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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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Your 2017 Success Blueprint – 10 Content Marketing Truths You Need to Know

To have good SEO, you need to have good content. Content Marketing is a crucial a part of your marketing plan as are SEO and Social Media.

Here’s what you need to know and do regarding Content Marketing in 2017:

1. Video – Hotter than Ever!Video marketing is still hot!

Good content doesn’t only need to be written. In 2016 we saw Facebook Live Streaming Video take off and Facebook also admitted that Native Videos (videos uploaded directly into Facebook) get more exposure than plain posts.

To give videos an extra lift, embed them into your blog posts. The text of your blog post can be your video’s transcript, like I do with my Q&A posts.

“I think video is a megatrend, almost as big as mobile.” ~Mark Zuckerburg

What You Need to Do: Figure out how you can incorporate video into your marketing mix.

  • You don’t have do one every day. Once a month or even a couple of times a month.
  • Use your smartphone to create short how-to videos
  • Get on Facebook and do a live video from anywhere — as long as you have wifi!
  • Do a voice-over recordings of PowerPoint presentations
  • Determine which format works for you — in ease of creation and amount of views they get
  • Try Twitter live videos
  • Coming soon – Instagram live videos
  • Video Converts

In fact, when video is prominently featured on a landing page, conversion rates can go up by a whopping 80%. ~ Convince and Convert

2. Unique, High-Quality Content will be Key

Focus on quality over quantityAbsolutely – Quality over Quantity! Don’t forgo quality in order to get more content out there.

  • No fuzzy graphics — there is no excuse! You can create high-quality pictures with free online, easy-to-use graphics programs like Canva. Download free, license free, online pictures and graphics from sites that I list in this blog post. And don’t steal!
  • Proofread before you publish or post — read your blog post aloud to yourself. Even your social media posts!
  • Preview your blog posts before publishing — Do the graphics look good? Does the eye of reader make a natural progression down the page to your Call-to-Action?

What about unique?

“Most Americans are exposed to 4,000 to 10,000 advertising messages a day!” ~ Convince and Convert

What makes what you have to say or show unique? What makes you different? How is your content different from what your competition shares?

What You Need to Do: Plan out what content you’re going to create.

3. Reshare Your Content on Social Media

Resharing content can increase engagement by over 600%!

Social Media Terms Glossary & Online Marketnig Lingo Guide Free ebookSo you publish your blog post at 9 am and share it on all your social media networks at the time. Someone that logs on at 3 pm or in the evening probably won’t see it unless they have you in a Twitter list or Google+ circle; or have your posts showing first (a Facebook feature). You can manually schedule it to republish on your social networks using tools like HootSuite (ad link), Buffer or TweetDeck.

Another way to give your content extra exposure and traction is to publish it on LinkedIn’s Pulse. At the end of the post, add the line, “This post originally appeared on______” with a link to the original article on your blog. Your site still maintains the authority because there is where the post originated. Yet, on LinkedIn, you validate your expertise by showcasing what you know and how you can help people.

There’s a plugin I use called Revive Old Posts. For free, you can reshare to Twitter. With the upgraded version ($75/yr.), you can also reshare to LinkedIn and Facebook.  I think it’s worth it just to save the time of manually scheduling. You pick the time frame and you can exclude posts that are not “evergreen” or are time-sensitive.

Think of it this way, your perfect potential customer could have missed it the first time it went out!

What You Need to Do: Don’t be afraid to reshare your content.

4. Blogging – a CORE part of your Content Strategy

Blogs are rated 1 out of 5 the most trusted sources of information online.

People ignore the paid ads in Google search and go for the organic content because they know that that’s where they’re going to find the authentic answers to their questions or problems.

What You Need to Do: Read some of my articles on blogging:

Blogger and copywriter service5. Build Relationships through Your Content

“Content builds Relationships, Relationships are built on Trust. Trust delivers Revenue.” ~ Andrew Davis

Good content marketing builds relationshipsAnd this applies not to just blogs, but what you post on social media and the videos and podcasts you produce. The more you post about what you know, the more you solidify and build credibility and trust.

Even if you use direct mail, people are going to check you out online, before they hire you or buy your products. People will…

  • Google your company or brand name
  • Look at reviews not just on Google, but on Facebook and Yelp
  • Compare prices and check out your competition
  • Read more information until they are satisfied that they can trust you

People buy from whom they know and trust.

What You Need to Do: Produce good, quality content, build your following and build your email list.

6. Visual Content

Change is tough, but the alternative is obsolesenceYes, videos, but also pictures, animated gifs and infographics work. Even if you don’t sell a product, you can share inspirational and motivational quotes as well as original graphics.

B2B or B2C, you can use these two social networks to share eye-catching visuals….

Instagram:

Here are some recent Instagram stats:

  • 68% of Instagram users engage with brands regularly
  • Instagram has 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook
  • 50% of users follow a business
  • 60% of Instagrammers say that they learn about a product or service on the platform
  • 75% of Instagrammers take action after being inspired by a post, like visiting a website, searching, shopping or telling a friend

Pinterest: “The World’s Catalog of Ideas.”

Here are some recent Pinterest stats:

  • 150 Million monthly active users
  • 67% of pinners are under 40-years old
  • Male users have grown by 150% in the past year
  • 87% of pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest
  • 72% of pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy offline

What You Need to Do: Go visual – figure out what will work for your business.

Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!7. Be Impactful

Free Download: Define Your Target Market WorkbookFor content to be Effective, it must have IMPACT. In order to be impactful, your content must be MEMORABLE. To be memorable, requires that you truly Understand Your Audience (target market).

Yes, we’re back to that again. What does it mean to Understand Your Target Market?

Knowing the answers to these questions as it applies to your perfect customer…

  • What makes them happy?
  • Who do they trust for information?
  • Where are they hanging out online? In other words, which networks do they prefer?
  • What angers them?
  • What are their pain points and problems that you can solve?
  • Who influences them?
  • What are their wants, desires and dreams?
  • How is your content going to impact their lives? To Sell or Not to Sell: What is the Right Ratio on Social Media

Is your content going to try to sell them something right away even if they’re not ready to buy? Or is it going to provide useful information that they can use right away hence building trust?

People Buy from whom the Know and Trust

You need to map where the customer is in their buying journey.

  • Do they need more information?
  • Have they developed trust towards your company?
  • Can they make a decision to buy right away, or do they have more questions?

What You Need to Do: Download my free Define Your Target Market Workbook

  1. Answer all the questions as it pertains to your business whether B2B or B2C. You can have more than one target market.
  2. Create buyer personas for your defined targets.
  3. Research your target and your industry so you can understand their buying habits as well as their online media usage.

8. Create Memorable and Evergreen Content

Content that's memorable builds trustIf your business is anything like mine, you need to educate your target market in why they need your product or service; why what you have to offer is better, different, more effective, etc.

Your content can, of course, be in the form of a blog or static pages on your website, but they can also be….

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Infographics
  • Social Media Posts

The objective is to build trust and credibility. You need to us Truth as a Service.

Evergreen content is anything that’s not time-sensitive, seasonal, or talking about an event or specific day. It stands the test of time. You can share it over and over again and it still is applicable. Its information is useful and solves problems that people keep having.

Give them best practices to tackle their problems. Think emotion and functionality. The folks at Copyblogger define it this way….

These special resources are in-depth examinations of a problem, solution, trend, or topic. They can help your audience find tons of information on a subject that interests them, which adds value to your blog.

Evergreen content is timeless.

What You Need to Do: Plan out your content marketing strategy.

9. Provide the AnswersYour content markeing should provide answers to the questions your target is asking.

It’s up to you to provide the answers to the questions Your Target Market Personas are asking. Are you getting it yet? You can’t answer the questions if you don’t know what they are!

I like Q&A sites like Mosaic Hub and Quora. I’m signed up to get an email every time someone asks a question in my fields of expertise. The idea is to try and be the first one to answer the question — providing the best answer. If you see that someone beat you to it and their answer is the same as yours, I give them a thumbs up and don’t bother writing the same thing. HOWEVER, this just gave you material for a blog post or a video. If people are asking it on those Q&A sites, they’re asking it also on Google and YouTube.  [Related: SEO in 2017] YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine next to its parent, Google. The most searched-for phrase on YouTube is “How to”.

What You Need to Do: Get on those Q&A sites and search for the questions pertaining to your field of expertise.

10. Make sure EVERYTHING is Optimized for Mobile!

Google Mobilegeddon 2017 is coming!I cover mobile as it relates to SEO in the previous article of this 2017 planning series.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re content can be seen on mobile devices:

  • Large enough type. No smaller that 14 pt, 16 pt is considered the best size.
  • Pictures not too large and they should be responsive – that is, they move over when viewed on a small screen so you can see the text.
  • External links (links to sites outside yours) should open to a new tab in the browsers.
  • Your mobile website should have the same content as your desktop site. What that means is that it contains all your static pages and your blog posts.
  • Make sure there are NO POPUPS in your mobile site. Starting Jan. 10, 2017, Google will block sites with popups in mobile!

What You Need to Do: Visit your site on a mobile device. If it’s not optimized, do something about it.

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11 Powerful Benefits of Video Marketing

You’ve got the latest webcam in your pocket in your smartphone. Why aren’t you using video marketing to promote your business?

Here are 11 Powerful Benefits of Video Marketing:

  • Video increases conversions by 52%.
  • Shoppers who watch a video are 174% more likely to buy than shoppers who don’t.

  • Video increases front-page Google Results by 53x.

  • Web visitors stay twice as long on pages with video.

  • People prefer watching over reading.
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Video in an email increases click-thru rates by 96%.

  • Video appears in 70% of the top 100 search results.

  • Explainer videos increase conversion rates by 20%.
  • The human voice conveys emotion.

  • The brain is hot-wired to trust the human face.

  • Movement captures & keeps people’s attention.


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How to Boost Your Business with YouTube Videos [Infographic]

Here are few proven facts about marketing with YouTube Videos:

  • Visitors will stay longer on your website if it has a video on the home page. The longer a visitor stays on your site, better the chances they’ll do something — take some action — then become a lead and later a sale.
  • People are more likely to watch a 3-miute video than read a 300-word blog article.
  • People who watch an “explainer” video are more likely to purchase that product or service.
  • Videos help web pages come up higher in Google search.
  • “How to” is the most searched for phrase on YouTube
  • YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine next to its parent, Google

The infographic below has some great tips on how to use YouTube videos. It’s by SelfEmployedKing.com (love that name!). The original blog post has links to all the experts noted in the infographic.

How to use #YouTube #Videos to promote yoru business. #socialmedia

All this works if you follow these steps…

  1. Clearly define your target market. Click here to download the Free Define Your Target Market Wordbook.
  2. Research. Find out all you can about your target and industry.
  3. Set SMART Goals
  4. Develop a Strategy to accomplish those goals
  5. Put together a Tactical Plan to implement the Strategy
  6. Prepare your branding, logo, website, cover graphics then set-up your social media profiles optimized for the search engines.
  7. Learn how to use the the tools properly and effectively.
  8. Engage with your target market.
  9. Create & Curate content — videos, blog posts, graphics — showcase your expertise, give you credibility and drive traffic to your website where you can capture leads with enticing calls-to-action.
  10. Monitor and measure monthly. See what’s working and what’s not working and plan out the next month’s strategies and tactics for your content and social media posts.

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7 Features of a Viral Video

What’s the secret to creating a viral video?

 7 Features of a Viral Video Is it a fluke? Or can a video be made to be so popular that everyone that views it wants to share it? Both.

Sometimes something that starts simply can turn into something viral. Like the ALS Bucket Challenge. No one planned it. It just happened.

Others take a bit more creativity and cleverness.

One more thing – viral videos are easier for a B2C business than a B2B business. When you’re selling a product or service to consumers, you can get a little more daring and risky. Not so much on the B2B side. That doesn’t mean a B2B video can’t go viral — just don’t expect it to. 

Here are the main features of a Viral Video:

  1. Make it short – Under 3 minutes
  2. Plan to release it early in the week – you’ll have less competition than on the weekends.
  3. Understand emotions – you want people not to just LIKE your video but to SHARE it with their friends. There are 3 types of emotions:
    1. Awe – cuteness, tug at the heart strings
    2. Amusement – humor, funny, crazy, hilarious, a parody
    3. Anger – it makes you mad enough to do something
  4. Market it – you need to plan how you’re going to promote it – Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. Cut a 6 sec excerpt for Instagram
  5. Do something controversial
  6. Make other people look good
  7. Think like a reporter – be objective. If you were covering a news story, how would you feature it?

This week, expect all the Super Bowl ads to go viral. Here are a few of the early ones…. some have more views than others – you can see why…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Videos – the Condiment to Your Marketing

By Taylor Luke, Financial Potion, Guest Blogger

Videos-the Condiment to Your Marketing Who doesn’t love condiments? Ketchup, ranch, BBQ, buffalo; all condiments that add more flavor and flare to a meal to make it that much more memorable. Videos are your condiments to marketing.

By now every business owner knows they need a mobile website, and active social media sites to truly survive. However in order to thrive, businesses needs to pour videos onto these platforms like BBQ sauce to a rack of ribs.

It’s proven that when a video is on the top fold of the home page of a website, visitors will stay on the site at least three times longer than when there isn’t a video on the home page. Videos are first impression clones that allow people to get to know you and your business faster; making them one step closer to a confident buying decision. Sure, you probably have a lot of great content on your website, and you need that for SEO, however people retain 60% of the information given in a video versus only 20% when read. If someone decides to only visit your site once, how much information would you like him or her to retain?

People love to use videos for research because it’s a fun and easy way to obtain information.

According to comScore 45% of all Internet users view 1 video a month and the average views 32.2 videos in one month. If your target demographic includes Millennials, then you need to have video to educate them since 98% will watch at least 1 video a day to research content.

In 2006 Google bought YouTube because they knew it would be the future for communication. Google favors websites that have videos on them, and we all know Google runs the search world.

More social media platforms are leaning on video because it’s what people enjoy. Videos that are uploaded to YouTube can be simultaneously posted on Google+ and Twitter as well. Contents posts with a visible video attract three times more inbound links. On Instagram people can post short 15 second videos because of that fact alone. Periscope, a link of Twitter, is becoming very popular. This app allows people to live stream and become a reporter anywhere at anytime.

People want to work with people they know, like, trust and would hang out with. Videos create transparency for a business, and allow viewers to get an authentic view into the culture. A single video can be placed on multiple platforms to clone your message that could provide you a higher ROI than any other marketing tactic. Marketing is like a recipe, stick to a few basic rules, add your own ingredients and personality, then make sure to add plenty of video for flavor to make that meal, or your business, that much more memorable.

About the Author:

Taylor Luke of Financial PotionTaylor Luke has been practicing the art of video production for over ten years. Originally from the East coast, she moved to Arizona in order to get a way from the snow, cold, rain, humidity and expensive living.  In Arizona she earned her bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production at Collins College. During school she was a project manager at a video marketing company in Phoenix, then worked two years at a studio in Scottsdale, and since July of 2014 has been co-owner of her own video production company; Financial Potion. Her and her business partner believe video is the potion to relieve business owners of their financial worries. It’s an entertaining and effect way to communicate and educate people, and what she loves most about video production is the opportunities it grants to interact with so many different people and industries.

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10 Benefits of Video Marketing [Infographic]

You can create great videos on a smart phoneYouTube alone has over 4 billion views per day! Video marketing is the fastest way to get noticed, gain exposure and build awareness quickly. If you’re lucky, it may even go viral!

If you own a smartphone, you’ve got a video camera in your pocket!

This infographic shows the power of video marketing.

10 Benefits Of Video MarketingJust to recap:

  1. Customers watch more video
  2. Video is helping your competition
  3. Video is easily searchable
  4. Video is mobile
  5. Behavior analytics
  6. Conversions
  7. Efficiency
  8. SEO
  9. Emotional benefits
  10. Social media sharing

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How to Develop Your Video Strategy

You can create great videos on a smart phoneWhy is video so hot?

It entertains, informs and educates. YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine next to Google with the most searched-for term being “how to”. So what’s stopping you from doing videos to promote your business?

In this video (what a surprise!) Jesse Torres and Aaron Michael Sanchez, Two Men in Your Business, reveal tips to create a video strategy to promote your business.

Billions of people are going to video to get their information.

With today’s technology, you don’t need fancy video equipment to record effective marketing videos. You can do it with your smartphone!

Facebook is on the emerging page of video – earning them 3 billion views a day!

  1. Create your niche
  2. You want to be memorable – set yourself apart from the other guys
  3. Don’t bet the farm on one platform

Your video strategy needs to be part of your overall marketing plan and your social media strategic and tactical plans.

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Video Becoming more Important for Twitter

Twitter Embraces VideoVideo is hot and Twitter is not getting left behind.

Twitter competes directly with Facebook and since Facebook has embraced videos, Twitter could not be far behind.

However, it’s only on their mobile app. In this video, Jay Baer explains how you can take advantage.

Yes! Longer videos – more than just a few seconds. It partnered with Meercat for Live Video Streaming, but it doesn’t record it.

Now, YouTube also offers live streaming with Google+ Hangouts.

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Video Testimonials – A Great Digital Marketing Tool

Video is hot! People are more likely to sit and watch a video than to read an article. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a staunch advocate of blogging — it provides the Google search engine with the fresh, relevant content it’s looking for. But video can easily work with blogs and social media to promote any business. The best spokespeople are happy-camper customers. Here’s a perfect example by Dr. Daniel Amen posted to YouTube. It’s a simple video of a satisfied client.

Notice the clear and simple branding on the lower, left-hand corner and in the upper right. That one is in the YouTube In-video programming where you can upload your logo and it will automatically appear on all the videos you upload.

There’s a nice a call to action at the end. You have to tell people what you want them to do, otherwise they won’t do it.

This video was directly uploaded to their Facebook fan page. I saw it because I like Dr. Amen’s page some time ago. This video should also be on YouTube, and uploaded to Google+ and Twitter.

Here’s my call-to-action: I can help:

  • Get you or your company get set up with consistent branding throughout the networks
  • Strategize with you to plan your digital media marketing campaign
  • Show you or your staff how to use the free tools to
    • Find your target market
    • Grow your following and
    • Manage your social media campaign in just 30 minutes a day!

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