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What is SPAM?

nope not the kind that comes in a can,

If you’re thinking about your email inbox at the moment..about all those emails you receive from online boutiques and other such sites…it is important to know what is considered “spam” and what is not.

Spam is defined as large amount of unsolicited messages and unwanted communication sent over the internet, for advertising purposes.

The key is in the definition I just gave up there ^^^

I don’t know about you, but my inbox is filled it emails from Refinery29, ASOS, Unidays etc.

While sometimes they completely clog up my inbox, these sites actually have my permission to send me these emails. They, therefore, are not considered “spam”

To categorise messages like these as spam, they must meet three criteria:

  1. No consent from the consumer
  2. Unidentifiable information
  3. Inability to unsubscribe to receiving the messages

Under the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), for companies to not be categorized as spam messages:

  • Consumer or receive must consent to receiving message, this form of consent can be given through consumers providing their email or ‘subscribing’ to received emails.
  • The messages sent via electronics to consumers or receiver’s must contain relevant company information they is easily identifiable by consumers.
  • Consumers or receivers must be given the option to unsubscribe to the messages, if they decide that they do not want to receive anymore messages from the company.

It’s essential for companies to understand what spamming is and to avoid it, and it’s also important for consumers to realise what spamming actually is, and usually it’s just companies wanting to keep you in the loop.

What sort of emails do you get, have you given your permission to receive these emails? if not, have you checked the emails to see if you can unsubscribe from the emails?

Also, what do you do when you receive ‘spam’ or unknown messages? let me know down below!

🙂 over and out.

PPC vs. SEO for SEM -no it’s not msn lingo

Before you go and google what PPC, SEO and SEM is..lemme just fill you in right here.

SEM, or Search Engine Marketing, is a term used for internet marketing. It uses promotional websites to increase visibility in search engines through paid advertising. This is primarily used by search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.

There are two kinds of strategies.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Pay Per Click (PPC)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) involves modification of site codes to make them more relevant and subsequently more compatible to search topics, it enables the ability to achieve and higher ranking in search engine results and it’s placed in the editorial section. Used properly, SEO is a low cost method to significantly increase traffic to websites.

Pay Per Click (PPC) is the most popular form of SEM. It refers to placement within the sponsored section of the search-results page, with the company name displayed. This maximises visibility and of course, this means more visits…and what companies want…more revenue.

So which one is more effective?

According to Sen, 2005, 60-86% of search engine users click on displays within the editorial section, with 14-40% of search engine users click on the sponsorship section..

so then this would suggest SEO is more effective than PPC…then why is PPC more popular?…Which one should be used then???

Well. it would depend.

SEO is best used in situations where consistent results are required, you wish to build an authoritative site

Whereas

PPC is best used when you want to target specific groups, when there is a time sensitive offer or when immediate results are necessary.

Of course, there would also be circumstances when both are useful strategies.

..if you were a marketer..would you use SEO or PPC..why and why not? or would you use both? Let me know what you think!

It’s ok! you don’t need to look up from the screen

In the year 2016, our lives basically revolve around this rectangular object that fits in the palm of our hand…the phone.

It can do anything and everything. From being our alarm clock, gps, camera, mp3 player, timetable, computer. Hell, it can even be a portable fan.

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Not only that, our phones connects us to people, the digital world, to retail stores, to banks. To pretty much anything these days…I mean, what is life without a phone?

According to this article, there were an estimated 31.01 million active mobile phone accounts in Australia in June 2015. With a population of 24.17 million as at December 2015, thats more than 100% of people adopting it. While this doesn’t mean everyone uses a phone, there are a lot of us that use more than one.

So what does this mean for businesses?

With the mobile having saturated the market, and people spending x amount of time on their phones…why wouldn’t you tap into this glorious device?!?

Kaplan  suggests that businesses should follow the 4Is in Digital Marketing.

What are they you say?

The 4I’s are:

1. Integrate: fit into consumer lives without spamming them

2. Initiate: create content that would allow users to generate their own content. This would allow a more holistic integration of business’ social presence.

3. Individualise: take into account individual interest and preference. Since phones are generally used by one person, this would allow companies to tailor to and personalise experiences

4. Involve: engage users through some sort of interactive experience

Here are some examples of companies using mobile marketing:

  1. Commonwealth Bank App615600-commonwealth-bank-app
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  3. Hungry Jack App

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Let me know what you think!

Christine out.