40 Blog Posts That Will Make You Smarter, Better & More Efficient in 2016

40 Blog Posts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, More Efficient in 2016….(

I was recently asked my favorite influencers in the industry. Trying to recall a few (which even a year ago I could have spewed at least 100 of the industry’s top influencers), but quickly drew a blank. I began to ponder how in the world this could be. I am constantly reading, researching, and website/blog/social media account hopping.

It was instantly then, that I realized the one keyword… hopping. With the availability of sites like inbound.org , growthhackers.com, linkedin.com, reddit.com and the growing usage of specific hashtags on social channels (that then link to relevant content) — well the truth is, in 2015 I stopped following specific industry leader’s or blogs, and instead started following topics that peaked my interests.  A blog might have 1 killer post, but the rest could pretty much suck. So why waste your time visiting individual sites, or receiving emails of the latest posts

That aside; If you have an interest in inbound marketing and the various components that help produce great inbound campaigns, here are 40 blogposts that can help you bring your best to all you do in 2016.

Content Marketing

  1. 10 Steps Every Content Marketer Must Take In 2016, Heidi Cohen
  2. Planning Your 2016 Content Marketing Calendar, Duct Tape Marketing
  3. Content Marketing Grows Up: My 2016 Prediction, Ann Handley
  4. The Content Marketing Campaign Playbook – Guaranteeing Success in 2016, Moz
  5. Idea Sex: How New Yorker Cartoonists Generate 500 Ideas a Week, 99u
  6. Should you have a resources page on your blog?, BloggingTips
  7. 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer (Poster), Copyblogger
  8. 5 Free Market-Research Tools to Read Your Audience’s Minds (And Create Content to Delight Them), Kissmetrics

 SEO

  1.   Planning For SEO Success In 2016, Search Engine Land
    1. 7 Highly Effective SEO Tips for Bloggers, Sprout Social
    2. SEO Checklist 2016, IDFmarketing
    3. SEO & Link Building in 2016, webprofits
    4. SEO Predictions for 2016, emagine

     

    PPC

    1. 3 PPC Trends And Tactics You Can’t Ignore In 2016 , Search Engine Land
    2. PPC New Year’s Resolutions for 2016, ClixMarketing
    3. PPC Trends 2016: 24 Expert Predictions On Paid Search, Display & Retargeting, momentology
    4. 8 PPC Trends for 2016, Serps-Invaders
    5. Why Facebook Is A Bigger Ad Opportunity Than Google, AdEspresso

     

    Social Media

    1. 5 Ways to Re-Ignite Twitter Growth in 2016, Ignite Social Media
    2. 12 Best Facebook Marketing Tips (Sharpen Your Skills Today), Post Planner
    3. A Quick Guide to Visual Marketing on Facebook for 2016, Social Media Explorer
    4. How to Use Facebook’s Best Feature: Targeting, Contently
    5. 2016 Social Media Marketing Plan For Success, Heidi Cohen
    6. The Truth About Social Media Strategy, Convince and Convert

     

    Design

    1. Data-Driven Design Tips for Maximising Impact on Twitter, Canva DesignerSchool
    2. How to Find Images on Google You Can Reuse, RODAMarketing
    3. Be Careful About These 6 Web Design Trends in 2016, AWWWards
    4. 6 Web Design Trends You Must Know for 2015 & 2016, AWWWards
    5. Web Design Predictions for 2016: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Wix
    6. Top Web Design Trends To Watch In 2016, Forbes

     

    Email

    1. Retailers’ email volumes rise in Q3 and so do open rates, Internet Retailer
    2. Best Email Marketing Services for 2016, The Simple Dollar
    3. Email Marketing & Video in 2016 – All You Need To Know, Business2Community
    4. Email Marketing Trends in 2016, Keywords+Jargon
    5. 8 Ways to Improve Your Call-To-Action Copy to Get More Subscribers, AWeber

     

    General Digital Marketing Tips

    1. Stop Marketing Like It’s 2012, Gary Vaynerchuk
    2. The Dangerous Myth of the Magical Tool, Copyblogger
    3. Top 3 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 (Which You Should Be Starting in 2015), Impress1
    4. The one thing keeping your marketing from being successful, YourMarketingCo
    5. 7 Inbound Marketing Trends You Need To Stay Ahead of the Curve, Impact

     

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The Power of One – by Blair Pettrey

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If you don’t already, you need to subscribe, follow, read and watch Gary Vaynerchuk on anything and everything.
(In no way am I being paid, reimbursed, bribed, or anything else to tell you that! I’m merely trying to tell you FOLLOW THIS AMAZING MAN if you want AMAZING inbound marketing tips, digital marketing tips, personal branding tips, etc.!)

I know for me, personally, I hit a link – a blog – a website – and if it’s informative enough, or seems ‘hip’ enough – I’ll usually follow through on their immediate ‘call to action’ (as every inbound site of course has, right?) and give them my email address, and subscribe to their newsletter. By the 2nd round of emails (if I even make it past the first email they send) – I’m 99% likely to hit that unsubscribe button. While they drew me in enough to get me to give them my email – they have failed to hold my interest. Whether it’s because their emails are boring, they failed to correctly personalize (i.e. my experience with Ebates.com), or whatever reason – VERY FEW newsletters that I sign up for, do I ever read the first – even fewer make it past the 2nd email.

Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the VERY few that passed that test.

In fact – even my ‘marketing idol’ (inbound marketing hero? Digital marketing expert? Whatever you want to call the amazing Seth Godin); I don’t subscribe to his emails.

I digress.

The amazing Gary Vee recently sent an email out… sharing an old video he once did, titled ‘One is Greater than Zero‘.  If you haven’t watched it; watch it now!

But this is something I have been ‘doing, believing, and preaching’ for years. Because while I measure everything (after all, I’m an inbound marketer!), I purposefully do not focus on the amount of views or leads or comments or shares or retweets or bounces or anything on my own personal domain. Because, I know that whatever I am doing? It’s working. It may not be going viral – but it is helping those who may not know much about digital or inbound (i.e. my most successful posts have been the ones where I wrote merely tips to help businesses grow; i.e. 6 Steps to Organically Growing Your Social Media Following or (Competitor) Ignorance Ain’t Bliss Honey… or What is “Inbound Marketing” aka – “Sell Me This Pen” or Stalking Not Necessary… How to Stay on Top of Your Competition!) I didn’t write those to attract, or count, or convert or build an empire – I wrote those merely to share and help others. Others who may never become clients. Others who may never spend $1 with me. But I wrote it for them – and not for my own purpose, not for my own numbers, not for my own gains. And yet, those (and other similar blog posts) are the reasons I’ve landed new clients. Are the reason I’ve attracted employers and opportunities that I thought were “way out of my league”.

And yet – I write other posts – where only 1 person reads it; and they even bounce. Or I get 10 visitors, and only 1 comment. Or I get no comments.

But I still write.

Because ‘The Power of ONE’ is influence enough. Maybe that ‘one’ will become my next huge client. Maybe that ‘one’ will refer someone to my blog, or to me. OR maybe, just maybe that ‘one’ was about to give up on their business – on their own success and growth – and instead learned something unique and valuable enough to help keep them going.

Don’t write or create content merely for the numbers. I promise you – if what you share is valuable – you will get more than 1. But even if you write the most AMAZING blog post, even if you create the most AMAZING video, graphic, ebook, etc – and it only gets 1 view/click/download – you never who that ‘one’ is.

And ONE is GREATER than ZERO!

Reality of SEO…

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80% of people don’t look past the top 3 results on Google, 90% don’t look past page 1.

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The Secret to Inbound Marketing

When times are tough and things are confusing – I am grateful for the resources I have to reach out to… Bill Faeth of “Inbound Marketing Agents” has been a constant source of inspiration and reminder of what it takes to succeed…. The best advice received? “Outwork everyone else. Focus. Figure out how to increase your efficiency in everything you do.”‪#‎inboundmarketing‬ ‪#‎digitalmarketing‬ ‪#‎progress‬ ‪#‎alwaysmovingforward‬‪#‎JustMOVE‬ ‪#‎justSTART‬ ‪#‎justDOit‬

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Facebook’s New ‘Call to Action’ Button!

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Blair Pettrey, BlairPettrey, Inbound Marketing Maryland, Inbound Marketing DC, Inbound Marketing Virginia, Facebook Call to Action, Facebook Call to ACtion ButtonIn case you live under a rock – and I admit, I am delayed in the amazingness – Facebook has recently introduced (in a slow roll out, sadly none of the pages I administer have it implemented yet…) a “call to action” option.

Blair Pettrey, BlairPettrey, Inbound Marketing Maryland, Inbound Marketing DC, Inbound Marketing VirginiaLocated next to where a potential fan would typically ‘like’ your page, you can now add 1 of 7 new ‘Call to Actions’:

  • Book Now
  • Contact Us
  • Use App
  • Play Game
  • Shop Now
  • Sign Up
  • Watch Video

As a huge conversion & lead generation lover – this brings yet another way for Facebook to help you rock your marketing funnels and gain information and potentially help you bypass steps in the funnel you would have had to cross bridges with social media prior.

To add the ‘Call to Action’ you visit your page’s cover photo section, and it will be located next to the “like” option. As I mentioned, I haven’t received access to the exciting tool yet – but Facebook promises it will be rolled out worldwide by the end of the year. (Ha!)

Have your page received the ‘Call to Action’ button yet? How are you utilizing it and what gains have you seen because of it? Leave a comment with your experience