Do You Need to Change Your URLs?

The URL is more important than you’d probably think when it comes to SEO and usability. After all, it shows right there along with the meta title and meta description that you so carefully crafted in a search result. It seems kind of silly to have a perfect looking title and description and a URL that looks like junk. The URL can contribute towards a user’s decision to click on the link or not. If it’s easy to understand and accurately conveys what’s on the page, users will be more...

By Nick Stamoulis, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Organic Search.

The Risks of Writing a Company Blog

In my 12+ years as an SEO professional, I’ve found that just about every business can benefit from publishing a company blog. It doesn’t matter if it’s B2B or B2C, or what industry your business operates in—a good business blog can be invaluable for your SEO and Internet marketing in general. There are probably hundreds of blog posts out there full of great reasons why you should start a company blog. (I have even

Tips for Redesigning Your Website

Your website is an incredibly important and powerful online tool. First off, it’s your business’s calling card. When someone arrives on your site, they way it looks will influence whether they stay or bounce out. Your brand is (at least it should be) well reflected in your website design. An outdated website creates a bad user-experience.

Websites need to be fast, clean and well organized in order to convince your traffic that you are worth doing business with. We can all spot a website that...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

Social Commerce is the Long Game

My Definition: “Social commerce is the practice of using social media for commercial purposes”.

The short -term dichotomy

When it comes to using social commerce correctly it takes time and patience to produce results.

Social commerce is about building communities, identifying and generating e-Influencers and in turn increasing advocates. Having done so, sales will start to improve and more customers will be kept, but these strategies take time; you can’t make friends and influence people in...

By Paul Fennemore, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

The IKEA YouTube campaign is ingenious

IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at great prices. The store is hugely popular overseas and this results in great social up-take when they launch social marketing campaigns.

IKEA have launched a new social experience and this time it’s through YouTube. They kicked off the campaign with the following video:

The campaign goes on to launch a personalized 3D showroom on YouTube, which retrieves information from Facebook profiles...

Time to get Business-Like with Social Commerce

Paul Fennemore – August 2011. 

Health Warning

Here are some home truths that creative social media marketing people will find outside of their brief, but CEO’s and Operations Directors should take heed of.

A project I ran with Oxford Brookes University that involved interviewing around 30 UK mid to large B2B and B2C organisations, found that those firms who were doing really well with social commerce had a lot in common.

Social Media is not just for Marketing

Social Commerce de-silos...

By Paul Fennemore, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

I now own a plot on Mars!

This morning I received a package that contains a certificate stating that I now own a piece of land on Mars. I’m totally stoked, I’ve just bought a house and now I own land on Mars, this property thing is going really well! I’m bleak though, I left my certificate at work, so you’ll have to wait for the photograph, but in the meantime, let me tell you more:

kulula.com is celebrating its tenth birthday by looking to a potentially intergalactic future. To mark ten years in business and a...

By imod.co.za, 05 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

5 Conversion Elements to Help Any Website

A company website is the foundation of an online marketing strategy. Every link building tactic sends users to the website to find more information and hopefully, to convert. The goal of a website is to get visitors to take some sort of action, whether that is to purchase something, fill out a lead form, or sign up for services. This means that every component of the website needs to make it as easy as possible for the visitor to do so. You don’t want to lose out on potential business because your...

By Nick Stamoulis, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Online travel agents are a dying breed

I went to my a travel industry meeting today at Kelvin Grove in Cape Town, and the poor attendance got me thinking about how the travel industry as we know it is dying.   I wasn’t just thinking about how young upstart online agencies have been replacing traditional bricks and mortar agents, but about a second evolution I predict in the online world, whereby Google displaces online agents.

The last decade has seen online travel agents creating havoc with traditional agents business models.  Running an online travel...

By imod.co.za, 28 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Search Marketing.