Relevant local content is one of the most challenging types of content to write, whether you’re a family-owned single-location business or a multi-national corporation with physical locations all around the globe. The sad truth is that our experience with this challenge reveals it to be more of a resource challenge than a content challenge. Continue reading
When agencies and customers we work with bring innovative ideas to the table, it makes me so happy. We’re always looking for sharp, new ways that our clients can use MarketSnare to deliver a truly localized experience for their visitors. What frustrates me is when they have a great idea but it is difficult to execute.
One recent project involved an agency with a customer who wanted to set up a network of local websites Continue reading
The days of flippantly regurgitating Google’s “just write great content” mantra should be long behind us. Local visibility and search success require context and relevance in addition to quality. Quality alone is not enough, and to say it is grossly understates how search engines rank content, especially when a search query has geo-specific “market area” intent.
Does your content ask people for the sale? Does it ask for it early and often? Does it extend the proverbial hand to close the deal when complete? Unfortunately, I see ample examples of marketing and informational content that does a poor job of incorporating CTAs (calls to actions). Continue reading
Multiple studies and surveys have shown that going after high search-engine visibility is one the most effective things a business can do to connect with qualified, motivated prospects and achieve its marketing goals. But how do you make sure your business is maximizing your search-engine visibility strategy? Continue reading
Kevin Mullett revealed our Content Opportunity Report to the world to rave reviews not too long ago. Simply put, this report offers a way to evaluate opportunities for generating content across one or multiple marketing channels. It is an excellent planning tool that empowers chief marketing officers as well as other marketing and communications professionals to think through how they can achieve their content objectives before actually trying to assemble an editorial calendar.
As we roll into March with the craziness of the start of a new year well in our rearview mirror, the majority of us marketing professionals are busy working on how to meet our business objectives for 2014.
We always start out the year with high hopes and aspirations. But many times we end up falling into the same familiar strategies and tactics that may get us an incremental increase in our results, but not necessarily the game-changing improvements we would love to see.
Over the past several years much has been said and written on the subject of editorial calendars. But few people have specifically addressed methodologies for taking inventory of valuable opportunities, which should precede the creation of such calendars. I want to introduce you to something I call a Content Opportunity Report, or COR. Continue reading
The Super Bowl itself may not have been much fun to watch, particularly if you were pulling for the Denver Broncos. That said, I love watching it not just for the game but also to see what ideas creative marketers come up with to convince you to do something.
For me, the clear winner of the night was an advertisement that many may not have seen but have heard about since it aired. This ad was for eSurance and featured spokesman John Krasinski. Continue reading
We live in a world that is accustomed to – and spoiled by – instant gratification. We don’t wait 3 weeks to receive things from a catalogs anymore, we can communicate with almost anyone instantly from almost anywhere we are, and when we pay for an ad we expect to see it show up at a predetermined time. I get it. Unfortunately, that is not how SEO works, and this expectation of immediacy invariably leads to the question…”Why isn’t my website number one on Google yet?” Continue reading