Google's Hummingbird is said to have been named for the tiny little bird because it aims to be fast and precise. I might add that, like the hummingbird, the search engines are drawn to the freshness of your content. Hummingbirds are drawn to fresh, appealing flowers, not to dead, lifeless, or bitter plants. Your readers and the search engines will not be drawn to stale, boring, outdated, or poorly presented content either.
Have you ever asked yourself “How do I get more people to read my content?” Something has to make people stop long enough to want to read your blog or to find out what you have to offer. You have to stop people in their tracks and gain their attention in 3 seconds or less. A thousand words can’t do that but one image often can.
Running a successful business blog doesn’t have to be difficult. But, you do have to make a plan about how to manage it. The tips here are basics to get you started. Stick with a schedule to keep your momentum steady. With a little practice, maintaining a successful business blogging strategy with new content for your current audience and new visitors will take care of itself.
Digital Marketing Explained in Plain English I’ve been in the Internet marketing industry since 2000. As much as I’ve seen it evolve over the past 11 years, it feels like it is still in its infancy. I find myself referencing the “digital age” often when discussing modern marketing principles. Here are the five pillars
Whenever a business goes through the process of website design or redesigning their current website, they often overlook attention to SEO details. As an internet marketer, we view the website design process through multiple lenses. For the ultimate search engine optimized success of a business website, diligent attention to each of these three lenses is required.
After giving a presentation I like to chat with people about it to get feedback on what resonated with them. Not surprisingly, the topic, which almost always bubbles to the top, is blogging. I’m convinced that blogging has risen to the top of B2B marketer’s fears right up there with fear of public speaking and fear of heights. I continually hear about the fear of people leaving negative comments, or bloggers writing poorly, or not having anything to say, blah, blah, blah! I suggest their biggest fear is getting started! Business blogging is like jumping into a pool of cold water. It may take some getting used to, but once you acclimate and build momentum you’ll wish you had started five years ago like Indium Corp.
I’ve spoken a lot about the risks of social media. As I continue to ponder these risks it occurs to me that they are really risks of doing marketing wrong. Some of the examples I’ve provided of mistakes made by companies are marketing mistakes, not social media mistakes. Businesses need to develop a strategy of southern hospitality and carry it through in their online and offline channels. Perhaps most important, the people in the business must have a southern hospitality mindset. The tools used to execute on this mindset may vary, but the consistency of the mindset is what’s most important.
Enthusem is the only outbound marketing system (that I know about) that truly combines personalized outbound marketing with inbound marketing strategies. The online attachment to a personalized card is the content which marries the outbound touch to the inbound contact. When someone receives my Enthusem card one of two things can happen. They can read the card and toss it. Or, they can read the card and visit the online attachment. In both cases, I’ve created some awareness for my brand. In the latter, I've created a lead which I can nurture.
B2B marketers must ask themselves, how do their websites perform in searches pertaining to their niche? Many B2B websites are just a "blow-horn" for their products and services with no meaningful calls to action, or limited opportunity to engage (if any). The reality is most B2B prospects want to get to know a business before they call them or fill out a form.