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Recently, it’s been in several headlines: “Magnifying GlassYahoo tops Google in U.S. web traffic in July.” If these numbers are correct like the media says they are, this is the first time in over two years that Yahoo has generated more traffic than Google during a month. This brings up an important consideration when it comes to your business’ online marketing strategy: Does your current search provider focus their efforts on other search engines outside of Google?

Here at BAM, we explore every major search engine as a possible solution, not just Google. In our experience, sometimes there isn’t the necessary search volume (or enough people looking for your product or industry) to justify a paid presence outside of Google.  We do however optimize your website to show up in the organic results for all the major search engines, regardless if we are bidding on keywords.  Not every ad firm or even internet marketing agency can say that.

In our dealings with Yahoo and Bing, there are several advantages of engaging in a paid search campaign.  For one, the average cost per click is a lot cheaper due to there being a lot less competition.  We have found that keywords can cost up to 50% less depending on the industry.  This means that your monthly paid search budget can last twice as long on Bing & Yahoo compared with Google.  With clicks costing less, the paid search conversions (web forms, phone calls, etc.) also are produced at about half the cost.

In addition to our web advertising strategy and best practices, BAM remains at the forefront of emerging media and traditional media strategy. From the offerings of the BAM Lead Tracker, our web based lead management and CRM tool, to the capabilities to meet and surpass your web marketing needs in Google and beyond, BAM can develop and execute a holistic advertising campaign specific to your industry or needs.

Interested in learning more?  Fill out the form to the right to get the ball rolling on your next project or campaign.

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Excluding computer illiterate business owners, a continuing increase of emphasis has been placed on the letters SEO. The average business owner may not understand the power of Search Engine Optimization in its entirety, but similar to any business investment; they are willing to invest in it if it brings a return on that investment.

Search Engine Optimization (if done by the right people) is the best return on investment as far as Internet marketing goes.  SEO is the process of improving your website’s visibility by getting it to rank higher in search engine results for certain keyword phrases.  Higher ranking in search engine results guarantees more traffic and likely more sales for your business.  So like any business investment, spending money to make money is the name of the game.

SEO done by the right people can be the difference between seeing results and simply throwing money down the drain.  Like any industry, there are shysters, phonies, and scam artists that need to be avoided.  The right people will be very transparent in their explanation of all the necessary steps involved in getting your website to rank higher.  At the same time, the right people will be realistic when it comes to telling your business the keywords they have the opportunity to rank for.

A Paid Search Campaign should be implemented by your web marketing company to fill in the gaps for search keywords that you don’t have the opportunity to rank for organically.  What do I mean by keywords you don’t have the opportunity to rank for?  Depending on your business, you may have unrealistic goals of showing up #1 for popular search terms.

Okay, so let’s say your local business sells vacuum cleaners.  You feel as though your site deserves the right to show up when you google “Vacuum Cleaner.”  Unless you are William Hoover, you are not going to see your company on the first page of Google and most likely not the next 20 pages of results either.  Why is life so unfair you ask?  It’s not.  At least when it comes to Google’s organic search results.  First page rankings are reserved for national brand and ecommerce websites and information sites like Wikipedia.  Your local business website is more suited to show up when a geo-modified term is inserted.

A geo-modified term alters a given search by including a location keyword like a city or state.  For instance, the search results you get when searching for “vacuum cleaner los angeles” and “vacuum cleaner ohio” will be dramatically different.  If you live in Ohio, or even Cleveland to be more specific, your goal should be to show up organically on the first page for terms like “vacuum cleaner ohio” and “vacuum cleaner cleveland.”

The right SEO service should have your website showing up on the first page for these terms in no time. As far as keywords that you don’t show up for organically, paid search should supplement your inability to rank.  It makes sense for most businesses to utilize paid search to cover the unbranded keywords and even competitor terms to drive more traffic and leads through their site.

So does your business need SEO or Paid Search?  The quick answer is both.  For a more in depth analysis and consultation for your business, please feel free to contact us.

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