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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Five Best Halloween Apps

Looking for the best Halloween apps? We pulled together a group of what we think are the best Halloween apps of 2014. 1. First Words Halloween by Learning Touch LLC Price: $1.99 Download from iTunes Download from Google Play This app comes with rave reviews.  It was...

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Why Proofing Your Online Content Is So Important

Nothing screams “shoddy work!” more than typos, grammar errors and sloppy formatting, especially online where the content is so visual. Strangely enough, proofing is often the most overlooked step in the writing process. Today, 90% of B2C marketers use content...

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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How Digital Marketing Affects Consumer Behavior

Digital marketing and its disruption are here and opening new opportunities for businesses to expand and reach an even larger audience. Where we’ve come from In the last 20 years, we’ve moved from getting our news and advertising in measured doses from TV and...

Digital Marketing vs. Traditional Marketing

Should a business spend its marketing budget on traditional marketing, with its long and successful heritage, or digital marketing, a relative newcomer? Or does a blended approach make the most sense? Print was the first form of traditional marketing If you don’t...

Why Do You Need to Outsource IT Services?

While operating and maintaining IT by yourself is a good option, there are instances where you are better off outsourcing this aspect to a contractor. A startup can only get away with in-house support until it needs greater facilities for storage and data security....

KRACK Attack

It seems like every other day, we are hearing about some new hack or website attack that shows the vulnerability of different websites and network systems. But one recently hit the mainstream media, and for good reason. The recent “KRACK Attack” has garnered this...

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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

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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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