6 Local SEO Tips to Make Your Small Business Visible

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in SEO |

Local search engine optimization (SEO) helps your small business to be visible to consumers searching online for products and services in their local area. Working with a digital marketing company will make your business appear in local search results. And, as a small business owner, bang for your buck is essential. Here are 6 tips to boost your local online marketing with sound SEO practices: Provide Top-quality, Pertinent Information  The definitive way to keep Google, as well as other search engines for that matter, happy is to deliver authoritative, evergreen content. It will improve your search engine optimization because Google looks for pages that contain top-quality, pertinent information about the searcher’s query. The bonus is that quality content is what your current and future customers are going to share Consider the Best Way to Use Google’s RankBrain  Google’s RankBrain is part of the algorithm which infers how users find pages that do not have the exact words that they searched for. Using compound, multi-word keywords (long- and medium-tail keywords) helps RankBrain link you to thousands of similar keywords.  Target a Core Term for Keyword Optimization Using your keyword list in your site’s content needs to be done properly. Ideally, each webpage should target a core term and a collection of related terms. However, for the sake of a better user experience (which in turn leads to longer time spent on your pages and increased social sharing and links to you), the content needs to flow naturally.  One-Minute Videos Are Easy to Watch Digital marketing involves charming existing clients and new leads so that you can develop faithful relationships with them. Video ticks both these boxes for the following reasons: Video content makes for good user engagement. It shows you value their time – a one-minute video is far easier to absorb than a 300-word article. Bonus: Video is a great SEO tool when you integrate them into the rest of your content, use titles and descriptions to make them searchable and enhance their audio and visual quality. Consider a Google My Business Listing  How people perceive your business can make or break you. A well-optimized Google My Business listing gives you a measure of control in managing your online reputation, while at the same time increases your chances of appearing in Google features like the Local Pack and Maps Key Information Must Be Clear  Make sure that key information is clearly marked and easy to find:  Tell page visitors how they should go about doing business with you. For instance, do you want them to call, pop in or email for additional info?  Display your location and operating hours.  Offer a phone number, email, social media messaging options, and/or...

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Web Design: How to Choose a Web Hosting Service

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Website Design |

Once your web design is completed, you’ll need to focus on choosing a web hosting service to house your website. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of  four key aspects you’ll need to consider when choosing a web host. How to Choose a Web Hosting Service to House Your Web Design: There are plenty of web hosting services to choose from. Settling on the correct one extends beyond picking a host simply because they have the cheapest plans. Think about the kind of website you have designed and compare the different web hosting services based on these aspects: Security Will the host be able to protect your website against cyber-attacks and server crashes? Reputable web hosting services offer multiple layers of security to protect their clients against attacks from hackers and, therefore, this should be the first aspect you research. If your website is not secure, attackers can gain access to client information, spread malware to visitors and cause your website to crash. With the increased awareness of the potential risks of an unsecured website, many governing bodies require a certain degree of security from businesses relating to their websites. If your website causes a security breach, you may even be liable for a fine or penalty.  Client Service and Technical Support  Another important aspect to consider is the type and level of support the web host provides. You are not only looking for prompt service from the customer liaison team to get quick replies on your queries, but also a knowledgeable technical team to give you guidance when you are experiencing issues. Does the web host offer support on different channels such as email, chat and phone calls? Is the web host situated locally or will a time-zone difference delay communication? The questions to these answers will help you to determine which web host is right for you. Speed and Downtime A slow website can be the downfall of your business. So, you want a web host that allows multiple users to access your website simultaneously without delay. The bandwidth (or the amount of data uploaded or downloaded from a website) that a host provides may depend on the plan you choose from the specific web host. It is, therefore, important to pay close attention to the difference in bandwidth allowance for each plan on offer.  You also need to consider the amount of downtime for your web host. If the host has an uptime percentage over 95%, you should not experience many issues with the server for your website being down and your website being inaccessible. Flexibility Many web hosts offer flexible plans to accommodate growing websites. You’ll need to understand how far your web host...

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6 Social Media Marketing Tactics for Limited Budgets

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

Are you using social media marketing to boost customer engagement and to increase sales? That it comes with its own costs is no secret. Facebook Advertising for one is a powerful social media marketing channel that has high conversion rates but isn’t free to use. If you have a limited budget but would still want to tap into social media’s considerable marketing potential, here are six of our most reliable tactics that are also easy on the pocket: Don’t Be the Only Business that’s Not Using Chatbot Chatbots are fast becoming ubiquitous in social media marketing and customer support. Thousands of chatbots are active on Facebook Messenger, with more being added all the time. What’s more, users are increasingly willing to engage with them.  The chatbot technology is more responsive than ever, meaning you can create sophisticated algorithms to drive chatbots that will talk to your customers as if you are personally dealing with each question. You never miss an inquiry, all customers are answered and happy, and your staff can focus on tasks that really need their direct attention. Optimise Your Targeting and Posting Schedules to Get More Out of Your Video Marketing Everyone is doing their best to make video marketing work. However, you need to remember that social media users are bombarded with video content all day long, everything from ads to cat videos. You can’t compete by throwing your carefully created visual media into the “general population” of the social media world. Forget about going viral. Use keywords, good quality and clever timing to hit the right audience. Use Facebook Custom Audience for Precise Targeting Facebook’s Custom Audience feature is something you should absolutely be using by now. If you aren’t yet, then look into it right away! It is the best way to make your PPC spending worthwhile because it enables you to target your advertising specifically at those people most likely to convert their clicks into sales.  Say, for instance, you put out an ad that receives a high number of clicks from women aged between 20 and 25. The response from this group is huge but, unfortunately, few of those clicks (each of which you’re paying for, by the way) have been converted into sales. You find instead that men aged between 30 and 35, although fewer of them click, render many more conversions. With Facebook Custom Audience, you can then eliminate the non-converting group and target the converting group alone, maximising your spending and making more sales. Invest in Short-Lived Content That Drives Immediate Engagement Many social marketers have scratched their heads wondering how to make content that lasts on platforms where each post only has a lifespan of a few...

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How to Turn Your Website in to a Lead Generation Machine

Posted by on Jan 26, 2020 in Website Design |

The rise of digital media, including websites and apps, has led to plummeting viewership and listenership figures for television and radio. Convincing advertisers to place adverts is getting harder for these long-living advertising platforms with each day that passes. No wonder that many media houses are rushing to set up streaming services. Yes, websites are where the majority of marketing is now taking place. But, because websites are in comparison to radio and TV far cheaper to set up, there is fierce competition for the attention of consumers. All the more reason to invest resources and continual efforts in web design and search engine optimization, two of the most effective ways of attracting traffic and keeping it on your site. Master the Basics  The basics include: Being crystal clear on exactly who your market is. If you don’t know your target audience, you won’t communicate the right message to them. If you can’t communicate the right message, your traffic-gaining tactics will fail. Research your competitors and highlight how you stand out – product, service, distribution, relationships, reputation, price, image, etc. The strategic use of social media to get more website traffic. Don’t open an account on every social media platform and go crazy posting, tweeting and hash-tagging until you up your traffic. Use your target audience research to share relevant content on appropriate sites. Design Your Website for Engagement and Ease of Use  Once you have the above in place, the experience your visitors have on your website is key. What do internet users want? The next best thing! Because of the myriad of available choices, consumers have become fickle. So, keep your website design fresh, evolving and exciting to visit.  Share-worthy visuals and engaging videos are the fastest growing aspect of digital marketing. Optimise them to boost your SEO. Use them to draw and keep users on your site. Encourage sharing with a clear call to action. In tandem with professional visuals, test your website’s page load time with Google’s free tool. Why? Because search engines penalise slow pages, especially as searches via mobile devices increases. Make it easy to access your website on-the-go with a mobile-first responsive design.  Boost Your Chances of Ranking in Google By Investing in Good Quality Content  As a small to medium-sized businesses, it is unlikely that you will rank on the first page of Google for a broad term associated with your offering. One way to increase organic traffic is to produce blog content that is jam-packed with incredible value. Snippets of this can be shared through an email campaign, with a call to action to read the entire article on your website. Seek Professional Guidance  If you have read this far,...

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Instagram Checkout: What it Is and How to Use It

Posted by on Jan 23, 2020 in Instagram, Social Media Marketing |

Instagram’s introduction of its Checkout feature added a new tool that online retailers can use to monetise their hordes of followers on the popular social platform. If you’ve yet to put the feature to use, this blog is a gentle introduction to its range of benefits. Enables Consumers to Complete Purchases Without Leaving the App Checkout on Instagram enables consumers to complete purchases in the app, without having to be redirected to the seller’s website. This would promote Instagram from a social media platform to a centralised online marketplace where an unlimited number of brands can make sales quickly and easily – on the spot.  When a user taps to view a product that interests them, the “Checkout on Instagram” button comes up, and they can complete the transaction right there if they choose. Not only will payment take place within Instagram, but also after-sales services such as tracking of orders. First-time users will have to enter billing and delivery information, much as they would on any other shopping site. These details are then saved for later use, regardless of the number and variety of sellers they buy from. Lower Traffic to Your Site Is Offset By Quicker Conversions This may present both good and bad possibilities for you as an online business operator. On the one hand, it could mean a reduction in traffic going through to your website from Instagram. But, on the other hand, it would make for quicker conversions – and thus possibly even an increase in conversions over time. It cuts out all intermediate steps, meaning you get a more immediate sale.  According to Instagram’s stats, 60% of users discover new products on the platform, making it a very useful promotional method. It now goes one step further, because it not only promotes the product, it can close the sale too. The service is currently in closed beta testing, rolled out to a select few brands earmarked by Instagram. Once it rolls out of beta in general use, it is not certain what the cost of the service will be to retailers. But, it seems likely to be worth the expense. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Thinking of adding Instagram to your suite of social media marketing platforms? The platform’s new Checkout feature, which is still in beta, is one of many features that appeal to online marketers. Contact WSI OMS today to learn how you can put Instagram’s powerful marketing features to use. Please follow and like...

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