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Throwback Thursday: Celebrating 20 Years of Readers Choice!

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

It’s June! The time of year for lazy beach days, sunsets in the early evening, tourists visiting our scenic villages, barbecues with family and the return of Wicked Local’s Readers Choice Awards. This year we are celebrating 20 years of recognizing the best local businesses as voted by their customers. Here’s how the Readers Choice logo has evolved since 1999.

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Tags: Small Business, Wicked Local, Throwback Thursday

[Video] Five Ways to Build Your SEM Advertising Campaign

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

Creating a successful search engine marketing (SEM) advertising campaign requires businesses to create text ads and digital content that will engage with customers. However, this may be easier said than done. In an effort to help businesses build a successful SEM campaign we have created a short video with five SEM tips every small business owner needs to know.

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Tags: SEM, Small Business, Video

4 Ways to Start Managing Your Online Reputation

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

You can only make a first impression once. That’s a common sentiment held by business owners and their managers when describing the need for great customer service. And, it’s true. If your business delivers amazing customer service, that will result in returning customers and great buzz. However, if a customer feels neglected or slighted, they might not come back and they might share their story with other consumers.

Businesses use to only have to worry about bad word of mouth reviews. In the digital age, a business needs to be aware of their positive and negative reviews online too. Finding out about negative reviews and working to restore consumer faith in your business is a struggle every business owner will battle. Finding and dealing with these posts is called reputation management.

Here are four ways you can start managing your online reputation.

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Tags: Social Media, Reputation, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Frequently Asked SEM Questions

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

Search engine marketing has become the focus of many businesses as they try to build their brand and engage customers online. For many business owners the world of online advertising is still a brand new experience. We wanted to address some frequently asked questions that some advertisers may have about search engine marketing and strategy for their marketing campaigns.

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Face-to-Face Marketing: Attending Expos, Festivals and Trade Shows

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

There are a lot of ways to advertise your business to the community. You can advertise in the paper, online, or start an email marketing campaign. You can create text ads on search engines or send out direct mail advertising. All of these methods require you to create content to draw attention to your small business. However, it’s not always easy to capture what services your business provides in just a few sentences. Sometimes selling your business requires you to go out and engage with your community.

There’s no better person to sell your business than you. You’re the one who discovered a need in an area and believed that you had the knowledge to fill that void. You’ve created the business plan. You’ve thought of the strategy. You are your business.

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Tags: Small Business, Business Networking, Marketing

The Two Sides of SEM

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

Search engine marketing (SEM) is more than just crafting the perfect text ad to be seen on a search engine. It also can refer to the steps you can take to bolster your website’s position as a search result when people do web searches. Despite having two different philosophies for search engine marketing, you can use both strategies to work together and build a strong web presence for your business.

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Infographic: Selecting Keywords for Your Text Ad

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 11:35 AM

Search engine marketing​ gives your business the opportunity to​ be​ seen by web users who search for a particular term or phrase​ related to your business​. Although your business may not be a part of the organic results, your text ad will be the first thing users see. But how do you select the​ right​ keywords to use? We've created this infographic to help guide your strategy when selecting the words and phrases you want to use in your campaign.

Infographic: Selecting Keywords for Your Text Ad | Wicked Local Media Solutions

 

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing, Infographic

3 Ways to Build SEM Success

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Search engine marketing is more than just selecting keywords to represent your business. It is fantastic if your ad wins the top bid and you receive top placement because of you keyword selection. It gets even better when people are engaging with your ad. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make your campaign better. A business owner should always be looking for ways to grow and adapt an advertisement and keep building positive momentum.

Like any advertising campaign, search engine marketing campaigns takes constant research, updating, and data analysis. By upgrading and keeping your text ad fresh, you increase your chances for continued success.

Here are three things you can do to keep your search engine marketing campaign up-to-date and successful.

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Google Adwords 101: Introduction to Keyword Selection

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Search engine marketing offers you the chance to be one of the first businesses a user finds when searching for a product or service. You don’t need to be one of the actual search results, you just need to be one of the active links on the page. But how does your text ad appear after a search?

Search engine marketing is driven by promoting the keywords you want to represent your business. A user does a search for an item or service and the search engine will place ads on the results page that match that keyword. The words you select hold a lot of responsibility, so it’s important for you to consider how you want to describe your business.

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Email Marketing

Putting Your Business at the Top of a Search Engine

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 10:54 AM

Some of the terms used in this post we covered in last week’s edition of Learning the Lingo.

You’ve created a website for your business. Visually, it’s stunning. You also have incredible content. You provide educational and entertainment components to properly communicate your mission with an audience. Now, you just need consumers to find the webpage.

Despite all of your content and your focus on keywords, you still don’t get the type of response you want from a search engine. If the organic search isn’t meeting your expectations, what can you do? Take a deeper look into search engine marketing (SEM). The secret to getting good exposure on search engines isn’t being a top search result, it’s understanding how search engine marketing works.

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Tags: SEM, Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing