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3 Pro Tips for Keyword Research

Today we are going to give you three top tips for getting the best out of your keyword research. These are tricks that we use to help us find you the best keyword for your business that can be done by anyone. Google Keyword Planner: This is usually where most...

What to Know About Google’s August Algorithm Update

On the 1st of August 2018, Google introduced a core search algorithm update, which targets broad searches around the world and is now fully rolled out.  Despite being the third algorithm update of the year so far, August 1 has been labelled the biggest update since Penguin back in 2012....

HOW TO OPTIMISE YOUR SITE FOR THE FUTURE OF VOICE SEARCH

Voice search is on the rise; and is now being used all over the world. Thanks to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you can answer questions and control your devices without lifting a finger. If you haven’t incorporated voice search into your overall SEO strategy, then you...

5 Easy-to-use Video Tools for Your Social Media Marketing

If you are looking for affordable and simple DIY video tools to improve your social media content, then this is the blog for you! Listed below you will find five easy-to-use video tools for all of your social media marketing needs… Ripl Ripl lets you create short animated videos using...

7 Steps to Optimise Your Pinterest Account for SEO

Pinterest is a great way to get your products shared and even purchased, but to ensure your business is easily found, means carefully optimising your Pinterest account for SEO. With Pinterest boards appearing in search engines like Google, many business owners are taking advantage of the opportunity, and you can...

Google 2018 Update: How to get your new Google Map API Key

A new update means that Google has changed the way they provide their Geo-Map services to all websites globally. All websites using the Google Map service now require its own distinct account code, registered to the site owner (i.e. the school, business or charity). Unfortunately, this policy change is out...
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3 Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Business Domain Name

Making a great first impression starts with the name of your brand. It has to be something that catches people’s attention and is memorable. Your name in the online world is just as important as offline, so it’s extremely important to do your homework and make a choice that you’re...

How to Increase Views on Your Business Blog

Blogging is a fantastic tool for businesses to draw potential clients to their websites. However, it can feel quite deflating investing time into a blog post that you’re proud of, only for no-one to read it. Don’t worry; we all know how it feels! In fact, getting traffic to a...

How to Improve Your Domain Authority

Google uses a variety of factors to determine the ranking of a website; regular quality content, image alt tags and meta data, to name but a few. Another factor, which you may not have heard of, is your Domain Authority (DA), which we will explore in detail throughout this article...

New Shopping Feature for Instagram Stories

Instagram is now allowing a select number of e-commerce brands to add a new shopping bag feature to their Instagram Stories. This feature will display more images and include more details about the product, including a description and pricing information. Instagram reports 300 million people are using Instagram Stories daily,...

Google Decreases the Length of Meta Descriptions

Google has confirmed that it has decreased the length of search snippets. Danny Sullivan of Google tweeted: “Our search snippets are now shorter on average than in recent weeks, though slightly longer than before a change we made last December. There is no fixed length for snippets. Length varies based...

How to Optimise Content for the Google Featured Snippet Box

The Google Featured Snippet Box, which allows increased brand exposure, has significantly altered the way in which SERPs are being presented. Despite the fact that many SEO experts were initially quite concerned that Featured Snippets would reduce the click-through-rate, they have fortunately had the opposite effect. The question is; what do...
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A Quick Guide to GDPR for Businesses

GDPR is the biggest change to data privacy and processing in the last 20 years, and will be coming into force on the 25th May this year. It is essential that your business is ready and compliant by this date, or you risk fines of up to 20 million euros...

GDPR for Schools – Are You Ready?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May this year – your school will need to be ready to comply with this new regulation by this date, or risk significant fines. What is GDPR? In short, GDPR is a piece of legislation that aims...
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5 Top Tips for a Successful Marketing Campaign This Christmas

If you run a business, there’s no better time than Christmas to take advantage of the countless marketing opportunities on offer. There is plenty of scope for retailers to capitalise on the goodwill of their consumers, who are much more responsive to a larger volume of emails and whose spirits...

5 Things Digital Marketers Should Do Before Black Friday

With less than three weeks to go before Black Friday on the 25th of November, we’re sure your preparation and marketing efforts are well underway. However, with the weight of the upcoming holiday season pressing down on retailers and marketers all around the world, it can be easy to overlook...
SSL Deadline Announced

Google to Announce ‘Not Secure’ Forms from October 17

Google have been encouraging webmasters to add SSL/HTTPS to their sites for the last 3 years, even offering SEO benefits to people who adopt the 2048-bit key certificates on their sites. Most recently, Google have sent out email notifications via Search Console (previously Webmaster Tools) to let site owners know...

Voice Search Makes Position 0 Even More Important

Hot spots in SEO are always fought over – previously position 1 got the majority of clicks with around 30% of visitors relying on the top spot alone. More recently, position 0 was the most coveted, offering the most exposure for your content and even doubling organic traffic. But AI...
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How to Handle Negative Comments on Social Media in 2017

This is something business owners fear most – a complaint isn’t dealt with, the customer tweets about it, then suddenly it spirals out of control and your business’ reputation is tarnished with people who had never even heard of you before. The truth is, while most businesses are concerned about...

Why Have My Rankings Dropped? Diagnosing Your SEO Problem

Losing rankings isn’t just disheartening – it can have a huge impact on your business and profits if you rely on organic traffic for sales. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses experience a sudden and dramatic change in rankings and don’t always know how to find the reason behind it. This...
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How to Hire an SEO Agency, According to Google

Google have released a video with their official advice on how to hire a SEO. The 11-minute talk goes over the basics, including how to tell whether the SEO agency you’re speaking to is legitimate, how to hire an agency, and how to make sure that you actually see improvements....

How to Make the Most of Your Digital Marketing Agency

Working with a digital agency can make a huge difference to any business, from opening up new channels to reach potential customers to drastically decreasing the cost per acquisition online. However, it is important to properly manage your relationship to ensure that you get the most out of your agency...
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Better Than #1: Getting to Position 0 on Google

Until very recently, the majority of SEO efforts were focused on ranking on page 1 and in position 1 for chosen key terms, usually based around your products, services, and service location. Two years ago, Google introduced Featured Snippets, which are slowly changing how people use Google and therefore changing...

6 Things You Should Do After Your Website Goes Live

A new website can give your business a boost, especially when it is properly planned, well-written, and has sound SEO foundations. Concentrating on good content and user experience can provide a huge improvement in both rankings and conversions, but relying on the new site alone isn’t enough for sustained growth...
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It’s Time to AMP Up Your Website

A year on from the launch of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), Google have announced a global rollout in mobile search results. Now that there are over 600 million AMP-enabled pages online from top publishers such as Washington Post, Slate, Gizmodo, Wired, Pinterest, eBay, and Reddit, Google are moving to the next...

How to Start Social Media Marketing

Businesses can’t ignore social media – the vast majority of consumers check out companies on social networking sites before buying, and a huge 93% of consumers want companies to have a social media presence. That’s probably why we have so many businesses, large and small, coming to us asking how...
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Have Google Made PPC More Expensive?

One of the biggest pieces of digital marketing news this week is Google’s format change – namely, removing ads on the right-hand side of search results. This change also means that they’ve added one more ads to the top section of search results for high volume/competition search terms. So what...

Onsite Optimisation: Keyword Relevance and Better Strategies

Lately quite a few of our clients are asking us if they should buy URLs that have keywords in them. Here’s what we have to say about keyword presence and search visibility. What’s Happening to My Precious Keywords? Google functionality is ever working to outsmart those who skimp on quality...

Is Your Digital Marketing Ready for Christmas?

As consumers we can bemoan the Christmas decorations hitting shops mid-October, but as business owners we can’t wait until December to start preparing for Christmas. Did you know that a quarter of shoppers have already started buying gifts and decorations this month? By Cyber Monday (which falls on 30th November...

Protein World: Brand Strategies That Sell

Protein World has made marketing headlines with a brand strategy that has been aligned with every value from integrity to gross moral turpitude. It started with this. This ad just got them a bomb threat. Yes, a bikini-clad woman stood against a glaring yellow background and the slogan ‘ARE YOU BEACH BODY...

Does Social Media Help with SEO?

This is a question clients ask us all the time; will the resources used to maintain their social presence provide results in SEO too? The short answer is ‘it depends’ – it depends on the platform, how you use it, and what Google is going to do in the next...

Wearable Technology Trends: Personalised Marketing With Promise

Personalisation marketing customises products, services and communications for potential consumers.  This is done in a variety of intelligent ways from measuring need to fulfilling it via advertising, friendliness and the latest technology. Personalisation has always helped to fuel sales.  Successful shopkeepers know to remember their customers’ names, welcome them back...
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How to Ensure Professional Headshots

A great photographer has an eye for composition and can evoke warmth and a genuine expression in a subject.  He or she will know how to position you in a variety of settings that will best reflect the goals and personality of your company. Instances that you would need a professional photo...

7 Rules of Killer Content: Then and Now

Great content has always been at the heart of compelling messages; from landmark speeches and ground-breaking novels to the finest internet landing pages. Leaders like Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou and Winston Churchill knew how to engage audiences through language. The principles they used still apply in business today. So...

Case Study: One Activity Improved Conversions (and Rankings, and Shares…)

Conversions are essentially the reason why most business sites exist; while traffic and engagement metrics are important in understanding how people get to the site and travel through it, everything that we do when working on a site is geared towards getting those enquiries or sales. The Challenge and the...

A Quick Way to Choose the Right Social Platform for Your Small Business

Choosing the right social media channels can be a challenge for small businesses; the biggest mistake businesses make is setting up accounts on far too many different platforms and then leaving them dormant after the initial push. When it comes to social, an abandoned account is worse than none at...

Small Business Website Necessities

Small businesses in the UK are involved in over £600bn in commercial transactions, but an estimated 50% don’t even have a website. Not having an online presence can severely stunt business growth, or even reverse if it your competitors are easier to find. Unfortunately, simply building a website isn’t enough...

3 Ways to Generate Traffic After a Manual Penalty

What is a Manual Penalty? A Manual Penalty is when Google removes your site from search results (or pushes it way to the bottom) due to unnatural links. They wreak havoc with businesses, who see a sudden and significant drop in traffic as almost all of their organic visits disappear...

ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com: When Online Marketing is Too Successful

Just 24 hours after launch, ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com is up for grabs. The viral sensation gained 1 million visits, 270k social shares, and five figures in sales after being shared on social networks such as Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook. Online news sources were quick to pick up the story, which further fuelled the...
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5 Expert Tips for IGTV Success
IGTV is growing at a fast pace and because it is still fairly new, now is a great time to get ahead of the competition. In order to build up an engaged audience on IGTV it is vital to do your research and create the kind of content your audience...
Why Should Schools Use Paid Advertising?
PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising is the process of directing traffic to your school website through paid advertisements that appear on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS) where the advertiser only pays once a user has clicked on the advert. Paid Advertising has quickly become the marketing channel of choice for many businesses...
Google Ads Updates In July
Google rolled out 7 new updates in July and in this post we’ll explain what’s been happening and what it means for PPC marketers. Google Ads Editor v1.1 This update will create some efficiencies that we haven’t seen before. We’ll be able to find our images more quickly, keep existing...