Marketing During the time of COVID

Marketing During the time of COVID

Marketing and advertising in 2020 was supposed to be fun, we got new tools to play with from Google Ads, Content Marketing took another major step forward, SEO black hats got hammered again from the search engine gods. Then COVID came and we were all introduced to the terms "social distancing" and "flattening the curve". All in one shot, tens of millions of people around the world are unemployed and facing a type of desperation and poverty without any drastic help from their governments. All of a sudden conversion zones and WordPress's new version of the Gutenberg editor didn't matter at all. While retail stores and most businesses are taking a big hit, marketing and communications are still incredibly important. Certainly budgets are slashed and a lot of businesses aren't going to make it out of this recession, it is still vital that you communicate your message to the market if you are still in business or if you...
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SMS Marketing in 2020

SMS Marketing in 2020

Short Message Service (SMS) is the most common type of text messaging in the world today. SMS Marketing is utilizing the messaging services most people use as a way to get your brands information / offers in front of your target audience. This medium has been used for quite a while, but as is the case with most digital marketing, it has never been more accurate and data driven than today. There are certainly some drawbacks to Text or SMS marketing but some clear advantages as well. Let's explore both: Pros Engagement (the majority of people open every text they receive)Tracking (most major SMS marketing services can tell if your messages are read or not, how many times and if any call to action in the message has been performed)Cost (there is a relatively low point of entry) CONS Creative (with only 160 characters per SMS message there isn't a lot of opportunity to let your creatives really explore)Spam (it is relatively easy for...
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Domino’s Pizza & the ADA 2020

Domino’s Pizza & the ADA 2020

Recently a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) against Domino's Pizza LLC dealt a major blow to companies that refuse to follow the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for websites. ADA website compliance has been a growing issue for the past few years. Title III of the ADA lays out specific guidelines for websites in the public space to follow and ensure that they are accessible for all potential customers. We have written extensively in our blog before about ADA compliance, you can read those posts here in the archive. This case was the first time that SCOTUS weighed in on a Disabilities Act lawsuit. A man named Guillermo Robles had sued Domino's Pizza because he was not able to complete an order online with his screen reader software for visual impairment. Eventually his lawsuit was heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who ruled that Domino's did have to fix their...
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SEM vs Display Advertising in 2020

SEM vs Display Advertising in 2020

Where’s the best place to spend marketing and advertising dollars? In the world of paid digital advertising, two of the biggest players are search engine marketing (SEM) and display marketing. On the surface, search engine marketing (SEM) programs like Google AdWords might seem like the best channel to maximize return on investment (ROI). “US marketers will spend more than $103 billion on search, display, social media, and email marketing by 2019—but search will remain the largest share of interactive spend (about 44%).” Why are marketers spending so much on search? Because search spending works. However, let’s not overlook another important aforementioned piece of that $103 billion pie: display marketing. (Think banner ads.) So what’s the best strategy for your next effective paid digital advertising and marketing campaign? By pairing display marketing with an effective search engine marketing strategy, you’ll be able to reach more prospects and customers—but to see real ROI, the trick is knowing how and when to use display marketing. Here’s our rundown...
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ADA Website Compliance in 2020 and SEO

ADA Website Compliance in 2020 and SEO

ADA Website compliance had some very important moments in 2019. The results of the Domino's case in the Supreme Court was one of those moments. This ruling reinforced the fact that ADA Website compliance in 2020 is here to stay. Some of the main reasons to always make sure your website design is complete with ADA compliance has always been for SEO purposes. Major search engines (Google especially) have always adhered to many of the same requirements that ADA compliance did too, alt text on images is a big one. So it made sense to be in compliance with the ADA to make sure that your site didn't suffer the wrath of the algorithms. However, now that this court case has been settled and there is a precedent for businesses to lose in Federal court at the highest possible place, there is more of a liability reason to ensure compliance than ever before. Previously many sites wouldn't be targets for...
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