Although developed from the mid-80s, the Internet wasn’t fully commercialized in the United States until 1995 when the last restrictions were dropped in order for the Internet to carry commercial traffic. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working on the Internet since its commercial inception, but I’ve got the gray hairs to prove it! I’m truly lucky to have worked for a company back then that saw the opportunities and threw me headfirst into the technology. The number of innovations that the Internet has unleashed is beyond imagination. And today, it’s questionable whether or
You can’t retain what you don’t understand. When focused on constant customer acquisition, it gets easy to get carried away. Okay, so you’ve figured out an acquisition strategy, you’ve made your product/service fit into the customers’ lives. Your unique value proposition (UVP) works – it entices conversion and guides purchase decisions. Do you know what happens after? Where does the user fit after the completion of the sales cycle? Start by Understanding your Audience Although it’s fun to continually find new channels and audiences to sell to, it’s far less expensive to retain one. However, retention
You already know that you do not have the marketing budget to compete with the “big boys.” But the good news is this: the digital world of marketing has equalized the field like never before. Small businesses have a host of venues and tactics that are both effective and low-cost. One of these, of course, is content marketing. In fact, it can be the most cost-effective of all marketing strategies. Here are content marketing tactics that every small business should be utilizing: Networking and Collaboration Local businesses understand the value of networking – establishing relationships
Whenever I describe ranking to my customers, I use the analogy of a boat race where Google is the ocean and all of your competitors are other boats. Some boats are bigger and better, some old and barely staying afloat. Meanwhile, the ocean is moving as well… with storms (algorithm changes), waves (search popularity crests and troughs), and of course the continued popularity of your own content. There are often times where I can identify gaps that allow us to walk right in and garner some organic search rank visibility, but more often it requires
Do you know the difference between SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing)? They are the two sides of the same coin. Both techniques are used to capture traffic to a website. But one of them is more immediate, for the short term. And the other is a more long-term investment. Have you already guessed which is of them is the best for you? Well, in case you still do not know, here we explain it to you. SEO deals with organic results; those that occupy the top positions of Google search results.