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What Hummingbird Means for SEO Strategies

You might have heard that Google has updated 1 how they are returning search results. This revamp of Google’s algorithm, named Hummingbird, represents one of the biggest changes for the search giant in the past twelve years. The question of course is what impact will this update have on your firm’s SEO practices?  Before we answer that question we need to look at what Hummingbird actually does. Continue reading “What Hummingbird Means for SEO Strategies” »

Tech Devices to Keep Your Eye On

By its very nature, the world of technology is ever evolving and it falls on businesses to stay abreast of the latest trends or be left hopelessly behind. Here’s a sobering thought, if your company is just now considering getting into social media, Twitter has been around for seven years and Facebook is a virtual dinosaur at nine. While the pace can be rather unforgiving we’re here to give you a heads up on some the latest tech you should be aware of and its impact on the business community. Continue reading “Tech Devices to Keep Your Eye On” »

Using Mobile to Generate Solid Leads

How can a company take those smartphones that sit in people’s pockets and turn them into lead generating devices?  The answer is creating an exclusive mobile tool that is tied to those individuals that are interested in doing business with your company.   Think about your industry and those key pieces of information that you need to have at your fingertips at any given time? Would that information be of use or benefit to people who are serious about making a buying decision? Continue reading “Using Mobile to Generate Solid Leads” »

Building Quality Leads

We’ve all had this experience. You’re standing at the cash register, card in hand with a million other things on your mind when the cashier asks if you’d like to provide your email address and join their mailing list. Prior to this very second, joining this store’s email list had not even occurred to you. You politely decline, knowing that you don’t need yet another email to clutter up your inbox. This same scenario occurs online as well. You’re visiting a site and suddenly, bam a pop-up jumps in front of what you’re doing and asks if you’d like to join their mailing list. (As an aside I have seen these pop-ups make a site unusable on a mobile device.) After clicking the window closed you continue with you prior task. The reason both of these attempts to collect user information fails is because there has been no real attempt to engage this person on a human level. People need to see a direct benefit for them to take an action. Here’s the paradox: Companies want customers’ personal information and yet they are asking for it in an impersonal way and providing generic one size-fits-all mailings. If companies want a customer’s information they should try to make a connection with that customer that feels personal and tailored just for them. Continue reading “Building Quality Leads” »

Fresh Blogging Ideas

Blogging is important for improving search results and doing it well can drive repeated visitors to your site and improve the visibility of your brand.1   However, it can be difficult to constantly think up new ideas for articles to write.  This can result in a couple of bad practices.  1)  Writing content that is not useful to anyone or 2)  Not writing at all.  The whole idea behind blogging is you are trying to reach out to your customers on a regular basis so that they see you and your company as one that provides useful information, and ultimately one they would like to do business with.   Brian Lang over at the Small Business Idea Blog sent along a great article on 1012 blogging ideas to help keep your blog fresh.  I encourage you to check out his site as it is filled with useful information and tips.  We’re going to use Brian’s article as a jumping off point for today’s discussion. Continue reading “Fresh Blogging Ideas” »

Search Engine Optimization Strategies

There is no easy way around it, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results take time.  The problem though, is that while companies wait to see if their current SEO strategies pan out, marketing decisions and other resource allocation discussions need to occur. Below are a few metrics that can be looked at in the meantime to gain a better sense of how the implemented strategies are functioning.Among the many powerful tools hidden within Google Analytics, is the ability to see how comparable sites within your own industry are doing.1 This valuable tool can allow companies to see that their efforts are improving their own results against a realistic metric of what the rest of the industry is doing. Like all of the tools in the Analytics tool box, this one should be used with a long view in mind, but it is another method of measuring the success of an SEO program. Google does not provide a site to site comparison as the information they use is based on anonymous industry data. There are many competitors in the field that do offer site to site views so that companies can see how they are stacking up against their direct competitors. 2 Continue reading “Search Engine Optimization Strategies” »

The Power of Local Mobile Marketing

Think about where you do most of your shopping. What’s the furthest that you drive to make a purchase? If you are anything like the average consumer,1  that distance is about 15 miles for 75% of your purchases. For most businesses this means that the majority of their revenue is going to come from local clientele. Most businesses, that are still around, have figured out that in order to be successful they must advertise to attract local people, in places or venues where local people can experience the ad. Today we know that the majority of people either own a smartphone or they are in the process of acquiring one.2 Smartphones offer local businesses an opportunity to place ads directly into prospective customers hands. We’ve talked about how to optimize local search results in the past, today we are going to look at several successful mobile marketing techniques designed to pull in local customers. Continue reading “The Power of Local Mobile Marketing” »

Smart Phone Adoption Rates and Usage Patterns by Ethnicity and Race

Smart phones continue to redefine how we interact with the web, businesses and each other. Tasks that were once relegated only to the desktop, have been put in people’s hands and continue the trend of economic “flattening”1 first mentioned by Thomas Freidman. Smart phone adoption rates among ethnic-minorities in the United States continue to surge year over year.4 We are now well beyond the phase of early adopters5 and companies can and should expect mobile consumers from all walks. Continue reading “Smart Phone Adoption Rates and Usage Patterns by Ethnicity and Race” »

Smart Phone Adoption Rates by Age

Last year Samsung ran a commercial1 that picked on Apple and its customers. In the ad, people are standing in line outside of an Apple store waiting for the next iPhone. To help send home the idea that the iPhone is quintessentially uncool there is a moment where a young man, using a Samsung phone, is holding a place in line for his much older parents. This commercial was really talking about market saturation of smart phones and Samsung was making an argument that there was room for people to switch platforms. The moment with the parents was memorable because it very easily demonstrated the broad appeal of smart phones and how truly universal they had become. The question left unanswered by the commercial was: What are the differences between age groups in terms of smart phone adoption? Continue reading “Smart Phone Adoption Rates by Age” »

An Eye For An iOS

As many of our followers and partners already know, we’re very proud people here at Barcode Publicity. Dealing with mobile web and mobile marketing, our team’s collective resume is an incredible read. That being said, we’re always keeping our eyes open to people who can make us even better at what we do. I’m proud to introduce our newest team member to the Development group. Continue reading “An Eye For An iOS” »