Starting a business out of your garage? Check out these insights! You’ve heard about entrepreneurs who start their businesses in their garage and become true successes. What is their secret? Well, recently I found out about Pervaiz Lodhie. He started LEDtronics, Inc., www.ledtronics.com, in his garage with his wife, Almas, in 1983. Pervaiz Lodhie Today, [...]Continue Reading
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Does your business need content marketing?
There is a lot of buzz out there about “content marketing” and how it can make your business successful.
But what is content marketing, anyway?
It’s just a fancy name for using content to market to customers. And as I’ve said many times before, by providing value to your customers with good copy, or content, you create a more credible reputation. Plus, if you offer good content, people will want to tell their friends about your products and services.
Why use content marketing?
Ragan Communications offered a great article on why content marketing is important here. In the article, they list “24 stats about the importance of content marketing.”
“According to Roper Public Affairs, 80% of business decision makers prefer to get company information in a series of articles versus an advertisement.”
And per an article on “Engage the Blog,” research conducted by the Custom Content Council indicates that, “90% of consumers find custom content useful and 78% of people believe that organizations providing custom content are interested in building good relationships with them.”
These are just a few of the many statistics out there about the importance of marketing with content and why copy is still king.
How do you use content marketing?
If you want to increase online sales and awareness fast, start writing some valuable content. Here is a good process to help you get started:
- Figure out what your audience wants and what you want to accomplish with your content.
- Write an article or blog about that information providing valuable tips and information. (If you are not a copywriter, hire one to do the work for you. They will help save you time and money and provide better results.)
- Include your search engine optimization, or SEO, keywords in the headline and throughout the copy a few times.
- Add a link at the end of your blog or article to a landing page on your site or a page where site visitors can get more information.
- Track the results with Google Analytics or another program.
Content Marketing Works!
If you see this process is working (and it does when done correctly), create an editorial calendar for the year which spells out what topics you’ll be discussing and the kind of content you’ll be distributing (blogs, articles, tip sheets, videos, social media events, etc.).
By creating valuable content (especially with SEO) specifically for your target market, you will bring in new customers and stand out from the competition. For the best results, plan your content in advance and test different topics and methods for sharing your content.
It’s a lot of work to provide good copy on a regular basis. But if you hire experienced, SEO copywriters to help you with the entire process, you will see sales and customer loyalty increase.
What are you waiting for? Start providing great, SEO content marketing and see what happens!
For more information on SEO content marketing, please contact me at www.rembrandtwrites.com.-->
Does your business need content marketing? There is a lot of buzz out there about “content marketing” and how it can make your business successful. But what is content marketing, anyway? It’s just a fancy name for using content to market to customers. And as I’ve said many times before, by providing value to your [...]Continue Reading
Insights on “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students—and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government”
In an exclusive for StartupNation, Robert Kiyosaki, successful entrepreneur, investor and author of the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” offered his insights related to his new book, “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students—and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government.”
In regard to this financial education guide for parents, here’s what Robert had to say:
Why did you write this book?
I wrote “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students” for parents because parents are a child’s first and most important teachers—and they have an important job to do. They can truly influence the future of their children, because if they don’t teach their kids about money, they can’t on the school system to do it. Schools teach kids what the school system believes they need to get a good job… which, from my point of view, sets them up to be slaves to a job and a paycheck all of their lives. My poor dad was a well-educated school teacher with a Ph.D., but I struggled in school. I didn’t get good grades and flunked out of high school—twice. In fact: I hated school. But I love to learn. Today, I (the “C” student) hire “A” students, like accountants and attorneys, to work for me.
The financial crisis has just started and as more countries and baby boomers go broke, who do you think will foot the bill for life-support? Your kids, that’s who. And it’ll take the form of higher taxes. That’s why I wrote this book. I want to encourage and support parents who want to give their child a financial head start in life. And it starts with understanding money.
Since the school system is not giving children a financial education, are they teaching our kids to be poor?
I think schools are teaching kids to be poor, but worse than that they’ve teaching them to be slaves to a paycheck. That could be one of the reasons why the dropout rate is so high in schools today. As a young kid back in the ‘50s and the ‘60s, I kept asking my teacher, “Why don’t you teach me anything about money?” I never got an answer to that question.
And today, most schools still don’t teach kids about money. Whether we’re smart or stupid, rich or poor; we all use money in our everyday lives. It’s an important life skill and it’s up to parents to fill the void.
We’ve got to teach our kids about money because the United States is broke. We’ve spent billions on public education, and poverty keeps increasing. The rich get richer, the middle class is getting squeezed harder and harder… and the poor are getting poorer and poorer. What’s wrong with this picture?
Then, do you think parents should train their children to be entrepreneurs?
Only a child can decide that. I wouldn’t decide that for them. I don’t think there’s anything more pathetic than some kid who does what his parents want him or her to do. Instead, give your kids some financial education and then they can make their own choices later on in life.
If your children do not have a financial education, then they will probably end up being an employee or a self-employed specialist. And today, employees pay at least 40% of their money in taxes and the self-employed pay about 60%. Meanwhile, people who own large businesses pay only about 20%, and investors with a high level of financial education and well-structured investments can often pay nothing—0%—in taxes. Very often the people who end up paying the most in taxes are the ‘A’ students who get out of school and become doctors, lawyers and attorneys.
Kids who have a financial education will have more choices in life and not be stuck working for someone else or living off government hand-outs.
What can a parent do to start giving their child a financial education?
I outline some specific activities—Action Steps for Parents—at the end of each chapter of the book, but the most important thing is to make your home an active and fun learning environment. And it doesn’t need to be difficult. You can play games like Monopoly® and CASHFLOW®, discuss the day’s news and learn new, financial vocabulary words each day.
Every day we make real-life decisions about money so start sharing this information with your children. For example, show them what happens when you don’t pay your bills, how tax payments are taken from your paycheck or how you plan for unexpected expenses. You can also help them set up their own small business to learn about money and investing firsthand.
The point is to teach your kids about money at home because they are not going to get a financial education in school.
Thanks so much for your time Robert!
For more information about Robert Kiyosaki’s new book, “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students—and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government,” visit www.richdad.com.-->
Insights on “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students—and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government” In an exclusive for StartupNation, Robert Kiyosaki, successful entrepreneur, investor and author of the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” offered his insights related to his new book, “Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students—and [...]Continue Reading
Are You Getting the PR Reports Necessary for Success? By Melanie Rembrandt For many years, it was very difficult to show the results of a public relations, or PR, campaign. After all, you could spend hours on the phone pitching media members and not see any results. Plus, due to the nature of public relations, [...]Continue Reading
Are you making this big, SEO mistake? Does this sound familiar when it comes to your SEO, or search engine optimization, efforts? You added a bunch of keywords to your site but haven’t seen an increase in site rankings. You paid a big, SEO company to help you, but you are still waiting for results. [...]Continue Reading
It’s Time For Website Spring Cleaning!
Now is the perfect time to give your Website a fresh, new look and do some spring-cleaning. But don’t worry! It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money, Here are…
3 Tips to Freshen Up Your Site Fast!
1. Fix errors.
Yes, this may seem blatant, but you really need to review your Website for bad links, grammatical errors, misspellings, and old content.
Believe me, new site visitors will find even the smallest errors, and that could mean the difference between a new sale and a lost customer to the competition!
2. Add new copy.
If you haven’t updated your Website with a new blog entry, article, white paper, or other content for over a week, it’s time to add fresh and valuable information your customers will want to read.
And if you can optimize it for the search engines, even better!
3. Be newsworthy.
When was the last time you posted a press release or were mentioned in a local newspaper? If it has been more than a month, get to work!
Create a newsworthy event, write an SEO press release and let the media know you have news!
Freshen Up Your Site and See Results!
By taking a few, simple actions today, you can significantly increase online awareness, build credibility with new site visitors and get the media talking about you. And with these potential results, this is some Spring cleaning you’ll want to start right away!
For more information to increase site traffic and sales, write to Melanie below or visit www.rembrandtwrites.com.-->
It’s Time For Website Spring Cleaning! Now is the perfect time to give your Website a fresh, new look and do some spring-cleaning. But don’t worry! It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money, Here are… 3 Tips to Freshen Up Your Site Fast! 1. Fix errors. Yes, this may seem blatant, [...]Continue Reading
3 Questions To Ask About Your Current, PR and SEO services I get many referrals from business owners who spent a fortune on a top, PR firm or search engine optimization, SEO, services without seeing any results. They spent a lot of money purchasing “well known” services, and now they are weary of hiring another [...]Continue Reading
It’s Spring! Time to refresh your PR activities and take action Woo Hoo! It’s finally spring and a time for fresh beginnings – for you and your business. Why not start this season by renewing your relationships with the media and telling targeted producers, editors and journalists about your company’s latest news? But, what’s that? [...]Continue Reading
What are you doing to increase credibility at your small business? By Melanie Rembrandt Are people saying bad things about your small business online? Do negative comments appear at the top of the search engines when you do a search for your business name? Well, instead of sitting back and watching your sales and credibility [...]Continue Reading
It’s almost spring, and even if there is still snow on the ground, it’s time to think about new beginnings – for you and your business. Do you need a fresh start? If so, it’s time to create (or update) your specific goals for today, this week, this month, and this year. To start, write [...]Continue Reading
Accomplish Your Goals With Less Stress It’s tax time, and if you are a small business owner, you are probably dealing with financial statements, legal payments and lots of paperwork. Even if you have a team of people to help you, this time of year can be overwhelming. After all, you have to make sure [...]Continue Reading
Want Small Business Public Relations Success? If you are a new entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of using press releases and publicity to help boost awareness for your products and services. However, you may not know exactly what public relations is and what it can do for your business. Small business public relations is really just [...]Continue Reading
Save Money and Get Better Results with your PR Efforts If you look on the Internet, you will see some horrible press releases. And the businesses that distributed them probably thought they would be inundated with media and sales inquiries as soon as the press releases went live. Has this happened to you? If so, [...]Continue Reading
We all know that communicating with your associates, customers and team members is a key to success, but with taxes, events, monthly meetings, and everything else going on at your organization right now, your communications efforts may be lagging. Here are three, key questions to ask yourself to help stay on track with your business [...]Continue Reading
February is already here, and it’s time to see how your Website is doing so far this year. If they are not going well… Find out what is happening. Is site traffic down because you have broken links? Perhaps, your target-market wants different copy? Look at your analytics and find out what is going on. [...]Continue Reading
Today’s technology allows small businesses to build awareness online cost-effectively. Traditional public relations (PR) activities such as developing story ideas, talking to media members and promoting various events are important. But if you are not combining these activities with technological advancements, you are missing out on excellent opportunities to build buzz and increase sales. You [...]Continue Reading
Do you know what to look for? You just went through a mound of résumés, searched the Internet and have reduced your list of IT candidates down to a reasonable amount. Now, the fun really begins with in-person interviews. And if you are new to hiring technology people, or just want to make sure you [...]Continue Reading
When new people visit your Website, what’s the first thing they see and click on? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out.
Check your Google Analytics and see what is going on. This is important. Why? While you may think you have a great Website packed with information for your customers and just the right search engine optimization (SEO) keywords, new site visitors may think otherwise. Take a look your Website pages to see where visitors spend the most time. If your top pages are not pulling in traffic, you have some work to do.
Here are a few suggestions…
· What do your customers want?
Which pages do your site visitors click on most? Why do you think that is? This information can tell you a lot about what your customers are looking for and whether or not you provide it.
If you have no idea why your customers are looking at some pages more than others, ask them. Run a quick survey on your site to see what kind of information they are most interested in viewing. If you don’t want to run a survey, start adding SEO content based on the topics posted on your most popular pages. Then, review the results.
· Is your site just about you?
You may think your Website is fantastic – because it talks about how great your products and services are, your background and expertise and your media clips. But what’s in it for your customers? If you are focusing on features rather than the benefits you offer, you are going to lose business to the competition.
Review each page of your site and change the SEO copy so you are focusing on how your products and services help customers solve their problems.
· What SEO keywords are you using?
While it’s important to conduct extensive research to discover what keywords your targeted audience is actually looking for, don’t forget common-sense terms. If you were a customer, what terms would you type into the search engines to find your products and services?
While SEO keyword research is essential, don’t forget to think about the key terms that are simple and come to mind first.
Stop and Look at Your SEO Copy.
As I tell my clients, SEO copywriting is an ongoing process. If you want to build online awareness and bring in sales, take the time to review your site analytics and conduct SEO keyword research. Then, it’s essential to write copy that provides valuable information to potential customers while including the right SEO keywords, placement and coding. And once your Website is up and running, your SEO processes need to be monitored regularly. This way, you can make changes to bring in better results.
SEO is a powerful tool to increase sales cost-effectively. But if you don’t use it the right way, you’ll waste valuable resources while the competition steals your customers!
What is happening with your SEO right now? If you don’t know, please contact me below or at www.rembrandtwrites.com.-->
Find out! When new people visit your Website, what’s the first thing they see and click on? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. Check your Google Analytics and see what is going on. This is important. Why? While you may think you have a great Website packed with information for your customers [...]Continue Reading
Get what you really need to succeed If I didn’t have spam filters in place, I would be inundated with e-mail messages about the latest technology tools, software and services. It’s bad enough as it is with phone calls and snail mail. How about you? Are you overwhelmed with tech information that will supposedly solve [...]Continue Reading
What are you thinking? Did you make a New Year’s Resolution for your search engine optimization (SEO) activities? If so, why? We all know that the chances of keeping a resolution are slim. Instead, why not make SEO goals for the year? By setting goals, you can plan specific activities and timelines to actually make [...]Continue Reading