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Why And How To Use Podcasting In Your Content Marketing Strategy

How To Get Started With Social Audio For Your Business On Anchor

For consumers to get excited about something, for a potential customer to be compelled by something it comes down to attention. Attention, not impressions. So while some companies focus around getting as many impressions as possible on their banner ads, great marketers focus on attention.

Your leads, your customers they need to consume your content.

Over the last couple of years, there have only been two places that have gotten the attention of consumers. The first one is mobile, and all the social networks that are built on that mobile experience. The second one is content marketing.

After all, content marketing is just solving the same problems that your product solves through media you create and promote. You’re helping your customers making their life better by handing them solutions so they can empower themselves.

Within content marketing, you can see a trend moving towards more visual content. Businesses are moving towards Snapchat and building brands on Instagram[URL=]. According to Cisco in 2019 video will even present 90% of all internet traffic.

The second big trend in content marketing is audio. Edison Research created a report with fascinating statistics about this trend. And while it is not only about podcasts, but also about online radio, streaming, social media and beyond, this post will focus mostly on the podcasting part.

Some number to give you an impression though:

  • Podcast Listening Grew 23% Between 2015 and 2016
  • 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month (13% of the USA listens to Spotify monthly, and 21% of the country uses Twitter.)
  • 64% of podcasts are being listened to on a smartphone or tablet.
  • Weekly podcast listeners consume five shows per week on average

So how can you and your company take the most out of this growing trend? That’s where Anchor.FM comes into play.

For those who don’t know what Anchor yet is, it’s maybe best to let them describe themselves:

The new Anchor lets you broadcast your voice, clip external sound bites, mix in full-length tracks from Apple Music and Spotify, take call-ins from your listeners, and add interludes created by world class sound designers and musicians, all from your phone. Plus, everything on the new Anchor can be heard on iOS, Android, Amazon Echo, Google Home, web, and in your car via Bluetooth.

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Using Instagram For Your (Small) Businesses, A Complete Guide

Using Instagram For Your (Small) Businesses A Complete Guide

In the previous post on our site, we talked about Snapchat, and how you can make use of this great social media platform to drive sales for your company. Nowadays, however, it seems you can’t talk about Snapchat and not use Instagram in the same sentence.

Indeed, even generally speaking, when it comes to doing social media for your business, Instagram is a force to be reckoned with.

According to a 2014 study by Forrester Research, Instagram even has the highest engagement rate for brands among all social networks. The engagement they see happening on Instagram (4.21 percent) compared to Facebook (0.07percent) and Twitter (0.03%) is staggering.

In other words, Instagram engagement is 58 times higher per follower than Facebook and 120 times more than Twitter!

User interactions with brands' post as a percentage of brands' fans or followers

Instagram has the highest engagement rate for brands according to Forrester Research in 2014

And with the power of Facebook behind Instagram, it means that sending great targeted advertising, etc. is easy. Instagram is an easy to use, free platform, and the only thing it requires is a smartphone to set up an account and start using it.

Still not convinced? Research done by MDG Advertising shows that 67% of consumers consider clear, detailed images to be very important and carry even more weight than the product information, full description, and customer ratings. This makes Instagram a unique opportunity for your (small) business to reach your clients and visually tell your brand story.

If you think indeed, Instagram is a platform you would like to invest your time in, download the app (if you aren’t using it already on your phone) and let’s dive straight into how you can use Instagram for your company.

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8 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Might be Making And What To Do About it

8 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Might be Making And What To Do About it

Marketing Automation, the process of automating parts of or maybe even your entire marketing funnel. In an ideal situation, it helps to guide your prospect through their buyer’s journey with relevant and timely communications. Communications that help nurture them from a prospect to lead, to a customer and in the long run even to brand advocates.

Marketing Automation works in parallel with the efforts of your sales team. It can shorten their sales cycles, decrease the cost per lead and improve customer retention.

Sounds like an ideal world scenario right?

It sounds like such a holy grail that according to research by Pardot in 2013 at that time already:

A quarter of all B2B Fortune 500 companies are already using marketing automation, along with 76% of the world’s largest SaaS companies.

And although marketing automation adaptation has exploded in the last couple of years, too many marketers still make a lot of mistakes in the implementation and usage of their marketing automation tools. Like any tool, marketing automation is only as good as the person using it. If you fail to set up your tools in a proper way this can lead to frustration in the short team and lots of missed opportunities in the long term.

So what are some of the most made mistakes by companies of any size in regards to marketing automation and how to fix them? Let’s dive in.

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7 Industry Experts Share Their Best Kept Social Media Secrets

Industry Experts Share Their Best Kept Social Media Secrets

Every company is different; every social media network has its quirks.

If you’re a startup, it can be difficult to get started with your marketing efforts on social media. How did other companies deal with these struggles?

Are you looking to step up your social media marketing game?

Wondering what tools and tactics the pros are using?

We asked some top social media experts to share us their tools and tactics. The question we asked all of them was:

If you are starting out with your company, maybe you’re in the pre-launch phase or your just launched the first version of your product. How do you build your social media following when no-one ever heard about you yet?

How did you build engagement with your new followers and how did you attract them in the first place? What networks did you use?

Can you describe your ultimate growth technique for building and launching your company on social media and how can people implement that for their companies?

In this article, we’re going to look at their answers, and you’ll discover seven ways you can start and stay ahead of your competitors on the social media curve. This is who they are, from William Harris (Elumynt) to Sujan Patel (Web Profits) and all the brilliant minds in between.

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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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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 Ways For Small Businesses To Generate Leads With 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 Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts 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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The 5 Best Conversion Rate Optimization Tips For 2016

The 5 Best Conversion Rate Optimization Tips For 2016

This is a guest post by Sunny Popali from Good Monster.

Whenever there is a visitor in your site, you want him/her to perform a desired action like say signing up for a free account, becoming a member of the site, answering the poll, etc.

When a visitor acts on it, it is called a conversion which is critical for you if you want to achieve your business goals. But driving conversions is not that easy, and since the competition keeps on increasing every day, you have a difficulty in realizing your conversion dreams. Moreover, research has shown that only 22% of businesses are pleased with their present conversion rate. So the remaining 78% percent who are not achieving their targets must be going somewhere wrong.

There are numerous ways which have been overlooked, but if they are given a chance and implemented properly, you will see your business booming in a few months.

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How To Pick A Great Brand Name (and Domain Too)

Branding Essentials: How To Come Up With The Best Name For Your Startup

In our series around the branding of your startup or small business, we already talked about how you can use lean startup principles for branding your company. We also talked about the 6 P’s of branding, which help you make up your brand story (positioning, promise, personas, personality, product, and pricing).

Every brand story, however, needs a hero, somebody who people can relate too. Recognition will start with your brand name.The name appears on your website, your business cards, your social networks, your product, and everywhere else. In both offline and online, to identify your company and your company’s products and services. Today we will be looking into one of the most frustrated items around branding: the naming of your startup.

Naming your newly founded company is often met with a lot of frustration. It’s hard enough to come up with a name that isn’t already in use, but in the end, your entire team has to agree on the name as well. At the end to only found out, you forgot to check if the Twitter, Facebook or any other social handle wasn’t already taken and you’ve got to start your searching from scratch again.

Not to put you under even more stress, but getting the right name for your new company can help make or break your branding. For example, in 1997, athletic gear company, Reebok, launched a new women’s running shoe with the name Incubus. The big problem was, though that an incubus is a male demon who visits women in their sleep to rape them, as pointed out by a newspaper in Arizona. Reebok recalled 18,000 boxes of shoes and had to apologise for the mistake they made.

So how do you come up with a good and effective name? What things should you do (or do not do) when naming your company?

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