It’s not unheard of, in the early stages of a conversation with a prospective client, to find myself answering the question: “How much does social media cost?” Most of us expect to use social media for free. Of course there are exceptions, such as premium accounts on LinkedIn and the trend towards paid amplification becoming the norm. By and large, however, the barrier to entry in social media isn’t the cost of the tools themselves, but the resources that are … Continue reading
Did you ever hear the story about the SEO who tried to optimize the entire internet? She worked feverishly, day in and day out, website by website, working towards creating an internet optimized to perfection. Everyday she worked, but everyday more websites kept popping up. She simply couldn’t keep up, so she devised a plan – a plan to get designers and developers involved. Slowly, she taught them the ways of SEO, CRO and social integration and they quickly picked up on … Continue reading
By now you can’t go anywhere without hearing something about the #IceBucketChallenge – it’s on the TV, it’s in newspapers, and it’s definitely on your Facebook and Instagram news feeds. Everyone, from athletes and celebs, to politicians and executives are taking part in the mega-viral social media phenomenon to help bring awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Maybe even you have participated yourself, heck I did. The idea of challenging someone in the name … Continue reading
The Hudson Valley’s Uptown Kingston neighborhood experienced an exciting and wonderful day this month! A well-established digital marketing organization that services national and international clients cut the ribbon at its new, creatively-designed space, sharing the festivities with government officials and regional dignitaries. It was a milestone for all of #usDragons – because the organization was OURS! DragonSearch officially opened its new office at what was formerly the Ertel Building, and now renamed the DragonSearch Building, at 8 N. Front Street. … Continue reading
YOU Control the Keyword Tool Back for Part 3 in the series on Keyword research. In Part 1, we explored the history of SEO keyword research and what are considered best practices for 2014. Continuing in Part 2, we went through the nuts and bolts of using the Google AdWords Keyword Planner Tool. For those following the series – now that you have some hands on experience with the functionality of this tool – we can take a step back … Continue reading
Change. It’s not something easily accepted by many. Status quo. Stability. Constants. All of these give us a familiarity that many find preferable to the chaos change can bring. But what about when change is necessary? That’s what we are dealing with, happily, at DragonSearch as growth has given us an opportunity to expand into a new office today. The move puts us in new surroundings with new sights, sounds and neighbors. I’m already seeing that many habits of mine … Continue reading
Face-lift, makeover & remodel – sounds like the description for a show on HGTV, right? Well the same can be said for LinkedIn, which has been undergoing a lot of “home improvement” renovations over the last thirty days.
My colleague Jason White recently wrote a blog post about client-agency relationships. In it, he gave tips for what agencies can do to gain the trust of their clients. Great stuff! It’s been my experience, having spent time on both on the agency and on the client side, that how clients manage their agencies is just as important to the long-term health of their business as how the agencies perform their duties.
My experience of being a Dragon Intern has been really fantastic and I have already catalogued some of what I have learned. As I finish a full year in this office, I wanted to share my experience and advice for other interns, both here at DragonSearch and elsewhere.
Since making the jump from in-house to agency marketer, I have been fascinated by the intricacies of client, agency and team member relationships. As a Project Manager and Director of SEO, I am responsible for both client retention and the growth of the department. It is essential to my success, and ultimately the success of DragonSearch, to deliver superb work that extends beyond my client’s established goals, project after project, day after day. The sometimes misguided practices of the minority … Continue reading
Finding Customers in the Decade of Mobile Video Interview with Cindy Krum, CEO of Mobile Moxie No longer in the “Year of Mobile,” us marketers are deep in the midst of what Cindy Krum, CEO of Mobile Moxie, describes as “the Decade of Mobile.” The fact is, mobile is here, it has been here, and it’s here to stay. Marketers, brands and consumers are still reacting to this new landscape and #usDragons were fortunate to have Cindy join us for … Continue reading
The Role & Importance of Content, SEO, CTA, Conversions and Analytics – Part 2 In The Role & Importance of SEO, Branding, Content Usability and Beyond Part 1, we reviewed the importance of selecting a brand name and defining your brand voice and personality. In Part 2, we dig into website content, blogging, setting up conversion tracking and more.
How many of us have considered that the simple act of brushing our teeth is what primarily gets the cleaning done? We squeeze that paste onto our brush at least twice a day without even thinking about it… it has become habit. That is just what Claude C. Hopkins intended when he began marketing Pepsodent.