Your Company Is On Google Maps, Now What?

You recently attended a Google sponsored “get on the map” event. You worked with the facilitator to get your company verified and on the map and you now have a Google+ Business page.  You might be in one of the following situations.

  1. What should happen next?
  2. What was left out of this event?
  3. I have a problem that couldn’t be addressed.
  4. What more can I do ?

What Should Happen Next?

As was alluded to by your event facilitator, continue to update your Google+ Business page. Are you seeing comments and shares of your updates? Are you having some challenge with coming up with ideas/content to share with your customers? It can be challenging and sometimes, additional help can save you time, money and help with increasing likes, comments and sharing of content.

What Was Left Out of This Event?

What wasn’t mentioned at this event is that there are other map services that don’t receive information from Google. These are additional sources of listings for your company. Interested in seeing what that looks like? Check out this report.

I Have a Problem That Couldn’t Be Addressed

There are somethings that couldn’t be addressed during the event. This isn’t anyone’s fault. Maps can be tricky things and it’s just the nature of the beast. Somethings that may have not been address are:

  • Images of my business are incorrect
  • My map location in Google doesn’t match what I know locally.
  • My map location doesn’t match what it on other map services (e.g. MapQuest)

For any of these issues, we can often help. To find out more, contact us.

Qualified Remodeler Ranks Internet Marketing 3rd, Houzz & Angie's List Leads Lower

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In the November issue of Qualified Remodeler the publication ranks the percentage of revenue by lead source. In the ranking the top 3 sources by revenue were:

  1. Repeat business
  2. Referrals
  3. Internet Marketing

Rounding out the Top 5 Sources of leads by revenue were:

  1. Home Shows
  2. Canvassing

In addition, the article goes on to state the "biggest opportunities include: increased business from Internet marketing".

If Internet marketing isn't in your top three are you utilizing any of these tactics?

Local SEO
Adwords PPC
Online Display advertising

If not, consider contacting us to help you.

The article originally on Qualified Remodeler.

Should You Trust Your Domain Registration to Your Marketing Agency?

As a business owner you have plenty of responsibilities: taxes, payroll, sales, marketing… the list goes on. So, when someone from your marketing agency is working on website for you they may register a domain name for your company.  Should you let them do it? What are the issues that may arise if they do? Can you register the domain yourself?

Let’s take a look at each of these questions:

  1. Should you let your marketing agency register your domain name? It depends. If they are registering it on your behalf and will list you in the registration as a contact you probably should let them do it. A better idea is that they register it for you and  then transfer it to you immediately.
  2. What are the issues that may arise if your marketing agency registers your domain name? We’ve seen a variety of issues arise. Sometimes the agency has some kind of wacky agreement that you have to buy the domain name from them at some hyper-inflated price. Sometimes the agency won’t release the domain ever. And other times the agency will transfer/release the domain name to you.
  3. Can you register the domain yourself? Absolutely, there are lots of options. Our favorite is Namecheap

The important thing is that you get real clear information about the domain name and what happens if you part ways with your agency. There are very few reasons why an agency should hold your domain name hostage.

Differentiate Your Real Estate Business with Real Estate Copywriting

Buying content can be tricky.

There is no question that Real Estate professionals are some of the most time pressed of any occupation.  What do you need to reach new clients and how can you differentiate from your competitors? How can you market effectively in a time efficient manner? We’ll explore some ideas around this topic including some risks of a popular $20/month platform and other approaches.

There is no question that interesting, engaging and unique copywriting is a tremendous benefit to your real estate business. When this content is posted on your blog, shared across social media and in email newsletters it can keep your clients and potential clients interested in you and near top of mind when needing to sell and/or buy a property.

What are your choices for real estate copywriting?

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Subscribe to a $20/month content service.
  3. Get your son, daughter, niece or nephew to write something for you.
  4. Write something yourself.
  5. Hire someone to write for you.

What are the benefits/risks of each option?

  1. If you do noting: We’ll you probably aren’t really serious about growing your business.
    Benefits: none
    Risk:
    Your competitors and potential clients may not see you as viable.
  2. If you subscribe to a $20/month content service: As a time pressed real estate agent you decide to subscribe to a $20/month service that supplies the same articles to each agent but, adds your profile picture and web site link to the side.
    Benefits: Quick, easy and inexpensive
    Risks: Big Google no -no,  as even Google has said
  3. Son, daughter, niece/nephew write for you: Sure, they might turn out some decent copy.
    Benefits: Low cost option. Maybe be produced quickly.
    Risks:
    Will they borrow from Wikipedia or,  worse yet.. another article and risk your professional reputation or, that of your website? Meeting a deadline might be an issue.
  4. Write something yourself: As busy as you are (or, would like to be) do you realistically have the capacity to write a monthly 300 – 400 word, original content piece that meets the needs of your current and prospective clients?
    Benefits:  If you are a writer, that’s great.
    Risks: Over time will you tire, miss a deadline or, quit all together?
  5. Let us write for you: We’ll leverage our combined experience to write content for you that connects with both buyers and sellers.
    Benefits: On time, original, appeals to buyers and/or sellers.
    Risks: Very little.

If you need a newspaper column, blog post, Active Rain bio or,  other thought piece we can supply you with whatever copy you need. Contact us about your next real estate copywriting project.

 

 

What is Behavioral Advertising and How Can It Help Me Reach New Customers?

What is Behavioral Advertising

Our behavioral advertising solution is a great place to begin and will secure you the undivided attention of a precise audience or demographic group. Millions of people visit their favorite websites, read blogs, play games, or post updates on social network sites daily.

Do you know exactly which people are likely to prefer your brand? Do you know when, where and how often they go online?

Behavioral advertising combines third-party “Big data” sources to predict the precise online locations where your brand and your target prospect intersect. With behavioral advertising you spend marketing and advertising dollars more carefully, while improving results because your digital ad campaign is more focused.

Behavioral advertising is a precise and powerful digital advertising technique. We find audiences or select prospects based on their most recent activities, including websites visited, search terms used and general browsing habits. Our behavioral advertising solution connects you to some of the richest, most valuable audience data. As a result, campaign goals are maximized while minimizing the amount of wasted budget.

Behavioral Advertising Technique

The technique of behavioral targeting delivers advertisements to audiences who are actively seeking your offering or have a history of visiting websites of a similar content or topic to your product or service.

Behavioral Advertising Maximizes Budget

Behavioral targeting is a simple yet powerful online advertising method that generates very

Behavioral Targeting Categories

There are numerous behavioral targeting categories with which to choose. Ranging from Arts & Entertainment, Personal Finance, Style & Fashion, we offer the behavioral targeting category to meet your business goals and objectives.

Want to Learn More about Digital Advertising?

Check out our introduction to digital ad types.

Have more questions or, like to walk through the options? Get in touch with us.

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What is Site Retargeting Advertising?

What is Site Retargeting Advertising

Site retargeting advertising displays ads on websites to the audience that has previously visited your website but, didn’t buy or take a desired action. When these visitors leave your site and visit another site they are shown a display ad for your site. If you’ve ever felt that a website/ad is “following you around” that is an example of retargeting, maybe a little overzealous retargeting.

In short, site retargeting does the following:

  • Serve ads on other websites to past visitors who visited your website.
  • Messaging encourages past visitors to purchase or, take another sales generating action on your website.

Why is Site Retargeting Advertising Important to a Digital Ad Campaign?

Online retargeting is one of the most cost effective and best strategies to use to convert site abandoners or lost prospects. In order to drive prospects to convert (donation/lead acquisition), we need to reach them at multiple touch-points throughout their decision-making process.

Dynamic Site Retargeting Advertising: Single Ad, Automatic Personalization

Every prospective customer is unique, so make each ad impression count with our dynamic retargeting ads. Our dynamic retargeting ad technology displays personalized ads in real time to match a customer’s interests and needs.

Dynamic retargeting brings your web visitors back with deals and offers that match up with what they were searching. Sell your entire inventory from a single dynamic ad. Our personalized dynamic ads are created in real-time for each site visitor. Each potential customer sees the most relevant dynamic ad at the right moment in time.

Want to Learn More about Digital Advertising?

Check out our introduction to digital ad types.

What is Domain Targeting Advertising?

What Are Domain Targeting Ads

One of the many types of digital advertising is domain targeting advertising. Domain targeting advertising is a type of display advertising which gives you the ability to target a specific category of website that is related to your target customer.

What Websites are Available with Domain Targeting Ads?

Our inventory of websites is divided into main categories and sub-categories following the IAB Quality Assurance Guidelines (QAG) Taxonomy. Any main categories or, sub categories can be included or excluded within a digital ad campaign.

Main domain targeting categories include:

  • arts & entertainment
  • automotive
  • business
  • careers
  • education
  • family & parenting
  • health & fitness
  • food & drink
  • hobbies & interests
  • home & garden
  • law, government & politics
  • news

 

Domain advertising gives you the ability to advertise to prospects as they visit websites similar or related to your brand. The connection between visiting a website you are interested in and seeing an advertisement for your related product or service produces very exciting results. Capturing a person’s attention as they surf online isn’t easy. Domain targeting advertising is a big step in the right direction to drive prospects towards your goal.

A Few Words About Website Quality

We invest significant resources toward the safety and quality of the website inventory that we offer in domain targeting ads. We actively monitor, both manually and automatically, inventory sources we make available and blacklisted URLs that do not meet our inventory standards. Our team regularly re-audits existing websites offered and new sites added to inventory.

If you missed it, check out our last post where we gave an overview of digital advertising.

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What are the Different Digital Advertising Types?

What Are the Digital Ad Types

The short answer is that there are many different digital advertising types available. Like a cornucopia, the types of digital ads are all different but, fit nicely together. In this blog post we'll cover (at a high level) the main types. But, let's start off with an assumption: when we are discussing digital advertising we are talking about paid advertising.  That is, online advertising that you pay for in exchange for:

  • brand/company exposure
  • a click or, other action by a prospective customer.

These ads are most often shown on an online media publication, or search engine website.

Digital advertising can be divided into three broad categories:

  • Display ads - so named because they display an image and/or text.
  • Media ads - media ads are video and/or audio files served to a site visitor.
  • Text ads - these digital ads are comprised of textual information.

Within these ad categories are several ad types as shown in the chart below.

Display Ads Media Ads Text Ads
Facebook/Facebook Retargeting Youtube Google AdWords PPC
Categorical/Domain Targeting Video BING/Yahoo PPC
Search Retargeting Video Pre-Roll Click to Call & Call Tracking
Retargeting Ads Mobile
Behavioral
Mobile In App

In future posts, we'll break down each of these types of digital advertising in to more detail and explain the benefits and opportunities of each type.

Have a question about digital advertising? Just contact us.

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How Long Does SEO Take? – SEO is a Marathon, Not a 50 Yrd Dash

As professionals in the online marketing marketing field we are often asked: "Why does SEO take so long?", "When can I expect to see our site #1", "How long does SEO take?" or, some variant of those questions.

When we had the opportunity to discuss things SEO with some other friendly professionals in the local market, it confirmed for us that what we knew was true. Search engine optimization (SEO) is indeed a marathon effort and the results are not likely to be seen in the time to complete a 50 yrd dash.

So why does SEO take "so long"? That's a great question and one that many have answered. Overall, the answers seems to circle around the fact that we have no direct input with the search engine. Some, even say that this is the wrong question. We apply proven and non-spammy techniques that have been tested (and re-tested) over the years. This testing by us, and our peers results in an approach that (with all things being equal) brings success. We apply these techniques and watch for changes. If nothing happens, we adjust a little more. All the while, noting when it most likely seems to happen.

Why Does SEO Take So Long?

The truth is no one can guarantee how long it will take to show a change in search rank. But, we know from experience for some clients their success starts to be visible in about six months. For others, it could take up to a year before things really start to shape up.

What Do You Show to Prove SEO is Working?

When you work with us we agree on a plan and specific actions. As part of this plan we track keywords on a monthly basis. These changes are something we will share with you in our monthly report. And over time, we will see the impact of our efforts. Tracking rank is just one of the ways we measure improvement in rankings.

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8 Reasons Why Your Website Doesn't Rank or, Show Up in Google

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You’ve recently launched a new website but, have yet to see it in Google or, BING’s search results.  Maybe you are up late looking for an answer or, you tried searching your company name and don’t see it.  Some common reason why are below:

  1.  The domain name is too new.
    Selecting a domain name is only half the battle. Your domain name hasn’t been around long enough (and active) for the search engines to “rate” it’s reputation. What you/your company do with the website is very important to the search engines and your visitors.
  2. The web site has had little traffic.
    Have you done anything to promote the web site? This could be something like send out a press release, post to Facebook or, an email campaign.
  3. The web site has a high bounce rate.
    Do people go to your website, look at one page and then, leave? If they do, that is considered a bounce.
  4. The web site is not “mobile friendly”.
    Google has a tool for you to test mobile friendliness. It has also been pointed out that a lack of mobile friendliness could have an impact on rankings/traffic. If you don’t pass, maybe we can help.
  5. The web site is not organized and hard to navigate.
    The harder it is for someone to go from page to page on your site, the less likely a visitor or, search engine may want to return.
  6. The web site has no inbound links from other companies, associations, etc.
    Do you have links from other websites that link to your site? If you don’t, it’s harder for search engines to trust that your site is reliable and worth ranking. Or, maybe you need some links removed.
  7. The search engines have been blocked or, otherwise discouraged from visiting the web site.
    When you site was launched did your developer/designer unblock access to your site? If they haven’t, there is very little chance that you will be ranked.
  8. There are no reviews of the website/company anywhere online.
    Do you have past customers/clients? Have they left a review on Google or, Yelp? These reviews help perspective new clients and search engines understand something more detailed about your business.

Need a little help getting your site ranked? Let us know.