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The Past, Present, and Future of SEO

Us SEO professionals can be compared to magicians, except instead of having people as our audience, we have search engines. And just like pulling white rabbits out of hats, we can trick search engines to rank on the first page of any search page. For instance, I have optimized this very article to appear number one for “insomnia cures”!

All jokes aside (this was actually called “Google Bombing” back in the day), we all know modern SEO is actually quite the opposite, and it’s been this way for a long time. Ever since the concept of basic information retrieval systems (e.g. Gerard Salton’s SMART informational retrieval system) has been invented – and the first web-based search engine “webcrawler” – search algorithms have been steadily improving. Instead of writing about current theory and practice, which is likely to be outdated by the time you read this, I’d like to talk about the past, present, and potential future of SEO.

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Translating Your Social Media Metrics Report

As a social media strategist and community manager, I am often asked about creating and optimizing social media strategies.

The amount of data and tools that are available is overwhelming and can cause some business owners, marketers, and even social media professionals to do minimal reporting to get by. We know a lot of you like to wing it on social media, but numbers are important for: Continue reading “Translating Your Social Media Metrics Report”

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6 Interesting Ways to Encourage User Generated Content on Instagram

Promoting and encouraging user generated content (UGC) can be a cost-effective tactic that yields a variety of benefits from enriching customer experiences to building a stronger community. According to Nielsen, 43% of consumers are more likely to purchase a product after learning about it on social media, a common distribution channel for user generated content.

While there are multiple social channels to promote user content, Instagram has been an increasingly popular platform for brands interested in visual storytelling and can be an effective network for both large and small businesses to encourage users to generate content.

From having an on-site photo booth in your retail stores to running a social contest or integrating Instagram photos in your web properties, there are many ways to encourage your customer base to take and share images of your products and offerings on Instagram.

Learn from the following strategies and how these brands promoted and drove unique user generated content campaigns on Instagram to expand their content’s organic reach, increase social proof, and create visually compelling stories. Continue reading “6 Interesting Ways to Encourage User Generated Content on Instagram”

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6 Tools to Nurture Leads and Increase Referrals

In the highly competitive social selling landscape, the fortune is in the follow-up. Service-based businesses, consultants, and agencies rely on word-of-mouth promotion to be successful, reporting that 72% of their business comes from referrals. So what are you doing to stay relevant and top of mind? You know you need to strengthen your network, but people are forgetting you because you just can’t find the right words or reasons to slide into their inbox. Thus, you are missing out on revenue from closing deals and getting referrals. Our friends at Contactually are helping us change all of that.

We partnered on a referrals webinar last week to show our users how to send timely, personal, and relevant follow-ups to your network and what tools can streamline that process. Creating a touch point from a personal or professional event improves your likelihood of getting a response as well as building rapport with your contact. Use events like birthdays, births, vacation, relocation, promotion, job changes, and company news to reconnect with contacts and remain top of mind. Continue reading “6 Tools to Nurture Leads and Increase Referrals”

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Dads Are Doubling Down on Their Kids

With another Father’s Day upon us, we decided to take a look back at one of our past infographics on how dads are taking a more active role in their childrens’ lives. 

Like the fact that there’s been a 19% increase in the amount of money invested per child since 10 years ago. Or that dads are spending four times more caring for their families than using the phone or email. Read on to get the full scoop on facts all about dads. Continue reading “Dads Are Doubling Down on Their Kids”

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