How can blogging help you sell?


Do you want to know how blogging can help you sell?

Are you sceptical if it will work in your business niche/sector/industry?

Are you trying to figure out if you should start a blog?

Then read on…..

While on holiday in Thailand I saw this article pop up in my Flipboard.

7 Dynamic Ways Businesses can Blog for SEO, Brand-Building, and Thought Leadership

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How to embed a tweet button in your blog


Have you ever wanted to embed a tweet button into your blog post?

Rather than tweet a link to the whole article, have you ever wanted to tweet just a quote or snippet?

In a previous post I explained how to get people to share your content through social networks. This article will help you to make it easier to get people to share parts of your content rather than just the traditional way and sharing the whole article.

Below is an example of a tweet button that I embedded into a previous post. This tweet button was designed to give readers a chance to tweet the quote that I had listed in the post.

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Example of a tweetable quote with tweet button embedded into the post

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Why you don’t need to buy any social software


(Until you read this post)

If my last post on why I wish social was NOT in my job title didn’t stir up enough controversy – then this one might!

“Invest in social culture before social technology”  

In this post I will explain the harsh question you need to ask yourself before you decide to spend a pound, euro or dollar on any social media related software. And while you’re at it, hold the head count for any staff to work on social media as well.

Social is a not about the technology, it is about a cultural shift to create a more honest, open, transparent way of doing business.

“No one can sell you a tool to fix your culture”  

To clarify my definition of software in relation to this post I am talking about a company trying to sell you a tool do something with social: monitoring, responses, collaboration tools etc. I am not including free software such as WordPress, Hoot suite etc.

You can achieve so much without spending a penny. If you have a plan which builds a strategy for using free social tools closely aligned to your core business objectives, then you could achieve more than any other “social strategy” which could easily cost hundreds of thousands or more.

So what if you have 100,000 likes on Facebook. Who cares if you’ve got 100,000 followers on Twitter. Neither of these translate into anything your CEO cares about.

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Why use social media?


why use social media

Are you considering using social media at work or in your professional life?

Are you trying to figure out what social media can help you achieve or see if it’s worth your while?

Read on to help you understand the value social media can bring to your career and some examples of how easy it is to start getting results.

Most people I talk to about social media fall into two categories: those who think it is important but don’t use it much if at all and those who don’t see the point because they don’t think they can get anything out of it.

I want to share some tips on what I have done to achieve a few milestones of success in a fairly short time frame. If you follow these tips you will be able to define what it is you want to achieve and get results a lot quicker than I did.

My social media goals

  • Establish credibility inside and outside my company
  • Build up my personal brand so people know who I am before I meet them
  • Communicate my thoughts and ideas to more people
  • Build up my industry knowledge so that I can be perceived by others as an expert
  • Connecting and conversing with like minded people

If you share any of these goals then read on and I will give you some tips to help you achieve them.

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How to write your first blog


I have spent the past week sunning myself around a pool, high in the Italian hills of Giaole in Chainti, Tuscany.

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For the last 30 years I have been convinced that I cannot hold my breath under water with out holding my nose. During the first day around the pool I was embarrassingly trying to explain to my friends why I can’t hold my breath. Someone said just give it ago. So I did. After two attempts, surprise surprise, I managed to do it. The best thing was, I didn’t  drown! Seeing how happy I was at my new found skill, my friends jokingly said that I should blog about it! So here I am.

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Why should a new employee use social media?


Here I am, 3 months into a new role. I thought I would let you know what YOU can achieve in the right environment with the right mind-set. If I can do it you can too.

I firmly believe that social media can help the business world be a better place for everyone. I have jumped in at the deep end and given myself a self taught crash course in social media. I was inspired by a guy called Simon Sinek, who I talk about in one of my other blog articles, which contains a very inspiring video. I have embraced his goal of wanting to “inspire others to do what inspires them”. I have made it my mission to tell the world how I think they can help achieve their personal business goals using Social Media.

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Why should you write a blog and what can you achieve in 63 days?


SAP is launching a new business innovation marketing campaign supported by a thought leading content marketing program. The campaign is based around the idea that a customer’s journey starts with a search. They type into Google “what is cloud computing?” or “what is big data?” SAP plans to provide the content to be the answer to that customer’s search.

SAP is launching a new site called” SAP Business Innovation” to serve as a landing page for their new “Run Like Never Before” campaign. They are hand picking thought leaders in different areas of business to create content. The content will help answer a buyer’s initial queries before they even know what they are looking to buy or need.

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How to find ideas to write in your blog


In this blog I will share some ideas that will give you 101 different ideas about how to find things to blog about as a bonus if you do it right it will get your more people to your blog and hopefully more sales!

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6 tips to kick start your business social network


In this blog I will give you an idea of how to get started into the world of social networking for business. Whether you are a newbie to social networking in general, a personal user of social networking or you are already engaged in networking to some degree already I will cover some tips to get you ahead in business. Continue reading