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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7 Ways to Increase Your Blog Visibility With Social Sharing

social media how toAre you looking to drive more traffic to your blog content?

Social sharing is critical.

But how can you make your content as shareable as possible?

Follow this process, and consider the following 7 tips.

#1: Identify Your Most Popular Posts and Keywords

Take stock of your current content. What topics are already popular with your audience?

Look at your top content and keywords in Google Analytics. If you’re using a social sharing plugin like Shareaholic or Digg Digg, you may be able to get some free analytics on your most popular content that can help you learn what your audience wants.

Examine what isn’t getting shared and start to think about how you can replicate the success of the proven winners.

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How Search, Social Media and Content Accelerate Your Business

social media book reviewsYour customers get 99% of their information from search engines, social media referrals, online news sites and targeted content.

If your business is NOT there among the solutions when your customers are looking, you’re lost.

And even if they do find you some other way, you will still lose if you don’t have compelling content to keep them engaged with your brand.

And so you must publish, you must tell stories and you must become interesting to your customers so that they find, like and trust you.

In his book, Accelerate! Move Your Business Forward Through the Convergence of Search, Social & Content Marketing, Arnie Kuenn puts it simply:

“Web users are consumers of content and you need to deliver compelling content that will engage them, and keep them coming back for more.”

This book is about successful digital publishing and consistent content quality. The author explains that if you do it right and strive for quality, you’ll produce content that:

  • Attracts links.
  • Compels people to share it on social media.
  • Meets the real needs of your customers.

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3 Successful Google+ Pages and Why They Work

social media reviewsHave you created a Google+ page for your business? In this article I’ll show you what three top pages are doing.

Still in its infancy, Google+ has become a very hot topic.

Amid concern that this “new kid on the block” couldn’t compete in a social media landscape owned by Facebook, some have opted to dismiss the platform entirely.

While Google+ and Google+ business pages are still in the early stages, there is growing evidence that they’re here to stay.

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5 Tips for Creating Shareable Blog Content

social media how toIs your blog feeling a bit flat? Are you looking to attract more of the right kinds of people to your content?

If you struggle to attract a steady stream of quality readers to your blog, you’re not alone. The good news is that your blog isn’t a lost cause.

There are many smart strategies you can use to create compelling, bite-sized content your readers will devour—and share like crazy.

The secret is to tap into the power, speed and instant accessibility of social media. Here are 5 simple, foolproof ideas you can put into action TODAY:

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How Content Marketing Builds Trusted Relationships

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview C.C. Chapman, co-author of Content Rules.

C.C. explains why content marketing is important for businesses and the role it plays in building trusted relationships. He also shares how businesses can create stories to connect with customers.

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

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9 Reasons Why Your Content Is Not Shared on Social Networks: New Research

social media researchDo you wonder how to get your content seen amidst a sea of information?

What if you could understand why your audience shares some information and not other? That would make your content stand out from the competition.

The Science of Sharing

30 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook each month, including blog posts, links, news stories and photo albums.

HubSpot’s Dan Zarrella has found that three things must happen to get your content shared.

First, people must be exposed to your content (be a fan on Facebook or follow you on Twitter). Second, they must be aware of your content (meaning they actually see it). Finally, they must be motivated by something in your content to share it.

Many articles have been written on how to increase your audience size and make people aware of your content, including these by Mari Smith and Denise Wakeman. This article will focus on the motivations for sharing.

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8 Ways to Discover Content Ideas From Your Readers

social media how toAre you looking for creative ways to discover what your readers’ interests are?

Imagine your online community is a group of hungry people who walk up to a table where you have a spread of finger foods and appetizers. That’s your online content.

By watching which items disappear quickly, you learn what your audience truly wants. That’s the content that satisfies their hunger. And that’s what you need to give them.

In this article I’ll show you 8 ways to discover what topics satisfy the hunger in your online community.

#1: Ask your community

Most businesses assume that they know what their online community wants to hear from them. There’s nothing like doing a reality check by asking your community directly. What you learn might surprise you.

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Do You Have Social Media Clout?

social media book reviewsWhen Content Science sends their quarterly e-newsletter to their mailing list, their email open rate is 50%.

“Well, of course,” I hear you saying. “Sending an e-newsletter to subscribers who have opted in would most certainly have a fairly high open rate.”

Exactly.

So why would you want to broadcast your online message to millions of people who couldn’t care less, and be happy with a 3% click-through rate? Why are you still marketing online the same way you marketed offline?

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