president | Greener World Media
For Pete May, president of Greener World Media, working through a recession successfully depends on a focus on six principles.
First, he says, donât hire more staff, hire more freelance stars. âWeâve recently brought on people like Rob Watson, who was one of the founding creators of the successful standard for green buildings,â May says. âRob has a flourishing consulting business but loves being executive editor of our GreenerBuildings.com site. This gives him some income and a platform. We in turn leverage his star power for sponsor-based projects.â
Second, for May, is to focus on free methods of Web traffic development. âItâs not rocket science, and it takes time, but mining Digg, Twitter, Linked-In, Facebook and other social media can yield nice traffic gains for online sites,â he says.
Third, May says, is to leverage your existing brands with new products. âWe have an annual research report called State of Green Business,â he says. âThis year, we turned it into a one day conference, and next we will turn the panel discussions from it into a Webcast series. More work, sure, but much easier than launching a new product line.â
Another concept that Greener World uses is to leverage event sponsors into free venues where possible. âWe have PG&E, the local utility here in San Francisco, as host for our State of Green Business Forum,â May says. âThey have a 495-seat auditorium in San Francisco. Hosting our event there saves money, and adds credibility.â
May also suggests widely diverging pricing models, depending on the product. âWe now offer advertising options from $1,000 lead-gen options to six-figure major-branding packages,â he says. âWe offer different events for attendees from $149 one-day events to $1,999 for a three-day conference to $9,900 for an annual membership to our GreenBiz Executive Network.â
And finally, he says, listen to customers. âOften you might hear, âI donât have an ad or event budget, but I do need X,ââ May adds. âCrafting a solution can bring new revenue and customer goodwill.â
Where They Will Grow: Spin-off product lines, including live events and Webinars from research reports.
Where They Will Save: Use of freelancer stars rather than staff, and sponsor sites instead of paid venues where possible.
Quote: âWe now offer advertising options from $1,000 lead-gen options to six-figure major-branding packages.â
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