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VIDEO: Pinterest for Branding

By TJ Shroat on Tue,Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Topics: Pinterest Branding Video

SLIDESHOW: Marketing That People Love

By TJ Shroat on Thu,Mar 07, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Topics: Branding Marketing Strategy Social Media Marketing

VIDEO: SMB Branding Tips

By TJ Shroat on Tue,Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Topics: Branding small business marketing Video
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Content Marketing Checklist

By Chandler Austin on Thu,Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


Sonia Simone on CopyBlogger defines content marketing as communicating with potential customers in a way that A) an audience actually enjoys paying attention to, and B) demonstrates to that audience that you would be a good person to do business with. But defining content marketing is easier than executing a content marketing campaign. CopyBlogger has a 10-step checklist for a successful content marketing program.

"Don't Build on Rented Land"
Where will your content live and how will the audience get to it? Keep in mind that Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are not platforms/domains you control. Don't build your business there. Ideally, publish to a domain you own. For most, a self-hosted WordPress is a good solution.

"Craft Your Cornerstone"
Your cornerstone is what interests and engages your audience. You may start with your own interests. What do you want every reader of your site to know about?

"Make Your Content Worth Reading"
Readers decide whether your content is worthwhile. Worthwhile content includes:
  • a headline that pulls in the audience
  • focuses on problems the reader cares about
  • engaging, attention holding formatting
  • at least some entertainment

"Give Your Content a Secure Environment"
Make sure your web site is secure. This can be accomplished with a web hosting company with a strong security track record, or with a monitoring service.

"Don’t Give Your Great Content an Ugly Apartment"
Having great content won't matter if your site has an amateurish or cluttered design. Strive for a  beautiful, professional-looking design.

"Create Content that Attracts a Wider Audience"
Have a strong, well-defined point of view. Headline writing is also important.

"Build an Email List Sooner Rather than Later"
Email is that best way to deepen the relationship created with your content. Email more fully engages the reader's attention. Use it when you want readers to take a specific action.

"Create Content on a Larger Scale"
Widen your audience through guest posting, interviews, webinars, and Q&As.

"Don’t Go Too Long without Making an Offer"
The audience should know exactly what your business is. Explain your product or service with a well-crafted landing page. Keep the "selling" portion of your site separate from the primary content.

"Go to Social Media...Once You've Got Something to Talk About"
Don't skip the other steps. Give your social media audience something worthwhile to talk about.

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Topics: Branding Marketing Strategy Social Media Marketing Content Marketing

VIDEO: Future of Advertising

By Chandler Austin on Tue,Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


What is the future of advertising? According to Story Worldwide, it's a lot like content marketing. In the video below, they explain their philosophy of "Brand Is Story". Creating narratives and publishing across all channels possible is how to share that story.



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Topics: Branding Brand Awareness Content Marketing Video Advertising
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Promoting Brand Awareness for a Small Business

By Chandler Austin on Thu,Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


Building a brand is about defining for the public who your company is and what sets you apart from your competition. With the rise of digital media, there are more ways than ever to promote your brand. The Savvy B2B Marketing blog has provided 25 economic ideas for brand building. Here are some highlights.
  1. Be Authentic
  2. Be Unique - What sets you apart?
  3. Be Consistent
  4. Choose a Memorable Name - Interesting but simple.
  5. Invest in a Quality Logo Design
  6. Attend Community Events
  7. Know How to Introduce Yourself - Prepare a short elevator pitch.
  8. Comment on Other Blogs - Leaving thoughtful responses can get you noticed.
  9. Promote Others
  10. Guest Post
  11. Create a Strong Website
  12. Use SEO
  13. Create a Branded Facebook Page
  14. Create a Branded Twitter Page
  15. Work Social Networks
  16. Create Unified Marketing Materials - Deliver the same message across all media.
  17. Use Key Colors Consistently - Choose two or three colors and use them consistently.
  18. Use Key Fonts Consistently
  19. Avoid Hard Selling - Don't over-promote.
  20. Send Out Press Releases
  21. Get Interviewed
  22. Showcase Your Work
  23. Answer Questions - Contribute to Q & A sections online.
  24. Be a Speaker
  25. Track Your Online Presence - Set up Google Alerts to track your brand.

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Topics: Branding Brand Awareness Marketing Strategy Social Media Marketing small business marketing

INFOGRAPHIC: Branding in the Social Media Age

By Chandler Austin on Mon,Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


From AYTM.com, here's an infographic that shows how consumers interact with brands via social media.



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Topics: Branding Social Media Marketing Social Media Infographic Social Media Trends