Pinterest for Online Local Business Marketing

Internet marketers everywhere are all talking about Pinterest these days. For those that don’t know about Pinterest, it’s a social networking site where you “pin” images and videos on web pages and they are saved to virtual pin boards that others can see and comment and re-pin themselves. Although Pinterest …

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Official Facebook WordPress Plugin

Facebook has finally come out with an “Official” plugin for the popular blogging and content management system, WordPress. Is this something to get excited about? Is it a must have for your WordPress site or blog? That depends. There are a few really nice features about this plugin, but many …

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Top 10 Local Search Ranking Factors

David Mihm, who is an industry leader in the Local Search Marketing field has recently released this year’s Local Search Ranking Factors, Vol. 5. This is a survey of the world’s top Local Search Marketing experts, where the top ranking factors of Google Places, now Google+ Local, are ranked in …

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Adios Google Places! Hola Google+ Local!

In case you haven’t noticed, in the last couple of days, Google has completely removed Google Places listings from the search results. When you click on a local listing, you are now directed to a Google+ Local page. So what does this mean for your business and your rankings? We …

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Email Marketing is Still Alive and Well

There are a lot of misconceptions about email marketing these days. Many business owners don’t think there is much of a return on the investment. Others think that because of the flood of spam emails, that people don’t read newsletters or email marketing messages. But that’s simply not the case. …

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Why We Love WordPress for Our Website Designs

Around 90% of the designs in our web design portfolio are built on WordPress. Why? Because we absolutely love WordPress! For most of our customers, it is the best content management system available. Here are some of the reasons why we feel this way: It’s not just for blogging anymore …

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4 Tips for Getting Local Online Reviews

You’ve claimed and optimized your Google Places business listing. You’ve claimed your business profile on other local online directories, such as Yelp, Yellow Pages, and Superpages. But you still haven’t made it to the top of the search results for your market. Or maybe you’re on the first page, but …

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Google Search Engine Results Explained

When speaking with our clients about search engine optimization and local search optimization, we often have to explain the various parts of the Google search engine results page so that they understand what part of the page we are targeting and why. So I thought I would put it in …

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How to Use Facebook for Local Search Marketing

Facebook is easily considered to be the number one target for social media marketing for businesses of all sizes. But how do you really target a local audience using Facebook? Here are a few ideas. Optimize Your Facebook Page If you haven’t yet created your business page, you can create …

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Buffer: A Social Media Time Saver

One of the biggest complaints I get about social media, is that it can be a complete time-suck. That can definitely be true, especially for the ADHD types like myself. But let me tell you about a great little tool that I use to save time, and increase my reach …

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How to Create a Facebook Page Vanity URL

You’ve got a Facebook business page setup and you’re rockin the social media marketing now. However, you see other businesses with a url like facebook.com/businessname, but your Facebook url is more like facebook.com/page/yourbusiness/435256256. Why is it a good idea to have a Facebook “vanity url?” 2 reasons. First, it looks …

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Facebook Timeline for Business is Here

In a few days, Facebook is forcing all business pages into the new Timeline format. This provides some really great opportunities for you to engage with your audience in new ways, but first you have to make sure your page is setup properly. Here are the important things you need …

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