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What’s Changing with Google (and How It Affects You)

Trying to pin down Google’s algorithm is a little like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Why would you even try? It’s just going to fall off the nail anyway.

If that’s how you feel, it’s understandable. It can be frustrating. You want your site to appear on the first page of Google’s search results. But, the algorithm isn’t public, and Google is notoriously close-mouthed about it. But guess what?

You can’t stop trying.

Ranking high on Google is a must for every local business. The businesses that appear in the top five spots on Google get the lion’s share of the traffic. If you miss the mark, you’ll be missing out on business.

With that in mind, here are the most important things you need to know about what’s changing with Google – and why you should care.

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Your Facebook Marketing is Missing the Boat with Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z

You might be a Facebook marketing whiz. You’ve got targeting down, you create compelling posts to share with your followers, and you can curate content like nobody’s business. But guess what?

If you’re not tailoring your content to the generation of your audience, you’re missing the boat.

Wondering why? It’s because members of Generation X, Millennials, and Gen Z use Facebook in different ways. There’s no one approach that will work for all of them. That means you’ve got to know your audience and then customize your approach to ensure that you’re reaching them.

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Googles New Pidgeon Update Could Push Franchisees Over the Edge

Google recently did another update to their algorithm and this one was called “Google Pigeon”.
This most recent update could greatly impact the rankings of Franchisors franchisee listings in Google search results and therefore sales revenue due to the fact that Google will be showing fewer “pack results”.
In a recent article done by Mod Girl Marketing called “top 8 ways googles pigeon algorithm changed local seo”. The very first of the 8 reasons identified discussed how franchisee listing would be negatively impacted.
A likely reasons for Google making this change is that Google wants to connect with the smaller more independent operators and not alienate them as they represent a large part of the bread and butter of Google. There is after all a lot of independent operators out there that Google can earn revenue from. According to Googles boffins that number is more valuable than the franchisees it is going to now down grade the rankings of.
While I understand diversity, variety and fairness, I am not sure that this decision is based purely on that. It will be interesting to see which franchisee listings are lowered and why? Just being a part of a “pack” shouldn’t be a negative. At the same time being a part of a pack shouldn’t be a boost.
Franchising is an integrel part of our financial system. Franchising represents the small to medium business owner. Franchising not only contributes billions to our markets it also employs millions around the world. Google needs to be careful how they implement this change and how they evaluate one business vs the next. With Google being as influential to a franchisees survival as it is, it could be enough to convince some franchisees to leave franchising and go independent, something that every franchisor should be very concerned about.
Variety and diversity is what Google is always after to give the searcher more options, however the result of this will be that it will make it harder for a franchisor to show all their store listings one after another. In other words some franchisee listings won’t show up on the first page of Google any more.
This has the potential to be very costly to sales for not only franchisees and franchisors but any multi store company. The scary thing is that most companies are blissfully unaware of the heavy impact it’s going to have digital sales for their organisation. Why? Well Google local listings are cheap and an easy way for small businesses to rank very high for potential customers who are searching for a local business. Examples of this are “Coffee shop Darling Harbour”, “lawn mowing Chatswood”, “Pool cleaner Geelong” or “key cutter Glenelg”. When 60% of people click on the first 3 business websites listed in a Google search result, small businesses have become heavily reliant upon this traffic for generating a lot of their income. See below a typical search result.

Who is most at risk
Any franchisees within shopping centres with low advertising and marketing budgets who heavily rely on foot traffic for income. These businesses generally look to low cost online methods like Google local business listings and Google maps to help channel online traffic to their shops. As a customer I myself have often pulled out my phone to find the nearest local coffee or key cutting shop to service my needs. Not coming up on that list of choices could be catastrophic for a franchisee that has to shell out huge rental fees each month.
In a time when business attitudes are already flat and franchisees are often struggling to make ends meet, a change like this could be the tipping point that turns a profitable business into one that isn’t.
However it’s not all doom and gloom for franchisee’s as there are many advertising and marketing work arounds ranging from optimisation strategies to Google advertising and social media that can help to counter act this new algorithm. However many businesses still don’t employ the services of a dedicated Internet strategy company to help develop these strategies yet. The role of an Internet strategy company is to do more than just provide the required services but also to allow a business to tap into the huge resource of knowledge of a company that works in this space every day. This kind of relationship will help to develop better strategies to allow the business to continually bend and flex with the changing digital environment.
Below is a typical local search and we have highlighted the most important locations where a franchisee needs to make sure they appear in search results. If you’re not here then you’re potentially missing out on a lot of business. Click on the image to enlarge.

Below is more detail from the original article;
A Google “7 Pack” refers to the highlighted Local listings (business name, address, phone number, website) displayed on a map within the first page of a Google search query — say, for something like “restaurants Boston Massachusetts.” In the past, small, independent mom-and-pop businesses had a hard time competing with multi-location franchises. These little one-off businesses seemed to be outgunned and never appeared among the first results. Suddenly, you’ll notice there are only two or three “pack” results listed — perhaps not the biggest chains anymore — and so many websites saw their number of queries drop by more than 23%. Other common searches affected included: jobs, cars for sale, cruises, apartments, train tickets, and sofas.
To read the full article click on the link below
http://www.8waysin8days.com/top-8-ways-googles-pigeon-algorithm-changed-local-seo/

Why you must invest in SLAM Strategy SEO services Adelaide

Why you must invest in SEO services Adelaide

It is the age of digitalisation and given the busy lives everyone leads, people rely on their smartphones and laptops, now more than ever before, to meet their retail and services requirements. If you are a business owner, the question is – have you invested in SEO services Adelaide?

You may have taken the leap of advertising your business on a website. However, it will serve you no good if your customers, and the right customers, do not find your website among the millions of web pages on the Internet. Yes, it’s time you invested in SLAM Strategy’s search engine optimisation Adelaide and allowed an internet strategy company to rank your business high on the internet and boost your sales.

Why hire SLAM Strategy SEO services Adelaide?
SEO Adelaide can bring a range of expertise and knowledge to place your business ahead of the competition and increase manifold the potential customers who would visit your website. A company that understands retail online marketing can provide efficient solutions to maximise search engine optimisation Adelaide and social media Adelaide for best possible ROI. Allow your website to be enriched with targeted keywords to improve your website’s ranking on search engines and better advertising to increase online visibility.

What will SLAM Strategy do for you?

A step-by-step approach is essential in building strong professional and social networks, and the same holds true for optimising a business online. SEO services Adelaide provided by SLAM Strategy include:

Search engine optimisation – Quality keyword research forms the basis of building an SEO-friendly website in order that it resonates what your business offers to its customers and gets ranked amongst the top pages in search engine results. A team of SEO experts ensure both online visibility and increased traffic from potential customers.

Social media optimisation – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Youtube, etc. are the mediums of today that bring you closer to your target audience. SLAM Strategy’s social media Adelaide consultants develop customised social media strategies that will answer your business requirement needs, help you tap online members and expand your brand through meaningful engagement on the social platform.

Pay-per-click advertisement – Google AdWords and Yahoo! Search are the largest providers of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, and it would benefit your business to tap into this form of marketing that is not only effective but also equally cost-effective. Pay for online advertisements on a normal search results page as and when users click on them. The art of effective PPC advertising lies in crafting advertisements and campaigns that echo your business requirements, a task that an Internet strategy company can handle deftly.

Online marketing – It is difficult to match the effectiveness a team of specialists dedicated to running Internet advertising and marketing campaigns can achieve. Using tools like email marketing, Facebook and Google Advertising, your business not only gains visibility but also actively reaches out to your target audience, driving out competitors and driving handsome return of investments.

Search engine optimisation Adelaide is a systematic method by which businesses, small and large, can benefit through increased traffic to their website and increased sales by attracting the right target audience. SEO Adelaide services by SLAM Strategy are an investment that leads to even bigger dividends, making it a must-have tool for all businesses.