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How to Handle Negative Google Reviews

April 20, 2014 by Michael Bird

Handling Google Reviews

The ability to post reviews on Google has provided customers with a way of sharing their experience with a particular product or establishment. For some customers – strike that, many customers — these reviews are the first thing they check before purchasing a product.[read more]

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Why Google's Point of View(s) Is Changing + SM ROI

April 18, 2014 by Randy Milanovic
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Google impressions.

Google recently made a change to the way it displays metrics. If you look closely enough, you'll find that for many people, the "+1's" on your Google Plus profiles have been replaced by a view counter. Focus on social engagement rather than empty statistics. The numbers might not be displayed upfront on Google+, but that doesn't mean their importance has changed.[read more]

The Big Question: Does Duplicate Content Hurt You on Google?

April 18, 2014 by Natascha Thomson

Duplicate content.

If you publish the same content to multiple sites, will it hurt your Google search results? As I sometimes syndicate my blog to other sites, I recently got pushback from a company that had asked me (persistently) to write a commentary on one of their blogs. Find out in this post what matters and what doesn't. You might be surprised.[read more]

Google Gets Serious About Social Advertising with New Post Ads [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Larry Kim

New post ads on Google.

It’s no secret that there’s little love lost between Google and Facebook, even to those outside the Valley. Google proved this once again today by announcing it has expanded access to +Post ads to all advertisers and that these ads will support Google Hangouts on Air.[read more]

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Tracking Social Media Success With Google Analytics

April 18, 2014 by Sergio Aicardi

Tracking social with Google Analytics.

Learn how to use Google Analytics to measure the success of your social media efforts in a few easy steps. I will explain how to interpret actionable reports that show just how well your social media traffic is performing. A marketing manager or anyone that does marketing is only as good as the tools he or she knows how to use.[read more]

Google Says Collecting Data from Unencrypted WiFi Networks Isn’t Illegal

April 17, 2014 by Jan Legnitto

Google and unencrypted WiFi

Do you think it’s legal to collect data transmitted over unencrypted WiFi networks? Google does. This month, Google asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an earlier federal appeals court decision that could make it liable for hijacking data from unencrypted WiFi networks in neighborhoods that were part of its Street View program.[read more]

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#SMTPowerTalk Recap: Making Disruption Work for You [VIDEO]

April 14, 2014 by David Amerland

SMT Power Talk: disruption / shutterstock

Disruption is going to happen in business whether you plan for it or not. In this month's #SMTPowerTalk, two industry veterans explain their own personal survival strategies and how they deal with disruption. Plus, we find out if being a woman in the social media marketing industry helps or hurts your cause.[read more]

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SMToolbox: Grow Your Google Plus Engagement with Steady Demand

April 13, 2014 by Steve Rayson

Data is great, but insights that allow you to improve your performance are much more valuable. This week in SMToolbox, we review Steady Demand Pro, a good example of a tool that goes beyond data monitoring to provide practical insights and constant prompts to help you improve your performance on Google Plus.[read more]

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What You Should Know About the HeartBleed SSL Security Bug

April 13, 2014 by Steve Peterson

The HeartBleed SSL security bug.

If you have an account on Yahoo mail, Gmail, Instagram, Netflix, or a variety of other websites, you may have been affected by the HeartBleed SSL security bug. HeartBleed just became public this past week, and is rapidly being addressed, but it represents an SSL security vunerability that may have existed and been exploited by hackers for up to the last two years.[read more]

How to Become a Google Plus Wizard [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 11, 2014 by Marcela De Vivo
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Become a Google Plus Wizard

Even for those who are "in the know" about the benefits of Google Plus, many have difficulty learning how to use the platform effectively. In this instructographic, we discuss an overview of how to use Google Plus for marketing, including a daily recipe for success.[read more]

How Do Google and Facebook Measure Your Content's Quality?

April 11, 2014 by Nicole Karlis
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Measuring content quality.

Quality is a popular content marketing buzzword at the moment; quality content can be loosely defined as content that online users find valuable. Google and Facebook both recently dramatically updated the way they identify and promote quality content.[read more]

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Local Citations Matter More Than Ever for Google SEO

April 9, 2014 by Christi Tasker

Local citations for SEO / shutterstock

In case you haven’t been keeping up with Google’s SEO updates for this year, you might be surprised to find that your local citations will carry even more weight than ever before. Not only will they influence your potential local clients and customers, but Google will now weigh them in search rankings.[read more]

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The Internet Marketers Survival Guide for 2014

April 7, 2014 by Seth Rand
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Internet marketers survival guide.

As of 2014, an estimated 40% of the world’s population uses the internet. Gaining a competitive edge on the internet gets more difficult each year, as marketers across the globe continue to vary their strategies. In a survival situation, the right skills and tools will ensure your safety, security, and comfort.[read more]

Locally Grown SEO Just Tastes Better

April 7, 2014 by Meghan Hunt

Local SEO

If you're running a small business, then one of your most important assets is a smart SEO strategy. In fact, nearly 60% of B2B businesses say SEO has the biggest impact on lead generation, which means customers. Local businesses work within a very competitive space with pretty tight margins.[read more]

Why Being on the First Page of Google Is Meaningless

April 7, 2014 by Jody Biagini
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Google Search Results

 

We hear it every day. ‘I want to be number one on Google.’ Of course you do. Because when your boss does a few searches and doesn’t find you there, you hear about it, right? You probably see that messaging filling your inboxes from inquiring ‘SEO’ companies that promise to ‘make it happen’.[read more]

Boosting Your Click-Through Rate: Standing Out in Google Search

April 5, 2014 by Michael Bird

Google and Click-Through Rates

Everyone from businesses to bloggers are scrambling left and right to find out the best ways to push their site to the top of Google’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP). Why? Because Internet users usually only check out the first few pages of results.[read more]

An Overdue Argument for Google+

April 3, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad
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Argument for Google+. 

When Google+ launched, I remember waiting with baited breath for my invite to join the platform to hit my inbox. I was hopeful that the search, technology and innovation juggernaut, Google, would be able to create a social media platform that would be a smash success.[read more]

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3 Workarounds for Google+ Privacy & Security Issues

April 2, 2014 by Amanda Green

Google Plus privacy & security / shutterstock

According to GlobalWebIndex estimates, Google Plus is growing at a rapid pace and is now the second largest social network on the planet. But recently, researchers carried out a preliminary analysis of the social network’s privacy, stating several issues that users should be concerned about.[read more]

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Developing a Winning Social Media Optimization Strategy

April 2, 2014 by Brett Relander

Social media strategy

The right social media optimization strategy can help your site rank highly, drive more traffic, and deliver the results you're looking for. So what can you do to improve your SMO strategy and start generating some positive social signals that will produce powerful results for your business or brand?[read more]

Google Field Tests a Gmail Change that’s Good for Marketers

April 1, 2014 by Debra Ellis

Gmail change.

Google is quietly testing a change to Gmail’s Promotion tab. The field test announced this week gives users the option to view incoming messages in a list or image format. The image format view has a Pinterest feel and gives marketers the ability to snag attention with great graphics.[read more]

 
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