An Image Is Worth Thousands of Words!

Double your SEO results by referencing your Images as well as your text.Power of Visuals

You know I advocate adding images to your blog posts right?  And of course, if you post it it is content that can draw search spiders to your content. So don’t stop with your blog.  All of your social media content should be accompanied by an image.

To help with manipulating your images for each site click the image below

for an infographic by LunaMetrics.Social Media Image Size Guide

 

Newsjacking: Is It Legal And Should Your Co. Do It?

ANSWER: YES and YES!

Newsjacking

Ride the Wave of the
Latest Headlines!

Though the term Newsjacking sounds criminal, it is not, nor is it a bad thing to do. Quite the contrary.

Newsjacking is when marketers ride the wave of existing demand associated with breaking news for increased SEO exposure.

However, talking about the Syrian crisis without making any connection to your audience or their connection to your brand, is just a waste of time and space.  Most businesses won’t have difficulty finding a link to breaking news that relates to their offering.

Using the Syrian reference: If you conduct business in that region or you’re in/service an industry heavily impacted by slight shifts in the crude oil prices, making a link is relatively easy.

Just remember these rules:

  • Serve the reader’s desire for news, facts and opinion while relating your offering to their world
  • Pay attention to  the keywords being searched for in a particular breaking news story
    • Research both the pros and cons of the breaking news’ subject matter for how it may impact your audience.
    • Does the nature of the “link” enhance your brand?
  • Syndicate your content quickly to be found when other news organizations search for sources.

Content Marketing Strategy

9+1 things you need to do to build a successful content marketing strategy.

Krista Neher put together a great list and I added one because I like top 10 lists.

A content strategy can be as simple as a single or a comprehensive microsite with content that is updated frequently. Regardless of what you’re trying to achieve, creating a strategic plan is important to your success.

 

Step 1: What do you want to achieve? The first step to understanding content marketing is to define your goals and objectives. Your broad goal is probably to drive sales and grow your business, but a more specific objective for your content strategy will allow you to create more specific and meaningful content.

 

Define the purpose of the content as specifically as possible.

 

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Step 2: Who do you want to reach? Defining your audience as specifically as possible is key to a solid content strategy. Know your specific goals, and define the demographics, psychographics, and behaviors of your audience.

 

Step 3: Identify triggers. A trigger is an event that prompts someone to seek out information online. For example, I won’t wake up one day and decide to research diabetes or browse for bicycles. An event or motivation triggers the initiation of a search. Understanding the triggers for your audience will help create a content strategy that gets results.

 

Step 4: What is the editorial strategy? This is an area that’s often overlooked or given only a cursory thought to, but is one of the biggest keys to success. Most businesses will describe their tone with a few words, but when bringing their content to life it lacks a clear personality.

 

Consider the tone, values, and voice of your content. What tone could best achieve your marketing objectives and speak to your audience? A clear personality or tone in content makes it more relatable and allows your audience to feel connected.

 

Step 5: What content should you create? The next step is to decide what content you should actually create. The content creation plan should include the themes, messages, and topics. To create a good content strategy, it’s helpful to research the landscape and look to discussion forums, Twitter, search, and blogs to understand what your audience is interested in.

 

A recent study by Outbrain that was featured on eMarketer asked marketers what types of content they were planning to create this year. Surprisingly, video ranked first, followed by blog posts, articles, and slideshows.

 

Also consider the action that you want someone to take as a result of engaging with your content. Bridge the gap between brand objectives and audience desires.

 

Step 6: What forms should your content take? Once you know what content you want to create, the next step is to determine the format of the content. Should the content be a white paper/ebook/download, a video, photos, infographics, a slideshow, articles, blog posts, webinars, or live chats? Based on your objectives, a landscape analysis, and knowledge of your target audience, determine the most appropriate and achievable forms for your content.

 

Step 7: How do you make it better and more creative? This step should be added to any planning process, digital or otherwise. Once you have the basic idea – the content and the form – consider how you can creatively make it into a bigger or better idea. Brainstorm positioning, titles, partners, and execution to make your content really stand out.

 

Step 8: How will the content be created? This step is pretty obvious – decide who, what, and when.

 

9: How will the content be promoted or syndicated? This final step is also often overlooked. If you build it they probably won’t come. Good content needs a good syndication and promotion plan. Consider paid, earned, and owned media as options. Use social networks to spread the message, and integrate social media sharing into the design of your content, not as an afterthought.

 

Step 10: Develop a Content Schedule. Though this is buried in # 8, I feel it merits its own # and again, I like Top 10 lists better than 9. Your audience plays a critical role in determining the proper frequency that will work. And let’s not forget, it has to be a schedule you can maintain.

 

 

Taking the time to build a strategic content plan is vital in a digital world where we’re bombarded by content. Consider that an average person on Facebook has over 200 connections to people, pages, groups, and events, or that there are over 30 million blogs in the U.S. With so many things fighting for our attention, it’s harder than ever for brands to stand out. Be strategic to break through the clutter and drive real results.

 

Connecting the Tweets for SEO

3 quick hits to maximize the impact of your micro blog (Twitter) on your SEO.             Follow Us on Twitter

Choose name(s) with search engines in mind. Use both “name” field and “username” to your advantage; it’s important to choose the name people will most likely search. You’re limited as to the # of characters, so you might have to consider using abbreviations, keeping the most relevant word whole.

Create relevant and searchable content. When professionally tweeting, the general rule is stick to professional content that followers will want to share. Use relevant keywords and #hashtags to drive visibility on search results important to your businesses target audience.

Include links to your URLs. If they are reading your content, show them where they can find more. Send followers to your website. That is where the keywords in your tweet also come into play—since you’ve given followers the terms with which they should search.

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