Best Place To Find Fun Women’s Beach Sandals For Summer

Women’s beach sandals come in a wide range of designs, colors and prices. While this is usually great as it means you have lots to choose from, sometimes the numerous choices can pose a dilemma in itself. How do you choose one pair from among so many? What’s an even bigger waste of time is when you spend hours searching for a pair that has the features and colors that you like and then you find that the price is just out of your budget. So you have to start all over again.

Instead of going this route, there’s a better way to search for women’s beach sandals in the style you like at a price you can afford. The key is to shop online at a store that’s reputed for their low prices.

Hansensurf – your one stop online shop for women’s beach sandals

Before you head out surfing San Diego, take a minute to surf online at Hansensurf
for a pair of sandals. If you’ve never heard of Hansensurf before, this is an online store that is known for their high quality apparel for men, women and children at some of the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere.

With regards to women’s beach sandals, Hansensurf offers a gorgeous collection from big brands such as Olukai, Sanuk, Cobain, and more. Although each brand creates footwear lines in completely different styles and colors, one thing they all have in common is quality. When you buy a pair of women’s beach sandals from any of these brands you know you’re getting the best value for your money. Their sandals are super comfortable without compromising on style or durability.

Choosing a pair is very easy. You can use the filters to narrow down your choices according to brand, style, or size. Very rarely will you find such a large selection at any traditional neighborhood store where you would usually have to go from one store to another in search of a style you like and in your size.

And when you shop from any of these brands at Hansensurf, you get even better value for your money. This is because of the additional discounts that the store offers over and above their already low prices. You’ll be happy to hear that you get a 10% discount right off on any purchase on your first online order. There’s even more. If the value of your purchases is over $50, the store will ship your order to your door step free of cost, racking up the savings even more.

Recession Marketing – 9 Survival and Growth Strategies

Businesses and consumers are cutting back on discretionary spending, which could mean lower response rates for you. On top of that, many marketing budgets are being cut. This combination has sent many marketers into a panic. That’s why you need to reevaluate your marketing game plan for this recession. Here I’ll reveal the specific actions you can take to survive this economic downturn and be more successful in 2009.Having helped clients through 5 recessions, I’ve seen firsthand what works and what doesn’t.To everything there is a seasonFirst, it is important to know that recession is a normal part of the business cycle. The U.S. economy will come through a downturn or recession and then enter a new period of growth. But the hard truth is most recessions last about 16 to 18 months. This current one began in December 2007, but will probably last into 2010. And with the government scrambling to implement dramatic economic policies that will likely cause more harm than good, some economists project that we won’t see the end until mid-2011. Whatever the length, you can increase cash flow and profits now…and secure a major advantage over your competitors. You can also expand your market share in the next few years.Anticipating economic reality: Knowing the 4 economic trendsBefore we look at the 9 recession marketing strategies that you will need to survive and thrive in this recession, every marketer should be aware of 4 basic economic trends that will affect your campaigns.1. Deflation
A downturn in the economic cycle reflecting declining prices and a credit contraction. Our current historic deflation was predicted by a number of economists and investment advisors over the past few years. It’s not a recession, but an economic crisis of inflation accompanied by a recession.2. Inflation
A rise in the general level of prices of goods and services over time caused by high rates of growth in the money supply. Inflation can be thought of as a decrease in the value of the unit of currency. It is measured as the rate of change of a price index. Because of the massive government bailouts and deficit spending, this will be your marketing enemy in a few years. Under the Carter administration, inflation shot up over 12%. Under George W. Bush, it was up to 6% by November. Now it’s dipped back to about 3.4% because of deflationary pressure. Expect to see inflation rise at the start of next year.3. Recession
A significant decline in activity spread across the economy, lasting longer than a few months. It is visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale-retail trade. The technical indicator of a recession is two nonsecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Unemployment is still lower than it was under Jimmy Carter.4. Stagflation
A condition of slow economic growth and relatively high unemployment. It is a time of economic stagnation accompanied by a rise in prices, or inflation. This could be what we are headed for, lasting for 5 to 10 years.By anticipating and understanding these economic realities, you can better adjust your marketing message and strategy. The key is to approach your challenges strategically and tactically-rather than act out of emotion and fear. When the late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, was asked what he was going to do about the recession years ago, he answered: “We don’t plan to participate.”Lessons learned from the past 5 recessionsOne of my favorite recession research studies gives us some strategic guidance for you.McGraw-Hill Research published a study of 600 companies in 16 industries over a 5-year period that included a recession. Researchers concluded that firms that chose to maintain or increase their marketing budgets experienced sales growth that was 256% higher than those companies whose advertising suffered. Furthermore, those who cut back on their advertising realized a small increase of only 19% in that same time period.Here is another lesson learned from the last recession: The 25% of companies that increased their marketing budgets saw an increase in market share that was 2.5 times greater than competitors who cut back. But that’s not all you need to know. Here’s what I’ve learned from past recessions…
Companies that don’t adjust their marketing to the new economic environment suffer.
Businesses that follow the direct marketing model trump those who rely on traditional advertising.
Historically, companies maintaining or increasing their direct mail marketing through economic downturns
increase sales and market share during and after the slow period.
Businesses that regard direct response advertising costs as investments rather than expenses enjoy higher long term dividends.
Companies that stay aggressive in a downturn seize market share from more timid competitors.
Companies that cut back will lose revenue and opportunities, with fewer upsells and cross-sells for several
years after the recession…profoundly impacting the bottom line in the long-term.
Lesson learned: Think twice before arbitrarily cutting your budget. With so many of your competitors cutting back, you’ll have new opportunities for growth.Now let’s look at the 9 survival strategies you should implement now.Strategy #1: Re-examine your current marketing initiatives
Image advertising is a waste of your time and money, especially in a time like this. If you’re not using advertising that provides a measurable, quantifiable cost per lead, cost-per-sale and lifetime value of a customer, you’re practically throwing your money away.You absolutely must know your:
Cost per lead
Cost per sale
Lifetime value (LTV) of a customer
In a recession, it is more critical than ever to hold every marketing campaign accountable. That’s the only way to know how you should react in a down market and get the maximum impact for every single dollar spent. For example, the lifetime value Publisher’s Corner of a customer tells you exactly how much you can afford to spend to acquire a new customer. Without these statistics, it is impossible for you to know whether you’re making the most profitable use of your marketing budget. It’s the only way you’ll know whether you’re getting a positive or a negative return on your investment.Strategy #2: Review your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
A powerful USP will grab prospects’ attention, distinguish you from competitors and draw them into your story. Now is the time to review and revise your USP. If it doesn’t tell your prospects how they will benefit from your product in today’s downturn and distinguish you from the competition…chances are you’ll become irrelevant. Your USP needs to be prominent, easily found and up-todate in all of your marketing-TV, direct mail, website, you name it.Tip: Before sending out your next campaign, take the time to review and revise your USP. Then place it at the beginning, middle and end of every marketing piece you create.Strategy #3: Address marketing evils with preemptive copy
Marketing evils are the barriers that stand between your customer and their decision to buy from you. They create skepticism toward your product. Today’s marketing evils include:
Economic crisis
Recession
Competition
Legal and regulatory changes
Budget cuts
Unemployment
When money is tight, fear of making a poor purchasing decision is high. Prospects will question what you say and raise more objections that prevent them from buying. Don’t ignore the worries, fears and concerns that are plaguing your prospect. Instead, use preemptive copy to address and overcome prospects’ skepticism.Well-executed copy for this recession will achieve the following 4 goals:
Address and dismiss your prospects’ objections.
Demonstrate how your product solves their most pressing problems.
Explain why your product is absolutely necessary-even in an economic downturn-and why it’s in your prospect’s best interest to buy now.
Clearly demonstrate why an alternative choice is not going to cut it.
Tip: Ask yourself these questions: Do I feel that the writer cares about me and understands my problems? Why should I respond now or later? Do I still have objections?Addressing these evils and explaining why your product overcomes them will boost your response. Likewise, ignoring these evils will depress your response.Strategy #4: Take advantage of dropping marketing costs
Media spending is plummeting and we haven’t hit the bottom yet. As a result, online and offline media costs are dropping-and, in some cases, this trend is likely to be long-term or permanent. Here’s where I’ve successfully helped marketers with cost-cutting negotiations:
Printing
Media costs
Lists
Postal discounts
Media options
The price of radio and TV time has seen deep cuts-which may be why the ubiquitous Snuggie(TM) ads aren’t confined to late-night TV spots. In addition to lower costs, you’ll find deals and opportunities never seen before. For example, many local newspapers and even The Wall Street Journal are selling ad space right on the front page.Strategy #5: Reevaluate your offer and make it preemptive
In this recession, consumers are hunting for the best way to get more for their money. It’s critical to update your value proposition so that it’s powerful and preemptive: It should answer prospects’ questions before they ask them and overcome their objections. Remember, your offer is not about the product-it’s about the prospect and what the prospect gets. The strongest offers reinforce value. They focus on the deal that the prospect will receive and present a get-morefor-your-money image.Here are 3 components of a successful offer:
A discount or price reduction. Right now people are looking for value, and a discount is the simplest way to deliver it. Just look at the most successful catalogs, emails and mailing pieces. You’ll find discounts in every one, from consumer retailers like J. Crew to B2B marketers like Thermo Fisher Scientific. Even designer makeup and beauty products are on sale, which is rare.
A premium. It’s a gift, a bribe, a strong enticement: Add value by giving something away. This can help you justify a higher price if you are unable to offer a hefty discount.
A guarantee. Reassure your prospects that they have nothing to lose. If you don’t have a guarantee, now is the time to start one.
Convince prospects that they’ll be losing out on something big without accepting your offer – recession or no recession.Strategy #6: Concentrate on your database
For most marketers, 20% of your customers represent 80% of your profits. Any significant loss of this core group could mean a serious hit to your sales, profits and future. Remember, it is always three to four times cheaper to upsell or crosssell an existing customer than to acquire a new one.That’s why you should implement these customer-retention strategies:
Upselling and cross-selling. Reevaluate your current process. Are you being aggressive enough in offering products or services that complement
your prospect’s purchases?
Loyalty programs. It is more important than ever to reward your best customers with extra perks to keep them coming back. Creating an exclusive club for loyal customers is also effective.
Conversion series. If you offer a free trial, be sure you have a professional follow-up direct marketing conversion series in place to convert these prospects to buyers. Many marketers make the mistake of letting qualified, interested prospects slip away easily. See the chart above for an example of a conversion series time line.
Retention series. Don’t wait around for your customers to renew subscriptions, reorder
products or come in for your services-remind them of your value, and reinforce their decision to
purchase from you.
Database lead management. If you don’t convert those hard-earned leads to sales, you’re
wasting your marketing efforts.
Reactivation campaigns. Use your improved, preemptive offer, complete with premiums and
discounts, to entice former customers to come back. Craft copy that demonstrates why your product is the
best choice right now.
Strategy #7: Revamp your corporate website
Static corporate home pages do nothing to encourage sales or improve your results. Yet so many marketers still rely on these non-marketing or anti-marketing sites. Instead, turn to direct marketing microsites and landing pages: Individual websites geared toward specific products and promotions. These sites use only direct response copy and art to sell a product or service. To improve efficiency and boost response, they don’t have navigation distractions. For example, you may want to create unique pages to capture leads and sales, or develop a product-specific sales page.Strategy #8: Streamline your shopping cart to boost sales
It’s a fact: 7-1/2 out of 10 online prospects will abandon their shopping cart before completing a purchase. Here are 2 big mistakes to avoid…Mistake #1-”Tombstone” carts. This is what I call shopping carts without sales copy. They’re a dead-end. Your cart should engage prospects, reassure them that they are making a good decision and lead them right to the “Buy Now” button. It must have direct response sales copy and direct response art.Mistake #2-Multistage process. The more you ask your prospect to click, the more sales you’ll lose. A one- to two-page seamless checkout process is more effective and efficient than a multistage process. Prospects will be less likely to have second thoughts and click away. Above all, keep it simple.Strategy #9: Reevaluate your media
Be sure to put your recession appropriate USP to work in all campaigns-including online and broadcast media.
Direct mail. You’re still able to produce a low cost per lead or sale with this highly targeted medium…even in a recession. It should be a major component of any marketing mix.
Paid search. Easy paid search is dead in this recession. But the right mix of keyword strategy, powerful direct response ads and separate, dedicated landing pages with timely content will produce a very high
ROI-although the numbers will be a very small part of your overall lead generation
and sales program.
Email. The days of sending a sales letter via email are over. Sales hype will not work. Instead, use an information-driven, content-rich email. Remember value.
TV and radio. Rates for prime airtime have been dropping, so now’s your chance to renegotiate rates and retest your options, such as time of day.
What worked last year is not going to work now because the market psychology is completely different. Opportunities for success are out there if you know where to look. Remember that your prospects’ spending patterns change in a recession, but they’ll still be spending money somewhere.Consumers may start to give up trips to the coffee shop in favor of a do-it-yourself espresso machine. Businesses may choose new software instead of new hardware, or invest in extra tech support to avoid an
expensive technology meltdown. With these strategies, you can turn this recession into an opportunity for growth, profits and greater market share.

What Every Business Owner Needs To Know – One of The Seven Musts of Marketing – Direct Mail

In my role as executive coach and business consultant, I come across many opportunities to assess and evaluate technology based solutions at the enterprise, department and individual level. While technology implementations can represent challenges and occasional risks at deployment, to ignore the current patterns and solutions to improving interest in your company solutions as a product or service, could be very costly to your top line performance.There are Seven Musts of Marketing that benefit from the integration of current technology based solutions. One of them is Direct Mail. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Keith Goodman, Corporate VP Sales for Modern Postcard, with Corporate offices in Carlsbad, and a Chamber member, who shared his perspectives on this very important strategic component of business development.Miguel:”Keith, what is this thing called direct marketing and why should we care? Keith Goodman:”Well, at the end of the day, there are really two basic categories.I’m sure we could break that down into about twenty, but two basic categories of advertising. One of those is brand awareness, where you’re really trying to get your name out there. You want to establish your brand and let people know that you’re there, and really communicate the values of your business and everything else. The other side is what we call direct marketing, where it’s really driving to get a response. You’re trying to drive the person to actually create a transaction.Especially now, in the economic situation that we’re dealing with, direct marketing is becoming more and more appropriate and accepted as the norm because at the end of the day, businesses are much more interested in actually getting people in the door and driving revenues than they are in getting their name out. Many times, it’s really hard to monetize a brand campaign, where it’s very easy to measure and monetize a direct campaign. So, I think that that’s probably the simplest way to put it. I’m sure I don’t have a couple of hours to expand on that.Miguel:”Keith, how can business owners better appreciate the value that Modern Postcard brings to them in terms of the results of their direct mail/marketing campaigns?Keith:”We go through a series of questions to get a really good idea on who are the right prospects, who are their best customers, what are they buying, what are their buying habits, how do they actually generate a transaction, are they buying on the Web, are they coming into the store, are they talking to a salesperson, is it a complex product that needs to have a salesperson talk to a customer before they make the purchase decision? So, we take all these things into effect.Then we take that information and we say, “Okay, here is what we consider your best target market.” And it might be a couple of them. The best targets might be families with kids as well as wealthy singles, so we recommend testing. We recommend testing whenever possible. It is the best way to develop the best marketing piece over time. You can do that in direct mail and you can’t do that with a lot of other types of advertising, where you can test simultaneously.Then once we have the list put together, we’ll then work with the client on creative. Many times, the client will already have creative, at which point we’ll ask if they would mind if we review the creative, look at it, run it by our copywriters and designers, see if we can come up with any ideas that might make it a little bit more successful. If they don’t have creative, we will work with them in creating a piece, using their imagery if they have it, some of the copy that they have, information on their business, benefits, that type of thing, and get all that information put together. We have a team of great graphic designers here where we’ll put together the mail piece that is associated with the target market.We also have our own in-house list brokerage so we have access to over 75,000 different lists that are out there, so we do a pretty exhaustive search on the lists that would fit their target market the best. We also have technology that allows us to analyze and model their data so we can take a customer’s data, analyze it and profile it, give the client back a profile of what their customers look like, and then identify the people that most likely resemble their best customers. So, it allows us to really go in and fine-tune on who are the people that are most likely to respond. Using the modeling on the business-to-consumer side, we’ve been able to increase response rates anywhere between 200 and 400 percent by using this technology, and it’s a very incremental increase in price, small incremental increase, over what normal data would cost. So, it’s been highly successful for our clients, and we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of clients that are using that technology.Miguel:Keith, you have just described the perfect example of the linking technology in terms of results, to the goals of the business owner. Your firm, Modern Postcard, brings to the table. Keith how does a business owner get in touch with you to begin to leverage the use of this technology in their business?Keith:My direct line in is 760-692-3359.