YouTube as a powerful promotion tool

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It might be really surprising for you to find out that the average user spends up to 40 minutes per session on YouTube. Whiting this time period, the user is exposed to a lot of advertisements. That is the place for your small business.

The number of people using the Internet for their news and television programming is growing significantly. Therefore, instead of investing into a commercial on radio, television, or print, consider having an ad on YouTube. It will allow you to reach potential customers via a more targeted approach.

There are many benefits of YouTube advertising, including:

REACH

Based on the current statistics, YouTube has 1.3 billion users and they watch almost five billion videos every day. And this number wont’ stop increasing! Therefore, YouTube is a great opportunity for you to spread your message and reach millions of people that can eventually become your customers.

TARGETING

When it comes to targeting, YouTube provides many options to choose from, including:

  • Topic– the subject of the video content
  • Demographics
  • Keywords
  • Placements– specific pages relevant to ad
  • Category– interest

TIME

It turned out that users spend more time on YouTube than on other social networks available today. This is very effective for small business that try to draw more attention to their advertisements. If speaking about mobile users, the average session time spend on YouTube is more than 40 minutes.

COST

In terms of budget, with YouTube ads you pay per video view. A typical video ad runs between $0.10 and $0.30 per view. This depends on the quality of the video, your targeting and the overall goal.

It is for sure that everybody watching a YouTube video has seen the “Skip Ad” button. If so, you might be worried that you will have to pay for a view by the user who didn’t watch your entire ad. You don’t have to worry! YouTube doesn’t charge you for the first five seconds.

MEASURABLE

YouTube ads are more measurable if compared to TV advertising. You probably know how. You have the possibility to track the success of your video digitally by using clicks. Moreover, you can get in touch with your customer service representatives to find out where the consumer heard of your product or service. YouTube also allows advertisers to see when someone skipped your add as well as when people watched the video through YouTube’s Analytics.

So, is YouTube advertising worth giving a try? Definitely yes!

3 myths about rankings to destroy for a successful business

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Incorrect assumption will always lead to bad decisions and bad consequences. There are three SEO myths that even the most intelligent people believe.

Myth 1: Doubling organic traffic will double sales

Of course, this can be true. Even more, in some cases, doubling the organic traffic can bring much more than doubling your sales. But SEO cannot be approached with this idea as the main point.

For example, you have site structure problems and a large area dedicated to documentation and a blog. Logically, if you fix the site structure and internal link mistakes, you will begin driving more traffic to the documentation and the blog filled with relevant and interesting content. The thing is that this traffic is less likely to be converting traffic, so driving more the organic traffic is possible without targeting what is really important: conversions.

To avoid this myth, think about different sections of your website, give them a value, and then develop method to make sure that once you are formulating the strategy for those sections of your website, you pay attention to the value of that traffic.

Myth 2: Outranking your competitors is crucial

The goal of our efforts is not about rankings at all, but rather income. You might think different, but if businesses were getting higher revenue from ranking in position 20 than position 1, SEO professionals would be working hard to get all their customers to the top of page three.

In addition, it can be effective to not only looking at keyword amounts with the help of a tool like Moz’s Keyword Explorer, but to use SpyFu, for instance, to get a better understanding of how a site is doing overall.

Myth 3: Keyword tools are accurate

Opening people’s eyes to see the reality is often sad but necessary. A lot of customers include huge search volumes of for the phrases they’re thinking about with their initial emails.

Let’s go back to the part where we mentioned that it is better using Moz’s Keyword Explorer rather than Google’s Keyword Planner. The former is more realistic because Keyword Planner is developed for AdWords traffic and, as a general rule, produces numbers far above the number of unique searchers that would reach a result via organic. The Moz tool pays attention to this and algorithmically adapts for that in order to provide numbers closer to organic reality.

Conclusion

Business owners make a lot of mistakes before campaigns even begin. Most of them are the result of a lack of understanding of how keywords and rankings work. Regardless of how successful the SEO campaign is in terms of rankings attained, if the principles and data that the efforts were based on are misunderstood, it could lead to campaign failure.

The best time for local marketing

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Speaking about local search, it is important to point out some of the recent developments and technology that will have an impact both in the short and the long-run.

Today, we live in an exciting era for local marketing tools that will change the way users discover places.

Big Data

When it comes to local searches, proximity is the most important ranking factor. That doesn’t seem to change. However, it is the filter that presents, ranks and sorts out the nearby locations that will change. What filter are we talking about?

You are the filter.

Local discovery will work as proximity that has been filtered by your needs and preferences. The person who is searching will be the one to tell what locations are shown.

Actually, this is nothing new. Major search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo have been tracking the browsing history in order to personalize the search results. The new thing is the perfection of artificial intelligence and Big Data analytics.

Big Data will now help search engines personalize local search results based on users’ individual preferences. The more the search engine knows about you, the more relevant search results and maps will show up.

Online assistants and voice search

Online or digital assistants will be the connection between customer profiles, the locations they are interested in and products around them.

Today, digital assistants will be present everywhere. On your smartphone, in your house, your car your office. In other words, they will be in any place with internet connection.

Therefore, the assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri will become the universal connection between the physical and digital worlds.

Move to augmented reality

With the growing popularity of voice search, you will need to replace the traditional screen on your smartphone and monitor. A picture can render more than a thousand words can, so it doesn’t seem that even a human-like-talking digital assistant will replace our need to see what’s in front of us.

A great solution is to replace the traditional screens with augmented reality. According to Facebook’s latest related to augmented reality, this indeed seems to be the direction we are oriented towards.

Augmented reality will perhaps be an exciting and less privacy-intrusive local discovery development. This will give the opportunity to search for a local restaurant, visualize the exact location of a product right on a shelf or deal with personalized location-based content with beacons. Now, it’s time to keep an eye on beacons.

Beacons

Beacons are a perfect solution in terms of surfacing content in a user’s proximity. The challenge right now is to draw users’ attention to beacons. Nonetheless, if everybody has a digital assistant built in their augmented reality glasses, it will be easy to discover beacon content and personalize it based on your preferences.

This article was written by Rankwinz