Locations Near Me, SEM & Mobile Consumers

People are looking for information the moment they desire it. We are living in the age of the mobile consumer, and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) is more important than ever. This should be a familiar experience to all of us. Looking for a coffee shop in a new location, your first instinct is to look around and see if anything is available right there. If that fails to produce results, no worries! Just search for a nearby location with that phone technology (probably already in hand.)

“Coffee near me,” that’s what I want, and I want it now. I’m ready to act on my purchasing desires, and that requires no planning. Now what company is web savvy enough to relay nearby location information to me quickly? If you’re SEM is optimized, you’ll be one of the first listings. I’m only giving away about ten to fifteen seconds of my time on a web page before I look to the next offer. Whoever has the combination of highest listing and smoothest web presence is primed to get that business. This is the case for most purchasable, not just consumables. Knowing you can search, and then immediately act has changed the game for consumers.

We sell ourselves on what we want before we even get to the store, a smooth web presence is a company’s best sales associate. Google has provided data supporting this consumer trend, the mobile data shows that half of all consumers who conduct a local search on their smartphone will visit a store same day, and 18% of those searches will result in a purchase. 88% of “near me” searches are trafficked from mobile devices, and those mobile searches are growing at a rate of 146% a year.

The consumer journey is very much in the customer’s hands, figuratively and literally. Your company’s highest concern should be optimizing your SEM for mobile, and crafting a smooth road map to your location. Pair that with an easily searchable inventory guide, and you have given the consumer the tools to do the rest of the work for you. Are you ready to give them what they want, or will they have to look somewhere else?

-With these tips in mind you will go a long way to making your marketing efforts measure up and pay off. Need more help? We specialize in working on marketing strategies specifically for your industry. Give us a call at 503-477-4355, or visit us online @ www.spotcolormarketing.com.

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Seven Ways Your Nagging Mother Can Help You Refine Your Social Media Marketing

Hey, how are you doing? Look, I know it’s been a long time, but your mother called me because she’s been having a hard time getting a hold of you. And wowzers was she in fine form. She said she follows you socially and is shocked (SHOCKED! ) at some of the, “crap he’s been posting lately.” You’re in Social Media Marketing, aren’t you?

I thought I would pass along some of the high points of our conversation for your amusement and education, and can I just say, you are Spot On when you said that her nagging makes hugging a cactus look comfy.

Here are her thoughts on some of your posts that she felt were self-pitying, bragging, bad form and so on…

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Look, your mother and I love you very much. But we’re worried about where you’re heading socially. You just don’t have to have opinion on everything. Please view the tips we sent along as our effort to reach out to you before you have to hear about your social media marketing faux pas from someone less tactful than we are, like a potential customer. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, call your mother.

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Marketing Hype Trends Can Take You For a Ride

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As a premier Portland marketing company, we want to know: Are you using new technology to boost your marketing? If so, be sure to keep ahead of the hype if you want to surf the wave to success.

In something called the “Gartner Hype Cycle”, Gartner Research identifies an alarming trend in using emerging technologies (think new social platforms, app advertising and digital content marketing) in your marketing strategy. The trend? A steep success mountain (the “Peak of inflated expectations”) , followed by a dismal valley (the “Trough of disillusionment” … I’m sorry, but don’t both of these sound like locations from “The Princess Bride”?).

The good news is that the hype peak and valley is usually followed by a steady upward trend of moderate, consistent success.

The Hype Cycle follows the course of emerging technology, its hype and promises, and its accuracy.

Here is how Gartner breaks down the cycle:

Each Hype Cycle drills down into the five key phases of a technology’s life cycle.

  • Technology Trigger: A potential technology breakthrough kicks things off. Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. Often no usable products exist and commercial viability is unproven.

  • Peak of Inflated Expectations: Early publicity produces a number of success stories — often accompanied by scores of failures. Some companies take action; many do not.

  • Trough of Disillusionment: Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters.

  • Slope of Enlightenment: More instances of how the technology can benefit the enterprise start to crystallize and become more widely understood. Second- and third-generation products appear from technology providers. More enterprises fund pilots; conservative companies remain cautious.

  • Plateau of Productivity: Mainstream adoption starts to take off. Criteria for assessing provider viability are more clearly defined. The technology’s broad market applicability and relevance are clearly paying off.

In close order we are likely going to see some of the most colossal marketing failures of all time. The reason for this is that there are just so many emerging technologies geared towards various aspects of marketing (SEO, social media, email, content marketing, PPC, app advertising, mobile remarketing … the list is endless) that make grand promises.

But, we are also going to see some huge, unlikely, surprising marketing successes in the near future as well for those companies that understand the hype trend, how to allocate (or not allocate) funds and Companies will ride the wave to success with a strong, consistent marketing strategy made up of a clear focus that addresses the needs of a market, consistency, and a toolbox including solid, proven digital and offline marketing techniques.
Are you concerned? Don’t be. Just reach out and we will walk you through what we will do for you.

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Manufacturer Marketing: Please Meet Our Friends

 

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Allow us to introduce you to some friends of ours at the LWO Corporation. These folks are the doers, they are the quintessential American makers: They are an American manufacturer that grew out of the construction trades to produce well-designed, durable wood products in answer to the inferior products that had been available.

In 1980, tired of the materials available to their remodeling business, a group of professional contractors founded LWO Corporation, producers of both the Woodway product line and the Arboria product line. They were determined to develop well-designed wood products that were durable, easy to install and beautiful to look at.
With an eye on uncompromising quality, the original philosophy of the founders included putting quality above all other considerations, earning them a nationwide reputation as designers and manufacturers of superior wood products for the home and garden.

“We are proud to feature distinctive, high quality sustainable furniture and garden structures as part of our Arboria and Woodway family,” said Loren Wohlgemuth, Sr. Marketing Specialist, LWO. “Our garden structures are made right here at our factory in Portland, Oregon from natural and renewable Western Red Cedar, Douglas fir and other fine woods. We have a complete line of wood products crafted from superior grade, sustainable hardwood as well.”

LWO’s philosophy of integrating fine design, materials and craftsmanship and their dedication to customer satisfaction are the legacy of years of experience working with clients to improve the quality of the spaces in which we live and play. This tradition of excellence continues with ongoing development of innovative new products and improved construction techniques.

At Spot Color Marketing, we are huge fans of the LWO Corporation, and manufacturers in general. Are you a maker? Are you a doer? We want to talk to you and recraft your manufacturer marketing strategy to get higher conversions. Please call or email us today.

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Portland SEO: Lousy Design Elements that Lead to Underwhelming Success

 

You’ve injected a healthy stream of funding into your pay-per-click and Portland SEO budget. You’ve got your email marketing completely dialed in. Your Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools and AdWords are all streamlined and you are getting fantastic traffic to your site. This is where the momentum stalls and dies, and you’re not sure why.

 

As a Portland SEO, web design and digital marketing firm with a focus on strategy, implementation and conversions, we’re constantly running site audits to check for conversation rate issues. That is: a site’s ability to funnel traffic into goals (sales, leads, etc.).

 

For the purpose of this short post, we will visit six common mistakes, and how we will help you fix them.

 

1) Missing Phone Numbers 

 

In this mobile-centric generation, every website needs to have a clickable phone number front and center on its web site, ideally at the top of all pages. More and more people are ditching computers and using smart phones and tablets as their main tool for surfing the web. Having a clickable phone number prominent on the site saves your future customers a step when they need to phone you.

 

2) No lead-capture forms

 

Paired with a prominent phone number, a lead-capture form is a great way to connect with people who are comfortable submitting a web form. Saving customers from the added step of having to navigate to a “contact” link in your menu is crucial.

 

Even a simple web form will boost conversions.

 

We recommend that we create a variety of forms for your site and perform A/B testing on them to make sure you are using a form with the best conversion rates possible. We’ll also test your forms on a regular basis to ensure that they are working as expected.

 

3) Being nosey

 

When asking for personal information, you need to be direct and concise. Whenever possible, only ask for the basic contact information. The minimum information you absolutely need will differ from industry to industry, but you don’t want to make a user jump through a lot of hoops in an effort to contact you and you don’t want to make them uncomfortable with your form.

 

4) Bad UX

 

Lousy user experience (UX) shows itself in user flow, bounce rates and low conversion rates.

 

Recognizing underwhelming UX can be tricky, which is why we want to do this for you.

 

Some of the things we look for include: navigation, user flow, readability, content clarity, call-to-action and the site’s ability to direct the user to act.

 

 

5) Impotent call-to-action

 

Your business has a goal. Your online properties need to have goals too. Goals can include more traffic, online purchases, lead-gen, or phone calls. Your site needs a goal and you have to convey that goal to your users immediately upon entering your site. We call this a call-to-action. And we make these awesome for you. We’ll make sure your call-to-action stands out on the page, offers value, and makes it easy for the user to take the desired action … Boosting your conversions and your bottom line.

 

6) What’s in it for me? What about my needs?

 

Your visitors need to clearly and immediately see why they should do business with you and what is in it for them. Think: money back guarantee, free shipping, no obligation quotes, and so on. Knowing your customer and what appeals to them will make identifying their bottom line and your proposition easier to craft.

 

In Conclusion

 

As you can see, there are several reasons why your website may not be converting traffic. Take a moment to reach out to us, we would be happy to run an audit on your website and start the conversation on how we can help.

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Portland SMM: When and where to post to get the most mileage from your Social Media Marketing

Your social media marketing efforts can really fuel your marketing strategy if you know when and where to use your gas. Here is a list of the average ideal frequencies to post across all your social media platforms to get the most mileage out of them. From our friends over at SumAll.

We know you, like anyone looking to market your business socially online, have wondered:

  • How do I get more followers?
  • What should I share?
  • When should I share it?
  • And how often should I be sharing?

Social media marketing includes a strategy that addresses how many times per day you should post. Read on (click to enlarge)…

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Google: Facts (not links) are the future of PageRank

It’s been a year since marketing agencies started hearing buzz about Knowledge-Based Trust, a Google research paper outlining a proposal to score web sites according to the accuracy of facts. It didn’t take long for Knowledge-Based Trust to earn the nickname the “Truth Algorithm” due to its method of assigning a “Trust Score” to filter sites with erroneous or misleading information.

While the title of this post may be a little misleading (“Trust Score” plummets), the paper at least hints that trustworthiness might help sites rise in Google’s rankings if the algo begins measuring quality score by facts, not just links and content.

Here’s the problem: The internet is famous for gossip, untruth and misdirection. Discount Viagra websites make the front page of Google, and gossip sites touting “news” stories are a dime a dozen.

Google currently measures incoming links to a web site as a factor for ranking. Sites with lots of backlinks (among other factors) are ranked higher. The problem with this method is that it can be gamed to make websites like those mentioned above rise in rankings.

Now Google is testing a method to measure the trustworthiness of a site, rather than (solely) its inbound links and content. The model measures sites based on the number of incorrect facts. The outcome is a “Knowledge-Based Trust score”.

Currently, links are a huge reputation signal implying authority. Knowledge-Based Trust may be a direction the algorithm is heading in, focusing more on veracity of content and less on link signals.

As part of its discovery, the team: “…evaluated each website according to the following 4 criteria”:

  • Triple correctness: whether at least 9 triples are correct.
  • Extraction correctness: whether at least 9 triples are correctly extracted (and hence we can evaluate the website according to what it really states).
  • Topic relevance: we decide the major topics for the website according to the website name and the introduction in the “About us” page; we then decide whether at least 9 triples are relevant to these topics (g., if the website is about business directories in South America but the extractions are about cities and countries in SA, we consider them as not topic relevant).
  • Non-trivialness: we decide whether the sampled triples state non-trivial facts (g., if most sampled triples from a Hindi movie website state that the language of the movie is Hindi, we consider it as trivial).

The research paper goes on to explain five reasons why KBT isn’t yet ready to go live. What will happen once the team solves the five outstanding problems? As a Portland marketing agency, we will watch and report back… But watch out TMZ.

Can’t figure out what the heck this article is about or why it should matter to you? Call, click or come into our office and we will walk you through the details and how an updated marketing strategy will boost your bottom line.

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Before and After Website: Parrot Creek Child & family Services

It was a great pleasure to help Parrot Creek Child & Family Services with their new website.  We are launching the new site early November 2015.  We wanted to share with you the great things they do and to give you a sneak peak to their new site!  If you or someone you know works in a non-profit and need help on branding web design or anything in the realm of marketing, contact Spot!  We happily offer discounts to licensed 501c3 entities.

Mission

Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, in partnership with others, helps families and youth identify strengths and develop skills that build stronger families and safer communities.

Values

  • We are a place of great hope and care.
  • We believe in the capacity for troubled youth to change—and change starts with accountability.
  • We never quit on a child and his or her family—we’ve seen too many lives transformed, futures secured and dreams attained
  • Clackamas County is our home, too. And like all who reside here we want our communities to be safe and healthy

Belief

One of the most important things we have learned over the last 40 plus years is that it is not just the child or individual family member in crisis who needs support and care. It is the entire family. That’s why our programs are built to support the whole family—including parents, siblings, grandparents, or any other significant individuals involved in your family dynamic.

We believe that with whole family involvement, our chances of helping any individual or family experience lasting change are exponentially greater.

We also recognize that some families may require assistance that is beyond our doors.  The bottom line is this: if we can’t help a family, we’ll help them find someone who can.  Once they call us, they are not alone.

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Spot Color Marketing explains the ‘HOW’ and the ‘WHAT’ in creating a 2016 marketing plan for your business

Marketing plans (how) and strategies (what) are important for new and established businesses alike.  For the new business, it’s pertinent to map out how and what you are going to accomplish as it pertains to attracting prospects and closing them as clients.  For the established business, you’ve probably taken a whack at a marketing plan or strategy.  What were the results?  It’s so important, and easy with social media, to monitor traffic to your site, and track the quality of your strategies.  Are you creating work that is not giving you results?  Even worse, are you not doing anything at all?  Spot likes to cut out the things that don’t work and learn from the things that do, and to make them even more efficient in your return.  We craft plans and strategies for your team to execute or we can execute for you.  We can also build plans and strategies that are a hybrid of the two.  Let’s face it, time is money.  Wouldn’t it make sense to invest in a plan with veterans in the realm of marketing?

These are some of the important questions that we ask or you should ask your team:

  • What are your business goals?
  • Who is your ideal customer?
  • What does an optimal transaction look like in your business?
  • What are you doing now to attract your ideal client?

With this information and more, we create a plan or strategy that makes sense for your business.  Our marketing plans typically cover an 18-month calendar.  Our strategies map out the tools you use and the means in using them that maximize your return.  With the up-front good effort in working with Spot, your return ends up being high quality leads who become great clients.  And, guess what?  The best clients refer others that have similar profiles! Once you have referrals from your best clients, you’re really enjoying your work.  Contact Spot today to get started with a marketing plan or strategy for 2016.

Spot@spotcolormarketing.com
503-477-4355

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