We’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years re-analysing clients’ web data and measuring the performance of their website(s) against their competitors, business objectives and plans set out for the forth coming year in preparation for the next. Mining through the data to find the insights which will enable me to answer real business questions such as:
- “Is my website attracting quality traffic?”
- “Are visitors, and in particular Architects, engaging with my website?”
- “How many visitors entered my website via my key product pages?”
- “Is my website converting traffic into leads?”
- “Which sources are performing the best in attracting traffic and then converting?”
- “Why do people leave the site from the homepage?”
- “Which search terms are performing the best against their rankings in Google?” (Hint: Ranking first in Google does not always produce results)
Following on from my previous post on 5 reasons why construction companies should be blogging, we now look at how construction companies can use online video and in particular YouTube as the tool of choice.
Online video usage and consumption is on the increase. Fact. Forrester Research recently reported that videos were 50 times more likely to receive an organic first page search ranking than traditional text pages. So, if you want to get some of your content onto the first page of Google very quickly then make sure it’s a video.
A quick search on the web for ‘Rainwater Harvesting Systems’ returns a mix of video, image and text based results. This is called ‘blended results’. What I want to point out here is that the video on the left (circled below) is produced by a company called ISW (Innovative Water Solutions) and yet they don’t have a single text or image based listing on the first page of Google, but the video is there driving traffic to the YouTube channel and then if viewers are wanting to know more they then have to option to visit the company website.Read More
Have you ever felt that you wanted to let it all out and trumpet some great truth to the world at large? Well, start a blog. Anyone can do it – and you don’t need to buy any software to get started.
Blogging is a great way to comment about construction industry issues and to have your say. But apart from the cathartic effect it can have, a blog can be an excellent way to get your company’s news out into the wider world and to build your credibility as a trusted commentator on your speciality – building products, construction industry legislation – whatever.Read More
I see that the Construction Activity Barometer from Ernst & Young and the Construction Products Association indicates that product sales were broadly flat during the first quarter of 2010 but that product manufacturers are anticipating growth in sales in the second quarter. This is hardly surprising given the economic climate and the forthcoming election. You can read the full press release from the Construction Products Association [Downloads a pdf].Read More
If you’re already a Pauley Creative client you’ll know that we like surveys and tend to use Survey Monkey which is an amazingly easy-to-use online survey service. There’s a free version for just a few questions and answer choices, but even if you want bells and whistles it’s not expensive (Pitch over – don’t mention it Survey Monkey!). A survey is a very good way to generate statistics and these make great PR – as long of course as the results are something you want to shout about! Read More
Digital marketer upset by lack of digital marketing at Ecobuild – no surprise there then! Yes, it was green, seriously green in fact, but from where I was standing it was more ‘green behind the ears’.
Sure, there was some fantastic energy saving, efficiency driven, eco-friendly, sustainable products and services on show – and some great ‘looking’ stands too. In that respect and from an eco-building product and discussion perspective the event no doubt delivered – other more knowledgeable people than me can debate that.
So, my problem is?Read More