Inbound Marketing

SEO Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

Now that we are well on the way into 2016, it is time to start asking the difficult question about how your SEO plans are working out. Are you making the gains you are hoping to? Are you managing to stay on top of your research and keyword goals? Have you been checking in on…

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Top 12 Lame Excuses For Not Doing SEO

As the head of Business Development for my company, Return On Now, I have the opportunity to interact with prospects and customers on a daily basis. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the primary services we offer. Most prospects come to us via referral, and as such, they already understand why they should be…

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Is Your Small Business Niche a Fit for Social Media?

I’m feeling word-nerdy today, kids. So, let’s clarify some notions upfront before we get to your small business niche. In my very first post within this hallowed domain, we talked about how not everybody has to have or “do” social media. I encourage you to keep that in mind for today’s discussion. Let’s Just Define…

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SEO 2016 Predictions

Last week I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion for the Austin SEO Meetup. At that discussion, our focus was on uncovering what we expect to change next year — basically, an SEO 2016 Predictions session. The event took place at Orange CoWorking in south Austin. Thanks to owner Shelley Delayne for hosting the event. Orange is…

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10 Ways to Build Website Authority Using Social Media

People will always take their business to a trusted merchant. This is how it was in the days of old and this is the way it works in the super-modern online market today. The savvy online marketer operating with the testy online shopper can improve this trust by building the authority of his or her…

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Engage Your Audience with Social Media Contests

We’ve talked before about social media contests, particularly the hashtag contest: to generate momentum for your brand’s social properties to raise engagement with your brand to develop relationships with your would-be brand advocates Now, let’s talk about contests that do more. Contests that bring in some of that good good, that UGC. UGC stands for User-Generated…

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How to Link Facebook Posts to Business Outcomes

Whether you want to increase awareness about your brand, product or service or reach out to new customers, your business goals should motivate how you use Facebook. Some B2B marketers believe that running a few ads will be enough to meet these goals. But the truth is, it comes down to good, old-fashioned strategy. Do…

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Serve Your Customers Socially, Even in Messy Situations

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Post Highlights Brands should see social customer service not just as a responsibility and a privilege, but for the opportunity it represents. 4 brand opportunities for customer service on social media: Resolve and Defuse Answer Questions and Comments Monitor and Thank Active Listening and Outreach Recently we talked about how…

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On Social Media Guilt, Overwhelm, and Being a Content Copy Cat

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Is it okay to duplicate content in the social media echo chamber? Yes. It’s okay to add your two cents. It lets us know how you think. It helps your tribe find you. (It’s not okay to plagiarize.) Just because several somebodies have already spoken on “it,” whatever that is, doesn’t mean…

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