I love helping small businesses with their digital marketing and business strategy. I'm a young man with a passion in entrepreneurship and international experience in business development, marketing, sales, and web/graphic design.
There’s a new Google algorithm in town, and its name is RankBrain, which has been in use since last October, but many business owners are only beginning to understand the changes it makes to search engine optimization (SEO). RankBrain is part of the Hummingbird algorithm update, and it uses a machine learning technology to filter search results.
Quora, question-and-answer site, is barely six years old and it has already made its dent as one of the foremost platforms in the digital marketing universe. Robert Scoble, American blogger, technical evangelist, and author, says that Quora succeeds precisely because it integrates the capacities of Facebook and Twitter. Competitor with 46 other Q&A sites, including Yahoo!Answers, Quora dominates by hosting longer and meatier answers to high-quality questions.
Four months to the end of the year, and businesses or marketers who seek to lead the vanguard of change are already on the lookout for what’s new and changing. Keeping up with trends can help you compete and decide where to invest your money. The following are five growing digital marketing trends that will dominate 2016-2017.
I’d like to talk about that one very significant, very special relationship in your life: the relationship your business has with its customers.
Do you know your customers? What do you know about the prospective customers who have filled out forms on your website or who are on your email list? How often does your sales or marketing team interact with them? Is your customer information compiled in a database that is up-to-date, as well as easy to access and navigate? If a possible investor wanted to see your sales growth throughout the past few years, how easy would it be for you to provide that information?
Hitting on the right marketing strategy can save you money and time. Instead of skidaddling down one route, only to reverse and backtrack, you’ll tread the likeliest direction and more confidently advertise your business.
Let the experts show you how.
Wilson Hung, author of The Scientific Marketing Strategy Behind Exponential Growth, writes that developing a marketing plan that is based on a scientific approach will save you wasted money and time. This is because your tested ideas protect you from flitting around, and they show you where to invest your money.
Think about the last time you signed up for a business’s marketing emails or newsletter. Or think about the last time you made a purchase with a company and then started receiving their marketing emails. This tactic is called email marketing - it’s used by approximately 82% of global companies, as well as an estimated 95% of all companies that use some sort of marketing automation tool.
You know that your business needs social media marketing. (If you disagree with that statement, please read this first.) What you may not know is exactly how much social media marketing your company needs and what it should cost.
When you can find so many social media marketing packages available online, which do you choose? Which will deliver the results you want without breaking your budget? Do you really need to spend thousands of dollars each month for ample social media marketing services?
Let’s have a little chat about your business’s website.
Did you hire a web design agency to build your business’s website when the company first launched, but no one has updated the website since?
If you visit your website on a cell phone or tablet, does it look the exact same as it does on a computer’s browser, making it difficult to view the text and navigate the site?
Does your site have very high bounce rates or very short session durations?
Design involves planning, creating and updating. Design also touches many disciplines from information architecture to user interface design to color theory. Every design today utilizes a range of design philosophies from persisting design principles to the most recent design trends.
According to Bloomberg, eight out of ten first-time entrepreneurs fail within the first 18 months. 80% crash. Research on new ventures, such as the four-year study conducted by PricewaterHouseCoopers shows that there are certain qualities that may help you succeed. Most of these recommendations buck conventional marketing and business advice, but, then again, each individual and business has to tread its own path. The unconventional usually succeeds.