Inbound Marketing

Once you’ve published quality content then you can focus on “Inbound Marketing” — developing a strong social presence, working on your ‘brand’, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Pay Per Click — these are inbound marketing skills which lead customers to you as opposed to outbound marketing where you approach the customer with banners and button ads, email marketing and other traditional techniques.

Twitter Ads: Leads to MailChimp Campaign

Twitter Ads - leads to EmailYou’ve worked hard growing followers on Twitter, why not turn them into leads so you can work toward sales using automated marketing?  Twitter ads?  Yup.  Don’t count that platform out yet — especially when we have a new American President that loves to tweet, and the platform has 317 million users in 2016.  That bird can still sing.

Our clients are always interested in smart ways to gather more leads, so we are pleased to tell you about a tactic where you pay only for the leads gathered.  This strategy pairs up newer Twitter ads with your marketing automation program of choice to discover leads and grow your list.  And with a lead campaign on Twitter, you pay only for the leads gathered. (more…)

SEO, Content Strategy & The Ranking Brain

Welcome to the twilight zone.  An Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in charge of search returns now, when you use Google. You can’t control what it does.  What does this mean for content marketers?

Google SEO and Artificial Intelligence

Ready to meet an Artificial Intelligence? You already have — every time you do a Google Search you are working with one.

Google calls it’s AI, “RankBrain”, and while only an infant, it already thinks for itself.  That’s called “machine learning.  According to a recent SearchEngineLand.com (SEL) article, “Machine learning is where a computer teaches itself how to do something, rather than being taught by humans or following detailed programming.”

According to wikipedia, “RankBrain is a machine learning artificial intelligence system, the use of which by Google was confirmed on 26 October 2015. It helps Google to process search results and provide more relevant search results for users.[1] In a recent interview, Google commented that RankBrain is the third most important factor in the ranking algorithm along with links and content.” (more…)

Why does Webdirexion do Digital Marketing?

Why do we do what we do?  It’s a great question, posed by Joe Pulizzi, friend and colleague, and founder and CEO at the Content Marketing Institute in a post that lays it straight out —  “Your WHAT Doesn’t Matter if Your WHY Is Lacking“.  Let’s find out how knowing the answer is key to business success and in so doing learn why one paddles a canoe.

Why do we do what we do in business?

Why do we do what we do in business?

Joe wrote the foreward for our new book on CRO — Conversion Rate Optimization. Optimization for conversions (when a visitor comes to your site and takes a step closer to doing business with you) is part of what we do because it helps marketers win more qualified leads.  And conversions are one of the focus areas in our marketing strategy model we follow which we call R.A.C.E. — Reach, Act, Convert, Engage.  Again, that’s what we do, but why do we do this?  You might as well ask why do canoe enthusiasts paddle canoes (I will give you my answer below)?

I know what Joe does — he provides resources to help Content Marketers including content marketing conferences which I have attended a couple of times (highly recommended).

I know what each of our healthcare clients do.  For example, one provides software for hospitals so they can manage revenues better.  I know what our hotel clients do — they provide a resting place at a vacation destination. But why… why are we all in business?

Why ask why?  The answer is that your marketing success depends more on the why and less on the what.  Or, as Pulizzi puts it, “Your why is the problem your product solves.”  Ok, let’s see then: (more…)

Are Facebook Ads Even Worth My Time?

Facebook ads can take on many appearances depending on the ad type and the device used to view the ad.

Facebook ads can take on many appearances depending on the ad type and the device used to view the ad.

Are Facebook ads dead?

Short answer: no, they’re not. Not even close.

Long answer: Facebook ads are still very much alive and thriving. How alive you might ask? Looking ahead, KISSmetrics statistics indicate that Facebook is expected to generate at least $4 billion in revenue this year of 2015 from ads alone.

For that kind of money to be spent on ads alone, it’s apparent that this method of marketing is worthwhile and working for many businesses.

So why do certain ad managers swear that Facebook ads are a lost cause? This could depend on a number of factors, but most likely businesses that didn’t see any immediate results so they became discouraged and turned off their ad campaign prematurely. (more…)

Optimize Your Hotel’s Social Media Presence

In preparing for our PAII Webinar on Online Marketing Recommendations for Websites (Sept. 30th — register online, it’s free), we took a closer look at some Hotels & Inns we had reviewed recently to look for the strengths in their social media strategies.

Below, I’ll outline some things we know are strong for both the Balch Hotel and the Edenwild Inn with regards to their presence in the social venues.  First, let’s look at the Balch Hotel:

Balch Hotel has a strong social presence

The Balch Hotel covers a range of social sites including those above (Google+, Twitter, and Facebook) with a smart strategy to emphasize different advantages of staying with them

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SEO Without CRO is a Plane Without an Engine

Are you practicing SEO... without the "engines" of CRO?

Are you practicing SEO… without the “engines” of CRO?

What is it that you want to achieve with your company website? Is the end goal the sheer glory of seeing your web appear high in the search engine pages for random keyword phrases? Or perhaps the c-suite execs push for numbers – the more people that arrive at the site each month, the better?

Of course not.

Search engine rankings and number of visitors are meaningless unless they convert into leads or clients. Even if the only goal of the website is to provide information,  it is still desirable that the visitors that land on the site have an interest in the topic and their path through the site to find the information they seek should be productive.

The point of the website is  to have visitors interact with it in one or more of  any number of pre-determined conversion goals. SEO gets the visitors to the site but CRO gets them to interact with it and hit those conversion goals. (more…)

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