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5 Huge Warning Signs of a Bad SEO or Digital Marketing Agency

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

Out of my 15-year career, 7 of them were spent at a digital marketing agency.

It’s where I learned to cut my teeth, put a deck together, speak to clients properly (jury is still out on this one), etc.

Were we perfect?

Of course not, but we were honest and approached every engagement with heart and our customers best interest in mind.

I also spent the first part of my SEO career as a private consultant working with smaller businesses and approached it in the same way – with honesty and enthusiasm.

Even when things weren’t going great, I was straight with my clients and told them the good and the bad. Full transparency was key to building and maintaining those relationships.

Out there in the world, however, there are some less than honest folks who are simply looking to take your money.

Below I highlight, based on my interactions with these companies and individuals over the last 15 years, some of the ways to identify and avoid them and ensure you are working with solid SEO professionals.

1. They Ask to Own Your Data/Logins

One of the hallmark signs of an agency/consultant trying to trap you is by starting off the engagement by asking you for full control over your logins, data, and reporting.

Many companies fall for this under the guise of “I just want them to handle it, that’s what I’m paying for, for them to handle everything”, but don’t realize how truly dangerous this can be if things don’t work out between the two companies.

Let’s say you get to the point where you no longer want to work with your agency/consultant, unfortunate yes, but it happens.

What many shady agencies/consultants will do in this situation is to hold your data and logins hostage to keep the contract going.

This can balloon into legal disputes that stretch on for months, even years, and in the worst-case scenario, ends with you needing to create new logins and adding new tracking code to your sites.

I have seen this happen time and time again, especially with smaller businesses.

The lesson here: the beginning of any professional relationship should be built on trust, but it’s a two-way street.

While you are hiring these individuals to “handle everything” from an SEO perspective from you, check their background and get references, if they can’t provide any references then look elsewhere.

2. They Guarantee #1 Rankings/ Top Results

It still boggles my mind that there are SEO professionals out there winning business with the pitch “We guarantee #1 rankings”, but they’re out there and people are hiring them.

Look at this ad that showed up when I Googled “SEO companies”:

Really? First-page rank guaranteed? Tell me your secrets, oh magical wizards of search.

What they aren’t going to tell you is what they are going to get ranked on Page 1.

Any SEO worth their anxiety can get something to rank on Page 1, regardless of if it’s driving quality traffic, revenue, or leads to your site.

This is a common ruse used by less than honest agencies and consultants to get you in the door. Here is how it works:

  • They get you on the phone to discuss your site. This will be done by luring you in with deceptive ads like the above, a free audit that they send you, or a long-winded email about something that just happened with Google which they always position as something you should be worried about because we saw a drop in your site using their proprietary yadda yadda yadda.
  • You get freaked out and give them a shot because you need to fix whatever issues they have explained to you because you probably don’t fully understand all of the ins and outs of organic search and you just want someone to handle it.
  • Work starts. Within a few weeks you see a few keywords jump to Page 1, which fulfills their claim of guaranteeing Page 1 results. You are thrilled. You can’t believe you haven’t worked with these guys before, and you can’t wait for the business to start rolling in.
  • Fast forward a few months and Page 1 rankings continue to come, but no new business does. No new leads. Just rankings.
  • They explain that SEO is a slow burn and that you are seeing new Page 1 results every week and to be patient, but never really getting into the weeds with you to explain everything that’s going on. It’s all good news from them, everything is going great, but you aren’t seeing any return.
  • Ultimately after 6+ months, you start looking into the keywords you are “winning” on and realize they have next to no monthly search volume and are not that relevant to your business. You realize you’ve more than likely been duped, reach out and get canned non-answers, and begin the process of canceling your engagement.

PSA: Google’s algorithm is a giant, floating math equation out in space that is controlled by a machine learning AI that learns our search habits and modifies its results based on those learnings.

The lesson here is that no one can guarantee anything when it comes to Google’s algorithm, not even the algorithm itself. If any of us could, we would be very rich have slightly less anxiety.

3. They Tell Their Story, Not Yours

Speaking of reporting on metrics, another telltale sign of a less than stellar agency/consultant is if their reporting is always telling their story and not yours.

What I mean by that is that they are always highlighting what went right, what they did awesome at, and why you should pay them more at the upcoming renewal.

They never talk about what went wrong, what didn’t work, and the lessons that were learned to make the current campaign so successful, which sometimes is more important than the wins themselves.

Only knowing half of the story is detrimental to your business and your own education. By not being transparent your agency/consultant has done you a large disservice by not allowing you to learn from their mistakes.

Agencies/consultants in this mindset are always afraid to tell you exactly what they are doing because they don’t want to give away their “secret formula” that is making everything work.

The truth is most of the time that formula involves many tests and missteps that allowed the campaign to get to its current state, which is super valuable for everyone involved to know, not just them.

The lesson here is to make sure you are hearing about what didn’t work, as well as what worked. Regardless if you are happy about it or not it’s better to see the entire picture.

4. The Partnership Is Positioned as Transactional

You always be mindful of how an agency/consultant pitches you, as it is very telling of how the relationship will operate.

People who want to help you will tell you they want to help you, people who don’t will tell you how much their service costs and how monthly meetings will be structured. This is the difference between hiring a partner and a vendor.

A partner is going to dig in with you, weather the storm with you when things aren’t going good, and celebrate the wins with you together as a team.

A vendor is going to send you a bill.

If an agency/consultant comes in and spends the hour or two you have given them of your time and only talks about how great they are and doesn’t give any insight into what they can do for you, the relationship probably won’t be that fruitful.

While there is nothing wrong with a brag slide or two, you should always be looking for folks who did research on your brand and provide actionable things they believe you can accomplish together supported by data. Those are the ones who care about your business and while they will still send you a bill every month, you won’t mind paying it so much.

The lesson here is to always seek a partner, not just another vendor.

5. Their Case Studies Are Outdated

Speaking of brag slides, you should always ask what year the projects/results are from. One of the greatest injustices of organic search is how long people use case studies for.

SEO changes every single day and while it’s awesome you really knocked it out of the park for Pets.com back in 2000, that story doesn’t really help me gauge your talent in 2019.

The lesson here is to always dig a little deeper on those wins and when they happened. With SEO changing as much as it does, even a project from a couple of years ago could have no relevance today.


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User-Centric Optimization: 3 Ways to Improve Your Website Experience

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques

SEO is multifaceted and each optimization factor is dependent on the others.

You can create first-class content that engages users and that is relevant to their search intent, but if your pages load slowly, your users will never get the chance to read this outstanding content you’re creating for your website.

Users are impatient and they will bounce if they have to wait for more than a few seconds.

Load time vs bounce rate graphic by Think With GoogleData from Think With Google

Can you blame them, though? Think about how frustrated you feel when you have to watch a loading wheel spinning, for what feels like an eternity.

Three different loading wheel icons

This is the mindset we need to have when we approach any performance optimization work because the most meaningful improvements will happen when you approach things from a place of empathy for your users.

Understanding the Different Browsing Conditions of Users

Empathy for users is a great starting point, but we also need to support that with an understanding of how your users are accessing your website.

For example, what devices and browsers are they using to visit your website? What kind of internet connections are they browsing with?

These differences in browsing conditions can have a bigger impact on performance than you might expect.

This is demonstrated by the results from testing JavaScript processing times for the CNN homepage across different devices from WebPageTest.

JavaScript processing times for CNN graph

The iPhone 8, which is a higher-end device with a better CPU, loaded the CNN homepage in 4 seconds compared to the Moto G4 which loaded in 13 seconds.

However, the results were even more dramatic for the Alcatel 1X which loaded the same page in 36 seconds.

Processing times for three different phones

Performance isn’t a ‘one score fits all’ scenario. It can vary drastically depending on each user’s browsing conditions.

The Audience tab in Google Analytics is a great place to start digging around and doing some research into how your users are accessing your website.

For example, you can see the split of the most commonly used devices under Audience > Mobile > Devices.

Google Analytics mobile devices report

That’s just one report of many, so take a closer look in your analytics account to get a better understanding of your users and the factors that could be impacting their experience on your website.

User-Centric Performance Optimization Is the Future

Considering the varying nature of performance depending on the browsing conditions of each individual user, there’s a lot more that marketers can be doing to improve the way we speed up websites.

The future of site speed should be focused on tailoring performance around the user and their particular browsing environment.

Here are three areas that can be optimized to improve how users experience your website:

  • The user’s device
  • The user’s internet connection
  • The user’s journey

1. Optimizing Performance Based on the User’s Device

The key to ensuring that every user has a positive, fast experience on your website is to implement a baseline level of performance that works for the most basic device you’re optimizing for.

Two web development strategies that work around this concept are:

  • Progressive enhancement
  • Graceful degradation

Progressive Enhancement

Progressive enhancement focuses on making the core content of a page accessible, and then progressively adds more technically advanced features on top of the capabilities of the user’s device or browser allow for.

For example, the website might provide clean, accessible content in the HTML first as a priority.

Then if it is detected that the user’s browsing conditions can handle more complex features, some additional CSS visual alterations can be layered on top, and perhaps some more advanced interactivity via JavaScript.

Graceful Degradation

Graceful degradation is basically the opposite of progressive enhancement.

The website will start with the full experience, but will then start falling back to a gradually less complex experience by switching off certain low-importance elements if the user’s device is unable to handle the more advanced features.

These web strategies can be really powerful because if your website loads quickly and performs well even on the most basic device, think about how much faster it will load on higher-end devices.

2. Optimizing Performance Based on the User’s Internet Connection

Internal connection is one of the most inconstant factors of a user’s browsing conditions, especially for those on mobile. As we use our devices on the move, internet connectivity is bound to fluctuate and drop off.

However, it is possible to optimize for different levels of internet connectivity to ensure that users will still have a good experience of your website on a 3G or 2G connection.

Network Information API

The Network Information API provides information on a user’s internet connection status, including the type and strength of their connection.

You can use the Network Information API to detect changes in the user’s internet connection, by using this code example:

Network Information API code example

You can also set instructions for what should happen if the internet connection changes, and how the content on a website should adopt.

As demonstrated at Google I/O 2018, if a user’s connection is 4G you can set a video to be loaded as this connection would be able to handle this rich experience.

However, if a user is browsing on a 2G or 3G connection you can set a static image to be loaded in place of the video so you’re not putting too much strain on the user’s already limited connection.

Google I/O example of swapping a video for an image depending on connection type

In this circumstance, the user doesn’t have the expectation of watching a video or animation and doesn’t know what they’re missing. The important thing is that they’re seeing content quickly.

This contributes to the user’s perception of speed as they’re getting a fast experience rather than having to wait a long time for a non-critical video to load.

3. Optimizing Performance Based on the User’s Journey

One way of prioritizing the most important resources to be loaded as quickly as possible is by the user’s journey.

When a user is on a particular page, where are they most likely to click next? Which links and resources will be needed for that next page in the user’s journey?

Again, this is another method of optimizing what is needed as a priority rather than optimizing every page that a user could potentially land on and every resource they could potentially need.

A fast, seamless journey between pages contributes a great deal to a user’s perception of speed.

Resource Hints

Leaving the browser to load every single resource all at once can be an inefficient process which adds more time for the user as they sit and wait for a page to load.

This is where resource hints can help. Resource hints are instructions that you can give to a browser to help it prioritize what is most important to be loaded first.


Preload specifies the highest priority resources that impact the current navigation that should be loaded first.

<link rel=”preload” as=”script” href=”example.js”>


Preconnect establishes connections with the server and other origins earlier. This process can take a long time for users with poor connectivity.

<link rel=”preconnect” href=”cdn.example.com”>


Prefetch specifies key links and resources that will be needed as part of the future navigation or for the next step in the user’s journey.

<link rel=”prefetch” href=”example.jpg”>


Guess.js takes resource hints to the next level by automating the process of prefetching important resources and prioritizing the ones that are most likely to be needed next in the user’s journey.

It works by using Google Analytics data to analyze how users navigate your website, using metrics like pageviews, previous page paths, and exits.

It then uses machine learning to model predictions for what the next page is most likely to be in a user’s journey from any given page.

It then prefetches the pages that a user is likely to visit in the next step of their journey through your site. This means that the next page will already have been loaded by the time the user goes to click on it, providing a fast, seamless navigational experience.

How Guess.js works

The optimization methods mentioned in this article will require developer work.

If you liked the look of any of them while reading through, then make sure you sit down with your development agency or engineering team to talk through what will be possible for your website from an implementation perspective.

In Conclusion

We need to stop assuming that everyone is accessing our websites in optimal conditions.

Each user will have their own unique browsing environment. This is why we need to work harder to tailor our performance optimization efforts around our users and the different variables that make up their browsing experience, such as their device and internet connection.

Doing this isn’t easy, however. It certainly isn’t something that an SEO or marketer should try to tackle by themselves.

We need to spend more time talking to developers and learning from them about the latest technologies and methods available for user-centric performance optimization.

11 Awesome Google Analytics Reports for Marketers

By | Networking Bizz news

Google Analytics is the primary measurement platform for millions of websites and digital marketing campaigns.

Along with Google Search Console and other third-party measurement tools and platforms, Google Analytics provides insight into key metrics on your audience, organic search, paid search, social media, and website performance.

While it is a given that Google Analytics is a part of our daily routines for monitoring performance and reporting, we can get into a routine of just going in and getting the stats and using the reports we always have.

Or, for those who only rely on a few key metrics and aren’t well versed in all that Google Analytics has to offer, take a moment to see if any of these 11 reports can help you.

1. Custom Dashboards

How many times do you jump into Google Analytics to find the same report, same stats, or slice of data?

How many times do you have to answer the same question for a stakeholder?

If more than once, then custom dashboards are for you.

You can create custom dashboards from pretty much any data view you can drill down into in Google Analytics. Plus, you can add data and reports in widget format from multiple reports into one page.

This is a big time saver. It can also be scheduled for automatic export and delivery to you or key stakeholders once you have it set up the way you want it.

This is a great starting point before jumping over to Google Data Studio, where you can do even more.

Custom Dashboard

2. Lifetime Value

This report still has the “beta” tag in Google Analytics. However, over time, I’ve found more use for it in sites that have a lot of engagement within the 30-90 day cookie window that Google Analytics can track.

If you have a site that engages users and that they come back to often to make one or more purchases, you can track the value of specific users and factor this in with other aspects of the buyer’s journey that you’re measuring.

Note that when something is in beta, I keep in mind that the report could be updated, enhanced, removed, or that data could change over time, so beware.

Lifetime Value

3. User Explorer

User explorer allows us to drill down into the journeys of specific website visitors.

While we can’t personally identify the user in Google Analytics by default (and be careful if you try to match up data as Google has specific guidelines on this), we see how individual users consumed content and acted within the website over a period of time.

User Explorer

This information isn’t necessarily as powerful as some third-party user recording and heat mapping tools but it provides some aggregation and insight that rolls up revenue data and other standard Google Analytics metrics in a single report.

Being able to see individual user journeys – including the number of sessions, what pages/activities they did during them, and ultimately when they purchase or make a decision – can help with user experience and conversion rate optimization.

It can also help set expectations for marketing activities and how many steps are realistically part of the customer journey.

User Explorer Detail

4. Interests – Affinity Categories

The Interests/Affinity Categories report can be really interesting and helpful across a wide range of uses.

If you don’t see data by default, you have to simply agree to the terms and give Google authorization to show it for your account.

The categories shown may or may not align with what you expect.

You can leverage these categories by:

  • Further drilling down into them to understand behavior.
  • Sharing this data with those running paid search or social media campaigns and writing content targeting specific audiences.
  • Comparing the segments to each other.

Finding opportunities to leverage specific audiences and segments is powerful when tuning your content strategy.

This data provides a lot of options for adding dimensions and slicing and dicing the views. It can be a great starting point for spending some in-depth time looking at:

  • Who your current audience really is.
  • How they convert.
  • Where you should prioritize your efforts across the digital marketing spectrum.

Interest Affinity Categories

5. Benchmarking – Channels

If you’ve ever wondered or been asked about how your website performance compares to others in your industry, the benchmark report is a hidden gem that can help.

You can select some pretty detailed industry verticals and see how your site compares across the different channels in the standard Google Analytics traffic metrics.

This is great data to use to set a baseline and establish goals if you’re struggling to determine how to do so.

It can be a lot more helpful and fun to put some real competitive targets in place rather than looking inward or arbitrarily setting goals that may or may not be realistic.

Benchmarking Channels

6. Users Flow

This report has visually overwhelmed me for a long time. On first glance, it looks busy and hard to decipher.

Give it a moment, though, and use the zoom slider and move around in the page. Also, use the dropdown above the first column to change the dimensions you want to review.

Once you get the hang of it, this page can provide some solid insight in a way that you would have to drill down through level after level in other reports to get the same info.

Seeing how your users navigate through the site in aggregate and the popular paths can lead to further investigation if there are surprises.

You can also see patterns and tendencies in the user journey to help you shape your content to shape changes in the paths over time.

Users Flow

7. Site Content – Landing Pages

While pretty basic, this report is often overlooked.

Knowing the top landing pages for your website can help validate and connect the dots between specific marketing efforts, organic search, viral content, and more.

By using the dimension tools you can also see the source for each page and quickly know what is driving the most traffic to it.

For SEOs, you want to confirm that over time you’re getting a diversified set of landing pages based on your optimization strategy.

Chances are that you aren’t trying to drive all traffic to and through the home page.

You want to have as many landing pages possible as entry points for the most relevant traffic topically to be entering through them respectively.

Site Content Landing Pages

8. Site Search – Search Terms

While most content management systems and ecommerce platforms provide reporting on what terms are being searched through on-site search functions, Google Analytics can help you dig deeper.

With the Google Analytics search terms report, you can see the same terms your web platform likely shows you, but from there you can also apply all of the typical Google Analytics dimensions and see more about the users’ source, behavior, and what they did on the site in a much more extensive and detailed way.

You can then use this data for UX, CRO, and other improvements to make content easier to find and ensure your search is working as intended.

Site Search Search Terms

9. Multi-Channel Funnels – Assisted Conversions

In many, if not most instances, lead submission or ecommerce purchase goal conversions don’t happen on the first visit. Being able to give credit to visits prior to the visit where the conversion happened is powerful.

Google Analytics provides an assisted conversions report to show us how each channel is involved in the journey when not responsible for the actual conversion visit.

In some cases, you’ll see the same channel as the bulk of your last-click conversions. However, being able to give credit where it is due is important.

For example, you may be getting ready to write off a specific channel like social as it isn’t driving any leads or revenue.

However, the assisted conversion report (plus others showing user paths and journeys) may tell you otherwise.

The great part of having revenue tracking set up is that you can see dollar amounts tied to the specific traffic and how much the assists are worth in helping close the deal.

Multi-channel funnels assisted conversions

10. Multi-Channel Funnels – Top Conversion Paths

Going a step further than assisted conversions, we can see aggregated data showing the most popular mixes and orders of channels leading to conversions in the customer journey.

This is again another powerful way to see how the channels work together and what revenue comes from it.

Multi-channel funnels top conversion paths

11. Attribution – Model Comparison Tool

Attribution has been a top concern of digital marketers for a long time.

Google Analytics provides a tool to compare the different models like first-click against the default of last-click. You can even find other models, import them, and create your own to suit your business needs.

Knowing this report exists and how the different models show your data is a great first step that Google Analytics provides for us.

Attribution Model Comparison Tool


Because we’re buried in our busy day-to-day routines, we often don’t go deeper into Google Analytics than we need to.

We tend to grab the data we need, create reports, and answer questions.

Know and use the wide range of reports available to you in Google Analytics. It will help improve your marketing on various channels, UX, and CRO. And it will help connect your content with users to ultimately move them toward conversion points.

How to Take Your Website Beyond Fast

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques, Uncategorized

Slow sites frustrate consumers. Frustration costs money.

To delight consumers, beat competitors, and to please Google, your site will need to load in under a second. And you’ll need to get there fast, otherwise, your competitors might beat you to the finish line.

Sound impossible? Web performance is no longer an art, but a science.

Alderson shared the top tips, tricks, tools, and tactics you need to speed up your website.

Here’s a recap of the presentation.

Page Speed Optimization

Users expect fast – a fast website, a fast app, a fast digital experience. The relationship between web performance and user behavior is backed by plenty of research.

  • A research by Google found that delays of over 3 seconds can lead to over 50% abandonment.
  • In 2014, a study revealed that 47% of people expect a site to load in less than 2 seconds.
  • Radware discovered that 20% of users abandon their cart if the transaction process is too slow.

Time is money and every single millisecond could be costing you users or conversions. People are impatient, and delays reduce the likelihood of them spending, converting, or taking action.

The statistics mentioned were from as far back as 2014. It was around that time that it became apparent that site speed is quite a big deal.

By that logic, we should’ve been on top of this and nailing it. But it turns out, that’s not really the case.

This table, which shows data from Google’s Industry Benchmarks for Mobile Page Speed, tells us the number of seconds it takes for a website for an average website in various sectors and different countries to be completed loading on a mobile phone on a 3G connection.

Seconds to load on a 3g connection

These sites are taking over eight seconds to load which is extremely slow.

We know users dislike this kind of experience and how much it impacts conversions, so Google took matter into its own hands.

Google’s Take on Site Speed

Now the world is changing primarily because Google, as a powerhouse of influence and authority, has become very interested in speed – and for a whole bunch of different reasons.

In early 2018, Google announced how important they consider speed to be and that it’s officially going to be a ranking factor for mobile searches starting July of that year.

The search engine’s advice?

“We encourage developers to think broadly about how performance affects a user’s experience of their page and to consider a variety of user experience metrics.”

What Google is essentially saying here is that speed underpins user experience.

When you are browsing , trying to get your page or channel to load, or add a product to a shopping cart, how quickly that happens is a huge component of the overall UX.

For Google, speed = efficiency. And as sites get faster, slow is going to feel slower.

Consumers expectations’ will increase and the fastest, best experiences they have will become their expectation for the norm.

So, what do we need to do?

Approaching Speed Optimization

The secret isn’t to do a big web (re)development project.

In speed optimization, you’ll win by a thousand tweaks – now, and every day, forever. You’ll need to find the important bits and make them faster.

At the heart of speed optimization, you need to understand two fundamental truths:

  • There’s no such thing as speed.
  • The only thing which matters is perception of speed.

There’s No Such Thing as Speed

When you start exploring this, it becomes very difficult to answer the question, “How do you measure speed?”

How do you put a metric against how fast your website is?

You could probably start off by saying “The time how long it takes for a page to finish loading.”

But, what does that mean?

What if the server responds quickly, but then it takes ages to show the content?

What if the page has components which only load when you interact, or scroll? Are they “finished”?

We need better definitions to understand how well we are doing.

Most stock metrics from speed check and optimization tools are flawed and designed to give you a false sense of comfort.

Until recently, Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool was equally nonsense. The score didn’t actually measure speed and the charts were bad because measuring against slow competitors makes you complacent.

When Google updated the tool, it added the metric First Contentful Paint which:

“…reports the time when the browser first rendered any text, image (including background images), non-white canvas or SVG. This includes text with pending webfonts. This is the first time users could start consuming page content.”

In other words, how quickly can we show something interesting? 

How many milliseconds until we can put something on screen that looks like it’s doing something rather than having a blank white page with just a spinner or loading icon?

How quickly can we make it look like it’s happening? For many people that will be a hero image at the top of the page, a logo or the navigation bar.

If you can optimize your site in such a way that you load the important bits first with a minimum amount of delay (and then worry about loading all the other stuff after), then it feels much faster.

This works because waiting without visual feedback is the worst kind of slow.

Optimizing for First Contentful Paint will make your site look and feel faster.

Your scores might not change that much, but the goal is not to optimize for scores. Just make it faster.

The Only Thing Which Matters Is the Perception of Speed

Google’s own documentation says this much.

Load is not a single moment in time — it’s an experience that no one metric can fully capture. There are multiple moments during the load experience that can affect whether a user perceives it as “fast” or “slow”.

However, regardless of what your website is, what sector you’re in or how it works, there is one golden moment that you might want to measure. It’s Time to Interactive.

The Time to Interactive (TTI) metric measures how long it takes a page to become interactive.

Simply put, how quickly can we make it feel ready?

If there’s a fundamentally important thing to understand here is that it’s not likely that Google is specifically measuring the actual page speed.

What they’re much more interested in is the perception of speed. If you make a lightning-fast website that feels slow to load, you’ve wasted a lot of time and money.

The emphasis needs to be on:

  • How do we show something quickly?
  • How do we make it feel ready?

The challenge is that perceived speed is hard to quantify. There are lots of moving parts in that ecosystem.

But the good news is that performance optimization is now a science. There are hard rules, processes, guides and techniques you can follow to achieve this.

Every site in the world can load in less than one second. You just need to follow the rules.

Thankfully, Google offers a wide array of documentation into the topic.

Where Do You Start?

You need to start by finding the slow stuff. While tools aren’t good for giving you metrics over time, they are really good at spotting problems.

The most impactful thing you can learn about speed optimization is to look at the way in which pages load and find out what’s waiting for other stuff.

If you can remove those bottlenecks, change the order of how things load in, and get them to load at once rather than one at a time, then everything else happens sooner.

One other thing to remember is that Google is monitoring, measuring and analyzing sites in a mobile-first way. Many of our users are using mobile devices and that’s where the particularly slow pain points are.

There is no magic bullet. We’re on a journey of 1,000 tweaks.

Here’s what you can start doing today, instead.

Top Tips to Shortcut Speed

Load Less Stuff

You might want to consider lessening your website’s elements.

Some things to look at:


  • Plugins, extensions, and integrations
  • Bytes transferred
  • DOM complexity
  • Fonts
  • Colors, details, icons, lines, borders, shadows
  • JavaScript


  • Lazy-loading, deferring or async’ing resources
  • Cross-domain resource reduction
  • DNS and asset prefetch/preload

Tidy up Your CMS

Use plugins, extensions, and integrations to measure.

What to use: Query Monitor, New Relic

Bolt on a CDN (Cloudflare)


  • Page rules
  • Edge workers
  • Server push

What to use: Cloudflare

Get Good Hosting

You need to do your own research to find a good hosting company but here are a few recommendations:

How to Take Your Website Beyond Fast

Use a Static Page Cache

Rather than every user triggering your website to load up to request all its themes and plugins to go through that process to manipulate the outcome, why don’t you just save that the page and the outcome or save that database query and whatever it said.

This is not for everybody. If you want an easy win and you’re on a simple site, this might be a good fix for you.

What to use: WP Rocket or Total Cache for WordPress, Redis, Varnish Cache

Optimize Your Resources

Consider optimizing your images using tools like TinyPNG or Squoosh.

You can also do some advanced things, such as:

  • Offload media to, e.g., Amazon S3.
  • Use an image CDN like Cloudinary or Imgix.
  • Modularise CSS and JavaScript.

Use AMP(?)

The AMP project, at its heart, is an attempt to fix how broken and slow the Internet is, particularly the mobile web.

Rather than building your sample with normal HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, you might want to use the AMP framework. Your website will be fast, however, you will be constrained by their guidelines and restrictions.

It’s more technically complicated to customize especially through custom JavaScript so all of your ads, analytics, etc. will be limited.

That said, it’s worth looking into.

What to use: “The official” AMP WordPress plugin

Other Things You Can Do

Aside from the tips and tricks mentioned above, you can also try:

  • Canonical AMP
  • Post-load interaction improvements
  • New ways of thinking about CSS

How to Optimize for PPC Landing Page Experience

By | Netwoking Bizz Brand development

There’s an old adage that our CRO team likes to share. Companies spend $92 of every $100 to bring customers to their site, but only $1 to convert them.

Seems off, doesn’t it?

Landing page experience is one of the more under-optimized facets of search marketing. It doesn’t fit neatly into a budget, so it’s difficult to find resources.

The average search marketer doesn’t have the skillset to design and build a landing page.

Powerful development tools like Unbounce and Instapage exist to do the heavy lifting. But without the right starting point in mind, it’s akin to giving a 16-year-old a driving test in a Ferrari.

This author has many misgivings around old best practices.

Lists of features, minimized form fields, and trust signals are great, but won’t make you stand out.

Testing new versions of the same ol’ same ol’ leave you stuck in a feedback loop. You collect small wins, but don’t impact the business.

Remember, you aren’t optimizing for conversion rate alone.

You’re optimizing for:

  1. The business.
  2. Google.
  3. Conversion rate.

All three “targets” point to the same question to help guide your testing efforts.

Does this test benefit the end user?

With that in mind, here are six top tips to optimize your PPC landing pages.

1. Focus on Speed

According to Google, 53% of all mobile visitors abandon a page that takes more than three seconds to load. The data that can load in three seconds varies.

Users have a different experience depending on the device, connection speed, weather, astrological sign, whatever!

Needless to say, landing pages need to be darn snappy to load within a three-second “limit.”

Your mobile speed score matters to Google.

This wasn’t explicitly expressed as a factor in quality score. But it’s a factor in quality score.

The correlation between speed and quality score is directional but clear. Speed kills, especially when it comes to landing pages!

Below are a few resources to help with speed:

  • Pingdom Speed Test
  • Google PageSpeed Insights

Do faster pages benefit users? You bet! This focus on speed yields our next point.

2. Mobile-First Design (For Most)

A question for you, dear readers. How many of test your landing pages on a fast connection, working off a powerful laptop and 32-inch monitors?

Now, look at your stats in Google Ads or Analytics. How do the majority of your users access your site?

You can all read between the lines here. Design and test your landing pages based on how most of your users will see them.

Your gorgeous hero image, precise value propositions, and shiny trust signals may not show when starting with the wrong base.

Below is an example: The image is built for and renders perfect on my desktop setup.

6 Tips to Improve Your PPC Landing Page Experience (&#038; Quality Score)

On my Pixel 3, it’s a different story. The callouts, value propositions, and branding are all pushed far below the fold.

The escape hatch (see: point 6) has vanished. The privacy policy is invisible. Most of what made the desktop page great no longer show.

Travel Perk Mobile Landing Page

If you want to benefit your users, you need to test like your users.

3. Optimize for Customers, Not Conversions

Yes, you read right. Do not optimize for conversion rate.

This may seem a bit contrarian, but whatever. It’s my post, I do what I want.

Optimizing for front end conversion rate is dangerous.

Consider the following:

You cut landing page form fields to only ask for name, email address, and phone number. Your conversion rate doubles (yay!) which means you beat your CPA goal.

Your boss or gives you more money to get more leads at these conversion rates. The business team hires more salespeople to handle the volume.

Turns out these new conversions were junk. By removing the form fields, you encouraged everyone to convert without prequalifying them. Your boss is now mad, and you are now sad.

This is too common in landing page testing. Advertisers check the success of a test in a vacuum.

Instead, look at downstream metrics when conducting a test to make sure it’s a net positive for the business.

From a user perspective, it’s a net positive as well – it saves them time and gets the right people to your business.

4. Be a Minimalist

That’s right, everybody – Marie Kondo making an appearance! Cut everythingfrom your landing pages that do not spark joy for the user.

No, that does not mean reducing the content to bare bones nothingness. Nor does it mean cutting your landing pages off below the fold or cutting your form fields to two.

The best landing pages allow the customer to flow from search to ad to landing page to business.

Remove anything and everything that gets in the way. Exit intent or email capture pop-ups have a place in the marketing world, not landing pages.

The same goes for marketing pixels on your landing page. Keep pixels limited to what’s necessary. This:

  • Helps foster speed.
  • Prevents privacy mishaps.
  • Ensures there aren’t any rogue takeovers or broken images.

Have I made my point yet? Make sure everything on the page adds value to the end user.

5. Personalize with Purpose

Personalization is a delicate topic in the age of privacy.

It may be a bit too much to embed a user’s first name and favorite kind of cookie on a landing page.

A few audience-based content adjustments can take your experience to the next level.

Tweak to the landing pages by adjusting the hero image based on user location. Toy with value propositions or even headlines/taglines based on entry channel.

Work for a meal delivery company or a restaurant? I’d put dollars to doughnuts you’d see a huge lift from showing different food to male and female visitors.

Localization is a powerful weapon; use it with care. It’s easy to tell if a company is trying to “appear” local, which is worse than not trying at all.

If you do localize, get someone who’s a true local area to test and make sure your method fits.

As long as you give the users what they’re looking for, you’ll be happy with the results.

6. Test the Little Things

Don’t shy away from “the little things” in landing pages.

  • Take advantage of meta data and title tags. Odds are they won’t take your quality score from zero to hero, but they won’t hurt!
  • Test form fields, form styles/flow and yes, even button color. It’s unlikely these little changes will make a big impact on their own. But, even incremental improvements to customer flow can benefit landing page performance.
  • Toy with your content style and length. Don’t be shy about taking users below the fold; they’ll navigate there if you’ve done a good enough job setting the hook.
  • Explore different taglines, different ways of expressing features and benefits. Make sure your landing page highlights the answer to a users’ question and gives them a smooth flow to the next step.
  • Ensure landing pages have some form of an escape hatch. That is, a way for users to navigate off the landing page. Search engines don’t explicitly punish for bounce rate. But, they do punish for locking a user into a single page. Not to mention the potential frustration and soured view of the business.

Finally, don’t forget the big things that seem little. Your landing page will always need a findable, legible, and legal privacy policy.

To Sum Up

If there’s one point I hope I’ve driven home with this post, it’s to focus your landing page experience on the user.

Happy users make happy search engines.

Happy search engines make happy quality scores.

Happy quality scores make a happy you.

Link Building: Don’t Do These 10 Things

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

Every SEO professional worth their salt knows that links (along with content) are the backbone of SEO.

Links continue to remain a significant ranking factor.

What happens when you get bad links on enough of a scale to harm your site?

Your site can get algorithmically downgraded by Google – or worse, you get a manual action.

While Google maintains they are good at ignoring bad links, enough bad links can harm your site’s ranking.

This guide will explain 10 different types of bad links that can get you penalized, and what you can do about them.

1. Press Release Links

Press Release Links

Press release links were popular about 10 years ago.

These links were super easy to get.

All you had to do was write a press release and syndicate it to hundreds of press release distribution sites.

You’d quickly get hundreds of links.

Like any SEO tactic that worked well, it got abused.

Now, Google considers press release links a link scheme because these are so easy to manipulate.

You especially want to avoid any press release links that rely on over-optimized anchor text targeting your main money keyword.

If you absolutely must have a website link due to factors beyond your control, use naked URLs or branded URLs as your anchor text, and use only one link from the contact area of the press release.

2. Discussion Forum Links

Discussion Forum Links

To be clear: not all forum discussion links are bad.

If a link is coming from a good quality site, an established user, and the link itself is not manipulative or spammy, you probably will want to keep it.

However, if you have thousands of links coming in from foreign discussion forums, they are all low-quality spammy links, and they continue to come in, you may want to disavowthem.

Any links that looks spammy won’t do you any favors in Google’s eyes.

3. Links From Foreign Guestbooks

Foreign Guestbook Links

Links like these are also manipulative.

Links from foreign guestbooks can be placed manually or with the aid of an automatic program.

Enough of these at scale can cause ranking drops.

When in doubt, disavow.

4. Many Random NoFollow Links

Think you can fool Google by randomizing your footprint just enough so that your spammy link building will go undetected? Think again.

If you are not using an automated program, Google will find your footprint.

Humans are naturally creatures of habit. It is exceedingly difficult to create randomized footprints that you think Google will not detect.

If you are using an automated program, it is increasingly likely that Google will find the footprint of that automated program, unless it is truly random.

Why? The simple act of nofollowing the link is a footprint.

Thousands of links from many different sites that are all nofollowed is an indicator that something spammy is going on.

5. Private Blog Networks (PBNs)

Private Blog Networks (PBNs)

PBNs used to be a great way to build links to get rankings.

You could randomize your footprint and all would be well.

You could continue to see significant gains from using these techniques.

Not anymore.

Now, PBNs on a massive enough scale can tank your site and cause it to lose organic traffic.

Google is able to detect – and punish – most PBNs. Some PBNs may take longer to spot than others, but eventually Google will catch on.

6. NoFollowed (& Followed) Social Bookmark Links

Social bookmarking links are also considered to be manipulative by Google.

This can get you in trouble if you do it too much.

Think about it. They are all manually-placed and are spammy as hell.

It’s no wonder Google considers these a link scheme.

7. Directory Submissions (or a Directory Submissions Service)

Directory Submission Service

Directory submission services love to tell you that you will get great traction and gains from their links.

“We’ll help increase your Google rankings!!” they will say.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Submitting to low-quality directories will likely do more harm than good for your rankings.

As with many things in SEO, there is an exception.

It is OK to use relevant and targeted directories for natural link building – especially in local SEO.

8. Blog Comments

Historically, blog comments have been one of the most-abused tactics in SEO.

Comment spam is an ancient link acquisition tactic to avoid.

It. Does. Not. Work!

In fact, you can thank spammy blog comments for the introduction of nofollowed links.

The goal was to prevent spammers from getting SEO benefits from abusing the comments section.

But there is a right way to approach blog comments. The key is leaving topically relevant comments on topically relevant sites.

9. Links From Fiverr or Other Cheap Link Services

This is yet another abused tactic in SEO.

Again, this is so egregiously bad that, while they are not part of Google’s guidelines, the patterns and footprints left behind are likely obvious to Google’s algorithms.

It would not be hard for Google to set up an investigative protocol to sign up for accounts for these services, pose as SEOs or other webmasters, and check out the most common patterns used by these services.

Just always remember – that person you’re talking to on the black hat forums regularly could very well be a Googler.

10. Links Built by Automatic Link Building Programs

Ever heard of tools like GSA Search Engine Ranker, Scrape Box, or XRumer?

Sure these tools can build you lots of links. However, in recent years, these programs have become less effective.

This SEO professional does not recommend using these programs for your SEO efforts, especially not on your money site.

If an SEO can think of it, it is likely that Google is already several steps ahead with pattern variations already built into their algorithm.

Are Links Actually to Blame, or Is It Something Else?

Penguin or Panda Penalty

So far we’ve talked about links that harm you. But could it be something else?

To find out, you should perform multiple audits. Assess the state of your site and move forward from there.

  • A technical SEO auditto uncover any potential crawl issues, technical issues, or any similar issues impacting the site.
  • A content audit to determine the state of the site’s content.
  • A link profile audit to assess the current state of the site’s overall link profile.

From here, you will be able to move forward with steps to fix the site. If you are unfortunate enough to have a complex site with issues in all three columns, you will need to get to work.

Manual Action: Preparing the Disavow File

In my opinion, nothing beats Link Detox by Link Research Tools. It can assess links from the most sources (25), such as Majestic, GSC, Moz, Ahrefs, SEMrush, and many more.

You will want to compile all links for as many sources as you can get your hands on. Upload them according to the instructions in Link Detox.

Once you have done this, and you have gone through Link Detox’s process of reviewing and rating links, it will be necessary to prepare the disavow file.

Frequently Asked Questions About Link Audits

How Can You Assess Whether You Have a Link Penalty?

Panda or Penguin Recovery

Did you get a manual action notification?

Just check under manual actions within Google Search Console.

You’ll know immediately if Google has penalized your site.

Did your site get downgraded algorithmically?

Usually, you can assess whether you have an algorithmic downgrade by examining your Google Analytics data.

Typically, you’ll see an approximate 35-50 percent drop in overall traffic. This could be to certain pages, folders, or even sitewide.

A careful analysis can sometimes reveal other issues (e.g., technical or content) on a site that are causing such traffic drops.

In these cases, you should begin with a multi-tiered audit implementation approach designed to fix content-related issues along with link-related issues.

What to Do If You Identify a Negative SEO Attack?

You need to stop the attack as quickly as possible. If you are under high volume link attack, it’s only a matter of time before you will be penalized.

The process itself is really fairly simple and not overly complex:

  • Block all bots. Except perhaps the major ones: Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
  • Do a mass disavow of all incoming links.
  • Implement a regular link review and disavow process to continue disavowing all incoming links until the link attack goes away.

What Is the Best Way to Implement a Good Link Profile?

Creating a Better Link Profile

Adopt good habits:

  • Use branded anchor text where possible.
  • Use naked URLs.
  • Do not use exact match keyword anchor text.
  • Don’t get links from bad sites or bad neighborhoods.
  • Don’t place links with over-optimized anchor text manually or with tools.
  • Make sure your links are editorially vouched for by the site owners involved.
  • Get links from good authority sites in your niche.
  • Engage with people

In general, your link profile should be fairly balanced, and types of links should not exceed approximately 20 percent of your overall link profile.

Avoid spammy, unnatural links and disavow any against Google’s guidelines.

How Long Does It Take to Remove an Algorithmic Downgrade?

It can very well take 6-8 months or more depending on its severity. And if it’s a manual action, you could be looking at close to a year.

I’ve personally worked on a 200,000+ link profile in the legal industry that took over a year to fully get completely reversed, and seven submissions of the reinclusion request sent to Google.

Don’t give up – it’s possible to repair even the worst of the worst link profiles.

Machine vs. man: What really matters for SEO success

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques

Changes to the core concepts of quality and authority over the past year have altered the course of SEO forever, with Google both improving algorithms and increasingly relying on human “quality raters.”

Old methods of dynamically generating content and other quick hacks no longer result in long-term, sustainable SEO performance.

Gone are the days of low-quality ghostwriting as a means of rapidly producing new blog articles for the sake of “content freshness.” Additionally, SEOs can no longer rely upon re-purposing information otherwise found online (especially without citing one’s sources) as an effective and sustainable content strategy.

To succeed in this new landscape, SEOs must learn how Google has changed the rules regarding content quality and authority and what steps website owners must take to ensure they’re seen as trustworthy.

What are the biggest changes in how sites are evaluated and ranked that you’ve seen over the past year?

2019 was the year when Google turned up the dial on analyzing the quality and trustworthiness of web pages and domains. In previous years, making small tweaks to well-known ranking factors (such as adjusting title tags or adding new internal links) could have been enough to see an improvement in SEO performance, even if the website wasn’t known as an authority on the subject being written about.

Those types of quick on-page optimization tactics are no longer sufficient to obtain top positions in the search results, especially if the website contains other issues related to quality and trust. Google is now honing in on the reputation and credibility of both the website itself, as well as the creators who contribute to its content. It has also placed great importance on user experience, such as by rolling out several updates related to page speed and switching to mobile-first indexing.

What steps do you take when one of your clients has had a huge traffic drop due to an algorithm change?

We start by looking at both on- and off-site issues related to quality and trust when a client has been hit. We analyze which pages were hit or whether the effect was site-wide, to see if a certain section of the site contains E-A-T (expertise, authoritativeness, trustworthiness) issues or if the entire domain’s authority was called into question. We take a close look at the content on affected pages compared to that of our competitors. Does it adequately answer the search query with the appropriate vocabulary, citations and page structure?

Doing a “site:” search is another step we take when gauging the current organic footprint of a site; it’s common to find many thin, duplicate, or low-quality pages in the index that could benefit from being merged or removed. Another good tactic (which is actually suggested by Google) is to look up reviews of the content creator or the website itself, while excluding results pulled from the website in question. There may be external issues related to the client’s trustworthiness that need to be resolved.

How closely should people be following the Google Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines?

Our SEO team has a printed-out copy of the 2019 Search Quality Rater Guidelines on our bookshelf, which we often dive into when analyzing an affected site or whenever else we have questions about how Google defines “high quality” content. While we are fully aware that Google has stated that many of the recommendations in the guidelines are not current ranking factors, we know these are good long-term marketing strategies that Google teams will work to build into future evolutions of the search algorithm.

Furthermore, we have already seen ample evidence in recent months that the algorithm has made great improvements in learning how to behave like a human being when analyzing website quality. And although it may be obvious to most SEOs by now, the updated guidelines clearly state that old-fashioned SEO techniques like keyword stuffing, auto-generating content or writing low-quality blog articles for the sake of churning out new content are not sustainable strategies to produce good results in the future.

How much impact are artificial intelligence and machine learning having on ranking algorithms?

I think a lot of what we have seen in recent months with algorithm updates stems from Google’s rapid advancements in machine learning. When Ben Gomes of Google said the rater guidelines are “where we want the search algorithm to go,” he confirmed that humans continue to be the best judge of what is high-quality and what is not (for now at least), but there is still work to do for the algorithms to catch up with human judgment.

Machine learning makes that process much quicker and more scalable than it has ever been before. But when we see major fluctuations in search, as we have in the past six months with sites drastically rising and falling after each algorithm update, it’s a good indication that sometimes the algorithms can miss the mark and still have a lot of work to do.

What kind of changes are you anticipating for the coming year?

By focusing so much on the reputation of the website and the creators of the content — especially for YMYL (Your Money Or Your Life) sites — Google has made it hard to rank well with mediocre content or lack of expertise. Ranking in 2019 will require more time and effort than ever before, because short-term hacks won’t lead to sustained SEO success.

I believe that companies and individuals who are focused on their search presence should keep a close eye on their online reputations and take steps to address anything that may bring their credibility or trustworthiness into question. This includes actually listening to their customers and addressing their concerns across different platforms. It includes not overwhelming customers with calls to action or advertisements. It also includes providing easy ways for customers to get in touch with them when customers have a problem and incorporating that feedback into how they operate their business.

These are not easy things to achieve; digital brands must be all-hands-on-deck to build and maintain long-term organic visibility. But these are also the things human searchers evaluate as they make informed consumer decisions, and search engines are quickly catching up to humans in their ability to emulate those evaluation processes.

Local SEO an ‘artisanal’ discipline dominated by small agencies

By | Networking Bizz SEO News

Roughly 53 percent of firms doing local SEO have 10 or fewer clients

A new survey from Bright-local offers a window into the state of agencies doing local SEO. The survey polled roughly 650 digital agencies, SEO freelancers and in-house marketers from small businesses and enterprises. The results overall describe a market segment that faces challenges but is upbeat — a reflection of the dynamic and constantly changing nature of organic search.

Agency size and revenues. A majority (54 percent) of those doing local SEO are smaller agencies and small businesses themselves. However, the number of large agencies involved with local SEO grew somewhat compared with two years ago.

The majority of respondents had fewer than 20 SEO clients, with 53 percent having fewer than 10. The largest group (65 percent) were making less than $1 million annually from their SEO customers (some much less); roughly 18 percent were making between $1 million and $5 million and 6 percent were making more than $5 million annually. And 18 percent said they didn’t know how much they were making from local SEO clients.

Monthly retainer amounts were all over the place, but the bulk (59 percent) were in the $100 to $1,000 range. In terms of hourly rates, 30 percent of respondents were charging between $50 and $100, and 34 percent charged between $100 and $150, with 28 percent charging more than that. The vast majority of practitioners (83 percent) were making $100,000 or less in salary, with 17 percent earning over that amount.

Results hard to deliver. A majority (56 percent) said it will be more challenging to deliver local SEO results for clients this year, but that number is actually down from 2017. In other words, more SEOs are upbeat about potential performance. Indeed, 93 percent of the marketers surveyed said they are “fairly optimistic” or “very optimistic” about the outlook for the SEO industry overall.

The local search marketing services most in demand from clients were:

  1. Web design.
  2. On-site optimization.
  3. SEO audits and analysis.
  4. PPC
  5. GMB optimization.
  6. Social media.
  7. Reputation management.
  8. Citation management.
  9. Link building and content outreach.
  10. Content creation and optimization.

Asked about how they got new clients, practitioners responded that word of mouth was the leading source, followed by SEO itself. Content marketing was number three, local business groups was next, followed by PPC advertising, then conferences and Facebook. The latter dropped as a source of new business from number three last year to number seven this year.

Why you should care. Far from being dead, SEO business appears to be growing for the agencies participating in the survey. However, local SEO is a sub-segment that, for the moment, is dominated by smaller firms and smaller dollars.

Many people in the industry treat local SEO as a niche or see it purely as a concern for small business. However, the truth is the opposite; it’s something that every business or brand that sells through physical stores or service outlets should be focused on.

Streamline YouTube SEO Optimization With These Tools

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques

With video streaming services and social media platforms reporting large amounts of traffic, videos are slowly but surely moving front and center as the most popular form of online content. Plus, they are made more accessible by the widespread use of mobile devices and the growing average speed of Internet connectivity.

Look no further than sites like Twitch and YouTube to understand how powerful videos can be at keeping people glued to their screens. As a matter of fact, according to YouTube, U.S. residents aged 18-34 watch more videos on mobile devices than they do on any TV broadcast or cable network.

Bearing this in mind, performing video optimization has never been as important as it is today. To get more eyeballs looking at your videos, you must do your best to ensure that people can find your videos online and that they choose to watch your video over the vast pool of competition.

Getting yourself noticed on YouTube can be quite a daunting challenge, but in this post, we’ve rounded up some of the best tools that can help you optimize your YouTube videos for SEO.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

One of the most crucial parts of producing videos is getting everything ready even before the camera starts rolling. The bulk of the work is actually done during the video pre-production or planning stage. After all, you can’t create a great video without laying out a plan first, right?

Conducting keyword research

Knowing what topics are popular and what colloquial terms are used most to find videos is imperative to the success of your digital video marketing strategy. By creating videos around a specific target keyword, you’ll have a much better chance of getting ranked higher on the YouTube SERP.

YouTube autocomplete

You’ve probably noticed that YouTube suggests certain keywords and phrases as you type a query into the search box:

What makes the Autocomplete feature so great is that it’s free and only puts popular keywords forward. Basically, YouTube points out for you the terms people use most to find videos. From the standpoint of YouTube SEO, your videos should be optimized around these suggested keywords.

Above you can see that YouTube suggests several other keywords along with the initial query. Each suggestion can be a great idea for a video topic, but they are awesome long-tail keywords as well. Besides being popular, long-tail keywords are also not very competitive, and, hence, are easier to get ranked for.

Analyzing yours and your competitors’ channels

You have enough on your plate managing your channel as it is, but the only way to know which direction to go or what you need to do to get better results is to scrutinize all of your channel’s existing data and compare it to that of your main rivals.

Of course, there are also a number of tools that can help you dissect your channel and get to know everything about the channels you’re going up against.

YouTube Analytics

YouTube Analytics is the best place to learn what’s working on your channel and what’s not. This free, easy-to-use but comprehensive tool can tell you who watches your videos and what they like to watch, plus it can help you figure out which videos can produce more income.

This solution enables you to perform a detailed analysis of your channel and each separate video, providing you with real-time reports, view count, ratio of likes and dislikes, as well as viewer demographics.

YouTube Analytics offers three key report categories to work with: Revenue, Watch time, and Engagement — make sure to explore all of them for maximum results. On top of that, these categories are complemented by real-time and Overview sections. To take advantage of the tool, you must start uploading videos so that the system has some data to work with to boost your performance.

Snagging competitor tags

To dig a bit deeper into your competition, take a look at the tags they use to get their videos noticed by YouTube. Not only do tags help you get ranked for the target keyword, but they can also help you show up as a related video in YouTube’s sidebar when someone watches a video with a similar tag.

Although tags are initially hidden on YouTube, they can be viewed through the page’s HTML code. To do this, right-click on the page and go to “View Page Source.” Then search for the word “keywords” on the page. Everything that goes after it is the video’s tags! But if HTML is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of tools that will help you out.


YouTube decided to hide video tags from the public eye many years ago. With the free Tags for YouTube Chrome extension, YouTube tags are returned to their original position.

To view what tags are attached to a video, simply click “show more” right under the description of the video. No sidebars, overlays or layers of data — bare tags only. It’s not a powerful tool regarding analytics, but it does save you the hassle of looking up tags via HTML.

If you want to have a simple way of seeing just the tags of YouTube videos without any additional analytical information, this tool is exactly what you need.


Unlike the previous tool that simply allows you to spy on your competitors’ tags, this free solution can generate tag based on the target keyword.

The free version of the TagsYouTube tool enables you to get a list of tags related to your target keyword, select the ones you like, and add them to the final list of tags. You can then add another keyword and add those tags to your final list of tags as well. Continue adding keywords until you get a list of tags you are happy with.

Besides generating tags, this service also offers features such as Advanced Title, Description, Thumbnail Generator, as well as practical tips and advice on how to best optimize your videos for YouTube.


Just as the name suggests, this free tool can quickly generate tags. One of the great things about RapidTags is that you can apply a language filter as you perform a search to get tags for different localities.

The workflow is pretty straightforward: enter your target query into the search box and the tool will generate relevant tags which you can then copy to YouTube.

You can then further analyze the target query to find out its traffic details like how many views, likes, dislikes and comments it currently has. RapidTags also shows the estimated number of views and engagement signals — such as likes — required for your video to rank for the target query.

Now that you’ve done all the preparatory work around your video and have recorded it, you need to add some finishing touches before it’s ready to go public.

Creating a thumbnail

Book covers and film posters give us an idea of what we can expect from a book or a movie, respectively. Video thumbnails serve the same purpose: they give people a rough understanding of what they’ll see in a video if they watch it. Therefore, before uploading your video to YouTube, create a high-quality custom thumbnail using a professional tool.


Canva is a leading graphic design tool that is perfect for creating beautiful thumbnails for YouTube videos. It’s easy to use, even if you’re not a designer.

It should be noted that this tool is not exclusively used for creating thumbnails — Canva can also be engaged in a number of other design-related tasks such booklets, presentations, sales pitches and so forth. It offers over a million fonts, graphics, photos and templates for you to choose from, as well as the option to upload images from your collections.

In terms of making thumbnails, Canva is packed with a plethora of free stock photos, backgrounds, texts, shapes, illustrations, and much more, making it a great solution. Moreover, you can use this tool free of charge on computers, Android and iOS devices, with the exception of several paid features and elements.


Another powerful free web graphic designer, photo editor, and collage maker tool is FotoJet. With this solution, creating amazing YouTube thumbnails is a walk in the park.

What makes this graphic design tool stand out is the fact that it puts more focus on creating amazing thumbnails for YouTube — not just general design features. With more than 500 templates for collages, FotoJet is a great resource for producing various graphics for YouTube, including video thumbnails.

The best part of this tool is the advanced thumbnail creator tool. It lets you make all sorts of fine adjustments to your creations — rotate images, add filters, crop or resize them. Also, similar to Canva, FotoJet’s drag-and-drop interface provides for an intuitive and hassle-free user experience.

Optimizing the video

Before you decide to upload your video to YouTube, you may want to polish it off and add finishing touches by running it through an editing tool. Luckily, there’s a variety of video optimization tools that can show you new ways of improving your videos, and fast-track the process.


If you’re a greenhorn when it comes to editing YouTube videos and want to use only native apps on your Mac — give iMovie a try.

With this intuitive video editing software, you are free to trim, crop and rearrange sections of your video whichever way you like. Plus, the tool allows you to fix shaky videos, insert titles, throw in great visual effects and manage the video’s audio files.

One of the cool things about iMovie is that it supports 4K and HD videos, which is great news for those of us who record videos on GoPro cameras, iPhones, and other modern quality cameras. Moreover, the tool lets you easily upload and publish such high-definition videos to Facebook, Vimeo and, of course, YouTube.

So, if you’re still learning the ropes of video editors, this tool is perfect for getting started.


A free video editing tool that is more advanced than the previous option is Blender. Not only does it offer features that allow you to use the tool for 3D, VFX, rendering, animation, modeling, and even creating video games, it also enables you to trim videos, apply all sorts of filters and transitions — just what YouTubers need.

With Blender, you can add as many image, audio and video files to a video’s timeline as you want and edit them as you see fit on Mac, Windows or Linux devices. Blender also visualizes waveforms and allows users to mix audio files, which makes for a creative experience. Also, you can take advantage of the tool’s histogram displays, live preview, vectorscope features, and so much more.

It should be noted that due to this tool’s complexity, it may take you some time to figure out all of its ins and outs to yield the best results.

With almost two weeks’ worth of video content being added to YouTube every single minute, finding hundreds of videos on any given topic is a piece of cake. However, if not promoted the right way, your video just won’t be found. By making use of specialized tools, you can ensure that you get the kind of stats that are only obtained by top players in the YouTube game. If you’re doing video SEO, regular video ranking check-ups via position tracking tools are a prerequisite for the success of your YouTube channel. Such check-ups can tell you who you’re competing with and enable you to adjust your video marketing campaign accordingly.

SE Ranking

SE Ranking has a top-notch keyword tracking tool that can be used to get accurate data, detailed reports, and analysis. Along with the keyword tracking tool the platform offers a bunch of other useful features that help you perform more tasks.

The keyword rank checker tool specifically can run daily checks on Google, Yahoo and YouTube rankings for any location and device. It conveniently shows the daily ranking changes expressed in figures as well as graphs and specifies the URL for each ranking position. Also, you can set a target URL for each query, and all non-target URL positions will be highlighted in red.

The tech behind the tool collects data by simulating how users with no browsing history would behave for the selected target location and provides a cached copy if you want to verify the data for yourself.

Besides tracking rankings on five search engines and locations, you are free to track up to 5 competitors from your industry and get accurate, competitive intelligence on them. Moreover, the tool enables you to track the TOP 100 results for any search query — check how positions have changed over a specific period for any keyword or search engine from your project.


YTRank is a very simple free tool that was designed with one goal in mind: to track the YouTube video ranking position for a specific keyword.

Once you access their website, all you have to do is select the country where you get most of your traffic from, enter the URL of your YouTube video and add up to 6 keywords you want to check positions for.

Then just scroll down to see which page and on what position your keyword is currently located on. It’s as simple as that.

Getting more eyes looking at your videos is incredibly important to the success of your video marketing campaigns, and social media platforms are perfect resources to execute on that. Here are some of the tools that can help you spread the word about your video far and wide.


The process of promoting YouTube videos involves making them easy to find for viewers. DrumUp is a paid tool that enables you to schedule the promotion of your videos on various social networks.

With DrumUp, you can add your social media accounts from Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook, and communicate with your target social audiences from one easy-to-access platform.

Once you authenticate your social profiles, you will be able to see a preview of your social posts before making them public online. Customize your messages that promote your videos with a simple, intuitive social auto-posting solution.


Another social media management service that enables companies to perform social marketing activities is HootSuite. This paid tool aims to take communication to the next level and empowers companies to foster relationships with clients — not just send generic messages.

The tool’s dashboard provides tabs for each social account that’s connected to the app. Modern social media goes beyond posting messages and includes providing support, offering exclusive deals, and encouraging customers to make repeat purchases.

Hootsuite makes managing several profiles at the same time effortless. The advanced options are not free but with some extra investment, you get advanced social analytics, security, audience engagement and multiple users.


eClincher is another fully-featured paid social media management tool that makes it easy to oversee and manage your social presence. This solution’s toolset includes an intelligent social dashboard, content curation, keyword tracking, analytics, publishing and automation, a unified social inbox, and a bunch of other useful options.

Manage, set up, schedule and publish content (including YouTube videos) on all your social profiles from a single location with eClincher. If a certain piece of content is performing well, eClincher will let you know and you’ll be able to use it again for more effective engagement on the social channels that haven’t seen that piece of content yet.

This social tool can lend you a hand in finding hot relevant content from the web and instantly adding it to your feed. Since the tool can determine what content will be appreciated by your audience, this feature can boost the performance of your social media profiles.

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re getting more social media comments and questions than you can physically handle? Social comments are the modern-day version of business reviews and are vitally important to your brand. Good thing many tools can help you stay on top of all your social engagements.

YouTube comment moderation

YouTube has its own content moderation tool that gives you the possibility to customize the settings that will automatically filter out inappropriate comments, leaving only engaging comments in place.

To configure the settings that define what comments can appear, you need to go to the Creator Studio and access the Community settings.

There, you can add users to enable their comments to be approved automatically. You can also view the comments left by users marked as ‘hidden’. Moreover, by entering a list of words you want to block, comments that match or closely match the specified words will be put aside for human review. Additionally, mark the checkbox next to the Block links option to hold back new comments and live chat messages with hashtags and URLs. Last but not least, configure the basic settings regarding comments on your videos, channel and live chat before hitting ‘Save’.

As for the comments themselves, go to Comments section to view the comments that are public, those that have been held for review, and those that are considered to be spam by YouTube. This is where you can decide which comments deserve to be visible on your comments feed, but it will, unfortunately, require doing a lot of manual work. There are, however, some solutions that ease up the load.


TubeBuddy is a free browser extension that equips you with multiple tools that help you manage your YouTube channel. No need to switch between your channel and external tools to see the data — all the tools are added on top of YouTube’s interface.

Being a popular solution, TubeBuddy is full of useful tools and has quite a few ways of helping you moderate your comments.

First off, when working directly within the YouTube comments page, TubeBuddy gives you the option to filter comments: those you haven’t replied to, those that need a follow-up reply, those with positive or negative sentiments, or questions. That way you can easily find out where you need to interact more and learn what your viewers are talking about.

Canned responses is another helpful tool that allows creating quick go-to answers to popular viewer comments. Once you’ve prepared your short replies, you can select one right next to a user comment under the video, saving loads of time on creating messages anew.

The last comment-related TubeBuddy tool that deserves mention is the word cloud. The cloud contains the most used words from your comments, those that stand out for your channel and give you a quick insight into the general tone of voice of your channel.

Smart Moderation

A paid tool that provides comment moderation for social media platforms is SmartModeration. It’s designed to remove profane comments and protect your reputation on the web on autopilot in real time.

Most automated comment moderation tools solely rely on lists of keywords to understand what’s written in comments. In turn, YouTube has its own tools that look to keyword blacklists and algorithms to filter out spammy comments. However, this tool only puts them aside for human review without deleting them.

This is where Smart Moderation comes in. This tool connects to your social profiles on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and deletes unwanted comments the moment they are posted. On top of that, the tool’s machine learning AI removes such comments very accurately — like a human would. This feature makes this solution stand out because it understands words like humans. Plus its intelligence engine can be trained as you continue using the service.

Finally, the software supports multiple languages and can, therefore, be used by content producers from all over the planet to protect their audience and content.

There is little doubt that video content is a must-have component of any marketing strategy. Good thing we have YouTube that gives everyone the amazing opportunity to attract new audiences, encourage engagement and growth, as well as boost overall customer conversions.

By making the most of the tools listed in this article, you can get miles ahead of your competitors and get higher rankings on YouTube’s SERP.

Mobile Commerce On The Rise

By | Networking Bizz news

Smartphones’ share of US online retail sales, excluding apps, climbed to 31.8% in Q3 2018, according to a report from Criteo.

That marks a 14% year-over-year (YoY) increase in share, while tablets’ share dropped 12% YoY and laptops’ and desktops’ fell 5% YoY. This demonstrates the growing importance of mobile, and specifically smartphones, to both the present and future of US e-commerce.

While mobile commerce (m-commerce) is on the rise in the US, it already accounts for most sales in several other countries. M-commerce made up 40% of sales in the US in Q3 2018, excluding apps, a notable increase from its 35% share a year prior.

However, it holds a 50% or higher share in nine other countries, with Sweden leading the way at 60%, and m-commerce has a larger share in 18 countries than it does in the US. So, although retailers and brands may be bolstering their mobile capabilities to take advantage of m-commerce’s growing importance in the US, it’s even more important that they invest in the area in other countries, or they’ll disappoint consumers using the popular channel.

Leveraging the smartphone’s omnichannel capabilities can allow retailers to maximize its value. Only 7% of consumers shopped online and in-store for a product, but that small contingent accounted for 27% of sales made in Q3. Retailers need to provide omnichannel tools and experiences to capitalize on this opportunity, and smartphones are the perfect device for doing so.

They’re convenient, can be used in-store, and hold a growing influence on all retail sales, in addition to their rising e-commerce importance. Displaying details like where products are located in-store on mobile sites and apps can encourage and simplify omnichannel shopping, while in-store research tools such as Walmart’s AR comparison feature can offer more information to drive conversion among omnichannel shoppers.

In addition to preparing for the future, investing in m-commerce should pay dividends immediately given its tremendous performance over the holidays. Smartphones brought in $33.3 billion in sales from November 1 through December 19, according to Adobe, and tablets racked up $9.8 billion.

These devices accounted for 40% of retail revenue and 58% of traffic — 50% through smartphones and 8% via tablets. This shows how important it is to invest in m-commerce, as retailers and brands with lackluster mobile experiences risk alienating consumers in an extremely popular channel.

6 Instagram Marketing Tips for Business That Get Results

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques, Networking Bizz Business advice

What was the last thing posted your company’s Instagram account? Was it posted after careful thought? Was it created based on your target audience’s interests? If you answered yes to both questions, great job! You most likely have a successful marketing strategy on Instagram and a consistent layout to keep your viewers interested.
As one of the biggest social media platforms, Instagram can be a great tool to drive results for your marketing, so long as you have a solid strategy. However, with nearly a 4X higher engagement rate than any other social network, brands have a lot of opportunities to build communities among their mobile audiences. Today, we’ve got a few helpful tips to help you captivate your audience and get more engagement for your company:

1. Post Consistently

Many brands will post 2-3 photos a day, but there is no “right” number. Your posting cadence should align with your goals for this channel. More importantly: be consistent. Photos should be story-driven, compelling visuals. Short on content? You can also ask for photo submissions from followers or show the behind-the-scenes life of your business. Don’t forget that Instagram Stories allows for 15-second videos, too. Some brands have found creative ways around the time restriction, like breaking longer clips into multiple 15-second videos and posting them consecutively.


2. Offer Deals & Giveaways

A lot of deals and giveaways on Instagram are community-driven. Offer prizes to customers who take the best pictures of themselves with the product. Share a special promo code to reward your followers for remaining loyal to your business. They’ll be thankful for the deal and continue to follow your account for future perks. You can also ask followers to tag friends in posts or take selfies in order to enter contests and giveaways.

3. Work with Influencers

Influencer marketing on Instagram can be highly effective. By working with someone who already has an established audience on Instagram, brands can tap into new audiences and build followings. The most common tactic is to allow influencers to “take over” a brand’s Instagram account for a few days, so that the influencer’s followers will start looking at the account. Influencers often test or promote a brand’s product in each photo or video. Look for influencers who align with your brand’s values and mission, or who’ve shown interest in your company in past.

4. Harness the Power of Hashtags

The best way to start building an audience is to use common hashtags. Not just one or two, either. You can opt for anywhere from 5-11 hashtags per post to start growing awareness. By hashtagging industry terms and common words, you can quickly boost engagement and followers. Include hashtags that align with the content you’re sharing, and go for a mix of really popular tags and more niche-specific ones. The former will immediately get your post in front of a lot of people, whereas the latter will ensure your post remains near the top of results for longer. This goes hand in hand with SEO keywords. Hashtag the keywords you want your company to be searched for!

5. Keep Your Profile Link Fresh

The link in your bio is the best way to drive traffic from Instagram. Top tip: Use a Bitlink for any piece of content in your bio and you’ll be able to track exactly how many unique clicks your Instagram page has driven to your content. To add polish and improve engagement, many major brands use a customized branded domain in for all their Bitlinks.

For savvy social media managers who are constantly rotating their profile link, upgrading to Bitly Enterprise allows you to redirect your link to a new URL without actually changing the link in your profile, making it easy to update and track new campaigns on the fly.

6. Actively Engage Your Followers

The most successful businesses on Instagram don’t just respond to comments, they favorite and comment on other posts as well. By engaging with posts related to your industry or brand, you can create outbound awareness. However, don’t expect immediate results. It might take some time for your efforts to pay off, but don’t worry! Think of this as an opportunity to extend your brand’s voice and connect with potential customers.


Should I Outsource My Social Media?

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

With every other Instagram star being a social media guru these days, it’s common for businesses to ask themselves whether they should look into outsourcing their social media efforts.

The day-to-day tasks of running a business are generally enough for the average CEO, causing social media marketing to fall short on the priority calendar.

Social media marketing is its own beast and requires a special attention and level of creativity. Frankly, it isn’t for everyone.

If you’re going back and forth on whether to outsource your social media marketing, ask yourself the following questions first.

1. How Much Time Do I Have to Devote to Managing Social Media?

Time is the biggest reason businesses look to outsourcing their social media.

Social media isn’t just about scheduling posts.

You actually have to invest time in:

  • Tracking your brand mentions on social media.
  • Monitoring the conversations that are happening.
  • Trying new growth hack methods.
  • Responding immediately to any inquiries.

All of this needs to happen 24/7, too.

To say social media management can be done by setting aside 1-2 hours a week is really quite hilarious.

The time you invest in managing your brand’s social pages and image can’t be categorized into a lump one or few hour time periods. It is something that requires constant attention and generally in small intervals.

This is especially true for brands that have large followings and receive question after question through their social pages.

For those smaller to medium-sized businesses who argue, “Well, I don’t have tons of followers, so I just post and I’m good,” I hate to break it to you, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If anything, the brands that have smaller followings have even more work cut out for them as they try to grow their followers organically and through paid methods. Talk about overtime. 

There are tons of excellent growth hacking methods to get your follower count as high as Nike, but to execute those methods it takes lots and lots of time and energy.

Social media isn’t a one and done type of strategy. You need to continually be optimizing your followers and be social online.

2. Do I Know How to Be Social Online?

Social media isn’t an excuse to hide behind a computer and not actually talk to anyone. You still need to talk to your followers.

There’s truly an art to being a social butterfly online, and not everyone has the knack. Let’s be honest with ourselves.

If you just really don’t have the energy, creativity, or will to be a virtual social butterfly, don’t be.

If you have the time, there are tons of resources to teach you how to connect with people virtually and become this type of butterfly for your brand.

Maybe you do have the time and want to learn how to connect with your demographic socially, go for it!

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you though is to know your audience.

If your audience is just as introverted as you are they’ll most likely continue that introverting in how they communicate online.

Instead of being on flashy social media pages like Instagram or Snapchat they may be hiding in forums or casually browsing Pinterest.

Wherever they may be mimic your customer, go where they are, talk like they talk, create content they’re comfortable with. Don’t be an extrovert in an introverts world.

If the idea of this is making you cringe, it would be best for you to outsource your social media to an agency who has done work for another business within your industry.

This is someone who knows how to talk to be a virtual social butterfly to your audience.

3. Have I Established My Brand Voice? If So, How Unique Is It?

Brand voice is everything on social media.

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Again, know your audience but also know your brand before you even try to connect with your audience.

  • Are your posts funny and sarcastic?
  • Do they only have calls to action and demands?
  • Are you capitalizing on every big news story?
  • Or are you more of a DIY mom who has a 10-year old blog?

All of those voices are entirely different. Though most agencies will, not all agencies are great at mimicking your brand voice.

The first step here is to get your brand voice down. Once you have it, never lose it!

Then, document everything you possibly can about this voice.

  • What words should this voice use?
  • Which ones should it avoid at all costs and never ever ever ever use?
  • Who are other companies who have a similar brand voice?

The more you document, the more you’ll see if this is something you can trust in another brands hands to help manage for you or if you should hold onto this baby yourself.

After all, you’re the one who created it.

In short:

  • If you have a well-documented brand voice, a good social media agency will be able to send you example copies for your approval until you feel at ease that they get it.
  • If you’re still trying to find your brand voice and are at the beginning stages of this strategy, now isn’t exactly the best time to outsource your social media management.
  • If you’re going to outsource anything, hire a social media consultant to help define your brand voice for social media and then take it from there.

4. Do I Have Content or Do I Need Content?

One way to do social media is to be completely hands off and let a social media agency do all of the work for you, which can even include creating the content to share.

If you have your own content to share, I’m not saying it’s a deal breaker and you should just suck it up and manage social media yourself.

What I’m saying is that if you’re struggling to figure out which type of content to produce, or if you should reshare that ebook from three years ago, it’s worth outsourcing your content production to a professional.

This professional is going to need a good debrief about your business, how and why it operates, who it’s ideal and actual customers are, and what kind of content materials you already have.

From there, outsourcing content may be the best move for your business.

You can still manage the social media in-house but without the worries of trying to figure out what kind of content your followers actually want to see.

5. Can I Afford to Outsource?

Social media agencies, independent contractors, and content creators all come at entirely different price ranges.

Sometimes, their price ranges are less expensive than your in-house social media manager. Other times not so much.

Outsourcing social media could cost anywhere from $500 to tens of thousands of dollars a month, all depending upon the following factors:

  • What kind of outsourcing: Freelance (least expensive), agency (middle), or enterprise (highest)
  • What the monthly deliverables are: More posts and content creation = higher price
  • How long the contract length is: Longer contracts = price cuts
  • Social media tool subscriptions: Sometimes agencies require you to have your own account
  • Social media advertising: Because organic is no longer good enough

Let’s not forget about the time it takes for you to email back and forth, edit, approve and review reports.

Here’s a look at everything that comes with in-house costs of social media management:

  • Employees (salary, benefits, etc.).
  • Social media tool subscriptions.
  • Content creation.
  • Social media advertising.
  • Strategy development and measurement (time and tools).

If you go the freelancer route, you’re certainly saving money on those benefit coverages, but it may not always be the right path. You’re still looking at investing:

  • Your management time.
  • Your communication time.
  • Content creation.
  • Social media advertising.

6. What Should I Do?

So, which one is right for you?

It depends on tons of different goals and factors, most of which we hashed out above.

To put it simply, if you’re already head over heels with to-do lists and the idea of carving out extra time to do another task is making your other eye twitch, do yourself a favor and outsource. It will be the least time-invested resource.

Though, don’t forget, it will still require a bit of your time and movement in your budget.

  • Freelance = Lots of communication, editing, approvals, and then double-checking ROI.
  • Agency = A bit of time initially and then mostly hands-off.
  • Enterprise = Read our monthly reports and go “Oh” and “Ah.”

If you have the time, budget, and experience to create an in-house team or become one, then do so.

Managing your brand’s social media presence in-house has far more pros than cons.

The Top 10 Email Marketing Mistakes to Stop Making

By | Netwoking Bizz Brand development, Networking Bizz Business advice

Email marketing has the potential to generate unmatched ROI for your business, but figuring out how to optimize your strategy isn’t always easy. There are lots of moving parts to keep track of, from tools and campaigns to analytics and testing.

All of these separate parts must come together somehow to make your email marketing work. That said, there are a few common obstacles that often stand in the way of getting your best results from email.

To help you keep track of some common pitfalls, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 email marketing mistakes that are costing your company revenue.

1. Not including a call-to-action

Are you creating email campaigns and not telling your subscribers what to do with the information you give them?

If so, you’re missing the point of creating a campaign in the first place – to reach a particular goal. If your emails don’t help you move toward that goal, they’re pretty much pointless. They’re a waste of time and resources.

Luckily, it’s easy to optimize your emails to accomplish whatever you want to achieve. You can increase your website traffic, convert subscribers to leads, increase purchases, or get people to download your new ebook.

All it takes is persuasive email copy along with an effective call-to-action!

You can also think of a call-to-action as a clear goal for that particular email. Just ask yourself: what do you want subscribers to do with the content in the marketing message? That should be your call-to-action (CTA).

For instance, in this email from Chatbooks, the goal is to get customers to make a purchase. The company has a coupon code to help spur people to this action, so they used that enticement as the CTA text (“Save 20% Today!”).

2. Not using email list segmentation

If you’re not segmenting your email list, you’re missing out on an easy way to send more personalized emails to each subset of your subscribers.

For example, maybe a subset of your subscribers uses your service far more than others. Maybe you have a different subset of casual or beginning users, too. If you send the same emails to both groups, you’ll risk alienating them both with messaging that’s too broad and doesn’t resonate with their interests.

By contrast, if you send each group personalized emails, you can speak to them on deeper, targeted levels, which may equal more action from them on your CTAs.

3. Not writing your emails for the reader

Are your emails focused on your readers, or are they focused on you, your business, and your goals?

If you’re in the latter camp, you’re making one of the biggest marketing mistakes: forgetting your audience.

This is a big problem because your audience doesn’t care about things that don’t involve them. They want to know what’s in it for them, and if you don’t spell it out, they’ll lose interest.

4. Not automating emails based on user habits

According to BigCommerce, email automation is one of the most effective methods for email marketing. It helps you engage with customers at exactly the right moment when they’ll be most receptive to your marketing.

Here’s how it works: if you want to send new subscribers to your newsletter a welcome email or a series of emails, you create one email campaign designed to introduce them to your website and your best content or products. The email is triggered once the requirements are met (in this case, whenever someone new signs up for your email list).

In this vein, you can create all kinds of automated email campaigns. You set the criteria for the trigger, and when those criteria are met, the prospect will receive a targeted, personalized email at the exact right time. Less work for your team, more reward for the entire company.

And, according to data from Statista, personalized marketing is what users crave. 90% of respondents to an April 2017 marketing survey said they find personalized messages either “very appealing” or “somewhat appealing”.

5. Not creating engaging email subject lines

It’s easy to neglect your email subject lines after spending time and resources crafting a beautiful email. After all, you’ve optimized the content for results and subscribed to all the best practices for email marketing, so you’re sure to see results, right?

If you neglect your subject lines, you could lose out on critical opens, which means your subscribers will never even see, read, or interact with your emails, regardless of how well they’re designed.

That’s bad for your email marketing because it means a wasted budget and wasted time. Instead, take the time to craft compelling email subject lines so your messages are irresistible from the very moment they hit your readers’ inboxes.

A few good tips include:

  • Keeping it short and sweet
  • Eliminating filler words
  • Putting the most important keywords at the beginning
  • Staying clear and simple

6. Not optimizing for mobile users

Mobile internet traffic accounts for over half of all internet traffic, according to StatCounter. That number surpasses traffic from desktop computers and tablets.

In other words, if you’re not optimizing your email marketing for mobile users, your messages will render poorly and not work on the majority of their devices. Not only are your subscribers likely to delete your email then and there, but they are also less likely to open your next one.

7. Not including text (or Alt Text)

If your email campaigns consist of nothing but images, you have a problem.

It’s this simple: lots of email users have their images turned off, which means they won’t automatically load in their browser. If your email is all images without text, the user won’t see a thing, and they’ll move on.

8. Not sending emails strategically

How often do your subscribers want to hear from you? Not asking this question is yet another major email marketing mistake.

Turns out, sending emails strategically isn’t about guesswork. It’s about paying attention to your target audience and segments, listening to their preferences, and offering options that cater to them.

For example, many brands offer a preference center for their list subscribers, allowing users to determine how frequently they receive emails. Once you start collecting this data, you can easily break your list into segments and use automation to follow-through, delivering exactly what your customers want.

9. Not cleaning up your subscriber list

The size of your email list doesn’t matter as much as how many of those people are truly interested and engaged in what you have to tell them. If your list is bloated because you have a big percentage of inactive subscribers, that doesn’t help your bottom line.

What does help your bottom line? Active, engaged, interested subscribers.

To that end, it’s a good idea to clean up your list every now and then. Think of it as “cleaning house.” When you prune your list and remove those who aren’t engaging with your emails, you’ll be left with the true fans of your brand and a much more powerful tool for marketing.

10. Not A/B testing your emails

Number 10 in our list of the top 10 email marketing mistakes: not A/B testing your emails.

Testing your emails is one of the simplest ways to gather data about your audience’s preferences. Once you know what designs, images, text, and CTAs are most appealing to your readers – you can build on this knowledge to create even more powerful, compelling, and exciting emails.

How to thrive within the fast-paced SEO environment

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques, Networking Bizz Business advice, Networking Bizz digital marketing

One of the best things about the search space is that it’s hard. We are constantly working to keep our finger on the pulse, experiment with new ideas, and drive results. It’s why I love it.

At the same time, because it’s hard and because it’s constantly evolving, no matter how long you’ve been doing it, you are bound to make mistakes. In fact, search “SEO mistakes” and you’ll find about 18 million other people who agree.

I have made any number of mistakes in the past years and while I’m not going to list them out line by line (we don’t have that kind of time), I do think there’s value in discussing what we can do to avoid some of the more common ones. Let’s jump in.

1. Always track changes

It’s an age-old tale; someone in an organization (the client, the dev team, the CEO) decides to make an update to the site without communicating it. Pages are gone or moved, content has been changed, and even worse, you didn’t notice it until a few weeks later when traffic was gone and rankings had tanked.

Unfortunately, as much as we communicate, as much as we try to stay involved, situations like this are bound to occur. The best thing to do is to prepare. Here’s how.

Set up change alerts

Tools like SEORadar or VisualPing will notify you when changes are made to a site. Whether it’s on-page or in the code, you will get an alert and immediately be able to see where the change occurred. For larger e-commerce sites where changes are made frequently, a tool like SEORadar will allow you to choose the types of changes you want to be notified about. A good feature considering none of us want to be bombarded with useless emails.

Keep a changelog

We use a combination of Basecamp and Google Drive to ensure we can easily find existing recommendations. After all, if a page is accidentally removed or you need to revert content or tagging, finding the approved content becomes pretty important. Even more importantly, if a site tanks, it’s good to be able to see what drove it.

A few things we do to stay organized:

  • Shared Changelog. For a number of clients, we keep a shared changelog with the dev team. This way we know the when, what, and where of site updates.
  • Analytics Annotations. When an update is released, recommendations are implemented, or a big announcement is made (ex: mobile indexing), make an annotation in your analytics platform. A year from now, when you are pulling data and wondering what happened, you’ll have it right in front of you. Annotations can be lifesavers.
  • Closeout messages. For example, if a page was updated, make a note in the original message, noting the date of the change and the URL. Record keeping FTW!! (Check out Recordit.com for the best free onscreen recording software ever- you’ll thank us later!)

2. Clean data = Good data

You spent hours creating a report. The results look good. You’re showing value. And just when it’s time to present the report to the team, you hear:

“Does this include login traffic?”


“We actually switched to a new profile.”


“We need to take out traffic from X.”

Make sure you’re using the right data from the start. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a project when one team has been using one data point and another team a different one. And you’d be surprised by the number of reports I’ve had to redo because we had the wrong information or the client wanted certain data points removed.

At the same time as you sync up with your team and the client, make sure your analytics is set up properly from the start – is tracking on all pages? Is sub-domain tracking set up? Are the correct goal URLs set up? Is event tracking working properly?

One of the biggest challenges we have in SEO is showing value and we rely on analytics data to help us. Without the right data in place, our challenge becomes even greater.

3. Knowledge is power

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again…there is a lack of education in the marketing space when it comes to SEO. Not only that, but the value of SEO is still being questioned.

Here’s the thing – while it’s changing, it’s not changing fast enough and we can’t get mad because someone doesn’t understand the value of what we are doing or understand everything that’s involved in the process. More importantly, we have to be able to explain things in a way that matters to the stakeholders. Here’s how:

Know Your Audience

How we talk to the PR team is different than how we talk to the Dev team and certainly different than how we talk to the CMO. Guess what? The CMO probably doesn’t care about the type of redirect you are recommending. What they do care about is the impact it has on the overall business.

Know who it is you are talking to, what their knowledge is, and what they care about. If you are unsure, ask ahead of time. During our initial discovery, we not only ask questions related to SEO but also get backgrounds on the people we will be working with.

  • What is their role?
  • What are their goals?
  • Have they worked with an SEO team in the past?

This type of information can be really helpful.

Avoid the SEO bubble

Last week I was providing a recommendation on duplicate content. The client set up a sub-domain and a sub-folder containing the same information. As I started to explain the way search engines index pages, I realized they didn’t care and they didn’t need to know that information. What they needed to know was the result and why it was important we fix it.

Look, we spend hours of our lives analyzing Google, so I get why we want to share our knowledge. The thing is, it doesn’t always matter. Sometimes we have to step out of our SEO bubble and talk like regular humans.

4. Don’t forget the customer

One of the case studies I used involved lots of content, huge increases in traffic and rankings, and an unhappy client.

See, it turned out that while we were building an amazing portfolio of content that was driving people to the site, we were actually building an amazing portfolio of top to medium funnel content. We weren’t focused on conversions and we weren’t focused on existing customers. Fail!

As search marketers, it’s so easy to forget what it is we are trying to do. There’s so much pressure to improve results and improve a position that we often forget why we are doing it in the first place…sales.

5. There’s more than one way

Can we all just agree there’s often more than one right way? That yes, maybe this way worked great for you but this other way worked great for someone else. Perhaps SEO has a lot of intricacies and nuances and is often specific to a site or industry or platform. Maybe?

I am harping on this a bit but the reason is that we often get too caught up in the “this has to be done a certain way” mentality. We get on calls with developers and tell them the way we want it done. We fight battles over meta tag lengths or how a title tag should be written. Come on.

To be a good SEO means being able to compromise and figure out how to make things work even if it’s not the way you would’ve done it. We have to pick our battles and push for the things that really matter. And remember, just because Google says jump, doesn’t mean you have to jump.


Lessons From Netflix About Content Marketing

By | Netwoking Bizz Brand development

Lessons From Netflix About Content Marketing


Netflix didn’t become the most popular streaming video subscription service by accident. Clearly, it hired smart people to run its analytics, content strategy and customer-experience initiatives to grow its subscription base, all the while reducing churn and cancellations.

This media services provider has also mastered the use of social media to gain attention for its shows (sometimes controversially so) and connect with fans.

But before getting to five social media marketing takeaways from Netflix that entrepreneurs can use to expand their brands’ presence, consider some important numbers about the media giant’s place among what’s sometimes called FANG  (FANG being the acronym for the four high-performing technology stocks: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.)

These are the numbers that have transformed Netflix into a video-streaming juggernaut:

  • As of July,17, Netflix had more than 130 million paying subscribers, according to Statista. It added over 7.5 million new subscribers between Q4 2017 and Q1 in 2018.
  • Amazon Prime, Netflix’s closest streaming competitor, has only 100 million subscribers.
  • In just one quarter, Netflix added half as many new subscribers as another streaming competitor, Hulu, has total subscribers (pretty incredible).
  • Netflix has made a growth push into new markets: It has customers streaming and watching content in over 190 countries.

Along the way, Netflix has pushed the envelope and made some controversial moves. Its original series 13 Reasons Why was boycotted and slammed by reviewers for what they said romanticized suicide and depression. Then, last December, Netflix generated negative publicity with its Big Brother-esque creepy Christmas movie tweet in which it shared detailed information about its customers’ viewing habits, while cruelly poking fun at 53 people who watched a Christmas movie 18 days in a row.

Let’s not forget the company’s price-hike scandal of 2016, after it had promised certain customers lifetime subscriptions. The result: lawsuits and nearly 500,000 cancellations.

Perhaps the company’s biggest controversy was the ban it issued against people who wanted to use location-masking software such as virtual private networks (VPN) to stream content from the app.

The Netflix VPN ban caused quite a few customers to call for a ban, via social media, and say they were deleting their accounts. People use VPNs to access content that isn’t available or hasn’t launched in their region from Netflix. And while Netflix has tried quite hard to enforce the ban, according to data from the site The Best VPN, around 70 percent of VPNs have found ways to bypass the Netflix ban. The company is still fighting this.

At the same time, the company’s growth and success despite these backlash events and scandals has been impressive:

  • Since 2015, over 30 million subscibers have been logging-in and streaming the service using VPNs or other location-masking software, according to The Guardian.
  • Since enacting the price hike and VPN ban, regardless of the associated uproar, Netflix has added over 40 million new paying monthlty subscribers.

So, you may be wondering, what does Netflix do differently to achieve these kinds of results? What is the special sauce or secret to this growth?  Aside from the fairly obvious factors, such as its having built a useful and popular (some say addictive) product, and constantly reinvested its profits into creating new content and licensing deals, the company has mastered marketing to what I consider a genius level.

And its investment in social media is a big part of those marketing strategies. Accordingly, while you may not be in media, here five things your company can learn from Netflix about marketing across social media channels:

1. Even great social media will not save a crappy product.

Besides maybe Google or Facebook, Netflix has made it through more scandals than most companies. The events I’ve described have brought a barrage of litigation, loss of subscribers and discontent among portion of its customer base. Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, known for taking risks, hasn’t been fazed by the backlash.

In a 2016 earnings call he called the protestors of the VPN  “a very small but quite vocal minority” and called the scenario “really inconsequential to us, as you can see from our Q1 results.”

Of course, marketing approach is one thing; then there’s the actual product. Recently, Digital Trends conducted an in-depth comparison of the streaming service providers and Netflix came out on top, winning in five out of seven categories (price, content library, supported devices, ease of use and video quality).

This confirmed Netflix’s position ahead of its competitors in terms of subscribers looking for binge-worthy content. Even though recent data has suggested that 80 percent of Netflix viewership comes from licensed movies and TV content, original breakout hits like Stranger Things have caught the big news headlines and accounted for the remaining 20 percent.

2. Don’t fear showing a real and authentic voice.

Netflix is a brand that shows you can make connections with an audience using an authentic voice. While some legacy brands have strict policies about interacting with followers on social channels, Netflix takes a different approach and likes to have fun by taking a more casual and playful voice.

Here are sample tweets that show this inclination in action:

#Daredevil  Season 2. All night, every night. See you in a few hours. pic.twitter.com/O1fdynSrLa

— Netflix US (@netflix) March 18, 2016

“One more episode” – You, lying straight to your own face.

— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) Aug. 5, 2017

brb changing my name to Netflib

— Netflix US (@netflix) June 11, 2018

Hey @ayenalambat! Is the birthday boy around? Chief Hopper has something to say. https://t.co/kzqP3P5fkz

— Netflix Philippines (@Netflix_PH) March 27, 2018

Apparently, the @Netflix account is positioning itself as one of its subscribers’ friends in its posting and retweets — as opposed to being like a brand trying to sell you something.

To its fanatical audience, Netflix doesn’t feel like just another huge, untouchable corporation afraid of lawsuits. If you roast Netflix, it will roast you back.

3. Social listening should be an important part of your strategy.

Ever hear of Netflix socks back in 2015? This was a project Netflix created when its data showed that many of its users were falling asleep while binge-watching a show — I’ve done it myself.

Netflix then worked with an agency called Deeplocal to cement its position as an industry innovator, and communicate to viewers that they controlled the company’s programming: It developed smart socks that used an accelerometer to detect when users fell asleep.

The technology sent a signal to the user’s TV and paused the show so that the watcher did not wake up several episodes ahead. The project was a hit and won a Shorty Award in 2016 for its creative use of technology.

The gimmick was also written about by major news sites and went viral on social — generating an average 1,175 tweets per day from over 20,000 accounts — resulting in totally 300 million social impressions.

In this way, Netflix further reinforced how innovative and cool an entertainment company it was, and is. It also showed its role in active social listening, having heard complaints from annoyed customers falling asleep during its shows and posting about it.

4. Every company cares about the numbers, but successful companies look beyond them.

Of course, marketing and social media can seem like a numbers game, and all successful brands try to interact with their audience and post regularly.

But in 2018, it takes more than just showing up on these platforms to succeed. Another key takeaway from Netflix’s approach here is its focus on quality over quantity. That means its clever and witty style on posts, how it responds and engages its audience and the quality of its tweets.

It’s pretty obvious that Netflix is not simply tweeting to meet a target.  A lot of creativity goes into these tweets, which are crafted with thorough understanding of the company’s audience. See for yourself.

5. Find a way to encourage sharing of your content.

Another Netflix strategy for social media success is how the company makes it so natural to share its content across social media.

Aside from creating interesting content that lends itself to social sharing, Netflix makes that content easily shareable and encourages people to share it with friends.

Entrepreneur contributor Dennis Williams wrote on Entrepreneur how the company “is known to provide content that pairs well with social media, helping insert itself into everyday conversations.”

The article highlighted how Netflix had even created a landing page of funny gifs, with the title “Give your friends that extra push” to encourage sharing. Its Twitter accounts are also funny and relatable, which makes people enjoy following them.


Netflix takes a different approach on Instagram and Facebook, since these platforms are more visual. And, a lot of the content created for those accounts shows either interviews, actor selfies taken during filming or behind-the-scenes photos of original shows — all intended to be teaser ads and promotions.

The bottom line is that Netflix does a lot of things well, and it did not become the streaming industry leader by chance. It has a rock-solid marketing strategy that prioritizes relating to its fans and target demographic.

Startups and established businesses can learn from these takeaways and siimilarly engage their own audiences on social media. The key here is that millennials, and in fact all demographics, like brands that are fun and approachable.

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15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing a New Landing Page

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing a New Landing Page

Landing pages are an important part of most online marketing campaigns. They are a great way to tailor the page that people see after clicking on your ad to your target audience and actual ad content.

Unfortunately, while there are a lot of great articles out there about how to test, tweak and refine your landing pages, not every tip or trick works for every page. To make things even more complicated, it can be hard to know where to start with a new landing page:

  • Do you just guess?
  • Do you put together a page and hope for the best?
  • Do you give it your best shot and then tweak once you have some data?
  • Do you create multiple pages and start testing from day one?

While all of these are certainly viable options, an inadequate landing page can cost you a lot of potential conversions and sales while you figure things out, so it’s worth it to do your best to create a decent landing page the first time around.

To help with that, I’ve put together a list of 15 questions every marketer should ask themselves before pushing a landing page live. If you can answer “yes” to every question on this list, your landing page might not be perfect, but it should provide good results.

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1. Does my above-the-fold experience feel consistent with my advertising?

Your ads set expectations for your landing page. If you’re advertising personal injury services, but your landing page talks about divorce litigation, you immediately create a sense of confusion and unmet expectations for your site traffic. That’s not a great way to get people to convert on your landing page.

Instead, your landing page should match the advertising that brings people to your page. Keep in mind what your ad looks like and promises, along with who you are targeting and what platform your ads are running on. The more seamless your ad-to-landing page transition is, the more likely people are to stick around and potentially convert.

2. Do I have a headline that clearly defines my business and/or offer?

One of the easiest ways to establish a sense of ad-to-landing page consistency is with your headline. Your headline is the first place people look for confirmation that your page matches their expectations. This is the ideal place to confirm what your business does and what your offer is.

Remember, your main goal here is to maintain momentum and build confidence, so keep your headlines clear, concise and focused on the messaging that convinced someone to click on your ad in the first place.

3. Am I communicating value with my headline and subheading?

A good headline and subheading should make a strong value proposition to your potential customers. After all, if you want people to stay and convert, you need to give them a reason to stick around and consider your offer.

The best way to do this is to focus your headline and subheading on how your business or offer will improve the lives of your potential customers. So, instead of saying something generic like “industry-leading software,” it’s better to say something more along the lines of “Close twice as many deals with our sales software.”

4. Is my CTA immediately obvious?

The whole point of a landing page is to help transition potential customers from interest to action. For this reason, landing pages tend to work better if you make the next step immediately obvious. In some cases, you might want an above-the-fold call to action (CTA) encouraging people to convert directly. In others, you may want an above-the-fold CTA that leads people to read more content farther down on your page.

Additionally, it’s almost always a good idea to make your CTA stand out (contrasting colors, smart placement and so on). The easier you make it to find and follow the next step in your conversion path, the more likely people are to do what you want them to do.

5. Is my CTA clear?

Most good CTAs require an investment of some sort. And, like all investments, your CTA comes with a measure of risk. So, if you want to get people to give you their contact information, money or something else, you need to be clear about what they’re going to get in return.

Whether it’s in your button copy or at the top of a submission form, it’s usually best to explain exactly what people get in exchange for what they’re giving you. That way, they understand the exchange and feel more motivated to do what you want them to.

6. Do I have any unnecessary links?

Unlike your home page, you know exactly why people are on your landing page and how they got there. As a result, you can give them the content they need, and you really shouldn’t have any reason to send them to another page. Unnecessary links to a site or social media profile pages simply distract people from what you want them to do on your landing page: Convert!

7. Are there distracting elements on my page?

While there might be a lot that you want to communicate about your company or offer, too much information or too many images can distract or discourage your potential customers. Remember, the goal of a landing page is to help people take the next step toward becoming a paying customer. If elements on your page aren’t an important part of helping people take that next step, you probably don’t need them.

8. Does my copy focus on things that matter to my customers?

Along the same lines, many businesses fall into the trap of creating landing pages that focus on how great their business or offer is. The problem is, your potential customers don’t care how awesome you think you are. They care about what you can do for them.

Instead of focusing on why your company is great, it’s best to focus on how your product or service will help your potential customers. How will it change their lives for the better? What value will they get from buying from you? If you can give them convincing answers to those questions, they’ll be a lot more likely to convert.

9. Are my testimonials compelling and relevant?

The right testimonials are incredibly compelling. The wrong testimonials undermine the credibility of your business. This is just as true on a landing page as it is on a third-party website.

On your landing pages, you have the advantage of picking which testimonials to use, but your potential customers know this, so your testimonials need to be particularly compelling. A great testimonial should be specific to you and your business (or offer, ideally) and should come from a reliable, verifiable source.

10. Are all my form fields necessary?

As I mentioned earlier, your CTA represents a degree of risk for your potential customers. The less you ask for, the lower that perceived risk will be. So, if you don’t need a piece of information at this particular stage of your funnel, don’t ask for it!

11. Does my page have a page title?

A page title might seem like a fairly simple thing, but our brains are designed to associate inconsistency with danger. Most reputable websites and landing pages come with a page title, so if people don’t see a page title on the tab for your landing page, they may immediately become more suspicious about the legitimacy of your business.

12. Has my page been proofread?

Ideally, reading through your landing page should be an effortless experience for your potential customers. When someone has to think to figure out what you’re trying to say or make sense of a misspelled word or poor grammar, they enter a state of alert. Something is wrong with your page, which automatically makes them question everything you are saying on your page.

As a result, they’re a lot more likely to question whether or not they need what you’re selling, which is bad news for you.

So, apart from simply creating a professional-sounding landing page, proofreading (especially if you get someone else to proofread for you) can also improve the overall performance of your landing page. The less people have to think while reading through your content, the more likely they are to be swayed by your pitch and convert.

13. Have all of my forms and buttons been tested?

Of course, the most compelling page isn’t worth much if people can’t actually convert. Any time you make a change to a button, form, integration or another interactive element, you should retest your whole process. Make sure that lead info ends up in the right place, buttons work and links direct people to the right place before you launch your page.

14. Have I mobile-optimized this page?

These days, it’s a fairly safe bet to assume that a lot of people will view your landing page on their mobile devices. It’s a bit of a pain to have to design a desktop-friendly and mobile-friendly version of your page, but that’s just the world we live in.

15. Will this page make my customer feel like ‘This is for me’?

As people progress through your marketing and sales funnel, they are constantly asking themselves, “Is this for me?” In other words, your potential customers are looking for a business and/or offer that fits them and their needs.

We’ve touched on this point throughout this article, but it’s so important that it’s worth specifically mentioning here. If you can convince people what you’re selling is a match for who they are and what they need, it will be hard for them not to convert.

This can be tricky to do on your home page, where you don’t really know who is visiting or what their motivations are. But a landing page is different. With a landing page, you control who sees your page. Only people who match your targeting and are interested enough in your advertising message to click will see your landing page, so you can create an experience that is personalized to them.


After 10+ years of building and testing landing pages, I’ve found that these 15 questions are a great way to evaluate the quality of a new landing page. If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions on this list, your page might not be perfect, but it’ll be a great asset to your online marketing campaigns from day one. Over time, you can test and refine things, but the fundamentals will all be there.


Google Revamps Local Events Search to Include Personalized Suggestions

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

Google revamps local events search to include personalized suggestions


Last May, Google  launched a new events feature designed to help web searchers more easily find things to do nearby, while also challenging Facebook’s dominance in the local events space. Today, Google is updating event search with personalized event suggestions, and well as a new design that puts more event information directly in the search results.

When the feature first launched last year, Google said it was built in response to the millions of search queries the company saw daily for finding local events and activities.

However, it was also clearly an area where Google had ceded ground to Facebook. The social network said last fall that 100 million people were using Facebook Events on a daily basis, and 650 million were using it across the network. Those numbers have surely grown since.

The original design for Google’s events search offered web searchers a list of events they could filter by category and date. Meanwhile, the event listings themselves were powered by data from Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, Meetup, Vividseats, Jambase, LiveNation, Burbio, Allevents.in, Bookmyshow.com, StubHub, Bandsintown, Yext and Eventful.

Now, Google is returning these event results in a new format — instead of more standard search results, they appear as cards, each with a little bookmark icon you can click on to save the event details for future reference.

In addition, when you tap on one of the event listings’ cards, you’re directed to a more information-rich page, offering the date, time, location and shortcuts to save the event, buy tickets, get directions or share it with others. The design looks even more like a Facebook event page, albeit without a discussion section for posts and comments.

Clicking on the “Get tickets” button will pop up a window that links to ticket resellers for the event in question — like Ticketmaster or StubHub, for example.

As users continue use the system, it will be trained to know what sort of events users like.

Google tells us that for users who are signed in and have history turned on, it will provide customized recommendations based on their interests. People have control over their Search history and data via My Activity.

This data will be used to power the new personalized recommendations feature, found in the bottom navigation bar’s “For You” tab, which organizes suggested events by category, like “concerts,” “festivals,” “shows,” free events and more. This page also will show you trending and popular events in the area, if you need ideas.

The feature is not currently live for everyone, but is rolling out to mobile users over the next few days, says Google.


Supreme Court Rules That States Can Impose Sales Tax On E-Commerce Brands

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

Supreme Court Rules That States Can Impose Sales Tax On E-Commerce Brands


A recent ruling by the Supreme Court is going to change the way e-commerce interacts with the economy forever. The Supreme Court has just overruled the decision of the 1992 Quill Corp v. North Dakota case, over the course of the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair. It was the 1992 case which determined that state taxes could only be charged when the company in question has a legitimate, physical presence in the state. This is going to change, and it is going to be a dramatic change for e-commerce brands.


The more you understand this issue, the easier it will be to see why many are looking at this as a considerably gamechanger.


Sales Tax On E-Commerce Brands?

The ruling by the Supreme Court in 1992 defined the relationship between e-commerce brands and sales taxes. Since that time, the ruling has made it clear in no uncertain terms that e-commerce brands do not need to pay sales taxes, as long as they do not have a physical presence in the state. This physical presence could be defined in a number of ways. It could be in the form of an office, a warehouse, or anything else that might qualify.


However, things are going to be different. The recent decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair have now indicated that the states can now demand sales taxes from e-commerce brands. Regardless of whether or not the e-commerce brand has a physical presence in the state, the state can impose these sales taxes.


Taxing Billions

At first glance, this Supreme Court decision should strike you as monumental. We are talking about billions and billions of dollars from one year to the next. We are essentially talking about a deep, long river of revenue that has remained untouched for a literal generation.


Of course, some brands have been paying sales taxes for years. Companies such as Walmart, Target, and Amazon.com have been collecting sales taxes for quite some time, even in situations in which they did not have a physical presence in the state. The same cannot be said for brands such as Wayfair, Newegg, and Overstock.com. These companies have failed to collect sales taxes, which led to South Dakota taking Wayfair to court. It was argued that the 1992 decision no longer had any relevancy, since that decision pertained to mail order catalogs.


More than forty states, as well as the Trump administration, have argued that the 1992 Supreme Court ruling should be thrown out, since it can hardly understand the nuances and demands of the modern-day e-commerce world.


What can we expect from this decision to strike down the 1992 Quill Corp v. North Dakota case? There are at least two key factors that you are going to want to keep in mind.


The Future Of E-Commerce

While we can only speculate on what is going to happen next, there are nonetheless a few things that are likely going to occur. To be sure, states are going to love the chance to collect sales taxes from these e-commerce businesses. Once again, we are talking about billions of dollars each year. This could generate a considerable amount of money for any state that wishes to receive sales taxes. Not surprisingly, most of the states in the Union are in favor of this decision. The brick-and-mortar brands that are still standing in the present will likely benefit from this recent event, as well.


In the end, the only ones who may suffer to some degree are the customers. If you’re the kind of person who strives to always pay the lowest possible prices, this may suddenly make things a bit more difficult. The hit to your wallet likely won’t be massive, but it is going to be something you will notice pretty early on.


In the end, we can only guess as to where this decision is going to take us. It seems likely that Congress is going to have to deal with this subject at some point. There are also some who continue to argue that the courts should not be making a decision on such a crucial economic issue. These are the people who believe the issue should be settled by Congress. We shall have to wait and see.


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Entrepreneurs Made a Fortune on Black Friday Online

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

Most people just can’t resist shopping on Black Friday. They are hardwired to anticipate amazing deals on this special day of the year. Black Friday marketing inevitably pushes online shoppers into fast-paced “feeding frenzies”.

Experts believe that a staggering twenty billion dollars were spent during the 2017 Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend!


Some consumers go all out by purchasing a variety of different goods from an array of online retailers, while others focus on just one deal which matters the most to them…such as buying a huge “4K” TV with a cut-rate price tag!


In order to maximize profits from Black Friday online, Web-based entrepreneurs need to have the right basics in place. This means impressive online shops which are are attractive, functional and designed to showcase products, product descriptions and slashed Black Friday product prices to perfection. Online shops need to offer a clean and simple interface for online shopping. People who shop on Black Friday are usually in a big hurry to lock down deals, so they don’t want to jump through a lot of hoops in order to finalize purchases. They are likely to bounce out of websites which make buying too complex or long-winded.



Entrepreneurs who choose Shopify as their preferred selling platform tend to make a killing each and every Black Friday. Their shops are first-rate and they have the “Shopify look” that consumers are so familiar with (and have grown to trust!). As well, they have streamlined e-commerce interfaces which make it so easy for Black Friday shoppers to select items and then check out.


Consumers enjoy patronizing Shopify retail outlets and they seek out deals at these outlets during the Black Friday retail bonanza.


To help you understand why Shopify is such a popular hub for Black Friday shoppers, let’s look at some Shopify stats for Black Friday 2017.


Shopify Stats for Black Friday 2017


Shopify merchants raked in a big chunk of the overall takings for Black Friday 2017. They earned over a billion dollars on Black Friday. This means that they grabbed one-twentieth of ALL proceeds for Black Friday 2017. When you consider the breadth and depth of e-commerce, that’s an amazing achievement. It shows that consumers do love the Shopify platform. They are comfortable with it and quite willing to spend their dollars at Shopify virtual storefronts.


So, which product categories dominated on Black Friday, at Shopify online retailers? Clothing was at number one. Over one million and four hundred thousand pieces of clothing were purchased via Shopify retailers. Next up was accessories. Over nine hundred and seventeen thousand accessories were bought. At number three was housewares, which racked up over five hundred and thirty thousand purchases. In fourth position was footwear, with over two hundred and two thousand pairs purchased! Next up were makeup and electronics. Food and games were the last two big performers at Shopify on Black Friday.


Where Did Customers Buy?

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Some cities were “hot spots” for shopping on Black Friday, via Shopify stores. New York City topped the list, followed by London, England, Los Angeles, USA and Brooklyn, USA. Chicago, Toronto, Houston, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego were also hot spots for Black Friday retail activity at Shopify.


During the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, merchants at Shopify shipped out packages to a total distance of over twelve billion miles!


Smart Marketing for Black Friday


Shopify entrepreneurs utilized a range of trusted marketing methods in order to stand out during the Black Friday madness! Some promoted their shops via their YouTube channels, while others put information about Black Friday deals out there on their social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There are tons of channels for free advertising, most of which are social media networks. Some Shopify entrepreneurs hedged their bets by purchasing paid traffic (PPC campaigns, paid ads on social media).


These smart and savvy entrepreneurs also promoted directly via their Shopify virtual storefronts.

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Shopify is a cost-effective platform which takes a lot of the guesswork out of promoting and performing search engine optimization. It makes life easier for entrepreneurs and this is why Shopify revenue went up by eighty-six percent between 2015 and 2016. The platform delivers for ambitious online entrepreneurs.


For example, when you sign on as a Shopify plan member (a free, fourteen-day trial is available), you’ll access a coupon and discount feature, which allows you to make and assign discount codes which help you to generate more buzz and more profits. Obviously, this feature was a popular choice with Shopify merchants during Black Friday!


Shopify isn’t the only multi-channel e-commerce platform which is cloud-based. However, as our statistics from Black Friday show, it may be the best of them all. The growth of this company is exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As more and more entrepreneurs discover the reach of Shopify, as well as its appeal to Black Friday shoppers (and year-round shoppers), it’s safe to say that this platform for Web-based merchants is going to continue to dominate.


Black Friday is Important


Seasoned online retailers know that they need to rack up significant profits on the most important retail days of the year, including Black Friday. Black Friday is important and it’s easier to grab Black Friday sales at Shopify. If you’re not using this cloud-based electronic commerce platform right now, you may want to consider using it in the future. Switching is easy and you’ll find full details on how to join Shopify at the official Shopify website. If you’re planning a startup and you want a virtual storefront which is the perfect place to do business online, Shopify will also meet your needs.

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Now that you know more about how Shopify entrepreneurs made a fortune on Black Friday, you’ll be ready to get primed for a successful Black Friday 2018. This platform gives Web-based merchants the opportunity to connect with a massive global pool of prospective customers, who already know and trust the Shopify interface.


So, why not sign up for a free Shopify trial today?

Growth hacking

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Growth  hacking is a procedure of quick experimentation crosswise over promoting channels and item improvement to distinguish the most effective approaches to grow a business. Development Hacking is a greater amount of Mindset than Toolset. Growth hacking refers to an arrangement of both customary and unusual advertising tests that prompt development of a business. Development programmers are advertisers, architects and item directors that mainly concentrate on building and connecting with the client base of a business. Growth programmers regularly focus on ease other options to conventional promoting, e.g. using social media, viral marketing or concentrate on advertising instead of purchasing publicizing through more traditional media such as radio, newspaper, and television.

Growth  hacking is especially familiar with startups, when the objective is agile development at a beginning period dispatch phase. Growth hacking may concentrate on bringing down the cost per client securing, yet development hacking is an emphasis on long-haul supportability as Mason Pelt calls attention to in a 2015 article on SiliconANGLE.com “The objective of any advertising ought to be long haul maintainable development, not only a fleeting addition. Growth  hacking is about improvement and besides lead age. Envision your business is a basin and your leads are water. You would prefer not to empty water into a broken pail; it’s a misuse of cash. That is the reason a good development programmer would think about client maintenance.”

The individuals who spend significant time in growth hacking use different sorts of advertising and item emphasess—quickly testing enticing duplicate, email showcasing, SEO and viral methodologies, among others, with a reason to build the transformation rate and accomplish the fast development of the client base. It can likewise include on-line group administration and web-based social networking effort or profoundly customized effort to news outlets to improve performance metrics such as driving client procurement and offering products. Some consider growth hacking a piece of the web-based showcasing environment, as much of the time development programmers are utilizing methods, for example, site improvement, site analytics, content marketing and A/B testing.

Item improvement is likewise vigorously affected by the development programmer mentality. Rather than long advancement cycles took after by client testing. Development programmers begin client testing with wireframes and draws; approving thoughts at each stage. A development programmer in an item improvement part would begin client testing in a coffeehouse rather than a corporate usability lab.


To battle this absence of cash and experience, development programmers approach advertising with an emphasis on advancement, adaptability, and client connectivity. Growth hacking does not, notwithstanding, isolate item plan and item viability from marketing. Growth programmers manufacture the item’s potential development, including client securing, on-boarding, adaptation, maintenance, and virality, into the item itself. Fast Company used Twitter “Recommended Users List” as case: “This was Twitter’s genuine mystery: It incorporated showcasing with the item instead of building a foundation to do a great deal of marketing.” However development hacking isn’t generally free. TechCrunch shared a few almost free development hacks explaining that development hacking is successful promoting and not legendary promoting pixie clean. As new tools(SaaS) turn out particularly that attention on further developed types of Growth Hacking, an ever-increasing number of instruments are being offered as free.

The core of development hacking is the constant concentrate on development as the main metric that genuinely matters. Mark Zuckerberg had this mentality while developing Facebook. While the correct techniques fluctuate from organization to organization and starting with one industry then onto the next, the shared factor is dependably development. Organizations that have effectively “development hacked” for the most part have a viral circle normally incorporated with their onboarding process. New clients commonly catch wind of the item or administration through their system and by utilizing the item or administration, share it with their associations thus. This circle of mindfulness, utilize, and sharing can bring about exponential development for the organization.

Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Pinterest, YouTube, Groupon, Udemy, Instagram and Google are on the whole organizations that utilized and still utilize development hacking strategies to assemble marks and enhance benefits.

Meet the Growth Hacking Wizard behind Facebook, Twitter and Quora’s Astonishing Success

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Seven years prior, when Facebook and Twitter were simply beginning, the essential enchantment trap to high development rates included making an item that associated individuals to individuals and individuals to content. In those days this sort of system impact gave the Mark Zuckerberg of the sudden world supremacy over old tech titans like AOL and Microsoft. Out of the blue, the ability to manufacture a substantial client base was given to individuals who had little spending plans, and the capacity to in a split second create billions in showcase esteem bested the nearly usual procedure of building a tech organization one client at any given moment.

A few tech organizations were at the focal point of this radical change, however just a modest bunch have possessed the capacity to keep up shocking development rates. Those that have succeeded made another way to deal with obtaining new clients – called “Development Hacking”.

In case you’re not comfortable with the term, development hacking is the place showcasing strategies meets item advancement. It will likely get the item to advertise itself. Development programmers are principled programmers who ponder how individuals utilize an object and consistently test and improve each digital touchpoints request to get prospective clients to make a move.

This is correctly what Andy Johns, one of the head development programmers in Silicon Valley, let me know was the key reason that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Quora have turned out to be so fruitful. “A great many people don’t understand what was happening off camera at these organizations (what still goes on is) most were directing a few analyses a day to decide how to best influence individuals to do what they needed them to do,” Johns let me know.

For sure, what is most striking when you talk to growth programmers like Johns is how effective these innovative strategies have been to build client procurement rates, drive clients to buy an item, or diminish the contact of utilizing an item. Development hacking can be connected to almost any advanced objective that includes influencing individuals to click, buy, join, or read.

As per Johns, the important goal of development hacking is to make a client procurement coefficient that is higher than one. For instance, an organization should plan to have a greater number of individuals utilizing their item after some time than it loses from wearing down. By trying different things with various development hacking strategies, organizations can decide the ideal intends to expand that coefficient significantly.


Facebook’s Growth Hacking Methods

Johns’ first development hacking work was at Facebook. He didn’t have any involvement in development hacking, but Facebook administration needed it that way. As Johns portrayed it, “The thought is the point at which you’re attempting to tackle something that hasn’t been illuminated before you contract a pack of brilliant individuals without an inclination towards taking care of an issue a specific way. At that point you put those individuals in an asset obliged condition and drive them to make sense of it.”

Johns concedes his initial a half year was turbulent and he believed he could be let go any day – however, he soon discovered his walk. “Facebook is one of only a handful couple of organizations that makes a stunning showing with regards to of truly driving individuals towards creating results and giving workers an amazing measure of responsibility,” Johns said. “Truth be told, at one point our official group set an objective of securing 200 million clients in a year.”

As indicated by Johns, the development group surpassed the 200 million client challenge by enabling each colleague to go about as their own particular General Manager. “As an individual, I needed to propose what I would contribute each month and for the year. Each of us was in charge of benefit and loss of clients (procurement of new clients), and I expected to figure out what assets I expected to succeed.”

The development group could track coordinate commitments from colleagues since we had fabricated mind-boggling information foundation that enabled us to be exact in the estimation of all that we did.

So how could they do it? Johns was saved yet discussed three development hacks that truly moved the needle. The principal hack included giving users embeddable Facebook identifications or profile gadgets to post on their sites and online journals. Johns revealed to me that these gadgets served billions of impressions for each month, which prompted countless snaps and therefore millions of signups. By broadening Facebook through the client base, Facebook could create countless ups.

A moment hack included purchasing specialist co-ops in underdeveloped nations. A large portion of the press following these acquisitions was left scratching their heads. Truth be told, in 2010 Michael Arrington was mystified by the Facebook securing of Octazen Solutions, asking at the time, “The central issue is the reason Facebook would need to gain an organization found most of the way around the globe if all they were doing is standard address book imports by means of OAuth and APIs, or restrictive however all around recorded conventions like Facebook utilize.” It turns out Facebook was obtaining these sorts of organizations to get their innovation to help get more email addresses.

The third hack involved the acquisition of people who had not yet signed up for Facebook, and were highly desirable targets for strategic reasons. This involved some creative but inexpensive advertising techniques that Johns could not elaborate on. This campaign was so successful that the advertising network Facebook was using asked Facebook to modify its method.

Twitter Growth Hacking

“Johns left Facebook in the wake of being selected by Twitter. He joined a previous Facebook associate (Josh Elman) and helped fabricate a 25 man group which turned into Twitter’s development group (you can see Elman’s most recent growth hacking introduction here). At the point when Johns joined, Twitter had something like 30 million dynamic clients, yet as indicated by Johns, the organization’s client base was developing too slow.

“So we began acting as quick as conceivable to discover new ranges of development. We progressed toward becoming ‘blockers and tacklers’ by tweaking and advancing about each touch point. We’d make sense of approaches to include 10,000 more clients some days and 60,000 clients on different days,” Johns let me know.

One of the most astounding performing development hacks was spot on Twitter’s landing page. As per Johns, the landing page was excessively confused, yet not long after they improved the page to concentrate on information exchanges or logins, the transformation rates expanded drastically.

A moment hack included convincing new clients to take after no less than 10 individuals on Twitter. When they did, the chances of that client returning expanded significantly. So Johns and the development group acquainted the best individuals with take after element after clients joined and the client standard for dependability went up essentially.

A third hack included expanding the adequacy of email. At the point when Johns touched base at Twitter, emails were being sent out by running Python contents by hand – so it would take 3 days to send 10 million messages. It was so cumbersome a procedure that Twitter just sent these messages out once per month. There was such a great amount of chance for development here that Twitter spun up a full group to chip away at it. Subsequently, robotized warnings and new highlights like ‘top picks’ furnish clients with a higher quality ordeal which has enhanced client maintenance.

Regardless of the group’s prosperity , Johns felt his next profession step would be with another organization so he cleared out to join Quora.

Growth Hacking Quora

“I learned development hacking at Facebook, at that point at Twitter I could play my hand at association assembling and affecting the DNA of the organization. However, when I began working at Quora, it was the best of the two universes – where the engineers and organizers gave me plentiful runway to do the correct things. The way of life contact didn’t exist,” Johns disclosed to me.

As indicated by Johns, Quora had the best-specialized framework to roll out snappy improvements to the code without it affecting whatever is left of the stage. “We just began completing stuff. We could run many trials at a truly quick pace and immediately began delivering huge outcomes,” Johns said. “We could run various trials daily to test, calibrate and enhance client procurement.”

Johns revealed to me one of the keys to progress was to watch the most dynamic clients and concentrate their examples. At that point, make encounters for new and existing clients that urge them to fall into those same examples.

In any case, in spite of the accomplishment at Quora, Johns soon wound up plainly wore out and chose to disappear of nonappearance. The seven years of startup encounter had been extreme and he required a break from work and to do some voyaging and appreciate life a bit. He flew out to Nepal to move to Mount Everest Base Camp, Thailand to try kickboxing and New Zealand to drink brew.



Google reminds webmasters that widget links are against their webmaster guidelines

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Don’t be surprised if a new wave of unnatural link penalties are sent out via the Google Search Console for widget links.

Google issued a stern warning this morning on the Google Webmaster Blog saying that they are reminding webmasters that links within widgets can be against their webmaster guidelines.

Googlers, Agnieszka Łata, Trust & Safety Search Team and Eric Kuan, Webmaster Relations Specialist wrote “we would like to reiterate our policy on the creation of keyword-rich, hidden or low-quality links embedded in widgets that are distributed across various sites.” Google shared that while many widgets can enhance your web site experience, “some widgets add links to a site that a webmaster did not editorially place and contain anchor text that the webmaster does not control.” Google explained “because these links are not naturally placed, they’re considered a violation of Google Webmaster Guidelines.”

Google is reminding widget makers to remove the links from their widgets are add the rel=”nofollow” attribute to the links. If they do not, Google said the “webspam team may take manual actions on unnatural links.” If you do get a manual action for this, Google said you need to remove the links or add the rel=”nofollow” before submitting a reconsideration request.

Additionally, those that embed these widgets on their site should “add a rel=”nofollow” attribute on those unnatural links or remove the links entirely from the widget,” Google said later on in their blog post.

Google did add three examples of widget links that are against the Google guidelines:

I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a wave of new manual actions for unnatural links in the near future.

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Making Effective Facebook Ads

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In case you’re similar to an immense number of advertisers out there, you could be under the feeling that promoting on Facebook (or some other sort of web-based social networking) is restricted to marking and client engagement.

In case you’re living in this network, it’s the ideal opportunity for a reminder.
How about we make a stride back and take a gander at the circumstance a little in an unexpected way. Imagine a scenario where I let you know.

You approach a huge number of clients, their areas, interests, practices, incalculable other focusing on capacities, also the capacity to contact them at any given hour of the day, for a ton not as much as some other accessible promoting medium of equivalent scale.

It’s an advertiser’s fantasy, and telling somebody 25 years prior that this client data was so promptly available would be like demonstrating Jurassic World to a movie producer in the 1930s attempting to shape a T-Rex out of mud.

On the off chance that you know how to utilize it appropriately, Facebook can be a standout amongst the most effective publicizing stages for driving your business forward. Overlooking the lead era abilities of these regularly developing stages resembles declining to utilize Marshawn Lynch on the one-yard line.
Compelling Facebook Ads for Lead Generation: Account Structure

Facebook’s center promotion structure is very unique to that of Twitter. You have crusades, promotion sets, and advertisements. To begin, click “Make Ad” in the upper right-hand corner. You will be taken to the battle layer of the creation procedure.
With the end goal of lead era, I would suggest the “Increment changes on your site” choice. This will guarantee that leads who are finishing activities on your site will have the capacity to be followed and you will have the capacity to screen the execution of your crusade precisely.

The following stages include embeddings your goal presentation page URL (the one where individuals will be taken once they have finished the coveted activity) and producing a following pixel.
When you create your following pixel, make certain to determine the kind of transformation being followed and the naming tradition:
Once the pixel is produced, email it to yourself and you can duplicate and glue it into your goal presentation page. The should be possible with a HTML square (in case you’re utilizing an administration like Marketo) or it can be set between the <head> and </head> labels.
The following two sections of your lead producing endeavors are critical. In the first place is the focusing of your advertisement set and second is your promotion itself. These two go as one where you need to hit the “sweet spot” with the group of onlookers that you are focusing on. The dialect, informing, and in particular, the imaginative component, ought to all stream into one easily working lead gen machine.

At first look, the focusing on interface looks sufficiently straightforward. You have the majority of the statistic choices accessible to you including dialects, areas, sex, and age. It’s the layering and how you can form groups of onlookers from this essential data that makes Facebook promotions so exceptional.

On the off chance that your objective market is somewhat wide you can include particular premium and practices and you will have the capacity to develop your crowd contingent upon how granular you’d get a kick out of the chance to get by including a few of each.

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My recommendation for most organizations, in any case, is begin by working out a “Custom Audience” with either existing or potential clients. Custom groups of onlookers can be worked by bringing in a CSV/Text list into Facebook, or by putting a pixel on your site that will enable you to remarket to the individuals who definitely know and may be keen on you.

To make a custom group of onlookers through a rundown of names, telephone numbers, or email addresses. Just go to the “group of onlookers” segment of Ads Manager:

Facebook for lead gen gatherings of people

Once there, select the “Make Audience” catch in the upper left corner:

Select “Custom Audience”. Next you will have the capacity to transfer a rundown in light of the kind of gathering of people or make a pixel that can be set on your site that will make a group of people out of your guests.

Both alternatives can and ought to be utilized As a part of ADDITION to your other focused on interests and practices.

Be that as it may, I firmly recommend you make “twin” crowds to extend your compass. By making a carbon copy group of onlookers, you can immediately target clients who “resemble” those clients you transferred into the custom gathering of people or your site guests. It resembles utilizing your current companions to set up dates with the general population you need to meet.

This is a profoundly fruitful procedure when combined with interests and practices that line up with your coveted crowd. It enables you to discover comparative clients to the ones you’ve transferred, while at the same time sifting them down into the interests and attributes most profitable to you. To begin, I recommend keeping the twin crowd as near the first as would be prudent. The bigger you make the measure of the group of onlookers, the further you go astray from the objective and the people turn out to be less “similar.”

It’s additionally key to recollect that you can make numerous promotion sets per crusade. This will enable you to test and try different things with various focusing on mixes and grind down the best performing gatherings of people.

You have the alternative to pick a day by day spending plan or a predetermined sum over a custom timeframe. With regards to the conveyance of your advertisements you have the choice to choose programmed or manual offering:

I recommend utilizing programmed offering, particularly in case you’re quite recently beginning. It will train Facebook to offer for you in a way that will amplify what you can get for your Facebook promotion spending plan.

You can likewise pick which times you need your advertisements to run. This could be invaluable on the off chance that you are focusing on just a single particular time zone or you have the information to bolster that your coveted group of onlookers is just dynamic at specific circumstances.
You’ve made it to the last leg of the race and it’s imperative to not lose center here. All that time and arrangement boils down to how well you can execute on the News Feed. Since you have your intended interest group on the ropes it’s an ideal opportunity to thump them out. Figuratively, obviously.

Lamentably, Facebook publicizing isn’t the Wild West and there are standards. Actually, it’s a tiny bit more like 1950s America and in case you’re advertisement’s dress shows excessively lower leg, you will be evaded. Before you begin making anything, you’ll need to be well-known of the greater part of the limitations Facebook forces.

This is what you have to know:

The suggested size is 1200 X 627. This is on the grounds that there are a couple of various ways Facebook can advance your promotion and it will resize it as needs be.

Facebook won’t demonstrate your promotion on the off chance that it has over 20% content on it.

To check the content thickness of your promotion, utilize this convenient instrument. An excessive number of words? You’ll need to get innovative and trim it down.

Content: 90 characters

Feature: 25 characters

Connect depiction: 500 characters

Once you’ve paid some dues, it’s a best practice to make a couple of varieties of an advertisement with various duplicate to test against each other. Facebook will consequently support the more effective advertisement and you’ll have the capacity to advance your promotion sets likewise.

With the site transformations battle structure, the essential achievement of your advertisements depend on the measurements of changes in relations to costs. You will get a Cost for each Conversion figure once your advertisements begin yielding outcomes, and this will enable you to see which promotion set, and which singular advertisements, are changing over at a superior cost and at a higher volume in connection to their companions.

Some other key execution measurements to know about incorporate achieve, recurrence, active visitor clicking percentage, and significance score:

Reach is the measure of individuals that your advertisement is being served to. Your scope is dependent on the promotion’s execution, its goal, the size and movement of your focused on gathering of people, and in this manner how much spending you will designate. In Facebook, you pay to play.

Recurrence is something that you ought to be checking as your promotions develop. The recurrence is the normal number of times your promotion has been served to every individual inside its particular reach. You’ll need to invigorate your promotions once your recurrence achieves 3 to 4, as this demonstrates your present advertisement has achieved weariness and, in principle, your CPC will start to ascend as transformations stagnate. You may see that you can’t spend your day by day spending plan – this implies it’s a great opportunity to invigorate.

Significance Score is like AdWords’ Quality Score in that you get positioned from 1 to 10 and it will reflect costs. The higher your Relevance Score, the lower your expenses.


Fyre Festival Purchasers Trusted Influencers

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Fyre Festival, a musical event, was arranged to be held on the Exuma, island of Great in the Bahamas. This gala event was supposed to take place this year for the first time and was planned by Ja Rule and Fyre Media owner Billy McFarland. Well-known international models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid took to Instagram to promote this mega event that was scheduled to happen over two weekends in the month of April as well as May this year. The plan was to provider VIP packages worth USD 12,000 which include travel tickets, luxury, eco-friendly tents, and cuisine prepared by top chefs. Day ticket prices were set at USD 1500.

However, there were major issues with the arrangement and organization of the event as things were not in place by the time the event goers started arriving. It was reported that instead of luxurious tents, the guests were provided with disaster relief tents with dirt floors and cheese sandwiches were served instead of promised exquisite cuisine by top chefs. There were complaints of mishandling of baggage, lack of security and it was evident that the organizers were unsuccessful to set up even acceptable food and accommodation facilities at the party site. They did notice the chaos on the island and tried to get a grip on the situation. But despite the efforts, the event was finally canceled after a stage performance of a musical group for few hours, on the very first day of the event.

Ja Rule reached out to twitter and assured the attendees of a safe return to Miami at the earliest, but without running water on the island and hardly any food supplies, visitors were left stranded, and they had to wait for hours at the airport as flights were canceled after the event got called off.

Social media was flooded with posts from different attendees, and they held the organizers responsible for the mega disaster. A lot of observers did not only put the blame on McFarland and his co-organizers but also accused the influencers who promoted the festival of being partly responsible for the situation. Instead of carefully examining whether what they were promoting is actually a genuine venture or not, these celebrities simply took the money and promoted an event which was hardly organized at all. They, thus, deceived their followers by making them believe the festival was a luxurious event and worth their money. This, once again, raises the question if celebrity influencers identify themselves with the events and products they promote or if they just cooperate with every brand or company that complies with their requirements regarding payment.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem the influencers were bothered by any of this as there were no reports of any sympathetic or apologetic posts made by any of these celebrities on social media and the organizers have been slapped with about seven different lawsuits, one of them seeking damages more than a 100 million and the others regarding lying swindling and cheating ticket buyers.

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Pasadena Web Development

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The companies right now are busy promoting their websites on the internet. The Internet is the best way for promoting a website because there are millions of people that are active on the internet. Promotion is the newest trend of marketing. The views of the customers keep changing every now and then, and they can easily switch to the other companies. This is why the companies have decided on digital marketing, and now they have customers from every nook and corner of the world. People nowadays are also active on social media, which is why it is the best idea to own a website so that it can be presented to the entire world. There are numerous web designing companies offering this kind of services. The Pasadena website design companies are preferred by the companies, as they effectively help in designing the websites so that the companies can become very strong in the online market.

Pasadena web design and web development companies

The companies help in designing and developing the web with the use of graphics which is extremely helpful in promoting not only the products but also the services of the website. The latest designs are provided by the companies which are very smart and entertaining, and simple which is easy to understand by everyone. They design and develop the website in a manner, that when a customer visits it, he will be able to find all the details of the products and the services. Developing the website with Pasadena Web Development is very important. It is necessary to keep up with what the customers are expecting, and hence a website is an appropriate one to stay ahead in the market.

Need for Web Development

Listed below are the reasons as to why a company needs web developers for developing their websites in an organized manner.

  • Web development is the most important thing that should be done in order to attract the present customers and make more customers by directing products and services towards the target customers. This helps to increase the number of customers that are loyal, and also make a lot of new ones.
  • A web designing company helps in designing the website in a proper manner and makes sure that it can be updated if any new product or service has to add, or if any information regarding any offer has to be informed to the customers. An updated website keeps the customer interested in looking into the products and services of the company.
  • Selling the products and the services become easy with the help of the websites that are organized and taken care of by the web developers according to what the business company wants.
  • Web development has largely helped the business companies prosper in the world of digital marketing. If the website of the company is updated on a regular basis as mentioned earlier, not only the present customers, but also the target customers will show interest in the company, and think about switching to other companies.

Web development is very necessary to stay ahead in the digital world. Digital marketing Pasadena has the best companies offering the best services.


SEO Web Designing and Development

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While browsing for some information on the internet through search engines, most of us look for the information we need from the results on the first page and proceed. Rarely do we venture out to the next few pages of the search result. That is because after clicking about a dozen search results on the first page we almost always get what we are looking for, so the next pages are not even looked at. Those results go unseen as they do not appear in the first or second page. This is where Search Engine Optimisation or SEO can help.

SEO is optimizing a website for the relevant keywords, texts, and images to improve its ranking in the unpaid results of a search engine. As 90% internet traffic is driven by search engines, the more early a website appears on a search engine results page, the more visitors it will have, and more would be the chances of converting them into customers.

How does SEO work?

In brief, SEO works by studying how popular search engines work, the keywords people search for and which search engines are preferred by people. Once done it optimizes a website by editing its content and with proper coding to increase its responsiveness to relevant keywords. It increases backlinks and inbound links to a website to funnel visitors into the website by listing it higher in a search engine’s result page.

How is SEO helpful?

  • SEO can bring more viewers to your website by ranking it higher in a relevant unpaid search result.
  • SEO can make your website and brand known by making the website regularly appear in organic search results.
  • SEO can improve and increase your sales by catering only specific viewers.

Web Designing and Development

Web Designing is a vast concept, and it includes anything related to the designing of any aspect of a website. Web Designing is a part of web development and determines how a website will look to a viewer. A well-designed website can be interactive and assists in getting more view for a website. Web Development is necessary for any entity to declare and consolidate its presence on the online platform. The online market is a huge market, and due to the nature of its ease of connectivity, it’s a bigger catchment area for business.

How is Web Development helpful?

  • An entity grows on the basis of marketing. Offline marketing is costly. With web development and designing an entity can market its product online and reach more people in a shorter span of time.
  • Advertisement through the web is much cheaper yet effective as there are more viewers with an ease of access when compared to offline. This is the main reason we see new electronic devices being launched online rather than brick and mortar stores.
  • Web Developments enables an entity to boost its sales as it can sell many products at the same time.

SEO and Web Development are two powerful tools through which one can achieve success very quickly. They are market and sales oriented tools designed to help an entity make the most out of the internet.

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Pasadena Web Design Companies

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People today use more Internet than ever. As compared to the earlier days, they rely more on the online mode than on the offline mode. Also, everything in and around the world is changing at a really fast pace with the help of the internet. The business companies are taking the business online so that it is easier to attract the customers. Also, the companies that have suffered losses can start profiting as more number of customers have started recognizing the business. The companies need to have their own websites to be able to attract the customers easily and efficiently. This is why, they need web designers, who will help them design and organize the website according to their wishes. This is when a web design company comes into play.

Web Development Companies in Pasadena

Listed below are the top web development companies in Pasadena that the businesses can turn to for designing and developing their website.

  • 1545 Media: 1545 is located on Oak Avenue. It is one of the best-known companies that are famous for the web development services that it provides. The services that the company provides are web development Pasadena, digital marketing, web marketing, and email marketing. The Pasadena digital marketing is famous and most preferred by the businesses. The experts in this company assure the business companies of their best services and work exactly according to the wishes of the clients.
  • My Company Site: My Company Site is one of the best local business houses of Pasadena. The needs for developing and designing a website for the business companies are very well understood by them. They do not charge a high rate for the services that they offer. The best Pasadena website designs are created by them. Whether a customer wishes for a business of contractor, or local businesses or online shopping, they guarantee the best services to the businesses.
  • PX Media: If any company needs help regarding digital company Pasadena, PX Media offers the best services. They guide a company and make sure that all the needs of digital marketing required by the company are fulfilled by them. They guarantee the business companies satisfaction and make sure that customers are attracted to the website, which helps in increasing the sales of the company. The team present in PX Media is very efficient and provides reliable services. It ensures that the website has a clear domain name, readable logos, the products and the services explained in detail and a very fast web hosting.
  • Rigney Graphics: Rigney Graphics helps in providing the best website design Pasadena. This company has been famous for web designing, digital marketing, and development in Pasadena. A business company can completely rely on them for the services they provide. The rates are not very high, which also attracts the companies.

It is wise to go for the best Pasadena web design companies and the Pasadena web development companies. They assure the companies of the best ever services and make sure that the customers are attracted to the websites.

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Are you just starting out with online marketing? Web Design Company offering website designs should be your priority to get hold of success. Attracting customers gets a lot easier when you have a well-designed website which includes fresh and innovative methods. A satisfied customer will ever be grateful and be a loyal customer for you. As a fresher, a web Design Company and will to satisfy customers will surely help you to get the kickstart of success.

The reasons for attraction to web design of a company

  • You will find several same looking websites that will offer to help you with your web design. Pasadena has some of the best web design companies to help you develop your website in an attractive manner. The Pasadena website design is quite popular in California because they work online to people’s convenience. A well-designed website will allure people toward itself. While they are offering products for your company, they also provide online courses.
  • The attraction lies in the cool and trendy graphics adorning the website. So, your website will be fun to look at when browsers will look for the information, and you can have that with the help of website design Pasadena.
  • People are drawn towards online shopping due to the convenience and necessity. If your website is attractive and trendy, then the customers will like it more, this is one of the top reason to try Pasadena Web Design to amplify your website.
  • Designing an attractive and informative website is quite tricky so hiring a good web developer is key to increase a websites market value.
  • Pasadena Web Developer provides you with an array of experienced website developers who have worked with several companies before. They will help you to build up a user-friendly and attractive website. Great deals can be found in web development Pasadena.

On the footsteps of Pasadena Web Developers, you get to learn the tricks of digital marketing. Digital marketing has given rise to several online businesses which are tremendously successful today. Due to trustable design and format of the websites many customers have started using online services.

With digital marketing Pasadena, the companies get a push to include themselves in the online market with their professional services. Pasadena Digital Marketing is surely the safest and securest way to go when taking baby steps in the online field of digital marketing.

Companies are updating and posting tutorial videos to help people. The tutorials are made interesting to attract people. To compete in the big market of online marketing, you will need a good web design company. You by now know that Pasadena Website design offers one of the best help in developing website designs to attract desirable customers. With the help of Pasadena Web Design, you will have a prosperous starting in the huge digital market.

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Digital Marketing and Web Design Development

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Digital Marketing

A brief on digital marketing

In a world where over a 7.5 billion people use social media on a regular basis, every working professional, rather every individual is expected to be familiar with at least the core tenets of Digital Marketing.

How has digital marketing affected the companies?

  • Digital Marketing is the promotion of products over the internet or any other form of electronic media.
  • Digital Marketing is also defined as utilization of digital channels or technology to promote or market products, services and ideas to the targeted consumers and businesses.
  • As per today’s scenario, people are consuming digital content on a daily basis, which has almost taken over the traditional marketing platforms.
  • Unlike the traditional marketing, the digital marketing is much more affordable.

You can reach a larger audience in a shorter period of time. As technology is getting advanced day-by-day, people’s interests towards traditional marketing agencies and departments has gradually reduced. People have moved on to tablets, phones, and computers, which are the areas where digital marketers have become more important and popular.
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The term Digital Marketing was first used in the 1990s, where the digital age came into existence with the invention of the internet and development of Web 1.0 platform. The Web 1.0 platform allowed users to search information of their interest, without allowing sharing of information over the web. Until then, the marketers worldwide were still skeptical of the digital platform and also were unsure if their strategies would work since the internet had not yet seen widespread action.

Digital Marketing Pasadena plays main role in the employment field, which provides jobs in large number and also has reached to its peak in marketing field as well.

Pasadena’s website design or Pasadena web design and Pasadena web development based companies are rated No. 1 in the USA, and are also of much affordable cost. Pasadena’s website design meets the requirements of strategic layouts, elegant interface, striking design and many other features that optimize your online presence. Website design Pasadena or web design Pasadena and web development Pasadena is one among the servicing small-scale businesses in Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley. According to studies, Marketingism being a web developing company in Pasadena, has created amazing site designs for various brands across North America and also Los Angeles web design which is a job or activity that provides you with the money you need to live, and enables businesses across the globe achieve the design they’re imagining. Pasadena digital marketing based companies basically belong to complete service digital marketing and social media agency. Keeping in mind, companies related to Pasadena digital marketing have achieved greatly in the areas marketing including Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Digital Marketing, where creative ideas are combined with enormous knowledge in search technologies delivers significant results to the clients.

Over a lengthy period of time, the rising population and globalization, with the digital marketing have fundamental role in the lives of the people and marketing and its strategic being primary foundation of a marketing plan.

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Super Bowl Ads and How They’re Tied to Online Digital Marketing

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Super Bowl Ads and How They’re Tied to Online Digital Marketing

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Super Bowl Ads and How They’re Tied to Online Digital Marketing

It’s not just the halftimes or the game per se that makes Super Bowl a really huge American event. Yes, count the iconic Super Bowl ads in.

And yes, it’s the Super Bowl once again. America’s eyes will surely remain firmly glued to the games – and to the TV ads that come with it. Why are companies and advertisers so excited about the Super Bowl games, and how do they turn this massive event to their companies’ digital marketing advantages?

The Origins of Super Bowl Commercials

In the 1970s, Super Bowl games started airing commercials alongside the game itself. One notable ad was Xerox’s campaign dubbed “Monks”, wherein a monk named Brother Dominic used a Xerox photocopy machine to reproduce manuscript copies. Brother Dominic was played by Jack Eagle. The ad was well received and had gone viral way back 1977.

Other companies who pioneered in the Super Bowl ads were Coca Cola, Master Lock, Chrysler, Macintosh, and Budweiser. Most of these brands regularly air Super Bowl ads until today.

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Super Bowl Ads and How They’re Tied to Online Digital Marketing

Why Do Companies Want Ad Spots on the Super Bowl Games?

What makes Super Bowl a perfect avenue for advertising efforts?

Advertisers have a really simple rationale for churning out hundreds of bucks in exchange for a few seconds on-air during the Super Bowl games. More crowds seeing their brands, more exposure and income for them.

The Super Bowl has a massive audience viewership from across the entire America. With that said, a large number of people – millions of people, actually, – get to watch the ads that companies release during the event. That’s a large opportunity for brands to showcase their best products and get a large number of new potential customers.

What companies get from showing ads during the Super Bowl are:

  • Added brand exposure
  • Brand awareness
  • Lots of potential customers
  • Projected and actual income increase

That’s why no matter how costly a spot in the Super Bowl ad roster is, companies are willing to shell out huge bucks. They’re hoping for a return of investment here. They spend millions of dollars for a thirty-second ad, but that’s thirty seconds of valuable exposure to the entire America. What more if the ad goes viral, something that creates a buzz even after the games are over. People will get interested in the product or company, visit their physical or online stores, and bring in income to the said company. Bucks shelled out for the ad gets replaced, and income soars.

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Viewers giddily await the performance of whosoever artist will perform on the Super Bowl half time – think Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga’s iconic stints. But apart from the half time, Super Bowl ads are also much anticipated. And these ads also have the power to make a person well-known after a few seconds of on-air screen time.

Take Jesse Heiman for instance. He appears on various TV shows and movies as an extra. However, his GoDaddy Super Bowl ad with Bar Refaeli propelled him to higher status. The campaign dubbed “Where Smart Meets Sexy” made a lot of buzz after it was aired. Soon, Heiman found himself being chased around by documentary crews. And he’s even appeared in a short film after that ad stint.

Big names in the entertainment industry also grace the Super Bowl ads. Some of the stars include Justin Timberlake for Bai, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart for T-Mobile, Tom Brady for Intel, John Cena voicing over for Wonderful Pistachios, and Jason Statham for Wix. Getting acclaimed artists for the ads pushes companies’ digital marketing efforts to an even higher level.

Ads as a Part of Online Marketing Strategic Ecosystem

As technology continues to evolve, advertisers are not limited to on-screen airplays for getting their marketing efforts across its target viewers. The TV ads shown in the Super Bowl games form a part of a so-called online marketing strategic ecosystem.

A company creates a TV ad, submits it to the network that airs the Super Bowl games, and gets it approved. They then pay for the ad time. Now, the TV ad’s finally up and will be shown during the game intervals. But apart from the TV exposure, advertisers utilize other social media channels to enhance their digital marketing strategies.

The Super Bowl becomes trending on social media during its airplay, and the ads also become a talk-of-the-town on social media streams. Companies capitalize on this fact and create strategies to interact directly with customers via social media portals. They create and upload various Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook posts about the game and ads. These posts catch people’s attention and engages them to start connecting with the companies.

The TV ads now become a hot topic on the Internet, and that helps in making the brands solidly visible to the entire populace. Brands create buzz during their ads so that people would talk about them all the time, making them popular as the days go by. This is an effective digital marketing strategy that puts the brand in the spotlight and increases income probability for a company.


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Why Do Companies Want Ad Spots on the Super Bowl Games?

How to Engage Super Bowl Viewers on Social Media

Several social media sites are used by companies to create digital marketing possibilities. Couple these strategies with the Super Bowl games, and it’s bound to create success.

  • YouTube

A teaser of the new Super Bowl ad is often uploaded to keep viewers excited about the brand. After the game, most companies upload the full ad version. From there, people who weren’t able to watch the ad live have a chance to view and comment on the commercial.

  • Twitter

Companies resort to Twitter to announce important updates on the ad. Viewers often tweet about the commercials during and after the games. Other companies even have Twitter quarrels that pique people’s interest – T-Mobile’s latest ad actually made Verizon tweet a couple of times. This strategy made the two mobile brands more visible to the public.

  • Facebook

The brand’s Facebook page is updated to reflect the Super Bowl games and its ad connection with them. Updates, teasers, videos and photos can be posted. Facebook users are free to share these posts to others, making the brand’s visibility spread all the more.

  • Instagram

 Photos and short videos about the upcoming games and commercials release are often posted by the company. Users who follow and share the brand’s posts and profile page help propagate the brand and make it visible on the web.

 Subtle Strategies for Social Media Exposure Without the Ads

Commercials are undoubtedly the best way to drive social media traffic towards the brand being promoted. But what if a brand chooses not to create and air an ad during the Super Bowl? Can they still take advantage of the massive viewership and social media traffic that the event generates?

Of course they can.

Some brands intensively use social media to increase exposure during the Super Bowl even without an ad in tow. One example of this is Volvo’s campaign, “The Greatest Interception Ever”. Social media users are asked to tweet #VolvoContest while competitor brands’ ads are airing. They get some visibility for a fraction of the cost by doing so.

Brands who don’t have Super Bowl ads may use the various social media platforms to create buzz-worthy promos that make them popular despite their lack of commercials. Other brands even comment on their competitor’s ads and gain some visibility because of that.

And The Trend Goes On and On

Super Bowl ads and its social media strategies see no signs of slowing down. The commercials are increasingly becoming costly, but highly-established brands and adventurous start-ups set their stakes high and go for the ads.

Companies pay millions of dollars to create viral commercials and buy airtime slots on the event. They post YouTube teasers of their ads to create a buildup of excitement. They connect to their customers through tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram snapshots and Snapchat posts. Websites are geared up for upcoming traffic due to the Super Bowl ads. And when the ad is finally shown, these brands effectively deliver their message to that vast array of customers watching the Super Bowl games.

The social media marketing continues for brands who chose not to use ads. Posting materials across the Internet, creating a good buzz, and making people notice them while the Super Bowl is ongoing entails a lot of effort and confidence. But brands can pull it off (look at the Volvo example explained earlier) and manage to increase their sales through the Super Bowl even without an expensive commercial.

The increased availability of devices that support social media platforms make online digital marketing largely possible with no hints of dying down. People use social media in computers, laptops, tablets, phablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. A company’s advertising team have tons of possibilities to drive their brand through these platforms. And doing the marketing work in time with the Super Bowl will surely put the social media advertising campaigns to a huge success.

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Creating Effective Facebook Ads for Lead Gen: The Complete Guide

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If you happen to’re like an unlimited variety of entrepreneurs on the market, you can be below the impression that promoting on Fb (or some other kind of social media) is restricted to branding and buyer engagement.

In case you’re dwelling on this matrix, it’s time for a wakeup name.

Let’s take a step again and take a look at the scenario slightly in another way. What if I instructed you…

You’ve got entry to lots of of hundreds of thousands of customers, their places, pursuits, behaviors, numerous different concentrating on capabilities, to not point out the flexibility to succeed in them at any given hour of the day, for a complete lot lower than some other obtainable promoting medium of equal scale.

It’s a marketer’s dream, and telling somebody 25 years in the past that this consumer info was so readily accessible can be much like exhibiting Jurassic World to a filmmaker within the 1930s attempting to mildew a T-Rex out of clay.

If you understand how to make use of it correctly, Fb could be one of the highly effective promoting platforms for driving your small business ahead. Ignoring the lead technology capabilities of those ever-maturing platforms is like refusing to make use of Marshawn Lynch on the one-yard line.

On this publish, I’ll define the steps mandatory for utilizing Fb for lead technology, and present you tips on how to successfully and affordably attain your goal market. I additionally recommend you learn my related publish on utilizing Twitter adverts for lead gen if you happen to haven’t already.

Efficient Fb Advertisements for Lead Era: Account Construction

Fb’s core advert construction is kind of totally different to that of Twitter. You might have campaigns, advert units, and advertisements. To get began, click on “Create Ad” within the prime right-hand nook. You’ll be taken to the marketing campaign layer of the creation course of.


Campaigns are the “outer shell” so to talk. The marketing campaign of your advert dictates the advert’s goal.

For the aim of lead technology, I might suggest the “Increase conversions on your website” choice. This may be sure that leads who’re finishing actions in your web site will be capable of be tracked and it is possible for you to to observe the efficiency of your marketing campaign precisely.

The following steps contain inserting your vacation spot touchdown web page URL (the one the place folks will probably be taken as soon as they’ve accomplished the specified motion) and producing a monitoring pixel.

Facebook for lead gen website conversions

While you generate your monitoring pixel, you should definitely specify the kind of conversion being tracked and the naming conference:

Facebook for lead gen create tracking pixel

As soon as the pixel is generated, e mail it to your self and you’ll copy and paste it into your vacation spot touchdown web page. The will be completed with an HTML block (should you’re utilizing a service like Marketo) or it may be positioned between the <head> and </head> tags.

Advert Set Concentrating on

The following two components of your lead producing efforts are extraordinarily vital. First is the focusing on of your advert set and second is your advert itself. These two go hand-in-hand the place you wish to hit the “sweet spot” with the viewers that you’re focusing on. The language, messaging, and most significantly, the inventive factor, ought to all movement into one easily working lead gen machine.

At first look, the concentrating on interface seems to be easy sufficient. You might have the entire demographic choices out there to you together with languages, areas, gender, and age. It’s the layering and how one can mildew audiences from this primary info that makes Fb adverts so particular.

In case your goal market is reasonably broad you may add particular curiosity and behaviors and it is possible for you to to assemble your viewers relying on how granular you’d wish to get by including a number of of every.

Facebook for lead gen ad targeting

My suggestion for many companies, nevertheless, can be to start out by constructing out a “Custom Audience” with both present or potential prospects. Customized audiences could be constructed by importing a CSV/Textual content checklist into Fb, or by putting a pixel in your web site that can assist you to remarket to those that already know and may be serious about you.

To create a customized viewers by means of an inventory of names, cellphone numbers, or e mail addresses. Merely go to the “audience” part of Adverts Supervisor:

Facebook for lead gen audiences

As soon as there, choose the “Create Audience” button within the prime left nook:

Facebook for lead gen custom audience

Choose “Custom Audience”. Subsequent it is possible for you to to add an inventory based mostly on the kind of viewers or create a pixel that may be positioned in your web site that may create an viewers out of your guests (extremely advisable).

Facebook for lead gen create lookalike audience

Each choices can and must be used IN ADDITION to your different focused pursuits and behaviors.

Nonetheless, I strongly suggest you create “lookalike” audiences to broaden your attain. By making a lookalike viewers, you’ll be able to immediately goal customers who “look like” these customers you uploaded into the customized viewers or your web site guests. It’s like utilizing your current buddies to arrange dates with the folks you need to meet, simply creepier!

This can be a extremely profitable technique when coupled with pursuits and behaviors that align along with your desired viewers. It means that you can discover comparable customers to those you’ve uploaded, whereas concurrently filtering them down into the pursuits and traits most respected to you. To start out out, I recommend protecting the lookalike viewers as near the unique as attainable. The bigger you make the dimensions of the viewers, the additional you deviate from the goal and the people turn into much less “alike.”

It’s additionally key to recollect that you may create a number of advert units per marketing campaign. It will let you check and experiment with totally different concentrating on mixtures and file down the very best performing audiences (it can save you them for future use as effectively).

Efficient Fb Adverts for Lead Gen: Pricing

You’ve gotten the choice to decide on a day by day finances or a specified quantity over a customized time period. In terms of the supply of your adverts you have got the choice to pick automated or handbook bidding:

Facebook for lead gen edit ad set

I recommend utilizing automated bidding, particularly should you’re simply beginning out. It’s going to instruct Fb to bid for you in a approach that can maximize what you may get in your Fb advert funds.

It’s also possible to select which occasions you need your advertisements to run. This might be advantageous in case you are focusing on just one particular time zone or you’ve gotten the info to assist that your required viewers is just lively at sure occasions.

Advert Presents

You’ve made it to the final leg of the race and it’s necessary to not lose focus right here. All that point and preparation comes right down to how properly you possibly can execute on the Information Feed. Now that you just’ve obtained your audience on the ropes it’s time to knock them out. Metaphorically talking, after all.

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Sadly, Fb promoting isn’t the Wild West and there are guidelines. In truth, it’s a bit bit nearer to 1950s America and when you’re advert’s gown exhibits an excessive amount of ankle, you’ll be shunned. Earlier than you begin creating something, you’ll need to be acquainted of the entire restrictions Fb imposes.

Right here’s what you could know:

The Advert Picture

The really helpful measurement is 1200 X 627. It’s because there are a number of other ways Fb can promote your advert and it’ll resize it accordingly.

Fb won’t present your advert if it has greater than 20% textual content on it.

Facebook for lead gen ad images

To verify the textual content density of your advert, use this useful instrument. Too many phrases? You’ll should get artistic and trim it down.

The Advert Copy

Facebook for lead gen ad copy

Textual content: 90 characters

Headline: 25 characters

Hyperlink description: 500 characters

When you’ve jumped via these hoops, it’s a greatest follow to make just a few variations of an advert with totally different copy to check in opposition to one another. Fb will routinely favor the extra profitable advert and also you’ll be capable of optimize your advert units accordingly.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Fb Advertisements

With the web site conversions marketing campaign construction, the first success of your adverts depend on the metrics of conversions in relations to prices. You’ll obtain a Price per Conversion determine as soon as your adverts begin yielding outcomes, and this can help you see which advert set, and which particular person advertisements, are changing for a greater worth and at a better quantity in relation to their friends.

Another key efficiency metrics to concentrate on embody attain, frequency, click-through fee, and relevance rating:

Attain is the quantity of folks that your advert is being served to. Your attain is reliant on the advert’s efficiency, its goal, the dimensions and exercise of your focused viewers, and subsequently how a lot finances you’re keen to allocate. In Fb, you pay to play.

Frequency is one thing that you have to be monitoring as your advertisements mature. The frequency is the typical variety of instances your advert has been served to every individual inside its respective attain. You’ll wish to refresh your advertisements as soon as your frequency reaches three to four, as this reveals that your present advert has reached exhaustion and, in idea, your CPC will start to rise as conversions stagnate. Chances are you’ll discover that you’re unable to spend your every day funds – this implies it’s time to refresh.

Relevance Rating is just like AdWords’ High quality Rating in that you just get ranked from 1 to 10 and it’ll mirror prices. The upper your Relevance Rating, the decrease your prices.

Relevance Rating is calculated based mostly on the constructive and destructive interactions an advert is anticipated to obtain based mostly on various factors associated to your goal (i.e. conversions). When your advertisements compete in opposition to one another you will discover that the domino impact of engagement (clicks), click-through-rates, and conversions may have a direct influence on Relevance Rating. It additionally goes to indicate how essential advert copy is.

Needless to say you shouldn’t be basing selections on any single metric. You need to be making your choices primarily based on the general efficiency of your campaigns in relation to how a lot you’re spending and what your objectives are. When you adhere to the recommendation above you will see that that driving leads by Fb could be EXTREMELY value efficient. Keep on prime of your advertisements and let the leads circulation via.

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Facebook takes steps to boosting 360 video, VR techniques

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Fb is open sourcing the code for its 360 video filter, which is being made accessible by way of GitHub at the moment.

Following cellular, all issues video represents the following frontier for Fb in boosting figures for every part from consumer progress to content material sharing to promoting returns.

The social media unveiled plenty of new upgrades behind-the-scenes being tooled for delivering 360 video on the Fb Information Feed and VR.

“Video is an increasingly popular means of sharing our experiences and connecting with the things and people we care about,” defined Fb software program engineers Evgeny Kuzyakov and David Pio, in a weblog put up on Thursday. “Both 360 video and VR create immersive environments that engender a sense of connectedness, detail, and intimacy.”

Each Pio and Kuzyakov admitted after which outlined the challenges introduced by delivering 360 video at scale whereas sustaining high quality that may fulfill each content material makers and end users.

For instance, the duo famous that the usual equi-rectangular format for 360 movies flattens the sphere across the viewer onto a 2D floor, which finally ends up warping photos.

The treatment for supply on the Information Feed, they continued, was to remap equirectangular layouts to dice maps. As for VR, Fb went with extra of a pyramid-like scheme in an effort to maintain file sizes to a minimal.

“Cube maps have been used in computer graphics for a long time, mostly to create skyboxes and reflections, and we wanted to bring the same capability to anyone who wants to stream high-quality video,” they defined.

Fb is open sourcing the code for its customized 360 video filter for dice maps, which is being made obtainable by way of GitHub in the present day.

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Work with optimizing 360 video for VR is ongoing, and the software program engineers revealed Fb is creating a machine-learned value operate to extra effectively name up video snippets and predict head orientation.


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Progress hacking is the best way startups are utilizing little to no budgets to develop their firms.  Airbnb, Dropbox, Hotmail, Uber used virtually little or no advertising budgets to develop into large corporations.

On this article, i’ll  be speaking about some development hacking strategies you should utilize to your startup. Most of those strategies work together with one another and you have to to iterate on them to see which methods works for you.

Development Hacker advertising is all about artistic methods to repeatedly uplift your product development. I’ll clarify the methods which  firms are utilizing to develop their consumer base or growing their consumer retention.

  • A/B testing
  • Touchdown pages
  • Viral issue
  • E mail deliverability
  • Open Graph

A/B check

a/b testingA/B testing is a really highly effective method. This system is often used on internet pages the place advertisers show completely different variations of the identical web page and see which one resulted in most conversions.

This system is now used extensively by corporations like fb the place they even show completely different variations of fb screens to a small proportion of their customers after which roll it out probably the most profitable model of the display with highest engagement to all its customers.

There are firms which are even utilizing this system on crops to see what mild or vitamins greatest labored on the plant.

This system can be utilized to enhance your signups, signins initially in order that the screens with highest conversion charges are used after which it’s one thing that’s going for use throughout the lifetime of your mission.

Viral Issue


Viral issue is essential a part of progress hacking. Virality is just not magic, it’s a method , a recipe for participating your buyer. You have to make it straightforward on your viewers to share your product.

Lets take a look at how some firms used this issue to develop or retrain their person base

  • Your Product Is Your Commercial – Hotmail

“Get your free email at Hotmail.com”  this line strikes the advertising and marketing match to Hotmail historical past. Each hotmail consumer who used hotmail to ship e-mail was additionally promoting the product to the receiver.

  • Invite Technique – Gmail

Gmail development hack began with the “invite” technique. Solely an present gmail consumer may invite new person. This gave the product an exclusivity and that i keep in mind individuals like myself had been asking mates to ship an invitation for the product.

  • PayPal

PayPal adopted “referrals” technique, they spent US$60 million on its referral incentives.

They provide their prospects to repay 20$ by creating an account and 20$ off in the event that they refer it to anybody. As their community expanded, PayPal diminished Refer-A-Pal bonus for normal customers to 10$ after which 5$ and until 2015  PayPal had  advertising ROI of $46.6 billion.

  • Groupon

The expansion hack for Groupon was “refer a friend and get 10$ for your friend’s first purchase”. It labored for Groupon and now, Groupon has 48.9 million lively customers.

  • LivingSocial

Development hack for LivingSocial was “Get it for free” means if you wish to purchase a deal and advocate it to three associates then it will likely be free for you and also you get it through a particular hyperlink. This labored for them and now LivingSocial has 70 million lively customers worldwide.

  • Apple

Apple makes use of “Sent from iPhone” line after an SMS has been despatched. That line truly labored for them. One other progress hack of Apple is that they made their headphones white as an alternative of black. Now, folks purchased their equipment from Apple, promote it in all places on social media.

Touchdown Pages

landing pagesEach Startup wants a development hack. The reason being apparent, they need their product to develop quick with none delay.

The function of touchdown web page begins even earlier than you launch your product. They describe what your product is all about. You need to use google advertisements, touchdown pages and a/b testing to see  your ROI on commercial dollars spent. What number of customers are coming by way of advertisements to touchdown pages and what variations of touchdown web page are working goes to be extraordinarily essential.

Making touchdown pages, viral is one other technique to spice up up the expansion. Touchdown pages are literally the pathway pages the place an individual finds the detailed info of what they wish to discover.

Electronic mail Deliverability

On this approach, we deal with electronic mail to our goal customers. If our goal market is tough to method then we are able to undertake this strategy by getting a listing of emails by way of subscription.

Just be sure you are concentrating on your meant market and never all of the individuals on the web. You need to use google adverts, touchdown pages, subscriptions, helpful articles to develop your subscriber checklist.

  • Quora

Quora used “subscribe” technique to occupy the market. They use to ship High Tales of the week within the e mail of their subscribers. Now Quora have estimated 18okay each day lively customers.

  • Airbnb

Airbnb initially occupied the huge scale of Craigslist market. The way in which they adopted market was very pleasant. They researched that lots of people are placing their homes for lease on Craigslist. They scrapped all the information from craigslist and contacted the owners through electronic mail to place their itemizing up on Airbnb. This gave them an explosive progress at first.

Open Graph

open graph

Open Graph is a protocol which permits any net web page to change into a wealthy object in a social media graph.

If the customers share your product and that’s trying superior of their timelines, chances are high the put up will get rather more clicks. Open Graph tags is the usual to realize this.

Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Fb all acknowledge these tags. The principle benefit of those tags is to extend the click-through fee and grabs the net site visitors to your web site from social media.

CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Magento, OSCommerce, Drupal have their very own OG plugins/extension/add-on.


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5-Step Strategy To Improve Your Facebook Engagement & Growth

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Due to quite a few Fb adjustments not too long ago, many companies are fascinated about dropping Fb solely. Engagement is in the bathroom, and the web page simply isn’t rising.

Earlier than you do, it pays to take a recent, shut take a look at your Fb technique. Usually the issue lies there and has completely nothing to do with algorithm adjustments.

Here’s a sneak peek at a part of my analysis processes to determine the place the disconnect lies.

1. Figure Out Who Your Finish Purchaser Is

When a enterprise doesn’t actually know who truly makes the acquisition choice fo1r their services or products, they don’t know who their viewers is.

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With out understanding that viewers, odds are slim that the content material being posted will resonate with them. If the goal buyer isn’t one thing an organization can rattle off the highest of their head, then it’s essential to do a fast evaluation of who has bought their product and why.

If I’m working with a safety firm, for instance, listed here are the varieties of questions I’d ask:

  • Do you promote industrial or residential options?
  • Residential -> Are most of your consumers males or girls?
  • Girls -> Have you learnt what triggered their choice to enhance safety?
  • If you happen to have been to put aside the worry ways so frequent to the safety business, what sorts of issues would curiosity them? Interact them? Construct a relationship with them?

Questions that dig into consumers and their buy resolution make the inspiration of your social media technique. They inform you who you might be speaking to, what issues they’ve, and what introduced them into your sphere of affect. It provides you a primary basis to start understanding who your prospects may be.

When you perceive the biggest phase, you’ll be able to department out into taking a look at smaller segments.  Then, you possibly can begin being artistic with the best way to attain them since you perceive who these individuals are and what motivates them.

Consistent with the safety firm for instance, I’d create a Fb presence round a faux “thief” that posts  tales of his/her actions.

Focusing on girls? Possibly it’s a cat burgler that’s really feline. Furry enjoyable to entertain and set off laughter whereas educating.

I’d use Fiverr or (ideally) an area illustrator to create some customized photos with captions, if the funds allowed. Or maybe we’d create a horny pretend Sean Connery-styled James Bond who does residential housebreaking and company espionage. Have enjoyable with it! Don’t be scary, be attention-grabbing.

(NoticeThese concepts are my mental property. Don’t steal them except you rent me and have my permission.) 

You’ll be able to’t achieve success on Fb with out understanding your clients and prospects.

When you perceive who they’re, you possibly can put in your considering cap to concentrate on what may curiosity and encourage them. It’s vital to maintain the area of interest slender – don’t attempt to promote every thing to everybody.

Then, overlook about advertising and marketing. Begin conversations. Inform tales. Suit your exercise to your viewers.

2. Realize They Simply Don’t Care1

Apart from present prospects, who make up the majority of followers for many Fb pages, perceive that the overall inhabitants doesn’t care about your model, services or products. They care about their very own wants and pursuits.

Most individuals observe only a few model pages, so giving them a compelling motive to stay round is vital.

What are you able to give them that they will’t discover anyplace else? Schooling? Leisure? Emotional reactions?

Recover from any ego and assumptions that make you assume they’re innately . Your clients may care since you’ve already confirmed your worth – which is why Fb is an excellent buyer retention and customer support platform – however prospects? They. Simply. Don’t. Care.

How are you making them care?

Three. Do an Audit of Your Fb Web page

Now that you simply perceive the client and audience, have a look at your current Fb web page. Would it not enchantment to them? Why or why not? Are you giving them motive to interact? Are you selling an excessive amount of and performing in YOUR pursuits, as an alternative of theirs?

That’s widespread. Entrepreneurs and advertising professionals that consider social media as a advertising and marketing software typically lose sight of what issues. Keep in mind: It’s not about you, it’s about being part of your neighborhood and offering worth.Four

Take an sincere have a look at your web page from an outsider’s perspective. Contemplate asking your prospects/prospects what they like and don’t like about it and take their suggestions into consideration as you re-vamp your Web page.

Four. Outline Your Advertising Goals and Buyer Acquisition Targets, Then Map Them to Your Fb Technique

Understanding your viewers is essent1ial as a result of it helps you construct group and engagement. However what good is that if it doesn’t result in income, web site visitors, or different advertising aims? Be clear about what you are attempting to perform. Widespread targets embody leads, visitors, attain, and gross sales.

Again to the safety firm. Say we determined the first audience is ladies owners buying residential alarm options. If the advertising goal is web site site visitors, how can your posts set off click-throughs? In case your advertising and marketing goal is constructing your e mail database, how are you giving them incentive to subscribe?

I observe the 80/20 rule – eighty % of social media exercise is entertaining, conversational and/or academic, and twenty p.c is advertising and marketing in regards to the firm/product/service. All of it really works to construct the model, however in numerous methods and all the time being cautious to not over-promote.

In any case, that is social media, not promoting.

5. Outline Your Model Attributes, Then Make Positive Your Posts Match Them

Model attributes aren’t the graphic requirements you utilize – they’re the attributes you need your organization, product, or service to be identified for.

What do you need to construct your fame round? Is it sophisticated installs? Information of iPad integration? Advanced pc safety? Inspiring girls to place security first?

Posts ought to join with these attributes and tie in together with your advertising and marketing goal. It’s a part of what makes you completely different. Distinctive. Worthy of curiosity and connection.

Determine your prime Three-Four model attributes, then join them to your exercise. Showcase these model attributes in the whole lot you do: your cowl picture, your tabs, and each publish you make. Make it smack-upside-the-head apparent, so web page guests and followers don’t should guess.

It’s also possible to embody services or products attributes. These are your key differentiators on a services or products stage, as a substitute of an organization stage. Are you totally different as a result of uber easy management panels when everybody else affords a scorching mess of difficult computer systems? Or your panel is a loopy easy smartphone app? Or your set up service is quicker and cleaner? Then your Fb posts would converse to these particular attributes and create dialog about it. Know what makes you completely different and construct on it so your viewers has one thing to connect with.

As you begin integrating your attributes, some will curiosity your viewers greater than others, so don’t overlook to attempt new concepts on your web page! Ensure that they suit your viewers, targets and attributes, however consistently take a look at new concepts and monitor the outcomes utilizing Fb Insights.

Placing It All Collectively

That is only a fast, down, and soiled overview of my primary course of, however I urge you to present it a strive earlier than you delete your Fb web page.

Map out these methods in a spreadsheet or Phrase doc which you could discuss with usually and also you might be able to establish a significant hole that’s killing your success.

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Learn Growth Hacking: 35 Resources to Help You Become a Growth Hacker

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At many expertise firms, conventional advertising and marketing roles are remodeling into growth hacking roles. In truth, the work has turn into so widespread now that some firms are hiring “growth hackers.” They’re conserving their advertising and marketing departments and hiring growth hackers to work individually from advertising.

So what’s the function of a growth hacker?

Totally different from entrepreneurs, who historically are much less technical, growth hackers have one goal – to develop the corporate. That is finished by quite a lot of techniques known as (for lack of a greater phrase) “hacks.” These hacks usually are cheap (generally free), and they’re geared toward growing the viral coefficient.

On this publish, we’ll give a radical overview of growth hacking, hiring growth hackers, assets on growth hacks, and extra useful assets.


1. What’s a growth Hacker? – Sean Ellis, the person who coined the time period, provides his description of what a growth hacker is and the way it’s completely different from a VP of Advertising and marketing.

2. What’s growth Hacking? – A Quora thread offers varied descriptions of what development hacking is.

3. What’s “Growth Hacking” Actually? – Josh Elman offers his opinion of what growth hacking is.

4. Growth Hacker is the New VP of Advertising – The advertising and marketing function is turning into one which requires a technical background. Andrew Chen explains how growth hackers are completely different from advertising and marketing groups and why the change is vital.

5. Defining a growth Hacker: Three Frequent Traits – What do development hackers have in widespread? A love of knowledge, creativity, and curiosity. For an enlargement on these factors, learn the article.

6. The Definitive Information to growth Hacking – Neil Patel wrote an enormous information on progress hacking. Ten chapters full, this information covers all of it.

7. An Introduction to growth Hacking: three Quotes to Clarify the Way forward for Advertising– Get your begin in development hacking with these three quotes that describe the core of growth hacking.

8. Debunking the 6 Most Widespread Myths about growth Hacking – So what isn’tdevelopment hacking? Learn this text by Aaron Ginn to study.

What makes an excellent growth hacker? – Andy Johns tells us what makes an ideal growth hacker.


9. Constructing Development into Your Group – To develop sustainably, you’ll want a growth mindset within the firm DNA. One particular person can’t do all of it. This text provides some ideas for constructing that development mindset into your staff.

10. Find out how to Rent a Development Hacker – What do you search for when interviewing development hackers? Let Aaron Ginn assist.

11. Good Inquiries to Ask When Interviewing a Development Hacker – Need ideas for analyzing candidates? Let some Quora answerers assist.

12. Is It Higher to Recruit a growth Hacker or Rent a growth Hacking Firm? – A conundrum that firms could face: is it higher to have your individual development hacker in home or rent an organization? Let Andy Johns, a development hacker himself, assist reply that query.

Development Hacks

13. What are the Prime 10 Client Web Development Hacks? – A set of a number of the extra well-known profitable development hacks.

14. 13 Critically Vital Classes From Over 50 Development Hackers – Bronson Taylor has interviewed many development hackers. On this weblog submit, he offers 13 classes he’s realized from them.

15. The 7 Methods Dropbox Hacked Development to Turn into a $four Billion Firm – Dropbox is an organization that employed just a few growth hacks to push their progress. Examine 7 of them on this article.

16. 21 Actionable growth Hacking Techniques – Jon Yongfook provides us 21 progress hacks. Ahrefs additionally has a reasonably stable listing.

17. What are Some Selections Made by the Fb Progress Workforce to Assist Fb Develop? – Within the early years, Fb employed a “growth team” whose aim was to unfold Fb. They did properly, rising it to over 500 million customers. A few members of the expansion group share their experiences on this Quora thread. Additionally try the comply with up query.

18. growth Hacking Referly: New Person Onboarding Workflow – A few of the finest development hacks are those applied throughout a brand new consumer onboarding part. See how Referly unfold their product with onboarding.

19. Six Steps to Progress: What I Realized As 500 Startups’ growth Hacker in Residence – Introduction to the six step course of in addition to examples of it in motion.

20. How We Put Fb on the Path to 1 Billion Customers – Chamath Palihapitiya, former VP of Consumer Progress at Fb, shares a few of his information for progress hacking. Additionally try the accompanying slides.


29 Development Hacking Fast Wins – On this Slideshare, Mattan Griffel goes via 29 growth hacks.

Different Assets

21. Who Are The Greatest Development Hackers? – Quora answerers share their opinions on traits of nice growth hackers and supply lists of hackers.

22. Stacking the Odds for Genuine Development – Sean Ellis tells why you have to develop growth hacks centered round “must have experiences” which are delivered to the proper clients.

23. growth Hacking Your Method to Viral Elevate – Provides a bit of background on growth hacking and the way it’s totally different from advertising and marketing. Additionally provides examples of growth hacks which might be certain to encourage you.

24. growth Hackers Convention 2012 Notes – In case you didn’t attend the convention, you may get all of the movies (and extra) for $99 on Udemy. In any other case, use these notes to assist be taught from the audio system. Additionally take a look at this Quora thread for extra notes.

25. What 300 Years of Development Hacking Can Educate Us – Take a historic perspective to growth hacking and be taught among the extra time-tested advertising strategies.

26. 19 Progress Hacker Quotes – Be taught and get completely different views with these 19 quotes on growth hacking.

27. Development Hacking a Guide – Ryan Vacation, creator of growth Hacker Advertising, writes about his expertise development hacking a ebook and the teachings he discovered from different authors.

28. The 5 Phases of Development Hacking – Mashable runs by way of the 5 phases of development hacking and provides loads of examples alongside the way in which.

29. Meet the growth Hacking behind Fb, Twitter, and Quora’s Astonishing Success – A profile of Andy Johns, development hacker at many profitable client net corporations.

30. How Tempo growth Hacked Their Cell App Earlier than It Even Launched – Cellular app Tempo grew to many customers earlier than it launched on the App Retailer. Be taught the testing they did pre-launch that elevated its probabilities of early success.


Development Hacking 101: Learn This to Develop into a Magician – A breakdown of easy methods to strategy growth hacking in addition to a couple of artistic tips about person acquisition and activation.

Blogs and Web sites

31. growth Hacker TV – Watch interviews of progress hackers.

32. Growth Hackers – A Hacker Information fashion web site however centered on growth hacking.

33. growth Hacking Subreddit – Not a completely energetic subreddit, however a very good library of posts you’ll be able to run by way of to study extra about development hacking.

34. Development Hackers Twitter Record – A public Twitter checklist of development hackers.

35. growth Hackers on Readability – Need to discuss to a progress hacker? Enable Readability to assist.

Having abilities in development hacking is helpful whether or not you’re in SaaS, e-commerce, or client internet. I hope you’ve discovered this weblog submit helpful.

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Learn Growth Hacking: 35 Resources to Help You Become a Growth Hacker

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

At many expertise corporations, conventional advertising and marketing roles are remodeling into development hacking roles. The truth is, the work has change into so in style now that some corporations are hiring “growth hackers.” They’re conserving their advertising and marketing departments and hiring development hackers to work individually from advertising and marketing.

So what’s the function of a progress hacker?

Totally different from entrepreneurs, who historically are much less technical, development hackers have one goal – to develop the corporate. That is completed by way of a wide range of techniques referred to as (for lack of a greater phrase) “hacks.” These hacks typically are cheap (generally free), and they’re geared toward rising the viral coefficient.

On this put up, we’ll give a radical overview of development hacking, hiring progress hackers, sources on development hacks, and extra useful assets.


1. What’s a Progress Hacker? – Sean Ellis, the person who coined the time period, provides his description of what a progress hacker is and the way it’s totally different from a VP of Advertising.

2. What’s Progress Hacking? – A Quora thread offers numerous descriptions of what progress hacking is.

three. What’s “Growth Hacking” Actually? – Josh Elman offers his opinion of what development hacking is.

four. Progress Hacker is the New VP of Advertising and marketing – The advertising and marketing position is turning into one which requires a technical background. Andrew Chen explains how development hackers are totally different from advertising groups and why the change is necessary.

5. Defining a Progress Hacker: Three Widespread Traits – What do progress hackers have in frequent? A love of information, creativity, and curiosity. For an enlargement on these factors, learn the article.

6. The Definitive Information to Development Hacking – Neil Patel wrote an enormous information on development hacking. Ten chapters full, this information covers all of it.

7. An Introduction to Development Hacking: three Quotes to Clarify the Way forward for Advertising and marketing– Get your begin in progress hacking with these three quotes that describe the core of development hacking.

eight. Debunking the 6 Most Frequent Myths about Development Hacking – So what isn’tprogress hacking? Learn this text by Aaron Ginn to be taught.


What makes a terrific development hacker? – Andy Johns tells us what makes an excellent development hacker.


9. Constructing Progress into Your Staff – To develop sustainably, you’ll want a progress mindset within the firm DNA. One individual can not do all of it. This text provides some ideas for constructing that progress mindset into your staff.

10. The right way to Rent a Development Hacker – What do you search for when interviewing development hackers? Let Aaron Ginn assist.

11. Good Inquiries to Ask When Interviewing a Progress Hacker – Need ideas for analyzing candidates? Let some Quora answerers assist.

12. Is It Higher to Recruit a Progress Hacker or Rent a Progress Hacking Firm? – A conundrum that corporations could face: is it higher to have your personal progress hacker in home or rent an organization? Let Andy Johns, a progress hacker himself, assist reply that query.

Progress Hacks

13. What are the High 10 Client Web Development Hacks? – A set of among the extra well-known profitable progress hacks.

14. 13 Critically Vital Classes From Over 50 Development Hackers – Bronson Taylor has interviewed many development hackers. On this weblog submit, he supplies 13 classes he’s realized from them.

15. The 7 Methods Dropbox Hacked Development to Change into a $four Billion Firm – Dropbox is an organization that employed just a few progress hacks to push their progress. Examine 7 of them on this article.

16. 21 Actionable Development Hacking Techniques – Jon Yongfook provides us 21 progress hacks. Ahrefs additionally has a reasonably stable listing.

17. What are Some Selections Made by the Fb Progress Staff to Assist Fb Develop? – Within the early years, Fb employed a “growth team” whose aim was to unfold Fb. They did properly, rising it to over 500 million customers. A few members of the expansion staff share their experiences on this Quora thread. Additionally try the observe up query.

18. Progress Hacking Referly: New Consumer Onboarding Workflow – A number of the finest progress hacks are those carried out throughout a brand new consumer onboarding section. See how Referly unfold their product with onboarding.

19. Six Steps to Development: What I Discovered As 500 Startups’ Development Hacker in Residence – Introduction to the six step course of in addition to examples of it in motion.

20. How We Put Fb on the Path to 1 Billion Customers – Chamath Palihapitiya, former VP of Person Development at Fb, shares a few of his data for development hacking. Additionally take a look at the accompanying slides.


29 Development Hacking Fast Wins – On this Slideshare, Mattan Griffel goes by way of 29 development hacks.

Different Assets

21. Who Are The Finest Development Hackers? – Quora answerers share their opinions on traits of nice progress hackers and supply lists of hackers.

22. Stacking the Odds for Genuine Progress – Sean Ellis tells why that you must develop development hacks centered round “must have experiences” which are delivered to the correct prospects.

23. Progress Hacking Your Technique to Viral Carry – Offers somewhat background on progress hacking and the way it’s totally different from advertising and marketing. Additionally offers examples of progress hacks which can be positive to encourage you.

24. Progress Hackers Convention 2012 Notes – In the event you didn’t attend the convention, you may get all of the movies (and extra) for $99 on Udemy. In any other case, use these notes to assist be taught from the audio system. Additionally take a look at this Quora thread for extra notes.

25. What 300 Years of Progress Hacking Can Train Us – Take a historic perspective to progress hacking and study a number of the extra time-tested advertising methods.

26. 19 Progress Hacker Quotes – Study and get completely different views with these 19 quotes on development hacking.

27. Progress Hacking a Ebook – Ryan Vacation, creator of Development Hacker Advertising and marketing, writes about his expertise development hacking a e-book and the teachings he realized from different authors.

28. The 5 Phases of Development Hacking – Mashable runs by way of the 5 phases of progress hacking and offers loads of examples alongside the way in which.

29. Meet the Development Hacking behind Fb, Twitter, and Quora’s Astonishing Success – A profile of Andy Johns, development hacker at many profitable shopper net corporations.

30. How Tempo Development Hacked Their Cellular App Earlier than It Even Launched – Cell app Tempo grew to many customers earlier than it launched on the App Retailer. Study the testing they did pre-launch that elevated its probabilities of early success.


Development Hacking 101: Learn This to Develop into a Magician – A breakdown of the way to method development hacking in addition to a number of artistic recommendations on consumer acquisition and activation.

Blogs and Web sites

31. Progress Hacker TV – Watch interviews of progress hackers.

32. GrowthHackers – A Hacker Information model web site however targeted on progress hacking.

33. Progress Hacking Subreddit – Not a completely energetic subreddit, however an excellent library of posts you’ll be able to run by means of to be taught extra about progress hacking.

34. Development Hackers Twitter Checklist – A public Twitter listing of development hackers.

35. Progress Hackers on Readability – Wish to speak to a development hacker? Enable Readability to assist.

Having abilities in development hacking is beneficial whether or not you’re in SaaS, e-commerce, or shopper net. I hope you’ve discovered this weblog publish helpful.

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Meet the Growth Hacking Wizard behind Facebook, Twitter and Quora’s Astonishing Success

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

7 years in the past, when Fb and Twitter have been simply getting began, the first magic trick to excessive progress charges concerned making a product that related individuals to individuals and folks to content material. Again then this kind of community impact gave the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world sudden primacy over old school tech titans like AOL and Microsoft. For the primary time, the ability to construct a big consumer base was given to individuals who had very small budgets, and the power to immediately generate billions in market worth trumped the comparatively gradual means of constructing a tech firm one buyer at a time.

A number of tech corporations have been on the heart of this radical change, however solely a handful have been capable of keep gorgeous development charges. People who have succeeded created a brand new strategy to buying new prospects – known as “Growth Hacking”.

In the event you’re not acquainted with the time period, progress hacking is the place advertising ways meets product improvement. Its aim is to get the product to market itself. Development hackers are principled hackers who research how individuals use a product and regularly take a look at and optimize each digitaltouchpoint with a view to get potential clients to take motion.

That is exactly what Andy Johns, one of many premier development hackers in Silicon Valley, advised me was the important thing motive that Fb, Twitter, LinkedIn and Quora have turn out to be so profitable. “Most people don’t realize what was going on behind the scenes at these companies (and what still goes on is) most were conducting several experiments a day to determine how to best sway people to do what they wanted them to do,” Johns instructed me.

 Certainly, what’s most putting once you speak to progress hackers like Johns is how profitable these inventive methods have been to extend person acquisition charges, drive prospects to buy a product, or scale back the friction of utilizing a product. Development hacking will be utilized to almost any digital objective that entails persuading folks to click on, buy, join, or learn.

In line with Johns, the principal goal of growth hacking is to create a person acquisition coefficient that’s increased than one. For instance, an organization ought to goal to have extra folks utilizing their product over time than it loses from attrition. By experimenting with completely different progress hacking strategies, firms can decide the optimum means to extend that coefficient dramatically.

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Fb’s Development Hacking Strategies

Johns’ first development hacking job was at Fb. He didn’t have any expertise in progress hacking, however Fb management needed it that manner. As Johns described it, “The idea is when you’re trying to solve something that hasn’t been solved before you hire a bunch of smart people without a predisposition towards solving a problem a particular way. Then you put those people in a resource constrained environment and drive them to figure it out.”

Johns admits his first 6 months had been fairly turbulent and he felt he might be fired any day – however he quickly discovered his stride. “Facebook is one of the few companies that does an amazing job of really driving people towards producing results and giving employees an incredible amount of accountability,” Johns stated. “In fact, at one point our executive team set a goal of acquiring 200 million users in 12 months.”

In response to Johns, the expansion staff did surpass the 200 million person problem by permitting every staff member to behave as their very own Basic Supervisor. “As an individual, I had to propose what I was going to contribute every month and for the year. Each of us was responsible for profit and loss of users (acquisition of new users) and I needed to determine what resources I needed to succeed.”

The expansion staff was in a position to monitor direct contributions from group members as a result of we had constructed unimaginable information infrastructure that allowed us to be exact within the measurement of the whole lot we did.

So how did they do it? Johns was reserved however did focus on three progress hacks that actually moved the needle. The primary hack concerned giving customersembeddable Fb badges or profile widgets to submit on their web sites and blogs. Johns informed me that these widgets served billions of impressions per 30 days, which led to lots of of hundreds of thousands of clicks and consequently hundreds of thousands of signups. By extending Fb by means of the consumer base, Fb was capable of generate an enormous variety of signal ups.

A second hack concerned shopping for service suppliers in third world international locations. Many of the press following these acquisitions had been leftscratching their heads. The truth is, in 2010 Michael Arrington was mystified by the Fb acquisition of Octazen Options, asking on the time, “The big question is why Facebook would need to acquire a company located halfway around the world if all they were doing is standard address book imports via OAuth and APIs, or proprietary but well documented protocols like Facebook use.” It seems Fb was buying a majority of these firms to accumulate their know-how to assist procure extra electronic mail addresses.

The third hack concerned the acquisition of people that had not but signed up for Fb, and have been extremely fascinating targets for strategic causes. This concerned some artistic however cheap promotingmethods that Johns couldn’t elaborate on. This marketing campaign was so profitable that the promoting community Fb was utilizing requested Fb to change its methodology.

Twitter Progress Hacking

“Johns left Facebook after being recruited by Twitter. He joined a former Facebook colleague (Josh Elman) and helped build a 25 person team which became Twitter’s growth team (you can see Elman’s most recent growth hacking presentation here). When Johns joined, Twitter had somewhere around 30 million active users, but according to Johns, the company’s user base was growing too slow.

“So we started working as fast as possible to find new areas of growth. We became ‘blockers and tacklers’ by tweaking and optimizing nearly every touch point. We’d figure out ways to add 10,000 more users on some days and 60,000 users on other days,” Johns instructed me.

One of many highest performing progress hacks was proper on Twitter’s residence web page. In line with Johns, the house web page was too sophisticated, however quickly after they simplified the web page to deal with signups or logins, the conversion charges elevated dramatically.

A second hack concerned persuading new customers to comply with a minimum of 10 individuals on Twitter. As soon as they did, the chances of that person returning elevated dramatically. So Johns and the expansion workforce launched the highest individuals to comply with characteristic after customers signed up and the person retention price went up considerably.

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Chamath Palihapitiya On Growth Hacking And How To Create A Sustainable User Acquisition Engine

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

Final fall, Udemy co-founder Gagan Biyani and Wildfire’sErin Turner held the primary Development Hackers Convention, during which executives, entrepreneurs and traders from LinkedIn, Spark Capital, Bump, Airbnb and Dropbox gathered to progress hacking and what it means for early-stage startups. One of many keynote audio system was well-known investor and entrepreneur, Chamath Palihapitiya, who, for these unfamiliar, began his profession working for music pioneers Spinner.com and Winamp earlier than occurring to work at AOL, the place he was the VP and Normal Supervisor of AIM and ICQ, in addition to Silicon Valley enterprise capital agency, The Mayfield Fund.

From there, Palihapitiya went to work at Fb, the place he was the VP of Development, Cell and Worldwide, accountable for overseeing the Fb Platform and performed a task in launching Fb’s internet advertising channel, earlier than founding his personal enterprise fund in 2011, The Social+Capital Partnership. He additionally occurs to be the proprietor of the Golden State Warriors. On the Development Hackers Convention, the investor and Silicon Valley tech veteran spoke to the group about, amongst different issues, how his crew helped put Fb on the trail to at least one billion customers and what’s necessary for entrepreneurs to deal with in right now’s startup financial system.

The founders of the convention have but to share the video publicly, however Biyani was sort sufficient to provide us a peek and permit readers to take a look at the content material for the primary time. Therein, Palihapitiya talks in regards to the emergence of the expansion hacker and the way this new position and the way development groups — which mixes quantitative advertising and marketing strategies, testing, information modeling and the leveraging of present networks for distribution — are taking off in Silicon Valley.

He talks about how his expertise at Winamp and AOL knowledgeable his management at Fb, the ability of communication networks and the way they will create utilization and scale and assist speed up adoption. He talks candidly concerning the philosophy within the Valley, the shortage of “dog fooding” that occurs amongst startups immediately and about what’s actually vital: A granular understanding of product worth and shopper conduct.

Maybe the core take-away, an necessary mantra for all entrepreneurs to listen to within the period of noise, hype and “want-repreneurs” is that startups shouldn’t consider “the hype and the BS” that’s swirling across the the Bay Space in the present day. He talks about shying away from the concept of “virality” and about delivering product worth as typically as attainable with out scamming your customers and with out counting on that “gut” feeling.

 The discuss is a part of a Udemy course that features 10 hours of content material from the Convention’s audio system in video kind, together with one-one-one interviews. The primary 50 readers will be capable of get entry to the course without spending a dime, and we’ll present extra data on how one can entry the content material quickly.

It’s an amazing discuss and effectively value testing. The primary 50 readers can discover a hyperlink to the course materials totally free right here, and yow will discover a hyperlink to the slides that accompany the presentation right here.

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Growth hacking

By | Networking Bizz digital marketing

Development hacking is a strategy of speedy experimentation throughout advertising channels and product improvement to establish the simplest, environment friendly methods to develop a enterprise. Development hackers are entrepreneurs, engineers and product managers that particularly deal with constructing and interesting the person base of a enterprise. Progress hackers typically give attention to low-cost options to conventional advertising and marketing, e.g. utilizing social media, viral advertising and marketing or focused promotingfashion=”font-size: 13.3333px;”> as a substitute of shopping for promoting by extra conventional media similar to radio, newspaper, and tv.

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Development hacking is especially prevalent with startups, when the objective is fast progress at an early-stage launch section. Development hacking might give attention to decreasing value per buyer acquisition, however progress hacking is a deal with long-term sustainability as Mason Pelt factors out in a 2015 article on SiliconANGLE.com “The goal of any marketing should be long-term sustainable growth, not just a short-term gain. Growth hacking is about optimization as well as lead generation. Imagine your business is a bucket and your leads are water. You don’t want to pour water into a leaky bucket; it’s a waste of money. That’s why a true growth hacker would care about customer retention.”

Those that concentrate on progress hacking use varied forms of advertising and marketing and product iterations — quickly testing persuasive copy, e-mail advertising, website positioning and viral methods, amongst others, with a function to extend the conversion fee and obtain fast development of the consumer base. It may possibly additionally contain on-line group administration and social media outreach or extremely personalised outreach to information shops to enhance efficiency metrics akin to driving buyer acquisition and promoting merchandise. Some take into account progress hacking part of the net advertising ecosystem, as in lots of circumstances development hackers are utilizing methods comparable to SEO, web site analytics, content material advertising and A/B testing.

Product improvement can also be closely influenced by the expansion hacker mindset. As an alternative of lengthy growth cycles adopted by consumer testing. Development hackers begin person testing with wireframes and sketches; validating concepts at each stage. A progress hacker in a product growth position would begin person testing in a espresso store as an alternative of a company usability lab.

When the time period first got here in vogue many speculated that progress hacking would change advertising and marketing ceaselessly, others like Lauren Hockenson in a 2013 Mashable put up stated that development hacking is only a new advertising buzzword. As of 2016 the time period “growth hacking” has continued to select up steam.

Historical past

Sean Ellis coined the time period “growth hacker” in 2010, Within the weblog put up, he outlined a progress hacker as “a person whose true north is growth. Everything they do is scrutinized by its potential impact on scalable growth.” Andrew Chen launched the time period to a wider viewers in a weblog publish titled, “Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing” through which he outlined the time period and used the brief time period trip rental platform Airbnb’s integration of Craigslist for example. He wrote that development hackers “are a hybrid of marketer and coder, one who looks at the traditional question of ‘How do I get customers for my product?’ and answers with A/B tests, landing pages, viral factor, email deliverability, and Open Graph.” In 2012, Aaron Ginn outlined a development hacker on TechCrunch as a “mindset of data, creativity, and curiosity.”

In 2013, Sean Ellis together with Everette Taylor and crew began GrowthHackers – an internet neighborhood and a software program as a service (SaaS) that allows groups to handle the expansion experimentation course of.

The second annual (2013) “Growth Hackers Conference” was held in San Francisco arrange by Gagan Biyani.fashion=”font-size: 13.3333px;”> It featured progress hackers from LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTubeamong others.


Quick Firmtype=”font-size: 13.3333px;”> outlined the advertising and marketing issues going through many startups as:

  1. haven’t got price range allotted for “marketing”, and
  2. do not have a conventional advertising background.

To fight this lack of cash and expertise, progress hackers method advertising with a concentrate on innovation, scalability, and person connectivity. Development hacking doesn’t, nonetheless, separate product design and product effectiveness from advertising and marketing. Development hackers construct the product’s potential progress, together with consumer acquisition, on-boarding, monetization, retention, and virality, into the product itself. Quick Firm used Twitter “Suggested Users List” as instance: “This was Twitter’s real secret: It built marketing into the product rather than building infrastructure to do a lot of marketing.” Nevertheless development hacking is not at all times free. TechCrunch shared a number of practically free development hacks explaining that progress hacking is efficient advertising and marketing and never legendary advertising pixie mud. As new instruments(SaaS) come out particularly that target extra superior types of Progress Hacking, increasingly more instruments are being supplied as free.

The guts of development hacking is the relentless give attention to development as the one metric that actually issues. Mark Zuckerberg had this mindset whereas rising Fb. Whereas the precise strategies range from firm to firm and from one trade to the following, the widespread denominator is all the time development. Firms which have efficiently “growth hacked” often have a viral loop naturally constructed into their onboarding course of. New prospects sometimes hear in regards to the services or products by way of their community and by utilizing the services or products, share it with their connections in flip. This loop of consciousness, use, and sharing may end up in exponential development for the corporate.

Twitter, Fb, Dropbox, Pinterest, YouTube, Groupon, Udemy, Instagram are all firms that used and nonetheless use development hacking methods to construct manufacturers and enhance earnings.


An early instance of “growth hacking” was Hotmail’s inclusion of “PS I Love You” with a hyperlink for others to get the free on-line mail service. One other instance was the supply of extra storage by Dropbox to customers who referred their mates.

On-line worldwide impartial lodging firm, Airbnb, is an instance of progress hacking by coupling expertise and ingenuity. Airbnb realized they may basically hack the Craiglist.org scale and faucet each into their person base in addition to their web site by including automated itemizing turbines from Airbnb with the characteristic referred to as “Post to Craigslist”. The corporate’s progress was a mixture of intelligent considering and technical know-how.

One of many best examples of “growth hacking” is so as to add “?sub_confirmation=1” on the finish of your Youtube channel URL. All people will see a popup “Confirm Channel Subscription” (works solely on desktops). This development hacking tactic will increase YouTube subscribers by 400%.

Noah Kagan’s submission type had 4 fields: Identify, E-mail, URL, Income. He determined to take away the “revenue” subject altogether, leaving solely three fields — Identify, E-mail and URL. This small change meant an enchancment in his conversion fee of 26%.

The College of Alberta elevated e-mail subscribers by 500% utilizing a popup survey by Qualaroo that requested anybody who spent greater than 10 seconds on the positioning: “You seem interested in UAlberta news. Would you like to sign up for the Daily News email?”.

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Growth Hacking Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

It’s virtually annoying for many who have heard about it 1,000’s of occasions.  And, it’s complicated for individuals who don’t know what it’s.

Prefer it or not, growth hacking is occurring.

And, it’s the rationale we get to see a couple of new startups, every year, with completely ridiculous development charges.

Like Fb…


…or, extra lately, Uber.


Development hacking has solely been round for a couple of years, but it surely’s already catching hearth. Each startup is searching for development hackers.

The reason being apparent: they too need to develop ridiculously quick, and purchase hundreds of thousands of customers and dollars in income.

However, what does progress hacking even imply?

It’s time to reply that query as soon as and for all. I’ll even present you learn how to do it.


I feel I’ve already accomplished a reasonably good job at explaining this some time in the past, in mydefinitive information to progress hacking, however right here’s a fast reminder.

The phrase is barely 5 years outdated.

Sean Ellis coined it, in 2010, when attempting to give you a brand new job description. Sean is the OG (unique development hacker).

He helped numerous startups obtain accelerated progress (for instance, Dropbox) as a guide.

Nevertheless, each time he left a startup to pursue new ventures, he would have a troublesome time discovering a substitute.

Somebody who was in control of rising the startup. He went by a whole bunch of functions every time, all outlining a job for entrepreneurs.

However, pure entrepreneurs couldn’t do that job.

Trendy software program merchandise are totally completely different from conventional merchandise and so is their distribution.

Entrepreneurs felt they needed to take into account budgets, bills, conversions, and so on.

A development marketer doesn’t care about any of these items. Sean, in his personal phrases,was in search of “a person whose true north is growth”.

As development is the make-or-break metric for startups (both they develop quick sufficient or they die), that’s the one metric that a progress marketer cares about.

An engineer is usually a progress hacker, simply as a lot as a marketer can. What issues is their focus.

As a result of startup tradition, they usually have to make use of analytical, cheap, inventive and progressive methods to exponentially develop their firm’s buyer base.

That’s the one factor a progress hacker does.

To actually perceive what development hacking can obtain, and what your mindset must be, if you wish to apply the identical ideas to your online business, I’ll present you a couple of examples of progress hacking carried out proper.


Development hacking can doubtlessly be performed offline.  For instance, McDonald’s popping up at each interstate freeway exit within the 1950’s could be thought of development hacking.

They realized that interstate highways have been gonna be massive, in order that they confirmed up the place they knew prospects can be in nice portions.

But, this pretty new idea is usually utilized on this planet of startups. They don’t have large advertising budgets, to allow them to’t depend on Tremendous Bowl advertisements or Occasions Sq. billboards.

That’s why they have to discover cheaper methods to market themselves.

What they typically do have is a very scalable product.

Contemplate Dropbox, for instance. What their cloud storage service supplies is mainly simply disk house on servers, accessible by way of the web.

They will at all times purchase or hire extra servers to offer more room for brand new customers.

Or Uber. The taxi alternative service depends on common individuals, utilizing their very own automobiles, to choose up others at location A and convey them safely to location B – with the fee is funneled by means of the app.

With over 250 million vehicles on the highway in the USA, that is additionally very scalable. They supply the app, which will be downloaded an infinite variety of occasions and used, through the online.  The customers present the remaining.

A conventional product, like cleaning soap, shouldn’t be very scalable. Each time you run out of cleaning soap, it’s a must to purchase new cleaning soap.

However, each time one other person indicators as much as Fb, your expertise will get higher.

Plus, the way in which that the product works permits it to market itself. Should you use an Uber to go to your buddy’s home on Friday evening they usually ask you the way you bought there, you say: “I took an Uber.”

Naturally, the phrase spreads. For those who like the concept and have pals who may benefit from utilizing the service (along with you benefiting from your pals being on the platform), you’re very more likely to counsel it.

That’s how progress hacking makes use of word-of-mouth on an enormous scale, in an effort to obtain the exponential development charges that we’ve seen.

Alright, time to take a look at some examples of startups which have completed development hacking the best manner.

However, at the moment I received’t simply present you nice examples, I’ll additionally provide you with a easy, Four-step course of which you can observe to try to apply development hacking in your personal enterprise.

Step 1: Ensure you create a product folks really need

You’d assume that is apparent for any firm, proper?

Properly, again within the day, you might typically get away with a mediocre product, if you happen to simply marketed it sufficient.

For instance, Coca Cola launched a number of different tender drinks over time, like Sprite or Fanta.  Most of them didn’t style nearly as good as Coke.


However, by way of in depth (and costly) promoting, they made them well-liked and now they litter the drink aisle at grocery shops, alongside Coke itself.

Doing immediately can be a lot more durable, as phrase a few new product spreads extraordinarily shortly.

In case your product is dangerous, the world will comprehend it quicker than you’ll be able to think about.

This phenomenon is also called a sh*tstorm. Instance: When United Airways employees had been seen passing baggage to 1 one other by throwing it round, in 2009, they ended up breaking a buyer’s guitar.

They admitted to doing it, however refused to compensate the man for his loss.

The outcome? Not one, however three songs, together with movies, about crappy United Airways service.

The primary one has gathered 15 million (!) views to this point:

Fairly dangerous PR for United. In case your product sucks, it could actually disappear in much less time than it took you to construct it.

What’s the answer to this? Suggestions.

It’s important to get your product on the market, as quick as doable, to start out accumulating suggestions and hold bettering it regularly.

I discovered this lesson the exhausting means. Once we began KISSmetrics, we used all of our funding to construct the product.

It took us a yr to construct it and once we launched it – we discovered that our prospects had been proud of the metrics their social networks have been already providing.

Not good.

2 Steps that you will need to take to make sure that your product hits the goal

Right here’s the way to do it the proper approach:

1. Begin by asking and answering questions, not by creating a product.

We did this with Loopy Egg. Folks had been coming to us with questions about buyer conduct. They mentioned: “We’re spending all this money on advertising, but we don’t actually know what the customers are doing, where they are clicking, what their behavior is.”

Solely then, did we begin digging deeper into the subject and excited about making a product that solves that drawback. We didn’t simply develop a product that “felt like a great idea”.

2. As quickly as you might have an thought, begin getting suggestions.

Don’t disguise in your basement, develop one thing for six months after which come out, wave it and ask: “What do y’all think?”

Ask for suggestions instantly.

Think about that a buddy tells you about an issue along with her firm, over dinner. Collectively, you sketch out an answer to it on a serviette.

The second you’ve that sketch, you may present it to different individuals.

We pushed out the primary model of Loopy Egg after solely a month to begin amassing suggestions. Then, every month, we launched an improved model.

Because of our fast launch and fixed assortment of suggestions, we had an honest product after solely 6 months, which clients have been glad to pay for.

Not solely that, however the press and buzz created from releasing the updates publiclyhelped us  to create a ready record of 10,000 individuals, by the point we launched Loopy Egg.

One other instance of an organization who positively nailed the suggestions half is Instagram.

instagram growth

Initially the founders dabbled with a social community app referred to as Burbn, for whiskey drinkers. They realized that essentially the most used characteristic of the app was their photograph sharing mechanism.

Solely then, did they start images apps, which they thought was a saturated market already.

Speaking backwards and forwards with customers, they finally realized that for all apps on the market, sharing photographs was both too difficult or not the principle function of the app.

They merely took the most effective components of all of the apps they knew, like Hipstamatics photograph filters and Burbn’s method of sharing, eliminated every little thing else and, voila, an amazing app everybody already needed was born.

instagram 1.0

Mix this with sensible timing (Instagram launched concurrently the iPhone Four) and you know the way they acquired 25,000 installs on their first day, reaching one million customers inside 2 months.

Validate your concept to ensure it doesn’t utterly fall flat

One other a part of making a terrific product: Validate your product thought.

Desire a sure-fire option to know that individuals need what you’re about to create?

Ask them to pay for it.

If you wish to create an app that exhibits folks one of the best tea spots on the town and you already know it’ll price you $1000 to develop, getting $20 from 50 mates (or $50 from 20 pals) would remedy that growth price downside for you.

And, you’ll be 100% certain that:

  1. Your folks need you to make the app (and so probably different persons are all in favour of it as nicely)
  2. You’re not losing plenty of your personal cash, if it doesn’t pan out

It may appear counter-intuitive to ask for cash earlier than you’ve got a product.

However, if you consider it, you’re paying prematurely for issues on a regular basis.

Film tickets, flights, live shows, occasions, gymnasium memberships, and, and, and…

You pay for all these items, whether or not you find yourself going or not.

Validating your product is even higher – in some circumstances, as a result of you possibly can simply give again the cash, should you don’t find yourself constructing it.

Writer Ryan Vacation bought over 2,000 copies of his e-book “The Obstacle is The Way”, prematurely, paying for his oatmeal in the course of the time he wrote the e-book and ensuring that it could be successful as soon as launched.

Need one other instance of a profitable validation? How about AirBnB?


The thought was born out of a necessity. The founders, Joe and Brian, couldn’t pay their lease. So, they thought they’d hire out three air mattresses on the ground of their condominium to generate profits.

When three individuals confirmed up, every of whom paid them $80 for a single evening, they thought: “Hm, this might be worth exploring more.”

As soon as they launched at South by Southwest (SXSW), they stored getting bookings, however only some, making them about $200 per week.

However, they knew the curiosity was there. All they needed to do was to truly enhance the product.

Put out free content material you probably have no thought

For those who don’t have an thought, simply begin without cost.

Create a weblog or Youtube channel and present content material across the area of interest that you simply need to construct your enterprise in.

That is the only strategy to study what folks like and dislike, what they need and wish and it’s an amazing channel to get suggestions in your concepts.

What’s extra, as you’ve seen, in case you acquire electronic mail addresses, you possibly can even construct an viewers of keen and constant followers, who can’t wait till you truly launch a product.

You are able to do so by freely giving an e book, growing a quiz or arising with an electronic mail sequence or a set of cool movies.

Give individuals the prospect to get entry to a few of your greatest content material, in trade for his or her e-mail handle and also you’ll immediately begin constructing an viewers.

That is by far the simplest and completely risk-free method to begin a enterprise in 2015.

Okay, let’s assume you will have an concept and also you’ve already validated it.

Subsequent, lets take a look at how one can keep away from among the errors that AirBnB made, stalling their preliminary progress.

Step 2: Don’t goal all people

Guess who AirBnB’s goal buyer was, at first?

Everybody who traveled.

Simply take a look at their preliminary three clients, those renting their air mattresses: a 30-year-old Indian man, a 35-year-old lady from Boston and a 45-year-old father of 4 from Utah.

The place is the intersection? What connects these folks? What do they share?

You see, there’s a life cycle that each new and revolutionary product should stay via. It’s referred to as the regulation of diffusion of innovation and it appears like this:


(Picture supply: Wikipedia)

So as to attain nearly all of individuals, your product should first efficiently move by innovators and early adopters.

These are small teams and communities that should be explicitly focused. Geoffrey Moore has written a complete e-book about this phenomenon, referred to as “Crossing the Chasm”.

Merchandise both captivate the primary 15% of the market or they go to die there.

In case your goal buyer is “everyone,” there’s no method to progress hack by way of these first 15%, since you don’t even know who to persuade to purchase.

And, how do you get this proper?

Goal the small minority of people that will get probably the most out of your product

You must create a buyer profile. Take into account all points of your product. Then ask your self:

Who would get the utmost profit from our product?

Be particular. Describe an actual particular person, as greatest as potential.

If Dropbox have been to inform you about their best preliminary buyer, they’d in all probability say one thing like:

A 22-year previous white male, who’s tech-savvy, lives in San Francisco or the Bay Space, is skinny, has only some actually good mates, wears XYZ model garments and spends most of his time on-line.

That’s how detailed you have to be.

And, to start with, you really wish to cater solely to these individuals’s wants.

Conventional merchandise, like books printed with a conventional writer, must create a number of buzz earlier than they even launch, with a view to guarantee that the launch is profitable.

With a contemporary software program product, what occurs earlier than the launch isn’t practically as essential as what occurs after the launch.

Dropbox didn’t throw an enormous invite-only launch occasion. They only launched to the general public at TechCrunch50, in 2008.

Their a lot smarter transfer was to make the service invite-only after the launch.

Intelligent, huh?

They launched it at an occasion the place their splendid clients gathered yearly after which created an aura of exclusivity across the product.

Individuals trying to be part of the service wanted an invitation from present customers to get in. Since everybody wished to know what Dropbox was about and the way it labored, the ready record shortly blew up.

However, thriller virtually at all times brings skepticism together with it. So, so as to give potential customers an concept of what Dropbox was about, they made a brief demo video.

They custom-tailored that video to the customers of Digg, a very fashionable social information community on the time. Once more, the customers have been all their perfect targets: web geeks, techies and nerds.

Drew Houston, one of many founders, positioned about 12 inside jokes all through the presentation. Inside 24 hours, the video had 10,000 diggs (=likes), the phrase unfold like wildfire and their ready checklist jumped from 5,000 to 75,000 customers.

Unique Dropbox Demo:

In comparison with spending $300 per acquisition for a $99 product on Google Adwords, this gave the impression to be the higher technique for them, and – they now have 400 million customers.

Some of these development jumps are essential, within the early days of a startup, in an effort to push by way of the 15% market share boundary that’s wanted for the product to take off.

Right here’s one other nice instance of spreading the phrase in your group: Hotmail.

In case you’re a Gmail consumer, Hotmail appears old-fashioned and also you’ve most likely lengthy forgotten it, however, since being acquired by Microsoft, they’ve grown to over 400 million customers.Gmail solely beat them three years in the past.

What did they do to get purchased out by Microsoft within the first place? Develop. Quick.

When debating advertising and marketing choices, like billboards, their investor had an concept. Why not simply put an indication on the finish of every e-mail despatched by way of them, saying “PS: I love you. Get your free e-mail at Hotmail”?

It was positively value a attempt to it elevated signups to three,000 per day, doubling their consumer base inside 6 months – from 500,000 to 1 million.

After that, progress grew to become even sooner – simply 5 weeks later, they counted 2 million customers.


(having 12 million customers is fairly good – particularly if meaning each fifth particular person on the web)

By maintaining the ‘ask to share’ inside their system, they made certain that they hit the proper goal group.

Hotmail electronic mail customers despatched emails to their buddies, who had been prone to be just like them, and subsequently, additionally excellent prospects.

Uber did the identical factor. They waited a full yr for the favored competition South by Southwest (SXSW), to provide out free rides to hipsters and techies, selling their service, as an alternative of counting on advertisements.

Okay, so you realize who to focus on initially, however as soon as all the innovators and early adopters know and love your product, what’s subsequent?

I’m glad you requested.

Step three: Go viral

It’s time to drag out the massive weapons. Going viral is completely different than concentrating on everybody, although.

This step simply means tapping into larger methods, larger person bases and leveraging the attain of fellow merchandise, to essentially penetrate nearly all of the market.

You’re nonetheless concentrating on your splendid clients, however you’re increasing to platforms the place everyone seems to be current.

Let’s persist with Dropbox, for a second, to see how they did this. The exact same mechanism continues to be in place immediately:


Free house! The product turns into higher for you, the extra folks you get to hitch.

It is a excellent mechanism for any piece of software program to have.

Now, you’ll not solely invite your closest mates since you assume Dropbox is cool, you’ll invite everybody you realize, to get extra space.

Groupon, similar concept, totally different implementation:


Refer a buddy, get $10 in credit score.

Incentives for every consumer to get extra individuals on the platform are a great way to kickstart your viral advertising and marketing marketing campaign, however letting your product market itself is even higher.

Apple did so they usually made good use of it of their ads, as properly. Keep in mind the favored iPod adverts ,with the black silhouettes and the white headphones?


(these advertisements have been in every single place from 2004-2008)

By making their headphones white, Apple made certain that everybody would acknowledge them. All headphones have been normally black, so by tweaking this function, they turned all of their prospects into strolling ads.

Need one other instance?

WordPress isn’t solely powering 25% of all web sites on-line, however it’s additionally free. The free model has a catch, although.

Your area will all the time present up as wordpress.yourdomain.com.

Everybody who visits your free WordPress weblog will immediately know that it’s a WordPress web site.

However, let’s speak about an much more highly effective progress hack.

The ability of integrations and embeds

Everybody’s darling, Fb, used embeds as an early progress hack, to make it possible for they hit their goal of buying 200 million new customers in a single 12 months.

They gave customers the choice to present that they’re on Fb somewhere else, like their blogs, web sites and in boards, by creating totally different badges for them to embed.

The badges are nonetheless round in the present day…


This created billions of impressions, a whole bunch of tens of millions of clicks and hundreds of thousands of signal ups every month.

And, this isn’t the one big utilizing this technique. Ever tried to share a YouTube video in your weblog?

They make embedding movies tremendous simple, so numerous folks do it.

This works, not solely as a result of they create the complete code and spotlight it for you, so that you simply must press Cmd+C (or Ctrl+C, when you’re on Home windows) after which paste it into your editor, but in addition as a result of YouTube movies are very shareable.


We additionally wished folks to embed their knowledge from Loopy Egg – not a good suggestion.


What firm needs to indicate their site visitors, clicks, income numbers and conversions?


However, guess who desires to share the most recent humorous cat video they discovered? Everybody!

Professional tip: Give folks a purpose to dig deeper into your embeds. The YouTube participant routinely performs the following video, or offers you a collection of associated movies, on the finish of every video, which makes it extremely seemingly you’ll really swap to YouTube, after watching an embedded video.

Whenever you resolve on whether or not you wish to make your product embeddable or not, make sure that prospects have a motive to embed, that it’s simple to do and that you simply entice them to dig deeper into your embed.

There’s something that’s much more highly effective than embeds, although, particularly when you get it proper: integrations.

Do you know that if folks can signal as much as your service, utilizing one among their already current accounts on Fb, Twitter or Google, that this will improve sign-ups as much as 50%?

Integrating your service to work seamlessly with one other may give you very quick access to hundreds of thousands of potential clients.

PayPal was struggling to get a foot within the door with nearly all of the market. Few retailers really provided them as an choice.

However, as soon as they landed a take care of Ebay and had been provided as an possibility, proper subsequent to Visa and Mastercard, the floodgates opened.

payments paypal

(Picture supply: Funds Information)

Finally, Ebay acquired them, for $1.5 billion in 2002.

A steal, contemplating PayPal is now value about $10 billion greater than Ebay. Having one highly effective integration was sufficient.

However, PayPal and Fb are outdated information, what about some newer startups?

Integrations work simply as nicely immediately. Solely now, corporations like Fb and PayPal are those you need to combine with.

Like Spotify did.

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Integrating with Fb was a really focused transfer. Fb was already a platform for sharing pursuits, particularly music (within the type of movies, for instance).

Spotify simply made the expertise higher. By displaying what your pals listened to, within the app and within the Fb stream, folks began to find the app.

“Tom’s listening to Jay-Z on Spotify.”

“Hmm, I wonder what that is, let me check it out. Oh, free streaming, awesome!”

And, increase, Spotify had one other person (that’s precisely how they received me, by the best way).

As with embeds, make it possible for your integration is smart for the customers, in order that each events profit.

AirBnB didn’t, which is why their progress hack finally stopped working. Fortunate for them, they didn’t want it any extra, at that time.

Once they began creating their listings, they actually wished to faucet into Craigslist’shuge community. However, Craigslist didn’t make their API public, so the AirBnB guys needed to create a really tough technical answer.

Finally, they made it work and folks might cross-post their AirBnB listings with one easy click on:



On the time, round 50 million (!) distinctive customers used Craigslist every month. The listings went on to get huge publicity, resulting in the largest interval in AirBnB person progress.



However, it wasn’t a really, ahem, endorsed process and in no way sanctioned by Craigslist. Finally, they needed to discontinue the combination.


(Picture Supply: Fast Sprout)

One other idea much like embeds and integrations could be “Powered by badges”.


(I talked about this final yr in Vienna)

These require a number of testing and optimizing, although, because it’s inconceivable to know what works immediately.

For instance, with KISSmetrics we discovered that “Analytics by…” labored significantly better than “Powered by…”

Integrations, embeds and badges are definitely amongst your greatest bets for going viral and getting a large enough chunk of the marketplace for your product to turn into a success.

Nonetheless, these examples are extra concepts than “copy this” schemes.

You see, progress hacks normally cease working pretty rapidly, as increasingly corporations begin exploiting them.

So, as an alternative of attempting to repeat these examples, one after the other, attempt to get into the correct mindset to see untapped alternatives and new methods so that you can use comparable techniques to market your product.

Step Four: Enhance your product constantly

Iterate, iterate, iterate.


As a result of, even with thousands and thousands of customers, it takes most startups years to develop into worthwhile.

That is both as a result of their product just isn’t that costly, or as a result of they wait too lengthy to cost clients.

Anomalies, like Birchbox, who’re quickly making $125 million in revenues yearly, with solely $12 million in funding, are actually simply that – anomalies.

It’s surprising that solely 20% of corporations make retaining prospects a spotlight, when it’s confirmed that promoting to present prospects is far simpler.

They’re 50% extra seemingly to purchase once more from you than new clients.

Twitter confronted this downside, early on. They received thousands and thousands of customers in a short time, however theyweren’t really utilizing the service.

It’s because the perceived worth of your product rises and falls with the onboarding course of.

Think about signing up for a service, getting a welcome electronic mail, however receiving no directions on use it after which by no means listening to from them once more.

A reasonably dangerous expertise, proper?

I wouldn’t come again, both.

As soon as new Twitter customers signed up, they had been left alone at midnight. When Twitter modified this, engagement went up immensely.

That is the way it occurred:


When signing up, Twitter prompted customers to comply with 5-10 individuals on their very own.

When you spend 10 minutes discovering a number of pals or celebrities on Twitter and also you begin to comply with them, you’ve already invested time into the product, which makes it more likely that you simply’ll return.

It’s solely pure that when you “follow” somebody, you really wish to check out them and see what’s new.

Uber continuously improves its service, as nicely. Listed below are a number of the experiments that they’ve already run:

  • Uber Ice Cream on demand
  • roses for Valentine’s day on demand
  • barbecue in Texas on demand
  • rides in a DeLorean in San Francisco
  • UberCHOPPER helicopter rides to the Hamptons
  • partnership with the NFL to advertise protected rides for NFL gamers

When you’ve gotten huge, consumer expertise is a large a part of your product’s success. That’s why corporations, like Apple and Fb, spend hours discussing fonts, colours and button sizes.

By no means cease bettering.

In any other case, nature, or, on this case the market, will train you that lesson the onerous method.

There’s a great quote about this concept of fixed enchancment:

By no means cease studying, as a result of life by no means stops educating.

So, don’t simply take a “once and done” method to development hacking. What comes after the expansion is simply as necessary, if you wish to create a sustainable enterprise.


It took Fb eight years to achieve a $50 billion valuation. That type of progress was unprecedented. It was historic…

Till Uber reached the identical valuation in 5 years.

I can already hear you making excuses.

“These growth hacks won’t work any more.”

“This doesn’t apply to my industry.”

I don’t need to hear it.

Development hacking isn’t a set technique.

It’s a mindset.

I hope this information helped you to amass it. I would like you to begin considering like I do, like different development hackers do.

Let this information be your start line.

Listed below are the Four steps, once more, which you could take:

  1. Just be sure you create a product individuals really need, by:
    • Placing out free content material in your area of interest
    • Asking and answering inquiries to get good concepts
    • Immediately amassing suggestions round your concepts
    • Validating your concepts by getting prospects earlier than totally constructing the answer
  2. Goal solely a small area of interest market and:
    • Make it an unique expertise for them
    • Assist them unfold the phrase inside their neighborhood
  3. Go viral by:
    • Incentivizing the sharing of your product (it ought to develop into higher with extra customers)
    • Letting your product promote itself
    • Tapping into different corporations’ present clients, with integrations, embeds and badges
  4. Maintain bettering your product by:
    • Continually iterating and releasing updates
    • Testing each element
    • Optimizing the onboarding course of

The place are you within the development hacking course of proper now? Let me know the place you at the moment are and the way you’ll take the following step.

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Growth hacking with facebook ads – A case study

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Meet the Growth Hacking Wizard behind Facebook, Twitter and Quora’s Astonishing Success

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7 years in the past, when Fb and Twitter had been simply getting began, the first magic trick to excessive progress charges concerned making a product that related folks to folks and other people to content material. Again then this kind of community impact gave the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world sudden primacy over old style tech titans like AOL and Microsoft. For the primary time, the ability to construct a big person base was given to individuals who had very small budgets, and the flexibility to immediately generate billions in market worth trumped the comparatively sluggish means of constructing a tech firm one buyer at a time.

A number of tech corporations have been on the middle of this radical change, however solely a handful have been capable of keep gorgeous progress charges. Those who have succeeded created a brand new strategy to buying new clients – referred to as “Growth Hacking”.

Should you’re not accustomed to the time period, progress hacking is the place advertising and marketing ways meets product growth. Its purpose is to get the product to market itself. Progress hackers are principled hackers who research how individuals use a product and regularly check and optimize each digital touchpoint to be able to get potential clients to take motion.

That is exactly what Andy Johns, one of many premier development hackers in Silicon Valley, instructed me was the important thing purpose that Fb, Twitter, LinkedIn and Quora have grow to be so profitable. “Most people don’t realize what was going on behind the scenes at these companies (and what still goes on is) most were conducting several experiments a day to determine how to best sway people to do what they wanted them to do,” Johns advised me.

Certainly, what’s most hanging once you discuss to growth hackers like Johns is how profitable these inventive strategies have been to extend consumer acquisition charges, drive clients to buy a product, or scale back the friction of utilizing a product. Progress hacking may be utilized to almost any digital purpose that entails persuading individuals to click on, buy, enroll, or learn.

In line with Johns, the principal goal of progress hacking is to create a consumer acquisition coefficient that’s greater than one. For instance, an organization ought to intention to have extra individuals utilizing their product over time than it loses from attrition. By experimenting with completely different development hacking strategies, firms can decide the optimum means to extend that coefficient dramatically.


Fb’s Development Hacking Strategies

Johns’ first growth hacking job was at Fb. He didn’t have any expertise in progress hacking, however Fb management wished it that method. As Johns described it, “The idea is when you’re trying to solve something that hasn’t been solved before you hire a bunch of smart people without a predisposition towards solving a problem a particular way. Then you put those people in a resource constrained environment and drive them to figure it out.”

Johns admits his first 6 months have been fairly turbulent and he felt he could possibly be fired any day – however he quickly discovered his stride. “Facebook is likely one of the few firms that does an incredible job of actually driving individuals in direction of producing outcomes and giving staff an unbelievable quantity of accountability,” Johns mentioned. “In fact, at one point our executive team set a goal of acquiring 200 million users in 12 months.”

In line with Johns, the expansion staff did surpass the 200 million consumer problem by permitting every group member to behave as their very own Basic Supervisor. “As an individual, I had to propose what I was going to contribute every month and for the year. Each of us was responsible for profit and loss of users (acquisition of new users) and I needed to determine what resources I needed to succeed.”

The expansion workforce was in a position to monitor direct contributions from workforce members as a result of we had constructed unbelievable knowledge infrastructure that allowed us to be exact within the measurement of the whole lot we did.

So how did they do it? Johns was reserved however did talk about three development hacks that actually moved the needle. The primary hack concerned giving customers embeddable Fb badges or profile widgets to publish on their web sites and blogs. Johns informed me that these widgets served billions of impressions per thirty days, which led to a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of clicks and consequently thousands and thousands of signups. By extending Fb by way of the person base, Fb was capable of generate an enormous variety of signal ups.

A second hack concerned shopping for service suppliers in third world nations. Many of the press following these acquisitions have been leftscratching their heads. Actually, in 2010 Michael Arrington was mystified by the Fb acquisition of Octazen Options, asking on the time, “The big question is why Facebook would need to acquire a company located halfway around the world if all they were doing is standard address book imports via OAuth and APIs, or proprietary but well documented protocols like Facebook use.” It seems Fb was buying all these corporations to amass their expertise to assist procure extra electronic mail addresses.

The third hack concerned the acquisition of people that had not but signed up for Fb, and had been extremely fascinating targets for strategic causes. This concerned some artistic however cheap promoting strategies that Johns couldn’t elaborate on. This marketing campaign was so profitable that the promoting community Fb was utilizing requested Fb to change its technique.

Twitter Growth Hacking

“Johns left Fb after being recruited by Twitter. He joined a former Fb colleague (Josh Elman) and helped construct a 25 individual workforce which turned Twitter’s development workforce (you’ll be able to see Elman’s most up-to-date growth hacking presentation here). When Johns joined, Twitter had someplace round 30 million energetic customers, however in accordance with Johns, the corporate’s consumer base was rising too gradual.

“So we began working as quick as potential to search out new areas of progress. We grew to become ‘blockers and tacklers’ by tweaking and optimizing practically each contact level. We’d work out methods so as to add 10,000 extra customers on some days and 60,000 customers on different days,” Johns advised me.

One of many highest performing progress hacks was proper on Twitter’s house web page. In accordance with Johns, the house web page was too difficult, however quickly after they simplified the web page to deal with signups or logins, the conversion charges elevated dramatically.

A second hack concerned persuading new customers to observe at the least 10 folks on Twitter. As soon as they did, the percentages of that person returning elevated dramatically. So Johns and the expansion workforce launched the highest individuals to comply with characteristic after customers signed up and the person retention charge went up considerably.

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How To Rank High Google Places Listing Search Engine Optimisation

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

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Within the new period of Native Search Engine optimization, Google Locations listings have proved to be actually value efficient. Positioned above the opposite extremely valued natural SERP’s, the Google Locations listings are displayed for nearly all sort search queries that features a metropolis descriptor equivalent to “Adelaide Internet Marketing”, now this search “Adelaide” is a metropolis descriptor and “Internet Marketing” is a question.
Googlers are working 24/7 altering Google Search algorithms and innovating person search expertise. In a few of the most up-to-date Algorithm updates it’s price noticing that Google Locations listings are actually ranked in keeping with extra than simply location proximity and trade classes; Google is giving extra consideration to the web site description, title and key phrases. In case you don’t have a web site, you possibly can nonetheless rank first on the Google Locations as Google Locations listings are fully autonomous of your web site Google rating.

The emergence of Google Locations Promoting initiated nice competitors within the space of native map itemizing optimisation. A few of the good strategies for optimising your Google Locations Listings are as follows:

1. Traditional Search Engine Optimisation:

Basic search engine optimisation includes some traditional components used to rank increased within the Search engine outcome pages, these components contains formulating webpage title, Webpage Meta Tags , H1, H2,H3 tags , URL Construction , Rel Canonical the place wanted and Alt textual content in photographs.

– Key phrases Search :

Key phrase analysis is broadly used as part of basic search engine optimisation. Many SME’s house owners assume they know the very best key phrase phrases to focus on; this strategy can eradicate a serious share of potential prospects. Key phrase analysis will increase your probabilities of rating properly on Google and it begins with researching the very best key phrases to focus on. Key phrase analysis is a crucial a part of Search Engine Optimisation, as concentrating on a flawed key phrase phrases may end up in a wasted effort since you are attempting to rank properly within the areas that you simply by no means actually needed to rank on.

-Meta Tags

Meta Knowledge is approach you possibly can present details about your web site to Google. Meta information by serps contains Meta key phrases, Meta description, title and H1 tags. Even on the finish of 2012, Meta tag optimisation remains to be an necessary issue of search engine optimisation so it is very important service lots of the so-called “deprecated” strategies to make sure excessive SERP rankings.

-Use of tackle and cellphone quantity involved pages

Google and different search engines like google attempt to gather data out of your web site to offer sturdy knowledge about your corporation. To assist your small business develop on native engines like google you should show enterprise title, tackle, cellphone quantity and e-mail tackle on the web site.

Including Web site in Native Quotation Web sites

Elsewhere articles advertising, weblog posts and on-line directories, there are a selection of different web sites which can be thought of by Google to be influential about native data. It is best to add your web site to different native citations web site to be extra authoritative together with; native blogs, native charities, phone book, native radio stations and native TV stations.

2. Declare your native itemizing

Declare your small business in Native Enterprise directories comparable to yelp, phone book and white pages. This provides customers greater confidence within the web site and lets them know that you’re doing a critical enterprise. Don’t neglect to say your Google locations itemizing or create a brand new itemizing in case you don’t have it listed already. When you unlock or create your native itemizing improve your Google Locations web page with extra data and content material about your small business. In case you don’t have a Google locations itemizing in the intervening time you possibly can have one by visiting http://www.google.com/places/ and clicking getting began button. Google then asks you to pick out your nation and enterprise quantity for a database search. If Google finds your info you’ll then be requested to handle your web page; in different case you may be redirected so as to add new entry window for a brand new enterprise itemizing.

If you have already got a Google locations itemizing however don’t have entry to it then you could declare what you are promoting itemizing by visiting the ‘listing’ and click on ‘manage this page button’ as proven within the picture under. Upon getting clicked ‘manage this page’ you’ll then be redirected to a web page to switch or droop the itemizing by validating your small business

Three. Use of Key phrases in Google Locations Description and Titles

You shouldn’t use key phrases in title this shall damage your Goodwill and raises possibilities of getting suspended from Google Locations. You may and certain might be suspended from Google Locations if you happen to attempt to do key phrase spamming in title. You must just remember to enter the authorized title of your online business precisely the identical you employ on native quotation web sites and different third occasion listing websites.

In Google Locations Description you’re allowed to make use of Three-Four domestically optimised key phrase phrases. You need to use your metropolis identify within the key phrases to be sure you rank excessive on the native search key phrase. Whereas utilizing key phrases in description just remember to are writing one thing that can exactly describe your online business to potential clients. That is additionally an space the place you may give instructions on discovering your online business whether it is tough to find.

Four. Add correct class associations

Google permits you to select 5 classes for what you are promoting and in addition means that you can create your personal class incase in case your trade or service just isn’t listed. Whereas selecting the class be certain that the primary class is your major class and different Four as secondary classes. You need to use your key phrases along with your major class for different Four classes. For Instance: Your Major class is Resorts, you need to use these as your secondary classes Inns as “Adelaide Hotels” “Melbourne Hotels”.

5. Present Photos & Movies

Google Permits 10 pictures and 5 movies add to your itemizing. Including extra photographs and movies in your itemizing will increase conversions and it might be that the extra time shoppers spend on researching what you are promoting the extra possible they’re to be influenced to go to your web site. Whereas importing footage in your itemizing choose its caption-carefully as a result of everybody who visits your Locations itemizing will see it.

Together with pictures and movies doesn’t have a direct influence on SERP Although, in some Google Locations Search consequence pages, Google will show a thumbnail icon related to them. One factor which is clear to me is that the photographs and movies related along with your Google Locations itemizing present further alternatives to hyperlink extra key phrase related content material along with your web site and this could improve probabilities of what you are promoting to rank larger within the SERP.

6. Encourage Prospects to evaluate your enterprise itemizing

A cheerful buyer is an asset of any enterprise, when you have completely happy prospects you’ll be able to develop on the highest pace ever. Buyer evaluations are as necessary because the buyer himself for a enterprise since a cheerful buyer’s evaluate encourages prospects to turn into your buyer.

Get your small business reviewed by your current prospects as a result of critiques are part of the rating standards. The extra optimistic opinions you’ll have the extra chances are high to get a better rating in search outcomes. In an effort to rank your online business excessive ask your prospects to assessment what you are promoting by visiting www.google.com/native and seek for what you are promoting by identify with a purpose to depart you a overview.

In one of the crucial current updates Google has launched a brand new snippet “At a Glance” for native companies. These snippets seem in your Google locations enterprise itemizing and are extracted from some mixture of your critiques. Good critiques can most definitely improve your conversions and rating in SERP.

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Let’s be honest your business needs a Social Media Marketing Strategy, start one today!

By | Networking Bizz Business advice

So, you’re about to make the leap into running a blog. However, you haven’t any suggestion where to.

That’s ok considering that I’m sure you recognize that blogging can:

  1. Generate a massive audience (and in the event you’re a famous individual, this can also be on the spot)
  2. Make you some serious money if you know how (need proof: investigate out Pat Flynn’s going for walks total on his homepage)
  3. flip a blogger into an influencer with a somewhat bit of tough work and a first-class networking neighborhood

But, how are you going to reap this with your new weblog? With so many blogs around, you’ve gotten little chance of getting seen.

Social Media Marketing

What’s the solution? Good, a flawlessly defined social media plan and the process is just what you need.

This post will stroll you via why you desire a social media advertising technique and learn how to start one for your web publication.

Is Adopting Social Media That Important?

Yes, it is.

Social media platforms have revolutionized marketing and running a blog. Google too has adopted “Search Plus Your World” signaling how social systems are primary.

So, in the event you feel you simplest want search engine optimization to generate site visitors, you’re lifeless wrong. Visitors by way of search engines like google and yahoo isn’t the only option to create giant viewers. Bloggers at present are additionally leveraging social media for his or her particular site visitors.

With so many persons today utilizing smartphones and tablets, the digital world is all over. And with more humans being online, social media has skyrocketed as a primary type of communication for users.

Social Media Isn’t Just a Fashion, It’s More!

With the popular social websites being cell-pleasant, this makes it handy to view your Facebook web page, scroll by way of tweets and verify out a pin from Pinterest – even as you are out and about.

All these explanations endorse that engagement throughout social networks is under no circumstances going to end; instead, customers will keep on Instagramming, Tweeting or Liking – or doing something the next significant social media platform will make a decision.

Hubspot claims that social media advertising isn’t just any fad, and if you want to be a part of the blogging world, you higher be on social media. Practically each confident blogger is using social media structures to arrive target viewers.

So, as a newbie, you have got to be on social media to get exposure, promote your weblog and generate traffic.

Social Media is convenient and inexpensive

As a new character to running a blog, you can also think you desire significant funds to get your blog up and to jog. But, your social media advertising strategy doesn’t need to be expensive.

What’s excellent about social media is it’s convenient to hook up and when you’re on more than a few social media platforms, you’ll in finding that you would be able to reach extensive viewers without spending a lot on analytics.

Social media is right here to remain and it’s now not a passing segment.

So, now that you understand how important social media advertising is let’s find out how to strategize a social media marketing plan step-by-step.


1. Add Social Engagement Factors To Your Web Publication

Have you ever come throughout an excellent put up and need to depart a comment or contact the blogger, but you look around and find there’s no remark box or link on the web publication?

If you happen to be new to running a blog, the satisfactory factor you can do is make yourself available. Readers wish to have the option of engaging in your blog. Also, they want to know that they can contact you speedily.

So, make it handy to your readers to get to grasp you. Listed below are some ways to do that:

> Add a Contact web page to your internet site with the means to contact you (cellphone quantity, social profiles, e-mail)

> Add follow buttons on your website online to make it convenient for individuals to find you
ensure to allow feedback for your weblog.

> Even as you will get some weak suggestions, don’t let that discontinue you from developing a relationship with your readers.

2. Add Share Buttons

You recognize you’ve gotten excellent content in your weblog. Heck, I’m sure you’re convinced you wrote a killer blog submit. However, no person is studying it and the only individuals going to your blog are your first-rate pal and brother.

Why is nobody talking about your epic weblog put up? It’s because you forgot to furnish an option to share it with their buddies and followers.

Having sharing buttons on your blog, placed above and beneath each web publication publish makes it tremendous simple and super easy for people to click on and share.

Listed below are some excellent social media plugins to try in your blog:

> superb social media and share icons

> Floating social bar

> Tremendous socializer

> Shareaholic

Social Media Plugins


Your weblog is up and running.

You’ve got enticing and easy-to-read weblog posts that are in a position to be shared throughout social media.

To get your content material on social media where folks are talking about it and to have enticing comments in your posts, comply with these seven hints.

3. Automate Your Posts

It takes a variety of time to promote your web publication put up on social media. When you rather wish to leverage social media for site visitors, you’re going to ought to advertise on all the general social media structures.

Alternatively of manually tweeting or pinning every new submit you write, why no longer use a social media device to make your life a bit less complicated? Here are some purposes to automate your posts on social media:

> HootSuite

> Buffer

> Socialoomph

> Sproutsocial

4. Have interaction With folks that Share Posts

The certified strength of social media lies in the engagement together with your readers. In case you’re not social on social media, then it’s pointless to be on Twitter or FB. It can be an excellent platform to get relatively to grasp your target viewers.

What did they like about your content? What would they like to read extra of?

The vigor of utilizing quite a lot of social systems will also be leveraged to create maximum benefit only if you have interaction along with your readers and certainly with those who share your posts.

In the event you’re making use of HootSuite, there is a search field the place you can paste the URL of your weblog post and it’ll record tweets about your weblog put up shares. Simply out by retweeting these tweets and posts to constructing relationships.

Google+ and fb permit searching options using your weblog titles to discover who’s sharing your posts.

So, join with persons on social media and maintain them engaged. It may generate site visitors to your blog while you reciprocate with the aid of acknowledging humans’ tweet and tweeting their posts as well.


5. Recognize The right Time To Share Posts

that you could hit the social media jackpot if you thoroughly time while you share your posts.

For illustration, Google+ customers are most energetic in the morning, at the same time Twitter customers seem to decide on afternoon. Combined with the social automation instruments acknowledged previous, you could time your shares correctly providing you with enormous competitive competencies over some of your less-savvy competitors.

That you could also check trending themes and utilize those hashtags throughout fb and Twitter. It may occasionally gift you with most effective occasions to share relatable content that customers are currently speaking about.

6. Plan Future Posts

lose to each social networking platform provides analytics. You’ll discover many free analytics tools to support you with this.

Making use of a social media analytic device can support with getting suggestions about future posts that participate in high-quality throughout networks and support you bring up your social media advertising and marketing plan. This will aid you in:

> Writing your next put up

> Providing topics on your content calendar

> Understanding tendencies throughout networks

You can also get new and wonderful content strategies by analyzing the comments to your weblog posts. Assess out what individuals are announcing to your posts, or keep an in depth tab on what persons speak about throughout your social networks.

You may find that individuals wish to recognize a targeted answer, so use this expertise to jot down your subsequent blog publish. In spite of everything, you are writing in your audience, and working out what kind of understanding they are seeking can help you in growing content especially for them.

7. Join The Influencers

Social platforms permit connecting with anybody from any location. So, why not comply with knowledgeable bloggers for your area of interest? These influencers have the capability to raise your blog to extra visitors and social shares.

That you could also be taught from these influential bloggers using seeing how they use social media to their skills. Maybe you observed that they sparked engagement using posting a query to their followers each morning. That is something you can do for your social media advertising approach.

8. Be Socially Liable

It’s a quality feeling to jot down a blog submit. You wish to have to share it all over the place social media and tell all people about it. However, don’t get within the dependency of spamming timelines and flooding them with hyperlinks to your posts 24/7. Try not to tag individuals with your submit without correct context.

For illustration, for those who write a post and briefly point out Jon Morrow’s name and then tag him with a link to your publish, this could be viewed inappropriately. Best incorporate influences or different men and women to your social media reputation if it pertains to your publish.

For example, for those who wrote about them extensively to your submit, or if it’s something they need to examine then go ahead and tag or @point out their title.

The great thing to do is just be social. Remark on different men and women’s posts, share other people’s content and interact along with your readers,

9. Have Valuable Content Material

The entire effort you set in to advertising your web publication might be useless in case your content is just not standard, invaluable and fascinating.

Men and women want to learn your experiences, opinions, ideas, and advice. When you provide this kind of content material, men and women will come back to read extra and share it on their social media channels.

How do you are making your content material priceless?

> Have supportive understanding by offering inside and external links in your web publication submit.
Be sincere.

> Tell humans your screw ups and what you might be doing to over, whether or not it’s seeking to monetize your weblog or trying to rate that subsequent job interview.

> Tell a story by making use of details and stats that back up what you are trying to say to your blog submit.

Are You competent to begin Your Social Media marketing procedure?

Opening a web publication is pleasing. You could have the advantage to create quality content that persons need to learn about. With the right social media plan, you’ll discover your goal viewers and tailor your content to them.

Take some time to gain knowledge of as a lot as your can about social media to leverage it for your blogging success. These guidelines will have to help your social media method and get your web publication observed.

So, inform me, which tip do you find probably the most priceless in having a robust social media plan?

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Quick and easy infographic to increase your Google ranking instantly! NEW METHOD

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques

Lately more small businesses have asked me about how to increase your Google ranking or how it works. Since more and more owners of small businesses use search engines to conduct business, it’s actually getting much easier to explain it to them. But like most business owners, they want to get down to money, and care mostly about how it will help the bottom line.

Well search engines are vastly overtaking all marketing channels and new business acquisition methods. Search engines are basically databases in which you run queries to attain information. Depending on the SEO of a page and how relevant the page is relating to the search term that is what a search engine gives you: the search engine page result pages otherwise known in SEO as the SERP’s.

When conducting SEO you pretty much making your page more relevant according to a search term or as we call them in SEO “keyword”.

Well we stumbled on this great info-graphic which gives you a few awesome ways to boost your page in the SERP’s, check it out its a bit long but has a wealth of good information and an esay guide with a few pearls of wisdom. Check it out and let us know what you think about it : )

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TOP 5 social media growth hacking tools 2016

By | Networking Bizz Advanced SEO Techniques, Networking Bizz Business advice, Networking Bizz digital marketing


Growth hacking is a term that is mostly associated with startups and small businesses. It is a lot like traditional marketing but the difference is the focus on growth. It is a marketing technique practiced by startups with limited resources to gain more customers by using cheap or free alternatives to traditional marketing. Growth hackers employ viral marketing while harnessing the wider reach and power of social media marketing platforms.

Here are the top 5 growth hacking tools for social media that make managing your channel management a little bit easier.


    1. Colibri.io

Colibri.io lands at the top of this list because of the tons of features it provides for startups. This tool allows small businesses to discover more opportunities, track their content marketing and SEO, and increase their brand’s online visibility. You can monitor the people who are talking about the products and services you offer and what they are saying about your brand and the brand of your competitors. This tool can find the people searching for your services even if you’re not specifically the brand these people are looking for. Colibri.io can find opportunities for searching the right keywords, locate your best landing pages, select which of your quality articles are worth sharing, analyze your on-site SEO, and much more.


  1. SproutSocial.com

SproutSocial is a social network management tool that controls a company’s (and their employees’) Facebook, Twitter profile and more. It allows you to go deeper to better understand the performance of your social networks and their increasingly detailed analytics while monitoring your incoming messages. Social networkin tasks are shared among team members through SproutSocial’s collaborative features.


  1. Buffer

Another social media management platform, Buffer allows its users in sharing and scheduling posts on different social networking channels. What’s special about this tool is that it can recommend great content for your site and improve the effectiveness of your posts.


  1. Click to Tweet

Promoting and advertising your product or business on Twitter has never been so easy thanks to this free growth hacking tool. Click to Tweet has an analytics tool that tells you the number of times your (Click to Tweet) link and the link inside your pre-written tweet has been clicked on. You can use this tool on your landing pages, emails, websites, and social media posts.

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  1. MyPresences

This is a social monitoring tool that makes tracking and managing your listings, online reviews, posts and ratings a lot easier. With all your backlinks that has popped all over the web since you started your business, MyPresences can find all your site’s locations online and notifies you of the changes that are taking place.

The growth hacking tools listed above allow startups and small businesses to do almost everything from maximizing their customer interactions to streamlining their business procedures. If you want full control of your business’ future, you should monitor business variables such as website optimization, email outreach and social media marketing. For small business owners to keep up with the competition, they can use free marketing tools to improve the growth rates of their companies.

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TOP 5 growth hacking tools of 2016

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Growth hacking is the process of looking for marketing tools that will be beneficial for startups and small businesses. This process involves searching for low-cost or free marketing tools and testing them. Marketers keep the ones that are useful and get rid of those that are useless. This is why free marketing tools are so important for growth hackers because they can purchase something and dump if they don’t work.

Below are the top 5 free growth hacking tools that are not only easy to use, but are also compatible to any website design.


  1. Mailchimp

Reliability is the reason why this email marketing platform is at the top of this list. It is the most popular growth hacking tool used by the majority of internet marketers. Mailchimp’s outstanding API (application program interface) lets you manage up to 2,000 of your subscribers and send emails of up to 12,000 for free. Its simple automation, targeting and segmentation is perfect for startups and small businesses.


  1. Crazy Egg

This analytical tool falls under the User Behavior Visualization category. It is designed to understand your visitors and how they engage with your site. Crazy Egg can detect which messages are important, which to edit and delete altogether. It can automatically make adjustments to increase your conversions.

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  1. Google Analytics

Small businesses will greatly benefit from this free growth hacking tool from Google. It is the must-have tool for any entry level growth hackers out there. With Google Analytics, you can find the sources of your website’s traffic and track queries. It has tools for benchmark reports, audience and acquisition reporting. It can show you which areas of your website are doing well and which parts need improvement.


  1. Contact form 7

A simple yet dependable WordPress plugin, Contact form 7 is a multiple contact forms manager. What separates this plugin from other contact managers is that it is capable of showing you the URLs of the pages sending you the contact. This will help you a lot when you’re managing multiple platforms because figuring out the origins of the messages can be confusing. Contact form 7 is a versatile tool that is easy to use.


  1. Hello Bar

Effective call-to-action is what this delightfully simple marketing tool is all about. You can create and insert your button along the horizontal bar at the topmost part of your webpage. The bar and call-to-action is created depending on your selected goals: point your visitors to your social media pages, collect email or drive traffic. The button and the color of the header bar can be customized to fit any web design.


These growth hacking tools can help startups and small businesses compete with big companies. Let’s face it, things aren’t getting any easier. You need to take advantage of these free growth hacking tools so you can serve your customers better, gain more exposure and sell more products.



  1. Snip.ly

It’s like bit.ly but it allows you to place a call to action on your link! (Even if the website is not your property!)

This is truly an amazing tool…enjoy!

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What the bloody F**K is Growth Hacking?

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Have you ever heard that coined time period earlier than? The notorious, “Growth-Hacking” time period is starting to floor increasingly more within the Tech world. This terminology was first coined by Sean Ellis in 2010. Sean was requested why he felt the necessity to coin a brand new phrase, he mentioned that it stemmed from his frustration when hiring replacements for himself.

Though that is clearly a tech time period to explain a non-conventional advertising “tech” genius; imagine it or not this time period can be beginning to development with different non-tech enterprise, specifically within the gross sales sector, and different enterprise akin to Actual Property for Instance John Cochran from Systems Saturday to view one in every of Actual Property’s personal “Growth Hacker”, utilizing non-conventional strategies to drive advertising and marketing and gross sales publicity. Follow this link for a FREE E-Guide on Growth Hacking and what it really is: by Neil Patel & Bronson Taylor from Quicksprout. Get pleasure from

One other coined time period is “Content-Hacker”. The content material hacker is a brand new animal, one that mixes the talents of content material advertising with the mindset of development hacking.

Right here’s an infographic that breaks down what this implies:



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