We have all heard it said, Content is king. But what is content? Content is the text, hyperlinks, images, videos, (everything) on the screen. All content must work together, combining pieces of the puzzle to make one amazing picture. If we agree that content is a key driver of traffic to your site, then we agree that good content is compelling. But what makes content good? Good content is magnetic, complete with imagery and writing any high school graduate can understand. Achieve this with your writing to increase website traffic. Continue reading
You’ve built it, so where are they? Field of Dreams was a great movie — inspiring to this day, even. The moral of the story: create the space and someone will fill it. Taking that advice to heart, you’ve built a great Website to showcase your product or experience, but yet you look at your pageviews and number of visitors and the proverbial silence is deafening. So now what? It’s time you put on that inbound marketer hat and start to think like one. Continue reading
Since my last #MakingFriendsMonday blog post issued on May 1, I have sent 138 tweets, earned: a 2.4% engagement rate, 45 mentions, 50 retweets, 169 favorites, 28 replies, and 24 link clicks. I have netted 128 followers, have followed a fair amount of those, and connected with many on LinkedIn. A fairly productive 10 days.
I attended a seminar discussing social media marketing at law firms, where I live tweeted during the presentations. I was also able to network in person and make connections. This was a great experiment in making connections online and off. As I watched and listened to the seminar, I tweeted away.
— BDIONLINE (@BDIonline) May 5, 2015
Search engine optimization started off as a very technical process left for coders to handle via meta tagging data. However, as communications professionals and information technology practitioners work together for the purpose of storytelling (and Google continues to redefine that algorithm we all love), we must take more of the nuggets offered by the technologists and include them into our everyday practice. SEO is creating a less is more culture, where specificity allows you to say more in fewer words, willing us all to become better writers. As I discussed in a recent blog post, How to Follow SEO on the Path to Better Writing, follow suit or get left.
Yesterday, I attended and live tweeted a webinar, Train a Social Workforce: How AT&T Trained Thousands of Employee Advocates. #EngageU was the hashtag suggested to aggregate tweets. SocialChorus, an enterprise employee advocacy and engagement platform, hosted the webinar with Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Nicole Alvino moderated. The guest speaker was Nolan Carleton, lead consultant of programs execution at AT&T, a SocialChorus client.
Centered on the benefits of empowering employees to become social storytellers, the webinar offered an image of leadership and workforce coordinating messaging to allow employees to engage with their network and feel comfortable openly discussing life at AT&T. When organizations urge employees participation in social media conversations within their social circles, trust and openness become associated with the organization’s brand and culture. This is advertising you cannot buy. It comes from those who have seen the Wizard behind the curtain. but still feel positively about the organization. This is an organization people can trust and want to work with and for. Continue reading
As I discussed in an earlier post, Search Engine Optimization is still a thing. We have known for years that search engines and their bots crawl website content, penalizing websites that use shady tactics, such as keyword stuffing, irrelevant link building, and poor user experience. So how do you properly optimize your content? How do you boost your organic search engine traffic?
I hope you all had a great day. I have spent a lot of time considering how to grow my brand. I am in an interesting place, first because though I do this for a living, @techymarketer is not my day job. I am not selling a service, but merely sharing other’s content and discussing my experience with social media marketing and marketing technology via The Techy Marketer’s Blog. So what is my value proposition for those I engage with on social media? Authenticity: I am nothing if not honest about who I am and my capabilities.
I have been around for almost a decade-and-a-half, a professional member of the communications industry. I saw the birth of “content marketing” as the next wave of marketing and I have an inkling about what’s coming. Being a lifelong learner, I embark on this journey via social media and The Techy Marketer’s Blog as a way to keep current.
This week I attended a webinar, How Law Firms Benefit From Social offered by Hootsuite, The guest speakers were Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog and Nancy Myrland of Myrland Marketing & Social Media. Hootsuite promoted #HootLegal as the place for attendees to share their thoughts, check out the tweets.
As far as I can tell the webinar was well attended and fairly informative, especially if you are looking to launch social media in a professional service or B2B environment and have no clue where to start, what to share and why, what’s your voice, etc. Having been at this since 2009, I didn’t hear anything that I hadn’t heard before, but the idea of adding value resonated with me, as key to the entire social media experience.
For the marketer, social media is a place for storytelling, with each story unveiling a little more of your character, your core values: cleverness, altruism, intelligence, inclusiveness. Is your activity on social media doing that for you? You defined your strategy before entering social media’s nebulous arena, but is your strategy clear in your posts? Are visitors learning who you are and what you stand for?
I recently went to dinner with my husband, and he asked me about social media and its role in a B2B world. I took a beat and thought about his question, so I could give him a clear answer that did not contain too much jargon. I came up with: Social Media is a necessary tool for branding through storytelling. thought leadership. and engagement.
I took an 18-month hiatus from my digital self, @techymarketer. In that time, I maintained my day job and kept up with the digital trends, but I took time away from my digital brand to enjoy life with my family. Finding that balance between consistently creating blog posts, tweets, and status updates and living a life for the people who need me daily has been tricky.
In my next act, I hope to be better here. My digital me is as important as my flesh and blood me.
So what’s been happening since I left? Well not much has changed:
1. Google still runs the world. No responsive or mobile optimized site yet? Think you will cease to exist after April 21? Make sure you enjoy 4-20. (Just kidding, unless it’s legal where you live.) Can’t you just see the Second Life cemetery running out of plots? Have no fear. Google published a hour-long Q&A video on what the lack of a mobile optimized site really means for you. They even have an assessment tool to help you figure out how your site will fare on D-Day. Do what you can to prepare, though it’s not really dooms day, this is a sure sign of things to come. Continue reading