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Optimizing Traffic to your Website

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, remains one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood concepts in the internet and marketing world. In simple terms, SEO is the process of structuring a web page so that it is found, read, and indexed by search engines in the most effective manner possible. While search engines change their algorithms for how they evaluate pages somewhat regularly, the purpose of that is to help sift through strategies and techniques and just find sites that are what they say they are, and to rank those sites according to the value those sites offer to web searchers.

We work with our clients to optimize their websites above and beyond a standard WordPress development in an effort to help web crawlers know what the most important elements of a the site are, and to help our clients know what other content may be valuable to add to the site. Both quantity and quality are important. Ultimately, where your site turns up in search results is a function of the volume of traffic that visits your site and the duration of time visitors spend there.

That said, Google recently announced that another factor that its web crawlers would include in ranking criteria is the security of a site. Read what Google has to say about SSL here. While not entirely specific, this announcement from a company who owns 68% of the search engine market share, strongly encourages website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. Ultimately, purchasing and installing certificates is not overly costly, and it does add an additional layer of protection for all the data being transmitted through the web.

Other strategies to improve your rankings

While optimizing site content, adding metadata, and now installing a security certificate are all part of a strong foundation for offering your site to the world, additional content marketing strategies are becoming increasingly important. Producing new content that engages readers serves a critical purpose of helping people know who you are; sending that content out to people who will read it keeps them coming back; and driving those additional users to the site tells the web crawlers that people do want to come to your site and thus you should be higher in search so others can find you too.

There are numerous other strategies that can be implemented, and frankly, those outlined above can be refined and enhanced routinely. Ultimately, you need to ask yourself the same thing we constantly ask ourselves: How can we deliver even more value to those that would want to hear from us in the first place?


Kompani Group Launches New Website on 3dcart Platform: Bloomsbyheinau.com

The use of the 3dcart shopping platform, more than just accommodating.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

Kompani Group has been building e-commerce solutions for clients for the past 10 years, and have tried almost every platform and custom code imaginable. When it came time to build a new site for their own http://www.BloomsByHeinau.com they knew they wanted to go with 3dcart for several reasons, among them “ongoing support and automatic updates, a devotion to “e-commerce best practices and intuitive user interfaces” which are standard, not multi-modular based on subsequent purchases, stated Adam Olen, Managing Director of both sites. From the basic tabula rasa, provided by 3dcart, Olen and crew were able to create a functional, aesthetic and customizable website in “Blooms by Heinau” a custom flower shop dedicated to excellence and distinctiveness with arrangements guaranteed to last a minimum of 6 months with no water and no maintenance.
 
As Olen described in a note to 3dcart: “As icing on the cake, the functionality you have provided, while in some cases is even more than we may ever use, has also proven to enhance our core business. Because of features provided by 3dcart, we are now launching a corporate gift program so businesses can easily sign up and receive discounts for sending our long lasting and beautiful arrangements to their customers/clients/contacts, and we are also beginning to offer affiliate opportunities. 3dcart has essentially created two new revenue channels just because of the functionality that is included with our monthly package.
 
“As Managing Director of Kompani Group, a firm of business strategy and brand development architects, neither I nor my colleagues took the selection of an ecommerce platform lightly. Our store is a strong reflection on our credibility in the industry and we felt very good about selecting 3dcart for one of our portfolio brands. Thank you for developing a great product and for your ongoing support.”
 
As Joe Palko reiterates; “We have come quite far, since 1997, in many ecommerce functions, uses & aspects, offering online store enhancements such as fraud watch, the addition of multiple and international pavement gateways, integration with eBay, outstanding merchant-focused customer service, content and social media marketing and a host of other benefits and advantages over the run-of-the-mill retail website shopping cart. We are pleased that Adam and Heinau Flowers have benefited from 3dcart’s platform.”
 
About Blooms by Heinau:
Blooms by Heinau, the direct to consumer division of Heinau Flowers offers 100% natural, fresh-cut blooms that last 6 months or longer and serve as decorative accessories in homes, offices, and 5 star hospitality resorts. For the first time, the pure and natural elegance of freshly cut flowers can be yours every day at a genuinely affordable price. If you buy flowers on a regular basis for your home or business, we can cut your annual flower budget by as much as 75%, without sacrificing a single sensory indulgence. Our blooms are 100% natural flowers – and will add a beautiful sense of subtle elegance to help color your life. Visit us at http://www.BloomsByHeinau.com to learn more. Call 786 594 0437 or e mail them at sales(at)BloomsByHeinau(dot)com.
 
About: Kompani Group
We are business strategy, branding, marketing, and web development architects. Our experience and expertise have been acquired from helping build and grow hundreds of companies across multiple industries, as well as from building our own portfolio brands. Our main focus is always to empower our clients and brands with effective solutions, know-how, improved processes, training and tools that immediately generate measurable results. Our core business philosophy is centered around the fact that our partners’ and associates’ compensation is solely contingent on how well our creative business and brand strategies perform for our clients and our own portfolio brands. We are hands-on involved in every aspect of implementing business and brand strategies for our clients and our own portfolio brands. We like to say that once we get involved “we live and breathe our clients’ businesses and brands.” We offer comprehensive strategies to develop and grow your business, but we are also prepared to take on specific projects such as helping you overcome your greatest challenges (one at a time). Place yourself in good Kompani and success will follow.



Get Creative with PPC

Recently, Google made improvements to its extension capabilities and the ease with which extensions can be managed in the Adwords dashboard.

Call Extensions allow you to display your phone number in your ad. Smartphone users can click to call from their mobile devices. Sitelink Extensions link directly from the ad to specific pages on your website, saving customers from having to click around to find the page they want. Location Extensions allow you to include your business address, phone number and a link to a map reference in your ad. App Extensions provide a link to an app, making it easy for searchers to automatically download the app. With Offer Extensions, you can attach an offer to your ad. A click on the view offer button goes to a Google hosted landing page where the customer can print or save the offer.

With so many PPC options and opportunities, some businesses have figured out ways to be extremely creative on a limited budget. For example, a well known company bid on misspellings of commonly searched terms.


Your Chance to Brag a Little

Effective SEO campaigns are built on content marketing. Press releases can be used as content for an SEO campaign, and they can include numerous mentions of the brand, products, services and anything else that the company wants to promote.

In bygone days, a press release was mailed, faxed or emailed to people in the news media for the purpose of announcing a newsworthy item. Members of the news media decided whether or not they would run with the story. Not every press release made news.

Now, we have online press release services. Some charge a sizable fee to publish the release and distribute it to a network of news sites. Others publish the release on their site for little or no charge. Posting a press release on a free or low cost site is a cost-effective way to add diversity to an SEO campaign.

Websites that post articles and guest blogs typically don’t allow much self-promotion. Press releases are all about self-promotion and branding. And, it’s really OK to brag!


The Ultimate Disrupter is At It Again

Fortune magazine called Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos, the ultimate disrupter when he was chosen as its 2012 Businessperson of the Year. Last week, Bezos bought The Washington Post newspaper, a premier brand in the content world, for $250 million. In a memo to Post employees, Bezos wrote that he’s “excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.”

“The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs,” he wrote. “There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy.”

Print newspaper is a dying media. So what could Bezos be thinking? Time magazine reporter David Von Drehle speculates that Bezos is “unlikely to spend precious time and capital on trying to re-create the old bundle in pixels while it clings to life in print. Instead, he is likely to look for ways to break it up and give people the content they value in whatever form they want it—for a price.”

Looks like Bezos is getting ready to shake up the newspaper industry! We’ll have to wait and see what opportunities will be opened up for content marketers.



How to take control of your to-do list

Having an unruly to-do list can be overwhelming. If you find yourself rushing around, but not actually getting anything done, try the following process:

  • Write it all down. Put everything on one list. Determine which tasks are easy and which are more difficult.
  • Do some easy things. Spend 15 minutes doing the easy tasks. Focus on speed: make the quick phone calls, shoot off the brief emails. Cross as many tasks off the list as you can.
  • Turn to a bigger task. Turn off your phone, close all the open windows on your computer, and focus on one of the more challenging tasks. Do this for 35 minutes without distraction.
  • Take a break. After 35 minutes, take a 10-minute break. Then return to step two.
We found this tip in Guide to Managing Stress, and encourage you to try it out

8 Reasons Every Ecommerce Site Should Get Serious About Video

The truth about doing business online today is that for many companies, increasing market share requires winning customers from competitors. Using online video to build business is one tactic that has been rapidly gaining popularity in the past few years. It delivers benefits that include personalization, competitive advantage and cost-effectiveness.

1. Video Attracts New, Relevant Search Traffic
No conversation about ebusiness is complete without discussing search engine optimization (SEO). An ebusiness cannot gain on a competitor until consumers know it exists and can easily find it through organic search. Today, ebusinesses that utilize video assets are at an advantage, since Google is structuring its search engine results to reward sites that include video. According to Forrester, any given video in an index of searchable keywords has a 50 times better chance of appearing on the first page of results than any given text page.

To better promote their video investments and derive the greatest SEO rewards, ebusinesses are making videos more accessible to visitors, scaling videos to reach long-tail keywords, and automating video production in order to have video available as soon as new products are introduced.

2. Video Assets Can be Easily Syndicated
Online video is usually channel agnostic. By syndicating video properties to multiple sites — includingYouTube, the second largest search engine today — ebusinesses extend their reach to innumerable eyeballs. In addition to traditional channels, online video plays equally well via mobile networks, TV, and in-store screens. It is a cost-effective way to maintain brand consistency and strengthen consumer awareness.

3. Videos Encourage Sharing
Videos are far more likely to be passed and shared than text-based pages. Additionally, a video thumbnail on a social media platform — Facebook, for example — grabs more attention than static text and often results in more comments, more “Likes,” and more traffic to the brand’s website. When you like or share a video link, a thumbnail appears on your wall and is also seen by your friends.

According to a study from YouBrand, pictures and video within Facebook get engaged with and clicked more often than just text and questions.

4. Video Engages Site Visitors
Video provides a familiar user interface for site visitors. When videos are properly produced, they captivate the user. Instead of the need to navigate, scroll and click to access information, the video is a one-stop shop for information. It takes less energy than the hassle of reading and the user is engaged until he or she is ready to follow an embedded call-to-action. Today’s automated video production platforms easily enable this flow, in many cases directing visual and auditory calls-to-action that guide the viewer to a shopping cart.

5. Video’s “Halo Effect” Drives Conversions
Video can give customers an in-depth view of a product or a demonstration that quells any hesitancy they might have about purchasing online. The peace of mind the customer gains from the video seeps into the way he or she feels about the brand and website overall, building trust and credibility. This is essential to gaining market share, especially for businesses that sell products with a lot of competition.

6. Video Increases Customer Loyalty
Video newsletters are more likely to attract consumer attention. By some estimates, the open rate for a video newsletter is two to three times higher than for a text-based newsletter. While many brands compete for consumer attention with the latter, those who employ the former stand out from the crowd. These video communications can be personalized for each recipient with individualized greetings, references to previously purchased items, or offers based on shopping history, geography and segmentation.

7. Video Creates Online Personalization
By improving and tailoring the customer experience, online retailers in every sector have increased customer loyalty, conversion rates and average order price. The quality of online personalization continues to rise and in many cases can rival or outperform the “live” shopping experience. This is a key factor in gaining market share, since consumers increasingly shop online but still express a desire for the personal touch and the social aspects of in-person browsing.

When prospects go to a store, they get recommendations and help from in-store staff who point them to relevant products. Video delivers this experience online, with far less variability and chance. With new technologies that offer personalized video created on-the-fly, ebusinesses can bridge the gap between live and virtual experiences.

8. Video Production Costs Are Falling, ROI Is Rising
Online video clearly has an impact on competitive advantage. But is it feasible for most ebusinesses? Thanks to today’s automated video production technology, the answer is “yes.”

Two decades ago, the market struggled to replace the labor-intensive process of website management. Today we hardly think about the steps required to update or add web content: Images and text are now template-based, database-driven and easy to manipulate.

Video production is experiencing a similar change. While many website owners once fought the limitations of manually produced videos — including slow production times and prohibitive costs — today’s solutions tend to be automated, cost effective and high quality. With relatively little human intervention, online video production can increase a business’s competitive advantage while creating a better shopping experience for the user.

By  Yaniv Axen
Mashables.com June 2011

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14 indicators of success for Internet Startups

Generally speaking, the odds are stacked heavily against the average startup. The rate of failure among entrepreneurs and startups is startlingly high — it comes with the territory. Otherwise, entrepreneurs wouldn’t be pirates.

But, what if there were a way to reduce that failure rate by cracking the formula of startup success? No easy feat to map the double helix of startups, but entrepreneurs are risk-takers by nature, so four of these risk-loving international entrepreneurs came together to found the Startup Genome Report, a report that is part of a larger project that dives into the very anatomy of what makes Silicon Valley startups successful — or not.

The entrepreneurs who founded the Startup Genome report (Bjoern Herrmann, Max Marmer, Fadi Bishara, Aleksandra Markova), have also created a business accelerator called Blackbox, which will be leveraging the data they have collected (and will collect) from their ambitious R&D enterprise.

The Startup Genome Report, as it is today, is a 67 page analysis on data collected from 650+ web startups.The entrepreneurs recruited both UC Berkeley and Stanford faculty members, like Steve Blank, the Sandbox Network team, the Startup Bootcamp team, and the Pollenizer team, to help coauthor and contribute to the study.

The goal of the report is to lay the foundation for a new framework for assessing startups more effectively by measuring the thresholds and milestones of development that Internet startups move through.Blackbox, which was co-founded by techVenture and other organizations that have a track record of working with 100+ startups, including 15 exits (such as Bebo, Tapulous & Lala), hopes to use the Startup Genome Report as a cipher to help crack the innovation code, and give fledgling entrepreneurs and startups from around the world access to the characteristics and qualities that make Silicon Valley companies successful.

Here are 14 of the most interesting trends identified by the Startup Genome Report, some of which are intuitive and some of which may come as a surprise. Among them? Investors may be less help than they think. Take a look:

  1. Founders that learn are more successful: Startups that have helpful mentors, track metrics effectively, and learn from startup thought leaders raise 7x more money and have 3.5x better user growth.
  2. Startups that pivot once or twice times raise 2.5x more money, have 3.6x better user growth, and are 52% less likely to scale prematurely than startups that pivot more than 2 times or not at all.
  3. Many investors invest 2-3x more capital than necessary in startups that haven’t reached problem solution fit yet. They also over-invest in solo founders and founding teams without technical cofounders despite indicators that show that these teams have a much lower probability of success.
  4. Investors who provide hands-on help have little or no effect on the company’s operational performance. But the right mentors significantly influence a company’s performance and ability to raise money. (However, this does not mean that investors don’t have a significant effect on valuations and M&A)
  5. Solo founders take 3.6x longer to reach scale stage compared to a founding team of 2 and they are 2.3x less likely to pivot.
  6. Business-heavy founding teams are 6.2x more likely to successfully scale with sales driven startups than with product centric startups.
  7. Technical-heavy founding teams are 3.3x more likely to successfully scale with product-centric startups with no network effects than with product-centric startups that have network effects.
  8. Balanced teams with one technical founder and one business founder raise 30% more money, have 2.9x more user growth and are 19% less likely to scale prematurely than technical or business-heavy founding teams.
  9. Most successful founders are driven by impact rather than experience or money.
  10. Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%.
  11. Startups need 2-3 times longer to validate their market than most founders expect.This underestimation creates the pressure to scale prematurely.
  12. Startups that haven’t raised money over-estimate their market size by 100x and often misinterpret their market as new.
  13. Premature scaling is the most common reason for startups to perform worse. They tend to lose the battle early on by getting ahead of themselves.
  14. B2C vs. B2B is not a meaningful segmentation of Internet startups anymore because the Internet has changed the rules of business. We found 4 different major groups of startups that all have very different behavior regarding customer acquisition, time, product, market and team.

By Rip Empson for Techcrunch.com 
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