2017 Digital Marketing Trends

2017 Digital Marketing Trends

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With digital marketing completely dominating 2016, it is obvious that 2017 will follow with even bigger digital trends in the business world.

With the increasing usage of smartphones, spreading your business message through mobile “screens” is the most effective way of advertising today.

As well as the most cost effective!

If you are looking to expand your business marketing reach in the coming year, here are some of the most popular trends of digital marketing that we will be hearing about in 2017. Continue reading

Don’t Sleep on These 3 Digital Marketing Trends

Don’t Sleep on These 3 Digital Marketing Trends

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Digital marketing is perhaps the biggest catalyst to enable business startups, small businesses, and big corporations reach immense financial success.

You only need to review the statistics to see the phenomenal role of digital marketing in catapulting businesses to become established and well known brands online and offline.

Until a decade ago, digital marketing was mainly limited to SEO and pay-per click advertising methods.

Since then, several other digital marketing trends and technologies have emerged that present considerable revenue-making possibilities and competitive advantages for firms.

Digital Marketing Trends

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Facebook Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • And various other digital marketing tactics…. 

This is why it is absolutely crucial that marketers and business owners stay up-to-date with the latest digital marketing trends so they may know exactly what opportunities to take advantage of.

Here we present the top 3 digital marketing trends marketers should know about in 2016.

More Customers Use Mobile Devices

The substantial growth of mobile phones is leading many to access the internet from such devices.

Research from Global Web Index in 2014 noted how smartphone users accounted for 80 percent of internet users, a number that outweighed desktop users.

Businesses have already begun investing in enterprise mobile application development to respond to this growing trend, since mobile applications will enable them to target a considerable number of online traffic.

Moreover, the mobile platform is increasingly seen as a medium through which firms can focus on their SEO efforts.

Google, for example, has launched its algorithm, Mobilegeddon, which gives higher preference to websites that are optimized for the mobile platform.

Therefore, businesses that are looking to invest in cost-effective digital marketing tactics will be eager to invest a greater proportion of their budget on mobile marketing.

Video Marketing

If we have learned one thing about digital marketing in 2015, it was that video marketing has tremendous opportunities for businesses of any size.

With the phenomenal rise of video streaming websites, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime there lie numerous lessons for marketers of companies to enhance their digital marketing activities through the use video marketing. Facebook Live now gives the power of live video to engage customers and fans in a more personal manner.

For a start, video marketing, in comparison to other digital marketing tactics, is more personal and ‘real’ in terms of the component of human interaction.

Customers who watch a video are generally more likely to develop strong emotional connections with brands than those who use images or blogs as their driving digital marketing strategy.

Video-on-Demand technology, hence, will continue to grow in importance, and companies that utilize it will benefit from higher positive customer engagement.

Marketing Automation Part of an Integrated Marketing Strategy

Among all the other evolving digital marketing tactics and methods, the importance of an integrated marketing strategy is expected to be the key theme for 2016.

Marketing automation systems can enable companies of any size to utilize an integrated marketing strategy, owing to the synchronization of all Digital Marketing tactics including Email marketing, Social Media Marketing, Website Marketing, SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising and a lot more.

It can enable companies to benefit from a more consistent digital marketing strategy, resulting in greater brand loyalty and profitability.

End Note

In conclusion, the aforementioned digital marketing trends can help marketers provide fresh opportunities for advancing their marketing efforts.

If marketers are not quick enough in adapting to these trends, then they can suffer competitively and financially. If you are looking to an integrated digital marketing approach please contact Lenny Mauricio at 561-404-9787.

Increase Your Website Ranking

Increase Your Website Ranking

Digital Agency Local SEO SEO SMDigital

Welcome to 2016! Here at SM Digital Partners we are ready for the year ahead of us thinking about how innovation will be used to maximize our partner clients overall website ranking with “traditional” digital tactics like SEO, SEM, Web Design but also expand our horizons into augmented reality and interactive media.

As technology allows the average day computer user and business owner to easily setup a fully functional responsive website; usually a WordPress or SquareSpace website. Because of in-experience or in a hurry to finish their website, SEO 101 sometimes get overlooked.

These best practice SEO 101 tactics will help your website ranking not only organically but also locally. Lets now take a look at how a business owner like yourself can easily upgrade their website ranking though these 3 easy website ranking tactics.

Increase your Website Ranking through SEO

On-page SEO

By optimizing the ad copy and content of your website you can be sure to gain more organic traffic to your website. With On page SEO, there will be tasks that your programmer or developer will need to help you with such as increasing your website web speed (Check your Website Speedand other technical SEO tactics that deal with compression and image reduction, etc.

This blog post is about you, the business owner, who likes to take a hands on approach with their website. If you are one of those business owners that use WordPress, there are plugins that will help you optimize all of the technical SEO aspects, so don’t worry or just hire a professional digital agency.

One of the key factors to increasing your website ranking is to maximize your SEO “friendliness” on your website. The easiest way to optimize your website is ::

  • Create educating copy on your website that answers your target markets questions. Ask yourself this, “Would I trust and / or buy from my website”? If say no, you’ve got some work to do!
  • Use descriptive copy for your Alt Image tags and make sure to save your image with a keyword
  • For optimized meta tags, use under 60 characters for your title tag, use under 160 characters in the meta description, and under 200 characters for your meta keywords. Use these two tools with that – Letter Count and Moz Title Tag Tool.

Off­-page SEO

One of the best ways to gain authority is to build up your link portfolio through high domain authority websites, local business listings, Google My Business, press releases and in some cases article directories.

If you want to check your local business rankings, feel free to use our Free Local SEO Tool by clicking here. With off page SEO, it is important to increase your SEO Visibility through Local SEO tactics such as:

  • Online Reviews from sites like Google My Business, Yelp!, and Facebook to name a few will help show how your business is from the eyes of happy or un-happy customers.
  • Data Aggregators like Factual and Axciom supply your NAP (name, address, phone number) to 100s of websites, GPS maps and more to be listed. Some of these local data aggregators are Free!
  • Optimizing your Maps whether its Google Maps or Apple Maps, making sure your Map information is correct and update is one quick way to increase your local SEO visibility!
  • Press Releases continue to boost your website ranking by amplifying your message to 100s if not 1000s of media entities ranging from Google News to your local, regional newspaper. Just don’t over use this digital marketing tactic!

Social Media Optimization (SMO)

Social Media is HUGE! It’s big enough that my mother and father use Facebook to communicate with their friends and family! One of the easiest ways to increase your website ranking is to make sure you register all your “Social Nodes”. Usually these profiles will allow you to add a link to your profile but also use your profile to submit content, like a status update on Facebook.

By using the power of social media to tell your businesses story will help gain awareness of your business online but also locally. It is important to think of social media as a community of potential customers right in your backyard but also around the world!

Website Audit

If your business is curious to see how you or your competitors are doing online, please call SM Digital Partners at 561.404.9787 for a free complimentary web audit.

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Increase SEO Visibility with Google Maps, Google My Business

Increase SEO Visibility with Google Maps, Google My Business

Digital Agency Local SEO SMDigital

Opening up a business and competing with big name stores and brands can seem like a daunting task, especially when it comes to SEO Visibility in your local marketing space.

Local SEO has continued to gain in importance as with Google’s “Pigeon” update, small businesses are looking to their digital strategy to increase their SEO Visibility but also keep up with the “Jones”.

One of the easiest ways to increase your footprint online is to add your business to Google Maps and verify your business with a Google My Business account. Google will send you a postcard with a pin code that will establish your place of business within Google’s “Eyes“. Continue reading

Content Marketing, Local SEO, SEO, Say WHAT?

Content Marketing, Local SEO, SEO, Say WHAT?

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Local Search Optimization

Google is on the forefront of bringing quality content to its users, content that is relevant to their search results and one that genuinely helps them with their search.

This has been the motivation behind their algorithms, Hummingbird & Panda. One of the many developments in this regard is the focus on Local SEO where users get search results depending on the country, city, and even the town you live in. You might have noticed the “3 pack” of results based on local search intent. Continue reading