User Reviews are The King

Posted on: March 31, 2017

Did you know that positive online reviews produce an 18% average uplift in sales? Or that consumers are likely to spend 31% more with businesses that have excellent reviews? How about that 59% of consumers say that review sites have the most influence on their booking decisions when traveling? Online reviews have become an important part of how consumers make decisions, whether it’s what to eat, watch, buy, or sell. See below for even more industry-specific information and statistics. The facts and impact of online reviews are real. What are some effective strategies you’ve used to garner positive online reviews for your business? Image Credit: Website Builder

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Where Should I Spend My Marketing Dollars?

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Investing in online marketing is an important decision for your business, but where is it the most crucial to spend your budget? Take advantage of all that we at The Web Guys can do for you. As digital marketers, we can guide you how to get the most for your budget by selecting the right platform with the best ROI. Google AdWords Learn More Facebook Advertising Learn More Search Engine Optimization Learn More Google AdWords If you want to reach new customers online, then advertising with Google Adwords is without-a-doubt the platform to start. Google AdWords is a robust advertising service that display ads on Google search result pages, Google local pack and its advertising networks. With these amazing features below, it’s easy to see why AdWords is the most used pay-per-click platform in the world: Target Prospective Customers:Google processes more than 1.2 trillion web searches every single year, so … Continued

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Should I be Running Facebook Ads? #FAQuesday

Posted on: July 25, 2016

There is a slew of different ways to advertise your business online these days. How do you know which platforms are the best bang for your buck? Aside from AdWords, which you should definitely be running, Facebook comes out on top. The audience is far too large and the targeting is much too precise to be ignored completely. Here are three reasons why you should be promoting your business on Facebook. 1. Your Target Audience is Already There Pretty much everyone has a Facebook account these days. No, seriously. There are over 1.6 billion active users currently registered to Facebook. No matter who your target audience is, they are reachable through Facebook advertising. It’s simply a matter of targeting them. 2. Your Money Goes Further Gaining organic traffic through your business’s Facebook page is quite difficult these days. In fact, reaching your entire audience for free is nearly impossible. The … Continued

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Social Media and Small Business

Posted on: April 28, 2016

With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, there is no shortage of social media platforms to join. It can be exhausting to keep up with all of them. Especially since the list above doesn’t even include all of your choices, AND they’re constantly changing and updating. So what is a small business to do? Don’t stress about it. The Web Guys are here to ease your stress. Contrary to what most believe, you don’t have to create a profile on every single social platform for your business. You can of course, but only if you have the time, manpower, and money to do so. For most small businesses, however, that’s most likely not the case. Let’s examine the best way to determine a good social strategy when resources are limited. Choose Your Audience You know your business better than anyone else. What do your customers have most in … Continued

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How to Optimize Facebook Messenger for Business

Posted on: March 17, 2016

With nearly a billion active users every month, the opportunity for companies to reach a larger audience with Facebook can be huge — and even small, local businesses should be trying to capitalize on this wide market. From social media posts to local awareness ads, The Web Guys can manage your business on Facebook for success. Businesses have countless opportunities to reach a target audience, but what about the customers themselves who need to contact the business directly? Here’s why Facebook Messenger is an important tool for communication between customers and businesses. But first… Desktop vs. Mobile App While messaging is an integrated feature on desktop, users will need to download the separate Facebook Messenger app in order to access messages on a mobile device. As of Jan 2016, over 800 million users have downloaded the Facebook Messenger app. The social-media giant devised the app exclusively for chatting to make … Continued

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How Often Should I Post on Social Media? #FAQuesday

Posted on: January 19, 2016

When a business begins using social media to connect with customers, one big question is always how often to post content. The short answer? It depends. It depends on who your audience is, for example, or what platform you’ll be using. Although there isn’t a standard formula for a successful social social media strategy, at The Web Guys we can provide some helpful tips and general best practices to nudge you in the right direction.Let’s examine a few of the top social media outlets using data provided by Buffer and SumAll.Facebook Ah, Facebook, the social media giant. Pretty much everyone and their mothers have an account nowadays, so I’m sure we’re all familiar with how it feels to hunt for posts that are relevant or engaging enough for us to enjoy. As a business, you understand the importance of a Facebook page and how much benefit a successful page can bring. Is there a magic number of posts … Continued

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How Do I Verify My Company’s Facebook Page? #FAQuesday

Posted on: January 5, 2016

Last week in this space, The Web Guys explained why authenticating your company’s Facebook page is important. Today, we’ll walk you through the process of getting your page verified so consumers can easily find it on the popular social network.The first step is to access the settings on your business Facebook page.If you are an authorized administrator of the page, you’ll find the verification status near the top of the Settings. Click on the blue “Edit” link and then on “Verify this Page” to get started. Choose Your PathAt this point, you’ll need to determine whether you want Facebook to use the business’ publicly listed phone number or business documents to confirm that your page is the real deal. (Pro tip: If your phone system requires a caller to enter an extension number to reach an employee, opt for the documentation method. Although you can include an extension on Facebook’s verification-request form, we have had mixed success with that option.)If … Continued

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Why Should I Verify My Facebook Page? #FAQuesday

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Facebook is making it easier for consumers to connect with businesses on the social network, rolling out an update this fall that allows companies to verify their official Facebook pages. You’ve likely already seen the blue verification badges on celebrity pages, indicating they belong to the actual star and not a super fan. Now a similar feature is available for many businesses. The Web Guys team has been getting a lot of questions lately about why page verification matters. So today, we’ll explain the three most important reasons every company should verify its Facebook page. 1: Customers will know that your page is authentic. It’s pretty easy to create fake Facebook pages, intentionally or not, so it’s extremely important to verify the page you’ll actually be using. Not only does this let your customers know the page is legitimate, but it also tells Facebook that you are who you say you are. 2: Facebook search results favor verified pages. … Continued

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Social Media Key to Online Brand Management

Posted on: December 24, 2015

Digital marketing has a lot of moving parts. If you have been following our “What is Digital Marketing?” blog series, then you’ve already learned about the importance of developing an engaging website and getting it listed on local search sites so potential customers can find your business. Now it’s time to show them what makes it stand out from the competition.Using social media is an excellent — and affordable — way to manage your brand and cultivate relationships with prospects.Although social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest were introduced as a means for individuals to connect with one another, it didn’t take long for digital marketers like The Web Guys to recognize their brand-management potential. Sure, these channels make it easier than ever to keep up with high school friends, share cute pictures of the grandkids, and find inspiration for wedding planning, but they also can be a powerful business tool. How Can Brands Leverage Social Media? Pretty … Continued

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RIP Adobe Flash

RIP Adobe Flash; We Won’t Miss You

Posted on: September 10, 2015

When washed-up entertainers attempt to revive their careers in painstakingly obvious ways, public support often fades as well. In the tech world, Adobe Flash is like the out-of-touch singer who tries to keep up with the latest trends, but just ends up falling short of expectations. Several big-name corporations recently withdrew their support of the multimedia platform, setting the Internet abuzz over the possibility that this could really be the end of Adobe Flash. Why All the Hate? Web developers — including the team at The Web Guys — know all too well that Adobe Flash slows down computers. Frequent crashing doesn’t help the waning technology’s case either. The program also contains more security gaps than there were plot holes in the last installment of The Dark Knight franchise. Online giants like Amazon, Mozilla Firefox, and Facebook have already taken a stance against Adobe Flash. And on Sept. 1, industry behemoth … Continued

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