How To Be Successful In A Social Media Role If You Are An Introvert

introvertYou are passionate about social media, and you love the real time excitement and the fizz it provides. You have the talent and knowledge, and you want to make a career in it.

But a niggling voice doubts whether you can. Because, you are an introvert.

And social media is seemingly all about extroversion and being on the outside.

Introverts vs Extroverts

Many of you reading this post may feel this way. And why not? The whole world seems to thrive around extroverts. Whether you are on social media, or in your office, you may feel that garrulous and loud people overrun the world.

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Case Study: Building a Blog and Finding Your Audience By Courting Spotted Owls

owlHow many times have you felt that drawing readers to your blog was as discouraging as trying to count spotted owls in the wild?

Where are they?  Where would they be?  Why can’t I find them? What must I do to attract them?

One rule of thumb for all of us who are building a blog is knowing exactly what “species” we want to attract.

When I first launched my blog, I knew who I was trying to attract and serve: Hermits!  My husband and I began a ministry to hermits in 1997 when we were asked to take over a small newsletter with a mailing list of two hundred.  Since that long ago time, our readership has increased to over eleven hundred around the world.

Gathering those eleven hundred hermits was no easy task, and we often felt as though were were trying to find just one more spotted owl in the wild. Along the way, we learned a lot about finding your audience. I’d like to share some of those lessons with you today.
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The Twelve Rules of Writing Great Content (and When To Break Them)

writing contentDo you struggle with writing content for your blog, newsletter, or even your social media accounts?

If you’re an entrepreneur first and a writer second, you might find yourself spending a lot of time putting together content that you’re ultimately not happy with.

Even if you love writing and the words flow easily for you, you might find it tough to create posts that are truly effective.

The good news is that writing great content doesn’t need to be hard.

You just need to follow some straightforward rules… and know when to break them too.
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A Complete Recipe For Creating Compelling Calls To Action

compelling calls to actionAre you planning to increase your readership? Looking to increase the number of downloads for your latest how-to-guide or a newly launched app? Sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. It’s right over there and it’s the visible, yet hidden secret for your success.

It’s your call to action button.

Now, before you start rolling your eyes at how boring “call to action button” sounds, let me point out what you already know: the call to action (CTA) buttons on your site’s landing pages play an imperative role in converting visitors into potential leads. Your landing pages probably already have a place to sign up for your newsletter, or download goodies, or take any number of other actions.

However, that’s not where the content marketer stops working.

An effective CTA also forms a part of the content marketing process. And trust me – it’s easy to spend hours, if not days, crafting the best CTA for a particular landing page or campaign.

CTAs work like a cherry on the cake, where cake is the whole content that informs the reader and the CTA is the cherry that grabs the eye-balls and propels the readers to take action.
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The Secret Sauce of LinkedIn Groups – Finding Your Customers and Meeting Their Needs

LinkedIn GroupsFinding your audience – and figuring out what they need – used to be a lot harder than it is now.

It was time-consuming and costly and required that entire departments be devoted to it.

Nowadays, with a little strategy, even you the average time-strapped solopreneur can perform those activities yourself. You can easily inject some energy into your email list while at the same time figure out what problems those prospects have – and then win them over by providing useful information, answering questions, and generally being your polite, professional self.

What is this miracle strategy? Why, it’s LinkedIn, of course!

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The Complete Guide to Using Online Quizzes in Marketing

Online quizzesEvery marketer has two problems.

First, we want people to visit our website. And second, we are responsible for turning that traffic into quality sales leads who will become paying customers.

We’ve thrown everything at these problems, from paid ads to viral ploys that make no sense, and still the problem lingers on. But – one company found an innovative solution to solving these problems. Let me tell you their story.

On June 19th, 2014, Worth Global Style network, a fashion forecasting business, set up a quiz titled “What’s Your Customer Type?” The online quiz was eight questions long and was designed to lead quiz takers to discover what kind of customers they had. It was a fun quiz, but a simple one.

One week after publishing the quiz, it had seen 1527 views and collected 258 new email subscribers – and the only promotion that was done for it was to share on Facebook and Twitter a couple of times.

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Tweet it! Quizzes have the potential to both drive traffic and grow your email list to promote long-term relationships. This unique blend makes quizzes a form of content that kills two birds with one proverbial stone.

In this article I will dissect what makes a good quiz, using the Worth Global Style Network as an example. Are you ready to make an awesome quiz? Let’s get started.
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Struggling with Your Social Media Marketing Strategy? Start By Being Social

social media marketing strategy Tweet it! Are you struggling with your social media marketing strategy? Are you happy with the results that you’re seeing?

If not, then you’re not alone.

Sadly, many businesses and business owners aren’t too savvy when it comes to social media. They jump right into promoting their product or service without first identifying who their target audience is, and how to connect with that audience.

This is a problem that plagues a lot of businesses.  Social media success requires that you be “social” first.

Let me explain.
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Panda-Proofing Your Content in 2014 (& Increasing Google Traffic to Your Blog)

google traffic

Image Credit: SearchMetrics

As an online marketer or business owner, you know that traffic, leads and sales are the bloodline of your business.

Am I right?

Your sales come from the traffic coming to your pages. And there isn’t a better, higher-converting cold traffic source than Google traffic.

This post is going to give you some recommendations for getting more Google traffic. With just a few tweaks and some re-energized focus, you can significantly grow your Google traffic, and provide a long-term boost to your online business.
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5 Online Branding Mistakes That Can Kill Your Start-Up

online branding mistakesOnline branding is an abstract concept that is easily misunderstood.

It’s often mistaken for your logo, your products, or service. Tweet it! But branding is much more than that. It’s entwined with every aspect of your business, whether you realize it or not.

Even if you’re not consciously working on your brand image, you still have one. It’s your customers and potential customers perception of you, whether good or bad.

If you aren’t actively promoting your brand or your image, it’s important that you also don’t make a mistake that can ruin your business. And if you are actively working on how your potential customers perceive you, you absolutely must pay attention to mistakes that could torpedo your efforts!
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Choosing the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business

social media platformsIt’s hard to keep up with the plethora of social media platforms available  to promote your business on. When Facebook came on the scene, you were skeptical, but you started because everyone said it was “the” place to be. And now that you’ve got the hang of it, there’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Google Plus. Where do you draw the line?

It’s not enough these days to just be on social media – everyone else is there too. Tweet it! You need to be effective on social media and really be playing the game well. So rather than trying to be everywhere at once, you’re better off just focusing on one or two social media platforms that really suit your business.

So which ones do you choose? At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing the platforms where your audience hang out. Choose a platform that’s going to help you get your message out to people who are genuinely interested in what you have to say, and ultimately what you have to offer them.

If you were reading carefully, you’ll notice that I said choose one platform that’s going to get you where you want to go. Let’s take a look at the 6 major platforms and work out where you should be focusing your time and effort.
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Guest Posting and the Seasons of Business Growth

business cycles“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a rhythm to the four seasons of the year: Winter for introspection, spring for planting, summer for growth and fall for harvest.

Often our business cycles and growth as entrepreneurs mirrors these seasons.  I can see this reflected in my journey through the Audience Business Masterclass program.

My decision to join the ABM started over the winter, as I was contemplating how I would go about taking the next steps on my blogging journey. Winter, you’ll remember, is the hibernation period – and a great time for reflection and introspection!

Those early days in the ABM program had me reflecting on my business niche as well as my own blocks to success, which I discussed in my last ABC Project update.

Once I realized what fears were causing me to stall with my ABM efforts,  I was able to move past them and on to finishing my first incentive and growing my mailing list.  That meant commenting and guest posting, which I’ve been working on this spring and summer.
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11 Free or Dirt-Cheap Online Business Tools to Run Your Business from Anywhere

online business tools8 AM.

You wake up to the sound of an alarm, grab your phone to glance at the time, take a quick look at your emails, play Hanging with Friends for just another 5 minutes snuggled in bed, get dressed and do a 3-second commute to your new office desk.

Congratulations! You have quit your job and it’s your first day at your business.

Tweet it! With hot coffee in one hand and a pen and notepad in other, you take a few minutes to schedule your day. You smile at the thought of what’s in store.

. . . Until, after a few minutes of bliss, panic hits.

Holy cow I quit my JOB! What do I do now? How will I pay my bills? Where do I find clients? How much am I going to have to spend on tools to get this business running?

Does this sound familiar?
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