Thinking Like A Search Engine

Thinking like Google for SEOWith all the marketing and tactics that are used in search engine optimization, it is sometimes helpful to pause and think like a search engine. What is the goal of a search engine? To put it simply, they are trying to provide you with the information you are looking for based on your search. Search engines get smarter and smarter and even over the past 5 years, 3 years, or even 1 year, you can see significant improvement in the sophistication of Google and others.

Have you ever read the mission statement of Google?

Email Marketing :: Importance Of The Subject Line

Email Subject LineWhen you open your email in the morning you are likely inundated with emails and have to cut the list down by deleting junk, reading things that are important, and saving things that you might be interested in. When it comes to newsletters and other email drip campaigns, you want to be one of the emails that is saved to take a closer look at when the time is right. So how do people judge whether it should be saved or tossed? A lot of that has to do with how intriguing the subject line of the email is.

Email Marketing Discussion :: Video

Email Marketing DiscussionThere are common questions that come up around being successful with Email Marketing and CPD owners Scott Farquharson and Christopher Vassallo address some of those in this discussion. E-mail Marketing is incredibly important in today’s online marketing strategies and the value cannot be overlooked. There are several best practices that should be considered when executing a successful email marketing plan and this video does a great job of pointing them out.

Tips for Successful Email Marketing

Email Marketing SuccessMost people who fire up their computer in the morning first check their email account(s). It is common to quickly hit the delete key on what looks like junk and only stop on those emails that catch your eye. Here are a few tips on how to make your emails stand out and get users attention.

A Catchy Title
In most cases, the title is the only thing people will read when it comes to deciding whether to hit delete or open an email. The key to creating a successful title is to keep is short and to the point. Long titles are more likely to be ignored and deleted compared to short, direct, and if possibly catchy email titles.

SEO – Only 1 Component of Internet Marketing Success

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the big buzz words in internet marketing, but the truth is that SEO is only one component of creating a successful web presence. Yes, search engines like Google are the most common tool that people use to try to find a business and showing up on the front page of organic searches is very important. Does this mean that you should spend your entire marketing budget, time, and energy toward SEO? NOOOOO! Here is why…

There are multiple resources available on the internet to drive users to your website. Social networking sites are now becoming very mature and offer even more capabilities than their early years.

Provide Valuable Information for FREE

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It is incredibly important to provide valuable information to your customers and prospects. Demonstrate that you are an expert in your industry and teach people how to talk-the-talk and walk-the-walk when it comes to your products and services. Oh yea… and do it for FREE.

What are the benefits of providing free information?
To start, you need to give your customers a reason to listen to you when you make a recommendation for why they should buy your product or service. Demonstrating the do’s and don’ts, things to be aware of in competitors, etc. are great information for clients that don’t have your industry knowledge. This is a way of building trust.

Improve Google Places Listing With Sponsored Tag

Editor’s Update – 4/28/2011 – Google recently announced that they are no longer supporting this feature in Google Places

Google has recently added a new sponsored link feature to Google Maps listings that is meant to increase the effectiveness of your listing on Google Maps. The new feature is called a ‘Sponsored Tag’. For a flat fee of $25 per month. You can add a sponsored link to your listing via Google Places. The listing appears on Google Maps searches as well as some organic searches that display map results. The intention of this new sponsored link is to give users another link to click on your business.

Favorite Places on Google Maps Just Got Smarter

maps-favCrown Point Design was recently recognized by Google as a favorite location on Google Maps. We received a letter from Google that included a 5×7 decal that is meant to be placed in your storefront window. On the decal there is a unique 1×1 inch bar code that can be scanned by a Smartphone by curious shoppers. After scanning the bar code they will be directed to the company local listing on Google that includes things like store description, hours of operation, and customer reviews.

This unique technology is part of what Google Maps is developing as a ‘Favorite Places’ feature.

You Don’t Need SEO You Need Internet Marketing

Internet Marketing StrategyMany small businesses with a new or small web presence get stuck in the trap that investing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will solve their web problems and drive traffic. As a search engine optimizer I can say that is not the case. Small businesses are better off investing in an Internet Marketing strategy that incorporates many aspects of web related marketing.

If you have a new website launched on a new domain and you are in a competitive industry, it is going to take a long time to gain competitive search rankings. Likewise if your website is small (5-15 pages) and is rarely updated with fresh content, you are going to have a hard time gaining results overnight.