Buyer Personas: The Keys to Content Marketing

Customized content can help drive your prospects through the sales funnel and ultimately convert them to buyers. 

Using buyer personas in content marketing

But first, you need to understand your customers. Do they live in suburbs or in the city? Do they watch reality shows or PBS? Are they always online or are they oblivious to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks? Where do they go for advice when they’re thinking about making a purchase?

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7 Ways to Get More Facebook Likes [Infographic]

Community breeds success on Facebook.

Get Facebook LikesWithout a community, you have no listeners to help you build brand awareness and deliver ROI. You must have a community filled with people who like you and share your content with their friends. Your goal shouldn’t be to merely increase the number of your Facebook Likes — it should be to attract quality fans from your target audience. Their activities, in the form of comments and endorsements, can increase your shares on Facebook.

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Get More Likes on Instagram

Which image qualities drive engagement on Instagram?

Blue images get the most likes on InstagramInstagram is the fastest-growing social network today. 71% of the world’s largest brands now use the platform for social media marketing. More than half of them post at least once a week, and 28% post at least 5 times a week. Brands like Nike, Starbucks, Ralph Lauren, and Whole Foods are using images and short videos to enhance their customers’ experience and create emotional connections.

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37 of the Best Facebook Page Apps for Brand Marketing

One of the easiest ways to use your Facebook page to its fullest potential for social media marketing is to employ third-party Facebook applications. 

Facebook apps for businessDoing so makes your page significantly more appealing to your audience and improves user experience. This translates to more visitors who interact with and share your content, which then appears in their activity streams and is more virally discoverable. Facebook page customization can dramatically increase your visibility, improve your branding, and create more leads and sales.

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Email Still Trumps Social Media for Online Marketing

Email marketing wins more online customers than Facebook and Twitter, but it lags behind organic search.

Email drives online shoppingThe customer acquisition landscape is constantly in flux. The introduction of disruptive technologies and tools over the last few years has spawned enormous changes in online marketing. But a recent report from Custora, maker of a predictive analytics platform, reveals that online retailers are winning new customers via traditional email marketing at quadruple the rate they did four years ago. The good old-fashioned marketing method still provides the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reaching and retaining high-value customers online.

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120 Marketing Tactics for Blogs [Infographic]

Part of a good content marketing strategy, blogging helps you position yourself as an expert in your area. 

120 Marketing Tactics for BlogsContent marketing consists of producing and publishing information that builds trust and authority among your ideal customers. It is a way of creating relationships and community so people feel loyal to your brand, and it helps you become recognized as a thought leader in your industry. Successful blogs play a pivotal role in delivering your brand message, and help drive sales without using traditional hard-sell tactics. They don’t merely push out your sales pitch over and over — they offer insights, answer common questions, and help readers make better decisions.

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10 Examples of Social Media ROI [Infographic]

Does social media drive ROI? Many brands are still plagued by this question. 

Social media ROIThe immediacy and visibility offered by social media marketing has convinced most business owners that it’s worth their time and effort, but calculating its effectiveness is another story. Best practices for measurement are still evolving, and even though brands are committing an increasing percentage of their budgets to social channels, many are still skeptical about its value and return on investment (ROI). What’s a marketer to do?

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4 Ways Twitter Helps SMBs [Infographic]

A mutually beneficial relationship between SMBs and their Twitter followers drives brand ROI and consumer value.

4 ways Twitter helps SMBsPeople who follow small to medium-sized businesses feel more engaged with them and are more likely to purchase from them, recommend them, retweet their content, and share positive experiences about them with their networks, according to a report from Market Probe International.

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The Importance of Brand Recommendations in Your Marketing Strategy

Knowing why and how consumers use recommendations will help you create more effective marketing programs.

Facebook likes are viewed as recommendations by consumersAccording to research conducted by Nielsen, we know that 92% of consumers report that “word-of-mouth and recommendations from people [they] know” are the leading influence on their purchase behavior. Only 37% trust search engine ads, and just 24% trust online banner ads. They trust their friends and family the most when looking for brand recommendations. But what types of recommendations carry the most weight?

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17 Pinterest Metrics Every Brand Should Track

Are you measuring your Pinterest marketing initiatives?

Pinterest users spend more money, shop more frequently, and purchase items more often and in larger quantities than users on any other social networkPinterest has established itself as the dominant online source of visual inspiration. The social bookmarking site enables users collect and share photos of their favorite events, interests, and hobbies. Pinterest users spend more money, shop more frequently, and purchase items more often and in larger quantities than users on any other social network. It has become a huge traffic referral for businesses, but marketers often struggle with Pinterest content strategies. Enter Pinterest metrics.

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