As a local business, you have to own your own back yard

As you know from my past articles, I typically write about real-world encounters with clients or other SEOs — and this one’s no different. The interesting point about today’s post is that the issue I’m discussing might partially be my own fault! Last summer, I wrote a post here about local content silos, a strategy for creating…

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Top 10 local search insights of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and we begin planning for next year’s goals and budgets in earnest, it is prudent to remember to take time for reflection. Learning from successes experienced and mistakes made helps you set goals that will move you forward and plan for ways to get there. To help remind you…

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8 companies doing social media right and what marketers can learn from them

Many businesses set up shop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks in pursuit of new customers. Of course, the strategies they use to attract those customers differ, and some rise above the rest. Here are eight companies that are doing social media right, examples of their campaigns along with some takeaways that you…

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Why Traffic Shaping is So Dang Fantastic for Conversion Rates

Do you remember the Windows game Pipe Dream? In it, the player creates a continuous “goo” path using randomly assigned pieces of pipe. Fail to build a path in time and the goo oozes everywhere… Game over. For a marketer, the pipe pieces are your web pages. And the goo? Your visitors. Fail to provide…

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Use This Content Marketing Checklist to Skyrocket Your Productivity

Four very simple things: 1. Have a mindset practice Your mind has to be clear and focused if you’re going to produce that much content. When your mind is full of negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, or worries, it will make it much harder to stay inspired and keep taking action. Mindset work will be different…

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5 reasons advertisers should NOT ignore Bing Ads

Gone are the days when Bing took years to catch up to the new and innovative applications Google had launched within AdWords. In recent months, Bing Ads has been able to quickly implement comparable tools and features — indeed, they even have some unique features that AdWords does not offer. Unfortunately, Bing is still often…

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Canonical chaos: doubling down on duplicate content

Search engines are getting smarter. There is little doubt about that. However, in a CMS-driven web where content can often exist on several URLs, it is not always clear what is the authoritative URL for a given piece of content. Also, having content on several URLs can lead to problems with link and ranking signals…

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Should you hire a mobile marketing agency or keep it in-house?

As my department at 3Q Digital grows, I get the chance to talk to a lot of people across a variety of verticals, responsibilities, levels and points of view (sellers, buyers and decision-makers). Invariably, the first questions across the table are the all-too-familiar “But do I really need an agency? Can’t I do it myself?…

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Super Bowl LI advertisers Avocados from Mexico, Snickers & Skittles gear up for game day

While many brands are focused on the holidays, a few are already looking past the New Year to February 5 and lining up their Super Bowl LI strategy. Avocados from Mexico (AFM), Skittles, and Snickers have already released announcements around their Super Bowl plans. For its second Super Bowl appearance, Avocados from Mexico is teaming…

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Consumer citations are the future of local SEO

In the world of search engine optimization (SEO), a citation is a direct mention of a specific brand within an online platform. Some of the more common examples of online citations are comments published within a community blog about a favorite local coffee shop or an unpleasant experience working with a franchise outlet. Citations serve as contextual forms…

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