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3 Social Media Strategy Tips for Your Business

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on April 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Many business owners already understand social media's impact on content marketing. Sharing links on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram is essential to exposing your content to the widest audience possible. However, even though marketers may spend hours researching and writing content, the same amount of time should be used to craft and hone a specific social media strategy.

According to a report from Simply Measured, 63 percent of marketing organizations now have social media teams, which was a jump from 49 percent in 2015. It's the job of these professionals to create a strategy that'll bring your content marketing to the next level.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing

Measuring Your Content Marketing Effectiveness: 4 Key Metrics

Posted by Alyson Phillips on April 19, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Content marketing strategies don't unfold overnight. Once an organization commits to a long-term comprehensive strategy, it takes time for their campaigns to take root and flex their cumulative value.

Even so, the question of content marketing effectiveness needs to be answered on a continual basis. Management needs an indication that these various campaigns and strategies are moving toward solid returns. For that matter, marketing managers feel the same way. Marketers need evidence that their efforts pay off, even if those larger strategic goals remain far off in the distance.

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Topics: Content Marketing

Online Presence Management: Spring-Clean Your Reputation

Posted by Ashley Rios on April 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Spring is the season associated with deep cleaning and home renewal. If we credit the warmer weather and the longer days for this motivation, then perhaps it's wise to leverage these spring cleaning habits and tend to much-needed business management tasks. Online presence management requires some year-round attention, but certain tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.

If you've neglected your digital presence and it's affecting your bottom line, now is the time to audit this profile and make changes where necessary. By regularly keeping up on this maintenance, you can make your online reputation work for you, instead of against you.

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Marketing

Content Marketing: Questions to Ask to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Posted by Alyson Phillips on January 9, 2017 at 1:44 PM

If you can't answer these content marketing questions before you post about your company, you're probably wasting time and money. The idea that great content alone will drive traffic and customers to your business is a myth, which isn't to say that content marketing is dead — far from it. According to the Content Marketing Institute, some 200 million consumers have installed ad-blocking software on their computers. That means in many cases, if you're not taking advantage of content marketing, your message isn't reaching your audience. As this Marketing Land article shows, however, eyeballs alone don't drive results: Content alone isn't king, but content that drives engagement still reigns supreme.

So do yourself — and the internet — a favor. Before you publish another article, ask yourself these three content marketing questions:

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Topics: Content Marketing

Auto Dealer Marketing in the Digital Age — a Micro-Revolution

Posted by Brooke Moody on August 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM

When it comes to auto dealer marketing, these days, the first rule is not to talk about the dealership. According to a new study from Google, a customer can make as many as 900 digital interactions in the lead-up to purchase. By comparison, the same customer will only visit two dealers in the process.

This doesn't represent an entirely new way of doing business. Dealerships have long known that customers can take months to process a car-buying decision. But with the ease of information readily available on mobile, consumers are now researching while standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to pick up their kids or over lunch. Getting those customers in the door is a matter of how you interact with them in the micro-moments during the path to purchase.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Video Advertising, Content Marketing, Local Listings Management, Integrated Marketing, Automotive

A Guide to Ranking in Local SEO

Posted by Alyson Phillips on July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

When Google tweaked its algorithm last year, causing online retailer Wayfair to move from a top-five position in keyword search rankings to number one across a number of categories, the company discovered a stunning data bump. By moving higher up on the first page of results, the company saw an incredible 34 percent increase in conversions, according to Search Engine Land.

The conclusion is simple: Search rankings are critical to any business, and with Google offering local search results along with traditional search content, local SEO is more important than ever. Climbing the ladder in these rankings takes time, especially as you climb closer to the top where competition is most fierce. Improvements are entirely possible, as long as you know the right steps to take.

With local search optimization, there are several ways you can take action to make a difference early. Here are a few to build a strong, localized search foundation.

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Marketing, Local Listings Management

Increase Website Traffic Quickly With These 4 Steps

Posted by Alyson Phillips on June 27, 2016 at 2:04 PM

The vastness of the internet means it's a competitive place to work, especially when you're trying to win over new visitors. Battles to increase website traffic are often hard-won, and the work of attracting a larger audience is never-ending — but that doesn't mean you have to set your sights months down the road to see results. There are some steps you can take to increase website traffic right away. Even if you're already drawing a respectable audience, consider how these strategies might elevate your website's performance and increase your sales opportunities.

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Website Design & Development, Content Marketing

Spring Clean Your Marketing Campaigns

Posted by Rachel McMullen on April 7, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Creating a marketing campaign is a lot of work. After months of research, A/B testing and seemingly endless promotion to get it up and running, it's reasonable to want to rest a little bit and reap the rewards of a campaign well executed. But don't get too comfortable. Marketing campaigns aren't just "set it and forget it"; they require continual maintenance to make sure you're always connecting with your base in meaningful ways and reaching as many new customers as possible. While you might not need a complete overhaul just yet, here's a spring cleaning checklist you can use to spruce up your campaigns as the last of the winter chill melts away.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Interactive Design & Creative

Your Digital Presence Cheat Sheet

Posted by Quiana Wright on March 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM

In today's always-on, hyperconnected world, it is simply not enough just to have a digital presence. It requires almost no effort to just have a website and maybe a social media profile or two, but in order to really reach consumers, it is essential that you connect with them in as many ways as possible, using all of the tools at your disposal. Not sure where to start? Here's your digital presence checklist:

1. Do You Have a Responsive Website?

Google recently published a report that suggests that over two-thirds of websites are using responsive design — but Marketing Land suggests that they might be considering a skewed sample. No matter what the actual statistics are, the fact is that your business needs to be optimized for mobile. The Web is shifting more and more toward the mobile platform, and the fact is that businesses that don't adapt to this changing landscape now risk being left in the dust later.

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Topics: Responsive Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Marketing, Local Listings Management

Key Differences Between Content Marketing and Native Advertising

Posted by Quiana Wright & Chris Finan on March 2, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Though both content marketing and native advertising are useful components of an integrated marketing strategy, these two terms are often used interchangeably to describe the same thing. However, there are distinct differences between the two, and it's important that marketers understand how these concepts differ in order to use both of these tools as effectively as possible.

What Is Content Marketing?

Content marketing is defined by the Content Marketing Institute as "a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action." Content can be text, video, graphics or almost anything else that can be displayed on a screen, and it's used to reach consumers in an effort to drive organic pageviews and conversions. Content is usually hosted on a company's own website.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Content Marketing

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