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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.

          The price for Google 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.

          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.

          Structured data refers to any organized data that conforms to a certain format, such as information in a relational database. When information is highly structured and predictable, search engines can more easily organize and display it in creative ways. Structured data involves using a piece of code that is laid out in a specific format easily understood by search engines. The search engines read the code and use it to display search results in a more dynamic way.


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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

          We focus on building authentic, long-lasting relationships with our clients. We’re goal oriented and results driven and believe in doing good and making a difference in the world.

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SEO’s Role in Omnichannel Marketing

SEO's Role in Omnichannel Marketing

Over the past few years, SEO has made a resurgence in the world of digital marketing. It’s not because SEO stopped working or was no longer relevant, but more so because it was previously ignored. After the major update known as Hummingbird, many companies that once outsourced their SEO to less than reputable companies found that many of their “black hat” tactics no longer worked. As Google and the other major search engines have evolved, so has the role of SEO. SEO can no longer be done in a silo. It must be integrated into the digital marketing strategy as a whole.

Today’s consumer is overwhelmed with messages. Whether it comes from traditional sources like radio and TV or the internet via social and search ads, marketing is everywhere. Because of this neverending marketing and sales cycle, people have generally become much better at ignoring the noise.

That’s why many in the industry say that a brand needs 6-8 touches before they become a viable sales lead. In an article from SalesForce, they explain, “Today’s consumers are also increasingly immune to traditional advertising and sales methodologies, meaning they conduct more independent research and take more convincing before they’re sold on making a purchase.’  

In order to reach customers more effectively, many brands today are opting for an omnichannel marketing strategy. This is not to be confused with multi-channel marketing. John Bowden, Senior VP of Customer Care at Time Warner Cable, put it this way.

“Multi-channel is an operational view ~ how you allow the customer to complete transactions in each channel. Omnichannel, however, is viewing the experience through the eyes of your customer, orchestrating the customer experience across all channels so that it is seamless, integrated, and consistent. Omnichannel anticipates that customers may start in one channel and move to another as they progress to a resolution.  Making these complex ‘hand-offs’ between channels must be fluid for the customer. Simply put, omnichannel is multi-channel done right!”

While many brands use multiple channels to reach out, very few ensure that the hand-off and interactions between the channels are fluid. This results in a disjointed experience and engagement drop-off. So you may be asking, what does SEO have to do with all this?

SEO & Omnichannel Marketing

I want to draw your attention to one part of the quote from the SalesForce article I referenced above.

“They (consumers) conduct more independent research and take more convincing before they’re sold on making a purchase.”

Today’s consumers have nearly endless amounts of information available to them in the palm of their hand. Of all the activities that users perform before making a purchase, search is at the top of the list.

  • 81% of people perform some type of online research before making a large purchase.
  • 72% of consumers who perform a local search visit a store within 5 miles of their current location.
  • Google accounts for over 76% of all global desktop search traffic, followed by Bing at 8%, Baidu at 7.5%, and Yahoo at 7%.

You can see that people choose to search when they need a solution. Because of this fact, SEO is essential for success.

A Common Mistake

Even with the great rise of content and inbound marketing, many in the digital space have looked at SEO as a one-time technical aspect. Many believe all you need to do is add the correct meta information and markup, and you are good to go. Reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

While there are many technical aspects to SEO, none of them are a “set it and forget it” type task. Instead, good SEO takes into account both technical and non-technical tactics of digital marketing and helps align them around the searcher’s intent. When done well, a site will not only rank but drive relevant traffic.

The goal of omnichannel is to have a seamless transition from one channel to another. This creates a consistent experience for the user, builds trust, and helps them achieve their goals. Just like users are overwhelmed with messaging, marketers are overwhelmed with platforms. Because there is so much to manage, it’s easy to overlook the transitions between channels. Since search is one of the first places potential customers come in contact with a brand, this transition is one of the most important of all.

A Simple Case For Omnichannel SEO

In 2013 Google re-engineered its algorithm in order to place more emphasis on user intent. Instead of relying predominantly on keywords, Google was looking at the meaning behind the term or question a user was using. Needless to say, this shook up the ranking quite a bit.

In order to rank for a term, your site page had to match the user’s intent. This means the search result needed to meet the searcher’s expectations. In my opinion, this was a great move. Just think about any time you search for something, clicked a link, and the page you landed on had nothing of value. This is what Google is trying to fix.

When a user searches for a solution via Google, they are presented with about 10 links and some other options like videos, images, or a knowledge card. They then need to choose an option based on a limited amount of information.

Now, if your search listing has a compelling title as well as an action-oriented call-to-action and the other choices do not, your chance of getting clicked is much greater. This is one simple example of how SEO can help you engage new visitors. But it doesn’t stop there. Once the viewer lands on your site page, Google is still paying attention to the user’s actions. If they bounce and choose another site, you will be seen as less relevant.

If SEO is performed in a silo, you may feel as if they did their job. Technically, they got the ranking, and it resulted in a website visit. But the truth is SEO doesn’t stop with the search results.

In omnichannel marketing, the SEO, Web Developer, and Content Manager must align what they are doing not just to get the click but meet or exceed the expectations of their potential users. When these actions are performed independently, the reality is business results suffer.

Conclusion

Marketing in today’s world can seem overwhelming. While there is more noise, there are still many ways that marketing can be done fluidly to generate results. Omnichannel marketing helps brands build consistency in their messaging across channels which results in more authentic connections. While SEO was once one of many tactics, it is now essential to the success of all other aspects of digital marketing. When done in collaboration with other digital tactics, the return on investment in SEO increases exponentially.

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