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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Open D Engagement CRM Free Beta Release

It was an unexpected, record breaking snow storm in April,... but that didn’t stop the determined Ottawa entrepreneurs from attending the eSAX networking event at Lansdowne Park Wednesday night.

With several hundred in attendance, it was another networking success for Jarrod Goldsmith and his eSAX team.

It was also the launch of Open D Engagement CRM Public Beta Release.

After several months of bench and private beta testing, market message testing and more,  it was now time to formally release the Open D Engagement CRM to the public, free of charge.

The free beta release is now available via our website www.open-d.com. A full version of our cloud based application, free of charge.

It is our hope that the small business community around the world will give Open D Engagement CRM beta a try, and help us complete the development by providing us their feedback on what they like, dislike and features they would like to see in the final version.

Our Beta version will eventually morph into our Not-for-profit version of Open D Engagement CRM, and will continue to be free of charge. Unlimited contacts, subscription, and published engagement opportunities.

The small business community is always at a disadvantage when it comes to competing in the marketplace. Budget and time is always against you. It is our hope that Open D Engagement CRM will help in the journey to success for the small business community, as it saves both money and time while engaging more effectively with your market audience.

Starting with the Ottawa, Canada, Open D Inc. is joining forces with Startup Ottawa, eSAX, and Collabspace to bring a new concept in online engagement to the small business community.

We are all looking forward to the adventure as we bring the “Online Engagement” word to the streets... There’s a new CRM in town. And it’s unlike any you have seen before.

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Monday, 11 January 2016

A Successful First Public Presentation of Open D Community Builder

Last week (Jan. 6, 2016) we presented Open D Community Builder to the attendees at the eSAX Entrepreneurial Networking Event.

It was a fantastic event and a great indicator that we were on the right track. From start to finish we had attendees coming up to our booth asking us about
Open D.

"What does it do? How does it work? How much does it cost?" The questions were never ending, as were the agreeing nods from the attendees, as we explained the many beneficial features Open D has to offer.

The event was several hours long and by the time it was over, our feet were sore, our voices shot, but we had businesses signing up for our FREEMIUM Edition of Open D Community Builder. It was all worth it!

With several connections made, it was networking at its finest. We look forward to the next several weeks meeting with the businesses and entrepreneurs we met at the event. A special thanks to Jarrod Goldsmith and the entire eSAX team for hosting such a wonderful event. We look forward to again sponsoring their next event scheduled for April 6, 2016.

Get your tickets for the April 6, 2016 eSAX Networking Event here

Start your FREEMIUM Open D Community Builder account here, and start your community with 500 FREE engaged visitors. 

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

eSAX Networking Event - #esax

January 6, 2016 - Ottawa - Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building

The stage is set for another fantastic eSAX Networking Event. With attendance estimated to be around 500, eSAX is changing the entrepreneurial landscape in the Ottawa region.

A tremendous opportunity for all start ups in attendance, regardless of what stage their concept or company is at. 

Open D Community Builder is a proud sponsor of the event, and will have a booth located in the event's marketplace. We'll be available to introduce our cloud app to attendees and assist them in creating their Freemium Open D account, and for one day only 50% off our Unlimited Monthly Subscription

For only $49/month you get unlimited contacts, unlimited sign-ups, unlimited engagements published, and up to 3000 of your contacts transferred for free. Start the year off right by building a community of engaged return customers.

Be sure to use hashtag #esax while tweeting your comments pics and vids during the event. We'll keep a steam going on this page for you to view the progress and keep up with what's happening at the event.

Enjoy the first eSAX event of the year!

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Launching a Targeted Marketing Campaign

If you had told me three years ago, when I started writing my business app, that the marketing campaign was going to be just as hard as writing the app, I would not have believed you.

I naively thought a few press releases, some CPC ads, and a series of social media postings was all that was needed to get the word out and have my app viewed by many.

But the reality is, with all the marketing noise out there, you really have to focus your efforts on the specific vertical markets your products or services address. If you do not “target” your marketing efforts, you will likely spend a lot of money and return minimal results.

So how to target a marketing campaign? Start with the old school off-line efforts.

Find the tradeshows, BIAs, community groups or programs that offer you a concentrated audience of perspective buyers to present to.

My next event will be the eSAX Entrepreneur Networking Event taking place on Jan. 6th in Ottawa. I will have a sponsorship booth in the marketplace.

This event is a perfect example. eSAX offers me a concentrated group of business start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to increase their number of return customers. Exactly what my app offers organizations!

As always prepare signage and collaterals to support the event. Have a look at what I’ve prepared for the Jan. 6th event here.

Attendee Swag Bag stuffer
Hand out to drive attendees to booth
Door Prize Gift Certificate 
Booth Banner Signage

Secondly is your on-line efforts. Start by identifying your related vertical markets, the job titles for the decision makers in those markets, and what needs your products or services address.

If you are fortunate like me, the vertical markets are many. So let’s start with just a couple of random examples... boutiques and fitness.

Boutique owners and fitness instructors constantly need to increase their client numbers, and encourage repeat customers. Begin by creating individual landing pages that will appeal to each. I’ve created http://boutique.opend.me and http://fitness.opend.me. Each offers imagery familiar to the visitors and offers messaging that address their needs. They are direct and to the point, quickly presenting the benefits offered by my product. Be sure to include a link to your main site where the visitor can learn more if necessary they prefer.

Seek out discussion forums that relate to your vertical markets and contribute to those forums. Be careful not to just “sell” within the forums as this will likely get you banned. Instead try to add value to the discussion and work a link to your landing page into the discussion. Just being part of the discussion gives you the opportunity to learn about your market and refine your approach, so don’t abuse it.

Next, create a variety of CPC ads within social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ where you can use the on-board audience criteria to narrow who see’s your various ads. In my case I selected variations of “store manager” and “fitness professional” as the respective job title options.

Be sure to create a few ads for each landing page you created, use different messaging in each to see which performs the best. Pick your CPC bids carefully. You don’t want to be at the top of the list as this will result in clicks by people less likely to convert to customers and waste your valuable budget.

So using this method I set my CPC bids from $.20 to $2.75 for the various sites and launched my campaigns. 48 hours later I was able to see which ads were getting more or less impressions, which had the higher click through rates, and ultimately which converted visitors into sign-ups

It’s been less than a week and the sign-ups are starting to trickle in. Nice to see it working.

Expanding and refining this targeted marketing strategy is going to be the order of the day for the foreseeable future. More vertical markets. More landing pages. More ads and forum postings.

In closing I would like to offer my insights to fellow entrepreneurs as I move forward launching Open D Community Builder. Perhaps it will help you in your business development.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the progress of this “hours old” targeted marketing campaign and what I learn as I go, please join me through my site and select the “Modern Marketing” subject of interest.

All the best everyone.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Open D Sponsors eSAX January 6, 2016 Networking Event

We're pleased to announce our sponsorship of the eSAX - Entrepreneur Networking event to be held at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building on January 6, 2016 | 6-10 pm.

eSAX holds regular networking events throughout the year. The last event occurring on October 7th where over 430 entrepreneurs and start up businesses attended to network and hear from industry leaders.

It was an outstanding event, and a fantastic example of what can happen when entrepreneurs have an opportunity to engage and share with each other. You could feel the energy in the air as it was clear that the building was filled with people driven to chart their our course in business and bring their product or service to world.

Much like the eSAX experience, Open D Community Builder was created to assist business find success. So it was an obvious choice to be part of eSAX's ongoing effort in helping entrepreneurs in the Ottawa area.

So look for us at the next eSAX event. You can register for the event here.

Congratulations to Jarrod Goldsmith and all the folks at eSAX.
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Engagement Manager and Networking Channels added to Open D Administrator

Added to Open D Community Builder are two features that will ensure more effective ongoing relationships and less time expenditure maintaining those relationships.

Contained within your Open D Administrator the "Engagement Manager" and "Networking Channels" features are easy to use and give you real control.

Let's start with the "Engagement Manager". Situated within your Participant Details page, the Engagement Manager has two components. First is the "Engagement Reminder Schedule", where you can set a reminder timer from one week to an entire year. If the community members fails to engage with any of your published Open D engagement opportunities, or make contact with you within that time, you will be notified and given the opportunity to make contact with them to continue your relationship.

By setting reminder timers you can be confident that your entire community is engaged with you, and no one is forgotten.

Business relations are so valuable. It is important that once a relationship is established, that it is maintained for as long as possible.

Next are the Engagement Categories. Here you can internally categorize your community members into categories you create. Divide your community into appropriate segments, such as volunteers, returning customers, influencers or whatever you feel would help you better analyse group behaviour.

By categorizing your community members you can find patterns and corelation as they relate to chosen Subjects of Interest, and Demographic Data. Engagement Categories allows you to learn more about the composition of your community.

The other feature we've added is the "Networking Channels" function. It is important to know what your community members are into, and what they have to say out on the Internet.  The Networking Channels allows you to record each community members various social network locations into six customizable channels.

With social channels captured you can now easily visit your community members social channels to learn more about them, their likes, dislikes, and opinions before making contact and furthering your relationship.

Networking Channels makes understanding your community members that much easier. Combined with the Engagement Manager reminder schedule and categories you can ensure your community is well addressed in a meaningful way.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Announcing Open D Partner Program for Webmasters and Resellers

Calling all tech resellers and webmasters. Open D Partner Program is now live.

Sign up to be an Authorized Open D Partner and begin earning revenue by being one of the first to distribute this unique new application.

Earn up to 40% of gross sales by including Open D Community Builder banners and links to your site.

Open D Community Builder is a newly introduced social marketing and communication toolbox application for businesses and organizations looking to better engage with their community. It is a new approach to business/community engagement where all parties benefit.

Free from advertising, cookies, spamming and other annoying on-line practices, Open D offers organizations and their audiences an environment where mature and rewarding engagement can take place.

This new cloud application offers a collection of tools for business owners and organizations:

  • On-line Pollster
  • Discussion Forums
  • Spam-Free Emailer
  • Contact Manager
  • User Analytics Provider

Together these tools form the Open D Community Builder where business owners and organizations can become closer to their audience and gain valuable insight into the likes, dislikes and opinions of their community.

Completely automated, the Open D Partner Program is easy to integrate within your current web presence. Simply sign up to the program, and upon login you will be provided with banners and links that include your Open D Partner Program ID.

Include any of these banners or links within your web presence and all new Open D accounts created on OpenD.me that originate from your Partner Program links and banners will register your Partner Program ID.

Account commissions are paid out quarterly via PayPal money transfer, for the life of the account.

For tech resellers (VARs) and webmasters, this is an opportunity to get in on the ground. Open D is a new approach to business/customer engagement that brings benefits to all parties. Currently unavailable within any SaaS or app marketplace, Open D is being distributed by you, the resellers and webmasters.

If you have any questions regarding the Open D Partner Program please contact us here.

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