Hundreds bid farewell to proud Letterkenny man Raymond Blake

first_imgLetterkenny publican Raymond Blake has been remembered as a big-hearted man who lived for his family, friends and his love of sport.The 56-year-old businessman was laid to rest at Conwal Cemetary this afternoon following his funeral mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral.Hundreds of mourners packed into the church to say a final farewell to the larger-than-life character who touched the lives of so many. Among the many people who attended Raymond’s funeral was figures from the world of sport, politics and business as well as members of the Letterkenny public whom Raymond was very much part of.His beloved St Eunan’s GAA club formed a guard of honour as Raymond was taken the short distance up Church Lane from his home on the town’s Main Street.Chief celebrant Fr Damien Nejad recalled Raymond’s love of sport including St Eunan’s but also his beloved Manchester Utd.He told on one occasion in 1999 when Manchester Utd took on Bayern Munich in Barcelona. With no direct flights to Barcelona, Raymond instead booked a flight via Lourdes but had to stop off to say some prayers as his late dad Harry would never have forgiven him if he didn’t make an effort!Among the chief mourners at the funeral was Raymond’s brothers Joe, Kevin and David and sister Ita.Local musician Declan Nee provided the moving music.As Raymond was led out of the church, a spontaneous burst of applause rang out from mourners which rippled down Market Square.Members of St Eunan’s again gave Raymond a guard of honour down the Main Street of the town he loved so well while other members of the club stood silently outside O’Donnell Park as the tricolour flew at half-mast. He was laid to rest a short time ago at Conwal Cemetary, a short distance out the road from the beloved GAA club he was so much a part of.Rest in peace Raymond.Hundreds bid farewell to proud Letterkenny man Raymond Blake was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:funeralletterkennyRaymond Blakelast_img read more

Paid Search vs. Organic Search

first_img 1.  If you rank high for organic results, it is (typically) long lasting.  So, the time/money you spend helping yourself move up the ranks is relatively persistent while the PPC campaign is money spent over and over again. The benefits of optimizing your site for exposure in the organic results of the search engines relative to paying for PPC campaigns: We meet many small businesses who ask our advise about buying CPC ads versus optimizing their sites for optimal organic results.  try at accessing information.  4.  Often times searchers visit your site more than once before self-selecting into a form, whitepaper, etc.  We track this data carefully at HubSpot and notice that a decent portion of the leads we get are from people who have visited the site through multiple searches over multiple months.  Organic search campaigns have more latency. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 5.  Marketing Sherpa reports that in the b2b environment, less than one-fourth of b2b buyers to look to paid listings in their 3.  You can send the clicks to custom landing pages crafted for just the words you bought.  [In theory, this should dramatically increase the conversion rates relative to organic results that more often than not land on your home page, but the Marketing Sherpa numbers say otherwise.] 3.  Organic clicks convert at least as well as paid clicks.  Marketing Sherpa’s Search Marketing Benchmark study of 3,217 marketers showed that organic clicks converted at an average of 4.2% v. 3.6% for paid. Topics: The benefits of buying CPC ads versus organic seo:center_img 2.  You can experiment cheaply.  The good thing about advertising on Google is that you don’t have to create a huge budget for advertising, you can throw as little money as you want, experiment efficiently, get the ratios where you want, and then expand. first 1.  It is fast.  You can be up and running with paid ads the very same day you are inspired to move. — Brian Halligan. 2.  Organic results are clicked on a lot more than paid results, especially for well educated crowds.  I read a study that showed dramatic differences as you moved from high school eduction to associate degrees to bachelors to masters to phd’s.  The more educated your prospect, the less likely they are to click on an advertisement.  If you are selling to high school students, you should buy cpc ads.  If you are selling to engineers or professors, you need to think more about seo because that’s where the volume is. PPC Originally published May 29, 2007 3:18:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 There are big benefits to both, so I recommend doing both.  To get maximum benefit, I recommend optimizing around some keywords for organic results and buy other keywords.  6.  Many think of Google as a search company, but I think of them as a modern media conglomerate with an ultra-efficient mechanism for selling advertisements that work particularly well in the longtail.  Like other media companies, Google benefits from efficient pricing of advertising.  As more and more niche companies start to advertise on Google, their prices will become more efficient and their rates will become less and less attractive relative to other media outlets.last_img read more

Is 22 Tweets-Per-Day the Optimum?

first_img Topics: Twitter Marketing Data 0.37 128160 3.67 11.84 Veronica 39.04 129017 136364 is that they allow you to do all sorts of interesting data analysis. nprpolitics techcrunch Tweets Per Day What is more interesting than that is what happens when we the graph average number of followers of users at various TPD levels. As you can see by the graph below, a sweet spot emerges. Originally published Mar 2, 2009 8:43:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack There are a small but siginificant number of users who tweet more than 150 times per day on average, but when added to the above graph they only continue the downward trend to the right. 316651 One of the great things about tools like 144201 Our database includes stats on more than 1.6 million Twitter users Nytimes The “peak” of the curve below is at about 22 tweets per day. Below is a graph of the distribution of those 1.6 million Twitter users’ average number of tweets per day. Notice that most users fall towards the low end of the range, meaning that most users only tweet a few times a day (or less). . 0.81 ijustine 9.64 103.39 the_real_shaq CNNBrk 7.85 177949 0.12 0.53 kevinrose 164864 0.38 User 4.422 148709 britneyspears Users who tweet between 10 and 50 times per day have more followers on average than those that tweet more or less frequently. 174635 ? How much is too much, and why do some people seem to do nothing all day but sit around posting to Twitter? algore 191126 wilw . 142835 twitter 263730 8.06 lancearmstrong 143299 Twitter Grader 129105 ev and the average number of followers for users in the database was 128965 3.48 how often you should be tweeting Ever wonder 205758 Followers 12.13 barackobama 3.98 19.65 mashable 7.33 stephenfry 156223 The average tweets per day (TPD) I measured was aplusk 6.16 226854 2.72last_img read more

Can PR Firms Lead the Inbound Marketing Revolution?

first_img PR firms are naturals at and the blogosphere because of their relationship building skills. I’m not saying that they can do what they did in the past, but if they follow Originally published Nov 17, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 are becoming more and more available and affordable. The knowledge of your average SEO consultant or lead generation expert is now being codified and made available. Even though the knowledge base is changing at a rapid rate and will continue to change at a rapid rate, it’s maturing like all knowledge industries do. So, PR firms that are equipped with writes and start providing direction for the many activities required for an inter-disciplinary inbound marketing strategy.  goes on to write can now do SEO, PPC and lead generation without a huge staff of technical resources and quants. to learn the findings from HubSpot’s recent research on new releases. leveraging social media While I applaud Brian’s focus on expanding the size of the funnel (lead dev), there are more nuanced activities that go on: positioning, messaging, crisis communications, relationship-building, training, etc. Such activities might only offer a tangential or indirect impact on lead development, but, they are still critically important to companies of all sizes. Based on my experience working with all kinds of agencies as HubSpot’s partner program manager, I believe that The Convergance of All Marketing Disciplines in-house analytical people PR firms are the best positioned Is PR Dead in order to serve clients effectively. : Based on my recent conversations with many different types of agencies, there is general agreement that now is an unprecedented time of convergence between all of the marketing disciplines.  Creative content creation A few weeks back, HubSpot’s CEO, Brian Halligan, asked the question, ” PR Firms Will Probably Lead the Inbound Marketing Revolution If I were asked Brian’s question, I’d answer, “PR is not dead. PR firms will probably lead the way.” There are few SEO firms that are signing up clients at $10k/month for SEO alone anymore. PR firms are having a difficult time getting the retainers they’re used to getting without knowing how to help clients attract traffic through social media and search. Ad agency budgets are shrinking and PR agents are being asked to help clients move online. Web developers are struggling to sign up new clients for $50k website development work without a clear plan that demonstrates a 3 month ROI on that expenditure. they may be able to use Social Media to help evolve their industry.  :  Understand the value you are getting from your PR agency and their services.center_img you need to be an expert at all things inbound marketing PR firms have tight ongoing high retainer relationships with their clients. PR firms are brought on as advisors and stewards of a company’s brand. From that perch, it’s much easier to Unless you are Rand-Fishkin-good at SEO or a Chris-Brogan-big in social media, PR is NOT dead. But, PR needs to change. With the highest retainers out of most types of agencies and often the least accountability to direct measurement of ROI,  PR firms seem to have the most to lose.  Brian wrote a follow-up post today that despite its provocative title is thoughtful and largely spot-on.   PR firms are excellent content creators. tree photo by The lines between ad agencies, PR firms, marketing consultants, SEO firms, web designers and developers, are blurring. Firms can no longer pretend that their industry isn’t changing. is the most time consuming and difficult and most critical part of inbound marketing. SEO and lead generation can not be done without effective and creative content creation.  We could probably spend a lot of time debating what’s more or less important in a PR mix, but we might miss the big point that PR and marketing are changing in a seismic way. Todd Video: How to be Smarter than Your PR Agency It’s a provocative question for a blog title. But, the blog post and the ensuing responses started a great conversation about how inbound marketing is changing PR. New PR guru, Todd Defren to offer inbound marketing services. Here’s why:  influence the most important people in a company Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and Who do you think is best equipped to lead the inbound marketing revolution? Who has the most to gain? The most to lose? Who will lead the way? Inbound marketing training Download the free video ?”  marketing software Nezitic[x] Marshall Kirkpatrick’s guidelines for pitching bloggers None of this is new this year, but the problem with PR has become more acute.  last_img read more

Confessions of a Closet Slug

first_imgThis is a guest post written by Jill Konrath, bestselling author of I like telling people I’m crazy-busy. It makes me sound important. Necessary. In demand. SNAP Selling What are trigger events? They’re happenings either in a company, industry or general business climate that create opportunities for someone to use your products or services. Selling to Big Companies Because efficiency is not my strength, I developed other strategies to be successful. You see, being productive isn’t just about being a disciplined taskmaster. It also is about being highly effective. But it all comes down to this. For maximum impact, we need to be both efficient and effective.And, most of all, to lead the kind of life you really want to live – meaning having time for all the things you want to do – it’s important to gain control of how you spend your time. That’s what I working on right now. Join me on Thursday at the th That’s what’s going through my mind right now. I’ve been at my desk since 7:30 this morning. I ate lunch in my office because there was no time to go out. I was on the computer or on conference calls for hours. Yet, at the end of the day, I’ve barely made a dent in my To Do list. Is it any wonder that I’m feeling overwhelmed? But here’s the truth. on March 24 amongst her many other responsibilities. And, even worse. I use my time poorly. I make bad choices all day long that contribute to this predicament I’m in. Just this morning, a hyperlink in newsletter article resulted in me squandering a half hour on interesting but low priority work.I let this happen too often. I know better. On days when I identify my key priorities upfront, barricade myself from interruptions and don’t check email all the time, I get a tremendous amount done. Plus, I have lots of time left over to do fun things. But in reality, I default far too often to this slothful behavior. I know I’m not alone in this area. That’s why I’m putting on the Using these “alert services” is the best way I know to get good business – quickly. Sales Productivity Summit . (If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss the March 24 How I Learned to Compensate for Being a Slug and popular speaker at annual sales meetings. Hardly considered a “slug”, she’s also hosting the  Free Online Sales Productivity Summit st 1. Precision Prospecting Working with companies that have urgent and compelling needs leads to shorter sales cycles and less competition. When I stumbled across the concept of “trigger events” over 20 years ago, I was ecstatic. When I first started using this strategy, I leveraged the local business press to identify those opportunities. It’s still a good resource. But today you can Google Alerts as well as services offered by technology companies. Here are two strategies I leveraged to achieve sales success. To me, every contact with a prospective customer is invaluable. I’m talking about every email, voicemail, phone call, online meeting or presentation. I know the key concerns of my primary decision makers. I invest time doing research on the company or industry.I spend time planning, to ensure that ruthless relevance in my messages. I try to quickly demonstrate my knowledge so they know I’m a credible resource. I write down the questions I want to ask. And, I know what the logical next step that I’ll suggest at the end of a conversation. What is the impact? Fewer phone calls or emails. Fewer prospects. But more sales and bigger sales. to get more ideas on how to do that! Slug Parts, Swirrl quarter earnings, a new strategic direction, new legislation, increased gas prices or multiple visits to your website. 2. Quality Connections How will I get it all done? There’s more here to do than is humanly possible. All this email is killing me. & session. It’s worth it.) Sales Productivity Summit Inbound Sales Image credit: Topics: Examples might be a new VP of Sales, stagnant 1 The Big Challenge Originally published Mar 23, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated July 03 2013 Sales Productivity Summit Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Top 5 Reasons for Mobile Marketing [Data]

first_img Mobile Marketing , there will be 73.3 million smartphone users in the U.S. in 2011. And that number is only rising. It’s estimated that there will be more than 84 million by 2012 and over 100 million by 2014. Reason # 5– Easy to do 67% of them research on their smartphone and then buy in a store. Marketing in the Moment But here’s the number that really gets me. According to Michael Tasner in his book “ Smartphone users look for a wide variety of information. That can be news, sports, games, restaurant information and location, or shopping. What the Google study pointed out is that 89% of them do their search with a degree of urgency. This sense of urgency should be of incredible interest to ecommerce sites as well as brick and mortar companies. For example, a smartphone user needs an appliance. They find it and have the option of going to a nearby store to purchase it or to have it shipped from an ecommerce site. They will do one or the other, depending on the proximity of the store and the time they need that appliance. The point is, if you offer that appliance and smartphone users can’t find you, you lose that sale. 9% visit the store first, then purchase on their smartphone Originally published Jun 24, 2011 4:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 If you are at all serious about a comprehensive and integrated marketing strategy for your company, mobile has to be a part of it. Topics: 16% research on their smartphone, visit the store, then purchase on their smartphone What are you waiting for? With the ever-expanding market of mobile (and smartphone) users combined with the paucity of companies marketing to them, now is the time to make the most out of mobile marketing. The competition is small at this point, and you can create a presence before it gets cluttered. If you are already advertising on the internet, you might be interested to know that ad spending across mobile devices is still low, which means you can get some great keyword phrases for bargain prices. Reason #2 – Consumers Marketing in the Moment Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack from Michael Tasner’s book According to Google’s latest : , packaging, branding, and public relations, you don’t want to lose your smartphone prospect when they are looking for your type of product on their smartphone. According to Google: chapter on mobile marketing 23% research on a smartphone, visit the store to check out the product, then purchase online on their computer. independent research Image credit: iStockPhoto social media marketing Reason # 3 – Urgency mobile marketing Smartphone users don’t do everything on their smartphones – and thank goodness for that. They are influenced by many other things, whether that be word of mouth, online or television ads, or products on a shelf. But for them, smartphones are now an integral part of their lives. If you are a company that puts time and effort into online marketing, For HubSpot users, their websites are automatically mobile-friendly. For everyone else, the process is relatively simple. There are many programs and agencies out there that can offer you a fairly quick way to make your site is mobile friendly. We’re making available for free a According to eMarketer Reason # 4 – Integration , 74% of smartphone users have made a purchase as a result of using a smartphone. When it comes to search, 53% of smartphone users purchase something as a result of their smartphone search. That’s 53% of 73 million. That’s a lot of purchasing power. What’s interesting is how this group actually buys. After searching, 40% use their smartphones to buy something in a store. In the world of ecommerce, 35% of them take their information, go online on a computer and buy, or 20% of them use their smartphones to complete their purchase. What this tells me is that these consumers are not picky about where they shop, and the smartphone gives them the options they need. It’s all about accessibility and urgency, which brings me to reason #3. As Tasner says, “Mobile is growing faster than any other online-marketing method, tactic, or technique.” What are you waiting for? , and in it there are sections on how to establish a mobile-only site and how to get started with mobile marketing. That includes tactics like SMS, MMS, special offers, advertsing, etc. I’m not alone in this admiration. Reason #1 –Timing ,” only 6% of businesses are doing any type of mobile marketing. And for companies with less than $10,000 in revenue per year (what we at HubSpot consider small businesses), only 0.5% of them mobile market. The book was published a year ago, so these numbers might be up a little, but not by much. This brings me to reason #1 forlast_img read more

5 Places to Promote Your Business’ Social Media Presence

first_img Considering it’s such a hub for new activity and fresh content for many websites, your blog is often the first place people will look to see if you’re on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Add easy-to-find follow buttons to the sidebar of your blog. If you don’t have a business blog ? email The “About Us” page on your website is another logical place to promote your presence. Frequently visited by new site visitors and often a destination page for media professionals and bloggers looking for more information about your company, products, and services, your website’s “About Us” page is an obvious choice for the promotion of your social presence. 1. On Your Blog: internet marketing strategy 5 Places to Promote Your Social Media Presence but still maintain a social media presence, consider adding these follow buttons to your homepage instead. 2. On Your “About Us” Page: set up. It’s simply because they’re not promoting the presence they have! your business’ social media presence I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is to be searching for a specific person, business, or brand in social media only to find that … they’re impossible to find! If social media is supposed to make it easy for your fans, prospects, and customers to connect with you, shouldn’t it be easy for them to find you there in the first place? And a lot of times, it isn’t because the particular subject doesn’t have This might sound odd, but think about it. If someone is willing to Like your Facebook Page and they are also on Twitter and LinkedIn, they’ll likely be interested in your presence on those sites, too. Once you’ve created your social media accounts and optimized your profiles, the next step is to promote them and increase your reach. Don’t miss out on these 5 simple places to promote your presence. It’s as simple as adding social media follow links and buttons, but you’d be surprised how often this low-hanging fruit gets neglected…center_img social media accounts 4. On Your Other Social Media Accounts: Originally published Aug 11, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 , consider adding social media logos and corresponding URLs to your profile pages on these sites right onto your ads and promotional materials. This will encourage people who discover you offline to also connect with you online, making for a truly integrated campaign. Topics: 5. On Print Materials: Where else do you suggest promoting 3. In Your Emails: and social media should go hand in hand. Include small follow buttons or links in the footer of your email sends to encourage email recipients to connect with you in social media. If you are the owner of a brick and mortar business and are using print advertising or other materials to complement your These days, Social Media Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How Good Does Your Site REALLY Look on Mobile Devices? [Free Tool]

first_imgOur stat-hounds cannot keep up. Figures for website traffic from mobile devices have jumped again. This time from 13% in 2012 to nearly one-fourth (24%) in the first quarter of 2013 — a 78% increase in total.So if it’s all the same to you, whenever someone asks about mobile driven traffic from this point forward, we’re just going to say, “more than the last time you looked.”You already know that mobile is a force to be reckoned with, and odds are, you’ve put some thought into it. You may have pulled up your site on your mobile phone or checked it out on a tablet to see how the experience comes across. But as you add more content and consumer tech adds more and more devices, it can be difficult to scale that approach.Enter HubSpot’s Device Lab, a free tool we’ve just created to help you see how your site looks across all sorts of devices — from iPhones to Galaxys to Desktops. It’s a little like playing dress up with your website, except this game could save you from losing a hefty slice of your visitors to competitor sites.Here’s how the tool works. Check it out. It’s still in beta, which means we’re working on making it perfect, but please do give it a try.How to See What Your Site Looks Like on Different Mobile DevicesPut the URL you’d like to view into the Device Lab:  You can choose your own homepage, a new landing page you’ve created, or even a competitor’s site. What you want to look for in the results is how the overall experience changes from device to device. Are the images loading properly? Is your page getting cut off? Does the visitor from that device have to zoom or scroll excessively to find a call-to-action (CTA) or fill out a form?In just a couple of seconds you’ll get a custom report:  The first thing you’ll notice in the report is a meter for the percentage of overall internet traffic driven by each device. For now, this is just a guideline based on average internet usage, but there are a number of free tools that will help you get custom reporting for your own site, the easiest being the mobile report within Google Analytics, if you have that set up.  Next, you’ll see a visual of how your site looks when viewed on the six most commonly used mobile devices:iPhone4 and 4SIPhone5NexusSamsung GalaxyiPadPlus a desktop view for comparison A sample cut from HubSpot’s Device Lab ReportWhat to Do With This ReportThere are three possible outcomes from this report:You are happy with the way your site looks on every device. Congratulations! As my dad would say, “You done good, kid.” Since the visuals are good, you can now move on to thinking about how you can adapt your content strategy to drive more conversions from mobile devices. Think about how buyer behavior changes on mobile and try to identify the most common and essential actions a visitor takes on your site. Then prioritize your content to make that interaction frictionless. You are happy with parts of it, but see some problems. Maybe some devices look better than others, or the top of your page looks good, but when you scroll down there are some elements that look off — perhaps, a video or image that isn’t adapting well to the device. In this case, make yourself a checklist. If you have a designer on staff, HubSpot’s got a bunch of tips available for how to make page elements like iframes, videos, and images responsive for mobile devices. It’s a hot mess. Don’t panic. Take a look at your mobile traffic numbers to see where your audience is on the curve of mobile adoption. Again, you can get a sense of this in Google Analytics or by taking a look at benchmarks by industry. If your numbers are on par with or ahead of internet averages, you’ll want to look at moving to a mobile-optimized platform for your next website redesign. HubSpot’s Content Optimization System uses responsive design to automatically repackage your website to fit any device. And when it comes to creating a complete mobile strategy, you can take things piece by piece. So now you know how it works, and you’re prepared for any outcome — why not give it a try? Mobile Optimization Topics: Originally published Sep 19, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Are you trying to amass a large following on Twitter? Want to increase your engagement and have meaningful conversations? Or maybe even drive more traffic to your website?These are great goals to set for yourself, but there are some mistakes you might be making on Twitter that are likely hindering your efforts, and you’re not even aware of it.Making some of these mistakes might even lead to people UNFOLLOWING you. *Collective gasp of horror.*Here are eleven things you didn’t know you were doing wrong on Twitter — some of which may be why people are unfollowing you:Click here to access a free Twitter for Businesses kit.1) Tweeting Purely Self-Promotional ContentThere’s a lot of interesting content out there. Chances are, your followers are interested in more than just yours. And if all you do is tweet content about yourself, you’re going to bore your audience pretty quickly — especially if you tweet the same link over and over. It will be hard to grow a valuable following if you don’t share other unique content, retweet, and reply to others.2) Tweeting at People With Irrelevant LinksYou might think your latest blog post is the most brilliant article to be posted on the internet all month. Maybe it is. But it’s generally a bad idea to tweet at people using their @ handles with a link to your article. If there is a specific person you know would be interested in your content based on previous conversations you’ve had with them, that’s one thing. But to @ every person you follow in your industry and your city with a link will get you unfollowed faster than you can say “spam.”3) Retweeting Every Tweet That Mentions YouIf people are mentioning you and your content in their tweets, that’s great! You can thank them by replying to them or favoriting their tweets. But retweeting every tweet in which you’re mentioned makes you look like you’re trying to win a popularity contest. Just like blasting out self-promotional tweets, it will clutter your followers’ feeds with tweets about … you.4) Keeping Your Twitter Lists HiddenMost of the people I keep track of on Twitter are not people I follow — they’re people I’ve organized into various lists. In fact, sometimes when people follow me, I add them to a list instead of following them back, since I pay attention to lists more than my main Twitter stream. When you create a list on Twitter, you can choose to create a public or private list.Public list: Anyone you add to the list will receive a notification that you’ve added them to that list. Anyone can also find and follow your list, or add your list to their Tweetdeck as a column.Private list: It’s private to you. Nobody on that list will know that you’re following them. Nobody can find or follow the list you’ve curated.Some lists should remain private, e.g. lists you’ve created for groups of friends and/or family. But if you’ve created an industry or professional-related list, consider making it public. That way the people included in your lists may reciprocate or follow you, or not get offended that you didn’t “follow” them back, since they know you’re paying attention to them.5) Favoriting Every Tweet Someone TweetsYou don’t want people to think you’re a stalker, do you?It’s fine to be a super fan. There are certain people on Twitter that you admire and like to follow closely, and that’s great. Much like the “Like” button on Facebook, favoriting is an easy way to show appreciation for shared content on Twitter. But if you favorite every single tweet someone puts out there, they will notice — and not always in a good way. Worse yet, some people favorite every tweet someone is even mentioned in.I think sometimes people use software to automatically favorite these tweets, but either way, it’s super creepy and can get you unfollowed or even blocked.6) Griping or Complaining I am guilty of this sometimes. When I get frustrated about something, it’s easy to tweet out a short rant and feel like I’ve gotten something off my chest.Publicly spewing negativity is a bad idea. While there are some very nice people out there who will tweet at me with pictures of kittens and puppies, my follower count takes a small dip each time I rant about something. People don’t like to be surrounded by negative people. So try to avoid airing out your dirty laundry on Twitter and maintain a positive outlook — your followers will love you for it.7) Tweeting All Your Content for the Day at OnceYou might not have much time for Twitter. In fact, Twitter (and other social media responsibilities) might be your “morning coffee” activity, which means you spend 15 minutes responding to tweets, publishing new tweets, and sharing interesting content. But don’t forget to space things out! If you tweet five times in a row first thing in the morning, and that’s it for the day, your tweets will only be seen by people who happen to check Twitter around that time. Your tweets will be pushed too far down the stream for the afternoon crowd to see. You can use tools like Social Inbox to schedule your tweets throughout the day. This way, you can still get your Twitter tasks out of the way in the morning, but your account will be active throughout the day.8) OversharingThere are certain mundane details of your life that your Twitter followers probably don’t want to know about, including but not limited to problems you’re having with your wilted lettuce, how uncooperative your children are being in the grocery store, or how many hours of sleep you got last night. #nobodycaresSometimes it’s fine to share this kind of day-to-day life drama — it adds to your personality, makes you more relatable, and lets you connect with your audience. But if you only tweet this stuff … all the time … you won’t become a very influential person on Twitter (unless you’re already a celebrity). Oversharing could also mean tweeting too frequently. If you overwhelm your followers’ Twitter streams, they likely won’t follow you for long.9) Auto DMsThere are some services you can use to automatically send a direct message (DM) to a new follower. Sadly, some people still think using these services is a good idea. Upon polling Twitter to ask why people would unfollow someone, auto DM was the #1 most common response. Auto DMs are annoying, inauthentic, and make you seem like a bot or spammer.10) Being Rude to Other Twitter UsersI will never understand why people go out of their way to be mean or rude to strangers on Twitter, but it happens all the time. Maybe you’ve read articles saying the best way to gain a following is to be controversial. Or maybe you don’t realize you’re being rude.A good rule of thumb to follow: If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face in real life, you shouldn’t say it to them on Twitter. The same etiquette should apply. For the most part, Twitter isn’t really anonymous. The people you’re rude to can see who you are. So for goodness sake, behave!11) Only RetweetingIf you like to retweet often, that’s great! You’re not being overly-self-promotional, and you’re contributing to the conversation. But there is the opposite extreme as well, and that’s ONLY retweeting other people’s tweets, especially if you don’t provide commentary of your own. If you want to be influential on Twitter, you need to contribute some original content, as well. Otherwise your followers might as well only follow the people you retweet, and not follow you.Want to share this post? 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How to Hire a Content Strategist

first_imgThe demand for content strategists is outstripping supply, and with good reason: They produce the fuel that drives the inbound engine. Because it’s a relatively new role, however, universities aren’t yet churning out journalist-grade writers who double as experts on the machinery of search, demand creation, and social media. Instead, content strategists tend to emerge from various corners of the current marketing and media workforces.CMOs can feel like they’re playing a high-stakes game of Whack-a-Mole when recruiting for a content strategist position. There’s simply no telling where they’re hiding. Yet for companies running the inbound marketing playbook, it’s such a foundational hire that the CMO may feel like she has little choice but to stand by the game console, waiting to bag the first critter to pop up his head.Fortunately, I’ve hired for the role and helped others land quality content talent. Let’s put down the foam mallet and explore some reliable ways to land not just any content strategist, but the right one.1) Focus on Skills, Not TitleThere just aren’t that many legitimate content strategists out there, so don’t get too tangled up in looking for people with the ideal title. You are far better off searching for candidates with foundational skills like blogging, SEO, marketing automation, design, video production, even coding.Writing is a prerequisite. After that, I look for one additional core skill. If you are hiring only a single content strategist, I’d suggest the secondary skill be design. Analytics and SEO can be taught more easily than can writing or design.2) Follow the LeadersThanks to “ego trap” marketing, the internet is chock-full of lists cataloging prominent content professionals. Even if you aren’t in a position to hire one of the top names, creep their profiles to discover who they follow on Twitter. You are sure to find a long list of practitioners who, at the very least, have earned the hard-won attention of influencers in the space. (Hey, it’s a start.)3) Fish Off of the Longest PiersThere are a number of prominent blogs that are dedicated to inbound and content marketing. The Content Marketing Institute, Copyblogger, MarketingProfs, B2B Marketing Insider, and this blog, all come to mind as hotbeds for quality guest contributors. You may also want to scour dominant blogs in your own vertical market. Generally speaking, the better the blog, the higher the bar for guest writers to clear — a standard that’s likely to become even more stringent given recent Google comments.Simply put, if any of these blogs has published a post by an outside content strategist, odds are, the writer is a good one. The blog hasn’t only surfaced a candidate for you to contact, but it’s also helped with your due diligence. It’s a two-point victory.4) Trust the CrowdThere are a handful of sites, many premium, that search the social graph on a given topic to identify the people most influential on a given subject. For example, Little Bird, a company I advise, can quickly generate a list of hundreds of “insiders” on the subject of “content strategy.” Names are ranked by how many other insiders are connected to them. It also allows you to identify “emerging” influencers, or rising stars in a given industry. This particular list may be useful for smaller companies or those with tighter budgets. In any event, the crowd can be a reliable way to surface and vet candidates.5) Look for ClustersLinkedIn is, obviously, the go-to starting point for sourcing candidates, but avoid focusing only on scanning profiles. Instead, join content marketing groups and monitor activity level. Perhaps more relevant still is Inbound.org, an active community of inbound marketers — many of whom embody the ideal art-meets-science profile that makes for a successful content strategist. Inbound.org also includes a job listings board.6) Follow the Speaking CircuitYou don’t have to attend every marketing conference to know who is presenting. Simply check out the agendas for marketing-related events, like Content Marketing World, Authority and INBOUND, to see who has been invited to speak. Alternatively, you can run the same process for industry events in your particular market. Identify relevant topics on the agenda and … shazam! An instant list of highly trusted voices in the space. Most speakers also upload their presentations to SlideShare, which will give you visibility into their creative skills as well as their storytelling ability.7) Check Your Reading ListRemember that many of the best content strategists didn’t start out as marketers at all. They came from the ranks of journalism. So ask yourself: Who do I read regularly? What are my favorite blogs or news sites? Jot down a short list and reach out to the reporters. Sure you may have to teach them fundamental marketing skills, but the most important ability — the capacity build an audience with words — is likely there in spades.Several pillars — freemium pricing, engaging tools and apps, a rich web experience, relevant and welcome email, and, perhaps most importantly, smart content — form the foundation of an effective inbound marketing program. But for many CMOs, the content strategists have proven to be an elusive hire. Mix these seven tips with a little online sleuthing, and you might just find the perfect fit for your organization. Just make sure they aren’t currently on my team, okay? Content Marketing Strategy Topics: Originally published May 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! 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