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As the lead singer and guitarist of a local band, Welcome Pariah, I, like many other musicians out there, know how hard it can be to make a sustaining impression in the music industry. However, I also understand the significance and power that the Internet can provide in helping to get your name out there and get your music heard across the globe. But where do you start?
Do you remember the Three Billy Goats Gruff?
Depending on which story you read, these intrepid explorers risked their lives crossing a bridge which happened to house a rather hungry troll. You can read the story here if you fancy, but the long and short of it is (spoiler alert) the troll gets owned by the largest billy goat, and the three brothers spend eternity chomping on sweet, green grass.
Paul Rogers looks back on four years working on ecommerce websites and how to help user experience, boost performance and improve conversion rates of a website. Read more
* Now that I have your attention, the ‘stat’ in the title is correct for the purpose of this post. It is based on the 125 brands who came top in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in 2012. Read on to find out more….
Villanueva found that a customer acquired through word of mouth was more profitable to a business than if they were gained by other means. He also found that opinions regarding brands shared between online users are more influential on consumer behaviour than any other traditional type of marketing, such as offline advertising. This, coupled with the growing emphasis placed on social signals for SEO purposes, means what people are saying about brands online (electronic word of mouth) is now more important than ever.
Looking back through my notes from the fantastic SearchLove2012 (Day One here, Day Two here if you’re interested) I had a lot of comments in there referring to Kings and Queens within our business. Guillotines seemed ultimately fitting for our industry as they seem to fall randomly (and less randomly) with great frequency. So what are the contenders for the SEO monarchy in 2012 and why?
No I’m not a relative, I’m not even a fan, I could only name you around three of his songs at the most; no it’s just that I’m also Andy Williams.
Today, more than ever, branding is a huge factor in marketing your business. Traditionally a brand is described as a method of differentiating between similar products or services. According to every search engine’s favourite resource, Wikipedia, the first graphic use of a brand was a watermark on papers in Italy back in the 1200s.
This post goes live at the same time as my presentation at On The Edge Live in Bristol where I am talking about the importance of reputation and how you should be managing your brand’s reputation online.
If you read this, or any other digital blog with commercial attachments, you’ll often see stories about building brands ethically; mostly using a variety of best practices and proven concepts. That’s why we’re here. We don’t want to rock the boat or risk damaging a client’s business; therefore we extol the virtues of tried and trusted methodologies, many of which we apply on a daily basis. But there is another way. There’s always another way.