Online Marketing

4 Content Marketing Tips To Help Create Branded Content

Part 2 – 4 Content Marketing Tips In the first part of this two-part article, we outlined why content marketing on the Internet and beyond is so important for small to mid-sized companies. In the early 21st Century, if you are not defining your business by providing engaging, educational content to your potential clients and customers, you quickly will fall behind your competition. Content marketing is about so much more than just selling your products or services. The goal is to create branded content that your customers and clients recognize as being associated with your business. This … [Read more...]

4 Content Marketing Tips For Small To Mid-Sized Companies

Part 1 – Why Content Marketing Tips? What content marketing tips will work for your company? What exactly does content marketing mean to a small to mid-sized business? Content marketing is information about the services and the products that a company offers to its clients and customers. Social media, like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, is important for content marketing, but has nothing very little to do with the actual content itself. Rather, social media is a channel for content marketing like a network is a channel for a television show. The channel does not define the television show; … [Read more...]

Avoid The Either/Or Mistake: Content Marketing And Link Building Complimentary, Not Conflicting SEO Tools

Before we go into the details of avoiding the either/or mistake when it comes to content marketing and link building, let’s provide a couple of definitions. It’s important that everyone in need of this information knows what we’re talking about. After all, without orientation at the beginning, how can you be convinced by the end? What Is Link Building? First, link building is the process of acquiring links from external websites, social media users and other entities on the Internet in order to improve search engine rankings. The process of link building is to build a connected network for … [Read more...]

An Advocate For Your Business On The Web

Why does your company need an advocate for your business Internet? Isn’t it enough just to have a good-looking website? Given the vast amount of material on the web and the average person’s lack of focus and short attention span, your website needs a lot more than looks to be an effective marketing tool. The content marketing experts at Open Interactive have the experience you need to access the results you desire and your company deserves. Content Marketing As An Advocate For Your Business At Open Interactive, our team are specialists at helping a client figure out what they need and what … [Read more...]

Earned Media, The Ongoing Challenge Of Value Creation, And The Future Of Internet Marketing

As earned media takes center stage in the arena of Internet marketing, the relationship between search engine rankings and quality content has changed for good. Earned media happens when quality content leads to brand recognition, thus generating a client following through the creation of recognized value. In contrast to a paid advertisement, earned media is the direct result of this value creation that helps to generate loyalty and higher conversion rates. Earned Media As The New Content Marketing In an article about the rise of earned media in Marketing Land, Jim Yu, the founder and CEO … [Read more...]

Beyond Tried And True Link Building And Even Guest Blogging, Branding Is The Key To SEO Success

Even though link building and guest blogging were once the definitions of SEO success, client branding very quickly has become the new prize on the shelf. Whenever a new site ranking strategy is embraced by SEO campaigns, Google is quick to react with a counterattack that undermines the effectiveness of such strategies.  After all, the essence of Google’s job is to maintain the integrity of the Internet by keeping search results as free from manipulation as possible. Google And The Integrity Of The Internet If Google sees an SEO professional strategy attempting to take advantage of the … [Read more...]

Wix Website Builder – Is It Worth It?

Last week a friend of mine was asking for advice about setting up a website for her son's budding clothing company.  More specifically, she asked about a company called Wix - a DIY website builder.  Wix offers many different website templates with the ability to drag and drop pieces into place without the need to know how to code.  Much of this can be done for free or very little initial expense to get your site built.  Sounds like a great deal, right? Naturally, I felt like doing a bit of research to see if Wix was a good solution for a small clothing company.  While I must say that Wix … [Read more...]

Google+ Has a New Interface…

Wow, is all I have to say... you turn around and things have changed again! Improved even. People who write off Google+ still seem to be using it on a daily basis, (see Michael Gray on that one). New Tool Bar to the left: to me this is much more useful and logical than Facebook has ever been. Much of Facebook is still inscrutable. Quick sort your stream using Circle buttons at the top: I find this one instantly appealing and a big improvement over the disorganized stream on Facebook. Hangouts now prominently displayed on the right: I'm excited to try these, actually, for company meetings … [Read more...]

Everything is Marketing, Everything…

The mantra for 2012? Back to basics, do the fundamentals and do them exceedingly well in order to succeed. If I may make the following suggestions: NO email should EVER go out without a short, to the point Subject line. Having no subject line is a way to get your email ignored/forgotten about/hard to find/marked as spam. You should improve your Reply To email identity by adding "- Your-Domain-Name.com" to the Your Name field in your email settings. This will give people a visual indicator of where you are from if for a minute they don't recognize the name. It will end up reading "Business … [Read more...]

To Succeed: Become a Curator of Important Information to your Industry…

We are drowning in a tidal wave of data. The businesses that are REALLY making money off the Interweb are the ones (read Google) that provide relevance: they help you get to the truly useful information. Here are two gentlemen that know a thing or two about the web. They are making a huge, expensive bet that people need help sifting through all the noise. You can benefit from doing this for your site visitors yourself: become the place they visit and link back to by sharing truly useful bits of information with them via your site or monthly email digest. It can't always be about sales, you … [Read more...]