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Mar

Social Recognition: A Key to Personal Branding Success

R is for Recognition

What’s the deal with peer recognition?

One resource I found via search writes, “Providing a platform for employees to recognize each other is a great way to encourage a positive atmosphere while fostering collaboration and teamwork.”

Good stuff, but not exactly about marketing yourself, which is the topic of this post. 

I also found this atop a search on the topic…

Peer-to-peer recognition is the expression of appreciation exchanged between co-workers. Many employee recognition programs give managers the responsibility to recognize employees.

More good stuff, but we’re not going to talk about employee recognition programs either.

Next, I wondered about “social recognition” because it’s a big part of what I actually do want to talk about because it relates to my book. I found this:

“Social recognition points to the status and esteem (feel good factor) that individuals, organizations or sectors receive as a consequence of displaying certain characteristics, reaching certain achievements or engaging in certain activities. It might also extend to material rewards, such as higher incomes.”

Now we’re talking.

R is for Recognizing Others

In our book The Road to Recognition—The A-to-Z Guide to Personal Branding for Accelerating Your Professional Success in The Age of Digital Media, Seth Price and I include a chapter titled, “R is for Recognizing Others.” It goes something like this (edited for context):

Share the spotlight. You won’t achieve your goals on your own. Privately and publicly, recognize the contributions of every person who’s played a part in your brand development. (more…)

Mar

The Secrets of Succesful Bloggers [Content Matters Episode 24] + INFOGRAPHIC

Secrets of successful bloggers
For three years running, Orbit Media has asked 1000+ bloggers how they approach the job of creating content. In this episode, you’ll hear what has and hasn’t changed in the world of business blogging. Fascinating stuff. 

Listen to “The Secrets of Successful Bloggers [24]” on Spreaker.

In this episode we cover (and answer):

  • The findings of Orbit Media’s annual business blogger research
  • Does it now require more time to create a successful blog post? 6+hours?
  • Images? Video? Audio? Do the best bloggers post this stuff regularly?
  • Does investing more effort in blog posts result in stronger results?
  • What’s the word on blogging frequency and how much does it matter?
  • Does the length of your posts matter?

In the cheese & mousetrap segment: (more…)

Mar

Join The Road to Recognition Launch Team

TRTR launch team

Get a behind the scenes look at the book launch.

Making a book launch a huge success can’t be done alone. I could use your help.

For the launch of The Road to Recognition book, my co-author, Seth Price, and I are inviting 100 influencers to join us in creating an exclusive launch team. The group will include those who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help us put out the word about the book.

Launch Team Member Benefits

As a member of The Road to Recognition Launch Team you will get:

  • Access to the book before it’s released to the public
  • Access to exclusive interviews with personal branding experts
  • Weekly FaceBook Live sessions with Seth and Barry
  • Exclusive access to Seth and Barry for a behind-the-scenes look at how we launch the book
  • All of our book launch playbook plans and documents—including email templates and more
  • Three bonus eBooks (not publicly available)
  • A digital copy of Barry’s first book, SEO Simplified for Short Attention Spans
  • The opportunity to connect with like-minded people who share your passion for personal branding in the age of digital media

Team Member Requirements

Membership won’t be all that demanding, but you’ll be expected to spend an hour per week over the course of four weeks to:

  • Read and/or preview the book ahead write an Amazon review
  • Participation in book promotion via Facebook, social sharing, blogging and email
  • Participation in our private Facebook group
  • Share ideas and brainstorm ways to reach a larger audience

Team Member Sign-Up

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications will only be accepted before or on March 19, 2017.

Start now. Spread the word.

Mar

Personal Branding Framework: 26 Strategies to Build Brand Recognition [Infographic]

road to recognition 14 copy


What could be a more simple personal branding framework than the alphabet?

I couldn’t be more excited to tell you The Road to Recognition, my new book co-authored with Seth Price, has been completed and is due to ship in April. (However, you can pre-order it now.)

LIMITED TIME OFFER… 
You can get the book free by joining the book launch team. Applications are due 3/19/17. Space is limited. >> CLICK HERE OR THE IMAGE BELOW 

TRTR launch team

Here’s the back story (borrowed slightly from the book’s preface)…

The Road to Recognition began (unknowingly) about two years ago when I had the idea to create an infographic called The Complete A-to-Z Guide to Personal Branding.

Seth, whom I had collaborated with before, agreed to work on it with me. He guided the design and is the reason the graphic went viral. He promoted the hell out of it, pitching it to publishers relentlessly. He repurposed it as a SlideShare and gave it a wider set of wings.

While I did the occasional interview or talk on personal branding, the A to Z Guide was in my rear view mirror. But not Seth’s. Sharing personal branding lessons had become a bit of an obsession for my co-author. He created an amazing website entirely focused on personal branding. He made some big plans.

Then he called to tell me about them. Seth declared these lessons shall become a book. He said (or was it threatened?) he’d create it with or without me. So we did this thing together—me with the “I’ll get to it when I can” attitude, Seth with the whip.

I wrote the copy for that infographic in a few hours. I simply tossed my ideas down following my instincts, drawing from experience, and sharing ideas I had picked up from Michael Hyatt, Dan Schawbel, William Arruda, and Karen Kang (all authors of inspired personal branding books).

But the book was no high-speed affair. We’ve been bouncing ideas around, writing chapters, collaborating on the design (which we’re immensely proud of), changing and making up our minds, and scheming launch and promotional plans for nearly two years.

Each chapter of the book covers a big and important topic. Our aim is to give you the skinny on each—the need-to-know stuff that’ll rev your engine. We created an infographic to give you a mini-preview of each chapter. Here you are: 26 strategies to build brand recognition—and, as the book’s subtitle says—accelerate your professional success in the age of digital media. (more…)

Feb

The Many Benefits of Collaborative Content [Content Matters Episode 23]

Content Matters Podcast - Episode 23

Two heads are better than one. It’s cliche, but true. In this episode of Content Matters, Andy and Barry get into the many reasons to create collaborative content.

Listen to “The Audience-Expanding Advantages of Collaborative Content [23]” on Spreaker.

In this episode we cover:

  • The many reasons to do collaborative content
  • Ego bait—is it more meaningful than it sounds?
  • Getting started with curated content
  • Making your content better with quotes from contributors
  • Creating and contributing to roundup posts
  • The value (and fun) of doing expert interviews
  • Reasons to make guest posts part of your guest posting strategy

In the cheese & mousetrap segment:

  • Barry explains an important key for selecting the right collaborators
  • Andy digs into how to use testimonials to increase conversion

Resources mentioned in this epsidode:

On the next episode of Content Matters:
The Tactics Successful Bloggers

Listen to any or all of the Content Matters podcast episodes and share your thoughts about the program on iTunes. 

 

Feb

12 Word Power Pointers for the Marketing Content Writer

 

Word Power (1)

If it’s “word power” you’re hoping to achieve, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, by the late Gary Provost, is the ultimate manual. It’s the best writing guide I’ve ever read.

If you read my stuff, you know the subject is near and dear to me. If I can give you pointers to improve your writing, you know I will. It’s my job to improve your word power. I can do if for you, with you, or consult you on it.

Provost’s book, published in 1985, includes a chapter titled. “12 Ways to Give your Words Power.” Who doesn’t want that? Here they are:

  1. Use short words
  2. Use dense words
  3. Use familiar words
  4. Use active verbs
  5. Use strong verbs
  6. Use specific nouns
  7. Use the active voice
  8. Say things in a positive way
  9. Be specific
  10. Use statistics
  11. Provide facts
  12. Put emphatic words at the end
    Word Power list

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Feb

How to Edit Copy [Content Matters Episode 22]

Content Matters Ep 22

A ton of content creators make one, or two, big mistakes when they write copy:

  1. They publish first drafts
  2. They edit as they write

In this edition of Content Matters, Andy and Barry make a case why these two mistakes compromise the quality of your content and slow your production.

Listen to “How to Edit Copy [22]” on Spreaker.

In this (highly stereophonic) episode we cover:

  • When’s the right time in the writing process to edit?
  • Why the first paragraph is often disposable
  • How to edit online copy to appeal to scanners
  • The value of “incubation”
  • A long list of things to axe
  • Our copywriting pet peeves
  • How to inject energy into your copy
  • Why you should “cut that out”

In the cheese & mousetrap segment:

  • Barry explains why to not write like a journalist
  • Andy makes a case for writing your call to action in first person

Resources mentioned in this epsidode:

On the next episode of Content Matters:
The power of collaborative content

Listen to any or all of the Content Matters podcast episodes and share your thoughts about the program on iTunes. 

Feb

How to Go Big with a Small Digital Marketing Budget [Repurposing FAQ Too]

SMALL DIGITAL MARKETING BUDGET (2)

Your digital marketing budget isn’t big, but your aspirations are.

I hear you. As a content marketing strategist, writer and creative director, I get this question all the time…

“How can we create great content on a small digital marketing budget?”

Along a similar line, I know every time industry research is published I’ll see “lack of budget” ranking among the top challenges.

Top content challenges

Okay, so your budget’s an issue. I’m obliged to address it. I do so in conversation nearly every time I discuss content planning with a new client. I’m about to share with you a version of my answer. It could surprise you.

Care to guess what I say? Might it be…

Go to a writer brokerage or freelance finder website and find a low-cost writer? Task internal employees (non-writers) with the writing? Forgo strategy. Forgo design. Forgo promotion?

No. No. No. No. And no. (more…)

Jan

Website Navigation Matters [Content Matters Episode 21]

Content Matters 21

Could something as basic as your website’s menu bar actually have a meaningful effect on your visitor’s experience? .

Listen to this edition of Content Matters as Andy and Barry discuss how website navigation can effect traffic, conversion and user experience.

Listen to “Website Navigation Matters [21]” on Spreaker.

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Jan

Lead Magnet Ideas, Titles and Templates to Capture More Leads

 

Lead magnet ideas titles and templates

I’ve been bringing you lessons about lead magnets because they’re critical for growing your email list.

I’m not done yet. I’m going to bring it in this one by offering a litany of ideas for lead magnets with titles and templates you can easily adapt to capture more leads from your website.

A quick review, if you missed the prior posts (and offers)…

I’m putting all this effort into helping you create and promote lead magnets because I feel so strong about the need to grow your email list and put the power of email marketing to work. Let’s face it: social media’s a bit slippery to rely on for lead generation and ranking on search is damn difficult for most—especially if you’re an early stage content creator.

Should either search, social, advertising, or any channel succeed in driving traffic to your site, you still lose the battle when visitors come and go without joining your list, getting in touch, trying or buying your product.

The bottom line is you need to give your visitors a reason to give you the keys to their inbox.

And that reason is…? Ultra-strength content… the keeper kind.

You need to offer content that beams from the screen the magic power it takes to get people to type their email address.

This is an exercise to help you crank out killer lead magnets

Our lead magnet creation class shall now commence. I’m glad you’re here. You’ll want to take notes, brainstorm with me, and definitely download the free Lead Magnets Template Kit.

The goal is to inspire powerful lead magnet ideas—featuring compelling titles and attractive covers—that go from being mine to being yours, in a short span of time.

The session will feature:

  • Lead magnet titles that have converted at a high rate for my company and clients.
  • Additional great lead magnet ideas from around the web.
  • Variations on the ideas to help kick start your next lead magnet.
  • And little in-article workshops or brainstorms to ignite the creative process.

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