Category: Digital Branding

Social Media Impacts Your Company's Brand
Digital Branding

Social Media Impacts Your Company’s Brand

I’m happy to welcome aboard Social Drive as this week’s guest contributorSocial Drive is a boutique digital marketing and online advertising firm located in Boston. They help local and medium-sized businesses to create a lean online presence, improve branding with custom content and strategy, and better measure marketing efforts. You can reach the team at Social Drive here.

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Nowadays, it’s incredibly common for people to check out an organization’s Facebook page before buying its product or service. As we know, first impressions are crucial even on the web!

As we know, the first impressions are crucial even on the web!

The messages an organization frames on social media can receive heavy traffic so they must accurately portray it.

Branding in the Age of Social Media

Facebook has become a mecca for updating where you are and what you are doing there.

You might discover a new restaurant when your friends tag themselves there for a romantic dinner. You may learn of a new place for your kids to play when a fellow mom posts pictures of her kids having fun there. Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

You might discover a new restaurant when your friends tag themselves there for a romantic dinner. You may learn of a new place for your kids to play when a fellow mom posts pictures of her kids having fun there. Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

We want to go to a company’s Facebook page to find out more about it. We can read reviews, see images, and find links to its website.There is this increased desire to share our experiences, good or bad, with each other. People can get passionate about their like or dislike for a brand. With the help of social media, people can share those strong feelings. An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

There is this increased desire to share our experiences, good or bad, with each other. People can get passionate about their like or dislike for a brand. With the help of social media, people can share those strong feelings. An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

So does this make branding easier or harder?

The answer is not so simple. The ability to build brand awareness may be more achievable. However, it is challenging and time-consuming to maintain relationships with the public. Studies done by the

However, it is challenging and time-consuming to maintain relationships with the public.

Studies done by the Pew Research Center say that 69% of Americans use social media.  These numbers continue to climb.

According to a survey by Cone Communications93% of those people expect companies to have a social media presence. 

This doesn’t just mean Facebook. It includes all of the main social mediums, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

It’s not as simple as having a social media presence.

The goal is to use each form of social media in the best ways to frame effective messages that reach consumers.

There is a science behind when and what to post. It’s usually connected to an overall larger communication plan that is carefully crafted based on research.

Social media also provides an opportunity to connect with the public in a personal way and respond to customer complaints.

This is why it is crucial for an organization to have a social media expert on its PR team to represent the brand.

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Creative Business Gadgets Anyone Can Easily Use

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In the world of technology, there seem to be new gadgets coming out every single day. While some of these may make you scratch your head in wonder of who would use such a thing, others can be the newest gadget that can improve your business’s efficiency drastically. Below we have put together a list of the business gadgets you should take a closer look at for your business.

Pocket Printer 

If you find yourself meeting with clients in their place of business or out at a restaurant, you may not have convenient access to a printer. If you didn’t print off the right documents before you left or your terms with the client changed, you risk losing the deal if you don’t have a copy for them to sign at that moment.

With a pocket printer and some clean sheets of paper, you can print out your documents in minutes. These handy cordless devices are small enough to hold in your hand but powerful enough to last for up to an hour of printing.

The printer strategically works itself across the flat sheet of paper on a table, printing the document as it goes. This can be used with wi-fi from your phone or laptop. You never have to be without a printer again.

Flapit Counter 

If you have a large growing community of Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube followers, why not let your customers know. This flip counter can sit conveniently on the front desk of your office. It connects via wi-fi to real-time data about your statistics.

This counter can be a great incentive to get new customers to like or follow your social media profiles, while they are in your office. When your customers see they can make the counter flip, they will be sure to tell everyone they know. That might get you a few extra flips of the counter.

This product is great for employee motivation. Every time the counter flips, a new person is giving your business a thumbs up. Tell me that isn’t real-time motivation.

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IRobot Ava 500

If you have a large business with multiple locations, then this gadget is for you. This is a computer screen podium on wheels. This invention allows you to connect with employees in real-time.

This device can be operated from any computer as long as you have the credentials. Simply use your IRobto Ava 500 to stroll up and down the halls of your other locations to talk to your employees. This is almost equivalent to checking in with your employees in person.

Equil SmartPen 2 

This has got to be one of the best innovations in the recent years. The Equil SmartPen 2 writes like a regular ballpoint pen on paper, however it has a real-time recorder that syncs whatever you are writing to your tablet. How’s that for innovation?

No longer do you need to spend time manually transferring your notes to the screen. You don’t have to worry about smudging the screen of your tablet or trying to type with those small keys. Simply write your notes out like you normally would on a notepad and let the Equil SmartPen 2 do all the hard work for you.

Video Handheld Gimbal 

Uploading new videos to your Youtube channel is a must to keep subscribers interested in your business. With the GoPro handheld gimbal, you can make all your videos smooth and professional. There’s nothing worse than a video that is poorly recorded. Don’t make that mistake with your customers. This easy to use gimbal can make all the difference in your video production.

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SEO Directory Submissions – The Right Way To Do It

This week’s guest post comes from an SEO veteran, Brent Broadnax. He is the founder of a leading digital marketing agency in Philadelphia and New Jersey – Nerdbox. Listen to his advice and improve your SEO strategy right away!

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So you’ve got your WordPress site up, running, and on-brand, you’ve jam packed it with content, and you’re proud of the direction it’s taken. What’s the next step?

How can you capitalize and market it effectively, driving up more than regular traffic? An excellent resource to take advantage of is blog directories, a website that a database full of different blogs, WordPress sites, business sites, and more. These directories not only create SEO friendly backlinks, but the opportunity they provide for increased traffic and marketing opportunities are also only limited by the databases you submit to.

How does a blog directory work?

Well, simply, it’s a giant, searchable database of user submitted sites sorted by category and subcategory. When planning on submitting yourself to directories, it’s important to come prepared.

Before starting, spend some time making a centralized file containing all the information you plan on submitting for easy reference. Start with the basics, like URL, RSS feed link, social links, contact emails. This is when it comes to a point when you can get creative. Create a short tagline. Could be a slogan or a quote, or a short description. Choose your main category, then a few rough ideas for subcategories.

Some sites have different or expanded options for subcategories, so it’s important to explore and make some flexible options. That’s the bulk of what you’ll need from this point forward, although some directories will ask for more links, more information, or other small details you can fill in on a case by case basis.

Now you’re ready to submit all of that to directories, which can be a daunting task. Which directories are safe? Which are trusted? Which will serve my best interests? It’s difficult to dive right in, but these two resources will serve you well for jumping off points:

Searching through the directory list, and looking over the directories listed will give you a good view into what certain directories expect, how the handle submissions, and what the directory can offer your site.

As long as it’s a valid, trusted directory, there’s no such thing as putting yourself on too many directories, though you should prioritize more heavily used, better-reviewed ones and keep your submission there up to date. Maintaining a list, even just a link, to the directories you’ve submitted to is also a very good idea, just for your records, and since duplicate entries aren’t a good thing.

How does it affect your site?

Well, firstly, it creates a nice, friendly catalog of backlinks to your site, which is paramount in keeping up a good SEO ranking. Secondly, more active directories will have users, marketers and all sorts of opportunities browsing them looking for blogs that fit their needs, which could be anything from paid reviews or ads, to cross promotion.

These kinds of opportunities usually only manifest from the larger, more travelled directories, which you should be submitting to first. All in all, it’s an important step for any blog to take in the fast paced world of online marketing, and one that should be taken with care.

Monetize a digital brand with these strategies!
Digital Branding

15 Ways How To Monetize A Digital Brand

At this point in the game, virtually every company has a website. Websites are so easy to come by, any kid in high school can whip one out.

A few years ago, that was all that was needed. Just a website, with an email and a way to allow a potential customer contact you.

We used our websites as glorified company brochures.

But technology has advanced and today’s customer demands more. They reach for their computer or smartphone to find a service or a product, often before they even look locally.

When they find your site, they expect to be educated and entertained. They expect visual, and audio and immediate interaction. Though, your product may be better than the one they sell next door, if the owner next door has invested in his brand via his website, he will get the business.

Great examples such as Nelson Kitchen & Bath of design are definitely the ones that will take the business!

Keeping abreast of the latest technology, keeping our websites fresh and inviting, and getting our users to share on social media takes time and time is money.

Let’s see what 15 experts we’ve consulted have to say about their ways:

Strategies On How to Monetize A Digital Brand

Below you will find some insight from successful businesses who have harnessed the power of the internet to grow their brand and have managed to let the website pay for itself.

1. “In remodeling, you almost have to become the voice of the industry. Homeowners are looking for an expert. Give them just that. Provide tips and tricks regularly on your website and social media. Showcase and review new products to educate your target audience. Do these things consistently and watch as your organic leads start to grow.” – Kyle Baptiste, www.nextlevelremodeling.com

2. “We firmly believe that no matter the size of your business, it is critical to pay attention to your online brand and reputation. Even though we are a local business, our customers no longer find us just by word of mouth or passing by our showroom. They look for us online, and they want to see that we are active, engaged, and trustworthy. We demonstrate this to our customers by making our online storefront as user friendly and attractive as our physical store – by keeping the content updated, by providing useful industry relevant insights through our blog, by demonstrating our expertise through concrete examples of our work, and by engaging our professional and local community through social media.” – John A. Lang, www.langskitchens.com

3. “Monetizing your website is more than offering ad placement and joining Amazon as an affiliate. It’s a strategy that starts with your SEO and the time you invest in building your audience. The programs you choose that provide residuals, like Amazon and AdSense or even selling your products or services, won’t prove successful unless your website has traffic.” – Lindy Chaffin, www.unstoppablestart.com

4. “Getting your website on the first page of Google is all well and good, but if you want it to remain there for any length of time, you need to make sure that your homepage’s content engages the people who land on it.

There are two simple ways to increase audience engagement that are often overlooked. The first is a call to action: a concise instruction telling the visitor what action you would like them to take. This could be something as simple as, “Call Us For A Free Estimate,” and must include an action word and ideally, a benefit. The second is video. People like video. Google is well aware of this and counts the presence of a video as a positive factor in its ranking algorithm. So if you not only want to get but also to keep your website on the first page of Google, don’t forget to include a call to action and a video on the homepage.” – Philip Trapkin, www.sterlingworks.net

5. “There are many great ways to monetize a website such as an email newsletter lists, allowing ads on your site, e-commerce products and more. With that in mind, one very easy way to earn some extra cash many often forget about is affiliate links.

Affiliate links are a great way to monetize your blog RIGHT NOW with little effort! Many blogs already promote products and services throughout them. If you’re already promoting products why not get paid for doing it?!

It has become even easier with the use of Amazon affiliate links as you can easily set it up and find almost any product to link to. In fact, if someone follows your Amazon link and buys anything on the site you get a percentage of the purchase! ” – Adam Scheid, www.thebrandsmen.com

6. “The best way that I have found to monetize my website is, of course, affiliate marketing. This allows me to earn money on the deals that I share with my readers. I use Google AdSense and earn money on pay per click advertising. I also find that it is very important to keep my Facebook page updated daily and to interact with my followers and readers. This is key in driving traffic to my site every day.” – Laurie Floy, www.stealsanddealsforkids.com

7. “Every page should have unique content that captivates the audience, a call to action for the desired response, a contact form to grow an email list, and a social plugin that allows visitors to share posts, videos, and images.

Mix it up when it comes to content. Use interesting images to attract, properly SEO’d information the visitor wants to read and video whenever possible.” – Randy Lyons, www.advantagelocalagency.com

8. “Monetizing a digital brand has become one of the most sought after segments in the internet and social media marketing. It is not easy, but when executed well can yield some of the biggest rewards for any brand/website.” – Timothy Roman, www.imperialbuilder.com

9. “To introduce our services in a very competitive real estate market we understand the need to exceed our client’s expectations. Since the inception of our business in 1991, we have taken the approach that we need to offer more than just experience and professionalism.

Utilizing our online presence, we have placed quite a bit of emphasis on local brand awareness from both a search and education viewpoint. Keeping our clients abreast with the latest information on what Prescott, Arizona has to offer as well as the most recent information on the local real estate market through our blog is one of our primary tools.” – Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate, www.kathleeny.com

10. “For a B2B service provider like us, creating a non-sales Aesbus blog was at the top of our to-do list for lead generation. By providing rich content, we’ve been able to pull prospects through marketing gravity. Our blog generates secondary interest in our B2B services. And as part of our backend process, we’re able to capture that interest via contact/inquiry forms that correspond to specific services described on our website. The captured contact information is then routed through our sales funnel. Our blog is a friendly way of building credibility that helps us monetize our content. We don’t necessarily make money off of our blog—but, it helps drive indirect sales. We have acquired leads generated directly from our blog.” – Gloria Hernandez, www.aesbus.com

11. “The #1 way I monetize my site is by working with brands through sponsored posts. I’m very selective and only work with brands I trust. To get the attention of big brands, my content and photography must be top notch. Social media also plays an important part in monetization. The more followers you have on social media, the more willing brands are to work with you. It does take time and patience to build a presence on social media, but it’s well worth it in the end.” – Alli Smith, www.anallievent.com

12. “Our website is our sales channel. First and foremost we sell web design packages to other businesses. Using website worksheets and lead generation forms, we are put in contact with clients who need custom responsive websites to represent their brand. Secondly, we also provide recurring monthly WordPress Maintenance packages. Also, we provide Organic SEO services where we take a holistic approach in optimizing websites from the ground up. This way, our lead generation efforts have always been supported by strengthening our digital brand and website.” Lori Newman, www.newmanwebsolutions.com

13. “Keeping the integrity of my blog is the number one priority. Don’t be afraid to turn down sponsored opportunities that don’t fit your blog or your standards. Publishing bad content on your blog can have a very harmful and lasting effect on your future success.” – Julia DeLeeuw, www.everydaymomideas.com

14. “The best way to monetize a website is to sell your digital product, one that can be downloaded like a book. You have to create the content (or you can rebrand other’s content, but I don’t recommend that) and then people can purchase it over it an over again. Second to that would be a membership/subscription. Ads such as Google Adsense are great if you have a ton of traffic, but most people can’t generate enough traffic on their own to make it worthwhile. Creating digital content like a book or an online course is what I consider to be the best way to monetize a website, you just have to decide what it is you want to specialize in and then learn all about it and generate the content that is compelling, so people want to buy it.” Jennifer Brown, www.ghostworks.us

15. “Once you’ve generated enough traffic, the next option is to start getting the most out of your website visitors. Adding Google Adsense ads to your website is a quick and easy way to start monetizing your website traffic. You can also offer relevant affiliate offers through networks like Commission Junction, ShareaSale, Rakuten, or ClickBank.” Chris Cabaniss, www.falcondigitalmarketing.com

Conclusion

There are many ways to use your website and get an almost immediate return on your investment.

It is important to understand that our websites are the first impression we give to a client. This is our storefront, brochures, catalogs, and business cards.

These clients will access you from around the world and at all hours of the day and night. They will slip in, and if you do not provide what they need, they will slip out again.

Being SEO smart and user-friendly will assist you in the land of search engines, but it is the content of your website that brings the customer back.

It is the care and attention you place on your digital brand that makes them share the information.

By using the tools listed here, you can make money with your website on many levels. How you utilize your website and promote your digital brand is up to you.

Your success is in your hands.

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4 On-Page Techniques for Effective Search Engine Branding

This guest post is brought to you by Alex Furfaro, owner at Alex Furfaro SEO Consulting and digital marketer who helps businesses get visible in the search engines. I loved his take on on-page optimization techniques and thought you might, too! In case you want to reach out to him, you can contact Alex on LinkedIn.

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When you are branding your website and creating your SEO strategy, you need to consider all methods of optimization. On-page optimization is vital to the success of your SEO strategy because it helps the search engines understand your website and what your business is about. The combination of using your branded elements and keywords in the right locations will help your website rank for the terms you are targeting.

Structuring Content with HTML

The search engine algorithms look for dozens of variables when crawling a website. Properly structuring your content using headings and subheadings is a way to describe to Google that certain information is more important than others.

Websites use HTML code uses tags such as H1, H2 and H3 for headings. The H1 tag is the primary heading of the page and only one H1 tag should be used per page. It is likely the theme or template will automatically make the page title the H1 heading. The H2 tags will be the second most important and so on. The search engine use these tags to determine order of importance in your content using the hierarchy of H tags first and the paragraph text last.

Meta Data and Search Engine Branding

Meta data is specific HTML coding that will use meta tags. This data can be added with a WordPress plugin like Yoast SEO or manually in the header of a website. There are three types of meta data: titles, descriptions, and meta keywords. Each page on your website has its own meta data so be sure to optimize each page individually.Meta titles are

Meta titles are the bold, blue link headings users click on in the search engines and the meta descriptions are the supplementary information below the title. Meta data allows a webmaster to provide a catchy title and a brief description of the entire page using text other than what is published on the page.

For example, a page title may be “Columbus SEO Expert” but a user in the search engine results does not know who the page is about. When the brand name is added to the end using a meta title, the search engine link becomes Columbus SEO Expert – Alex Furfaro SEO Consulting. Page titles that you are attempting to rank for locally should often be written in this format of “Location – Niche – Brand.” Meta titles should be 50 and 60 characters in length and descriptions should be at least 140 with 160 characters maximum. The search engines do not display titles or descriptions past those lengths.Meta keywords can be used but are not as powerful in the hierarchy of

Meta keywords can be used but are not as powerful in the hierarchy of meta data. Meta keywords can be words found on the page or additional keywords related to the topic that are not found in the content. Do not “keyword stuff” meta keywords just for the sake of adding more.

Image And Video SEO

Search engines are only able to read text and this makes the indexing of the images and videos more difficult than your body content. To optimize images, rename the image file itself using descriptive characters, keywords, and your brand name where you see fit. If you are using WordPress or another content management system, fill in the boxes for alt text and descriptions as well. Captions can be used as well but remember they will be visibly displayed on the page.

Optimizing videos is a combination of on-page optimization and image optimization. Use keyword rich page titles, descriptions, and keywords in the name the video file itself, as such like with images. Preferably include a transcript of the video as this has the same function as alt text for pictures. Search engines will be able to read the transcript and use that data to understand the video file and help determine rankings. It is also recommended that you upload the video to YouTube and then embed it onto your website because Google owns YouTube and it typically gives videos on its platform a higher ranking.

Internal Linking Strategy

A common on-page technique that is often overlooked is internal linking. An internal link will connect your new content with some of your old content. This not only helps your users to navigate around your site, but it also helps the search engines find your pages. When you create a link from your new content to your old, ensure the content is relevant and adds additional value to your new post. A good application is you provided an in-depth analysis of

When you create a link from your new content to your old, ensure the content is relevant and adds additional value to your new post. A good application is you provided an in-depth analysis of previous topic and refer to it in the new post. This will allow a user to refer to that page for more information, boost the traffic for that page, and keep the reader engaged with your site.

Updating old content with new links is helpful as well. Typically older content is indexed and ranks better in the search engines so more traffic can be funneled through the older post to the new. This technique can help your new content get indexed in the search results as well. When you look at

When you look at internal linking building you need to be careful with the anchor text that you use. A generic anchor text such as ‘click here’ will not work very well with the search engines as it tells them nothing about the link or where it is going. It is best to use the keyword related to the content you are linking to as it tells the search engines exactly what to expect when they go through.

Conclusion

Search Engine optimization is about structuring data properly for search engines but more importantly the users who are visiting your website. These basic techniques will always be relevant, regardless of the changes Google and other search engines make to their algorithm.

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5 Ways SEO Can Help Your Brand Marketing

Improving brand awareness is one of the top concerns for businesses, and a website is one of the most effective ways to do this. This is because your website is the first point of contact with your target audience. Your website can bring in leads, prospects, and attract new customers.

If you are looking to brand yourself and build a successful business, one of the best ways to do this is using SEO. SEO is simply tactics you can use to obtain a high-ranking placement in search results to increase the number of visitors to your website. Simply put, if your website isn’t ranking well in search engines, you won’t be found online.

As you begin using SEO to help your brand marketing, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that it isn’t just about using certain keywords; SEO focuses on the user experience, so if the quality of your content is low it won’t increase your ranking.

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Below are 5 ways SEO can help you build your brand for more effective marketing:

  1. SEO increases the visibility of your business

Having a strong online presence with a website and social media is vital for continued growth in today’s market. SEO can play a key role in helping you develop a strong online presence by allowing your business visibility to increase with consumers who use search engines like Google. SEO ensures you will have a strong online presence and continue to see increased growth in your business.

The higher your visibility is in search results, the more exposure you are giving to your brand, which leads to more traffic from organic searches. By effectively using online advertising, social media, and search engine results, you increase exposure to your brand and drive out the competition.

  1. Better user experience

It is now more important than ever to take the usability of your website into consideration when optimizing your website. That’s because search engines look for websites that are easy to navigate, offer relevant information, have a design that is easily accessible, and delivers quality content.

Search engines also take into account how visitors use your website; for instance, if they come and then leave quickly, this is an indicator that they didn’t find what they were looking for. So if your website has too many visits like that, search engines determine it isn’t relevant and drop your visibility.

But because search engines take the usability of a website into consideration, using SEO can decrease your website’s bounce rate. It ensures users are given a positive experience, are able to navigate through your website, learn more about your product, and are converted into buyers.

  1. Cost effectiveness

The costs for social media advertising, PPC advertising, or purchasing leads can add up quickly. SEO is cost effective as a marketing strategy is because it targets people who are already looking for your service or product and produces better conversion rates.

That’s why it is important to understand your target audience, their search behavior, and their buying habits so you not only optimize your website, but increase your visibility for the right market.

  1. Instills trust in your business

In our fast-paced environment, digital users want to know immediately who they can trust and why they should choose one brand over another. Once you achieve a high ranking in search engine results, this sets you apart as an authority in your field. It also establishes trust with your audience since businesses that are listed in the top 5 results of search engines are perceived as more trust-worthy.

On an example of the home remodeling industry, many people before they even engage in speaking with potential contractors spend hours in search engines, finding the best experts and deals. If you are working in a specific niche, such as “transitional style“, you would want to rank higher for this keyword, so they can easily find you as an expert on the topic.

  1. Access to new data

As you begin using SEO and begin having a higher number of visitors, you can begin to using analytics to track information about your visitors. You can see what key words they used and how much time they spent on a page. You can also see where they are located and what time of day they are the most active online.

For instance,maybe you can see that the most commonly used key phrase to find your website is “San Diego SEO” and that a large percentage of your visitors are located on the West Coast; this is valuable customer data that will help you develop better strategies for advertising.

 

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4 Ways to Attract More Readers to Your Blog

Are you having a tough time increasing traffic to your blog? You may have started out in this business wearing rose-colored glasses. You probably believed that if you posted it they would come. Unfortunately, this statement is only halfway true. You definitely have to post more than your fair share of exciting content, but nobody’s going to ever find it unless you actively promote your blog and content so that your target audience can easily find it.

Sounds difficult, right? If you don’t know what you’re doing than it will feel practically impossible. On the other hand, if you take the time to learn how to attract more readers to your blog, they’ll be visiting in droves and you’ll have more readers than you ever imagined possible in no time at all.

Are you ready to learn how to attract more readers to your blog? We’ve discovered four simple techniques that will bring more readers than your servers can handle! Before long you’ll have to upgrade your server setup to accommodate all of your awesome new fans.

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Attract New Readers to Your Blog Using These 4 Amazing Techniques

  • Stick to a regular posting schedule – when you have a regular posting schedule, and you stick to it religiously, your readers will know when new content is going to come their way and they will absolutely expect it from you. When people first visit a new blog, they often look at the published date of the most recent posts. At the start, they want to see if the blogger regularly posts content. And then they check to see if the blogger posts content consistently. Visit www.catchingupwithCassandra.com and see firsthand how easy it is to develop and stick to a consistent posting schedule.
  • Make sure your content is relevant for your specific audience – some bloggers have a tendency to create posts that are all over the place. This is a big mistake because people tend to read blogs when they are interested in learning about one main topic. They do not want to become a regular reader of a blog that posts about videogames one week, TV shows the next week, and pressure cooker recipes a week later. A blog like that is confusing and all over the place. Find an audience that you are trying to cater to and then create content about that specific topic. Try not to ever veer off course, because otherwise you may upset your readers and scare many of them away. And that’s the last thing you want to do if you’re trying to get and keep more readers for your blog. Check out www.savingcommoncents.com to see a great example of staying on topic.

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  • Use social media channels to promote your blog – at this point, every blogger must have social media accounts on all the most popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and every other flavor of the month social media site. Why? Your readers spend hours of their time on the sites every day. If you ever want your content to go viral, you need to begin sharing it on social media. Not only will social media make it faster to spread your message and get you more fans, having social media accounts is a great way to make it easier for new people to discover your blog and brand.
  • Let other bloggers guest post on your site – by allowing other bloggers to guest post on your site, you are instantly opening up your blogging platform to their readership. More often than not, the blogger will notify their mailing list about the guest post and then direct their fan base to it. This will immediately bring healthy attention to your blog along with a fresh, new readership.

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Conclusion

Attracting more readers to your blog may seem difficult on the surface. If you begin using the four strategies that we have shared with you today, new readers will begin visiting your blog faster than a speeding bullet. Try them out immediately to learn the truth firsthand.

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Content Marketing for the Self-Employed

Coming up with ways to successfully market your products and services is often difficult for self-employed entrepreneurs. In the past, you needed a massive marketing budget in order to get your name out in front of potential prospects ready to buy up the exciting things you had to offer. In today’s digital world, it’s easier and certainly less expensive if you use content marketing to your advantage.

Today on AltitudeBranding we’d like to share some of the best content marketing tips that we’ve discovered for self-employed entrepreneurs looking to scrape out a living in this tough environment. If you implement these strategies, you’ll find it easier than ever to get your marketing message in front of an interested audience.

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5 Content Marketing Tips for the Self-Employed

  • Establish an online home base – when you first begin implementing a content marketing strategy, you need to have a home base, meaning a localized place to share all of the wonderful information, infographics, videos, and other pieces of content with your readers. The best way to establish a home base is to create a website for your services. And to take it a step further, create a blog on your website that you can regularly update with important content that your market will find enticing.
  • Create engaging content that your readers will love – sharing information is only the first step in the process. The information and content that you share has to be engaging to keep people interested and coming back for more. A simple way to create engaging content is to share it in story form. Everyone loves to read interesting and unique stories. So creating story-based engaging content is the best way to make sure your readers stay engrossed in your self-employed foray in the business world.
  • Build your content marketing campaign around cornerstone content – a simple definition of cornerstone content is the creation of one major piece of content that you’ll use to base all future content off of. Choosing the style of cornerstone content is up to you. It can be a white paper that you create for your self-employed business. It can be in the form of a landing page. It can be in the form of a large, informative blog post. The main thing is that you focus your time and energy on one or two pieces of cornerstone content and then base all of your other topics off of it so that you can explore different themes and avenues based on offshoots of this initial information.

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  • Blog posts are great but there’s more to life than the written word – the great thing about content marketing is that it taps into so much more than writing articles. Certain people interested in your self-employed journey will certainly prefer to read your thought-provoking blog posts. But many others will be interested in infographics, videos, podcasts, and more. So expand your horizons and create multiple types of content so that you can increase your reach to other potential customers who do not prefer reading about your business endeavors.
  • Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose – in many cases, it takes hours of your valuable time to create engaging, thought-provoking content. Instead of using your content once, you can repurpose it into other forms to help spread your message far and wide. One example would be to take blog posts from your website and package them up and turn them into a white paper. Or, you can take information from your blog and use it to create an attractive and engaging infographic.

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 Conclusion

Content marketing for the self-employed really isn’t a big mystery. If you implement the strategies that we shared today, marketing through content creation and distribution is more powerful than ever.

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Digital Branding

Social Media Branding Can Help Build Your Business

Branding is a huge part of growing your business.  Though the tag word “branding” is relatively new, the concept of branding has always been around. Branding is simply creating your image and personality in the market place. It is marketing. It is public relations. If you are in business, your product or service is your brand. How well you cultivate and grow it determines it’s success.

Media is important in any form of branding. In the past few years E-Commerce has taken off. Our advancing technology, and love of instant gratification makes E-Commerce a requirement for today’s consumer. Social media plays a big part in modern business communication and relationships. Therefore, it stands to reason that our social media branding is a critical piece of our corporate puzzle.

Social Media Branding TipsTo Build Your Business

Below you will find some social media tips that every business should incorporate into their business, immediately.

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  • Choose Your Platform Carefully

    There are a lot of social media platforms out there and it can become overwhelming trying to decide which platform will work best for you.  Facebook has evolved to the “yellow pages” of the internet. When a customer, associate, or potential partner looks for you, they will usually start with Facebook.  That does not mean Facebook is the only platform for you or even the best platform for you. It means, you need to establish a Facebook site, even if Facebook is not your top choice of social media platforms.  Do your research and determine your main social media outlet. Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are very popular with the younger crowd. Business to business companies do better with Linkedin. Facebook cast a wide shadow. Select your platform or even a couple of platforms and begin your branding.

  • Be Consistent

    Consistency is important throughout the world of social media. Whether you are on Facebook or Instagram, the logo, font, colors, and look is the same. This look identifies your brand. If you pulled up the Facebook account for Coca-Cola, you expect the red and white Coca-Cola logo. If you pulled up a twitter account for Coca-Cola and the logo was in purple, you would question the legitimacy of the page. You establish your logo, colors, fonts and look and stick with it forever.

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  • Interact

    Every person who comes by is a potential client, vendor, or supporter.  Follow-up with everyone. Do not put it off. Treat every request, question or reply with urgency. Connect with and follow big names. Connecting to their sites and exposure to their traffic matters.

  • Keep Up!  

    Nothing will kill your site faster than ignoring it. (Remember we are an instant gratification society). When we go to your website, we expect new material to read. We want blogs, stories, specials, videos, special events, even a few laughs. Posting once a week will not get it done, Even if you have to hire a part-time blogger or make it part of a team effort, keep your sites fresh so your guests will return and share.

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  • Entertain With Infographics

    People do not want to read your pages, they want your pages to entertain them. Infographics are a hot trend in getting information out in graphic form. Infographics are essential in social media branding.

  • Social Media For Better Freelancing.

    It is all about using the platform. Which hashtags to use, who to follow, and how to build up a following. This is a great resource for using these valuable, built-in tools.

  • Be A Social Media Professional

    What is acceptable and what is not acceptable in the world of social media? There is an unspoken code of ethics. Here are some great tips on how to keep your platform on an upper level.

  • Social Media Funding

    While the platforms (like Facebook) do not cost money, marketing does. Unless you are a pro at design, marketing, writing, graphics, and data collection, money is needed. This is a resource to help you identify where to locate the money for social media funding and the best ways to invest your branding funds on social media.

By following these tips, your social media presence will grow steadily. Given the right attention to detail, your marketing/branding program should succeed. Learn what to do and what to avoid to make your social media a top site in your industry.

Extra Resource: Read this article to learn some social media etiquette tips for professionals.

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Digital Branding

Thoughts for Growing Your Brand Online

One of the most crucial steps of building a business is growing the brand online. It is something that oftentimes gets overlooked, but which can be very harmful to ignore. All of the most successful businesses have found their success largely through efforts made to get their brand name out into the general public and by creating a loyalty to that brand name.

dollar_shave_clubThink of some of the more recent successes in this area such as the Dollar Shave Club razor service. This company started remarkably small, but their genius in online brand promotion led to them competing with companies who had a monopoly on the razor business for years. Through social media, finding their audience, and catering to their audience, they were able to get their brand name out there and make a successful business.

Here are some of the strategies that successful businesses use to grow their online brand.

Heavily Researching the Target Audience

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There can never be too much time spent on researching who it will want and need the services that your business provides. It is crucial to get a thorough understanding of who your target customers are, what they like, and what type of advertisement they will respond best to.

  • Do they need a serious and professional approach?
  • Will they respond to humor?
  • Or, like Dollar Shave Club, are your customers frustrated consumers of an overpriced product that is expensive just because of its color?

Find out what sentiments and motivations drive your target audience and use this to inform your advertisement.
Boost Your Social Media

boostOne of the most effective ways to grab your audience’s attention is by using video advertisement on social media. Facebook in particular provides a perfect platform for advertising through videos. Videos will automatically play as consumers scroll through their feed, so it is almost guaranteed that they will watch at least a portion of your video.

Consider adding subtitles to your videos as well so that even without clicking on the video, potential customers will get an idea of what your brand is.

Equally important is to spend a significant amount of time and effort in responding to any comments that your audience puts on your videos or posts on social media. This will give personal credibility to your brand that will make it stand out. Another great way to boost your social media rankings is to buy PBN links from an internet marketing such as PlacementSEO.
Create a Blog

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Consumers are more likely to look at a blog than a business’s official website. In addition, browsers tend to boost sites that are frequently updated with fresh material. Attract more attention to your website by linking to a blog, and be creative!

Think about what your audience might be interested in, even if it isn’t directly related to your brand and business and write an article or two per week to keep people coming back.
The most important thing is to not underestimate the power of your brand. It is always worth investing the extra time and money to create a loyal clientele on the internet by using these and other methods to make your brand stand out.