Written by Stu Kushner

Building a Consumer Friendly Social Media Presence

Before it became a billion dollar empire, Facebook was designed to be a way for Harvard students to connect with one another. Fast forward fifteen years and it is a social media juggernaut that has spawned many wannabes and spin off sites used by roughly 3 billion people worldwide. Today social media is far more than a platform for old high school sweet hearts to reconnect. It is as powerful a business tool as any website, commercial, or ad, and maybe even more so.

You can have the nicest website and best company in the world, and it means absolutely nothing if people do not know that it exists. Social media can increase awareness for your brand, and subsequently increase your leads and sales. By having a social media presence, it puts your business out there to be noticed by billions of people. When creating a social media presence for your business it is important first to develop a goal. The professional at Progressive Office are adept strategists when it comes to developing your social media presence. Progressive Office will go through the benefits and drawbacks of specifically trying to generate new business, create loyal customers, and targeting strictly local business, for example.

Many consumers will have already done their homework long before they decide to frequent your shop. It is crucial that you have adept and interesting social media profiles. The experts at Progressive Office specialize in making your social media profile trust worthy, knowledgeable, and approachable. It is important to show the consumer that you are the best at what you do, and Progressive Office can help you write thought provoking articles for your social media profiles that show that the level of your expertise is second to none, and this will, in turn, display that your business is trustworthy for the consumer and provide them with confidence in your abilities to match their needs.

Your personality is just as important to the success of your profile as anything. You can know more about how to get from A to Z than anyone on the planet, but if your delivery of your knowledge on the subject is bland and dry, the consumer will not be able to relate to what you are trying to put out there. It is important to let your personality shine through your social media profile. The specialists at Progressive Office can help you build a Social Media presence that not only meets your goals, but manages to do show in a way that shows of your knowledge and own personal flair for your business.

Written by Stu Kushner

The Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Have you ever been on Facebook and gotten thoroughly distracted from the messages your friend is sending you because you saw a video of a puppy playing with a banana peel? The next thing you know you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of dog videos and you just keep clicking and clicking and you have no idea what you’re clicking, you just want more puppies! Well, if you’re anything like me and this has happened to you, then you have fallen prey to a form of Social Media Marketing. With each click you were actually boosting one website or another, whether you realized you were doing it or not. Social Media Marketing is a huge tool that businesses utilize to help draw in forthcoming clientele.

Progressive Office can help you reach your marketing goals by taking advantage of the billions of people who use the various social media sites on a daily basis. Social Media Marketing is a tool that businesses use in order to put themselves in the sight line of their desired audience. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are just a few of the social media platforms that are visited by people all around the world each day. By advertising on these sites businesses can reach people that would otherwise go through life happily unaware of the existence of these companies.

If you are looking to build word of mouth, increase sales and referrals, even if you are just hoping to provide a better means of customer service and feedback, Social Media Marketing is an extremely effective tool to help you reach these goals. The services provided by Progressive Office can not only help you get your business right into the heart of the nitty gritty battle that Social Media Marketing is, but Progressive Office will also be able to advise you on which sites NOT to use. It’s important to know which social media outlets your target customers are using, and Progressive Office has the expertise to help you sort through which sites to spend your time on.

One of the biggest down sides of Social Media Marketing is the time that it consumes. Social Media Marketing is a delicate flower that needs to be nurtured minute by minute not just to bloom, but to survive. Perhaps your business does not have the time or the staff or the budget necessary to allot the proper resources to your Social Media Marketing campaign. Progressive Office can not only help you with that issue by taking the time to help you build your customer base, but they can also help manage your company’s reputation, which is the end goal of any serious Social Media Marketing effort.

Please feel free to contact us at Progressive Office at 470-430-1777.

Written by Stu Kushner

Creating Compelling Content Through Blogging (A How-To)

By ScottOfford

Posted by ScottOfford

Blogging is a great way to get additional content into your website that both your visitors and the search engines will like. But there are a few things to keep in mind when starting this kind of content creation endeavor. Below, I explain how my internet marketing company does it for (and explains it to) our own clients. First, you need to set goals.

Goal Setting

Determining your marketing goals will help you in many ways, such as, giving you the ability to measure the impact of your effort. It is crucial in the development and maintenance of a content strategy. Goal setting can help you in better tracking and measure those desirable actions of your website visitors and can even lead to helping you understand from where your best visitors are coming.

With marketing online, an integral part of the process is tracking ROI.

Written by Stu Kushner

30+ Resources To Help You Excel at Facebook Advertising in 2014

By Sean Work

With over 1.3 billion active users, a treasure trove of user data, sophisticated targeting options and the opportunity to place content directly in your target audience’s line of sight (the News Feed), Facebook is a very appealing advertising platform for online marketers. And if the rapid rate at which Facebook is rolling out improvements to their advertising platform is any indication, it’s only going to become more and more appealing.

2013 was a big year for Facebook’s advertising business. The company revamped the ads platform and their Power Editor. This gave users a cleaner, friendlier interface, more useful and advanced reporting options and an objective-oriented ad experience. They also launched conversion tracking, allowing advertisers to directly attribute conversions on their websites and landing pages to Facebook ads.

We’re only a few months into 2014 and Facebook has already announced the rollout of Ad Sets, which allow users to organize their ads into sets within each campaign.

All these changes can make it hard to stay on top of best practices for the ad platform and ensure that your business is fully exploiting everything Facebook ads have to offer.

Don’t worry: I want to make your life easier! I’ve collected the best resources on Facebook advertising from around the web with a focus on what you need to know about the platform to stay ahead in 2014. This way, whether you’re just getting started with Facebook ads or looking to brush up on new features, you’ll know exactly where to go.

The Basics – Getting Started

1. Why Every Business Should Spend at Least $1 per Day on Facebook Ads – Consider this: “[Facebook Ads] are the lowest cost per 1,000 impressions ad in history. They average around $0.25 per 1,000, which is only 1% of the cost of TV.” If that doesn’t convince you that …read more    

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Most People Won’t Actually Read Your Landing Page – How to Get Your Message Across Anyway

By Sean Work

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The world today is cluttered and busy. With millions of pages online, people have been forced to filter their content intake. They consume only the content that is relevant to them.

The unfortunate bottom line is no one will read your great offer on your stunning landing page if it isn’t relevant. And, it can’t convert if people don’t read it. That’s why you need to write your landing page with all three types of viewers in mind – readers, scanners, and bottom feeders.

The Three Types of Readers and How to Reach Them

You can optimize your landing page to appeal to each type of reader. By looking at the behavioral psychology of different viewers and how they consume information on the web, you can create an effective landing page that will result in the most conversions.

1. Readers are your most loyal viewers. They start at the top of the page and read every word throughout the post. They are your ideal viewer. However, we live in a world with increasing Internet “clutter” and decreasing attention spans. Therefore, the vast majority of your audience will not fit into this category.

How to reach them – To take care of your readers, there’s just one thing you have to remember. Content is king. All you have to do to win over a reader is present clear, powerful body copy.

2. Scanners read your headline and a few sentences in the introduction. If they’re still interested, they continue to skim through, focusing on your subheadings, highlighted terms, and images to determine if a specific section is worth taking the time to read. Scanners read very little of your content, focusing instead on the words and images that visually stand out.

Scanners, most likely, will make up the majority of your audience.

Web usability consultant Jakob Nielsen found in …read more    

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The Art of Thinking Sideways: Content Marketing for ‘Boring’ Businesses

By robinparallax

Posted by robinparallax

In this article,  I’ll examine the art of thinking sideways for one of the slightly more tricky marketing clients I’ve worked with. I hope that this will provide an insight for fellow content marketers and SEO’s in similar scenarios.


It’s amazing what you end up finding online working in the SEO game. Some of the most obscure business sectors have thriving communities and many online magazines and publications. It’s really quite staggering.

What any SEO or content marketer should know is that there really is a conversation happening online in every industry. However niche it might at first appear to be, positioning your client to become a part of that conversation is the challenge!

Boring Businesses

I’ve worked on a pretty mixed bag of clients over the past two years or so. From pharmaceutical services to interior design products, and from renewable energies to our digital agency’s own efforts.

But one client has really stood out in terms of being a  boring  business. However, this has actually become the most fun and exciting campaign I’ve worked on.

…read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

10 Tactics For Increasing Your Customer Lifetime Value and Loyalty

By Sean Work

Loyalty Image from Nielsen

We live in an age of growth hacking and rock star startups taking the world by storm. As a result, many of us focus on new customer/user acquisition, even though it can cost 7x more than customer retention.

While there’s nothing wrong with working hard to grow your customer base, it’s important to remember the value behind customer retention and brand loyalty. Internal research from social analytics platform SumAll shows:

“25% to 40% of the total revenues of the most stable businesses in the SumAll network come from returning customers. Even better, steady customers help businesses weather lean economic times; businesses with 40% repeat customers generated nearly 50% more revenue than similar businesses with only a 10% repeat customers.”

Brand loyalty is one of the most difficult assets for a business to attain. Or, at least it was. We used to have to rely on customers having a great experience with our product/service, or with our employees. Now, we can give them a great experience, but most businesses still haven’t figured out how to do it.

Before we get into specific tactics that you can use to increase brand loyalty with your customers, I recommend checking out the Global Loyalty Sentiment Report from Nielsen. It’s filled with insight into what customers from different international markets and different verticals care about most when it comes to the brands/products they buy. This data could/should influence how you use each (or any) of the suggestions below.

Feature Your Fans in Your Content

Embed social media posts from fans who have shared your content or said something great about your brand to their followers. Put them in the spotlight and let them know how much you appreciate them. Once they see the reciprocity, they’ll make your brand a priority and become one of your most valuable …read more    

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Written by Stu Kushner

How You Can Optimize Your Content Marketing in 3 Data-Driven Steps

By Sean Work

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Today’s article is a guest post by David Cheng of ShareBloc.

Maintaining a steady blog publishing routine is hard to do. At ShareBloc, we try to blog at least two times a week, either on our blog or syndicated elsewhere. We’re a small team so an aggressive schedule can be overwhelming.

To get enough content to keep up the pace, we used data to help us figure out which topics would be most interesting to our readers. Here are the three data-driven steps we took that you also may want to consider.

Crowd source Your Blog Topics

Some of the most prolific blogs have two or three posts a day. We realized that, like any great artist, we could “borrow” from these blogs. We scraped 300 blog titles from some of the leading blogs in our space to see which key words or phrases were most popular.

The blogs we chose were KISSmetrics, Marketo, HubSpot, Social Media Today, Content Marketing Institute, and the leading posts from ShareBloc’s sales and marketing bloc. We used popular scraping tool ScrapingHub to get our titles.

To set up your ScrapingHub spider, select the website you’d like the spider to start scraping and input patterns to follow, along with any other special parameters you may have. In this case, we are asking the spider to start with the most recent posts, and include page two, three, etc.

We want the spider to go only one layer deep to get the post title. So, in the spider setting, I’ve set the depth limit to 1, in order to prevent the spider from entering a loop.

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Next, you have to set up the item you want scraped. In this case, we want to scrape only the title.

After you set up your parameters, you can review the pages that have been spidered in …read more    

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Is There a Formula for Creating Viral Content?

By KristinTynski

Posted by KristinTynski

As content marketers, we are tasked with an extremely complex objective: to create content that resonates with audiences, spurs action, and often can spread virally.

In order to continue improving our craft, we spend a lot of time looking at what really works and are always striving to develop processes and learning that builds from these lessons. One of our biggest goals is to iterate on our content until we feel it has met the criteria for true stickiness and potential virality. What follows are the main components of this process is a formula for creating successful viral content. Here it is:

I know it look’s intimidating, but don’t worry is it really isn’t too complicated. Stay with me.

Push enough buttons

Start with the assumption that every single person in your target audience is a potential sharer and that they all want to share content, they just don’t know it yet. Push the right buttons for enough people, …read more    

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Written by Stu Kushner

Announcing the KISSmetrics and AB Tasty Integration

By Zach Bulygo

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We’re pleased to announce a new integration with a tool called AB Tasty. As the name suggests, AB Tasty is an A/B testing tool. When you run an A/B test using AB Tasty, you’ll automatically be able to send your results to KISSmetrics.

Conducting a test with AB Tasty is simple:

  1. Install the AB Tasty tag on all pages of your site.
  2. Make changes to a page using the WYSIWYG editor. (You can run a multivariate test in which you test multiple elements on a page.)
  3. Set the KPIs you want to measure.
  4. Run the test.
  5. Get your results.

Use Case

Let’s say you’re on the marketing team of a SaaS company and want to A/B test your homepage. Using AB Tasty, the first step is to install their code on all pages of your site:

After your A/B Tasty code is installed, you’ll want to run a test. In this example, let’s say you want to test your homepage headline. You would go ahead and make changes to the headline using the WYSIWYG editor:

Then you would want to select “Track Clicks” next (your KPI is “Signed Up for Free Trial”):

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You’d run the test until you reach statistical significance. You’d also want to integrate the test into your KISSmetrics account. To do this, you would log in to AB Tasty and select “third tool integration” under the options panel:

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…and integrate with KISSmetrics:

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This integration will create a new KISSmetrics property called AB Tasty Test — 12345 (12345 is the Test ID).

Where AB Tasty Ends, KISSmetrics Begins

Your original test was set up to see if an alternate headline would lead to more trial signups. AB Tasty will determine which variation performs the best. After it completes the …read more    

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