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Tech Tips for Author Marketing

15

Jul

2017

Use Google Analytics to Find Your Audience

Authors may know the audience for their book well, but that doesn't neccesarily mean they also know the audience for their online marketing. Fortunately, Google Analytics, a free tool anyone can use, has a report that makes it easy for writers to find out where their audience is hanging out so they can plan on getting in front of the right people. 

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Jun

2017

An Author’s Basic Google Analytics Report

Stereotypically, authors work with words rather than numbers. Of course there are plenty of wordsmiths who are also comfortable with figures, but lots of authors still steer clear of anything that sounds too much like math. Google Analytics does have numbers involved, but you shouldn’t be avoiding it.

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15

May

2017

Why and How to Tag People on Facebook

The stereotypical author writes alone in their room and shies away from making contact with other people. Of course there are plenty of outgoing authors, but for many of us, socializing is still scary and something to be avoided. Online contact can be much easier for the introvert, but even so, folks have a hard time being social on social media when it comes to marketing their books.

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Apr

2017

Posting your Content in the Right Order

For most of us who use social media for our private lives, it's an automatic reaction to go post on Facebook or Twitter when we have something to share with our friends, family and nodding acquaintences. But as authors, maybe we should rethink that strategy. 

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15

Mar

2017

Basic Tips for Twitter #Hashtags

What many of us in our youth called the “pound sign” is now referred to as a “hashtag,” and while folks of a certain age seem to tweet hashtags naturally, the rest of us wonder if we’re #TooOldToRockAndRoll. Mastering the art of hashtags does take some study, but every author trying to sell books should at least know the following three uses for hashtags.

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Using Tech for Book Marketing

Don and Kate GingoldKate and husband Don have been building websites since 1996 for all sorts of clients, including authors.

As the Internet has evolved, producing books and marketing them has become much more complicated. Whether traditionally-published or self-published, authors today need to know their way around websites, blogging, social media and other online marketing tools.

Kate regularly writes about online marketing for Sprocket Websites and provides tips and techniques for entrepreneurs, small- to medium-business owners and not-for-profit directors. Since being an author today is not really different from being an entrepreneur with a small business, most of those tips are just as useful to authors.

Kate has also writes articles specifically for authors to explain the technology available and provide marketing tip  to help writers get their books into the hands of readers. 

 

Just-for-Authors Website

There are so many website options out there today. You can spend $10,000 or build one for free. And it's tough for most folks to figure out how much website they really need. 

Sprocket Websites put together a website package that provides a custom solution for an author's specific needs. We know what's important to successful book marketing so we made it easy to upload book images, summaries, reviews and of course, sales links. There's a calendar and a blog tool as well.

Check out all the details and you'll see why this is the perfect website for author success.

Author Website

Marketing Author Interview

Following a presentation for In Print Professional Writers Group, Kate's husband (and publisher!) Don was interviewed by author Louise Brass for WBOM Radio. During the conversation, Don shared many of the marketing tips from his presentation. You can listen to it online here.

The Sprocket Report

The Sprocket Report is published every other week with Internet marketing tips, tools and techniques. The archive features articles from 2011 up to the present. You are welcome to read how business owners are using technology to market themselves and apply those tips to your author business.

The Sprocket Report