10 Sites You Can Use for Free Blog Promotion

10 Sites You Can Use for Free Blog Promotion

As a marketer, promoting and driving traffic to your blog isn’t easy. It can feel like you’re talking into a void sometimes. We’ve all been there. However, there are almost 4.5 billion active internet users. Getting blog readers is all about promoting your content to the right people at the right place and the right time. So, how can you do that? To start, you’ll need to diversify your blog promotion strategy so you can get traffic from several sources. You can get generate traffic through content aggregators, social media posts, social bookmarking, or reciprocal sharing sites. Below, let’s review the top blog promotion sites you can use to generate […]

8 Strategies for Writing Product Descriptions That’ll Generate Revenue

8 Strategies for Writing Product Descriptions That’ll Generate Revenue

I’ll admit it — I love online shopping. Recently, I’ve been shopping online more than ever. And I’m not the only one. In fact, last year annual online sales were over $3 billion. In 2020, online sales are projected to reach $4.2 billion. That’s why product descriptions are more important than ever. As a marketer, it might be time to rewrite your product descriptions to increase online sales. Below, let’s review what a product description is and how to write one. Then, to help guide your own writing process, we’ll look at some examples and templates to get you started. Usually, a product description will include product details. Additionally, it […]

4 Predictions Marketing Experts Got Wrong About Social Media in 2020

4 Predictions Marketing Experts Got Wrong About Social Media in 2020

As a marketer, reading trending predictions or industry forecasts is the norm. But sometimes you just want to pull a Regina George and say, “Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.” We’ve all been there, especially with social media predictions. Although we’re always trying to forecast what the future holds so we can run successful campaigns and strategize for the future, things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes we even get it wrong. In this post, we’re going to look at the top social media predictions that marketing experts got wrong. Bad Social Media Predictions 1. Google would have a successful social media platform. Google has […]

The Plain-English Guide to Local PPC

The Plain-English Guide to Local PPC

For the last few weeks, my husband and I have been ordering more takeout than ever. As we were trying to find a restaurant to order from, we came across an online ad for one of our favorite local restaurants that just started offering delivery. We were so excited and immediately placed an order. That’s why local pay-per-click (PPC) can be a great option for local businesses. Even when budgets are tight, a local PPC campaign can improve the efficiency of your local marketing as it allows you to get in front of the right audience. Below, let’s review the benefits and top strategies for implementing a successful PPC campaign. […]

The Marketer’s Guide to Content Aggregators in 2020

The Marketer’s Guide to Content Aggregators in 2020

I love to travel. My husband and I try to spend our vacations becoming immersed in a culture. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. As a content creator, I’m predictably an avid content consumer as well. With my love of content and travel, I often find myself pouring through travel blogs looking for the best way to plan a trip and the best activities to do in a country. One thing that makes that easy is content aggregation. For me, I use a specific content aggregation site dedicated to travel blogs to find the best information. For marketers, content aggregator sites can be a useful strategy to […]

5 Steps to Create an Outstanding Marketing Plan [Free Templates]

5 Steps to Create an Outstanding Marketing Plan [Free Templates]

Do you take a good, hard look at your team’s marketing strategy every year? You should. An annual marketing plan helps you set your marketing on the right course to make your company’s business goals a reality. Think of it as a high-level plan that guides the direction of your team’s campaigns, goals, and growth. Without one, things can get messy — and it’s nearly impossible to put a number on the budget you’ll need to secure for the projects, hiring, and outsourcing you’ll encounter over the course of a year if you don’t have a plan. Keep in mind there are variations to the marketing plan you need, depending […]

How to Promote Your Local Business

How to Promote Your Local Business

Last year, I decided that I wanted to invest in personal training. As a lifelong sedentary person, I realized that I didn’t know how to start, so I went to the almighty Google machine. I typed in “personal trainers Orange County,” looked at the top results, and examined the reviews. Before scheduling any consultations, I narrowed down the options based on their fitness philosophy (seen on their website) and the most highly rated. When searching for a local business, this approach and process isn’t unique. In fact, 90% of consumers used the internet to find a local business in the last year. That’s why, as marketers, our businesses have to […]

How to Market Your Local Business’ Grand Opening

How to Market Your Local Business’ Grand Opening

During the last month or so, my husband and I have driven by this grand opening sign on our way to his parent’s house about a dozen times. After a couple of weeks, we decided to look up what it was for. We found out a new restaurant was opening, and we were pretty excited to have a new place to try (sometimes it gets boring going to the same places!). Since we were looking forward to it, we told our families, and decided to give it a try for one of our weekly dinners. This is exactly the result you’re looking for when you’re marketing your grand opening. For […]

What a Social Media Target Audience Is and How to Find It

What a Social Media Target Audience Is and How to Find It

For my master’s program at Syracuse University, we were required to attend two immersion weekends. These weekends were filled with networking events, guest speakers, and industry leader presentations. The goal was to interact with classmates, faculty, and industry thought leaders to discuss the future of digital communication. One of the immersions in Los Angeles was focused on public relations. An amazing guest speaker was discussing company publics and one thing he said really stood out to me: “If you don’t explicitly include someone, you implicitly exclude them.” It’s important to keep that concept in mind when you’re learning about social media target audiences. Since you can’t target everyone (though you […]

What’s an Organic Search & How Do You Report on It?

What’s an Organic Search & How Do You Report on It?

Last week, I was searching Google for athletic wear because I was in the market for some new yoga pants. As I was scrolling through the results, I saw Fabletics. After browsing its site, I ended up becoming a VIP member and purchased $50 worth of athletic clothing. In the same vein, when I worked at a marketing agency last year, I was responsible for social media for our clients. I was curious about how to best use Instagram in the education industry. So, I went to Google and searched for “how to run social media for schools.” I came across a blog on Sprout Social that was helpful when […]