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Got These 3, Key Communication Tools?

We all know that communicating with your associates, customers and team members is a key to success, but with taxes, events, monthly meetings, and everything else going on at your organization right now, your communications efforts may be lagging. Here are three, key questions to ask yourself to help stay on track with your business [...]

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Does Your Brand Have Curb Appeal?

The truth about branding – (a brief confession) Deep down in my heart of hearts I carry a dirty secret about branding — it’s all a facade! And I mean that in best and worst sense of the word. On one level, branding is completely made up, a construct – an image in the collective [...]

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How is Your Website Doing So Far This Year?

February is already here, and it’s time to see how your Website is doing so far this year. If they are not going well… Find out what is happening. Is site traffic down because you have broken links? Perhaps, your target-market wants different copy? Look at your analytics and find out what is going on. [...]

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Come on… are SEO press releases necessary?

Today’s technology allows small businesses to build awareness online cost-effectively. Traditional public relations (PR) activities such as developing story ideas, talking to media members and promoting various events are important. But if you are not combining these activities with technological advancements, you are missing out on excellent opportunities to build buzz and increase sales. You [...]

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Pet Product Inventors now have access to the Worlds Largest Pet Tradeshow

The Global Pet Expo is the world’s largest annual pet product show. Every year, it attracts attendees from leading retail chains, pet superstores, mass-market retailers, distributors, wholesalers and independent retailers. The 2012 Show featured 835 exhibitors, 2,487 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 5,011 pet product buyers from around the world attended. For [...]

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3 Telling Signs to Hire the Right, IT Team Members

Do you know what to look for? You just went through a mound of résumés, searched the Internet and have reduced your list of IT candidates down to a reasonable amount. Now, the fun really begins with in-person interviews. And if you are new to hiring technology people, or just want to make sure you [...]

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What Do New Visitors Think of Your Website?

Find out!

When new people visit your Website, what’s the first thing they see and click on? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out.

Check your Google Analytics and see what is going on. This is important. Why? While you may think you have a great Website packed with information for your customers and just the right search engine optimization (SEO) keywords, new site visitors may think otherwise. Take a look your Website pages to see where visitors spend the most time. If your top pages are not pulling in traffic, you have some work to do.

Here are a few suggestions…

· What do your customers want?

Which pages do your site visitors click on most? Why do you think that is? This information can tell you a lot about what your customers are looking for and whether or not you provide it.

If you have no idea why your customers are looking at some pages more than others, ask them. Run a quick survey on your site to see what kind of information they are most interested in viewing. If you don’t want to run a survey, start adding SEO content based on the topics posted on your most popular pages. Then, review the results.

· Is your site just about you?

You may think your Website is fantastic – because it talks about how great your products and services are, your background and expertise and your media clips. But what’s in it for your customers? If you are focusing on features rather than the benefits you offer, you are going to lose business to the competition.

Review each page of your site and change the SEO copy so you are focusing on how your products and services help customers solve their problems.

· What SEO keywords are you using?

While it’s important to conduct extensive research to discover what keywords your targeted audience is actually looking for, don’t forget common-sense terms. If you were a customer, what terms would you type into the search engines to find your products and services?

While SEO keyword research is essential, don’t forget to think about the key terms that are simple and come to mind first.

Stop and Look at Your SEO Copy.

As I tell my clients, SEO copywriting is an ongoing process. If you want to build online awareness and bring in sales, take the time to review your site analytics and conduct SEO keyword research. Then, it’s essential to write copy that provides valuable information to potential customers while including the right SEO keywords, placement and coding. And once your Website is up and running, your SEO processes need to be monitored regularly. This way, you can make changes to bring in better results.

SEO is a powerful tool to increase sales cost-effectively. But if you don’t use it the right way, you’ll waste valuable resources while the competition steals your customers!

What is happening with your SEO right now? If you don’t know, please contact me below or at www.rembrandtwrites.com.

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Find out! When new people visit your Website, what’s the first thing they see and click on? If you don’t know, it’s time to find out. Check your Google Analytics and see what is going on. This is important. Why? While you may think you have a great Website packed with information for your customers [...]

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How to Pick the Right Technology

Get what you really need to succeed If I didn’t have spam filters in place, I would be inundated with e-mail messages about the latest technology tools, software and services. It’s bad enough as it is with phone calls and snail mail. How about you? Are you overwhelmed with tech information that will supposedly solve [...]

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Stop Your SEO Resolution Now!

What are you thinking? Did you make a New Year’s Resolution for your search engine optimization (SEO) activities? If so, why? We all know that the chances of keeping a resolution are slim. Instead, why not make SEO goals for the year? By setting goals, you can plan specific activities and timelines to actually make [...]

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Technicians, Move Ahead in Your Organization

Stop the Status Quo and Take Action Now! If you are a tech specialist and stuck behind your desk whenever the big, boardroom meetings happen, it may feel like your career is at a standstill and you are not taken seriously. If this sounds familiar, have you done anything to move out of your current [...]

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Why is SEO Content King?

You’ve probably heard the statement a lot these days that “content is king.” Well, you may not know exactly what this means. Basically, your customers want valuable content. They want to know what you have to offer them. At the same time, the search engines realize this and look for valuable content on your site. [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight – Indoor Plant Duster

Many people list among their “New Year’s Resolutions” a pledge to keep a tidier house…to address those crevices and cobwebs that might get overlooked by the kids doing their Saturday chores…to impress their visitors with sparkling, clean surfaces.  Well here’s an invention that makes it a cinch to wash away surface dust and grime on [...]

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Media Interview Tips for Tech Experts

Why do you have to talk to the press? If you want to increase awareness without paying for advertising, your business is probably involved in public relations, or getting noticed by the press. When the right publications talk about your products and services, you can see sales increase dramatically. But for tech people, this can [...]

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Too Much Work and No Time?

It’s that time of year when things are crazy. You are probably slammed at work trying to finish year-end projects while preparing for the holidays. But don’t let all of your work get in the way of enjoying this special time of year. To enjoy the holiday season more, here are a few tips… •    [...]

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Inventors: UIA & Mark Reyland driving positive change in the invention industry.

For independent inventors, navigating the invention process can often times be a scary and difficult challenge. Knowing where to turn and the steps to take to drive an idea through to commercialization is not always easy for inventors.

One organization with a mission to educate and help inventors is the United Inventors Association (UIA). The UIA offers a multitude of free benefits for inventors in need of invention help and is continually striving to develop improvements and positive change in the invention industry. Originally founded as an extension of the USPTO over 20 years ago, the UIA is a great organization to join for all inventors.

For information on joining the UIA – www.uiausa.org.

The driving force behind the UIA is the UIA’s Executive Director, Mark Reyland. Mark is a serial entrepreneur with a long career in product development and inventing stemming back to his early days in the United States Air Force and National Security Agency.

Since joining the UIA, Mark has worked tirelessly and passionately for the benefit of the inventor community. Mark’s commitment to helping inventors leads to a regular 60 to 80 hour work week, spending upwards of 200 days a year traveling between inventor clubs, Washington DC (where he leads the UIA effort to strengthen inventor protection legislation and enforcement), meetings and trade shows.

Through Mark’s leadership, the UIA has developed a supportive program for 100+ UIA certified inventor clubs around the country where real inventors meet monthly. The UIA supplies the clubs with professional speakers as well as Skype kits to allow speakers to present long distance. In addition, Mark travels to over 30 clubs each year to personally thank the club leadership and to educate on available tools and efforts taking place on their behalf at the national level.

The UIA has also developed a strong national trade show support program offering Inventor Showcase and educational programs at industry trade shows. The UIA hosts the National Hardware Show’s Inventor Spotlight Pavilion, PGA Merchandise Show and International Housewares Shows and has several more national tradeshows on tap for 2013.

If your company would like to become a professional corporate member of the UIA please visit www.uiausa.org.

For more information visit:

http://markreyland.wordpress.com

http://inventionhome.com/2012/12/06/how-the-uia-mark-reyland-are-helping-the-invention-industry/

www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Mark/Reyland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXe3BB4y2DY

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For independent inventors, navigating the invention process can often times be a scary and difficult challenge. Knowing where to turn and the steps to take to drive an idea through to commercialization is not always easy for inventors. One organization with a mission to educate and help inventors is the United Inventors Association (UIA). The [...]

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Got Organic SEO?

Organic SEO Offers a Competitive Advantage People often ask me to set up their SEO pay-per-click advertising strategies and campaigns. But one of the first things I ask is… What about organic SEO? Organic search engine optimization (SEO) is when you get a lot of people to visit your site without paying for advertising. However, [...]

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Is This on Your Year-End, IT Checklist?

It’s time to get ready for 2013! The craziness of Cyber Monday is over, and now comes the holiday rush. With everything that’s going on in your organization, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on some important, year-end activities. Here are a few reminders to help your IT team stay on [...]

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Maximizing Retail Store Sales This Holiday Season!

For many retail store owners, learning how to convert those window shoppers into buyers can be a daunting task! It’s not just about having great merchandise and a friendly smile. You must be able to generate sales regularly and turn inventory in order to be profitable and successful.  Holiday time is also one of the [...]

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