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September 25, 2013

An A-list group of investors bet a new app called Memoir can do our remembering for us

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An A-list group of investors bet a new app called Memoir can do our remembering for us (via Pando Daily)

By Erin Griffith On September 18, 2013The premise sounds a little looney: Memoir, an app that launched today, aims to “replace human memory.”  It’s based on the concept that we will use Google Glass to record everything we ever do. Memoir aims…


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September 12, 2013

5 Little Things That Make a Big Difference in Your Blog’s SEO

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Many people start blogs because they are passionate about a topic and want to tell people about it. However, in order for a blog to be successful, we must go beyond writing about what interests us and focusing on the little things that make a big impact on SEO. Some tasks, like allowing for email subscription and verifying your blog’s URL with the major search engines, only take a few minutes but can create a huge difference in traffic, engagement, and overall growth.

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August 30, 2013

Is Google+ Part of Your Blogging Strategy?

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Google+ is one of the newest social media networks that has grown into millions of members. It allows you to integrate with Google services, which give you the ability to promote your content and other links, as well as to gain visibility with other Google products. Many bloggers do not realize the importance that Google+ may have been promoting their content. Google plus is no longer an optional network that people can decide to participate in when it comes to social media promotion.

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August 21, 2013

How to Turn Your Blog into a StumbleUpon Haven

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StumbleUpon

If you blog and you haven’t heard of StumbleUpon, you’re missing out on a great deal of quality referrals to your content. StumbleUpon is a website that specializes in social bookmarking, and is one of the best traffic-generators on the web for blogs who know how to embrace it properly. In 2011, StumbleUpon surpassed Facebook as the biggest social traffic driver on the internet. Although more recently, Facebook has overtaken StumbleUpon, and Pinterest is now in second place, StumbleUpon is still a none-too-shabby third, and it has a dedicated following.

Getting your blog noticed on StumbleUpon can seem a bit tricky at first, especially if you haven’t taken the time to familiarize yourself with how the site works. Users randomly “stumble” through sites, and rate them (with a simple thumbs up or down) as they discover them. The more sites they rate, the better StumbleUpon gets at serving up content that it thinks they would enjoy. When done the right way, a StumbleUpon campaign is a great way to get your humble little blog in front of hundreds or even thousands of new sets of eyes. read more

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August 20, 2013

How Social Media Can Help Create Your Next Blog Post

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Social Media

Social media has taken over our daily lives, and over one billion people access Facebook alone on a monthly basis. While various platforms help us connect with others wherever, whenever, they can also be a serious killer of getting work done. From post to post, video to funny photo, an hour skimming through streams can feel like just a matter of minutes.

Blogging and social media both go hand in hand, and thanks to the explosion of major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, we are able to reach people in a way that more easily facilitates content consumption. In other words, social networks are like RSS readers, minus the whole dying part. read more

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August 2, 2013

Content Marketing with Noelle Schuck, Editor-in-Chief at iAcquire

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Content marketing is all the rage these days – but what exactly is it and how can it be scaled to be profitable? We had the opportunity to interview Noelle Schuck, the Editor-in-Chief at iAcquire, a NYC and Phoenix-based digital and content marketing agency. As the Editor-in-Chief, she manages content journalists, SEO strategists, and editors who create custom content on behalf of clients, publishers, and their audiences.

What’s it like leading a team? How do you manage your time, and stay on track? Any particular tools you recommend?

I manage 21 people on iAcquire’s Editorial team: four content strategists, three assignment editors, seven writers, six editors and one infographics specialist. We also use a network of freelance writers. Our editorial team is one branch of our agency’s holistic digital marketing offerings. Our role is to create relevant, informative, and timely content to clients across multiple industries.

We are a high-volume business, so every one of us has to be an expert at time management. For years, I was a big Dayrunner devotee and never left home without my big, bulky planner. Now I’m in heaven with the project management, time management, and task-oriented apps that fit on my iPhone and iPad. As an organization we have all migrated to Google apps (Gmail/Google calendar) and Trello. read more

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July 25, 2013

How to Effectively Promote Your Blog Posts on Social Media

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Social media

Back in the day, you didn’t have nearly as many options when it came to sharing new blog posts. Mostly, you relied off of RSS subscribers to swing on by, email subscribers, or for people to discover your content through search engines. While all of those still ring true today, social media has given all of us the ability to more easily share our content with the world. There are no shortage of social networks to choose from, and it can be a daily struggle just to keep up with everything.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a massive following to do well. We so often get caught up in numbers, believing the bigger the number, the better. To be honest, having a big following is awesome, but you know what matters even more? A quality following, and people that are your biggest fans. Those are the people who will share your content on a consistent basis.

However, just posting your blog post’s headline and adding a link isn’t enough. You can of course stick to the way most people do it, or you can make some little changes that will get your content even more attention when shared.

Better Pique Interest

Thanks to social media, our attention spans have been spread very thin. Content is hitting us at every single direction, and it’s incredibly easy to skip over things without a second thought. Unless you write seriously good headlines, your followers are likely skipping over your posts. read more

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You’re Hurting Your Blog: Get Involved in Social Media Before It’s Too Late

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Maybe you’ve read an article with this same or a similar title before. You know Twitter and Facebook are important for your brand, yet you just haven’t made yourself sign up for Twitter yet. And your LinkedIn profile is barren, with an incomplete job  history and no portfolio examples. Your blog seems to be doing OK, but you know it could be better.

If this is you– I challenge you to get set-up with social media ASAP. And once you’ve done that, create time in your daily routine for social media. Even 15 minutes per day can help you craft a regular online presence.

You know you should be on social media, but if you are a blogger or representing any of your work online, not having a regular social media presence can hurt not only your blog traffic, but your online persona as well.

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June 6, 2013

Are You Oversharing On Your Business Facebook Page?

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Social media as we know it today is not even 10 years old, and like children that same age, it can be unruly, wild and amazing. But the opportunity to reach thousands and beyond with a single web page or a well-placed post is attractive to small business owners.

If you spend even a week on Facebook, you’ll discover that identifying and connecting with your “fans” takes real effort. Your target audience doesn’t just show up because your page exists. You have to engage them, consistently. You have to share and give a little insight into what your business does and the people behind your brand. The goal is to put out just the right amount of information so you don’t come off cold, distant and too corporate to connect; all while avoiding a deadly dose of TMI – too much information.  read more

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June 5, 2013

Five Tips for Better Content Marketing

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Content marketing is a crucial part of the success of your website. Without it, you will have to rely on unreliable methods of marketing your website’s content – which only results in your content not being seen by your intended audience.

You need content marketing to promote and develop awareness for your content. Here are five tips that will help you improve the content marketing efforts for any website (whether you had it made or you created it with IM Creator): read more

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