The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Finding Your Audience In Social Media

targeting-shutterstock Social media marketing platforms are constantly evolving, so newcomers are at a disadvantage compared to those who've been around the social media block over the last decade. There are more platforms to learn, more features to leverage, and larger audiences to engage. For small or new businesses venturing into social media marketing for the first time, focusing on the fundamentals is key. In this two-part series, we'll do just that.  Read on for a guide to getting started, including defining your target market and choosing the right channels to reach them. Step 1: Defining Your Target Mar [...]


How To Do Audience Research That Helps Focus Your Content Marketing

research-audience-targeting-shutterstock It's Sunday afternoon. You've popped around to see your gran, and she's asking after your health. "Well, Gran," you answer, "this weekend I got totally wasted and fell asleep in a trash can." An unlikely response? I'm guessing it is for most people. That's because, in real life, we tailor what we say to the person standing in front of us. However, when we're speaking to an online audience, how do we do that? How do we know the person reading our copy isn't horrified, offended or (possibly worse) bored? In this article, I'm going to outline a few different ways to get to know your targ [...]


Infographic: How To Create Great Images For Blog Posts & Content

image preview Blog posts without images are like peanut butter without jelly, cheese without crackers, cookies without milk. They're better together. That's especially so when Facebook and Google+ both practically demand that any content shared has an image to go with it, in how they present posts to users. Fortunately, getting images right isn't hard. To get you started down the right path, the folks at Who Is Hosting This have created a nice infographic that provides an image quality checklist, places to seek images, how to deal with copyright issues and photo credits, plus tips on creating and sizing yo [...]


How To Generate B2B Leads With Content Marketing

Generate B2B Leads with Content Marketing-Hashtag In B2B business, leads are generally a company's livelihood. Unlike B2C purchases, most B2B products and services require thought, research and deliberation prior to a buying decision. As a result, generating quality leads is a key function of B2B marketing teams across industries. Though there are a number of strategies businesses can employ to garner leads, 91 percent of B2B marketers are utilizing content marketing, making it among the top implemented approaches. There are many methods B2B marketers credit with increased lead generation, and some undoubtedly result in more success than o [...]


Content Marketing Strategy: How To Create Killer Headlines

Extra-Extra Content creation isn't just about the meat of what you're writing. Consider the first thing the potential reader sees: the headline. Think of it this way: if you open your Inbox and see an e-mail with a subject line that sounds cheesy and spammy, are you going to open it? Probably not. Similarly, when creating your content, don't forget that your headline is one of the most important aspects of it. It is your very first opportunity to make a positive impression on your reader. As an English major during my undergraduate studies, I took a Journalism class as a required course. I'll never [...]


Guest Blogging: A Beginner’s Guide

pitch While guest posting may seem like a simple concept in theory (All I have to do is write a little something and get someone to post it -- easy!), it really isn't in practice. There are more steps to it than you might think. And even if what you’re writing is awesome, readable and informative, that doesn't mean that Google is going to deem it so. Getting your guest post out to the right place is an essential piece of the guest posting puzzle because you want to be certain that you're feeling out the appropriate opportunities. Just trying to shove your guest post in anyone's face who is wil [...]


How To Get Good Reviews & Testimonials That Drive Business

google-maps-next-dimension Testimonials on your website and other Web venues can help improve conversions. Good reviews on review sites like Google Maps and Yelp can help attract more people to check you out and also improve conversions. In this article, I'll outline the steps we go through for ourselves and clients to increase the number of testimonials available and get good reviews. As you've undoubtedly noticed, there are a growing number of reviews on the Web for all types of products and services -- not just restaurants and hotels -- on sites such as Yelp, Google Maps, Bing, shopping search sites and many indus [...]


How To Organize Your Informational Content: A Case Study

site-structure-revised Last month, I wrote about informational content and how the majority of searches on the Web are informational rather than navigational or transactional. This time, I’d like to explore the different types of informational content that you can use, and some ways you can incorporate it into your website. I came under fire last week because many people felt the research I quoted was too old, so I want to be clear up front that the rest of this article is filled with my opinions. These are time-tested, observationally effective, strategies, but they are not backed up with any empirical researc [...]


15 Strategies To Get More Shares For Your Content

You can't help but feel that little rush of jealousy when you see a just-average piece of content getting tons of shares, likes and tweets. What's that post got that yours doesn't? Your content is stellar, your infographics perfectly designed. So why aren't more people sharing them? The secret of getting your content shared by more people isn't always producing better stuff – sometimes it's making better connections or just thinking a little differently. Here are 15 strategies, tips and tricks that prove that point – use them to take your great content that extra mile. 1. Int [...]


How To Develop Your Editorial Content Calendar

content-marketing-featured Content marketing is becoming an increasingly popular tactic in digital marketing strategies across all industries. Businesses are coming to terms with thinking and acting like publishers by providing audiences with quality content on a regular basis. Typically, content marketing projects have lots of moving parts that come together at different times to form a cohesive campaign. As a result, using a editorial content calendar is crucial in managing the content marketing process. Calendar Management And Template There are many ways to format and lay out an editorial content calendar. How [...]


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