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Eliza Steely

12 Easy, Simple Ways to Up Your Blog-Writing Game… From a Fortune Cookie

Eliza Steely on Jan 7th, 2014     Blogging, BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

spud hilton #nmxFortune cookies are notoriously cheesy. They tend to be something that could happen to anyone (e.g. you’ll meet someone special today) or something extremely vague (e.g. there is a big success in your future). But what if they could teach you how to become a better blogger and a better writer?

Spud Hilton made it so they could. While in San Francisco, he had tips printed and folded inside the sugary cookie to pass out to random strangers. He dedicated his NMX session to teaching those 12 tips, and elements of good writing to help bloggers up their writing game.

Why Quality Matters:
People will tire of you before they tire of the topic. Your topic is always going to have more longevity than you do. You need to make sure you’re presenting that topic in a straightforward way that’s unique.

Nick Ehrenberg

How to Get Thousands of Facebook Fans in 6 Months #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 7th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing, Social Media

Social Marketing, Andrea Vahl, NMXWhen I first wrote this headline, it almost sounded too good to be true. Sure, you can generate Facebook fans via random followings, scattered postings, and local word-of-mouth. Eventually, you’ll run out of steam – and your company page will run out of influence. There is a better way to handle social marketing on Facebook – and it can bring thousands of active people into your community.

Social media consultant Andrea Vahl presented such a plan at NMX, focusing on the harmonious relationship between content strategy and efficient Facebook page design. You won’t even need to raid the company budget much – Vahl emphasized that these tips are made for businesses with little room for additional social marketing funding.

Here are Vahl’s 5 easy steps to skyrocket your Facebook brand page:

Eliza Steely

How to Craft Jaw-Dropping Content & Become a Better Writer #NMX

Eliza Steely on Jan 6th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Crafting Jaw-Dropping Content #NMXGrowing up, there was always a battle in my life: school vs. cartoons. School taught me to be structured—the elements of good writing, the processes to follow, the fundamentals. Cartoons taught me to be creative—to think outside the box (thank you Wile E. Coyote), to be creative, and to strive for the eye-bulging, jaw-dropping outcome.

On weekends, cartoons always won out. But Paula Pant, a blogger, journalist and entrepreneur, believes the lessons of cartoons should always triumph. The title of her NMX session, The Art of Crafting Jaw-Dropping Content: Why You Should Forget Everything You Learned in School proves that.

Crafting creative, memorable content that motivates readers to share is the goal of almost every digital marketing agency. Each has it’s own approaches, methods, and beliefs. Regardless, Pant believes that you should “kill your darlings, murder your adverbs, and embrace active tense” through stories, the power of thirds, and your own natural pacing.

Nick Ehrenberg

Unleash Your Inner Influencer with Content Marketing #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 6th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Chris Ducker, Content Marketing, InfluencerEveryone wants to be valued for their insights, and today’s content marketing-fueled age presents multiple opportunities for people to become influencers. I covered how to crowdsource these influencers in an earlier post, but what if you wanted to become one yourself? What does it mean to be an influencer? How do you reach a point where people in your industry are clamoring for your perspective? Finally, how do you build your business from such influence?

It’s not as difficult as you think, and it all revolves around efficient content marketing and re-purposing. Serial entrepreneur Chris Ducker outlined the process in an NMX super session, charting the path for people to build their influence.

Ducker, author of The New Business Manifesto, presented a plan for entrepreneurs to build personal/brand influence with content marketing, eventually seeking to launch a business from that attention.

Nick Ehrenberg

How to Create a Mobile Content Marketing Strategy #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 5th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

mobile content strategy, Greg Hickman, #NMXWhen was the last time your checked your mobile device? Ten seconds ago? A minute? An hour? (Wow, you have strong willpower.) Whatever the case, you know that mobile is already a significant influence in our lives. For businesses, it’s fast becoming a necessity for content marketing: 57 percent of mobile users wouldn’t recommend a business with a poorly-designed mobile website.

However, creating an effective mobile content strategy involves more than repurposing desktop content to fit on a smaller screen. The magic formula, according to MobileMixed podcast host Greg Hickman, involves a restructuring of control between businesses and customers.

Nick Ehrenberg

5 Tips on Crowdsourcing Your Brand’s Influence #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 4th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing, Crowdsourcing, Dino DoganLeveraging your audience for blog post ideas is common practice in content marketing, and it can generate unique ideas from a customer-side perspective. But what does it take to use crowdsourcing as a tool for generating influence? Brands frequently target thought leaders to help amplify their content, but what is the best way to collect these resources?

Dino Dogan, founder of influencer marketing service Triberr, proclaimed a new age of crowdsourcing influence at his NMX content marketing super session. Dogan summarized his perspective with a simple question for brands: If your customers doesn’t know the brand, why would they trust its assessment of itself?

Eliza Steely

10 Marketing Lessons from 10 Years of Blogging @LeeOdden Keynote at #NMX 2014

Eliza Steely on Jan 4th, 2014     Blogging, BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Lee Odden Keynote NMX

Over the past 10 years of blogging, TopRank Online Marketing’s Lee Odden has learned a lot. In his New Media Expo 2014 keynote address to full room with standing room only, Lee talked about the 10 lessons he learned in 10 years and over 3,500 blog posts.

1. Stand For Something Specific

If you’re trying to be all things to all people, you’re competing with all companies in all spaces and yourself. That’s a lot to try to outrank! Ask yourself: what is the one thing I want to be known for? Be specific and make it easy for others to understand what you’re all about.

Each of the things you want to be known for can have it’s own spoke, own content plans, and each their own channels for distribution. After all, specificity rules when it comes to search and social!

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Ultimate Guide to Instagram Marketing, Social Media Resolutions & Predictions

Nicolette Beard on Jan 3rd, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Ultimate Guide To Instagram Marketing – If you believe the buzz, Instagram is the leader in photo sharing social networks. Lee certainly thinks so! Instagram offers marketers a great chance to connect with their target audience and tell their story in a visual way. If you want to get up to speed with Instagram quickly, here is an excellent guide promising the ultimate in the insights you need to get started and stand out. Ross Simmonds

6 Predictions for Social Media in 2014 – It’s time to start thinking about what the next big thing is going to be across the social media world. Here are new areas and trends that will be the focus of social media in 2014. Business2Community

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Twitter Engagement Explodes, Yahoo Falls Behind Facebook, Mobile Drives Paid Search Clicks

Nicolette Beard on Dec 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Increasing Twitter Engagement

How To Increase Twitter Engagement By 324% – This infographic from Quicksprout has an absolute wealth of statistics and tips on how to generate a better ROI on Twitter – implement some of these suggestions into your strategy and watch those engagement rates climb. MediaBistro

62% Of Marketers Say Local Search Is Getting Harder – Read the opinions of hundreds of search agencies, consultants and business owners who logged in during a recent InsideLocal webinar. Search Engine Land

14 Stats to Inform Your 2014 Social Marketing Strategy – While no single industry statistic should stand alone in informing future plans and strategies, a broader snapshot of social network trends, social consumer behaviors and brand social media results can help reveal the big picture of social as we head into 2014. Social Media Today

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Holiday Stats, Content Marketing Predictions, Hummingbird Impacts Local, Facebook’s New News Feed

Nicolette Beard on Dec 20th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

47 Stats to Supercharge Your Holiday Marketing – Gain some insight into a number of intriguing statistics about holiday marketing. It may be too late for you to shift marketing dollars now, but it always pays to plan early for next year. Hubspot

50 Content Marketing Predictions for 2014 – Part of the fun of getting to the end of 2013 is predicting the trends for 2014. Find out what Joe Pulizzi and 50 other content marketing thought leaders see ahead. Content Marketing Institute

Advertisers to Spend $5.60 Billion on YouTube in 2013 Worldwide – YouTube takes home $1.96 billion in net global digital ad revenues and a 20.5% share of US video ad market. eMarketer

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Groupon Catapults, Best Ads of 2013, Google+ Ads, Digital Geek Gifts

Nicolette Beard on Dec 13th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Nevermind Amazon’s Drones, Groupon Has Catapults – Groupon is reaching back to the days of King Arthur for its latest innovation: catapults. If you see one in 2014, don’t assume that you’re about to get hit with a flaming bale of hay or a cauldron of oil. It may just be that package you ordered. Can you say ‘newsjacking?’ Mashable

Heyday App is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself – This iPhone app automatically creates really nice montages of batches of photos that were taken at the same time in an attempt to record the user’s life. AllThingsD

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Mastering StumbleUpon, Is Your Content Ethical?, Twitter’s New Design, Must See Mobile

Nicolette Beard on Nov 29th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

StumbleUpon Marketing: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Content – In this podcast, Michael Stelzner interviews Nick Robinson, co-author of StumbleUpon for Dummies. Nick shares how StumbleUpon works and why it’s different than other platforms, how to discover shareable content and the type of content that works. Social Media Examiner

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Professional Services – Build a routine, deepen your network, and share. These practices have worked for decades in helping professionals earn new clients and matters. Now this same process can be done online, on LinkedIn. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity. MarketingProfs

Ethical Content Curation: A 10-Step Checklist – Curation iContent Curation Checklists nothing new, but many content curators are still unsure about what constitutes ethical content curation. Use this 10-step checklist as a guide. Content Marketing Institute

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