Management, Content Writing
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.

 Management, Content Writing

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    

Newsletter,SEO,content writing
Written by Stu Kushner

Blog posts become Newsletter content

Newsletter,SEO,content writing

Our Newsletter

Does this look hard? The thought of creating a monthly newsletter is a huge turn-off for most small business owners. Challenges come up like, “Who has the time?” and “What will I talk about?”. It is the same challenge faced by business owners when we try to encourage them to blog about their expertise on their website. Well, this newsletter is proof that a small business owner can do it. We get it done and we can do it for you.

The most effective use of blog articles on your website are to take those postings and to push them out to your social sites to a Facebook Fan Page, LinkedIn and Twitter. And if you can write just four articles a month, they can be compiled into a newsletter that can be sent out to your email contacts. We use Constant Contact to compose our monthly newsletter. There are a lot of good email systems out there. So, pick one and get to work. You can write just one quick article a week. 350 to 400 words is long enough. Nobody really has the time to read a long story. They want the information and knowledge and they want it fast. So, tell your story, make your point.

And, if you need help, we can write articles, add them to your website, push them out to your social sites and then compile them into a nicely designed monthly newsletter. All you have to do, is send us a check every month. Ha!

online marketing, website design, SEO
Written by Stu Kushner

Deliver Quality to Instill Confidence in Your Business

website marketing, SEOYou work tirelessly to ensure that the product that will end up in your customer’s hands is the best that it can possibly be, but you can’t stop there is you want your business to succeed.  If you don’t work to assure the same quality in your online marketing efforts the product that you’ve worked so hard on may never get into the hands of those customers.

In order to get new visitors to your website to seriously consider purchasing something that you’ve created you’ve got to show them that you are serious about every phase of your business.  You need to make sure that there are no broken links, no spelling errors and no grammatical miscues on your website to instill the confidence in your business necessary for a visitor to become a customer.  You can’t expect a brand new visitor to your blog or website to trust a product that you’ve created

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blogging,online marketing
Written by Stu Kushner

Stimulate Ongoing Conversations by Blogging your Opinion

online marketing,bloggingYou are an authority in your niche and you’ve worked and studied hard to become so.  There is no reason for you to simply report industry news when you can open a platform for dialogue by sharing your personal expert opinion on things that are occurring within your industry.

Some people are afraid of controversy and it is completely understandable to not want to rock the boat too much or to risk offending loyal customers.  There is a difference between attempting to be controversial just for the sake of ruffling feathers and openly sharing your personal view on an industry topic that don’t necessarily agree with though. 

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online marketing, seo,
Written by Stu Kushner

Avoid the Hard Sell for Social Media Marketing Success

SEO ,Social media Marketing ,Hard SellIt might be your first inclination as a business owner to try and immediately convert a new social media friend or follower into a customer with an offer they can’t refuse.  This hard selling approach to social media marketing rarely works and is often more likely to compel a lead to un-follow you than to actually convert into a sale.

In order to have success in your social media marketing efforts, you can’t inundate new followers with offers, specials and coupon codes.  Social networking is about establishing a connection with followers and building a solid online reputation for your brand.  You need to provide your friends

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