5 Things To Know: Google’s Crackdown On Mobile Pop-Ups

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Websites with mobile pop-up ads will not be ranking as highly when the changes go into effect, starting January 10, 2017, Google announced this week.

The world’s largest search engine announced a change to its algorithm this week that affects mobile user experience – and how sites are treated and ranked. Google will be cracking down on what it call “interstitials” or mobile pop-up ads, as we know them.

What Google Says

According to Google’s official announcement, these pop-up ads provide a poor mobile user experience:

“Pages that show intrusive interstitials provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible,” Google’s official announcement states. “This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.

How Does Google Determine What Is A ‘Poor’ Experience?

Google clearly defined how sites can violate this new amendment to the algorithm:mobile pop-ups Google

  • “Showing a popup that covers the main content, either immediately after the user navigates to a page from the search results, or while they are looking through the page.
  • Displaying a standalone interstitial that the user has to dismiss before accessing the main content.
  • Using a layout where the above-the-fold portion of the page appears similar to a standalone interstitial, but the original content has been inlined underneath the fold.”

Who Is Affected By Google’s New Attitude To Mobile Pop-Ups?

This change in Google’s algorithm will primarily affect companies that make money off pop-up advertisement revenue.

These companies face a critical dilemma: Rank or profit. Taking a ranking hit on mobile can eviscerate numerous companies out there. A rising 51% of all digital traffic is viewed on a mobile device, according to the 2015 Internet Trends report. That same report indicated that 42% of all digital content is consumed on desktop. Trends suggest that number will continue to decrease.

5 Lessons We Learn From This Change In Google’s Algorithm

  • Don’t rely on ad revenue from mobile pop-ups
  • Prioritize user experience. Google’s latest updates emphasize UX and it’s been clear that they always put searchers first.
  • Stick to a SEO plan and grow your business with organically-sourced leads.
  • Gate your content behind a landing page instead and bring them to it via Google AdWords.
  • Most of all, provide something special and valuable to users. They’ll never engage unless it provides some sort of value to them.

What are your thoughts about Google’s announcement? Leave a comment below.

Why Dentists Should Blog

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Blogging is an important element in an effective strategy to grow a business online. It’s the practise of communicating stories and information to your audience about or related to your business.

Blogging might sound really informal and not something a dentist would want to do – but put simply, this is all about creating content to answer questions your clients and potential clients would be interested in.

The field of dentistry is unique. At the click of a button, one can find information about solutions for any kind of mouth-related ailment or symptom.

Consider this search for “How to treat sensitive teeth”.

Notice that Google Answers has a pull-out of quick information from the Mayo Clinic? Google has determined the Mayo Clinic to be a reputable source that can provide a near-perfect answer to the query. This is thanks to them fulfilling many of Google’s 200 ranking factors, which we’ll talk about later in this post.

The first organic listing is from Colgate. Both Mayo Clinic and Colgate are reputable in Google’s eyes and they have another big thing in common: They both blog regularly! You’ll soon find out that publishing content regularly is critical to doing well in search engines.

I’ve done a lot of blogging and content marketing work for dentists. Heck, our entire ElementIQ team has! We know that dental blogging works and we know HOW it should work.

In this blog post, I’ll talk about why dentists should blog and what kind of benefits you’ll see if you invest enough time.

Patients Research Before Making Decisions

Patients rely on their family dentist for sound dental advice. Think about the process: If there’s a problem, the dentist diagnoses it. They suggest options to fix the problem and communicate these options with the patient.

Now, that hasn’t changed over time. BUT, who people get information from and how they do it has varied. These days, when you need a dental implant, patients do their research. They type their question into Google and dig deep for some answers.

Dental practices should educate with their blog-writing. That’s the goal. Your dentists and associates already do this in-person. The next step is to use that advice and education as a marketing tool. One of the best ways to do this is with fleshed out, optimized-for-web, blog posts.

Pro-Tip: How To Know When A Patient Wants To Get Work Done On Their Teeth…

When someone wants information, they’ll type a keyword into Google. However, when someone wants a place to get a service done, they’ll type that same keyword and a location (city) beside it. (Example: dental implants Vancouver).cosmetic dentistry vancouver Google Search

Typing a location implies you want to find a place where a service is done or offered at.

Do People Still Read Blogs?

I’ve heard business owners question whether people read blogs anymore. The terms “blog” and “blog posts” are synonyms. Blogs are places for content and blog posts are the articles themselves.

That article you read on Huffington Post about the “Top Yogurt-Related Tweets” – that is a blog post. If you read a post on the “10 Things You Can Do With Bacon”, that too is a blog post.

So people may not go to a blog to get information but they do get information from blog posts.

Patients Like Hearing ‘Inside’ Knowledge (From Dentists)

Dentists should be personable, in-person and in writing. There’s value to this in your writing. People like receiving ‘inside’ knowledge. It’s as if the dentist is talking to you

Of course, no blog post is a substitute for a dentist appointment or for direct advice from a dentist. Blog posts should answer patient questions. Dentists can reveal uncommon information such as process and costs in their blog posts.

It’s clear that blogging has plenty of benefits for patients. So what’s in it for dentists and dental offices? For starters, it builds trust. Patients will see you as an authority when you answer their questions. People like receiving candid information.

Furthermore, blogging builds up your website authority in Google’s eyes.

Google Likes Blogging

As digital marketers, we know that Google loves publishers. It rewards fresh content and recognizes those who are authorities in any industry.

Google wants to serve people with the most relevant search results possible. They’ve determined what factors impact relevancy. How you rank in search results depends on over 200 factors!

For you publishing dentists out there, content freshness is high on the list. If you blog and blog well, you’ll get lots of organic visits to your website. This means people type in a query, a result from your website shows up and they click-through.

If you’re a dentist and you’re not blogging or blogging, you’re missing out. You’re missing out on improving keyword rankings for your business. You’re missing out on increasing organic visits to your website. Most of all, you’re missing out on opportunities to get new patients.

Starting (Your Dental Blog) Is The Hardest Part

If you’re a business owner or marketer and you’ve decided to start blogging, what’s the first thought that comes to mind? I’ve found that it’s “what do I write about?”

Here’s my first piece advice: Don’t think about the topics before you think about your customers and what they care about.

Good blogging starts with knowing what your patients and customers are curious about. In your dental office, it’ll be important to have whoever handles content strategy and writing to communicate with the dentists, associates, and dental assistants. These 3 groups of people will be your library for topics.

Above all? Patients ask you questions every day! So note down what you’re constantly asked, and start from there.

Got any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below!

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Donald Trump’s Social Media Presence

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I’d like to make it clear that our office is a Trump-Free zone…most of the time.

What I mean is that a good part of our daily office banter is usually directed towards making fun of Trump’s latest tweet or inflammatory rhetoric. It’s perfect ‘watercooler’ talk.

Although we’re terrified at the thought of him becoming President of the United States, there’s one department in which I have to hand it to the guy—his social media game is on point (with some exceptions)!

Before we continue, I should mention that we do not condone Donald Trump’s scapegoating, race-baiting remarks over the course of the last few years. This post solely looks at how he’s been utilizing social media.

In taking a gander through some of his latest tweets and social media tactics, I’ve come up with an (albeit embarrassing) list of lessons that we can learn from Donald Trump’s social media accounts.

I’ve even got some tips for you on how to be better at social, learning from what The Donald has done.

1. Authenticity ‘Trumps’ All

While it’s been reported that Donald Trump has had a few Digital Strategy advisors and social media employees, word is that HE is the sole person behind most of his own tweets (why am I not surprised?).

His lead Digital Strategist Justin McConney says Trump usually exercises his Twitter fingers in the evening, when most of his staff has left for the day. He knows his followers want pure, unadulterated Donald—and that’s what he gives them.

Consider this eye-opening detail spotted by Todd Vaziri:

You can tell who is tweeting based on trends of the device used! Trump’s hyperbolic tweets come from The Donald via his Android. His more ‘PC’ tweets come from his staff via an iPhone. This is an incredible trend to pick up on.

Authenticity is great for brands on social media. How one is perceived is a huge motivating factor for the public. Many people now base their buying decision on their relationship with the brand, rather than their need for a specific product.

Let’s Dissect Trump’s Content

Even from within his tweets, you can see the true authenticity of Trump. He LOVES using exclamation marks. In the 10 tweets prior to August 16, 2016, 6 of them concluded with an exclamation mark. That actually reminded the ElementIQ team of this:

He loves ending his tweets with a one-word adjective like “Sad”.

Sometimes he concludes his tweets with a multiple word reaction of what he says prior to it. Here’s an example using ‘Very dangerous!’:

That said, even the most authentic and big brands should be consulting with experts to make sure their messaging is strategic and well thought-out. While Trump’s after-hours rants make for great headline-news stories the next day, heated Twitter rants likely won’t get you the type of publicity you’ll want.

In this regard, Trump is in a league of his own. Anything he does makes headlines thus getting him media coverage for free. Some would argue that this is a good thing for him, whether the headlines are positive or not.

2. Know Your Buyer Persona – Enraged Conservative Republicans

A buyer persona is a fictional representation of your ideal customer. In order to get the most out of your marketing dollars, you’ll want to know figure out who that customer base is and what they want.

In marketing, we talk about these buyer personas all the time. They form the basis of who you want to target with your strategy. For his presidential run, Donald Trump’s henchmen did the same.

Trump’s advisors reported listening to thousands of hours of conservative talk radio to learn about the kinds of issues conservative voters were most worried about.

Trump has since been using this information about his buyer personas to inform his presidential campaign strategy. He capitalizes on their fears, aspirations and pain points by speaking directly to them. He amplifies the ‘dire consequences’ of these issues not being solved or dealt with.

Here is an example:

Having this kind of intel on your target market can be a tremendous benefit to your brand if you use the information the right way. In Trump’s case, we like how he acknowledges pain points such as fear of terrorism and his solutions (“I would hit them so hard…”)

Here’s the thing, though. If you’re going to be making promises you should make sure that you’re able to deliver or else you’re in for a big public relations nightmare.

For the sake of our southern neighbours, we hope we never have to find out if Trump is able to deliver all the things he’s promised so far during his presidential campaign.

3. Make Use Of A Variety Of Social Media Networks

Trump already had an online following before he joined the presidential election and is relatively popular on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. With his presidential campaign now in full-swing, you can now see Trump on Instagram, Vine, and Periscope—he used the latter to announce his candidacy for president!

Pushing his content out on so many different platforms not only reaps tremendous engagement, but it helps with brand recognition.

Here’s his popular, yet controversial Facebook post on Cinco De Mayo:

Certain social media profiles resonate better with specific demographic groups. Okay, maybe not with Latino and Latina-Americans! Yet, Trump is not only hitting specific demographics within the conservative base but hitting them all at the right time. He’s doing this by experimenting with a wide range of social networks during real-time events.

Here’s where he falls short though—he doesn’t stay active on all of these platforms.

Being active and posting relevant content on a variety of social media platforms generally result in better rankings, brand awareness, and more website traffic.

Now, Trump’s celebrity and the fact that he’s the Republican nominee for President will ensure that he achieves these things anyways.

However, for the up-and-coming marketer or entrepreneur, allowing your social pages to go stale after your initial update definitely won’t do you any favors.

4. Keep A Pulse On What’s Trending

Donald Trump has admitted that he is not a politician…as if we needed any convincing! Now that he is playing the role of one, however, part of his social strategy has been to comment and live-tweet events.

Trump doesn’t just live-tweet political events like President Obama’s State of the Union speech, as you can see from above. He also shares his minute-by-minute thoughts on awards shows and television events like the Oscars, Celebrity Apprentice and an episode of Saturday Night Live that he was featured in.

We acknowledge Trump’s enthusiasm in being involved in these public events. While he certainly “shows up”, his commentary is often void of real facts. It’s riddled with crass and hatred-filled rhetoric and this is definitely not an ideal or useful tactic for regular people.

So, we say go ahead and participate in public conversations about world events. It gives you a chance to reach many people at once. In some cases, it can make you become a thought leader on trending conversations.

Just remember to keep your comments factual! Plus, avoid being a bigoted, racist bully and you should be fine!

5. Eye On The Competition – ‘Crooked Hillary’ And ‘Lyin’ Ted’

‘The Donald’ is in the loop with what his political opponents are doing and he uses this information to hit them where it hurts.

He gives them unappealing nicknames based on their personalities, media stories and political agendas.

“Crooked” Hillary Clinton got her moniker as a result of the FBI probe into her emails and questions about donors to her foundation.

Trump bestowed the nickname “Little” Marco Rubio upon Rubio in an attempt to, obviously, belittle him and Ted Cruz was given the name “Lyin” Ted Cruz during an argument at the Republican debate because Ted Cruz was allegedly untruthful.

While having competition intelligence can do you wonders for your own brand, we don’t condone bullying or mocking your competitors.

Recently, Michelle Obama delivered a very powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in which she said:
“The issues a president faces are not black and white, and cannot be boiled down into 140 characters.”

While Obama never mentions his name, we know that this is a criticism of Donald Trump and his use of social media, specifically his habit of tweeting his opinions about complex and delicate subject matter.

Given her eloquent and clever verbiage, we are able to determine exactly who and what it is she’s talking about without the use of any insults or low blows on her part.

What this took:

  • A good copywriter (or speechwriter)
  • Some creativity
  • A thorough review of your competition and the strategies they employ

This can help you identify and display your own opportunities. You can then share your unique selling points (USPs) without explicitly exploiting your competition’s weaknesses.

The Numbers Don’t Lie – Donald Trump Is Making An Impact, Good Or Bad

Trump’s social media follower count:

And while we don’t mind giving this presidential hopeful some props, we wouldn’t advise anyone to mimic his actions completely!

Tempestuous tweets and outbursts work for “The Donald”, but like we said earlier, he’s a special case.

For the average marketer, a social media campaign’s end goal should not just be just the amount of social shares and press you garner.

If you execute your social campaign based on truthfulness and authenticity, you’ll connect well with the audience you desire to.

With a thorough analysis of the buyer persona you’re targeting, as Trump did so well, you’ll discover the social channels that evoke trust and resonate with the people who you’ve set out to engage with.

Thanks for reading. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! What’s your take on Donald Trump’s use of social media marketing?