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5 Elements of a Successful Social Media Profile Picture

In any lead generation or social media marketing campaign, you need to put your best face forward. Are you ready to wow potential clients, partners or employers with a headshot that makes you look like a professional in your industry? The first and most important thing you need to remember is that first impressions are everything, especially online. You have seconds to make an impression before they size you up and move on. While your profile photo should be professional, you also want it to reflect your personality and personal brand. It can also be a good idea to use the same profile image on all of your social media profiles. This not only ensures consistent branding but also helps make it easier for people to recognize you when they see your profile image on each of the different social media platforms. Establishing a professional, branded presence starts with a great photo and here are five elements of a successful social media profile image, to ensure that you make the right impression in your lead generation or social media marketing campaign. Key Elements Of A Successful Social Media Profile Picture 1. Have a clean or monotone background The best wildlife photographers hone in on […]

Blogging Tips, Tactics and Trends: Survey Results

Are you looking for the most current blogging tips, tactics and strategies? Do you want to know what the pros are doing when it comes to content marketing and blogging? Keeping up with the latest trends and tactics on blogging can be daunting, however our friends over at Orbit Media Studios recently shared the results of a survey, which included over 1000+ bloggers and their take on creating blog content for your business. This seemed especially timely as 2017 approaches and it is time to start planning your content marketing strategy for the upcoming year. These results will show you what is working successfully for the top bloggers right now in terms of time, length, frequency, promotion and measurement. While I am not suggesting that what works for the majority will work for your content efforts, these results can give you a great place to begin, especially if you are just starting out or are not seeing the kinds of results from your content that you want. I encourage you to experiment with your approach, to find what will work best for your industry, business and community. Remember that quality is more important that quantity. Here are the results from […]

9 Qualities to Create Compelling Content Marketing

Content marketing has been around for a long time however it’s being talked about more and more. Content for your business may mean blog posts, graphics, videos, live streaming or podcasts. Have you ever wondered what you could do to help improve your ability to create content that is regularly shared and engaged with by your community? I am going to share with you the nine qualities successful content marketers have that allow them to consistently create amazing content that is eagerly consumed and shared by their communities. It is important to remember businesses that are successful at content marketing likely did not start out with all these qualities, but often developed them over time. You too can work to develop these qualities for yourself to improve your content and the success of it. Here are the nine qualities that successful content marketers share and how you can build these qualities in yourself and/or your team. 9 Essential Qualities of All Successful Content Marketers  1. Passionate Passion is a vital driving force behind creating great content. It is why you will consistently create awesome and valuable content for your community. Your passion is important as it is tied into why […]

7 Powerful TED Talks That Can Change Your Business

How often do you watch videos on YouTube? Do you search for videos on topics to help you with your business? There’s never been a time before where we’ve had instant access to the wisdom and insight from some of the worlds smartest, most talented and wisest people. This wisdom is gathered in one place and continues to grow every year at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). Every year TED holds a conference (as well as numerous independent TEDx events held around the world), which feature passionate and often revolutionary speakers who discuss both current and evergreen ideas, topics and issues. Their very motto is “Ideas worth spreading”. The best part is that anyone at any time can access this collection of wisdom and inspiration, for free, from the comfort of their computer or electronic device. I have brought together seven of my favorite business related TED Talks that can inspire businesses of all sizes. These talks are inspiring, funny and most importantly informative about how we can create better, more successful businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner or employee, here seven powerful TED talks that you need to watch. 7 Business Changing TED Talks Understand Your Brand’s […]

Changes To LinkedIn Company Pages [Tutorial]

Have you noticed when logging into your LinkedIn Company Page an invitation to review the new design of your page? LinkedIn has once again done a revamp to the user interface and you’ll want to understand what’s new and what’s been changed. While these changes are not yet fully completed and integrated, you are able to get a fairly clear idea of what your LinkedIn Company Page will look and function like going forward. Here is a breakdown of the currently accessible LinkedIn Company Page changes, to help you adapt quickly and effectively. Changes To Your LinkedIn Company Page Right away you will notice that LinkedIn has done a complete redesign of their Company Page, with a feel somewhat similar to the redesigned LinkedIn Groups and Privacy & Setting areas as well as the upcoming full redesign of LinkedIn.   When you first visit the page, a popup will appear with a welcome message which shares: With the new feed you are able to quickly view engagement metrics for individual and aggregated company updates. Members will continue seeing the company updates feed on the Company Page but in Admin view the company feed has its own dedicated page… Updates Page […]

11 Tips To Create A Powerful Personal Brand Online

Have you Googled your name lately? Are you happy with the current state of the results that showcase your personal brand in the search results? It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job or you have a business that you want to grow, people want to know who you are…your personal brand tells them exactly that. There has never been a time in history where building a solid personal brand has been more important. Just like brands, you as an individual need to share who you are, what matters to you and your vision for the future in a clear and cohesive way. People whom you have never met and who could have an enormous impact on your future, will judge you based on your online presence. This is especially true if you are currently job hunting or working towards getting your dream job. But it’s just as relevant for business owners, professional service providers and entrepreneurs. Gone are the days when employers were limited to learning about you through the carefully controlled environment of your resume or CV and an interview. Employers now have the ability to check you out in your natural environment – social media. […]

Adopt A Millennial Mindset To Transform Your Digital Marketing

There is no doubt that millennials have impacted the way brands market to their customers. Millennials have been part of the driving force that has required brands to become active participants in social media and content marketing online. In fact, brand social media marketing budgets have increased from 3.5% of overall marketing budgets in 2009 to 11.7% this year, according to CMO Survey. But money can’t always solve problems. Sure millennials have grown up with social media and they certainly consume a majority of their content online, so how can brands and older generations keep up with the demands of these digital marketing channels? How can brands excel online through a millennial digital mindset? Not only can they, they absolutely must! I’m going to share with you an email I received last week that inspired this blog post. I often receive messages similar to this from executives and entrepreneurs that are struggling to keep up with the fast paced evolution of social media, content and digital marketing. Let’s see if you or your company can relate. A Cry For Help Hi Melonie, I was recently introduced to your blog and your posts have been so incredibly helpful for me. I’ve been […]

5 Common Social Media Myths Debunked

Social media can be a powerful tool in your marketing and relationship building arsenal, however it is important to not see it simply as a magic bullet. It has to be used strategically and with realistic expectations about what it can and cannot accomplish. Whatever your goals for social media, you need to plan to be in it for the long haul – showing up every day, providing great content and building and engaging with your community. All too often I get contacted by companies that are doing a launch or an event in the next 30+ days, they’re panicking and they’ve decided that social media is what will fill their event or sell out their product/service. In many cases, this is before they have built a loyal community on social media.   It is possible…but ONLY when you have built a community of people who know, like and trust you. You need to have earned this through long term and consistent efforts. When done correctly, social media can certainly provide to a steady stream of leads and sales. However, if your brand or business starts out with unrealistic expectations and certainly when those expectations are not realized, your company can lose […]

7 Old School Lessons That’ll Help You Rock LinkedIn

Do you remember those fundamental social skills that we were taught as children back in kindergarten? Being told to “play nice” with the others on the playground or to use “please” and “thank you”. Who would have guessed that many of these vital skills could be directly applied to your LinkedIn activities and increase your success with engagement, relationship building and establishing your authority on your topic. By consistently applying these seven primary social skills, you’ll more quickly and easily develop relationships with potential clients as well as create a powerful and invested community of connections. 7 Key Social Skills To Utilize For More Success On LinkedIn SKILL 1: Uses words like please, thank you and excuse me Never underestimate the power of good etiquette. All too often I see people breaking the written and unwritten rules of LinkedIn etiquette – aka common sense and good manners. While in a few cases these can get you in trouble with LinkedIn, for the most part these simple etiquette rules simply aid you in better relationship building with your connections and keep you from making mistakes that can hurt your brand personally and professionally. When in doubt always error on the side […]

What YouTube Sensation Sierra Furtado Can Teach Brands About Marketing

The realm of marketing is once again a brave new world for anyone bold enough and creative enough to tackle it head on, authentically, and with the goal to truly connect with their community. Someone just like Sierra Furtado, a young YouTube sensation who literally started with nothing, making videos in her room in the middle of the night. She has since grown her YouTube channel to over 2.3 million loyal subscribers and has just written a novel, Life Uploaded. The novel, while fiction, does include many elements of her own life experience as a YouTube star as well as the normal everyday experiences that all young girls have growing up. Sierra has grown her channel by staying wholesome and not provocative. She tries to provide a clean and positive message empowering young females. This book is a testament to that message which provides a good moral message in a somewhat clouded space in the social media vertical. While this young woman has done some amazing things, what I want to focus on is how she and other millennials similar to her are able to create loyal communities (she calls her fans Sierranators) with no marketing strategy or budget. Just […]