Apple slashes the price of the iPhone

Apple Corp. announced it’s slashing the price of the iPhone, their uber-cool Internet phone.

Apple has dropped the 4GB version altogether and reduced the price of the 8GB model to $399, approx. GBP197, $200 less than when the phone first launched in July.

Although the 4GB version has been dropped, the remaining stock is still on sale at $200 less than the launch price, at $299!

Check out the iPhone at http://www.apple.com/iphone/

Do you market your website?

It seems everyone has a web site now – since there is no actual organisation in charge of the Internet it’s difficult to gauge exactly but estimates say that as of mid-2007 there are about 30 billion web pages (not sites, mind) on the Internet.

So, if you’re a web site owner trying to get across your products and/or services, how are you marketing your site?

Many web site owners we know seem to to be of the opinion that in simply having a web site new customers will automatically find them and their revenue will jump up. How? How is a web user (your potential customer) going to find your web pages and differentiate them from 30 billion other pages?

Most shops (brick & mortar) today sit in a shopping centre/mall, of maybe 2 or 3 floors, perhaps with 20 or 30 shops, most of which are selling different wares. It’s rare, unless the numbers make sense, that two shops selling similar wares will be placed next to each other. The shopping mall attracts shoppers and some of these will fall into a shop without there having to be much marketing to get punters in.

Now think of your web site as a shop. Think of it sitting in a shopping mall of a few thousand floors, amongst a few million other shops, many of which are selling exactly what you are. Oh, and because your site may be new it sits at the very top of the mall, nowhere near where most of the shoppers are circulating (as your shop gets more popular, it moves closer to the ground floor). Not a brilliant analogy but you see the problem.

The Internet is a fierce marketing battleground and the only way to win on it is to be in it. So spend some time with your web design company or a Internet marketing consultancy and work out a strategy to get your target market to see your web site, because if they don’t know you exist how will they ever become your customers?

Greenerclicks.com – help save our environment when you do a web search

I came across a really interesting concept today. If you’re a prolific Internet user you’re likely to be using search engines frequently. Wouldn’t it be great if every time you did you contributed to helping save our environment?

That’s where www.greenerclicks.com comes in. From their About Us page :

“Every time you search the internet using greenerclicks.com you raise money for charities and non-profit businesses dedicated to tackling green issues. It’s that simple! Make your internet searches count, make greenerclicks.com your search engine of choice.”

Since greenerclicks.com uses the google search engine for their searches you still get the benefit of getting the best result-set.

3 ways to Strengthen Your Brand using the correct email address

Branding on the Internet can be done in many ways and one of the easiest, if not the easiest is by using your own domain name in your email addresses. This may seem like an obvious thing to do but all too often we see email addresses in the form “companyname@ispname.com” where the only branding going on is by the Internet Service Provider that provides your email needs. Much too often companies register their own domains but doesn’t make use of the email facilities that are provided along with the domain.

Today, using email-forwarding and POP3 mailbox settings, it’s possible to use an online email service like Google Mail or Hotmail or traditional email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird e.t.c., to manage your email whilst using an email address in the form myname@mydomain.com.

But why would you want to? Consider that email has become the most widely used communication format today. If you’re reading this article on our web site the chances are you have your own Internet access and your own email address. If you use your own domain name every person that you send email to is going to see the email address and understand that the domain (the ‘mydomain.com’ bit) probably has a web site attached to it and that all they have to do to visit it is type into their browser www.mydomain.com.

That’s the first way in which you can strengthen your brand. The second is by making use of the “From” alias so that it reads something like “From: Mr. A. Name of Mycompany Ltd., www.mycompany.com”. Most of the time, only the name of the person is used in the “From” alias. By correctly utilising the “From” alias, you’ll provide the email recipient with a lot more information including your company name and your web site address.

Thirdly, always make use of the “signature” tool that practically every email client, web-based or not, has built-in. The signature, once set up, is automatically added to the bottom of every email you send out. This is one of the most powerful branding tools as there is no limit to what you could put in the signature file. For example, your signature file could read:

Mr. A. Name
My Company Ltd.

e: a.name@mycompany.com
w: www.mycompany.com
t: +44 123 456 7890

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New stock coming soon.

Using this simple tool, every email you send out with this signature effectively acts like an ad for your sale. It drives traffic to your web site where you can further strengthen your brand and will likely get you some sales too!

By using these tips, every email you send out can push your brand in three different ways. Not bad for something that only takes a few minutes to implement!

Meta-tags – do they matter?

In the early days of the Internet, search engines made heavy use of meta-tags to index sites. Meta-tags like the “keywords” tag gave the site owner the opportunity to describe in short everything their site was about so that a search for a particular keyword in a search engine would return all the sites that contained that keyword in their “keywords” meta-tag. Of course there were other factors that determined how a site was indexed and classified but that is basically how a “keywords” meta tag was meant to operate.

As you may imagine, this left unscrupulous Internet-marketers, otherwise known as black-hat Internet marketers, a gap wide enough to drive a bus through to exploit, which they did (Exploit I mean. Not sure how many black-hatters know how to drive a bus.). The “keywords” meta tag of a site was padded out with as many keywords, relevant or not, as were allowed so that a search for ‘chalk’ would return sites that sell ‘cheese’! This meant that search engines weren’t any good in returning relevant results and they quickly re-structured their search algorithms to discount the “keywords” tag.

So the question is, do meta tags matter today. Sure they do, but only a few of them have any real impact when a search engine calls to index your site. Although most Internet marketers don’t bother too much with the “keywords” tag it’s still a good idea to put in a few relevant tags just to be on the safe side. The search engines are forever changing their algorithms and you can never tell when the “keywords” tag will become important again.

So, the important tags to keep are:

<title>Your page title here</title>
<meta name=”description” content=”Your page description here”>
<meta name=”keywords” content=”Your keywords here”>
<meta name=”robots” content=”index, follow”>

The most important tag, at this time anyway, is the “title” tag. This is the title of your page and search engines make heavy use of it when classifying a site. It’s always a good idea to give each page on your site a short descriptive title, including relevant keywords, to help a search engine index the page.

Following this is the the “description” tag. Take a look at any google search results page and you’ll notice that some of the results have a great description and some don’t. If the “description” tag hasn’t been used for a particular site/page, a search engine has to pull off some information from the page itself to fill in it’s description of that page. This means that for pages that haven’t a “description” tag may have rather non-descriptive descriptions! Help the searcher by adding a clean description to each page of your site so they know exactly what they’re likely to find there.

Next is the “keywords” meta-tag. As discussed above this tag isn’t very important at the moment but there’s no harm in filling it in anyway. Kepp it clean and only use keywords that are relevant to your site, the services you offer and items you sell.

Lastly is the “robots” tag. This looks like this:

<meta name=”robots” content=”index, follow”>

The meaning behind this tag is as follows; The “index” directive instructs a search engine’s indexing robot whether it should index the page or not. If you don’t want it to then it would be set to “noindex”.
The “follow” directive instructs the same robot whether it should follow links on the page. If not it would be set to “nofollow”.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all robot files support this tag, however it’s still a good one to have as it’ll help search engines that do support it to index your pages the way you’d like them to.

I hope this short article has cleared up some of the mystery surrounding meta-tags. If you’d like any more info be sure to contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, leave a comment below.

Welcome to the new Cynergise.com site

Well, it’s happened! We finally got around to re-designing the cynergise.com web site.

Sol and I have long thought that we needed to re-do the site to serve our clients better. The old site really didn’t provide any value to our clientèle and we really wanted to extend our service past the actual project-work we did.

So, what’s this new site about? We hope to provide you with information on Internet marketing, branding e.t.c., really anything that will help you to take your site to the next level. Internet marketing is a vast subject, and particularly one that changes frequently to keep in step with the technology of the day, which as we know changes almost weekly!

So we hope this site will be your first stop to check out what new stuff you can implement on your sites. Be sure to subscribe to our email service, using the boxes on the right, as we’ll be sending out emails packed with tips once in a while. Don’t worry, we won’t be spamming you with emails every day – we respect our clients & readers so expect an email every few weeks.

Well, we hope you enjoy using this new site and do drop us your thoughts using the Comments box below. We’d love to hear from you.