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LinkedIn Training-Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile To Drive Serious Targeted Traffic

LinkedIn Training: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile To Drive Seriously Targeted Traffic

Although the site isn't as large as Facebook, one of the main reasons that so many people are still interested in LinkedIn training is because there's a lot of value in this network. And thanks to initiatives by the company like investing heavily in their mobile experience, the overall size and value of LinkedIn continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry

4 Powerful Ways to Approach Social Media Training and Get Results

4 Powerful Ways to Approach Social Media Training and Get Results

Now that businesses of all sizes have realized that social media is here to stay, a significant percentage want to learn the best way to utilize these networks for promotional purposes. For many businesses, one of the biggest challenges is balancing employee sharing with ensuring that no one does anything that could damage the company's brand. Read the rest of this entry

Facebook Post Ideas

3 Essential Facebook Post Ideas to Improve Your Organic Reach

When Facebook changed their algorithm and reduced organic reach, a lot of businesses panicked. They worried that this change would torpedo all the work they had put into building a following on Facebook. For businesses that had made the mistake of buying low-quality followers just to boost their numbers, it’s safe to say that their “investments” didn’t pay off. But for businesses who have a real following, things don’t have to be so bleak.

It’s true that even if you have a quality following, you probably aren’t happy when you look at the current reach analytics for your posts. However, what businesses often forget is the reality of Facebook. When you pull up your personal Facebook feed or the feed of any other individual user, the first thing you’re going to notice is there’s no shortage of content. Read the rest of this entry

YouTube for Businesses

YouTube Training Guide: Why All Businesses Should Have a YouTube Channel

While just about everyone has watched videos on YouTube, not every business is sure if this site is the right fit for them. Since the homepage is often filled with cats, pranks, sports clips and music videos, it may seem like the wrong place to focus any online marketing effort. However, it's important to remember that YouTube is a massive website that attracts millions of visitors a day. So for every person who's watching Justin Bieber sing, someone is searching for a tutorial or product review. With that in mind, if you're thinking about starting a YouTube training course, let's first look at exactly how uploading videos to this site can benefit your business:

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Facebook Training-A Guide To Successful Facebook Marketing

Facebook Training: A Guide To Successful Facebook Marketing

When it comes to Facebook training, most people's interest in this subject stems from their desire to utilize Facebook to market a business. What makes Facebook such an appealing medium for marketing a business is not only is it a huge network with over a billion users, but there are also lots of tools and features that can be used specifically for marketing. Read the rest of this entry

Social Media Training

Since Social Media Training Is No Longer Optional, Find Out How Companies Should Do It

It wasn't that long ago when many businesses were still skeptical about the long-term effectiveness of social media. However, because social media has absolutely exploded over the last four years, that skepticism is gone. Not only are businesses embracing social media, but many are scrambling to put enough resources towards it. An area of focus for businesses of all sizes is social media training. Since businesses are realizing the benefits of having employees who are all socially savvy, they're looking for ways to provide effective training.

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Michelle Hummel, Founder of Web Media University, Named Alignable’s 2021 Local Business Person Of The Year

Web Strategy Plus is pleased to announce Michelle Hummel wins
Alignable’s 2021 Local Business Person of the Year Contest

The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com is announcing the results of its search for local business leaders who’ve gone above and beyond to help peers during the COVID crisis. Today, Alignable’s network is honoring Cincinnati’s Michelle Hummel, CEO of Web Strategy Plus, Franchise Success Team, SEND Social Media, Social Media Enthusiasts and Web Media University as Local Business Person of the year

Alignable amassed an incredible 86,000+ votes and recommendations about hometown business heroes. During a time where at least two-thirds of small businesses have regularly reported suffering negative effects from COVID issues, it’s clear with this outpouring of support just how much small business owners wanted to recognize the extraordinary efforts of their peers.

A Testament to the Bond Between SMBs 

“To see so many business owners celebrate their peers was awesome -- 60 votes landed every minute at the height of the contest,” said Eric Groves, Alignable’s Co-Founder and CEO. “This frenetic level of participation is a testament to the strength of the business relationships forged and reinforced over the past year.”

Alignable’s 2021 Local Business Person Of The Year Contest took place from January 6 to February 5, 2021. Alignable invited its 6 million+ members to vote for their favorite peers.  In all, 2,962 local business people emerged victorious across North America, after 61,000+ votes were tallied and 25,000+ recommendations were reviewed. 

Hummel, who also won the honor in 2019, is passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs with their online marketing strategies. She travels nationwide teaching social media training through Web Media University and with SCORE. Hummel has written three books in her series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media,” where she shares her best-kept secrets to success. A current contributing content writer for The Social Media Monthly, Franchise Dictionary Magazine and The Franchise Woman. Hummel has also established 22 chapters nationwide for the Social Media Enthusiasts. She specializes in helping franchisors and franchisees develop an integrated web marketing program to drive leads. Contact Michelle Hummel at michelle@webstrategyplus.com or 513-399-6025.

About Alignable

Alignable.com is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 6 million+ members across 35,000+ local communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice. 

Content Marketing for Build Your Personal Brand

4 Great Ways You Can Use Content Marketing to Build Your Personal Brand

You've probably read at least a handful of blog posts that talk about content marketing. If you spend a fair amount of time reading about online marketing, you've probably actually come across a few case studies about content marketing. While both blog post and case studies are useful sources of information about content marketing, they're generally focused on how small and large businesses are utilizing this marketing technique.

What most sources of information about this topic don't touch on is whether or not content marketing is a good fit for personal branding. The answer to that question is not only is it a good fit, but if you're serious about building a strong personal brand, you definitely need to be engaged in content marketing. Let's go over four different reasons why this strategy works so well:

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How to Promote Your Blog Using Social Media

How to Promote Your Blog Using Social Media

If you want more traffic for your blog, strategically sharing your posts through social media can accomplish that goal. Since every social platform has its own unique features and audiences, we want to cover the best practices for promoting your blog on four different social media platforms:

 

  1. Facebook

 

The biggest of all the social platforms allows you to share blog posts on profiles, pages and groups. Although posts can be as long as ten thousand characters, Facebook only displays the first 480 in people’s feeds. Case studies have also shown that posts with less than fifty characters do best, so keeping things short and sweet is one best practice for promoting your blog on Facebook. Another best practice is to use an image when you share. One strategy for promoting posts is to upload a relevant image and then link to the post from the text field. The other best practice for promoting evergreen blog posts is to share them more than once. Given that Facebook will only show it to a fraction of your audience, it's worth re-sharing posts every two to three months.

 

  1. Twitter

 

Even though Twitter now allows posts to exceed the 140-character limit, keeping your tweets short is still a best practice for the platform. As with Facebook, including an image will help get people's attention. Two other best practices for Twitter are including a call to action in your tweet and sharing your blog post more than once during the first week after it's published. Since Twitter moves even faster than Facebook, sharing up to four times on different days and at different times can yield very good promotional results.

 

  1. LinkedIn

 

This social platform has evolved a lot over the last few years. Because LinkedIn wants users to share and engage with content, it's a great place to promote your blog posts. With LinkedIn, you can make your descriptions a little longer than is ideal on Facebook or Twitter. You should also ask a question or include something similar to encourage interaction. And in terms of which of your posts will do best on LinkedIn, list and how-to posts are at the top of the list.

 

  1. Pinterest

 

Because Pinterest is such a visual platform, the most important thing you can do to get attention for your posts is to ensure that you use really great images which are optimized for the site. Currently, the ideal pin size is 736 x 1104 to 2061.

 

To learn more about getting the most out of social media promotion, take a look at our self-study social media certification program, which provides exclusive access to every tool and resource you need for success.

Michelle Hummel Web Strategy PlusMichelle Hummel is CEO of Web Strategy Plus a full-service digital marketing agency focused on Franchise Marketing. She was recently nominated for the Woman-Owned Business of the Year! She’s a passionate Social Media Trainer with 15+ years of successful online business development, sales, and marketing experience. She also holds a valuable Internet Marketing Degree however with the ever-changing world of web marketing she strives to learn something new every day. 

She travels Nationwide visiting her 22 Social Media Enthusiasts Chapters delivering in-depth social media training. She also provides Social Media Certifications through founding Web Media University. A current contributing editor to The Franchise Dictionary Magazine and she has written 3 books in her series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares her best-kept secrets to success. She also specializes in helping Franchisors and Franchisees develop an integrated web marketing program to drive leads. She’s available for interviews via email, telephone, Skype video, news segments on location and more. Just let her know how she can help!

4 Major Reasons Why Your Brand Needs to be on LinkedIn

4 Major Reasons Your Brand Needs to Be On LinkedIn

When people think of social networks, they often first think of places where people go to kill downtime by looking at fun pictures or checking up on the latest gossip. While that definitely describes one way that people use social networks, it's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how social influences online behavior.
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2021 Calendar
Jan: Marketing Plan Development
Feb: Social Media Tools Review
Mar: Social Media Optimization
Apr: Branding and Advertising
May: Content and Article Marketing
Jun: Video and Blog Marketing
Jul: Email and Mobile Marketing
Aug: Pay Per Click Marketing
Sep: Search Engine Optimization
Oct: Social Media Management
Nov: Building Brand Advocates
Dec: Business Networking and Sales
Each month we will be featuring live webinars from our teachers on the above topics. Get exclusive access as a Web Media University member.
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