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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! 

#blogging   #socialmedia   #gif  
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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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Crush Your Content Marketing with an Editorial Content Strategy
Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

The demand for a constant stream of content is ever growing. The problem is that too many people are just flailing around trying to keep their head above water-- sharing whatever, whenever they have time. 

That's not a strategy. And being successful isn't an accident. 

If you want to crush your content marketing, and editorial calendar is where you should start! I've laid it all out for you in this post. 

HT to +Matthew Kaboomis Loomis who inspired me to finish this. Further reading included in the article from +Peg Fitzpatrick, +Content Marketing Institute, +Ralph M. Rivera (of Web. Search. Social), +Buffer and +CoSchedule

Do you currently use a content editorial calendar? If so, what do you use? 

#contentmarketing   #blogging   #socialmedia  
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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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.

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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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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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Grow Your Network Using Live Social Media Events
Utilize strategic social media events such as Twitter Chats and Hangouts On Air to make powerful connections

If you're a business, brand, or even a solopreneur looking to grow your online reach-- LIVE social media events are a great way to discover meaningful relationships.

Read the full article here:

What are some of your favorite live social media events to meet people?

We're big fans of +Buffer's #bufferchat and +Brian Fanzo's #SBizHour on Twitter. And we are quite fond of +Mia Voss's Mia Connect Power Chat and +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv's Social Theory.

And of course, we have a particular place in our hearts for The Relationship Marketing Show with our very own +Wade Harman.

Add your favorites in the comments and maybe we'll see you there!

#socialmedia #marketing #networking
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Helping you get the most out of Google+ with tutorials, tips and tricks. 

Founded by +James Brooks and +Dustin W. Stout, we are a bunch of Google+ enthusiasts that want to make sure everybody has the most awesome experience out of it. We are constantly on the lookout for the latest Google+ news, feature releases, and tips to make sure that we get them to you first.