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New Facebook Web-Traffic Videos Deliver Facebook Customers for Local Business

While some local businesses struggle to survive online in today’s cutthroat online business environment, many are doing better than ever. Largely because they have mastered the proven but little-known strategies of making Facebook actually work.

That’s the opinion of Roger Hall, an independent copywriter and producer of the just-released videos for Facebook advertisers, the ‘Facebook Traffic Video University’.

“Small business today need solid, reliable information on what works in Facebook traffic-getting – and what doesn’t,” says Roger Hall, Facebook advertising specialist and author. “As a freelance web-traffic specialist I have hundreds of people contacting me asking questions such as;

– How can I structure Facebook advertising that will get a good response?
– How can I get more cost-effective results from Facebook?

I released the online Facebook Traffic Video University to give these folks some of the answers. What makes these videos different is this; it’s not based upon theories or untested ideas. Each of the methods in the videos has been thoroughly tested and proven by leading US e-commerce research companies”.

Unlike many of today’s Facebook information sources, Hall points out; these videos are currently available at no charge. “A lot of local businesses and individuals can’t afford to hire consultants. And it takes time to read an entire book, listen to a CD or attend a seminar,” notes Hall. “These free videos, containing over 21 proven Facebook traffic tactics, has been created for them and each takes only 5-10 minutes to watch.”

The Facebook Traffic Video University videos can be accessed online, free of charge, right now by visiting; http://facebookadtactics.com/video-university. The free videos are available to all local businesses and online advertisers – both large and small – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Clickbooth Releases Study on How to Increase Conversions with Mothers Ages 35 to 55

The female consumer hold tremendous spending power – on average, around 75,000 per year – and women ages 35 to 55 make up the largest group of consumers online. Affiliate network Clickbooth tackled identifying the groups within this valuable demographic in part one of its “An Inside Look at Marketing to Women Ages 35 to 55” study, and now part two aims to teach Clickbooth clients how to convert the mothers within this group into customers. Author Sara Anderson pulls from several other studies to complete her own, and the results will prove valuable for those who create affiliate CPA network campaigns.

Anderson surmised the following about the individual mothers within this demographic: “She is strategic in her decisions, compares products, and actually uses her friend’s (or trusted online mommy networkers) opinions as the determining factor in whether she will buy into a product or not.”

She tells Clickbooth clients that when creating affiliate network campaigns, they must treat these consumers with respect and have patience with a sometimes longer sales process. If they do, their campaigns will be successful. She goes on to break down part two of the study into two essential actions for Clickbooth’s affiliate CPA network clients:

Spark a mother’s interest – Use empathetic ad copy that creates an emotional connection and that is family-oriented. Use photos of a mother with her children. Anderson quotes a recent Facebook study that showed that mothers relate best to photos of mothers with their children, next to mothers laughing, and finally, mothers multi-tasking. Landing pages in an affiliate network campaign should be simple in design, and the call to action should be family friendly.

Increase her desire and trust in the product – Quickly show a mother that other mothers approve of the product, through videos, surveys, product reviews and customer testimonials.

Close the sale with an easy shopping cart experience – There should be no confusion when filling out an order form. A clumsy shopping cart experience can destroy the trust that the affiliate CPA network campaign has built.

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Bigmouthmedia Wins Travolution Award for Best Use of SEO

Bigmouthmedia’s innovative collaboration with luxury travel operator Kuoni has seen the agency win the prestigious Travolution Award for the best search marketing campaign of the year.

Walking away with the coveted prize for Best Use of search engine optimisation, Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency was recognised for an international campaign that saw Kuoni enjoy a 100% increase in number one search rankings while achieving outstanding ROI. Praising the strategy for delivering a 104% increase in total unique search visitors within a year, a panel of experts singled out the project as an example of industry best practice.

“This was a fantastic demonstration of when SEO and user experience work hand-in-hand to create a powerful new proposition, especially with Kuoni’s new i-Travel proposition. The agency met all the client’s objectives and produced premium results with a clear return-of-investment,” said a panel spokesman.

Beating stiff competition from ambergreen, iCrossing, Latitude and Greenlight, bigmouthmedia’s campaign was selected for its implementation of constantly evolving SEO strategies including the use of social media releases and the exploitation of synergies between Kuoni’s PPC strategy and its search marketing activities.

“Our campaign was aimed at increasing search engine visibility, traffic and revenues, and I’m delighted that its success on all fronts has been rewarded with such a prestigious honour. Our internal staff have worked closely with bigmouthmedia throughout to deliver a particularly complex strategy, and this award is a richly deserved accolade for all involved,” said Joanna Edmunds, Kuoni’s Commercial Director.

Matt Rooke, eBusiness Director at Kuoni, added: “The statistics speak for themselves. Results like the 69% increase in organic search engine traffic we delivered over a single year have helped us achieve outstanding ROI on this campaign, while our use of innovative link building activities to increase rankings for targeted keyphrases and video listings has seen us earn first page rankings in Google for over 90% of our targeted keywords”

The Travolution prize rounds off a successful week for bigmouthmedia on the awards circuit. On Tuesday September 29th, the agency learned that it has also been nominated for Agency of the Year at the 2009 Marketing Industry Network Awards.

“I’m delighted to see our campaign recognised in this way. It’s a tribute to the very talented team that worked side-by-side with Kuoni on a constantly evolving campaign that used the very latest search technologies to great effect,” said Anneli Ritari, Senior Travel Strategist at bigmouthmedia.

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New Start Up Gives Smes A Cost Effective Tool To Evaluate Online Expenditure

Smart Digital Spending, a New York start-up launched today, offers a new approach to analyzing online advertising which could save firms thousands of dollars each year. Smart Digital Spending provides written, audio and video instructions on how to analyze online campaigns using data analysis techniques in order to make simple yet effective media optimization decisions. Offering data analysis advertising tutorials is the brainchild of online marketing analyst Eric Melchor.

New Start Up Gives Smes A Cost Effective Tool To Evaluate Online Expenditure

Paula Lynn commented, “I think there is a real need for these tutorials. Marketing data analysis is usually seen as really complex and hard to implement, but these guides explain how advertisers can incorporate online media measurement into their media planning strategy very easily. There may be other options out there, but simplicity doesn’t seem to be what is happening with other companies offering their services”.

According to Eric Melchor, “The natural instinct of an internet marketing analyst with no media planning experience is to track and measure as many metrics as possible in order to learn about the campaign at maximum granularity. This results in a virtually endless amount of wasted time since this won’t change the way advertisers plan future media buys nor generate a better ROI on advertising dollars spent.

Media planners and buyers who are capable of performing proven data analysis techniques on their own are much more likely to focus on what is actionable, identify areas where to minimize costs and implement optimization decisions based off strategic findings that will enhance campaign performance.”

Firms of any kind can purchase and download these tutorials that are designed for paid search, online display and mobile marketing at www.smartdigitalspending.com. Firms can even choose to pay a low monthly subscription that gives them access to all tutorials for free and are able to have Eric Melchor as an available resource to call on for matters relating to measuring digital advertising.

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Integration Connects Digital Signage Inventory from BroadSign-Powered Networks with Advertising Space and Content within RMS Networks’ rVue Exchange

BroadSign International, Inc., a worldwide provider of “Software as a Service” (SaaS) solutions for managing digital signage networks, and RMS Networks, Inc., the leading digital marketing and technology solutions agency, have joined forces to offer advertisers easier-to-buy digital out-of-home media.

The integration has become possible due to the new open-standard cross-network media buying platform – BroadSign Open, scheduled for release in early 2009. The two companies have collaborated to connect BroadSign Open with rVue – a digital signage media-planning tool developed for the DOOH industry and used by RMS Networks. rVue’s addressable advertising exchange takes a ‘Google AdWords’ approach and applies it to the DOOH industry. RMS’ rVue exchange is a web-based application that enables advertisers to find and bid on digital out-of-home properties across multiple networks.

Thanks to the rVue/BroadSign Open collaboration, over 165 DOOH networks that run on BroadSign’s software can now add their inventory to RMS’ media planning platform, thus becoming part of the larger-scale media buys they didn’t have access to before.

BroadSign Open will grant rVue users access to its combined network media space to enable advertisers to target and execute digital signage campaigns across BroadSign-powered networks.

“Our relationship with RMS Networks gives our networks an opportunity to be seen by planners and advertisers via a unified interface and simplifies the process of buying digital out-of-home,” said Brian Dusho, President & Chief Strategy Officer of BroadSign International. “Coupling rVue with BroadSign Open brings together the best of two worlds: mass reach and micro targeting.”

“BroadSign is an established, worldwide provider of campaign fulfillment workflow for the industry with an impressive group of networks,” notes Jason Kates, Founder, President and CEO of RMS Networks. “The integration of our respective technologies is designed to further enable advertising agencies to easily plan and buy OOH media campaigns and measure their effectiveness.”

The rVue Ad platform also offers greater accountability and relevancy in advertising. With rVue’s innovative targeting tools and auction-based pricing system, advertisers can find the right context and audience for their advertising message, only pay for impressions delivered to their ads, and receive digital reporting within 24 hours.

Additionally, The Component Group, an Omnicom agency has endorsed rVue from the start and is very optimistic about this announcement. “We collaborated with RMS Networks over the last year to integrate what the agencies are looking for – a dashboard approach to segregate the digital out of home opportunities and allow an efficient buy to take place”, said Bob Chimbel, CEO of the Component Group. “The incorporation of rVue into BroadSign’s reach is game-changing. A platform of this scope now allows us to access digital Out-of-Home outlets in a way that was not previously available.”

About BroadSign:

BroadSign International Inc. is a leading worldwide provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for managing digital out-of-home networks. BroadSignTM Suite resolves the challenges facing modern digital signage networks: the need for acceptance by the mainstream advertising community, time to market and the need for full campaign execution functionality, accountability and true scalability. The software enables operators to target out-of-home audiences, sell network airtime; reliably play back scheduled content on each screen and account for campaign performance. Essential support and maintenance services are included in the per-player monthly license fee. BroadSign combines extensive expertise in digital signage software, media, advertising, and information technology and is a member of the Out-of-home Video Advertising Bureau (OVAB), OAAA, the Digital Signage Association and POPAI. Over 165 digital signage networks in 25 countries run on BroadSignTM Suite platform. The company’s corporate office, Operations, Support and Development facilities are located in Montreal, Canada. For more, visit broadsign.com.

About RMS:

RMS is the leading digital media and marketing agency that develops, manages and delivers the most relevant video advertising segments to millions of consumers daily. Through rVue, RMS’ addressable advertising exchange, high-traffic venues and consumers can access HD video content, create play lists and dramatically enhance the shopping experience. Advertising agencies can reach their target audience at or near the time of purchase. The technology is platform-agnostic, and can work independently or layer on most current industry applications. From its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., RMS has served the nation’s most respected and recognizable brands including AutoNation, Blockbuster, Subway, Accenture and Advance Auto Parts – all with a simple proposition: Where ROI meets awareness. That’s RMS. Learn more at rmsnetworks.com and rVue.com.

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The Halo Group today announced the appointment of four senior interactive planning and creative professionals, recruited to fortify the brand communications agency’s integrated communications offering.

The Halo Group today announced the appointment of four senior interactive planning and creative professionals, recruited to fortify the brand communications agency’s integrated communications offering.

“Our core vision is that brand communications must work interdependently, including all forms of paid advertising, social media…even sales presentations. So, we coined the term ‘tradigional’ to capture our capabilities,’” said Linda Passante, Halo CEO. “We’re ringing in the New Year with new staff that will take us far beyond what either a digital marketing or a traditional agency can do separately, in silos.”

Michael Pierre (http://tinyurl.com/c7jokz), Vice President of Connection Planning, will direct traditional and new media efforts for Halo and its clients. An early web innovator, Pierre’s track record includes digital marketing efforts for Chase, Auto-bytel, Sony, US Army, DeBeers, Pfizer, Samsung, and Coldwell Banker.

Guy Sealey (http://tinyurl.com/amflkc), Senior Creative Director, combines strategic and creative interactive capabilities. He is an industry veteran who developed digital marketing campaigns for Subway, US Airways and HBO. Guy created the first viral campaign for HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and the first integrated campaign for Aunt Annie’s Pretzels. He was awarded a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Broadband Content.

Tim Goodwin (http://tinyurl.com/aulz8d), is Director/Producer of New Media and will create web video and animation for digital marketing and social media efforts. An experienced film/video editor and motion graphic designer, Tim worked on teams nominated for an Academy Award (Murderball) and Emmy (ABC Sports). His film and broadcast credits include HBO, ESPN, Yahoo, Nickelodeon, and Pepsi.

Stu Garrett (http://tinyurl.com/c5nogk), joins Halo as a Senior Creative Director. Stu has received over 50 National Advertising Awards, including in the Cannes Film Festival, Addy Awards, Andys, NJ Ad Awards, and the Effies. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Archive, Creativity, and Graphis magazine.

“Our clients’ brand strategies can be communicated everywhere, from broadcast quality video we create in-house for digital marketing efforts to SEO, to traditional print, direct mail and posters. Our tradigional hybrid approach is what clients need and demand today,” said Passante.

About The Halo Group
Founded in 1994, The Halo Group is a 30-employee, Manhattan-based, independent brand communications agency. Halo combines brand architecture, marketing consultation and communications services in traditional, interactive, social media and web 2.0 for its international clients. Since its founding, Halo has been honored with almost 250 creative awards, including many in international advertising agency industry competitions. For more information, visit www.thehalogroup.net.

 

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Bigmouthmedia has named the DVLAs campaign to increase the use of its online services as the Marketing Strategy of the Year at the National Business Awards

The DVLA’s campaign to increase use of its online services has been named bigmouthmedia Marketing Strategy of the Year at the National Business Awards.

Presented at a gala ceremony and Dinner which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the award recognised the DVLA’s unprecedented use of commercial tactics to promote a government service. Judges praised the agency for an innovative and successful campaign, which included giving away free low-emission cars in an online lottery.

“The DVLA’s campaign caught the public imagination and drove a massive increase in traffic to their site. It’s a classic example of how a blend of clear strategy, creativity and thinking outside the box can really deliver results,” said David Hardy, International Sales and Marketing Director at bigmouthmedia.

The DVLA managed to nudge ahead of some very stiff competition to collect the prize, with campaigns from Companies House, Lloyds TSB, Wow Stuff, Premier Inn, GD Environmental, Procter & Gamble UK, gocompare.com and Stockport Council all being nominated in this hotly contested category.

“The standard of entries was particularly high this year. Whittling them down to the final few nominations was hard enough, but in the end it was incredibly difficult to choose just one winner,” said Hardy.

The award ceremony which was hosted by Andrew Marr was attended by a number of leading and influential UK business figures, including Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex.

Collecting the award, DVLA Head of Research and Marketing Derek Hobbs added: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive this award. It’s a great boost for all the people that have worked on this campaign and provides welcome recognition for one of Britain’s biggest online services.”

About bigmouthmedia
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency. With a team of over 200 staff located across 13 offices in 10 countries on 3 continents, the company maximises exposure for major brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing channels: Search engine optimisation, PPC, Online Media Planning, Affiliate marketing, Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web Analytics. Bigmouthmedia also provides up to date daily digital marketing news to ensure clients are fully informed and aware of all industry developments.

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rVue – addressable advertising technology

Digital Out-of-Home Giant Selects RMS Networks’ Addressable Advertising Technology, Other Services for Existing Networks and Future Expansions into North America.

Swiss Neo Advertising, the leading provider and operator of Digital Out-of-Home Networks, announced today that they have chosen RMS Networks’ as the company’s U.S. affiliate. Neo Advertising plans to immediately begin utilizing rVue, RMS’ addressable advertising technology, in their existing Canadian locations, as well as future outlets located in Europe and North America.

One of Europe’s fastest growing Digital Out-of-Home groups, Neo Advertising currently operates over 50,000 screens in premier locations in Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Italy. Positioning the company for continued growth, they investigated the market’s best-in-class technology solutions and industry leaders for its next strategic relationship. Neo selected RMS Networks for its reputation, full-service capabilities and proprietary rVue technology as it eyes expansion into the United States.

“To maintain our highest standards of quality and ROI through our growth, we only choose partners who have already achieved success and respect in the competitive Out-Of-Home market,” said Benjamin Mathieu, CEO North America for Neo Advertising. “RMS Networks and their rVue technology is a perfect fit for this objective.”

Unlike other technology choices reviewed, RMS Networks’ rVue application enables outlets and advertising agencies to pull in additional advertising revenue immediately. It is a stand-alone application that can manage networks independently with drag and drop ease, or integrate with most other existing digital signage software, if desired.

“Neo Advertising has grown into one of Europe and Canada’s largest and most well-respected providers of digital signage. The industry is poised for record adoption over the next few years, and Neo is in an ideal position to capitalize on the wave,” notes Jason Kates, Founder, President and CEO of RMS Networks. “RMS is proud to work with Neo as they continue their impressive growth.”

About Neo Advertising: Neo Advertising is a global provider and operator of Digital Out Of Home networks and a leader in this industry. Neo Advertising operates 50,000 advertising screens; partners with tier-1 institutions as well as most prestigious real estate owners. Neo Advertising operates in Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Italy.

About RMS: RMS is the leading internet-based, digital media and marketing agency that develops, manages and delivers the most relevant video advertising segments to millions of consumers daily. Through rVue, RMS’ proprietary addressable advertising technology, high-traffic venues and consumers can access HD video content, create playlists and dramatically enhance the shopping experience. From its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL., RMS has served the nation’s most respected and recognizable brands including AutoNation, Blockbuster, Subway, Accenture and Advance Auto Parts – all with a simple proposition: Where ROI meets awareness. That’s RMS. Learn more at www.rmsnetworks.com.

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Bigmouthmedia, Europe’s largest independent Search Marketing Agency, has added the Italian GlobalMedia remit to its brand portfolio

Following its recent rebrand of Nordic, French and German offices, bigmouthmedia, Europe’s largest independent Search Marketing Agency has added the Italian remit to its brand portfolio.

The rebrand was unveiled at the IAB Exhibition last November where bigmouthmedia exhibited for the first time.

Chiara Zanetta MD of bigmouthmedia in Italy, responsible for driving growth and expansion under the new brand in the Milan office said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the bigmouthmedia brand in Italy. We have seen the fantastic reception the rebrand has received in France, Germany and the Nordics and know that the confident and exciting brand will be just as well received here.”

The expansion into Italy comes during an exciting year for bigmouthmedia – with the addition of Bravofly, Meridiana and Wall Street Institute to its already impressive client list. Bigmouthmedia is forging ahead retaining and expanding on its position as the leading digital marketing company in Europe.

Bigmouthmedia CEO, Steve Leach, spoke after the announcement, “Following on from the rebranding of Germany, France and the Nordics, it was the natural progression to include Italy. The growth and expansion that we have been experiencing throughout Europe has been exceptional and now with Italy also included under the bigmouthmedia banner the continuity of the brand’s expansion is clear.”

The future for bigmouthmedia sees further growth and development within its product portfolio, as well as further investment into the vertical-specific arena of Search Engine Marketing, with expansion of the agency’s expert teams in online retail, travel and finance marketing for customers including Hilton, British Airways, Experian and Barclays. In addition, further geographic footprints are in the development phase.

2007 has been a rewarding year for bigmouthmedia and its clients with a host of industry awards that include being named as a Financial Times UK Best Workplace, Media winners at the 2007 Fast Growth Business Awards, National Business Awards for Scotland as well as being short listed for four National Business Awards and an IMA Award for Media Agency of the Year.

About bigmouthmedia
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia are leaders in digital marketing, with a team of over 200 staff across 13 offices in 10 countries on 3 continents the company maximizes return and exposure for major brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing channels: Search (PPC and SEO), Online Media Planning, Affiliate Marketing, Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web Analytics.

Bigmouthmedia services big-brand customers globally including: Adidas, Hilton, British Airways, Tesco, Aer Lingus, BP, Barclays, Castrol, Conrad International, Dorling Kindersley, Early Learning Centre, easyCar, Fasthosts, Jumeirah, Kodak, Canon, Samsung, Starbucks, Top Man, Debenhams, Which?, Lacoste, Euler Hermes and Wall Street Institute.

Bigmouthmedia is a Deloitte Fast Growth winner and a 2007 FT Best Place to Work, The Company was also named the AXA Small to Medium Business of the Year at the 2006 National Business Awards, with comments from the judges including: “Successful on a global scale. Impressive, knowledgeable”, and “A real market leading service performed exceptionally well.”

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Advertisers looking to deliver Internet ad campaigns directly in the users pocket can now use the TMS ADCodes

Advertisers looking to deliver Internet ad campaigns directly in the users pocket can now use the “TMS ADCodes” service from MobiTMS a Internet Mobile Services provider. “Mobile ADS, just one click away, now with MobiTMS”.

Advertisers looking to deliver Internet ad campaigns directly in the users pocket can now use the “TMS ADCodes” service from MobiTMS a Internet Mobile Services provider.

MobiTMS offer an approach to mobile advertising as a business decision not anymore a technical challenge for ad agencies (for the development) and consumers (for the access).

After the successful launching in Asia of a NIKE/Ogilvy campaign which offered Mobile Ads videos of NBA stars (Lebron James, Kidd, Pierce, Stoudemire), MobiTMS (www.mobitms.com) the provider of “TMS” a suite of Mobile Internet Services announced the worldwide launching of its Mobile Advertising service “TMS ADCodes” which will make ad campaigns accessible to more than 500 million mobile phones, including 450 phone models operating on more than 350 wireless networks worldwide. This platform enables AD Agencies to get mobile sites, include videos, transfer RSS Feeds & well-known digital tools contents (TMS offers an automatic mobile version of blogs, Flickr albums, Twitter feed, Shozu feed…), develop mobile polls, create the linked TMS 2D barcode and follow the campaign statistics in real time on-line.

The service opens a way to launch mobile Internet campaigns over GPRS, 3G or WIFI networks and offers a user friendly access with just one mobile scan on a TMS barcode incorporated on print ads or on a web site.

About MobiTMS
MobiTMS (http://mobitms.com) is the provider of the wireless “TMS” suite of Internet Mobile Services – a “SMS 2.0” company – which allows consumers to Access, Surf and/or Buy contents or products with mobile phones in 1 sequence. TMS is “SIM card OPEN” and can be used everywhere in the world. The TMS Platform associates a new generation of tools: an international standard 2D barcode platform (which can generate QR, EZ, Datamatrix codes), a mobile contents management platform (Mobile reader of RSS feeds and web blogs), a Mobile Payment solution (with real time mobile billing, Telco independent) and a Payback program (which allows a user to win money for his TMS wallet after he has watched mobile Ads). MobiTMS offers the TMS services: “TMS Factory” and “TMS Mobile Payworld” to the Mobile Internet user community via its Web & Wap Portal “TMS Republic” (www.tmsrepublic.com). And the TMS solution (TMS ADCodes & TMS MediaCodes) to worldwide partners from Advertising & Media linked to I.C.E (Information, Communication, Entertainment) businesses

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Search engine marketers discuss a variety of methods to raise website awareness and rankings within search engines

Flooding web pages with keywords is not only user-unfriendly; it’s also a waste of time. That was the message Search Engine Marketers William Leake and Kelly Meacham had for attendees of the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Panel discussion “Making SEO and Usability Work Together.”

“When it comes to natural search results it’s really just a robot analyzing the HTML of a site, with external and internal links being much more important than the text on the page,” said Leake, CEO and President of Apogee Search. Both Leake and Meacham expressed the need for website content to be tailored to the user and not the search engine. “Keeping users engaged, ultimately keeps them satisfied,” Meacham added. “If a site is full of jargon serving as keyword density, a user’s interest and/or sales are lost.”

The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of panels, keynote discussions, trade show and exhibition events. The wide variety of programming offered at SXSW Interactive in addition to the presence of SXSW Film and SXSW Music helps make it a completely original event. Together, Leake, and Meacham, have over two decades of SEO, web marketing, and website usability experience; and were happy to share their know-how to a room-overflowing crowd of 200+ people.

Attendance at the “Making SEO and Usability Work Together” power session was standing room only despite rainy weather conditions that dampened overall attendance that day. This impressive turnout reflects the intensity of interest in search engine marketing, as almost 90% of all websites are initially found through search engines. For those that missed the session, the SXSW website (www.sxsw.com) will be adding a podcast of the session in the near future.

As for better search engine optimization Leake stressed the importance of putting keywords within a website’s title tags and letting in-bound links serve as the main bait for the algorithm robots. He explained this strategy by saying, “Google’s search algorithms are constantly changing, and keyword density is only a small portion – typically no more than six percent — of what drives those algorithm. Therefore, the most sure-fire way to keep up with their changing patterns is to always have a wide variety of outside sites linked to your site.” Afterwards Leake closed the session by saying, “A proper site is one designed for humans and not robots. So if you want it to rank high and still be user-friendly, write fluidly and link constantly.”

About Apogee Search
Apogee Search is a search engine marketing firm based in Austin TX, and was founded by early internet pioneers and McKinsey & Co. alumni. Since its inception in 2001, Apogee Search has rapidly grown to become the pre-eminent SEM agency in Texas. Focusing on a variety of search marketing methods that include: Paid Search (PPC), Natural Search (SEO), Affiliate Marketing, and Pay-Per-Call, Apogee Search’s solutions are designed to drive qualified, targeted visitors to B2B and B2C websites for more leads, customers, revenues and profits.

About Expero Inc.
Expero Inc is a website design, usability, and content development firm creating user experience solutions for software products and websites. Unlike traditional design and usability firms, which have a single point of expertise and focus on a portion of the user experience problem, Expero provides a user experience solution that strives to create a user-driven website on target with the needs and expectations of the client’s audience.

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Welcome to EPR Advertising News

EPR Advertising News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the advertising news and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

EPR Network has thousands of clients around the world including global 500 corporations like Hilton Hotels, Barclays Bank, AXA Insurance, Tesco UK, eBay/Skype, Emirates, just to name a few. The network’s PR web sites are currently reaching from 150,000 to sometimes 500,000 unique visitors per month while our viral reach could possibly go to as much as 1M people per month through our presence across various social media sites. EPR Network was established in 2004 and as of May 2008 it had more than 800,000 press releases (pages) published on its network.

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