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4 (Easy) Ways For B2B Marketers to Step Up Your Digital Marketing Game

Have you been wondering why you’re haven’t been getting enough traction on your website and social media profiles?

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The culprit is most that your brand has been disorganized in your approach to how you’re “doing” social.


No Worries!


I’ve put together a few tips below to help you step up your digital marketing game!


1) Clean Up Your Feed

Your social media profiles are the welcome mat for your brand. Viewing your profiles is most likely going to be the first introduction to your business that anyone sees.

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Keep in mind that first impressions are everything, so what someone sees on your social profiles may make or break your brand before they even make it to your website to do business with you.

>Regularly check your feed for old posts, typos, offensive content and anything that makes your feed look uninviting to visitors.


2) “Be” Social

 

Having a clean timeline is only the first step. The key component in social media is being social. Are you actually engaging with your followers?

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Interact with your followers. Ask and answer questions and keep your social profiles interesting and inviting.

Engage with your followers let them know that they matter to you. They could have chosen to follow a million other brands. They chose yours.

Don’t disappoint them!


3) Provide Great (Relevant) Content

Provide relevant and accurate information. There’s plenty of fake news out there. Provide your followers with great and accurate content that they can actually verify and trust.

>Providing good information goes a long way toward letting your followers know that they matter.


4) Review Your Analyticsimage

Most of the social platforms provide built in analytics tools. (Some are more accurate than others.) Make sure that you are reviewing your analytics so that you’re reaching the right customers.

Analytics will tell you everything that you need to know about how your content is performing and give you the overall sentiment of how people are really feeling about your brand.

It’s definitely worth the extra effort to build long lasting and correct relationships with your customers.

Now that you have a few tips on how to reach your customers, try implementing these strategies into your digital marketing plan and let me know how it goes.


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Clean Up Your Feed

Engage, Engage, Engage

Review Your Analytics

 

 


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(5) Tips For Enhancing Your Digital Marketing Strategy 

Getting ready to prepare for your first or your next marketing campaign?

You’re in luck. The following article provides tips, tricks, and advice on how to get prepared for your next marketing campaign.

Tip #1: Prepare Your Budget 

Get started with the bare bones of your marketing campaign by determining how much you can actually afford to spend on your campaign.

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Once you’ve figured out how much you can afford to spend on your campaign you can move on to the next step and decide where your marketing budget dollars will be best spent.


Tip #2: Choose Your Channels

Where does your target customer hang out online? Are they on Social Media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook? Professional or B2B audiences are more likely to be found on Social Media sites like Twitter or LinkedIn.

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When choosing your marketing channel make sure that you're choosing the appropriate channel for your intended audience. 

Tip #3: Set Realistic Goals

Many marketers make the mistake of assuming that their marketing efforts aren’t paying off because they aren’t immediately seeing the results that they expected. This is often due to having set unrealistic goals in the first place.

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An important question to ask yourself and your team when preparing for your next marketing campaign is:

Are you setting realistic standards that you can actually reach and measure the progress of?

If not, learn how to set measurable goals that you can periodically review to make sure that you’re staying on track with your marketing goals.

If so, you’re on the right track already. Keep up the good work!

Tip #4 Be Patient

Learning to have patience and trusting in the marketing process is a critical component of developing a successful campaign strategy. There are many factors that go into creating a booming campaign and along with those factors there is only one constant, change.

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In order to develop the best campaign strategy for your brand, you have to find the recipe that encompasses the right blend or flavor that your brand represents.

In the case where A/B testing and similar marketing tools may be in use, learning patience is paramount.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Slow and steady wins the race. As long as you are making measurable progress, even if it is slower than you would like then you’re on the right track!

Even if you were to only write one page per day…in 365 days, you’ll have a book.

Tip #5: Learn to Understand Your Analytics
These days almost all social media platforms and other digital marketing platforms provide detailed analytics to let you know how well your campaigns are performing and where adjustments need to be made.

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It is critical for marketers to understand what the data and analytics actually mean related to marketing strategy. Learning to understand your analytics will provide insight into marketing campaign success, customer buying behavior, ROI and Ad Spend and will save you time and money in the long run.

Choose one network or platform at a time and learn the ins and outs of the analytics and what they may mean for the success or failure of your marketing strategy. 


If you’re serious about improving your marketing strategy, consider adding one or two of the tips and tricks above to your marketing toolbox.
Feel free to share your results below.

Happy Marketing!

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Digital Marketing Terms Demystified

sexy-woman-wearing-carnival-mask-47165765 The world of Marketing is fast paced, ever changing and interesting. The following is a list of commonly used marketing terms that may come in handy for marketers when you’re planning your next campaign.

Keep reading for a refresher on terms that you may know or an introduction to new marketing related terms.


Analytics: Discovering meaningful patterns of data and translating them into useful information or strategies.

What it’s for: Analytics help businesses and marketers know if their current marketing strategy is effective or needs to be updated based on the data analyzed here.

B2B = Business to Business:  A business marketing of goods or services to other operating businesses.

What it’s for: Businesses often need to buy and sell goods and services from other businesses. This marketing strategy is designed to promote these services.

B2C = Business to Customer : Focuses on marketing goods and services to everyday consumers.

What it’s for: This is the advertising strategy that most of us are familiar with where businesses market their goods and services directly to consumers or the general public.

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Content: Information that is created to share for the purposes of reading, viewing, or engaging with to provide incentive to learn more about a product or service that is offered.

What it’s for: Content is designed to deliver a message to consumers and businesses about the current state of affairs or offerings of a business in order to make buying or business decisions.

Conversion Rate: The percentage of customers who take a desired action on a webpage.

What it’s for: This is a key number that is determined by the Analytics mentioned above. Businesses use this rate to determine if their current marketing strategy is creating the desired results on the right pathway to reaching business goals.


Digital Marketing: Advertising products and services to customers using Digital Media Channels

What it’s for: Digital Marketing takes traditional advertising to the digital world. Businesses are now able to communicate directly with customers through digital means such as: Computers, Laptops, Mobile Devices, Tablets and other electronic means.

Marketing: Promoting or selling products and services including market research and advertising
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Inbound Marketing: Focuses on the customer journey and providing information that the customer can access on their own and learn from.

Outbound Marketing: Actively seeking out customers to contact and provide information to them regarding a product or service.

Strategy: A written plan and set of actions that are created and followed to achieve a desired result such as new customers, increased conversions, brand awareness.

In upcoming articles we’ll be taking a look at more Demystifying more Digital Marketing Terms and focusing on how marketing education can improve your overall marketing efforts.

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Digital Marketing Secrets Uncovered

We used to gather around the television to hear the latest news about what was going on in our world. Those days are behind us and now it’s more common to check our iPads, laptops, and smart phones for everything from the latest news to organizing our shopping lists.

Welcome to the world of Digital Media.

At some point some smart marketer realized that there was an advantage to using digital methods to communicate with new customers and to attract new business.

This is where Digital Marketing began.

This article takes a brief look at some digital marketing basics to uncover the secrets behind this hands off marketing method.

So what exactly is Digital Marketing anyway?


Digital Marketing is a form of advertising to customers using various forms of digital media.


 

Simply stated, the marketing materials that we used to see on tv, computers, or hear about on the radio are now available at our fingertips via the use of smart phones and other mobile devices.

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The ultimate goal of Digital Marketing is to educate current and prospective customers or partners about what your brand has to offer them and why they should do business with you.

Some of the most commonly used channels for digital marketing are: Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Business Blogs, and Mobile Advertising.


Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used digital marketing channels and the secrets behind their success!


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Social Media Channels: Communicate important updates about your brand including Grand Openings, Sales, and other beneficial to  customers, potential customers, and partners.


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Popular Channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn


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Email Marketing: Keep customers informed while building long term relationships. Subscribers can opt in to receive content at their leisure regarding the latest business buzz. Create Newletters, Email campaigns and other materials to communicate directly with your audience in their inbox.


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Popular Email Marketing Platforms: MailChimp, Zoho Mail, HubSpot


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Business Websites and Blogs : Create an informative and engaging website that provides all of the information that your customers or partners will need to answering important questions about your business to aid in buying decisions and increase conversions.


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Blog Success Secret: Customers are more likely to do business with a brand that they can trust. The more authentic, the better.

Popular Business Blogs: Starbucks, HubSpot, Wendy’s



Benefits of Using Digital Marketing

Unlimited Reach allows for businesses communicate customers and clients where they are. Digital Marketing eliminates the need to reach out to your customers at only a specific time and place.

Customers can be reached at a time that works best for their schedule such as when they logon to their computers or mobile devices to shop or catch up on the latest news.

Unlimited Prospects with the click of a button businesses can reach millions of potential prospects worldwide. This global reach  removes  the limits of traditional print or television based marketing that may only reach a specific geographical audience.


With the unlimited potential to reach virtually any customer at virtually any time and place, there is no wonder why digital marketing has become marketing’s new normal.

Digital Marketing is fast, inexpensive and sometimes free in most cases. There are unlimited paid and free marketing tools available that allow for marketers to see the results of their marketing efforts in real time.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Content for Your Business

Have you developed an amazing product or service and now you’re wondering how to share it with the world?

It sounds like you’re ready to create awesome content to reach your target audience and customers.

You may be looking for the right words to say or the perfect tone to convey your excitement in sharing your new business.


Tip #1: Identify Your Target Audience 


When you initially developed your product or service you had a specific or ideal customer in mind.

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The people that are most likely to buy your goods and services are your Target Audience.

The best way to reach your target audience is to learn who they are and where they are online.

Is your audience on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn?

Find out where they’re hanging out online and what their real interests and pain points are so that you can solve them.

How To Identity Your Target Audience:

  • They need to buy the goods or services that you offer
  • They are actively looking for a similar product or service to purchase
  • They have reached the Decision making stage in the Buyers  Journey
  • Your product or service meets their needs and is able to solve a problem for them

So now that you know who they are, and where they are, how do you reach them?


Tip #2: Reach your Target Audience with Authentic Content.


It is that simple.

One mistake that many startups and new businesses make is improper audience targeting or saturating company websites and social media pages with content that either isn’t tailored to their target audience, or is reaching the wrong audience entirely.

If  you have stellar ideas, products, and services yet your business seems to be at a standstill, you may want to consider investing in a Content  or Social Media Audit to see exactly what your brand is saying or appears to be saying in the online world.


Tip #3: Research your Target Audience to see What Types of Content That They Have Responded Well To In The Past.


The segment of your audience that has reached the decision making stage of the buyers journey is ready make the decision to choose to do business with you based on the fact that they enough information to know that your business can effectively meet their needs at a fair cost for the goods and services provided.

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Customers that have reached the Decision Making phase of the Buyers Journey  have recognized that they have a need, they’ve researched options to meet their needs, and they are fully ready to invest in the purchase of goods or services to resolve their current pain point.


Tip #4: Every Person That Comes Across Your Content is NOT Your Customer. 


Your customer is a member of your target audience that has passed the Consideration Stage in the buyers journey and is ready to make the decision of  “where” to buy.

Anyone who does not fit the criteria above that shown in the Identifying  Your Target Audience  is not your customer.

They aren’t interested in the goods or services that you offer, or simpy don’t need them.

The bottom line is marketing or targeting content to customers who aren’t in your target audience demographic is a good way to waste time and your marketing budget.

Focus on the segment of your target audience that actually has the potential to convert.


Tip# 5: Create a Content Strategy  that Focuses on Building Relationships with your Target Audience. 


You’ve identified your target audience, you’ve determined what content will work best for them, now it’s time to put your content plan into action by creating a content strategy that focuses on building relationships with your target audience.

Share and create content that focuses on solving your audience pain points and making their daily lives easier. Create compelling content that will keep your audience coming back for more.

Become their trusted resource and back that up with providing top notch goods, services, and customer services.

By following these tips you’re sure to see an improvement in your content marketing, sales, and customer satisfaction.

Looking to get started with content marketing or copywriting for your business?

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40 Ways To Repurpose Your Blog Content (and why you should)

Optinmonster takes an in depth look at 40 creative ways to repurpose your Blog content:

Are you struggling to come up with new content? Repurposing content is a little-known secret that all smart marketers use to keep driving traffic to their site. In this article, we’ll share 40 ways to get more mileage out of your blog posts by repurposing them.

Great content can funnel more traffic to your website, strengthen your brand’s reputation, and encourage more web visitors to convert. The problem is, creating content takes time and effort.

But what if your best content could go to work for you, again and again, without your having to create anything new?

Repurposing your blog content is taking a post that you’ve already written and re-packaging it so that it does double duty. This allows you to:

  • Reach more potential customers
  • Get more organic search engine traffic
  • Stop stressing over what to write about
  • Devote more time towards making sales

These are big benefits that you can’t afford to ignore. If you are not repurposing your content, you are missing out on a huge opportunity for your business.

Now that you know why you should be doing it, let’s look at 40 different ways to repurpose your blog posts…

Syndicate Your Posts

Content syndication networks allow you to get your blog posts in front of people who are reading other, related blog posts. All you have to do is pay a little money (usually you pay per click), and your posts will be suggested as “Recommended Reading” or “Related Posts” on other blogs.

These links will usually not count toward SEO, but they will drive traffic to your site.

Here’s an example of a “Promoted Stories” section below a blog post on CNN:

Syndicated Posts Example

Different content syndication networks include:

1. Outbrain

Outbrain is a pretty popular option, used on sites like CNN.

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2. Zemanta

Zemanta gives you control over the image and title you want to use.

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3. Taboola

Taboola gets your blog posts in front of a huge audience, a lot like Outbrain.

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4. SimpleReach

SimpleReach determines which posts are most likely to be shared, and then promotes those.

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5. ARC

ARC works by sending your content across various social media, blogs and other sites.

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6. LinkWithin

LinkWithin is a widget for showing related posts with a thumbnail image. In the near future, they say they will be releasing revenue sharing features.

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7. PR Newswire

PR Newswire gives you access to various content syndication channels, social media networks, and more to help you reach your target audience.

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8. ZergNet

ZergNet promotes your posts on relevant sites, and is used by big companies like AOL and MTV.

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Republish Your Posts

There are a number of sites which will allow you to republish your old blog posts, getting them in front of a larger audience.

To republish your old posts, simply sign up for an account with one of these sites, copy and paste your article, and hit “publish”. How easy is that?

Here are some places for you to republish old blog posts:

9. Medium

Medium allows you to republish your blog posts and get them to a wider audience, almost like a social media platform, but for blog posts. Setting up an account is free and easy– you can even sign up with your Twitter, Facebook, or Google account.

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10. Reddit

Reddit is an extremely popular page, offering user-generated news links where users can vote to promote stories to the front page.

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11. Growth Hackers

GrowthHackers is a site that allows you to promote content related to startup marketing (“growth hacking”). All you have to do to promote your post is submit its URL.

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12. Hacker News

Hacker News is like Reddit for programmers and entrepreneurs. If your content is about computer science or entrepreneurship, it will be perfect for Hacker News.

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13. BizSugar

BizSugar is for small business news and tips. Republished posts are categorized into different topics, such as finance, technology, startups, and marketing.

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14. Social Media Today

Social Media today allows you to either manually submit your content or automatically submit your content via your RSS feed. The editors select the very best content to be featured on their homepage.

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15. Inbound

If your content is related to inbound marketing, Inbound is a great place for your posts to get more exposure. Just make sure you read their guidelines thoroughly.

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16. Examiner

Examiner is a lot like Medium, except that you will have to apply to get an account.

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17. Blokube

If your content is for other bloggers, Blokube is a perfect place to share it.

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18. Business 2 Community

Business 2 Community is great if your content falls under marketing, business, finance, entertainment, technology, or news.

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Use Snippets for Social Media Posts

A genius way to repurpose your content is by taking a tiny snippet or a small excerpt of your blog post and turning that into a social media post.

The idea here is to build your brand by adding value to your social media profiles, so linking to your blog post is optional. Do include an image wherever possible to make your posts really stand out.

19. Facebook

Take our a small excerpt from your post and use that as your Facebook post.

Here’s an example from the Humans of Sackville Facebook Page:

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You can post in relevant Facebook groups as well as on your Facebook page.

20. Twitter

Take a small quote from your post and use that as your tweet.

21. Google+

Take a small excerpt from your blog post and use that as your Google+ post.

22. LinkedIn

Include an excerpt from your blog post and “publish a post”, or use “share an update” to share a small quote from your post.

23. Pinterest

Take the images from your post and pin them to relevant boards.

24. Quora

Search for a question related to your blog post, and copy and paste a section of your blog post as your answer.

Use a Different Medium

There are so many different mediums you can use to repurpose your blog posts, from images, to video, to audio… all you have to do is re-format the same content.

Here are some different mediums you can use to get more mileage on the same old blog content:

25. Infographics

Take the main points from your blog post and use an infographic maker like Piktochart or Venngage to create the graphic.

infographic(Infographic via QuickSprout.)26. Videos

Create a video on the same topic as your blog post and upload it to YouTube.

27. Emails

Use your best blog posts as a “welcome” autoresponder sequence, a newsletter, or an email course.

28. Downloadable PDF

Take the entire blog post and create a PDF out of it. Then you can use it as an opt-in bribe. Alternatively, you could take just the main points of your blog post and create a downloadable PDF checklist out of it.

29. Slide Deck

Create a slide deck out of your blog post and upload it to SlideShare.

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30. Podcast

Simply read your blog post aloud, record it, and upload to iTunes and Stitcher.

31. Webinar

Use your blog post as the basis for your Keynote presentation, and then present it to a live online audience using Google Hangouts.

32. Online Course

Take your best blog posts on a specific topic, turn them into course materials, and upload them to Udemy or Teachable.

33. Live Streaming

Use your content as the outline for your Periscope or Blab presentation.

34. eBook

Use a collection of blog posts to create a downloadable eBook.

35. Physical Book

Use a service like Lulu to turn your blog posts into a physical book.

Publish Spin-Offs

Yet another way to repurpose your old posts is to use them as starting points for other posts. There are a few different ways to do this…

36. Publish an Update

If there is any new information to add, a clarification, or another update, you can publish a new blog post with a “refreshed” version of the same content.

Adele Performance Update(Via The Huffington Post.)37. Write a Case Study

Take the topic of your old article and find an example that illustrates your point. Highlight that example in a new blog post as a case study, and link to your old post in the new article. Case studies not only increase your traffic, but they give you a great boost in conversions as well.

Here’s an example of a case study that we did on how RazorSocial increased their conversions by 520% using content upgrades.

In fact, we’ve collected all of our case studies together into one big “Case Studies” category:

Case Study Example

38. Write an Expert Roundup

Again, taking the same topic of your old article, ask a bunch of experts to answer a brief question about it. Then publish all of their answers as a new post, linking to your old post in this new one.

39. Use Portions for New Posts

When you write on a topic that overlaps with one of your old articles, use some of the old content in the new content. For instance, if you are writing a tutorial on how to edit photos in Photoshop, and you already covered one of the steps in a previous blog post, copy and paste those steps and images into your new blog post.

40. Write a Guest Post

Take the main points of one of your previous articles and use that as inspiration for a guest post. In fact, some blogs will even allow you to republish your old article as-is.

While you’re guest posting, just make sure to avoid these 6 guest blogging mistakes.

Have any other favorite ways of repurposing blog content? Let us know in the comments!

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