First Things First – Content Strategy Before Social Strategy

Blogging, Marketing Strategy
This is a guest post from Patricia Redsicker,  Principal at WordView Editing.  At the heart of social media is the desire that every consumer has to talk about something interesting, compelling and relevant and to share that information with his or her friends. The question marketers must ask themselves is: “What makes my brand so interesting that people will want to talk about it and share it with their friends?” (Even boring brands have something interesting to say!) You can’t succeed in social media if you don’t have something interesting to say. At this point in your social media experience, you (hopefully) understand that social media marketing is not just about having a Facebook page or a Twitter profile. Social media is the vehicle for communicating and distributing interesting stories…
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Event Recap: BarkWorld F-U-N

Event Recap: BarkWorld F-U-N

Blogging, Branding, Marketing Strategy
I jumped into the final quarter of 2011 by indulging in a new experience and making a bunch of new friends in the process. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the pet loving community at BarkWorld, what an experience! First, I have to personally thank Women Intelligently Networking via TarynP for sponsoring my ticket. I had no idea what I was getting into, but if you know anything about Taryn and Denise Quashie, founder of BarkWorld™, you know they know marketing and social media, so you just go with it! What is BarkWorld? According to the website “BarkWorld is THE social media conference covering ALL facets of social media, pet lifestyle & business education for all pet lovers.” This is EXACTLY what the conference is all about! Even though I’ve owned…
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3 Tricks To Ruin Your “No Time To Blog” Excuse

3 Tricks To Ruin Your “No Time To Blog” Excuse

Blogging
We've reached part three in our impromptu "get to blogging" series. You know why you should blog and you’ve learned a few tips to help build your blogging strategy. Now, here’s the million dollar concern that even I’ve voiced a zillion times: “I don’t have time to blog!” Ok, now I understand that’s just nonsense, but it took me a while to realize it. So before you go on a tirade about this being yet another thing you have to add to your schedule, here’s some quick tips to make sure you have time to blog. Write for 30 minutes a day. I cannot take credit for this tip. I credit the lovely Ann Evanston for giving me this idea when I participated in her accountability writing challenge. So here’s the rule:…
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Develop Your Blogging Strategy

Develop Your Blogging Strategy

Blogging
Blogging requires a strategy. A strategy of “post an article and they will come” doesn't work. Do you realize how crowded the web is? Of course you do! Whether you're new to blogging, a sporadic blogger, or you’re still on the fence about it, here are a few tips to help you start developing your blogging strategy: A 4 Step Plan to Develop Your Blogging Strategy Design: There are several blogging platforms (Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogspot, etc.) and there are differences among the options, so take a look and decide which is right for you. If you’re going to choose one of the free themes offered with your chosen platform, please please please do not use the theme as-is. Nothing says “newbie” or "hobbyist" more than using a standard template theme.…
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3 Reasons to Blog For Business

3 Reasons to Blog For Business

Blogging
You’ve heard this a hundred times already. Well, I’m telling you again, blogging is a great way to build your brand and demonstrate you  expertise, in your own words. In order maintain a successful blog, you have to build a following and keep your readers engaged, so make a plan to build momentum. For all you non-believers and sporadic bloggers, here are 3 reasons to blog for business, not personal discussions, not family pics, we’re talking blogging for business: Traditional website content is static. Think about this: If you visit a company’s website and they don’t have a blog or dynamic content, how often do you revisit that website? Want to know why you don’t visit that site often? It’s because website content is traditionally static, if you’ve seen it…
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Branding Tip: Create Your Gravatar!

Branding Tip: Create Your Gravatar!

Blogging, Branding, Social Media
What in the world is a gravatar?! A gravatar is an image that appears beside your name when you comment on blog posts, web forums, etc.  It’s a custom avatar that follows you all around the web. Why should you care? Because those generic animated pics do not look professional! Your company and personal brand will appear far more polished when your pic appears with your username next to your post. Why is a gravatar important, as it relates to your brand? Your gravatar is a part of your brand identity. Just like your social media username, it will follow you all over the web. When you comment on articles/blog posts that have this feature enabled, your pic, or gravatar, will show up next to your comment. I don’t know about you, but…
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I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

Blogging, Social Media
I read an eye-opening article about the power of StumbleUpon as a referral source to boost your social media traffic. Did you know it has surpassed Facebook as the largest shared source of traffic? How many of you use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your site? I just started using it recently and it's quite interesting. I've seen the symbol and little "I like it" hand at the top of toolbars as I view articles on the web, but I didn't fully understand its impact until I started learning the stats. If you are new to StumbleUpon or haven't incorporated it into your social media strategy, check out this StumbleUpon 101 to get started! You can set up a personal profile, receive recommendations based on your interests, and you can index…
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