Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed quite a few construction and building product manufacturer websites being launched – without even the basic signs of any search engine optimisation. I’ve been trying to work out why that could be. Could it be that the marketer didn’t plan for SEO? Or does the marketer even know what SEO is, is more education required? Could it be that marketers or their agencies just simply don’t know what to look for even if they think their website has been optimised for search engines and people?Read More
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I’ve been compelled to write a follow up to an article I wrote a couple of years ago titled ‘It’s not about you’.
It was a recent tweet that prompted me, a brief but telling interaction that said a great deal about where the ‘Tweeter’ was in their marketing thinking.
Here’s the long and the short of it…
We ‘followed’ a company on the Twitter (we do this a bit) and their brief response went something like this:
“thanks for the follow, to find out more about us visit our website www.yadayadayada”Read More
For many who follow this blog you will be aware that we love working with data, especially Google Analytics data. Using Google Analytics to assess the performance of tactics, channels and content effectiveness over periods of time help marketers do better with their online marketing.
Some marketers will use Google Analytics quite a bit and some won’t so I’ve tried to include questions everybody can ask their agencies, designers or in-house web teams today.Read More
Over the last few months there has been various studies released focusing on headcount and marketing budgets as we approach 2013. Research conducted by Lead Edge ‘Construction Market Barometer‘ recently showed that 28% of companies are expecting no change to their marketing budget, with 36% expecting growth. Whilst that is a good sign I personally also think that leaves more room for random acts of marketing (do more! do more of the less effective stuff!!).
Which means the remaining 36% of companies surveyed are looking at reducing marketing budgets. I can only assume that the companies which belong in this bucket are trying to assess which tactics, channels and strategies to cut or eliminate as we move closer to 2013.Read More
Having presented many times on the subject of SEO and articulated lots of ways of describing what search engine optimisation is and how it can benefit building product manufacturers, I stumbled upon this video which I thought was fantastic. A great visual analogy and methodology of how SEO works.
A few days ago I came across a very interesting slide deck by Michael Lanz, Industry Director at Google (shared by one of my Google+ buddies) about ‘Making the Web Work for You’. The presentation was focusing on the recent web trends, behaviour changes and the choice of devices available which in turn causes an acceleration in sharing on the web today.Read More
An effective email distribution list can achieve a number of key goals for marketers within building products manufacturers.
- It can improve the online REACH of your products (and consequently extend the knowledge of your brand and other products).
- It can help build confidence and trust in your prospects to ACT on your integrated marketing messages.
- It can encourage prospects to CONVERT into leads through permission-based* calls-to-action on your building product landing pages.
- It can start the relationship-building process with your prospects by opening a channel to ENGAGE in conversation.
But before you all go and spend a small fortune on a big old list from a broker, based on SIC codes and other useless data drivel. There are two points to remember here:Read More
So you have identified the need for your company to be on Twitter and will be at an advantage over competitors if you jump onto Twitter before they do. Let’s assume you have done your homework and identified that there is a large audience, one which you want to communicate with, already on Twitter and seem to be quite active. Let’s also assume that you have taken the necessary steps to give the control of the corporate Twitter account to the right person within the business. We’re not talking about personal accounts or profiles here, we’re talking about company accounts and profiles.
Here’s the big one.
What if your key audience is most active on Twitter, and most likely to be responsive to your communication, after 7pm!Read More
When it comes to designing websites you have to understand and make note of how people interact and travel through your website (The user journey). Not all of your website visitors will enter via your homepage and therefore the messages on homepage such as what you do, your positioning statement. your most popular products etc have been completely missed. The page a visitor lands on first is therefore the landing page. A well optimised website will encourage visitors to land on pages which are relevant to their search terms and avoid the need to have to enter via the homepage and then make the visitor work hard to find the relevant content.
If you think about, this means every page on your website is essentially a landing page. But are you treating it as one?Read More
As a follow on from the popular post ‘5 questions to ask before redesigning your construction company website‘, over the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing the phases and processes that we take our clients through to deliver their engaging and measurable online experiences.
Looking at benchmarking and auditing to implementation; building the website to driving new traffic and finally, keeping loyal visitors happy and turning them into brand advocates and product referrers.
We’ll explore the challenges facing today’s marketers. Delivering a website that not only qualifies new leads quickly, but builds confidence and credibility encouraging prospects to buy or specify your products over the competition’s.