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What It Really Means When People Say “Social Media Is the New Word of Mouth”

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: October 4, 2017

If you run a small business or non-profit, you have probably heard the phrase, "social media is the new word of mouth," but what does that phrase really mean? Is social media really replacing word of mouth advertising? Are more people using social media than they are talking to people face-to-face? To help get to the bottom of this, we did a little research into what the data about word of mouth and social media tells us. Here's what we found. Word of Mouth Is Still Word of Mouth According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family above…

Small Businesses and the Power of Social Media Customer Care

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: December 20, 2017

The internet marketplace is booming with small businesses and non-profits taking advantage of the amazing accessibility to communities that social media offers. One cannot deny that the era of social media is a blessing and opportunity for the smaller businesses in our community, but with more and more of them getting online, it can be hard to truly stand out above the noise. That’s why all the smart digital marketers are turning their attention to social media customer care (SMCC), a little area of social media marketing that has often been overlooked by even the biggest of companies, as websitebuilder.org.uk…

3 Common Social Media Marketing Challenges and How to Solve Them

Relevance: 89%      Posted on: August 10, 2016

Social media offers businesses ways to interact with their customers like never before. Problems arise when the platform changes, and what was once a great way to share content with your followers no longer works. As social media evolves, businesses using social media will have to change, too. Common social media marketing challenges include truly connecting with your audience on a personal level, building a solid marketing strategy, providing consistently strong content, and getting others to share your content. Connecting with Your Audience on Social Media As a business using social media to connect with your audience, you have to…

Social Media for Small Business: 3 Do’s and Don’ts

Relevance: 89%      Posted on: June 14, 2017

Much of the advice we gave on non-profit social media also applies to doing social media for small business. When you're a small business owner, the temptation to treat your social media as your main venue for driving sales can be overwhelming. As we explain below, however, being too aggressive with sales language, posting inflammatory content, or slamming the competition on social media can be major traps and can actually hurt your sales in the long run. To help you avoid these and other pitfalls, below we share 3 do's and don'ts for doing social media for small business. Social…

How To Supercharge Your Social Media Strategies Without Spending a Fortune

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: February 17, 2016

Social media strategies are no longer optional for businesses or non-profits. Customers and donors use social media to vet new products with their friends, to learn more about a business before purchasing, to learn more about a charity or cause before donating, and to interact with customer service if there's a problem or just want to express their brand loyalty. Keeping on top of social media can be expensive. In sheer hours alone, you may find you're engaging too much with your social media channels. Working to supercharge your social media strategies doesn't have to break the bank, however, if…

Creating a Healthy Buzz: Why You Should Use Social Media in Healthcare

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: May 18, 2016

Leaders of the healthcare industry are smart to tread carefully when representing their organizations online. Healthcare organizations, not unlike most private and public organizations, want control over the way they're represented to healthcare consumers. This control can be threatened by newer, more interactive online venues like social media that allow for less screening and less predictability. Although social media, like any form of public communication, contains inherent risks, using social media in healthcare can help organizations differentiate their services in an increasingly competitive market. People Trust Online Health Information According to Ad Week, 40% of healthcare consumers trust health-related information they…

Social Media for Non-Profits: 3 Tips for Success

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: June 7, 2017

There are many questions that arise when doing social media for non-profits. Should you ask for donations? If so, how often? How often should you post? What should you post? If you are a non-profit manager, volunteer, or staff member, you may have questions like these when you sit down in front of your organization's Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles. Below we share 3 tips for success when doing social media for non-profits. But, What Does Social Media for Non-Profits Even Look Like These Days? A lot of our non-profit clients start out by asking us what social media platforms they…

Yes, You Need A Social Media Policy for Your Small Business

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: July 6, 2016

For many small businesses, social media seems like a necessary evil: full of risks while holding the potential for great reward. Given this perspective, it's no wonder that businesses seek control over what is posted on social media. This train of thought often results in a social media policy, or a list of rules for what employees can post on social media. Unfortunately, overly strict social media policies can leave employees, volunteers, and other stakeholders feeling as though they are operating under a gag order. At the same time, if you don't adopt a social media policy for your small business,…

Non-Profit Social Media Ideas: 3 Organizations Who Are Killing It

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: October 24, 2018

If you are looking for non-profit social media ideas, you've probably looked for some inspiration in helping to get your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram up and running. To help expedite the process, we've gathered a few of our favorite non-profits on social media for you here. Non-Profit #1: National Geographic's Instagram (@natgeo) As you know, Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms out there that you're going to want to get your non-profit an account on. However, unlike Facebook or Twitter, Instagram relies almost entirely on your followers viewing your posts on their mobile devices. Although you can access Instagram…

How Healthcare Organizations Can Use Social Media for Relationship-Building

Relevance: 85%      Posted on: June 8, 2016

In previous posts, we've explained how healthcare organizations can use social media to create a healthy buzz. We've also explained that social media is not magic: simply having Facebook and Twitter accounts does not automatically mean that your healthcare organization is reaching and engaging your stakeholders through social media. You also know what a healthy buzz could produce for your organization: meaningful relationships with your existing and future stakeholders. That seems like a lofty outcome. But, as other healthcare organizations have proven, it is achievable. Let’s investigate how healthcare organizations can use social media to build good relationships with their stakeholders.…

Not Magic: Who’s On Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the U.S.

Relevance: 51%      Posted on: May 25, 2016

Despite claims to the contrary, social media isn’t magic. It's simply a large group of people who log on to same platform. This means that simply creating a Facebook page does not guarantee you will have a 200% increase in the number of new customers who find your website. So why use social media for your business? Because there are lots and lots of people who log on to each platform. And many of them could be potential customers, if you know where to look. Below we explore who's on social media to give you a more in-depth idea of…

Using Hootsuite to Promote Your Small Business or Non-Profit

Relevance: 51%      Posted on: May 23, 2018

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ve probably heard that social media is vital to any organization’s marketing strategy. If you've ever tried to use social media to promote a small business or non-profit, however, you’ve probably also realized that social media marketing requires quite a bit of upkeep. Your organization has slow weeks, which allows you to publish content easily. But your organization also has busy weeks, which makes it more difficult to keep on top of. Your pattern of posting has probably been uneven and you’ve noticed that you have less likes and…

3 Digital Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Relevance: 49%      Posted on: April 20, 2016

Publishing effective content for your small business may be confusing at times or difficult. Sometimes, it can just be time consuming. What if there were some digital marketing tools that could help you start to use your time more effectively for your small business on the cheap? With the plethora of marketing tools available, it's easy to get lost down a rabbit hole of free trials. That's why we've collected 3 tools that can help you get started marketing your business without breaking the bank. WooRank Let's start with some basics. Before you start posting on social media and trying…

3 Ways to Increase Website Traffic Fast

Relevance: 48%      Posted on: October 10, 2018

If you recently launched a small business or non-profit, you may be looking for ways to increase website traffic fast. This may also be the case if you have an upcoming sale, fundraiser, or other important event. You may have also heard, possibly from us, that it can take up to 3 months for search engine optimization efforts to have a positive impact on your organic search presence. So... if you are looking to increase website traffic fast, what are your options? Way #1: Create a Social Media Strategy that Directs People to Your Website The first way to increase…

Digital Marketing Fundamentals Everyone Should Know

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: June 21, 2017

Digital marketing fundamentals are becoming important whether you're a freelancer, a small business owner, a non-profit manager, or a member of a larger organization. You need to know what's available to you and your organization, how digital marketing is different than traditional marketing, and what skill sets you might need to learn vs. which ones you might want to outsource. It's important to inform yourself on how you can reach new customers, donors, or clients using today's emerging digital tools. What Are Digital Marketing Fundamentals? Digital marketing fundamentals are very different than traditional marketing fundamentals. What works in media like tv,…

UX for Small Business: 3 Tips for Digital Success

Relevance: 44%      Posted on: February 14, 2018

If you run a small business with any kind of digital presence, you need to think about UX for small business. If you have a website, mobile app, or social media presence, you have users for those digital points of contact. And if you have users, then those users come with certain expectations. Whether those expectations are met determines whether they interact with you, become leads, or eventually become customers. This means that, regardless of the type of product or service you're selling, if you have a web presence, you need to think about user experience (or UX). What Is…

5 Instagram Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: April 11, 2018

If you own a small business, you have probably wondered whether Instagram is a good way to reach customers. That's why we assembled these Instagram marketing tips for small businesses. Instagram can be a great tool for reaching customers if you set yourself up for success. Why Instagram? Let's start with some statistics about why your small business should consider becoming active on Instagram. According to TechCrunch, Instagram currently has over 500 million daily active users, and over 800 million monthly active users. These numbers bring Instagram up to the second most popular social media platform out there, second only to…

3 Awesome and Cheap Content Marketing Tools for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: January 4, 2017

If you're looking for content marketing tools to help you promote your content online, you may find there aren't a lot available. Content marketing is relatively new in the world of marketing, and software developers are just now beginning to create packages that help people develop and deploy killer content. Many of these packages are incredibly expensive, however, and include thousands of dollars in miscellaneous "set-up fees," putting them out of reach for the average small business owner or non-profit manager. To help you get started with some of the tools we love, below we give our personal picks for…

How To Market Your Small Business Right Now

Relevance: 41%      Posted on: March 21, 2018

If you're wondering how to market your small business in the age of digital marketing, you're probably aware of many of the opportunities available. You probably are aware of social media marketing. You probably also have a website, but you might not be clear on how best to market it. You might also be aware of search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO), but might not know how to do these forms of marketing yourself. Below we lay out some of the most impactful ways small businesses are marketing themselves right now. Digital Marketing Fundamentals First, if you're…

4 Tips for Facebook Marketing for Non-Profits

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: November 28, 2018

If you're familiar with Facebook marketing for non-profits, you know it can be challenging to attract an audience. If you are helping to run social media for an organization, you've probably looked elsewhere for tips on getting your Facebook posts more likes, comments, and shares. In fact, you may have checked out our blog post on this very topic: https://www.contentgarden.org/non-profit-social-media-ideas/ To help you continue the process, we've gathered a few tips for Facebook marketing for non-profits. Read on to help take your Facebook game to the next level. Facebook Marketing Tip #1: Planning Ahead and Creating a Social Media Schedule…

Traditional Marketing vs Digital Marketing: 3 Things To Consider

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: October 12, 2016

There's a lot of buzz about digital marketing these days, but is it really more effective than traditional marketing? When weighing the value of traditional marketing vs digital marketing for a specific campaign, what factors should you consider? If you're a small business or non-profit, you may be struggling with these very issues. Most of our clients understand that digital marketing is important, but many wonder if digital marketing is really more effective than traditional marketing. To help them (and you) consider all the options, below are three factors to consider when launching your next marketing campaign. Before getting to…

Top 5 Digital Marketing Myths: Smaller Organizations Beware

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: January 9, 2019

In an age when digital ad spending is overtaking traditional advertising, digital marketing myths are everywhere. Whether you are a small business owner, a non-profit manager, or even the head of a large company, you have probably been promised amazing returns for your investment in your website, social media, or online advertising. You may have encountered companies who guarantee such seemingly impossible feats as making you the #1 search result on Google for a low, low price. Like most things in life, it can be difficult to separate the truth from the hype when it comes to digital marketing, a…

Using MailChimp for a Small Business or Non-Profit

Relevance: 36%      Posted on: August 1, 2018

If you work for a small business or non-profit, you have probably considered various tools or options for assisting you in your email marketing efforts. Whether it's helping to track down new customers or a new audience, reach out to your existing audience, or extending your reach to new platforms, a solid email marketing strategy will help your small business or non-profit grow. A great tool that we at Content Garden utilize for our small business marketing efforts is a tool called MailChimp. What Is Mailchimp? MailChimp is the world's largest email marketing automation platform and allows its users to…

3 Twitter Marketing Strategy Tips for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Relevance: 36%      Posted on: February 27, 2019

If you own a small business or work for a non-profit, you may have developed a Twitter marketing strategy to find customers or donors on this popular platform. If you're like many of the folks we've talked to in those spaces, however, you may find Twitter to be mysterious when it comes to how to develop a following and effectively market your organization. To help get you started, below are some Twitter marketing strategy tips we've used with our clients. Twitter Marketing Strategy Tip #1: Use Appropriate Hashtags It comes as no surprise that one of the most important things to…

3 Tips for LinkedIn Marketing for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Relevance: 36%      Posted on: January 11, 2017

LinkedIn marketing is a great way for small businesses, non-profits, and really any organization to develop quality leads. There are currently over 467,000,000 prospective customers, donors, and clients on LinkedIn! If you're looking to develop solid connections over social media and find yourself lost in the sea of social media marketing, LinkedIn is a great choice to focus your efforts on. If you're not sure how to get started, however, check out our 3 tips for LinkedIn marketing below. Why LinkedIn Marketing Is a Great Way to Reach People Many smaller organizations focus on Facebook because it's familiar to them and…

An Inbound Marketing Strategy: Why Every Business Needs One

Relevance: 35%      Posted on: December 16, 2015

If you're reading this and you own a business, chances are you need an inbound marketing strategy. Think of it this way: according to Ad Age, digital advertising will represent 36% of all U.S. ad spending by 2019. Why? Probably because over 80% of people start shopping by searching for information online. This means that if you want to grow your business, you need to grow your business online. Outbound marketing vs. inbound marketing Digital marketing is very different than traditional marketing. Advertising over radio and television and in newspapers and magazines involves a lot of preliminary market research. Advertisers need…

What Should Go Into Your Business’s Content Strategy Template

Relevance: 35%      Posted on: February 10, 2016

If you’re developing your own web content for your business, you may struggle to keep up with goals, to enact those goals over multiple channels, and to stay on top of daily tasks. In this follow-up to last week's post, we'll tell you all the components you'll need to create a simple strategy for all your web content within a single document. What Is a Content Strategy Template and What Should It Include? According to Kristina Halvorson, "Content strategy plans for the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content." A content strategy template is a single document that contains…

Why Your Content Marketing Plan Is Your Most Valuable Business Asset

Relevance: 35%      Posted on: September 6, 2017

A content marketing plan can help you create content that consumers want and marketing they can't ignore. But what does a content marketing plan look like? What should it contain? How do you put your plan into action? If you've come up against questions like these, you may be ready to create your first content marketing plan and to learn why it's your most valuable business asset. Really? A Content Marketing Plan Is Your Most Valuable Business Asset? Absolutely. Think about what marketing looks like now. If you own a business, run a non-profit, or work with any other type…

A Free Digital Marketing Strategy Template for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: November 8, 2017

If you run a non-profit or small business, you might be on the lookout for a good digital marketing strategy template that can help make your life easier. You may struggle in your marketing efforts to keep up with goals, to enact those goals over multiple channels, and to stay on top of daily tasks like posting, responding to messages, and developing new content for your website. What Is a Digital Marketing Strategy Template? Digital marketing is a subset of content strategy and is focused on developing marketing content for common online channels, such as: Social media: Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and…

5 Instagram Marketing Tips for Non-Profits

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: April 25, 2018

If you work for a non-profit, you have probably wondered whether Instagram is a good way to reach and interact with potential donors, volunteers, and members of your organization. That's why we gathered these Instagram marketing tips for non-profits like yours. Instagram can be a great tool for reaching people if you set yourself up for success and follow some of our tips below. Why Instagram? Let's start with some statistics about why your non-profit should consider becoming active on Instagram. According to TechCrunch, Instagram currently has over 500 million daily active users, and over 800 million monthly active users. These…

Content Strategy and Technical Communication: What Does the Future Hold?

Relevance: 31%      Posted on: September 13, 2017

Guiseppe Getto, the President and Founder of Content Garden, was recently invited to present a keynote on content strategy and technical communication for the Washington, DC meeting of TC Camp, a technical communication unconference. In this post, he reflects on some of the key takeaways from his presentation. Guiseppe: My presentation was somewhat provocatively titled: Content Strategy: The Future of Technical Communication? In it, I lay out emerging trends that small business owners, non-profit managers, and technical writers should pay attention to in the years to come regarding how they develop, publish, and share online content. What Is Content Strategy? I typically define…

Complete Guide to Launching a WordPress Site: Part 3 (Maintenance)

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: March 16, 2016

In Part 1 and Part 2 of our 3-part series on launching a WordPress site, we discussed hosting, basic setup, design, SEO, and overall functionality. In Part 3, we tell you how to maintain your new site post-launch. There are several things you'll want to consider as you continue to grow your website through WordPress, including regular maintenance updates, blogging, keeping content current, and social media. After Launching a WordPress Site: The Honeymoon Period After you first get done launching a WordPress site, if you're anything like us, you may find yourself checking our site over and over to ensure everything…

Why Writing Matters for Business

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: April 13, 2016

With the shift to social media as a key platform for building customer relationships, many organizations, from small "solopreneurships" to large-scale corporations, are struggling to communicate effectively across channels. This is as much a technological problem as it is a strategic one: many organizations fail to present effective written communication to all their audiences on a consistent basis. Now more than ever: writing matters for business and a business's ability to write effectively may greatly affect its position in a given market. Below we explain exactly why writing matters for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and also provide 3…

3 Tips for Keeping on Top of Digital Marketing Trends

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: December 9, 2015

Whether you're a small business owner, a consultant, or a member of a team within a large business, digital marketing trends are notoriously hard to keep on top of. Search engines are constantly changing the rules they use to prioritize search results for users. New tools are launched almost every day for finding, managing, and distributing content. Social media is radically changing the landscape as users are empowered to develop their own customized content streams that may or may not include your brand. How Do You Keep Track of Digital Marketing Trends? We won't lie: it isn't easy. And no matter what…

The Magic a Content Audit Holds for Improving Your Business

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: February 3, 2016

If you're running a business, chances are you struggle with content. Social media content. Webpage content. Internal documentation. Product descriptions on your website. The first step when you're having a hard time with content is to perform what is known as a content audit. A content audit is essentially just an inventory of what's good, bad, and ugly about all your content. What Do You Mean by Content? A lot of clients ask us: "what exactly do you mean by content?" This is a fair question in an age where there are so many different forms of content. There lots…

3 Tips for Creating Great Content Marketing Collateral

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: January 25, 2017

Content marketing is becoming one of the #1 methods for organizations to reach new customers, clients, and donors online. In order to produce high-quality content across channels (i.e. social media, blogs, ebooks, etc.), you need to create a repository of content marketing collateral you can draw from. This process can be time-consuming and difficult to stay on top of. In order to help you streamline your content marketing process, especially if you're a smaller organization, we recommend focusing on three main areas: reusable content, curated content, and branded content. What Is Content Marketing Collateral? If you're not familiar with the…

The Complete Guide to Content Marketing for Small Business, Part 2: Creating a Plan

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: September 7, 2016

Welcome to Part 2 of our series, "The Complete Guide to Content Marketing for Small Business." To help small business owners learn how to employ content marketing, one of the best methods for attracting new customers online, we've decided to create a complete guide for small business owners. In Part 1 of the series, we discussed how to find your "content niche" as a small business or how to find a focus for your content marketing efforts that distinguishes your business as unique and valuable to target customers. In Part 2, we'll discuss how to create a sustainable plan for developing, publishing,…

3 Benefits of Blogging for Non-Profits

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: March 13, 2019

Given limited staff and volunteers, many nonprofit organizations think that they do not have the time and energy to commit to blogging. Blogging does require time, energy, planning, talent, and coordination. However, the potential rewards of blogging far outweigh the extra workload required to make a compelling blog a reality. Here are three benefits of blogging for non-profits to consider. Benefit #1: Blogging Drives Traffic to Your Non-Profit Website One of the main benefits of blogging for non-profits is that each blog post acts as an individual page on your website. Search engines are more likely to find blog posts…

The 2 Paid Online Advertising Options You Should Consider Using

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: March 29, 2017

Even if you've never used paid online advertising for your business or non-profit, you've no doubt seen them, those little contextual ads that pop up when you're browsing on Google or scrolling through your newsfeed on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You may have wondered how much it costs to run ads on platforms like these, and more importantly: are they effective? Don't people just scroll past them? Does anyone actually click on them? Why Should I Use Paid Online Advertising? The first question we get from a lot of clients is: why should I pay for online advertising? According to…

How to Maintain a WordPress Website: A Step-by-Step Guide

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: July 12, 2017

Are you a business owner or non-profit manager looking for tips on how to maintain a WordPress website? In this post, we will take a look at the website maintenance best practices you should implement on your WordPress website in order to improve its performance and functionality. Implementing the following tips can help you achieve higher ranking in search results and increased website traffic. Following these tips will also help make your site more friendly to both website visitors and the robots that run search engines. How to Maintain a WordPress Website: The 6 Essential Steps There are lots of things…

3 Ways Digital Marketing and UX Support Each Other

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: February 1, 2017

Digital marketing and UX support each other if each is used properly to further your business goals. As we mentioned in an article for Salesforce, when you are marketing your organization online, it's essential to think about how people will encounter that marketing. How will they use it? What will it look like on their screen? What will make them more likely to click, subscribe, or make a purchase? These are basic questions to consider when you're marketing, but they become especially important to think about when marketing online. If the experience your website provides to users contradicts your overall…

21 Signs You Need to Switch Your Website Hosting Provider

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: February 21, 2018

While maintaining a website has become easier, thanks to the awesome CMS WordPress, ensuring that said website functions smoothly at all times is equally important and this is where choosing a reliable website hosting provider becomes crucial. A website host plays an important role when it comes to website security, speed and download time. It also makes your task of incorporating new technological features seamless. Thus, as one of the major investments in the online face of your business, you need to ensure that the website hosting company that you have chosen is able to provide you with all the…

The Sharpest Tool For Businesses Is a UX Toolkit

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: January 13, 2016

If you have a website, mobile app, or social media presence, you have users for those digital points of contact. And if you have users, then those users come with certain expectations. Whether those expectations are met determines whether they interact with you, become leads, or eventually become customers. This means that, regardless of the type of product or service you're selling, if you have a web presence, you need to think about user experience (or UX). What a UX Toolkit Is and Why You Need One Let's start with what UX is, as that is a common question we…

25+ Common SEO Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: May 16, 2018

If you're a small business owner, you may know that optimizing your website for search engines is a proven method through which you can improve your site's ranking in search engine results. Implementing the best SEO practices on your website can help increase brand visibility and improve organic traffic to your website. However, the reverse of this is also true: if you have implemented redundant SEO practices then it could result in issues like a higher bounce rate, low click-through-rate, and decrease in ranking. Avoid these common SEO mistakes if you want to improve the search presence of your website. Redundant SEO…

When You Should Hire a Copy Editor for Your Content

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: November 14, 2018

If you're not sure when you should hire a copy editor for your content versus trying to rework it yourself, our answer is always: it depends on a lot of factors. You should ask yourself if you can produce error-free writing on your own, for instance. Or if you have the time, energy, and know-how to go through all of your content systematically. In short, if you're not a copy editor, you just might need one. Below are some of the situations we see most often when people need a copy editor. Situation 1: When Dealing With a Document That…

The Complete Guide to Content Marketing for Small Business, Part 3: Improving Over Time

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: September 14, 2016

Welcome to Part 3 of our series, "The Complete Guide to Content Marketing for Small Business." To help small business owners learn how to employ content marketing, one of the best methods for attracting new customers online, we've decided to create a complete guide for small business owners. In Part 1 of the series, we discussed how to find your "content niche" as a small business or how to find a focus for your content marketing efforts that distinguishes your business as unique and valuable to target customers. In Part 2, we discussed how to create a sustainable plan for developing, publishing,…

4 Tips for Creating a Winning Non-Profit Blog

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: January 16, 2019

If you work for a non-profit and are looking for ways to create traffic to your website, you might have considered creating a blog. In fact, you may have checked out some of our own blog posts to get ideas. To help you feel more confident in your blogging efforts we've gathered a few non-profit blog tips to get you started. Non-Profit Blog Tip #1: Understand How Your Blog Supports Your Organization Before launching a blog for your non-profit, it’s important to have a clear vision for what your blog is going to do to help your organization. How will it…

When to Hire a Consultant: Solving Internal Problems Externally

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: April 6, 2016

Many organizations we have worked with over the years as individuals have struggled to understand when to hire a consultant. Business people, in particular, are often loathe to hire an outside consultant as it can make you look weak to management (or so you might think). So how do you know when it's appropriate to try to leverage some outside help to solve a problem? Below are three scenarios when hiring a consultant is probably a good idea. Scenario 1: You Need a Fresh Take on an Old Problem One of the best reasons to hire a consultant is when you have…

Gift Guide: The 5 Best Digital Marketing Books for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: December 14, 2016

If you're shopping for the entrepreneur or non-profit manager in your life, consider grabbing them one of the best digital marketing books for small businesses and non-profits. Smaller organizations often have to learn to be their own marketers. They often get periodic boosts from organizations like ours that cater to smaller organizations, but limited budgets mean that the rest of the time they need to learn to market themselves on their own. Below we give our personal picks for the 5 best digital marketing books for small businesses and non-profits. Consider picking these up yourself or giving them as a…

Learn Content Strategy: Online Class for the Society for Technical Communication

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: August 30, 2017

Looking to learn content strategy? Not sure how to audit your content, how to develop exciting new content for your core audiences, or how to manage a lot of different types of content? Guiseppe Getto, the President and Founder of Content Garden, will be teaching an online course for the Society for Technical Communication starting September 26th, 2017 entitled Content Strategy: Developing an Effective Workflow. Why You Should Learn Content Strategy Content strategy is becoming one of the most important communication-related skill sets across many industries. Organizations of all shapes and sizes are discovering they need to plan for, publish, curate,…