The Benefits of Voice Search Marketing

The Benefits of Voice Search Marketing

While your marketing plan might encompass different types of platforms such as social media, google advertisements and mobile optimization it is also important to consider voice search. While most people focus their marketing on desktop and mobile searches, they fail to realize that voice search is growing in popularity and it is becoming more crucial than ever to include it as part of a marketing campaign. Voice search is only going to grow more important over time and marketers need to start developing their voice marketing strategies now to stay competitive.

Internet trend reports show that 20% of mobile searches were made using voice search in 2016 and that number only continues to rise. With new products and more refined technology, digital assistants are becoming a more typical and frequently used household item. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all have their own versions of digital assistants that deliver information to users quickly and effectively.

Technology companies and retailers are noticing the growing trend and starting to take advantage of voice search popularity. Companies like Walmart are providing options for customers to shop using a digital voice assistant. As retailers recognize the importance of voice search, businesses need to incorporate it as a part of their optimization campaign for better marketing results.

Optimizing for Voice Search

Now that one in five searches are made using voice search, it is part of the average person’s daily life. SEO marketers may already realize that optimizing for voice search is slightly different than optimizing for a traditional search. That means they will have to adjust elements of their strategy if they want to reach people doing a voice search.

By 2020 voice searches are expected to account for 50% of all online queries so that means some serious changes to the way marketers optimize. Voice search assistants such as Siri or Alexa keep track of the way people search and their personal data in order to deliver customized user experience. People often prefer how quickly they can search for something and get the information they need.

One of the reasons that voice search optimization is different from traditional SEO is related to the way people search for things using their voice. Since people can simply talk to their voice assistant instead of typing in questions, they tend to use more natural language. That means your usual keywords and phrases might not be effective for voice search because they don’t reflect the way a person would ask a question out loud.

As people shift to voice search more often than typing out their queries, marketers will need to adjust their keywords to include question words such as “why, how, what and where”. While these are usually omitted from a typed in search, they are more often present in a voice search. Marketing specifically for voice search with these terms will mean that your business will be available as one of the results when someone asks their personal assistant for a product or service related to yours.

Being Available to Customers

One of the positive things about voice search is that people tend to use it when they need something specific and immediate. People are more likely to use a desktop search for something that they want to research and spend some time looking into. A voice search helps them make a quick decision about an item they need to buy or some relevant information.

People involved in a voice search are more ready to make a purchase than those researching information on a desktop. They are looking for products or services that they need in the moment such as a nearby restaurant to order dinner or some household supplies that they need to replace. Optimizing for voice search means that your company will be at the top of the results when customers want to make a purchase.

As more and more people begin to rely on digital assistants and other voice search options, businesses will need to make sure they incorporate strategies for voice optimization so that they aren’t left behind. Only optimizing for desktop keywords means you are missing a significant portion of the searches that could potentially bring customers directly to you. Focusing at least some portion of your marketing strategy on voice search could mean bringing in new customers on a regular basis.

Marketing online is so competitive it is important to always stay ahead of the game and voice searches are the newest trend that is likely to become a staple of internet advertising. Spending some time and investing in voice search optimization will help you reach more people and gain more loyal customers. When your company comes up in the results of a voice search you will be able to quickly increase brand recognition and sales as well.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Good Rankings but Poor Conversions

My website is ranking well but where are the customers?” Good rankings don’t really help much when you get no clicks or calls. As complicated as it sounds, there can be many reasons why a website that ranks well doesn’t do so well in converting.

If only top rankings meant guaranteed business! If this is the case for your website, you’re in a better place than not ranking at all. Here are some things to consider if your website isn’t bringing you any business:

Delve into Analytics: Take a look at your top landing pages and check out the bounce rates. A high bounce rate may indicate that: 1) your content is poorly written and not helpful 2) your content may be good but not specific to the user’s search intention.

Take this opportunity to look over your content and ask yourself if you’re delivering what you’re promising. In Analytics, you can also look at what keywords and phrases people are using to arrive to the page and see if the content matches up to what they’re looking for. This means adjusting on page content as well as meta descriptions and title tags, which also greatly affect click-through rates.

Technical Issues: It’s a good idea to check that your contact forms work once in awhile. Depending on your web host and email service provider, contact forms could not be working or be unintentionally marked as spam.

There are also malicious viruses that could inject themselves into Javascript contact forms and prevent users from access.

Make sure to double check that your contact information is correct on your website, including: email address, local, toll-free, fax and any other alternate numbers.

Re-evaluate Keywords and Volume: Consumer behavior and search trends fluctuate on a seasonal basis. If your website is ranking well for related keywords but you’re not seeing the results, it’s time to consider the search volume that those terms get on a monthly basis. This is why search volume and competitor volume matters. This is also why you can’t trust a marketing company that guarantees top rankings! (They could easily get you to rank for terms that no one is searching…)

Provide Good Customer Service and Communication: Potential customers could get turned off by a number of things after making initial contact with your company. It could be a typo in an email, an inappropriate Facebook post, an employee’s tone or whether they can reach a live person at all. For businesses using an automated service, make sure to let customers know when they can expect a reply, whether if it’s within the hour, 3 business days, etc.

For businesses that are using a third-party service with a live chat operator, make sure to check once in awhile to see how the operators are chatting and responding to potential customers. This applies to live phone calls or written communications.

You’re Halfway There
Remember, top rankings are something that all business owners look forward to. If your site is at the top but you’re not quite getting the results you’re looking for, don’t give up. This is the time to crack down on the last adjustments you can make in order to have your site live up to its fullest potential!

Rankings and numbers tell a story, but you may not get the whole picture. Contact us for an SEO website analysis today.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Google Study: Paid Ads Do NOT Cannabalize Organic SEO Clicks

Do I have to choose between SEO or PPC?

This has been a popular question that has been highly debated. The theory is that if you choose the same keywords for targeted SEO and PPC campaigns, your efforts will work against each other and you’ll lose out, either in paid or organic search. Cannibalization is the term experts use when SEO and PPC compete against each other… this means wasted time, money and effort – especially when paid search is involved.

Surprisingly, a recent study of 400 campaigns by Google shows that 89% of the traffic generated by paid ads is not replaced by organic clicks. Overall, this means that paid ads did not steal clicks away from organic results in this sample.

Of course, this all depends on your industry and you could see stronger results using SEO and PPC or just one method. If you hear anyone make generalizations about using both methods without analyzing your keywords and business, it’s safe to be on the skeptical side.

For example, if you’re ranking high (or are number one) for a keyword, it probably won’t be helpful to focus your efforts on trying to get to the #1 spot for PPC as well. Instead, the benefit of PPC is that it can give your business better exposure for key words that you’re not ranking so high for organically.

Let us know if you have any questions about whether SEO and/or PPC is right for your business and we’d be happy to help you out!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Making the Most of Your Social Media Content

content creation

After all your hard work , you want to make sure that your efforts don’t get lost in the sea of online content. From your regular blog posts to  Tweets, here are some ways you can make sure that you’re making the most out of your social media content:

  • Blog – Writing a post-worthy blog isn’t enough to get your content found. Make sure to fill out the Title, meta description, anchor text, tags with meaningful and relevant keywords before you post. You can also edit the URL of your post to make it shorter and more concise (see: the url of this post vs the title)
  • Images – When you add pictures to your blog or website, always remember to add a title or description. Even if it’s just your brand name or a broad description, these words will go a long way!  My pet hamster made it to the first page of Google Images because I optimized a Flickr photo his name in the title, tags and description.
  • Video– It’s easy to optimize YouTube videos. Properly optimized videos are powerful assets that will benefit your brand in the long run because they have a strong staying power (especially if you get them to rank for a specific location/niche.)
  • Twitter– Keep your messages short and sweet and don’t be afraid to include target keywords and other terms you want to be associated with. A fun part of Twitter is that your responses to other users and retweets also count as content.
  • Facebook– This isn’t the place to blast the same messages over again. Neither is it a place to overtly self-promote. With New Facebook Pages rolling out, you can make your fans keep them engaged and make them feel like they’re part of something exclusive by creating unique, well-timed messages.

What are some other ways you properly optimize your social media content?

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Wednesday Webinar Overview: Keyword Research

Midweek already. Yesterday’s webinar with Gord Hotchkiss of Enquiro and Connie Stack of WordStream was about PPC Keyword Research and the B2B Buyer.

My favorite analogy that Gord used was that keyword research is best utilized when you do both quantitative and qualitative research. A quantitative strategy can be compared to looking at your dashboard and monitoring your speed as you drive. A qualitative approach would be more like looking outside your window. So in the end, effective keyword research (and driving) consists of both these techniques!

Connie mentioned a good point in her own experience with WordStream. Instead of just focusing on pushing their products/services, WordStream is also interested in the user experience, such as queries like “frustration with AdWords”. As buyers look for a proper balance in their search, it’s important for sellers to find an equilibrium point in understanding the user experience.

If you’d like to learn more about keyword research and read more about the fascinating eye tracking studies, Gord has a free PDF of his new book available for download on his site.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Coming Up with a Plan for Organic SEO

Do you ever come across the label, “One size fits all”? Not only is it frustrating but most of the time, it doesn’t even hold true! Instead of opting for a generic plan for tackling SEO, why not take the time to see what will work best for you? The biggest problem that many have is not knowing where to start or what efforts are enough to help your success. Although a reputable SEO company can’t guarantee your success, your hard work and consistency will pay off in the end.

Investing in Keyword Research
This is an important starting place. Maybe you want to set aside 5, 10, or even 20 keywords that you’d like to concentrate on. Instead of going for a wide variety of words, it can be beneficial to focus on some top terms if there is not a lot of competition in your field. The opposite holds true if you want to get more aggressive with your efforts. Lisa Barone wrote an easy-to-follow article for beginning your keyword research. With free tools from Google and unlimited online resources, there’s no reason for you NOT to get started today.

Moving Onto SEO Content
Now that you know what keywords you want to optimize, it’s time to focus on SEO content. It may be difficult to deliver a steady stream of relevant content. Many companies find it more efficient to enlist the help of copywriters who are knowledgeable in the field. Whether it is keeping up with industry news, voicing your opinion, or plain FAQ’s, these textual gems will help link your site to the significant keywords that you want to be associated with. Marketing experts can’t stress this enough – content is king.

Let’s Get Technical
Search engine optimization works to help your site gain more visibility. This doesn’t happen out of happenstance and you should familiarize yourself with the more technical aspects of organic SEO. Don’t know the difference between title and meta tags? Forget to add relevant keywords to your headings? Did you know you can even add alt tags to make your pictures more search engine friendly? If you aren’t utilizing these fields, just think of all the potential visibility you’re missing out on!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Intel’s Advertising Overhaul


Listened in to a webinar this morning with Corey Carrillo of Intel Corporation and Craig Macdonald of Covario about Paid Search and Big Brand Marketing: How Intel Coordinated Search Into a Global Ad Campaign. Most of the time, I find that big corporate presentations are kind of dry because they only cover really general topics and give broad details.

Anyways, Corey admits that Intel is lacking in their brand power presence when compared to Dell or HP. They began an overhaul of their advertising campaign which portrayed their engineers as “rock stars”. Across video, online, email and other advertising platforms, Intel used the same format with familiar characters. This gave their new image a consistency. I personally like these new ads and how consumers can relate.

Consumers seemed to enjoy these ads and found them entertaining. BUT… when directed to the landing page, customers quickly bounced. Like we’ve talked about before, this landing page looked really cool and was flash based. From the consumer point of view, it was too slow loading and they weren’t finding what they were looking for. After a simpler revamp, Intel’s ad campaign improved. They tested, measured and learned from their mistakes and it’s something we all can learn from.

As Corey reminds us the 3 most important things he considers when it comes to a paid search campaign:

  1. keyword selection
  2. ad creative used
  3. landing page

Lesson learned: Integrating your SEO and PPC campaigns are easier said than done, especially for big corporations.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

The Evolution of Blogging and SEO

The History of Blogging
Web + log = Blog. According to Wikipedia, early-blogging dates back to around 1983. What evolved from a personal online diary has become a helpful tool that can be as powerful (or more powerful) than a website. Let’s take a quick look at some interesting tidbits:

  • Cameron Barrett compiled the first of blog sites in 1998
  • Peter Merholz coined the term “blog” in 1999
  • Pyra creates Blogger in 1999
  • Twitter introduces the world to microblogging in 2006

What’s Changed?
LiveJournal, Open Diary, Xanga, Blogger. The dot-com bubble paved the way for companies and individuals who wanted to make a name for themselves via blogging. Nowadays, blogggers are more dynamic and it’s more than just detailing the mundane facts of your everyday life. From online marketers to large corporations, blogs are now considered to be a serious for of entertainment, news, and information.

Business Blogging Webinar

This morning’s webinar with Chris Baggot and Duane Forrester was about business blogging and how to apply SEO. They distinguish the difference between how personal blogging has evolved into a more sophisticated form of corporate blogging. Chris shared insight about organizing several different blogs dedicated to specific topics, while Duane talk about the importance of tracking your success. Here are some things to keep in mind as you establish your own blogging strategy and best practices:

  • 66% of blog traffic comes from search engines
  • Companies that utilize blogs generally get more traffic
  • Frequent and recent – successful blogs are updated regularly and contain relevant information

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Competition Among Top Search Engines

Google Dominates

Google continues to dominate as the top search engine in the United States. While a select few reign over the search engine industry, there is a great range between the top three largest companies. As of September 2009, about 70.5% of users use Google, 17% used Yahoo! and 9.3% sided with Bing. With such discrepancies, the number two and three search engines are losing a great deal of market share to the Google giant. In the past, Google and Microsoft have been fiercely competitive. From competing web browsers to applications, Microsoft has jumped directly into Google’s game with the unveiling of their new search engine in summer of 2009.

Does Bing Size Up?

The commercials seem promising, but does Bing really size up to Google? Formerly Windows Live Search and MSN Search, the new search engine has boldly labeled themselves as the “decision engine”. Some experts believe that Bing is a great improvement from what it used to be, and that it has the potential to threaten Google’s success. While the size of that threat is arguable, Bing offers relevant results that are competitive to those of Google. Another obstacle for Bing to overcome is attempting to win over loyal Google users. Bing is relatively young to Google and time will tell whether or not their technology and measurable marketing efforts will pay off.

New Competitors

Although Google is all we hear about when it comes to search engines, the market outside of the United States is drastically different. For example, did you know that AltaVista is the number one preferred search engine in Canada? The Swiss prefer Abacho, while China is no stranger to altogether banning access to Google. Google is great at recognizing competitors and making valuable additions to their company. Did you know that Google acquired Google Earth from a smaller company in 2004? New technology is emerging all the time and Google is definitely keeping their eyes peeled for new competitors.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Search Marketing During a Recession


Think Positive

What should you do when it comes to your search marketing efforts during a recession? Many marketers believe that search marketing is somewhat recession-proof, but it pays to do your own research. It may be too soon to tell, so it doesn’t hurt to do some analysis. First, talk to your peers and ask them how business is going. You can learn a lot from their personal experiences and networking is always a big plus. Keeping up with the latest news means that you won’t get left behind during the next economic upturn. Things may look slow in the meanwhile, but don’t be easily discourage. Innovations like Google Wave or advances in mobile search marketing thrive during times like these!

Recession Dos

Invest: Whether it is time or money, experts suggest that a recession is a time to invest more into search marketing efforts. Why? Competitors may significantly cut back on their expenditures, so that leaves room for you to take advantage of an open market.
Think “Free”: Take advantage of free help that can come from link building and social networking. These efforts take more time than money and will improve the results that you’ll see in the long-run. You can also take time to give your website that much needed makeover.
Organize: Regardless of the economic conditions, a well-organized business always runs more efficiently. Keeping track of what you cut-back on or increase will help you easily make changes and see results.

Recession Don’ts

Don’t carry on as normal but don’t be afraid. Does that make sense? It is foolish to think that the recession doesn’t have some impact on a part of your business. Disregarding external factors is not beneficial and you won’t learn anything new. The worst thing that a business can do is to cut costs in blind fear. If you cut back or eliminate new content and a paid advertising campaign, why would you be surprised if your business suffers? It’s time think smarter and you can take these tips with you as you move ahead.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.