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Monday Roundup: Conversations

Waxing UnLyrical

Conversation.” Conversations, when initiated and managed well, can drive reputation, expand reach, and build brand loyalty. This This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on conversations. Image: AJ Cann via Flickr, CC 2.0. 1.  Exercises for Writing Conversationally. How does your business spark conversations?

The Practical Guide to Writing Conversational Copy

ProBlogger

Image by Flickr user Rohit Rath. Conversational copy is one of the best ways of creating engagement with a reader. Famous copywriter John Caples delcares conversational copy to be about “You + Me.”. Many people believe they have to be a skilled copywriter to write conversationally. The basics of conversational copy are simple: write like you speak. You don’t!

The One Tip That Took My Blog To New Levels. Stop Caring.

SocMed Sean

I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now and as I look back over those years, I’m amazed at how much I have learned. Not just from researching and writing articles, but form the comments/feedback that I have received and the conversations that have been sparked with others via social networks like Twitter. My blog became about me. They helped me grow by blog.

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12 Ways To Make Your WordPress Blog Cleaner And Cuter

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: tamra hays via Flickr, CC 2.0 What this does is let you select a certain number of blogs from your blogroll, and only that number of blogs will be displayed. Initially I was trying to find something that worked with Flickr, but then I stumbled upon Cincopa. love how, when you click on an image, it starts the slideshow right on your blog! Neat. 3. Seriously!

How to Write a Great Business Blog Post

SocialFish

Seems that everyone’s churning out content these days – but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to write a really good blog post that grabs interest and keeps it. Here are just a few tips that might just help your blog writing stand out from the crowd. 1. In fact, it is through those conversations and disagreements that we all learn, and that makes us all better.

Blogging: Just like riding a bike.

SocialFish

One of the great things about Lindy’s post is her number one action for creating valuable content – writing a blog post, updating your website, or hosting a Twitter chat. we want to spark a conversation with you!” Blogging is inherently human. It’s a fascinating expedition into making conversations happen that often aren’t possible IRL due to time, distance, or dissonance.

Flickr Friday: The Content Grid

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « 5 Helpful Social Search Articles | Main | Twitter announces #NewTwitter » September 10, 2010 Flickr Friday: The Content Grid A content marketing framework that plots type and channel across two dimensions: who should create it (a single owner or the entire staff) and how it should be distributed for maximum impact on the sales funnel.

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101 Vital Social Media and Digital Marketing Statistics for (the Rest of) 2013

Webbiquity SMM

To that end, 94.7% of all marketers love blog posts about marketing statistics. The second-most popular tier includes YouTube, blogging and LinkedIn. The least popular major networks are Flickr, Tumblr and StumbleUpon. ( B2B Infographics ). 24% say marketing’s influence on sales and 16% cite conversion rate as the key metrics. 500 companies maintain a blog.

Open Community Case Study – Food Bank

SocialFish

They start conversations that will get their fans talking and thinking about hunger. Their Their Flickr page and YouTube channel are used to support Food Bank activities, for example, displaying photos taken at community events. One of their most effective unofficial outposts is the NC School of Science & Math food drive blog where they’re going for the world record in March.

Flickr Friday: Sexist Profiling on Twitter

Firebelly

» June 04, 2010 Flickr Friday: Sexist Profiling on Twitter Heres an interesting look at a breakdown of the several different Twitter user types. Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Jakes Take: Fresh Logos, Fresher Coffee | Main | YouTube Tuesday: I Can Make You Go Viral! Its kind of sexist really. Nevertheless, it still makes for an interesting read.

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6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

Convince & Convert

If you have a conversation with any WordPress developer, they’ll likely tell you that less is more when it comes to plugins. This popular plugin lets you incorporate all of your social sharing buttons into a customizable bar that sits on the top or side of each blog post for easy sharing. No Google or Flickr search necessary. Digg Digg. All in One SEO Pack. Photo Dropper.

How To Start a Blog in 7 Days

Kikolani

just don’t have the commitment to build a better blog in 31 days. In fact, I don’t think anyone needs 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. You have the talent, you have the passion, and, evidently, you have the desire to improve your blog. Let’s build a blog people want to read. Your blog is better already as you read this sentence! Why do you blog?

PB169: Single Author Blog to Multi Author Blog – How to Make the Transition

ProBlogger

Transitioning From Single Author Blog to Multi Author Blog. In today’s lesson, I want to talk about hiring writers for your blog. In order to do so, I want to share a case study of how I took my own photography blog from a single author blog, publishing 3 posts a week, to a blog that now has around 50 writers, and I don’t write anything. Full Transcript.

44 Blogging Questions and Answers

Kikolani

would have to say that it was the fastest and hardest I’ve typed within one hour, but it was a great experience where I got to really learn a lot about what blogging questions people have today. Social Media Examiner’s Live Blogging Q&A. Question: I have a wordpress blog and am considering hosting it myself so that the site name looks more professional. Enjoy!

15 Reasons Your PR Pitches Suck

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: JKönig via Flickr, CC 2.0 Image: Andy Field (Hubmedia) via Flickr, CC 2.0 Image: marissaorton via Flickr, CC 2.0 11. Image: Leo Reynolds via Flickr, CC 2.0 So when you send an email to a journalist, with a terse introductory note telling them to “please read the press release below,&# do you really think they will be enchanted? And O.M.G. And that was it.

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Connecting Your Business Blog with Your Readers (How-to)

Waxing UnLyrical

Does your business blog have the livelihood of a funeral? When you look around at your blog and analytics, what do you see? You have absolutely no evidence whatsoever that anyone even cares remotely about your blog. What’s going wrong with your business blog?! Blogging for business purposes is (still) relatively new. Guess which got more conversions? Wrong.

Monday Roundup: Blogging

Waxing UnLyrical

Blogging is a great way to start conversations, share ideas, and build your online community. Whether through guest posts or original content on your own site, blogging can help your brand gain traction (I mean, just look at me!). So this week, the roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on blogging. Image: Mike Licht via Flickr, CC 2.0. 1. 

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Blog World LA 2011 Recap – Session Notes and Experiences from #BWELA

Kikolani

Because I decided the night before, until 2:30am in the morning, was a great time to update my blog with new pages for my favorite subjects ( blogging , business , SEO , and social media ) and my new services. We chatted for a bit about guest blogging (he’s posted just about everywhere including Mashable and Social Media Examiner ). Did you go to Blog World?

Writing Around the Web – Social Media, Google Analytics, and Conversions

Kikolani

Writing Around the Web is a monthly series highlighting guest posts I’ve written on blogging, business, SEO, social media, and other topics! 50+ Awesome Posts on Conversions – Catch up on the latest and greatest information in this list of over 50 awesome posts on conversions from 2011. Something for everyone, from blogging to social media, landing pages to squeeze pages, increasing conversions vs. conversion killers, design, and more! Goals allow you to see which traffic sources and content lead to the most conversions on your website.

The Perception of Social Media Marketing: it’s a Free Lunch

Conversionation

No, you won’t necessarily go bankrupt for not using social media marketing and not every single business on this planet needs a Twitter account or even a blog. Increase profits by offering proper, relevant and personalized customer service and communication, resulting in conversion and customer engagement. Conversion? Interesting is also this little fact on social media monitoring: Belgian companies that use it, spend increasingly less time following what is said on blogs (a drop from 14% to….1%!) More graphs can be found on Flickr or via the press release.

6 Surefire Ways to Convert Traffic from Your Blog

Writtent Blog

While the basic function of a business blog is to convert your visitors into leads and eventually sales, you still want to entertain, educate, and delight. When you notice your conversion rates are low, there’s a good chance you’re not living up to your end of the bargain. So, what can you do to keep those conversions coming? Image credit: Flickr. Image credit: Flickr.

Top 25 Must Read Content Marketing Blogs

Writtent Blog

The marketing industry is diverse and ever changing, and one of the easiest ways to stay on top is to read the most relevant and pertinent blogs. There are thousands of marketing blogs out there that focus on different aspects of the marketing industry from optimization, conversion, advertising, and content. image credit: Flickr. Blog Growth. ’ 2. ’ 7.

Parsing Social Networks

Geoff Livingston

In the era of niche social networks we are left with many choices for tools and conversations. recent discussion on Ken Mueller’s blog about the creep factor online caused me to reflect on parsing social networks for professional success and personal enjoyment. At the same time, there are too many diverse groups within my Facebook friends to make it an easy place to converse.

7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog

ProBlogger

This week on ProBlogger we’ve been looking at the topic of building community on a blog. We started by identifying 9 benefits and 3 costs of community on a blog and then looked at 5 stages of building community on a blog. Today I want to dig deeper into some specific things to DO to build community on your blog. 1. Write in a Conversational Voice.

The Bamboo Project Blog

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The Bamboo Project Blog. The Power of Blogging ISNT Just in Reading Them. RANT ALERT! ) In a few weeks were going to be looking at blogs in the Work Literacy course. As we think about that module and the fact that for most people, their primary interaction with blogs is to read them, Im growing impatient with this idea from a learning perspective. Week 3-- Blogs.

5 Ways To Spice Up Your WordPress Blog

Waxing UnLyrical

If you’re just getting started blogging (or maybe even if you’ve been doing it a while), here are some WordPress plugins I really really like. Image: terren in Virginia via Flickr, CC 2.0 1. really like its functionality, plus it’s a great way for folks to search on your blog as well as on the Interwebz without actually leaving your blog. Right? Apture.

No One “Consumes” Social Media

Geoff Livingston

No one goes home and says, “I think I’ll consume Facebook for three hours.&# “How about some Disqus or Quora at dinner, this is boring.&# Or, “Can I have some Flickr for that blog?&#. Impressions about brands are formed through diverse experiences, media types as well as peer conversations, usually as a body of work. Image by ugod. Just a movie?

Dear Airtel: It is about Customers & Conversations

The Marketing Blog

Home About In the Media Startup Life: Diary of a First Generation Entrepreneur My Contribution at PaulWriter.com July 22, 2010.4:44 pm Dear Airtel: It is about Customers & Conversations Jump to Comments It was one of those evenings, when we were not in a mood to work. The conversation began with my first tweet. It wasn’t human for sure, it was ‘Automated’ and was understandably defeating the whole purpose of conversations through Social Media. The scope of my blog-posts span across the Enterprise 2.0 The worst was yet to come. Keep it up!

Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

ProBlogger

Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog.

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Why Livefyre Is The Best Blog Comment System Evah

Waxing UnLyrical

This is part of the Blogging for Grasshoppers series. If you publish a blog, there are three things I want to tell you today. I’ll give you the short version, and then the long version. Image: elventear via Flickr, CC 2.0. 2. If not, here’s the long version. I’m not one to get overly excited by blog comment systems, but this one has me blown away.

Customize Your Blog's Error Page in 5 Easy Steps

Waxing UnLyrical

Waxing UnLyrical personal, possibly poetic, musings on public relations, media, communication, and everything in between About Shonali Customize Your Blog’s Error Page in 5 Easy Steps November 4th, 2010 Tweet This is part of the Blogging for Grasshoppers series Here’s how to customize your 404 error page in 5 easy steps which is a wise thing to do for bloggers, grasshoppers or not.

The Bamboo Project Blog

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The Bamboo Project Blog. Massive list posts ("50+ Ways to Use Flickr," "100 Social Media Resources", etc.) Flickr photo via BTal. You can: Take a picture (or several) and upload them to Flickr or to your blog. Write about your hometown in your blog. They are: For the most comments on a wide range of blogs (not just the â??topâ?? After several frustrating minutes of conversation, I ultimately gave up. Flickr photo via ragesoss. Flickr photo via wok. Next. » Wondering What This Blog is All About?

8 Steps to Building Your Blog Into a Community

ProBlogger

There are other people blogging about the same subject as you, maybe better or maybe worse—but, as you probably have figured out by now, content is no longer king; context is. Getting repeat readers who become brand ambassadors for you is pertinent to the success of your blog. There are a lot of great blog posts about creating communities , but this one is different.

Enterprise 2.0 Conversations

The Marketing Blog

Conversations Jump to Comments Image by cambodia4kidsorg via Flickr Over the course of December, I have been closely following Jacob Morgan ‘s blog-posts on Social Media , emerging Enterprise 2.0 He has been having a series of exciting conversations with industry veteran Wendy Troupe and some of the points discussed are absolutely amazing ! Conversations (themarketingblog.wordpress.com) [.] Conversations (themarketingblog.wordpress.com) [.] Conversations [link] #e20 #enterprise20 #conversation… Reply Tweets that mention Enterprise 2.0

Public Relations Lessons From Jesus, The Apostles And The Bible

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: Martin LaBar via Flickr, Creative Commons And even many non-Christians will be relaxing, perhaps joining in the revelry (as many of my friends did when I was growing up in India). Shannon Pauls Very Official Blog Spin Sucks TopRank Online Marketing Blog Writing Boots - David Murray Love WUL? Oh, one other thing: my blog = my sandbox. Here are three. Jesus.

Why Protecting Your Twitter Profile is a Bad Idea

Waxing UnLyrical

used to be to click through to their profile, read their bio, follow their site/blog link, look at their timeline, and if, after doing all that, they seemed smart/interesting/unusual, I’d follow them. (I’ve stopped doing this now and basically just follow back people who engage with me… and no, they don’t have to be following me first.). My M.O. What do you think?

The One Thing You Should Be Doing on Your Blog to Create More Engagement

ProBlogger

Image via Flickr user realpeopleeatplants. Wouldn’t it be great if you were getting twice as many blog post comments as you do now? They spur conversation that might even help you to create new content. And as you may know, people who engage with your blog are more likely to become loyal fans who buy from you and share your content with their tribe. General

Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media.

Convince & Convert

Blog Comments (The blog is on WordPress) Disqus This is what I use to manage comments here at Convince & Convert. ChatCatcher This is a nice little tool that finds Tweets about your blog posts, and automatically adds them as comments. Flickr Creative Commons Search This is my go-to source for photos for the blog and presentations. Using Flickr’s advanced search, you can browse photos that are specifically made available under a Creative Commons license , allowing you to use them with attribution in blog posts, etc. Smart. Nifty.

Social Media Marketing Tips and Tricks for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and More

Pamorama

The team at Vocus has researched the latest and greatest trends in marketing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Flickr. On Flickr, the goal is to enjoy high-quality photos in collections, so only post your best ones. Example: Facilitate conversations that are already happening on Instagram. Twitter. Google+. YouTube.

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Bloggers Block – When The Words Just Won’t Come

SocMed Sean

Frustrated courtesy of M artinaK15 on Flickr via Creative Commons Writer’s block sucks. Blogging often entails a lot more than technical writing. Blogging requires writing, graphic design, search engine optimization, relationship building, social promotion, and a lot more. Did my readers all leave and flock to new blogs? Blogger’s block sucks more. Cheers!