Monthly Archives: October 2017

It’s almost all done on the phone now. Laptops and desktops are being used a lot less, since our portable devices allow us to do most of the things we need without the use of a physical keyboard; which brings us to Google searches and SEO – how do we make it better on mobile?

As we know, websites now need to be fully optimized on mobile; that’s where they are mostly looked at, and if SEO isn’t implemented for the mobile version of your site, you lose conversions and slip down the Google ranks. So what are some good ways to better it?

 

Before you begin anything, make sure you audit your website’s compatibility for smartphone, and see where the errors are. If a user is having trouble navigating your site on their cellphone, they’re out and will not return. Some important things to look at are plugins, font sizes, and the positioning of page elements. There may be some areas for improvement.

Responsive design is key for all devices. It’s the best way to ensure your site can be opened anywhere you like, as even the same user can switch from a laptop to their phone and will want to have the same experience with whatever gadget they use. It’s a lot of work for many screen sizes, but certainly doable.

One of the biggest problems users face on their phones, the webpage load time. If it’s very slow, the home screen button will be pressed and that person is not likely to visit again; and these problems are more frequent than we think! Some factors to look in for these issues can lie with unused scripts, non-compressed files and needing to optimize images.

Optimize your website for local searches. It’s almost certain that people in your area will need your product or services, so make sure you’re able to get their attention before reaching out to the rest of the city. Google offers some free tools to help with that, and it likely doesn’t take a lot of work.

You also need to optimize for keyword searches, for both text and voice. Siri used to be treated as a ‘joke’ because people thought it was funny for a random voice to answer them when they asked for something, but will now because a major SEO tool for businesses, especially on mobile. This may be a little more challenging to optimize for, but at least you are prepared for the now and future. Eventually Alexa and Google Home will be SEO tools for voice!

Finally, Google has another service called Accelerated Mobile Pages that allows for faster mobile pages. They don’t look any different from other programming softwares, but the pages will just load much faster than the average. This would normally lead to a better user experience and visitor retention. Start using it now before it becomes too popular and crowded.

So, Twitter… another interesting change recently, which is slowly hitting all the millions of accounts globally – we can now tweet in double the characters we have been used to for so long. Even though many have not appreciated this update, we need to give it the benefit of the doubt and convey even more information in one go. Twitter is important for communications in all areas that surround us on a daily basis, and people who make a living out of using Twitter can really benefit from this. But as we know, very well, Twitter is not all serious matters – it can be used in many light hearted ways!

Getting an extra 140 characters means that in a link sharing world, we can now post more than one in a tweet – it saves a bit of time publishing one tweet per link and can be good for brand’s promotional agendas. Journalists covering major news can present information in more detail, and use less thread space.

In bilingual countries, two separate tweets for two languages can also be time consuming, so why not 2-in-1? Brands that are based in Eastern Canada can now tweet in english and french within the same composition!

On a less serious note, people who use Twitter for a laugh can write their jokes using breaks and annoy their followers in a light hearted manner. Oh, and emojis! They are used so often these days and there’s also more space for them now. It’s useful for brands trying to get creative or for a human being to properly express themselves!

Want to tweet song lyrics in longer form? Now you can! Artists and also their followers can express themselves using their songs in a more meaningful way.

How do you plan on using Twitter with 280 characters? 😀 Let’s hope we’ll be thanking Jack Dorsey soon.

As we have mentioned many times before in previous blogs, social media is important and an expected activity by almost every brand in the market. The biggest problem here is managing the brands on all the platforms they are present in, and where to dedicate the most time to.

Social media is the modern communication channel and also drives revenue when used really well.

When we look at the retail industry, which is changing drastically, social media still plays a big role, especially when your friends are involved with reviews of merchandise they have bought at the store. Even then, with e-commerce emerging, brands are using social to encourage customers to purchase online. We’ll get to this in a minute.

It seems that websites have been making an important comeback lately, especially that they can now be optimized for mobile, and brands should not forget to include links to social as well as testimonials on social on their website. If businesses see many positive tweets or Instagram posts about their brand, they’ll make sure to show it on their website as a means of saying “Hey, we’re not the only ones who think our products are good – they do too!” That then can influence an online purchase. Although influencers are not always trusted, having customers use a specific hashtag to express their thoughts is much more authentic and trusted.

Social media is a powerful engagement tool, for users to communicate with one another and brands to communicate with current and potential customers.

As mentioned in the last blog, paid ads are becoming more expensive and not necessarily reaching more people. Authentic, organic content that is boosted for a couple of dollars can be helpful, but you need to show the public that you are curating that content. The same goes for consumer-generated content.