Social media is becoming increasingly focused on high quality images and videos, and Pinterest is leading the pack – with Instagram, Snapchat and Vine close on the social media site’s heels. Even with all the competition, Pinterest continues to experience terrific growth and it should be included with your marketing efforts in the New Year if you want to secure more share of the market and reach out to your primary audience in all new ways. The following 2014 updates for Pinterest will help you stand out on everyone’s favorite picture-pinning social media platform.
It is no secret that the world has gone digital. Nearly every adult in this country has a smartphone in their pocket. Even the elderly, who used to shun technology in previous generations, know how to use the computer and many use it for shopping, entertainment and more. Even kids have smartphones and many of them, including children from three to five, know how to use home tablet computers; and some parents report that their kids even know how to access iTunes so that they can pay for extras for their favorite games. With all of this digital technology all around us, it would definitely pay off for your small business to join the online race. Marketing your small business online may seem like an overwhelming prospect right now, as there are so many tools and techniques to discuss; but for right now it is important to start slow. Here is an outline of a basic online marketing campaign that will blast your small business message to your target audience while keeping costs to a minimum and growing your business at the same time.
Freelancing, as the name implies, is one of the freest forms of employment the world has ever known. There is no boss to answer to, no external location to carpool to (unless you wish to lease an outside office) and you get to call all the shots. The best part about freelancing, however, is all the online income. Imagine being able to work anywhere as long as you had a computer and an online connection. You could take your entire family to Maui and work while you watch your children play in the surf, if you have children. Stay at home parents and those who don’t quite like the regiment of the nine-to-five will find the life of a freelancer quite comfortable indeed. And all that online income certainly doesn’t hurt matters. If you want to know what it takes to become a freelancer, put on your pajamas, fire up the coffee pot and strap into your office chair. The quick guide to freelancing is finally here.
The holidays are almost upon us and so is the busiest shopping day of the year – the ubiquitous Black Friday – where people of all sizes and shapes, creeds and colors scramble off to the mall before the sun even has a chance to think about coming back up. If you haven’t started preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the shopping days leading up to the big C, you need to start preparing right now. One of the smartest ways you can prepare is to have your web presence ready for mobile devices of all makes, models and screen sizes. The world has gone mobile and even though a ton of mobile devices will be given as gifts this year, the mobile device will likely be your customers’ vehicle of choice for browsing your store and making a purchase. If you haven’t started holiday mobile marketing, here is how to get mobile marketing ready just in time for the holidays.
Google recently held its annual education conference in San Francisco, but it was the conference named Learn with Google that particularly stuck out during the packed and fun-filled event. The Learn With Google full-day seminar gave participants unprecedented access to some of Google’s smartest minds. Several of the sessions presented throughout the day focused on mobile marketing and how to gain prominent attention and rankings in a multi-screen world. If you want to improve your mobile marketing in Google, you will want to pay attention to a few of the takeaways from this year’s SESSF.
When your business relies on local customers, it makes no sense to market to a worldwide audience. Why do you care if someone in Australia can find your location online when you’re looking for customers in Austin, Texas, for example? The following local marketing tactics will make it so that your computer and mobile searching audience can not only find your business online, but they’ll also be able to follow a map right to your door to make a purchase.
Google has been steadfastly updating its PPC advertising platform and the latest AdWords news should sound promising to online marketers everywhere. The platform has not only added more tools for targeting mobile marketing customers, but it has included a new paid and organic report, cross-account conversion tracking and much more. Here is a rundown of all the latest happenings to occur on everyone’s favorite PPC platform, the Google AdWords network.
Mobile Customer Targeting
Google AdSense advertisers and publishers should do whatever they can to stay on top of any AdSense additional policy notifications as they become available. The platform policy rules allow Google to create a consistent and healthy atmosphere for all platform users, advertisers and publishers alike; and any new additions to its policy are intended to improve that atmosphere and make the AdSense platform even more robust and useful.
Now a new feature on the platform promises to alert you to any issues right away. The AdSense additional policy notification feature is being rolled out slowly and should hit your account soon.
Target marketing is the act of developing campaigns designed to hone in on a specific group of people. If you are a marketer in any capacity, it’s likely that you already know how to do target marketing; but this guide will help you narrow your focus even further. Whether you are attempting to market a business, a product or a service, you will soon learn to find just the group who’s interested and ready to buy. To begin, start thinking about keyword terms you yourself would use to search online for whatever you’re trying to market; as you will use those terms and concepts throughout this target marketing tutorial.
If someone told you twenty years ago that you would one day be able to talk to your phone and have it understand you and respond accordingly, you probably would have called them crazy; but Google is known for taking crazy ideas and making them a reality. Case in point, take the new Google search with voice recognition tools. What was once a neat feature that the company added to Google Now a year ago is now a powerful new feature that is being expanded upon in order to serve nearly all of Google’s apps and services.