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Complete but Simple Guide to Local SEO Rankings

Small, local businesses can feel insignificant when compared to giant corporations; however, unlike their global counterparts, local businesses have the ability to target a local market. Through certain local SEO ranking factors (which will be discussed later on), your business can appear in (Snack) Pack Rankings, as well as organic page rankings. Before we dive…

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Part I: How to Select Marketing Channels Based on Your Industry

Industry matters a lot when it comes time to select marketing channels, and the distinction between B2B and B2C businesses is particularly important. Not all channels work for all businesses, and different industries benefit from focusing on different things in their marketing mix. In the first two articles in this series, we covered how your…

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Marketing Automation for Small Business in 2017

This article originally published on SCORE SEPT 11, 2017  As a small business owner, it can be extremely challenging to scale your marketing and sales efforts. Between you and your personnel, there are only so many man-hours in a day, and small businesses typically choose to apply those hours to closing existing opportunities with hot…

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How Small Businesses Can Attract Traffic With Valuable Content Assets

This article originally published on Forbes SEP 14, 2017 @ 08:30 AM Creating high-quality content that has real value to readers but also furthers marketing goals can be a significant challenge for small businesses. Before we get into the how, let’s talk about the what and the why. What’s the premise behind content marketing (aka “inbound marketing”) anyway? What Is…

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How The Wrong Marketing Agency Can Endanger Your Business

This article originally published on Forbes AUG 3, 2017 @ 08:30 AM Most companies start out doing their digital marketing using an in-house team, often on a shoestring budget. The business grows, and you hire more people to handle tasks. Eventually, you start to wonder, could my business grow faster with a real marketing agency? The…

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Why Personal Branding Is Essential To Your Lifelong Success

Personal branding shouldn’t be a buzzword. In fact, it shouldn’t be something “new” or brought on by modern advances in social media. At it’s core, it’s a facet every single one of you should be aware of and have control over. It’s not a “nice-to-know”, it’s a must have. By definition, and depending on the…

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Understanding Topic Modeling for SEO

You probably know your online content is essential for SEO. Matching your subject matter with what people are looking for online is crucial to drive the right traffic to your website. But you might not know SEO has become increasingly sophisticated, as Google has repeatedly introduced algorithm changes that return relevant search results. Topic modeling…

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The Marketers Creed

I was having lunch yesterday with the VP of Marketing for a pretty famous craft brewery here in Southern California. The type of brewery that has an amazing story and a great name, but at times lacks in brand direction. The gentleman I was having lunch with comes from big beer marketing. You know, the…

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Being a Creative Hustler

Bob Dylan sang it many years back: “The times, they are a-changin’.” Times are changing now — and more so than many of us would like to admit. Technology is running our world. We are all connected in ways that our grandparents couldn’t even dream of. Our present world makes “The Jetsons” look like the…

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Study Life, Not Advertising

I want to make a pledge right now. A pledge to never get sucked into the minutia of office politics, industry BS, or the mood changing occurrences that can kill the ever sought-after creativity that is so imperative for a happy life. And a happy life is what I desire, both on a professional and…

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