business, content, discoveries, marketing, social media

Facebook’s Updated Algorithm and What It Means for Businesses

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced in early January that his goal for 2018 was to “fix” the product. What needed fixing? Declining engagement and declining uploads of Facebook Algorithm Update 2018user generated content. Revenues for Facebook may be at all time highs, but user engagement has been steadily declining and less personal content is being uploaded to the site (and let’s not forget that Facebook was originally intended for peer to peer use, and not for businesses). On top of this, the 2016 election put Facebook in the cross hairs for the issues with “fake news” and foreign manipulation.

Will These Updates Affect Your Facebook Business Page?

What does this “fix” to Facebook mean for businesses and brands on Facebook? It means that Facebook will be rolling out algorithm updates that prioritize content posted from friends and family and de-emphasize content published by brands and businesses.Read More…

4Walls, business, marketing, seo

Dealing With Google Reviews: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

We recently highlighted the importance of getting Google reviews for your business and their positive effect on Google’s ranking factors.  But what happens when your Google My Business (GMB) listing gets hit with a less than perfect review?  Luckily, there are a few options to deal with unflattering reviews for your business.  These include responding to the review directly, flagging the review as inappropriate, and even deleting reviews entirely.How To Delete Google Reviews

Google polices business reviews on their own using several policies.  When someone submits a business review, Google My Business reviews the content to make sure it does not violate any of its policies.  Some of these policies include:

  • Advertising/ Spam
  • Off-topic reviews
  • Impersonation
  • Conflict of interest
  • Sexually explicit material
  • Phone numbers, emails or web URLs
  • Profanity, offensive language or hate speech
  • Illegal or copy-written content
  • Personal or confidential information

Essentially, Google My Business reviews should be “honest representations of the customer experience”

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discoveries, marketing, seo

The Importance of Google Reviews for Your Business

Google business reviews continue to become more and more important for search engine optimization (SEO), improving user experience, and driving more traffic to your website.  To better understand the importance of Google reviews, check out this directly from Google’s support site.

“Google review count and score are factored into local search ranking: more reviews and positive ratings will probably improve a business’s local ranking.”

Now if that doesn’t convince you that Google reviews are important to your business’ online success, we don’t know what will!  Before diving into the statistics to support the importance of Google business reviews, let’s look at a real-life scenario.Read More…

4Walls, content, discoveries, marketing, social media

Handy-Dandy Instagram Guide

Choosing Your Style

Just getting started on the ‘gram?  It’s good to have a theme and style for your feed.  Everything from the subject matter to the filters you use come together as your Instagram brand.  Are you a landscape photographer?  A photo opportunist?  Looking for a new place to share family photos?  Starting an Instagram account in the hopes of making your hamster instafamous?  Whichever it is, pick a theme and stick to it.

Capturing Photos for Instagram

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Shout-out to Bond Polymers for hooking us up with these killer seats!

Instagram photos do not need to be taken within the app using the camera feature.  You can instead pull photos from your phone’s camera roll or even a large DSLR camera!  Keep in mind that it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer.  DSLR cameras can capture some amazing photos but iPhones, or almost any smartphone for that matter, are more than capable of getting the job done!

 

Here are a few ways to get more out of your smartphone camera:

  • Mess around with the focal point, exposure settings, and make sure there is decent lighting.
  • Shoot vertically or portrait-style !  This is crucial and I’ll explain why in the editing section below.
  • Use the phone’s grid feature and don’t forget about the rule of thirds!Read More…
4Walls, content, marketing

With Content Marketing, Variety is Key

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When I started working at 4Walls I was in a lunch food rut. It was bad. What was the culprit of my lunchtime woes? My boring sandwich.

Before work I would sip coffee and regretfully assemble my sandwich for the day. White bread (off to a great start), mayo, iceberg lettuce, turkey, and pepper jack cheese. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Well try eating the same damn sandwich every day for a few weeks and tell me what you think. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating the world’s #1 sandwich- if you eat it every day it will eventually lose its gusto. The same applies for your content marketing efforts.Read More…

content, marketing, seo

Content Marketing in New Hampshire’s Presidential Primary: a Lesson for us All

As a digital marketing company in New Hampshire, it’s hard to ignore the media kerfuffle that descends upon our great state every four years. It’s no secret that an election of any kind is a wonderful example of a marketing campaign on crack. Even to the relative-layman, it’s easy to see that the most successful political campaigns  aren’t simply reacting to weekly or monthly data, they are changing by the day. When they don’t, well…uncomfortable things happen.

 

What happens when you're too slow to adjust your message.

An example of what happens when you’re too slow to adjust your message.

 

2016: Not Just Going Beyond Social, Going Beyond Search and Social

It’s no surprise that Google has some insights into what was going on in New Hampshire during our first in the nation primary. They were even kind enough to put together the below graphic, but as we all know by now — search ranking is really just the tip of the iceberg. Which brings to mind a point Chad Pollitt made in his talk at Inbound 2015. He said “SEO isn’t something you do anymore. It’s what happens when you do everything right.” (If you see this, Chad, I hope I didnt’ just butcher that)Read More…

4Walls, marketing

can your company benefit from remarketing? probably…

Google has long been the Internet’s 800-pound gorilla so it should come as no surprise that they play a huge role in online advertising. Google’s AdWords (pay-per-click) program has become more and more important for covering the bases when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, Google AdWords plays a big role in helping people find you on Google.  But there’s more to advertising on Google than text ads.Read More…

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