Though the audience is large, and the name ubiquitous, the secret to Twitter success still eludes many. Already providing the why, here is the #howto on maximizing your engagements and impressions, 140-characters at a time. Continue reading
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.
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?
Using Social Media to Boost your Brand
Left to our own devices, humans have the unique ability to make all kinds of public gaffes. Ever-present social media tools tend to make these moments explosive, going viral in no time. This can sometimes work in your favor, as with Chick-Fil-A who posted record sales on “Chick-Fil-A Appeciation Day,” but it can also work against you, as Heidi Wys is finding out.
Guard against “foot-in-mouth” tendencies and the resultant fall-out. Arm employees/representatives with a social media policy. And, when the situation arises (and hopefully it will), have a crisis management team in place to respond. Continue reading
Are you plugged in to the “twitterverse” or a hardcore “Facebooker”? Or, maybe Google+ and Instagram are more your speed? Whatever your social media outlet, remember it is all PUBLIC, even when you think it’s private (meaning only your friends can see your innermost thoughts).
If you are on LinkedIn you will quickly see that your world is smaller than you realize; your next manager is likely less than six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon and YOU. So unless you want an employer, prospective or current, to read about your relationship issues or how you fantasize about getting annoying coworkers in a MMA octagon, create your own social media policy. While many people may have similar thoughts in moments of frustration, shouting these out in a public forum shows a serious lack of judgment. Continue reading
But is it true of content generation?
We all hear it: “Content is king.” That is, great content will boost your brand. Thanks to Jeff Bullas I know the secret to success. I’ll just write and they will read it; kind of like, “if you build it, he will come,” from Phil Alden Robinson’s Field of Dreams, right? Or in this case, if you write it he will read.
Perfect, now that we have that worked out, all I need to do is create that “great” content I keep hearing about.
How do I create content from a fresh perspective that people want to read and is, preferably, “evergreen”? Continue reading
Most, if not all, content marketers are working to strengthen or solidify a brand’s presence in a set industry or space. I have read many articles and blogs, watched videos and the basic tenets of content marketing/brand building can be narrowed down to the following four steps. Continue reading
Email Marketing is an excellent way to let your readers know what you’re doing. Are you hosting an event that will help them further their business goals? Are you entering into a new partnership that will give them access to more functionality? Your email marketing campaign is your way to provide them a snippet of information that will bring them to your door wanting more.
Use email marketing to generate leads and convert those leads into sales. Here are 10 dos and 10 don’ts of email marketing. These lists are not meant to be exhaustive, but they do capture much of what one looking to engage in an email marketing campaign should consider. Continue reading