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Top 5 Web Marketing Tips for New Business Startups and SME’s

1. Twitter Marketing

Set up a Twitter Account and Follow up to 5,000 of your target audience.

A large proportion will follow you back and those that don’t can be unfollowed so that you can follow some more.

This could be a particular niche or businesses / consumers in a certain geographical location. Whilst you are building followers and when you have thousands of followers, send out information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

2. Facebook Marketing, Facebook Pages and Facebook Group Marketing

Use your personal Facebook account to connect with potential customers and partners, also create a Facebook Page and get your friends, potential partners and target audience (clients etc) to like and share your page. Whilst you are building likers & followers and when you have thousands of followers, send out information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

You can also set up groups for your target audiences and get some of those to join your group where you can also share information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience.

3. LinkedIn Marketing and LinkedIn Company Pages

Make sure you have a good LinkedIn profile page that covers everything that you do including all of your skills and which links to your company website, blog and Facebook page etc. Also add links to any video that you might have etc.

Also create a Company page on LinkedIn (you need an email address on a registered domain to do this) and regularly post information, tips, offers, competitions and advice that would be useful and of interest to your target audience via your LinkedIn company page and your regular posts facility on LinkedIn.

Finally on LinkedIn regularly connect with lots of people in your target audience on LinkedIn (but not to many all at once though as LinkedIn can block you). Also join lots of groups full of your target audience and connect with them via the group (Something linkedin allows you to do more aggressively than just connecting with people).

4. Blogging

Create a blog or ideally add a blog to your existing website or get a new website with a blog already included and start blogging regularly about your business, products and services etc.

This can help to improve the Seo of your website and get it associated with more keywords to help you get indexed more regularly the search engines and helping you to appear higher up and more often in the internet page ranks.

5. Keyword Content Marketing via content pages on your website

You should have an existing website or get a new website and create great keyword written landing pages for your business, as well as every single product and service and geographical area covered etc.
This will help to improve the Seo of your website and get it associated with more keywords to help you appear higher up and more often in the internet search engine page ranks helping you to get more enquiries.

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Twitter Marketing Tip 12

With 42% of Twitter’s users following brands, it’s a fertile ground of marketing opportunities.

Step up your social media game with this Twitter marketing tip to get you standing out from the competition: 

Add Commentary To Shared Content 

If you’re sharing content on Twitter, try to fit in a point related to the article or flag up an important section of the piece. 

This will go a long way to helping your brand establish a name in the industry and be seen as a thought leader. 

This shows your company is staffed by people clued up about the industry that they are in, helping to establish brand trust. 

Alternatively, if the piece of content was authored by a particular influencer in your field, you can tag them in the post or ask a follow-up question. This is great if you want to connect with them and their community as it helps to create a natural relationship. 

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Twitter Marketing Tip 12 page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Twitter Marketing Tip 9

With 42% of Twitter’s users following brands, it’s a fertile ground of marketing opportunities.

Twitter can spread awareness of your brand, generate leads, drive traffic to your site, build a loyal customer base and much more. 

You may have mastered the basics by now and know your hashtags from your trends, but there are some next-level tricks and ideas that often get missed out. 

Here a Twitter marketing secret that will separate the top tier of pros from the rest. 

Step up your social media game with this Twitter marketing tip to get you standing out from the competition:

Use Rich Media To Help Crowdsource Content 

Asking for user generated content on Twitter is a good start, but it can be taken further by using rich media to encourage people to give opinions, make suggestions, and engage with your campaigns. 

For example, in 2014 @AdidasNEOlabel wanted to crowdsource ideas for a fashion show they were running that would connect with their target audience of 14-19 year olds and drive sales of their upcoming range.

They used Twitter cards to vote between which outfits would be used in the show, Vines of the event throughout the day, and used Twitter video showing people how they could get involved. This helped to create over a billion impressions for their NEO campaign, as well as a peak engagement rate of 18.4%. 

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The Twitter Marketing Tip 9 page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”


Technical Website Audit Checklist for 2015

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Technical Website Audit Checklist: 2015 Edition

by christopherjanb
Posted by GeoffKenyon

Back in 2011, I wrote a technical site audit checklist, and while it was thorough, there have been a lot of additions to what is encompassed in a site audit. I have gone through and updated that old checklist for 2015. Some of the biggest changes were the addition of sections for mobile, international, and site speed.

This checklist should help you put together a thorough site audit and determine what is holding back the organic performance of your site. At the end of your audit, don’t write a document that says what’s wrong with the website. Instead, create a document that says what needs to be done. Then explain why these actions need to be taken and why they are important. What I’ve found to really helpful is to provide a prioritized list along with your document of all the actions that you would like them to implement. This list can be handed off to a dev or content team to be implemented easily. These teams can refer to your more thorough document as needed.

Quick overview
Check BoxCheck indexed pages
Do a site: search.
How many pages are returned? (This can be way off so don’t put too much stock in this).
Is the homepage showing up as the first result?
If the homepage isn’t showing up as the first result, there could be issues, like a penalty or poor site architecture/internal linking, affecting the site. This may be less of a concern as Google’s John Mueller recently said that your homepage doesn’t need to be listed first.
Check BoxReview the number of organic landing pages in Google Analytics

Does this match with the number of results in a site: search?
This is often the best view of how many pages are in a search engine’s index that search engines find valuable.
Check BoxSearch for the brand and branded terms

Is the homepage showing up at the top, or are correct pages showing up?
If the proper pages aren’t showing up as the first result, there could be issues, like a penalty, in play.
Check BoxCheck Google’s cache for key pages
Is the content showing up?
Are navigation links present?
Are there links that aren’t visible on the site?
PRO Tip:
Don’t forget to check the text-only version of the cached page. Here is a
bookmarklet to help you do that.
Check BoxDo a mobile search for your brand and key landing pages

Does your listing have the “mobile friendly” label?
Are your landing pages mobile friendly?
If the answer is no to either of these, it may be costing you organic visits.
On-page optimization
Check BoxTitle tags are optimized
Title tags should be optimized and unique.
Your brand name should be included in your title tag to improve click-through rates.
Title tags are about 55-60 characters (512 pixels) to be fully displayed. You can test here or review title pixel widths in Screaming Frog.
Check BoxImportant pages have click-through rate optimized titles and meta descriptions
This will help improve your organic traffic independent of your rankings.
You can use SERP Turkey for this.
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Check for pages missing page titles and meta descriptions

Check BoxThe on-page content includes the primary keyword phrase multiple times as well as variations and alternate keyword phrases

Check BoxThere is a significant amount of optimized, unique content on key pages

Check BoxThe primary keyword phrase is contained in the H1 tag

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Images’ file names and alt text are optimized to include the primary keyword phrase associated with the page.

Check BoxURLs are descriptive and optimized
While it is beneficial to include your keyword phrase in URLs, changing your URLs can negatively impact traffic when you do a 301. As such, I typically recommend optimizing URLs when the current ones are really bad or when you don’t have to change URLs with existing external links.
Check BoxClean URLs
No excessive parameters or session IDs.
URLs exposed to search engines should be static.
Check BoxShort URLs
115 characters or shorter – this character limit isn’t set in stone, but shorter URLs are better for usability.
Additional reading:
Best Practices for URLs
URL Rewriting Tool
mod_rewrite Cheat Sheet
Creating 301 Redirects With .htaccess
Content
Check BoxHomepage content is optimized
Does the homepage have at least one paragraph?
There has to be enough content on the page to give search engines an understanding of what a page is about. Based on my experience, I typically recommend at least 150 words.
Check BoxLanding pages are optimized
Do these pages have at least a few paragraphs of content? Is it enough to give search engines an understanding of what the page is about?
Is it template text or is it completely unique?
Check BoxSite contains real and substantial content
Is there real content on the site or is the “content” simply a list of links?
Check BoxProper keyword targeting
Does the intent behind the keyword match the intent of the landing page?
Are there pages targeting head terms, mid-tail, and long-tail keywords?
Check BoxKeyword cannibalization
Do a site: search in Google for important keyword phrases.
Check for duplicate content/page titles using the Moz Pro Crawl Test.
Check BoxContent to help users convert exists and is easily accessible to users
In addition to search engine driven content, there should be content to help educate users about the product or service.
Check BoxContent formatting
Is the content formatted well and easy to read quickly?
Are H tags used?
Are images used?
Is the text broken down into easy to read paragraphs?
Check BoxGood headlines on blog posts
Good headlines go a long way. Make sure the headlines are well written and draw users in.
Check BoxAmount of content versus ads
Since the implementation of Panda, the amount of ad-space on a page has become important to evaluate.
Make sure there is significant unique content above the fold.
If you have more ads than unique content, you are probably going to have a problem.
Additional reading:
How to Write Magnetic Headlines
SEO Copywriting Tips for Improved Link Building
The Ultimate Blogger Writing Guide
Tips to Earn Links and Tweets to Your Blog Post
Duplicate content
Check BoxThere should be one URL for each piece of content
Do URLs include parameters or tracking code? This will result in multiple URLs for a piece of content.
Does the same content reside on completely different URLs? This is often due to products/content being replicated across different categories.
Pro Tip:
Exclude common parameters, such as those used to designate tracking code, in Google Webmaster Tools. Read more at
Search Engine Land.
Check BoxDo a search to check for duplicate content
Take a content snippet, put it in quotes and search for it.
Does the content show up elsewhere on the domain?
Has it been scraped? If the content has been scraped, you should file a content removal request with Google.
Check BoxSub-domain duplicate content
Does the same content exist on different sub-domains?
Check BoxCheck for a secure version of the site
Does the content exist on a secure version of the site?
Check BoxCheck other sites owned by the company
Is the content replicated on other domains owned by the company?
Check BoxCheck for “print” pages
If there are “printer friendly” versions of pages, they may be causing duplicate content.
Site architecture and internal linking
Check BoxNumber of links on a page
100-200 is a good target, but not a rule.
Check BoxVertical linking structures are in place
Homepage links to category pages.
Category pages link to sub-category and product pages as appropriate.
Product pages link to relevant category pages.
Check BoxHorizontal linking structures are in place
Category pages link to other relevant category pages.
Product pages link to other relevant product pages.
Check BoxLinks are in content
Does not utilize massive blocks of links stuck in the content to do internal linking.
Check BoxFooter links
Does not use a block of footer links instead of proper navigation.
Does not link to landing pages with optimized anchors.
Check BoxGood internal anchor text

Check BoxCheck for broken links
Link Checker and Xenu are good tools for this.
Additional reading:
Importance of Internal Linking
Internal Linking Tactics
Using Anchor Links to Make Google Ignore The First Link
Successful Site Architecture for SEO
The SEO Guide to Site Architecture
Information Architecture and Faceted Navigation
Technical issues
Check BoxProper use of 301s
Are 301s being used for all redirects?
If the root is being directed to a landing page, are they using a 301 instead of a 302?
Use Live HTTP Headers Firefox plugin to check 301s.
Check Box”Bad” redirects are avoided
These include 302s, 307s, meta refresh, and JavaScript redirects as they pass little to no value.
These redirects can easily be identified with a tool like Screaming Frog.
Check BoxRedirects point directly to the final URL and do not leverage redirect chains
Redirect chains significantly diminish the amount of link equity associated with the final URL.
Google has said that they will stop following a redirect chain after several redirects.
Check BoxUse of JavaScript
Is content being served in JavaScript?
Are links being served in JavaScript? Is this to do PR sculpting or is it accidental?
Check BoxUse of iFrames
Is content being pulled in via iFrames?
Check BoxUse of Flash
Is the entire site done in Flash, or is Flash used sparingly in a way that doesn’t hinder crawling?
Check BoxCheck for errors in Google Webmaster Tools
Google WMT will give you a good list of technical problems that they are encountering on your site (such as: 4xx and 5xx errors, inaccessible pages in the XML sitemap, and soft 404s)
Check BoxXML Sitemaps
Are XML sitemaps in place?
Are XML sitemaps covering for poor site architecture?
Are XML sitemaps structured to show indexation problems?
Do the sitemaps follow proper XML protocols?
Check BoxCanonical version of the site established through 301s

Check BoxCanonical version of site is specified in Google Webmaster Tools

Check BoxRel canonical link tag is properly implemented across the site
Make sure it points to the correct page, and every page doesn’t point to the homepage.
Check BoxUses absolute URLs instead of relative URLs
This can cause a lot of problems if you have a root domain with secure sections.
Site speed
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Review page load time for key pages

Is it significant for users or search engines?
Check BoxMake sure compression is enabled
Gzip Test
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Enable caching

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Optimize your images for the web
Google’s guide to optimizing your images
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Minify your CSS/JS/HTML

Check BoxUse a good, fast host
Consider using a CDN for your images.
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Optimize your images for the web
Google’s guide to optimizing your images
Additional reading:
Google Page Speed Insights
Best Practices for Page Speed

Mobile
Check BoxReview the mobile experience
Is there a mobile site set up?
If there is, is it a mobile site, responsive design, or dynamic serving?
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Make sure analytics are set up if separate mobile content exists

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If dynamic serving is being used, make sure the Vary HTTP header is being used

This helps alert search engines understand that the content is different for mobile users.
Google on dynamic serving.
Check BoxReview how the mobile experience matches up with the intent of mobile visitors
Do your mobile visitors have a different intent than desktop based visitors?
Check BoxEnsure faulty mobile redirects do not exist
If your site redirects mobile visitors away from their intended URL (typically to the homepage), you’re likely going to run into issues impacting your mobile organic performance.
Check BoxEnsure that the relationship between the mobile site and desktop site is established with proper markup
If a mobile site (m.) exists, does the desktop equivalent URL point to the mobile version with rel=”alternate”?
Does the mobile version canonical to the desktop version?
Official documentation.
International
Check BoxReview international versions indicated in the URL
ex: site.com/uk/ or uk.site.com
Check BoxEnable country based targeting in webmaster tools
If the site is targeted to one specific country, is this specified in webmaster tools?
If the site has international sections, are they targeted in webmaster tools?
Check BoxImplement hreflang / rel alternate if relevant
Documentation
Check BoxIf there are multiple versions of a site in the same language (such as /us/ and /uk/, both in English), update the copy been updated so that they are both unique

Check BoxMake sure the currency reflects the country targeted

Check BoxEnsure the URL structure is in the native language
Try to avoid having all URLs in the default language
Analytics
Check BoxAnalytics tracking code is on every page
You can check this using the “custom” filter in a Screaming Frog Crawl or by looking for self referrals.
Are there pages that should be blocked?
Check BoxThere is only one instance of a GA property on a page
Having the same Google Analytics property will create problems with pageview-related metrics such as inflating page views and pages per visit and reducing the bounce rate.
It is OK to have multiple GA properties listed, this won’t cause a problem.
Check BoxAnalytics is properly tracking and capturing internal searches

Check BoxDemographics tracking is set up
Check BoxAdwords and Adsense are properly linked if you are using these platforms
Instructions for linking AdWords
Instructions for linking AdSense
Check BoxInternal IP addresses are excluded
Official documentation
Check BoxUTM Campaign Parameters are used for other marketing efforts
Google URL Builder
Check BoxMeta refresh and JavaScript redirects are avoided
These can artificially lower bounce rates.
Check BoxEvent tracking is set up for key user interactions
Event Tracking Documentation
This audit covers the main technical elements of a site and should help you uncover any issues that are holding a site back. As with any project, the deliverable is critical. I’ve found focusing on the solution and impact (business case) is the best approach for site audit reports. While it is important to outline the problems, too much detail here can take away from the recommendations. If you’re looking for more resources on site audits, I recommend the following:

Helpful tools for doing a site audit:
Annie Cushing’s Site Audit
Web Developer Toolbar
User Agent Add-on
Firebug
Link Checker
SEObook Toolbar
MozBar (Moz’s SEO toolbar)
Xenu
Screaming Frog
Your own scraper
Inflow’s technical mobile best practices

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Technical Website Audit Checklist for 2015 page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Google+ Info & Tip

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What Most Smart Marketers Miss About Google+
by christopherjanb

If you, like many other marketers, think of Google+ as just another social media network in the Facebook and LinkedIn model, you probably believe that it lacks powerful social interaction you’d expect.

Yet at the heart of the question is the fact that Google+ isn’t about social media.

As a marketer, Google+ is worthy of your time. At a minimum it should be part of a multi-platform social media strategy.

It’s real power comes from its ability to integrate and transform the diverse Google elements into a social platform. Google+ is Google’s connective tissue that transforms your content and communications into a social media driver.

Google+ isn’t dead. According to Shareaholic, the social platform increased its share of traffic modestly, especially when compared to Facebook and Pinterest, over the past year.

For a better understanding of Google+, look at these 5 datapoints collected by We Are Social.

32% Google+ registrants actively use the social network monthly.
Unlike many social media platforms, Google+ is 62% male and 38% female. Since women tend to be more active on social media, this data point reveals that Google+ has room to grow and evolve.
25 to 34 year olds are the most active Google+ demographic, showing that this platform reaches a more social media savvy audience.
68% of users upload images weekly. Specifically, they upload 1.5+ billion images and gifs.
42% interact with brands on the platform. 70% of top 100 Interbrands use Google+.
Google+ Tactics: 1 Way To Maximize Your Reach
Here’s a great Google+ tactics to leverage the platform as a content and communications tool.

1. Google+ Tactic: Literally give your business a human face.
It’s a claim other social media networks can’t make.

Google Hangouts provide for video conferencing with up to 10 people to make connections. Hangouts make business social and experiential in a very personal way.

Social media maven B.L. Ochman raves, “Hangouts are arguably the best video conferencing platform ever created, and they’re free!”

Take heed, Ochman warns, ”There’s a learning curve, and it’s rather steep, but it’ll be worth the time you spend to learn the platform.” (For more insights, check out Ochman’s post on the top 10 reasons you can (should) use Hangouts in your digital strategy).

Peg Fitzpatrick echoes this sentiment, “Google+ Hangouts are gold – connect with people in a way that you can’t do on any other social media platform.”

But that’s not all.

Like the Swiss Army knife of social media, you can transform your Hangout On Air into a YouTube video, thereby converting a conversation into actionable, shareable content that can reach a much wider audience.

With this approach, your Google+ hangout content hits the Marcus Sheridan bullseye “they ask you answer”.

Further, by using Hangouts On Air you can empower your employees who don’t have the time to create content and/or don’t trust their writing skills to transform their ideas into quality content.

The Google+ Info & Tip page is posted “By Mike Armstrong”

How to Triple your Twitter Followers – in just 10 mins a week!

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How I Spent 10 Minutes Per Week to Triple My Twitter Followers
by christopherjanb

I wanted to share a quick technique that has allowed me to triple my Twitter followers over the past few months.

Now, it’s obvious that one of the best ways to get more followers is to consistently tweet quality content. But are you doing that?

How much time does that take?

It would require combing the web for hours per day just to find a list of 10 quality articles that others might be interested in.

I’m going to teach you how to spend about 10 minutes per week setting up a series of tweets that allowed me to triple my followers.

I have only just started and with 200 followers, it had nothing to do with user experience or growth.

Check out the stats below from Twitter Counter. The blue line is my followers increasing and then red bars are the number of times I tweet per day.

Notice that my number of tweets remain the same, while my followers steadily increase?

This is literally the only tactic I’ve been using, so everything you see is a result of this.

Now I’m not going to pretend this is some kind of follower growth explosion. But, this is a quick and easy way to consistently build a steady stream of real followers.

I’m calling it the slow growth tactic.

What is the slow growth tactic?
Simply put, the slow growth tactic is tweeting high quality, sharable content that is related to your businesses niche, then maximizing the number of people who will see that you’ve shared this content by tagging it with the most popular related hashtags.

I know, I know, this just sounds like hashtagging a tweet. But it’s the combination of quality and highly shareable content mixed with the most popular related hashtags that makes this actually work.

For example, let’s say I run a business that sells handmade dog collars. First, I’d find a high quality and popular article related to pet care. Maybe something about walking your dog, or a funny article about cute dogs.

What’s important is that it’s highly shareable. Next, we find the most popular keywords (max. 2 – 3) related to pets and include them in our tweet.

When we combine the right content with the most popular hashtags, we get a recipe for new followers and more re-tweets.

(Note: I’ve put together a bonus resource at the end of this post that will provide you with 100 popular Twitter hashtags that you can copy for your Tweets)

Why does this work?
Consistently Tweeting quality content related to your business niche does two things to help your Twitter presence.

First, people want to follow you simply because you’re a source of great content.

For example, let’s say someone see’s a tweet of yours that was retweeted by a popular account. Most likely they’re going to quickly hop onto your profile to see what you’re all about.

One quick glance at your Twitter feed reveals a consistent resource of awesome, valuable content. This is a big factor in them deciding to follow you.

Secondly, repeatedly tweeting this type of content builds your presence as an authority in your niche. This, above everything else, is super important.

When you are perceived as an authority, it means people trust you. And trust is a huge factor in people being willing to pay you for your information.

How to get started?
To make this as efficient as possible, we’re going to use a service called Buffer.

If you don’t know what Buffer is, it’s an app that allows you to schedule your tweets and Facebook posts in advance. If you’re already using a tweet scheduling service (like Hootsuite) that’s fine as well, but it might

take you longer (you’ll see why). First, you’ll need to sign up for a free account with Buffer (not an affiliate link). The reason I like to use Buffer? They have recently introduced a new feature called “Suggestions”.

They basically curate highly sharable content from a variety of subjects and write the tweets for you, linking to the content. All you need to do is add the tweet to your cue. This is a huge shortcut and it saves a ton of time in our search for high quality content.

Here’s where the magic happens. After adding the tweet to your cue, then you add the most popular hashtags associated with the subject of your tweet.

This makes your tweets appear in search results, and on people’s feeds who are following these hashtags. When they see the great content, they follow you, and a lot of the time, re-tweet you.

For example, let’s say I’m a User Interface Designer who runs a small business where I sell PSD files of mobile templates I’ve design. I’m looking to attract followers who were interested in mobile design, since they are more likely to respond to my own content (and buy from me).

If I check out Buffer’s Suggestions section, I would see they have a tweet that says “We Studied 10,000 Mobile Apps. Here’s What We Learned” with a link to a blog post.

I would add this to my queue, then edit it to include the most popular associated hashtags, like #UXDesign #Mobile and #iOS. Finding the most popular hashtags is one of the most important parts, I’ll show you more on this later.

Now it goes without saying, for this to work you should be choosing content from a subject that relates to your businesses niche.

This is why Buffer’s suggestions won’t always work.

The slow growth tactic without Buffer’s suggestions
As great as Buffer is, the biggest problem is that their “Suggestions” only come in 5 different categories. Most are closely related to business development, marketing and design.

This can be a problem if your product is about cooking. You want to attract followers who like content about cooking, not stuff about online marketing.

This is where we can take advantage of BuzzSumo. If you don’t know what BuzzSumo is, it’s a search engine that keeps track of social share counts. Meaning, you can search “cooking” and it will show you the most popular articles listed by number of shares.

Instead of relying on Buffer to give us the content, we’re going to search for the most popular and recently shared content in our niche, and add it manually to our Buffer queue.

The social count of the articles act as proof that it contains quality content. Just to be safe, I always click through and give the article a skim through to make sure it’s the real deal.

To start, head over to BuzzSumo.com, create a free account, and search for a very broad keyword on your subject.

For example, if I published and sold cookbooks, I would search the keyword “cooking”.

What you will be returned is a list of the most shared content that relates to your keyword. On the left side of the screen is a filter. I’d suggest using the filter to only show you content from the past 6 months.

This way you can be sure you’re sharing relatively fresh content that isn’t years old.

Once you find one you like, copy the link, head back to Buffer, and add it to your cue. Cut down the title of the blog post as much as you can and use it as the text in your tweet.

We need to save room for those sweet sweet hashtags.

Finding popular hashtags to use
All this content finding and hashtagging is great, but if you don’t choose the right hashtags, it’s not going to work.

For example, let’s say I find a highly shared article on chef knife skills. This is perfect for me to attract the right kind of Twitter followers. I post it and hashtag it with #knivesrules #knivesforthewin #willyoumarrymeknife

What do you think will happen? Nothing. No one new is going to see that post because no one is following or searching the hashtag #knivesrules.

You can’t just pick hashtags on a whim, you need to make sure they are already popular. To do this, we’re going to use a website called Hastagify.me.

Head over to Hastagify.me and in the upper right, search for a hashtag that is related to the subject matter of your tweet.

For example, If I was the knife maker above, I’d search “knife”. This will return a bunch of popular and related hashtags to what we entered.

I find it a bit easier to view this in a table mode, so if you go down to the bottom right of the bubble diagram, you’ll see a tab that says “Table Mode”. Click on that to switch views.

Now, look for the column called “popularity” to determine which has tags are either better to use instead, or which will go well with the one you’ve chosen.

When we search #knife, I can see that #cook and #chef are more popular than #knife. So I might choose to include both #cook #chef and #knife in my tweet.

If the popularity of all your results are very low, try clicking on the most popular one. This will lead you to more related hashtags, and you will most likely find a more popular and related hashtag to use.

For example. none of the results for our search on knife are that great, so I’m going to click on chef.

These results then show me that the tag #food is much more popular than #cook, so I’d probably change my hashtags to #knife #chef and #food.

Keep doing this until you’re happy with the popularity of the tags you pick. When you’re done, update your scheduled tweet in Buffer, or the software of your choice.

This whole process generally takes me about 10 minutes to fill up a weeks worth of content, but that’s using Buffer’s suggested tweets. I usually set this up every Monday and get a steady stream of new follows, re-tweets and favourites for the whole week.

When Monday rolls around again, lather, rinse and repeat!

Wrapping it up
So there you have it. The quick and easy plan I’ve been following that has caused my Twitter followers to triple over the past few months. You can, and should, be doing this too.

Author: Craig Morrison is a Usability Expert and the founder of UsabilityHour.com, a blog where he focuses on helping entrepreneurs grow their business by teaching them how to create positive user experiences.

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The “How to triple your Twitter following in just 10 mins a week” page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Social Media Tip about increasing your audience reach!

If you have something to promote to your audience of Twitter Followers, Facebook Friends or Business Page Likers or LinkedIn Contacts, such as an event, a new product launch or an offer use an automated software took like Hootsuite or Buffer to help you reach more of your audience.

You can schedule posts to go out before you get up, at times when your too busy to post, days you are off and times when your a sleep to help you reach more if your audience then you could be manual tweeting and posting alone.

Set up a campaign similar to a TV or radio campaign and get your message across over a sustained period of time depending on what it is that you are promoting.

The Social Media Tip about increasing your audience reach page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Popular Cardiff Blog Posts from Yesterday, Tuesday and Last Week!

Networking Breakfast in Cardiff Bay:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-networking-events/networking-breakfast-event-at-the-stunning-cote-brasserie-in-the-heart-of-cardiff-bay-for-this-friday/

Twitter Training Cardiff:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media-training-cardiff/twitter-training-cardiff-2/

Record Demand for England Rugby World Cup 2015 Tickets:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/rugby-world-cup-2015/record-demand-for-england-rugby-world-cup-2015-tickets/

*If you like these popular marketing blog posts from yesterday you may also like these other marketing blog posts from Tuesday and Last week:

Tuesday’s popular marketing blog posts:

How to be above average on Twitter:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/how-to-be-above-average-on-twitter/

Twitter Training Wales:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/twitter-training/twitter-training-wales-2/

Content Marketing / Content Writing for Search Engine Optimisation

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/content-marketing/content-marketing-content-writing-for-search-engine-optimisation-2/

How Users view and interact with Google Search Engine Results Page

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/marketing/a-recent-post-about-how-users-view-and-interact-with-google-search-engine-results-page/

*If you like these popular blog posts from yesterday and Tuesday you might also like these popular posts from last week:

Popular Blogposts from last week:

Business Woman Networking Event in Cardiff:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-networking-events/business-woman-networking-business-event-in-cardiff-south-wales/

Would you like to find out how to increase your website or blog traffic by 100% to 500%+???

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/web-marketing-training/would-you-like-to-find-out-how-to-increase-your-website-or-blog-traffic-by-100-to-500/

Does your website work for you? – If not engage with a website consultant

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-news/does-your-website-work-for-you-if-not-engage-with-a-website-consultant/

Christmas Party Venue in Cardiff, South Wales

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/cardiff-business-news/christmas-party-venue-in-cardiff-south-wales/

Website Marketing Tip

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/website-marketing-tip/

Twitter Marketing Tip

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/twitter-marketing-tip/

Networking Event in Cardiff:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-event-in-cardiff/networking-event-in-cardiff/

8 things you might not know about UK SME’s – An Infographic

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-news/8-things-you-might-not-know-about-uk-smes-an-infographic/

Rugby World Cup 2015 Fixture Schedule:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/welsh-sport/rugby-world-cup-2015-fixture-schedule/

Beaujolais Day:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-networking-events/beaujolais-day-in-south-wales-2/

Networking Event in Cardiff:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/cardiff-business-event/business-networking-event-in-the-heart-of-the-city-of-cardiff-for-thursday/

30 Actionable Content Marketing Tips:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-advice/30-actionable-content-marketing-tips-you-can-use-right-now/

5 Expert Tips regarding the Hashtag #

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/5-expert-tips-regarding-the-hashtag/

Some popular Welsh Business Hashtags

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/some-popular-welsh-business-hashtags/

Twitter Marketing Tip:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/twitter-marketing-tip-5/

SEO Tip / Search Engine Optimisation:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/blogging/seo-tip-search-engine-optimisation/

The popular Cardiff blog posts from yesterday and last week page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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10 Must Read Content Marketing Posts for 2015

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10 Must Read Content Marketing Posts for 2015
by christopherjanb

Over the past 5 years we’ve published over 380 articles about content marketing here on Online Marketing Blog. It’s a big topic after all and there’s plenty of opportunity to help.

Digging in to our web and social media analytics, I’ve identified 10 of the most popular posts on content marketing that I’m sure you’ll find useful. From our Content Marketing Maturity Model to tips, tools and measurement – the 10 posts summarized below will help you finish off 2014 in style and put your planning for 2015 in the right direction.

Content Marketing Maturity Model from TopRank – Every business goes through an evolution of sorts as they mature in their content marketing skills. While not every business needs to make it to Monetization for every content marketing program, no one should be satisfied with Stasis. This post breaks down the journey from creating more content, to creating meaningful content to creating content experiences that will inspire your customers to buy and advocate for your brand. What else could a budding content marketer ask for?

5 Steps to Content Marketing Awesome: You Can Do This! – Content marketing can seem overwhelming when getting started, but not with this handy guide. Start with identifying audience segments, then map the customer journey as you embark on your own journey to content marketing awesome. Map the essential buyer questions and brand answers to your content plan and then get ready to optimize your content performance. Is that awesome? We say yes!

What is the One Most Important Skill for a Content Marketer? – Information overload is giving us all a headache, so let’s boil it down to that one most important thing to soothe our minds towards content marketing success. What is it? To find out, you’ll need to finish reading this sentence and click the link above. Go!

Visual Content Marketing Strategy eBook – As part of a foursome of content marketing eBooks produced for the 2014 Content Marketing World conference, this collection of visual content marketing strategy tips from content marketing gurus like Pam Didner, Mark Schaefer, Maggie Burke, Carla Johnson and Jason Miller from LinkedIn really resonated with our readers. I think you’ll like it too – information plus entertainment. It’s infotainment Alice in Wonderland style.

Modular Content – Creative Repurposing for Content Marketing – So much content and so little time. Plus that content has to be great or no one will read, share or be inspired by it. Enter the notion of “modular content” to help savvy content marketers create and repurpose high quality content that attracts, engages and inspires customers to take action. You’ll learn how to plan for content efficiency that’s both social media and search engine friendly.

5 Ways To Create Great Content Without Writing A Lot – Writing is not a skill all marketers are experts at and yet the demand for content from customers continues to rise. The solution? This liveblog of Marcie Hill’s presentation at NMX revealed her approach to using photos, infographics, video, audio and animations to engage customers – without writing a lot. In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words!

What is the Difference Between Content Marketing and Content for Links? The Wrong Answer Could Cost You – Don’t let the chubby Spanish Spiderman fool you – he knows exactly what the difference is between acting in a way that gets tips and acting like a fool. That’s a great analogy when comparing the difference between content marketing for customers and content marketing just to attract links. It’s a must read for SEOs and marketers alike.

Mobile Content Marketing – What You Need to Know: Pros, Cons, Examples, Best Practices – As part of our series on content marketing tactics, this post about mobile content marketing really resonated with readers. And why not? Content discovery, consumption and even commerce via mobile devices is skyrocketing. Are you ready for mobile content marketing? I didn’t think so. Read on.

5 Content Marketing Best Practices Most Businesses Aren’t Doing, but Should! – The godfather of modern content marketing, Joe Pulizzi, shares his smarts at Social Media Marketing World on some of the most important content marketing best practices that just aren’t being practiced. Which are you missing?

Attract, Engage, Convert: How to Better Measure and Optimize Content Marketing Performance – No successful marketer creates content just for the sake of creating more content. Content Marketing by definition means creating content for a specific audience to inspire a business outcome. The model for content marketing accountability presented in this post (Attract, Engage, Convert) will give you a clear line of sight to the performance metrics that will help you understand content marketing ROI.

With hundreds of content marketing posts to choose from, this was no easy task, to narrow it down to 10. Depending on where you’ve matured your content marketing skills to, this collection of posts is either a great primer or a great confirmation of the best practices being used by some of the top marketing brands on the web.

BONUS:
We’ve been busy this year at TopRank Online Marketing with a wide variety of content marketing programs for numerous mid-market and Enterprise clients. We can’t talk about many of those due to NDAs.

But there are a few projects that I can share with you that are both great examples of our content marketing work and super useful collections of marketing advice. Below are a few examples of content marketing projects that we produced this year for Social Media Examiner, LinkedIn, Content Marketing Institute, and MarketingProfs – a fine collection of marketing authorities that know great content.

These eBooks include practical tips and advice from over 120 marketing experts and industry thought leaders. In fact, there are also over 50 major brands represented as contributors ranging from Adobe to Xerox and John Deere in between. Collectively, these eBooks have been viewed over 290,000 times on SlideShare in the past 6 months. I hope you enjoy them too.

For more about the 10 Must Read Content Marketing Posts for 2015 or content marketing in general see :
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/10-must-read-content-marketing-posts-for-2015/

The 10 Must Read Content Marketing Posts for 2015 page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

5 Expert #Marketing Tips using the #Hashtag

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Confused by Hashtags. 5 Expert Tips for Marketing with Hashtags
by christopherjanb

When hashtags first emerged they were seen as only for geeks. The rumblings and rumours suggested that they would never catch on. But they did. Twitter was the first social network that adopted this strange habit in 2007.

Today the hashtag is used almost everywhere. They are even now appearing on TV, billboards and on the backs of buses!

But identifying the right hashtag is complex when it comes to social engagement and monitoring. It allows us to search conversations where our target customers mostly hang out. When you want to reach a large audience by launching a visual social campaign, then you can use hashtags. It seems like a pound symbol (#), but it is a powerful way to improve your reach to your target audience across different social media platforms.

Facebook was a slow adopter
It took some time for the social media giant Facebook to give in to the hashtag trend and it was dragged kicking and screaming into the hashtag fray in June 2013. But now this little symbol connects conversations on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, and Google+.

Here is the figure displaying the name of the social media networks that allows the use of hashtags for improving conversations with the target audiences:

The caption represented using the hashtag might contain any number of descriptive words, but words with hashtags specifically refer to the overall theme of the post. For example, if you want to share your picture of riding a bicycle in CP, New Delhi, you can share this picture using the hashtag and adding a little description like this:

“#Me on my #bicycle in #CP, New Delhi”

Using hashtags in front of words for explaining the picture helps in drawing the attention of the audiences towards you and your bicycle.

Important tactics for using hashtags in content
Using hashtags efficiently in social media content is a bit confusing for many social media marketers. You need to know the important tactics required for using these little symbols successfully.

Hashtags offer a vital link between digital marketing and communication.

Therefore, if you are aware of the strategies required for successfully using hashtags in your social media content, you can establish long term relationships with your target audience. This long term approach will eventually bring remarkable outcomes.

Here are 5 expert tips for marketing with hashtags.

1. Categorize your brand’s messages using hashtags

Hashtags have launched a new way of defining and categorizing topics of conversation over social media sites so that the audience can track down the posts related to an event or a group they were interested in. Hence, they are ideal for classifying the content, whether the posts are related to an imminent conference of your business or the products or services offered by your company.

When you upload the social media content, you can use the hashtags for describing its purpose and for adding value to what it is going to offer to the audience. Delineating posts using the hashtags help in promoting your business brand content.

Here is an example of Dairy Queen, which has labeled its Tumblr page posts using tags like #DairyQueens and #LoveMyDQ and it has also used the hashtags with its menu item flavors such as #chocolate, #Pumpkinpie, and #Cake for defining its branding pictures, animated graphics, videos in a better way. It will help its consumers find their social media content easily.

2. Expand your content reach

Hashtag not only helps in categorizing and describing your social media content, but it also helps in expanding the reach of your brand on a wider spectrum. By employing popular hashtags, which are commonly searched by the audience, you will significantly improve the visibility and sharing of your content.

Here is an example of Burt’s Bee, which has successfully attracted the attention of its audience to its latest #6SecondClassics branded videos by tweeting the clips with specific hashtags related to this campaign.

The popular hashtag used by this brand is #classic, which has helped Burt’s bee in expanding their reach among their audience.

Another example is Ford Fiesta, which has implemented the same strategy on Instagram. It has successfully complemented #FiestaMovement tag used for its cross country pictures of Ford Fiesta with famous hashtags like #Florida, #travel, and #malibu.

3. Start a topic trend with hashtags

While most of the popular hashtags used by you in your social media content help in increasing its visibility among the audience, they can also give you an opportunity to display your brand’s creativity. You can use the popular hashtags for defining your brand’s pictures over social media sites. One such example is Ben & Jerry, who have wisely adopted the “SharkWeek” hashtags of Discovery Channel in an attempt to capitalize the attention of the audience created by this weeklong TV program. Famous hashtags such as #SharkAfterDar, #Megalodon, and # SharkWeek were used for attracting the attention towards the shark themed posts of Ben & Jerry.

You can see that one of its branded picture feature a bucket full of Phish Food ice cream next to a fishing pole.

You can also invent the hashtags to promote your brand in a conventional way as this strategy has been successful for brands like MTV, which has modified the tag, #FollowMeMTV as #FollowMeFriday. It is a Twitter custom feature that allows other users to follow on the site.

4. Use the hashtags sparingly and wisely

It might sound counterintuitive, but it is important to use the hashtags sparingly and wisely to ensure good conversation settlement with your target audience. If you use too many hashtags in a single social media content post, your message will read like spam, which might deviate the social media content readers. There are different theories available over the internet related to the use of hashtags in a post, but it is considered safe to use one to three hashtags in a single post.

5. Choose simple hashtags

While choosing a hashtag for your social media content, it is important to ensure that your hashtags are easy to remember. Hashtags should be short and easy to spell or pronounce. It must exhibit the brief idea about the key topic of conversation.

While choosing your hashtag, you must consider your objectives, which is having your target audience come together for the conversation and also to ensure that it is easy to understand and remember.

Dancing with the Stars, is a perfect example, as it has used a short and simple hashtag, #DWTS for organizing people’s conversations about their show and engage with their consumers.

When you employ hashtags in your social media strategy, the solution is to ensure you are utilizing the right hashtags at the right place to make sure you are reaching your target audience in an optimistic way. If you will follow these five steps wisely while executing hashtag strategy in your social media content, you’ll be able to select a hashtag that is not only outstanding and unique, but will eventually help in keeping your audience intact during the conversations.

Keep in mind that it is acceptable to use universal hashtags such as #marketing or #webinars, but it is difficult to make those successful when demanding to have an exceptional conversation. Use various hashtags if the topic is right, but do not include extra hashtags.

Using hashtags could be fruitless for the brands if done inaccurately. So, how your brand can utilize the power of hashtags depends on how effectively you have created hashtags while adhering with the five key social media content strategy discussed above. There are continuously increasing number of brands realizing the real value of using hashtags but getting creative while choosing hashtags for your brand will surely yield better results.

Author Bio: Sandeep Sharma holds a decade of experience in designing and developing user friendly responsive websites. He also has a passion of connecting with people on social media. He can be reached at Google Plus

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The post Confused by Hashtags. 5 Expert Tips for Marketing with Hashtags appeared first on Jeffbullas’s Blog.

For more on the article including all images see:
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/confused-by-hashtags-5-expert-tips-for-marketing-with-hashtags/

*If you like these hashtag marketing tips, you might also like this other Hashtag post or the Twitter Tip:

Some popular Welsh Business Hashtags:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/some-popular-welsh-business-hashtags/

Twitter Tip:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/twitter-marketing-tip-5/

The 5 Expert Marketing Tips using the Hashtag page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Twitter Marketing Tip

Twitter gives you the ability to follow up to 2,000 accounts – Use them!

Additional Tip:

Follow your real world customers, suppliers and partners as well as Industry Trade Bodies, Associations and thought leaders.

With all the follows you gave left, follow the types of accounts that represent your target market so that when a large percentage of them follow you back, you will have the correct audience to communicate with!

*If you like this Twitter Tip you might also like these Twitter Tips:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/twitter-marketing-tip-4/

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/twitter-marketing-tip-3/

*Or this Social Media Training Page:

Social Media Training Cardiff

The Twitter Marketing Tips page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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5 Expert Tips regarding the Hashtag!

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Confused by Hashtags. 5 Expert Tips for Marketing with Hashtags
by christopherjanb

When hashtags first emerged they were seen as only for geeks. The rumblings and rumours suggested that they would never catch on. But they did. Twitter was the first social network that adopted this strange habit in 2007.

Today the hashtag is used almost everywhere. They are even now appearing on TV, billboards and on the backs of buses!

But identifying the right hashtag is complex when it comes to social engagement and monitoring. It allows us to search conversations where our target customers mostly hang out. When you want to reach a large audience by launching a visual social campaign, then you can use hashtags. It seems like a pound symbol (#), but it is a powerful way to improve your reach to your target audience across different social media platforms.

Facebook was a slow adopter
It took some time for the social media giant Facebook to give in to the hashtag trend and it was dragged kicking and screaming into the hashtag fray in June 2013. But now this little symbol connects conversations on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, and Google+.

Here is the figure displaying the name of the social media networks that allows the use of hashtags for improving conversations with the target audiences:

The caption represented using the hashtag might contain any number of descriptive words, but words with hashtags specifically refer to the overall theme of the post. For example, if you want to share your picture of riding a bicycle in CP, New Delhi, you can share this picture using the hashtag and adding a little description like this:

“#Me on my #bicycle in #CP, New Delhi”

Using hashtags in front of words for explaining the picture helps in drawing the attention of the audiences towards you and your bicycle.

Important tactics for using hashtags in content
Using hashtags efficiently in social media content is a bit confusing for many social media marketers. You need to know the important tactics required for using these little symbols successfully.

Hashtags offer a vital link between digital marketing and communication.

Therefore, if you are aware of the strategies required for successfully using hashtags in your social media content, you can establish long term relationships with your target audience. This long term approach will eventually bring remarkable outcomes.

Here are 5 expert tips for marketing with hashtags.

1. Categorize your brand’s messages using hashtags

Hashtags have launched a new way of defining and categorizing topics of conversation over social media sites so that the audience can track down the posts related to an event or a group they were interested in. Hence, they are ideal for classifying the content, whether the posts are related to an imminent conference of your business or the products or services offered by your company.

When you upload the social media content, you can use the hashtags for describing its purpose and for adding value to what it is going to offer to the audience. Delineating posts using the hashtags help in promoting your business brand content.

Here is an example of Dairy Queen, which has labeled its Tumblr page posts using tags like #DairyQueens and #LoveMyDQ and it has also used the hashtags with its menu item flavors such as #chocolate, #Pumpkinpie, and #Cake for defining its branding pictures, animated graphics, videos in a better way. It will help its consumers find their social media content easily.

2. Expand your content reach

Hashtag not only helps in categorizing and describing your social media content, but it also helps in expanding the reach of your brand on a wider spectrum. By employing popular hashtags, which are commonly searched by the audience, you will significantly improve the visibility and sharing of your content.

Here is an example of Burt’s Bee, which has successfully attracted the attention of its audience to its latest #6SecondClassics branded videos by tweeting the clips with specific hashtags related to this campaign.

The popular hashtag used by this brand is #classic, which has helped Burt’s bee in expanding their reach among their audience.

Another example is Ford Fiesta, which has implemented the same strategy on Instagram. It has successfully complemented #FiestaMovement tag used for its cross country pictures of Ford Fiesta with famous hashtags like #Florida, #travel, and #malibu.

3. Start a topic trend with hashtags

While most of the popular hashtags used by you in your social media content help in increasing its visibility among the audience, they can also give you an opportunity to display your brand’s creativity. You can use the popular hashtags for defining your brand’s pictures over social media sites. One such example is Ben & Jerry, who have wisely adopted the “SharkWeek” hashtags of Discovery Channel in an attempt to capitalize the attention of the audience created by this weeklong TV program. Famous hashtags such as #SharkAfterDar, #Megalodon, and # SharkWeek were used for attracting the attention towards the shark themed posts of Ben & Jerry.

You can see that one of its branded picture feature a bucket full of Phish Food ice cream next to a fishing pole.

You can also invent the hashtags to promote your brand in a conventional way as this strategy has been successful for brands like MTV, which has modified the tag, #FollowMeMTV as #FollowMeFriday. It is a Twitter custom feature that allows other users to follow on the site.

4. Use the hashtags sparingly and wisely

It might sound counterintuitive, but it is important to use the hashtags sparingly and wisely to ensure good conversation settlement with your target audience. If you use too many hashtags in a single social media content post, your message will read like spam, which might deviate the social media content readers. There are different theories available over the internet related to the use of hashtags in a post, but it is considered safe to use one to three hashtags in a single post.

5. Choose simple hashtags

While choosing a hashtag for your social media content, it is important to ensure that your hashtags are easy to remember. Hashtags should be short and easy to spell or pronounce. It must exhibit the brief idea about the key topic of conversation.

While choosing your hashtag, you must consider your objectives, which is having your target audience come together for the conversation and also to ensure that it is easy to understand and remember.

Dancing with the Stars, is a perfect example, as it has used a short and simple hashtag, #DWTS for organizing people’s conversations about their show and engage with their consumers.

When you employ hashtags in your social media strategy, the solution is to ensure you are utilizing the right hashtags at the right place to make sure you are reaching your target audience in an optimistic way. If you will follow these five steps wisely while executing hashtag strategy in your social media content, you’ll be able to select a hashtag that is not only outstanding and unique, but will eventually help in keeping your audience intact during the conversations.

Keep in mind that it is acceptable to use universal hashtags such as #marketing or #webinars, but it is difficult to make those successful when demanding to have an exceptional conversation. Use various hashtags if the topic is right, but do not include extra hashtags.

Using hashtags could be fruitless for the brands if done inaccurately. So, how your brand can utilize the power of hashtags depends on how effectively you have created hashtags while adhering with the five key social media content strategy discussed above. There are continuously increasing number of brands realizing the real value of using hashtags but getting creative while choosing hashtags for your brand will surely yield better results.

Author Bio: Sandeep Sharma holds a decade of experience in designing and developing user friendly responsive websites. He also has a passion of connecting with people on social media. He can be reached at Google Plus

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The post Confused by Hashtags. 5 Expert Tips for Marketing with Hashtags appeared first on Jeffbullas’s Blog.

For more on the article including all images see:
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/confused-by-hashtags-5-expert-tips-for-marketing-with-hashtags/

*If you like these hashtag marketing tips, you might also like this Hashtag post or Twitter Marketing Tip:

Some popular Welsh Business Hashtags:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/social-media/some-popular-welsh-business-hashtags/

Twitter Marketing Tip:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/twitter-marketing-tip-5/

The 5 Expert Tips regarding the Hashtag page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Would you like to find out how to increase your Website or Blog Traffic by 100% to 500%+

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If so call: 07517 024979 or email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

The Would you like to find out how to increase your Website or Blog Traffic by 100% to 500%+ page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Website Marketing Tip

If you want to increase the marketing of your website including raising the ranking of your site and increasing your page rankings, add a blog to your website and implement a content marketing strategy.

Additional Tip: If you are unsure of what to blog, how often to blog, what blogging platform to use and what type of content you should be blogging, engage with an SEO Consultant, Web Marketing Consultant, Marketing Consultant or Content Marketing Consultant similar to MA Consultancy for some help

*If you like this Web Marketing Tip you might also like this Twitter Tip & Content Writing Tip:

Twitter Marketing Tip

Content Writing Tip

*You might also like this additional Twitter Marketing Tip:

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/business-marketing/twitter-marketing-tip-5/

This Website Marketing Tip was created & posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Basic SEO Tip – Link Building Tip

If you want to improve the ranking of your website get your real world contacts (Partners, Customers, Suppliers, Associations) with websites, to marketing your business and website on their website with a link.

Additional Tip: If you can get them to add some marketing info and a link for free or without exchange that’s perfect but if not exchanging a link (swapping your with one for them) is the next best option and it can also be worth paying for this type of marketing with a link on some sites (especially if they have a high ranking website or a high relevancy to your site website – such as a Trade Body or Association)!

*If you like this SEO Tip you might also like this Twitter Tip & Web Marketing Tip or our Link Building Service:

Twitter Marketing Tip

Web Marketing Tip

The Basic SEO Tip – Link Building Tip was created & posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Would you like to find out how to increase your Website or Blog Traffic by 100% to 500%+ ???

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If so call: 07517 024979 or email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

The Would you like to find out how to increase your Website or Blog Traffic by 100% to 500%+ page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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11 Facebook Marketing Tips

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11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement
by christopherjanb

Facebook has over 800 million daily users.

As an entrepreneur, you have a fantastic opportunity to leverage it by sharing your story, building business, and having fun keeping up with friends and family – all in one place!

You visit Facebook before you go to meet, hire, or date someone, so it is pretty safe to assume they are doing the same. Your personal brand is represented in each and every post you make. So how do you put your best authentic self out there for the world to get to know you? How do you engage on the worlds biggest social network to attract ideal clients and build your business?

Here are 11 tips to increase your Facebook engagement,

1. Fill out your “about me” section
I have lost count of how many times I’ve gone to Facebook to find an email or phone number of a “friend” and had to do a web search. Ugh. (Yes, you can send a private message on Facebook, but many people never check that inbox!) SO FILL IT OUT.

Pretend you are a potential customer visiting your profile to find out more about you. Is your contact info filled out? Do you have your current business listed and connected to that business page?

2. Create lists… and USE THEM!
Stop the madness of wading through the epic news feed every time you visit Facebook and laser focus on the people you really want to engage with. Creating lists allows you to filter the Facebook stream. This tip alone will save you HOURS of time every month.

Some suggested list names:

Key Champions
Personal Friends
Family
Clients
Prospects
Colleagues
Competition
Influencers* (details in #7)
Here is the direct resource to create lists: http://ift.tt/1vm8kqN

3. Pay attention to your tone
Just make sure you are not a Pollyanna or Eeyore.

Review your last 11 posts. What is the tone? Do they represent you? Are you only posting about unicorns and rainbows, or complaining about your hard knock life? Too much of either isn’t ideal. Ask yourself – would I want to work with the person represented here? Adjust, as needed.

4. Don’t just preach… be visual.
People want to be inspired to work with you. The most efficient way to do that is to share your personal brand and story VISUALLY.

There are 3 elements to consider:

Sharing Core Values
If adventure is a core value, be sure to post photos of your travels or weekend hikes. If family is, post pics of the soccer game, ballet recitals, game night, etc.

Share Your Passions
Posting photos of things you love to do will definitely attract ideal clients. You’ll become a magnet for those who share your passions and you can infuse them into your business process! Passionate about wine? Your closing gifts become wine you blend during the annual client soiree you host at the local winery your clients own. Get the idea?

Share Your Purpose
If your purpose is to inspire greatness in others, share uplifting quotes. If it’s teaching, share posts to educate others. Love connecting people? Post photos of you connecting friends in real life, or post introductions on their timeline where others can see them.

5. Engage with purpose
Engaging with purpose and being memorable involves connecting and igniting emotion in others. Leave a little “hello” on a friend’s timeline or post an article or quote that reminds you of him/her. Make it a habit to connect, like this, with 3+ people a day. Start doing this for people on your Key Champions list (#2) and then branch out!

6. Check your “OTHER” messages
If someone isn’t friends with you, they may want (or be forced) to send you a direct message. The problem is, these usually end up in your OTHER inbox. Add a reminder to your calendar to check it periodically.

You will find interesting personal notes in there too. On those days you need a good chuckle, or boost, popping in here is always a good option.

7. Follow influencers
Do you have someone you admire, but are not close enough to be “friends”? These could be local leaders, business owners, authors, etc. You can follow their public status’, like their business page, and add them to your “influencer” list. This allows you to keep up to date and engaged, without being directly connected.

8. Create a Facebook group
This is an incredible way to build community and business for yourself and others. My business focuses on women entrepreneurs and brands that serve them, so I created a group for “power women”. There are hundreds in this community who engage. They are encouraged to share their own blog posts, things that inspire, or topics that get them fired up. To get a group rolling, here are some great activities to infuse:

Ask Questions: Not sure what they want to talk about – ask them!
Host and Post Events: whether you are hosting a virtual webinar, Google Hangout, or an in person happy hour – you can use the group to rally attendance.
Encourage Introductions: ask everyone to share who they are, what they are passionate about, their biz, etc. You can spark conversations/connections by sharing details of each member when they join.
9. Progressive power of Facebook engagement
Tap into the progressive power.

Think about how it feels when YOU post an update and wait for the first LIKE. When it happens you feel good. That is amplified when someone makes a COMMENT and it brings joy when someone SHARES your post. So, do that for someone else – every single day.

10. Make your mark
Always add a little extra to delight your world, make people feel special, and leave a mark they won’t easily forget!

Sharing a quote? Take time and make a visual with “your style”. Use an app like Instaquote to create something on the go, or use Canva.com to create your own Facebook quote template. In other words, don’t be boring. If you are going to post something that represents #4, make it memorable.

11. Review. Refine. Repeat.
Now that are posting with purpose, make sure you have a goal in mind. These are the three main post types and the effect of each:

Status Updates = Comments
Links = Click Through (use a service like bit.ly or ow.ly to create a track-able URL)
Photo/Video = Likes & Shares
Now, not every update you post on Facebook needs to be tracked. However, paying attention to engagement on posts related to sharing your values, passions, purpose, and blog will help make your time more impactful. Review what type of posts sparks the most engagement; then do more of those!

In a nutshell
A bit of focus, planning, and sharing your story will fire up your Facebook engagement to another level and help you achieve your goals… all while being authentically you!

Do you have something you do on Facebook to elevate your engagement or accelerate your entrepreneurial goals?

The post 11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement appeared first on Jeffbullas’s Blog.

For more on this article or content marketing in general see:
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/11-power-tips-to-increase-your-facebook-engagement/

*If you like these Facebook Tips you might also like this Twitter Tip & Web Marketing Tip:

Twitter Marketing Tip

Web Marketing Tip

The 11 Facebook Marketing Tips page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

5 LinkedIn Marketing Tips

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5 Ways Content Marketers Can Get More Value from LinkedIn
by christopherjanb

If you only view LinkedIn as the site where you keep your digital resume and virtual business card collection, you won’t see how it really can help grow your business, expand your content’s audience, and build valuable connections.

LinkedIn is the definitive professional publishing platform and one of the largest business publishers in the world, according to Todd Wheatland, Head of Content Strategy at King Content.

In his presentation at Content Marketing World 2014, Wheatland noted that LinkedIn is often cited as the No. 1 source for new business. He pointed to content marketing phenoms Jay Baer, Joe Pulizzi, and Lee Odden, all of whom have named LinkedIn as their top source for new business as they built their multi-million-dollar companies in the last five years. It’s not just for entrepreneurs either. Wheatland’s previous employer, Kelly Services Inc., also cites LinkedIn as the top generator for new business.

What’s in a LinkedIn Group?
By now, we’ve all learned that the vast majority of LinkedIn Groups offer disappointing experiences. They are not administered well and often become filled with self-promotion that doesn’t give thought to relevance or context. However, when used correctly, Groups can be a great opportunity for content marketers. “There is huge potential if you are willing to invest the resources and time,” Wheatland said.

His keys to a successful LinkedIn Group include consistent management, dismissal of self-promoters and irrelevant content, and use of weekly email option to Group members. Take a look at some of specific recommendations and examples he offered:

1. Get rid of the garbage content

Wheatland shared some of his experience with successfully working with Groups. For example, Kelly Services Inc. once created the LinkedIn Group, HR Manager, but very quickly, it started to abandon its oversight of the Group. “It was terrible,” Wheatland said, explaining how it became filled with posts on weight-loss solutions, entries that were shared multiple times by the same members, and even a member who shared seven posts in the course of one day. “If you have more posts then comments, it’s not a good sign,” Wheatland said.

Instead of shutting down the HR Manager group, Kelly Services opted to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day moderating the cacophony of voices. If a post wasn’t on target with the professional interests of HR managers, it was killed, and the poster was removed from the Group. Remaining members started to see that the Group was being moderated and began to embrace it as a trusted resource for relevant information. Without any promotion, HR Manager soon grew to 55,000 members, with 500 or more members joining each week.

In addition, the HR Manager moderator continues to send a weekly email to members. “It’s an extremely powerful way to pull people back to your site or target,” Wheatland said. Notably from a content marketing perspective, these emails include links to Kelly Services’ content, as well as messages that encourage additional participation from Group members. The weekly HR Manager email also incorporates features like a Top 3 Posts of the Week list, and re-shares some of the questions posed in the Group to drive additional contributions to the discussion. The goal is to promote the insight of contributing members and encourage greater engagement within the Group environment.

2. Go off brand

Don’t be afraid to create a Group that might be a bit “off brand” for your business — as long as you identify it with a name that resonates with the interests of your targeted members. “It’s not about the company but about the audience,” Wheatland said. Be transparent, though, and make sure the connection to your company is readily apparent.

Kapost and HubSpot serve as are good examples of how this can be a useful strategy. Kapost created Content Marketing Academy, which serves as a learning experience for content marketers looking for advice from their peers. The Group now has more than 14,000 members, while Kapost’s own company-focused LinkedIn page only has slightly more than 1,000 followers. Similarly, HubSpot manages the Inbound Marketers Group, which boasts more than 113,000 members, compared to HubSpot’s company page, which has 70,000-plus followers.

3. Showcase your brand benefits

Late in 2013, LinkedIn re-engineered its Company pages and debuted Showcase Pages, in part to improve the foundation for its fastest growing revenue stream — sponsored posts and content, according to Wheatland.

Nested under a Company page, users can create as few or as many Showcase Pages as they want, though LinkedIn recommends a maximum of 10). Just like a Company Page, users are encouraged to be “followers” of Showcase Pages.

Wheatland says these pages can be developed for diverse purposes — not just product promotion. While you can create a Showcase for a product, you also can create one for customer service, another for a customer industry interest, and several more for geographic-specific content. The potential topics are virtually limitless, though Wheatland recommends that companies use them to Showcase only those topics that help them meet their business and operational goals.

4. Get Connected to the LinkedIn app

One of Wheatland’s favorite components of LinkedIn is its Connected app, which can function as a personalized researcher, boss, assistant, and marketer. Connected delves into users’ LinkedIn profile and activity, and can be synced with their calendar and contacts. Its features can come in handy for marketers in a variety of ways.

For example, each weekday it creates a personalized list of “15 updates you can do to engage with your connections on LinkedIn.” How can this help your business? Consider this scenario:

You schedule meeting with a new client prospect, Mary Smith at XYZ Company, for 2 p.m. Thursday.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, you receive an alert from Connected to view Mary’s profile. You show up at the meeting and ace the presentation because you were able to get background info on Mary that allowed you to tailor your discussion to her interests.

On Friday morning, Connected sends a message to alert you that Mary has a connection who works for one of your competitors. It encourages you to connect with Mary through LinkedIn to stay on her radar.

Connected also can send push-type messages and help you reach out to your connections with relevant messaging and content. For example, on weekends, Connected shares a special edition: “Five connections who were mentioned or shared content in the news over the past week.” Just click on “reach out” and can then send a personalized message to compliment those connections on their news items.

Connected also can be synced with other apps. For example, Wheatland connected it to his TripIt app. Connected now knows when Wheatland is headed to Melbourne, Australia, and can suggest that he meet with a particular connection. Connected even pre-populates an outreach message, so that he would only need to click to send a request to meet up with his connection while he’s in town.

5. Don’t forget the tried and true

Your LinkedIn connections are valuable because they serve as more than just digital business networking tools. They are part of your LinkedIn algorithm, which can help you find new connections, valuable content, and more to help you in business.

By taking a few extra steps, you can add even more value to your LinkedIn experience. For example, At CMW, Wheatland described LinkedIn as “CRM lite,” advising users to take 20 seconds when they add a connection to detail what is known about the person or the relationship.

To do this, use the relationship tab for each connection. Detail how you met or know the person, and add notes and tags. Wheatland said adding keywords to the tag section better facilitates your ongoing relationships. For example, say you tag a connection with “supply chain.” Two months later, you read an interesting article that’s relevant to the supply chain industry. You can then search for all your connections that you’ve tagged with this keyword and LinkedIn will compile a clickable list you can use to select the ones you would like to share the article with —all without having to leave the LinkedIn environment.

Todd Wheatland’s practical tips helped Content Marketing World attendees improve their LinkedIn activity. Didn’t attend the presentation or couldn’t make it to Content Marketing World this year? You can still catch up on the biggest issues, ideas, and innovations in Content Marketing. Check out our Video on Demand portal for more info.

For more on this article or content marketing in general see:
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/5-ways-content-marketers-can-get-more-value-from-linkedin/

5 LinkedIn Marketing Tips page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

11 Power Tips to Increase Facebook Engagement

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11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement
by christopherjanb

Facebook has over 800 million daily users.

As an entrepreneur, you have a fantastic opportunity to leverage it by sharing your story, building business, and having fun keeping up with friends and family – all in one place!

You visit Facebook before you go to meet, hire, or date someone, so it is pretty safe to assume they are doing the same. Your personal brand is represented in each and every post you make. So how do you put your best authentic self out there for the world to get to know you? How do you engage on the worlds biggest social network to attract ideal clients and build your business?

Here are 11 tips to increase your Facebook engagement,

1. Fill out your “about me” section
I have lost count of how many times I’ve gone to Facebook to find an email or phone number of a “friend” and had to do a web search. Ugh. (Yes, you can send a private message on Facebook, but many people never check that inbox!) SO FILL IT OUT.

Pretend you are a potential customer visiting your profile to find out more about you. Is your contact info filled out? Do you have your current business listed and connected to that business page?

2. Create lists… and USE THEM!
Stop the madness of wading through the epic news feed every time you visit Facebook and laser focus on the people you really want to engage with. Creating lists allows you to filter the Facebook stream. This tip alone will save you HOURS of time every month.

Some suggested list names:

Key Champions
Personal Friends
Family
Clients
Prospects
Colleagues
Competition
Influencers* (details in #7)
Here is the direct resource to create lists: http://ift.tt/1vm8kqN

3. Pay attention to your tone
Just make sure you are not a Pollyanna or Eeyore.

Review your last 11 posts. What is the tone? Do they represent you? Are you only posting about unicorns and rainbows, or complaining about your hard knock life? Too much of either isn’t ideal. Ask yourself – would I want to work with the person represented here? Adjust, as needed.

4. Don’t just preach… be visual.
People want to be inspired to work with you. The most efficient way to do that is to share your personal brand and story VISUALLY.

There are 3 elements to consider:

Sharing Core Values
If adventure is a core value, be sure to post photos of your travels or weekend hikes. If family is, post pics of the soccer game, ballet recitals, game night, etc.

Share Your Passions
Posting photos of things you love to do will definitely attract ideal clients. You’ll become a magnet for those who share your passions and you can infuse them into your business process! Passionate about wine? Your closing gifts become wine you blend during the annual client soiree you host at the local winery your clients own. Get the idea?

Share Your Purpose
If your purpose is to inspire greatness in others, share uplifting quotes. If it’s teaching, share posts to educate others. Love connecting people? Post photos of you connecting friends in real life, or post introductions on their timeline where others can see them.

5. Engage with purpose
Engaging with purpose and being memorable involves connecting and igniting emotion in others. Leave a little “hello” on a friend’s timeline or post an article or quote that reminds you of him/her. Make it a habit to connect, like this, with 3+ people a day. Start doing this for people on your Key Champions list (#2) and then branch out!

6. Check your “OTHER” messages
If someone isn’t friends with you, they may want (or be forced) to send you a direct message. The problem is, these usually end up in your OTHER inbox. Add a reminder to your calendar to check it periodically.

You will find interesting personal notes in there too. On those days you need a good chuckle, or boost, popping in here is always a good option.

7. Follow influencers
Do you have someone you admire, but are not close enough to be “friends”? These could be local leaders, business owners, authors, etc. You can follow their public status’, like their business page, and add them to your “influencer” list. This allows you to keep up to date and engaged, without being directly connected.

8. Create a Facebook group
This is an incredible way to build community and business for yourself and others. My business focuses on women entrepreneurs and brands that serve them, so I created a group for “power women”. There are hundreds in this community who engage. They are encouraged to share their own blog posts, things that inspire, or topics that get them fired up. To get a group rolling, here are some great activities to infuse:

Ask Questions: Not sure what they want to talk about – ask them!
Host and Post Events: whether you are hosting a virtual webinar, Google Hangout, or an in person happy hour – you can use the group to rally attendance.
Encourage Introductions: ask everyone to share who they are, what they are passionate about, their biz, etc. You can spark conversations/connections by sharing details of each member when they join.
9. Progressive power of Facebook engagement
Tap into the progressive power.

Think about how it feels when YOU post an update and wait for the first LIKE. When it happens you feel good. That is amplified when someone makes a COMMENT and it brings joy when someone SHARES your post. So, do that for someone else – every single day.

10. Make your mark
Always add a little extra to delight your world, make people feel special, and leave a mark they won’t easily forget!

Sharing a quote? Take time and make a visual with “your style”. Use an app like Instaquote to create something on the go, or use Canva.com to create your own Facebook quote template. In other words, don’t be boring. If you are going to post something that represents #4, make it memorable.

11. Review. Refine. Repeat.
Now that are posting with purpose, make sure you have a goal in mind. These are the three main post types and the effect of each:

Status Updates = Comments
Links = Click Through (use a service like bit.ly or ow.ly to create a track-able URL)
Photo/Video = Likes & Shares
Now, not every update you post on Facebook needs to be tracked. However, paying attention to engagement on posts related to sharing your values, passions, purpose, and blog will help make your time more impactful. Review what type of posts sparks the most engagement; then do more of those!

In a nutshell
A bit of focus, planning, and sharing your story will fire up your Facebook engagement to another level and help you achieve your goals… all while being authentically you!

Do you have something you do on Facebook to elevate your engagement or accelerate your entrepreneurial goals?

The post 11 Power Tips To Increase Your Facebook Engagement appeared first on Jeffbullas’s Blog.

For more on this article or content marketing in general see:
http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/11-power-tips-to-increase-your-facebook-engagement/

The 11 Power Tips to Increase Facebook Engagement page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Infographics tips…

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25 Ideas to Transform Ho-Hum Infographics into Something Extraordinary
by christopherjanb

A few weeks ago here on Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth presented the infographic as the Salvador Dalí of content marketing — the most interesting person at the cocktail party.

More than just a superficial presence, an infographic is a significant asset pillar with diverse possibilities that help you grow your media empire.

Today, let’s equate the Internet to the world of pop music. In this case, infographics are The Beatles.

They’re irresistible. They create massive hits. At their best, they balance style and substance.

They can be relentlessly imaginative. And like John, Paul, George, and Ringo, they can communicate sophisticated ideas to a mass audience.

Yep, they’re lovable. How lovable?

The factoid below comes from a 2012 infographic by NeoMam Studios.

Even stories about infographics sizzle. I wrote “The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Infographics” and it climbed to the number one spot on my chart last year.

Before we brainstorm infographic ideas, let’s discuss why infographics work.

Why do we love infographics?
Here are 15 reasons I’ve assessed:

They’re so webable. First, I must offer my theory and ask you to live with my funny new word. Although data visualizations exist in traditional media, they’ve exploded in the digital age because they perfectly suit new media and the devices we use to consume information.
We’re visual creatures. The fun, interactive infographic, “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” makes this case with powerful data points.

They simplify complex ideas. Infographics aid comprehension by pairing text with straightforward pictures.
They’re easy to share. We love to share information we find valuable. It feeds our appetites for being conduits of wisdom. Creators and publishers of infographics encourage you to share their content and often simplify the process by providing code you can embed on your website.
They’re familiar. The general recipe for infographics features ingredients we’re comfortable with: illustrations, icons, charts, diagrams, and captions. The familiarity speaks to us and obliterates any objections.
They travel well. Infographics are multi-screen portable. They translate nicely to slides and also tend to work on paper.
They’re fast. Up above, in Number Two, you see an interesting data point about how fast we’re able to process visual information. The process of reading takes time. Given our short attention spans, the speed with which we can absorb visual information makes infographics attractive.
They’re less taxing. A related, but slightly different idea than the one above about speed is we give ourselves a little break when we digest information aided by visuals. We encounter a lot of information daily. We can only read so much. The data below comes from:
Welcome to the information age — 174 newspapers a day, The Telegraph.
Measuring Consumer Information, International Journal of Communication, Vol 6.
How Little Do Users Read?

People thrive on data. We’re drawn to data and proof points. I like this presentation from Juice, Inc. that explains how data drives exploration, understanding, presentation, discovery, motivation, learning, and above all, “doing.”
They tell stories. A lot of infographics use storytelling tactics including characters, conflicts, problems, and resolutions. Stories hold our attention as we relate to characters and go on journeys with them.
They promote branding. When infographics are republished, a brand travels with the image, which usually includes a logo and URL.
People search for them. Because they’re so useful (and often entertaining), people search for infographics, as evidenced in the statistic presented above. Since search engines can’t index the content within an image, headlines often appear with the explicit label “Infographic”.
People collect them. Do you do this? I sure do. I stash infographics for safekeeping on Pinterest and in my swipe files if I suspect I’ll want to reference them (or use them) again in the future.
They dominate the page. I believe one of the many factors that make infographics appealing is they tend to dominate a webpage.
They’re generally large and colorful. Unlike plain text, infographics defeat distractions and help us focus on the content.
Ready to create your own infographic?
Here are 25 infographic types, themes, and concepts:

Process. Create an infographic to explain a process. They’re ideal for breaking down and simplifying a multi-step process that may otherwise appear intimidating.
Comparison. These images may include sections such as: before and after, this vs. that, old way vs. new way, us and them, etc.
Timeline. Infographics help illustrate the evolution of a subject matter.
Roundup. Various types of roundups, such as quotes, reviews, favorites, etc. can be presented as a collection.
Components. Just as it’s useful to break down a process into steps, you can decouple the components of just about anything to aid understanding, i.e., an engine, recipe, or team.
Instructions. Use an infographic to simplify complex tutorials or communicate how to complete a task.
Charts and tables. Simple charts or tables featuring icons or images representing a topic create visual interest.
Categories. Take any category of interest to your audience and tell a story with an infographic. Check out one of my favorites, “The Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music”. Amazing.
Study of a “universe.” Produce massive visual collections on: beers, bands, books, bikes, beaches, etc. Here’s The Ultimate Infographic on Infographics from Curata.
Warnings. This popular article style tends to be irresistible. A list of dangers, myths, or mistakes is a powerhouse for infographics, too.
Metaphor. I love it when an interesting metaphor presents a concept. I bet you do too.
Résumé. Job hunting? The résumé as an infographic is such an engaging idea, services such as vizualize.me and kinzaa.com have sprung forth.
Report. Research and survey results offer great value in traditional report formats, but the same information, or highlights from it, make compelling infographics.
Product or service. You may not score a viral hit with an infographic that showcases what you sell, but you’re likely to have an engaging tool that presents your goods to potential buyers.
Trend. Showcasing a trend in an infographic makes a newsworthy story even more fun.
Past to present. This is another timeline idea that displays the history of a topic.
Place or event. Any place (from a nation to a campground) or any event (from a war to a conference) can be summarized in an infographic.
Guide. A rather obvious theme, I know, but any “how to” begs to be transformed into an infographic.
Family tree. These can be downright intoxicating. You can use a tree, flow chart, or similar symbols to explain relationships.
Cause and effect. You probably see a “this caused that” form of presentation more than you realize. It’s simple and smart.
Biography. Perform a search for “biography of Steve Jobs infographic” and you’ll discover some amazingly creative graphics. Study them for inspiration.
Story. Simple one here. Tell a story, like a picture book.
Manifesto. This approach can be a stellar branding tool. Write a manifesto that defines what you stand for and have a great designer create an infographic that makes you proud.
List. Don’t ignore this age-old, can’t-miss tactic for communicating fascinating, useful content.
Acronym. Spell out an acronym or abbreviation, with pictures, of course, and you’ll have a double-whammy simplification of a robust idea.
Grow your audience with infographics
Which type of infographic will you make to reach and educate a larger audience?

Share your thoughts about incorporating infographics into your content strategy over on Google+.

Editor’s note: If you found this post useful, we recommend that you read How to Make Winning Infographics Without Risk by Demian Farnworth.

Flickr Creative Commons Image via Saad Faruque.

About the Author: Barry Feldman operates Feldman Creative and provides clients content marketing strategies that rock and creative that rolls. Barry also authors “Content Marketing Minds” at Social Media Today, and he was recently named a Top 40 Digital Strategist by Online Marketing Institute and one of 25 Social Media Marketing Experts You Need to Know by LinkedIn. He recently released a comprehensive strategic workbook “The Planner for Growing Your Business with Effective Online Marketing.” If you would like a piece of his mind, visit his blog, The Point.

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The post about Infographics page is posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Social Media Advertising Advice

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How To Reduce Your Sponsored Update Expenses In Social Media Advertising
by christopherjanb

Social media marketing is continually becoming competitive. Pushing your updates, comments, or posts out to your connections is becoming less valuable. Why? Well, your connections are being inundated by others in their network bombarding them with other information.

Whether it’s your blog articles, infographics or simply sharing a page on your website, your update, post or comments need to be found and seen in social communities. Why else are you spending time in social media marketing? The difficulty within social communities is the amount of content being published every day. Your content is becoming increasingly harder to find or even be noticed.

The following points have been addressed to help you better understand:

How social media influencers can help your brand message in social communities.
How curating and nurturing your social community updates can increase visibility.
Examples of how nurtured social community updates have had success.
How nurturing can increase visibility in social communities while reducing your advertising costs with sponsored posts.
Whether you are telling people what you’re doing (Twitter) or confirming where you are (Foursquare) or showing people what you’re doing (YouTube), you are spending time raising the awareness of your business. That time has to ultimately have a return on investment.

If you’re in the media department the first response would be to spend money sponsoring posts by advertising within the various social communities.

For anyone in the marketing department following strategic processes or in non-media communications, you might be wondering what your options are besides advertising? Try tagging!

Social Media Influencers
Let’s define an influencer, relative to social media marketing, as a person who has a large and more importantly active following within a social community. This person may be an expert in their field or have a level of popularity within a community. We do want to separate a influencer from brand ambassadors or even brand influencers. For more about these two topics please read “How Brand Influencers And Brand Ambassadors Are Different” by Brooke Ballard, another SteamFeed.com author.

We want to be clear a social media influencer isn’t someone who is purely based on the quantity of followers. If that were the case they could not be a valuable influencer. In order for them to be classified as an influencer they have to have engagement with their followers and in turn their followers have engagement with the influencer.

Engagement in social media marketing is defined as a dialogue and not what most businesses do, which is to push out their updates like an ad. Social media marketing cannot be used as though it were interruption advertising on TV or radio. Likewise you cannot use automation in hopes that it is the end of your social media marketing process, rather keep in mind it is only the beginning. The rest of the process requires human beings to listen and interact in a dialogue.

Many of us have gone to our LinkedIn account and posted an update, shared something on our website or perhaps from around the web. The update or post in LinkedIn reaches your existing group of connections and that is about as far as that post will go.

If you were to locate someone within your connections who has a wide reach in the social community, then one message by that person will reach a larger audience. As an influencer they would have ability to make the message interesting to get engagement by the their network, who in turn would pass the message on to their network. In a short time you your message would reach thousands of people. This is why social media marketing has such huge potential, but only when executed strategically, with human beings and with engagement in a dialogue based on relationship marketing.

Curating and Nurturing Your Social Media Postings
When we think of curating something the first thing coming to our mind is an art exhibit. In social media marketing we are going to define this as organizing and selecting information you will present to your connections. This process means you need to find relevant content to your business, posting it to your social community accounts, and engage with your followers.

You can of course share something you posted on your company’s blog or website. Chances are you will be far more effective if that information was on a industry publication where you might be a guest author. A similar analogy would be the difference between giving a prospect your brochure compared to having an editorial in the newspaper. The newspaper editorial will have a greater impact on the prospect than your brochure.

You’ve organized the content you’re going to share, determined an effective headline and presented the benefits of what you are sharing. If you leave this shared post as is, chances are it will fade off into electronic never-never land never to be seen again.

In order to avoid having Peter Pan save you, your best course of action is known as nurturing what you have curated.

Let’s take an example of a post in my LinkedIn account that has not been nurtured. In this case the author was tagged in this post, however, without their engagement, the best we can see is the post having 65 views in 12 days.

In order to nurture your post in a social community like LinkedIn, you need to start by adding a comment to your post. As part of your comment, you will want to tag someone from you network by name. As you type their name LinkedIn’s system will start to try finding anyone matching the name, so you can click on them. The same happens if you were to tag a company.

In the above example before completing the name of the company SteamFeed, LinkedIn found the company so I can click on them to tag them in the comment.

Once a person is tagged in a comment they will receive a notice from LinkedIn informing them of the tag and recommending they respond.

Who you tag is important. You will want to have identified influencers from your network, which means developing a relationship with them and engaging in conversation before you start to tag them. This might include that you reciprocate and engage in their posts.

After the people you have tagged have engaged in the conversation, don’t even think about walking away! Your next step is to re-engage in the conversation, comment on what was said and starting tagging more people to engage in the conversation.

As the conversation takes life the views, comments, and likes will start to grow giving that post more exposure and thereby getting your brand name out to the community through thousands of people.

You will find spammers wanting to get into the middle of the conversation and if that happens clean up their comments by removing them. Keep the conversation clean and healthy.

The Nurturing Results
During the month of September 2014 in preparation for this article, I curated and nurtured posted articles from other SteamFeed authors into my LinkedIn account. The results were quite interesting and clearly shows how nurtured posts had more exposure than non-nurtured posts.

Example #1
The author, Jessica Ann, engaged in this post and we were able to bring other people into the conversation. After two days we had 322 views, 11 comments and 4 likes.
Example #2
The author, Brooke Ballard, engaged in this post and we were able to bring other people into the conversation in this example as well. After three days we had 546 views, 8 comments and 1 like. You will notice, compared to our first example, we had less comments and likes, with more views. This has clearly something to do with who was engaged in the conversation and how many people they had in their network.
Example #3
The author, S. Anthony Iannarino, engaged in this post and achieving the best example of nurturing. After eight days of activity we had 1,063 views, 12 comments and 4 likes. The constant activity on this post helped to generate the exposure it deserved.
Curate and Nurture or Waste Your Time
Making social media marketing work for your business requires more than merely posting or using automation to pretend you are doing social media marketing. Relationship marketing takes more time and is more effective over the long run. Listen to what is being discussed, provide relevant responses, engage in a dialogue. One post that is nurtured is worth more than 10 posts that are pushed out through automation.

This type of engagement can provide similar results to sponsoring updates that have no commentary or engagement by anyone. Why spend advertising dollars on posts you are not going to nurture?

Building relationships with the right people in the social communities can expand your brand’s reach to a much wider audience, generating more traffic to your website, and ultimately more leads and sales. The process will aid in building a loyal audience through your authority on the subject and credibility you are building.

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Infographic Tips

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25 Ideas to Transform Ho-Hum Infographics into Something Extraordinary
by christopherjanb

A few weeks ago here on Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth presented the infographic as the Salvador Dalí of content marketing — the most interesting person at the cocktail party.

More than just a superficial presence, an infographic is a significant asset pillar with diverse possibilities that help you grow your media empire.

Today, let’s equate the Internet to the world of pop music. In this case, infographics are The Beatles.

They’re irresistible. They create massive hits. At their best, they balance style and substance.

They can be relentlessly imaginative. And like John, Paul, George, and Ringo, they can communicate sophisticated ideas to a mass audience.

Yep, they’re lovable. How lovable?

The factoid below comes from a 2012 infographic by NeoMam Studios.

Even stories about infographics sizzle. I wrote “The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Infographics” and it climbed to the number one spot on my chart last year.

Before we brainstorm infographic ideas, let’s discuss why infographics work.

Why do we love infographics?
Here are 15 reasons I’ve assessed:

They’re so webable. First, I must offer my theory and ask you to live with my funny new word. Although data visualizations exist in traditional media, they’ve exploded in the digital age because they perfectly suit new media and the devices we use to consume information.
We’re visual creatures. The fun, interactive infographic, “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” makes this case with powerful data points.

They simplify complex ideas. Infographics aid comprehension by pairing text with straightforward pictures.
They’re easy to share. We love to share information we find valuable. It feeds our appetites for being conduits of wisdom. Creators and publishers of infographics encourage you to share their content and often simplify the process by providing code you can embed on your website.
They’re familiar. The general recipe for infographics features ingredients we’re comfortable with: illustrations, icons, charts, diagrams, and captions. The familiarity speaks to us and obliterates any objections.
They travel well. Infographics are multi-screen portable. They translate nicely to slides and also tend to work on paper.
They’re fast. Up above, in Number Two, you see an interesting data point about how fast we’re able to process visual information. The process of reading takes time. Given our short attention spans, the speed with which we can absorb visual information makes infographics attractive.
They’re less taxing. A related, but slightly different idea than the one above about speed is we give ourselves a little break when we digest information aided by visuals. We encounter a lot of information daily. We can only read so much. The data below comes from:
Welcome to the information age — 174 newspapers a day, The Telegraph.
Measuring Consumer Information, International Journal of Communication, Vol 6.
How Little Do Users Read?

People thrive on data. We’re drawn to data and proof points. I like this presentation from Juice, Inc. that explains how data drives exploration, understanding, presentation, discovery, motivation, learning, and above all, “doing.”
They tell stories. A lot of infographics use storytelling tactics including characters, conflicts, problems, and resolutions. Stories hold our attention as we relate to characters and go on journeys with them.
They promote branding. When infographics are republished, a brand travels with the image, which usually includes a logo and URL.
People search for them. Because they’re so useful (and often entertaining), people search for infographics, as evidenced in the statistic presented above. Since search engines can’t index the content within an image, headlines often appear with the explicit label “Infographic”.
People collect them. Do you do this? I sure do. I stash infographics for safekeeping on Pinterest and in my swipe files if I suspect I’ll want to reference them (or use them) again in the future.
They dominate the page. I believe one of the many factors that make infographics appealing is they tend to dominate a webpage.
They’re generally large and colorful. Unlike plain text, infographics defeat distractions and help us focus on the content.
Ready to create your own infographic?
Here are 25 infographic types, themes, and concepts:

Process. Create an infographic to explain a process. They’re ideal for breaking down and simplifying a multi-step process that may otherwise appear intimidating.
Comparison. These images may include sections such as: before and after, this vs. that, old way vs. new way, us and them, etc.
Timeline. Infographics help illustrate the evolution of a subject matter.
Roundup. Various types of roundups, such as quotes, reviews, favorites, etc. can be presented as a collection.
Components. Just as it’s useful to break down a process into steps, you can decouple the components of just about anything to aid understanding, i.e., an engine, recipe, or team.
Instructions. Use an infographic to simplify complex tutorials or communicate how to complete a task.
Charts and tables. Simple charts or tables featuring icons or images representing a topic create visual interest.
Categories. Take any category of interest to your audience and tell a story with an infographic. Check out one of my favorites, “The Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music”. Amazing.
Study of a “universe.” Produce massive visual collections on: beers, bands, books, bikes, beaches, etc. Here’s The Ultimate Infographic on Infographics from Curata.
Warnings. This popular article style tends to be irresistible. A list of dangers, myths, or mistakes is a powerhouse for infographics, too.
Metaphor. I love it when an interesting metaphor presents a concept. I bet you do too.
Résumé. Job hunting? The résumé as an infographic is such an engaging idea, services such as vizualize.me and kinzaa.com have sprung forth.
Report. Research and survey results offer great value in traditional report formats, but the same information, or highlights from it, make compelling infographics.
Product or service. You may not score a viral hit with an infographic that showcases what you sell, but you’re likely to have an engaging tool that presents your goods to potential buyers.
Trend. Showcasing a trend in an infographic makes a newsworthy story even more fun.
Past to present. This is another timeline idea that displays the history of a topic.
Place or event. Any place (from a nation to a campground) or any event (from a war to a conference) can be summarized in an infographic.
Guide. A rather obvious theme, I know, but any “how to” begs to be transformed into an infographic.
Family tree. These can be downright intoxicating. You can use a tree, flow chart, or similar symbols to explain relationships.
Cause and effect. You probably see a “this caused that” form of presentation more than you realize. It’s simple and smart.
Biography. Perform a search for “biography of Steve Jobs infographic” and you’ll discover some amazingly creative graphics. Study them for inspiration.
Story. Simple one here. Tell a story, like a picture book.
Manifesto. This approach can be a stellar branding tool. Write a manifesto that defines what you stand for and have a great designer create an infographic that makes you proud.
List. Don’t ignore this age-old, can’t-miss tactic for communicating fascinating, useful content.
Acronym. Spell out an acronym or abbreviation, with pictures, of course, and you’ll have a double-whammy simplification of a robust idea.
Grow your audience with infographics
Which type of infographic will you make to reach and educate a larger audience?

Share your thoughts about incorporating infographics into your content strategy over on Google+.

Editor’s note: If you found this post useful, we recommend that you read How to Make Winning Infographics Without Risk by Demian Farnworth.

Flickr Creative Commons Image via Saad Faruque.

About the Author: Barry Feldman operates Feldman Creative and provides clients content marketing strategies that rock and creative that rolls. Barry also authors “Content Marketing Minds” at Social Media Today, and he was recently named a Top 40 Digital Strategist by Online Marketing Institute and one of 25 Social Media Marketing Experts You Need to Know by LinkedIn. He recently released a comprehensive strategic workbook “The Planner for Growing Your Business with Effective Online Marketing.” If you would like a piece of his mind, visit his blog, The Point.

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Twitter marketing advice!

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The 5 Biggest Twitter Mistakes You Are Making Today
by christopherjanb

About 50 percent of my week is spent on Twitter (This falls under my job description. Seriously.) Both personally and professionally, I’m drawn to the openness of the network and the ability to find and connect with people from all over the world. I spend my Twitter time browsing my feed for current events or trending topics, interacting with my connections and participating in (or running) Twitter chats. I’ve come across my fair share of really amazing and successful activity on the network. I’ve also seen quite a few missteps along the way.

I realize not everyone is a Twitter expert, but there are certain standards that all should know to truly stand out and best connect on the social channel. In this post, I’ll outline the five mistakes I most often see others make as they engage on Twitter:

Avoiding Twitter chats or not engaging in the correct format
Bad etiquette
Not giving due credit
Absence of lists
Ignoring tactics used by influencers
Avoiding Twitter chats or not engaging in the right format
Twitter chats are an often-overlooked tactic that can greatly benefit a person or organization. They are happening all the time: every day of the week at just about any hour. Here is a great, ongoing list of all the chats around. I jump in two to five chats per week. While a chat usually lasts a full hour and can be a big time suck if you’re participating in many each week, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it your full attention. Even if you do jump into the chat late, do your best to catch up by searching for the discussion questions and getting up to speed.

The Twitter chat format is pretty straightforward. The moderator of the chat phrases the first question with “Q1” in front of it, then participants are supposed to use “A1,” “A2,” etc. at the beginning of their answer (do not use the “Q” unless you’re the one moderating.)

The connections you can make from joining these weekly conversations are unlimited. The bond formed from routinely meeting online produces the same rewards as doing this in person. With so many times/dates/topics, not joining in a chat here and there is certainly a missed opportunity.

Bad etiquette
Twitter’s inherent openness can seemingly encourage eavesdropping (both warranted and creepy). This kind of listening can be invaluable in finding new prospects or members of your community, but rudely butting into conversations and self-promoting is not welcome by anyone’s standard.

If you come across a dialog that you want to jump on, first do a little research. Make sure you’re not assuming your brand is a good solution. Do your due diligence to find out that person’s situation and needs. If so, take a lighthearted approach and don’t speak in absolutes. Offer your input and then wait. If the person is not interested, politely see yourself out of the conversation.

Not giving due credit
When an individual gets published, whether they’re a writer or not, it’s a big accomplishment. Writing takes research and attention, not to mention dozens of edits. It’s really rewarding to see others take notice and share content via social channels.

If a site is set up for easy sharing, the handle of the author, publication or both populates in the tweet. If not, it might take a quick search to make sure you’re referencing both correctly.

Mentioning the individual and/or publication is best practice for giving credit where it’s due. Plus, it alerts the author that you found the post valuable and wanted to share it with your community. Just a mention might trigger a new relationship leading to new opportunities.

Absence of lists
Twitter lists can be a time intensive endeavor to create and maintain, but are useful to keep track of the vastness of Twitter. Twitter allows you to openly connect with just about anyone and this leads to a great number of connections. Lists help keep a sense of order.

Lists can be made public or private- public to allow others to utilize the group or private to keep personal tabs on users. Public groups can be a great way to show your community that you see them as an expert in a certain category. If maintaining lists really is beyond your reach, start by subscribing to a few. You can see how others curate them first, then follow suit.

Ignoring tactics used by social media influencers
Reputations don’t just magically appear. Social media influencers are just that because they’ve worked hard to get there. Check out what Jay Baer, Gary Vaynerchuk or Mari Smith have to say about engaging on social. They have the experience and the stats to support their tactics.

Follow their advice, but always take it in stride as to how you can apply it specifically to your brand. Research other experts in your industry and follow and engage with them on Twitter. Often, these influencers will be listening and may even respond right away!

Avoid these Twitter pitfalls and you’ll be on your way to mastery of the social network. I’m always happy to chat and help guide your way through the craziness- tweet me @sprout_sarah!

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Sarah Nagel
Social Marketing Specialist at Sprout Social
Sarah Nagel is passionate about bridging online and offline communications. She is dedicated to providing value to others through knowledge, advice or job opportunities. Sarah appreciates the ever-changing landscape of social media and loves learning about new tools and platforms. She is a strong advocate of brands using social as a recruiting, sales and as an R&D tool, among other functions, and sees the incredible value of social business. Sarah works as a Social Marketing Specialist at Sprout Social Inc. in Chicago, Illinois and focuses on outbound, proactive marketing efforts across social media channels.
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What Most Bloggers Don’t Want to Hear

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What Most Bloggers Don’t Want to Hear
by christopherjanb

I started this digital platform built on passion, purpose and the beckoning of exciting new frontiers.

It was invigorating.

This portal to the world gave me a voice I didn’t know existed. It was a journey into the unknown.

I created and crafted content, built connections on Twitter and published.

I signed up for learning.

It was time when Facebook was simple and organic. Content didn’t need images, screen shots and 1,500 words. Twitter was a simple text based platform of 140 characters devoid of visuals and it didn’t shorten your links. Mobile apps and optimization weren’t discussed and tablets were made of stone.

It was the wild social west.

When the excitement died down I realized what I had signed up for.

This.

Turning up every day
Staying up late or getting out of bed early
Read, view and consume information with relentless focused attention
Learning about email marketing
Becoming proficient at search engines and SEO
Building global social connections
Touching hearts not just minds
Learning tech stuff
Improving writing skills
Becoming a creator
Discipline
Learning to say no, because everything is not an opportunity
Focusing on what matters
Standing in front of an audience
Keeping evolving
Giving it away for free until it hurt
Learning the art of storytelling
Dealing with feeling like a fraud
Combating failure
Handling negative comments
Listening to the grammar and spelling police
Not letting the trolls grind you down
Becoming a copywriter
Crafting viral headlines
Persisting
Learning business skills
Managing time
Been there and doing that. Year after year. Still.

This is what most bloggers don’t want to hear. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. Sorry.

Then you can become an overnight success.

You then may enjoy the attention, accolades and a life that is on purpose. But there are no guarantees. Failure is still an option.

Are you ready for that?

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