My Top 40 Online Marketing Blogs

my top 40 online marketing blogsOn this post I would like to share some of the best blogs on Digital Marketing and the ones that I have been learning the most of Social Media, Online Marketing, SEO, Email Marketing and Marketing in General. I decided to make this post in two parts: first part has blogs written in English, and the second part in Spanish.

I have also decided to make this post to pay a simple tribute to the bloggers that thought me so much in the past year and where I got a lot of knowledge from.

The list is a personal choice and it´s based on the blogs I found more relevant on their content applied to the Digital Marketing world. There are a lot of talented bloggers on this list and I strongly recommend you to add them to your Feedly list.

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7 Dos and Don´ts of Marketing Automation + 8 Tools

7 Dos And Don´ts of Marketing AutomationWorking on Social Media and maintaining an online presence is hard work, but there are a lot of tools out there that can save us some time. They automate some tasks and make our life easier. But should we automate our Marketing? How far should we go with automating tools? Is Online marketing becoming less human? These are some of the questions that I will try to explore it on this post and at the end I´ll drop 8 tools that I have been using for parts of my marketing automation.

Growth Hackers have a great responsibility on the growth of marketing automation, andI became more conscious of that when I wrote an article of  10 Surprising Examples of Growth Hacking. This means that automation still has lot of room to grow and to become more and more important on every Marketer´s life.

I personally believe that Marketing can gain a lot with automation tools, but may be difficult sometime to draw a line and see what has a positive or negative impact on our Marketing strategy. After reading this article of Gary Vaynerchuk, one of my biggest influencers, I decided to put some thought on this and tried to draw some lines on what I feel is right and wrong on Marketing Automation.

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9 Super Sites to Publish Your Blog Content

9 Super sites to Publish your Blog Content

On this post I will go through a list of super sites where you can publish your blog content in order to give it more visibility and hopefully more visits and shares. Writing a post is just the beginning of the hard task of getting your content seen. On my last post we´ve seen a few surprising examples of Growth hacking and how some of the most known companies used a few platforms and strategies to give more visibility to their products. This list of sites where you can publish your content is a good start  either if you have a personal or a corporate blog in order that more people have the possibility to see what you post. Publishing your content in other platforms, besides the obvious social networks like Twiiter, Facebook and Google Plus is a clever way to engage with different types of communities  and by that reaching interested readers on your content. The first thing you need to bear in mind is that you need to find your niche and understand your audience, that way you will be able to target properly your readers and increase visits and engagement.
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10 Surprising Examples of Growth Hacking

Surprising Growth Hacking

Not long ago I started to get more familiar with Growth Hacking due to my close contact with Start Ups and their need to grow fast. My last post, where I explain how to grow your Twitter account is a good example of it. So, before we go any further let me ask you if know what Grow Hacking is? 

“Growth Hacking is a marketing strategy developed by technology Start Ups using creativity, analytics and social metrics to sell products and gain exposure quickly.” 

The term Growth Hacking was first used in 2010 by Sean Ellis who helped a big number of internet companies to grow explosively but there are many myths and misconceptions around Growth Hacking. The first issue comes with the wortd Hacking, associated with Hacker and carrying a very negative image. However, most of the Growth Hacking is non harmful to others and is mostly white hat.

A few quick objectives of Growth Hacking can be: Increase your followers on Social Networks, increase your mailing list or increase your visits to your website. In summary anything that makes a online service/product to grow. Due to the fact that Start Up companies tend to be short on money, Growth Hacking became very popular amongst these type of business since it´s a very low cost service. Continue reading

How I got 7500 Twitter followers in just 4 months

Twitter Followers in 4 monts

You have probably stumbled on tons of posts on how to get more followers on Twitter, so why is this special? Because it actually works! It worked with me and I want to show you how so it can work for you as well. My first post on this blog was in fact about beginner tools for Twitter, and that seems a very long time ago.

I have already been sharing this technique with a few close friends and they have been impressed, so I thought I should sharing with everyone.

At the time I started to write this post I had 7500 followers that you can confirm here that 99% are real followers. Also, I am  on 267 liststhat increased from around 30 and my Klout score jumped from 50 to 65.

So what I am going to show you is not any sort of scheme or dodgy tricks, it really worked and I don´t waste more than 15 minutes on it every day. Continue reading

7 Smart Ideas For Snapchat Marketing #Infographic

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Have you ever used Snapchat? Do you really know how it works? It can really be a very powerful platform for your business and your social media strategy.

On my post about Content Marketing I went through some brands that are doing an excellent work on their blogs and providing amazing content. On this post I will explore you can use Snapchat to increase your visibility and why you should start using it right away.

Snapchat can play a an important role on your Social Media strategy for your business and you should jump on it before everybody does. Remember when Facebook was used by a very young audience? Nowadays, teenagers and youngsters think Facebook is for older people and are looking for other platforms to be on. Snapchat is for sure a platform very much used by young people and with a huge growth. If you think Snapchat is just for “sexting” you´re wrong.

Snapchat is not yet crowded with ads and Marketeers behind their brands experimenting everything they can like you have on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so there´s plenty of room for you and your business to starting creating innovative stuff to gain people´s attention.

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8 Brands Doing Amazing Content Marketing

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On my previous post I have explained why companies need a Community Manager and on this post I will go through other important part which is Content Marketing.  Some brands are still taking their first steps on the Online Marketing, but others are shaking this field and doing it really well.

In order to increase the online presence it´s not only important to be active on Social Media, but having a smashing blog can really do wonders and give a lot of visibility. In the last few years Content Marketing became extremely popular mainly because it really helps to position your content and therefore your blog or website, on Google´s first positions.

The great thing of Content Marketing, and this is why I love this strategy, is that it´s a win-win situation. I explain. Someone publishes content with a few keywords to in order to help Google to position well their brand or blog on searches. However, for this strategy to work well the content needs to be useful for users. So everybody wins. Users get access to useful and good content and writers get visitors on their websites.

Everyday I read tons of blogs and I am always looking for new and useful content, either to publish on social media or to self-learn and I always find it amazing when brands are able to publish useful tips and share their knowledge. So I have decided to pay my tribute and share the brands that are absolutely nailing with their blogs.  Continue reading

10 Top Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Community Manager

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On my last two posts I have created a list of inspiring Pinterest accounts and other one with great Instagram tools but recently I have dedicated a lot of time to read a lot of what these guys have to say about Social Media: Jeff Bullas, Gary Vaynerchuk  and Kim Garst.

Why? Well, these guys know a lot of Social Media and Online Marketing are part of this world you need to be constantly learning new things.

There’s a close link between my introductory line and the content of this post and I explain why. These authors are real authorities on Social Media, they talk about it, they write about it, they study about it, and they are the first ones to implement new tricks and techniques. What I mean is that there are people that dedicate tons of time to this brave new world. And in the other hand I see many companies neglecting the fact that they need to hire a professional to manage their Social Networks.

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21 Of The Most Inspiring Pinterest Accounts

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This year of 2015 will be the visual year on social media, all predictions say the videos will be king and Social Networks like Instagram or Pinterest will be having a lot of attention a growth.

Due to the huge amount of information we receive everyday our attention spawn is decreasing therefore is becoming harder to focus on long sources of information. People are reading less and want to consume faster their information. When was the last you watched a video on Youtube with more than 3 minutes length? Can you remember easily?

So that´s why that networks like Instagram and Pinterest are becoming so popular, people want to absorb fast and easily visual information. My last two posts were about Instagram, one for tools and another with great accounts to follow on 2015, so this time I decided to research on who´s doing amazingly well on Pinterest. There are a lot of great accounts to follow.

I browsed… and I browsed a bit more through a lot of Pinterest accounts and selected these 21 accounts. I neglected fashion and very “womanish” accounts, since I wanted to show a little bit more of what else is being done besides the obvious. There´s no ranking on my list, all are great on their categories. Continue reading

25 #Instagram accounts you should follow in 2015

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The year on 2014 ended very well for Instagram with terrific news. Socialbakers announced that Instagram has way more brand engagement than Twitter, also celebrated 300 million users, becoming one of the most used Social Media platforms on the planet and again, overcoming Twitter.

Another great news was that the minds behind Instagram were able to eliminate fake users, however this managed to annoy quite a lot of celebrities that saw their followers count to drop drastically. Here´s a list where you can find the biggest losers on Instagram, the ones that were more affected with this clean up.

This month of December is always a month of predictions, all media is predicting what should be coming up on 2015, my prediction is that Instagram is going to be big, even bigger than what it is now. There´s still plenty of room for this platform to grow and improve, but at the moment is a great place to find the most talented and creative people on the world using a camera.

I have decided to compile a list of people that are achieving something amazing on Instagram. If you are tired of your friend´s selfies, follow some of these Instagramers, you won’t regret it.

It´s a  random list from people I consider that are blessed to greatly express their art through the lens of camera, people that have amazing lives, adrenaline freaks, travelers, foodies, animal lovers and creative minds. There are no brands or celebrities on this list. Continue reading