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Top 5 social media news articles for week ending 6/22/18

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 22, 2018 11:08:00 AM

Social media has single-handedly changed the face of marketing. In an industry that inherently grows and reinvents itself, the addition of social to marketing has added a whole new necessary level of thinking for marketers. We love the fast pace of social, so we're constantly reading to keep on top of our game, but we get it if you took a breather this week.

No worries...here are our favorite stories that came out in the last week. Our weekly top industry news post – this week, social's on deck. Happy reading and happy weekend!   

  1. How to solve 3 major social media marketing pain-points that continue to exist (Business 2 Community)
    B2C bridges the gap between just using social media in your marketing, and using it effectively. Learn how to overcome the three biggest pain-points marketers encounter when trying to use social to their advantage – from how to find and utilize time and resources, to validating your ROI (oh, hey boss), to staying on track with your consistency. 
  2. Looking for ways to improve your customer engagement on social media? Here are 8 (Entreprenuer)
    Eight rules for using social (and actually engaging, which is really the only point, no?) – from the no-brainers (post a lot, have a personality), to the less traveled path if you're just getting started
    (running promotions and campaigns to encourage engagement). 
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Topics: social, social networking, ubersocial, social media, social media marketing, social media news

11 things you absolutely MUST do before posting your blog

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 20, 2018 1:36:00 PM

I recently posted a blog on how to write killer content. In it, I discuss the top five resources the Flair team regularly uses when we create content. I thought I’d keep the convo going and let you in on our top tips for what we do just before we hit publish. Think of it as your pre-posting checklist.

  1. Don’t write in long chunks of text – a recent study by Microsoft Corp. shows the average attention span of most humans went from 12 seconds in 2000 to just eight seconds in 2015. (For comparison, a goldfish’s attention span is thought to be about nine seconds...but I digress…)
    TOP TIPS: 
    • Short blocks of text, bulleted lists, headings and subheadings (brownie points for bolding) are your best friends when blogging. 

    • Keep in mind - you basically have about seven seconds to capture your readers’ attention – ultra long paragraphs and chunks of text will lose ‘em.

  2. Link – embed high quality links, both to your own content and to others'. Link to older content you wrote (hello, thought leader…), link to studies and research, quote people you admire, be a resource to your readers.
    TOP TIPS: 
    • Be sure to set your links to “open in new page” so readers aren’t leaving your post.

    • Make sure you check your links – you definitely don’t want to include any broken links.

    • Find balance – don’t over-stuff your post with too many links.


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Topics: blog, blogging, blog posting, blog training, how to blog, best practices

Authenticity is the name of the inbound marketing game

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 19, 2018 8:30:42 AM

If you're into inbound marketing even just a little bit, you should know the name Tom Fishburne. Founder and CEO of Marketoonist, which parodies the world of marketing in the form of comics, Tom delights with his creative take on various marketing ideologies and subtopics.

But of my many favorite Fishburne-isms, it's something he says in a recent CustomerThink interview that rings truest of all for me:

 

"The best marketing doesn't feel like marketing"

 

I couldn't agree more. In a world of research-at-our-fingertips and Google-searches-galore, consumers are savvier than ever. In-authenticity reeks, and brands that aren't true to their mission (or those who haven't taken the time to explore what their mission actually is) are going to have an increasingly harder time finding marketing that works.

Worse? Those same savvy consumers are also unforgiving. Making the wrong move with your inbound strategy could just mean the death of your brand. Don't get me wrong, we all make honest mistakes, and the brands who make them (and get caught), if they're smart, will own up and charge forward. But the brands who think they can scheme their way into the hearts and wallets of their consumers are in for a rude awakening. 

Marketing, inbound marketing, is about taking the time to:

  • Understand your audience
  • Think about how you can help them
  • Figure out what problem you'll solve
  • Create content that speaks to them
  • Publish on a dependable schedule 
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Topics: blogging, Content Marketing, marketing strategy, blog posting, marketing plan, viral marketing, social media marketing, seo marketing

Top 5 SEO news articles for week ending 6/15/18

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 15, 2018 4:10:00 PM

SEO moves faster than a speeding bullet - what works one month may hurt you the next. And with Google's never-ending updates to their algorithm and ranking factors, you can't afford to not keep up with the times. Did you miss out on the top news stories this week? Don't you worry...Flair's got your back. Read on for the top five SEO news articles we thought were worth pointing out from this last week. 

  1. Best ways to improve your SEO and why you need to do it (Forbes)
    Forbes regularly posts on the most current and updated SEO news, and this article (coupled with the noteworthy contributors) doesn't disappoint. Get tips and thoughts from 15 members of the Young Entrepreneur Council - they're some of the brightest minds in biz. And they make some quick-hit-win suggestions that reinforce what we say all the time (like create authoritative content, post consistently and flesh out your meta data).
  2. Supercharging your SEO with AI: Insights, automation and personalization (Marketing Land)
    AI is here, and it's not going away any time soon. So whether you think it's creepy or cool, check out Marketing Land's exposé on how tech companies are fully embracing AI to become power-houses with their automated robotic SEO strategies. Side note: if you're in the "it's creepy" camp, this article is definitely worth the read, as it has some pretty interesting (not to mention calming) stats and thoughts on the subject. You listen to Pandora? Watch Netflix? You're already deep in the throws of AI.
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Topics: roundup, seo marketing, seo news, search engine optimization news

Top inbound marketing news for week ending 6/8/18

Posted by Kristin Muckerheide

Jun 8, 2018 6:42:39 PM

Each week, the team here at Flair Interactive rounds up five of the top news articles on a relevant marketing, social or SEO topic. This week, we're talking inbound marketing. By the time you're done reading, it'll be a little bit closer to the weekend (and you'll be up to date with the latest in inbound marketing news)! You're welcome.

 
June 6, 2018
 
Inbound marketing is tough these days. What was once new and cutting edge, is now just expected when it comes to marketing strategy. This makes it even more difficult to stand out and get your brand noticed. Learn five reasons why your marketing strategy may not be yielding the results you want, plus what you can do to change that.
 
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Topics: top 5, Inbound Marketing, news, inbound, roundup

5 most popular ebooks by Flair Interactive

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 6, 2018 7:52:00 AM

The wealth of knowledge available to internet users is nothing short of dumbfounding. You can literally, for better or worse, learn how to do anything online. It really is amazing.

But even with the plethora of information out there, finding valid and thorough content that’s actually useful and has purpose often seems overwhelming. I find I have my handful of “go-tos” who don’t let me down. Time after time, I trust I can search my good ol' standbys.

Say I have a question about content marketing – HubSpot has always got my back.

If I wonder “what time should I promote my blog across social channels?”…Social Media Examiner to the rescue.

Wonder what Google’s up to these days, or what all that hype about “Mobile-First” really means? Hey, Search Engine Land! 'Sup, Moz?!    

My point? Unless you have your own trusted go-tos, it can be a long, lonely trail of uncertainty. And in the abundant dark abyss of the web, we don’t always have the time to seek out our answer (let alone TRUST what we find).

You could spend hours looking at page after page of search results, and not really be sure about the advice you’re getting. It can be frustrating.

At Flair, we pride ourselves on the content we put out there – you know that if it has the Flair stamp of approval, you can trust it.

Our marketing library is chock full of resources intended to help you become better.

  • Better at digital marketing
  • Better at social media
  • Better at designing (or redesigning) your website
  • Better at SEO
  • Better at lead gen
  • Better at analyzing your metrics to see what’s working (and what’s not!)
Flair makes content that makes you better. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
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Topics: Online Marketing, ebooks, ebook, Content Marketing

Content marketing is a commitment, not a campaign

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

Jun 4, 2018 6:43:23 PM

Content marketing is a commitment, not a campaign. 

How totally (and for some, dauntingly) true is this?! So often (too often, really), we get the same push back when it comes to content marketing.

“We tried. It didn’t work.”

My response, every. single. time. I hear this?

“OK…I understand. I really do. Would you mind sharing a bit more about how or what you tried? What did you do?”

And, it never fails. I get the same answer, time after time.

"We blogged for [insert any length of time…a month, a quarter, a year] and nothing happened."

And there it is. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it a thousand more times – content marketing is NOT a set it and forget it project. It’s a commitment. A dedicated, consistent, concerted commitment to so much more than just writing and posting a blog. To successfully create and implement a content marketing strategy (that WORKS), you must be willing to do it all.

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Topics: content strategy, SEO, blogging, Content Marketing, social media marketing

Top content marketing news for week ending 6/1/18

Posted by Kristin Muckerheide

Jun 1, 2018 3:54:00 PM

Have you been staying on top of the latest trends and news in the world of content marketing lately? Summer is a busy time, we know. The team here at Flair Interactive has gathered the top five content marketing news updates for this week, so read on to get your fill of industry news. 

 

1. How do you set smart SEO goals for your team/agency/project? - Whiteboard Friday (Moz)

When it comes time to make SEO goals for your company, project or otherwise, are you gung-ho to get right in there and start crafting your actual SEO goals right off the bat? If that's the case, you're doing it wrong, according to Rand Fishkin on this Whiteboard Friday from Moz. He recommends a different approach that he explains in this blog. 

 

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Topics: top 5, Content Marketing, news, content marketing news, content is king,

5 most popular content marketing infographics in May 2018

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

May 31, 2018 6:19:00 AM

Infographics are an engaging, easy way to spread your wealth of knowledge and cement your place as a thought leader in your industry. They're bright, visual, eye-catching...everything you've been looking for when it comes to a fresh way to share content. Frankly, we love them. Check out our faves from the month of May 2018. 

  1. Six Important Points About the State of B2B Content Marketing [Infographic] (MarketingProfs)
    Most B2B companies are finally on board in terms of knowing they need to use content marketing as a strategic, warranted part of their marketing efforts, but many still aren’t quite sure what works best in the world of content. This infographic breaks it down plain and simple – everything from the roles different content formats play, to the impact on lead generation, to planning for success - if you’re a B2B with questions, this infographic’s got you covered.

  2. How to Enhance Your Content by Building Infographics with These 12 Tools (QuickSprout)
    Love the idea of infographics, but aren’t sure where to start? Feel like the cat’s got your design tongue? With any one of these 12 tools, you'll run out of excuses on why you aren’t creating infographics faster than you can say…well…infographic. A dozen cool (and even some free) easy-to-use tools that will let you say “adios, designer” and start making award-worthy graphics any time the inspiration strikes. 

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Topics: viral content, Content Marketing, infographics, viral marketing

Top 5 resources to help you write killer content

Posted by Joanna Ellis-Escobar

May 29, 2018 10:06:33 AM

 

They say it takes a village. And nowhere does that apply more than when it comes to your content. Anyone who has managed their own digital presence will agree…just doing it at all is no small feat. Doing it well takes grit and diligence. So whether you have a dedicated marketing team, or if you’re fighting the good fight alone, most of us can agree that any help is welcome help.

Luckily, in today’s digital age, help is out there and readily available. So don’t reinvent the wheel…take advantage of what’s there for you. So you say you don’t have time to weed through the hundreds of pages of sites claiming to make your content the best it can be?

Don’t you worry…we’ve got you covered.

Check out our current list of top five resources we can’t blog without.

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Topics: blogger, blogging, Content Marketing

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