About Karen J. Marchetti

Website SEO and Direct Marketing Copywriter, Offer and Lead Generation Strategist. Karen has generated stellar Internet Marketing and Direct Mail Marketing RESULTS for a Range of Clients, including: 1) 67% boost in online guest accounts for OKBridge.com; 2) 60% response to an online survey for Luce Forward; 3) 22% response for Union Bank; 4) Direct mail for Qualcomm that boosted sales response by 25 times; 5) Email Nurturing Series that doubled sales for LostGolfBalls.com; 6) New Email Series for Software company that boosted click-through by 3 times. Contact Karen at 760-479-0012.

It’s Time to Get Past Your Excuses for Not Testing Your Marketing

Testing is the secret to continuously improving marketing results. (If you're not always testing, you're likely throwing away money.) What do we mean by “Testing”? You compare two or more versions of something at the same time, to learn which version is best. What we DON’T mean by Testing: “We tried that Offer and it [...]

It’s Time to Get Past Your Excuses for Not Testing Your Marketing2021-03-22T18:27:58+00:00

Is Your Marketing Team Confused About How to Analyze Email Results?

Email marketing has been used for maybe the last 20 years. But we still see companies not understanding how to properly analyze its results. Email marketing isn’t the sexiest marketing channel, and sometimes it just doesn’t get much attention. Sometimes the basics – in even the most organized marketing operations -- just seem to fall [...]

Is Your Marketing Team Confused About How to Analyze Email Results?2021-03-22T18:24:39+00:00

3 Ways to Boost Interest in Your Email Messages

Don’t limit your messaging by assuming too much Do you assume that your leads read everything on your website – or everything in the piece of content you sent them? You may be missing MAJOR opportunities to fortify your key selling points. Don’t assume your leads read the entire document you offered (or watched the [...]

3 Ways to Boost Interest in Your Email Messages2021-03-17T00:22:15+00:00

Marketing: The 30-Year Lessons

What will marketers learn over the course of 30 years?  Here’s what we’ve learned over the last 30: Testing and tracking are just part of a marketer's critical skill set now Testing your way to success is the smartest way to invest your (or your client’s) marketing dollars. If you’re not testing (which can be [...]

Marketing: The 30-Year Lessons2021-03-10T18:31:51+00:00

How Much Should You Spend to Generate a Lead?

It depends on how much each lead is worth to you. You can compute that based on how much each new customer (or order) is “worth” to you. First, consider your “profit per sale” and your objectives: Do you have to make a profit on the initial sale? If so, you’ll need to factor that [...]

How Much Should You Spend to Generate a Lead?2021-02-22T19:01:08+00:00

Is Your Marketing Team “Allergic” to Google Analytics?

It still seems that a lot of companies are allergic to Google Analytics. We’ve been told: “We periodically hire someone to review our Google Analytics.”  How can you only “periodically” learn where your traffic is coming from – and what traffic you’re getting from each marketing effort?  I guess that means you’re only spending marketing [...]

Is Your Marketing Team “Allergic” to Google Analytics?2021-02-16T23:33:51+00:00

Enhancing the Sales Process: Building Messaging Ideas for Copy that Sells

Are you still relying on AIDA — Awareness, Interest, Desire, Action — to help guide your messaging? AIDA is said to represent the stages that a prospect goes through before making a purchase. I still hear copywriters, even copywriters trained in direct marketing, refer to using AIDA.  AIDA is perhaps a very general way of [...]

Enhancing the Sales Process: Building Messaging Ideas for Copy that Sells2021-03-25T21:53:37+00:00

How to Use the Value of Every Lead and Sale to Choose the Right Marketing Tactics

Are you keeping track of your Cost Per Lead, Conversion Rate, and Cost Per Sale at every step of your sales funnel? Do you know those numbers by marketing effort? Understanding the value of every lead and sale can help you decide whether to continue particular marketing programs. When you can prove to your boss [...]

How to Use the Value of Every Lead and Sale to Choose the Right Marketing Tactics2021-03-25T21:55:54+00:00

The 12 Days of Digital Marketing Planning Checklist

On the first day of Digital Marketing Planning, my boss (or client) suggested to me that we need: One Measurable Plan! On the second day of planning, my boss said to me: 2 Website Questions What is each of our Buyer Personas looking for when they visit our website, and can each Persona instantly find [...]

The 12 Days of Digital Marketing Planning Checklist2021-03-25T21:57:42+00:00

Websites Gone Wrong: The Ecommerce Site that Doesn’t Sell

The company owner believed she needed to re-do her ecommerce website because sales were lagging. Her ecommerce website sold courses to particular industries. She wasn't familiar with Google Analytics, so she didn't know whether it was a traffic problem or a conversion problem once traffic got to her site. She was also short on cash. [...]

Websites Gone Wrong: The Ecommerce Site that Doesn’t Sell2021-03-25T22:01:56+00:00

Characteristics of a Great Website – and How to Measure Them

Are you planning a website redesign in the future? You want to know exactly what IS working – so you don’t change the successful elements. And you want to identify exactly where your website needs improvement, so your revisions (or a whole new website) actually address those areas. A great website should: Be built for [...]

Characteristics of a Great Website – and How to Measure Them2021-03-25T22:06:58+00:00

Establishing Your Marketing Budget

Why not dazzle your boss with a measurable marketing plan? What’s a measurable plan? One that includes quantifiable objectives and a budget to reach those objectives based on past results. When management gives you the company’s sales objectives, be sure you’re ready with a grounded-in-fact budget proposal to achieve them. Where the budget begins Let’s say [...]

Establishing Your Marketing Budget2021-03-25T22:08:37+00:00

Is Your Team Managing Your Marketing Based on Results and ROI?

Not sure? If you asked them what it costs to bring in every new customer, would they know – or would it be a guess not really grounded in actual numbers?  Do they know your cost per sale by individual channel? What about cost per lead? Do they know lead conversion percentage at every step [...]

Is Your Team Managing Your Marketing Based on Results and ROI?2021-03-25T23:17:57+00:00

If Your CEO Isn’t Impressed with Your Marketing, Whose Fault is that?

As the marketing leader, it’s critical for you and your CEO to get on the same page. Sadly, 56% of marketing executives say their C-level Executives don’t understand Digital Marketing. As a result, their company isn’t setting effective strategies. Well, whose problem is that? That’s a Marketing problem. It’s up to you (the marketer) to [...]

If Your CEO Isn’t Impressed with Your Marketing, Whose Fault is that?2021-03-25T22:23:17+00:00

Why are Some Marketing Departments So Much More Successful Than Others?

The most successful Marketing departments get the most from every marketing dollar. Here are the key components of their marketing plans . . . 1. Unique brand messaging drives sales The answer to “Why Should I Buy From YOU” is your brand positioning. The most successful Marketing departments have the answer to this question posted [...]

Why are Some Marketing Departments So Much More Successful Than Others?2021-03-25T23:20:32+00:00

12 Digital Marketing Metrics to Track Regularly

Your key metrics start with Traffic, Leads, and Sales. You’ll also want to track results of your on-going digital marketing programs. 1. Traffic: number of unique visitors to the website You want to see the number of Users to your website steadily increase. (In Google Analytics, see “Audience,” “Overview.”) [...]

12 Digital Marketing Metrics to Track Regularly2021-03-25T23:26:49+00:00

Why Do You Keep Hiring the Wrong Digital Marketing Resources?

Your marketing efforts likely revolve around the most important Sales and Lead Generation vehicle we have – a website. But it seems to be the single area where companies make their poorest decisions when choosing outside marketing resources. Why is that? The blame is shared between client -- and the outside resource. [...]

Why Do You Keep Hiring the Wrong Digital Marketing Resources?2021-03-26T00:16:06+00:00

3 of Your Digital Marketing Skills Need a Better Workout

Few marketers seem to understand exactly what elements drive leads and sales overall. Similarly, few marketers understand what drives the success of each individual marketing tactic. It may be because marketing has so many different areas to learn. We tend to rely on agencies, web developers, writers, designers, or [...]

3 of Your Digital Marketing Skills Need a Better Workout2021-03-26T04:09:00+00:00

Why Isn’t Your Digital Marketing Getting Consistently Great Results?

Digital marketing strategies have been around for more than 20 years. Haven’t we learned by now how to maximize results from every effort? What prevents stellar marketing results? Usually, it’s due to two strategic gaps: 1. Lack of focus on results (and ROI) You may not be focused on Traffic, Leads, and Sales — [...]

Why Isn’t Your Digital Marketing Getting Consistently Great Results?2021-03-26T04:16:30+00:00

Does Your Website Need a “Tune-Up”?

Is your website giving you great results?  Are you thinking you may need some major reconstruction? You might just need a "tune-up" -- of the 4 items that affect leads or sales: 1. OFFERS: For the Biggest Change in Results, Remodel Your Offer NEED MORE SALES?  A more attractive Offer (the special reason I should [...]

Does Your Website Need a “Tune-Up”?2021-03-26T04:19:22+00:00

Are You Hoping Your Website Visitors will Hunt Down Your Lead Generation Offers?

If the main purpose of your website is to create leads, is your website focused on that? Is your marketing team focused on creating leads?  Is your agency? The company president advised me, “we’ve had 2 agencies in the last 18 months . . . the first was a design firm.  They did great design, [...]

Are You Hoping Your Website Visitors will Hunt Down Your Lead Generation Offers?2021-03-26T04:21:28+00:00

Website Diagnosis: Is Your SEO Effective?

Have you diagnosed exactly what's going on with your website SEO -- using your analytics?  (Or do you just look for your site on google.com?) Are you happy with the results of your website's search engine optimization?  It seems few businesses are. In general, the complaints seem to go in these 3 directions: “We’re not [...]

Website Diagnosis: Is Your SEO Effective?2021-03-26T04:27:08+00:00

What to Include in Every Page of Your Website Copy

When you create your website copy, those who need to approve that copy will almost always read line-by-line, word-for-word, from page 1 of the copy through to the end (like they’re reading a book). But website visitors rarely (if ever) do that.  In fact, website visitors first scan the page they’re on — and about 85% of [...]

What to Include in Every Page of Your Website Copy2021-03-26T04:31:34+00:00

Are You Smart About Spending Money to Generate Leads?

I was on a call with the principals of a small design agency, who had hired a lead generation company to handle some email business development for them. The design agency told me the lead generation company had “done a few emails” for them.  Results to date?  “We had some visits, but nothing came of [...]

Are You Smart About Spending Money to Generate Leads?2021-03-26T04:34:26+00:00

12 Ways SEO and Website Design Should NOT Be Done 

Have you wondered how to identify bad SEO and/or bad website design — BEFORE you hire someone? Usually, SEO and design ideas for a website should make sense for VISITORS first. When they don’t, you likely have a problem. A site I recently worked on revealed 12 POINTS of what NOT to do in SEO and website [...]

12 Ways SEO and Website Design Should NOT Be Done 2021-03-27T17:55:09+00:00

Does Your Website Copy Really SELL?

Whether you write copy yourself, have copywriting talent in-house, or use outside copywriting resources, you should know how to recognize copy that really SELLS. If you review and approve copy – you should know the key elements to look for, those key elements that create copy that really SELLS! If you hire agencies or copywriters [...]

Does Your Website Copy Really SELL?2021-03-27T17:57:03+00:00

Websites Gone Wrong: When Copying a “Showroom” Design Doesn’t Make Sense

The client told the last web designers they wanted a website design similar to the Prada site . . .   And so, the “showroom website” project began, seemingly without thinking about whether the overall “showroom” approach of the Prada website made sense for Company “C”.  The website design company was experienced in creating sites in [...]

Websites Gone Wrong: When Copying a “Showroom” Design Doesn’t Make Sense2021-03-27T18:07:41+00:00

Marketing Math: Key Formulas to Maximize Your Marketing Dollars

Do you really know how to calculate ROI? How about Lifetime Value? Can you explain how to calculate “marketing contribution”? Here’s a simple presentation of the key marketing math formulas, along with practical ways to calculate things like Lifetime Value.  (Discussion of the formulas appears below.) Marketing Math: Key Metrics to Maximize Marketing Dollars from [...]

Marketing Math: Key Formulas to Maximize Your Marketing Dollars2021-03-27T18:14:33+00:00

Why Should I Buy from You (and Why Can’t I Tell from Your Website)?

Why do we have so much trouble articulating in copy – especially website copy – why our company is different?    Is it clear “why should I do business with you” on your website (and in your direct mail, email – EVERY marketing effort)? A large seminar company called us recently.  They were just about to [...]

Why Should I Buy from You (and Why Can’t I Tell from Your Website)?2021-03-27T23:00:53+00:00

Do You Think There’s Too Much Copy on Your Website?

Sales says:  “There’s a LOT of copy on the website.  I’d rather have less copy and drive visitors to Contact Us to learn more.” Although Sales/Biz Dev might want the entire focus of the website to be on driving leads (and so, may believe there is “too much copy” on the website for lead generation), [...]

Do You Think There’s Too Much Copy on Your Website?2021-03-27T23:08:22+00:00
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