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Superfast Business - offers fully funded support to help ambitious businesses in the South West with a focus on rural areas identify, maximise and profit from the opportunities that superfast …

Superfast Business - offers fully funded support to help ambitious businesses in the South West with a focus on rural areas identify, maximise and profit from the opportunities that superfast broadband and new technologies present. They have a team of expert advisers, a programme of events on hot topics offering inspirational insights and practical solutions and access to IT specialists and knowledge.

The service is aimed at businesses who have heard superfast broadband is coming to their area or are already experiencing good connection speeds and fulfill ERDF eligibility criteria.

Register on their website today to see if your business is able to access the full support package and keep up to date with the latest technologies and information.

w: www.superfastbusiness.co.uk
e: info@superfastbusiness.co.uk
t: 0845 603 8593


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And for any blog posts or articles that you may have, your Titles should typically be the Title or headline of the article, and the Meta description should be a great sentence or two summary of what one will read in the article.\n","22":"Myth #3 We must rank number one. \nStudies of clickthrough rates and user behavior have shown that searchers favor the top search #1 results -- particularly the top 3 listings. However, it’s also been shown that on subsequent pages, being listed toward the top of the page shows similar click behavior. Now with search results also being appended with author profiles and rich snippets, clickthrough rates are proving to be higher on those listings even if they do not appear within the top results. The takeaway here is that relevant information and user-friendly listings are more valuable than just rank. 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That is not the 'death of SEO,' but it does require a shift towards the things that have always been the best, most future-proof SEO tactics:\nEnsure all content is discoverable.\nEnsure all content is easily classified.\nPay attention to document structure, both in HTML and in your writing.\nShare that stuff!\n","12":"You get the idea: A world of links and words makes content into a volume play, not a quality play. Webheads figured out pretty quickly that bulk trumped brains and mechanized around it.\n","95":"Facebook Insights - \n","7":"Instantaneous access to information\nInstant gratification\nAccessibility / transparency / connectivity\nConnected audience\n","24":"You have to truly understand your target audience\nYou need to know who they are and what they would be searching for on Google\nHow do they search?\nWhat stage of decision making are they in?\nWhat competitors are they looking at too?\nStart researching !\n","2":"We have come a long way from the early days of the Internet – when we would need to physically go to the computer to use the Internet or send an email.\nToday we live in a world where you switch on your phone, open your tablet and you are connected straight away. \n","63":"Pay special attention to load times on mobile devices; this is even more critical than on your desktop website, as smartphones usually have significantly less processing power. Google is still keen on penalizing sites with long load times.\nMake sure to test your mobile site on as many phone types and operating systems as you can. It’s not a one-size-fits-all world, and many issues are specific to device types and the user’s OS version. You don’t need to cater to everyone, but make sure it functions well on all the current heavy hitters.\nOptimize your mobile site to not only load and function well, but to tell the story of your site in a quick and concise manner. Mobile users have even shorter attention spans than desktop visitors – make sure your site converts in an instant.\n","19":"Then, to wrap up all this in a nice, fun package, Google started encrypting search terms. In English, that means the search phrases folks use to find your site no longer show up in your analytics software. Instead, you get a nice, illuminating '(not provided).'\nFirst it was 5% of search traffic. Then it was 40%. Now, Google's moving to 100% 'not provided'. Why?\nPartly to put on a good show of privacy-consciousness.\nAnd partly to push us marketers out of the world of links and words, by depriving us of the words. A lot of folks reacted with horror and disbelief.\n","80":"Hashtags can be any string of characters following a # hashtag sign or pound sign\nThey are a product of the Twitter community, Twitter didn’t create them – formed as a way of organizing conversations\nWere the most popular form of trending topic in 2010 – not any specific keyword, just hashtags in general – they are taking off\nWhen someone sees a hashtag, it signals a topic. 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    • 1. SUPERFAST BUSINESS Top Tips for Winning and Keeping Customers On-line David Lakins Key Multimedia Ltd www.keymultimedia.co.uk @davidlakins
    • 2. Yesterday Go to the computer to use the Internet / web Today Open a browser or App to use the Internet / web
    • 3. Internet Today
    • 4. we can dream up... http://green.autoblog.com/2011/03/17/elon-musk-tesla-model-s-third-party-apps/
    • 5. Changing user behaviour
    • 6. • Youtube clip - fountain
    • 7. Agenda • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) • Mobile marketing • The power of e-newsletters • Google Analytics • Social Media • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) • Gaining customer insights • Managing your on-line reputation • Q&A
    • 8. What is SEO • Desktop • Smartphone • Local • Maps & Location – Google knows where you are ! • Video • Sound – Shazam • Personal • Google Glass • Google Now • Google’s Knowledge Graph
    • 9. What is SEO
    • 10. What SEO used to be SEO = LINKS
    • 11. Then came Panda • Panda adjusted the search rankings to favour web sites with more pages of 'quality' content. That meant: – – – – Fewer near-duplicate pages Fewer pages with embarrassingly bad writing More pages with deep, useful information More pages that actually, load in less than 20 seconds
    • 12. Then came Penguin • Penguin introduced severe penalties for sites violating Google's Terms of Service by acquiring links through 'artificial tactics.' Those tactics included: • Over optimisation of page content and unnatural links – Keyword stuffing – Building link networks of poor quality sites and linking them back to your primary site – Purchasing lots of links
    • 13. Check if you have been hit • Panguin Tool – www.barracuda-digital.co.uk/panguin-tool/
    • 14. More recently…. • “not provided” – limiting the keyword data you can see in Google Analytics
    • 15. More recently…. • Google Humming bird – targets natural language search and mobile
    • 16. Search is now about … SIGNIFICANCE the quality of being worthy of attention AUTHORSHIP who created the content
    • 17. SEO Myth: We must rank No. 1
    • 18. Future-proof SEO tactics: • Google is moving away from links & keywords – Ensure all content is discoverable – Ensure all content is easily classified – Pay attention to document structure, both in HTML and in your writing. – Share your content
    • 19. SEO Tip 1: Understand Your Target Audience
    • 20. SEO Tip 2: Create a User-Friendly and Search EngineFriendly Website • Can Google crawl your website easily? – Try site:www.yourwebsite.co.uk • Is your navigation and site architecture easily understood? • How do pages link within your site? • Google Analytics - Page speed & Bounce rates matter!
    • 21. Google Page Speed Checker Google Page Speed Test https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
    • 22. GA Bounce Rates
    • 23. SEO Tip 3: Your Best Friend is Google Webmaster Tools • Set up Webmaster Tools • Check HTML suggestions • Check crawl errors • Test robots.txt • Set up an XML sitemap
    • 24. SEO Tip 4: Content Creation • Create a content strategy – drives your site architecture and navigation • Content is an on-going task – Google loves fresh content • Think about Hummingbird. Give your users exactly what they want.
    • 25. SEO Tip 5: Title & Meta Tags are still important • Title Tags and Meta description tags are still very important. • Use your most important keywords in the Title tags, while also making them something worth clicking at the search engines. • For your Meta descriptions, use some additional words that best describe each page's offering.
    • 26. SEO Tip 6: Micro Data & Search Rich Snippets • Using multiple schema/mark-up types on the same page along with the data highlighter - will allow Google to display different rich snippets, according to the type of search query. • Rich snippets boost click-through on your Google listings – – – – – Author headshots Video thumbnails Star ratings On product pages On category pages (based on aggregate ratings) • E-commerce sites – micro data mark-up is a MUST !
    • 27. Rich Snippets
    • 28. SEO Tip 7: Spread the Word • Online - learn where your target audience hangs out and become a part of their communities. Those places may consist of various social media such as Twitter or Facebook, and it might include other online communities such as blogs and forums. • Offline, Press releases, sponsor local events, advertise in magazines, newspapers, mailers or radio • Your goal here is to do whatever it takes to get people to know about your brand, and ideally help you spread the word.
    • 29. SEO Round-up • Put your address on every page • Make sure local citations match your address • Make linking easy • Make sharing easy • Avoid page duplication • Page speed matters • Give search engines what people want
    • 30. Spanner in the Works – Google+
    • 31. Google+ • Google+ is 3 things • Google+ (application platform) • Google +1 (voting system) • Google Authorship (credits authors of content) • As a social media platform Google+ wins BIG – mash-up between Facebook, Twitter plus some
    • 32. Google+ Integrates everywhere within Google • YouTube • Google
    • 33. Google +1’s • Google +1’s is a voting system for content • Found something useful or interesting +1 it share with your followers
    • 34. Google Authorship • Google Authorship is the power player. • It connects content with an individual's Google+ profile. • Note the 'individual' — companies use brand pages, which can't use authorship.
    • 35. Google+ & SEO • Remember the old school SEO link scenario? Here's how it might play out now:– I write an article – It makes the front page of the Telegraph website (a guy can dream) – That alone makes it authoritative
    • 36. Google+ & SEO • But then it also gets lots of links and +1s • If Google authorship is in place, then Google knows that the Dave Lakins who wrote that article also wrote content on the Key Multimedia blog • Google can redistribute authority from the Telegraph piece, knowing that I'm a more authoritative author than I was before
    • 37. Google+ for SEO • Include the +1 share button • Make your content shareable • Ensure authorship is set up on your website / blog so that your content can be credited to you! <a href= https://plus.google.com/ud02761?rel=author>David Lakins</a • Share it on Google+
    • 38. Mobile Marketing
    • 39. We have only just started with Mobile
    • 40. Mobile is already here!
    • 41. iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter • Connects to the Apple iPhone and iPod touch for the flexibility to manage your diabetes http://www.bgstar.com/web/ibgstar
    • 42. The importance of location
    • 43. The importance of location
    • 44. Why is mobile so important? Google – March 2013
    • 45. What are people using the mobile web for? 1. Social Networking 2. News and Information (mobile search) 3. Email • Real time • Relevance
    • 46. It’s time to go mobile
    • 47. It’s time to go mobile 1. Standalone Mobile Site 2. Responsive Website 3. App
    • 48. But it’s different to desktop! • Touch • Context • Responsive • A multitude of devices
    • 49. Responsive Design • http://ami.responsivedesign.is/ - check for responsive design
    • 50. Mobiles & Email • Users are accessing emails first on a smartphone then following up on a desktop
    • 51. Mobile - Key Tips • Pay special attention to load times on mobile devices - smartphones usually have significantly less processing power • Make sure to test your mobile site on as many phone types and operating systems as you can. It’s not a one-size-fits-all world. • Optimize your mobile site to not only load and function well, but to tell the story of your site in a quick and concise manner. • Mobile users have even shorter attention spans than desktop visitors – make sure your site converts in an instant. • Ensure emails are readable on a smartphone device
    • 52. Email • Email has been around for ever – even before the web • Some would say it is not as shiny and exciting as social media
    • 53. Email • E-mail is still a personal, one-to-one medium • Email is effective because it’s permission-based. • With the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, they’re always listening • But the window is narrow. When people read email on a mobile device they do it quickly. That means your emails must be powerful enough to grab attention. • It is 100% measurable
    • 54. Social Media
    • 55. Social Media = Communication • Most people tend to focus on the channels e.g. Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs, podcasts etc. • Think about these channels as languages • They can be mastered easily but content and value of the conversation is all it matters.
    • 56. Social Media “It's a process, not an event.” Companies shouldn’t invest in social media for quick results, it’s a process to build relationship with potential clients, and maintain good relationship with existing customers. Seth Godin
    • 57. Ideal Social Media Strategy
    • 58. Social Media • Social Media Strategy is NOT the same as Digital Marketing!
    • 59. Using social media for business • Social media shouldn’t play the role in direct selling, it should instead :– – – – influence viral conversations, build brand awareness, improve customer service and; engage with your target as a “friend” • When making purchase decisions, would you trust a friend, or an advertisement?
    • 60. Listen Directly instead of Asking • Social media gives you the ability to “listen in” (legally and ethically) on potential and existing customers to learn what they think about a product / service.
    • 61. Listening tools • Google Alerts • SocialMention • Addictomatic • Radian6 (paid) * recently acquired by salesforce.com • Tweetdeck • Hootsuite
    • 62. Google Alerts
    • 63. Social Mention
    • 64. What is Twitter • Tweet and your followers will see your messages • If you follow others your Twitter timeline will display their tweets
    • 65. Twitter Basics: a Tweet • 140 characters to leave a message or an update • You can add text and links • You can tweet via a PC or on the go via your mobile / tablet
    • 66. Twitter Basics • Tweet - Posting a message to Twitter • Retweet (RT) - when you re-post a message that someone already posted. It gives credit to the author and content provided. • @ + name – a command which allows replies to be sent • Direct Message - Private message sent between two people (not shown in your public profile) • Favourites - A public area to save your favourite tweets
    • 67. Using Hashtags • The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It is a way to categorise messages – Hashtags organise your tweets – Hashtags target your audience – Hashtags can get you more retweets – See what is trending and follow hashtags #WSX #journorequest #staycation #dorsetbusiness
    • 68. Twitter - Starting out • Easy – go to www.twitter.com • Pick a username • Fill out the biography so people know what to expect from you • Now you are ready to send your first “Tweet” • Find people to follow by adding friends or by searching your interests • Listen and find who want to follow • Update regularly
    • 69. How I use Twitter • Core number of Twitter contacts I keep in touch with on a regular basis • I keep a watch out for – New followers (and will always respond / thank them) – @davidlakins mentions of my name • Schedule some tweets with Hootsuite • Track specific keywords with Tweetdeck - with the notion that I can join the conversation if necessary
    • 70. Hootsuite
    • 71. Facebook • Facebook is a “different animal” to Twitter and should be treated so. • It is a closed network – so building a following can be more difficult than Twitter
    • 72. Your goal: get FB users to Like your Page
    • 73. Your goal: get FB users to Like your Page • WHY? • So your updates will appear on their profile page as viral marketing to those who follow them • FB post last about 1.5 days
    • 74. Likes vs Engagement • Likes are important — but the key element is engagement! • The more Likes you have, the more people your message is reaching. • Regular “likes”, comments and shares means your follower has become a brand advocate. • Facebook Edgerank
    • 75. Best Of British Holiday Park - Case Study • Increased following from 180 to over 8,000 likes in six months – – – – – Targeted Facebook Advertising Regular posting Strong imagery Soft sell Building followers and advocates
    • 76. Best Of British Case Study
    • 77. Facebook Targeted Advertising
    • 78. Facebook – Key Tips • Facebook fan page likes are precious • Keep your Facebook Fan page populated • Like to get Liked - find other Facebook Pages where your target is likely to be present and like each of these pages
    • 79. Pinterest joins Twitter and Facebook as the newest Social Media tool
    • 80. What is Pinterest? • Pinterest is a virtual pinboard which allows users to organize and share interesting content they find on the web • A great platform for storing and sharing your brand’s images which helps drive traffic to your company website or even help sell products
    • 81. Why is it great for businesses? • More than 10 million users • Fast growth • For some businesses Pinterest is driving more traffic to brand sites than Facebook, Twitter and Youtube • Only social media tool where embedded links are counted towards SEO value
    • 82. Pinterest Tips • Great potential for retailers • Boost your brand image by sharing cool but relevant images • If you have a catalogue this is one opportunity to digitize it • Inspire people and generate a viral effect • Share what’s interesting and drive traffic to your website • Pin, re-pin and like other users’ images that you find relevant • Keep in mind, social network rules apply
    • 83. LinkedIn • Largest business networking site in the world • Messages are more professional. Conversations are geared toward partnerships and transactions • Make sure you fill out your profile 100% • Connect with people • Recommend others
    • 84. Join a group and actively contribute to it
    • 85. Update your status with meaningful & appropriate content (this is a professional network)
    • 86. Use an established connection to ‘get introduced’
    • 87. A complete profile and smart use of keywords will improve your findability
    • 88. Write a recommendation or endorse a skill (don’t sit and wait to be recommended)
    • 89. Q&A
    • 90. SUPERFAST BUSINESS Top Tips for Winning and Keeping Customers On-line David Lakins Key Multimedia Ltd www.keymultimedia.co.uk @davidlakins