Trade Show Search Marketing

Today I gave some advice to a client on how to assist their team at their industry’s big trade show event. B2B clients in particular can struggle when asked to think outside the box, at least when it comes to marketing. They are great when asked to about talk their products or services and even the industry. Read more

Follow Finder: A Simple Twitter Tool for Network Development

When we get called upon by a client to help establish or spruce up their Twitter strategy, a consistent challenge is how to develop the network of connections. Getting followers is of course a primary function, but most social media experts will tell you learning to listen is a key function for success. So how do you listen? Find profiles that are contributors to your desired conversations, and follow. Right? Unfortunately it’s not that easy. After a few days of searching out competitors and industry leaders a conversation can become stale very quickly. So using a tool, as simple as Follow Finder by Google can help immensely. There are many tools like this but the simplicity of Follow Finder to me is the great appeal. By using the social graph and examining elements like followers list, this app will show you profiles that might be of benefit to follow, along with profiles with similar list and follower make up as your profile. By using thought leaders profiles or competitors profiles from your industry you can quickly identify those of value. I started with making a list of 5 thought leaders in your industry, for SEO; @randfish @dannysullivan @Vanessafox @dannydover @willcritchlow Next a list of 5 brands from the industry @seomoz @Sengineland @Distilled @Sewatch @Sejournal After searching these profiles, I now have a good start on what most likely will be a the top tweets in my industry. Starting to listening can help you or your brand understand how you can use twitter effectively. It will give you a window into the different way people share content and engage effectively. No two companies are going to effectively use twitter in the same, even with in the same industry. Nobody starts with followers, but the quickest way to get them? Engage and share with unique, quality content.

Setting up goals in Google Analytics

How do I set up goals in Google Analytics and why would I want to? So what is the benefit of taking the time to set this up? Well for most businesses it can allow you to define ROI on different channels of advertising or marketing. If you are selling a specific widget, setting up a goal in Google Analytics can teach your marketing team to effectively convert customers, by easily identifying where the fallout is, and sometimes very specifically why. Google gives you the opportunity to define and track up to 10 URL’s for any one goal. Imagine the power when testing messages and assessing the value of promotions or offers? For some businesses it might be the annual report or industry white paper, never-the-less, you can learn the effectiveness of that information. If you don’t currently know the value of an online lead, you can begin to understand very quickly, thanks to goal tracking with Google Analytics. The best advice we give to our clients when discussing goals is, keep them extremely simple and limit the variable. This gives you the best chance to truly understand success. If you immediately start with too many options you might not effectively separate what is working, with what isn’t.

 

Setting up goals
(Below is an excerpt from www.google.com/webmasters/)
After you’ve thought of what your goals will be, start setting up them up by following these instructions: Sign in to your Google Analytics account at http://www.google.com/analytics/. Select the account that contains the profile you’ll be creating goals in from the Overview page. Find the profile for which you will be creating goals, and click ‘Edit’ under the ‘Actions’ column. Under the ‘Goals’ section, select one of the four sets to create your goal in (each set contains up to five goals) and click ‘Add goal.’ You can create up to 20 goals if you use all four sets.

Name the Goal.
Enter the goal’s name so that you can quickly recognize it when viewing reports. Turn the goal ‘On’ or ‘Off.’ If you choose ‘On,’ that means you want Google Analytics to track this conversion goal at this time. Turning it ‘Off’ will only make the goal inactive without deleting it.

Select the goal’s position.
The pull-down menu lets you select a goal’s position from within a set so that you can control the order in which it appears from the ‘Goals’ tab in your reports, or lets you move a goal from one set to another. Decide one of the three types of goals you want. This can be URL Destination, Time on Site, or Pages/Visit.

Defining funnels.
After you’ve entered your goal information, define a funnel if you’ve selected a ‘URL Destination’ goal type: Click ‘Yes, create a funnel for this goal. ‘Enter the ‘URL’ of the first page of your conversion funnel. This page should be a page that is common to all users working their way towards your goal. For example, if you are tracking user flow through your checkout pages, do not include a product page as a step in your funnel. Please note: Funnel URLs are treated as regular expressions. For this reason, you can include wildcard characters and use other regular expression methods if you want to match more than a single URL. Learn more about regular expressions.

Enter a ‘Name’.
If this step is a ‘Required step’ in the conversion process, select the checkbox to the right of the step. If this checkbox is selected, users reaching your goal page without travelling through this funnel page will not be counted as conversions. Learn more about the ‘Required Step’ option in a funnel. Continue entering goal steps until your funnel has been completely defined. You may enter up to 10 funnel steps, or as few as a single step. Click Save Changes to create this Goal and funnel, or Cancel to exit without saving.

Finally.
After you have set up your goals add the page to your dashboard to quickly and conveniently. Within a few hours you should see data collection taking place. If you aren’t seeing the data collect or if the numbers don’t seem to add up, look through some common errors: Using , which isn’t needed in the page description. -Not using the correct expression.(see google definitions) Not using the correct page names. Look through the steps provided by Google above again if they are all correct, make sure the pages are tagged with the correct analytics or give your analytics professional a call.

Writing Effective Web Content

It’s strange: when facing a blinking cursor, some of the best communicators in the world suddenly forget how to communicate. This presents a big problem for many companies. Writing content for the web isn’t like writing for your professor in college or your boss. Web content requires a different format and a different voice. Read more

A Visual Look into Spam and Link Farms

With the shock of panda/farmer update a few months behind us, slowly but surely data is coming out and contributing to the certainty of the update.

I often forget that in order to effectively and quickly assess data you need the information to presented in a simple and digestible format. We keep our reports for clients as singularly focused as possible, while still effectively reporting on the progress of goals. It’s the simple one-thing-to-get imagery that makes communicating an otherwise complex data set, palatable. Read more

Microsoft’s Purchase of Skype and What it means…

Buying Skype gives Microsoft a connection to 8.8 million paid accounts along with about 660 million other users world-wide. This is unlike Microsoft, which is not know for its big splash purchases. Most recently Microsoft has stepped up their marketing and search efforts with Bing. Just a few weeks ago Bing released a new webmasters tool to compete with Google and connect with website owning world. Read more