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How to Blog Workshop February 20, 2015 in Los Angeles

by Jennifer Beever on January 20, 2015

what does blog meanA blog is an important marketing tactic for businesses and professionals who want to get found online for their products, services and expertise. In this workshop, you will learn how to blog, what makes a successful blog, and how to get results from your blog.

On Friday, February 20, 2015, New Incite is offering its new How to Blog for Business Results workshop in Los Angeles. At this two and a half hour workshop, you will learn how to plan your blog strategically, how to write blog posts with authenticity and credibility, what you need from a technology standpoint to make your blog successful, and how to promote and track results for your blog.

Who Should Attend?

The Blog for Business Results workshop is designed for business owners and professionals who want to add blogging to their marketing mix.

The workshop is limited to 15 people to ensure an intimate learning and networking environment, so reserve your spot today.

About the Workshop Presenter

Jennifer Beever has been getting marketing results for clients through search engine optimization, web sites and online marketing since 1998. Her blog, the B2B Marketing Traction Blog, received national recognition when it was listed as one of 20 B2B Marketing Blogs You Need To Read and is listed on Alltop.com, a site that selects the top news sources and blogs for a given topic. Jennifer began blogging in 2009 and saw first hand how the blog increased awareness of her expertise, drove more traffic to her website and made her phone ring! Jennifer takes a practical approach to marketing for her clients, fitting marketing tactics that are appropriate for each situation.

What Past Workshop Attendees Say about Jennifer Beever:

“Jennifer has a dynamic and engaging presentation style and a very practical approach for  how to use social media to get results.” Tom N., Manufacturing CEO

“Great job on presenting how to plan and implement a blog strategically so that you get found by prospects and by the search engines!” Mike M., Small Business Owner

“I love that Jennifer doesn’t makes us feel stupid like some marketing techies do. I always come away with new things I can implement immediately .” Barbara S., Financial Services Professional

For more information about how to blog and the workshop, please contact Jennifer Beever from New Incite today or register on our Eventbrite page. We look forward to your increased marketing success via blogging!

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5 Ways to Systematize your eNewsletter Production Process

by Jennifer Beever on January 19, 2015

GearsYour newsletter sent by email is still an important marketing tool for staying in front of customers and prospects. But how can you produce an interesting eLetter with fresh and compelling content with minimum time and effort?

I sent an email complimenting my colleague, Management Consultant Terry Schmidt, on his recent eNewsletter. I know Terry from my work on the board of the Association for Strategic Planning. He’s smart and creative, and I enjoy reading his news. Terry wrote back that he spends quite a bit of time on writing each issue and is looking for a way to systematize some of his key processes.

Here are 5 ways to systematize the process of planning, writing and producing your newsletter.

1. Make a template for newsletter content

Create some standards for what you will publish in each newsletter issue. This will help systematize your newsletter so you don’t have to “re-invent the wheel” every issue. For example, you might include some of the following:

  • A section that lists 3-5 headlines from your industry with a brief description of why the news is important.
  • A featured article related to your work, product or services.
  • A list of upcoming events.
  • Your top 3 blog posts, videos, slide decks, or other content published since the last issue.
  • A favorite recent photo, a recipe, a meaningful quote or a joke.

Set up your email template with each element in the same place each issue, so you don’t have to redesign the eLetter each time. Try to establish a target length for each element, so you don’t have to adjust your design each time.

2. Write articles and collect data for the next issue as you go

Keep a folder where you can jot down article ideas and other content to fit your template. I have an eNotebook on Evernote for my newsletter, because I’m trying to be paperless. The great thing about Evernote or other online folders is that you can access them from any where or any device, and you can share them with your support staff as necessary.

Get into a routine of writing for your website more frequently. Write each newsletter piece well before the newsletter is due and post them to your website as blog posts or article pages. When it’s time to publish your newsletter, you won’t have to both write everything and then also format and edit the eNewsletter.

3. Keep the Content Short (Depending on your Audience and Topic)

In general, people don’t read much today. I think it’s a sad state of affairs, but that’s the reality. Most don’t make time, and up and coming business people grew up in the video generation and are less apt to read lengthy articles. So, in general, you might consider keeping your articles brief and linking to more detail on your website if readers want more.

Just remember that the length of your eLetter and its articles should fit your audience and your topic. For example, if you are targeting the millennial generation, perhaps your eLetter can include some short blurbs and links to a variety of media. If you are targeting busy executives, consider having both articles they can read and podcasts they can listen to.

4. Publish your eLetter consistently.

Whether you have a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or weekly newsletter, try to publish it on the same day or same week every time. Remember that most eNewsletter utilities such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Vertical Response allow you to set up your newsletter in advance and schedule it for publication on a certain day. Don’t wait until the last day, hour or minute to get the newsletter done!

Watch the frequency of your newsletters. Publishing too often can degrade your quality and annoy your readers. I do not recommend a weekly newsletter unless you are sending short quotes, tips or links to which readers have opted in.

5. Engage an editor or newsletter support person.

If you are constantly pressed for time when it comes to the final editing, publishing and distributing your eLetter, outsource this process to a virtual assistant or marketing support person. You will still write the original content and have final approval before the newsletter goes out.

I hope this helps you produce a better eLetter more easily, with less time and effort. If you have other tips for systematizing eNewsletters, please add your comments below.

Do you need help with your marketing or eNewsletter production? New Incite provides writing, editing and production services so that you can focus on the day-to-day aspects of your business. Contact us today for more information.

Photo from Flickr by Sonny Abesamis. Some Rights Reserved.

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Mastering LinkedIn Workshop in Los Angeles January 23, 2015

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A good marketing consultant delivers solutions, implementation and results. But sometimes we have to  deliver some not-so-pleasant news to clients. Here are a few of the top “bad news” messages marketers have to deliver and how to present them as painlessly as possible. 1. Your baby’s ugly This is probably the number one most difficult […]

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The # 1 Reason B2B Marketing Fails (Hint: It’s Not Tactical)

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The 6 Most Common B2B Questions about Twitter

Learning to use Twitter can be perplexing, because it has it’s own language and coding. In this blog post I provide answers and how-to’s for the six most common questions B2B companies have about getting started on Twitter. 1. What is the difference between a # (hashtag) and the @ (at) signs? The answer is […]

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