Voice Activated Search – It’s Real

Some aspects of Artificial Intelligence seem a little Star Trekky, something that might be feasible on TV but not in real life. But do not treat voice activated search as a surreal fantasy from the future, because it is here now. And voice activated search is real. What seemed like a sci-fi gimmick is now part of everyday life and your business had best be prepared. Voice Activated Search is Growing Data suggests that about 55 million American households will own a smart speaker whether it be Amazon Alexa, Google Home or another brand by 2022. And then of course [...]

By |2021-06-09T15:51:48+00:0006/09/21|Advertising, Digital Advertising, SEO|

Google Ads Work!

When discussing paid search with our clients a number of questions regularly come up about the value of paid search, and in particular, Google paid search. Many people are not sure that Google Ads work. We have attempted to answer the more common questions here. Search Engine Use The first question often asked of us is “Do my customers really use paid search when looking for a product or service”? Two pieces of data from a WebVisible survey answer that: 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business 72% of consumers prefer to find information on local [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:36:55+00:0006/02/21|Advertising, Digital Advertising, SEM|

Tik Tok Your New Social Media

Chances are that you have heard of the social media app Tik Tok. Equally likely, if you are reading this blog, you don’t know what the craze is all about. You may have asked someone younger for an explanation. Or, you may have tried it and given up. Whatever the answer, Tik Tok is the hottest social media platform today. And, you should know about it. What Is It TikTok calls itself the “destination for short-form mobile videos.” TikTok is an app for making and sharing quick videos, usually 15 seconds. Hashtags play a large role on the app. Not [...]

By |2021-04-28T12:00:54+00:0004/28/21|Advertising, Digital Advertising, Social Media|

Programmatic Advertising – AI Improves Advertising

Programmatic Advertising is the use of automation in buying and selling of media. Programmatic can apply to anything from display to digital out-of-home to connected television. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) with first and third party data, computers decide which ads to buy and how much to pay for them, often in real time. The advertiser carefully defines their target audience. Marketers can input demographics, behaviors and what they want the prospect to do. Then computers attempt to achieve those goals using data and artificial intelligence(AI). But how does it work? What is Programmatic Advertising In the early days of buying [...]

Facebook or Google? Which One?

The two most popular online advertising sites for the last several years have been Google and Facebook. Each does tens of billions in sales annually. Advertising is the main source of income for their respective companies. Both use an auction style bid process, and both have an ability to target granularly. In the media, they are often portrayed as adversarial, but as a marketer it is not always an “either or” scenario. Google Ads and Facebook have their own strengths and weaknesses, so you can use them separately or together, depending on your objective. Google Ads Google Ads, or paid [...]

Great Website Content

When a potential customer visits your website, they are seeking out information about your business. To convert these prospects into sales, the information on your site needs to build trust in your company and answer their questions about your products or services. Does your website have the content that visitors want to read? Everyone can write great website content with some practice. To assist you in developing the kind of compelling information that will boost sales, here are four questions to ask yourself when creating content for your small business website. What Makes You Special First, answer the question, what [...]

By |2021-03-03T20:04:37+00:0003/03/21|Content Marketing, Digital Advertising, SEO|

Phone Call Tracking and Why You Need It

Phone call tracking is the process of measuring all the in-bound calls to a business and determining what source drove the call. With the rise of smartphones, people now have the opportunity to see something on the Internet and immediately call for more information, or to place an order. Being able to attribute the marketing channel that drove each call is often the missing piece to the analytics puzzle for many businesses. And as attribution is an essential component of advertising, phone call tracking is an imperative. How Phone Call Tracking Works How does phone tracking software work?  The software [...]

10 Reasons You Should Use Google Ads

We occasionally hear that Google Ads does not work, or that it is too expensive to be worthwhile. Our experience has shown that a properly constructed Ads (Paid Search or SEM) campaign usually provides a positive return on investment. And because it drives consistent quality traffic, Ads deserves consideration for most campaigns. The following are 10 reasons to consider using Google Ads advertising.   Are My Customers Really Using Search Engines to Make Buying Decisions? 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business (WebVisible survey) Why Use Google Ads Versus Bing or Yahoo? Google owns 71% of [...]

10 Digital Terms and Acronyms You Must Know

In the advertising business it is our job to position products and services so that consumers believe they must have them. In doing so we often create clever sounding names and words to attract attention. Sometimes, we are so clever that we confuse. That is especially true in digital advertising where new products and services come online almost daily. The following are 10 digital terms and acronyms you must know. Account Based Marketing Account Based Marketing (ABM) – this is a focused growth strategy where the marketing and sales teams work together to identify high value prospects and create custom [...]

By |2021-01-13T20:00:28+00:0001/13/21|Advertising, Digital Advertising|

What is Happening to Cable TV

We have all heard about the large number of people who are “cutting the cord” and leaving cable. If we believe the hype, cable and broadcast TV will soon be gone, taken over by streaming programming. However, it is not all doom and gloom for the cable industry. And advertisers who think that they can cover a market with streaming video alone are mistaken. Here's what is happening to cable TV. What is OTT For definition purposes OTT (Over-The-Top) is streaming video media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet. The video bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms and goes directly to [...]

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