It is so important nowadays for businesses to have some sort of social media presence. With virtually everyone having access to social media, it is a great way of interacting with your clients, improving your customer services and attracting new customers. Business branding is how you should look at using social media rather than as a sales pitch. Yes, you can use it for sales promotions however, this should be done very sparingly, people do not want to see a permanent sales pitch and you will lose followers faster than snow melting in the desert. Work your pitch as a way of sharing information, tips, advice and even as a way of showing the lighter side of life. Be seen as a business who is expert in their field and who is always happy to share knowledge. Your own profile should not be neglected. Create a professional profile which contains genuine information that shows you as a real person.
Social media is all about sharing and interacting so spend some time doing this. Start a conversation and see what people say. Do not get into arguments, that would be completely unprofessional and will also show your company in a very bad light. Try to be respectful online, remember that what you write is there for all to see. Be enthusiastic and positive, these qualities can be a real magnet. Honesty and kindness should be employed at all times, this does not mean that you have to be either a soft touch or a push-over but it will show a better side to you and your business.
Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google’s algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis. Rather than throwing out theories or predictions, I want to discuss five things that you should already be focusing on as we enter 2015.
1. ROI Should be the Metric You Track, Not Keyword Rankings
Determining whether or not an SEO effort is successful based on keyword positions is completely reckless. Ranking reports that show your website is ranking high for a bunch of keywords looks great but it doesn’t always translate to leads, sales and revenue. In fact, some SEO companies will target low competition, virtually useless keywords, just so they can tell you that you are ranking #1 on Google.
As a business owner, which statement would you want to hear from your SEO company?
- “Great news! Your website is number one on Google for the keyword ‘free widget information’ but we don’t know if it has produced any revenue. Buy, hey congrats — you are number one! Woo hoo!“
- “Last month’s infographic was responsible for earning 72 inbound links and it also pulled in 67 leads, 18 sales and17,360 in revenue.“
Is a fancy keyword ranking report more beneficial or knowing what your return on investment was? If you aren’t measuring the success of your SEO effort in terms of ROI now is the time to start.
2. Earning Links Instead of Building Them
Inbound links are going to remain the biggest signal, or vote of confidence in terms of authority and trust, that Google uses in their algorithm. This isn’t going to change. Not in 2015 and probably not in the years to come.
For the past couple of years the focus has turned to building high quality links. Well, this has evolved into a hybrid SEO-Public Relations approach, and watch for more companies to combine their SEO strategy with a more traditional PR approach moving forward.
Earning a single link on a high quality relevant website is valuable for multiple reasons including SEO, attracting referral traffic and brand exposure. Look for traditional PR and SEO to work hand-in-hand in 2015.
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