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June 9, 2017
Click bait

Facebook is Fighting the War Against Clickbait

Facebook is getting more precise in its fight against clickbait. After training its news feed algorithm to recognize clickbait headlines last year and penalize the sites and Pages associated with these posts, Facebook will now target individual posts that link to articles that overpromise and underdeliver, in order to better isolate and eliminate the clickbait trying to invade people’s news feeds. Previously, Facebook considered website domains or Facebook Pages at large when hunting for clickbait. That helped its system to broadly identify bad actors that push out a lot of clickbait, but it also made it harder to quarantine the occasional clickbait from an otherwise reputable publisher. Now, by taking into account individual posts, Facebook can strike down these one-off offenses without leveling an entire publication or needing to wait for a publication’s clickbait volume to mount. Facebook’s algorithm will also now distinguish between headlines that withhold information and headlines that exaggerate the story. The divide-and-conquer tactic is supposed to make Facebook’s system more effective when evaluating whether a post links to a clickbait, per a company blog post published on Wednesday. That post isn’t clear on exactly how the change helps. But since Facebook is running a bunch of headlines through its computers so those computers can learn what a clickbait headline looks like, it’s possible that the computers had a hard time finding those patterns when considering a headline like “When He Opened the Door, He Didn’t Know He’d Be Met by This…” and one like “This Article […]
May 30, 2017

Is “Siri” the new Google’s competitor?

A new study from Fivesight Research, “US Consumer Search Preferences Smartphone & Desktop: Q1 2017,” finds that Siri is the mobile “search engine” of choice after Google. The study was based on a survey of 800 US adults split roughly evenly between iOS and Android users. Google was by far the dominant mobile search engine, with an 84% aggregate share among respondents. Among Android users, Google’s search share was 90%. Among iPhone owners Google had a 78% share. After Google, however, Siri was named by more respondents as their “primary search engine” than Bing or Yahoo. (However, this doesn’t reflect query volume, just identification as the primary engine of choice.) Siri was the primary search engine of 13% of iPhone owners. This finding is significant because it suggests the long-term, potentially disruptive impact of voice and virtual assistants on traditional “query in a box” results. It’s important to point out, however, that these responses reflect self-reported data and many not line up one-to-one with behavior. Siri was also the most widely adopted virtual assistant among the available choices, used by a higher number of iOS users than “Google Now” was by Android users. Google Assistant wasn’t one of the available choices on the survey. A very large percentage of respondents (72%) said they were using virtual assistants to “supplement” more traditional mobile search. Only 16% of iPhone owners did not use a virtual assistant, while just under 40% of Android users did not. Among iPhone owners who used assistants other […]
April 6, 2017

The Top Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile-Friendly Website

It feels like every day new statistics are released about the rising prevalence of mobile usage in the world – more and more people are accessing their email, viewing websites, engaging on social media, and making purchases, all from the convenience of their phones or tablets. It’s safe to say, if your website isn’t optimized for mobile, you’re missing a significant portion of your target audience. The time is now to get your website into tip-top, mobile-friendly shape for maximum business exposure. Unconvinced? Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look to this new info-graphic which outlines the top reasons your business needs a mobile-friendly website right now. Among the key facts outlined in the graphic are: 1.2 billion people worldwide are accessing the web from mobile devices. Since Google’s algorithm update in April 2015, Responsive Design is now preferred in Google’s rankings over having a separate mobile website, or not having a mobile-friendly website at all. 52% of users said that a bad mobile experience made them less likely to engage with a company. Having a website that is mobile-friendly and user-friendly is the first step in staying competitive in the digital marketplace – and ultimately, seeing long-term business success. References Julie, C. (2017, March 29). The Top Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile-Friendly Website [Infographic]. Retrieved from Social Media Today: http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/top-reasons-your-business-needs-mobile-friendly-website-infographic
March 21, 2017
SEO - SEM

What’s the Difference Between SEO and SEM?

Search engine optimization and search engine marketing can be a confusing concept to grasp. Is there even a difference between them? Both terms are often used interchangeably, which makes matters even worse. It is important to understand the difference between the two terms and that they are different. What is search engine optimization (SEO)? SEO is essentially a component of the larger category, SEM. According to Google’s Knowledge Graph, search engine optimization is “the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine.” The SEO industry is continually changing due to the frequent changes made to Google’s algorithm. But, there is one aspect of SEO that stays constant: SEO is made up of On-Page and Off-Page activities. What components does SEO include? As stated above, SEO is comprised of two different activities. ·         On-Page SEO includes: -Incorporating selective keyword naturally into title tags, meta descriptions, heading tags, alt text, etc. -Blog posts and page copy that is written and optimized with quality -Clean and formatting page URLS -Optimized page load speed -Google authorship incorporated -Social sharing integration within your content And much more! ·         Off-Page SEO includes: -Creating a high quality, natural backlink profile (aka having other high quality/authoritative sites link to your site naturally) -Social sharing signals -Social bookmarking (Stumbleupon, Reddit) -List goes on here too! What is search engine marketing (SEM)? According to Wikipedia, “Search engine marketing is a […]