Online marketing

Local SEO: how local search engine optimization works

Small and medium-sized companies are often hesitant about taking their first steps into the world of online business: the competition is too big, they don’t have enough online experience, etc. Even if you’ve decided against selling online and have instead chosen to go for brick and mortar trade, you still can’t afford to neglect online marketing. An increasing number of people go online to look for shopping possibilities in their region. If your company doesn’t rank highly in the local search results, you could lose potential customers. Local SEO helps to prevent this from happening. [...]  

Google search results: the evolution of the SERPs

Google has more or less shaped the way that we search for things online. The undisputed market leader among search engines has consistently found new features and functions to simplify and speed up the methods we use to find web pages and information on the internet. Since the foundation of the Google search back in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s internet giant has consistently kept things moving – giving both users and marketers alike food for thought. [...]  

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone industry with the help of its many partners. Google offers more than just a mere mobile search, the company provides personal digital assistance on smartphones designed to help users organize their day-to-day life, get from A to B, and always stay on up to date with the things that matter. [...]  

Advertorials – The king of native advertising

Native advertising is the new buzzword in marketing. But not everyone correctly understands how advertorials and other native advertising work. Advertorials should not be confused with flat advertisements: As an advertiser, you have to stick to certain game rules. An advertorial should not only fit in with its editorial environment, but also needs to lay all its cards on the table – Two words: Labelling requirements. We answer all lingering questions in our guide. [...]  

Buying followers: is it worth the investment?

Fans, followers and likes – these are the currency of social media. But building an active and loyal following on Facebook, Instagram, etc. isn’t always easy - huge competition means it can be hard to attract people to your page. For that reason, buying followers and likes can seem an enticing option. Unfortunately it’s one which rarely proves to be the key to long-term success. [...]  

Instagram stories vs. Snapchat stories: is Instagram Snapchat’s biggest competition?

When comparing ‘My Story’ by Snapchat with Instagram’s new story feature, several similarities immediately become apparent. With the addition of stories, Instagram has extended its range of functions to include a clone of Snapchat's signature feature. But they didn’t stop there: Instagram has swiped a whole host of features from Snapchat in order to establish itself firmly as the largest competitor to Snapchat. [...]  

How to get Instagram followers – our top tips

Facebook’s subsidiary Instagram is growing in interest for companies. Considering it now has over 500 million registered users worldwide, it’s not hard to see why. Instagram gives the general public a unique look into the lives of their favorite celebrities: you too can offer users a chance to get closer to your business, by uploading original photos, graphics, and video clips. So how do you get more Instagram followers? We’ll show you with our collection of Instagram tips. [...]  

Augmented Reality: how Pikachu helps e-commerce

Augmented reality is considered to be the marketing trend of the future. And it’s true that this new technology really does build a bridge between the tactile and virtual worlds, a fact that offers enormous opportunities for both businesses and marketers. This is due to the fact that augmented reality means expanding and changing one’s perception of reality, and this applies to the e-commerce realm as well. Find out more here on how this industry stands to profit from the exciting developments most recently popularized by the likes of Pokémon Go. [...]  

SEO ranking factors 2016: the Searchmetrics study at a glance

With the annual correlation study on the topic of ranking factors, Searchmetrics has been taking care of the SEO sector since 2012. The prominent search and content performance platform also presents the most important findings each year in Google rankings – this comes in the form of general ranking factors and rank correlations. We have summarized the key learning points of the 2016 study for you. Considerable changers are afoot in how google operates. [...]  

What effect does banner blindness have on online marketing?

Advertising banners, pop-ups, and similar ad formats are not popular within the internet community. The user consciously as well as unconsciously ignores this kind of advertisement while surfing the web with more and more internet-savviness, as well as being increasingly wary of untrustworthy fake dialog boxes. This phenomenon is known as 'banner blindness', which was identified by Benway and Lane is 1998. [...]  

The 1&1 Guide to Online Marketing: tips and expertise for all

There are many options and strategies for marketing content, products, and services online. In addition to traditional outlets (like banners or videos), e-commerce also lends itself particularly well to generating customer attention: methods like search engine, affiliate, and social media marketing are all part and parcel of a good online marketing mix. In our guide on the topic, we’ve compiled important information on the basics of online marketing and have also included plenty of expert-level tips.

Who should use our Online Marketing Guide?

From beginners to experienced professionals, this guide offers individuals of all competency levels relevant tips for successful online marketing. And online marketing basics are just as much a part of this guide as expert-level topics (‘Cloaking–an SEO blackout’ or ‘Canvas fingerprinting–web tracking without Cookies’). Readers looking to set up e-commerce platforms or become online marketers stand to gain a lot with this content. Small and midsized companies aiming to enter the online market or expand their marketing skills will also find useful resources here (e.g. ‘Creating a business plan for your online store’, ‘8 tips for successful online store marketing’, or ‘Successful social media marketing’).

How the guide is structured

The articles are divided into four different subcategories. Under ‘Online sales’, you’ll find texts on how to construct and operate an online shop. In addition to the fundamentals of online marketing, there’s a lot of information on how to upgrade your web store located in this section. The subcategory, ‘Social media’ provides tips on how to win over customers and create campaigns within today’s conventional social media networks. Here, you can find out how to execute different strategies in varying levels of complexity. Under the keyword, ‘Social media marketing’, there are articles on search engine optimization (SEO), search engine advertising (SEA) as well as useful online marketing tips for relevant tools and techniques. The fourth and final subcategory, ‘Web analytics’, covers different approaches and tools for gathering data on visitor behavior and how to create web statistics (e.g. with Google Analytics). 1&1’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing. 

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