In the wake of some of the recent changes we’ve seen in the internet marketing world—and especially Google’s Penguin and Panda algorithm updates—we have noticed that a lot of business owners seem confused about the best way to think about links.
We often hear questions like: Should I still be trying to get links to my website, or should I be working to disavow the ones I got in the past? Do links still have search engine optimization value? And if so, does it matter where they come from?
It’s only natural to wonder about these things, given that there was so much bad information going around. To find the answers you need, let’s look at three lies and the truth about links and internet marketing in 2017…
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There are some things your online competitors—and their web design teams—hate to see on your site. We know, because there are certain things we come across that tell us we’ve got some work to do if we’re going to make up ground on another company for one of our clients.
What kinds of things give us headaches when evaluating the competition? We are glad you asked, because today we’re going to share seven things no other business owner wants to see on your website…
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Most of the business owners and executives who come to see us for web design and Internet marketing already know they need to be using search engine optimization, social media, and pay-per-click advertising. What they don’t necessarily know is how they should prioritize them and use them together. In fact, many aren’t sure of the distinctions at all.
That’s understandable—the men and women we work with our busy building and running their companies. They don’t have the luxury of learning the ins and outs of Internet marketing the way we do. So, if you feel as they do and aren’t sure how you should use search, social, and PPC to grow your company, here are a few things we want you to keep in mind…
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While a lot of business owners are busy chasing the latest trends in search engine optimization, social media, and pay-per click advertising, there are a handful of marketers out there using a much older, more predictable, and cost-effective tool for getting sales: email newsletters.
Email is instant, costs very little, and generates consistent returns over time. And yet, you rarely hear business people talking about its many strengths and advantages anymore. In fact, we regularly listen to clients who think email has lost some of its value because they are seeing declining open rates and more unsubscribes every month.
We would answer that the problem isn’t usually with email itself, but the way it is being deployed. Specifically, many business owners are taking an outdated approach to email marketing, and are thinking that it no longer works as a result.
To help you avoid the same kinds of mistakes, today we want to share five things you should start doing immediately (if you aren’t already) to bring your email newsletters up-to-date…
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TMG is a seasoned graphic design and advertising agency specializing in print, logo, and website design.
Our work conveys the passion, dedication, and uniqueness shared by every member of our team. We are enthralled by what’s next and knowledgeable about what works. Driven in equal parts by data and ingenuity, we are guilty of an obsessive level of attention to detail and wild flights of imagination.
While we like to think our work speaks for itself, we understand that a client-agency relationship is about more than crafty content and pretty designs. Our clients not only appreciate the fruit of our labor, but the attentive service that we provide.
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You’ve probably read a lot of 2017 predictions lately. That shouldn’t be a surprise – experts have predictions on politics, sports, the economy, and even which movies win awards in the coming months. But, while a lot of these forecasts will be hit-and-miss, we have a few online marketing trends that are virtually certain to make an impact in your business this year.
How can we be so confident? It’s easy, these are industry-defining movements that are already underway. In other words, they are affecting your business right now, whether you are aware of them are not.
Smart marketers are doing everything they can to stay ahead of the curve. To help you do the same, here are five big trends that will continue to shape the internet marketing landscape in 2017 and beyond…
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If you’ve been involved in Internet marketing for any length of time, then you’re probably already familiar with the agonizing process that takes place when you try to optimize your landing pages. Every element is scrutinized, from the layout to your headlines, offers, images, and calls to action.
This kind of conversion rate optimization is important because every visit to your landing page is a potential sale… and every potential buyer who leaves without taking action represents a missed opportunity.
Recognizing that, it’s surprising that so many marketers make a big mistake and miss out on the chance to double the profitability of their landing pages. How? By giving themselves a second chance to make the sale.
Some buyers just aren’t going to convert right away. They aren’t ready to make a purchase just yet, but they might be willing to later (especially if they are given another opportunity after they thought about it for a while).
Luckily, there are a couple of ways you can give yourself that second chance…
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Anchors, commentators, and even sociologists all agree on one thing: fake news is a growing phenomenon, and one with real-world consequences. In the span of a few months, it’s gone from being an obscure topic to one that Facebook and the other leading social media platforms have promised to fight directly.
The discussion about fake news is currently focusing on the social side of things. However, we expect it will have huge repercussions in the area of search engine optimization in the near future. After all, Google could be considered the world’s biggest library and news outlet all in one. Plus, the company’s directors have prioritized author tags, authority indicators, and topical relevance in past search algorithm updates.
It’s not a big reach, then, to expect fake news will change the art of search engine optimization forever. Below, we are going to make three predictions. They certainly aren’t ironclad now, but do represent rational outcomes that would follow the trends we are seeing now. Let’s take each of the three, one by one…
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By now, nearly every business owner and marketer knows that online video is incredibly powerful for grabbing attention and generating conversions. Yet many are hesitant to even get started with video, much less produce clips on a regular basis.
For most companies, the big stumbling block seems to be the amount of time and preparation it takes to produce a good marketing video clip… or at least the amount of time they think it has to take. Today we’re going to show you how you can create a high-quality video that your fans and followers will love—one that can be made in just 30 minutes or less.
Here’s our quick guide to creating an instant online marketing video for your business…
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Facebook isn’t just for sharing vacation photos and snarky memes anymore. If you are a small business owner, or someone who manages sales and marketing for small business, then you should be using the social network to build your brand and connect with new buyers.
Obviously, there are entire books, courses, and seminars built on social engagement and advertising. But what if you’re just looking for a few quick tips to get started? Today, we want to share four simple pieces of advice you can use to grow your company on Facebook, even if you don’t have a lot of experience beyond posting fun things for your friends and family…
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When the topic turns to search engine optimization, business owners tend to obsess over keyword density, inbound link scoring, and recent Google algorithm changes. But, while they are often concerned with the overall strength of their search visibility, many never pay much attention to the effectiveness of their SEO campaigns.
From our point of view, effectiveness really comes down to the bottom line results that are being generated. And really, isn’t that what should matter most?
If you agree, then it’s worth considering a few additional factors that can draw visitors to your website and convince them to either stay or leave. Let’s take a look at four details that often get overlooked when evaluating search engine optimization campaigns…
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When business owners and their web design teams launch a site, it’s usually with high hopes and big expectations. Before long, though, those feelings are highly likely to turn to regret and disappointment.
That’s because most business websites fail. They don’t attract enough visitors to affect marketing, fail to help a company stand out, and make no appreciable difference on the bottom line (beyond the sizeable sums that are spent to design them).
Believe it or not, that’s as bad for companies like mine as it is for businesses like yours. When clients are disappointed with their new websites, they are hesitant to invest in online marketing again. And more often than not, they tell their colleagues to avoid making the same mistake.
The mistake isn’t getting a new website, though, it’s going about it the wrong way. I’ve learned again and again over the years that businesses—and especially small business—make the same few blunders that hold them back. To help you avoid them, here are three big reasons most new websites fail…
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Although there are business people who enjoy writing, the vast majority of marketers consider content marketing to be a necessary evil. It’s a chore, not unlike washing dishes, folding laundry, or doing taxes.
There probably isn’t anything we can put in this article that will make you suddenly began to love the process of putting words onto the page, especially if it’s something you already don’t like doing. However, there are a few tips we can give you that can make the process of coming up with material for your content marketing plan a little bit easier.
Here are three suggestions that can save you a great deal of time, stress, and aggravation…
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Now more than ever, business owners are obsessed with attracting inbound leads from their websites. That’s a good thing—if your web presence isn’t generating sales opportunities, then what’s the point of having it in the first place?
At the same time, though, a lot of marketers seem to think that the process will take care of itself if they just put up a nice enough layout and some content that’s free of obvious typos. Unfortunately, it takes a little more than that to find business on the web. In fact, if you want to attract leads with your business website, there are a few steps you’re going to have to follow every time…
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For decades, science fiction writers have been wondering what effects supercomputers and artificial intelligence might have on society. However, as technology advances, it’s those of us in internet marketing that end up the most affected.
In fact, there are some who think artificial intelligence will replace an online marketing staple in the next few years. But could AI really render search engine optimization obsolete? And should you be worried as a marketer?.
To find the answers, here are a few things we have to keep in mind…
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For the last few years, responsive web design has been a huge trend in our industry. And it still is the recommended way to think about building a new website or upgraded web presence. However, we’re starting to see a slow shift in terminology and perspective. Instead of “responsive” websites that are “mobile compatible,” marketers are taking a “mobile first” approach to their sites.
Is this just a difference in wording, or something bigger? To get to the answer, there are a few things we need to think about…
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A lot of business owners don’t realize that it truly can be the little things that make all the difference when it comes to establishing a strong and profitable website design and presence. Items like layouts, logos, and headlines are important, but many of our clients tend to overlook a few special touches that can help them gain an edge over their competitors.
Here are three web design difference-makers to consider to make the most of your business website and web value…
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Albert Einstein once referred to compounding interest as the “eighth wonder of the world.” He was talking about the tendency of money to grow over time, but he could have just as easily have been referring to the exponential power of content to attract new visitors to your website… had such a thing been invented in his era.
As it turns out, the pages, posts, and articles you add to your website do indeed grow just like your invested savings do. In fact, content can be almost better, since the results of content marketing are more predictable than the stock market.
To understand why there is so much power in having new articles and ideas being added to your site all the time, let’s look at a few of the positive effects that grow and increase in strength over time while you keep generating content…
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Facebook has been growing and growing for a number of years—reaching more than 1.5 billion users around the world—so it shouldn’t come as a shock that something was going to have to give eventually. And as it turns out, that “something” is the length of the average user’s feed.
There simply isn’t enough time and space for most Facebook users to see everything that’s being thrown at them. So, the company developed a new social engagement formula to help users see what they really don’t want to miss while filtering out the rest.
If you are one of the tens of millions of people who log on to Facebook daily, that’s good news. If you are a marketer who needs to reach fans and followers to sell your products or services, it’s not necessarily such a great thing (at least not at first glance). In fact, some estimates show that only 5 to 10% of the people you are connected to will see your content updates at any given time. That’s not many of them, and the issue is only getting worse.
However, there are things you can do to beat Facebook’s engagement formula, and to reach a much larger segment of the market as a result. Here are a few quick tips you can put to use starting today…
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In the early days of internet marketing, business owners used to fret about what they could do to get their real-life customers to visit their website, subscribe to an email newsletter, or follow them on Facebook. Now, the situation has been largely reversed—lots of small and local companies want to take their online traffic and turn it into walk-in retail business.
In some ways, this can be the tougher challenge, since your website doesn’t give you the benefit of face-to-face contact or personal relationships to build from. But, there are a few proven strategies you can use to turn online visits into real-life purchases or appointments. Here are four steps you can take right away…
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Just a couple of years ago, there were only two types of clients developing mobile apps: big companies with huge budgets and long-term mobile engagement goals, and entrepreneurs who were hoping to strike it big on sales of consumer apps.
Since then, small- and medium-sized business owners have been discovering that there can be big value in a few little lines of code. In fact, regardless of what kind of business you have, there are a number of ways you might be able to benefit from launching your own proprietary mobile app.
Let’s look at a few of the reasons it might be time to get yours launched…
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If you want your Facebook marketing posts to attract attention, then you’d better say it with pictures. Images aren’t just processed more quickly by the human brain, they make a stronger emotional impression. Of course, you don’t have to know that to tell the difference between image‐based posts and ones made from text—if you’ve been on Facebook for more than a few minutes, you have already noticed images are far more likely to be seen, commented on, and shared by your fans and followers.
But, knowing you should use images on Facebook is one thing, and getting real marketing mileage from them is another. To help you make an impact with all the pictures you send out into the world from your business account, here are five simple rules you should follow…
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Web hosting isn’t necessarily the most exciting part of the web design and Internet marketing process. In fact, lots of clients just choose the cheapest hosting package they can find, or the first one their web design team recommends. I guess that a good percentage of business owners couldn’t tell you where their websites are hosted off the top of their heads, and certainly wouldn’t be able to give details about their level of service.
As understandable as that is, it can lead to bottlenecks on your website. Or to put things another way, better hosting can make a bigger difference than you might think. Premium web hosting can make your website faster, more reliable, and safer from attacks. In addition, better hosting gives you the option of adding SSL—or Secure Sockets Layer—protection to your website.
You’ve probably heard of SSL already, and have undoubtedly used it several times already today. But, more business owners than ever are asking about this particular feature because Google recently named it as a search engine signal. That means your website can be easier for customers to find with an SSL than it would be without one.
So, does that mean you should upgrade your hosting and add SSL to your website? To find the answer, let’s take a look at a couple of things you get when you make the change…
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When it comes to Pokémon GO, there are two types of people: those who are ready to take to the streets—virtually any time or any place—in order to catch the latest prize, and those of us (like me) who don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.
Regardless of what you think of the game, though, it does teach us a few things about mobile web computing. And, business owners and marketers at every level would do well to pay close attention to the lessons that can be learned from watching millions of people chase imaginary animals.
If that sounds a little far-fetched, let’s look at a few things Pokémon GO teaches us about mobile marketing…
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It is difficult to overstate the importance of maintaining a customer base. It is far easier to sell to old customers than it is to bring in new ones. Measures must be put in place which keep customers coming back through exceptional customer service. Here are three ways that improve the way you interact with customers to keep them returning for more…
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Small issues can create large problems. For instance, something as simple as a broken link breaks the flow of your website and may prevent leads from contacting your firm. It’s important to be aware of seemingly innocuous errors that can sabotage your site.
Here are four common, easy-to-miss web errors that lower your website value…
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We’re long past the point where a responsive or mobile optimized web presence is a “nice-to-have.” Findings from KPCB show that time spent on mobile in the US has increased to 51%, compared to 42% for PCs. Knowing this, we must come to the conclusion that if we’re not reaching mobile prospects via mobile organic (unpaid) search, we’re losing those prospects to competitors who are. Beyond the visibility factor, the lack of a quality mobile user experience of your website has some serious implications.
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The current state of our lives is a result of the many decisions we’ve made leading up to the present. Many are made without conscious effort, like deciding which route to take home from work. Others require more brain power, such as contemplating marriage. The same is true of our professional lives. Accepting a meeting invite is trivial compared with the task of evaluating and deciding on a new-hire from a pool of qualified applicants. How do we ensure that we’re consistently making the best decisions? Here are a few of the techniques that great leaders use to make better decisions.
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Product descriptions are incredibly easy to take for granted given how ubiquitous they are with online marketplaces. Whenever you visit a product page, you expect the description and you expect it to be written in a certain way. It can come as a shock to realize that someone wrote those descriptions at one point. This usually happens when the tables are turned and suddenly you find yourself operating your own ecommerce system. You understand your products, you know what they do and how to sell them, but actually writing that description can still be difficult. It can even feel as if they are supposed to write themselves.
We are here to help. With our expertise in web development, we have worked on multiple ecommerce sites and have come to understand how to craft powerful product descriptions. These simple tips and tricks will allow your ecommerce site to stand out from the crowd and dominate the market…
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Every week, more and more Americans are going to the polls to support their favorite candidates. But, while political writers will be thinking about elections and policy implications, we have been watching the whole thing through the lens of internet marketing. Specifically, we’ve been wondering what kinds of lessons business owners and managers can draw from what they are seeing.
If you’re wondering what kind of tips you can glean from election season, you’re in luck. Here are three great web marketing insights you can gather from the ongoing debates, polls, and primaries:
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Over the past few years, WordPress has become so popular that it’s now the default choice for most business owners – and their web designers – when it comes to building and establishing a new web presence. In most cases, it’s simply assumed you will want your next website to be constructed in WordPress.
New clients, and especially those who haven’t upgraded their websites in many years, often wonder why this is. What is it that makes WordPress so fantastic, especially when it comes to building web pages for small businesses?
The answer doesn’t necessarily have to do with a certain look or layout, but the fact that WordPress offers huge bottom-line value. It gives you the most bang for your buck. Here are just a few of the reasons why…
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Choosing a web designer sounds easy. They’re certainly enough of us out there to make finding one a snap, and we all have portfolios of work that should make it easy to select the right style and move forward from there.
As any business owner who has been burned by the wrong creative team can tell you, however, there’s a lot more to finding the right web designer than firing up Google and seeing who has the right artistic style. In fact, that’s one of the easiest ways to waste money and find yourself frustrated.
With that in mind, let us share with you the best and worst ways to pick a web designer to work with…
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If the decision to use WordPress as the platform for your new business website is easy, figuring out how to build the WordPress pages you want might not be. That’s because business owners and marketers are immediately hit with a sometimes confusing question: do you need a custom WordPress theme, or can you build from an existing template?
The advantages of using a template are clear – they cost less and don’t take much time to implement. So, if you’re in a hurry, or on a budget, having your website built from a template can seem like a natural choice.
Before you make that decision in a hurry, though, remember there are some powerful benefits to having a custom WordPress theme designed for your website. It’s the online equivalent of having a suit that’s tailored just for you, instead of buying “off the rack.” That brings some visual advantages, of course, but also a few added bits of functionality and security.
Here are a few advantages of custom WordPress themes to keep in mind…
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