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Oct 04

Keywords – The Basics of Digital Marketing

By gbcmarketing

Keywords - The Basics of Digital Marketing

With the age of technology, the way businesses market themselves and their products is increasingly more complex and involved. As a result, many businesses are implementing both traditional marketing and digital marketing strategies.

Traditional marketing refers to print advertising such as brochures, flyers, and posters as well as paid advertisements in local publications, magazines, newspapers, and billboards. The traditional approach also relies on word of mouth referrals and local events, where businesses can build relationships with community members.

On the other hand, digital marketing leverages digital technologies to market products and services. The primary focus of digital marketing includes keywords, search engine optimization, email campaigns, social media management, and engaging customers to make online reviews. While email, social media, and reviews are more straightforward, keyword and SEO strategies can be daunting for businesses who are accustomed to more traditional strategies.

What are keywords? How do you build an effective keyword strategy?

The goal of keyword marketing is to reach the right people at the right time – when they are desiring the product or service. An effective keyword strategy ensures that your website shows up when people search online for specific keywords or phrases. Below is a 5 step process that will get you well on your way to establishing an effective keyword strategy.

  1. Make a list of topics and themes that are relevant to your business and the products or services that you provide. Out of this list, create a list of words that you would like to test as possible head keywords. Head keywords are one to two words in length.
  2. Perform research on your head keywords. Search your keywords on Google.com and take a look at the related search terms that appear when you plug in a keyword. When you type in your word(s) and scroll to the bottom of Google’s results, you’ll notice some suggestions for searches related to your original input.
  3. Repeat steps one and two with long-tail keywords, longer phrases of 3+ words. While your head keywords will pull a larger audience, your long-tail keywords will likely draw your target audience as they are more tailored to what your business provides.
  4. After you have established a sizable list of head and long-tail keywords, check how your competitor rates for the same keywords. After testing your keywords, choose the ones that will diversify you from your competitors, so that you target a different segment of the market. SEMrush is a great resource to do this type of competitor research.
  5. Trim down on your keywords list even further with Google AdWords Keyword Planner and Google Trends. Without paying for an advertisement, you can gain access to your keyword search volume and traffic estimates, which will help you solidify which ones you want to keep. 

Growth Business Consulting can help you establish and grow your digital marketing strategy.

GBC develops customized digital marketing strategies based on our clients needs. We provide a​ variety of services including social media marketing, paid ads, analytical tools, keyword strategy, search engine optimization, and e-mail campaigns ​to drive sales. To learn more about our marketing services, contact us today!

Mar 14

Want to make some money?

By zgraft

Now offering a referral bonus!

We’re looking to expand our bookkeeping market share, and as such we need your help!  We’re looking for referrals for companies that need bookkeeping help or are looking to migrate their bookkeeping to cloud-based platforms.  To that end, we’re offering a $50 Visa gift card to people who refer companies to us who then sign year-long contracts!

All we need is:

Your name

Your contact information

 

Referred Company name:

Contact information

Person in charge

Location

Current bookkeeping set up.

 

Email all of that to info@growthbusinessgr.com

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Feb 21

We Now Offer Payroll!

By zgraft

In  case you weren’t aware, we’re now offering outsourced payroll services to small and medium sized companies in the Grand Rapids area.

Whether you have 5 employees or 100, we offer a solution that is right for you.

 

Contact info@growthbusinessgr.com to set up a meeting today.

 

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Jan 04

Building a video streaming site with a paywall

By zgraft

How To Build a Video Streaming Website

One of our clients produces quite a bit of media and has some plans to, well, produce more media in the future. We’ve been brainstorming on coming up with a way to distribute the content and then being able to manage and monetize that content.  And as a result building a video streaming website became a possibility, and then I decided I’d write my notes on “How to build video streaming website”.

We looked at a couple of solutions such as Cleeng, and honestly, Cleeng just does not have the user friendly interface or controls that we were looking for, and the cost can be relatively prohibitive (they do have what is essentially a pay as you go option).

I began messing around with WordPress and doing some research on what some other people have used to successfully build a streaming website, and I came across Memberful.   Memeberful has a great article on how to integrate with WordPress websites to protect your content, and you can check that out here.  One thing of note is that they integrate pretty well with Squarespace, which is also one of my favorite platforms.

However, really all you need to do is sign up for a trial to Memberful, select that you are integrating Memberful with WordPress and they’ll give you a code to input into the Memberful plug in.

 

Step-by-Step instructions

What you need: WordPress website, Memberful account, and a content distribution site (Ie, Vimeo or YouTube).

  1.  Install the Memberful plug in on your wordpress website
  2. Embed your video content on whatever pages you’d like
  3. Sign up for Memberful
  4. Enter the code from your Memberful subscription into the plug in on your website
  5. Manually edit each page’s restrictions and messages.

For instance, if you go to gollc.a2hosted.com and select any of the “Videos” page, you’ll see a message saying that “This content is protect” “Sign up here” etc.  Note: Don’t sign up.  Seriously, don’t.

And that’s really all there is on how to build a video streaming website.

Memberful’s prices are very competitive as well.  I have not been able to find another platform that is as easy to use and cost effective.

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