Case Study: How I as a Consumer Decided Where to Eat

Sitting in a parking lot, staring intently on our phones, my friend and I were trying to figure out where we would eat. We were in a section of Los Angeles that was unfamiliar to us and coming from Orange County, we were unsure about where to go. Santa Monica was just a little too far and downtown LA was the same. So like any modern day citizen, we jumped on our phones and looked up some places to eat.Continue reading

How SEO Builds Strategic Partnerships

At the end of the day Search Engine Optimization is meant to increase your rankings. To get there though you need a good site, great content and links. What often happens though is that if you do SEO right, business relationships pop up. What I have found is that conducting search engine optimization has brought about those treasured underlined blue fonts to get directed to your site, but it leads you to people and businesses that are more than willing to start a relationship with you. Today, I’ll take you through how SEO and linkbuilding helps get your business not only ranked higher, but it gets you more connected.Continue reading

The Concept of Minimum Viable Product for Marketing

What’s great about marketing is that it’s the aspect of business where the brand can come alive. It allows you to step out of your logo and storefront and put out beautiful designs and graphics that make your brand start to feel tangible. Companies like Coca Cola, Google and Apple are great example of companies who have expertly made their brand into tangible beings. When it comes to marketing your brand, it can be exciting, but overwhelming. This is where the concept of minimum viable product comes into play.Continue reading

Content Ideas Your Business Can Take From TV and Radio Shows

I watch/listen to a lot of talk shows. Sports talk shows that is. And when you watch any genre  of talk show over and over again, you start noticing patterns. Well what I noticed with sports talk shows is how they make their show fun. Its hard enough sitting in a lecture or a seminar for an hour, yet how the hell do we sit through an hour long show or radio program. What I found is that it revolves not around the content itself, but around the delivery. They make the delivery fun. They even incorporate games. Continue reading

Tracking Your Marketing is like Planting Seeds

The ill-deserved fate of marketing is it still has not figured out a way to be able to track itself. Yes, mediums like Analytics, call tracking and coupon codes have provided an avenue for businesses to begin understanding what they are doing. However, the nature of the market still has prevented many businesses from understanding how they get their revenue. Yesterday I was in a sales call where the prospect discussed how he was spending thousands of dollars a month and to this day he did not know if it was helping him sell his product. He told me it was the nature of business and that its hard to justify when you don’t know.

Just Because It’s Not Perfect, Doesn’t Mean You Can Skip It

This leads me to a more generalized discussion on Marketing. First off, you really should be tracking as much as you can. The difference between a good business and one that doesn’t make it is one that understands how it makes its money. So to all you small business owners and entrepreneurs, take the time to really implement tools and systems that will help you understand this. I know its scary because you don’t want to waste time or spend resources on trying to set up tracking systems that just seem like extra. However, you will never realize how much money you are wasting if you aren’t checking. Now everyone will say that to you and I’m sure you’ve heard it yourself as a business owner, but let me pose it to you in a way that may make more sense:

You’d like to make some more revenue on a new product you are about to launch. A variety of digital marketing opportunities now exist:

  1. Pay Per Click – Google AdWords: $250 a Month
  2. Mailer Program: $500 a Month
  3. Magazine Advertising: $1200 per Ad
  4. Social Media Advertising: $250 a Month
  5. Linkbuilding Campaign: $1000 a Month

Now before any of the Marketing pundits attack me for these inaccurate numbers, I want to say that I kind of just made these up. This is a hypothetical case. Well anyways, as a business owner if you are launching a new campaign, you have five options. This does not mean that you will ONLY be paying $250 a month if you go with the first option. This means you will be $250 a month in addition to what you are already paying for your current Marketing operations. So if you are currently paying $2000 a month for your marketing, your increasing with whatever you decide above.

Do You Have the Information to Make That Decision?

When you have that choice, do you feel confident enough to make a decision about the five? The pressure will be on if you already have $2000 coming out of your pocket. So I urge everyone, do your part and track your marketing to the best of your ability. Because if you have been tracking, you might figure out social media hasn’t really been bringing in much return. But AdWords has. Well, then you can subtract the $250 from Social Media and replace it with AdWords. Thus your saving money while making more money.

Tracking seems extraneous and a little impossible, but as a business, if you want to be successful, you really need to be putting these tracking programs in place. That doesn’t mean you need to go overboard and know that when people look at a billboard a month ago and they came in today, that you should know-how. But here are little things you can do. I’ve actually written on this topic before, so here are some surprisingly easy tips to get started tracking.

Marketing Investments: A Neccessary Cost for Success

I just stepped out of a sales call and I got into an interesting quick conversation with one of the people at the office I was visiting. He mentioned his higher up’s and how it was frustrating to try and get more exposure for the software they had developed. It was the usual gripes. People want to spend $3 to make $300,000 in revenue.Continue reading

User Generated Content And Community Make the Internet Awesome

Recently, I was going through YouTube and watching some old videos of the show, Inside the NBA. It’s your typical sports analyst show where it revolves around discussing the NBA. If you are a fan of basketball, you probably know the show. It wins its fair share of Emmy’s in addition to just being a staple of basketball culture.

Anyways, when I was watching some videos of old episode, I came across an oldie but goodie. Please watch the video, I guarantee its worth it.Continue reading

If You Practice Good SEO, You Shouldn’t Worry About Updates

The Distrust for SEO

While starting the agency, I’ve been in my fair share of meetings. My central tenant in these meetings is Search Engine Optimization. Its what we specialize in and the focus of all our marketing campaigns. SEO just doesn’t get the cool kid attention that Social Media does though. Lots of business owners and marketing managers have pushed off SEO as a behind the scenes, sneaky method of marketing that has no backing. Back that up with few academic institutions teaching SEO but having full on classes and projects on Social Media, you can start to see why there is a certain distrust with the field.Continue reading

Good Content is Like Having a Good Personality

Yesterday I participated in 2 Twitter chats. To be specific they were #viralchat and #mediachat. While in these chats, we discussed the topic of content and influencer outreach. A question came up about how important content was to building a following.

I replied with the following tweet and got a pretty good response from the other participants.Continue reading