Consumer Search Behavior You Can Profitably Act on Today

Do you know the benefits of consumer search insights? As a marketer, manager, or marketing executive, you should understand the importance of adjusting your search marketing strategy to the realities of online search behavior. The consumer search behavior insights that you can profitably act on today include investing more time and resources in SEO, focusing SEO efforts on Google search, and creating better content for the keywords that you are targeting. Oh, and don’t forget to target trending phrases such as “best” or “near me.” Continue reading “Consumer Search Behavior You Can Profitably Act on Today”

Powerful Local Search Strategies for Small Businesses

Small businesses with a local physical address are reliant on local SEO to grow their business and help expose their brand to more potential customers. In the last few years, the growth in mobile search has resulted in a big boost in local search volumes. A lot of these search queries include state name or the city and sometimes even specific neighborhoods and area codes. Local SEO has undergone many transformations through all of last year but the fundamental ranking factors remain more or less the same. Local businesses still have a much better chance of ranking higher locally than a nationwide company, with a properly optimized site that feeds Google with all the right information. Here are a few pointers on what inbound marketers and small businesses can do to design an effective local search strategy to help them dominate the rankings. Continue reading “Powerful Local Search Strategies for Small Businesses”

Marketing Definitions 101

Do you experience a certain level of confusion when it comes to the myriad of marketing terms?  How about something as simple as the difference between the term ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising?’

You’re not alone. A good many use various related terms interchangeably. But, although they are similar, they refer to different actions.

It’s a good idea to distinguish the difference in order to communicate effectively with others in your organization and to better comprehend the nuances of your marketing strategies and activities.

While researching, I discovered the perfect analogy for this topic at Free Management Library. There, the writer cited a Reader’s Digest quote, which is the ultimate marketing alchemy and makes this subject very simple. I don’t know about you, but I like simple.

“… if the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying ‘Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday’, that’s advertising. If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that’s promotion. If the elephant walks through the mayor’s flower bed, that’s publicity. And if you get the mayor to laugh about it, that’s public relations.” If the town’s citizens go to the circus, you show them the many entertainment booths, explain how much fun they’ll have spending money at the booths, answer their questions and ultimately, they spend a lot at the circus, that’s sales.”    M. Booth and Associates, Inc.
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3 Essential Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Corn

I’ll be the first to admit it is almost unfathomable to imagine any lesson can be learned from a corn stalk, yet lessons that could be describes as essential for digital marketers. None the less, it is true. Before, I discuss these three lessons, I will tell you my corn cob story.

Growing up in Wisconsin, one thing I could depend on every year was that if the corn stalks were knee high by the fourth of July, by September there would be no shortage of corn on the cob. Even if the stalks were not knee high in July, I was always confident there would be an abundance of corn on the cob sometime in the fall.

Most people will agree that in order for corn to grow, its seeds need to be planted in fertilized soil and receive an efficient level of sun and water. This knowledge … Continue reading

Why Should You Care About Your Bounce Rate?

I was speaking to a prospective client this past week and he said, “we definitely need to increase our conversions and our bounce rate is over 90%!” First reaction, YIKES! that is a really high bounce rate; no wonder they are not getting any conversions. As I started to explore and ask some questions of my expert team members, I learned a few things.Bounce Rate
Just so we are all on the same page, Google Analytics defines Bounce Rate as the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e. sessions in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page.)

Your bounce rate is driven by so many different variables and honestly it depends on the goals and other KPI metrics that have to be considered along with what you are trying to achieve!

If your goal is to drive phone calls in a fast sales situation, the … Continue reading