The Internet is a Monster! It’s Alive… and Needs Constant Feeding. Are You Forking Up?

Spooky HandsIn successful marketing, nothing is static anymore. People’s habits have changed.  So have their expectations. Are you changing with them?

Online shopping is huge, growing from 137 million in 2010 to a projected 361.9 million in 2016.  Mobile shopping is accelerating. Currently, more than 37.6 million people in the United States are mobile buyers, using their tablets, smart phones and other connected devices to shop online.

Let’s be blunt.  You are in business to sell.  But, the changes in buyer mentality and practices are forcing businesses to approach marketing and sales differently. Buyers expect consistency, relevance to their lives, education and entertainment.  Plus, they expect NEW material from you all the time.  The monster has to be fed, or your business is dead.  Sorry.

So, what are you doing to keep the monster happy and your business an active player in this rapid fire world?

Let’s look at the basics.

Every business needs a website.  Not just any website, like the good ole days of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  But a website that constantly features new information (blogs, articles), promotions and/or products/services…and pushes the new stuff out to potential buyers in a variety of ways.

Did you know that your website is considered “content dead” and no longer visited by Google if all of your content is 60 or more days old?  Yup.  It’s shocking but true.  So, if you are leaning on the shovel, you had better get busy or you will be buried.

Plus, your content better be good. The online reader span is 8 seconds. Either you grab them or they move on. Good content is king and a requirement, not a luxury.

Another basic – social media participation. If you use only one social platform, I recommend Facebook pages for business. Over a billion users shouldn’t be overlooked.  BUT, use social media consistently and fully or not at all.  Nothing makes Facebook or Google madder than “now and then” posting.  They will cut your exposure and, in effect, chop off your head.

Oh, you have a business to run?  Don’t even have time for the basics?  Well, you can work a lot of late nights or get help. You probably need someone to help create a plan (it’s not complicated), help you stay on plan or actually do the work for you.  Maybe you know someone… or contact us. Helping people is our business.

Shoot me an email with questions.  Or, we can set up a call, just to talk. Whatever you decide, try to keep the basics on track.  It’s no fun sitting on the sidelines.

Recipe for Monster Mash

 Core basics for feeding the monster:
Create a blog, article or promo and post it on your website once a month. Don’t let your site go dead.
Send these new materials by an email service to your list once a month. Gold is in the list.
Post on Facebook a minimum of three times a week.  Promote one post.
Always include a photo or some kind of visual on Facebook. Be sure it’s legal.
Post on Twitter at least once a day. Yes! Experts say six a day. I don’t.
Use a dashboard to schedule your posts.  It’s a necessity to help you keep up.
Plan ahead, so you have posts to schedule.
Get Help.

Going to feed the monster now,

Terea Jennings

terea@morningstarway.com

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Did You Know that Being Boring is a Sin Punishable by Death? Well, almost…

You probably hear a lot of buzz about content. But do you know what a serious mistake sorry writing is these days?

 

Don’t have time to think about it? I get it. You are busy as popcorn on a skillet jumping from task to task, but if you don’t focus on getting the word out effectively, you may not be as busy as you think.

 

Please pay close attention. This may be your last best chance. Not really, but give it an eye ball.

 

Jon Morrow, Associate Editor of Copyblogger, tells it like it is. And, he is not boring.

The Gospel According to Jon
“Publishing great content is crucial. But there {are often} a few critical pieces missing.
That no one cares what you think.
That being boring is a sin punishable by death.
That you have to connect with readers before you start teaching them.
What? Nobody told you that?
Bummer. Because really, those are three of the most important things you need to know about creating content that works online.

Might as well talk about it now and get it out of the way. Here we go:

Your readers are self-absorbed little punks. They don’t mean to be, but they are. They’re busy and stressed and searching the web for ways to just escape. They don’t want to learn anything when they’re in escape mode. They just want to feel something other than boredom or fear or inadequacy.

So all that content you created to teach them something?
Yeah, they look at it for a few seconds, discover it requires actual thought (the horror!), and start hunting for the Back button.
Eww. You’re just another one of those evil con artists trying to scam them out of their money.
I know, it’s not fair. You deserve better. But it’s the truth.

The sooner you accept it, the sooner you can get past it. Because hiding underneath all that self-absorbed punkishness is a person who desperately needs you and will love you until the day they die — if you can actually help them.
And you can help them. You just have to know how to grab their attention first.

Don’t be boring.”

Curses! What Now?

How Not to Be Boring!
A Curated List of Tips from Interesting People.

Know your audience!!!!!
Be unpredictable.
Be controversial.
Be silly, but try not to make an unsalvageable fool of yourself.
Provide useful information but keep it simple, even entertaining.
Always include great photos or videos (short ones).
Research what is trending and incorporate ideas you find.
Write short sentences.
Have some fun. So will your readers.
When you falter, tell the truth. Or, a very interesting story.

Outsource!!! So you can do your job.

by Terea Jennings