You may have heard the phrase “content is king”, but weren’t sure you believed it. After all, you’ve spent so much time, money and effort getting your website in perfect working order. Fresh new design? Check. Responsive to mobile devices? Check. Search engine optimized? Check. What else could you need? Well, quite a bit actually.
Google (and all search engines for that matter) has been changing the way it ranks websites and quality content has become a major component in their ranking algorithms. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Google makes most of its money through paid advertising which it displays above, next to and below organic (non-paid) search results. Google wants people to use their search engine as often as possible, as this gives them more changes to show their ads which they hope will get clicked (this is the point at which Google gets paid). If you were to use their search engine and didn’t get the information you needed, you’d stop using their search engine. This is why quality content is so important.
If you haven’t already noticed, Facebook recently changed its algorithm when it comes to the “organic reach” of pages. For most Facebook Page managers, this means your Facebook Page posts are likely showing up in significantly less user newsfeeds – that is, unless you pay to promote your posts. In fact, organic reach has dropped to as low as two percent of total Page likes for some Pages. Facebook says the change is to promote competition and serve users with only the content they want to see, but conveniently for them, it also highly encourages businesses to pay them for consumer engagement. This article from Social Media Today argues that these changes are actually positive for Facebook users and Pages alike, but for many, the jury is still out. Either way, we want to provide you with some practical ways to make the most of these changes so your business can continue thriving on social media. […]
Keyword ranking has long been a method used for determining how well your website is performing in the search engines for a specific term. Although this used to be a great tactic, things have changed. Search Engines, Google in particle, have been encrypting more and more of their keyword data making it difficult for website owners to determine which keywords drive traffic to their site. […]
If you want your site to perform well in Search Engines, the best practices to follow are known as White Hat. White Hat marketing is when you put the time and effort and use integrity to create a website that your potential audience will find useful; nothing more, nothing less. There are no skip the lines or get out of jail free cards; if you want your site to rank well, you need to make sure you are following White Hat SEO best practices. […]
Have you considered using LinkedIn as a way to promote your business? LinkedIn is an emerging network for business professionals to connect and share ideas. What’s great about using LinkedIn to advertise is that you can target specific industries, job titles, and companies by size. You can also narrow it down by location. Not sure if LinkedIn is right for your company? Check out this article that explains popular social media platforms and what companies will benefit the most from having those platforms. Here is a quick run through of creating your first LinkedIn Campaign. […]
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 15 years, you know that email has become a very prominent marketing tool for businesses. The reason? It works! Compared to all other online marketing methods, email consistently delivers the best click-thru and conversion rates.
Here are some tips to help you get the best results from email marketing.
Let’s suppose for a moment that after reading my last blog post, you’ve decided that your website (or pay per click ads) would deliver more value if you did some A/B testing to decide what worked best. Great. Now all you have to do is figure out what comes next. […]
QR Codes are cropping up everywhere – in magazine ads, posters, product packaging, how-to books, DVD and Blu-Ray extras and more. But for every great use of QR Codes in online marketing strategies, there are 10 poorly conceived and executed QR Code disasters. Here are 10 tips to make sure your QR codes are most definitely NOT a disaster. […]
Even a person who doesn’t stay up to date on internet trends has probably heard that mobile usage has exploded. Technology has grown so much that our mobile devices and tablets have the same functioning capability as a laptop or desktop computer. We as a country have become so dependent on our cellular devices that most people would not be able to successfully get through one day without theirs. Business Insider reported that mobile internet users will grow larger than desktop users this year, in 2014.
What does this mean for your website? Do you know what percent of your customers are visiting your website from their mobile device? Can customers properly navigate your website from a mobile or tablet device? By navigate, I mean make purchases, schedule appointments, or any other activity that has been set up on your site. After answering these questions, are you still not convinced that you need a mobile site? Below are some more reasons that explain how critical a mobile website is for your company. […]
Pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns come with a lot of jargon that isn’t always readily understandable. Getting an understanding of this terminology is critical to ensuring that you can get a clear picture of how your PPC campaigns are impacting your business. In this article I will review the key terminology you may see when viewing PPC reports or other information related to PPC campaigns. […]