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Will Social Media Replace The SEO in 2014? 10 Useful Tips for Your Business to Survive.

Will Social Media Replace The SEO in 2014? 10 Useful Tips for Your Business to Survive.

Is SEO dead?

Thanks to the recent introduction of the Hummingbird algorithm, the rumors of SEO heading towards its demise are circulating around the Internet.  With social media marketing gaining immense importance for online businesses, the role of SEO is questioned. Dark clouds loom over SEO, but before you jump into any conclusions, a fair question to ask at this point is whether or not SEO is being replaced by social media marketing.

A few years ago, this statement would have been termed preposterous. However, Google’s new algorithm has emphasized the importance of long tail keywords that have enhanced the meaning of search.
Now users are able to carry out voice activated searches which include conversation in the search.  Specifically targeted towards products and services, 70% of all searches across the globe are conversational. This new addition has revolutionized the old fundamentals of SEO.

Is social media marketing the future?

Lately, social media has emerged as the new face of marketing and manipulating searches online. Google has launched a personal search results feature page that consists of photos and other results shared by friends on social networks.  With the new personal search result, the conventional model of packing the headline with keywords will become gradually replaced by social activity on Google’s own social network.

In the long-run, the  big guns of social media marketing such as Twitter and Facebook, also want to be included by Google in personal search results. Therefore, social media is not just about your social presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms but it has taken the form of a powerful engine that develops social followings and optimization of content.

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The content itself is not just restricted to the Internet but also spans out to mobile phones. Anyone who has been oblivious to the new wave of social media marketing is going to miss out on engaging with the increasing number of digital audience.  In order to survive the cut-throat competition and save your business from being banished away, you need to learn how to market through social media as soon as possible.

Social media can multiply your SEO impact. Read these 10 tips on effective social media marketing.

1. Know what your competition is up to

By evaluating the content written on various blogs, you can write on similar topics, but obviously this does not mean “copying” someone else’s idea. In fact, you can take ideas from those sources and write with a different take on similar topics. Some tools such as Social Crawlytics and SEMRush help you to analyze competitor’s content and to find the count of each post shared across social networks.

2. Increase views with attractive thumbnails

YouTube is a vital weapon for helping you grow your business online. Since everyone these days is on YouTube posting videos, how can you increase your chances of being pick out by potential customers? The answer lies in creating compelling and attention-grabbing thumbnails for your videos. The secret behind those awesome thumbnails is three simple words: Graphics, Text and X-Factor.

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3. Pick and choose the platforms

It is better to pick three or four social media platforms where you can build the strongest presence for your company. There are a number of media platforms to choose from. Instead of being jack of all trades and master of none, try to build a strong presence on a few where you find the most number of potential customers. How do you figure out where your audience is? Simple! Join online groups and communities with those platforms that focus on your products or services.

4. Take advantage of Twitter’s advanced search feature

Twitter can be handy for finding ways to interact with prospect customers. Thanks to the Advanced Search option in Twitter, you can instantly find customers looking for products or services similar to what you have to offer.  The best part is that it is free of cost and it provides an instant opportunity to connect with the customers and bring business your way.

5. Connect with email subscribers

Considered a traditional method, email is still one of the most critical tools for sending out notifications and offers to your visitors/ customers. With the latest Gmail Promotional tab, it is likely for the email to be overlooked, as not many people even check the email if it doesn’t appear in the primary Inbox. You can get around this problem by connecting with your blog update subscribers on LinkedIn and Facebook. A social CRM tool by the name of Rapportive helps you export and connect with social network connections on your Gmail sidebar.

6. Make your podcast easily consumable on mobile

Don’t forget the importance of mobile phones and their role in social media marketing. Smart phones are your vital weapon as the majority of people listen to podcasts through them.  When a user clicks on a podcast, most smart phones launch a new window and start playing the content. To make the experience richer, install a simple HTML5 audio player on your blog so that the new users can read and hear the podcast in same window all at the same time.

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More to read on: How To make Enhanced Podcasts

7. A picture is worth a thousand words

Adding Pintrest into your business can make all the difference. With 65% of human beings as visual learners, you should pay heed to this wide percentage of people who still rely on visuals. By adding an original photo pertaining to your business and pinning it on Pinterest, you are engaging people with visuals. Continue this practice for a month and then find out the kind of traffic you are able to drive through this method with the help of Google Analytics.

8. Employ Google+ Reverse Image Lookup

Google is not just about links and ranks. Now Google+ helps you build relationships in your related industry of expertise. Through Google+, you can engage with people of which Google thinks highly. Do a Google reverse image search to find where they are currently contributing and convert from great guest opportunities for your business.

9. Engage social media as a publicity engine

Brain Clark, founder and CEO of Copyblogger, emphasizes on imagining the social media platform as a publicity engine. Okay, you have added all the appropriate content on social networks, but traffic from these platforms means nothing unless it is actually converted into customers. So make sure you add relevant content to attract the right kind of prospect customers and not just random traffic on your website. This requires sensitive planning and monitoring of your content to see what you are doing right and what is not going in your favor. Remember, content in social media marketing is a valuable asset because if someone finds it worthy, they are likely to share it with others also which will help you generate the necessary buzz for your business.

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10. Use SlideShare Pro to get subscribers

Anyone who is familiar with SlideShare Pro is aware of its enormous power in allowing you to collect leads and subscribers. By paying a meager fee of $16 a month, you can acquire a SlideShare Pro account and engage with a vast number of potential customers through it. SlideShare was purchased by LinkedIn and sees about 100 million visitors every month.  Easily integrated with most marketing automation systems, you can acquire subscribers and ultimately drive new leads through this handy tool.

Conclusion

SEO is transcending towards social media marketing. The importance of all these social media platforms continues to increase. 2014 is only a few weeks away. This makes it all the more reason to put your thinking cap on and develop new ways for surviving and expanding your business further. By taking into account these valuable tips, you can enhance your marketing strategies, develop new leads and put your business into new heights. It is time to evolve into something better. Take a little time to decide where you want to be the next year in terms of your business and its future. Best of luck! :)

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The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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  • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
  • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
  • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
  • Is this aligned with my passion?
  • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

7. Be Prepared to Let Go

It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

The Bottom Line

Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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