The Case For Social Video – Part III: Creating Video Ads That “Stick”

The Case For Social Video – Part III: Creating Video Ads That “Stick”


As with any PPC/Display advertising campaign, there are no magic bullets to guarantee success. The best ad-campaigns are crafted through strategic audience targeting, identifying KPIs and objectives up front and tracking/testing performance analytics.  These are the keys to effectively *tweak* social marketing campaigns to see favorable results. Creating a successful video ad campaign is, in many ways, an even loftier task than a traditional static image ad. But the pay-off in audience engagement and viewership is well worth the creative commitment to video.  Define Budget Pacing and Bid Types that […]

The Case For Social Video – Part II: Why Video Needs to Be Part Of Your Social Mix

The Case For Social Video – Part II: Why Video Needs to Be Part Of Your Social Mix


In part of one of this three-part series about social video ads, I reviewed the social media industry’s shift towards promoted video ads. The focus was specifically on Facebook, as they continue to emphasize native video content recently announced ANTHOLOGY, their in-house publishing and production shop for advertisers. During a recent client campaign promoting Mobile App Installs for iOS devices, emfluence A/B tested video ads against static image ads (using the same audience targeting). The results of a month long test showed video ads significantly outperform image ads across a […]

10 SEO Tips for Your 2015 Content Marketing Strategy + One Bonus

10 SEO Tips for Your 2015 Content Marketing Strategy + One Bonus


As Google relies on a wider variety of link and social sources, content marketing has taken the cake. Yet another Google algorithm was released in early May that laser focuses on quality content. Everyone is in the content game, but few are effectively combining content and search strategy. We need to look into where content is heading and how we can best utilize strategic content creation to both increase awareness and build brand loyalty. 86% of B2B businesses are utilizing some form of content marketing, and 87% of organizations claim […]

5 Steps to Successful Conversion Rate Optimization

5 Steps to Successful Conversion Rate Optimization


Chances are that you’ve heard of Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), but what is it and why do you need it? Conversion rate optimization is the process of improving your website user experience to convert more visitors into customers. We’ve all bounced off websites that don’t provide a clear message or navigation to get us what we need. Or worse, the website or form isn’t working the way that it should. By having a conversion rate optimization process in place, we can find and solve these problems to improve your customer […]

Link Building 101: What It Is And How You Use It

Link Building 101: What It Is And How You Use It


Link building: what is it? Link building: people know it’s important, but they don’t exactly know why. Link building can be thought of as a system of building relationships that Google views as worthy or reputable. Think of a link builder as an eHarmony representative, but instead of matching you with a compatible person, I match you with a compatible website that can increase your brand awareness and page ranking. The end goal with link building is to increase the traffic to your site, your Google ranking, and ultimately the […]

The Forgotten Importance of Meta Descriptions: 6 Steps to Make Better Descriptions


It’s no secret that meta descriptions don’t carry official weight when it comes to search engine algorithms, but that doesn’t mean you should stop caring about them. When a user searches for something, the first impression he or she will get of your site, brand, product, offering, etc., is what is presented on the SERP. This includes the title, description, URL and more, if you have rich snippets. You are competing for the user’s attention on this ever-changing search space. How are you going to win the user’s eyes and, […]

4 Steps in Google AdWords to Know if Paid Search Will Work for Your Business

4 Steps in Google AdWords to Know if Paid Search Will Work for Your Business


Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is a great way to target those searching for solutions and products like yours. In fact, at emfluence we often recommend PPC as a way for our clients to find new customers, leads or email subscribers, fast. On Google’s search results page, PPC ads are the listings at the top and down the right side, usually marked “Ad”. This is a pay-to-play game and the company that bids the most per click on a specified keyword usually gets the top spot. PPC can range from a few […]

SEO Secrets: 5 Actionable Steps for Link Building

SEO Secrets: 5 Actionable Steps for Link Building


Jason White from DragonSearch.net provided a great synopsis of earning authority via link acquisition at SMX East 2014. Below is a collection of the actionable insights I took away from his presentation. They make a great basic checklist for getting into link building!

SMX East Recap: The Art of SEO in Google’s (Still) Rapidly Changing World

SMX East Recap: The Art of SEO in Google’s (Still) Rapidly Changing World


Taking the stage on the first day of SMX East is Marshall Simmonds, famed CEO of Define MG and longtime SEO professional. I am excited to be reporting from New York all of the excitement and adventure surrounding this years Search Marketing Expo! Blog posts will be coming rapidly and I frantically try to share all of the valuable information shared for the next four days.

BookDaily Taps into An Army of Self-Published Authors with PPC

BookDaily Taps into An Army of Self-Published Authors with PPC


Technology might have thrown the traditional publishing industry into turmoil, but BookDaily.com is thriving—and helping authors succeed—thanks to a digital marketing strategy, that emphasizes Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. Three years ago, they wanted help reaching a new market and the PPC team at emfluence was eager to help. BookDaily.com, owned by Virginia-based ArcaMax Publishing, offers the first chapter of more than 88,000 books via email, for free. BookDaily.com’s customers are the thousands of authors who use its platform to promote their titles. (A basic account is free and allows authors to […]

Turn Up the Local SEO Heat  for Your Restaurant Marketing Summer Strategy

Turn Up the Local SEO Heat for Your Restaurant Marketing Summer Strategy


Things have finally warmed up in the Northern Hemisphere as summer arrives. It’s time for vacations, great food, and a surge in flip-flop sales. Just in time for summer travel, Google has been hard at work updating Google Maps for iOS and Android devices, offering new features, like an alert when you should change lanes and more advanced offline map functionality. Google has also been updating their local search metrics, and it’s important for restaurants to ensure that this summer’s local searchers — both native and out-of-towners — can find […]

finding golden insights in Google Analytics demographics reports

finding golden insights in Google Analytics demographics reports


Last fall, Google announced that they would be phasing out keyword data in its Analytics toolbox, and replacing it with new features for search engine marketing professionals to use. One of these features is DoubleClick Demographic Data. Google Analytics demographics reports offer aggregated age, gender, and interest data that can be paired with other analytics metrics to help understand the personality of your customers. Are they movie lovers? Shutter bugs? News Junkies and Avid Readers? I know what you’re thinking: “What is the fastest way for me to find this […]

emfluence wins 11 KCDMA Ambit awards

emfluence wins 11 KCDMA Ambit awards


On Wednesday night, emfluence client work scored 11 KCDMA AMBIT Awards for excellence in targeted, measurable marketing, including a Gold in each category of email, search and social media marketing!

search engine optimization in 2014 – tips and trends

search engine optimization in 2014 – tips and trends


Search engines have made a variety of changes over the past year. The state of search is changing into the state of search + social + content. Check out these trends you should know for Search Engine Optimization 2014.

creating your restaurant marketing plan for 2014

creating your restaurant marketing plan for 2014


Restaurateurs don’t need to look any farther than the smartphone in their own pockets to glean insight into restaurant marketing plans for 2014. According to wireless carrier consultant Chetan Sharma, 27% of all internet traffic came from mobile devices last year, a 5% increase over 2012.

5 tips to improve your landing page conversions

5 tips to improve your landing page conversions


If your paid search ads are seeing great click through rates, but garnering few leads, chances are the problem isn’t with your ads, it’s with your landing page. Here are 5 tips for making your landing pages conversion-friendly

content marketing 101: finding opportunities through link building

content marketing 101: finding opportunities through link building


I’ve had the revelation that after all of that hard work becoming “grownups”, it turns out, just like our high school years, the Internet is a popularity contest. Practicing general SEO is kind of like enrolling and beginning high school classes; using link building techniques is like getting noticed by the “cool” kids.

seo in a (Google) world of 100% not provided

seo in a (Google) world of 100% not provided


Google recently announced that they are moving to encrypted (https) search in an effort to make searching “more secure” for users. Whether the move actually creates a more secure search experience is up for debate, but for the SEO world, this announcement has created quite a stir.

Google+ for business: how Google+ affects PageRank

Google+ for business: how Google+ affects PageRank


Google+ for Business offers strong SEO opportunities by actively passing relevant traffic, if not through preferential treatment from Google itself. Tyler takes a look at 3 ways incorporating a Google+ plan is still worth it for your SEO team (even if the social media team pushes back).

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emfluence SEO & email teams win 4 KCDMA AMBIT Awards!

emfluence SEO & email teams win 4 KCDMA AMBIT Awards!


On Tuesday night, emfluence and our clients won 4 KCDMA AMBIT Awards! Two for search engine optimization and 2 for email marketing.

emfluence SEO team wins again at BMA-KC Fountain Awards!

emfluence SEO team wins again at BMA-KC Fountain Awards!


Congrats to the emfluence Search Engine Optimization strategy team for pulling in their 3rd BMA Fountain Award in 3 years in the category of SEO! This year's winning campaign was for our client MIQ Logistics, who gained Page-1 rankings for half a dozen targeted keywords, driving their organic search traffic to miq.com up 130%+ year over year. Congrats to Corey, Cassie, Robin, Cate and the team.

Corey’s Top 3 2013 SEO Recommendations

Corey’s Top 3 2013 SEO Recommendations


It’s that time of year when industry experts and practitioners reflect on the year that was and predict what is to come. Rather than making bold predictions about big news events in 2013, our lead Search Engine Optimization Strategist, Corey Morris, has compiled some strong recommendations of things digital marketers should know about search engine optimization (SEO) for the incoming year.

New Google AdWords Matching Behavior Could Have a Big Impact

New Google AdWords Matching Behavior Could Have a Big Impact


On April 17, Google announced new matching behavior on AdWords for Exact and Phrase Match keywords. What does that mean in the world of pay-per-click (PPC) marketing? For one, it means that PPC campaign managers everywhere will no longer have to create variations of Exact and Phrase Match keywords, like including both singular and plural versions, misspellings, abbreviations and more…

the importance of SEO early in your website relaunch


This is an excellent case study from our friends at SEOMoz! The client did everything right with 301 redirects on their website relaunch. Maybe a little “too right” and ended up having to be flexible and make some quick fixes. Even when the SEO team and developers implemented everything perfectly, there were still issues and unknowns.

top 12 takeaways from SMX West


Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West took place last week in downtown San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center. This was “the biggest and best SMX show ever” according to Chris Sherman, Vice President of Event Programming for SMX. I agree! This show featured honest conversation, open sharing, and interaction between experts and novices alike. Deciding which sessions to attend was tough – there were many great options. I focused heavily on SEO, with some local search and social mixed in. Here are the top 12 takeaways I brought back to Kansas City with me.

solving problems and seeing success in Google Places


Last week, I had the privilege of speaking on a local search panel titled “Solving Problems and Seeing Success in Google Places.” On the panel, we presented recommendations for dealing with human support at Google places, tips from an agency perspective, and a look at case study information from my work with Houlihan’s restaurants. Download my Google Places panel presentation slides for more information.

the importance of bidding on your own brand in ppc

the importance of bidding on your own brand in ppc


I recently had a client start bidding on their brand words only after they saw a competitor was bidding (poaching). Not only was someone bidding on the client’s brand, they were sending traffic directly to the client’s real website. There weren’t even diverting traffic to an outside site! By running ads on the client’s brand and sending traffic to the client’s domain, the official ads for the client are effectively blocked because the offending party was there first. Even though our client provided official and more accurate ads, they’d been blocked by a company that put up so-so advertising leading to the client’s website. This is a key reason you should be bidding on your own brand keywords for paid search.

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