19 Strategies That’ll Help You Become an Influencer

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Interest in influencer marketing has skyrocketed 90x since 2013 . And I hesitate to pat myself on the back, but I’m recognized as an influencer in the digital marketing space. But how? Why? In this article, we’ll go over how I became one and how to become an influencer in your own field. 1. Start by Becoming an Influencer in a Niche Field The reason you need a niche is to start out as a micro influencer in your particular niche. Micro influencers create powerful word of mouth to small groups. They don’t have the followings of a Kardashian, but they’re much cheaper and can still reach enough people to make a difference in product sales. What’s more: research shows they generate double the sales of paid ads and with a 37% higher customer retention rate. It’s not enough to just pick the field you want to influence. Take my case for example. Digital marketing is a broad topic, and I didn’t get to the top by focusing solely on a broad keyword. I started in the trenches of SEO before learning content marketing , conversion rate optimization, influencer marketing, social media marketing , and more. I worked hard. to get to nearly 300k Twitter followers . One day you might get to 300k followers too; but to become an influencer, you have to start with one. Start as the expert among your friends and peers. Work toward being the expert in your city and state. Then become an influencer from there. 2. Create a Content Strategy Once you have a niche, it’s time to build your content strategy. Content strrategy can be a vague concept, but for the purposes of this post, we mean things like publishing cadence, tone and voice of the author, and content elements (text, graphs, etc.). Even the Content Marketing Institute concedes there is no template for this, because every person and brand’s needs and goals are different. The Usability.gov website has a handy chart to get started . For my content strategy, I have strict goals I set for myself to create a set amount of social posts on each network while maintaining blog quality and working on side projects. I also made sure I use the same conversational tone and voice in my content (can you tell?) Not terribly hard right? Once you’re armed with this information, you can select your channels. 3. …

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What are Influencers: Types, Examples & How Much They Make

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Although the concept only appeared a few years ago, everyone today knows what an “influencer” is. They are experts within a specific community who endorse or review products, software, or even thoughts within their field of expertise. Others in the community look to them when making their own purchasing choices. Influencers yield a lot of power. If you can get an influencer to endorse your product or brand, you can tap into the audience at the influencer’s disposal, which may be far more vast than your own following. Influencer marketing, then, is the field of marketing in which influencers are paid (via cash or other incentives) to promote a brand or product. Let’s explore how you can create this type of campaign. Part 1: What Is an Influencer? Now that word of mouth recommendations and criticisms spread through social media faster than fire in a dry field, influencers are more …

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How to Buy Twitter Followers (Real Ones!)

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Twitter hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to the new social media landscape. Facebook and messaging apps have been crushing the social media platform on paper. But, Twitter isn’t a ghost town. It has over 330 million active monthly users! Participating on Twitter is a lot more fruitful than you think. It’s an audience that can’t be ignored. I regularly tweet and use my Twitter account to promote my blog posts and other content. I’m up to 378,000 followers. It’s an audience worth paying attention to, even if only a small percentage can see any given tweet. Of course, you have to build a following, and Twitter is a much different experience for those who don’t have followers. Buying followers is a common practice, but it doesn’t work the way you think. Third-party services often sell fake followers. These may look impressive, but they don’t work. You’ll also get banned …

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How to Leverage Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions

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In the not so distant past, I embarked on a journey to grow NeilPatel.com to 100,000 blog readers . At the end of every month, I shared my traffic stats and the changes I’d made. That storytelling strategy went on to help my blog reach over 100,000 views a month — in only about eight months. As marketers, we use storytelling to help make our ideas stick. We create stories to help prospects understand our products, use company stories to build trust and transparency with consumers, and include stories in sales pitches to help persuade. Why does it work? Competition in native advertising and social media marketing is fierce. And, the rate at which great content is being produced and published on the web and across the media channels is expanding. Our readership is drowning. Most people scan web content, looking for something that stands out. If they don’t find …

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10 Free Google Tools All Content Marketers Should Use

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If you consider yourself a content marketing professional, there’s a good chance you already use Google tools the make your life easier. But regardless of how much experience you have and the results you’ve achieved in the past, you know there are always new ways to boost your performance. Social media, just the right keyword tool, Google’s Keyword Planner, honing your search term — these things can all have a big impact on your volume and your success as a content marketing pro. Many people look at Google and see nothing more than a search engine. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to see your website at the top of the search engine giant’s results, you can’t ignore the process for reaching this goal. When it comes to content marketing, the tools you use, and the strategies you employ will greatly impact the end result. It doesn’t matter if you’re …

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20 Secrets to Boost Your Facebook Organic Reach

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Facebook organic reach is down. Way down. In the past, posting a link on your Facebook or Instagram page could drive hundreds of clicks. Not any more. Social media referrals have stagnated around 5 percent of all traffic for years . The average Facebook post will reach just over 5 percent of your followers. The encouraging news is social media reach is still massive. There are more than 3.5 billion active social media users . But reaching that massive audience is harder than ever before. What’s the answer? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in this article. Let’s get started. What Exactly Is Organic Reach On Facebook Organic reach is the number of people who see your content without paid distribution. It includes people who are shown your posts in their own feed or because their friends have interacted with you. Paid reach is the people who see your content as …

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How to Double Your YouTube Subscribers (Without Buying Them)

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Every minute, 500 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. With that much competition, you might have counted yourself out and accepted that getting enough Youtube subscribers isn’t worth the effort. But what if you’re making a social media mistake ? What if you could break through the noise and become popular on YouTube? One of the best ways of measuring popularity on YouTube is by looking at the number of subscribers. The more subscribers you have, the more you can consistently achieve high view counts on your videos. Not everyone who is uploading a video to YouTube has laid out a strategy that will allow them to increase subscriber numbers, which leads some to buy YouTube subscribers — which is a huge mistake. When you buy YouTube subscribers, many of those accounts are fake. Even if they are real people, they are unlikely to engage with your content and …

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25 Social Media Tools That Experts Use to Streamline Their Marketing

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With more than 3.6 billion social media users worldwide, social media marketing cannot be ignored. Savvy marketers know social media is a vital part of every marketing campaign. For businesses, every social media platform is an opportunity to engage with their target audience. Even marketing stars know that strategizing and managing even a few social networks can be overwhelming without the right management social media tools in place. Consider this: 60 percent of company mentions on Twitter occur when you aren’t in the office. 64 percent of consumers expect real-time responses from brands they mention on social media. 40 percent of users expect brands to respond within the first hour of reaching out , and 79 percent expect a response within 24 hours. 54 percent of people on social media use it to research products . How can you keep up with your Twitter account when you haven’t even checked …

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How to Find Your Target Audience

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When I first started out in marketing, I thought traffic was everything. I wanted to be as big as companies like HubSpot . Just look at the image above and you’ll see how many visitors they are getting. They generate 29.61 million visitors a month from 11.74 million people. And those visitors produce roughly 10 billion dollars of market cap . Now, let’s look at NeilPatel.com. Can you guess how many visitors I’m getting each month? I’m generating roughly 8.717 million visitors a month from 3.616 million people. When you look at it from a unique visitor perspective, HubSpot is getting 3.24 times more unique visitors than me. So, in theory, I should be worth roughly 3 times less than them, right? Well, technically I’m not even worth 1/10th of them. Not even close. Why is that? It’s because I didn’t go after the right target audience, while HubSpot did. …

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The Top Skincare Marketing Tips to Boost Your Beauty Brand

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The skincare space makes over $17 million in revenue each year, and it’s expected to grow by 5.3% annually. And as people stay home more, the desire for self-care products, including skincare, continues to expand. This may make it the perfect time for brands to take a hard look at their skincare marketing strategies and seize on this growth. That’s exactly what Skincare by Alana did. Founder Alana Mitchell already had $3 million in annual revenue, but she knew there was room for improvement. So, she signed up with a full-service marketing and SEO solution with my digital marketing agency. With guided content marketing, link-building, and influencer marketing, she increased her revenue by 150%. In this article, I’ll take you through steps you can take to improve your skincare marketing strategy using examples from Skincare by Alana and other beauty industry leaders. Step 1: Make Some Skincare Marketing Technical Improvements …

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How to Build an Email Marketing List as Quickly as Possible

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Email marketing isn’t as trendy as it used to be, but it remains a consistent source of leads and eventual customers for many marketing agencies and businesses. Successful email campaigns rely on robust email marketing lists. This guide walks you through the best tips in the business for growing your email list and getting the most out of your leads. 1. Content Upgrades Content upgrades could be the difference between your blog post converting at 6% and converting at 60%. Upgrading content involves: Writing a blog post Creating a piece of content that goes more in-depth on the post’s topic Offering readers of your blog post the option to receive the upgraded content in exchange for their email This strategy is brilliant in its simplicity. Your readers have already expressed interest in a topic by clicking through to the blog post. Why not take advantage of their interest by offering …

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