When clients come to us and express their want and need for a social presence we are ecstatic however, we do ask them what their goals are and give a forewarning. For companies who are interested in diving into social media there is a lot to consider. Creating a social media presence for your company can be a valuable asset, but it can also be time consuming and confusing if you’re not using a trusted advisor or you’re not all that socially savvy yourself.
As a branding and design firm, we often need to address the topic of our clients’ SEO more than you might think. The truth is, SEO does not just mean relevant keywords, content and link building. The SEO field gets more and more complex as Google’s algorithm becomes more sophisticated.
How you rank with search engines is an important part of building a successful business. But the active tasks of search engine optimization (SEO) are very different in 2014 than they used to be even just a year ago.
Why Likes Have Just Become More Important.
The hype is under way as an enticing new feature called Graph Search continues to be rolled out by Facebook, and the question on everyone’s mind is, “how can we utilize this new feature to optimize our business’ social media presence?” Besides being an ingenious incentive developed by the social network giant to encourage businesses to spend more time on its site, Graph Search has some interesting features which may shake up the way people make decisions. Although Graph Search is not a search engine which combs the entire internet, it does search the content that people on Facebook put on their pages (likes, check-ins, etc). Graph Search enables users to search for business pages, photos and people and, in the results, see how they are connected to those items through their friends or even through their friends of friends.
We’ve all been there. You’re part of a great presentation or meeting among your peers or clients; great discussion ensues; wonderful, meaningful questions that apply to the whole group are being presented and answered and commented on; and then it happens. One person asks a question that pulls the focus away from the tremendous momentum that has been occurring and focuses on his or her specific issue. It sucks the energy from the room. Do you know what I’m talking about? It’s frustrating, discourteous and ultimately disheartening. Even masterful facilitators can find it difficult to get back on track. And that is a great reminder for those charged with developing website strategy and content. It’s not always all about you.
Having a hard time thinking of new ways to bring traffic to your blog? Struggling to make a topic compelling? You don’t always need to stick to the written word. In fact mixing it up with media (like images, videos, podcasts, etc.), can make your blog more interesting to readers and can cater to a wider range of those who digest information in different ways.
Everyday billions of people use search engines to learn about a specific topic, solve a problem, find service providers, etc. How often have you done a search for a friend or favorite restaurant just because it was easier than opening up your contacts? Well, it turns out that even C-level professionals are doing much of their own search these days.
There is something to be said about the necessity of SEO. Search engine optimization is key in getting yourself found. While an eye-catching website and great links are essential, if clients cannot easily discover your site, it is all for nothing. Make your site easy to find. Use applicable keywords or even phrases commonly used around the office and plant them throughout your website. In our case “brand strategy”, “differentiating”, “positioning”, are all words that are important to our line of work as well as the services we offer. If someone happens to be searching for say, branding advice, they just may stumble upon our website and unexpectedly decide they need our services. That is the beauty in SEO. Take time this month to lay the stepping stones for your followers.