What Exactly is a Hashtag?

If you’re new to social media, you might be wondering what all the talk is about hashtags. You’ve probably seen them in Twitter and other social media sites. They’re those short links with the pound sign (#) in front of them. If you’ve ever wondered what they are or...

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Why Call Tracking is So Important for Your Business

Do you want to be able to record a phone conversation, know the phone number of incoming calls, the geographical location of the caller, the name and address of the caller, and the time of inbound calls? Do you also want to identify which ads, search keywords, web...

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

Chart created by http://nativeinstyle.com/ According to a very interesting article written by Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout, “the idea that colors such as yellow or purple are able to evoke some sort of hyper-specific emotion is about as accurate as your standard Tarot...

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Pay to Play. The End of Free Social Media Marketing

Is the future of social media going to be ‘pay-to-play’? Well, at least for Facebook that’s going to be the case. The Times reported “The Free-Marketing Gravy Train Is Over on Facebook.” What does that mean for people who rely on Facebook for marketing purposes? The...

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What are brands for?

Before asking what brands are for, you need to understand what a brand is. If you search the Internet for “What is a Brand?” you‘ll get a pile of definitions like: At its core, a brand is a promise to consumers Visual + Verbal + Experiential = Brand Perception Brands...

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Google Authorship is Dead – For Real This Time

Google Authorship was created by Google as a way to connect content to an author by use of an author signature. The author’s signature was used to score the author based on trust and authority signals pointing at the author’s content, and that score was then used to...

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Yet Another “Is SEO Dead?” Article

In a recent article in Forbes, written by Steve Olenski, called 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Invest In SEO, he points out some really interesting facts. Read full article here. He says,” Google the term “Is SEO dead?” and what comes back in return is over 44...

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Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About Google

The fact that Google is used by millions to search the web every day comes as no big surprise, but these ten cool things that you can do with Google might just leave your mouth wide open. Here’s the scoop on ten of Google’s little-known functions. 1. Do you want to...

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Creative Marketing Strategy Defined

According to the website, businessdictionary.com, the definition of creative marketing is, “The outline prepared by the creative team of an advertising agency for the launching of an advertising campaign or message. A creative strategy is generally the result of a...

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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...

Why Negative Keywords Are So Important For Your Campaign

Even if you’ve never developed an Adwords campaign, chances are you have a pretty good idea how Adword works.   If not, here’s AdWords 101 in two sentences: AdWords works like an auction, and the way you get your ad in front of interested audiences is by bidding on...

Email Marketing 101

Besides picking up the phone and cold calling, an email provides you the most direct line of communication for conversion to sales.  In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association when you want to move from conversation to commerce, the art of drafting a good...

How Small Businesses Can Build their Brand

Things are changing in the SEO and SEM world in 2015. The days of small, no-name companies ranking on top through the use of keyword optimization, link building and page optimization is no longer achievable. Today, small businesses need to spend more time building...

Adwords vs. Bingads; Which to Choose?

When most businesses think of starting a PPC campaign the first thing that comes to mind is Google AdWords.  That’s because with owning 67% of the market share for PPC campaigns, Google Adwords is the leading choice for most businesses. It also boasts significantly...

How to Determine Your PPC Budget

For many companies, they ignore the important step of establishing a budget for their PPC strategy.  Some companies think that as long as they're making money, all is good, so we’ll just spend, spend, spend. But budgeting is the real key to a successful PPC campaign....

Is PPC Advertising Right for Your Business?

If you want to improve exposure to your target audience and drive more traffic to your website you should seriously consider a Pay per click (PPC) advertising campaign. PPC is an effective way to reach the top positions in Google without spending a lot of time and...

Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is essentially the process of leading people to your office, store, website or blog through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks. In the past, social media was used primarily as a way for people to...

Why is Social Media Important for Small Businesses?

Social media marketing is considered the “next big thing.” Sure, there are some entrepreneurs who still think of it as a passing marketing interest. But the numbers paint an entirely different picture. In fact, according to Social Media Examiner, an estimated 97% of...

Using Facebook to Market Your Small Business

Facebook is the most widely used social media platform for businesses and as many as 41 percent of small businesses in the U.S. use it as part of their marketing strategy. However, a lot of business owners have reported that their efforts are not as effective as they...

Using Twitter to Market Your Small Business

In the latter part of 2013, Twitter had over 232 million active users each month, majority of which lived in the U.S. In 2015, this number grew to 300 million. Although Twitter is no longer as widely used as Facebook, it is still a very powerful marketing tool. So if...

Using Instagram to Market Your Small Business

Instagram currently has over 400 million users. So it’s not surprising that it has become a way for businesses to connect with people. While majority of those who use this social platform are teens and college students, there are also people from all age groups who...

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Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About Google

The fact that Google is used by millions to search the web every day comes as no big surprise, but these ten cool things that you can do with Google might just leave your mouth wide open. Here’s the scoop on ten of Google’s little-known functions. 1. Do you want to...

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Creative Marketing Strategy Defined

According to the website, businessdictionary.com, the definition of creative marketing is, “The outline prepared by the creative team of an advertising agency for the launching of an advertising campaign or message. A creative strategy is generally the result of a...

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Stop Cliche Marketing – Get Real in Your Messaging

cli·ché klēˈSHā kli-,kli-,ˈklēˌSHā/ noun a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. "the old cliché “one man's meat is another man's poison." synonyms: platitude, hackneyed phrase, commonplace, banality, old saying, maxim, truism,...

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The Power of Why in Marketing Your Business

English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, suggested the use of six questions – as a model for better thinking. Here is Kipling’s witty poem called, Six Honest Men: I have six honest serving men They taught me all I knew Their names are What, and Where and When; and...

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