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The Brand New Google My Business

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Aug 12, 2014 3:58:00 PM


We have long been inundated with offerings for Google Plus, Google’s very own take on social media, in the recent years. Google is known for quite a few things in the world, and making social media a priority has been at the top of their list for quite some time. While a far cry away from other juggernauts like Facebook and Twitter, Google can offer a unique perspective to businesses in terms of branding and getting a message to a particular audience. For those that thought Google Plus would just fade into the distance were just proven wrong as Google has launched its new take on helping businesses succeed with their new social platform.

In June, Google announced Google My Business. The plan is to integrate all of what Google has to offer and gear it toward small business owners. This includes local search results, a Google Plus page for businesses, and the myriad Google Apps that business owners have come to love. Just as people thought Google may pull the plug on their take on social media, they just made it easier to use and more efficient.

Instagram Steps Up Its Social Media Marketing Game

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Aug 5, 2014 3:53:00 PM


You may have noticed some changes in the social media marketing race this year. Facebook has reduced organic reach for business pages, twitter opened up their paid advertisement platform, and now Instagram is stepping up to the plate. When it comes to brand activity, how close is the race? Facebook is still taking a large portion of the social media marketing pie, but don’t be fooled, Instagram is right on their tail.

Generating Traffic to Your Website

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jul 28, 2014 11:42:00 AM


One of the major concerns for business owners that have a web presence is generating a fair amount of traffic to their websites. There are certain goals that business owners set when operating on the web which can include users filling out a contact form, signing up for a newsletter, or buying products online. None of these goals will be realized if traffic doesn’t find itself on a website. That is why the first step in getting a conversion is having users get to your site.

Traffic to a website can be generated numerous ways. It can happen both organically or through paid advertising online. There are also myriad ways that it can be generated through offline means. Whatever method your business chooses, understand that traffic doesn’t mean you will be getting a conversion. Although this is true, the more traffic that comes to your site, the greater chance you will have to get a conversion out of more people.

How to Recover from Google Penalties

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jul 22, 2014 3:39:00 PM


Google is notorious for changing things up and, in the end, it makes for a better experience for the end user, the searcher. Google doesn’t change their algorithm to upset business owners, but they do understand there can be some frustration when it comes to getting penalties from Google once they release a new algorithm. There are two ways you can be penalized from Google: Google doesn’t find value in your website or Google discovers a violation of its Webmaster Guidelines. Being penalized by Google doesn’t just mean dropping in rankings; sometimes this means being delisted altogether from any search on Google. A lot of companies fall for the “rank number one today on Google” scams and are left with penalties and even delisting of their business website. 
Don’t worry, there are ways to combat these penalties and continue being found by potential customers on Google.

The Top Five Not-so-Obvious Reasons to Outsource Marketing

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jul 15, 2014 3:27:00 PM


Making the decision to outsource your business’s marketing efforts can be very difficult. Handing off the reins to an outside company can be scary, especially for small businesses that don’t have the resources to dump a ton of money into their marketing efforts. We can’t all afford to run campaigns like Coca-Cola, Sony or Starbucks. However, there are many things to be learned by these big brands.

The Power of Online Communities and Crowdsourcing

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jul 8, 2014 7:57:00 PM


Community building is a necessary component of being successful online. The stronger the community you have, the more likely it is that you will be able to sustain your online business, whether you are selling goods online, making money through advertising revenue or selling a service. Having a strong brand is key on the web, especially with so many other businesses vying for that coveted spot as the leader of a specific industry or niche.

What Should Be Included in a Marketing Budget?

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jul 1, 2014 7:55:00 PM


Now that you understand how important a marketing plan is (Hint: see our previous blog), and you have started putting together a marketing plan, you might be asking yourself what you need to include in your marketing budget. The answer for this will depend entirely on the type of business that you currently operate and the audience that you are targeting. 
When a company says they don’t have or need a marketing budget, they might be overlooking what is actually included.

The Importance of a Comprehensive Marketing Plan

Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jun 3, 2014 7:45:00 PM


Regardless of where you are marketing your business, be it on the Web, with traditional offline techniques, or a combination of the two, it is vital that you take the time to have a comprehensive plan in place. This plan should outline a number of different areas, including the overall strategy you put in place, your target audience, what you hope to accomplish through your marketing efforts, and a competitive analysis, just to name a few. Many businesses that market themselves fail to create their marketing plan, and thus, miss out on a number of opportunities to improve their campaigns as time goes on.