How to Create Better Blog Posts in House

How to Create Better Blog Posts in House

Want to create better blog posts in-house? All it takes is dedication, organization, and a handful of talented writers. Sound difficult yet? Don’t let it scare you; if you want to step up your in-house blog game, read the below tips. Then go out and do! Plan Ahead While this one is pretty much a “duh,” I’ve got to mention it briefly. One of my favorite quotes for work (and my personal life) is: Fail to plan? Plan to fail. Loooove…

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SEO Best Practices for On-Domain Location Pages

SEO Best Practices for On-Domain Location Pages

Do you remember being out and about in town, or perhaps even while visiting a new city on vacation, when someone suggested calling ‘4-1-1’ to locate a nearby business … from a payphone? Just thinking about that – I mean, wow! These days, you can barely even find a payphone, let alone use one to dial ‘Information.’ Consider how far ‘local search’ has evolved in a relatively short amount of time. Back in the day, if you didn’t call 4-1-1…

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Extra! Read All about It! (It, as in Extra Twitter Characters)

Extra! Read All about It! (It, as in Extra Twitter Characters)

Visual content…it’s kind of a big deal. Photos, videos, GIFs, GOT memes, these are all things we need everyday and Twitter is finally meeting our needs! In the coming months, Twitter plans to make way in the 140 character limit for visual content. Soon photos, videos, and GIFs will no longer count towards the 140 character limit. Before you get too excited links will indeed still count toward the limit…maybe next update? So why is this happening? According to Twitter…

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How to Use Writer’s Point of View To Your Advantage

How to Use Writer’s Point of View To Your Advantage

You can take any approach to your business blog that you desire. Often, variety is best. When it comes to voice, write with a first-person voice for a personalized feel. Or, opt for speaking to the audience as “you” in second-person voice. This more authoritative direction has a professional tone. Both options will convey your message and engage readers, a win-win! Here are some guidelines to ponder while you’re debating which to utilize. Use First-Person Voice to Tell a Story…

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Another Colfax Marathon Relay in the Bag

Another Colfax Marathon Relay in the Bag

That’s right folks. We’ve got another Colfax relay completed for Volume Nine. This year our athletes were me, Jackie, Troy, Miranda, and Brian. The Colfax is a local race run by thousands of athletes. It offers a marathon, half-marathon, 5k, 10-miler, and a marathon relay. While not many of us want to tackle a full marathon, the last mentioned relay is much easier to train for. The relay includes five legs varying in distance, a baton, stressful transfers, and cheering your…

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4 Things to Triple-Check Before Your Content Goes Live

4 Things to Triple-Check Before Your Content Goes Live

When I first started blogging, hitting the “publish” button on the top right-hand side of the WordPress editor was intimidating. I would preview a million times, rearrange images, and read aloud for misused words. When I finally felt confident in posting, I’d take a deep breath, close my eyes, and tap my mouse. I’m not even being dramatic. It was scary. As I posted more and more content, this pressure was relieved and replaced with complacency–copy, paste, throw an image…

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Can A Social Media Strategy Increase FB Followers by 70K?

Can A Social Media Strategy Increase FB Followers by 70K?

One of our favorite clients, Vitamin World – a nationwide provider of the best quality supplements, vitamins and other health and wellness products – came to us 6 months ago wanting to ramp up their efforts on social media. Vitamin World is a company that exudes themselves as health and wellness enthusiasts that are passionate about nutrition and helping others discover their best selves. Knowing this, we built a social media strategy that focused more on expanding awareness of the brand…

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Volume Nine’s Favorite Places to Work Remotely

Volume Nine’s Favorite Places to Work Remotely

Here at Volume Nine, we get to work remotely. It’s a beloved perk to receive, and most of us love it! Getting out of the office allows us to gain a new perspective and create the best possible work for clients. Plus, visiting a new, local coffee shop, being outside on a gorgeous spring day, or getting a jump on after-work happy hour are major side benefits.  It’s a win-win. I surveyed team members here at V9 searching for their favorite places…

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Email Debt Forgiveness Day: Guilt Free Replying!

Email Debt Forgiveness Day: Guilt Free Replying!

You’re in debt. I’m in debt. In fact, I am willing to bet that we’re all in debt. I’m not talking about financial debt, I’m talking about all those emails you owe. My Email Debt Confessional Right now, I am in a lot of debt. You see, I have this terrible habit of multitasking. Even though it’s been pretty well documented that multitasking is ineffective and actually makes you less productive, I still do it. I can’t help it. So…

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Snapchat for Business: Should Brands Take it Seriously?

Snapchat for Business: Should Brands Take it Seriously?

According to U.S. Census data, more than 60% of U.S. 13 to 34 year-old smartphone users are on Snapchat.  And they’re not just downloading the app to never use it again. These users are engaged, with 60% of snapchatters creating content every day, and a shocking 8 billion videos viewed daily by users. Yes, every single day! Working and living in the social media world, I’ve been a Snapchatter for years. To me, Snapchat is a mix of the best…

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