Search Engine Optimization
It’s the age-old digital marketing question – should you be focusing on search engine optimization or pay-per-click advertising – and it’s a doozy. Yes, it would be great if some kind of marketing guru could provide you with a definitive answer that could put all your doubts to rest. But like so many conundrums of this kind, the answer has to come from within. Let’s do a bit of soul-searching.
When we think about digital marketing trends for 2023, it’s almost impossible not to head straight for AI and stop there, but that wouldn’t get us very far on our quest. In fact, a writer over at Search Engine Journal decided to put his trend theories to the test by going head-to-head with ChatGPT – to see if it could out-predict him. Let’s take a closer look.
Predictions are great, but expert predictions are even better. In this article, we focus our gaze on where we – and other experts in the field – see local marketing headed, and our insights can help you make the most of your own digital marketing efforts. Whatever kind of business you’re running, your online presence needs to be polished, and – for all but the largest enterprises – the name of the game is local marketing.
Google is deep into rolling out its new labels for Google Business Profiles (GBPs), which all managers on the GBP NMX or New Merchant Experience can access. Although previewed back in 2021, these labels recently went global. The idea is to allow clients in the local business arena – who have the necessary access to manage their GBPs – to read Google’s take on the state of their profiles. You’re going for a Profile Strength label that reads – Looks good – and learning more about what’s up with Google in relation to this rollout can help you get there.
Keyword research refers to the process of using analytics to identify those elusive keywords that are going to resonate with the audience you’re targeting. By scoping out these keywords, you greatly improve your ability to strategize content and hit your digital marketing goals. While it’s a complicated process, it is very doable – and there are three straightforward steps that can help you get there.
We all know that what we want is out there. It’s finding it that’s often the problem. The Web Guys know that spending hours going down a search rabbit hole is exasperating, and your customers and clients feel the same way. Enter Multisearch. Google’s upping its search game with this one by allowing searchers to include their own photos – and photos grabbed from the web – in their queries, and they’re opening up a whole new visual world of search possibilities in the process. As usual, however, Google’s latest move raises new questions about keeping up in relation to your online marketing. Let’s take a closer look.
When it comes to local searches over at Google, things are on a roll. If you are having trouble keeping up, you’re not alone, but there are some basics to keep in mind as we barrel into the new year. Local search is important to your business, which makes having your finger on the pulse – to the degree that it’s possible to do so – an excellent idea.
You recognize that you need an SEO agency, which puts you ahead of the game, but you may have no idea how to pick one. The truth is, however, that you don’t have to go with the luck of the draw. If you’ve gotten yourself into a bad relationship with an SEO agency, the good news is you can call it quits and find a better love connection. While SEO agencies may seem interchangeable – only with different cover art – they absolutely are not.
The goal of SEO and many digital marketing efforts is to make your mark on the search engine results page (SERP), but it is undeniably difficult to keep up with the flux of evolving features, the kaleidoscope of new ads, and your cascading competitors. There are, however, three touchstones that you should become very familiar with in terms of monitoring your position on the leaderboard and adjusting your campaigns in response. When you understand and track Google Ad’s primary search metrics, which focus on impression share, you’ll be far better positioned to make the most of your marketing dollars.
The future of search is now. Your customers and potential customers alike can go directly to your site’s handy-dandy search bar to plug in exactly what they are looking for and go directly to it, and the convenience cannot be denied. Search used to be nothing more than a workaday tool that helped searchers hammer their way through labyrinthian websites, but no more. Search has the potential to serve as a powerful conversion tool, which should be used to your advantage.