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Things Not to Do in Your Google My Business Listing
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Things Not to Do in Your Google My Business Listing

Last month I wrote about how a Google My Business listing can be a great way to increase exposure for your company. Whether you already have one or still need to set one up, consider how to avoid some of these common mistakes, and in turn, make your life a little bit easier.   Don’t go blank when filling out your Google My Business Listing   Remember that Google is your friend, not your enemy. Answering all its questions is recommended so you can control the information your customers and prospects see.   Try not to leave any answer space empty. Why? Because it might get filled in by someone else—someone who doesn’t have your best interests in mind. Believe it or not, your rival across the street might complete your listing. How?   Users are allowed to click on “Suggest an edit” and request changes to your listing. How would you like it if your competitor sent your potential customers to the wrong address or gave them the wrong phone number?   He could even alter the name of your business and its hours. Believe it or not, this type of online behavior has occurred. Scary, isn’t it? That’s.

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Get the Most out of Google My Business
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Get the Most out of Google My Business

If you haven’t claimed your Google My Business listing, you’re leaving money on the table. Also, if you’ve set up your account, but haven’t tried to get the most out of it, you’re still leaving money on the table.   Ask for reviews for your local business   Google has no problem with you asking people to review your business.   This open-mindedness may seem strange if you’re used to the policy at Yelp that prevents solicitation. However, Google has no such rule (exception: present or past employees can’t leave a review.)   You know that good reviews are the lifeblood of any business so why not use good reviews to attract new customers?   You can make it easier for people to post reviews by setting up a convenient review link with instructions from Google.   Keep your Google My Business listing fresh with its posting feature   With the posting feature, you bring social media-style updates to your Google My Business listing. Alert potential customers to sales, special promotions, and new services, and consider adding a photo or graphic to capture more attention.   The post will show up on the overview tab of your listing for a week.

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The Value of Writing a Guest Post
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The Value of Writing a Guest Post

Blogging goes a long way in terms of establishing yourself as an expert in your industry. But did you know you can blog on other websites other than your own? By guest posting, you have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other industry experts and have reputable websites vouch for your knowledge in the field of your choice.   See how you can benefit from guest posting:   Gain valuable backlinks Your blog needs good backlinks. Your ranking in the Google listings depends on them to a significant degree.   One of the best ways to get them is to create them. That means writing for another website with the understanding that the website will include a link to your website in your guest post.   Earn industry recognition Write for various well-respected websites in your industry and people will soon consider you an expert in your field. Similarly, your website will be viewed as an authority website which Google ranks much higher than non-authority sites.   Increase traffic to your website It’s preferable to write for websites that have a lot of visitors. Your goal is to get a percentage of those who read your guest post to.

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Grab Your Customers’ Attention by Telling Them a Story
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Grab Your Customers’ Attention by Telling Them a Story

Improve your content marketing with the help of storytelling Storytelling is a hobby practically as old as a time—and it’s not reserved for sharing moments with friends and family. Storytelling is a powerful tool in business, too. If you want to sell people your product or idea when writing online, tell them a story. This is called storyteller marketing.   People love stories Have you ever noticed how television networks often sprinkle their coverage of sporting events with the stories of the athletes? Did the athlete overcome a near-fatal accident? Was she a foster child? Did he have to make a comeback after battling a drug addiction?   The stories help you relate to the players. If you feel connected to one of the athletes, you’ll become emotionally invested in the game. You can use the same storyteller marketing when connecting with customers.   Consider this example:   A roofing company could share the story of a family that was in desperate need of roof repair. But due to tough financial times and shaky credit, they were unable to borrow the money needed to make the repairs. What did they do?   They spoke to the company’s customer service department.

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How to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly
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How to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

In today’s digital era, your potential customers will most likely access your site from a smartphone or tablet. What will be their experience? Will your website display correctly on their devices? It’s difficult to convince people that your company is modern and up to date with a website that doesn’t function well on a range of devices.   Let’s look at how you can improve your mobile customer’s experience.   Avoid fixed width design In the days when there were no smartphones or tablets, web designers only had to create sites built for standard sized computer screens. The pages had fixed dimensions, and the style became known as fixed width design.   If someone viewed a page on an unusually sized screen, it would be difficult to read and require an irritating amount of scrolling both vertically and horizontally to see the entire page.   If this describes your website, it’s long overdue for a change. Here are two recommended alternatives for your site:   Adaptive design With the emergence of smartphones and tablets, web designers saw the need to create various versions of the same page. This type of approach is adaptive design. A computer user, a smartphone user,.

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Get More Website Traffic by Writing Better Blog Posts
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Get More Website Traffic by Writing Better Blog Posts

Every internet marketer has heard the phrase “content is king.” However, not all content is true royalty. Let’s discuss how to create better blog posts that will separate your website from the pack.   What readers and search engines both want How does Google determine if one piece of content is superior to others? Much in the same way a reader would make the decision. Readers expect content to be educational and valuable; for example, it should address a problem and offer a solution.   This type of content takes the user by the hand and guides him step by step toward his answer. In other words, the website offers the reader a better user experience.   Google’s algorithm understands that if people prefer one post over the others, then one post must be more useful than the others. The more helpful a post is, the higher it’ll rank in the Google listings.   What to write Don’t write fluff. When people reach your website, they’re looking for real answers and concrete solutions. You must have quality content.   Your content has to be more informative than entry-level material. It has to be so compelling that readers linger on your.

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Why you should use videos in email marketing
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Why you should use videos in email marketing

If you’re not including videos in your email campaigns, you’re missing out on a powerful engagement tool. “Oh yeah, Steve? Says who?” STATS. Here are a couple to back up the point. Having the word “video” in your email subject line may increase your email open rate by up to 19%.* 59% of executives say they are more likely to choose video over text.** What basics do you need to know about videos and emails? Even though we’re talking about video email campaigns, the video usually isn’t in the email itself. Why? Because most email clients aren’t designed to allow videos to play within the email.   Instead, what you can do is link to the video using 1) a static, embedded image; 2) a call-to-action button (“Watch now”); or 3) hyperlinked text. For an embedded image, email services such as MailChimp or Constant Contact will create a screenshot from your video that’s ideal for this purpose.   So where is the actual video? It can be embedded on your company landing page or hosted by a video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.     How can you get the most out of videos?   No matter what type.

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How to sell more by finding your target audience
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How to sell more by finding your target audience

One of the most important strategies when marketing your product or service is determining who your target audience is—or who it should be. By defining your target audience, you can realistically aim for a higher return on investment by marketing to customers and prospects who are most likely interested in your product or service. So how do you determine who you should be marketing to? Research. Does it sound like a chore? Maybe. Is it worth it? Yes!   Here are a few factors to consider when trying to find the appropriate target audience for your product or service:   Narrow your audience based on demographics Take a minute to think about what you’re offering and who may be interested. Consider things like age, gender, income, hobbies, marital status, location and profession. Are you selling cribs? You’ll most likely have a lot more success marketing to mothers than millennials, for instance. Do you have a line of golf apparel? You’ll get more use speaking to golf enthusiasts than to the art class at the local college.   Use existing data to your advantage Data is a powerful resource, and fortunately there’s a lot of it out there. Are you selling.

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Keep your content stream going with evergreen content
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Keep your content stream going with evergreen content

You might already understand the importance of content marketing, but knowing how to maintain a healthy content stream is another ballgame. Sound familiar?   Fret not, marketers. I’m here to help you discover the magic of evergreen content and how you can use it to keep your content stream flowing like the Mississippi (my first river simile of 2017!)   Wait, so you don’t know the importance of content marketing? Delivering valuable information to customers and prospects is key if you want to portray yourself or your company as an industry expert. In the digital age, this information comes in the form of content marketing for many companies. Blogs, blogs and more blogs, plus email campaigns, social media posts and landing pages to name a few common channels.   What is evergreen content? It’s timeless information that can provide value to your audience. By having a library of evergreen content to tap into at any moment, your content marketing is made a lot easier. You’ll always have topics at the ready and won’t need to spend as much time spinning your wheels every time you’re trying to come up with content ideas.   Types of evergreen content Evergreen content comes.

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