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Strategic Digital Marketing Guide for SMBs [Infographic]

Digital marketing, without a doubt, is one of the most useful strategies that a business can use to increase its brand presence online and attract leads and retain more loyal customers nowadays. Not only is it more cost-effective than the traditional approach, but it is also highly measurable from time to time, so the business does not have to wait until the end of the campaign to see results.

Way back then, businesses can only rely on limited platforms such as T.V, newspaper, trade shows, billboards, and leaflets to spread their marketing message across the market. Though these mediums have proven their worth over the past decades, there is no denying that people have already grown tired being choked up by the repetitive and often trashy ads by brands using these platforms nowadays.

In contrast, digital marketing continues to experience steady growth in the past recent years. With the penetration of internet and increasing smartphone usage and social media, having a brand presence online has rapidly become an imperative. Today, even a local burger joint can have a website that ranks well on Google, has a well-maintained profile on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and updates their customers about their newest products and promos through e-mail.

If you own a small or medium sized business and want to extend your reach beyond your local market, then this post is perfect for you. Check this infographic from CJG Digital Marketing as they present to us an easy to follow 4-step process that can help you start a strategic digital marketing campaign today. Read more

9 Steps to Achieving an Amazing Mobile User Experience & Avoiding SEO Demotion

In 2015 the Google mobilegeddon was a hot topic for SEOs who were positive that Google’s changing mobile ranking algorithm would see major demotions for unprepared websites. Despite the initial update going out in April 2015, the fun is still not over; we saw a new Google mobile friendly update in 2016, and we’re constantly learning more about Google’s plans for mobile search. Most importantly, Google is planning to make the mobile index its primary index, and has already been testing mobile-first search, which means websites need to be fully optimised in order to avoid SEO demotion when the mobile-first index is properly rolled out. You need to provide awesome mobile UX if you’re to compete in light of Google’s latest updates.

So what is mobile UX and how can you make it awesome? When it comes to mobile, users want to browse quickly, complete tasks with as few steps as possible, and consume content easily on small screens. To ensure you’re providing an amazing experience on mobile, we’ve outlined the best practices and essentials of mobile optimisation below.

Step 1: Check your website with Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test

Rather than simply guessing as to whether your site is mobile-friendly, start by taking Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test which analyses any inputted URL and tells you whether or not its mobile-friendly, whilst providing a preview of how the page looks on a mobile screen. If the page isn’t mobile friendly, it will tell you exactly which issues need work, for example the text being too small or clickable elements being too close together. You then have a list of actionable issues to work on to improve your mobile UX.

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Top 5 Tools Every Blogger Needs

Running a blog can be a pretty challenging prospect. There are a lot of things to think about apart from writing the article itself. There’s the outreach, the functionality of your website, marketing on social media and so on. It takes a lot of time and patience to get the hang of all of this, and it can be really frustrating at first, when all you want is to be able to create the perfect blog post and be done with it.

Fortunately, there are some really powerful blogging tools out there that you can use to help you out with all of this, and today we’re going to be discussing a few of them, and how to utilize them in order to drastically improve the quality of your articles.

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Franchises Flex Marketing Muscle For You

One of the most challenging parts of building a business is assembling an effective identity and brand for your company. What should your logo look like? What will be your colors, fonts, and graphics? What will be your slogan?

For people who are better as business managers and creators of products, this can be an overwhelming task. It’s not the kind of thing that you learn in culinary school or during your time as a journeyman heating and cooling professional. And trying to develop it at the same time that you are perfecting your product, shopping for business supplies, and hiring employees can be too much.

That’s where franchising can make all the difference. When you become a franchisee, you already have a pre-built marketing image. Your brand is already widely known, so you won’t have to spend your valuable advertising dollar to explain who you are or what you do. That frees you up to work on the day-to-day necessities of your brand new enterprise, all the while letting an established firm promote and identify your products and services.

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