Website and Free Publicity

People pay hundreds of thousands, if not millions, just to be “advertised” in TV. Since I have started this site/blog about 4 months ago, I  was already invited to two big speaking engagements of which sponsored by well-known companies. Also, I had an invitation for a TV interview on one of Philippine’s top TV station to talk about internet marketing. Hmmm… I’ll be in TV for free? That’s a great thing for me and my business! Unfortunately, none of those ever came to past. Why? Geographic location and time were the reason. All of those invitations came from Manila but I’m based in Davao City which means a lot of money and TIME for travel, lodging, etc. It will not be a wise decision for me and the inviting party if we’ll proceed. I’m curious though on who they invited to speak and if their invited guest really delivered good stuff.

Anyway, here are the lessons we can learn from this experience:

1. Websites, if properly utilized, can give you “free” publicity. Publicity means more exposure and credibility, thus, more customers! There are about 14 million internet users in the Philippines and the media has its eyes on the internet for resources. If you are delivering REAL content on your website and have impressed people with your content, all of them will have their eyes on YOU and everything you promote on your website.  Therefore, get YOUR website NOW!

2. People are trusting the internet as a source of information.

3. Websites can be used to establish your expertise in the field.

4. Your book is important. If my book were already published people will still perceived me as an expert in the internet marketing field even if I’m not there or if they have somebody else talk about the subject. It should have been a reference to their discussion. The book should have spoken in behalf of me. The book should have done the promotion for my business.

Note: My book is on the works right now and it will be published soon!

Though geographic location was one of  the problem, this won’t be a problem in the near future as technology  upgrades so fast that you don’t need to travel but a simple video conference will do. Actually, video conference is already possible in the Philippines but internet connectivity is still relatively slow, thus, video quality is not so good.

I got a dilemma on staying in Davao or transferring to Manila. Time will tell but I’ll let the “inner man” decide. As of the moment, I don’t have enough reason yet to migrate to Manila and I love Davao City so much.

Cheers and God bless you!


5 Responses to “Website and Free Publicity”

  1. Monette Barlaan on March 2nd, 2010 7:08 pm

    Hello from Charlotte, North Carolina!

    I stumbled upon your site quite by accident when I clicked on the tiny name at the bottom of the screen I was checking out! I thought I saw :webdesign by:Filipino webdesigners! I clicked on it (which I have never done before) and I was right!

    I’m very proud to find kababayans excel in any field of endeavor! I believe that we have more than what it takes to compete with the best in the world! We can write and speak correct English than our neighbors. What you’re doing will help so many of our countrymen have a better future. More power to you!

    My name is Monette Barlaan and I hail from Cadiz, Neg. Occ. My family and I came to the US in 1968 and have been here since (20 yrs in Chicago) with occasonal visits to my folks in Negros.

    I am now retired from the corporate world and from the Insurance and Securities industry.Being a workaholic all my adult life,retirement proved to be monotonous! I decided not to remain computer illiterate like most seniors. So, I asked my son to teach me and now I am involved in several online programs earning extra income to help abandoned children in Antipolo, Rizal. I hope we can find a way to exchange ideas and share online opportunities to help those who need help others. Let’s stay connected, OK? Please sgn up on my website above and help me expand it by encouraging others to do the same and by advertising and blogging. If you can start a group, I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. Robert on September 15th, 2011 11:26 am

    Hi Stanley and Marisa,

    Both of you made me very proud as a Filipino. Seeing a “kababayan” like you guys is really an inspiration to all of us OFWs. My name is Robert Magnaye and I am working as an engineer in Dubai and I’m also a part internet marketer.

    I’d love to connect and exchange more valuable information with you.

    God bless and mabuhay and Pinoy,


  3. Stanley Dumanig on September 16th, 2011 11:27 am

    Hi Monette and Robert,

    Thanks for the kind words. I would LOVE to connect and exchange valuable information. Its been quite awhile since I posted something in this blog. Marisa had 3 difficult pregnancies (including our 4th child now) and had to work solely on our business. Also, I’ve been very busy working with my coaching clients – LOTS of lessons/content to share very soon but for now with very limited time I had to dedicate it to my family and my coaching clients.

    Keep in touch!

    Best to all,

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