SearchCatalyst Highlights Why Duplicate Web Content is Bad for Small Businesses

Duplicate web page content is bad for any website because it greatly affects SEO, but SearchCatalyst, an SEO agency dealing exclusively in small business Internet marketing, says it is particularly bad news for small businesses.

Aside from negatively impacting on a user’s online experience, duplicate content is particularly disastrous for SEO. It affects the site’s credibility, which is one of the most important ways a site can rank highly, organically, on search engines like Google. Google ranks sites based on several criteria, each of which is built into its complicated search algorithm. Relevancy is the most important – does the site list content relevant to the search query? – but credibility is a close second.

However, this issue affects all businesses, big and small. An issue that is more likely to affect small businesses, or expanding ones in the processes of upgrading their websites and online presence comes down to duplicate content on developer sites. Quite often web developer domains – where developers work on websites – are indexed by Google. Developers can be completely unaware they have created duplicate content but as websites take a few months to develop they can sit on developer domains for a while and the duplicate pages will negatively affect search rankings on Google.

This generally impacts small businesses to a greater extent than larger companies because they don’t have the scope and finances to implement new pages quickly.

Google’s algorithms are highly sophisticated and can filter out sites that have duplicate content. Some may be labelled as spam as a result, whilst others will just be listed much lower down on the SERPs. Google has become much better at detecting duplicate content since the Panda algorithm update, which all small businesses and developers should be aware of.

SearchCatalyst offers affordable SEO services to small businesses looking to boost organic search rankings and gain greater online exposure at minimal cost.

Via EPR Network
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Effective Roadshow Measurement Techniques

Justin Isles (Client Services Director at roadshow organisers Event Marketing Solutions) shares his experience on effective roadshow measurement techniques available to clients.

There’s no doubt that roadshow marketing has proved itself as a way of effectively engaging audiences with brands and their messages as well as products and services.

Roadshows are increasingly becoming an essential part of many organisations’ communications activity, but as times remain tough and the economic climate turbulent, there is ever more focus on measurement and ensuring a return on investment.

We are continually looking at new ways of capturing data and proving a campaign’s worth, so here I’ll share some insight to how we approach measurement at EMS.

Techniques for determining success vary from business to business and even from campaign to campaign. The best way to approach measurement is to reflect on your objectives, which will help determine the metrics. Marketing activity needs to be more strategically focussed and integrated with wider business objectives – so it’s essential to consider the short, medium and long term business and campaign aims of your roadshows.

We encourage all clients to invest in qualitative onsite research, as robust ROI tracking is key to measuring success. But it’s important to maintain some flexibility to allow the integration of anecdotal feedback.

Daily reports assist monitoring of every aspect of your roadshows, from footfall and sales leads to length of engagement and touch points. They also provide essential metrics that can be used to develop and refine activity moving forward – used well, the information can ensure better audience engagement.

Perception should be monitored before and after an event to track shifts. Social media has brought endless tracking opportunities, and it’s particularly useful for capturing longer-term results. It’s essential that conversations are monitored throughout a roadshow marketing campaign and metrics from channels such as Facebook and Twitter are integrated as part of wider ROI measurements.

Post event monitoring of sales uplift, meeting numbers, feedback results, volume and pace of pipeline improvements will all help to paint an accurate picture of a campaign’s success.

Providing the means for businesses to talk directly with customers and prospects is one of the strongest opportunities presented by roadshow marketing. Evaluation must be able to facilitate and capture these conversations and an innovative approach using mobile devices or video booths can help encourage visitor participation.

Don’t be afraid to try new measurement tools and techniques; just remember to check that they help you meet your original objectives and you can’t go far wrong.

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