It's no secret that most of us stretch our budgets a little thin over the holiday season. With parties to host and gifts to buy, money disappears quickly. And for many small business owners, the slightly blurred line between personal and business finances means the holidays can impact some of your company's operations—like online marketing. If you're feeling the squeeze of the holidays on your small business's budget, it's fine to tighten your belt—but don't let it affect your online marketing. … [Read more...] about How to Keep the Holidays From Ruining Your Online Marketing
Have you decided that hiring outside help for your local SEO needs is the best move for your small business? Good. You’re on the right track, but that’s only step one. Step two is deciding what type of outside help you need. Should you hire an individual contractor, a small Internet marketing firm, or a large online advertising agency? Online advertising companies can be drastically different depending on their size, so you’ll need to figure out what’s important to you. To help you with your … [Read more...] about Which of These Online Advertising Companies Is Right for You?
In her recent article on Search Engine Land, Jenny Foster reveals some of the most significant “hard truths” that SEO marketers need their clients to know. Prospect Genius frequently echoes these same ideas to our own clients, so it’s validating to see them emphasized by such a prominent leader in the field. Today, we offer a discussion of the truths Foster outlines in her article, “Setting Local SEO Expectations: 3 Points to Hit Early and Often.” Be Patient With Google’s Regular … [Read more...] about Three Truths All SEO Marketers Wish You Knew
You hire an online advertising company because you don't want to do all the work yourself. We get it. But here's the thing: Any worthwhile campaign is going to require a mild amount of effort on your part. Unless you want drop-you-in-a-directory, cookie-cutter advertising, you can't be completely hands off when it comes to your campaign. You have to have some involvement to make sure everything that's being put out there about your business is correct and that your advertising will attract the … [Read more...] about A Hands-Off Campaign Means Cookie-Cutter Advertising
How long do you plan to keep your company in business? For the vast majority of business owners, the answer is something longer than 90 days. Why, then, are many business owners so reluctant to invest in online advertising for the long haul? If you want a long-lasting web presence that gets stronger and stronger as time goes on, then you must be patient as SEO builds. An SEO program may try your patience for the first 90 days, but the long-term ROI will be worth the wait. Here's why SEO … [Read more...] about Why You Must Give Your SEO Campaign Time
By now, you've heard of the term "search engine optimization" (SEO for short), and at least recognize that there's a lot of significance behind it. However, according to a recent article on Search Engine Land, there's still a lot about SEO that business owners don't know. In his article, "4 Things Most Leaders Don't Understand About SEO," columnist Trond Lyngbø describes a major problem with business owners and SEO—mainly that they perceive SEO as a quick fix, an add-on, instead of the holistic … [Read more...] about READ THIS: "4 Things Most Leaders Don't Know About SEO"
There's a common misconception floating around that the only way to change the direction of your advertising is to change advertisers. Many clients don't realize that it's simple and easy to transition to a different advertising package within the Prospect Genius program. Instead, they uproot their entire campaign and start over from scratch, costing themselves a lot of time, money, and aggravation in the process. Completely changing providers when you want to move your advertising in a new … [Read more...] about Have You Outgrown Your Current Advertising Package?
Thinking about expanding your Prospect Genius campaign in 2015? It's not uncommon for clients to want to take their campaigns to the next level after being with us for a certain amount of time and achieving a certain level of success. You want to see how far you can take your online advertising campaign, and we can't blame you! You should feel free to make upgrades and additions to your Prospect Genius campaign, but be careful: more does not always mean better. Here's what to do and what not to … [Read more...] about The Do's and Don'ts of Expanding Your Campaign
You're a savvy business owner, and you know that becoming more visible on the Internet is vital to your company's success. But the number of online advertising buzzwords is completely overwhelming. You're supremely skilled in your own trade, but how are you supposed to figure out the best strategy for online advertising when your Internet skills don't extend much past e-mail, Google, and Facebook? We hear you. The world of online advertising is vast and confusing. That's why we've put together a … [Read more...] about How to Find the Online Advertising Program That's Best for Your Business
No matter how many success stories we create, virtually no campaign ever runs as smoothly as we'd like. That's just the nature of online advertising. Working in conjunction with independent entities like search engines, phone companies, and business directories means there's a lot that's out of our control. All anyone can do is keep an eye out for sudden changes and adapt accordingly. In this newsletter, we'll address a few of the pain-points and campaign concerns that Prospect Genius clients … [Read more...] about Addressing a Few Common Campaign Concerns