Is the 1-Page Marketing Plan Right for Your Business?

Is the 1-Page Marketing Plan Right for Your Business? written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with Allan Dib

Allan Dib In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Allan Dib serial entrepreneur, rebellious marketer and #1 bestselling author. Allan Dib wrote The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From the Crowd. 

Questions I ask Rory Vaden:

  • What is a marketing plan?
  • Why do you need a marketing plan?
  • Introduce us to The 1-Page Marketing Plan
  • What is the purpose of the 1-Page Marketing Plan template?
  • What is your 3-phased approach to building a marketing plan?
  • How do you write your 1-Page Marketing Plan?
  • What are some examples of The 1-Page Marketing Plan?

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Weekend Favs November 7

Weekend Favs November 7 written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from an online source or one that I took out there on the road.

  • My Web Audit – Website that helps web agencies close more deals.
  • Loginhood – The only data privacy products built with consumers and marketers in mind. Patching the Open Internet one website at a time.
  • Syntesia – Enables you to make AI videos by simply typing in text.

These are my weekend favs, I would love to hear about some of yours – Tweet me @ducttape

Slow Page Speed Can Create a Bad Customer Experience

Slow Page Speed Can Create a Bad Customer Experience written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch

In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I want to talk about a topic that is – warning – highly technical. This is a topic that I suggest you get help on, it’s one that is very important for your website, but is something that can easily overwhelm people. It’s important to listen to shows like this so that you can learn what to be asking people that you hire to get this done for your business.

Today’s topic is page speed or website speed, how fast your site loads when leads click on a link you sent them or that they found.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Google uses this for ranking
  • How to test your site for speed
  • Tools to use if you are working with several sites
  • How hosting changes page speed
  • How plug-ins change page speed
  • What the major culprits are to slow page speed
  • How to fix slow page speed

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Zephyr logoThis episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by Zephyr.

Zephyr is a modern, cloud-based CMS that’s licensed only to agencies. The system is lightweight, easy to use, and incredibly fast. And with an array of beautiful themes to choose from, you can get your clients’ websites up-and-running quickly and with less effort. Or, if you’d rather build a custom site, Zephyr includes agency services to be your plug-and-play dev shop.

Zephyr is passionate about helping agencies create great websites for their clients. To learn more, go to Zephyrcms.com.

How to Improve Your Personal Brand

How to Improve Your Personal Brand written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with Rory Vaden

In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Rory Vaden, a New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success and Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.  Rory Vaden is also the co-founder of Brand Builders Group. 

Rory is offering a free strategy call for all Duct Tape Marketing Podcast listeners. Find out more here.

Questions I ask Rory Vaden:

  • What was your entrepreneurial journey?
  • Was your door to door selling the most successful sales training?
  • How do you make more time?
  • In helping people build individual brands have you found that social media makes it harder?
  • What’s the difference between a point of view and a master of a platform?
  • How do you make money from a personal brand?
  • How do you figure out what problem a client solves?

More about Rory Vaden:

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Gusto LogoThis episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by Gusto.

Look paydays are great. Running payroll, calculating taxes, deductions, compliance that’s not easy. Unless you have Gusto! Gusto is simple online payroll and benefits build just for small business. Because you are a listener of this show you get 3 months free once you run your first payroll.

To learn more, go to Gusto.com/tape

5 Critical On-Page SEO Factors That Impact Your Ranking

5 Critical On-Page SEO Factors That Impact Your Ranking written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Having high visibility in a search engine’s organic results is critical to your business’ online success. 

People use search engines to find solutions to their problems. And if your product or service isn’t visibly ranking in search as a solution to their problem, that’s a massive missed opportunity for your business.

So what can you do to improve your rankings and where do you even start? 

Start by focusing on optimizing your on-page SEO. On-page SEO is one of the most important processes you can use to achieve higher rankings organically and start showing up in front of your target audience. 

Because the search landscape is constantly changing and evolving, it’s imperative you make sure your on-page SEO knowledge is up to date. Here are five critical on-page SEO factors that every business should be thinking about.

1. Content

Focus on your H1 headings and H2 subheadings

You need to use H1 and H2 tags. These help Google understand the structure of your page. Your headline should become an H1 heading. Your sub-points should be H2 headings, and bullet points can help organize information under each subcategory. 

While this strategy for organizing content makes it easier for readers to skim and settle on the information they’re looking for, it also helps Google to better understand your content.

Use your target keywords at the beginning of your pages

An old-school on-page SEO tactic that still works today is to use your target keywords in the first 100 words of your article or page. Google puts more weight on the terms that show up early on your page—it helps Google understand what your page is about.

2. Page Speed

Slow pages are a no-go. Page speed has been cited consistently as one of the leading SEO ranking factors for years. Slow loading sites provide a bad user experience. Search engines prefer sites that are going to show users the answers to what they’re looking for as fast as possible.

You can improve your site speed by reducing your number of redirects, compressing files, implementing website caching, reducing your page size, removing third party scripts, and many other steps that can speed up load time. 

3. Mobile Friendliness

Today, we live in a mobile-first world. More people use mobile devices than desktops to browse the web. And because of that, Google has made it clear that your pages need to be mobile-friendly. 

Google has a mobile-first index. On pages where content is not easily accessible for users on mobile, it’s unlikely that you’re going rank high in search results.

Google takes into consideration what the user’s experience is when they land on your site. Your site needs to:

  • Be responsive and automatically resize to fit whatever device your visitor is using
  • Use large fonts for enhance readability on a small screen
  • Have easy navigation—that means having accessible menus is a must

If you have any doubts whether or not your site is mobile-friendly, you can use Google’s Mobile-Friendly Testing tool to see how your site stacks up. 

4. Domain names, extensions and URLs 

Your URL helps Google understand what your page is all about. And having the right kind of URL can improve your organic CTR.

URLs

Using the right kind of URL is important—every URL on your website should be short, sweet, and keyword-rich. It needs to be a URL that Google’s bots can easily reach and crawl. But the theme here is: keep things simple. Keep the URLs as short as possible, write them in plain english, avoiding number or letter sequences that might only mean something to your team, and use relevant keywords tastefully—don’t just throw in keywords just for the sake of it.

Domain names and extensions

Domain names and extensions do impact on SEO—however, the approach has changed over the years. The major factor that leads to website ranking is hosting valuable content and getting valuable backlinks from authoritative sources. But when you add a keyword-rich domain name and relevant domain extension, it’s icing on the cake.

Let’s take a look at this example. 

Say we have Website A with the domain name and extension of www.plywoodstore-london.com and Website B with the domain name and extension of www.londonply.store. Both can rank just as well as the other. However, the latter will garner more trust and will help the business get more on-topic backlinks for the keyword search of ‘London plywood store’. 

Your domain extension is an opportunity to communicate what you do—coming up with your domain name gives you the opportunity to be uniquely relevant to your business, and you can get creative while boosting your SEO ranking. 

Consider choosing a domain name based on your business type. Here are a few ideas:

  • If you’re in technology or IT, you could go with .TECH
  • If you’re in retail or eCommerce, .STORE could be a good choice
  • If you’re a journalist or publisher, try .PRESS
  • If you’re building your personal brand, then you can use .ONLINE

5. Internal and external links

The web is built on links—so links are a crucial SEO ranking signal. A well-optimized page will include both internal and external links.

Internal links

Including internal links to other pages with relevant content can help Google to better understand how all of your content is related. When you include internal links, make sure the anchor text has keywords in it. This can boost your rankings with search engines.

External links

Some people hesitate to include external links for the fear that doing so will just drive traffic away. This isn’t the case. You want to show that you’re creating quality content for your website visitors. When you link to other relevant, authoritative sites in your niche, it creates a better user experience and is good for SEO.

If you have a business with an online presence, on-page SEO has to be a focus to compete and stay relevant today in search. Thinking about SEO on each page individually instead of just collectively as a whole gives you the greatest chance at standing out in SERPs on multiple pages.

 

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How to View Customers More Like Members

How to View Customers More Like Members written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch

In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I’m talking about a new book I’m working on. This book will be out in the fall of 2021 but I’m already deep in working on it. One of the major themes in the book is about how so many small businesses have been forced to pivot or change. Many of these pivots and changes have created growth in a very difficult time.

Growth in good times comes can come from being at the right place at the right time. But growth can still come in bad times from being important in the life of your customers. This has been so evident over the last year with the challenges the world has faced. Loyal customers are raising hands and choosing to support businesses that they want to stick around. This level of loyalty from customers comes from something different than doing your traditional lead generation. That’s what we are going to talk about in today’s podcast.

If you listen you will learn:

  • How to tackle referrals in the digital space
  • How marketing is changing
  • How people become customers
  • The customer journey that is part of a marketers job to control
  • How to view customers more like members

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.store logo

This episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by .store.

Have you ever tried to find a domain name and been given  the message, “Sorry, that domain name is already taken!”? You are not alone! But with .store, a new domain extension for eCommerce and online stores, you will get the domain you want!

What’s more, www.yourbusinessname.store, instantly tells people your website is a “store” and lets your brand do the marketing for you! So, go ahead
and get the perfect, memorable website URL for your online store at www.get.store​.​

Creativity is a Choice and It’s Important

Creativity is a Choice and It’s Important written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with Seth Godin

The PracticeIn this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Seth Godin, an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18, 19, maybe even 20 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn). His most recent book, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work, is available now.

Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!).

By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world.

In 2013, Seth was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. In an astonishing turn of events, in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well. He might be the only person in both.

Questions I ask Seth Godin:

  • How do we get the work done?
  • What’s creative work?
  • You’ve said reassurance is futile – what’s that mean?
  • There is no such thing as writer’s block?
  • How are skill and talent related?
  • How is good taste a skill?
  • What is perfectionism for an entrepreneur?

More about Seth Godin:

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Zephyr logoThis episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by Zephyr.

Zephyr is a modern, cloud-based CMS that’s licensed only to agencies. The system is lightweight, easy to use, and incredibly fast. And with an array of beautiful themes to choose from, you can get your clients’ websites up-and-running quickly and with less effort. Or, if you’d rather build a custom site, Zephyr includes agency services to be your plug-and-play dev shop.

Zephyr is passionate about helping agencies create great websites for their clients. To learn more, go to Zephyrcms.com.

How to Find Inspiration in Doubt

How to Find Inspiration in Doubt written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

Marketing Podcast with Kara Goldin

HintIn this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Kara Goldin, the founder, and CEO of Hint Water, a flavored water brand founded in 2005. She is also the author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters.

Kara Goldin is an active speaker, writer, and host of the podcast Unstoppable with Kara Goldin where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors across various industries.

Questions I ask Kara Goldin:

  • Did you start Hint to solve a problem or disrupt an industry?
  • Who were your doubters?
  • How did you overcome the doubts?
  • Is there any part of your business that gives you heartache that you wish you could solve?
  • What was the risk of ultimately failing at Hint?
  • You’re breaking out to different industries – why?
  • What’s your favorite flavor?

More about Kara Goldin:

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.store logo

This episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is brought to you by .store.

Have you ever tried to find a domain name and been given  the message, “Sorry, that domain name is already taken!”? You are not alone! But with .store, a new domain extension for eCommerce and online stores, you will get the domain you want!

What’s more, www.yourbusinessname.store, instantly tells people your website is a “store” and lets your brand do the marketing for you! So, go ahead
and get the perfect, memorable website URL for your online store at www.get.store​.​