Free Holiday Livestream Workshops
To ensure businesses get the latest and greatest tips on prepping for the holiday season, we’re teaming up with Google, the Small Business Administration, Facebook, Constant Contact, and Square for this one-of-a-kind event looking at SEO, Email, Facebook, POS, & a live Q&A. It’s a free 2-hour event with light refreshments and a look at how you can reach more customers this holiday season! Please note that this is not part of our digital marketing training curriculum where we go in-depth into AdWords, Analytics, etc. This is a basic level introduction to digital marketing for small businesses only! Thank you.
Google: ‘Tis the Season for Site Optimization
Join us as we discuss best practices for search engine optimization (SEO). In this segment, you will learn tips for auditing your website, providing relevant content to attract shoppers and optimizing your website for a better mobile experience.
Facebook: Make the Most of Mobile with Shoppers This Holiday Season (and Beyond)
Mobile is a growing opportunity that you want to be prepared for. Join Cara Lewin, from Facebook Blueprint, to learn how mobile can help your business increase sales this holiday season.
Constant Contact: Email all the way to your best holiday season ever
Find out how to create a quick and easy email marketing plan to drive sales and call to action during the biggest spending season of the year.
Square: Get Your Business Ready for the Holidays
The leaves are changing and the wool sweaters are coming out of their drawers, but there’s more to fall than the warm and fuzzies: prepping your business for the holidays. We’ll discuss top tips on accepting payments every way your customers want to pay, maximizing your analytics for holiday season planning, and using gift cards, so you can get one step ahead of your competitors and rake in those holiday sales.
We’ve been teaching digital marketing for over 10 years and we’re excited to be teaming up with Google to you hours of great digital marketing workshops free for local businesses. Bring a laptop to work during class or just bring a notebook for notes. We’ll send out resources via email after class. This class will fill up so we will only be able to offer space for up to 3 team members per company. Please respect our gracious free class offer by respecting this policy. Light refreshments will also be provided.
Register here for free!
Google is rolling out Similar Audiences for Search and Shopping campaigns in AdWords. On Monday, May 1st, Google said:
“Remarketing lists for search ads (RLSA) help you reconnect with people who’ve been to your website before, but engaging both new and loyal customers is just as important to your business. Starting today, we’re rolling out similar audiences for Search and Shopping along with Customer Match for Shopping to help you use your own data to reach the right customer with the right message.” – Google Blog
Similar audiences will give advertisers the ability to target customers based on whether or not they’ve searched for the same things as previous site visitors. Not completely surprising but slightly mind-blowing, right? We’ve been using this for our clients for the past year and a half in a beta test and have found significant increases in CTR.
”Imagine you’re marketing a hotel in Hawaii using RLSA, and you want to connect with summer travelers. The people in your “Recent Converters” list might be searching for things like ‘flights to Maui,’ ‘scuba classes,’ and ‘flip-flop sandals.’ Powered by Google’s machine learning, similar audiences uses these search trends to help you find people who are looking for the same things as your existing customers, even if they’re not on your remarketing lists.”
Remarketing lists for search ads (RLSA) featuring similar audiences are then created and automatically updated in your campaign. Remarketing lists are eligible for expansion through similar audiences when certain requirements are met. These include having at least 1000 cookies, and enough recent visitors with similar search histories. These lists have already rolled out for a handful of companies in beta to test out the software and it’s working. According to Google’s blog, John Deere had a 300% increase in clickthrough rate and a 31% increase in conversion volume. It works so well for display, I don’t see how it wouldn’t work for search but will add updates as we implement these for our clients.
It works so well for display, and now we can we implement them across the board for our clients. Let us know how it goes for you. We’ll include similar audience lists strategy in our upcoming AdWords training. Check out Google’s Best Practices Guides in the meantime for optimizing your campaigns: https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/6154846 And as always, let us know if you have any questions!
Thanks to everyone who came to Demand Quest for our National Small Business Week 2017 free Google workshops and training to get you on the map! We had a great turnout and we shared a lot of important resources for small businesses to use in their digital marketing strategies. Here are some of our favorite local business resources from #NSBW #AllForSmallBiz:
Google Workshop Presentations:
Google Small Business Week Lessons: https://www.gybo.com/lessons
Google Business Listings: https://www.gybo.com/business
Google Small Business Channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleBusiness
Intro to AdWords Video Series: http://bit.ly/2p967m6
Google My Business Video Series: http://bit.ly/2p0OLgj
Learn with Google Video Series: http://bit.ly/2p0HTQ4
Additional Online Tools:
The Ultimate List: 50 Online Local Business Directories: http://bit.ly/2pIZ8o6
Test My Site – Think with Google: http://bit.ly/2oYD7Cx
G Suite by Google: Great for setting up email, calendars, documents sharing and a lot more: https://gsuite.google.com/
Google Voice (for forwarding calls, etc.) https://voice.google.com
See the latest trends, data and visualizations from Google:
Google AdWords: adwords.google.com
Bing Advertising: http://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/home
Yahoo! Advertising: http://advertising.yahoo.com/
One of the best websites for learning all of the details of AdWords is the AdWords learning center and you can visit that here:http://support.google.com/adwords/certification/bi...
Here’s the AdWords Keyword tool to help you generate keyword and ad group ideas:
Google Grants for Nonprofits: https://www.google.com/grants/
Also, if you’re sending ads to your website, you want to make sure that it is optimized to convert. Take a look at the website marketing grader tool here: http://marketing.grader.com
Social Media Advertising:
LinkedIn Advertising: http://www.linkedin.com/advertising
LinkedIn Blog for Tips: http://blog.linkedin.com/topic/linkedin-tips/
Facebook Advertising: https://www.facebook.com/advertising http://www.facebook.com/ad_guidelines.php
Facebook Graph Search: https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch
Twitter Advertising: https://business.twitter.com/start-advertisingUsef… Resources and Articles
Search & SEO:
· How Search Works (Walkthrough) – http://www.google.com/insidesearch/howsearchworks/...
· Beginner’s Guide to SEO (Moz) – http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo
· Resources to Broaden Your SEO Knowledge (Moz) – http://moz.com/learn/seo
Thanks again to everyone who came to training. Best wishes on your digital marketing success!