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What is a message map?
A message map is a highly effective, one-page communications tool that ensures every employee – from senior management to front-line staff – is talking about your company and its brand the same way, every time, when they are dealing with the media, potential clients, the general public, and other audiences important to your organization.
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By Alisa Meggison, NMC Digital Marketing Manager
Search engine optimization (SEO) is really of set of strategies, techniques and tactics used to increase the number of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine, including Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. It is common for Internet users to not click through pages and pages of...read more / comment
By Anna McDermott, NMC Content Creator
Influencer marketing is all the buzz lately but, as with so much of social media interaction, it can be daunting for a small business owner to try to do it. Good news — it’s actually pretty easy and the NMC Report is here to help.
You already know what your brand is — and who you want to target in traditional marketing — but word-of-mouth...read more / comment
You have heard many of us here at NMC tout the notion of “great content” for your website. We are very passionate about this because it is so very important for the visibility of your site in search engine listings. But what is great content? What does that really mean or entail? We thought it might be a good idea to put on our scuba gear and dive into the topic a bit deeper for you.... read more / comment
By NMC Digital Marketing Manager Alisa Meggison
If you have a website, you have probably heard the term “bounce rate.” Was the voice that uttered that phrase light and happy, or did the tone convey dark clouds and gloom? What is a bounce rate? Why do you care about it? And what constitutes a “good” or “bad” bounce rate? Please, read on…
What is a bounce rate?...read more / comment
By Megan Crowder, NMC Account Coordinator
In the world of new media and integrated marketing strategy, content marketing should be on the top of your list. When consumers are looking for answers or looking to try something new, they turn to the Internet first. Creating valuable content will drive profitable action toward your brand, engage followers and create those relationships that...read more / comment
By NMC Account Coordinator Megan Crowder
When I proudly stated, “I love Mondays,” one day in the office, I got the same stare I get when I say, “I don’t like whoopie pies.” My Mainer co-workers must think, “This Michigander is weird.” But, I do really love Monday and not because it has the best hashtag of the week – #MotivationMonday – although I do think it gives #ThrowBackThursday a...read more / comment
By Courtney Moulton, NMC Account Assistant
Both advertising and PR help build brands and communicate with target audiences. The most basic difference between them is that advertising space is paid while public relations results are earned through providing the media with information in the form of press releases and pitches. For example, you have to buy online banner ad space, but you...read more / comment
by Digital Marketing Manager Alisa Meggison
When I talk to businesses about using pay per click to help promote their business, the reactions I sometimes get range from stark horror to jaded disbelief. This always surprises me. Of all the marketing opportunities available to a business, PPC can be one of the most effective and most measurable – when done correctly.
Let me share...read more / comment
If you're the owner, director, or head of marketing for a business or nonprofit, sooner or later the following questions will arise in connection with a Web project:
- What is DNS?
- Where is my DNS hosted?
- How do I administer the DNS records?
Even if you already have an established website – and perhaps especially for an established website – these...read more / comment
By Nancy Marshall, The PR Maven® and CEO, Nancy Marshall Communications
In the early days of the Web, most businesses used a dot-com extension for their Web address or URL (which stands for Uniform Resource Locator). For example, the Web address for my agency is www.marshallpr.com. That’s the address you are on right now. It’s a dot com, which has been pretty standard for the past 20...read more / comment
By Alisa Meggison, Digital Marketing Manager
Your website content is important for so many reasons: it communicates your brand message, it tells visitors why you exist; it helps inform, teach, and guide; and last but not least, the quality of your Web content matters a great deal to Google and can determine how easily you will be found when someone searches for your company, services,...read more / comment
By Alisa Meggison, Digital Marketing Manager, Nancy Marshall Communications
Many clients that we work with look for innovative ways to reach new audiences and acquire new leads and customers. One of the programs we frequently recommend is Google’s pay-per-click program (PPC), AdWords. Microsoft Bing has a similar platform called AdCenter. Both of these are keyword auction systems that...read more / comment
By Nancy Marshall, with research assistance from son Craig Marshall, July 2012
My mother has always told the story of how the neon sign was introduced in the United States by my ancestors. I never really thought about it until recently, but I realize that I may have inherited the gift of wanting to advertise and...read more / comment
By NMC Intern Erin Rodrigue
We all know that Facebook is king; there are more than two million connections being made between local businesses and people through this social media platform.1 As the largest social media site, Facebook gives businesses of all sizes the potential to reach a large targeted audience for minimal cost.
Through strategic posts, businesses can grow their...read more / comment
Twitter is an invaluable tool for businesses who want to reach a wide audience for little to no cost at all, except for an investment of time. And, but there is a great deal of return on investment for that time! Small businesses have been successful in utilizing this platform to network with other businesses, engage with current and potential customers, and promote products and services...read more / comment
By Jen Boes, NMC Integrated Marketing Communications Strategist
Unless you have worked as a journalist or public relations professional, you are probably not very familiar with AP style. So why should you care about it? If you generate content or are in charge of approving content that will be disseminated to the media (i.e., press releases, press kits, opinion pieces) you must...read more / comment
Well, Google is doing it again, but this time with fair warning — in February they announced that on April 21 there will be a significant algorithm change that will impact search traffic from mobile devices.
In their words:
“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile...read more / comment
By NMC Account Executive Jessica DonahueImage from Tumblr / Swiked
Toward the end of February, the Internet went wild with a dress that will forever live in infamy (which, by the way, is black and blue). While we could debate the color of “The Dress” for hours on end, the whole ordeal really proved how differently people perceive visual content. Even carefully crafted...read more / comment
By Ebb Walton, NMC Online Marketing Specialist
If you have ever run a Google AdWords campaign, you know how difficult it can be to effectively communicate your message. You have 95 characters to explain who you are, what you are offering, and why people should choose you over the competition. As a point of reference, you have double that when posting a Tweet, which many people (...read more / comment