Swarmify: Four Reasons Not To Use YouTube Video Embeds On Your Business Website

If your company has professional videos that you’ve spent thousands of dollars on, you should absolutely publish the videos on YouTube to take advantage of YouTube’s search results…. just make sure that you optimize your YouTube videos when you do. That said, you shouldn’t be embedding YouTube videos on your corporate site… for quite a few reasons: YouTube is tracking the usage of those videos for targeted advertising. Why would you want to share your

What Is MarTech? Marketing Technology: Past, Present, and Future

You may get a chuckle out of me writing an article on MarTech after publishing over 6,000 articles on marketing technology for over 16 years (beyond this blog’s age… I was on blogger previous). I do believe it’s worth publishing and helping business professionals better realize what MarTech was, is, and the future of what it will be. First, of course, is that MarTech is a portmanteau of marketing and technology. I missed a great

Loop & Tie: B2B Outreach Gifting Is Now A Salesforce App In The AppExchange Marketplace

A lesson that I continue to teach people in B2B marketing is that buying is still personal, even when working with large organizations. Decision-makers are concerned with their careers, their stress levels, their work volume, and even their day-to-day enjoyment of their job. As a B2B service or product provider, the experience of working with your organization will often outweigh the actual deliverables. When I first started my business, I was aghast at this. I

Why Your Corporate Videos Miss The Mark, And What To Do About It

We all know what someone means when they say “corporate video.” In theory, the term applies to any video made by a corporation. It used to be a neutral descriptor, but it’s not anymore. These days, many of us in B2B marketing say corporate video with a bit of a sneer.  That’s because corporate video is bland. Corporate video is made up of stock footage of overly attractive coworkers collaborating in a conference room. Corporate

Duplicate Content Penalty: The Myth, The Reality, and My Advice

For over a decade, Google has been fighting the myth of the duplicate content penalty. Since I still continue to field questions on it, I thought it would be worth discussing here. First, let’s discuss the verbiage: What Is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely matches other content or that is appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin.  Google, Avoid Duplicate

What Is A 404 Error Page? Why Are They So Important?

When you make a request for an address in a browser, a series of events happen in a matter of microseconds: You type an address with http or https and hit enter. The http stands for hypertext transfer protocol and is routed to a domain name server. Https is a secure connection where the host and browser do a handshake and send data encrypted. The domain name server looks up where the domain is pointing

TikTok For Business: Reach Relevant Consumers In This Short-Form Video Network

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video, providing content that is exciting, spontaneous, and genuine. There’s little doubt as to its growth: TikTok Statistics TikTok has 689 million monthly active users worldwide.   The TikTok app has been downloaded over 2 billion times on the App Store and Google Play.  TikTok ranked as the top most-downloaded app in Apple’s iOS App Store for Q1 2019, with more than 33 million downloads.   62 percent

UpLead: Build An Accurate B2B Prospect List To Power Campaigns and Close Sales

There are many marketing professionals out there that are vehemently against buying lists for prospecting. And there are, of course, very good reasons why: Permission – these prospects have not opted into solicitations from you so you risk your reputation by spamming them. Sending an unsolicited email doesn’t violate CAN-SPAM regulations in the United States as long as you have an opt-out mechanism… but it’s still seen as a shady practice. Quality – there are