Spring break is upon us here in Texas, and it is a beautiful week for a South By Southwest Festival. For those of us who took part in all or some of the SXSW Interactive Conference, we are coming out of it with new ideas and a charge of energy. Even if you didn’t make the trek to Austin for… read more →
Enjoy the following guest post, courtesy of professional Online Reputation Manager Gavin Carter. The views expressed in this post are those of the author and not necessarily that of Return On Now. Your company’s online reputation is very important. Most people check online to see what reviews have been left about a company before making a purchase decision. If you… read more →
Although many of us blog for business purposes, not all bloggers are getting paid for their work. On the other hand, most smaller businesses need to keep expenses in check when promoting their wares. We often get questions from clients and colleagues about our recommendations for low cost or free answers to how to promote a blog. Below are some… read more →
Even with all of the hype about changes in algorithms and how social media has become important for overall rankings, link building remains one of the most important activities in driving a successful SEO campaign. If you have budget to support such a campaign, we highly recommend you hire an external agency or resource to help drive links. Regardless of… read more →
Today we bring you a guest post from Celina Rodger of Dialed-In Local. In this post, she covers some near obvious ways to promote a small business, all of which are often overlooked for various reasons. When it comes to business, one of the most important rules is that you need to spend money to make money. Without denying the accuracy… read more →
The following slide deck was my supporting material for a presentation to the Austin Online Marketing Club on November 27, 2012. It addresses the question of whether you should be managing a website, or a more comprehensive web presence. In the document, you will find a couple of case studies, a review of how the buyer’s journey has changed, and… read more →
This week, let’s take a moment to look at PR / Public Relations for a moment. PR has long been a primary way by which companies of all sizes influence public opinion, build brand awareness and familiarity, and create general goodwill toward a brand.
With the latest social media tools and networking capabilities, there has been a great deal of debate about how PR is changing. Some speculate that the discipline is due to become obsolete, others advocate a revamped approach, and still others merely see today’s PR environment as a small offshoot of how we have always done it.
Surely you have seen the news by now that Google allows certain employees to manually adjust index rankings under special circumstances. Needless to say, the implications are rather widespread.
According to what I’ve read, employees sometimes have to make a judgment call about whether to lower a site’s ranking for a particular keyword or set of keywords. The main scenario where this is deemed “okay” by Google is when companies vertically integrate to a content-heavy model, using existing “SEO Juice” to enjoy visibility that is not yet deserved. That certainly seems like a good thing, does it not? Particularly since big brands can leverage existing budgets, SEO benefits, etc. much more easily than the smaller outfits or self-employed.
Judging by the pageview stats and general response, it is pretty clear that my last post, Social Media is NOT a Strategy, really caught your attention. Since I’m on a roll with the whole “not” thing, let’s come at it from another angle.
Like I said last week, I am a huge proponent of using social media for specific business purposes, particularly when you can measure it. This is in addition to my “doesn’t have to be said” stance that everyone with an online identity should be using it for personal reasons. But just because it’s a no-brainer for personal use and is a great new tool for business, that doesn’t say it is right for YOUR business.
Earlier this week I was talking to some colleagues of mine about “corporate speak”. You know what I’m talking about…all of those made up words that aspiring young professionals in big companies use to try to sound smarter. Surely you’ve seen resumes, proposals, or other business documents that were littered with nonsensical words, most of them of many syllables and tenuous definition.