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4 Scientific Ways to Get More Traffic with Content Marketing

Do you want your content to standout? Would you like some useful content marketing statistics that will get you more traffic and leads? Content marketing has become wildly popular. A lot of businesses are implementing it. Over 2 million blog posts are published daily and businesses are spending around $200 billion a year on content marketing. This figure is expected to reach $313 billion by 2019. It will be hard for any business to stand out from this noise if they create the same old content. This is why I have listed some useful content marketing statistics below and discussed in detail how you can use them to create content that will drive more traffic from both search engines and social media. 4 Scientifically Proven Content Marketing Tips Tip #1 Write longer posts 300 to 500-word blog posts aren’t good enough anymore. If you want to create excellent blog posts they should exceed 1,500 words. These blog posts attract the most backlinks, get the most shares and rank higher in search engines. Longer posts attract more backlinks. Moz.com analyzed their blog posts and found that their longest posts attracted the most links as you can see in the below graphs. […]

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 […]

5 Tips to Get Your Business On the Map in The Digital Age

Remember the time when our clothes came from catalogue orders? About twenty years ago our wallets were filled with business cards, our shelves stacked with photo albums and our evenings spent with long-awaited TV premieres. It seems quite unthinkable, but a time before the internet actually existed. Since then, we’ve changed so much of how we work, think and live. The digital age is fully upon us, and the rules of the game have changed. Today everything begins and ends with a buzz notification. The Digital Challenge Once changed, our daily habits haven’t only affected society and its pre-Tinder dynamics, but dictated the course of education and employment as well, directly transforming the consumerism cycle. Urged to modernize in order to meet the needs of contemporary consumers, the business world has perhaps experienced the most dramatic shift. Digitally native, ruthlessly cosmopolitan, slightly narcissistic and, above all, clever and educated, the Millennials remain in the very core of the big change. Being the largest target audience in the world, the Generation Next is now how we measure our selling success by. Whatever the size or niche, a company can now hardly exist without its online equivalent. It’s on the internet where […]

9 Easy Places To Find New Ideas For Great Content

Great content doesn’t write itself. Have you ever sat at your computer, just staring at the blank, white page of a word document that is a “yet to be determined” blog post or LinkedIn Publisher post? It can be hard to think of something new to write about each week, especially if you or your company are focused on a very specific niche or industry. So what do you do when your well of ideas runs dry? Thankfully there are number of places that you can go to not only find inspiration for next weeks’ blog post but also ensure that you are creating content that will be up-to-date and in demand. Here are nine easy places to looks for inspiration and ideas for your next piece of great content. Find Great Content Ideas In These Nine Places IDEA #1: LinkedIn Newsfeed A great place to look when looking for new ideas for a blog post or other piece of great content to create is your LinkedIn Newsfeed. Here in your newsfeed, you can quickly peruse what your connections are posting or sharing. While much of this may be content posted for their community, you will also find different opinions […]

A Social Media Strategy is Useless Without This…

Have you ever decided you need to do something to improve yourself, your life or your business? What did you do? Did you create a list of goals and make a strategy to help you achieve those goals? Did you succeed in achieving your goals? If you did, then it is quite likely that you had a plan to put your strategies into action and then followed through each day with that plan. The same is true if you’d like to experience social media success. Even if you have the most profitable social media plan in existence, it would not put a single dollar in to your pocket if you don’t put it into action – every day. “Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.” ~Stephen Covey Occasionally implementing your plan is about as effective as not implementing it at all. To get consistent results from your strategy, you need to take action consistently. That is why you need a Social Media Action Plan. An action plan provides you with the tools and the steps to carry out your social media strategy in an efficient and effective way. It will keep you […]

The Top 10 Social Media Articles of 2014

There’s something about the New Year that really gets me rejuvenated. The idea of fresh beginnings and a clean slate gives me the energy to tackle even bigger projects and beat the records I set the year before. Part of that process for me includes looking at the most popular articles of the year from my blog so I can continue to provide more of the content my audience loves and less of anything else. I noticed a couple interesting trends as well: Readers LOVE hearing what “the experts” have to say All articles contained information that was immediately useful and actionable in some way I used a combination of web site traffic and social shares to determine the most popular articles. As you can see below, social shares were the largest ranking factor in the final decision but web traffic co-related pretty closely. *All social share stats are based on calculations done on December 29, 2014 1. 7 Experts Tell You How To Generate Leads With Social Media Published October 15, 2014 8396 Social Shares I talked to seven experts on social media, social selling and lead generation to find out the answer to one question: where are businesses […]

5-Step Content Marketing Checklist

Do you have a content marketing plan for your business? Would you like to create blog posts people get value from and will share? Blogging for business is so much more than writing an article and throwing it up on your website. It encompasses a lot of planning, preparing, research, writing and editing until you get something that truly resonates with the audience you’re trying to reach. In an effort to organize this process for myself, I created a content marketing checklist that you might find useful when creating and promoting content for your business. I’ve distilled it down into five key steps: Planning & Research Writing Optimization Making It “Shareable” Promotion Even though there are several points for each step, there are still many more that weren’t covered in my attempt to be concise. If you feel something important is missing, let us know in the comments below. Make sure you scroll past the infographic for more detailed explanations of each step. Your 5 Step Content Marketing Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC] Feel free to share this infographic without modifications on your blog or anywhere you like with credit to Top Dog Social Media and a link back to this page. 1. […]

How To Create a Content Marketing & SEO Strategy

In this episode of The Social Scoop Podcast, we brought a truly exciting guest on the show that is an absolute mastermind of content marketing: Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media, a high-end web design and development firm based out of Chicago. Andy was a speaker at this year’s Social Media Marketing World in San Diego and regularly publishes incredible content on marketing, SEO, email marketing and more on his blog. Andy is also the author of an amazing book on marketing called Content Chemistry: An Illustrated Guide to Content Marketing. His book is the direct result of conversations and collaborations with hundreds of successful companies over the past 12 years and is put together wonderfully with helpful graphics, charts and diagrams to illustrate for almost every concept. Building a website is a pain for every business owner, especially when dealing with designers that lack an understanding of sales and marketing. It’s not enough to just have a pretty website, it needs to be functional and serve the ultimate purpose of generating leads and prospects for your business. Andy brings a powerful and unique skill set that gives him an advantage over most in the design and marketing world by bringing […]

6 Steps To Turning LinkedIn Contacts Into Clients

Have you ever considered LinkedIn as a prospecting tool to attract more leads and clients? Do you struggle with moving an online contact offline? LinkedIn prospecting the right way involves moving a person from being an unknown connection to someone who trusts you and is prepared to buy from you. Although it is much easier said than done, once mastered it can produce consistent and predictable results. I have personally used this process in my social media strategy to consistently get over 70% of my business using LinkedIn over the past 3 years. The techniques I use for LinkedIn prospecting are completely duplicable, reliable and based on a proven system of influence from Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. The 6 Steps to Persuasion are: Reciprocity Authority Scarcity Liking Consistency Social Proof Listen to Dr Robert Cialdini explain the steps in his own words: Let’s dive into these powerful steps of persuasion and influence and how you can use this in your LinkedIn marketing and social selling efforts. 1. Scarcity Scarcity provides that same satisfaction that you can only get once you’ve acquired something that had otherwise been not acquirable. It’s similar to the prestige that makes […]

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