Google’s ongoing efforts to push its social network’s exposure simply cannot be ignored. After having updated its Google+ Android app last month, the networks’ mobile users were treated to flashy new animations and larger displays for profile images. At that time, Google also announced that an update for the iOS version of Google+ was already in the works and would arrive with some additional functionality.
The promised update actually ended up coming out today and, for the most part, it features pretty much exactly what has already been seen in the Android version. On both iPhone and iPad, Google+ users can expect to experience a more attractive user interface that puts the emphasis on profile content above UI elements and the like. Additionally, the new update adds further support for multi-touch capabilities and integrates Apple TV into the device for Google Hangouts. Google has also promised that future updates will add in Google Events features.
Capturing that Vital Mobile Market
Although Google+ continues to struggle in its attempts to catch up to Facebook’s average monthly sign-up rate, Google is taking the right steps in trying to capture that market. Aside from the obvious benefits of a cleaner looking and better operating interface, the new update to the company’s social network is sure to take advantage of the eye-catching retina displays seen in Apple’s newest line of products. Seeing as every new buyer of the iPad 3 and Macbook Pro is looking for that killer app to show off their beautiful screens, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more people download the newest Google+ app even if as just a show piece.
As any successful social media company knows, getting people to take notice of a site is the essential first step to gaining conversion rates and increasing unique visitor traffic. Even if the initial download of the updated app is due to little more than curiosity or passing whim, Google+ now stands to improve its reputation with Apple users. As a result of this, those companies that are currently listed on the company’s social network could gain more attention in turn. What matters is that business get listed on Google+ before Apple users move on to the next big thing.
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Although social media users swap countless IMs and posts across PCs and laptops every month, most people fail to realize the amount of direct messaging that takes place between mobile device owners through those same social networks. According to a blog published just a few days ago on the New York Times website, a number of recent studies all point to the conclusion that social media apps are quickly replacing standard phone SMS as a primary form of mobile communication. One particular report states that the amount of text messages relayed by cellphone owners in the Phillipines on a monthly basis has decreased by more than a third from 2010 to 2011 (down to 400 texts from around 660).
Yet, what does this all mean to the standard small to medium-sized business owner? Well, aside from the obvious fact that Facebook and Twitter are quickly replacing traditional phone texting, it’s important to recognize the ever-increasing need for a strong social network presence in the business world. As conversations continue to take place in greater frequency between social media users, companies want to be a part of that dialogue more than ever. It’s one thing to have a prominent link on a Facebook page or Twitter feed, but becoming a talking point in these back-and-forth messages is even more worthwhile.
Maintain an Undeniable Network Presence
Often a luxury exclusive to multi-million dollar corporations, wide-scale recognition on social networks is considered by many business analysts to be the ultimate goal of any social media optimization. At the end of the day, once the ad campaign is over and the dedicated bloggers, tweeters and status updaters have gone to bed, a business owner wants to rest easy knowing that all that hard work is still finding traction. While getting to this point can take months – or even years – of hard work, getting a campaign started on the right foot can make all the difference.
For the best social media results, small business owners and experienced marketers alike need to remain active when seeking out target demographics. By searching for interest groups, watching how the competition approaches their own campaigns, keeping up with industry-related news and always staying active with posts, a social media listing can establish the follower base and ongoing attention it needs to succeed. A dedicated effort on social networks can eventually establish one’s brand across a wide audience and keep traffic going to a page consistently.
Earn, and Keep, the Attention of Potential Followers
Getting communities on social networks to notice a company is not unlike being the center of attention at a party. Although companies can end up handling thousands of followers at a time, getting people to engage a business takes the right approach. Aside from constantly posting new blog content via Facebook and other social media outlets, companies can also remain relevant on social networks by interacting directly with users. In particular, running a contest is a fantastic way to get new followers to jump onto a business’ social network feed. Raffles and community-driven competitions for consumer goods and various leisure items often provide great incentives.
Of course, it can be difficult to secure these users once a contest has ended. Should a business try to use giveaways to bolster its online following, it’s important that it attempts to continually engage these new followers outside of the contest itself. A social media campaign manager should always try to ask questions and for feedback, do community spotlights or even feature posts from social media users. This type of community response rewards users for being actively involved with a company and provides a solid way to keep people following.
Supplement Social Network Activity with even more Activity
While the old adage of “less is more” certainly applies to social media campaigns, businesses still want to make sure their voices are heard. Although one should take care in not turning away users through excessive posting and in-your-face advertising, it’s a smart move to supplement campaign efforts through additional social networks. In particular, Twitter is an excellent avenue through which companies can spread additional links and updates for their other social media assets while not overwhelming followers on other networks.
Maintaining a strong presence in social media conversations is a true challenge that offers as many rewards as it does obstacles. Should readers have any further questions regarding the right practices for social media success, I can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Among all the various search engines for which SEOs develop, it’s Google that time and time again gets the most attention from online marketing firms. Between continual updates to its search algorithm and ongoing releases for new user apps, the world’s biggest search engine company has truly become a force to be reckoned with. While competitors may try to get the edge on the company, Google’s current market share puts it well ahead of the pack.
According to a recent survey from comScore, Google controls over two-thirds of the search engine market at this point. Following in second and third place are Microsoft and Yahoo which saw around 15% of the average monthly search engine traffic each. While even a small percent of several hundred million users is nothing to scoff at, Bing and other search engine activity just pale in comparison to Google’s current user base. It’s because of this immense number of monthly users that small business owners need to focus on becoming better ranked in the Google SERPs.
Getting Friendlier with Google
It’s a given that a company will want to have a strong showing on Google’s result pages, but not everyone has the sort of SEO-focused behaviors in place necessary to rank highly. Although search engine-friendly website development and original content generation are top priorities for many web-savvy companies, most businesses drop the ball when it comes to establishing themselves with trending Google keywords and topics.
The Right Keywords at the Right Time
While it’s incredibly difficult for anyone to know for certain what needs to be done for a page to secure the number one SERP spot on Google, many internet advertisers recommend timely keyword selection for their clients’ websites. Since programs such as Google Webmaster Tools allow anyone to look up trending search terms and popular keywords, optimizing a webpage’s focused terms towards more effective ones is quite easy.
If a business owner finds that certain terms relevant to his or her industry are tracking better than others, improving a site’s ranking may be as simple as substituting a handful of keywords. Of course, it’s important to remember to never implement irrelevant keywords. More than ever, Google is cracking down on those sites that try to improve their rankings through keyword stuffing. SMB owners should only put in popular keywords when they are 100% relevant to the page’s existent content.
A Sociable Relationship with Google
As time goes on, Google+ is playing an increasingly more pivotal role in the company’s search engine. A few months ago, Google rolled out “Search, plus your World,” an initiative that includes content from Google+ in the main search engine results for those network users who are logged in. Due to Search+, more companies are becoming involved with the company’s social network in hopes that it will help their presence in the SERPs.
While the effectiveness of a strong Google+ campaign in yielding better traffic through organic rankings is still unproven, it’s something that many companies are actively pursuing. Even if activity on Google+ doesn’t result in significantly better SERP showings, the social media strength gained through a successful campaign on the network is still worth the while. Since Google+ is very much an up-and-coming social media network, more businesses should try to establish themselves on it to begin with.
As long as Google maintains its current growth and overall success, it will continue to be a major player in the SEO community. As such, it’s vital that businesses focus on the search engine as the primary source of their organic linkbuilding efforts. Should readers have any questions regarding how to get Google to notice their company, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
In yesterday’s blog post, I spoke at length about the necessity of high quality image and video assets in a company’s marketing efforts. With visual media becoming an increasingly useful tool in every internet advertising campaign, the race is on to secure photos and digital camera footage that users will find engaging. Whereas in my previous blog entry I gave advice to small business owners on how to procure this media, today I will be giving guidelines on how and where to implement these excellent strategic marketing assets.
The key to any visual media-centric advertising campaign is knowing where to find one’s audience and how to make those assets appeal to potential traffic. While there is no shortage of options available when it comes to selecting a venue for media sharing, different types of sites do provide different better potential for media exposure than others. As always, I encourage readers to experiment with how they use their visual assets. Sometimes going off the beaten path can prove far more rewarding than sticking to tried-and-true SEO techniques or online marketing practices.
Social Networks: Sharing Visual Media with the Masses
For the highest level of exposure for your unique media, look no further than social websites such as Google+ and Facebook. Both these networks are excellent places for visual assets of all sorts. From professional photographs to video blogs, nearly anything can be shared via social media these days. The current page layout found on Facebook allows for trending images to remain high up in the follower Timeline feed for extended periods of time, while Google+ pages actually spotlight large photos for users to find easily.
The only issue with posting your media assets on social networks comes from the fickleness of public trends. Although a high quality photo can provide a solid click-through rate for attached links, most companies are subject to the whims of the web itself. When a trending topic starts to die off, relevant media takes a hit. It’s because of the fickle nature of public interest that social media sharing takes an attentive eye to use successfully. However, if a company is able to time its efforts correctly, the pay-off in traffic and conversion rates can be worth it.
Blogs: Building up a Following and Community over Time
More often than not, a significant amount of a business’ media assets are found on its company blog. Many businesses maintain a running blog as a way to gain loyal customers, continually add unique original content to a page (thus increasing its SEO value) and convey important news. Accompanying photos and video clips are usually included with blog updates as they add visual panache to a page and give readers something with which to associate the new text content.
While a blog does not offer immediate benefits for the small business owner, a well-run WordPress or Blogger page can act as a hub for both outbound and inbound links. By updating its blog regularly with new content and implementing interesting or eye-catching media elements, a company can draw in visitors to the site which may then interact with valued links.
Video Advertising: Getting Clips to Earn their Keep
Although much of the footage a company creates may be intended to show off its staff and locations, advertising and publicity-based videos are also a core component of most businesses. For those more overt marketing films that a company may shoot, it’s important that they’re used in a strategic and cutting edge manner. To this end, video ads often find their home on websites such as Hulu or Youtube.
In particular, Google’s recently rolled-out AdWords for Video service offers SMB owners a straightforward and efficient way to manage PPC advertisements on YouTube. My previous write-up on the new marketing program goes over the details in full and offers some excellent starting tips for it as well. Businesses looking to get the jump on their video ads should go ahead and create a YouTube channel with all their video media assets uploaded to it. This will make launching a pay per click campaign that much easier when the time comes for it.
By choosing the correct venue for one’s media assets, it’s possible to see results that can bring a small business the sort of traffic it would normally think impossible. If any readers have any further questions regarding my recommendations, I can be contacted at email@example.com.
Yesterday I kicked off a series of blog posts dedicated to choosing the best social network based on the needs of a business. For small and medium-sized company owners, there is no certainly no lack of choices to be made when selecting which social sites to operate on. Many SMBs tend to lack the sort of SEO experience and social media awareness to really take advantage of each network’s full capabilities. Fortunately, each site can be boiled down to a few key attributes that can make picking the right one an intuitive, and even enjoyable, process.
In my previous blog post, I discussed social networks that emphasize the importance of location-based sharing above all else. Although those sites provide excellent marketing opportunities for small companies with only a handful of physical locations, sometimes it’s a massive audience that holds more appeal for business owners. While I’ll be announcing the most popular and farthest reaching social networks tomorrow, for now let’s focus on another category: the up-and-comers. The following websites are growing fast and may soon capture a considerable amount of social media market share.
Pinterest: Image Sharing made Quick and Easy
If you’re a frequent visitor of any SEO-focused news or community website, you’ve no doubt heard of Pinterest. Although it is currently in an invite-only beta testing phase, Pinterest has quickly grown to become one of the most talked about social media sites today. Based on the simple premise of sharing popular images with friends and strangers, this site encourages a more passive approach to social networking. Many Pinterest users effortlessly collect dozens of images and share them with other users every day, ultimately passing along content hundreds of times. It’s this sort of media sharing habit that SMB owners should focus on.
While getting involved with Pinterest does take a bit of time (due to its beta state, some companies have to wait weeks for an invite), businesses can generate a lot of site traffic for themselves by becoming involved with the site both actively and passively. Although the team at Pinterest doesn’t want people advertising directly on the network, that doesn’t mean a SMB owner can’t publish images of their business or staff and drum up a friendly following. At the same time, one can also look into putting Pinterest sharing buttons on the pages of any products one may sell. Amazon and eBay have already done so and see a lot of conversion rates from Pinterest on a daily basis because of it.
Google+: Gaining Steam at a Decent Clip
I know what some readers may be thinking. It’s true, a lot of people in the SEO community are outspoken about Google’s social network and many consider it a failure. Although it doesn’t stack up to Facebook (but really what network can?), Google+ is something that more business owners need to consider for their social media marketing purposes. It’s a topic that I’ve visited before in the past, but it belongs here as well: SMB owners need to look at Google+’s relatively small user base as a chance to get the edge on the competition.
Over the past few months, there has been a significant amount of growth on Google’ social network. As many businesses have yet to establish a presence on the site, there’s also plenty of room for small businesses to get involved here and now. A few moments taken to set up a profile and a bit of initiative in maintaining a social media feed on Google+ could be massively rewarding in the future. Social media sharing buttons for the G+ service are also recommended for those SMB owners who consistently see regular visitors on their site that may share their content through Google+.
Tomorrow I’ll be going over my top two picks for the strongest social networks of 2012. For now, I recommend that readers look into social media optimization and organic SEO services that can make a major difference in the web traffic they see. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions that need to be answered.
Those business owners who turn to social media sites for customer traffic are known to rely just a little too heavily on Facebook. Sure, the world’s biggest social network continues to expand its influence, and it’s a given that it will grow towards a projected one billion users by year’s end. While there’s certainly no lack of potential customers to be found on Facebook, there is the matter of market saturation. For every type of business out there, there are literally thousands of competitors with which to contend. Small business owners who try to maintain a strong presence in social media have to work much harder when rivals are involved.
While there will always be stiff competition when building up a follower base on any social network, sometimes it’s best to focus one’s attention elsewhere. Many company owners make the mistake of putting all their eggs in one basket when it comes to social media. Even if they manage to establish themselves on Facebook, they’re still missing out on other social media markets. In particular, it’s Google+ that goes untouched by many businesses these days.
Growth, Slow but Steady
Although Google+ doesn’t have the staggering user numbers that Facebook boasts, that doesn’t mean it’s a ghost town (as some would have us think). For the past several months, Google has been working tirelessly to connect its social media site to every aspect of its network. As a result, every new Google account has its own Google+ profile already attached to it.
While only a small percentage of newly registered users remain active on Google+, more people are joining the network as time goes on. The integration of YouTube, Google Maps and other Google services into the social network is enough of a motivator to get people to begin using the site. The company reports that over half of the 170 million registered Google+ accounts see constant activity. Getting one’s company established with social media optimization on the network now will allow for a lot of groundwork to be laid out in the future. Small business owners also won’t have to worry nearly as much about competitors stealing followers.
Taking Advantage of the New Redesign
Only a few days ago, a number of new features and a revised interface were rolled out for Google+. Google claims that the newest update makes its social media site sleeker, more intuitive and more flexible to members of other social media sites. While much of the redesign mirrors Facebook’s recent Timeline layout update, that doesn’t diminish the potential for the network to attract new users. Business owners may want to take advantage of the new site design in a number of ways.
- Create a Google+ account and fill it out thoroughly. The more information that can be provided the better off you will be. A complete profile gives plenty of information to users and, since Google pulls information from Google+ for its SERPs, will allow you to show up better in searches.
- Find plenty of photos and video clips to share on your Google+ feed. The redesigned page layout now allows users to post larger images when sharing media. Attractive and colorful photos can get users in your extended network to interact with your company more often.
- Direct your website’s traffic to your Google+ account. If you haven’t already placed media sharing buttons throughout your site, now is the time to do so. Encourage users to share your content on their Google+ pages. By building up a sizeable number of supporters, shared content will reach more users more easily.
As always, I encourage our readers to look more into professional social media optimization and social PPC services when trying to get the best results out of their social media campaign. WebiMax takes a great deal of pride in providing its clients with efficient social media management that excels at gathering new followers for both short and long-term high conversion rates.