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Every day is a battle for productivity when you’re a small business owner or consultant.
Every day is a battle for productivity when you’re a small business owner or consultant. And, if we’re being honest, productivity can be especially hard to hold on to during these warm summer months when BBQs and beach daydreams wreak havoc on our day.
If you’ve ever sat back and wondered what happened between 9-5, a new survey from the creators of OfficeTime may interest you. Here, the time tracking site polled respondents to answer the question “where does our time go” and identified some of the biggest culprits to workplace productivity.
Robin Good: Everytime I see a new post or article claiming to list the best content curation tools I know I am in for some disappointment.
Most of these lists just pick up names from other lists without even bothering to check, test or verify what these tools actually do, whether they are still available. Unfortunately the rush to put out "curated" list of tools and services has created more misinformation than useful lists.
But if you, like me, are on the lookout for new and effective tools to curate your own content or the one of your customers, I have created a comprehensive map of all the curation tools available online and I keep it fresh and updated almost on a daily basis.
The map presently lists over 250 content curation tools which you can navigate much more easily than it was possible on my earlier versions of this map.
On the right side of the map you will find all of the news and content curation tools available online today. On the left side, you can find bookmarking, link lists builders, clippers and lots of tools to operate with RSS feeds (which are still at the heart of a curator's job).
Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
When you want to say something in more than 140 characters and use imagery, too, blogging remains one of your top choices ... and it also happens to STILL be one of the most popular and effective ways to build your audience.
Read on ...
As a business owner, it may be hard to delegate time for yourself or your employees to write quality content for your blog vs. work on revenue generating projects.
And when it comes to content, we’re not talking about just any content, but content that people want to read, search engines want to crawl, and social media users want to share.
Finding Guest Bloggers
One of the first things to increase the content on your blog, is including guest bloggers to help you out. Guest bloggers get a lot of benefits by writing for other sites, including yours, such as exposure to a new audience, the chance to build their authority, and the ability to build quality links back to their own blog or website.
How to Create Guest Blogging Guidelines
The easiest way to attract guest bloggers to your blog is through the creation of a guest blogging guidelines page.
Share details by including the following: http://bit.ly/J5KCHB
**Your impressive blog stats
**Your audience’s interests and demographics
**What topics your blog covers
**What level of content you need
**Post formatting details
**Post submission requirements
What to Look for in Guest Post Submissions
You will want to make sure the content meets the quality standards of your blog by reading it thoroughly and checking for a few key things:
**Is the content original?
**Who is the author?
**Where does the author link to?
Establishing an Editorial Calendar
No matter where you get your online content from, whether it is guest bloggers or freelance writers, be sure to create an editorial calendar.
Full article: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/the-neil-patel-method/ ;
Via maxOz, Robin Good
This article / interview on the Mashable blog gets right to the heart of the things to think about when wading into social media, as well as expanding your brand with these tools. ~ Terry
The Modern Media Agency Series is presented by IDG. Both marketers and users are very interested in social media. Buyers told IDC that less than one in five use social media to make purchase decisions. To learn more about the research, click here.
Whether your company is just getting its social sea legs or excelling in the digital world, there is a niche and opportunity for every brand on social media.
OMD, one of the top media agencies in the world, works with clients of various size and social media exposure. Within the agency, OMD Word is the social intelligence arm that helps amplify clients through social media. The department ensures the client’s social channels are leveraged and optimized to support traditional and digital solutions.
According to Word’s U.S. Director Colin Sutton, your level of understanding impacts your brand’s ability to perform on social media. Generally, this is the first thing that brands should be thinking about when they want to launch a social campaign.
Read more: http://on.mash.to/KEHUPX
Via Martin Gysler
Robin Good: Influencers are those individuals who have enough reputation, credibilityand expertise to affect your interests and choices. That's a very valuable commercial proposition for marketers. But how do you find these influencers.
Some interesting alternatives are starting to emerge, beyond the popularity-based score-based reputation services as Klout and Peerindex.
Jure Klepic reports on this: “Who are these influencers and how DO we find them?
Is there some way of identifying those people who are connected to a critical mass of easily influenced people?"
The article analyzes some of the shortcomings of the approaches used today, while highlighting some of the new and more interesting services that focus on helping you or your company identify key influencers in a specific niche.
Informative. Useful. 7/10
Via Robin Good
What Comprises the Perfect Blog Post?
How do you about writing the perfect blog post? Wait, does perfect even exist? Well, it does! Derek Halpern from Social Triggers shared an excellent visual representation of the key elements that make up the perfect blog post.
Crafting attention-grabbing headlines, key insights, soundbite, connecting with the readers emotions and a few call-to-actions all make up an effective and well, perfect blog post.
Via Jonha Revesencio
It may not seem like a reason for a holiday ... except if you've ever lost all your "stuff" when a gadget when kerplooey, was lost, or stolen!
Take a few minutes to set up automatic backups of the apps, data, settings, photos, videos, & documents on your Android device, for free.
Via Mark Mayhew
Robin Good: Just recently I have been asked how to get some press attention for the launch of a new web site, and I provided my basic set of tips on what to do under these circumstances:
a) Prepare a Press Media Kit
c) Send out a properly written email outlining key info and facts to facilitate journalists in extracting a valuable and interesting story for their readers.
This guide contains tons of useful advice and tips which can really help you get the attention of the press, in ways you may not have even considered.
Highly recommended. 9/10.
Via Robin Good
“If you’re like most college students, chances are good that you spend more time on Facebook than you do on LinkedIn. But if you’re concerned with furthering your career (and you should be), it’s time to switch over to a more professional network. We’ve shared 20 great reasons why you need to be spending your time on LinkedIn much more than Facebook, and we hope they motivate you to make a change for the better.
Via Anita Windisman, ABroaderView
It's no secret that discovery—how, when, and where readers "discover" the books they choose to buy and read—remains a top priority for everyone in publishing. Goodreads is uniquely positioned to provide this information with our deep pool of 317 million books cataloged. In the past six months, we've done a lot of research into how readers find books, and we've presented our findings at several conferences, including Tools of Change and, most recently, the International Digital Publishing Forum.
Via Carisa Kluver