A common question by people who are just beginning on social media is “how many times should I post per day?” The answer depends on the network. There are many studies analysing the effect of posting frequency and some best practices are:
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Advertising on Google (or other search providers) is another way to be there, when the dissatisfied are looking for the kind of product or service you provide. Paying for a top search engine result is a lot faster and easier than earning a top organic search ranking. However, it’s a far better advertising investment than typical ads, aimed at specific industries or geographical areas. With typical ads, you pay based on the size of the audience, even though the vast majority will never see your ad or they’re disinterested. You need to be smarter than that when you invest your advertising money.
Significant amounts of referrals usually do NOT “just happen” so use “referral marketing systems” – techniques and tools that you can easily integrate into your business that will proactively generate referrals. For example, just concentrating on providing outstanding service will result in happier clients who will talk favorably about your business and refer new business to you. Consider setting up “joint-ventures” with other companies that could provide you with potentially lucrative partnerships and be sure to share the wealth with them. Start an “affiliate program” for your website to get other sites to send visitors to you. Give every customer who purchases from you five 10% discount cards that they can give out to their friends and watch the referrals roll in. Think of the up-side profit potential if you could integrate 5 new referral systems into your business and/or website!
There are some who say that email is dead, especially with the growth of social media. But most successful home-based entrepreneurs know this isn’t true. Email is still one of the best ways to connect and build rapport with your market. Many new home-business owners put off starting their email list because it is an expense (although it’s not a lot). However, there is a free option.
Moz is another SEO tool that’s super easy to use and navigate. You can see how your keywords are ranking, compare keywords side-by-side to see how they compare against one another, and see which search engines are sending traffic to your site all from your dashboard.
Mike Lieberman is the co-founder, president and chief inbound scientist at Square 2 Marketing. He has more than 15 years of expertise working with CEOs, business owners and marketing executives to create strategic marketing plans, craft compelling marketing messages, and execute innovative marketing tactics that drive revenue.
If you bid higher than other advertisers that also want to advertise for a specific keyword, your ad will display above regular search results. Then, if a user clicks your ad and visits your website, you’ll pay your predetermined bid amount.
How we use Canva: The optimized sizes and built-in templates make it fast and easy to create tall pictures for Pinterest, rectangular ones for Twitter, square for Facebook or Instagram, and any size in between. We find Pablo (another free alternative) to be great for Twitter-sized images of 1,024 pixels by 512 pixels, and Canva to work really well for all else.
Twitter’s polling feature can help you to gain insights and interaction from your followers on the platform. And the microblogging site has now revealed some of the best practices that people should use when running polls, which Matt Southern covers in this Search Engine Journal article. BizSugar members also chime in with their own thoughts here.
“The Business of Social” is for businesses owners, marketers, and social media managers looking for ways to tie social media directly into real business growth objectives. In other words, those looking to drive real, measurable value from a social media strategy and program.
YouTube is becoming more and more important to marketers lean more heavily on video-based content. While, of course, you should continue to optimize your text-based content for search engine optimization, don’t forget to consider Youtube as an important channel as well. Not only is YouTube great for hosting your videos and getting them shared across social networks, it’s also important to optimize your videos for search to get found on Youtube as well.
Human editors are great. Built-in spellcheckers are nice. However, neither is perfect. It’s good to add another layer of editing to your writing and Grammarly is the answer. This powerful tool automatically checks anything you write or publish in an Internet browser.
The second thing could be a little more complex, try getting a list of people who would be training you at the institute. Check their credentials, verify their information, search them thoroughly, to find their previous work, and check their social media to see how well known they are, read reviews and critics, and analyze their previous work.
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