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, the design
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,
You might remember a few weeks ago when we introduced you to a new way to approach website design and online marketing: User Centered Web Design. Just as a quick refresher, UCD approaches web design as an ongoing process. In a User Centered Web Design approach, websites are continuously updated every month, with substantive changes to keep your
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. Many business owners are trapped in this cycle: Spend 6-8 months
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
Pop quiz time! Do you have your number 2 pencil and eraser on hand? Just how much do you know about digital marketing? With all the buzzwords and conflicting information floating around on the internet, it's easy to lose your path. Take our quiz to find out if you're going the right direction (don't worry - this test won't count towards your
Do you pour hours into your marketing, only for it to fall flat? Does your content get a lot of views, but very few conversions (if any)? Final question: are you using marketing personas? If you aren't using personas (or are using inaccurate personas) there's a good chance that's the reason behind your lackluster marketing results. Marketing
Google is like the protective older sibling of the internet. And like any good big bro (or sis) they want to keep you safe. Google announced that they will soon show a "not secure" warning for any site that is not SSL compliant and exclude it from search results. The change will be effective when Google version 62 launches in October. We've talked
If your website was last updated in '97 and features a flashing rainbow background...you probably already know it's time for an upgrade. But often it's not easy to tell when a site needs a simple refresh or a full-scale redesign. Does a website made in 2010 need to be redesigned? What about one made in 2015? The truth is there is no set
Here’s a million-dollar question: how do you get people to do what you want them to? It isn’t enough to just dump words out into the universe and hope that does something. Whether you’re putting together a website, sending out an email, posting on social media or drafting up a blog, you want to drive people toward a specific action. What that
It's no secret that digital marketing is a different beast from traditional marketing. In place of fliers and billboards, we have blog posts and Google advertising. At the core of successful digital marketing is a concept called "Inbound Marketing" - the idea of focusing on relevant and helpful content instead of interrupted content. Think of
Think of the web as one big chain of storage units. Before your website can live online, you have to buy a storage unit to have somewhere to hold it. That's where a website host comes in. A website host is the link that connects your website to the rest of the internet so everyone can see it. Not all hosts offer the exact same services. Use this
Does your SEO strategy feel like you're running and running...only to look back and see that you've barely moved? It's no secret that SEO is tricky, but if you're still bogged down in common SEO misconceptions then you're doing more harm than good. Lie: You Set up SEO Once and Forget About It A common misconception about SEO is that you only
May the 4th be with you. And also with your marketing. The Force is good for more than just flashy battles - you can use your Jedi training to master your online marketing strategy as well. Come along, my Padawan reader as we delve into the world of online marketing. Resist the Dark Side Like the Force, the dark side of online marketing is
You've heard it before (probably from us): in order to rank on Google, you need a blog. And you need to update it. Regularly. It's usually at the words "regularly updated blog" that our customers' faces blanch and the panic creeps in. That's when we hear: "I'm not a writer. And besides, I don't know what to blog about." I'll let
Google Analytics is a fantastic tool that provides real-time data on your website traffic. But as anyone who's looked at it knows, the interface is overwhelming and confusing. It can be hard to find the information you need. Kristin Hicks of Constant Contact highlights the must-have metrics from Google Analytics: 1. Website Traffic The first
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to online marketing is attaching a clear ROI to your efforts. Many business owners struggle with knowing that they need to market, but being afraid of just tossing money down the drain. If you're already marketing but feeling like you're just treading water, there are a few questions you should ask
The online marketing landscape is a bustling market. One the left, merchants trying to sell you services for an arm and a leg. On the right, merchants promising the same services for pennies. Business owners know they need to be marketing, but with all the noise they aren't sure how much they should spend on online marketing. Or, worse, they're
We talk a lot about what you should do when it comes to your website and digital marketing, but it's just as important to talk about what you shouldn't do. Avoid these common website pitfalls. DON'T Use Social Media in Place of a Website Social media is fantastic, but don't make the mistake of thinking it can do the work of a website.
Did you bring your scalpel? We're continuing our dissection of successful marketing tools to narrow in on what makes them work. Today we're slicing open some successful websites to see how they're built. It's Mobile Responsive 80% of people use a smartphone daily, according to Google. If your website isn't ready for them, they won't stick around.
I'm going to be blunt: if you're still thinking of your potential customer pool as "anyone who needs my product/service," you need to stop. If pure need was all the drove purchasing decisions, we wouldn't have the variety of products we do on the market. Think about the divide between Coke and Pepsi, and how passionately customers advocate for
Between TV, email and social media, we're all bombarded with so many words a day that they all blur together into a shapeless mush. It takes some truly special content to stand out from the rest. How can you make your online marketing efforts reach the most people? Make it epic. Stories unite us. They define us. There's a reason why stories like
One of the first questions we hear from new customers is: what the heck is web hosting, and why do I have to pay for it? Think of a website as an apartment. You own anything that goes inside your apartment, but you still have to pay rent to live there. In order for your website to appear online, you have to rent out the space. That's where a web
Gather round, I have a terrifying tale. And every last word is true. There was once a website...a seemingly normal website. But underneath the surface, dark forces were at work. Visitors would come, but they wouldn't stay. The contact form was so unused it gathered dust. No one could find it on Google. Business began to die. Sound familiar? If
You can't deny it any longer: it's now officially Pumpkin Spice season. The plastic bats are coming out of hibernation, skeletons are gracing storefront windows and you can't walk three feet without seeing orange. Now's the time to dust off your strategy and start gearing up for Holiday 2016. Even if you're not selling a tangible product, you can
We spend so much time chasing after the shiniest new toy that it's easy to get sidetracked from the basics. Today we're tacking it back, slowing it down and giving you a play-by-play of the 8 tools your business needs online and how we can help you get there. Every business is different, but when it comes to online marketing there are 8 tools every