It used to be that PR and SEO were two very different marketing tactics with virtually zero overlap. With roots going all the way back to the founding of the colonies in the New World in the 16th century, PR is like a grizzled old vet, while SEO is more […]

17Sep

These Are the Best Ways I’ve Discovered to Get More Facebook Followers Free

Facebook marketing is somewhat of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Facebook had 1.94 billion monthly active users as of Q1 2017. That’s the most users of any social network by far. On the other hand, its organic reach is lousy. According to a study by Social@Ogilvy, Organic reach […]

17Sep

How to Get Your Content to Rank for Seasonal Keywords

When you hear the phrase seasonal keywords, what comes to mind? Is it Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and general holiday-related keywords? Well, that’s definitely part of it. Of course, you’ll want to put the extra energy into optimizing your keywords for the holidays. After all, holiday retail sales during […]

17Sep

Here’s How to Perfectly Optimize Your Infographic for SEO

Infographics are amazing! Besides being one of the best ways to explain a complicated topic with ease, they make information come alive. Research found, people following directions with text and illustrations do 323 percent better than people following directions without illustrations. Maybe that’s why “infographics are ‘liked’ and shared on social […]

17Sep

How to Use Surveys to Hook More Customers

What’s the number one goal of content marketing? Besides the obvious answer of generating leads and making conversions, it’s maximizing engagement. Content marketing thrives on engagement! You want your audience to take an active interest in your content and interact with your brand. This typically comes in the form of […]

17Sep

How to Use Social Listening to Create Viral Content

Viral content is inherently unpredictable. You could have two similar pieces of content—with one receiving thousands upon thousands of shares and the other languishing in obscurity. In that regard, there’s no magic formula that will enable you to create viral content on command. It’s not like you can just flip […]

17Sep

Should You Be Worried About the Next Google Algorithm Change?

“Everything changes and nothing stands still.” In this quote, Heraclitus of Ephesus was referring to life and the fundamental order of the cosmos. But he might as well be referring to Google’s chronic algorithm updates, even if he was a few centuries early. See, Google makes roughly 500 – 600 […]

17Sep

How to Combine Native Advertising with Content Marketing to Maximize Your Traffic

Despite the proven effectiveness of native advertising, it’s a concept that remains a little murky for many marketers. Copyblogger performed a study on native advertising, asking people whether they knew what it was and how knowledgeable they were about it. Here are the results: Clearly, it’s still an ambiguous concept to […]

17Sep

Think You Got Hit by the Google Fred Update? Here Is What to Do

Arguably, the biggest Google algorithm shakeup of 2017 occurred on March 8. Of all things, it was called…Fred. The sheer randomness of the name and the massive drop in traffic that many sites experienced have left a lot of marketers scratching their heads. What happened, who was affected and why? […]

17Sep

The Latest SEO Trends You Should Ignore

Given that Google changes its search algorithm 500-600 times each year, it’s not surprising marketers get confused sometimes. Speculations about the latest SEO trends run rampant and are a breeding ground for many myths. For this reason, it’s sometimes difficult to tell fact from fiction. Of course, the Internet provides […]

17Sep

How Knowing Your “Why” Can Revolutionize Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Many digital marketers carry out their daily tasks in a furious frenzy. They send out email blasts, update social media, perform keyword research and so on, trying to accomplish as much as possible. Working hard and staying busy makes us feel we’re being productive. But how many people stop to […]

17Sep

SEO vs. PPC: Which Should You Focus on First?

Here’s the scenario. You’re just launching your marketing campaign and want results. Not only that, you want the most bang for your buck. You want to make sure the time and money you’re putting in will bring a large volume of high-quality traffic primed to convert. In other words, you […]

17Sep

How to Become the World’s #1 Expert in Your Niche

Whether you’re a brand, a webmaster or a solo blogger, it’s essential your audience takes you seriously. You need to prove you know your stuff. But in a world that’s become increasingly saturated with self-appointed “gurus,” it’s become incredibly difficult to separate yourself from the masses. That’s why authority and […]

17Sep

4 Easy-to-Implement Tactics to Increase Your Newsletter Subscribers (FAST)

Can I go out on a limb here? I’m going to guess you’re already sold on building an email list. After all, you’ve heard the advice many times over: “Build an email list. It’s where the money is.” If you’re remotely interested in growing a business with staying power, it’s […]

17Sep

How to Choose the Right Color Schemes for Your Ecommerce Shop

It seems crazy, doesn’t it? Something as abstract as color can influence the decisions people make. I’m not just talking about everyday decisions, but those with real consequences for your business. I mean the kind that impact your bottom line. That’s not an unfounded claim. Research has shown that color […]

17Sep

How to Incorporate Social Proof on Every Page of Your Website

Every online marketer knows that the Internet is an insanely skeptical place. It’s with good reason. Let’s be honest. Our space is littered with faux gurus and hyped up promises. You’ve seen them: “Make $500 000 with your first online course launch.” “Give me 15 minutes, and I’ll give you […]

17Sep

How to Create the World’s Easiest Mobile Checkout Experience

User experience can make or break your business. The checkout process is the most crucial element to consider in that regard. Even more important is the context of that experience. What’s appropriate for the desktop will not be suitable for the mobile interface. For the most part, businesses understand this. […]

17Sep

How Important Conversion Optimization Is for Small Ecommerce Sites

There are no two ways about it. If you’re in ecommerce, you’re in business to make money. Sure, there may be philosophical reasons why you provide your customers with top-notch service. But ultimately, your goal is to ensure money exchanges hands quicker and more often. The way to achieve that […]

17Sep

How to Minimize Cart Abandonment in Your Checkout Process

Recently, I stumbled upon a scary statistic. A whopping 69.23% of ecommerce shopping carts are abandoned. To put this into perspective, for every 100 customers who start the checkout process, 69 don’t finish. Is it a massive problem? Absolutely. These numbers shouldn’t sit right with any business owner. That’s too many […]

25Nov

25 Leadership Lessons Your Business Can't Live Without

When it comes to running a business, you may find yourself learning about skills you never thought you would need. One of those skills is leadership. The reality is that running a business de facto puts you in a leadership position, even if right now your only employee is you. This […]

25Nov

4 Ways to Sell Like the Rock Star Entrepreneurs

There’s more to entrepreneurship than just starting a business. The world’s best entrepreneurs have a powerful mindset that sets them apart from the rest. Whether you’re new at sales, or you’re a seasoned salesperson, there’s a lot you can learn about selling from today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Adapting an entrepreneurial […]

25Nov

Level Frames launches AI photo filters so you can be artsy IRL

Prisma has made quite an impression on the tech world, and Level Frames is looking to capitalize on the trend. The YC-backed company, which offers custom framing of physical artwork via an easy-to-use website, has developed its own AI photo filters for Level users. Level works by letting users upload […]

25Nov

Inside Expa Labs, Uber co-founder’s take on the startup accelerator

There’s no shortage of startup incubators and accelerators, but there’s always room for improvement and iterations on an old operating model. Expa Labs, a six-month program for startups that spun out of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp’s Expa Studios, has a different take on the startup accelerator/incubator model. Last week, it wrapped up […]

24Sep

We’re looking at cyberbullying the wrong way

Matt Klein Crunch Network Contributor Matt Klein studies the effects of the internet on mind, behavior, culture and business while working with brands at M&C Saatchi Mobile. How to join the network It has been declared that Twitter has an abuse problem. Whether it was the Milo and Leslie Jones […]