In a blog post and an email to users, Pinterest has finally announced their foray into advertisements after existing ad-free for three years. CEO Ben Silbermann announced the advertisements will come in the form of “promoted pins”, a la Twitter’s promoted tweets and Facebook’s promoted posts, all of which appear directly in user’s feeds.
He insisted the ads will be as tasteful and transparent as possible, meaning they will be clearly marked and relevant (targeted) to users. Silbermann also mentioned that Pinterest is only working with just a few businesses now, but will be expanding to more as time goes on.
The company is taking it slow and approaching promoted pins cautiously. The first promoted pins will appear in search results during testing within the next couple weeks. An example would be a promoted pin for a costume store when users search “Halloween”.
Advertisers are chomping at the bit to get their promoted content on Pinterest, considered to be one of the most important outlets for lucrative target segments. The current click-though rate of a pin on Pinterest is 1.1 percent. The rate for a Facebook ad? A measly 0.1 percent.
Pinterest’s monetization has been a long time coming. A company that has yet to turn a profit, Pinterest has an estimated value of $2.5 billion (yes, billion with a “b”). It’s probably about time the image and video-sharing site started paying back its investors, who put in an initial $338 million into the company.
YouTube has announced that in its newest update coming in November users will be able to view videos without an internet connection on their mobile devices. Users will have the option to download videos onto their phones, tablets, or other mobile devices while on an internet connection.
Users will be able to watch any videos they downloaded without an internet connection. Examples of situations in which users might be without the internet were on a flight or a bus ride home. The videos will stay in a user’s queue for 48 hours before being automatically deleted, but the timer will reset every time the mobile device connects to the internet.
According to a memo released to YouTube commercial upload partners (user accounts that have been monetized), Google in-stream ads will still be played before the downloaded videos are watched, but other types of ads won’t be supported.
The number of views a video receives offline will also be counted and partners will have the option to disable this feature for any of their videos. The uploader will have the option during or after an upload to disable offline viewing, and can even disable groups of videos individually, as a whole, or by region.
As the owner of a website, you may think that any page view is a good thing, but if your hits start to bounce, it could mean trouble for you and your SEO. What does it mean when your views “bounce?” “Bounce,” in this context, means to leave, so it basically means that your viewers visited your site through Google, viewed one page, and upon seeing that page, backed out, not bothering to check out any other page on your site. Imagine if your site was a business, and people walked in, only to leave once they took a quick glance around. Bouncing is the same thing, and it can be a sign that the content on your website, or how it’s displayed is not resonating with many of your visitors.
What Kind of Bounce Rate is Normal?
Just like those customers who do a little looking around and leave, however, it is expected that your site will have bouncers. If half of the people who visit bounce, then that’s not abnormal, but anything higher and you might need to fix a few things. Google keeps track of what its users do, and even though they do not use Google Analytics data to determine rankings, if they see that a high number of people are clicking the back button on the first viewing (Return-to-SERP behavior), then your rank may still be affected.
How to Improve Your Bounce Rate
1. Keep it Ethical
One way you can make sure that your bounce rate is low is to be honest. For instance, if you say your product is free on your header but then say that you have to pay for it on your page, then that’s going to give you a high bounce rate. People do not like being lied to, especially when they are looking for one certain thing and are given something else. You may think that by being a little deceptive, it will be a springboard to get you on the front page of Google, but that will not last if your bounce rate is high. Keep your keywords relevant, too, and don’t just implement every single keyword under the sun to attract views.
2. Be User Friendly
Speaking of the front page, you have to make sure that your front page is presentable to viewers to avoid a high bounce rate. Does your front page not support a certain browser? Well, your viewers won’t support you. Does your front page have annoying features like loud music and automatically-playing videos? Well, your viewers will back up immediately. Also, check and see if your front page loads easily. Your high-speed internet may support your fancy website filled with flashy gadgets and images set at a higher resolution than most computer screens, but if it’s not optimized for mobile and people with slow Internet speeds, then people’s patience may wear thin if they attempt to load it.
The idea of your viewers bouncing before exploring may be a frightening thing, but by employing a few easy precautions, you can keep your bounce rate under control. There is no such thing as a 0% bounce rate, but that is to be expected. Just be honest and user-friendly and you will see your bounce rate improve.
When it comes to finding good legal help these days, nobody picks up the Yellow Pages anymore to find a legal firm. The Internet has completely changed the way effectively marketing any type of business is done. Especially for attorneys, the marketing landscape has vastly changed in the past decade. The majority of people who are in need of an attorney, particularly for personal injury and criminal defense matters, go online to find representation.
Because of this, it is important for any legal firm that wants to grow its business to invest in search engine optimization. Law firms looking to invest in SEO need to keep a few very important things in mind to make sure that they make the right choice.
Attorneys Need a Long Term SEO Strategy
Search engine optimization needs to become an essential part of your long term marketing strategy. The legal online marketing field is very competitive, which means that you need to look at long term SEO tactics. While a well executed SEO campaign can show results within the first 5 months, to truly see an impact on your business, you need to commit for at least a year.
At Fahrenheit Marketing we focus on our clients’ long term SEO strategy. On average it takes about 5-6 months until our clients start to see results from our work. After this, you can expect to see a steady increase in visitors to your website and calls to your office. Our customers talk about seeing a steady increase in the number and quality of cases that they are getting since signing up with Fahrenheit Marketing.
One of our clients, The McMinn Law Firm, has seen its Google rankings rise steadily throughout the three years they’ve been working with us. Currently they show up in the first or second position for the search terms that are most important for their business. These kinds of results are incredibly important for a law firm operating in the very competitive Austin market.
Attorneys Need Sustainable SEO
A long term SEO strategy goes together with sustainable SEO. Building up a law firm, you are obviously not trying to make a quick buck on the internet. You need to make sure that your SEO provider only uses sustainable, white-hat tactics to ensure that you don’t get penalized by Google. Some companies provide cheap SEO packages that promise you lots of backlinks and content to make you climb up the search engine rankings. You need to avoid these kinds of tactics at all cost. While this could work for a little while, eventually your website will get black-listed by Google, which can be lethal for your website.
Fahrenheit Marketing works together with its clients to provide SEO that is future-proof and completely in line with Google’s and other search engines’ quality guidelines. We take an individualized approach tailored to your specific situation. Together we work towards getting more visitors to your website and converting these visitors into clients.
Attorneys Need an SEO Provider With Great Communication Skills
Legal SEO is a long term game, but this doesn’t mean that you should pay your SEO provider and then sit and wait until you get the results in your mailbox one year later. Good two-way communication is crucial to achieve SEO success. Your SEO provider needs to keep you up to date about what is going on with your SEO campaign. You also want to be able to get in touch with your SEO provider and get fast answers to your questions.
Fahrenheit Marketing prides itself on upholding a great relationship with its clients. We send out monthly progress reports to make sure that you are always up to date with the current state of your SEO.
We also make sure that any questions you have are promptly addressed. Our clients are astonished that they can get on the phone to discuss their website and SEO.
To discuss how we can help your law firm get more and better quality cases, give us a call today. We’d love to talk with you.
Search engine giant Google is considered to be the primary thought leader and trendsetter in the world of internet search. In fact, it would be safe to say that Google has made (and is making) SEO what it is today. Considering the integral role Google plays in an industry as dynamic as SEO, it’s important to keep up to date with current events. It’s time for a headline rundown.
Google Analytics Will End its Support of IE8 by the Year’s End
IE8, which launched about four years ago, will no longer have support from Google Analytics. Internet Explorer, the web browser from years passed, is on its tenth incarnation with just over 11% market share. In fact, last year Google stopped supporting its apps on IE8, so it’s no surprise that it has made the decision to stop support.
Google Buys Wireless Sharing App “Bump”
You may have heard of Bump before; if not, here’s a refresher: Bump is a mobile app in which users can exchange digital information (say, business cards) by tapping their phones together. The app was founded in 2008, but fell into apparent obscurity after that as it failed to find its footing. Google bought Bump for about $40 million. Experts say that Google’s intention was to get its hands on experienced engineers and their technology, which has a simplistic user interface, yet complex algorithms under the surface.
Google Adds Four New Patent Agencies to Patent Search
Google created Patent Search as a tool to assist anyone who is searching for information about existing patents. The tool is especially useful to tech entrepreneurs and companies who suffer from the wrath of patent trolls. The four new patent agencies it is adding to its repertoire are the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and agencies in Germany, China and Canada. These will supplement the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).