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Vol. 83: Link Building Answers Could Be Right Under Your Nose

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Turn Existing Relationships into Link Building Connections

If you’re a small business owner, you’re going to have to lean on existing relationships – personal, professional, etc. – to help get your business off the ground.

Building Business Relationships Digitally And In Person - Eminent SEOThis rings true for launching your own website and trying to get it to rank on search engines. Links from other websites are going to be crucial to helping you achieve the rankings you desire, no matter how great of a writer you might be.

Have you thought about using your existing relationships to land coveted links from other sites? With closer relationships, it could be as easy as asking and receiving.

In other instances, you may have to nurture your relationship with that contact. You might even offer them something – such as a positive online review – ahead of asking for a link from their site.

No matter what, don’t overlook any relationships you already have when it comes to link building for your small biz website.

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''Link building is all about establishing relationships, and if you already have a relationship with someone, then the first step is done.''
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Leveraging Existing Relationships for Website Link Building

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You have probably heard many successful businesspeople say that the most important step to building one’s own business is using existing relationships. This concept may seem simple, but some may find it to be confusing at first.

While you may know other business owners, especially if you are active in your local community, you may not know how to use these relationships to build up your own business. Many small business owners think that the goal is to build your own business rather than helping others build theirs, and therefore are unsure how to ask others to make a formal connection with them.

However, you may find that many of your fellow business owners will be more than willing to help give your business a boost through website link building.

How to Begin Using Existing Relationships for Website Link Building

First, you have to identify people you know who could link back to your website. Answer these questions and take these steps:

Who Do You Know that Could Potentially Help You with This Effort?

While many people will initially think of fellow business owners, this list can include anyone you know, regardless of their business affiliations. Look to your dentist, doctor, lawyer, that friend you know from yoga who runs a blog, and even friends who are simply active on social media.

All of these people can become part of a potential link-building relationship. When creating this list, you should use a spreadsheet to keep everything organized and easy to follow.

Do They Have a Website?

While not having a website isn’t an immediate disqualifier, if they do not have a website, you will need to consider what they do have. Perhaps Amy down the street has a very active social following that would direct attention toward you with the right type of post.

Who Controls Their Website?

While many of your acquaintances who have a website may be more than willing to throw a link your way, if they don’t control the website, this may not be possible. Considering who runs the actual website is important when determining if this relationship is truly possible.

How Strong Is Your Relationship with Each Person?

When making your list, rank each individual using a scale of 1 to 5 to determine the strength of the relationship. How well do you know this person:

  • Do you see them daily?
  • Have drinks with them on Fridays?
  • Or just see them in the school drop-off line and make casual chit chat?

The strength of your relationship will determine how you approach them in regard to a link back to your website, or if you should even ask in the first place.

Talk to Your Colleagues About Potential Opportunities You May Be Missing

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Talk to your business partners, employees and even your accountant to find out if there are opportunities within your community you may be missing. Simple things such as volunteering, hosting charity events, or sponsoring local sports teams or events can help get your name out in your community.

Determine What Types of Assets Would Appeal to Each Person

Never expect someone to link to your business without something in return; business relationships are a two-way street. There are a number of simple assets you can offer to these individuals, depending on the type of business they have.

Testimonials

Testimonials are a great way to garner more business, and many people may have a difficult time procuring these gems on their own. You can write up a positive testimonial for your dentist, doctor, lawyer or even a business that sells a product or service you use.

You can make the testimonial as simple or as detailed as you choose. Either way, it is a great way to build a relationship with these valued business owners that can last a lifetime.

Images that Relate to Their Location or Product

Consider how many times you take photos of a meal at a restaurant, a product you absolutely love, or a building that takes your breath away. These pictures may seem silly at first but, you can offer them to the owner of the location or creator of the product in exchange for a link back to your business.

Sponsorships

If you already sponsor a local charity, event or sports team, you can offer to include their business in that sponsorship. This will help to get their name out in the community while they, too, share your business’s name or website with their clients and customers.

Preferred Vendor Badges

These easy-to-create badges can speak volumes on any company’s website. It shows that other businesses rely on them as an integral part of their everyday functioning. These are great for companies that sell a product that other local businesses can use.

Interview or Converse with the Individual

While there is a lot to say about this particular avenue, in its basic form, it is an interview or conversation between you and the participating individual for either a link to their website or their link to yours.

Unlinked Mentions and Unmentioned Collaborations

These are the two easiest ways to get a link back to your business. Once you have made your list of potential targets, visit each one’s website to see if they have already mentioned your business without a link on their page. If they have, you can ask them to please place a link to your business in exchange for an asset you can offer.

Even easier is the unmentioned collaborations. These collaborations signify a long-standing working relationship with the individual, which can make asking them to link to your business even easier.

Content Marketing and Press Releases

These assets may be a little more tedious to gain a link back to your website, but they don’t have to be. Content marketing can be as simple as blog post that speaks to a niche audience and shares information they may not have seen before.

Press releases are a little more difficult, unless you have a working relationship with a news media outlet. The purpose of each is to get one’s business into the spotlight.

The Quid Pro Quo Link-Building Process

Link Building Write A Thank You Note - Eminent SEOReach out to each person on your list and offer an asset you feel would best suit them. For example, a blogger may be interested in a link back to a particular post on their blog. This might be a somewhat lengthy process, so buckle up.

Always start with your strongest opportunities. These are found by looking over the relationship strength rating, as well as whether you located any unlinked mentions of your business on their website or blog. These opportunities make it easier to ask for a link back to your business.

The hardest part is figuring out what to say when asking for what you need from them. Here is a very useful email template to help you get started:

Hello ________________,

I am a big fan of your business, and I have recently begun writing online testimonials for those whom I patronize and do business with. I was wondering if I could provide you with one such testimonial for your website.

If you’re interested, I can get that started right away once I hear back from you. If you have any questions about it or want to add some ideas for things I could touch on in the testimonial, just let me know. I’m looking forward to adding on to the positive reputation of your company!

Sincerely,

________________

Create the Online Asset for Each Individual You Make an Offer To

This is one of the easiest parts of working toward closing the deal. Once you have determined which asset will be most important to each individual, you will have to create the asset you are looking to offer. It is important to have the asset ready and waiting for the individual to say yes to your offer.

Send the Offered Asset to the Individual

Once you have created the asset, and the individual has accepted your offer, it is time to send the asset to the individual. You will want to do this in a timely manner so that the individual knows that you are serious about building this working relationship.

Here is a helpful template to use when sending the asset:

Hello ________________,

Thank you again for agreeing to let me write a testimonial of your business. I have it ready, and it’s attached to this email.

As you post it to your site, I would appreciate if you could link to my website: ___________________ . Let me know if you have any questions about linking to my site, or if there’s anything else I can do for you.

Thanks again for agreeing to this, and I hope we can find ways to continue working with each other in the near future!

Sincerely,

________________

Of course, you should modify this template to fit whichever asset you have created for the receiver, along with any other unique notes you may need to include.

Send a Compelling Email with a Clear Call to Action

You want to make it clear what you are asking in return for the offered asset. This will compel the individual to follow through with the link back to your business in a timely manner. Check their website for the link and ensure it works properly.

If you don’t see the link when you check, ensure that they understood the request. Keep in mind that you must keep the tone of all follow-up emails calm and professional, so as to build the relationship rather than ruin it.

Send a Handwritten Thank-You Note

In the age of email and text messages, handwritten thank-you notes have become a rare occurrence. However, this gesture is designed to build a long-lasting business relationship.

If you have a more casual relationship with the individual who has provided the link to your website, you can thank them in person through a small gesture – such as treating them to lunch. No matter how you do it, always be sure to thank each person who extends a link to your business.

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Many new business owners struggle with getting their business’s name out there. Using existing relationships to gain links from reputable individuals in your community and beyond is a great way to get more customers or views to your website.

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Vol. 82: 5 Quick Tips for Effective PPC Campaigns

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Succeed with PPC

With all of the changes to the organic search results over the last couple of years, pay per click (PPC) advertising is as important as ever in the digital marketing world. An effective PPC campaign will both support and enhance your overall marketing efforts while helping you achieve a solid, measurable ROI.

Here are some quick tips to help with your PPC marketing:

Tip 1: Don’t underestimate the value of keyword research.
Keyword research is the core structure of the overall PPC campaign.

Tip 2: Write compelling ad copy.
Explain what makes your company different. You have two description lines to explain your offer and the advantage you offer over the competition.

Tip 3: Test landing pages.
Perform A/B or multivariate testing on your landing pages to find out which content converts the best.

Tip 4: Pay attention to analytics and keep testing.
Review CTR and other metrics regularly to be sure you’re not throwing money away on ads that aren’t working.

Tip 5: Use PPC data to aid your organic SEO strategies.
PPC and organic SEO don’t have to, and shouldn’t, exist in isolation. The lessons you learn in one campaign might help you with another.

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Vol 81: Google’s ‘Medic’ Algo Update Threw Us All for a Loop. Now What?

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Eminent SEO Newsletter Vol 81 August 2018 Google Medic Update

Google Medic Update Proves User Experience Is King

A Google algorithm update that rolled out at the beginning of this month delivered a major shake-up to websites belonging to health care organizations. Many are calling it the “Medic Update.”

Health care sites began seeing big fluctuations in their rankings at the beginning of the month, and in many cases, the changes were not positive.

Although the algo update affected the health care industry the most, it appeared to affect a few other industries, according to Search Engine Roundtable, such as:

  • eCommerce
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Entertainment

Google claimed it was simply a routine “broad core algorithm update,” the same as it releases several times each year. But to us, we know this wasn’t a run-of-the-mill algo update, especially since we have various types of health care clients.

How Do Health Websites Respond?

The best response to Google’s de facto new guidelines for health care sites is to stay the course, meaning keep trying to improve on the quality of your content and user experience (UX). Don’t give up on organic SEO!

Also, if your website is offering medical advice, make sure it’s coming from a medical expert. Or, at the very least, make sure it’s signed off by and attributed to a medical professional. This will help with search engine trust and a little Google concept called “authorship.”

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Medic Update Message from Our CEO

“Worried about the ‘medic update’? There is no fix – nothing quick and easy, anyway. The algorithm change didn’t target health sites exclusively; many websites in other categories were negatively impacted, as well. Why? The truth is, people are making better websites these days and Google expects more. If you want to rank with Google, there’s no secret: Continue to work on improving your website, make better content and create a better overall user experience. That’s what it takes.”
– Jenny Stradling, CEO of Eminent SEO

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Creating better content and UX is always recommended, and that’s what we do (for resellers also)! Here are a couple of articles that illustrate what we mean:

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Comparison Chart of Live Web Chat Software

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In our chart below, our criteria heavily favors software whose primary purpose is providing live customer support, rather than helpdesk/tech support or serving as a team chat or CMS platform. The chart features of 11 of the top web chat products to consider for your website.

Please note that we have no affiliation with any of the following products; we just want to help you make an informed decision.

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The Power of Demand Generation for Google’s ‘Zero Results’ Answers

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Google’s brief experiment with “zero results” answers – where simple queries would only produce a single, Google-provided result in response – struck many as a bad omen of things to come in the world of SEO.

An example from April of the temporary search engine change:

Google Zero Results Search 50 Yards To Feet - ESEOAfter all, how are you supposed to get traffic to your website when the search engine pages for your targeted keywords only display one featured snippet – and perhaps a handful of sponsored links?

While the Google zero results experiment appears to be dormant for the time being, it should serve as a sign of things to come. Here, we’ll take a closer look at Google’s new strategies, as well as how demand generation can help you take advantage of the recent changes.

Google Zero Results Show It Aims to Be a One-Stop Shop

As website owners and content creators, you’ve likely noticed that, in recent years, the amount of space dedicated to organic search results on Google’s first page has been shrinking. Sponsored ads dominate the top results now, and they are increasing more indistinguishable from the organic search results.

It’s not just paid ads boxing out algorithmic search results. Google’s own services, such as Google Flights, receive preferential treatment over similar third-party services like Kayak, Expedia and Hotwire.

Google Flights Search Box Phoenix To Boston - ESEOAnd even when Google does not have its own in-house services to place at the top of a search results page, it’s taking steps to make sure that users have no need to navigate away from a Google property.

For example, during the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament, Google users who searched the phrase “world cup soccer” were shown information taken from other websites. Users would find team standings, player stats and upcoming matches, all without ever having to leave the search results page.

World Cup Soccer Google Search Results June 2018 - ESEOYes, this feature might have been convenient for the people wondering which team Brazil would face in its next matchup. However, its mere existence surely ruffled the feathers of website owners who had hoped that their coverage of the tournament would drive organic traffic to their site.

Demand Generation Puts Eyes on Your Brand

It’s clear that the search engine giant is focused on taking a larger and larger portion of total web traffic and keeping it planted right on its own web properties. If it doesn’t have to direct attention your way, it won’t. The only winning move is to build so much demand for your brand that Google has no choice but to defer to you in order to satisfy its users.

Many SEO experts are calling this new strategy “demand generation.”

5 Winning Demand Generation Strategies

Here are five of the most effective steps that you can take to increase demand for your brand. When implemented effectively, these tips force Google to shine a spotlight on your products, services or your website in general.

1. Up Your Content Creation Game

Creating and sharing awesome content is an integral part of any successful demand generation strategy. If you already maintain a blog or publish articles on your website, consider ways that you can make your posts even more valuable to your visitors.

Start by asking yourself if you are providing content with original information, or if you’re just rehashing information that users can find elsewhere. Be the first one to shine a light on new trends and data. Or better yet, be the first one to the party by performing and sharing your own original research.

2. Share Your Best Stuff for Free

A key element in building demand for your product or service is cultivating trust between your audience and your brand. One of the best ways to build trust is by providing consumers with your very best stuff free of charge.

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This might seem counterproductive, but if your audience knows that you create things that add value to their life, they will be sure to view your brand as a valuable resource in the future. Additionally, those who value your free product, tool, resource or service are more likely to share it with others in their extended network. The recipients of your free giveaway thus morph into de facto ambassadors for your brand.

3. Cultivate Client Reviews

When it comes to demand generation, there is perhaps nothing more valuable than cultivating positive client reviews. The reasoning behind this one should be pretty intuitive. After all, it’s easy to hear a business owner’s big talk and dismiss it as empty bluster. A verified client testimonial, on the other hand, is much more credible, for obvious reasons.

Whether it’s a landing page testimonial, case study or customer interview, the voices of satisfied clients are powerful demand generators and should be part of any complete marketing strategy.

4. Guest Posts Get the Word Out

 If you are looking to branch out and reach a new audience, publishing guest posts in popular publications in your space can produce fantastic results. Guest posting is great because you have the opportunity to position yourself as a thought leader in your field while also drawing attention to your own brand.

When guest posting, it is important to remember that publications with a large following will generally only accept content from established writers, so it helps to start by submitting to smaller outlets before working your way up the ladder.

5. Social Media Is King (for Demand Generation)

There are few tools more powerful than social media when it comes to demand generation for your business. By regularly engaging with your audience through channels like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you can cultivate a loyal following that associates your brand first and foremost with the product or service you provide.

To make the most out of your social media presence, it is important to constantly test which kinds of posts generate the most response. It’s going to differ from industry to industry, so you will probably have to tinker with it for a while until you find the sweet spot.

Reshares, likes and comments are a great metric to measure a post’s impact, allowing you to zero in on your target audience. And once you know what works, you can make use of automation tools to schedule future postings, ensuring that you share content at the optimal time.

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Now, demand generation might not be necessary for every industry, but if you want to thrive in today’s search engine landscape, you now have a better sense of how to get started.

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Vol. 80: Here’s Why You Need a Live Chat Feature on Your Website

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Give ‘Em Something to Chat About

More and more website owners are infusing their site with live chat tools. This is an especially smart choice for websites with service and product offerings. The potential ROI is just too enticing to pass up.

A web chat pop-up feature might seem like a minor annoyance at first – to both you and your visitors – but studies are showing that this feature helps more than it harms.

Among the many benefits of adding a chat feature to a website, consider:

  • It helps build a more memorable brand experience.
  • It gives visitors a place to turn if they get stuck and need any questions answered quickly. In other words, it improves your customer service.
  • You can offer visitors special deals and deliver price quotes in real time through the chat module.
  • It gives you a sense of which pages and products that users are visiting most when they reach out with questions.
  • It allows you to consolidate your resources: You can have one person manage multiple chats at once, and you can develop canned responses to common questions.
  • You can use it as a lead-nurturing tool. HubSpot says 99% of first-time website visitors aren’t ready to buy. You can nudge them closer to purchase by chatting with them directly.

At Eminent SEO, web chat is just one component of a comprehensive marketing campaign we can develop for your business.

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Business & Marketing Tips: The Best Live Chat Software for YOUR Website

Top 11 Live Web Chat Apps For Customer Service - Eminent SEOIf you answer yes to any of these three questions, then your website is a good candidate for a new chat feature:

  1. Do you sell goods/services on your site?
  2. Does your website attract a community that would benefit from more engagement?
  3. Are you (or somebody at your company) available to respond to chat inquires regularly?

The best web chat software for your site will depend on your website goals and your budget. For some small businesses, it makes sense to focus more on simplicity and ease of use, while other, more technical companies might want a more robust offering that can serve as more than just a live web chat platform.

In our chart below, our criteria heavily favors software whose primary purpose is providing live customer support, rather than helpdesk/tech support or serving as a team chat or CMS platform. The chart features of 11 of the top web chat products to consider for your website.

Click on the image below to see a larger version. Please note that we have no affiliation with any of the following products; we just want to help you make an informed decision.

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Keep in mind that all of these recommended products offer a free trial, which will allow you to see how well they fit your company’s needs before committing.

Closing Thoughts

Multi Channels Icons For Tablet - ESEOWeb chat is just one piece of the larger marketing puzzle. You need to take a multi-channel marketing approach. This means leveraging your website, social media, email, Google My Business, PPC and several other direct and indirect “channels” in order to interact with prospects and encourage them to take a specific action.

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What’s the Difference Between Web Designer and Web Developer? Which Does My Business Need?

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When discussing website construction, the terms web designer and web developer are very often used interchangeably. To the laity, both of these titles simply describe a person whose career is building websites for businesses, and to an extent they are right. However, web designers and web developers work in two separate, but often closely related, spheres of website production.

While the roles of web developers and web designers are different, both work hand in hand in order to create a visually stunning and structurally sound website. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences and similarities between these two types of professionals to help you decide which one you need for your business.

What Is a Web Designer?

Web Design vs Web Development Work Together - Eminent SEOA web designer’s job is all about capturing the essence of a client’s vision and transforming it into a model of a potential website that is both aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. Similar to the way an engineer is responsible for designing the blueprints and models for a bridge before construction begins, a web designer’s task is to create the look and feel of a website before the web developer can bring it to life.

A good web designer will be equal parts artist and craftsman, possessing both a solid understanding of design theory, as well as the technological limitations faced by the development team in charge of building the website.

A web designer’s job description includes skills such as:

  • Knowledge and proficiency in both logo and graphic design
  • An understanding of design theory, including flow, color, spacing, balance and proportion.
  • An intuitive feel for creating the best user experience for a website’s visitors
  • In-depth knowledge of software tools such as Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Canva
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the latest trends in the design world

What Is a Web Developer?

A web developer’s job is to take the models and sketches for a website created by the web designer and turn them into fully functional webpages. If the web designer’s role can be likened to that of an engineer or architect, consider the web developer as a sort of construction worker responsible for building the website from the ground up.

Web development can be broken down into two main categories: front-end development and back-end development.

The Front-End Web Developer

The front end of a website is what visitors will see and interact with on their browser. Also known as the “client side,” the front end consists of all of the text, images, colors, buttons, internal links and menus that the user experiences directly.

In short, the front-end developer is responsible for making sure that the visitor experiences an error-free website that looks exactly how the web designer envisioned it.

There are three primary coding languages used by front-end developers. These languages are:

  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  • Javascript (JS)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

The Back-End Web Developer

A website’s back end refers to the portion of a website that a visitor will never directly experience, and is made up of three parts: an application, a server and a database. The back end serves as the link between the server and the website’s visitors.

The majority of the code for the web application can be found on the back end. It’s important to keep in mind that poor coding on the back end will translate to a sluggish, glitchy performance on the front end.

Back-end coding languages differ from front-end coding languages, and include:

  • Python
  • PHP
  • Ruby on Rails
  • SQL
  • Java
  • NET

A backend developer is responsible for making sure that all of the right data gets sent from the server to the browser. If the front end is the 10 percent of the iceberg that floats above the water’s surface, the back end is the other 90 percent that remains submerged.

Which of These Professionals Should Your Business Use?

Web designers and web developers are both crucial players in creating an awesome website for your business, so it only makes sense to recruit the help of both.

There’s a reason why the saying “two heads are better than one” has been around for so long: because it’s the truth! When a proficient designer and developer collaborate, they can make magic happen. These two groups of professionals each bring a unique set of skills to the table, both of which are vital to the success of a website project.

The Importance of Working Together

Front End Website 10 Percent Back End 10 Percent - Eminent SEOHaving the design and development teams work side by side ensures that everyone is able to plan and execute the project efficiently and effectively. Allowing the design team to run their sketches and mockups for the website past the development team on an ongoing basis guarantees that the initial design approved by the client is both practical and achievable.

After all, as a client, you never want to hear that the design team bit off more than they could chew halfway through a project.

Not only is working together from day one a surefire way to avoid many costly and time-consuming setbacks, it allows two different types of creative minds to work in synergy, creating a website that not only meets but exceeds the client’s expectations.

Additional benefits of hiring a close-knit team of web designers and developers include:

  • Having multiple sets of eyes on every stage of website construction, identifying and correcting flaws and mistakes as they arise
  • The opportunity for creative brainstorming between both right-brain thinkers (designers) and left-brain thinkers (developers)
  • Mutual accountability between the two teams
  • A finished product where the aesthetic elements complement the interactive elements, and vice versa

Despite the Difference Between Web Designer and Web Developer, Should I Hire a Hybrid Specialist?

If you are looking to build a website for your business but have only a limited budget for the project, it might be tempting to hire a single person playing the role of a hybrid designer-developer. This approach may work for some businesses owners, especially those looking for a fairly basic website and are not overly concerned with visitor engagement and conversion. However, like most things in life, you are likely to get what you pay for.

A so-called “jack of all trades” is unlikely to possess a deep understanding of both web design and web development, which means that projects tend to take longer to complete, and the final product is unlikely to live up to your, and even their, expectations.

Moving Forward

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the dynamic relationship between the web designer and the web developer, and just how important each role is in creating the perfect website for your business.

If you still have questions about the various considerations that go into building a website, come check out our website design and development page and learn more about how the expert team of designers and developers at Eminent SEO can help you grow your business and your web presence.

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Vol. 79: How Well Do You Understand the Buyer’s Journey?

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Get Familiar with the Buyer’s Journey

You’ve probably noticed that consumers today are more cognizant and wary of sales pitches than in decades past. It’s becoming more and more difficult to walk up to a person and try to sell them your product. In fact, approaching them in such a direct manner may ruin any chance of selling them something they otherwise might be interested in.

“Don’t call us; we’ll call you,” might as well be today’s mantra among consumers. This is why it’s so crucial for sales and marketing teams to understand the modern Buyer’s Journey.

Companies may differ on how they interpret today’s buyer’s journey, but at Eminent SEO, we believe it progresses in five distinct steps:

Five Stages Of The Buyers Journey - Eminent SEODo you want to make that sale, after all? Then you have to be patient and feed your target customer the knowledge they need to make that purchase – likely weeks, months or possibly a couple of years down the road.

Once you get a grasp of the buyer’s journey, you will start to determine how long it usually takes to close one of your leads into a sale, and what you need to do along the way. You will also start to figure how to qualify your leads better and provide them with useful resources.

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Here are some simple steps to consider when nurturing leads or developing a lead-nurturing strategy for your sales team:

  1. Segment your leads.
  2. Build a lead-scoring strategy and score your leads.
  3. Develop canned responses for your sales team.
  4. Invest in more targeted content for various buying stages.
  5. Start the conversation.
  6. Remember that less is more (simple landing pages).
  7. Automate as much as possible.
  8. Be timely in your responses.
  9. Be personal.
  10. Align your sales and marketing strategies (see the “Related Reads” section above).

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Q: In which stage of the buyer’s journey do most Facebook ad referrals fall?

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Through Facebook Ads, you can now target users who will then directly message you through Facebook Messenger.

Over the last year, our team has extensively tested this process. What we have found is that most of these leads are in the Awareness or Consideration stages of the buyer’s journey.

This means most people are eager to share the problem they are running into, but they are rarely ready to purchase anything right then and there. This lends credence to the fact you have to nurture your leads and remain patient.

 

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Business Success Guide: Rise and Shine with These Hacks

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In an era of ever-changing consumer tastes and preferences, challenges have become the dominant constants in every sector. Industries that hitherto thrived on traditional business methods are now faced with the challenge of business success in the age of competition.

So, which factors scale up productivity and ultimately bring about success? It’s quite straightforward. Rather than dwelling on the setbacks, here are top hacks that can help your business to rise and shine.

Set Up a Business Website

Getting ahead of your competition is no easy task, and when aiming to achieve optimum business success, your to-do list will never end. That said, setting up a business website is one way to stand out from your competition. Don’t take shortcuts. It is imperative to have a website that tells both potential and existing customers that you mean business.

In fact, most consumer business purchase decisions start with a search engine. So, what does this mean for your business? First impressions count. By now, it’s clear that a great business website is crucial for business success.

Improve Workflow Organization

Time tracking and workflow organization allow both management and staff to keep track of projects as well as goal progress. You can optimize and implement a system for tracking employee workloads and responsibilities. If an employee is getting off track, it’s immediately identified, and an opportunity for a timely correction is provided.

Such a system should also facilitate clear communication between employees to allow them to sync their short-term and long-term goals. Also, this type of system should help you look at the business process from the view of a regular employee. From there, you could draft a clearer map of workflow organization.

Utilize Emerging Technologies

Establish Your Brand Quote Danielle Knox - Eminent SEOToday’s ideal workplace involves instant communication and mass access of data and information. Providing employees with the latest technology allows them to perform their duties on time and with minimal effort.

Sure, implementing the latest tech can come at a cost, but consider the outcome. You’ll save countless hours and increase employee productivity. Moreover, online-based tools and technologies reduce cost and improve efficiency. Here are some examples:

  • E-conferencing: Today’s workforce is no longer constrained by geographical boundaries. Innovations in cloud computing and faster internet allow business meetings to go on without being chained to one specific physical location.
  • E-purchasing: Online purchasing is an alternative way to get goods or services from a supplier’s store. While electronic purchasing is extremely competitive, it helps improve customer service, reduce the cost of the transaction and improve profitability.

Keep Employees Happy

So, how do you ensure that your employees are happy? Foster employee empowerment, development and appreciation.

Employee Empowerment

Empowerment entails giving your employees the autonomy to make important decisions. However, note that employee empowerment is not about management relinquishing all authority. Instead, it’s about trusting your staff to make certain decisions based on their individual capabilities.

Employee empowerment fosters a sense of independence in an organization. As a result, the workplace becomes flexible. Staff members are most productive when satisfied, appreciated and indulged in decision making.

Encourage and provide active learning and development for your employees to help them hone their professional skills. This way, they can take on the challenges that come with decision making.

Positive Reinforcement

Set Up Business Website Get One Yesterday Quote - Eminent SEOWhile training and employee empowerment are a great start, you also have to motivate, encourage and reward. A gloomy workplace reduces productivity.

Whatever needs to be done to cheer up your team, do it: Order pizza at work; offer free tea…the list is endless.

Try to show employees that the company is concerned for them. For instance, offer personalized incentives for outstanding individuals.

Collaborating with insurance companies to provide car insurance for employees can be another way of rewarding them.

Remember, when your staff members are motivated, improved productivity is a priority on their to-do list. A study conducted by the University of Warwick indicates that motivated employees are at least 12 percent more productive.

Instill a Continuous Improvement Approach

Improving business success is an ongoing process. As a result, you must set up a flexible plan to help you develop a continuous improvement approach. Start by assessing what successful businesses in your industry do. However, do not copy. Though you might be in the same industry, what works for them might not work for your business.

The next step in establishing a continuous improvement approach is identifying your weaknesses. If you feel that your decision cannot be impartial, seek external help in order to get an objective viewpoint on the areas to improve. After identifying the strengths and weaknesses, look for a breakthrough. Continuous improvement facilitates success without necessarily incurring more cost.

Commit to Excellent Customer Service

Employees are the people behind the scenes of a business’s success. But customers are the focal point of any business. To improve your business success rate, you must focus on both existing and potential customers.

Excellent customer service entails making sure your products and services fulfill the customer’s need. No matter your business niche, you can make customers feel valued and appreciated. Satisfied customers are an asset. Ask for feedback, opinions and suggestions to better fulfill the customer’s (and future customers’) needs.

Take Calculated Risks

Many businesses spend a lot of time trying to predict all possible unfavorable outcomes. But this is nearly impossible. Sometimes, when making business decisions, you might feel like you are in a life-or-death situation. But inaction will prohibit progress and iterations that get your business closer to success.

Always seek to disrupt yourself from your comfort zone and take calculated risks to stay ahead in a dynamic world. Trust your instincts and have grit.

Business Success Guide Final Tip: Embrace Technology and Change

The aforementioned mentioned hacks can result in notable changes in a business’s success. If your business has not embraced technology, it’s time. Technology will allow you to tap into a vast network of connections and exponentially expand your market.

When stakes are higher and the playing field wider, it is imperative that you make your business flexible to change. Seriously assess how your business is currently operating and be open to any potential changes. In other words, always strive to measure your success to see if your business is truly moving forward.

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