SEO vs SEM vs SMM

SEO vs SEM vs SMM

So you are having your head filled with all these acronyms. SEO – Search Engine Optimisation SEM – Search Engine Marketing (Adwords) SMM – Social Media Marketing How about Content Marketing Also Inbound Marketing So many things to weigh up, especially if you are a small business with little time and little budget for things like this that you don’t know. Unfortunately you need all of these things to succeed. You need to hit all of them hard to begin with then wind things back and you see what is working and what isn’t. Yes we start with a strategy based on best practice for business in your field but you can’t know how it will pan out because your personality needs to resonate with your audience. You don’t have an audience yet? Well there is part of the strategy. So basically you need to build a good base around robust research in your industry. What do people search for when they need you? This becomes the basis of an SEO strategy. Built on top of that is the Adwords campaign that utilises these search terms and enhances the foundation built for SEO. The Ads drive a targeted audience to your website or landing page or phone. You then start the work on building an audience on Social Media. You can create an audience in various management consoles on the media platforms and from there you build a campaign to get the likes, shares, phone calls or buys. Then you take the final step that spans across all of these channels and that is Inbound Marketing using content. You...
5 SEO Tactics You Can Do Now

5 SEO Tactics You Can Do Now

There are about a millions things that can be done and continuously tweaked to achieve a good ROI on your SEO spend. Just measuring ROI of SEO is an art within itself so you could easily be led down the garden path and lose your shirt very quickly. Here I have put together 5 things that you can do yourself that can deliver big results if not already in place and also it can deliver a boost just from reviewing where you are currently at with the SEO process. Have you put in alt tags for every image? Don’t just insert the title of the page or post either. You need to make the alt tag a description of the image, and maybe your brand name. The reason: it will help when people search for an image. So when they search for an image of a chair and there is your post image within alt tag of “red chair OnSwitch digital”. The old chestnut of Title Tags. Take note of what you want to rank for within the search engines. Then using that list review the title tags within your site. Do your titles address the keywords you made a list of? Is your domain name targeting your keywords or your brand? Will you use the domain name to be the focal point of a brand campaign, ie get your name out there and be found easily and quickly from a brand name search? Or are you just trying to rank for some keywords that can deliver sales, leads etc etc? Make the decision and stick to it. Do...
Are you Omnichannel?

Are you Omnichannel?

Yes, that is a serious question. So the next question is what IS omnichannel? Omnichannel (also spelled omni-channel) is a multichannel approach to sales that seeks to provide the customer with a seamless shopping experience whether the customer is shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, by telephone or in a bricks and mortar store. So first and foremost is your web presence responsive, ie it works on all devices and is still a decent sales tool on mobile devices? Are you employing offline channels to direct people to your online presence? How are you tracking this? Do you have the mechanisms to even marry the offline and online parts of your marketing and sales procedures or are you blazing away on whatever channel you can get to? Then we move into the intangible things that are hard to track and quantify, such as a decent SEO strategy. You are paying for the SEO services but no one can ever be 100% sure of it’s complete...
SEO is dead or is it online advertising that is dead

SEO is dead or is it online advertising that is dead

According to the “experts” SEO is going the way of the dinosaurs and these charlatans who offer SEO services are not getting any results for their clients. Now I have just seen that online advertising is about to be declared and DOA. So according to all these experts the Internet is about to go back to its birth and become bulletin boards for people to chat about the latest incarnation of the World of Warcraft and not business. So once we take a step back and look at things we can see that all these things plus a lot more need to be considered in any business and its marketing. SEO is alive and kicking, possibly more than ever, as google keeps changing things. If you haven’t got a decent optimisation plan in place then each and every change will require a lot of work to be done with seemingly no clear results. Online advertising needs to be built around a decent premise and campaign that is going to engage. Engagement is great but unless you have an optimised site or landing page then the campaign becomes a wonderful way to spend cash on getting your name out there. We can then move into all the other acronyms. SEO, SEM, SMM, AND TLA (Three Letter Acronym). All of them necessary, except one, no prizes for guessing which one. In isolation any and all disciplines are dead and buried, however when putting a complete campaign or strategy together all channels need to be considered and...
That SEO minefield changed again

That SEO minefield changed again

So did you notice the Google update late in May? There was no notification just certain changes in your ranking or your SEO efforts. Your competitors may have moved dramatically or you may have changed position. Either way there was a change with a renewed focus on quality content over old, stale, irrelevant content. When was the last time you performed an audit of your sites content and structure? Have you ever performed an...