I brandish myself a perpetual student of life, and of business. After all, life is about making mistakes, learning from them, and growing as a result of our life lessons. For most of us, the biggest lessons come from experiences themselves. But we can take a shortcut by reading and staying up to date on trends. Many business authors are… read more →
We like to cover more in depth topics here, such as SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, and the like. But at the core of all of these efforts is the website itself. If you are using the web to promote your business, you absolutely MUST have a quality website in place to maximize your reach out into the Internet. This week,… read more →
It’s hard to believe that, only a decade ago, social media was little more than a budding trend. Sure, there were websites such as Friendster and MySpace that had a decent level of adoption, but the population as a whole had not come around to it yet. Back in 2005, Facebook was still in it’s early stages of its spread… read more →
This week, I presented in front of the Austin Online Marketing Club about what the best business models are if your goal is making money online. The presentation was a different angle for me with this group. Previous presentations were focused heavily on execution, things like how to improve website traffic and lead flow. I really enjoyed the opportunity to… read more →
Enjoy the following guest post, courtesy of SEO pro Jennifer Watts. The views expressed in this post are those of the author and not necessarily that of Return On Now. It’s easy to imagine the benefits of building a shiny, professional new website. Every CEO knows about the advantages of a professional website over one that looks like it came… read more →
I recently presented a training about the “Basics of WordPress” to the Austin Online Marketing Club. In this lively session, we covered some overarching data about what a CMS is, how WordPress fits into the CMS landscape, and related topics. Then we dove into a hands on tutorial about how to use it, geared toward beginner and intermediate level WordPress… read more →
Over the past 2-3 months, I have been approached by at least a dozen people with questions regarding web directories. Every one of them had a different opinion about whether they help or hurt for SEO. I get why there is so much fear for many of us. During the second quarter of 2012, entire blog networks and other directories… read more →
Nice cartoon sourced from Hubspot about the dichotomy between believers in the internet vs. those who believe the yellow pages still have value for businesses.
Following on my previous post, Local Services Businesses: Why You MUST Have a Web Presence, let’s take a few minutes to dig deeper into my assertion that the yellow pages are an unsustainable model for driving leads and business.
This topic applies differently to various business types. Many companies have already made the move to an online-heavy model (e.g. the travel industry). On the other hand, local services businesses can often still generate decent returns from this tactic. While that model has worked to date and may still have some value, the money spent on it could be used much more lucratively.
Cheers again and credit for this one goes to the very funny folks at xkcd.com.