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Industrial Marketing for Global Competitors

By: Marketing Essentials | June 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM


Technological advances have always been a key focus for industrial manufacturers. As new technologies are constantly being developed and refined, many have not yet applied digital technologies to marketing. As we examine the following quotations by industry leaders, let’s explore ways to use these issues and concerns to guide our marketing strategies.

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SEO Step by Step

By: Marketing Essentials | June 20, 2017 at 10:36 PM

 You put a lot of effort into attracting visitors to your website, but how many of them convert?

You have a website and a digital marketing program, but you are not 100% sure that you are on target with your SEO. You know that the more often your URLs come up in search results, the more visitors – and leads – will make it to your funnel. Let’s clear up that muddy water with this step-by-step guide to search engine optimization.

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Turn Your Website into a Lead Generation Machine

By: Marketing Essentials | June 8, 2017 at 1:46 PM

 You put a lot of effort into attracting visitors to your website, but how many of them convert?

Transforming website visitors into qualified leads requires an attractive, easily navigable website, engaging content and imagery, expert SEO treatments and skillful social media promotion. Let’s look at what matters most for each of these elements.

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Inbound Marketing

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Memories

By: Marketing Essentials | November 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Here are a few of our team's favorite memories from Thanksgivings in the past. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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Google Pulls Back the Curtain - Where Does Your Site Rate?

By: Marketing Essentials | November 23, 2015 at 3:48 AM

Google was founded to help internet users find the information they want and need to make their lives easier. The company’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” To accomplish this goal, Google constantly reviews the results they are returning for searches to make sure they are always current with what the user is searching for.

Search results are machine driven, using specific algorithms, but the reviews are performed by people collectively called Google Search Quality Raters, who perform the reviews based on detailed guidelines provided to them by Google. Now, for the first time ever, Google has released the full document, a 160-page PDF, containing their Search Quality Rating Guidelines to the general public. There have been partial releases of the guidelines in the past, but this is reportedly the first time the full in-depth guidelines have been released to the public. Read the Google update here.

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Email Marketing, Professional Services

60% of Your Emails Could Soon Be Blocked

By: Marketing Essentials | September 30, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Google has a knack for creating products that make our personal lives easier, whether it be through super user-friendly applications or enhancing their current products with useful features. The latter just happened on Tuesday.

This week, Google unveiled a new “block” button for Gmail users. From our personal (and work) lives, this is a much-needed feature. If you’re receiving email after email from an annoying and disruptive salesperson (or company), a couple clicks of the mouse will alleviate this problem immediately.

Once you block a sender in your Gmail account, all of their proceeding messages will then go into your spam folder. You are then able to go in and change your privacy settings at any time in the future in case you would like to start receiving their messages in your inbox again.

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Inbound Marketing, Professional Services

Is Inbound Marketing Worth the Investment?

By: Marketing Essentials | September 23, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Since 2006, inbound marketing has been a proven methodology for the digital age. This effective marketing method says good-bye to buying ads and email lists hoping to score viable leads. Instead, it focuses on creating quality content that draws people to your company’s website. The inbound marketing methodology aligns content customers’ interests and needs. It naturally attracts inbound traffic that you delight, convert and close.

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Branding & Design

Ask The Experts: What Does Google’s New Logo Really Mean?

By: Marketing Essentials | September 7, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Occasionally, a facelift just has to happen. Whether that means something as large as the overall structure of your company or something as small as a logo change, adjustments eventually become a necessity as companies grow and evolve. Over the last month, though, both of those aforementioned changes have happened at Google.

Back in early August, it was announced (unexpectedly) that Google was no longer the giant parent company it had become. Instead, a new company was formed, named Alphabet, that Google was now a part of. This was done for a variety of reasons, with the most prominent of them being Google could now focus on Google.

Then, on September 1, Google officially announced that it was changing its logo. It wasn’t a major overhaul, but the change was significant enough that the internet has been abuzz about it for the whole week since. And the company’s official statement underscored the main reason for the re-branding:

These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop! Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens.

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Web Design, Professional Services

Turning Your New Website From an Expense to a Revenue Generator

By: Marketing Essentials | September 1, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Use your website to drive traffic and leadsThese days, it’s critical that your website be up-to-date. Whether you’re making sales, taking advantage of low-cost advertising or simply increasing your visibility, your website is just as important as a bricks-and-mortar presence in most industries.
It’s true that updating your site comes with upfront expense. But the future revenue you can generate— whether from direct selling, ad sales, sponsored content or other means— makes keeping your site current a savvy investment in your business. If your site hasn’t been updated in a while, it likely needs attention in three major areas.

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SEO, Professional Services

Using Online Referral Programs to Grow Your Client List

By: Marketing Essentials | August 31, 2015 at 9:31 AM

These days, online referral programs have picked up a lot of steam—and for good reason. When carefully planned out and properly implemented, an online referral program can substantially grow your client base. If you're new to using referral programs, however, there are some things you'll want to keep in mind as you get started.

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