This is the ethos and the mission of our brand, something we uphold and support in all of our marketing initiatives and all of our operations. If our customers grow and succeed, we benefit in kind. ****Any thing you want to say about why this matters so much to AMEX’s model
We are now a true provider of business services, through our products and our publication. It trully changes how we can market our own brand – we are a credible expert and a provider of value. We offer something to all small business owners, not just our customers. As we enter 2011 – we are thinking about new ways to support our community. Our focus will be on connecting business owners to their most important assets???? _ Would be curious to hear your voice over here from the board preso
Again curious to hear your voice – over. My thoughts:OPEN Fprum has truly enabled OPEN to have a dialogue with small business people, and to represent their collective voice on the site, and in the public. Every day we connect business owners to content and resources that can help them overcome challenges and succeed. A highlight of 2010 - We were invited to the whitehouse to pose questions from our community to the administration. This is one example of how the platform provides advice, voice, thought leadership, for our customers.
QUICK SLIDE _ not much time here suggestedWe have been fortunate enough to receive recognition from the industry, but we will continue to push the envelope and strive for growth
Not only are we seeing value through customer preference and new card acquisition, we are also seeing earned traffic efficiencies. The platform has achieved a nice cycle of traffic – where they are entering through sources like Facebook, Twitter, Google. Once our visitors arrive, they find the kind of content they want to share with their own social graphs, and in turn it brings us back more audience. Like many other publishers, we are seeing Social traffic sources become equally as important as Search traffic sources. Facebook and Twtitter combined are a material % of our monthly traffic.
OPEN Forum helps us create value for all parties – customers, content creators, and ourselves. Here’s what our customers are writers are saying to us.
13<br />The Metrics: Marketing Efficiencies<br
/>Readers share with their own social graphs, bringing back more visitors<br />85% of Traffic comes through non-paid sources<br />Social Referral Traffic<br />Earned traffic generated through OPEN Forum sharing saves marketing dollars<br />
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/>“…as a new small business owner, Open Forum has become a daily stop for me - even more important than the Wall Street Journal. I learn something everyday that helps me in my business - so thank you! We're big fans!”<br /> Steven Mochel, Fresh Green Light<br />“I found our first reseller through OPEN Forum when one of the members saw my comments on the site and decided to follow me…now we have 20 resellers who contribute about the half of our sales”<br />PaulRosenfeld, CEO Fanminder<br />