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Using Google Search Console to Improve Your SEO

When you work in digital marketing it’s hard not wish you could talk to Google. Wouldn’t that be nice? Imagine being able to ask questions and get feedback about your site.
Ok, so there’s no direct line to get in touch with Google’s algorithm, at least in part because bots are notoriously bad on the phone. But we do have Search Console. It’s not a helpline but it can facilitate some communication with Google.
In another post we talked about using Search Console for SEO analysis and reporting. But in addition to using the information in Search Console to make strategic decisions, you can actually use the interface to make immediate tactical changes.
In this post we’ll cover some of the features available in Google Search Console (GSC) that will help you influence how Google understands your site and improve your understanding of how Google is seeing your site.

 

Google Search Console for SEO

 

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Using Google Search Console for SEO Analysis and Reporting

Google Analytics (GA) is one of the most robust and accessible analytics platforms available in the digital world. Not to mention that a standard account is free. But in addition to the Analytics we all know and love, Google also has Search Console (GSC).
Google defines their Search Console as “a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.” So while GA allows for a deep dive into metrics for traffic acquisition and user behavior, GSC is more focused on the site’s relationship with Google.
That’s a complicated relationship for most of us. Depending on the day, we love Google, hate it, love to hate it or hate to love it. But for better or worse, Google is the largest search engine in the U.S. and much of the world. It’s also the single largest driver of traffic to most websites. For that reason, monthly digital reports can benefit from the insights that GSC provides.
Search Console is an extremely useful platform that allows you to perform meaningful analysis and make changes that can affect how Google crawls, indexes and understands your site content. But for now, we’ll focus on the analysis as it applies to reporting. Don’t worry though, we’ll cover updates and optimization in another post.

 

Google Search Console

 

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Digital Reporting Tips for Travel & Tourism

Travel and tourism is a big business, in fact here in the U.S. it’s not only one of our biggest exports but 2.6% of our gross domestic product.
It’s not surprising then, that travel industry digital ad spending is projected to be $6.77 Billion in 2017.
Like we said, it’s big business.
If you’re a marketer, there is a good chance you’ve had or are currently working with client who is somehow affected by travel, tourism or hospitality. From hotels and airlines to attractions and food services, attention (and money) from these customers is crucial.
Working with a client or in-house for a business in the travel industry comes with many of the same digital reporting metrics we’d use for anyone. But when a site needs to attract travelers, there are a few places it makes sense to spend some extra time.
In this article we’ll cover the areas where a deeper dive is nice for anyone, but can be essential for travel and tourism businesses.

 

Digital Marketing for Travel and Tourism

 

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3 Ways to Make Your Analytics Reporting More Visual

Humans are often visual learners. In fact it’s been estimated that up to 65% of people are visual learners and assimilate information more easily using images, colors and other aids. The same source at the University of Alabama suggests:

“Visual aids add a new dimension to presentations. When used properly, they can help you to more effectively deliver your message by adding impact and interest.”

While this speaks specifically to students in a learning environment, it’s a good lesson for digital marketers too. Part of a marketer’s job, whether they work in-house or for an agency, is to help colleagues and clients to understand the effect of initiatives and to use data to locate insights and demonstrate results.
This job becomes much easier when visual components can be successfully integrated into regular reporting. In this article, we’ll go through some ideas for how you can make your digital reports more visually appealing and ultimately more effective.

 

Make Analytics Reports More Visual

 

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5 Questions for Choosing a Digital Marketing Agency

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of always trying to do everything yourself.
Don’t feel too bad. You’re not alone.
It’s common for business owners and marketing managers to have difficulty handing over the reins. After all, it’s your name on the line! That makes it hard to trust others, to rely on them, or to believe it’s possible that they would do something as well (or better!) than you would if you did it yourself.
What savvy business owners and managers discover in time is that to grow the business and to expand beyond where it is today – they need help. More specifically, they need marketing help to get the word out about what they do and how they do it to attract those looking for it.
Hiring a digital marketing agency can help. With the right partner, businesses gain access to specialized expertise, a teammate to bounce ideas off of, and get back time to focus on the things they do best. You also reduce internal hiring costs by going outside for new services.
Today we share five questions to ask when choosing a digital marketing agency to help you make sure you’re getting the assistance you need and the quality you deserve.

 

Pitching Agency Business

 

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