Not a day goes by where I do not see a new infographic being tweeted, shared on Facebook, or posted on LinkedIn. The topics range from data visualization to education to humor — and everything in between.It’s obvious that infographics have become a popular vehicle for content marketing, as visual content can often get shared more than links or text. But, due to the rapid growth of infographic-style content, will the allure of infographics last? I’ve asked six experts to share their perspectives on what may be in store for infographics in the future.Here is what they had to say...
If you want to learn how to write a blog then you need to understand your customers and write content that they are going to find useful and engaging. Do your homework and you will get more traffic, more click and more leads.... 21 tips for better blogging...
Historically (and statistically), social media has always skewed slightly favourably towards women, and recent studies suggest that almost three-quarters (71 percent) of internet female users are active on one or more social media sites, compared to slightly less than two-thirds (62 percent) of men. Typically, women are more likely to use Twitter (which has a 62 percent female populous), Facebook (58 percent women) and, of course, Pinterest (70 percent women), whereas men dominate Google+ (64 percent men), LinkedIn (54 percent men) and YouTube (54 percent men). Of course, collectively both genders add up an awful lot of social networkers. Indeed, there are more combined social media users in the U.S. than there are people in Japan. The infographic below takes a closer look at how men and women are using social media....
Has the rise of new media made it possible to practice PR without reporters? Absolutely. But is it smart?
...Thanks to the power of new information channels such as social networking, online video, and blogging, PR professionals can create and syndicate content at the click of a mouse. Forget a press conference or interview—instead, people and companies push out self-made online videos, blogs, and Facebook posts to avoid the hard questions and control their message.
You are your own media outlet—or at least you can be.
Did you know that a recent study showed that almost half (44 percent) of moms have gone on to make a purchase after a friend posted a recommendation or liked a product on a social media site? We’ve been here before, of course (many times), but it bears repeating – moms and social media make a great mix, and if these socially savvy ladies are a demographic fit for your business then you should absolutely be engaging with them – frequently – within your marketing campaigns. You need more proof? Moms love to share information about products. Your products. More than nine in ten (92 percent) pass along information about deals or finds to others, and 78 percent of moms follow brands on social media to get coupons and discounts (compared to 55 percent of other folk). They’re mobile, too – 89 percent of moms use their smartphone to check social media on the move....
Having a clear elevator pitch is essential to the success of a budding startup. Without a clear idea of what a startup does, investors will not invest, reporters will not report, and consumers will not consume.
First, there was the internet. Then, social media came along. Now, the newest untamed frontier is ‘human media.’ That is to say, human media is a closer, more personal form of social media, but where people communicate face to face, as opposed to communicating through text. And more and more people and businesses are starting to realize just how big human media is and is going to be. What Is Human Media? Human media connects people more intimately than regular social media sites. Through platforms like Google+, and using tools like G+ Hangouts, people and businesses are able to defy geographic distances to talk face to face. The entire world is at your disposal, as you can join or watch Hangouts in an infinite number of topics. You can join or watch Hangouts that are cooking lessons, virtual knitting circles, financial advice, DIY projects, medical care, and so much more. If you can think of it, a G+ Hangout can be done on it....
At the heart of developing your blog voice, you need to answer to the following three questions: Who is your blog? In other words, what’s your blog’s personality? Think of your blog as if it were a real living person. What are his likes and dislikes? What are his priorities? What are his hot button issues? What is his area of deep knowledge? What makes him tick and motivates him to blog? (Money isn’t a strong answer to this question. Blogging is a lot of work and there are lots of other ways to make money.) Who is your audience? Who are your readers and why are they motivated to read your blog content? What’s in it for them? To this end, it’s useful to create a marketing persona because it helps you to define your target reader. Who are your competitors? What other blogs are in your category? How do they cover the topic and what makes yours different? As with any offering, your competitors define the market. Where’s your opportunity to stand out? Also, who are the top-level bloggers in other categories that you follow? This helps you see trends and is useful for gathering ideas and places for guest blog posts....
Via Jeff Domansky
Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.
I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.
I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!
I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.
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I may occassionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over. If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.
After doing biz story work for over a decade (and with a PhD in Folklore) I hope you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!
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