The only ones I hear of were hubspot and Infusionsoft, but the rest is new to maybe. It’s probably because I’m a solopreneur and I’m more focused on the average Joe more so than a regular Brick and mortar businesses, but I can see the value on which businesses like these can help streamline their marketing plan better .
LinkedIn sector skills used to be the best source for finding business influencers because of grouping by narrower topics – but LinkedIn killed this – monetisation again. LinkedIn advanced search is probably the best replacement.
What’s important to keep in mind is that there are two sides to any commerce equation. If both buyers and sellers are too focused on their own goals, the critical ‘connection’ moment will never happen. Stop talking about why you’re awesome, and start focusing on why your audiences should care. That’s when you’ll see conversion success.
Sitemap Creator 4 offers a Windows desktop sitemap generator thats creates sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Features: unlimited sitemap size, built-in FTP/FTPS/SFTP client, automatically ping search engines, split sitemap files, scheduled sitemap generation, Gzip output, exclude pages, and 404 detection.
Asana lets you assign tasks to your team members and keeps you informed about their activities. As soon as they finish the task assigned to them, you will get an email notification. This will not only help you to track your progress, but you will also be able to manage your team’s tasks very efficiently.
Canva for Work has been a great tool for our SEO, editorial, and social teams. We’ve created a template that can easily be used by anyone on the team and is aligned with our brand standards. When working with clients, it is important that the designs used for their social shares are in line with their visual standards and not ours. Thanks to Canva’s template feature, we can create those templates for any of our clients and have a stunning post or blog image done in no time — with no design training required. It saves a lot of time and the flexibility you have within the tool makes it fun to work with.
Although RSS isn’t “in vogue” as it was 5+ years ago, I still find there’s no substitute for using this as a listening post for developments in your industry. When I wrote the previous post I used Google Reader to categorise sites to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in digital. When Google withdrew this since there was no revenue in it (Boo!) I used Reeder as an offline client on my Macbook Air and iOS for a while. But now I recommend Feedly since it’s the most popular so you can see by the ‘voice of the crowd’ which posts are most popular. Similar to the feature in PostRank that Google also killed off. Although feed readers aren’t in fashion they are the most efficient way to scan the latest news in different categories. So if you don’t use them try Feedly out – our analytics shows it’s one of the most common referrers to Smart Insights – do bookmark us!
I recently created a new tool: Content Mapping Tool. Helps content marketers strategize, manage and document their content marketing efforts, based on personas and buyer stages. Would love to see it added to the list, feel free to try it! http://www.contentmappingtool.com
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Gary Vaynerchuk says that in order to be effective, you have to market like the year you actually live in. In five years, marketing will be different, and what is successful may not work. Doing things the way we’ve always done things is not always effective, so marketers need to do what works right now. In 1997 Vaynerchuk was selling wine with an email list while most companies were still using fax. When Google Adwords came out, he was the first to advertise to people searching for “wine.” He was able to grow his store from a $3 million business to $60 million with his innovative tactics and by using current marketing.
Shannon’s Little Known Social Media Secret: One of my secrets is to be a fierce editor. I’ve edited a lot of blog posts and with new writers especially, I almost always invariably move the third paragraph to the top. I still do this with myself much of the time. That way I give myself permission to get out all of the thoughts that eventually lead to a good opening paragraph. We know people read much differently online and we have little time to grab their attention. Moving the third paragraph to the top of the post almost always makes for a better lead to get readers working their way down the page.
We reviewed a number of automation platforms SMBs use for their social media, digital marketing and operational needs. We selected six of them that are affordable, offer value for money and consist of useful features.