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April 11th, 2022

The Changing Face of Content Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan





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The content marketing environment continues to become more complex, focusing on customer experience and strategy.

To navigate this space, you must prioritize your content approach and optimization of your content methods.

Currently, the top 3 content marketing developments include a focus on being more human, targeting, and setting measuring goals that can be reviewed on a regular basis.

In order to achieve your goals, include strategy and planning in every decision in the content marketing process from beginning to promotion.


What do you need for content marketing success?

   * Increased brand awareness

   * Attraction of more traffic to your website

   * Generation of leads


You can increase brand awareness through content marketing by:

1) Creating non-branded, searchable content to gain the attention of those who are not familiar with your brand and who are looking for more information on a relevant topic.

2) Publishing on other websites, with large readerships, that match your target audience.

3) Diversifying your content over blog posts, videos, podcasts, webinars, whitepapers, case studies, etc.


What are some of the best content marketing tools?

1.  Marketing Hub

HubSpot’s Marketing Hub offers an array of tools and systems that grow along with your business, allowing you to scale seamlessly.

2.  WordPress

WordPress is the most widely used CMS (content management system) in the world. It is best for blogging, creating portfolios, and publishing editorial content.

WordPress is an open-source CMS on which you can host and build websites. You can host your own site or use WordPress.com.

WordPress has plugin architecture and a template system you can use to customize any website to fit your business, blog, portfolio, or online store.

It’s a highly customizable platform that is widely used by bloggers.

3.  Google Docs

Google Docs is a free, widely used and simple tool for editing and collaborating with content writers.  If you can use word processor applications, Google Docs is for you.

4.  Grammarly

Grammarly is used for editing and proofreading your content before publication. It works across multiple communication mediums, from email to documents to social media.

Their browser extension works with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, and offers a free basic grammar and punctuation plan.

5.  Yoast

This tool is one of the best SEO WordPress plugins, and it’s very easy to use.

6.  Vidyard

Vidyard is a video marketing platform used to help you with hosting, sharing, and promoting video content on your website.

It’s best for creating B2B marketing videos, digital marketing, and content creation.

7.  Loom

Loom is great for creating video presentations and tutorials. It’s versatile and user-friendly. You can use it to answer questions or explain complex topics that require a visual aid.

8.  Google Analytics

This tool is for understanding your audience and tracking site metrics like how people found your site and observe visitor behavior.

This free tool is one of the most widely used platforms online, and the basic configuration is easy to use.

9.  Google Optimize

This is best for A/B testing changes to your site’s pages.

10. TheStocks.IM

This is great for sourcing stock images and free photos. It aggregates multiple free photo sites into one place such as Unsplash and Pixabay.

Just type the topic or object you’re searching for into the search box, and it will pull up images across all the platforms it sources from.

11. Canva

You can design your own marketing materials using Canva. Its UI (user interface) is great for design beginners. You can pick a template to start or create your own design from scratch.

It’s great for all kinds of content marketing imagery, like blog cover photos, social media images, Twitter cover photos, and more.

12. Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard for editing photographs and images, and designing custom materials. Use it to edit photographs, create Facebook images, blog cover photos, and screenshot tutorials.

These are just a few of the content marketing tools out there. Although there are many more, this list is a beginning.

For content marketing success you need to increase brand awareness, attract more traffic to your website, and you need to generate leads.

Knowing how to do this and having the tools to do so is only part of the process. Due to the changing face of content marketing, you must have a well-planned strategy for success.


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August 16th, 2021

10 Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid in Your Writing

by Rahimah Sultan





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While you’re using great copywriting skills to convince your readers to take a particular action, make sure your content is grammatically correct.

Be careful when using autocorrect while typing. It won’t catch grammar mistakes, because a word may be spelled right and be grammatically incorrect. For example:

Your my favorite dancer.
You’re my favorite dancer.

Both words are correctly spelled.


Here are some common writing mistakes that can weaken the sparkle and credibility of your message.


1. Incorrect subject verb-agreement

If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular.

Example:
There is so many great ones.
Correct: There are so many great ones.

Example: Everyone was willing to participate. (This is correct.)



2. Missing commas

How you use commas in a list depends on the specific writing style you follow.

An Oxford, or serial, comma is the last comma in a list. It goes before the word “and.”

Example 1: When you go shopping, be sure to get eggs, milk, bread and peanut butter.
When you go shopping, be sure to get eggs, milk, bread, and peanut butter.

Although there are different schools of thought regarding the use of the Oxford comma, when you want to write a good sentence, it’s proper punctuation to always use commas to separate the multiple items you reference in a list.

Technically, it’s grammatically optional in American English.

Example 2:
If the shop is closed when we get there we’ll have to wait until next week.
If the shop is closed when we get there, we’ll have to wait until next week.



3. Apostrophes

Apostrophes are generally used in two instances:

For contractions (I’m planning to go tomorrow, if it’s not raining)

To show possession (Susan’s computer means the computer belongs to Susan)

They’re also used to indicate missing numbers in a year, ’89 for 1989 and ’07 for 2007.



4. Hyphens

Example:

Wrong: my 90 year old grandmother
Right: my 90-year-old grandmother



5. Loose or lose

Loose means not firmly or tightly in place.

Example:

Your shoelace is loose.
He might lose the money.



6. Could of, would of, should of

These are incorrect uses of contractions for I could have, I would have, or I should have.

Correct Example:

I should have gone to the reception, and could have, if Tom had been on time.

Slurring in speech results in the common grammar mistake of substituting of for have.



7. Affect and effect

Affect and effect are often confused, although one is a verb and the other a noun.

Affect is a verb that describes something that causes or influences change. Effect is what happens as a result of the change.

“Here’s a mnemonic: A is for action. Verbs are about action. Affect starts with an A, so it’s a verb.”

Correct Examples:

Not getting enough sleep will adversely affect your health.
The effect of not getting enough sleep is bad health.



8. There, their, they’re

There is a location, their shows possession by more than one person, and they’re is a contraction for they are.

Examples:

We live here not there.
They work there but it’s not their shop.
They’re happy to be home.



9. Your and you’re

Wrong: Your my inspiration.
Correct: You’re my inspiration.

Your is the possessive of you.
You’re is the contraction for you are.



10. Then and than

Use then when referring to time.
Than is used when comparing things.

Example:

I’m going to the library then to the store.
That is better than this one.

You can use Grammarly.com (no compensation received here) to check your writing.

Of course, there are some exceptions, to these rules, that are not discussed here.

Always check and recheck your writing for mistakes.

This article only covers 10 common grammar mistakes to avoid in your writing.

Remember that autocorrected writing must be checked for correct grammar usage.





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March 31st, 2020

Online Marketing: More Tips for 2020


by Rahimah Sultan








Although we are at the end of the first quarter of 2020, there are more marketing tactics that you need. You can still use the basics, as they always apply in marketing, along with some changes.

“In 2020, a lot of familiar best practices will get a facelift, and underutilized tactics and software will become more vital for data-driven decision making.”

Brandon Andersen discusses these in his article titled 18 Marketing Tactics You Need In 2020 which you can click here to read.



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March 12th, 2020

Actionable Tips for Marketing Success in 2020

by Rahimah Sultan






As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2020, you may want to review and revise your marketing plans if you haven’t already done so.

I found this article by Robin Colner titled A Guide to successful marketing in 2020. She covers the 10 most important actionable tips for marketing success in 2020.

She discusses mastering the disappearing art of storytelling by creating and posting stories with multiple images and calls-to-action daily on Facebook and Instagram using apps, increasing production of live-streamed video content through the creation of a series to explain your product and services, and experimenting with messenger bots to improve customer service.

 To get all the tips click here.



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January 9th, 2020

Marketing Success with Content Marketing in 2020

by Rahimah Sultan







What will dominate content marketing in 2020? As this new year and decade is upon us, you may be wondering what will dominate marketing trends. This ever-evolving discipline is impacted by a number of factors that include trends, tips, and insights.

There’s content marketing that focuses on results, more live streaming, and emphasis on search intent.

Check out how to use these trends for your 2020 marketing success in this article by Brody Dorland,





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September 4th, 2019

Email Marketing Is Alive and Well

by Rahimah Sultan







Email marketing is an important tool for drawing in and retaining customers. You can use it to build lists of subscribers to whom you later market your products and services. When your marketing strategy incorporates email marketing you can get a better ROI.


Email marketing is alive and well. Among the many benefits of using email marketing is the fact that when you build an email list you are the owner of that list, unlike using social platforms that can go out of business leaving you with nothing.


You can read Jacinda Santora’s article, Is Email Marketing Dead? Statistics say: Not a Chance, for some great information.


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July 17th, 2019

Business Success: Small Business Advice

by Rahimah Sultan





This blog post deals with business success and mainly small business advice.


This Jun 5, 2019 article in Small Business Trends, offers 12 essential pieces of small business advice. Some of the topics covered are:

Taking the first step
Thinking small and fast
Dreaming big
Great employees
Doing what you say you’ll do




Click here to read the entire article.


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July 4th, 2019

Generate Passive Income With Successful Affiliate Marketing


by Rahimah Sultan







The definition of affiliate marketing is getting paid a commission from an online retailer for traffic or sales generated from your referrals.



If you are new to online marketing, the following should help you to generate passive income with successful affiliate marketing.



The three-step process required is:

1. You recommending a product or service to your followers
2. Your followers purchasing the product or service using your affiliate link
3. You getting paid a commission for the sales made using your affiliate link


Some advertising would have you believe that you can make lots of money for doing nothing. But the truth is more complicated than that.


There are seven steps you must take to avoid becoming overwhelmed and overloaded.


Now, let’s cover the first four initial steps that need to be taken.



Find Your Niche (or neesh)

The first thing you need to do is choose a niche to give focus to your business, help you with content, and help make it easier to  create targeted marketing campaigns.


When choosing a niche consider:

1. What you’re passionate about and already have knowledge of
2. Whether your knowledge on the topic is enough to write at least 100 blog posts
    (for search engine optimization or asserting your authority)
3. Oversaturation in the niche
4. Whether or not there is money in the niche



Build a Website

Then you need a website and a blog with the blog being the main focus of your site. Your website should also include several pages:

1. About to inform people a little about you and your business
2. Contact for sharing all the information you want to share with your readers, advertisers and
    potential partners
3. Disclaimer if your site is monetized
4. Privacy Policy to let users know if you collect information and how you use it
5. Terms of Service limiting your liability in case of misuse of information or services provided
    on your site and detailing user responsibilities regarding copyrights and trademarks
6. Custom 404 Page
7. Advertise if you plan on selling on-site ads, include a page for advertisers with information
    about available spots, monthly views, audience demographics, and a contact form


These pages are important to build trust with your audience.


Now that you have your website, it’s time to create good-quality content.



Create Quality Content

There are different requirements for joining affiliate programs. Some networks and programs want you to have already established content, site traffic, and monthly views at a certain level before accepting you as an affiliate.


Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for the specific networks and programs you’re considering before you apply.


You should have at least 5 strong posts already on your site with future posts scheduled.



Grow Your Email List

Email is still the #1 communication channel for marketing. An easy way to grow your email list is by adding a popup to your site for signups.


Now that you’ve taken care of the first four steps, it’s time for step 5, choosing your affiliate products / services.



Choose Affiliate Products to Promote

Now that you’ve chosen your niche you need affiliate products that fit and relate to your content.


You need to join an affiliate program and choose the product and / or services you want to promote. Then move on to step six which is joining an affiliate marketing network.


Join an Affiliate Marketing Network

If there is something that you already use you can promote that. If not you can make a list of things and do a Google search for related affiliate products and programs.


You can promote products that fill a need, those that your audience wants to know about, and products from others in your niche.


Before signing up, thoroughly research everything. Do not promote products you don’t use or know nothing about.


Lastly, you need to track the performance of your affiliate producers.



Track Your Results

Track your affiliate links to help you understand which products perform better with your audience. This allows you to provide better products to them in the future, and you can also use this knowledge to provide them with better content. When you do your audience will keep returning.


You will want to disguise your affiliate links so readers will click on them.

Click here and check out Pretty Links.com for shortening and disguising your affiliate links.


And there you have it; how to Generate Passive Income With Successful Affiliate Marketing.



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June 16th, 2019

Business Success With Social Media Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan



These days it seems that everyone is on social media. As an entrepreneur launching your own business, you are your own CEO, PR team and social media squad. Obtaining business success with social media marketing is the market trend and a must for newcomers to online business.



New entrepreneurs need to pay attention to 6 things: authenticity, finding your niche, being consistent across all platforms, getting offline and meeting people, content, and Facebook and Google Ads.



Jason Pinchoff discusses these in his article The Pinch List: Top 6 Social Media Musts, which you can read here.



 

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February 4th, 2019

How To Set Up Your Online Sales Funnel

by Rahimah Sultan






Anyone who has an online business needs paying customers. In order to convert your website visitors into paying customers, you need to create a sales funnel .


The primary goal for your sales funnel is moving people from one stage to another until they are ready to buy from you.


From the first time your prospects hear about you until the moment of purchase, they pass through different stages of this sales funnel. The journey might be different for each, depending on your buying personas, niche, and the types of products and services you offer.


When designing your sales funnel, you can have as many stages as you want.


Generally, there are four main ones that you need to pay attention to:


Awareness
Interest
Decision
Action



You can read The Beginner’s Guide to a Sales Funnel for the details.



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