Social Media Marketing

5 Tips On Writing Blog Posts To Increase Traffic

I’m often asked by clients and peers, “How do I (we) increase my site traffic? How do I (we) get more people to read the blog?” Well, it’s a matter of targeted marketing, brand consistency and good writing.  All of which even the BEST writers, marketers and bloggers struggle with on EVERY post.  But once a successful post formula is found, it’s like crack. You want, no, NEED to do it over and over again until your eyeballs rollback in your head and you fall to the ground in crippling ecstasy… Okay, maybe not that far, but it’s close. 🙂

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Can Peer Pressure Harm Your TRUE Brand?

We all want to be liked.  We all want to be the coolest and we all care what others think of us.  This is true in the corporate world, as well as in our personal lives.  But how do you know when to take peers’ “advice” and when to ignore it? In a previous business life, I worked in retail.  Fast-paced, exciting, challenging – and Brand centered.  One day, a “Secret Shopper” came into our store, quietly sizing us up, checking our customer service skills and the overall shopping experience.  His “findings” were then written into a not-so-nice blog post

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VIDEO: Focus Your Social Media Marketing

Trying to control social media is like trying to drink the ocean one cup at a time. For successful marketing and communications, companies need to TARGET their social media efforts to their local level to better engage with their audience. Using Twitter Hashtags, Facebook Groups and Events as well as some common sense, the following video explains how to create a more focused social media marketing approach. Focus Your Social Media Marketing Hat tip to our friends at The Des Moines Social Media Club, including Tom Brazelton (@TomBrazelton on twitter_ and the whole @SMCDSM crew as well as a BIG

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What’s In A Social Media Name?

One must be mindful of company name when joining social media outlets. Facebook and Twitter have millions of users so one assumes this tool would be on the forefront of any business person’s mind before making a huge name announcement. Alas, last week Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that Netflix has transformed its DVD via mail side of the business into Qwikster. This change makes sense with streaming video gaining popularity while one-day Qwikster may go the way of cassette tapes. Although, that is neither here nor there. The real issue at hand is that the people at Netflix neglected

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Social Media = ENGAGEMENT Not Numbers!

Most of us realize by now that a big number of followers doesn’t immediately equal ENGAGED, RELEVANT or INFLUENTIAL followers, but after a recent conversation, I found this bared repeating. “A big number of followers doesn’t immediately equal ENGAGED, RELEVANT or INFLUENTIAL followers…” We had a client mention wanting to have many more Twitter followers and Facebook fans then they do presently. When pressed as to why, there wasn’t a clear answer. Social media can’t be thought of as a way to create “instant sales” but, instead, as a communication tool to truly build your brand. Companies and businesses never

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Common Sense Web Video Solutions

While doing a little marketing business in South Carolina, I had the opportunity to compare three variations on web video solutions. We shot this video using a Sony AVCHD camera, an iPad as well as a DroidX. You can see the differences in quality, but when it comes to web video, getting the message out is more important. These are just some common sense web video solutions that YOU can try out. Take a look and see how easy it is to create WOW in your own web video!

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Should You Pay For Social Media?

People want to do their own marketing, advertising and PR to save money. Unfortunately (or fortunately – however you want to look at it), What they quickly realize is that time IS money and lots of time is going to be spent trying to…

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5 Crucial Reasons for Business Blogging

A business blog is a key part of any inbound marketing program. There are 5 fundamental benefits to business blogging: 1) Promote and Position Yourself / Your Company as a “Thought Leader” Each well-written post on a business or personal blog is a public declaration of your thought leadership, integrity, humor, and professional insights. You don’t have to debate the laws of physics (unless that’s your bailiwick) to get recognition. For example, a summary of recent changes in your industry, or a reaction to a recent news article can be extremely effective blog posts.  Set up Google Alerts and feed

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Free Word Of Mouth And Customer Analytics, Why Not?

I can’t tell exactly why more local businesses aren’t using Foursquare, but I imagine it has to do with not understanding Foursquares potential. The lack of knowledge with this not too new (debuted in March of 2009) social media tool is still huge. Foursquare has 8 million people using it worldwide and 250,000 merchants taking advantage of the business platform. At the same time LinkedIn has 100 million users and 2 million businesses worldwide that have a company page. Owners need to be aware that they can reward customers for loyalty, for simply visiting their business or attending a special

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We Cured Writer’s Block!

Some days I sit back in my chair and wonder, “Why the heck isn’t anyone posting?” It’s not for a lack of information.  It’s not for a lack of inspiration.  It just falls on that blank page!  It’s too intimidating.  It’s too…  blank; so your mind goes blank. In attempts to alleviate that, I’ve coached my clients to keep a journal, either digitally in EverNote, or the “Old fashioned way” in a notebook, of ideas, snippets, quips or even a doodle that would later inspire a blog post (and I’ve changed “blog post” to “article” for most clients – that’s

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