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The internet is a necessity now. Only a tiny percentage of the developed world’s population are still conducting life and business away from the World Wide Web. People understand the potential the internet has created for mass marketing, massive sales and almost instant fame.

So why do some businesses still struggle? That’s a difficult question to answer, and we believe the nature of online commerce means that there will always be competition, and winners and losers. As SEO professionals, we believe that using as many tactics as possible to increase visibility and build a brand, can reduce the chances of failing online, and increase the opportunities for success.

The internet has become a global platform where anyone, anywhere can access any company, almost any person, and find all the information they could ever want on any subject. It has directly influenced our methods and frequency of communicating with people. And it has also changed the way we do business. Continue reading

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Have you considered marketing on Facebook? As a business owner, you will already know the value of having a corporate Facebook page, but have you invested in advertising yet? This article discusses why advertising on Facebook is a good idea.

When you are creating a Facebook advert, you are asked to list the subject keywords you believe people will associate with your advert. For example, a fashion retailer could add keywords like designer handbags, or fashion on a budget, or lady’s designer wear, etc.

The keywords are an important part of your advert. They create its online identity and dictate who sees your advert. So, when a Facebook user writes a comment or posts a status, or clicks on another company like yours, Facebook will recognise this activity and your advert will be flagged as one of interest to that person. Facebook’s methods of targeting adverts are extremely clever. Continue reading

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As we enter 2014, we thought we would flag up some developments that can be expected on social media. The two key platforms we’re going to mention are Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter has grown even more in the last year. Twitter improved its mobile user interface and made things much slicker via a mobile device. User figures on the platform have grown too. And as expected, we witnessed the advent of the Twitter adverts. The news online is that we can expect more Twitter adverts in the coming year. Now that Twitter has a whole host of shareholders to satisfy, there is little doubt that it will be increasing its opportunities to generate revenue from advertising.

Much the same can be said for Facebook. However, we are already used to the targeted FB adverts that appear on our home pages, and within our newsfeeds. The newest marketing development on FB will be the advent of video advertising.  No doubt this will be very well used by the big brands who already budget for video and television adverts. However, we predict video ads could present opportunities for smaller companies to get noticed by huge numbers of people. We have heard that the prices for video advertising will be set so that companies of all sizes could potentially take advantage. Let’s see what happens. Continue reading

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We noticed quite a lot of debate amongst the leading SEO blogs recently. The subject of the debate is this – Do Facebook likes and shares have an effect on SEO? Some bloggers are saying no, others are saying yes.

Let’s have a look at it. Does Facebook activity have any effect on Google rankings?

A recent study published online seems to indicate that Facebook does not have a direct effect on rankings. The article points out that the number of Facebook likes a page has, will have no direct influence on rankings. Likewise, it states that FB users who share posts are not boosting rankings for the page owner either.

While these facts are true and cannot be disputed, we believe the article misses an important point – although Facebook activity may not directly affect rankings on Google, as a way of gathering a larger following, increasing reach, and inviting traffic to your website, it is huge! Continue reading

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Have you tried Pinterest yet? It is currently the fastest growing social media platform, especially amongst the female population. So if your business brand is of a predominantly female audience, you should seriously consider putting yourself onto Pinterest. The latest statistics suggest that nearly 60% of users on Pinterest are women.

There’s more. The women tend to be either high earners or stay and home mothers with a healthy disposable income. They are shopping influencers and therefore they are a marketer’s dream! No doubt you have read it is where all the ‘DIY and crafty Moms’ or the ‘brides-to-be’ gather. This may be one aspect of their demographic, but so is their love of high-end designer fashion, home décor, interiors, travel and all sorts of luxury household items. If you want to influence the most influential buyer in the home, then you need to get on to Pinterest. Continue reading

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After last weeks blog on Using YouTube for marketing, we were asked how video can be used to boost SEO. This article shares some good tips.

There is no doubt that YouTube is an amazing platform. It allows us to share videos with a massive global audience, for free! It gives every content creator another opportunity to share their message and promote their brand.

It really is the best site in the world to find the most amusing and popular video content and now it is being widely used by brands and businesses as a platform to showcase products and services. If you have a business, you could use YouTube to increase your brand recognition and boost your visibility amongst your target audience.

But there’s another reason why YouTube is important to the website owner. It helps boost SEO too. In addition to posting video footage and sharing it with viewers, we recommend you make YouTube a significant part of your internet marketing plan, and an important element of your content plan. Continue reading

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We all know how powerful YouTube can be as a marketing tool. However, we are often asked a range of questions by clients –

  • How can we really boost sales with YouTube?
  • Isn’t it expensive to make a good video?
  • Surely YouTube is really for teenagers and the massive global brands. How can it help my small business?

Do these questions sound familiar to you? We thought we would do a short blog article that tackles them. We’d like to encourage you all to use YouTube as part of your content strategy. It does not need to break the bank and it can make a difference to your business, whatever its size. Continue reading

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Every time someone visits your website, there is the opportunity for them to become a customer, an influencer, a brand advocate, and a natural promotional tool. Are you providing the visitors to your website with these opportunities?

One way to accomplish this is to offer visitors the chance to register using a social media sign-up. No doubt you will have seen many of the larger sites offering Facebook and Twitter sign-ups, but it is also an option which can be extremely fruitful for small to medium enterprises. In fact, many small businesses have grown rapidly because they have made themselves more accessible to larger numbers via social media sign-ups.

Let’s look at the advantages of this form of customer registration. Continue reading

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Recently there has been more news coverage about companies who have been found to have ‘fake’ followers on their social media accounts. It seems that despite the dangers of being discovered and tarnished as cheats, brands still believe that high numbers of followers, even if they are fake, are better than just a few real connections.

Don’t believe it! Paying for fake followers can seriously harm the health of your brand. And more importantly, the Google bots will spot it. Fake likes on Facebook, Twitter and other ways to fake it, do not generate natural traffic. And since the arrival of Google Penguin, it is natural traffic that the bots are attracted to.

Fakes will not help build a trusted relationship with your customers either. Although the site of many thousands of followers on a page may attract more followers initially, once they realise there is no real activity going on, and that all these ‘people’ come from the same geographic location, they will be much less impressed. In fact, a recent survey indicated that most customers severed ties completely with brands they found to be cheating or behaving in a dishonest way online. Continue reading

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Since the advent of social media in the early noughties, a variety of urban myths have grown. We have noticed that these myths have almost become internet folklore, they can be the cause of much confusion and debate, and they continue to discourage businesses from using social media to promote themselves.

Here are a few social media myths we can bust for you, once and for all. We hope they will help you improve your own social media activity, and encourage you to use social media platforms to their full potential. The more activity you encourage via social media, the better your search engine rankings will be.

Here are the myths, can you relate to any of them? Continue reading

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