It's ROUND-UP time again! Not talking steers here ... we're talking about truly informative, entertaining, and not-to-be-missed blog posts from the last few months.
Don't miss the previous Round-Ups:
From Pat Flynn, whose blog posts are always helpful and informative:
I really like the idea of visiting your site ‘for the first time’ – it’s a mini Website Audit.
Now that you’ve read about improving your blog and online business, it’s time to take a look at marketing. From Marketing Insider Group: 5 Trends That will Shape Marketing in 2017 . How diverse is your content? Are you utilizing user-generated content? Lots of good info here.
Speaking of content marketing: Top Rank Marketing Blog posted 10 Expert Tips to Keep Your Audience Engaged Again & Again . Number 5 crack me up – “Look for Turkey slices”. It’s a good analogy for repurposing content.
Are you considering influencer marketing for your business? You have to be able to determine who the influencers are in your field and pick the right one for your business. That’s where Small Business Trends post 10 Ways to Strategically Evaluate the Potential on an Influencer for Your Brand comes in. Great advice.
Do you feel pushy when you are talking for a potential customer? Do you feel confident in your sales approach? Hailey Dale at TrunkedCreative has a great post on shifting your mindset about selling: 5 Secrets to Feeling More Confident and Generous When Selling (She is also offering a ‘virtual summer camp’ on selling. )
Also on the topic of sales (because all entrepreneurs have to sale) What Baseball Taught Me about Selling from Brian Signorelli at Hubspot. He talks about the mindset of expectation, how your demeanor and attitude change when you expect the sale. I also like this post because I have spent hours watching my 14 year old nephew play baseball and I pray that he is learning these important life lessons from the sport he loves.
Choosing the right social media platform for your blog or online business is important. Tiffany at Beautiful Dawn presents the pros on cons of the many social media choices. Guide to Choosing the Right Social Media Platform for Your Niche is a good place to start.
Do you struggle to find great content for your audience? (Honestly, who doesn’t?) Susanna Gebauer at The Social Ms suggests 6 Creative Ideas to Help You Start a Blog – When You Think You’re Not a Writer. Even seasoned bloggers will get some new ideas here.
Content is king. I think we can all agree about that. At Convince & Convert, Pratik Dholakiya offers 5 Tips to Rebuild Your Content Strategy from Scratch. This post will get you thinking about how to maximize your content and may spark you to make some needed changes.
Finally, some magical inspiration: The Most Inspirational Quotes from Every Harry Potter Book . Hard to believe that Harry Potter entered our collective consciousness 20 years ago. I personally like #2 the best;
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Enjoy! (and make good choices)