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Here’s How You GROW WITH GOOGLE!

FREE Educational Seminar to Grow Your Business!

Pearl Marketing has some very exciting news to share with you! We’re teaming up with Google and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce to host a FREE half-day seminar event! This “Grow With Google” Seminar will have three highly trained and experienced speakers touching upon different topics relating to strategic marketing and planning, lead generation techniques, and branding within your community. This seminar is perfect for business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals of all kinds. If you want to grow your business, then this seminar is for you! To register, click this link: http://ow.ly/Gy8t50v64jq

Can Your Website Be Easily Found On Google?

Bryan Caplan, a Google-supported trainer with the Grow with Google partner program, will be explaining how one can go about getting their business seen and easily found on the popular search engine known as Google. This means more traffic to your website so your business can GROW! Bryan has a wide range of experience and has provided digital marketing strategies to over 1,000 businesses! We are thrilled to have him at this seminar.

Do You Know How to Generate Leads That Result In Loyal Customers?

Founder and President of Pearl Marketing, Amanda Schneck, has successfully advised businesses on marketing strategies and solutions for over fifteen years! Her primary goal in speaking at this seminar is to educate local business owners and individuals on how to efficiently generate and nurture leads to grow one’s loyal customer base. Lead generation is an extremely important marketing strategy to grow your business in order to increase more sales and higher conversion rates.

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How Can You Build More Consumer Trust For Your Brand?

The CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Tracy Hall, will also be providing her extensive amount of expertise on the importance of branding within one’s local community. Effective branding improves recognition, creates trust, and helps generate more interest.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Time: Registration/Networking begins at 8:30am

Seminar begins at 9am and runs until 11am

Location: Dion Reception Center, Rivier University

Again, this seminar is FREE to the public, but seating is LIMITED, so please register by clicking this link: http://ow.ly/Gy8t50v64jq

For any and all of your marketing and digital marketing needs, contact Pearl Marketing at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. We are your trusted marketing consultant, and hope to see you at the seminar!

EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

What is Search Engine Optimization?

Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, is the general practice of increasing quantity and quality of traffic to your business’ website through more direct search engine results. You may be questioning, why exactly is SEO so important? How will SEO benefit my business? The next few sections of this educational article will discuss the importance of SEO and how beneficial it is to include SEO in your marketing efforts. If you still have any further questions or concerns after reading this article, or require general assistance with developing an SEO strategy for your business, contact Pearl Marketing at info@pearlmarketing.com!

Importance of SEO

SEO is extremely important because it can increase traffic to your business’ website by making it easier for online users to find your website through major search engines, like Google. You want your website to be one of the first sites that pops up in the search results after a user types in keywords related to your business and/or industry. If it doesn’t, someone else’s website is showing up and users will likely click on their website and give them business. Users will not scroll through pages and pages of website results to find your business. They want quick results for quick solutions to whatever problem or matter they need help resolving.

How to Develop a SEO Strategy

One of the best ways to help your SEO is to ensure that you are effectively using metadata. Metadata is made up of meta titles, meta descriptions, and keywords. Metadata is input into the backend of the website, normally input by a web developer or whoever is in charge of your website development. It is imperative that metadata is added to each webpage that is a part of your overall website. In other words, if your website has four pages – 1) Home page 2) About Us page 3) Services page 4) Contact Us page – you will want different meta titles, meta descriptions, and keywords associated with all 4 pages.  Let’s break down the components of metadata, shall we!

Meta titles – The title of your webpage. For example, if you are searching for a business on Google, you will see the title in big, blue lettering. Titles are normally the first thing that catches a users eye when searching for something, and it explains the overall subject of the webpage.

Meta descriptions – Meta descriptions are a more in depth glimpse of the content covered on a particular webpage. The descriptions are found underneath the title and page URL. It is important to have a strong meta description for each webpage because users will read them to determine whether your page is worth clicking on to read more. 

Keywords – At Pearl Marketing, we still feel that keywords are important to include in your metadata. It’s important to first understand what keywords people are using to search for the products and services you provide. Think about the words used most in your line of business. Do your research and see what language your competition is using. Then create a list of keywords associated to the words on each webpage of your website and popular words used within your industry. This will allow for your website to be found when users input those keywords into the search bar on search engines, like Google. For example, if you are a hair designer, it would be good to use keywords like “affordable,” “experienced,” “hair designer,” “stylist,” “professional,” “best,” “near me” for your home page.

Website Content

A key aspect to effectively developing your business’ website is to ensure that the content provided is clear to understand, as well as organized and laid out to be generally attractive. Websites that have moving content or chat boxes tend to have a greater amount of traffic because users are highly attracted to engaging content. For SEO purposes, the words and phrases you use within the text of the content on each web page is important because these words and phrases can increase the odds for your website to appear first during a search, rather than another business’ instead. 

 

If your business barely has any metadata or does not have words and phrases related to the metadata within the web pages, then it will most likely appear somewhere far down the search engine line. Studies have shown that most individuals do not click past the first or second pages during a Google search, as they are usually satisfied with the information provided on the first page. Having accurate metadata and relevant text on each web page will help your SEO immensely.

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Creating Effective Content for SEO

If you’ve made it this far, you now know that SEO efforts are absolutely essential in order to improve your business’ rankings and increase brand awareness. There are many SEO tools to help you understand your business’s website from a client’s perspective. For instance, the beginning portion of your website should be clear to understand from any individual’s perspective. If you are selling something, let’s say a water filtration tool, you should have an explanation as to what that is so a client from any background is able to understand what it is.

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The Client’s Perspective

Besides ensuring that the content on your business’s website is clear and concise to understand, it is also important to use forms of tracking to understand the clients perspective. There are SEO/Analytics tools that give you the ability to track website traffic and the amount of times a user spends on an individual webpage from your website. These tools can track where the traffic is coming from and compare the stats to previous months and years. This can help you understand the demographics of your audience better, how well users are finding your website (organic vs paid) and where improvements need to be made.

Keep In Mind…

It is important to keep in mind that SEO efforts are a process, and it will take time to build up a collection of highly engaged users and see a consistent upward trend. It is key to not give up your efforts and remain consistent in updating quantity and quality of content, as well as metadata.

 

Mobile Friendly Sites

Some important things to keep in mind when developing website content is to ensure that you have a web friendly version AND a mobile optimized website. At Pearl Marketing, we always ensure that when we create a website for a client that it is also a mobile optimized site. More than ever, users are engaging with the internet and businesses on their mobile phone, so it is important to cater to this. Having a mobile version also gives on-the-go users the ability to view the content in an efficient manner.

We Are Here To Help!

If you have any questions or concerns on Search Engine Optimization, or if you would like guidance in choosing the right Analytics tools, please feel free to contact us at Pearl Marketing. We have a solid team of experienced marketing consultants that specialize in a wide variety of marketing services. Reach us at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com

Take Advantage of Pearl Marketing Academy!

Pearl Marketing also has an online academy with four educational courses that are guaranteed to boost your marketing know-how on topics like this one! Our four courses involve Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Lead Generation, and Corporate Branding. To view more on the courses that we offer, click HERE: https://www.pearlmarketingacademy.com/, or email academy@pearlmarketing.com with your questions.

How to Market Without Breaking Your Budget

Marketing on a strict budget? We’ve got you covered!

Investing in marketing efforts might initially seem like a costly venture. If you are on a tight budget, you might even be thinking about skipping out on these costs altogether. Having a solid marketing strategy will achieve more than gaining exposure; it will increase your brand awareness, expand your audience, and attract more loyal customers to your business.

Businesses should never completely cut their marketing budgets. Instead, they should shift their focus on more cost-effective solutions to allocate their budget. The goal is to receive the highest ROI (Return On Investment), which can be accomplished using these inexpensive marketing tips!

Distinguish your target consumer.

To reduce unnecessary costs from your marketing plan, take the time to discover your target consumer, the top candidate who would be interested in what you can offer them. Identify your ideal customer’s habits and interests, and deliver your sales pitch in the areas that they will be most likely to see them.

Network.

Volunteer your time and get to know the people in your community who could be interested in your product or service.

Consumers demand the assurance that they are spending their money at businesses with a mission and purpose. Networking is a valuable way to convey your brand image to consumers. This fosters strong, trusting relationships that will turn new customers into devoted ones.

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Maximize social media channels that fit your business.

Select the right social media channels based off of your audience and the commodity you sell. Determining your audience will assist in selecting the right social media platforms to utilize.

Younger audiences are most active on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a broader audience, Facebook is the perfect place to target both men and women of all ages. LinkedIn is where you will find business professionals, who can be targeted by the industry that they work in, and their job titles.

Choosing the right channel will help you focus your energy on users who will be more apt to engage with your posts. This economical approach will decrease the amount of time you spend targeting your audience… and time is money!

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Join the #conversation.

Just as important as selecting the right channel is the content you produce. The goal of social media marketing is to create content that will generate leads. Enticing content will influence consumers purchase decisions, without having to break your budget.

Attracting social media users without paying to sponsor your posts can be attained by creating a conversation or joining an existing one. Sparking conversation with your audience about a trending topic followed by a hashtag will get your post reach and engagement, and drive traffic to your page.

Micro-Influencers.

Rather than paying social media sites to promote your product, invest in micro-influencers (influencers with a niche following) who have followers that would be interested in your product. Influencer marketing is on the rise and is statistically proven to deliver higher ROI than other forms of marketing. Micro-influencers are a more cost-efficient means of influencer marketing because they will expect smaller payment for their contribution.

Reach out and offer free services in exchange for a review or shout-out on their social media or blog. This strategy can be effective if you select the right influencers because they have already established a fanbase of individuals who trust their word. When these influencers promote brands, their fans are confident that the influencer is sending them to the right place.

DIY your SEO.

Great content and marketing methods are worthless if you do not maximize your search engine optimization (SEO). If your website or blog isn’t on the first page of a search engine result page, consumers are not going to recognize that you exist.

Instead of hiring someone to do your SEO, try doing it yourself. Ensure that you have a strong SEO strategy by assigning relevant keywords to your web content and proper meta descriptions that will allow search engines to recognize the purpose of your website. Think about the keywords and phrases that your ideal customer would search for in relation to your website. Embedding these words and phrases into your site will solidify your spot on the top of search engine results.

The readability of your site is another important element that you need to ensure works well on both desktops and mobile devices. If users cannot easily view your website, they will leave before continuing to read your content.

With proper training, you can be a marketing expert on your own!

At Pearl Marketing, we provide training and seminars to business professionals who want to learn the latest and greatest marketing tools and techniques. We work one-on-one with marketing DIYers to coach them on marketing strategies that will enhance their brand and attract more customers for their business. Our goal is to leave clients feeling empowered to manage their own marketing strategies that will drive their businesses future success.

Let us help you bring your brand to life! Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com 

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Say Goodbye to Google+

Revamping Your Social Media Marketing Strategy After Google+

Google recently announced that it will be closing down its consumer version of Google+, set to take effect April 2019. If you employed Google+ as your social media marketing strategy, you might be wondering… Now What? Rest assured, Pearl Marketing has several ways you can redirect your social media marketing strategy to boost your online presence.

What’s Happening to Google+?

Google’s decision to shut down Google+ occurred after reports of data breaches that exposed user’s information to unauthorized parties. In addition to the data breaches, the number of users engaging on the platform was relatively low. If you did utilize Google+ however, you will have the opportunity to export and save information from your Google+ account through Google Takeout.

What Should I Do Now?

Now that you have the data from your Google+ account, you might be looking for ways to utilize this information on a different channel. Or, perhaps you are left to shift your focus from Google+ to another social networking site. Luckily, there are several social media platforms that are flourishing with active users looking for engaging content to interact with.

Maximize Your Social Media Strategy

As a result of low engagement on Google+, you likely weren’t receiving the best social media potential for your brand. Instead, you will want to refocus your attention on a platform that has active users who will be more apt to read your content, and in turn, like, comment and share your posts.

The more people that reference your brand and cite the information you have published, the better your search engine optimization (SEO) will be. Improving your SEO is crucial, as it allows your website and social media pages to appear at the top of users’ Google searches.

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Improve Search Engine Optimization

Google rates its search engine rankings based off of metadata, bounce rate, and levels of engagement. When users spend time reading your content for example, it reduces your bounce rate, indicating that people are viewing pages on your website for longer periods of time. This prioritizes your content, placing it higher in search engine results, which increases the probability of having your content viewed by others. The more people viewing and discussing your content, the better!

Creating content that is enticing will assist in this process, prompting high levels of engagement from eye-catching posts. You can achieve this best with visual content that grabs the audience’s attention through images or video.

YouTube is a video-sharing network owned by Google that houses a thriving community of content creators. Publishing videos to your YouTube channel is an effective way to capture your audience’s attention quickly. These videos can also be linked to your other social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. This will increase your online exposure, by driving traffic to your website and social media.

Need More Assistance?

Pearl Marketing can help you strengthen your social media marketing strategy! If you are interested in setting up a consultation, call us at (603) 732-9070, email info@pearlmarketing.com, or visit us at https://www.pearlmarketing.com. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

A New, Simpler Way to Access Google Docs!

Are you someone who uses Google tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.? Perhaps your team at work shares them to get projects done more efficiently. If so, this blog post is for you! At Pearl Marketing, we certainly use our share of Google Docs & Sheets, so we were thrilled when we learned about the new way to access these features. It’s as simple as typing!

Here’s what you do!

This isn’t something you have to sign up for, or wait to try. You can try this out for yourself as you finish reading this blog post. Simply open up a new tab, and in the browser type doc.new. Hit enter, and voila! (I tested this and you can type doc.new or docs.new and it will still work) You should have a fresh Google Doc pop right up for you to start working away. You can do this with all of the Google tools – sheets.new, slides.newform.new.

Make way for the “new” top-level domain.

For those who might not be certain, a top-level domain, or TDL, is essentially what comes at the very end of the URL after the . (dot). For example, www.pearlmarketing.com (there’s .org, .edu, .gov.net, etc.). It is now time to embrace the .new! The .new TDL will also be a future way for businesses to start marketing products and services to the internet public that are brand new. So, even if you don’t utilize the Google tools mentioned above, you’ll still want to keep tabs on the .new TDL and how it can help you with your marketing efforts.

Your time is precious!

Gone are the days of having to click through steps to get to your Google tools. No longer do you have to click that icon of six squares at the top of your page, click the tool you want, and then click “blank.” There’s a lot less clicking and more typing to get your job DONE. This might seem trivial to some, but in the fast paced world of marketing, we sure are grateful for anything that helps us get down to business faster. Your time is precious, so we wanted to share this bit of news with you so you can use it to your time advantage too!

To receive expert marketing coaching and consulting, and to learn more about all of the marketing services we provide businesses and individuals, contact Pearl Marketing at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. Visit our website at www.pearlmarketing.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube!

What You Need to Know About the Google SSL Certificate Mandate

What you need to know…

We all want to make sure that the information we put out on the internet is secure, and we want to make sure the websites we visit and engage with are secure as well. Most websites today are transactional and store credit/debit card information and log in information. For these purposes, an SSL certificate, otherwise known as Secure Sockets Layer, has become mandatory for all websites. For a website to function properly, the web browser and server must communicate, and the SSL certificate allows encryption for each website session so any information remains secure and protected.

You may have already seen the effects of a mandate that Google implemented at the end of 2017 and has been following through with throughout 2018. This mandate requires all websites beginning with “http://” to have an SSL certificate or they will essentially be flagged. The effect of this is that when you visit a website and it doesn’t have an SSL certificate, a “not secure” will be displayed in the browser to the left of the url warning web visitors. It has also been reported that not having an SSL certificate will negatively affect a website’s SEO (search engine optimization) ranking.

In conclusion, if you want your website to remain secure and to keep information private and safe, then get that SSL certificate. If you want to avoid the threat of hackers and an SEO penalty from Google, then get that SSL certificate. If you want visitors to your website to keep returning and engaging with your brand, and if you want them to feel secure on your website and to see your website as credible, then get that SSL certificate! Don’t delay as this mandate is in full effect. Here’s to a safe and secure digital world!

To receive more expert guidance on your online presence or business/product marketing, contact Pearl Marketing at 603-732-9070. Email info@pearlmarketing.com. Visit www.pearlmarketing.com.

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