Instagram added 100 million users in the last month. Were you one of them?

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Social media. Social media. Social media. If you tap your heels together and say it three times will you magically have accounts on all the big networks? Unfortunately, no. BUT on a positive note every new social media boom gives you and your business a new opportunity to grab someone’s attention. Let’s talk Instagram. I am a new member of …

More Social Media Video “Don’ts”

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We are reaching the end of our social media video series, so we’re going to hit on the last few things to avoid. I think some of these suggestions are fairly easy to avoid but also VERY easy to fall into. For example, overly lengthy videos. It’s easy to tell yourself to keep a video short and sweet. But once …

Social Media Don’ts

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Let’s discuss some of the things you want to avoid when building your social media video presence. First, don’t just shoot for the biggest target. Just because Facebook has almost 2 billion users doesn’t mean they want to see what you’re putting out there. You have to find the right audience. Depending on your business, LinkedIn may be your best …

Dense Content

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Content Density This the concept that deals with the idea of avoiding superficial posting. Content these days has become quite superficial and that does prospective customers no good. The goal with content should be to highlight your uniqueness, your differences, from your competition. The challenge comes with keeping it interesting. Getting truly lengthy and in-depth on your website can take …

Rich Answers and Local Links

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Rich answers had a great year in 2016. Because most people search online using questions instead of keywords, Google has begun returning information that doesn’t require you to click on search results to get details. If you Google a famous person’s name, that person’s details appear as a Knowledge Panel on your results page. If you search using “how to” …

NAP – Name, Address, and Phone Number. Local Strategies to Boost Your Business

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As obvious as this seems, you’d be amazed how difficult it can be to find this information on a business homepage. Aside from the basic importance of letting potential customers know how to contact you, NAP data is actually used by search engines when local searches are performed. If your NAP is prominently part of your website, each time it …

REVIEWS – Local Strategies To Boost Your Business

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Over the next few weeks, the Marlin Blog is going to cover some SEO strategies designed specifically to give small businesses a boost in their local area. Hopefully one, or all, of these can do something for you. I’ll focus on a few specific sites as we discuss, but keep in mind there are dozens of sources out there! We’re …

P.O.E.M. Paid, Owned, Earned, Media

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When I talk about POEM, I’m not trying to start a conversation about iambic pentameter, I’m actually addressing three of the main channels you should utilize for a strong content marketing plan. Paid, Owned, Earned Media. Let’s take a closer look. Paid media is really just advertising. That said, there are so many paid avenues in this giant digital world …

Google’s Fighting Those Pesky Pop-Up Ads

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    How many times have we clicked on a link and wound up in Timbuktu because we accidentally clicked on a surprise pop-up ad as we were scrolling through the page? It’s the WORST. Well I have good news, Google is taking steps to punish pages that allow/encourage pop-up ads. (Cue applause, cheering, and general celebration). Unfortunately this doesn’t …

Search Engine Optimization vs Pay-Per-Click Advertising

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Search Engine Optimization and Pay-Per-Click advertising are some of my favorite topics because of their great use use for small businesses. I think it’s important we regularly get into the nitty gritty of what these two marketing strategies bring to the table so everyone understands our focus for your success. We’ll define each first. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is …