With the growth of mobile, and the increasing use of local factors by Google in desktop searches, ranking for searches in their locality is ever more important for businesses.
This is something that can benefit businesses small and large, and some of the techniques for improving rankings are very simple, and cost nothing.
For example, just creating a Google + Local listing for your business will greatly improve your search visibility, especially if your local competitors haven't figured this out yet.
Here, I've outlined why local search is so important, and asked a couple of search experts for their tips...
Lumped under the collective heading of 'mobile', a lot of marketers think that smartphones and tablets are the same thing when it comes to mobile marketing.
The truth is, people use tablets in a completely different way than they do their smartphones, and your marketing should reflect that.
Here are five reasons why tablets are different than smartphones, and why they should be treated as such by marketers.
The Christmas-themed emails have just begun to arrive in my inbox, so what better time to gather some email marketing tips?
I've been asking a number of email marketing experts about the best tactics for the Xmas shopping season.
Topics include how often to send emails, the importance of mobile, and email creative this Christmas...
Hyatt releases its Q3 results today, so I thought I’d pre-empt the webcast and take a look at the company's digital efforts.
Is its digital marketing as good as the hotels? And how do its efforts compare to some big name competition?
It turns out Hyatt is fairly solid, online. I didn’t get mad trying to use the website, and everything was easy to find, with a good mobile presence.
To take it to the next level, Hyatt would have to redesign its website to match the modern design of RoomKey or Top10.com.
It would also be great to see more rich content on the Hyatt website, rather than simply its social channels. This would allow more of the atmosphere of the hotels and the ethos of the brand to suffuse the browsing and booking process.
Let’s have a look at the brand's paid, owned and earned digital content.
Security is big, as always, but arguably bigger than ever. Famigo is an app that provides mobile content for the family in a secure environment on a phone or tablet.
Famigo has been around for four years or so, which somewhat qualifies it out of our start up category of three years or less. However, I’ve made a rare exception, because Famigo is worth knowing about.
We asked the Famigo team about the product's USPs, and the goals and challenges they’ve met so far.
We know that we are addicted to our mobile devices and love that they enable us to purchase anytime, anywhere.
So chances are that one of your next purchases will be via your tablet or mobile phone.
But what does this mean for businesses operating in the mobile space?
According to Juniper Research’s latest report, they forecast that over 160bn apps will be downloaded globally onto smartphones and tablets in 2017.
Although the UK is the most expensive country in the world to drive app downloads, with 58% of the country owning a smartphone and 19% owning a tablet, the UK represents a lucrative territory to crack now and increasingly so in the next four to five years.
Here we’ll take another look at InMobi’s App Insight Report, released last week, and reveal some key insight and advice on how your company can best drive app downloads on mobile and tablet.
When I was a kid, riding trolleys down supermarket aisles and giving my twin brother beats in public were the symptoms of my boredom at the local Tesco or Asda.
That was before ‘retail-tainment’ involved the smartphone or tablet.
The supermarket is the perfect crucible for 'retail-tainment'. Outside of big cities, supermarkets are captive markets, often entailing a long visit with the family, and competing with rival stores on a weekly basis.
Winning the battle to keep kids obedient or event interested in store would be a boon for any supermarket chain.
At the moment, there are supermarkets such as Asda that are synonymous with family, but none that have mastered retailtainment. More apps and in-store challenges with rewards will provide an effective antidote to the rogue use of toys by children that then abandon them in the bakery aisle.
Asda is using Zappar to offer kids the chance to be greeted by Sir Spook in 400 of its stores. Combined with some physical events, pumpkin carving and the like, they're aiming to be the family supermarket at Halloween.
Retailers in London's Oxford Street and Regent Street have been relatively slow to emply digital technology to improve the in-store experience for customers, so says a new study.
Tech provider Omnico has carried out a survey more than 90 retailers for uses of 17 different technologies, including reserve and collect, wi-fi, kiosks, iPads and more.
The retailers studied are using an average of two technologies, while 30% of retailers don’t use any at all.
Web technology has a big part to play in the future of the high street, so who's using what?
The numbers are compelling: 7bn messages sent between 230m users of its messaging app, 200m downloads of its games, 10m Indian users in three months as well as tens of millions in Spain, South America, Indonesia and beyond.
LINE is a large content hub, and once you’ve downloaded the messaging app, you’re hooked into a network that gives away a lot of fun stuff for free, and ties everything together with a very strong brand.
So what is LINE doing that’s significant, and how will it begin to affect other brands on mobile?