5 Tips for Jazzing Up Your Social Posts

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Tina Courtney

Successful companies in social media function more like entertainment companies, publishers, or party planners than as traditional advertisers.”

– Eric Qualman, motivational keynote speaker on the topics of digital leadership, reputation and trends

Every single thing your brand posts on social media is a direct reflection of your company’s values, creativity, and perception of its followers.

If your social shares are sloppy, uninformed, lackluster, or unengaging, your followers view your business in the same light — if they think of you at all.

Social media posts that don’t contain elements that catch a viewer’s attention and drive them to share or take the desired action are effectively undermining your efforts and causing your brand to fail in driving the awareness it deserves.

In order to gain the type of exposure and engagement needed for a smashing social media presence, there are several posting elements that are an absolute necessity.

If you are on the prowl for ways to jazz up your social shares, here are five components to an artfully crafted social post.

Be Active, Not Passive

Passive language fails to engage readers. Using this type of verbiage and sentence structure often comes off as boring and mundane.

The active language feels more exciting and spirited. Aim to use the strongest language possible when developing your social copy. PlainLanguage.gov also points out the importance of implementing an active voice in writing by stating:

Readers prefer active voice sentences, and we should try to use the active voice in most of our business writing to communicate our message most effectively. The active voice clearly identifies the action and who is performing that action.”

If you are unsure if your writing is active or passive, The University of Wisconsin – Madison provides a clear definition:

In a sentence written in the active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action. In a sentence written in the passive voice, the subject receives the action.”

If you still find yourself confused over the matter, the Hemingway App can help you identify such phrases and eliminate them from your social copy.

Share Content Others Want to Share

To share content that will compel and engage followers, you must first understand why people share the types of content they do.

Overall, there are five major reasons for the spread of content by individuals on social media:

  • Deliver Value:  People like to share information that they, and others, find valuable. This can be anything that is helpful, resourceful, or beneficial to people’s lives in some way.
  • To Express Themselves:  Mark Zuckerberg once said, “Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves.”  Share content that supports your audience’s beliefs and they are likely to spread the word.
  • To Connect:  Social media is all about relationships and conversations. People often share content as a way to get others talking about a certain topic. Support this by sharing posts that inspire tagging and sharing.
  • To Feel Valued:  People often share materials they know will get lots of likes and comments. Try writing a few social posts giving thanks to your followers and see how many reciprocate the appreciation.
  • To Show Support:  Noble causes spread across social like wildfire. It is fine for your brand to create posts that stand in solidarity with a certain group. It doesn’t have to be controversial, but sometimes controversy can be a good thing.

    Images and Cross-Promotion

Most are aware that images are a necessity for social sharing. For major brands, 60 percent of their posts include images; this accounts for roughly 80 percent of their engagement.

By now, most understand the power of images, making it necessary for brands to take things a step further. Color plays a major psychological role in how people perceive an image. In fact, one study on how color impacts marketing uncovered that roughly 90 percent of individuals make judgments about a product based on colors alone. This means that introducing the tenants of color theory into your repertoire could have profound impacts on your social presence.

Moreover, principals such as the rule of thirds will help you find or create much more eye-catching images to pair with your social shares. If you feel compelled to go even deeper, you can even implement the golden rule, which is a more complex variation on the rule of thirds.

Now that you have stellar images to share, post them on Facebook via Instagram. A Buzzsumo study of more than one billion Facebook posts revealed that images shared on Facebook via Instagram receive more engagement than when merely posted on Facebook.

Hashtags Aren’t the Only Game in Town

Here’s an interesting one for you: Stop hashtagging on Facebook.

The aforementioned Buzzsumo research also found that Facebook posts that include hashtags receive less engagement than those that don’t.

Alternatively, according to the Panorama marketing blog, “Emoticons receive 33 percent more comments, are shared 33 percent more often, and are liked 57 percent more than Facebook posts without emoticons.”

While hashtags are a great discovery tool on other social networks, they are actually harming your Facebook presence.

Create Curiosity

Clickbait often goes viral because it sparks curiosity. I am not saying to start creating clickbait, but that curiosity is a powerful force.

George Loewenstein, Professor of Economics and Psychology, is a leading expert in the field of curiosity. His studies have found that curiosity is triggered when something:

  • Defies expectation and challenges common assumptions;
  • Reveals an informational breach in knowledge;
  • Is not overdone (curiosity does wane).

That said, share content that opposes accepted viewpoints, ask questions that tease at something that most may not be aware of, and engage in discussions with your audience around these topics.

Social posting is as much an art as it is a science. But try not to get too wrapped up in the science portion of it. When you are having fun creating content and provoking discussions on social media, it shows. And that is the type of energy that will make others want to join in on the fun.

What are your favorite ways to provoke curiosity?

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9 Facets of a Revenue-Driving Content Strategy

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Will Blunt

It’s not enough to just have a content strategy and hope it pays off. You need to identify clear goals that content marketing can help you achieve. Then you can research and create content specifically catered to that purpose.

Here are the most common content marketing goals for B2B content marketers over the next 12 months:

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1. Organizational Goals

What you choose will depend on your unique business needs. If you’re a brand new start up, you probably want to get your name out there with some brand awareness. If you have a lot of site traffic but not a lot of conversions, then lead nurturing may be most important.

Once you’ve identified your goals, you need to figure out how you’re going to measure your success at achieving them. This is called a key performance indicator (KPI).

You should have several metrics per goal, such as:

  • Brand awareness: Unique page visits, inbound links, shares;
  • Engagement: Time on page, shares, comments and interactions;
  • Lead nurturing: Content downloads, e-mail click-through rate;
  • Sales: Cost per lead (CPL), total revenue.

You can usually measure these with tools like Google Analytics, social media automation platforms, or a marketing automation tool. If you already use one of these, I recommend seeing what metrics they can already measure to help you identify your KPIs.

2. Customer and Strategy Research

Content marketers today use a wide variety of techniques to learn about their audiences:

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Your customer and strategy research will help you brainstorm content and optimize it to meet your goals.

At a minimum, you should focus on:

Building buyer personas 

A buyer persona is a profile of your target audience or audiences. You need to discover the kind of people that have a problem that your product or service can solve. Social listening and current customer feedback can help with this.

Here’s a great resource from Sujan Patel that can point you in the right direction: 150 Buyer Persona Questions You Must Ask.

Once you’ve created personas for your target audience, they can help you brainstorm content.

Researching keywords

Use a long-tail keyword research tool like Keyword tool.io or AnswerthePublic to find keywords you can target with your content.

Answer the Public is a great content brainstorming tool. Just type in a base keyword related to your niche:

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And it will return a list of common questions people ask related to it:

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Identifying potential influencers

Who can help you promote your content when it does get published? You’ll need to nurture these influencers in advance.

Use a tool like Buzzsumo to find popular social media personalities that regularly share content related to your niche. Get to know these influencers so you can ask them to share your content in the future.

3. Content Planning and Management

Once you have a long list of content ideas from your research, it’s time to start planning. Put together a schedule of how much content and what types you’ll create.

Also, who will be in charge of managing it all? Here is how B2B marketers manage their content marketing today:

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If you have a team, make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. If you’re a team of one, map out how you will manage all the content.

4. Quality Content

Next, comes the most important part: creating quality content.

Content Marketing Institute asked B2B marketers what contributed to their strategy success, and 85 percent said higher quality content.

Quality means comprehensive, well-researched, easy-to-read writing with helpful visual assets.

Here are some common quality content pitfalls thanks to an Express Writers infographic:

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You should have a nice variety of in-depth content pieces and regular blog posts.

I also recommend checking out Google’s Search Quality Guidelines to see how they define “quality content.” This can help your SEO (discussed next).

5. SEO Optimization

Hopefully, you targeted a keyword in the writing process, but that’s not the end of your SEO efforts.

Optimize all of your on-page elements by including your keyword in your:

  • Headline
  • URL
  • Meta description
  • Body text
  • Alt tags
  • Anchor text

Use a plugin like SEO by Yoast to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:

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You should also create an SEO-friendly site structure that makes it easy for users to navigate and find things on your site.

Create a Basecamp

Create a page on your site that helps people navigate to other useful content around your site. You can call it a “Start Here” page, like mine:

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Spin Your Web

Then, think of your content like a spider’s web, with your basecamp in the center. Create relevant connections to your different content by linking them back to each other, and prioritize your link building efforts around these in-depth content pieces.

It looks a little something like this:

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Read more about this SEO content strategy here.

6. Conversion Optimization

Include elements on your site that encourage people to subscribe to your blog or sign up for your email list. Use popups and a sidebar call-to-actions to make it easy.

You should also create targeted landing pages as part of your conversion optimization efforts. Attract people to these pages and help them convert with a great lead magnet.

A lead magnet is just another type of content that offers value, such as a free report, eBook, checklist, or tool. The only difference is it comes at a price: your prospect’s email address.

Here’s an example of a lead magnet I promote for Blogger Sidekick:

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This post will help you get some ideas: 40 Lead Magnet Ideas to Rapidly Grow Your E-mail List.

Once you gather some e-mails with your lead magnets, you can communicate to these people in the future via newsletters, broadcasts and e-mail automation.

7. A Promotion Strategy

Content is only as good as the promotion strategy that goes with it. Develop and standardize your strategy to get the most out of every post:

Where to promote?

What social platforms does your audience frequent? (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.). I suggest taking a look at each platform’s demographics to help decide:

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Will you promote to online content communities like Reddit or Stumbleupon? What about Q&A sites?

This Daily Social Media Plan from Bluewire Media will help you make some smart decisions about sharing your content on every social network.

Influencer outreach

How will you reach out to potential influencers for each post? For example, you can send them an email asking them to share or @mention them on Twitter.

Repurposing

Once you’ve got all the reach you can out of your content, how will you reinvent and remarket it?

Old blog posts often make great slide decks, special guides, infographics, or video slideshows. Or you can republish it on another platform like LinkedIn or Medium

8. Funnels & Lead Nurturing

Align your content marketing strategy with your customer journey, then you’ll maximize the benefit for your bottom line. According to Campaign Monitor, for every $1 content marketers spend on email marketing, they get $38 in ROI.

Doing this can be tricky because your content isn’t sales material. It’s about answering questions, attracting interest to a topic related to your product, and addressing common pain points.

Hopefully, your prospects love your content. But how do you get them to move down the sales funnel and convert?

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E-mail marketing

E-mail marketing will help you nurture your leads even further by providing them with targeted content fit for their place in the sales funnel. Use an email automation tool to set up trigger campaigns based on audience behavior.

Tripwire offer

Next, comes your tripwire offer. This is a special deal or discount that prospects can’t resist, such as a low-priced trial, or limited offer package. Choose the right tripwire offer to drive your prospects to convert. 

9. Options to Scale

Once you’ve standardized all the other elements of your content strategy, there’s nothing left to do but scale. There are two main ways you can do this:

Hire some help

Year in and year out, content marketers plan to create more content:

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So if you want to stay on top of your game and scale, you’re going to need help. You can start by hiring some freelancers or an agency to fill in the gaps of what you can’t keep up with yourself. Or if the budget’s available, you can hire an internal team to help with your content marketing.

Paid ads

The next option to scale is with paid ads. These will broaden your reach and attract more traffic to your site.

First, you can promote your posts on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and others all have paid options to help your content get reach. There’s also native advertising options with tools like Outbrain.

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Then you can remarket to your previous site visitors using display ads. The Google Display Network and Facebook ads support this feature.

Wrapping Up

Content marketing is a non-traditional option that can drive a lot of revenue if you do it right. Remember these nine elements to build a strategy where the value of your content has a major impact on your bottom line.

Original Article Source: http://www.sitepronews.com/2017/02/10/9-facets-of-a-revenue-driving-content-strategy/


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The Best Ways to Create High-Quality Natural Backlinks in 2016

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Jim Daniels

With so many algorithm changes that have taken place over the past few years, some SEO professionals have declared that traditional backlinks are dead. Although link building has experienced massive changes, it is still alive and kicking. The manner in which backlinks are to be built, however, has to be modernized.

What does it take to build quality, white hat, natural backlinks in 2016? Several SEO strategies will deliver the best possible results.

Quality Content

Natural backlinks are the ones that other websites use to point their audience to your content. Why would other websites want to do that? The answer is simple. Your site features quality content that their audience is going to benefit from.

Thus, the best 2016 SEO link building strategy does not focus on links at all. It focuses on having a good content strategy.

Come up with a content plan and get in the habit of updating your website on a regular basis. Stick to very specific, well-researched and unique topics. The more original your content is, the more others will be willing to share links.

On top of making it easier to obtain quality backlinks, a good content strategy will boost exposure and help you establish your website’s online reputation. This is essential for getting your articles and other types of content to go viral. Thus, good content will also play a role in your social media marketing strategy.

Boost Social Media Marketing Efforts

Social media sites are considered high authority websites. This is the main reason why social media marketing can impact your link building strategy.

Many social networks do not provide do-follow links. This means that links coming from such websites are not going to have an impact on your link building strategy. Facebook is one such website. Still, sharing content through Facebook makes sense because it impacts your online reputation. It also boosts audience engagement, which will have an indirect impact on your SEO efforts.

Focus on content sharing via a big number of social channels. Use both social networking and social bookmarking websites.

Some of the best social media that will impact your link building strategy include Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, HubPages, Reddit, Tumblr, and WordPress. As already mentioned, these are not the only social media networks to focus the efforts on. Even the ones that do not directly impact your link building strategy will produce social signals that help to build a website’s reputation and maximize the traffic.

Guest Posting

When done correctly, guest posting is a good strategy for link building in 2016. Just like with any other link building method, guest posting should be all about quality rather than quantity.

Guest posting refers to writing a unique article for another website or blog. It gets featured there, including an author biography and a link to your website. The blog benefits from a fresh piece of content written by an expert and you benefit from a backlink.

To be effective when it comes to guest blogging, choose relevant websites. Authority websites that discuss topics similar to yours provide the best links. Therefore, you should do your research when it comes to choosing guest posting partners.

Many high-quality websites that accept guest posts have strict requirements when it comes to the style and the quality of the texts that they upload. You will have to spend time writing high-quality guest posts but the strategy is very effective but it requires consistent effort.

Avoid Blackhat Link Building at All Costs

In the past, it was easy to build hundreds of links through blackhat techniques and the use of low-quality partner websites. This is a strategy to avoid at all costs in 2016. Such ‘easy’ link building fixes can easily backfire and get you penalized.

Paid links are a big no-no. The same applies to submitting your links to low quality, generic websites, and directories. The quantity of the links will not compensate for the lack of relevance. In fact, if you have such backlinks in your profile (check through Google Webmaster Tools), it would be a good idea to get them purged.

Link building is still the backbone of good SEO but it does not happen easily. The best thing to do is focus on website quality. Good content and high audience engagement will help you to build your website reputation, which will lead to natural backlinks. This strategy requires time to work but it has the most sustainable effects.

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What Are the Benefits of Pay Per Click Advertising?

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Penny Lane


Pay per click advertising is intimidating to some. They do not completely understand what PPC is and they fail to see the benefits of using something like this for their own business. Pay for click is a great way to grow a business online and to increase the return on investment.

PPC is simple, once you really get an understanding of how it works. If you are new to the scene and you are trying to figure out the ins and outs of running an online business, you need to do a lot of research.

You might want to work with an expert who is willing to show you the ropes and guide you through the process of setting up successful sites and turning your basic ideas into ideas that generate money. At the very least, you need to do a tremendous amount of research in order to find success in the Internet marketing world.


PPC is an advertising method that lets you put your advertisements in text on a search engine page. Think of one of the popular search engines and what you see when you type in a search term. Several results pop up, both in the center of the screen and off to the side. Some are sponsored results, meaning you are paying for them to be there and others happen naturally based on how well you have built your site. PPC usually appears on the natural list, sometimes called the organic results, and you only pay when people choose your entry.


Using PPC allows you to target a specific geographical area. If you find that customers are more interested in your product from a different part of the world, PPC allows you to focus on that country or region. You do not need to set up a shop in a certain country to achieve results. You simply select a given country as your target and those people are going to be driven to your site. If you think your product or service is better suited for a particular region of the world, this is going to save you money because you can set your focus on one place.


PPC gives you control over the cost of your campaign. You decide what you want to pay for each visitor that follows the ink. This enables you to outbid those who might want to use similar search result terms and get more attention and more visitors than you. However, if you want to keep your costs reasonable, you can avoid the expensive terms and stick with the amount you want to pay.


The best part about PPC is that you get fast results. Visitors come to your site and you have little to worry about in regard to building an optimized site to get higher rankings. It can take weeks or longer to build a site that is capable of producing the results of PPC as quickly. Once you set up your PPC campaign, you are set to go and you will see visitors increase.

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Top Secret Tool Builds Traffic

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Larry Johnson

Is it possible that today’s internet marketers are missing one of the best, most powerful marketing methods available to them today?

Something that is lying right under their noses and still they have overlooked it.

Something that is free, yes I said it, “free”, and they have missed the opportunity to seize it and use it to it’s fullest.

There are many methods of promotion available on the internet and offline too. For several years I have tried just about everything, but there is one that I have not utilized fully. Along with others, I had underestimated the value and power of a press release.

Many netrepreneurs are not using the best promotion tool available, according to one expert in the field. Angie Dixon, the Press Release Diva, advises that press releases are the best marketing tool most people aren’t using.

A well-written press release, distributed by the several high-quality free press release distribution services on the Net, can bring a wave of traffic, says Dixon.

“I recently ran a press release through a free service. The release was picked up by Google Alerts. I got a subscriber every 87 minutes for 24 hours. I couldn’t buy that kind of result,” Dixon says.

Yet most netrepreneurs aren’t using press releases at all, or aren’t using them correctly. This is all about to change.

Dixon gives two reasons for this. Many people, she explains, aren’t aware that press releases can be such a powerful marketing tool. Others know about press releases but do not know how to write an effective release.

Angie Dixon, the Press Release Diva, offers an interactive online course in press release writing. You will discover all of the necessary skills and tools to develop, distribute and track your press releases.

The additional traffic you will receive from the press releases will be welcome and best of all it is free.

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Top Marketing Trends to Implement in 2017

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Andrew Gazdeck

Without a doubt, the global digital economy represents the strongest potential of untapped revenue in recent years. According to eMarketer, $1.915 trillion was earned throughout 2016 solely through eCommerce. That’s trillion, by the way; not million, not billion, almost two, freaking, trillion dollars. It isn’t hard to understand why smart businesses have shifted their focus from traditional forms of marketing to capitalize on this massive global opportunity.

Truthfully, going into 2017 with just a website isn’t going to cut it anymore. Innovative marketing techniques have outstripped traditional methods tenfold, and to compete in the digital world, a business needs to implement multiple strategies just to make a mark. The best advice is to focus on some of the top marketing trends of 2017, so your business can establish itself before it becomes too crowded.

Content Marketing of 2017

Engagement is the defining factor in the newest trends in marketing. Social media has shattered the barriers between a consumer and a company. A study published in the Harvard Business Review says that modern consumers ignore blatant advertisements. It is too easy to research outrageous claims that used to be the staple of television commercials. When a company screws up, the entire world can hear about. While this might seem like marketing is dead, it’s not. It’s thriving.

From the flames, marketing has been reborn in the form of quality content that improves a consumer’s life without a conditional purchase. That last part is key. Quality content marketing provides unconditional value. No tricks like, “For the low price of $19.95.” We have all been wary of those gimmicks since the second that they emerged. With near-universal access to the Internet in post-industrialized countries, we will simply find another business that doesn’t feel like they are about to pull a con. The uninformed consumer is gone.

There are several variations of content marketing, and while it is recommended to try multiple strategies, the major negative element is that content marketing requires a large time investment. There is no quick, easy way to get around it. To pull off a successful content marketing campaign, a business will almost always need to hire someone to generate the material. A couple of posts will not be sufficient because aside from the content itself, consistency is paramount to the ability to materialize results. Who cares if you posted a video a year ago? Why should I subscribe if you don’t produce content now?

Fresh Take on Traditional E-mail Campaigns

While this concept might seem old, within the context of content marketing, e-mail campaigns are a new beast. Try to think of all the junk mail you get in your inbox. How much of it do you read? How much of it do you even open? Using a direct e-mail campaign in 2017 needs to have two elements, the subscribers needed to opt-in and each message needs to sound personal.

These are important because if you have built trust with your consumer, then a direct e-mail campaign has one of the highest ROI of all of these strategies. The secret of tapping into that ROI is by continuing to provide value through the e-mail. This can come in the form of tasteful sales promotions, relevant educational content, or simply having the ability to entertain an audience. If your audience wants to read your stuff, you will dramatically increase your conversion rate.

The Birth of Content Marketing is Blogging

This is another form that has been around a couple of years and is probably the genesis of the whole content marketing movement. It is like direct e-mailing in the idea that they are both primarily a written medium, but blogging can be a bit easier to implement because it does not require an extensive opt-in e-mail list.

To succeed through blogging, it’s important to not only develop relationships with your consumers, but also with the authorities within your niche. Guest posting, reblogs, and back links are all generated from developing relationships with people who might not be your target demographic. These methods are catalysts to turn a small blog into something huge. An added benefit of blogging is that the new content helps elevate the search engine ranking of your website. Who doesn’t want to be No. 1 on Google?

Infographics are a Fusion of Art and Writing

Take eye-catching design elements and fuse them into the headlines you see in a blog post, the result is an infographic. In a way, memes are a simplified version of an infographic, and this has proven to be one of the most effective forms of viral advertisement in the digital world. To get a solid idea of an infographic, just type it into Google (It is 2017 after all).

The image itself helps tell a story, and the graphic proves to be more effective at grabbing an audience’s attention than if it were only text. Many times, infographics will be used in conjunction with other forms of content marketing and act as a door on social media. The image catches someone’s attention, then they click to get more info.

Engaging Videos Dominate

YouTube has revolutionized video production because anyone can make their own pseudo-television channel. The truth is that a large segment of the population would rather watch a video than read a post. Due to this nature, a prolific amount of content is generated daily. Businesses that use video marketing as more of a documentary, rather than a commercial, find huge amounts of success on YouTube. Try to document part of the processes it takes to run your business, and use this to entertain and educate your audience.

Podcasts Foster Deep Educational Content

Like YouTube, though not quite as mainstream, podcasts are the equivalent of independent radio. I’ve noticed that there is a larger cross-over between people who read blogs and listen to podcasts, than people who solely watch videos and listen to podcasts. The lack of visual stimulation can make this form unappealing to some audiences.

The best podcasts will always have strong personalities as hosts and will generally introduce guests to keep things fresh. Instead of being strictly scripted, most sound like a recording of a conversation, and the depth of the topics allows audiences to draw immense amounts of value.

Mobile Development

Moving away from the content marketing trend of 2017, mobile development is the next major wave of this new year. According to the Pew Research Center, average consumers are plugged into their Smartphones almost every hour that they are awake. This has resulted in vital importance being placed on mobile-friendly, digital content. While many people assume that means having a mobile version of your website, the mobile-centric trend of 2017 goes into much more depth which includes learning how to create an app for some businesses.

A website is contingent on a browser and Internet connection. In some cases, this is no problem. A customer goes to Google, searches for your website (hopefully you show up on the first page, but that is a separate topic entirely), and clicks to find you. 2017 will be the reaper to this soon to be an archaic process.

Instead of completing a bunch of additional steps, customers will scroll through their apps and click on the business that they wanted to find. Due to downloading crucial data before it is used, apps increase user experience and provide a direct link to your content. No worrying about your search ranking, no hassle of trying to get good service. One click, done. 2017 will result in more businesses using the best app makers to rival websites.

Social Selling/Relationship Media

The last major marketing trend of 2017 does not focus on new technology, but rather a refinement on something we already have, social media. Most businesses have treated their social media accounts as a free way to advertise to potential customers. Advertising Age seems to believe that this doesn’t work nearly as well as anticipated. In a similar vein as content marketing, consumers are too perceptive when it comes to a company trying to sell a product. An ad on social media is still an ad, and they are largely getting ignored. This is the crux of the change.

Social media was never intended to be a free form of advertising, instead, it was supposed to be used to maintain a massive network of relationships regardless of location. 2017 will see more companies embrace this philosophy and use their social media accounts to engage with their customers. The goal is not to sell, but to build a relationship. After a relationship has been formed, subtle social selling is far more effective. Effective social selling turns cold prospects in loyal consumers.

Parting Thoughts

2017 is positioned to be an explosive year in more ways than one. Regardless of one’s political beliefs, the economy shows ample potential for those who are willing to brave a new front and become a pioneer. By the end of 2017, the above trends will likely be the dominant methods of securing new business and maintaining relationships.

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How Facebook 360 Can Spice Up Your Content


Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Julia McCoy

Millions of hours of daily video watches combined with billions of photos uploaded on Facebook equal a really big number of social media users who are posting, sharing, and liking all types of content every single day.

For many Smartphone users, capturing memories on a phone or tablet is a normal part of life, but how we let others experience those moments could soon be changing.

Facebook 360 launched in 2015 as an innovative, interactive way to shoot video and take pictures and, while technology continues to advance, innovative social media capabilities hold much potential for online content marketing professionals.

Today, we will take a closer look at what Facebook 360 is, who uses it, and what content creators should keep in mind for the year ahead.

What is Facebook 360?

Facebook 360 allows publishers across a variety of industries to showcase the best in compelling stories by way of video and photos. The experience takes viewers inside a whole new world that can be optimized for their comfort as they engage at the center of the action.

A New Angle on Videos

Facebook 360 first allowed users to take advantage of video capabilities in their News Feed, giving them a choice of camera angles and allowing viewers a new view on what they were seeing. The audience can interact with the screen, switch the angle of the camera, and be a part of the moment without being there in person.

Big names in business have hopped onboard the 360 video technology trend to reach their audience in a whole new way, including:

Goodbye, Flat Photos – Hello, Interactive Images

In 2016, social media users were introduced to 360 photos, which is as simple as using the app or supported camera to take a panorama picture, post it, and allow the site to convert it to an immersive and interactive experience.

Unlike traditional photos, 360 creates a 3D view of the environment and gives the audience a chance to be involved in the scene. All of a sudden, pictures can go from flat to real-life, right before our eyes.

How Content Creators Can Use Facebook 360 in Storytelling

There is so much potential for content creators to use Facebook 360 in telling the story of their brand, sharing their message, and driving customers to respond.

Social media users could potentially move away from a traditional video medium, where the experience is a controlled, one-way narrative, to a whole new world of discovery and interaction with your brand.

While content creation is just beginning to scratch the surface of Facebook 360, there is what seems to be limitless potential for keeping an audience engaged and excited through a two-way medium.

Whether we’re watching Facebook Live or sharing native videos, we enjoy content on a personal level. It’s one thing to talk about an event and see a picture of a product, but it’s something else altogether when we feel like we’re there in real-time as a participant.

Here are a few guidelines to remember as content marketing begins to dive into the world of 360 video and its possibilities. Ready to go 360?

1. Consider the First Three Seconds

Research has proven that content marketers have only a precious few seconds to grab the video viewers’ attention and make them want to stay before they move on to something else.

Analyzers found that when people watched less than three seconds of a Facebook video ad, that group created up to 47 percent of the total campaign value. When the time rose to less than 10 seconds, that number jumped up to 74 percent.

The first several seconds are critical, and too often the hook isn’t there, or it isn’t enough to pique the interest of a reader.

Capturing the attention of your viewers at the very beginning and keeping them for just eight seconds will work wonders for your content efforts. Keep in mind that value increases the longer people watch and that the number of views alone is not necessarily an indication of video value; it’s OK to experiment with shorter video content.

And if you ever doubt the power of marketing a somewhat boring product, consider Farmer’s Insurance and the creative genius it displays by taking something as mundane as insurance to a whole other level of engagement (read more about that here).

2. Let the Video Tell the Story

When you are ready to show off something new, talk about a new idea, or introduce an exciting content addition, Facebook 360 is a powerful content tool you can use to put all that goodness into an interactive format.

As an example, rather than simply announcing a special event, you can take your users inside the experience by shooting video and leaving them with an invitation to join. 360 video is also an exciting option for demonstrating products, interviewing clients, and showcasing a specific location.

Like outer space, for example. Have you ever been to Mars? You can now, thanks to NASA and 360.

3. Don’t Overlook the Mobile Experience

Did you know that a whopping 92 percent of mobile video consumers share videos with people they know? That number alone is one reason to make mobile content marketing a priority in 2017, and Facebook 360 videos and photos can help.

By taking a medium that is quickly growing as the primary source of Internet access and equipping the audience with more exciting photos and videos, the potential for engagement could rise in ways we can’t quite imagine right now.

Getting Started with Facebook 360

While there is still much to learn about all the possibilities that exist with Facebook 360, the content reach looks to be wide open. When this type of technology is combined with high-quality content that is relevant and consistent, there is no limit to who can be reached with a brand’s story or message.

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The Importance Of Adding Content Marketing To Your 2017 Marketing Plan

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Sparky Parker


Content marketing has become the buzz word in the last few years. Because of the latest algorithms that Google has put in place, it has become increasingly important that website owners produce content that will captivate readers and engage them.

Content marketing offers businesses the opportunity to connect with customers by producing content that is relevant and educational. It is an excellent way to build your brand and be seen as an expert, which is vital for attracting new business.

Mobile devices are being used regularly to access the internet and the content that is created needs to target these consumers. When you are trying to pinpoint the exact demographic you are marketing to, it is essential that you consider the methods they will be using to log on. For instance, if you are targeting teen girls who are still in high school, it is important that all of your content can easily be read on a mobile device since this is the main method they would use to get online.

You should also target users who are likely to share your content with others. In the same vein, you must create content that is so compelling people cannot help but spread the word. Instead of the stale, bland content, everyone is used to, here are a few ideas to help get people talking and sharing.

 

  • Create interactive content that people will need to toy around with. For example, create a quiz that is relevant to your business. They will fill it out, get results and share it with their friends so they can test their smarts as well.

    – Internet speeds have risen globally in 2016. As a result, you can feel more comfortable creating content that is filled with graphics. Images command much more attention than plain words on a screen.

    Most successful businesses use content marketing to their advantage. If you are not doing the same, it will be far too easy for you to slip through the cracks. Not only do you have to create content, but you have to make it better than anything else that is available.

  • You can use content marketing as part of your email marketing strategy as well. By writing compelling subject lines, sending emails at ideal times and creating landing pages that match the messages that are sent out are all excellent ways to make people read what you send. Be sure that the subject line aligns with the content that you are sending your readers to read, otherwise, you could be marked as a spammer.

     

  • By taking the time and creating content that is relevant and useful, you will attract people to your website. You can share your content on the many social sites and you won’t have to rely so much on Google to get visitors to your site.

    Each year, content marketing strategies must change in order to fit the times. The methods being used will evolve over time, but the fact remains that this is currently and always will be one of the most effective ways to reach your intended audience.

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Get More Sales And Grow Your Business By Generating Leads From Facebook

Posted By: Dori O’Neill

When you are trying your best to generate new leads, it is essential to try all possible channels. If you have never considered using Facebook for this purpose, now is the time to start. Here are some pointers that will help you be more successful than you ever imagined.

Create A Professional Looking Facebook Page
If you are trying to give people the idea that you are a solid business owner and you have what they need, your page has to reflect that. The first order of business is making sure that you create a business page instead of using a personal page for this purpose. Business pages are more accessible and people will be able to like and follow you without waiting for approval.
Here are several things that will help create a professional vibe on your page:
– Fill in every piece of information on the page. Incomplete profiles give people the idea that a company may not be legitimate.
– Avoid making errors on the page. Grammar and spelling mistakes are very amateurish and no one will take it seriously.
– Use your company logo as a profile picture. Branding is one of the keys to business success, so it certainly applies when your goal is to generate leads.
The more professional a page looks, the more likely people will be to take your business seriously. This is essential when you are seeking new leads.
Start A Contest
This is a good way to call attention to your business on Facebook. Offer people the opportunity to win some of your products for referring others to the page. Keep in mind that the prize offered should be relevant to your business. For example, a landscaper that offers a free consultation will generate more valuable leads than one who offers an iPhone. If they offer the latter, people will only come for the phone and leave once the contest is complete and they realize they don’t actually need what you are offering.
Use The 80/20 Rule
When you are offering content on your page, it should not all be focused on making sales. You have to strike a balance between offering useful content and trying to sell your products and services. For best results, 80 percent should be content that offers information and has great value, while 20 percent should be promotional materials. Businesses tend to generate more leads when it does not seem like they are trying too hard. Desperation is a real deal breaker, so try your best not to look like you are seriously in need.
Use The Promoted Posts Feature
Most people who have Facebook accounts do not see posts from all of the pages they have liked. Once they have hit the Like button, it is rare for them to see posts from the page in their newsfeed. They have to revisit the actual page in order to view the things you post. This is not likely to happen when they have liked thousands of pages.
The solution to this is to take advantage of the Promoted Posts feature. You pay a fee and Facebook makes sure that your posts appear at the top of user’s newsfeeds. Always use a great image and title to capture the attention of your targeted audience.
By following these tips, it won’t be long until you begin to see an increase in the number of people who want to do business with your company.


Albert B Hammond

Try Out These Simple Network Marketing Tips Today!

There is a lot of information about network marketing that can be confusing for the beginner. This can be extremely difficult, but the tips in this article will get you on the right track to success. Take the following ideas in the below article, and run with them.

Starting off with a well thought out business plan can help you make your network marketing endeavors more successful more quickly. Include the goals you want to accomplish, how you will reach those goals, and the time frame it will take to achieve them. Figure out things like how many people you need to buy your product and what kind of marketing campaign you’re going to use.

Consider making social marketing a integral part of your marketing scheme. Create different groups to create interest on certain niches for the products and to help create prospect relationships. You should also create separate webpages for each of your products on all of the popular social networking websites.

Customers come first! In network marketing your focus should be on your customers’ needs. These needs are the most imperative, as you gain your profits from your clients. Only talk about 20% of the time. Spend the other 80% of the conversation listening.

Make a board that contains all of your goals to focus on in network marketing. Consider all of the things that you want to accomplish with your business. Do you desire owning a fast car, a mansion, or a yacht?

Positively encourage participation and communication with people in your down line. Are they confused and overwhelmed? Is there a problem that you are unaware of? Get to know the members of your network by encouraging questions and being willing to assist in resolving issues. When everyone is participating, your team will work the best.

Think outside the box when you are creating content for your media. Cover ALL the bases!

5 Things You Need To Promote

Posted By: Larry Johnson

I have always been impressed with those webmasters and others online who do such a great job of promoting their business.

If two more-or-less equally skilled persons start a business on the internet, how is it that one of them does great and the other fails?

They must have some secret weapon that I haven’t discovered yet. At least that is what I used to think, but I was wrong.

Here are 5 characteristics with which I believe anyone can improve their promotional efforts. These are present in most all successful online workers.

– Organization

Basically, they have a plan that they use each week to approach the task of promotion of their business.

Something as simple as a checklist of tasks and activities for each day of the week.

A simple system that they use each day, and it keeps them on track…away for distractions.

I had a good friend who used to say, “Plan your work, and work your plan”.

She was a very successful business woman that followed her own advice.

– Consistency

They have surveyed lot of online methods and determined the ones they will use. Once they have selected those methods they stay with them.

They don’t jump around each day or so looking for the “magic bullet” with which to promote.

Hard work and consistency are keys in the daily activities of the successful online worker.

– Determination

They aren’t easily swayed by the latest email offer online. Although they are open to new changes and software that can improve their efficiency.

They are not distracted to the point they lose momentum in their weekly checklist of activities and tasks.

I’ll have to admit that email is a big distracter for me. If I would spend as much time promoting as I do with email, I would do a lot better job.

– Helpfulness

I think I see this attitude of wanting to share and be helpful to others in most all of the ones who have made it ‘big” online.

Reaching back and giving a hand to someone to help them up the hill seems to come easily to many of them.

I believe it was Zig Ziglar who said, “You can have anything you want as long as your willing to help others get what they want”.

It’s a good philosophy we might all adopt.

– Faith

They believe in themselves and what they are selling. They know that their product or service is good and many will benefit from it.

They are never involved in anything that is shady, or illegal. They seem to make a great effort to select and promote legitimate items and services.

I respect that in them.

– Larry

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Desire Network Marketing Success – Get Leads

So when you’re composing the title tag for your websites, make sure that it contains your targeted keywords together with your city and your state. This will make the search engines’ jobs easier and they’ll put you right in front of your target market. This takes place to be the single most vital on a page dc SEO agency strategy that you should not ignore. Keep in mind that when it concerns title tags, fewer keywords are constantly better.

SEO reporting will not be totally effective without having the ability to discover out how rivals are carrying out on SERPs. You can then utilize this information to gauge the level of success you are getting with your own efforts. Knowing about the share of voice in SEO reporting involves knowing how to fish out your competitors. You need to know the best ways to focus your keywords into tight groups so as to understand who else is dealing with them. An important thing to consider during this element of SEO link building reporting is that you have to use keywords with comparable search volumes as a way to track down rivals according to the traffic levels they are acquiring.

Getting seen in the huge crowd is necessary for all the business which are doing any kind of e-business. All the business which have a web interface battle a lot to get noticed by the search engines. By doing so, the chances of getting more traffic on the website boost. This, in turn, increases the opportunities of getting click resources business. Secret word tags are among the methods used by people to become internet search engine enhanced. Actually, the tags indicate that the web page has actually been tagged with the keyword. That particular keyword is searched really rapidly by the internet search engine. If anyone is searching the web with that certain keyword in mind, she or he will have the ability to reach that web page through an online search engine which has been tagged for that crucial word.

Utilizing websites Local dc SEO firm like Onlywire or tribe pro to syndicate your blog site post will get you numerous back links to your website.Google generally ranks these kinds of back links high since they are deemed user interest. Again be careful the automated links as a lot of too quickly will throw up the red flag to Google unless your website has developed the page rank to deal with high traffic. Getting 2000+ backlinks in a single day on a two-month-old blog will generally be frowned on.

Backlinks in article marketing techniques are what ranks short articles. It’s how Google assesses the popularity of a post, r at least one of the ways. There a couple of types of backlinks; the significant categories being internal and external links. You can also break them down by authority also. The greater an authority website you link to the nicer that link is ranked.

When your website is optimized, it is time to do off-site optimization. It does not indicate that you need to submit to company listings. In truth, this is not necessary if you simply wish to get high rankings for local search of Google. You may need to do so if you are likewise targeting a greater rank on Bing.

A niche company will have an experience in your market and likely have on-hand a great set of places from which they can get a connect to your site. They will have a better understanding of the kinds of targets that will produce the highest conversions, and how to get that traffic to your site.

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Successful Multi-level Marketing Tips To Propel You Forward

To some people, MLM is an exciting, flourishing industry. For others, it’s just a way to get by. If you keep at it and follow a sound strategy, you will be able to succeed.

Many people have the mistaken notion that quantity trumps quality when it comes to MLM. In reality, quality always wins. Profits result when you have dedicated workers who are giving the needed effort to cultivate their own extended networks.

TIP! One way to look at network marketing is as a mad dash to recruit the maximum possible number of people. Instead, approach this with a mindset that you are here to help others, and build your strategy from that.

If you want to be a serious network marketer, you eventually need your own website. Social media marketing can help you get started. An interesting and well-written

TIP! Even if you’re not able to build a website straight away, using social networking can be a great start in building your contacts. Posting a lively, interactive blog that is updated often will frequently draw lots of visitors.

Become the leader of your MLM campaigns. Exercise your creativity and come up with ways to market that no one else is using. A unique approach could increase your sales and even prompt imitation by jealous competitors. It is easy to copy other’s ideas, but being original can really pay off big for you.

Consider outsourcing your simpler MLM tasks. You might be limited in manpower and resources and this would help with your advertising. This will also free up your valuable time so that you can concentrate on other business matters.

blog, coupled with an active presence in social media networks, can give you a good start. You need to boost your online presence to grow your network. Remember a well designed and active blog helps too.

Put together a vision board that reminds you of your multilevel marketing goals. Exactly what are your goals for your business? Would you like to have a fancy car or a lot of clothes?

Do not neglect to allocate time to spend with your family and friends. Not only will this help reduce stress, it will also help you maintain healthy relationships. The initial, demanding start-up period should not be extended too long; as your marketing effort grows established and profitable, you certainly ought to include more family time in your schedule.

Treat your multilevel marketing as a business at all times. You are setting yourself up for failure if you believe that working online for only a few hours each week is going to make you wealthy in a short amount of time. Like any other business, multilevel marketing requires you to work extra-hard to really bring in the big bucks. Make a pact with yourself to put your nose to the grindstone every single day, and you will start to profit in your multilevel marketing business.

Your marketing strategy must focus on upholding the values and business qualities that have made other distributors’ leadership management so successful. If you can mimic their successful thought processes, then you can borrow on their success.

If you are encountering an obstacle, do not always try to deal with it by yourself. Use your network, and get help from the other employees of your company. By not realizing you need some help, you could fail. Don’t let the problem drag on for too long either, make it known to those who can help early on.

MLM is an opportunity to start a thriving business from your home, or a way to expand your already existing business. Establishing your own marketing team to carry the word of your company is a great marketing model. This helps you expand your customer base while affording you the time to focus on your product line.

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The Steps Before Website Traffic

Posted By: Mike Burke
By now, you probably already have the theme of your website established, your keywords picked and your website ready to go live. You’re thinking that you’ll submit your site to the search engines, sit back and see how much traffic the search engines will send you, right?

STOP! There are many different avenues you can take to drive traffic to your site but they should only be taken after you make the search engines your first priority. The search engines should be your foundation. They’ll always send you a certain amount of traffic if you have a high page rank.

IMPORTANT!

Your website must be ‘set up’ for a high page rank in the search engines and it’s important to do it ‘before’ you submit your site for the first time. Here’s the reason why:

Usually, after you submit your website to the search engines for the first time, your website will be ‘spidered’ fairly quickly and hopefully your site will be listed on one of the top pages.

Your website may not get ‘spidered’ again for months so if you make changes to optimize your site, you may not see your changes take effect for quite a while. You could be stuck on a back page, if any page at all, for a very long time.

Without getting into the mechanics of designing your website, here are the basics of setting up your website to be search engine friendly.

THE FIRST STEP is to establish the main keyword for your site. This is the word or phrase that you want people to type into the search engines to find your website. It’s important to have your site focused around your main keyword.

Let’s say you have a site dedicated to ‘building your own home’ so we’ll use ‘home building’ as our main keyword example.

THE NEXT STEP is to create a title for your website and to place it in the ‘title tag’ of your site. The ‘title tag’ should be the first tag in the ‘head’ of your site and it’s important because many search engines use the contents of the ‘title tag’ as the title of the listing. They also look for keywords in the title and your main keyword should be the first words in the title.

Generally, your title should be no more than 40 characters and, again, it should begin with your main keyword. Try to avoid using ‘stop words’ in your title. Stop words are transition words such as – and, but, or, for, with, etc.

Here’s a possible title using our example main keyword ‘home building’ – Home Building – Home Construction Plans

Notice our main keyword is first, the title is less than 40 characters (39), there are no stop words and we managed to sneak in 3 secondary keywords – home construction, construction plans, and home construction plans. Clever huh?

THE NEXT STEP is to create a ‘keywords meta tag’. This is where you list all the keywords you want to use for your website starting with your ‘main keyword’. A good rule of thumb is to use about 20 keywords and your main keyword should be contained in about half of them.

Using our example keyword ‘home building’ our keywords could be – home building, home construction, home building plans, home building cost, construction plans, etc.

Notice I didn’t use our main keyword ‘home building’ twice in a row. For example – home building, home building plans, etc. Search engines might see this as spam and it could hurt your ranking.

THE NEXT STEP is to create a ‘description meta tag’. This is where you describe your website and, again, you should start with your main keyword.

Keep your description to about 150 characters, use as few ‘stop words’ as you can and sprinkle in as many secondary keywords as possible.
Make your description interesting because search engines often use the contents in your ‘description meta tag’ as the description of your website in the listing.

THE NEXT STEP is to use your keywords often in the body of your website. Make sure your ‘main keyword’ is somewhere in the beginning and at the end of the body of your page.

It’s a good idea to use your main keyword in an ‘h1’ tag and a few of your secondary keywords in an ‘h2’ tag. This tells the search engines that you put importance on your keywords.

It’s also a good idea to underline your main keyword no more than once and to use bold text for your main keyword no more than once.

Although there are other factors that determine your position in the search engines, having the basics of what search engines look for will give you a much better chance of making that elusive first page and driving consistent website traffic to your site.

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How to Create Raving Fans

In this week’s show Eric talks about what drives the whole business building machine, and that is a concept called Raving Fans.

As you’re building your network marketing business, one of the most important things to do is to create a culture of raving fans about your product or service. People are so passionate about your product or service that they’re sharing it with the entire world.

According to Eric in order to create Raving Fans, there are a number of things that you need to do within your organization. The first is your own personal passion. You need to be the number one cheerleader. Perhaps you have heard from leaders or others that the product doesn’t matter, it is all about the opportunity, and Eric says that belief does not serve you, nor the business. Some the biggest earners are Raving Fans, and what that means is, without product sales, there is no opportunity. So number one is a chief raving fan.

The second way is to create your own product or service story. That means you need to use the products whenever appropriate and to use them publicly whenever you can so you can brag about it. As Eric further explains when you start telling your product or service story, and other people in the organization see that they’re going to start telling their product or service story. So start creating a culture where everybody is sharing stories. However, just because maybe that was the result for you, it might not be the result for everyone so make sure the stories are within the compliance of your company and what you can legally say. There is no need to over-hype it or exaggerate.

The third way to become a raving fan is through training. The more people know about the products or services and how they’re delivered and how they’re created, the background behind them, and the studies and the whatever, the people behind the products. They more they know about it, the more passionate they’re going to get. The best companies and leaders have training on the product or service all of the time. They are training and educating people.

As Eric explains, the reason you need to be a raving fan and to create raving fans is for retention. People will stay in the business longer and people stay customers longer. This creates stability and builds residual income. And in conclusion, Eric offers this: “join me in creating a culture all over network marketing, all over the world, of raving fans because that’s going to help all of us get the result that we really want in our business. It’s also going to help us spread the word about the importance and valuable products and services that people really need in their lives.”