Posts Tagged ‘SEO’

Contextualized Advertising: Just “Preaching to the Choir”?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The older I get, the more I recognize the inevitable cycles that occur all around  me, from fashion trends to areas of marketing focus. It’s the yin and yang of life I suppose; we naturally shift back and forth between preferences for one thing or another. And, it is likely true that there is nothing really “new” under the sun, just recycled or updated twists on things that have gone before.

Except, perhaps, in the world of online marketing. One of the latest trends–contextualized advertising–offers marketers the ability to almost “get inside the heads” of potential consumers to deliver messages to them based not only on places they’ve visited online, but for things that might be geographically or contextually relevant to them.

For instance. You’re walking down the street on a hot summer day and you get a text message telling you about a great deal on ice cream at a shop that is now literally 10 steps away from you. Or, you’re driving to a vacation destination and a special deal on a hotel at the next exit pops up. That’s contextual advertising and it’s all the rage right now. Although, of course, nobody quite knows yet (more…)

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Why You Should Be on Google+

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Google+ is one of those relatively new social media tools that puzzles many, myself included. I’ve checked it out, dabbled with both a personal profile and a business page, deleted both, and started all over again. I have a few people in my circles and some people have me in theirs (many who are absolute strangers to me).

Recently, though, I had one of those “a ha!” moments about Google+ and why, for just about anybody hoping to be “discovered” online, it’s a must-use tool.

Here’s the thing: (more…)

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Should You Have a Blog?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

A business colleague of mine recently asked me what I thought about the value of a blog. Seems a vendor she was working with was recommending a blog and she really didn’t see the value. There are, though, two very important reasons that those wishing to build an online presence should consider managing a blog (and a few other, secondary, reasons). (more…)

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Top Social Media Missteps: Are You Making These Mistakes?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

There is no doubt that the rapid introduction of various social media platforms has dramatically changed the communication climate for businesses of all kinds. Whether you’re an independent consultant or author, work in a small “mom and pop” retail outlet, or a large multi-national conglomerate, social media is likely to play a part in communicating with key audiences. Unfortunately, sometimes the role of social media isn’t carefully considered. Messages are shared, but is anyone listening? Most importantly, are the right people listening? (more…)

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Simple SEO – Watch Your Language! – Part II

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In my last blog I talked about what I’ve observed as a disconnect between how businesses often talk about their own products and services and how their prospects and customers talk about them. This disconnect can become a big, negative driver when it comes to SEO (search engine optimization) and driving people to their web sites. If you’re not using the same words and phrases that your target audience uses when they’re looking for products and services like yours, they’re not likely to find you. (more…)

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Simple SEO – Watch Your Language! – Part I

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I was doing some online research related to a potential new client recently and was struck by the disconnect between the prospect’s stated objectives and audience, and how they appeared in search results based on the terminology that their potential clients are likely to use when searching for what they have to offer. Then I went through the same process with a few existing clients and found similar results in most cases. While their web sites “look nice” and navigate well, they’re not currently populated with (more…)

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Can Duck Duck Go beat Google?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
I’ve been researching and writing about the impact of content farms – organizations like Demand Media, AOL Seed and Suite 101 – on the journalism industry and on SEO (search engine optimization).
Did you know that when you conduct a search online many of the results you’ll see (more…)
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