New Social App Just Hit 1 Million Users Here’s a social app to watch! While the social media platform has been around since 2015, it’s popularity surged in the past week as more than a million people subscribed to this once obscure app. CREDIT: Getty Images It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Snapchat, but there’s a new–or rather resurging–social platform gunning to compete with it (and with Facebook and Instagram while it’s at it). Vero, which is a photo, video, music, and recommendation sharing site similar to Instagram, has racked up more than a million subscribers, and–despite the site being around since 2015–most of those subscribers just joined this past week. What is it that makes this site so popular? Well, a couple of nostalgia factors for the early days of social media and frustration with Instagram’s algorithm have aligned to give this site its recent boost. So much so, in fact, that Vero hasn’t been able to handle the site traffic! Want to learn more about social media marketing? Check out RLS Group. By Amanda Pressner Kreuser
SEO in 2018: Optimizing for voice search Don’t neglect voice search for your website Search Engine Optimization! Voice search on mobile is growing. It’s more important now than ever to prepare your website so searchers can find exactly what they’re looking for when they’re asking for it by voice. Digital marketing continues to change as more and more people use voice to search for goods and services. Searchers often used the same keywords in mobile search that they did in desktop search; however, certain keywords were used much more often on mobile search than desktop search (and vice versa). Whole new categories of queries emerged as searchers realized that GPS and other features of mobile search could allow them to use queries that just didn’t work in desktop search. An example of the first point is a query like “store hours,” which peaks in volume when shoppers are headed to stores: An example of the second is “near me” queries, which have grown dramatically with mobile search and mostly occur on mobile phones: The mode of search therefore changes search behavior as searchers understand what types of searches work well on mobile but not on desktop. Google has found that […]
Pay-Per-Click Advertising Ever wonder what the most expensive keywords are in Google Adwords Advertising? In the digital world, rumors have circulated for years around what was the highest-priced keyword. Here is a list from WordStream, one of RLS Group’s digital marketing partners, compiled from keyword data from their Free Keyword Tool which was used to determine which keywords had the highest costs per click (or CPC’s) in Google AdWords. Here is a new, comprehensive analysis of keyword data for five different currencies in English-speaking countries. The top 25 most expensive keywords were researched from all of the pay-per-click advertising campaigns for 2017 (meaning these niche markets are super-competitive) along with their average CPC . Ready to see what the 25 most expensive keywords are in 2017? Here we go:
Contributing author: HEATHER TAYLOR Branding Evolution: Mr. Peanut Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe has always been one dapper peanut-about-town. That’s the full name for Mr. Peanut, by the way, and while most fans of the Planters branding icon may be unfamiliar with his formal name, his unforgettable fashion sense is what sets him apart from all the other nuts in the crowd. In a nutshell, his wardrobe staples include a top hat, cane, monocle, gloves, and spats, all of which have been present in his character advertising since the early 1900s. Over the decades, seemingly the biggest alterations have been made to his shell with only minor tune-ups necessary for his accompanying accessories. In honor of National Peanut Month, let’s take a stroll down memory lane with this charming gent and reminisce over his greatest style hits. In 1916, Planters held a contest seeking original designs for their first brand icon. Antonio Gentile, a 14-year-old schoolboy in Suffolk, VA, was named the winner with his rough sketch of a peanut. A commercial artist at ad agency J. Walter Thompson helped polish up the image by adding in a top hat, signature monocle, and a cane. Two years later, Mr. Peanut would make a […]
Google AdWords Adds New Features Matt Southern Digital Advertising “Similar Audiences” – target prospects that have searched for the same things as your customers. Google has announced Similar Audiences are rolling out for Search and Shopping digital advertising campaigns in AdWords. Similar audiences gives advertisers the ability to target customers based on whether or not they’ve searched for the same things as previous site visitors. ”Imagine you’re marketing a hotel in Hawaii using RLSA, and you want to connect with summer travelers. The people in your “Recent Converters” list might be searching for things like ‘flights to Maui,’ ‘scuba classes,’ and ‘flip-flop sandals.’ Powered by Google’s machine learning, similar audiences uses these search trends to help you find people who are looking for the same things as your existing customers, even if they’re not on your remarketing lists.” Remarketing lists for search ads (RLSA) featuring similar audiences are then created and automatically updated. Remarketing lists are eligible for expansion through similar audiences when certain requirements are met. These include having at least 1000 cookies, and enough recent visitors with similar search histories. “Customer Match” – use your email list to target new business In addition to announcing Similar Audiences for […]
Written by: Nayomi Chibana 16 Website Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 Mastering the art of design Staying up to speed with the latest website design trends can mean the difference between an “okay” site and one that makes visitors want to drop everything they’re doing and give you their undivided attention. Even in a hyper-connected world, the latter is still possible. By focusing on improving user experience, down to the smallest details, you can vastly increase engagement and conversion rates. In this post, we take a look at some of the web design trends that originated in 2015 and 2016 and will continue to dominate the online world, as well as venture to make a few predictions of possible hot, new trends that will emerge in the coming months. With the start of the new year, now’s a perfect time to think about ways to give your company or personal website an extreme makeover, so let’s get inspired! RELATED: 50 Gorgeous Website Color Schemes 1 Micro-Animations and Micro-Interactions The Cool Club You might not have noticed it, but the way you experience a website is defined by dozens of “micro-interactions.” When you go to Facebook, for example, one of […]
What is Influencer Marketing? Influencer marketing is getting your product or service in front of the person who can influence people to buy it. This market influence is attributed to the person’s popularity, expertise, reputation and number of followers they have on social media. Marketing a product or service to an audience of influencers is similar to word-of-mouth advertising but it doesn’t rely on that person of influence to actually endorse the product formally. Actors, musicians and sports figures are often used to market products because they are highly respected and highly visible. Bloggers have risen to the ranks of the most important influencers because they are seen as authentic and real, and they have very loyal followers. A blogger endorsement beats traditional advertising channels because of the honesty factor. The blogger is reporting an unbiased, positive experience with a product or service. Blogger posts are also viewed with less skepticism and cynicism as advertisements with their managed and cultivated messaging. Companies must give influencers respect and need to establish open and organic relationships for the influencer to endorse a product. These relationships often include giving the influencer access to a sneak peek at a new product, or inviting the influencer to […]
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