Rob Ousbey's Posts

Why Does Distilled Have an Unlimited Breakfast Budget?

If I’m going to meet up with a professional contact in person, there’s one time of day that beats all others: breakfast.

Sure, there are two other meals you could share together, every opportunity for coffee meetings, and happy-hour drinks are often on the table. But I want to make the case for breakfast.

Everybody needs breakfast

Firstly: people are available. If you want to get on a busy executive’s schedule, there’s usually limited opportunity. Where are they going to fit you in between their power-lunches, the rounds of golf, and the drinks at the club? (OK, I might be describing a stereotyped 80s executive, but you get the idea.) Not a lot of people schedule meetings first thing in the morning. If you do, then you don’t just get to find your way onto people’s calendar, but it also makes you stand out as different, and therefore more memorable.

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Invite Your Audience Backstage: 4 Tips For Making Content About Your Business

Taking viewers ‘behind the scenes’ has been a staple of DVD extras for years – it’s a relatively cheap way to create additional content for hardcore fans to enjoy. The Game of Thrones crew, say, have gone all out on their ‘backstage’ strategy, with a dedicated blog full of production notes made during filming, a site that includes footage from the team after every episode, as well as efforts to make sure that lots of journalists could write behind the scenes pieces.

However, it doesn’t take an HBO budget or embedded journalists to let fans connect with the talent. Organizations of all sizes can use similar techniques to get extra bang from their marketing bucks, and to reach audiences they normally wouldn’t be able to.

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Keyword Analysis in a world of 100% ‘Not Provided’

The percentage of organic search traffic that is being reported as ‘not provided’ is increasing for every website. Driven by changes to browser defaults as well as Google’s campaigns to get users logged in, most sites have lost this keyword data for considerably more than 10% of search visitors, and for more than 60% in some cases. (You can read Mike Pantoliano’s analysis on the Distilled blog.) Within 12-18 months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see most sites with 90% of their Google traffic being ‘Not provided’ and it could be 100% for some. Indeed, Google could turn all this data off overnight, at anytime, if they wanted to.

Some people have suggested extrapolating data to fill in the blanks—but this simply doesn’t work for now, and won’t even be an option when there is no data.

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Your First 100 Twitter Followers

Today, I wanted to write a bit about Twitter, in a post that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. I regularly speak to clients, business contacts and people at our conferences who want to use Twitter more, or who have struggled with getting past the initial stages of using the site.

If you are an experienced Twitter user, then hopefully you’ll still be able to share this post with friends or clients who are just starting out in building their brand or their own profile on the site.

Getting Started

There are plenty of guides and blog posts that cover the basics of signing up for Twitter account and advice about how to use the site in general.

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Find (Almost) Anybody’s Email Address

With great power, comes great responsibility. I’m entrusting this tool to you with the understanding that Distilled readers will use it sensibly.

When doing outreach and linkbuilding, it’s often more effective to be able to send someone an email directly, rather than trying to use a contact form. Instead of hunting through a website to find someone’s email address, this process will speed things up and help you find the address you’re looking for.

(This video contains text, menus and spreadsheet cells worth seeing. I recommend you watch it full screen, and in the highest quality that your internet connection will allow.)

The important things you’ll need for running through this process:

  • A Gmail account, if you don’t have one already

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