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          Search engine optimization (SEO) helps businesses drive visits to their website through organic search traffic. Given that the top organic search results receive a third of the clicks, a decline in ranking could be detrimental for your business. Implementing SEO best practices on your website will help to ensure that your web content is seen by as many potential customers as possible. The more visitors you have, the better your chances are of converting those visits into sales!

          Local search engine optimization (SEO) helps local businesses gain visibility by optimizing their local business listings for local search. A business that leverages local SEO will include its address, phone number, local opening times, and exact location in the form of a local citation. The goal is to rank for local searches which are usually performed by people in a specific geographical region looking for a business near them.

          We typically see results within the first 30 to 60 days, but when it comes to SEO, there are many factors at play. It's important to remember that SEO is a long-term strategy and results may not come as fast at you wish.

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          Digital advertising uses the internet to send advertisements to customers who are online through different websites and social media platforms like Google, Bing, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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          The price for Social Media Ads management depends on the monthly ad spend. For accounts with $1,000 in monthly ad spend, the price is $550/month. Between $1,000 and $5,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $950/month. For $5,000 to $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $2,000/month. For more than $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $4,500/month.

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          This depends on the complexity and size of a redesign and if eCommerce is needed. On average, it takes around 14-18 weeks from the web design intensive stage to launch.

          If your website experiences the following issues: it’s not responsive on all devices, has a slow loading speed, the design appears old and tired, users don’t spend long on the site, sales are stagnant, or your business is going through a rebranding - your website needs a redesign to boost your brand awareness and sales.

          Sometimes there’s no need to rebuild a website. Minor edits, refreshing page content and images, or restructuring page layout for SEO best practices can boost traffic and sales.

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          Semantic search launched in 2013 with the release of Google's Hummingbird update. Since then, Google's search engine has become more complex. The integration of machine learning, with RankBrain, and NLP, with BERT, has enabled the search engine to better understand the context of a query and deliver more personalized and targeted results. Semantic SEO is the process of creating machine-readable content using structured data and linked open data to help search engines better understand your content.

          On-page SEO is the practice of optimizing individual web pages in order to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines. On-page SEO refers to both the content and HTML source code of a page that can be optimized, as opposed to off-page SEO which refers to links and other external signals. From meta tags to page content, website structure, and HTML, on-page optimization services are focused on making your website more visible to search engines.

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          An SEO agency has experts in different areas of search engine optimization that may be out of the realm of your marketing team's abilities. SEO can be very complex and time-consuming. Furthermore, as search engine algorithms change it can be difficult to stay current on the latest ranking factors and strategies for improving online visibility. You will likely see a greater return on investment and better results from using a professional SEO agency than you would from tackling this on your own.

          As a digital marketing agency, SMA Marketing provides products and services in four areas: SEO, Local SEO, Digital Advertising, and Web Design

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6 Ways to Win the Video Marketing Game

6 Ways to Win the Video Marketing Game

In the 80’s people wanted their MTV. Many of us have grown up on short, entertaining videos that capture our imagination and pull at our emotions. Marketing studies show that we still have an appetite for video and prefer it over other types of content. Internet users are increasingly more interested in visual content than written content and are more interested in consuming content from social media than from blogs (Hubspot). Savvy B2B marketers are using this to their advantage and creating video content that is being viewed and shared on social media, expanding their lead generation and inbound marketing efforts.

The key to winning the video marketing game is to create engaging content that solves problems while entertaining viewers. B2B businesses are not necessarily known for their imaginative and captivating marketing copy. But here’s the deal. Engineers, accountants, and the guy that’s in charge of purchasing office supplies are all human beings. They love to laugh and they love to learn. They want to feel a human connection. Start there.

Share Customer Success Stories

Putting customers in the spotlight gives them credit for their success, while the solution provider takes a supporting role. This allows potential customers to see themselves as making the same smart decisions to use a firm’s products or services.

An excellent example of the use of video to share customer success is “Fitbit’s Success Story” by Salesforce. In a visually appealing way, it tells the story of how Fitbit is maximizing Salesforce’s AI capabilities to create highly personalized customer journeys. Watching this video, I wasn’t sure who was with Salesforce and who was with Fitbit. Then I realized, that’s the point. Smart.

Explainer Videos

These short, animated videos are a way to illustrate a company’s products or services in a way that is entertaining and informative. They are typically fast-paced and witty, holding a viewer’s attention longer than plain text can. They are often seen on a website’s homepage and are easy to share on social media.

This explainer video about explainer videos from Powtoon is a perfect example. In an amusing and educational way, the video describes a problem, the solution, and how the process works. It ends with a call to action. Simple and effective.

Illustrate Your Company’s Core Values

As a storytelling medium, video rules. What better way to tell the story of a company’s core values than an impactful video that shows the viewer how much a company cares?

HCL, an IT services powerhouse, has a built their company on an “employees first, customers second” philosophy. Watching their engaging and entertaining videos, you see that this core value is a part of everything they do. Many of their videos are cleverly animated, explaining how they grew their business and helped their customers build their businesses during a recession because of the importance they place on empowering their employees. However, this video called “The Employees First Effect” is simply about the everyday hero ~ the employee. It illustrates the importance they place on employees, without mentioning their brand until the very end. It has over 2 million views, and reading the comments you see that it is very inspirational, eliciting remarks from viewers who want to work for HCL. Mission accomplished.

Highlight a Commitment to the Community

Social responsibility is not just a catch phrase for many companies. Those that truly make a commitment to serving their community and our society reap many benefits including fostering good will, attracting top talent, and increasing employee job satisfaction. Making a point to share this message on social media is what savvy B2B firms do.

SAIC, a leader in technology and engineering solutions, has made a commitment to serving the community in many ways. Employees take ownership of social initiatives including serving the military and first responders and their families. They use video to share these initiatives online which attracts not only potential customers but future employees as well. SAIC is particularly adept at using their LinkedIn page to increase their online presence, including posting videos such as this one. They must have heard the news that LinkedIn is 277% more effective in driving leads than any other social network.

Share Instructional Product Videos

While not exactly the sexiest of video categories, instructional videos are an excellent means of attracting leads in the B2B space. These videos draw in buyers that are searching for products or solutions online and add value and credibility.

DENTSPLY Caulk has a YouTube channel dedicated to testimonials from dentists and instructional videos showing how their product line provides dentists with dental restoration solutions for their patients. They have included video of real dental procedures. This type of instruction makes it easy for dentists to learn about their products and how to use them in their own practice. It’s the type of value-added service that is at the root of excellent video marketing.

Live Video Streaming

Broadcasting live from an event or behind the scenes at a company allows customers and employees to stay in the know about news and updates. The immediacy of live video draws viewers in and the ability to save recordings gives the videos a longer shelf life. Engagement on live video is 10x that of regular video. The key is knowing when and what to post. It’s a bit of trial and error, but if you are committed to adding live streaming to your content marketing strategy, stick with it and be consistent and you’ll see your followers grow. The main platforms for live video are Periscope (which allows you to share to Twitter) and Facebook Live.

As an example, Oracle Business Analytics used Facebook Live recently to broadcast from its Oracle OpenWorld event, allowing viewers to hear directly from speakers, key executives, and customers as they were interviewed news broadcast-style. GE used drones equipped with cameras to live-stream video of their facilities on Periscope during Drone Week.

For a step-by-step guide to using Facebook Live, check out this in-depth article from Hubspot.

People love video. Given that nearly everyone has a portable video camera on their phone and that video creation technology has become more accessible, video is a medium that all content marketers can employ. To make your videos most effective, follow the tips in this article and keep your videos short, on-point, and helpful to your viewers. Have fun with it and embrace this new age of social media marketing.

After all, we still want our MTV – Marketing TV, that is.

Ready to get started creating your own videos? Check out this post: Creating Awesome Marketing Videos for Your Business.

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