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Mobile Commerce On The Rise

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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.

Why voice assistants will drive e-commerce

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Here’s why voice assistants will drive e-commerce forward for the foreseeable future, and what we should expect from the leading tech companies that are pioneering the innovations, making this all possible.

Voice assistants aren’t some mythical, on-the-cusps of reality innovation set to reshape our everyday lives any minute now. They’re already surrounding us today, having become a commonplace appearance in the living rooms, businesses, and entertainment venues enjoyed by millions of consumers.

Whether you’re relying on Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, or perhaps even Microsoft’s Cortana or another voice assistant, there’s a solid chance you’ve already relied on the services of one of these audible aides in the recent past. This trend is only going to grow more commonplace in the near future if investments in the tech driving it forward are anything to go by.

Look at the colossal sums of cash that Amazon is funneling towards Alexa, for instance, and you’ll realize just how seriously today’s leading companies are taking voice assistants. The company recently announced a startup fund of some $100 million, which envisions an Alexa-filed future where voice assistants are available anywhere you turn, ready and eager to help you solve your problems or make your next purchase.

Soon, everyone everywhere will have at least limited access to a voice assistant, whether they’re in the public or private spheres of life.

The implications of this phenomenon for e-commerce can’t be overstated. By and large, tomorrow’s e-commerce market will be driven by voice assistants who help moms and dads finish their grocery shopping while simultaneously enabling businesses to make more efficient and profitable acquisitions of major resources.

This shouldn’t be particularly surprising; after all, we knew as early as 2012 that Siri, who was then still in her infancy as a voice assistant, would eventually be used as a tool for online shopping. Nobody ever dared to imagine the scope that e-commerce would rise to take on, however, nor consider the implications of having virtual assistants with easy access to our wallets following us everywhere we go.

One of the most lucrative ways that e-commerce operations will cash in on voice assistants will be through targeted advertisements, which today are but a mere nuisance, but will tomorrow dominate the market more than ever before.

Voice assistants are rapidly becoming more advanced, capable of fielding a wider array of questions than ever before, and may soon be playing ads over their speakers even if they’re in your living room. Whether or not consumers will revolt when this becomes commonplace remains to be seen, but thus far the digital age has guaranteed that advertisements and sponsored content are A-Okay with most customers as long as they don’t disrupt their digital experiences.

Major corporations like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are laboring tirelessly to construct a global economy built around voice commands, with every intention of hooking as many consumers as possible on their addicting products. This makes shopping not only easier but now almost a fun novelty.

Parents will soon be teaching their children about money, spending habits, and grocery purchasing by helping their tiny-tots shout out purchasing orders to the smart-speaker in their living room or kitchen. Teachers and university professors, too, will come to rely on these assistants in the classroom when teaching economic principles from A to Z.

All of these factors point towards a future where e-commerce is driven by the rise of voice assistants more than anything else. Alexa and Siri, today are merely helpful handlers who guide us from one location to another or provide us with timely weather updates, will soon become veritable digital accountants who manage wide swathes of our financial activities.

Forget small e-commerce operations like pawning off apparel or selling groceries through Alexa; soon, it won’t be far-fetched to authenticate the purchasing of shares in a major company or the acquisition or a major competitor through voice-controlled assistants.

The future of e-commerce is rapidly approaching and it’s going to be dominated by voice assistants. Driven more by consumers flocking to these wondrous products than anything else, the trend of voice assistants becoming a pivotal aspect of the e-commerce industry is soon going to grow so big that it will be impossible not to notice it.

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Lessons From Netflix About Content Marketing

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Lessons From Netflix About Content Marketing

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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.

Conclusion

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

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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IHOP to IHOB: Will the New Marketing Strategy Work?

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IHOP to IHOB: Will the New Marketing Strategy Work?

Three weeks after the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) launched a teaser campaign to call itself IHOB to draw diners to its burgers, marketing pundits are still debating the wisdom of the rebranding move. However, investors of Glendale, Calif.-based Dine Brands Global, Inc. — IHOP’s parent organization — should be happy to see their stock gaining 30% in that period to $80.

For nearly 60 years, IHOP has positioned itself as a breakfast destination for its pancakes. But it clearly saw hidden value in another, ignored item on its menu – its burgers – and with a single tweet, opened the doors to the lunch and dinner markets. IHOP’s tweet spawned a viral discussion on social media, drawing both praise for what many saw as a bold move, and criticism for what others saw as a flop.

According to experts at Wharton and the University of Maryland, IHOP could see big gains if it can invest in product improvement (read: better burgers) and ensure quality control at its 1,650 locations. It also has to find ways to overcome the declining popularity of sit-down casual food restaurants and compete more effectively with fast-casual and quick-service restaurant chains like Chipotle, Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers, they said.

The Long View

Judging IHOP’s rebranding strategy calls for “a long term view,” according to Wharton marketing professor Americus Reed. “Remember the [consumer] purchase funnel — awareness, consideration, evaluation, liking, intent to buy, actual purchase, and post-purchase loyalty,” he said. He cautioned against rushing to write off the campaign as a flop. “There are many second- and third- and fourth-order effects — word of mouth — that may create lagged sales.”

In order to work out well, repositioning of brands takes “time, effort, and message discipline,” said Reed. “Target did not become ‘Tar-jay’ overnight. Hyundai did not become a higher cached brand overnight.”

More immediately, the social media momentum IHOP has gained is of course a boon that money cannot often buy. “Just the sheer volume of talk about IHOP and IHOB is a fantastic win for that company,” said Wharton marketing lecturer Jason Riis. IHOP should find profit in the talk about it, even if what’s said is not always complimentary.

In the days before the “B” in IHOB was revealed to represent “burgers,” “it created all kinds of speculation, and the new social media environment thrives on that kind of thing,” Riis said. “They got people guessing, and lots of people making fun, but their campaign has been goofy and playful and lighthearted from the beginning. On the manipulation or playing with social media, they did that brilliantly. I don’t think there’s any way they could have predicted this level of success.”

Building on the Buzz

One worry for IHOP would be that the buzz in social media ends up becoming short-lived, according to Henry C. Boyd, clinical professor of marketing at the University of Maryland. “The buzz … is great for now. But what’s going to happen when all of the dust settles and we look up and say, ‘Well, what was that all about, and did it really move the needle as far as sales are concerned for the burgers?’”

Riis and Boyd discussed the IHOP campaign on the [email protected] show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111. (Listen to the podcast at the top of this page.)

“People are talking about it, and social media accounts of competitors are weighing in, so there is a lot of earned media for IHOP,” Reed said. “The question is: Will all this hype trigger people wanting to try the IHOP burger offering that would not otherwise do so?” IHOP’s strategy may also include an attempt to get more people to come in during non-breakfast hours, promoting the idea that they could have pancakes for lunch or dinner or late night supper, he added.

Another worry for IHOP is that it is getting into the more challenging part of the burger market. “A lot of the headwind they’re facing is that broad category of fast-casual where you can go in and just pick up a burger or a meal without table service that’s reasonably high quality,” said Riis. That category is growing, he added, and cited Chipotle and Shake Shack among the chains in that space. “Casual dining is where you sit down and order, and that category is declining – that’s where IHOP sits.”

That said, it does make sense for IHOP to make a bid to enter that market and compete with the entrenched brands there, Riis said. “They don’t have to win. They just need a basic level of parity [with the other brands] that gives people another reason to go in there.”

Changing long-held perceptions among patrons is also an “uphill battle” for IHOP, said Boyd. “When you say IHOP, most people think pancakes,” he explained. “When it’s time for breakfast, I go IHOP. When it’s time for burgers, I go to In-N-Out Burger, or Shake Shack or Zinburger or some other establishment along those lines.”

Living Up to Expectations

Any meaningful impact on IHOP’s sales “is not going to happen unless there has been some kind of substantial change in the product,” said Riis. “All good rebranding programs, brand refreshes and rebrands start with a fundamental and also symbolic change in the product.”

Boyd said IHOP has to serve up burgers that compare well with competition, or else it could lose customer patronage. “That is the real concern,” he added. “It becomes a bit of a risky campaign where you’re saying, ‘We’re willing to change our name from pancakes to burgers and yet we didn’t live up to expectations.’” In order to avoid that situation, “the big stumbling block is quality control,” he added. It may be relatively easier to produce “a gourmet hamburger” at a few locations, but replicating that across a chain of 1,650 stores would be tough, he said.

“Maybe now that they’ve got enough momentum, they can start to put their marketing dollars into product development and find ways to get a better, more consistent burger than they’ve had in the past, and find ways to compete better on a product basis with some of these successful chains,” said Riis.

Reed noted that the company is trying to position its burgers as better than those of Wendy’s, McDonalds and Burger King, “but not quite a gourmet offering as Shake Shack or Five Guys or Bobby’s Burger Palace.”

Understanding IHOP’s Strategy

IHOP needed to do something to address declines in casual dining restaurants, pancake consumption and in revenues at its own chains, Riis said. Dine Brands Global, which also owns the Applebee’s chain, posted losses of $330 million for 2017 on sales of $605 million that were a big drop from $681 million in 2015. The company expects IHOP revenues to stay flat or grow 3% at most in 2018, but it has to contend with longer-term trends that aren’t exactly helpful. Riis noted that “pancakes are all about carbs, and the low-carb diets are up.” And for a chain that counts on families with kids, it isn’t promising when “people aren’t having kids as much as they were in previous [years].”

IHOP’s “Ultimate Steak Burger” is priced at $6.95, with unlimited fries. Rees found that pricing policy smart. In their “mental accounting, people may attribute the cost to endless fries.” He said it might be a smart idea to offer unlimited fries because margins on those may be small in any case, like with unlimited refills in sodas, and “there are only so many servings of fries a single person can eat, anyway.” The $6.95 price also sets higher expectations of quality on par with a Five Guys, so that it is not seen to be in the same space as quick-service restaurants like Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s, he added. “Of course, now IHOP has to deliver on that value proposition in terms of how consumers perceive the actual quality of their burgers.”

Riis noted that a handful of others have attempted rebranding, such as Pizza Hut calling itself Pasta Hut a decade ago. With IHOP, “it really was a fundamental play on the name, and the part that they got right was creating a little bit of suspense and a teaser,” he said.

According to Riis, rebranding generally brings positive results. “Brands have to do some amount of refreshing on a regular basis to slightly change the meaning or tinker with what it is that consumers are coming in for and having new offerings,” he said. He recalled a case study about Red Lobster he wrote along with Harvard professor David E. Bell about a decade ago when the brand underwent a relaunch.

Riis recalled that at the time he did that study, Red Lobster was battling declining sales and negative customer satisfaction levels. The company changed its logo, changed the interiors at its restaurants, “but most fundamentally they improved the product,” he said. It brought in a new grilling system at all of its 800 locations, retrained its chefs and prepped its servers to pitch the menu to diners in a new way. “Those are big and expensive changes to make. But you have to get those in place before you start talking about it,” he added.

The experts agreed that IHOP’s core business of pancakes would stay unaffected if it fails to capitalize on the current social media buzz. At best, the chain’s patrons might shrug off the burger experiment as unwise, they felt. “They will be lauded for trying something different” and loyal IHOP customers will continue visiting its restaurants, Reed said.

“It’s not like the pancake narrative has been lost,” Riis said. “Lots of the social media discussions [about IHOP] still revolve around how great or how lousy the pancakes are, but a lot of people are having nostalgic feelings for the chain. And that’s all money in the bank, at least short term.”

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WhatsApp Launching Pay-to-Use Tools for Brand Marketers

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WhatsApp Launching Pay-to-Use Tools for Brand Marketers

Facebook looks to monetize WhatsApp with new Business API & ads that open chats in the messaging app

The new Facebook ads that click to WhatsApp open a pre-filled chat so that users can easily message the business via the app.

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Facebook has launched a new WhatsApp Business API designed to help businesses communicate with consumers via the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app. Along with the new WhatsApp Business API, Facebook advertisers will soon have access to ads on Facebook that click to WhatsApp, automatically opening a pre-filled WhatsApp chat between the user and business.

WhatsApp Business API

The WhatsApp Business API will allow businesses to send end-to-end encrypted messages to people who start a chat with the company via the app and to message people who have requested information. Businesses will be able to customize notifications that can be sent with “relevant, non-promotional” content (e.g., shipping confirmations, appointment reminders or event tickets).

“When someone messages your business, you can also use the WhatsApp Business API to respond to questions or comments for free within 24 hours,” writes Facebook on its Business blog.

If a business waits more than 24 hours to send a response, they will be charged for the message. The non-promotional content messages sent to customers will also be charged at a fixed rate.

A WhatsApp spokesperson sent the following explanation to help clarify the charges for messages sent via the Business API:

WhatsApp will charge businesses to send messages such as a boarding pass or delivery confirmation. When a customer reaches out to a business with a question such as how do they book their travel or when their order will be delivered, the business will be able to respond for free within 24 hours. If/when the customer responds, that restarts a 24-hour cycle. WhatsApp will charge for messages sent by the business outside of the 24-hour window.

According to the spokesperson, there is a fixed rate per country for messages delivered via WhatsApp and that prices vary significantly per country: “In general, the range for these messages [is] roughly half of $0.01 to $0.09 per message delivered.”

An announcement on the WhatsApp blog covering the new API says that users will be able to block any business and have full control over the messages they receive. It also reported WhatsApp is currently working with a select number of companies that specialize in managing customer communications to bring the API to more businesses over a period of time. Facebook’s announcement reported more than 90 large businesses have had access to the WhatsApp Business API for months now, including Uber, Singapore Airlines and the Indonesian e-commerce company, Sales Stock.

“Tapping into WhatsApp has had a big impact on our business and customers, with lots of potential yet to be explored. The delivery rate, engagement and ease of integrations can’t be compared to other channels,” says Sales Stock’s head of product, Wahyu Saputra. The company claimed that WhatsApp has become its largest source of inbound traffic, with 90 percent of the messages delivered via the app read by customers.

Facebook Ads that click to WhatsApp

Along with the new WhatsApp Business API, Facebook will soon be offering ads via its Ads Manager that open a WhatsApp chat.

“When a person taps on an Ad that clicks to WhatsApp, they will be transferred to a pre-filled WhatsApp chat where they can message your business quickly,” writes Facebook. Businesses will also be able to include a “click-to-message” WhatsApp feature on their website and Facebook Page.

Advertisers using the Facebook ads that click to WhatsApp will get metrics for the number of conversations started using the ad and the total number of messages people sent the business via the ad. (The reports will be included in the advertiser’s Ads Manager on Facebook.) Facebook says these ads will be rolling out over the coming weeks to most countries around the world, reports Facebook.

Earlier this year, WhatsApp launched its first business app, a no-frills tool designed primarily for small and medium-sized businesses that wanted to take advantage of the messaging app to communicate with customers.

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Why Content Marketing’s Future Depends on Shorter Content and Less Content

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Steve Rayson’s latest BuzzSumo article is provocative, interesting and well-written. But I do hope he’s wrong when he says the future will be about more content, not less. He shares why he thinks content marketing brands will begin producing more content in the days ahead, and how they’ll likely be successful by doing so.

Upon reading the piece, I did a facepalm. I was reminded of a conversation I had a few years back, when I walked into the break room of the agency I was working for, and almost bumped into the content specialist on my team.

After we exchanged pleasantries, she informed me of an unwise decision she was about to make.

Her: “Guess what? I’m going to run a marathon.”

Me: “Why?”

Her: “I think it’ll be fun.”

Me: “OK. How many marathons have you run? And have you been training for this one?”

Her: “I’ve never ran one, but there are a lot of training guides online; they say it only takes 17 weeks to train for it.”

Me: “…”

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The philosophy of doing a lot what we don’t yet do well is ruining content marketing — and the knees, joints and backs of wannabe marathoners.

If you doubt that, please explain why 90% of what’s published online barely rises to the level of crap.

Anyone who disagrees with that statement is either (a) fooling themselves or (b) never had to conduct a content audit.

Even for big brands, producing quality content with frequency is seemingly near-impossible task

Therefore, when someone says “create more content,” I hear “brands will continue to waste resources that would be better spent elsewhere,” for now. Worse still, it means they’ll see the failure as not one of execution, but born of content marketing itself.

 

Rayson is a solid content marketer working for a brand with a strong product. I admire them both. And while I don’t mean to attack him, I would like to tackle the logic of the post, which I’ll excerpt below.

[Eds. note: The primary reason I chose to tackle this topic is because content frequency and content length remain two of the biggest albatrosses impacting our industry. Despite this fact, many fail to see how related they are. That is, many brands are failing fast by chasing the long-form posts and frequent posting unicorn. Also, I’m very clear in understanding that Rayson is not advocating for quantity at the expense of quality. My contention is simply that quantity is typically the wrong goal, at least for the vast majority of brands.]

You’re a brand who publishes content, not a brand publisher

The Washington Post now publishes around 1,200 posts a day. That is an incredible amount of content. My initial reaction when I read the statistic was ‘surely that is too much, the quality will suffer, why produce so much content?’ The answer seems to be that it works. The Post’s web visitors have grown 28% over the last year and they passed the New York Times for a few months at the end of 2015.

As a former journalist who spent four years in a newsroom, I’ve always been against the brands as publisher mantra, in large part because, well, as a brand you ARE NOT a publisher. Publishing content no more makes you a publisher than running 26 miles makes someone a marathoner. Newsrooms are built to produce lots of content.

There are often dozens of editors, copy editors, line editors and writers on staff, so quality control is baked in and a priority. Additionally, a newspaper writer can easily write several stories a day and not break a sweat, owing to an environment that places premium on speed.

By contrast, most many content marketers use junior writers or, worse still, content mills, that deliver low-quality posts for $20.

It’s very unlikely that attempting to follow the path of newspapers would prove fruitful.

Better idea: Determine the cadence with which your brand can create uniquely valuable content, which Rand defined and described in a 2015 Whiteboard Friday. The key is to focus the lion’s share of your attention on creating content that’s exclusive and recognized as best-by-far in its class.

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Will WaPo’s strategy work for your brand?

I think whilst it is true that content will take a wider range of forms, including interactive content, the future is not less content but the opposite.

My reasoning is based on a number of factors including the effectiveness of the strategy adopted by the Post and others. … As we noted above the number of pages Google has indexed over 7 years from 2008 to 2014 has increased from 1 trillion to 30 trillion.

That is an increase of 29 trillion pages in 7 years. The number of net additional pages indexed by Google each year appears to be increasing, it was 3 trillion in 2010, 5 trillion in 2012 and 8 trillion in 2014.

I’m of the opinion that seeing WaPo’s strategy as anything but “effective for them” is a mistake. As anyone who’s been around the marketing space for any amount of time can attest, chasing what another brand has been successful at is a bad idea. Yes, you should be aware of what the competition is doing, but seeing their success as anything more than unique to them, or their vertical, is a recipe for pain.

Remember, too, that WaPo isn’t selling anything but ad space, not products, so the more real estate the better for them/businesses like them.

Also, the rapid rise in number of pages indexed by Google would seem to highlight one thing: A lot of brands are investing in content; it doesn’t mean a lot of brands are being successful with it.

Better idea: After finding your cadence and nailing quality consistently, test frequency along with elements such as length and content type to find the right balance for your brand.

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Quality and quantity typically go in the opposite direction

As the costs of production, storage and distribution fell, particularly with online and digital products, it became economically attractive to provide products for the long tail niche audience, in fact revenue from the long tail became greater than the hits because the tail was very long indeed. Companies like Amazon and Netflix were arguably some of the first long tail companies.

Unlike WaPo, which buys ink by the proverbial barrel and has a stout staff, most brands have razor-thin content teams, increasing the likelihood that producing more and more content means increased expenditure as new team members must be hired and vetted or contractors are hired.

As I experienced while working for an agency, brands expect that as the cost rises, so too do their rankings and traffic, which is not typically the case. And when those two don’t move in lockstep, the spigot is shut off, often for good.

Better idea: Develop a goal for your content that’s in line with your brand’s goals, then let your marketing team test and refine the publishing schedule. You’re likely to find that the right cadence to nail quality is fewer but bigger content pieces.

Don’t conflate strategy with the goal

By creating over 1,000 pieces of content a day you are more likely to cater for demand in the long tail for specific niche content or simply to produce content that engages a wider audience. … Sites such as BuzzFeed have also increased their content production, the Atlantic recently reported the following figures:
April 2012 BuzzFeed published 914 posts and 10 videos
April 2016 BuzzFeed published 6,365 posts and 319 videos

Again, these are — even in the case of BuzzFeed — media companies we’re talking about, so it’s not surprising that traffic, frequency and quality can continue in the same direction. For most brands, two out of three is the gold standard and one out of three is the norm.

Better idea: Stop thinking you’re a media company. It’s OK to adopt a strategy that includes more frequent publishing, but that strategy must fit inside your brand’s overall goals, not vice-versa.

Shares are the cotton candy of content marketing

When I looked recently at the most shared content published by marketing and IT sites, the data confirmed that on average long form posts achieved more shares. But when I looked in more detail at the 50 most shared posts, 45 of them were short form and under 1,000 words. Thus people are very happy to share short form content and given the pressures on everyone’s time may prefer short form content. …

I personally think there is a big opportunity for short form content and I aim to adapt my strategy to focus more on repurposing and republishing short form versions of my research that focus on specific issues. These could be focused around just a single image or chart.

On this point, I largely agree with Rayson insofar as shorter content, with rare exception, should be a part of your brand’s content strategy (this post notwithstanding). I know, I know, many of you do very well with posts of varying lengths. I get that. What I’m saying is your content should be assigned, not by your whims or the needs of the brand, but by the needs of the audience.

And certainly not based on shares, which, as we know from a recent Moz and BuzzSumo post, do not correlate with the all-important links.

In many cases and for many brands, shares are a distraction serving to keep our attention away from the important elements of content marketing. I liken them to the cotton candy at the county fair: a lot of puff, but not nearly as filling as that smoked turkey leg.

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When creating content, we should begin with empathy being top-of-mind. That’s when you can allow your inner journalist to soar:

  • Who benefits most from this information (i.e., who, specifically, am I talking to?)
  • What are their specific needs?
  • Why is my brand uniquely qualified to satisfy those needs?
  • How can I best depict and share the information?
  • When is the optimal time to create, share and promote it?

Notice I never mentioned length. That was intentional.

The length of your content should be determined by your audience, not your brand.

A recent study by Chartbeat, which looked at user behavior across 2 billion visits over the web during the course of a month, found that 55% of visitors spent fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page. 15 seconds!

Better idea: If readers aren’t spending a great deal of time on our site’s we should reward them, not punish them: create short but meaty posts; share graphics with a few lines of commentary to invite comments; share videos or podcasts you’ve enjoyed, as curated content; or ask a question, then be the first answer, nudging others to dive into the fray.

Whatever direction you decide to go in, do so with guidance from your audience and/or would-be audience.

Imagine a world filled with web searcher advocates

Again, this post is not meant as an attack on Raysons’ post. If anything, I wanted to take the opportunity to reiterate to folks that content marketing isn’t an either/or game; it’s a long-haul game, a “this and that” game, an iterative game.

As someone who’s been made sick from doing deep dives into clients’ content, I feel strongly that we often need to protect brands from themselves. Big budgets and large teams don’t prevent marketers from making bad decisions.

I’ve made it clear to prospects and clients that I’m there as an advocate for them, but first and foremost I’m an advocate for web searchers. The more and the better I can help brands be the chosen result (not merely the top result), consistently, the happier we will all be.

Facebook Helps Brands Maximize International Opportunities

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Facebook’s enormous picture mission is to interface the world, to give web access to everybody and encourage better understanding and group through shared learning and comprehension. Furthermore, that is a honorable vision, no uncertainty, and one that everybody can get behind, however in the meantime Facebook has frequently been scrutinized for this target.

When Facebook says “associate the world” by augmentation, they’re additionally saying “interface the world to Facebook”. That doesn’t reduce the estimation of the center message essentially, yet there’s clearly a less selfless driver behind that reason when you likewise factor in the measure of cash Facebook can make thus. While the aspiration to upgrade worldwide availability is a praiseworthy one, by the day’s end, Facebook is a business, and accordingly, they have to settle on choices that turn a benefit, which throws those more extensive, “worldwide great” objectives from an alternate perspective.

Also, this week, Facebook gave another clue with reference to how they may have the capacity to utilize those more extensive connective objectives to change how we work together on a more extensive scale.

Through a post on the Facebook Business blog, The Social Network has propelled another 64-page manual for enable organizations “to go worldwide” with Facebook. The new guide plots all the ways brands can utilize the stage to grow their chances crosswise over fringes, interfacing with new gatherings of people in new areas.

As verified by Facebook:

“According to our research, about 50 million businesses use Facebook to find customers, and 30 percent of their fans are from other countries.”

That is a huge open door, and the new guide plans to feature how brands can utilize this to boost their arrival and develop their business.

The manual gives a scope of statistic bits of knowledge on ten powerful eCommerce countries, alongside remarkable industry data, information about online customers and shopping propensities, Facebook use and key ranges of business intrigue.

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media Today

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media Today Some of these bits of knowledge have been hard to go over somewhere else, and having them facilitated into a solitary archive is a major help, both for organizations hoping to venture into these new areas and those as of now advertising to them.

Each of the ten countries highlighted – Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines the UK and the US – has its own information and novel measurable notes, giving further setting on the most proficient method to achieve each market.

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media TodayHonestly, the guide merits downloading for these bits of knowledge alone, yet there’s a whole other world to it, with the second half centered around how Facebook’s promotion instruments can enable you to achieve these clients in different countries. This is likewise where Facebook presents their new universal focusing on highlights – International Lookalike Audiences and Location Targeting.

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media TodayJust as they sound, International Lookalike Audiences empower brands to contact individuals in new nations who coordinate the characteristics and practices of their current clients, while the new expanded area focusing on capacities empower publicists to amplify their compass to groups of onlookers in new locales.

The guide additionally traces how to make best utilization of Facebook’s different promotion alternatives, with proposals on key components and contemplations for each:

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media TodayAnd examples of successful campaigns.

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media TodayAnd cases of fruitful battles.

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The control additionally incorporates a full posting of Facebook advertisement specs – once more, incredible information to have available as you approach making your battles.

Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities | Social Media Today

Lastly, the guide likewise incorporates a scope of contextual investigations of promoting examples of overcoming adversity from both Facebook and Instagram, alongside a posting of Instagram best practices to enable brands to expand their execution.

As noticed, the guide is an extraordinary perused for any brand hoping to contact a more extensive gathering of people through Facebook – and even those organizations working inside the featured districts remain to fundamentally profit by the colossal measure of information on offer.

What’s more, as Facebook keeps on extending over the globe, the open doors accessible to utilize the stage for worldwide business exceed likewise increment alongside it. In the event that focusing on individuals in different countries is not on your business plan at this moment, it might be in the precise not so distant future as more extensive network leads towards encouraging a really worldwide commercial center.

Is Industry Conference Pricing Out of Control?

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Industry conferences are essential for networking and doing business. However, the cost of these types of conferences has been going up. In fact, it is safe to say that costs for industry conferences are getting out of control! If you want to attend marketing conferences, which don’t cost an arm and a leg, you’ll find that DEFCON offers a lot of advantages.

DEFCON is a cybersecurity conference, which is very popular and it’s possible to get a lot for your money when you attend, so you may want to add it to your list of marketing conferences 2018. Growth hacking conferences don’t get any better than this!

To help you learn about the value of this conference, let’s share some information about what’s available to participants…

 

Is DEFCON RIght For You?

This cybersecurity conference is also known as a “hacker’s conference”. If you’re looking for marketing conferences 2017, you should know that this conference was already held, from July 27th to July 30th, 2017, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

The 2017 version of DEFCON will be held from August 9th to August 12th, 2018, at the same location on the Las Vegas Strip (Caesar’s Palace).

At DEFCON, all attendees pay the same amount. Whether they are marketing pros with a tech focus, hackers or government employees, they pay a flat rate. This egalitarian system is fair. Everyone pays but volunteers, who attend for free in exchange for their work. The conference costs two hundred and sixty bucks, US. This isn’t a lot of money for a big and notable conference, so it’s definitely a bargain. The rate of $260 is based on 2017 figures. It probably won’t cost much more (or any more) in 2018.

If you want to attend this affordable conference in 2018, you should know that pre-booking won’t be possible. Also, it’s cash only. So, it will be first-come, first-served. If this works for you, planning to attend in 2018 may be worthwhile. The organizers of this event prefer cash because cash isn’t tracked the same way that credit card payments and checks are.

In terms of who goes to DEFCON, there are hackers, just like you’d expect. However, the conference also attracts others who are interested in technology and in marketing technology. It’s a hub for high-tech and gets a big crowd each and every year. If you’re focused on some aspect of tech in your line of work, you may find that networking at this big event is the key to making the right connections and/or promoting your goods and services.

 

Some Conferences Cost Thousands

These days, affordable industry conferences are few and far between. To put things into perspective, the WSJD Live tech conference, which was put on by The Wall Street Journal, cost attendees five thousand bucks, way back in 2014!

This is a lot of money!

While the WSJD Live conference was by invitation-only and had a couple hundred attendees, it’s a good example of how unaffordable some of these conferences are.

 

Lots of Tech Conferences Cost a Bundle

Since DEFCON is so affordable and so valuable to marketers who promote tech, it may be the best industry conference deal around. We did some research to see what the competition is charging for similar conferences. The upcoming Digital Summit Detroit costs five hundred dollars per person, which is a lot more than DEFCON. It’s going to be held in August of 2017.

On October 3rd, 2017, the B2B Marketing Forum will be held in Boston and it will cost each attendee a couple of grand to attend! This conference is more about marketing than tech, but tech will certainly enter into the equation. Two thousand dollars is a great deal of money for a conference pass, so we think that those who are considering attending should weigh the pros and cons carefully before they buy tickets. It might be smarter to wait for DEFCON 2018!

Most people have to pay for travel, along with conference costs. Then they have to find accommodation, rent cars and pay for everyday expenses during their conferences. Obviously, the real cost of attending an industry conference in another place is going be a lot higher than the cost of a ticket. This is why finding a truly affordable marketing conference or tech conference will give you more money to play with while you’re there and more money to spend on travel and related expenses.

A lot of people are frustrated by the high costs of industry conferences these days. They find that they can’t afford to attend the conferences, which interest them and this doesn’t seem fair to them. What could be worth thousands of dollars? People are wondering why the costs are so high in the first place.

In most cases, people are paying for well-known speakers with industry expertise. They are also paying for the cost of renting a venue for the conference and related expenses. As well, they are paying for the organization of the event. In some cases, there is a lot of organization beforehand which bumps up the conference budget. Attendees need to pay for it all with high-priced tickets to these conferences.

To make a smart decision about spending money for a conference, be sure to consider how much value (education and connections) you’ll get for the amount of days that you’ll be attending. For example, if the conference cost a grand to attend, look at the speakers, schedule and setup and then try to determine whether or not you’ll receive a grand’s worth of value, in terms of learning or networking, or both. If you don’t think that you will, then the conference is likely overcharging attendees. Finding a cheaper conference will give you access to good value for so much less.

In many cases, it’s possible to get the same education by purchasing some books and it’s possible to get the same networking or marketing value via online channels that don’t cost money.

Considering your overall purpose in attending is important. Some people want to learn, while others are more interested in selling things or marketing themselves. A cheaper conference like DEFCON is going to provide education and marketing opportunities, as well as great networking, and it will cost only 130 bucks a day. This is a good investment, whereas a thousand dollar conference may be unlikely to provide the same ROI (return on investment).

Plus, DEFCON is fun for techies. It’s a playground for them, full of like-minded people, whether they wear black hats or white hats. People go there to learn new things from new people and it’s got a unique spirit about it, which separates it from a lot of tech/marketing conferences.

 

How to Save Money

First, choose DEFCON or another cheaper conference. Another strategy for saving cash on industry conferences is to find one that’s very close to home. If you don’t need to travel far in order to attend, you’ll be able to avoid flights, hotel and so on. This stuff adds up fast. For example, a more expensive industry conference in your home city may be a good investment if you expect to access great learning value from it, or great marketing opportunities, or both. Since you may avoid paying for travel and accommodations, the higher cost of attending may not bust your budget.

If you’re going to travel, a cheaper conference in a really fun city will be a smart choice. Las Vegas is a mecca for conferences because there is no shortage of affordable accommodations, cheap eats and fun, less expensive entertainment available. Of course, it’s possible to spend a fortune in Las Vegas, but you definitely don’t have to. You can go to MacDonald’s and stay in a two or three star hotel. You may scale your spending to your budget and that’s a good thing.

DEFCON is held in Las Vegas, right on the strip, where it’s possible to walk to all sorts of fun places and eateries. When you choose a conference on the Las Vegas Strip, you may not need to rent a car. This will save you money.

To find out more about DEFCON, visit the official website. It’s got a tongue-in-cheek vibe and it’s loaded with practical information about what DEFCON is, who it’s right for and what happens during the conference. Since the 2017 conference just happened, there is lots of up to date information at the website. When you visit, you’ll see that attendees got a lot of value for what they spent!

 

Plan for DEFCON 2018

No one deserves to be overcharged for attending a conference. The team at DEFCON knows this and they do all that they can to keep prices super-affordable. They want all interested parties to have the chance to attend…not just CEOs and government officials with expense accounts.

If you want an affordable conference for 2018, which is on the cutting-edge with regard to tech, then you’ll benefit from choosing DEFCON 2018. This conference is unique in terms of not costing a fortune and it’s also unique in terms of attracting a diverse crowd with some serious tech skills.

The Dirty Little Secret Traditional Enterprise Software IT Companies Don’t Want You Knowing

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What if everything we’ve been led to believe about enterprise software was a well constructed lie?

If you look closely at how the enterprise software market is set up, I think you will see that over the last fifty years, a “syndicate” of the largest software companies in the world; names we all know well, have worked tirelessly to architect a business model where their customers pay them billions of dollars, but receive little in return except frustration and promises. This fabricated reality is so successful that customers of these firms rest easy believing two things to be true; 1. the products and services they receive from these firms are actually helping their businesses; and 2. that because they themselves are large businesses, they have no options but these legacy companies.

“The Matrix is the World that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth” – Morpheus

If you’re a large company and you’ve never thought about this before, I understand… that’s what they want.

But take a step back and ask yourself a few questions about so called “enterprise” software:

Why do legacy “enterprise” solutions cost so much to buy and operate?

Why are they so time consuming and costly to implement?

Why are they so hard to use?

Why does the cost of everything else in technology seem to be coming down, while the cost of these “solutions” continues to rise?

Isn’t technology supposed to be getting faster, more powerful, and more useful?

I’ve got good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news.

If you’re a customer of one of these legacy software firms, the answer to these questions is simple;

You’re a big company, so you’re led to believe that you need BIG technology.

You’re stuck in a well designed, but vicious cycle;

You’re a big business, so you set big budgets for “enterprise” technology.
You’ve been setting and spending those big budgets with the same companies for decades.
Everyone you trust; your advisors, other large companies and the technology firms you rely on, tell you that you need to do things this way…..because your challenges are big.
The legacy software companies oblige you and provide cost estimates that are equally big.
Because this is the way it has always been, and there don’t seem to be any alternatives, you shell out the money.
The cycle is complete.
There is only one problem. This cycle is a lie.

Let’s go deeper and look at what you really get for all that BIG-ness? This may hurt a little…..

First you pay hundreds of thousands or even millions for the license to use the software
Then your software vendor introduces you to their consulting partners
You pay those consultants to scope the project
Then an army of additional consultants starts to re-engineer your business to meet the requirements of your new software
Then you pay the consulting firms to “implement” the software you just purchased
Then you pay to hundreds of thousands more to integrate your new software with your existing company software infrastructure
Then you pay the consultants to test the software to make sure it works
Then more consultants make sure everyone gets trained
Then finally you get to use your new “solution”, but all you hear are people complaining about how slow, cumbersome, frustrating and demoralizing it is
Then you get a invoice from your software vendor to “maintain & support” your new technology
And when your business changes or needs to do something new, you have to bring back the same consultants and pay them more money to make the required changes
Then, when the software company you just paid a ton of money to makes their software better for you, you have to pay them again to get those “upgrades”
And if you don’t pay them for those enhancements your software becomes “un-supported” and you are on your own
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. This business model has been in play for decades in enterprise technology, and everyone has become so used to it, we don’t see it as crazy. But it is.

The legacy software firms get away with this ruse because five of them represent 93% of the global software market. Better stated, they ARE the global software market, so they’ve been able to dictate how it works.

These companies, and their friends the big consulting firms, have convinced everyone that big equals complicated. That in order to satisfy the needs of large companies, large, complex technology is required. Simply put enterprise customers just believe they need “enterprise” solutions to run their businesses, so they don’t really look at alternatives, or spend much time thinking about how drastically technology has transformed over the last few years. Moreover, everyone involved in this syndicate is so dependent on this model continuing, that nobody wants to tell the truth, or see it end.

There is one more reason, and you really won’t like this part; whether by conscious choice or blissful ignorance, large companies allow the cycle to continue.

You’ve got the money, and are willing to spend it to solve your challenges. Everyone from your board to your executive staff would laugh at the suggestion that you could run a billion dollar business on thousand dollar solutions. It’s safer, easier even, to keep doing what you’ve always done. What’s the saying….”No one ever got fired for buying IBM…”

This enterprise charade is so well designed that even after you’ve spent millions of dollars, and countless hours, when everything is outdated and nothing works, instead of stopping the madness, we’ve been conditioned to invest more into “tweaking” what’s already been built.

A very interesting phenomenon exists in “enterprise” software. It seems the more money companies spend on these solutions, the more they are willing to tolerate poor performance.

“Everything will be fine, we’ll sort it out. Go back to sleep,” they whisper.

But here is the good news – it doesn’t have to be this way anymore. You do have choice.

“YOU TAKE THE BLUE PILL, THE STORY ENDS AND YOU WAKE UP IN YOUR BED AND BELIEVE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BELIEVE. YOU TAKE THE RED PILL, YOU STAY IN WONDERLAND AND I SHOW YOU HOW DEEP THE RABBIT HOLE GOES”

The revolution has already started.

Over the past couple of years a sea-change has started to take place within large businesses. Employees have started asking why the software they use at work doesn’t look and function like the software they use at home. Questions like, why isn’t their accounting system as easy to use as Facebook? Why can’t their inventory management system be as friendly as Instagram? Why isn’t their ecommerce software as easy as Pinterest?

In addition to questions like these, there are mega-trends reshaping the technology landscape in ways no one could have imagined even five years ago. The consumerization of the enterprise,  the destruction of the CIO’s office, and the transition from on-premise to SaaS are all colliding to offer large companies staggering capabilities without the ridiculous costs, time-frames and PITA factors of legacy solutions.

The Consumerization of the Enterprise – In the last few years, enterprise grade software has been “consumerized”. Large enterprises can now deploy powerful, friendly, user-driven solutions that actually helps people do their jobs better. Unlike their legacy forefathers, today’s enterprise software is made for the people, not for IT.

Shift away from the CIO’s office – The past few years have seen a shift. Seems like the CIO’s office is going the way of the dinosaur. Harvard Business Review predicts that by 2017marketing will be spending more on technology than the CIO. Technology has transformed to be a service to the business, not the other way around.

The Rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – A new generation of enterprise-grade software platforms has emerged and is disrupting how large companies do business. Faster, more scalable, more reliable and a fraction of the cost, these next-generation platforms are re-writing the decades old enterprise playbook.

Been spending a ton of money on infrastructure, servers and manpower just to keep your systems online? Worried about infrastructure failing and taking your business offline, or worse being hacked and having to explain it to the world?

Things have changed.

Large companies are refocusing their resources on their core competencies, instead of IT. Companies no longer need the expertise, budgets and challenges associated with managing huge IT infrastructure. Software as a Service (SaaS) has come of age, proven it can be more scalable, more reliable and more secure than any of the legacy vendors we’ve been handcuffed to for decades.

Gone are the days of maintenance contracts, upgrade cycles and 1000 day implementation projects. Today’s enterprise grade applications install in weeks, are updated with the latest and greatest features in real-time and many are based on simple, month-to-month contracts.

Large customers are starting to experience what happens when technology gets out of the way.

I recognize that it’s hard to hear, or even believe, some of the things I’ve said. If you have been spending millions on your software for years, it’s hard to think that it may not have been necessary to do so. And I’m 100% sure the syndicate will fight back against what I’ve said.

They will call in their supporters, those who need this flawed business model to continue. They will rage, but they will not succeed. These legacy software companies just can’t explain the existence of all the innovative, enterprise companies who are thriving without them. They can’t explain why they aren’t innovating themselves, and they can’t keep their customers from finding out the truth any longer. It’s been a great 50 year run, but their time is over.

So, my question to those who run large companies, and are looking to innovate and lead is this…

Will you like to go back to sleep, or would you like to wake up?

How did Snapchat Grow from a college dream

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Snapchat as a study guide.

Only  four years ago, Snapchat was an idea in young college student  Evan Spiegel while attending Standford.

Presently, more than 100 million dynamic clients and 7 billion every day video views later,the White House has joined, presidential competitor Bernie Sanders run a crusade on it and senior promotion purchasers are beginning to pay attention and pushing  to publicize on the SnapChat stage over other web-based social networking destinations.

How did Snapchat, an application that initially stood out as truly newsworthy as the”sexting application”, arrive?

THE HISTORY OF SNAPCHAT: HOW DISAPPEARING PHOTOS CHANGED THE GAME

I was amazed from the get-go that individuals didn’t understand that the way Snapchat works is considerably nearer to how we impart eye to eye than whatever other interpersonal organization. What I mean by this is: the point at which we converse with each other, going in the lobbies or simply experienced our lives, those minutes vanish. Snapchat copies that conduct and brain research.

Snapchat was started when everyone and their mother thought they were a business person who could dispatch a fruitful social application. Facebook was the place you went for refreshes on family and companions, Instagram was wonderful photograph substance, and Twitter was the discussion at a mixed drink party. These three social Goliath’s ruled the vast majority of the discussion, however they all played off of each other regarding usefulness, and, above all, gathering of people. Be that as it may, Snapchat could offset the qualities of every one of the three players and make another social pipeline.

The standard of the web age is to make stages in which everything is spared—everything is put away and reported carefully. Snapchat went the other way and is predicated on our world: minutes are transitory and that is precisely the inclination and conduct that Snapchat mapped to. Snaps could even be contrasted with TV the initial fifty years it was presented: the communicate broadcast, and that was it. Snapchat figured out how to take advantage of a considerable measure of verifiable truths, rather than making something altogether new.

 

FACEBOOK OFFERS TO BUY SNAPCHAT

Every one of these things immediately drove Snapchat to go to the consideration of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Only one year after dispatch, Zuckerberg apparently attempted to purchase the application for $3 billion.

Let me simply say this: Zuckerberg is the best merchant in shopper consideration ever.

He comprehends the estimation of consideration. He perceived that Snapchat was well on its approach to winning the consideration of an era, much as he did with Instagram (which Facebook purchased in 2012 for $1 billion). He considered it to be a weakness and saw that a Snapchat era could develop, much like there was a Facebook era before it. Facebook procured a restraining infrastructure on 18 to 24 year olds with Instagram, they had a syndication on a more established demo with Facebook; they simply required Snapchat to fill the crevices.

Be that as it may, Spiegel turned the offer down. He saw what Zuckerberg saw: the possibility to fill-in the social pipelines that different stages had disregarded. He knew he had one of the most sweltering applications of the time; now it was simply up to him and the group to victory their client base and execute against their center capacity.

 

 

THE MATURATION OF SNAPCHAT’S ATTENTION

Be that as it may, let’s be realistic: what truly makes another informal organization turned out to be well known quick?

Teens and Young Adults or Youngsters.

There are two things that are genuine with regards to youngsters. One, it’s not cool to hang out at an indistinguishable club from your mother. What’s more, two, you need to bolt your room.

Snapchat understood both those things. Guardians were beginning to join Facebook in huge numbers, so teenagers were seeking leave and searching for some place to go. What’s more, the vanishing photographs work was basically an indistinguishable thing from a “don’t aggravate” sign on your entryway, with the exception of a great deal more compelling. Both these things prompted Snapchat’s extraordinary and sudden client development. Only a year in the wake of propelling, Snapchat hit 10 million dynamic clients.

In October 2013, Snapchat made a huge refresh to the platform:Stories. Clients could now likewise add Snaps to a component called their “Story”, which acted like a more extended account of snaps hung together. The stories last twenty-four hours in the wake of being presented and are open on every one of their devotees.

Will be clear here: I went on the record saying I thought the refresh was an awful thought. I thought it was ridiculous to envision that clients would really make a special effort to watch something on a stage where things were verifiably conveyed to them (Stories live all alone page and you need to click into a Story to watch it).

Be that as it may, kid was I off-base. This refresh denoted Snapchat’s first enormous move into turning into a noteworthy stage by making it’s own social dialect and setting. It as of now had usefulness altogether different from some other informal community at the time; you could draw on top of photographs, content vanished, and the signals of swiping up, down and to the side were moderately new. In any case, after Stories the stage started to take off and develop as a substance goal. By August 2014, 40% of 18 year olds in the US were utilizing Snapchat every day.

The greatest refresh in late Snapchat history, and the one that truly changed the diversion for me to push it towards the standard, must be Discover.

SNAPCHAT BECOMES A MEDIA DESTINATION

In mid 2015, Snapchat propelled Discover. It’s an element that enables clients to get content given by best media organizations. Dispatch members included National Geographic, Vice, ESPN, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Eleven members in all began it off. It was, and still is, a genuine have to be influence of Snapchat Discover in light of the fact that it puts an organization in an exceptionally forceful place inside the general UI of the application and conveys an unmatched type of consideration from their energetic client base. It additionally totally changed the swipe route and how the application is utilized.

It was exceptionally energizing stride forward for Snapchat. It was clear they were focusing on current patterns and were prepared to act: the blast of substance and organizations getting to be media organizations, putting out their own particular substance, the significance of versatile being first.

Utilizing Discover as their stage, Snapchat went out and made arrangements that enabled them to minister a portion of the top substance suppliers on the planet in this one spot. This gives them more power in the micromanagement of what appears on the Discover page.

The brands that propelled as accomplices, and the 18 marks now right now in the space, have a colossal association with Snapchat, and they are getting awesome value for it. Why? 45% of Snapchat’s clients are under 25.There are more than 100 million clients, nearing 200 million. Snapchat is essentially giving these brands the 25-and-under demo. So it’s nothing unexpected that these media organizations have procured whole groups around the activity. Their lone occupation is to make content for Snapchat.

Presently, Snapchat is collaborating with the NFL, the White House has as of late joined, and it’s protected to accept they’ll keep on brokering associations with more substance makers as they’re demonstrating that they are a genuine media property to be figured with.

THE BASICS OF SNAPCHAT

So now that you know everything there is to think about the historical backdrop of the stage, we should get down to the most vital part: how the fuck do you utilize this thing? On each article I have expounded on Snapchat before, the vast majority of the remarks returned to me saying something like “No doubt, however how the damnation do I utilize this?” or “It’s so confounding!”

Forget about it. The following are some helpful aides I have assembled to show you all the fundamental functionalities of Snapchat, and some cool hacks.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SNAP, STORY, AND CHAT

So… how precisely do you characterize a Snap?

Extraordinary inquiry. A Snap is the principle usefulness of the application and is the thing that the vanishing photographs and recordings are called. You send these straightforwardly to companions in the application. They last somewhere in the range of one moment up to ten seconds in the wake of being opened, at that point the “snap” vanishes.

What’s more, the distinction amongst that and a Story is… ?

A Story is a gathering of Snaps set up together to make a, well, Story. Not at all like direct Snaps, these can be seen by any individual who tails you. When you send a Snap to your Story, it winds up noticeably open to your adherents. Stories last up to 24 hours before vanishing, yet at the same time must be up to 10 seconds in length.

There’s additionally talk right?

That is correct. When you swipe appropriate on a man’s name in your immediate Snap inbox, the visit capacity will show up. You know you’ve gotten a talk when a blue discourse bubble shows up by somebody’s name. Visits likewise vanish in the wake of being opened.

A Company Said They Would Give Out Free Swimsuits And It Backfired

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A swimsuit company in the US is facing the prospect of having to give away tens of thousands of free swimsuits after a promotion on Instagram spectacularly backfired.

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On Thursday, Sunny Co Clothing announced a 24-hour giveaway: Anyone in the US who reposted an image of a model in a swimsuit and tagged Sunny Co would be sent a code to receive a $64.99 swimsuit for free, paying only shipping and handling.

To say the promo went well would be an understatement – more than 100,000 people commented on the Instagram post, and there are thousands of reposts on Instagram from people trying to get a suit.

To say the promo went well would be an understatement – more than 100,000 people commented on the Instagram post, and there are thousands of reposts on Instagram from people trying to get a suit.

Thousands of people were trying to cash in on the deal.

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About 20 hours after launching the promotion Sunny Co updated the terms, adding it can “reserve the right to cap the promotion if deemed necessary.”

Sunny Co said that this was due to the 'viral volume of participants'.Participants were also told that their swimsuits would take from three to six weeks to be delivered; that they would have to cover delivery costs; and no exchanges or returns were allowed.

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Sunny Co said that this was due to the “viral volume of participants”.

Participants were also told that their swimsuits would take from three to six weeks to be delivered; that they would have to cover delivery costs; and no exchanges or returns were allowed.

And then the memes began to roll in:

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-“this how girls gon be this summer after this sunnycoclothing giveaway”

The swimsuit giveaway got so viral, multiple Twitter accounts renowned for stealing tweets got in on the act.

-“Sneak peek summer ’17”

Then, a bunch of copycat social media accounts popped up, essentially scamming people into flooding the actual Sunny Co Instagram with bizarre requests to follow a Snapchat page.

The company was started by two dudes, Alan Alchalel and Brady Silverwood, who are both seniors at the University of Arizona, according to the company’s About page.

The company sells shirts, skirts, swimming costumes, and fanny packs.

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The company sells shirts, skirts, swimming costumes, and fanny packs.

People have been angrily flooding the one of the founders on Facebook, as well as the company’s official Instagram, asking for their money back. Some say they ordered the swimsuit, entered the promo code, and were told they would be charged for postage and handling, but when they received confirmation of their order it showed they had paid full price.

BuzzFeed News spoke to several women who said they purchased the swimsuit using the “SUNNY” promo code. All of them provided screenshots to show they were charged the full price for the swimsuit instead of just the $12.98 for shipping.

All the women said they had sent messages to the company on multiple social media platforms but had received no reply.

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One of the women said a spokesperson for Twazer App – which sponsored the giveaway – told her the company was flooded with orders, but would reach out to her, adding that “everything will be sorted out”.

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The Pamela Sunny Suit is now marked as sold out on the site.

A spokesperson for Twazer told BuzzFeed News that SunnyCo is aware of the problem and are working to “ensure that everyone is charged appropriately for their purchases.”

“We’re both young companies and are a bit overwhelmed by the immense amount of interest in the product,” the spokesperson said.

“We’re very grateful to have such an amazing customer base and pledge to work with SunnyCo to ensure that all customers are charged what they should be and not more.”

BuzzFeed News has contacted Sunny Co for comment.

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Pasadena SEO

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What is SEO???

We all know that SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. But the question over here is what is SEO? So let us, discuss about Search Engine Optimization in a bit detail. In simplest terms, it can be said that it is the name given to the activity that manages search engine’ rankings. It can also be described as the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to a particular web site.

To understand SEO better

In order to understand SEO better let us break the terms of the definition-“ the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to a particular web site” into 2 halves: –

  • Quantity of traffic- It depends on the number of people visiting your web site at a time. But, when you have the right people browsing through your website then in that case traffic is said to be good traffic. So, what is to be avoided is bad traffic, and understand not all traffic is bad.

Just as explained that all traffic is not to be avoided Pasadena website design companies try to avoid the bad traffic for their client’s sites.

  • Quality of traffic- Our aim should be quality of traffic and not quantity of traffic. Quality of traffic depends on the no. of genuine users visiting the site. It should not be people visiting the site because of any add been poping up, but because they are genuinely interested in the site. Genuine users, are those who are actually interested in our products.

All of the Pasadena web design companies try controlling the quality of traffic on their client’s sites.

Increased visibility

It is a common practice that whatever we want to search for we look at the search engines. The popular search engines are- google, yahoo, bing. After creating your site Pasadena web development companies have a target to put your business or products on the 1st page of the search engine itself, so that whenever anyone searches for related products your page is their 1st preference. Web development Pasadena makes sure that they do this for every client of theirs.

Search engine marketing domination

Getting the 1st rank for the particular searched tab can be highly beneficial for any business, but this isn’t what the website design Pasadena looks for its clients. Their aim is to dominate the search engine for their client’s site by ranking multiple keywords. By doing so, web design Pasadena will not only make their client’s site the 1st choice for one particular search but for all the keywords whenever they will be searched for.

Mobile optimization

The rapid pace with which Pasadena digital marketing is growing, every web design company in Pasadena that the website which they create for their clients is mobile optimized. As now-a-days more searches are made from mobile phones rather than PC so it has become very important for all the web design company to make the websites mobile friendly.

Thus, in the following manner companies relating to digital marketing Pasadena have acquired huge success in SEO.

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Digital Marketing and Web Design Development

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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.

Potential for Budding Personalities

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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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.

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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

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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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7 Great Excel Hacks That will Impress [Infographic]

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Gone are the days where marketers were forced to rely on intuition when making important business decisions. Thanks to new and continuously improving software, we now have valuable data to enrich our strategies. But organizing and recording it can get a little tricky.

If you’ve ever sat down in front of a busy Excel sheet, you already know this. With so many different formulas and shortcuts for handling data, it’s easy to get tripped up and make a costly mistake — the type of mistake you wouldn’t want your boss to catch. 

To help you master some impressive Excel tricks, check out the infographic below from Microsoft Training. Whether you’re looking to visually summarize data, highlight specific values, or calculate for seasonality, these instructions will help get you ramped up.

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Design a “Lookbook” for your E-commerce fashion boutique website

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E-commerce fashion boutique Website “Lookbook”

We proud ourselves in building beautiful e-commerce fashion boutique websites for our clients, with the bulk being in the fashion industry.

Consumers used to pour over pages of Glamour & Vogue; now they browse online and social networks to get ideas about what to shop next.

Sometimes even looking through your boutique to influence their style and wear.

Lookbooks are meant to excite and inspire the viewer, by giving fantastic suggestions on the latest styles and wear. They are highly visual medium— appealing to the viewer’s senses and emotions rather than reason. It’s evident that a lookbook increases your appeal and adds credibility to your image. Lookbooks are a great way for a merchant to showcase a seasonal collection, suggest product pairings, or convey the lifestyle associated with their brand.

High-quality, professional photography is number one part of any great lookbook, the way in which a lookbook is presented on a website is becoming an increasingly important part of the online fashion E Commerce experience. From creative scrolling features to interactive view modes, ecommerce web designers are finding new ways to bring the online lookbook to life. In other words, the online lookbook isn’t just about pretty pictures — it’s about creating an engaging and creative browsing experience.

If you haven’t integrated a lookbook functionality in your online fashion store, it’s worth considering adding a “Lookbook” or “Collections” page to their navigation. To inspire your design, we’ve assembled nine refreshingly creative ways to present an online lookbook. Here’s hoping you get hooked on one of these looks and apply some of these ideas to your e-commerce fashion boutique website

Old Harry

Why we love it: Sometimes you don’t need bells and whistles. This classic lookbook combines stunning lifestyle photography with a simple but engaging layout.

Lookbook — Old Harry

Leroy Nguyen

Why we love it: This creative click-to-browse functionality calls to mind the flipping of magazine pages. It’s a great way to give a digital edge to an old world tradition.

Lookbook - Leroy

Lunet Eyewear

Why we love it: The elegantly designed graphics in the corner of each image forge a strong link between the lifestyle photography and the actual products themselves. Plus, you can easily navigate to each product page by clicking the product name in the corner.

Lookbook lunet

5th Story London

Why we love it: The parallax scroll makes browsing this lookbook a breeze. We also really like how the designer has emphasized the products by keeping them front and centre.

Lookbook 5th story

Triangl

Why we love it: Big, bold, bright, and colourful. This lookbook takes over the entire screen to showcase Triangl’s products in the best light.

Lookbook - Triangl

Z. Borgini

Why we love it: The integration of a “Shop the Look” button is a great way to entice shoppers to navigate to a product page and hopefully onwards to the checkout.

Lookbook — borgini

Simo Collective

Why we love it: The hover effects are a great way to engage the passive browser and encourage them to learn more about the products featured in each image.

Lookbook - Simo

Haven

Why we love it: Not only does this lookbook have an incredibly intuitive browsing experience, but we love that each look comes with breakdown of the products featured in the lifestyle imagery.

Lookbook - Haven

Alice + Whittles

Why we love it:  This lookbook takes full-advantage of the captivating power of video. Need we say more?

Lookbook - Alice and Wittles

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Quick and easy infographic to increase your Google ranking instantly! NEW METHOD

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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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5 Ways Generation Z Thinks & Buys Differently

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Admit it. The world is changing all the time. And the businesses that want to keep up with the stride of time must be versatile. And for a business to be versatile, it’s crucial to see what the customer base used to be like, and what the customer base is like.

Today, a significant part of the customer base is Generation Z. Born between 1990s and early 2000s; they’re next to Generation Y in order. What’s different about Generation Z in comparison with other Generations (X and Y) is the way they interact with technology and modern markets. Here are 5 ways in which Generation Z is different from its predecessors:

They Use Technology To Buy

Between 1990 and 2010, a lot happened. Apple went from selling the Apple II to iPhone. Microsoft went from selling DOS to selling Windows 8. And during these times, the generation we call ‘Generation Z’ was being born or raised. These young people saw technology changing in theirchildhood. They didn’t see the times when communicating a message could take weeks. For them, it’s weird not to be able to find information about a product or brand on the internet. In short, the advanced state of technology and the rapidly changing world don’t freak them out. They’re so used to change that products which are overly consistent seem like bad choices to them. And this reflects in their buying behavior.

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The Generation Z prefers to use technology as its medium. Very few like to go out and loiter in the malls. If you want to sell to these people, you’d better come up with a cool app idea, build a super-cool app with a platform like Bizness Apps, and then put your merchandise on it, or this generation wouldn’t even know of your existence. But there’s one thing that distinguishes them from the older online consumers. For the former, buying online and through apps is a very normal way of shopping. Unlike the older generations, they don’t have a million questions nagging them when they are swiping through the merchandise. For them, it’s just a normal way to shop. In other words, they approach the market through a different medium and a different mindset when using that medium.

They Love Convenience:

The generation Z shows a marked inclination towards convenience, and it could be attributable to their parents’ upbringing. Most of the generation Z was born to parents falling in the generation X. It was a generation that did not appeal much to the marketers. They weren’t as many as the baby boomers or the part of the ‘boom let’. These were a small segment of the whole population, which made them an unattractive small pie in the huge American cake. Add to this, this generation was born at a time when the divorce rate was increasing. They are the ones who saw single-parent families getting common. In other words, not only were they left unattended by the marketers, but also by their own parents, which resulted in alterations of the traditional nuclear family structure, and this had its result: their kids, Generation X, didn’t always have an over-protective mother mollycoddling them all the time. Many of them grew up alone. And this, too, reflects in their buying pattern.

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Generation Z is a stickler for convenience items. Unlike Generation X or Y, they don’t see convenience as luxury. For them, convenience is a necessity. This generation doesn’t believe that sweating makes you better. Quite the contrary. For them, “if you can do it without all the hard work, just do it”. There’s no point in doing things yourself when you can get others do it for less than you’d make by doing your own job for that amount of time. Put simply, this generation sees convenience as the flip-side of efficiency. And that’s why Generation Z has the largest proportions of consumers buying items for convenience.

They Are More Selective:

Don’t even think that this convenience-loving generation is going to buy whatever appears good. It’s a generation that saw recession in the very early phase of its life, and researches show that generations coming of age through financial straits are careful with money. They have a deep-rooted sense of financial insecurity, which they express in their buying patterns. Add to this, they were born to parents who were also products of similar straits. In other words, generation Z has frugality both in its genes and in its conditioning, and it is obvious in how they shop: they are themost discriminating consumers in the market. They show least tolerance for something unnecessary. For instance, they won’t pay more just because something has an extra feature. They will consider if the feature adds some real value to the product, if the value is worth the cost, if they can get it in some other way, and a dozen other questions. Even when buying gadgets or “luxury” items, they tend not to be impulsive consumers. They value convenience and gadgets, but they also value money. And when making a purchase, they make sure that every penny they spend buys them something of real value.

They Love for Escapism:

Generation X is notorious for its escapist tendencies, and generation Z seems to have inherited it from them. This generation values things that have the ability to take them out of the mundane surroundings of real life. From more unrealistic movie plots to more close-to-reality video games, this pattern is obvious. This generation shows willingness to transcend the natural limitations of time and space and experiment with the surreal, and all this is visible in their spending behavior. They may never buy a second-best sci-fi novel or movie, but they will happily pay top dollar to get the best one.

They Are More Informed:

This comes with their discriminating nature but takes a slightly different dimension. Generation Z likes to trust the words of one another within it, and that’s why it’s the most reviews-obsessed generation in the US. Go to any website or social networking site and you’ll notice this: most reviewers are from this generation, and they are also the ones most concerned about them. This is a generation that just loves researching before buying. These kids would Google the item and all its alternatives, read tons of reviews, chew it over for a day or two and would only then buy the item. They just won’t fall for the slick promotions that Generation Y or Z consumers seem to be an easy prey for.

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9 Time Management Apps to Organize Your Life and Keep You on Track

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Do you want extra time?

Irrespective of who you might be, you most likely don’t have sufficient of it.

Time is a restricted useful resource and it’s continually operating on empty. You possibly can’t cease utilizing it and you may’t discover extra of it, however you want it to do completely the whole lot. From scheduling conferences to fulfilling orders, time is behind each facet of working a enterprise and you’ll’t afford to handle it poorly.

Ineffective time administration can take many kinds. Whether or not it’s procrastination, private distractions, or initiatives that take extra time than they need to, there are tons of various issues that waste our time day by day. Wasted time means rushed deadlines, a work-life imbalance, and extra stress and anxiousness.

When it comes right down to it, you don’t want extra time, you simply want to make use of the time that you’ve got extra successfully.

Fortunately, alternatives to handle your time higher are in all places. Listed below are 9 time administration apps that will help you unencumber your schedule, make time for your private life, and give attention to getting your work achieved.

1. Clear

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Clear is a straightforward, well-designed to-do record app that makes it straightforward to remain on high of every thing it’s good to accomplish.

Life can get hectic, however Clear helps you see your objectives as a collection of simple, step-by-step processes. You’ll be able to set up your every day duties into separate classes utilizing themed lists, supplying you with a fast take a look at precisely what you should do subsequent.

One in every of Clear’s biggest strengths is a completely customizable and easy-to-use interface. Utilizing easy gestures, you’ll be able to add and full duties and not using a second thought.

Clear is out there for iOS, OS X, and Apple Watch.

Why Clear?

  • Clear organizes your life into digestible classes, making it attainable to overcome your targets one step at a time.
  • Clear syncs along with your iCloud account, eliminating the necessity to continually replace your to-do record on all your units once you full a job.
  • Clear retains you accountable with reminders and push notifications that cease you from overlooking what you actually need to get performed.

2. Workflow

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Workflow is a extremely customizable app that shaves day off of the difficult belongings you do every single day.

With Workflow, you may create distinctive homescreen shortcuts in your telephone that carry out batches of duties in a single click on. Whether or not you need Google Maps to robotically pull up instructions on your subsequent assembly otherwise you want your complete digicam roll backed up on Dropbox, you’ll have the ability to create customized apps that handle no matter you want.

Workflow boasts over 200 actions and integrations with apps like Fb, Uber, and YouTube.

Workflow is offered for iOS.

Why Workflow?

  • Workflow cuts down on wasted time by automating the complicated duties you do in your cellphone.
  • Workflow is fast and simple, letting you create new apps and shortcuts with easy drag-and-drop instructions.
  • Workflow is flexible and may function from inside different apps like Safari and Evernote.

three. Clara

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Clara is an artificially clever e-mail app that schedules and coordinates your conferences.

Reserving conferences is hard work—discovering free time in your personal schedule is difficult sufficient, however coordinating with another person’s schedule is even worse. Clara takes the legwork out of establishing conferences by robotically dealing with the tedious back-and-forth emails that you simply sink time into day by day.

Merely CC Clara on any electronic mail and it’ll begin the method of establishing a gathering immediately.

Why Clara?

  • Clara is a dependable solution to unencumber your inbox and show you how to spend much less time sending e mail.
  • Clara helps you to give attention to getting stuff performed as a substitute of worrying about your schedule.
  • Clara appears like an actual particular person with pure language capabilities that received’t confuse recipients.

four. Wunderlist

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Wunderlist is a collaborative to-do record app that helps you coordinate with your pals, household, and teammates.

In terms of getting stuff achieved, you’re now not alone. Wunderlist enables you to observe, full, and share your objectives on the click on of a button. You may also assign duties, add feedback, and set due dates and reminders to your workforce.

Wunderlist is on the market for Android, iOS, and Home windows Telephone; OS X and Home windows; and Google Chrome.

Why Wunderlist?

  • Wunderlist retains your entire workforce within the loop by letting you share, remark, and collaborate on any process or to-do checklist.
  • Wunderlist is obtainable on virtually each platform that means that it really works on your whole units and for all your crew members.
  • Wunderlist makes certain you don’t overlook something with customizable due dates and reminders.

5. RescueTime

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RescueTime is a time-tracking app that information how and the place you spend your time on-line.

Searching for a greater work-life steadiness? RescueTime analyzes all the pieces you do in a day—from which apps you utilize to how a lot time you spend in your favorite web sites. If you wish to eradicate the distractions in your life and get your work carried out faster, RescueTime is a implausible approach to uncover precisely which behaviours have been holding you again from dwelling extra effectively.

That will help you concentrate on hitting your objectives, RescueTime may even briefly block your go-to procrastination web sites.

RescueTime is obtainable for iOS and Android; OS X, Home windows, and Linux.

Why RescueTime?

  • RescueTime stops you from losing time with reminders that provide you with a warning once you’re spending an excessive amount of time on a selected activity.
  • RescueTime offers you a greater understanding of the way you spend your day by offering you with in-depth studies and day by day highlights.
  • RescueTime helps you get stuff performed faster by discovering new methods so that you can set up your day and spend your time correctly.

6. Well timed

Timely is an progressive time-tracking app that not solely retains tabs on how lengthy tasks take, but in addition helps you set up your workweek extra effectively.

Well timed lays out your workweek upfront and allows you to estimate how a lot time you’ll must put aside to sort out your day by day duties. As you observe your time, you’ll be capable of examine your predictions with how lengthy it really took you and plan your schedule higher sooner or later.

This top-down method to time-tracking allows you to handle your time extra successfully and put an finish to initiatives that run wild and out-of-scope.

Well timed is obtainable for iOS and as a browser software.

Why Well timed?

  • Well timed retains your staff on observe and offers you a extra sensible concept of how a lot time tasks eat up.
  • Well timed holds you accountable to the period of time that you simply put aside for work.
  • Well timed helps you perceive how your workweek actually performs out and helps you intend your subsequent one.

7. Trello

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Trello is a versatile venture administration internet utility that allows you to simply type by means of your duties and collaborate together with your teammates.

As an alternative of getting misplaced in a large number of emails and Slack messages, Trello visualizes your tasks as lists pinned to digital bulletin boards. Every listing is made up of particular person posts known as playing cards. They’ll signify something from duties to concepts to targets. Group members can add feedback, attachments, checklists, and customized labels to playing cards, preserving everybody on the identical web page.

Whether or not you’re on the lookout for a method to observe the progress of huge initiatives or manage your newest brainstorming session, Trello might be personalized to suit your crew.

Why Trello?

  • Trello is absolutely customizable. Each enterprise is totally different and Trello adapts to your wants, no matter they might be.
  • Trello retains you organized by consolidating your whole initiatives and group communication right into a single surroundings.
  • Trello makes each challenge straightforward to comply with and lets your digest whole workflows at a look.

eight. Google Now

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Google Now is an clever voice-powered assistant that processes difficult requests and makes use of your behaviour to foretell what info you’ll want earlier than you even ask for it.

With Google’s huge information community behind it, Google Now is ready to pre-emptively serve you the knowledge that it thinks is most related to you. From sports activities scores to close by eating places to visitors situations to your morning commute, Google Now frees up your time by taking good care of all of the little issues in your day.

Google Now can also be totally built-in with the Google app ecosystem, letting you set Google Calendar occasions, dictate notes, and extra.

Google Now’s accessible for Android and iOS.

Why Google Now?

  • Google Now provides you extra time to focus in your work by supplying you with the knowledge you want with out making you dive into search outcomes first.
  • Google Now’s all the time prepared to assist, whether or not you want to make restaurant reservations otherwise you’re attempting to recollect the place you parked your automobile.
  • Google Now robotically adapts to your behaviour and delivers you a novel and totally personalized expertise that adjustments as shortly as you do.

9. Pocket

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Pocket is a bookmarking app that permits you to save articles to learn later.

Even in your most efficient days, it’s straightforward to be thrown utterly off monitor by one fascinating piece of content material. Pocket helps you to save every part that appears fascinating in a single place, in an effort to learn it later and get your work out of the best way first.

Pocket works with over 1500 totally different apps, so regardless of the place you discover it, you’ll be capable to reserve it for later.

Pocket is accessible for Android and iOS.

Why Pocket?

  • Pocket stops you from getting distracted by providing you with the choice to save lots of what you’re for later and benefit from your time.
  • Pocket helps you set up your day and separate work time from studying time.
  • Pocket makes it simple to find new content material, so once you do lastly determine to dive in, you’ll don’t have any scarcity of studying materials.

Timing Is All the things

Spending your time successfully isn’t simply the important thing to a extra productive life, it’s additionally the key to a happier one.

It’s straightforward to get wrapped up in work, particularly in case you aren’t managing your time successfully, and miss out on alternatives to spend high quality time along with your family and friends. Sustaining a correct work-life steadiness is on the coronary heart of your private and professional success, so it’s essential to make higher use of your time at any time when attainable.

With these time administration apps in your struggle chest, you’ll now be absolutely ready to go on the market and optimize your life for extra productiveness and fewer stress.

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TOP 5 social media growth hacking tools 2016

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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.

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    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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

BONUS GROWTH HACKING TOOL!

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  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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Top 10 April Fools 2016 tech company pranks

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Although not a legal holiday, April Fools’ Day is celebrated around the world as a day filled with jokes and general silliness. How did this tradition begin? well in all honesty it remains a mystery, some claim it correlates to an ancient holiday related to Easter. You may want to be a little more cautious or skeptical on April 1, since family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even teachers may try to tickle your funny bone with a practical joke or a hoax of some kind.

We have compiled a list for you, of the TOP 10 April Fools 2016 tech ( and some maybe not so tech ) pranks that may give you a chuckle, but be warned…can cause loud uncontrollable laughter at work ( which will make people think your very weird indeed)

1.Your Butt deserves the best: Artisanal Toilet Paper

This is single handedly one of the best April Fools practical jokes. Now you maybe telling yourself; this is not a tech company!. We know, but this is honestly pretty funny stuff. In all honesty, when does a company joke about its main product ( or only product for that matter )

We follow the hipster trend of artisanal/organic and you never know where it will lead you. Well with artisanal toilet paper, it can’t get any more organic than this. Check out the commercial below for some lolz!

2. Star Wars on Netflix ( Live action series ) By IGN

As a Star Wars fan I was screaming like a little girl in a candy store when I saw the trailer, but alas a practical joke by IGN. They gorgeously produced a live action trailer sneak peek named: Fury of Darth Maul Series. A very good joke by IGN. You caught us all and hit us where it hurts, in the heart…

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3. New Experience on YouTube, Introducing SnoopaVision 360, in HD

Now everyone can watch their favorite and lovable rapper – watching your favorite YouTube videos (yes like it sounds, watch someone, watch your videos). Don’t really know how this works, but sounds pretty interesting, sign me up! If you’ve noticed every video on Youtube has a new icon that does quite resemble SnoopDogg ( see below ), press it for more information and feast your eyes on this  “New and Revolutionary” Tech. This will truly be world changing technology. Great job YouTube…

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4. Introducing the Silent Loo App! Be embarrassed of your poo- No More!

You never know when nature calls, specially after stuffing your craw with all those street corner tacos and tequila. We all know how smelly and loud explosive diarrhea can be, well now let an app help you with the loud part of this equation. Introducing Silent Loo App, available now in the App Store near your phone!

5. Introducing OpenTable Taste – Lickable Photos?

Food Porn on your phone! Start tasting your food before you book a restaurant on OpenTable! Ok maybe this is pretty far fetched but its a pretty good idea if it was real! lol April Fools!

6. Google Cardboard…..plastic?

What’s realer than reality? This product does not just raise philosophical questions, it puts you in the middle. Pretty funny how you can make a serious sounding video and dupe half the people around the world lol

7. Sony develops the worlds first- Proton Pack!

If you grew up watching Ghost Busters, you already know where this is going. If you did not watch the video and be amazed. Actually it’s not one of the best pranks since the movie is coming out, its actually quite lazy. But anywho it is quite interesting specially if you want to catch things not from this universe!

8. Google Express – Instant Parachute Delivery

The future of home delivery arrives today. From above. Google Express offers fast delivery of things you need from stores you love. With the new delivery technology, packages will arrive even faster and land anywhere you want them – whether you’re at the beach, in the woods, or even on a run. This may be a pretty dumb idea, but it’s setting us up for the very real DRONE DELIVERY Service….Coming soon….maybe.

9. Revolutionary Lexus V-LCRO Technology

Ok this on is pretty damn funny. When you drive your car at the edge of your seat make sure to stay in place. see video for some good laughs

10. Introducing the self-driving bicycle in the Netherlands

This spring, Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology.

So this is one of my favorites and possibly setting us up for self driving vehicles? the world may never know… But the biggest invention, since the invention of the bicycle itself might be a bit of an understatement.

BONUS: Donald Trump….Trumps us all…Wait could this be real???

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day! contact us if you need any Ecommerce, or Digital marketing services!

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Prepare for Instagrams Algorithmic Feed change

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On Tuesday, Instagram announced in a blog put up that the community would be moving from a chronological feed to an algorithm that can surface the content material that Instagram believes an individual cares about most.

As is its approach, the web freaked out:
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As marketers, we are inclined to get too excitable about adjustments like this, however this time, we shouldn’t be shocked or upset.

A Very Random Metaphor

I’ve some mates who’re pregnant with their third child. Once they had their oldest, they were freaked out. It’s a giant life change. It’s scary and unknown. Once they had their second, their terror was a lot shorter-lived. However when my pal instructed me they have been having their third child, I requested if he was freaked out. He mentioned, “Nah, the first two heathens prepped us pretty well.”

Instagram’s newsfeed update is just not the primary we’ve seen. Fb first adopted this technique in 2009. Twitter added this function as an option earlier this year. We freaked out about each of these, and the world has continued to spin.

That stated, this can change how you employ Instagram as a marketer. Right here are some things we’ve realized from these adjustments once they occurred on different networks.

1. Engagement for CLTV?

With these algorithm updates, the content material that individuals “would be most interested in” is surfaced first. What this implies is that prospects who often interact together with your content material will see extra of it. This could hold your brand top-of-mind for the people who find themselves already concerned with it.

As Instagram and other third-party companies make it simpler to hook up with purchase factors straight from the app, this may imply the customers partaking together with your content material can have a better probability of buying.

2. High quality Will Probably Be Key: Don’t Spam

When Fb up to date its rating algorithm in 2013, the community penalized pages that “asked for Likes” (versus posting content material that’s related and interesting).

It will likely develop into an element on Instagram as properly. Deal with content material that individuals need to have interaction with, as a substitute of telling them to.

3. The Importance of a Paid Strategy

Like we’ve seen on different networks, it will probably influence natural attain. All this implies is that you simply’ll want to include a paid technique (in addition to an organic one) on Instagram.

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Paid and organic social have gotten an increasing number of intertwined, and in case your methods dwell in silos, you’re lacking out on huge alternatives.

4. Connect with Your Viewers

Like Fb, there’s likelihood that the relationships between customers will have an effect on the content material that’s surfaced first. Your follower count won’t be the one viewers issue that issues. As a model, you’ll need to develop a “follow” technique to make sure that the precise customers have the very best probability of seeing your content material.

5. Prioritize Your Influencer Technique

Influencer advertising and marketing is changing into a significant part on Instagram, and this may solely amplify that. Influencers will likely surface greater in feeds because they’re creating engagement inside groups of customers which have comparable characteristics.

In case you use Instagram for advertising, there’s likelihood this modification will affect you. Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world. In case you can keep focused on delivering good content material to related audiences, the tactical shifts will appear much less daunting. Keep watch over brands you respect to establish strategic shifts as this transformation takes hold. What are you able to study from them?

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How does Buzzfeed achieve Social Media Advertising?

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The instances are a-changing. On-line media publishers are giving conventional TV networks a run for his or her cash and BuzzFeed, an early underdog, is main the cost. According to a recent study, BuzzFeed’s month-to-month attain amongst millennials far outsteps that of CBS, NBC, and FX.

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In reality, simply final yr BuzzFeed announced that they’re averaging 5 billion content material views per 30 days. So, how has BuzzFeed amassed this a lot success in simply 9 years? Their listicles and actually-very-good journalism are a part of the explanation, however BuzzFeed’s explosive development begins and ends with their skill to market on social media. Let’s check out the issues that BuzzFeed does higher on social media than anyone else.

BuzzFeed Creates Micro-Communities

When you will have an enormous viewers like BuzzFeed does, you inherently have smaller groupings of people that share area of interest pursuits. For instance, BuzzFeeders love cats, celebrities, automobiles, The Kardashians, and so on. So, as an alternative of pandering content material to the lots and hoping it sticks with these which can be and some others, BuzzFeed creates social communities to foster these teams.

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Catering to those micro-communities on social is simply one other option to enrich your viewers and develop your affect. No person does this higher than BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed Drives Monster Site visitors

Listed below are three statistics that may actually blow your thoughts:

  • BuzzFeed drives over 200M month-to-month distinctive guests to their net properties.
  • 75% of BuzzFeed’s web visits are pushed by social media.
  • BuzzFeed’s social visitors is 5x its search site visitors.

BuzzFeed is doubling down on the place they know their viewers (18-35 12 months olds) are — social media. Social media is their major traffic-driver, they usually optimize their content material for this. Try this instance:

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Related, well timed, informative, and a GIF. I’d click on it! Wouldn’t you?

BuzzFeed Takes Benefit of Current Habits

I bear in mind when it began on Instagram. I noticed one thing that I believed was humorous, and I couldn’t tag my pals in it…I used to be by no means going to DM it to them (let’s be actual). So, I’d remark and point out their deal with. This appears regular now, however again within the day, this sort of habits was simply what folks needed to do. BuzzFeed was one of many first locations I noticed benefiting from any such conduct.

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What BuzzFeed does, higher than anyone, is encourage conversations. Whether or not they’re asking you to “tag a friend who _______” or vote on your favourite Mates character, the character of BuzzFeed’s posts are all the time the identical: conversational.

BuzzFeed Is aware of That Humor Is Social

A new study, printed by the College of Southern California, says that constructive feelings are extra contagious than unfavorable ones on Twitter. What’s the easiest way to illicit a optimistic emotion? Be humorous! Humor is a good way to unify your viewers on social, and BuzzFeed goals for fun 90% of the time.

 

Even when your model is a bit bit extra stuffy, don’t be afraid to loosen up each now and again!

BuzzFeed Actually, Actually, Actually Is aware of Their Viewers

BuzzFeed’s true triumph is simply how properly they know their viewers. They do have the posh of getting a really outlined age demographic that they’re capturing for, however catering to those individuals just isn’t all the time straightforward. With regards to your model, you must eat, suppose, and breathe like your viewers does.

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I imply, they only get me.

BuzzFeed Optimizes for Cellular

This present day, your whole content material needs to be tailored to mobile. An increasing number of persons are accessing social media by way of cellular units, so we,as social marketers, must pay extra consideration to tailoring content material and interactions to those gadgets.

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BuzzFeed does an amazing job at ensuring that, it doesn’t matter what community or machine you might be on, you’ve got a seamless expertise. Going ahead, ensure that your content material is mobile-friendly.

What different classes have you ever discovered from BuzzFeed on social? Depart them within the feedback, and obtain our 2016 Social + Digital Advertising and marketing Predictions Information beneath to be taught extra about social advertising’s leading edge immediately.

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13 creative ways to get more leads directly into your inbox!

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On the subject of lead era, you hear the identical issues over and over….

It’s a must to drive folks to touchdown pages in your web site and have them register with an e-mail handle, as a way to obtain your gated content material. You hear it on a regular basis as a result of it really works.

When you get an electronic mail handle, then you may start to “court” these leads, and also you communicate.

However what if there have been different methods to get leads – methods that you could be not have considered but?

Effectively, there are.

Listed below are 13 intelligent lead technology techniques so that you can contemplate, so that you don’t depart any leads on the desk.

1. Use your e-mail signature house

Flip chilly leads into heat and even scorching ones, through the use of that vacant house under your signature.

You’ll be able to really change the message in that signature area to do all kinds of issues, and make it possible for your workforce members are utilizing the identical one, relying upon what kind of lead technology you need in the meanwhile.

  • Insert a message about a tremendous new submit with a hyperlink to your weblog. On that content material web page, there could be an optin to obtain all future posts. Now your lead is getting emails and posts (Notice: the publish must be wonderful, it’s important to make your blog rock!)
  • Double up on CTA’s in your e mail. Your electronic mail could also be a proposal of some type. You possibly can have one other CTA in your signature area that can take a result in one other touchdown web page. The British Pink Cross does an amazing job of this, and you’ll learn the case examine here. However to provide you a fast instance, right here is an e mail it despatched out with a proposal for readers to make a will. Notice within the signature space, there’s a CTA to hitch their community as nicely, together with sharing choices.
  • One other approach to make use of your e-mail signature house is to place a proposal proper there. It may flip a lead right into a purchaser on the spot.

2. Create a ballot/quiz

After all, you see these on Fb on a regular basis.

And admit it, you do take these quizzes and also you take part in polls. You, like everybody else, prefer to see which “Frozen” character you’re or have your opinion rely someplace.

But when you’ll use one in all these “hooks,” create one which pertains to your area of interest. Why? As a result of individuals who take part are prone to be a lot hotter leads – they’ve an curiosity in your services or products already.

Right here is an instance of Z Gallerie’s quiz on inside design preferences. The corporate sells merchandise to inside designers. The quiz was gated, and the corporate was then in a position to follow-up with the quiz taker and make suggestions for merchandise primarily based upon their private fashion preferences.

You have got two choices to show the quiz and ballot takers into leads.

  • You’ll be able to “gate” the quiz or ballot, as soon as readers have linked to it.
  • You possibly can promise to ship the outcomes by way of e-mail, as soon as the polling occasion has ended.

Three. Use the byline on each put up

You have already got share buttons in your posts. And that’s a superb factor. However until you might be doing one thing extra that can truly generate leads, you’re leaving some on the desk.

Your publish could also be shared, and a brand new reader could discover it enjoyable or fascinating. However you need that reader to do extra than simply share it with others. You need that reader to optin. So, underneath your byline, provide a “free updates” hyperlink, so the reader can optin to your entire future posts. Now you’ve one other electronic mail deal with so as to add to your database.

Four. Use white house in your rails

There are a few issues you may and will do right here;

  • Set up sticky widgets that comply with the content material because the reader scrolls down. You desire a fixed reminder to click on to a touchdown web page for a free e-guide or trial supply, so that you could seize an electronic mail handle.
  • On the proper aspect rail, place a small field about you, with maybe a small photograph. Have provides on that rail aspect too. Neil Patel does a fantastic job of this on “Quick Sprout.” Right here is an instance of some issues which can be on the proper rail of all of his posts.

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5. Give bonus info

Listed below are the Four steps of this tactic:

  • Use Buzzsumo to search out the preferred articles on a subject associated to your area of interest
  • Assessment the article after which write a greater one
  • Supply the reader much more data on the subject in alternate for an e-mail deal with

Warning: Don’t Bait and Change. In case you are providing bonus info on a particular subject, no honest switching subjects – you’ll simply make readers offended.

6. Maintain a contest

The entry charge, in fact, is an e mail tackle. Right here, you have to be sure that the winner will obtain one thing of actual worth – a free product is the most effective reward.

ModCloth does an excellent job of this. On any given day, you’ll be able to entry their Fb web page and discover nice stuff. They characteristic their very own prospects modeling their clothes, and conversations abound. However additionally they run contests to “name” a clothes merchandise that they’ve simply acquired. (They do title each bit they carry). The winner receives that merchandise, however, with every contest they generate new leads.

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7. Discover teams and interact

Find on-line teams the place your goal clients hang around, and be a part of a number of.

  • Hang around for 10-15 minutes a day. Scan the latest posts and touch upon them
  • Begin posting 1-2 instances per week. Get some type of theme to your posts – maybe one thing humorous or inspirational – jokes, quotes, and so forth.
  • Put up on the similar time and identical day and construct a following
  • Ultimately drive them to a touchdown web page with a proposal

This is only one of many lead era techniques provided by Noah Kagan of okdork.com.

eight. Use product movies on touchdown pages

Nearly all of web customers at the moment are visible learners even when they weren’t earlier than. Use a video to elucidate your services or products, utilizing good instruments equivalent to Animoto.

Maintain that video quick however put a CTA on the finish. Many entrepreneurs aren’t conscious that they’ll really embed CTA’s in movies, however it’s actually efficient. Individuals might not learn a publish to the tip, however they’ll watch a video to the top.

9. Do away with the phrase “Spam”

Mike Aagard, writer for ContentVerve.com did some A/B testing on conversion kinds.

Right here’s what he discovered: When the phrase, “We will not spam you” was faraway from the shape there was a rise in conversion charges. Utilizing that phrase decreased conversion charges by 18%. There may be simply one thing psychological concerning the phrase “spam” that readers don’t like (for apparent causes)

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10. Experiment with CTA buttons

There’s loads of analysis on the market about these CTA buttons and what appeals and attracts.

Listed below are simply a few pointers:

  • Have rounded corners – it drives eyes inward fairly than out and away
  • Put an attractive phrase on the button or proper round it – maintain it brief
  • Orange and Inexperienced colours do finest

To get a full rationalization of the facility of CTA buttons try this Wordstream post.

11. Use segmented storytelling

Telling tales is at all times a good way to seize readers, particularly if the tales are compelling ultimately.

Jack Daniels does an incredible job of this with their reader-submitted bizarre bar tales. Readers proceed to entry their touchdown web page with these tales. You should use tales, if you’re inventive sufficient (boring tales could have a reverse impact). And, for those who publish your tales in segments, and the reader has to optin – you’ll get these conversions.

12. Use Quora

Quora now has a search function. You may seek for matter key phrases, and get into feeds that relate to your area of interest. Begin answering questions and create a profile with backlinks.

Eventbrite has used this tactic quite well to hyperlink again to its particular occasions. You should utilize it to hyperlink again to your touchdown pages.

13. Use SlideShare

There at the moment are over 60 million guests to SlideShare each month. Consider the potential leads that may come when guests seek for key phrases that relate on to your slide presentation. However you possibly can go additional than that:

  • You possibly can add a hyperlink to a touchdown web page on each slide
  • You may join the professional plan that allows you to acquire leads from those that have seen your slides.

Listed here are solely 13 choices you could have for lead technology. There are numerous extra, after all.

Simply start with Three-Four of those techniques – those who you discover best to implement proper now. Take a look at their effectiveness, preserve people who work, dump people who don’t, and transfer onto the subsequent few ways. Ultimately, you’ll have an ideal repertoire of lead producing techniques that work.

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Does Using Social Media Make us Crazy?

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Because the face of psychology is consistently altering, it’s unattainable to finish the “History of Psychology” collection with a definitive, “…and that’s how psychology came to be in Social Media.” Separate branches of the self-discipline have shaped, medication has develop into staggeringly essential in therapy and prevention of psychological diseases, theories have fashioned and crumbled, and students have devoted their careers to advancing the sphere. The science has been tailored by the plenty, and has even develop into prevalent in popular culture – music (Blink 182’s “Stockholm Syndrome” involves thoughts), tv, and movies have all explored psychological diseases and coverings.

The sequence has solely briefly outlined the science’s origins and progress, and it continues to encourage many to review the workings of the human thoughts. Fortunately, those that got here earlier than us offered us with the instruments and terminology to hit the bottom operating and uncover unbelievable issues they couldn’t have even imagined.

Extra lately, the incorporation of know-how into psychology has made it potential to complement therapeutic methods with computer-based counseling, take a look at mind exercise, and precisely file and analyze advanced knowledge – and that’s not even the beginnings of its potential affect on the sphere. Though know-how will undoubtedly open up doorways for the subsequent technology of researchers, a Google search of “psychology technology” really results in a variety of pages devoted to explaining the results of expertise on our personal minds.

The subject is broad sufficient to broaden into dozens of articles, so this high 10 record tackles solely among the most staggering outcomes of research and surveys pertaining to social media. Chances are high, if you happen to’re studying this you take part in social media not directly or one other, so subsequent time you go to verify your Fb, retweet an fascinating hyperlink, or select an Instagram filter for a selfie, take into consideration the methods your mind is processing the seemingly countless stream of data it’s taking in.

1. Social media is addictive.

Research present that 63% of People go browsing to Fb day by day, and 40% go surfing a number of instances every day. Individuals use the location for myriad causes; nevertheless, it often serves, on some degree, the identical primary functions: distraction and tedium aid. “Likes” and feedback are constructive reinforcement for posting info, making it troublesome for an individual to cease. Researchers have discovered this so frequent that they created a scale to measure this habit: The Berge Facebook Addiction Scale.

2. Social media makes us examine our lives with others’.

Posts on social media many occasions current an idealized model of what’s taking place, what one thing seems like, or how issues are going. This could lead customers to consistently evaluate themselves to others and assume much less of their very own lives. If issues are going notably nicely for folks in your newsfeed and also you’re having a tough day, after all this can seemingly negatively have an effect on your temper. The truth is, in 2012 a staff of researchers within the UK surveyed customers, 53% of whom mentioned social media had modified their habits; 51% mentioned it was damaging conduct due to decline in confidence they felt attributable to unfair comparisons to others.

three. Social media makes us stressed.

Out of the identical pattern because the above instance, two-thirds admitted to having difficultly stress-free when unable to make use of their social media accounts.

four. Social media provides rise to cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is a gigantic concern, particularly for adolescents. A corporation that goals for web security, referred to as Sufficient is Sufficient, carried out a survey that discovered 95% of youngsters who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims themselves.

5. Social media glamorizes drug and alcohol use.

A examine that explored the connection between youngsters, social media, and drug use discovered that 70% of youngsters ages 12 to 17 use social media, and that those that work together with it each day are 5 occasions extra possible to make use of tobacco, 3 times extra seemingly to make use of alcohol, and twice as possible to make use of marijuana. As well as, 40% admitted they’d been uncovered to footage of individuals underneath the affect by way of social media, suggesting correlation between the 2 components. Though a correlation is all it’s, it is smart that social media would amp up the quantity of peer strain to which youngsters are uncovered.

6. Social media could make us sad.

A research from the College of Michigan collected knowledge about Fb customers and the way it correlated with their moods. Merely put, they discovered that the extra avid customers had been general extra sad than those that used the positioning much less. Over extra time, avid customers additionally reported decrease satisfaction of their lives total.

7. Social media can result in concern of lacking out, aka FOMO.

Worry of lacking out is a phenomenon that happens if you really feel stress to be doing what everybody else is doing, attend each occasion, and share each life expertise. It might evoke nervousness and trigger social media customers to query why everyone seems to be “having fun without them.” Surveys have even discovered that folks really feel insecure after utilizing Pinterest as a result of they really feel that they aren’t artful or inventive sufficient. Fb and Twitter could make individuals really feel like they aren’t profitable or good sufficient.

eight. Social media typically results in multitasking.

What number of tabs do you’ve open proper now? How are you even concentrating on one factor? The factor is, you’re most likely not – particularly if a type of tabs is a social media website. Analysis has proven that our brains don’t have the capability to completely focus our consideration on two issues without delay, and as a substitute multitasking causes our mind to rapidly swap from one process to a different. This hinders info processing and productiveness. Closing out your Twitter feed can significantly aid you get some work executed.

Social media isn’t all about selfie-taking narcissists, cyberbullies, and killing productiveness. When utilized in moderation with the appropriate intentions, it actually can obtain what it was first got down to do: join individuals. Which brings us to…

9. Social media enhances our connectivity.

A paper linking social media utilization to the Freudian ideas of the id, ego, and super-ego cites many examples of constructive psychological results of social media. Maybe probably the most necessary factors is that social media doesn’t essentially take us out of the actual world. It might probably as an alternative be used to revive and protect relationships with different individuals. Much more thrilling about this technological world is that there’s an unbelievable variety of like-minded individuals who can join in only one click on. Analysis introduced within the journal The British Psychological Society discovered that college students who expertise low shallowness can make the most of social media and its functionality to bond them with others to be able to pull themselves up from slumps of their temper.

10. Social media will help with socialization.

Analysis offered on the 119th annual American Psychological Affiliation discovered that introverted adolescents can really achieve social expertise by utilizing social media. Partially, it is because shy people might really feel safer behind a pc display (or smartphone, or pill, or… nicely, you get the thought…it’s in every single place). Dr. Larry D. Rosen, who introduced the knowledge, additionally said that teenagers have been changing into excellent at just about expressing empathy in direction of others.

Check out this Social Media Infographic for more info!

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The daybreak of a New Day in GOOGLE SEARCH…

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What’s happening with SERPS now?

For the previous few months, now we have seen that Google has been testing out new methods to resolve whether or not this was the suitable method to go.

This replace impacts paid search adverts (PPC), search engine marketing (web optimization), and companies. It additionally leaves questions on the way forward for Google search outcomes.

Google is gearing as much as announce that the paid search advertisements on the right-hand aspect of search end result pages might be out of date and 4 adverts will present on the prime of the search outcomes. We imagine Google is on the point of compensate for the elimination of the facet advertisements by rising the associated fee per click on to point out an advert. This manner their income is not going to take a success.

PPC gearing up now…

Again in 2013Search Engine Watch’s research confirmed that about 50% of visitors went to the highest three ends in a search web page and drops dramatically the farther down you might be. The fifth place was solely receiving about 5% of visitors.

4 advertisements on the prime of a search outcomes web page will enhance site visitors to these websites.

Greatest actual property on Google search remains to be the highest 4 slots

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Over the previous few months, we’ve observed that the fee per click on has been rising. We used to run our branded campaigns for round $1 a click on. These days, we have now needed to elevate branded marketing campaign to nearly 3 times that to get the advertisements to point out, even when there isn’t a competitors.

Have to handle bidding will likely be a should

You may also use automated guidelines to extend bids to point out the advertisements within the high 4 spots.

With extra competitors for these prime spots, your AdWords account could have to be checked on usually to be sure to advertisements are proven within the spot you need them to be.

Google Procuring advertisements will probably enhance

With extra space for issues to be proven, one guess is that the additional house will go to purchasing advertisements.

search engine optimisation prepares to take a beating

Many search engine marketing professionals are, understandably, annoyed. With 4 paid search advertisements exhibiting on the high, natural outcomes will disappear on cell screens until folks scroll. To place this in perspective, over 50% of searches at present are cellular and that quantity has solely been growing.

Subsequently, PPC will take the lead in capturing that cell viewers.

Will Google give more room for natural web optimization to lick their wounds?

One thought was that Google could give extra room for titles and meta-descriptions.

One other concept was that they might transfer the native snack pack over to the open area. The elimination of the facet advertisements creates open house for enjoyable.

search engine marketing markup methods achieve significance

Due this transformation extra significance will probably be positioned on the evaluation extension. Additionally, it will be significant so that you can spotlight your corporation’ data present in your web site’s footer or contact web page.

Native search engine marketing flies underneath the radar

Native search phrases will nonetheless lead to the identical pages being proven. Whereas there could be a slight change in the way in which Native website positioning works, for essentially the most half, it’s enterprise as common.

What does this imply for what you are promoting?

It’s going to imply that PPC could have a larger influence on your small business. Not solely attain them, however attain those most considering discovering your particular service or product. Paid search’s extremely customizable and focused advertising and marketing strategies will let you attain extra of your viewers.

website positioning akin to Native & Natural nonetheless carries it is weight

Clients should still desire this methodology and need to discover you that means. To not point out the native snack pack takes up numerous actual property on a search outcome web page.

You need to nonetheless rank larger within the natural and native search outcomes.

Last Ideas

Google little doubt prefers paid over website positioning. They preserve making it more durable for search engine optimization professionals and simpler for PPC

Right here at Networking Bizz, our crew will assist your small business by leveraging the highest search engine optimisation/Paid technique and strategies, so you may give attention to sustaining your prospects comfortable.

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Instagram declares multi-account help coming this week!

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Instagram simply made it simpler to juggle your public account and your secret, non-public one.

In its newest replace, now you can add as much as 5 accounts and swiftly swap between them, with no need to log off and log again in once more. That is extremely helpful in case you have a private and an expert Instagram account, or should you handle a number of accounts as a part of your job. The replace is rolling out to iOS and Android customers this week. So now you can rapidly handle between accounts which is nice in case your a Digital Marketer, Social Media aficionado or Demy de Zeeuw…

Seeing a wave of notifications scroll throughout your cellphone could make you’re feeling tremendous fashionable. However you have most likely have by no means felt fairly as widespread as Instagram consumer Demy de Zeeuw.

De Zeeuw, a soccer participant from the Netherlands (that is soccer for people within the U.S.) runs the Instagram account 433, themed for the game. The account boasts over eight million followers. (De Zeeuw’s private account has a nonetheless spectacular following of over 89,000.) In a video posted to his Fb account on Sunday, first found by TechCrunch, De Zeeuw shared what it appears to be like like when a consumer with such a giant following, as he put it, “post[s] epic content.”

The ensuing onslaught of push notifications is equally epic — they appear to filter by on the pace of sunshine.

Clearly, he should usually have push notifications for Instagram turned off (he’d by no means get something finished in any other case). Nevertheless it have to be comforting to know that when he wants a bit ego increase, he can change them on, and simply watch all of the likes pour in.

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These Advertisements Might Flop on Tremendous Bowl Sunday + a number of actually good ones see them right here earlier than BIG recreation!

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I gotta actually say,

I teared up a bit once I noticed the NEW Audi tremendous bowl sunday Advert. To begin with this advert really invokes the sentimental issue (David Bowie soundtrack on advert – beneath). And may actually be relatable to everybody ( aside from proudly owning the tremendous costly automobile). One cause you may speculate on why they’re advertising and marketing the R8 just isn’t as a result of it is inexpensive, oh no no. Almost definitely a excessive share of the demographic viewing the superbowl can’t afford this supercar. However the advert technique is to not enhance gross sales of the R8 however to extend consciousness of the Audi model itself. Audi in a approach is placing it is top-of-the-line on the market which can enhance buzz for the model, it will resonate to potential consumers wanting into the model and seeing extra “affordable options ” throughout the model that provide the R8’s coolness issue. This in itself is psychological advertising at it is most interesting! try the video beneath

The jury continues to be out, however right here’s the preview.

Between bites of chip and dip, individuals can be glued to their units for Sunday’s large recreation. Why is the Tremendous Bowl so necessary to entrepreneurs that they’re prepared to spend $5 million per 30-second advert? As a result of 110 million viewers that the Tremendous Bowl is anticipated to attract are engaged. They’re keen to view and consider adverts at events, at sports activities bars or in social media polls — actual time. In impact, it’s the Folks’s Selection Awards for entrepreneurs. And for as soon as, shoppers have an interest and paying consideration.

Lately, entrepreneurs have shifted advert spending to social media and digital advertising and marketing. These instruments, whereas efficient at selling engagement, haven’t been in a position to focus viewers. At the moment, the typical YouTube video attracts far lower than 10,00Zero views. Among the high classes embrace leisure (9,816 common views) and /model (magnificence suggestions – eight,532 views). Autos, a class that spends large on TV, averages 5,673 views per video.

This interprets to producing the equal of over 11,00Zero movies per 12 months to combination the viewers of one Tremendous Bowl business. Even Web sensation PewDiePie averages 232,00Zero. YouTube views (on the top of recognition) would wish to make 481 movies to mixture the viewers of a Tremendous Bowl advert. Furthermore, entrepreneurs don’t understand how a lot viewers duplication there may be per on-line video. With the Tremendous Bowl, advertisers know they’re getting over 100 million discrete viewers.

In at the moment’s aggressive panorama, advertisers are turning to celebrities greater than ever. This 12 months, celebrities selling manufacturers will vary from comedians Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen for Bud Gentle and TJ Miller for Shock High to actors Liam Neeson for LG Electronics and Christopher Walken for Kia KRX Zero.00% and musicians Steven Tyler for Skittles and Lil Wayne for Flats.com.

Whereas essentially the most marketed classes have been autos, beer and soda, there are at all times new entrants. This yr, with GoDaddy.com GDDY -9.23% bowing out of the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time in years, their spot might be stuffed with two web site constructing firms, SquareSpace.com and Wix.com. Each characteristic high-profile movie star and film tie-ins. The Sq. House advert options comedians Key & Peele as bumbling sportscasters who will even present dwell commentary through the recreation. Wix.com integrates its model with the Kung Fu Panda three film to advertise its web site constructing service.

Loads can change between now and sport day, since corporations would possibly nonetheless edit or swap adverts out for others that haven’t been shared with the general public. Primarily based on the previews we’ve seen, some advertisements might flop, together with Skittles’ Tremendous Bowl advert that includes Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. It’s a bit pressured however aligned with Skittles’ quirky advertising technique

The star-studded MINI teaser adverts that includes celebrities like Serena Williams, Tony Hawk and Harvey Keitel appears to take a extra critical tone. These celebrities talk about their private journeys of defying labels whereas highlighting the line-up of MINI automobiles. This jogs my memory of Nationwide Insurance coverage’s Tremendous Bowl advert final 12 months that alluded to loss of life; it turned off viewers, as most severe advertisements do, until they’re driving a deeper message.

Probably the most anticipated adverts will characteristic celebrities, they usually’re anticipated to be the massive favorites, just like Chrysler’s Tremendous Bowl advert in 2012 that includes Clint Eastwood. This yr, comedians Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen will doubtless win viewers with their Bud Gentle occasion advertisements. Hyundai KRX Zero.00% is betting massive on humor, highlighting progressive automotive options with spots that includes comic Kevin Hart and actor Ryan Reynolds.

Advertisements that ought to carry out effectively that don’t characteristic a star come from Doritos, Unilever’s AXE Physique Spray and Audi. This yr marks the 10th yr Doritos depends on shoppers to provide and vote on the advert that can air in the course of the Tremendous Bowl. These user-generated adverts have all the time been a fan favourite and one in all this 12 months’s winners options zombies. The Audi-R8 advert is a robust multi-generational advert that includes the “Starman” soundtrack from the late David Bowie, which supplies it emotional attraction. Lastly, AXE grows up and delivers a quick paced, cheeky model repositioning urging younger males to “own” their very own uniqueness.

And there are the newcomers. This 12 months, diet drink Bai makes its debut in addition to Normal Motor’s GM -Zero.35% Buick, which is able to goal millennials with an advert that includes New York Large broad receiver Odell Beckham and actress Emily Ratajkowski. Bai’s advert continues to be under-wraps. Nonetheless, given their “None of This Makes Sense” slogan, count on one thing uncommon and quirky.

Miro Copic is a professor of promoting at San Diego State College.

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Easy methods to Get Google to Immediately Index Your New Web site

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Written by Neil Patel on December 31, 2015

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Would you like extra natural search site visitors to your website? I’m prepared to wager the reply is sure – all of us do!

Natural search visitors completely issues. In truth, it’s the source of over half of all site traffic, on average, as in comparison with 5% from social media – as much as 64% of your traffic, in line with Conductor.com.

However that stat doesn’t matter a lot in case your website doesn’t present up within the search outcomes in any respect.

How do you get your new web site or weblog listed by Google, Bing and different engines like google? Properly, you’ve obtained two decisions.

You’ll be able to take the “tortoise” method – simply sit again and look forward to it to occur naturally.

Or you’ll be able to expend a bit effort and make it occur now, providing you with extra time and power to place in direction of growing your conversion fee, enhancing your social alerts — and, after all, writing and selling nice and helpful content material.

I don’t learn about you, however I’d reasonably get my websites listed as shortly as attainable, as a result of it provides me extra time to construct my viewers.

If rating your websites sounds good to you, too, learn on for 11 easy issues you are able to do in the present day to get your new website or weblog listed as rapidly as potential. 

Step 1: Perceive How Search Engines Work

Engines like google depend on difficult algorithms to do their magic, however the fundamental course of isn’t all that arduous to know.

Primarily, engines like google like Google depend on spiders — little bits of laptop code that every search engine sends out to “crawl” the net (therefore, “spider”).

spider’s job is to look for new stuff on the web and work out what it’s about. That “new stuff” generally is a new web page on an current website, a change to an current webpage or a wholly new web site or weblog.

As soon as the spider finds a brand new web site or web page, it wants to determine what that new web site or web page is about.

Means again within the Wild, Wild West of the early internet, search engine spiders weren’t practically as good as they immediately. You might drive a spider to index and rank your web page primarily based on nothing greater than what number of instances a particular search phrase appeared on the web page.

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And the key phrase didn’t even need to be within the physique of the web page itself. Many individuals ranked for his or her largest competitor’s model identify simply by stuffing dozens of variations on that model title in a web page’s meta tags!

Luckily for Google search customers and for moral web site house owners, these days are lengthy gone.

At the moment, key phrase stuffing will get you penalized, not rewarded. And, meta key phrase tags aren’t actually a part of the algorithm in any respect (although there are nonetheless good causes to make use of them).
When you’re not cautious, you would get your web site kicked out of the index altogether — which implies your web site gained’t rank for any key phrases in any respect.As of late, Google is far more involved with the general consumer expertise in your website and the person intention behind the search — i.e., does the consumer need to purchase one thing (industrial intent) or study one thing (informational intent)?

Don’t get me incorrect — key phrases nonetheless matter. Different factors are also important — as much as 200 altogether, in accordance with Brian Dean of Backlinko, together with issues like high quality incoming hyperlinks, social indicators (although indirectly) and legitimate code on all of your pages.

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However none of that may matter if the spiders don’t even inform the major search engines your pages are there to start with. And that’s the place indexing is available in.

Indexing is just the spider’s means of gathering and processing all the info from pages and websites throughout its crawl across the net.

The spider notes new paperwork and adjustments, that are then added to the searchable index Google maintains, so long as these pages are high quality content material and don’t set off alarm bells by violating Google’s user-oriented mandate.

So the spider processes each the content material (textual content) on the web page in addition to the placement on web page the place search phrases are positioned. It additionally analyzes titles tags and alt attributes for photos.

That’s indexing. When a search consumer comes alongside and appears for info associated to the identical key phrases, Google’s algorithm goes to work, deciding the place to rank that web page amongst all the opposite pages associated to these key phrases.

However, how do search engine spiders discover new content material — pages, websites or adjustments to pages — within the first place?

The spider begins with pages which have already been listed through earlier crawl periods.

Subsequent, it provides in sitemap knowledge (extra on that in a bit bit).
Lastly, the spider finds and makes use of hyperlinks on pages that it’s crawling and provides these linked-to pages to the record of pages to be crawled.That’s the quick and considerably simplified model of how Google finds, analyzes, and indexes new sites like yours. Many different search engines like google comply with related procedures, although there might be variations within the specifics and every engine has its personal algorithm.

When you’ve not too long ago revealed a brand new web site on the internet, you’ll wish to first examine to see if Google’s already discovered it.

The best method to examine that is to make use of a web site:area.com search in Google. If Google is aware of your web site exists and has crawled it, you’ll see an inventory of outcomes just like the one for NeilPatel.com within the screenshot beneath:

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If Google hasn’t but discovered your website, you’ll get no outcomes in any respect, just like this:

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Step 2: Add a Weblog

Why do you want a weblog?

It’s easy: blogs are hard-working search engine optimization machines. Weblog content material will get crawled and listed extra rapidly than static pages. In reality, web sites with blogs get an average of 434% more indexed pages and 97% more indexed links.

Blogs additionally convey in additional site visitors. Companies that weblog recurrently generate 55% more visitors to their websites than those who don’t, based on HubSpot.

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And running a blog works for each form of enterprise, business, or area of interest, in addition to for nearly all enterprise fashions — even B2C and ecommerce sites. For example, 61% of online shoppers have truly purchased one thing based mostly on the advice of a blogger.

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Don’t be afraid of committing to a weblog. Sure, it does require constant effort. You do have to write down (or outsource) high-quality, in-depth blog posts regularly. However the rewards, I’ve discovered, are completely price it.

And also you don’t need to weblog each single day — though 82% of those marketerswho do weblog every day report they get clients from their weblog posts.

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When you’ve got an ecommerce web site, running a blog doesn’t need to be terribly complicated or troublesome.

For instance, while you create a brand new product web page, write and publish a weblog publish in regards to the new product. Add some good high quality photos of the product and hyperlink to the product web page. This helps the product web page get crawled and listed extra shortly by search engines like google and yahoo.

Step three: Use Robots.txt

For those who’re not an knowledgeable coder or developer, you might need seen a file referred to as “robots.txt” in your area’s information and questioned what it is and what it does.
The “what it is” could be very easy. It’s a primary, plain textual content file that ought to reside within the root listing of your area. For those who’re utilizing WordPress, it’ll be within the root listing of your WordPress set up.The “what it does” is a bit more advanced. Mainly, robots.txt is a file that provides strict directions to look engine bots about which pages they’ll crawl and index — and which pages to keep away from.

When search spiders discover this file on a brand new area, they learn the directions in it earlier than doing the rest. In the event that they don’t discover a robots.txt file, the search bots assume that you really want each web page crawled and listed.

Now you would possibly surprise “Why on earth would I want search engines not to index a page on my site?” That’s a very good query!

Briefly, it’s as a result of not each web page that exists in your website must be counted as a separate web page for search consequence functions.

Say, for example, that you simply’ve acquired two pages with the identical content material in your web site. Perhaps it’s since you’re split-testing visible options of your design, however the content material of the 2 pages is precisely the identical.

Duplicate content, as you in all probability know, is probably a problem for website positioning. So, one answer is to make use of your robots.txt file to instruct serps to disregard one among them.

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Your first step is to verify that your new website has a robots.txt file. You are able to do this both by FTP or by clicking in your File Supervisor by way of CPanel (or the equal, in case your internet hosting firm doesn’t use CPanel).

If it’s not there, you may create one pretty merely utilizing a plain textual content editor like Notepad.

Notice: It’s essential to make use of solely a plain textual content editor, and never one thing like Phrase or WordPad, which might insert invisible codes into your doc that can actually mess issues up.

WordPress bloggers can optimize their robots.txt files by utilizing dependable plugins like Yoast’s search engine optimisation plugin.

The format of a robots.txt file is fairly easy. The primary line normally names a consumer agent, which is simply the identify of the search bot – e.g., Googlebot or Bingbot. You may also use an asterisk source of over half of all site traffic, on average as a wildcard identifier for all bots.

Subsequent comes a string of Permit or Disallow instructions for the major search engines, telling them particularly which elements of your area you need them to crawl and index and which they need to ignore.

So to recap: the operate of robots.txt is to inform serps what to do with the content material/pages in your website. However does it assist get your website listed?

Harsh Agrawal of ShoutDreams Media says

Sure.

He was capable of get websites listed inside 24 hours utilizing a mix of methods, together with robots.txt and on-page web optimization methods.

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All that being stated, it’s essential to be very cautious when revising your robots.txt file, as a result of it’s straightforward to make a mistake in the event you don’t know what you’re doing.

An incorrectly configured file can cover your whole web site from search engines like google and yahoo — which is the precise reverse of what you need.

It’s possible you’ll wish to rent an skilled developer to deal with the job and depart this one alone for those who’re not snug with that threat.

It’s also possible to use the Google robots.txt tool to verify your file is correctly coded.

Step four: Create a Content material Technique

In case I haven’t stated it sufficient, let me say it once more: It’s to your individual profit to have a written content material advertising and marketing technique.

However don’t take my phrase for it. From the Content Marketing Institute: “Business-to-business (B2B) marketers who have a documented strategy are more effective and less challenged with every aspect of content marketing.”

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That’s completely true in my expertise, however a documented content material technique additionally helps you get your website’s pages listed while you observe by by creating new pages of content material.

In line with HubSpot’s “State of Inbound 2014” report, content material entrepreneurs stated that running a blog produces 13x positive ROI when carried out correctly.

Doing it correctly, as Alex Turnbull of GrooveHQ says, means

Doing all of your finest to publish beneficial, fascinating and helpful content material after which doing all the things you possibly can to ensure that your potential clients see it.

Right here’s an instance: after I create and publish a professional infographic on my web site after which it will get shared on one other web site with a hyperlink again to my web page, I get content material advertising “credit” for each.

And because it’s an infographic, I’m extra more likely to have interaction my viewers on each websites.

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Different examples of “offsite” content material that you may publish that’ll assist develop your viewers embrace:

  • Guest blog posts to different websites in your area of interest
  • Press releases submitted to websites that publish that type of content material
  • Articles on high-quality article listing websites (Word: Watch out right here — the overwhelming majority of article directories are not high-quality, and might truly harm your model, fame, and search engine marketing.)
  • Movies hosted on Vimeo or your YouTube channel

After all, any content material you set your identify and model on should be top quality content material and printed on a good, authoritative website. In any other case you’re defeating your personal function.

Content material that’s printed on “spammy” websites with a hyperlink again to your website suggests to Google that your web site is spammy, too.

A well-thought-out and written content material advertising and marketing plan helps you keep away from getting tripped up within the mad rush to publish extra content material. It places you within the driver’s seat, so you’ll be able to deal with producing leads and increasing your conversion rate.

Making a written content material technique doesn’t should be advanced or troublesome. Merely observe a framework:

  • What are your objectives? Specify SMART goals and the way you’ll measure your progress (i.e., metrics).
  • Who’s your audience? Customer profiles or personas are important to understanding your viewers and what they need/want.
  • What sorts of content material will you produce? Right here, too, you wish to ensure you’re delivering the content types that your target market most needs to see.
  • The place will it’s revealed? In fact, you’ll be internet hosting your individual content material in your new website, however you may additionally wish to attain out to different websites or make the most of platforms comparable to YouTube, LinkedIn and Slideshare.
  • How usually will you publish your content material? It’s much better to provide one well-written, high-quality article per week constantly than to publish daily for per week, then publish nothing for a month.
  • What techniques will you undertake for publishing your content material? Programs are mainly simply repeatable routines and steps to get a posh process performed. They’ll make it easier to save time and write your content more quickly, so you may keep on schedule. Something that helps you publish content in less time without sacrificing quality will enhance your backside line. Embrace theblogging/content tools and technology you’ll use and the way they match into your system.

After you have your content material advertising and marketing plan documented, you’ll discover it simpler to publish nice content material on a constant schedule, which is able to assist your web site’s new pages get listed extra rapidly.

Step 5: Create and Submit a Sitemap

You’ve undoubtedly seen the phrase “sitemap” earlier than – however perhaps you by no means knew precisely what it meant. Right here’s the definition Google pulls for us:

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So, the sitemap principally is an inventory (in XML format) of all of the pages in your web site. Its main operate is to let engines like google know when one thing’s modified – both a brand new web page, or modifications on a selected web page – in addition to how typically the search engine ought to test for modifications.

Do sitemaps have an effect on your search rankings? Most likely not – no less than, not considerably.However they may assist your website get listed extra shortly.

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In at this time’s hummingbird-driven world of search, there are a variety of SEO myths it’s worthwhile to be cautious of. However, one factor stays the identical: all issues being equal, great content will rise to the highest, identical to cream.

Sitemaps assist your nice content material get crawled and listed, so it may well rise to the highest of SERPs extra rapidly, in keeping with the Google webmaster blog. In Google’s personal phrases, “Submitting a Sitemap helps you make sure Google knows about the URLs on your site.”

Is it a assure your website will probably be listed instantly? No, however it’s positively an efficient instrument that helps in that course of.

And it’d assist much more than Google has acknowledged to this point. Casey Henry questioned simply how much sitemaps would impact crawling and indexing, so he determined to conduct a bit experiment of his personal.

Casey talked to one among his purchasers who ran a reasonably widespread weblog utilizing each WordPress and the Google XML Sitemaps Generator plugin (extra on that under).

With the consumer’s permission, Casey put in a monitoring script, which might observe the actions of Googlebot on the location, in addition to when the bot accessed the sitemap, when the sitemap was submitted, and every web page that was crawled. This information was saved in a database together with a timestamp, IP handle, and the person agent.

The consumer simply continued his common posting schedule (about two or three posts every week).

Casey known as the outcomes of his experiment nothing in need of “amazing.” However decide for your self: when no sitemap was submitted, it took Google a median of 1,375 minutes to search out, crawl, and index the brand new content material.

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And when a sitemap was submitted? That common plummeted to 14 minutes.

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And, the numbers for Yahoo!’s search bot adopted an analogous pattern.

How typically must you inform Google to test for adjustments, by submitting a brand new sitemap? There’s no set-in-stone rule. Nevertheless, sure sorts of content material name for extra frequent crawling and indexing.

For instance, when you’re including new merchandise to an ecommerce web site and every has its personal product web page, you’ll need Google to test in steadily. The identical is true for websites that frequently publish scorching or breaking information objects.

However there’s a a lot simpler approach to go in regards to the sitemap creation and submission course of, if you happen to’re utilizing WordPress: merely set up and use the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.

This is identical plugin Casey Henry used within the case research I discussed above.

Its settings can help you instruct the plugin on how ceaselessly a sitemap must be created, up to date and submitted to search engines like google. It might additionally automate the method for you, in order that everytime you publish a brand new web page, the sitemap will get up to date and submitted robotically.

Different sitemap instruments you need to use embrace the XML Sitemaps Generator, a web based instrument that ought to work for any kind of web site and Google Webmaster Tools, which permits you are taking a extra “hands on” method.

To make use of Google Webmaster Instruments, merely log in to your Google account, then add your new website’s URL to Webmaster Instruments by clicking the “Add a Property” button on the fitting.

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Within the popup field, enter your new web site’s URL and click on the “continue” button.

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Observe Google’s directions so as to add an HTML file that Google creates for you, hyperlink your new web site by way of your Analytics account or select from one other of the choices Google will define.

As soon as your web site has been added to Google’s Webmaster Instruments dashboard, merely click on the URL to go to the Dashboard for that website. On the left, beneath “Crawl,” click on “Sitemaps” then within the higher proper nook click on “Add/Test Sitemap.”

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You too can use Bing’s Webmaster Tools to do the identical for Bing and it’s good to cowl your entire bases.

Step 6: Set up Google Analytics

You recognize you’re going to want some sort of entry to fundamental analytical knowledge about your new web site, proper? So why not go along with Google Analytics and perhaps – simply perhaps – kill two birds with one stone, so to talk?

Putting in Google Analytics could give Google a bit of wake-up nudge, letting the search engine know that your web site is there, That, in flip, could assist set off the crawling and indexing course of.

Then you’ll be able to transfer on to more advanced tactics with Google Analytics, resembling setting targets and monitoring conversions.

Step 7: Submit Web site URL to Search Engines

You may as well take the direct strategy and submit your site URL to the various search engines.

Earlier than you do that, it’s best to know that there’s plenty of disagreement about web site URL submission as a way of getting a web site listed.

Some bloggers recommend that it’s a minimum of pointless, if not outright dangerous. Since there are different strategies that do work effectively, most bloggers and website homeowners ignore this step.

Then again, it doesn’t take lengthy and it might probably’t harm.

To submit your web site URL to Google, merely log in to your Google account and navigate to Submit URL in Webmaster Instruments. Enter your URL, click on the “I’m not a robot” field after which click on the “Submit Request” button.

To submit your web site to Bing, use this link, which concurrently submits to Yahoo as nicely.

Step eight: Create or Replace Social Profiles

Do you’ve social media profiles arrange to your new website or weblog? If not, now’s the time.

Why? As a result of search engines like google and yahoo take note of social indicators. These indicators can doubtlessly immediate the various search engines to crawl and index your new web site.

What’s extra, social indicators will provide help to rank your pages greater within the search outcomes.

Matt Cutts of Google fame said a few years back:

I filmed a video again in Could 2010 the place I mentioned that we didn’t use “social” as a sign, and on the time, we didn’t use that as a sign, however now, we’re taping this in December 2010, and we’re utilizing that as a sign.

It’s apparent by now that a stable social media marketing plan helps SEO. However social profiles in your web site additionally provide you with one other place so as to add hyperlinks to your web site or weblog.

Twitter profiles, Fb pages, LinkedIn profiles or firm pages, Pinterest profiles, YouTube channels and particularly Google+ profiles or pages  — all of those are straightforward to create and the best locations so as to add hyperlinks pointing to your web site.

If, for no matter purpose, you don’t wish to create new profiles on social websites to your new web site or weblog, you may alternatively simply add the brand new web site’s hyperlink to your present profiles.

Step 9: Share Your New Web site Hyperlink

One other easy technique to get hyperlinks to your new website or weblog are by your personal social standing updates.

In fact, these hyperlinks will likely be nofollow, however they’ll nonetheless depend for indexing alert functions, since we all know that Google and Bing, at the very least, are monitoring social alerts.

In the event you’re on Pinterest, choose a very good, high-quality picture or screenshot out of your new web site. Add the URL and an optimized description (i.e., be sure you use acceptable key phrases on your website) and pin it to both an present board or a brand new one you create on your website.

In case you’re on YouTube, get inventive! Document a brief screencast video introducing your website and highlighting its options and advantages. Then add the URL within the video description.

When you have an current e mail record from one other web site that’s associated to the identical area of interest as your new website, you may ship out an e-mail blast to the whole record introducing your new web site and together with a hyperlink.

Lastly, don’t overlook about e-mail. Add your new URL and website title to your e mail signature.

Step 10: Set Up Your RSS Feed

What’s RSS? And the way does it impression indexing and crawling?

Nicely, earlier than we get to that, let’s clear one factor up now: Many think RSS is dead. For my part, that’s not so, although it could be evolving quickly and the variety of customers has been steadily dropping particularly after Google killed Google Reader in 2013.

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However even Danny Brown, who wrote that final linked-to article by which he known as RSS “Really So-Over-It Syndication,” has changed his tune a bit.

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RSS usually helps increase readership and conversion rate, however it could actually additionally assist get your pages listed. It stands for Actually Easy Syndication or Wealthy Website Abstract, and it’s good for each customers and website homeowners.

To customers, RSS feeds ship a a lot simpler approach to devour a considerable amount of content material in a shorter period of time.

Website house owners get on the spot publication and distribution of latest content material, plus a approach for brand spanking new readers to “subscribe” to that content material because it’s revealed.

Organising your RSS feed with Feedburner (Google’s personal RSS administration instrument) helps notify Google that you’ve a brand new website or weblog that’s able to be crawled and listed.

RSS may also let Google know everytime you publish a brand new put up or web page which Google must index.

Step 11: Undergo Weblog Directories

You in all probability already know that submitting your new URL to weblog directories may also help your website “get found” by new potential customers.

However it will possibly additionally assist indexing happen extra quickly — should you go about it the suitable approach.

As soon as upon a time, free weblog directories littered the digital panorama. There have been actually a whole lot – if not 1000’s – of those websites and manner too lots of them offered little to no worth to weblog readers.

The standard drawback bought so unhealthy that, in 2012, Google purged many free web site directories from its index.

Moz examined the issue by analyzing 2,678 directories, lastly concluding that “[o]ut of the 2,678 directories, only 94 were banned – not too shabby. However, there were 417 additional directories that had avoided being banned, but had been penalized.”

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So what’s the reply? If you happen to’re going to undergo directories, then be sure to solely undergo decently ranked and authoritative directories.

Greatest-of lists of directories compiled by business and authority blogs will help you weed out the great from the dangerous, however ensure the checklist you’re utilizing is present. As an example, this one from Harsh Agrawal has been up to date as not too long ago as January 2015.

Different choices that you simply may wish to discover are TopRank, which has a huge list of sites you may submit your RSS feed and weblog to; Technorati, which is among the high weblog directories round; and — after you’ve revealed a good quantity of high-quality content material —  the Alltop subdomain in your area of interest or business.

Submitting to top quality websites with respectable Area Authority rankings can’t solely open your content material as much as a complete new viewers, but additionally present incoming hyperlinks that may nudge the major search engines to crawl and index your website.

Conclusion

There you might have it – eleven strategies for getting your new web site or weblog listed rapidly by Google and different engines like google.

This isn’t an exhaustive checklist, by any means. There are different strategies obtainable which may assist – as an illustration, bookmarking through social bookmarking websites likeDelicious, Scoop.it, and StumbleUpon.

As with most content material marketing-related methods and ideas, issues change rapidly, particularly the place search engines like google are involved. It’s very important to remain present with business information and double-check any new steered approach with your personal unbiased analysis.

What crawling and indexing techniques have you ever tried? What had been your outcomes?

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How you can web optimization your Youtube! 5 Straightforward steps you is probably not doing!

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It’s no secret that YouTube is a visitors supply with nearly limitless potential.

There’s just one drawback:

It’s a very crowded place. In reality, based on YouTube, there are more than 100 hours of video uploaded to the positioning each minute.

Contemplating the deluge of content material it’s a must to compete with on YouTube, the plain query is: “How do you get people to watch YOUR video instead of the millions of others?”

The reply? Video SEO.

I guess that the majority of your competitors lazily uploads their movies and hopes that one in all them “goes viral.” For sure, this hardly ever (if ever) works out.

However should you take the time to optimize your movies for search engine optimization, you’ll get considerably extra visitors than your opponents.

Let’s leap proper in.

A Transient YouTube search engine marketing Primer

Earlier than we dive into how you should use to optimize your movies for YouTube, let’s go over among the most essential rating elements that YouTube makes use of.

It’s not almost as complicated as Google’s famous 200 ranking signals, however YouTube’s algorithm isn’t any joke. It takes dozens of alerts into consideration for rating movies in YouTube search and for steered movies, like this:

This infographic by Tag SEO sums them up fairly properly:

I do know that’s lots of data to course of, so let me provide the Cliff’s Notes of crucial alerts that YouTube makes use of:

  • Title tag data
  • Viewers retention
  • Key phrases in description tag
  • Tags
  • Video size
  • Variety of subscribers after watching
  • Feedback
  • Likes and dislikes

With that, it’s time to point out you 5 methods that you would be able to leverage these indicators to get extra visitors to your movies…and finally to your web site.

1. Write Tremendous-Lengthy Video Descriptions

Do not forget that YouTube and Google can’t watch or take heed to your video (but).

That signifies that they closely lean on the textual content surrounding the video to know your video’s matter. That’s why it pains me to see extraordinarily temporary video descriptions like this:

Why is that this such against the law?

Properly, the extra YouTube is aware of about your video, the extra confidently it could rank it in your goal key phrase.

However extra importantly, YouTube makes use of key phrases within the description to rank you for super-long tail key phrases.

For instance, I printed a video on YouTube a couple of months again referred to as “SEO Strategy 2014: How to Rank in Google Today.” My description for that video is a hefty 291 phrases. Virtually a whole weblog submit, actually.

That lengthy description – together with another methods I’ll present you later – helped the video rank rapidly for it’s goal key phrase, “SEO strategy” (at present quantity three in YouTube).

But it surely’s additionally rating for fairly a number of lengthy tail key phrases, like “infographic seo strategy” (primary), as a result of the keyword-rich description contains phrases like “infographic” and “seo strategy”:

Backside line: Ensure your video descriptions are no less than 200 phrases.

2. Optimize Round “Video Keywords”

Rating in YouTube is nice, however rating your video in YouTube and Google is even higher.

Though Google offers YouTube movies an inherent edge within the SERPs, that’s solely true for sure key phrases.

These key phrases are referred to as “Video Keywords” as a result of they have an inclination to have video outcomes on Google’s first web page.

For instance, any key phrase that features “cute cats” will virtually at all times have a couple of video outcomes:

This makes whole sense if you consider it.

Somebody looking for “cute cats” doesn’t wish to learn an article like, “10 reasons cats are so darn cute.” They wish to see cute cats enjoying, consuming, and sleeping!

However, somebody trying to find “ankle sprain” desires to examine signs and coverings. Google is aware of this and exhibits these searchers a block of 10 textual content articles:

Backside line: Earlier than deciding on a key phrase to your video, verify to see if there are video outcomes on the primary web page. In that case, that’s a key phrase you need to strongly take into account as a result of you may probably get your video ranked in Google and YouTube.

three. Get Extra Video Views From On-line Communities

On-line communities like Quora and LinkedIn teams are implausible locations to funnel visitors from.

The factor is, most communities don’t take too kindly to somebody dropping hyperlinks to their content material in all places.

However they’re normally open to folks sharing useful YouTube movies, like yours!

As a result of the quantity and high quality of your video views is among the most vital YouTube rating components, getting views from focused communities works wonders.

Simply discover a query locally that your video may assist reply. Then present some worth and counsel that individuals watch your video if they need extra data:

Backside line: Share your video liberally on on-line communities. It will hook your video up with the kind of high quality, high-retention views that YouTube likes to see.

four. Encourage Subscribing and Linking

As a result of YouTube’s algorithm doesn’t use backlinks, it places A LOT of weight on consumer expertise alerts. If individuals get pleasure from watching your video, anticipate it to crush it in YouTube search.

Subscribing and liking are two of an important consumer expertise alerts that YouTube makes use of.

When somebody likes your video sufficient to subscribe after watching it, it sends a robust message to YouTube that you’ve a killer video in your palms.

Likes are a lot much less necessary, however they nonetheless rely.

You’ll be able to ramp up each of those consumer expertise alerts by asking.

On the finish of your video, give folks a powerful name to motion that encourages them to subscribe.

Marie Forleo – a grasp of YouTube advertising and marketing – asks individuals to subscribe on the finish of each video:

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(Skip at four:55 to see the way it’s accomplished)

And I’m assured that her mild push has contributed to her a number of first web page YouTube rankings and 93,000 subscribers.

Backside line: Ask individuals to love, remark, and subscribe in each single video.

5. Create Key phrase-Wealthy Playlists

Don’t depart your YouTube channel an unorganized mess.

One of many best methods to get extra YouTube search visitors to your movies is to arrange your movies into playlists.

A keyword-rich playlist provides YouTube deeper details about your video’s matter. And like we noticed together with your description, extra text-based content material=extra views.

For instance, FitnessBlender, which will get greater than 100,000 views on each video, has their channel organized neatly into keyword-rich classes:

Backside line: After you have 10 movies in your YouTube channel, manage them into tightly themed playlists.

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How A lot do Advertisements on Google Value?

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Contributed by Jason Alleger

Usually talking, we’re a money-conscious society. That assertion is as true in advertising as it’s in searching for new sneakers. We at all times wish to know what one thing goes to value us. And when you’ve ever tried to search out out the price of inserting an advert on Google search, you will have ended up with a handful of aspirin and an icepack, as a result of the the reply isn’t so easy. That’s the place I are available in—to assist reply the age-old query, “How much does it cost my company if someone clicks on my search ad in Google?”

And the reply is . . . properly, it relies upon. You didn’t count on the mysteries of the universe to be revealed , did you? Stick to me for a minute and I’ll clarify.

The value tag for Google search advertisements is predicated on business/key phrase classes. The most expensive category on Google is for insurance coverage, which prices on common $54.91 per click on. Sure that’s proper, when you search “auto insurance price quotes” and click on on an advert, you simply value somebody $55. The subsequent highest classes are mortgage ($47.12/click on), lawyer ($47.07/click on) and loans ($44.28/click on).

However don’t fear, most searches price considerably much less. In truth, when you’ve got a well-built search marketing campaign you possibly can count on to pay round $1 to $2 per click on. Promoting consultants really place bids on key phrases that they predict will probably be typed in. A median firm sometimes targets 50,000 key phrases or extra.

Adverts are measured based mostly on their click-through fee (CTR), which measures the common quantity of instances an advert is clicked, versus what number of instances it’s seen. The typical advert is clicked about 2% of the time. This will appear low, however contemplating that People conduct greater than 18 billion searches per month, that’s plenty of clicked-on adverts.

However do adverts work? Sure! You wouldn’t click on on an advert if it wasn’t what you had been in search of.

When you click on on an advert, advertisers can see what pages you go to on their web site, how lengthy you keep there and in the event you purchase something. Each events win within the alternate – shoppers get their items, and advertisers get related visitors to their website.

So the subsequent time you do a search on Google, ponder on the majesty of Google’s wizardry to match your precise key phrase question with the right advert. Then if you wish to cost an organization as much as $55—click on on it.

To assist gas your guilt the following time you search, beneath are the 20 costliest classes on Google.

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11 Inspirational Artwork & Photograph Ecommerce web site designs

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Each every now and then, we round-up our favorite Ecommerce web site designs. We have coated meals, style, and a miscellaneous assortment of our private favourites, however hardly ever will we get to showcase on-line shops the place the merchandise are as artistic because the design.

In the present day’s assortment of ecommerce web sites options 11 gorgeous on-line shops promoting artwork and images. To refer to those web sites merely as “online stores,” nevertheless, is an understatement. They’re artwork galleries which were rigorously and rigorously organized to show every murals in the most effective gentle. Though the design is commonly minimalistic, the clear and uncluttered nature of the person interface emphasizes the aesthetics of the merchandise as an alternative of the aesthetics of the environment. And the place all that white house may appear uninteresting in every other retailer, on this case it remembers the standard clean canvas that originally impressed every bit of artwork.

In no explicit order then, listed below are our favorite ecommerce web site designs showcasing advantageous artwork and images.

The Canvas Works

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Lindsay Letters

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Ugmonk

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Telegraph Art and Comics

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Artwork Heroes

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Design Different

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Fiercely Curious

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Coco + Ollie

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Nick Mayer Art

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Press

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Just Spotted

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How efficient are Video Advertisements for my enterprise?

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On-line video could be rather more than an consciousness driver. New analysis exhibits that YouTube not solely drives model metrics all through the buyer journey—from consideration and favorability to buy intent—but in addition boosts potential for optimistic return on advert spend in comparison with TV.

For a lot of advertisers, the first objective for on-line video promoting is growing model consciousness: reaching as many individuals as doable as effectively as doable within the shortest potential time. And it is definitely true that YouTube delivers; we reported again in April that 65% of Google Most popular adverts on YouTube noticed a rise in model consciousness, with a median raise of 17%.

However fewer advertisers have thought of on-line video promoting as a key channel to drive metrics like buy intent. Right here at YouTube, we get questions from advertisers like, “How does YouTube advertising impact lower-funnel metrics?” or “How will YouTube improve my return on ad spend (ROAS)?” On this article, we’ll share information from two current research that solutions these questions, displaying simply how a lot YouTube can transfer the needle on model metrics throughout the patron journey—from consideration and favorability to buy intent and gross sales.

Query #1: How does TrueView influence consideration, favorability, and buy intent?

To reply this, we checked out the entire Model Elevate knowledge since June of this yr—lots of of campaigns throughout completely different classes. We got down to perceive how TrueView, YouTube’s skippable video advert format, moved the needle on consideration, favorability, and buy intent. This is what we discovered:

Reply #1: TrueView drives metrics later within the client journey, particularly after 30 seconds

These numbers inform a compelling story: YouTube adverts drive will increase in key metrics later within the client journey. Usually will increase in lower-funnel metrics like these require a number of exposures over time. And but TrueView drove lifts in consideration amongst 57% of campaigns, lifts in favorability amongst 24% of campaigns, and lifts in buy intent amongst 35% of campaigns—all with one publicity.

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The First 5 Seconds: Creating YouTube Advertisements That Break By means of in a Skippable World

What will get consideration within the first 5 seconds of YouTube advertisements.

However TrueView adverts are about greater than exposures: the skippable advert format offers YouTube viewers the selection to look at and interact with an advert. To grasp how selection impacts consideration, favorability, and buy intent, we seemed particularly at individuals who did select to observe 30 seconds or extra of an advert.1 Throughout all three metrics we noticed better outcomes amongst this group, with their consideration 45% greater, their favorability 14% increased, and their buy intent 19% larger, than the management group.2

Supply: YouTube TrueView Model Raise Evaluation Q3 2015
  

Previous Google research had already proven that the longer somebody views a video advert, the upper the raise in model consciousness. This newest analysis completes the story for the latter half of the patron journey: consideration, favorability, and buy intent. To be able to see lifts in metrics all through the patron journey, manufacturers ought to got down to get viewers to observe extra of every advert.

Motion #1: Make the artistic decisions that preserve folks watching

Turns on the market’s some science to the artwork of participating video promoting. Sure artistic decisions result in longer watch time. As an example, when you select to indicate your model within the first 5 seconds, the location of the emblem within the video advert issues: viewers reply higher to a brand hooked up to a product versus a emblem floating freely. Persons are additionally much less more likely to “skip” humorous advertisements or people who function celebrities. Creating much less “skippable” promoting by optimizing for longer views—higher watch time—will get you higher lifts in metrics all through the buyer journey.

Query #2: How does shifting TV dollars to digital influence return on advert spend (ROAS)?

Along with higher understanding how YouTube strikes consideration, favorability, and buy intent, we wished to see if advertisers may get a greater ROAS on YouTube. To search out out, we partnered with MarketShare, a Neustar Answer, and used a way acquainted to most model entrepreneurs: media combine modeling (MMM). MMM supplies perception into which channels are best, and what outcomes would seem like if extra media spend have been shifted to these channels. By common class media investments, here is what we discovered:

*Information for all YouTube video advertisements, not simply TrueView. Different information represented right here is TrueView-only. // Supply: 2015 Google-commissioned Media Combine Optimization evaluation powered by MarketShare DecisionCloud; consists of 2012-2014 spend information supplied by Kantar. Whereas optimum suggestions sometimes allotted a considerable quantity of media to TV, there was clear room for enchancment on the allotted budgets.
  

Reply #2: Your ROAS may very well be considerably greater on YouTube

Throughout the classes we checked out, manufacturers had been investing two-thirds or extra of their media budgets on tv. The MMM evaluation suggests that ought to change. Transferring a few of that allocation over to YouTube can yield the next ROAS—from 2X to eight.5X greater throughout the classes we studied.

At common spend ranges, $1 spent on TrueView within the motion film class generated 7X the field workplace income of $1 spent on TV.

Increased return on advert spend is, for sure, tied on to elevated income. In the identical MMM examine, we noticed that reallocation to YouTube can have a big influence on marketing-driven income. One class we examined was motion film tickets; at common spend ranges, $1 spent on TrueView generated 7X the field workplace income of $1 spent on TV. For motion film tickets, a 20% shift of advert finances from TV to YouTube would have elevated marketing-driven income by 25%.

Motion #2: Use media combine modeling to see a greater ROAS for on-line video

Think about using MMM to know in case you’re underinvested in on-line video, and YouTube particularly. It might be that shifts will internet a extra constructive ROAS. How does $1 spent on YouTube examine to $1 spend on TV to your model with regards to income?

At Google, we imagine that if you happen to focus on the user, all else will follow. For manufacturers, specializing in the consumer begins with mapping a client journey. And if YouTube performs a task at each stage of that client journey, it ought to comply with that YouTube performs a task at each stage of a model’s media plan. As manufacturers work to match their media choices to client media choices, they’re going to more and more meet people in the moments that matter—and transfer the metrics that matter.

Notes:
1 A “completed” view means watching no less than 30 seconds, or in instances the place adverts have been shorter, finishing the whole advert.
2 Examine of two remoted teams: uncovered and management. Uncovered group noticed advert being measured. Management group noticed one other advert as a substitute.

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10 VERY fast public talking ideas. INFOGRAPHIC

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Giving a speech is tough sufficient, however mix that with a speech that hinges on convincing an viewers to see a sure perspective or to be extra receptive to a selected thought and it’s straightforward to grasp why the considered making a speech is terrifying to some folks. Learn this quick-infographic for some self-help tips about tips on how to enhance! VERY QUICK READ : )

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So how effective is Google Display Network?

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Today, being the sci-fi nerd that I am ran into an interesting INFOGRAPHICAfter scanning this very interesting piece of content, I saw a phrase that caught my eye, so I googled it. The phrase that caught my attention was: “Shaw-Fijikawa translight engine“. Upon landing on the Wiki page I was shocked to see this targeted advertising (below).

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This got me thinking how effective Google display network can be once you really know your audience. Display ads are mostly known for building “brand awareness”, but with the combination of demographic targeting and making sure your re-targeted ads show up in your fans favorite websites, this digital marketing tool is sure to be a great one in your toolbox.

It’s no coincidence that upon searching in a sci-fi website I am shown ads for a sci-fi show. It may seem like a no brainer, but in fact many agencies overlook the actual demographics and cohorts when setting up Google display network campaigns.

If you are interested in setting up some Google display network ads contact us!

If you want to see the INFOGRAPHIC that caught my attention and started it all see below:

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The 5 Minute LinkedIn Marketing Plan – Helpful Infographic

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Linked in can be used in many ways to promote events, recruit staff, support your sales process and so much more! Its a very powerful way to connect with industry leaders, share knowledge and most important: distribute your content and communicate to leaders, business owners, and decision makers without any possible barriers! This puts LinkedIn as a powerful Social Network sales channel. How does your business and/or organization use LinkedIn?

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How did we get to the current marketing world? heres a quick history infographic!

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From the town crier, show & tell salesman to the front door sales man, finally finishing around the modern digital marketer. This is the ROAD TO MODERN MARKETING.
As technology advanced, so did the tactics and the data. There’s long been a natural tension between the art and the science of marketing. Are we getting close to the perfect balance?

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5 Tips for a Killer Instagram BIO that cleverly converts

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Over 85% of top brands are regular users on Instagram, and with good reason! According to Forrester Research, brands that post frequently have an average engagement rate of 2.3%, which is miles ahead of both Facebook (0.2%) and Twitter (0.02%). But even with high engagement, every brand on Instagram faces the same challenge: Instagram doesn’t allow you to add clickable link in photo captions.

Your Instagram bio is prime real estate to promote your brand, and it’s the only place your community can click through to learn more, shop, or read a blog post. Crafting a good Instagram bio that is relevant, engaging, and specific to your brand is key to capturing your audience and getting your community to engage with your website and business.

Here are the Top 5 Things to Include in Your Instagram Bio:

1. Contact name and information, like your email address and location

Include your full name or company name along with a way to contact your business in your bio. The contact information could be an email address, company location, or telephone number depending on how you want your community to get in touch with you.

Industry examples:

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@whistleandflute

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@bonniejoymarie

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@anthelion.helicopters

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2. Your website, blog, or links to a specific post or product

Add your brand website to your bio in the area for the URL. If you have a specific article or link you want to track and/or promote, you can switch out your website homepage link with the specific URL to the page that you want followers to click on. You can also add a shoppable link to a specific product and details for any upcoming promotions or sales, and tell followers that the link to shop or learn more can be found in your bio.

Industry examples:

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@gordonrush

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@illumieretreat

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

@loving_earth


3. Social handles for other social profiles

Including the username for any other social channels you want to promote is a great way to get your Instagram community to connect with you on other platforms. Keeping your social handles fairly consistent makes it easy for followers to connect with you on other platforms. Include your username for platforms such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Industry examples:

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio


4. Branded hashtags or hashtag contests

If your brand has it’s own hashtag, be sure to add it in the bio so your community knows how to tag their photos. This way, you have the ability to collect user-generated content to repost at a later date by searching the hashtag. You can also add the hashtag for a contest or time stated campaign that you’re hosting.

Note: The hashtags in your bio area are only clickable via the web app, not the mobile app.

Industry examples:

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio


5. Emojis

Include emojis in your bio to share a bit more personality with your Instagram community. Adding emojis to your Instagram bio makes your brand memorable, as a pop of colour via icon expression stands out more than simple text. Emojis are the closest thing to visual expression that there is in the app, and a few emojis can go great lengths in attracting the attention of followers.

Industry examples:

Drive Traffic to Your Website with Your Instagram Bio

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How to achieve this NEW Shopper Conduct: “Micro-Moments”

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As we speak, you need to earn the shopper’s consideration and motion, second after second. Why? As a result of individuals are extra loyal to their want within the second than to any specific model. Living proof:

micro-moments

Of smartphone customers agree that when conducting a search on their smartphones, they search for essentially the most related data whatever the firm offering the knowledge.

That makes micro-moments the brand new battleground for manufacturers.

Listed here are three important methods that may enable you win micro-moments:

Be There. You’ve obtained to anticipate the micro-moments for customers in your business, after which decide to being there to

assist when these moments happen.

Be Helpful. You’ve acquired to be related to shoppers’ wants within the second and join folks to the solutions they’re on the lookout for.

Be Fast. They’re referred to as micro-moments for a cause. Cellular customers wish to know, go, and purchase swiftly. Your cellular expertise must be quick and frictionless.

The stakes have by no means been larger. Latest analysis that Google commissioned with Forrester Consulting discovered that corporations that take steps towards changing into moments-ready reap larger ROIs in each cell and total advertising funding. The promise of that upside is driving change: they discovered that cell has urged 70% of corporations to start reworking their companies and experiences.

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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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content-hacker-infographic

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What you Have to Know About Darkish Social and Attribution- New Twitter Advertisements

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From Simply measured

We simply had a fairly nice podcast recording session — perhaps our greatest ever — with Brewster Stanislaw, Head of Attribution right here at Merely Measured. We even aired the recording-in-progress on Periscope, which is one thing you may anticipate to see extra usually. Thanks for tuning in!

However that wasn’t essentially the most thrilling half. Probably the most thrilling half was studying the nuts and bolts of dark social, why attribution matters, and whatthe connection between social and $$ will appear like within the (very close to) future. Listed below are a couple of of the main takeaways for those who’re quick on time.

1. What Is Darkish Social?

Definition: The site visitors and conversions that occurred in your web site when somebody arrived by way of social share, however didn’t go a “referrer.”

However what’s a “referrer”? Say you’re on SimplyMeasured.com, and also you click on over to SocialMedia.org. SocialMedia.org’s internet analytics will present “SimplyMeasured.com” because the “referrer.” They’ll attribute that site visitors to Merely Measured.

The Social Marketer’s Information to Social Media ROI

However in lots of social situations, a “referrer” is just not handed. For instance, Fb’s cell app received’t go a “referrer,” in order that site visitors will present up as “direct” or “no referrer.” Different forms of earned media, like texting your pal a hyperlink, emailing, or sending a hyperlink by way of slack, don’t cross a referrer, in order that they present up in your net analytics as “direct traffic,” and are thus unattributed.

2. Why Is This a Downside for Social Entrepreneurs Particularly?

It’s necessary to have the ability to show your worth to your online business: reaching an viewers, driving consciousness, and driving engagement. However it’s one other factor altogether to have the ability to present that you’re driving visitors to your net properties. This is significant if:

  • You need to show you’re driving conversions to the remainder of the advertising group
  • You’re a part of an ecommerce model that desires the social workforce to be driving gross sales
  • You wish to present the way you’re affecting all the buyer journey, from consciousness to advocacy — not simply the highest of the funnel
  • You need to have the ability to measure, so you may optimize

three. Which Attribution Mannequin Ought to I Use?

Final Click on vs. First Click on: Final Click on attribution fashions give credit score for a purchase order and/or net conversion to the final hyperlink clicked by a consumer earlier than she or he buys and/or converts. First Click on attribution fashions give credit score for a purchase order and/or internet conversion to the primary click on within the course of (discovery) which ended within the buy and/or net conversion.

First Click on attribution fashions give social much more credit score, however it’s essential to mess around with completely different fashions to search out out what is correct on your model.

As an illustration, we advocate a Final Social Contact attribution mannequin for entrepreneurs. This let’s you ask (and reply): What was that final social touchpoint? That may occur very late within the buyer journey, or very early, and with the ability to attribute again to that helps paint the most important image of social’s impression.

Different fashions to research embody:

  • The Starter-Nearer-Participant Mannequin (or Place Mannequin):  40% of credit score goes to first contact and final contact every, and the remainder of the proportion is cut up evenly between the contact factors in between
  • The Time Decay Mannequin: Credit score is generated by size of time from conversions. Much less time = extra credit score
  • Linear Mannequin: Every touchpoint will get an excellent share of credit score
A extra detailed put up on attribution fashions is coming to the Merely Measured weblog quickly, care of Brewster. Keep tuned.

Taking Social Attribution Critically

Social is getting increasingly more subtle by the day. The savviest manufacturers are achieved focusing solely on one metric, like engagement or follower progress, and are dedicating assets and pondering energy to creating the connection between social and income.

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The HR Awakens: 16 Onboarding and Enterprise Administration Classes from Star Wars!

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A very long time in the past in a galaxy far, distant… there was work to be executed!  The one option to accomplish an unlimited universe of duties promptly and  successfully is with an engaged, passionate group of pros. With 87% of employees disengaged at work, it’s essential that leaders and HR professionals try to  create an empowering, optimized setting for each worker.  To realize and maintain this purpose, efforts should be constructed from the very  starting –throughout and even earlier than the onboarding course of. Wield this  infographic as a trusty software that will help you gas the productive Pressure that  lies inside every worker.

 

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