About Lisa Maier

Lisa Maier is the CEO of DirectiveGroup, and brings great passion and over a decade of experience in the online marketing space. Her background includes a undergraduate degrees in Economics and Sociology, a Wharton MBA degree in Information Strategies & Economics, top tier technology strategy consulting and several years helping small technology companies traverse the chasm from good products to nationally scaled businesses, particularly making use of online marketing and media programs.

Earning Site Placement: The New SEO Secret Sauce

Search engines are getting smarter and SEOs must do the same. Google started using machine-learning to help process search results and consequently, digital marketing has become a lot more complicated and has forced SEOs to also become marketers. How does Google use machine learning? RankBrain is Google’s machine-learning, artificial intelligence system. Its primary purpose is to help sort the search results to give users the best possible answers to their queries. Google’s primary purpose, beyond not being evil, is to make money – it’s a company and companies need to make money. For Google to do that, they need users … Continue reading “Earning Site Placement: The New SEO Secret Sauce”

Why ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek is Great

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses an Inc article by one of her favorite authors, Simon Sinek. Simon Sinek has a great TEDx talk, Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Action. The main message is that most of us have it backwards: the most loyal customers don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. What you do simply proves what you believe. And when they buy from you, when they interact with you, they do so … Continue reading “Why ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek is Great”

Are You A Perfect DirectiveGroup Client?

I was thinking about entitling this post, “Is DirectiveGroup Your Perfect Digital Agency” when I realized this is more focused on thinking about who you are and what you need in your digital agency relationship… including things that folks don’t normally think about when making a buying decision. So I thought I’d stand with you in your shoes and look out from your eyes to try to think about some of the factors you might think important if you end up choosing an agency like DirectiveGroup. It all started for us last year when the team here at DirectiveGroup was … Continue reading “Are You A Perfect DirectiveGroup Client?”

5 Website Security Tips To Put In Place

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Content and Social Media Marketing, Michelle Keyser, discusses an article by Lunarpages,   “5 Website Security Tips to Put in Place”. Let me ask you…..if you have a physical store, do you have some sort of security system in place?  Surely you do.  Otherwise you run the risk of theft of your physical products.  Website security is equally as important as physical security systems are for on-site stores.  This article written by Lunarpages goes into detail on the 5 … Continue reading “5 Website Security Tips To Put In Place”

Effective Time Management Tips To Increase Productivity

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” –William Penn Let’s face it, our lives are hectic. We find ourselves engaged in a constant battle trying to balance our professional and personal lives. Most of us find it a real struggle trying to find time for personal commitments, with looming deadlines, big and small projects to finish, emails to reply to and long hours at work. With more responsibilities and demands both at home and work, we always feel rushed off our feet, trying to catch up. The common complaint is- so little time and increased pressure … Continue reading “Effective Time Management Tips To Increase Productivity”

Shape Your Marketing Strategy With Google Analytics

It is rather surprising to imagine how advanced computing systems have become within a very short time. Considering that not even a century has passed by since the modern computers were first created, Information Technology has become very sophisticated and there are several extraordinary technologies that are capable of accomplishing tasks that would take centuries for the collective human population to complete.  Google Analytics is one such extraordinary friend for any businesses interested in shaping an optimal marketing strategy. It makes use of effective algorithms and uses its ‘computer brain’ to map an effective and optimal method for you to … Continue reading “Shape Your Marketing Strategy With Google Analytics”

3 Reasons Why Your Brand Will Fail

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Content and Social Media Marketing, Michelle Keyser, discusses a Brand Strategy Insider article by Geoffrey Colon,   “3 Reasons Why Your Brand Will Fail”   When I first came across this article by Geoffrey Colon I thought, wow, this guy is a major downer.  But when you read what he has to say you’ll see that the image I chose to represent this article is actually exactly what Geoffrey discusses.  Through failure we learn and get stronger.  This article … Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Your Brand Will Fail”

5 Ways to Use Content to Build Authority: Ready To Live Like A King?

More and more companies are appreciating the value that a content marketing strategy brings to their overall success.  A study by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) states that 75% of the most effective enterprise content marketers have a documented strategy. By comparison, only 11% of the least effective have a documented strategy.  The adage “Content is King” is still holding true; but I propose a new interpretation on the old phrase.  A King has authority and influence over his people.  Effective content marketing could make you a King (influencer) over your people (your target market).  Here are 5 activities that … Continue reading “5 Ways to Use Content to Build Authority: Ready To Live Like A King?”

How Small Businesses Can Get Started on Instagram

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Content and Social Media Marketing, Michelle Keyser, discusses a Sprout Social article by Dominique Jackson,“ 12 Ways to Use Instagram for Small Businesses.” Instagram is the 4th most downloaded app in the US yet 76% small businesses owners are not using it to market their company.  Dominique Jackson at Sprout Social wrote a great blog last month on 12 really great ways that small businesses can use Instagram to promote their products and services.  It all starts with making … Continue reading “How Small Businesses Can Get Started on Instagram”

Why Is It Important To Have A LinkedIn and Facebook Business Profile?

Social media is the new word of mouth.  Surely you have heard that before.  But what if your target audience isn’t on social media?  It’s possible.  But if social media is truly the new word of mouth then you would have to agree that someone who influences your target market is most certainly online and using social platforms.  For that and many other reasons, it’s important that your business have some sort of presence on social media—even if it’s just LinkedIn and/ or Facebook.  Here are some compelling reasons why. Reasons Why You Should Create a Company Page on LinkedIn … Continue reading “Why Is It Important To Have A LinkedIn and Facebook Business Profile?”