Creating Social Media Marketing Posts For Instagram In 2019-20
Hey there friends! Instagram is the world’s favorite visual discovery platform. Its visual storytelling format also makes it the perfect platform for marketing.
Today we are going to show you how to create Instagram posts that generate lots of engagement and clicks to your websites and product pages.
Before we show you how to compose an Instagram marketing post, we need to show you how to insert external URLs that you can promote on Instagram.
You see, you can’t insert URLs into Instagram posts. That makes it impossible to share content that is outside Instagram, so all engagement happens inside the platform. You can circumvent this limitation by inserting your URLs into your profile though.
Sign in to your Instagram account. Tap on the profile icon located on the lower right-corner of your device’s screen and then tap on “edit profile”.
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You can include two URLs to your profile. Use the “website” field to insert the URL that you are going to promote, and the “bio” field to insert the URL of your business website.
This is because the “website” field is the only field where you can insert a clickable URL, so it is the best place to insert the URL where you want users to take action. In the “bio” field on the other hand you can insert a text-only version of your business website URL for brand awareness.
In this example we are going to promote the URL of an affiliate product, so we’re going to add it to the “website” field. To add your URL, tap on the “website” field and paste the URL that you are going to promote. Make sure to always add a shortened version of your URL.
Now tap on the “bio” field. Paste a text-only version of your website URL at the end of your bio. You can tap on “done” when you are finished adding your URLs.
Selecting Media For Your Instagram Marketing Post
Because Instagram is a visual discovery platform, you will have to take a photo, to upload an image, or to record a video for each post that you compose.
To add media to a new post, you can tap the camera icon to take a picture or record a video, or you can tap on the “plus” icon located on the lower screen to access the gallery and upload an image from your device.
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In this example, we’re going to select a product image from our gallery to promote our affiliate offer. Please note that stock images don’t perform well on Instagram. Always focus on adding your own images to build trust. You can tap on “next” to continue.
You can edit your image or video by adding a filter and adjusting other settings. You can experiment with these settings to generate consistent visual effects that you can use on all your posts. By using the same visual effect on all your posts you will increase brand recall. You can tap on “next” to continue after you are finished editing your media.
Composing An Instagram Marketing Post
Let’s now compose an Instagram marketing post. The goal of an Instagram marketing post is to generate engagement, reach, brand awareness, and product consideration among qualified members of your target audience.
An Instagram marketing post doesn’t necessarily have to follow a structure as long as it includes your target keywords, relevant search terms, a call to action if you’re promoting an external URL, and hashtags.
Let’s start by composing a compelling caption where we target product keywords and search terms related to our affiliate offer. To increase curiosity, we are going to open our caption with a question where we target a product
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keyword. Next we are going to add a relevant search term and a description of the affiliate product that we are promoting.
Now we’re going to type a call to action to encourage users to visit the referral link in our bio to learn more about the product.
Now it is time to add your hashtags. Hashtags are a crucial element of an Instagram marketing post because they increase discoverability and make it easier for your target audience to find your content.
You can add up to 30 hashtags to an Instagram post, but marketing studies have found that posts with a maximum of 9 hashtags perform the best.
So let’s start adding our hashtags. Only add keywords that are relevant to your post as hashtags. Always make sure to research the best hashtags for each post. For example, we researched keywords and search terms used by people looking for the type of products included in our offer, then we compared those keywords to results in hashtag searches on Instagram to find the best hashtags for our post.
You can tap on “share” when you are finished composing your new Instagram marketing post. And that’s it!
Marketers may be familiar with the term Ôgo to marketÕ. ItÕs essentially a marketing technique that involves identifying precisely who your target audience is for your product or service, locating where they spend time, and then creating promotions and posts that those people will see. For instance, if you were to sell gardening implements, then you might identify that your target demographic is gardeners, and you might head over to ÔGardenerÕs WorldÕ magazine and pay for an advert in that glossy.
The result is that a huge number of the precise people who are likely to buy from you, will now see your product. That can of course result in a great number of sales.
How do you do this on the web? One option is to use social sharing sites and social networks. Groups and subreddits are popular options. Find the right subreddit for your topic and share a post in there, and if it is shared and upvoted enough times, then this can lead to that post being seen by hundreds of thousands of people Ð this can even potentially lead to vast numbers of sales.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t typically work out that way. What is actually much more likely to happen, is that you share your post on a subreddit, and it gets buried to the bottom. Why? Because itÕs not a perfect match for that community. Worse, is that it might get completely removed from the site and you could even be banned from that community! The vast majority of online communities do not like it when you share content that is clearly self-promotional.
But that’s why is so valuable to consider creating your own social group. When you do this, you can firstly choose precisely the topics that you will be sharing. You might opt to create a group discussing the exact niche that you will be selling to. These people will be likely to be interested in what you have to offer, because you made sure the group would target the exact right people!
At the same time, you are the owner and that means that you get the Ôfinal sayÕ on the type of content that can be shared there. No one can deem that what you posted was inappropriate, and therefore you know your content isnÕt going to get deleted.
Create a small Facebook group in the topic you are targeting, invite people, and then let it thrive and grow on its own. Then, when you are ready to, post about your product or service!
One of the most powerful and important aspects of marketing is something that very few businesses or marketers think about: that is community.
A community is any collection of people who feel a certain kinship, often due to a shared set of interests, values, or cultural activities.
Communities online emerge all the time around certain topics and hobbies. And one of the most obvious examples of this is in Facebook groups. Good Facebook groups donÕt necessarily create communities, but tap into those that already exist and give them a forum in which to communicate and grow.
And some of the biggest hits in the world come from these kinds of communities.
Right now on the web, there are countless businesses trying to make it in the emerging ÔnootropicsÕ industry. These are supplements designed to make people more productive, more creative, or more focussed. The problem is that companies bring out products with the same promises as all their competitors and then disappear without making a splash.
One company that was successful however was Natural Stacks, which found success with a product called CILTeP. The reason for this was that CILTeP began life in a forum Ð one user discovered the combination and became popular sharing their creation for free with the members of Longecity. By doing this, they developed a big following that was almost guaranteed to buy the product and to create buzz for it.
The same thing happens in games development all the time. The truly successful indie games are almost always the ones that began life as free Flash titles (such as Super Meat Boy, or more recently My Friend Pedro). These games build big followings while the creator shares their experience crafting the title.
There is a huge difference between something that truly feels Ôhome grownÕ by the community itself, versus something that an outside brand tells a community theyÕre Ôsupposed to likeÕ.
Moreover, there is a huge difference between a lead and a friend. When someone in an online community really knows you and considers you at least an Ôonline friendÕ, they will not only be much more likely to buy your product, but also to provide useful feedback, to help you promote it, and to shout about it to anyone who will listen. In short, they want to help you succeed.
This is what many businesses never even try to do. Instead of thinking of making as many followers or customers as possible, think about making a couple of friends.
Regardless of the type of website you‘re working with, one thing is constant… you’ll always need to provide some sort of content.
With a sales letter site, where you’re specifically promoting one particular product, your focus will be entirely on causing the viewer to ultimately make that purchase. In that case, killer sales copy is the only content required.
Content driven websites are a whole different story. The task is and always will be to provide ongoing relevant information. At the same time, of course, you’ll be building the size of the website by creating additional subject-relevant (and hopefully keyword-rich) pages.
Then there’s the Adsense website. Although it’s primary purpose is to gain revenue from targeted Google ads, content will always be a major factor in generating viewer traffic. Not just from the start but as a continuing process whereby additional traffic and revenue are achieved.
For the most part, there are three specific categories of content… sales copy, articles, and RSS feeds.
In order to gain sales copy, you have three options:
- Hire a professional copywriter.
- Use sales letter creation software.
- Write the sales copy yourself from scratch.
Option # 1:
Hire A Professional
When it comes to hiring a professional copywriter, you have two choices (that’s assuming you don‘t already know a dependable and qualified copywriter). You can randomly locate someone through the search engines or use a private service such as Elance (http://www.elance.com).
If you plan to go the latter route, you need to be very cautious. These types of services are generally a viable source for locating programmers, but not necessarily for projects that require good language skills.
That’s not to say you can’t find quality copywriters at places like Elance. You can. It’s just that the majority of members will be located in countries where the English language is secondary.
Whether you locate a qualified copywriter through independent search or through a service like Elance, here is what you need to consider in order to get your money‘s worth:
- Make certain you can see other sales copy they’ve written. Ideally, you want to review content that is similar to what you’ll be needing.
- It’s important that you have the option of actually discussing your project with them. If they can’t (or won‘t) talk to you over the phone, cross them off your list.
Option # 2:
Sales Letter Creator
Using sales letter creation software can be a great asset. That is, assuming you’re willing to adjust and fine-tune the final results. In other words, you use the software to create the overall sales content, then go back and manually tweak, refine, and improve what the software initially provides.
While it’s true that sales letter creation software can do a pretty decent job of writing a basic sales letter, it’s not necessarily a good idea to publish the results “as is”. That’s because the results are somewhat generic, at least with respect to the overall nature of the content.
You fill in a few blanks, providing specific data about your particular product. Based on that information, a “finished” sales letter is then created.
Although this is an effective system for generating sales letters, it also has the ability to produce content that might seem rather cookie-cutter in nature. Of course, that’s the benefit of this type of software as well.
There’s a specific and proven sales letter formula that works most effectively. And that’s what the software program does. Using information you supply, it shapes your sales letter using that formula as the basic foundation.
One of the best products for accomplishing this kind of shortcut method of sales copy writing is the Sales Letter Creator ( http://www.salesletterscreator.com ).
Of course, no matter how good this type of software is, it’s still a sound idea to perform at least a minimal amount of rewrite to polish and refine the content. And in order to do that, you’ll need basic sales writing skills.
For that, you can use the information that’s included in Option # 3.
Option # 3:
Write Your Own Sales Copy
Whether you’re using letter creation software or writing your sales copy from scratch, the following components – ones that are most relevant to superior content – will help you achieve the best results.
Your first objective, of course, is to grab the viewer’s attention.
Remember, from the time someone lands on your sales page, you’ve only got a few seconds to capture their interest. So you’ll want to start with a compelling headline, something that will result in the following two reactions…
One, the headline immediately stops them from passing on through. Second, the headline causes them to quickly and eagerly dive into the content of your sales letter.
Here are several types of highly effective headlines:
- The Question
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- The Problem Solver
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- The News Bulletin
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- The Insider Information Hook
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- The Curiosity Ploy
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- The Direct and To The Point Approach
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Regardless of what type of headline you use, make certain you’re conveying a message that will not only keep the viewer from leaving your website but will give them the desire to find out more information.
In other words, MAKE them read your sales copy.
course, getting them to start reading the sales copy is one thing. Getting them to finish reading it (and then take the desired action) is quite another. The best way to do that is to address the overall “tone” of the sales letter.
No matter what type of product you’re promoting, you should always keep the tone of your sales copy light and personal.
Basically, you want to talk to the viewer in a casual and conversational manner, just as you would if you were sitting across from them at a dinner table.
Share a story with them that relates to the product or service you’re promoting. It doesn’t matter whether it’s something you personally experienced or someone else did.
There’s nothing more effective than drawing your prospective customer into a scenario they can actually become part of.
Use phrases that are based on concepts such as…
“Imagine what it would be like if you…” or
“Think about how you would feel if you could…” or
“Envision what kind of lifestyle you and your family could enjoy if only…”
The most powerful aspects of sales copy are the ones that clearly touch people’s emotions. If you can incorporate that into your writing, if you can successfully reach your viewer on an up close and personal level, you’re already halfway to making that sale.
The framework of a sales letter is equally important.
One, the framework establishes a means of leading the viewer from point A to point B. That is, it creates a trail that leads from the initial contact (the headline) directly to the desired action (placing the order).
Second, the framework gives sound structure to the sales content. For the most part, it acts similar to an outline. You’ve got several primary areas of information (sub-headings). And within each of those areas are more detailed subject areas (blocks of information, lists of features and benefits, product details).
Third, the framework allows the viewer to easily scan the entire sales copy and still attain a solid batch of key points of information (problem, solution, product, benefits, bonus, price, order link).
At the very least, every sales letter should have a solid start, an interesting body of content, and a powerful closing.
Naturally, the start is your headline. The interesting body of content which follows that headline will be comprised of various components…
The first component should be a strong secondary headline and/or solid opening line or paragraph. This is most likely going to be something that’s directly associated with the headline.
For example, here is the headline, secondary headline, and opening line of the Article Equalizer ( http://www.articleequalizer.com ) sales copy…
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The secondary headline:
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The opening lines:
Well… wish no more my friend because that’s exactly what you’re about to receive.
We’re talking about page after page after page of well-written content. We’re talking about the kind of quality content that was previously only available to top writers and marketers on the Internet.
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If you think it sounds too good to be true, then listen up…
Next comes the main body of the sales copy. This will contain anything and everything you want the viewer to know.
Although the components of this area of content will vary depending on the product or service you’re promoting, they most often include…
- presenting a problem
- offering the solution
- introducing the product
- highlighting consumer benefits
- wrapping things up (the closing)
- describing any bonuses
- pricing and order information
- emphasizing a call to action (placing the order NOW)
Those are the most common components. Beyond that, you could also present testimonials. These are most effective if you scatter them throughout the sales copy rather than group them in one specific area.
It’s also a good idea to match each testimonial with the content that’s being discussed. For example, if you mention how much traffic the product will produce, the testimonial just below it should be from someone who mentions the kind of traffic they experienced after having used the product (or some similar relevancy).
If you happen to have a large number of testimonials, use the most impressive ones throughout the sales copy and then create a link that leads to a separate “more consumer testimonials” page.
Last, but certainly not least, is the PS. This will be either one or two postscripts at the very bottom of the sales copy and it will serve two purposes…
In the event the viewer merely scans the page initially, it will cause them to go back and read the entire sales copy.
Secondly, it hits the viewer with one last compelling reason to take action, to make that purchase right now.
As an example, here are the two postscripts at the bottom of the sales letter for Article Equalizer ( http://www.articleequalizer.com ).
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If they haven’t already done so, that PS gives them reason to go back and read the entire sales copy from top to bottom.
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This one emphasizes a solid and immediately call to action.
Overall, the framework establishes a logical structure of sales content. Beyond that, it’s important to draw attention to key areas of that content.
Considering the amount of text information that will be included, there’s no doubt that sales copy can quickly become rather monotonous. You have this volume of text that you’re dealing with. If you’re not careful, areas of content can blend together in one continuous blur.
To prevent that from happening, you need to periodically break up bodies of text with bulleted lists and sub-headings.
Additionally, you’ll want to use accent techniques such as bold, italic, and highlight and background colors. What you want is to make the most relevant and key points within your sales content stand out.
What you don’t want is to get carried away, using so many accent, bold, and highlight techniques that the entire sales copy is compromised. In this particular instance, less is definitely more.
Start by accenting only the most important words and phrases throughout the sales content. Then scan the page. Were you able to get a good gist of what the offer entails? Did you get an overall sense of what you’ll receive by purchasing this product?
If so, then you don’t need to bold or highlight anything else.
On the other hand, if, after scanning the sales copy, you felt there were key areas that were left out or didn‘t have the impact they should, then go back and emphasize them.
But again, don’t get carried away. You just want to hit the viewer with key points, not blind them with neon lights.
Using articles for website content has recently jumped up to the top of the list with regard to both site development and generating traffic.
When it comes to the articles themselves, there are three categories…
- articles that you write yourself
- articles that someone else writes for you
- articles that belong to others but are free to publish
Articles you’ve written yourself are always the best bet. At least, with regard to the ultimate benefit you’ll receive from them.
Rather than just provide content for your website, they can be used as viral marketing and SEO tools. That involves…
- writing the articles with specific and highly searched keywords in mind
- including your own resource box (which has information about you and a link to your website).
- announcing that the articles are free for distribution provided your resource box is not removed
- submitting the articles to online directories
- compiling articles of a similar theme into an ebook, including links and information to your website, and then offering the ebook for free (with or without requiring a name and email address prior to download)
Of course, the primary problem with writing your own articles is finding the time to do so. You might get a few of them knocked off, but attempting to produce new articles on a regular basis for any length of time would most likely prove futile.
That’s where having articles written for you comes in.
If you don’t already know of a professional ghostwriter, conduct a search. There are plenty of good writers out there. But don’t rely entirely on their “credentials” (for example, they’ve published their own novels). Just because someone can write well doesn’t necessarily mean they will write your articles well.
If they’re not able to show you similar articles that they’ve written (oftentimes they’re not able to do so because of confidentiality contracts they have with their clients), have them send you a small sample writing based on the topic you’re looking for. That gives you the ability to see firsthand what kind of result you can expect.
Other than conducting a random search, you can simply submit a writing project at places like Elance. As previously mentioned, however, you need to be cautious about who you hire from those types of services. In many cases, English is not the person’s first language.
Once you find someone you can rely on to create quality articles – ones that you would be comfortable signing your own name to – it’s merely a matter of having them create as many articles as you want and need, as often as you can afford.
To gain a large volume of content (without any expense whatsoever), you can simply go to online article directories and snag articles that are relevant to your particular topic or subject matter. Just make certain that you always include the required resource box.
The only problem is the time and effort that’s involved in gathering a large quantity of articles from various directories. A good software program that will save you a whole lot of time and effort is Article Equalizer ( http://www.articleequalizer.com )
All you have to do is set up your project by filling in a few blanks and then choose a data source and category. Based on that information, the program will then collect up to one thousand articles.
At that point, you can select whatever articles you want to use and then have the program generate HTML web pages for each of them.
You can upload the pages the way they are but it’s better if you copy and paste just the article part of the code into your own web pages (so any additional article pages become a natural extension of the rest of your site).
This is by far the easiest form of adding fresh and ever-changing content to your website.
The only thing you have to do (aside from choosing what RSS feeds to include on your website) is copy and paste some code. The feed itself does the rest, providing new and valuable content on a regular basis.
The information content – what actually appears on your web pages – can be anything from URL links to full articles, and everything in between.
Since the objective is to add substantial content to your web pages, feeds that merely supply URL links would not be sufficient. They’re fine, assuming you don’t rely solely on them. Instead, use them to supplement other feed content.
A better choice would be URL links that also provide descriptive paragraphs about each of the links. That way, you’re adding true text content.
Either way, the links would lead to the website where the information originates. For example, if you added a news feed, the links might take you to the MSN website where the viewer would be able to read the complete article.
The best feeds are ones that supply text content. That is, something more substantial than merely a link or brief description. It could be articles, it could be a small portion of information content, or it could be current blog postings.
In order to include RSS feeds on your website, you have three choices…
This type of RSS feed system is one you don’t EVER want to use, not if you’re trying to gain any form of SEO benefit.
The best method for remote content access is that which is associated with server side includes. The code would look like this…
In that particular instance, the content will in fact display, both on the page itself and within the page’s source code. You have fresh content, and you have the ability to impress the search engines.
You can implement a more advanced RSS feed system through the use of independent php based installation. One of the most popular choices for this type of service is called CaRP ( http://www.geckotribe.com/rss/carp/ ).
What CaRP does is convert RSS to HTML so it can be customized and integrated into your web pages. Plus, it allows you to choose how often you would like your site updated. They even offer a fully functional free version.
With this type of system, you can benefit from search engines, knowing their spiders can access and then “reward” you for supplying updated and valuable content to all of your web pages.
You can implement software that allows you to actually target your RSS feeds to specific keywords. From a search engine point of view, definitely the best choice of all three possibilities.
Let’s say, for example, you’ve got numerous pages devoted to finance and loan information. And each one of those pages is based on a specific popular keyword.
Rather than settle for the usual random and somewhat general finance information, you could display keyword-targeted content on individual pages.
If the page is targeted toward “debt reduction”, the RSS feed would automatically provide content that is based on the topic of debt reduction.
If the page is targeted toward “home equity loan comparison”, the RSS feed would automatically provide content that is based on the topic of home equity loan comparison.
And so on, and so on.
The best way to handle that type of job – automatically placing specific and highly targeted keyword related content on each of your web pages – is to use a program called RSS Equalizer ( http://www.rssequalizer.com ).
Aside from allowing you to add fully dynamic theme-related content, there‘s advanced keyword tracking built right in. You can also build groups that will act as a single RSS feed. And you can use multiple instances of RSS Equalizer on any given web page.
Using this type of program, you not only have the ability to include fresh new content on a regular basis, it’s keyword specific. That means you can improve the search engine listing and/or rank for any of those pages as well.
The best part, of course, is the fact that you only have to set up RSS Equalizer once. From that point on, it’s all hands-free operation, allowing you to concentrate on other areas such as marketing and promotion.
- Services like Elance are better for finding and hiring programmers than projects that require good writing and language skills. Choose carefully.
- If you use sales letter creation software like the one provided by Sales Letters Creator ( http://www.salesletterscreator.com ), it’s important that you manually tweak, refine, and improve what the software initially creates.
- You’ve only got a few seconds to grab your viewer’s attention. Do that by starting your sales letter with a very compelling headline, one that stops the viewer in their tracks and causes them to eagerly begin to read the main sales content.
- Keep the overall tone of your sales copy light, personal, and conversational, as though you’re actually speaking to that person while sitting right there in front of them.
- Develop a sales letter framework that leads the viewer from initial contact to order link, creates a sound structure for presenting information in a clean and clear manner, and allows the viewer to scan the page and still acquire all the relevant and important points.
- Use bulleted lists and sub-headings to provide and accentuate important and relevant points of information as well as break up the lengthy expanse of solid text areas.
- Emphasize important words and phrases throughout the sales content. But don’t get carried away. Only use bold and highlight in order to draw the viewer’s attention to what’s highly relevant to the overall message.
- Incorporate the most powerful testimonials throughout the sales copy, matching each testimonial with the content being discussed.
- If you have a large volume of testimonials, include a link that leads to a separate “more consumer testimonials” page.
- Add one or two postscripts that prompt the viewer to read the entire sales copy and to take the desired action of making a purchase.
- Create emphasis of key words and phrases using bold, italic, highlight and background color.
- Only use emphasis where you specifically want and need to draw the viewer’s attention. Overuse of bold and highlight accents will cause the entire sales copy to have little or no impact.
- Writing your own articles gives you the added benefit of being able to use them as viral marketing and SEO tools.
- Always include a good solid resource box that leads back to you and your website.
- Allow others to freely distribute your articles with the stipulation that they leave the resource box in tact.
- Submit your articles to as many online article directories as possible.
- Compile articles that have a similar theme or topic into a free distribution ebook.
- You can save time and effort by paying a ghostwriter to create articles for you (locate someone through random search or through a service such as Elance).
- Gather large quantities of articles by using online article directories.
- Organize and streamline your content management tasks by using a software program like Article Equalizer.
- Using server side includes means the search engine spiders will be able to “see” the content. But it’s associated more with article syndication than RSS feeds.
- Services like CaRP convert RSS into HTML so the content can be customized and integrated into your web pages.
- The most beneficial method for adding RSS feeds to your web pages is through the use of a program like RSS Equalizer which automatically displays keyword-targeted content.
Sales Letters Creator
So, you want to start promoting your business on Facebook?
The question now is whether you should create a Facebook page, a Facebook groupÉ or both!
And the answer is of course both. But in order to make the most of this strategy, you also need to understand what the top benefits of each are and how they are different. Here are some key differences between Facebook pages and Facebook groups.
The idea of a Facebook page is to provide your business with a kind of Ôshop windowÕ. This is a largely static page that includes a call to action, a description, a photo, etc. While your followers can post on your page, you are likely to do the majority of the posting and they will then comment on those posts or react.
The best feature of a Facebook, is that people can share the things you post and this will then promote those posts to their own social networks. If you share a great post through a Facebook page, then this can end up spreading virally across all the different real-world social networks that are out there!
A Facebook group is different. A group does not allow people to share content to their networks and instead only lets them view or create posts. Most often, this is going to involve their reading what you have written or starting conversations with group members.
Facebook group posts are more often discussions with the community. These are assumed to be more personal and less advertorial, and as such they are also more likely to appear on the newsfeed with more prominence.
The Power of Each
While a Facebook page allows you to create content that gets naturally shared then and can include a call-to-action, a Facebook group will allow you to reach more people with each post. It will also facilitate more conversation.
The question then is not which one you should use, but how you can better use the two together to maximum effect. A Facebook page can be a great way to attract the attention of potential fans and followers, and you can then use this in order to get people to sign up to your Facebook group, which will allow you to discuss with them more directly and increase engagement to thereby drive more sales and build more loyalty and trust.
Web Development – Understanding the Differences between a Website Designer, Graphic Designer, and Developer
Web Development – Understanding the Differences between a Website Designer, Graphic Designer, and Developer
Not everyone is a techie. Whether you are a business owner, or you work for someone else, you have certain areas of expertise, along with fields or topics relevant to your job or business that you don’t know that much about. This may be the case with web development. Sometimes people lump the terms web designer and web developer together. While it may seem like splitting hairs, designers and developers are two different animals. Let’s look at designers, developers, and graphic designers to help you with your next web development project.
What Is a Graphic Designer?
If you want someone to create beautiful images for a web property, a graphic designer is what you are looking for. Graphic designers primarily focus on imagery. They may or may not be able to build or design entire websites, but they are definitely talented in understanding how to connect with your audience through images and designs.
Graphic designers create the images you see on websites and blogs, they can create logos, icons and in some cases advertisements, and will not usually do any code writing or web development work.
What Is a Website Designer?
Do you have an idea for a website? A talented website designer will turn your thoughts into a web property. Website designers structure the layout of your site and then build your site on that framework. A website designer usually has some graphic design ability, and can also write code. However, the code writing talent here will not be as substantial as with a web developer.
In some cases, the knowledge of computer code is limited to HTML with a web designer. This is because there are versatile and easy to use web building platforms like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly that have literally thousands of website templates and themes already developed. The designer will show you several samples, you choose the one you like the most, and your website can be up and running in just a few hours. When communicating with a website designer, get a good understanding of the individual’s scope of abilities regarding code writing and graphic design.
What Is a Web Developer/Code Writer?
The ability to write and manipulate computer code is at its highest with a web developer. In virtually every situation, a web developer will not have graphic design skills. On the other hand, just about any type of web reality you want to create can be produced by a talented web developer or code writer. If you want a unique web destination, blog, online experience, or mobile application developed rather than using a cookie‐cutter, predesigned theme, a web developer is what you need.
Developers ensure that third‐party plug‐ins or applications do not cause conflicts with the software or coding of your website. If you have a simple web‐based project in mind, a website designer might be all you need. Since the skills of a full‐ fledged web developer are usually more robust than those of a designer, you can generally expect to spend more money hiring a developer.
The Web Development Wrap‐Up
If you need a logo, icon, or image developed, stick to a graphic designer, so you will get the best possible result. If you want a simple website built, a website designer can keep your costs down and still turn out a stellar product. For projects which require knowledge of multiple computer codes and extensive code writing, you need to contact a web developer.
Charisma On Command is a great brand that tells people how to emulate their favorite celebrities and public figures in order to be just as engaging, just as dynamic and just as charismatic. The central concept is that charisma can be learned and once you tap into that, you can command an audience and gain respect.
The owner of the site, Charlie Houpert, began making posts several years ago. He desperately wanted this to be his primary income, so he went ahead and quit his job and get an investment. But the traffic never came. It went on this way for months until eventually he was ready to give up.
Until he and his business partner decided to try putting all their focus on the YouTube side of things. Then things really started to take off and today the channel and the brand are booming.
This is not a one-off story. It’s a common tale that is true for many online entrepreneurs once you start reading around!
Why YouTube is Your Missing Link
So why is YouTube so powerful? What’s the secret here?
It basically comes down to the fact that YouTube is far more engaging that written content. Video is far more effective at commanding attention and engaging us. Part of this comes down to the fact that it’s moving. Partly it’s the music. Partly it’s the production values and the fact that this isn’t something anyone could create in their Mum’s bedroom – it requires skill.
When used correctly, this allows you to much more effectively win over an audience – to gain their trust and to get them to hit subscribe. You can then ask them in person if they would head over to your website and join the mailing list.
The other big benefit of YouTube is that it is essentially a form of search engine like Google – but one with considerably less competition. You’ll probably never get to the top of Google for ‘biceps workout’ but it’s completely possible on YouTube. Likewise, YouTube lets you piggy back on the success of other popular videos by using similar tags and text.
Yes, YouTube takes a lot of investment and time. It is not for everyone. But if you’re not seeing results just yet and you’re close to quitting, then putting some investment into YouTube is certainly worth a try! Give it a go and it might just be what you’re looking for.
Is your site not growing the way you always imagined it? Are you tired waiting for your site to stop getting 100 views a day and to become a massive hit? What’s going wrong?
Well, there are actually any number of things that might be going wrong here. This is good news really, because it means there are lots of opportunities for you to improve your strategy and thereby increase your growth rapidly.
Let’s take a look at some of the top mistakes that might be preventing your site from taking off as quickly as you might have hoped…
You Are Writing Generic Posts
One of the most common mistakes I see, is that people write generic posts. That is to say that they write content that is boring and that is derivative. You know the stuff ‘How to Get Six Pack Abs’. Really? Like your audience haven’t read thisa million times before!
Content marketing only works when you have some genuinely interesting and unique content to share. So think harder about what you want to write and who might read it!
You Aren’t Sharing
Building the best site possible and filling it with incredible content is THE most important thing you can do to encourage growth. However, it is also not enough on its own. The problem is that this doesn’t ensure people will actually knowabout your content!
So you need to make sure you also share your content and let people know about it! That means posting to social media, it means posting in social sharing sites and it means writing guest posts. Whatever you do though, it just means getting the word out somehow!
I’m not talking about SEO that is badly done and so doesn’t work! I’m talking about SEO that is overdone and so actually starts to actively detract from your potential success.
In the worst case scenario, this means keyword stuffing: filling your website with keyphrases and terms you think Google wants to see, not recognizing that this actually does a lot more harm than good because it puts real readers off of sticking around!
The other problem you might be experiencing? A lack of patience! Perhaps your expectations are just too high for what is likely to happen in the first month? Don’t assume your business will take off overnight but instead keep plugging away consistently.
If you want to have limitless success on the web, then there are several concepts to bear in mind. One of the most important and the most powerful though, is the ‘route to market’. This is a business term and one you may have heard of if you’ve read books like The Personal MBA. But it’s not one that is so well known in internet marketing circles. Which is why you should learn about it now.
So, what is a route to market and why does it matter?
Essentially, a route to market is a route to a specific… well market. This is a way in which you can reach the audience that you have defined as the target audience for your product, service or perhaps website.
There are lots of routes to market you are already using. For instance, you might be on Google which is a route to market.
But typically, the term is usually used to describe much more focussed and direct routes that specifically cater to your audience.
So a good example might be something like a subreddit. If you are selling a supplement aimed at martial artists, then the r/martialarts subreddit is actually a great route to market.
But there are other routes to market that are less often considered and once you start to think in this way, they can begin to present themselves to you. For instance, if you wrote an ebook on gardening, then your route to markets are places where gardeners congregate. That might mean a gardening website but it alsomeans Gardening World magazine. It also means the gardening club that meets in your local area. And it means gardening centers.
If you can access those, then you can reach the right audience and potentially enjoy a lot of success!
Why This is Important
Next time you’re thinking of how to promote your site and gain traffic, think about routes to market both offline and off. It is said that the secret formula for any successful business is to solve a problem for a group of people and then find a way to show that group of people. Routes to market take care of that last aspect.
Another powerful tip is to think about the routes to market you might already have access to. And if you have any very valuable ones maybe create a product for that market – instead of vice versa. If you’re best friends with the editor of Gardening World… use that!
One of the most upsetting things about seeing slow progress on your website is what happens to your content.You probably work hard on all the posts you upload to your site. Each time you add something new, that probably involves research, planning and a lot of time sitting down just writing.
Sometimes you’ll feel a little uninspired. Other times you’ll create posts that you’re truly proud of and that you can’t wait for the world to see. You upload them and they get… 10 views.
Then you do it all again.
Yes, this is a pretty crushing feeling but there are a few reasons that you shouldn’t feel so bad. And in fact, this can be turned into a strength. Read on!
The Power of Old Content
The first thing to recognize is that just because old content isn’t getting read, it is still providing value to you. Firstly, it is building up your SEO and it’s helping you to gain traction and attract bots. Over time, doing this will help your newer content to actually getseen.
What’s more, is that it looks good for viewers. When someone visits a site and finds it completely empty, they’ll often just leave and think it’s amateurish. But if your site is filled with old content, it looks established and important.
What’s more, is that while some posts won’t get read, if they contribute to your mission statement and they serve an important purpose, they can still add a lot of value that way by establishing your authority.
What to do With It
The other important thing to consider is that if your content is ‘evergreen’ (meaning that it isn’t time dependent like news), then you can simply re-share it later on. Just post that old content out on Twitter or Facebook again and remind your audience why it’s so good. Once you’re big, your old content can work wonders for you and gain thousands of views that it never got the first time round!
Better yet, why not frequently update and improve your old posts? If something is somewhat time dependent (like a roundup of old phones) then you can come back to it year-on-year to improve it and make sure that it’s still relevant. Not only is this good for your site’s accuracy and reliability, it’s also something that Google loves to see and that can be great for your SEO!