Instagram Stories as a Content Format: Influencing B2C and B2B Audiences

Instagram Stories as a Content Format: Influencing B2C and B2B Audiences


If you boil a great marketer down to their essence, you’ll find a storyteller. They share ideas, entertain and inform, as a way to guide them down a specific path towards a satisfactory conclusion.    There are many ways a marketer can tell a story. Some create exquisitely crafted and highly complex content-led marketing workflows that would put Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to shame. Others produce content that has more in common with Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip.    As a marketing format, Instagram Stories might have more in common […]

Apple iOS 15 Mail Privacy Protection and the Evolution of Email Marketing

Apple iOS 15 Mail Privacy Protection and the Evolution of Email Marketing


When a marketing technology has been around for as long as email, it’s all too easy to visualize a sudden change in the eco-system, such as Apple’s recent iOS 15 Mail Privacy Protection update, as a potential extinction event. However, if we learned anything from previous “catastrophes,” such as the implementation of Gmail’s promotions tab in 2013 or GDPR in 2018, we should already know that email marketing is far more resilient than that.   Thankfully, email marketing is not a dinosaur, and Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection update is far […]

Get Ahead of the Rest with Keyword Competitive Research Tools

Get Ahead of the Rest with Keyword Competitive Research Tools


In order to be at the top and remain at the top, you must keep a close eye on your competitors. The Godfather spoke true facts when he said, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Who knew The Godfather would be on Team SEO?! The point is, you have to research your competitors to make sure you stay ahead of the game. Doing so with Keyword Competitive Analysis is a great start.   What is Keyword Competitive Analysis? Keyword Competitive Analysis (also call Keyword Gap Analysis) is the […]

Beyond the Feed: Why Instagram Stories are Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Audience

Beyond the Feed: Why Instagram Stories are Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Audience


When Instagram first rolled out their new Instagram Stories feature in 2016, many people (myself included) were very skeptical. These short videos seemed like a copycat version of what younger generations were already posting on Snapchat, the app everyone used for sharing snippets of their life. In addition, the added idea of saving them as “highlights” on a feed seemed like a desperate attempt to differentiate themselves from the popular competitor platform. I remember actively refraining from using this feature at the time to avoid falling prey to another social […]

Google Updated How They Display Titles

Google Updated How They Display Titles


Around August 17th, Google started a new system of generating titles for pages displayed in their search results.   Historically, in Google’s search results, they would display what you place in your HTML title tag as the title (big blue copy) and what you place in your meta description tag as the description (smaller black copy underneath the title). They may have updated your title and/or description based on the specific query if they thought it better served the user. The description is much more likely to have changed than […]

BIMI: Email Security While Standardizing the Brand Experience

BIMI: Email Security While Standardizing the Brand Experience


by Ken Magill for emfluence   The idea behind BIMI, or Brand Indicators for Message Identification, is pretty simple: An organization buttons up its email security. Then the organization can have its logo displayed in the avatar box next to the from line on mobile inboxes or in the messages in web browsers in participating email inbox providers.   (Google)   What is BIMI? BIMI’s aim is to drive the adoption of DMARC, the scheme under which domain owners authenticate their servers using the SPF and DKIM standards, and then […]

Are You a Good Bot or a Bad Bot? Identifying and Blocking Unwanted Bot Traffic

Are You a Good Bot or a Bad Bot? Identifying and Blocking Unwanted Bot Traffic


There’s no place like the Internet. Your web analytics read like the plot of a scary sci-fi movie: some of your audience clicks and views might not be human! Don’t panic! It’s not the robot uprising, just some bot traffic.   While bot traffic is not world-ending, it’s important to know the different bot types and how to avoid the unwanted kind; if left unchecked, bots can negatively impact your brand integrity, your search rankings, and cost your company money by attacking your apps, websites, or ads.     What […]

Ways Digital Marketing Can Support Your Upcoming Events

Ways Digital Marketing Can Support Your Upcoming Events


As we return to in-person events, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, and maybe even a bit rusty when it comes to your event marketing strategy. Like most companies, you’ve probably seen a decrease in your inbound lead volume due to the pandemic and are wondering how to get the most out of upcoming tradeshows and other events. Adding digital marketing to your traditional tradeshow marketing channels can help you expand your reach at your next event and find new prospects within your target markets. The below guide is […]

How to Optimize for Articles Carousel on Journalist Panels

How to Optimize for Articles Carousel on Journalist Panels


Starting in June, Google began testing an article carousel in some journalist knowledge panels. (Photo Credit: Blog.Google)   Google’s explanation for the update includes, “With so many complex, important stories unfolding daily, people not only rely on specific publishers for the latest news, but also increasingly turn to trusted individual journalists, authors and experts.” Learn more from Google here.   This aligns with Google’s push to showcase expert, authoritative, and trustworthy content. This is commonly referred to as E-A-T (expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness) in the SEO community. Google wants to […]

How Often Should You Post to Social Media?

How Often Should You Post to Social Media?


Whether you use social media or not, there’s a good chance your target audience does and would be delighted to see you slide into their view. But don’t just go posting away here, there and everywhere. Learning where, when and how often to post can be the difference in being annoying or showing up at the right time and place. Before determining the frequency, you’ll need to identify the location or the social media platform on which your audience will most likely interact. And, to do this, you’ll need to […]

A Guide to Local SEO for Small Businesses

A Guide to Local SEO for Small Businesses


The internet is a big place. According to estimates from Internet Live Stats, there are over 1.8 billion unique websites in existence today and this number is only going up. This mind-boggling statistic is awe inspiring but at the same time more than a little intimidating, especially for local business owners.   If you are a local business owner, you may be wondering how your website is supposed to compete in a search landscape that can contain literally millions of competitors. This is where local search engine optimization (SEO) comes […]

Google’s June and July 2021 Core Algorithm Updates

Google’s June and July 2021 Core Algorithm Updates


On June 2nd, 2021, Google announced a broad core algorithm update, as they do a few times a year. This newest update is called the June 2021 Core Update. These updates typically take a couple of weeks to fully roll out.   A second core update will be coming in July 2021 as well. Some of the planned updates were not quite ready for the June launch, so it is planned to be launched in July 2021. Later today, we are releasing a broad core update, as we do several […]

What Does Above the Fold Mean in Terms of Digital Assets?

What Does Above the Fold Mean in Terms of Digital Assets?


The phrase “above the fold” originates from newspapers. It refers to all content literally above the folded line on the front page. It’s the most visible content and is meant to capture people’s attention so they’ll grab the paper off the stand for further reading.     In the digital media world, its meaning has extended to include the area of content that’s readily visible and therefore the most important for inviting your viewer to digest more of your ad, web page, email, etc.   Why Should I Care About […]

Back to Basics: Social Media and the Audience-Marketer Connection

Back to Basics: Social Media and the Audience-Marketer Connection


“Social media has truly caused a massive shift in the world of marketing.” I’m sure you’ve heard this same sentiment repeated a thousand different ways, so much so that you may even be tired of it. However, it’s stuck around because it still rings true: social media has become a staple of today’s marketing landscape and forever changed the way we communicate with our audiences. It’s given a voice to obscure brands, revolutionized the power held by consumers, and changed forever the way that marketers interact with and gather data […]

Why Our Clients Are Rushing to Upgrade to Google Analytics 4

Why Our Clients Are Rushing to Upgrade to Google Analytics 4


During the midst of the Coronavirus, we gave ideas on how to improve your analytics data with 40+ items to audit in your Google Analytics account. Today we want to discuss Google Analytics updates that were officially released on October 2020.  Google Analytics has proved to be a great tool for data-driven marketers. Since a major update is only introduced every few years, new releases are eagerly awaited to understand new techniques that may be possible in the coming months after release.     Why the Big Fuss about Google […]

Back to Basics: Setting the Stage for a Powerful Multichannel Digital Strategy That Scales

Back to Basics: Setting the Stage for a Powerful Multichannel Digital Strategy That Scales


Part 1: Content Strategy  It’s time to rethink your entire marketing and advertising strategy. No, really, it is. iOS 14 promises to curtail Facebook and other platforms’ long-standing (arguably uncouth, depending on whom you ask) data practices. Google Chrome, the most widely used internet browser by FAR, is moving to block third–party cookies, and the world is in the throes of a global pandemic that has upended marketing, advertising and general business “conventional wisdom” as a whole. With so much in flux, it’s time to get back to the basics. It’s time to stop working […]

Strategies for Ads in the Cookieless Future

Strategies for Ads in the Cookieless Future


If you’re a digital marketer and have been residing anywhere but under a rock, you’ve heard about browsers phasing out third-party cookies by 2022. What felt like forever is now on our doorstep, and it will impact everything from website and conversion tracking to audience targeting. While we’re still not sure how all the varying data companies are going to adjust and aren’t going to go into the specifics of how it all works, let’s talk about what you can do to prepare starting right now.   Instant Forms One […]

How Much Content Do You Really Need?

How Much Content Do You Really Need?


Marketers are always talking about content—how important it is for driving leads, building brand identity, developing loyal audiences, and more. However, there’s one question every marketer must answer when it comes time for them to develop content for their own brands or clients: how much content do I really need? The short answer is that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. There are, however, a few guidelines you can use to determine the amount of content that’s right for you and your business, and they come in two flavors: audience analysis and […]

Apple Launches iOS 14 with New Privacy Mandates

Apple Launches iOS 14 with New Privacy Mandates


For the past several years, the concept of increasing consumer data privacy has been gaining momentum and has been slowly impacting how marketers use your data. GDPR and CCPA regulations have driven awareness of this movement, and big data collection companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have been shifting to meet the increasing demand for more data privacy. Last summer, Apple made the announcement that their iOS 14 update would include significant privacy updates that will affect all apps. Starting this month, these privacy updates (called App Tracking Transparency) will […]

How to Find Winning Blog Topics with SEO

How to Find Winning Blog Topics with SEO


Writer’s Block when Blogging—we have all experienced it. We sit down and are all set to write, but we don’t know what to write about. A million different topics run through our brain, but which do we choose? What do readers want to see? How can we attract our target audience? We want to write about a topic that has meaning and will also be ranked high for organic visibility so everyone can read it and to do so we must include SEO.   How to Find Blog Topics that […]

There’s a New Lead in Town: YouTube Lead Forms

There’s a New Lead in Town: YouTube Lead Forms


Acquiring leads can be difficult. Getting the right leads can be costly. And, getting them to come to you can be a slow process. So, go where they lead you. Go to YouTube.   Google has created a new feature for you to get leads while they are doing what they love—watching videos. This new feature is called YouTube lead forms. One of the great things about these lead forms is that the user doesn’t have to leave the video they are watching to visit your site or another landing […]

The Future of Ad Copy is Responsive

The Future of Ad Copy is Responsive


It’s hard to comprehend how small paid media ads used to be. My earliest working memories involve having to abbreviate company names to fit into a headline and split 70 characters evenly across two description fields with 35-character limits on some platform called Overture. The first Facebook ads I created had limited text and imagery so small you could barely make out what the product was (which didn’t stop me from buying a Denny Crane bobblehead from an ad).   Today, ad copy character limits have increased dramatically, allowing media […]

We #ChoosetoChallenge.

We #ChoosetoChallenge.


In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, the emfluence team is participating in #ChoosetoChallenge. As the challenge states: “We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.” Raising our hands shows that we commit to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. See how emfluence Chooses to Challenge this year:   […]

Social Media Business Mistakes to Avoid

Social Media Business Mistakes to Avoid


If you were of recent belief that social media is not the right platform for you or your demographic but are now seeking advice on what to do, and most importantly what not to do, then congrats! You’ve taken the right first step by seeking out advice on possible social media marketing mistakes.   Let’s dive right in with the first Oops, which you’ve already overcome—thinking social media is not the right platform for you.   This is actually a common misconception—thinking social media is only for Generation X. Based […]

Inclusion in Paid Media

Inclusion in Paid Media


In Summer 2020, with the killing of George Floyd and the soul searching many of us found ourselves doing, many brands began increasing their focus on diversity and inclusion. Seemingly overnight the imagery used in social and display ads became more African American, Asian, or Hispanic (if not also more female). Even the cynics among us would have to recognize, though, that this trend should continue and should be taken seriously.   Digital advertising provides an array of options for promoting inclusion, along with an assortment of hazards to navigate. […]

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Set Up a WordPress Multisite

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Set Up a WordPress Multisite


After you decide a WordPress Multisite is the right strategic move for your website, how do you create one? If you Google “How to create a WordPress Multisite?” or “How do I convert my WordPress site to a multisite”, you will find A LOT of articles. So then why did I write another one? Is it my newfound love of writing complete sentences instead of code? Am I doing it for the glory of the clicks and likes?   Maybe a little bit of both, but the truth is—the last […]

How to Improve your Website’s Core Web Vitals

How to Improve your Website’s Core Web Vitals


As you may have already known, Google announced late last year that they are unveiling a brand-new ranking factor for Google Search in May of this year. The new ranking factor, Core Web Vitals, is being combined with existing page experience ranking signals like mobile friendliness and HTTPS security. We’re announcing that page experience ranking signals for Google Search will launch in May 2021. This will combine Core Web Vitals and previous UX-related signals. Learn more: https://t.co/OrrR8LDl1a — Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) November 10, 2020 If you weren’t aware of […]


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