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Ten Social Media Tools I’m Thankful For

With today’s Thanksgiving theme in mind, I’d like to share ten social media tools that I am thankful for.  I’m grateful to the developers for creating such easy-to-use, free tools!

1. Adobe Spark

A free suite of apps that allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content — like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. One of my go-to graphic tools (the featured image on this post was created using this tool).

2. BeFunky

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

3. Canva

Whether you want a Twitter post or Facebook profile picture, you can create them quickly using Canva’s drag and drop editor. Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can also add elements such as custom icons, fonts, charts, and illustrations.

4. Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer

This headline analyzer is a free tool from the Advanced Marketing Institute that you can use to calculate the EMV of your own headlines. It scores the EMV of your headline with a breakdown of why it scored that value.

5. Grammarly

A free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted everywhere you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

6. Hemingway Editor

A proofreading tool that clears your copy of all unnecessary copy. Just paste your text into the editor and you’ll get an analysis that highlights lengthy, complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and common errors.

7. Visme

Want to create a quick presentation? Visme makes it easy. Log in and click Presentations.  Choose the template that you like and start creating your presentation right away.

8. Quik

This free video-editing tool is easy to use and has both basic and advanced features. The basic video editing features include adding photos, videos, music, and text. You can choose a custom theme with transitions and graphics, adjust the font, filters and graphics and personalize your story with text overlays and title slides. The interface makes it easy to reorder, trim, zoom and rotate photos and video clips.

9. Pablo

This tool from Buffer is a bare-bones online image editor that lets you make basic social media images in seconds.

10. VideoShop

A free stand-alone video recorder and editing app. Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Looking for more tools like these?

Head on over to Medium for100 Tools To Help You Do More With Social Media.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Videoshop

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week I’m recommending Videoshop a free stand-alone video recorder and editing app.

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Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Videoshop is available on iOS or Android.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Content Row Headline Generator

This week’s cool tool recommendation is a headline generator tool from Content Row.

Here’s what the tool returns for the term “social media”. It’s probably best to ignore clickbait titles, but this is an AI tool, so it’s not an exact science. Once you are logged in as a user, you can filter out clickbait in your search.

Each headline is given a score, and you can click on the option to analyze it, which is a nice feature as it gives you some suggestions on how to improve it.

While these tools aren’t perfect, they can kickstart the creative thinking process when it comes to writing headlines. 

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Healthcare’s Social Media Revolution: Benefits and Pitfalls

One of the most significant developments in communication history occurred in August 1991 when Tim Berners-Lee revealed the world wide web technology he had developed at CERN in Switzerland.

With the advent of broadband internet connections and the inclusion of mobile devices into everyday life, the web has played a major role in revolutionizing our society during the twenty-first century. Mobile devices, which allow users to communicate anywhere and at any time, have greatly enhanced social media’s success. In real-time, we can talk to people we may not have met in person. With social media, we can interact and share information online more dynamically than we could with more traditional means.

The impact of social media extends not only to communication among friends, but also to communication between organizations, hospitals, and medical professionals. This change, along with the growing mobility of data, will result in significant changes in healthcare and will affect professional activities.

One of the driving forces behind a more patient-centric healthcare model is social media. With social media’s highly accessible communication tools, patients and healthcare providers can better communicate about health issues. It has the advantage of making health information accessible to more demographic groups, regardless of age, education, race, or location.

Social media tools give healthcare a unique set of opportunities, but they also present some challenges. Medicine values confidentiality, privacy, one-on-one interactions, and professional conduct. In contrast, social media is more informal and open. Further, social media tools collect, share, and promote unregulated information, so it’s inconsistent and variable.

Continue reading this post on Medium

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Keyword Surfer

This week I’m recommending Keyword Surfer –  a free Chrome extension that gives you keyword search volume in Google search results.

One of the really cool things about this tool is that it offers tons of SEO tips and advice with a comprehensive knowledge base. It even offers a free SEO Writing Masterclass which can take you from SEO zero to hero.

Watch the short video below to learn more.

 

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10 Point Checklist For A Social Media Audit

Conducting a social media audit is a key part of a social media marketing plan.

We can waste time and resources trying to improve things that don’t need improving while neglecting the things that we really need to work on.

A social media audit is a great way to take stock of where you’re at and identify what you can improve on going forward.

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d   List All Your Social Accounts

Create a simple excel spreadsheet and list all your social accounts, including those you set up but haven’t used in a while.

  • Check that you only have one business profile on each platform.
  • Make sure you know all the passwords for your accounts and have access to the accounts and associated emails.
  • Keep your passwords secure and set up a system for changing them regularly.
  • List all account administrators.
  • Do you need to change access or permissions for someone who no longer manages your accounts?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Update Your Information

  • Have you pinned outdated information to the top of your timelines?
  • Have you fully completed your About sections? Do they contain all the information a prospective customer or client would need to find out about your services?
  • Do your social profiles include a URL that leads back to your website?
  • Are your bio details accurate?
  • Do you need to add or change any of the existing information?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Review Your Images

  • Are your header images clear and compelling?
  • Do your cover photos needed updating? Are you still showing that summer picture now that it’s winter?
  • Is your image resolution good? Are you using the correct image dimensions for each social platform? Find the most up-to-date image sizes here.
  • How about your bio picture? Are you happy it conveys a professional image? Is it clearly visible on all devices?
  • Are you making good use of keywords?
  • Do you need to include a new call-to-action?

Check out my guide to creating professional graphics

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Check For Consistency Across All Platforms

  • Are you consistent in how you use your brand images across all platforms?
  • Do background colours, logos, and other images follow your branding?
  • Are all descriptions and URLs uniform?
  • If you were your ideal customer, would you be able to identify with your brand on social media in terms of image, tone, and voice?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Claim Your Vanity URLs

 A vanity URL is the user name that you assign to your social media accounts which uniquely identifies you. Before you create your vanity URL, your social media profile is given a default URL that includes a string of random numbers.

  • Have you claimed your vanity URLS on Facebook and LinkedIn? For more information on claiming your vanity URL visit these pages at LinkedIn and Facebook.

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Dig Into Your Audience Demographics

How well do you know your audience? Finding data on your existing audience will help you identify who you’re currently reaching and if they are within your target market. Use Google Analytics and built-in audience analytics features such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics to dig into detailed demographic data, including countries, occupations and interests, and the gender split of your audience.

  • Where do they like to hang out online?
  • What content is most relevant to them?
  • What kind of information are they looking for?
  • How do they like to consume that information?

Download my free audience persona template here

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dAudit Your Posting Activity

Social media is all about engaging with the right audience on the right platform at the right time. Are you sharing the kind of information your audience finds useful? Are you sharing at the right time of the day? Audit how often you are posting on each platform and List which times you are posting and the results you are getting.

Schedule posts according to effective times of day:

o    6-10 times daily for Twitter

o    1-2 times daily for Facebook

o    1-3 times daily for Instagram

o    Update Instagram Story

o    1 time daily for LinkedIn

Recommended Reading: When Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media In 2020?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dEvaluate Engagement Rates

Determine where you are getting the most engagement and make a decision about whether to continue efforts on all platforms, or to reduce your efforts to concentrate on just one or two platforms. It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

  • How engaged is your audience with you on each of your social networks?
  • Do your interactions seem to be coming from your target market?
  • Are most of your conversions coming from one network only?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dStudy Your High Performing Content

Review your high performing content across all social networks.

  • Which content worked best for you? Create more of this content in the future.
  • Can you re-purpose this content and use it again.

Recommended Reading: How To Create Six Unique Social Shares From Just One Piece of Content

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Audit Your Competitors

Compare your competitors’ digital footprint against your own. While it’s tempting to go straight to vanity metrics such as follower numbers, it will be of more benefit if you skip the quantitative analysis for qualitative.

  • Look at the type of content your competitors are creating. How often are they sharing it?
  • How have they chosen to use brand images?
  • Which influencers are they interacting with?
  • Are they active on networks you aren’t?​
  • Take note of what they are doing well, and where they are lacking.

Recommended ReadingSix Tools To Help You Perform A Competitor Audit

How often should you do a social media audit?

I recommend you do a comprehensive audit on your accounts twice yearly to consider any major adjustments to your strategy. In the intervening time, keep an eye on your analytics and metrics on a monthly basis. Use a reporting system to keep track of monthly changes and review these when it comes time to do your twice-yearly audit.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Storrito

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Instagram Stories web editor tool Storrito. 

Storrito enables users to create Instagram and Facebook Stories on desktop/laptop computers.

Features include:

  • Add free or upload your own GIFs to your stories
  • Highres Emojis 😀 😍 😁
  • Custom fonts selection
  • Use professional stock photos for free
  • Access thousands of professional story templates from Canva.com and add interactive stickers in our editor

Pricing

You can post 50 stories for free and paid features start at $15 per month. 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Choose The Best Social Network For Your Audience

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want you to think about whether you are active on the best social network for your particular audience. 

Not all social media is created equal. Different platforms attract different audiences.

It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

There’s no point in spending your time on a particular social network if your audience isn’t there. Nor should you spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere at once. Every additional platform your business is active on means additional time and effort required to engage on and create tailored content for that platform.

Before becoming active on a social network, try answering the following questions to help you choose the platform that is right for you.

1. Will this platform help me achieve my marketing goals?

Setting SMART goals to which you can align your social media activity is a good guarantee of online marketing success. If you can’t explain how a particular social channel will help you to achieve your goals, then it may not be the right fit for you.

2. Is my target audience active on this platform?

The most effective social media strategies are informed by social media data. Refer to Google Analytics for your website to see which social networks are sending the most traffic to your site. Look at existing data to learn where a specific demographic spends their time online. Statista and GlobalWebIndex are good sources of worldwide statistics on Internet usage.

3. Which social networks are my competitors using?

Which social networks are your competitors using? Are they active on networks you aren’t? Use a tool like Buzzsumo to identify the social channels on which your competitors get the most shares. Chances are if these channels match your demographics and are working well for your competitors, they will work well for you also.

4. Will this platform match the content I create?

If you want your content to do well on social media, you’ve got to be strategic about what you publish and where you publish it. You need to create content that aligns with your audience’s expectations on each social channel. Identify how, when, and where your specific audience likes to engage with content. Certain content formats will be more suited to particular channels than others.

5. Can I integrate this platform with another similar one?

It’s better to use fewer channels well than to stretch yourself thin trying to maintain a presence on every social network. There is a degree of reciprocity between certain platforms — for example, Facebook and Instagram — the key is to choose channels that integrate well with each other to create maximum impact.

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Bonus Tip! 

Consider broadening your social media horizons. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat might be the most popular social networks in the West, there is a world beyond the Big Five waiting for you to explore.

Here’s to your social media success!


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Monday Morning Cool Tool: NameCheckr

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is NameCheckr – a tool  to research domain and social username availability.

Picking a unique and available name can be a challenge. This tool aims to simplify that process by helping you find the best name cross the most popular social networks.

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10 Questions To Answer For Healthcare Social Media Success

This post outlines ten questions you should ask yourself before using social media. Whether you are a social media beginner or a seasoned pro, the following questions and actionable steps will help you achieve success with social media.  

1. Who Am I Speaking To?

Before you start planning your social media, you need to know who your audience is. To create an experience that connects directly with your audience, you have to get to know them, from their psychological behaviors to their demographics.

Create audience personas that don’t just describe your audience’s demographics, but also their challenges, dreams, hopes, and fears. You should know where your audience hangs out online, and what communities inform, inspire, and influence them.

Download my audience persona template here

You can identify who you are reaching and whether they fall within your target audience by finding data on your existing audience. You can do this with Google Analytics and built-in audience analytics features like Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics.  

2. Which Social Media Platforms Should I Choose?

Armed with information on who makes up your audience, the next step is to determine which social media platforms they use and direct your efforts accordingly. This doesn’t mean that you have to be everywhere at once. Do your research to determine where best to focus your social media efforts to be successful.

Use Surveys (e.g. Survey Monkey), Polls (PollDaddy; Facebook; Twitter), and publicly available reports to match your audience demographic to the social networks they use.

3. What Do I Want To Achieve With Social Media?

Goals and objectives guide every decision and tactic in your strategy. By setting clear goals, you kickstart the process of collecting data and tracking metrics, so your future marketing will be data-driven.

Goals should be as specific and trackable as possible. The more detailed your goal, the easier it will be to see if you’ve accomplished it. Use the SMART goal-setting model, which means specific, measurable, and achievable within a certain timeframe. Also, set benchmarks so you can see what’s working and what’s not so you can put more effort into what’s working.

4. What Is My Social Media Budget?

Social media requires money and man-hours. It’s up to you how you allocate them. There’s a misconception that social media is free. It’s true that all the major platforms are free, but most offer premium features you might want to check out.

It’s a good idea to budget for paid advertising, particularly if you want to make an impact on Facebook, where organic reach has steadily declined over the past few years.

5. How Much Time Can I Give To Social Media?

Time is another cost you need to factor in to the social media equation. To achieve results and credibility you have to be prepared to devote time regularly to producing and promoting content and engaging with your audience.

Ask yourself how much of a time commitment can you afford for social media? Will you concentrate on just one platform and do this really well? Do you need to hire some social media help?

The good news is that there are many ways you can actually save time and become more productive in managing your time online.All it takes is some organization, a few social media tools, and a dash of creativity.

Read Ten Tried and Tested Time Saving Tips For Social Media for ideas.

6. What Type Of Content Will I Create?

Your answer to the previous question may influence the type of content you will create for social media. Do you have time to write regularly for a blog? Would it be better to make short videos for YouTube or to communicate through a livestream broadcast?

You also need to keep in mind the content that works best on the platforms you have chosen – for example, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest require high-quality visuals (and increasingly this means video) to stand out. Whichever type of content you intend to create, quality and consistency are more important than quantity.

Read How to Create a Winning Content Strategy for more content tips.

7. What Are My Competitors Doing On Social Media?

You can learn a lot by taking some time to observe what your competitors are doing online. Which social media platforms do they use? What type of content do they share? How does their audience respond to them? What are they doing really well? What aren’t they currently doing that you could do well?

Take Action! Compare your competitors’ social footprint and content against your own. How have they chosen to use brand images? How many followers/likes do they have? How often do they post? What types of posts do they create? What is engagement like for each of these post types? What aren’t they doing?

Recommended Reading How To Conduct A Competitor Audit on Social Media

8. Who will be responsible for social media?

When developing your social media strategy, it’s key to clearly define roles and understand who will manage, monitor, and engage on each account. You may wish to take full responsibility for maintaining your social media presence, but if you are giving the task to someone in your organization, or hiring outside help, you need to ensure they are the right person for the job.

There are many different roles which make up a social media marketing job (for example content creation, e-mail marketing, social media management etc.). Clearly define the roles and outline the responsibilities of this position.

Recommended Reading: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Social Media Manager?

9. How will I monitor social media?

From a marketing perspective, social media monitoring will help you determine the impact on your product, service or brand, and if required, make adjustments to your communication, marketing or sales plans. Responding in real time and resolving issues around your brand should they arise, strengthens public perception that your focus is strongly centred on customer satisfaction.

There are many free and paid monitoring tools, with new services being added continually, which will help you track the metrics relevant to your brand across the web. The tools vary in scope and range across a number of sites, real-time or delayed searching, sophistication of analytics, flexibility of data presentation, integration with other applications, and cost. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and the level of analytics you wish to achieve.

10. How will I measure social media success?

How will you know if you achieve your social media goals? To determine how effective your social media efforts are, you will need to measure your results. Understand and track the metrics that matter to the core of the business and the bottom line. Social media metrics should always be tied to your overall business goals. Go beyond vanity metrics which merely serve as an ego-boost. Instead, ask if these metrics make an impact on your bottom line.

Take Action: Use platform native tools such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics, third-party tools, and measurement of social traffic and conversion with Google Analytics to track and measure your progress.

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#ThursdayTip: How To Analyse Your Twitter Activity

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip. Today I want to show you how to use Twitter’s Analytics Dashboard. 

The Tweet activity dashboard is a tool you can use to learn more about your Tweets and how they resonate with your audience. For instance:

  • See how people engage with your Tweets in real-time.
  • Compare your Tweet activity and followers, and see how they trend over time.
  • Click on any Tweet to get a detailed view of the number of Retweets, replies, likes, follows, or clicks it receives.
  • Get detailed insights into who your audience is, especially those who engage with your Tweets.
  • Download your Tweet metrics.

How to use it

To get started, log in to analytics.twitter.com with your Twitter username and password to turn analytics on for your account.

To access your Tweet activity:

    • On a desktop or laptop computer, visit analytics.twitter.com and click on Tweets.
    • In the Twitter app for iOS or Android, tap the analytics icon visible in your Tweets. Make sure you have installed the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, iPad, or Twitter for Android.

I’m going to show you how this looks on my account on a laptop.

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From here I can click into an individual Tweet to see specific data for that Tweet:

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Use Twitter Analytics to track your progress over time – see which tweets resonate most with your followers, track your follower growth and more.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

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7 Free Google Tools To Boost Your Healthcare Marketing

Over two decades ago, two Stanford Ph.D. students launched a new search engine with a bold mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. 

Now two decades later, at the first sign of a symptom, patients instinctively turn first to “Dr. Google” to find answers to their health questions.

But Google is more than just a powerful search engine. 

Google also provides us with some really useful tools as online marketers and communicators.

In this post, I’m going to share some of my favorite go-to Google tools that I regularly turn to. Best of all these tools are completely free so you can enjoy trying them out without spending a cent.

1. Google Mobile Friendly Test

Use Google Mobile-Friendly Test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.

Just enter a page URL to see how your page scores.

Why this tool is useful

Having a mobile-responsive site (ie one that automatically changes its layout and placements of certain menus and buttons automatically) is important because firstly, not only are over half of patients searching online for health information on their smartphone, but secondly, Google now gives ranking priority to those sites that are mobile friendly.  In fact, Google has stated that it will penalize websites that aren’t mobile-responsive, so if your site isn’t optimized for mobile devices, you’ll likely lose out significantly in the organic search rankings. 

Use Google Mobile-Friendly Test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.

2. Google Page Speed Insights

PageSpeed Insights is a tool that indicates how well a page performs on the Chrome UX Report and suggests performance optimizations.

Why this tool is useful

Although speed has been used in Google ranking for some time, that signal was focused on desktop searches. Google announced that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches too.  This marks an important shift in Google’s approach to measuring page speed while stressing the importance of mobile user experiences.

3. Google Alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, blogs) based on your choice of query –  for example, keeping updated on emerging healthcare trends. You can control how often you receive these alerts (daily or weekly), whether you wish to receive all mentions, or limit it to the most relevant, and you can add new alerts, or delete old ones at any point.

Why this tool is useful

Use Google Alerts to monitor who’s talking about your brand. This is important so you can respond to any criticism, complaints or thank someone for writing something positive about you.

4. Google My Business

Google My Business is a simple-to-use tool that allows small business owners  to increase their online visibility and promote their business information on Google Search.

GMB appears on the desktop – just to the right of the organic and paid search results. If you’re on mobile, it appears as a top result before the organic results. If you haven’t set up your GMB listing, it’s time to do so. Follow these step-by-step instructions to get started right away.

Why this tool is useful

According to Google “Providing and updating business information in Google My Business can help your business’s local ranking on Google and enhance your presence in Search and Maps.”

5. Google Analytics

Tracking the number of visitors to your website, where they came from, how they got there, and what they read can provide you with important marketing insight. The most comprehensive and free tool to do this is Google Analytics.

Why this tool is useful

Use Google Analytics to track top-performing content on your website, and the native analytics tools of each of the social networks you use to discover the type of posts that get the most engagement (shares, comments, likes, click-through rates, etc.)

6. Google AdWords

 Google Ads Keyword Planner gives you insight into the volume of monthly searches for a particular keyword, and how much and how much competition there is, based on advertising spend for sponsored links. It also returns suggested terms you could use instead or alongside your original keyword.

Why this tool is useful

If you want your website to rank higher in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

7. Google Trends

Google Trends analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time.

Why this tool is useful

You can use this tool to evaluate the popularity of certain terms, compare them against other keyword variations, analyze how their popularity varies over time and in different regions/languages, and show related keywords, which can be helpful in getting new keyword suggestions.

Do you use any of these Google tools? Do you have any other Google tools to add to this list?

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Cliché Finder

This week’s cool tool recommendation is ClicheFinder – a tool to help you eliminate overused clichés from your writing. 

This free tool finds and highlights words, expressions, and phrases that are trite, stale, or overused to help you improve your copy. To use simply copy and paste your text and click the button marked ‘Find Clichés’.

Visit https://www.clichefinder.net to try for yourself.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: SnapWidget

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is SnapWidget – a tool that allows you to display your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram photos in collage format on your website or blog.

When you post photos and videos to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, the widget on your website, blog or Shopify store automatically updates with new content.

Pricing

You can start with a free plan and if you find you need more features, you can try out a paid plan for free for 14 days.

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Repurpose Your Digital Content

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to repurpose your existing content.  

One key to maintaining a steady stream of quality content is to re-purpose what you already have. Repurposing content simply means taking one asset and reusing it somewhere else.

The first step is to identify your most popular content through your blog analytics tool and by using Google Analytics. Perhaps the content can be turned into an infographic or a slide-deck. By re-purposing content you have already written, you can extend and breathe new life into your current and past content.

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Source: TopRank Marketing

Pay special attention to the content you published some time ago. Is some of this content out of date? If so, update it, and simply republish it again as an updated post. It’s important to update older content to make sure it continues to be relevant to your readers.

Get into the habit of creating each new piece of content with repurposing in mind. Read How To Create Six Unique Social Shares From Just One Piece of Content for some ideas on how to do this.

By focusing on producing one piece of really great content for repurposing, rather than several lower-quality pieces, you will improve the quality of your marketing.

Here’s to your social media success!

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How To Use Twitter Analytics: A Simple Step-By-Step Guide For Healthcare Communicators

Twitter analytics is a simple but effective insights tool to help you analyse your Twitter activity.

It’s still surprising to me how many people who are using Twitter for marketing and communications have never checked this inbuilt analytics tool.

You can navigate to the platform either by visiting https://analytics.twitter.com/about or accessing it directly from your Twitter account under the More tab (on the desktop version).

From the Home tab, you get a summary of your account activity for the past 28 days. This includes your tweets, tweet impressions, profile visits, mentions, and follower count.

Scroll down on your account home page to view highlights of your account activity over the past few months, such as top tweets, top followers, and top mentions.

By clicking into Tweet Activity you can get a more granular view of how people engaged with a particular tweet.

Scroll back up to the Tweets tab at the top of the page to view your tweet activity. 

The first thing you will see is a snapshot of the number of Impressions your tweets got over the past 28 days.

Twitter Impressions are simply when a tweet appears on someone’s timeline. It’s important to note that this doesn’t necessarily mean a person engaged with your tweet, but it does give you a sense of how many people your tweets has the potential to reach.

From the screenshot above you will also see you have the option of changing the date range – the default is the last 28 days. You can choose to view the last 7 days or any of the previous 5 months. You also have an option to specify a specific date range.

To the right of the date range selection, you’ll also see the option to Export Data. Clicking on this tab gives you the option to download “by tweet” or “by day” via a .csv file which can be imported to an excel spread sheet – great for reporting.

Now let’s take a closer look at the kind of data we can see on this page. Your tweets are analyzed according to Top Tweets, Tweets and Replies, Promoted Tweets (if you are advertising on Twitter), Impressions, Engagement and Engagement Rate.

We’ve already look at Impressions earlier, so now let’s turn to Engagements. An engagement is an interaction with a tweet ( e.g. likes and retweets. The engagement rate of a tweet is the number of engagements it gets divided by its number of impressions. This is a key metric to track over time.

You can also get a graphic representation of your engagement rate as you can see in the image below.

Looking into your Twitter data in this way is useful to show you how your content is performing on the platform. It gives you insight into the best days to post and which types of content people most like to engage with. If you run a campaign, it’s essential that you track the campaign from the start right through to the end. Keeping a close eye on the data will allow you to adjust your campaign as you go.

Use the insights you gather from Twitter analytics to inform your social strategy, optimize your content, grow your following and boost your engagement.

To learn more visit the Twitter Analytics page.

You might also like to read the following articles:

Become a Social Media Ninja With These 25 Smart Twitter Hacks

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Text Optimizer

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Text Optimizer – a tool to help you optimize your content to rank better on SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages)

How it works

Text Optimizer extracts terms and concepts from SERPs and analyzes the semantics to come up with a list of questions to include in your articles.  

Select the search engine you want to optimize for, enter the desired search terms, choose a targeting location, and either paste your text or provide a link to existing content.

Let’s see how it works with the broad term “social media marketing”

And here are just some of my results – the tool returns many more suggestions.

You can use the tool to compare your existing text to the snippets Google returns for that query if you already have a page you want to rank. After scoring your text, it will suggest adding some of those suggested terms to your content.

Why this tool is a valuable addition to your online content strategy

Google generates its search snippets based on which sentences from ranked pages best answer the query. In other words, the search snippets are Google’s best (in its opinion) summary of the topic of the query. The semantic analysis of these snippets and the extraction of related terms and topics will give you a better understanding of what you need to include in your content.

Pricing

You can start for free with Text Optimizer. Paid tools begin at $60 per month.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

This week’s cool tool recommendation is the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer.

This headline analyzer is a free tool from the Advanced Marketing Institute that you can use to calculate the EMV of your own headlines. It scores the EMV of your headline with a breakdown of why it scored that value. A perfect score would be 100%, but don’t despair if yours doesn’t match up. According to the Institute, “most professional copywriters’ headlines will have 30%-40% EMV Words in their headlines, while the most gifted copywriters will have 50%-75% EMV words in headlines.”

Here’s how it works. 

Enter your headline in the space provided and choose the industry you are targeting your message to.

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Click Submit. 

Here’s my score:

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While the score is low on EMV, I am still happy with it, as it fulfills my aim of arousing curiosity in the reader.

Your headline carries words that predominantly appeal to most people’s intellectual sphere. Intellectual impact words are especially effective when your goal is to arouse curiosity.

For more headline tools like this, read: 7 Tools To Find Inspiration For Your Headlines

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10 Smart Ways To Drive More Readers To Your Healthcare Blog

Blogs written by physicians, nurses, researchers, patients, and allied healthcare professionals add much to the richness and diversity of the online healthcare conversation.

But it’s not enough to write great content and hope that people will find it. You need to actively promote your blog to maximize opportunities for more people to find and learn from your content. In today’s post, I will share with you 10 tried and tested ways guaranteed to drive more traffic and increase engagement on your healthcare blog.

1. Tailor Your Content To Your Audience’s Needs

Firstly, every piece of content that you create should have an intended audience. What kind of healthcare information are your patients looking for? What problems can your content solve for them? Focusing more clearly on your audience will help you to create content that will draw more readers to your blog. The key here is to really know your audience and their pain points and write content that specifically answers their particular needs.

2. Hook Your Readers With An Irresistible Headline

If content is king, then the headline is queen. Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader. A good headline frames your content. No matter how amazing your content is, few people are going to click through to read it if they’re not immediately captivated by your headline.

Recommended Reading: Write Better Headlines With These 9 Winning Formulas

3.  Use Keywords Strategically

If you want your website to rank higher on Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

The Google Keyword Planner within Adwords is a useful tool to find ideas for content based on keyword search. Google also displays related search results at the bottom of the first page when you type in your Google search query. This is a super-helpful resource as it returns ideas that are relevant to your topic based on user interest and contextual words.

4. Create Evergreen Content

Evergreen content is the kind of content that is continually relevant and stays “fresh” for readers. A Moz case study defines evergreen posts as “content having a continued and sustained success” and also shows that evergreen posts can generate traffic years after their original publication. Some common evergreen formats include Lists, and How To’s.

5. Add Visual Appeal

Study after study confirms that how you create and share content matters
with visual content leading the way. When it comes to creating visual content, don’t be tempted to reach for the nearest stock image. These days there’s no excuse for using boring stock images. In this post, I share my best recommendations for sourcing images you can use for free to enhance your social media posts.

6. Maintain A Consistent Posting Schedule

To create and maintain interest with your audience you need to post consistently to stay in front of your audience’s eyes and keep growing. One of the best ways to do this is to create recurring content. Recurring content form hooks which keep readers interested in coming back to your site. Having specific days or times that you post content means followers will get into the habit of checking your social media to see if anything new has appeared. Examples could be creating a weekly round-up post on your blog.

7. Leverage Guest Blogging

Whether you invite a guest blogger to blog on your site, or you guest blog for someone else, guest blogging is one of the most effective ways to increase your blog’s traffic. Not only do you get the opportunity to build your authority and increase your visibility, but you can also leverage the social following of your guest blogger when you mention them on social media.

8.  Drive More Traffic With Social Shares

By making it easy for visitors to your site to share your content, you increase the likelihood that they will take this action. When more people share your content, you increase the chance of driving more visitors to your blog. Make sure your social sharing buttons are clearly visible. Check out this advice on the best position to place share icons on a web page.

9. Send an e-Newsletter to Subscribers

Newsletters can help keep your content top of mind with readers and drive more traffic to your website. Consider sending an email digest of your most recent blog posts, or send a targeted email each time you publish new content.

10. Repurpose Your Existing Content

Repurposing content simply means taking one asset and reusing it somewhere else. By re-purposing content you have already written, you can expand the reach of your content and attract new audiences.  Identify your most popular content through your blog analytics tool and by using Google Analytics. You should aim to repurpose any content that consistently performs well.

These are just some of the ways in which you can drive more traffic to your website. Can you add more suggestions to this list?

You might also like to read: 9 Tips to Help You Build a Better Healthcare Blog

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#ThursdayTip: How to Embed a YouTube Video into WordPress

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip!

Feeling stuck when it comes to blogging? 

Here’s an idea.

Find a relevant video on YouTube and post it on your site. You could add your comments on the post or just let the video speak for itself.

This is a super simple way to keep your blog updated and it is very straightforward to add a YouTube video to your website. 

Here’s how.

Click on “SHARE” right below the video you’ve chosen on YouTube

Simply copy the video URL.

Now go to your website page or post editor where you want to embed the video and follow the prompts to insert the embed code.

And you’re all set!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Snappr Photo Analyzer

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Snappr’s Photo Analyzer – a tool that uses machine learning technologies to determine how well your photo will perform on LinkedIn.

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After it’s analyzed your LinkedIn profile picture, the tool gives you a score on parameters from composition to editing and gives you plenty of actionable tips to improve your score.


Check out my LinkedIn article How You Can Benefit from an Optimized Profile on LinkedIn for more tips on creating a stand-out profile on the platform. 

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#ThursdayTip: How To “Unmention” Yourself From A Twitter Discussion

Take control of your mentions and leave a conversation with this week’s quick Twitter Tip.

Twitter is rolling out to all users across the platform the ability to leave a conversation and it couldn’t be simpler to do. 

Simply click on the ellipses (three dots) beside the Twitter conversation you wish to leave.

Choose leave this conversation and you will be untagged from the original Tweet and all replies.  You can also see from the screenshot below, you have other options too – stop future mentions (people can’t mention you again in this conversation) and stop notifications (you won’t receive further notifications but will still see the conversation).

You might also like to read How To Mute Accounts, Keywords & Hashtags on Twitter

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Cutt.ly

 

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Cutt.ly – a URL shortening tool.

What is a URL Shortener?

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the address you type to access a website on the Internet. A URL shortener (also called a link shortener) makes it easy to manage long URLs. By using a URL shortener, you can reduce the length of your URL, which makes them more shareable and memorable. 

In addition, long URLs with letters, numbers, backslashes, and question marks can appear suspicious. As a result, people may be reluctant to click on the link.

There are several URL shorteners on the market, and today I am going to share one of those with you – Cutt.ly.

Let’s see it in action. 

As well as shortening your URL, Cutt.ly lets you create QR codes and customize your link to match your brand name or indicate what it is about (this is available on the paid plan). Furthermore, you can find out who clicks on them, where they are, and when they do so you can assess their effectiveness. 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Pin A Tweet

Welcome to this week’s social media tip.

Pinning a Tweet allows you to showcase your best content at the top of your profile page for as long as you’d like.

In the past Twitter typically only allowed viewers to see posts in a sequential timeline which meant that your most important or relevant content quickly got lost in the fast-moving Twitter stream.

To solve this issue Twitter now allows you to pin a tweet or keep it placed at the top of the newsfeed giving you more editorial control as to what a viewer will see first when visiting your page.

How To Pin A Tweet

It’s super quick and easy to do. Follow the steps below to pin your first tweet.

1. Open up your Twitter Profile Page.

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2. Choose a Tweet you would like to Pin. Select “Pin to your profile page”.

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3. The Tweet will now automatically appear at the top of Page.

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4. To remove a pinned tweet, simply click on the “unpin” option. 

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It’s a good idea to review your pinned tweets regularly to make sure you are sharing up-to-date posts. Out-dated pins will make your profile look out-dated too.  To refresh your Twitter profile simply choose another tweet to pin. Twitter will ask you to confirm if you want to replace your current pinned tweet.

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It couldn’t be easier to follow these steps and it’s something you should certainly do to highlight your accomplishments, share your latest news, and bring your viewers attention to the posts you want them to see first.

Here’s to your tweeting success!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Access Your Twitter Data

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want to show you how to review your Twitter data.

Reviewing your Twitter data can give you insights into the type of information stored for your account.

What type of information is available to you?

Your Twitter data provides you with a snapshot of your Twitter information, including the following:

Account: Log into your Twitter account and go to More.

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Click on Settings and Privacy. You will see information such as your username, email addresses or phone numbers associated with your account, etc.  You can update or correct most of this information at any time.

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Account history: You’ll also be able to see your login history, as well as the places you’ve been while using Twitter.

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Apps and devices: You can also view the browsers and mobile devices associated with your account (if you are logged in) or current device (if logged out), and the apps you have connected to your Twitter account. If you see login activity from an app you don’t recognize or that looks suspicious, you can go to the Apps tab in your settings to revoke its access to your Twitter account. The IP location shown is the approximate location of the IP address you used to access Twitter, and it may be different from your physical location.

Account activity: You will be able to see the accounts you’ve blocked or muted.

Interests and Ads data: You can also see interests that Twitter and its partners have inferred about your account or current device.

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You can also view any Twitter advertisers who have included your account or current device in their tailored audiences. You can opt-out of interest-based advertising in your personalization and data settings. This will change the ads you see on Twitter, however, it won’t remove you from advertisers’ audiences.

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Download an archive of your data: You can also download a machine-readable archive of information associated with your account in HTML and JSON files.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Linktree

 

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Linktree – a landing page tool that houses links to your social sites.  

When you sign up, you receive a unique Linktree URL that you can add to your bio on any social media platform, in your email signature, etc., so your followers and visitors can choose which of your content they want to see.  

If you use Instagram, you already know that you can’t have more than one link on the website portion of your profile. This is where Linktree comes in. With Linktree, you can create a landing page with as many links as you like.   

See this example from podcasters, Our MBC Life, to see how it looks in practice.  

Pricing

You can sign up for free to get unlimited links and a customizable Linktree. For more customisation, there are paid plans.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Loom

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is video app –  Loom.

Combining face and screen video recording with audio, Loom makes it easy to create quick, personal videos ready for sharing via email, social media, YouTube, or as an embedded video on your website.

Check out this video which walks you through the desktop version (you can also use it as a Chrome extension or download iOS app). 

The basic version is free and allows you to record up to 25 videos.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Pexels

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This week’s cool tool recommendation is stock image site Pexels.

Pexels provides over 3,800 high-resolution photos, collated from other free image sites — making it one of the largest free image directories. Pexels has also added a large library of stock videos to its site also under the CC0 license. Use the site’s list of popular searches to find the most in-demand stock video.

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Twitter Threads

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want you to show you how to create Twitter threads. 

Not sure what a Twitter thread looks like?

If you spend any time on Twitter you’ve probably already come across a Twitter thread, but perhaps not know that it was a thread.  Threads are a series of related tweets shared in succession by one person.

With a thread, you can provide additional context, an update, or an extended point by connecting multiple tweets together. When used well, threads are a powerful way to illustrate a larger point.

Before threads, users would have to just continue replying to their own Tweets in order to link them together. This was a  way to work around the old 140 character limit.

How To Create A Twitter Thread

1. Click the “Tweet” button to compose a new Tweet.

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2. Click the new “Add another Tweet” button.

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3. This brings up a second Tweet window.

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4. Continue in this way adding threads until you’ve said all you want to say.  You can either publish the entire thread by hitting “Tweet All”….

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Or you can hit post each tweet in succession, which allows you to build momentum, perfect for a live event or an ongoing train of thought.

Publishing the entire thread gives your followers a fully-formed story — a better choice for a message you want to control a bit more, like a nuanced company announcement.

Here’s how your published displays on Twitter when complete.

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Want to learn more?

Check out this guide to Twitter threads on Twitter’s business blog.

Here’s to your social media success!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool:  Dr. Link Check

This week I’m recommending  Dr. Link Check– a tool to help you identify broken links on your website and fix them.

Did you know that broken links on your website are sending signals to Google that your website is old and outdated and perhaps even untrustworthy?

Broken links or dead links are hyperlinks on a webpage that are no longer functional. They can negatively impact your SEO by impacting bounce rate (the percentage of visitors that navigate away from a particular site after viewing only one page) and time on site, two factors that directly affect SEO.

Finding broken links is the first step to fixing them. This can be done in a number of ways. One is to use a tool like Dr. Link Checker.

It’s very simple to use. Simply type in the url of your site and let the link checker go to work.

This shows me a list of the broken links on my own website that I need to fix. A majority of these link to dead external sites. This makes sense since I originally linked out to speaking engagements and the conference and meeting sites have been taken down.  In this case, I have no choice but to delete the hyperlink since I have no control over external links.  

When it comes to internal links, I have control over them, and it’s good SEO practice to review content and correct broken links immediately.   

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#ThursdayTip: How To Generate Fresh Content Ideas In 30 Seconds.. Or Less

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want to share a tip with you for generating content ideas in under a minute using two similar tools. Use these tools as inspiration for topics you could write about.

1.  HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator tool lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas for you

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2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate content ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

Sometimes all you need is a little spark to get your creativity flowing again, and these tools may just the thing to get your creative juices flowing again.

Here’s to your social media success!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: UberSuggest

This week I’m recommending UberSuggest – a free keyword research tool that lets you see which keywords are performing best for your competitors/peers.

This truly is a super helpful tool when it comes to Search Engine Optimisation. It generates a list of keywords for you based on what is working for your competitors and based on what people are typing into Google, allowing you to see volume, competition, and even seasonal trends for each of your chosen keywords.

Let’s see it in action.

Type in your chosen keyword (or a domain of a competitor to see which keywords are ranking for them). In this example, I’ll use the keyword ‘social media’.

The first thing I get is an overview of keyword search volume (the number of searches this keyword has per month) SEO difficulty (estimated competition in organic search – the higher the number the more competitive) paid difficulty (estimated competition in organic search – the higher the number the more competitive) and cost per click (if you are using paid Google ads).

Keyword Ideas

Now I can start to drill down into keyword ideas based on my head keyword.

As you can see from the screenshot above, you can do a lot more, such as identify how popular the keyword is based on its search volume over the last 12 months.  

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Now let’s look at what we can do with these keywords. Ubersuggest shows you the highest performing content for your chosen keywords.

Backlink Data

Backlinks are one of the most important components of Google’s ranking algorithm. However, there is a problem. They are difficult to build. Ubersuggest lets you see exactly what content people are linking to in your space. You then approach each of these sites and ask them to link to you.  

Pricing

You get three free daily searches with the free version. Before you decide to upgrade, you can try out a paid version for free for 7 days.   

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Refind

Find quality articles from around the net that will spark your interest and make you smarter every day with this week’s cool tool recommendation.

Refind – a daily curated list of quality reading from around the web designed to spark your interest and make you smarter.

Sign up to get 7 (or more) new links every day tailored to your interests, curated from 10k+ sources.

Here’s how to get started

1. Create an account at Refind.com

2. Choose 3 topics of interest

3. Rate links to tailor your experience to your interests

4. Choose a Deep Dive or Thought Leader to subscribe to.

5. Choose how many links you wish to receive each day, the time of it day you wish to receive them, and the email address to deliver them to.

6. And now you’re all set to dive into your curated reading list.

Refind is also available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Bensound

This week I’m recommending Bensound – a useful source of royalty-free music.

You can use Bensound’s music available under Free License in your multimedia project (online videos, websites, animations, etc.) for free as long as you credit Bensound.

If you need high-quality files (mp3 and wav) choose “Premium” tracks or you can buy a Bensound Pro License.

Visit https://www.bensound.com/licensing to learn more.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Fotor

This week I’m recommending Fotor, a free image editing tool and design maker for PC and mobile.

Easy-to-use interfaces and tutorials make it a breeze to create beautiful images without needing to be a professional designer. You can choose from hundreds of templates and text-image combinations. Creating beautiful designs is as simple as modifying the templates.

You can use it to create a variety of images, including photo collages for social media, making as many edits as you need from an extensive menu of edits. Fotor even provides an area where you can experiment to the side of your canvas. It includes ready-to-go graphics, icons, and studio-quality video templates.   One of my favorite Fotor features is the  LinkedIn banner design and the logo maker. 

A paid version is available that contains more features and is ad-free. 

Visit www.Fotor.com and try it for yourself.

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Social Media Image Sizes: A 2022 Cheat Guide

It probably isn’t necessary for me to tell you that compelling visuals make effective marketing.

It is a very powerful marketing tool that increases message association, brand awareness, and engagement.

In order to share high-quality visuals across platforms, make sure each image is the right size before sharing. A pixelated or cropped image can seem unprofessional to the viewer if it is not sized correctly.

To make the job of determining the right size and resolution of an image easier, there are several handy charts available from different sources.

Let’s start with this infographic from Hootsuite which covers the four main social platforms.

Now head on over to my Medium platform to find specific dimensions for each social platform.

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How to Create a Winning Healthcare Content Strategy

To ensure that your healthcare content performs well on social media, you must be strategic about what you publish and when you publish it.

You can create a winning content strategy by following these 10 steps. 

Step #1 Define Your Purpose

Having a clear purpose in mind is the first step to creating great content. What do you hope to achieve with your content?

  • Attract more patients to your practice
  • Improve the quality of health information online
  • Drive traffic to your  website
  • Run a disease awareness campaign
  • Establish online authority and credibility

Take Action: Set SMART goals for your social media marketing. For a goal to become a reality, it needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic, as well as time-specific, these are often called SMART goals.

Step #2 Identify Your Audience’s Needs

Once you have a clear why your next step is to identify exactly who is going to consume the content you create.

Every piece of content that you create should have an intended audience. As you think about creating content focus your strategy around your audience’s needs and interests.

What kind of information is your audience looking for? What problems can you solve for them? Will they be wiser for having read your content?

Focusing more clearly on your audience will help you to create tailored content as well as help you structure your writing for the people you are trying to help. You can then tailor your content more specifically to match their needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to attract and engage different members of your audience. The key here is to really know your audience and their pain points and write content that specifically answers their particular needs.

Take Action: Check out these suggestions for places to help you discover the content your audience is looking for so you can create that content for them.

Step #3 Determine Your Content Format

This is a two-part strategy. Firstly, you need to go where your audience is consuming content (many social media platforms lend themselves more naturally to specific types of content). Identify how, when, and where they like to engage with content, and then start to create content on your audience’s preferred platform and preferred way of consuming content.

Secondly, you need to take stock of your own resources. What internal and external resources will you need to run your content marketing engine? Do you have time to write regularly for a blog? Would it be better for you to create video blogs (vlogs) for your website or communicate through a live stream broadcast? What assets do you already have that you can leverage for your content strategy? For example, do you have access to a graphic designer who can create infographics? Use your in-house talent to create unique content and publish it in a format that will attract and retain your audience’s attention.

Step #4 Keep Content Ideas Flowing

Whether it’s an excel spreadsheet, Google Docs, or another note-taking system, create a place to add links to interesting articles, studies or ideas for content to share.

Take Action: Evernote is my go-to tool to store notes and ideas. You can add tags and create folders for easy retrieval. Evernote’s in-browser Web clipping tool allows you to save the full text of PDFs, Web content, and other materials. It will also alert you if you’ve already clipped an item or show content that’s related to what you’re saving. You can also email notes to your account and the content will be automatically stored and organized for you, allowing you to quickly reference it in the future.

Step #5 Write Captivating Headlines

If content is king, then the headline is queen. Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader. No matter how awesome your content is, few people are going to click through to read it if they’re not immediately captivated by your headline.

According to CoSchedule how-to, list, and question headlines tend to get the most engagement.

  1. How To {Do Something} That Will {Help You Experience Desired Result}
  2. {#} Ways To {Do Something} To {Produce Desired Result}
  3. What Is The Best {Topic} That Will {Do Something Desirable}?

Take Action: Read Write Better Headlines With These 9 Winning Formulas for tips on creating headlines that attract attention.

Step #6 Add Images To Your Content

People connect more emotionally with images than text, and in an increasingly crowded digital landscape, when our minds are attracted more readily to content that draws our eye, images can break through the online content clutter to quickly communicate your marketing messages.

Take Action: Check out this list of tools to help you create professional graphics.

Step #7 Add A Sizzling Call-To-Action

Each time you write a new piece of content, go back to Step#1 to clarify your purpose. Whether that goal is for a reader to share or comment on your latest blog, call your office or buy a product or service, adding a call to action increases the likelihood the reader will take the desired action and engage with you further.

Take Action: Don’t assume that readers will know what to do next. Make it clear and unambiguous what the next step is after reading your content.

Step #8 Use Keywords Strategically

It’s important to include keywords in your content if you want to rank higher for particular search terms.

Take Action: Brainstorm a list of important, relevant topics related to your business. Read How To Find The Best Keywords For Your Website for some more tips.

Step #9 Promote Your Content

Content has no value unless it’s shared. You need to determine how you will connect your content with the right audience at the right time. Instead of treating content amplification as something you only do after the content is created and published, you should incorporate promotion strategies into the content planning and creation process.

Take Action: Leverage hashtags, create high-quality, relevant content that people will want to share, maintain a consistent posting schedule, post when your audience is online, write better headlines, add more images, and boost your best-performing posts with a paid promotion strategy.

Step #10 Measure Results

How do you know if all the time you’re investing in social media marketing is paying off? You don’t know unless you put a system in place to measure and analyze your efforts.

  • Traffic. How many blog or website visitors did you receive from social media?
  • Engagement. How many likes, clicks, and shares are your posts receiving?
  • Conversions. How many blog or website visitors are completing conversion steps?

Take Action: Use built-in tools such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics, third-party tools, and measurement of social traffic and conversion with Google Analytics to track and measure your progress.

As always thanks for reading. I hope you learned something new today!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Beatleap

This week I’m recommending a new video tool – with a twist. 

Beatleap offers a new, powerful video editing experience, allowing you to create and edit videos by automatically matching songs with your video clips.

The app uses machine learning to automatically match songs to your video, then gives you a number of editing tools such as special effects, filters, and overlays to make your clips unique.

Features include:

  • 20 editing tools and effects as well as 50 filters to choose from
  • A library of over 1,000 professional songs to synchronize with the user’s video
  • Automatic trimming, cutting, and mixing of clips according to the beat of a selected track
  • Stunning video effects which are automatically placed at the perfect timing
  • Trendy filters and overlays to give users complete control over the look and feel of their videos

It’s perfect for TikTok, but you can use it for any social platform.

Note: This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: TinyPNG

 

This week’s cool tool recommendation is TinyPNG – a handy compression tool for JPEG and PNG images.

TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your image files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: RhymeZone

 

This week’s cool tool recommendation is RhymeZone a fast rhyming dictionary and thesaurus.

Quickly find rhymes, near rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, similar sounding words, words with the same consonant pattern, and other related words from its database of over 100,000 words and phrases.

RhymeZone also has an app for Amazon Alexa and an add-on for Google Docs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Media Usage By Age

Are you curious about which social media sites people use according to an age demographic?  

Pew Research Center has provided the breakdown by age for American adults in 2021.

YouTube and Facebook are the most popular online platforms, and their user bases are most representative of the population as a whole.   

Even though other platforms don’t match the overall reach of YouTube or Facebook, there are certain sites or apps, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, that have a particularly strong following among young adults. A majority of 18- to 29-year-olds use Instagram (71%) or Snapchat (65%), while roughly half use TikTok. They stand in stark contrast to those of older age groups. While 65% of adults ages 18 to 29 report using Snapchat, just 2% of those 65 and older do so – a difference of 63 percentage points.

Visit Pew Research Center to read the data in full

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Preview

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Preview, a super useful Instagram app.

Preview is your visual planner for Instagram. Use it to predict what your feed will look like before you post anything on Instagram.

Features at a glance

DRAG & DROP

Use the drag & drop to arrange your Instagram photos & videos. Design your own unique theme. Color coordinate. Predict how your feed will look like. Or simply plan your content in advance.

ANALYTICS & INSIGHTS

Track your performance, see best times to post & best hashtags. Optimize your account to get the most out of it.

AMAZING FILTERS

Design your own unique and amazing feed that reflects your personality or brand. Preview comes with 12 beautiful filter packs and 73 unique filters.

REPOST

Share other Instagrammers’ photos and videos. Save them in Preview for later. Curate your feed.

PERFECT YOUR CAPTIONS

Write your captions in advance and perfect them. Use the hashtag suggestion tool. Save your hashtag groups within the app and add them to new posts at a press of a button.

HASHTAG FINDER

Search for the best Instagram hashtags to grow your account. Search by category, country, city & Instagram community.

SCHEDULE

Set a day and time for your post. See what you have scheduled for the day, week and month. When it’s time to post, Preview will send you a notification. All you have to do is send your post to Instagram and paste your caption.

Pricing

All plans come with: Drag and Drop, Unlimited Posts, Photo Editor, Hashtag Finder, Hashtag Groups Manager, Beautiful Stock Photos, and Photo, Video and Carousel posts.

Paid plans start at $7.99 per month.

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What Healthcare Marketers Should Know About Instagram in 2022

Are you using Instagram for your healthcare communication?

Instagram (IG) enables healthcare providers the opportunity to connect in an immediate way with their patients. It is particularly good for community outreach activities and patient education.  Healthcare providers can also use IG to show users a behind-the-scenes view of their practice.

Dermatologists, cosmetic dentists, and plastic surgeons can benefit from Instagram by using photos or video to illustrate their services. Practices can showcase before and after photos of patients, as well as videos or illustrations that educate patients on procedures and treatments.

A recent report by SproutSocial shows some of the latest facts and figures about Instagram, which it believes will reinforce your decision to use Instagram as a marketing channel.

Instagram users/usage at a glance

  • Over 2 billion monthly active users
  • Most downloaded app in Q4 2021
  • More than half of global IG users are aged 34 years or younger
  • 17.9% of global IG users are men between the ages of 18–24
  • 59% of users log in daily — 38% will do so several times a day

Instagram content statistics

The average engagement rate per post is 0.98%. RivalIQ’s benchmark report in 2021 notes that Instagram engagement rates dropped by 25%. The median across all industries is now 0.98%. For influencers, though, the engagement rate per post is much higher at 1.42%.

To put this into context, this rate far surpasses the ones on Facebook (0.19%) and Twitter (0.04%).

If you’re looking to increase your engagement rate, consider carousel posts which have the highest engagement rate per impression.

Take action: Check out these free templates to create carousel images 

Stories also increase the engagement rate. You should post up to five stories a day, according to the report. Doing so ensures that you have a retention rate of over 70%. 

Which type of Story works best?

In Stories, you have the option of posting images or video content. For accounts with fewer than 100k followers, SproutSocial recommends image content, which beats out video content for story reach. 

However, those are just Story stats. If you’re looking at videos in general, 91% of active users watch videos on IG weekly so having a video marketing strategy is crucial.

What’s the best day to post on Instagram?

According to Sprout’s analysis, the best times to post on Instagram are Tuesday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Monday through Friday 11 a.m. The worst day to post is Sunday.

Take Action: Schedule your content for maximum engagement at optimal times.

Is this the best place for you to engage your audience?

The largest age group is 18–34 years old, consisting of 62.2% of all users, so if your target audience falls into this bracket, then Instagram is definitely the place for you to communicate.

Want to learn more?

Check out the full report here.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quuu

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week I’m recommending Quuu – a hand-curated content suggestion platform that connects to your scheduling tool of choice.

Here’s how it works

Sign up, connect your account and choose from over 300 interest categories to receive suggestions that matter to you and your audience.

With the free account, you can choose up to 5 interest categories, get suggestions automatically sent to your connected accounts two times a day (six for a paid account).

Relevant suggestions will be queued to your scheduling tool where you can choose to manually curate posts yourself or Quuu will post for you.

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6 Simple Ways To Spring Clean Your Social Media Marketing

In the northern hemisphere spring has sprung at last.

Traditionally spring is a time for cleaning our homes, but we can also think about extending this to our social media lives too.

Our digital houses can get just as cluttered as our real-life homes.

So let’s take some time this spring to clear away the junk and dust those cobwebs from our social media channels.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Infogram

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week I’m recommending Infogram, a free infographic and data visualization tool.

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Infogram’s Basic (free) plan is intended only for non-commercial use, such as personal projects, blogs and presentations, within the limits of fair use. Its Business plan allows you to remove Infogram’s branding and add your own logo (it offers a reduced price for nonprofit and educational organizations.) The Basic plan includes 37 chart templates and allows users to generate up to 10 three-page projects based on their data.

Related

How To Create A Plain Language Summary To Match Patient Preferences

How To Create A Healthcare Infographic

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How To Create A Healthcare Infographic

Information graphics or infographics are stand-alone graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They are universally understandable and can illustrate information that may be too technical to communicate in text.

Research suggests that publishers who use infographics grow in traffic 12 percent more than those who don’t. This is because an infographic unless it’s completely awful (and they exist), will get a lot more attention than a typical text blog post.

They can also be a fun way to promote brand awareness. In terms of social media marketing, they are an effective way of spreading information (the “viral” process) across multiple social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogs.

11 content ideas for a healthcare infographic  

There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a healthcare infographic. Below are some suggestions to get you started.

  1. Technological breakthrough
  2. Latest research
  3. Medical conditions
  4. The human body
  5. First aid advice
  6. Drug information
  7. Statistics
  8. Diseases
  9. Health care reform
  10. Surgical procedures
  11. Nutrition

 7 tips for designing a healthcare infographic 

A good infographic takes time to create and should contain the following elements.

  1. Be concise
  2. Be visually appealing
  3. Be of value and interest to your readers
  4. Be accurate
  5. Be creative
  6. Be transparent (always cite your data sources )
  7. Be mindful of copyright

How to create a healthcare infographic

Infographics are valuable tools for healthcare providers to present complex information, educate patients, and brand and market a healthcare service in a creative and visually attractive way.

The following tools will make it easy for even the novice designer to create interesting infographics.

1. Canva

2. Visme

3. Infogram

If you are serious about using infographics to inform and educate your patients or market your brand, it’s best to hire a specialist infographic designer. But, if you just want to have some fun and test your design skills, then use the tips and tools listed above to get creative with your data.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Lumen 5

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is  Lumen5 is a desktop tool designed for bloggers to convert their blog posts into video.

I geeked out over this tool last year when I discovered it. Simply input your blog post’s url and Lumen 5 will import the text and images from that post and auto-create your video. You can then edit it, swap out images, upload other images and add music before you hit publish.  The video above is one I created with  Lumen 5 from an original blog post

The free plan includes unlimited videos, access to 10 million video files, and 480p-quality video with the Lumen5 watermark. You can also upload your own logo. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($49/month) lets you remove the Lumen5 branding, upload your own watermark and outro, and more.

 

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The Internet Never Sleeps: Here’s What Happens Every Minute Online

Data never sleeps and it shows no signs of slowing down. Domo

For the last few years, I’ve posted a mesmerizing graphic from Domo showing just what happens every 60 seconds online.  

In this 10th annual “Data Never Sleeps” infographic, you can see how much data is accelerating, and it shows no signs of slowing down. 

How far have we come in ten years?

Looking at the statistics this year, the most fascinating thing to me is how much the data has grown.   You can also see that sharing of image and video content has the largest increase, while email has the smallest increase.

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