What is 3G Marketing?
3G, simply, means third-generation.
Over the past decade we have seen the Internet grow by leaps and bounds. In the first-generation of Internet marketing, techniques were very limited and it was thought that banner advertising was the only way to go and search engine ranking and search engine criteria were virtually non-existent!
With the second-generation of Internet marketing, businesses realized that the Internet wasn't a technology but a marketing tool. We began to see more focused and varied techniques which are still very much used today. Things like generating repeat traffic, search engine optimization, permission marketing and viral marketing became important Internet marketing elements.
Third-generation Internet marketing encompasses many or all parts of the second generations plus a whole lot more. With the third-generation came the search explosion where we can now search for videos, images and maps, we can now search locally as well as on a global scale. Search engine optimization for each of these new searches require their own strategy. Third generation Internet marketing includes all the latest techniques - podcasting, videocasting, blogs, mblogs, flogs, wikis, mobile marketing, interactive maps, social marketing, RSS and a whole lot more! Welcome to 3G Internet Marketing!
This newsletter will focus on podcasting.
Podcasting - What Is It?
Podcasting is the distribution of audio content via the Internet.
It is distributed for listening on personal computers, MP3 players, iPods or other mobile devices. The term podcasting originally came from the two terms “broadcasting” and “iPod” but as I stated above, they can be listened to on just about any mobile device as well as your PC.
How Does It Work?
Podcasting is a relatively easy process. You need your content and a few pieces of equipment, including your computer, a microphone, audio recording software and an MP3 encoder. You also need a Web site or host for distribution. Once you have that, you're in business!
Once you have finished recording your podcast you can put it on your Web site and make it available as an individual podcast or as a series of podcasts available for download on a subscription basis through RSS feed.
Once searchers download your podcast from your site, or host, they can listen to your content where ever they want, when ever they want!
What to Include in Your Podcast
There are so many topics that are suitable for podcasts. There are podcasts on everything from Internet Marketing to Thai cooking. I have listed a few ideas below, but as I said above, there are podcasts on every topic imaginable!
Just to name a few:
- Training tutorials
- Guided Tours (ie., museum tours, city tours, art gallery tours, etc.)
- Announcements (ie., new CD released, new music video released, etc.)
- Informational content
- TV and Radio shows
- And so many more…
Promoting Your Podcast
As with any web site content or published material, you want to get as wide a distribution for your podcast as you can.
The most obvious place to promote your podcast would be right on your Web site. If you are going to put it on your Web site make sure it stands out, you can even have a whole page dedicated to it (or them!).
Remember to make it easy for people to subscribe by way of an RSS feed or give you permission to email them when you have new podcasts available.
Be sure to provide information on your podcast content (sell the sizzle) and also provide the tools they need to be able to access the content.
Include Viral marketing - Tell a friend about this podcast - to enable your Web site visitors to spread the word.
Here are a few other ways you can promote your podcast:
Submit your podcast to podcast search engines like:
Promote your podcasts on any sites that are targeting the same target market you are and where your content would be valuable to that site
- Promote your podcast in your signature file
- Promote your podcasts on partner sites
- Promote your podcast through popular podcast sites, such as:
- Yahoo! Podcasts
Benefits Of Having A Podcast
We are seeing podcasting take off because it enables listeners to enjoy the audio content when they want – they can listen to the 6pm news at 10:30pm, they can enjoy an Internet marketing podcast on search engine optimization while on the treadmill or they can listen to last night's sports podcast while tanning by the pool.
People no longer have to be in a particular place at a particular time to hear your audio content, they can download it and listen to it any where at any time.
They can take your message with them wherever they go!
Want More Information?
If you would like more information on Podcasting, check out my 1 hour Podcasting webinar. It's coming up on April 27 th , 2007 – 12pm EST. If you don't have time to take it online you can order it on CD and listen to it whenever is convenient for you!
Click here for a full list of webinars available this year!
Also, check out the Resources section on my Web site. I have developed a great library of resources where you can find additional tips, tools and techniques online.
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