social media marketing

Why Blog Comments Matter

Why Blog Comments Matter

Today's post from the Chamber of Commerce features advice on how blog comments can add value to your business and online community.

The value of a blog doesn’t stop at the “Publish” button. Reader comments may be just as valuable as the blog posts themselves, especially if those comments lead to more content ideas or relationship building, among other outcomes. And if you have a small business blog, you might just find that blog comments open the door to results-driven opportunities like sales and influencer outreach.

After all, your blog is an important part of your online community—and enabling (and encouraging) comments gives readers the ability to have a voice. It also provides an outlet for readers to make suggestions and recommendations that you can then implement.

That being said, not all blog posts immediately inspire a wave of comments—and for those who are new to the blogosphere, encouraging reader comments ...

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Who Should Blog for Your Company?

Who Should Blog for Your Company?

Today's post from the Chamber of Commerce features advice on how to decide who should be the voice for your company's blog.

So you have decided that it is a smart move for your company to have a business blog. As previous blog posts have discussed, it’s important to have quality content and frequent blog posts in order to gain a following. But the question is, who should be the one who writes those posts?

There are quite a few options as far as possible writers for a business blog. Here are some ideas on who to designate:

Business owner/CEO – many companies choose to have their owner or chief operating officer write the content for their blog. This can be a great idea because often this person has the most insight into the company and how day to day operations work. Hearing often from the head of a company can ...

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Four Steps to a Successful Guest Blogger Program

Four Steps to a Successful Guest Blogger Program

Today's post from the Chamber of Commerce features advice on how to establish a successful guest blogger program.

As the numbers on your blog begin to rise, this little piece of Internet real estate becomes a hot commodity. Companies that hope to improve their own online credibility in your industry want to be associated with you. At some point, you may have organizations and companies you have never even heard of emailing you and asking to guest post on your blog.

The reasons are simple: these companies want to improve their page rank by linking to your blog. It is not a one-way street, however. Opening up your blog to guest posts and linking opportunities is a great way to land quality content at little to no effort on your part. It also lends some variety and additional perspective to your blog, making it more attractive to the businesses that visit ...

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The Small Business Social Media Advantage

The Small Business Social Media Advantage

Today's post from the Chamber of Commerce features advice on how small businesses can use social media to their advantage.

Social media is so widely used that some would argue it is becoming ineffective. If every company implements a social media strategy, is it really advantageous? In a word, “yes.” Consumers have not yet tired of social media outlets and are not even showing fatigue. The general public is increasingly looking to social media platforms for information before deciding where to do business.

Though every company can enjoy the benefits of a strong social media campaign, small businesses that use it right reap the most rewards. A staggering 89 percent of U.S. businesses in the “small” category and a majority of those are owned and operated by just one person. It is no wonder that platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are flooded with small business profiles, all competing for attention ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – March 20

K’s Top Five for the Week – March 20

This week’s list of top five picks talks a lot about content. Let’s face it, content creation, curation, and management is a big part of B2B marketing these days. But to get results you have to do content right. And that’s what this week’s picks will help you do.

Match your content to your goals and to your customer’s interests. Make sure your content is giving fuel to your social media efforts, rather than killing them. And see what a practicing B2B marketing manager considers to be best practices.

Finally, content creation isn’t easy. It isn’t quick. And it absolutely can max out your resources. But that’s just one reason why you may need to call in some help. My last pick talks about some others.

Hope you find this week’s picks to be helpful and informative. Have a great week!

 

Does Your Marketing Content Match Your Goals by ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – February 13

Hope your week was a good one! Mine was certainly busy. I attended a couple of excellent webinars that kind of reinvigorated me and gave me some food for thought.

This week my top five picks hit everything from mobile marketing to marketing mix to why your customers are avoiding you when you try to reach them.

Take a look and let me know which pick you like the best.

Essential Mobile Marketing Resources via @TopRank If you’ve been watching what’s happening with the convergence between marketing and smartphone usage, you know that mobile is big. Phones aren’t just for calls and texting anymore. Find out some great resources for keeping up with what’s happening in mobile.

5 Steps to Creating an Effective Content Mix via @junta42 With all of the demand to create “fresh” and “remarkable” content it’s no wonder that planning content can get overwhelming. Not to mention ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – February 6

Hi everyone,

As you can see I’m back to posting again this week. Sorry it’s been so long. I’ve rounded up five articles that I think you’ll find helpful for this week’s top five. Two handle social media, while the others focus on some email marketing science, website performance, and how to test your value proposition.

Do you find these weekly roundups helpful? Please let me know either via email or in the comments below. My goal is to provide you content you look forward to and enjoy.

Thanks! 5 Tips on Better Facebook Marketing for B2B Companies via @TopRank Think Facebook doesn’t matter for B2B? You may want to reconsider. Surveys show customers that follow companies via social media are more likely to buy, and social search is changing the game. This article has great tips on how to make your Facebook fan page excellent.

21 Real Blog Metrics ...

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