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Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth.    You'll see that my new website and the blog , as well as RebelationsTV are now all integrated into a single platform. Unfortunately, I've encountered some issues with FeedBurner and my current blog provider during the transition.  To all my readers!

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Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth.   Please take the time to stay wit me - I so appreciate your following my blog! To all my subscribers! The content focus won't change that much - only the formats - and you'll see my new website as well as part of the Rebelations page.

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A Day Without Social Media

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My time has been filled between writing my book, blogging, normal work stuff and networking away. Yesterday I decided to take a 'day off' from social media.    I wanted to see what would happen.    Would I show signs of withdrawal, be unable to focus as I frantically wondered what was happening out in the Twitterverse?    Would I miss out on a fact of earthshaking importance from @LeadToday? In reality - I didn't take a day off. 

If it Looks like a Duck.

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  I have that thought a lot as I watch folks split hairs and debate the smallest aspects of the news, a blog, an article, a comment, a video or a performance. The freedom to share has increased our debates. I used to think some people took a contrarian point of view just to feel important.    We all know those types. But thanks to social media  that behavior has expanded to include all of us.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. socially promoted content that tripled blog traffic and quadrupled the number of blog-referred lead conversions in one year. magazine, and presented at blogging and social media conferences. B2B Marketing.

Twisten Carefully

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I've found blogs to follow, information to guide my own learning - all from the folks who share on Twitter. Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! ' ' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.    We all know there's a lot of noise out there.

Twisten Carefully

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I've found blogs to follow, information to guide my own learning - all from the folks who share on Twitter. Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! ' ' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.    We all know there's a lot of noise out there.

Drama Sells, Even When its BULLoney!

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Thanks to the iPad, I can access anything I want on the web, watch  videos, write a blog post, create a presentation, run a spreadsheet,  read my book or magazine and email as I like.  The great minds of Apple gave us innovation today.   I can carry one small iPad onto the plane or in the car and do everything I need to do.    Wow -I just lost ten pounds of luggage!    Too bad some smaller minds had to show up at the party.

We CAN be Civilized!

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Blogs were written about Noah, and cards began to flow. Then more blogs came along, and more FaceBook wall posts and Twitter requests. Signs are all around that we're sliding down a slippery slope. It's obvious to so many of us that 'society' is moving beyond civilization -  following the path of the once great Roman and Greek cultures. Business priorities are questionable, personal lives are filled with violence and disrespect. 

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. socially promoted content that tripled blog traffic and quadrupled the number of blog-referred lead conversions in one year. magazine, and presented at blogging and social media conferences. B2B Marketing.

The Power of a Brand

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I shared my story on this blog, hoping I'd been fair and balanced in the telling. All I wanted was to buy and Apple iPhone. It became a rather frustrating journey. I was so disappointed. I have always been a huge Apple fan, and they'd let me down. The post attracted quite a few responses - both public comments and private emails. Everyone found a way to support Apple. I was puzzled. I reread my post, thinking I hadn't been clear describing the situation.

The Power of a Brand

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I shared my story on this blog, hoping I'd been fair and balanced in the telling. All I wanted was to buy and Apple iPhone. It became a rather frustrating journey. I was so disappointed. I have always been a huge Apple fan, and they'd let me down. The post attracted quite a few responses - both public comments and private emails. Everyone found a way to support Apple. I was puzzled. I reread my post, thinking I hadn't been clear describing the situation.

I'll Try.

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' Jedi Master Yoda I never thought I'd open a blog post by quoting a short green alien. Do, or do not. There is no 'try.' Yet wiser words have seldom been spoken. Whether in business or your personal endeavors, following Master Yoda's wisdom will change your life and your business. 'Try' 'Try' is little more than a cop out. Wanna limit your responsibility and waffle on a commitment?    Use the 'try' word.

The Ghost and Our Integrity

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  I even saw a Tweet last week touting that a VA (Virtual Assistant) can write your company's blog.   "CXO's use speechwriters, they need help learning to blog, it's OK if there isn't a byline, they don't have the time." Don't try to tell me CXO's give input on every ghost blog post - we all know better. Companies don't know how to blog.  CXO's don't have the time to blog.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. socially promoted content that tripled blog traffic and quadrupled the number of blog-referred lead conversions in one year. magazine, and presented at blogging and social media conferences. B2B Marketing.

A Shiny Needle in the B2B Marketing Haystack

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With all the marketing sites on the web - from blogs to roll-ups like AllTop and others, why did you decide to create B2B Marketing Zone?   We want people to still go out to each blog to make comments and connect with the blogger. So, that could include blogs about any aspect of B2B marketing--online, events, direct mail, SEO, SEM, social media, email marketing, white papers, video--PR, even sales-oriented blogs, as long as they address marketing and not strictly sales.

Stop Blaming Marketing!

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Can I use that work on a blog?). My recent post Stop Blaming Sales received a few comments from sales type folks -  asserting that I was 'right on', that marketing should not be given responsibility for websites, for corporate positioning - that marketing was pretty much worthless. I was kinda surprised by those comments - they were pretty far out of context from my own thoughts as I created that post. 

If You Talk the Talk, You Better Walk the Walk

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  That's why I named him in this blog. Businesses large and small are jumping into a social media presence these days. It’s a great opportunity for real communication with your audience.    If you walk the walk. But what happens when the talk isn’t the walk?    When a customer pushes past the social persona. Do you walk the walk - or do you crash and burn? Two cases in point.

Transformation is All Around Us

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  You have a new blog, your execs are tweeting - you're communicating more openly with customers and your market than ever before, in new and compelling ways. A business associate sent me an HBP newsletter on business transformation, a subject near and dear to my heart. Since it was HBP, I expected a positive upbeat view of all the upsides companies can enjoy thanks to the ever present opportunity for business transformation. Boy, was I ever surprised!

5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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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. 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

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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.

Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

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If you enjoyed this infographic and would like to use it on your own blog or publication for free, you can download your own copy here: 10 Reasons to Blog Infographic And for more blogging inspiration, be sure to buy Born to Blog , the number one book on blogging in the world.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. It’s highly likely that most of your blog traffic will come, not from visitors wandering over from the main corporate site, but through search. On our blog , we use the Indeed Smart PopUp for WordPress.)

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI.

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.

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment.

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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?

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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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. Congratulations on deciding to start a blog!

Why the economics of blogging are diminishing

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist When I started blogging about five years ago (back when we felt smart with dumb phones), I devoured every blog post about how to write epic blog posts. But the economics of blogging don’t work the same way any more.

The future of blogging and online publishing

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A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead. When reading is dead … then blogging will be dead. Starting your social media strategy with a blog used to be a safe bet. A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead.

Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

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Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If you’re like me, and you’ve been blogging for a number of years, chances are some of your links may no longer work. Our blogs would rank high for our keywords, and life would be wonderful.

The 10 best big company blogs in the world

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There seems to be a lot of noise about the “death of the company blog.” ” In a world with so many shiny balls to chase like Snapchat and Instagram, are blogs still vibrant? What is the state of the art in company blogging? What are the best company blogs today?

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Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog

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Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" width="300" height="199" title="Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" /> How’s your blog writing going? Do you feel dread and overwhelm when it’s time to post on your blog?

Top Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading

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For marketers, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that blogs are the second most used tactic for content marketing (behind social media content). But if you’re like me, then chances are you’re pretty selective with your blog subscriptions and visits. B2B Marketing Blogs.

10 simple tweaks to generate more sales through blogs

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We’re not supposed to expect sales though blogs, right? In fact, your blogging space is a very important sales opportunity because if people are finding you through search, these are high-potential leads. I am NOT saying to be “sales-y” in the content of your blog.

Lessons learned while deleting 274 blog posts

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After more than seven years of blogging I had a lot of clutter. So I started at the beginning of the {grow} timeline and began deleting blog posts. When the dust had cleared, I had trashed 274 blog posts. Since those early days I have had more than 65,000 comments on the blog.

Does Your Blog Deliver a Positive User Experience?

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You want your blog to be just that kind of place. Why would you want your blog to be joyful to use? Consider your own experience visiting other blogs and websites. So what entails a bad user experience on a blog? What will your blog readers remember?

13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

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You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Business Blogging: Five Reasons You Have No Readers by Spin Sucks.

How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog

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How do I start a blog ? . I hear it all the time: smart professionals, who are great at what they do, don’t know how to start a business blog , and probably wouldn’t have time to blog even if they did start one. Need help with your blog?