I’d love to hear from you about the free tools you’ve found most helpful and how you’ve put them to good use. Feel free to add any thoughts at all in the comments below. I’m looking forward to chatting!
Jump up ^ Kim, Angella J.; Johnson, Kim K.P. (2016). “Power of consumers using social media: Examining the influences of brand-related user-generated content on Facebook”. Computers in Human Behavior. 58: 98–108. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.12.047.
Ryan Stewart is the founder of WEBRIS, a digital marketing agency he launched in 2016. He’s built it from the ground-up, getting to 1.2 million organic pageviews and making six-figures in its first year.
If making your site responsive or mobile-friendly is not an option, you can add Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to your website. AMP helps mobile web pages load more quickly by using open-source code, prioritizing content and supporting custom targeted ads. Google has begun prominently featuring AMP pages in their content carousels to give users the most up-to-date answers to their queries.
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer who has nearly 15 years’ experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.
Wow, this is an overwhelming list of content management tools and techniques. Your ebook on The Content Marketing Pyramid will be my next read. Squarespace isn’t on your list and it seems to be getting good reviews for a website builder or CMS tool.
Think of it like this: content marketing (or inbound marketing) is in direct opposition to traditional advertising (outbound marketing), and in direct integration with the patterns and habits of today’s generation.
After you do keyword research to find your most valuable keywords, you should optimize your content for those keywords. This means including them where they sound natural in your content, and in HTML elements like header tags and meta descriptions.
Learn tips, tricks, and best practices for boosting your company’s rankings for organic search, while gaining a high-level understanding of how SEO fits into an content marketing strategy. We’ll discuss the nonstop evolution of the SEO landscape and proven tactics.
Arguably, there’s no more versatile tool for online marketers than Evernote. Whether it’s research notes, resources, or to-do lists, Evernote makes the research and outline process of content writing a breeze.
There are countless email marketing services out there to choose from and plenty of reviews on each. They all have their own benefits and drawbacks depending on your specific needs. ExactTarget, Vertical Response, Marketo, and Silverpop (just to name a few) are all incredibly powerful paid platforms.
The essential distinction between network marketer and contextual marketer is that while network marketer is responsible for overseeing long-term connections, contextual marketer are centered around finding important stages and building sheer numbers to increase business sales. Contextual marketers need to find the with great number of audience overlaps, as this lets them ensure the optimized presence for their brands.
Have you ever wondered how all of those great bloggers get writing gigs for brands online? This course provides the framework for starting a successful freelance career if that’s something you’d be interested in. Taught by Brian Maehl of Contently, “Writing for Brands” is an actionable, 30-minutes writing course that breaks down the process into simple steps.
If you’re new to business or don’t know much about reaching customers on the Internet, it will help to go through a few online marketing courses that can give you the skills you need to take your approach to the next level.
Trusted by more than 800 of Fortune 1000 companies, Hootsuite’s client list is nothing short of impressive, including the Obama administration, Facebook, HBO, Martha Stewart, Virgin, SXSW, Panasonic, Zappos and The Gap.
Web analytics provides the data about website performance which serve as guidelines for improvement, making this a very important part of internet marketing. The chapter is focused on off-site and on-site web analytics, the reasons why you should use web analytics, as well as methods for measuring web analytics data, such as page tagging, click analytics, using software such as Google Analytics, etc.
RyanSolutions is actually a resort and hotel marketing tool, but they happen to have an excellent link builder for social sharing across multiple networks. One of the best ways to unite your social and email efforts is to encourage sharing directly from email.
PR Newswire – Distribute news releases to a global media database of more than 700,000 journalists and blogger contacts. Monitor traditional and social media, and engage in real time with journalists, bloggers, and other influencers.
To summarize, Pull digital marketing is characterized by consumers actively seeking marketing content while Push digital marketing occurs when marketers send messages without that content being actively sought by the recipients.
12. Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly – The 2014 Local Search Study from Neustar Localeze found that nearly 80% of local searches on a mobile phone ended in a purchase. If you’re website isn’t mobile-friendly, you are missing out on these local consumers.
You should always keep regular backups of your computer. Hard drives crash, laptops are stolen… bad things happen. If you run your business from your computer, losing your PC could be disastrous. Plus, you undoubtedly have other personal family photos and things like that which are irreplaceable.
Thank you! This is indeed an amazing list of tools! Some of my personal favourites are ProofHub for project management and collaboration, google drive and dropbox; freshbooks for invoicing and piktochart. Overall we are extremely happy and satisfied. ProofHUb, being a great collaboration tool has made collaboration amongst team members extremely easy.
We live and breathe our own products everyday, so we understand the terminology more than the average user or customer ever will. Because of that, it’s easy to fall victim to the curse of knowledge and include tech-speak in our writing. Plug your copy into this brilliant tool, and it will tell you when you’re being confusing or overly wordy—even if Hemingway himself doesn’t always pass the test.
If you don’t have a dedicated phone number for the website that you can track calls on, visit HostedNumbers.com. They’ll issue you a unique tracking phone number and then forward every call you get to your main number while tracking the number of calls you receive, who called, how long the call lasted…etc. It’s surprisingly inexpensive.
Sometimes known as a J.V, a Joint Venture is where you and another business or person get together to (usually) cross-market your services. The key to Joint Venture success, is to find someone credible, who offers a non-conflicting product or service to the exact same profile of person or business as you do.