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Run Your Vanity URL Check Across 122 Social Networks

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Did you know that anyone with an e-mail address and access to the Internet can secure your brand's name using a free social network service?

Are you too late?

Someone from Singapore registered as 'nextmark' YouTube and StumbleUpon, but it's not me - I've never even been to Singapore! If a country as strict as Singapore has these 'squatters', then think about the trend that could easily take off.

I learned quickly that I'd better take ownership of our brand name on the social networks and get those user IDs and vanity URLs secured. The only problem was that there are hundreds of online networks and I only knew about the obvious ones, like LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Delicious and Digg. Fortunately, I found out about a great tool while attending the VT/NH Direct Marketing Group conference earlier this month. It's called namechk.

This tool will enable you to check the status of your company name (user name or vanity URL) on 122 social networking and bookmarking sites. It only takes a minute, and you'll be able to see whether or not your name is available for each and every one of the servcies listed.

Here's a snapshot of the namechk grid using LinkedIn as the example below. Go to namechk to run your own audit. This is a valuable service.

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The provider of this service also has a feature where you may request additional services to be added to the list. For example, you may want to request the addition of Plaxo or Vimeo since I know many of our marketing blog readers and mailing list seekers use those tools for business networking and video publishing. Feel free to share your thoughts on this tool.

DMA Service to the List Industry (Survey Results)

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Last month I created a quick poll on LinkedIn to see how direct marketing professionals felt about the DMA’s (Direct Marketing Association) service to the list industry. There may not be a ‘List Day‘ conference anymore, but almost all of the same folks are still present at the annual DMDays conference. There are list managers, list brokers, and list fulfillment providers lined up on both sides of the aisle. While the DMA has done a very good job in regards to advocacy on behalf of direct marketers, there seems to be less awareness about mailing lists than in times past — or maybe I’m wrong? Let’s look at the results from last month’s poll on LinkedIn.


DMA Service GraphThe overall results are normally distributed with a minor skew towards needing some improvement. It is interesting to note that the female respondents gave the DMA more favorable ratings than the male respondents. Maybe the guys have set higher expectations for the list industry, or maybe we’re just jerks — well I don’t think so, because only 2 of 45 of us voted that the DMA had jumped ship. The response profile (gender) was 54% male and 46 percent female, so there’s no bias in the weighting. Feel free to share these results at DMDays next month, and let Mike Gamson know that we conducted the poll on LinkedIn. 

Join NextMark on LinkedIn

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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Are you trying to figure out how to leverage social networking for the list industry? Well you're not alone. The NextMark Group on LinkedIn is open to list industry veterans, list brokers, list managers, and their clients to discuss the future of direct marketing as it relates to mailing lists, digital marketing, insert media, search engine optimiation, social media, and more. The group currently has 224 active members from more than 40 million around the world. We hope you'll join!

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Rate the DMA on LinkedIn

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) was founded in 1917, and currently represents more than 3,400 companies in the United States and 48 other nations. NextMark and many of our clients are also DMA members. The organization "advocates for responsible marketing and promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers," as noted on their web site.DMA LinkedIn Poll With 40 percent of a campaign's success dependent on choosing the right lists, it is clear that targeted list research is an important part of the direct marketing process. So how are they doing with the list side of the business?

I decided to conduct a quick poll on LinkedIn to find out what marketing services providers are thinking on the subject.

When I walk the aisles at the DMDays conference each year, I see dozens of list companies lined up with innovative solutions for helping mailers with new customer acquisition; and I know they paid good money to be there. Let's see what they think and how it might be paying off.

Not a member of the NextMark group on LinkedIn? Click here to join.

Ten Free Ways To Market Your Business Online

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

February 23, 2009 – The Dow closed at 7,114.78 today, an 11-year low. The S&P 500 hit its 12-year low, while today's NASDAQ posted a 3.71 percent loss which actually exceeded the percentage losses of the DJIA and S&P 500. An estimated $10,000,000,000,000 market value of U.S. stocks has been wiped out since the October 2007 high.

There is no better time than the present to leverage marketing freeconomics for your business. The information renaissance is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the current economic crisis. While many physical doors have been closed due to cutbacks, a greater number of virtual windows have opened online. Here are NextMark's examples for 10 free ways to market your business online:

1. YouTube – How To Find Mailing Lists video & findlists channel

2. Linkedin – NextMark company page & NextMark group

3. Facebook – NextMark company page & NextMark group

4. Plaxo – NextMark group

5. Tradevibes – Company profile

6. MerchantCircle – Directory listing & coupon

7. Slideshare – list advertising ROI presentation

8. Twitter – Follow NextMark

9. Jigsaw – Company wiki & company research

10. NextMark Directory – Get your listing now!

The most efficient marketing approach for sharing your story is to make it easy for others do it for you.