Usability guru Jakob Nielsen says: "search engines extract too much of the Web's value, leaving too little for the websites that actually create the content."
And: "In the long run, every time companies increase the value of their online businesses, they end up handing over all that added value to the search engines. Any gain is temporary; once competing sites improve their profit-per-visitor enough to increase their search bids, they'll drive up everybody's cost of traffic."
According to Nielsen, "liberation from search dependency is a strategic imperative for both websites and software vendors."
What does he mean? He means that companies need to focus on search engines for initial acquisition, but then bring them directly to the site- i.e. keep 'em coming back for more.
Again, his words: "The question is: How can websites devote more of their budgets to keeping customers, rather than simply advertising for new visitors?"
Nielsen offers the following suggestions:
- Email newsletters
- Request marketing
- Affiliate programs
- Stick your URL onto any physical product you sell
- A hardware component that's hardwired to connect to your site's service
- Mobile features
I have a powerful answer: 'tis double loop marketing!
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Bonus: an interview I did with Jakob Nielsen years ago now...