Google's Latest Search Overhaul: Hummingbird

Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Google’s Hummingbird Update

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Ever since Google announced the “Hummingbird” update on its 15th birthday, the web marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) community has been all aflutter (pardon the pun) with speculation about what this massive overhaul to Google’s search engine really means. As with Panda, Penguin and the other changes to Google’s algorithms over the last few years, my recommendation to our …

Why Mobile Matters for Small Business Marketing [Infographic]

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For the last 2 years or so, we’ve been pounding the drum to anyone who will listen—which mainly means small businesses we train, our clients, and audiences I speak to—that you must be ready for mobile visitors. How can your small business website be ready for mobile visitors? Two words: responsive design. Your website should be responsive. What Is Responsive Design? Very …

Convert Your Facebook Profile into a Business Page

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Almost every time I speak to an audience of business owners, there’s at least one in the crowd. Someone (or their nephew) created a Facebook “profile” for their business instead of a business “page.” What’s the difference? A Facebook “Profile” (soon to be called a “timeline”) has a first and last name, and can send and receive “Friend” requests. A Facebook …

Free Stuff on National Coffee Day!

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Today is National Coffee Day. I still haven’t figured out whose idea that was, but hey… I’m all for celebrating! Especially the beverage that I spend so much of my time with, and even attribute some of my business success to! Why do I attribute some of my business success to it, you ask? Well… aside from keeping me awake so …

Help Boost Your Google Places Listing in Search Rankings

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 2 Comments

While Google Places is most important if you’re serving one or more local markets, every business should have (and use!) at least one listing on Google Places. If you don’t have yours set up yet, these instructions will help you get started. One you have your listing, however, how do you make sure it has good positioning in the search …

Promoting Your Brick & Mortar Business Online

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According to Google: 97% of consumers search for local businesses online. If you don’t have a solid plan for creating visibility for your business, those people looking for your products and services will find someone else instead of you. So what can you do that doesn’t cost a fortune? Many businesses that we work with are surprised to find out …

Marketing Strategy for Your Business

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 6 Comments

Last week we talked about someone who got ripped off by an SEO provider. And while not all SEO companies are as unscrupulous as the offender we mentioned, typically SEO isn’t the first place to start when trying to improve your marketing results. In fact… there’s a long list of places not to start: Facebook Twitter YouTube Email Yellow Pages …

Suckered by an SEO Company

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Just last week, I was on the phone with Amanda (not her real name). Amanda is a healthcare provider in private practice, serving a local market. A few months ago, she got herself into a contract with a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) company (which will remain nameless, although it’s tempting). Thankfully, her contract is almost up. In the meantime, though, …

How To Grow Your Business Now

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One of the most common questions I get asked when speaking to audiences of small business owners and salespeople who earn commissions is:

What can I do that will rapidly produce results for my business?

Now, I’ll be honest with you: I’m not usually a “quick fix” guy. I believe in strategy… and particularly, in consistently executing strategy over time to get results.

But sometimes, a business or salesperson finds itself needing new prospects or customers quickly. Yes… a well-formed, consistent strategy is great, but sometimes you need sales quickly so you can make it long enough to create and implement a longer-term strategy.

Just Get Started!

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Growing a small business can be a wild mix of challenges. Your website’s contact form is — if it’s anything like mine — constantly bombarded with SPAM from SEO companies (“We noticed your website doesn’t rank very well in search engines,” or “We can get you to the top of Google.”). Obviously, today there’s Facebook, Twitter… and now Foursquare. We’ve …