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Why You Should be Marketing to Generation X

Why You Should be Marketing to Generation X

Previously we discussed why your company should be marketing to Millennials, and in this blog, we’ll talk about the group of people aging into that favorable demographic with real buying potential: Generation X, as well as how to target your marketing to them.

While the focus of the media for years was the Baby Boomer generation, and currently it’s obsessed with the Millennials, Generation X, sandwiched between these two important demographics, has 61 million members and makes up 27% of the adult population. They also head up 30% of U.S. households - which means any business that ignores them does so at its peril.

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Why Google's Knowledge Vault Will Change What We Believe

Why Google's Knowledge Vault Will Change What We Believe

Generally speaking, the way Google and other search engines have been designed up until this point is to reward websites by their popularity. That is, the more a website is linked to, the higher its ranking is - even when the content on that site is erroneous. In a sense, this is not all that different from how other information is disseminated. Crackpot theories have always had an audience. But Google wants to turn that paradigm upside down and reward for truthfulness instead with its new Knowledge Vault.  

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Are You Ready for Google's Mobilegeddon?

Are You Ready for Google's Mobilegeddon?

How mobile friendly is your company’s website? Do you know? If you don’t, in short order you will find out because next Tuesday, April 21, Google is releasing its updated algorithm which is designed to place mobile-accommodating sites higher in its search rankings.

This may sound like it’s not much to worry about. After all, website traffic from mobile phones and tablets is hardly a new thing.  In fact, in 2014 global internet traffic from mobile devices finally overtook traffic from desktops and mobile searches currently make up approximately 30% of all searches - which means that businesses with mobile unfriendly websites were already suffering from a natural decrease in traffic. But Google’s mission here is to create a better internet for the mobile user by actively penalizing companies who do not update their websites for mobile so this algorithm update is a carrot/stick approach. There will be more carrots for companies with sites that comply, and companies with sites that do not will take a beating.

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Facebook Makes Itself More Expensive to Use as a Marketing Tool

Facebook Makes Itself More Expensive to Use as a Marketing Tool

For many small businesses who focus their efforts on social media, Facebook is their top marketing tool. In fact, according to a recent survey of over 2,200 small businesses by Webs, while 63 percent of small businesses use digital products as part or all of their marketing strategy, 88 percent of businesses with social profiles use Facebook for their marketing. 88 percent! Other social media sites used, in order of preference are: LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

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Optimizing Your Website For Google's Latest Update

Optimizing Your Website For Google's Latest Update

As of July of 2014 Google changed its rankings system to give more weight to online sites like local directories, maps, and review sites. Google is continuously exploring new ways to make their algorithm produce the most organic, relevant, and original information possible, and they’ve tweaked it to produce what they believe their users will find most helpful. With Pigeon, company websites now frequently rank below their Yelp (or other directory) listings. For businesses that have invested considerable time beefing up content on their own sites and neglecting off-site presence, this is not a welcome change.

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