Join Francois’ SEO webinar on staying ahead of Google updates

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

There is a lot of uncertainty with Google ranking factors currently, which is driving the SEO industry crazy. The search engine giant continuously introduces new updates, which can make it seem like an overwhelming task to keep up. I will be hosting a webinar entitled Stay Ahead of Google Updates and Prepare for SEO Today and Tomorrow on Tuesday, 2 June at 18:30 GMT+2. During this webinar, you will learn that SEO is much more than “if I rank #1 for my product/services keywords then I win; If I don’t, I lose” and think beyond keywords. Some of the topics I’ll discuss during the webinar include competition monitoring, content strategy, website health, keyword visibility and page performance. How do I check my website’s health? Healthy websites are key to improving organic traffic results. I’ll show you the indicators of a healthy website. How does content impact my SEO strategy? Using a pillar content strategy, you can publish ‘topic-based’ content to support your SEO. I’ll show you how this approach works. How do I improve my page performance and keyword visibility? During the webinar, I will also show you how increased organic traffic to your product or service page can improve your page performance. You will also learn why it’s better to focus on multiple keyword phrases for each product or service – not just a select few. Continuing with the old school SEO mindset will just set you up for failure. Join my one hour tomorrow to find out how you can prepare for SEO today and in the future. Save your seat now. Please follow and like...

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Digital marketing services you didn’t know your business needed

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

As we all know too well, the scope and best practice guidelines of the digital marketing world are forever changing – even more so in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. So, considering the state of the world and the many businesses trying to get back on their feet, which digital marketing services are the ones that should be a top priority going forward? We break it down for you below.  SEO  SEO is at the heart of every successful digital marketing endeavour. It refers to ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ which involves optimising your website in such a way that it adheres to best practice guidelines as set out by Google. This could mean posting engaging, relevant content on your website, reducing page loading times, link building, and generally doing everything in your power to boost user experience.  Content marketing  Speaking of posting engaging, relevant content on your website, that is where content marketing comes in. The secret is to craft content, whether text, image, or video, to which your target market will easily relate and that they will thoroughly enjoy. This can prove a lot more challenging than you might expect, especially if you are not naturally good with your words or a whizz when it comes to capturing video footage.  A good idea, in current times, is to create content detailing how your brand plans to deliver goods ordered online safely and with social distancing in mind. You will need to reassure most customers of these approaches and safety measures to encourage a final conversion.  PPC  PPC, or ‘pay per click’, advertising is an excellent way to get potential customers onto your website and, hopefully, making a conversion. You can embrace PPC either via Google and other search engines where you essentially pay to have your ad appear at the top of search engine search results, or you can embrace it via social media. If you opt for the latter, your ads will appear on your potential clients’ newsfeed or when they are watching video content. Instagram and Facebook ads have proven to be especially beneficial for businesses big and small in recent times, so be sure to dedicate the majority of your marketing spend there.  The great thing about PPC is that it is easy to target your ads based on various criteria, whether it be demographics, interests, the specific device on which they are browsing (mobile marketing is huge right now!), or previous internet activity.  You can even target consumers who have visited your website but have failed to take the desired course of action. This type of targeting is known as remarketing and is a PPC essential for maximum profitability.  WSI OMS is a digital...

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In digital marketing ,who delivers the best results between Google ads vs. Facebook ads?

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

Move over conventional and traditional ways of advertising and make room for digital marketing in an age where consumers are always online. In this regard there are two front runners that any business should seek to use: Facebook ads or Google ads. The effectiveness of either platform is debatable and we shall endeavour to find out who delivers the best results and return on investment. The pros and cons of digital marketing At the core of any online advertising exercise, you have to factor in the cost of the entire project over the long term. Which is cheaper-Facebook ads or Google ads? Examined individually, both have their pros and cons. Facebook ads are markedly cheaper and are likely to achieve better results for small businesses who have a small online advertising budget. On the other hand, Google ads are ideal for location-based results. The online advertising budget in this regard can be markedly bigger and a tad expensive.  Because Facebook is a social network, their ads tend to reach a much larger audience regardless of location and locale. What is more is that you can use the ‘post boost’ function on the social network to widen your scope and reach more users. The verdict for digital marketing Admittedly, Google is the biggest thing to happen to the internet unlike Facebook which is prohibited in some territories. It serves over 2.3 million searches every second and AdWords is used by more than 4 million advertisers. With such a massive reach, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t advertise on Google’s ad network. This is what most of the businesses think and this is why they can’t resist running a digital marketing ad campaign on AdWords. Further, it is with Google ads that search engine optimisation is more effective as your ads are more likely to appear during a search. Need help with your digital marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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How to Get Ahead During COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing, Events |

On Wednesday, 8 April, I hosted a webinar discussing how business can get ahead during COVID-19. Over three hundred digital marketers and business owners attended the sessions, where we covered practical ways of doing a competitive analysis. Why now? Some businesses are pausing their digital marketing services due to times being uncertain, but when things change – and they always do – they may find that stopping their SEO activities, for example, has left them in a poor position in Google SERPS.  Instead of setting yourself up for a difficult time in the second half of 2020, you can use this time to strengthen your business. On Facebook, I’ve seen many people using the lockdown period to get to some serious decluttering and DIY-ing around the house. In the same way that some restaurants close down for renovations so they can be a better business when they reopen, you should using this ‘shut down’ period to renovate your digital strategy – and you do this by looking at what your competitors are doing. Take stock of your digital presence with a marketing audit Use this lockdown to sit back and look at the big picture of your business’ digital marketing strategy. You may find that your market is changing and there are new areas to focus on. Take stock of your digital presence by doing a marketing audit. During the webinar, I discussed how digital marketers need to do what they do best – stay on top of the latest trends, understand the data and the insights it provides, and know what their clients’ clients are doing. Then we discussed the different components of a marketing audit (website audit, SEO audit, content audit, social audit and insights). Watch the webinar replay to learn how to do a competitive analysis Over the next few weeks, WSI will be running a free webinar series to share practical digital marketing tips, tricks, and best practices that you can use to overcome the marketing obstacles you are facing today. Based on some of the recent research we’ve seen, companies that embrace digital marketing will be in a much better position to engage and network with their customers through this crisis. These 30 minute webinars will occur every Wednesday from April 1 – May 6 | 11:30 AM – 12 PM EDT Topics being covered: April 1 – Video Marketing: How Using Video Creates Revenue, Retention, and Relationships for Your Business April 8 – Competitive Research: How to Analyze the Marketing Activities of Your Competitors to Get Ahead April 15 – Database Management: Learning the Basics of Managing Your Customer Database to Grow Your Business April 22 – Persona-Based Marketing: Understanding Your Target Audience...

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Getting ahead during COVID-19

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing, Training |

On Wednesday, 8 April, I’ll be hosting a webinar on using competitive research to find out how your competitor’s marketing activities have changed and how you can get ahead. This forms part of the WSI Ahead of the Curve series, which shares practical digital marketing tips and best practices to help you combat the impact of COVID-19 on your business. Doing an updated competitive analysis is important during the COVID-19 crisis. During the webinar, you will learn how to use competitor research to find out how competitors in your industry have changed their marketing activities and how you can adjust your digital strategies to gain a competitive edge. You will also learn how you can use your competitors’ marketing strengths and weaknesses to your advantage and how to prioritise your efforts when implementing your research and insights. Register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7988692352981537547?source=WSILinkedIn Please follow and like...

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Digital Marketing Guide: Google Indexing

Posted by on Mar 14, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

If you want to improve your digital marketing strategy, you will need to optimise your website for mobile. With the number of searches done on mobile increasing rapidly, Google is giving priority to websites that play well with mobile devices. The two short and easy tips below will help you to understand Google’s Mobile-First Indexing principle. Load Speed  Speed is more important than ever, especially when it comes to mobile searching. Google knows that people aren’t as patient as they used to be, which is why they want your site to load within two seconds. This may seem ridiculously fast, but everyone expects things to be instant. So, what can you do to make your website load faster? Optimise your images so that they are small and easy to load. There are a number of great WordPress plugins that can do this for you. If you don’t have a WordPress site, then you will need to edit your photos so that they are small for your website. A good rule of thumb is to compress the image to 400 pixels. Other things that you can do is minify your code for faster loading (this also makes it easier for search engine crawlers to index your pages) and make use of website caching.  What website caching does is store the website. If a person has visited your website before, then some of the files will be stored, making it easier and faster to load when they visit your website again. Avoid Page Redirects If you have a lot of redirecting pages on your website, then you need to remove them. Search engine crawlers and servers have to work extra hard to understand where all the content on your site is, so a high number of redirects can harm your SEO efforts. With these two simple principles, you can improve the way Google indexes your website which will be incredibly beneficial to your digital marketing efforts. If you want to learn more about digital marketing, be sure to follow our blog for tips on small business marketing, email marketing, SEO and social media marketing.   Please follow and like...

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