By Darren Rowse Recently I shared a simple technique that I use to come up with ideas to write about on my blog – answering a beginner question. While not really rocket science I had a number of readers contact me privately with thank-you messages appreciating the nudge to write that type of post. Today…

 
 

By Brooke Furry Gain a competitive advantage by subscribing to theTopRank® Online Marketing Newsletter. © Marketers salivate dreaming of attracting attention from “influencers” – be it celebrities, established experts in a particular field, or talking heads. Convincing an influential industry leader to promote your brand would feel like a major win any day, as that…

 

By Robert Lee Brewer Are you ready for the 2015 April PAD Challenge? I know I am! (Check out the guidelines here.) Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2 The prompts are ready. The guest judges are confirmed (check them out here). And we have a cover design for the Poem Your Heart Out, volume 2…

 

By Brian A. Klems You start dating a person you met at your local grocery store. The date is going well—you’ve taken the person to your favorite restaurant (in which you both ordered the same unusual meal) and, it turns out, you both grew up in the same small town. The problem is, when you…

 

By Anne Wayman Often ads and market listings for magazines and other publications will call for writing samples. These are also known as ‘clips’ and as ‘tear sheets’ which is spelled both as one word and two. No matter what you call it, the writing sample is just that – a sample of your writing….

 

By tracey.wallace@bigcommerce.com (Tracey Wallace) The social commerce marketplace has grown more than 4-fold since 2012. Then, social commerce represented some $3 billion in retail sales. In 2015, social commerce accounts for some $14 billion. That’s one heck of a growth trajectory. Indeed, nearly all social platforms provide a commerce offering for retailers and shoppers alike….

 

By alisa@scalablesocialmedia.com (Alisa Meredith) It started with a few tweets here and there asking me to start a podcast (“I don’t have time to read all your blog posts!”), a couple of guest appearances on hangouts and other marketing podcasts, and next thing I know, for Inbound Marketing Week this year, I launched The Superheroes…

 

By pvaughan@hubspot.com (Pamela Vaughan) With more than 347 million users, LinkedIn is the most popular social network for professionals as well as one of the top social networks overall. But do you know how to use LinkedIn to its fullest potential? With new social networks sprouting up constantly, LinkedIn is a platform that often gets…