GOOGLE PARTNERS PROGRAM

It has been estimated (by more than one person) that at least 97% of all individuals and companies doing Search Engine Optimization are incompetent at best, if not downright frauds. Just imagine if 97% of all new cars didn’t work right. Or 97% of all engineering degrees don’t teach someone to build bridges that won’t… Read More »

MISINFORMATION – PART 2

Last week I wrote in detail about two ways misinformation can profoundly affect your online marketing. There are others that are useful to know about. Let’s explore more of these. INDUSTRY REPUTATION Completely aside from deliberate smear campaigns, many industries – or segments of industries have reputations. Not all of them are flattering. There are… Read More »

MISINFORMATION

In the last few years, there’s been a lot of attention on misinformation in the news, in politics, and in relation to the pandemic. People are fact-checking the fact-checkers. Who are you to believe? But this is a subject far from unique to politics or public health. Let me talk about a couple of ways… Read More »

WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?

One of the most important questions a marketer must answer is: who are their customers? If you really understand your prospective buyers, you can work out how to sell to them. If you don’t understand your prospects, your chances of success are severely diminished. There are a lot of angles to this, which we are… Read More »

MARKETING IS NOT ALL THE SAME

It is important to realize that how to market different businesses can vary wildly. One of the things I think that distinguishes what we do from many marketing agencies is that we operate strategically. We try to understand the individual client’s situation and how we can realistically make a big difference for them. This blog… Read More »

INTERNET MARKETING THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS

I wanted to take the time to give you a big picture, 30,000-foot level view of internet marketing. The goal of internet marketing is that of all marketing – to get you more business by connecting you with prospective customers (clients, patients, whatever they may be called in your business). There are really only a… Read More »

YOU GOTTA MARKET

The first big thing you have to face up to about marketing: YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY DO IT Of course, that isn’t really true. Many companies survive for a long time without doing marketing. What makes marketing a necessity is ambition. AMBITION Do you want to grow your business? Not everyone does. Are you happy… Read More »

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials are hugely important in all marketing – and certainly in online marketing. Why? It has basically to do with TRUST. You probably have people you trust, people you don’t trust (been burned), and people you don’t know about. Are you going to buy from someone you don’t trust? I suppose some people might, out… Read More »

THERE ARE APPS. AND THEN THERE ARE APPS

What’s an “app?”  The word is short for “application” which is the computer term for a program you use to do something – such as email, or watch videos, or play Candy Crush.  That is in contrast to your operating system (Windows, iOS, etc.) that runs the whole device. But what’s an app?  Mostly when… Read More »

WE ARE ALL GOOGLE WATCHERS

Like it or not, we all live in Google’s world. Of course, not every business is dependent on Google. Many are, and many more would like to be. If you could get top organic rankings on Google, you’d be living high off the hog. If that’s the case, you only have two options. Cross your… Read More »

Getting Started

Let’s start with a gratuitous Science Fiction reference. In Dune, the author Frank Herbert states “A beginning is a time for taking the most delicate care.” Since by all reports as many as 19 out of 20 new businesses fail in the first 5 years, that is evidently true. There are a lot of pieces… Read More »

How The Internet Works

The internet has become, in less than 30 years, a vital part of our lives. If our internet access goes down, many of us are severely hampered trying to get business done, not to speak of the really important things like catching up on the latest memes and cat videos. Most of the time it… Read More »

MAINTENANCE? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ MAINTENANCE!

At the risk of offending the shade of Humphrey Bogart (“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, 1948), I thought I’d dramatize an apparently common attitude towards website maintenance: “Maintenance?! We ain’t got no maintenance!  We don’t need no maintenance!  I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ maintenance!” Well, in most cases, you DO need… Read More »

Google Ads

As I said in my last blog, “unbranded organic searches” is the holy grail of marketing for many businesses. That’s people finding you through search, who have never heard of you. They are looking for what you do or sell or offer. Or the solution to the problem you solve. There are many situations where… Read More »

THE NEED FOR SPEED

The line made famous by Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards, in the original Top Gun movie: “We have the need… the need for speed” very much applies to websites. Did you know that after more than 20 years of secretiveness, Google in the last year revealed what the top 3 ranking factors are? They are… Read More »