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Getting Traffic to Your Website

By: MJ Pedone

How to get traffic to your website depends in part on your demographic, your niche and how you plan to monetize. But the main components for earning online traffic are pretty similar across the board and should include:

1. Growing a newsletter

This is, by far, the best thing you can do for your site. When you have email addresses, you can go right to the source instead of you waiting for them to find you. If you can email your readers, you will be able to encourage them to visit your site continually, building a loyal following over time. So building your newsletter list should be your number one priority. Display your sign-up form prominently on every page of your site. Offer a freebie for anyone who signs up. Collect emails like it’s your job because it should be your priority and share your amazing content with those readers on a regular basis.

2. Becoming active on social media

Don’t sign up for every social media platform out there. Instead, choose two or three channels and maximize them. Be strategic about which ones you choose; work the channels that make the most sense for your demographic.
In addition to sharing your own content, share others as well. Be generous, and use Twitter’s @mention or whatever the equivalent tag is on the channel you use so influencers notice you.
If you choose to use Facebook, expect to put some money behind your updates if you want to gain any traction as Facebook has lowered the reach on page posts in order to capitalize on advertising dollars.

3. Optimizing your content for search

The best thing you can do is optimize your headlines. Use Google’s Keyword Planner and Google Trends to figure out what terms people are searching for that relate to what you’re writing about and use them in your headlines. Don’t write for SEO; instead, write your content and then go back and tweak it so Google will feature you high in search results. If you do this consistently, you will see your organic search traffic increase. As that increases, more people will share your posts, more readers will sign up for your newsletter and you’ll see a high volume effect on traffic.

4. Getting back-links to your site

Building back links is an SEO tactic, but it requires its own strategy. When other websites link to your site, Google looks favorably on you and ranks you higher in search results. The bigger the publication that links to you, the more Google love you get. As an added bonus, when publications link to you, some of their visitors will hop over to your site, too.
How do you get back-links? Here are a few options:
• Write guest posts. Write them for free as long as you get a link back to the site in your bio.
• Get press. Convince other outlets to feature your story. One smart way to make this happen is by responding to HARO requests.
• Encourage organic link-backs. If you offer dynamic content and help people notice it through all the avenues written about, bloggers and publications will link to your content without you asking them. One way to encourage this is by writing a list post that features the best bloggers or resources in your niche. Because when you put someone on your list, it makes him or her look good and they will share it with the world, which will likely include a link on their blog.

When it comes to generating traffic there is a lot more you can do but if you find yourself strapped for time and money, these are great first steps to cover. Of course this all assumes you’re creating unique content that’s valuable to your readers and information people want to share with their friends. Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that if you create great work, people will find it. The truth is, you have to help them find it.
If you don’t push yourself to spend time on promotion, your blog will probably rarely get read. If you do, your site will gain traction, traffic and influence over time, which will lead to all sorts of opportunities for your creative endeavors.

What have you been doing thus far to gain traffic to your website? Have you implemented any of the strategies listed above? As always, if you like what you read, be social and share.

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Dove Attempting to Wash Away Negative Online Comments

By: Gina Mason

Award season is the best time of year for stargazing and I’m not referring to looking up at the sky. At each elegant affair, Hollywood’s best and brightest shine on the red carpet and show off the latest styles and trends. If you are like me than that means you are glued to the TV taking mental notes of what and who all the celebrities are wearing.

Despite all of the fabulous gowns and beautiful jewelry on the red carpet, many viewers at home during these award shows tend to share some very ugly comments about the celebrities and even make degrading comments about them online. (i.e. “What is [insert celebrity’s name] wearing?!?” “Wow! She put on some weight!” “She looks awful!” “She is looks so old!”

In attempt to wash away this negative issue during the Oscars, Dove and Twitter have teamed up to create a powerful campaign that promotes positivity and self-esteem. Earlier this week as a part of their new #SpeakBeautiful campaign, Dove released a new ad to show how negative and degrading comments online have a domino effect on us all. This powerful ad will run during the red carpet coverage of the Oscars to remind us all about how such negativity impacts us and how positivity can change that. To check out the video, click the link below:

In addition to the ad, “Dove will be making use of a Twitter tool on Oscar night that identifies certain key words — in this case, it will keep an eye out for those that mention, appearance and body image. The tool will flag negative tweets and Dove’s Twitter account — which will be manned by self-esteem experts — will tweet positive responses” according to Mashable.

A Dove spokesperson said, “Twitter is a powerful platform for building momentum around social issues, and we think it’s a good way to leverage the unique parts of the site to support things that matter. We want to help shift the conversation toward positivity.”

This campaign was in response to some staggering data that Twitter collected when it comes to social media and self-esteem:
• 8 out of 10 women encounter negative comments on social media that critique women’s looks.
• Women are 50 percent more likely to say something negative about themselves than positive on social media.
• 82 percent of women surveyed feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic.
• 4 out of every 5 negative tweets Twitter identified about beauty and body image are women talking about themselves.”

I love this idea and I think it is the perfect platform to launch this type of campaign. What better way to promote this positive message than during one of the most watched shows of the year? I applaud Dove for trying to make a positive change in the world and promote the beauty in all of us. I think we have all been guilty of unfairly and negatively critiquing celebrities and more importantly, ourselves and it is a great reminder how we need to change the way we think about ourselves. We all have our own beauty and one small positive change can make a big difference.

What do you think of this campaign? Do you think it will be successful in stopping some the negativity that goes on during award shows? If it is successful, do you think this will translate into other live events?
As always, if you like what you read, be social and share.

How to Become an All-Star: 3 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Game

By: Dallas J. Short

With the NBA’s All-Star Weekend and Trent Tucker’s Celebrity All-Star Bowling Event nearing, the term “all-star” is something I can’t go minutes without hearing, but how exactly does one become an all-star? Well, since my jump shot leaves something to be desired, I figured I could better offer a few tips on how to improve your social media game.

Practice. Yes Allen, we’re talking about practice. Getting into the daily practice of posting content, but make sure the content has value and is aligned with your brand. Social media is not a jump rope game that you can hop in and out of. You need to be involved for your following to grow and for your engagements to increase. If, for some reason, you can’t get to your computer on a regular basis, there are a number of programs to make scheduling posts easy. There are also many reports out there on how many and what times to post, but you need to figure out what works and doesn’t work for your brand. I repeat though, you do need to be posting and (if called for) responding daily. Social media is a conversation, never forget that.

Skills. Know your skills and use them to your advantage. If you’re working with a fun brand, do not be afraid to be playful and use humor, when appropriate. However, if people are coming to you for facts and data, jokes might not be appreciated. Your skills will vary based on how you establish and strengthen your voice. Your “voice” is the personality of your brand and what people expect to hear when you talk. Imagine someone who usually speaks with a deep voice, if one day it sounds like they are on helium, it will be harder to take them serious. Now apply that to how your social media voice might be misinterpreted if you make a post that goes against what you normally do. Keeping that analogy in mind should keep you on track.

Focus. Kobe Bryant once said “I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.” You need to have a focus and purpose for being on social media, for you to win the championship. You also have to figure out what a “championship” will look like to you. It will be different depending on the brand. Establish not only goals, but develop the tactics needed to accomplish them. Strategy combined with sincerity will take you far.
Ultimately, like the NBA, it will be the fans who select the All-Stars. If you’re doing a good job, the likes, favorites and retweets will show it and help boost your status. You’re aiming to be remembered more like Jordan from the free throw line and less like Shaq from the free throw line.

As always, I welcome all comments and if you like what you read be social and share.

Get in the Game: Tips for Tweeting on Super Sunday

By: Dallas J. Short
The big game is this Sunday and just because you might not have been able to afford an ad, does not mean you have to miss out on the opportunity for exposure. This is an excellent chance to grow and strengthen relationships. Here are a few tips:

1) Don’t Force It. If sports isn’t something that usually aligns with you or your company, don’t try to be a part of the event, just to do it. You would be the equivalent to a person jumping into a conversation and talking just to hear yourself speak, while others would stare and wonder why you are even there. However, do pay attention to the pre-game, game, half-time, post-game – something could come up or happen that you could be able to tie into with sincerity. The events being talked about are by fans, this is their game and their party, respect that and be a fun guest.

2) Know the Hashtags. Pay attention and follow what is trending and how it can apply to your involvement. You want to be in-the-know and relevant.

3) No Excessive Celebration. Do not try to come up with a clever quip and then think you won the game. Save your “Gronking.” Respond to people and put value into those conversations and interactions. Make people feel involved and appreciated, because they are and should be. Don’t respond to them how Marshawn Lynch might to the media.

4) Consistency is Key. If you are going to tweet during the event, make sure you’re not flooding timelines in the first half and then radio silence in the second. Well, you should not be flooding timelines at all. You want to tweet and to talk, but you do not want to be spammy and annoying.

5) Ear to the Ground. Listening is such an important and overlooked aspect of social media. You need to know who and what people are actually talking about. You need to understand the emotion and intensity, it is not just about the message you want to get out.

6) Don’t Hit the Locker Room Too Quick. Even after the game is over, the conversation and opportunities are not. This is a large scale event and conversations will continue to develop well after the clock has expired. Engage in relevant recaps and summaries. However, do not risk being “the last guy at the party,” if it’s dying out, it is ok to move on.

This Super Bowl is going to be a great game and with millions and millions spent on television advertising; there will also be millions and millions following along on social media. This is an opportunity for you and brands to connect and engage on a more natural level and develop meaningful interactions and relationships.
As always, I welcome any and all comments and if you like what you read be social and share.

5 Tips to Promote Online Events Using Social Media

By: MJ Pedone

Hosting an online event is an excellent way to call attention to your brand or company. But how do you standout so your event gets the attention and attendance it deserves?

First step, create a landing page for the event, as well as an event on Facebook and Google+. Next, if appropriate, create a signup on Eventbrite and/or other ticketing site. Then, send out invitations to your newsletter subscribers. These are basic steps for getting people to sign up, but there is much more work to be done.

Getting the word out about any live or online event is all about timing. The reality is, everybody is so busy with their everyday life and at times are overwhelmed. You need to put it in front of them in a way that seems natural and makes sense for them.

Here are 5 ways for promoting virtual events, which can be used to promote live events as well.

1. Create an Event Hashtag. And Tweet Often. I’m a big believer in event-specific hashtags. Social media is also a great way to spread the word ahead of time. An easy idea is to send out separate tweets naming each speaker with their twitter handle (but not leading with the handle, as Twitter sometimes channels them just to that person). The great thing–if the speaker is Twitter-savvy, he/she will retweet it to probably a larger group of followers than you have.

2. Plan. Prepare all social update texts and images beforehand. I recommend sending status updates at least twice a day and start these updates at least two weeks in advance. Use images while posting about your event on Social networks because pictures attract a lot more visitors than just plain text updates.

3. Be Specific and Be Social. Spend the most time finding the right audience(s) and catering the message for them. Often times, people want things to appeal to everyone … but that doesn’t work. Find groups that would be most excited about the event and get them talking about it; they’ll invite their friends and spread the word. Find clever ways of getting people to talk about the event such as asking questions, getting people to like, retweet/share, having interesting/humorous information, and so on. The more people interact, the more your message will be shared.

4. Ask for Help. One of the keys ways I have found in getting social media buzz is to get others to do the buzzing. Asking related (but non-competing) organizations to promote an event is painless and they’re often happy to do it. Just remember to return the favor since these can be valuable relationships for both companies.

5. Don’t Forget about LinkedIn. Post the event details and RSVP link (if applicable) on your company page. Ask all your colleagues and friends to like that update. Also, share that post in related groups as this will help your post get more exposure and will eventually increase the attendance. This will help you gain additional attendees.

A successful event will increase your company’s visibility while providing a valuable resource. The key to promoting an event is to be active and constantly engaging your audience. Need help with an online social media event strategy? Feel free to contact us and if you like what you read, be social and share.

Using Twitter For Business

By: MJ Pedone

So the chatter continues about social media and more specifically twitter and how it helps businesses grow. I can have this conversation for hours and my best advise is to tell people to give it a few months and leave it to the pros. Here are my twitter tips that I use to grow my business and what has been extremely helpful for me.

1. I present my company, Indra Public Relations, which is my brand, to the twitter community and make sure it has the same look and feel as my other online tools. This builds consistency and trust with your community.

2. I share photographs in my tweets as people love pictures and add video to my twitter timeline. Video is another powerful way to tell people about your business.

3. I follow other people I.e. clients, potential clients, vendors, professional organizations, competitors and other businesses of interest.

4. I post on twitter daily, reply to direct messages and share other useful information. I have conversations on topics designed to draw in potential clients and I always publish my tweets during the times where the twitter traffic is the heaviest.

5. I organize my followers into conversation lists which allows me to separate the twitter accounts I follow into groups. A list allows me to see the tweets from the list members as a separate Twitter timeline. This distinguishes them from the crowd so I can pay attention to what these people say. Everybody’s lists are based on their industry and goals but certainly a great thing to do.

6. I expand my audience with Hashtags. Most people’s Twitter experience is limited to the people they follow. It’s always a good idea to keep looking for new, fresh voices to follow to keep expanding your online conversations. Hashtags appear in tweets to identify a common topic or theme and usually something that is trending.

Although I would like to consider myself a master of twitter, I do rely on social media analytics to see how my Twitter strategies as well as my clients, have been perceived by my audience.

What are some of your strategies to build your business on twitter? Do you use any online tools to assist with this? As always, I welcome all comments and if you like what you read, be social and share.

2015 Super Bowl Ads

By: Gina Mason

The Super Bowl is upon us and on Sunday, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the ultimate football showdown. Outside of the game, “deflate-gate” and the excessive amount of beer, pizza and chicken wings that will be consumed on this unofficial holiday, there is also another competition that will go on while the players are off the field. The battle of best Super Bowl commercial is always ultra competitive and the stakes are high, as advertisers have to capitalize on the only time of year where people actually want to watch commercials.

Over 110 million people will be watching to see which big brands will come up with the most innovative, clever or cute commercial of the year. However, it is not cheap for these brands to shine on the big stage and get international exposure. According to TIME.com, “This year, a Super Bowl ad costs roughly $4.5 million for 30 seconds of air time, up $500,000 from 2014.”

With that kind of money being shelled out for 30-second spots, viewers can expect big things from this year’s commercials. According to TIME.com, beer, cars, chips and half naked women will not dominate the themes of this year’s Super Bowl commercials. There will be a number of new brands such as Wix.com, Loctite, Mophie, Buzzfeed and The Verge that will all make their Super Bowl debut and bring some fresh campaigns and ideas to viewers. Also, ads wont be limited to TV screens. With high advertising rates, the power of viral videos and online streaming, many big brands are steering towards the digital market and using social media to get their message out there instead of paying millions for primetime spots.

To help get your head in the “commercial game” for Sunday, here are a few Super Bowl ads that came out early for your viewing pleasure:

Bud Light – Real Life Pac Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9A1NowrnGI

Dove – Real Strength Men + Care: http://youtu.be/QoqWo3SJ73c

GoDaddy – Journey Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422327029&x-yt-cl=84838260&v=X2AHrCtOHqc

Skittles – Super Bowl Tailgate with Kurt Warner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422327029&x-yt-cl=84838260&v=Gj_Dqkpzv1g

Victoria’s Secret – Angels Playing Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&feature=player_embedded&x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=S5-sx-Qgd_M

T-Mobile – Kim Kardashian and #KimsDataStash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422327029&x-yt-cl=84838260&v=ZTwzsV3I3OQ

Based on the previews, which brand do you think is going to take home the title of “Best Super Bowl Commercial” this year? What do you hope to see from this year’s ads? Most importantly, what is your prediction for the big game?

I know I am looking forward to watching Tom Brady hopefully take down the Seahawks and of course, the squeal of Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” commercial from last year. I hope you all enjoy the game and commercials on Sunday and stay safe!

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