Web Content Development And Trends
I wanted to take a moment to talk a bit more about the last post below, about an article that I wrote for our team at Hat Trick Associates that focused on Email Marketing and it’s continued marketing viability, even in the face of new competition.
The reason for bringing up the topic again is certainly NOT to impress you the reader with how fantastic the article was, or how important it must have been to receive the coverage that it did.
Actually, quite the opposite.
Although no surprise, I do feel the information it contained was fairly interesting, and made for a good story…the truth is, with the right message and distribution, I could probably gain a similar amount of coverage for an article in YOUR industry, attributed to YOUR company.
And the coverage the Hat Trick article received was pretty cool, I will admit. It’s not every day that you write something that gets shared on Yahoo, CNBC, MSNBC, AOL…as well as lots of other niche websites, like the European Business Express, or the media powerhouse which is KAIT – Channel 8 in Jonesboro, Arkansas(!)
The great thing is, if a piece is written in the proper way – and shared via the More >
From the Yahoo Finance story by Hat Trick Associates today:
With the advent of social media, mobile marketing and a host of other new, “sexier” communication channels, one might assume stodgy email marketing has gone the way of the Dodo bird or horse and buggy. But if anything the reverse is true.
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain
With all the hype surrounding social media and mobile marketing, it would be easy to assume that email is yesterday’s news, with little chance of keeping up with the other marketing methods now available.
But according to the numbers this assumption is incorrect. Email usage has remained remarkably steady, even in the face of new competition. Research shows that email is still the preferred method for receiving commercial messages of 74% of adults. This perhaps surprising statistic can help explain the continued proliferation of e-zines and other email marketing today.
It’s no longer true that the largest firms are the most likely to utilize email. As smaller companies outgrow their sole-proprietor beginnings, they increasing look for new ways to expand their business to support higher headcounts and overhead. Business surveys revealed that almost half of small businesses were using email marketing in 2010; More >
The more often you post new blog entries, the more “food” you give to the spiders, or the programs that crawl the web and index content for the search engines. It’s hard to over-estimate the importance of having lots of new and updated content on your site, and often. Great SEO for blogs depends on it.
If you have enough new content, the spider may even react by splitting up its indexing into more than one visit, when you may even have more web content, and so on and on. At this point the search engine(s) may simply decide to visit your website and index more frequently – a very welcome development for SEO. So keeping LOTS of FRESH, new web content on your site is critical, not just blog posts but also new webpages, social content, recorded webinars and video, everything. The more updated, the better. More content basically means that your pages get indexed more often and new pages or other content will show up more quickly, and be deemed more important by the engines as well.
And while you don’t need to post multiple, long-form blog posts every single day, if you cannot keep up with a regular publishing schedule, More >