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The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools


Despite its detractors , Google+ remains one of the “big four” social networks and has its share of prominent fans in the business world. For most websites, Google+ doesn’t drive the volume of social traffic that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter do. As with Facebook , Twitter, and other popular networks, Google+ has also inspired its own ecosystem of tools.

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Google is a lying liar that lies


The following list of Google lying liar lies all have exceptions to the rules. And, Google does make examples of bad actors. That’s all Google has and that’s really all you have when it comes to whether or not someone clicks on your content or not. You still need to write for robots  – Google is smart. And Google acts pretty dumb. Do it! Do it!

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Five good reasons to ignore Google

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Google is holding us back. Think about how much of what we create, and how we create it, is influenced by Google’s rules (or what we know of them). Conforming to SEO best practices forces us into a very small creative box, and the more we we get creative and stray from that box, the less likely we will show up in Google’s search results. Google is holding us back.

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Is Google really Sauron?

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It has to be made based on the needs and wants of your customers. This is just one in a long line of examples where the Silicon Valley tech stars favor engineering decisions instead of market-based decisions that favor customers, and it is getting really tiresome. Most Silicon Valley companies still see customers as “users.” Is Google really Sauron? Sheesh.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

Four ways customer connections will change by 2020

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It’s also going to be changing our customer connections. In general, this probably is how you connect with your customers today: Your website provides them a clear way to find what they’re looking for. It’s optimized for perfect viewing whether your customers/prospects are looking at it via a laptop/desktop or smartphone/tablet (it’s optimized, isn’t it?  Dramatically.

Spending more time on SEO than adding value to Google?


asked him what he thought of Hummingbird, Google’s latest search algorithm, and he said: “Aside from just making sure you have all of the share and +1 buttons sorted out on your sites and committing to Google Authorship, the only thing that’s left is simple: creating content that gives value to Google.” ” Give Value to Google.

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Google+

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My name is Ray, and I’m a Google+ addict. Google+ is the place for me … and maybe for you too. The “plus” in Google+ is the skeleton key that opens the doors to the wonders of the Googleverse: YouTube, GMail, Android, Drive and more.You can trip on the high resolution images, the awesome photos and gifs and spend days reading insightful posts. And so does Google.

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The changes to Google+ are great. But they don’t matter

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What an exciting week of announcements from Google! Of course many of us in the social media space were focused on the interface improvements on Google+, but the company also announced: It is re-charging the crucial Maps effort, including graphics, animations, and local landmarks. Significant enhancements to Google Now, a competitor to Siri. wanted to stand up and cheer.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

7 Things You May Not Know About Google’s RankBrain


Have you ever wondered how Google is able to return search results? Enter RankBrain, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which aims to improve search in a vastly new way. RankBrain is a machine learning technology developed by Google. The days of Google not understanding what you’re looking for are (possibly) nearly over! SEO Google rank brain rankbrain

What are the most reliable content channels to connect with customers?

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Today I’d like to connect the dots on a few ideas about the most reliable content channels to reach customers. So, when we attain that magical level, what are the very best ways to reliably reach those customers? In Joe’s fine speech, he provided his view on the channels most likely to actually reach your customers, from best to worst: eMail subscribers. Pinterest.

34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011


Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It’s Google’s latest attempt at social media, and they finally got it right. It’s “the linchpin of Google’s plan to own the entire internet” (see below for the source of that quote). ”).

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Custom Reports: Measuring Lead Generation Conversions with Google Analytics


Google Analytics, Conversions, and Marketing Measurement. Google Analytics is an amazing tool that can track all types of data related to website usage; from visitor metrics to content metrics and conversion metrics.  By analyzing the data properly and gathering insights, you can make strategic decisions on your marketing strategy, content strategy, and conversion strategy.  Visits.

Can Google find you in your online store?


Google Prefers Sites with Esprit de Corps. I was sitting in the Dunkin’ Donuts on Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia, and a handsome, well-dressed, middle aged African American gentleman came into the store and did a slow walkabout. For Google, this means broken links, broken pages, ten-year-old templates. Google be like: “why do you treat your website like a free ride?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. or current customer is. B2B Marketing.

Using Customer Contact Data to Tell Better Marketing Stories


If the stories are true, there was a day – long ago – when marketing with your gut and creating general, positive experiences was enough to draw customers into your lead gen flows. You already have everything you need – your customer contact data – waiting in your CRM. Shaping Customer Data into Stories. When product sheets and face-to-face meetings closed deals.

Google chooses speed over content from sites


So, Google knows that it’s being judged more on the smooth transition from search results to website. Google also knows that the top result receive exponentially more clicks than the second result which receives exponentially more clicks than the third, and so on. Well, Google doesn’t care about anything except your merge.  See, Google’s not always fair.

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suitecx Offers Industrial-Strength Customer Journey Maps and More

Customer Experience Matrix

Customer journey mapping is now the buzziest of buzz words. Every self-respecting marketing automation system offers something called a “customer journey map,” even if it’s exactly the same as last year’s campaign designer or does nothing more than connect functionless icons on a virtual whiteboard. precisioncx completes the project by letting users design new customer experiences.

The future of business: Six layers of customer engagement

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Over the past few years I have been giving a speech about the “six layers” of customer engagement. We are in the process of creating increasingly complex layers of digital distance between our companies and our customers. Historically, we dealt with customers face-to-face, with a trusted word and a firm handshake. So, let’s change that. The third layer. There is. Six hours.

Integrating Google AdWords with Salesforce to Measure Your Sales Funnel


Google AdWords has recently integrated with Salesforce so that you can import Salesforce leads and opportunities into AdWords and thus measure the performance of your Salesforce campaigns within Google AdWords.  Google of course has been tracking ecommerce data for years, but never the complexities of a B2B sale.  Below from Google: Configure your Salesforce account.

Why Google Turned to Print Advertising

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Lauren   Indvik  recently wrote a post on Mashable with the provocative headline “ Google Buys Newspaper Ad to Show Why Newspaper Ads Don’t Work. ” Was this Google’s “in your face” way of making a point to the print industry? Why would Google run this ad in print instead of trying and reach their core market online? Google is for anybody.

3 Secrets To Having A Two-Way Conversation With Your Brand’s Customers Online

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No matter where you look, brands are all trying to crack the code of having a two-way conversation with their customers wherever they are – be it in-store, online, on a smartphone, on a tablet or on social media. What Google, Amazon and Facebook all have in common is that they’ve built their entire customer experience across all devices and all channels around customers’ trust and respect.

Looking in Google’s funhouse mirror


Google’s the worst boyfriend in the world! However, Google’s reflection isn’t a personal slight, it’s simply an emergent fractal representing how people actually search — for you — and not how you want them to. Anyway, let’s get back to Google’s mirror. The mirror can be brutal but we’re all able to see what we want to see.

What Google Really Doesn’t Want You To Know About Search


Anyone who watched Apple’s WWDC keynote the other day or the Google I/O keynote a couple weeks back probably noticed an interesting trend: Both Apple and Google really want to search inside your apps (see here and here ). It used to be that when you thought about search, you really thought more about a company—Google—that you thought about an activity. Read on and see.

Google Analytics- Calculated Metrics for Lead Generation Websites


Google recently released a new update to Google Analytics, featuring a new Calculated Metrics feature. Calculated Metrics are user-defined metrics that are computed from existing metrics available on Google Analytics, and allow more customized and relevant analyses than ever before.  I love the new feature and allows so much more reporting opportunity. Make note.

Why Google Search Trends Can Show You What Your Audience Is Looking For

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Three smart ways to make Google search trends your ultimate customer research tool kit.

How to Use Google Analytics to Create More Effective Content

Marketing Action

What do you think of when you think of Google Analytics? There are a dozen ways to slice and dice the data in your Google Analytics account to come up with killer content ideas. Because we’re focused on using Analytics to create content that gets results, the very first thing we should talk about are Google Analytics goals. Usually, it’s search engine optimization. Sound good?

The Ultimate Guide to ‘Google My Business’

Vertical Response

Have you googled your business lately? Wouldn’t it be nice to see a display that instantly gives customers your location, address, hours of operation, phone number, link to your website and customer reviews? Every small business can make a killer digital display, like the one below, that shows up on Google. By using Google My Business. Google Analytics.

Creating value & new opportunity with Google Helpouts

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Google +Helpouts are a new product by Google that enables "real help from real people in real time" via Person-to-Person Google Hangouts, coupled with a paid aspect allowing the service provider to provide their time for free, or at a per-minute or per-session rate. It wouldn''t be surprising if you hadn''t yet heard of Google Helpouts. So I set the rate to free.

Busting the Top 3 Google AdWords Myths


If you were in a room full of inbound marketers a couple of years ago, advertising on Google wasn't a strategy you heard too much about. However, with the ever-increasing competition online, it’s becoming a more talked about topic for getting your content in front of the eyes of your potential customers. So, why has it taken so long for most inbound marketers to adopt Google AdWords?

4 Tips to Prepare for Google's Ever-Changing SEO Strategy


In 2013, we not only saw updates to two of the most significant Google algorithms — Panda and Penguin — but also the release of Hummingbird, all of which affect SEO efforts to a great extent. However, in Google''s new content-focused search paradigm, it is falling out of favor, and quickly. Avoid Shortcuts. Improve Your Content Marketing. Keep an Eye Out for Algorithm Changes.

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8 Key Changes In Google Search B2B Marketers Should Know

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As detailed in an article on Search Engine Land this past month, a new Google eye tracking study  outlines the evolution of Google search results from 2005 to today. Searchers are now looking outside of the “ golden triangle” of top organic results when performing Google keyword searches. Mobile Prioritization in Google Search Results. The key takeaway?

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Why your business needs to claim its Google Places page

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If you want to do just one activity that will take you approximately 10 minutes of your time and yield you the most customers for 0 cost, this is that one thing you should do. These aren't window shoppers, these are people that are immediately converting to become customers of yours. Google Map on iOS (Apple) or Google via their Android phone. Immediately.

How Google AdWords Works [Infographic]


While your current customers might search for your business by name (i.e. lindsay''s bakery"), your prospective customers are probably searching for things by topic or location (i.e. How do you get those prospective customers to find and visit your website? Ready to get started with Google AdWords? bakery boston"). PPC is one way to help.

359 Million Reasons to Join Google+

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Google+ is absolutely one of the best social media networks available to you. A lot of you plan your marketing strategies around Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, but its a detriment to you if you don’t include Google+ in your marketing mix.  You Google+ is far ahead of Twitter, and light years ahead of LinkedIn. You most likely search it on Google!

Google Buy Button: Retailer’s Boon or Devil’s Bargain?


Google meets Amazon; an interesting concept in theory which may become stark reality in practice soon enough. In a much anticipated move, Google is apparently preparing to incorporate buy buttons within some of its sponsored search ads on mobile devices. So how exactly will the Google buy button work? What It Is. Buy buttons will not appear in organic search results. Hmmm….

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Google to Businesses: You Have Until April 21st to Get Mobile Friendly


Attention all business owners with non-mobile-friendly websites: courtesy of Google, you now have another reason to dread mid-April this year. On April 21 st , Google will officially update its search algorithm to consider mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor in Google search results. Image courtesy of Google. Google’s parenthetical note, not mine}. Dang….

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Google+ Local Pages are your new Landing Page

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A search for "pilates easthampton ma" turns up Renew Pilates Clients of ours surprisingly still question our focus, and insistence, on their participation in +Google+. But even if they don''t use Google+ for the networking aspect, we insist that they at least claim their Google Places page. We think they''re looking at it all wrong.

Free Advertising on Google


It may surprise some, but many small businesses new to inbound marketing are unaware that you can get some free advertising on Google through Google Places. Basically, a way to advertise your business on Google for free. This not only helps your business get found through searches; it can also help you get more traffic, leads, and customers. The benefit? Visit [link].