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You’ve done it.

Your business or organization has a wonderful thing happening and you’ve drafted a news release that you are SURE will attract more attention than you had ever dreamt possible. All you have to do is use the handy Spell Check tool, and then hit send to as many people as possible, right?

Wrong.

There are plenty of things you can do to help your media release generate attention. But perhaps more important than that, there are things you should not do when contacting the media as well.

Here are five to get you started:

If you have been reading tech news recently, you may have heard about the GDPR - the General Data Protection Regulation which was enacted on May 25, 2018 in the European Union (EU).  It affects websites which collect any sort of personal data on its visitors who reside in the EU. For example, if your site is collecting data through an analytics program or with cookies, there’s a chance that a member of an EU country could visit your site and have their data saved. Compliance with GDPR is especially important to anyone who’s directly doing business with residents of the EU, like ecommerce or tourism.

But don’t worry - while it’s important to be compliant, it’s also not an impossible request.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:38

The Marketing Edge - Learn from your analytics

Written by Cary Weston

If you have a website but you’re not using analytics to assess how it’s working, you’re missing a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into your visitors.

Understanding what your website visitors are doing can significantly help your small business website marketing efforts. One quick way to judge the impact of your marketing efforts is to see it’s impact on your website’s use. Web analytics tools measure activity and value for website visits. (Google Analytics, the most popular of these tools, is free, powerful, and magnificently simple to set up and use.)

By reviewing the data collected, you can see what pages are being used as well as how much and for how long, commonly used search terms that brought someone to your site, what sites visitors came from, how many pages visitors look at, and even what kind of device and browser they used when accessing the site.

This is helpful information because it shows how successful your site is at meeting your goals. Some typical issues and quick fixes include revising content on pages people quickly leave, fine-tuning your site to give your visitors a better experience.

A few months ago, I was scrolling through YouTube and landed on a video by a YouTuber that I watch every so often. Her name is Zoe Sugg and she’s a popular United Kingdom-based beauty and fashion vlogger with over 12 million subscribers. She started her video with a friendly “hello, everybody!” much like most of her other videos, but soon after she launched into a passionate plea to her subscribers to celebrate her birthday by donating to a cause that was close to her heart.

“World’s Most Popular Search Engine” I typed into Google (the default search method on Chrome, also owned by Google), knowing full well the answer I’d be given. It’s Google, of course. With 72.48% of the world’s market share of search according to Search Engine Watch, Google is a powerhouse when it comes to finding information on the internet.

As most of you probably know, using Google’s search engine is free – but some of you may not be aware that it’s not the only free tool that Google offers. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few helpful free Google tools to market your business. Here are five of them:

The next time you get the opportunity to present at a conference, it is very important that you put adequate time and effort into perfecting your public speaking skills. The quality and appeal of your presentation reflect both you and your brand; therefore, it is important to take note of these public speaking tips to improve your brand image and impress your audience.

If you haven’t heard the news, a scandal is currently dominating discussions concerning Facebook. Here’s a quick rundown: Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm, was recently exposed by whistleblower and former employee Christopher Wylie for harvesting data for political purposes from more than 87 million Facebook users (the numbers have been climbing since the news broke, hence the varying numbers about how many were affected throughout the cited sources).

You’re four years old and riding in the backseat of your parents’ car. Much to your delight, they plan to stop and grab a quick bite to eat before they bring you to play with a friend. You glance up through the window as the car slows down and see golden arches. You know what those mean!

“McDonald’s!” you say. Whether it has been 20, 30 or even 40 years since you were a small child, you probably still know exactly what those golden arches mean when you see them. Even when you were young, you were probably able to associate the symbol with a happy meal.

Logos are powerful. They can fill you with nostalgia, recognition, and even happiness. More importantly, they tell someone who you are and what you do through thoughtful design and carefully selected imagery. Your logo is only one aspect of your brand, but some would argue it’s the most important part. Creating brand recognition and helping form positive associations with your logo requires consistency, great marketing, and a great logo to start.

Here are a few reasons why forgoing a DIY logo and working with a designer to create your brand is an important choice for your business:

With the advent of spring comes the urge to spruce up, tidy, and fix things within your business that may have been neglected throughout the cold winter. You may already be working away at the interior of your store or meeting with employees about fixing up internal processes to make things run smoother. Your website could also benefit from a nice once-over to ensure everything is running properly within your digital storefront.

Here are some tips to give your website a spring cleaning:

Happy first day of spring! It doesn’t seem like spring with the towering snow banks all around us, but the days are getting longer, the sun is still up after 5 p.m. and many people have warmer weather on their minds. With a new season comes a renewed sense of purpose for some business owners. Many are feeling reinvigorated and ready to tackle the new season with new ideas. If you’re one of those people (or if you anticipate you will be one of those people once the snow melts a little more), you may be searching for helpful marketing ideas to welcome spring.

Here are five ideas to get you started!

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