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How to Simplify Marketing that is More Complicated than Ever

How Often Should You Blog for Marketing Success?I just watched a webinar on “The Future of Marketing” (this link will take you to the slides). The first presenter, Mark Schaefer made me realize that the “marketing wheel” graphic I use to explain how today’s marketing works is obsolete. Ah, the challenges of keeping up with this stuff!

Before, you wrote a blog post, then shared it on the social networks. Ideally, your target market saw the post, was enticed to click on it, which led them back to your website. Well, that kinda-sorta still works, but it seems like the social media networks, predominantly Facebook, LinkedIn, and I’ll throw in Google+, want publishers to create content just for them. They want to be the content magnets. They want the attention. So your website isn’t the center of it all anymore — the social networks want to be your source of information.

How to Simplify Marketing that is More Complicated than Ever

Source: The Future of Marketing Webinar with Mark Schaefer

What’s up with the Social Media Networks?

The social media networks are in this to make money. They rely heavily on user analytics and data. Moreover, they make changes to their platforms based on that data.

Their objective is to…

  • get people on their platform
  • keep people on their platform
  • collect personal information (yeah, I know, Big Brother)
  • then take that data and use it for advertising

What you need to do in your marketing:

You can’t get around this. To quote the Borg, “Resistance is futile. You must comply.”

  1. Go where your customers are
  2. Focus on building awareness
  3. Give people a reason to go to your website

Because content and information are so readily available — between digital media and apps — people have what they need at their fingertips.

So what’s a small business marketer to do?

  1. Now more than ever you MUST start with narrowing your target market niches. Write up personas, give them names. Get to know them. How do they use social media? What devices do they prefer?
  2. Do some research. Once you’ve narrowed down the niches, you have to study their habits. Breaking them up in to basic age groups is the first key:
    1. Under 25
    2. 25-40
    3. Over 40
  3. What are their pain points/problems that you can solve? How can you make their lives better, easier, more fun, happier, etc.?
  4. Come up with the content that gives them what their looking for — blog posts, videos, podcasts, pictures. What you choose depends on the networks they frequent and what each age group prefers.
    1. Blog posts at least 300 words
    2. Videos that you upload directly to Facebook or Facebook live videos
    3. Short Instagram videos
    4. Short opinion, motivational, inspirational or advice pieces/text accompanied by a picture
    5. Original articles for LinkedIn — especially if you’re B2B
  5. Write this all down in strategic and tactical plans.
  6. Implement the plan
  7. Monitor and measure — check your analytics monthly to see what’s working and not working. Adjust your strategic and tactical plans accordingly.
  8. Plan for the next month – set new goals and benchmarks
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 every month.

By this point you’re probably thinking, “I can’t do this!” “There’s too much!” “I just want to quit!”

That’s why I created Your Social Savvy Solution SIMPLIFIED! Marketing made simple.

Your Social Savvy Solution Simplified! Marketing made easy!Yes, I added another “S”!

If you follow the steps, in that order, you will be able to reach your target market, draw them to your website and convert them into a sale. I outline everything for you. From optimizing your website and profiles for the search engines — both Google and the social networks — to strategizing for each network — to how to measure your efforts. Each step is covered in detail. Even how and where to do research.

Best of all, it’s affordable! Just $20 gets your started! You can watch the all the videos, download all the materials 24/7. Go at your own pace, in your own time. If you’re a morning person, get up early and watch a video or two. If you’re a night owl, watch them at 1am. Whatever works for you! The individual classes are around 15-35 minutes. Everything is in a logical progression. You can view the videos covering where you feel you need more help first then check out the others later on. You have full-access to all training materials.

What’s more, there are new, updated videos each month. As the networks add new features and change things around, I’ll record both presentations and demonstration videos explaining the changes, what they mean to you and what you need to do to adapt it to your business.

Face it. In this age of modern technology, you have to go at the speed of change or definitely get left behind. It’s your choice.

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Video: How do I Know if my Marketing Efforts are Successful?

Wouldn’t it be nice if as soon as you posted something on social media or wrote a great blog post that you would get dozens of new customers coming through your door or visiting your website immediately? Maybe in an alternate universe. I wish today’s marketing were easier instead of getting more complicated every day. However, if you want new customers and if you want your business to grow, then you need to get your marketing efforts into full gear — done properly and effectively. Yes, it can be done!

For you, the small business owner, it makes no sense to simply post content on Facebook, without a plan expecting that it will entice people to take some action. How do you know if that’s what someone saw and then went to your site? How do you know if they Googled, “How do I _______?” and found your blog post that answered their question? How do you know if that person found your website by accident or someone recommended it?

You need to know!

In this Q&A video, I answer the pressing question, “How do I Know if my Marketing Efforts are Successful?”

Unless you have a way to monitor and measure your marketing efforts, how are you going to know what’s working?

Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is the definition of insanity. You’re not insane. You just need a little guidance and training so can get grip on your online marketing and actually measure results as they roll in.

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How Not to let Today’s Marketing Technology Drive You Crazy

Let’s face it, business owners, Marketing Technology (or MarTech to the techie folks) can get out of hand. What happened to the days when putting your shingle outside your store and an ad in the Yellow Pages (remember those?) was enough?

Take a look at the infographic depicting all the marketing technology choices out there in 2016:

You can click on it to view a larger image, but don’t go cross-eyed trying to make sense out of it.

How not to let today's marketing technology drive you crazyThis goes to show you the ridiculous amount of marketing technology choices out there.

You can’t be on all the networks all the time!
It’s impossible!

Here are 10 Logical Steps You Need to Follow to keep Yourself Sane in this crazy MarTech world.

  1. How not to let today's marketing technology drive you crazyClearly Define Your Target Marketing Niches – You can have more than one target market! But you MUST identify them. Start with this FREE Workbook.
  2. Do some research on your target, which social networks they use most often and figure out the best way to reach them. Create personas for each niche.
  3. Get to know your target audience. What do they like or don’t like? What are they looking for? How can your product or service make their lives better, easier, more fun, etc.
  4. Get to know the networks. Each one has its own culture. What works on Twitter doesn’t work on LinkedIn. Do you even have to be on Snapchat?
  5. Make a plan. Brainstorm with your team or a mentor. Work out some strategies on how to engage your target audience on the social networks. You don’t have to be on all the networks! Focus on the ones that your target market frequents the most.
  6. Make a content calendar. What are you going to blog about? What does your target audience need to know that will make their lives better…. etc.? (What’s in it for them?)
  7. Optimize EVERYTHING. Each and every description, about section, bio, web page and blog post must be optimized not just for Google, but for the powerful internal search engines that each network has.
  8. The first step towards getting somewhereTake time to learn. You can never waste your time learning how to do something better and more efficiently.
  9. Use it or lose it. Apply what you learn right away so you don’t forget it. Don’t be afraid to wander around Facebook or LinkedIn even Twitter and Google+. You’ll get faster and savvier, the more you participate and engage.
  10. Have confidence. As you learn how to properly and effectively use the social media networks to engage with your target; as you get more comfortable creating the content that your target audience wants to see, you will feel more confident with your marketing efforts and you’ll also start seeing results.

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  • Drive traffic to your website
  • Generate more leads
  • Grow a following
  • Become an influencer
  • Increase sales
  • Get on the first page of Google
  • Be more effective

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Top 10 Best Marketing and Social Media News of the Week – 2-3-17

This will be the last of the Best Marketing and Social Media News articles that will be open to the public. Starting next week they’ll be part of the exclusive Members Only Resources. For only $20 a month you’ll have access to ALL video classes, update videos, how-to demonstrations on new features on the social […]

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What You Need to do to Jump-Start a Business Slump

Is your business slow? Has the phone stopped ringing? If you’re in a business slump, there are a few things you can do to jump-start it and attract new customers. Every business has it’s good times and bad times; feast or famine; flood or drought.

First, take a step back. To what can you attribute the slow-down?

  • The economy, the election, national news, a weather event? You can’t do much about those except wait. This is where that rainy-day fund comes in.
  • You’ve been relying on old-fashioned tactics like cold calling, telemarketing, Yellow Pages, etc.
  • Have you been avoiding online marketing like social media or content marketing because you find it overwhelming and confusing?
  • You haven’t updated your website since…. wait! You’ve never updated your website since it was created years ago.
  • If you have an updated website, you haven’t written a blog post in over a month… or is it over a year? Or does your site even have a blog?

Second, do you really understand your target market?

You need to clearly define and get to know your target market(s)….

  • What are their pain points (problems) that you, your product or service can alleviate?
  • Do you need to educate your target as to the benefits of using your product or service?
  • Do you know what your target market is going to enter in to the Google search box when they have the problem that you can solve?

What You Need to do to Jump-start a Business SlumpThird, is your online presence functioning as it should?

  • Are potential clients finding you? Where do you come up in Google search when someone searches for what it is that you do? Who does comes up on the first page? What are they doing that you’re not?
  • What are they doing when they land on your site? Do you have a call-to-action where you can capture their email address in exchange for an ebook or other giveaway?
  • Are you sending them a monthly newsletter to keep your name “top-of-mind”? Are you following up with marketing emails after they download the freebie?
  • Are your social media network profiles setup correctly and are they painting a positive image of you and your business?
  • Are you creating fresh content — blog posts, videos, graphics or podcasts — at least 3 times a week? Then are you sharing them on the social networks?
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  • Are you actively engaging with potential clients and referral sources on the social media networks? Is your social media following growing steadily?
  • Do you have a strategic marketing plan to reach your target with today’s media?

“If you’re not adding new followers on social media, you’re not growing.” ~Mark Cuban

These are tough questions that need to be asked. Moreover, you need to come up with the right answers. If you have more “nos” or “I don’t knows” as answers, then you need to make some changes.

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Top 5 Best marketing and Social Media News of the Week 1-27-17

Only 5 social media news stories this week! That’s not to say that there is a ton of news out there, but I’ve been swamped with new projects. This weekly feature will soon be part of the “Exclusive Members Only” content. Coming in a few days! Watch your email inbox for the announcement!

  1. Facebook News Feed Algorithm: Percent of a Video Watched By Users Given Weight – If someone watches only the first 10 seconds of a video, what good is it? You have to capture the viewers’ attention in the first 5 seconds. Now more than ever. Moreover, you have to plan out all your videos.
  2. 3 Changes Coming to Facebook Trending Stories – What’s trending is important because sometimes you can ride on a trend’s coattails and gain exposure.
  3. MailChimp moves toward becoming a marketing platform with Facebook ads feature – Some of you regulars know that I use MailChimp (affiliate link) for my email program and automation. Now, they’ve added Facebook Ads to their service. Very cool.
  4. How to Prepare for Voice Search – “OK, Google…” “Siri, where’s the closest bakery?” “Alexa, how do you unclog a garbage disposal?” No matter your business, you want to be found when someone searches for what you have to offer.
  5. How to Write Emotional Headlines That Get More Shares – How enticing are your blog post headlines? They have to be appealing enough that when someone sees it, they click on it. Then the content needs to deliver on the headline. If it’s good, you have more of a chance your visitor will become a lead and that they’ll share it with their friends. Oh, don’t forget to have share buttons on your site.

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12 Branding Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Now!

One thing small business owners need to understand is that everything they do online: website, social media pages, Google listings, everything is how people see your business. I see so many business owners make the same Branding Mistakes over and over again. It’s like they don’t care.

It’s Your and Your Company’s Image that is at Stake! 

Some may say, “I do get some sales from the site.” How many are some? 1 a month? Imagine how many you could have if you had a good looking, functioning website with quality images, were blogging regularly and using social media the right way! It could go up to 1 a day or more!

Sure you want to save money by doing it yourself, but invest in some classes and learn how to do it properly and effectively. If you don’t take social media and online digital marketing seriously in 2017, you might as well close up shop.

Here are some of the top Branding Mistakes I see small businesses make.

  1. Branding mistakes: take the time to do it right the first time.Attempting to do it yourself without properly learning how to use the tools. Sure, you can post on Facebook, but do you know how to market on Facebook? You can use Word, but do you know how to use WordPressCreating a website might sound simple enough, but if you don’t do it the right way, it will all be wasted time and effort. 
  2. Not committing to social media long-term. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
  3. Not having a logo! It’s all about branding.
  4. Inconsistent branding. People need to know who you are and what it is that you do at first glance no matter where they find you.
  5. Ignoring your social media accounts. If you have a link on your website to your social media networks, you better be posting regularly! Nothing looks worse than after clicking on a link, I see the last post was months even years ago!
  6. Hiring an intern or student to do your social media marketing. Just because someone knows how to tweet or post on Facebook doesn’t mean they know how to market on Facebook. Whoever you hire to do your marketing, should know marketing first, then be familiar with the social networks, blogging, websites, content marketing, branding and how your particular target market uses each of the networks. Moreover, they should be able to come up with comprehensive strategic and tactical plans. 
  7. Not using an email address with the company URL for business emails. It looks more professional to use “yourname@company.com” rather than “yourname@gmail.com”.  And don’t use AOL! It really dates you!
  8. Not posting quality graphics. There are enough free graphics tools out there so there is no excuse for having fuzzy, cut-off or crooked graphics. 
  9. Putting social media follow buttons on your website that either go nowhere, to the main network page or go to an account that hasn’t been active in years. Don’t put follow buttons on your website until you are active in social media. It makes you look foolish. 
  10. Book your free 30-minute phone consultMaking it all about you. It’s about them – your target market. Serve don’t sell. Don’t just post your stuff! It’s not about selling. It’s about sharing. Share other people’s content that is of interest to your target market. They are thinking, “What’s in it for me?”
  11. Taking Shortcuts like buying Twitter followers or Facebook likes. These are fake accounts and definitely NOT your target market! Don’t do it!
  12. Not realizing that it takes time and effort upfront to build a following. Plan on spending 90 minutes a day on social media and blogging 3 times a week for the first 30 days while you’re building a following. Then you go into management and maintenance mode and based on your analytics, you’ll focus on the networks that are driving traffic to your site and where you’re building relationships.

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Your online materials — website, blog and social media — should encourage credibility and trust. Furthermore, they should entice and encourage your potential target to read more, click on a link to download an ebook or contact you.

Are you making some of these branding mistakes? If so, then you’re probably making more. Download this free ebook with all the mistakes I’ve seen out there! 

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Top 10 Best Marketing and Social Media News of the Week 1/20/17

As I’m writing this, I’m watching Donald Trump be sworn in as our 45th President. As expected, in Social Media News, the Inauguration is dominating the social networks. Even on Twitter, @POTUS (President of the U.S.) and @FLOTUS (First Lady of the U.S.) has a transfer of power today. Former President Obama will be @BarackObama and Mrs. Obama will be @MichelleObama. Though Donald Trump will keep his @RealDonaldTrump account. He administration will be using @POTUS and the new First Lady will be using @FLOTUS. All of the prior tweets sent by these accounts will be transferred to @POUTS44 and @FLOTUS44 respectfully. @VP will go to @VP44.

Social Media didn’t come to be until after Obama first took office. He embraced it with doing Google Hangouts, Twitter chats and using other social platforms. Now, President Trump was already using social media mostly because of his TV show, The Apprentice. Moreover, he said recently,

“If the press were honest, which it’s not, I would absolutely not use Twitter. I wouldn’t have to.” ~President Donald Trump

He understands the power of Twitter.

NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell reports that transition officials say that while the administration will take control of the @POTUS account, Trump himself will stick to tweeting from his personal account. ~Mashable

And, he has a new secure phone!

Besides the Inauguration, here’s what I found in Social Media News this week….

  1. 5 Local SEO Mistakes to Avoid in 2017 – If you’re a local, brick-and-mortar business, you need read this. When someone searches for _____ “near me”, Google bases the result on the searcher’s GPS and the businesses’ listing on Google. If for whatever reason,  your listing is wrong, you will not come up in the search results! Go to Google My Business to check your location and make sure your listing is complete with relevant keywords and use pictures! If you need help with this, please schedule a coaching session.
  2. 5 Brands Doing Cool Things on Social and What You Can Learn From Them – Nonetheless, keep in mind that these brands have huge marketing budgets. However, strategies and tactics in social media and content marketing that work only need a little creativity and cleverness.
  3. Facebook’s Algorithm Invites Marketers to Step It Up: Here’s Why – Keeping up with Facebook’s algorithm changes (that is what comes up in user’s newsfeed) is a challenge. Despite that, we marketers need to keep up with it otherwise, everything posted on Facebook is wasted. Just posting stuff on Facebook at random or willy-nilly is not going to work. You must have a strategic plan for both content marketing and social media posts.
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  4. 6 Reasons Why Your Landing Page Has a High Bounce Rate – A Landing Page is a web page used exclusively to promote an offer and convert a visitor into a lead. It is void of distractions like links to other pages.
  5. 6 UX principles marketers can’t afford to overlook – “UX” stands for “User Experience“. You have to see everything from your potential customers’ point of view.
  6. The Power of Geofencing and How to Add it to Your Marketing [Infographic] – One of my first clients was a restaurant in Chandler near the I-10. The owner asked me if there was a way to have a message pop on their cell phones when they were passing by on the highway. At that time, there wasn’t. Now there is. That’s Geofencing. “Geofencing is a location-based marketing tool that enables more active consumer focus.”
  7. What Is the Difference Between White Hat and Black Hat SEO? – I find it hard to believe that so many years after Google’s first algorithm change (Panda), there are still “SEO services” using Black Hat SEO tactics. It’s important that you, as a small business owner, know the difference. Otherwise, your website can suffer when it comes to SEO ranking! There’s a right way and a wrong way to do SEO. Make sure you do it the right way.

  8. 3 Ways to Find New Opportunities with Google Analytics – Google Analytics may seem daunting to some of you, nevertheless, it’s a very useful, free tool! It’s worth understanding how to use it.
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  9. 3 Reasons why you can Safely Ignore your Competitors’ Traffic Metrics – I remember a client once who was in a very competitive industry and she was obsessed with one particular competitor. I can understand how this can waste valuable time. Sure, you should know what your competition is doing in regards to how many blog posts they are publishing each week; how often are they tweeting or how many likes they have on Facebook. Focus on the customer.
  10. 3 Considerations for Increasing Engagement With Your Content – To effectively engage people with your content, you need to understand your target audience.

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Breaking News! Google Plus Events are Back!

Google Plus Events are back! As of January 24, 2017, Google+ is reinstating their events feature. Yay! When G+ rolled out their new look, events went away. Facebook was the only social media network who kept their event promotion feature. They figured they could get companies to pay to boost their events and it worked. LinkedIn, once upon a time, also had events and they went away also. You’d think that a professional networking platform like LinkedIn would give users opportunities to promote their events. Hopefully, with the new changes LinkedIn is making, they’ll bring events back also.

G+’s timing couldn’t be better because we’re starting to plan Greater Phoenix SCORE’s 2017 Symposium in April (more on that later!)

Along with events, Google+ is making some more changes. Apparently a lot of people are participating in Google+ communities. Similar to LinkedIn Groups, there’s a community for just about every industry and interest out there. What’s important is to find an active group where you can mingle with your potential target market and/or potential referral sources and influencers.

As noted in Social Media Today…

“Yes, Google+ still exists, and while it’s hard to know, for sure, how many people actually use it, as of the platform’s latest update last August, Google noted that more than 1.6 million people were still signing up to Google+ communities every day. That seems like a lot, but through the various audience breakdowns and analysis points, all the figures indicate that millions of people are still active on the platform. And Google likely wouldn’t support the product at all if usage rates were too low.”

The key is to find the active people who would be interested in your product or service.

Here’s what else is new on Google+: The old, classic Google Plus is going away.

  • Hiding nasty comments – they call them “low-quality” comments. I call them nasty trolls. Facebook has had this feature for some time. If you do want to see all the comments, you can.
  • Image Zoom – this is a nice feature especially for people promoting locations, photographers, and anyone who uses visuals. Google+ has always been a favorite place for photographers to showcase their work. Even amateurs.
  • Bye, bye older version – You have to get used the new version. In my opinion, they made accomplishing things harder. Actions that used to take one click to do, now take 2 or 3. Nevertheless, I’ve warned the folks who have taken my classes to learn how to get around the new version because the old one will, at one point, go away. And that will be January 24, 2017.

Like it or not, G+ is here to stay. Still, it’s power is in its connection to the Google search engine and SEO. However, if you can reach those millions of people who are on it with your quality marketing message, it’s going to help drive traffic to your site and get you on that invaluable first page of Google search.

The new Google+ is featured in our Social Media Marketing Master Class. These classes will be separated soon so, if you wanted to take one network at a time, you can. Watch your emails for the announcement.

 

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12 Pinterest Mistakes You Need to Correct in 2017 for Exposure

You can’t afford to be making Pinterest mistakes! It’s where 150 million people go to plan, find things they need, and bookmark pictures and videos they want to save for later.

Unfortunately, many small business owners are making these and many more Pinterest Mistakes….

  1. AZ Social Media Wiz Organize Your Office Board on PinterestSkipping Pinterest because you’re a B2B business. Pinterest is very powerful SEO helper as pictures and videos pinned from your website take the link with it. For B2B companies, Pinterest should be a secondary or even tertiary network. For instance, I’m a B2B business and I know most of my potential customers are small business owners who work from home. I have a “Organize Your Office” board on Pinterest.
  2. Not realizing that Pinterest is more than just babies & cupcakes. Yes, if you want consumers and soccer moms, you need to be on Pinterest. However, Pinterest is where people plan how they are going to spend their money.
  3. Using a personal account for business. Keep business and personal separate. Go to http://business.pinterest.com to create a business account or convert a personal one into a business one. Delete any personal pins and boards.

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  4. Not taking advantage of the 500-character description areas on boards and pins. Besides, here’s where you can add links and hashtags with relevant keywords. Helps you get found!
  5. Having empty boards. If you have an idea for a board, but don’t have pins for it yet, keep it “secret” until you fill it.
  6. Using shortlinks. Shortlinks like bit.ly or ow.ly are great for Twitter, but not needed on Pinterest. In this case, the longer URL helps with SEO and gives credibility.Pinterest analytics - check them monthly
  7. Not adding categories to your boards. This helps you come up in searches. Make sure it’s relevant. If you create a board on the fly, go in later and add the description.
  8. Not verifying your website. This will connect your website with Pinterest and they will track pin action from you site. However, if you’re a franchise or MLM, you may not be able to because you need your own domain. Being in a sub-domain or sub-directory won’t work. In that case, you can’t get the analytics from your website.
  9. Not checking analytics monthly. Pinterest tells you which pins got the most engagement, as well as, what else interests your followers. Moreover, this is valuable information as it helps you plan what you’re going to share in the future.

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  10. Not pinning pictures from your blog posts after you’ve published them. This helps with SEO. Furthermore, it helps drive traffic to your site. When someone clicks twice on a pin, it goes to the originating website.
  11. Pinning just your stuff. Have other boards of related pins that your target may be interested in. Remember, it’s not about you it’s about them – your potential customers!
  12. Not adding original content. Sure, repinning other people’s pins is good (and easy), but you should post fresh videos and pictures regularly. Delete stuff that’s outdated and move boards around seasonally.

If you’re making any of these mistakes, how many more are you making? Find out with this free ebook…..

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