Digital Marketing Footprint

Digital marketing is important for all businesses and at every stage of their life cycle. A lack of investment in marketing might not seem like an issue initially, but it may well put a company at a disadvantage later on. To stand out against competitors, a company should carefully consider the marketing messages it wants to present, the footprint it wants to create, and how to best do this.

Even in difficult times, well-considered marketing can allow your business to get the attention it deserves.

Is marketing really important?

The short answer is yes! You might think that we say this out of pure bias, but we really know the transformative power that marketing can have. The M3 team have seen first-hand how our marketing tactics have made huge differences for a whole range of clients in various sectors. Don’t believe us? Just read one of our case studies.

Digital marketing for each business stage 

Development and Launch: When a business is in the early stages of development, having a clear idea about marketing strategy is vitally important. A digital marketing strategy will inform the kinds of people who hear about a business, how many people hear about them, and what an individual’s initial impression will be. When the business launches, successful digital marketing will ensure that people talk about the business and those people say the right things. It helps the business to be found more easily and for the desired buzz to grow.

Growth and Maturity: With growth, a business may choose to diversify their digital marketing channels. When they become more established, innovative and effective digital marketing will help to ensure that a business doesn’t get forgotten and is still seen as relevant. The business may build up an archive of helpful blogs, become prominent on social media, or have regular newsletters.

Decline: Every business will have its own struggles to a greater or lesser degree. Forbes notes that there are Five Reasons that 8 Out Of 10 Businesses Fail. These are:

  1. Not being in touch with customers through deep dialogue
  2. Lack of unique value propositions
  3. Failure to communicate value in clear, concise and compelling ways
  4. Leadership breakdown 
  5. Inability to nail a profitable business model 

Nevertheless, marketing can make a difference for a number of these points. Good digital marketing will allow a business to keep in touch with customers by using the right dialogue. It will also use the right tools to communicate the value of the company to online communities. 

Shouldn’t I cut my marketing budget?

Many companies are tempted to cut their marketing budget when money becomes tight. However, this can often only further the decline. Just when a struggling business is likely to benefit most from more people hearing about them (whether through savvy social media campaigns, targeted SEO practices, or cleverly designed Google Ads) some view marketing as a waste of time. However, this is when you should consider wisely investing in digital marketing even more.

How can marketing help when business is tough?

We’re all guilty of spending too much time online, but businesses can use this to their advantage and meet their customers where they are. In fact, when done correctly, digital communication can be a great way to achieve mass reach!

Although part of your marketing budget may go towards printed materials and in-person events, the digital landscape should never be neglected. Comprehensive digital marketing presents a range of unique opportunities; it helps you to not only find new customers, but to nurture the connections you already have in a convenient way. By fostering your online relationships, you can continue to build brand awareness and trust, and are therefore more likely to see an improvement in fulfilling business objectives.

So whether you’re B2B or B2C, having adaptable and responsive digital  marketing is crucial for longevity. Having a strong brand and resilient marketing strategy will ensure that you are set to weather the worst storms as best as you can. Many companies take a digital-first approach to marketing, and in an increasingly technological world, it’s easy to see why. Digital marketing is clearly here to stay.

M3 Strategic Marketing: digital marketing for your business

Thankfully, it’s never too late to get started with digital marketing. At M3SM, we believe that it’s always helpful to reevaluate how to make the most out of your online presence and to check that your marketing activities are meeting your needs. 

The landscape of digital marketing is always changing, and it can definitely be difficult to keep up with the latest trends. Furthermore, even when you know what the latest trends are, it can be hard to know which approach your business should take and how exactly to do it!

That’s where we can step in and help. We offer an extended range of services that we tailor to fit our client’s needs. 

You might be interested in:

  • Creating an eye-catching landing page that makes customers want to learn more about you
  • Refreshing your website so that it gets you the traffic you desire 
  • Rewriting the copy and content for your website so you can maximise your SEO efforts
  • Having better management of your social media accounts so that you reach your customers where they’re mostly likely to be

Fortunately, our services include:

  • Websites: You wouldn’t believe how many companies have old information on their own website- from phone numbers that are now disconnected to naming services they no longer provide. A good digital marketing company can help you keep these things up to date. Our web designers create sites that are slick, easily navigable, and considerate of conversions.
  • Social Media: In 2019, the average Internet user had at least 7 social media accounts (up from 3 just 5 years ago!). Just think about all the people you could miss out on by neglecting your social media presence! Whether Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, or emerging platforms, we can expertly manage your company’s socials.
  • Web Analytics: M3SM is well versed in all aspects of Google Analytics. This even includes creating advanced tracking solutions to track custom elements of your website.
  • Google Ads: Our experience in Google Ads means that we can find you cost-effective solutions. We can create targeted campaigns so that you reach your intended audiences.
  • Content Strategy: Content is a specialty of ours. We manage every stage of a content strategy- research, planning, content creation, and optimisation.
  • Email Marketing: We’re pleased to design custom email campaigns that remind customers of what you offer and why they should keep coming back to you.
  • SEO: Search engine optimisation is an essential part of digital marketing. Let us do the hard work and help to get you found for the terms that you want. 

We want to see your business succeed and we’ll do everything we can to make that happen. Even if you’re not sure where to start, M3SM will be able to guide through the best options for you.

Contact us for quality digital marketing

Whether you already have a comprehensive marketing strategy and are wondering how to enhance it, or you’re just considering dipping your toe into the digital marketing pool, we would love to hear from you

As digital marketing specialists, we:

  • Evaluate how you currently appear to your customers
  • Understand your unique selling points and value propositions
  • Consider what channels and methods will be most effective for the marketing of your business  
  • Execute your marketing strategy and frequently review, so that adjustments can be made in your best interests

We listen to your business objectives, work around your budget and use our many years of industry expertise to get you the best results.

Contact us to learn how we can help.

Email us here or call us on 01604 328899.

Videos help you get found online.

Our client was static with their SEO results, doing well, but not making any great gains. We discussed how videos could help, and set to work creating 5 videos that covered the navigation bar menu on the clients website.

A month later, and the results are in:

Great results for our client with a real improvement in organic ranking as a direct result of 5 new simple videos. You will of course notice that one keyword has in fact dropped in position, and we would like to point out that this particular keyword (which includes the word “seminars”) was not mentioned in any of the videos. Guess what the next video will be about!

Of course, being ranked well does not always mean that this leads to clicks onto your website, but because we have combined the videos with great, well structured SEO, we can see an increase in traffic too. We compared the period with October, so as not to be looking amazing as compared with the Christmas period, which will always deliver less traffic. 

Video Examples:

When you start to look at producing company videos, there are a lot of options out there. We are not an all encompassing video and animation studio (unlike our partners Triad), however we do have access to some great tools which have helped us develop videos like these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSPnjX-6LE4M&A Training
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOBzJN9GAPMIT Support Manchester

if you like the look of these low cost videos, you can either make them yourself by subscribing to Promo Videos (p.s. by clicking the link, you will receive a small discount of 10% off for the first three months), or you can ask us to use our reseller license with Promo, and create these for you for a small additional fee (but with no monthly commitment to Promo).

Give us a call on 01604 328899 to discuss.

Digital Marketing Plan

When any new year comes around, it is right and proper that you reflect on what has gone and look forward to the future, and moving into this new decade should be no different.

Applying what we do personally to your business, again should be no different, and so a Digital Marketing Plan should be considered.

Analytical Review of 2019

To determine your plan, first we need to reflect, and so a detailed review of what you did in 2019 and what worked, and what did not should be at the top of your list of things to do before you start planning for 2020.

Having goals set for your business is standard for any company. Increase in sales, increase in revenue, increase in profits etc. These goals need to be measured. How will you get there?

When someone completes and online form, clicks to call or email, these are potential leads, and should be measured within Google Analytics. Understanding how we received these form fills, calls and emails tells us what has worked, and associating a cost per lead (CPA or Cost Per Acquisition) we can then determine a return on Investment (ROI).

Working out what has given us the best ROI means we can do more of this in 2020, and is considered a priority in your 2020 plan.

Onto the Digital Marketing Plan

Once you can determine what has worked and what has not, then you can start to create your plan. Your Digital Marketing plan should be based around content. When M3 have created plans for our clients, we include the following:

Table of Contents

  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Monthly Content Marketing Themes
  • One Brand
  • Components of the Content Marketing Strategy
  • Offline Collateral
  • Blogs 
  • Newsletter 
  • Videos 
  • Press Release
  • Social Media
  • Infographics 
  • Remarketing Banners & Landing Pages 
  • Reports 
  • Content Marketing Syndication Process 
  • What You Need to Syndicate Content 
  • Your Social Channels: 
  • Additional Tools: 
  • Following Social Channels: 
  • 2020 Content Marketing Calendar

Here is one we created for one of our clients. This is just the bones of the plan, the detail is all important, yet the plan must be fluid and adaptable for change. Keep reading and then decide if you want our FREE DOWNLOAD – remember, the detail matters. See the end of the post.

Introduction

Our overall goal in establishing and executing a Content Marketing Strategy is to have one voice as a brand and to encourage you to be consistent in your messaging to your clients. By establishing an official strategy and calendar you can ensure you are actively generating and syndicating content around your brand and the services you offer. By having this voice driven out through your company you can help to build your company into a leading brand within your industry.

In 2020 you are looking to build upon your brand and give your clients more information on the products and services that matter to their business. This will help to show that as a brand are experts within the industry and can be looked upon as leaders and innovators. In doing so, you should achieve a number of objectives that will help to build brand awareness, help generate leads and ultimately increase sales and revenues.

The objectives of this Content Marketing Strategy are as follows:

• Raise brand awareness and recognition

• Generate meaningful content to enhance the experience your clients have

• Improve your overall brand perception as a leader and expert in your industry

• Increase your ranking for competitive industry keywords

• Help generate more traffic to your website

• Provide more content that you can syndicate and help generate more traffic to your site

• Provide marketing content and programs you can use to generate more leads and referrals

• Enable you to nurture your database using turn-key marketing resources

• Help reinforce the value of your services and increase your sales and recurring revenues

• Improve brand loyalty and retention by providing ongoing content and expertise

Monthly Content Marketing Themes

The 2020 Content Marketing Strategy is broken down into monthly themes. These themes/topics are driven by the core products and services you provide your clients, as well as timed alongside your upcoming marketing launches and messages. Below is a snapshot of the 12 content marketing themes for 2020, and the first two for 2021:

  • January:
  • February:
  • March:
  • April:
  • May:
  • June:
  • July:
  • August:
  • September:
  • October:
  • November:
  • December:
  • January 2021:
  • February 2021:

One Brand

In order to compete with other brands you need to generate high quality content and have that content syndicated across numerous channels effectively.

In addition, it is important that all marketing should follow the same strategic path at the same time to give your clients and prospects the greatest possible experience from any channel you own.Both are necessary for the 2020 Content Marketing Strategy to be successful. If just one of the above commitments falters; your overall goal to become a recognised brand using content marketing will not happen.

Components of the Content Marketing Strategy

An effective content marketing strategy leverages various tools and tactics to generate good quality content. Below outlines the components that make up your 2020 Content Marketing Strategy.

  • Remarketing Campaigns
  • Offline Collateral
  • Reports (Trends and Industry Info)
  • Infographics (Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram)
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Blogs
  • Press Release (on and offline)
  • Email Newsletter
  • Videos

If you are interested in seeing more, please do not hesitate to make contact:

01604 328899 or info@m3sm.co.uk

Meanwhile, the team at M3SM would like to wish you a Happy New Year, and a prosperous 2020.

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE STARTER CONTENT PLAN – remember, the detail matters.

https://www.m3sm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/M3SM-2020-Content-Marketing-Strategy-Calendar.pdf

Importance of blogging

As the New Year looms ever closer, and this next one being a new decade too, marketeers all over are rethinking their strategy for the year. In the case of M3, we do the same, not just for us, but for our clients too.

This year we have been back to basics and revisited our Business Model Canvass. A lengthy team meeting over a working lunch helped us identify where we want to go as a business in 2020, and moreover what we want to be reputed for.

This we based not only on our strengths and great SEO and Paid Ads results, but also profitability, PITA (painfulness) factor, internal skillsets, and the type of business we really want to work with.

In addition we calculated our actual cost per hour at a capacity of 80% (which in truth is realistic for most companies, but feels like we are working at 180% capacity at times here!). This helped us identify which services we wish to promote this year.

Our business model for 2020 unearthed a particular strength in Search Engine Optimisation for our clients, and in particular for the health, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment market sectors (although in truth, we can produce excellent results for most business sectors).

Our business model not only identified that we are excellent at SEO and Paid Ads work for our clients, but also that we are very competitively priced for what we offer within our SEO packages and Paid Ads management fees.

So a campaign to promote our SEO and Paid Ads services is now underway, with SEO, Paid advertising and Email marketing being at the core of every campaign, we want to be known as the Search Engine Optimsation (SEO) go to company in not just Northamptonshire, Cheshire and the surrounding areas, but UK wide.

The Challenge with offering SEO Services

The problem we face is that people are unsure of what they really need, and some do not know what SEO or Search Engine Optimsation (Or sometimes called Search Engine Marketing) actually is, how it works and what it does for companies. People really do not understand what their money spent with us does for them unless we explain it by showing results.

The truth is that if we were to sell it as it is, people would never buy. The reality is that SEO is when a company like ours works with a company like yours to try to get your website found for the search terms that people are typing into Google to find products and services just like yours. So in fact what we are selling is a dream, rather than an actual hard product. In addition, because there are so many elements around that affect what we do (for example, your competition may do something that affects your results, Google may change its’s algorithm again, or the keywords that we researched a few months ago may change as people move around and start new jobs etc.), this means there are no guarantees either. In fact Google will tell you that if anyone guarantees that you will be found first on Google, then do not trust them as it is impossible to guarantee this.
So we have to show the value in what we do.

SEO Company that offers value

So when we work with a company like yours to get you found as high as possible on Google, we work through a number of things with you which include:

  • We research the words people are typing in right now to find products and services that you offer.
  • We look at your website to see if once we drive the right kind of traffic to your website, that it will convert into sales or enquiries.
  • We do the technical work on your website to ensure that the structure of the pages we are optimising will work for Google.
  • We look to improve the links pointing back to your website. We do not get masses of irrelevant links, but a few good quality and relevant backlinks that relate to your specific products and services.
  • We look at your Social Media posts to see how they can be improved for search.
  • We look at your content on the website and work with you to enhance this as well.
  • We report on all our activities undertaken, what we have achieved, and what may require more work.
  • We continually analyse what has worked for your specific website and adjust our campaigns accordingly.
  • We continually make recommendations that will help you improve not only your position on Google, but also tweaks to improve conversion based on factual analytics.

And all this for a reasonable, affordable monthly price.

We are not like the others! We don’t consider ourselves to be your SEO Supplier, but we do consider that we are an extension to your team, working with you to get the results you need to grow your business.

We are not the cheapest option, but we do offer great value for money.
If you are looking for a great SEO company to work with, in the Northampton, Cheshire and surrounding areas and further afield across the UK… then please do not hesitate to call us and we can talk things through with you.

Don’t be an SEO sheep, stand out from the crowd. We look forward to hearing from you.

Call 01604 328899 or email tracy@m3sm.co.uk

Content Strategy

Content is important for so many platforms, especially within the digital space. The success of Digital Marketing is heavily reliant on not only the type of content that is created and distributed, but also how that content is optimised.

The digital space is continually inundated with blog posts, pictures, video content, infographics and cutting through this noise is important for any company’s success.

You might be thinking, “why does the web really need me, as a business, generating a lot of words, videos or images and distributing it?”. Well, here are 3 key reasons why you should be a part of the “Content Generation”:

1) It will engage with your target audience and market: It will make them interested in the topic you are discussing or promoting. Good quality blogs, videos, images, and infographics will ensure that the people you most want to reach are actually hearing about your business products and services.

2) It’s is easy to share: Having blog posts that your target audience will want to share (whether through Social Media, Email or Word of Mouth) can be instrumental to growing your audience and business.

3) It can be analysed and optimised: The importance of analysing the content your company produces should never be underestimated. If you do not know which article, video or image is successful and which is not, then how can you improve? Therefore, spending time learning how to properly analyse the content you have created, distributed and shared and also ensure you have KPIs in place that you measure against.

There are 3 key reasons why content is so important for digital marketing. So often it is said that “Content is King” and for your Digital Marketing Strategy’s success, it needs to be an integral part of the plan.
If you would like to learn more about how to make the most of your digital marketing strategy, M3 have a range of resources to help.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need guidance, support or a helping hand in the creation and implementation too.

We work with companies up and down the UK and further afield to help them define a Digital Marketing Strategy, sometimes delivering training so they can continue in-house, and sometimes implementing that strategy as an integral part of your team.

We are flexible but always professional, exceptional and successful!

We are looking forward to working with you.

When it comes to content and SEO what exactly is it that Google is looking for?

What is the best length of content you should have on a page?
Should the content be written for SEO or for people? 
Even as an SEO expert company, everything changes so quickly that it can be hard to keep up. However, we are resolute in our continued development of our team, and ongoing learning is an everyday essential part of our job, and our knowledge is something we love to share.
Delivering training courses, webinars and seminars are all in a days work for us, and we simply have to be ahead of the curve. So with that in mind, let’s answer a few of those questions.
What exactly is it that Google is looking for?
We can of course only make an assumption here, but as a business, Google would be looking for market share, and to do that it must give the very best user experience to those who use Google as it’s search engine. After all, if Bing were better, then we would all be using Bing and Binging instead of Googling.
So, if you can imagine that to give it’s users the best experience, it should only show relevant websites to its queried search terms, and also websites that are secure, mobile friendly and quick to load.
That’s what we aim for when we are looking to optimise a clients website. Security, Speed and Mobile Friendly sites get ranked more easily than those which are not on https, are not mobile friendly and are very slow to load.
When we watch the changes happening in our SERPS results, we reverse engineer everything to work out what the latest change is all about, and in 2017 Website Security, Speed and Mobile Friendliness were key for SEO.
What is the best length of content you should have on a page?
This is one with an answer that you will all very much dislike us for. When you look at all the research, and we look at our own websites and the length of content on the pages and posts, it is obvious that the more the better, and in fact it seems that 3000 words is optimum. For now anyway). So get writing!
Should the content be written for SEO or for people? 
We think this is obvious, but we get asked this all the time, so perhaps it is not so obvious when you are not in the SEO and Content “Loop”, but content should be created with the user in mind, not for SEO. When you write about a subject on your website, that is related to your website, and you understand it, are passionate about it and can offer real insight and value to your client or prospect at different stages of their customer journey, then Google will easily be able to determine what is great content and what is not. In addition, if you are writing for people, then it will be more easily read, more engaging and more likely to be shared with colleagues or friends and family.
Remember we said that Google would most likely be looking at User Experience?
Well given that Google also have access to Google Analytics and Webmasters relating to your website, they can see how many pages that visitor has viewed, how long they spent on each page and therefore how engaged they were. This is key in determining if your site is relevant to a search query – after all, if you land on a website and it is not relevant – you flip straight off again.
We hope this helps and makes perfect sense, but if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact 

Trusted Digital Media Advisers

Trusted Digital Media Advisers

Yesterday two members of the M3 team went to Google in London for a days training with a view to gain an additional qualification as a Google Certified Trusted Digital Media Advisers.
The day started with the usual networking, and then a quick overview of this new initiative from Google. In fact, this was the launch event where around just 100 Google Partners from across the UK came together to learn new skills and hopefully gain the qualification. With 2 places per agency, this means that there are currently only around 50 agencies who would have been given this opportunity.
With education on SERPS (SEO), paid advertising and other methods of ensuring our customers can make the most of the digital age and the opportunity it presents, this was an intense boot-camp style day.
The benchmark was set high, with all the Google employees who attended the event sitting the exam just the day before, under the same conditions we ourselves, we are pleased to announce that both Gemma and Tracy passed with flying colours. In fact, even beating some of the Google team scores!
With all the knowledge gained from the day, and the ongoing Google insights, M3 have decided to share that knowledge at a regular monthly event, details of which can be found here:
Digital Masterclass Events
If the uptake is good, Google have promised to attend an event here, so please pass on the link to anyone who you feel may benefit from a training session or two on the latest from Google.
Thanks, and looking to see you soon…
Tracy and Gemma
Trusted Digital Media Advisors – as Certified by Google
Trusted Digital Media Advisers

As a Digital Marketing Agency, M3SM can offer a variety of services to enhance your business, our hashtag tips can also promote your business to a wider audience on social media. Hashtags are a prominent part of today’s online society and provide a great opportunity to get your posts noticed by a vast amount of people by categorising content. They make your company and content discoverable to your own followers as well as others engaging with a common theme or interest that you may be discussing. Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram are three platforms that are huge advocates of the hashtag trend and will most definitely boost the visibility of your chosen posts and as a result will further promote your business. M3SM can help you make the most of this simple promotion method and could massively enhance your reach! blog-970723_640

Days of the Week Hashtag Tips

Using different hashtags depending on each day of the week has become a popular trend, both for businesses and personal use. Here are some hashtag tips and examples of what tags to use and how they can be adapted to suit your particular content:

  • #MondayMotivation or #MotivationMonday – Annihilate those monday blues and provide viewers with an upbeat post to start their week off, whether that be a motivational picture quote or an offer they can’t refuse!
  • #TransformationTuesday – Show off how your company or business has or can transform customers lifestyle or mindset. This hashtag also gives opportunity for more health and exercise posts to get seen on this day, so if your company promotes health and well-being then make the most of this hashtag and post on a Tuesday.
  • #WednesdayWisdom – This hashtag provides an opportunity to give your viewers a smart business trick or hack, or you could even supply potential customers further information about what your company offers and how it could benefit others.
  • #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT – The most popular day of the week hashtag used and viewed by millions of people across the globe. Use it to show something you or your company did in the past and how your company has grown. You could also explain products or services your company offered previously and ask viewers for feedback to initiate engagement.
  • #FridayFunday or #FridayFeeling – Celebrate that the weekend is here and post something funny or exciting to leave viewers on a positive note as they approach the weekend. Incorporate upcoming news or what your company plans to offer which could benefit viewers and give them something to think about over the weekend before the dreaded monday blues come back around.

Some Do’s and Don’ts of Hashtags – More Hashtag Tips
Research (courtesy of LinchpinSeo) suggests that tweets with hashtags receive 2X more engagement than those without. However, using too many hashtags in your post may hinder your engagement. Twitter’s own research suggests that if you use more than two hashtags, your engagement drops an average of 17%. It is also important to double check what other contexts your chosen hashtag might be being used for. Before you post your own version of the hashtag, make sure that you have the same understanding of what the hashtag represents as the rest of people using it on the platform, otherwise some embarrassment could arise. You should also provide viewers with an opportunity to engage and start up a conversation or discussion with your company or others also viewing your post is also a good method of promotion. These conversations may spark interest and give your company ideas of what your target audience are looking for in regards to your business or services.
Lastly, using hashtags on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn will not give a very good response or amount of engagement. Viewers may be put off by too many hashtags on these platforms as they cannot engage with them the same way as other social media sites, such as Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus so be careful where you place your hashtags!
As mentioned previously, hashtags have a huge impact on the amount of engagement you receive on your chosen social media platform. It gives the opportunity for hundreds of more viewers to read your post even if they don’t follow you, they just simply type in your hashtag and up pops your post. Businesses and companies most definitely gain huge amounts of visibility and promotion through this technique and it is so easy to do and even better, it’s free!
To find out more about M3SM and the services we offer, you can contact us on info@m3sm.co.uk or follow our social media. Follow us on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Voice Recognition and Search

Did you know that 20% of mobile searches on Google are done using Voice recognition?

What does this mean for you? 
Your website is probably optimised for search in the traditional way, but now is the time to start thinking about the different ways people will search for products and services just like yours.
If you are Business to Consumer, the average of 20% is probably higher. But even Business to Business need to take Voice search into consideration.
You will have seen the adverts for Alexa and Google home, you may have your smart phone connected to your car via bluetooth, you will have questioned Siri on your iPad.
In each instance, when you search for information, you speak it. The way we speak to our smart devices is very different to the way we type.
We will show you some of the queries that are making an impact for our clients right now!

Questions people speak to search

When people are on the move, we are finding they are asking their smartphones to find “near me” places.
Let’s look at traditional types searches.

With voice recognition, the wording changes completely, and the above typed search queries are now spoken as below:

  • Find a hotel near me
  • Find a Chinese restaurant near me
  • Massage therapist near me
  • Find a car repair shop near me
  • Pizza delivery near me
  • Carpet cleaning service near me

You can see that people are asking questions of their device, and so comes a dilemma for your website.

How do you get found for these type of queries?

Google is all about presenting relevant content (not just words, but images and videos too) to the people who are searching, Google is looking for well constructed web pages that are safe and secure, quick to load, mobile friendly and are relevant for that particular search query. It want’s to showcase new, fresh and original content as much as possible too.
You need to ensure that you are writing original content that is genuinely of interest to people. Please note that I am saying of interest to PEOPLE, not to Google. Your readers determine a part of the Google algorithm but showing an interest in your webpage and others leading from that page.
If you are finding this interesting, for example, you may look at other pages of our website, and this web page engagement lets Google know that the page was interesting and therefore relevant to that search. If I had optimised this page just for Google, you may find it boring, and will literally bounce straight off the page and onto something more interesting elsewhere.
Within your content, you may be able to answer some of the questions people are asking.
It’s not just near me queries, but others too such as:

How does ??? What is ??? What does ???

Questions can be answered by way of content that helps your business not only get found, but become a resource of valuable information too.

Answering questions helps clients and prospects understand your knowledge, and therefore you become the “go to” company of choice.
Content is still king, and we can’t see that changing any time soon.

British Water Workshop – At Google.

Today saw M3 Strategic Marketing taking over rooms at Google in St Giles, London.
When British Water asked us to deliver a workshop all about Google to their members, what better place to hold it than at Google’s London H.Q. in St Giles. Being a Google Partner means that Google support us from day to day, which in turn means we can deliver that expertise direct to our clients, in this case British Water.

British Water Google Micro Moments
Google presenting “Micro Moments”

A full day of training on Synergistic Marketing, which pulls offline and online together, was delivered by Derek Bourne of Waterbourne Ltd, Michael Spence and Tracy Spence. In addition, Google delivered a presentation all about “Micro Moments”and played the “Higher or Lower” game with the audience too.
The room was bursting at the seams and British Water had a reserve list of people waiting in the wings, and no one cancelled at the last minute.
The workshop itself was jam packed with useful insights, suggestions of tools to help the companies in attendance, hints, tips and the questions flowed.

British Water Workshop at Google
Michael Spence – Moments of Truth

Unfortunately, the day itself was marred with the terrorist attack on Westminster that same afternoon, just a mile down the road, but it did not stop the learning.
British Water have asked us to deliver the same again but near Manchester, and we will also be delivering a series of smaller, more detailed workshops targeted at different levels of knowledge a little later in the year.

Thank you for an excellent training workshop on Digital Marketing yesterday. I think most attendees were overwhelmed with your knowledge and it is clear that we could have delivered a full day or two day training course!
Lila Thompson – International Director, British Water

Google SEO

Recently, Google released a new video all about SEO and how to hire an SEO expert near you! What is interesting is the number of SEO companies who are now actively sharing this video exclaiming that all along they have been Optimising websites using Google Best Practices and with you as a customer in mind.
Well, we totally agree and are also going to share this “How to Hire an SEO” video with you.

What is also interesting are the number of “SEO” companies who are not happy to share this, and we think this is very telling.
As a business ourselves, we want value for money and to work with companies who understand our business and want to help us grow and grow with us. We want  to work with companies who are transparent, honest and talk with us.
Why would our clients be any different? 
As Google says, SEO is not just about rankings and getting clicks on a website, if that were the case, my job would be easy. I could just sit here clicking away. But, SEO is all about the user experience from the starting point of their specific customer journey, to their onsite experience and ultimately the sale and even after sale service.
We work with all our clients to understand their business and their potential clients, to identify who wants what information at different times of their experience with our clients website, and to make that journey as simple as possible.
We are not about clicks, but we are about converting your website visitors into loyal customers, giving you lifetime value from each sale we achieve as a team.
Please do watch the video and contact us if you have any questions at all or simply request your FREE SEO web audit by clicking here >>

Google Adwords Partner Expert

As a Google AdWords Partner we are exposed to a lot of training and Paid Advertising Intelligence that other agencies are not privy to, and this helps us help our clients grow their businesses. So when the Giant in online advertising Google suggests a meeting at your premises, we didn’t say no. However, never to miss an opportunity, we arranged to meet at their offices in St Giles, London. This meeting was to discuss specifically about our own business, and to determine what else Google needed to provide us to help us grow.
Specifically in the meeting we discussed Gmail Advertising on Google, as both ourselves and Google see this is a great way forward for many of our clients. It is currently not common and so the costs are also a lot less than perhaps other forms of paid advertising on the Google networks. In addition we discussed the importance of having a strategy for each client to determine the very best route, the ideal landing page, and the best keywords too.
With any paid adverts, you need to consider what pert of the customer journey your prospect is on, what they want from your website when they land on it and what tactics you need to employ to convert that click into a sale going forward.
For example, if someone is searching the query “How easy is it to get a business loan” they will be less likely to convert into a sale than someone who is searching “Business loan for van”. With this in mind, the landing pages should be very different and the strategies should also be different. The “How to” query should take you to a landing page that gives you ideas as to what documents you may need (a checklist perhaps). Because people who land here are likely to go away and find these documents, then we would also recommend a re-marketing strategy from this page. Whereas, those who are being more specific, they already know what they want, and so a quote form or calculator would be more appropriate. Here if they complete the form, you already have the information to enable you to make contact and perhaps close the deal, and a different re-marketing strategy should be implemented for those who did not complete the form (abandoned the process).
If you are looking at your online paid advertising and are serious about getting results, then look to M3 Strategic Marketing to help you devise a Google AdWords Strategy before you take the plunge. Using M3 will save you money n wasted clicks and get the most from your Google AdWords Spend.
Contact us now on 01604 328899