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What Are Google Verified Customer Reviews and How Do You Get Them?

The new Google Verified Customer Reviews not only boost your business’ reputation, but can also boost your visibility and authority online. But what is a Google Verified Customer Review? And how do you get them? What is a Google Verified Customer Review? A verified customer review is a review a customer can leave after making a purchase from a company’s website. Seller ratings appear on Search Ads, in Google Shopping, and on an optional badge that can be displayed on your site. This ...




Voice Search - What It Means for Local Businesses

The rise of virtual assistants such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa is changing the game when it comes to local search engine optimization with one little thing… your voice. If your business relies on local search traffic, this will definitely impact your strategy. What is Voice Search? Voice search is a growing trend that has really started to take off with widespread adoption of virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant – all of whom perform web searches automatically if t...




Top 10 Recent Social Media Updates You Need to Know (Especially #3 and #8)

If you’re operating or marketing a business, whether it’s B2C or B2B, in 2017, you probably utilize at least one social media platform for your business . Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn are just a few of the social platforms you could be utilizing – and honestly, it is difficult to stay ahead of the changes that occur within these platforms as they update and add new features. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of the most important updates you should know about...




One Simple Way to Grow Your Email List and Drive Traffic to Your Website

Using a marketing tactic called a dedicated email drop, has the potential to send a huge amount of traffic to your website or lead magnet offer using someone else’s email list. But how do you get access to someone else’s list? Keep reading to find out… Dedicated Email Drops: What Are They and How Do They Work? The key to understanding a dedicated email drop is to understand that you’re not being sold someone’s list, you’re being sold access to someone’s ...




5 Ways to Grow Your Business Past the $1 Million Mark

It is a happy day when you cross over the $1,000,000 mark. If you haven’t yet reached that milestone in your business you might be wondering what it will take to hit the mark. The reality is at each stage of business growth you need to prepare for the next stage. Here are 5 things you would be wise to do today to get past the $1,000,000 mark... 1. Set aside a consistent marketing budget We’ve all heard the expression – It takes money to make money. While marketing may seem like...




3 Top Factors That Affect Bounce Rate on Your Website

Most business owners or marketers that track their website’s success have probably heard of a term called ‘bounce rate’. Bounce rate measures the percentage of visitors who clicked away from your website back to search or to another website right after they first landed on your website. When you have a high bounce rate and customers ‘click and go’, search engines begin to look at your content’s quality as questionable and your rankings can suffer. With this in...




3 Ways to Tell If Your CRM Is Working Optimally

Whether you are a Customer Relationship Management CRM newbie or veteran, a CRM is one tool that can really change the way you do business. What is a CRM? According to TechTarget , a CRM tool is technology that companies use to manage and analyze customer interactions and data throughout the customer lifecycle, with the goal of improving business relationships, assisting in retention, and driving sales growth. The benefits of a CRM include: Organization - Consolidating customer and prospect data...




How to Get More Referrals: Setting Up a Referral Program

Before we delve into the logistics of setting up a referral program, take a second to think about the first place you turn to when you’re looking to purchase a new product or service. Usually you turn to a friend or family for a recommendation. In fact, a study by Nielsen showed that people are 4 times more likely to buy when referred by a friend . Another study done by the Wharton School of Business discovered that the average lifetime value for a new referral client is 16% higher than no...




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