4 Ways to Get More (and Better) Online Reviews

It’s no secret by now that online reviews drive sales. That’s true whether you have an online store, a professional services company, or a B2B business. According to some surveys and estimates, as many as 90% of all buyers will check out feedback left by other customers before making a purchase or committing to an appointment.

For a lot of business owners and marketers, though, the process of gathering online reviews can feel a little bit random. However, you don’t have to rely completely on luck to get the testimonials you need to make your company grow. In this post, we are going to share four simple and effective ways you can boost your online review profile. Let’s start with one that seems obvious but is often missed…

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Two Ways to Approach Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Along with a website that looks great, or more leads and sales, one of the top requests business owners and executives bring to us is a desire to stand out on Google and the other search engines. They aren’t concerned about search engine optimization (SEO) because they think it’s fascinating or enjoyable, but because they understand that earning a top search engine spot will help them to attract more customers.

That point is pretty self-evident, but it’s an important one to recognize. That’s because not every business owner is going to have the same ambitions, or the same level of commitment to promoting their company through search (or the internet in general). To get the most from your campaigns, creative team, and budget, you have to go into the process with the right ideas and expectations.

With that in mind, today we want to explore two different ways you might approach search engine optimization for your business website…

Philosophy #1: A Minimalist Approach to SEO

Some business owners want to benefit from search engine optimization, but aren’t willing to devote a lot of time or resources to the project. That’s understandable, and it can work so long as they hold the right expectations.

An experienced creative team can audit your website for technical problems, engage in a bit of keyword research to find out what your customers are searching for, and then do some on-site optimization. The likely result is that you’ll show up for specific search terms, particularly those related to your company name or geographic location.

If a lot of your business comes from local buyers or word-of-mouth advertising, that might be all you need. However, this sort of work isn’t likely to vote you to the top of Google’s rankings very often. To reach higher, you have to make a more consistent investment of time or money.

Philosophy #2: Aiming for the Top of Google’s Search Rankings

Just as some business owners want to do the bare minimum in terms of SEO, others want to shoot for the moon. They aspire to aim for a top three Google position for several different search terms and geographic areas.

To do so, they have to follow the same beginning steps as we outlined above. More attention will likely be paid to keyword research, but the basic initial plan is the same. The difference between the first philosophy and second, though, lies in the amount of subsequent work that needs to be done.

In order to truly dominate on Google, you can’t simply make some additions and upgrades to your website (as important as those steps are). If you really want customers coming to you again and again, you have to produce lots of relevant, high-quality content on a regular basis, develop a sales funnel, and get familiar with your web analytics. Additionally, you have to go back to those basic optimization steps again and again periodically to keep your website fresh.

You can perform a lot of these tasks yourself, but the bottom line is you’ll have to spend either time or money (and possibly a bit of both) if you want to blow the competition away on Google. Those investments pay off, but only if you follow through with them.

What Approach to SEO Works for You?

Now that we’ve laid out to different approaches to search engine optimization, ask yourself which one might be right for you. Are you more apt to optimize your site and post a few pieces of content infrequently, or to devote more time and resources to the project in hopes of getting bigger awards?

There is a bit of middle ground here, of course, and a talented creative team can help you make the most of a limited budget. However, if you are expecting to “do” SEO once and forget about it, then you should at least know where to prioritize your efforts and what to expect in return.

5 Ways to Create Web Content That Lasts

It takes a lot of time, work, and creativity to get your content marketing plan moving. That’s why it’s so painful to post something online and watch it go stale after a few days or weeks. Wouldn’t it be better to have your articles and posts keep generating views, shares, and leads for years to come?

Many business owners—not to mention professional copywriters—work to sidestep this problem by creating content that is “evergreen,” meaning that it stays in style for a long period of time. With a little thought and planning, you can do the same. Then, you won’t have to worry about watching your ideas fade after an early expiration date.

If that sounds good to you, let’s look at five ways you can create web content that lasts…

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3 Reasons Traditional SEO is Dying

Search engine optimization (SEO) is reaching an interesting point in its development. On the one hand, optimizing websites for search visibility through content, inbound links, and technical upgrades is more important than ever. On the other hand, it’s obvious to web design industry insiders who can see beyond the immediate horizon that traditional SEO is slowly but surely going away.

To help understand why, and what will take its place, there are three things you have to know…

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4 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing Campaigns

Content marketing is all the rage, and for good reason. With the right pieces of information on your website or blog, you can draw in visitors from Google, Facebook, and even YouTube. Not only is content central to search engine optimization and inbound marketing, but it’s necessary if you want to establish credibility with buyers.

The only problem with these positive aspects of content marketing is that your competitors know about them, too. They are adding new material to their blogs and social feeds all the time, just like you are. So, it takes something special to stand out online.

How can you give searchers and customers what they want and set yourself apart from all the other businesses in your industry? Today, we want to share four of our favorite tips to help you improve the quality and effectiveness of your content marketing campaigns…

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The Marcom Group is looking for a Graphic Designer

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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Don’t Let a Negative Online Review Kill Your Sales

One of the best and worst things about the digital age comes down to the fact that customers have more power over businesses (and especially smaller ones) than ever before. If buyers say good things about a company, that positive feedback will show up on search engines, social media sites, and review platforms like Yelp. Then, more customers will come flocking and the cycle will go on and on.

On the other hand, just a single bad review can dissuade new customers from even investigating a business, particularly if the feedback is recent or particularly sharp. That means you always need to be ready to protect your online reputation or lose sales opportunities before they even materialize.

Knowing how important customer feedback is, and how hard it can be to recover from an online complaint or criticism, let’s look at what you can do to keep a negative online review from killing your sales and marketing efforts…

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How to Look at Your Website Like a Customer

One of the classic mistakes in web design (or any creative endeavor) is being so close to a project that you miss the forest for the trees. It’s a particularly easy to fall into that trap when you’re distracted by so many apps, layouts, and options you lose sight of what buyers really want from your website and business.

The answer, more often than not, is to take a step back from time to time throughout the creative process and look at your new web design the way a customer would. Usually, that involves asking yourself a handful of basic questions…

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4 Ways to Make Your Startup Website Affordable

Entrepreneurs make for wonderful web design clients. Often, they come to us with unique ideas and a sense of enthusiasm about their products and services that can’t be matched. That makes their projects fun to work on. Who doesn’t like to see a great idea come to life, or hard-working person succeed?

Of course, the other side of the coin is that startups are often strapped for cash. They need unique and high-performing websites even more than established businesses do, but don’t have a lot in the marketing and promotional budget.

This can create challenges, but those challenges can be overcome. Today, we are going to give you five quick tips you can use to make your startup website a little more affordable…

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Make Your Online Marketing Videos Stand Out

In today’s digital marketing world, companies of all sizes are using video clips to get their messaging out into the world. It’s not hard to figure out why: video is more engaging than text or static images, and numerous studies have shown that adding clips to landing pages or social media feeds can dramatically boost response rates.

Of course, the benefits of video marketing have always been there. These days, however, it’s less expensive than ever before to produce high-quality videos. Additionally, they are easier to spread, with YouTube, Facebook, Google, and dozens of other platforms available to share your masterpiece with the world.

Unfortunately, the popularity and accessibility of video marketing alone won’t ensure great results. For every handful of clips that helps to drive likes, visits, or conversions, there are literally hundreds of others that go ignored.

If you want to break through and make an impact on buyers with your videos, there are two parts to the formula. The first is producing a great online marketing clip. The second involves promoting it so it gets noticed and acted upon. Today, we are going to give you some quick-and-easy tips you can use to get the superior marketing video you need. Here is what you can do to make your messages stand out…

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