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Amanda Strouse

Amanda Strouse

Amanda breathes and bleeds writing and social media. While in college at San Diego State University, she decided to turn her leisurely love affair into a multi-faceted career and, ever since, has been helping business owners increase leads by using a variety of inbound and outbound marketing. She has used several social media platforms since their conception and has ten years of professional writing experience, including three years of experience as an editor.

She is proud to be one of Bloominari’s social media marketing associates and enjoys helping the clients build brand awareness, engaging with the client’s target audience and enhancing the client’s image as an industry expert. Her recipe for effective social media is one part fun, two parts hard work and one part persistence.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys creative writing, volunteering, going to the beach, visiting new places, watching movies and relaxing with her dogs.

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I’ve been a marketer in-house for several companies and a marketer for several marketing agencies, and I’ll tell you, the skills needed for either position are exactly the same.

However, it’s more difficult for a business to find a competent marketing specialist who will make a good fit in-house, compared to finding a competent marketing agency that can reach the goals that you have in mind.

It’s not only more challenging to hire someone in-house, it’s also more expensive, making it even more imperative that the perfect person is hired.

“User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.”  –Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter

When a potential customer uses your business’s website, they embark on a journey through the site. This journey should include tasks that you want the website visitor to accomplish, such as watching videos, reading certain web pages and filling out a lead capture form. Ultimately, the goal of your website is for your audience to learn certain information and then make them convert (aka: fill out a lead capture form, make a purchase, schedule an appointment or download a white paper - whatever the end goal is for your website).

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. So how many words would you think a video is worth?

The answer is millions!

Research has shown that one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. Just one minute! As YouTube remains the second most commonly used search engine, more and more small businesses are noticing how strategically important video marketing is.

At the end of March, Google held a live Q&A session, in which its Search Quality Senior Strategist confirmed that the top two factors for Google’s search rankings are: content and links pointing to the site (also called link building and backlinks).

This didn’t evoke many surprises - professional marketers around the globe know that those are two key SEO strategies to best optimize a website for search rankings. But it’s nice to know without a doubt what websites MUST have in order to fare well with Google. 

In a 2015 study, 59% of small businesses reported that they did not receive an ROI from their social media strategies.


That is a shame.

And it is proof of ineffective marketing strategies performed by business owners without experience or marketers who are not utilizing social media tools properly.

Most business owners, large or small, do not really understand why journalists write about some topics and not about others. It’s also common for business owners to think that many happenings within their business should be turned into a press release (and eventually, into a news article.)

As a previous journalist and editor, and as a current PR professional, I am here to clarify and help your business with its press release distribution efforts.

Monday, 30 November 2015 22:42

Online Marketing Strategy Plans for 2016

The early bird gets the worm.

Or, at least, you have much better odds of getting the worm than those who procrastinate.

Now that the end of the year is approaching, this might naturally feel like a good time to slack off. Alas, there is pivotal research and planning to be done!

Take advantage of the new year and use this as a time to gain momentum.

When you take the time to plan ahead, you are more likely to budget wisely, use your time more efficiently and think up creative tactics to beat out your competition.

A new year brings new opportunities, new obstacles and new goals. Do some brain storming and figure out what those are for your business!

Read my below-mentioned ideas about what you should do in December 2015 to get ahead for 2016.

I understand people like you.

You’re the owner or manager of a small business.

Your mind is overloaded with thoughts about work’s important impending tasks, employee performance problems and fantasies about the next piece of equipment you can’t wait to buy. You check your work email while on your breaks and enjoy talking about work to your loved ones and friends. You live, breathe and bleed this business.

Who could blame you? It’s your livelihood. It is the mark you intend to leave on the world.

And while you are engulfed with work, you forget about the everlasting mark your business leaves on the Internet - aka, its online presence.

Someone eventually asks you, “Is your business on Facebook?” Your teenage daughter wonders, “Is your company on Yelp?” A friend tells you that pay-per-click ads really helped his business, and you contemplate if it can help yours.

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