Electronic Marketing – The Fundamentals

Electronic Marketing your online business is key to getting your company and/or products out in front of your potential customers. Electronic Marketing is often referred to as e-Marketing. With good online e-Marketing strategies you can put your internet site in front of literally thousands of customers each and every day. To do this and to drive web traffic to your site there are many different methods and strategies that can be employed, the trick is to find and focus on those that give you the best return for your efforts. Some e-Marketing techniques will be more suitable for your online business than others. A few of the most common e-Marketing strategies are:

Internet Advertising – Banner Advertising
Customer Referral Programs
Social Media Networking
Pay-Per-Click Advertising
e-Mail Campaigns
Article Marketing
Each of the strategies mentioned above should probably be tried. You can find information about each on various web sites and in many Ezine articles.

Design, Create, and Host Your Own Web Site Your web site will serve as your interface with your customers, so before you embark on any major electronic marketing campaign make sure that you have your web pages developed and design to meet the needs of your customers. You can design, create, and host a web site fairly inexpensively. If you do not know the technical aspect behind doing this you can find freelance workers on sites that can do it for you, i.e., sites like Elance.com and vworker.com

What Strategies Will Work For You? After you have developed your web site, learn the steps necessary to make it Search Engine Optimized (SEO). When your site has proper SEO, search engines like Google and Yahoo will rank your site high and it will show up in the search engines near the top of the first page. For some web site e-marketers, SEO is the ‘Holy Grail” of web site marketing; however, because of the cost of SEO other methods like social marketing or article marketing, for example, might be more profitable for your online business. You can also find people online that can help you with SEO.

Electronics Marketing

Where Is The Electronics Industry

The electronics industry has been in decline over the past decade due to a few reasons:

Rising material costs
Labour rates
Offshore manufacture
As other countries (such as China, India and Mexico) have grown, their standards, quality and equipment have also grown. As business has declined here, the old equipment cannot afford to be upgraded or replaced, resulting in other countries having better quality and production facilities.

Many of the larger manufacturing companies (defense, automotive, rail, oil etc.) have moved manufacture overseas resulting in a steady decline year on year

Is There Anything Left

Despite a decline in business the nation still has pockets of work available, which can be tapped into.

The problem is that these pockets tend to be for smaller projects, smaller batch quantities of electronics subcontract work. This is fine for electronics companies that do short runs, but for most manufacturing companies it is the larger batch quantities that are needed (as they bring more profit).

For the larger companies (that deal with larger batch volumes) a very real problem exists – in that there is not the work available (and the few pieces of bit business that there are may well be already tied up with existing suppliers).

What Are The Choices

Electronic companies need to get aggressive with their marketing in order to pick up the remainder of electronics projects that exist.

Only be aggressively targeting prospects and pushing for meetings and quote opportunities can work be won. A case of he who shouts loudest is the one that is heard.

This can only be done by aggressive marketing:

Researching prospects
Contacting buyers
Booking meetings
Requesting quote opportunities
Being competitive on price
The sales process does need to come in and come in aggressively. Many electronics companies have been complacent with their marketing over the last decade – hoping that customers will come knocking and offer work to them. This is unfortunately what happens in a booming industry when companies can pick and choose the clients they take on; but in today’s economy beggars cannot be choosers.

Home Improvement Tips: Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Reasons for A RedoHome improvement projects often begin with someone saying, “Wouldn’t it be nice if… ?” usually followed by a wish for a remodelled kitchen or a room addition for space to accommodate every family member’s needs. More often than not, reality and dreams don’t coincide, due to limited funds for realizing the dream, or limits on the available space. The trick: turning your dreams into reality. Begin with a realistic evaluation of your needs. Homeowners usually consider home improvements for one of the following reasons.You may feel the need to update something that is out-of-date. If your kitchen colour scheme was perfect a few decades ago but no longer works, now may a good time to update it.Some home improvement projects grow out of an immediate need to replace broken or inefficient fixtures. If a sink, tub, or toilet needs to be replaced, consider taking advantage of the opportunity to do a makeover on the entire bathroom.If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ll want to be sure to get top dollar from the sale. That’s great motivation for some home improvement projects.You have decided that staying put and improving your home is a better option than moving.Your family has grown and you need more space.Improving to Move? or Improving to Stay?Evaluate your plans carefully if you’re improving your home to list it for sale. Cutting corners may hurt your prospects rather than helping them. But don’t go overboard either. Potential buyers may prefer not to pay for some of the extras, such as a hot tub or pool. You’re better off keeping the changes simple.And remember that buyers who view your home may not share your tastes and may not appreciate the care you took to find just the right shade of green paint for the walls.You’ll find that improving to sell is easier if you can think about it from the prospective buyer’s point of view: What is important to the home buyer? Here are a few remodelling projects buyers are likely to find valuable:Adding or remodelling a bathImproving the kitchenAdding a new roomLandscapingAdding a bedroomAdding or enclosing a garage.If you’re remodelling because you want to stay in your home, you should still avoid over-improving it. You’ll probably want to sell it someday, and even if your house is the best on the block, it may be difficult to convince potential buyers to pay for the things you considered important. And when you consider making improvements, keep in mind the value of other homes in the area. Your home’s value should not be more than 20% above the average, which means that a $10,000 kitchen improvement project well could be a better investment than a $10,000 hot tub, especially if yours will be the only home in the area with a hot tub.Home Maintenance versus Home ImprovementsIt’s unfortunate that some home improvement projects are undertaken because something has broken. Replacing a leaky bathtub may be the first step to a major bath remodeling: since the tub has to be replaced anyway, why not do the whole room?While that might be a legitimate reason to remodel, avoid basing your home improvement projects on immediate needs. You’ll be better off if you minimize problems with proper maintenance. Examine every part of your home at least once a year. Check the roof, the plumbing, electrical wiring, etc. As soon as become aware of a problem, fix it. Making repairs when you’re first aware of them will help you avoid larger expenses later on. Keep in mind that maintenance does not add to the value of your home. Usually repairs are not improvements; they are necessities.Hiring Professionals May Save You Time and MoneyIt should go without saying that home projects can be expensive, so you may be tempted to tackle them yourself as a way to save money. That may be a smart move for small projects. You won’t have to wait for someone to fit your house into their busy schedule, and you can boast about having done the work yourself.But unless you’re very versatile, major home improvements are better left to professionals. If you decide to remodel the kitchen and plan to do the work yourself, will you be able to handle the plumbing, electrical, and carpentry work on your own?. And don’t forget that you’ll need to finish it quickly, because you won’t have a kitchen as long as it’s a “work in process” and eating three meals a day in restaurants could get expensive. Keep in mind, do-it-yourself jobs generally take more time. And you’ll be responsible for getting all the necessary permits and inspections.Hiring people who have the required experience can save you money and time, too. For example, these professionals can help you get a custom look using stock products, and that can be a significant savings. Getting something done right the first time will give you value that lasts for years.To find qualified and dependable home improvement specialists, check with friends, business associates, and neighbours for recommendations. Always get at least three references, and check them out thoroughly. Also check with the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce. Their numbers can be found in the community services section of your telephone book.Once you’ve located the necessary home improvement specialists, make sure everyone is in agreement about the design, the schedule, and the budget, and get the details down in writing in a signed contract.It’s also wise to check on professional certifications and licenses, where required, and be certain that the contractors you hire are fully insured and bonded. Your town or city Building Department can provide that information. And it’s very important that you make sure contractors carry workers’ compensation insurance: if workers are injured on the job, you won’t be liable if the contractor is covered. Request copies of their insurance certificates. And make sure that either you or your contractor have gotten any necessary permits before the work begins. Contact your local Planning and Zoning Commission for information.Here’s a quick overview of some of the professionals you may need to work with when you remodel your home:Architect: Architects design homes or additions from the foundation to the roof. If your project will require structural changes such as adding or removing walls, or if the design is complex, you will probably need an architect. Since architects may charge an hourly or a flat fee, make sure you get an estimate of the total cost: drawing up the plans for a major remodeling project can take 80 hours or more.Contractor: The contractor oversees the home improvement project, including hiring and supervising workers, getting the necessary permits, making sure inspections are done as needed, and providing insurance for work crews. It’s always a good idea to get proposals from one or more reputable contractors, based on the specific details of your project.Be sure each contractor bids on exactly the same plan so that you can compare their bids more easily. When you’ve chosen a contractor, make sure the contract specifies that you will pay in stages. You’ll usually pay one third when the contract is signed so that the contractor can buy supplies. The number and timing for making the remaining payments will depend on the size of the project. Do not make the final payment until all the work is successfully completed, inspected, and approved.Interior Designers: Interior designers are specialists who will provide advice on furnishings, wall coverings, colors, styles, and more. They help save you time by narrowing your selection, and save money because they usually receive professional discounts from their suppliers. When meeting with an interior designer, be sure to tell them about your personal style and preferences. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour, or you may be able to negotiate a flat fee of approximately 25% of the total project cost.