How are sarees created?

Sarees in Sri Lanka can be created using many different dyes and fabrics, but each material has its own unique qualities that make it stand out among others. For example, silk sarees in Sri Lanka, create an elegant look while cotton sarees offer more casual wear for everyday use.

The process of making a saree begins with the selection of the fabric. The cloth is typically sourced from local markets or textile mills, and then it is either batik printed or hand-loomed using traditional methods. Once the cloth has been prepared, it is cut into specific dimensions depending on the style of saree that is being made. Next, the borders are stitched together to form a tube shape, and then pleats are created along one edge of the fabric. After that, the other end of the fabric is tucked in and sewn shut so that it forms a complete circle. Creating designs on the saree fabric is a time-consuming process that can take several days to complete. First, the cloth is dyed in different colours. Finally, any embellishments such as sequins or lace are added to finish off the look of the saree.

The saree is a very elegant and stylish type of women’s attire which can be worn for any occasion, depending on the fabric and the intricacy of the embroidery or prints. From workwear to formal attire, the saree has certainly taken its place among society today, making it one of the most sought after women’s clothing in South Asian countries.

Using Direct Marketing to Advertise a Business

Direct marketing advertising enjoys great popularity amongst many business owners around the world. In fact, it remains to be a preferred method of advertising despite the emergence of other new marketing strategies. If you are a business owner, considering this marketing technique, this article was written with you in mind.

Take a look at the following tips on you can use direct marketing advertising to generate positive action from prospective customers.

Understand your market. Defining your target market is just the first step. To be effective in your direct mail marketing campaigns, you need to get to know your niche more closely. Essential demographics such as their age bracket, range of income, profession, status, preferences, and other details can play a big role in putting together your marketing plan. Although conducting market research may require time and money, it is a very important aspect to achieve success in your direct marketing campaigns.

Understand your own business. How well do you know your own company? More importantly, how well do you know your products and services? Can you confidently say that your customers will be 100% satisfied with the products or services you offer?

How do you want your market to perceive your brand name? What kind of image would you like to build in the market? Do you have strengths that can make you rise above your competitors?

The above questions can help you understand your own business. Getting your prospects’ attention can be a difficult task. You need to pick a niche and focus on your chosen market. In preparing your direct mail marketing campaign, see to it that you will be able to deliver your promises. Keep in mind that failing to meet your customers’ expectations can badly affect your company’s image for a long time.

Get your message across. Direct marketing advertising is considered to be the most effective method of reaching out to your target market. Why is this? Because you are actually launching a message to a targeted niche. Each marketing mail is sent to one specific recipient.

By conceptualizing a clear and strong message, you are helping prospective customers to remember your brand and understand the benefits of what you offer. Here again, we cannot overemphasize how important it is to spend time conducting market research.

Furthermore, perfecting a marketing copy that will encourage positive customer response is important. To come up with an effective message, consider who your recipients are and choose words that call to positive action.

In order to make your direct advertising more successful, you need to master the art of persuasion. You must always conduct follow ups with your leads. This means repeating your mail marketing campaign to the same group of market on a regular basis, between intervals. For instance, after a month or a few weeks, prepare to send a new batch of marketing mails to the same market. Lastly, always make sure that you track the results of your campaigns so you can make the necessary adjustments or changes quickly.

Copyright (c) 2010 Luie De Von.

Podcasting Monetization Strategies for Marketers

With the growing popularity of podcasting, publishers and marketers around the world are asking themselves how to monetize this content channel.

Today we’ll be taking a look at how marketers can monetize podcasting through enhanced marketing activities.

While publishers might find it relatively easy to integrate podcasting in to their business models without really “creating a revolution”, the opportunities for marketers really go beyond traditional marketing tactics.

To understand the opportunity we need to understand what podcasting brings to the marketing table: the power of voice, delivered directly to our prospects, customers, employees and partners.

While text might still be the most “usable” format and the easiest to consume, voice itself has the unique feature of being able to express emotion and bring personality in to marketing communications.

For marketers, monetizing podcasting won’t come through ad sales or content sales, but through opportunities to enhance their marketing communications with the power of emotion, delivered directly to their receipients.

Here are just some possibilities for you to consider:

a] PR: Audio press releases, messages from company executives, expert interviews and other industry related material, all delivered directly to the media.

b] Direct marketing: Sales letters and other ad creative, delivered in audio and directly to your prospects.

c] Customer Relationship Management and User Support: Personal messages and greetings from company executives, persoanlized messages to key clients by key account managers, educational content and industry interviews, seminar or conference recordings, product support information and tutorials, …

e] Promotion: Achieving additional company/brand/product exposure by providing podcasts and promoting them via podcast directories and search engines.

f] E-commerce: Audio product announcements and presentations, delivered to prospects that opt-in to receive latest product information. In the case of audio products, podcasts can also carry short excerpts or previews of new editions, thus enticing prospects to order.

g] Branding and Prospect Conversion: Educational content and industry interviews that help shorten the sales cycle or generate/improve company credibility and enhance its brand.

h] Advertising in third-party podcasts

And so on …

In these examples monetization does not come through directly generated revenues, but indirectly through improved sales.