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5 Ways to Improve Paid Ad Campaigns

Running paid ads through Google, Facebook, and other online platforms can help you accelerate your clients’ marketing and leads generation.

Paid ads on digital platforms can feel pretty overwhelming and unless you set up everything correctly, can end up costing more money than they should or need to.

But here’s the secret – you can do everything on the ads themselves to optimize them, set up everything the way that Facebook or Google loves, but unless you’ve done the work on the destination website first, it won’t matter much. Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Paid Ad Campaigns”

Facebook Down – Don’t Build Businesses on Rented Space

Were you or a client personally victimized by the Facebook shutdown of 2021?

Chances are, the largest social media sites being down for several hours affected your own business and also your clients’. Ads stopped running, posts couldn’t be published, and some companies lost their entire web presence because they rely only on Facebook and Instagram to do business.

Which is the biggest mistake a business can make.

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B2B or B2C: Your Audience is All Human

The age old debate in marketing has long been how do you switch up your strategies when you’re a B2B company or a B2C one.

If you’re dealing with businesses as your main customers, surely that’s so incredibly different than when you’re selling directly to a consumer, right?

Well, frankly, that’s kind of wrong.

Cause the thing is, whether you’re a B2B brand or a B2C one, your customers all have one thing in common – they’re human.

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Everyone Finds Digital Marketing Overwhelming (And What to Do About It)

I wanted to take a break from our normally scheduled program to share a short, but relevant message with you.

Over the last few months, I’ve shared lots of tips, strategies, and just general marketing information with you. While I’ve been doing this a long time (15 years or so), I certainly know a lot, but I don’t know everything.

And want to hear a secret?

Everyone, at times, finds digital marketing overwhelming.

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What is Storytelling in Marketing?

A few years ago, I sincerely thought that I wouldn’t be a coder or a marketer for much longer. My original career trajectory was to get my PhD and then teach Literature at the university level. I was just coding and working in marketing to pay my way through school (or so I thought).

When life happened and my side hustle started to morph into my full-time gig, something new was coming into marketing that made me excited about that life shift. What was that trend?

Marketing storytelling.

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Content Marketing 101

With the advent of social media and all of the digital channels where we spend our time, we can get bombarded with marketing messages.

We also have an increasing amount of control over our interruptions. To earn eyeballs, we simply have to create better content (easier said than done, I’m well aware).

One of the ways we can do this is to implement a solid content marketing strategy. I’m going to walk you through the basics of content marketing and how you can create a strategy that’s right for your ideal audience.

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An Introduction to Schema Markup

Do you have your own blind spots when it comes to coding and building websites?

I’ll be honest – I definitely have mine. I do a lot more than the “average” web developer to ensure good on-page SEO and I’ve been preaching focusing on quality content vs keyword stuffed since before Google made the formal switch.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own blocks. In the last few months, I’ve gotten more and more careful about my Schema markup. If you’re not quite sure what people mean when they talk about Schema or how some Google Search Results have those rich snippets instead of a generic search result, this episode is for you. Continue reading “An Introduction to Schema Markup”

Telling Google Your Website is Live (or Updated)

Do you find yourself launching websites for clients and they call you annoyed that they “can’t find it” within a couple of hours or days?

When I got that first call from a client, I was confused. It was live at their domain. Everything was working how it should. What I didn’t understand was that their employees were, instead of typing the domain in the address bar, trying to Google and find their website. Continue reading “Telling Google Your Website is Live (or Updated)”

5 Reasons Web Design Starts with Mobile

When I started developing websites professionally 16 years ago, I only had to worry about a couple of screen sizes. Most monitors came in roughly the same size and we didn’t have to even think about phones.

Now, we have so many devices to plan for that when you develop a website you’re managing multiple breakpoints.

But if you haven’t made the switch to mobile-first design yet, you’re at the risk of being behind a pretty big curve.

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10 Steps to Build a Marketing Machine Website

A website on its own will not bring customers in droves.

A poorly built website is, frankly, just a waste of money.

Unless you build a website that has the components it needs to actually convert browsers into buyers, a website won’t do much for your clients.

In my 16 (really 20, but let’s not get into that) years of building websites, the key pieces that make a website go from present to great haven’t really changed a whole lot. Continue reading “10 Steps to Build a Marketing Machine Website”