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Directory Listings

How Claiming Directory Listings Can Help Your Company?

Directory Listings

Using online properties to effectively develop a stellar digital reputation is a marathon, not a sprint. Getting your house in order (your website, your social media accounts and online business directory listings) is a good place to start. Having a consistent and diverse reputation management plan will keep your business and brand on topic and on the positive side of your audience.  

However, ending there is not going to help you create the lead generation that will help you to grow your online presence. The key to marketing success is constantly updating, adapting, measuring, analyzing and tweaking your strategy to better optimize your results. 

While SEO is in a constant state of flex, it is something you cannot afford to overlook. There is a lot of factors to consider well before you claim your share of the marketplace. First, let’s discuss directory listings and how they play a big part of getting your business a great online presence. 

Directory Listings

If you want your company to rise in rankings on search engine results pages, take the time to claim your business directories as soon as possible. Think of it as yellow pages in a phone book. You want potential customers to know everything about your business in the most accessible way to get more leads. That’s why online directories are so important for your business.  

Things like your company address, phone number, email address and website link should be consistent and updated regularly so any potential customer or client can find your business right away. Some popular websites to list your company information include Google My Business, Manta, Yellow Pages, Yelp, Facebook, Bing Places and Better Business Bureau. 

Taking the time to claim your local business directory listings comes with many more benefits for your company. Besides helping your customers find you, you are also able to reach more people who are looking for specific services. How’s that for a FREE advertising opportunity? Yes, you read it right FREE, business directories are one of the most cost-effective marketing tools ever. 

 

Related: How to Kickstart Search Engine Optimization for Your Local Business

 

Needless to say, being properly listed in directories and using adaptive search engine optimization can be a game changer when trying to grow your business.  Your business needs to be found! 

At Famous WSI Results, we simplify the complicated process of managing and verifying directory listings that are pertinent to your industry and location. We also optimize the directory listings with targeted keywords, optimized images and video. 

If you have and questions or would like to find out more about how FWSIR can help you compete in the digital marketplace and manage your online presence, get in touch! 

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

Google My Business Service Feature

Are You Using Google My Business Service Area Feature?

Google My Business Service Feature

Looking to find more customers for your service-area business? Google is making it easier now for businesses that service a particular area to get discovered by consumers searching for services like theirs online in Google Maps and Search. 

Does your business serve customers within a specific service area? If the answer is yes, you should go ahead and update your Google My Business listing asap. Listing your service area helps let customers know where you’ll go to visit or deliver to them. 

Here’s who should be using the Google My Business Service Area feature: 

  • A business that visits or delivers to customers, but doesn’t serve customers at its business address (e.g. a cleaning service). 
  • A business that serves customers at its business address, but also visits or delivers to customers (e.g. a restaurant that also delivers food). 

How it works? 

You can set your service area based on a specific city, postal code, or other areas that you serve. However, it’s important to note that you can no longer set your service area as a distance (mile radius) around your business. If you previously did so, you won’t be able to edit it now. Instead, you’ll need to specify your service area by city, postal code, or other areas. 

Google My Business service area

 

Keep in mind the following when updating your Google My Business Listing: 

  • If you don’t serve customers at your business address, leave the address field blank and only enter your service area. 
  • If you serve customers at your business address but also have a service area, enter both your address and service area. 

 

Related Post: What are Google Brand Accounts and Why Should Have One

 

Need help managing your Google My Business listing? Contact Famous WSI Results today! We are your local Delaware digital marketing experts!  

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

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5 LinkedIn Business Tips to Use Now

5-LinkedIn-Business-Tips-to-Use-Now

Over the years, LinkedIn has become a resourceful platform not only for individuals looking for work but also for businesses trying to market their brand. Since this specific medium has always been rooted in networking, its marketing potential turns out to be so valuable these days. 

Is your company actively present on LinkedIn? 

There are many ways you can market your brand online. Here’s how you can use LinkedIn, the largest business networking platform in the world, to increase your share of the marketplace:
 

5 LinkedIn Business Tips to Use Now

 

  1.  Complete and Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile – The first impressions are everything. Not to mention they affect your search ranking score. Do yourself a favor now and make sure your work experience is up to date so others can quickly find out about your company, products or services you have to offer. Don’t forget to add you company profile to the page as well! 
  2. Connect with Others – While you should link up with those you already know, LinkedIn is a networking platform so don’t shy away from accepting invites from new people! The more you expand your network, the more marketing opportunities you get! 
  3. Be Creative – There’s over 500 million active users on LinkedIn. Find a way to stand out! Write a compelling bio, share insightful articles, include videos from your business and don’t forget to include a call to action! 
  4. Pay It Forward – Recommending others can be the greatest thing that ever happened to your business. A good old ‘word of mouth’ is still a powerful way to provide testimonials while marketing your business at the same time! 
  5. Join Targeted Groups – LinkedIn groups are a great way to focus on your niche. Use them to connect with others, spread your message and brand your business! 

  

There you go! Use these 5 tips and take your LinkedIn Business profile to another level! If you need help managing your business account, don’t hesitate to contact Famous WSI Results.     

 

Famous WSI Results and partner Advertising Is Simple are a full-service marketing agency located in Wilmington, Delaware, helping small to mid-sized businesses with all their digital marketing, radio and television advertising needs. Get in touch.

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Can you believe it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2018? As we close in the fourth quarter, we can’t help but reflect on this part year. There was surely a lot going on in the digital marketing world! From Google Chrome security updates, Facebook and Instagram algorithm changes to rise of new smart technology, we can’t wait to see what 2019 digital marketing tactics are going to trend!

Speaking of the new year, do you have your new marketing strategy in place? If you still haven’t thought of new digital marketing trends that 2019 might bring, here are our predictions: 

 

2019 digital marketing trends to watch out for: 

 

  1.  Optimize Content for Voice Search – Now is the time to brainstorm new keyword strategies that will cater to all those customers who love using the latest smart technologies (Alexa, Siri) in their search queries.
  2. Diversify Your Content Strategy – In the past year, digital creators and marketers focused more on long-form content (+2,000 words) to rank higher in search. However, it’s been proven that blogs or articles don’t have to be long to be considered valuable. That’s why it’s good to focus on both short and long-form pieces in the new year, so you can cater to those with shorter attention spans as well.
  3. Consider Influencer Marketing – This form of marketing/ advertising will only continue to grow in the next year. Partnering with influencers and content creators to promote your products or build brand awareness is an excellent and effective way to organically reach more valuable customers.
  4. Produce More Video Content – Video is already getting a boost in search from all voice queries, so don’t neglect it in 2019. Producing video content is a great way to liven up your marketing strategy!
  5. Invest in Chatbots – According to Forbes, research “predicts that the chatbot industry will grow significantly as enterprises are enabled to substantially reduce operating costs”. Needless to say, consider investing in this kind of a 24/7 customer service representative to take your business to the next level in 2019.

 For more on the future of marketing, please read this WSI article. 

 

Can you see these digital marketing trends to grow in popularity in 2019? What are your predictions? We would love to hear your thoughts! 

 

Do you want to take 2019 by storm?  

Contact Famous WSI Results! Our mission is to increase our clientele’s brand awareness through the use of proven marketing techniques and unparalleled customer service in order to create a greater return on your investment.

We specialize in internet, television, and radio advertising, and are particularly vested in search engine optimization, website design, mobile website design, pay-per-click campaigns, and original content management in order to help our clientele claim their share of the marketplace.

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

Just because you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB) does not mean you are not a target for online criminals phishing attacks.  In fact, it’s the opposite.  Being a small to medium-sized business makes you an easier target for cybercriminals.  While targeting a larger corporation may lead to more lucrative payouts, these larger corporations typically have IT departments that catch these attacks.  Typically smaller businesses do not have full-time IT help that assists them in their cybersecurity.  Cyber-attacks will mostly be initiated through email, here are 5 tips on protecting yourself from cybercriminals.

1.    Attention to Detail:

You may receive an email from what appears to be a co-worker or even superior.  This email may have some odd request like requesting an invoice or for you to send the company’s credit card information to pay a vendor.  In this situation, check the email address for any characters that are out of place.  Cybercriminals will attempt to mimic the email addresses of your co-workers to try to deceive you into releasing valuable company information.  In the event of this happening, contact to the supposed sender via telephone or in person to question their request.

 2. Download a Free Anti-Phishing Toolbar To Your Browser.

There are plenty of free Anti-Phishing browser extensions available.  Some are only available for certain browsers, causing you to have to download multiple extensions to different browsers and learning how each one works.  If you are looking for an Anti-Phishing browser extension that is compatible for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari we suggest Bitdefender Trafficlight. This extension protects from phishing attacks, filters out malware, identify trackers, and scans links.

Read more: The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

3. Be Careful With Your Browser Updates.

While It is always important to update your browser, you must be cautious with your updates.  These updates are created to protect you from online phishing and malware, and phishing predators are fully aware of these.  You may receive a notification telling you it’s time to update your browser or a new version of your browser is available for download.  Do not blindly trust these and automatically download them.  Simply take the time and perform a simple internet search to see if it is, in fact, a true browser update.  If it is not, I can almost guarantee you are downloading a nasty malware onto your computer.

4. Frequently Back up Your Data!

In a world with cybercriminals attacking small businesses with ransomware, backing up your data has never been more important.  A ransomware attack encrypts your hard drive, locking you out of your computer and work files.  The cybercriminal will then ransom access to your files in the form of a crypto currency like Bitcoin.  If you have backed up your data to a remote hard drive this attacks will leave you unaffected.  Simply back up the existing backup files and wipe your primary hard drive clean.

5. Question Authority.

Cybercriminals may attempt to target you by posing as an authoritative figure in the digital world.  This could be them pretending to be Google or Microsoft telling you an update is available for your Gmail or Outlook account.  Much like browser updates, do your due diligence to conclude the authenticity of the requests.

Phishing in the USA – Why SMB Need to be on Red Alert

Navigating the cyber world can be a difficult and intimidating task, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity.  Not only is Famous WSI Results here to build and spread your digital brand, we are here as a source of knowledge for protecting your digital property, allowing you to spend the time necessary to run your business.

At Famous WSI Results, we have prepared ALL of our client’s websites for the coming new year. We actively backup, maintain and update all our websites to keep them secure and running seamlessly. If your website was designed years ago and it has not been maintained, it is a ticking time bomb.

Need Help? Get in Touch:

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holiday marketing tips

8 Holiday Marketing Strategies To Try This Season

holiday marketing tips

With Thanksgiving only about a month away, now is the time to get your holiday marketing strategies in place. Don’t know where to start? Think of ways to connect with your customers emotionally and tap into the spirit of giving back. 

If your goal is to increase conversion this busy holiday shopping season, we got you covered. Here are 8 holiday marketing strategies that will maximize your advertising efforts. 

 

8 holiday marketing strategies: 

 

  1.  Offer Special Deals – Reward your best customers for their loyalty throughout the year by giving exclusive discounts or personal gift based on their purchase history. 
  2. Create Holiday Landing Pages – Create holiday landing pages that you can send customers to from your social media and emails campaigns. Be sure to have several different designs and do some split testing to determine the highest converting pages. 
  3. Start a Social Media Campaign – Use holiday specific images, hashtags and special offers to attract customers willing to spend. This is the time when they are starting to search for deals! Encouraging social media interaction will also get people in the holiday spirit of shopping. 
  4. Focus on an Email Campaign – Use email more often to get customers excited about upcoming deals. Make sure to triple your marketing efforts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Offer a contest, game or countdown to get more engagement. Don’t forget to add a popup subscribe form to your website and welcome new email subscribers with a discount code as well. 
  5. Focus on High Sales Days – Take advantage of the highest selling days of the season. Offer special promotions for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. 
  6. Give Back to the Community – Show support to the community by sponsoring a food drive or collecting clothing and toys for needy families. Many of your customers are looking for ways to make the season more meaningful by sharing with those less fortunate. 
  7. Send out Holiday Cards – Let your customers know how much you appreciate their business by sending out a holiday card with a personalized special offer just for them. For example, if Customer A repeatedly purchases a certain product or service, provide them with a coupon for that particular item. Continue to send out cards that may invite them to a special event, sale, discounts or free gift promotion. 
  8. Create a Holiday Video – Get your team together for a fun and inviting holiday video. There’s nothing more personal than sending good wishes to your customers and showing your fun personality at the same time!

Read more: 25 Days of Email Marketing Tips for the Holidays 

 

If you’re looking to up your sales this holiday season, contact Famous WSI Results. We help small to mid-sized business owners who are too busy running their businesses to focus on their marketing and advertising efforts. We can help with your digital marketing plan this holiday season, so get in touch.

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

legal compliance and user trust

What Does Legal Compliance and User Trust Mean in 2018? 

legal compliance and user trust

So far, 2018 has been a big year for enforcing legal compliance (GDPR) and user trust (HTTPS), which are both critical elements to running your business online these days. The important question to ask now is: When was the last time you updated your website? 

If lately you’ve been noticing less traffic and conversions, it’s time to make changes. Without these important updates to your website’s functionality, you’re doing your own business a disservice. Here’s what you need to take care of immediately. 

 

GDPR (legal compliance) 

The sooner you get your business GDPR compliant the better.  According to this regulation approved by the EU Parliament, any company in the world that stores or processes data of people who live in the European Union needs to be in compliance with GDPR by May 25th 2018. Otherwise, you might face hefty fines – up to $24million (20m Euros) or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher 

Now, how to get your business compliant with GDPR? First, assign someone on your team responsible for reading the provisions of the GDPR to fully understand the requirements and specific circumstances your business might be involved with. Then make sure all your employees are aware of the new laws.   

Bottom line is, you need to immediately update your Privacy Policy and have it visibly displayed and easily accessible on your website. See our example here.  

Next, you need to inform your online visitors of the cookies available on your website and give them a choice to opt in or out. 

It should look similar to this: 

user trust cookies

User Trust and Data Security 

Data security has been the top concern in 2018, and it all comes down to establishing and maintaining user trust. Google Chrome announced a lot of changes to their online functionalities, especially regarding old http websites. The question is: Have you implemented the SSL Certificate on your website yet? 

What is SSL Certificate? 

According to Go Daddy, a certificate serves as an electronic “passport” that establishes an online entity’s credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection. 

4 Benefits of Upgrading Your Site to HTTPS

(what you see when you enter old http websites) 

 

In other words, if being authentic and making your customers feel well taken care of is your top priority, this update is crucial to running your business online. Trust, confidentiality, protection and better search (SEO) are some of the major benefits of upgrading your old http website to https.  

 

Need assistance with implementing all necessary changes to your website? Contact Famous WSI Results today! 

 

At Famous WSI Results, we look to partner with our customers to help make their advertising dollars go a long way. By implementing a few reputation-protection measures and taking the time to consciously monitor your online reputation, we lessen the chances of having to spend countless dollars cleaning up your reputation.

 

Get in touch:

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

Here's why Your HTTP Website Losing Traffic

Here’s why Your HTTP Website Is Losing Traffic

Here's why Your HTTP Website Losing Traffic

In the past years, security in the digital space has become a prominent concern among online creators and consumers. More recently, we’ve seen new GDPR compliance requirements as well as many Google Chrome updates issuing security warnings to those who manage http websites collecting some sort of customer data. If you’re one of the web owners  who still haven’t upgraded to HTTPS, you may want to reconsider. Here’s why. 

According to Search Engine Journal, Google Chrome will show a prominent “Not Secure” message in the browser bar starting in October 2018. After October 2018 Chrome and likely all other Chrome based browsers will display enhanced security warnings that may create higher bounce rates for your site and concomitantly lower sales and conversions.

 

Benefits of Purchasing a SSL Certificate

 

These days, there’s nothing more important to your brand than being authentic and making your customers feel well taken care of. That is why security of their private information should be your top priority when managing your online business.  

When the SSL Certificate is implemented on your website, it establishes an online entity’s credentials for doing business on the Web. Such action promotes trust, protection, confidentiality and also, better ranking of your business in Google search. Win win! 

 

Ready to upgrade your HTTP Website?  

 

At Famous WSI Results, we are offering implementation on every page and handling redirects for $249 until July 31, 2018 (regular price: $299).*SSL Certificate fee not included – must be purchased by the client separately. 

Have more questions about the SSL Certificate and upgrading to HTTPS? Do not hesitate to ask! We are here to help you implement any necessary changes to your website. 

 

At Famous WSI Results, we look to partner with our customers to help make their advertising dollars go a long way. By implementing a few reputation-protection measures and taking the time to consciously monitor your online reputation, we lessen the chances of having to spend countless dollars cleaning up your reputation.

 

Get in touch:

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com