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When Emails Go Bad: A Lesson in How to Apologize

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Boingo is a leading global network of Wi-Fi hotspots (if you travel, you’ve likely used their service at an airport) and a few days ago they sent a very befuddling email to a significant pool of users – this blogger included – something to do with how my account was changing to a different plan. It’s happened to all of us. It happened to Boingo Wireless last week. When, of course, it wasn’t.

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Is Social Media Wasted on PR Agencies?

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The stated objectives of said plan were: * increase awareness amongst bloggers, influencers and prospects. By viewing social media exclusively through the PR prism, and designing blogs (for example) as platforms for propagating the company’s news and views and little else, clients and their agencies are leaving opportunities on the table. In a recent post I outlined some of the tactics we recommend to clients who are looking to generate more leads from their blog and social media in general. Yes, some of my best friends are PR people. But good grief. So why does it matter?

Top 10 Posts on B2B Lead Gen for 2010

The Point

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular blog posts from our blog, “ The Point ” in 2010 (as measured by page views). Blog Makeover Nets Sales Leads for Software Company. If there’s one thing I learned early on as a blogger, it was this: when you title a blog post, don’t imagine the reader actually viewing the blog itself.

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

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Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. We’ve been writing about the CAST system for effective blog content: C ontent (compelling). Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. Attracting Clients Social Media Stuff blog traffic social media social media marketing

The state of earned media blogger outreach

Biznology

I’ve been doing earned media blogger outreach as a profession since 2006 and a lot has changed. To be frank, there are a lot of bloggers with their hands out looking for pay to play these days that it can feel a little daunting. So, dropping a rate card is the smart blogger’s way of saying “no. unless.” Yeah, infographics! Earned media. Very cool.

Four (of the) Worst Practices for Pitching Bloggers

Webbiquity

Brands that are successful at pitching their news and stories to bloggers increase their online presence, gain credibility, and score those coveted “earned” backlinks that Google values as a factor in search rankings. A-list blogs such as TechCrunch and Mashable can get hundreds of news releases and pitches each day. Don’t Even Pretend You’ve Read the Blog.

The evolution of a blogger

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As I’ve observed bloggers from all walks of life, writing about every subject imaginable, and as I’ve taken the journey myself, I’ve found that there is an evolution that takes place. The entrepreneurial evolution takes place when you realize that simply being an artist isn’t going to pay the bills or turn your blog into a business. The Novice. The Mechanic. The Artist.

Take your bloggers and social media influencers to lunch

Biznology

Come on, don’t you think the thankless job of blogging passionately about a topic for free, persistently, over months and years deserves at least some face time and maybe a coffee , a burger , a bourbon ? And, it’s so very rare that anyone who pitches bloggers and expects them (us) to do stuff for free ever asks bloggers (us) out to do stuff IRL (in real life).

Blogger outreach is more PR than social media

Biznology

Back in 2006 I developed a strategy of blogger outreach that allowed my to reach out to more than just 25 top-tier bloggers by hand over time but to 2,500-5,000 bloggers. While I agree that the top-25-50 bloggers do deserve deep, long-term, and personal engagement, spending that sort of time, over time, on “everyone else” would take all the time in the universe.

5 Proven tips to help with your blogging confidence

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5 tips-to-become-a-more-confident-blogger from Mark Schaefer I f you have been following this blog for a while you know that I have been creating a series of fun and colorful Slideshare presentations from some of my most popular content. It’s fun, entertaining, and an educational look at blogging confidence. Are You Falling Out of Love with Your Blog? Thanks!

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Do you have to be a great writer to be a great blogger?

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If you’re not confident in your writing skills, can you still be a great blogger? But there are a few simple ideas any one can learn to dramatically improve the quality of their blog posts. ” That’s common feedback I receive about my books and blog posts. I suggest that you literally read your blog posts aloud before publishing. That usually does not work in the blogging world because people don’t have the patience to wait for your conclusion. I rarely “crank out” a blog post. By Mark Schaefer. Let’s be honest.

Have You Hugged Your Blogger Today?

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Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to get to know many of the great marketing bloggers I admire so much. Most bloggers do the work out of love, passion, and a drive to make a difference … not for money. In fact, it is very, very difficult to directly monetize a blog. I love blogging, but as you can imagine, it’s a ton of work. You did. Thank you.”

Using Blogger and creating gorgeous websites

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They'll all gorgeous, functional, easy to maintain, and happen to use Google's Blogger (Blogspot) as their Content Management System (CMS). As a thrifty small business solution a website on Blogger can save time, money, and headaches. big cartel web development blogger blog web design cms small business businessThey were all developed by our firm.

Why Bloggers Abandon Their Blogs Too Early [Video]

Hubspot

For me, it was an IBM study that found 80% of corporate blogs contain fewer than five posts. If the study centered on personal blogs, I’d understand. But corporate blogs? Further, given that HubSpot’s own research has determined marketers who blog are 13X more likely to drive a positive ROI than those who don’t, the abandon rate is even more startling. Blogging Daily

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28 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides and Tips of 2013

Webbiquity

Maintaining a company blog has numerous benefits for businesses of almost all shapes and sizes: blogging is an SEO best practice; it drives more website visitors lead conversions; it draws new visitors, expanding the reach of the company website; and it’s core element of a content marketing and online presence optimization strategy. Optimize your blog for search? Stop It!

Why it pays to be a patient blogger

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But that is not necessarily an ideal quality to have as a beginning blogger! Blogging success does not arrive at your doorstep wrapped up in a pretty bow. Last month, I had more page views than in my entire first year of blogging. Ari Herzog recently left the 25,000th comment on my blog. Help others, Support other new bloggers. I have a “healthy impatience.”

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

Biznology

I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Tell anyone that you’re a blogger or a podcaster and you’ll know what I mean. Blogging is Hard. Blogging’s hard.

How to Turn Anyone Into a Blogger

Hubspot

As the Content Director at an inbound marketing agency , I cringe when I visit our company’s blog and see that the most recent post was from more than a week ago. That’s because maintaining a regular blogging schedule can be extraordinarily difficult. But none of that changes the fact that maintaining a regular blog is one of the best ways to keep leads coming into your site.

Do you have to be a great writer to be a great blogger?

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If you’re not confident in your writing skills, can you still be a great blogger? But there are a few simple ideas any one can learn to dramatically improve the quality of their blog posts. Let’s take a look at a few tricks of the trade that are explored in detail in a new book I’ve co-authored with Stanford Smith called Born to Blog : Read it out loud.

Five ways to be a more confident blogger

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I have coached and counseled a lot of people on their blogging efforts and there are some common themes I hear … How do I find the time? But when I start digging, I find that none of these are usually the root cause of blogging problems. For many, blogging can be a terrifying proposition, even though the passionate desire is there. If you can do that, you can blog.

Blogger and Google+, using them together to great effect

Confluent Forms

There has been lots of discussion on Google+ , speculation about the future direction of the platform, how to best use it, but also what it means for the future of Blogger. What does Blogger have to do with it? As a fan of Blogger, but also as a content strategist, I disagree. The blogger as himself/herself strategy Back to Mike Elgan's strategy.

5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

Writing on the Web

How do you use your blog analytics ? There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. This is the fifth element in the CAST system for effective blog content : C ontent (compelling). And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. For the record: I wrote 440 posts on the Blogger-based WebMarketCentral blog between 2005 and 2010, and have now published 560 posts here on Webbiquity. But blogging success is impossible without regular posting. Hence, 1,000.

Blogger outreach is scary

Biznology

Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today. Simply put, blogger outreach is scary. It is a case of the abuser blaming the victim, the blogger. Image via Wikipedia.

7 Tools for Finding & Connecting With Influential Bloggers

Hubspot

Bloggers are trusted voices who can bring in customers and help you build your community. Reaching out to potential blogger is a more intricate process nowadays than it was even five years ago. Great bloggers are constantly getting pitched by marketers, making it all the more important for you to stand out from the crowd if you want them to pay attention. Blogging Daily

The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

Hubspot

All bloggers have a number of websites that they visit every single day. Aside from the obvious ones (like email and Twitter), your favorites might be anything from your blog's publishing calendar, to your online to-do list, to all your favorite social media button generators. What are some of the best websites that all bloggers should add to their bookmark bar? Safari.

Should we have multiple company bloggers?

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It takes a lot of work to have a company blog and your approach is not a decision to be taken lightly. Your blogging strategy will have a powerful impact on the direction of your entire social media effort. Some of the best blogs in the world have evolved to support a number of corporate strategies. A team of bloggers contributes content, with or without attribution.

6 Engagement Marketing Lessons from Successful Video Bloggers

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip If anyone has mastered the art of engaging an audience, it’s successful video bloggers (otherwise known as vloggers). Fashion and travel blogger Laureen Uy of Break My Style YouTube channel , who also co-hosts a fashion TV show in Manila, has learned how to address an audience of individuals effectively. That’s a lot of competition for vloggers. ” — Ron Gelok.

The next generation of bloggers is here. And they are computers

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I have written nearly 2,000 blog posts and five books. Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and Justin Aerni The post The next generation of bloggers is here. I have written nearly 2,000 blog posts and five books. The writing bots are here. Computer scientists in Finland have created an algorithm that can programmatically create better rap lyrics than actual rappers. Brainstorming?

10 Maxims of Successful Blogging

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I enjoy coaching people with their blogging efforts and there are 10 pieces of advice I seem to dispense the most often. Whether you are blogging for your business or for the pure joy of it, I think these ideas will help you: 1. Write a blog post that only you could write. The biggest challenge to blogging isn’t having the time, the ideas, or the resources to do it.

What is the future of blogging?

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It seems to be that time of year when the “is blogging dead” debate swirls around the social web. In this post I will cover three very important issues to the world of blogging: Exactly what is a blog right now? Are blogs as important as they used to be? What is the future of blogging? Exactly what is a blog right now? I love Mitch Joel. Audio.

Brands and Bloggers: Keep Your Sponsored Content Legal

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Marketers, bloggers, brands and other content publishers are legally required to mention if they have a relationship that could bias the opinions they share. For example, if I receive free baby clothes from a brand, I’m more likely to give the brand a favorable review on my blog, or on a third-party site like Amazon. By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Add “[Sponsored].”

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

Writing on the Web

How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post, How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. With so many great blog platforms available, including WordPress , Blogger, Tumblr, Ghost, Squarespace, Wix, Typepad, Weebly, etc.,

Brands Take Note: Bloggers are Journalists in the Eyes of the Law

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The best blogging makes a statement, but if that statement is negative in nature, the blogger might get sued for defamation (making an untrue statement—written or verbal—that tends to damage someone’s reputation). Historically, brands have argued that bloggers should not receive the same First Amendment protections as members of the institutional press, but the 9th U.S.

Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl

WindMill Networking

As many of you already know I am uber passionate about blogger outreach as a marketing tactic because of the roots in authenticity. The latest vertical of influencers that MANY TYPES OF BRANDS are partnering with and seeing fantastic engagement rates is the pet blogger. So, behold, the rise of the pet blogger! This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. Kristen is passionate about content marketing and blogging because of the collaborative aspects these trends in marketing have taken. Blogger OutreachI’m Not […].

Are there any ethical bloggers left out there?

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With your kind support, {grow} has become a fairly popular blog. With this distinction, I’m deluged with requests to do sponsored posts (companies offering to pay for their promotional content to show up as a blog post). There must be a critical mass of influential bloggers out there accepting money for blog posts, otherwise these people would go away! Susan.

The art of writing the perfect blogger pitch

Biznology

Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model. Bloggers don’t trust PR firms. On your blog. Posting to your blog. Thank you so much. Chris.