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10 Ways to give your Marketing a Lift

Yesterday I participated in a discussion on LinkedIn. It was started by Chris Barton , an entrepreneur from Sydney. Chris posed a question: “I am interested in discovering what is the greatest obstacle to success for small business owners.

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Yesterday I participated in a discussion on LinkedIn. It was started by Chris Barton , an entrepreneur from Sydney.

Chris posed a question: “I am interested in discovering what is the greatest obstacle to success for small business owners. My thought is that is the isolation and loneliness associated with running a business. Any thoughts?”

I commented that essentially those weren’t an issue for me but my issue was more around getting my name and brand out there. I also said that whilst it is now happening it has taken longer than I thought.

Colin Richman, owner of Icon Business Solutions placed these comments under mine. I thought they deserved a wider audience so here they, per kind permission of Colin.

Even the best marketing doesn’t always pay off quickly. In the lag time between when you launch a marketing campaign for your business and when you start to see results from it, it’s easy to become discouraged. Especially when you work mostly solo, it can be a difficult task to keep yourself motivated about marketing when there isn’t an immediate payoff.

Once your marketing does begin to work, you may still encounter times when it’s hard to keep it going. You may become overloaded with client work and feel like there’s not enough time to market. Sometimes you may feel blue and begin to wonder if any of your efforts are worthwhile. Or it may just be that marketing isn’t your favourite thing to do. When you are full of energy and enthusiasm you can get it done, but when your spirits are low, it all seems too hard.

Here are Ten ways to give your marketing a lift when you are feeling down.

  1. Make your to-do list shorter. When faced with an impossible task, most of us feel discouraged. But when we believe we can accomplish what is in front of us, we are often more likely to get going on it.
  2. If you feel overwhelmed by everything you SHOULD do about marketing, tear up your to-do list. Then start a new list, and put just three items on it. When you complete one of the three, cross it out and celebrate, then add a new item. You’ll feel much less stressed and more productive when you’re faced with a less daunting agenda. You’ll probably get more done by planning to do less.
  3. Calendar your marketing time. When you’re feeling discouraged or resistant about marketing, it’s easy for the time to slip away while you work on other things. This is also true when paying clients are keeping you busy. You know you need to keep marketing to avoid a famine when the current feast of work is over, but it’s just not happening.
  4. Make an appointment with yourself for a specific block of time to work on marketing, and treat it as seriously as if it were a client meeting. Set an alarm if you need a reminder. If you find that you are still pulled to other tasks during your marketing time, change the location where you do your work. Move to another room in your home, to a conference room in your office building, to a nearby park, or to a café. A new setting can remove distractions and sharpen your focus.
  5. Spend just five minutes. If your current mindset is that marketing is hard or distasteful, you may find that getting started on marketing tasks is the most difficult part. Commit to spending just five minutes on marketing, and see what happens. You may discover that once you get going, you won’t want to stop.If you do stall out again after five minutes, don’t despair. Take a break or work on something else for a while. Then try another five minutes later on. The following day, see if you can work up to ten minutes at a time, then fifteen minutes, and so on. Just as if this were a new exercise program, you may need to start out with brief periods of effort and increase them gradually as you build your strength.
  6. Connect with a fan. Sometimes the best place to look for motivation is outside yourself. Who are the people in your life that you would consider your champions? Make contact with someone you can count on to be positive about your abilities. This could be a friend, family member, colleague, or coach. Ask your champion to remind you of other times when you have overcome obstacles and accomplished goals, so you can get back in touch with what you are capable of.
  7. If no live champions are at hand, spend some time reading your fan mail. Track down any letters or testimonials you have collected from clients you have helped in the past. Reviewing their acknowledgments will make you feel better about yourself and inspire you to do more great work in the future. When you’re inspired by the value you bring your clients, you’ll feel more enthusiastic about getting new clients to work with.
  8. Revisit your purpose. In the press of multiple tasks and deadlines, it’s easy to lose track of why you are doing all this anyway. Spend some time reconnecting with why you went into business in the first place. Who were the people you wanted to help? What personal goals were you trying to achieve? What was your vision of a successful business?
  9. Holding a clear mental picture of your intended destination can keep you on the path to get there during challenging times. Every time you have to place a sales call, write a marketing letter, or take on a difficult promotional task, visualize the positive results these tasks will help you achieve. Keeping your goals in mind when you tackle tough jobs helps you constantly remember the reasons you’re willing to work so hard.
  10. In an ideal world, of course, we would get all our marketing tasks accomplished with ease and confidence within the time we have available. But since that’s not the world most of us live in, consider that doing ANYTHING about marketing is better than doing nothing. In the long run, you’ll want to have a comprehensive marketing plan with an appropriate amount of time and effort dedicated to it. But when you get stuck, what you need most is just to get going again.

So the next time you feel overwhelmed, resistant, or discouraged about marketing, try one of these quick fixes to jump start your marketing engine. The simple act of getting things rolling will make you start to feel more positive again about your marketing, your business, and yourself.

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How Do You Really Get Your Business To Stand Out?


In the world of business, it’s definitely sink or swim. And if you aren’t able to get your business noticed, come in and disrupt an industry then sink is probably your fate. But with the pressures of a globally connected market place, where customers have virtually limitless choice and the next new brand is always just around the corner, waiting to be discovered, then how exactly is a start-up with a limited budget ever supposed to attract attention?

A small budget doesn’t have to spell the end for your plans to make a name for your business, attract investment, make great collaborations, carve out a niche and find your audience. You just have to get smart and innovate – something which you may already be used to as an entrepreneur.

Get Strategic On Digital

As a low-cost channel, and one with huge numbers of potential customers, most start-ups are better off focusing the majority of their marketing strategy on digital presence. This doesn’t have to mean splashing the cash on expensive digital ad packages.

Bear in mind that although social media can offer you a lot in terms of exposure if you get it right, it’s also very easy to get it wrong – and the main way businesses usually get it wrong on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is to treat them purely as free advertising platforms.

Social media is not primarily a sales channel, and if you treat it like that, you’re only going to alienate and annoy potential customers. Think of it as being trapped in an elevator with someone who won’t stop talking about themselves. As soon as you could press a button to escape, you would, wouldn’t you?

Well, that’s exactly how all your interactions will feel to the very people you’re hoping to bring on board. It’s not a great approach to use every single post as a pure sales tool. You have to remember it’s about being part of the conversation – getting involved in relevant debate, winning over key influencers, sharing insider info or funny content – and occasionally, where relevant, talking a little about what you do.

It’s also important not to try so hard to be the ‘fun personality’ either – it’s about being authentic to your brand, and the vision and values you embody. Not every food outlet can replicate the Twitter notoriety of burger chain Wendy’s, famous for its roasts of other users. Users can see straight through anything which doesn’t fit well with what you’re about.

Give A Professional Service

It’s a very strange truth that as our businesses become more and more run with technology, so customers are increasingly seeking out the personal touch in all their interactions with us. Luckily, used right, that technology can help us to meet and exceed those expectations. Make sure the technology basics are right for what you’re doing.

Investing in solutions such as a great CRM system that will help you to personalise your marketing communications and customer interactions, a Virtual Phone Number which lets you benefit from professional call handling on the move, or Chatbot technology that can resolve routine queries at any time of day.

Exceptional service is becoming a hygiene factor that customers expect to encounter as standard. If you get it right, word of mouth marketing and social media testimonials from satisfied customers will help your brand to spread organically, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to make sure your service levels are something your business can be proud of.

Find Some Collaboration Opportunities

When you’re trying to get the name of your business out to a wider audience, there’s no better strategy than to collaborate with another, non-competing brand. It’s all about working out who’s offer would be complementary to your own – what can you offer to their customer base?

The deal has to work both ways and feel like a natural fit, or customers are unlikely to buy in to it. The same applies to working with influencers to get your brand noticed by their followers.

Aim to build long-term partnerships which involve a mutual co-operation – these work far better than just buying your way in, and gives everything a chance to develop more naturally over time. Always be on the look out for individuals or businesses that you could work with together for mutual benefit.

If there’s no one immediately on the horizon to collaborate with, try piggybacking – take a look at current industry trends, popular culture references or cultural events, and think about how you could connect with them and pull together an offer of your own that fits nicely.

Using a wider platforms like this can help to get your business noticed by people who may not normally have found you. It’s worth taking a look at your content calendar and setting it up against current events to identify any synergies.

Focus On Your Website

Your website is the best tool that you have – your shop window to the world, the destination that should encapsulate the essence of your brand vision, and the first port of call for customers, investors and suppliers. So naturally it should be top of your priority list to keep it the best it can be. You may know that, historically, you’ve under invested in your site, or it may be that you just haven’t had the chance to revisit it for a while.

Planning regular website updates into your budget for the year is hugely important, and you should look at your site as an ongoing revenue generator which needs to be constantly tweaked according to the feedback your site analytics give you to yield a greater return on investment.

Being able to be objective about your own website is important, and if you can’t, then running focus groups or website user testing is a good idea to gain the perspective of an average first time visitor. Often we become so used to the quirks of our own site that we forget they might not be as obvious to others. You have a very short window of time to make an impression, as studies show the average website user makes a decision in under four seconds as to whether or not the page they’re viewing is useful or interesting.

People don’t devote time to trying to navigate what they can’t easily find or scrolling through reams of uninspired, irrelevant content. Your website is primarily about the customer and isn’t to be used as a vanity project for the business – if they don’t find it useful, informative and well-presented, then it isn’t.

Get Out There And Network

As much as our worlds and our interactions are increasingly happening online, never underestimate the value of in-person events for spreading the word and creating a deeper understanding about your organisation and its values.

Find local networking events and not only attend, but ask for the opportunity to speak on something topical related to your area of work.

Have some printed material that you can give out to encourage people to remember you and what you do. And always take the opportunity to foster knowledge – whether that is through attending conferences to gain the latest know-how or creating events that give you a chance to share knowledge relevant to your business and introduce yourself.

Find the balance between sharing a taster of what you do and giving too much away for free.

Consider A Brand Refresh

Because rebranding covers so many routes – from a complete change of name, to freshening up assets and tweaking your existing brand, sometimes you can find that your company name is well known but it is hindering your progress. If other components of your product mix are missing, you may find you have something that doesn’t live up to the image. In that case, you must first address the root cause of the issue and work to correct it.

After that, it’s a case of adjusting your branding and messaging to communicate that change – so it could be that you have a renewed emphasis on quality, and you now need your brand to tell that story for you.

The past work of making customers familiar with your brand needs to be backed up with the execution to warrant the name. Sometimes it’s necessary to go through a period of rebalancing.

If you do decide your brand doesn’t really align with where you are anymore, be sure to make customer research a part of the decision process about what to change.

Consulting your most valuable customers about how they see your business can be very illuminating, and take you in a completely different direction than you may have considered. You may be answering a need for them that you don’t even know you do.

Conducting focus groups and online surveys as you redevelop your brand can be really helpful in getting your assets to stand out from the crowd.

Making your company stand out really does come down to a flawless execution of the basics and staying true to a specific vision. Getting these right is a lot more complicated than it seems, but with refinement and lots of little tweaks along the way, you can develop something truly unique.

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Brick-and-Mortar Branding: 8 Brand Identity Examples for In-Store Marketing


Although shopping online is the new fad, heading out to an actual shop still has its own special perks. There’s something far more interesting and exciting about walking into a store that you love visiting.

But how do you get your customers to love your brick and mortar store? What are the secrets to making the experience one they’ll never want to give up?

Listed below are different brand identity examples to get your in-store marketing started in the best way possible!

1. Employee Personality

Although the way your store looks has a big impact on customers, the main feature they’ll interact with is your staff. Having your employees know the right social cues is an important step in any branding design.

Not only does it put customers at ease, but it also gives you a lot of room to play. Using catchphrases is something that sets your employees apart from any other store.

For example, Chick-fil-a employees say “my pleasure” instead of the standard “you’re welcome”. It’s not a big change and it’s easy to implement. It sticks in the minds of customers and gives the idea that every interaction is a joy for the employees.

Find a way to give your employees personality cues that help impact every customer interaction.

2. Custom Lighting

The lights of your store create a different kind of ambiance depending on what style you choose.

Low lighting makes the store feel cozy or private which restaurants use to their advantage. Natural lighting brings in a kind of freshness great for stores selling plants and outdoor equipment. Colored lights bring a pop of color that feels exciting.

When coming up with your own type of ambiance, take into account the feeling you want to convey to your customers. Do you want something bright and happy, or something more playful? Use different lighting cues to help boost the feeling of your brand identity.

3. Enticing Scents

Ever walked past Abercrombie and Fitch? What about a Lush store?

These unique scents grab the attention of anyone who walks by, not letting them ignore the store itself. For Lush, it’s the scent of their soaps and products. For Abercrombie and Fitch, it’s cologne.

These scents make you notice the presence of the store. Even if you’re not looking to buy soaps, you still notice that Lush is nearby. If you’re a fan of the store, you might even look forward to it.

When you have a physical location, it’s good to make use of every sense to sell your brand in every way possible. Smells are as important as sight when it comes to branding.

4. Music Style

It’s not a big revelation that people enjoy listening to music while they browse and shop. Almost every store uses different tunes to put their customers at ease.

But the style of music you choose to play at the store should always go along with your brand identity.

If you sell musical instruments, play classical music to get your customers in the right mood. If you’re a clothing store for kids, all the latest children’s music is the perfect match.

Take some time to find the right music style that works best with your brand.

5. Target Audience

Which demographic is the one most intent on your product? What age group? What will entice them to come into the store?

These are the questions you need to ask when approaching every step of your in-store marketing strategy. It’s good to sit down and figure out the target audience of your product and cater your brand towards them.

This way, you’re getting the most out of every decision and your brand identity continues to grow.

After all, if you’re selling knives, catering to children isn’t the best way to go.

6. Colors

Colors affect our emotions in a lot of subtle but important ways. Blue is calming while red is exciting and passionate. Yellow grabs our attention, whereas green puts us at ease.

Understanding the way color affects your customers is a vital part of any brand identity design. You want to choose colors that suit your brand and don’t detract from it.

McDonald’s, for example, uses red and yellow colors to excite their customers and make them feel happier. It also is a play on the colors of mustard and ketchup, which goes perfect with their products.

Finding the right match of colors for your company will elevate your branding to a whole new level.

7. Decoration

There are countless ways to decorate your store. The choices you make all depend on the kind of feeling you want to convey.

Cracker Barrel, for example, uses old southern American charm and antiques to sweeten every meal. It fits right along with their southern cuisine and helps make the interactions as memorable as possible.

Adding your logo and your brand’s colors into the decorations is always a good choice. After all, your logo is the face of your brand. Make sure to browse this post for more information on how to incorporate your logo in a successful way.

8. Consistency Is Key

Once you’ve put your branding into place, make sure to always keep it consistent. Your customers should know what to expect every time they step into the store. Otherwise, it might leave them feeling uncomfortable or uninterested.

It’s okay to change things up. Holidays are a great example of when it’s good to change designs around.

But at the core of everything, your brand identity should remain the same. The heart of your business should always shine through everything else.

Use These Brand Identity Examples to Spark Inspiration

With the help of these different brand identity examples, coming up with the perfect in-store appeal is an easy task. But these aren’t the only ways to send enticing messages to your customers.

Brainstorm with your team and see what you come up with. There are countless ways to show the unique qualities of your store.

No one knows your brand identity better than you. Use that to your advantage when setting up the next big marketing strategy.

Once everything’s in place, don’t forget to check out other ways your business can get ahead of the competition!

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Turning YouTube Into Your Personal 24/7 Lead Machine

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Leads are one of the most critical aspects of any business. For most businesses, they are so essential that they are both the beginning and end of the most substantial ranging functions, such as your marketing funnels. Getting enough leads is a process that needs to continue at all hours, and this isn’t as difficult as it used to be since the widespread application of the Internet.

YouTube is one of the best ways to make your marketing work for you 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The thing is, you need to make sure that your leads are coming in all of the time, which involves making sure that what you’re putting out is evergreen. Evergreen content isn’t seasonally based, and it makes as much sense to your intended clients in February as it would in August, and as much in December as it does in June.

Protecting Your Content

To start with, since you’re already taking the time to protect your company from a legal perspective, you have to protect all you produce in the service of your company. By protecting your content, you allow yourself to both save an asset that took time to produce and to save your company image. Protecting your image includes every video and audio file you produce.

Some of the protections can be access-related. Allowing only partial access to your files can be useful, especially when there’s less of an ability to add watermarks or other protections. Allowing access behind an email collection wall that only sends the link to people once you have some of their contact information can also help you protect your content.

Of course, in marketing, you usually want to cast a wider net than this.

The Hit and Miss Nature of Video

Since being an entrepreneur requires that you become comfortable with some level of risk, it pretty much goes without saying that many of your videos aren’t going to “go viral” and become talked about by millions of people. Making videos involves making plenty that either will never have high viewership, or that won’t have many viewers for a long time.

Even if you’re a video-making professional, less than one percent of YouTube channels will achieve an “Internet famous” status. This isn’t even counting success stories that reach a level of fame that transcends the Internet. Since there’s so much content that’s already out there, and so much of it is well-made, getting noticed quickly is all but impossible.

Nonetheless, sticking it out and making a significant number of videos is still a crucial part of your success. Making a handful of videos won’t help nearly as much as producing a sizable number, just like making vague statements won’t make the same level of impact as does making highly precise statements. Add value to the lives of your best potential clients, and speak in terms that will resonate with them, and you’ll eventually attract the types of people who will buy from you.

The Types of Files

There are many different types of video you can make, and they respectively have advantages and disadvantages. The main types of video files are MP4 and WMV. Their respective homes are on Mac devices and Windows-powered devices, and the differences are worth noting.

WMV files are videos that tend to be of a smaller file size, which allows them to be uploaded onto YouTube more easily. The flexibility to make a video and upload it mere minutes later, even on a slower speed of connection, can contribute to making more content and doing so with a greater range of adaptation. Of course, this can lead to lower-quality videos.

MP4 videos can contain sound files, still images, videos, and extremely high quality. Since these are also native to Mac, they can be targeted to specific types of people, such as creative professionals. The downside to MP4 files is that they tend to be a lot larger than WMV files, so it can take a lot longer for these files to upload or play. Some users may have less attention span for loading times, and the additional level of video quality may not even be something that they care about. Some people will watch a video that was shot with potato, as long as it provides them with something entertaining or educational.

When you want to experiment with both types of videos, you can use Freemake Wmv converter to turn one into the other.

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Want More Exposure? Here’s How to Get Seen


While we all need to be online as a business these days, there are a lot of other small things you can do to ensure that you have the right kind of online presence. It’s not just about being active on social media anymore, after all, as this is kind of taken for granted – if you want that competitive edge you’ve been looking for, you need to do more than what the others are doing.

You need to be a bit more innovate and think outside of the box in order to be recognised out there. The online world is a jungle, after all, and strangely lawless up until a few years ago; grab the opportunity to do something innovative now and your business may be able to lay the foundation for what other businesses are doing in the future.

First: Join the social movement

Today, there is no better way to get some serious business exposure than to show your market how much you actually care. Make sure that it comes from the heart, though, and that you’re supporting a cause that you deem worthy. Otherwise, the community will certainly punish you for trying to take advantage of others to boost your business.

There are many ways to join the social movement, however, and how you choose to do it is up to you. Donate a couple of bucks for each item you sell of a certain category, for example, use social media to talk about the cause you’re supporting, and consider running a fundraiser event to boost the support even further.

It’s a win-win, really, as a worthy cause will get the support and exposure it needs and your business is able to gain a proper boost because of all of its good work.

Next: Make use of videos

Sure, marketing through videos is nothing new – but how much is your business really using it? People love to interact with actual human being and both live streams and general marketing videos are great for this. You need to do it right, though, and make sure that you have someone in front of the camera who knows what they’re doing.

You can have a look at this article as well, by the way, for some more tips on how to create videos for social media so that everything you create is both flawless and credible.

Update your website

While your business may be scattered across different platforms online, your official website is like your home – or your basecamp, if you like. It’s where the business actually lives and your customers should be referred to it wherever they encounter your business name online.

That’s why you need to make sure that it is both up to date, innovate, slightly artistic, and interesting to spend time in. Check out this logo maker, for example, to get it right from the start.

Since everyone is trying to increase their own business exposure at the same time as you, the competition will always be kind of tough. Go even further than them, on the other hand, and you might find that it’s not that difficult to beat them, after all.

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Smart Optimization: The 7 Most Common SEO Mistakes and How To Avoid Them


Did you know 380 websites are created every minute? That’s a staggering statistic that points to the hyper-competitive nature of the internet.

In other words, if you want your customers to find you on search engines like Google, your digital marketing efforts have to be near-perfect. Many marketers create quality sites with great content but are in disbelief when their sites are nowhere to be found on search engine results pages (SERPs)

The reason these sites fail is usually because of search engine optimization (SEO) mistakes that are dogging their sites ability to appear at the top of Google.

What mistakes are these sites making? And what should you be doing with your site to ensure your marketing efforts don’t go to waste?

Keep reading to discover the seven most common SEO mistakes you need to avoid now.

1. Not Doing Keyword Analysis

Keyword mistakes are probably the most common SEO mistake so I’ll spend the most time on this point.

In their most basic form, search engines are still keyword based. A user enters keywords in the search bar and the search engine finds relevant search engine results based on that keyword.

Most website owners recognize the importance of keywords but don’t know how to properly identify and utilize the best keywords for their business. That’s understandable because they have businesses to run and not a lot of time to study SEO.

Here’s what you need to know:

Choose keywords targeted to your business using popular keyword tools like Ahrefs Keyword Explorer and Moz Keyword Explorer.

These platforms allow you to easily see what keywords your competitors are ranking for to give you a good idea of the keywords your customers are using. You can also perform keyword searches to discover how many searches a keyword receives and how difficult it would be to rank for that keyword.

Don’t commit the SEO mistake of creating content around high difficulty keyword phrases. For example, let’s say you want to publish an article for the keyword phrase “life insurance.” If you notice the top 10 results on Google are all owned by huge companies like State Farm and USAToday, it will be next to impossible to outrank those websites.

That’s why it’s important to check the “difficulty ranking” you whatever keyword tool you are using.

Another mistake is not using long-tail keywords, which are the low hanging fruit of SEO rankings. Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific keyword phrases. These keyword phrases are usually easier to rank for, and because they are so specific, they usually convert better.

So instead of trying to rank for “life insurance” choose a long-tail keyword like “best life insurance no medical exam no waiting period.” According to Ahrefs, the latter keyword receives over 1,200 searches each month with an “Easy” keyword difficulty score.

Perhaps the biggest SEO mistake relating to keywords is to overuse your target keyword in the content. Typically, this means you are writing for a search engine and not a real person. The copy ends up sounding unnatural and forced.

Don’t aim to use the keyword a set number of times or a percentage. To avoid Google penalties, only use your target keyword organically.

2. Not Claiming Your Google My Business Listing

Perhaps the most common SEO mistake is not listing your business with Google My Business.

With the growing popularity of “near me” searches, perhaps the biggest search opportunity for small businesses is to claim your business location, list your business hours and answer all the pertinent questions.

Google has appropriately placed emphasis on near me searches, recognizing the trend of consumers searching for nearby businesses. Getting your business to show up for local Google searches and on Google Maps is a quick win so claim your Google My Business listing now.

3. Not Optimizing Page Titles and Meta Descriptions

Search engine users decide if they are going to click on a search result based on the page title and meta description. In the SERPs, the title is the name of the page and the meta description is the snippet underneath the title that gives you a preview of the content on that page.

You want an attention-getting headline for your title and a meta description that accurately describes what the content is about. You want to optimize these components not only to attract more clicks but to attract the right clicks.

If your content doesn’t match the page title and meta description, the user will hit the back button. This will hurt your bounce rate and your session duration, two metrics which let Google know if users find your content valuable. Bounce rate measures how often users hit the back button and return to the SERPs, and session duration measures how long a user stays on your site.

4. Ignoring Link Structure

As mentioned in the last item, session duration is an important SEO ranking factor. One of the best ways to increase your session duration time is to make sure your site is easy to navigate for users.

Organize your site categorically using keyword-optimized category names. And make sure your link structure creates pathways for users to find exactly what they want within two or three clicks. This is especially true for your conversion pages.

Also, include links to older articles to spread authority to these pages which may be hidden deep on your site.

5. Not Having Quality Content that Gets Links and Shares

Always remember that Google is in the business of delivering relevant and valuable search results. To that end, the search giant is always on the lookout for signals that indicate relevancy and value.

Two of the biggest indicators Google depends on are social signals and authority signals. The more times people share your content, the stronger social value your site has with Google. The more links your posts receive from other websites, the more Google views your site as an authority domain.

Therefore, your goal is simply to create the most link-worthy, share-worthy content on the internet. How do you do that? By making sure any content you publish is better than all the top search results.

Look at what your competition is creating. What did they leave out? How can you expand upon their content? What personal insight can you add to the conversation? Read the user comments on their posts looking for questions you can answer in your content.

6. Not Mobile Optimizing

In 2018, Google announced they are now “mobile first.” That means they are delivering search results based on the mobile friendliness of a website. The more your site is optimized for the mobile experience, the better it will perform in Google’s SERPs.

Luckily, Google has a mobile friendliness test you can run on your website. The test will give you some suggestions on how to improve the mobile responsiveness of your site. Pay particular attention to improving the page loading speed on mobile devices as that is the common mobile SEO problem.

7. Not Performing Regular Audits

One of the problems with SEO is, as the saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” As a result, if our site is underperforming on Google, most of the time we aren’t sure why.

That’s where SEO audits come in handy. They give us the opportunity to discover and address SEO mistakes that may be hurting our search rankings. Make sure to regularly audit your website’s performance from a client’s view and the view of a search engine.

Make sure your site doesn’t have any broken links and that information is easy to find. Ensure your site loads quickly on desktops and on mobile devices. Review your checkout process and the quality of your content.

Final Thoughts About SEO Mistakes

Finding SEO mistakes on your site should not be discouraging. Think of any problems you find as opportunities to improve your search rankings.

SEO work is never complete. Be consistent in your optimization efforts and evaluate your progress over time. Schedule regular audits, test titles and meta descriptions, and continue to create link-worthy content. Before long, your site will be an unstoppable force on Google and other major search engines.

If you found this article helpful, check out how to get the fastest SEO results in 2019 now.

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5 Digital Marketing Advantages In 2019

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You’re missing out on a major marketing strategy if your digital marketing game is falling short!

Every business needs a strategic plan when it comes to marketing. But is a digital marketing strategy necessary for success?

We wouldn’t recommend marketing your business without it.

Recent statistics tell us that 59% of consumers source multiple channels before making contact with a business for the first time. Most of those sources are digital, including email, online advertising, and social media.

What’s the big deal when it comes to digital? Here are five digital marketing advantages to consider when developing your marketing plan and budget.

1. Results are Easy to Measure

You’ve probably heard of click-thrus, conversion rates, and impressions. These marketing metrics are unique to digital marketing–and they’re extremely valuable

Wouldn’t it be great to know when a potential customer receives your snail-mail piece? You’d also love to know when they open it, if they read it, and what part of the art or copy triggered them to make a purchase in your store.

That kind of tracking isn’t possible with traditional marketing strategies. However, with digital marketing, you can track the effectiveness of many critical pieces to your campaign.

From the effectiveness of subject lines, to knowing who opens an email, to tracking which link or text within an email generated an action–digital marketing results are easy to track.

With that kind of data, your marketing team can make strategic decisions about campaigns, audiences, and offers. Tailor upcoming campaigns to audience behavior from prior campaigns.

2. Make Strategic Changes As You Go

With many traditional forms of marketing, you have to wait until the end of the campaign to know how it performed. If something goes wrong, you can’t pull back a mailing or print advertising.

One of the best benefits of digital marketing is the ability to make strategic changes mid-campaign.

With real-time results, if a campaign isn’t performing well or you need to make adjustments, marketers can edit or cancel a campaign with immediate results.

There’s no need for a campaign to be a total loss. Watch your metrics throughout the campaign and make adjustments to ensure success.

3. Create a Personalized User Experience

How personalized does it feel when you receive a “Dear Friend” letter from a company? It’s not as inviting as receiving communication addressed to your name with content that relates to you as an individual–not as one in a crowd.

Personalization is available with print campaigns, but it’s limited. It also increases your costs for the campaign.

Another reason why digital marketing is so effective is the level of personalization available for your campaigns. Address users by name. Target potential customers by interests and geography.

In most cases, adding personalization to your email or digital add campaign doesn’t increase your costs. Agencies like Trevisan recognize the importance of personalization when it comes to your digital marketing strategy.

Instead of blasting the masses with your message, target a smaller audience for a personalized experience and better success.

4. Accessibility to Your Audience

How are you doing? Your customers will tell you.

Some businesses fear online reviews. For the many good reviews out there, there’s often that one disgruntled customer who blasts out a terrible review on any available platform.

Your offline and online business reputation is manageable in the face of a bad review or an incident out of your control. But your marketing plan has to include a method to monitor online reviews and plan of action when negative reviews appear.

If you’re not actively monitoring your reviews, there are other indicators that your online reputation might be in trouble.

When sales suffer, or you notice a decline in profitability, you could have a reputation issue. While it’s easy to become disheartened when negative reviews happen, it’s a perfect time for online brand management.

It’s not an easy process. But your business has an opportunity to request positive reviews and respond to negative reviews.

Take an active role in the advantages of having access to customers and their feedback.

5. Reach Far and Wide

Most traditional forms of marketing have limits to size and scope.

Whether it’s a lack of budget dollars or a physical restriction to a print ad, non-digital advertising has limits. Your digital marketing efforts will reach farther and wider than most traditional marketing campaigns.

When using social media, the only limit to your reach is your strategy and creativity.

Facebook ads are far less expensive than a mailing or print campaign. You get more bang for your buck online when using strategic audience selection tools and carefully crafted ad content.

Plus, when using social media, organic reach and influencers can take your brand further than you could plan it with paid advertising. Users who enjoy your product or service will share your business with others online.

The value of organic reach is almost priceless when it comes to digital advertising.

Your ad spend goes further online. Audiences from around the world can learn about your local business and take advantage of what you have to offer.

Your physical location becomes less of a hindrance to your business with digital advertising as part of your marketing plan.

Digital Marketing Advantages Help Grow Your Business

While it’s important to have a multi-channel approach to marketing your business, paper mailings and print ads have limits to their reach. Digital marketing advantages help take your traditional marketing strategies to new audiences.

From digital messaging to choosing the right channels to defining your budget, make sure digital marketing is part of your overall marketing plan.

When planning your digital strategies, it’s essential to make sure digital efforts are not an afterthought. If you have limited budget dollars, focus first on digital strategies.

With small budgets, you’ll see a bigger impact when focusing your strategies on digital channels.

Set your digital marketing goals within your overall marketing goals. Read more about the importance of creating and reaching digital marketing benchmarks to help grow your business and evaluate your marketing efforts.

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