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6 Benefits of Dynamic Search for Automotive Dealers

Posted by Ashley Rios on September 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Having a search presence is a must for any automotive dealer. With so many dealerships vying for searchers, it can be challenging to stand out in search ads, but with dynamic search ads, you can do just that. Dealerships using dynamic search ads can reach consumers further down the path to purchase and boost qualified leads coming from paid search.

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What's Next in Voice Search Trends?

Posted by Ashley Rios on July 26, 2019 at 12:07 PM

From 2008 (when Google first added its voice search feature to the Google Mobile App on the iPhone) to 2010, voice search usage remained at a "statistical zero." However, from 2010 to 2016 voice search usage multiplied sevenfold, and now it is forecasted to reach 33.8% market share this year.

What are some current voice search trends you should pay special attention? Here are some significant insights that can be gleaned from recent studies:

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Topics: Voice Search

Broaden Your Digital Strategy with Local Solutions

Posted by Ashley Rios on July 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Take a moment to think about all of the digital spaces where customers exist. There's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Google, Eventbrite, Zomato — the list goes on and on. As a business, creating unique profiles with updated pictures, hours, and locations across all of these platforms can be headache-inducing (if not impossible).

So, how do you stay relevant in a market saturated in digital platforms? Great question! Let's talk about how your brand can stay relevant in the digital tsunami.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, local business

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

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

How Google My Business Rankings Work (and 5 Ways to Leverage Yours)

Posted by Ashley Rios on March 7, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Almost two-thirds of smartphone users are more inclined to make a purchase from businesses that customize location information. Businesses that optimize their local search presences are primed to convert searchers into sales.  

To improve the odds of appearing in local searches, businesses should take full advantage of their Google My Business (GMB) page. When searching locally, Google will display GMB pages before more traditional website links. For example, search for "Chinese restaurant" on your smartphone. Google will display the GMB pages of restaurants that fit that description in the Maps results at the top of your screen. As a business owner, you can leverage your GMB profile to improve your local search visibility and increase potential customers.

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Topics: small business, local business, geo-targeting, location data, Google Analytics

Five Questions You Should Ask an SEM Partner

Posted by Ashley Rios on February 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Can your potential customers easily find you online? According to Forbes, 74 percent of internet users are performing local searches and 61 percent of those searches result in a purchase. Regardless of what business sector you are in, search engine marketing (SEM) plays a key role in getting new customers. In fact, 85 percent of retailers say that SEM is the "most effective customer acquisition tactic." While search engine optimization (SEO) is all about organically growing your web traffic, SEM involves paying to list your business in relevant search results. If your SEM strategy isn't effective, you're losing customers and money. You can reverse that trend by finding the right SEM partner to help you reap the benefits of SEM. Here are five questions to help you choose one that's right for your business. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

3 Ways to Boost Your SEO With Inbound Linking

Posted by Ashley Rios on November 6, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Over time, SEO best practices have evolved; however, the importance of inbound linking has remained relatively consistent. If anything, the primary change has been the search engine approach to scoring each link, which combats link-stuffing and suspicious link-building tricks.

If you're a marketing professional trying to optimize your business for search, you likely understand the practice of link-building. Additionally, you probably recognize the importance of avoiding questionable tactics that do more harm than good. But there are other, less-common strategies that leverage emerging marketing trends and attempt to create linking advantages through partnerships and business relationships. Here are three such practices to strengthen your approach to SEO.

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AI and Content Marketing: How Machine Learning Can Shape Your Strategy

Posted by Ashley Rios on October 22, 2018 at 11:22 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) can make content more user-friendly and empower marketers to work efficiently. However, discussions about AI and content marketing often center on the potential for machines to eventually replace writers. While the technology is already used to generate sports and financial news updates, creating bots smart enough to write with nuance, creativity, original research and critical thinking is far off.

Still, AI's major role in search has significant implications for content marketers.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Marketing Strategy, digital advertising

What to Know About SEO: 6 Tips for Beginners

Posted by Ashley Rios on October 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Search engines are one of the most important ways your audience will find your business. That means search engine optimization (SEO) can't be ignored: small business owners need to understand the rules and best practices for creating valuable online content.

If you take time to figure out what to know about SEO before you invest time and energy into creating online content, you'll save yourself time, money and headaches down the road. Here are six best practices to get started shaping your company's SEO.

Don't Go Overboard With External Links

There's no hard-and-fast rule for the number of external links to include in your content, but if you're adding links just to try and improve your rank, there's a chance you might sabotage your own efforts. Google's best advice regarding external links is to include them when a citation or other service to the reader is needed. These links should be anchored to relevant keyword text.

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Cox OneSearch, SEO for Beginners

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