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  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-062111-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-062111-5

  • Do the most with the least investment
  • Business models and strategies, hosting, design, content, security, and more
  • Effective Web marketing: price, place, product, and promotion
  • Tutorials, resource directories, plus 25+ FREE tools for building your profitable e-business
  • ...and a FREE 30-day trial version of Microsoft FrontPage 2002!

The Complete Web Entrepreneur's Online Directory

Stop searching: It's all here! 100s of the best Web entrepreneur's resources, in one place—all just a click away! Whatever you need: page optimization links and tools, pay-per-click services, search engine positioning tools, email and mailing list ad services, list rentals, affiliate programs, autoresponders, free email asps, graphics resources, service providers, web page analyzers, even legal resources. More than links: descriptions, ratings, and clear explanations of how and when to use every one of these resources!

17 Step-by-Step E-Commerce Tutorials

Expert online tutorials walk you through the critical tasks you need to master to start and promote your Web business! Learn how to prospect customers online, how to use CoolList, ListBot, and MessageBot, how to build email marketing campaigns, and much more!

25 Powerful E-Commerce Software Packages

Here's your complete resource for the e-commerce tools you need! You'll find free software, trial software, and links to even more great tools-25 in all! It's all here: email list managers, site management tools, image optimizers, and much more—including WS_FTP LE, the world's #1 FTP software, and WinZip, the world's #1 file compression tool!

The no-hype, no-nonsense Web strategy guide for entrepreneurs!

Finally, there's a hype-free, business-focused guide to Web strategy for every entrepreneur—and especially for the traditional small business owner trying to harness the Web. Thomas P. Bergman presents intelligent, easy-to-implement strategies for extending the reach of your business, at minimal cost. From start to finish, the focus is on realism—and on profit. Drawing on the experiences of real companies, Bergman covers every key aspect of Web strategy. You'll discover how to:

  • Leverage your existing assets and resources by integrating Web tactics and strategies
  • Choose or develop an Internet business model that works for your unique organization
  • Select a Web host that delivers the reliability and power you need, from $6.95 a month!
  • Evaluate Web designs and promotional tactics for their impact on your bottom line
  • Deliver compelling content—without spending a bundle
  • Learn what you must know about back-end systems and databases
  • Handle online sales transactions and site security simply, effectively and at low cost
  • Develop a profitable Web site; whether you know a lot or a little about technology
  • Address all four dimensions of marketing: price, place, product, and promotion

The Essential Guide to Web Strategy for Entrepreneurs: your single source for the guidance and tools you need to harness the power of the Web to make your business more profitable-whether it's a traditional business or a brand new venture!

"When an expert can speak in layperson's terms to relate both the pitfalls and the opportunities of the Internet, a book comes alive with value. Bergman has accomplished this task with a pragmatic and true voice."

—Louis Columbus, Senior Research Analyst, AMR Research


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1. Responsible Email Targeting.

Opt-In or Opt-Out? Why Not Spam? Email List Development. Buying Lists. Renting Lists. Building Lists.

2. Powerful Promotions Through Email.

Direct Email Marketing. Similarities. Differences. Email Promos. Email Newsletters. Timing. Piggyback Email Marketing. Viral Marketing.

3. Improved Operations through Increased Email Use.

Making the Most of Email in Your Business. Personal Email Systems. LAN-Based Email Systems. PC-Based Personal Email Systems. ASP-Based Email Systems. Choosing the Right Personal Email System. Mailing Lists. Alternative Mailing List Tools. What Can You Do with a Mailing List? Choose the Mailing List Tool that Best Fits Your Strategy. Privacy in Business Email.

4. The Role of the Web in Your Business Information System.

Choosing the Right Kind of Network. Intranet. Extranet. Virtual Private Networks. Improving Operations. High-Touch Web-Based Customer Service Through High Tech. Think Warmer! Order Tracking: Let Customers Save You Money by Doing It Themselves! Customer Help: Just Answer the Question!!!

5. Using a Brochure Web Site to Tell Your Story as it Evolves.

About Us. Contact Us. Industry Overview. Product Pages: The Unique Selling Proposition. Entry or Home Page. Making a Good First Impression. What Not to Do. Telling Visitors Whose Site They are Visiting. Providing Easy Access to Interior Pages in the Web Site.

6. Web-Based Electronic Commerce.

Security First. Hacker Attacks on Your PC. Hacker Attacks on Your Web Site. Damage or Loss of Business Data. Catalog Web Site: Is Online Ordering Right for Your Business? Do Your Customers Want to Order Online? Will Your Business System Support Online Sales? Subscription Web Site: Will Customers Pay You for Access? Download Web Site: If You Can Download it, Do it! Application Service Provider (ASP) Web Site.


7. First Principles for Getting Started Using the Internet in Your Small Business.

The Project Must be Fast. The Project Must be Easy. The Project Must be Inexpensive. The Project Must be Safe. Lawyer Time!

8. Mailing List Marketing: Choose the Right Tool and Develop a List.

Three Choices in Mailing List Tools: How They Work. PC-Based Mailing Lists. Free Mailing Lists. Fee-Based ASP Mailing Lists. Acquire Email Lists. Rent a List. Build a Prospect List: Think Incrementally.

9. Mailing List Policies and Procedures: Getting it Right.

Overview Of Procedures. Determine the purpose and goals of your mailing list application. Manage your email lists. Subscribe New Members to Your Discussion Group or Newsletter. Unsubscribe Members who Wish to Leave Your Discussion Group or Stop Receiving Your Newsletter. Honor Remove Requests. Delete Bounced Messages. Manage the messages you send. Determine an Appropriate Frequency for Sending Email. Design the Message. Send Messages. Archive Messages. Manage responses. Handling Email Responses. Moderate Discussion Postings. Assess Mailing List Performance.

10. Developing a Web Infrastructure.

Get Connected to an ISP. Acquire a Domain Name of Your Own. Rent Host Space. Host Space. Data Transfer Allowance. Microsoft FrontPage and FTP Support. Web Site Statistics. Email Services from Your Host Service Provider. Choose an E-commerce Service Provider. Shopping Cart Systems. Secure Web Hosting. Online Payment Processing.

11. Build Your Web Development Toolkit.

HTML. MS FrontPage. WSFTP. Graphics Tools.

12. Web Design Principles and Procedures.

Decide What Exactly You Want from Your Web Site. Decide on a Structure for Your Site and Develop a Rough Site Plan. Decide What Interactive Elements You Need. Decide What Graphics You Want to Include. Write the Text for Each Page in Your Site. Determine Your Budget and Timeframe for the Project. Establish Your Web Infrastructure. Collect Your Toolkit. Discuss Your Site Plan with at Least Three Developer Candidates and Obtain Written Proposals. “What is the smallest job you have done in the past year?” “Who does the work: you or a staff member, and is your staff member an employee or a sub-contractor?” “What development tools do you use?” “When could you start and finish my job?” “What questions do you have for me?” Evaluate the Developer Proposals and Select Your Developer. Monitor the Development Progress. Establish Procedures for Ongoing Site Maintenance.

13. Constructing the Elements of a Web Site.

Template Pages. Page Headers. Page Footers. Menubars. Don't Get Cute: Use Words Rather than Icons. Make the Menubar Small and Put it Where it Goes. Put The Whole Menubar on Every Page in the Web Site. Repeat the Menubar at the Bottom of All Pages that Require the Visitor to Scroll down to Get to the End. Make Sure Your Menubar Takes Visitors to the Action Page with a Single Click. Site Map. Interactive Forms. Content Mailers. Discussion Forums. Newsletter/Discussion Group Subscriptions. Order Forms and Shopping Carts. Search Components. Appointment Scheduling. Connections to Other Services.

14. Supporting and Refining Your Web Site.

Managing Graphics For Maximum Impact. Reuse and Resize Images. Use the Right Image Format and Optimize. Animated GIFs. Flash Animations. Using Enhancements to Promote Stickiness. Chat Rooms. Message Boards. News Feeds. Counters. DHTML and CSS. Streaming Audio and Video. Developing and Maintaining Content. List the Kind of Content You will Provide. Determine Who will Develop the Content. Consider How You will Maintain Control over Quality. Consider How Often and to What Extent Content will Need to be Updated. Estimate the Host Space You will Need to House the Content. Determine the Various Levels of Access to Content you Wish to Provide. Determine the Extent of Your Distribution Plan. Developing an E-Commerce Back-end.

15. Generating Traffic.

Helping Prospects Find You. Choosing an Appropriate Domain Name. Choosing an Appropriate Host Service. Managing Search-Engine Positioning. DirectHit. Pay-per-Click Services. Reciprocal Links. Special-Interest Directory Listings. Driving Prospects to Your Site. Banner Ad Systems. Email Promos and Newsletters. Conventional Advertising. Affiliate Systems. Integrated Marketing System.


16. Internet Marketing Basics.

Personal Service Businesses. Big-Decision Businesses. Shopping Destinations.

17. Developing an Email Marketing Plan and Budget.
18. Developing a Web Marketing.

Plan and Budget. Keeping Tabs on Traffic. Budgeting.



Preface: Who Should Read this Book?

Your kids come home from middle school or from college and they tell you. Your friends tell you. Your business acquaintances tell you. Your trade journals are filled with articles telling you. Even your parents may be telling you. If you are a man or woman in business today, whether young or old, rich or poor, experienced business professional or a new entrepreneur just getting started, you are receiving the same piece of advice from all directions:

Get your business onto the Internet!

If you are a small business owner or manager and you do not yet have an online business presence, you should read this book. If you already have an online presence and you are not satisfied with your returns from those efforts, you should read this book. In simple, easy-to-understand business language, this book will show you:

  • How to use email to maximize profits without getting into trouble.
  • How to design a web site that produces profits instead of just costing you money.
  • How to test your ebusiness tactics to make sure they will work before you invest in a campaign.
  • How to choose when to do it yourself and when to hire an expert.
  • How to do it yourself when that is your choice.
  • Where to find the help you need and how to keep your Internet projects under control when you decide to hire an expert.
  • How to make sure your ebusiness tactics increase your profits.


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