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Marketing tips: How to find out what’s hot (and not) locally

The way I see things, it’s usually a good idea to jump on the bandwagon, because even if you’re the last person on, you still get the benefit of the ride. The “bandwagon” I’m talking about here is trending Internet topics. We’ve posted here before about sites to check out in your search for trending […]

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Get 100s of blog topics with one word and one click

For anyone tasked with the care and feeding of a blog, the single biggest problem in the long run is brainstorming worthy topics. Further, in the perfect world, the topics you cover in your blog would coincide with the topics people are investigating on the Internet. When those two areas overlap, you increase your ability […]

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New study blasts common SEO beliefs out of the water

How do you answer these questions: Are you packing your blogs with keywords or painstakingly trying to get your percentage of keywords exactly right? Are you trying to make sure that the first sentence of your articles contains your keyword? Are you plugging your keyword into your headlines? If you answer “yes” to one or […]

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What digital marketers can learn from the baseball playoffs

I’m no expert in baseball, but I’ve noticed something that happens every year during the major league baseball playoffs: When the series is on the line, managers use their best pitcher even if he hasn’t had the amount of rest required between starts. How does the manager know who is best? If you have any […]

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Easy ways to create graphics with type to boost readership, social shares

By Ray Manley There are three elements that will pull a reader into your article: The headline, A graphic with type, and The first paragraph. Of course, once you pull readers in, you have to keep them engaged. But if you can’t make the “sale” at the top, you have failed right out the gate. […]

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10 Ways to Stand Out on Instagram

By Lindsay Dicks Instagram was launched less than three years ago, but it’s already amassed over 150 million monthly active users, and over 16 billion photos have been shared. As it expands, first by adding video, and then by introducing photo and video embeds, it’s becoming more and more of an asset to businesses. If […]

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12 important formatting tips for online writers

By Ray Manley The fact that there is only one shot at making a first impression should be something that every content creator or writer who submits articles on spec should take to heart. I’m the gatekeeper at a site that accepts guest posts, so I get a lot of inquiries. I’ve written occasionally on some […]

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How to make and use GIFs to increase Twitter engagement

Each social media platform has evolved to excel at sharing certain kinds of content and – despite its shortcomings – Twitter is one of the best platforms for sharing news about your business, your blog posts, and certain graphics, especially GIFs. GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are those animated mini-movie graphics that last just a second […]

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Persuasive headline writing: What I discovered blew my mind!

By Ray Manley Do you have a hot button? Of course you do. My wife revealed one of mine the other day when she challenged me on the cabinet where I keep our countertop oven broiling rack! I went on a (good natured) rant about why I was keeping it in the upper corner kitchen cabinet […]

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Why you need to take Google Slides for a test drive

If you’re creating visual content to be used internally for training or other functions, or if you’re creating content to be more broadly shared via the Internet, Google Slides is worth checking out. The other major players in this area are Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote, and Linkshare’s SlideShare. While Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote are […]

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