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Google Marketing Live 2019: Key Takeaways

Posted by Jesse McCambridge & Joseph Naylor on May 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Last week's Google Marketing Live 2019 event in San Francisco gave us a glimpse into the future of marketing through Google Ads. Our Local Solutions team was there in person and captured the following key takeaways for you.

From improved visuals and better audience targeting, to privacy and machine learning, they covered a lot of ground—and introduced some new tools to make our lives easier.  While there are plenty of other marketing platforms out there, Google's dominance in search makes it well worth paying attention to.  With that in mind, let's look at some of the highlights and biggest potential game-changers of the event. 

 

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing, Google, Google Ads

Business Spotlight: Levin Furniture

Posted by Amy Hanford on May 2, 2019 at 9:17 AM

Levin Furniture is a Pennsylvania institution, having been in operation since 1920. Levin's has 39 locations throughout Pittsburgh and Cleveland specializing in furniture, mattress, and clearance outlets. Local Solutions has worked with Levin Furniture since 2017, and has helped them achieve market success over the last two years. Most recently, we have helped them transition their marketing strategy to keep up with the evolution of consumer behaviors, their business structure, and leadership over the last twelve months.

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Amazon's Alexa Learns HIPAA: What it Means for Your Business

Posted by Ashley Rios on April 29, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Amazon has launched new HIPAA-compliant skills aimed at improving voice services in healthcare fields. All of these skills will now transmit health-related information via voice within the confines established by HIPAA.

While HIPAA-compliant voice features have been on the horizon for some time now, this marks a significant step towards progress in the $3.5 trillion healthcare industry. While healthcare has lagged behind other consumer-facing industries when it comes to technology, this new software coming out of Amazon appears to be the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Amazon, Voice Search

Digital Marketing Planning: How Early Is Too Early?

Posted by Jenny Sutton on April 18, 2019 at 5:51 PM

Your seasonal campaign is months away but when should you start thinking about your digital marketing planning? The answer: it is never too early to begin thinking ahead. 

For many businesses, certain seasons are critical to overall success, and getting the timing right for executing your campaign can have a big pay off. Don’t wait! Start thinking about your seasonal campaigns well in advance and keep tabs on your ideas via digital organizational tools or notebooks.   
Not sure how to get started? Here are four steps to maximize your time and make a plan to prepare for a successful busy season.  

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Seasonal Marketing

Hot News in U.S. Digital Video and TV Advertising Trends

Posted by Solomon Cormier on April 4, 2019 at 3:26 PM

According to eMarketer, content delivered via digital video and TV advertising is projected to follow its current upward trend after a strong first quarter in 2019. These numbers include TV and  video advertising delivered across a multitude of platforms. So, what does this mean for marketing departments in all businesses, of all sizes, in various industries throughout the United States? 
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Topics: Video Advertising, Marketing Strategy, video marketing

The March 2019 Google Algorithm Update

Posted by Ashley Rios on April 2, 2019 at 9:37 AM

Google recently released a new update to their search engine called the March 2019 Core Update. Google makes hundreds of small changes to their algorithm every year, but most of them go unannouncedCore updates refine Google’s algorithms to make search results better.

Google did not officially announce the update or make a public statement until industry professionals started to notice some changes and approached the company for clarification. This type of privacy is common for Google, especially since the guidelines surrounding how it ranks websites are complex. Industry professionals are still waiting to see how the changes associated with the March 2019 Core Update, which was rolled out on March 12th, may impact websites' overall rankings and traffic. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Analytics, Google Analytics, Google

5 Ways to Use A/B Testing in Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Posted by Jennifer Dragon on March 28, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Customers demand impeccable, simple, and customizable user experiences these days. It doesn't matter if it's on the customer service side, interacting with a website or email, or attending a face-to-face sales appointments. To be a successful business in a competitive industry, and to sustain any success achieved, you have to respond to customer demand and supply to expectations well. One of the best ways to narrow down what your customers want most is by using A/B testing to best determine how to market to potential clients in your industry.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, A/B Testing

News Release: CMG’s Industry Leading Solutions For Advertisers

Posted by Jesse McCambridge on March 27, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Advertising and marketing needs to deliver an expected return on investment. Cox Media Group Local Solutions is laser focused on delivering real business results for our clients. We are so committed to this cause that we invested heavily in a multi-phase custom research study to better understand advertiser needs, wants and satisfaction levels with their results. We then shared the analysis of the findings across our markets to better inform our sales teams and improve the way we recommend and provide our best-in-class solutions.

Combining the research with our first-hand knowledge of knowing what works best by managing thousands of campaigns drives the way we build our portfolio and helps us to develop custom campaign strategies that work! It’s a winning combination that ultimately provides the right solutions for CMG customers with a two-three times higher satisfaction level.

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Topics: Magid

Business Spotlight: S&W Kitchens

Posted by Wes Halliwell on March 26, 2019 at 10:40 AM

Local Solutions partnered with S&W Kitchens in 2015, taking the reins for their digital marketing strategy so as to allow the owner to focus on expanding the business.  In this Business Spotlight, read on to see how Local Solutions improved the leads of this designer kitchen and bath remodeling company by almost 600% with a lower budget than their in-house efforts.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Integrated Marketing

Simple Tips for an Effective Legal PPC Campaign

Posted by Pete Stafford on March 20, 2019 at 3:34 PM

The keywords "lawyer" and "attorney" are some of the most expensive in the PPC business. That means every misstep in your next ad campaign can cost your firm hundreds or thousands of dollars in missed leads.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't use PPC ads — they're one of the most effective ways to reach potential clients when they need you most. Follow these tips to design your next campaigns right down to the granular details so clients find you at the right time and place.

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Topics: digital advertising, target audience, lead-gen, ppc

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