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Subject Line Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Your Open Rates

Subject Line Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Your Open RatesEverybody knows the importance of email marketing. More than 34% of the people worldwide use email. But if you look at your inbox, how many unread emails do you’ve got? 400? 900? Or maybe, if you’re like us and are subscribed to countless different mailing list, 6.702 emails? And that is only in our inbox (not counting every email that is automatically sorted out using rules in our Gmail).

Everyone gets tonnes of emails every day, and a lot of them are never opened. The chances of your email being ignored are pretty high. No matter what you might think, people do judge emails by their subject lines.

According to research done by Convince and Convert, 33% of email recipients decide if they are going to open your email or not based on only the subject line and 69% of email recipients also report email as spam based solely on the subject line.

Knowing this you might start to rethink your subject lines. After all, you do want your email to get open-end, read, and clicked right? Knowing that it all start with the subject line, let’s dive into some tips actionable tips you can start implementing straight away.

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Branding Essentials: Finding Your Brand’s Voice

Branding Essentials: Finding Your Brands' Voice

If there was no logo or no company name next to your posts on social media or your blog items. Do you sound different, unique—like yourself? Or do you sound like everyone else… including your competitors?

Would someone who is viewing your content on different channels know it all came from the same brand? Could your potential target audience identify the content as coming from your brand?

In a previous post, we already talked about How to Create an Authentic Brand Story and 5 Easy Steps For Building A Great Visual Brand as part of the process of building your brand. And just as you took the time to think off, create and test your brand story and the visuals elements that make for your brand, if you don’t pay attention, you can end up with a scattered and non-consistent tone of voice in the content you produce across your entire marketing ecosystem. A non-consistent tone of voice that doesn’t provide a consistent picture of your brand.

This inconsistent brand experience becomes even harder to keep under control when your organisation grows. You start hiring freelancers, or more people to help produce content, and how do you keep it consistent when you’re not the only one anymore who creates your company’s content?

You may ask yourself, why a brand voice matters. Isn’t it enough to make your brand sound more human? The tone of voice of your brand, though, isn’t about sounding more human. It’s about being consistent with the voice you’re creating. Being recognisable for the people reading your content, ranging from social media posts to newsletters, to “What’s New” messages in the app store.

Making sure that even if you forgot to include your logo or name in one of your writings, people would still know it is about you.

Just like creating your Brand Story and your brand visual template, you need to create a Brand Voice Template to have something to fall back to. Here at Inbound Rocket we got you covered though and outlined a seven-step guide to establish, create, and maintain your brand’s tone of voice to drive consistency in your content marketing efforts.

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How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy From Scratch

From Zero To Social Media Hero In Just Eleven Steps

For many businesses, the thought of starting on Social Media can be overwhelming. After all, there are so many networks available, and all of these networks are always adding new features. New features, that you’ve got to learn about and integrate into your plans.

As a startup or small business, you don’t have a full-time team or even a person available for you to do all this work. Therefore, the success of you and your company on Social Media depends on you creating a straightforward and actionable strategy that fits with the people you’ve got available and with your goals.

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How to (Ethically) Steal Content to Build Your Business

Content Creation: How to Steal Your Way to Successful Content

This is a guest post by Janice Kersh.

Today, we will explore one of the seven deadly sins of marketing – stealing content. But, wait… isn’t that a black hat tactic? Why are we discussing theft in a place like this? Well, it is time for a revelation. In truth, there is one way to steal content in a purely white hat fashion: steal it from yourself.

All of us have published interesting infographics, blog posts, videos, and emails that stand out from the rest and receive significant engagement (we secretly wish all of our content could bless us this way). If only we could reuse the content that shines a little brighter, without negatively affecting SEO… Well, we can, and here is how.

Why Wouldn’t We Want to Reuse Content?

Before we begin “repurposing” our online content, we need to understand what can go wrong. Duplicate content can have a detrimental effect on SEO. Even if we copy content from ourselves, this can appear deceptive in the eyes of search engines. Though it won’t get our content banned, having duplicate or very similar information at more than one URL will force Google to choose only one page to index. If the search engine happens to pick an externally-hosted piece, our websites can lose page rank. Losing our page rank position is what we want to avoid at all costs.

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6 Ways to Highly Effective Holiday Marketing Strategies

6 Ways to Highly Effective Holiday Marketing Strategies

If you look around you at this time of the year, you will notice lots of happy faces and people getting excited about the upcoming holidays. Us humans, we love the holidays, festivities and any special occasion on which we can celebrate. It’s the time of the year where you can dress up a bit more fancy, get festive, be surrounded by family, friends and loved ones and do fun things.

Whether your startup is a B2B or B2C, with your marketing efforts throughout the year you’re promoting your products and services to someone, to people. In today’s article, we will be looking into why and how you with your company can join the holiday party, delight the right customers and boost your business’s product or service at the same time.

Why should your marketing include events and holidays?

Holidays are the perfect time to connect with your company’s prospects and celebrate those feelings of companionship and gratitude. As a marketer, you can leverage these feelings to have a deeper connection with your customers on an emotional level. This will help build trust and credibility.

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6 Content Creation Tips For More Relevant Visitors

6 Content Creation Tips For More Relevant Visitors

After reading our previous articles on “How to Build a Successful Content Marketing Plan” and “8 Content Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing You Leads”, you’re already having a running start with your content marketing plan. And of course, you’ve got to because online ads are working less and less.

You’ve begun to see that by using good content you can start working on your company’s branding and brand awareness.

Even better, after working hard for some time, you manage to become an online authority and get that sought after expert status 😉

By using content marketing, people will start to see you as the expert in your domain. With you being perceived as the expert, your content will get more backlinks, shares, likes, retweets, etc. which in the end will result in more visitors to your website.

Visitors will start to notice you; they think you know what you’re talking about, that you’re always informed about the latest trends AND that you’re ready to share all these tips for free with them. All in all, this is resulting in you leaving a fantastic first impression.

The end goal for you? Trying to convert these visitors into a customer of course!

Consistent usage of relevant, engaging content will attract more visitors and more (relevant) visitors will in the end turn into more profit for your business. In this article, we will dive into six tips for content creation. Six tips to keep that content machine running.

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7 Easy Ways To Get Quality Backlinks Without Having Content

7 Easy Ways To Get Quality Backlinks Without Having Content

This is a guest post by Avinash Nair, Digital Marketer at E2M.

You’re just starting with your company. As a result, you’re already struggling with a wide variety of problems. You’re trying to find a workaround in a challenging and competitive setup. But, at the end of the day, this pressure and stress gives you a high. Let’s face it. You signed up for this, and you knew what was going to happen. And something within told you that you were up for the challenge and that, well, let’s do it!

Now apart from the many problems that face a startup, one problem is mostly out of your control. That is how to get quality links back to your site when you have limited or, worse, no content? Creating content is time-consuming and resource-intensive (read, dollars!). Eventually, you will have to invest time and money in creating content assets and invest in content marketing. But in the initial stages, when you have no content, you still need to get quality backlinks. In an earlier post, we’ve already shared some easy ways to earn quality backlinks. Let’s explore a few more strategies that you can use to start building links before you can start generating quality content.

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How To Generate Leads Using Facebook

How To Generate Leads Using Facebook

Social Media platforms like Facebook are an amazing way to get the interaction started with your target audience. In this article, we will give you seven tips to use Facebook to the maximum to generate more leads for your company.

What you should not do according to Facebook

Maybe you’ve got a Facebook page for your business, and you’re starting to generate more fans and likes? In our previous article, we talked about five way to get your posts seen more on Facebook. Facebook itself gives three tips about status updates you should better not put on your page:

  • Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app;
  • Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context;
  • Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads.

Facebook wants you to see your page as one of the pillars of your online identity instead of just another way of communicating with your fans.

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5 Facebook Tricks To Help Your Posts Get Seen By More People

5 Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Seen by More People

Do you have the feeling that none of your Facebook updates are appearing in the timeline of your Facebook followers? And are you wondering how Facebook determines whether or not they should show your updates in the timeline of your followers? According to a study done by MarketingLand, organic Facebook reach has dropped 52% in 2016.

As a small business owner though you probably don’t have tonnes of money to spend on buying Facebook advertorial space. You want to get as much organic reach on each post as possible – or a post being seen by a user on Facebook without you having to pay to promote it. Facebook’s algorithm is a complex one, and one of their well-guarded secrets. However, over time, some key factors were identified that helps contribute to your organic reach:

  • A user’s previous interactions with your page – did they like, share and/or commented previously on your posts? Then they’re more likely to have new ones appear in their feeds organically;
  • A users’ previous interactions with certain post types. When they engaged with every video you post, then they’ll see your videos popping up more in their newsfeed;
  • The interactions from other people who saw your posts. Facebook starts by showing new content to a small set of your followers (based on the previous two points), if those people engage with it (likes, shares, comments) then Facebook will include the post in more user’s feeds.
  • Any complaints or negative feedback. If a Facebook user reports your post to Facebook or says they’re not interested in content like this, then Facebook won’t show that content to them anymore;
  • When was it posted? New content is the most interesting, the longer something is online, the higher probability that it is not that relevant anymore to your users. Facebook knows this so by identifying from which timezone your fans are you can adjust your posting time, to a time when they are awake and ready to engage with your content.

Besides these general topics we’ve also got some more in depth points identified for which we will take you through in this article:

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Improving Your Conversion Rate in Four Easy Steps

Drastically Improve Your Conversion Rate With These 4 Steps

Conversion Optimisation always has to keep in mind the conversation a person is having with himself as soon as he visits your website. A visitor arrives with a certain purpose on your website, and it is your task to guide this visitor in such a way that he or she succeeds.

If you don’t keep that always in the back of your mind, you’re only ending up trying out things in the hope that maybe one day someone will convert. In today’s article, we will look at four different steps you can start taking right now to improve your conversion rate.

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