Facebook has long been a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives—but over the last few months, the powerful social network has faced a new level of public scrutiny. Following a volley of criticisms about its role in the 2016 election cycle, including open questions about the spread of so-called “fake news,” Facebook has announced some changes to its quality control mechanisms, including some changes that could have a major impact on your newsfeed.
When marketers talk about search engine optimization (SEO), it’s often assumed that they have Google in mind. It’s true that Google is the world’s biggest search engine, but #2 on that list might surprise you. It’s YouTube—and as video content becomes increasingly popular, it’s never been more beneficial to master video SEO, ensuring your company’s videos are highly visible and easily discovered on the world’s second most important search engine.
Search engine optimization has always been doggedly focused on the first position of the search engine results page (SERP). Getting a listing to rank in this coveted position—the highest and therefore the most visible organic search listing—is the holy grail of any SEO campaign. In recent months, however, Google has flipped the script, offering marketers an even higher ranking to aspire to: position zero.
An effective marketing strategy always starts with the audience; you have to know who your audience is, understand their pain points, and be able to present your brand as a smart solution. As such, chasing a wide audience isn’t always recommended; in fact, it’s usually best to define your audience as specifically as possible.
Per-per-click marketing is always evolving—sometimes in obvious and dramatic ways, sometimes in small and incremental ones. For the most part, 2017 fell into that second category. Though there’s not one, massive upheaval you can point to, there were plenty of little ways in which the PPC landscape shifted—and some of them may be things that you missed.
Google’s search algorithms are constantly evolving—yet the main function of the search algorithms remains the same. Google wants to provide its users with the best experience possible; it wants to facilitate the fast and easy retrieval of helpful and relevant information, period. All of its algorithmic updates are in service of this goal—and, for marketing professionals to ensure that their SEO efforts remain Google compliant, maintaining an ultimate focus on user experience is crucial.
Opportunities for people to engage with their favorite brands are virtually unlimited. You may search for a particular product from the Google search bar, “like” a brand on Facebook, sift through your inbox for the latest branded newsletter, consult sites like Yelp to hear another consumer’s opinion, and ultimately use your mobile device to make a purchase from an ecommerce store. All of these represent unique touch points, and chances for marketers to understand what consumers are ultimately looking for.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is never static. It’s changing all the time, partly because technology itself evolves, but also because consumer behavior shifts and adapts. Part of the marketer’s job is forecasting the latest trends, and building strategies that accommodate them. As we head into 2018, here are a handful of SEO trends we can predict with some confidence; all of them are potentially impactful for your company’s ongoing marketing approach.
When it comes to successful search engine optimization, there are many considerations to weigh—including those that involve such external factors as backlinking/citations, social media cues, online reputation, and more. Before addressing any of those issues, however, it’s wise to do everything within your power to optimize your actual website content—attending to on-page SEO opportunities and capitalizing on every chance you have to win the favor of the search engine algorithms.
enCOMPASS Advertising Agency is pleased to announce its recognition in the 2017 Davey Awards and W3 Awards. We are excited to add 15 Davey Awards and 6 W3 Awards to our shelf! The enCOMPASS Agency team is extremely thankful for our clients providing opportunities to create beautiful work with them, and incredibly proud of the recognition we've received through the Davey and W3 Awards!