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The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Marcus Sheridan, founder of The Sales Lion and author of the ebook Inbound and Content Marketing Made Easy.
Marcus shares insights into the struggles marketers have to get results from business blogging. You’ll learn what to focus your efforts on and a few simple tactics that will work.
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Or maybe you create plenty of blog posts, but they get few views and even less engagement?
If you find that creating engaging content is challenging, keep reading.
This article will identify some of the best tips, tools and tactics for creating blog content that helps grow your business.
#1: Be the resource your customers really need
What’s your ideal customer’s biggest problem? Your blog is not about your business, it’s about your customers.
If you want to attract and engage your prospects and lead them down the sales funnel, you need to focus on them and their problems.
The more you create content that helps your prospects succeed, the more engaged they’ll become with your blog.
So how do you know what your audience is struggling with?
There are a number of unique challenges when it comes to writing content for multi-author blogs.
For example, you may be in a position where you need to give feedback to your contributors, or you may be wondering how to leverage the audiences of your individual writers to drive more overall traffic to your blog.
Here are 4 power tips you can implement on your blog to make sure your writers get the feedback they need and provide your blog maximum exposure at the same time.
#1: Use a Screenshot Utility to Provide Feedback to Writers
On a typical WordPress blog, you can see a revision history for any given article. That’s a list of versions of the article being written, based on incremental changes that are made from one version to the next.
Looking for exciting new tools to simplify the blogging experience? If so, keep reading.
We decided to get the scoop on today’s hottest blogging tools.
We asked 22 pros to share their favorite new finds. Here they are…
A great blogging tool I discovered a few months ago is InboxQ. I like it because it helps me come up with better blog topics. This tool helps you find questions people are asking on Twitter.
InboxQ lets you create campaigns with different keywords. Usually the best thing to do is to create campaigns with keywords from topics you specialize in. So when someone asks a question with those keywords, you will be updated about it and you can answer the question.
You can work on these questions and come up with better blog topics in your area of specialty. For example, I have two campaigns: one on white papers with keywords like white paper, whitepaper, etc., and the other on social media with keywords like social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.
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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.
#1: Teach With Story and Sell With Subtleness
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.
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.
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.”