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Yearly Archives: 2018

The Keys to Proper Branding on Social Media

branding social media

The lure of social media is simple: connection. In the past, branding efforts focused around building up a brand and culture that people would recognize, but it wasn't very personal. You did it all at a distance. You hoped a billboard or a TV commercial enhanced your brand, but you didn't get direct interaction. With social media, you do. Potential customers can contact you directly. You can respond to them and engage with them and evaluate their feedback. It's as close to a face-to-face meeting as we're ever likely to see. You have to know how to work your brand into the online community if you want to thrive.

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Enhance Calls-to-Action with Google’s New Extension for Video Advertisements

Google Video CTAs

Google recently announced the upcoming debut of a new call-to-action extension for TrueView in-stream video ads. The debut of this software extension, slated for January 2019, will coincide with the retirement of the current YouTube call-to-action video overlay.

With this extension, Google intends to help streamline interactive features among multiple video ad formats. This announcement is positive news for businesses seeking an agile video advertising platform able to employ numerous interactive elements. Ultimately, this extension may enhance user engagement and help you drive closer toward marketing goals.

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Google Releases the Annual "Year in Search"

Google Year in Search

Every year, Google compiles a key list of search trends and tendencies, which can shed important light on user tactics and changes in search traffic throughout the year. Remember, any search engine optimization plan needs to center around figuring out how to appeal to the end user, so understanding that person's mindset is critical. The internet is an ever-evolving machine, driven by user interaction, and these yearly updates help illustrate key changes and shifts in public thinking. Any company can utilize these trends and these insights in their SEO strategies for 2019. Let's take a look at the Year in Search.

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Leverage Year-End Marketing Tools to Heighten Performance Through the Holidays

Marketing tools holidays

Although it is hard to believe, we are now sitting firmly in the heart of the 2018 holiday shopping season. Although the finish line is well within sight, your startup or small to medium-size business still has time to capitalize on seasonal marketing tactics to drive your numbers even higher this year.

Below, we will explore a few of these simple tools you can implement to push your annual performance to the next level. Be sure also to put these marketing tools and online sales tactics in your hip pocket to break out during your planning sessions for the 2019 holidays sales campaign.

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Search Engines by the Numbers

search engine trends

In the early days of the internet, search engines were still brand new and there was uncertainty about which ones would catch on and how users would interact with the various brands. You had options like AltaVista (1995), Ask Jeeves (1996) and HotBot (1996). Over the years, many of these brands have declined or been purchased. HotBot now uses Bing for searches, Ask Jeeves got rebranded as Ask and AltaVista was bought out by Yahoo! and then shut down. Most search traffic now falls into predictable patterns with a few companies dominating the traffic, and it's important to look at exactly what the numbers show.

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