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    

Website Design, Internet Marketing, DC, SEO, Content
Written by Stu Kushner

Allow All Users to Experience Your Content

 Website Design, Internet Marketing, DC “How often should I…?” is one of the most common beginnings to questions when it comes to any aspect of online marketing.  Unfortunately there isn’t always a clear cut answer for every part of the equation.  Even if you follow other successful businesses’ formulas when it comes to blog and social media schedule there is no guarantee that your followers will engage your efforts similarly.

According to information gathered by online research company Visibli the average Facebook post has already received more than half of its “likes” before the time it is ninety minutes old.  Following the first few hours’ engagement slows a bit until the average post has almost

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internet marketing, Management, Wordpress
Written by Stu Kushner

Reach a Wider Audience with Social Promotion of Video Content

internet marketing, Management, WordPressIf you’re relatively new to the online marketing game, generating a video for marketing purposes may seem like a frightening undertaking.  In reality though, a decent video won’t take you much longer to produce than a high quality blog post and could help you to reach and connect with a much larger audience.

You don’t need any special education or overly complex tools in order to create a video that will attract new contacts or generate interest in your business.  If you’ve got a smartphone or a basic video camera and a deep understanding of your own product you’ve got more than enough to take your online marketing to a more visual level.

Start this phase of your online marketing plan by shooting a short video that shows prospects how to use your product or a video that highlights the features that set it apart from the competition.  Upload your video to YouTube, share it via your social networking accounts and blog and ask your connections for shares and feedback.

Not all of your connections will have the time or patience to read a thousand word blog post a few days a week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they wouldn’t benefit from the information.  By sharing both well written blog posts and informative short videos you will be able to reach and help a much broader audience than you would through blog posts alone.  These additional connections can help to spread the word of your brand even further and will ultimately result in more chances for you to engage qualified leads.

writing content, online marketing
Written by Stu Kushner

Make a Bigger Impact with Each Blog Post

High Impact Images for Blog

There is no doubt that you business blog can be a powerful tool for attracting new prospects and creating more conversions.  The more attention you put into the finer details of your blog post though, the greater your chances for online marketing success.

A lot of online marketing experts will tell you that it is important to provide a photo with each blog .  While having some form of visual stimulation for your readers can be a benefit, just having a photo in a won’t do nearly as much as having the perfect picture in each post.

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online marketing, content writing
Written by Stu Kushner

Social Media Blog Editing for Internet Marketing Success

 online marketing, content writingAs a small business owner odds are high that you’ve performed just about every duty in your company on more than one occasion.  As you begin your journey into effective online marketing, you’ve got to be every bit as willing to take on multiple roles in order to succeed on that front as well.

As you begin doing research on effective business blogging and social media interaction you’ll most likely come across the phrase “content is king” from a number of different sources.  While creating content is most certainly crucial to any online marketing campaign, the ability to edit will certainly play a major role in your success as well.

In order to attract the most followers to your blog and social media personalities you’ve got to work hard to prove your expertise in your niche.  Generating entertaining articles filled with clever new ideas is a great first step in the process, but you’ll have a difficult time establishing yourself as an expert without complete accuracy in your writing.

You’ve got to double check all of the facts cited in your article, thoroughly proofread each piece, make use of spell and grammar check and then proofread again prior to hitting the publish button.  Each blog post and update might take you a little longer to generate in this fashion, but that extra time invested will ultimately pay off in more followers and subscribers who are willing to share your content.

content writing, SEO, blog ideas
Written by Stu Kushner

Useful Reader Blog Posting Ideas for Online Marketing

 content writing, SEO, blog ideasUsing a blog for online marketing can create a bit of demand on your schedule.  It isn’t always easy to generate one high quality idea after another in order to be able to continually generate new posts.  Having a successful blog, and in turn, a successful online marketing strategy requires consistent updates and that will mean that you may have to get resourceful when it comes to gathering ideas for posts.

A great idea for always having fresh and useful content for your readers is to exhaust every approach to every topic.  Your first inclination for approaching a specific topic may reach the widest audience of readers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that alternate approaches to the same idea can’t be successful.

Go back over posts that you’ve already generated and examine the possibility of constructing a new post from a different angle.  If you’ve constructed a post that thoroughly explained to the readers the best measures for solving a specific problem, consider a new post on the best preventative measures for avoiding the problem.

By delivering content that looks at a common problem from a different perspective you’ll be providing a very useful piece of content for a completely different cross section of your readers.  Answering questions and solving problems from every possible angle will help to ensure that you reach the widest possible audience and give you plenty of fresh content to keep your blog updated.

Written by Stu Kushner

Find Common Questions to Create Compelling Content – DC SEO Help

seo-questions-300x300We’ve talked a bit about using direct questions from customers to generate quality content for your blog.  Attacking customer questions should provide plenty of fodder for several weeks of posts, but this manner of developing new content for online marketing may not last forever.  There is a chance, especially if you are diligent in your posting schedule, that you will eventually exhaust the questions asked directly by visitors to your site.

If you find yourself struggling for content and really enjoy generating posts that display your expertise by providing thoughtful answers, look to

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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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online marketing, SEO. social media marketing
Written by Stu Kushner

Blog and Social Media Marketing Strategies by DC SEO Expert

online marketing, SEO. social media marketingIf you are new to online marketing in any capacity the sheer volume of potential approaches might seem completely overwhelming.  Creating a social media presence is a great way to communicate directly with your customers and give your business a boost, but combining social media with a blog can maximize your marketing efforts.

Social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter give you the power to communicate with customers and prospects in real time.  You can impart up to the minute info

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online marketing, content writing, SEO
Written by Stu Kushner

Attract Visitors with New Blog Content

online marketing -Blog-Content-for-Business-GrowthIn order to have the most success from your online marketing efforts you need to put yourself into your reader’s shoes prior to cultivating new content.  Rather than simply rehashing industry news or focusing solely on a sales pitch you’ve got to ask yourself the questions, “why are readers coming to my blog?”

Determining exactly what your readers are looking for and what information they may benefit from will give you a much better idea of how to develop new content.  Focusing on developing content that the visitors to your blog will be interested, passionate about and be able to benefit from will ensure that you keep them coming back.

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