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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).

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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.

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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 Plain Language Summary To Match Patient Preferences

Health information should be easy to access, use, and understand for everyone, including both patients and their caregivers. However, despite the increasing availability of medical content from different forms of media, studies have shown that few non-experts can understand, or act on, the health information available

Often, the text is written so that it is beyond the general reading level, limiting understanding and hindering decision-making.

Enter the plain-language summary.

Plain language summaries (PLSs) have been introduced to give readers a clear, nontechnical, and easily understandable overview of medical, scientific, and policy literature.

Text is written using short, clear sentences, using everyday English words, and avoiding complex grammatical structures. Consequently, a PLS can explain complicated medical research to nonexperts, thereby extending scientific information’s reach and empowering non-experts to act on the information they receive.

Further, scientists directly disseminate their findings to a wider audience outside of the scientific community, ensuring greater clarity and reducing the possibility of misinterpretation by the media or social media.

Even though the rationale for providing patients with plain language summaries is well understood, little is known about specific patient preferences for PLSs.

Until now.

According to a survey published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, infographic-based plain language summaries (PLSs) are most preferred by patients and caregivers, followed by a text-only summary of medium complexity.

Want to learn more about this study?

Head on over to my Medium article to read the details.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Hotjar

This week I’m recommending Hotjar, a website optimization tool.

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Hotjar offers website heat maps, scroll maps, click maps and more, alongside visitor recordings and website funnel mapping. By combining both Analysis and Feedback tools, Hotjar gives you the ‘big picture’ of how to improve your site’s user experience and performance/conversion rates.

Heat maps to visualize user behaviour

A heat map (or heatmap) is a graphical representation of data where values are depicted by color. Heat maps make it easy to visualize complex data and understand it at a glance. They’re a powerful way to understand what users do on your website pages—where they click, how far they scroll, what they look at or ignore.

Visitor Recordings to see what your users see

By seeing your visitor’s clicks, taps and mouse movements you can identify usability issues on the fly and issues they encounter.

Conversion Funnels to see where your visitors are dropping off

Find the biggest opportunities for improvement and testing by identifying on which page and at which step most visitors are leaving your site.

Price: The free plan covers businesses with up to 2,000 pageviews per day.

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Blogging For Your Healthcare Practice? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Healthcare blogs range in content and style, from commentary on a current issue to  patients sharing their lived experience with a disease and healthcare professionals educating patients on the management of an illness.

When it comes to marketing your practice, a blog is a powerful addition to your business website.

A blog can help you drive traffic to your website, convert that traffic into leads, establish authority in your industry, and grow your business.

Yet, how many people are actually finding your blog and reading it?

SEO company, Ahrefs set out to answer the question of how much content gets any search traffic from Google, and they got a stunning answer.

If you don’t want your readership to fall into the blue zone above, then check out my latest LinkedIn article, which outlines the ten most common blogging mistakes businesses make and how to fix them!

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

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Repost

This week I’m recommending Repost – a simple tool that makes it easy to repost your photos and videos on Instagram while giving credit to the original Instagramer.

When you find something you want to repost in Instagram, simply copy the share URL and open Repost. Then in Repost, you can position the attribution mark and send the reposted media back to Instagram.

Click here for step-by-step guide. 

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How To Set SMART Goals For Your Healthcare Marketing

It’s no secret that goal setting increases your likelihood of social media success, yet it never ceases to amaze me how many businesses have given scant thought to creating their social media goals.

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When working with clients to create an online marketing strategy, one of my first questions to them is simply “what are you hoping to achieve with social media?” So many times I see businesses jump on board the latest social network without any thought as to what they actually want to achieve there.

Strategy Without Goals Is Putting The Cart Before The Horse

Without goals, it’s hard to know exactly how well your social media strategy is performing. Clear goals will not only propel your strategy forward, but they will also serve as defined metrics when it comes to measuring your progress.

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Common Social Media Marketing Goals

Below you will find a list of some common social media marketing goals — decide which of these are most aligned with your business goals.

  • 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

Research shows that writing down your goals increases the completion rate of goals.

How To Set SMART Social Media Goals

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. SMART goals are one of the longest-lasting, most popular goal-setting frameworks for business.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes a goal SMART

Specific — the more specific you can be with defining a goal, the easier it will be to clearly see what it is you are trying to achieve. Let’s take as an example a goal to increase your Twitter followers by 10%.

Measurable — how will you measure your success? In this case it’s easy to measure 10% growth in Twitter followers when you check your follower numbers.

Attainable — is your goal attainable? Can you realistically achieve this Twitter growth?

Relevant — a relevant goal is aligned closely to your social media objectives. Is this goal relevant to your overall social media strategy?  Is Twitter the right platform for your communications?

Time Specific — give your goal a deadline – for example, increase your Twitter followers by 10% by the end of the month.

Wrapping Up

Setting SMART goals to which you can align your social media activity is a good guarantee of online marketing success. Once you have a clear set of goals, you can track your key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics more accurately. Make sure to revisit your goals on a regular basis to determine if you are still on track or if something needs adjusting. A winning formula is to measure, adjust and then rinse and repeat.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: StoryLab.ai

 

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 StoryLab.ai- an AI copy generator that helps you generate copy ideas, hooks, outlines and ready-made copy for marketing purposes.

Whether you’re looking to create an Instagram caption, a blog title, or ad copy, this tool is designed to inspire you.

Here’s How To Use StoryLab

Begin by selecting the type of content you want to create. 

In the example below, I’ve inputted “social media marketing strategy” as a blog topic and the tool has generated some ideas for headlines. 

Here’s what happens when I input the same term into the email subject line generator.

And here’s what is returned when I ask for ideas for a social media post. I have to say this is by far the most impressive result.

I’ve only recently been introduced to this tool, but I can already see I am going to save some time testing out its features over the coming week.

Pricing

You get 25 “runs” per month for free with StoryLab. Upgrade to a basic package to get 250 runs or unlimited runs with the top-tier package.

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How Do You Stack Up On Social Media?

A new edition of Rival IQ’s Social Media Industry Benchmark Report has been released for 2022. This report, which surveyed millions of posts and billions of interactions from top brands in every major industry on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, brings you the freshest social media benchmark data.

Key Findings — At A Glance

Image Credit: Rival IQ

Want to learn more?

Click here for more insights into engagement rates across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: TouchRetouch

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 photo editing app TouchRetouch.

The app is designed to deal with unwanted content in photos, without having to resort to Photoshop.  It allows you to remove small items from your photos by drawing over them with your finger.

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The 5 Stages of Twitter Adoption

Twitter reminded me last week that I’ve been on the platform for 13 years!

Even though I’ve seen Twitter change over the last decade, becoming less friendly and more confrontational, it’s still the social network I visit several times a day. 

Over the years I’ve met so many incredible people on Twitter – some of whom have become friends in real life.

I’ve been invited to speak at conferences around the globe.

I’ve never been so strategically connected.

And all because of Twitter.

And yet I still meet people who tell me they just don’t get Twitter.  They say it’s just a place to post what you ate for breakfast, or lunch, or.. well you get the picture.

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But here’s the thing about Twitter that not everyone realizes, you build your own experience to suit your interests and needs.

Twitter is the frame, not the picture, what’s inside is largely up to you.

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I can hardly remember back to the first tweet I sent, but I do remember that there were several stages in my evolution to becoming a Twitter devotee.

And it turns out most people who first join Twitter go through some, if not all, of these stages.

So here’s a fun infographic I created outlining the five most common stages of Twitter adoption.

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I’d love to hear from you. Are you a Twitter user? Where do you fall on this adoption curve?

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#ThursdayTip: How To Find Your Old Tweets

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to find old tweets in your Twitter archive. 

Have you ever wanted to search your Twitter archive to locate an old tweet?

Twitter shows your most recent 3,200 tweets in your timeline, which sounds like a lot, but if you’ve been using Twitter for quite a while and tweet a lot, you may find it hard to search for old tweets.

The solution lies in Twitter’s Advanced Search function.  Here’s how to perform a search for your old tweets.

1.  Go to https://twitter.com/search-advanced

2. Enter your username into the “From these accounts” field under “People.”

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3. Select a date range from the pop-up calendar to view your tweets (or tweets from any profile you wish to see) within a specific time frame.

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4. click the “Latest” tab to see all your tweets from this data range.

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Bonus Tip!

Want to see the first-ever tweet you sent?  Head over to www.findfirsttweet.com. Authenticate with your twitter account to unlock the search bar.

Here’s mine. Wow, I’ve been on Twitter for over ten years!

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Try it for yourself. Take a trip down Twitter memory lane and see how far you’ve come.

Here’s to your Twitter success!

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What You Need to Know About Google Search in 2022

A new infographic from Oberlo caught my eye this week.

Whether you’re simply curious about the numbers behind the world’s most popular search engine, or you’re looking to optimize your website, these statistics are worth exploring.

Let’s start with the fact that Google dominates the search engine market, holding close to 92% of the market share (GS Statcounter, 2022), and is THE most visited website, with almost 90 billion visits per month on average.

This number is based on the fact that Google is used by people daily not just for search but also for email (Gmail) and video and image searching.

How Many Google Searches Are Conducted per Day?

The latest data shows that Google processes over 99,000 searches every single second (Internet Live Stats, 2022). This makes more than 8.5 billion searches a day (Internet Live Stats, 2022).

84 percent of us use Google 3+ times a day or more often (Moz, 2019).

Most of these searches are conducted on mobile devices.

Here’s something worth mentioning, as Oberlo points out: “When comparing the types of searches on different devices, users on tablets or smartphones are more likely to conduct local searches, looking for answers to a particular query that is more likely to be location-based. Searches carried out using mobile devices are typically done with less complex results in mind, which could include fast facts, rather than learning complex subjects.”

Take Action! To check if your site’s design is responsive, enter its URL into this Google tool: Mobile-Friendly Test — Google Search Console

Finally, check out this statistic, the majority of us stay on the first page of Google results. In fact, 60 percent of mobile users were “very likely” to click on the first two or three search results they saw.

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For tips on improving your Google ranking, check out my list of 7 Simple and Effective Ways to Improve Your Website’s Google Ranking in 2022

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: WordCounter

This week’s cool tool recommendation is WordCounter

Although it is a simple tool, it is an invaluable one.

Knowing the word count of a text can be important. For example, if you have to write a minimum or maximum amount of words for an article, report, etc., WordCounter will help to make sure its word count reaches a specific requirement or stays within a certain limit.

Apart from counting words and characters, WordCounter can help you to improve word choice and writing style, and, optionally, help you to detect grammar mistakes and plagiarism. 

You can also copy and paste text from another program over into the online editor above. The Auto-Save feature will make sure you won’t lose any changes while editing, even if you leave the site and come back later. 

In addition, WordCounter shows you the top 10 keywords and keyword density of the article you’re writing. This allows you to know which keywords you use how often and at what percentages. This can prevent you from over-using certain words or word combinations and check for best distribution of keywords in your writing.

In the Details overview you can see the average speaking and reading time for your text, while Reading Level is an indicator of the education level a person would need in order to understand the words you’re using.

Pair this tool with one of the other tools I’ve recommended, such as Hemingway Editor, Quillbot, Wordtune, or Grammarly to improve your writing.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: StreamYard

I’m preparing to go Live on LinkedIn this week to mark World Cancer Day on Feb 4. It is my first time going Live and I’m excited to do so. I’ll be using a third-party tool that I’ve used before for Facebook Live videos and it’s this week’s cool tool recommendation. 

StreamYard is a live streaming studio which runs on your laptop or desktop. You can use it to stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and other platforms.  It’s  great for live interviews. You can have 6 people in the stream. Up to 10 people can enter the broadcast studio (with a paid version of the tool) so you can swap people in and out if you’re doing a dynamic talk show.

Other cool features include the ability to show viewer comments on screen, add a call to action, upload your logo, images, GIFs, and even videos.

Another great feature is the ability to pre-record your “live” stream 

This is a great option if you:

  • have a high stakes stream, and can’t afford mis-steps

  • are nervous about going live

  • can’t be online, or schedule a guest, at your normal show time.

StreamYard has both free and paid versions of the product. You can remove the StreamYard logo and upload your own. You can also add overlays and backgrounds, and use the restream integration. Full details are on the pricing page.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Twchat

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  Twitter chat manager – Twchat.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Twitter chats, they are a public chat, moderated by a host that happens live on Twitter. To filter all the conversations a specific hashtag is used. This hashtag allows you to follow the discussion and participate in it.  Most Twitter chats are recurring and focus on specific topics introduced by a moderator.  The chats usually last one hour and a transcript of tweets is often made available after the chat has ended.

Twitter chats move fast, which is why using a third-party tool is useful. Twchat allows you to create real-time chat rooms based on Twitter hashtags. TwChat monitors the hashtag and creates a simple, clean interface similar to a chatroom. You can see new messages, send your own, and have total control over the content you see.

Do you use this tool or a similar one? Do you find it helpful?

For more information on Twitter chats, read How Does A Health Care Twitter Chat Work? #Twitter101

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: VSCO

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 – photo editing and media sharing tool, VSCO.

The free version gives users access to standard editing tools, such as white balance, exposure, contrast and a sampling of the available presets.

VSCO saves all the photos you edit into a “studio” for you, so you’ll never lose track of any images you want to post. Users can share their images and videos to the app’s feed and/or share them directly from VSCO to other social media.

Check out a review of the app’s other capabilities here. 

 

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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.