Search Engine Optimization – How to rank higher on search engine pages

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SEO or Search Engine Optimization refers to optimizing ones website to rank highly on search engines, for users to easily find a certain business. Local SEO is for optimizing local business for local searches. For example if you focus on South Beach Miami means that whenever a user search for particular business in South Beach Miami, your business’ website will be on the top page of search engines pages.

 

Content marketing and Search engine optimization

Content marketing on the other hand, is one of the most essential part of Search Engine Optimization or SEO, it is essential to create valuable content that will lead back to your website and business niche, content that is designed and attract users ultimately generate leads and sales.

Blogging is important

Keeping a blog is very important for business to be found and for users to engage. Most businesses have a strong online presence on a regular or even daily basis. Search engines identify unique and valuable contents and blog is the weapon to get seen online and even be a trend on social media. Keeping a blog and regularly update the contents will optimize your website for search engines.

Create a quality video and image

Content is not just words, instead content should be about everything that is written and posted or even displayed about a business or website. Image and videos are also an important part of content but most businesses tend to forget about this or at least prioritize it. However with the new technology, video and image tends to attract more readers and a larger audience along with a great title tag, Meta tags and description. Remember great keywords and local focus, both can improve search engine rankings.

Local business needs to cultivate online reviews

If you want to focus on attracting local clients, you need to focus on cultivating online (local) reviews. You can either hire SEO companies to handle your submission on local listings sites such as Yelp, Google Local, Yahoo Local and many more. You can add your business to these sites and ask your current clients to add a review on your business listing. The reviews you garner, the higher your business will rank when users search for your products and services in your area.

Social media is a must

When a business have a blog with great and valuable contents, the greatest way to promote your content is through social media sites, if your business is not on social media or active on social media sites, you are already losing 70 % of your potential customers to your competitors. Social media is a great tool to connect and engage with your potential clients or social media can be the key to building a brand and enhancing your local SEO effort.

According to Forbes magazine published in January 2015 written by Jason Demens, the biggest problem with local SEO efforts is inconsistency. This article is not referring to inconsistency of posting schedule or branding, rather the inconsistency of your business down on terms of local SEO is inconsistency of your NAP, Name, Address, Phone. Search engines such as Google are very detailed and accurate with it comes to the business’ NAP to categorize business, in which helps the Search Engines find its similar products, services or business name is searched. When there is inconsistency in Business NAP, the ranking can dramatically decrease. 

 

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Content marketing – tips to make your content successful

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Content marketing is centered on owned media, versus earned media such as PR or media advertising. While others consider control and cost efficiency during a typical planning process, it is extremely difficult to nail down a specific budget, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot identify a starting budget. Any Small Business entrepreneur is at least aware of content marketing or when company need to use the combination of social media, websites, blogs and other essential assets.

The initial plan is necessary but ongoing plan is critical

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Your initial should include a healthy set of ideas, topic and theme; it takes a bit of time to plan all the details of an editorial calendar for an entire year. Take the time during planning to build out your framework and at least a few months editorial calendar. Realize that you need to readjust, add and reconsider themes during the year. Your editorial plan should include the shifts in business goals or changes in the market may require you to change or add ideas to your theme to accommodate these changes.

Ideas for content marketing

You will run out of ideas, but to be frustrated about that. Your ideas should be a passion and should occur in consistent basis, sometimes scheduled sometimes not. When you build your plan be sure to capture and build ideas for some people it is pen and pad for others it is software tool.

Individual pieces of content

You’re going to be disappointed many times, deadlines are missed, sometimes quality will be poor or it can be subject matter or number of shares on your content. These are common struggles with content marketing however you can outsource your blog content or website content to make sure that your needs are delivered on time and with remarkable content subject. When outsourcing your content keep these goals in mind for your content writer.

  1. Create remarkable content
  2. People will share it
  3. Some portion of your readers will sign up for whatever you are selling

Stay at the course

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If you are the leader of content marketing and encouraging others to stay at course will be your greatest challenge for the next 6 to 12 months. It is essential that you a great initial plan prepare yourself for 5 great marketing truths.

If you are feeling lost with your content marketing plan and you do not have the internal source and time to create your contents, you can track us down you can get the right source for content marketing and website content with us. Or you can download our eBook http://www.socraticsbc.com/lp/6c616e64696e67321/

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How to plan and repurpose your content

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Many marketers and business owners struggle to create enough compelling contents to fill the entire content marketing plan. But content marketing does not have to be a struggle if you are planning ahead and organizing your content marketing strategy.

How to strategically repurpose your content

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Steps of repurposing your content:

  1. Build a team

You can build team content marketers from your employees; you need to define bandwidth, visibility and expertise. Who understand your products and services the most, who has the time to create and research contents and who is your recognized leader. You need define your audience and why you are creating content for them. Define the rules of your content team, you need an editorial board, managing editor and content producers. You will need a team of 4.

ACES – has responsibilities over Topic and how many contents to produce for a certain topic

MANGING EDITOR – is responsible for creating the editorial calendar, manage projects, brand guidelines, ensures content meets objective.

CHIEF – is responsible for setting strategic direction

CONTENT PRODUCER – is responsible for creating contents (possible external)

  1. Build a theme

Look for area of expertise, passion, pain and even controversy.

  1. Develop a schedule

Develop a deadline for each content topic and campaign.

  1. Create content

Contents are not just about blogging about certain topic, you need to recognize all areas of content marketing. Blog posts can turn into webinar and event Q&A.

 

Reuse everything and turn them into big ideas

The most important thing to remember when formulating content marketing strategy is that everything changes often.  Make sure to check your industry news daily and use that as resources to create contents. It is about paying attention to the world around you and turn events into contents, questions into guidelines for your customers.  It is about reusing everything and turning them into ideas.

 

 

 

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Be organized with your content marketing

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When you are planning your content marketing strategy, it is essential that you become organized with your marketing plan. Whether you have your content in house or outsourcing it, you need to create an organized plan including Keywords research, Meta tags and description and you need to include, how to’s, press release, comparison guide and other content marketing techniques to remain in the competitive ranking.

Content marketing deadlines and content marketing calendar

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Having a calendar that documents content is a great way to ensure timely content creation; this strategy is always overlooked by marketers. Content marketing is about deadline, because there are peak times where certain contents and topics should be published. Small Business owners say that content marketing’s biggest challenge is content creation is taking too much time. Putting together a calendar and setting on goals and deadlines could be the end of your content creation stress.

Content marketing and native advertising are 2 of the most demand in the marketing and advertising industry. Marketers agree that content to be really effective is to connect with consumer’s interest and this will drive business’s objectives such as brand awareness, favorability and visibility.

How to stay ahead of the curve

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You can create your own content by writing your contents yourself or assigning blog topics to one of your most trusted employee. There is also another option of hiring a ghost writer or if you are on a really tight budget you can you just keep your content in-house. Spend a few minutes a day to gather all your resources and find the newest and trendiest topic online. You can also use RSS feeds to gather content ideas or look at social media trending topics. This way you are always ahead of the curve, when you create in advance it allows you to miss a day or 2 if there is something else in your business that needs full attention.

Planning always gets you ahead of your schedule; making time to create daily content does not mean you just write about anything and everything. You need to focus on your niche and target audience, it only takes up 30 to 40 minutes a day to create a content if you have your content marketing plan organized.

Create value for your content

Quality over quantity also applies for content marketing, creating amazing contents for your website visitors to find valuable they will immediately appreciate your company but trust it as well and word of mouth marketing is the greatest marketing of all marketing campaign out there.

 

Social media marketing: Stand out with these marketing tips

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One of the most used marketing strategy to gain online visibility and brand awareness is social media marketing. But not everyone is making most of their social marketing strategy, this article will help you make the most out of your social media marketing if you just got started.

 

Promote your business on social media: The tricks

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Twitter – use twitter to promote your business, products and services. Develop an effective twitter-based strategy, you could gain hundreds of potential customers. Determine your keywords, hashtag and learn how these can work you gain more visibility on twitter.

Next is add Twitter button and follow us box on your website or blog, you may also want to have a retweet button on the top of your blog post.

Tricks: If you are using a blog to promote your brand tweet number would be a great idea, so you can monitor how many shares you have on your certain blog post. The more shares the readers see the more likely they want to retweet your post.

Facebook – it is another thing that you have a facebook profile, but you must have a like page as well, where you are able to advertise your products and services and Facebook also has a great feature regarding targeting your niche market and your target audience, it is called Facebook Advert. Pretty easy slick to use as well, you can promote your business and get certain number of likes per day. Remember as well to have your Facebook page available on your blog.

Google+ and Page – One of the most popular social media channel these days is Google+, you must have one and learn to use it as this is a great way to have your place on the first page of Google when your potential look for your products and services. Make sure to personalize your Google+ profile and add the necessary information that could be useful for your target clients. You can also add your other Social media accounts under the tab ABOUT.

Tricks: make sure that you have your business information such as address, email, phone number and location on your Google+ page, the more detailed the  better. If you have a blog make sure that the images and blog post page can easily be shared to Google+.

 

Things to avoid

Do not go too half cocked and start Facebooking and twittering like mad, this will not lead you to more fans or more visibility. Establish a social media marketing plan and follow that, you need deadline when creating social media marketing campaign if you want to accomplish anything with your social media. Make sure to stick to your plan firmly.

Improvements

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Social media is to improve your website rank and gain more online visibility and later on gain more clients. Avoid the hard sell of your products and services instead focus on giving your target audience resources to great tips and great values. Engage with your social media network and encourage them to voice out. The more interaction the better, you will sooner or later learn what your clients needs and you can easily deliver, so it is important that you learn to listen to discussion.

Tricks: To successfully market your products on social media, you need to draw others until you locate your own voice. Have a look at your competitors social media field until you figure out what works best for you.

 

Conclusion

Do not expect an overnight success with social media marketing, it takes time to develop a strategy that will work both for you and your clients. You will need to keep working on getting more followers before you can think of launching a strong social media campaign. You also need to take time to evaluate your progress.

 

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How to build relationship with your customers

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The very success of a business is the relationship a company has with its customers, your customers can put you out of business and therefore it is important that you have long term and trusting relationship with your customers. You do not only want to convince your customers they need your brand but you need to make it worth it for them. Follow these easy steps on how to build a solid relationship with your customers.

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Step 1 – Be honest

It is important that you are honest with your customers, everybody knows there is always the pros and cons of products and services, be honest with the cons of your products or services. So your customers know what to expect and what not to do with your products, if they want the best result.

Money cannot buy one of the most important things to promote your business, its relationship. And just like every relationship may it be family, loved ones and friends investing time and effort and mostly listing to your clients are very important factors on how to gain their trust.

Step 2 – Build a network

You current clients are your gold, they should be treated with high importance as they can be part of your marketing campaign. The most common marketing that spreads faster than any marketing techniques out there is the “The word of mouth marketing”. Use your satisfied clients as your marketing tool, to tell their friends, friends of friends about your brand. Network starts with your current client, make sure you listen to them about your products, ask for a short review of the pros and cons as you can learn to adjust and be ready for the next clients coming your way.

Step 3 – Communication

A great relationship occurs when great communication is exerted, put extra effort in communicating with your clients. Do not keep them hanging or waiting for an email from you. Instead pick up the phone and call your clients or potential clients. It makes them feel special and heard. If you run a business where email is your way of communicating with your clients, do not forget to introduce yourself or send out a welcome letter to your new clients. For your current clients, you can a send out follow up emails on how they are doing with your products or services and what they could expect more from your company. This is also a great tool to determine the things your company lack or need more of.

What is the most important thing in customer relationship?

Business is all about activity, building brand awareness, learning new ways to promote your business, learning new ways to give your clients their needs. These are very logical for any business owner, yet there are still lots of business owners who experience losing clients from time to time.

Studies show that loyal customers are the most apt to tell their friends about a certain product or service, creating strong word of mouth marketing. Again “Word of mouth marketing” is the most important element of all marketing campaign.

So here are extra steps to building strong and solid customer relationship:

  • Be genuine and friendly
  • Smile and be helpful
  • Be a good listener
  • Tell the truth
  • Offer free resources, information and solution
  • Make your customers feel extra important
  • Learn Improve and repeat

Conclusion

Remember building a strong and solid customer relationship, you need to have the rest of your team to be engaged in this method. Make a plan or a rule of how to react to your customers and how you best can help your customers. You need to determine your goal and have everyone from your company to share the same goal.

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Our Goal

SocraticSBC’s staff provides quality business building solutions to individuals who are trying to start a new business or are just updating an existing one. We provide you and your business with a great selection of online services that will help you streamline your startup time, budget, and take your business to the next level. You may not have the time or expertise to perform all of the one off task that are needed to get your business up and running. SocraticSBC is here to help you. We have a number of affordable services that are designed to help you start or grow your business, depending on your specific needs.

Stop wasting time start getting results on your content marketing

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Search engines are constantly collecting data from every website, to be better served their searchers. To be successful in content marketing efforts, your business blog site must do these things: Attract visitors, covert visitors into leads and leads into sales.

Traffic is attracting visitors to your blog

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Each search engine has its secret recipe which is called algorithm; algorithm turn useful information into search results. There are more into content to be placed on the top of search engine. Here are the basic things you need when you have content marketing campaign.

  1. 1.       Determine your goal

First step on every marketing campaign is to determine your goal; you can create a content marketing plan where you need to choose the right topic for your blog contents.

  1. 2.       Establish content metrics

You can easily measure your ROI for your inbound marketing doing your content analysis manually, or you can use Google Analytics or similar program. This metric will tell you how many readers consumed your content. Metrics will also tell you the number of shares and discussion about your or on your content.

  1. 3.       Create your content

Reevaluate your previous blog posts/contents before your start a new content marketing campaign, this is to determine which topic are more of interest to your readers. This is the part where you need to unleash your creative side, develop a list of content marketing campaign, work on blog titles, keywords and meta tags.

 

Rules for content marketing

Design is one of the most important things in viewing a blog, poor website design can kill your unique and fresh and interesting content. Appearance is always the first impression for human being and website design is not at all different. To get more visitors and more traffic to your website or blog, you need to consider your design as well. A great design is about taking the users through an engaging and wonderful reading experience.

Design your website

Let your website be the first impression for your visitors, create or update your current website blog to make it more appealing to your visitors. Do not forget that first impression last. While you are busy planning your content marketing campaign, let professional graphic designer update or redesign your blog, making it ready for your interesting and unique contents.

Here at Socratic SBC , we are in the business of helping your business save time, so you can focus on what you do best. One of our most demand service is Website creation and maintenance as well as Logo creation. If you are interested in making your website unique, we are a team to do it for you for the most affordable rate online. All you have to do is contact us today check below for our contact details:

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Content creation – How to generate blog ideas

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One of the biggest challenges when doing content marketing is to find or come up with ideas for your next topic to cover. When it comes to topics you should regularly brainstorm for new contents to create and the best way to do so is to find the trendiest topic online. Here are few ideas where to look for relevant contents.

 

Social media news feed

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People are constantly sharing new articles or relevant articles on their social media status; here you can find the newest blogs, news and articles. Similarly you can also find new articles on twitter, facebook news feed, and LinkedIn and Google pages. You might also want to take a closer look on Twitters mentions and trend features to find which topic are most trending for the week. As for Google+ or pages you can look articles under discussions or trending topics under discussions.

Major Blog sites

 

There are constantly new articles and new topics from major blog sites such as Search Engine Land, Quora, Yahoo Business, Marketing Land and exploreB2B. You can also search your competitor’s website or blog to find out what they are writing about. This website is worth it when it comes to content creation Bottlenose.

From your customer’s inquiries

One of the best ways to cover up topics which will surely be of interest to your audiences, is to take one of your customers question and turn them into a detailed articles about the issue.

 

TweetChats

Tweetchats are regularly scheduled events, where people from all over the world get together to have a conversation on one of the major social media platform Twitter.

 

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SocraticSBC’s staff provides quality business building solutions to individuals who are trying to start a new business or are just updating an existing one. We provide you and your business with a great selection of online services that will help you streamline your startup time, budget, and take your business to the next level. You may not have the time or expertise to perform all of the one off task that are needed to get your business up and running. SocraticSBC is here to help you. We have a number of affordable services that are designed to help you start or grow your business, depending on your specific needs. You can see a few of our services on the right

How to improve our brand awareness through email marketing

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Any successful business has a great team of marketers behind them; they invest in such to get their business on top notch on the world of internet. It is the tough marketing efforts that make business successful brand awareness. The boost of brand awareness ultimately improves sales and profit level.  However lost of successful business still battling with email marketing, how they can initially catch their readers attention as a matter of fact according to campaignmonitor.com effective email marketing has returned $42 dollars to every dollar spent. So in the long run with the correct calculation that is a uge amount on your revenue in the long term.

 

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How essential is email marketing?

Regardless the type of business you run email marketing is essential part of your brand awareness. Consumer would like to connect with you privately through email; consumers would like to have your personal advice regarding your products. Some buyers do not feel comfortable discussing such matter through social media so email marketing is the ultimate solution. According to studies people are checking their email more than twice during the day for product and services updates.

Understanding email marketing

Sending out promotional email can sometimes end up in Spam or junk folder, therefore it is essential to understand the links to use and the introduction as well as the subject line to use when sending out emails.

  1. Regular emails – If you send out emails regularly like for example daily emails to your existing and potential consumers will most likely they will mark your emails as spam. To reduce the risk of ending up in a junk or spam folder. You need to send out to them regularly BUT on a limited basis, let say monthly or twice a month.
  2. Links to use – Consumer wants to know what you are selling, not only that but they want to know more relevant topics from you. For this reason your email you should send out to your current and potential clients should include links to direct them to your product page or website.
  3. Offering discounts – There is no use of sending mass email to your all your potential clients, if the content is spammy or more likely too promotional. Instead through your newsletter, you can offer 25% DISCOUNT or buy and get 1 free promo
  4. The use of image in an email – Some businesses use embed image or large graphics through email, this can be very heavy to load when the receiver get the email and might just end up deleting the email before it finishes loading its image. So be careful in choosing your image.
  5. The right time to send emails – There isn’t really a right time to do that, with the different time zones your potential consumers might have, all you can do is hope that they will have the time to read and respond to your email. You can take a look at your social media reports and find categorize the number of visitors and your contacts as well you can send an automated email to 1 category for a certain of time and the second email would be for the second category etc.

Conclusion

Email marketing is one of the toughest marketing techniques out there, there are studies shown on how to attract your customers through email marketing and with a proper study and research you will in time learn to handle your email marketing strategies.

 

 

 

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Use Content Marketing to Attract Customers

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Days for library researching became inconvenient for most of us these days and yes internet surfing became the best option for always on the go people. We cannot tell who among the internet users might need your small business offers but because of so many features being introduced daily the more convenient it is to find what we need.  If you have a business and would want to establish good reputation over online customers then make use of content marketing. Believe it or not, with credible but interesting contents it will help your business attract customers. How?

 

Understanding What Content Marketing is

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Content marketing is actually a media engagement that aims to be written in a way that potential customers would appreciate it. This comes when a reader found your article or posts to be shareable and filled with interesting points. If you provide information that a reader needs will give him an impression to look more with what your business offers by following all your posts on a regular basis.

 

Platforms where you can implement Content Marketing

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There are various ways where you can do content marketing and this must be written in your business plan for documentation. Your platform for marketing must always aim to target your clients. Remember that some ways may be effective for your business and some are not so broad studies are still very important.

  • Blogging – Perhaps this is the most used content marketing strategy these days and most read about by internet browsers. The content here is usually fresh and brief and that what is written here comes in a light tone so most readers can digest it.
  • eBooks – You can offer this for free and it can as well be sold.  Many readers and aspiring online businessmen find it very useful for their own venture. You can attract not only customers for your own business but also buyers for your ebook.
  • Article Posting – This differs with blogging such that contents written here are in-depth but can be exposed in so many media outlets. So the more outlet you can distribute your articles all the more your business can be seen.

 

Generating Leads and so many other Possibilities!

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Having the above mentioned platforms will open you with limitless opportunities. This will help grow your business by bringing leads through your post.  It may take some time to fully understand content marketing if you are a beginner and writing your posts can somewhat need handful amount of knowledge not only for your firm but similar topics that can build it.

The very reason why we do online researching is because we want to find solutions to our problems and seek answers to our questions in the most convenient way.  If you successfully added this to your marketing plan, it will be easier for you to lift your business far beyond the standards.

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