I need Marketing Ideas...(Paid & Free)

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Hi,

I am in charge of marketing MoreGamers.com it's a 10 year old banner exchange just relaunched to work on mobile games apps.

The product is great, we have great feedback, a good start, but i want to accelerate growth.

Can I please ask for as many Guerilla, traditional, paid and free ideas as possible. Also if there is anyone who can get us interviews/coverage in the gaming new or technology blogs. I'd appreciate it.

regards,
Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Adam,

    after looking over your "competition" you are very much in a position to gain a large amount of growth. I will be brutally honest and tell you that your site basically sucks. And the truth is, every site in your industry sucks. Yours some how is one of the better ones over all. However when you compare your industry to others, you all are W A Y behind... as in W A Y W A Y behind.

    Have you ever been to a gamers dev convention? Do you really understand who you are targeting? Do you understand the real motivation that a gamer Dev would have to use your service?

    Let me set a scenario and then ask a question. YOU just finished developing a game. 100's of hours of your hard work, who knows how many cans of Mtn Dew Listening to either metal or hip hop.. your mom constantly telling you to turn it down. and you finally did it, you finished your baby. you release it and it gets a few downloads.

    So you go seeking someway to get more downloads. "Place Banners" brilliant.. they get to your site and what is the last thing a person wants to put in their game they just spent all that time on... a blinky flashy banner.. go to your page.. what is your video ( before it even plays?) a blinky flashy banner.

    So let me answer some of the questions from above for you.. well I cant answer weather you have been to a gaming dev convention... "who are you targeting".. well you are probably targeting males 12 to 18. and what is their motivation? Their motivation is completely SOCIAL. they want to brag about the number of downloads that their game has and nothing more. Some may be looking to monetize, but I bet the vast majority simply want the social proof.

    Speaking of Social Proof... you have NONE on your site... Really?

    So my over all growth plan for you would be to:
    #1 get your web site in order... make it a demographic targeted conversion machine!
    #2 get social and start networking that
    #3 start working the TON of forums you have on your subject
    #4 You SHOULD be at those Dev Conventions.. as in not just there.. but you should have a booth
    #5 by doing this all the help you are asking for IE interviews and coverage will happen naturally!

    Hope that Helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author amandabrockmapp
    It always comes down to how well you are marketing your website or product. The service or product could be the best thing out there, or even better than your competitors, however, without a great marketing plan you will not see any conversions. 80% of my sales come from inbound marketing. I would suggest you try the same thing. Also, it does not have to be complicated. You can use software to simplify the process.

    Some great tools for inbound marketing are:

    OSI Affiliate Software - this one helps you create a referral program and you can reward your partners for all the inbound sales they send you

    HubSpot - this one helps operate your inbound process. they have powerful tools that work together; some of their tools are for blogging, social media marketing, email, and many more. definitely check them out.

    https://www.getdrip.com/ - this one helps you with your marketing automation; you can send emails to your customers for lead nurturing, education, conversion. etc.

    Do inbound marketing, use marketing automation tools, and provide great service. You should see better conversions when you have this up and running.

    Lastly, another thing that has been working for me lately is creating Facebook ads. I just make sure when I create them that I really target the ad. I have seen an increase of 10% in my conversions since I started using Facebook.

    I tried to use Twitter Ads, but it did not work as well as Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lemonchicken
    Hi - here's my input.

    Strategy:

    1. SWOT analysis of your competitors
    2. Customer decision journey (Google Mckinsey study to understand this) and a customer journey of your website ( this is front end and back end) - this will allow you to analyse the current journey a customer is on going through your website..
    3. Take the above information and turn it into insights - find out where you can capitalise, upsell, share, market etc... For example, look at your website - use analytic to learn about your customer and website

    After you understand this (take your time), your market and your product. You can implement what other Warriors have noted in this thread.

    1. Website Optimization is a definite. Look at Airbnb for great design. This is quite in at the moment,
    2. inbound marketing
    2. trade show marketing
    3. social media marketing (facebook, twitter, pinterest, g+)
    4. Adwords
    5. Offline marketing (print etc..)

    Finally: 'Also if there is anyone who can get us interviews/coverage in the gaming new or technology blogs. I'd appreciate it.'

    This is part of the marketing - you will have to work hard to find influencers in the industry and send press releases to them, or write something unique for them and ask for a link back. You could also hire a PR agency (expensive) but perhaps they could get you into your national papers/magazines.
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  • Profile picture of the author listedads
    Try Social medias Like twitter, facebook.

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author subhajit100
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    • Profile picture of the author Christian Grey
      Originally Posted by subhajit100 View Post

      I think social proof is a must. Also think about case studies with some decent numbers. People love it!
      One more hint
      Yes and above 50% worldwide users use social media as type of contact with others. Also the best way to show some ad is by using the social media

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  • Profile picture of the author zunnun
    Hey Digital Marketing is best.

    Firstly research your target market, select specific keyword and arrange your onsite with final keyword then plan off-page marketing.

    You Can use paid marketing like:
    1. Google Adwords Campaign
    2. Bing PPC
    3. Facebook PPC etc

    Free ..
    1. SEO
    2. SMM
    3. Content Marketing
    4. Email Marketing

    For Increase Sells
    1. Conversion Rate Optimization

    Try digital marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Derrickmiller
      Originally Posted by zunnun View Post

      Hey Digital Marketing is best.

      Firstly research your target market, select specific keyword and arrange your onsite with final keyword then plan off-page marketing.

      You Can use paid marketing like:
      1. Google Adwords Campaign
      2. Bing PPC
      3. Facebook PPC etc

      Free ..
      1. SEO
      2. SMM
      3. Content Marketing
      4. Email Marketing

      For Increase Sells
      1. Conversion Rate Optimization

      Try digital marketing.

      If you complete those activities your customers will increase in a short time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Jacoby
        Hi Adam,
        How about advertising in social media like instagram, twitter, and facebook? Many people do that and it works well for their products. You should maintain your profiles on these sites and post helpful, funny, and informative posts on a daily basis so that followers will stay engaged. This is not an overnight way to success, but it is a solid path. The more you engage your followers/listeners/readers, they will eventually take action.

        Also, if you have the time and resources, people always love FUNNY. If you can make some funny youtube videos, you could end up directing a lot of traffic to your site.
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        • Profile picture of the author JasonSykes
          I second using social media, but you need to find proper targeted leads. Something relevant popped up on Betalist the other day, not sure if I'm allowed to post links but check out MailPad - apparently you're able to search for new leads & market your product by directly messaging relevant contacts (I guess you search for X term, then leads/people matching that term appear in the search results?).

          They're launching this week so might be worth taking a look.

          Other ideas:

          • Submit to Product Hunt, Reddit startups, Hacker News
          • Adwords/Bing ads - find free voucher for both.
          • Improve your landing page
          • Use your social following or start one. Promote Facebook posts and Twitter posts to get more targeted followers.
          Search and directly email new leads - company I told you about above.
          Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author amcg
      Originally Posted by zunnun View Post

      Hey Digital Marketing is best.

      Firstly research your target market, select specific keyword and arrange your onsite with final keyword then plan off-page marketing.

      You Can use paid marketing like:
      1. Google Adwords Campaign
      2. Bing PPC
      3. Facebook PPC etc

      Free ..
      1. SEO
      2. SMM
      3. Content Marketing
      4. Email Marketing

      For Increase Sells
      1. Conversion Rate Optimization

      Try digital marketing.
      Yes, try digital marketing. I would go for the list the poster has under the 'free' category. Paid ads work sure, but this arbitrage that is limited by your ad budget. With free options like SEO and content, your ROI will be much less cost to you and the returns potentially greater.

      At the end of the day, you're really after word of mouth, that's the ultimate goal with marketing as it is self-perpetuating.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlarkin1990
    Savidge4, I agree with you that their website is poorly designed for customer targeting, but your lack of knowledge on phone game developers and you ignorance to them is quite astonishing.
    Look at King, for example, they are set to be a $7 BILLION company, all thanks to mobile games. I don't think they account for your 'demo' of 12-18 YO boys.
    If anything, you are targeting a sophisticated demographic of 16 -28 year old males, of whom have an interest in game development and design, have knowledge of multiple coding languages like JavaScript, C+, Python, etc.

    My first bit of advice is find where game programmers hang out, especially 1st or 2nd time developers (find a few game dev how-to blogs/forums, as well as independent magazine and e-zines for advertising). Targeting this fresh crowd would open you up to people wanting to monitize on free games while they are still fresh to the marketing side of game development.
    This can create an offshoot where you not only help them get their games promoted, you can work on helping them learn marketing techniques specifically for games through your blogging, giving a nice boost to your digital presence.

    Look at hiring a decent sales copywriter, Press Release copywriter and PR person (Pr is expensive, but paying a high price gives you a better chance of getting close to higher publications) and look at submissions to blogs, magazines and any other publications that accept what you do (business publications will do too, just spin your articles to meet their criteria.)

    I can't imagine that SMM and SEM is going to be very effective. There wouldn't be a huge portion of these game devs that would be search for banner exchange programs, and targeting a "How to market a game" or "how to get more game exposure/downloads" keyphrase is going to bring in very little conversions for you, causing you to have a low ROI, which is ultimately not worth it.

    You really need to go to the source and market in specific areas, not just blanket to anyone looking to monitize a game.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcowonline
    Originally Posted by MoreGamers View Post

    Hi,

    I am in charge of marketing MoreGamers.com it's a 10 year old banner exchange just relaunched to work on mobile games apps.

    The product is great, we have great feedback, a good start, but i want to accelerate growth.

    Can I please ask for as many Guerilla, traditional, paid and free ideas as possible. Also if there is anyone who can get us interviews/coverage in the gaming new or technology blogs. I'd appreciate it.

    regards,
    Adam
    Hey moregamers,
    In my opinion Social Media is the way to go for you.
    In your niche, FB and Instagram can play a crucial role to build the brand and create a list.
    Another thing I would suggest is that you should run adword campaigns and do targeted media buying.
    Just my 2 cents!
    Ajay
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  • Profile picture of the author gokulmaba
    Hi MoreGamers,
    I have some unique and different suggestions to make the growth happen.
    • Your website should make visitors to do the action you want them to do.
    • Host videos with Wistia. When somebody embeds them on their site, you get the link and SEO juice, not YouTube.
    • Focus on getting already engaged users to do more actions.
    • Try referral programs instead of adwords or facebook ads.
    • The most scalable approach is to get initial users to do growth for us.
    • Try to market on Quora by answering questions.
    • Almost every industry has networking sites that bring the community together. These sites are an amazing way to grow your brand and land new clients.
    • Learn the anatomy of high converting landing page.
    • Social proof goes a long way. Have testimonials on your website.
    • Social proof and testimonials work much better if you include logos, personal pictures or high profile clients.
    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author fast2net
    I think danlarkin1990 gave the best advice in this thread so far.

    I would like to add that when running any type of marketing campaigns, target by age group in 5yr increments. Example: 16-21, 21-26, etc....Also try targeting based on game play types if possible. Test, test, test and the scale up once you find a winning campaign.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronBurton
    wow thats a great website, i actually create games haha. Finding developers can be hard. Your best bet is to do paid advertising and or reach out to app developers manually. You can outsource this process tho. Most developers on google play have an email you can send them. You gotta figure out where the developers hang out. Im apart of the construct 2 developer forum and the developers there would love you. http://www.scirra.com So yea either reach out directly on forums where people develop games or place ads on those sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author aspire7
    Originally Posted by MoreGamers View Post

    . Also if there is anyone who can get us interviews/coverage in the gaming new or technology blogs. I'd appreciate it.

    Sounds like you need to do some PR.


    Try looking at twitter, you can easily find the influencer of your audience on there, follow them, message them public tweets and re-tweet there tweets. You can then message them or email them with a light hearted email, no sales talk and make it personal. Once you have them as a contact you can talk about requesting a mention or a blog post. Offer them a review copy or special account in return.


    Its a lot of work, and you may fail a few times before you get a successful contact. Once you do though you can directly get onto the blogs that the target users you are targeting are reading.


    Also have a look at famebit.com Its a YouTube marketing website where you an get famous YouTubers to review your services.
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