You may have noticed that Growth-Driven Design (GDD) has taken over BizzyWeb. Our latest webinars, our most recent blogs and a good chunk of our social media posts have been spent fawning over this new methodology. I would be lying if I said that my relationship with GDD has always been so rosy. Like any new process, it takes some time to iron out
If a button sits on a website but no one is there to click on it, does it even exist? Having a great website doesn't amount to much if no one is visiting it. Getting website traffic is a common goal for our clients, and there are a few simple steps you can take today to drastically increase your monthly traffic. 1. Use On-Page SEO Ranking when
"Hacking" conjures to mind the image of someone dressed in all black, furiously typing away at a keyboard. But hacking isn't all negative or relegated to cheesy '90s flicks - it can also be a tool for exponential growth. That's where growth hacking comes in. What is Growth Hacking? The original term "growth hacking" was coined by startup advisor
For those of us in the trenches of marketing and web design every day, it's easy to see the benefit of new technologies. But it's sometimes difficult to communicate those benefits to the boss writing the check. If you know that your website strategy needs to change but aren't sure how to convince your boss to try a new system, this guide will give
In the manufacturing industry, having a functional, beautiful website has historically been an afterthought. It was a "nice thing to have" but not a priority. However, with the rise of smaller shops and more tech-savvy customers, a functional manufacturing website is now a necessity. But why does it have to be such a headache to redesign a
Your website should be your best salesperson. Is that true for your current website? If your website isn't bringing you consistent quality leads, it's time to try a new approach. What is Growth-Driven Web Design (GDD)? A whopping 94% of visitors reported they closed out of a website or didn’t trust it simply because of an outdated design.
Everybody wants to rule the world, but only a select few will rule Google. Ranking on first page in Google search results is a digital marketing goal for every company, but it can be a challenge. We previously gave you tips on how to integrate your inbound marketing campaigns with your SEO, but there is another approach if you aggressively want to
Summer is the time for pool parties, outdoor grilling and watching the clock until the end of the work day. It's hard to stay motivated through the summer when business typically slows and your mind is elsewhere. But it's important to keep your momentum going through the summer, instead of falling into the dreaded summer slump. HubSpot asked three
Online, your business must stay relevant to stay competitive. A whopping 94% of visitors reported they closed out of a website or didn’t trust it simply because of an outdated design. (Source) Growth-Driven Web Design (GDD) is a new approach to web design that stops this issue in its tracks. In a Growth-Driven Web Design approach, websites are
Inbound marketing can generate a massive amount of new business for your company - but how do you really know if it's working? The pillars of inbound marketing are analytics - the data you examine to see how well you're performing. This informs all your inbound efforts and how you tweak your content and strategy to reach more people. However with
You know your customers are online, but how do you reach them? Online advertising is a fantastic way to reach many people quickly, but where should you advertise online? And which is better: Google or Facebook? What are the Differences Between Google Ads and Facebook Ads? The main difference between Google AdWords and Facebook Ads is how ads are
Traditional web design is broken. The struggle with traditional design is that almost immediately after a site is launched, the design and content begins to grow stale. The internet is an ever-evolving beast, and when your site doesn't evolve along with it, it ages quickly. A whopping 94% of visitors reported they closed out of a website
How often has this happened to you: you search for a recipe online, click on one of the first results you see in Google... only to be met with a massive wall of text and photos? What do you do? Do you scroll down until you find the actual recipe? Or do you go back to Google, find a link that starts out with the recipe, and use that
Landing pages are the bread-and-butter of inbound marketing. But most landing pages are a burnt piece of toast. It's easy to create landing pages, but creating landing pages that convert is much more of a challenge. There are some basic mistakes that sabotage your landing pages before they ever have a chance to be successful. If your landing pages
Show of hands: who likes being told what to do? In the age of information, customers have more power than ever before to educate themselves and make their own informed choices. Traditionally, marketing was a spray-and-pray method: you told as many people as possible why your business was awesome through marketing pieces like fliers and
Often when clients come to us for SEO work, we hear the same request: "I want to rank on the first page." This is a seemingly simple request, but once you start to unravel it, it becomes very complicated. What keywords do you want to rank for? How many keywords do you want to rank for? How quickly do you want to rank? What marketing
Your website is your biggest marketing asset, and the centerpiece of all of your marketing activities. It’s where people go to learn about your company, your products & services, where you’re located in Minneapolis, and more. It’s also your best “salesperson” - or should be. Research by HubSpot indicates that a prospect has already moved
Ever wonder exactly how Google analyzes every website and ranks it? Behind their incredibly complex (and secret) algorithm are a few surprisingly basic tenants that dictate all website rankings. Google recently shared their approach to search engine optimization (SEO) on their Think With Google blog, and it's a great time to make sure your
While the rest of the country waits for the ball to drop on New Year's Day, we at BizzyWeb anxiously await another end-of-the-year-event: Google's Most Searched Words. Each year, Google looks back at the top search trends and we couldn't be more excited. Besides being really, really cool (in our professional opinion) the top searched terms tell us
The times they are a-changing. In the beginning of December, WordPress began rolling out the new version of their editor, which drastically changes how the interface looks. If your website was built in WordPress you may not have seen the change just yet, but it's expected to roll out on every website within the next few
Conventional wisdom says if you want to rank on Google, you need to focus on keywords. But is that really the case anymore? Are keywords still important? The truth is that Google is shifting away from keywords and toward topics. What Are Keywords? Keywords are exactly what they sound like - key words that you want to rank for on Google.
How do you find what you're looking for online? Would you type into Google, "floral plants with petals" or "florists near me?" Language is important. With our florist example, the "right" language is obvious, but more often than not it isn't that clear cut. The closer you are to a business, the harder it is to look at it from an outsider's
We love Google because they're constantly innovating and evolving. We also hate Google because they're constantly innovating and evolving. As soon as you get comfortable with an interface, Google rolls out a new update. It's a complicated relationship. In their continued efforts to streamline marketing, Google recently revamped their entire
Recently, Dave sat down with Mike Porter of The Star Tribune to discuss accessibility in digital content. (Read the full article on Star Tribune's website). Q: What pitfalls can our business avoid when trying to make our digital content accessible for people with disabilities? A: Serious consideration of user accessibility for people with
Ranking locally is a struggle, no matter your location. Many of our clients provide services across the country, but want to rank locally in Minneapolis. Generally speaking, the rules for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are the same whether you want to rank locally or nationally, but there are some location-specific tips. Ranking Locally vs.
I'll let you in on a little industry secret: even writers don't like writing. Writing can be invigorating, watching the pieces fall into place...but more often than not, it's a deadline breathing down your neck and a creative well run dry. Like many things in life, you have to fake it till you make it. If you're not a writer by nature, that's ok.
It's not about you. It's about them. One of the fatal mistakes business owners make on their websites is focusing on what they want to see, and not what their potential customers want to see. Often, we fall back on phrases like "since 1975, we have...." or "we lead the industry in..." which, while impressive, don't really matter to your
At BizzyWeb, we believe in a simple adage: The more you help people, the more successful you’ll become. We’ve geared our blog and email newsletter to helping as many people as possible, and we’ve published more than 300 free BizzyWebinars to help our clients and friends learn how to improve their marketing using digital tools. Helping feels
2012 was a great year. The world didn't end. Marvel's The Avengers was released. We saw the transit of Venus for the last time until 2117. But if your website was last redesigned in 2012, that's anything but great. Traditional web design is broken. The struggle with traditional design is that almost immediately after a site is launched,
Your website is the most important online sales tool you have - unfortunately, it's often also the most neglected. If you aren't seeing online leads like you'd hoped, it's time to re-evaluate. Why Your Website Isn't Working 1. It's Not Mobile Responsive If your site can’t be read easily on smart phones and tablets, that’s a huge red flag.
You've probably heard about how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will drastically change the face of the internet, but do you know what you need to do to prepare? What is GDPR? GDPR is the European Union's new regulation on consumer protection, data and cyber protection that will come into effect starting May 25, 2018. GDPR will give
Ah SEO...everyone's favorite buzzword that no one quite understands. There are literally thousands of articles online about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and the right and wrong way to SEO (and even some arguing that SEO isn't important at all). The truth is that Google is ever-evolving and what SEO means is also constantly changing. However,
Bye, Felicia! There are some SEO strategies that once were useful but now are...well...pretty useless. Kick these out-of-date SEO tactics to the curb once and for all in 2018. Multiple Keywords in a Page Title Many business owners know that having your keyword in the title of your page is important for SEO. If one is good, more must be
A little bit of story time: Once upon a time, there was a little keyword named Purple Monkey Dinosaur. Purple Monkey Dinosaur hoped and dreamed of seeing the first page of Google. His best friend BizzyWeb knew the way to rank on Google. Through the magic of SEO, BizzyWeb ranked on the first page for the little keyword Purple Monkey Dinosaur...
1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...10...are you still here? Viewers typically leave a website within 10 to 20 seconds. With that kind of time crunch, you need to use every tool at your disposal to ensnare attention and keep your visitors around longer. One way to grab attention is with a snappy headline. Even if you have the most compelling blog
If you've spent any time at all playing around with Google Analytics, you've probably seen a statistic for "bounce rate." On paper, a bounce rate is simple - it's the percentage of people that leave your website after only viewing one page. In practice, however, it's a little bit more confusing. What's a "good" versus a "bad" bounce rate? When do