The New Normal of Marketing: How Small Businesses Can Survive During the Pandemic

The New Normal of Marketing: How Small Businesses Can Survive During the Pandemic

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world.  Just about every area of life has been impacted and many different businesses are currently closed as the U.S. is under stay at home orders to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Small businesses especially have been feeling the impact of the stay at home orders as many companies have lost business and this reduction in revenue has forced some to go out of business. The situation created by the pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes and there is no consensus on how small businesses should react to stay in business.  One thing is for sure, the current pandemic has changed consumer behaviors and made many traditional means of marketing at least temporarily obsolete.  For small businesses to survive during the pandemic, they need to adjust their marketing approach.  The worst thing a small business can do is try to wait out the storm and hope things return to normal.  As of right now, no one knows when the world will return to normal or if the world will return to what was considered normal before the pandemic. While the nature of this pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes (the last serious pandemic was the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918), it is not unprecedented for businesses to deal with outside factors that force them to change the way they do business.  Companies should view this pandemic as an opportunity to adjust their message to their audience and change their marketing approach to connect with their audience during this pandemic.  Businesses that do not adjust to...
Creative Link Building Strategies To Boost Your SEO

Creative Link Building Strategies To Boost Your SEO

Building backlinks is a great way to improve your SEO rankings. But with so many backlinking strategies available, it can be challenging to get started. That’s why I recommend you only focus on three link building strategies at once. To help you out, I’m going to go through the three easiest ways to build links via: Testimonials Resource Pages Blog Comments I’ll dive into what they are and how you can get started. But before we jump into these strategies let’s look at what link building is first! What Is Link Building? Link Building is the process of acquiring links that point back to your website. Each link pointing to your site functions as a vote of confidence. This sends a signal to the search engines that your content is good. The more high-quality backlinks you have, the higher your website can rank. Link building is necessary if you want to rank at the top of the SERPs. When combined with on-page SEO, link building can propel unknown and obscure sites to the highest positions on Google.   Testimonial Link Building This is a strategy that consists of having your positive comments/experiences with a company, featured on their website. It’s like free advertising for the company and a great way to build your backlinks. For example: I wrote Surfer SEO a testimonial and received a homepage backlink for a company with a Domain Rating of 61. In addition to backlinks, testimonial link building can also: Generate authority for your brand Give you the opportunity to build lasting relationships Give you homepage links   How To Build Testimonial Backlinks Below...
Is Your Website Up to Date? SEO Audit 2020

Is Your Website Up to Date? SEO Audit 2020

Consumers search for everything online whether they are looking for specific products, a service to be performed, or a place to eat.  This makes a business’s website extremely important as this is often a consumer’s first introduction to a company.  It is one thing to create a visually appealing, user-friendly website that contains valuable information, but it is quite another to have your website perform well from an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) standpoint so that users will find and visit your website. High performing websites that are well-optimized and appear high in search engine results pages (SERPs) will attract more traffic and leads which can lead to high conversion rates and an increase in revenue.  This makes the SEO performance of your website very important for your bottom line.  Even if your website is performing well in the rankings and getting good traffic, you cannot simply let it be.  Changes in search engine algorithms and the improvement of your competitors’ websites can bump your website from its top positions in Google. The best ways to ensure that your website is well presented on Google and other search engines is to constantly monitor its performance and schedule an SEO audit.  SEO audits of your website should be done at least once per year and a good time to remember to do them is at the end of each year. So as 2020 approaches, it is time to review your website’s strengths and weaknesses, fix all SEO and marketing issues, and build up a new marketing and SEO strategy for the new year.  This guide will help you do an SEO...
Proceed Innovative Named One of the 10 Most Promising Google Marketing Consulting Companies of 2019

Proceed Innovative Named One of the 10 Most Promising Google Marketing Consulting Companies of 2019

Savvy business owners know that in order to grow their business, they must have a strong online presence.  However, many businesses do not have the resources, or the expertise, to do effective SEO marketing in house.  Digital marketing must be done with a specific purpose and implemented with a multi-faceted plan to improve a company’s online presence and increase traffic to their website.  For companies that need help with their online marketing, they can work with professional digital marketing agencies like Proceed Innovative to improve the performance of their website and generate more quality leads. At Proceed Innovative, we are a certified Google Partner that helps businesses increase their online presence and traffic by improving their rankings in the search engine results pages (SERPs) through cost-effective digital marketing services.  We were recently named one of the 10 Most Promising Google Marketing Consulting/ Service Companies of 2019 by CIO Review magazine.  This list was put together by CEOs, CIOs, analysts, and the CIO Review editorial board to help businesses who are looking for a digital marketing agency identify a professional who can provide innovative marketing strategies that deliver results.  Companies on this list were chosen for their expertise with Google technology, competence, and ability to create comprehensive and innovative digital marketing strategies.  Proceed Innovative is proud to once again be named to this prestigious list. How Proceed Innovative Helps with SEO Marketing Our goal at Proceed Innovative is to understand the marketing needs of a business and create an effective digital marketing plan that benefits all involved.  “To have a win-win situation, we have to work with clients to impact...
Why SEO Success Requires a Continuous Effort

Why SEO Success Requires a Continuous Effort

The internet has become the main marketplace for those seeking all types of products and services which makes SEO success more important by the day.  Like the traditional marketplaces that came before it, the digital marketplace is constantly changing, and it is up to businesses to adjust their SEO strategies to keep up with the changes and their competitors. However, what makes the online marketplace much different from the pre- or non-internet marketplace is that the technology and the way businesses can and do advertise are changing at an incredible rate.  The other major difference is that your business competes against more competitors as the bar to build a website and establish an online presence is lower than it has ever been. To find true success with SEO marketing, businesses have to devote more time and resources to not only run a successful, multi-faceted SEO campaign, but also exert continuous effort to keep up with the changing digital marketing place as well as their competitors. The Increasing Difficulty of SEO Implementing a successful SEO strategy becomes more difficult each day.  One of the reasons being Google always adjusting and updating its algorithm with the purpose of providing its users with valuable, relevant content.  Each time there is an algorithm update, certain SEO strategies that were once considered good strategies may need to be re-evaluated or changed. The other main reason making SEO success difficult is having many competitors online.  In the earlier days of the internet, not many businesses invested the time and resources to build a website and online presence.  Now almost every business has a website because...