Gold, Silver & Bronze of Digital SEO

In honor of the Olympics starting this week, I thought we’d award the top three medals of SEO conversion.   Some MAY be obvious, but I think you’ll find a few surprises in the mix.

The way in which websites are built, maintained and marketed has changed dramatically in a short period of time, mainly due to the prevalence of the internet in our culture and the way in which we use the world wide web to socialize, to sell and to buy – and this has had a knock-on effect for the way in which Search Engine Optimization has played a part in proceedings.  In fact, if you’re after a winning website, SEO can hardly be ignored as a willing and effective coach. [...]  Read More

Happy “FATHER’S” Day!

To ALL of my fellow Friends & Colleagues:  Happy Father’s Day!

In honor of this special day (& this blog), I did a search for: “Father of the Internet”.  Of course, IF you polled most people <today>, they would say Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates or even Mark Zuckerberg.  Well – we all know those are wrong, but I was surprised with who………..AND WHY?

Have you ever wondered how long it took to create the internet or who is considered the Father of the Internet? When we think of the internet, we think of requests disappearing into “a cloud”, where a response usually is returned. But the idea was just beginning in the 1960s. J.C.R. Licklider of MIT was the first person to float the idea of networked computers that could be used to share data over a distance. By 1965, a computer at MIT in Massachusetts was able to connect to a computer at Stanford in California. And, the precursor to the internet took form. [...]  Read More

“Cookie” Monster

So………as a Digital Marketer – (by now) you’ve probably heard that Website Cookies are being ‘phased-out’.  We’re going to discuss two things, today: A) what is a ‘Cookie’  &   B) what are your alternatives?

Rule #1:   DON’T FREAK OUT!

Rule #2:   Refer back to Rule #1

                                                                                                                                           What are Cookies?

To put it simply, cookies are a bit like getting a ticket for a coat check:

  • You hand over your “coat” to the cloak desk. In this case, a pocket of data is linked to you on the website server when you connect. This data can be your personal account, your shopping cart, or even just what pages you’ve visited.
  • You get a “ticket” to identify you as the “coat” owner. The cookie for the website is given to you and stored in your web browser. It has a unique ID especially for you.
  • If you leave and return, you can get the “coat” with your “ticket”. Your browser gives the website your cookie. It reads the unique ID in the cookie to assemble your activity data and recall your visit just as you left it.

Here’s how cookies are intended to be used:

  1. Session management. For example, cookies let websites recognize users and recall their individual login information and preferences, such as sports news versus politics.
  2. Personalization. Customized advertising is the main way cookies are used to personalize your sessions. You may view certain items or parts of a site, and cookies use this data to help build targeted ads that you might enjoy.
  3. Tracking. Shopping sites use cookies to track items users previously viewed, allowing the sites to suggest other goods they might like and keep items in shopping carts while they continue shopping.

 

Programmatic Ad Targeting Types: Effective Methods for Audience Targeting

 
  • Effective methods of programmatic ad targeting include: audience targeting, contextual targeting, behavioral targeting, geotargeting, cross-device targeting and retargeting.
  • By employing programmatic ad targeting, marketers can be sure their budgets are going toward ads delivered only to relevant audiences.
  • With Bullseye Marketing, marketers can create customized audience segments for targeting by leveraging people-based data, not anonymous cookies.

Programmatic ad targeting offers a simple solution: It helps brands reach the right people with the right content. By tapping into consumers’ locations, behaviors and more, ads can reach ideal audiences for maximum engagement. [...]  Read More

Don’t Go Away Mad……..Just Go Away!

YES………I’m back to showing-off my ’80’s Music Trivia skills with Motley Crue’s hit song:  (Girl) Don’t Away Mad – (Girl) Just Go Away.   It may sound funny, but are you telling your clients – THE SAME THING?

When I speak to clients about their current website, one of the first things I ask is: ‘Why do you have a website’?  Hands-down: the number one answer is always “because my competition does”.  After I get off the floor, my second question is: “Do you feel your website best-represents your company and your brand”?  The answer (most of the time) is NO, but I can’t afford a ‘good’ website.  But, what the REAL question should be is: can you afford NOT to invest in what many consider to be your ON-LINE ‘Store Front’. [...]  Read More

Your new PPP ‘Loan’

Most businesses today are ‘getting by’ because of the government’s Payroll Protection Plan (PPP)…….which is HUGE for the short-term survival for all companies (big or small).

But, there is another PPP term that is absolutely crucial for the LONG-term survival of ANY business:   the People, the Product & the Process.  All 3 elements are the KEY determination for the success (or failure) of a business.  Find out the secret ingredients to all three.

About five years ago, I was introduced to Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show:  The Profit.  (IF you haven’t had a chance to watch an episode, I HIGHLY recommend it………you’ll be hooked.) [...]  Read More

In Like a LION……..

As we head into the 3rd month of the first Quarter, we’re almost 25% of the way thru 2021. 

The old saying goes: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”.  Even though this compares the ‘bad’ weather to the lion, the Lion IS the King  of the Jungle.  And, in sales, I’d rather be in the “PRIDE” than slaughtered with the Lambs.

 

Average Customer Loss

According to Marketing at Work, the average business loses about 10 to 25 percent of its customer base per year. This doesn’t necessarily mean new customers aren’t replacing the old, but rather that repeat business is diminished and the company is spending time and money attracting new business. Customer attrition can be attributed to a number of different factors. If you’re in a highly competitive market and consumers have a number of options, your turnover may be higher simply because customers have many businesses to choose from. Even a slight difference in product, service, price or selection can sway customers in one direction or another. [...]  Read More

They LOVE me / They LOVE me – NOT! (Reviews you can use)

I know it’s hard to hear…….but not everyone is going to like you.  I hate to admit it, but it’s true!

When I first got started in this business, I wanted to do a great job for ALL of my clients.  But, as importantly as that, I REALLY cared that they LIKED me.  A colleague of mine once told me something that really helped me get-over that mind-set very quickly.  If you perform for a client, they could care less if they like you (or not).  But, if you’re doing ‘OK’ for them or <even-worse> under-performing, it’s REALLY easy for a client to fire you…..because you really won’t take it ‘personally’ – because you’re ‘friends. [...]  Read More

YULE Be Sorry (if you don’t read this)

So……2020 is ALMOST over.  And, I’m sure that most of us won’t be too sad to see it go, bye-bye.

To top it off, I can’t help but laugh to see the new (& improved) Yule Log.  Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Star Wars fan.  But to swap the classic cracking fire-wood logs with a burning Darth Vader body puts the icing on the cake to an interesting 2020.  (in my best Yoda voice:  “Confused therefore I am”)

So let’s end 2020 with a special Holiday GIFT from me to you:  My Top 3 (sales) Quotes that I ‘live by’ to help me get thru the day! [...]  Read More

S-E-O(h), Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh – The Right Stuff

If you haven’t guessed it by now (from my previous blogs), I grew up with an ’80’s music background.  & <no> I wasn’t a huge NKOTB fan,  but I thought this song was appropriate for a SEO article.

Over the past 20+ years of my Media experience, I was (mostly) about paid media & placement:  HUTS, PUTS, Ratings, Shares, Reach & Frequency.  It wasn’t until the past 5 years that I really researched and came to understand the POWER of Search Engine Optimization. [...]  Read More

Ch,Ch,Ch,Ch,Ch – Changes

In the immortal words of The Red Rocker (Sammy Hagar),I Can’t Drive 55“.  But, the same holds true of my age.

As I write this blog, I turn “double nickels” today——at least that’s what it says on my Driver’s License.  But, as they say, you’re only as old as you feel.

I’ve been working in this ‘Digital World’ for <nearly> two decades, now.  And if I’ve learned one thing:  the more things Ch,Ch,Ch,Ch – Change……the more they stay the same.   [...]  Read More