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Is Your Business Website Singing Google's New Tune?

Posted Wed, January 1, 2014 by Julie Short

In late September, Google rolled out its latest major algorithm update – nicknamed "Hummingbird" – which might just bring the biggest-ever shifts to search engine optimization.

If that seems like an overstatement, we understand. The previous "Panda" and "Penguin" algorithm updates generated a lot of press, and most businesses quickly discovered that the sky really wasn't falling, regardless of what they might have read on Internet marketing forums. And yet, a little bit of context is in order. While Panda and Penguin affected 5% of searches each, at most, early studies show that Hummingbird has changed results on more than 90% of all search queries.

Beyond the raw numbers, Hummingbird isn't just another algorithm change, but the first real step toward a new way of thinking about search results. It's not so much an update as it is a shift in philosophy. Whereas Google and the other search engines use to consider different terms independently, and then try to find good matches for them within indexed web pages, the focus now is on understanding the intent behind the search string.

In other words, Google is no longer satisfied to show you results for the exact phrase you are looking for… instead, it wants to anticipate the answers and information you need, and deliver those as quickly and accurately as possible.

For searchers, this means more precision and a heavy dose of common sense. For marketers and business owners, it means singing to Google's new tune if you want to continue to see traffic flow to your site.

Here are a few steps you can take to get started:

Stop worrying about traditional search engine optimization techniques. Because Google is adopting a contextual approach to determining search results, things like keyword density and inbound link volume no longer matter in the way they used to. The focus is on high-quality content from here on out, not simple statistics.

Focus on visitor engagement. One of the ways that Google figures out which pages are "better" than others, in the absence of strict keyword-matching, is by looking at the way visitors behave on the site. If they spend a lot of time, click through to other links, or comment on it in their social profiles, it's going to gain more credibility – and see more search traffic. Build your content accordingly.

Organize your content for readers and viewers. Beyond coming up with great content, it's important that you organize it in a way that's easy for readers to find, scan, and search. The old rules of "one topic per page" don't necessarily have to apply, especially since you're not trying to divide keywords between one page or section and another.

Keep the great content coming. With Hummingbird in place, the best content is fresh, unique, and interesting to readers. So, even though you might not need as many keywords as you did before, you do still need lots of timely and relevant articles and blog posts.

Looking for creative ideas and experienced Internet marketing advice? Get in touch with WebRevelation today and see what our team of experts can do for you.

 

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEM , content


Why You Might Not Want Off-The-Shelf E-commerce Packages

Posted Wed, December 25, 2013 by Julie Short

You don't have to look very far these days to find an e-commerce platform that claims to do everything you need and more, right off the shelf. But, despite their high prices and impressive feature list, most will require some degree of customization and specialty programming (and possibly a lot of it) before they'll work predictably on your e-commerce site, much less give you the features you thought you were paying for.

In other words, there are a number of reasons you might not want an off-the-shelf e-commerce package, and certainly not to invest in one without the help of a custom e-commerce programming team on your side.

In fact, when you work with online retailing experts for your e-commerce package, you gain a number of advantages that you can’t get with off-the-shelf systems, such as:

E-commerce platforms built just for you. Not only do off-the-shelf e-commerce platforms often have to be customized, but they may also have features or functions you don't want or need. Extra functionality might sound like a good thing, until you realize that the extraneous code can cause lots of problems, contain pieces that hackers can exploit, and even crash your online store.

Advanced marketing capabilities structured around your campaigns. Do you have some online marketing features that are especially important to your online store? Why not have an e-commerce platform that is built around those, rather than generic e-commerce campaigns?

Automated order processing and fulfillment solutions. Depending on how you source or manufacture your products, automated order processing and fulfillment could save you tens of thousands of dollars each year, and allow for faster, more reliable delivery to customers.

Specialized pricing and discount controls. Many e-commerce platforms only allow set pricing schedules and tax calculations. With a custom (or customized) platform, however, you can set prices anyway you wish.

Detailed e-commerce reports. Although most standard e-commerce platforms do a good job of generating reports, your customized package can make the process of generating the ones you need faster.

Dedicated e-commerce support. This is perhaps the biggest benefit. Anyone who has tried to find specialized answers from their e-commerce package provider already knows how frustrating it can be to wait while the problem or issue costs you money every hour. With a customized e-commerce package, support is never farther away than your dedicated e-commerce development team.

A lot of e-commerce platform developers want you to think that you're getting a great deal, and an all-in-one solution, by buying their ready-made product. But, as lots of entrepreneurs and online store owners have found, you almost always end up paying for custom programming customization one way or another. Why not have the right team on your side from the start, helping you to choose the package and/or features that fit your needs?

Call WebRevelation today at 817-283-3324 to see why we've become your top choice for e-commerce design and support.
WebRevelation today and let us show you how we use specialized programming and design to help our clients sell more while keeping costs low.

Posted in : Websites | 
Tags : websites , e commerce


Do You Need a Custom Online Ordering Solution

Posted Wed, December 18, 2013 by Julie Short

As e-commerce has grown, and gotten more competitive, a lot of different platforms and payment gateways have come to the market. But, for online retailers who need the very best, custom online ordering solutions are often the most convenient, not to mention the most cost-effective.

What makes custom online ordering solutions better for e-commerce? Here are just a few of the key benefits:

Custom online ordering solutions are faster. Faster carts and payment processing mean fewer abandoned sales. That's especially true if you have a complicated checkout procedure that could otherwise stall or confuse buyers.

You get more reliable carts and payment processing. Even worse than slow payment processing is an unreliable platform that makes buyers feel like your online store isn't safe and stable. Having your online ordering offline costs you money each and every minute, so you need a reliable answer.

Custom ordering solutions can lower your e-commerce costs. In the end, so much of e-commerce comes down to efficiency. That is, if you can handle more orders with lower per-transaction costs, you can instantly increase the profitability of your online store (and maintain that advantage over time).

Your online store gets automatic integrated inventory control. With custom online ordering, you can tie transactions to inventory, meaning better real-time information availability and fewer chargebacks.

You can take advantage of advanced shipping features. For some online retailers, shipping and fulfillment can be complicated because of multiple distribution centers or unusually packaged or weighted objects. With custom online ordering, you can build in the functionality you need.

Your e-commerce site can use special pricing models. In the same way, if you have a highly segmented customer base, or an unusual pricing structure, you might want custom controls to ensure that buyers are being charged the right amount.

Custom online ordering solutions could offer better e-commerce security. Security is a big concern for both online retailers and their customers. With custom online ordering solutions, you can make every transaction as secure as possible.

Think your online store could be more profitable with custom online ordering solutions? Talk to WebRevelation today and let us show you how we use specialized programming and design to help our clients sell more while keeping costs low.

Posted in : Websites | 
Tags : websites , ordering solutions


What Technology, Logistics, and an Eye For Details Mean to Oil and Gas Producers

Posted Wed, December 11, 2013 by Julie Short

These days, lots of businesses like to talk about technology and logistics, especially when it comes to the oil and gas industry. When it comes down to it, though, these are just buzzwords – they are the difference between successfully turning a profit from one quarter to the next and being out of business altogether because you can keep an eye of the details.

Here at WebRevelation, that's something we've seen firsthand. In working with oil and gas producers, suppliers, and distributors all these years, we have learned how to put the pieces of a successful technology plan together in a commonsense, cost-effective way. In other words, we've learned how to help our clients do the most with the least, and boost their bottom-line results in the process.

Here are just a few of the ways oil and gas companies can utilize new technology to run smarter, more efficient businesses:

Through improved inventory control. Need to know what you have, where you have it, and what condition it's in? Most oil and gas operators do, which is why inventory control is such an integral part of their technology plan.

By keeping a close eye on costs and financials. Because market prices can change on a dime, and suppliers can shift terms at a moment’s notice, having one eye on the bottom line – and one finger on your pricing controls – is a must in today's oil and gas industry.

Through scheduling and project management. Smart scheduling and project management let you meet deadlines, keep costs low, and ensure that your whole operation moves forward smoothly.

With reliable mobile communications. Voice, video, and file-sharing systems let entire organizations stay in touch, even with multiple locations or vendors located around the globe.

By watching real-time shipping and logistics. You don't have time for missing equipment or incomplete answers. That's why real-time shipment tracking and logistical information can make such a powerful difference on your company's bottom-line performance.

With detailed, customized reports. When you need to spot important patterns and trends, or make sure that you're coming to the right conclusions, there is no substitute for having accurate, instantly customizable reports.

Worried that your oil and gas company isn't making the most of available technology? Talk to a member of the WebRevelation team today and let us show you what we've been able to do for other businesses like yours.

Posted in : Business Strategy | 
Tags : Gas and Oil , technology


Is Your Oil and Gas Operation as Efficient as it Could be

Posted Wed, December 4, 2013 by Julie Short

In today's ultra-competitive energy market, success in the oil and gas industry often comes down to efficiency. You don't just need to have the right team, the best locations, and a good plan, but to execute each step in a timely and effective way.

At the same time, though, cost controls and an unpredictable economy have driven a lot of oil and gas operators to put off important technology investments – leading to a "forest for the trees" situation in which efficiency is being sacrificed for small, short-term savings.

In other words, if you don't have the right technology team on your side, your oil and gas operations could be suffering. In fact, you might be "leaking" small amounts of money in virtually every part of your business.

We help our clients to avoid these issues by assisting them in a number of key areas, including:

Oil and gas web design. Obviously, having a strong website is important for marketing your business to other companies and investors. But, with the right web presence, you could use your site as a hub for project management, a tool for recruiting, and even a source of industry information.

Inventory and workflow management. These are the types of issues that fall under the broad umbrella of "logistics," and that can make or break the profitability of your oil and gas operation. Knowing what you have to work on – and then scheduling and managing those projects and locations – is critical to your success. Each of those tasks is a lot easier when you have the right technology on your side.

CRM and contact management. When you have customers, vendors, suppliers, and distributors to manage, keeping track of contacts, responsibilities, and personal details can become a daunting challenge. With effective CRM solutions in place, you can be sure that nothing slips through the cracks, especially your most important sales opportunities.

Could these kinds of systems help your business to be more profitable? There is an easy way to find out. Call or email WebRevelation today and let us give you a free, no-obligation consultation. After a quick technology review, we'll show you whether there are any parts of your business that can be improved in a cost-effective way using better hardware, software, or systems.

You've got nothing to lose, so why not get in touch with WebRevelation now and see why we are San Antonio's oil and gas technology experts?

Posted in : Business Strategy | 
Tags : Oil and gas


How to Make Search Engine Marketing More Successful Over Time

Posted Wed, November 27, 2013 by Julie Short

As we have noted in some recent blog posts, there are really two keys to success when it comes to search engine marketing: First, you have to plan your campaigns very carefully, especially when it comes to keyword research; and second, you need to constantly refine your ads and offers over time, making them more targeted and efficient.

Today, we want to focus our attention on that second part of the equation. That is, we want to share with you a few of the tried-and-true secrets for making your search engine marketing campaigns more successful (and profitable) from one month to the next:

Always test new versions of your ads. When writing pay-per-click ads, the name of the game is to attract attention from the right kinds of buyers. That takes trial and error, using the successive results of new versions as your guide.

Look for negative keywords that can help you avoid unwanted clicks. As much as you want the right traffic coming to your site, you don't want to pay for just any visit. Negative keywords help you keep away people who aren't going to buy from you, and reduce waste in your search engine marketing budget.

Split-test your landing pages for maximum conversions. Once you have a targeted visitor to your business website, the challenge is just beginning. In the same way you need to test ads for click-throughs, landing pages should be altered and compared to make sure you're turning as many visitors into leads as possible.

Study your competition to see if they have any hidden tricks. You never want to copy things like content from your competitors, but you can look at their websites for information. Pay particular attention to any features or offers they have that your site is lacking.

Pay close attention to your on-site analytics. Ultimately, one of the best ways to improve your search engine marketing performance is to see how visitors interact with your landing pages. Once you understand what they like and don't like, you can emphasize your strengths more effectively.

When you devote your time and energy to making search engine marketing more effective, your campaigns produce bigger and bigger returns as the months go on. Pretty soon, you'll be seeing Internet marketing gains that would have felt unimaginable in the past, but that's just the natural result of one small incremental improvement after the next.

If you want to see that kind of growth in your online sales or lead generation, now is the perfect time to call or email WebRevelation to request a free consultation.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search Engine Marketing


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