12 Best Practices for Twitter Cards

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There are three basic elements to all Twitter cards: the image, the Call to Action (CTA) and the tweet copy.  Your image should show off the business.  The headline and CTA together call out the offer.  The tweet copy generates curiosity and interest. In order to maximize the value of all three elements, it’s important to keep the following best …

HOW TO USE TWITTER 4 BUSINESS

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  I once heard someone compare the conversation on Twitter to that of a cocktail party—short interactions meant to make a quick impression.  Where’s the value in that? There may be more than meets the eye.  Consider some of these facts gathered by a recent survey released by Edison Research.  The full study of over 1,700 respondents is 49 pages …

Member Engagement vs Engaging Your Members

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© Moodboard Which questions sound more like your association’s internal conversation: How can we get members to buy more of program X, product Y or service Z? OR How can we enable members to achieve the outcomes that matter most to them? How can we get members to help us accomplish this goal? OR How can we better understand the …

Lapsed Membership: What You Can Learn

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Nobody likes looking at stats that paint a negative picture.  But you won’t have the full picture if you’re not willing to look at everything.  Remember, when it comes to marketing, you don’t know what you don’t know! Three primary reasons for lapsed membership Sherry Jacob has conducted lapsed member surveys with a wide variety of organizations, from small to large, …

Your Mobile Website: Top 3 Do’s & Don’ts

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© Thinkstock Is your website mobile-optimized? In just 5 days Google is switching their search ranking algorithm to favor mobile websites! Being mobile-accessible is critical to life and business.  When Steve Jobs created the iPod, his vision was to make it easy for consumers to carry “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Today, our mobile phones essentially carry our “life in a pocket.”  In …

Google ALERT: Are You Mobile Ready?

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They’ve done it again. As soon as you get used to doing things one way, the “powers that be” make a change—for the better. Are you mobile ready? Read below. In late February, Google announced that starting April 21, their search engines would give ranking preference to websites that are mobile optimized. What do you need to know and what …

Digital Marketing: 3 Things Dave Matthews Band Can Teach Us

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Tuesday, December 18th was a big day for me in my digital marketing career. I turned 25, attended AMADC’s panel discussion on digital marketing  for non-profits, and topped the evening off with the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) concert at first Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Digital Marketing and the Dave Matthews Band I’m a huge DMB fan. Every time the band …

7 Best Practices for Membership Marketing

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©iStock Photos When I was finally ready to commit to a regular exercise routine in my schedule, I had lots of options.  I could continue walking in the neighborhood on a regular basis but find a group to walk with regularly and hold me accountable for showing up.  I could find a group exercise program that would have a strong …

2015: Believe Your Beliefs

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    How many of you find yourselves “believing your doubts and doubting your beliefs”?!? As you look at the last few months of civil unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Akai Gurley in New York City, or your own personal challenges, it’s easy to understand how doubt and fear could pre-occupy your thoughts. Rather than …

They Call It the Celery Test

Have you ever stood in line at the grocery store and tried to guess what the person in front of you was planning on making?  Ingredients like chips, dip and soda are a good indicator of a party.  Rolls, hotdogs, napkins and some relish might clue you in to a picnic.  In his book, Start With WHY, Simon Sinek calls …