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How to set up a semi-automatic sharing system that builds relationships and drives traffic

How to set up a semi-automatic sharing system that builds relationships and drives traffic

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As someone who runs growth at a company that is getting >25% of our business from content marketing, when I found out about Snip.ly I got pretty damn excited.

I’d say something hyperbolic like “I practically did a backflip,” but in reality I just switched my desk from sitting mode to standing mode and started to dig into the software to figure out what I could do with it.

Not very exciting, I know – but that’s just how I work.

One of the biggest issues people face online is anonymity – no one cares who you are. The process of building relationships in your industry online is tedious and takes time, but it’s absolutely necessary.

This strategy isn’t designed to disrespect the work required to really gain a foothold in your industry. It’s just something that I came up with to make building relationships with other bloggers and industry leaders a bit easier.

 

The Idea

By using Snip.ly to automatically share the best content from your favorite blogs, journalists, or websites in your industry, you’ll do two things:

  1. Get on the radar of that person or site
  2. Share content that is already proven to be popular, and drive some percentage of engagers back to your properties.

Sound good? Let’s get into it.

Sidenote: I adapted this strategy from my friends at Authority Hacker. They’ve got a fantastic system set up for content promotion and this Snip.ly strategy is just one of many.

 

What You’ll Need

  • Snip.ly
  • IFTTT (If This Then That)
  • Buffer or a preferred social media platform
  • A list of top blogs in your industry

 

Step 1: Create a Snip.ly account and set up RSS Feeds

I’ll assume that you already know how to use Snip.ly at the most basic level. You have calls to action set up already and they’re styled properly, linking to the right place, etc.

Once that’s all done, go to Integrations > RSS Feeds.

Now, take the top 2-5 blogs in your industry and drop the link to their RSS feed in. Snip.ly automatically spits out a new RSS feed with your preferred call to action appended to the content.

 

Step 2: Use IFTTT to schedule shares in a sustainable way.

Now that you have the feeds of your favorite sites all Snip.ly-ified, head on over to IFTTT and either create an account or log in.

You’ll be using the RSS channel for the IF portion of the action, and the Buffer channel for the THAT portion of the action.

The idea here is simple: You’ve pre-selected great content, but don’t want to automatically tweet it out the instant it’s published. It’s much better to add a buffer (ahem) and send it to an app that places all of the shares in a holding zone so you don’t overwhelm your audience.

The recipe is the following:

If new RSS feed item from [snip.ly feed], then add a tweet to buffer.

If you’re creative, you can extend this strategy far beyond what I’ve outlined here:

  • Send new RSS feed items to all social channels
  • Send new RSS feed items to Google Sheet where you can customize Tweet then one-click add to Buffer from there (better engagement)
  • Segment a site’s feed by category and pair that with specific Snip.ly calls to action (what I will be trying next)

 

Remember to engage with your influencers

The final step in this is optional, but highly recommended. You should aim to chat with the people whose content you are sharing on a regular basis. No matter who they are, chances are good that they like to hear their work is influencing people in some way or another.

It’s not uncommon to build relationships quickly this way. Pretty soon you may find yourself contributing the the outlets that you’re sharing if you approach it correctly.

Own a Website or Blog? Sniply can Make it Better!

Own a Website or Blog? Sniply can Make it Better!

Sniply has some great tools that allow you to add your call-to-action to links that you share through social media, email and online advertising. There have been some amazing use-cases and creative applications. However, up to this point there haven’t been a lot of tools to use on your own site. This is changing with Sniply’s new tool to embed Call-to-Actions on your site!

With the embeddable version of Sniply, you can now have your call-to-action appear on your site for all traffic. That includes people coming from search engines, social traffic, and paid visits – not just traffic coming through Sniply links. And conveniently, the call-to-action on your site can be completely managed from your Sniply dashboard – you can even add a list of URLs where you’d like to avoid showing the call-to-action.

Installation is simple, all you need to do is include a snippet of code on your site and set your preferences through the Sniply dashboard. To get started, head to http://snip.ly/dashboard/embed/ or for detailed instructions take a quick read through our help documentation here.

There are also a few other benefits that you get by installing the Sniply code on your website, even if you don’t want to always show your call-to-action. For example, once the code is on your site, Sniply links to your site will redirect to your domain rather than staying on snip.ly. That makes Sniply feel much more like a regular link shortener, but the Sniply bar can still be shown on your site. Here’s an example from one of our earliest adopters – note how the Sniply link redirects to the redbarninc.com domain: http://snip.ly/tWCO

The final neat feature allows you to snip outbound links from your website. You can choose your call-to-action and then links pointing off of your site will automatically be overlaid with your call-to-action!

Make your website better with Sniply today!

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Driving More Conversions with Sniply

Driving More Conversions with Sniply

Sniply was built solely for the purpose of helping people drive conversions. Whether you want more customers, app downloads, event registrations, charitable donations, or anything you can think of—Sniply can help you with that.

There are well over a billion pieces of content shared each day and Sniply helps you capture the value of every link you share. Our tool lets you attach your own call-to-action to every page you share. This means that even when you’re sharing a Huffington Post article, you can still drive conversions through your very own call-to-action.

Effective Call-to-action

Just like everything else in marketing, there needs to be a reason to click. The highest performing call-to-actions tend to be interesting, intriguing, and ultimately valuable. You’ll see a big difference in conversion rates between buttons that read “Learn More” and “Free Download”.

Some of the highest converting Sniply call-to-actions we’ve seen are time-sensitive, instilling a sense of urgency; and usually valuable, offering some sort of incentive to engage. Consider running a contest, giving away free ebooks, or offering exclusive trials.

Page Relevance

An important factor to consider for conversion rates is page relevance. This refers to the relevance between the content itself and your call-to-action. For example, if you’re sharing content about a major security flaw and your call-to-action offers the solution, then the relevance will naturally drive up conversion rates. On the other hand, if you share content about natural disasters and your call-to-action is to visit a restaurant, then your conversions would be much lower.

Understanding Reach

Note that a 1% conversion rate with 100 clicks is only 1 conversion, but a 1% conversion rate with 1,000,000 clicks is 10,000 conversions. If you look at Sniply from an advertising standpoint, then both impressions and clickthroughs are equally important.

We define clicks as the number of people who visit the content, and we define conversions as the number of people who interact with your call-to-action and click on your button. Clicks define the reach of your messaging, and without reach, it won’t matter how strong your call-to-action is. If you’re not getting many clicks on your Sniply links, then that’s where you should start!

This guide is part of a series—also check out:

What is Sniply?
Why should I Use Sniply?
Introducing Sniply Analytics
Getting More Clicks with Sniply
Getting More Conversions with Sniply
Branding Opportunities with Sniply
Managing Multiple Brands with Sniply
The Sniply Workflow
Sniply for Content Publishers
Sniply for Small Businesses
Sniply for Enterprise