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Asking for Local Business Reviews in 2021: The Owner's Guide

For businesses selling to a local market, reviews are crucial for driving business to your door and for helping your business appear higher in search results. 

According to BrightLocal's annual survey, 94% of consumers said they were more likely to use a business if they had positive reviews, and 92% less likely if they had negative reviews.

At the same time, a recent WhiteSpark survey acknowledged the importance of certain review factors as important local SEO ranking signals.

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How to Select Keywords for Your B2B Website: A Simple Explanation

When a business sets out to use SEO (search engine optimization) for the first time, it often  runs into an immediate problem: how to pick the right keywords to pursue.

Teams know they need keyword targets, but how do they determine which ones are the best for each of their pages?

In this article, we lay out a process for determining the type of keywords that can attract high-value, qualified prospects to your web pages.

What are keywords?

Keywords are words and phrases that people use to search for things in a search engine.

When someone wants to find something in a search engine, such as a specific product or service, or simply an answer to a question, they type a query into the search bar, like “accounting services madison wi,” and hit enter.

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SEO Lead Generation: How to Drive and Convert Qualified Search Engine Traffic

It’s safe to say that lead generation is a top priority (and challenge) for most marketers in 2021.

Recent HubSpot reporting reveals that 61% of marketers rank lead generation as their number one challenge.

The same report also finds that the company website is still the most-used marketing channel for lead generation and roughly 55% of marketers consider search engine optimization (SEO) either “very important” or “extremely important” to their overall marketing strategy.

When you consider that 70% of B2B buyers already know what they need before contacting a sales representative and 74% of B2B buyers report researching at least half of their work purchases online, it's easy to see why so many B2Bs use content marketing as the means of seizing on their SEO opportunity to attract and convert leads.

Here, we lay out a series of steps you can take to improve your rankings in search and capture high-quality leads.  

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8 Ways to Refresh Your Digital Marketing Strategy in 2021

In digital marketing, some things change fast. That's doubly true during a global pandemic.

Businesses are investing more in digital, and customers are showing a preference toward increasingly digital and personalized experiences, as well as fast service that enables them to engage on their time.

These trends lend themselves perfectly to inbound marketing—inviting marketers to provide content and advertising that is increasingly tailored to individual consumers or accounts.

In this article, we’ve updated the advice we originally provided in 2019 and added new strategies to help you refresh your digital marketing efforts for 2021.

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SEO or SEM, Which Works Better for B2B Lead Generation?

Should your business focus on acquiring leads through an SEM strategy or focus its efforts on improving SEO for lead generation?

For B2B lead generation, the answer isn't always cut and dry. To get to the bottom of what will be the most effective strategy for your business, you'll want to evaluate the pros and cons of both SEM and SEO against your business goals and the search landscape you're trying to break into.

Read on to explore both strategies and why it may be beneficial for your B2B company to put both into practice.

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How to Make a Pillar Page: Creating 10x Content Pillars

Pillar pages are a great tool to organize and plan future content as well as improve SEO and the user experience of your site by giving both searchers and Google what they want.

Thinking about writing a pillar page for the first time and don’t know where to start? Here, we’ll walk you through the process of making 10x content pillars, from laying a foundation of research to launching your page.

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What Are Pillar Pages? 10x Content and Resource Pillars Explained (with Examples)

Pillar pages have become a popular content format and the subject of experimentation and discussion among content marketers. Maybe your colleagues have talked about them. Maybe you’ve been tasked with writing one. Or maybe you’ve come across articles discussing their virtues and where they fit into your marketing mix.

But pinning down a satisfying definition of exactly what a pillar page is—in a way that's genuinely helpful for creating one—can be tough to find. There's tons on perspectives floating around the web.

So at the risk of adding more noise to an already loud conversation, we've kept it short and simple.

Read on for a functional definition of a modern pillar pages and learn how the concept has expanded to included several varieties of pillar pages.

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Beating Big Brands to the Top with a Smart SEO Strategy

If you’re a small to mid-sized brand, competing with industry heavyweights online (and elsewhere) can seem like a virtually impossible task. Search for any popular product or service and it doesn’t take long to realize big brands have a chokehold on the basic keywords people are searching for.

Depending on what these keywords are, this big brand dominance can consume the entire front page of results and beyond.

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4 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Franchise PPC Strategy

Pay per click advertising has been a go-to marketing strategy for franchisors looking to sell their opportunity for years. While it works better for some than others, one of the best things about PPC is that unlike other components of content marketing, which involve lengthy periods of planning and discovery, pay per click only requires you to know what serious buyers are searching for on search engines.

Eye-catching headlines, concise one-sentence summaries, and wisely chosen keywords can be very effective when combined with an equally attractive and compelling landing page on your company website.

In addition to being relatively straightforward, PPC can be very cost effective when done correctly. Whether you’re putting a PPC strategy together for the first time, or haven’t touched it since your first put your first campaign in place, there are a few things to be mindful of if you’re not seeing your ads gain traction.

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Why Don't I See My Website When I Do a Google Search?

Why don't I see my website when I do a Google search?

For such a simple question, the answer sure is hard to nail down.

Google processes 40,000 of our searches per second worldwide, but even the most seasoned search engine optimization (SEO) experts among us can't predict how the search results are ranked any better than a coin flip.

That said, learning the basics of search engine functionality and a bit about how people use search engines will give you a better understanding of the context of the answer to your question, if not the answer itself.

Here's what we do know about Google search, and some possible answers to the question at the top of this post:

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