Internet Advertising has a new threat. No, this threat is not from the black hats, neither is it from a new updates of the search engines. This threat comes directly from the very users which Internet Advertising target (or at least the cheeky ones). These are the very funny, very witty (but from the brand’s point of view, very unwanted) Trolls. Trolling has the capability to hit your ad so hard that it becomes a major task to proofread it against any such possibility.
A troll is any internet user who comments or modifies any posting on the internet (including ad campaigns) with an intention to cause disruption or sabotage the post. A troll usually finds loopholes in the graphics or the ad copy and wrecks havoc with slight modifications or by pointing out the discrepancy with their comments and re-tweets. The way to prevent them from doing so is to ensure that the copies and design do not resemble anything which is offensive or defeats the purpose of the campaign. Campaigns which are highly localized should also take the local anecdotes and customs into consideration. For example, an Internet Advertising Campaign, using a series of images and targeting the Middle East, should be careful as Arabic, the prevalent language there, is read from the right to left.
The trolls have increased the importance and scope of proofreading. The leading Internet Advertising Agencies take special care on this front. A trolled ad campaign often tends to be a complete disaster as it usually gains more popularity than the original ad itself.
SMO (Social Media Optimization) has become an important source of increasing one’s website traffic. With the increasing popularity of Social Media Platforms and the high amount of time that people spend there, ignoring such platforms is a big blunder. Since engaging users in the website is as important as its rank in the SERP, Social Media Platforms have a vital role to play.
The ways of pulling traffic to a site has undergone huge changes in the recent months. In addition to the sole objective of obtaining a first page rank, it is now an equal priority to be visible in the Social Media Platforms. One of the most important reasons for this change is the new way in which the users search for products and services. In the earlier times, users put up a simple search query in search engines and clicked whatever was visible in the first page. Thus, the only vital point was to be present in the first page results for the relevant keywords. However, the new age internet users are more interactive in their pursuit of the best available product or service provider. They readily engage in discussions with previous and existing consumers in relevant platforms to find out what would suit them best. The act of asking friends and family for the best available solution has shifted to the social platforms and they are nothing short of reference points, while deciding what to buy. For example, suppose a user wants a mobile phone and makes a search for it. The amount of results, that he sees, may be enough to confuse him. Now, suppose on landing on the social site page of one of the brands, he finds great reviews by many users or from a friend. This will amply narrow down his choice.
Top SMO Service Providers ensure that their clients have a good presence on the Social Media websites. The pages are then highlighted to users who have displayed interest in similar or associated products or services. Shares in the relevant social media platforms are what drive SMO. Once a user starts following the brand’s social pages, new product and service launches can be delivered straight to his inbox. An informed user is a potential buyer, and SMO is his classroom.
Google Bowling has erupted as a major concern in Internet Advertising in the recent times. It takes advantage of a situation which seems to be a loophole in the way Google penalizes sites that engage in Unnatural Link Building. Two of the ways in which Google determines that a link is unnatural are by analyzing the number of Backlinks that crop up and their relevancy. Engaging in Link Buying and Link Selling is also considered risky activity nowadays.
So, where is the loophole? The answer lies in analyzing what happens if your competitor places Backlinks to your site in the above manners categorized as risky? Google’s algorithms will then calculate that you have engaged in Link Spamming and levy penalties on your website by lowering its rank. Your competitor has then engaged in Google Bowling. It is not just a probability but a tactic which is successfully employed by many. Since most website owners are not aware of the term, they become easy prey. Google Bowling is also a headache for the SEO professionals as Search Engines aren’t readily revealing about the reasons when a website’s ranking goes down.
So, what is the way to safeguard your website against the threat of Google Bowling? Removing the links or requesting their removal is not exactly viable as you would be actually competing against a bot. The Top Internet Advertising Agencies prescribe another unique way of tackling this issue. They opine that instead of concentrating on removing the bad Backlinks, one should concentrate on increasing the meaningful and good Links. If your site has enough number of relevant links, then the ones that have malicious intentions will not be able to create an impression that you are Link Spamming. For example, a well known site or the site of a well known business won’t suffer just because there are few irrelevant Backlinks leading to it. Thus, concentrating on increasing the reputation of the website instead of engaging in a rat race with the Black Hats is a much better approach to safeguard against Google Bowling.
Local Internet Advertising is an effective way to counter the ill effects that Showrooming and ROPO have on online sales. As a beginner’s guide to Showrooming and ROPO, let us first define these two entities that pose a serious threat to the performance of Advertising. Showrooming is the practice where the user visits a retail shop and examines a product there. He then, will not make a purchase but search for the same product online and try to find a lower price in the online shopping sites. This lowers the results of advertising for the product done through the outdoor, print, TV, and radio media. ROPO stands for Research Online Purchase Offline. It is the practice of finding the details of the product on the net and making the actual purchase at the retail stores. Internet Advertising suffers losses due to this prevalent phenomenon. PPCs are the ones that suffer the most.
An excellent way of tackling the menace of Showrooming and ROPO is Local Internet Advertising. Local Internet Advertising involves placing Internet Ads for the retail shops and the products sold. It has of course become mandatory for every business to have an online presence. But in order to counter the effects of Showrooming and ROPO, it is important that the store also has an online sales outlet. Maintaining such sites are however tricky and thus only the Top Internet Advertising Agencies should be consulted for the same. A Local Internet Ad would draw consumers for both the retail store and the online store. Users searching for the product online, but intending to buy offline can be led to the nearby store through Local Internet Advertising. People visiting the stores, but intending to buy online can be led to the online store. Local Internet Advertising is especially important in countries like India where retail shops still have a prominent presence.
Contact the leading Internet Advertising Agency of India, MAD Advertising, to find lasting solutions to the problems that Showrooming and ROPO have on your business.
Internet Advertising, when it started, was loud in approach and strove to drive its purpose on hype and urgency. The high on promises and low on intention banners soon fell to the deaf years of the internet users. The users became more and more interested and involved in the content rather than the hype attempted by the ads. Elements like internet fraud also played a part as they too focused on promises that seem straight out of a fiction novel. The netizens soon realized that if it is too good to be true, then it is most probably not true. Internet Advertising took the remedial measurements and changed the attitude of the ads. Internet Ads are becoming simpler in their presentation, looking to engage the user rather than capture him with hype.
The most appropriate examples of this change are the PPC Ads. Mostly restricted to a couple of lines, PPCs are quite straightforward in their announcement. The banners too toned down quite a bit in their announcements and look to engage the reader with the information in the content rather than create hype around the product or service. SEO experts believe that this trend will continue in 2014 and will be fuelled by the discussion forums. Thus, one of the things that internet users can expect in 2014 is engaging and enriching content as Internet Advertising Agencies will compete in providing extensive social media coverage to their clients. Maintaining a good Online Reputation will become an important key deliverable of agencies providing Internet Advertising Services.
One of the opinions circulating in the Online Advertising circles is that Visual SEO Content is better than Written SEO Content. The question to be asked here is “What are the criteria which are being used for the judgment?” Because though it is true that visual content is far more attractive than written content, Internet Ads having more visual content do not always have better sales per click. Enticing a click is only the first step targeted by an Online Ad. If the click does not convert into actual buying, it is of little use to the business. What needs to be attained is a balance by which attractive visuals or graphics and written content can be put together.
Ads focusing more on the visual content often confuse the user on what the actual nature of the product or service is. Thus, the clicks often do not get converted into actual sales in which case the benefits of the attractive ad cannot be reaped. The Top Internet Advertising Agencies know that sacrificing written content in the favor of visual content may lead to a high traffic but is unlikely to generate sales on its own. Moreover, at a time when Mobile Internet Advertising is increasingly taking over Desktop Internet Advertising, focusing only on visuals may increase the confusion. The small spaces have to be utilized in a smart way, and thus most Mobile Internet Ads contain written content with the visuals in the background.
Attempts to decide whether visual content is more important than written content is a futile exercise as both of them are equally important for a successful Internet Advertising Campaign. The visuals and graphics create the attraction, leading the user to click on them, while the well written ad copies maintain the relevancy of the users who so.
After the latest changes by Google, Online Reputation Management or ORM has become more important than ever. Filling web pages with keywords have taken a backseat as SEO Experts are now more focused on the applauses and criticism which the already posted sites attract. It is no longer important to just stay visible. The image which is being portrayed by or inferred from the existing visibility is equally important. Online Advertising and Online Marketing have been rudely woken up to the fact that lesser visibility is far better than higher visibility with a negative impact.
What Is ORM?
You must have tried searching your own name in Google and become delightfully fascinated when links to your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other online profiles appeared in the results. The nature of results which appear in this manner is your Online Reputation. Similarly, the kind of results (not the ranking) which appear prominently in Google’s search results, when the name of the organization is searched for, is its Online Reputation. The most common way of analyzing the reputation which a business has online is to study the reviews and comments which appear at the websites that are prominently visible.
Why Is ORM Important?
Due to Google’s new change, the ranking of a website now depends more on the interactions attracted by its content than the number of keywords. With sharing of links becoming popular in social websites like Facebook, Google+, and twitter, reviews and discussions on the content are readily available. Google’s new algorithm ensures that the prominence of the page is directly proportional to the number of such reviews and discussions. The problem occurs when your website attracts negative reactions and those links get highlighted in the search results. This can not only push away your clients and customers to your competitors but also cause damage to the reputation of your business.
How Do ORM Service Providers Do?
The ORM Service providers and ORM Experts strategically publish SEO Content that creates good reviews. This pushes the links with negative comments and reviews lower down the search rankings. Even though ORM is prone to unethical means like fake comments made through fake accounts and sites, any good ORM Expert will know that unethical ORM practices do not pay in the long run.
ORM Services have become crucial for your online presence. An online presence without Online Reputation Management is like putting out wares for sale without caring about the kind of responses that they are attracting.