Interview with John Pozadzides, CMO of Layered Tech (by The WHIR http://www.thewhir.com/)
1) Speaking in broad strokes, how would a host’s marketing budget be best divided up between different venues like adwords, banner advertising or other, more out-there efforts?
Different size budgets can require a very different mix of marketing spend. An average hosting provider should probably target 25% of the budget at online advertising efforts, 25% on having a presence at targeted industry events, 25% on online branding (Web site and content), and the remainder on collateral and other supporting materials.
2) Are there modes of marketing that you see becoming more effective or less effective for this business right now?
Too much emphasis is placed on Google AdWords, with far too little ROI. In the new world order, hosting companies need to perform segmentation analysis to understand who their average customer is, then look for advertising vehicles that specifically target that segment.
3) How much overlap do things like public relations and media relations overlap with what’s considered “marketing” in your work?
PR and media relations are easily as important as traditional marketing tactics in a Google world. AdWords and banner advertisements are temporary, but good press is like fine wine to a search engine – it just gets better with time.
4) What’s a mistake that a lot of marketers in this business tend to make?
I see marketing professionals across a wide range of industries rely far too heavily on transient messaging vehicles, those that disappear the moment they are used; and not enough time on long term messaging and brand development. Companies need to innovate, communicate their value proposition effectively, and get the word out through a variety of channels.
5) Is there any emerging technology or medium that you see being most relevant to the hosting business with respect to marketing?
I hate to bow to collective wisdom, but social media is the 900 pound gorilla. Viral messaging and media campaigns can generate long term name recognition, Web links and traffic. Those of us that learn to conquer this animal quickest will reap the greatest rewards.
- http://adweek.com and http://adweek.blogs.com/: AdWeek is the gold standard, and the AdFreak blog highlights classic examples – good, and bad.
- http://womma.org/: The Word of Mouth Marketing Association focuses on non-traditional forms of spreading your message.
- http://paintalicious.org/: The best Art is creative. Creativity is inspiring. Read Paintalicious to see what I mean.
- http://38one.com/cleverblog: LogoLog is a blog about logo design. It serves as mor fuel for creativity in design.
- http://frederiksamuel.com/blog/: A daily serving of some of the best and worst advertising around the globe.
- http://www.blogwriteforceos.com: Debbie Weil’s BlogWrite for CEOs is a good resource for news on corporate blogging.
- http://lorelle.wordpress.com: Speaking of blogging, Lorelle is the Queen, and her blog is a treasure trove of tips and information.