• CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
    [Comments] 4 Ways to Offer Compilations of Quotes
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Compilations of Quotes can be a great addition to your content inventory. They can be motivation, educational, and entertaining. You can collect them from movies, books, and videos – then curate them in several different ways to your own audience. Here are four ways to offer compilations of quotes: One at a Time : I once had a category called ‘ Quotes n Notes ‘ where I would offer a quote and my thoughts on it (one of my favorites: Frustration ). Essentially, a photo with a quote. You can also find these on BrainyQuote and simply share them.
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
    [Comments] 7 Creepy Business Mistakes You Could Be Making (& How To Avoid Them)
    Let me know in the comments if any of the points I’ve made resonate with you and what you’re learning on your own business journey. 'Woah! Running your own business can be like a wild journey on the ghost train: exhilarating, fun and sometimes freakin’ scary! There are trap doors and spooky surprises around every bend. As you take each step with nervous trepidation, who knows where they will lead? No fear! I’ve picked a lucky number 7 of the creepiest business mistakes and explain how to avoid them. The Hall of Mirrors – Comparing Yourself To Competitors.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Important Things Your Business Needs Before Launching an Online Marketing Campaign
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Guest post by Kimberly Erskine Online marketing is becoming a vital part of advertising for any business. While traditional outbound marketing tactics such as newspaper and television ads, billboards, and other forms of print media may still provide value, more and more businesses are turning to SEO practices and social media to attract a larger audience. While it’s good to be anxious to launch your online marketing campaign for your business, it will be the most beneficial to wait and develop your strategy and come up with a clear marketing plan first.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
    [Comments] 7 Writing Tactics You Are Wasting Your Time On
    Let us know in the comments! 'Image source. Learning to write well is not a quick and easy process. It takes time and experience to know which writing tactics to keep in your toolbox and which ones to avoid. The following common mistakes are ones most writers make when starting out, but whether you’re a new or seasoned writer you’re better off avoiding these writing tactics. Skimping on quality. Does anyone care whether that should be a comma or a semicolon? Does it really matter whether or not you use the correct term? Will anyone actually notice if you use recycled material? Always.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
    [Comments] Social Media and B2B – How To Gain Awesome Leads
    Let us know in the comments below. 'Guest post by Ashley Stirling. ———– One of the biggest problems for B2B businesses is gaining more leads. This is especially a problem when you are advertising online, there are a number of things that B2B companies need to worry about that normal companies can ignore. For instance one of the biggest struggles that B2B companies have is just getting in communication with a decision maker. Today we are going to go over a few specific ways that B2B companies can ensure that they are targeting the correct people online. Conclusion.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
    [Comments] Mistakes Are Tuition
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Zig Ziglar once suggested, “Use your failures as learning experiences.” ” Sally Hogshead wrote, “Mistakes are Tuition.” ” By looking at our mistakes as learning experiences, a domino effect can take place which leads to success after success. Too often, small business owners are afraid to get out from behind their counter or desk, let alone out of the box and try something new. lot of the fear comes from a desire not to make a mistake, or not to be wrong. It’s disabling. These days, criticism is a participation sport.
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] Data collection causing trust tensions amongst consumers
    Especially if they read comments made recently by the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who spoke out against advertisers ‘spying’ on people. 'The trust gap between consumers and companies continues to widen as concerns around how firms use their personal data are growing stronger. recent report by Orange found that only 6% of respondents felt consumers benefit the most from data sharing, while 67% believe it is the companies instead. The findings match those of Orange’s previous report on the subject, published in February this year. for an unfamiliar organisation.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] Association Social Media: International Reading Association
    The first thing I do in the morning is check for notifications and see if there are messages or comments that need to be addressed. Plus, we got 81 comments, 677 likes, and most importantly, 1,314 shares. ————   Next up in our interview series, Jayme Gravell, social media strategist at the International Reading Association (IRA). Welcome! 1) First things first –  in what department in your organization does your role sit? Who do you report to? . The social media strategist is part of the recently merged marketing and communications team. ET to 9 p.m.
  • PUSHING SOCIAL  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] The Blogger’s Guide to Content Distribution Channels
    Leave thoughtful comments whenever you can. 'Content Distribution Channels aren’t talked about much in the social media space but they are critical in the startup world. ve thrown a new buzzword at you so we’ll start with a definition. Distribution Channels are places where your target audience congregate online to satisfy their thirst for more information about your subject. For startups, distribution channels are where they find new users for products and services. You are familiar with “The Big Three” distribution channels: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Triberr. Today
  • DEVUMI  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] New Twitter User Revamp: Plus 2 Bonus Pieces of News!
    This has been reported to death, but when you grow up with the Queen on your money, as posters in your school, and as the most celebrated of visitors to your country, you can’t help but make a comment on this new Twitter user. 'Twitter are working hard to reward their shareholders…and finally turn a profit. They opened up the Timeline to popular tweets from people you don’t follow, a big departure from the user curated Timeline of old. This is, however, leading to a growing user base who are, *sigh*, flocking to Twitter as it begins to more closely resemble the Facebook they know.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] Stop Being Afraid of Change
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Change happens. Embracing change before it happens is better than getting run over by it. Make no mistake. Change is going to come. Some business owners are afraid of big changes. Others fear and avoid little changes that break up their routine. Change does not have to be an obstacle if you turn change into an opportunity. Here are three things you can do to stop being afraid of change. Planning for Pivot Perhaps the best way to stop being afraid of change is to prepare for change to happen. Do what you like least, first. Change is gonna come. Again.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Comments] Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post
    Share your thoughts in the comments! 'What is the secret behind the perfect blog post? Is it the formatting, the research, the editing, the optimization, or the images? The answer is yes. Yes, to all of those things. There’s quite a few factors that go into exceptional content marketing. Failing to perform any of these areas well can limit your blog’s success. Studies show that over  90% of marketers today are publishing custom content. There’s no lack of competition, which is all the more reason to ensure your work really shines. An Eye-Catching Headline.
  • CONVINCE & CONVERT  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
    [Comments] STOP Now or Your Content Dies
    Whether it be an acknowledgement, a re-share, comment or recommendation, your goal is to touch as many people as possible. 'Failure. Even the sound of the word “failure” is disheartening. For me, it conjures images of a bomb exploding inside a watermelon. Am I alone in my sentiments? don’t think so. am inclined to believe that most writers and bloggers share the same fear of failure every time they publish a new piece of content. The biggest challenge confronting most writers is that there is no shortage of content online. How do we make this STOP? STOP Patting Yourself on The Back.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
    [Comments] Fear of Being Irrelevant
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Being irrelevant is a core fear of business owners. Irrelevancy comes in various shapes and sizes, depending on your imagination. Sometimes irrelevancy manifests itself as: Is anyone listen to you? Does anyone read your blog? Did they notice your hard work? Is your hard work amounting to anything? Please understand, these questions can be valuable – in small doses. If they become a regular habit or train of thought, you’re killing your momentum and maybe your business. And yet, we know about, are grateful for, and respect what each other is doing.
  • VIPER CHILL  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] Source Phoenix Review: A Live 2-Week SEO Case Study
    I’m turning off comments for this one. 'Over the coming fortnight you’re going to hear a lot about Source Phoenix , a product being launched by Alex Becker but not something I would call an Alex Becker product. Alex has pulled together other highly successful SEO’s – such as Kotton Grammer and Dan Anderson – to show how they’re making over $300,000 per month combined. I’ve purchased a lot of Becker’s products but have only ever promoted one (which was incidentally my first big affiliate promotion ever ). to go with it.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] 4 Great Ways to Break the Ice on Social Media
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'It can be a little awkward to break the ice on social media, but these tips should help make it easier. There is no shortage of awkwardness when you are trying to break the ice on social media. You might spot a prospect and want to spark up a conversation, or see a potential lead and want to begin building a relationship, but you might find it very difficult to break the ice on social media without seeming contrived. There are a few nice segues that make it much easier to get that conversation started or begin building that relationship.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] 45+ Resources to Master Blog Writing
    Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu. Mastering blog writing can seem hard and time consuming. Well, actually it is. Writing is a skill, so it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a better writer. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though! To create awesome content  you should become good at copywriting; pay attention to grammar and blog post elements (Calls-To-Actions, Headlines and more), and improve your writing skills in general. Copywriting resources. Copywriting 101 by Copyblogger. Ginger.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] Market view: Twitter approaches one year on the NYSE
    IG accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. 'The next two weeks are pretty pivotal for Twitter. It shares its Q3 earnings on October 27, shortly before celebrating one  full year on the stock market on November 7.  Its share price ended day one at $44, giving the company a value of $24.48 billion dollars and raising a healthy $2.09 billion for the company. All in all, it was a solid debut. The estimated launch price for the company was just $11.25 Facebook’s influence. Firstly, it helped its IPO in a few ways.
  • MINDJUMPERS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] Weibo – a Chinese Social Media platform
    Words like ‘darling’, ‘sweetie’, ‘honey’, cute and funny stickers, gifs and short videos are naturally good ways to draw attention to your brand and generate likes, comments and reposts. Recently, it has even become known that bloggers will send money directly to followers who comment and repost. '“You don’t have Facebook in China?”. And also no Youtube, twitter, Instagram…”. “….”. am Ursula from China, working with Social Media in Denmark. Whenever I start a conversation around Chinese social media, it probably goes like this. This Sina Weibo. Tone of voice. Fans’ economy.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
    [Comments] Bad Assumptions and Bad Experiences
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Most business owners try their best to avoid it. That place called Stuck. Nobody Nobody wants to go there, get there, or stay there. Yet, I know many owners and solopreneurs who, in their attempt not to repeat bad experiences and to avoid conversations because of bad assumptions, end up getting stuck because of inaction. Bad Assumptions. Scripting conversations before they happen might be good for public speaking, but that won’t work in business unless you’re sending a script to the other person so they know what you expect them to say. Stop it.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 19 – Oct 25, 2014
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review October 19 – 25: 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: October 18, 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.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About
    Most ProBlogger readers fit fairly and squarely into a ‘niche’ but I know from experience that there’s quite a few of you squirming in your seat and resisting the urge to scroll to the comments section to tell me that your blog doesn’t fit into a niche. 'What is your blog about? It’s a question all bloggers get asked from time to time. How do you answer it? It’s also a question I know many ProBlogger readers wrestle with – particularly when starting out. What is my niche? Do I even need a niche? How do I define my niche? Niche. often do! Demographic. Fight.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
    [Comments] Destination: Fantastic (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Nobody ever reaches the top of a mountain in one step. Along the way, there is preparation and perspiration, along with some reflecting and redirecting. It’s a journey. The same is true for business and the ideas and projects you work on. Sometimes, there is a learning curve. Sometimes there is failure (Mistakes are Tuition). You can’t arrive at Fantastic, without going through Decent. Destination: Fantastic (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading Destination: Fantastic (Thoughtography) ! Thoughtography
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
    [Comments] Quotes and Lessons on Living and Learning – LIFT Slides
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are  a few decks on SlideShare  that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN to Blog Better. Build a better blog from Hugh Culver. IMPROVE with Ben Franklin. 27 Benjamin Franklin Quotes: The Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and the Wit of Poor Richard from Steve Scott. FIND FLOW and Do What You Have to Do. 51 Down To Earth Productivity Quotes from WorkZone. THINK on Creativity.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
    [Comments] Tools and Apps with a Mobile Mindset – LIFT Clips
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – How to Resize and Crop Your Image on PicMonkey. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! IMPROVE – How to Create an Explainer Video with the Vidra App. Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! FIND FLOW – Introducing the New Google Inbox. Click Here!
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #227
    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? " Rob is a smart VC from the Bay Area who''s been to Bitnorth and Montreal''s Startupfest. He''s a smart investor, having backed companies like Nest. He is also a hardcore race car driver. He has a new series in which entrepreneurs have exactly one lap at high speeds to pitch their product. " (Alistair for Hugh). " (Alistair for Mitch).
  • PWB MARKETING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] New Facebook Admin Changes
    'Most Facebook Page administrators know the frustration of posting updates and commenting on a post on it. ” Within the last few days though I have noticed Facebook Admin changes that have made posting, commenting and liking a page a little cleaner. This will allow the Facebook Admin to also view who posted comments (#2) on the wall should there be several Page Admins. know many Page Admins who struggle with Liking and Commenting on posts without clicking over. The change I noticed is this: See the little drop down arrow above the comment field?
  • PWB MARKETING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] New Facebook Admin Changes
    'Most Facebook Page administrators know the frustration of posting updates and commenting on a post on it. ” Within the last few days though I have noticed Facebook Admin changes that have made posting, commenting and liking a page a little cleaner. This will allow the Facebook Admin to also view who posted comments (#2) on the wall should there be several Page Admins. know many Page Admins who struggle with Liking and Commenting on posts without clicking over. The change I noticed is this: See the little drop down arrow above the comment field?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] Brand Identity: What It Is and How to Maintain It
    This means staying active, communicating, and responding promptly to questions, comments, and concerns. Consider leaving a comment! 'A brand identity or brand personality is the first and most comprehensive way to introduce your company to the customer. Household names maintain their notoriety by being noticeable and consistent. Some brands are hip and popular in a social media setting, while others are conscientious and dedicated to a cause. What is positive brand image? According to Management Study Guide , “Brand image is the current view of the customers about a brand. Engage.
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] How I stick to a 30 hour work week (and how you can too)
    Let me know in the comments below. 'I was sitting opposite my doctor in her consulting room – a fatigue specialist at The Royal Free Hospital in London. We were going through the results of my blood tests, and I was hoping for a conclusive diagnosis that would explain mysterious symptoms I’d battled with for the past year. The specialist asked me hundreds of questions about my lifestyle, daily activities, my diet, sleeping patterns. The interrogation went on and on and on… ‘How many hours a week do you work?’. No more that 30’ , I replied. Or is it your choice?’. Great!
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] Tips for Mobile Marketing: How to Bring Customers Into Your Store
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Guest Post from Heid Cardenas Shopping has gone mobile in a big way with the wild popularity of smartphones and apps. Nielsen study found that 70 percent of people who use smartphones for shopping, use a store locator, and 56 percent of them use store locators in transit. That makes store locator links on websites one of the most effective ways retailers can get shoppers into their brick-and-mortar stores. She advises retailers to put their store locator link on every page of their mobile sites, not just one. There is a Book Within You.
  • DEVUMI  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] How to Establish a Pinterest Marketing Strategy in 9 Easy Steps (With Pictures)
    How often you’ll follow up on replies and comment. 'Your business just opened a Pinterest business account and you’re wondering how to establish a Pinterest marketing strategy…that’s why you clicked on my very descriptive headline! Pinterest is a very different social media platform when compared to Twitter, with minor similarities to Facebook. If you think you can cut and paste your Facebook strategy though, you’re going to fail. This Pinterest marketing strategy guide will give you nine steps to follow to get your Pinterest interesting. Establish your brand and build awareness.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Writing Techniques to Double Your Productivity
    Let’s hear your voice in the comments! 'Productivity is huge in freelance writing and blogging. Like, make or break your business huge. What a lot of people  don’t often realize is that any freelance writer actually has a ton of stuff to do. First and foremost, there’s the actual work: the article writing/blogging/copywriting. Then, there are clients to email. Prospects to Skype. Sources to interview. Other freelancers to communicate with. Invoices to send. Finances to keep track of. Health insurance to pay. Personal marketing to do. hope you’re getting the picture. Introduction. cont.).
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
    [Comments] What’s Your Content Style?
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Years ago, a new district manager came into my store to do an audit. Looking at the negative space on wall displays and the placement of the rotunda tables on the floor, he barked, “ Are we selling wall space and floor space this month? ” While the previous district manager preferred displays with plenty of ‘white space’, our new leader preferred a crowd of selections and choice. His was a different style – and we worked within the style guidelines he implemented. Similarly, your presence on the web should have style guidelines.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
    [Comments] Google’s New Inbox By Gmail Can’t Handle Its Inbox
    but then I realized, as a commenter on this post pointed out: it’s inbox@google.com and not the inbox@gmail.com address. 'Wow, this is something that I found rather funny… Google just announced Inbox by Gmail, a new type of service that handles all of your appointments, calendar, and emails (and some other stuff) in one place. OK, so that’s really cool. If it works. I’d like to be one of the first to try it. In the blog post , Google asked people to send an email to Inbox@Google.com. Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM. To: XXXXXXX@gmail.com. Learn more at [link].
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
    [Comments] 6 Ideas for Teaching Digital Leadership to College Students
    Note the definition below is a working definition and we welcome readers to provide feedback and thoughts in the comments of this post: Digital educators are professionals working in Higher Education who are using single or multiple technology platforms to engage students in the collegiate environment, and working to empower students to become responsible digital citizens. If you have any initiatives that you would add to the list please share them in the comments. ' . Times have changed. and how it can be used as a platform to share your message with a global audience.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Essentials of a High Converting Copy
    Let us know in the comments below! . 'Image source. If you want copy that converts, you need to understand these 5 basic essentials of good copywriting. Good – nay, great copywriting has to have a certain set of standards. By following those standards, you can ensure that your copy has a fighting chance to make your business (or your client’s business) money, and lots of it. Perfect Grammar & Spelling. High converting copy has perfect grammar and spelling. When a visitor stumbles across your website’s copy, they should look at it and think one word: professional. Audience Targeting.
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
    [Comments] The world of mobile payments in October 2014
    Facebook is yet to comment on the revelations, but there is speculation that the feature will be trialed in the US within the next six months. 'October 2014 saw several interesting developments within the mobile-payment industry- arguably one of the fastest developing markets at the moment. Facebook. The rumour-mill is in full force that Facebook is planning to introduce a peer-to-peer payments function. Leaked screenshots suggest that Facebook Messenger is planning for a feature which will allow friends to send each other money. An in-app pin code will be present to ensure security.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
    [Comments] There is a Book Within You
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Every business owner I talk with, be it an owner of a small business or a solopreneur, every single one of them should write a book. You should write a book. Maybe two. Your book doesn’t need to be the size of a Harry Potter novel. It doesn’t even have to go to print. It can be (and maybe should be) a print-on-demand or even a single Kindle book. It can be a free e-book you offer as a lead magnet. once shadowed a hands-on business owner for two days and one night. Gathering this kind of info was easy while I was there listening. ” Write.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
    [Comments] Socializing Annuities to Make More Income
    Questions and Comments. There’s no better place to get your questions answered and your comments read than social media sites. 'Millions of Americans are taking advantage of everything annuities have to offer and social media is helping to spread the word. As with any financial decision, it’s important to get as much information on the subject as possible, which is something that the social arena provides. With social finances in mind, here are just a few ways people like you are using social media to find out more about annuities: Annuity Promotion. Annuity Awareness.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
    [Comments] Sometimes the Most Productive Thing – is No Thing
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Sometimes, the most productive thing we can do in the next 15-20 minutes – is no thing. Re-Create : A 20-minute power nap can help re-create energy and focus. Read : A 15-minute fictional read or magazine article can spark imagination. Or find an interview of a favorite creative such as an actor or musician. Reflect : A 15-20 minute quiet time of reflection of the day thus far can kickstart a thought process (make sure to have pen and paper handy). They don’t always have to be 10 or Ways. The first 5-6 should be easy. Brain Stew Small Business
  • FRESHNETWORKS   |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] Samsung and the dangers of the tech hardware business
    Quoted in the Guardian , a mobile consultant commented that it looked like the “beginnings of the vicious cycle which ended the dominance of Ericsson, HTC, Motorola, BlackBerry and Nokia.”. 'So recently the feted poster girl for consumer tech hardware, this month Samsung posted a profit warning triggered primarily by a decline in sales of its flagship Galaxy smartphones. Forecasts of doom were swift. Strong words, but given the history of the technology hardware market this is all in no way surprising. Samsung’s mobile trouble has more to do with operating systems. Happy days.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?
    You can join Facebook groups, watch Youtube videos and read the comments, or go to established sites with a following. Your prospects are located in the comments. Most articles will have a comment section below… Read the comments, and see how the customers react. 'This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. This is gold. Now you have a winner.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] Link Building Tips to Keep Your Brand Above Board
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'Google just updated Penguin for the first time in a while, and these link building tips will help keep your brand from being hit by any potential penalties. When it comes to boosting your rankings on Google, link building is among the most viable strategies – assuming, of course, that it’s being done properly. With Google’s latest update to Penguin 3.0, these are a few link building tips to keep in mind in order to avoid any unwanted penalties to your SERPs. Avoid the Manipulation of Shares. Transparency is the Best Policy.
  • DREW'S MARKETING MINUTE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] Are you social sharing to your best advantage?
    But you want to leave enough “open real estate” so you your audience can re-tweet or comment. 'If your company is involved in social media, one of the elements you worry about is if you’re sharing in the best way. You want to maximize your company’s exposure but choosing the best social networks, the best way to communicate and even the best time of day. Your blog content: If you aren’t using your corporate blog to fuel your social media strategy, you are almost certainly not as effective and efficient as you could be. that will benefit your website’s domain.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] 8 Ways What You Write Will Affect Your Bottom Line
    Share your tips in the comments! '99% of the time, the written word is the chosen medium for companies doing inbound marketing. However, as I’m sure you know, not all writing is created equal. m certain you’ve encountered bad content online that isn’t doing anyone any favors. Content marketing is an investment, and you definitely deserve to see a return! When you want to increase the profitability of your business, you can’t just email out a newsletter or post funny memes to your Facebook. You need to draw potential customers to your website, and intrigue them with your brilliant words.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
    [Comments] A Simple Trigger Question for the Not-So-Simple “What Next?”
    Consider leaving a comment! 'One of the most frequently asked questions that come in from the SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcast “Ask” page is something along the lines of: What Do I Do Next? Sometimes, this question opens up to a larger question, such as: “I’ve just started my own business after years in the corporate world. What do I do next?” ” Many times, it goes along with something like: “I have so much to do, it seems like I’ll never get all of this done. What should I do first?” Define What’s Most Important. To much to do?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 12 – Oct 18, 2014
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review October 12 – 18: 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: October 18, 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.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
    [Comments] Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible
    You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one about how to make money, and signing up with the next big thing in case it can help grow your blog (Vine, anyone?!). 'When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. But that’s not all. while ago I was listening to the How they Blog Podcast with Kat Lee.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
    [Comments] Small Wins Equal Big Victories (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'The Giants and Royals are about to meet in the 2014 World Series. Neither team won its division. Neither team won 90 games. Some are calling it t he worst matchup in history. No matter what others call it, these two teams did whatever it took to get here – one step away from being World Champions. It’s a big title. It took a lot of small wins to get this close. Baseball is a game where small wins add up to big victories. Moving a runner over and into scoring position is a small win. Over 162 game season, everyone wins 50 and loses 50.
  • BILL HARTZER  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
    [Comments] Bill Hartzer Weekly Update: October 18, 2014
    See my post for confirmation, the GoDaddy social folks commented on the blog post: https://www.billhartzer.com/pages/godaddy-price-confusion-new-gtld-domains/. 'Google Penguin Refresh this weekend, and a pricing bug found in GoDaddy’s domain registration. This weekend, there appears to finally be a Google Penguin refresh, which is affecting a lot of website traffic from Google organic search. There are plenty of sites now reporting that they are seeing increases in search engine rankings, some as high as 30 of 40 places from where their site was previously ranking. link]. link].
  • PAMORAMA  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
    [Comments] 12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy
    Divide responsibilities among your team, such as who is in charge of posting to your blog and each social media network, who will respond to comments and @mentions, and who will own metrics tracking and reporting. It’s vital to be responsive to user generated content, comments, and feedback (positive or not). 'Do you need some help to get started with your social media marketing plan? If you want to attract and engage social-media fans and followers — and convert them into paying customers — you need to map out a clear, goal-oriented social media plan.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
    [Comments] Lesson from Stand By Me – “TRAIN!” (LIFT Clip)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'There are many business and life lessons in the movies. collect them on a YouTube Playlist: Movie Scenes. One of my favorite scenes is from the movie Stand By Me , and not just because of the railroad tracks as a prop. The scene where the boys decide to walk the train tracks across the river: Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! This pivotal scene shows a brazen attitude and penchant for shortcuts by Teddy. It also shows the supportive and aware mind of Gordie. Safe, right? Then, Gordie hears it, sees it – TRAIN! LIFT Clip) !
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
    [Comments] Explain Your Story (LIFT Clips for 10-18)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – How to Create a Storyboard Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! IMPROVE – The Power of Words Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! FIND FLOW – Explain it With Pictures Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! Click Here!
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #226
    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? "The most useless piece of information I learned today is the eggcorn. So, naturally I shared it here. An eggcorn is a misspelling or misinterpretation of something which still makes sense. You might be ''curled up in the feeble position'' or provide me with ''antidotal evidence,'' for example. So, here is a database of them for you." extreme.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] Creating a Powerful Business Presence with Brochures
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Written by Donzell Davis What is it that connects and builds every relationship? The answer is you. When you meet someone your desire is to connect and build based on something that you can provide. Before you provide what you have to offer to your customers, they need to be aware that you exist and what your company does. You need to establish your presence. brochure provides just that: Your presence on paper! The goal of any small business is to target the desires of their potential clients, but in order to do this there must be a point of relation.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] Our Digital Lives
    We must be vigilant with all of this technology, and we must also stay positive and do our best to self-educate ourselves about what it means to be putting all of this "stuff" out there for the world to see, share and comment upon. 'Don''t blame technology. Technology is ambiguous. Yesterday, I blogged about a new documentary that was being aired on TVO titled, Life After Digital. The documentary depressed me on many levels. It''s sad. In fact, in many instances, it''s tragic (as the documentary displays). or our society. It would be easy to create a documentary on any city.
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] Life After Digital
    These moments - which, historically, would become memories - are now becoming moments in time that are documented, shared, rated and commented on by everyone. 'Social media and digital technology are ruining everything. Is the selfie the end of civilization as we know it? Have we become heartless meme generating morons that are tearing apart the moral fabrics of our society? Has digital technology and social media impacted the way that we experience our lives? Are we less human because we don''t just experience events in real life, but record, share and create content around them?
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] 32 Resources to Write Great Blog Headlines
    Let me know in the comments below! 'Image source. million blog posts are written every day. As the web becomes more crowded with content, it’s becoming harder and harder to draw people’s attention to your blog posts. Don’t know how to keep up? Create an amazing headline and your chance to win readers’ hearts will grow. Peter Koechley from Upworthy states that headlines can affect web traffic by as much as 500%. It’s a real rat race out there! Keep your blog steadily growing by improving your skill set and adopting content marketing best practices. Case Study: BuzzFeed Headlines. Right?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
    [Comments] Remarkable eCommerce Results With Small Steps
    If you have any other suggestions or experiences on how to improve eCommerce results, I’d be happy to read them in the comment section below! Consider leaving a comment! 'Guest Post from Kinsta.com All eCommerce website owners try to make efforts to increase the number of visitors to their sites. Right after starting an eCommerce business, every newbie’s most relevant task is to gain enough visitors/readers/audience for their site. And then, some of them have to face the fact that a visitor doesn’t equal to a customer. However, there are basic rules that all retailers should keep.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
    [Comments] Top Five Things to Learn from the Greggs vs Google Twitter Debacle
    It goes without saying that you should reply to direct questions and comments on Twitter. Throughout the crisis, the official Greggs account was inundated with questions and comments – and each one was met with an appropriate response. If you see a comment – whether defamatory or positive – about your business, you will be poised to reply and set the record straight. 'This is a guest contribution from Mark Potter. Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery chain, famed for its sausage rolls and steak bakes. Crack a Joke. Hire an Expert. Social Media
  • DANNY WHATMOUGH  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
    [Comments] ICYMI – Facebook stickers, Video views and Android L
    Stickers are now available in Facebook comment streams. 'Here’s my weekly round-up of things you need to know and might have missed this last week in the world of digital PR and social media. Want this in your inbox each week?  Subscribe here. recorded a podcast for the Holmes Report looking at the latest research from the PRCA about the Agency of the Future. Sky is the latest publisher to sign up to Twitter Amplify. Facebook delivered more desktop video views in August than YouTube. MacDonalds are to roll out 14,500 Facebook pages in the next few years. Campaigns. Image credit.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
    [Comments] Coaching Calls with SubCLUBs
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Every business and business owner is unique in more ways than one. Personality, Personality, demographics, location, offerings, the list of differences can get long. These differences are part of what makes the Coaching Calls portion of SubCLUBs so important. SubCLLUBs is a new project offering premium content, coaching, and calibration to help you in building a better business presence. One of the benefits to members of SubCLUBs is the 90 minutes of one-on-one coaching calls (either by phone or Skype). a quick question), 30 minutes (i.e., Format. Publish.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [Comments] 20 Amazing Resources to Learn Copywriting
    Share your favorites in the comments! 'What is copywriting, really? Most often, it is the art of writing copy for marketing or advertising. In other words, it’s writing that’s designed to sell. That might seem easy, but believe me, it’s often not. If you’re considering an engaging and rewarding career in the world of copywriting, this list of 20 top resources will help you master the practice: 1. Copyblogger. If you truly want to be good at copywriting, Copyblogger is definitely the right place to start learning. Kopywriting Kourse. Copy Hackers. Copywriting For Beginners. Words at Work.
  • PUSHING SOCIAL  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [Comments] Offering Free Tools to Increase Your Social Reach
    Tell us why in the comments. 'Giving away a free report, whitepaper or case study has long been a staple in the content marketing world. In an effort to build credibility, spread your message and build your email list, you create a free piece of content that is packed with value. Next, you add an opt-in form to your website to collect leads when someone wants to download your content. know I’ve taken my turn being on both ends of that equation. I’ve downloaded more special reports than I can count and I’ve also created more than my fair share of said reports.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Comments] Your Blog as Part of an Overarching Business Strategy
    This can happen through your blog post content, your post comments, as well as through a contact form you may be using. look at direct reactions of your readers in the post comments or messages coming through the contact form or social media comments. read between the lines, meaning you can look at Analytics, social media shares, likes and comments count, in order to observe your audience’s behavior and get an idea about their attitude towards you. And if they are already there, they will probably drop a comment that is directed towards your customer care team.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Comments] Yelp Help for Small Business Owners
    The problem is, anyone can trash your online reputation with hateful, negative comments. 'Online reviews are first & foremost with consumers. Bad reviews are certainly hurtful to you, worse though, is the damage to your income. That’s because each potential customer you lose to a bad review, will end up at one of your direct competitors. Your immediate loss becomes their long-term gain as that customer spends money there for years to come. This infographic was submitted to the Socialnomics team by Kamron Karington, the original post can be found here:   [link] yelp-attacks/.
  • SMALL BUSINESS MAVERICKS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Comments] Survey Results and Centroids
    The comments should be pretty good, too — I love a good discussion by people who are involved with the subject. 'For the last seven years, David Mihm has been conducting some of the most important studies of Local SEO. The 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors Survey  results have been announced on Moz, and of course they are interesting! Here’s a quick look at the Overall Ranking Factors numbers from lowest to highest: Social Signals (5.8%) (Google+ authority, Facebook likes, Twitter followers, etc.). Behavioral/Mob. Personalization (8.4%). External Loc.
  • MINDJUMPERS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Comments] How to handle a shitstorm – before, during and after
    Document all status updates and comments. 'With brands increasing their presence on social media regular crisis are to be expected. Lately Lately ‘shitstorm’ has become a term often used, whenever a brand ends up in an online crisis that turns into an online attack, because of the social media’s ability to spread rapidly to unlimited amounts of users. The key to get properly through a shitstorm is to be prepared and to acknowledge the problem. Here’s how your company should act before, during and after a social shitstorm. Before the storm: Listen and prepare. Wanna learn more?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Comments] SubCLUBs – Building Your Business Presence a Month at a Time
    Consider leaving a comment! 'SubCLUBs is an extension of SmallBiz Tracks. We announced a version earlier this year and the feedback was compelling enough to make some changes. As always, we look to accomplish a few things with everything we do: Provide small business owners a LIFT in building their business presence. Practice simple, small steps leading to big results. Prepare owners with instruction towards independence. The new SubCLUBs plan does all that for less than a daily cup of coffee. One-on-One coaching calls totaling 90 minutes each month. Write. Format. Publish.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
    [Comments] Surrogate Moms Can Be More Social
    If you post inappropriate photos or comments, you most likely will not find someone who wants to use you as a surrogate mother. 'A surrogate mother is someone who carries a child via pregnancy for another woman. They may use their own egg or they may use the other woman’s egg. Once the baby is born, he or she is then given to the original parents. While there are no formal statistics on surrogacy, it’s estimated that nine children are born to a surrogate mother in each state every year, according to Modern Family Surrogacy. Are you looking to be a surrogate mom?
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
    [Comments] 15 Must-Use Words in Your Headlines [+Examples]
    Leave a comment below! 'Headlines. The single most important piece of copy in a blog post. One of the ultimate determinants of a blog post’s success. If you don’t get them right, all the hours you spent crafting the post will go to waste, since nobody will read further than the post title. If you do get them right, your blog post has the potential to go viral and bring your business obscene amounts of traffic and customers. To help you jazz up your headlines, here’s a detailed list of 15 tried-and-test words that work excellently in titles and are proven to attract more traffic. Facts.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
    [Comments] Write. Edit. Format. Publish.
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Here’s how it often goes… Write a little bit of text … oops, backspace – backspace -backspace … a bit more writing. Think. Fix the margins. Bold … no, nix the bold. There’s gotta be a better word, hmm – where’s that thesaurus? Should Thesaurus get capitalized? Where’s that APA sheet? Backspace again. Maybe a cup of tea will help. It just took 10 minutes to write edit format craft (!) that’s the word) – to craft an uncompleted sentence. That process ( a process? It can get ugly. Write.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 5 – Oct 11, 2014
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review October 5 – 11: 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: October 11, 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.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
    [Comments] Rebranding Your Blog: The Resources
    Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and we will try to assist! 'Last week we had Jodi from Practising Simplicity talk us through the decision behind rebranding her six-year-old established blog. Many of you had questions about the technical details of moving a blog, so I’ve rounded up some resources to help. You will find everything from changing social media handles to 301 redirects. Before you even start, get clear on WHY you want to rebrand: Nuts and Bolts Media // Things to Consider Before Rebranding Your Blog. More than I could think of, actually! General
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
    [Comments] Reach and Retain in a Subscription Economy (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'It has been said that in the Subscription Economy , companies should care about one thing: How many customers they can reach and retain. While delivery is still important, building recurring revenue and a happy, growing customer base are keys to the future of business. Maybe, Maybe, just maybe, the number of items shipped or sold now sits behind how many customers reached and retained in measuring and forecasting business. Photo on Pixabay by hince Reach and Retain in a Subscription Economy (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. Thoughtography
  • TWIST IMAGE  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
    [Comments] Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #225
    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? Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn''t - NPR. "I''ve always wondered about this. Turns out there are good reasons why. Also, if you live in the US, you probably shouldn''t keep your eggs on the counter." " (Alistair for Hugh). You are not your browser history - Medium. " (Alistair for Mitch). " (Hugh for Alistair). don''t.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
    [Comments] Better Habits for Your Business and Brain (LIFT Slides)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are  a few decks on SlideShare  that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN: Get Started with Evernote. 25 Ideas for Getting Started with @Evernote from Steve Scott. IMPROVE: Persuasive Writing Techniques. Persuasive Writing Techniques (With Examples From Apple) from Henneke Duistermaat. FIND FLOW: It’s Great to Feel Great. THINK:Be More Creative. Subscribe today.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
    [Comments] Finding the Skills and Sequences for Success – LIFT Clips 10/11
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN – The No. Skill Every Entrepreneur Needs Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! IMPROVE – Find a Better (Smaller?) Box Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! FIND FLOW – Hacking Your Flow State Can''t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here!
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
    [Comments] A Video Series To Help Bring Your Small Business Online
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Google has created a great series especially made for small business owners, independent contractors, and freelancers. It’s as much interactive, empowering you as a business owner to answer some necessary questions. would (and will) recommend this to every business owner and to those thinking of going into business. You can watch the series below. The playlist runs automatically or you can go to a specific video from the playlist in the top, left corner of the video player. Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+.
  • ABSOLUTE PA  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
    [Comments] 7 thought-provoking ideas I share with my clients most often
    Share you experience in the comments below. 'Working with other small business owners on their modern marketing strategies, I’ve noticed that the same fears and frustrations come up – no matter how unique as individuals they are, or what type of business they own. Right here, I’m sharing the 7 things I tell my clients most often. This advice helps get them moving ahead, enjoying their work day and creating more freedom for themselves. It stops the second-guessing, brings more ease and cuts the fantasy thinking about what it really takes to be a modern entrepreneur. tasks.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
    [Comments] 5 Factors that Distinguish Great Copywriters
    Let us know in the comments! . 'Image source. It’s a common myth that anyone who writes well can be a copywriter. The truth, however, is that great copywriters possess unique skills and traits that aren’t common to all writers. If If your goal is to be an effective copywriter, the good news for you is that these skills and traits can be learned. As in most things, the key to writing great copy is lots of practice. Great Copywriters Solve Problems. good copywriter will understand the core of your business as well as its ability to solve a customer’s problem.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
    [Comments] 3 Ways to Improve Your Website
    Consider leaving a comment! 'E-commerce is the only trillion dollar industry growing at a double-digit rate, according to RJMetrics. That’s a lot of competition online and does not even account for offline competitors. Although there are many companies that function solely online (such as Amazon or eBay), many online options are supplemental to the physical store. International Business Times reports that 84 percent of shoppers check prices online while standing in a brick and mortar store. Plus, 90 percent of shoppers look up store locations and search for deals before they shop.
  • DEVUMI  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
    [Comments] Getting More SoundCloud Plays: 5 Dos & 5 Don’ts to get More Plays!
    When you get BIG, they’ll understand if you don’t write back to every comment. 'SoundCloud is the most exciting opportunity for musicians to increase their exposure, find new fans, and even get discovered. Getting more SoundCloud plays is not, however, as simple as uploading some tracks and letting the magic happen. You have to work for them, and you have to have a good plan to get more SoundCloud plays. This article will start off by looking at the things you can do to start getting more SoundCloud plays. They’ll be obvious once you have them done, but you can’t skip them! Facebook.
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
    [Comments] The Beauty of Social Media for New Mothers
    If you find a mom you like and relate to, send her an email or leave a comment on her blog. 'With more than 1 billion people using social media, it can be used for just about anything. While most people think of it as a way to stay in touch with old friends, network and grow their businesses and see what’s going on in the world around them, it is also a great way to get and stay healthy. This is especially true for new moms , who are oftentimes too busy to find the motivation to work out and eat right. That is, until social media stepped in. Social Media Can be Inspiring.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
    [Comments] Overhaul Your Social Media Marketing Strategy with These Basic Approaches
    Never ignore any comment posted to your account on social, whether it’s a compliment or criticism. 'As dynamic and potent as social media can be for growing businesses and catapulting causes to million-strong audiences, it’s quite easy for the medium to grow stale. If you were to login to your Twitter account right now, I know I can safely assume that 90% of the messages you’re seeing in your feed are irrelevant to you as everyone is chaotically trying to tell their own story, promoting their own opinions, ideas, newest blog post, etc. Image source. Image source. Image source.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
    [Comments] FAQs Found in the Archives
    Consider leaving a comment! 'One of the great things about blogging as part of your web presence, is how some of those blog posts you’ve written are answers to some of your “quick question” requests. You know those questions that start out innocently with, “I have a quick question for you.” ” While the question is quick, the answer is often not-so-quick. good answer might be found in your inventory of blog posts. This practice remains a great way to synchronize your communication. few years ago, I shared the Answers From Archives I Email Most Often.
  • SOCIALFISH  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014
    [Comments] Association Social Media: ASAE
    However, they still need to be monitored for any questions or comments.  It’s a great time to check my email for last minute content updates or changes as well as any mentions or comments that might have happened overnight.  If I am not onsite managing social media at a conference, I go through all the accounts and take a more detailed look at any spikes in followers, engagement, or comments.  ——————— Let’s welcome Lauren Precker, Social Media Manager for ASAE to the SocialFish stage! Who do you report to? Thanks Lauren!
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014
    [Comments] Why Do We Call Google a “Search Engine”?
    Consider leaving a comment! 'We often call Google a search engine. like to say Google is a Find Engine. Recently, I wanted to know how long it would take to drive to a client location. simply typed in the name of the two cities into Google and the answer was found. also found out other businesses I could call on around the client’s business. remember a time when I used to have to wait for the library to open to ask questions beyond my fingertips. Now the answers are always in finger’s reach (or saying, “OK, Google!”) Google led me to a great resource: W3Schools.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [Comments] 11 Effective Writing Best Practices
    Take a stance on a topic, and stay true to it (no matter what hot-headed commentators say). Voice your thoughts in the comments below! 'While it’s always good to be creative and innovative to the utmost in all types of writing (especially blogging), you will also do well to remember that there are several writing standards (or best practices) that you should conform to. These 11 practices detailed here may not apply to every single industry/niche, but implementing the majority of them will greatly benefit your overall writing. Use Images. Pictures speak a thousand words!
  • SOCIALNOMICS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [Comments] How To Develop Brand Loyalty Through Social Media
    Spend time reading content, navigate from one page to another, post, comment, like, tweet, and engage. 'One of the predominant ways companies benefit from strong social media management is that it develops brand loyalty. This is a process that takes time and requires a successful, long-term strategy, but the reward is worth the effort: loyal customers are repeat customers. Loyal customers also serve as brand advocates, engaging with your brand online and speaking well of it offline. The data tells us quite clearly the importance of loyal customers. Social Customer Care.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
    [Comments] Finding Local Public Speaking Opportunities
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Local public speaking opportunities are often overlooked as a way to market your business, build relationships within and around your community, and potentially grow your business beyond current geographical borders. Small business owners, especially in smaller towns or rural settings, can use speaking gigs, workshops and seminars, or networking events as a way to share their expertise and engage with current customers and potential prospects. Don’t give up the farm all in one writing. Shorter posts are more easily digested. You’ll benefit, too.
  • DIRECT MARKETING OBSERVATIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014
    [Comments] Social Media is the Back Channel for Teen Angst
    The impact that  comments and tweets have on those involved or affected; as well as those that are indirectly involved, is more precarious than first thought. 'First I want to quote a paragraph from the abstract of a 2011 paper by danah boyd , a renowned expert on teen culture and social media at Microsoft Research. The paper is titled, The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics. Here’s the quote: “Drama is a gendered process that perpetrates conventional gender norms. For teens, sites like Facebook allow for similar performances in front of engaged audiences.
  • WRITTENT BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014
    [Comments] 4 Must-Know Writing Tips You Aren’t Using
    Comment below and let us know! 'I get it. No, really. We’ve all been at that point where you work super hard at putting out each and every blog post … but even when it goes live, you don’t see any real results from it. So you look over your blog post once again, looking for mistakes you think you might have missed in the first rounds of editing. But there are none to be found … or so you think. The simple truth is that each and every piece of writing – no matter the quality, length, or current success – can be made better. There is always room for improvement. Write More Authoritatively.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014
    [Comments] The Biggest Problem Small Business Owners Face Daily
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As I talk with small business owners, I hear the problems they face and the variety of problems are numerous. But are they so different? Sometimes, the problem isn’t always the problem. The deeper our conversations with get, the more I recognize the similarity, the common thread, that is thwarting the best laid plans of many small businesses. The biggest problem small business owners face daily is focus – or lack thereof. Here are eight ways to make sure finding your focus wins in the constant battle of overwhelm, distractions, and burnout.
  • T2 SOCIAL  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
    [Comments] 4 Methods to Build Your Influence on Social Media
    Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter ! 'When it comes to growing your social business, one thing you’re going to want to leverage is your influence on social media. Influence on social media can be valuable to helping build your brand online. But attaining a level of influence on social media that makes an impact with your target audience can be a tough thing to accomplish. Though there are several ways to go about building your influence on social media, these are a few techniques that can help you get there much sooner rather than later. Write What You Know Best.
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
    [Comments] Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2014
    Consider leaving a comment! 'Week in Review September 21 – September 27: 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: October 4, 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 Creating a Convictions List.
  • PROBLOGGER  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
    [Comments] How Much to Charge for Sponsored Content – is This a Question You’ve Ever Asked Yourself?
    Comments on blog posts used to be the holy grail of measuring a blogs engagement, but many communities are gathering around their social media platforms. Whilst comments are still definitely worthwhile including, some additional ways to showcase your engagement levels are to include interaction levels on your social media platforms (i.e. 'For new (and even established bloggers) there’s a cloud of mystery in the Australian blogging industry around setting advertising rates. ” Secondly, it’s: “how much do I charge?” But are brands on the same page?
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
    [Comments] One Rung at a Time (Thoughtography)
    Consider leaving a comment! '“If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time.” ” – Donny Osmond Often, we get distracted by what we want to see rather than focusing on what’s in front of us. The next step. One rung at a time. One Rung at a Time (Thoughtography) is a post from: ConverStations. You just finished reading One Rung at a Time (Thoughtography) ! Follow SmallBizTracks on Twitter or Facebook or on Google+. Thoughtography
  • CONVERSTATIONS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014
    [Comments] Presentations, Prose, Productivity and Possibility (LIFT Slides)
    Consider leaving a comment! 'As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using  the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare  that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN: Create Better SlideShare Presentations. How to Create SlideShares That Convert @slidecomet from Slide Comet | Singapore Presentation Designer Agency. IMPROVE: Write Better Sentences. Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence from Copyblogger Media. FIND FLOW: Streamline Your Life. your presence or practice. 
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