Affiliate marketing can be lucrative, but it's an industry where only the strong survive. My guest for this episode number 193 is Ian Fernando. Ian is a digital marketer who cut his teeth in the affiliate marketing space for over 15 years, building a highly profitable business, and developing innovative monetization strategies. Ian has also appeared as a speaker at conferences around the world, developed affiliate marketing tools, and even built and sold a successful company in the early years of his affiliate marketing career. As influencers, podcasters and other content creators look to affiliate marketing for ways to generate a steady stream of revenue, Ian's wealth of knowledge of what works and what doesn't is only becoming more valuable. From monetization to mobile advertising, to cutting-edge strategies in affiliate marketing, this episode is going to provide amazing value for anyone who has ever wanted to monetize a website.
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How do you convince someone to take action? It's the eternal dilemma of the marketer. Unfortunately, too many people rely on their guts rather than facts and data when it comes to conversion strategies. Optimizing for conversion means understanding your customer's journey holistically—from the Google search to the shopping cart. It's about ensuring your copy, design, and overall user experience work harmoniously to gently persuade your customers to make that purchase or to sign-up for your newsletter. Bryan Eisenberg is a master of conversion and user experience and internationally recognized as an authority in online marketing. Bryan, along with his brother, Jeffrey, has helped companies like Google and NBCUniversal boost their conversion rates and massively increase their bottom lines. Both brothers are also internationally sought-after speakers and authors of several bestselling books including Call to Action and Waiting for Your Cat to Bark. On this episode number 192, Bryan and I would dig into the nuts and bolts of persuasion architecture. You'll glean some exclusive insights on how Fortune 500 companies craft winning conversion strategies. Want to know the inside scoop on what made Amazon so successful and how you can apply some of their very same strategies in your business? You'll learn that and a lot more on this top-shelf episode.
Building a website isn't that hard. Anyone can buy a domain and throw up a few pages of content into a plug and play website builder, like WordPress, Wix or Squarespace, but building a website that people actually want to use and even enjoy using, that can be incredibly difficult. It takes research, patience, and a deep understanding of the customers' needs, motivations, and desires. User Experience isn't just about good design. It's a crucial part of your customer journey and something that can impact not only how your customers feel about your brand, but how you rank in Google. Kelly Goto is a designer and speaker with a focus on UX design and mobile ethnography. She's worked with brands like Netflix, Citrix, Hyundai, and Sony to develop exceptional user interfaces. And she's the author of Emotional UX, and of the classic book, Web Redesign 2.0. On this episode number 191, Kelly will be revealing some of the most effective strategies for streamlining your user experience, including expert tips on usability testing, and building user personas. Stay tuned because this episode is going to give you the tools to really get inside your customers' heads.
Some of the biggest influencers and internet celebrities of the 21st Century rose to fame via YouTube. While you may think that they happened to get lucky by being in the right place at the right time, there’s actually a lot of work and smarts that goes into a successful YouTube strategy. YouTube has a tremendous audience and is the second largest search engine after Google, so it pays to understand what makes the YouTube algorithm tick, and then to create, optimize, and to format your content in ways that most appeal to the algorithm. One man who lives and breathes YouTube is Derral Eves. Derral is the founder and CEO of Creatus and of VidSummit. He’s also one of the first people to be a YouTube-certified expert in audience growth. One of Derral’s claims to fame in the world of viral videos is Squatty Potty’s pooping unicorn ad which won a Webby award and which he produced. This episode number 190 is packed with massive value for anyone who ever uploaded a video to YouTube or plans to. Derral and I will be diving deep into video content, YouTube algorithms, recommendation engines, and even AI. With this knowledge, YouTube will surely become one of your best marketing weapons. Now, on with the show.
Every brand has a social media strategy. But which platforms should you focus on? Most businesses invest their time and money in the bigger networks - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and so on. Having a presence on these sites is a given, but what if there were other sites that actually delivered a bigger impact and ROI? Brent Csutoras is a digital marketing consultant, futurist, top-tier speaker, and managing partner at Search Engine Journal. With over 13 years of experience in search engine optimization, he surely knows this stuff. Brent is also an expert in one of the more underrated social networks out there - reddit. Historically, reddit has been a notoriously difficult online platform for brands to navigate. But for those who are persistent and savvy enough to leverage it, the payoff can be huge. After all, reddit users are some of the most influential people on the web and often make or break viral content. If you're looking to get an edge over your competitors online, this episode number 189 is going to be an exceptionally powerful one with tricks and advice you won't get anywhere else. If you've avoided reddit in the past, this is your chance to learn the ropes from someone who has found a proven strategy for success. And after you listen to this episode, I encourage you to listen to the previous interview I did with Brent all the way back in episode number 58, which is all about infographics and visual storytelling. And now, on with the show.