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4 Simple Methods of Writing Blog Headlines that Work for Me

4 Simple Methods of Writing Blog Headlines that Work for Me

Writing a compelling and click-worthy headline for a blog post is a fine art.  As a blogger, I feel torn between making the headline compelling and clickable, while also to-the-point and have that desirable "SEO appeal".  In Twitter, you just have a few seconds (and not many more characters) to get that immediate click.  Here are some examples of headlines that can help you take your blogs or social media posts from blah to brilliant. 1. … Continue reading...

Best Random Tips Ever

Ok, so they aren't completely random, but they are loosely related to marketing, web, and social media. However, many people may find these tips extremely helpful, and to that we say YEAH! Images Types When saving and uploading images to use on your website, use .jpg, .png, or .gif file extensions. Never use .bmp or .tiff, but be aware that if you take a screenshot of your computer to use as an image, it is likely given a .bmp extension automatically. You'll want to make it into a .jpg before … Continue reading...

Toothbrushes: One of the Most Essential Items

One of our clients, McLeod Alliance of Victims of Domestic Violence helps so many men, women, and children each year. It is their mission to "support and promote the elimination of relationship violence through education, empowerment, protection, and advocacy." October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in an effort to help MAVDV, the Vivid Image team is challenging ourselves, clients & community members to collect 500 toothbrushes throughout the month to donate in order to replenish … Continue reading...

The Difference Between Facebook Likes and Shares

Recently Searchmetrics released their 2014 SEO ranking factors. It was no surprise to see that there was a high correlation between social signals and high ranking websites. In light of this I figured that I would take a deeper dive into one of my favorite social signals. I want to take a close look at what happens when website visitors use social sharing buttons to like or share your content on Facebook. Social Sharing Buttons Let's start by making sure that we know what social sharing … Continue reading...

The Instagram Generation

Thanks to Karlie, who is a Designer at Vivid Image and one half of The Design Nerds blog, for sharing her most recent article on Instagram with us. If you love Instagram or wondering what all the fuss is about, we invite you to read on! I live in the Instagram Generation. Taking photos isn't the same as when I started really dabbling in photography about seven years ago. And, to some, that's not that long. I dealt a bit with film growing up, but I never learned how to develop in a darkroom, … Continue reading...

Social Media Rockstar Event: Your BackStage Pass

Social Media Rockstars from around Minnesota gathered in Willmar, MN last week to talk about content and social, and do some old-fashioned face-to-face networking as well. Turn on your favorite rocking tunes, and take a journey through the day as a Social Media Rockstar! [View the story "Social Media Rockstars of Minnesota 2014" on Storify] … Continue reading...

Google Authorship Changes… Again

A few weeks ago I wrote about Google Authorship and the fact that Google had removed the pictures from Search Results. In that post I remained bullish on Authorship because it appeared that Google was still counting missing Authorship as an error in the Google Structured Data Testing Tool. In the end I concluded that Google Authorship was still alive and well, it just lacked pictures. A few short days later Google made me look pretty foolish by officially killing Authorship. Authorship Is … Continue reading...

105 Days Until…

Starting the Holiday Marketing Countdown! Have you visited a local retailer lately? If so, I am sure you've breezed past the Halloween costumes, light up jack-o-lanterns and perhaps succumbed to grabbing your annual bag of Candy Corn. But even more frightening... you may have been startled by a run-in with a pre-lit Christmas tree or gigantic bins of holiday GIFT WRAP! Oh my! Like it or not, it's coming, and now is the time to plan and prepare your social media and marketing strategy for the … Continue reading...

How to Make Awesome Social Media Graphics without PhotoShop

Photo-editing tools like PhotoShop are too expensive and complex for part-time use by the everyday marketer. Community Managers today need to be able to make original images without a graphic designer, photographer, or Photoshop Geek. But here is the good news for marketers and community managers: there is a lot we can do to create social media graphics for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogs, and others with some simple online tools. Now, I am not suggesting that you try to design your own … Continue reading...

Not So Fast! Sharing Isn’t Always a Great Idea

Since we could walk or talk, we've been taught that sharing is a good thing. When social media entered the marketing scene, we couldn't encourage sharing enough. After all, it's word-of-mouth marketing that propels social media and sharing is a huge part of telling others what you love, endorse, and trust. It seems then that asking someone to "share" something you post on your Facebook fan page would be a good idea, especially when it comes to enticing giveaways and planning contests, … Continue reading...

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4 Simple Methods of Writing Blog Headlines that Work for Me

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Best Random Tips Ever

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Toothbrushes: One of the Most Essential Items

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The Difference Between Facebook Likes and Shares

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The Instagram Generation

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Social Media Rockstar Event: Your BackStage Pass

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Google Authorship Changes… Again

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105 Days Until…

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How to Make Awesome Social Media Graphics without PhotoShop

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Not So Fast! Sharing Isn’t Always a Great Idea

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