5 Ways Your Social Media Posts Improve Your SEO

5 Ways Your Social Media Posts Improve Your SEO

Google has been particularly enigmatic about how, or even if, its rankings are influenced by social media. But the experience of industry professionals has been universal—highly engaged content has much greater SEO value than do less popular pages. And that makes sense. Google’s algorithm is designed—and is constantly being tweaked—to find and rank high-quality, useful content for each search query. …

It's Time Marketers Rethink Their Commitment to Content

It’s Time Marketers Rethink Their Commitment to Content

Eighty-six percent of B-to-C marketers in a recent study say they will be including content marketing in their budgets this year. That makes plenty of sense because it’s no secret that as consumer attention scatters across channels, devices, times and places, simply hammering people over the head with paid advertising is becoming harder to do. The word “content” means something …

Use Your Personal Brand to Strengthen Your Leadership Identity

Use Your Personal Brand to Strengthen Your Leadership Identity

So defining your leadership identity starts by defining your personal brand. You can’t turn around your business until you turn around yourself. Understanding who you are and what you solve for is how your leadership will define the evolution of the business in the new normal. The concept of personal branding — the idea that success comes from how you …

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. …