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12 Surefire Tips to Increase Your Profits by Increasing Productivity

12 Surefire Tips to Increase Your Profits by Increasing Productivity

This is a guest post by Chloe Smith

One of the most important aspects of the business world is to keep productivity going and meet the demands of the market.

But a time comes when you want to start increasing your profits and take your business to the next level. This means increased productivity to cover the growing demand, but if not done right and properly this business step can cost a company more than just money, but its reputation and place on the market, too.

So in this post, we’re going to show you 12 tips to help you successfully improve productivity and make your business even more profitable.

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Building A Winning Email Marketing Strategy For Your Business

From Zero To Email Marketing Hero In Just Nine Steps

We’ve written about email marketing already a couple of times before, and by now you should know the importance of email marketing for your organisation. Email is the unsung hero of the marketing world. It is the most important marketing channel you and your organisation should focus on.

Why?

Well, let’s look at alternative channels like your Social Media profiles. How many followers do you have on the Facebook of your organisation? And when you post something how many people see that post organically, without you spending advertising budget on it?

Sure there are ways to get better engagement with your audience on Facebook, but in the end having even 10% or 20% of your fans engaged with your content without spending a dime on it, is impossible nowadays.

Facebook, Twitter and all the other they want to limit people to go to your website organically. Because if they do, they are losing money. They want you to pay to play on their network with their rules. And these rules are being changed on a regular basis. Imagine running a business like that, where they modify the rules every week!

There is no better scalable way to start communicating with your customers besides email (okay maybe text messages, with an open rate of almost a 100%). Old school Direct Marketing Mail is too expensive, having an entire sales team to go door to door or doing phone calls all day is too much overhead.

Even getting organic traffic from Google and other search engines is always on the perils of changes in search algorithms.

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Activate Your Brand Advocates Today And Skyrocket Your Inbound Results

Activate Your Brand Advocates Today And Skyrocket Your Inbound Results

This is a guest post by Koen Stevens

Today’s brands exist in a digital era and, by default, they are most concerned (or should be) with the question of interactivity, connectivity, and immediacy, especially as it relates to marketing. Brands invest a lot of money into making sure that their customers can easily find and connect with them, and they do that through inbound marketing.

Why inbound marketing?

Well, because inbound outperforms everything else in that hefty bags of marketing tricks. There are many reasons why brands made a substantial shift from traditional marketing methods but here are a few that paint the picture most vividly:

  • Inbound yields 3X more leads per dollar than traditional marketing methods. Not spending your money where it does most good would (in the words of Guy Kawasaki) just prove that you have more money than brains.
  • Close to 70% of online buyers spend time reading branded content before deciding to purchase. When was the last time you made a substantial purchase without consulting Google first? Hotel bookings, electronics, furniture, kitchen tiles – you name it, we’ve all googled it.
  • 94% of B2B buyers research online before committing to purchase. Your industry is no longer an excuse – inbound is relevant in every single one. If you’re not doing it, you’re leaving money on the table.

Like we said, all these iron-clad reasons are difficult to pick apart.

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Increasing Conversions By Creating High Converting 404 Error Pages

Increasing Conversions By Creating High Converting 404 Error Pages

One of the first things on everybody’s mind when they start a new website is to produce as much content as possible. After all, we want to get those backlinks, and we want to get a consistent stream of visitors to your website right?

Months go by, and you start to see more and more traffic coming it, this is a good indicator that you’re on the right track solving the same problems that your product is solving through the media you’re creating and promoting.

But did you know that the average lifespan of a webpage is around 100 days? According to Brewster Kahle, digital librarian at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, links tend to go bad over time due to moved or deleted content or changes in permalink structure.

So this means, that the beautiful, interesting experience your visitor is expecting can turn sideways when they are greeted with the dreaded 404, or “page not found” message.

One error page can kill all your hard work.

And what will the visitor do? They will hit that back button in their browser and go straight back to the search result page, trying to find a website that CAN help them with their problems.

Your first opportunity to impress a new lead and you just blew it, outdated and permanently moved web pages will leave your leads hanging without you giving them the opportunity to start a loving relationship.

No wonder that according to a 2010 study by Firefox, the back button was the most used navigational feature in their browser.

Although there is no formal estimate of the amount of lost sales and opportunities caused by people landing on a “page not found” page, we’re pretty sure every lost sale opportunity is one to money.

It isn’t all bad news though because 404 pages also represent opportunities if done well. If someone lands on your 404 page, you have their attention. How you use that attention is directly related to how successful your site will be in converting visitors.

This article will focus on turning those 404 error pages, into revenue, leads and sales.

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Getting More Leads By Creating The Perfect Contact Page

Getting More Leads By Creating The Perfect Contact Page

How many interested customers or clients reach out to you via your contact form?

Next, to your About Us page, your Contact page is one of the most important pages on your entire site. This is especially true if you’re offering a service based business that relies on people reaching out to you to work together with you.

Think about it for a second, people consume your content, they read more about your company and why you would be the perfect fit for them, next step they end up on your contact page.

Now what?

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How to Create the Perfect About Page That Drives Leads

How to Create the Perfect About Page That Drives Leads

Just like your thank you pages, your about page is one of the most overlooked pages on most websites. They are, however, one of the highest ranked pages on many websites.

So no matter what you call them, About, About Us, Meet the People, your About pages are important. REALLY important.

Surprised? Think about it from the perspective of the customers. They land on your website, the see your products, but they have no clue who you are. Your “About Us” page, is the place where they can not only find out more about what makes you, your business, or your product tick but more importantly what you can do for them.

Next to that, because they are most of the time the highest ranked pages on your website, it could also turn out to be one of the most common entry points.

So if this is such an important page, when this page sees so much traffic, why are most “About Us” pages so BORING?

Most of the time people spend days or months working on a good piece of content hoping it will rank well and will generate lots of traffic, so why aren’t you taking the same care for your About Us page?

In this article, we will show you 6 different ways to make your “About Us” page a lot less boring and a lot more converting.

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How Facebook Groups Can Help You Increase Your Organic Reach

How Facebook Groups Can Help You Increase Your Organic Reach

Years ago before any of the major social networks popped up on the internet every little niche had their forums on the web. Some of them had tens of thousands of active users talking about anything you can think of. From restoring cars to training your dogs.

All you had to do was perform a search in the reigning search engines of the day, and you could find a great forum to participate in and started building relationships with the people on the forums.

Nowadays, Facebook Groups have pretty much replaced those niche forums. This is great from the user point of view because you can participate in 30 groups at the same time and it all runs through your Facebook newsfeed.

What we’ve seen happening over the last year though is that more and more people and brands are moving away, migration from Facebook Pages to Facebook Groups. This movement is understandable because Facebook made it harder and harder to get any of your fans to see any of your updates unless you pay to boost your posts.

There are, of course, ways to get better engagement on your Facebook page, even without ads, but at the end of the day, it is becoming harder every day to get noticed, to appear in the newsfeed of your fans without payments.

One of the other reasons why Facebook Groups are becoming more and more popular is because you can build a real relationship with your target audience.

Between the migration from old school forums and Facebook page owners, Facebook Groups has created an ecosphere where every target audience is actively reading and engaging with posts. A Facebook Group allows for a two-way interaction, where group members can post messages and ask questions as well.

In this post, we will be looking how you too can use this great medium to your advantage, how you can build real relationships again with your audience on top of Facebook.

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How To Use LinkedIn To Get A Higher Return On Your Content Marketing

How To Use LinkedIn To Get A Higher Return On Your Content Marketing

When thinking about social media platforms to use for your business, most people tend to automatically think of generating leads from Facebook, or Twitter, starting on Instagram, and one of the last places people to think about is that powerful business network that is right in front of your nose; LinkedIn.

Sure, LinkedIn, when looking at Monthly Active Users (MAU), is not the biggest social network out there. LinkedIn has around 106 million MAU, compared to 317 million on Twitter, 1.79 billion on Facebook or the 700 million on Instagram. But the audience is one of the most lucrative ones.

Don’t believe us?

The overall decision makers in most companies (CEO’s) use LinkedIn the most of any public social network, the same holds for 41% of millionaires. What’s more, the LinkedIn audience has been proven to be highly engaged with content – 6 out of 10 users actively look for industry insights.

The LinkedIn platform gives your brand access to a whole host of educated, skilled and influential people with a high search intent (when you visit LinkedIn you already have your industry cap on and are actively seeking knowledge).

So if you want to reach those people who aren’t that active on most other social networks, but could have a significant impact on your organisation’s sales, it is time to start taking LinkedIn seriously.

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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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