Net neutrality is just as confusing

What Reversing Net Neutrality Really Means

We’ve treated the internet like a public treasure until now, thanks in large part to the net neutrality policies championed by many technology advocates. This has led to widespread adoption of online connected services, many technological breakthroughs and the creation of an entirely new economy. Because the internet is unfiltered and uncensored, information travels freely in a utopian, libertarian dreamland. It’s a blessing and a curse, net neutrality.

Hold onto your smartphones, though. The FCC announced a change in the way it would regulate the internet. Essentially, the government is going to stop restricting internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon or Comcast from blocking or otherwise slowing down data streamed from the websites you visit online. That means these companies will for the first time ever have the legal right to block content that travels over their internet pipes.

Some are decrying this as the end of the free and open internet. Here’s why that isn’t true on its face, and what you can expect as companies shift control over what you do online. Especially what that might mean down the road for marketers like myself. Read More

Digital advertising begins and ends with the computer

Digital Advertising Is Not Traditional

We’ve been very active over the course of the last few months. Many, many consults with local businesses about how they can get more out of their digital advertising. Of course, these meetings are always part education, part salesmanship, and always enlightening.

In many of these consults, we answer a lot of the same questions about digital advertising and how it works. In fact, these questions keep us grounded because we often forget what other people don’t know. This way, we slow down, explain the process and reassure them that their campaign will be constructed the right way. It keeps us focused on the fundamentals so that we don’t stray too much form what works.

Most business owners think of digital advertising in terms of traditional media. When will the spot run? How much does it cost? How do I know people will see it? We hear these a lot in new client consults. So this week, we’d like to clear up a few of the most common misconceptions about digital advertising and how it works differently than print, radio, TV and other traditional channels. Read More

Transparency from an SEO professional

What Your SEO Professional Won’t Tell You

Every single business with which we talk wants to work with an SEO professional. In fact, we’re often asked about how we can help with SEO. They believe search engine optimization is this magic tool which is the key to unlocking unlimited growth potential. It’s not that easy, and it can’t be that easy.

We don’t advertise SEO as a service. That said, we know enough about it to tell you when you’re getting a raw deal from your SEO professional. Here’s what we’ve learned after working in the digital space for years. Read More

An AdWords campaign is a lot like playing a word game

Why AdWords Campaigns Don’t Work

Statistically speaking, you’ve tried an AdWords campaign. Google makes over $15 billion in revenue from advertising, more than 90% of all the revenue the search giant takes in. That means most businesses have given Google at least some money for advertising. Statistically speaking, your campaign also didn’t work.

Why do we say that? Because we see the remnants of these AdWords accounts every day. We see just how off they are and how much money they waste. Bad AdWords campaigns underperform expectations, don’t cover costs, get suspended and make the whole platform look bad. Then we sift through the rubble and figure out what really happened.

So how can we take these failed AdWords campaigns and get them to perform as much as ten times better than they did for you? We have our ways, which is why we’re not only Google Certified Partners, we also perform in the top 10% of all certified AdWords professionals. Read More

Google’s New Rules for Digital Marketing

The Home Page of Digital Marketing

One of the biggest players in digital marketing is changing the rules of the game once again. Google is introducing a few new initiatives that look to the future of a mobile-first world and attempt to make the way businesses communicate with customers even more streamlined.

Here’s a rundown of changes that are coming and where the advantage lies for savvy digital marketers. Read More