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6 Content Marketing Tactics for Ecommerce Merchants

6 Content Marketing Tactics for Ecommerce Merchants | AtDotCom Social media |

There may be hundreds of tactics that you could consider content marketing. So the six content marketing tactics briefly described here are certainly not an exhaustive list. But this short list does, perhaps, represent some of the best, easiest to understand, and most common content marketing options for small and mid-sized ecommerce businesses.


Via Kamal Bennani, massimo facchinetti, Martin (Marty) Smith
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 11, 12:37 PM

Commerce - Community & Content rubicons Are CSF's
No way you win online these days without crossing one of the toughest rivers in my Director of Ecommerce tenure -- making content, commerce and community sing happily around the campfire. Good tips here and I will weigh in soon. 

Marco Favero's curator insight, February 11, 8:52 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Truth About Guest Posting & SEO Is A Must Read!

Truth About Guest Posting & SEO Is A Must Read! | AtDotCom Social media |
In the past few months, I’ve written posts for sites like TechCrunch, Kissmetrics, and HubSpot. Collectively, these have garnered over 5,000 shares so far.

Yet when our PR manager recently asked me how guest posting improved my blog KPIs, I thought about it, then admitted, “Well, it doesn’t.”

Despite reaching a huge audience, my guest posts had nearly no impact on improving a single one of my KPIs, which include increasing organic traffic to the blog, improving engagement metrics, and increasing our number of subscribers.

Sure, we became a blip on the radar of some influential people, we got 15 seconds of Internet buzz, and a whole lot of traffic – albeit, highly unqualified traffic.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, August 20, 2015 4:50 PM

Guest Posts and SEO Truth
Wow, this is a great #mustread post by @aimeemillwood by way of [url=/u/114035 x-already-notified=1]Brian Yanish -[/url] (Brian Yanish a #mustfollow).

Love this quote:

"Why didn’t guest posting improve my KPIs?

The easy answer is, because guest posting for the sake of increasing marketing metrics doesn’t work.

My goal with guest posting has never been to improve SEO with link-backs and stealthily placed keywords, or seek to grow viral articles that would be forgotten just as soon as they were read." 

and this

"Guest posting was once a very successful tactic, but it’s quickly becoming a cookie-cutter recipe, spiced up with varying degrees of growth hacky tricks (some of which, like the Skyscraper technique, are notably very good)."

Aimee is making a favorite point of ours - tactical web marketing is over! I said this to my friend Red Maxwell in a conference call the other day and he almost choked. 

Look at guest posting as a tactic since it's history is every tactics evolution:

 * Early Adopters pioneer and reap benefits. 

 * Early majority moves in and SCRUMS the tactic to death.

 * Efficacy is reduced to zero.

 The web is NOW and PUBLIC so any winning tactic will be copied and beaten to death FAST and then FASTER. Aimee hits the solution right on the head too with what Guillaume and the team call "lean content". Here is Aimee's insightful quote:

"With such a deluge of content, marketers are scrambling for ways to stand out.

Make content shorter! Bite-sized is the way to go! Time to bring in the long-form! Pack in the videos and photos!"

Preach sister, preach. In an era when SHARES trump all creating content that is more likely to be shared is key. Aimee also makes's point about content curation.

She doesn't call her solution "content curation" nor does she go into the tactic, but you are here reading this because I know and like Brian Yanish's content curation.

But isn't curation another "tactic"? Yes, and that is why the rest of Aimee's post is a must read. Aimee talks about passion, beliefs and LOVE. She writes for THOSE REASONS more than for any material rewards clearly seen and easy to recognize.

NOW we've left the land of tactics and entered Simon Sinek's Start With Why. Aimee is SO RIGHT. If you write for fame, money or glory good luck with that in a world where everyone is trying to pimp their English 101 class.

When the world is drowning in STUFF we read, buy and listen to those we trust and love. Interesting that Aimee's trust factors didn't rise with such branded supporters, but she DIDN'T guest post for Tech Crunch with an eye toward becoming famous.

She wrote because she is passionate and loves what she does and THAST IS WHY Aimee's web marketing future looks bright. Don't leave everything to chance. Read Mark Schaefer's Content Code book (yes Mark wrote the influential Content Shock post) and follow Amiee's suggestions and lead.

Lean, fun content about what we LOVE and those who love us in in all of our content marketing futures.  


Neil Ferree's comment, August 20, 2015 10:16 PM
I said it in February 2012 and I'll say it again (with gusto) Social Shares the New SEO
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Where worth Meets Worthy SMM Lessons From The Big C - ScentTrail

Where worth Meets Worthy SMM Lessons From The Big C - ScentTrail | AtDotCom Social media |

Hearing "cancer" and my name in the same sentence helped create strategies proving helpful with managing the VEGAS that is social media marketing.

Cancer helped me create tactics I'm using now to keep Social Media in check. Tactics such as:

* Praise is great but rarely located in time where it belongs.
* Failure suffers a similar fate. Time changes failure to success.
* Forgiving myself helps forgive others.
* Loving myself, warts and all, helps love others.
* Each day has magic & pain, both are helpful and good (in the long run).
* When time is short, and it always is, do what you love with those you love.

What about you? How do you keep all that social stimulation in check? Share your strategies and I will curate into my Scenttrail Marketing post:

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Does Blogging Matter to Social Media

Does Blogging Matter to Social Media | AtDotCom Social media |

Blogging and Social Media
Asking if blogging matters to social media is to ask the wrong question in the wrong way. Social media, like blogging, is a marketing tactic. Like all marketing tactics blogging and social media should come wrapped in a blanket of strategy.

Like all marketing strategy the tactical and strategic blanket that wraps blogging and social media should start with a brand's why - the raison d'être for a product, company, brand or service to exist. 

Every communication should flow from the spring of what Simon Sinek so well defined in his must read book Start With Why (use that link to buy the book on Amazon to make a small donation to cure cancer).  Sharing is what is happening. 
The "sharing economy" may be part hyperbole, but sharing is a form of communication and a tactic and a strategy few can afford to not embrace. Our Curagami post notes the importance of content curation in support of blogging.

We mention as the best content curation tool we know and use. Curation is important to form community and so your voice doesn't begin to sound shrill and demanding. Better to curate the relevant (to your branding) communication of others than attempting to create (write or blog) you way to submission these days. 

Blogging, done right, is a conversation between a company, brand or product's WHY and customer reactions, ideas and desire to join the movement. Movements are bigger ideas than brands, but smart brands have harnessed the power of bigger ideas.

Nike's Just Do It, North Face's "Never Stop Exploring" and Apple's Think Different are all brilliant examples of connecting brands to bigger ideas (read Jim Stengel's excellent Grow for more on Brand Ideals). Blogging is a share and so a natural extension of harnessing brands to movements and bigger ideas.

Goes blogging matter? Yes and in more ways than we know or fully appreciate. Is blogging critical to social media? Yes since blogging confirms a company, brand or products digital listening skills while reaffirming the brand, company or website's presence in the game / conversation.  

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The Invisible Giant: Why Its Hard To See The New Seo Now "Seen" By Thousands via @ScentTrail

The Invisible Giant: Why Its Hard To See The New Seo Now "Seen" By Thousands via @ScentTrail | AtDotCom Social media |

New SEO's invisible Giant uses magician tricks such as Google's floating filter bubbles, social media's disappearing act & friends you never knew you had. The Giant is more visible than ever.

Thousands, thanks to shares from friends such as @Kelly Hungerford@malek@ janlgordonand @Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.comhave "seen" the Invisible Giant of the #newseo. Have you?

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malek's comment, August 11, 2014 7:21 PM
That's what "Friends of Friends Marketing" is for
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The Seven Success Factors of Social Business Strategy

The Seven Success Factors of Social Business Strategy | AtDotCom Social media |

Anything Brian Solis writes I want to read. The former Forrester analyst Li is no slouch either, so going to buy this book because, as I read on Twitter yesterday, Tweeting is NOT a social business strategy (lol).  

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