • Also its just not that hard or costly to do

How the Web Works Uniform Resource Locators
  • Browsers differ in the way they are programmed
  • So if WWW is to be useful to many we need
    standard way to identify a resource
  • Example
  • http//www.hawaii.edu2074/kburke/course_info.htm
  • URLs specify
  • communication method (protocol) ex http
  • host name ex www.hawaii.edu
  • connection port on host ex 2074
  • path on web server to resource / page ex

How the Web Works The Internet Protocol (IP)
  • TCP / IP protocol for communicating
  • IP addressing every device on the Internet has
    a different IP address
  • Network Information Center allocates address
  • Class Address Network part Host part
  • A
    18 155.32.5
  • B 128.171 12.237
  • C 1 192.66.12

How the Web WorksIP Addresses and Domain Names
  • IP addresses are unfriendly
  • Assign a human readable name to IP addresses
  • Placed in a distributed, hierarchical, lookup
  • In network of thousands of domain name severs
  • Which map domain names to IP addresses
  • For example 128.171.xxx.xxx uhh.hawaii.edu

Domain Organization Name uhh.hawaii
Top Level Domain Organization Type .edu
How the Web WorksProtocols and Infrastructure
  • Messages versus Packets
  • i.e., connection vs. connectionless

Web Server
This Machine
Client (Browser)
Web Server
Commerce Server (Storefront)
Product Database
Shopping Cart
Secure Transaction Server
Getting Started Hosting Issues
  • Hosting
  • Understanding what hosting means and your
  • Do-it-yourself website services
  • http//www.1and1.com
  • http//www.bigstep.com/
  • http//store.yahoo.com/

Getting Started Hosting Issues
  • Bandwidth
  • Capabilities and specifications
  • Examine the features and functions provided by
    different hosts
  • Example Comparison of features at 1and1.com
  • Firewall system
  • Wireless delivery
  • Buy, rent, or lease
  • Maintenance, upgrade, and service of the

Getting Started Web Hosting
  • Identify what you have resources and time to do
  • Identify what will be done outside the firm
  • Identify which external parties will be involved
  • e.g., designer, ISP, web host? commerce provider?
  • Identify how you will assess their performance
  • Decision metrics e.g., are they reliable?
  • On-going performance metrics e.g., is their
    uptime what they claim?

What is Involved in Establishing a Web Site?
  • Web site considerations
  • The services wanted
  • How much your company can contribute to the site,
    from manpower to electronic content
  • Time to design your site
  • Time to create and program your site
  • Extra fees for software development
  • Fees for off-the-shelf applications tools
  • The size of the site
  • Training requirements
  • Installation and server maintenance
  • Programming
  • On corporate site hosting vs. off-site
  • Secure Server for financial transactions
  • Your bandwidth needs
  • Your server capacity needs
  • Location of your server at the Web company or ISP
    company location

Ecommerce and the InternetBasic Site Building
  • First your Domain Name
  • Maybe Id like to use flowersbykelly.com
  • Check at Register.com to see if its available
  • 10 Steps at Yahoo! to developing your site
  • http//smallbusiness.yahoo.com/webhosting/gstart.p
  • Demonstration in basic site construction
  • Using Yahoo! SiteWizards

Ecommerce and the InternetBasic Site Management
  • Example Yahoo! Merchant Solutions
  • Plans and features
  • Business Control Panel - Site manager
  • Store editor
  • Catalog manager
  • Order / request processing
  • Site statistics
  • Order settings
  • Promoting the site

On-line Transaction Completion
Source A.T. Kearney, 2001
Reasons for Abandoning On-line Purchases
Source A.T. Kearney, 2001
Website Management Issues The Shopping
  • Industry research shows that up to 80 percent of
    shoppers abandon shopping cart before completing
  • Techniques for minimizing shopping cart
    abandonment rates
  • If the billing information is the same as the
    shipping information, include a Same as billing
    information check box to automatically fill in.
  • Show stock availability on the product page, so
    shoppers do not have to wait until checkout to
    determine if a product is out of stock.
  • Include a link back to product page from shopping
    cart, so shoppers can easily go back to make sure
    they have selected the right item.
  • Make it easy to change quantities or delete items
    from shopping cart.
  • Make it easy to select or change product values
    in the shopping cart (e.g., color, size).
  • Include a "Progress Indicator" (e.g., "Step 2 of
    5") on each checkout page (e.g., tabbed pages),
    so shoppers always know where they are in the
    checkout process.

Adapted from Overture.com - 2005
Website Management IssuesThe Shopping Experience
  • Techniques for minimizing shopping cart
    abandonment rates (continued)
  • Provide shipping costs early in the process, so
    shoppers are not surprised during final checkout.
  • Include a prominent "Next Step" or "Continue with
    Checkout" button on each checkout page, so
    shoppers do not get lost.
  • Keep all information on one screen on each
    checkout page, so shoppers do not have to
    frequently scroll down.
  • If information is missing or filled out
    incorrectly during checkout, give meaningful
    error message that clearly describes what needs
    to be corrected.
  • If you intend to add your customers to a list for
    future e-mail marketing (either from you or a
    third party), make sure your customers know this
    and can easily opt out.
  • Make recommendations of additional items to buy
    based on what is already in the shopping cart.

Adapted from Overture.com - 2005
Web Site ManagementPayment Processing
Web Site ManagementPayment Processing
Steps in Online Payment Processing
  • Merchant submits credit card transaction to the
    Payment Gateway on behalf of a customer via
    secure connection from a Web site.
  • Payment Gateway receives the secure transaction
    information and passes it via a secure connection
    to the Merchant Banks Processor.
  • The Merchant Banks Processor submits the
    transaction to the Credit Card Interchange (a
    network of financial entities that communicate to
    manage the processing, clearing, and settlement
    of credit card transactions).
  • Credit Card Interchange routes transaction to
    customers Credit Card Issuer.
  • Credit Card Issuer approves / declines the
    transaction based on customers available funds
    and passes transaction results, and if approved,
    the appropriate funds, back through the Credit
    Card Interchange.
  • Credit Card Interchange relays transaction
    results to Merchant Banks Processor.
  • Merchant Banks Processor relays transaction
    results to Payment Gateway.
  • Payment Gateway stores transaction results and
    sends them to customer and/or merchant.
  • Credit Card Interchange passes appropriate funds
    for the transaction to Merchants Bank, which
    then deposits funds into the merchants bank

Web Site ManagementPayment Processing
  • Some things to keep in mind
  • The merchant needs a special Internet Merchant
  • The merchant needs to arrange for service through
    an Internet entity called a Payment Gateway
  • The merchant needs to submit charges for
    settlement daily or weekly
  • Merchants sign-up process at VeriSign.com

Web Site ManagementOrder Processing and
Web Site ManagementSteps in Order Processing
and Fulfillment
  • Order validated
  • Settlement of order payment
  • Customer notified
  • Items picked
  • Inventory updated
  • Items packed (with packing slip)
  • Shipping labels prepared
  • Shipper pickup arranged
  • Shipper picks up
  • Send shipping confirmation (with tracking number)
    to customer

Web Site ManagementOrder Processing and
  • Merchant has to be notified or become aware that
    an order has been placed
  • One reliable person should be made responsible
    for checking / processing orders
  • It should become part of their job description
  • What mode of informing?
  • Email?
  • Manual check of the site?
  • How frequently / often will the person check /

Web Site ManagementOrder Processing and
  • Customer has to be notified of order confirmation
  • Method email, phone?
  • Confirmation of stage in process
  • Order placed
  • Charge assessed to card
  • Order shipped

Web Site ManagementOrder Processing and
  • Packaging
  • Effective AND attractive
  • Fulfillment
  • Track inventory accurately
  • Make sure you have enough product
  • Indicate availability on web site database
  • Shipping
  • Vendor(s) and methods
  • Rates how much and how assessed
  • included in price, flat rate, by weight, by
    number of items
  • Shipment tracking
  • Shipment status updates
  • Remember - foreign shipping may require
    additional paperwork
  • Product guarantees and returns
  • Post a visible policy with explicit instructions
  • Handle returns quickly

Website Planning / Operating Checklist
  • Have you carefully analyzed your market and
  • Do you know who your target audience is, and is
    your website speaking to them?
  • Do your prices include a realistic margin for
    profit when all expenses are subtracted including
    shipping, customer service and advertising
  • Are your prices competitive with similar online
  • Are your sites objectives and purpose clear?
  • Are your products or services clearly identified?
  • Are the competitive advantages of your products
    or services clearly stated?
  • Do you have a business plan?  Have you planned 1,
    3 and 5 years out? 
  • Will your website ever make money?
  • Does your staff clearly understand their
    organizational duties and who is in charge?
  • How is your companys hierarchy and decision
    process handled? 
  • Is there a clear path from RD to sales? How
    quickly can your company initiate innovative
    ideas and products and have them online?
  • Is your websites architecture well designed and
    easy to navigate?
  • Is your shopping cart easy to use? Is it secure?
  • Is your electronic infrastructure set up
  • Do your website, product database, shipping,
    inventory, accounting, e-mail and customer
    database integrate well with each other? 
  • Is your database the hub?
  • Do you have good statistical analysis software in
    place to track visitor and customer information?

Website Planning / Operating Checklist
  • Does your website have a professional appearance
    when compared to your competition? 
  • Is your text well written, concise and free of
  • Do you change your website frequently to make it
  • Are your photos high quality and well lit?
  • Are your graphics and photos optimized for the
  • Do they represent your products well?
  • Do you have click-to-enlarge photos of your
  • Does your website load quickly?
  • Is your software working well between inventory,
    fulfillment, shipping, customer service and
  • Do you have a merchant credit card processing
  • Have you decided on transaction policies, types
    of transactions, privacy policies, secure data
    storage for customer data?
  • Does your staff know what to do in every
  • Are you able to fulfill orders quickly?
  • Do you respond quickly to customer e-mail
    questions and service issues?
  • Do you have a toll-free telephone number and can
    customers easily find someone to talk to?
  • Do you or the person responsible for your website
    and marketing have intimate knowledge of the
  • How many hours per day is spent online? 
  • Do you purchase, conduct business and research
    online yourself?
  • Are you watching for online trends and emerging

Other Online Resources
  • A lot of small business related information -
  • Universal online payment processing PayPal.com
  • Online payment processing and transaction
    security VeriSign.com

Ecommerce and the Internet Conclusion
  • We Talked About
  • What is e-commerce and why do it?
  • The Internet
  • Website hosting basics
  • Website development and design basics
  • Website management basics
  • Now You Should
  • Go Out and Explore Some Web Site Options
  • Maybe Even Start a Web Site
  • In The Next Workshop Well Talk About
  • How To Effectively Market Your Site
  • Online Exchanges and Co-operatives

Effective Online Business Hosting, Marketing,
and Management StrategiesWorkshop 2
  • Presenters
  • Kelly Burke University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Steven Parente Aina Hawaiian Tropical Products
  • Supported by a USDA Cooperative State Research,
    Education and Extension Service Grant through the
    University of Hawaii at Hilo and Dr. Marcia Sakai

Effective Online Business Marketing and
Management Strategies
  • Marketing your Internet business
  • Monitoring your sites performance
  • Extending business opportunities - online
    exchanges / cooperatives

Website Marketing
  • Excellent customer service
  • Word of mouth is the best form of advertising
  • Plan a realistic monthly marketing and
    advertising budget
  • Search engines
  • Directories
  • Traditional off-line media

Website Marketing
  • Domain name should suggest your service or
  • Ex FlowersByKelly.com or flowers-by-kelly.com
  • not kelly.com
  • The text in your website is critical to marketing
  • Descriptive, accurate, concise
  • Include keywords more than once but not too

Website Marketing Three Objectives
  • Increase Presence ? Optimize
  • Drive Traffic ? Publicize
  • Convert Visitors ? Monetize

Website Marketing
  • Find out if your site is indexed
  • Pages in cache
  • At Google ? cachehttp//your-domain.com
  • Ex cachehttp//primal-elements.com - nothing?
  • Ex cachehttp//www.primalelements.com
  • Number of pages indexed in domain
  • At Google or Yahoo! ? siteyour-domain.com
  • At Google sitewww.uhhiloagstore.com
  • At Yahoo! sitewww.uhhiloagstore.com

Search Engine Marketing
Search Engine Marketing
  • Combination of
  • Your sites pages (content)
  • Bid for placement advertising
  • Sponsored results at search engine sites
  • Ex search Google for bath soap

Search Engine Marketing Basic Design
  • Most search engines use weighted point systems to
    display results in a ranked order
  • Ranking is result of page grade
  • Grade title description keywords H1 tags
    links-into alt descriptions number of
    images page size
  • Use a tool at Summit Media to analyze your site
  • http//tools.summitmedia.co.uk/spider

Search Engine Marketing Basic Design
  • Its all about descriptive content
  • Limit use of multimedia
  • Limit use of graphics
  • Use long descriptive link text
  • Ex Here you will find a listing of all of the
    courses Dr. Burke teaches.
  • Spell check and edit
  • Make it easy to move around the site
  • Avoid frames

Search Engine Marketing Optimization
  • Use a descriptive Title
  • No more than 40 characters including spaces
  • Include keyword in title
  • Ex Flowers-by-Kelly Home Page Orchids for all
  • Use meta-tags
  • Description meta-tag should
  • Be no more than 190 characters long
  • Include keywords
  • Be factual and accurate
  • Include general product information
  • Include information about target audience
  • Not include slang, exaggeration, or hyperbole
  • Keywords meta-tag
  • Header H1 tags

Search Engine Marketing Optimization Using Meta
  • Title Tag
  • lttitlegtSore Okole Mountain Bikes - Home
  • Description Tag
  • ltMETA NAME description CONTENT Sore Okole
    Mountain Bikes is the place for all of your
    biking needs, including frames, components,
    accessories, gear and popular brands like
    Cannondale, Trek and Specializedgt
  • Keywords Tag
  • ltMETA NAME keywords CONTENT mountain,
    bike, bikes, Cannondale, Trek, Specialized,
    components, gear, framesgt
  • Header Tag
  • lth1gt Sore Okole Mountain Bicycles lt/h1gt
  • Example of HTML source at Sore Okole Bicylcles

Search Engine Marketing Bid for Placement and
Search Engine MarketingBid for Placement - PPC
  • Register with PPC system (search engine)
  • Load account
  • Create an advertisement
  • Title, body text, link to landing page
  • Choose keywords to associate with the ad
  • For each keyword you associate - bid amount you
    are willing to pay for each click for the ad

Search Engine Marketing Keywords
  • How they work
  • Keyword analysis
  • Keyword rank meta tag placement
    capitalization font size word position in
    document relative to other words
  • Identify competitors keywords
  • Look up synonyms
  • Bicycle and bike
  • Consider plurals and spelling mistakes
  • Bicycles and bicycels
  • Research the use of the keyword
  • Yahoo! Advertiser Center ? Tools ? Term
    Suggestion ? Type in search term

Search Engine Marketing Keywords
  • Keywords should attract visitors in all three
    stages of the buying cycle
  • Researching
  • General keywords ? mountain bikes
  • Shopping (comparing)
  • More focused ? cross country mountain bikes
  • Purchasing
  • Specific choices ? Specialized Rockhopper (a
    brand of cross-country mountain bike)

Search Engine Marketing Keywords
  • Many sites will have to manage dozens and even
    hundreds of keywords
  • Every keyword should land the visitor at the
    most relevant page for that keyword
  • Example Trek should land visitor on a page
    with Trek bikes - not on the sites homepage
  • Keywords may have to change to reflect

Search Engine Marketing Keywords
  • Matching
  • Broad
  • Mountain bikes whenever search contains these
  • Phrase
  • Mountain bikes only when search contains this
  • Could be in a search for used mountain bikes
  • Exact
  • downhill mountain bikes only when search
    specifies this exact order of words
  • Would not show for search of mountain bikes
  • Negative
  • -Used does not show when this word or phrase is
    used by someone looking for used bikes

Search Engine Marketing Keyword Tools
  • www.Adwords.Google.com
  • www.Wordtracker.com
  • Searches data at large web-crawlers like
  • Stores two months of searches 300 million
  • Number of times searched for in last 60 days
  • Estimates number of searches per day
  • Similar terms common misspellings
  • Comparison of number of times term is searched
    for and number of pages returned for the term
  • Look for term with many searches and few pages

Search Engine Marketing Valuing PPC Search Terms
  • Determine how much gross profit (after costs) you
    make per sale
  • Is there a lifetime value per customer or
  • Do you value a customer as one time only?
  • Calculate conversion rate
  • Shop.org estimates retail industry average at
  • When possible use your own site statistics
  • Calculate PPC value also called Conversion Cost
  • If your gross profit is 10 per sale
  • And your conversion rate is 4 (4 sales per 100
  • Then your PPC value is 10 X .04 0.40 - that
    you would be willing to pay per visitor (PPC)
  • In other words, you can pay 0.40 per click
    through and after 25 of them you would have paid
    25 X 0.40 10.00 but youd expect 1 of the 25
    visitors (4) to buy something - giving you that
    10.00 gross profit, covering your PPC costs

Search Engine Marketing Cross-linking and Other
Search Engine MarketingCross-linking
  • Page Rank is increased by
  • More links into your site
  • Links into your site from more relevant sites
  • Cross-linking is also a form of Branding
  • Use linking strategies that enhance your
    website's position not detract from potential
  • For instance, link from complementary products
    sites rather than from similar products sites
  • Cross-linking sources
  • Trade associations
  • Companies you do business with
  • Press releases and promotions
  • Have content people value (ex history of lei
  • Contact relevant sites
  • The power of cross-linking
  • Check link popularity - for ex at AltaVista.com
    - linkflowersbykelly.com

Search Engine Marketing What Search Engines
Dont Like
  • Dont search or find it difficult to search when
    they see
  • Frames, images, multimedia (ex flash,
    animation), image maps
  • Avoid frames, images, animation unless necessary
  • Move images and image maps to bottom of page
  • Scripts, excessive formatting code
  • Call external scripts dont embed in source
  • Use external CSS files for formatting
  • Dynamic pages too many parameters, too many
    possible pages
  • Use static pages when possible
  • Use one or two parameters at most
  • Will not search sites that demand cookies for
    site access

Search Engine Marketing Submit to the Major
  • AltaVista www.altavista.com
  • AOL.COM Search search.aol.com
  • Ask Jeeves www.askjeeves.com
  • Google www.google.com
  • Overture www.overture.com
  • Excite www.excite.com
  • Fast www.alltheweb.com
  • HotBot www.hotbot.com
  • Lycos www.lycos.com
  • MSN Search search.msn.com
  • Dont forget Froogle www.froogle.com

Search Directory Marketing
Search Directory Marketing
  • Directories are different than engines
  • Index by categories rather than keywords
  • So there are far fewer categories
  • Why submit to directories?
  • Another channel of exposure
  • Each one is one more link into your site
    remember cross-linking

Search Directory Marketing
  • Major directories are
  • Google Directory fed by Open Directory Project
  • Yahoo! Directory
  • Fourteen categories thousands of subcategories
  • So may be difficult choosing a category to be
    listed in
  • Submitting costs
  • Open Directory Project www.dmoz.com
  • LookSmart www.looksmart.com

Search Engine Marketing Webmaster SEO Resources
  • Googles webmaster pages
  • http//www.Google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html
  • http//www.Google.com/webmasters/faq.html
  • Yahoo help
  • http//help.Yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/index.html
  • Search Engine Watch
  • http//www.SearchEngineWatch.com
  • Pandia Search Central
  • http//www.Pandia.com
  • Open Directory Project
  • http//www.dmoz.org/Computers/Internet/Searching

Non-Search Engine Marketing
Non-Search Engine Marketing
  • Advertising banners
  • Typical ad 468 x 60 pixels (about 1 x 5)
  • Are they effective?
  • Click through rates of 1 3 per thousand
  • Buying them
  • Costs dropping 20 for 1,000,000 impressions
  • Link exchanges ex flower sellers could
    partner with gift sellers or gift-card sellers
  • Remember - having link partners also looks good
    to search engines
  • Are they right for your products or services?
  • Banner strategies
  • Banner should load quickly and have a call to
    action ex click here for
  • Have inventory of 5-6 banners
  • Have them rotated every 5,000-10,000 impressions
  • Use multiple banner exchanges for different
    networks of targets
  • Look / negotiate for more targeted exposures
    (they target using keywords that you bid on)
  • Monitor click-throughs for each banner and from
    each exchange

Non-Search Engine Marketing
  • Opt-in e-mail databases
  • Promotions, e-mail marketing, direct mail
  • Build lists from store front, web site, catalogs
  • Buy lists from list sellers
  • Response rates higher than with banner ads as
    much as 5-10
  • They are targeted
  • Effectiveness of banner ads and email programs
    may be considered as Brand Building

Non-Search Engine Marketing
  • Affiliate programs and promotional partnerships
  • Pay to have leads sent to you (pay per-click or
  • Ex www.myaffiliateprogram.com
  • Bonus point strategies can develop repeat
  • The importance of traditional advertising
  • Print can cost 2 - 3 per sale
  • Radio, television can cost 10 - 40 per sale

Website Marketing Follow-up Management Issues
Website Marketing Follow-up Management
  • Collecting / analyzing visitor and customer data
  • Discovering your customers patterns, wants and
  • Using software to analyze the data
  • Ex uhhiloagstore at Yahoo! Store
  • What to analyze
  • How often
  • ROI (Return On Investment) from advertising and
  • Measuring advertising effectiveness
  • What is your Cost Per Conversion?
  • For example Google has a Conversion Tracker

Website Marketing Checklist
  • Does your domain name make sense with your
    service or products?
  • Is the text in your website descriptive, concise
    and accurate?
  • Do you understand how search engines work and
    that most use a weighted point system to display
  • Do you understand what bid-for-placement
    marketing is?
  • Do you understand what sponsored results are in
    the search engines?
  • Do you understand what cross-linking is?
  • Do you know linking strategies that enhance your
    website's position and do not detract from
    potential sales?
  • Do you know that some past internet marketing
    techniques can actually get your website
    penalized with the search engines?
  • Have you planned for a realistic monthly
    marketing and advertising budget?
  • Is online marketing such as advertising banners
    good for your products or services?
  • Would traditional advertising work with your
    online presence, such as print, radio and
  • Have you considered creating an opt-in e-mail
    database for promotions, e-mail marketing and
    direct mail marketing?
  • Are there promotional partnerships available for
    your products or services?
  • Do you have bonus point strategies in place to
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