• BILL HARTZER  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] How to Block Semalt.com from Accessing Your Website Using.htaccess
    According to a comment on a recent post : Semalt’s “office” in florida is just a virtual office, like a PO box, which they use to appear legit. 'Yesterday, I wrote a post about how to stop Semalt.com from showing up in your Google Analytics account. Today, in this post, I’ll tell you how to block semalt.com from accessing your website using the site’s.htaccess file. Just as a warning, you need to be a pretty advanced user to do this, as if you do something wrong in the.htaccess file of your website there’s a possibility that you’ll take your website down.
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] This Week in Content: The Social Network That Pays You
    Offering to pay content contributors for every Like, comment and unique view their posts receive, Bubblews still has a long way to go in terms of site design and user experience, but it certainly gives brands something to think about. 'Content marketing hasn’t yet reached full maturity and with new social platforms popping up daily, consumer preferences changing in the blink of an eye, and money being spent hand over fist, it’s shaping up to be a wild ride. Consider this: a social network that pays you for you content. That, and more, in this week’s content roundup. Mashable. AdAge.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Tests ‘Buy’ Button, Twitter Acquires CardSpring
    Let us know in the comments below. 'Check out all the latest social media news from the last two weeks, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, YouTube and Vine: Facebook. Facebook tests new ‘buy’ button for online purchases in U.S. – Facebook is now testing a “buy” button that would allow consumers to purchase products directly from ads on the social network; so far the testing has included “a few small and medium-sized businesses” in the U.S. Reuters). Twitter. Foursquare. Tumblr. YouTube.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] Improving On Competition
    There’s an interesting discussion going on over at the Moz Blog in the comments of Bill Sebald’s article, “ Building Better Content By Improving On Your Competitors.” That is useful stuff, but then it gets even more useful because the comments are full of additional ideas that people share. 'Competitive Intelligence has always been a useful tool for improving your content strategies by looking at what others in the same market are doing. That sense of community is what I am really impressed with.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] Monday Roundup: Context
    Please share in the comments below… you know we love to hear from you! 'The situation within which something happens – or an idea is stated – is often times just as important, if not more so, than what is being conveyed. Context changes meaning, and can often impact your audience’s feelings and, therefore, how they react to your message. This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on context. Image: Cher Amio via Flickr, CC 2.0. Headline Clickbait: PR Science or PR Fail? Metrics: It’s Never “THE” Number; It’s Always “A” Number.
  • VIPER CHILL  |  MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
    [Comments] How to Get a Footer Link from SoundCloud.com (And Why I’m Continuing with “Dark SEO”)
    I’ve made similar comments in multiple blog posts and have always backed it up with as many examples as necessary. I’m always open to feedback on how I can cover the SEO tactics of others in a better way though so please do feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. As always, comments are my best way to know what you think about the content here so I would appreciate any feedback. 'When I first started out with SEO I was determined to be as “whitehat” as possible. had nothing to hide and told him as such. Today I’ll do the same.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Things to Keep in Mind when Running a Contest on Social Media
    Tell us about them in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'If you’re planning on running a contest on social media, be sure to keep these best practices in mind. There is no shortage of brands that have found great success from running a contest on social media. Contests are easy to design, simple to execute and are great ways of activating your social audiences (that can often find themselves dormant). When running a contest on social media, however, it is important to keep a few things in mind both from a superficial level (i.e. what people can see) and internally (i.e.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review July 12 – 19, 2014: Posts and Podcasts
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review July 12 - 19: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts. The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in Review: July 19, 2014 from Mike Sansone. You can catch a complete review, in addition to top links to give your small business a L.I.F.T by subscribing to Whistle Stops Weekly email newsletter.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
    [Comments] Profitability Isn’t an Event; It’s a Habit (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'A financially healthy company is a result of a series of small daily financial wins, not one big moment. Profitability Profitability isn’t an event; it’s a habit. Mike Michalowicz in Profit First. Profitability Isn’t an Event; It’s a Habit (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading Profitability Isn’t an Event; It’s a Habit (Thoughtography) ! Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+. Books Thoughtography
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
    [Comments] TV Shows to Watch for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners (Clips)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'There are some great lessons to be learned from some of these TV shows that can help entrepreneurs and small business owners. Many of these shows can also be viewed online on the show or network site, and some on Hulu. The Profit on CNBC. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Your Business on MSNBC and OPENforum. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Dragon’s Den on CBC. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Shark Tank on ABC. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email?
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #213
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. 'Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "Ouch. That''s a pretty harsh title. But this piece by Tom Engelhardt is a bit of an eye-opener. As corporations get their own votes, their own religions, and their own place in society, it''s hard not to recognize that the government has lost its ability to make big, sweeping changes or undertake vast enterprise. " (Alistair for Hugh). comcast.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
    [Comments] Creative Spark, Thinking Backwards, Capturing Ideas (Video Clips)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. Now, we practice sharing Saturday videos from TED, subscriptions from YouTube, and other videos shared via feeds. Creative Spark: Dustin Lance Black. Seth Godin: Thinking Backwards. The Evernote Web Clipper. Sidart – A Conversation With Food. Creative Spark, Thinking Backwards, Capturing Ideas (Video Clips) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading Creative Spark, Thinking Backwards, Capturing Ideas (Video Clips) !
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
    [Comments] 10 healthier business choices that lead to growth and prosperity
    Share in the comments below to inspire others – we’d love to hear them! 'When building a business you are faced with a billion decisions to make and conflicting advice everyday. Having variety and the freedom to choose is a fabulous position to be in, but with so many options it can result in poor choices that don’t serve you or your business growth. Often the choices we make come from an uninformed place. They lead to wasting time and money, draining your energy and keeping your business small. Tuck in! Plan your weekly schedule instead of winging it. Be specific. Creative writing.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
    [Comments] 2014 World Cup: Social Media Campaign Round-Up
    There have also been 22 million campaign interactions on Facebook  including likes, comments and shares, and #RiskEverything has been used 650,000 times on Twitter. 'The 2014 World Cup was host to countless ad campaigns, and record breaking social media statistics. Here are some of the brands that created tons of social media buzz during the month-long tournament: Adidas . Adidas has been crowned as the ‘ most talked about ‘ brand connected to the 2014 World Cup, generating 1.59 million conversations across Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Tumblr. Adidas reported 5.8 Nike .
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
    [Comments] 13 ½ Business Blogging Tips to Effortlessly Impress Your Readers and Skyrocket Your Sales
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Written by Dan Stelter . Fact : this infographic from 2012 says more than 2 million blog posts were written per day that year! That data’s more than 2 years old – what do you think that number looks like now? The logical question that then comes to mind is how do you actually earn someone’s attention online with all the noise going on? It’s not easy, but if you follow these 13 ½ tips, you’ll do just fine: Write Amazing Headlines. See how this post uses the words “effortlessly,” “impress,” and “skyrocket?” Use Specific, Actionable Content. Guarantee. Agony.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
    [Comments] Business Plan Sample for Cleaning Services Providers
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Submitted by Chuck Dean. Deciding to get involved in the competitive cleaning business is an ambitious choice which could have a lot of positive effects on your future and might bring you a steady income. In order to be successful, however, you have to build a winning strategy which will help you develop your activity faster. Creating a business plan is absolutely necessary for the proper growth of you as a good business person and of your company as a great cleaning service provider. The Nature of Your Cleaning Business. The Products. The Clients. Marketin
  • ARI HERZOG  |  THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
    [Comments] July 17: Turning a New Twitter Leaf
    It was the day when I realized I was commenting and sharing more on Facebook than on Twitter. 'July 17, 2014 was the day when I scrolled through the people I was following on Twitter and realized they were a mix of political people, cultural people, social builders , influencers , tomorrow’s leaders , and others. It was the day when I observed I curate numerous public and private lists (such as the above links), mostly to lurk and learn, but most of the people I was following were not on a list. wondered why I followed people. Was it because they followed me first?
  • PROBLOGGER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
    [Comments] 10 Ways to Exponentially Grow Your Traffic in 30 Days
    If you have any thoughts on any of the ideas mentioned, or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or reach me on Twitter. 'This is a guest contribution from Marcus Taylor of Venture Harbour. In Western cultures, there is a prevailing belief that you ‘work your way to the top’, ‘climb the ladder’, and make slow and steady efforts to achieve success. This way of thinking is undoubtedly a smart approach, particularly for bloggers. However, there is an equally smart, yet opposing, belief that’s more common in certain Eastern cultures: leapfrogging straight to the top. agree.
  • DANNY BROWN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
    [Comments] Are We In Danger of Losing the Right to an Opinion?
    If we lose the right to opine based on fact and experience, and instead are forced to remain silent or face the consequences, we lose more than just a few page views and comments – we lose the very fabric of what makes the web what it is today. 'Total Back in 2009, I published a post about online watch sales company Melrose Jeweler’s. The post dissected a press release Melrose had put out , suggesting how the actor Owen Wilson had been saved from suicide by seeing his wonderful Rolex watch, and realizing life was worth living. Ridiculous, right? Or worse. Source. Total.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
    [Comments] At Least One
    Consider leaving a comment! 'I’m thinking. about not writing a blog post today. missing a day isn’t a bad practice. apologizing for missing a day (or any amount of time) could be a bad practice. if nobody shares my stuff, does that mean they don’t like it? if I write a post that nobody shares, should I still share it later? once wrote a post about eye rests. still share that via email at least three times weekly. also wrote an update which I should share more often. if at least one person finds value in what I write, say, or share – is that enough? Brain Stew
  • FEVER BEE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
    [Comments] The Myth Of The Superusers
    On every platform you'll find people that have reviewed thousands of books, posted hundreds of thousands of comments, attended every single event in the sector, have 1m+ friends etc. 'Superusers exist. But it's bunk to think that you can recruit them.    It's almost impossible to identify them. Previous experience in other communities/platforms doesn't predict future effort. In fact, those highly active elsewhere are  less  likely to be highly active in your community. Why would they participate? Not all will become superusers.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
    [Comments] Bubblews: The Social Network That Pays Users To Post
    'Today marks the official launch of  Bubblews (the combination of “bubbles” and “news”), a new social media website that pays its users for each view, like and comment.  As users browse other posts, they have the ability to “follow” other users, “star” a post or leave a comment. Users are then alerted with a notification and earn compensation (1 cent ) for every star, comment and view of their own posts. The main newsfeed on Bubblews. Like Twitter and Facebook, Bubblews has developed its own language.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
    [Comments] The Art of Influence for Great Copywriters
    Let us know about it in the comments. 'Image source. Some people are naturally charismatic and persuasive, and persuasiveness is the hallmark of  truly great copywriters. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to come naturally. No matter what you start with, the art of persuasion is one that great copywriters can and must learn. Are you a persuasive person? Does it show in your copy? If you’re not sure whether your copy is compelling your readers to take action, here are some pointers and techniques that can help jump start your persuasive copywriting skills. Understand Your Audience. Connect.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Actions and Behaviors to Play Well With Others
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Along the lines of our 5 Profitable Practices (PROS) here are 5 Actions and Behaviors that can influence your business presence. Connecting – Networking with Others. recently read the results of a survey  that showed how networking was not only where the largest marketing spend is, but that networking is also the most profitable of marketing activities. Connecting, whether online or offline, leads to other connections. You don’t need to be bold, obnoxious, or even extroverted to be a good connector or networker. Mistakes are Tuition. Two actually.
  • DREW'S MARKETING MINUTE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
    [Comments] Marketing automation — evil or misunderstood?
    Recently, the folks at Marketo asked me to comment on the question “ can big data lead to big love?” ” Check out the article and my comments. 'When the subject of marketing automation comes up, many purists shake their head and talk about how robotic and impersonal it is. Well — if you do it badly, that’s very true. In that case — you really do make your potential customers feel like they’re just a number to you and that you treat everyone the same, with little regard to their specific needs. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
    [Comments] Components, Chunks, and Pieces
    Consider leaving a comment! 'A man I used to work for, in his late 70”s but with the body and mind of a man much younger, used to take a full week to read the Sunday paper. He was always in the midst of reading the Sunday paper. When he finished with one, the new edition arrived. found this out the hard way, having almost thrown away a Sunday paper off his desk on a Thursday afternoon. He said he read the paper in chunks and pieces. By doing so, he could process, reflect, and even return to an article during the week. Almost like having a conversation with the article.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
    [Comments] Get Social Media and Business Advice and Tips with the Jay Today Show
    Please leave comments here, on Youtube, on iTunes (reviews would be SO helpful), or just email me at jay at convince and convert dot com. 'This is an exciting day for me. Today is the debut of my new video podcast: Jay Today. have the weekly Social Pros podcast , but that show is devoted to showcasing the incredible social media professionals who join us as guest. have the  Baer Facts interviews I do with Kyle Lacy from ExactTarget, but they are once a week or so. I Plus, with my travel schedule, I needed a way to create short-form content on-the-fly. Thus, Jay Today ! What Do You Think?
  • WEBBIQUITY SMM  |  TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
    [Comments] The Future of Digital Marketing According to the Giants
    Combining the technology on data tracking and analysis with the innovations in wearable technology, we can expect marketers to combine behavioral indicators—such as the rate of ‘likes’, comments, shares, the applications users open first, and the date, time, location and other specifics of their online interaction—with physical indicators tracked by a smartwatch or some other wearable gadget. 'Guest post by Clayton Wood. Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have been making acquisitions that could change the way digital marketing is done in the near future. Let’s have a look. Their solution?
  • SOCIAL WAYNE  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] Can ESSENCE Festival be the SXSW for African- Americans?
    ” and the comments were surprising. 'This was my first year attending ESSENCE Music Festival. The event is targeted primary to African- Americans women and this year had record attendance reaching 550,000 attendees. ESSENCE is a true mix of music, entrepreneurial workshops, trade shows, film/tv screenings and panels. The only big piece missing from ESSENCE is more technology. This year ESSENCE held it’s first “tech village” in partnership with YESWECODE. IMHO it was a great start but was very underserved every time I walked over. essencefest? is ?#?sxsw? Part 8.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] Do You Tweet? Millennials Do!
    He did it all throughout the game, after every play, and I am sure he was tweeting comments that he wasn’t saying to those of us in the same room. 'I just watched the final game of the World Cup (so sad to see Argentina’s tears) and I watched it with a 25-year-old guy who kept whipping out his phone and tweeting. According to Twitter’s recent study, Four insights about millennials on Twitter , he is like 71% of the users in his age bracket who sign into the platform one or more times a week. How Millennials Use Twitter. Basically, the millennial tweets to connect.
  • FIREBELLY  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] Consumptions: The Hidden Facebook Engagement Metric
    'Gil C / Shutterstock.com Interactions — likes, comments, shares — are only half of the engagement story on Facebook. There is a less obvious — but equally important — engagement metric you can’t see by looking at your Facebook page or status updates alone. You have to check Insights. What am I talking about? Consumptions. Blog Facebook
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] 77+ Resources for Amazing Copywriting
    You may want to bookmark this one;) Feel free to add to the list in the comments. Help me make this a great list by sharing in the comments. 'Copywriting. Arm yourself with the knowledge needed to move people with words and you will need little else to make and save a ton of money. Regardless of which industry you’re in, when you need to effectively sell a product or service (or even an idea), copywriting is how you do it. Your copy is your salesman, one that can directly determine the success of your website, marketing campaigns, and company. What’s the solution? Well can you?
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] Monday Roundup: Campaigns
    Please share in the comments below. 'Successful campaigns come in all shapes and sizes. From building trust, to damage control, to sales, a well-executed campaign can win you more supporters, clients and bragging rights! This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on campaigns. Image: Paul Townsend   via Flickr, CC 2.0  . Everything You Need to Know to Run a Successful SMS Marketing Campaign. Why: Has your business tried implementing an SMS campaign? 12 B2B Content Marketing Examples and Case Studies for 2014. How NOT to Run Your Social Media.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Foolproof Ways to Create Contagious Content
    Content like this usually gets a lot of engagement (likes, shares, comments), because it’s useful! 'As the online space gets noisier with an overpopulation of advertisements, content marketing has become one of the most effective ways for brands to differentiate themselves. In fact, Demand Metric claims that dollar-for-dollar, content marketing generates around three times as many leads as traditional marketing. But here’s the problem many marketers have when it comes to creating content: It takes up too much time for them. They need to brainstorm, research, write, and edit.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Profitable Practices to Focus On Daily
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Focusing on these five profitable practices can create a consistent flow of work and business. Producing – Content. Producing original content is imperative to building a business presence online. Whether the written word (blogging), the spoken word (podcasting or video), or images – original content helps position your brand and extend your voice while increasing visibility and findability. Providing – Resources. By being the resource , you earn trust and the right to promote your own content, services or products, and events.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
    [Comments] 6 Productivity Apps Every Digital Marketer Needs
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'If you’re a digital marketer, then you’ll want to download these six productivity apps to make your life a whole lot easier. Smartphones can be a lot of fun, but they can also make our day-to-day life a lot easier when we use them for business. As digital marketers, we all know that the job is far from over when we leave the office. Depending on what’s happening, it might just be beginning. Chrome Remote Desktop. And if you’re using Chrome, you can take your office with you everywhere. Sociidot. EasilyDo. CamScanner.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review July 6 – 12, 2014: Posts and Podcasts
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review July 6 – 12: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts. The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in Review: July 12, 2014 from Mike Sansone. You can catch a complete review, in addition to top links to  give your small business a L.I.F.T by  subscribing to Whistle Stops Weekly  email newsletter.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
    [Comments] The Disruption Complex In Business Today
    Christensen even took to the pages of BusinessWeek to clarify the comments and add more color to the arguments. 'Episode #418 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Bob Knorpp may be best known for his stunningly fun podcast on the advertising business known as The Beancast , but he also has a deep passion for the world of innovation (along with that, he is a regular contributor to Ad Age ). There has been plenty of discourse (online and otherwise) about this topic. Enjoy the conversation. advertising. advertising age. blogging.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
    [Comments] Plan for the Pivot (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! '“Planning for a pivot is better than getting knocked on your assertives.” ” ~ From a recent post on “ Pencil Thinking ” Plan for the Pivot (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading Plan for the Pivot (Thoughtography) ! Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+. Related Stories One Ending is Another Beginning (Thoughtography) Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works (Thoughtography) Deliberate Practice (Thoughtography) The Oak Sleeps in the Acorn (Thoughtography). Thoughtography
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
    [Comments] Running a Family Business (Video Clips)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Operating a family-owned business can bring both joys and pains. Here are a few inspirations and insights into running a family business: Running a Family Business Without Disrupting the Family. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! The Faglianos: A Family Business. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Lessons From Inside a Family Business – Tre Mari Bakery. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Moscot: 5 Generations of Family Business. Click Here! Click Here! –.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
    [Comments] Videos to L.I.F.T Your Business Presence and Practice
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Here are four videos found that fit our practice of L.I.F.T. Learning, Improving, Flowing, Thinking) for small business owners and boosting their business presence and practice: Learn: How to Optimize Your Landing Page for 5 Different Traffic Sources. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Improve: How to Use YouTube With Email Marketing for Higher Conversions. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Flow: Want to Innovate? Become Become a “Nowist” – Joi Ito’s TED Talk. Click Here!
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] How to keep your business growing when life smacks you round the chops
    Share in the comments below. 'Life sucks sometimes. Grief, illness, heartbreak, burnout – none of us are immune from the blows that life deals us. And, when you are your business, they compound the stress and worry because everything stops with you. The success or failure of your business is in your hands. So how do you survive the upheaval when something big and hairy is happening in your personal life? Switch on maintenance mode. As much as we would like to, we can’t stay in a mode of business growth continually. Facing difficult life situations is definitely one of those times. Right.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #212
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. 'Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "There''s been a lot of news about Facebook experimenting on us. This was one of the most thoughtful bits I read: ''together, I think these represent a deeper discomfort about an information environment where the content is ours but the selection is theirs.'' " (Alistair for Hugh). The Putter - Vimeo. " (Alistair for Mitch). It was disrupted.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] Cottonelle Social Media Fail
    I’ve reached out to Cottonelle for a comment on today’s tweet, but haven’t heard back yet from them. 'In what appears to be yet another Corporate America social media fail, Cottonelle inappropriately used the viral news that LeBron James is returning to Cleveland to tweet out a message to their followers to use Cottonelle brand toilet paper and flushable wipes. This is one of those social media “failures” that just goes to show that many large corporations just don’t “get” the use of social media. JustInCase [link]. Thanks Scott.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] Dealing with Isolation as a Small Business Owner
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Written by Larry Alton. It might be the American dream, but the reality is that being a small business owner can be lonely and you might feel isolated from the rest of the world. Even if you own something like a coffee shop and are constantly working with people, that doesn’t mean that you’re getting the socialization that you need. It’s even worse if you’re in a position such as a freelance graphic designer and spend countless hours each day truly alone. Either type of isolation can begin to drag you down. Putting the “sole” in sole proprietor.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] 9 Content Metrics to Keep an Eye On
    Comments. high number of comments on a blog post (or any type of content that supports comments, e.g. a YouTube video or Facebook post) symbolizes a high level of user engagement on the post. By analyzing the number of comments attracted by a piece of content you release, you can also discover what topics resonate best with your audience. Let us know in the comments below! 'Content marketing sometimes gets a bad rep because its benefits are not exactly the most measurable of any marketing activity around. Sales. Time on Page. Bounce Rate. Lead Generation.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
    [Comments] Creative Branding In a Fredericksburg Loo
    Do share, I’d love to know… and as always, the comments section is all yours! 'Does your business’ restroom – often just a necessity you don’t give much thought to – have such creative branding that it makes your customers want to come back? My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on Monday. Thank you, thank you, and yes, everything you can imagine about what it takes to stay married for 15 years is true… and then some! Scene: Fredericksburg, Va. spy, with my little eye. That’s a pic of it, up there ^^.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014
    [Comments] The Chasm Between Knowing And Doing
    You''re probably waiting for me to respond to an email, a tweet, a Facebook post, a blog comment. blog comment. 'We have terrible habits, don''t we? have so many issues. There are nights when I go to bed without flossing (I''m just too lazy). That''s going to cause some extra scraping by the dental hygienist. try to eat well, but there are some nights when a little bowl of Hershey''s Chipits (the milk chocolate ones) are screaming my name. never feel good after that indulgence. It ain''t going to happen. My to do list? I''m a terrible friend. I''m going to mess that one up too.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Customer Service Techniques to Grow Your Business
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Quality customer service is a critical part of any good sales strategy, and investing in the right customer service skills is vital to getting the most out of your sales. In fact, a survey by Accenture found that 76 percent of business-to-business companies may be wasting up to 50 percent of their current investment on ineffective customer service techniques. Here are some great customer service ideas that will help your business to grow and thrive. Be Human. Be Accessible. Be Knowledgeable. Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Acquires LiveRail, Twitter Acquires Tap Commerce
    Vine’s new loop count is perfect for advertisers – previously Vine only tracked likes and comments, but now advertisers can see how many times a user has watched a video (Forbes). Let us know in the comments below. 'Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, and Vine: Facebook. Twitter. Buy Now” buttons start appearing in Tweets. Is Twitter shopping finally here? re/code). Any social media updates that we missed?
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Where does Google+ fit into your B2B Marketing plans? [infographic]
    And, with every comment, mention and +1 your content receives, you will rank higher on one of the most popular search engines in the world. 'Have you made Google Plus a part of your marketing strategy yet? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to grow your audience. After all, it’s not every day that a social media website goes to great lengths to make your business more visible, but that’s exactly what you’ll get from Google’s services. By giving every plus profile a page rank, Google makes it easier for everyone to show up online in the search engine.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] 7 Steps to Writing a Copy That Sells
    And if you think I’ve left something out, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! 'Image source. Writing effective sales copy is like holding the reader’s hand and leading them gently and firmly to the solution to their problem. Along the way, a professional copywriter will paint a picture of how awesome life will be without it. Here are the seven steps to writing a copy that sells. Know what you are selling. Every product or service carries an underlying experience. Before you write, have a clear vision of exactly what you’re selling, including the experience.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Are You Reading This On A Mobile Device?
    Meyer does a nice job of looking at the way Google is changing to adapt to smaller screens and there’s a great discussion in the comments on what that means for internet marketing and SEO. This is the question that is taking up a lot of the discussion in the comments section of Dr. Meyer’s article. 'If you are using a smartphone or some other mobile device to read this blog, you are part of the growing trend. According to the recent Moz article  Why Mobile Matters – Now , one-fifth of North American page views are on mobile. Dr. Peter J. Do you agree?
  • SOCIALFISH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Kill The Drudgery Of Social Media With IFTTT
    Leave your favorite recipe in the comments! 'You know what’s a huge time-suck? Social Social media drudgery. You know, the tedious and repetitive tasks that are part of every social media manager’s job. You have way more to offer the world than copy/pasting content from social media sites into spreadsheets. YOU have creative ideas that the world needs!  IFTTT helps you spend more time on that good stuff, and less time on the drudgery. What is IFTTT? Or capturing tweets from a hashtag campaign. Basically, IFTTT is your very own digital personal assistant. How to start using IFTTT.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Kill The Drudgery Of Social Media With IFTTT
    Leave your favorite recipe in the comments! 'You know what’s a huge time-suck? Social Social media drudgery. You know, the tedious and repetitive tasks that are part of every social media manager’s job. You have way more to offer the world than copy/pasting content from social media sites into spreadsheets. YOU have creative ideas that the world needs!  IFTTT helps you spend more time on that good stuff, and less time on the drudgery. What is IFTTT? Or capturing tweets from a hashtag campaign. Basically, IFTTT is your very own digital personal assistant. How to start using IFTTT.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Comments] Kill The Drudgery Of Social Media With IFTTT
    Leave your favorite recipe in the comments! 'You know what’s a huge time-suck? Social Social media drudgery. You know, the tedious and repetitive tasks that are part of every social media manager’s job. You have way more to offer the world than copy/pasting content from social media sites into spreadsheets. YOU have creative ideas that the world needs!  IFTTT helps you spend more time on that good stuff, and less time on the drudgery. What is IFTTT? Or capturing tweets from a hashtag campaign. Basically, IFTTT is your very own digital personal assistant. How to start using IFTTT.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] 3 WordPress SEO Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'These are a few common WordPress SEO mistakes and some quick fixes to keep them from damaging your pageranks. SEO has become a much simpler task for the average website owner with the advent of CMS platforms like WordPress. That said, many of us still make a number of slight oversights when it comes to WordPress SEO that result in a loss of potential discoverability on search engines like Google. Remember Your Alt Tags. ” So what exactly does it mean when an image does not have an Alt tag? Why is this bad? Screenshot taken 7/8/2014.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] Vine Adds Loop Count, Updating Video Views in Realtime
    Before the release of this new feature, brands and users of Vine had to rely on likes, comments and revines (which not longer exist) to determine the reach of their videos. 'Last week, Vine introduced a “ Loop Count ” metric that shows users and marketers how many times people are watching, (or looping) their videos. Now with loop count, the number of people watching any Vine is updated — in realtime. Loop count allows brands and users to see how many people are viewing their videos, in realtime. ” That being said, loop count does have its problems.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] 6 Content Marketing Tools Your Brand Should Be Using
    If you know about any content marketing tools we didn’t mention here, please share them below in the comments. 'As more brands recognize the power of content marketing, we’re seeing some awesome new ways to create, curate, discover and share content across the Web. Let’s take a look at six ways your brand can implement some of the hottest content marketing tools now. Curate Content from the Web – LookBookHQ. Smart marketers will combine both original and curated content to engage their audiences. LookBookHQ offers some pretty exciting features: Annotations. Analytics.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Key Elements for a Successful Women’s Blog
    This is especially vital with negative comments you may receive – do not lash back or be rude. 'Image via Flickr user Liquine. This is a guest contribution by Renee from  Beautifille.com. . This year marks 10 years of my blogging career, and after starting several women’s blogs (some successful, some not), and being an avid reader of them myself, I’ve learn the key elements in what makes a blog “make it” or not. Here they are. Key #1: Make Sure Your Blog is Visually Great. usually try not to generalize, but let’s face it: women like pretty things. Keep them clean and easy to see.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] 8 Simple Ways To Look At Your SEO
    Social Media Interaction counts the number of people who are interacting with your social media presence by sharing, liking, or commenting. 'Neil Patel of Search Engine Journal has given us a good look at what he thinks are the 8 Most Important SEO Data Points of Any Website. love reading an expert’s opinion on the tools they use, and I especially like it when it’s helpful! Here is a short overview of the 8 things Neil thinks are important: Domain Authority is a number developed by Moz to compare websites. Site Speed is how fast your pages load for a user. Good stuff!
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [Comments] While Writing In Ink, It’s In Pencil We Think
    Consider leaving a comment! 'We make a lot of plans, scopes , and schedules. While we may do the writing in ink, it’s in pencil we think. Wisdom allows for a change of mind with new and relevant information, foolishness is a cousin of ignorance that freezes a stubborn mind to stay put no matter what. This week, we’re in South Dakota with family. Menus and schedules have been drawn up, but as new information comes to us – visiting guests, illnesses, early departures – these documents need to change. So we draft them in ink, but keep a pencil mentality to change.
  • PAMORAMA  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Comments] Optimize Your Posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and More
    Interact with commenters: Engage in the conversation and build relationships with your audience. Use LinkedIn Insights to learn how well your previous posts have performed, and measure engagement through comments, shares, likes, and clicks. Engage with users: It’s not only posts that grab attention — comments and responses do, too. Make sure to leave 20 characters so that people can add comments when they retweet. Including questions will help drive comments. Reply: Send notes to people who have liked/commented to drive 2-way conversations.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Comments] 2 Simple Ways to Customise Your Facebook Updates
    comments. 'Today I want to share a Facebook tip that I’m sure many ProBlogger readers will already know, but which I am sure some have not heard about. Every single time I share it, I get “wow, I never knew that!” It’s all to do with how Facebook lets you customise your status updates when sharing links on your Facebook page. Of course you can change the image by hitting the little arrows in the top left of the image to show other options Facebook pulls in or use the ‘upload image’ to add a completely new image. Social Media
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Comments] The 12 Startups I’ve Invested In and Why
    please feel free to leave a comment. 'I was having dinner with a friend at the National Speakers Association conference a few days ago. During dinner, this friend (let’s call him “Chris Ducker” because it was Chris Ducker ) said something about Buffer. mentioned that I am an investor in that company, and Chris said, “You are? had no idea you did that kind of stuff.” ” And it got me thinking about how I almost never write about the work I do as a venture capitalist and advisor. Addvocate makes it happen. It’s Airbnb for privacy. Lesson.ly Lesson.ly
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Comments] The Only 7-Step Guide to Creating Content You’ll Ever Need
    Share your favorite tips in the comments! 'Image source. Did you know the average person spends over 5 hours every day online ? And that internet usage continues to grow each year? There’s no shortage of people with an internet connection who are just waiting to fall in love with your company’s content. It’s now your job to win their hearts, minds, and wallets, by creating truly epic content. To help you bridge the gap between mediocre and excellent, or boost your volume without losing quality, here are 7 must-have tips for brilliant blogging: 1. Know Your Audience. Here’s How to Do it.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
    [Comments] Finding the Small Within the Big
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Questions. Breaking big projects and big problems into smaller sections is an essential part of avoiding overwhelm and burnout. Much of it is a mind game, really. With questions as an extraction tool, finding the small within the big isn’t so hard. was recently talking with someone abut a big problem they were working out. Most of the problem had to do with a financial commitment. The long term financial commitment was large, but when we broke down what it would mean to their monthly budget, it didn’t seem so large. Small Business
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014
    [Comments] What You Need to Know About Your Stats if You Want to Work With Brands on Your Blog
    The whole way it works is complicated and, to be honest, a bit nonsensical because unlike with traditional media where you can know how many people bought the publication but not how many people actually read the bit about your business, you can measure exactly how many people clicked on a link about your post, how long they spent reading that post and what they did after they read it (comments, clicked away, clicked on a link to the business etc…). One of the biggest challenges for businesses is how to determine the ROI (return on investment) with bloggers. The impact of search.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014
    [Comments] One Ending is Another Beginning (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! '“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” ” ~ Proverbial Adage. Photo on Pixabay by JamesDeMers. One Ending is Another Beginning (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading One Ending is Another Beginning (Thoughtography) ! Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+. Related Stories Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works (Thoughtography) Deliberate Practice (Thoughtography) The Oak Sleeps in the Acorn (Thoughtography) Focus on the Road, Not the Wall.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014
    [Comments] Freedom to Start (Saturday Decks)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'In the spirit of freedoms of choice and achievement, we present these motivators and influencers. 12 Qualities and Mindsets of a Successful Entrepreneur. 12 Qualities and Mindsets of the Successful Entrepreneur from Steve Scott. Why More Play Makes You More Productive. Why more play makes you more productive from Hugh Culver. 21 Rules to Help You Rock Your Next Presentation. 21 Rules to Help You Rock Your Next Presentation from Stan Phelps. Freedom to Start (Saturday Decks) is a post from: ConverStations. Brain Stew
  • PROACTIVE REPORT  |  FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Ways to Beat the Facebook News Feed Update
    They need to comment on it and share it with their friends. Just because it is a video won’t get those likes, comment and shares. We’re adding that to the factors we considered previously, which included likes, comments and shares.” 'With over a billion users and millions of brand pages there is a glut of content on Facebook.  You might have noticed it in your personal News Feed. certainly have. “Every time someone visits their news feed there are, on average, 1500 potential stories from friends, people they follow and pages they’ve liked for them to see. 
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
    [Comments] Build Your Empire on Twitter in Just 10 Minutes A Day
    If you really want to make a great first impression, add a comment about their bio, a tweet you’ve seen in their stream or something to develop the connection further. Where: Your tweet comment box. 'Would you believe me if I told you it only takes 10 minutes of daily Twitter action to get awesome results for your business? It’s true. That’s all it takes. It’s a practice I’ve followed for several years now. To be honest, I had no choice. see, I’m just like you. And, hanging out on Twitter is not high up on my list of priorities. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Twitter. Are you ready?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
    [Comments] 4 Key Logistics for Small Business Success
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Guest Post from SocialMonsters. In preparation for its initial public offering, Asian eCommerce giant Alibaba invested $249 million in logistics, expanding its capability to make 24-hour deliveries throughout Asia. This move borrows from the playbook of Alibaba’s American counterparts Amazon and eBay, which thrive on their ability to provide quick, reliable order fulfillment. Smaller companies emulating these corporations’ success also are seeing the value of investing in logistics. Match Logistics Supply to Mobile Demand. Automation Is Essential.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Comments] Partnering With Brands Theme Week: Marketing Yourself
    Comment on their status updates about the things they’re posting. 'Are you a blogger who has thought of maybe doing some sponsored work on your blog, but are wondering where all the opportunities are? Do you see other bloggers collaborating with brands and think there must be some magic list you need to be on to have these opportunities land in your inbox? Well there might  be lists you can get on. But one of the best ways of getting yourself on a brand’s radar is to make the first move and to speak to them yourself. But where to begin? Ah, let me help. Who are you? Be human.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Comments] One Idea For Metrics Analysis
    But the most important takeaway from this very informative explanation (with a One Metric Template, no less) is the caution box he put into it after discussion in the comments. 'Have you seen that post on Moz about One Content Metric To Rule Them All ? bet Trevor Klein is a Tolkien fan, but he also is a good communicator of the process Moz went through to combine the various metrics for their blog and create one, easily digested, almost-completely-automated scoring metric. am impressed. ” I want a to say that last part again, just to give it emphasis.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Comments] Helping Grandma Prepare for a Holiday Weekend
    Consider leaving a comment! 'This year’s 4th of July weekend will see family from all corners of United States gather in South Dakota to celebrate life and independence. Preparations began early, with Grandma in the lead role. Part of the celebration is her 92nd anniversary of life, but she has lots of energy and intelligence. “Do things small so they don’t seem so big,” she says. With big meals, big events, and big numbers expected – sounds like a big project – Grandma dissected and delegated things into smaller parts. Grocery Shopping. Desserts.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #211
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. 'Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "As I climb halfway through my life, I''m feeling increasingly creaky and mortal, a fact only reinforced by the knowledge that I''ve already outlived my father. found this sobering look at the average human lifetime interesting, albeit grim. It''s a good reminder that life is indeed what happens while you''re making other plans." Stay tuned."
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Amazing Tools for Small and Mid Level Companies
    File sharing, likes, commenting and activity streams are some of this tool’s notable features. Consider leaving a comment! 'Written by Sharon Thomson. Managing a business is quite hard and it becomes even more harder in case of small and mid level companies. Limited budget, increased costs, stiff competition from competitors, unstable business environment, strict government regulations and various other internal and external factors can drastically affect their growth and profitability. But for effectively addressing such concerns, enhanced planning and management is needed.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Comments] 25 On-Page SEO Keystones to ALWAYS consider
    Let me know in the comments. . 'On-page SEO is a process that no serious business should ignore. Websites that follow technical best practices make it easy for search bots to find, read, and rank their content. As a result, they are rewarded with valuable traffic. Having the right on-page setup also improves user experience, which keeps people coming back. However, search engine optimization keeps evolving, and tracking the changes is both smart and necessary. Please share, and do let me know what I have left out. On-Page SEO : 25 Essential Considerations. Page Speed. Content Length.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Comments] Are You Harnessing The Power of Brand Advocates?
    Please share your input in the comments! 'Image via BigStockPhoto.com Yesterday I wrote a case study post on ReadyTalk and how they worked with Influitive to work with all of their happy customers to market their brand. In this case study, we learned that advocates are simply people who are happy with your brand. In order to get them to keep talking about you without getting burned out or feeling like their being used, you need to reward them. Pretty straightforward, right? Influitive is simply riding on the wave of a powerful force—the voice of the customer.”  Who are the Right People?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
    [Comments] Ways to Enjoy or Engage with #SBTDshow Daily Podcast
    email – Email Your Question or Comment. Consider leaving a comment! 'With each episode of  SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcast , I’m convinced and thankful for the decision to do a short, daily podcast. At first, I was hesitant – but I’m realizing it fits best with busy times and the theme around SmallBiz Tracks (small steps leading to big results). Four ways to enjoy the podcast: Subscribe on iTunes. Subscribe with Stitcher. Subscribe via RSS Feed. Visit [link]. Check out the sidebar on ConverStations or SmallBizTracks for the Stitcher widget. 800-825-9973.
  • FEVER BEE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Comments] The Problem With Forced Integration of Identities
    This is why  HuffingtonPost's announcement to link every comment to an identifiable Facebook account is causing outrage. HuffingtonPost doesn't force comments shared on the site to appear on Facebook, yet the slightest whiff of a link between the two is a cause for concern.  'We like to create neat, silo-ed, identities.    On Facebook, we create identities to impress those we've met in the past. We create an idealised life for our friends and families. Bad photos are removed, good photos are kept. That often means establishing our credentials.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Comments] How to Use Twitter and Social Media To Get News Media Attention
    You can use Twitter, Facebook, and even Google Plus to network, socialize, retweet, comment on, and get to know these people. Comment on it. 'Did you know that you can use the social media websites to get the attention of the news media? Well, I’ve been using Twitter for quite some time now to get the attention of the news media–by pointing out possible stories after I’ve networked with them on the social sites. With one local client, a local Dallas hairdresser, I used my social media influence to get the attention of local news personalities. So, what happened?
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Comments] How Localized Social Media Drives Personalized Connections
    Using beautifully packaged visuals and video , her team shares some of the comments they’ve gotten over the years about how people have fallen in love with Sprouts. 'The  Social Pros Podcast  is always a mishmash of the greatest minds working in social media today. June’s guests included  Groupon , the daily deals masters; entrepreneur and author  Peter Shankman ; a representative from  Google Analytics ; and natural foods store  Sprouts Farmers Market. Sometimes in a given month, the Pros end up focusing on certain themes. In June, it was all about keeping things local.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Comments] If a Tree Falls in the Forest and Nobody is Around …
    If your blog post is written and nobody reads it (or comments on it or shares it) … Someone will come across it eventually. Consider leaving a comment! 'If a tree falls in the forest … Someone will come across the tree eventually. Some may see it as an interruption, others as a bridge or resting place. Especially if you keep posting. Every time you post on your blog or update your status or upload an image or video, you create a piece of online inventory. digital footprint that is more likely to be found as you build up and improve your inventory and writing muscles.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    [Comments] How This B2B Brand Marketed With Happy People Instead of a Huge Budget
    Please share in the comments! 'Image via Influitive.com The folks at ReadyTalk , a web conferencing platform had their work cut out for them in marketing their brand against big names such as GoToMeeting, WebEx, and join.me. Not to mention, this bootstrapped company didn’t have a huge budget to grow off of. What they did have, though, were happy customers.  They needed a way to give these customers a voice and reward them for their word of mouth brand recommendations. They didn’t want to go right out and say, “Hey, thanks for being our customer. Now will you please talk about us more?”
  • PROBLOGGER  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Comments] Partnering With Brands Theme Week: Advertising 101
    Please feel free to ask any additional questions within the comments section, or you can reach out directly by emailing me at Juanita@VerticalOnlineMedia.com. 'We kick off this week’s theme with Juanita Nessinger of Vertical Online Media – a total guru when it comes to all things advertising! You’ve started your blog, put in many long hours into nurturing it, growing it and building a following.  Congratulations!  Now you’re thinking, “Is it possible to actually generate revenue from this?”  . The answer is a resounding YES! Let’s talk. Choosing your ad unit sizes.
  • THE REALTIME REPORT  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Comments] Social Media News Ticker: YouTube Launches Music Show, Adds Bigger Video Screen
    Twitter is experimenting with a new way to retweet – Twitter is experimenting with a new “retweet with comment” feature, which would replace the current “quote tweet” option (TechCrunch). Let us know in the comments below. 'Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare: Twitter. YouTube. Foursquare. Any social media updates that we missed? Related Stories Social Media News Ticker: Embed Tweets Within Tweets on Twitter, Instagram Expands Ads Outside U.S.
  • ENGAGE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Comments] This Week in Content: 7 Ways Content Marketing is Like a Relay Race
    Tell us in the Comments 'If you’ve ever trained for a marathon, you know just how much work is required to ready your body for the grueling 26.2-mile trek. It takes dedication and persistence and a willingness to push forward, even when the going gets tough. Your content marketing efforts are no different. This week’s roundup will help you reach the content finish line victorious while avoiding the pitfalls or taking shortcuts—and will ensure you look good while doing it.  . Ways Content Marketing Is Like a Relay Race. Search Engine Watch. How To Take Your Content To The Next Level.
  • WAXING UNLYRICAL  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Comments] Monday Roundup: Support
    Please share in the comments below. 'Whether it’s tech, financial, personal, or client-related, all small business owners need support from time to time. great support system – or, sometimes, simply a helping hand – can make tasks seem less daunting and free up precious time and mind space for other business development activities. This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on support. Image: Lotus Carroll via Flickr, CC 2.0 . We All Need a Team. Who’s on Yours? Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should .
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Comments] Finding Your Gold Nuggets with SCAMPER
    Consider leaving a comment! 'If you could skim through a book or a blog and find one gold nugget, it could be a treasure worth the time it took to find. A Single Gold Nugget is Worth It. So many people are focused on a “you’re doing it all wrong” mentality, they miss out on the nuggets and seeds that could grow into remarkable ideas – or at least usable ones. Two techniques I suggest often are SCAMPER and Listen to Your Day. These two techniques are great for ideas of business practice and for creating content for your online business presence. C = Combine.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
    [Comments] Where to Find Your Social Data
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'Social data is everywhere, and these are a few of the places where you can find it. We constantly hear people talking about big and social data, and the concept of using these social data in order to build strategies, identify opportunities and construct campaigns is quite exciting. The issue we face, however, is that it is not entirely clear where we can find these social data in order to begin harnessing their value. Owned Social Media. This is a given. Screen Taken 6-27-14. Google Analytics. Screenshot Taken 1-28-2014. Social Ad Reports.
  • LOUIS GRAY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
    [Comments] 50 Top Startups from 2010: Acquired, Pivoted or Still Going?
    32: Echo Status: Independent Echo may first have been known as a comments competitor to Disqus and others, and was among the first to capture reactions from the real-time stream. 'Editor''s Note: This is one of the longest posts I''ve made - in length and duration. It''s said that one year in the life of a startup is the equivalent of dog years when compared to more established companies. My goal with this June 2010 post was not to highlight the top private companies, as I withheld inclusion of many of the bigger companies, like Facebook and Twitter and Tesla. The $1.1 Answers. 13: Bit.ly
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review June 22-28: Posts and Podcasts
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review June 22-28: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts. The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in Review: June 28, 2014 from Mike Sansone. You can catch a complete review, in addition to top links to  give your small business a L.I.F.T by  subscribing to Whistle Stops Weekly  email newsletter.
  • SHERRILYNNE STARKIE  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
    [Comments] nBA Pulse: a new social analytics tool
    While I did not get all my questions answered (fees and costs), I was sufficiently impressed with the social analytics package that I decided not only to write a blog post about it, but I agreed to have some of my comments summarized in the launch news release. 'In a classic case of poacher turned gamekeeper, I was recently invited by an American PR agency to have a personal briefing about the launch of a new social media product. It was a chance to play the role of the journalist in a three-way conversation that was very much like the hundreds (maybe thousands?) nBA Pulse Dashboard.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
    [Comments] Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Stuck in your cubicle? Mired in the muck of stuck? Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works. “The only real fire to cultivate is the fire inside of you. Nothing external will cultivate it. The greater your internal fire is, the more people will want it.” ” From  Choose Yourself  by James Altucher. Photo on Pixabay by nguyentuanhung. Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading Cultivating Your Inner Fire Works (Thoughtography) ! Thoughtography]. Thoughtography
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
    [Comments] Power and Art of Conversation (Saturday Clips)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'There is an adage that says both the actor and the audience have a role in the play. Perhaps this is also true with the writer and the reader. Surely, it is true with those involved in a conversation, the give-and-receive of talking and listening. Here are some tips: Julian Treasure: How to Speak So That People Want to Listen. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Jill Schiefelbein: Improve Your Public Speaking and Communication Skills. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Alexa Fischer: How to (Really) Listen.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
    [Comments] Sharing, Celebrating And Selling Your Favorite Authors
    Feel free to add to this list below in the comments or try out Seth''s new reviewing site: HugDug. 'There is nothing that inspires me more than a great book. Yes, I love the power of connecting to content on blogs, Facebook , Twitter , magazines ( Fast Company , Wired , etc.), online publications ( Quartz , Lost At E Minor , PSFK , etc.), but if I could only choose one media, it would be books. rarely read fiction. It''s non-fiction for me. Seth''s right when he says: "Ideas that spread, win. Find a favorite and tell someone." Dan Ariely. Brene Brown. Julie Burstein. Dan Pink.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
    [Comments] Business on Wheels – Truckin’ (Saturday Clips)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Business on Wheels. Mobile businesses have become the fast lane of pop-ups and a way to literally go where the customers are. They’re even making movies about it. Chef – The Trailer. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Gypsy: The Mobile Boutique (on Facebook ). Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Wagn Tails Mobile Grooming Conversions (on Facebook ). Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! RVIP Lounge – Mobile Lounge and Karaoke Cabaret (on Twitter ). Click Here!
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #210
    Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play. 'Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "It was the most secretive of times; it was the leakiest of times. In a post- Snowden era, whistleblowers are all the rage. But some activists walk in through the proverbial front door, using Freedom of Information requests to gain access to what happens behind closed doors. Sometimes, not getting an answer is more revealing than getting one. amazon.
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