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Amazing Local Search Resources for 2019

2019 Local Search ResourcesIf there’s anything that’s constant when it comes to SEO & Local Search, it’s that they are constantly changing. What with Google constantly tweaking and tinkering with their algorithms, and with new insights and strategies constantly being proffered by the industries gurus, not to mention just learning the ins and outs of search best practices in the first place, it’s a never-ending learning process to stay ahead of the game and your competition.

When it comes to local search. It’s a market that’s in a state of flux, changing and evolving, and maintaining the most effective local marketing strategy requires you to stay on top of it. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources to help you do just that. Most of these focus on local search subjects, and some are more general in nature, and though there are many more, these are good sites to start with. Read more...

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7 Common Mistakes SMS Marketers Make

7 Sms Marketing MistakesSMS text marketing has been around for about two decades now, but for a long time it wasn’t widely embraced. However, over the last several years it’s entered the mainstream and a significant number of companies are using SMS as an important tactic in their overall marketing strategy.

But too many companies are making mistakes that are pretty fundamental, and it’s really rather surprising. Successful SMS marketing shares many of the same principles that a successful email campaign does, and more companies have been using email marketing for longer than they’ve been using SMS, so you would think that experience would carry over. For example, in countries around the world including the U.S., record-breaking fines are being levied against companies for violating anti-spam laws using both email and SMS. This is a totally avoidable situation. Read more...

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When Did You Last Update Your Reviews & Testimonials Page?

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It’s the age of the online review. Customer reviews and testimonials have certainly come into their own in the last several years, and they are now one of the most important elements of an effective and comprehensive marketing strategy. Read on to learn more about why they are essential to your business, and how AddMe Review Streaming can empower you to start using them to their maximum effect.

Customer Reviews Build Trust

Consumers are wary of sales and marketing content generated by a business. However, they still expect the business itself to give them a sales pitch and paint their products and services in the best light. Read more...

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Why Customer Reviews Are Important For Your Business?

Why Online Customer Reviews Are Important For Your BusinessAs a business owner, you’re always looking for new and effective ways to improve your marketing and bring in more customers, and maybe you already have a pretty comprehensive strategy in place. But surveys have shown that the one essential tactic that many businesses are still failing to make use of is online customer reviews of their products and services, and that’s a mistake. They can be one of your most effective marketing tools, increasing lead generation and product sales. If you’re not using them as part of your marketing strategy, then you’re certainly not getting all the reviews you could be, and that’s a shame, because most other businesses are using them successfully, and your competition is probably among them. Positive customer reviews can also give a big boost to your website’s local SEO efforts. Let’s explore just what enabling your sites to allow online reviews can do for you. Read more...

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Did You Follow These Linking Tips To Improve Your Ranking?

How Not To Get External Links In 2018

Let’s face it, keeping up with the ever changing complexity of the SEO you use in your struggle to get your website ranked well in the SERPs is hard work, but of course absolutely necessary. You already know your site needs to look great and have fresh, relevant content, be designed so that it’s easily crawlable by the Googlebots, optimized for page speed, use great well-researched keywords, compelling meta descriptions and title tags, be secure, and be optimized for mobile devices. All of these things have been important to Google for years, and neglecting any of them can hurt your rankings. Read more...

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Changes To Google Maps And Your Business?

Changes to Google Maps and your business

Over the last year, Google announced some significant changes to their local search results Knowledge Panels, which, as is sometimes the case when Google makes changes, is both good news and bad news for businesses. The new features are good news for Google however, as it makes them more formidable as a competitor against Facebook and Yelp in the area of online reviews.

One change announced at the Google I/O last May is that Google Maps will start including local business recommendation directories embedded within search results that are based on a local search category, intent, and proximity to a user’s location. This update is already being seen by desktop and Android users and will soon be extended to all mobile device searches. Read more...

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5 Classic Books On Lead Generation

Sales LeadsThe whole point of marketing is to generate leads. Lead generation can be defined as the initial interaction between a potential customer and a business offering some type of product or service, capturing that person’s attention and persuading them to be interested in said product or service, and eventually convincing them to buy. Leads produce interested potential customers, interested potential customers are converted to buyers, and sales lead to profits. Business 101 right?

Except it’s not that simple anymore. There was a time not so long ago when all a business had to do to generate leads was to take out some ads in the Yellow Pages and the local newspapers and some magazines, maybe do some direct mail marketing, and perhaps some radio and TV commercials. But things have changed. Read more...

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The History Of Snapchat, And Why You Should Care

The History Of Snapchat, And Why You Should Care

In a world awash in social apps, and more being created almost every day, Snapchat stands out as one of the most successful, in the top five in fact, right up there with Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and the biggest of them all, world-conquering Facebook. Launched in 2011, by the latter part of 2014 the app had 30 million active users and 60 million downloads, and over 40% of 18 year-olds in the United States were using Snapchat on a daily basis, multiple times per day in fact. The Snapchat saga is an interesting and informative story for any would-be Internet entrepreneur, a rags-to-riches (well, sorta) tale full of ups and downs, mostly ups, and infighting. Read more...

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Local Search Optimization Tips For 2018

Local Search Optimization Tips For 2018

2018 is proving to be yet another year of rapid change for digital marketing strategies. The explosion in the use of smartphones and other mobile devices over the last five years is one of the primary driving forces of this change, drastically altering the way consumers find, research, and purchase goods and services. More than ever before, it’s vital to have an effective local search engine optimization (SEO) strategy in place. It could even mean the survival of your business.

2018 Local Search Statistics

Some eye-opening numbers showing the importance of local search SEO for SMBs, from surveys of PC users as well as mobile users, gathered from various online consumer research firms: Read more...

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3 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Google Reviews

3 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Google Reviews

How long have you kept your customer review strategy on the back burner? While you’re scrambling to make more sales and manage tedious back-end tasks, your competitors are using the customer engagement they already have to boost business.

Google reviews appear at the top of search pages, which means a single review can reach hundreds or thousands of people in your area. Imagine how much you can increase conversions by simply letting your customers endorse your business. If you’re ignoring this cheap, invaluable source of promotion, you’re working a lot harder than you need to. Read more...

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