On April 2, 2014, Google officially released Universal Analytics, a new tracking code created to replace their Classic Analytics tracking code. According to Google, the Classic Analytics tracking code will continue to function for two years from the release of Universal Analytics; however, being proactive in upgrading will help ensure you don’t lose any Google Analytics data.

For in-depth details about upgrading to Universal Analytics, visit the Universal Analytics Upgrade Center. […]

What Are Impressions?

The number of times your ad was shown during a specified time frame.

How Are They Calculated?

Every time your ad is shown, your Impression count is increased by one.

Why Are They Important?

Impressions get your ad in front of your audience. They build brand awareness and get searchers one step closer to completing an action on your website that you want them to complete such as buying a product, requesting more information or downloading a white paper.

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Colors attract attention, set a mood and make a statement – all things designers keep in mind when creating a website.

In fact, research shows 84.7 percent of people say color is the largest factor when choosing products. Even more interesting, most buyers make a subconscious decision about a product within 90 seconds of the initial viewing. That being said, color is one of the largest aspects to consider when designers build a website.

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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.

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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. […]