Welcome!

Web 2.0 Authors: Aria Blog, Greg Ness, Elizabeth White, David H Deans, Trevor Parsons

Blog Feed Post

Five Reasons Why Local Advertising Needs To Be Part Of Your Local Marketing

Anatomy of Search Engine ResultsI hope the first thing you noticed about this article is the title separating “local advertising” from “local marketing”. The Internet has given way to create a distinct difference between the terms “marketing” and “advertising”. While traditionally, advertising has always been a subset of marketing, one of the key differences on the web is that marketing has a shelf life of years while advertising on the web tends to have a shelf life as long as your funds will last.

I don’t think professionals in the industry would disagree that marketing is the better long-term solution in web marketing. The issue is not if it is a better long-term solution, rather how quickly can you show in the search results and how quickly will you get traffic. Organic marketing is generally achieved by on-website search engine optimization (SEO) and off-website outreach, such as social media marketing. The reality is that Google’s Hummingbird search engine, structured data, and the Panda and Penguin algorithms are making it much more difficult for the small business. These hurdles make ranking a website organically more of a challenge. Therefore, seeing results is not a matter of days or weeks, but months.

Getting your website to show in the organic results in the search engine (aka SERP and achieved through SEO) is one of the most important web marketing strategies, but let’s not forget about search engine advertising (SEA). You will notice I didn’t say SEM (Search Engine Marketing), which is a widely misused term in the industry. In today’s world of using the web as a revenue regenerating tool for your business, SEA (aka Pay Per Click or PPC) is one of the quickest ways to drive website traffic to generate more leads for your business.

Let’s take a look at five reasons SEA needs to be added to your website marketing (SEO) and web marketing strategies off your website:

1.) You Can Target Specific Consumers by Geography & Search Terms

SEA allows you to reach a specific geography and target a market in your area. For instance, you only offer services or ship your products to specific zip codes, cities or states you can optimize your campaigns accordingly. You can also target specific consumers with keywords and weed out the non-customers with negative keywords. This can result in more qualified leads and optimize your budget that you may receive from an organic search.

2.) Dominate The First Page of Google

So you’re showing up in the organic results for a specific keyword or phrase. No need to do SEA, right? False.

Although, you might be showing up in the organic results, it always helps to show up multiple times, dominating the first page of Google and your competitors to the second and third page. The more a viewer sees your brand, your company, your website on the first page of the search results the more likely they are to click it instead of your competitor’s.

3.) Instant Results/Increase Your Revenue

Although organic web marketing has a shelf life of years, it can take time to start having an impact in the search results. Unfortunately, most businesses simply do not have the time to wait around for leads or sales. This is where SEA can solve your short-term revenue needs. The moment your advertising campaign goes live is the moment your ads start appearing to your viewers. This is a great way to increase your revenue, or keep it steady, while your organic web marketing presence is slowly building up.

4.) Measurable Results

One of great things SEA has to offer is that there are no gray areas; it’s black and white. The results are so measurable that we can see exactly what ad or part of an ad is working or not working. With organic marketing and social media marketing it tends to take time to interpret the results while having to use multiple data points to understand the results.

5.) More Engaging

SEA is much more engaging than organic marketing on a number of levels. For example with SEA you can create an ad to take your visitors to an enticing video or offer to get into your your sales funnel. You can also place ad extensions in your ads allowing the viewer to easily call you, see your location, sign-up for your newsletter and several other possibilities.

In competitive markets and the more competitive business categories (ex: insurance, hair salons, restaurants), there can be hundreds or thousands of businesses trying to secure the same finite customer market. This certainly requires your business to show up in multiple areas of the search results. Only having your website show up as a single line in the search results is probably not going to get the attention of the search amongst all the other visuals they are shown now-a-days.

Let’s quickly put the search results into perspective. Here are all the various sections of the search results:

  • Results Carousel (Google)
  • Text Ads (10)
  • Map Listings (up to 7)
  • Websites (10)
  • Website Site Links (up to 6)
  • Shopping Results (up to 8)
  • Images and Photos
  • Videos
  • News Results

If you consider the amount of information being presented to the searcher, relying only on one of these segments means you will get lost. The focus would need to be how to get into each of these areas. Since it takes time to build showing up in most of these search categories, SEA and SEA + Ad Extensions will help to get you noticed within 24 hours and start seeing traffic to your website.

Ad extensions increase searcher engagement with your ads and your company. This is accomplished by increasing the visibility of your text ads with the variety of ad extensions available to you. You can decide which ad extensions are appropriate for your business and also decide if you want to target desktop or mobile users. To learn more, read “Powerful Google Adwords Advertising Tools Using Ad Extensions“.

Hopefully you can see the short-term capabilities of search engine advertising (SEA) and how it can augment your organic web marketing strategies, which will take longer to show results. The two have to work together for a complete multiple-channel marketing strategy.

The post Five Reasons Why Local Advertising Needs To Be Part Of Your Local Marketing appeared first on SmartFinds Internet Marketing.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Melih Oztalay

Currently the CEO of SmartFinds Internet Marketing, a Internet marketing agency for mid to large corporations. Having started our business in 1994, I have had the opportunity of growing and evolving with the Internet industry. This has opened up the opportunity to apply the Internet technologies to the objectives of a business.

I have had more than 20 years of successful business experience in entrepreneurial environment. Primary focus on business development, sales, execution and management. Secondary focus on information technologies (IT) and a strong ability to apply IT capabilities to business needs using creative and innovative methods.

Business Philosophy: - "There is nothing a computer cannot do, that money and time cannot buy"

- "There is a opportunity and solution for every problem"

@ThingsExpo Stories
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...