There are several ways to advertise your business online. Facebook, Google, and Yelp continue to develop cutting edge ways to deliver your ads to tailored audiences, yet the method that produces the best results largely depends on each individual business. Yelp Ads can prove to be the step that gains you loyal customers, or it could turn out to be a wasted long-term investment, yielding few results. Here are some points to consider when determining whether or not you should use Yelp Advertising.
We send emails daily, almost nonstop. As digital-savvy professionals, we send so many emails that you might not even think twice before hitting the send button. The question is, “how do I ensure that every business email I send, casual or marketing-oriented, has the perfect amount of professionalism?” Fortunately, the rules are pretty straightforward, with most of the guidelines coming from a place of common sense.
As the audience, reputation, and perception of Facebook grows and changes, so must our methods of audience involvement and marketing. Users are calling for more meaningful content from friends and family, while disparaging published posts that feel impersonal, “spammy,” and inaccurate. In order to keep up with the demands of its users and fight its downward trend in traffic, the team at Facebook has rolled out new changes to the algorithm that determines which content appears in your News Feed.
While many believe that shrinking attention spans are caused by social media, texting, video games, and television, it’s becoming apparent that emails are NOT to blame. In a recent study, it was found that the average time spent reading an email increased by nearly 7% between 2011 and 2016, to 11.1 seconds. This increase is impressive, but it’s still short!
Once upon a time, companies did business solely offline. Brick and mortar? Check. Word of mouth advertising? Check. A radio ad when you felt like splurging? Check.
If your brand isn’t on Instagram, it’s time to change that! The platform has been growing at a rapid pace since its launch in 2010, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it has been estimated that Instagram will reach 1 billion monthly active users this year. It’s safe to say that many, if not most, of your customers are on the platform. [Read more…]
You work hard to boost your organic SEO, making changes across your website and social media profiles, but just how quickly will these changes affect your rank in Google? There are many factors involved and there is no simple answer to this question, but you can be confident that your (or your SEO specialist’s) efforts are not all for naught.
Content marketing may seem like it’s all about words – it’s about the blogs you write, the social media posts you create, etc. But it’s about numbers, too. Why? Because stats matter. Numbers are what quantify a process and tell you if something is working.
For a lot of brands, influencer marketing is seen as one of the most effective and successful ways to build a believable and authentic reputation. Many are left wondering, however, just how cost effective and successful these campaigns really are. Whether you’re feeling skeptical about this new age marketing strategy or you’re eager to dive in, you’re going to want to check out this data from MDG Advertising.
Some people see social media as fleeting, an overused platform that’s already on its way out. But the benefits of this type of networking can’t be undersold (and they’re not going away anytime soon!). However, to reap these benefits most effectively, certain practices must be utilized: one of these is link building.
There’s no denying that social media has changed the way we live our lives. From social interactions, to reading the news, to catching up with lost connections, and even shopping. Yes, social media has even changed the way we shop. In the era of social media influencers, it’s no surprise that people turn to Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for their retail needs, too.
It’s hard to think of a world where social media didn’t exist, but most of us lived it: we walked uphill both ways to landlines so we could communicate with our friends and family. Fast forward to the modern era and social media isn’t just how we keep in touch with friends from high school; it’s also how we check in with our parents, how we get our news, and how we choose which businesses to solicit. Yes, it’s practically a one-stop-shop offering everything we need to know.
Since the release of Facebook Live and Instagram Live, more and more business owners are utilizing this feature to build their online reputation and connect with their target market. Live streaming is not only cost effective compared to traditional live outlets, but it’s considered to be a more authentic way to engage with an audience. With live streaming being so accessible for the everyday internet user, it only makes sense to use live platforms to improve exposure, boost sales, and build relationships.
No one, from companies to individuals, likes their flaws pointed out. No one likes to be viewed in an unfair light, either. But any online presence opens the door for such criticism, some warranted and some not. So, what happens when your business is on the end of a less than flattering review or comment? How can you handle the situation with tact?
Holiday-related sales in the United States are expected to surpass $923 billion in 2017, up 3% from last season. Yes, that’s billion. Needless to say, this time of year can be quite intense for marketers trying to stand out among the endless competition. More customers are spending their money, so more companies are coming out with innovative and viral content that seems to overtake newsfeeds. For smaller brands, this fact is discouraging. Fortunately, there are fail safe holiday marketing tactics that you can implement to stand above the competition.
The tech-savvy entrepreneur knows that the best ways to increase organic traffic to her website are content marketing and SEO. But even with plenty of site traffic, how can a small- or medium-sized business possibly hope to compete with Internet giants in search engine visibility rankings? [Read more…]
In a perfect world, every Facebook post you made would be liked and shared and receive plenty of comments. However, this isn’t always the case, especially for a growing brand. Millions of social media posts are created every single minute, so to say the competition is tough would be an understatement. Don’t let this discourage you, though. With a few tweaks and tricks, you’ll find yourself moving on up and standing high above your competitors. [Read more…]
Facebook continues to evolve, perhaps as a nod to the leadership in the field of social media or as a way to set itself apart from the competition. Whatever the reason, the expansion is often beneficial to small businesses. The latest announcement is no exception; it involves a new feature that lets brands create their own Facebook groups. [Read more…]
Ratings, reviews, and feedback are essential to the online reputation of your business, and we’re lucky to live in an age where social media makes the entire process easier for both parties. The era of technology and the never-ending rise of the internet has made it possible for you to monitor, track, and respond to feedback, which is beneficial to both you and the customer. In fact, it’s now recommended that you ask your customers for feedback and provide a survey for their convenience. This is a powerful tool for companies large and small, but proper execution is key.
First, search engine optimization (SEO) can be understood as “the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural search results on search engines.” This includes things on your webpage such as substantial, fresh and engaging content that includes specific keywords likely to be Googled often. The architecture of your webpage is another important SEO factor: how quickly does your site load? Is your site secure (think: HTTPS); can various search engines “crawl” your site easily? Lastly, does you site utilize HTML efficiently? For example, HTML title tags should contain keywords related to page topics. Is your meta-description tag descriptive of the page it’s associated with? Even the color and design of your page matters for SEO – if your color and design template hide the words you want pages to be found for, your ranking on Google and other search engines is sure to fall. [Read more…]
As you may have noticed, Facebook has quickly been rolling out Groups for Pages over the last few months. This new ability to “link” brands and groups is a tool that allows you to provide a more community-oriented setting for your followers or fans. If you want to bring your audience together with a common goal or passion, this could be a game changer for your presence on Facebook.
Glossier and Freshly Picked are two start-ups with completely different products but very similar, and very effective, social media techniques. Those social media techniques have launched both brands to awesome heights, with loyal fan bases second to none. To understand how these companies achieved such success, we have to look at where they started. [Read more…]
As the importance of web presence becomes more and more prevalent, companies large and small are relying on SEO to boost brand awareness and stay on top of competition. This practice improves search engine rankings and helps make your website more user-friendly, something you need if you want to increase web traffic. However, as we’ve spoken about before, it’s easy to make mistakes when fine tuning your brand’s SEO and it’s often necessary to hire an expert to do it for you.
Google Posts is a new feature that lets people and businesses create content directly on Google (Google Posts is just what people call it; Google hasn’t actually given it a name). It has some perks similar to Google+, but there’s two key differences: it’s developed for better search engine optimization and it’s designed to benefit Google My Business profiles. [Read more…]
Undoubtedly, one of the most effective selling techniques is building a personal connection with the customer. In the age of technology, social media is a powerful way to master this strategy. When snail mail was the norm and social media hadn’t yet reached its current level of popularity, marketers and business owners had to go out of their way to make this happen. However, platforms like Facebook and Twitter have made it much easier and convenient to build relationships with potential customers.
SEO (or search engine optimization) took the internet by storm over a decade ago, changing the way writers wrote copy and focusing on keywords above all. Since then, the game has changed – the quality of your content is more important than the keyword count. But, does that mean search engine optimization is no longer important? Not at all. [Read more…]
Online reviews dictate much of our daily lives, from where to eat, where to shop, and many other things. For younger generations, and those tech savvy older folks, online reviews are almost as trusted as word of mouth. They can make a huge impact on how well your business does, so it’s important to pay attention to them! If you have any doubt about the impact of negative or positive reviews, check out this statistic: A whopping 68% of millennials trust online reviews most, as opposed to 34% who trust television advertisements.
Maintaining a social media presence is a no-brainer for businesses in a variety of industries. Getting your name into the status feeds of various platforms offers a slug of benefits. It helps your brand get recognized, improves your search engine rankings, and offers an easy way to update your audience with company news and discounts. Of course, it enhances customer service, too. In fact, 71 percent of consumers who have a positive experience with a company via social media are likely to recommend that company to friends and family. And it does all of this without much cost. [Read more…]
In case you missed it, social networks saw a massive jump in active users, as 8.6 million Baby Boomers joined social media between July 2015 and December 2016. Facebook in particular has seen continued growth over the years; the social network had 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, up from 1.79 billion the previous quarter and 1.59 billion a year earlier. This is despite claims by Princeton researchers that Facebook would lose up to 80% of their users by 2017. Needless to say, rumors of Facebook’s death have been hugely exaggerated
If you haven’t begun advertising on Facebook yet, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to reach your audience. The platform provides a wide range of tools to help you target the exact people you want to see your ads, grab their attention, and track your results along the way. If cost is your concern, Facebook ads work with any budget and can be purchased in a variety of ways.
We’ve spoken about mobile marketing in the past, but we just can’t emphasize its importance enough. If you’re new here, you’re probably wondering, “What is mobile marketing? What is so different about this strategy?” For starters, mobile marketing is promotional activity designed for delivery to phones and other devices. We are beginning to see more people on their phones rather than computers, and this is especially true for millennials.
In the beginning stages of building your Facebook presence, the numbers can be a little bit discouraging. It may seem difficult to compete with huge pages that have hundreds of thousands of likes, and with very few followers and almost no likes or comments on your content, you will probably begin to wonder where you went wrong. However, you’ll be relieved to know that this is normal, and it’s a hurdle every new page has to overcome. [Read more…]
Some of us, admittedly, use social media to look up people from our past – ex flames or our high school peers. But this ability isn’t limited to individuals; it works for companies, too. Platforms like Instagram are great ways to see what your competitors are doing. Once you know that, it’s easier to keep up. [Read more…]
Once upon a time, advertising was different – in the olden days of the 1980s, we walked uphill both ways through blizzards just to look at billboards. Now, in modern times, full-print ads, TV commercials, and radio spots no longer dominate. As a business owner, you’re well aware of this – you’ve adapted to the times and replaced traditional marketing, at least in part, with digital marketing. But, is that enough? [Read more…]
The impact of social media marketing on your company’s overall reputation can’t be overstated. However, as we have mentioned before, not every social media channel will give you the same results. For example, the most effective times to advertise on Instagram are certainly not the same as those for Pinterest. It only makes sense to cover all bases! This will help you achieve the best results, gain the most conversions, and reach as many potential customers as possible. [Read more…]
Once upon a time, video killed the radio star; now, it’s affecting traditional blogging, too. While the written word remains popular and necessary, video is quickly becoming the outlet of choice for people looking for information, entertainment, and knowledge. This is important to remember if you own a business. [Read more…]
It’s fair to say that Facebook has impacted many of our lives. It’s kept us in touch with friends and family, it’s allowed us to discuss topical issues, it’s given us a forum for self-expression. It’s even acted as a news station, informing us of everything going on in the world. Thanks to Facebook, we all know more than we’ve ever wanted to know about pregnant giraffes. [Read more…]
There were 2.8 billion active users on social media as of January 2017. This number may be hard to swallow, but it’s easy to believe when you consider just how significant social media and the internet are in today’s society. As a business owner embarking on the social media marketing journey, this is great news. However, it’s important to remember that not all of the nearly 3 billion people are using the same networks. The tricky part is figuring out what platforms work best for your business and your target demographic. [Read more…]
With the popularity of sites like Instagram and Snapchat, many people assume that Twitter is on its final leg; it’s allegedly “dying” of the same disease that killed Myspace and Friendster: disinterest. However, while more novel sites certainly have the attention of certain demographics, Twitter isn’t obsolete. In fact, there are several elements that attest to Twitter’s longevity. So, if you’re thinking of logging off, think again. Tweeting isn’t over yet, and here are a few reasons why: [Read more…]