New year, new internet? Well, the internet's changes may not be quite that dramatic. However, as we always say at the beginning of a new year, it's smart to look ahead and see what you need to watch out for. The surest way to succeed is to prepare, after all. From far-reaching Google updates to online behavioral trends, 2018 will see some major shifts that business owners will want to be aware of. While Prospect Genius doesn't have a crystal ball and can't make any guarantees, we're pretty … [Read more...] about Top 3 Online Marketing Changes You Need to Know in 2018
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For new businesses, there's a lot to do when you first set out on your venture. Unfortunately, there's no book or step-by-step guide that tells you everything you need. Sure, there are countless articles and e-books about the fundamentals, but the nitty-gritty stuff you have to do for your web presence often remains a guessing game. That's why it's so easy for new businesses to make mistakes when putting your company out there on the web. You're bound to hit some stumbling blocks as you go. … [Read more...] about 3 Errors New Businesses ALWAYS Make (And How to Fix Them)
Another day, another article about millennials, right? We get it. You're sick of hearing about them. However, we ask you to bear with us this time—because this is directly related to your small business's marketing efforts. Millennials are the largest living generation today. According to the 2015 U.S. Census, our country has more than 83 million millennials right now, compared to 75.4 million baby boomers. That's a lot of purchasing power! And thanks to rapid changes in technology, we're seeing … [Read more...] about Why You Must Market to Millennials (and How to Do It)
Raise your hand if you wish Google would stop making secret updates already! Just when you think you've mastered local search, Google launches a change that turns everything on its head. This time, it's the Hawk update. This latest update has serious, wide-reaching consequences for small, local businesses like yours. It's crucial you understand the impact this update could have on your business. That way you can take steps to protect yourself. Keep reading to find out everything you need to … [Read more...] about Could You Be Targeted Next by Google's Aggressive New Filter?
Sick of hearing about how important Facebook is for your local business? Sorry, but you'll have to get used to it! We can't stop talking about Facebook—that's how critical it is to your overall web presence. With more than 2 billion active monthly users, Facebook is indispensable. However, in all our talk of how important a Facebook page is, we also need to explain what an effective Facebook page looks like. To that end, we put together a handy checklist of what you need on your page. This will … [Read more...] about The Only Checklist You Need for a Winning Facebook Page
Today, Facebook essentially doubles as a business directory. It provides businesses with their own pages to display contact information, details about products and services, photos, and more. In this sense, Facebook pages aren't much different from Google My Business listings. That's why a growing number of people aren't even using Google for local business searches anymore. Of course, Google is still dominating local searches, but Facebook is increasing in prominence. Most small business owners … [Read more...] about Are You Doing Enough to Get Noticed on Facebook?
How many times have you heard Google claim its most recent update is designed to improve user experience? We hear this claim so frequently, it's fair to call it Google's M.O. However, when Google refers to users, is it really referring to advertisers? The truth is, for many users—particularly small business owners who seek local visibility on Google—their best interests often do not align with Google's. At the end of the day, it's a corporation, and its bottom line is all about revenue. You have … [Read more...] about 5 Examples of Google Not Caring About Your Best Interests
Want more add-on options for your Prospect Genius campaign? Looking for ways to get more bang for your buck? Then, keep reading—because we have some great options for you. As you know, we're committed to growing with our clients. We aren't interested in quick fixes. Instead, we want long-term visibility and lead generation for you. That's why we're always evaluating our service offerings and updating them to fit our clients' evolving needs. As such, we're excited to discuss three tools that can … [Read more...] about Three Tools to Vitalize Your Prospect Genius Campaign
Be on the lookout for any changes to your Google star rating! Seeking to provide a valuable user experience, Google has long highlighted customer reviews and star ratings on its business listings. However, Google has altogether changed the way it determines and displays a business's star rating. Of course, it's still based on customer reviews, but it now only requires a single review. Previously, Google wouldn't generate a star rating until a business had at least five customer reviews. This … [Read more...] about Keep a Close Eye on Your Google Star Rating
You want to be one of the first local businesses people see when they search for products or services you offer. Obviously, you know that to be prominent and visible in local search results, you need placement on Google Maps. So, it makes sense that you would start your online marketing efforts with a Google Maps listing for your business. There are a lot of reasons to believe Google Maps and a handful of other sites (namely Yelp and Facebook) are all you need to be visible on a local level. … [Read more...] about Want to Dominate Local Search Results? Here's One Thing You Need