Monthly Archives: November 2011

Eat Right & Keep Your Site From ‘Biggest Loser’ Status


I try to live my life on the healthier side. It’s funny; I’m convinced that we spend millions of dollars on fitness gimmicks only to discover time after time that the Holy Grail of healthy living is in fact… diet and exercise! Bummer. But doesn’t everything work that way? Aren’t we endlessly in search of that one secret ingredient promising us the fat-free, sugar-free, full-flavored business we’ve always wanted – one that makes customers descend on us like wave upon wave of demented dieters on a taco wagon? But alas, just when we were finally resigned to the painful truth that success is measured by how much good ol’ fashion work we were willing to put into it, along came the Internet, which changed everything!

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Shop Online Safely

The approach of the 2011 Christmas Season will no doubt bring an increase in online shopping. Business Insider announced that predictions for online purchases on Black Friday alone top 800 Million Dollars, a 24% increase over 2010. This is good news for retailers and a major convenience for shoppers who can search and compare prices on items from numerous vendors and make purchases without having to fight the crowds or stand in lines.

If you plan to do any of your shopping online, you should be aware that there are also those who are planning to attack you if you give them the chance. Just as you need to be cautious of strangers and dark places when shopping at the mall, you also need to be wary when you’re shopping while sitting in front of your computer. However, you don’t have to be afraid if you know you are protected.

How can you be attacked?

  1. Your computer could be vulnerable to attack. If you have not taken steps to protect your computer from viruses, malware, and other kinds of malicious code, attackers could gain access to your computer and all the information in it.
  2. Phishing sites and email messages – “Phishing” is a type of attack called “social engineering” whereby you are tricked into giving up personal information. Once you do, you lay yourself open to criminals and thieves who will plunder and pillage your personal assets.
  3. Purchasing from insecure websites – If you shop on a website that does not use encryption, an attacker could intercept your personal information while in transit.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

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Content Marketing: Deploying Your Social Media Campaign

Industry leaders know that content marketing and social media campaigns are crucial to success on the Internet. However, given that content marketing is a qualitative, rather than quantitative concept, how can you measure the success of something that, at first glance, can’t be measured?

That’s where this article comes in. Let’s take a closer look at the intricacies of deploying your content marketing and social media campaign, including how you can measure its contribution to your company’s bottom line.

Launch Your Content Marketing and Social Media Campaign

One of the most crucial aspects of launching your content marketing and social media campaign is to ensure that you don’t lose interest in the progress you’re making, particularly in the earlier months when you might not be seeing the results you’ve been expecting. Remember, content and social media marketing is a qualitative concept, not a quantitative one – you won’t be able to immediately measure ROI within the first months of use. Therefore, be sure to continue with your content marketing efforts even when you feel as though your readers aren’t paying attention to what you have to say. Believe us, they are!

Monitor Your Chatter

While you should have a dedicated team to monitor your content and social media marketing efforts, there’s no denying that you can’t monitor your efforts 24/7. That’s why it’s important to invest in resources that allow you to automate some of the process, including tools that monitor activity, engage with your readers and aggregate content. This will allow your social media team to keep on top of your progress without feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do.

Keep It Fresh

Ensure that your content marketing and social media campaigns remain fresh and relevant to your readers. Stale and uninteresting platforms will cost you valuable customers.

Measure Your Success

Finally, be sure to measure your success in terms that make sense to content marketing and social media. For example, rather than focusing on dollars, focus on client satisfaction and brand loyalty, and how your campaigns have contributed to these vital components of running a successful business.

Spam, Scams, and Flim-Flams


SPAM

With all due respect to Monty Python’s hilarious skit, as well as that most-favored canned meat that Hawaiians seem to love so much more than the rest of us, SPAM is basically any email or message you receive that you didn’t ask for and don’t want. As much people hate it, most SPAM is fairly innocuous, merely wanting to sell you something that may or may not make you richer, better looking, or otherwise more attractive to either or both genders. It can easily be relegated to the trash bin, assuming your SPAM filter didn’t already catch it and put it there before you even looked at it. Most SPAM filters are getting pretty good at that and, while it does waste a lot of time, it doesn’t usually cost you more than the time wasted to deal with it.

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Content Marketing: Developing Your Most Successful Social Media Campaign

Once your company has determined the most successful content marketing and social media campaign, you’ll need to put those great ideas into real-time action. As the old saying goes, it’s easier said than done. How can you transition your content marketing ideas to the Web? What platforms should you be using to increase your social media campaign’s ROI?

This article will explore the specific steps involved in developing your most successful content marketing and social media campaign:

Identify Your Best Platforms

In the world of social media, there are literally hundreds of platforms you can use for your content marketing campaign. With so many Web 2.0 sites jostling for your time and attention, how can you know which one is the right one for your company?

First, you’ll need to identify if your company wants to engage in content marketing on specific niche social media sites, or on general sites. Additionally, you’ll need to eliminate the Web 2.0 sites that won’t allow you to maximize your social media campaign. For example, LinkedIn Marketing is a great platform for individuals looking to connect in their respective industry, but it might not be a great tool for companies looking to market content to the average customer. No matter which social media platforms you identify and use, be sure that your company has a Facebook account, a Twitter profile and a blog, as these are the most popular – and consumer-trusted – social media platforms online today.

Develop Your Best Team Possible

Once you’ve identified which social media platforms you’ll be using for your content marketing, you’ll need to find talented professionals who can help your campaign come to life. Your readers want to feel as though they’re communicating with real representatives of your company – and that’s where your team comes into play. A dedicated content marketing team can post regular updates, respond to reader comments and garner the kind of client feedback that can help your company improve its products and services.

Content Marketing: Designing the Ins and Outs of Your Content Strategy

Defining what kind of content you’ll be offering your readers is crucial to the online success of your business. However, once you’ve defined what you consider to be content marketing success, how will you ensure that you get there?

That’s where content marketing design comes into play. Content design is simply another way of determining what your overall content strategy will be, the types of content you’ll offer your readers, and what kinds of resources you’ll need to achieve your content marketing goals.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at designing the ins and outs of your content marketing strategy.

Developing A Content Strategy

Before you can develop content to offer your readers, you must first be able to identify how that content will fulfill their needs. In other words, to devise a strong content strategy, you’ll have to understand their fears, frustrations, hopes, and needs.

Monetizing Your Campaign

Once you’ve identified the fears and needs of your audience, you’ll need to decide how you can transform your content marketing strategies so that they bring in real-time income. Monetizing your social media and content marketing campaign means you’ll need to bridge the gap between offering free content to your readers and encouraging them with a strong call-to-action. For example, will you place a link on your social media account to your product’s landing page? Will your blogs be embedded with an affiliate link? These are all steps you can take to monetize your social media and content marketing campaigns.

Developing a Marketing Timeframe

An important part of developing your content marketing and social media campaigns is to identify how often you’ll be interacting with your readers. How often will you post updates? When will you post updates? Based on this editorial calendar – and the reactions of your readers – you’ll be able to determine which posts are more successful at optimizing your content marketing ROI.

Resources and Content Formats

Finally, you’ll need to isolate which content formats (i.e. audio, visual, or textual) will deliver your most successful marketing ROI. Be sure to pinpoint which content formats will require additional resources and how much those resources will cost.

Content Marketing: Defining Your Company’s Goals and Objectives

Define Your GoalsAs a leader in your industry, you understand that content marketing offers loyal clients relevant information that pertains to your specific industry. When it comes to delivering that content, nothing disseminates more efficiently than social media platforms.

When providing your clientele base with highly valuable information, how do you ensure that your content marketing efforts match your business goals and objectives, all while forming genuine connections with your targeted audience?

The key to successful content marketing is to define your company’s goals and objectives before building your social media strategy.

Not sure what we mean here? Don’t worry – this article will examine why defining your company’s goals and objectives is key to successful content marketing.

What are your company’s needs?

Before you start using social media platforms to pass on highly relevant content, it’s important to understand your company’s overall objectives and missions. For example, if you’re a Fortune 500 company that offers investment advice, what are your main goals? Do you want to expand your clientele base? Do you want to attract more high-value clients? Do you want to increase brand awareness?

Understanding your own needs before focusing on that of your readers will help you not only use the right marketing platforms for your business, it will also help you develop the kind of genuine content your readers will be thrilled to get their hands on.

Look at your current online presence.

Content marketing and online marketing go hand-in-hand; therefore, to deliver the kind of content your readers expect, you need to assess your own online marketing efforts. To accomplish this, you must look at this from three different angles:

• Look at your current online marketing efforts;

• Review your current social media uses;

• Research how you’re using your company’s website.

With this online research, you’ll begin to understand what kind of information your readers are looking for – and if your company can deliver. Additionally, it will give you a better idea of where your content marketing needs to go to be considered successful.

By defining your own content marketing goals and objectives, you can provide the kind of highly engaging and relevant information that will transform readers into loyal clients.