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Why operate an Anchor Website in your Web Presence?

Two issues: Vision and workflow.

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Publishing Workflows are typical across all kinds of “Content Management Systems.” If your process doesn’t at least have “steps” that replicate some of these areas of interest, you should ask for help. Grow into mature online practices by finding a tutor. It’s not that difficult.

Until an Operator begins to recognize the greater ability of an Anchor Website site to support, aggregate and consistently “Brand” content of all kinds, they won’t use it. The default is to just dump stuff to Facebook.

The impact of working from an “Anchor” site is an orientation to focusing attention — Specifically that the site isn’t full of all of the extraneous, distracting baloney that Facebook foists on viewers.

An Anchor Website site becomes the source for all of the Social Media “Channels.” So, which of those receive automated notifications from the site with pictures and links back to the site – depend on the kind of post one is “producing.” SM is used to drive visits back to the web pages you control. Collecting followers there permits all sorts of direct marketing opportunities — even via email.

There are specific occasions where one would prefer Twitter for certain things… and even less so, Facebook. Increasingly however, these are less SM channels (focused on engagement) for NPO/NGO and businesses — but more like simple media outlets. There is some capacity for “engagement” but a website is much more powerful.

Rules of thumb: Estimating the maturity of an Operation.

First: Until distinctions exist within a content vision — News, Press Releases, Member announcements, Documentation, Events, Updates, etc. — That each of these is a format and type of it’s own, in which one strategically overlays images, sound and video…  Until an Operation reorients toward “Producing and Publishing” content, there won’t be any drivers for controlling distribution.  If you don’t mind that you plaster FB with all of your stuff, don’t bother reading further.

So: If for now FB serves as a repository for unorganized and often unrelated or even conflicting information (like when one posts a time and a place — only to repost that it’s changed) and you don’t care.  You needn’t fuss with anchoring your Web Presence with a Web Site.

Any “mature” operator today, realizes they doesn’t actually “control” what happens at FB. How people see Branded info, and where it’s placed into user feeds is dictated by FB. FB (In particular) kind of places a FB Wrapper on everything.

Second: And this is killer/chiller – is that content listed on FB isn’t even close to being optimized for search. In fact, you can’t view the details unless you’re a subscriber. I’m often stunned that operators don’t intuitively Hate FB. Engineers and Content Producers almost universally dislike FB/SM because any effort there doesn’t result in much cross-channel availability of the content.

Time one spends posting to FB results in content that lives inside the perimeter of FB – with only certain caveats of “public” visibility. In any case: Search Engines really don’t optimize results for FB content.  Search Engines prefer a devoted, focused page – something that correlates interest-wise very highly with the query they are solving for.

Whereas: Content that I invest my scarce resources into that I produce on my Site — lives on the INTERNET. And oh by the way, it can be set to post to SM without additional effort by me.

An Anchor Website is a powerful tool.  But be wary — if your expectation is that “if you build it they will come” — you’ll be disappointed.  Any community requires active participation.  We are in the dawning years of Web 3.0 … and “living” websites associated with SM Channels are powerful tools in Business.

Deal A Story Cards … Product marketing Campaign set to launch.

We’re celebrating an important milestone with RDRPublishers.com.

Deal-A-Story cards by Sue Vidders.  Offered for sale online at RDRPublishers.com new web presence.

Deal-A-Story cards by Sue Vidders. Offered for sale online at RDRPublishers.com new web presence.

Since August the work began with surveying and assessing various assets.  One of the first tangible products of the process was a branded product site www.dealastory.com. This represents a fulcrum for community building around the brand, but also a reflection of the product intended to amplify E-commerce and SEO results.

Following on, we migrated the Online Store with books and other products away from their legacy provider onto services hosted by Shopify.com.  As of October RDRPublishers.com has been operational and a few “organic” orders have come through the system.

While books continue to be added to the new store, owing to readiness and other factors we are now moving forward with online advertising – commencing with Deal A Story cards.

The strategy (and I encourage the reader to fully understand this) is to begin with this single product, and then mirror the process for other offers as time passes.  These plans are “seasonally intelligent.”  For instance, we’ll launch a campaign for the Healthy Relationships Poster sometime prior to St. Valentines day.  And prior to this, we’ll produce a Product Branded site for the poster similar to the on we installed for Deal-A-Story Cards.

Also, the reader should understand that underpinning all of these initiatives lies preparation of the “plumbing” required to analyze and respond to trends.  Namely, the implementation of Google Analytics, Webmaster tools and other features prior to launching the Marketing Effort. My point being; sure you can advertise online, but absent the tools to measure how it’s working, are you spending wisely?

As to costs. The Online Store at Shopify costs less that $30/mo.  Webmaster Tools, Analytics, the Adwords account itself — are all free.  The Dealastory.com website itself? less than $30 / year.

If your sales online aren’t what they should be. Or your spending to accomplish sales online seems out of whack?  I encourage you to imagine what can be accomplished in the “free to extreme low cost” world.

Robert D Reed Publishers — Upgrades Web Presence with SOA E-Commerce

Modern, Search Optimized, Mobile Responsive Web Store for RDRPublishers.com

Modern, Search Optimized, Mobile Responsive Web Store for RDRPublishers.com

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the new Robert D. Reed Publishers Store online.   We’re using Shopify.com and as things progress, you might be interested to follow some of the results.

The old store is Now OFFLINE

The new store is http://robert-reed-publishers.myshopify.com/

In a matter of a few days, we’ll redirect the web traffic for their domain, but for now it’s an honor and a great pleasure to assist.

 

Adwords. When & How.

Social Media not generating enough calls.  The old school idea of advertising -- applied in new media might be a good idea.  But you'll need "custom" landing pages -- so that your search terms for advertising can be narrow and targeted.

Social Media not generating enough calls? The old school idea of advertising — applied in new media might be a good idea. But you’ll need “custom” landing pages — so that your search terms for advertising can be narrow and targeted.

I always appreciate when my clients or others — take time to build pages in their websites that describe services, offers and products. For the rare (sometimes exceedingly rare) diligent site visitor,  the effort conveys quite a bit of information about you and your business.

So we appreciate the effort it took to generate all of the information, and the process you went through to develop each idea. And so there the value exists — that you’re organized and are telling a well-developed story.

Somehow you’ll have to remember to keep them “fresh”, but that’s another subject.

If the content had been produced as Posts, rather than static pages — and published over time, you’d have had incurred some benefit in Social Media. Followers, almost certainly. But also cross-links and the Search interplay among those channels. You can still do this — Post about these subjects and you should! — and link your posts back to each of the pages, etc. This is an excellent beginning … this method works well.

As static pages — the material has essentially no value on the internet.  Perhaps, though – as reference material for interested parties who you invite directly (like by giving a business card or directing to a url in a phone call) – they might find them compelling.

Eventually static pages will be crawled by search ‘bots, indexed and featured in results — but you’ll discover that they are so down-ranked as to never likely receive organic traffic.

Here’s the deal — After coming to the site via one landing page or another — people seldom visit more than 2 or three static pages in any given web. Among those: About, Contact & Services receive 75% of those clicks. With the emerging prevalence of mobile appliances this is exacerbated and time on-site further diminished.

Strong calls to action on each page are critical. Putting a phone number right up front isn’t a bad idea. I recently conceded this issue, myself. And this has mostly to do with an increasing volume of mobile visitors who’s attention is even more reduced.

What do you want the visitor to do? “Call” of course — but some of the other words (like I use on this site) — Learn, Get, Explore, Demystify (came from a friend, I recall) are helpful.

You’re to be commended in one very important area — that each of these pages is a natural “landing page” for narrowly defined pay per click advertising.

So: You’re well positioned to benefit from a certain level of sophistication in a Google Adwords marketing campaign. Google always has offers are available — often you can begin for free, to see what happens. Once recently Adwords gave away $300 for new accounts. That sum might generate 150 quality clicks — perhaps 5 of which might net you a phone call. A hurdle many face is that your space is full of big spenders. There are means of getting around this, that’s why I said “Sophisticated.”

An investment in advertising might be a vehicle you should consider.

Don’t attempt this on your own, unless you have budget to spend that you need to waste.

InterWest IT – Rebranded Facebook Page…

Sacrificing Google Search results in favor of Brand Consolidation.  The functional impacts...

Sacrificing Google Search results in favor of Brand Consolidation. The functional impacts…

Owing to suggestions that I do so, I have rolled up our Facebook Page and rebranded it: “InterWestIT.”  You’re welcome to follow us there if this is convenient.

http://facebook.com/interwestit

A certain segment of readers prefer this channel, and we are responding by clarifying this aspect of our Web Presence.

Unfortunately, this abandons all of the search history and page ranking afforded the prior brand.  Check this out by Googling “CherryIntermedia.”   One would think that Facebook would be “smart enough” to redirect the traffic, to the new brand.  But alas, evidently not.  I’m still looking to see if there might be a means to accomplish this, but it doesn’t look good…

Appreciate the observant comments on this in the past.  Tons, actually.  It was an experiment to see if any of this really mattered.  Results indicate they do!

We’ve encountered the same issues in the past and managed through them with Client brands — the results have changed with time of course.  This report has meaning only at this juncture — if you’re reading this at some point in the future, you’d be wise to re-investigate the redirection issue before rebranding.

Search Enhanced by Social Media – Especially G+

No surprise.

Reducing to an appliance, wifi and cloud apps.  Tablets mature.

Reducing to an appliance, wifi and cloud apps. Tablets mature.

We all know Google is driving it’s products to evolve so that search results are more and more confined to content that we actually want to see. Getting rid of the “noise” and clutter is critical to the relevance of their product and advertising models.  Read $.

This article at Social Strategies blog pulls back the curtain a little.

Honestly though, the learning curve with G+ has felt rather steep.Pretty big investment of time to learn the basics. And it helps me quite a bit, I feel — that I’ve weaned off of Microsoft / Apple software — that is to say that I’m “living” in my browser on Google Apps.  I’ve been drifting that way since 4Q ’13 really.

Repercussions are profound.  Quoting comments in correspondence this morning to me from a client (in her late 50’s) who travels to work all over the place…

“I am traveling and practicing doing work only in my iPad with Google Apps. I am getting it little by little.”

I find that I’m working more on my Android tablet too.   I don’t take the notebook anywhere.  And this past week I advised someone else to skip over the Chromebook option and go for a tablet.

The next big innovation in SmartPhones is going to be hard to resist.  I’m ready to let my iPhone4 go…

Emerging SM Channels — Riding Waves of Change

If you were watching news in December this past year, you might have heard that FaceBook is dead.  Some study done in the UK, on a limited population of teens.  The assertion was that FaceBook growth was stagnant to seriously down – across younger demographics. I’m among those who see a different pattern. And it might be one of metamorphic character. There is an early phase, a peak and a diminishing curve.  I have no evidence, only anecdotal suspicions.

An example: History Channel on Cable TV was awesome to start with. Now it airs…? What, I don’t even know, because I never stop past it anymore.Principle of Managed Abandonment

For those less interested in keeping a presence going in the various “channels” available out there in the “wild” on the internet. It’s not so much about colonizing everywhere as it is about knowing which colonies to “ride.” In case a reminder is needed — those channels will change, and more quickly than ever before. It may also become a question of when, if not directed application. It may be that early adoption and managed abandonment becomes a strategy.

Ride the waves.  If Facebook is less relevant to the youngest, you need to know how much of your market is represented by those demographics evaporating into new channels.