People love stories and can relate to them. A blog is a more serious business, but I have often felt that Matthew used the power of storytelling amply on his blog. By creating a video series of Tiered Link building tutorials, he made people come back for more. For more months than I can count these tutorials were the most shared and visited items on his blog.
5. Make sure your website content is focused on your customer's needs and interests, not your company. A common mistake that companies make on the Internet is focusing their Internet marketing text too much upon themselves. Visitors are more interested in learning about how your products or services can benefit them than about hearing about how wonderful you are or learning about the history of your company. Unlike other media, on the Internet you have very little time to communicate your company's unique selling proposition (USP). The most effective websites are those that quickly answer the question "Why do I need this product/service?" Here's a quick test- does your Internet marketing copy use words like "we", "us", and "our" more often than words like "you" and "your"? If so, your copy may be too self-centric. A change in focus would likely help you to better connect with your visitors.
More than ever before, people buy from people they know and trust. Being trustworthy -- and able to convey this trait to others -- is critical to being a successful online marketer. Garish, over-the-top landing pages; blatant self-promotion on social media; and spammy, keyword-laden copy will inevitably damage or destroy your online reputation. Being authentic and trustworthy is what will set you apart, helping you build long-term relationships with your customers and clients.
Pop-up forms provide visitors with a quick, convenient way to share contact information and subscribe to your list while they’re browsing your site, making them a powerful tool for audience growth. They’re easy to add to your site, and they’re proven to work—our research shows that Mailchimp users have seen their list growth rate increase by an average of 50.8% after adding a pop-up form to their site.

Data Security – You have entrusted your data to a third-party service provider. This data is accessed by your employees with mobile devices everywhere. So, it is important to ensure only the right people get access to the sensitive data. Make sure ex-employees are prevented from accessing the system after leaving the company. Do your homework and a select a vendor that uses the latest data security technology.
If you are committed to growing your organization, but struggling to map out the process using digital marketing, here are the steps you’ll want to take. Some of these apply to your organization as a whole and not strictly to digital marketing. However, they are key areas we see many small businesses and nonprofits haven’t clearly defined. Just posting on social media won’t get you the results you want if you haven’t defined your strategy.

Software expert Rachel Kramer is the business development representative for QASymphony, an Atlanta-based company responsible for the creation of purpose-built testing and test management tools for utilization in software development. Kramer’s expertise in the conceptualization and development of QA tools has aided the company as it seeks to streamline the software testing process in the most efficient and effective way possible.
When I started up BuildFeed over five years ago, I never expected it to grow as large and as widely used as it has been. I've not been involved in the day to day running of BuildFeed for over two years now. I left that in the hands of a few trustworthy friends, and I and the users of the site owe a debt of gratitude to these men. Without them, this day would have arrived some time ago.

Marketing consistency. Automated marketing eliminates the risk of human error, as there is only software to control the wheel, and such cannot be influenced by opinions and feelings, or interrupted as an employee could. Therefore, the entire marketing strategy is smoother and more consistent, and you have a variety of tools to promote your business even when you’re not directing it.
Or, you can even create a character that looks just like you, or anyone else from the office; browse through different hairstyles, clothing, eye shapes and so on until you create your own animated twin. Another cool feature from GoAnimate is that you can add voice to your character by recording it directly or importing the file, and they will automatically start lip-syncing it.
Once people have shown an interest in you on the web, on social media or in person, how do you keep the conversation going? Make sure you are getting their information so you can contact them directly. Another report this year from Adobe found that email is still far and away the preferred channel for communication from businesses, even for millennials.
However, your emails are nothing without an email list to send them to. So who’s emails should you try to get? Your website visitors of course! These are people who most likely have interest in what you are selling and you have the opportunity to convert them into an email subscriber. Email capture on your website is so important and you must actively engage visitors to build your list.
Buzzsumo is a content analysis tool which gives you a breakdown of the social shares for content published to any domain, allowing you to discover the most popular and shareable content for your own website – or a competitor’s – and find out which networks your content resonates with. Upgrading to a Pro account also gives you insight into backlinks and influencers, allowing you to see exactly who is sharing your content.

You can’t retarget with potential customers with traditional media. Retargeting is one of the reasons why digital marketing is so successful. When a customer interacts with your advertisement on Google, Facebook, Instagram or any other channel, you can track their every move and use this data to retarget them in the future. Wondering why that ad for those shoes you looked at last week keeps appearing in your newsfeed? You are being retargeted and chances are high that one day you will revisit that store and purchase them. After all if they keep appearing this must be a sign right?
Instead, I’m talking about timed pop-up ads, or onsite retargeting. After a user spends a certain amount of time on your page, she can receive a pop-up relevant to the content on that page, or to her behavior. Examples include exit pop-ups, which appear when a user tries to leave the page, or scroll pop-ups, which appear after the user scrolls a certain percentage down the page.
It wasn’t enough to just post high-quality articles on the Foundr blog itself, but it was crazy important that we start getting our posts onto other influential sites as well. Taking our cues from Buffer, we began drastically ramping up our content creation process. Part of that process of guest posting was including as many links as possible back to the Foundr site.
Having just seen Life of Pi, it occurs to me that online marketing for small businesses is like being that young man in a tiny boat at sea. You have a set number of things you can use to survive and thrive – a net, a spear, resilience and creativity. Use them all and get to safe shores. You may even find you can outrace the big cruise ships in reaching your customers.

Use a reactivation campaign to gauge whether non-responsive subscribers are still reading (just not clicking through or tracking open rates), or if they’ve truly decided to opt out. An example from MarketingProfs is shown here. The language you choose can play a big role in how successful these campaigns are, so be sure to split-test a few versions to maximize response.


Traffic is the measure of people visiting your website or sales page. If no one sees what you’re offering, you won’t get any customers. Like a retail store in a busy mall or in the downtown core of a big city, you want lots of people passing by your store. Your website is your store. You want high traffic (lots of people visiting your website), you want consistent traffic (consistency helps with forecasting revenue), and you want targeted traffic (visitors who are in your target market).
By default, extract-key is applied to two list elements for every comparison, but if cache-keys? is true, then the extract-key function is used exactly once for each list item. Supply a true value for cache-keys? when extract-key is an expensive operation; for example, if file-or-directory-modify-seconds is used to extract a timestamp for every file in a list, then cache-keys? should be #t to minimize file-system calls, but if extract-key is car, then cache-keys? should be #f. As another example, providing extract-key as (lambda (x) (random)) and #t for cache-keys? effectively shuffles the list.

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A head turner of a resources list, Pawan, and an indicator of just how much work has to be done to rise above the noise level engendered in all those divergent channels. I, personally, have chosen an infinitely easier task of creating a Social Publishing Complex, where the authors/publishers will benefit from the use that I’ll put to your gigantic (and SUPER well-researched) resource on content marketing tools. Thanks again.
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Socioboard is a social media management platform for businesses and brands, aimed at helping them with lead generation, customer support, marketing and engagement. You can connect up a range of accounts including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to manage them from a central dashboard. The free version offers scheduling features, CRM and reporting tools for up to 5 profiles. (Suggested by Rupak Som)
It’s not comprehensive. For every tool you see in the map, there is a long tail of many other tools that are similar or perform parts of functions of the tool included in this graphic. I have included the content marketing tools I feel stand out the most in their categories. For a further breakdown of some of these categories, check out the following: Content Writing Services: The Ultimate List, Content Promotion Tools: The Ultimate List, Content Curation Tools: The Ultimate List, and Content Marketing Agencies: The Ultimate List.

To get more Web traffic and leads, you need to continually optimize your visit-to-sale conversion rate. The more effective your company’s sales process is, the more marketing options you have. If all other things are equal (average revenue per sale, gross margin, etc.), a company that converts twice as many Web visits into leads can afford to pay twice as much per click or visit. Being able to pay more per click or visit allows you to bid higher in the PPC listings and spend more on SEO—both of which ultimately result in more traffic and leads.
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