How the U.S. Army Is Using Bloggers

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Greg Swan, VP of Digital Strategy at Weber Shandwick, one of whose clients is the U.S. Army.

Greg shares how the U.S. Army encourages soldiers to blog, develop authentic connections and participate in the conversations about joining the army.  You’ll find out what blogger outreach can mean to your business and pick up useful insights to successfully connect with influential bloggers.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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How to Promote Your Blog With Social Media

social media how toAre you looking to use social media to promote your blog?

Sharing your blog posts on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even Tumblr can help your content gain significant exposure.

But each social media platform is distinct with different benefits and abilities. You need a simple process to tailor your social sharing to generate as much engagement as you can on each of these platforms.

Here’s a process you can use to ensure your posts get maximum mileage. Consider these steps and adapt them to the social platforms where you find your customers.

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19 Ways to Build Relationships With Blog Comments

social media how toHave you ever left a comment on a blog?

How do you feel when the author replies?

As we’re all ushered into this age of social media, each and every one of us is looking for ways to form stronger relationships with our audience, especially with current and potential customers.

There are many ways to discuss how to cultivate and build relationships. I want to focus on blog comments—an often poorly understood and very underutilized tactic by individuals and businesses.

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Focus on your blog commenting strategy to build relationships.

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5 Creative Tips to Increase Blog Traffic and Boost Your Business

social media how toDoes your business have a blog?

Is it working for you?

If you said “no,” I wouldn’t be surprised.

But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Keep reading to discover why many blogs fail and what you can do to boost your traffic and brand.

What’s Wrong With Blogs?

This platform, if done properly, can generate tremendous traffic, leads and sales for your business that you otherwise would not have had.

Unfortunately though, most businesses do not blog well. Why? Because they refuse to think like a consumer.

They refuse to tell consumers the answers to the questions they most want answered. And it is because of this approach we so often hear the phrase, “Yeah, our company tried blogging, but it didn’t work for us.”

I own a swimming pool company, and when the economy crashed in 2008, it was our blog that really saved our business.

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5 Reasons Your Content Marketing Must Address Price

Do you openly reveal your pricing online?

social media viewpointsThe way people shop has now completely changed.

We know that if we look hard enough online, we can usually find what we’re looking for.

And that includes the price of any product or service.

Despite this reality, many business websites fail to address some of the most essential questions their potential and existing customers have, especially when it comes to the subject of pricing.

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Blogging Trends for 2012: What You Need to Know

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Shani Higgins, CEO of Technorati.

Shani shares information on the business of blogging and current blogging trends.  Discover how much money bloggers make and learn more about the opportunities brands now offer bloggers.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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8 Brands That Benefit From Guest Blogging

social media viewpointsGuest blogging is one of the most efficient, yet misunderstood, social media marketing tactics.

It’s not new. In fact, it’s almost as old as blogging itself.  It started becoming a standout tactic just a few years ago.

This post answers one of the most frequently asked questions: Is guest blogging good for “big guys?”

By the way, “guest posting, the time waster” is one of the myths I busted in my previous post for Social Media Examiner. Today’s article is one more argument in favor of guest blogging.

Guest blogging is about placing your content for free outside of your own blog to increase its reach. A guest post thus is a piece of content you write for someone else’s blog and include your author information to build exposure and awareness of your brand.

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How Has Blogging Changed the Voice of Women?

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Lisa Stone, CEO and co-founder of BlogHer, the leading cross-platform media network created by, for and with women social media leaders.

Lisa tells the story of BlogHer, the fifth largest blog network.  She also shares insights and tips for successful blogs and current trends for women bloggers.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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26 Tips for Writing Great Blog Posts

social media how toDo you blog? Feel like you’re trying to reinvent the wheel time and again?

Looking for some ideas to simplify your content creation process?

What follows are 26 tips, from A-Z, to help you create optimal blog posts every time you sit down to write.

#1: Anatomically Correct

A blog post contains several areas that require our attention and care. Pamela Seiple refers to six parts of the anatomy of a lead-generating blog post:

  • Eye-catching title
  • In-text links to landing pages
  • Sidebar/banner calls to action
  • Social sharing buttons
  • Call to action at the bottom
  • Relevancy—making sure the post is relevant from top to bottom

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