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Why Blogging Is Essential for Big Business Digital Marketing

published by on 19th May 2016 under Digital Strategy, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Blogging for big business digital marketing

Written by John Dosic of


Blogging is not a pastime anymore, nor is it a hobby. It stopped being that a long time ago. Today, it serves many purposes but it has the biggest impact on digital marketing.


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How Web Page Content can Add Value to Your Website

published by on 31st May 2013 under General, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

For a lot of organisations, web page content is seen as a basic necessity, with the attitude that “we need to explain what we do and tell our market what we can offer”.  Basic, and simple.  Even as digital marketing becomes more competitive, many organisations still overlook content, because of its basic nature, and search for opportunities elsewhere.

Content Marketing

Content is a central and fundamental part of any website, so it too deserves attention and optimisation. Effective content can improve both SEO and user engagement.

What is extremely useful but  at times overlooked is that the content itself can be highly marketable – which can create real value for an organisation’s website, rather than being viewed as simply ‘stuff on a webpage’. The proliferation and accessibility of modern technology can help with developing more suitable content options. These include: Video, images, e-books, whitepapers, infographics, how-tos, applications, podcasts and infographics (as a start) as an alternative to text and body copy.
With more options open to both organisations and their competitors, there is a need to think more strategically about what kind of content options can best communicate their message.

Firstly, creating content that is not only rich in information, and discusses a topic sufficiently, but is communicated using an appropriate media that is able to relay information better than other media types. In other words, choosing a media type that best suits the nature of the product or service. For example, something highly technical would benefit from a schematic visual to support and simplify the text, such as an infographic, chart, or diagram. Conversely a simple e-commerce page aimed at selling one product, for example an article of clothing, would benefit from having images and perhaps even a slideshow – as this is a more effective way of communicating what the product is over a text description.

Secondly, it is further beneficial to utilise a type of media best suited towards a site’s target market, and their browsing habits. Any insights into your target market can be used to make decisions on the best way to communicate information using a range of different content options. For example, if a particular device is used by consumers to access your website, it would be advantageous to utilise a type of content that works well on this platform, such as shorter low-resolution video on Smart Phones (as large text and image files are less usable on a smart phone’s smaller screen compared to a tablet or desktop computer).

Thirdly, it’s important to weigh-in the goals of the organisation into the process of creating effective tailored content – as some types of content will more effective in helping to achieve these goals. For example, if the goal of the organisation is brand recognition, it would be important to tailor the content so that it integrates the brand attributes (colours, fonts, themes, logos) of the organisation into the content. That way the content is not only informing, but also establishing building the brand in the mind of the reader.

Though the article talks about using a media-type that is optimal for: the nature of a product/service, suitability to the target market, and effective in accomplishing goals – there may not be one type of media that is able to do all three of these things. This is fine, and trying to find one golden media to do all these things is not the answer anyhow. Rather, it’s best to find one type of media that is able to accomplish each of the aforementioned criteria. The different types of media in turn can create a cohesive argument if they are created to support each other. For example, an online florist can show pictures of a particular bouquet of flowers (best communicates the nature of the product, plus visuals for the consumer), with copy to explain the product further that includes calls to action to encourage conversions (accomplishes the organisation’s goal of conversions, plus gives more information to the consumer). This in turn improves SEO performance, as search engines favour sites that utilise a mixed range of media.

Inserting different types of media onto a webpage also provides more opportunities to improve overall site SEO, by adding important keywords and attributes into tags: alt tags, meta tags, and description tags.

These are good starting points for creating effective content. For whatever content decisions are made, a final fundamental way of thinking to follow is to keep content updated, current, and optimised. It’s easy to optimise content using tools such as Google Analytics that will identify which pages and thereby content is leading to conversions, Google Trends to take pre-empt upcoming opportunities for which content can be created for in advance, and various keyword tools so that content is able to bought up when relevant searches are made. In itself, updating content will enable search engines to require crawling a given site more often, leading to an improvement in SEO performance.

In Conclusion, using multiple media that is both better suited to the nature of a product or service, and is more attuned to the target market’s browsing behaviour not only adds value to a site, but creating content with these factors in mind will make the site more helpful and useful to consumers. This can improve traffic and conversions as a result.

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Insurance – Google Analytics Case Study

published by on 24th November 2011 under Case Studies, Google Analytics

FIRST Enables Pinnacle Life to Make Better Business Decisions using Google Analytics

Pinnacle Life became the world’s first life insurance company selling fully underwritten policies online in 2007 and since then has gone from strength to strength.

For a business utilising both online and offline marketing channels, detailed analytics intelligence is vital. It is important that all marketing activities are accurately measured through to conversion, such as new customer applications. This allows an accurate assessment of marketing spend leading to maximum ROI from all marketing activities, with budget allocated to the most effective channels for continuous campaign improvement.

Pinnacle Life choose to use Google Analytics combined with FIRST’s analytics expertise to deliver this value.

Click here to download the Google Analytics case study.

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Marketing Case Studies: Search Optimisation for Bookabin

published by on 3rd October 2011 under Case Studies, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Online marketing case study - Bookabin SEO

Hartford Technologies is a global specialist in online booking of refuse disposal services. Its online booking engine offers consumers value for money by offering the lowest available price for refuse disposal services.

First Rate was contracted by Hartford to assist with increasing website visitors and online sales in key markets, including the USA where they operate as Search engine optimisation was chosen as a primary vehicle to accomplish objectives.

First Rate undertook extensive key phrase research to understand the market and recommended on-page changes to target valuable search terms. At the same time the website’s external link profile was reviewed, opportunities were identified and a linking strategy put in place.

Click here to download the SEO case study.

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Google Analytics Premium

published by on 30th September 2011 under Google Analytics

Google Analytics Premium has arrived - Analytics for Enterprise!

Google Analytics Premium has just been announced by Google.

Here’s the launch video:

We have listed the main benefits below:

Extra Processing Power

Extra processing power means more data, more quickly. With Google Analytics Premium, you can gather, analyze and share more data than ever:

  • Lifted data limits. Track more then ever—billions of hits per month and 50 custom variables give you deep insights to make more informed decisions.
  • Download unsampled reports. Export high data volumes and analyze all of your data.

Advanced Analysis Tools

Advanced analysis tools deliver deeper insights: Analysis options unique to Google Analytics Premium provide a deeper understanding of consumer behavior:

  • Attribution modeling. Easily perform attribution modelling on your marketing campaigns to understand the full value of all the channels in your media mix.
  • More custom variables. Access up to 50 custom variables which you can customize to collect unique site usage data.

Uptime Guarantees

Service Level Agreements give you an uptime guarantee from Google. Your site activity is reliably recorded and available to you at all times. Google will compensate you if they don’t deliver.

  • Data collection. Get a Service Level Agreement of 99.9% in any calendar month.
  • Processing. Data freshness within a maximum of 4 hours 98% of the time. React faster than ever.
  • Reporting. Enjoy guarantees of 99% in any calendar month.
  • Data ownership. You own all of your data. Your contract ensures it.

Pricing and Availability

The product is offered on a flat-rate annual fee and is currently available in North America, United Kingdom and Canada. The product is not yet available in New Zealand or Australia.

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