Over the years, we’ve had many people come in to talk to us about how they understood the importance of having a diverse marketing strategy. Yet they were left frustrated in trying to communicate the significance of a well balanced marketing plan to their team. I’m going to do a series called the “Importance of…” to, hopefully, get down to the finer points of these marketing plans that just might break through to those that don’t yet understand the big picture.
During this series, I will be covering the main basic strategies and how they could work for you. That said, not every business is the same and some strategies are not meant for all. That’s where you can come in and talk to one of our experts to find out what works best for you and your business.
Several or all of these methods can work hand-in-hand to make a well balanced Internet marketing strategy that will get your business ahead. Remember, never put all your eggs in one basket!
The first subject we’ll tackle . . .
Search engine optimization, or SEO for short, is basically the optimizing of your website using the content of the page, title tags, meta tags, header tags, etc. to get as much concise information to the search engines so they know what your website is offering. Good SEO practices also strive for improved user experience and usability of a site. All this works toward improving search engine rankings, your website's visibility, and happy site visitors. Good for users AND search engines… win-win, I say!
While pay-per-click (PPC) will drive more traffic to your website fast and social media can be more important for branding your company's image, organic search engine optimization (SEO) is still the bedrock of a website's presence and should be the first place you start.
I know earlier I said some strategies may not work for everyone. To me, this isn’t one of ‘em. I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t optimize your website… Feel free to let me know if you think of any!
You want to make it as easy as possible for potential business to find you. Don’t make them work for it! In most cases they will end up finding someone else. By utilizing proper search engine optimization you’re putting in place a foundation that will ensure your website can be found in search engines for words and phrases relevant to what your business offers.
This is an important area that should not be overlooked. You want happy website visitors and you can do so by offering the fastest and friendliest experience possible. Not only that, but happy visitors usually turn into returning visitors.
If you're not optimizing your site, in most cases, your competition could be way ahead of you. By starting as soon as possible, you can start to gain ground on those competitors. The better the web site content and SEO, the better position your site is to ranking well in the search engines. And you know what better placement in search engines means? You have a solid chance and beating out your competition!
When compared to the costs of other forms of online marketing such as PPC, SEO provides fairly good return on your investment if done correctly. It's a gradual building of traffic to your website that doesn't just disappear overnight or get turned off by changing a budget.
More info: Meyer Computer's Search Engine Optimization Services
Agencies and marketing professionals have the unique opportunity to become certified by Google to manage AdWords advertising accounts in a program called Google Partners. It's easy, so anyone can do it, right? Not so fast, my friend...
First we'll run through the qualifications and then go over some of the benefits potential advertisers get when working with an official Google Partner.
To even be considered for Google Partner status, there are certain qualifications a marketing company must meet.
Ultimately, I believe, Google made this program to give people peace of mind. When you go with a marketing agency that has been qualified by Google, you can rest assured that you are working with someone who has product knowledge and a successful track record. Plus there is the promise of continual training to keep them in the know.
When you work with a Google Partner, you are getting a marketing company who has access to:
There are also specialization certifications for the different types of advertising, whether it's PPC Search Network, CPM Display Network , Shopping or Video advertising -- so check and see what your potential Google Partner excels in to see if it fits your business goals.
You'll be working with a company that has not only proven to Google their proficiency in using AdWords, but is well versed in all the features AdWords has to offer. The Partner badge is far from easy to obtain, so you can feel confident the company you’ve chosen to entrust your budget with is able to manage your ad campaigns productively.
So, perhaps the question should be - why wouldn't you choose a certified Google Partner to manage your ad campaigns?
Many of the fundamental optimization elements of mobile SEO are identical to desktop such as good rich content, natural backlinks and relevant keyword optimization. However, there are a number of techniques that are used to strengthen search signals.for mobile devices.
Some key optimization elements specific to mobile search :
Google highly recommends a responsive design that will respond and work in all the various devices that we all use. Desktop, phone, tablet, phablet... when someone wants your services, you should be able to provide a website that caters to all.
I'm not sure how Bing and Yahoo feel, but Google feels so strongly that your website be mobile-friendly that they offer any mobile responsive design a Google Mobile Search ranking boost. They also have tons of tools and articles out there to help you reach that goal.
According to Google, 4 in 5 consumers conduct local searches on search engines. And yes, Local Search is important for both Mobile and Desktop. However, mobile searches being of a more immediate need, such as business hours, phone number, directions to store, etc., search results are providing more local info for their users. So make sure your business is listed!
From Google My Business, Bing Places, Yahoo's Localworks... and so many more. There are places out there to list your business and build its presence.
A few tips : Use exact location information. Get past clients and patrons to post reviews. If they let you add photos, add 'em. Fill out all the information to its fullest!
Apple and Google Maps are both scored in comScore’s top 25 mobile apps in the USA. This location and directional information is often used solely on mobile devices. With so much consumer usage it is vital that this information be up-to-date and optimized. Proper local listings optimization is a starting point but specific tweaks are often required in Google Maps via Google Map Maker and Apple Maps via Apple Maps Connect.
Hands-free searching is utilized on mobile devices more and more often. Bing states that 25% of all their searches are voice searches. Voice Search in general has been primarily used for local search and location information, but as people get more comfortable with using it, the mobile search landscape is expanding.
Optimizing your site for voice search is very different then optimizing for traditional search queries. The text-based interface and keyword-driven algorithms of the past forced searchers to enter terse search queries that contain just the relevant keywords with all sentence structure stripped away.
Voice searches are much more conversational using natural language. So instead of searching for "Maui vacation rental" people using a Voice Search may say something like "where can I find a nice vacation rental on Maui?"
Google said back in May of 2015 that "more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan." With more internet searches happening everyday on mobile devices, I have an inkling that search engines will only continue to further calibrate their mobile search algorithms and displayed results to accommodate the differences and limitations of searching on all the various devices. Who knows what's next?
Calling all local Maui businesses! We here at Meyer Computer, Inc. will be hosting our next Google Partner Event on Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00am in Wailuku! Together with Google, we want to help businesses in the community maximize their online marketing and advertising efforts towards positively growing their online presence.
During the first portion of the workshop, Google Speaker Tim Reis, Director of Performance Agencies, will be sharing mobile trends, research, and insights in this ever-changing, mobile-centric world.
Following this informative chat on digital marketing, we will be focusing on helping you get your local business Google Map verified. Only 37% of businesses have verified their business listings. Have you?
This section of the workshop will demonstrate how easy it is to get your business verified on Google and why it's important to do so! After the presentation, we will also be available to assist you with verifying your business. And because we're an official Google Partner, we can expedite your verification process!
If you're interested in attending, make sure to RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited! We hope to see you there!
We've recently had the privilege of creating a website for the musically gifted, Asdrubal "Asdru" Sierra. AsdruSierra.com features a sleek and visually appealing design.
AsdruSierra.com // Desktop View
Easily navigate through Asdru's page as you listen to a few tracks from his various successful collaborations and learn more about his extensive (and impressive!) musical background. An accomplished and talented musician, composer, and singer/songwriter, Asdru also represents our country together with his musical group Ozomatli, as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department.
Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet)
If you love the look of Asdru's website as much as we do, and you're looking to set yourself up with a shiny new site, give us a call at 808.249.0970 or use our Contact Form! We'd be happy to schedule you in for a free consultation. Keep flyin'!
As of July 27th 2016, the Google AdWords Editor is offering some new and exciting features for all their advertisers worldwide. My favorite has to be ETA (expanded text ads) and mobile app engagement ads. Other features include import/export and simultaneous posting for multiple accounts, and more.
Expanded Text Ads
What's so exciting? Double headlines AND an extra long description line! That means more ad real estate to better pull in those looking for your businesses services or products.
Designed to maximize ad performance across all device types, Google's early testing showed increased click-through-rate (CTR) by at least 25%. Not only that, but during the beta trial period, they also found that (as long as you're writing engaging ad content) the incoming sessions translated into more targeted/qualified traffic -- that means a better conversion rate. Can't beat that!
Become an early adaptor. This change provides such great potential for your business, why wouldn't you? Plus, if you're not changing your ads over and your competition is, guess who is more likely to get the clicks?
Use a call to action to set yourself apart from the competition with the second headline.
Good to Know
Mobile Price Extensions
Available to mobile site since July 22nd, Mobile Price Extensions add more value to your search text ads by giving you a bigger showcase for your services and range of products. Price Extensions appear below your text ad on mobile giving you more space to tell people specifics about your business products and links them directly to an item that interests them on your site. Only available for mobile and tablet ads, it takes the place of Sitelinks in the Ad Extensions.
More About Price Extensions: https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/7064917
Individual Device Bid Adjustments
As a whole, this is not a new feature. Individual Device Bid Adjustments gives advertisers more control over device-level bidding in AdWords. Basically allowing you to show your ads more or less frequently based on device.
So what's new? With the ever growing mobile search percentage, Google AdWords is now splitting tablet out from under the mobile category as of the end of July. Now you can set bid adjustments for desktop, mobile phone and tablet.
Set bid adjustments to boost the best performing device for your business. Device bidding will apply to all campaign types, even when keyword targeting is not being used -- such as some remarketing and shopping campaigns.
More About Bid Adjustments: https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/2732132
Searching for Maui real estate can be an intimidating task, so having a website that can help ease the stress of finding a home is of particular importance. This is why we're happy to announce that MauiRealtyAssociates.com and MauiEstatesOnline.com have recently been redesigned to incorporate a simplistic and visually appealing design.
MauiRealtyAssociates.com // Desktop View
Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet)
Both websites are fully responsive which makes viewing them on tablets and mobile devices a pleasant experience. Quickly navigate through each website to find out more about Maui real estate, Maui condo information, information for buyers and sellers, and more.
MauiEstatesOnline.com // Desktop View
Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet)
If you're in the market for a new website for your business, we'd be happy to help you pull it all together. Feel free to give our office a call at 808.249.0970 or use our Contact Form to tell us exactly what you're looking for. We hope to hear from you soon, stay shiny!
In partnership with the County of Maui, Meyer Computer, Inc. is excited to announce that we will be holding a free Google Event on one of our beautiful neighboring islands: Molokai! The workshop will discuss interesting marketing topics ranging from how to get your business verified through Google My Business to how you can increase traffic towards your business through social media strategies.
We'll be offering two session options for the convenience of our attendees, so be sure to RSVP by calling (808) 553-8100 early to secure your seat for your desired time. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
When asked what the characteristic distinctions between Mobile and Desktop search results, there are a bunch of little divergences that come to mind, but we'll cover three main subjects today. Because mobile user searches are headed to top those of desktop, the search engines understand that they need to keep a close eye on what those users want and need. That's where these next topics come into play.
Through research, it has been found that desktop search objective tends to be going after lengthy answers and are ready to spend the time to research a topic.
In comes the mobile users who, for most intents and purposes, are more in search of a short and in the moment type of solution. Mobile search users are high up on the list for "what is near me?". Someone out-and-about searching on their smartphone tends to have a more immediate need for fast info.
How people can physically search varies between desktop and mobile as well. Mobile provides more swiping movement and the ability to easily move horizontally which comes in handy when you have a small screen. But back at home on the desktop with more screen real estate, you are able to have a bunch of mouse scrolling fun.
Another mobile functionality that is gaining tons of traction - Voice Search. Although available on desktop, mobile reigns in this area. As more and more people become comfortable with this function, other interesting differences come up -- such as the keywords used to find a website. People tend to be more succinct and brusque in manner when typing in a search i.e. "maui coffee shop" vs asking your phone "where can I get a supper mocha frappa ding dong NOW?".
When you consider the functionality and screen size differences between mobile and desktop, it's no wonder there is a deviation in the way search results are displayed on the two. A few examples :
Mobile is here to stay and it's only gaining market share as time goes on. I'll stress it again, as I have in the past, it's very important to prepare your websites and online presence in general for the mobile user.
Meyer Computer, Inc. is excited to introduce the newest addition to our marketing team: Avril Dunleavy!
A few years ago, Avril decided to visit Maui and fell in love with the island. She continued to visit Maui frequently until she finally decided to make it permanent and moved from Salt Lake City, Utah to Paia in June 2015. Graduating from Bates College with a degree in Rhetoric, Avril also had an exciting skiing career, skiing competitively for 16 years. She also enjoys pizza, watching TV, and surfing. We look forward to working with Avril and are happy to welcome her to the Meyer Computer team.