Why Redmi 1S Mobile Phones Get Sold Out in Minutes!

October 30th, 2014

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Why did 400,000 people register to buy 150,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S phone last week, a phone which they have never seen at any mobile store, never held in their hands and… Read more

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It’s Time to Treat Content as Part of the User Experience

October 29th, 2014

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Forget content marketing, SEO content, and whatever else as you know them. We need to fundamentally change our approach to content.
It’s not an add-on or a separate thing. It’s an inseparable part of the user experience. Let’s act that way.

Content: the silent epidemic

Your site’s infested.

Most organizations treat content like some kind of horrific disease. They try to shove it as far away as possible from the “real” web site, like a bad case of body lice.

Where do they put it? The blog, of course:

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Don’t worry, this isn’t another put-the-blog-on-the-site-dammit rant. Hopefully, you already understand that
blog.site.com isn’t as good as site.com/blog.

They also incorrectly define “content.” Content isn’t “stuff we write to rank higher” or “infographics” or “longform articles.”

Content is anything that communicates a message to the audience.
Anything.

Product descriptions? Content.

The company story? Content.

Images? Content.

That video of your company picnic that someone posted to your site three years ago and shows everyone dressed as Muppets? Content.

If it says something, shows something, or otherwise communicates, it’s content.

Change your approach

We all need to change our entire approach to content. Treat it as part of the user experience, instead of a nasty skin disease:

  1. Integrate content that can enhance the user experience
  2. Optimize what you already have

Integrate content that can enhance the user experience

Interlink and integrate related information. That includes connecting promotional to informational and showing related visuals and text on promotional pages.

“Promotional” means product descriptions or anything else that “sells” an idea or makes a call to action to the visitor.

Companies are terrified of this. They believe it’ll send customers away. But it doesn’t happen.

I have never seen revenue drop because of interlinking or other integration. I
have seen it generate long-term customer relationships, increase referrals and increase near-term conversions.

Link to the blog

If nothing else,
link to relevant blog posts. People intent on making a purchase aren’t going to click away never to return. Check out how Surly Bikes does it:

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(By the way, that bike’s a steal at $ 2,700, if anyone’s trying to figure out what to get me for Hanukkah this year.)

Linking to a relevant post allows really interested visitors to drill down an additional layer of detail. They can get impressions, learn why one product might be better for them than another, and maybe even (gasp) realize that the folks behind the product are just like them.

Embed related social content

Urban Outfitters does so much right. They have an amazing 
Instagram account:

But, for some reason, they don’t link to it from product pages.

It’s OK. I’m not cool enough for their stuff anyway. But why hide all those attractive people using their products? That’ll encourage all sorts of purchasers.

Also, link to related social content right from your product pages. Ideally, you want to embed examples right in the page. At the very least, link prominently to the relevant account (but seriously, embed the examples).

Here’s another example. I’m definitely a Democrat, but I have to offer a tip to the other side of the aisle here: If you have someone with decent YouTube videos, include ‘em. Representative DeSantis has an entire YouTube channel. Why not show a few videos here?

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If you want to see someone do it right, have a look at
top10.com. They’re pulling Instagram images straight into their hotel information.

You can do this with any social platform that lets you: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, etc. So what’s stopping you?

Optimize what you already have

Your site is already stuffed with content.

You might deny it. But it’s true.

So why not optimize what you’ve got?

Write decent descriptions

Whatever you’re selling/promoting, write a decent description. That includes category pages. I’m not sure what to say about the following top-of-category page “description,” so I’ll go with hysterical, bitter laughter:

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By the way, for those who think this kind of content is a great SEO tactic, this site’s on page 2 for “jeans.”

I’m not thrilled with this one, as it’s buried at the bottom of the category page and a little keyword stuffed, but compared to the previous, it’s a shining light in the darkness:

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That site ranks #3 for “jeans.”

Even if you care only about rankings, better descriptions are a better strategy.

At this time, the #1 site for “jeans” has a description buried at the bottom of their category page that’s so awful I cried. I’ll dig into that another time, but I doubt that travesty is helping them much, and more importantly, it sure doesn’t make me want to buy anything.

Don’t be ashamed

Your content is not a zit. Show it proudly. I like the way Juicy Couture does it. I can actually read the product description:

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This, on the other hand, makes me think I need bifocals.

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That’s actual size, by the way.

Follow the same rules of typography you would anywhere else. Make sure your type is high-contrast and readable. Put it somewhere that I’ll actually see it. At the very least, don’t hide it, for heaven’s sake.

Guide me when I’m lost

Please don’t redirect me to a category page without any explanation. I’m not bashing a pinata.

Blindfolding me, spinning me around 8 times and then sending me on my way is not entertaining. It’s annoying as hell.

If I search for a product you no longer sell, and click the description:

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  1. Show me the product page with a “Sorry, this product is no longer available. But you might like…” and send me along
  2. Or show me a note explaining what just happened

Urban Outfitters does it right:

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Nice!

You might be thinking, “Hey, that’s not content!”

Yeah, it is. When content disappears, send me to stuff you’ve got. Content UX 101.

Oh, and that technology thing…

One last step: You need to enable all of this through technology. You have to be able to do all the stuff I listed above. That requires the right tools.

This is the source of teeth-grinding frustration for many content folks. If you can’t edit the site, you can’t do any of this stuff, right? Weellll yes and no. Here are things I’ve tried, and the result:

  1. Screaming. Generally a turn-off. Never gets the desired result.
  2. Demanding. See screaming.
  3. Asking, with a justification. Ask for the features you need, explaining why and how they might help. If you can, show competitors who are doing the same thing. This can take…. a….. long……. time. But it works.
  4. Getting small wins. Can’t add a new page? Edit a product description. Can’t add a new chunk of content to a product page? Add a little bit to the existing description, or edit it as desired. This one works pretty well, but keep asking for the other features, or you’ll never make progress.
  5. Move off the site. You can set up a separate blog, social media account, whatever. I usually punch myself in the spleen right about then, but this can get results, especially for a big brand. Record the results and use that to advocate for more. Best if used in tandem with #3. Runs directly counter to half this article, but what’re you gonna do?

I’m sorry I don’t have an easier solution here. Just remember you’re not the only person asking the IT team for stuff, or telling your boss you’re being prevented from doing a good job, and proceed accordingly.

If you are the boss or IT team, and you’re reading this, please: Don’t sacrifice content or shove it off the site. Listen to your marketers. They want to succeed. “Helped triple revenue” looks a lot better on a resume than “Proposed worthless ideas.” So they’ve got significant incentive.

OK, but is this legit?

I have to admit, I don’t have data on all of this. Know what? Not all marketing is data-driven. But look at some real-life examples of user experience optimization through content:

In the “real world,” the
environment is the content:

  • Starbucks doesn’t just operate a bunch of walk-in, walk-out coffee shops. They provide music, comfy chairs and nice people. An experience. Not a transaction.
  • New car dealers have completely transformed from big lots with cheesy pitches to mini-museums.
  • Airlines attempt to sell an experience. Some do it better than others. And it’s not about money. “Low fare” airlines like Southwest have been particularly successful.

Online, features and… well, content are the content.

  • Amazon feels like a purely transactional site at first. But in-depth reviews, editors’ comments, lists of recently-viewed items and other gadgetry transform the site.
  • Woot.com lives and breathes cool content. It’s their brand, and it’s an intimate part of the user experience.
  • And check out Surly, as I said above.

These brands all do pretty well, yes? Good content UX sure doesn’t hurt.

Another example: We worked with a major fashion brand. We got them thinking about the content user experience. They integrated, and optimized their product descriptions. Our technical recommendations had to wait for release cycles. It didn’t matter. They immediately hit number one for the most competitive phrases in their industry. Coincidence?
I think not. So, even if rankings are your only goal, content UX is a powerful tool.

Get to work

Practice user experience optimization through content. By “optimization,” I don’t mean “stuffing in keywords until readers want to puke.” I mean “optimal combination of promotional and informational content.”

Content optimization drives interest, engagement and yes, rankings. It also takes visitors from transactional to loyal.

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AdWords Scripts & Macros Users: Google Analytics Columns To Be Renamed In AdWords

October 28th, 2014

Google has said it will be updating several of the Google Analytics reporting column names in AdWords to reflect the names as they appear in Analytics itself. If you use AdWords scripts or macros to automate reporting downloads, be prepared for the switch to come on November 10, 2014. The change…



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Fastest Way to Find Web Pages Losing Traffic

October 27th, 2014

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A lot of us hit with Google Panda and Penguin penalties want  a fast reliable way to find web pages losing traffic the most. This helps webmasters identify the web… Read more

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Microsoft Execs Lay Out Strategy For Growing Bing’s Market Share: “We’re Putting Search Where People Are”

October 26th, 2014

At a Bing Ads Next event in Redmond, Washington yesterday, Microsoft executives outlined the roadmap ahead for Bing and Bing Ads, which powers paid search advertising on both Bing and Yahoo. In discussing the evolution of Bing and the way Micosoft is thinking about search, Rik van der Kooi,…



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Video Games Added To Google’s Knowledge Graph

October 25th, 2014

Google is upping its game for gamers, now including video game information in its knowledge graph. Search queries on video games will result in a knowledge graph panel that includes details like the game’s release date, supported platforms, developers, review scores and more. In a report on…



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SearchCap: Google Rolls Out Pirate Update, Bing Adds MCC, Video Games In Knowledge Graph

October 25th, 2014

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Reports: Google Pirate Update Has Rolled Out This Week Last week, we reported that Google will be pushing out an update to the Google Pirate Update in the…



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SearchCap: Germany Publishers & Google, Bing Ads Tracking & Search Mobile CTR

October 24th, 2014

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Growing Your Business With Customer Reviews – October 30 Webcast Learn how capitalizing on the insights from customer reviews can increase search traffic…



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Use Verticals To Increase Reach

October 23rd, 2014

In the last post, we looked at how SEO has always been changing, but one thing remains constant – the quest for information.

Given people will always be on a quest for information, and given there is no shortage of information, but there is limited time, then there will always be a marketing imperative to get your information seen either ahead of the competition, or in places where the competition haven’t yet targeted.

Channels

My take on SEO is broad because I’m concerned with the marketing potential of the search process, rather than just the behaviour of the Google search engine. We know the term SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s never been particularly accurate, and less so now, because what most people are really talking about is not SEO, but GO.

Google Optimization.

Still, the term SEO has stuck. The search channel used to have many faces, including Alta Vista, Inktomi, Ask, Looksmart, MSN, Yahoo, Google and the rest, hence the label SEO. Now, it’s pretty much reduced down to one. Google. Okay, there’s BingHoo, but really, it’s Google, 24/7.

We used to optimize for multiple search engines because we had to be everywhere the visitor was, and the search engines had different demographics. There was a time when Google was the choice of the tech savvy web user. These days, “search” means “Google”. You and your grandmother use it.

But people don’t spend most of their time on Google.

Search Beyond Google

The techniques for SEO are widely discussed, dissected, debated, ridiculed, encouraged and we’ve heard all of them, many times over. And that’s just GO.

The audience we are trying to connect with, meanwhile, is on a quest for information. On their quest for information, they will use many channels.

So, who is Google’s biggest search competitor? Bing? Yahoo?

Eric Schmidt thinks it’s Amazon:

Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo,” he said during a visit to a Native Instruments, software and hardware company in Berlin. “But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon. People don’t think of Amazon as search, but if you are looking for something to buy, you are more often than not looking for it on Amazon….Schmidt noted that people are looking for a different kind of answers on Amazon’s site through the slew of reviews and product pages, but it’s still about getting information

An important point. For the user, it’s all about “getting information”. In SEO, verticals are often overlooked.

Client Selection & Getting Seen In The Right Places

I’m going to digress a little….how do you select clients, or areas to target?

I like to start from the audience side of the equation. Who are the intended audience, what does that audience really need, and where, on the web, are they? I then determine if it’s possible/plausible to position well for this intended audience within a given budget.

There is much debate amongst SEOs about what happens inside the Google black box, but we all have access to Google’s actual output in the form of search results. To determine the level of competition, examine the search results. Go through the top ten or twenty results for a few relevant keywords and see which sites Google favors, and try to work out why.

Once you look through the results and analyze the competition, you’ll get a good feel for what Google likes to see in that specific sector. Are the search results heavy on long-form information? Mostly commercial entities? Are sites large and established? New and up and coming? Do the top sites promote visitor engagement? Who links to them and why? Is there a lot news mixed in? Does it favor recency? Are Google pulling results from industry verticals?

It’s important to do this analysis for each project, rather than rely on prescriptive methods. Why? Because Google treats sectors differently. What works for “travel” SEO may not work for “casino” SEO because Google may be running different algorithms.

Once you weed out the wild speculation about algorithms, SEO discussion can contain much truth. People convey their direct experience and will sometimes outline the steps they took to achieve a result. However, often specific techniques aren’t universally applicable due to Google treating topic areas differently. So spend a fair bit of time on competitive analysis. Look closely at the specific results set you’re targeting to discover what is really working for that sector, out in the wild.

It’s at this point where you’ll start to see cross-overs between search and content placement.

The Role Of Verticals

You could try and rank for term X, and you could feature on a site that is already ranked for X. Perhaps Google is showing a directory page or some industry publication. Can you appear on that directory page or write an article for this industry publication? What does it take to get linked to by any of these top ten or twenty sites?

Once search visitors find that industry vertical, what is their likely next step? Do they sign up for a regular email? Can you get placement on those emails? Can you get an article well placed in some evergreen section on their site? Can you advertise on their site? Figure out how visitors would engage with that site and try to insert yourself, with grace and dignity, into that conversation.

Users may by-pass Google altogether and go straight to verticals. If they like video then YouTube is the obvious answer. A few years ago when Google was pushing advertisers to run video ads they pitched YouTube as the #2 global search engine. What does it take to rank in YouTube in your chosen vertical? Create videos that will be found in YouTube search results, which may also appear on Google’s main search results.

With 200,000 videos uploaded per day, more than 600 years required to view all those videos, more than 100 million videos watched daily, and more than 300 million existing accounts, if you think YouTube might not be an effective distribution channel to reach prospective customers, think again.

There’s a branding parallel here too. If the field of SEO is too crowded, you can brand yourself as the expert in video SEO.

There’s also the ubiquitous Facebook.

Facebook, unlike the super-secret Google, has shared their algorithm for ranking content on Facebook and filtering what appears in the news feed. The algorithm consists of three components…..

If you’re selling stuff, then are you on Amazon? Many people go directly to Amazon to begin product searches, information gathering and comparisons. Are you well placed on Amazon? What does it take to be placed well on Amazon? What are people saying? What are their complaints? What do they like? What language do they use?

In 2009, nearly a quarter of shoppers started research for an online purchase on a search engine like Google and 18 percent started on Amazon, according to a Forrester Research study. By last year, almost a third started on Amazon and just 13 percent on a search engine. Product searches on Amazon have grown 73 percent over the last year while searches on Google Shopping have been flat, according to comScore

All fairly obvious, but may help you think about channels and verticals more, rather than just Google. The appropriate verticals and channels will be different for each market sector, of course. And they change over time as consumer tastes & behaviors change. At some point each of these were new: blogging, Friendster, MySpace, Digg, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc.

This approach will also help us gain a deeper understanding of the audience and their needs – particularly the language people use, the questions they ask, and the types of things that interest them most – which can then be fed back into your search strategy. Emulate whatever works in these verticals. Look to create a unique, deep collection of insights about your chosen keyword area. This will in turn lead to strategic advantage, as your competition is unlikely to find such specific information pre-packaged.

This could also be characterised as “content marketing”, which it is, although I like to think of it all as “getting in front of the visitors quest for information”. Wherever the visitors are, that’s where you go, and then figure out how to position well in that space.

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Upgrade your Macs without Using all your Monthly Bandwidth

October 21st, 2014

I have almost exhausted my download bandwidth for this billing cycle and, lest you assume anything, I haven’t downloaded any torrents or movies from the Internet. All I have done is updated the Macs to the recently released OS X Yosemite and also downloaded the latest version of Apple iMovie, Keynote and other Mac software.

The Mac OS X Yosemite installer is about 5 GB in size and, for some unknown reason, the Apps Store doesn’t always support resumable downloads. So if your Internet connection goes down while the installer is getting downloaded or if there’s a problem connecting with Apple servers, you get the “unknown error has occurred” message and you’ve to download the whole thing again. I have to upgrade two Apple computers – an iMac and a Macbook – so the downloads are even a bigger hit on the monthly bandwidth.

Mac OS X Yosemite

If you are like me and have more than one Mac to upgrade, here an obvious tip that will help you save data – upgrade the OS and apps of one Mac and use the same offline installers to upgrade the software on your other Mac computers.

After some Twitter hunting, I figured out a Dropbox page where you can download the standalone offline installer of Mac OS X Yosemite. This is better than downloading from the Mac Store since the Dropbox client will automatically download the file to my Mac and it can resume broken downloads automatically.

Download and extract the zip file and double-click the yosemite.app file to run the installer on your Mac. The upgrade takes about 20-30 minutes and goes through without a hitch. If the progress bar at the OS X installation screen isn’t moving, you can press the CMD+L key to open the installation log and you’ll know if anything is happening in the backgroud.

The next step is to upgrade your existing Mac apps like iMovie (2 GB), Keynote (0.5 GB), Garageband (1.2 GB) and others. They are huge file and thus, in order to save data, you can upgrade them on one Mac and transfer the apps to your other Mac computers through the LAN or a USB drive.

Here’s what I do. My iMac and Macbook are connected to the same network and thus I can easily access each other’s files through the Finder. Say I have upgraded the apps of Mac A and need to transfer them all to Mac B. I will go to Mac A and temporarily share the Applications folder. I’ll launch Finder on Mac B and open the shared Applications folder of Mac A. I can now drag and drop the upgraded .app files from A to B. It will ask for the administrator password and the files are copied. You can’t do it the other way though (copying to B from A computer).

Copy Mac Apps

This is the easiest approach to copy applications from one Mac to another (and perfectly legal* if you own both the computers) but a downside is that your settings aren’t transferred. In that case, you’ll also have to manually copy the associated application folders from ~/Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Application Support/ to your other Mac.

[*] Apple says that “Apps [downloaded] from the Mac App Store may be used on any Macs that you own or control for your personal use.”


This story, Upgrade your Macs without Using all your Monthly Bandwidth, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 20/10/2014 under Apple Mac, Software
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Prime Reasons for, why SEO plays in enhanced web traffic

It has been recently found that, the strategies opted by the SEO Birmingham companies have become critically significant to the success of small businesses. If your online business is not making use of SEO Birmingham, this write-up discusses prime reasons why you should opt for the local strategies used by SEO Birmingham companies.

As per the recent findings, more than 39% of the NETIZENS experience problems while searching for the local businesses over the Word Wide Wed. People know about the existence of the local business, but suffer inconvenience while locating web information about such businesses. The major reason behind such inconvenience suffered by the Netizens is that such business fails to understand the relevance of SEO Birmingham. Thereby, if your business provides products and services over the web nationally or internationally, search engine optimization can be of great help over making the brand visible on the search engine results.

Nowadays, more and more people rely on the Internet for finding local businesses

There have been times, when the local business did not worry about the scope of SEO, just word of mouth has been more than enough for spreading their existence to the local consumers. But, today as per the statistics more than 84% of the people make use of the Internet medium for locating the local businesses. No telephone directories, people rely on search engines.

Thus, it becomes essential to change the traditional marketing strategy to modern day strategy of online marketing.

SEO Birmingham costs a little less

If you are considering Adword strategy to capture the online marketing domain, you must be aware of the fact; the popularity of the keyword chosen is directly proportional to the amount of the fee paid. Selection of local keywords means lesser keyword competition, which means you need not pay extra costs.

Helps in reaping the benefits of advanced Google features

SEO companies in Birmingham, such as SEO Results4u at Avon House, 435 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4AA 0121 746 3121 also contribute to the SEO landscape of their local area, be it Solihull, Birmingham or even the wider West Midlands area.

People are actually unaware about the fact, Google plus has changed the traditional way of Internet usage. If the keywords chosen are relevant to the domain to the local market, you very wisely unlock enhanced services offered by Google:

  • A map representing the physical location of a business
  • Appealing pictures with respect to the business
  • Make use of the reviews posted by the user

Truth be told, without using the local platform of SEO, Google plus fails to recognize your business, which clearly means lack of authentic information over the web.

Local SEO encourages better and enhanced credibility

People trust Yahoo, Bing and Google with their eyes closed and believe, these magical search engines have remedies for each and every query. It is a well-accepted notion among the commoners, the brands that appear in the top search lists are most wanted and authentic service providers. So, if you want people to believe in your brand's credibility, Search Engine Optimization adds credibility to your brand power among the commoners. Local SEO adds credibility as well as a definite increase in the web traffic.

Your Peers are using

Business is all about competition. Your peers are using it and yielding the benefits, why aren’t you?