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December 11, 2015

Why and How to Use #hashtags in Social Media

What is the hashtag’s relevance in a tweet or post?

“The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.” – Twitter.com


December 2, 2015

Why hire a Social Media Manager?

When it comes to social media management or marketing, many small businesses owners use an intern, an office assistant or just do it themselves. Some business owners don’t realize the impact your social media voice has on your brand, and most do not understand that there is a strategy to social marketing. Should you just do it yourself, have your niece or nephew, intern or spouse take their bit of extra time to post once a day?  Can using a professional social media manager really make a difference?  If so, why?

October 15, 2015

Can I use Facebook as my Company Website?

You can easily replace this question with any social media platform:  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or LInked In.  Either way, the simple answer is ‘no’.  Why not? There are several reasons why companies (mostly new, startup companies) ask this question or use this as a reason why they don’t need a website.  First and foremost, starting a social media profile/page is free and you don’t need any professional design or development skills to at least set it up.  Second, you have a large audience base all ready at your fingertips – As of January 2014, 74% of online adults use social networking sites, with 71% of that audience on Facebook. (PEW Research Poll).  Third, you can post to it regularly and update your account as you need.

September 29, 2015

Having a Two-Way Conversation on Social Media

No one Enjoys a One-Way Conversation

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who dominated the conversation?  They talk over you, they only talk about themselves and their accomplishments, or when you talk they aren’t listening because their formulating what they’re about to say next.  You know someone like this, we all do.  And why is it so bothersome?  Not only is it rude but it shows a total lack of concern or interest in the other person in the conversation – you. People who engage in one-way conversations usually do not have many wanting to strike up a conversation with them.

August 3, 2015

“Why isn’t my site on the first page of Google?”

“My site is live. How do I get my site on the first page on Google?”

So I get this site A LOT from clients, anywhere from a week to a few weeks after their new site launches, so I decided to write a blog answering this SEO and Internet Marketing FAQ so my clients and other business owners have a better understanding of what to expect when their new site goes live.

July 8, 2015

Why Consider Hiring a Social Media Manager

Why would you need a Professional Social Media Manager?

Small Business Owners in general do not have much free time, in fact, they’re usually trying to squeeze one or two more projects in early in the morning or late in the evening, eating on the run and multi-multi-tasking.  Yet having an effective, consistent and quality social media strategy is a must these days and can give your business a cutting edge when promoting your brand.

May 5, 2015

Google’s New Algorithm: Are you Mobile Ready?

April 21, 2015 Google Released New Algorithmn

From Google:

Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.

October 20, 2014

FAQs for Search Engine Marketing (PPC Ads)

What is SEM, PPC or Paid Search Marketing?

Before we begin discussing the process of Search Engine Marketing (SEM), let’s first define it.  SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is the process of gaining website traffic by purchasing ads on search engines.

October 9, 2014

Social Media Etiquette Lessons for Business

Your Reputation is your Brand

Your reputation is your brand, and that encompasses your company’s philosophy, its unique story, and its causes.  So your content marketing (advertising materials, media ads, press releases, your blog, your website, and your social media) reinforce that brand.  Are your messages consistent and cohesive to the brand you are striving for?  In regards to your social media, do you have a well-thought out plan of action?  Or in another words, do you think before you post?

September 15, 2014

Google’s Latest Update – Pigeon

Another Google Algorithmn Change?

Honestly, until a colleague (Thanks Anita!) told me that their placement on Google page ranking and the Google Carousel* literally disappeared and why, I had no idea that they released another update at the end of July 2014.  But why would you unless you had an issue?  They made no formal announcement, and they are continually making changes on a DAILY basis, approximately 500-600 per year.  This latest update is being termed “Pigeon” by Search Engine Land.