SS Digital Media’s Favorite Super Bowl Moments

The 2017 Super Bowl was one for the records. The first Super Bowl to ever go into overtime, the game had us all at the edge of our seats. From the commercials to the halftime show, all of us at SS Digital Media found different moments to be the highlight of the night. Here’s our favorite moments from Super Bowl LI.

Nick Skislak: Budweiser – This commercial was a great reminder of how we built this country.  Amazingly inspirational.

Michael Taylor: The Verizon commercials. They were some of the only funny ones this year.

Tessa Feeley: Melissa McCarthy’s Kia commercial because she’s hilarious of course!

super bowl commercial

Amanda Friedt: Did you guys check the Justin Bieber Six Flags Meme? Classic. The drones were amazing too!

justin bieber

Krista Krautner: All of the glorious food because everyone knows indulging in taco dip and wings is the most important part of the Super Bowl… What is football?

Michael Muscat: Julian Edelman’s unbelievable catch.

justin edelman

Dave Salazar: The drones during Lady Gaga’s halftime performance. They were so well coordinated.  

Natalie Roosa: Guacamole and all of the amazing memes posted during the game.

salt bae super bowl

Allyssa Costanza: The Mr. Clean commercial was hilarious. I’m hoping my boyfriend was paying attention!

Elise Hubel: I loved the Lady Gaga Spongebob memes and the fact that they were posted within minutes of the halftime show.

spongebob

 

What was your favorite moment from this year’s Super Bowl?

 

Meet Allyssa, Our Newest Team Member!

We are excited to announce that we have added another member to our work family at SS Digital Media! We recently hired Allyssa Costanza as our Digital Marketing Specialist for the accounts team. Hear what Allyssa has to say about her new role at SSDM:

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“I graduated from Oakland University with a B.A. degree in Communication including a focus in
advertising in April 2015. Coming from an early education background, jumping into the professional world took a bit of adjusting. However, after an internship resulted in my first full-time “adult” gig with a local digital marketing agency, I quickly adjusted. My time at the agency was full of different experiences. From paid advertising optimization to account management, it feels as though I’ve done it all! Although it’s always bittersweet to leave a fostering, educational environment, joining SS Digital Media felt like the right step to help further my career.”

“I am very excited and optimistic for the opportunity to join SS Digital Media’s team as the Digital Marketing Strategist and use the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired to help the company flourish this year.”

We are excited to have Allyssa on our team!

Day 1 of SMX: Morning Break Down

Two sessions down, so many great conversations, and still so much more to uncover. Here is my quick recap of this morning’s sessions.

Session #1 – Enterprise SEOs, Unite!

Speakers:
1. Simon Heseltine – Global Head of SEO, Hewlett Packard – @simonheseltine
2. Scott Nickels – Director, Audience & Engagement, Hearst Autos – @scott5cents
3. Amber Fehrenbacher – Chief Marketing Officer, SuretyBonds.com – @afehrenbacher
Moderator – Chris Sherman – Partner & VP Event Programming, Third
Door Media, Inc., – @CJSherman

This session covered how these speakers solved their own unique technical and structural issues and helps us think how we can solve our SEO problems.

My take:
It is refreshing to hear from other leading professionals, at larger enterprise level companies with robust internal teams – who run into some of the same challenges agencies do. It is not uncommon for people to launch a website and ask SEO questions later, only to find out they aren’t getting the traffic results they anticipated. Segmenting your data is just as important, maybe even more so in understanding top performing marketing results. Team communication is just as important, SEOs need to talk with the designers, developers, copywriters, marketers from conception of a Web project. The big companies accidentally no-index their sites sometimes…whoops. Mistakes do happen, I think it’s great to know that as search professionals, we are all in this together.

Take aways:SMX panel

  • Get your teams certified— all of them
  • Get a communication plan place
  • Work closely with your developers
  • Everyone runs into issues, no matter the size of the company or team

Click the links below to see their presentations:
How To SEO In The Enterprise By Amber Fehrenbacher

Enterprise SEO: The Final Frontier By Simon Hesel

You Might Be An Enterprise SEO If…By Scott Nickles

Session #2 – Getting AMPed: What You Need To Know About Accelerated Mobile Pages & Google

Speakers:

  1. John Shehata – VP, SEO, Conde Nast – @jshehata
  2. Elite Truong – Product Manager, Partner Platforms, Vox Media – @elitetruong
  3. Adam Greenberg – Global Product Partnerships, Google – @adamgreenb
  4. Moderator – Danny Sullivan – Founding Editor, Search Engine Land – @dannysullivan

This session focused on what you should be doing to take advantages for accelerated mobile pages to help drive new traffic opportunities on Google.

My take:
Wow! This was a motivating session! There is so much happening in the mobile world. This new Google project is increasing speeds on the mobile content tenfold! This new project was developed because of the following mobile issues:

  1. SMXSlow page load time
  2. Scrolling issues that were non-responsive
  3. Content that shifts around

What AMP intends to deliver:

  • Increase page speed – Faster delivery times
  • A solution to caching
  • Easy implementation
  • Enable monetization
  • Embrace the open Web – AMP is open-source AMP – Open source github.com/ampproject/amphtml

Did you know??? 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.

  • AMP Page Load Time Average – .7 seconds
  • Mobile Page Load Time – 22.0 seconds

Take aways:

  • SERP results start showing AMP pages – September 16, 2016
  • Large increase in rankings and CTRs are seen across those who are currently testing

Click the links below to see their presentations:
Getting AMPed!! By John Shehata

Storytelling on Google Search By Elite Truong

AMP: Above & Beyond By Adam Greenberg

Stay tuned for SMX Day 1 Afternoon Recap!

Google Removes Right Side Ads

Google Removes Right Side Ads

Google made a BIG change that impacts how advertisements appear on search results pages. Google will no longer serve text ads on the right side of organic results, with an exception!

Google rolled out a HUGE change to remove ads on the right side of search results. In exchange, the ad placement is only at the top and/or bottom of the page. There could be as many as four ads above the organic search listings which Google calls “highly commercial queries.”

Let’s Break This Down for You:
Instead of showing up to 11 ads on a page, there is only room for 7 ads. This is a decrease of 36% of ads that show on a search results page. This new feature has affected users worldwide in all languages.

Why Did This Happen?
Google’s right side experiment has been in the works since 2011, according to Search Engine Land reports. This experiment has led up to this big change to test if bottom ads could be launched in larger markets.

There is an Exception!
Ads will not appear on the right side of desktop results with the following exception:

Product Listing Ad (PLA) boxes: use existing Merchant Center product data to decide what will appear in the results. These ads are separate from texts ads with two rows of products. Shoppers can find the best match before clicking to make a purchase.

Example: If you sell slippers and have a text ad for slippers on sale, a customer could see both of your ads on the same Google search results page. See the screenshot below

Product Listing Ad (PLA) boxes
This is how a search engine results page would appear before Google made the update. There are advertisements displayed on the right side.  
Google Ads Change

Look at the difference of how search results are displayed on Google when using a desktop. There is a huge change in the user search experience.
Google Search Text Ads Now

What does this mean for your business?

  • For business, this will mean there is an even larger focus on search engine optimization. The organic space is more valuable than ever before. Organic listings will be pushed down even further down the search page.
  • For paid search advertisers, this change will trigger higher priced cost per click (CPC) due to demand. The top of the page search is going to become more expensive.
  • This affects the experience that users have using Google. Sidebars stood out clearly as ads; now the change makes it hard for users to distinguish ads and organic results.
  • This change fits with Google’s mobile first strategy where marketers need to deliver mobile-friendly experiences. Google will deliver search rankings to sites that are optimized for mobile.
  • To achieve optimal results in paid search advertising campaigns, you must adjust and optimize. Quality score will become more of a factor with ad placement.
  • Landing page quality will affect your optimization. Conversion matters to ensure that your landing page converts.
Sample Data CPC
(Feb 2015)
CTR
(Feb 2015)
CPC
(March 2016)
CTR
(March 2016)
Data 1 $0.47 2.04% $0.73 6.05%
Data 2 $4.15 0.76% $2.32 3.35%
Data 3 $1.11 0.21% $2.57 1.44%
Data 4 $1.40 1.48% $1.50 3.95%
Data 5 $1.11 5.99% $0.97 7.87%

The data above demonstrates cost-per-click (CPC) and click-through-rate (CTR) in Feb 2015. Fast forward a year, we’ve included the data for CPC and CTR for March 2015. These samples show the difference in cost from a year ago. We are noticing that the click-through rates have gone up by 200% or more. While CPC average went up a bit from $1.59 per click to $1.61 per click. This is a very small price to pay to see your click through rate go thru the roof.

However, there are benefits to paid search from this change. Ads can use call-out extensions, site link extensions, location extensions – which were only a benefit for top-of-page ads. The quality of the search will get better as the advertisers are competing for less space.

Google has completed the removal the right side of the ads and replaced with top/bottom ads on search results pages as of February 22, 2016. This update will provide more relevant results for people searching and better performance for advertisers.

Let’s Talk About What This Means for Your Business!

Contact Us to make an appointment with one of our digital experts to talk about Google’s latest update and what we can do to help your business on the Web.

 

References:

https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/02/23/google-kills-right-hand-side-ads-what-does-this-mean-for-sem/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/20/11077472/google-search-ads-change-position

http://searchengineland.com/google-no-ads-right-side-of-desktop-search-results-242997

http://www.optmyzr.com/blog/how-the-demise-of-right-side-ads-will-impact-adwords-advertisers/

https://www.clickz.com/2016/02/22/google-will-remove-right-hand-side-ads-on-desktop-searches

http://marketingland.com/what-google-mobile-first-rules-mean-for-your-marketing-strategy-126879

Screenshot Source: http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/google-to-remove-ads-from-the-right-side-of-the-search-results-page-500767-2.png

The Scoop on Periscope

The Scoop on Periscope

As a small business, we’re constantly looking for new ways to engage with our clients, to help them to get to know us better. For us, it’s not all about selling what we have to whoever wants to buy it. Instead, we want to give people a sense of what it’s like behind closed doors at SS Digital Media. One look at the SSDM Instagram or Twitter account offers a glimpse of our team behind the scenes, allowing our audience to see that we are real people and gain trust from that idea. SSDM’s success has undoubtedly come from our hard work and dedication to the process. But it also comes from the fact that we like to have fun together and that corresponds to the work we put out.

Indeed, social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter are super useful for companies like us to help get our brand “out there”. We love being able to connect with people so easily and effectively and try our best to take advantage of it as much as possible. With that in mind, we’d like to share with you our experience with a new app from Twitter called Periscope, and some tips on why it’s great for businesses.

Why Periscope?

How to Use Periscope for Small BusinessesPeriscope is a new app from Twitter that allows you to stream whatever you want at any time. Going out for a walk? Periscope it. Cooking dinner? Periscope it. Watching TV? Periscope it. Anything you want to broadcast into the world, you can. This is a great tool for businesses to use to reach a broader audience, and it lets customers get a better sense of who that business is and what they do.

SEE: How NOT to SEO

Ways to Use Periscope

There are a ton of different ways to use Periscope to benefit your business. Check out the ideas below and see if you can come up with any unique ones on your own.

  • New Product Releases – Use it to showcase products with short trailers and live videos of testing the product or see the service in action.
  • Engage with Customers – Try using Periscope to have live Q&A’s with your customers. It helps to humanize your brand as well as keeping your customers up-to-date on new products and other news. 
  • Behind the Scenes – Again, this helps to humanize your brand by letting your customers in on what you do and what office life is like for you. It helps your customers to feel more comfortable with you when they know a little more about you other than what you sell.
  • History – One thing a lot of businesses forget is that they almost all have unique histories. The journey, from conception to actualization, is something people love to hear about. Let your customers in on how your business came to fruition with Periscope.

SEE ALSO: What is a Business Blog Post and How Do I Write One?

Try Periscope to Help Build Your Social Media PresencePeriscope for Business

Another benefit of Periscope is that it helps drive users to your other social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’re no doubt already using these platforms to engage with your customer base. By using Periscope, you have a medium to express this to your viewers. Tell them what they might be missing, put together a contest in order to gain followers and outline what your social media presence has to offer them.

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Try Out Periscope, Today!

You’re already working hard to promote your brand in the more ‘traditional’ social media platforms. Start using Periscope and see how much it helps your business grow. And don’t forget to get creative. Just because it wasn’t listed here, doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. Also, don’t forget to check out SS Digital Media blog posts and social media accounts for more social media tips and advice!

What is a Business Blog Post and How Do I Write One?

What is a Business Blog Post and How Do I Write One?

Business blogs are not only essential, but they are a nice touch for your audience as well as bonus opportunity for your company to be found more easily on the Internet. A business blog post is an all-in-one tool that helps potential customers find you and current customers keep in touch with you. It allows you to provide extra information to your customers at no extra charge to them, increasing their loyalty in your company and brand as a result.

A good business blog post will give extra information about your company’s policies and what to do with your goods and services. An even better post will offer advice above and beyond the typical search results while remaining in the same realm of your company’s purpose.

The Basics

Now that you’re convinced you should have a business blog, how do you write one? For starters, set up parameters for which topics you should cover. Think about these questions:

  • Is this blog for current consumers or new customers? B2B? Can it be for all three?
  • What is the scope of information I’m willing to cover? Relevant topics or specific ones?
  • What sort of tone should I implement?
  • How often should I post?
  • What will my blog look like?

Planning

When you have these answers squared away, you can start mapping out a month’s worth of content and play to your company’s strengths within that month. If it’s June, think about topics related to summer plans and purchases. How is your brand connected to your audience during this time of year? Research what your audience is searching for online and base your editorial calendar off of some of those ideas.

Organization

The order you present information affects how well it will be remembered. The classic Five W’s + H (who, what, when, where, why and how) should be easily answered either in the first paragraph, or in the bold titles in the text. This way, if a person short on time needs to know where they can obtain the good or service you describe, they can easily find the information you put out as opposed to searching another website. A simple format to follow includes:

  • A catchy yet descriptive title
  • An introductory paragraph stating why the topic is important and in need of explanation
  • At least three subtitles that are bold and summarize the paragraph in a few words
  • An exit paragraph providing information about your business in relation to blog topic

Pictures are helpful, especially if you are talking about a product during your blog post. Just be sure the images are high-quality and given proper attribution if found online.

Visual Appeal

The “less is more” saying applies to online blogging more than you’d think, especially when the blog is business related. People only have enough time to find what they’re looking for as quickly as possible. If your blog posts are too long, they’ll skip to another site. If posts are too short with too much blank space, it’s not professional enough to garner real interest. Stick to paragraphs no more than 5 lines of text long. Cutting it close? Break up paragraphs with bullets.

Relatability

Almost anything can become relevant with enough digging. Banks and credit unions can make use of summer budgeting posts while service industries can focus on using the warm weather to their advantage. The key to a successful business blog is to plan your topics in advance and learn what the audience wants in that time frame. Appeal to their needs with information they can’t get anywhere else. What does your business offer that they need for this topic?

Get Started!

Remember that a business blog post is predominantly about exposure for your brand, not necessarily selling products. Interject your products sparingly and only when relevant because blogs that are too salesy come off as advertising spam and your customers are inundated with that enough. Stick to proper grammar, spelling and appropriateness at all times, even if your tone is more fun than the average business blog.