Web pages that have responsive design elements can be re-sized (sometimes to fit on a tablet or phone) and will rearrange the integral parts of the webpage so they’ll still fit neatly on the screen. You can see that responsive design is much what it sounds like- the design elements will respond to changes in the window size, thus making it more user-friendly. A navigation bar, for example, will transform as the window begins to shrink while other elements will sort themselves in proportion to the size of the window and grid. Responsive design is most useful for businesses who want their website to be accessible to all user devices, from laptop to tablet to smartphone.
When social media first started becoming a trend beyond eighth grade girls building their “top eight,” it still seemed as though it was just a way for individuals to communicate with loved ones. While that assumption proved true back in 2007, businesses have made an online presence so strong on social media platforms that it has almost become an unofficial requirement for businesses to grow and continue generating sales.
However, the last thing any employer wants to do is waste time trying to keep up on multiple social media channels if only one or two will make a real impact on his or her business. So, which one should you be using?
With over 700 billion minutes spent each month on Facebook, it’s pretty much irrational not to invest some time on this outlet, especially if you work with the consumer market. About 67 percent of adults are actively using Facebook accounts, so almost any market can benefit from engaging with its publics on this channel.
About 2.6 million companies have pages on LinkedIn to interact with other businesses and professionals within the industry. If you run some sort of agency, where your clients are typically other businesses, activating a LinkedIn account for your company would be helpful. For businesses reaching out to individuals, this channel may not be as effective.
Pinterest is kind of the new kid on the block, and does not have much of an impact for the majority of businesses. However, if your company relies off some kind of visual for sales, Pinterest may be a great marketing advantage for you. For example, if you are an interior decorator, Pinterest can help you display homes you helped design by categorizing each room and displaying them for the public. Other businesses who can benefit from Pinterest include:
Search engine optimization (SEO) works through an algorithm of factors that Google formulated, called PageRank, which ultimately affects your blog’s rank on the search engine’s results pages. Knowing which factors are considered most, and how they can positively (and negatively) affect your blog’s rank is critical to any SEO campaign. So, what are the factors?
Un-optimized Title Tag
Your title tag is one of the most important factors in SEO, but too many blogs don’t even know it. Your tag should be customized to describe your blog while implementing a targeted keyword. This title will appear in browsers, search engine results pages and external websites, so having “Home Page” or your brand’s name will not be helpful in building your rank.
Using Free Hosting Sites
Many free blogging websites can give you bang for your buck, but will not be efficient in climbing that SEO ladder. This is because these sites do not allow you the total control you need to install necessary Plugins, themes and extensions. If you do enough research, you should not have to spend more than $50 per year for a customized domain and efficient Web hosting.
Building off keywords to blog on is an excellent proven method to improving your rank, but this can be difficult if done incorrectly. If you focus on too many keywords for each page, your will likely begin writing duplicate content due to narrowed down topics you can write about. Duplicate content with too many keywords dropped in is considered “keyword stuffing,” and will hurt your PageRank. Instead, create separate pages for each keyword for stronger high-quality content.
Google has a special team that looks out for this kind of activity. Many brands buy links to get a leg up in PageRank, but this violates Google’s guidelines for SEO, and they will flag it. Suspicious activity includes having a sudden influx of backlinks to your site, as well as having random irrelevant websites backlinking. You are much better off not engaging in buying links for your brand.
The SEO world has been set abuzz once again with Google’s latest algorithm update, titled Hummingbird. So what do you need to know about it?
First off, Google has already made it clear that it is trying to create the best user experience possible by trying to sift through search queries that range from useless crap to those of actual value. Penguin and Panda have already shown us that, so it’s no surprise Hummingbird is heading down the same path.
The most important goal that Google is trying to achieve with Hummingbird is less focused on keywords that match search queries and more focused on understanding what information individuals are trying to find with their search queries. Obviously the point of a search query is to find what users are looking for, but sometimes the meaning of the search query and the results Google provides based on keyword matching is completely different.
The interesting part of Google search now is that the search engine is starting to be able to understand more complex queries. Instead of searching “distance between Austin and New York”, users can simply ask “how far away is NY?” and get a simple answer.
Smart businesses will respond to Hummingbird by continuing to manage a well-rounded marketing strategy. While informative online content is going to be valuable to your users, businesses will need to reassert their efforts toward understanding their consumers’ needs.
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If your brand has already achieved some visibility in the social media world, it’s time to learn what you can do to not only continue successes, but also to maintain attention of your targeted publics on these channels.
While social media is a solid resource for sharing news quickly and efficiently, it’s also important to note how humor, when used appropriately, is much more likely to be shared between consumers than anything else. Here’s why:
Humor stands out.
If you scroll through your timeline and news feed, you will undoubtedly skim and scroll through content without much thought. Both Facebook and Twitter have become hotspots for company advertisements, whether in the middle of your feed or on the sidebars. However, if you look at how much engagement results from a humorous post from Whataburger or a YouTube video from a dental practice, you will realize humor is what gets people talking and sharing.
Humor humanizes your brand.
Part of presenting your brand as likeable is humanizing it. Why do shoppers quickly pass by pushy salesmen in the mall, or auto-delete advertisements in their emails? They do these things because they know what is important to a business: sales, sales, sales. Presenting your brand as a relatable human rather than a money-sucking robot is what connects the business to the consumer; it’s what bridges the gap.
In so many words, sporadically (or frequently, depending on the type of brand) using humor on social media to get your message across is a perfect way to oust the earmuffs of the daily consumer, who has almost trained his or herself to tune out the clutter of advertisements they encounter daily.