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Tracking and Analytics

The Most Important Google Ads Report (Hint: It’s Hidden)

''People only see what they are prepared to see." Ralph Waldo Emerson was of course not talking about Google Ads when he penned that quote, but it fits perfectly with the topic of this article.  When managing Google Ads campaigns, you will miss critical information unless you are prepared to see it. Not Everything Is As [...]

A Guide to the Google Ads Universe

When you think of Google Ads, then where do you picture the ads?  My guess is you immediately think of the ads on Google.com.  Do a search in Google and you'll typically see 3-4 ads at the top of the page that look strikingly similar to the organic results, except for the small "Ad" text [...]

9 Ways to Measure Digital Marketing Success

A positive return on investment is the goal of every digital marketing campaign. However, while the endgame of digital marketing is to increase profits, not every campaign directly leads to dollars and cents. Some campaigns raise awareness of your brand, while others might bring visitors to your blog -- both help increase profits in the [...]

How to Track the Quantity & Quality of Phone Calls from Google Ads

Recently, one of our SEO clients approached us for help with Google Ads, and she asked us to audit her Google Ads account to answer this question: Which keywords and ads drove a recent influx of new phone call leads?" This is a common situation where a business sees an increase in calls and wants [...]

Google Analytics 101: 5 Steps to Set Up Your Account

What do you really know about how visitors interact with your website? If you're not using Google Analytics, then your answer is probably "not much." Even if you have clickthrough and conversion data from AdWords or another advertising platform, you need Analytics to gain meaningful insights such as who visits your website, what they do when they get [...]

Are You Throwing Spaghetti At the Wall & It’s Not Sticking? Here’s Why

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks."  It's a common way to describe the process of testing many different tactics at the same time in order to identify what works (sticks) and what doesn't work (falls to the floor). It's a nice analogy to visualize the process [...]

7 Google Analytics Goals to Use for Your Small Business

Have you ever considered what your visitors' experience is like when they're on your website? Are they engaged in your content, or do they leave without clicking to a new page? Are they reading your blog posts or moving on quickly? Which of your marketing channels are resulting in more leads or sales? Using Google [...]

Answer to Your #1 Question About Online Marketing

I recently reviewed a survey we conducted, where we asked small business owners this question: "What's your #1 question about online marketing?" As I combed through the questions, I realized there was a common theme.  A lot of the questions focused on the one thing to do, or the one tactic to use to get [...]

2 Questions to Find Your Best Sources of Website Traffic

With digital marketing, there is certainly no shortage of hype about all the different tactics to drive traffic to your website.  There's SEO, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn, YouTube, email marketing... Sorry, my hand cramped up trying to type up all the options. :) My point is, there's a lot to evaluate and determine what's [...]

How To Track Phone Calls Without Sabotaging Your SEO

During one of my recent SEO webinars, there was one question that kept popping up: "How do you track phone calls from your SEO campaign?" Since this is such an important topic I'm going to answer this question in this article.   Even if you're already tracking your phone calls, I urge you to read this [...]

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