March, 2016

10 Landing Page Best Practices to Convert Traffic

Harp Interactive

Hold the confetti. Just because you directed traffic to a landing page doesn’t mean visitors will convert into leads for your business. Follow these 10 landing page best practices to turn your website into. Inbound Lead Generation Website Development best practices inbound lead generation landing pages website development

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Why Entertainment and Social Media are Perfect for Each Other

Direct Marketing Observations

Twenty six years ago at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival I watched Stevie Ray Vaughn rip it up in front of thousands of people. The only way people knew that I did was because I told them about it. Yep, WOM. I would go on to see SRV a few more times after that before he was taken from us too soon.

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Scale Social Media Strategy Quickly and Overcome Any Obstacle

Visually SM

When you learn to ride a bike, you’re bound to encounter the cold, hard reality of gravity. But after hitting the pavement, chances are you’ll get back up and try again. And again. And again. The same principle applies to social media content , only instead of riding on the pavement you’re riding on the virtual equivalent of an escalator where the environment is constantly changing. As a social media marketer, how do you manage this constant change? It’s time to get our ducks in a row.

SHORTHAND: Jay Baer On “Hug Your Haters”

Firebelly

In my new Shorthand series, I’ll be asking fellow social media marketing industry leaders for three quick and easy-to-digest insights into their areas of expertise or interest. In this first installment, I spoke with Jay Baer—leader of Convince & Convert. He recently published Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers , which is being touted as “the first modern book on customer service.” ” Let’s get to the questions!

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

Learn, Grow and Succeed

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest Post by Cynthia Price. One Saturday afternoon recently my dining room table was filled with laptops, mobiles, pens, paper and a strong pot of coffee, along with an assortment of sandwiches and sweets. I was working with a professional group to flesh out strategy and prep for a board meeting in a few weeks. Image courtesy Cynthia Price, used with permission. While that may not sound like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon, it was.

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Instagram’s New Algorithm – What You Need to Know

Mindjumpers

Nearly 6 years after its initial release and 400 million users later, Instagram is fast-approaching the ad-supported dominance of Facebook. Last week, it introduced its very own algorithm, following in the footsteps of Twitter and its parent company Facebook. Whether this is an enhancement is debatable and many seem to be divided on the matter as it stands.

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5 Reasons Your Business Absolutely Needs To Consider the Bing Network

Jason Yormark

This post brought to you by Bing Network. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jason Yormark. I’ve had a lot of experience on both sides of the fence when it comes paid marketing strategies and execution. Whether it’s been with an agency and working with larger brands and companies, or running a small business, it can be be very daunting and expensive to figure out how to drive targeted traffic and leads, not to mention, expensive.

How Failing Fast is the Way to an Effective Social Media Strategy

Visually SM

When you learn to ride a bike, you’re bound to encounter the cold, hard reality of gravity. But after hitting the pavement, chances are you’ll get back up and try again. And again. And again. The same principle applies to social media content , only instead of riding on the pavement you’re riding on the virtual equivalent of an escalator where the environment is constantly changing. As a social media marketer, how do you manage this constant change? It’s time to get our ducks in a row.

SHORTHAND: Erik Qualman on Digital Leadership, Disruption & Reputation

Firebelly

In my new Shorthand series, I’ll be asking fellow social media marketing industry leaders for three quick and easy-to-digest insights into their areas of expertise or interest. For my second installment of Shorthand , I spoke with Erik Qualman. His book What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. In addition to being a best-selling author, he’s a motivational speaker who’s been referred to as “the Tony Robbins of tech.”

How A MacBook Changed My Life

Waxing UnLyrical

Mac OS X 10.0 was released 15 years ago today. I didn’t know very much about Macs then. Scratch that – I didn’t know anything about Macs then! They seemed to exist in an alternate reality populated by creative types tattooed all over, who imbibed copious quantities of Scotch as their screens radiated magic and mystery.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity SMM

As winter comes to an end, so too does the Winter Wonderland of Marketing Stats series that’s been running here over the past few months. This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? It seems to depend who you ask: one source below says 62%, another says 80%, and still another, 86%.

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10 Marketing Tips from Father of Marketing David Ogilvy

Convince & Convert

Marketing ideology seems to change every ten years or so—unless you’re David Ogilvy, and your philosophy has lasted the better part of a century. Despite having passed on over a decade and a half ago, Ogilvy’s ideas on marketing are as true now as they were when he founded Ogilvy & Mather back in 1948. The Mad Men-esque figure was once called “ the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry.”

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5 Reasons Your Business Absolutely Needs To Consider the Bing Network

Jason Yormark

This post brought to you by Bing Network. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jason Yormark. I’ve had a lot of experience on both sides of the fence when it comes to paid marketing strategies and execution. Whether it’s been with an agency and working with larger brands and companies, or running a small business, it can be very daunting to figure out how to drive targeted traffic and leads, not to mention, expensive.

How Failing Fast is the Way to an Effective Social Media Strategy

Visually SM

When you learn to ride a bike, you’re bound to encounter the cold, hard reality of gravity. But after hitting the pavement, chances are you’ll get back up and try again. And again. And again. The same principle applies to social media content , only instead of riding on the pavement you’re riding on the virtual equivalent of an escalator where the environment is constantly changing. As a social media marketer, how do you manage this constant change? It’s time to get our ducks in a row.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

3 Easy DIY Social Media Content Creation Tools

Firebelly

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a Photoshop pro to create stunning graphics for your social media channels. These three tools make it easy! Canva. Of the three tools I’m sharing, Canva is the most robust. It provides a ton of pre-existing images and templates you can use. Or you can create your own. Available templates: • Facebook cover photos. Facebook posts. Facebook apps. Facebook event covers. Facebook ads. Google+ posts. Instagram posts. Tumblr banner. Tumblr graphic.

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest Post by Corina Manea. Here we are at the end of March, the first month of Spring, the month when we celebrate International Women’s Day and recall all those who had the courage to speak up, to not settle and fight for more and bring change. It’s unbelievable how time flies. I’m pretty sure yesterday it was December and I was getting ready for Christmas. Yet, here we are. How did you spend the first three months of the year? Did you achieve what you planned in your work?

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Future of Brand Experiences: Join #GetRealChat Conversation Live From #AdobeSummit March 23

Pam Moore

I’m excited to announce that we have partnered with Adobe and the #GetRealChat Twitter chat is again officially part of the Adobe Summit 2016 event in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, March 23rd, starting at 3pm pt / 4pm mt / 5pm ct / 6pm et we will be hosting #GetRealChat live from the Venetian hotel and event center in Las Vegas. The topic of conversation is “The future of brand experience.” ” It is time marketers get real on the importance of customer experience.

5 Snapchat Statistics That Prove Its Power

Convince & Convert

My good friends at Edison Research handled the data gathering for my new book, Hug Your Haters , and we discovered that customer service is being massively disrupted. Now the Edison team is back with a new edition of their annual Infinite Dial research (they partner with Triton on it) and they’ve found another disruptive force… Snapchat. To read all of the Infinite Dial findings (I very much recommend you do so) go here.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

Want More Earned Media? Start with Generosity

Janet Fouts

Let’s start wth the basics here. What is earned media? Earned media is media (or content) you don’t own and did not pay for. Typical examples might be a blog post about your brand or product or a Tweet about how awesome your customer service is. Earned media is free, out of the goodness of […]. mindful social Social Media Tips and Tricks

Advice for startups: Focus on your super-fans

Socialmedia.biz

Taylor Swift brought fans to her house, baked them cookies and invited them to her concerts for free, said Jordan Stone, CEO of Huckle. At Launch Festival, a top marketer discusses the importance of engaging your top brand advocates. Target audience: Startups, entrepreneurs, businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

4 Free Social Media Spring Cleaning Tools

Firebelly

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up your social media channels! Use these four free tools to gauge how you’re doing and how you can improve. For Blogs: HubSpot’s Website Grader. Simply enter your blog URL, click ‘Get Your Answer’ and the HubSpot Website Grader will give your blog a grade on a scale from 1-100.

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#SocialPowWow: A meeting ground for Communicators & Marketers

Waxing UnLyrical

While most of my friends and family are on Facebook and “addicted” to this social network, I choose to meet and interact with new people on Twitter. No, that doesn’t mean I don’t like my friends or family. The beauty about Twitter is that you don’t need to be “friends” with someone before you start interacting with them. And what’s better than e-meeting new people from across the globe and learning from their experiences?

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

How to ‘Humanize’ Your Blog to Drive Engagement

Kikolani

You want people to comment on your blog, to subscribe to your newsletter, and to connect with you. After all, it’s why you started a blog in the first place. But it can be downright maddening when you’re churning out high-quality content and people still aren’t interacting with it. . Your blog posts may not be the problem at all. The problem may instead lie in your blog’s personal touch, the personality your team brings to it.

How to Reap the Revenue Rewards of Smarketing

Convince & Convert

In most companies – especially B2B firms – sales and marketing don’t get along. Ultimately, both groups are tasked with the same revenue production goal, but their core skills and perceptions are different enough that much is lost in translation. They sing the same song, but in very different ways. Yet, they are required to work together to accomplish company-wide objectives. This creates something of an awkward, arranged marriage, but with expense reports.

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Marketers, what’s your story?

Janet Fouts

As marketers, we often have an idea of who we believe our market to be, what they want, and what kind of messaging will work for them. But are we really just talking to ourselves? We can be too close to the product and too specific about details our audience doesn’t understand. Maybe we know […]. mindful social social business Content Marketing Marketing

How Instagram’s New Algorithm Affects You

Jenn's Trends

You’ve probably heard by now that Instagram threw the planet into a tailspin with their recent announcement about adding an algorithm to their feed. Yes, I was one of those who first freaked out. I have subsequently gone through all 5 stages of grief. Yes, it was that serious

5 non-negotiable dashboards to track your social media success

Socialmedia.biz

Post by Adi Englander. At a personal level, social media is one of the most notorious time-sucks of the modern world. Unfortunately, at a business level — especially for small to medium businesses without the resources to hire a dedicated social media manager — the situation is even more bleak.

Monday Roundup: Spring Cleaning Your Strategy

Waxing UnLyrical

Spring has sprung, and if you’re like most people, you’re getting the urge to break out your rubber gloves and indulge in some good old fashioned spring cleaning. But who says you have to restrict your yearly cleaning ritual just to you your personal life? Spring cleaning your strategy can be a breath of fresh air. And I hope you get inspired with this week’s roundup. 13 automation apps and tools to streamline your whole life.

Live-Streaming Tools – Which is the Best for Marketers?

Kikolani

When live-streaming first entered our Internet world back in the early-to-mid 2000’s, it was really a tool for individuals’ personal use. Today, live-streaming is a very different tool – one that can be used by marketers in engaging and very effective ways. And being able to record in HD and stream in Wi-Fi or 3G has really moved live-streaming into the world of marketing.

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Why Most Companies Can’t Yet Handle Great Marketing Technology

Convince & Convert

Image via Unsplash. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I spent a few days last week with 10,000 digital marketers, enveloped by all things Adobe at their Adobe Summit event. They paid me to cover the event as an insider. It was my first-ever Adobe event, and I was impressed. Adobe Summit is a classy confab in every respect.

Customer Service Mistakes In Web Design

The Realtime Report

Customer Service Mistakes In Web Design. Customer service is something that has evolved a lot in the Web 2.0 age, especially in terms of the channels customers are able to use to talk to people from a given company when they have a problem or complaint (or even to give positive feedback). Many consumers now extol the virtues of using social media platforms like Twitter to get customer service or make a complaint.

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Broken Leg & Car-Volkswagen & Bharti Axa Atyaachaar- Best Practices In Marketing & Customer Support?

Atom Thought

Brands are all about trust. More so in India and save HLL & P&G most MNC brands in India are in serious need of building some serious trust assets. MNC car manufacturers like Volkswagen have a very low adoption share in India, there sales are peanuts compared to Maruti and maybe Hyundai. People who are. Digital Insight Digital Learning

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