Thanks to the growing number of users performing searches from mobile devices and the influx of voice technology, the search landscape as we know it is changing. Something else that marketers can't afford to ignore about the way that search is evolving is the increasing number of vertical search engines.
If you think about it, some of the best experiences in life are things that we don't have to wait for. As consumers, we have become accustomed to immediate gratification. We can fast forward through commercials, receive two-hour delivery from Amazon Prime Now, and get a response from voice assistants like Alexa within a second.
Google recently announced that it will be launching an update to Google My Business, which will make it easier for businesses to managed enhanced categories of content and posts for multiple locations. We can expect the update to roll out by the end of the month, and this enhancement will be especially beneficial to you if your business has more than one location.
As a marketer that works hard to reach your target audience online, it's common to feel out of sorts each time that Google makes an update to its search algorithm. And, unfortunately for marketers, search engines are constantly updating the criteria that they use to rank content.
A decade ago, most businesses that wanted to climb to the top of Google's search results were focused on search engine optimization, and some used unethical tactics to increase visibility in search results. However, the algorithms for search engines have since evolved, and marketers need to focus on creating high-quality, value-added content in order to earn a prime spot in search results.
Google My Business, formerly known as Google Places, is one of the most effective ways that your business can increase its online visibility and dominate local search. While you need to include your business in as many online directories as possible to excel with your search engine optimization strategy, you need to make your Google My Business listing a priority as its the most comprehensive and accessible directory on the internet.
You've heard time and time again that if you want to expand the reach of your content, you need to leverage industry influencers to spread the word. But if you could become one of these industry influencers yourself?
In 2017, there was a lot of hype about the user experience that a website provided, and this trend is going to continue to remain a top priority in 2018.
Today's consumers have a dwindling attention span, so it's critical that your website design is intuitive and compelling enough to make your visitors want to stick around. If your website is difficult to navigate, slow to load, or not mobile-friendly, you're not offering a positive user experience to your visitors.
As of 2017, nearly 30 percent of small businesses still do not have a website. Considering the amount of business that is conducting online and the number of consumers that turn to the internet to research products and services, not having a website for your small business puts you at a disadvantage.
To be successful with digital marketing in 2018, your strategy will need to include a mix of organic and paid content. Considering that Google has nearly 73 percent of the online search marketshare, an investment in Google AdWords is a no-brainer for paid advertising.