Friday Reload #27: How to Get 300 Links and 2.5k Shares On A Single Post, Idea Generator, Building a Process for Growth Experiments & More

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Apple’s iAd Makes Biggest Expansion Yet, Now Available In 95 Countries

iad producer

Expanding into 70 more countries, move marks burst of rapid growth.

New pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads formats came out in August, and cross-device retargeting was announced this month. The iAd producer tool, introduced in September was launched to make rich-media ad creation easier for non-developers.

Instagram Is Introducing Video Ads Today With 5 Major Brands

Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic, and CW have signed up to pioneer the 15-second autoplay videos in sponsored posts, Ad Week reports.  CEO Kevin Systrom has said that he reviews every ad before it runs to make sure they don’t seem too much like advertising.

Tumblr Is Rolling Out Its First Autoplay Video Ads Today

11 brands, including Lexus, Universal Pictures and JCPenney, are testing the new ad product today before it’s opened to all advertisers in mid-November, according to Ad Age.  The autoplay video also loops continuously and can be docked next to the dashboard so users can watch while continuing to scroll through other posts.

Online video ads are a fast-growing piece of the online marketing industry. EMarketer estimates that U.S. advertisers will spend $5.96 billion for digital video ads in 2014, a 42% year-over-year increase. Yahoo is following Facebook into the autoplay era, which has helped Facebook challenge YouTube’s dominance as a video platform.


How We Earned 300+ Links and 2,500+ Shares on a Single Post in Less Than 30 Days


A follow up on a guide that Vero initially published where they outline how they got excellent results.

We’re an email marketing company but we’re trying to grow a business just like you.

It seems logical to share our ideas, challenges, successes, and failures with you. If this blog were only about email, we’d be withholding a lot of knowledge about marketing, business development, and sales.

This post is going to examine the strategy behind our latest email guide – Email Marketing Best Practices: 20 Tips for Dramatically Better Email – to show you how we wrote it and promoted it. No secrets here … we’ll share the numbers and, if you have questions, we’ll be happy to answer them.

The idea for the guide that was ultimately created was inspired by Brian Dean of Backlinko. Rather than starting with a content idea, Brian recommends starting with a keyword. We chose “email marketing best practices” because we believe the content currently ranking for this phrase is outdated and unhelpful. We knew we could create something way better. Brian refers to this as the Skyscraper Technique – see what ranks for the keywords you want and outdo them.

Rather than churn out another hollow list post, we planned to spend extra time loading each email marketing tip with examples, screenshot, and actionable advice. The result was a 5,000-word post with 40 examples and an accompanying swipe file.

Here’s a quick overview of what they did.

  1. Made their content easy to tweet.
  2. Reached out to each example mentioned within the article.
  3. Tried to get featured in daily or weekly content roundups for link buidling.

They focus on epic content once per month rather than publishing 2-3 posts per week.



Google Analytics 102: How To Set Up Goals, Segments & Events in Google Analytics

Google Analytics 102: How To Set Up Goals, Segments & Events in Google Analytics

ConversionXL teaches us how to set up goals, segments, and events in Google Analytics.  A must if you aren’t utilizing Google Analytics properly yet.

Some of the questions basic GA data doesn’t answer by itself:

  • What are the activities that visitors perform on your site that equal success for your business?
    • Which visitor actions earn you money?
    • Which actions drive additional visitors or repeat visits?
  • What visitor activity is signal and what activity is noise?
    • What are the specific circumstances that lead to success or failure?
    • What are the characteristics of a successful visitor?

The Art of Customer Loyalty

Everything you need to know about building a company customers love.



While it might look like a post, it’s actually a guide.  A chapter outline is provided below.

  1. Why Customer Loyalty Matters for Today’s Businesses
  2. How to Create a Brand that Customers Love
  3. Building Customer Loyalty on a Small Budget
  4. The Biggest Myth in Creating Customer Loyalty
  5. Growing Customer Loyalty with Superior Online Support
  6. How to Create Customer Loyalty Programs that Stick
  7. Using Feedback to Better Know and Love Your Customers
  8. Why Outstanding Service is Your Competitive Advantage

How Exit Overlays Can Make Your Landing Page Offer More Persuasive


If visitors and leaving your landing page in droves, you need a trusty sidekick to make your offer more persuasive. Image by Daniel Go via Flickr.

And when a high percentage of visitors abandon your landing page, you need a trusty sidekick to swoop in and make your offer more persuasive.

What are exit overlays?
If you aren’t familiar with exit overlays, they’re modal lightboxes that launch by what’s known as exit-intent technology. The technology tracks visitor activities as they navigate your site. When abandoning visitors are detected, an exit overlay is triggered to capture an otherwise lost conversion.

Unbounce covers how to use exit overlays to escalate urgency, to counter objections and provide added value.

How to Come up with Good Ideas for Guest Posts

Bryan Harris at Video Fruit brings another good one.  He’s struggled with ideas for creating guest blog posts which he loves because the two guest posts he’s created generated over 1,000 new email subscribers to the site.

Whether you are a guest-posting pro or have never written one in your life, use this to come up with killer ideas for your next article.

Here it is…

Next time you go to write a guest post, ask yourself this question:

So, if the person whose site you are writing for were hosting a conference and you were invited to speak to the audience, what would your speech be about?

Asking this question removes writing from the equation and forces you to focus on the audience you are “speaking” to.

Let’s workshop a quick example.

Imagine you are a food blogger invited to speak at a marketing conference that Noah Kagan is putting on. Those are two seemingly unrelated industries. Food and marketing.

What would you talk about?

Could you still teach the audience something that would be interesting and relevant? You bet!

Here are a few different headlines you could use:

Headline 1: How to market your business like a restaurant

Headline 2: How I used incredible pictures to 5x my sales and how you can do the same thing

Headline 3: I work 80 hours a week. How about you?

Headline 4:  Why I hate my job and how you can avoid the same trap

Headline 5: Time management for restaurants

Building a Process for Growth Experiments (or Marketing Tests)

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image courtesy of bplanet/

Processes are what separates the ‘little guy’ from the ‘big businesses’.  Referral Saasquatch covers a process for creating a structured and process-driven growth.  I really like the simplicity of the image they put below.



Creating a Backlog

growth experiment backlog

This is where you put the brainstormed experiments that your team wants to run. Think of it like your product development roadmap, but this time it’s for your growth team. The key here is to accurately understand the scope of running the experiments. IE what the steps are to implement and what resources are needed for each experiment.

Creating and Using an Experiment Doc

This is the lifeblood of the growth experiment process. You start with your idea and create the objective and hypothesis to help prioritize the experiment.

Once you make the test a priority you begin to design the steps needed to implement the experiment.

When the test is complete you then record the results, discuss your findings and plan the next steps.

Growth Experiment Design Doc

Creating a Playbook

This is where you take your successful experiments and document the step-by-step process into a playbook that your team can revisit as a repeatable growth experiment. For example marketplace startups like Airbnb, Uber and UrbanSitter have built playbooks for their city-launches.

They use a combination of guerrilla marketing tactics to seed the initial word of mouth of their city launch. Measure what they spend hosting events, meeting with influencers, putting up posters, etc..

In a recent talk from the 500 startups boot camp. Rebecca Rosenfelt went over how the teams tracked the ROI from their city launches that used targeted FB ads and compared them to their guerrilla campaigns.

After seeing the higher ROI from the guerilla marketing campaign they created a playbook to help the team build a repeatable city launch strategy.

Podcast Teasers and Proof You Need to Publish Videos Directly to Facebook Too

Pat Flynn did a test of posting to Facebook versus just YouTube.

Experiment #1: A Podcast Teaser…with Video

I decided to create a short 3-minute video teaser of the episode. It includes a couple of highlights from the interview with Gary, while also providing value to those who watch. My goal was to tease the episode enough to drive people through a link shown in the video to listen to the full episode here on my blog.

Experiment #2: YouTube vs. Facebook

To put this in perspective, that’s 189 views with 14,864 people reached (0.12%) with over 80,000 Facebook fans.

Not good.

Instead of publishing on YouTube and pasting the URL onto my Facebook Page, what should I have done instead?

Upload the video directly to Facebook.

I’m planning on eating my own medicine here and publishing a video directly to Facebook this week.


Free SEO Tools That I Love (And Actually Use): Part #1 Keyword Research

Paul Shapiro shares a few tools that he ACTUALLY uses.

Here’s the bulleted list below but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read his post on how he uses each of the tools.

  • Google Keyword Planner
  • Google Trends
  • TagCrowd
  • Promediacorp’s free Google Suggest keyword research tool
  • Bing Ads Intelligence
  • Keyword Shitter
  • AlchemyAPI
  • Knime
  • Facebook Ads

Bonus37 Awesome Tools To Get The Most From Your SEO Campaigns

37 Awesome Tools to Get the Most from Your SEO Campaigns

Bookmark Manager (for Google Chrome)

bookmark manager

Though I prefer Evernote, my Chrome used to be LOADED with bookmarks.  I have a feeling yours is the same.  Snag this tool for better bookmarking, namely the bookmarking by topic.

Current: The Missing Facebook App for Mac

current for mac

A picture says it all.  If you’re heavy on the Facebook networking or group management I can see this being very helpful for you.

Intro from About.Me

intro by about me


Plus you can toggle what information you want to give out for example, email vs email plus phone etc.

The 7 Minute Workout Tool!

Based on the original article “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout”.

Here’s the original science journal article:

High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment.


7 min workout

I’d recommend doing the 7 minute workout daily.  Then work up to 2 sets of it (or 14 minutes) and continue until you can either do 4 sets (28 minutes) and then start doing more advanced body weight moves.  Here’s a great bodyweight resource called

Hacker New had a few great comments

Science is that if you work out all major groups of muscles with maximum intensity you use up all of the stored ATP energy and trigger anaerobic energy delivery mechanism which builds up lactic acid [0].

Do this for all major muscle groups and you get significantly raised metabolism throughout the day as your body deals with replenishing ATP, cleaning up lactic acid, and repairing small amount muscle micro tears.

To anybody trying to get back in shape, I can’t recommend Nerd Fitness ( enough. I used it to get back in shape 2 or 3 years ago, it’s very approachable even with no real fitness knowledge. I am not affiliated.

Bottom line though:

– Fix your diet (whatever works for you, for me it was getting rid of carbs),

– Make time for this and build up the routine (I get most of my workouts done in under 35 minutes all included, I do this at least 3 times a week),

– You don’t need a gym; you can get dumbbells for cheap, but even without it there is a lot you can do (I haven’t lifted anything in a year, doing mostly bodyweight).

Get Your Book Summary On!

Block Shelf

Quotes, lessons and videos for entreprenuers and startups aka reading made easy.




A few comments about blockshelf recommended blinkist.

Solve your reading problem.
Get the best knowledge from nonfiction books in powerful, memorable packs. Your learning starts here. Where you take it is up to you.


How to Perform the Ultimate Local SEO Audit

Who is this guide for?

This guide is intended for those businesses that already have an existing Google My Business page. It’s also mostly geared towards brick and mortar stores. If you don’t have a public address and you’re a service area business, you can ignore the parts where I mention publishing your physical address. If you don’t have a listing set up already, it’s a little bit harder to audit. That being said, new businesses can use this as a roadmap.

How to Use Pinterest for Videos, SlideShares and Podcasts

Pinterest to promote video SlideShare and podcasts

If you have a female audience, Pinterest is a must.

11 E-commerce Mind Tricks that Erode Buyer Resistance

I could see these working well for digital products as well.

Creating Urgency with Scarcity

1. “Only 1 in stock”

2. “Limited Time Remaining”

3. “Order today and you’ll have the item by Saturday”

Loss Aversion

4. “You save 34%!”

5. The ‘Best Value’ Option

6. “Spend $50 and Get Free Shipping”

Risk Aversion

7. “100% money-back guarantee. Lifetime warranty. Free returns!”

Abandonment Issues

8. “Have a Coupon Code?”

9. “Express Checkout”

10. The “Where’d You Go?” Email


11. “5-star rated!”

Daily Unique Reach: Limit Frequency of Facebook Ads to Once Per Day

facebook daily unique reach jonloomer Daily Unique Reach: Limit Frequency of Facebook Ads to Once Per Day

Good guy Jon Loomer shows us how to utilize a new Facebook bidding option.

Facebook has some controls in place to cap frequency. You are limited to reaching fans four times and non-fans two times every day with your ads in the news feed.

Use Daily Unique Reach to limit the times you reach Facebook users with your ad to once per day!

facebook daily unique reach 1 Daily Unique Reach: Limit Frequency of Facebook Ads to Once Per Day

Once you select that option, you’ll need to provide “the amount reaching 1,000 people is worth to you.”

Note that this isn’t a true bid, but Facebook uses it as a guide for determining whether or not to show your ad.

What should you enter here?

Good question. I consider an average CPM to be about $5.00. But regular CPM is often much less. So feel free to split test and see what works!


15 Pre-launch Growth Hacking Strategies For Startups

How To Track Shopping Cart Abandonment in Google Analytics

How to Use Psychology to Build Social Media Campaigns That Resonate

A/B Testing For Beginners: 70 Resources to Get You Started

Walmart Brings Product Search To The In-Store Experience

Recharge Your Remarketing With 5 Tips For Q4


The 27th Friday Relaod puts us officially over the hump.. which means we’ve provided a half a year worth of Friday Reloads!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed them with us.

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