Archive for the ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ Category

Small companies recognising huge impact of online content

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Small companies are investing 40% of their total marketing budgets on website content, blogs, social media, video, e-newsletters and webinars, according to a new survey conducted by Junta42.

It’s not something that surprises us - and it shouldn’t really surprise you, so rife is the talk of blogging, social media and so forth - but it’s nice to see in writing, as it were.

What it says to us, and really it’s as plain on the nose on Gérard Depardieu’s face, is that, day-by-day, people in the commercial world are recognising that ordinary consumers value online content. In fact, they expect it. And it had better be good.

The great thing is, though, that small businesses with far less in the way of marketing and advertising cash than blue chips can level the playing field with online marketing. If small companies have the desire to create quality content, their online impact can be equal to that of larger businesses and competition.

So… the questions you have to ask yourself as someone running a small business and not enough time in the day are 1. Do I, or does someone within my small and very busy team, really have time to be creating arresting online content such as blogs, news stories and Twitter posts? 2.  Does the talent to create excellent content actually exist in-house? 3. Is there someone out there with a real understanding of my business that can create this content for my business at an affordable price?

We at Intune can’t necessarily answer the first 2 questions for you (though we can take an educated guess in response to each and answer 1. Probably not 2. Maybe, but haven’t you or the person you’ve identified got enough to do already?), but we can definitely answer number 3: Intune’s team not only consists of web developers, designers and sales professionals, but also of social media experts and copywriters that specialise in creating fantastic online content for companies whose future success they really care about - and they do it for a price that won’t make your toes curl.

So, if you want to make the most of the marketing and PR opportunities that exist online, give Intune a call on 01423 864 987 and ask to speak to Rory ffoulkes today, or email him at rory@intune-media.co.uk

Is your website bringing you business? Well it should be!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

According to Netcraft in November 2008 the total number of websites on the internet exceeded 182 million; However 88% of websites have no discernable traffic and only 10% of sites actually feature on search engines. What a complete waste of time, money and effort that was creating all those sites for no one to look at!

Do you know how much traffic comes through your site? Do you even know that you can check? The opportunity that the a well focused, well designed website presents to your business is phenomenal!

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds either.

Of course you can get a template website produced for a thousand pounds, but does it reflect the calibre of your staff and the quality of your product or service? Does it put you ahead of your competition? Does it attract the right type of client for you? We have all had clients that we don’t want or need! In the sea of web design companies how can you sift through to ensure your web company is working for you?

Well you need to be asking them what they are doing for your business. Are they considering how your site can generate you new business? Do they even know what you do? Are they keeping a watchful eye on your competition to ensure you are not left behind? Are they regularly assessing your keywords and ensuring that you have a good page rank in Google? Are they constantly looking for ways in which you can drive new traffic to your site? Are they making sense of all the social media marketing business sites that are often free marketing tools to bring you new business? Can they teach you how to blog? Are they working with you to ensure you have an effective marketing calendar and a rock solid sales strategy going forward?

Is your website working as an extension of your sales team or actually being detrimental to your business? Does your web company care about your business? Does your web company thrive on your success as a business because your success is there success?

If they can’t answer these questions then why not give us a call and take part in our business surgery? We can offer you real business solutions that deliver results. It can take time but we set real time objectives for bringing business through short, medium and long term strategies…. Softly, softly catch a monkey!

Can you really afford for your web company not to be on top of their game?

1-2-1 Intune Search Engine Marketing Training for your Ecommerce Website

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I’ve recently been discussing the subject of online business optimisation to improve profits with a good friend Brian Allmey. Brian helps businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs and ambitious managers to develop their business and themselves. On the subject of ecommerce, Brian suggested business owners ask themselves the following questions:

Is your webstore empty, or are people queueing to get in?

Do you have a market stall, or a heaving high street store?

Does everyone cheer when you make a sale, or are your ears drowned by ringing tills all day?

We both know what the correct answer should be to ensure your long term profitability. In the current economic climate your website should be a huge supportive arm to your long term business goals, reaching out, grabbing people’s attention and encouraging the measurable growth of your business.

Understanding the basics of search engine marketing can benefit every small business owner. When done correctly, search engine optimisation can be the most cost effective and most time efficient way to drive traffic and customers to your website; encouraging visitor interaction, contact and ultimately sales.

When you know the ways to get onto the front page of Google, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make to your business. There are things that you can do straight away to help Google find you and index your content.

What you will learn with Intune Search Engine Marketing Training:

1. What Google is looking for
2. How you can optimise your own website
3. Terminology and acronyms
4. Truth and fiction
5. How you can drive traffic to your website
6. How you can get and retain Google’s attention
7. Tools you can start using immediately
8. Measuring your website’s results

Why you should take Intune Search Engine Marketing Training:

1. If your website is not on the first page of Google you have very little chance of being found
2. SEO is the cheapest way to market your business
3. SEO is within your ability
4. You can start getting results straight away
5. You will know what to write for your website
6. You will get a taste of how to use social media to your advantage

Intune Media are advocates of transferable skills, a registered learning provider and offer a 1-2-1 introductory training courses to help you understand what you can and can’t do yourself, where you should be focusing your attention to get the best results for your business and how to get your website noticed now and in the future. 90% of people in the UK use Google to find what they are looking for; enquire about our training to make sure that they can find your business. Increase your knowledge, increase your exposure and increase your profits. Contact jessica@intune-media.co.uk for a no-obligation online business health check.

it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it…some recent observations on digital marketing

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

How agile is your marketing? How fast can you respond to online trends and drive your business forward whilst sustaining your market share, developing new revenue streams and improving your long term profit? Yes, there’s a bar up there and the serious strategists amongst us are setting it wayyyyy up high, but there’s a good reason. There’s a lot at stake here.
In the current climate and an increasingly competitive online environment, there is little time for weighty approval processes and the sign off of every piece of external communication before it goes live. Competitors are dangerously agile and it’s a no brainer that the web rewards people who are nimble and adaptable.
Technology is changing consumer behaviours and the perception of value. Whilst this is the main driving force behind creating new technology and opportunities (which we’re all for by the way), we are witnessing products and services increasingly lacking tangible value, whereby they are a commodity that simply competes on price alone. When a business model is commoditized, it is forced to sell on quantity to scale the business. We’ve never been fearful of competition, but while competitiveness is good for most industries, excessive competition or lack of competition is resulting in business’ having to change their model at short notice.
A good web proposition doesn’t stay under wraps for long and there are opportunities, short lived as they are, for business owners to interact with potential clients with compelling communications if they can only realise, partner with the right people (hint hint) and act.

With social media topping the most popular digital marketing tactics of 2009, there are many challenges and opportunities for business owners. As well as understanding the tools themselves, one of the largest challenges and opportunities is the idea of being agile, a quality that defines brands and individuals who have leveraged the web to become industry leaders.

Intune Media utilise agile web development and marketing techniques. Let us guide you, inform you, teach you, to harness your strengths online so you’re not pipped past the post by the competition. Contact Jessica@intune-media.co.uk for a free no obligation consultation.

collecting, highlighting, and distributing the online global conversation

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Technorati was founded to help bloggers to succeed by collecting, highlighting, and distributing the online global conversation. As the leading blog search engine and most comprehensive source of information on the blogosphere, Technorati index more than 1.5 million new blog posts in real time and introduce millions of readers to blog and social media content.

Technorati extends the service and value by matching bloggers and social media creators with marketers who want to join the conversation.

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Do you need a simple to use, easy to manage website?

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Intune Media focus on providing cost effective business solutions in an increasingly competitive online market. We realise WordPress can be used for more than just blogging. By separating the ‘content and data’ from the ‘layout and style we can create unique themes that look like websites, with the powerful search engine ranking capability of a blog.

In a few words, WordPress is a handy CMS, that is easy to use (we can vouch for this having tried many other systems and even built bespoke solutions for clients) and once the system is setup, you can easily create, read, update and delete pages within your intune website.

It’s a great tool for helping with Search Engine Optimisation, which can otherwise be costly and time consuming. Search engines index blogs faster than general static websites and it’s a great way to get above the competition to that no.1 spot in Google’s first page for your keywords. Search engines understand that blog-sites are a gold mine of information and will commonly have their content updated more regularly.

Understanding these principles, we can leverage all that systems like WordPress have to offer when we build your site.

Carpe World Coaching International is an example of a wordpress powered site we recently launched that has been of huge success to the client; enabling them to hit the ground running with their marketing campaigns supported by a professional, search engine friendly, visually evocative and easy to use website.

Let us help you with a website that will benefit your business, amplify your business exposure, generate more business enquiries and increase your business profits. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

launch of a ‘revolutionary’ social media analysis tool

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The web is a wash with articles about social media; what is it, where it is and how it can be leveraged as a business tool. With all and sunndry jumping on the band wagon, I get the impression it’s all getting abit confusing for general business owners….here’s something worth reading - a rather telling post from B2B Marketing news which hints at what will come to pass with social marketing. To Gandalf for you? well here’s the whole no nonsense article for your contemplation. When you’ve read it, give us a call and we’ll explain what it means for you and your business:

Autonomy Corporation has announced the launch of a ‘revolutionary’ social media analysis tool which will allow companies to listen to the most important online conversations.

The web content management firm claim the new software ‘Autonomy Interwoven’ uses an Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) to automatically listen to social media content and analyse the dialogue.

Its creators claim it will be the first such tool to understand human sentiment, enabling marketers to act instantly.

An Autonomy spokesperson explained how the system “provides proven clustering, pattern matching techniques, and probabilistic modelling that treats words as symbols of meaning rather than simple data points, yielding a more contextual set of data for marketers to act upon.”

“The Web Content Management solution also provides powerful capabilities for engaging customers in a dialogue and enables marketers to instantly act upon the meaning and insights gathered by IDOL, to deliver compelling, targeted offers.”

Autonomy suggest that traditional keyword spotting solutions fail to truly understand specific meanings in user-generated content, as language is often more conversational and rife with slang and emotional undertones.

The company has used the same meaning based computing technology that is used by the world’s largest corporations and government institutions to create the system.

“In the past few years marketers have struggled to keep pace with the radical shifts taking place in the buyer landscape,” says Anthony Bettencourt, CEO of Autonomy Interwoven. “Social networks which by nature are dynamic, unstructured forms of information do not fit neatly into traditional, database driven analytics systems.” [Cited from B2B Marketing]

What does this mean for you? regardless of whether you are a techy, a marketeer or a business owner, information like this is gold dust in understanding where the next opportunities are to be had for differentiating yourself within an increasingly complex and competitive online market. One of our many strengths at Intune is in understanding the web from a business solutions standpoint and in helping our clients understand and capitalise on new and emerging relevant technologies and ideas. Contact jessica@intune-media.co.uk for a no-obligatory business consultation.

Intune Media. The intelligent, business focused, dedicated and forward thinking web partner for your business needs now and in the future.

Free tools for measuring online marketing effectiveness

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Whever we come across a good tool, i make it my mission to post some info and links for your convenience. Here’s a good post from @dharmesh regarding measuring your twitter success.

How Does Twitter Grader Calculate Twitter Rankings? i.e When you tweet, what kind of an impact does it have?

If one were to look at data for a given user available in twitter, what kinds of things would one look at to determine whether that user had power, reach and authority? Also, when looking at these various factors, it’s helpful to think about each of these in the “all other things being equal, what’s better” context. Otherwise, it’s easy to get caught up into non-productive arguments on why a certain factor is or isn’t important, because there are so many cases that “prove” that it doesn’t matter. Let me explain. One of the factors that goes into measuring your Twitter Grade is the number of followers you have. Many of you will argue that the number of followers is completely irrelevant because it’s so easy to game. There are automated tools to do nothing but acquire followers by following a bunch of people. That’s true. It is easy to spike up your follower count. However, I would counter with this: If we were looking at two different twitter users, all other things being equal (and I do mean all other things), the one with more followers is likely more powerful and deserves a higher twitter grade. Of course, all other things are usually not equal and that’s why the Twitter Grade is interesting.

So, let’s go into the factors. Note: These are NOT in order of priority or weight (and they’re not all weighted equally — not by a long shot).

Algorithm Factors

1. Number of Followers: More followers leads to a higher Twitter Grade (all other things being equal). Yes, I agree that it’s easy to game this number, but we are looking at measuring reach and I did say all other things being equal.

2. Power of Followers: If you have people with a high Twitter Grade following you, it counts more than those with a low Twitter Grade following you. It’s a bit recursive, and we don’t get carried away with it, but it helps.

2. Updates: More updates generally leads to a higher grade — within reason. This does not mean you should be tweeting like a manic squirrel cranked up on caffeine and sugar. It won’t help either your Twitter Grade or your overall happiness in life.

3. Update Recency: Users that are more current (i.e. time elapsed since last tweet is low) generally get higher grades.

4. Follower/Following Ratio: The higher the ratio, the better. However, the weight of this particular factor decreases as the user accrues points for other factors (so, once a user gets to a high level of followers or a high level of engagement, the Follower/Following ratio counts less).

5. Engagement: The more a given user’s tweets are being retweeted, the more times the user is being referenced or cited, the higher the twitter grade. Further, the value of the engagement is higher based on who is being engaged. If a user with a very high Twitter Grade retweets, it counts more than if a spammy account with a very low grade retweets.

The Grade Calculation: So, those are the factors that go into the calculation of a score. This score is then used to compare a user against all other users that also have a score. The grade is calculated as the approximate percentage of other users that have an equal or lower score. So, a Twitter Grade of 80 means that about 80% of the other users got a lower score. At the time this article is being written, over 2.1 million users have been graded.

The Ranking: The absolute ranking is exactly what it sounds like. Based on all other users scored, what’s your “position” in that list. A ranking of 5,000 means that only 4,999 other people had a higher score than you (at that point in time).

Elite List: The elite list is simply an ordered list of the top users (based on ranking) at a given point in time. This list is updated several times a day. We also maintain lists of the top ranking users based on a narrower set of users (like those in a specific geography, those that match a specific keyword, etc.).

You might like to check out Grader.com for further info. A family of tools that helps measure all that matters in inbound marketing. Learn more about some of their tools and how they work on the Grader.com blog.
  • Website.Grader.com Free SEO tool that measures the marketing effectiveness of a website. Website Grader has graded over 1,000,000 sites and won numerous awards.
  • PressRelease.Grader.com Evaluates your press release and provides a marketing effectiveness score. Helps you get the most of your investment in press releases by ensuring that you optimize for both humans and search engines.
  • Twitter.Grader.com Twitter is all the rage with tens of thousands of new users joining every day. Twitter Grader is probably the most popular online tool for measuring the power, authority and reach of a Twitter user. How do you stack up on Twitter?
  • Facebook.Grader.com Did you know that there are over 200 million active users on Facebook? Or, that thousands of businesses are setting up Facebook pages to help reach their potential customers? Facebook Grader helps you measure the power and reach of your Facebook user account or business page.
  • Gobbledygook.Grader.com Check your content for use of gobbledygook words
  • Personality.Grader.com Evaluates your personality. All you need to do is specify your first and last name. Personality grader will then analyze your personality and give you a customized report.

When you’re done browsing, give us a call so we can help you formulate and action your business’ digital strategy into the next decade and beyond. You can also follow intunemedia on twitter, if you are so inclined ;-)

new intune media site launched

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

We’ve just launched the new site, hope you like it. We plan to put in lots of hard work over the next few months to add to the blog, including articles on web development, marketing, web design, social media and maybe even one or 2 exciting new site launches.

Our strategy is to build intune into a fast-growing multi-platform full service agency by seeking out new developing markets and creating new business models based on eye-catching design, high quality content and cutting edge development.

Like what you see? Interested in a strategic relationship with intune, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your proposals.

discover, design, develop, debug….deploy! your website in 5 easy steps

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Ok, so you’re happy with the design, we’ve got your content in there, it’s been fully tested, so what are you waiting for ? Last minute nerves when it comes to launching a website are common.

Is it the best it can be? what will people think of it? what will i do once it’s launched?

Successfully launching a new website is an art form. By breaking the process down into a series of small steps we’ll it into more of a science and make your chances of success much higher.

Intune Media will put your mind at ease. We’ll make launching your new website fun, motivating and financially rewarding.

In the first few weeks we’ll help you understand, the key is in driving a huge amount of traffic to your new site. A ‘viral’ launch. Traffic has to come from getting links from popular news sites, blogs or perhaps social sites. This is the only way your launch will be a success.

Our aims when launching your new website:

1. Get as many links as possible
2. Get as many visitors as possible
3. Get as many subscribers to a blog or news feed as possible for those important future campaigns

Simple, but effective. It is very important to take advantage of your initial storm of publicity to build some foundations for future success. The links you build from your launch will help your search engine rankings. The subscribers you build in your first few months are the people who will help grow your brand for the years to come.

With millions of sites being launched every year people shouldn’t expect to get traffic without doing some work on their marketing. A wise business would budget accordingly for marketing their site in the first month to stand the best chance of generating a substantial return on investment.

you would think…

A wise business would make sure their product is valuable to consumers, or people will visit, leave and be uninclined to return. There’s not alot we can do about that one tho, that’s up to you


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