How to Build a Platform and Get Noticed in a Noisy World

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and author of the hot new book called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

Michael shares how to grow your own platform. You’ll also discover insights behind his success and how to accelerate your business growth.

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

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4 Ways to Create Content That Sells

social media how toLet me just cut to the chase here: When it comes to business blogging, there is content, and then there is content that sells.

Ask any business owner or marketer which they’d prefer and the obvious answer would be the latter.

The fact is, all the business blogging in the world doesn’t help a bit if it’s not increasing sales. Make no mistake—a business is a business and it needs to make money.

In this article I’ll discuss 4 ways companies can create blog content to bring in more sales. Adapt the principles here to your industry or niche to get more business with your company’s blog.

Here goes…

#1: Teach With Story and Sell With Subtleness

Of all the things I’m going to discuss in this article, teaching with story and selling with subtleness is really the most important. It’s incredibly underutilized by businesses around the world.

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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 Tips to Becoming a Top Blog in Your Industry

social media how toHave you ever dreamed of becoming one of the top blogs in your space?

Are you wondering how some bloggers find success and why others struggle to survive?

If so, keep reading as I reveal five tips and techniques that have helped large blogs (such as Social Media Examiner) grow into influential and widely read publications.

First, Rethink What it Means to Blog

When I started Social Media Examiner back in October 2009, I made the decision not to call our site a blog.

Instead, I opted for the phrase online magazine.

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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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How to Develop a Successful Multi-Author Blog

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Joe Pulizzi, author of Managing Content Marketing, co-author of Get Content Get Customers and founder of the Content Marketing Institute.

Joe shares the story behind the Content Marketing Institute and explains why content marketing is not a fad and is here to stay.

You’ll also learn how a multi-author blog can help your business and what you need to know to develop one.

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

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How to Use Content to Increase Your Sales

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Marcus Sheridan, the founder of The Sales Lion and River Pools and Spas.

Marcus shares the content strategy he used to increase sales for his pool business.  He shows the connection between your blog content and your business growth.

You’ll also discover why content is the soul of your business and is the best sales tool you own.

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

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Top 7 Reasons Blogs Fail and What to Do About It

social media how toWhy do some blogs thrive and others fail? Do you blog? Have you been working hard to build a loyal following for your business, but it’s just not happening for you?

The good news is you’re not alone. Most blogs don’t get the traffic or the attention they desire.

What follows are the top mistakes made by bloggers (and how to fix them).

Mistake #1: It’s all about you

When I first started blogging, this discovery surprised me: Nobody gives a hoot about my products, my services or me. This also means most people don’t care about you, your company or your products, either.

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How to Create Content That Engages Prospects and Customers

social media book reviewsWhen Rick Short, director of marketing communications for Indium Corporation, began thinking about his social media strategy, he started with keyword research.

He identified 73 of the most important keywords his prospective customers would search for. Then he created 73 different blogs that focused on each keyword and assigned a dozen employees to write those blogs.

The results amazed him. Once the blogs took off, customer contacts increased 600% in a single quarter. And everyone who contacted a blog author, commented on a blog post or downloaded a white paper opted in to the company’s customer database.

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