Do the Visuals Alone of a TV Commercial Inspire You to Listen?

retro televisionWhile watching TV, my friend and I often play a game of muting the sound of commercials.

I suspect a large portion of the population tends to mute commercials too – and justifiably so. However, the trick of our game is to see if the visuals alone of a commercial inspire us to want to listen to what is has to say. AND to figure out who the advertiser is?

More often than not, most commercials are too stupid or annoying to even watch. But every now and again, there are some good ones ūüôā

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How to Properly Maintain Your WordPress Site or Blog

maintain wordpress siteCountless websites run on the WordPress CMS platform – and with good reason. However, properly maintaining your WordPress site or blog is more important than you may realize. And it’s not just about adding new posts or content.

WordPress consistently updates its CMS platform. Staying up-to-date with these latest releases can ensure your site is working properly along with providing additional security protection.

If you self-manage your WordPress site of blog, then definitely pay attention to the info within this post.

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Why Your Website Needs to be Search Optimized

SEO in the know imageWhat SEO is:
In basic terms, SEO (search engine optimization) is the means by which search engines and your customers find you and/or your website online.

It’s the art of getting your company or business to the top of search engines organically.
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It’s the actual keywords/phrases people¬†type into a search engine which will ideally lead them to your site. That is, if your site has been optimized correctly for the specific keywords you wish to target for your products or services.
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Why SEO matters:
Organic traffic remains the primary driver of customer acquisition (and you want web traffic). So without SEO, it’s unlikely people will find that “stunning” website you just had built (or built yourself) at all!

To clarify: Organic traffic is what comes to your site after someone has typed a query into a search engine such as Google and clicks on your listing which has shown up in the search results. Or search engine relevancy pages (SERPs). This is organic traffic.
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Paid vs. Organic Traffic:
Paid traffic such as Adwords/PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns can be utilized to drive traffic to your website and promote your business or offer.

It can be great in providing quick initial results. However, it can be costly if your campaigns are not monitored closely. And you won’t get any more visitors as soon as you stop paying for your ads and they are no longer visible.

Good SEO takes time. It‚Äôs not an overnight or one time set-it and forget-it thing. Thus, investing in Organic search traffic can be a great way to utilize your marketing dollars. Long term, Organic SEO provides far better results ‚Äď which is built-up over time, are longer lasting ‚Äď and is actually a much wiser investment.
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Google is NOT always the enemy…
What Google is trying to do is deliver the most relevant results based on¬†people’s search queries. And it’s up to your SEO and supporting on-page content (among other factors) so that you ultimately come up at the top of the page.

 

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The Similarities Between a Car Mechanic & Graphic Designer

car mechanics are like visual professionals A trusted mechanic will keep your car motoring along smoothly. Designers will essentially do the same with your creative materials and/or website.

Working with a designer as a trusted, strategic partner can embark you and your business on a great long-term relationship.

Odd as it may seem, there is indeed are similarities in the two…

Like the mechanic who wants to protect your car, a creative professional wants you and your business to succeed. And the both have processes in place to achieve that.

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LinkedIn Connection Request Etiquette

linkedin connection puzzleDear people of LinkedIn,¬†kindly read the following…

For the many on LinkedIn who claim to be “professionals”, it’s rather startling how few are able to act with any professionalism. That is, when it comes to utilizing best practices when sending out a LinkedIn connection request!

 

First and foremost, I do not profess to be some LinkedIn power user. I don’t have 500+ connections (I prefer quality over quantity). Nor am I a LinkedIn expert for acquiring leads etc. There are countless articles and books written on the topic. So knock yourselves out on those.

Plenty of “how-tos” on crafting the perfect LI profile etc etc..

Despite all the good LI info out there, it boggles my mind how may people fail to put these basic best practices into action. It’s a puzzle and the pieces just don’t fit. With that in mind, this post is part connection request etiquette and part ranting.

Perhaps actually implementing some of these best practices will reduce the likelihood of your LI connection requests from hitting the “Ignore” rather than the “Accept” button.
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