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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...

How to Improve Your Retargeting Strategy This Year

Retargeting is a marketing tactic used to convert visitors to your site who haven’t yet purchased from you. You can see which pages users are visiting to determine which products they were looking at and then show them a customised advert to try and get them back to buy. Here...
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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...

How to Get the Most Out of Google Shopping

The Google Shopping unit has been growing exponentially over the past few years and it shows no sign of slowing down. As of Q1 2018, Google Shopping Ads are driving 82% of retail search ad spend in the UK. According to Adthena, the 82% of retail ad spend in Google...

How Many Keywords Should I Include in my Posts?

Many digital content writers want to know exactly how many keywords they should use in a website page or blog post. They often think that the more keywords they use, the more likely the traffic will come pouring in. However, the truth is when it comes to keyword density, there...

Why You Should Avoid Duplicate Content on Your Website

What is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content is when the exact same (or appreciably similar) text appears on the Internet in more than one place. This could be either across your own domain or across multiple websites. If you have a set of products, you may think that having the same...

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...
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Google Chrome is Now Marking HTTP Sites “Not Secure”

In an effort to make the Internet a more secure environment for users, Google Chrome has now started marking all plain HTTP sites “not secure” by means of a label next to the URL. Webmasters were given over six months’ notice of this change, but so far only a subset...

How to Get the Most Out of Google AdWords

If you’re considering creating a PPC campaign on Google and unsure where and how to start, it’s important to know how to get the most from your AdWords account.  In one of our previous PPC-related post, we talked about the most common mistakes people are making and now we are...

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...

10 Tips to Help You Write Better Ad Copy

If you’ve been involved in PPC advertising for any length of time, you’ll know that the advert copy plays a crucial role in determining the success or failure of a campaign. Even if you have mastered bid strategies, got a great keyword set and a beautiful landing page it can...

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,...

What is a Quality Score and How to Improve It?

Quality score is a metric tracked in Google AdWords that gives each of the keywords in your account a score out of 10. It determines whether your advert is eligible to be shown in the sponsored space of the search results and how much you’ll pay for each click. It...

How to Schedule Instagram Posts

If you are looking for some help with planning and scheduling your Instagram updates, then you’ll be pleased to learn that there are some great online tools available. Some of these tools will allow you to post directly to your Instagram account automatically, without reminders or requiring confirmation from your...
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What is Retargeting?

In a nutshell, retargeting is an advertising strategy where you put your adverts in front of people who have visited your website, but then clicked away and gone on to other websites. It enables us to target people who have shown an interest in products or specific pages yet they...

12 Common PPC Mistakes

If you’re running the PPC account for your business, it is likely you have invested a lot of time and money into setting up and managing your campaigns. So what happens when you aren’t getting the desired results from your efforts? The chances are you’re making some simple mistakes, mistakes...

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...

Your Guide to Page Load Speed

If a page on a website takes a long time to load, you might let out a sigh and move your mouse around impatiently. If it takes a really long time to load, you might even give up and try a different website. Many studies emphasise the relationship between page...

Google Plans to Make Chrome’s Non-Secure Site Warnings More Obvious

Google has recently announced future plans regarding how Chrome, their web browser, will label HTTPS and HTTP sites… Starting in September, Chrome version 69 will remove the green “Secure” text and only display a black lock icon in the address bar. Later, Google plans to remove the lock icon altogether,...

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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Google’s Speed Update Makes Speed a Ranking Factor on Mobile

Google’s latest algorithm will focus on mobile search results, giving priority to faster ranking pages and moving the slowest pages down. The speed update will only affect a small proportion of web pages – the ones that deliver the slowest experience to users. However, search intent is still a priority...

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...
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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...

How To Improve Your SEO Performance

What is SEO? Search engine optimisation (SEO) is a widely implemented online marketing strategy that attempts to increase brand awareness, influence relevant traffic and improve the performance of your business in the search results of different engines. Although the benefits of effective SEO are evident, they often come at quite...

3 Ways to Add Authority to Your Content

Blogging plays an integral role in attracting and building an audience of potential customers, as well as increasing your rankings in Google. As it becomes more and more crucial for the success of your business, the need for it to be of exemplary quality is also increasing. But if you...

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...
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What is a Hashtag and Why is it Important to Businesses?

Social media is a dominant tool in today’s marketing domain and can feel quite overwhelming to new users. One of the biggest social media mysteries is hashtags – what are they and what is their purpose? We’re here to clear that up for you. During 2007, users on Twitter began...

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...

How to Recycle Your Content

Content creation provides an excellent opportunity for lead generation. However, writing a thorough and well-researched piece of content can take up a great deal of time and effort, of which you may not always have a lot to spare. While it’s certainly important to generate original content at a consistent...

What is The Future of Voice Search and SEO?

Siri, Alexa, Cortana and other digital assistants are slowly but surely altering the way in which we search the web. Although once a novelty, voice search is becoming increasingly more popular and, in time, may even exceed traditional search methods, such a typing on a keyboard. In fact, these digital...
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...

SEO vs PPC – Which is Right for You?

It can be difficult to choose between SEO and PPC – ideally, your budget should cover both. We always advise our clients to work on SEO for long-term growth but use PPC for immediate traffic and conversions. That way, you can slowly reduce your spend on PPC as your rankings...
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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...

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....
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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...

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...
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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts
According to leaked information, many Instagram users in Canada will not be able to see how many likes other users are getting on their posts in the coming days. This test is designed to put the focus back on the photos, rather than on the popularity of other users. In...
Is Facebook Organic Marketing Dead?
Facebook has changed and if you work in a social media role, or look after your own business’s Facebook content, then you will have noticed that your organic marketing efforts are falling on deaf ears. The reach has declined and the engagement just isn’t there. So what can you do...
Local SEO – 5 Actionable Tips You Can Do Today
Did you know that according to Google 46% of searches made now have a local intent? What is Local SEO? Local SEO refers to the process of optimising your online presence for searches made in your local area or looking for results based on location. Here are 5 handy tips...