How to Increase Time on Site

Decrease bounce rate. Increase click through rate. Maximize conversions. These are all common website goals that can be achieved by a common goal: increasing time spent on site. The more time a potential customer spends on your site, the more chances you have to give them what they’re looking for and reel them in.

Surely, you can’t expect to get more customers by only having boring pages full of text, can you? Here are some easy ways you can help keep readers on your site for a longer period of time:

Video
Website video marketing is often the “go-to” form of online marketing because it works so well. Videos are flexible and can be edited to fit the tone of your business and brand. From professional and informative to casual and fun, well-produced, relevant videos will definitely keep a reader’s interest for much longer than just words alone .

There are also many options for SEO, whether you decide to embed videos on your website or use a YouTube playlist or another third party video player. Don’t forget to use annotations and transcripts, which is also helpful for readers.

Other Multimedia
With regular ole content, videos don’t have to be the only form of multimedia. Get creative and use what’s best for your company and what is most convenient. Adding picture galleries, collages, embedded social media posts are one way to go. Don’t doubt the power of a good picture. Even stock photos are a cost effective option that will help make your site look more inviting and credible.

Links
Writing quality content is hard work and sometimes, it can be difficult to find something good to link to. Without links, your content isn’t connected to your other work or even the outside world. Remember, linking is good for your on-site SEO (but don’t overdo it!). It gives interested readers something more to see. Also note that you shouldn’t be stingy and be afraid to link out to other sites. You can also link to your other off-site properties, such as Facebook, Yelp, Tumblr, Pinterest etc.

Write More
When in doubt, write more! More content to read and digest means that readers are more likely to stay on your site for longer. If it’s really good, it might even mean repeat visits. But here’s where you need to practice discrepancy. More content doesn’t mean that you should add more garbage content. That’s why evergreen content like detailed tutorials are so popular, because long form content is effective in keeping readers happy. Look at it this way, instead of cranking out a dozen or so mediocre pages, you can put that time into a quality investment that will last on your website for years to come. The payoff for bringing in readers will be worth it and rankings don’t hurt either!

Video Marketing for Your Business

There’s no better way to describe your brand than capturing it with video marketing. Although SEO content has the magic touch, video is the only way to bring your brand personality to life and engage customers in a way that words can’t.

Marketing your website through video is about making a more personal connection with the customer. This is a crucial point where they can learn more about what you have to offer and decide to buy from you, learn more or leave. Most small businesses are using social media but video is a channel that is under utilized. Don’t you want to get ahead of the game?

Nowadays, people are more interested in consuming video content online. According to comScore stats,  the average person watched approximately 15.9 hours of online video per month (in May). That’s a lot of content! And top sources include YouTube and Facebook, where you can make your video channel completely accessible!

And of course, the best thing about videos is that they can be SEO optimized. If your video ranks well for certain terms, you can take advantage of top and first page result rankings if there is few or no competition in your niche. Video results also stand out amongst text for website results when people search for keywords.

Check out these helpful resources if you’re interested:

Why Your Site Needs Video
Small Business News: Video Marketing Guide
4 Inspiring Small Business Video Successes
Online Video Offers Low-Cost Marketing For Your Company

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today about video marketing for your small business!

Optimizing Your YouTube Videos

The American Dream film

There’s nothing worse than the misconception of, “If you build it, they will come.” Of course, this also applies to your website video marketing. YouTube views don’t just add up by themselves!

Just like Google’s search engine algorithm changes on an everyday basis, YouTube’s search engine also has a system for ranking your videos as it applies to related terms and keywords. So, in order to make the most out of the hard work you put into making a great video, it’s important to look at a few different ways you can improve your YouTube search rankings.

Titles, descriptions and tags – When choosing these keywords, remember that you’re not just appealing to the YouTube search engine but more importantly, the viewers. It’s important to use interesting terms that people would actually want to click on when your video shows up in their search results.

Positive user interaction – YouTube considers the number of views, comments, subscribers and ratings of your videos. Make it easy for your viewers to comment on and rate your videos. (Depending on the nature of your video, you’ll also have to keep a sharp eye out for YouTube trolls.)

Encouraging clicks – Make sure to add your site URL in your video descriptions and main channel info. Keep your viewers engaged with a call to action such as “Visit our site” or “Support our cause”. Also if you receive video responses, you can accept the links to also help increase the visibility of your videos.

PS) Remember to also optimize the technical aspects of your YouTube videos and don’t forget to check out The American Dream Film.

Video Marketing for a New Decade

Why Video?

Why read about it, when you can see it? 2009 has definitely been the year for video marketing. With more YouTube views than Google searches, what can you do to ensure that your video won’t be lost in the crowd? You can’t just throw together a video, throw it on a video-sharing site and expect business to roll in. Nowadays, you can attract viewers to your website by integrating videos for certain topics. Whether it is a welcome video, virtual tour, or helpful tutorial, videos are a riveting way to compliment your content and glorious web design.

Tips for Successfully Using Videos

Are you using video to its full potential? Even though we are coming up in the new decade, chances are that most of your competitors are not taking full advantage of using website video. Here are some helpful tips you should keep in mind for optimizing your videos:

  1. Embed and share – From viral videos, trailers, to informative video clips, you’ll benefit from being able to share your videos with an embeddable feature
  2. Using the right format – There are countless video formats out there (FLV, MP4, AVI, etc). Using the most popular ones will make it easier when editing and viewing.
  3. Accurate tracking tools – What’s the use of your video marketing efforts if you can’t see how they’re helping you? By measuring your performance and the impact of each new video, you’ll be able to better your assess your progress.
  4. Video seo – Did you know that videos are 53 times more likely to appear on the first page of search results than text pages? Utilize tags and keywords to make your videos more visible.
  5. Be consistent – If you plan on integrating a lot of videos across your website, make sure to present a reliable message. Don’t confuse your customers or make promises that you can’t keep.

Not only is it a brand new year, but we are embarking towards a new decade. Why not do something good for yourself and your company?

5 Social Media Tips for 2010 Webinar with Sally Falkow

Just attended a great webinar moderated by Sally Falkow. Here’s an overview of some great tips she focused on:

1) Use news feeds to push and pull your content.
Make use of RSS (really simple syndication) to push info on your site. From blogs to content pages, search engines look favorably on your links when they show up in news feeds. On the plus side, news feeds can expose your content to new audiences and give your site more traffic.

2) Monitor what’s said about your company.
Whether it’s using Google Trends or a service like NetVibes, it’s important to stay updated on who’s saying what about your company.

3) Measure the effectiveness your social media efforts.
Using Google Analytics, you can track where your traffic is coming from. If your bounce rate is fairly high, you might need to update your content and make it more user-friendly. Make the most out of these tools to measure all your social media and marketing efforts.

4) Use a branded video player.
Video views on YouTube are exploding as users are rushing over to the site over Google for their search needs. By using a service like Veeple, you can track real-time analytics of viewers watching your videos.

5) Integrate a social media newsroom into your website.
It’s a great place for bloggers, journalists, and readers alike. With a newsroom, it’s convenient to organize all your press releases, videos, pictures, and testimonials. Having ‘connect this’ buttons (like Digg and Twitter), makes it easier for readers to share your content.

Stay tuned for the next webinar in January!

Making the Old New Again: Marketing Tips for Your Business

email

Many may struggle to find new ways to market their business. Although a cutting edge pay per click advertising campaign may help draw attention to your company, you can’t truly be successful without relying on the basic principles of marketing. Happy customers are crucial to the success of your company and a little can go a long way. Companies who work hard to maintain great consumer relationships will have much to benefit from for years to come. As it is known in the marketing world, a happy customer may tell one or two friends. But, an unhappy customer will tell everyone they know about their bad experience!

Strengthen your Reputation

– Guarantees for your products and services: Guarantees and warranties can increase the value of what you have to offer. In addition, these small improvements can easily enhance your credibility as a trustworthy business. Potential clients will enjoy the risk-free offer and you can gain more loyal regulars. Also remember, don’t make promises that you can’t keep!

– Outstanding customer support: Customers like to have their problems solved in a timely matter. The quicker a problem can be addressed, the happier bother parties will be. Devote time or designate someone to take care of customer queries and ensure that they are answered in a timely manner. Consumers will appreciate a reliable company that can help them in their time of need.

Innovative Ideas for Email

– Creative ways to collect email addresses: Customers appreciate being updated with useful information but may not always be willing to take the initiative to sign up for e-mail newsletters. Whether it is through using social media internet marketing or more traditional methods, it pays to find creative ways to collect emails. Offering free informative PDFs, sign ups for a birthday promotion, email only discounts, or creating other incentives will help you achieve this goal.

– Integrating videos in your email promotions: Using video in email is still in its early stages. Tutorials, informative, and testimonial videos are popular and early adapters are reaping the benefits. Embedded emails are played automatically when messages are opened. This can lead to problems down the road so many are finding it helpful to insert a photo of their video. This may spark customer curiosity and clicking on the image will lead them to the actual video.

Sometimes, you may find yourself in a creative marketing rut. It doesn’t hurt to take a break and review the fundamentals. Do you have any basic tips that you would like to share?

You can’t ignore social media!

I just finished a webinar by ClickZ titled “Conversational Marketing: How to Develop a Successfull Social Media Strategy” presented by Dave Evans, author of Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day. The webinar should be available later today or tomorrow to watch. Dave Evans is a social media guru and was able to do a good job in the limited time he had to discuss this subject.

One of the key takeaways for me was that you can’t ignore social media. It’s here to stay and he gave a great example of a user that created a fake ExxonMobil twitter account and amassed a huge following while ExxonMobil was not aware of this. They finally found out and shut down the twitter account. Click here to see this shut down account. Mr. Evans thought that the better use of this twitter account with the following it had amassed would of been for the company to actually take it over and start using the twitter account for PR. I agree.

The webinar also talked about how social media is just one function of your overall marketing campaign and how this should be integrated in with your print, tv, and any other advertising campaign you’re running.

Social media involves participating with your potential customer or existing customers. Social media inlcudes some of the following mediums: blogs, microblogs (twitter), photos, audio, and videos

Get started today! emarketed currently is ramping up as well with social media and is offering this as a service to enhance your search marketing campaign. Sign up for a Twitter account today and start following us on Twitter and follow other companies in your related industry to see what they are doing in the social media space. Also start a blog with a free account through WordPress and follow other bloggers in your space.  Also signup to YouTube as well if you have some videos or presentations to share with others. We’ve been using YouTube more agressively over the last few months and have found it beneficial to our business. You can preview our channel to see some of the videos we’ve created for our clients which has been part of a social media campaign for our clients which involved website video marketing. And lastly also sign up for a Facebook account and start using facebook even if you don’t plan on using it for your business right away. It’s imperative that you start using Facebook so you can see how people are using it and how adverters are starting to target their demographics.

New Google Keyword Tool

Google just released another tool to help you find keywords for your pay per click campaign and/or your overall search marketing campaign. First you’ll need to input your website and some of your target keywords and click submit to see the results. See below for a screen shot of the search results that I received when testing this out. I entered in emarketed.com and the following keywords: seo, ppc, web marketing, web design, website video marketing, cms, seo cms, organic cms, search engine optimization

google keyword tool
Google keyword tool

And it gave me 810 suggestions showing me monthly searches, competition level, and search trends. You can click the magnifying glass icon to see the search trends for a specific keyword. A new window will open with Google Insights for Search which provides some very interesting data. You can see how many searches are done wordwide and have it broken down by country, state, and city level. The below screen shot shows what I found when I drilled down on “web design” and then selected United States and California. I was able to see that San Francisco had the most searches for this keyword with Los Angeles coming in 4th. It also displayed “google web design” as a rising search term so this would be a good word for us to optmize. Please disregard this last statement if you’re an SEO and/or web design company. Wink Wink 😉

Google Insights for Search
Google Insights for Search
Google Insights for Search
Google Insights for Search

YouTube Video Marketing

I came across a video on YouTube the other night after the Obama victory speech that was promoting a DVD that a therapist in Florida produced. I was very impressed with this tactic of getting some potential viewers. The therapist that created the video included Obama in the title for the video.  I’m positive this YouTube video promoting a DVD got some decent traffic after the victory speech.  Video marketing on the web has become mainstream now so make sure and add this to your arsenal when it comes to search marketing. We will be posting more on video marketing in the upcoming months.