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Learn How to Create Visual Content That Grows Your Reach!
And it doesn't even need to take hours of your time!

By far, one of the greatest reasons for my success on social media and my personal blog has been because I've focused on creating highly engaging visual content for my posts. 

Visual content is one of the best ways to stand out and get your content seen and spread further online. 

By popular demand I'm doing another class on visual content design. This time though, I've upped the ante a bit and wanted to focus on giving a very focused lesson AND giving you something to walk away with. 

Also, instead of offering only two registration options this time, I've now offered 3:

- VIP (only 14 spots)
- Live Attendee
- Standard Registrant

For my last class-- the VIP seats sold out in less than 12 hours... and my Insiders list has already known about this for 2 days. So if this is something you are interested in, go grab your spot now:

More details & registration: http://dustn.tv/vcd/

I'm not going to promise you that you'll become a "pro designer" overnight-- but I will promise that when you've finished the class you will be ready to create stunning visuals that and have some tools to begin right away! 

This class will happen on August 7, 2015 leaving you only 6 days to register! I hope to see you there! :D

#visualcontent   #socialmedia   #marketing   #contentmarketing  
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How to Grow a Highly Targeted Twitter Following
with one simple trick, on autopilot!
 
I've been experimenting with this trick since March and it's worked out pretty great for me. I actually shared it with my email subscribers back in March as well and one person reached out to me just to tell me their results after 30 days:
 
"...my followers grew by 21% in a month!"
 
That's pretty compelling. 
 
So take a look at this trick and give it a try yourself: http://dustn.tv/targeted-twitter-followers/  
I can't promise you'll get the same results, but if you're not strategically discovering new, relevant users regularly and this easily... what have you got to lose? 
 
#socialmedia #twitter
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How I Feel Every Time I Hit 'Publish' on a New Blog Post

I've been blogging professionally now for 4 years and I still get that little bit of excitement every time I hit Publish

In my latest blog post I share my entire process, start to finish. 

See my entire blogging process here: http://dustn.ws/1eciWaB

Today I added a new section (can you believe I forgot something) about how I analyze my headlines for maximum impact. 

Hope you enjoy! 

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dustn.tv originally shared to Creativity & Inspiration:
 
15 Sites for Creative Inspiration in 2015

In the fight to stay creatively stimulated, you need to give yourself a constant stream of inspiration-- a funnel for creative fuel. Well I've put together a list of websites that help me fight creative fatigue and shared them below.

If you have your own resources for creative inspiration, I'd love to hear them in the comments!

Some of the sites I've listed include:

> Abduzeedo
> VSCO Grid
> Stuck In Customs
> Niice

I've even got a section in there that covers how to turn Google+ into a great inspiration feed with Collections, Communities, and Circles!

So what about you? Where do you go online to stay inspired?

#creativity #inspiration
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Dustin W. Stout originally shared to Social Media:
 
If You Ever Want to Do a Twitter Chat-- READ THIS!

I thought about naming this The Ultimate Twitter Chat Checklist... but after I surpassed 2,000 words, I knew it was much more than a simple checklist. 

Read it here: http://wealmedia.com/twitter-chat-strategy/

This is a comprehensive, tactical guide to help you plan and execute a kick-butt Twitter chat. In it you'll get 8 phases:

Phase 1: Planning
Phase 2: Landing Page
Phase 3: Target Audience
Phase 4: Promote, Promote, Promote
Phase 5: Scheduling
Phase 6: Game Time
Phase 7: Follow-Up
Phase 8: Rinse & Repeat

There is no better way that I know of to generate buzz and connect with your audience on Twitter than a Twitter Chat. And if it weren't for +Brian Fanzo (mentioned in the article), +Peg Fitzpatrick, and +Rebekah Radice turning me back on to them again I wouldn't have realized how powerful they are! 

Are you a part of any Twitter chats? Let me know in the comments below!

#twitter   #twitterchat   #strategy  
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Periscope Pro Tips: What to Do Before, During and After Your Broadcasts!

#Periscope  is still very, very new to the #SocialMedia  playing field. And there are a lot of people jumping head-first into it to see how it can be used for their personal or corporate brand. 

I'm a huge fan so far. And in my experience I've found a number of things that to consider if you want to present the best broadcast possible. Some of these pro-tips include:

- Adding your URL to your profile bio
- Register with Katch to auto-save your broadcasts to the cloud
- Use +IFTTT to help spread your Live broadcast to more networks than just Twitter
- Screencap your view stats 

To get all the tips, click on the image below and give it a read! You'll be glad you did. :D

Is there anything you would have added to this list? I would love to feature some of your tips as I continually update this resource. 

HT to +Brian Fanzo +Vincenzo Landino +Afton Negrea +Ryan Bilello and +Blake Croft for the extra value they've added to this post! 
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Grow a Highly Targeted Twitter Following With This Trick
It's like a targeted discovery tactic on autopilot

After celebrating surpassing 10k followers on Twitter I decided to do a Periscope about why it numbers don't really matter. They can inform, but they are not an absolute measure of success.

On social media, the only followers that matter are the ones who care about what you're doing. Period. And this trick is a automated way of discovering people who just might be the people you're looking to connect with.

Read it here:

I mentioned it to my subscribers back in March and I've had multiple reports of how well it's been working with some of them.

So take a look, give it a try, and let me know your results.

#twitter #socialmedia
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Crush Your Content Marketing
With an Editorial Strategy
 
This article was recently featured in a new ebook by +John Jantsch's +Duct Tape Marketing so I thought it would be a good time to reshare for those who may have missed it. 
 
If you want to grab the ebook from +Duct Tape Marketing you can grab it here: http://dustn.ws/1TqJgO6  
If you want to catch the original article, you can click the link preview below.
 
Let me begin with this...
 
No, posting at random whenever you feel like it is not a strategy. Doing what feels right at the time is not a strategy. A handful of tips and tactics is not a strategy
 
A strategy is a well thought-out plan of attack meant to achieve an overarching goal.
 
If you don't have an editorial calendar strategy, I will show you how to build one in this post. What you do with it from there is up to you. 
 
#contentmarketing #strategy
A simple editorial calendar strategy for your social media workflow can greatly increase your productivity and effectiveness. A great man once said that
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How to Write Blog Posts: My Entire Process Revealed
Warning: This is NOT for the faint at heart.

My process is anything but quick. But it gets me the results I'm after. More than just hundreds of social shares and thousands of page views, the result is something I'm darned proud of.

So here it is folks, my entire process from idea capture to Publish & Share and everything in between.

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Google+ Circles: Making Your Connections Relevant
Updated for 2015

This post goes through and outlines everything you need to know about Google+ circles and how to make the most of them. Here's the bottom line:

If you understand the power of circles, you can turn Google+ in to the most efficient social stream and relationship management network. 

Circle Management Tips:
Beyond the standard circles you can gain a lot from creating specific circles around:

> Industry news / Thought leaders
> _Team members_
> _Customers / Clients_
> _Target Audience_

More advice on effectively using circles in the full blog post. Just click below! 

And be sure to share this post-- there are lots of new users who still haven't gotten accustomed to the power of circles yet! 

#googleplustips   #tutorial  
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dustn.tv originally shared to Google+ Tips & Tricks:
 
Everything You Need to Know About Google+ Collections
This is going to be HUGE!

This is probably the biggest feature update in a long time for +Google+. Essentially you now have a proper way to categorize your Google+ posts and people can follow those specific categories (or _Collections). 

This is something that users have been wanting for a long time! 

Read my full breakdown by clicking the article below. 

BONUS: I've included a downloadable template for customizing your collections covers! Enjoy! 

#googleplustips   #googleplusupdate  
Google+ Collections: A new way to curate your digital life. Google just released it’s newest addition to Google+ and it’s called Collections. So what in th
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Content Creation Tips from Improv Comedy
Notes from Tim Washer's session at SMMW15
 
You know a talk is going to be good when it leads with a quote from John Cleese:
 
"Creativity is not a skill it's a state of mind, being in the open state."
 
As an actor trained in improv comedy myself, I understand exactly what +Tim Washer is getting at in his talk. It resonated with me on many levels and spurred me to start thinking more creatively about how to bring more comedy into my storytelling. 
 
Read the full notes here: http://dustn.ws/1aYGDRd
 
Can you think up any great examples of how a brand has used comedy as an effective part of their content marketing? 
 
#contentmarketing #creativity #quote #tf
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