Are You ‘Layering’ SEO? You Should Be.

SEO isn’t what it used to be. Read Here.

Ten years ago, an SEO specialist might spend 40 hours a week on keywords, title tags and content manipulation. Nowadays, he or she must possess a much broader skill set and think far more strategically.

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That’s because there’s been a shift toward Search Marketing Integration (SMI) or “layering.” This concept is forcing digital marketers to become master collaborators who can effectively utilize cross-departmental initiatives to fuel a rise in organic visibility.

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The credit for this idea has to go to Rand Fishkin, CEO at search-software company Moz. During a conversation with Rand, I asked him whether the term SEO was still relevant. He explained that, rather than looking it as something distinct and isolated from your other business and marketing initiatives, you “need to add SEO as an important review layer on top of all of those other things.”

I think this is a really good way to conceptualize how SEO needs to be integrated into all aspects of your business to have the greatest probability of success. It really helps to visualize these concepts, let them sync in and “get it.”

In order to become a master collaborator and get the most out of your search efforts, it helps to break your collaborative efforts into four distinct areas

1.    Interaction
The first thing every successful digital marketer must do is learn to interact with the different departments within their organization. This has to be done regularly and consistently in order to produce results. The only way to discover the SEO opportunities that exist elsewhere in your organization is to communicate with your colleagues and actively undercover them. This includes attending cross-departmental meetings, happy hours and formal training sessions. You can even uncover SEO opportunities during conversations at the water cooler.

2. Persuasion

Once you’ve had a chance to interact and identify opportunities, you need to motivate your colleagues to help you achieve your goals. The best way to approach this is to find a champion within each department. I won’t bore you with tactics for motivation, but it’s vitally important to have a friend that can communicate initiatives from within their department. Having a reliable ‘point-of-contact’ can drastically help you turn ideas into actions and push your initiatives up the priority ladder. Read More.

 

5 Google Analytics Reports You Need to Succeed in PPC

ppc successPaid search and Google Analytics work hand in hand in so many ways (including right there in the AdWords interface).  This month’s series week is all about how you can make the most of Analytics in your account, whether that’s with content experiments, event tracking or custom reporting.  We’re going to find all of the ways that you can get even more insight into the clicks that you’re paying to get. Read Here.

Hopefully it comes as no surprise that Google AdWords and Bing Ads interface data are not the end-all-be-all of PPC analysis. To kick off this month’s series on Google Analytics, I thought it might be a solid start to review a handful of the standard reports available in GA that you can (read: had better be) using to optimize your paid search campaigns.

The one thing I will say is that for the purpose of this post, I’ll mostly be looking at data for paid search traffic. To filter down to this layer and be sure you’re only looking at Analytics numbers for what you’ve sent through via PPC, you’ll need to go to the Advanced Segments tab at the top of the Analytics interface. From here, simply select the ‘Paid Search Traffic’ check box, hit Apply and you’re set.

When I’m looking at all traffic data, I’ll be sure to mention it in that section.

Now that we have that settled, here are the Analytics reports I recommend you take a look at to further optimize your PPC strategy:

This one we can keep kind of short and sweet. When filtered down to only PPC data, the heat map report that comes up to show what countries are coming through your paid search ads is really helpful. It lets you see what areas you may not be targeting or optimizing for already and come up with a new strategy for those regions. Yup, that’s it!

Traffic Sources – Sources (**ALL TRAFFIC ANALYSIS**)

I periodically dig in to the All Sources report to see which of my traffic sources has the highest bounce rate, or the highest percentage of new visitors. From these two reports you can get some ideas of which sources may need more specific remarketing strategies set up to target and bring back in to the site/funnel. You combine the bounce rate with new visitors and you can narrow your focus to those sources with the biggest total traffic impact.

Further, you can see referral sources in this report, which can help you see where traffic may be coming in to the funnel from new(er) places that you may need to begin strategizing around more directly (i.e. LinkedIn, etc.). Read More.

How to use the Internet for business

I found the following tips on the web, I believe they are very useful. Check it out. Read Here.

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Familiarize yourself with how your industry is represented online; search for your customers, suppliers and other contacts. Look at their websites and online social media profiles.

Review the audience you communicate with and market to: their interests, preferences and online habits. Which social media and online networking sites do they use? How do they use them and how do they represent themselves in their profiles?

Review your own online presence. Where do you appear in search results? Do you have a presence on the social media and networking sites used by your target market?

Set up a social media profile on relevant sites such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Connect and communicate with your customers by posting blogs, tweets and useful information. Avoid the ‘hard sell’. Your aim is to build relationships.

Review your website. Is it still doing the job you intended? Does it accurately represent your business? Is it fresh, engaging and easy to use? Can it be viewed on any web-connected device?

Consider using online advertising strategies such as pay-per-click advertising. Research which keywords will be most effective in your online adverts and for driving traffic to your website. Read More.

6 reasons why your website needs to be conversion-driven

When you walk into a retail clothing store, you’re not just walking into a room randomly filled with garments. You’re entering a carefully organized space specifically designed to get you to buy products. Read Here

Items from the newest range take pride of place while images of gorgeous models flaunting the items plaster the biggest walls. The perfect jacket to compliment that pair of skinny jeans is displayed nearby, with a helpful shopping assistant on hand to suggest you try them both. Special deals displayed at eye level catch your eye on the way out. These are all important tricks of the trade that shop managers use in the hopes of driving people to make purchases.

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When it comes to websites, however, sales are made online, not in stores. Your website is effectively your shop window, and your site needs to be conversion-driven. Here are six reasons why:

1. Customers do research before they buy

A high percentage of the people visiting your website will be there to do research and won’t necessarily be ready to buy. The bigger the client, the more research they are likely to do before making a decision to purchase. Corporate bureaucracy usually stipulates that certain processes are followed before deals can go ahead.

To maximize your conversion rate, you need to recognize which people are visiting your website to do research and appropriately market your product to them. Remember that the earlier you get a customer to convert, the more influence you have on their purchase decision.

2. Website visitors are at different buying stages

Every visitor to your site is different. For example, some have just arrived at your site for the first time, some are returning or existing customers and some are in the final stages of their buying process and have put you on their shortlist of potential suppliers. You need to have different methods of conversion for each of these unique categories, and any others that might apply.

An existing customer won’t click on an ‘order now’ button and a first time visitor isn’t likely to click on a ‘contact us’ button. Conversion-driven design takes each type of visitor into account and offers tailored options for driving that person to convert to the next stage of the customer lifecycle.

3. No one likes being hounded by a commission-driven sales person

Many B2B websites have only one conversion tool. It usually takes the form of a ‘contact us’ button. However, potential customers who are still in the research phase avoid clicking on ‘contact us’ buttons because they don’t want to be hounded by a commission-driven sales person hungry to make a deal. Because not every website visitor is ready to buy, you can’t only count on ‘contact us’ buttons to drive conversion. Conversion-driven website design will have multiple conversion strategies angled towards web visitors in different stages of the customer lifecycle, thereby helping you convert more anonymous web visitors into leads. Read More

 

The Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014

This amazing article will prepared you for the future trends about online marketing. Click Here

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The Internet has drastically altered the way in which information is shared, and has had a profound impact on marketing. Over the past few years, there has been more of a shift toward inbound techniques, while many outbound tactics have become antiquated. More businesses are finding success publishing original content rather than embedding advertisements within external content, because of the additional benefits these tactics offer, such as branding and audience growth.

With these trends in mind, let’s discuss my predictions for the top online marketing trends of 2014.

1. Content Marketing Will be Bigger Than Ever

One of the main ways that companies are establishing authority and gaining trust with consumers is by consistently creating valuable content through a variety of channels. This typically involves relevant industry information that provides insight or entertainment to an audience. Doing so allows a company to steadily build rapport with its demographic and develop a loyal following. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the top B2B content marketing strategies are social media, articles on a business’s website, eNewsletters, case studies, videos and articles on other websites.

By using one or more of these channels, businesses are able to build a positive reputation within their industry. This trend suggests that marketing to the masses through techniques like television ads and radio ads are becoming less effective. Instead, it’s better to concentrate on inbound marketing, by producing valuable, engaging content designed for a specific audience

2. Social Media Marketing Will Require More Diversity

Just a few years ago, businesses were limited with regard to the social media networks they could implement into their marketing campaigns, with the biggies including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Now, it seems like new social media sites are appearing all the time. While some never really get off the ground, others like Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and Instagram have surged in popularity and have provided businesses with a plethora of new options that allow them to produce engaging content in a variety of media forms and build their audiences across more channels than ever before.

Consequently, it has become common for businesses to branch out and experiment with multiple networks with the aim of reaching the maximum amount of consumers. This diversification seems to prove fruitful for many companies because it often builds brand equity by making it easier for consumers to recognize a particular brand. Read More

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNET MEDIA

Lighthouse Internet Media is a comprehensive internet marketing company that provides a wide range of services such as search engine optimization, website development, affiliate marketing, pay-per-click management, email marketing, e-commerce development and consulting to its customers. This is a one stop source for people who have not yet begun to explore their options in the internet business world as well as for those who have started to examine and would like to expand their venture expertise and explore new tools and ideas. The most important component of this service company is the impeccable integrity and reliable opportunity offered to the customers at all level.

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The team constituting the online marketing department of this company is dedicated and oriented in giving the clients the edge over their competitors. Every professional of the team are expert in their area and excel in their performance. The collective effort of the team is focused on the company’s primary goal – to improve the clients’ market share.

The company uses multiple approach in marketing their client’s company by meeting the unique needs as well as encouraging the growth of development in terms of brand visibility during the purchase cycle, irrespective of the type of the client – business, institution, or non-profit organization.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is one of the areas that Lighthouse Internet Media is expert in. Regardless of the number of recipients – hundreds or millions – LHIM has the necessary tools to market remotely, easily and securely. It starts with defining the client’s goals, customizing the emails and targeting the intended customers.

Web Design and Web Development

The website team dedicated to this area works with the clients in creating new website for their business from scratch as well as transforming an existing website to make it more effective. The graphic designers of the team provide the necessary visual depth to the content and modify the content wherever required. The professionals involved in search engine optimization refine the search criteria, add codes and elements that are useful for ranking high among the search engine results. Web programmers bundle these features and make the website browser independent to maximize the client’s web presence.

Database Management

Another part of online marketing strategy is to install a reliable database management technique that would collect data from both online and offline. LHIM has the necessary technology to make this happen or custom design the database to match client’s needs. They are equipped with unique tools to solve unique problems in order to take the client’s interaction with customer on the internet to a whole new level.

Affiliate Marketing

A well formed network marketing strategy can improve any business and provide the best returns that are otherwise not possible in a standalone scenario. The company team knows how to lay the foundation for affiliate marketing to make the products and services spread across different social media networks. This type of marketing strategy provide better input and reaction from consumers and help in making the brand a successful one.

To your success!

Emilio Yepez
305 389 8955
emilio@lighthouseinternetmedia.com
www.lighthouseinternetmedia.com