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The Easiest Ways to Draw Traffic to Your E-commerce Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, November 12, 2018

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It is an all too familiar story: you have created a great new online store and you are carrying products that you know people will love, but nobody is coming to your store. Why is that? There could be several reasons, but the most likely one is that you are not doing a good enough job of driving visitors to your online store. Here are a few practical and proven methods to drive traffic to your website:

  1. Partner With Instagram Influencers

Instagram influencers have thousands and thousands of followers and these followers are very interested in the products they are promoting. As a company specializing in social media for business, we often advise clients with e-commerce websites to send free product samples to Instagram influencers. Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most effective marketing channels for e-commerce merchants. A recent study showed that Instagram provides brands with 25% more engagement than any other social platform.

  1. Reach Out To Bloggers

Start thinking outside the box with your content marketing strategy. One of the best ways to drive traffic to your e-commerce website is by being featured in a blog or in the press. You do not have to target the biggest and most successful people. In fact, your chances of being featured are better if you aim for bloggers and media outlets with smaller audiences – because they are not constantly bombarded with pitches from companies. Target journalists who have written about your industry and bloggers who have a big following of people who would be interested in the products that you are selling.

  1. Post Your Store On Reddit

The whole of the internet hangs out on Reddit and in addition to its front page that aggregates the most popular content on the web; there are also thousands of category-specific sub-Reddits. You can find a sub-Reddit on nearly every subject. Define sub-Reddits that are relevant to your industry by typing in the keywords you are targeting in Reddit’s search feature. Look at ways that you can contribute content to sub-Reddits without coming off as too salesy and spammy. This could involve posting a link to a blog that you have written or a video tutorial for a product that you are selling.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in marketing strategy and social media for businesses. Contact us for digital marketing services such as pay per click advertising programs and SEO today.

Essential Online Marketing Tips to Boost Your Retail Strategy This Festive Season

Ken Bowden - Saturday, November 3, 2018

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In the peak season leading up to Christmas, your SEO marketing and digital strategies become even more important. To make the most out of the spending frenzy, here are a few essential online marketing tips to boost your retail strategy:

Remarketing Is Key

Remarketing is an indispensable technique for retailers during the festive season. The retargeted customer spends close to 50% more than the average customer does during the peak spending season and retailers see an average increase of over 21% on peak days such as Cyber Monday. Some tips to optimize your remarketing strategy include:

  • Optimizing the copy in your ads, graphics, and calls-to-action in line with the big spending days, promotions or sales that you are offering. Encourage direct response through compelling copy.
  • Drill down into segmented audiences and avoid retargeting shoppers with product categories that they have already bought. For personalization to work, you need to make sure you are displaying products that they would want to buy, not things that they already own.
  • Create long tail campaigns by using your peak database to cross and up-sell after Christmas. Many people will be looking for great offers during January when many retailers have big sales. You can use this as an opportunity to remarket products that customers showed interest in during the festive season.
  • Retarget customers who have added items into your website’s shopping cart with personalized reminders, delivery deals and extra discounts.
  • Re-engage customers who have bought products or have taken up special discounts and deals during the festive season. Offer them new, even more compelling deals.

For effective social media marketing during the festive season, make use of social media automation tools such as Hootsuite. That way, you can schedule your content, promotions, and sales content in advance. Research the peak times on the different social media platforms to get your time scheduling right, but do not schedule all your content in advance. You need to be able to respond to customer feedback in real time and advertise relevant promotions on the fly, so be sure you have a social media manager who is keeping track of your social engagements during this time.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in SEO marketing, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us to help you boost your retail strategy this festive season.

How the Latest Google Algorithm Update Affected Medical and Financial Clients

Ken Bowden - Monday, October 22, 2018

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As a company specializing in SEO services, we stay updated with all of Google’s algorithm updates, so that our clients don’t have to. Google continuously tweaks its SEO algorithm to optimize Google users’ experience when searching for information online. In August, the search engine giant released a broad core algorithm update that impacted both local and organic rankings.

Unlike other major algorithm updates such as Panda and Penguin, the recent update did not send shockwaves through the digital marketing community. One of the reasons for this could be the way that Google referred to the update. The same name, “broad core algorithm update” was used for another update the company made in March.

The latest update was focused on demoting advice pages with questionable trustworthiness, expertise, and authoritativeness in rankings. YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) websites and pages seem to be hit the hardest, with financial and medical companies seeing the biggest drops in their organic search rankings.

The update has been coined the “medic update” by a few digital marketers because it seems like the industry or segment that was most affected is medical and financial industries. We initially saw some shift in medical and financial clients’ rankings in the early to mid-August, with some of the rankings being restored towards the end of the month. With Google updates, what we often see is an initial big drop in website traffic due to the algorithm change, followed by an uptake, which could be indicative of Google pulling back on how hard it hits certain sites.

As was the case with the algorithm update in March, Google did not supply information or context about the function of the update, but instead advised website owners to focus on ‘building great content’. Google has a very long Search Quality Guideline that can be used for content creation purposes.

If you have noticed a lot of volatility in your website traffic over the course of August, it could be due to the broad core algorithm update. While many companies’ website traffic started to rebound and level out towards the end of August, it is possible that you will have to relook your SEO strategy if your website and pages have been impacted by the update. Our digital marketers can help you check your website rankings and tailor a plan to help you to continue to rank well in Google following the latest update.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina that specializes in SEO services. Contact us to help you with your digital marketing campaigns.

Warehouse Automation Software Company Launches SEO Program with WSI

Ken Bowden - Monday, October 1, 2018

WSI Digital Marketing has recently completed our on-site SEO initiative for Numina Group Inc.  Numina Group is a top tier automated warehouse designer and integrator of warehouse automation software solutions and warehouse control and execution systems.

Numina Group provides automated warehouse solutions to companies with order fulfillment distribution centers across North America in many industries including:

  • Consumer Goods
  • E-Commerce
  • Omni-channel
  • Healthcare
  • Third-Party Logistics (3PL)
  • Food and Beverage
  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals

Numina Group has more than thirty years of warehouse automation experience providing all levels of automation software solutions which integrate components in order to provide a lean and highly profitable distribution operation.

On-site SEO for Numina Group is complete, and you can see examples of the optimized pages here:

https://numinagroup.com/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-software/

https://numinagroup.com/automated-conveyor-systems/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-control-system/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-management-systems/

https://numinagroup.com/voice-picking-system/

https://numinagroup.com/print-and-apply-labeling-systems/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-design-and-layout/

https://numinagroup.com/automated-warehouse-solutions/

https://numinagroup.com/material-handling-systems/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-execution-system/

https://numinagroup.com/warehouse-automation-companies/

 

The off-site optimization is ongoing for Numina Group.  In addition to registering the company in various aggregate business directories, we also optimize on-site blogs for long-tail keywords, as well as off-site blogs posted on: Tumblr, Weebly, WordPress, Medium, Wix, Blogspot

These combined on-site and off-site optimization tactics should move Numina Group up in the rankings and increase their visibility. Monthly reporting will be conducted with key leadership to keep them informed of the progress we are making.

This blog post originally appeared at: https://www.wsipaulasanderson.com/blog/warehouse- automation-software-company-launches-SEO-program

Tips for Creating the Most User-Friendly Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, September 17, 2018

Today’s consumers want to be able to find what they are looking for or complete an action within the shortest amount of time. Whether your website has been created to sell products online or whether it is an informative website to help people understand what types of services you offer and why they should partner with you, it needs to be user-friendly. If your target audience is not able to achieve whatever goal they had when they clicked on your website’s link, then it is not user-friendly enough and your resources are being wasted. Here are a few tips from a top website design company to keep in mind when you start creating your website:

  • Get Organized

The way your content is structured needs to be carefully planned. This means that your navigation has to be well thought-out from the start. Consider the following:

  • The different product or service categories you will need,
  • the information (or even drop-down options) that will form part of your About Us page,
  • what you are going to do to build trustworthiness and authority (such as testimonials or a secure payment gateway badge), and
  • How many clicks a user will have to make if they simply want to contact you.
  • Keep Your Content Simple

It can be easy to want to go into the finer points of who you are and the products or services you offer, but more content is not necessarily better. Hire a professional copywriter so that you are able to communicate your message in the simplest, most effective way possible.

  • Fonts and Graphics

Some fonts are easier to read than others are, and darker fonts on lighter backgrounds are the standard. In some cases, website designers experiment with fonts, colors, and graphics to create a unique effect and while this can be an impactful way to differentiate yourself from the competition, make sure it is not taking away from the user-friendliness of your site. Keep in mind that some people have impaired eyesight, so anything that is slightly confusing or more difficult for a person with full sight ability may be near impossible for someone with a disablement to complete.

  • Keep Your URL Simple

Your URL should ideally be your company name or the easiest derivative of it. This will make it easier for your customers to remember when they want to visit your website again.

  • Make It Mobile Friendly

Google has started to penalize websites that are not mobile compatible and for good reason. The number of people searching the web from their smartphones continues to rise, so your website’s design needs to be responsive to the various devices a person could be using to browse your site.

WSI New Media Marketing is one of the top website design companies in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Contact us for SEO optimization services, pay per click advertising, web design and more today.

Your Guide to Gmail’s Sponsored Promotions Ads

Ken Bowden - Monday, September 3, 2018

Pay per Click advertising has become highly intricate, complex, and also effective. The strategy and platforms you choose will depend on your business goals and target market. Whether you are already using Google AdWords, Facebook Ads or another type of pay per click strategy, many businesses can benefit from Gmail Sponsored Promotions, which refer to the pay per click ads that appear in a Gmail user’s inbox.

The reason why Gmail Sponsored Promotions are so effective is that:

  • Virtually everyone has an email account,
  • Many people use Gmail for their personal emails, and
  • Many people also route their work emails through this account.

It is also one of the least invasive ways to advertise because people are happy to spend a lot of time with an internet tab open and dedicated to their inbox (while Facebook is often seen as more of a distraction and Google only gets used when a person is searching for something specific).

The layout of Gmail ads can be either ‘collapsed’ or ‘expanded’. With a collapsed ad, the advertisement will look like an unread message in a person’s email account. If someone clicks on the ‘new message’, which is essentially your ad, you will pay for that click.

The targeting is based on a person’s email activity and you can set your targeting options for interests, demographics, keywords, topics and Customer Matches. A strategy that many people have started to follow is to bid on a competitor’s keywords. This way, if a person receives emails from your direct competitors, they will also receive a message (advertisement) from you. Targeting a Customer Match means that if you have a customer’s email address, you can use it to make your ad appear in his or her inbox. As with any pay per click campaign, the best way to get the most return on investment is to experiment with different strategies.

To get started with Gmail Sponsored Promotions, you will need a Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords) Account. If you log in and click on “Campaign”, then you will choose the “Display Network Only” option. From here, you can start to create your bidding strategy. If it is the first time you are setting up Gmail Sponsored Promotions, then it is advisable to manually set your bids for clicks so that you have control over what you are spending. As you start getting results, you can continue to tweak your strategy.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency specializing in SEO marketing and PPC marketing in Greensboro, North Carolina. If you want to start using pay per click advertising to amplify your message and connect with more potential customers, get in touch with us today.

Weston Dentist Stephen J. Pyle Chooses WSI for Website & Marketing

Ken Bowden - Thursday, June 28, 2018

First Weston Dentist Stephen J. Pyle Chooses WSI for New Website and Online Marketing

Stephen J. Pyle, DDS continued his long-term relationship with WSI by launching a new website in June of 2018. Dr. Pyle has been practicing traditional family and cosmetic dentistry while employing state-of-the-art technology since opening his office in Weston back in 1986. In his more than three decades as a Weston Dentist he has developed close long-term relationships with his family of patients and his long-term staff.

The online marketing campaign is designed to help grow the business by driving highly targeted traffic to the new website and converting that traffic into leads and new patients.  

WSI’s ongoing monthly online marketing campaign includes search engine optimization (SEO). The SEO campaign targets several terms that are relevant to the business including:

The SEO campaign will include the weekly creation of relevant content to be added to the website and to newly created blogs on Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr. In just a few months the campaign has already shown great results driving up new patients dramatically.

WSI Online Solutions is a Website Design company in Broward County having worked with dozens of area clients including Weston Personal Injury Lawyers Martin, Lister & Alvarez, Weston’s Top Summer Camp, Broward’s First Rheumatology Practice and Dave’s Best Animal Hospital.

This blog post was first published here: http://www.wsi-onlinesolutions.com/first-weston-dentist-stephen-j-pyle-chooses-wsi-for-new-website-and-online-marketing

Basin Engineering of Oklahoma City engages WSI for Digital Marketing

Ken Bowden - Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Basin Engineering, an Oklahoma City based firm providing oilfield engineering, wellsite supervision and contract operations services has retained WSI for SEO, Marketing Automation and website development services. 

Since 1995, Basin Engineering has built a reputation in the oil industry for providing investors and operating companies with top notch consulting and engineering services for everything from prospect evaluation to production.

With the growth in private equity ownership of mineral properties, Basin Engineering has expanded their capabilities in contract operations to provide investors and non-operating companies with complete turn-key solutions for drilling, completion and production as well as back-office capabilities. 

The goal of engaging WSI for digital marketing is to make it easier for Basin customers and prospects to find the services to meet their needs and connect with the experts best able to help them. 

As part of the Search Engine Optimization strategy, WSI has developed and optimized website content related to Basin’s primary services.  You can see examples of the on-page optimization at:

https://www.basinengineering.com/drilling-engineering

https://www.basinengineering.com/completion-engineering

https://www.basinengineering.com/production-engineering

https://www.basinengineering.com/reservoir-engineering

https://www.basinengineering.com/contract-operations

https://www.basinengineering.com/water-management-and-recycling

With the content developed and the on-page optimization complete, work continues to optimize the off-page elements for greater search visibility.  These efforts include directory listings, citations and blogging accounts.  Blogging activity will be found on WordPress, Weebly and Blogger.

Key performance indicators have been established to measure and manage progress. 

Marketing automation services have been developed to improve lead tracking capabilities and provide prospects with the type of information they need to evaluate Basin Engineering’s service offerings and connect with the Basin team.

This post originally appeared:  http://www.wsi-summit.com/basin-engineering-of-oklahoma-city-engages-wsi-for-digital-marketing/

Don’t Forget Your SEO Competitive Analysis Checklist

Ken Bowden - Monday, May 7, 2018

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When it comes to SEO marketing, there are so many different things to consider and do that it can be very easy to start operating in a ‘bubble’. While it is great to be focused on your own business, do not neglect to keep on top of what your competitors are doing.

Here is a quick checklist for an effective SEO competitive analysis:

  1. Choose Your Competitors Wisely

There is no point analyzing the SEO strategies of a company that isn’t taking your slice of the competitive pie. Choose to do a competitive analysis on companies who are in direct competition with you. If you are not sure who your competition is, type in some of the keywords you are trying to rank for in Google and see what comes up. Your competition could be outperforming you without you even knowing it!

  1. Take A Stroll Through Their Online Presence

Once you have 2 to 5 competitors that you will be analyzing, start doing your online research. What do their websites look like? How quickly do their pages load? Are they using social media? And if so, which platforms? How often are they publishing content and what keywords are they optimizing for? Make a list of the things you like about their website, content, and social strategy.

  1. Talk To Your Target Audience

Even if your competitors have the prettiest websites with all the bells and whistles, a killer content strategy and a massive email marketing list, ultimately it is the customers who decide who they are going to do business with. Check out online rating sites like Yelp as well as customer complaint forums like Hello Peter to see what’s being said about you as well as your competitors. Use social listening tools to find out what is important to your target audience and where they prefer to spend their money.

  1. Analyze The Finer Details

What type of titles and headers do your competitors use in their content and what type of calls to action are they using online? Are they asking for email addresses so that they can send customers more information or are they trying to get website visitors to ‘buy’ now’? These are all things that should be considered when you are crafting your own SEO strategy.

An SEO competitor analysis puts a spotlight on the areas you should be focusing on. Perhaps you need many more backlinks to start competing with competitors or maybe you need to completely update the keywords that you have been targeting. Either way, you will need an experienced Internet marketing consultant on your side. New Media Marketing is a digital consultancy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact us for social media marketing, SEO, pay per click advertising, mobile content marketing, and more today.

Production Automation Company Reinitiates SEO with WSI

Ken Bowden - Monday, April 9, 2018

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WSI Digital Marketing has recently re-established our SEO initiative with Systematic Automation Inc., the industry leader in production automation for over 35 years.

Systematic Automation manufactures and designs screen printing machines, UV curing systems, flame treatment systems and vacuum tables.  They offer customized solutions that ensure the machines fit the specific needs of the client.  All systems are manufactured and designed at the Systematic Automation headquarters in Farmington, CT.  Their products are made to last a lifetime and are sold to companies around the world.

The high quality of Systematic Automation products is the result of truly innovative design, strict process control, and continual product improvement.  Systematic Automation produces more models of screen printing machines than any other company in the world.

On page SEO for Systematic Automation is complete and you can see examples of SA’s optimized pages here:

https://www.systauto.com/screen-printing-machines/

https://www.systauto.com/screen-printing-machines/automatic-screen-printing-machines/

https://www.systauto.com/vacuum-tables/

https://www.systauto.com/vacuum-tables/cnc-vacuum-table/

https://www.systauto.com/vacuum-tables/vacuum-chuck

https://www.systauto.com/vacuum-tables/vacuum-chuck/vacuum-chuck-system

https://www.systauto.com/products/flame-treatment-systems/flame-treatment-machine

The off-page optimization is ongoing for Systematic Automation.  In addition to registering the company in various business directories, we also do on page blogging, 3rd Party blogging, as well as blogs posted on Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress and Weebly.  These blog posts will have topics ranging from the features of products, how to find the right value for the product you are looking for, to even how to find the right machine for your use case. 

These combined on-page and off-page optimization efforts should continue to move Systematic Automation up in the rankings, just as it has in the past. Monthly reporting will be conducted with key leadership to keep them informed of the progress we are making.

This blog post originally appeared at: https://www.wsipaulasanderson.com/blog/production-automation-company-reinitiates-seo-wsi/

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