Social Media Strategies that Boost SEO
Search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing (SMM) are two firmly interwoven and inseparable digital strategies. SEO and SMM focus on establishing a brand’s desired identity and this attracts visitors naturally. Unfortunately, it is still unclear to many e-marketers how SMM actually impacts traffic and ranking. Here are some SMM strategies that correlates with the growth of SEO.
1) Optimizing posts for increased searches
SEO is responsible for the content, but social media channels open a way for the users to find it. Even Rand Fishkin of Moz strongly believes that Facebook likes, comments and shares affect the kind of content that performs well in a Google search. Google favors popular social network platforms as is evident by the fact that they are on the top results of its pages. Just make sure that your posts have an identifiable anchor like an image, infographic or video.
2) Obtaining external inbound links for increased authority
Once content is published on the social platforms, these platforms act as a broadcast channel which encourage external websites to link to your published content. This is the reason why creating unique, informative and relevant content cannot be emphasized enough. Volumes of diverse external links is a surefire sign of authority, at least in Google’ eyes. For more visibility, brand-relevant hashtags can be used.
3) Growing followers and connections for increased interactions
Interactions lead to conversions. However, thousands of purchased links will never look favorable for your content and thus, will not do your brand any favors. Also, Google wants to know if your social proofs are bought and manipulated since Google is seeking to base your relevance on the quality of your followers. Building followership organically is a must to prove your worthiness. With this in mind, you should present your brand to your social audience in a consistent manner. Engage your followers in an interactive way.
4) Optimizing posts for increased awareness locally
Social channels present themselves as the perfect venue to interact with your local audience. This is particularly advantageous for brands that target residents. Aside from organizing events of your own and becoming active on participating in other events, interacting with other local brands and firms while on social media is also a must. Whatever you do, the goal is to reinforce participation while encouraging your followers to do the same. The more engaged your brand is in your community, the more your brand will be visible in local searches.
These are the basics of SMM. However, they point to giving your users – the target audience – a much better experience when they check their social profiles. Evidently, understanding how the social media strategies impact your SEO can lead to the creation and distribution of more targeted campaigns. The strategies also widen the channels that lead your target market to your brand. After all, this is the goal of both SMM and SEO, right?
About the Author : Jeric is a Filipino blogger currently working at Optimind Technology Solutions, a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that provides different services including SEO, web design, mobile app development and much more.
Does your marketing need a fresh start?
Is your brand in need of a web marketing makeover? Is it time to rethink how you are current doing things?
If so, inbound marketing is the best way to get on track to reaching your goals.
The goal of inbound marketing is to combine the basic principles of marketing with content management, SEO, social media, email and other lead generation strategies in order to create an attractive and viable solution for your ideal “buyer.” This buyer is established by analysing the things that interest them. Once these “personas” have been established, the goal is to create attractive media that will encourage them to want to learn more about your products and services and eventually lead them to click through your website’s landing pages.
If these landing pages convert property, hopefully, it will lead to sales.
Inbound marketing is not a quick and easy process, the goal is to build long-term repeat customers and create a positive brand presence.
Inbound Marketing Consultants like myself help guide you on the right path by looking at your entire marketing process including website, application development, mobile presence and content management.
Where do you begin?
Inbound Marketing is a long process and has a lot of different aspects, but it begins by creating realistic goals and understanding your buyers and what their needs are.
Understanding web marketing principles is crucial to success:
- You cannot cut corners when it comes to effective branding, social media, and web marketing.
- Promises of overnight success are false, they won’t work – they never have.
- SEO, Inbound Marketing, and Social Media work together – you cannot really have one without the other!
- You need to set a realistic budget for your own company and find the company that can offer you the most within that budget.
- Engaging with your customers is paramount to building an effective brand.
- All things being equal, content is no less or more important than design, everything matters!
- Choose a company that understands both human and computer behavior.
Remember, web technology companies are not necessarily the best choice for offering you marketing because they often do not have the “social skills” needed to properly understand marketing to humans. They may be offering advice but are not always qualified to do so and this could spell disaster for the brand. If your web development team does offers marketing, insist that they have a qualified consultant on hand to answer your questions and guide you on the right track.
Someone with a degree in recreation, marketing or humanities knows how people think, someone with a degree in computing knows how a computer thinks. Think about it! ~ Madeline Foster, Inbound Marketing consultant
Does your marketing need a fresh start?
There are 1 billion online users every day on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, do you actively engage with them?
There are 4 billion mobile users that talk and text information to one another each day are you talking about them?
- More people access mobile applications than searching or surfing the web, does your company have a real-time application of its own?
- Is your website responsive?
- Does your website have selling landing pages, opt-ins or call to actions?
- Do you have an email marketing strategy?
- Are you connected to at least 10 social media platforms?
- Do you use call to actions on your blogs?
If you answered no to one or more of these questions, you are definitely in need of a marketing makeover. Thankfully, we can help!
For a free evaluation and analysis of what we can do for your brand, please fill out the form below:
6 reasons to use WordPress for you blog
With the simple introduction of a content management system or blog, you can take your inbound marketing to a whole new level. This one small technique makes a huge difference because it is a cost-effective means in which to add some content and SEO elements into a static website, share tons of different types of media, target buyers and spread your brand’s message over a global marketplace with nothing more than a post.
It can be used as both the main landing page for your customers and followers or as a doorway page to your main website. A blog adds dynamic and fresh content to keep your website relevant and up to date.
The content in the blog posts can always be reused, re-targeted and recycled making it even more valuable.
The fact is you do not need to use WordPress for your blog. There are a number of other blogging platforms, however, it is our preferred method because:
It is the most flexible, cheapest and easiest method in which to create a fully functioning content management system, simple blog or website.
All of your employees can use it and your business can easily manage it on their own. You should only need someone to update plugins, add new designs and fix any errors (which happen very infrequently) otherwise there is no need to have full-time support.
It was designed to be highly responsive, which means your website can be viewed on a variety of different browsers in a number of screen resolution sizes and formats.
You can do a complete overhaul of your current website or install a blog in a few hours with a simple theme.
It is easy to maintain and very stable.
There are a number of valuable add-ons, plugins, and tools that can provide just about any functionality that your company wants to have including e-commerce, crowdfunding and social media.
Why should you use WordPress?
It is a cheap, stable and simple fix that will improve your brand’s online presence and is one of the best solutions for start-up businesses who are simply want to test the waters. It is better to try a small cheaper website and see if there is any interest in your product or service before you go spending thousands of dollars on a fully functioning website that fails.
The Myths behind the Penguin Penalty
Penguin is an algorithm, it is not a penalty.
It is important to understand that there is a difference between triggering an algorithm and suffering the effects of a manual penalty.
There has been a lot of misunderstanding and confusion as far as Penguin is concerned, and this has trickled down to the solutions that are normally offered to people who have been hit by the algorithm when it comes to recovery from the same. The aim of this write-up is to dispel some of the mystery surrounding the Penguin algorithm.
Manual link removal is a must post-hit
The official position from Google is that sites should try as much as possible to remove unnatural links before disavowing the remaining ones. Where you have control over spammy links pointing to your site, get rid of them by all means. You only disavow the links which you have no control.
The rationale for link removal is one: to reduce the percentage of bad links that are pointing to your site. The real truth, however, is that you can only remove between 5-10% of these problematic links, which means that the effort you want to direct towards manual links removal would be better directed at building natural links, which increases the percentage of good links over bad links.
Link audits and submission of disavow files are mandatory
This is the most effective way to avoid getting hit by Penguin, but it isn’t necessary. A point to note is that Penguin is more about maintaining a certain ratio of good to bad/spammy links – and this is according to official communication from Google. Matt Mueller has been on record saying that the Penguin algorithm can lift its sanctions from a site provided the number is maintained above 50%, even without submission of a disavow file. Gradually, of course.
You have to get a penalty notice for a Penguin hit
If you have been hit by Penguin, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive a notice on your Webmaster Tools dashboard to that effect. Only manual penalties work that way. However, the restoration process for manual links is quite similar to what you’d do after a penguin hit. Where you’re unsure of your position, you can employ the Google penalty checker tool or contact SEO services, London for assistance.
You must send a reconsider request anon
Sometime back, it was possible for a webmaster of any site to submit a request to Google for reconsideration any time. The result was a wave of requests directed at Google from Webmasters who had noticed the slightest “demotion.” Google revised this and now only allows requests from those subjected to a manual penalty.
You can never recover from Penguin once hit
Recovery from Penguin is possible, certainly. However, it will require noteworthy investment of time and effort in order to attract credible natural links. Another myth is that the ‘invisible disavow attribute’ can only apply once a link has been placed in the disavow file and the site has been crawled again. This isn’t true, otherwise it would take very long to complete a single disavow file. Lastly, from time to time, Penguin has been run as a standalone algorithm, it doesn’t always follow the schedule of regular algorithms.
Is too much social media helping or hurting your brand?
Many people would argue that the more often your brand is seen and heard on social media platforms, the more popular your brand is. It certainly is the selling point and perhaps “mantra” for all social media marketers, but while that might be partially true, it is not entirely factual.
Just how important do you think having your brand on a website like “Plurk” or “Craigslist” really is?
Do not misunderstand, platforms, directories and blogs are a great resource and they may even get you a backlink or two, but the question is, “Does the set-up and maintenance of hundreds of social media platforms outweigh the traffic and social buzz that your brand will receive in return?” How much traffic do you really think you will get from a post in Craigslist?
Many businesses are falling for a “must have” ideology and it is only hurting their marketing.
They are being advised that they must have accounts on hundreds of social media platforms, directories and blogging sites just to be seen and heard. This is simply false – you can gain sufficient social “buzz” around your brand from being part of only one or two sites and social platforms. It’s not the number of platforms that you choose, but rather how you choose them and what you use them for that really matters.
If the platform offers little or no relevancy to your business or has users that do not fit your buyers personas, they are literally a waste of valuable time and money that could otherwise be spent on income generating advertising.
Knowing what is best for your own brand is the first step to success.
When is too much social media, simply too much?
I think when your company begins to lose sight of its initial marketing goals, has no idea who is it’s main buyer persona is anymore and finds itself running all over the place trying to play catch up is a sure sign that it is time to take a step back and re-think your brand’s inbound marketing social strategy. It is true, new platforms are created on a daily basis, but it does not mean your company has to participate in any of them.
Ask any social media expert what is the biggest challenge of the job and most of them will likely reply “keeping up” with what is trending. Even if they are vigilant about keeping up to date with the latest news, the social climate changes so quickly that it sometimes becomes overwhelming.
If your brand is spending most of its efforts on trying to keep up with every social media platform it’s overall marketing will begin to suffer.
How do you create a happy medium? Limit your brand to a few social media platforms – own them!
Don’t misunderstand, your brand needs to have a multitude of social media engagements in order for it to be “seen and heard” and to create a variety of traffic towards your site, however, the focus should not be on setting up a hundred useless accounts, but rather on setting up a few relevant ones and using them efficiently to target your ideal customer.
Having too much social media to take care of is like the old adage “Jack of all trades – master of none.” It is far better to put your social media eggs into a few “baskets” than to have them cracking up all over the Internet.
Social media, the more you know, the more you grow is our motto and fosters a belief that while we are inbound marketing experts and we know a great deal about brands and social media, we are always open to learning and growing. We learn through experience, sharing and through a commitment to our customers needs. In doing so, we have come to realize that our most successful clients are the ones who understand what their own needs are and set realistic goals to achieve them. We simply guide them along the way.
Speaking of growing, there is nothing wrong with adding new and exciting social media platforms to your business, just remember not to lose sight of the fact that you don’t have to.
Make sure you are not sacrificing the ones you already have, they should just be icing on the cake, not the (egg?) on your face!
Do inbound marketers need to have a sense of social responsibility when creating content?
I suppose because my background is in Community Recreation and the fact that I deal with a great number of small business and non-profit organizations, I am always thinking that social media marketing should be more focused on the social impact that it can have on society rather than its marketing value. At the very least, I do think there should be some social responsibility on the part of the brand and marketer when creating content labeled “social media.”
Social media, in my opinion, has fallen victim to an “over-flooding” of controversial and morally questionable content that will eventually negate its real value if marketers don’t start to be more vigilant.
There is always a bad apple in the bunch, if left inside the barrel, it starts to rot the entire contents. If you simply remove it, the other apples stay fresh, longer.
It was not long ago that articles were being copied, rehashed and spun to the point of ridiculousness just to improve a brand’s ranking. Everyone knows how that turned out. The duplication became so bad, it sprung Google into action to create an algorithm to combat the damaging effects of it.
If you can believe it, there are still “marketers” using these bad practices and unsuspecting brands are paying a huge price for it with their brand’s integrity.
Twitter is slowly becoming victim to spam and it is not a secret that people have moved on to other social media platforms in order to avoid it.
- Why does this abuse keep happening?
Some people believe everything that they read and even more-so when they think it comes from a so-called expert or “guru” This has been both a good and bad thing for marketing. It created a need for higher quality, expert and relevant content, but it has also been used for making people believe that someone is an expert, when in fact they aren’t. It is really hard to spot the difference if the marketing team is successful.
On most social media platforms, you will see posts appear over and over again in your timeline. The content might have been written years ago and is no longer valid or accurate, however, people still comment on it. For those people, the content is fresh, real and accurate if they never saw it before and fail to validate or check the information. This is the “social” impact that content can and does have on society. It can literally keep misinformation alive. Isn’t that reason enough for a brand to want to be socially responsible when it comes to providing information? What happens if the information leads to a huge number of deaths or some catastrophic event?
When the content posted is morally unconstitutional or abusive, it simply get replayed over and over again, re-abusing. The brand who first associated itself with this content is now part of the controversy and they can never escape the negative impact of it. Social Media is both a curse and a dream come true for inbound marketing. A dream if the impact is desirable, not so much if the impact negatively affects the brand or the community.
Social media, inbound marketing, and SEO methods change like the wind, it is even hard for the experts to stay on top of trends and keep content fresh and relevant. When you throw bad apples into the barrel, it can really create havoc and this is the main reason why it keeps happening.
What can we do to prevent bad marketing practices to continue? Step up and stop the bad apples from spoiling it for everyone!
Educate yourself, your brand, and your marketing team. Insist they create socially responsible content and be diligent when you see things on the Internet that you consider offensive or inappropriate. You have a voice, both as an individual and as a brand, use it to create social impact, not only for marketing.
Do inbound marketers need to have a sense of social responsibility when creating content? They do, if they care about the future of social media and inbound marketing!
Inbound Marketing and SEO is about logic, patience and a new way of thinking.
Everything you do to fine tune your Inbound Marketing matters and has an effect on your brand’s reputation and there are some things you should know before signing on the dotted line.
- Have you heard the word “backlinks” a million times from your SEO company?
- Read countless posts and articles on the subject of SEO Techniques ?
- Heard about automation software and mystical places that sell crafty ways to obtain quick and free ranking, fans and followers?
- Spent countless hours and tons of money creating a variety of on-site and off-site page techniques?
- Considered stepping into the realm of the dark side just to get an edge on your competitors?
- Paying for tons of content and commenting but never see it?
By now, you are probably pulling your hair out of your head because you cannot understand why your spending so much time, energy and money on this thing called inbound marketing and/or SEO and yet you are seeing no major difference.
This is what I refer to as the online marketing black train.
No one quite knows where it goes, or what it is called, but everyone jumps on it without knowing where it will lead. The only real place this train seems to be headed is into “The land of duplicate and low quality content” because in order to process that much content you would need to do some serious article writing, spinning or have a huge budget like McDonald Corp.
So just how does a small business compete with the big fish without Google gobbling you up?
The simple fact is, although back-links do matter, they are not the end all and be all solution. This is a major misconception that many people have.
It is the thinking that needs to be modified and not really the techniques.
To be honest, I am not certain if this misconception is the result of the misinformation that exists on the web today or simply because brands have been brainwashed by marketing schemes.
In either case, there are effective techniques that deliver better results and you do not have to be a marketing guru to implement them, simple logic and patience is all you need.
What if I told you that you can still get to page one of the search engines without having a gazillion backlinks? Would you believe me? Many people would not, they have been conditioned to believe it is not possible.
I recently worked on a client’s website who only had 9 backlinks, all of them major competitive keywords ranking at 1, 3, 5, 10 and 19 respectively, a great presence on the Internet, excellent branding, relevant and updated content with tons of videos, images and interaction. Her topic? Nuts and Bolts.
Her daily traffic of new users reaches well over 5000. Your marketing should be answering the question how a small nuts and bolts distributor in the middle of know where is doing so well and not how Coca-Cola does. You can never be coke, but you can be nutty bolts! Perspective matters.
Ask yourself some of these questions:
- How many new daily users does your brand have? Do you even know?
- Where do these users come from?
- What devices are they using and what are they clicking on?
- Do you know what these metrics mean for your brand and website?
- How transparent is your marketing?
- How many leads are you’re capturing?
- How much is your engagements actually costing you? Is it more than your product?
- How relevant is your content and blog to your industry?
- Is your website cutting it?
Not liking the answers? It is time to rethink things!
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. – Albert Einstein.
Simple relevant content, some due diligence, a great website and brand presence has made the difference for this client and it can for you too, if you simply look for the right solutions.
When it comes to the formulas and figures, marketing experts cannot even agree, so why do numbers matter? They don’t.
The Inbound Methodology for building an authority website, goes something like this:
- Your website needs a variety of fresh SEO optimized relevant content – at least once a day. One high-quality blog and a few article submissions on other relevant websites is all it takes.
- If you have older blogs, retarget them. Change the date, retarget and rewrite them with some fresh new eyes, new words and a new attitude.
- You need to have a number of social profiles – FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus and other social platforms to post this content too.
- Get your brand’s name out there.
- Spend at least 90 minutes per day just letting people know you’re out there and engage with them. Even if you have someone working for you, it is best to do this yourself from time to time.
- Optimize your website for on page SEO.
- Show yourself as an authority on the subject, make your website relevant to the topic that it covers.
- Creating interesting content that helps your buyer’s along the journey from simply getting to know you to becoming a believer in you.
- Remove 401 pages, never use duplicate content and use up to date keywords.
- Things change with the language and new trends, always be on top of that.
When it comes to how much content to post my personal belief is that the numbers do not matter, so much as the thinking behind the content.
Marketing is about logic, if one thing does not work for your site, try another formula until you come up with one that works for you. I hear many experts say, “It takes months to get to the point where Google recognizes your website.” That may be so, but who says you cannot help it along the way? There are many secrets to behold in the magical world of SEO, but it does not mean that the people holding the key should be the only ones who have access to the front door.
Look for good reviews on topics and do tons of research before buying into the next “instant solution.” They never work!
Visit forums and groups that experts hang out in and use your common sense and logic when hiring an expert. Remember you get what you pay for and not everyone who is providing services is doing it to build long time customers, some are just doing it for a quick buck and they do not care about how that affects the future of your brand.
Keep reading my blogs. I promise you that I will do what is necessary to find the answers and solutions to make your website the best it can, but do not ever expect me to offer quick fixes or magical solutions, those are the guys that go out of business every day and change strategies every few months. I have been here for over 7 years providing the very same pure old fashioned smart inbound marketing, hard work and know how.
Need consulting or assistance with content, social media, mobile, webdesign or inbound marketing? You have come to the right place!
Consulting @50.00 minimum 2 hours. Contact me directly, Madeline – firstname.lastname@example.org. or on skype fostermad45
Marketing morons are taking spam commenting too far.
Less than one year ago I might have considered teaching an inbound marketing class about SEO and social media and it likely would have included an entire segment on the value of commenting on posts and content as a means to “get your brand’s name” out there and hopefully obtain a link as an added bonus.
I must admit, I am having a hard time seeing the value in this anymore.
Marketing “morons” have ruined a good thing.
Most of the commenting currently being done on social media is via some aggressive spam program that simply distributes the same comment over and over based on a pre-programmed keyword. These “marketing morons” schedule the comments without having any idea if it even makes sense or is relevant to the original post.
Do they not realize the damage they are doing to marketing itself?
hey do, most simply do not care and some cannot afford to care because they have to get backlinks any way they can in order to appease clients who consistently measure it’s success based on the number rather than quality of authority backlinks. It is an uneducated and harmful way to gain authority, however it is often difficult to convince a client to do things the right way because it can take a great deal of time, money and patience. In this instance, you really only have two choices, do what the customer asks or refuse to work with them. This may not always be a financial decision a marketer can make.
HOW DOES SPAM COMMENTING EFFECT MARKETING?
The continued use of this method is creating an unreliable reviewing system and this is hurting the very people who are spam commenting. Despite their continued efforts to gain authority, they are in fact diminishing it. The marketing industry relies heavily on comments and reviews as a means for measuring success, analyzing trends and creating buyer personas. If this data is false, the results are corrupt and a true buyer persona cannot be created.
Comment by all means, just make sure you do it properly by using the correct methodology.
Write the comment yourself, do not post using spam software
Comment with relevance to the topic discussed in the post
Place only one link per comment
Be friendly, share links, like posts and be engaging
Use hashtags and tagging
Be courtesy and fair, if someone likes your posts, like theirs back<
When reviewing a product be honest. If you did not like it say so, explain why. If you liked it, explain why.
Remember just because you had an undesirable experience with a brand or product, it does not mean that everyone else will, accept that. Commenting when done properly and with the respect it deserves will improve customer satisfaction, create reliable marketing and build trust between customers and brands and in the end everyone wins. Don’t be a marketing moron, be a marketing ambassador!
8 ways to keep Your Printing costs low
If you’re running a marketing business, one of the costs you will have to incur is the cost of printing. Yes, even digital marketers need to print once in awhile. Your printing costs will be quite high especially if you print frequently. These tips should help you manage the costs associated with printing:
Ensure your printer understands your expectations
Talking to your printer allows you to lay your expectations on the table. This helps the printer to understand the direction to take in terms of designing and delivery timelines.
Consulting the printer will guide you in choosing colours, deciding on the file formats and the right design tool to use.
You’ll also get an idea of the cost of printing and the best method suited for the project. Once both you and the printer are on the same page, you can both proceed without a hitch.
Printers charge a huge amount of money for design work. You can cut savings by doing the designing yourself.
Don’t print copies you will not use
Print only what you need. You should first establish the intended number of recipients of your printed material and then print only that number.
To print a brochure, for instance, you pay for an entire sheet, which in turn yields several brochures. You do not pay for individual brochures. So, if you print one more brochure than you actually need, you’ll pay for an entire sheet.
Avoid the last minute rush
Rushing to design and print at the last minute will make you more prone to waste and chances are your design will not be as good as it can be and in marketing this can be the difference between success and failure of a campaign. Mistakes are more likely to happen when you work under pressure. The printer will also charge you extra for the job. Take your time and give yourself ample time to complete the project.
Proofread prior to printing
Imagine having to print a book and have the final copy turn up with typos. Mistakes such as typing errors and badly punctuated sentences are avoidable and can be easily checked with spell checker. You can also get somebody to proofread your work prior to printing. Proper grammar is essential to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
Get the right Printer for you
With the majority of people today sharing their opinions and experiences on social media, you are bound to find some comments that will either vouch or disqualify a printer.
Most people will bring out their best qualities to get your business, but after you put down a deposit for your work, things could take a turn for the worse.
Determine if the printer is best suited for the job. You might be looking for a printer who can do hard cover book printing, but your printer may not be good in that area.
Communicate frequently with your printer.
Insist on having a look at the work during various stages of the job. It’s better to nag than to realize when it’s too late that you’re not going to get what you ordered.
Always look out for discounts
A printer might offer discounts on certain volumes. If the material you are printing will be relevant in the future, it is fine to print many units and save money.
About the author
Jenny Richards has been working in the publishing industry for over a decade. She also owns a business that specializes in hardcover book printing. She has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by businesses and individuals in their dealings with business machines such as printers. Visit her website to read more of her insightful posts.
6 Essential Features of a Good SEO Company
Online business is a truly competitive world where numerous companies are vying for customer attention. It is essential to hire the services of a reliable and competent digital media company. A good SEO company has comprehensive knowledge about the functionality of Internet marketing. They understand and realize that an online business can succeed if they are able to get relevant traffic and if the traffic can be converted to leads and thereafter, sales.
Among various other features, a good digital media company can help you get higher search engine rankings as is up to date with latest tools, technologies, and trends in search engine marketing (SEO).
1. Accredited, Connected, Educated and Associated
These are the four essential traits that you should look for in a good online marketing company. The company should have accreditation with the local BBU (Better Business Bureau). It should be associated as a member of it’s local Trade or Chamber of Commerce or any other well-known business association. The company should boast of a fully qualified, educated and skilled staff that is well-trained and conversant with the ways of online marketing. A well-connected SEO company will have online resources and offer top level online page ranking (PR) for your company to ensure your business gets the desired exposure.
2. Up to Date with cutting-edge Techniques
The online marketing scenario is constantly changing and SEO techniques are expanding. Good SEO companies constantly update themselves. They keep abreast of all cutting-edge techniques and they apply these innovative and modern optimization techniques to suit client specifications and requirements. They are interested and learn about each and every aspect of SEO and not simply on-page SEO. A competent company knows that it is not enough to run keyword campaigns in the current marketplace. An inexperienced and incompetent company would not succeed in generating precise keywords and hence, there would be no marked improvement in the rankings. However, a truly efficient company would be able to identify and generate accurate keywords and infuse them on a relevant website in order to get positive results. Smart engines are getting smarter and as a result, good SEO companies are having to adopt smarter techniques.
3. Real Emphasis on Content
The primary focus of a good company should be on content. Content can make or break the companies SEO strategy. A competent company will have a brilliant content team who would understand the nuances of online marketing. Your web pages would be rewritten- your ongoing strategy for blogging should be crafted and media-rich content showcased including, video, photos, and info-graphics.
4. Plans and Strategies
A competent SEO firm will treat each client individually and will offer customized solutions. The firm will devote its time and energy to learning about the specific goals and needs of the client so that it can provide personalized plans and effective strategies. A thorough knowledge of the client’s objectives would help the SEO team to formulate an effective strategy. After evaluating your competitor’s strategy, the SEO experts should bolster your strategy and formulate a more effective one.
5. Open about Findings from Google Analytics
An honest and reliable SEO firm would not hide the results from your analytics, but rather share them with you, at the very least on a monthly basis. The firm would generally share a monthly analytics report with the client to discuss how the web marketing plan is working so that you are able to locate weak spots and address those issues so that they can be rectified for higher rankings.
6. Ethics Top Priority
A professional SEO firm would never resort to unethical business techniques or policies. They would not ever think of employing black hat techniques. They would definitely not be using invisible text, spamming or doorway pages for improving search engine results. They would stick to white hat techniques and rely on their efficiency, knowledge and competence to help you get higher SEO rankings.
Inbound Marketing is a S.O.B. of a problem.
Frustrated with your marketing?
You are not alone, I often need to remind myself that it can be a S.O.B of a problem. Once I laugh about that, I can generally start focusing on what needs to be done in order to fix it.
1. Set Realistic Marketing Goals
It seems that one of the hardest concepts for people to grasp in marketing is how to set realistic and measurable goals.
Clients often say to me, “I want more sales, can you get me leads?” If the answer to the question was easy, there would be no need for marketing at all, people could simply go out and buy leads, measure conversion and know exactly how many sales each day or year it would generate. As I am sure you are already aware, it doesn’t quite work that way. You need to consider a number of factors when dealing with people. Do they, will they and can they afford to buy your products and services, etc?
Marketing is about analysing the buyers, the market and then creating strategies based on those metrics in order to measure success. Not all of these metrics can be quantified because sales are not the only metrics that are important to the brand.
How do you know that you have been successful, if you have no idea where you’re going?
If you were planning a road trip across the country to Florida, a different route would be needed to take depending on where you started from. Your starting and ending point will determine the road or highway that you will take, the time in which you will need to get there and how much it will cost.
If an individual travels from Montreal, the itinerary will look a lot different than someone who is travelling from Georgia.
Consequently, each of these individuals could have the very same family situation, interests, be the same gender, speak the same language and have the same annual income. The only thing different between them is the distance and cost it will be to get to Florida.
Do you think each of them will have the same measurable and realistic marketing goals?
They both want to get to Florida – this goal can be achieved by both of them easily.
They both want to get to Florida before Monday – this goal can be achieved by both of them, if one leaves earlier than the other one.
They both want to get to Florida before Monday for a cost of less than 150.00 – this goal be achieved by both of them, if one leaves earlier than the other and does not eat at restaurants or pit stops along the way.
Goals like the one depicted in the first statement are easy to reach, but they do not clearly define the plan of action that one must take in order to achieve it, and they are harder to measure. Marketing goals are similar.
1. If the goal of the brand is to increase sales and leads, this is easily achieved with a small amount of effort. Success is hard to measure because any increase would result in a positive score.
2, However, if the goal is to increase sales by 50% within a three month period, this is a bit more definitive. It is also hard to achieve, but easier to measure as the value will be positive or negative.
The marketing plan in the second scenario would look a lot different.
Many business owners fail to understand what their own needs are and therefore any measure of success seems good to them, when clearly this is not the case.
Creating realistic, definitive measurable goals is the most important part of inbound marketing success.
2. Organize your marketing
Using an Inbound Marketing or CRM management system like HubSpot or Marketo is the best way to keep your marketing organized and makes everything easy to track, but this type of system can be very expensive and is sometimes cumbersome. There is so much information that business owners and marketers often get lost in it.
You can easily create your own similar DIY system by creating a number of customized Excel sheets and templates. It might take a while to create the first set, but once created, they can easily be modified to use over and over again. Create a folder for each campaign and client and place the templates in there, edit them for each new campaign or client.
Each marketing folder should contain (at minimum):
A template for setting and measuring goals.
Keyword analysis and similar SEO information.
A buyer person template.
Google (or other) analysis for measuring metrics each month. This will include things like traffic, engagements and social media buzz.
A detailed Social Media Marketing plan or schedule.
A detailed content management plan or schedule.
Client information and resources such as the images you are going to use for posting.
3. Be flexible with your marketing
Inbound marketing is really a S.O.B and things will go wrong. Don’t sweat it – fix it. You need to be flexible in your attitude and planning to allow room for errors and adjustments. If your plans are too rigid or based on unrealistic and specific expectations that cannot easily be changed, you will likely fail.
You must remember, you are dealing with individuals and metrics that are hard to measure, don’t be fooled into thinking you are above that, be flexible in knowing that you aren’t. You cannot always predict what a person will do or how they react, you can only try.
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The 3 most important words in social media.
The need to feel connected to family and friends while keeping up to date with the latest trends drives many individuals to participate in online forums, networks and discussions that are popular with peer groups.
This is commonly referred to as social media.
Inbound marketing took advantage of this wide open arena and began using social media as a viable and free means in which to promote products and drive sales. It had a somewhat rocky beginning because it’s true value was often misrepresented and misunderstood.
Social media established itself as a crucial part of the process by clearly defining itself as inbound marketing’s main communication funnel. This funnel directly influences the buying decision and helps foster trusting relationships with prospects, partners, and customers before, during and after the buying process.
Defining social media is the first step to success, the second is clarifying what the 3 most important words are when implementing it.
A great deal of the focus in social media is navigating web traffic.
Traffic plays a key role because if no one is able to find, read or see your content, posting it becomes redundant and pointless regardless of how interesting is. Using a number of social publishing strategies, marketing metrics, and specialized tools, marketers publish content throughout the social sphere hoping that people will find it, read it and share it.
If effective, this will encourage prospects to click through to a static web or landing page that informs them about promotions, products and services and hopefully turns these prospects into leads and eventually into customers.
Navigating marketing channels is a multi-directional process whereby a variety of media is used to direct people to and from websites, social platforms and other landing pages depending on the desired outcome, traffic source and/or value of doing so.
Successfully planning how, where and when to navigate this traffic is the most important part of social media and contrary to popular belief takes a great deal of collaboration and communication between the web design, development, and marketing team.
Once you have successfully planned the path that you want your prospects to navigate, you have to make the journey as easy and as pleasant for them as you can. Prospects are unlikely to follow a path (or click through) to anything that does not peak their interest or makes them feel uneasy.
Interesting, trustworthy, fun and engaging content helps to ease concerns and encourages participation.
It is during this phase that relationships with friends, family and current customers play an important role because when prospects see that other people like and trust you, they will feel more comfortable in doing so.
Engage with customers, fans, and followers on a daily basis, this will help to solidify long-term relationships, build new ones and foster communication with potential customers.
When the people in your social networks (including yourself) engage with your content and they like it, they will share it. The more often your content is shared, the more likely it will be seen and read by other people. This increases the chances for traffic to navigate to and from your landing pages.
It is interesting to note that one of the biggest misconceptions in this part of the journey is that writing and posting content is enough to engage with customers. This is only one part of the process, establishing open communication and providing direction is the other.
Social media management dashboards like Hootsuite were not created for marketer’s to simply post scheduled content, but rather to schedule it so that they had more time to talk and participate in discussions with customers and prospects.
Tools are only as effective as the people who use them.
Engaging and navigating traffic is the main purpose for social media and if you are successful with all your inbound marketing efforts, you will convert prospects into leads and increased your sales.
Once you have turned a prospect into a buyer, your focus changes.
During this stage of the journey, you will concentrate your efforts on building and nurturing long lasting trust relationship with your customers in order to turn them into repeat buyers and product promoters.
This trust is earned by creating target specific content that promotes and enhances brand loyalty, offering discounts and promotions for repeat purchases, increasing customer engagements and providing reliable customer service.
Social media will always take center stage in your prospects lives and perhaps this is even more so with the younger generation who are often attached at the hip to their mobile devices. Using this medium to promote your products and services and convert prospects into leads is a gold mine for business and hence the reason it is so popular and why you need to understand it.
Who says words don’t matter?
The true holiday colors this year are green and orange – the color of making money online.
Let’s face it, the over-abundance of content related to how to make money online has made everyone almost numb to the idea. In fact, you are probably rolling your eyes right now at this very statement. I agree with you and for this reason I am going to make this article as brief and to the point as possible. I simply want you to answer these four questions truthfully and if you answer yes to two or more of then, then you should continue to read this post, otherwise you can simply go back to doing what you were doing before you started reading this post.
Fair enough? Easy Enough?
[su_heading size=”24″]What would your answer be if I asked you these questions?[/su_heading]
2. If saving that money would not only allow you to earn $50, but if you encouraged three friends to do the same, you would earn an additional $250.00 dollars, would you do it?
3. If I told you that you could refer up to ten friends and make upwards of $2000.00 on that money, would you want to do it?
4. Does it sound too good to be true?
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Well – it isn’t! It’s the Tangerine way of doing things – smart, virtually free money that anyone can take advantage of.
Referral marketing is how thousands of people like myself make money every day. How much you make really depends on one thing – how much time and effort you put into it.
Motivation is the only factor here and $50.00 sounds like motivation enough for me. The only catch is that you have to put the money aside for thirty days. This is not much of a catch as far as I am concerned. Besides the Tangerine account has the best interest rates of any Canadian bank I know and you can easily transfer money to and from your current bank accounts.
Motivation is the only factor for doing this and 50.00 or 50% interest sounds like motivation enough for me. The only “catch” is that you must put the money aside for thirty days and open the account before the end of this year, not much of a catch as far as I am concerned.
HOW TO BENEFIT:
Open a Tangerine bank account by going to http://www.tangerine.ca/referafriend (there are many choices including US and Canadian), deposit 100.00 and after thirty days of leaving the money in there, you will have 150.00. Email your friends and family and encourage them to join and you will start earning additional amounts. I think it is a great way to make quick money and of course when you use my orange key, I make 50.00 as well, so you get to be my secret santa!
I think it is a great way to make extra money for the holidays and of course when you use my orange key, I make 50.00 as well, so you get to be my secret santa!
You must put the orange key 31661087s1 in the box on the open account form that asks for it (the box above the orange line in the image below) otherwise you will only get the normal bonus even though it says optional.
I am not going to tell you that you will get rich overnight doing this, but you turn one hundred dollars into 2000.00 before the end of the year with ten referrals.
There are a number of other referral and affiliate programs similar to this one, the only trick is finding the ones that offer enough incentive to make it worthwhile. Some allow you to make money doing nothing other than sending out a few emails, responding to surveys or asking a few friends to support you and all with less that what it costs you to drink one coffee per day.
While affiliate marketing itself is a bit more complex, the idea is very similar – making money simply by spreading the word.
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There is no better way to earn money online than via mutually beneficial referrals, rewards, and incentive programs. Tangerine and Cash Back Kaboom “Green” are on top of the list for these.
I have already spoken a great deal about Tangerine.
Cash Back Kaboom is an online shopping referral network that allows you to get cash back if you shop online, but the best part of it is that you make money simply by referring and encouraging friends to shop, so you do not have to spend any money in order to do so.
Cash Back Kaboom allows you to create your own money making shopping network, simply by referring and encouraging friends to shop. Referral Marketing is a win for everyone and that is why they are so popular. Want to learn more about Cash Back Kaboom? [su_button url=”http://www.cashbackkaboom.com/2656″ target=”blank” style=”glass” background=”#3bbb41″ center=”yes” icon=”icon: hand-o-down”] Join Here.[/su_button]
Creating a voice for your brand using the DO IT principal.
A brand’s message to the world needs to be heard loud and clear in order for it to be effective. Potential customers and loyal followers are not only listening to the message itself, they are formulating an opinion of the brand based on the execution or delivery of its’ message. A brand’s entire marketing success hinders on creating a positive and trustworthy relationship with customers that will encourage them to communicate with the brand.
[su_heading size=”24″]People do not buy from brands, they buy from brands they know, like and trust.[/su_heading]
“Mass advertising can help build brands, but authenticity is what makes them last. If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.”― Howard Schultz, write of Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
When creating social media posts and shareable content a brand must take into consideration the tone, language and purpose of the message. Marketing and social media isn’t about creating a few likeable posts, but rather creating thought-provoking well-structured marketing content that is geared toward a specific target or niche. The content itself is simply used as a means in which to generate traffic to the brand’s landing page or website which in turn encourages consumers to build a lasting relationship with the brand.
The message is what determines the action that they will take.
CONTENT = TRAFFIC
MESSAGE = CONVERSION
Once this relationship is established and solidified, the goal becomes to convert repeat traffic into leads and sales. Contrary to popular belief, sales conversion rarely happens the first time a consumer lands on your page.
[su_heading size=”24″]Remembering one simple phrase is the best way to formulate a well-constructed content delivery system – DO IT![/su_heading]
DELIVER engaging and meaningful content. Create a purpose for your brand that answers the question,”Why would I choose your brand?”
OFFER fun content that everyone can understand. Using a more personal and basic language approach to your content will help your brand reach a more diverse and global audience.
INSPIRE your customers and followers. Everyone likes a hero’s persona and wants to be part of something they feel good about.
TRUST formulates a long lasting relationship with users and will define your brand. Using honest content with a positive tone is always the best way to achieve success.
Creating a voice for your brand using the DO IT principal isn’t difficult, but it is effective and remember it does not matter whether the content the brand uses is an image, text or video, the DO IT principle remains the same.
The ultimate marketing scam is having no idea what your doing. Knowledge is power in this game.
[su_pullquote]How do I hate “scammy” marketing practices? Let me count the ways![/su_pullquote]
Marketing has been around for hundreds of years and while it may have moved online, “The game hasn’t changed, only the players have.”
Isn’t it time you had a fair shot at winning the marketing game?
You can, if you simply learn the rules of the game.
[su_heading]Rule number one – nothing is 100% free – there is always some form of marketing behind a “free” product or service. [/su_heading]
In this case, the trick is to identify the most valuable free products and services and use them to your benefit, not the other way around. For example, if you must provide an email in return to use a free product, do it. You can always block the sender if you are not interested in buying anything. This is a win for you, loss for them. Loss is part of their strategy and they are not targeting knowledgeable people like you, they are targeting people they think will fall for the scam.
A free product is not valuable if it wastes your time or money!
[su_heading]Rule number two – stats are flawed – the only real way to measure success is by knowing what you want and need to measure. [/su_heading]
It seems that every marketer basis success on one thing and one thing only – conversion. Conversion is one way to win, but it isn’t the only way. Like any well-played game, there are a number of strategies you need to learn inorder to become a master. If you become focused on only one way to play, chances are you will be outsmarted and beaten by your opponents.
- Conversion leads to sales, there is no doubt about that, but what happens when sales are not the brand’s ultimate goal? How does a brand measure its success then?
- Do sales help to gain customer loyalty? Is this number even considered in the results?
- Is an individual who does not buy from you or follow your fan page invaluable to your brand?
Consider the case of Jane.
Jane loves Gucci, but she cannot afford to buy anything from them, however, Jane posts hundreds of pictures of Gucci products on her social media and writes about them in her blogs every day. It will never result in a sale from Jane, it will never convert and may never lead to a click through, but Jane is loyal to the brand and you cannot pay for this kind of advertising.
Statistics cannot measure this because it is unquantifiable.
Successful brands know how to use this knowledge to their advantage and they do not get caught up in the numbers game, they understand that success in marketing is not always quantified.
[su_heading]Rule number three – stop believing everything you see and read about web marketing. Learn the facts before you make a decision that may negatively affect your brand. Newsflash, not even Facebook is a 100% transparent.[/su_heading]
I found this video and thought I would share it with my readers because I don’t think I explain it any better. This video is right on point to what I have been saying for a number of years now, paying for social advertising and followers is a waste of time and money and the only real way to win at marketing is with time, effort and a little know how! That know how = a variety of different things all combined into one neat package and a little bit of creativity!