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How Much to Pay Web Providers [A Simple Formula]

Posted by Corey Smith on Jul 30, 2021 1:46:00 PM

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I know, I know. That title makes it seem like I'm telling you that the only marketing agency you should hire are those where your budget will explode. But, that's not the case at all.

When shopping for web services (web design, web development, digital marketing, search engine optimization -- you get the idea), you might find it nearly impossible to compare providers. You'll have one provider that will build a website at $700, another at $7,000, and yet another at $17,000. You'll have an SEO provider suggest that they can get you all the business in the world for $100 per month but someone else might say that $1,000 is the minimum.

Over the years, I have thought a lot about the right way to offer web services to our clients. How should we make sure that we charge the right amount for the services that we offer?

Twitter Basics: How Businesses Use it Right

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jul 15, 2021 1:34:00 PM

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Once, I was sitting in on a marketing class, listening to a professor give a lecture on social media and the impact it has on society and the business world. About 40 minutes into the lecture, an older student raised his hand and said, "Everyone knows that social media is just for millennials. How can it possibly be useful for businesses?"

The professor, who was in his early 60s, replied, "Is it? Then why do I have ads popping up on my news feed targeted at old balding men like me?"

What is a CMS?

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Jul 9, 2021 4:30:00 PM

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One of the most common questions we hear as a web marketing agency is, "What is a CMS?" This is usually after one of us annoyingly drops this jargony acronym in a conversation with a new client or prospect. To which we sheepishly reply, "Oh, sorry! It stands for Content Management System." Which is often followed by: "What is a content management system?"

Here's the Difference Between SEO and SEM

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jul 9, 2021 11:43:00 AM

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Something that we run into quite often is a lack of understanding between the basic principles of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). These are two very important terms in the world of Digital Marketing and can mean a lot of new traffic for a business. Not to get all philosophical on the situation, but we can confidently postulate that all SEO is SEM, but not all SEM is necessarily SEO.

A better way to think about it is to think of SEM as the CEO or owner of a company. That company employs SEO, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Social Media Marketings, Content Marketing and Website Design. Each of the employees work together, and they all work for SEM.

Here we'll break down SEO and SEM for you so that you can better understand and distinguish the difference.

June 2021 Social Media Snapshot

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jul 6, 2021 11:00:00 AM

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Welcome to our June edition of the Social Media Snapshot! Every month we try to catch you up with a brief overview of what's been happening in the social media world as it pertains to businesses. This month, we're taking a look at what happened in June, including:

Understanding Conversion Rate Optimization

Posted by Corey Smith on Jun 16, 2021 2:12:00 PM

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For as long as business owners have had a location to hang their sign, they have tried to find more and more ways to get more and more people to buy from them.

What usually happens is that businesses (even experienced marketers) will simply create a punchlist of tactics that they think are important to do — if they do they’ll get sales.

4 Ways To Increase Your Healthcare Company's Online Presence

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jun 14, 2021 8:21:06 AM

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Just having a website on the internet is no longer enough to be found online. All industries are experiencing that reality and are recognizing the need to have more of an active approach to their online presence. Healthcare companies are no exception!

Sure your website may have a lot of traffic coming from patients attempting to access their online portal or to find their provider's contact information, but that's not the kind of traffic that brings in new business. Providing a good user experience and online presence that works for current patients is a basic necessity. But good user experience and online presence that also captures the interest and business of potential patients can be revolutionary!

May 2021 Social Media Snapshot

Posted by Sarah Wai on Jun 7, 2021 11:41:37 AM

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Welcome to our May edition of the Social Media Snapshot! Every month we try to catch you up with a brief overview of what's been happening in the social media world as it pertains to businesses. This month, we're taking a look at new social media monetization options and social media platform updates that happened in May.

Keywords vs. Topics in SEO

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 2, 2021 12:19:00 PM

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Keywords have traditionally been the focus of Google and other search engines since the mid-nineties. So after twenty-plus years of focusing search engine optimization efforts around a short list of keywords to work on and rank for, times have changed. With updated Google algorithms, the focus is no longer just on keywords, although those are still relevant. The greater focus is on topics that answer the questions that users are searching for via  desktop computers, mobile devices, and voice command devices. Let's delve into what this change means for you.