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7 Tips to Get Media Attention for Your Blog



As much as we all want to be linked to and referenced by other blogs, there is both a great deal of credibility and attention that still comes from being mentioned in the mainstream media. Whether it’s a small-town newspaper or a huge magazine, the attention, as long as it is positive, never hurts.

But getting the attention of journalists is a difficult task. On a crowded Web, how does a blog stand out? Well there are a lot of things that you can do to make yourself a more likely target for an interview, but there are no silver bullet answers.

Instead, you should focus on putting yourself out there and making yourself available and appealing to reporters. Here are a few things that you can do to help your site along.

1. Do Something Newsworthy

This one seems obvious but if you do something newsworthy you will be more likely to get the attention of the news media. Even something as small as a ground-breaking article can be the cause for a media buzz around your site. It make take some more, but if you do something unique and exciting, you can get yourself plugged both on and off the Web.

Often times people do things that are newsworthy, such as charity drives, but never promote them. So it is important not just to actively be seeking out activities that may be worthy of a mention, but to work and get the word out.

2. Be an Expert

The other, more passive route, is to be an expert at something. Anything.

When you’re an expert on a topic, as media members seek to write articles about issues related to your topic, they will often call upon you for comment, promoting you and your site along the way.

However, you can be an expert on just about anything and at least some publication will likely have an interest in you. For example, I’ve been a plagiarism consultant for about five years and am often asked to comment on copyright and plagiarism-related cases. However, if one were an expert in lemon cakes, for example, cooking magazines and TV shows would likely seek them out routinely for their pieces.

The key is that when you are an expert on a topic, the publications related to your field will be the ones to seek you out. That works out well as they are most likely the ones catering to your intended audience.

3. Read HARO

David covered the HARO email list back in September but it bears repeating as it is such a valuable tool.

When you sign up for the email list, you’ll receive several messages per day that contains requests from reporters. These requests are extremely varied both in terms of what they need, where the reporters are from and the types of publications they write for.

You need to skim the lists carefully as they arrive, the reporters are almost always on a tight deadline, and then, if you find one that fits you (and it must fit you well or it will be tossed as junk), send them an email with your basic info and contact information.

It’s a great way to both help reporters build their story (which is what the list is really about, please do not forget that) but also a means to give you some publicity.

4. Start Small

Don’t expect the New York Times and CNN to be calling you on the phone right away. Unless you are part of some huge national story, at which point you don’t need help getting media attention, they likely won’t turn to you first.

Instead, start small. Focus first on blogs and trade publications. Then start working with local newspapers and smaller magazines and keep building your reputation until you can realistically get an audience with a larger publication.

Building your reputation, both online and off, is a tedious process but it is one that is worthwhile as it is the only way to building a lasting name for yourself.

5. Forget Press Releases

Though sites like PR Newswire tout the benefits of press releases, they don’t seem to do a lot of good unless you are a major company or have a name that truly stands out.

News organizations are flooded with press releases every day and the vast, vast majority are trashed without even being read and, of the few that are read, almost none get any coverage. Putting out a press release on the various distribution sites is, most likely, a waste of time and energy.

The better approach is to both use the HARO list and to make good contacts in the relevant news industry and contact people directly when you have news they might be interested in.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of social media to this end. Reporters read Twitter and other social news sites as well so getting your work on those places for relevant keywords may be a huge boon.

6. Be Available

Remember that reporters are always working on tight deadlines so it is important to be available and be flexible. Keep on top of your email and consider, if necessary, having a separate account for press inquiries. Be available by email and phone as well as IM if possible.

You don’t want to miss an opportunity to be interviewed because you forgot to check your mail or missed a call. Simply put, especially with hurried stories, sometimes the person who gets the mention is the one who was available when the reported needed them.

7. Be Realistic

Finally, and most importantly, remember that a reporter’s job is to cover the news, not to give you publicity. Not every interview results in you being in an article and not every article makes it to press/air anyway. Of the interviews I’ve given over the years, about 2/3 have resulted in a mention, most fairly minor. Only a handful were focused on me in any major way.

If you go with the flow and accept that some stories will be crushed for reasons out of your control, the odds are the reporter will know to call you again and pass your information on to others. If you burn bridges by complaining or making demands, you’ll just have your contact information tossed.

You will get much farther working with reporters than getting mad at them.

Bottom Line

There’s no real magic to getting mentioned in the mainstream media. Sometimes it takes dumb luck, such as a story to break thats in your field, but most of it is good old-fashioned networking.

Talk to people, make friends and build contacts both in your blogging circle and beyond. If you do that you’ll eventually be able to get the word out about what you’re doing and have others turn to your for your expertise.

But more than just a means to get media attention, it’s good blogging practice in general. It helps you grow your audience and your prestige naturally over time. Even if you never get a mention in a newspaper, you’ll still be a better and more important blogger.

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10 Strategies to Ensure a Strong ROI on Your Email List in 2019



Even in today’s world of countless digital communication channels, email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to reach current and potential customers. When done correctly, building and maintaining an email list can yield a high return on investment. Do it wrong, though, and you risk alienating subscribers and wasting your time, energy and resources.

So how can you ensure that your email marketing efforts pay off? To find out, we asked members of Young Entrepreneur Council the following:

Email lists can be quite a potent tool, but they’re not always worth the investment. What step is crucial for making sure the email list you’re preparing to build will generate a strong return on investment?

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Here’s what they advise:

1. Give Subscribers What They Want

Email software programs can be very expensive, especially when you hit 10,000 monthly subscribers. The best way to generate a decent return on investment is by giving subscribers what they want and providing value, whether it’s an exclusive promotion or a great piece of tip-driven content.

Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Creative Development Agency, LLC

2. Build a Funnel

You can get immediate ROI from an email list if you build it with a sales funnel designed to pay for the cost to acquire the email. This funnel walks people through a series of offers that are very valuable to them and allows them to purchase immediately. Then create promotional calendar to give them more value and offers, so they stay on your list and continue to give ROI. – Monica Snyder, Birdsong

3. Use Gated Content

High-quality gated content attracts the right subscribers. You want subscribers who are interested in what you sell, and publishing content valuable to that niche is an excellent way to qualify leads. It can be expensive — good content costs money to create and promote — but you’re far more likely to attract subscribers who convert than with less focused methods of building a list.

Vik Patel, Future Hosting

4. Use Triggered Emails

To boost the ROI of your email marketing, use triggered emails. Triggered emails are automatically sent to subscribers when they take a certain action. So, if a customer abandons their shopping cart you can send a triggered email right away to convince them to return to buy. Triggered emails will allow you to message subscribers at the perfect time so they’ll be more likely to take action.

Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights

5. Hire a Talented Copy Writer

An email list is only valuable if it generates sales either directly or indirectly for your business. The most effective tool for consistently generating sales via email lists is good copy writing and a deep understanding of the psychology of your subscriber base. A good copy writer will be an expert at this and help you to squeeze every dollar out of your list by keeping open rates high.

Justin Faerman, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine

6. Make It Easy to Sign Up

Have a simple to use, easy to find page where people can sign up for your list on your website. Don’t hide it or make it difficult to find; it should be rather obvious.

Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

7. Segment Your List

Email marketing can generate up to $44 for every $1 spent, which is among the highest ROI you can find in marketing. It’s the one channel where you retain complete control of your brand and core message. So it’s critical that you have a healthy email list, which is organically sourced (no purchased lists!), and segmented so you can send relevant content to specific groups of subscribers.

Ismael Wrixen, FE International

8. Maintain It

Building an email list is imperative, but it can get out of hand very quickly. Many people have more than one email, which might be hard to keep track of. You want to make sure your email list is updated with the most current email of your leads and customers. Also, be sure to remove any duplicates. This can skew your estimates and reports, which can affect your conversions and business strategy.

Reuben Yonatan, GetVoIP

9. Keep It Small and Niche

We create small email list of very targeted audience, generally based upon the industry, geolocation and job title. This allows us to target them with very specific messages. These email list works out better than larger lists. We have been doing it for the last four years and we have learned that smaller lists have better ROI than larger ones.

Piyush Jain, SIMpalm

10. Build High-Quality Lead Lists

Having the best email drip campaign will not get you the results you need when the messaging does not resonate with your leads. If the lead lists are also low quality, then that will be an issue. Always build highly targeted lead lists based on your ideal customer profile and have them verified by your sales development rep or outsourced SDR team before sending your emails. Once verified, you won’t waste money.

David Henzel, TaskDrive

f you enjoyed this expert round-up article, I recommend you also take a look at our latest how to start a blog article, with advice and tips from over 82 different experts around the world.

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Traditional Marketing vs Digital Marketing: Which is Better in 2019?



Out of all businesses, 83% claim digital marketing works for them. When it comes to traditional marketing vs digital marketing, which is better?

People think traditional marketing works better than online marketing. It’s still easier to determine your ROI (return on investment) with digital marketing.

Here’s what you should know about digital marketing vs traditional marketing:

Traditional Marketing vs Digital Marketing 101

What is traditional marketing?

Traditional marketing uses offline advertising and promotions. This includes television, billboards, telephone calls, and radio. Print ads, direct mail, promotional gifts, and brochures are also popular methods.

Digital marketing happens online. It uses images, videos, and custom content. SEO marketing makes this content easy to find on search engines.

Don’t forget about social media marketing. You control who sees your ads with digital marketing. Digital ads then appear on social media feeds and websites.

Pros of Traditional Marketing

Traditional marketing connects with consumers. It exposes your product/service to new audiences.

Traditional advertisements make strong brand impressions.
Consumers remember print ads better. The same goes for commercials.

Brochures are easy. Use free flyer templates to make custom flyers.

Cons of Traditional Marketing

Traditional marketing costs more money. After all, you make advertisements using materials.

There’s no interaction with consumers. You also can’t measure engagement.

It’s hard to determine an ROI with traditional vs digital marketing.

Traditional marketing has limited reach. It’s good for reaching local consumers. Digital ads reach people all over the world.

Measuring engagement is easier online. So is reaching target demographics. You can also connect with consumers easier.

Digital Marketing Madness

Digital marketing is taking the world by storm. You reach more people with digital marketing than with traditional market tactics.

With digital marketing, you’re placing your brand into a consumer’s daily life. The majority of people spend time online. Television viewership and magazine readership are declining.

It’s a better option for a smaller budget. Unlike traditional marketing, you pay as you go along with your campaign. There’s less financial risk involved with digital marketing.

It’s easier to attract, identify, and generate leads on social media. Social media campaign metrics tell you exactly how many people engage with your ads. These metrics tell you which ads are most effective and which ones aren’t.

It’s also easier to customize digital ads for specific demographics. Digital ads usually don’t need physical materials. You only need visual content and quality copy to make effective digital ads.

Online marketing lets you engage with consumers easier. You can respond to tweets and other social media posts. This makes consumers feel a more personal connection with your brand.

Consumers can also give you direct feedback about your service/product/ads online.

Embrace The Digital Marketing Trend

Out of all marketers, only 61% believe their marketing strategy works best. In the battle between traditional marketing vs digital marketing, digital marketing is winning.

Only 22% of businesses are satisfied with their conversion rates. It’s true: traditional marketing also generates leads and conversions. Still, leads and conversions are easier to track with digital marketing.

Boost your business by learning more about social media. Your brand will thank you for it.

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The Top 3 Promotional Items Your Business Should Be Using



When it comes to promoting your blog or brand, handing out promotional items is one of the most effective ways to do it. People love free stuff. If you give them something useful for free, they’ll love you, too. This also works well for branding yourself as an expert, or showing off your best content and expertise through your blog.

And each time they use your useful product, they see your brand name. This repetition will leave your brand imprinted in their memory.

While there are many ways to purchase company schwag and bags with your brand name on them, some products will have better success than others. For example, if you’ve ever been to an affiliate or marketing conference, just take a look at the tables that are getting all the attention, and people are flocking to for the free gifts.

Making sure you have a great exhibit it also key. Imagine having one like the Avengers Infinity War showcase below?! This would really wow your audience and leave a lasting impression.

So what are the top promo items to give out at the next trade show? Read on to find out.

Runners Up: Pens and Flash Drives

Before we get to the top 3, promo pens and flash drives deserve honorable mention. Both are cheap and extremely useful. And both can be customized in really cool ways.

Though they’ve been around a long time, flash drives have many benefits that are still relevant today. But as useful and appreciated as flash drives are, their use has declined since the introduction of cloud storage technology.

Promo pens are the most common promotional item. There are many creative ways to distribute them even outside the trade show setting. Entire volumes can be written about using promo pens to market your business.

But let’s face it: no one at the trade show will be excited about pens. And even the coolest pen won’t last longer than a year.

Still, promo pens and flash drives (and flash drive pens!) are a decent cheap option. But they’re not the best.

The following items, however, are sure to wow trade show attendees and get lots of use for a long, long time.

1. Mobile Device Chargers With Power Banks

Device chargers are super useful items that your attendees will use every day. These will be very much appreciated. BUT, if you’re not careful, handing out chargers can backfire for a couple reasons.

For one, you can buy these for a dollar. That means your attendees may already have 3 of them. For two, your trade show may have 3 other booths handing out chargers.

If you’re handing out chargers alone, be competitive. Make sure they are the high-quality ones and not the super-cheap kind.

Better yet, one-up everyone at the trade show by handing out fully-charged, portable power banks with your chargers. These babies make your promo chargers immediately useful.

Anyone at the trade show with a dead phone battery can connect to one of your power banks on the spot and get a few more hours of use.

These will be very appreciated. And it’s doubtful anyone has “too many” power banks.

2. Reusable Water Bottles

Why not be super helpful and environmentally-friendly? Thirsty trade show attendees need to stay hydrated. With reusable water bottles, you’re filling a need and reducing plastic waste.

It will do well for your conscience and your image to do good to the environment. And you can set up refill stations so people keep coming back to your booth. Besides, these are a really great item to hand out anywhere, not just at trade shows.

3. T-Shirts

If you’re anything like us, you’ve never turned down a free shirt. Even if it’s not your favorite, you can still use it as pajamas, workout clothes, even drying your car after a wash.

Plus, we apparently don’t throw them out. A study by the Advertising Specialty Institute found that T-shirts are the most-owned promotional item in the U.S.

But if you really want to steal the show, be awesome. That is, get creative and funny and pump out a variety of fun, branded shirts people will actually enjoy.

You can even set up a laptop with a camera and a printer to make personalized photo shirts. You can also allow attendees to use photos from their phone.

These fun shirts will cost the same as the lame ones you were planning to make, anyway. And, as we said, they will be used regardless.

Steal the Trade Show With These Promotional Items

Do you want to waste time and money pushing unpopular promo items nobody wants? Or do you want to show up with the best promotional items at the trade show and wow attendees and competitors alike? The choice is yours, but we really suggest you choose the latter.

Use these top promo products at your next trade show for the win!

Now check out 11 Brand Building Basics For Entrepreneurs.

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