Simple Tips for Brands Using Google+

On June 28th, 2012, wrote:

Using Google+ to get the word out about your brand or business got a whole lot easier with the introduction of Brand Pages. Operating in a similar manner to profiles used by the members who rely upon Google+, Google Brand Pages (or Google+ Local business pages) are a great way for businesses and their customers to interact with one another. Of course, it is essential understand how best to connect with one another, as this will allow brands to grow their influence and pull in new customers. Use the following tips to make certain you stay atop the brand heap on Google+. Research Your Audience Every brand has an audience. It is vital for Internet marketers to determine who that audience is, because failure to do so could mean that all marketing and advertising attempts are not successful. To prevent this from occurring, it is essential that marketers target the groups who are most likely to be interested in the – Read the full article

Fixing a Merged Listing in Google Places

On April 5th, 2012, wrote:

Google Places offers people the chance to merge duplicate business listings in an effort for business owners to concentrate on just one business listing and let them comply with Google rules of having only one listing per business location. Google also uses data from other parties to make sure that duplicate listings are identified and merged it into one. But this can be a problem for some businesses. For example, a competitor hijacks your Google Maps listing by merging it with an account that they control, changes your contact information like your phone number, and adds their own business name to the listing. You can remedy this by manually changing your contact details and everything that has been changed by the competitor. But just when it is changed back (which could take some time), your competitor hijacks your listing again. For most, however, it is a matter of inconvenience and lost business rather than unfair competitive practices. Some merged business listings show – Read the full article

Social Media for Travel Companies: Where We’re Headed (Plus Power Tips)

On December 29th, 2011, wrote:

For the travel industry, at least, social media is seen as more valuable than pay-per-click advertising. The World Travel Market 2011 report says that travel professionals see social media as one of the key revenue-generating channels over the next five years. As proof of this, the study found that eight out of ten travel-related businesses use some form of social media. Not only that: the World Travel Market 2011 also expects that in five years, half of all travel-related companies would be generating income and bookings on social media, rising from the current 22%. Out of those using social media marketing, around 50% do not even invest in PPC advertising, while 1 out of 5 of those who do use PPC aim to stop or reduce their spending in the next few years. It is very apparent that the travel industry loves social media. So if you are in the travel business, it is time to amp up your social media activities. Blogs – Read the full article

5 Hidden Benefits of Blogging for Local Business

On October 10th, 2011, wrote:

Who knew the power of blogging would explode like it has? It seems like everyone has a blog now, from stay-at-home moms to chefs to local business owners. Blogging is a powerful Internet marketing tool for local businesses as it gives you a new, yet subtle way to promote your company. Think of a blog as a way to communicate to the local community without all the business jargon. The point of a blog should be to put out information only. Write about relevant topics that relate to your business and give important facts that people want and need to know. Avoid being a salesman in your blog or people won’t read it. But provide an invaluable resource that people trust and you will build credibility within your community and generate more traffic. 5 hidden benefits of blogging for local business Change your perspective. Blogging forces you to examine your industry from all angles, not just as a provider of – Read the full article

FourSquare: Boon to Both Brands and Local Businesses

On July 12th, 2011, wrote:

FourSquare is an emerging social network that specifically joins consumers with local businesses and local, regional and national brands. Consumers can determine what FourSquare providers are in their area and discover discount coupons, reward programs and heightened FS status, all of which lead to more discounts, rewards and status advancement. Local Businesses Let’s say you own a dry cleaning business. You advertise effectively in the terrestrial world with newspaper ads and even a billboard or two. You have sales regularly, and you are located in a very convenient section of town. You even have a terrific website through which you have a loyal email list to which you send periodic notices, information and yes, sales pitches. However, you want to do more. Enter: FourSquare. If a potential customer finds you among the local FourSquare businesses, and the discounts you post in your business profile presents a lower price than that customer’s usual cleaner or you offer a service the other – Read the full article

Can Online Marketing for the Food and Drink Industry Work?

On April 27th, 2011, wrote:

While the concept of online marketing can seem strange and almost unnecessary for the food and drink industry, there are a whole range of benefits that can come from having a good online presence. In this post I want to cover some of the most useful options available and how these can be applied to your business to help increase your exposure and ultimately lead to more customers coming through your doors. You’ll need a website Before you attempt any sort of Internet marketing you are going to need a website. This shouldn’t be a problem as most businesses nowadays have realized the need to have a website and have already got this step covered. But after investing time and money into a website to represent your business, doesn’t it seem wasteful not to get it in front of your potential customers? That’s where the next step comes in. Try out search engine marketing Millions of people use search engines – Read the full article

Google Places: Tips and Tricks that are Guaranteed to Put You on the Map

On December 11th, 2010, wrote:

Did you know that 20 percent of all searches on the Internet are for specific locations or businesses? Search giant Google did, and that’s why they changed Google Local to Google Places and began to display – for every search query that may be locally or geographically influenced – the local information for businesses, maps, and directions in the search engine results pages (SERPs). Right now, Google displays seven Places results for every search, as well as a map on the right side of the SERP that shows exactly where these seven places are. Obviously, Google Places pages help customers search these maps for local information while finding businesses within their area that are relevant to their search. Meanwhile, for small businesses, mom-and-pops, stores, offices, and other organizations with a physical address, Google Places is a unique local search tool that can drive and direct those who are searching to those who have something to offer or sell. Leverage this – Read the full article

7 Essential Tips: Foursquare for Small Business

On November 15th, 2010, wrote:

Foursquare sounds like fun. We’ve said it before: as a location-based social networking platform, it is able to engage mobile users to explore neighborhoods, do “check-ins”, find friends, play social city games, unlock cool badges, win “Mayorships”, and earn points and rewards. And thanks to its innovative social mechanics, Foursquare is making city after city a social media playground. Let’s admit it, though. Foursquare doesn’t sound business-y. It doesn’t exactly have the feel of a traditional corporate strategy – and if you had to present this in the boardroom to your marketing director or CEO, you might be disposed to think you’re speaking in a language that they can’t understand. Here’s some good news. Foursquare – if leveraged properly – is as viable a marketing tool as any, perfect for boosting your business. Foursquare users check-in at all kinds of places – cafes, bars, shops, malls, hotels, restaurants, parks, homes, offices, recreational areas, day spa, and events, among many others. – Read the full article