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Redesigning Websites (and Writing) for the People

By | April 7, 2015

My colleagues and I have been looking at a lot of different B2B websites recently, mostly in the marketing and advertising industry. Why? Fathom is in the process of redesigning its website, and we’re getting inspiration from all sorts of places.

One thing we’re trying really hard to note is what not to do. In that spirit, the most revealing part of this journey to date has been understanding the full ramifications of user-centered design.… Read the rest

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6 Steps to a User-Friendly College Website Navigation

By | April 7, 2015

Your college or university website’s navigation or user interface can make the difference between a largely successful website and a total failure. Keep the user experience painless and efficient for your prospective students, parents, current students, and alumni by considering these 6 simple steps to improve your navigation’s usability.

Simplify the information architecture.

Determine the information architecture before you even start designing your navigation or user interface. Group your links into categories containing related information. If your architecture is complex, use multiple levels of categories to help with the organizational structure.Read the rest

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Consumer Brand SEO Pulse: 4.2.15

By | April 2, 2015

Welcome to the weekly Consumer Brand pulse, where we keep you updated on what’s going on in the world of SEO! Our goal is to stay on top of any new strategies and changes to make sure we are constantly using the best on-site and off-site SEO methods. Whether it’s sharing 8 tools for Google penalty recovery or helping you better understand your social ROI, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks of what you need to know this week:

“What’s The State of Link Building For SEO in 2015 & Beyond?”

Link building has been a hot button issue recently… Is it good?… Read the rest

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SEM is “Most Effective” B2B Marketing Strategy | CMI Manufacturing Report (2015)

By | April 2, 2015

Content Marketing Institute recently released its annual Manufacturing Marketing Trends report.  The report, which surveyed hundreds of B2B manufacturing marketers across North America, ranked search engine marketing (also referred to as PPC, SEM and search advertising) as the most effective advertising method for manufacturers.

What’s interesting about this finding is that 85% of B2B marketers reported using traditional print or offline promotion to distribute their content, promote their products, and ultimately drive new sales.  However, only 34% of those same marketers felt such tactics were successful.… Read the rest

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The Twitter-Google Agreement: 4 Keys to Getting the Most from This New Development

By | April 1, 2015

It’s been almost 4 years since Google has provided real-time tweets in their search results. Google and Twitter recently announced they had reached an agreement that will grant Google access to Twitter’s stream of data generated by over 284 million microbloggers. This data stream is also being referred to as the fire hose.

In the coming months, tweets will start to show up in Google’s search results in real-time. This is not to say Google doesn’t index and show tweets in their search results now—they do, but only a very small fraction of what is on Twitter.… Read the rest

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