Week In Review

Week In Review: June 28th, 2010 – July 2nd, 2010

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week…

Catch up on the Mequoda Daily’s blog posts for this past week…


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June 28th, 2010

Modern Press Release Guidelines

An introduction to online PR

It’s hard to contemplate the impact of the Internet. It has helped many industries and hurt others; it has given people the opportunity to find other like-minded individuals and information on topics they love. This is basically my approach to modern online PR.

My thought process has always incorporated the desire to spread the good word on interesting and beneficial things. Often times, I find that those products, services, or informational pieces don’t find the audience they deserve due to over-saturation. Let’s face it, there is a lot of clutter, and much of it isn’t nearly as positive as products that are hard to find. This is especially true within the online environment. Read more…

Profile Monday: Oh Canada! McLarney Stays True

THE ROAD TAKEN – An inside look at a SIPA member, the choices he or she has made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead

In honor of Canada Day on Thursday, July 1, we present…

Michael McLarney, Managing Director, NRHA Canada, Editor & President, Hardlines Inc.

SIPA: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into this business?
McLARNEY: I actually took several years to finish university, during which time I hitchhiked throughout North America and worked as everything from a cook to a school bus driver. After university, I got my first job as a junior editorial assistant at Maclean-Hunter, then the largest publishing house in Canada. I started out working for a trade magazine for the hardware/home improvement industry and ended up as its editor a few years later. Read more…


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June 29th, 2010

Flash: Science Now Tells Us We Have Three Brains

Why you should load up your online copywriting with benefits and “reasons why” that give your customers the “rational armament” to defend their purchase decisions.

Any copywriting instructor will tell you that it’s vital to write about a product’s benefits.

“The more you tell, the more you sell,” they say. Benefits, benefits, benefits. That’s the primary thrust of your sales pitch. Features that describe your product are nice to know, but benefits to the customer are what close the sale.

At least, that’s been the conventional wisdom since the birth of advertising and direct response marketing. And now, finally, in the 21st century, we’re beginning to understand why benefits are so important. Read more…

New PR Survey Tips Generously and Wisely

A New Survey on Public Relations Provides Some Up-to-Date Answers

In 1963, John Marston wrote a book, “The Nature of Public Relations,” saying that “public relations is planned, persuasive communication designed to influence significant publics.” Almost 50 years later, the definition hasn’t changed all that much, but how we go about those “persuasive communications” certainly has.

In a new study released yesterday by PRSourceCode, titled “2010 Top Tech Publications, The Evolution of Tech PR,” the state of public relations in the online world was summarized by questions like “How do you measure your social media impact?” and “How do you work to engage different media?” Read more…


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June 30th, 2010

How to Incorporate SEO Copywriting Into Your Press Releases

Increase links and promote your content throughout your website and search engines

Competition within online PR has grown immensely. In fact, it has reached the degree where many press releases are picked up by search engine features like Google News and Yahoo! News.

The press release factor can play a huge part in gaining incoming links and reaching the correct audience for your news. The more quality links you receive, the better reputation your content will have. The more audience members exposed to your content will likely mean more traffic and more conversions. Our free SEO Copywriting Handbook discusses additional ways of receiving more traffic to your landing pages. Read more…

Interweave Launches Quilting Arts in Stitches, a Digital eMag

Interactive arts and crafts meets a digital format at Interweave

Interweave, the world’s leading online and offline resource for artists and crafters announced its new digital content product this week.

With digital content products looking like the future of the online publishing industry, Interweave is planning several eMagsTM to debut in 2010. Read more…

July 1st, 2010

Recent Study Shows High Conversion Rates for the iPad

What does this mean for online publishers?

Shopatron, a provider of global eCommerce solutions for consumer goods manufacturers, announced recently that sales conversion rates for the Apple iPad are much higher than rates for other mobile devices.

According to the company, these findings are based on an analysis of conversion rates from dozens of branded stores on the Shopatron platform. With over 800 branded stores throughout 35 industries, the company was able to look at their findings quite easily. Read more…

The Merits of ‘Week in Reviews’

Week in Review Columns Can Prove Effective for Both You and the Reader

The idea of a Week in Review is certainly not original, but it can be very effective.

“Numerous publishers, including our, are having success with a Week in Review e-letter,” wrote Phil Ash, publisher, Capitol Information Group, on a recent SIPA online forum.”The format is typically five headlines and teasers representing the single topic stories that ran Monday through Friday. In our case, the WIR goes out on Friday and covers the Monday through Thursday stories while also running a Friday ’story’ that’s really a link to a sales letter landing page.” Read more…


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July 2nd, 2010

Mequoda Digital Media Podcast: Interview with Steve Forbes Released

Learn Steve Forbes’ approach to online publishing

Gain immediate access to our Digital Media Podcast: Interview with Steve Forbes now hit the online community in the mid-90s and took the industry by storm. At that time, the power of the Internet wasn’t fully realized by most, but Steve Forbes already had great interest in it.

With a strategy in mind, Forbes began to show online publishers what’s possible through the depth of the Internet. Now, almost 15 years later, is still one of the most successful online publications, reaching tens of millions of users each month. Read more…

By Chris Sturk

Chris has created, edited and published over a thousand posts on the Mequoda Daily blog, through email and social media. He has executed SEO campaigns to increase the Mequoda Daily's visibility in search engines. He is formerly Mequoda's Managing Editor, Copywriter and Community Manager

Prior to joining the Mequoda Team, Chris was the marketing manager of a boutique lifestyle marketing firm focused in the music and entertainment industries and based in Rhode Island.

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