Buyers Drive Content Marketing and SEO: Smart Links February 5

Sunday Brunch Reads With Social Media ReInvention

buyers drive content marketing and seo

Our Buyers Drive Content Marketing and SEO Decisions

The Theme Pulsing Through This Week’s Article Links. These expert pearls show why the problems keeping our buyers awake at night fuel content marketing and SEO (search engine optimization). Their wisdom touches on:

  • The devices consumers use to find our businesses and articles online. (Hint: Rhymes with smartphone).
  • The signals Google looks for and takes into account for ranking our websites and content.
  • The importance of keyword density. (Hint: Not as much as we thought).
  • Buyer personas rich with details on the buyer’s pre-buy research behaviors are a strategic advantage.

Check out these article summaries which I know will make us better marketers, writers, and search engine optimization professionals.

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Content Marketing And SEO Work Together: Smart Links January 29

Sunday Brunch Reads With Social Media ReInvention

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Successful Inbound Marketing and Public Relations Requires Content Marketing and SEO Work Together

This past week, I attended webinars, started studying books, and read articles with a common theme: When content marketing and SEO work together, long term, impactful business goals are achieved.

This resounding theme also touches upon another key element: a publishing strategy integrating content marketing and SEO (search engine optimization) is sustainable. These experts share their views on important changes in marketing organization (and individual) skills, mindsets, and organizational structures.

That’s a huge deal for all businesses:

  • Large Corporations
  • Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs)
  • Freelance Professionals

Here are links to these great articles on where inbound marketing and public relations are heading to deliver more meaningful business outcomes and results.

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Buyer Persona Case Study: CFO On-Call

Notes from HubSpot's Inbound Certification Video Class 3: What Does Inbound Look Like?

Buyer Persona Case Study

HubSpot’s Inbound Certification Video Class 3: “What Does Inbound Look Like?” shares how a real-world company successfully practices inbound marketing. This is a valuable class as a real-world, spot-on buyer persona case study.

This buyer persona case study proves how well-crafted buyer personas can:

  • Drive inbound marketing strategy and tactics
  • Link together content marketing and SEO choices
  • Support a company’s sales and revenue goals

Here’s what to expect from this blog post on these inbound marketing best practices (and future blog posts) as I prepare for the inbound marketing certification exam:

  • Open Sharing. I’ll publish my study notes on this blog as I review each video in the twelve (12) classes.
  • Detail. My notes will be very detailed. Many of the slides in the video classes state the learning or take-home-message perfectly. If I think that’s the best way to state the learning, I’ll record the learning in my notes verbatim from the respective slide.
  • Context. I’ll provide my context whenever it may help us better understand the inbound marketing and sales concept(s).

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4 Inbound Marketing Best Practices

Inbound Certification Video Class 2: What Are The Fundamentals of Inbound Success?

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This post focuses on the four (4) inbound marketing best practices shared in HubSpot’s Inbound Certification Video Class 2: What Are The Fundamentals of Inbound Success?:

  • Use Buyer Personas
  • Use The Buyer’s Journey
  • Create Remarkable Content
  • Leverage Your Content Via Distribution Platforms

Here’s what to expect from this blog post on these inbound marketing best practices (and future blog posts) as I prepare for the inbound marketing certification exam:

  • Open Sharing. I’ll publish my study notes on this blog as I review each video in the twelve (12) classes.
  • Detail. My notes will be very detailed. Many of the slides in the video classes state the learning or take-home-message perfectly. If I think that’s the best way to state the learning, I’ll record the learning in my notes verbatim from the respective slide.
  • Context. I’ll provide my context whenever it  may help us better understand the inbound marketing and sales concept(s).

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Inbound Marketing Certification Journey

Notes from HubSpot Video Class 1: Why Inbound?

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HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Certification Course remains one of my favorite learning marketing resources. I remember the joy (and relief) after taking the test and earning the inbound marketing certification. Back then, it was a scrappy, privately held startup taking on the marketing world. Now, Hubspot’s a thriving public company.

The marketing world changes constantly. To HubSpot’s credit, its HubSpot Academy continuously updates its inbound marketing certification course (and other courses open to the public).

It’s time to refresh my certification. Over the course of the next several weeks, here’s what to expect from the next several blog posts as I prepare for the certification exam:

  • Open Sharing. I’ll publish my study notes on this blog as I review each video in the twelve (12) classes.
  • Detail. My notes will be very detailed. Many of the slides in the video classes state the learning or take-home-message perfectly. If I think that’s the best way to state the learning, I’ll record the learning in my notes verbatim from the respective slide.
  • Context. I’ll provide my context whenever it  may help us better understand the inbound marketing and sales concept(s).

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LinkedIn Mobile App Update: Personalized Invitations Are Here

Personalized invitations in LinkedIn Mobile App went live December 17, 2015

LinkedIn Mobile App Prompt Personalize Invitation

Photo Credit: by Tony Faustino

 

Personalized invitations in LinkedIn’s Mobile App became available on iOS and Android smartphones on December 17, 2015. Yay!

A hat tip and Thank You to Stuart Rosenthal for tweeting me and Imrich Tatiersky when this important LinkedIn Mobile App feature went live!

Tweet Stuart Rosenthal Personalizing LinkedIn Invitations

Tweet From Stuart Rosenthal on LinkedIn’s Mobile App

 

Here are step-by-step instructions for iOS / iPhones when personalizing our LinkedIn Invitations with the latest version of LinkedIn’s Mobile App.

 

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Don’t Invite Reid Hoffman To Connect With LinkedIn’s Mobile App

Latest LinkedIn Mobile App Release Doesn't Allow For Customized Invitations. Yet.

Reid Hoffman LinkedIn App Profile Pic

Photo Credit: Tony Faustino

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE (01/08/16): LinkedIn’s mobile app made personalized invitations available in mid-December 2016.

LinkedIn’s mobile app is much improved.  But, we can’t personalize LinkedIn Invitations in the latest release. Yet.

Didn’t my last post describe step-by-step instructions on personalizing our LinkedIn Connection Requests with LinkedIn’s Mobile App? Yes.

Those instructions are no longer valid. Here’s what I learned from a failed experiment.

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LinkedIn Mobile App Hack: 5 Easy Steps To Personal Connection Requests

How to customize LinkedIn Invitations with LinkedIn's Mobile App

LinkedIn Mobile App CUSTOMIZE INVITE prompt

Photo Credit: by Tony Faustino

 

Around six (6) weeks ago, I published this post criticizing LinkedIn for not updating its Project Voyager Mobile App so LinkedIn members can customize or personalize their LinkedIn Connection Requests / LinkedIn Invitations.

I Made A Mistake. We can customize or personalize our LinkedIn Connection Requests / LinkedIn Invitations from our mobile phones.

Here are step-by-step instructions and screenshots for personalizing our LinkedIn Invitations from LinkedIn’s Mobile App.

 

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Unemployed Attorneys Should Build Online Platforms Not Sue Their Law Schools

Content marketing strategy and tactics for lawyers and law school graduates seeking jobs

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Photo Credit: by Wesley Fryer via flickr

 

Sara Randazzo, a Wall Street Journal reporter, published this article, Jobless Graduates Who Sued Law Schools Find Little Success in Court.

She shares how Law School Class of 2011 and 2012 J.D.’s from New York Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, Hofstra Law, Cooley Law School, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Widener University School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and others filed class action lawsuits against their their alma maters for consumer fraud.

These unhappy graduates claimed their law schools mislead them about their post-graduation employment prospects (direct article quotes):

Disgruntled law-school graduates who filed suits accusing their alma maters of deceiving them about their chances of landing a well-paying job haven’t had much success in court.

More than a dozen class actions were filed in 2011 and 2012, but courts across the country have knocked out the lawsuits one by one, including a recent dismissal in Florida. Only a few remain.

 

I sense this frustration because the jobless recovery is realStatistical analysis and employment research proves white collar jobs for undergraduates and graduate program students started disappearing in 2002.

There’s Good News. I see opportunity for these unemployed attorneys. I see solo entrepreneurs with legal expertise to offer clients. Here are three (3) online platform ideas so unemployed lawyers as well as practicing ones can land their own clients and market themselves.

 

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LinkedIn’s Project Voyager Mobile App Still Has A MAJOR Shortcoming

Inability to customize LinkedIn invitations via revamped mobile app is a mistake

LinkedIn Mobile Phone App flickr

Photo Credit: koka_sexton via flickr

 

(Updated November 28, 2015) Please refer to my post, LinkedIn Mobile App Hack: 5 Easy Steps To Personal Connection Requests: How to customize LinkedIn Invitations with LinkedIn’s Mobile App.

The Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, and ZDNet published stories about LinkedIn’s improved and revamped LinkedIn Mobile App. Each article ignores an important, missing feature to improve the LinkedIn mobile user experience.

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