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3 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Infographics  The going opinions on attention span and internet surfing, repeat the refrain, "people have NO attention span these days". This is fueling interest in web video and also the up swing in the interest and effectiveness of infographics. It is similar to the trend in Twitter headlines. If you are paying attention and tracking statistics on click through rates of tweets, you will see that the largest majority of followers click on headlines with lists of tips, techniques, methods, todos, etc. In other words, people want information fast and easily digestible. In fact, most times a follower is OK clicking a link to get a single NEW and USEFUL idea. The list of 10 items, may only have a single useful concept and the Twitter follower will consider the visit worthwhile. So it is important to create infographics that can...

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How to grow your business and your influence – and enjoy the process!. Periodically ideas grow in popularity, that somehow a person can "trick" their way to riches and fame, but then we usually come back to the conclusion that the best course of action is to provide real value. This is the basic premise behind content marketing in the recent years. Establish yourself as a brand, as a purveyor of valuable information and expertise to your audience. The reward is both patronage and Google ranking as the "social signals" coelesce around your site.    ...

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Will There Be A "Second" Internet Revolution Is there still room for BIG innovation (Couple Minute Video Interview With Steve Case, AOL Founder) It is a valid question. At some point, there is less and less room for expansion and innovation within a certain technology. Take for instance the transition from train to Automobile and Airplane. Only by changing the entire mode of transport, did someone open entire new territories for innovation and development. Steve Case (founder of AOL) has a go at predicting a "second" internet revolution. He makes the case that we are still in the internet infancy. He claims that old industries are still using the internet instead of industries emerging within the internet itself. He predicts transformation of entire industries from health care to education. ...

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Six simple social media tips to get you noticed   Marketing in the Social Media sphere is no different than good ole real world marketing. You must always: 1- Keep an eye out for all opportunities to spread your name 2- Make each post an expression of your brand message of quality and image (pages, posts, articles, videos, etc) 3- Track and measure to ensure you are using highest leverage channels 4- Get involved in conversations. This will expose your true service commitment and personality. 5- Bring traffic to you, never send it to another site (like youtube) 6- See the big picture and work from that view. Don't get bogged down in the small details The bottom-line is that you need to utilize the best tools for time-saving and "big picture" strategic control of your Social Media campaigns. There is an infinite number of ways to get involved with social media, but only a...

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The 4 Myths of Facebook Marketing The number one myth about Facebook or indeed any other marketing channel online is that it was built for your unlimited , unrestricted use. Remember that Facebook, Google, and most other channels online were built for somebody to make money with. As such, they will ultimately do something or restrict some desire you have as a marketer. This is a fact that you cannot avoid and it's worthless to complain about it....

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Social Media Vs SEO: Which Is the Best Way to Bring Traffic?. A few years ago  there was quite a divide between the approaches of SEO and Social Media. However, they are very much inter-connected. The Google updates of the past year has helped fuse them into a single strategy. Now the social signals from that realm are required to lay the groundwork for any "future proof" SEO campaign. This is particularly true for highly competitive landscapes.  ...

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Should you use web video in your site? This is like asking whether you should use framed artwork in your brick and mortar lobby. You probably should have some artwork, but what you hang on the wall is important. Just any old artwork is not guaranteed to raise your clout. After creating almost 5 thousand client videos, here is a summary of videos that get the most results and the ones that get removed from the website a few months later. 3 Good Uses For Web Video BEST USE #1   Shake Hands and Introduce Yourself The video should confirm that the content of the website matches the search terms that brought the person there in the first place. This short elevator speech should leave the visitor “hungry” for more information. BEST USE #2  Simplify Navigation Your web videos should always contain instructions for “next step” type...

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Want to Get Noticed? Grab People’s Attention and Don’t Let Go!. Most of us have seen the GlenGary Glen Ross scene with Alec Baldwin.  He outlines the sales process and it made for great drama, but was also a real principle in that world (AIDA) Attention Interest Decision Action Notice that number one is ATTENTION. Basically without their attention the entire process is doomed. If they don''t OPEN the email, how can they read your message. if they don't click the organic listing in Google, how will they visit yoursite. If they don't stay in your website for longer than 5 seconds, how will they become your client. Interest is the  most important step because it is the first step.    ...

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Social Media: Are You A Sinner or Saint? The use of Social Media for businesses covers a range from truly "Best Practices' to outright "Abuse". While a business shouldn't stick to the most pristine strategy out of fear of a faux paux, they should also act with some vision of the repercussions of their actions in the social universe. Social Media Angel The social media good guys deliver the absolute highest quality content, with over-the-top value for their followers. These social media saints never sell in that channel, and they always interact on an individual level with their followers. In other words, no sales messages ever, replies and thanks you's and real time spent finding content gems to share. Social Media Purgatory (Limbo) This is the vast middle ground of Social Media for business uses. There might be some automation in this strategy, but a Human is still involved in the...

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