2 Critical Google Website Ranking Factors You Need to Know

  1. Mobile-friendliness has been a ranking factor on mobile since 2015. When Google moved to mobile-first indexing in 2019, website mobile friendliness became a ranking factor on desktop as well. Use the Mobile Usability report in the Google Search Console to see if your website has usability problems when viewed on mobile devices. After successfully making your website mobile responsive, you need to perform a responsive test online on multiple devices like Mobile Phones, Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops to ensure the mobile responsive web design and that content and images are adapting themselves as per the screen size in which they are being viewed on. A good plan is half of your success. This is why planning ahead for every little part of your mobile responsive website design is crucial.
  2. HTTPS improves security for your website’s visitors and has been a “lightweight” Google ranking signal since 2014. If your website doesn’t use HTTPS, you’ll see a “not secure” warning in your browser. HTTPS is a way to encrypt information that you send between a browser and a web server. So, if your site doesn’t have SSL certificates and is on HTTPS, then now would be a good time to update.

Why Instagram (IG) Reels is Ideal for Reaching New Customers and Driving More Engagement

What is an Instagram (IG) reel?

Instagram Reels are full-screen vertical videos that can be up to 90 seconds long. They come with many unique editing tools and an extensive library of audio tracks (featuring everything from trending songs to snippets of other users’ viral content). On top of sounds, Reels can include multiple video clips, filters, captions, interactive backgrounds, stickers, and more.

Why are Instagram reels so popular?

It has become a hot favorite of influencers and brands all over the world. And the importance of Instagram Reels has only increased over the last couple of years, with more and more social media marketers resorting to this feature. One of the main reasons why Reels has become so popular is because it allows you to portray who you are through short, catchy videos.

How can a business or service benefit from IG Reels?

Reels help your small, medium, and large business gets the targeted audience with instant and safe marketing services like buying Instagram followers, likes, or comments. Instagram is an extremely low-cost and highly effective means to increase your brand awareness due to its huge user database.

The biggest benefit for business from IG Reels? Approximately 80% of marketers claim to have increased website traffic with an increasingly active presence. With 80% of Instagram users following at least one of the business sites, generating traffic to your site becomes important if you wish to make your brand the top SEO rankings.

How to take advantage of IG Reels to reach new audiences and drive more engagement?

Reels are the fastest-growing format and an important part of Instagram, as more people watch Reels to be entertained, go deeper with their interests, or discover new businesses.

For clients or product sales that are not in your website funnel, you need IG Reels to bring them in. Like it or not, IG Reels is the future as far as engagement with your content. If you are selling products or trying to acquire new clients, you need to go all in on Reels. If you think generic IG or Facebook ads are too overwhelming to drill down and figure out, go with just the IG Reels “boost” option.

If you already have posted IG content (in general), figure out which posts get the most likes and shares. Once you do, then that’s the post you want to boost.

How do I “boost” an IG Reel?

You can boost reels within the Instagram app to turn them into ads for the opportunity to reach new audiences and drive more engagement. To be eligible for boosting within the Instagram app, reels must be less than 60 seconds and have a 9:16 aspect ratio, which means they’re filmed vertically and have a full-screen format. At this time, reels that use third-party IP—such as copyrighted music, GIFs, interactive stickers, or camera filters in a reel—are ineligible for boosting, as well as reels shared to Facebook.

You can boost your reels by finding the reel in your grid in your profile and tapping Boost Post. After running your ad, remember to check your Insights to learn which ads brought in the most engagement. Reels is an easy feature to learn and doesn’t take a lot of time and energy to create. Make Reels the center of your Instagram Marketing strategy. Businesses can boost organic engagement on Instagram almost immediately with lots of ROI.

Why Reddit is a Sneaky Good Ad Marketing Platform

With 52 million daily active users, Reddit is one platform you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to marketing your business. Reddit is a powerful Ad Marketing tool as the site talks about everything from politics to technology news and entertainment topics like Game Of Thrones. These users are potential customers, so it pays off to advertise on Reddit if you’re looking for brand exposure or promotion for your products or services.

This month (October), Reddit has made new enhanced features for its Ads Manager which will improve how advertisers manage their campaigns on the platform. Among the changes, Reddit has introduced a new Audience Manager tool, enabling advertisers to create, edit, delete and reuse audiences across their Reddit ad account. Further features include:

  • This new Reddit Support chat module is accessible on every page of the Ads Manager, as well as in the Reddit Ads Help Center.
  • The Reddit Pixel Helper is a wizard-style experience in the ads dashboard that streamlines the pixel setup process to help new performance-focused advertisers integrate the Reddit Pixel, which lets them measure their campaign success, optimize campaigns, and retarget high-value customers.
  • Testing campaigns and signing up will now be easier for advertisers. Reddit is introducing an advertising credit so that advertisers can learn more about the company’s advertising solutions and test Reddit as a channel for their business.
  • The company has added more than 1000 new targetable communities to the Reddit Ads Manager.
  • User interface updates that have been implemented over the course of the year include updated navigation, a revamped sign-up page, and an updated metrics modal that separates events and metrics.
  • The Audience Manager tool allows advertisers to edit, delete, create and reuse audiences across their Reddit ad accounts.
  • Advertisers can now update the creatives of an existing ad right on the ‘Edit Ad’ page, allowing them to quickly make changes to their campaigns.

Reddit self-serve ads can be a powerful element of the overall marketing strategy for your small, medium, and corporate business. Reddit can offer social media advertisers advantages compared to some of the more established ad channels like Meta or Twitter. Reddit can offer advertisers Highly-Engaged Audiences at a lower cost. Less competition on the Reddit ad platform means you can expect CPMs (cost per thousand) and CPCs (cost per click) that are considerably lower than your main social advertising networks. If you’re looking for an alternative platform to advertise, Reddit is sneaky good Advertising and PPC’s best-kept secret as millions of users are actively researching their topics of interest at this very moment.

How to Make Your Content More Discoverable on Social Media

Add Hashtags. #Hashtags are searchable. Hashtags are great for search. It makes your posts (content) discoverable and a great way to target client leads or product sales. Hashtags expand social media reach and amplify your content. I recommend 2-3 hashtags on Twitter & Facebook. LinkedIn up to 5 Hashtags. If you use too many Hashtags in a post it will look like SPAM (which also makes you look desperate for attention).

When creating content, develop your brand (or service) personality. Context is key. Ask yourself before you sit down and write:

  1. What is the purpose of the content you want to publish?
  2. Who are you writing for?
  3. How do they feel about the need for your product or service?
  4. What do they want or need to understand?
  5. What kind of tone should I use?

Humanize your brand that reflects your values.

Social Media Business Growth (leads/sales) Tip

Your audience (buyer persona) wants to see engaging content from your business or service on social media. They also want to be able to connect with you as well.

Make sure you are commenting, liking, and engaging daily with your followers on their social feeds. Comments create a personality that reflects your values. It also creates trust if you’re contributing to their conversation and being positive.

Clicks & Likes. How Do You Convert on Social Media?

Are you getting clicks & likes but no conversions (sales or leads)?

Clicks and likes are forms of engagement. Whenever a user clicks on a social media post, that user is engaging it in some way. On most social media platforms, there is no way to quantify just how interested a user is in your brand other than counting the number of times they’ve engaged it.

Conversions are the end goal of all social media strategies, whether it’s branding, product sales, or service leads. If you have an online store, one of your conversion goals could be to get people to purchase something from your store. Let’s say someone clicks on your Twitter profile and then purchases something from your store. That’s a social media conversion. If you have a Financial Planner (CFP) or Advisor service, a key conversion goal is to get people interested in your service to fill out an information form on your website. Again, let’s say someone clicks on your Twitter profile that links them back to your website landing page where they fill out their contact information. That’s a social media conversion.

How do you convert on social media? A few basic ways (as stated above) are:

  • Add a link in your profile that when clicked, leads to your product shopping page (cart). Make sure your product landing page is mobile-friendly.
  • For services, add a link in your profile that when clicked, links them to your website contact submission form. Make sure your website contact submission form is mobile-friendly.
  • Use Hashtags. Hashtags are a proven way to increase traffic to your content and to your website. Make sure that you’re using social media hashtags that are relevant to your business. Don’t overstuff with Hashtags (looks spammy). Use 2-3 Hashtags per post.
  • Your audience definitely wants to see engaging content from you. They also want to be able to connect with you as well. Your social media conversions will improve if you are commenting, liking, and sharing.
  • Include compelling calls to action working on your social media posts. Asking for followers to check out your recent promotions or product/service discounts is a call to action.

Last but not least, track your social media metric traffic back to your website or the product page. Using tools such as Google Analytics, or social analytics tools such as Keyhole, Sprout Social, and Hootsuite also allows you to identify the type of creative and messaging (posts) that performs best. Don’t wait to go viral. Grind. Persistence. Put in the work. Play the long game. Share your content across social platforms. All it takes is one of your followers to share a content post and the conversion amplification may go 2x.

How to Build Your Business (or Services) Online. Start a Blog!

If you’re looking to build your business (or Services) presence online, add a blog to your website and start posting short-form articles.

Once you added a blog section (page) to your website, start posting 1-2 times per week. Where do you start? Some ideas for short-form articles posts include:

  • Product (services) centric posts. Try writing around your product (services) features and benefits. The uniqueness of a product or service can set it apart from the competition. Features can communicate the capability of a product or service. But features are only valuable if customers see those particular features as valuable. You want products or services with features that customers perceive as valuable benefits. By highlighting benefits in blog post efforts, you’ll increase your website traffic as well as leads or sales.
  • Grab content out of product user guides or white papers.
  • Post product hacks (tips & tricks).
  • Post snippets from outside product reviews and link to that original article. Linking to an outside product review will create “social proof”.
  • Post press releases. Add numerous images to liven up the article. Even though press releases can be very boring, it’s easy to “cut and paste” them into a blog post, and they help with website SEO (keywords in posting PRs).

Once you start posting to your blog, share them across your business social media platforms. If you don’t have a business (services) Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest page, set one up ASAP.

Whether you own a Financial Services firm or a company that sells XYZ products, adding a blog to your website is CRUCIAL to lead generation or product sales.

Sales Funnels and Rambling Musings

To grow your business or service, you must identify and create your sales funnel as a key to your website design. Sales funnels are great, but content ecosystems are better.

Content ecosystems are like deploying tiny salesmen that live on the internet and sell for you 24/7. Content marketing’s goal is consumption, then behavior (leads, sales, new clients).

Content marketing helps businesses prepare and plan for reliable and cost-effective sources of website traffic and new leads that are working for you 24/7. A good content ecosystem “gels” over time and you will see the website traffic increase, SEO benefits (rank higher on Google), and hopefully a conversion (website funnel strategy) in the end. Strong pieces of content can help you become more visible online, both on search engines and on social media. Your social media platforms are one of the best ways to connect and share content with your target audience.

Content creation success is measured in many ways including:

  • Spike in visitor traffic and page views on a specific content post
  • The number of Shares, Likes, Pins, and ReTweets on Social Media
  • Media mentions and stories covering your business or firm
  • Website ranking (SERPs) increase
  • Conversions. Actual product sales or new clients (example: Financial Services)

The basic purpose is to create content and try to post at least 1 time per week. Content is scalable and you can add as needed or when more resources become available. Content Marketing is important! Without it, you’re going to struggle to attract the attention you need to collect leads and convert them into sales or clients!

How to Measure Leads Through Social Media

Every day, your customers are active on a huge range of channels, including social media. If you’re not present and engaging with them across all of these social media platforms… it’s killing your reputation, lead generation, and your bottom line.

How you define a quality “lead” depends on your industry, campaign, and goals. Generally speaking, a quality lead will include useful information and clear signs of intent to engage with your business.

Social media is now the preferred business contact platform. Use this to your advantage by actively engaging with (and converting) prospects and customers on all modern channels such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Reddit. If you’re collecting social media leads, you need to be collecting analytics insights. Whether it’s product sales or new client and services type leads. How do you measure it coming from social media? Here are a few ways:

  • Google Analytics. Watch and review social media platform traffic (goals) in Google Analytics to track leads on your website. This will allow you to monitor which social media platform is the best source for your business. If you notice, for example, that Twitter outperforms Facebook, it may be worth redoubling efforts on that platform.
  • Social analytics tools. Tools such as Keyhole, Sprout Social, and Hootsuite also allow you to identify the type of creative and messaging (posts) that performs best. Most of these tools offer easy-to-review dashboards that offer metrics such as the number of impressions, reach, posts, and engagements that certain accounts or hashtags you are getting from each individual platform.
  • Engagement. Engagement is one of the most valuable metrics in measuring social media lead generation. You need to evaluate if you’re engaging with the right audience, how they are interacting with your brand, and what they are doing to engage with your topic and spread your content. The ideal engagement metrics include the number of likes, comments, shares, and re-tweets.
  • Tracking via a specific social media “discount code” or “social shopping”. Many brands offer customers a discount code in exchange for a product or newsletter sign-up. Discount codes or rewards points encourage customers to make a return visit to your site, and ideally a purchase. If you plan to offer one, have a strategy in place for not just generating leads, but also nurturing and converting them.
  • Social Media Ads metrics. The main metrics include Reach, Impressions, and Click-Through Rate.
  • Link Tracking on Social. Link tracking answers the question – “How did you find us? It involves tracking the number of clicks obtained by specific links on your social media posts. Link tracking is helpful in monitoring if your audience is clicking on links associated with your ads.

The above bullets can help you measure leads coming back through Social Media. In the meantime, what can actually help boost the % Leads using social media? 5 tips are below…

  • Optimize your profile. Your profile should provide the means for customers to contact you, sign up for your newsletter, shop, contact information, YouTube channel, etc. Your profile should always include a “link back” to your business website. Make sure to “Add a link” to your bio.
  • Create clickable content. Without compelling content, you won’t collect leads (clicks). Clickable content includes social media posts. Social Media posts include clickable content such as blog posts, YouTube channel content, and call to action type of content (landing pages) that can be SHARED.
  • Use social lead ads. Call to action ads can be posted on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, etc. Your best-performing Twitter posts can be “boosted” (just like paid ads) across that platform where you can dial in demographics such as gender, age, geography, etc.
  • Share testimonials as social proof. Customer stories and testimonials can give you the social proof you need to acquire new leads. Showcasing how clients have benefited from your products and services to demonstrate your brand value. Add these stories and testimonials to your website.
  • Leverage social media sponsorships. Instead of using paid ads, you could also attract leads from the social media content that your target audience is already consuming. Consider sponsoring shows, content, and YouTube channels that are popular with your target audience.