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Why a Positive UX is Important

Just about everything and everyone has its own website, app and social media page presenting consumers with endless options online. Just like in a brick-and-mortar, you want your online consumer to have a seamless experience – all the way to check out.

User experience (UX) is the way that varying demographics interact with online content or products. Strategizing this experience can help users flow through your website the way you want them to.

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Looking for Leads? Google AdWords is the Answer

Having trouble generating new leads for your business? Want to expand your reach and gain more awareness? Look no further than Google AdWords. Google AdWords is the best friend that your business has been missing. It features search ads, display ads, video ads and app ads to digitally advertise your business and bring in desirable leads. Generating online leads can seem daunting. Using AdWords helps ease the stress that comes with trying to grow your business online.

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Are Programmatic Display Ads Worth the Investment?

Twenty years ago, when display banners were in their infancy, marketers placed ads by going directly through website owners to buy inventory space on their web pages. The ads came in all shapes and sizes, and most generated click-through rates (CTR) ranging between 50 percent and 90 percent. Everyone was eager to click on a banner. Fast-forward to 2018, and you’re lucky if 10 out of every 10,000 people who see a display ad clicks on it. People have become “banner blind” and generally distrust them, so fewer and fewer people click on them. Continue reading “Are Programmatic Display Ads Worth the Investment?”

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Social Media Advertising Tips

Have you ever heard the saying, “build it and they will come?” For social media pages, unfortunately, that’s rarely true. Just two years ago, the average reach for an organic Facebook post was a mere 2.6 percent. With the recent algorithm changes, that’s likely to plummet even more. Does that mean your business should stop all social media efforts and look for some other means of customer engagement? No, but you’ll need to jump into the social media advertising ring if you want to find any success. Continue reading “Social Media Advertising Tips”

8 Eye-Opening Digital Marketing Statistics [Infographic]

Whether you own a small local business or a company with multiple locations, maintaining an active online presence is a must. It not only helps you attract new business, but also provides multiple opportunities for you to engage with current customers. Don’t make the common mistake, however, of relying solely on social media and organic traffic to drive visitors to your business. Continue reading “8 Eye-Opening Digital Marketing Statistics [Infographic]”

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7 Ways to Improve Email Open Rates

Despite what you may have heard, email is not dead. In fact, email marketing drove 18.4% of all online sales in 2016, outperforming social media (1.5%) and display advertising (1.1%). And, it’s expected to grow even more this year. If that isn’t enough evidence that email should be a part of your marketing mix, consider this interesting stat – email delivers a $44 return on investment (ROI) for every $1 spent. Now, do we have your attention? Continue reading “7 Ways to Improve Email Open Rates”

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5 Reasons You Need a Social Media Strategy

In the U.S., 81 percent of the population has a social media profile. It’s an integral part of our lives. We use it to keep in touch with family and friends, stay on top of breaking news stories, find jobs and to network. We also also use social media for recommendations on services and products. This makes it the perfect arena for businesses. If your business isn’t using social media to target existing and new customers, it’s losing out. Here are five reasons why your company needs a social media strategy right now. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Need a Social Media Strategy”

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The Pros & Cons of Email Marketing [Infographic]

Is email marketing still a viable tool for reaching new customers and clients? With targeted display, PPC and video advertising consuming such a large portion of most digital marketing budgets for businesses, it’s a natural assumption that email may be dead. That assumption, however, would be wrong. Although there may be some cons associated with email marketing, when it’s done correctly, it can be an effective way to not only reach new people, but also increase your company’s ROI. Continue reading “The Pros & Cons of Email Marketing [Infographic]”

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Increase Online Sales with Email Remarketing

Cart abandonment is a huge problem for most online retailers. In fact, Inc.com estimates that as many as 67 percent of online shoppers will leave items behind in their carts at an estimated cost of $1.79 trillion in lost sales opportunities. That’s a sobering and frustrating statistic for most business owners. But, there is some good news. Research shows that business owners can increase online sales with email remarketing. Continue reading “Increase Online Sales with Email Remarketing”

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Does Size Matter? Finding the Right Video Ad Length

Have you ever wondered if size really matters? For some things, the answer is no. For other things, maybe. When it pertains to video ads, however, the answer is a resounding yes! But, it’s not a simple “one-size-fits-all” answer. There are many things to consider when determining which video ad length is best for your campaign. Continue reading “Does Size Matter? Finding the Right Video Ad Length”

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Web Design vs Web Development

Web design vs web development – what is the difference? The lines have been blurred for some time and the number of opinions on the matter probably equals the number of fish in the sea. The good news is, that it doesn’t matter. This is not the answer you’re looking for when trying to find a web professional to do work for you.

You need to be able to find that web professional who has the skills to do the job. It doesn’t matter whether they call themselves a designer or a developer.

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5 Reasons Why Good Graphic Design Matters

Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” A good graphic designer understands that fonts, colors and images are merely resources for telling a story. When used correctly, those resources not only catch your eye, but also convey valuable information, such as your company’s mission, vision and purpose. Unfortunately, most businesses notoriously undervalue graphic design, or worse, they think it holds no value at all. If you’re a small business owner, here are five reasons why good graphic design matters, and why it should hold a prominent place in your marketing plan. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Good Graphic Design Matters”

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Why You Need a Video Marketing Plan for 2018

If video wasn’t part of your marketing plan this past year, it’s time to get on board. Video, unlike most other media marketing platforms, gives your brand the opportunity to connect with people on a more personal level. And, it’s not showing any signs of slowing down in terms of growth and engagement. In fact, Snapchat recently announced that its users consume 10 billion video views per day. Yes, that’s billion with a b. Staggering, right? Just think of all those potential customers your brand could be missing by not adding video to your marketing mix. Before you finalize your advertising efforts for next year, look at these reasons why you need a video marketing plan in 2018. Continue reading “Why You Need a Video Marketing Plan for 2018”

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3 Reasons New Content is Essential for SEO

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, content is king. This is especially true when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO). Years ago, your SEO strategy might have worked without a strong content marketing plan behind it, but not anymore. Today, the content on your website must be relevant to what people are searching for, have value and provide answers to their questions. Just look at how high-quality, new content can affect your search rankings and website traffic: Continue reading “3 Reasons New Content is Essential for SEO”