The world moves faster than it ever has before. For businesses to thrive in the 21st century, the only option is to embrace change. Troublingly, precious few organisations are keeping strict a pace with today’s rapidly evolving technology. In order for a business to differentiate itself, it must be able to harness cutting edge technologies and build a strong strategic formula around them. But which will be of most use to you and your business? Here are a few of the top contenders.
The Surface tablet is a pretty good device, but this device and the fear of tablets and mobile phones led Microsoft to create the truly terrible Windows 8 operating system. The notion that a powerful desktop needed to be reduced to tiles you touched on a screen and dumbed down programs resulted in a pathetic user experience. Solid programs like Skype disappeared, and lame mobile versions with few features showed up instead.
The staggering stupidity of this company under Steve Ballmer has led to countless misteps in the PC and operating system market. Will the ineptitude continue with Windows 10, or will they get this one right like they did with Windows 7?
Designing an effective website is more than just making sure a page looks good and ranks high on a Google search. For a website design to work, there needs to be a seamless blend of form, function and an ability to immediately engage visitors from whichever page they land on.
Google Adwords can be a trickly concept, with trickly quickly becoming scary when it’s your business’ money at stake. Here at Search Factory we’ve developed a brief guide to help ensure your account is structured in the most appropriate manner.
A solid layout is vital for any SEM initiative to be effective. A logical methodology to the organisation of ads and keywords provides compounding benefits; from the ability to manage, alter and target ads, through to boosting your quality score and reducing CPCs. For the purposes of this explanation, we’ll begin at the upper levels and work our way down.
At the top you have campaigns, and unless you are working on a very small account you’d be remiss to have only one. There are a number of factors to consider when structuring your campaigns, including:
Location – If your business provides products/services nationally or internationally, then it’s sensical to create campaigns targeting different cities, states, regions and countries. This will result in similar keywords throughout different campaigns, but will give you the ability to write copy and incorporate geo-specific terms geared at the various locations your targeting.
Branded and Non Branded – Always ensure you have separate campaigns for your branded keywords. These terms should be visible 100% of the time, and receiving impressions 24/7. If brand terms are consistently competing with more expensive tactical keywords, they will often be limited by budget.
Website/Business Structure – By creating campaigns around specific products/services you provide, you’ll have keyword lists directly relating to ad copy, with ads correlating the relevant product/service pages on your site. This will facilitate control of budgets, bids etc., allowing tighter control across the various facets of your business.
After you’ve created and structured your campaigns, Ad Groups are the next step. These can be looked at as containers for the keywords, ad copy and landing pages; and are instrumental in establishing a meaningful hierarchy to the account. Again, there are a number of points to consider when structuring your Ad Groups, including:
Too Many Keywords – Don’t let Ad Groups contain too many keywords! Many Search Engine Marketers allow this to happen, creating groups with hundreds or even thousands of terms. This not only detracts from your ability to collect granular data, but adversely impacts the relevancy of ads being delivered to consumers. Once an Ad Group incorporates too many keywords it loses its coherence and theme, which will only end up hurting your ROI.
Too Few Keywords – The reciprocal of the above is only having one or two keywords in each Ad Group when it’s prudent to have more. Generally this issue is an attempt to avoid the first problem, and whilst it does allow for groups to be tightly themed, it’s effectively shifting the burden from creating relevancy to assigning huge amounts of ad copies and landing pages for each term you’re targeting.
Integration & Consistency – Ultimately, any successful search engine marketer ensures they are striving to create a system grounded on integration and consistency. You need to continuously develop keyword groups, ad copy and landing pages tightly integrated with one another. Successfully doing so will create consistency, allowing you to directly cater for the searches used to reach your site. Often this requires a few months of research and testing, but the outlay is nearly always justified by the return.
By following the points above you’ll have an appropriately structured SEM account in no time. The best part is that a well-structured account provides lower costs (thanks to the quality score system) and more conversions (relevant ads convert better than generalised ones). So get optimising!
More than 50% of Australians have taken to shopping online and if you want to get ahead of your competitors it’s essential you create an online representation of your brand. At Brus Media we are experts when it comes to websites, apps and everything in-between. As such we have compiled five simple steps to get your business thriving online.
1. Buy the right domain name
Your customers are going to be searching for your particular brand online, this is a fact. It’s important to ensure your domain name reflects your business and is not, no matter what your SEO expert tells you, a jumble of locations and keywords. If your customers are searching for your brand they’re not going to find you under your suburb name. Google is smart and will penalise businesses trying to achieve rankings through misleading domain names.
2. Design your website
Depending on your business, you are going to want your website to achieve different things. If you are a dentist, your main goal will be to convert leads. Alternatively if you are a retail business, your goal will be to drive sales. Whichever business you own, it’s important that your branding is clear and your customers understand how to use your site – all of which should be reflected in the initial design.
3. Develop your online presence
Every business needs a website that genuinely represents their brand. When mapping out your website, it’s imperative to keep in mind the main things that will impact your customer:
4. Create compelling content
Loading paragraphs with keywords and locations is no longer acceptable. Google now understands the content you place within your website and analyses it regularly to ensure it is relevant to your business. If not, your website is penalized and becomes almost impossible to find organically. Don’t focus so much on stuffing your content with keywords. Instead, make your content relatable to your audience and make sure it is informative enough to answer their queries fast.
5. Go mobile
Everyone is taking their online shopping with them, whether it’s via mobile or tablet. Extend your business reach with a creative mobile site or app designed to your customers’ needs. At Brus Media we understand how mobile apps work and just how much they can positively influence your business. Put simply, you’re mad if you’re not mobile!
The technological age has shifted the way in which your customers view your business. Take the next step into securing consumer loyalty by building an online presence – something that is pivotal to enhancing brand awareness, growing your company and future-proofing your business.
Imagine an employee that converts sales 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is the reality of what a high-quality website can achieve.