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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve your SEO

It’s essential. It’s complex. It can be overwhelming. A search engine optimization (SEO) strategy has a lot of moving parts, but the most important thing is to just get started.

Here are 5 things you can do right now on your website to improve your SEO.

 

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Speed It Up

Upload times are a big factor. When your website loads slowly, you miss out on conversions. Even having a one- or two-second delay can cost you a chunk of page views.

Remove or optimize large file size items to boost up your load time, and get your developer in the boat with some more in-depth changes.

 

Structure your URLs 

Give your URLs titles specific to the content on the page. Having a random series of characters does nothing for your SEO, isn’t memorable and looks less clean.

Rather than default to “www.yourwebsite.com/p=1&,” put yourself in an SEO state of mind and opt for something like “www.website.com/SEOtips”.

 

Image Name Game 

Make your photo titles, descriptions and alt tags reflect what content is presented on the page to help boost your results. Renaming the file name itself with keywords from your page will help here, too.

 

 

Create Great Content 

All of your SEO efforts are wasted if you don’t start and end with great content. Writing relevant, rich content that resonates with your audience is one of the most important pieces of SEO.

 

Update Often

Your website should be updated frequently to improve your results. It’s not a “set it and forget it” type of marketing tool. Sites like Wikipedia are always ranked so high because they are constantly updating their material. Take a page from their book and keep your content fresh with regular updates.

 

 

Although these 5 tips only begin to scratch the surface, they are things you can do now to get started on improving your SEO. SEO is a long-term commitment – be patient and persistent, and you will see results.

Ready to dive in deeper? There are resources available to you that offer a more in-depth look at your website, so you can discover SEO opportunities and implement them. Learn how our team of experts at Stray Media Group can help.

 

Marketing Strategies – Essentials from the Experts

The many facets of marketing can be daunting. What does your business’s marketing strategy actually need? How much should you be spending on a marketing? How do you get potential customers to connect with your brand?

The answer is there is no ‘one size fits all’ method when it comes to marketing. Your business is as unique as your fingerprint and should be treated as such.

While there is no single method, there are components of marketing that every business needs to think about. Our team has put together their marketing genius to help get your gears turning.

“Having a clear vision of your brand and maintaining that in all of your creative and social content. Your brand identity is the best tool in your sale’s kit. It is what drives customers to want to interact with you. Until that first person-to-person interaction occurs your only goal should be to sell who you are and not necessarily your product or service.”

Tim, Account Manager

“I think the most important part of marketing is adding value to people’s lives. Instead of thinking about how you can sell something, think of how you can impact their lives in a positive way.”

Mariah, Account Coordinator

“Being on target with your message and delivering it clearly. Too many commercials and advertisements make me say, “What the…?” because I have no idea what message they’re trying to get across to me. It’s one thing to be clever but being unclear is another.”

Heather, COO

“Figure out who you want to market to. Once you know your target audience, you can create messages that will resonate deeper with people. Connecting on a more personal level will help to improve communication and build customer loyalty.”

Alexa, Graphic Designer

“Know what the goal of your message is. Are you trying to evoke an emotion from viewers? Inform people of something? Have a clear vision of what your overall goal is so your marketing is continuously working to achieve it.”

Keely, Graphic & Web Designer

“Having your own unique voice and brand persona. The style you write content in, how you interact with followers on social media, the look and feel of your creative material – all these elements give your audience a glimpse into who you are as a business. Use these opportunities to tell your story and connect people not only to your products and services, but your overall brand.”

Jen, Content Creator

The boss of the apple sauce has two must-haves to share:

“First is simplicity. Whether it’s a big billboard or a business card, if your material is too busy or complicated to grasp right away, the chance to connect with your audience will be lost.

Second, and perhaps the most important of all is brand standards and consistency. Too many businesses have an “it’s good enough” attitude which stunts their growth. Consistently holding your marketing to the highest level of standards across all of your marketing mediums and your brand will not only be elevated in appearance, but more trusted by the people you are trying to communicate with.”

Dave, Creative Director

 

Incorporate these essentials into your marketing plan for a well-rounded strategy that gets results. Still not quite sure where to begin? Our team of marketing gurus has your back – give us a call to chat about how we can help build the strategy that fits your business best.

 

Phases of the M.O.A.B. (Marketing on a Budget)

Building a marketing strategy that works for your business (and budget) is as essential as it is challenging. It must be as unique as your business and molded according to what you can afford, while ensuring you’re hitting all the crucial components you need to grow your company.

How can you have an effective marketing strategy on a budget? Working your plan through a series of phases can help you succeed.

Start with what you know you absolutely need in order to function as a business. Every business will be different, and your plan will be determined by the amount of resources available to you through your marketing budget. Typically, this would include a website, social media activity, basic SEO and maybe some office essentials like business cards.

The key to phase one is to have a foundation that opens the lines of communication between you and your target audience. If your budget is a little bigger, the first phase of your strategy may reach far beyond the few aforementioned components. If your budget is on the smaller side, maybe you’ll be able to start with one or two of these and build on them as your company grows.

Wherever you are, start with the essentials your customers will need in order to find you and learn more about your business.

As your company grows, so should your marketing budget and strategy. Enter phase two! Break through the plateau at the end of phase one by putting more of your budget into expanding on what your current strategy includes.

Maybe your initial budget only allowed you to have a one-page website with a company description and phone number, but you’re ready to transform it into a several-page site complete with a blog, photo gallery and product videos.

If you started with a Facebook page to establish a presence on social media, enhance your strategy by increasing the frequency of posts and activity, and exploring other social media platforms on which to create business pages to increase your reach.

Look into upping your SEO game in phase two if your initial budget in phase one only allowed you to do the basics. This will help you be more easily found by potential customers and like-minded audience members across the web.

Continuously reshape your strategy to expand and cover more bases as you grow. Use phase three as a time to continue to expand your current efforts, while also exploring other marketing avenues to research and invest in that will allow you to reach more of your target audience.

Again, every business’s strategy will be different, including its timeline from one phase to the next, level of growth and avenues for marketing. Start where you can and always be reworking your strategy so it’s in line with your ever-developing company.

At Stray Media Group, we work with businesses of all shapes and sizes to help them find the marketing strategy that best fits their needs while being conscious of their budget. Our goal is to help you succeed within the means that you have, so you can work on growing your company to its full potential.

Contact our team to learn more about how we can help you define and execute a marketing strategy for your business today.

What SMG Learned at Hubspot’s World’s Largest Webinar

 

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SMG recently had the opportunity to tune into the World’s Largest Webinar: Secrets to Success on Social Media in 2014 (#WLW14) presented by Hubspot. The webinar focused on sharing professional insight into three of the biggest social networks out there, Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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We couldn’t wait to share what we learned from the three social media experts who presented – Jed Clevenger, Russ Laraway, and Scott Engelman. They each spoke about their specific expertise and provided incredibly valuable information. Here are the top three things we took away from #WLW14 that we feel could help you succeed with social media!

 

1. Facebook: Jed Clevenger reminded us that Facebook is based on communicating. Meaning, it’s not always a platform for selling, even on a business page. Facebook for business is about talking to your customers, not at your customers. Use your page to familiarize your customers with what your company represents as well as your human side. Company pictures are a great way to do this! It builds trust in a way that no other medium can. Need an example? Check out Morgan Miller Plumbing or Dusterhoft Family Stores.

 

2. Twitter: Twitter expert, Russ Laraway made an excellent point. Tweet like you would email. With Twitter, you only have 140 characters to make an impression on your audience, if something doesn’t catch their eye quickly, they will keep scrolling through their feed. This is quite like email. With email, your subject line is so important, that if it is not relevant or enticing, your customers will likely never open it. When tweeting, consider how you would email the same information, how would you grasp your audience’s attention right away in the subject line?

 

3. LinkedIn: A big takeaway we took from LinkedIn expert, Scott Engelman, was about sharing content. Many believe that since you are representing your business, all of the content should come from your company. However, sharing content from other companies in your industry or those you do business with is invaluable. This will also allow your company to engage with other industry insiders and link your company to theirs. Plus, they will appreciate the mention. Think of it this way: the most valuable content should win.

 

We took away many great pointers from #WLW14 and now hope you did too! Social media is constantly evolving and keeping up with industry experts and best practices is certainly a helpful tool.

 

What are your biggest social media concerns? Were these tips helpful?

 

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Outbound vs. Inbound Marketing: What You Need to Know

 

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In today’s marketing world, two terms get tossed around very frequently… 

 

Outbound Marketing and Inbound Marketing.

 

What do they mean and what is the difference between the two? To start off, let’s think of outbound and inbound as the technical term for traditional and modern marketing tactics. Outbound and inbound marketing are both important, however, the difference between the two is how your brand’s message is often received.

 

Outbound marketing is marketer-driven, meaning it is often given to or “at” the consumer. Outbound marketing has developed a reputation to be product-based with a simple one-way interaction. The marketer is seeking the customer out instead of vice-versa.

 

We could also describe it as 1:Many, meaning one marketer to many customers, each given the same message.

 

Inbound marketing is a little different. Inbound marketing is consumer-driven; it’s timely, content-heavy, and often creates a two-way interaction between marketer and customer. It is, ultimately, the act of drawing customers to you.

 

Let’s look at inbound as 1:1, meaning one marketer to one customer, customizing the experience to cater to specific customers and their needs.

 

Is one better than the other? Not really. In fact, a mixture of the two can very well be the perfect way for your brand to attract new customers, while still keeping your current customer base.  By implementing both outbound and inbound, you can learn which tactics are effective and which are not. Remember, each brand is different; each has a different target market with different demographics to cater to. What works well for one brand might not be the best for another. 

 

Let’s look at which popular marketing avenues are considered outbound, and which are considered inbound.

 

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To learn more about the outbound and inbound marketing services SMG provides, visit our website!

 

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