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Check out this new YouTube marketing video we created for an Annapolis, MD estate sale services company. In less than 3 hours, it is already ranked number 10 when you search Google for "Annapolis estate sale services". Pretty sweet!
Just signed up for App.net. Anyone else use App.net? Let's connect in that space.
Wordpress has officially announced the 4.4.2 release. They have fixed 17 Bugs and 2 security issues with version 4.4.1. and STRONGLY encourage ALL WP users to UPDATE their websites ASAP.
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Download 65 photographs and graphics for your Valentines creative. Just subscribe to our email newsletter. Great for social memes, holiday posts, tweets, sales ads / banners, etc. All images are 1500 pixels wide, and approximately 1000 pixels high. All images are released under the creative commons license. Basically, they are free to do with as you will, just give a photo credit to Michael Zittel @ Serr.biz. Enjoy!
Thumbnails of 65 Valentines photos and graphics
Photography and graphic arts subjects in this collection of creative commons image:
Roses, heart backgrounds, love robot, happy valentines text, 3d heart, 3d text, chocolate, the letter "v", dead rose
Over on JeffBullas.com, Anna Guerreo, from Canva.com has written a fairly in-depth article titled "10 types Of Visual Social Media Posts That Get Shared Like Crazy." Overall, the article provides some indepth tips for improving your graphic messaging in social, as well as your blog. The 10 points are:
1) High quality stock photography (Grab some creative commons in our "cover" channel).
2) Screenshots (if applicable to your article. IE: Case studies)
4) Personal photographs (IE. Boss, staff photos)
5) Behind the scenes (IE. Show what does into the making of your product / services)
6) Inspiration quotes
7) Original design - Develop brand guidelines and stick to them
8) Brand Essence - Show your product in ways that benefit the customer
9) Action shots which stimulate follower imagination positively toward your brand.
10) Use a color palette that is striking.
In her article Guerro states that people grasp the meaning of visual content 60,000 time faster than reading text. She does not support that claim with any sort of scientific data. However, I do believe it's true in so much as images, especially good images, are much more engaging than plain text. This holds true especially in the social media world. Case in point: I regular scroll past text only tweets on twitter in favor or finding a tweet with an image that engages me. Although, images are not enough in my opinion. Images engage, but the text, content and context of the images ultimately bring more value. For example, in Guerreo's own article, there are plenty of images that are interesting and engaging, but the real value is in the text explaining the nuances of each graphic and why the visual assest in its specific context works. To further illustrate that point, read her full article. You will discover much more meaning and value from the 10 tips listed above.
Find and follow the official social brand pages of Anna Guerreo.
The people over at SpringMediaDesign.uk, have written a very nice article about why email marketing still reigns supreme. They also made a nice distinction as to what content marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing is, and isn't, and how to use the three together.
The short version is this.
1) Content marketing is simply blogging (Onsite and off)
2) Social media marketing is promotion of your content to increase brand awareness and garner subscribers
3) Email marketing is the tool to generate actual sales
They also provide some solid tips with stats about how best to optimize your email marketing campaign. Hint - Be specific and segment!
Read source article : http://www.springmediadesign.uk/blog/why-email-marketing-still-reigns-supreme/
Check out all of SpringMediaDesign.uk social brand pages >>
Email Image Credit: Jase Digital Media (Creative Commons)
Crown Image Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crown_of_Italy.svg(Creative commons)
Who uses Maadly?
Don't know what it is? It's a new, gamified network that let's people from all over the world share their life and earn karma points. Upon closer inspection is sounds like it could be cool because there is no friending or following required. Just share your "beat" with the world, and if people like it, BOOM! Karma points and your post can go viral... Now, the reason we ask if anyone is using it is because even though it sounds cool, it also sounds like it could be a nightmare. You could be getting notified endlessly of total random things from complete strangers. Given this, and the fact it is only available on the Apple platform, we have not tried it. However, if you have tried it, love it or hate it, let us know your thoughts.
You can download it here.
Mint.com reviews 2016 - Anyone not using it yet?
This FREE mobile app from Intuit helps people manage their money by automatically pulling in all of your financial information into one place (your phone) so you can easily see your entire financial picture. When you see all of your financial spending / income in one place, you can more easily make better decisions about how and where to spend your money. Additionally, Mint scourers and analyzes thousands of checking, saving, credit card, CD and IRA rollover offers and then makes recommendations can save you the most based on your goals and lifestyle.
Here are some solid emarketing tips for 2016. In short articles with 2K words rank better, images engage better than text, video engages better than images. Consumers are more willing to give an email to download content vs a tweet. Buyers consult on average 11 reviews before buying and blogs are more influential than magazines at driving purchases.
CMS Critic has conducted a public poll to choose the best Free CMS system in the world. Their readers choose Joomla!. We couldn't agree more! Congratulations Joomla!Source: http://www.cmscritic.com/announcing-the-2015-winner-for-best-free-cms/
Where are my keys?Funny gif of an astronaut looking for keys after they left the capsule. Source: 4gifs.com
What will be the next evolution?
While surfing about today we came across Boost Insider and thought we'd give it a try. They are a PPC and CPA marketing platform that pays "social influencers" to drive traffic and sales to their various marketing clients. (At the time of writing, from what we can find on their site, the highest pay out is $12.50 per sign up for a dry cleaning service in San Francisco.) In shor,t it is an affiliate marketing platform geared toward social media users. There are a number of such programs and affiliate marketing platforms. We've tried such programs in the past. Other than Google Adsense, we have rarely been paid for driving traffic and sales. There is usually some technicality as to why the publisher does not want to pay. However, one in one hundred programs actually work. So, we are testing Boost Insider. You can too. If you want to make money for promoting items you like and that are relevant to your audience, try Boost Insider. Let us know the results. We will also share our experience as time goes on.
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