Opting-Out of Google Featured Snippets Led to 12% Traffic Loss [SEO Experiment]

Posted by Cyrus-Shepard Note: This post was co-authored by Cyrus Shepard and Rida Abidi. Everyone wants to win Google featured snippets. Right? At least, it used to be that way. Winning the featured snippet typically meant extra traffic, in part because Google showed your URL twice: once in the featured snippet and again in regular search results. For publishers, this was known as “double-dipping.” All that changed in January when Google announced they would de-duplicate search results to show the featured snippet URL only once on the first page of results. No more double-dips. Publishers worried because older studies suggested…

34 Millennial Stats That Marketers Need to Know

As a millennial, I grew up in a constantly changing era. While I’m young enough to understand the latest technology, I grew up in a time where you needed a real encyclopedia to do your homework — rather than Wikipedia. Millennials are wedged between two very different generations. Before us, we have Gen Xers who didn’t own computers until they were in college, and after us, we have Gen Zers, who’ve been basically playing iPad games since birth. If you’re a marketer in almost any industry, you’ll need to reach someone at the millennial audience at some point. After all,…

How to Manage Your Entire Marketing Budget [Free Budget Planner Templates]

Let’s say your company decided to invest in a website redesign to improve lead generation, and you’re responsible for managing the project. Naturally, one of the first questions you have is, “How much is this website redesign going to cost?” The answer, of course, is “it depends.” Are you simply switching to a new template and adding some new CTAs, or are you migrating your entire website to a new platform? If only there were a way to organize your answers to all of these questions — a place where you could enter in estimated costs for all of your…

How to Build a Website: A Step-by-Step Guide

Studies show that between 70-80% of consumers research a business online before visiting in person or making a purchase. That means having a website is as necessary for companies today as having a phone number. Maybe you’re starting a new business venture or developing your personal brand. Or, maybe you’re looking to update your company’s outdated website. Whatever the case, creating a new website can feel overwhelming, particularly without technical expertise or a budget for web developers. To alleviate any frustration you might feel, we’ve put together a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating a website. Best of all, you won’t…

How Much You Should Actually Spend on Digital Advertising in 2020

If you clicked on this post hoping to read something like “If you spend $1,000 dollars on digital advertising a month, you’ll hit your marketing goals easily!” I’m sorry to disappoint. When it comes to ad spend, there just isn’t a perfect answer for every business. I know, it sounds like a cop-out, but I promise you it’s true. Now, you might be thinking, So, why am I even reading this post, anyways?  While I can’t tell you how much money you should spend on digital ads this year, I can walk you through a framework to help you decide…

How 8 Brands Use Instagram Story Swipe Ups

As a marketer, you know you’ve got what it takes to build and manage an incredible Instagram page. For instance, you’ve made your business’ account branded so it aligns with your company, filled it with eye-catching posts, and turned the page into a great outlet to encourage audience engagement. Everything … well … almost everything, is going smoothly. The tiny snag: How in the world are you supposed to make Instagram Stories Swipe Ups worthwhile, for your audience and your ROI? Instagram is one of the most widely-used platforms for marketing efforts, but only 21% of marketers are seeing a…

8 Social Media Platforms That Weren’t Founded in the U.S.

In 2018, North America discovered a viral new app called TikTok. Within just a year and a half of its launch, it reportedly grew to over 800 million active users. As tech journalists and bloggers dug into the origin of the odd video app, some were surprised to discover that TikTok, which took America by storm, was actually inspired by an app created by the same company in China. Researching social media platforms not founded in the U.S. can be helpful when trying to learn about audiences that live in other countries, especially those that live in highly censored areas…

The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest Marketing

When I open up Pinterest, I’m in trouble. That’s because I know I could potentially sit there for hours on end browsing pictures and videos beautiful decor for my apartment, fun new workouts to try, outfits I want to buy, and much more. In the past, I’ve purchased items directly from Pinterest. I’ve also pinned content to my boards so I can refer to them in the future, use them as inspiration, or share them with my friends. Marketers target Pinterest users by sharing content that’s too irresistible for us to pass up. And with over 250 million people on…

In the marketing industry, setting objectives can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, constantly raising the bar can incentivize your team to sustain your growth rate over long periods of time. On the other hand, it can incentivize your team to prioritize your company’s needs over your customers’ needs. Contrary to popular belief, solely focusing on the results doesn’t actually produce results. Focusing on serving your customers is what produces results. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, is famous for sparking this customer-centric movement. In 2015, he spoke at Goldman Sach’s Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, and a…