The algorithms are working against us now. Episode 165 offers two strategies to adapt to the new, more restrictive world of social media marketing: How to do an end-run around the algorithms, and three steps to lean into what is still the best part of social.
When everyone's doing content marketing, how do you stand out?
Have you noticed that some of the basic strategies behind your website, blog, social, and email marketing have started to lose some of their effect? That's because content marketing is now mainstream, with everyone employing the same set of tactics.
There's only one solution to this. Time to up our game.
We can't rely on what worked in the past. Our websites need to be more than a passive showroom, filled with infrequent blog posts that no one reads anyway. Social media isn't what it once was; tried-and-true activities are now tired and empty. A simple email newsletter won't cut it anymore either.
This 16-part series called "Content Marketing 201" will help you stand out amongst the crowd with more intermediate and advanced strategies.
The glory days of social are over. Free organic reach is a thing of the past. What used to work is no longer effective. So how do we respond? Are there still ways for us to use social media to build relationships with an audience without having to pay-to-play? Of course there are.
You can’t do good email marketing without maintaining a clean email list. Good list hygiene not only helps you save money, but it also helps you increase your open rate and click rate. Let’s look at some strategies for proper email list maintenance, including running periodic re-engagement campaigns.
Automation is key to today’s email marketing. In the last episode, I covered some basic automation strategies to get you started. Let’s take a look some more advanced techniques for when you are ready to go beyond a basic email newsletter strategy: RSS-based sequences and nurture sequences.
Adding a little bit of automation to your email marketing strategy can help nurture “cold” leads without a lot of extra hands-on effort. Building on the last episode about list segmentation, let’s look at the two types of automations that I recommend to clients when they are just getting started: Welcome sequences and follow-up sequences.
Good list segmentation in email marketing lies at the intersection of what’s meaningful to your audience vs. what’s important to you. If it’s one or the other, it won’t work as effectively. There are 3 distinct ways to segment your email list: Listen to Episode 158 for how to apply them to your own email marketing strategy.
Have you noticed that social media is not as effective anymore? That your website traffic is down? That people aren’t opening your email newsletters as much? Content marketing has changed – a lot – over the past 5 years alone. What used to work isn’t a sure thing anymore. How do we adapt to stay ahead of the curve?
Repurposing content is one of the best ways to get more out of your blog as a small business. With some careful planning up front, you can think a few steps ahead and save yourself time – while building a set of content as a valuable business asset. I lay out my entire process for repurposing content in Episode 155 of Marketing Without the Marketing.
Building anticipation is a terrific technique for getting readers back to your site. Producing a blog series is a great way to achieve this. It has the added benefit of an SEO boost around one of Google’s strongest ranking factors as well. There are two strategies that I use – Episode 153 covers both so you can apply one (or both!) to your blog, podcast, or vlog.
Each post you publish is an opportunity to get found by a future customer. Let Google help you. Optimizing for search is one of the best things you can do for your business blog, and it should only take an extra 5-10 minutes for each post. Episode 151 goes step-by-step through my SEO Treatment Plan.
What happens when a visitor arrives at your site? Do you have a pathway set up to guide them from that first visit through dozens of points of contact until they become a customer? If this isn’t all set up in advance – Web, blog, social, email, and online store – there’s little point in getting traffic to your site.
We are obsessed with getting traffic to our websites. I want to challenge that concept, because let’s face it – random traffic doesn’t do that much for you. Web Strategy 201 is getting beyond just “traffic” as a goal and making your site much more active in the sales process.