The first step in marketing your product is to get your content delivered to end-users. Only then can you communicate to them, sell your products and build lasting relationships with them. While some Internet information delivery channels fail in their purpose as in the case of e-mails. This in turn throws most of our publishing efforts to delete box. We end up wasting money, efforts and most of all our precious time. Direct marketing, direct selling, relationship building, public relations through direct communication with media, communicating with your business partners and employees, direct advertising of your products, customer announcements and updates all these are made impossible if your content cannot be delivered to the end-users. End users can be your customers, prospects, the media, business partners and employees.
RSS assures 100% delivery of the contents to the people who have willingly subscribed for your information.
Below are some general examples of the contents you can deliver to your various subscribers:
· Newspapers can use RSS feeds to deliver their latest news articles to the subscribers. This enables them to always stay informed about the flash news around the globe. The book publishers can use RSS feeds to announce their best sellers. This would help their users to keep track of releases they are most interested in.
· RSS feeds can help the affiliate managers to communicate with their affiliates.
· Banks can create RSS feeds to post their customers on their new schemes on savings or any change in the interest rates calculated etc.
· Software being the hottest on the current technology market, software companies can keep their subscribers informed on the latest downloads and relevant software packages available. They can also provide them with easy access to software updates, delivered to them exactly as they become available without the fuss of having to visit your website or deal with huge e-mail attachments. Thus avoiding Spam filters or other barricades.
· A few hundred content publishers are using RSS to deliver audio content, such as interviews even radio shows.
· Some websites allows people to post pictures, videos and text from their mobile phones via RSS feeds.
· Educational institutions use RSS to deliver educational content.
· As a supplement to their e-mail delivery some use RSS feeds to deliver their newsletters as I do with mine.
· RSS feeds can help you publish living digital catalogues of your products and provide your customers with your latest product releases. The products may be categorized so that it is easier to view and place order according to the product they are interested in.
RSS auto responders with scheduled messages can be created to keep in constant marketing touch with your prospects and slowly get them to the point
· of purchase.
· You can provide limited-access content to your customers, employees, team members and even investors, without fearing other unwanted eyes. RSS feeds can be used for internal communications, team working and other needs.
As you can see, through RSS, practically any kind of content to practically any kind of target audiences can be delivered. The only thing to be kept in mind is the content has been broken down into several individual items or stories. The opportunities for integrating RSS in to your communicational strategies are endless. There are no limits to what, who and how you can communicate through RSS.
James McIntosh has been a business development consultant for the past 23 years helping his clients start and grow a wide variety of businesses. He is the editor of the free newsletter Concept Development. The newsletter provides free and low cost methods and tools for today’s entrepreneur.