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Google My Business - The "Other" Social Media Outlet?

With the big news that Google is shutting down Google+ over the next few months, it seems like Businesses are back to using giants Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. While Google+ never really took off in the first place, many businesses are left wondering how (and if) this change will impact their business.

First things first, Google+ and Google My Business are 2 separate entities. Google+ was Google’s answer to the social media craze, thinking it would become a place for individuals to interact within “circles” of friends and colleagues. This is was they are beginning to phase out.

Google My Business, instead, is essentially a free directory listing where Google allows you to post information about your business, pictures and social media updates, as well as receive reviews from other Google users. The benefits of this platform are tremendous and those include:

  • In-depth insights into how many people viewed, clicked on, or called your business from this listing.

  • Easy "click-to-call" capabilities for smart phones. Meaning if someone Googles you on their phone a button will appear where they can call you in one click.

  • Integration with Google maps to easily show where you are located on a map when searching from a desktop, and one click access to directions when searching on a phone or tablet. 

Businesses with a Google My Business account also get several benefits in search. These range from showing up, essentially immediately, on the first page in search (on the right hand side map search section), as well as the added SEO benefits of linking your website directly with a Google property.

Now here comes the confusing part. There are 2 ways you can sign up - as a "Brand" page or as a "Location". A lot of businesses lean towards the "Brand" option as they may service multiple locations or may not be location specific. Here's the problem with just doing a "Brand" page. You don't get all the added benefits that I listed above. You are only going to show up in that Google Search Map section if you sign up as a location and verify it.

Once it's verified and running, it's important to keep you profile up-to-date with the correct information. Check in about once per month and make any changes to your contact info, hours or description as needed.

In addition, Google My Business, offers you the ability to post updates that live on your page for 7 days. These are great places to post events, sales, new content, or anything else you’d like to have Google Searchers see while viewing your profile.

So fear not business friends, while Google+ is leaving us (RIP), there are still some great options to take advantage of when it comes to promoting your business on the search platform.

How to Get Your Audience to Hear You When They're Not Listening

Sometimes it feels like you’re talking and talking and no one is listening (please tell me that I’m not the only one!). You spend so much time and energy planning amazing video content to use in blogs, on your Facebook profile, and in your advertisements. You record, rerecord. and probably rerecord again, until it’s perfect (or as perfect as it’s going to get). You upload, hit publish and… it feels like you’re talking to a brick wall.

Here’s the deal though. You’re audience isn’t listening to you. And chance are they probably aren’t going to 90% of the time. So how can you get them to hear what you have to say?

This week’s video has the answer to that question, and trust me, it’s WAY easier than you think!

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Video 8 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

It’s the final installment of our 8 week video blog idea series, and we’re ending it up with something timely to the season.

That’s right, it’s all about playing up the season, time of year, or things that are happening in the world around you. But, how can you relate it back to your business? I’m giving you a few real life examples of how you can take your business and make it relevant to the time of year.

Check the video out below and in case you missed any of our previous blogs make sure you check them out and get your blog game strong for 2019!

Video 1: Using your customers

Video 2: The most bookmark worthy blog posts

Video 3: Getting blogs without having to actually write them

Video 4: What you probably are forgetting to do

Video 5: Utilizing articles and news content

Video 6: The topic you know the most about

Video 7: The best blogs for SEO

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Video 7 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

Outside of providing amazing value for our clients/customers, we also should be using our blogs to drive more organic traffic and rank higher in search.

In today's installment in our 8 part Blog Idea videos series, it's all about SEO. I'm giving you my top tips to writing blog posts that move you up in Google Search Results, drive more organic traffic, and create new brand champions.

Not only is this week's topic meant for SEO, but it's also mean to attract new customers to your brand, and ease them into your area of expertise in a way that makes them feel comfortable, understood, and valued.

Check it out below!

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Video 6 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

Part 6 of our 8 week blog ideas series should be a topic start that should come easily to you (even if writing doesn’t). It’s something you know a TON about (trust me, you do), and have probably told the story of multiple times, over and over already.

What’s the topic? You!

That’s right, this week it’s all about you, and it’s the perfect topic as 2018 wraps up and we look to the new year. Check out the video below to get my take on how to tell your story, and why talking about yourself can be so important.

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Video 5 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

This week it's all about how to get content out without having to write it yourself - because sometimes you're just too busy, too tired, or just simply don't have anything you want to write about yourself.

We’ve all been there - in fact, many of us feel like we live in this place. Staying consistent with writing and sharing great content is HARD. It’s why so many business owners and entrepreneurs go weeks (and months, and even years) between posting content on their site.

It's all good! There is NO judgement here about that (because I’m guilty of it myself). Just know that you can share valuable content with your audience, get great SEO keywords on your site AND not spend hours trying to think of something to write about. Check it out below!

Oh, and if you want another tip for getting maximum blog impact with as little effort as possible, check out the video from Week 3!

Video 4 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

There’s something that all great businesses should do but that we often forget about (I know I am absolutely guilty of this as well).

There’s something that not only will create amazing blog content, but can be used in your email campaigns and social posts as well. It’s something that showcases your business in it’s best light, and helps push potential customers and clients over the edge.

Dying to know what it is? Check out the video below to find out!

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Video 3 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

We’re back and today in part 3 of our 8 part blogging idea series we've got something to help you get content out when you just don't feel like writing it.

That's right - it's a hack to get maximum impact for minimum effort. Because sometimes you need that in the middle of the week. Check out the video below to learn one of our favorite techniques to getting great content out there when you just don’t feel like it.

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Video 2 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

Didn’t I promise you I’d be back with more genius blog hacks? That’s right - after a brief distraction (we had some really cool stuff going on!) I’m bringing you Video 2 of our 8 part video series with ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

This weeks idea is one of my favorite ways to get people saving, bookmarking and pinning your blog to refer back to over and over again. Check it out below and get blogging!

P.S. Did we mention today is the last day to get access to even more in-depth classes and trainings at an INSANE clearance price!? Check it out here!

How to Show Up When You Just Don't Want To

Hello there! While I know I promised a blog idea series (and don't worry - part 2 IS coming soon) I took a little detour today. Why? Because I just didn't feel like doing the other blog post. Plain and simple! 😂

I figured a lot of other business owners go through something similar from time-to-time. It can be hard just showing up sometimes. So, here's my thoughts on showing up for yourself and your business when you just don't feel like it. Drop me a comment below or on my FB page and tell me your story.

Creating Instagram Worthy Images From Your Phone

Do you have Instagram jealousy?

We've all been there. You're scrolling through your Instagram feed and you come acress that account that always seems to have those gorgeous images. Their images look sharp, clean and attention grabbing. Their profile looks cohesive and they seem to have "it" - that thing that sets them apart from your blurry, dark iPhone shots.

Now, while I'm no photographer, I can point you towards one that has some amazing tips on how to take to better shots (and bonus, the advice does not involve a very expensive camera!). 

But, what I can help you with, is how to better edit those photos after you've taken them. While Instagram filters are the OG (don't get me wrong, I love a good filter), there is actually a better way to do it.

Check out the video below to learn more about my favorite way to create Instagram worthy photos, and get my step-by-step walkthrough of exactly how to do it.

Want even more marketing hacks? Make sure you follow me on Instagram and IGTV! Every Tuesday a new one is posted!

How to Vertically Record Your Computer Screen For Mobile

With the launch of IGTV, and the increased popularity of Live videos on social media platforms, we are consuming more and more content on our phones and tablets. So, what does this mean for content creators and business owners looking to connect with their audiences? It means we have to shoot things mobile first. Mobile first, most importantly, means shooting in a vertical format. Studies show that a majority of people prefer to watch videos on their phone vertically, because it's how we naturally hold our phone to make calls, text, or browse social media. While that's easy to do on your phone (duh, it's a mobile device). It can be more difficult to do that on your computer.

If you're like me, a lot of times I like to use my computer to record myself (it's much more steady than trying to hold my phone, think and talk all at the same time), or record my computer screen. Often, I talk over slides or an internet browser to better showcase the strategy or technique I'm teaching about. What I've realized though is the horizontal format of our computer screens does not translate well on mobile phones.

So, after a little bit of research I figured out how to successfully rotate my computer screen so I can still screen record what I'm doing in a more professional way, and it is SO much easier to view on a phone. Check out the video below (shot vertically of course), to get my step-by-step instructions on how to do it!

For more quick tips and tricks like this, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@hubdigitalmktg) and check out my IGTV station!

The Money Making Social Media Platform You're Missing Out On

What money making social media platform are you most likely missing out on? HINT: It's NOT Facebook!

Local businesses especially, are missing out on one of the most influential, cost effective and money driving platforms out there. What is that platform? Pinterest! Now, before you shut it down, hear me out. In this recent Facebook Live I broke down WHY Pinterest is for you, no matter what your industry is. 

Some Stats About Pinterest:

Pinterest Demographics:

  1. Pinterest has 175 million monthly active users
  2. 2 Million Pinterest users save pins daily
  3. 81% of Pinterest users are Females
  4. Millennials use Pinterest as much as Instagram
  5. Median age of Pinterest user is 40
  6. Half on Pinterest users HHI is $50K or greater
  7. 10% of Pinterest users HHI is $125K or greater

Pinterest Facts:

  1. 87% of Pinners have purchases a product because of Pinterest
  2. 72% of Pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy offline
  3. 93% of active Pinners said they use Pinterest to plan for purchases
  4. More than 14 million articles are pinned each day
5 SEO Myths You May Be Wasting Your Time On

There is a TON of misinformation out there about digital marketing in general, and SEO in particular. Because Search Engine Optimization is something that a lot of people don't understand (or choose not), are overwhelmed by, or can't keep up with, it's often something that is easily misrepresented by "experts".

Don't worry, today Hub Digital has your back. We're breaking down the 5 biggest SEO myths that are still floating around in cyber space and are giving you permission to STOP waisting your time on them!

1. WWW vs non-WWW is important.
Every website owner has the decision to make their website URL “www” or to completely lose the “www”all together. While there are some technical differences in the 2, Google has officially stated that there are NO SEO benefits of one over the other. The important thing to remember is that once you choose which one you want, stay consistent with that version. You can choose your preference in Google Search Console. What IS important is having a secure site version (https) available and prevalent over your traditional non-secure version (http). Learn more about that here.

2. You have to fill out your Meta Keywords
If you’ve looked at the backend of your site to do your Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions you may have noticed a spot to put in Meta Keywords. These used to be extremely important for SEO and many SEO “experts” still think they hold weight. However, in recent updates Google has announced that because of keyword stuffing (which is when a website is filled with keywords that may or may not relate to the page) that meta keywords now have absolutely NO bearing on Google search rankings. Like I said before, you can fill them out if you want, but since they don’t make a difference, what’s the point? 

3. URL's should be keyword rich
There is still debate among many SEO experts about having a URL with a lot of keywords in it. Here’s my take - creating long, keyword rich URLs may actually hurt, instead of help your brand. Recent studies have shown that Google is consistently ranking long URLs lower in search. Recent analysis shows that the top 10 results on Google consistently have URLs with less than 37 characters. Also, after analyzing a random selection of 30,000 domains they found that those with a keyword in their URL ranked NO better than those that didn’t.* On top of that, really long URLs can be difficult for people to remember. Moral of the story is, if it makes sense to throw in a keyword go ahead, but keep it short, sweet and easy to remember. *Stats courtesy of Search Metrics

4. 301 redirects aren't SEO friendly
This one can get a little technical and confusing so bear with me a little. When someone types in a URL in the top bar, it takes them to a website. It is up to us to tell the internet what site we want it to take someone to when they type in our URL. There are a few ways to do that. The 2 most popular are Domain Mapping and 301 Redirects. Domain Mapping is when you purchase a URL from an outside outlet (like GoDaddy) and you want it to link fully to your site. Through this process you are changing the DNS and hosting settings so your URL is directly associated with your website. This is telling Google that this is your MAIN URL for your site and the one that should get all the juice. However, sometimes you may want to add an additional URL or change the one that is linking to your site. In order to achieve this you can 301 redirect the extra, or new, URL. A 301 redirect is telling Google that you want this URL to link to your website permanently. While it will still bring traffic to your website, you’ll see that the URL bar will change to your mapped URL once they get to the site. Because 301 redirected URL’s aren’t mapped, and don’t carry as much SEO juice as mapped URLs, many people think they aren’t SEO friendly. However, they actually can be a great thing for your site. If you map multiple URLs to your website they end up all competing with each other in SEO, essentially dropping you in search because not one URL will stand out. This is because your URLs carry SEO weight and can help in search (like if you’ve owned the URL a long time). By 301 redirecting the extra ones, you can still use them to point to your website, but won’t be taking away from your main URL’s SEO juice. Another good use of them is if you decide to change your main URL to a new one. By mapping your new URL and 301 redirecting your old one, you’ll actually transfer about 90 - 95% of the SEO juice of the old one to the new one.

5. You should use Google Authorship
This one’s pretty easy, Google Authorship doesn’t exist anymore, so don’t even bother trying. Google Authorship was an experiment by Google trying to link content you create with your Google+ profile. After multiple attempts it never caught on, and Google shut it down. You may still see listed in some outdated SEO classes or articles. If you do, just ignore it and move on.

The Tools I Love That Make Marketing Easier

Today is Valentine's Day and we're talking LOVE here at Hub Digital! And by LOVE I mean some of the marketing programs and tools that we heart and use everyday. Check out the video below to learn more about them and why I recommend them, and then follow the links below to check them out for yourself!

The tools mentions in this post:

Canva - Graphic design program filled with templates to design everything from documents, to social posts, to banner ads. Can even create animated graphics for more exposure and engagement on social media.

Buffer - If you need help scheduling and managing your social media posts, we recommend Buffer as the easier to use, less expensive option.

ActiveCampaign - The email marketing platform for those with large lists and who need more integrated automated sequences and to move contacts through different sales funnels.

Mailchimp - For many businesses, Mailchimp covers more than enough of the emailing needs of a small business. PLUS it FREE up to 2000 subscribers AND automatic sequences are included!

Zoom - If you have video conferencing or Webinar needs, Zoom can cover both and is less expensive and more reliable than it's competition.

Drift - Have LIVE conversations with website visitors or encourage them to schedule appointments with you during your off hours. Engage your customers when they are thinking about you and your business.

The 5 Pillars of Digital Marketing

Here at Hub Digital, we believe that there are 5 main pillars to digital marketing. They are the 5 different areas that you should be exploring to help promote your business online. What are those pillars you ask? Good question!

- SEO
- Blogging
- Social Media
- Email Marketing
- Paid Advertising

Seem overwhelming? I mean, running your own business is hard enough! How are you going to tackle all these different things on top of that?

Don't stress! Yes, you should do make an effort to use each of these pillars in a successful marketing campaign. BUT, it doesn't mean you HAVE to do everything in each of those pillars. Explore ways that you can integrate some of these strategies into your marketing routine.
- Can you repurpose your blog into a weekly or bi-weekly email campaign?
- Can you spend 10 minutes each month researching those keywords and using those as future blog topics?
- Can you spend a few dollars each month to boost a great Facebook post to get some more reach on it?

See! It doesn't have to be hard!

Check out our Facebook live from last week to learn more about these 5 pillars, why they are important and how you can integrate them in your business' marketing.

5 Days to Jumpstart Your Digital Marketing

2018 is here! And at Hub Digital we came into it swinging. We challenged some amazing VIP's to start their year right with our mini challenge, "5 Days to Jumpstart Your Digital Marketing". On Facebook Live each morning we dove deep into a different pillar of marketing, and we talked about some of the best tips and tricks to tackle each of them.

It was so amazing to connect with so many entrepreneurs and business owners to help them start their year right. They asked some amazing questions, gave each other some awesome advice (that's right, it wasn't just me talking!), and got inspired to kick some serious marketing butt this year!

So then I got to thinking, why would I want to keep these information only to a select few? Why not open it up to the rest of you so you can rock it as well? So, that's what I'm doing! Check out the videos below and create your own online marketing mini challenge! Challenge yourself to work on your own digital marketing. Challenge yourself to do some of the marketing things (cough... blogging... cough) that you've been putting off for a while. And challenge yourself to commit to growing your business this year, even when you don't feel like putting in the time and effort.

Check out the videos below and feel free to always reach out with any questions you have! Oh! And don't forget to join our private group, The Digital Marketing Hub, so you won't miss out on even more tips, tricks, and future challenges!

Day 1 - Keyword Research. The very first thing you must do when it comes to your digital marketing is keyword research. In this video we walk through the process of researching long tail keywords and how you can brainstorm them for your business to compete better in search.

Day 2 - Blogging Brainstorming. Creating content, or blogging, is one of the most effective marketing strategies for SEO, and for connecting and selling potential clients and customers. Check out Hub Digital's ideas for coming up with blog ideas so you never end up staring at a blank screen again.

Day 3 - Content Planning. By planning your content, you are much more likely to stick to your marketing plan. Learn some of our best strategies to planning your blogs, social media posts and website content.

Day 4 - Promoting Your Content. How can you promote your content for FREE? We all know social media works, but we have some lesser known ideas (have you heard of a blog carnival?) that will help you promote your content for FREE!

Day 5 - Pinterest Ads. We all know about Facebook ads, but have you explored Pinterest Ads yet? Get some of our best tips and tricks to promoting your business on Pinterest (even if you didn't think your business would traditionally work for Pinterest!)

Elizabeth Stone: Finding work life balance as an entrepreneur or small business owner
Hub Digital and Elizabeth Stone talk life as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
Elizabeth Stone talks about how to find work/live balance as an entrepreneur.

Elizabeth Stone is an entrepreneur and business woman passionate about making a positive impact by pointing her businesses towards social enterprising. She is a Rhode Island native with about ten years of experience working with small businesses and people to help them grow and flourish. She is deeply involved in the Rhode Island community and regularly volunteers her time to nonprofits around the region. This year she won the overall award for the Rhode Island Business Plan competition with BI Medical. She has also started BioSci Labs, an incubator, and coworking space. BioSci Labs helps to develop innovative technologies into commercially recognizable products ready to be brought to market. She has started Pepper's Closet, a social enterprise committed to spreading ocean literacy and cleanup effort through custom crafted apparel. Pepper's Closet donates 10 percent of all profits to conservation and cleanup efforts. 

As an entrepreneur and small business owner I understand just how hard it can be to find a reasonable work-life balance. Between meetings, actually doing work, networking, teaching classes and all the administrative tasks associated with running a business, how can there be time for our family and ourselves. 

First off, to be an entrepreneur, you need to love what you do because it certainly won't be easy. I really put my heart and soul into the projects that I start and if I weren’t passionate about them, I would get burned out really fast. Right now my main projects are BioSci Labs  and Pepper’s Closet. Bringing innovative products to market to improve healthcare and helping to improve the ocean - what’s not to love? As much as I do love my job, finding a work-life balance is paramount. I am a better and more creative worker and a more patient and supportive wife/momma when I can find the right balance. I am far from perfect but here are a few tips and tricks that have helped me balance business and pleasure.

Here are five things that help me:

  1. Time Management - Set attainable goals. In a world were productivity is so often defined as multitasking, sometimes you have to focus on a single task and complete one action item. I like to start out my day with a fast item that I can complete to get myself on a role. As much as I like to answer emails while on conference calls, sometimes its better to shut my phone off, minimize the emails, and get just one thing all the way done.
  2. Scheduling – This goes hand I hand with time management. My Google calendar is my BEST FRIEND! I schedule everything - work outs, play dates, dates with my husband, work meetings, swim lesson, music class, etc. Planning my week ahead allows me to find help on the days I need it whether it’s from my brother, husband, mom or friends. Owning my own business gives me the freedom and flexibility to take my daughter to swim and music class during the day, but in return I am usually working nights after she goes to bed. Like the old saying goes, 'owning your own business means you get to pick which 80 hours a week you work.' 
  3. Communication - Being honest with yourself and others about what you can and can’t do. Do not be afraid to say no or ask for help. It is far better to be honest and say no instead of making commitments you end up shirking… or handing in projects way past the deadline. This one is especially difficult for me because I am always trying to please everyone.
  4. Outsourcing & Delegating - I outsource and delegate as many tasks as I reasonably can, both at home and work. As a small business owner this is sometimes very hard to do. It is important to let go of complete control of doing it yourself and trust others with tasks. I use Sunbasket and Amazon in lieu of grocery store and Target runs (though somehow I still find myself wandering around target). I share household tasks with my husband and daughter. Lately, I’ve been thinking about strapping Swiffer pads to Pepper’s feet while she runs around the house! Go, Pepper, Go!
  5. Self care- There will always be more work to do. It is important to take time for yourself every day, even if its only 30 min a day. My outlet is exercise.  A walk during lunch (leave your phone off), yoga in the morning, a run after work. We all have 30 min a day we can dedicate to ourselves. 

No matter how hard I try and schedule and plan sometimes things don’t go the way I want (especially with a toddler), so my advice to myself and everyone else is LET IT GO and go with the flow.

If you’d like to learn more about our friend and mompreneur, check out some of her other guest blogs: 

The Mompreneur Guide to Globetrotting With a Toddler

The Mompreneur Guide to Eating Healthy on the Go

The Mompreneur Guide to End of Summer Fun and Getting Back to School Ready

Anthony Pensabene: The 5 Minute Hack to Getting More PR For Your Business
Public Relations tips from Anthony Pensabene and Hub Digital, Rhode Island

I’ve gotten clients featured in major publications like Forbes, Inc, and The Wall Street Journal.

Before I tell you an easy way to try and replicate the success, I want you to think about how you felt reading that first sentence. Were you a bit impressed or intrigued to read on because you felt those PR wins qualify me to speak on the topic?

That’s the power of public relations! It’s necessary for every business yet not every owner has the time. Here’s how to find targeted public relations opportunities each business day in just five minutes!

What is HARO?

HARO or Help a Reporter Out is a hub where journalists find information for developing stories. Through queries, reporters seek those who can offer timely, targeted, and qualified information.
It’s a free service and a great way to get quick PR wins for your business.

How Will It Benefit My Business?

Good PR and branding involves you positioning yourself as an expert in your chosen field. But there is a catch in talking about yourself on your website, within company literature, etc -  Of course, you will endorse yourself. Any smart businessperson would!

The benefit of helping a third party or reporter, however, is having them use you as a source of objective information and in effect position you in a certain light -  as an expert in your field. You can’t buy that kind of marketing!

1. Sign-Up and Choose Categories

Once you start filling-in basic information, you’ll be asked what email alerts you want to receive on a regular basis.

Public Relations tips from Anthony Pensebane and Hub Digital, Rhode Island

2. Filter HARO Emails

You can start by choosing categories that seem most aligned with your knowledge and experience, but I suggest signing up for all of them. I do warn, however, you’ll want to filter the emails since you’ll be getting three emails per business day (morning, noon, and evening editions).

 
Public Relations tips from Anthony Pensabene and Hub Digital, Rhode Island
 

3. Comb for Keywords, Outlets, and Journalists

Once you filter HARO emails, it is easier to comb through them for PR opportunities. Search emails for keywords associated to your products, services, or industry; particular journalists who cover your industry; or, media outlets of interest.

For example, perhaps you want to see if any queries were sent from journalists at the Huffington Post. Separately, perhaps you want to know if SaaS was a topic of discussion. (I’m searching emails with a Yahoo Mail account, so your search options may differ if using Gmail, Outlook, etc.)

 
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4. Strike While the Query is Hot

Just as you have limited time for PR, reporters are working against the clock to gather news, write copy, and submit a story. Experts who provide thoughtful and qualified information in a timely fashion can score big.

Be meticulous in reading the query and adhering to specific directions related to your response’s heading, length, and professional endorsements that further qualify you and your information.
 

When crafting a response, get to-the-point and remind the reporter as to why you’re a great source of information (Refer them to case-studies, industry statistics, prior awards you’ve won, etc.)

What you know is more important than who you are in your industry. (You don’t have to own a Fortune 500 company to provide a NY Times or Wall Street Journal reporter with quality information they can publish.)

 
Public Relations tips from Anthony Pensebane and Hub Digital, Rhode Island
 

5. Realize It’s Only Been Five Minutes!

PR never sleeps, and a great PR agent is always seeking opportunity. Now you have a quick way to see if there are potential opportunities for your business. Crafting a reply that separates you from the others takes additional time, and perhaps further suggestion from a public relations service, but now you can devote (at least) five minutes per day toward PR wins!

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Anthony Pensabene suggests business owners in the area seek additional PR insights from a Narragansett public relations service or one that specializes in your particular industry. Don’t dismiss the benefit of quality PR. Some owners have a strong head for business yet struggle to relate to the public. A public relations campaign helps your brand refine its voice and message to the public.

How to write blogs for Google AND Your Customers
writing blogs that appeal to potential customers and for SEO from Hub Digital.

We talk A LOT about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to write blogs and content that satisfies the "Google God's" and all their algorithms. But often times, it's easy to get caught up in writing for Google, and forget that there are REAL people on the other end who are actually reading your content. Today we wanted to dive into 5 of the most important things to keep in mind when writing your blogs to ensure that you're appealing to both the automated search bots AND the human beings who have the potential to become your clients or customers.

  1. The Importance of Being Human Even (or Especially) When Writing for SEO!  We can’t stress enough that being human matters.  Always remember that the whole point of all of this is to grow your business.  Right?  So, once you’ve gotten someone to your site you want to keep them engaged by sharing authentic information that will set you apart from your competition and hopefully build relationships (brand advocates) (and clients) that will convert to sales!  Write in an authentic voice that is speaking directly to that target audience and make sure you’re sharing relevant information that they (should) find of interest.  
     
  2. Self Awareness & Keyword Research…  We always work very closely with our clients to identify their UVP (unique value proposition) and/or differentiator in their business vertical.  It is so very important to really understand what you do, why it is special, what you enjoy doing in your business and what your clients or customers like, enjoy, and find special about your business. Sharing information based on this information is key to creating rich content that works for you.  Then doing research around all of this and utilizing these keywords and key phrases through your SEO strategy is super important.  Need help researching keywords? Check out some of our favorite resources: Google Keyword Planner , Moz Keyword Explorer 
     
  3. Hone in on ‘Who’ Your Searcher Is and Write for Them Only!  Do you have a clear picture or, even better a written down description of who your target audience is?  Can you paint a clear picture of them in your mind?  If not, this is a GREAT best practice tip in and of itself.  Once you’ve figured this out you should always be mindful that that is who you are writing for.  The title that they would find interesting, the keywords you’ve identified that they would be searching (which should be in the title and the description, and don’t forget your meta data), content that they will find of interest, and so on.  Get what we’re trying to say here?  

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  4. Use Internal Links (back to your own site, like we just did in the last tip ;)) and External Links (to other reputable sites)!  We often recommend that you write first, then go back through and add these links. It is generally easier to flow freely (once you’ve identified your topic and done your research of course) then go back through to make sure this important tactic is used!  It’s a super important ‘best practice’ in your overall integrated SEO strategy.  
  5. Break Up Walls of Text.  Humans have a continuously shrinking attention span.  Fact. Scientists continue to study and prove this!   So, when you’re writing your blogs make sure to format it in an engaging and ‘pleasing to the eye’ way.  Subtitles, lists, bullet points and images (or video) are great ways to accomplish this.  You don’t have to stress about writing long articles or white papers. Instead focus on creating 400-600 word engaging blogs weekly (or at least twice per month) is optimal.  And when you are using those eye-catching, engaging images just don’t forget to have your ALT tags in place!  

We love educating and empowering our clients, and you, the small business owner – it is just who we are and what drives us.   We hope you find these tips helpful.  And, as always feel free to share the love and empower other friends, family or colleagues…knowledge is power!