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Google Ads: New Features You Need to Know

At the end of July, Google officially transitioned from Google Adwords to Google Ads and rolled out a few new features. The term “Google Ads” intentionally drops “words” from the title to better encompass the advertising solutions provided by Google outside of their search term-based Pay Per Click (PPC) functions such as web display, video, and in-app features. In this article, we dive into the most exciting changes Google made for the average business to utilize.

By | August 2nd, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Google Ads: New Features You Need to Know

Content Marketing: What it is and Why Use it

Year after year, content marketing continues to rise in popularity. Consumers are paying less attention to traditional advertising efforts and are now drawn to authenticity, transparency and value, paving the way for the creation and rise of content marketing.

By | July 19th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website|Comments Off on Content Marketing: What it is and Why Use it

Connecting Online and Offline Branding for a Seamless Brand Experience

Consistency in brand messaging is nothing new to the marketing arena, but there are still lessons to be learned, especially in the small business community. Smaller marketing budgets require that every piece of print collateral, and every online experience, count. Ad pieces that land outside of an already recognized brand have little to no impact, and generally lack any real return on investment. In short, the details matter.

By | April 19th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Branding, Color Consulting, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Connecting Online and Offline Branding for a Seamless Brand Experience

The Top 5 Ways to Grow Your Social Media Presence

Having a strong social media presence can help your business in several ways. Business’ social media platforms act as multiple gateways to a business’ website, creating an external linking structure and more opportunities to appear in search results. Social media creates a way to increase brand awareness and customer base.

By | March 15th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on The Top 5 Ways to Grow Your Social Media Presence

Part 3: Dominate Your Local Market- Expanding Your Digital Footprint

Expanding your digital footprint is an important step in truly connecting with your consumers. Claiming online business listings, developing SEO for your website, spending a little time and money on locally targeted PPC campaigns, and following up with online reviews are the best ways to achieve an effective online presence for your local business.

By | February 27th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Part 3: Dominate Your Local Market- Expanding Your Digital Footprint

The Value of a Diverse Marketing Plan

A new year means a new marketing plan and strategy. As you plan for 2018, one strategy we feel is the most important is diversity. Diversity in your marketing plan means not throwing all your marketing eggs in one basket, and instead putting your resources and efforts into employing multiple marketing tactics.

By | February 1st, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on The Value of a Diverse Marketing Plan

Interpreting Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great tool, but determining the meaning of each of its metrics can sometimes be confusing. In this article, we clear up any confusion you may have on certain data terms to ensure you are interpreting your Google Analytics data correctly.

By | January 25th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Google Series, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Interpreting Google Analytics

Optimizing Your Website for Voice Search

As we saw on our 2018 marketing trends list, the use of voice search is only growing in popularity. With the popularity of voice search only growing, it is important to recognize this shift, and implement SEO tactics to help optimize your website for voice search so you are not missing out on any opportunities.

By | January 16th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Optimizing Your Website for Voice Search

2018 Website Design Trends

As a Milwaukee website design company, we love to predict what trends we will see in the upcoming year. In 2017, we saw simplistic, flat designs with an emphasis on mobile-first. With mobile still a major trend, we believe 2018 will be the year of the user with websites being tailored to increase overall user experience.

By | January 10th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on 2018 Website Design Trends

2018 Marketing Trends: How Marketing Will Change Next Year

The rise of in-home voice-first devices and companies choosing to break the mold of traditional ads will influence what we will see next year. Take a look at what we think 2018 will bring and what you should focus on as we ring in the new year.

By | December 27th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on 2018 Marketing Trends: How Marketing Will Change Next Year

Our Most Popular Articles of 2017

In celebration of 2018, we've put together our top 18 articles of 2017. Thank you to all of you for your support. Our clients, readers, and watchers have helped to make it a great year at Ocreative, and we are so grateful for all of you. We hope 2017 was just as fun, exciting, and profitable for you.

Top 5 Tips for Creating Better Content for Your Website

If you are wanting to grow your online presence, one phrase you have probably heard before is “content is king”. It is true that content is a key driver of traffic to your website. Unfortunately, creating content isn’t as simple as it sounds. Not just any block of text will bring you traffic. Here our top 5 tips to ensure your content generates the traffic you need to grow your online presence.

By | December 19th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Top 5 Tips for Creating Better Content for Your Website

The Evolution of a Brand

As the philosophers say, change is the only constant in life. Life is flux, and people evolve to progress. The brands that people depend on need to evolve, too. Logo identity is a vital part of any company’s brand. A brand sets the company's tone, image, and expectations.

By | November 15th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on The Evolution of a Brand

Adwords Help: A Guide To Understand Your Google Adwords

Google Adwords is an extremely powerful online marketing tool. But without proper knowledge of how the platform works, it could be more detrimental to your business than beneficial. In this article, we will discuss the most important data and analytics in Google Adwords and Google Analytics to look at to determine whether your campaigns are performing well and benefitting your business.

By | November 9th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Adwords Help: A Guide To Understand Your Google Adwords

The Google Nonprofit Program: Advertise for Free on Google Adwords

If you are a for-impact organization/nonprofit, Google gives your organization the opportunity to advertise on their Google Adwords platform for free. Yes, that’s right; we said free. This is an excellent opportunity to get your message out to the world and inform people about your cause.

By | September 21st, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Non-Profit, Search Engine Optimization, Website|Comments Off on The Google Nonprofit Program: Advertise for Free on Google Adwords

SEO vs. PPC: Which is Better for Your Business

As a business, it is sometimes difficult to decide whether to invest your marketing dollars in Pay Per Click (PPC) or Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In this article, we will break down PPC and SEO to help you decide which is the best fit for your business and marketing budget.

By | September 19th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on SEO vs. PPC: Which is Better for Your Business

Keeping Your Business Protected from Malware, Viruses, and Ransomware

Ransomware has recently been in the news again, with reports of hundreds of thousands of infected computers. In this article, we’ll review the types of malicious software and recommended measures to keep your business safe.

By | September 6th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Domains, Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Website|Comments Off on Keeping Your Business Protected from Malware, Viruses, and Ransomware

Does Google Declare Your Website “Not-Secure”

Big changes are happening with website security. Starting in October 2017, every unsecured website out there with a contact form will be notifying users with a “Not secure” warning in Google’s popular Chrome browser. You want your website to start with HTTPS, which indicates website security. Website security can be achieved through an SSL certificate.

By | August 30th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Domains, Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Does Google Declare Your Website “Not-Secure”

How to Use Live Video for Your Business

The use of live video is one of the largest trends we have seen in 2017. It gives brands the opportunity to be authentic by creating unfiltered and unedited content. Many different social media platforms have adopted the ability to stream live video so you can reach your audience. In this article, we explain live video, why your brand should be utilizing it, and the different platforms to use.

By | August 16th, 2017|Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Video|Comments Off on How to Use Live Video for Your Business

PART SIX: Optimize Your Google My Business

As a business, it is essential that you are listed on Google My Business. Google My Business is a free Google tool that will allow your business to appear in local search results. We don’t mean to sound too harsh, but if you don’t have this tool, you basically don’t exist.

By | July 26th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Google Series, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media|Comments Off on PART SIX: Optimize Your Google My Business

Remarketing or Retargeting—Connecting Targeted Ads to an Engaged Audience

Remember that time you were shopping online for a new pair of red Nike Air Max running shoes and then, a day later, while reading the news or checking the weather, you saw an ad displaying that same pair of shoes? Well, that is remarketing.

By | July 6th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Remarketing or Retargeting—Connecting Targeted Ads to an Engaged Audience

PART FIVE: Five Free Google Tools to Utilize

The accuracy and presence of a business online is extremely important to the success of that business. Google offers a variety of great tools to help manage a website. These tools are super helpful in growing a business, and they are all free to use. That’s right, no cost to you at all! [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|Google Series, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on PART FIVE: Five Free Google Tools to Utilize

Looking Ahead to Marketing Trends in 2017

It’s that time of year again, when we start looking ahead to what the new year will bring. We saw changes in 2016 in our approach to marketing, social media, and design. It was a year that focused on the consumer: consumer-centric marketing, consumer experience, consumer insights, and ways of tracking and analyzing those [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Articles of Interest, News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Looking Ahead to Marketing Trends in 2017

PART FOUR: Most Important Tools of Google Search Console (Webmasters)

Most website owners have long been familiar with Google Analytics and relied on it for reporting and measuring their websites’ performances. If you are ready to go beyond basic reporting and begin optimizing your website to improve your search result performance, you need Google Search Console. Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmasters and [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Google Series, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on PART FOUR: Most Important Tools of Google Search Console (Webmasters)

PART THREE: Guide to Clean Google Analytics Data

Sometimes your Google Analytic data can be skewed or inaccurate due to spammers abusing your Google Analytics ID. Spammer-generated data could be anywhere from a small percentage to more than a quarter of your overall traffic. In this article, I am going to show you different ways to eliminate spam in your Google Analytics so [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Articles of Interest, Google Series, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on PART THREE: Guide to Clean Google Analytics Data

PART TWO: The Best Google Analytic Reports

Google Analytics is an extremely useful tool to see what exactly is going on with your website. However, it provides a huge amount of data and tons of reporting options.   In this article, we will give you the most important Google Analytics reports you should look at to give you the most information about [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Google Series, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on PART TWO: The Best Google Analytic Reports

PART ONE: Understanding Your Google Analytics Report

Google Analytics is a great tool to understand how your website is doing and what areas need improvement. However, sometimes it can produce an overwhelming amount of data, making it difficult to know what reports to look at, or how to understand what that data is telling you. Well, don’t worry; that is where we [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Articles of Interest, Google Series, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website|Comments Off on PART ONE: Understanding Your Google Analytics Report

Mobilegeddon 2 Coming in May – Don’t Let Your Website Get Buried

When it comes to disaster preparedness, most people think they are ready to ride out the storm. But what if the storm comes a second time, and with even more force? What if the only way to avoid the disaster is to be proactive before it hits? Back in 2015, Google announced the launch of [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|Articles of Interest, Search Engine Optimization, Website|Comments Off on Mobilegeddon 2 Coming in May – Don’t Let Your Website Get Buried

It’s Not About Constant Contact, It’s About Relevant Contact

At Ocreative, we’re an integrated marketing agency, meaning we develop marketing strategies and creative campaigns that weave together a company’s strategic branding, the website, printed, and digital advertising, social media and more. Because we specialize in marketing automation, we don’t tell a brand’s overall story to the masses; we speak to the target audience in [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on It’s Not About Constant Contact, It’s About Relevant Contact

Google Warns Negative Impact on Search Rankings for Nonmobile-Friendly Sites

It started in October 2012: Google announced that its Webmaster Tools would start to let users know by email when Google discovered critical issues with their site. Back then, Google stated that it would begin to notify webmasters about issues that it felt would have a significant impact on their site’s health or search performance [...]

By | April 2nd, 2015|News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Google Warns Negative Impact on Search Rankings for Nonmobile-Friendly Sites

Looking Ahead to Web Design in 2015 [VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADYxhQrNzBw

By | January 5th, 2015|Search Engine Optimization, Social Media|Comments Off on Looking Ahead to Web Design in 2015 [VIDEO]

Better Data for Better Marketing – Analytics & Marketing Automation

Google’s ‘not provided’ Top Keyword Data is a controversial topic, and there’s no failsafe way to access the data. Google changed the way it harvests data from search to protect users’ privacy back in October of 2011. This number continues to rise in your Google Analytics report because more people are using the many great services [...]

By | October 22nd, 2013|Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Better Data for Better Marketing – Analytics & Marketing Automation

What is SEO – Understanding Search Engine Optimization Basics

We recently came across an awesome SEO infographic created by Search Engine Land, a must read online hub for the latest news and information on how search engines search and in-depth search engine optimization information. I thought this visual graphic would be helpful for our readers to understand the basics of SEO using a visual which gives [...]

By | January 25th, 2012|Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on What is SEO – Understanding Search Engine Optimization Basics

Understanding Google Analytics – Your Website Traffic Report Archived

This blog article has been updated for 2016. Check out the new article here: https://www.ocreativedesign.com/understanding-your-google-analytics-report/ We are often asked, "How do I understand what is going on in my Google Analytics report that I am getting each month? or "What are the numbers that I should really be paying attention to?" The traffic reports [...]

By | April 20th, 2010|Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Understanding Google Analytics – Your Website Traffic Report Archived