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Essential Words & Terminology for 2013

Essentials for online writing (The must know list):

If you are serious about taking your brand online this year, you better make sure that you know what you and others are talking about.

Web is developing at a “faster than light” pace and new words / phrases are coined equally quickly. It’s important to get a sense of the general terms so that you don’t become overwhelmed by semantics and terminology. Some basic but essentials to know:

Blog

A blog (originally called weblog / web-log) is an online collection of articles (posts) targeted at a specific audience profile. For instance a travel blog will concern itself with posts and updates related to the realm of traveling, holiday spots etc. It is important to note that every blog reflects the personality of its host / author (also called a blogger). Readers respond to both the content of the blog (what is being said) and the personality of the blog (how it is presented to the reader – humourous, serious, visually etc).

Tip: If you are considering a blog, decide what type of personality you will be reflecting before hand. Be consistent and make sure that your blog promotes your business with integrity and honour.

Collaboration

In an online world this means that more than one person is contributing to a post or topic. This is a great idea as it allows subject-matter-experts in your community to weigh-in on important issues. This should increase your blog visits.

Content Management System (CMS)

A computer program that allows you to create, publish and edit content. Once your content is created, the CMS then presents it to the web where others can view and comment on. Most CMS’s provide an interface that is user-friendly and easy to operate – even for persons with hardly any web background.

Del.icio.us

The social bookmarking site where users can collectively tag favorite links. As you browse the web and come across content that you find valuable / meaningful, DELICIOUS is the site that allows you to store, share and continue discovering more.

Links

Using hypertext, a link is connection between one picture, word or post to another. Perhaps it will help you to think of this as strings running between concepts that allow to jump from one to the other.

Tip: Bloggers use links to create multiple entry points to their blogs and posts. This is done by creating links to your blog in as many places as possible – i.e. placing a link to your blog on your website is a good starting point. You can build your link strategy by adding links to your blog to other partner sites (remember to request permission first!).

Social Media

Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, exchange and comment contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media).  Some of the most popular social media sites include Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube – in no order of preference.

Scheduling

Using blogging software to write posts and schedule them for publishing in the future. A blog engine like this one (WordPress) allows you to plan and schedule your posts like you would schedule an appointment in your diary.

Tag

Tags are terms / phrases or specific words that describe the nature / content of a post.

Tag cloud

Visual representations of tags or keywords used in a blog. In other words a group of the most popular tags (words / phrases / terms) the blogger uses to categorize his / her posts.

Thread

A collections or series of posts pertaining to a particular topic.

WordPress

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows users (like you and me) to sign up for an account, to customise what our blog will look like and to publish our thoughts and comments via this “program” (I use this term very loosely) or platform. The beauty of this CMS is that you don’t need any web development knowledge to get going, it is almost as simple as typing an article in Microsoft Word.

Over to you

Are there specific words / phrases that has you bamboozled? Feel free to leave a comment and let’s see if I can help you clarify them.

Adrinalin DIVA, done-and-dusted.

 


Content

Question:

“What should I write about on my website?”

“How do I know whether I am covering the right topics on my site / Facebook page etc?”

Same questions over and over again – so let’s make your life just a little easier.

Keywords:

Deciding on what to write about becomes super easy once you have pegged down the top keywords for your industry / business. If you know what people are searching for on the internet, you can respond appropriately.

So how do you decide on the relevant keywords? A good place to start is the Google Keyword Tool. Type in the search terms / words and phrases you think people use when looking for your product or service. Make sure you set the location correctly. Now you can compare the number of local searches (per month) per word, phrase or search term you specified. Are the searches significant enough for you to take note of? Obviously thousands of searches per month is much better than single digit ones.

Writing website content:

Once you have your list of keywords, narrow down to the top ten (maximum twelve!) and use these keywords to structure your site content.

Some basic tips:

  1. Use the keywords to map your navigation
  2. Use the keywords as often as possible in headings (H1 Tags) in your site. Your webmaster can help you with this if you are unsure.
  3. Use the keywords (sensibly) but often through out the site. Let’s look at an example. Our keywords: business plan, business plans, sample business plans or business plan templates. (Obviously this is just an extract but you get the idea).

” Whether you are new to the business of business or have been running your own business for years – business plans are essential documents for any entrepreneur or business owner. But what is a business plan and why is  it so important? If you have ever looked at a sample business plan or a business plan template – you will know that a business plan is designed to collate all the essential business information (current facts, business climate, projected growth and business vision) into one sensible document that clearly, simply and effectively communicates the who, what, where and why of your business. “

Writing is easy – just work with a plan.

If you want / need help with your content – call one of the Adrinalin Junkies today!

Diva over and out :P

 


Custom pages on Facebook

Despite the imminent arrival of Facebook’s Timeline, there has been no clear communicate to indicate how Facebook Business Pages will be influenced by the changes. In the meantime, let’s ignore Timeline and work with what we’ve got.

Facebook business pages give businesses (individuals, SMME’s and even multi-faceted corporates) a platform from where they communicate directly with a captive, active audience. These platforms are typically not positioned as selling tools, but rather as brand-voice tools. Think of it as an opportunity for you business / brand to have an energetic conversation with an individual that actually wants to hear more about you, interesting tales that create a picture of the who, what, where and why & let’s not forget – they want competitions, polls and current, reliable information. So let’s give it to them!

But how should we package this? You basically have 2 options.

Option 1:

Creating a Business Page and populate the page with all your information.

Local business page.

No funny business. There is no custom development and nothing out of the ordinary. In terms of functionality, it is similar to many other pages on Facebook. But it could offer so much more!

Option 2:

Use custom development AND unique creative concepts that portray your brand favourably.

International example

Skittles business page with custom developmentLocal Business page with custom development, content and interactivity.


Creating a business page that is infused with your business personality and ethos means that your captive audience will have a better sense of who you are and what you stand for.

Facebook users are looking for fun and interactivity. They don’t want to be “sold to” directly but they don’t mind engaging with their brands of choice.

Custom development combined with targeted, creative campaigns create:

  • more “likes”
  • more page interactions
  • better search engine indexing
  • a more definitive & visually appealing social brand presence

Creating your custom landing page

Some points to consider when creating your custom landing page:

  • Avoid unprofessional imagery and visuals. There is a reason why the good designers are qualified designers
  • Keywords / copy that form part of your overall online strategy. Consistency consistency consistency
  • One concept at a time
  • Text that is readable rather than flat images
  • Buttons / links (use this functionality to introduce external information from your website for instance)
  • Media combinations (photos, video)

And of course a clear call to action!

Conclusion:

There is no logical reason for your brand to be stagnate, stale or mediocre. By combining clever design, great copy and focussed campaigning you can make your effort spent on social media lucrative and worthwhile.

If you have suggestions for great or not-so-great pages, feel free to share.


How webby is your website?

When last have you REALLY looked at your website? Have you recently tried to navigate the menu, find information or send a ‘contact us’ e-mail? Having a website with inappropriate content, outdated information, broken links /menu options or stale humour just does not cut it anymore.

Maintaining your website must be a crucial part of your online strategy. Here’s a suggested to-d0 list to update and zhoosh-up your site and make it all the more alluring for your visitors:

  • Make a list of your top keywords.

Top words or phrases that describe what you do. Specifically if possible. If you understand how to categorize your business, it will be much easier to group and explain it to others. Here’s some help if you’re interested (post is a somewhat older but offers good content).

  • Read through all the pages.

Does the content still make sense? Is it relevant (i.e. has it been updated recently to reflect current industry news, your own product and service improvements etc.)?

Do you use your keywords to describe your business and your service  / product? Try to steer clear of flowery descriptions that never use your keywords. How on earth will Google now to look for you if you don’t at least give it a hint?

Are the pages interesting, engaging and appealing? Will readers enjoy the time they spend on your site? It is always a good idea to spend time planning the content of your site. Repeating the same stale information over-and-over again from page-to-page and year-to-year will encourage your would-be visitors to look for other websites!

  • Look at the pictures.

Do they make sense? Do you use pictures of your products or your staff members? Will people now more about your business, your values or your brand personality by looking at the pictures on your site? If you answered Yes – good for you! If No – it’s probably time to dig through the photo libraries and pictures folder!

It is also a good idea to rename the pictures on your site to reflect it’s content. Numbers (from a SEO and content perspective) aren’t great. Use descriptive titles AND make sure that you add descriptions (image ALT Tags) to all the images on the site. Good for search engines. Good for you.

  • Links to other sites

I have written an entire post on back links before if you want to know more. Suffice to say that you should probably think of:

  1. Adding your social media feeds or icons to your site
  2. Linking your blog to your business site
  3. Linking your website to your social media profiles
  4. Mention your website whenever (appropriately!) possible

It is also an excellent idea to get other people to review your site. Ask them to comment specifically on user-friendliness, enjoyment, appeal and of course value-of-content. Now, it’s time for you to start making some changes to your website.

Diva, over and out.


Building your links

Search Engine Optmization or SEO, is the practice of increasing the visibility of a website without paying for the results. This is also called organic results. This is an increasingly popular activity for online content as more and more businesses are represented online and each of those need to create an online visibility for their brand. SEO use a variety of activities to influence search engine rankings. These could include:

  • Understanding search engines (you’ve probably heard your SEO partner mention something like the ‘Google Algorithm’)
  • Considering what the original search term was
  • Typical search terms used on search engines
  • Rewriting online content to include specific keywords
  • Creating a variety of back links (also called link building) 

Link building creates a strategic referring network of links that refer to your website. Simplistically stated, creating a strong network creates strong result.

Nick Stamoulis of Brick Marketing‘s blog (Search Engine Optimization Journal) posted the following article. According to the article, you should remember not to put all your SEO links in one basket. In other words, don’t concentrate all your efforts in one area. He uses the example of Facebook – although this one site allows you multiple opportunities to redirect virtual feet to your site, this is not the wisest practice. Use multiple departure points (online sites OR offline marketing material) to lead to one destination (i.e. your company website).

SEO is an exciting practice that is multifaceted and constantly evolving – it challenges our content and our strategies. Remember though to build honest link-networks and avoid the frowned-upon activities of deception. Happy linking!

Diva, out.


What to write on the www

So, the topic has been talked, written, discussed, blogged and case-studied to death but I still want to put some thoughts down on paper (well in pixels if you want to nit-pick).

Writing for the web is a broad concept these days. We no longer think only of our business websites when we talk about the www – we have to consider social media platforms, blogs, the websites, video sites and news sites. We have to write well and make relevant contributions whether we have 140 characters on Twitter or unlimited paragraphs on WordPress. Writing for the world-wide-web has become an increasingly difficult task but there is hope.

Let’s put some sound building blocks in place and then see if we can build a strategy from there.

1. Tell people the why, what, how, when and where of your company BUT don’t overburden your website or Facebook page with flowery language, endless bits of history, or your personal pedigree. If WHAT you offer is extraordinary and worthwhile, it doesn’t really matter whether you started your company in your garage 6 years ago or with only 1 client…. I have to categorically state that I love reading about the history of companies on their site. I adore clever copy and I relish creative communication strategies that poke their tongue at you. BUT, let’s be sensible, your website / blog / micro-blog / social media platform has a point to make, BEST you make it.

2. Decide what your point is. Do you want to make a creative statement, add visual appeal, stand apart from the crowd, grow your bottom-line etc. When I consult, the answer to these questions determine what type of strategy we create for our clients. Every strategy will be unique, simply because every client’s focus is different.

3. Have you done your research? More specifically – have you bothered with KEYWORD research?? Many of our clients come to us with online content that never introduces any of the keywords that will attract more virtual feet. Using the right keywords, sensibly (please)  will make it much easier for your content to create an interest.

4. Take your platform into consideration. Blogs are different from Social Media / Networking sites etc etc etc. I always recommend that you use one or two platforms well rather than trying to use all of them in the same way.

Let’s sum it up this way. Write politely but make your point. Don’t underestimate the value of keywords. Make sure you decide what exactly the underlying tone and message of your content will be and then get on to the big w and write. What’s the worst that could happen? Someone might actually read what you have to say ;)

Diva, over and out.