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Maximize Online Conversions with Landing Pages (Part 1)

By | Landing Pages, Web Design | One Comment

With a great marketing plan, you can get customers’ attention with a terrific email campaign or online ad. But what happens when they click through? Are you sending them to your home page? (gack!) Don’t waste the opportunity to convert. Use customized landing pages to guide your customer in the right direction. What is a landing page? A landing page is a specially-designed webpage that complements your ad or email campaign and directs the user to finish the transaction. In any campaign, you have three choices where to send your viewers: your home page, an internal page (such as a product page, service page, blog post), or a landing page. A great landing page will be similar in style and…

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Defending your Small Business from Ransomware

By | Small Business, Web Security | No Comments

According to Trend Micro, a premier online security expert, incidents of ransomware are exploding in 2016. They’ve declared 2016 “the year of online extortion.” Sounds scary and expensive, especially if you are a small business owner. How do you keep your company’s valuable files and customer data safe and out of the hands of malware attackers? What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a malicious online virus. Once it gains access to your computer, it quickly spreads throughout all files on your server and hard drive and encrypts them, rendering them unusable. Most of the time, the user is completely unable to access their files. After the virus has done it’s dirty work, a pop up or other type of warning will appear…

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Paid Search vs. Organic Search

By | Automation, Marketing, PPC, Search Engine Optimization | No Comments

This week, the news hit that Apple is entering the paid search business. Ads will begin launching in the App Store this Fall, though the Beta version is available now. Apple’s entre has reignited the debate all marketers must enter at some point: in the world of Search Engine Marketing (SEM), which is better for gaining more results, more clients, and better ROI? But first, let’s establish exactly what SEM is: “SEM is a type of Internet marketing associated with the researching, submitting and positioning of a website within search engines to achieve maximum visibility and increase your share of paid and/or organic traffic referrals from search engines.” Are SEM and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) the same thing? Not exactly….

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Budget-Friendly Digital Marketing Solutions

By | Blogs, Marketing, Small Business, Social Media Marketing | No Comments

When you own a small business, especially during the start-up phase, your budget can be tight. But if you fail to market your business, especially online, your prospects for success will suffer. Even if you can’t hire an outside marketing firm right now, there are plenty of things you can do for little-to-no cost to boost your marketing efforts online. Here’s how to get started: Get the best possible website and online presence you can. Start accounts and build pages on popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Submit your business information to online business directories for both your area and your industry. Make sure that your information is accurate and identical for every listing so that…

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10 Big Reasons It’s Better to Blog (than not to Blog)

By | Blogs, Content, Content Strategy, Marketing, Search Engine Optimization | One Comment

Does your business website have a blog? Business blogging is a key element of a great content strategy. Regular blogging has so many benefits to your business. Here’s ten big reasons to start (or keep on) blogging: 1 – The very biggest reason to blog is it drives traffic to your website. Who doesn’t want that? Ultra-successful businessman Warren Buffet is credited with saying, “Any business not bringing in new business is going out of business.” 2 – According to HubSpot’s “Ultimate List of Marketing Statistics,” 82% of marketers who post blogs daily reported earning at least one new customer through their blog, and 57% of monthly bloggers reported the same. There is measurable ROI for most business owners who blog…

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Seven Smart Content Strategies to Grow Web Sales

By | Content, Content Strategy, Web Design | One Comment

Believe it or not, sales are affected by what is on your website. Imagine visiting a drab, unimpressive website with obvious errors for a product you wanted; how would you feel about ordering from this company? You might hesitate to do so unless you were compelled by something else, such as past experience or word-of-mouth recommendations. Your content has a huge impact on whether or not your website visitors choose to buy from you. It’s worth your time to analyze your content and make a few improvements. Here are seven smart strategies to get you started. This should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Your website content should have zero errors. Read every single sentence on…

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What is Google AMP and How Will It Affect Raleigh Websites?

By | Automation, Search Engine Optimization, Small Business, Web Design | No Comments

Those who attend marketing, SEO, and programming events cannot escape the talk about Google AMP these days. Google AMP, which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is very new technology that was announced by Google last October. So what is it? Google AMP is an “open source initiative” that aims to solve the problem of slow loading webpages, especially on mobile devices. Through some specific programming tactics, user un-friendly websites are transformed into pages that load quicker than lightning and please the end user almost instantly. Rich graphics load promptly, scrolling is smooth, and responsive design is automatically addressed. With Google AMP, web design is simpler and yields multiple benefits for the end user, which in turn benefits the publisher or…

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Is it Time to Add Marketing Automation to your Marketing Toolbox?

By | Automation, Automation, Marketing, Small Business | No Comments

Are you interested in Marketing Automation Technology (MAT)? Wondering how it might benefit your small or medium-sized business in Raleigh and the Triangle? Marketing automation technologies have been around for a couple of decades, originating as a way to automatically add customer contact information into a standard letter. In the last 5-6 years, though, Marketing automation technologies have evolved into systems that enable businesses to identify, nurture, and contact leads who show interest online and convert them into buying customers. How do you know it’s time to invest in MAT? According to the Aberdeen group, businesses that use some form of MAT have over 105% higher lead conversion and 40% larger deal-size to boot. Marketing automation technologies consist of software…

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How to Build Brand Trustworthiness

By | Branding, Marketing, Small Business, Web Design | No Comments

Every small business owner wants to succeed and every business has a brand, whether they created one of not. Success and a business’s brand are intimately linked. Consumers’ perception of a company is their brand, and without the perception of trustworthiness, a business will rarely succeed. What steps can small businesses take to further their brand perception of trustworthiness? 1 – “Do what you say you are going to do.” This is the way marketing values expert Robert Ferguson sums it up. When a business follows this advice in all that they do, from interactions with customers to internal decision making, consumers will associate that business with security and trustworthiness. Authenticity also breeds trustworthiness, especially among millennial customers. Most buyers value…

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5 Proven Methods for Directing Traffic to your Business Website

By | Marketing, Small Business, Web Design | No Comments

Leveraging Offline Sources If you have a business website, you already know that you want your customers and potential customers to see it and interact with it. You may already be trying online tactics to drive customers to your website, like social media activity, PPC ads, marketing emails and the like. But did you realize that what you do offline can have a big impact in gaining new customers too? Try these 5 techniques to prompt more customers to find you online: 1 – Promotional Products: Order and distribute promotional products! These can be things like pens, small toys, memory sticks, or t-shirts. I recommend buying the highest quality products that you can afford to give away. If an item…

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