20 Ways to Grow Your FB Live Audience

20 Ways to Grow Your FB Live Audience

In April 2016, Facebook launched its new Facebook Live (FB Live) feature. Like competitors Meerkat and Periscope, FB Live features streaming video. Users tap the live stream icon on their smartphones and use the phones to broadcast to their timeline. The current system has a 30 minute limit. After broadcasting live, users can then save the video to their timeline. …

Turning Passive Audiences into Brand Evangelists

Turning Passive Audiences into Brand Evangelists

So you’ve garnered the social media following and you’ve received a decent number of likes. Now it’s time to turn both into what you really want: An army of brand evangelists. Because you have nothing if you don’t have brand ambassadors. Brand evangelists (not to be confused with celebrity endorsers) are everyday customers who promote your product and message, both online …

How You Can Get More Customers In 2017

How You Can Get More Customers In 2017

The new year is upon us, and businesses are down on planning their marketing strategies for the year. All most businesses want to achieve is more profit, but your marketing strategy is usually not the only thing that needs some fine tuning. Rahul Aggarwal, CEO of one of the largest design and logo marketplace, which has 37,000 registered designers producing …

How to Create Personas for Content Marketing with Ardath Albee

How to Create Personas for Content Marketing with Ardath Albee

Knowing your audience is a critical element of any content marketing strategy. Your content needs to speak to your audience’s wants and needs; it must provide enough value to capture and hold their attention. That level of relevance can only come from a thorough knowledge of who you’re targeting and what they want. As we put together The Sophisticated Marketer’s …

9 Ways to Turn Visitors Into Fans With Engaging Content

9 Ways to Turn Visitors Into Fans With Engaging Content

You may feel like a success as you watch how many visitors come to your site and the metrics just continue to climb and climb. Unfortunately, these numbers mean nothing if those visitors don’t actually transform into buyers. Think of it in terms of a retail or department store. The store wouldn’t last long if it had thousands of visitors …

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles. Yet the image of leadership in business is at an all-time low, according to national leadership experts, considering the political debacles, record business bankruptcies, and executive fraud cases. If …

4 Tips for Persuading People by Listening to Them

4 Tips for Persuading People by Listening to Them

The leader of any business must come to grips with the following reality: You are the product or service you are selling. For entrepreneurs, that means that you are selling all the time, including with “internal” audiences like staff, vendors and investors. Your goal is to transfer the confidence and conviction you have in your company to everyone in its orbit. …

Why Instagram Won 2016 and Snapchat Didn't

Why Instagram Won 2016 and Snapchat Didn’t

Instagram shows no signs of slowing down. The service now boasts a whopping  600 million active monthly users , and that last 100 million joined in just the past six months. Instagram’s only real competition is Snapchat. And while the latter may be the more popular teenager hangout, the real marketing takes place on Instagram. Yes, Snapchat took the industry …

Dear Brand Marketers

Dear Brand Marketers, Stop Pretending Influencer Marketing = Earned Media, It’s Not.

Marketing, communication and media is becoming more and more complicated. Many marketers and business leaders are finding it difficult to learn, embrace and maximize their use of new media. They struggle with understanding the difference, value and how to best use earned media, paid media and owned media. Many brand and digital marketers are poorly confusing influencer marketing with earned …

10 Steps to Build Your Stature as an Influencer

10 Steps to Build Your Stature as an Influencer

Having a strong online influence is like having a megaphone in one hand and a crystal ball in the other. It gives you the knowledge to anticipate what your audience wants while simultaneously connecting consumers to resources, products or services that matter to them. Thus, you are able to bolster your brand. Sounds good, right? But how do you go …