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Digital marketing for beginners

Digital marketing for beginners

Introduction to the concept of Digital Marketing

“Digital marketing”, the term is quite self explanatory, its marketing using electronic / digital mediums. There can be two types of Digital marketing; push and pull. In pull marketing the consumer (often called a user or visitor in web) proactively looks for content / data via search engines or content mediums like blogs, forums, web feeds, video channels, etc. and in push marketing the marketer actively sends content / data to the user  via e-mails, text-messaging, web feed digests, etc. The marketer depending on the strategy can use pull and push separately or in conjunction. Key characteristics of Digital marketing are that it cannot work without Internet connectivity and whatever be the method it has to be content driven. [Read more...]

5 Tips To Have the Edge In Local Search Competition

5 Tips To Have the Edge In Local Search Competition

Understanding the intricacies of the search engine optimisation is in itself quite difficult for people. But, once the webmasters are well versed with the advantages and the technologies used, they can surely put up a great site. It will cater to the target audiences and at the same time, bring more visitors to their sites. For large scale business websites, it is important that they have a global presence, because they are now having a brand value. In the long run, they will not have much to do with their advertisements in the local market, because they are now well known. But, the same cannot be true about upcoming business ventures, which are trying to create a field for themselves in the business arena. In order to boost the small businesses, there are certain tips for getting the edge in local search competition, so that they can create a wider market for their products and services. [Read more...]

Top Digital Marketing Trends in 2014

Digital Marketing Trends and Changes

Digital Marketing is a fast paced, ever changing segment of the World Wide Web. The information and algorithms are constantly changing and if you are not at par with the change you are surely going to fall back on the competition. With the evolution of mobile, content marketing and social media for the last couple of years, 2014 is going to be a killer year for digital marketing and properly implemented and optimized digital marketing strategies will only enhance your web presence and brand reputation over the web.

It’s time to take a tour on the top digital marketing trends for 2014 and try out new things to make this year better than previous ones.

SEO is changing…

It’s time to change the SEO mindset with the latest updates from Google. The whole nature of search algorithm has changed drastically over the last year. SEO is now a more enginneering approcah rather than only link building and page rank components. Content is the king – the more you can provide fresh and unique relevant content, the better is the chance to get listed in the search engines. The SEO-friendly coding structure, URL structure, properly structured sitemaps, page speed loading time all contributes to the better listing of a website.

Location-based Marketing is evolving fast and the most important factor in mobile advertising. It makes easy for the consumers to search for the best nearby hospitals, restaurants, movie halls etc helping the potential customers to locate your business. According to Google more than 40% of mobile web searches are for local businesses. If fine-tune your digital marketing strategy to reach out your potential consumers.

Content Marketing

This is a technique to create and distribute unique, valuable and relevant content to your targeted audience with an objective to drive more traffic to your website / web store. It is the art of communicating with your potential customer without selling or promoting your product or services. The essence of this marketing technique is to deliver innovative valuable and unique information to your potential consumers and they will revert back being with their loyalty. It’s an ongoing process so you need to develop a solid concrete strategy on the same.
Most of the digital marketing gurus are of opinion that visual based content is more appealing than the normal text to drive engagement over the web. Content marketing through videos convey your message more powerfully than a textual content and its being popular in all kind of devices be it desktop, tablet or mobile devices. One research shows around 29 percent of Pinterest users bought a product after posting or re-pinning it on the network.

Social Media Diversification

Social media world has evolved in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and we’ll continue to see this trend in this year also with the new networks like Pinterest, Vine, Instagram gaining popularity along with the popular networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Social media channels are playing a major role in brand building and web reputation. Having a strong and positive web presence impacts on your search engine ranking and thereby improving your sales.

While it was initially important to have a presence on the various social networking platforms, now it is important to have knowledge on how to use social media effectively. Social Media Marketing or SMM involve optimized formulated plan and techniques which not only help a business / individual website to gain better visibility but also gives it adequate exposure in the online periphery. Though different channels have different strategy to operate, some common components are to update your social assets regularly with unique content, value your visitor comments and be well-informed about your competitors.

Tips On Choosing A Good Domain Name

Domain names
Choosing a good domain name is the basic ground work for your successful online business. Domain names are like the real estate of the web world, it’s your identity on the web.
Follow the following points before your rush out to choose your domain name:
1) Perform Keyword Research:
It’s always recommended to choose a domain name having your targeted keywords as this will enhance your search engine ranking as search engine crawlers love to see keywords in the domain name.
2) Domain Name That is Easier to remember:
Always try to have a short and catchy domain name which is easier to remember and pronounce otherwise there is high probability of your customer mistyping or misspelling it.
3) Avoid Numbers & Hyphens:  Having numbers and hyphens are often misleading as  people often failed to understand whether you are using numerical digit say 4 or it’s spelled as ‘four’ in your domain name.
If your domain name is healthy-lifestyle.com, mostly people will remember as healthy lifestyle and will simply forget about the hyphen.
4) No Copyright Issue: Make sure your domain name does not come under any copyright infringment issue
5) Target your Location: If you are the owner of a local business consider using the country specific domain name e.g: www.yourdomain.co.in [for india] www.yourdomain.co.uk [for UK] and so on
6) Brandable domain name: Brandable domain name will make your visitor associate with your business and will help in strengthening the establishment of your brand over the web.

What Will the Hummingbird Update Do to Our SEO Efforts?

What Will the Hummingbird Update Do to Our SEO Efforts?It was in the last week of September, Google stunned the SEO world with its surprise package – Hummingbird.

Hummingbird is the new search algorithm that Google is using to give us better results for our queries in the search engine. There have been upgrades like Panda and Penguin, but Hummingbird is not simply an upgrade. This is the biggest change in the algorithm since 2010. It is practically replacement of the Google’s Caffeine Update made in 2010 and combines all other updates for it’s functionality.  It is like replacing an old engine with a new one but having some old parts. [Read more...]

Google Adds Nutritional Information To Their Search Engine Results

Google Adds Nutritional Information To Their Search Engine ResultsPeople who are health conscious, on special medical diets, or just trying to lose a few pounds will soon have a new weapon in their arsenal thanks to Google, who has unveiled plans to add the nutritional information of more than 1,000 different food types to their search engine results.

According to PCMag’s Angela Moscaritolo, the Mountain View, California-based company will include information about how many calories, how much protein and how much fat are in hundreds of fruits, vegetables, meats and meals.

Furthermore, a Google spokesperson told Samantha Murphy of Mashable that drinks will also be included, and that users could “compare types of avocados or English muffins” if they wanted to.

The information will be presented in a box located above the search results, no there will be no scrolling necessary. The feature will also support voice commands on mobile devices, Murphy noted.

“This new nutritional information builds on our work on the Knowledge Graph, which brings together all kinds of information from across the web that wasn’t easily accessible,” Google Product Manager Ilya Mezheritsky explained in a May 30 blog post. “The graph helps us connect things that are related, even in cases when those foods have a completely different sounding name from what you asked.”

The feature was launched in English shortly after the announcement and should be rolling out over the next week or so, Mezheritsky said. Google is also promising to add additional features and more types of food or drinks in the near future, and also has plans to make the feature available in other languages. [Read more...]

Basic SEO Tips While Designing Your Website

How to Design SEO Friendly Websites?

Designing a professional website is the first step towards your online branding and reputation. Just as the web designers know how to grab the visitor’s eyeballs by designing a gorgeous looking website, similarly an effective SEO strategy holds the key to rank your website higher in the major search engines ensuring more visibility to your customers. There is no point in designing a trendy website if it fails to attract traffic. Thus, designing a SEO-friendly website plays a major role in attracting relevant traffic for your website. In this competitive world, you need to have an edge over your competitors and this can be done by achieving higher positions in the search engine rankings.

Whether you are launching a static website or a blog or an e-commerce solution, you need to follow a couple of basic steps while designing a SEO-friendly website that will help to increase your chances in higher search engine rankings. [Read more...]

How To Use Mobile Marketing Effectively?

Mobile marketing is the buzz of social media now. This is because the number of Smart phone users are increasing in leaps and bounds. Almost 20% people out of over 91% total mobile phone users are now using internet-capable Smart phones. More than 150 billion mobile text messages are being sent every month by these mobile devices and surprisingly these mobile text messages get opened at a rate of 90% within an hour of being sent. That is incredible!

Currently, mobile advertising has become a perfect way of promoting your products/services to your target audience. You know you never go anywhere without your phone and neither do your customers. No matter if your customer is watching TV, jogging or busy in a party, mobile marketing instantly connect with your customers through a single message. Send a message and it will arrive within a moment. [Read more...]

Facebook Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Facebook Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Currently Facebook has emerged as a popular model for online promotion and advertisement. Facebook is being used by most of the business owners to promote their products, services and offerings.

Marketing your business through Facebook adds a great value and gives you an advantage over your competitors who are still not using Facebook for their promotion. Facebook is growing as a popular marketing platform in the internet marketing industry and with over half a billion user worldwide, you can’t ignore Facebook while promoting your business online.  Your first step should be creating a Facebook business page if you are interested to use Facebook as a marketing tool. [Read more...]

Protecting and Repairing Your Online Reputation

protecting and repairing your online reputation

Online Reputation Management is a technique to monitor the reputation of an individual or brand over the web with the aim to ensure a positive image in the global market. There are basically two aspects of online reputation management – protecting your reputation and repairing your reputation from the damage caused by the negative comment. A negative review or misleading information in complaints board, customer review websites, forums, blogs, articles or in social media sites can hugely affect your online reputation. [Read more...]