In early November, Google announced an update to their algorithm that verified that the search engine would use social media to deliver search results that are both relevant and recent. The implications of this announcement should not be underestimated, with Google noting that the algorithm change will impact 35% of searches, which equates to about one result per page. The purpose of this blog is to make further sense of social media’s implication plus analyze and identify specific opportunities for us to take advantage of social media’s influence on search from a practical marketing perspective. Three Major Signals Google identified […]
I’m sure you have been there before, discussing creative files via email with a faceless graphic designer that you were referred to by your sister’s friend’s cousin as he throws out obscure terms and sends you files that you can’t open without the proper software. Then, he scoffs when you ask why you can’t open it. Now, I, myself, am a graphic designer, so I can say this: Most designers think you’re dumb. It’s not that you actually are dumb, or even come across that way in an email exchange. It’s just that-for some reason or another-a majority of designers […]
It isn’t everyday that you hear agencies exhort brands to Zogify their ZMOT. But at ZOG Media, that’s exactly what we’re doing, and after seeing the results we’ve generated, more and more brands are joining the Zogify movement. It begins by understanding Google’s so-called Zero Moment of Truth (or ZMOT). We were initially attracted to the ZMOT theory because first, at ZOG we love search (as many of you may know, prior to ZOG our founder and many members of the team founded the largest independent search agency in the USA), and also really because as ZOGGERS, we tend to […]
It’s a chilly fall morning at a local coffee shop. In the corner sits a mother, searching on her laptop for the best preschool options for her toddler. Next to her, a businessman is using his iPhone to read user reviews about golf clubs. Across the room, a couple perusing Facebook makes plans to eat at a new restaurant after seeing a friend’s rave review. What do these experiences have in common? They are all Zero Moments of Truth, ZMOT for short, according to the genii over at Google who recently released a marketing e-book on the subject. ZMOTs are […]
For anyone who works in the hotel industry, TripAdvisor is a big deal. The popular travel review website not only provides customers with deals on flight and hotel bookings, but it also features user reviews and a rating system that may influence how travelers book their hotels.
Say you decide you want to start a business. No doubt, you would meticulously strategize the type of business you want to open and the consumer base you are trying to reach and develop savvy business plans to ensure your success. Most entrepreneurs recognize the importance of everything from creating high-quality products and marketable services to hiring amicable receptionists to greet clients and answer calls, knowing the voice of their company is essential to their image. However, when all of those plans are set into motion, one of the things that should be more prominent on that new business checklist […]
There’s not much you can say that hasn’t been said already about Steve Jobs–revolutionary, inspiration, genius. The list goes on, and rightfully so. I believe Jobs will one day rank among the greatest inventors of all time, on the same list of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and The Wright Brothers.
You may have heard about the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest. I’ve been following the story and it made me wonder: Are we witnessing the next big movement of our time?” Now I’m not talking about a march-on-Washington, hold-hands-like-a-bunch-of-hippies-and-sing-kumbayah kind of social movement. I’m talking about the write-a-blog, post-a-video-and-change-the-world sort of social movement.
I’m currently reading Double Double (How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less), not for me, but for my clients. It all hits home with Cameron Herold’s mention of the saying “we can’t manage what we don’t measure,” (Chapter 9, Focused Productivity) and I find that most times, no measurement is either used as a cover-up when times are bad, or as the last priority when times are good. The beauty about online/digital/Internet marketing (whatever you want to call it) is that you can track almost everything–and the data will tell you how to fix things […]
It’s easy for businesses to claim they’re social by using traditional social media resources, but when other duties of the day create delayed responses to questions and sporadic check-in’s, real-time responsiveness isn’t always an option. Enter Twitter parties. Think of them as moderated chat rooms with immediate interface that have themes and time limits–and that are also public. Not only are they fun ways to “meet” like-minded people from all over the world, they also serve as an amazing social media tool for brands to promote their products.