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Google Mobile Ranking Change Coming April 21st

March 10th, 2015

Google Mobile Friendly Ranking  Factor

We advised of a new ranking change likely coming relating to how mobile friendly your site is.  It was later intimated that this change would take place April 21st.  Well, this change is no longer likely, and the date it will happen is no longer questionable.  Mark your calendars and be prepared.

When directly asked at last week’s SMX West if this new ranking factor would go live on the 21st or if there is wiggle room, Google’s Gary Illyes simply stated, “I will say April 21st is a very important day.”  Google NEVER let’s you know when a change is coming.  This change seems to be a huge one.  In reply to whether there is a cut off date for when sites need to be mobile ready, Illyes again simply stated, “have them ready by the 21st and it will be good.”  He also let the cat out of the bag that Google is currently working on a completely separate mobile index!

April 21st is just a little over a month away.  Is your site ready?  If you don’t have a mobile site, a mobile responsive site, or a mobile plugin in place you better reach out to your web developer ASAP.   Chances are a good portion of your visitors come from mobile devices.  You don’t want to lose that traffic.

Create Videos for your Business With Just an iPad

February 25th, 2015

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday and actually sat through the commercials you would have seen the new ad Apple rolled out.  The one minute piece called “Make a film with iPad” showcases just how simple it is to make a video on iPad Air 2.  The video, voiced over by the legendary Martin Scorsese, shows footage of students from the LA County High School for the Arts writing, shooting and editing video projects.  The entire ad was shot on an iPad Air 2.  It was turned into a polished production by apps that were downloaded to the tablet – Final Draft Pro, FiLMic Pro, Garage Band, and VideoGrade – and an Apogee MiC.     If you thought that you can’t make a decent video on your own, think again.  You now have a cost effective, DIY way to create videos for your website and social media.  You can purchase an iPad Air 2 for as little as $499, Apogee MiC for $299,  and the apps for $50.  This is not the price of one video, but countless videos.

Shoot videos of your products and services, client testimonials, or a day-at-the-office.  Share them and get the word out about your business.  Remember to upload them to YouTube and give them a keyword rich title so they can be found on the search results pages.

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Businesses Continue To Need A Facebook Presence

January 12th, 2015

As most businesses have now recognized, the number of fans who see free company Facebook posts has dwindled.  But that doesn’t mean you should abandon Facebook marketing altogether.  Rather, you need to rethink your Facebook marketing strategy, which can include boosting posts as well as Facebook ads.  A recent study by Pew Research bolsters this thought.  It revealed that while rival social networks are catching up to Facebook in the number of U.S. users, Facebook still has the most engaged users, which is what a marketer needs to consider.

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Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn all gained new users over the past year.  23% of adults surveyed said they used Twitter, which was up from 18% the previous year, and  Instagram users grew from 17% to 26%.  Although the number of Facebook users did not increase, more people regularly logged onto Facebook than its rivals.  According to the survey, 70% of Facebook users log in daily.  That number is much higher than Instagram at 49%, Twitter at 36%, Pinterest at 17%, and LinkedIn at 13%.

Yes, this is just a bunch of numbers based on a survey, but is should be enough to make you think about developing the right social media marketing strategy for your business.

 

Facebook Fan Page Marketing Strategy Changes Are Coming

December 9th, 2014

Facebook Strategy Changes

Small businesses need to gear up for the new Facebook changes coming next month.  The network will be increasing its efforts to filter out free promotional status update posts from user news feeds.  This effort has been going on for quite a while.  The reach of posts has been dwindling.  If you currently don’t pay to promote your post, you are only reaching a very small fraction of your fans.  Facebook has now formally announced that businesses which promote free marketing pitches in their status updates will see a “significant decrease in distribution.”  The push toward paid advertising is on.  One can only imagine what the percentage of fans who see those posts will drop to with the new year changes.

What does this mean for your business?  You need to rethink your Facebook fan page marketing strategy.

Facebook still needs to be an integral part of your marketing efforts.  It is an important tool for acquiring and maintaining customers and building brand awareness.  You need to think of Facebook as another pay to play marketing channel. With Facebook, there are two pay options:

Boosting. You can pay a nominal fee to boost your posts so that more people see them.  You can choose to boost it to people who already like your page and their friends, or, you can choose to have it shown to people who don’t yet know about or like your page.  If you choose the later, you can select the audience that you want to see your post.  You select the budget and how many days you want your post to run.

Ads. Your other option is Facebook advertising.  Create a graphic ad and choose an audience.  You can target your audience by location, demographics, interests, behavior and connections.  You can also create your own audience by bringing in a custom list.  As for ad pricing, you can choose from a daily budget, a lifetime budget, cost per thousand impressions, or cost per click bid.

New year, new changes.  Make sure your adjust your marketing budget accordingly so you don’t get lost in the minds of your Facebook fans, their friends, and new prospects.

How To Cater To Your Customers’ Locksmith Needs Via SEO? | Google SEO Expert

December 24th, 2013

How To Cater To Your Customers’ Locksmith Needs Via SEO? | Google SEO Expert

Search engine optimization is a practice that all bloggers must use in order to get the hits, views, prospects, and conversions they are aiming for at the end of the month. While built with search engines’ needs in mind, SEO methods needs to accurately revolve around human readers looking for the information you are selling. For example, if you are a company selling practical services such as locksmithing at a local or nationwide level, you will need to be the first to show up in search engines result pages. You can achieve that by cleverly creating your optimized content on your blog or site and keeping some golden rules in mind.

Off Site SEO Practices For All Bloggers

Creating content that is rich in the keywords and key phrases your customers will be looking for is just the beginning. Have your content by indexed by Google and other major search engines and ask yourself some valuable questions before deciding upon the best keywords to focus on. Decide the way you would like for them to come across you in search engines, what sort of details you expect them to type into Google to do it, and what sort of results you believe they would expect to discover when coming across your blog or site. Use these keywords in your page and post titles, create bold tags with them, add them to outbound links and URLs as well as headings and image alt tags. People who need a locksmith in the area where they live are likely to perform quick Google searches using the words “24/7 emergency locksmith in X” with X being the name of the town, city, or area they live in. this means your posts will need to focus on 24/7 locksmith services, home, car, or office, with lockouts included.  The golden rule is not to overdo it using too many keywords or you will do nothing more but achieve the opposite of your original intention.  

Create Themed Blogs

These will also rank higher in search engine results as you will boost your chances of being considered an authority on the respective topic – in this case, locksmithing. Add fresh content on the latest news in terms of locks and keys while keeping the most popular brands in mind and create a blog that is user-friendly and feature simple navigation. Create a site map and use the “other relevant posts” option for better results.   

Want to increase website visibility? Try optimizing communications.

July 2nd, 2010

It is such a simple concept you will wonder why you hadn’t thought of doing it before.  Optimizing Communications™ is merely making the most use out of ALL of your communication tools – websites, blogs, articles, newsletters, press releases – by crafting them so that they are found by your prospects searching the Internet.

Why does this help with your web presence?  The more content you have out on the Internet, the more information you have for your prospects (and search engines) to find and read about your organization.  AND that content will help with your rankings because search engines such as Google and Yahoo! place great emphasis on fresh content and backlinks in their ranking algorythms. While the concept is simple, the execution requires an expert hand.

To increase website visibility all of that fresh content needs effective SEO.  What is SEO?  SEO or search engine optimization is the comprehensive process of developing web content so that the search engines such as Google and Yahoo! will find it – and more importantly – include in response to your prospects’ Internet search.  This is not something that can be done off the cuff.  You need the expertise of a reliable SEO firm that will conduct a thorough keyword analysis and knows how to strategically incorporate those terms into your web content so that it will catch the eye of both the search engines AND your prospects.

Want to know how fresh content can get you those coveted backlinks?  Find out in our next posting.  And stay tuned to learn how Optimizing Communications™ can save you money and create cohesive brand messaging.