Jillian Matlaga, Author at The Contactually Blog | For Relationship-Based Businesses
Ultimate Guide to Content Curation

Ultimate Guide to Content Curation

In 2016, there were approximately 3,424,971,237 Internet users worldwide – and the number is increasing rapidly. The billions (yes, BILLIONS!) of people that are on the Internet are doing all sorts of things from streaming movies, publishing blog posts, online shopping, scrolling through Facebook feeds, talking to friends across the ocean – the list truly can go on and on. A lot of these users are creating something – also known as “content” – to put on the Internet for others to see and engage with. Whether it’s for personal or professional use, there’s a high volume of content at our disposal at all times. However, with the average user demanding more content on a daily basis it’s hard, especially for businesses, to keep up. So, what do individuals and businesses do when they’re too busy or out of ideas for fresh and unique content? Content curation. The ultimate move. Read on to learn more about why. What is Content Curation? Content curation isn’t exactly a new concept, so you may have some idea of what it is, but in case you don’t, we’ll give you the 411. According to Lifewire, content curation is defined as “when you review content from a variety of sources, gather links to those sources, share descriptions of that content, add your own commentary to that content, and publish all of those pieces in a single location.” They key part of this definition is sharing descriptions of that content and adding your own commentary to that content. This is what makes content curation different than content aggregation or content syndication. Content aggregation is defined...
Top 6 Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed on Twitter

Top 6 Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed on Twitter

With approximately 328 million active Twitter users, it’s safe to say that the popular social media platform is flooded by the thoughts and opinions of public figures, news channels, industry leaders, and more. In the entire Twittersphere, there are over 500 million tweets published DAILY, so it’s easy to be overlooked, no matter how cutting-edge or important your tweet may be.     This especially applies to small businesses who are using Twitter as a way to get noticed by industry leaders, influencers, and investors. Small businesses, even though they have some of the best content, ideas, and products to offer, are oftentimes neglected. This is partially due to the fact that they do not have the manpower, funds, or knowledge on how to best run their Twitter account to achieve the maximum benefits. So, small businesses, we’re here to help you out by providing you with the top 6 tips to help you get recognized on Twitter! Twitter for small business audiences: 1: Engage With Influencers Influencers, or someone who has access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue of their authenticity and reach,  are the MVPs of Twitter. They have the power and the following to create buzz, increase brand recognition and traffic by sharing your content, promoting your business or product, and inspiring followers. By engaging with influencers, you are expanding your reach and increasing your audience size, which are a factor in increasing overall business. In order to engage with influencers, it’s important to determine the appropriate ones. Look for influencers that are relevant to your business or industry. It’s crucial that...
Content is the Key: 5 Steps to Diversify Your Content Creation

Content is the Key: 5 Steps to Diversify Your Content Creation

To some, content may be king but to marketers, content is simply a way of life. It has the ability to set you apart from other companies, mark you as an industry expert, and create new business opportunities. With approximately 88% of marketers incorporating content marketing in their overall strategy, it’s evident that content is taking over, and can no longer be ignored – which is why we’ve created a new blog series around it!  From how-to’s to infographics, we’re expanding upon what content is, all that it does, and how it can help your business grow. Ready to become a content expert? Check out our first post in the series, Content Distribution and You, if you haven’t already and then dive into our second Content is the Key post! 5 Tips to Diversify Your Content Creation There are thousands of pieces of content flooding the internet every moment. It’s a crucial factor in developing online presence, increasing brand recognition, and creating new business opportunities, and it has been at the center of the marketing stage for a while now. In fact, with over 70% of marketers planned to create more content in 2017 than they did last year, it’s evident that content in its many forms has been made a priority in order to encourage business growth. With all this available content, chances are that you are part of the 70% of people who are looking to increase their content creation. You’re likely already creating content, but are aware of the need to make it stand out amongst the rest which brings us the the concept of diversification.  By...
The Real Estate Recruiting Questions Checklist

The Real Estate Recruiting Questions Checklist

Interviews are intimidating no matter how many you’ve gone through or how confident you are, but they all have the same end goal. The goal of interviews with prospective agents, specifically, is to understand their qualifications, personality, and general way of doing things in relation to your firm. In order to accomplish this, you often need to ask a comprehensive list of questions that will cover the basics – and then some! There is such a wide range of things to ask that we encourage brokers to be creative and ask unique questions that will get agents talking about who they are and what they’re passionate about. While there’s nothing wrong with the routine questions, (for example, “Why did you become a real estate agent?”) these sometimes generate rehearsed responses, which are of little value. Rehearsed responses make it challenging to determine if an agent’s a good fit! Previously, we created the The Brokerage Recruiting Playbook, in which we spoke with over 150 brokerages to learn their most effective recruiting practices. Now we’re expanding upon the chapter called “How to sign the agents you want” with The Real Estate Recruiting Questions Checklist; a list of questions and tips on what to ask prospective agents. The checklist covers categories such as agents’ relationships with their clients, time management, lead generation, and management of difficult scenarios – all crucial factors in determining if an agent’s a worthwhile addition to your brokerage. Ready to start conducting the most productive recruiting interviews? Read on to get the best questions and tips! Question Focus: Client Relationship What are your small talk best practices? What...
Content is the Key: Content Distribution and You

Content is the Key: Content Distribution and You

To some, content may be king but to marketers, content is simply a way of life. It has the ability to set you apart from other companies, mark you as an industry expert, and create new business opportunities. With approximately 88% of marketers incorporating content marketing in their overall strategy, it’s evident that content is taking over, and can no longer be ignored – which is why we’ve created a new blog series around it! From how-to’s to infographics, we’re expanding upon what content is, all that it does, and how it can help your business grow. Ready to become a content expert? Check out Content 101 and then read below to see the first post in our series, Content is the Key: Why is Content Distribution Important Anyway? Although content itself is incredibly important, it’s only about half the battle. You can create content of the highest quality, but if it isn’t properly distributed, it’s nearly useless. The truth is that your targeted audience isn’t likely to just stumble upon your content and become a loyal follower and, unless it’s on the first page of your Google search results, they probably will never hear about you. In fact, less than 10% of people go past the first page, which means that you can’t rely on search engines to drive your traffic. And although there are plenty of other distribution methods, each moment, there are approximately…. 1400 new blog posts 216,000 new Instagram posts, 72 hours of new video on Youtube 277,000 new Tweets … which means that if you do not have a strategy to actively try to put...