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6 Lead Generation Strategies From Fast-Growing Startups by @LarryKim

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a webinar on lead generation strategies with the incredibly knowledgeable Tim Paige, Conversion Educator at LeadPages. LeadPages is a dynamic software company headquartered in Minneapolis – and they’re growing fast. They just launched in 2012 and already have millions in revenue from over 30,000 customers. LeadPages hit a $3.5 million run rate nine months after launching and are now growing at a rate of about 20% each month. Tim and I got together to share the lead gen...

Pronet Advertising (4 hours ago)

Is your productivity productive?

“Does it generate revenue?” This is one of the questions that floated around the room during our Genius Shared retreat in Chicago a few months ago. We were discussing goals, productivity, and action plans (things that send a tingle up the spine of every productivity nerd). But many of us forget to apply the “does it generate revenue” test to our actions. If you’re running a business, this has to be the litmus test for everything we do during working hours. Not that every single...

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog (6 hours ago)

Why Content Marketing Will Never Go Out of Style by @JuliaEMcCoy

Marketing has progressed a lot in the past decade: from TV, radio, newspaper, and billboard advertising to SEOs, pop-up ads, and banner ads. The public has moved on from traditional advertising. We can skip over commercials with DVR or avoid them entirely with online shows. Radio commercials can now be bypassed with an iPod or satellite radio. Programs like AdBlocker negate pop-ups, and newspaper readership is slowly declining every year. So how do you market today, when everyone can easily choose to ignore...

Pronet Advertising (6 hours ago)

Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: How to Do What You Love, the Right Way

Every time I start a new job I take my dad to see my office. He loves seeing where I work, and I love showing him. It’s a thing. As much as I enjoy this unspoken ritual of ours, there’s always a predictable response from my dad that serves as a clear indicator of our large generation gap. At some point he’ll ask a question along the lines of, “So… no one has an office? You just sit out here in the open?” I’ve tried many times to explain the idea of colocation and collaborative work, but I don’t think it’s s...

A List Apart: for people who make websites (7 hours ago)

Better Business Blogging – 7 Lessons Learned from Writing 1 Million Words

Blogging for over 10 years has been quite a journey to say the least. During that time, I’ve had my share of challenges, opportunities, disappointments and surprises. Back when I started, there’s no way I would have imagined having so many things to say for so long or anticipated what impact ongoing content creation would [...]

Online Marketing Blog (7 hours ago)

The Perfect Equation for Directing Your Customer’s Journey by @shanejones15

How can you sway your customers to follow through with conversions and transactions? You may be expecting an answer something along the lines of, “Change your social media button color to red and hopefully, the customer will follow you.” However, the answer is to understand what your customers’ want, need, and how to make those wants and needs easily accessible on your website. Customer Personas are Efficient, but Can’t Measure Up to Customer Journey Maps Have you developed customer personas in the past? If...

Pronet Advertising (8 hours ago)

How to Get An Average Of 10 Comments for Every Blog Post You Write

Are you struggling to increase your blog comments? We all want more comments to increase blog reputation. Unfortunately most bloggers find it really hard to get more comments. Wanna learn how to make more money with your website? Check the Online Profits training program!

Daily Blog Tips (8 hours ago)

How Big Was Penguin 3.0?

Posted by Dr-Pete Sometime in the last week, the first  Penguin update in over a year began to roll out (Penguin 2.1 hit around October 4, 2013). After a year, emotions were high, and expectations were higher. So, naturally, people were confused when MozCast showed the following data: The purple bar is Friday, October 17th, the day Google originally said Penguin 3.0 rolled out. Keep in mind that MozCast is tuned to an average temperature of roughly 70°F. Friday’s temperature was slightly above average ...

SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog (19 hours ago)

What Google Learned From The Authorship Project: An Interview With Mark Traphagen by @brentcsutoras

A big thanks to our Pubcon 2014 sponsor, LinkResearchTools, your off-page SEO toolkit and Link Detox: Recover – Protect – Build. At Pubcon 2014 in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to speak with Mark Traphagen of Stone Temple Consulting about the future of Google Authorship. Since Google Authorship was introduced, it has been considered an important component to content marketing. Recently, we have seen Google de-emphasizing Authorship in the SERPs with the removal of photos, as well as making a statement abo...

Pronet Advertising (21 hours ago)

Twitter Introduces Digits, A Password-Free Sign In Solution For Apps and Websites by @mattsouthern

Today at Twitter Flight, the company’s first mobile developer conference, a new sign in service called Digits was introduced. Digits is being touted as a new way for users to sign into apps and websites without the use of a password. With Digits you only need a phone number, which Twitter promises is safe and easy to use. It’s also free for app developers and users. We built Digits after doing extensive research around the world about how people use their smartphones. What we found was that first-time Inter...

Pronet Advertising (22 hours ago)

Google Reinvents The Email Experience With New ‘Inbox’ App by @mattsouthern

Today, Google announced the launch of a brand new email app that was said to be years in the making. From the creators of Gmail comes a new email experience called Inbox. Google describes Inbox as “a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.” The new app aims to solve the challenges faced by those who receive an abundance of email each day. As we continue to receive more email, important information invariably ends up buried and sometimes missed altogether. Google claims ...

Pronet Advertising (22 hours ago)

The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials

The idea of parallax design is simply an awareness of movement. More specifically, the word 'parallax' is used to describe the perception of distance between objects while moving along a line of... Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.

Vandelay Design Blog (1 day ago)

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Inside AdSense (1 day ago)

How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank [...] Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

ProBlogger Blog Tips (1 day ago)

#Halloween E-Commerce: How Much Do People Spend to Celebrate October 31st? [INFOGRAPHIC] by @wonderwall7

With my favorite holiday of the year fast approaching, and my annual viewings of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus out of the way, I thought this infographic on e-commerce spending surrounding Halloween was really interesting. Can you believe that almost $7 billion is spent annually on costumes? Add that to decorations and candy, and Halloween can be a pricey holiday for many Americans. Enjoy these other facts about Halloween online purchasing behavior. Infographic provided by Nextopia The post...

Pronet Advertising (1 day ago)

What Spending $57,000 on Instagram Taught Me

Over the last few months, I heard one name mentioned by my fellow entrepreneurs more than others. Can you guess who it is? It’s not Elon Musk or any other popular entrepreneur… It’s Dan Bilzerian - the man with over 5 million Instagram followers (some of his pictures aren’t safe for work). If you aren’t familiar  [click to continue...]

Quick Sprout (1 day ago)

Give Yourself Credit in Finding the Right Business Credit Card

When you run a business, you have a plethora of responsibilities that must be covered. Hiring the right talent, keeping your company on budget, making sure your customers are happy etc. are just some of the things that can leave business owners counting sheep at night. One area of importance that may oftentimes get overlooked is finding the right business credit card. Whether you are using a merchant card for customer transactions or one for business expenses that you and/or your team will use, means findin...

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog (1 day ago)

Use Verticals To Increase Reach

In the last post , we looked at how SEO has always been changing, but one thing remains constant - the quest for information. Given people will always be on a quest for information, and given there is no shortage of information, but there is limited time, then there will always be a marketing imperative to get your information seen either ahead of the competition, or in places where the competition haven’t yet targeted. Channels My take on SEO is broad because I’m concerned with the marketing potential of t...

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How to Run Facebook Ads for an E-Commerce Site by @esornoso

Facebook has a vast potential for businesses. But it can be difficult and frustrating knowing where to start, and how to proceed. I’m hoping this quick guide can point you in the right direction. Whether you have a large or small business, advertising through Facebook is one way to create buzz for your products, get conversions, and understand your audience. I’ve found engaging with your audience is so simple and one of the best ways to make online stores more successful. E-commerce sites enjoy even more be...

Pronet Advertising (1 day ago)

Learning to Be Flexible

As a freelancer, I work in a lot of different code repos. Almost every team I work with has different ideas of how code should be organized, maintained, and structured. Now, I’m not here to start a battle about tabs versus spaces or alphabetical order of CSS properties versus organizing in terms of concerns (positioning styles, then element layout styles, then whatever else), because I’m honestly not attached to any one system anymore. I used to be a one-tab kind of person, along with not really even thinki...

A List Apart: for people who make websites (1 day ago)

Eye Tracking in 2014: How Users View and Interact with Today's Google SERPs

Posted by rMaynes1 In September 2014, Mediative released its latest eye-tracking research entitled " The Evolution of Google's Search Engine Results Pages and Their Effects on User Behaviour ". This large study had participants conduct various searches using Google on a desktop. For example, participants were asked "Imagine you're moving from Toronto to Vancouver. Use Google to find a moving company in Toronto." Participants were all presented with the same Google SERP, no matter the search query. Mediative...

SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog (1 day ago)

Enterprise SEM & Big Data: An Interview with Ira Kates by @wonderwall7

At Pubcon Las Vegas I had the opportunity to catch up with Ira Kates, Sr. Digital Business Strategist at 360i to discuss his unique experiences of working in both the enterprise and B2C sectors. In the video below, Kates explains the difference between SEM for enterprise versus SEM for the B2C sector: Here are some key takeaways from the video: When you’re dealing with enterprise SEM you’re not only working with a large scale account with a big budget, you’re also working with multiple stakeholders. That ma...

Pronet Advertising (1 day ago)

Penguin 3.0 A Refresh Affecting 1% of English Queries, Google Confirms by @mattsouthern

Google engineer, Pierre Far, shed some new light this morning on the Penguin 3.0 update that was confirmed to have starting rolling out this past Friday. In a post on Google+, Far revealed that Penguin 3.0 is actually a refresh and not a full-fledged update. It will affect fewer than 1% of queries in US English search results, with the main focus of the refresh being to help sites that have cleaned up webspam penalties incurred in previous iterations of Penguin. Of course, it wouldn’t be Penguin if certain ...

Pronet Advertising (2 days ago)

3 Ways to Optimize Your Brand’s Social Media Marketing Success

While nearly 90% of companies are using social media for marketing, the distance between “using” and “succeeding” is of Grand Canyon proportions. In the early stages of social media marketing maturity, business use of social media tends to go through a series of phases from not doing anything to beginning to monitor social channels to sharing [...]

Online Marketing Blog (2 days ago)

Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? [...] Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

ProBlogger Blog Tips (2 days ago)

The Wrong Way to Handle a Bad Fit

By Lisa D. Jenkins Near where I live, there’s a small independent boutique that’s always drawn my interest. The clothes in the window aren’t something you’ll find on the rack in a mainstream big brand store so I was excited to step in and check things out. The clothes on the inside matched the promise of the storefront; the cut and quality of clothing had me really excited to do a bit of shopping. As I browsed and added things to my dressing room, I talked with the owner about her choice of stock. She’s fil...

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog (2 days ago)

The Specialized Web: Working with Subject-Matter Experts

The time had come for The Big Departmental Website Redesign, and my content strategist heart was all aflutter. Since I work at a research university, the scope wasn’t just the department’s site—there were also 20 microsites focusing on specific faculty projects. Each one got an audit, an inventory, and a new strategy proposal. I met one-on-one with each faculty member to go over the plans, and they loved them. Specific strategy related to their users and their work! Streamlined and clarified content to help...

A List Apart: for people who make websites (2 days ago)

Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls

At CSS Day last June I introduced, with some trepidation, a peculiar three-character CSS selector. Called the “lobotomized owl selector” for its resemblance to an owl’s vacant stare, it proved to be the most popular section of my talk . I couldn’t tell you whether the attendees were applauding the thinking behind the invention or were, instead, nervously laughing at my audacity for including such an odd and seemingly useless construct. Perhaps I was unwittingly speaking to a room full of paid-up owl sanctua...

A List Apart: for people who make websites (2 days ago)

How to Get Started with a Business Dashboard

Once your websites or online businesses start growing you'll certainly find that managing all the information becomes quite a challenge on its own. Web analytics, email subscribers and delivery rates, affiliate marketing sales, revenue from your own products and assessing profits, customer support emails, and the list goes on. Wanna learn how to make more money with your website? Check the Online Profits training program!

Daily Blog Tips (2 days ago)

Mobile Menus: Hold the Hamburger?

Whether you call it the “hamburger,” “sandwich,” “hot dog,” “list icon” (or as I like to call it, the “Adidas”), that little 3-bar thing denoting mobile menus are growing in adoption. But we’re still not clear if it’s well understood by mobile users. About a year and a half ago, Get Elastic ran a post […]

Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog (2 days ago)

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