Is Traditional SEO Dead with the Addition of Mobile & Voice Search?

Is Traditional SEO Dead with the Addition of Mobile & Voice Search?

Recently while on my Unsettled trip to Medellin, Colombia with other aspiring digital nomads, we were invited to share with the group our professional background. While explaining my marketing agency and our focus on growing businesses organic search and revenue through content/SEO, one of the group members asked me, "Well isn't that type of SEO dead? I don't use Google, I search for a restaurant on TripAdvisor, and I search for products on Amazon's mobile app." Another one said, "What about voice search?"

Both of these examples (mobile and voice search) are important mediums that are changing the way people search... and they're going to impact the SEO industry going forward. But, that doesn't mean that the content-focused SEO we've used in the last 5-10 years is dead. Let's take a look at how mobile and voice search might change our industry...

Is Native Advertising with Taboolah/Outbrain How You Really Want to Represent...

Is Native Advertising with Taboolah/Outbrain How You Really Want to Represent...

About five years ago, “native advertising” was the new and hot content marketing buzzword, and a strategy every business owner, content marketer, startup, etc. felt they needed to implement. There’s a bit of controversy around whether or not this type of marketing should be executed, as it starts blurring the line between editorial content and advertisements. However, the ability for these ads to integrate seamlessly into website content makes them less disruptive, and more successful as it enhances their clickability. Let’s take a deeper look at what native advertising is and how your business can leverage it in 2018.

6 Social Listening Tools for PR, Marketing and Competitive Analysis

6 Social Listening Tools for PR, Marketing and Competitive Analysis

If you want to understand your customers and competitors better, and how to create the best service and content to reach them, a great way to do so is by utilizing “social listening.” There are dozens of sites and places online that your target audience members are having conversations. By tracking just the mentions of your brand in social, you’re still missing out on conversations that could be relevant to your brand and industry. Social listening tools will allow you to track keywords, phrases and brands that will provide insight you can leverage for your small business. With social listening, you can:

  • Find PR opportunities

  • Discover new places to reach potential customers

  • Uncover content ideas that will resonate

  • Figure out ways to beat your competitors

Inbound Marketing Toolbox: Kick-Ass Tools for Remote Teams & Digital Nomads

Inbound Marketing Toolbox: Kick-Ass Tools for Remote Teams & Digital Nomads

Let’s not fool ourselves. As online marketers, our job is not always a walk in the park — even if we do sometimes get to do it from home or far-off, remote places. Between answering many client and internal emails, keeping up on every-changing technology and strategies, working on that next one-of-a-kind campaign that hits it out of the park, or simply communicating internally across the coasts, we are always looking for a way to just...make life easier (and make us smarter)! Between the remote working team at First Page, we compiled our extensive industry experience and busted out a useful list of top-notch tools that we use daily or monthly and won’t break the bank. Check ‘em out!

The Science Behind a High Converting Landing Page

The Science Behind a High Converting Landing Page

If you spent time and money creating a compelling offer for new prospects, you want to maximize the number of conversions from this offer. But what is the best way to ensure the most amount of people who visit your landing page, convert? Building a successful landing page is like a science — and much more complex than popping a form and offer on a page. We gathered some of the best advice and case studies across the web from the industry-best landing page tools and brands to help you understand the periodic table of landing page conversion:

Does the Content Marketing Consultant or Agency You Hire Need to Be an Expert in Your Industry?

Does the Content Marketing Consultant or Agency You Hire Need to Be an Expert in Your Industry?

For six years in San Francisco and two in Seattle, I ran content marketing for startups. I learned a lot about what worked: which I now use when building content strategies for First Page clients. I also learned a lot about failure — things that don't work when you're trying to build a content marketing channel, grow organic traffic and spend less money on SEM campaigns. Here are six reasons I think content marketing will fail at your startup:

You’ve heard content marketing is the “next big thing,” but you’re not willing to invest

High-quality content costs money. It requires paying journalists, freelancers or a copywriter to create the content and someone to edit it. You also have to pay someone for the strategy: what are you going to say, to who, and why? You'll likely need an SEO to conduct keyword research and optimize your content for Google. When you create the content, you should be paying to promote it. Content doesn't share itself. Especially these days with Facebook's algorithm and so many brands competing for newsfeed territory.

Regardless if these roles are internal or external through an agency or consultant, it takes a good, steady budget to start content marketing, distribute the content and continue to invest and evolve the strategy. I would recommend at minimum a couple thousand dollars a month to spend on content marketing, and for six months minimum. Also, be sure you have someone who can run analytics for your business to understand the investment you're making in content marketing: is your organic traffic growing, are leads converting and what is working best?

Photo Series Part 3: How to Crop your Photos into Eye-catching Images

Photo Series Part 3: How to Crop your Photos into Eye-catching Images

Editing your iPhone photography can turn boring, dull photos into awesome, eye-catching visuals for your small business. However, if you don’t have expert photo composition to begin with, photo editing will only get you so far. Even if your original snapped photo isn’t exceptional, you can often crop the photo to create a composition that is interesting to your viewer. In the third and final installment of our photo series, I’ll teach you some basic cropping skills to create compelling images for your brand.

Photo Series Part 2: Photo Editing Tools & Tips for Non-Creatives

Photo Series Part 2: Photo Editing Tools & Tips for Non-Creatives

If you’ve attempted to take professional photos for your small business but they’re just not cutting it, you’re probably missing out on the world of iPhone editing. The iPhone is known for its ability to capture high-quality photography because of the technology behind the phone and its apps.

Some of the best photographers in the world shoot using only an iPhone and editing apps. But the great news for you is that it doesn’t take a professional photographer to master the world of iPhone editing. All you need is a great photo editing app and the right tools, and you too can create professional photos.