Got blog, need photo. Finding great, pretty, interesting photos that are also free can be a hassle when you need photos or images for your ecommerce blog. We’ve compiled 11 of our favorites to take some of the searching off your shoulders. (Caveat: Remember to pay attention to whether the specific site or photo requires attribution when posting, though.)
With all the media coming at people, Infographics are a great way to gain attention because they make the point quickly and aesthetically with visuals, charts, figures and minimal words. If you don’t have an in-house designer, though, it can seem daunting to create your own infographics for your ecommerce store or blog. But don’t fret, there are plenty of sites that offer free templates and free trials. Below are 7 great free sources for infographics.
Key Areas Your Business May Be Neglecting (4 Infographics)
In business, many focus on their next million dollar idea, but very few make any money from the idea alone. While others focus totally on building a product, in hopes that that product will assure financial success. Both of these examples are missing one important thing. They are not business focused.
According to an article from Martin Zwilling of Entrepreneur, there are several key elements to remaining business focused. Here are some of these:
Staying customer centric in all business actions – It’s not easy to avoid letting your personal interests fill in for objective customer data. But with today’s access to social media, interaction with your customers is easy and must be utilized for all aspects of business.
Prioritize weekly activities, while focusing on the top three – Those who try to do too much only succeed in doing everything poorly. Focus on the high priority activities and be willing to delegate.
Manage cash flow daily – Finances of your business require discipline and focus. Investors rarely give you a second chance.
Setting targets for the team – Everyone on your team must be actively engaged in order to grow your business. In order to do this, they need to know where they are going and what targets they are fighting for.
Selling is a job for everyone all the time – Everyone in your business should be selling. Every time you have contact with an investor or customer, an impression is set. That impression needs to be a good one.
Defining leading and lagging – You should always be measuring because you can’t manage on things you don’t measure. Structure leading measures first, such as customer leads and solution costs. Lagging measures come next, including volumes achieved, cost of customer acquisition and market penetration.
Insist on and nurturing total team accountability – When you have a new business, total individual and team accountability is required.
Keep team members and customers motivated – An unhappy team can’t create a satisfied customer base. A highly motivated and engaged team creates customers who work and feel like part of the team.
Thinking about starting a blog connected to your ecommerce site and don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you already have a blog, but you’re looking for some strategies to improve it and bring in clients. We’ve assembled links to some of the best blogging tips from our favorite experts.
Expert Blogging Tips From These Pros
The guys at the hugely popular and entertaining Fizzle made it to where they are today partly by blogging. Here they offer a ton of free resources every blogger can use.
Copyblogger is written for copywriters but their tips still apply to those new to the game. Below are a few great posts from Copyblogger about how to post like a pro.
Digital Marketer is the brainchild of internet marketing guru Ryan Deiss. The bottom line for the pros at Digital Marketer is turning a blog into money. Below is one gem on how to turn drive-by readers into loyal subscribers to your blog.
The inbound marketing team at Moz know a thing or two about blogging – theirs is wildly successful, and for good reason – they know what they’re talking about. If you’re new to the game of blogging, read their advice for how to successfully launch a new blog.
Have any great blogging resources or tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.