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DexKnows Widget Campaign

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This is a brief overview of the Widget & Gadget campaign I was involved with for DexKnows.com.

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DexKnows Widget Campaign

  1. 1. DK Widget Campaign History, Analysis & Future of the Widgets June 24th, 2009
  2. 2. History of the DK Widgets <ul><li>In an SEO Effort to obtain more incoming links and create more traffic to the site, the DK Team devised a plan to design & implement Widgets of their own. </li></ul><ul><li>The focus was on creating a simple, ‘down and dirty’ Widget which basically got this task accomplished with a ‘ What ’ & ‘ Where ’ box allowing end users to search the DexKnows.com web site from their own web pages or desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>DK Team targeted main players in this arena, that being Google , Yahoo , Apple . For each, a ‘Widget’ or ‘Gadget’ (depending on your vernacular… Google calls them Gadgets) was developed. </li></ul>Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  3. 3. <ul><li>For Google , a Google & iGoogle Gadget were developed. </li></ul><ul><li>For Yahoo , a Yahoo Widget was developed. </li></ul><ul><li>For Apple , a Mac Dashboard Widget was developed. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to these ‘main player’ Widgets, there were others developed for Facebook.com & WidgetBox.com . </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know The ‘What’ input field The ‘Where’ input field
  4. 4. History of the DK Widgets <ul><li>With the WidgetBox Widget, came the ability to add the Widget to blogs, social networking sites, social media sites, and even send a link to the WidgetBox Widget in an e-mail. Adding a viral marketing aspect to the Widget. </li></ul>Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Add Widget to various places like Facebook, Bebo, Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, etc. Send a link to the Widget in an e-mail to a friend.
  5. 5. History of the DK Widgets <ul><li>The Widgets and Gadgets are both functional on the Desktop and within a Web Page . </li></ul><ul><li>The Widgets & Gadgets function on both a Mac or PC . </li></ul>Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Desktop Widgets : Web Page Widgets : <ul><li>Google Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Mac Dashboard Widget </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>WidgetBox Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Application </li></ul>Mac Widgets : PC Widgets : <ul><li>iGoogle Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Mac Dashboard Widget </li></ul><ul><li>WidgetBox Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Application </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Google Gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Widget </li></ul><ul><li>WidgetBox Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Application </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Once the Widgets & Gadgets were developed and ready to go live out in the ‘wild’, we made them accessible to the public via our ‘ Free Tools ’ page & through Widget Directories and Galleries . Google, Yahoo, Apple & WidgetBox all have their own mini-sites for Widgets. </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know The ‘Free Tools’ page on DexKnows.com :
  7. 7. History of the DK Widgets <ul><li>The ‘ Free Tools ’ page also has other content on it. In addition to the Widgets, there are also Text Links , Banner Ads , and What & Where Search Boxes for users to download and add to their sites. </li></ul><ul><li>These all perpetuate the SEO strategy of obtaining more incoming links and creating more traffic to the DK site. </li></ul>Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know The links to Additional Content on the ‘Free Tools’ page.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Text Links are “simple links that anyone can use to link to DexKnows.com”. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy & Paste code available for both ‘ Dex Yellow Pages ’ and ‘ Dex White Pages ’. </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Text Links on the ‘Free Tools’ page. Complete with code that is easily selected with the click of a button.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Banner Ads are “images that can be used to link to DexKnows.com”. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy & Paste code available for adding a Banner Ad to your web site. </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Banner Ads on the ‘Free Tools’ page. Complete with code that is easily selected with the click of a button. No image download necessary.
  10. 10. <ul><li>What & Where Search Boxes are used “to perform a search on DexKnows.com from your site”. These come is various IAB standard sizes. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy & Paste code available for adding a DK Search Box to your web site in a 2-Step Process allowing for easy pasting between the ‘<head></head> tags’ and ‘<body></body> tags’ in the HTML of your web page. </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Search Boxes on the ‘Free Tools’ page. Complete with code that is easily selected with the click of 2 buttons.
  11. 11. <ul><li>Even a few credible sources blogged about our Widgets after a related Press Release. </li></ul><ul><li>The Kelsey Group mentioned that the Widgets were: </li></ul><ul><li>“ a smart move that makes Dex more accessible and extends its usage beyond the IYP site alone. ” </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Sterling wrote: </li></ul><ul><li>“ this will provide only incremental traffic to Dex, it’s smart to do this. IYPs must leverage any and all distribution channels to boost their traffic from unpaid sources. ” </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  12. 12. <ul><li>The Kelsey Blog : </li></ul><ul><li>The Sterling Blog : </li></ul>History of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  13. 13. <ul><li>The Free Tools page and Widget Directory & Gallery submissions began in May 2008. Below is a look at usage of the DK Widgets from early September through early February 2009. </li></ul>Analysis of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  14. 14. <ul><li>As of February 15th 2009, here is the breakdown on DK Widget Usage . The iGoogle & Google Gadget are running hand-in-hand, while the Mac Widget trails close behind & the others take up the rear. </li></ul>Analysis of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  15. 15. <ul><li>With each Widget Directory & Gallery submission, there has been a careful tracking of search term ranking and the number of downloads for that particular Widget. </li></ul><ul><li>IE. The WidgetBox Widget Stats: </li></ul>Analysis of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know Ranking for Specific Terms : Number of Downloads : <ul><li>‘ Local Business Search’ ranks #1 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Yellow Pages’ ranks #1 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Business Search’ ranks #7 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Yellow Page Search’ ranks #1 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Local Search’ ranks #3 </li></ul><ul><li>423 (as of 06.22.09) </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>On the ‘ Free Tools ’ page, the Widgets are also being tracked in terms of number of downloads . As of February 15 th 2009, here are the numbers: </li></ul>Analysis of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  17. 17. <ul><li>Various other Widget Directory & Gallery sites are also being tracked in terms of number of downloads . As of June 22 nd 2009, here are some of the numbers: </li></ul>Analysis of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  18. 18. <ul><li>The DK Team would also like to see the DK Widget make it’s debut in the Windows Vista environment, as well as improving the Facebook Application and creating a cross-platform Google Gadget . </li></ul><ul><li>It would also be nice to see different types of Widgets being developed. Widgets that break out of the mold of the ‘ What ’ & ‘ Where ’ box method. Recent brainstorming has been done on this and has produced some great ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps an internal campaign to inform Dex & BDC employees of the Widgets and have them install at least one of them to increase usage at a viral level? </li></ul>Future of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know
  19. 19. <ul><li>There is ample opportunity here to improve the DK Widgets of the future and increase traffic, as well as incoming links to DexKnows.com. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dex team looks forward to working together with the Business.com team to advance the DK Widgets into the next phase of development. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>Future of the DK Widgets Confidential - Disclose solely to RHD stakeholders or employees having a need to know

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