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How to Improve Your Blog With Video

Everyone seems to be interested in video — and more and more people are beginning to use video sharing sites like YouTube.com and Vimeo.com. In fact, video is becoming more popular all the time. Part of this is also due to improvements in video technology. Where it used to be difficult and expensive to put video on your site, not it’s much easier. Almost every Smartphone is equipped with video capabilities and small high-resolution digital cameras are cheap. Plus, editing tools can even be free if you use open source software.

Just because video is easy, does your blog really need it? That is the question.

Why have video on your blog? For one thing, it adds interest to your blog, giving your visitors a richer experience. By combining images, sound and text you will be able to give your visitors more information, connect to them on a more personal level (eye-to-eye) than ever before. You can find new ways to communicate with your audience when you use video. (more…)

Four New Marketing Startups That Will Make Your Life Easier

Online marketing, more than most disciplines in any industry, truly feels like it moves at warp speed.  No sooner do marketers master the latest tools do they hear from the grapevine that new must-have applications have landed.  Some are bona fide game-changers, some just fads that essentially waste our time.  Below are a bundle of new technology startups that actually improve our lives as business owners, and appear to have longevity.  Spend some time getting to know these new innovations, and you’re likely to find life as an online marketer just got easier. (more…)

The Problem With Inbound Marketing

I’ve been promoting the concept of inbound marketing for about ten years now. I certainly didn’t coin the term “inbound marketing,” but it’s a concept that has been the basis of my teaching and it’s the approach that I’ve used to build my business. (more…)

We Need to Evangelize More About Content Marketing

I’ve really ramped up my content marketing activities in the past six months and have learned a lot. I try to share what I find as I find it, mainly as a way to keep track of all of it myself. The best way to follow along is my Twitter feed, but I’m also starting to use content curation services such as Meddle and Scoop, to test drive them and to share/save content.
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Is Outsourcing Your Content Marketing Evil?

More than ever small businesses are using some form of content marketing to promote themselves. I’ve been beating this drum for a number of years and it’s taking hold in a big way.

In a survey conducted earlier this year by BusinessBolts.com, 74% of small businesses surveyed said they were using content marketing. And the tactic must be paying off, because three-quarters of small businesses also said they planned to do more content marketing this year than last—and just 4% said they had no plans to do any content marketing at all. (source: eMarketer)

But here’s the rub. It’s tough getting all this content done and it’s become a major point of friction for marketing departments big and small.

Another nugget from this same survey stood out for me – 61% surveyed said they created all of their written content on their own and never outsource.

We outsource entire departments these days – accounting, customer service, hr, tech support – so why not content creation? In fact, some marketers I’ve spoken with think this notion is not only unacceptable, it’s somehow wrong.

I believe that outsourcing content creation is an essential marketing tactic, particularly for small business.

Now, outsourcing is not the same as abdication.

Employing virtual resources to gain the greatest leverage possible is how you compete today, pure and simple.

If, however, you want to outsource anything in an effective manner you’ve got to do the work to create systems, processes and routines that ensure a high quality collaboration experience and a high quality end product.

Again, you can delegate certain elements of content creation, but you can never abdicate inbound content creation to a hired gun.

You need to maintain tight control on themes, voice, message and specific topic needs.

When you do decide to get some help from outside services or individuals here’s how I recommend you proceed.
Create a list of proposed titles for blog posts or articles and briefly describe the context of the article. This list should come from an annual editorial plan based on key topics or themes for your business. (Think SEO!)
Find a service like Zerys, InboundWriter or Blog Mutt and locate a couple potential writers to give a try.
When you receive your articles, don’t just cut and paste them, take the time to go over and edit for specifics, tone, voice and that personal touch.
If you find a particular writer that seems to work well for you, you may decide to set up a routine – so many blog posts per month, for example.
Then you can go about focusing on creating perhaps one very thorough post on your own each week. (The writing process, research and need to explain something in writing will benefit you in the long run so I never advocate total outsourcing of writing.)

Supplementing or building wider content reach using virtual contributors is a very smart small business play but you need to manage the process just as you would any important element of your business.

I’ve started a list of content outsource services and hope you’ll add your favorites to the list.

About John Jantsch
John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, award winning social media publisher and author Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.
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The Problem With Inbound Marketing

I’ve been promoting the concept of inbound marketing for about ten years now. I certainly didn’t coin the term “inbound marketing,” but it’s a concept that has been the basis of my teaching and it’s the approach that I’ve used to build my business.
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Top 10 Must-Have Marketing Tools in Today’s Digital World

Marketing online is serious business, and without tools that support your mission, your campaigns don’t stand a chance. While you could wade through the massive volume of marketing tools currently available in this dynamic and fast-paced space, we aim to simplify the process by presenting you with today’s best suite of products.
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What is the best way to use offline marketing to drive web traffic?

Straight MarketingDigital marketing is the shiny new toy in the world of marketing, often leaving more traditional (offline) marketing by the wayside.

However, offline marketing still has a valuable place in raising profile, attracting new customers and increasing sales. Often the most effective marketing campaigns are those that integrate offline marketing techniques with online marketing.

What is offline marketing?

Put simply, offline marketing is any form of marketing that does not involve the Internet. Examples include: advertising (print, TV, radio, outdoor), direct mail, sponsorship, and exhibitions. (more…)

10 Reasons Why You Need a Mobile Marketing Strategy

Now that 80% of the world’s population own a mobile phone and four out of five consumers shop using their smartphone, jumping on the mobile marketing bandwagon sooner rather than later is a strategy webmasters cannot ignore. Mobile marketing is not just trundling along – it’s going at breakneck speeds and is only going to get faster!
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Top 10 Successful Marketing Ploys on Reddit

Reddit intimidates a lot of people — marketers especially. If we don’t understand the social dynamics and invest time into understanding the environment, our marketing efforts will crumble.  On the other hand, if we take the time to learn reddiquette and study the most successful content, we can make Reddit one of the most powerful marketing tools in our arsenal. But first, let’s get our feet wet and observe some of the most successful marketing strategies on Reddit.
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