How to Reach Out to Bloggers to Promote Your Brand

How to Reach Out to Bloggers to Promote Your Brand

We’ve been performing influencer outreach at Volume Nine for a while now, feeling triumphant in huge successes and suffering through some learning experiences. Fortunately, we’ve learned from both and want to openhandedly share our experience with you. image courtesy of The valuable role bloggers and influencers play in brand promotion should be highly regarded by Internet savvy companies. Online influencers may have a small audience compared to traditional advertising options, but they have earned the much coveted loyalty and trust…

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7 Out-of-the-(Big)-Box Ways to Grow Your Local Brand

7 Out-of-the-(Big)-Box Ways to Grow Your Local Brand

When building a business, it’s important to get out on the streets and grind away building brand recognition. It’s easy to find customers online, but more localized businesses require more localized approaches to gain customers. In order to build your local brand, try a few out-of-the-box marketing routes you won’t see your corporate competitors doing. Get a Booth at Local Events  No matter where you live, the surrounding community is bustling with local events from farmers’ markets and county fairs…

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Meerkat vs. Periscope: What’s Best for You?

Meerkat vs. Periscope: What’s Best for You?

If you haven’t noticed, there have been some big changes in the past year in broadcast technology. Meerkat and Periscope have taken the ability to broadcast to the masses out of the hands of networks and handed them to the masses. So if you are new to these apps, interested in testing it out, and not sure which one to adopt. here is a breakdown of each. Meerkat & Periscope: Both integrate with Twitter (this is getting harder for Meerkat…

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Sell It! 7 Ways to Optimize Your Ecommerce Pages

Sell It! 7 Ways to Optimize Your Ecommerce Pages

Got neat stuff? Sure, but that doesn’t mean it will sell. You have to draw people to your website, make them land on your ecommerce  pages and lure them to click that shiny ‘Add to Cart’ button. Getting people to your website’s product pages takes a little planning and behind the scenes work. You must make sure to optimize your ecommerce pages so they get found by all those online shoppers relying on Google to find exactly what they need….

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101 Blog Post Ideas for Small Business

101 Blog Post Ideas for Small Business

Coming up with quality, engaging blog topics for your small business can be tough and time consuming.  This is why we did you a solid and thought of– not just a few– but 101 topics ready to be used. All of the posts below can be geo-modified, tweaked or completely axed by your blogging team in order to get the best possible content for your blog. We’ve broken up our ideas into three sections. General ideas every small business can use…

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10 Mistakes that B2B Companies Make that Kill Your SEO Program

10 Mistakes that B2B Companies Make that Kill Your SEO Program

You’re a B2B business and you want to build your brand, thought leadership & ultimately drive some leads online. Then some kid out of college or over paid consultant told you the answer to all your problems is SEO. So you found some keywords, wrote some content and your traffic graph looks like this: Trust me, I get it. I’ve spent a lot of time working with B2B companies on digital strategy (I also run V9’s marketing, so I’m in…

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Ever Growing Social Media [Infographic]

Ever Growing Social Media [Infographic]

Twenty years ago, if you talked about sharing things on social media to a friend, the would look at you like you were a crazy person. Today, nearly 2.1 billion people are registered on at least one social media platform. Social media has gotten so big, we even have a whole day dedicated to it. So, in honor of Social Media Day 2015 , let’s review where social media has been, and where it might be in the future.

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Happy Social Media Day 2015! [Quiz]

Happy Social Media Day 2015! [Quiz]

Happy Social Media Day 2015! And in honor of this 6th anniversary of celebrating all things social, we created this quiz to get help you get to know your inner social self. What is your social media personality? Find out from the folks at Volume Nine. P.S. Don’t forget to share this quiz through social media! #SMDay

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Buyable Pins on Pinterest Now Available… Kinda

Buyable Pins on Pinterest Now Available… Kinda

If your online e-commerce business uses the platform Shopify to sell your products, you’re in luck! As of today, all brands using Shopify can sell their products directly from the pins themselves on Pinterest. Though some huge brands like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom have been testing this out for a few weeks, Pinterest has now opened up the ability for others to join in on the massive retail opportunity. As of now, the feature is only available on mobile…

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5 Ridiculous Celebrity Social Media Feuds

5 Ridiculous Celebrity Social Media Feuds

Social Media Day is June 30, so naturally we thought we’d celebrate by highlighting some of the worst uses of social networking. (Or the best, depending on how you look at it) Let’s be honest, nobody is a winner in social media feuds. Titling this blog “ridiculous celebrity social media feuds” is a redundant statement, but we encourage you to read on to see who we think is less of a loser in each feud: 1. 50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather There…

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