Google Plans To Penalize Doorway Pages

Google announced an upcoming change in their ranking algorithm for “doorway pages” and are advising users to stop using them. What are doorway pages? They are special pages designed to help a website rank for a particular keyword or phrase that has very little to do...

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Viewability Standards for Mobile Ads

Facebook, in conjunction with MRC, IAB and Nielsen are working on establishing viewability standards for mobile ads and hopefully these standards will help to define the difference between an ad impression served and an ad impression viewed. Why is the distinction...

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When Branding Fails

Brands fail, sometimes in pretty big ways and other times drip, by slow drip; but one thing is for sure, it happens more often than we think.  Just why do customers lose that lovin' feelin' for a brand and why do loyal customers leave and go elsewhere? As the...

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How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

Have you ever thought about how people perceive your company? If you work out of your home many people won’t give you the time of day.  But there’s ways you can appear bigger than you really are with social media. Secret Entourage has collected 50 ideas to make your...

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Does Website Chat Work?

You’ve all seen them and most of you have probably used them under certain circumstances and conditions. We’re talking about popup web chats, also called live chats. Consider this.  What makes you want to begin the chat on some websites and you can’t close the window...

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Google Sends Out Warnings For Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Google now has a new warning message they are displaying on websites that are not optimized for mobile use.  How is your site?  Have you received a warning like the one below? Hey, it’s not pretty! But we can help. Right now, these messages are really just a warning...

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How To Build An Email List

Great, you’ve completed reading our Email 101 blog post and now you want to build an email list.  That’s good news because building an email list is one of the cheapest, most cost-effective ways to start communicating with potential customers. If you’ve been doing...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

In a modern, digital world that currently revolves around the use of tablets, smartphones and laptops, it’s very challenging to think in an offline sense. Both traditional and offline marketing still have their clear advantages, but the method of choice for your...

The Difference Between Branding and Marketing

A business operating amidst a competitive industry makes good use of attraction marketing in order to maximize selling potentials. This technique enables a potential customer to see what you are offering them and how it can actually be of benefit to them before making...

Yes, we are still talking about mobile!

In 2008, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers made a bold prediction. "Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014. According to the latest report from comScore, we’re way past the mobile tipping point. It’s not whether mobile marketing is important, it’s...

Top 10 apps for mobile

Here’s the top ten apps for mobile devices, ranging from getting the scoop on local businesses to trying the best new restaurant in town to visiting a new city and looking for the best place to get a haircut. Want to know the closest coffee shop or gas station? When...

“Near Me” searches are on the rise

According to Google their “Near Me” Search feature has doubled this year as people turn more and more to find local businesses with their mobile devices. Google released this information last week when they launched a new mobile ad product designed specifically around...

Twitter Advertising – New Five Step Advertising Interface

In an effort to make setting up and launching advertising campaigns easier Twitter has revamped its advertising interface outlining five major goals for marketers with clear campaign objects and step-by-step instructions. They are: Acquiring more followers - Why get...

Advertising on Facebook– Why Spend the Money?

Social media plays a huge role in connecting and reaching out to your audience. Even though Facebook has driven some users away with their recent shift to a paid-only format for marketing and advertising, it can still be a very useful marketing tool. One of the most...

Mobilegeddon Is Just Beginning

Question: What is Mobilegeddon? Answer: Google’s recent April 2015 update to rank mobile-friendly sites higher in mobile searches with the launch of their new search algorithm. Question: What’s behind the name? Answer: It’s called Mobilegeddon because many feared the...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Covers the Cyber Threats Facing Hospitals

You would think that the last place to learn about the latest cyber threats facing the healthcare industry would be the television show "Grey’s Anatomy."  But a recent episode of the hit show focused on a topic that has become a legitimate issue at hospitals...

Is Your Printer Spying On You? Yes, It Might Be

Ask any IT specialist what the most aggravating part of their job is and it probably won’t be foreign hackers or incompetent users who think they know more than they really do. No, chances are that their biggest nightmare is a little device that most of us take for...

Equifax Has More Than One Bad Day

One of the biggest problems with all of the media attention given to corporate hacking is that after a while it almost becomes blasé. We become so used to hearing about yet another online invasion that has left customer data in jeopardy that we almost start to think...

6 Marketing Challenges that Can Make or Break Your Business

Generating profit with your business largely depends on your marketing strategy. An effective marketing strategy will go beyond making sure the orders are fulfilled and your bills are paid so that you can live comfortably. Whether you are handling the marketing on...

Why Digital Marketing is Important

The online marketplace is extremely lucrative, with 96 percent of Americans making purchases on the internet. The majority of those shoppers prefer the internet for shopping over having to deal with crowds, lines, and product availability in brick-and-mortar stores....

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90s Web Design: Is YOUR Website Accidentally Retro?

Remember the days of beige PCs, Netscape, Geocities and Tripod? The mid-late 1990s were the playful childhood of the worldwide web, a time of great expectations for the future and pretty low standards for the present. Those were the days when doing a web search meant...

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Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing

It is already common practice to outsource development, accounting, customer service, and other areas of your business because it’s been found to save money/time on overhead, commitment, recruiting time, training time, and expenses that come with a full-time staff....

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Google Promoting Mobile-Friendly Websites

Starting on November 18, 2014 Google started to add a “mobile-friendly” label to mobile search results which they expect to roll out globally over the next few weeks. What makes a site ‘mobile friendly’? According to Google, a page can qualify for the...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, football, and family, and sometimes frustration. After shopping in long lines, missed flight connections, lost luggage, recipes that flopped, and relatives who can get under your skin, who couldn't use a few laughs on Turkey Day?...

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Google Likes Long Form Content

The mantra ‘Content is King’ has not changed but the desired length of the content may have. Google understands how easy it is for webmasters to slap together a 400-word blog post and then optimize it for a keyword or two. Google is looking for and rewarding sites...

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Twitter’s New “Buy” Button

After months of reports and rumors, Twitter unveiled their first commercial product – their “Buy Now” button. Twitter is testing through a small sampling of merchandiser partners how well the “Buy Now” button will work.  This is the firststep Twitter is taking toward...

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