WebDAM’s Brand Connect shatters industry with visual content management features

Shutterstock's WebDam is a highly effective content management system that allows teams to work remotely in a collaborative platform.

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It’s been a week since the release of WebDAM’s latest features to their brand management solution, Brand Connect. On Tuesday, May 3, Examiner sat down with Jody Vandergriff, Co-Founder and CEO of WebDAM, to find out more about this game-changing platform and how it not only affects marketing teams and designers, but how it’s creating impact for the enterprise with individual contributors all over the globe!

As globalization takes over the business world, the standard multinational organization is finding itself competing with scalable business structures that have centralized headquarters and thousands of work-at-home contributors. Some of these companies don’t even have a central headquarter location. The multinational now has to work in double time, making sure that overheads are covered in each location, while innovating to protect their position in the marketplace and keeping with consistency across the board.

But, guess what? WebDAM, a Shutterstock company, has now created a solution that just may put them at greater odds against one another.

If you remember, WebDAM released a Fifty Shades of Branding SlideShare last year to introduce their Brand Connect platform. We even covered it here. Since its release, WebDAM has been working extra hard to expand upon feedback from the initial release and provide better solutions that service remote teams. The solution was to create a social branding platform to engage multidisciplinary teams and cross-departmental groups in conversation over branding and deliverables.

Towards the end of 2015, we have learned that many organizations are integrating WebRTC, a form of Unified Communications, in creating seamless production amongst their cross-continental teams. WebDAM is no different, as they encourage communications between team members by providing better tools for conversation and collaboration. Their new platform features e-mail, instant messaging and more.

The efficiency of WebDAM’s new features is priceless, and this launch has been the biggest one yet. For example, Embargo Dates and Image Carousels synchronize the release of materials, based on roles, privacy settings and location-based specifics. What’s even better than this is the fact that anything released through the Image Carousel can be released cross-platform and distributed to specific sites, on specific dates and in specific cities or countries!

This is very important, because it eliminates the need to create and recreate multiple codes that display a mixture of shared and unique-to-site imagery. In fact, there will be little need to ever change the code – unless a web property is being redesigned – and even then, the code will still never have to change. This is visual content management at its finest!

It is to be noted that with video becoming one of the fastest growing content assets, this platform is completely capable of managing video, as well. This is important, as so many websites rely on videos to better tell their brand’s story or to sell a product.

Allowing social functionality, team members and decision makers all get to join in the design process. They will be able to better explain what works, what doesn’t work and what should be implemented to cater to specific demographics and location-based populations. This is done in real time and across various platforms. This means that Johnny-on-the-Go will be interacting from his mobile device, while Stationary Sally makes changes in Australia from her desktop computer.

The “collective wisdom” in asset management is becoming very popular, because it better cultivates a corporate vision, especially across territories and amongst those who may never meet each other face-to-face, allowing for the design process to be maximized and project management to be completely streamlined to ensure clients are continuously receiving projects on time, on task and on budget.

In fact, companies may opt to include their clients within the platform, keeping them involved in the design process every step of the way. This saves time and also ensures higher rates of satisfaction to the end user.

The new features are set up in a visual style guide and mood board scenario. Textures, visuals, colors, fonts… They are all displayed in such a fashion that not only harvests productivity, but they will also inspire. Stakeholders now have influence.

“Usually, when creatives are distributed to teams and client brands, they are distributed through a .PDF file in the form of a style guide. We are changing all of this and making things easier for teams, especially those spread out geographically,” states Jody Vandergriff.

“Many companies are struggling to manage their brands in this new digital environment,” she continues “They rely on static brand guidelines in PDF documents that become outdated quickly, and distribute creative assets through network servers or cloud storage that put an immense burden on marketing teams to approve and fulfill requests. Brand Connect and these newly launched features equip teams with smarter, simpler technology built for digital marketing.”

A smart solution for cloud-based systems, building, organizing and distributing brand assets and guidelines, the automation speaks for itself. But, everyone wants to know about the analytics. How well is this platform performing?

In the previous release of the platform, analytics were spread across social channels and web domains. It was the essential brand management platform. The upgraded version allows “graphic details that display key measures and trends to better understand asset feedback and use.” Analytics have better allowed us to understand the external details of our brands – but what about the internal stakeholder? WebDAM has allowed us to access these details and find out what our team members really think – whether they admit it or not.

In Marketing and in Branding, design is a must. Visually appealing platforms keep us on our toes and force us to be better creators. Decision makers can privately discuss marketing collateral and content distribution. Once a decision has been reached, they can send those assets directly through the channels of their choice – saving time and manpower in the process. Because content needs to be pushed out to each network only once, hosting is cut dramatically, especially in the case of large content, as it is now integrated into various web properties from one location

Discoveries allow for detailed information, relating to tools, that can be used and how to use them. Guidelines are displayed to teach stakeholders where creatives can be used and shared. Basically, this centralized “location” better dictates to teams the “can dos” and “can’t dos” in each brand campaign.

Project management has also been made easier, as various workflows are supported within the platform, itself. Dates for submission and deadlines for publication are set in stone — but are also customizable. User profiles allow each team member to be unique, while able to be grouped and assigned tasks. There is a persona behind each set of keys. Products will be introduced, and product releases can be better managed through product management strategies within the workflow process.

Finally, WebDAM has partnered with some pretty amazing organizations and mainstream media companies to provide the optimal experience to each user of this platform. Fully integrating, WebDAM has partnered with companies, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud to allow in-the-cloud editing. Using a program such as InDesign, users will find that assets are directly pulled into the system. Creative content can be moved directly from the desktop and into the cloud – or in reverse. Layers can be saved automatically to the cloud, while the entire project is accessible cross-platform.

WebDAM has partnered with other great companies, such as Box, WordPress and Drupal, to allow similar functionality. Soon, WebDAM will be releasing information on their new partnerships and will only further enhance content management experiences, driving industry change even further. Companies that utilize proprietary information will be happy to note that WebDAM has also made allowances for customizable API utilization.

Changing the game for marketers, brand managers, content developers and product owners, WebDAM continues to amaze us with their innovations. They have taken the business out of the business and allow us to become more creative. We have been hindered in such an evolved world that some of us have forgotten how to be creative. This is not only shifting industries, but it is opening our minds.

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WebDAM sets the ground rules and gives you ‘Fifty Shades of Branding’

Fifty Shades of Branding | Shutterstock's WebDam hits the ground running, sets the rules.

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On Friday, February 13, 2015, theaters everywhere released the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, a motion picture derived from a novel with a taboo storyline. In the Marketing World, WebDAM, the leading Digital Asset Management software continues powering a new era for enterprise as they released their own “Fifty Shades” project… “Fifty Shades of Branding.”

In “letting your brand go” wild, “Fifty Shades of Branding” gives insight into Branding secrets, new and old, while explaining how and why a brand needs to allure their audiences by showing off its sexy! They have released “the best practices and inspirational statistics to unleash your brand in today’s modern world,” as introduced in a SlideShare presentation, provided to Examiner by WebDAM upon the release of this project.

WebDAM wants you to realize that no matter who you are and what you do, someone will talk negatively about your brand. As a matter of fact, “There are 2.1 million negative social mentions about brands in the United States alone, every single day.” While it is true that one negative comment is twice as damaging to a brand than no comments at all, you must learn to let go of control and set your brand free.

Set your brand free and use your creativity to attract new potential consumers. They suggest doing so through alluring visuals meant to intrigue your audiences. If you think about this point, it is very valid. After all, this isn’t that every time we are on social media, it is the memes and videos that get re-shared over and over again?

You have probably seen the same visuals re-shared over time and began to realize that these visuals are often coming from the same source. These clips and memes have become viral. Awareness has been found. And, the brand attached has become known for this media piece.

There are times, however, that these media pieces are being re-shared by someone not affiliated with the piece whatsoever. That’s where branding comes into play. That’s why branding becomes so important. In this same token, “the use of video content for brand marketing increased from 8% to 58%, and 74% of Online consumers expect a brand’s web content to be personalized to their interests.”

According to WebDAM, you need to “Set rules for your brand’s look and feel.” It is a well-known fact that in keeping with Brand Integrity, one should only use tones, styles and colors that have found an association with the brand. WebDAM goes a step forward and suggests only using those approved by a Creative Director from within the company. As a matter of fact, color alone “increases brand recognition by up to 80%.” They also suggest “keeping a leash on your font.”

All deliverables from a brand and organization should easily identify with one another. Allow your audiences to associate these deliverables with your company’s branding through visual presentation of font and color. This is what you call “establishing your brand’s voice.” This is how a brand builds trust. It’s how it builds consistency.

When you see a brand with familiar colors, shapes and fonts, you have identified it with product and service lines that you are used to. Many companies include the psychology of colors to alert you of a brand’s attributes, give an authoritative presence and to set an archetype with that brand. Is your brand a hero, a villain or a creator? These are things to consider when creating your brand and evolving your brand’s presence, especially on the net. This is how you build trust. But, guess what… “54% of people do not trust brands.”

That’s when it’s time to “Unleash your brand assets.” According to an IBM Marketing Survey and as relayed by WebDAM, “82% of marketers create and deliver brand assets at every point of customer interaction.” This is highly suggested, because even releasing press and including brand imagery, Online views increase on an average of 77%. This is why many people decide to click links on Social Networks.

Facebook has caught on to this and now allows you to upload your own photo with a shared link in increasing traffic to the destination. For those that come to your content, you want to be sure to have it branded just the right way! This is one way that you will dominate the market!

With every plan of World Domination, there is a set vision. And with most visions, you will realize that strategic planning and analysis will make a World of a difference. A documented content strategy will bring a team together in total sync. It is also one way to be sure that branding is always complete. It is one way to be sure that a concept is summarized. It is one way that the brand will always differentiate itself from other similar brands in the marketplace. “Your brand won’t get away from you. “

Build that trust with your markets. Get personal. As WebDAM puts it, “Make your customers always come back to your brand.” This is Brand Trust and Loyalty at its finest. It cost six times less to keep your old customers happy and will also lead to new potential consumers hearing about your brand through Word of Mouth, one of the hardest Marketing Techniques to achieve. These existing fan bases will become Brand Advocates. Allow them to adopt your vision. Allow them to get to know your brand inside and out. You see, “92% of new consumers trust brand advocates” more than they trust a brand directly. As much as 75% have cited brand awareness as being the major influence in their buying decision.

Do you want to bring a higher return on investment for 2015? Start creating interesting content. Interesting content is one of the top reasons customers follow brands on social media. “Set your brand free.” Visit WebDAM’s SlideShare channel and check out their brand new “Fifty Shade of Branding” presentation. You may even download it for future reference. Check out their site to find out about WebDAM’s line of Digital Asset Management and Brand Management tools — for web and for mobile.

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WebDAM announces strategic partnership with AtTask and new integrations

That said, April 23, 2014 is great news for those “on the go” users, because now WebDAM’s digital asset management and brand management software will now integrate the AtTask Marketing Cloud!

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In November, WebDAM introduced the World to a solution that would make the lives of Project Managers much easier. They released a “Mobile App for Creative Workflows and Rich Media Distribution, which accelerates Enterprise Marketing and Brand Management Workflows.” According to direct disclosure with WebDAM, today, the leader in “cloud-based digital asset management” makes the announcement that they have strategically partnered with AtTask, a “leading cloud Marketing Work Management provider.” That said, April 23, 2014 is great news for those “on the go” users, because now WebDAM’s digital asset management and brand management software will now integrate the AtTask Marketing Cloud! It will mark a revolutionary beginning to the standard for Project Management and Marketing applications in and out of the workplace.

With the goal of “empowering enterprise marketers to get work done fast,” they have created this powerhouse of an integration with the ability to naturally manage digital assets and maximize productivity through a single platform option. Users are always connected to the latest version of any content created by team members. Because multiple users are accessing the same files at any given time, the AtTask integration into the software now allows for “enhanced marketing effectiveness,” while eliminating mistakes and reducing “rework.” Often times, this is the case when implementing large teams into project planning and execution. And, it can be a headache!

The AtTask software integration includes “full project management functionality directly to WebDAM’s digital asset management users, allowing enterprise creatives and marketers the ability to plan, monitor, track, share and manage campaign designs, digital assets and their work-related tasks and projects through the entire work lifecycle.” Users are now given the ability to gather and streamline marketing requests with digital files that are readily available, as it relates to the context of the project or task. They will also be able to access all marketing work, content and those related to these project via a single and central source! Current WebDAM users will also now be able to leverage the power of AtTask’s “world’s leading marketing work management capabilities” through the WebDAM platform.

“WebDAM integration is a wonderful addition to our product,” said Nate Bowler, General Manager, Marketing Solutions Group at AtTask. “By bringing the power of WebDAM to AtTask, we can provide marketers and creatives with a single solution for managing their valuable digital assets at every stage of the lifecycle of work.” This allows for great collaboratory events in the workplace — or “on the go.” It allows for less “chaos of excessive e-mail correspondences, redundant status meetings, constant rework and tedious approval processes.”

WebDAM’s CEO, Jody Vandergriff is also “excited to partner with AtTask.” “Not only do our technologies integrate well, but our core focus is similar-providing the world’s best brands with the most natural and easy way to work,” she states. Adding this great cloud to WebDAM’s Online tools for “managing, sharing, searching, retrieving and distributing creative collaborations,” gives marketers a very powerful tool in overpowering their competition almost immediately, while getting the job done and giving Project Managers a better night of sleep knowing that there is less room for error in the workday hustle. This partnership is something serious and a must have for marketers and Project Managers everywhere!

For a demo of WebDAM with AtTask, visit http://www.webdam.com!

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First Annual Blogger Week UnConference 2014 to take place in Washington DC

First Annual Blogger Week UnConference 2014 to take place in Washington DC

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“A multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists and digital media mavens” is what they are calling the first annual Blogger Week UnConference set for the dates of April 28th until May 3rd of 2014 in Washington DC and surrounding areas.

According to a February 24 press release, Black Bloggers Connect, a leading social network that connects Black bloggers and journalists nationwide, has, for the last three years, supported over 7,500 bloggers through features, published news, contests and through providing campaign opportunities. This organization is also responsible for the Blogger Week UnConference, which we will begin to see unfold in front of our eyes.

The purpose of Blogger Week UnConference is to “provide an informative atmosphere for bloggers to network and share innovative ideas.” Because of this, Blogger Week will hold both Online events, as well as physical ones. These events will include Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels and networking events.

All physical events will take place in Washington DC and surrounding areas, including a Network Mixer on May 2, 2014 and a wrap-up Blogger Week UnConference on May 3rd. The Unconference will touch on “hot-top discussions and breakout sessions to promote innovation, creativity and success for bloggers and social media mavens.”

This event will continue on an annual basis and is meant to support the blogging community. As a matter of fact, Black Bloggers encourages bloggers to submit session ideas at the BloggerWeek.com website so that their interests are more personally met. There are an expected 150 bloggers to attend, but as an emerging leader in social media, that may actually be a “low ball” estimate, especially as interest spreads surrounding this event.

In order to continue the growth of this event and support the cause that initiated the vision, Black Bloggers Connect is leaving room for sponsors, media partners and ambassadors to join in creating something new and unique — not just for the DC area, but for all Bloggers Nationwide! Creating a festival for multicultural channels is opening doors to the World in gaining unity through hobbies, politics, relationships, interests, scholastics, society, fashion and more!

What Black Bloggers Connect is implementing to the World of Social Media isn’t just another conference. It is an indirect means of creating peace and collaboration, while inspiring Bloggers to continue on the path of impacting overall society through “The Power of Blogging!” They are leading bloggers to information and innovative ideas through that collaboration of brainstorming and tactic. They are basically creating a new standard in how the Blogging Community operates.

This is very important in the overall innovation of how information is to be delivered to audiences all over the World, which not only transfers into Education and Entertainment, but also to Marketing and Civics.

By promoting positive ideas and information, we can make this world a better place!

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$1 Million in scholarship opportunities given to intern and study abroad

$1 Million in scholarship opportunities given to intern and study abroad

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Who says it doesn’t “pay for kids to be social?” As a matter of fact, it does. It will even pay for foreign study abroad. Thanks to Panrimo, “a study abroad outfit that will be awarding more than $1 million in scholarships in three different ways,” students from around the United States will have the opportunity to take scholarship into educational institutions and be allowed to get hands on work experience overseas.

According to a press statement made on January 6, 2014, the company has pledged to award more than $1 million in scholarships to college students and young professionals, alike, seeking to study or intern abroad in 2014. It is important to note that many social media related internships do not pay and living abroad can be very expensive. This is one-way Panrimo is making innovation more achievable for our next generation. Their goal is to provide more “comprehensive, personalized” experiences to those who wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford it otherwise.

With offices in San Francisco, California and Providence, Rhode Island, as well as having headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, Panrimo covers all coasts in providing scholarship opportunity to the youth across the United States. Internationally, Panrimo offers “full-scale, comprehensive study abroad opportunities in 10 countries and full-time internship work opportunities in four countries worldwide.”

“Panroamers,” as Panrimo has nicknamed their scholarship recipients, are guided through visa and passport assistance, cultural nuances, and credit transfer. These are all things that a young adult may find difficult to do on their own. “Also included are on-site staff, excursions and cultural immersion activities, health insurance, city orientation and support 24/7, plus post-program ‘re-entry’ welcome and debriefing.”

Panrimo has grouped each scholarship package into academic-related areas of interest:

  • Preferred Partner University Scholarship: Panrimo has closely partnered with 58 U.S. universities. Students at these universities automatically qualify for this scholarship to study abroad. There is a full list of universities on the official Panrimo.com website.
  • Social Media Scholarship: Students and working professionals with a love for social media may qualify by applying to this scholarship. Awardees are required to work at Panrimo offices at home and abroad, in “promoting their Panrimo experience, from the time leading up to going overseas, activities done while abroad and re-entry back home. Winners will take advantage of all Social Media facets, including social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), video distribution channels (Youtube, Vine, etc.), blog and more!
  • Get Global Scholarship: These scholarships are offered to “true global travel enthusiasts.” all applicants are required to take a 10-question quiz Online to show that they know their geography and deserve to win the scholarship amongst all other applicants. Questions are all multiple-choice and will alert the studio, immediately, of their scholarship award value. This quiz is also available on the Panrimo.com website.

These scholarship opportunities find themselves just in time for Panrimo’s new additions to the program, including new cities and course focus.

New programs for 2014 include study and intern abroad in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. Full-time internship positions are available in the summer and fall as related to the fields of healthcare, graphic design, nonprofit management and elementary and secondary education. Study abroad application deadlines are April 1, 2014, while Internship Abroad opportunities end on March 1, 2014.

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Voices.com empowers voiceover talent with insight on 2013’s voiceover industry.

Voices.com empowers voiceover talent with insight on 2013's voiceover industry.

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“In the midst of a digital revolution,” Voices.com, an International voiceover company, speaks on voice models (or voice actors) and the potential of their careers after releasing a 2013 report on the voiceover industry, released December 31, 2013.

An industry needed by all others, Voices.com helps supply the voiceover industry with millions of voices that will be stuck in our heads — many of which will never have a face. In analyzing the vertical markets of the Online voiceover industry, topics such as “advertising, broadcasting, e-learning, gaming, publishing and streaming” were important in forecasting “where the industry is going” and offering “insight on how voice professionals can stay on top of it.”

Due to the convenience in the availability of prosumer quality hardware to all consumers at affordable prices when it comes to recording equipment, home studio setups, audio applications, and computer software, wide adoption of these tools serves as a major attribute to the success of digital and Online “voice marketplaces.”

The CEO and Founder of Voices.com, Mr. David Ciccarelli, explains in the report “freelance and professional voice-over talent that work Online have already made the first leap, have acknowledged the current state of the industry and the accepted practices for receiving work and promoting their services to a global audience.”

The Voices platform claims over 200,000 registered users that are actively using the site and an array of beneficial tools found therein, each month. They each have the ability to promote their services through personal profile pages.

Each page is able to be shared through social sharing options and connect directly to voiceover talents, who are also reviewed by previous contractors. Each page contains voiceover demos for potential employers to critique. This leads to massive optimization of the website in multiple search engines and shows us why they are “number one” in the Online voiceover markets.

A SWOT Analysis was performed through this report to find the “strengths, challenges/weaknesses, opportunities, and threats” faced by clients and talent within the site and the industry.

The report includes statistics, as well as insight to understanding the industry’s current trends. A focus on “how the momentum of digital technology has resulted in the industry’s steady reliance on the internet.” Trends are addressed concerning how standard business for a voiceover is executed.

Voices.com has been the destination for voiceover talent since 2004. They give “ordinary people” the opportunity to compete with professional voiceover talent by servicing companies like: “ABC, NBC, ESPN, PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Sony, Audible, Comcast, Bell Canada, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Western Union, American Airlines, Toyota, Ford and GM as well as organizations such as the US Army and the US Government.” In just ten short years, they have accomplished so much by creating a standard for the employment of voiceover talent through digital means.

It is clear that Voices.com wants to make the site work for all parties involved, as they include forums, apps, articles, e-books, infographics, webinars, scripts and a plethora of additional options, in creating the perfect portfolio and polished product for commercial consumption.

As businesses are in need of content generation for social platforms and digital media releases, more and more are turning to websites like Voices.com for instant hires. Users are ranked within search engines and within Voices.com’s own platform based on demand, optimization and type-of-membership. Paid memberships ensure higher positions within the platform, still they compete for the top position within it.

Are you interested in becoming a voice over talent? Make sure to check out the following report to find what it takes and how to excel in such an exciting career: The Official 2013 Voice.com Report.

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Elements of Internet Marketing: Fresh Content.

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in a while, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “Fresh Content.” Enjoy!

Like produce, crackers, and bread over time, content can become stale and less able to do anything great for a brand, other than to stand in to fill space and act as a paper weight. Content is created for a purpose. And, true it is always great for storytelling and portfolio purposes. But, once that purpose has been fulfilled, there is nothing left for that content to do of any remarkable means… other than to hold position for a brand, be part of the brand’s story and acting as portfolio filler.

The purposes of content may vary. Content may be displayed for informative, educational, persuasive and entertainment reasons. It can also contribute to an aesthetic experience of a brand’s presence, as well as be implemented for Organic Search Engine Optimization tactic.

Eventually, technology evolves. Aesthetics lessen. Information becomes outdated or too widely known. People have “heard it all before.” Events have come and gone. And, content has optimized the medium to the fullest already. New content is a must, and it should have been here “like yesterday!”

There is always a need for fresh, new content. It is needed to give a website or interactive platform “the magic touch.” It keeps people returning. It keeps your awareness and presence viral. It continues to expand into new realms of optimization for the brand. And, hey! It gives your brand the credibility that something is always being done!

Ultimately, your brand’s influence translates into being a “hard worker” in the eyes of your audiences, gaining a powerful respect from them — even if your products or services are lacking in quality and demand.

Fresh content will keep competition competing fairly. After all, they can’t copy what you have done in the past and continue to “one-up” that same content and predecessors every week without feeling the threat of losing clientele, while taking yours. As a matter of fact, healthy competition will keep competing brands sending clientele your way, because “alternatives” are always sought after.

The more content available, the more your brand “speaks for itself.” Sales are more easily closed on their own; while more time and resourcing can be spent on pumping out quality products and services.

Fresh content will lead optimization efforts in a positive direction. The more content that is created, named correctly and shared amongst consumers, the better.

The more backlinks created through content, as well as content placement, the better. Awareness and optimization efforts will skyrocket. More keywords will be “owned” by your brand, and brand expansion will guarantee a lead in the marketplace, as far as Internet Marketing practices go.

Fresh content takes away the “stale,” outdated appearance of an idle company even if the client base expands through referrals. That being said, it is wise to update and add new content on an ongoing basis.

Why lose potential consumers? Why keep your brand from gaining new consumers? Fresh content is a necessity. Continue creating today!

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Call to Action: Make THEM do what YOU want them to do!

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Today, nearly everybody has a social presence, a website, a blog. Yet, there are so many consumers who are never converted into customers. The brand is then discouraged by the “Power of Social” and what great possibilities can be brought through Viral. So, what’s going on? What is being done wrong that could better create sales and conversions for the brand and increase bank account registers at the same time?

Whether your content is “on point” or not, whether it’s elaborate or not… whether your content is optimized OR NOT, you more than likely aren’t going to convert consumers without a “Call to Action.”

What is a Call to Action?

It is the point of your Marketing Message where you direct consumers to do what YOU want them to do. This may be as simple as a “click here to subscribe” statement to as complex as “fill out the form below to download this free white paper.”

Without a Call to Action, there is no clear reason for the content to be provided other than for consumption. Sure, when someone is extremely interested in what you have to offer, they will seek out your product or service and pay for it. But, let’s look at the reality of the situation.

Most of your potential consumer bases have already seen this and similar content multiple times before. Even if they haven’t, most consumers are lazy and need that “pep talk” to seal the deal! Close the sale! Don’t let them get away!

In Marketing, there is a term that we use in directing our consumers to do what we want them to do. It’s called funneling. This is a process that includes many options for a user to get to the direct point of interest.

We may make the sell through the “home page,” or we may make it through multiple landing pages of the brand’s websites and social presences. Whichever route they take, we continue simplifying their options, until the point of sale is achieved. We analyze the funnel to find out where consumers are yielding to our coercement in improving sales over time. Sales may just be sign-ups to our mailing list, or they may actually be for monetary gain… as in actual sales! Without a call to action, they will more than likely click the next thing that interests them or leave our presence altogether. We have to stop this from happening immediately!

If you own a blog, tweet, post to Facebook or even send out SMS messages through power programs like Trumpia, make sure you are calling your users to an action via a Call to Action. Tell them what they should do, and entice them to do it! And, if there really isn’t a purpose to your message, be sure to tell them about your website or some other interesting detail that will keep you connected!

On that note, here is my own confession: I am personally guilty of not placing a Call to Action on most of my articles here at Examiner. However due to ethics, I try to keep things as “Kosher” as possible. On the contrary, there are still ways to subscribe to me and connect with me directly and can be found within the body of each article.

So, make sure you take advantage and connect with me today!

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A Marketer’s Nightmare: Content Block

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You’re in between projects. Now is the time to beef up your own Social Presences. You are so used to putting your own projects to the side while working on client material…most of which are your own ideas. But, when it comes to your own presence, your own content, your own projects… NOTHING.

You try, you try, you try and still — you come up with nothing. Content block!

It’s a Marketer’s Nightmare, and we all surely go through it! It’s like you work on these amazing projects for others. Many of which, we can’t show anyone due to Non-Disclosure Agreements, and we feel the need to go above and beyond THAT when it comes to our own projects. We become so caught up in it, perfectionists even, that we either never finish or we struggle, trying to create the next masterpiece. There is hope!

Try these simple but POWERFUL steps in jogging the mind into the proper direction. If you’re like me, you hate idle time that will never come back. Use these activities to benefit your Social Presence and help find direction and an insight to what your audience is even “in the mood” for.

Afterall, we MARKET not ADVERTISE… Let’s make them REALIZE the NEED not TRICK them into WANTING something useless.

In taking part in an activity or two, your mind should be clear. You should have some fresh content that you can use on your own projects or that of future clients. Your content delivery being noticed by audiences has benefited your brand. SEO, through your content, has enhanced your efforts, and you now have new ideas to work with to ensure the evolution of a successful and healthy brand! In whatever you do, good luck doing it!

1. Brainstorm Session

A good ol’ brainstorm session! Write down ideas, search your mind. Get a team and make it all the better! What you don’t use now, you can use later. Make sure you type up all ideas and elaborate upon the ones you select. These ideas will help you with a plethora of future events. Cherish this moment and have much fun! Never let your ideas intimidate you! No idea is too big. And, nothing is impossible!

2. Memes

We have all seen them on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. They grab the attention of audiences through advice, tips, tricks, ideas, jokes, inspirations, etc. Why not create a few of your own? Grab hold of new audiences and gain new likes and boosts in SEO capabilities for your related presence. Due to shares, your direct page should be shared by onlookers everywhere. Have those Memes marked with your web address, as well, and gain the attention of curious minds immediately!

3. Fun with Trends

This is one of my favorite things to do! I love getting involved in conversation and seeing how many “retweets,” “favorites” and replies I get from it! More importantly, I love the followers who begin asking questions about my company and the ROI from it. No investment other than time, but traffic, backlinks, referrals and BUSINESS in return!

And, I mean, how hard is it? Creating jokes and interesting statements based upon trends and relating it to your business? This is definitely a worthwhile “brainwarmer” and stress reliever to get you in mode for some heavy duty business…

4. Self-Education on Unrelated Topics

Have you ever caught yourself working on a project and stuck on what would make that brand unique? Sometimes, a theme and an in-depth knowledge of a theme gives us an awesome outcome, especially if it is related to a specific archetype!


As an Internet Marketer, you probably have been a Consultant for many clients and are always the one doing the teaching. Why don’t you sit back and let someone else teach you? Watch Youtube videos, read conspiracy reports, learn something weird, check out the news! These things may just jog some ideas that will get you back on track …and benefit future client projects, as well!


Don’t forget to write down your ideas and get others captivated in your findings. Show them that you are not just a business, but your brand is a persona and you are human with real-life interests. You may just find niche markets and leaders that can pave the way to new approaches and ways of doing things.

5. Network and Get Out!

Networking and enjoying an adventure or two will lead you into so many new directions and develop your mind to understand public interests, as the World is always changing. You experience new things. You can meet new people that will spark new interests for you. New ideas can generate through collaboration. Doors can be opened for new possibilities and in taking barriers from your life. What is even better, you can enjoy yourself.

You get to de-stress. You can free your mind and clear it to start from scratch. Did you ever think that maybe these “blockage” periods force us into just laying around, watching TV and ultimately clearing our minds without a second thought? Because once your client puts that need in your face, ideas are pumping through your veins! So, get out! Conversate. Have fun!

6. Landing Pages

Truly who likes creating Landing Pages? But, guess what?! They are the keys to our success. They are also ways we can do things a little different with our brand, especially if linking into a corporate site. So, why not have fun with it?

You want to build something new, exciting, maybe innovative as well, right? Then, go ahead… design away! And, make it useful. The impact of each campaign depends on it.

7. New Ways to Monetize

We are constantly finding new ways to monetize when we are working with clientele, whether it is through products and services that we create or through research in finding ways to promote their products. There are so many ways to monetize items through free distribution that it is almost ridiculous!

People want free. If you give them free, they will find it worthwhile to take a peek!

This is one way to convert a consumer into a customer and be paid for it. How are we paid for it? The answer isn’t always easy, but a few ways to do it are through sponsors, advertisements, cross-promotions, etc.

Do some research, find some new methods of monetization that haven’t been touched yet. Implement your findings into your own brand. Make money… and give me some of it!

8. Spy on Competition and Fortune 500 Companies

I don’t mean to literally spy, although if you’re bold enough… How I mean to spy is to look into the Web, Social and Referral Presences of your competition. Look at their Marketing, their Design, their SEO. What can you do better than they can? What are they doing better? Can you implement it and fine-tune it to fulfill your brand’s needs in advancing in the marketplace?

9. Get Inspired

Read articles. Read books. Heck, read Memes! Go outside and smell the fresh air, taste a new cuisine. Whatever you do, embrace it. Find inspiration.

Keep your mind pumping and ideas sprouting in your mind.

Each and everything you experience, you must learn to make it your own. How can you incorporate enjoyable details into your brand in creating fresh content?

10. Backlinks and Other SEO

You have time. You can’t think of anything fresh. Anything you may create through forced creativity may end up very unaesthetic and unappealing to the eye. It may seem rushed if it is a text deliverable.

So, go ahead. Go to work. Create backlinks.

Point people in the direction of your brand’s presence and web site. You have nothing to lose! Maybe you will see something on your mission that allows you new insight!

11. Research New Tools and Trends
11. Research New Tools and Trends Shorty Produkshins, 2013.

11. Research New Tools and Trends

All that you have to do is to research new tools and trends for your Industry or niche….. This is pretty much self-explanatory

…AND NOW, ONTO THE NEXT!

12. Ask an “Elder (not necessarily in the same industry)”

Ask a Veteran in the World of Marketing or the Business World, in general, what they have done and have accomplished in their career. Ask how they did it. Learn from them. Bounce ideas off of them. Speak to them on the topics of life and people. Then talk to your elders.

These people may not even be in-tune with the World of Business. But, ask them about their likes and dislikes. Ask them things that attracted their attention to brands over the years and converted them into customers. Ask their favorite brands, why they like the brands and how they were attracted to them. This is a bonding time.

Allow an elder to shine through you. They know what they are talking about. They give a perspective that not many consider valuable. It might not be a “fresh” outlook, but it isn’t an every-day-run-of-the-mill practice, either! They might even have some ideas, but they feel they need a “fresher” face to produce it for them. You never know until you ASK!

13. Doodle

Ever been on the phone or in a class and led to doodle random thoughts, phrases and imagery? Try it now that you are older and have a brand to grow!

Call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Catch up!

Enjoy yourself, and let yourself become clear-minded and reconnect with an old friend or family member at the same time. At the end of that phone call, look at your notepad. Your subconscious mind just told you what your next project was going to be about. It’s all about you to decipher it!

14. Engage in Conversation

Make your Social Presence personal! Conversate with your audience. Find out their likes and dislikes, wants, needs, thoughts. Get them involved in the brand’s future. Keep them talking to and about your brand. As interesting as this is, I actually get more business through my “personal” pages than my business pages. The trick is to be personal without being too personal at all! Show life and that you are human!

Create chemistry It’s all about relationships, so build! Bring that empire to life. And, allow those who support you make history at your side!

15. Speak to your Camera

We can never find time to make these Vlogs (Video Blogs) that everyone would rather watch than read information on. To boot, we aren’t always in our best shape. Let’s take advantage of this time.

Go in your closet, pull out some nice clothes. Get dressed and “made” up. Sit down at your computer, and hit record!

Speak about your journey, your successes, tips and tricks, ventures, clients, projects, ANYTHING. Inform your audience, entertain them… show them the face behind the brand… behind the movement! Then, use these videos to keep audiences captivated and interested in what your brand has to offer them!

16. Fun with Photos

As Marketers who write, create mood boards, need backgrounds, create content, need to get our point across, we always need photos… the more unique, the better. The less we have to pay for royalties, the better.

So, let’s get on a jacket, grab a book bag, fill it with goodies and a camera with extra batteries… and start shooting!

Take pictures of every and anything. Keep in mind your audiences, and try to create content that will be shared or liked! Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them later!

Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them later!

17. Mood “Boreds”

I know, it’s “mood board,” but you can do this if you are bored! Go out! Collect actual fabrics, textures, objects, colors. Cut out newspaper and magazine clippings. Get out your crayons, pastels, watercolors and do some exploration. Come up with a Rebranding Strategy, a Campaign, a Facelift, or some cool ideas for future projects!

Mood Boards are fun. They unlock the inner youth… our innocence… our imaginations. Open your mind, and unblock that brain!

18. Start a “Spin-Off”

You have found many new ways to capitalize from and monetize your content. You have found something in common. Is it time for a “Spin-Off” brand? How does it help your current brand?

Link Wheels are now generating spokes that will now build their own Link Pyramids under them! You can create backlinks to each other, cross-promote each other amongst audiences, draw together totally different audiences and recycle cool content!

Maximize your potential through this chance to start a spin-off. After all, wasn’t it your dream, growing up, to in some way take over the World? Why not start now to build your empire? The content created will link two-ways, or three, or four, in generating ongoing interest, positive SEO efforts, and give more content to each brand!

19. Write About Your Experiences and Knowledge

Whether creating a website, blog, resume, autobiography for use on various platforms or even writing for an Online periodical, make sure you are recording your experiences. You can always create content. But, who is recording your footprint upon the earth for your legacy and future generations?

On another note, it builds your expertise in the eyes of audiences. It shows you know what you are talking about. It gives you credibility. Who is selling you to new and future clientele?

Recommendations are everything, especially if a finger can be pointed on a point of interest… especially if you are a marketer who does a lot of work under Non-Disclosure. If you have already done so, go back and read it. Pay attention to your growth and create new goals for the future!

20. Fine-tune and Enhance Current Content

What better time than now to go back and enhance, reorganize and fine-tune your current content database? Make your content work for you. Analyze each piece and find out what works and doesn’t work for it. Shoot, you might just find a better way to do your current daily practice amongst your own presence and that of clientele?

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Search Engine Optimization… The Neverending Story.

Shorty Produkshins IS Internet Marketing Orlando | Jessica N. Abraham

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Search Engine Optimization is an ongoing effort… Point. Blank. Period. There are some experts out there speaking false information into the Business World on how it “doesn’t matter how high you rank in Google” and other search engines, most of your focus should be on actual marketing itself.

Are they serious?!

Those who know Internet Marketing like the back of their own hand know that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is one of the most important elements of marketing. As a matter of fact, it is the reason that other forms of marketing even exist and continue to strive!

Who says appearing on the first few pages, and especially the first few results, of a Search Engine do not help a brand perform at its maximum potential? Who says it doesn’t help a brand find awareness, especially when local area search takes place? If SEO isn’t done properly, all Social Branding and Media Marketing efforts can pretty much find themselves flushed down the toilet!

SEO is not just naming a few keywords or tagging a few items. It’s more than just descriptions and backlinks. In today’s day and age, related search results are almost a standard, photo matches for similar results are sure to return and content is King! Not only is it King, but it is more valuable than any keyword you place on your page! And, naming it correctly is even more important. Using generic names for photos and audio will just hinder efforts.

In today’s World of Search, more and more businesses and brand are finding themselves working with individuals and firms that have mastered Search Engine Optimization as a skill and/or Internet Marketing as a whole. So if everyone is doing it right, how exactly does your brand stand out in the crowd?

It is true, most people are learning that if they aren’t doing it right, they might as well “close up shop” in E-commerce and other related industries, because they won’t make sales. So, they put in a few marketing dollars and integrate SEO into their efforts. The problem is, they don’t realize that SEO is an ongoing effort — a never-ending story!

Most people are simply hiring professionals or doing it themselves to get the job only half done. They hire someone to optimize their site, or they create “Meta Tags” and call it quits! The goal of SEO is to stay on top amongst competitors, affiliates and even those in the same industry as yourself, who may not even be a competitor!

So, we name and detail Meta Tags. We include optimized copy for the page. We name all content and create “Alt Tags.” We backlink and create internal links, amongst every other element of SEO (and there are many).

The thing is this: No matter how much optimization we do for a site, it is NEVER enough! It is also to be noted that when you hire someone to optimize your site, this is different from hiring someone to handle all of your SEO across platforms.

The difference is plain and simple. Newer sites and newer optimization by competitors will begin to be tracked. Algorithms are programmed to realize some content will become outdated. Such is the case with news stories. There will always be a new shooting and the one that just took place will become old news, no matter how often that story is searched out.

So, how do we combat this? Again… ONGOING SEO!

Refreshing and updating pages, adding to and making changes, etc. Our websites aren’t the only thing that needs continuous updating, so do our Social Media outlets and social networks in which are attached to our sites.

Why? Link Wheels and Pyramids end up pinging our sites and connecting the content indirectly.

Every click is a vote, every impression is a bump up! The more content, the better. The more relevant the content, much better. The more linking and embedding of content… even better! And one must do this on a monthly, weekly and even daily basis, or they should plan on falling behind.

There are arguments that Organic Search results, traffic sent to your page based upon the text of your coding, are good enough. Okay, then why are these same people still “wasting” money on SEM (Search Engine Marketing) if they think that Organic Search is enough? Don’t let these people fool you. It is their goal to hold up your efforts so they, themselves, or clients can get ahead. It’s misinformation at its best.

Organic Search is important. But, keeping information and content new and interesting is even more important. After all, repeat traffic yields new traffic through Viral and Word of Mouth means. Those are the two hardest forms of marketing to achieve, because you can’t just make someone want to tell another person about your brand or site. They have to want to do it. And if they are bored or losing interest in what you have to offer, they won’t become excited enough to share it with those who take their opinions seriously.

Because SEO is an ongoing effort and others are slowly catching on, links and content are always changing out. Old ones are even being removed. Who is to say that all of those backlinks you just committed to will even be valid or existent in a few months?

Continuous backlinking is important. After all, it is a means for Brand Awareness. Awareness brings Interest. Interest encourages Influence. Influence equates to Loyalty. And, Loyalty endures Tenure.

For the sake of your brand’s survival, please engage in Ongoing SEO Activity! Be kind to your brand, and it will literally pay you back!

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