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Jan 18, 2017

Making Sense of AMP

Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMPs, is an initiative to build “mobile optimized content and have it load instantly anywhere.”  These pages adhere to strict guidelines set forth by Google and are essentially stripped down versions of a normal webpage designed for one purpose, speed. Because of the stripped functionality, the use of AMPs are still limited to content pages such as news articles and blog posts but can still see major benefits when used appropriately.

Optimized Pages that seem to load instantly on mobile devices

Studies show that mobile users typically abandon a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load thus the main benefit of AMP is speed, being to load up to 85% faster than non-AMPs. This will enhance user experience immensely as content will be delivered to users at lighting speeds.

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Before we dive in, lets test your knowledge!

Woo, glad we got that out of the way! Now if you read any of the articles above or have browsed the internet in the past, oh let’s say 2 years, chances are you’ve heard about the seismic shift of consumer device usage from desktop to mobile. In response, Google has been announcing big changes left and right, starting with the Mobile algorithm update, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” continuing at the Google Summit and more recently the upcoming split of the search index into the mobile index and desktop index. So how do we take advantage of these changes in 2017?

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Audience Retargeting

Retargeting – also know as remarketing – is a powerful online marketing tool. You’ve probably heard the term, but maybe you’re not quite sure what it is, and whether it is something you should be doing (the answer is likely YES!). So let’s take a look at retargeting, how it is done, and the benefits to your bottom line.

Audience Retargeting

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First, what is SEO? Check out our blog article on “What is SEO and why it matters.”

Read our “Comprehensive Guide to Building your Business Presence Online” to learn about all the services you should use to maximize your marketing presence.

Now let’s talk about the huge announcement from Google:

Mobile Search Index Prioritized over Desktop Search Index

Big changes are coming to Google across all their services and at the forefront is the push to a mobile-first world. At the recent Pubcon in Las Vegas, Gary Illyes announced a major change to the Google Search Index: Mobile & Desktop will be separated into 2 different indexes and the mobile index will take priority over the desktop index.

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Asking your customers for reviews on Google is a great strategy for building your local search results and positively managing your reputation online. However, Google has safeguards in place to discourage fraudulent or spammy reviews, and you don’t want to run afoul of their guidelines which can end up costing you. You reviews might be removed from Google, and your “bad reputation” might have a negative impact on your local search rank.

Here are some methods of getting legitimate reviews from your customers without violating Google’s policies:

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It’s no secret that the world is obsessed with their phones, studies show that we spend, on average, five hours a day on our phones and check them about 85 times a day! Why is this so important? Enter Google, the dominating search engine in the world and a mainstay of digital advertising. At the recent Google Performance Summit, Google revealed big additions to the PPC world revolving around the idea of a mobile-first world and “micro-moments.”

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For many business owners, your business’s Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, might as well be your annoying younger sibling. It’s always bothering you and you’d rather ignore it than try to understand what it’s talking about.

However, ignoring your SEO is NOT the right decision. No matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t exist, SEO makes a huge difference in driving potential customers to your website.

Simferopol, Russia - July 13 2014: Google biggest Internet search engine. Google.com domain was registered September 15, 1997.

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We’re a little under a week away from the April 21st mobile search deadline and we know that you’re thinking, “This is the end!” And if this was Penguin/Panda, we’d be right there with you, screaming that the sky was falling and everything (non-mobile) was coming to an end. However, It’s not.

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As search engines have evolved, so has the process of getting your website indexed and ranking well on them. It’s no longer possible to add some keywords to your website and expect it will be returned in search results when someone searches using those terms. Search engines today return results based on what they interpret the searcher’s query to mean, rather than by just picking out certain “key” words or phrases.

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Without delving into a deep thesis on the basis of human interaction, I think it’s safe to say that people want to feel a sense of community. We, as consumers, tend to define ourselves based on what groups we belong to and what products we buy. Are you a Mac or a PC? Do you drink Coke or Pepsi?  Any big fan of Coke will have plenty of reasons as to why they won’t drink Pepsi and vice-versa. We tend to find ourselves segmented into niches of things that we like.

Enter: Brand Identity

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