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SEO it Right Turns 6 Years Old – Another Excuse For Cake

On the 30th of April, SEO it Right will celebrate 6 years in business. Having first been set up as a specialist SEO company by our Directors Adam and Frances Berry, we have now evolved into a digital marketing agency, offering a wide range of content marketing, SEO, social media, PR and paid advertising solutions to small businesses all over the UK. One thing that has stayed the same is that we still find any excuse for cake!

To celebrate our 6th birthday, we have put together a list of 6 tips to help you build your online presence.

SEO it Right - A Year in Pictures

SEO it Right – A Year in Pictures

  1. Decide on your goals

Firstly, it’s important that you establish your goals for both the short-term and long-term future. With these goals in place, as you create a strategy to grow your online presence, you can regularly turn to your goals to see how your online efforts are helping you to move forward. Rather than just building an online presence because you’re expected to, be sure to build your presence strategically so that you can work towards your business goals as a whole.

  1. Build a solid website

To develop your online presence, to start with you will need a solid platform, i.e. a great website. Your website is a central place where people can learn more about your business, find out how to contact you and engage with your content.

Your website should:

  • Say what your business is about in a clear message
  • Contain all of your contact information
  • Be optimised for search engines (SEO)
  • Be mobile and user friendly
  1. Provide value for your audience

Make sure the content that you are publishing is valuable to your audience. Whether this be on your website, through your social media channels, videos or a podcast, make sure that your content is of a consistent quality and provide your audience with useful information. Be the solution to their problems.

  1. Be social

The internet allows you access to a huge audience. Social media can be a hugely effective way to reach your target audiences.

Being social means that you should work out which social media platforms work best for your business and regularly post and engage. As with creating any online content, consistency is important; you should develop a consistent voice and continue to provide the same value for your customers. Using social media effectively can help you gain fans and followers and once you have gained an audience, social is also a fantastic way to reach and engage the followers that have developed trust in you and like your brand. The more conversations you can draw up with your audience, the stronger the relationships that you build.

  1. Always look to improve

There’s no way that your marketing materials will be perfect straight away, so don’t be afraid to publish! Your content will improve with every piece that you create if you are continually looking for ways to improve and optimise what you do. It’s a long process to work out exactly what does and doesn’t work – even the big brands are still learning from their mistakes, big or small.

  1. Track your progress

Tracking your progress is the best way to know if your efforts for building your online presence are working. Be sure to track website visits, social media follows and engagement, look for spikes in traffic and look for trends.

To find out more about how we can help you to develop your business’s presence online, or to learn more about the range of digital marketing services we can provide, feel free to call us on 0121 308 0219 and our team will be happy to help.

The Future of Digital: What’s In-store For Online Marketing?

online marketingThe way we develop and implement marketing strategies is rapidly changing; marketers and brands alike are all aware of the impending domination of digital driving us to take to social media, online advertising and a more mobile-centric approach to consumer engagement. With online companies such as Google and Facebook massively shaping the way businesses communicate and promote their products and services, we’re all feeling the pressure to stay up to date with the latest marketing trends and stay afloat amongst the flood of online competition.

But, ensuring that you’re meeting the needs of your digital market doesn’t have to cost the world or take an army of marketers to achieve. By making a few changes to your marketing campaign, looking to the predicted trends for the online market, you’ll be able to benefit from increased online presence, brand awareness and traffic to your website. Here are some of the ways marketing will change this year and what we expect brands to be doing to fully engage online:

How you can adapt to the latest online marketing trends

What’s new for SEO?

According to Search Engine Land, 70-80% of users ignore paid ads in the search engine results pages (SERPS), and only focus on the organic result. This means that building your organic visibility by focusing on properly optimising your brand’s content should be a key priority – here’s what you can do:

Mobile is a must: It’s predicted that mobile-optimisation will become more important than desktop optimisation. Ensuring that your website is responsive to mobile and tablet devices, will therefore be a strong factor influencing your online visibility and rankings in the SERPS. User experience for mobile users is a must; statistics show that 57% of mobile users will abandon your website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load on their device.

Additionally, the future is seemingly geared towards the mobile app; apps are becoming increasingly popular with the rise of wearable technology and the ease of usage. As it’s already been reported that users spend 90% of mobile usage on apps, Google will be indexing apps in a much similar way to how it indexes traditional websites. How can you cater for this growing market?

Social media gains more power: It looks like your social media content will become as or even more valuable than content from your independent website pages. Social content is becoming more readily indexed, which means that your communications must be consistent, relevant and targeted across the social sites your target audience interact with. Last year:

  • Instagram is now bigger than Twitter
  • Snapchat is growing at a rate of 56% each year
  • Tumblr signs up an average of 120,000 users a day

If your marketing strategy isn’t geared towards providing a comprehensive social experience of your brand, you’ll be missing out to competitors.

Social is a discovery engine

Facebook has already overtaken Google for news traffic and will look to officially release its ‘Instant Articles’ feature this year. This will give users the opportunity to view brands’ content – articles and blogs – without having to leave the platform. Combined with the introduction of the ‘Buy’ button for Facebook as well as Twitter, marketers must look to take advantage of the increasing power of social media sites early on.

The video boom

Google is experimenting with in-SERP video advertising, in a bid to compete with Facebook and Bing who have started to offer video options for advertisers. Video will become an extremely important marketing device this year and beyond; in fact, it’s predicted that video will account for 69% of consumer internet traffic by 2017. Did you know that currently 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Make sure you benefit this year by tapping into the video boom.

Get into graphics: Along with the increasing visual appeal of online communications through video, shareable graphics will take preference for consumers digesting content. The trend for websites is becoming decidedly minimalistic, with clean, clear and easy to read written content. To grab your audience’s attention, you’ll need to develop or share more images to match the content created, which clearly relates to your brand and your brand message.

How will content marketing be affected?

HubSpot found that in 2015, companies who blog received 97% more links to their website and B2B marketers that use blogs received 67% more leads than those who didn’t.

Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trusted source for accurate online information, so it’s no surprise that for the online future, creating quality blog content built around the consumer will be the priority. This needs to be strategically integrated with all the other marketing channels. As well as sharing blog content through social media, you’ll need to integrate it into email communications, influencer relations, media relations, content sponsorships and social advertising.

Engaging content matters: A central focus for online marketing will be on providing engaging, helpful content. Header and pop-up advertisements will begin to decline on web pages, particularly on mobile devices. This means that the content you provide on a page needs to be of a high quality to engage audiences’ interest and secure further interaction with your brand. The emphasis will be on creating an engaging headline that stirs curiosity and content that entices action. From there, you could include links within the content to a more ad-heavy page. By delivering quality content, you’ll ensure that your audience will click through and that responses to advertisements will be willingly made.

To find out more about creating an engaging online marketing campaign or for help with building your marketing strategy, please email us at enquiries@seo-it-right.co.uk or call 0121 308 0219 to speak to a member of our team.

SEO it Right for Sport Relief 2016

On Friday 18th March, the SEO it Right team will be joining people from all across the UK and doing our bit for Sport Relief. To raise money for vulnerable people throughout the UK and all over the world, we will be taking part in an 8 hour sponsored walking relay. Each member of the team will take it in turns walking the streets of Sutton Coldfield throughout the working day, from 9am until 5pm.

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Not only is walking a great form of exercise, but studies have also found that even a short walk on your lunch break can help to increase your productivity. People who walk or otherwise exercise regularly are commonly calmer and more alert than inactive people; even a gentle stroll can help to improve your mood, increase your output and your ability to handle stress at work.

First launched in 2002, Sport Relief is a biennial event that makes a huge difference to people in need all around the world. By bringing the British public together to get active, the strength in numbers helps to generate money to change many vulnerable people’s lives. 50% of all money raised by Sport Relief is used to help people here in the UK, with the remaining 50% being used to transform the lives of many in the world’s very poorest communities.

Sport Relief 2016 takes place from the 18th – 20th March, with fundraising events planned all over the UK, combined with fantastic television and radio entertainment to raise more funds for a brilliant cause.

To sponsor the SEO it Right team, please click here to visit our Giving Page.

Context Marketing – There’s more to Content than Just Keywords

There is no doubting that creating content is an essential part of fighting your way up the Google search results pages. However, content alone isn’t enough to jump up the rankings. There is truth in saying that SEO is part of the answer to helping your content move up in SERPs, however, if used properly, SEO techniques shouldn’t affect the actual content of your website or blog.

A few years ago, it was easier to move up in search rankings by stuffing content with relevant keywords. Even if the content didn’t actually provide a good user experience, or sometimes, it may not have been very relevant to the actual search query, it could be found above higher quality, relevant content due to an abundance of keywords. However, as Google is constantly refining its search algorithms, it’s now much harder to fool the system with artificial techniques.

context marketing

Google is now much more context sensitive – this means that content is useless on its own if it doesn’t provide a valuable user experience. Google is focused on providing a good user experience, so content must be relevant and well written to provide value. Without providing content that your audience are interested in and want to read, they won’t have a reason to find your content and engage with you. As a result, your digital marketing will suffer and your content won’t rank well in SERPs. Keywords will always be important, but only in the right context.

Introducing context marketing

Essentially, context marketing is about knowing your audience well enough to create content that is reliable and valuable to them. For example, what knowledge do your audience need? Which products and services will be of the most use to them? Rather than a hard sell, adding context helps your content marketing efforts to feel helpful; as a result, your audience are more likely to build trust in you and engage. The more your audience are willing to engage, the more you know about them and the more valuable your marketing content can be.

Getting to know your audience

To use content marketing successfully, it’s important that you know as much about your audience as possible and this means getting know them as individuals.

One of the simplest and best ways to learn more about your audience is through social media. As with website or blog content, social media messages must have context. Simply broadcasting a message is not only ineffective, but it can also be damaging; modern consumers aren’t interested in blatant, pushy sells, they want to form a relationship with brands and a sense of trust.

The biggest benefit of social media is that it allows your audience to contact you easily and confidently, so by posting engaging content, you can learn a lot about your audience when they choose to engage with your content. The more you learn, the more context you can add to your social media content, helping you present your brand as the solution to your audience’s problem. As well as broadcasting interesting and useful information, you can aim to give hope, inspiration or even humour, creating awareness of your brand in a very positive way.

By engaging with your audience on social media, you can then use what you have learned to provide context in all of your marketing media, including blog and website content. This helps you create a reputation as a credible, knowledgeable and authoritative source that your audience will want to continually buy from or use your services.

At SEO it Right, contextual content has always been our approach. As a marketer, Google’s shift towards context makes my job much more enjoyable. When I create content, rather than writing for a search engine, I write for an audience and rather than obsessing over keywords, I think about creating content that provides value to a specific audience. By combining context with content, marketers have the opportunity to be much more creative and to build relationships with people, not fight for rankings.

If you would like to learn more about how you can use context in your content and social media marketing campaigns, you can call the SEO it Right team on 0121 308 0219.

Rob Edwards

Are You Connecting With Your Mobile Audience?

It’s happened. Google has lately confirmed that ‘more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan’. It appears that the relative volumes of desktop and mobile internet use are shifting, as more people begin to connect online ‘on the go’, and are adapting to the explosive real-time culture made more accessible through mobile devices. For businesses this revelation signals the pressing need to consider the benefits of targeting an increasing mobile audience, and especially take advantage of Google’s recent mobile-friendly algorithm update.

Consumers are increasingly shifting to using their mobile devices for purchases. Predictions expect that the market share for smart devices for both 3G and 4G, will grow by as much as 127% by 2019. Advancements in technology also mean that handset prices are also decreasing, driving more people to use their mobile devices as the primary method for engaging with the online world.

Plus, with consumers generating more data than ever before through mobile devices, now is the right time to use the data analytics to improve attribution (the measurement of user events such as click-throughs, app installs and launches, or in-app purchases), and create a better overall user experience.

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The Challenges of Mobile Marketing

The recent boost and predicted increase in user data generated from mobile devices, is an exciting new potential resource for marketers, however one which does present some challenges. In its early stages it’s still difficult to measure the success of mobile marketing campaigns, and there are additional issues regarding data accuracy. This could prevent businesses engaging with mobile marketing from reaching their target audience with the appropriate message.

Data Technology

Effective mining of mobile data will involve relying less on cookie-based technology and getting access to more offline data. Marketers will therefore need to move towards the real-time insights of their users, which as a new development, cannot currently be provided by many third-party data companies.

To move away from cookies, mobile technology uses ‘identifiers’ for data based user measurement strategies. As the most prominent operating systems, iOS and Android have made some headway in making their identifiers user friendly and privacy compliant. It’s been stated that identifiers are more persistent than cookies, so further developments in mobile technology will enable a more strategic and long-term data audience measurement.

Location Targeting

Businesses aim to target specific audience groups or target consumers through points of interest, however currently only location technology is a proven method to create mobile campaign attribution.

According to a study by xAd in May this year, 8 in 10 marketers worldwide use location targeting for mobile advertising. Mining mobile data in this way can provide valuable customer insight; for store based brands for example, mobile location data can help determine who’s visiting its stores and what places they visit outside of the store, such as the workplace or a university. However, marketers will need to approach the challenge of reaching the right audience within the targeted location.

Mobile for the Future

  • As online advertising and video promotion continues to increase alongside the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile location targeted ad spend is expected to rise. It’s important to be able to stand out amongst the surge in these advertising strategies, with personalised and audience specific, experience focused offerings.
  • Although location technology is a valuable tool, it is the developments in real-time insights which will really enhance the measurement of mobile campaign attribution.
  • Mobile devices are already becoming slimmer and smaller, and smaller future screens will be orientated around increased functionality and user experience. In this case, design will be a key aspect for ensuring mobile websites and advertisements and campaigns, are fully optimal.

If you’re looking to immerse your business in this growing market and integrate mobile marketing with your existing strategies, the SEO it Right team are happy to offer advice. Contact us today on 0121 308 0219 to find out more.

Clare Evans

Social Media – Why Customers Hold More and More Power in the Marketing Mix

social media marketingAs internet culture continues to grow and transform the way we do business, it’s no surprise that more and more businesses are looking to spend more time and money on online advertising strategies to market their products and services. Whilst paid and organic search advertising continues to be an extremely useful means of driving traffic, marketers are increasingly looking to social media marketing and user generated content to raise their brand’s profile online.

Rather than simply targeting customers through inputted search terms, social media advertising proactively engages relevant users before they even get as far as opening a search engine. With smartphones and other mobile devices constantly available, information is at our finger tips at all times, and social media apps are often our first port of call when we pick up our device. Whilst potential customers absentmindedly scroll through their social media newsfeeds, marketers have opportunity to attract their attention.

Capturing customer’s attention isn’t as easy as it used to be. Traditional sales spiel no longer has the same effect that it once did; in fact, a hard sell often makes a brand seem less trustworthy. This is where some marketers have gone wrong with social media in the past – social media isn’t about sales, it’s about engaging and building a relationship with the customer. By earning their customer’s trust, businesses are much more likely to see increased sales.

Engagement
Social media provides the perfect opportunity for brands to learn more about customers through engagement. By encouraging social media users to put their point across and give their opinions, brands not only capture the interest of their audience, but can benefit hugely from the new information that they get. As marketers learn more about what the customer likes, dislikes, needs and avoids, they can then use this information to deliver a direct solution to the customer’s problem.

Engagement is a key method of developing trusting relationships with customers and potential customers, not only increasing the possibility of sales, but also making it more likely that happy customers will do their part to spread brand awareness.

User Generated Content
Social media is an extremely potent and powerful tool, of which customer engagement is only one part. One of the biggest parts of engaging with customers through social media is that customers effectively become members of a brand’s marketing team. Social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or the increasingly popular Instagram provides the perfect opportunity for customers to promote a brand in their own way. This could be to take a picture of themselves in a new outfit, share a post by one of their favourite brands, or even to leave a review. This is called user generated content and is fast becoming one of the most important marketing tools in any brand’s arsenal and can be much more effective than dated sales patter.

The modern consumer doesn’t want to buy a product or a service unless they trust it, and while a large percentage of people are mistrusting of a few lines of description on a website, if a friend or another trusted source gives a positive spin on said product or service, a person is much more likely to develop trust and make a purchase.

By taking the time to engage with customers through social media and learn more about their requirements, brands can carefully devise their posts to increase the creation of user generated content. For example, a clothing company can ask their followers to post a picture of their latest purchase and tag the brand in, or use a specific hashtag. By taking this sort of strategy, a brand’s online reach can be hugely increased.

Marketers are finally realising that the customer is always right and that customer opinion is one of the most powerful sales tools there is. Social media marketing is a relatively low-investment, but high-impact way of raising brand awareness and increasing sales that can’t be ignored.

Rob Edwards

The Rise of Social Media Marketing For 2015

With the rapid evolution of the Internet of Things it is now easier than ever for businesses to promote brand reputation, boost sales and increase growth for a worldwide market. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin, are fast becoming the norm over other marketing strategies, as a device for brands to connect with their audiences and develop a more customer-centric approach to sales. Recent studies have found that 42% of the world’s population are active internet users, and over a quarter of the population engage with social media on a daily basis.

Research by Smart Insights asked marketers to rate different marketing channels for volume of leads or sales expected by the business. Only 4% didn’t use social media, compared with SEO at 5%, to display advertising at 16%. The need is more apparent now than ever for companies to stay updated with the latest, continually adapting social media trends, so that they can strategically invest in resources to formulate long-term business opportunities. But which networks are the most popular, and what industries will capitalise from them most?

Here we take a look at the dominant social media trends which have shaped the marketing efforts of businesses in 2015 and how marketers can best benefit from the social networks; plus we’ll consider some of the key upcoming trends for 2016.

Choosing the Right Social Media Network

Published in January 2015, research from the Global Web Index highlighted the most popular social networks by their percentage of internet users. Facebook dominated with 81%, followed by YouTube and Google +, both at 60%. Twitter came in at 53%, with Instagram at 29%, Pinterest at 27% and LinkedIn at 13%. These platforms are fast growing through adapting to mobile users and integrating new advertising strategies. Some of the new developments in the way these networks are increasing their marketing capability for businesses include:

– Facebook: has removed the charge for likes and has made changes to its Newsfeed visibility
– Twitter: introduced the ability to stream Periscope, for live broadcast and recording
– Instagram: there are new Carousel Ads featuring URLs and multiple photos. These can be swiped for users to find out more
– Pinterest: offer buyable pin buttons
– LinkedIn: introduced a Lead Accelerator to target and convert specific users

In an increasingly automated brand to consumer relationship, businesses will need to implement social media to enhance their relations, improve reputation and make their brand stand out from the crowd. But which networks and will allow businesses to be best seen by their target audience and how can their reach be widened?

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Make Your Business Mobile

Worldwide social desktop traffic in Q2 of this year decreased, while the rise in dedicated mobile web apps and the number of users adopting them caused mobile web share to go up for all social networks aside from LinkedIn and Reddit. Social media sites are becoming more optimised with geo-targeted and real-time content, meaning that advertising on these mobile sites is now greatly poplar as a strategy for business reach and growth. Mobile devices can let you receive ads at every log in into your accounts, whether for a quick check of your Facebook newsfeed or sending a snap via Snapchat. Using these ads will track users’ behaviours, and offer tailored advertising based on their actions.

Finding out whether your target market are using sites on their desktop, or responsive websites or dedicated apps on their mobile devices is key to ensure your business anticipates the needs of customers in line with the evolving social trends.

A More Integrated Social Advertising

This trend looks to customise advertising based on behavioural data on the social media networks. Integrated social advertising has been on the rise in 2015, with the introduction of video ads on Instagram and auto-play ads on Facebook. Snapchat has also capitalised on fully integrated advertising by displaying brands’ ‘stories’, giving users real-time ads targeted to their behaviours.

In-messaging advertising, through a social network’s private messaging function, is also becoming a marketing tool which will shape the future of advertising. Popular social apps such as Whatsapp and Kik, are signing huge marketing deals to boost in-app advertising.

This Rise of Social Video

Videos are ever more popular this year for brands looking to attract consumers quickly and build up a relationship visually. Most social sites allow for companies to display videos and enable great storytelling opportunities for increased consumer trust. Vine, Snapchat and Instavid are some of the dedicated social video networks which can be used by businesses to promote products and pave a unique identity in a compelling way.

Video is set to increase further throughout the rest of 2015 and over next year, Facebook is hoping to overtake YouTube, as it already experiences one billion video views a day, according to the Independent.

Social Media and E-Commerce

A study by SimilarWeb shows the worldwide percentages for desktop social traffic for popular ecommerce industries:

– Wedding: 11.38%
– Clothing: 6.14%
– Antiques and Collectibles: 5.88%
– Publications: 4.17%

The importance of social media as a marketing tool for these industries is worth noting, though businesses should be aware of their target market when investing in boosting social traffic to increase sales; the study showed that a higher percentage of social traffic in India and France was generated from the Ethnic and Regional category, as opposed to the UK and US which saw Weddings take the higher percentage.

The extent businesses should expect to engage with users via social networking sites, will depend on the interest in the specific industry for social activity. Changing your marketing strategies to fit in with the latest social media trends may not necessarily improve business if they do not fit in with your industry and the needs of your customers.

If you feel your business would benefit from implementing a social media campaign, then get in touch with the SEO it Right team on 0121 308 0219.

Happy Birthday to Snoops – The SEO it Right Beagle!

Snoops, the youngest and only four legged member of the SEO it Right team is 3 years old today. He may be fully grown, but he is still as mischievous as he was as a puppy and always keeps us on our toes when he visits the office, stealthily sniffing around Riz’s desk.

Many happy returns of the day Snoops!

SEO it Right

Rob Edwards

Could Bing Be Set to Take Google’s Desktop Search Crown?

Whilst Bing has grown to be the second largest search engine, currently powering around a third of the world’s search, it’s still a long way behind Google. However, with the introduction of Windows 10 later this year and the new Bing integration strategy, the tables could soon be turned.

As it stands, Bing is the default search engine for Siri, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, all Yahoo! search and until last year, Facebook search was also powered by Bing. With this in mind, Google may not actually be as dominant as you think. In terms of search volume, Google completely engulfs Bing, with the widespread use of the android operating system making a large contribution to this. For all Android devices, Google is the default search engine and Google Chrome is the default web browser, however, Bing could be set to give Google a run for their money.

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Mistrust of Google

Despite the popularity of Android, in recent times, Google has been under serious scrutiny for abusing its position of power. The European Union has accused Google of distorting search results and favouring Google shopping over other, cheaper services available. These actions are believed to be a breach of EU antitrust rules; as well as likely changes to Google’s search algorithm and a large fine, many users may also turn to other search engines due to the mistrust generated by distorted search results.

Whilst mistrust of Google will no doubt play some part in the rise of Bing, Microsoft and Bing have are currently in re-birth mode and have developed an integration strategy that could help them to surpass Google.

The Bing Integration Strategy

Bing is currently the default search tool for Xbox, Windows, Windows phone, and Microsoft Office, however, with Windows 10 due to be released this year, Bing is due to be fully integrated, with the introduction of Windows desktop assistant Cortana and a desktop Bing search bar that will be present at all times.

Microsoft have estimated that more than a billion retail consumers are ready to upgrade to Windows 10 and in doing so, they will be switching to a new operating system where Bing is integrated and more accessible than ever before. Through Cortana, Windows 10 users can activate Bing voice search at any time, simply by saying “Hey, Cortana” and then making a search query. This takes away the need for having to open a separate window.

As well as Cortana, Windows 10 will also introduce a desktop search bar that is also powered by Bing and is embedded on screens at all times. Through reducing the amount of clicks that users will need to make and by making Bing search more convenient than ever before, Microsoft believe that they will stand a strong chance of helping users to break the habit of having to type in Google.com for all of their search needs. In many cases, users will be indifferent towards altering their basic desktop settings, so Bing stands a good chance of remaining the default search engine. With two separate direct Bing search functions on the desktop, most users are likely to choose one simply for ease of use.

Plans for the Bing Search Engine

With the world moving at such a fast pace, internet users will always look to find the quickest way to perform any task, so by making Bing ever present, Microsoft have given Bing a very realistic chance of taking Google’s crown for desktop search. Bing also has a number of other plans for its search engine, including introducing advanced real-time search functionality. This means that as search is completed in real-time, with a choice of contextual information overlays appearing, with the potential to reduce the need for typing if Bing chooses the right search query for the user. If the Bing desktop search bar is able to pick up the right contextual information when a user begins to type a search query, increasing numbers of users will make the switch from opening a browser to make a search.

With a combination of advanced real-time search functionality and plans to take over the desktop world, Bing may well cement themselves into the big leagues of search for a long time to come.

If you wish for your website to become more widely visible on all of the major search engines, including Google and Bing, give the SEO it Right team a call on 0121 308 0219 to find out more.

Rob Edwards

The Fantastic Four of Social Media

You may have heard of what I like to call, The Fantastic Four of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, which are currently the biggest social media networks.  Through using social networking sites for your business, you can indulge yourself in the technological world, and give your business the personality it needs to meet the demands of today’s digital audience.

There are over three billion active internet users, and just over two billion of these users have active social media accounts.  This provides huge potential for businesses to promote what they do, and reach a bigger target audience than ever before.

Provide, Engage, Promote

As these social networking sites continue to grow, so do the number of people who are using them. Social media is widely used by businesses as it gives people a chance to engage with the brand, and also builds a sense of trust.  When used correctly, it can maximise your profitability, and the effectiveness of your advertising and online marketing.  It is all about being able to provide interesting posts, engage with and respond to your audience, whilst promoting what you do at the same time without coming across as too ‘sales-like.’

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There Are So Many, Which One Should You Choose?

You may be thinking there are so many social media sites, which one would be best for you? We understand that each business is unique, and therefore some networking sites will work better than others, depending on the nature of your business.

Take a look at this breakdown to show how you can use at least one of the Fantastic Four to get your brand name out there, and engage with your audience.  It’s all about adding that personal touch to the information you provide. Sales talk and cold calling are long gone – social media is like the modern day version of ‘people skills’ you need in today’s digital atmosphere.

Facebook

You probably hear Facebook mentioned nearly every day, so what makes it so great?

  • You will be discoverable – people who search for you or search for something related to what services or products you provide will be able to find you.
  • You will be able to interact with various audiences straight away, and can respond to urgent queries or enquiries quickly and efficiently.
  • You have an insight on the success of your page; through your analytics section, you will be able to see how customers are reacting to your posts and what kind of engagement you are achieving. This one profile will give you access to a whole world of possibilities.
  • All you need to do is share relevant, related topics to your business or things that interest you, to try and encourage people to interact with you on your profile.

With 1.23 billion users active on Facebook every month – the sky really is the limit. The more consistent you are and the more regularly you post, the more likely it is you will connect with people and build trust.

Twitter

With over 500 million users, Twitter is another way to interact with your audience.

  • It is different to Facebook as you have to limit your post to 140 characters. This makes content easy to read and ensures your audience won’t lost interest too quickly, like they may do if posts were longer.
  • Twitter is a great way of promoting your brand and sharing relevant information, which could be of use to your customers.
  • You can use your tweets to post information quickly with the use of a hashtag, so that information that has been posted by other users with the same hashtag will all appear under one grouping. This is a great way of getting the word out there about what you do.

The potential really is there to go far, as long as you remain persistent and engage with your audience regularly.

Instagram

You may have heard of the craze that is known as Instagram – well known for users posting selfies, pictures of food and images of just about anything.

  • With over 3 million users, Instagram is one way of visually getting your products out there. So if you are a print company, restaurant or anything that works with things that are visual – Instagram is a great place to start.
  • As soon as you start posting and the more regularly you do this, before you know it your followers will begin to build up.
  • Instagram is predominantly pictures rather than status posts and updates, which are more for Facebook and Twitter. The human brain is programmed to register pictures much faster than written information.

YouTube

The second largest search engine after Google is YouTube. Infamous for allowing users to find endless videos on just about anything, there’s very little that can’t be found on YouTube.

  • Video is the next big thing, and more businesses are starting to use videos as part of their strategies. Like images, videos are visual and therefore the brain registers them much quicker than written text.
  • Videos can easily be shared on social networking channels making them highly versatile, and you can reuse them time and time again to promote what you do on other social media sites.
  • YouTube itself has more than 1 billion users, where 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

The promotional aspect of using video is really big, so being involved and adding your own is another way to gain great exposure!

 

If you are intrigued by any of these online platforms, and would like to open new doors to interact with your audience, SEO it Right can help by providing the Social Media Marketing solutions to meet your needs.  We also offer Social Media Marketing Training to give you a better understanding on how to use social media yourself. For more information, you can give us a call on 0121 308 0219.

Amanjeet Gill