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5 Reasons Personal Branding is Non-Negotiable for 2018

5 Reasons Personal Branding is Non-Negotiable for 2018

Why is everyone all of a sudden trying to become LinkedIn-famous? Is anyone else tired (like me) of reading about all of the branding “hacks” out there? After all, there’s a lot more to achieving great personal branding than tricking algorithms. Achieving great personal branding is important. In fact, when it comes to being a truly innovative entrepreneur or industry professional, having a personalized online footprint is essential to your business strategy. Research has confirmed this. Kredible found that 52 percent of [...]

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7 Ways to Improve Online Engagement With Visual Content

It’s been proven true over and over that content rich in visual elements, particularly images, gets more likes and shares in the online world. Not only that, visual content compels audiences to stay on your website for longer. Moreover, people cannot help but get drawn towards visually-appealing content. However, engaging your audiences with it is no mean task. Tips that can help improve online engagement with visual content : 1. Use visual content in your blog for social media engagement. Blog posts are [...]

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3 of the Top Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Marketing in 2018

Augmented reality, live video streaming, data visualization: There’s plenty of hype about which digital marketing trends will hit the big time in 2018. But, in your rush to jump onto the latest trend bandwagon, don’t overlook the importance of battle-tested strategies, like local listing optimization, or online reputation management. Recently, I sat down with Peter Handy, CEO of Dallas-based digital marketing agency Advantix Digital, to discuss the future of digital marketing trends in 2017. Because Advantix, founded in 2001, was [...]

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Creating Epic Content Marketing on a Tight Budget

What’s the best way to promote your brand? “It’s easy,” everyone says. “Just create amazing content.” But, the truth is, even if you know what you’re doing, content marketing can be a daunting task. Still, it can and does pay off. Distribion used content to increase its blog traffic by 2,000 percent and boost revenue by 40 percent. And that company is not alone. Qualtrics generated 2500-plus leads at less than $1.30 cost per conversion, and Kraft says its [...]

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Content Marketing Methods to Stay Above Your Competition

Promoting irrelevant content to your customer base is as useless as bringing a knife to a gunfight. The question is no longer whether targeted content is a competition worth entering, but how to bring home the gold. With 86 percent of buyers “frequently” using mobile phones to access business-related content, it’s no wonder marketers and publishers are leaving their pay-per-click and display tactics in the closet and opting for the gold medal of all advertising methods : content marketing. Here are [...]

Does Content Actually Bring in Customers

Does Content Actually Bring in Customers?

Melts in your mouth, not in your hand. Just do it. Got Milk? You’ve heard them before. The taglines of the Milk Processor Education Program and of Nike and M&Ms have penetrated American vernacular, influenced culture and shot product sales through the roof. Such is the power of content. Relationships. Content marketing, when done right, develops relationships of trust that result in new business. “Today’s content marketing is not about distracting the customer,” said Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner. “It’s to attract them [...]

Personal Name SEO for Personal Branding & Job Search

Future-Proof Your Personal Name SEO for Personal Branding & Job Search

Personal name SEO requires a personal name claim along with a complete and consistent use of your resume name, both on and off the web. And, so should you always use the proper resume name for personal name SEO (search engine optimization). As the first step in developing a strategy for personal name SEO, I wrote about how to complete a personal name SEO audit to determine the best resume name to use for personal branding and job search. The second step [...]

Effective Social Media Marketing

6 Must-Do’s for Effective Social Media Marketing

A lot of businesses do social media marketing wrong. They hear everyone screaming, “You must have a social media presence,” but what that entails isn’t always spelled out correctly. Social media marketing should be effective and affordable, and when done correctly, it can help scale businesses of all sizes. Just like with traditional channels such as television commercials, radio spots and print ads, your results are going to be minimal at best if you broadcast your message to the wrong [...]