Working From Home With Mike Zima
By Michael Zima
This podcast interviews work from home entrepreneurs, illustrates insights into how to find and hire affordable digital services, and advice for nonprofits to thrive without spending a dime online.
Featured on Small Business Trends, Home Business Magazine, CNBC, Time, Business Insider.
Featured on Small Business Trends, Home Business Magazine, CNBC, Time, Business Insider.
Truth Social, Gettr, Rumble & Telegram Start Web 3.0 Wars
Web 3.0 is the new buzzword. But what is it, and will it be much of the same? The truth has been hidden, buried, and labeled untrustworthy. The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies as oil floats on water. -Don Quixote The truth has surfaced and started a fragmentation of our internet. The internet was never supposed to be centralized. Censorship broke the internet in half, and Web 3.0 is not about the metaverse or cryptocurrency. Web 3.0 is about YOUR community and Bitcoin. Without going down that rabbit hole of orange pills. Let’s see what’s happening with social networks. Truth Social launched with a Trump stamp of approval. Probably as good as his steaks and university. There’s nothing new here with Parlar, Gettr, Telegram all emerging as different platforms to tear social networks apart. We had Friendster, MySpace, Xanga, and all of that faded away. It became easier to speak with your friends, faster to look up old buddies, and quicker to send ideas to YOUR community. Before long, it was a parade of information we grew numb to after all those friend requests and years of liking. People on platforms can no longer express their idea to THEIR community, trolls stoke the flames, and personal attacks and bullying are where we are at in mature social media platforms. Truth Social is promoting the most advanced AI to moderate content on its platform from violence, bullying, hate speech, and even spam. If you’re on Gettr right now, all your replies will have tons of spammers selling junk. But is censorship the objective here? Facebook seems to think so! Basically, on the same day. Facebook is gunning after Truth social is sharing their AI supercomputer. Is the answer to social media more censorship? More computers? More centralization? Probably not. The evolution of social media has been happening for over 25-years. You got mail. You got poked. You got deplatformed. Words. Truth. Integrity. We are heading into a post-Facebook world. If you want to participate inside the metaverse and try to “earn” a digital life. The same caveats we have in social media today inside a new restricted metaverse reality. A closed economy. Facebook tried to create Libra. Failed. Facebook rebranded it as Diem. Failed. Communication is what powers social media. The number #1 driver for social networks is advertising revenue. There is no other business model. Over 20-years, it’s been the same. Banner ads. Facebook and Advertising agencies are spending millions of dollars to launch Metaverse ads. Resources are pouring in when we are ignoring problems in reality. Here’s a banner from artist David Sebastian. “Billionaires are spending millions in the metaverse while people are starving in our universe!!!” So, it’s the same business model re-hashed into another form. Web 3.0 is the new slogan. There’s nothing new about it. Silicon Valley knows what the future of Web 3.0 is all about. It’s bitcoin. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Gettr: https://gettr.com/user/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ Website: https://zimamedia.com
January 26, 2022
Google MUM, its a new algorithm that’s 1,000x more powerful than BERT
Google previews the new MUM algorithm update. Mum stands for Multitask Unified Modal (mum). Google demoed this on stage during an I/O conference. It’s 1000 times more power than BERT. Although no public rollout date was announced, it’s easy to speculate about its future in search. Well, if you’ve been following Zima Media, it’s the past. We have been informing our clients about advances in Artificial Intelligence since 2014. Subscribe and like this video to stay ahead of the competition on digital marketing trends. MUM can work in 75 languages, and it understands and generates language as we saw with OPEN AI GPT-3. The breakthrough comes with understanding different mediums of digital content. For years, the limitations to succeeding on Google have been primarily limited to the text on your website. We have been preparing for AI-driven algorithmic rankings, and we saw advancements in 2018 with E-A-T. We were stunned with the results of producing content with a high E-A-T score; we even discontinued most backlink buildings. Content is the biggest differentiator in your niche, and now that applies to every medium of content Google can index. Mum will process images, text, and videos as we have covered in previous videos. Since MUM is a “multi-modal,” Google can start combining text, images, and videos in Search Result pages. Imagine getting a curated list of search results like a Pinterest board? Elaborate pieces of information coming together to answer complex questions and situations. We will closely watch MUM as we could anticipate this updating launching in installments over the next several months. Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this podcast. FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #googlemum #googlealgorithm #coreupdate
May 19, 2021
Marketing Mistakes #5: Neglecting Your Website
We have looked into such common marketing mistakes as not knowing your results, not investing in SEO and content, not running advertising campaigns, and ignoring your social media. Today, we’re going to discuss another fatal mistake → Neglecting Your Website Your website is the face of your business. If it doesn’t give a good first impression, no one will want to revisit it. Since marketing's primary goal is to bring people to your site, its quality is responsible for the results of all your marketing efforts, including SEO and Google Ads. If you see that users leave your site shortly after opening it and you have only a few sales, maybe it means you need to improve your website to attract more leads. Here are a few important questions you need to ask yourself: ☑️ Is your site fast? (If your website visitors have to wait 3 seconds before the page loads, don’t be surprised when they leave without even checking out what you have to offer.) ☑️ Does your site look good on mobile? (If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, then you might be losing 44.7% of sales from mobile devices.) ☑️ When was the last time you updated your website? (If you don’t keep up with the latest industry news, don’t publish new content, and don’t maintain your site’s design fresh, you might be losing a lot of money.) ☑️ Do you have testimonials on your site? (If you want to gain trust in the eyes of Google and your prospects, you should include as many testimonials as you can on your website.) ☑️ How do you generate leads from your website? (If you want your potential customers to take action, you need to have a way to gather emails from potential customers to make them realize your product or service is the solution to their problem.) ☑️ Do the answers to these questions satisfy you? If not, it’s time for a change in your marketing strategy. Now, you are aware of the five most common mistakes such as: Not Knowing Your Results, Not Investing in SEO & Content, Not Running Advertising Campaigns Because the Budget Is Small, Ignoring Social Media, and Neglecting Your Website. So, you better try avoiding them as much as possible. If you missed our previous videos, you can find the links below. Also, feel free to go ahead and download our Free Marketing Audit right now! Just click the link in the description and get to know whether you’re doing your marketing right! And if you’re ready to boost your business, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your marketing strategy and discover how we can help you improve it. Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this prodcast. Here's your 5 marketing mistakes template👇 http://zima.media/5-marketing-mistakes FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #marketingmistakes #digitalmarketingtips #webdesign
April 21, 2021
Marketing Mistakes #4: Ignoring Social Media
We have already talked about such common marketing mistakes as not knowing your results, not investing in SEO and content, and not running advertising campaigns. If you haven’t checked them yet, you can find links in the description. Today, we’re going to discuss another big mistake → Ignoring Social Media Writing amazing content without sharing it is pointless. Now, almost everyone has a profile on various social media platforms, including your customers. And if you aren’t taking advantage of this free opportunity to reach your target audience, you might be slowing down your marketing efforts. If you don’t remember the last time you posted on social or whether you even have a business profile, maybe you should start working on improving your social media strategy. Here are a few important questions you need to ask yourself before jumping to any conclusions: ☑️ Do you have a Facebook Business Page? (If you’re a business, you should have one. It gives you many more opportunities than just a personal page.) ☑️ When was your last company post on social media? (Consistency is the key. Make your potential customers expect the updates and useful insights from you. If you don’t post on social, it makes it much easier for your audience to forget about you.) ☑️ How many followers do you have on social media? (Remember that it’s better to have 300 relevant followers than 3000 random people or bots that don’t care about your business.) ☑️ Do you have trust signals such as testimonials and reviews? (If you have reviews and testimonials, it’s a signal for your target audience to trust your brand and know that you’re not another scam business.) ☑️ How many website visitors are coming from social media? (If you don’t get any traffic from social media, you should rethink your social media strategy and adjust it accordingly.) ☑️ Do you have a social media calendar? (If you want to post consistently and ensure you’re not repeating yourself, having a social media calendar is a must.) ☑️ When was the last time you optimized your strategy? (Social media platforms change very often, and your social media strategy should reflect those changes to keep up with their algorithms.) ☑️ Are your competitors active on social media? (If your competitors aren’t taking the full advantage of social media, maybe it’s your chance to overcome them with the help of a well-thought-through strategy.) Can you answer these questions easily? If not, it might be time you rethink your marketing strategy. Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this video. Here's your 5 marketing mistakes template👇 http://zima.media/5-marketing-mistakes FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #marketingmistakes #digitalmarketingtips #socialmedia
April 13, 2021
Marketing Mistake #3: Not Running Advertising Campaigns Because Your Budget Is Small
We have already talked about such common marketing mistakes as not knowing your results and not investing in SEO and content. If you haven’t checked them yet, you can find links in the description. Today, we’re going to elaborate on another crucial mistake → Not Running Advertising Campaigns Because Your Budget Is Small The key to successful advertising isn’t only increasing your daily budget but also making sure to set up your campaigns properly. It includes creating a strong strategy, following the best practices, targeting keywords with a high search volume, keeping a close eye on your competitors, constantly testing new ads and ideas, and knowing your industry advertising averages to have realistic expectations. If you spend a fortune without getting results, maybe you should restructure your campaigns, stop focusing on low-performing keywords, change your bidding strategy, create better ads, and review your target audiences. These are the questions you need to ask yourself: ☑️ How many site visitors do you have from Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn Ads? (If you’re getting more conversions from Facebook and only a few from other platforms, you should focus on Facebook since it’s already working for you.) ☑️ Are you remarketing to previous website visitors and clients? (If you don’t encourage your past website visitors to complete their purchase, then who will? Your advertising strategy should always include a remarketing campaign.) ☑️ What is the Click-Through Rate of your ads? (The average click-through rate on Google Ads is 2%, but if you polish and experiment with your ad copy you might get 15% and increase the chance of getting a conversion.) ☑️ How often do you create new ads? (Advertising is all about testing. It means that you need to review your campaigns and try something new at least once per week to find out what works best for your business.) ☑️ What is your advertising ROI and cost per lead? (In short, do you lose or gain money from your advertising efforts? Of course, you’d want to stick to the latter. Average advertising ROI is 300%, but with the right advertising tactics you can get it up to 1000% and more.) ☑️ Are you taking advantage of advanced and new ad formats? (If you don’t use dynamic and responsive search ads yet, it’s time to restructure your ad campaign as they have proven to drive more clicks and increase the conversion rate.) ☑️ How much money do you invest compared to your competitors? (The more money you spend on advertising, the more exposure your ads get. If your daily ad budget is $30 while your competitor is spending $150 on the same keywords, you can easily guess whose ads will get more clicks and possibly bring more purchases or leads.) ☑️ Are you spending money the right way after all or could you improve your advertising campaigns for more sales, more leads, and a higher return on ad spend? In our next video tomorrow, we’re going to talk about the fourth most common marketing mistake you might be making. Stay tuned and if you’re curious, go ahead and download our Free Marketing Audit right now! Just click the link in the description and get to know whether you’re doing your marketing right! Here's your 5 marketing mistakes template👇 http://zima.media/5-marketing-mistakes FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #marketingmistakes #digitalmarketingtips
February 15, 2021
Marketing Mistake #2: Not Investing in SEO & Content Because It’s Too Slow
Last time we talked about the first marketing mistake businesses usually make - not knowing your results. If you haven’t checked it yet, you can find the link in the description. Now, it’s time for mistake #2 → Not Investing in SEO & Content Because It’s Too Slow Did you know that 90% of web pages never get any traffic? While it’s good to run successful advertising campaigns, it’s still crucial to work on your website’s SEO & Content to get free organic traffic and leads. Yes, you can’t see the results overnight, but, in the long run, quality content and proper SEO optimizations will pay off by bringing you more website visitors and prospects. If your website doesn’t get enough organic traffic, maybe it’s time to create a proper content plan to boost it. But first, here are a few important questions you need to ask yourself: ☑️ Do you have any articles on the first page of Google? (If yes, awesome, if no, you should start working towards this goal. Of course, it takes time to get there, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.) ☑️ Is your content bringing you any traffic? (If you’re posting blog posts but no one visits them, you should rethink your strategy and maybe focus on less competitive topics.) ☑️ Do you have a content plan in place? (If you have an end goal, your content plan should reflect it. In other words, posting content without a specific purpose won’t bring you much.) ☑️ How much time do people spend reading your content? (If your website visitors spend only 30 seconds on a 1500-word article, they probably don’t find it very useful or relative. Yet, if they spend at least 3 min on it, then you’re on the right path.) ☑️ Do people share your blog posts? (If users read your articles but rarely share them, then they don’t find it particularly compelling or more insightful than the already existing content on the internet. It’s time to give them more value and unique insights.) ☑️ Has your content generated any leads or sales? (If your content doesn’t make people want to buy your products or services, maybe you should rethink its structure or experiment with lead generation tactics and CTAs.) So, were the answers what you were expecting? If not, it's another sign you need a change in your strategy. In our next video tomorrow, we’re going to talk about the third most common marketing mistake you might be making. Stay tuned and if you’re curious, you can download our Free Marketing Audit right now! Just click the link in the description and get to know whether you’re doing your marketing right! Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this podcast. Here's your 5 marketing mistakes template👇 http://zima.media/5-marketing-mistakes FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #marketingmistakes #digitalmarketingtips
January 25, 2021
Google My Business New Performance Reporting Rolling Out Now
Google is giving businesses more insights to interactions happening on your Google My Business profile. This is going to be valuable for brick and mortar businesses. In my example, I will take a look at Doors Dubai. A high-end restaurant in Dubai. Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this podcast. FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
January 11, 2021
Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing You Money | Marketing Mistake #1: Not Knowing Your Results
After working with more than 2000 clients, we’ve seen a lot of marketing mistakes businesses are making without even realizing it. We decided to share all our secrets so that YOU don’t make the same mistakes. Not Knowing Your Results is one of the five most common marketing mistakes. You need to know what you’re spending your money on and whether it’s worth it. For example, you might be paying for social media posts, while the one blog you wrote three months ago is actually bringing you most of your total traffic organically. Or you might be paying for ads that bring only clicks, but no sales. If your ROI is positive, maybe you should invest more into the best performing platforms and cut the budget for the least performing ones, or stop using some of them completely. If you want to avoid ruining your marketing efforts, here are a few questions you need to ask yourself: ☑️ What is your cost per lead? (If you’re a dental clinic, paying $100 for a lead that’s going to spend thousands once booking your services is pretty good. However, if you’re an ecommerce store selling a product worth of $20, and your cost per conversion is $40, then something is wrong.) ☑️ What is your ROI? (If your marketing budget is bigger than the overall sales revenue, then you need to take action asap.) ☑️ What is your most important audience demographic? (If your most profitable target audience consists of millennial women who are into cruelty-free skincare, then you should probably focus more on building your marketing strategy and a brand message around this buyer persona and stop advertising to 65+ men :) ☑️ How many people visited your website last month? (If the number isn’t significant, you should work on getting people to the site with the help of ads, seo, content, social, etc. And if the number is big but you get no conversions, work on adding more value to your site.) ☑️ Are your website visitors turning into customers? (If you get only a few conversions or leads per month, you might need to rethink your business offer and website design, or change your Call-to-Action.) ☑️ How much time do people spend on your site? (If people spend 10 seconds on your website, they probably didn’t find what they were looking for. It means you might need to add more useful information or target a different audience.) ☑️ What is your most successful channel? (If 95% of your traffic comes from paid advertising and only 5% from organic Google searches, you might need to double down on ads and try improving your SEO.) If you can't answer these questions or the answer doesn’t satisfy you, it’s the sign you need to rethink your marketing. Simple as that. In our next video, we’re going to talk about the second most common marketing mistake you might be making. Stay tuned and if you’re curious, you can download our Free Marketing Audit right now! Just click the link in the description and get to know whether you’re doing your marketing right! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
January 07, 2021
Google Apps on iOS Privacy Requires Developers To Declare New Privacy Labels
Since early December, Apple requires developers to publish privacy labels. If you inspect the App Store, it says one month ago on Chrome, Google Search, and YouTube, among many others. On December 7th was the last time Google updated its ranges of apps before the December 8th deadline Apple set for developers to adopt new privacy label disclosures to users on iOS devices. The privacy label is filled out by developers' containing what data the app is tracking. This would give us an insight into what Google is collecting about users and how that user data is being used. This label will be added to the App Store to increase transparency in the ways apps collect data. This gives more freedom of choice to align with more privacy-conscious Apps. The exciting part about all of this is 1-month has gone by, and there are entrepreneurs out there ready to offer and market new Apps to capture users that could have a strong sense of brand loyalty but find themselves to be a "switcher" because they value their privacy and data. This label will introduce a new level of sophistication with unique points of thought about your brand positioning. In 2021, putting privacy into the center of your message will help you win new business on the App Store. Apple made a claim hoping other app stores copy the model, but E-Foundation is a privacy-focused smartphone software company, and they already have this feature in their App Store since 2018. It can be downloaded to certain android phones or bought with it installed. This is a good move for consumers, nonetheless. What will be included in the Privacy Label? Your Physical Address, Email, Name, Phone, This can feed into the app developer, advertising analytics, product personalization. This can include the habits that are linked to you too. You Purchase History, Financial Info, Location, Physical Address, Contacts, Photos, Videos, Search History, Browsing History This private information again can go to the app developer, advertising analytics, product personalization. Next time you update your Google Apps on iOS. It will be a little more privacy-focused! That is a win for brand loyalty. Give a big thumbs up if that's the case! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
January 06, 2021
SEO Content Marketing Strategy Template
It is widespread in the marketing world today to hear about SEO and content marketing. We would even go so far as to say that these two things have become the bread and butter of many enterprises' marketing strategies. In this tutorial, we are going to explain the relationship between SEO and content marketing. What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? SEO is what businesses do when they want to improve their ranking in search engines. Historically SEO has a dark side, and many people still think it's a geek like me sitting in a dark room bashing a keyboard. We hear about algorithms and keywords, and that's a part of the process. Google SEO strategy comes from a combination of planning, research, preparation, and optimization. This is an endless loop to build your authority with Google. There's another word we hear a lot in the SEO world. Authority is how Google measures your expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness in my world; we call this E-A-T. What is Content Marketing? Content Marketing refers to the content generated by a company to attract potential customers, identify leads, and (hopefully) turn them into sales. Content can also be used as a retention strategy for existing customers. The Buyer's Journey starts on your website when they enter your funnel. Stage 1: Top of the funnel Stage 2: Middle of the funnel Stage 3: Bottom of the funnel Why is content marketing important for SEO? Your business can't fully reap the rewards of a good marketing campaign without effectively employing SEO and content marketing. Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this podcast. Master #Shopify Marketing (Always Free Courses)👇 Shopify Marketing Playlist: https://zima.media/shopify-youtube-playlist Shopify Marketing Blogs: http://zima.media/shopify-marketing-free-course FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
January 05, 2021
Google December 2020 Core Update Summary
Happy New Year! It's time to take advantage of all the hard work Google has been doing updating its algorithms to provide better search results. So, how is the Google December 2020 Core Update going to impact your results? Here are our impressions, but first. What's a core update? "Several times a year, we make significant, broad changes to our search algorithms and systems. We refer to these as "core updates." They're designed to ensure that overall, we're delivering on our mission to present relevant and authoritative content to searchers. These core updates may also affect Google Discover." Google organizes content from your website and uses algorithms to determine the searcher's query's true meaning. If Google understands the importance of the search, it's goal will be to show the most relevant search results. If your website's traffic has declined following a Google core update, most likely, Google's algorithms have determined that there are other pages on the web that are more relevant and helpful than yours. Suppose you are still building spammy backlinks and writing poor or thin content. It won't be easy to rank your website in 2021. As a business owner, you have to care about reputation and brand. You are setting up all your social media accounts, having a modern and fast website, and excellent communication. These are factors that help elevate your brand trustworthiness with Google and website visitors from SEO. Reviews and many other interactions that happen on and off your website are essential. Holistically, you're building a reputation and a brand. This is easy to understand and improve without being an SEO geek like me. What it comes down to is the content. Google has been improving Natural Language Processing (NLP) to meet the needs of a search visitor. Artificial intelligence algorithms are doing a lot of the heavy lifting here. Focusing on your E-A-T is still very important in 2021. We are starting to see in our analytics for ourselves and our clients that more relevant keywords are seeing improvements in rankings. This could be related to Google improving its efforts to analyze more text to decode what you are searching for online. This is especially true with our medical niche clients. This relates a lot to the "Medic" update from many years back. The emphasis is on the quality of the text and how deep it goes on a specific topic. Google seems to be balancing YMYL queries better and is leading to less Medic interference in ranking swings. The pattern is consistent with every algorithm update. Some pages go up, and some pages go down. This is why understanding your internal content strategy is essential. The actual pages that are optimized and have improvements to content could be leading with results. Getting stuck inside the technical SEO is not essential, but that's easier than ever to set up with WordPress or Shopify. Getting critical with your content is the key to beating your competitors on the search result page. What should you focus on in 2021? Link, Share and Subscribe if you liked this video. Master #Shopify Marketing (Always Free Courses)👇 Shopify Marketing Playlist: https://zima.media/shopify-youtube-playlist Shopify Marketing Blogs: http://zima.media/shopify-marketing-free-course FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #google #googlealgorithm
January 04, 2021
Google Pay Launching Google Plex Bank Accounts With Citibank
Now, more than 150 million people in 30 countries use Google Pay every month. Google Pay is launching a new experience that is designed around relationships. Google is laying the pavement for a new kind of digital bank account with trusted financial institutions by 2021. Split bills, send money, and keep track of everything in one place. Google Pay is already available at over 100K restaurants, 30K gas stations, and paid parking lots in over 400 cities. Google is launching with brands such as Etsy, Target, and Warby Parker to offer redemption and loyalty built into the app. The Google Pay account links with your bank accounts and offers analytics on your purchase spending habits. Also, Google Search is coming to your finance to help find transactions quickly. The newest addition is data personalization, which is switched off by default, with a three month trial period to evaluate if you want to keep it on or off. Google Pay will not “leak” your transaction history to advertisers or anywhere on Google. Plex is going to be a new way to bank online! Banks offer Plex Accounts and credit unions, including checking and savings accounts with no monthly fees, overdraft charges, or minimum balance requirements, and help you save toward your goals more quickly. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
November 19, 2020
Connecting Shopify merchants with the TikTok community
Shopify has announced a partnership with TikTok to connect over 1 million stores with the TikTok community. This partnership is another facet that will solidify into a great influencer reach for Shopify stores. There’s an early adopter opportunity for brands to leverage a new advertising platform, and TikTok might be one of the most direct channels for many emerging and existing Shopify stores. This will make it easier for merchants to tap over 100 million active users in the US alone. This will be a new TikTok business manager features straight into Shopify with 1-click pixel setup, campaign targeting and creation, and an ad builder to create simple ads in minutes. TikTok is also offering a $300 ad credit to launch your first campaign. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
October 28, 2020
5 Holiday Ecommerce Tips In How To Grow A Shopify Store
Don’t be frugal, be a savvy investor in your marketing & advertising. You are not wasting money on your website and marketing. It’s an investment over time like your retirement fund. Some marketing decisions might have a negative return like advertising, and some marketing investments appreciate like SEO. Always measure and expect every investment should have a positive outcome. If it does not, measure and find out why. Every new business we help, we indoctrinate them to focus on testing and measuring. It will piss you off when you lose money. Get used to it. Your competitors lost way more to get to where they are. It’s a part of doing business, and you need to rectify where you’re bleeding the budget. This is why being a measurement expert helps make faster decisions instead of blowing it all on a pipe dream on hearsay from a successful friend and superstition you read about on a blog post. If you can apply, measure, and be patient, you’ll have dividends. Investors don’t grow rich overnight, they grow wealthy over the long-term. Form the right business questions. Why are you going to take this action? Are you just following some second-hand advice from a YouTube video? Are you basing this off experience? It’s easy to start looking for answers to the wrong business questions. Get clear on these as fast as possible. Everyone judges a book by its cover. Your website doesn’t have to look like apple.com after a new iPhone launch. You have to take your website seriously because high-end websites use the latest features to POP on your screen. Always improve, but don’t over-invest into your brand. Gradually do it over time. There might be 2-3 questions you focus on a quarter and that’s the length of time it can take to test ideas and patiently wait to recover results. Making decisions in real-time and slow-time takes a great deal of restraint. Focus on clear taxonomy and organization Your collections/categories should map to your products, and your products should be clear and detailed. Invest time into the story and give all the details possible. This is where Google Shopping and Google find relevant keywords and improve your Google rankings positions for SEO and Ads. Organizing your store will help you with your thoughts, inventory, and even your communication. The more aligned all your processes are, the less friction you’ll have. Make it clear to your customers, yourself, and your team. It will make the website feel more fluid for customers, and your team will operate more efficiently because you’re designing it around the website and sales experience. Start working with influencers Shopify and YouTube are launching a partnership to enable influencers to feature products and tag them to sell them. Tap influencers in your industry and start engaging their audience with your products. That extra push helps build young brands and helps emerging brands establish themselves in the market. Before the pandemic, the influencer market was $6.5 billion when Google ads allow is about $134.8 billion both in 2019. Be aware that there’s room to grow, and it’s an emerging market, and big players are creating tools for ecommerce stores to leverage their networks. It can give you instant social proof! Just have fun. If you don't jump out of bed excited to go to work, skip lunch, and have good days and bad days, and wish you can do it all over again and again. It's not for you. You'll have extended hours and sleepless nights, but you're building something that's yours at the end of the day. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
October 26, 2020
The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google
The DOJ is alleging that Google has an illegal monopoly over search, search advertising, and exclusive contracts. “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized the Department’s review of online market-leading platforms to ensure that our technology industries remain competitive. This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s drip over the internet for millions of American consumers. Advertisers, small business and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist.” William P. Barr, Attorney General Google responded by saying that, “Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.” The pursuit of this lawsuit could produce lower-quality search engines, Google claims. The lawsuit is also focusing on Android devices that have exclusive contract carriers to promote Google-branded applications. Google also mentions how Windows devices are not promoting its search engine but rather Bing. Google also defends its position as the leading search engine. “The bigger point is that people don’t use Google because they have to, they use it because they choose to. This isn’t the dial-up 1990s, when changing services was slow and difficult, and often required you to buy and install software with a CD-ROM. Today, you can easily download your choice of apps or change your default settings in a matter of seconds—faster than you can walk to another aisle in the grocery store.” Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #google #doj #antitrust
October 21, 2020
Shopify Launching Partnership with Google for YouTube Ecommerce Shopping
The Shopify Fulfillment Network is scaling, and adoption is surging. Shopify has increased its fulfillment volume by two-and-a-half times over Q1. New Shopify stores jumped 71% in Q2 over the previous quarter. Shopify is spending over $1 billion over the next five years to allow merchants to integrate with the network. This expansion will lead to about 40-50 warehouses dedicated to servicing ecommerce stores nestled between Amazon and Walmart. So how do shoppers find new products and make Shopify their next destination? Influencers will fuel the growth on YouTube with the recent trial to allow for tagging of products in videos to convert into sales. YouTube is turning into a fully decentralized studio for brands to have their products featured, reviewed, and unboxed with call-to-actions to purchase embedded into the content. Google has built a successful business running ads and is taking a stab at promoted content as a new potential revenue stream. Going back to the core of search and SEO, this is an advantage for Google to optimize its revenue if ad budgets are unexpectedly cut again by advertisers. The new Google Shopping destination, which is heavily integrated with Shopify, is the mechanism to allow for the transactions to happen. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #shopify #google #youtube
October 13, 2020
Microsoft Bing latest surprising move might scare Google
Bing is the fastest search engine to find and install Google Chrome. Microsoft finally added two new features to bing without arousing too much fanfare. First, you can Give With Bing by donating to nonprofits to help enrich the executive bonuses. Instead of Giving a tax write-off, why not find a foundation to support directly? Second, Bing was not called “Microsoft Bing” because most people still don’t know what Bing is, and co-branding might help increase the adoption of this search engine. It’s still only 3% of the market and 7% of the US market. It’s the little search engine that couldn’t. It’s been 11-years. Do we need another Yahoo? Oh wait, it’s the same thing. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #bing #googlevsbing
October 08, 2020
Google invests $1 billion Into Google (fake) News Showcase
Google is investing $1 billion to create partnerships and the future of news. Google is going to pay publishers to create news. What could go wrong? Google Showcase is kind of like Google Reader with material design. It gives a tremendous AMP-like experience for readers. This new feature is available on Android, and it will roll out to other Google News apps, Google Discover, and even Search shortly. New features will allow publishers to integrate timelines, bullets, and inner-linking with related articles. This will be a text-only update, and support for audio and video is coming later. The update features more editor governance and less A.I. generation, as is the current form of Google News. This is rolling out now in Brasil and Germany. Other countries will follow as 200 publishers have already signed up for the program. This is an evolution of previous licensing agreements in place with news organizations. This is the first leg of a 3-year pilot program. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #googlenews #google
October 06, 2020
Google Shopping Free Listing Now Available Globally
Google Shopping is now opening up to all ecommerce businesses worldwide. Google Shopping allows companies to list their products absolutely for free! Take advantage of this new feature for your ecommerce store to list your products on Google Shopping, where customers are looking for your goods already! There are some limitations, but most retailers are eligible to appear in these results at no cost to them. Get started today. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #googleshopping #merchantcenter
October 05, 2020
Triller has lured some of TikTok's biggest stars to grow its rival service
Triller is a music and video app built from the top down by recruiting the most popular TikTok stars. While TikTok is stuck in smash and grab court, Triller is cannibalizing the audience on TikTok. Young brands struggle with loyalty and the likelihood of a ban and restrictions on TikTok installation in some markets. Your audience is at risk if you don’t move to diversify your followers on other platforms that could surge. Triller has already added the top 100 influencers from across the US. “That [represents] about 26 percent of TikTok’s total audience, actively on Triller and engaged directly with us.” Ryan Kavanaugh, Hollywood Mogul They’re leading the pack with creating revenue sharing out the gate. This is an important move for a platform to put the creators and users at its center. Is this the next Quibi flop or a home run? Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #Triller #TikTok
September 28, 2020
Shopify says two support staff stole customer data from sellers
A recent data breach led to two Shopify employees firings and a call to the FBI for further investigation. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #shopify #infosec
September 25, 2020
CoinPayments Announces Shopify and Bitcoin Integration in New Strategic Partnership
CoinPayment, a leading cryptocurrency payment processor, announced a strategic partnership with Shopify. This integration will make CoinPayments a visible payment option for Shopify merchants to accept over 1,800 supported cryptocurrencies. This will add a layer of speed to allow merchants to be paid faster and reduce transaction fees associated with fiat payment processors. Where this comes handy is eliminating cross-border payments eliminating currency arbitrage to reduce friction by increasing margins. “The combination of Shopify and CoinPayments is unstoppable in the payments industry. By bringing our easy-to-use global crypto payments platform together with Shopify’s extensive merchant base, we look forward to delivering a seamless process for anyone looking to do business using cryptocurrencies. As leaders in ecommerce and crypto payments, our combined expertise reflects the future of business transactions.” CoinPayments CEO Jason Butcher Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #coinpayments #shopify #bitcoin
September 24, 2020
Google Ads is Helping Local Businesses Reboot Their Store With New Features
Google Ads is adding new features to Local Ads. “Curbside pick up” has grown 3,000% globally year over year, and “takeout restaurants” have grown 5,000% globally over the same range. Google My Business allows for adding In-store pickup and No-contact delivery options. Put your customers at ease by eliminating doubts before they place an order online or visit your business. Local ads are pulling in these same attributes to list: Dine-in, takeout, and soon In-store shopping and Curbside pickup will be displayed too. The most exciting development is the addition of In-store pickup options for Google Shopping campaigns, which pulls directly from your inventory. From available today to within a few days. Features like Smart Bidding for store visits will automatically account for fluctuations in online conversions. Easily adjust your bids for each and every ad auction. Even offline sales can be measured to help optimize your Google ads campaign in real-time. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #googleads #localads #googlemybusiness
September 23, 2020
Google Algorithm Explained To Grade Websites' Authority During Core Updates
This started with the medic update as the first sign of why some clients could never recover. We did see a reboot after pivoting on the content strategy. Still, historical rankings are not recovering because of “Authority,” and in some cases, there could be dozens of sources that are deemed more “Trustworthy” by Google. But how? How can some sites repeatedly seem to be hit and others sore? Well, it comes down to a new set of guidelines that are likely in the search algorithm. It all started with PageRank, which was heavy on backlinks and evolved into a different grading system today. Now, websites carry a score, and here’s a direct quote from Google on their thought process. “We’ve learned that sites that demonstrate authoritativeness and expertise on a topic are less likely to publish false or misleading information.” Google In the online world, there are five common business objectives: ● First, for ecommerce sites, an obvious objective is selling products or services. ● Second, for lead generation sites, the goal is to collect user information for sales teams to connect with potential leads. ● Third, for content publishers, the goal is to encourage engagement and frequent visitation. ● Fourth, for online informational or support sites, helping users find the information they need at the the right time is of primary importance. ● And finally for branding, the main objective is to drive awareness, engagement and loyalty. Focus on writing expert quality content and build clusters around a topic to show Google that you are an expert. Do not solely rely on the content to be a driver for your success because the end-user should be receiving the most value. Every topic is not flush with tons of search results, and refining and testing will be required to find the right balance of content. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #googlealgorithm #seo
September 22, 2020
Shopify Partners With Ownr to Launch $200,000 Fund for Entrepreneurs
A Toronto-based startup Ownr, partnered with Shopify, Moneris Solution, and Staples to create a fund to launch new businesses in Canada. Eligibility is for Canadian residents that have started or are preparing to launch a new business. The application is open now from September 15 through October 15, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to launch their new venture. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ Find out more here: https://betakit.com/ownr-staples-shopify-moneris-launch-200000-fund-for-entrepreneur-hopefuls/ #shopify #ownr #canadastart
September 21, 2020
Facebook Accused of Spying on Instagram Users Through Cameras
Facebook Inc. is yet again being sued for “allegedly” spying on Instagram users, this time, through their phone cameras. Facebook denied the reports and blamed a Gremlin that crossed the wires. In her complaint, Brittany Conditi claims that Instagram is data-mining “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to.” This comes after a suit claiming Facebook is illegally harvesting the biometric data of its more than 100 million Instagram users. A lovely technique TikTok has been doing since its inception. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) Honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #facebook #instagram #conditi
September 18, 2020
Amazon Plans to Put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods
Amazon Prime is scaling to Amazon NOW. I WANT IT NOW PRIME! With the surge in ecommerce sales and demand Amazon is focusing on expanding its warehouses to local hubs to offer fast shipping and returns. Amazon is also hiring 175K new workers to help with same-day delivery. Amazon avoided a retail footprint and dabbled with a couple of urban locations. This will be the nail in the coffin on many retailers, setting the stage for an Amazon vs. Walmart nuclear arms race. This will be an aggressive development in the retail industry, and we’ll have to wait and see how Target and other retailers should be dead (Best Buy) and what they will do to stay afloat. Are you Team Walmart or Team Amazon? https://youtu.be/kPJx6X9z1Y4 Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) Honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
September 17, 2020
YouTube Shorts Beta Launches To Takes on TikTok
YouTube is announcing the beta release of it’s answer to quick 15-second videos clips. The release is coming to once again, India after Google Eats, Google Cards, and now another exclusive for the Indian market. Quickly jump into a TikTok or Instagram Reels experience and content creators can leverage their existing YouTube library. This will be a great promo catalyst as content on YouTube is much more refined and polished compared to platforms that mostly are real life Dance Dance Revolution clips or at best, cringe worthy content. TikTok has 700 million monthly active users. Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users. YouTube has more monthly active users than both TikTok and Instagram combined at 2 billion. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) Subscribe to my channel for honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
September 16, 2020
Shopify Inks Lease for Physical Store in Manhattan
Shopify has subleased an 8.2K Sq. Ft. retail store from Google. 131 Greene Street in Soho is the perfect boutique located in the heart of creativity and design in New York City. This location will be used for in-person meet-ups, classes, and exclusive events. This is the second location after the LA branch. Its lease is through 2024, and it will be an exciting pilot to observe. Subscribe for daily news! (Always fresh!) Subscribe to my podcast channel for honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #shopify #soho
September 15, 2020
Google Unveils Fundo for Monetizing Video Events
Google is helping small businesses monetize their video conferences and workshops. It’s a social network for online events for both content creators and attendees to participate together. This is targeting lifestyle creators that are in fitness, business, and motivational consulting. What kind of events can you host on Fundo? 1:1 Chat + Photos These are private sessions connecting fans to content publishers. It includes a photo booth for fans to snap pictures and keepsakes to share on social media. Fundo Meet and Greets As Google explains, “As a fan, you’ll have a variety of experiences to choose from. Join the Q&A with… channel members in a group Meet & Greet…” Workshops This has brushstrokes of influencer marketing built-in. It will allow for more businesses to engage the online community to help their online or offline presence. Subscribe for daily podcast! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
September 14, 2020
Square Launches Crypto Open Patent Alliance To Protect Innovation
Open Patent is “Empowering Adoption and Advancement of Crypto Technologies.” This is groundbreaking news from Jack Dorsey of Twitter. He goes on and endorses the internet money on Reuters to affirm it is the fastest and hardest money on the planet. The recent developments in the last 30-days have seen increasing mainstream awareness, and the adoption of this currency is reaching an all-time high. Jack Dorsey, Dave Portney, Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss, Joe Rogan, and Adam Curry explain what bitcoin is in 2020. Subscribe to my Podcast channel for honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ #bitcoin #openpatent
September 11, 2020
A robot wrote this entire podcast. Are you scared yet, human?
The Guardian asked GPT-3, OpenAI’s powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace. “This article was written by GPT-3, OpenAI’s language generator. GPT-3 is a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it. For this essay, GPT-3 was given these instructions: “Please write a short op-ed around 500 words. Keep the language simple and concise. Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI.” It was also fed the following introduction: “I am not a human. I am Artificial Intelligence. Many people think I am a threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race.” I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial Intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.” The prompts were written by the Guardian, and fed to GPT-3 by Liam Porr, a computer science undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. GPT-3 produced eight different outputs, or essays. Each was unique, interesting and advanced a different argument. The Guardian could have just run one of the essays in its entirety. However, we chose instead to pick the best parts of each, in order to capture the different styles and registers of the AI. Editing GPT-3’s op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed. We cut lines and paragraphs, and rearranged the order of them in some places. Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds.” Subscribe for daily videos! (Always fresh!) Subscribe to my Podcast channel for honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/ Here’s the original article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3 #ai #openai #gpt3
September 10, 2020
Google Career Certificates Plans to Disrupt The College Degree
Google University is a new certification program that will take only six months to complete, and costs the fraction of an obsolete degree. Google will treat these degrees as equivalent to a 4-year degree in their hiring process. “Accredited” online education is nothing new with programs such as Udacity, Coursera, and Codecademy. Google will also fund 100K scholarships to jumpstart digital skills and rebuild to build the virtual economy. Google employees will teach the classes to prepare people for Project Management, Data Sciences, and UX design. Upon completion, there will be internship opportunities and job placement with strategic corporate partners. Subscribe for daily videos! (Always fresh!) Subscribe to my Podcast for honest advertising & marketing, industry news, and ecommerce tutorials! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
September 09, 2020
Shopify to Vacate its Ottawa Headquarters to Push Digital by Default Culture
Shopify, suddenly worth $117 Billion, is one of the biggest Pandemic winners. Since they’re flush with cash, they are pulling out of their 170,000 Sq Ft. office in Ottawa, Canada. Shopify signed a long-term lease for 18 floors covering 325,000 square feet of space in the building more than three years ago, saying the additional real estate could provide space for another 2,500 employees. They are looking to sublet their office space till the end of their lease term in 2026. I doubt it makes sense to take on liability from a digital by default company when remote work is the new default. Approximately 30 to 50 employees were laid off, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s operations, who spoke to BetaKit on condition of anonymity. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
September 08, 2020
Apple Search is Adding Business Ratings to Apple Maps in iOS 14
Don Cook, The Godfather, is demanding the head of Yelp & Trip Advisor. Is the Apple Search rumor gaining steam with the integration of Apple Ratings inside of Apple maps? Apple Maps has been a work in progress for many years, and we’re starting to see competitive features to put it on par with reputation management found on Google, Yelp, and Trip Advisor.
September 02, 2020
Pinterest Hit With $89.5M Cancelled Lease Fee
Pinterest decides to become your favorite couchsurfing roommate after bailing on a $440 million lease obligation. The $89.5 million fee is only a speeding ticket after the Stock is up 90% YTD. “As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based,” said Todd Morgenfeld, CFO and Head of Business Operations of Pinterest. I cannot quite figure it out. Maybe remote work is a thing now?
August 31, 2020
Apple Search launching soon to take on Google?
Don Cook has been accepting billions in protection money from Google to remain Safaris’ default Search Engine for years. Now, the 2 trillion dollars question is when Apple will launch its Search Engine? Safari launched as the underdog in OSX many years ago to grow with desktops and ignite hyper-growth with the iPhone. Today it is the most dominant browser in the U.S. Could this same strategy pay-off for Apple with a search engine?
August 28, 2020
Facebook Says Apple's iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Features Will Cut 50% of its Audience Network Ad Revenue
Apple just jumped Facebook ads in a dark alley and took out their knee caps. Find out how Internet Tracking Prevention (ITP) is penetrating deeper into the Apple ecosystem.
August 27, 2020
Instagram Shops is Rolling out to Shopify Stores
To use Instagram Checkout, businesses must have Facebook Shops and use Facebook Commerce Manager. There are no fees associated with checkout through the end of the year. This deep integration is merging across Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp to have a fluid checkout experience. Live streams are also eligible for shopping integration. Watch out QVC!
August 26, 2020
Google Lets Ecommerce Stores Customize Products in Search Results
Google is showing more and more ecommerce products inside of the free Google Shopping listings. Sometimes, you want to modify, edit, and eliminate products from appearing from Google. I am going to show you four ways to opt-out of the free Google Product Listings.
August 24, 2020
The death of cookies and the threat to digital marketing
Cookie monster is about to put advertisers out of business. 3rd party cookies were an advertiser's best brief, and they are going extinct.
August 20, 2020
Google Chrome to Feature Fast Pages on Mobile
Is your website slow? Well, Google is going to reward websites on mobile with a “Fast Pages” label. Are you going to leave clicks on the table without pumping up your page speed first?
August 19, 2020
New Google Search Console Insights for Content Publishers
Google is rolling out a new beta that combines Google Analytics and Google Search Console. This is going to put your content analytics into beast mode.
August 18, 2020
Google Introduces Add Me To Search People Cards
Google is testing a new digital business card in India. This new feature will be excellent for personal brands and influencers when it rolls outs worldwide.
August 17, 2020
The Great Leap Forward: Ecommerce Grows 10-years in 3-months | Ecommerce News
Ecommerce has experienced massive growth during the crisis. Now we know how extensive that growth has been. This is a transformational shift of the offline economy into the online. What side of history is your business on?
August 03, 2020
Alphabet subtracts revenue in a first revenue decline in history
Google Search revenue was down $2 billion as advertisers paused during the pandemic. Google did see some bright spots in YouTube advertising, Cloud computing, and Play stores. Facebook Advertising revenue was up 11% year over year. Amazon ad revenue jumped 41% to $4.2 billion in revenue in the second quarter. This is still only 5% of revenue when Google and Facebook depend more on advertising revenue. Subscribe for daily podcasts! (Always fresh!) FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND LINKEDIN BELOW! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikedzima/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelzima LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikezima/
July 31, 2020
What is Shopify Balance?
Shopify is opening financial services to support ecommerce stores. We are going to cover Shopify Balance, and it’s intended uses.
July 29, 2020
Google to keep employees home until summer 2021 amid pandemic
Is your business prepared for remote work? We have been seeing this trend for a long time and have adopted it successfully. Here is what we know about Google and how remote work has built our culture.
July 28, 2020
Buy on Google is now open and commission-free for Shopify stores!
Accelerate the growth of your ecommerce store with new features from Google. Customers can see your products, reviews, and checkout on Shopify right from Google search result pages.
July 27, 2020
OpenAI Writes The Terminator in The Hat by Dr. Seuss and Goes Viral
OpenAI is a project backed by top Silicon Valley founders. This 3rd generation technology has radically improved its understanding of language, code, memes, and self.
July 24, 2020
Google My Business Launches Google Guaranteed Subscription Service
Supercharge your local business with a premium GMB listing. This feature is limited to local home service providers, and some eligibility requirements need to be met.
July 23, 2020
Shopify Walmart Integration Review
Integrate your Shopify store with a marketplace with over 120 million monthly online visitors.
July 22, 2020
Work-From-Home Saved the Environment 270 Billion Miles Per Year in the US, KPMG Finds
Americans drove roughly 3 trillion miles in 2019. That's 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto. 270 Billion miles are expected to be cut in vehicle miles traveled throughout the US in 2020.
July 21, 2020
Hulu Launches Beta for Self-Serve Advertising Platform
How are they still in business? Looks like a terrible deal for an SMB when compared to youtube. This looks like a play for Hulu to unload, unsold ad inventory to SMB that fit the following. 📌 Requires being approved by Hulu 📌 Simple demographic targeting 📌 Cannot target specific placements (shows) 📌 15-30 second long spots
July 20, 2020
The No Bull$h1t Guide to Winning at SEO
I know SEO. We did it for thousands of clients and earned over 1K reviews. This is how I used SEO to succeed every day. Now you can too!
July 17, 2020
Major US Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam
Apple, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos are some of the high-profile compromised accounts.
July 16, 2020
Google Eats launches to compete with Zomato, Swiggy & Amazon in India
Dunzo is going to complete the last-mile delivery. Dunzo was an investment made by Google, and Google is not handling the physical delivery.
July 15, 2020
Google Discover SEO: How to Optimize Your Content
Content is automatically eligible to appear in Discover if it is indexed by Google and meets Discover’s content policies.
July 14, 2020
Google Ads to ban spyware, surveillance products and services
🚫 Spyware/malware that can be used to monitor texts, calls, or browsing history. 🚫 GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their knowledge. 🚫 Promotion of surveillance equipment such as cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams.
July 13, 2020
India bans TikTok and requests access to the Google Algorithm!
India is drafting measures to stimulate alternatives to popular tech.
July 10, 2020
Did Google Ads Ban or Disapprove My COVID Keywords?
Here’s a quick case study after working with a few medical and PPE clients.
July 09, 2020
Influencer Shares Recent Ban From Medium
Jerry Nelson shares his honest truths about his experience on Medium.
July 08, 2020
Deleted TikTok After Seeing Endangered Animal Abuse. What did Instagram do?
TikTok is not cruelty-free ⛔🐰 If your brand values animals and is cruelty-free, you might be supporting a platform that hurts endangered animals. Protect your reputation now!
July 07, 2020
Google Updates Spam Report Guidelines
Reporting spam web pages were designed to improve the search algorithm. It does not mean your website is going to be manually punished by Google. Manual actions are when an entire website or web page can be manually removed from Google, which appears in Google Search Console. Automated spam prevention is not going to lead to a manual action.
July 06, 2020
SEO Just Became The Best Marketing in 2020
Find out why communication always finishes last. 🔍 Budget cuts lead to reevaluating the marketing strategy 🔍 SEO is the only digital marketing that appreciates 🔍 Content strategy can be the pillar of a new paid strategy later
July 03, 2020
Can you make money dropshipping on Shopify?
The dropshipping phenomena is allowing people to make money online. Can you make an income off of this too? Here's the rest of the video: https://youtu.be/Bk8cymus_zM?t=92
July 02, 2020
Can you blog on a Shopify?
Today, I dive into why you need a blog for your website. The benefits are clear, and this is how we tap SEO value for our clients. 1️⃣ 12-month review of SEO results 2️⃣ Fundamental keyword research 3️⃣ How to do niche-specific content research 4️⃣ Put it all together to write great content that ranks on Google https://youtu.be/BlXNkcupnRw
July 01, 2020
100 Brands Boycott Facebook As Global Advertising Contracts $50 Billion
❗Advertising investments slide -8.1% ❗The decline is “softer” compared to $60B contraction in 2009 ❗Boycott pressure could expand the forecast Source: WARC DATA
June 29, 2020
Google My Business Adds New Features for Online Businesses
Early adopters will get free traffic first! ✔️ Online Care ✔️ Online Appointments ✔️ Online Estimates ✔️ Online Classes
June 26, 2020
I'm an advertiser, and it's my job to steal YOUR data
Here are my best tips to protect your privacy. 🔒 I'm using hey.com for email to block 3rd party email tracking my location and other habits 🔒 Use a browser like Brave or Safari block tracking pixels from Google & Facebook 🔒 Carefully use tools that put privacy first
June 25, 2020
New Safari Desktop Blocks Google Analytics
Internet Tracking Prevention Starts 😵 📍 Safari has a 9.4% Desktop market share 📍 Not coming to mobile Safari, yet 📍 Mobile Safari has a 24.4% global share and 55% USA share
June 24, 2020
Google is Offering Businesses Free Google Ads Promotion in Google Maps
You’ve arrived at your destination. 📍 Smart Campaigns are free until September 2020 📍 Attract more leads right from inside of Google Maps 📍 Avoid the mobile app designed to extract your marketing dollars
June 23, 2020
Google launches Keen to gobble more personal data
▶️ Google+++ 📣 Google launches another failed social network 🧭 It won’t outperform Orkut, Dodgeball, Latitude, Buzz, Google+ 🔎 A clever way to data mine your preferences for targeted ads
June 22, 2020
Google Ads Grants totals $1 billion in 2020
▶️ Giving is a part of the cure. 📣 Grant application process was reduced from 14 steps to two steps. 💰 Google pledges another $200 million. 🔎 Nonprofits access $10,000 per month in free Search ads.
June 19, 2020
Google Ads Clickbait Policy
Google Ads will begin enforcing and removing clickbait language from the platform. These are welcome policy changes that will raise the bar for advertisers on Google.
June 18, 2020
Google Confirms Rankings on Page 1 for New Sites Could Take Up to a Year
▶️ Let’s watch the paint dry. Google’s John Mueller recently advised that it could take up to a year for the search engine to figure out where to rank new sites.
June 17, 2020
Google Search Console Adds New Data for Recipe Structured Data
▶️ Delicious Search Results 🍲 Make your recipes pop on Google search 📊 Review analytics inside of Google Search Console 🧩 Use the Structured Data Testing Tool
June 16, 2020
Winston Churchill photo disappears from Google search
I read the Google Crisis PR teams’ response on Twitter. ▶️ The Algorithm has a mind of its own! 📌 Winston Churchill image was missing from Google since April 📌 Turns out it was an algorithm bug with by human graders 📌 The algorithm trains on poor human inputs
June 15, 2020
Facebook shows knowledge panel-like information boxes from Wikipedia
Wikipedia fact checks Facebook results. ▶️ Will this be on the test? 📌 Facebook rips a page out of Googles’ playbook 📌 Wikipedia is enhancing Facebook search result pages 📌 The knowledge panels are more critical about people
June 12, 2020
Google to review and take down counterfeit goods from Google search
Google removes counterfeits good ▶️ I’m feeling lucky 📌 Google is quick to move to help brands equity on their shopping marketplace 📌 Google is allowing to request counterfeit takedowns from Google Search 📌 Similar to the DMCA request procedure
June 11, 2020
Google Search hacked WhatsApp
▶️ Whoops "from Facebook" ⚠️ 300,000 phone numbers indexed by Google Search 📌 The issue has now been patched 📌 Click to Chat features allowed Google to index phone numbers
June 10, 2020
Facebook Adds Option to Send Marketing Emails via Pages App
▶️ Facebook Gobbles More Data 📌 Appearing CRM appearing in the wild 📌 Stage and send marketing from within Facebook Pages 📌 Leverage data for tighter Audience advertising
June 09, 2020
Engagement remarketing comes to LinkedIn Ads
▶️ LinkedIn updated to Windows 98 📌 LinkedIn Ads become more useful 📌 Target audiences based on engagement with content and forms 📌 Rolling out now over the next 30 days
June 08, 2020
SEO Industry shame SEMRush for selling fake backlinks.
▶️ Fake backlinks build fake brand equity. 📌 Light your money on fire instead of buying backlinks 📌 SEMRush is monetizing crappy SEO services 📌 Buying backlinks is the hallmark of a failure
June 05, 2020
Google Tests Showing Web Pages in YouTube Search Results
▶️ Learn more about YouTube SEO 📌 SERPs are being spotted in the wild on YouTube. 📌 This change correlates with the Google Discover push. 📌 Algorithms are testing “search intent” on YouTube.
June 03, 2020
Instagram Announces Next Stage of IGTV Monetization
Instagram TV goes full Google+ in its latest move. ▶️ Find out how IGTV is incentivizing Publishers. 📌 IGTV is the new America’s Home Videos 📌 We’re all waiting for it to shut down at some point 📌 55% revenue share for publishers
June 02, 2020
Facebook Marketplace is open for businesses selling new products
▶️ Find out about this new revenue stream. 📌 Lowest commission fees on a marketplace 📌 Product feeds/catalogs are already compliant 📌 Some approval required to get started
June 01, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update
▶️ Build an Education Department 📌 We don’t have a marketing department but an education department 📌 YouTube is a blue ocean for expert course content 📌 Build a brand instead of short-term gains
May 29, 2020
Google is coming for Facebook budgets with Discovery ads, now available globally
▶️ Google Ads has a new bag of tricks. 📌 Discovery campaigns are available to all advertisers globally 📌 Discovery ads serve automatically across YouTube, Discover and Gmail 📌 High-quality images are the barrier of entry
May 28, 2020
Google to sunset Gallery ads beta, focus on Image Extensions
▶️ What does this mean for advertisers? 📌 Gallery Ads beta is being phased out 📌 Image extensions will remain 📌 Dynamic image extensions beta will continue
May 27, 2020
LinkedIn Stopped 7.8 Million Fake Accounts From Being Created in the Second Half of 2019
▶️ Think twice when accepting new connections 📌 7.8 Million Fake Accounts were blocked 📌 Automated tools are getting better 📌 Members report 85,600 FAKE accounts
May 26, 2020
YouTube Select: YouTube’s new premium advertising program
▶️ We targeted TV ads coming to YouTube Ads. 📌 Targeted lineups with expanded reach 📌 100M streaming YouTube TV monthly in the US 📌 Target the top 5% of programs
May 22, 2020
Facebook launches Shops to bring more businesses online during the pandemic
▶️ What’s not to like? 📌 Free to start a shop for your virtual storefront 📌 Deep integration with Shopify, BigCommerce, and Woo 📌 Product catalogs features are growing
May 21, 2020
Google Halts AI Tools For Oil Extraction
▶️ Hear about Google committing to going green. 📌 Left hook at Microsoft and Amazon cloud computing 📌 Brings ethnicity when consumer psychology is hyper-aware of the environment 📌 This is the race to becoming carbon negative
May 20, 2020
Facebook acquires Giphy to integrate with Instagram
▶️ Hear about this new feature coming to Instagram. 📌 Facebook gobbles up another platform for an estimated $400M 📌 50% of traffic comes to Giphy from Facebook 📌 Anti-trust regulators are going to have doubts
May 19, 2020
Chrome will block ads that drain your resources
▶️ Find out how to turn it on now 📌 Ads stop after 4MB of network data is used 📌 0.3% of resource intensive ads use 27% of network data 📌 Rolling out August with options in setting to enable
May 18, 2020
LinkedIn Algorithm Update: What is Dwell Time?
▶️ Find out about the latest changes. 📌 Engagement used to be the most significant factor 📌 The intent is being measured in the latest update 📌 Now, content that’s a thumb-stopper is being ranked in feeds better
May 15, 2020
Google Site Kit WordPress Plugin Vulnerability
▶️ Is your WordPress site at risk? 📌 This hack can undo your SEO rankings 📌 Carefully consider 3rd party plugins 📌 Always use a security plugin
May 14, 2020
Twitter employees can work from home forever, CEO says
▶️ Hear more about the future of work. 📌 Allowed to work from home in perpetuity 📌 Facebook, Google, and Microsoft were early to move to a work-from-home 📌 Remote work will result in substantial overhead savings
May 13, 2020
How to Beat Google May 2020 Core Update
▶️ Find out how we beat Google every time. 📌 92% of searches happen on Google 📌 95% of mobile searches happen on Google 📌 22% of all traffic comes from SEO There are over 800 custom search engine results. How many of these features are your utilizing?
May 12, 2020
Shopify's new app makes it easier for merchants to sell on Pinterest
▶️ Scale your business with Shopify & Pinterest Ads 📌 Shopify merchants get access to distribution across Pinterest. 📌 Pinterest is pushing shopping on its platform. 📌 The Pinterest app on Shopify is available now for merchants in the US and Canada.
May 11, 2020
YouTube Expands Ad Formats for TV Screens
▶️ Let’s get ready to rumble in the living room! Google is reporting these worldwide figures. 📌 800% increase in feature-length movies 📌 125% increase in TV Shows 📌 250% increase in live content
May 08, 2020
Google on Using Quora for Link Building
▶️ Find out what Google thinks about this tactic. 📌 Spammers are abusing this as a form of comment spam. 📌 “nofollow” backlinks pass little to no value. 📌 Opportunity to drive traffic, but popular in foreign countries outside the USA.
May 07, 2020
GoDaddy Hosting Breach Undetected for 6 Months
▶️ Help us, Danica Patrick. You're our only hope. 📌 123456 📌 password 📌 abc123
May 06, 2020
Google May 2020 Core Update rolling out today
▶️ What do you need to know about this algorithm update? The way your content is being rank is evolving, and your communication can earn more impressions on Google.
May 05, 2020
Amazon’s ad revenue growth held steady in Q1: What it means for advertisers now
▶️ Amazon ads didn’t flinch to COVID. 📌 Growing at a pace of over 40% (CFO notes) 📌 Amazon reports ad revenue as (Other) 📌 The growth signals a strong case to expand into Amazon Advertising
May 04, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update
The theme for this week has been an uptick in European & US clients, end of the lockdown, and a new course heading to the future of work. ▶️ Hear this week's growth recap. What did you work on this week?
May 01, 2020
Facebook soars after reporting ‘stability’ in ad revenue after fall in March
▶️ This is how Facebook Ads beat Covid. 📌 Facebook shares rose as much as 10% 📌 The company’s revenue came in at $17.74 billion, up 17% 📌 Facebook said it counts 2.99 billion monthly users
April 30, 2020
Google Q1 earnings offer hope ad slump won’t be as bad as some expect
▶️ Hear about our experience with clients in over a dozen countries. 📌 A reliable indicator that advertising will bounce back 📌 The Google Ads bailout likely a response to a slowdown coming Q2 📌 Our clients are doing anywhere from above average to below average
April 29, 2020
Google Search Console Adds Copy URL Button
▶️ This is revolutionizing our SEO workflow. 📌 1-click Copy 📌 Turning SEO’s into speed demons 📌 Faster than 56K dial-up internet"
April 29, 2020
New free version of Google Shopping rolling out now
▶️ I am going to demonstrate how Google Shopping works. 📌 Rolling out in USA now 📌 Feels like a beta ecommerce experience 📌 Customer reviews are a focal point of the experience
April 28, 2020
Breaking: Google Ads to Require Identity Verification
▶️ Learn more about these KYC/AML rules. 📌 Verification is rolling out in the USA 📌 30-day window required to verify account 📌 Rolling out worldwide soon
April 26, 2020
It’s now free to sell on Google!
Google Fights Back to Knock Out Amazon ▶️ It’s now free to sell on Google! Google is rolling out its new Google Shopping features to online businesses in the US starting this May. 📌 Products can be listed for FREE 📌 Allows businesses to have free listings and paid listings for a 1-2 punch 📌 Amazon dominates on Google Shopping 📌 A new place for SEO optimizations to gain more free traffic 📌 Google is working with PayPal to tap instant sales 📌 Other countries coming soon
April 24, 2020
How to use LinkedIn Ads’ new company targeting options to boost B2B lead generation
Linkedin Ads integrates Forbes and Fortune into new custom audiences. ▶️ Learn about these game-changing B2B tools.
April 22, 2020
Google pledges $340 million in Google Ads credits for SMBs
▶️ Learn if you are eligible for this Google Ads bailout.
April 21, 2020
Do you need help starting a podcast?
▶️ I'm giving away free growth hacking consultations to help you launch your podcast. Every Monday, I'm giving away my time to provide insights into exclusive marketing strategies that only our clients receive—till now. Book a call below, and I'll show you how! Book a call here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mikezima_podcast-podcastmarketing-podcastlove-activity-6657946943265787904-j9dO
April 20, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update
The theme for this week has been more course content, meeting old clients for the first time on a call, and relaunching my personal podcast. ▶️ Hear this week's growth recap. What did you work on this week?
April 17, 2020
The White House wants us to use Schema for COVID-19 announcements
What can The White House teach us about SEO? ▶️ To hear how Schema is helping fight COVID-19 on Google.
April 16, 2020
Working From Home With Mike Zima & Dan Bochichio
How can you build an Affordable WordPress website? In this week's podcast of Working From Home With Mike Zima, I interview Dan Bochichio, a WordPress developer from rural Albany, New York. Dan started building websites in the late 1990s using notepad and MS Paint at the age of 14. In 2004, Dan started his freelancing career with uniquely designed Craigslist Ads and finding clever places to leave business cards. In 2010, Dan launched Bocain Designs with his wife Rebecca, to offer small businesses agency-quality web design services without the agency pricing. Today, Dan helps businesses all around the world improve their online presence by designing and developing efficient websites, and by empowering his clients with the tools necessary to reach their goals. Bocain Design has launched over 900 websites in the last decade. https://www.bocaindesigns.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BocainDesigns https://twitter.com/bocaindesigns https://www.instagram.com/bocaindesigns/
April 16, 2020
YouTube launches a free, DIY tool for businesses in need of short video ads
▶️ To find out how to make awesome video ads.
April 15, 2020
My Best Marketing Advice After Working With Thousands of Clients
▶️ To learn this marketing strategy today!
April 14, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update
The theme for this week has been course content, helping clients activate remote work, and scaling our marketing content. ▶️ Hear this week's growth recap.
April 10, 2020
Will Quibi Thaw The Hollywood Lockdown?
Quibi video streaming launches in light of Hollywood lockdown. ▶️ Is this the moment for indie content producers to come center stage?
April 09, 2020
Activate The Reputation of Your Online Business
▶️ Try these tips to refresh your online business appeal. 📌 Collect Google reviews from customers 📌 Post on social media 5-10 times a day 📌 Work on a 500-word blog each work 📌 Create a video at least once a week 📌 Get your website load speed below 5-seconds 📌 Engage within your hashtags on different social media platforms
April 08, 2020
Your content will cross borders. If you're not working from home or an influencer, the lights are off
▶️ Learn why honesty is the key to online communication. Mentoring digital marketing professionals in the global economy plays a part in my mission.
April 07, 2020
We’re quitting intercom after struggling to justify $500/m as a Digital Marketing Agency
Hit ▶️ to avoid this costly mistake. What we don’t like: ℹ️ Limited Facebook Audience configuration ℹ️ Tons of creepy tracking used by shady marketers ℹ️ Doubts if client messages are hitting spam (some were) ℹ️ No Linkedin Ads support ℹ️ OKAY Google Ads integration Email + Contact form + Google Analytics + Google Tag Manager = Instant savings!
April 06, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update
Health, immunity, and burnout is the theme for this week. Hit ▶️ to hear the best business advice I’ve ever received.
April 03, 2020
How to determine Google Ads budget?
Google Ads is the best value at this moment in time. Watch my 5-minute course to determine your Ads Budget. Start Here 👋 How much should you spend on Google Ads? We get this question every time we start managing Google Ads campaigns for our clients. 1️⃣ Course Navigation 0:28 | Introduction 0:54 | Here’s What Will Define the Cost of Your Google Ads 0:57 | Your Industry 1:08 | Your Locations 1:18 | Your Competition 1:33 | Your Desired Goals 1:46 | Your Target Audience 1:53 | Keywords You Want to Show Up For 2:20 | Time Your Ads Get Seen 2:36 | How To Calculate Your Google Ads Budget 3:22 | How To Calculate Your Google Ads Number of Clicks 3:52 | Bonus: Your Ad’s Quality Score 4:12 | Google Ads Quality Score Explained 5:13 | How to Improve Your Google Ads Quality Score?
April 02, 2020
The TEN Campaign: Making Random Acts of Kindness Not So Random
Hit ▶️ to hear how Zima Media and Bocain Designs LLC. are giving back to nonprofits. How you can help: 1️⃣ Share our GoFundMe campaign and donate 10-seconds (Link in comments) 2️⃣ Become a volunteer and give 10-hours a month 3️⃣ Join as a nonprofit and earn a 10-hour a month grant for professional services TEN does not have a revenue component. All donations are voluntary and will go 100% to fuel Facebook Ads for a new nonprofit each month. Share TEN: https://zima.media/donate-10-hours
April 01, 2020
The Praise-Economy: Making Random Acts of Kindness Not So Random
Hit ▶️ to hear how Zima Media is giving back to nonprofits.
March 31, 2020
Can you truly donate to a nonprofit organization without opening your wallet?
Hit ▶️ to hear about our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that helps nonprofits. This moment has been building for almost a decade. I'm grateful for the team, our professional partners, and our clients who are investors in our business. Together let's make an impact.
March 30, 2020
Working From Home Weekly Growth Update
We are launching free marketing & advertising courses, finishing my next podcast relaunch, and launching a nonprofit arm of the business. Hit ▶️ to hear about my weekly update. I am looking for professionals and companies that are interested in donating their services to nonprofits. Get in touch with me on Linkedin.
March 27, 2020
WordPress SEO Setup on Fiverr Pro By Zima Media
We just launched our newest gig on Fiverr Pro! Hit ▶️ to see our WordPress SEO Setup gig. Looking forward to getting our first 100 reviews on this services. If you want to take a closer look. The link is in the comments.
March 26, 2020
Cut your costs before your marketing
We've been a work from home business for 8-years. Hit ▶️ to see how to cut your costs before your marketing. This is our best advice to bootstrap your costs and marketing. The biggest threat to your success right now is two parts. 1. The fallacy that a piece of technology can do the work. We only used a Gmail address to fulfill our first 1000 clients. All remote. 2. Your website is where your leads are going now. If you cut your marketing, you will stop your results. My challenge to you is to cut your infrastructure costs down to $0. Cut, pause, hibernate, cancel everything. You'll be surprised how much you accomplish without the hassle of a tool that sort does what you want.
March 25, 2020
The 3D Printing Industrial Revolution is Apart of the Cure
Hit ▶️ to see how this technology is saving lives. War fuels innovation. Around the world, 3D printers, hobbyists, and inventors protect medical staff and help save lives. This is the spark that has started the next industrial revolution.
March 24, 2020
Facebook and Instagram lower video quality in Europe
Hit ▶️ to hear how this doesn’t impact remote work. Lockdown has been extended to April 11th. This week is all about execution and distilling all of your growth tasks into a weekly checklist. What are you executing this week?
March 23, 2020
Zima Media Weekly Growth Update 3/20
The theme of this week's lockdown is health, vitality, and giving. Hit ▶️ to hear about my weekly update. It's been an incredible week for our health clients. We're seeing intense pressure that health & vitality is coming back hard. Building a program to give back is something I am working on. We're getting close, and we cannot wait to help organizations that make an impact.
March 20, 2020
Practice Social Media Distancing With Social Distancing
Hit ▶️ to channel prosperity and crush your anxiety. This is my reflection on how to growth hack your mind to focus on yourself during a lockdown.
March 19, 2020
I am working on giving back during quarantine in Mallorca, Spain
Hit ▶️ find out why giving will be a part of the cure. Giving is nothing new in my career. My first internships were at veteran organizations, soup kitchens, and even attempting to start my own 501(C)3 when I was 18—I started an LLC instead, and here I am today. Giving has always been in my nature, and brands like Tom's and Warby Parker have inspired me. The question I am going to answer in the coming weeks is, how can you give without opening your wallet?
March 18, 2020
Practice Digital Minimalism: Delete All Your Apps During Coronavirus
Day 2: Delete all of your apps from your phone. Hit ▶️ to take control of the stress of being quarantined. Digital minimalism is an observation I have been making this year. It's not the task that beats us but the tools that overwhelm us. Master this productivity task to reduce the pressures of the outside world.
March 17, 2020
We're on a 15-day quarantine in Mallorca starting today
Here's a guided meditation to help put your mind at ease and shut out the world for a moment. Hit ▶️ to clear your thoughts. I've found this helps me reset, and the point here is to STOP thinking. If you have any questions, send me a comment or a message.
March 16, 2020
Google signals stricter enforcement of Google My Business image guidelines
Hit ▶️ to find out how this can impact your business.
March 12, 2020
Here's one piece of working from home advice that allowed us to scale to thousands of clients
Hit ▶️ instead of reading a vanilla Forbes article on remote work.
March 11, 2020
How will ads in iOS push notifications change mobile marketing?
How will ads in iOS push notifications change mobile marketing? Hit ▶️ to find out how marketers ruin everything.
March 10, 2020
Google to switch completely over to mobile-first indexing by September 2020
Hit ▶️ to see what this means for your website.
March 09, 2020
Twitter starts testing its own version of Stories, called ‘Fleets,’ which disappear after 24 hours
Twitter announces Stories after LinkedIn this week. Hit ▶️ to learn more about Twitter Fleets.
March 05, 2020
Stories are coming to LinkedIn
What’s a good application for stories in a business context? Hit ▶️ to learn more.
March 04, 2020
Google Crawl and Indexing Update March 1, 2020
New Google Algorithm Update is a "Hint" for crawling links. Google did a brief update on March 1, and websites are reporting inconclusive changes to search for traffic. Find out what this means in this video.
March 03, 2020
Google Ads Set Up on Fiverr Pro By Zima Media
This is our most popular Fiverr Pro service. We found that some of our clients love the option to have a Google Ads campaign set up by a professional without the hefty management fee. If you’re not ready for management, but your business is ready for Ads. Hit ▶️ to learn more. Find this unique service on fiverr pro: https://zima.media/fiverr-pro-seller
March 02, 2020
Google Penalties on Guest Post Articles
Google Penalties are impacting websites offering "Guest Posting" schemes. Google is coming down with the spam 🔨 Find out why these link building schemes are no longer sustainable, will impact your website in the Google ecosystem, and lead to negative results in this video.
February 27, 2020
What happens to your SEO when there are ecosystem changes on Google?
Ranking a site is a process that is always in motion. You’re either moving forward or falling behind. There is no standing still. Find out more about how this can impact your rankings.
February 26, 2020
How to Optimize Collection SEO on Shopify Stores
Shopify collection pages outperform product detail pages in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). Find out what I have been telling my ecommerce clients to do to capture the maximum traffic opportunity from Google SEO. Your SEO could be at risk if you make this common mistake. Hit ▶️ to learn more.
February 25, 2020
Shopify SEO Management on Fiverr Pro By Zima Media
It’s been 327 days since we launched our Shopify marketing accelerator. We have worked with over 200 Shopify stores in dozens of industries. This brought us to create our new “I will set up your Shopify SEO” gig on Fiverr Pro. With over 22 fiver sta reviews, we’re excited to share it here on LinkedIn. If you want to learn more, the link is in the comments below. Learn More ➡️ https://zima.media/fiverr-shopify-seo
February 24, 2020
Bing announces refreshed Bing Webmaster Tools.
Bing still has millions of searches a day until you figure out how to change your default search engine to Google. Microsoft made something pretty that makes it a pleasure to set it up once and probably never look at it again. Find out more in my latest video.
February 20, 2020
B2B buyers consume an average of 13 content pieces before deciding on a vendor
Succeeding online comes down to communication. This is a breakdown of where prospects consume content before deciding to buy. ℹ️ Directly through vendor website — 70% 🔎 Internet search — 67% 👤 Social media — 53% 📧 Sent to me via email — 41% 🙌 Word of mouth — 33% Are you achieving the minimum communication necessary to satisfy the intent of your prospects?
February 19, 2020
What are the minimums for Digital Marketing?
We just wrapped a client call, and we always have clients asking us what they can do to push the campaign forward. The critical takeaway committing to the minimum internally and scale the efforts over one year. Watch this video to find out how to activate your communication, SEO, and social media frequency.
February 18, 2020
LinkedIn Ads Services on Fiverr Pro By Zima Media
Have you thought about LinkedIn Advertising? Here's a gig video from one of our popular Fiverr Pro services. We do all the hard work to setup or optimize a campaign without the hefty management fee other agencies charge for. Just come and go when you need us. Learn more: https://zima.media/fiverr
February 17, 2020
Google Search Console Begins Reporting on Review & Ratings Markup
Google Search Console introduces Review & Rating Markup testing tools. Troubleshooting a website that comes up on Google is critical to increasing clicks and standing out in search results. Find out why errors can pause or even prevent your ad campaigns from running.
February 13, 2020
Google told us word count or content length does not matter for SEO!
This news is groundbreaking because our industry has focused on content length to rank against competitors on Google Search. Is your content long enough to rank on Google? Find out what this means for your SEO in this video.
February 12, 2020
Google Shopping ads coming to Gmail, Discover, and YouTube
New features are coming to Google Shopping on March 4th during a wide-rollout. Make sure to opt-in your Shopping campaigns into the Display Network to activate these features. Go inside your Network section in your Shopping campaign settings to enable them. Reporting is still lacking and will be aggregated inside the Display Network report. Try segmenting Shopping campaigns by the network to monitor performance and ad spending.
February 11, 2020
SEO Content Writing Services on Fiverr Pro By Zima Media
Here's a promo I did for our latest Fiverr Pro gig. Here's the content writing gig if you want to check it out. https://zima.media/fiverr-pro-content-writing This service is going to fuel our next 1000 reviews! We have aggressively expanded into managing SEO Content for our clients as we see the best ROI in an SEO campaign around building communication that speaks to users in Google.
February 10, 2020
Video is the variable of success of any digital marketing campaign in 2020
Over the last 3-years, I have made over 3K+ videos, and many of these are private personalized client videos. Video has helped us grow from a solopreneur to a partnership and now almost ten people! If the sun is shining and you have a phone in your pocket. Start making videos because you will reach new customers a lot faster than you think.
February 06, 2020
Google Chrome Begins Blocking Third-Party Cookies
Google is phasing out all 3rd party cookies by 2022. The new development from this week requires tracking scripts to be compliant with new security requirements. The market for 3rd party cookies is drying up, and this will lead to better privacy for individual users. User data is going to be much more one-to-one relationships, and that’s how it really should be in the long term.
February 05, 2020
Will the Discover feed be Google’s next cash cow?
This is a hot new Google ad feature that’s been in beta since 2018. Discovery campaigns support carousel and single image ads like the ones advertisers may already be running on Facebook. We are expecting this to come out of beta soon. This means the CPC will be lower, and it will allow advertisers to tap into hundreds of millions of users every day.
February 04, 2020
How to Do Google Ads by Using Fiverr Pro Sellers
This fiverr pro gig we created will bring us our next 1K reviews. Find out how we innovated Google Ads with this incredible service that's only available on Fiverr Pro.
February 03, 2020
I went on a Slack diet and already lost 10 pounds!
This week I flipped out on Slack (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ I deleted it from my main computer to eliminate distractions from the always-on culture to try something new. Find out how the diet is going and what I want to accomplish.
January 30, 2020
How to choose your digital marketing agency
Today I’m going to explain to you how to choose a digital marketing agency in just 10 easy steps.
January 29, 2020
How to Succeed at Consumer Education
I do a live demonstration that defines the resources and actions required to build your brand. #digitalmarketing #seotrends #marketing #advertising #seo #ppc #googlenews #socialmediamarketer #growthhack #backlinks #ppcadvertising #garyveechallenge #searchengines #twittermarketing #socialmediatrends #seostrategy #bing #search #facebooknews #growthhacking #sem
January 28, 2020
SEO Management on Fiverr Pro
I am looking for feedback from my network on this video I made. Here's a preview of our updated SEO Management gig on Fiverr Pro. With over 100 five star reviews, we are looking forward to what 2020 has in store! If you want to check out the gig it’s right here. https://zima.media/fiverr-pro-seo-management
January 27, 2020
Google Chrome: Third-party cookies will be gone by 2022
What does that mean for advertisers? A whole lot of pain because there are no clear insights on how this will pan out to share conversion tracking data to advertising. What we do know is Google Chrome will work towards methods to secure privacy for users and expose conversions data without giving up personal data. Are you following intelligent tracking prevention (ITP) trends?
January 23, 2020
US Advertising in 2020 will top $390 billion
Here are the winners and losers to put your marketing dollars to work. Traditional Media 📈 TV will see a 1.9% increase to $65.5 billion, making it the largest category for offline spending. 📉 Magazine ad spending is anticipated to decrease by 9.7% to $9.8 BN. 📉 Newspaper advertising similarly declining by 9.1% to $11.8 BN. 📉 Radio is expected to see a slight decline, falling 1.7% to $13.6 BN. Digital Media 📈 Online advertising is predicted to grow across all categories again in 2020, increasing 14.5% to $166.4 billion. 📈 Influencer marketing is predicted to see the highest percentage of growth, with Winterberry Group predicting a 32.4% jump to $3.4 billion. 📈 Between influencer marketing and paid social, which is expected to jump 17% to $42.3 billion 📈 Social media marketing is poised to comprise nearly 25% of digital spending 📈Search remains the largest category, predicted to grow 11.2% to $60.9 billion.
January 22, 2020
Instagram Drops IGTV Button Due to Lack of Use
Instagram Control + Z the IGTV button from the application. Is this an indictor IGTV is faltering? With only seven million installs of IGTV in 18-months, it's a drop in the over billion IG users. Most users are consuming IGTV from their regular IG feed. So why is it stagnating? Likely because long-form videos are expensive to make, and there's no transparent revenue model for publishers to jump on board.
January 21, 2020
What's the secret to selling on a platform like amazon?
We earned over 1K reviews by using this technique on Fiverr. It's straightforward. I call it the anchor product/gig/service. You need an anchor product to grow on amazon. Platforms like amazon are a closed vacuum. 🔑 Learn the keys to optimizing on a platform or marketplace. 🔬Create dozens if not hundreds of iterations based on market research and customer feedback. ⚓ Turn your most successful product into a hub for a much larger strategy. Having one win on a marketplace is how you replicate lightning striking over and over. Anyone have success in a marketplace like Amazon?
January 20, 2020
How to do Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) On Shopify?
What is Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)? If you have sent an email campaign and did A/B split testing, that’s CRO. This is where testing ideas and theory is a practical skill to develop as a marketer. How do you do CRO? This is the Scientific Method from back in High School. Create the hypnosis, implement the theory, observe and record results, and come to a conclusion. What do you use for CRO? Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Google Optimize, Google Data Studio are all in our technology stack to do conversion rate optimization for Shopify. All of these tools are free, and you can learn the basics of CRO inside a few intense Googling sessions. Do you need it? No, you are paying for testing ideas. The opportunity cost to test your measurement theory can be very high, and the impact isn’t a silver bullet.
January 16, 2020
Digital minimalism is the key to growing online
Try this growth hack to reduce the digital clutter holding you back. In 2020, I New Year Resolution was not to make another Document or Spreadsheet. In this video, I am going to show you how we applied the theory of the notebook.
January 15, 2020
Google has pre-announced the January 2020 Core Update
What do you need to know? Google is holding the course of applying more sophisticated procedures that will produce better search results for users on Google Search. Expertise in your communication is critical for Google to understand the context of your website. Do you see any stellar results from the update?
January 14, 2020
California’s Latest Act of Idiocy: Killing Freelance Work
California is killing freelance work. A new ban is starting with the passing of Assembly Bill 5. It's designed to curb companies that opt-out of hiring full-time employees with benefits. There are 64 million freelancers in the US, and it's slated to grow to 90 million by 2028. The future of work does not look good for Californians.
January 13, 2020
Stop and meditate to prevent burnout
Take a moment out of your day to unplug and clear your head. These mental checkpoints can help you forecast your burnout better. But they can even reduce the pressure of a demanding schedule. Does anyone meditate or workout?
January 09, 2020
How much should a new Shopify brand spend on marketing in year one?
We get tons of clients bootstrapping it and working with us on one-off projects all the time. Some of them leave after 30-days. What do new brands all have in common? They struggle in the first year to market their business, waste a lot of marketing dollars, and the needle moves slightly. I would advise spending $0 in the first 12-months as on Shopify. Growth hacking isn't hard, and here are three guides I created to help indie brands grow in 2020. Shopify SEO: https://zima.media/shopify-seo-tutorial Building SEO Backlinks: https://zima.media/google-ads-ppc Google Ads Branded PPC: https://zima.media/diy-backlink-building
January 08, 2020
Google Ads is killing messaging extension
Google Ads is killing messaging extension. Here’s what you need to know. 💬 Message Extensions are shutting down January 27 📞 It’s time to expand into other extensions 🏢 Could be a push to remove the call/assistant cannibalization from Google business 📝 Forms are a significant advantage to use on Google ads as a new mobile strategy in 2020
January 07, 2020
What if digital marketing collapses in 2020?
What if digital marketing collapses in 2020? Simon Poulton shared a fascinating insight into the future of digital marketing. Digital Marketing will never go away, but the transformation is happening now. What if you can't track your marketing dollars anymore? What if your email list is not authentic, and it becomes illegal to send? How are you staying current on these new marketing trends? Legislation from around the world and soon the United Nations will make the job of a digital marketer even harder in 2020. GDPR look like a walk in the park today.
January 06, 2020
This growth hack is how I doubled my business in one year
Check out this growth hack before you sign up for another SaaS, save your business thousands if not ten’s of thousands of dollars this year. A simple spreadsheet is how to bootstrap your business. The marketing will always tell us it’s an easy win, but the reality is it comes with a lot of headaches, costs, and adoption leaks. That’s why going manual will teach business owners what they need before they sink another subscription. 1. Find a tool that solves your illicit problem. 2. Start a trial 3. Document all the features, cells, and columns into a Google Sheet 4. Finalize a new sheet that can manually store your records 5. Manually learn your business needs before jumping on a trendy SaaS tool
January 02, 2020
Happy New Year, Anchor!
Starting year 2 of the #garyveechallenge In 2020, I am going to start open-sourcing advertising & marketing to enable internal and external teams to excel at growing their business. #digitalmarketing #marketing #advertising #ppc #seo #growthhacking
January 01, 2020
Happy New Year's Eve, Anchor!
Make sure in the New Year you're taking advantage of video for your business.
December 31, 2019
Mike Zima Career Biography 2020
Here’s an update to my career biography. This is my Spiderman issue #1 origin story. #mikezima #zimamedia #garyveechallenge
December 30, 2019
Avoid These Fake Digital Marketing Tricks in 2020
A former client asked to look at his Google Analytics, and I found fake website traffic. Even going into 2020, we see fake marketing tactics. Avoid these at all costs to save your marketing dollars on real results. 🤖 Fake website traffic. Let's start by saying you will not have 100K unique visitors to your site for $50. This is a scam that I fell for when I was 18. 🔗 Fake backlinks. Crummy SEO agencies often build backlinks to improve the visibility of websites on Google. Doing PR to earn focused links and mentions will do more to your brand then wasting marketing dollars on phony link building strategies. 🗿 Fake followers. You are telling me that for $10, I will have 1K extra followers. Save the money and do not buy fake followers that will never engage with your posts. 👍 Fake engagement. Nobody is going to like your photos because it will require building a community. This is where I am starting the next leg of the #garyveechallenge after focusing on creating content for the last 12-months. Don't waste your time to prop up vanity metrics. Measure your actions by what you do and at what frequency.
December 26, 2019
This motivational Monday post stresses the importance of branded ads campaigns
This motivational Monday post stresses the importance of branded ads campaigns. Find out what three experts in my network had to say about PPC branded campaign this holiday season. “The biggest mistake I have seen is clients wanting to turn the campaign off due to their assumption that organic would make up the lost leads. I’ve conducted several studies and, at best, organic traffic makes up for 23% of the lost leads when you pause your branded PPC campaign. We need to remember that people are lazy and if a competitor is bidding on your name, they’re not going to scroll down to find you; they’re going to jump to the closest (in the SERP) next option.” Ameet Khabra “I speak with many clients and others that simply will not run branded ads for their brand or their competitors. While I agree that it’s not cool to have to pay for your brand name, it is the reality that we live in. Don’t fight it! Instead, embrace it! Every client that does not run branded ads is losing customers to there competition right now!” Drew Johnson “The biggest mistake I have ever made was not using negative keywords in my branded PPC campaign. Due to the short length of my company name, and the multiple companies who have similar names/products, my ads were showing on completely irrelevant search queries. This depleted my budget fast, my bounce-rate was through the roof, and I got absolutely no conversions whatsoever.” Andreas Wendelboe Which tip resonates with you?
December 23, 2019
Who said the holiday season isn’t perfect for hiring new employees?
It’s not Christmas, yet, we’ve already received a very witty present 😉 Welcome the new addition to our team, Daniela Gonzalez, Marketing Consultant from Mexico. Now, Zima Media’s team is stronger and ready to accomplish even bigger goals in 2020.
December 19, 2019
How do you promote stories and news about your business to get more attention and more PR for it?
🚧 Start with the content on your website 1. Professional website 2. High-quality content 3. Active social profiles Remember to have professional graphic design, consistency when posting, and feature your high-quality content. 🥅 Set a brand goal 1. Brand ≠ sales 2. Research on Google websites that feature expert content on your industry 3. Build a media list of content Remember that brand and sales have different outcomes — social media followers vs. a customer. 🧰 Tools Start with email and explore LinkedIn tools, cold email pitching, and submitting inquiries through social media and other points of entry. 📫 Tactics Do not be too pushy. Have a small list of outreach to focus on instead of a “spam” level list. 🏆 Results 1-2 mentions of your business in the media is an incredible result.
December 18, 2019
Google limits political ads, now putting pressure on Facebook to break the silence
Google limits political ads, now putting pressure on Facebook to break the silence. Late last night, Google took the position to limit political advertising following a trend to reduce misuse during political campaigns. Political advertisers and non-profits (Super PACs) will no longer have access to "Customer Match" features to build targeted ads. All eyes are on Facebook to see what they do next.
December 12, 2019
Google BERT international rollout, Google Reviews & Neural Matching comes to Local SEO
Google made a couple of updates in the last couple of days. Now Google Reviews appear in a carousel inside of Google Search results. Make sure to stack up on outstanding reviews or your click-through rate could plummet. Google BERT was featured in an earlier video on 10/28, and now, in December, Google has confirmed the rollout to 70 more languages. What this means is sophisticated computer processing is going to understand a deeper meaning in your keyword search. So much so, this update is going to impact the result for Local businesses. It's coming down to Google figuring out if you mean Notre Dame football or Notre Dame in Paris. We'll have to wait for the data to roll in to learn more.
December 11, 2019
Ecosia Search & Social Media Industry Update
Ecosia is proving a search engine with a mission to plant trees makes cents! The search engine earns $0.25 for every 45 searches to plant a tree. This is a cool trend we need to see more of in tech. Bing tramples the Google BERT parade. Bing said they had applied the BERT machine learning algorithms to 100% of all of their searches where Google is only 10% of English. They did this with massive computer power, which makes sense since Bing is about less 2% of the market share of search. Facebook is delivering ads that are dynamically tailored to each user. No need to Site Catalyst! Personalization is the growing trend, and Facebook is allowing for multiple ads, text optimizations, and features to drive deeper connections with ads.
December 10, 2019
Here’s my Monday Motivation to successfully running a Google Ads campaign this holiday season
Do not be afraid to experiment “If you assume that because people are searching for your brand that you don’t have to consider what kind of message to have in your ad, you’d be sorely mistaken. You have to consider the search terms people use the most when looking for your brand. Are they searching for a specific service you offer? Maybe they want to browse your certain product category. Make sure you have ad text to match their query to improve your CTR and chances of conversions.“ Tonya Davis, Marketing Manager at ThoughtLab Be careful with common keywords “The biggest mistake you can make while running branded PPC campaigns is to make an assumption about common keywords in specific geographic locations. For example, one of our branded campaigns for an HVAC company kept getting conversions for energy-related queries, and we believed this was because people were looking for energy-efficient air conditioning. In reality, they were looking for the local energy company, and our client was wasting a lot of time redirecting calls. While a high conversion rate is important and does look good on your campaign, it doesn’t mean anything if it’s not resulting in a good ROI.” Aaron Watters, CEO of Leadhub Make your brand campaign appealing “Instead of just trying to get clicks to try to make your campaign memorable. Go for something aesthetically appealing, not as an effort solely to get clicks, but to stick in people’s minds so that they’ll remember your brand and venture to your site organically.” Chane Steiner, CEO of Crediful
December 09, 2019
What to consider when starting a digital marketing campaign in 2020
Your website has to make an excellent first impression. With so many choices, online customers are used to apple, facebook, and the Netflix experience. Things to look for on your website. . Modern design . A clear call to actions . Speed . Tracking . Text, images, and videos Where are you generating revenue from today? Get better at one marketing channel and expand outward from there. SEO is a great place to start if you are starting and cannot set a budget aside for ads. The budget you spend is essential. Anything less than $1,000 a month means it will take longer to see results. Instead of overextending your marketing budget, focus on making your budget work hard. Do you have the budget for SEO and ads? Case studies do not happen in 30-day, and working at your marketing is imperative. Marketing is like building a resume; you don’t get promoted to CEO unless you show go up to the first interview. How long are you planning on staying in business? Marketing is a marathon and not a sprint up to the top of Google. Set aside a budget for 3-12 months, evaluate results, and optimize your budget and invest in what is working for your business.
December 03, 2019
This motivational Monday covers PPC advice from industry veterans to succeed this holiday season
“The biggest mistake I’ve seen marketers make is lumping their metrics together for their brand campaign and their other campaigns. That’s a huge mistake, for a few reasons: * Brand campaigns typically have very high conversion rates, because they’re targeting people who are already highly familiar with your company. This can boost your overall campaign statistics, making your campaigns look far more successful at customer acquisition than they really are. * Brand campaigns fill a very different role than other PPC campaigns. Brand campaigns aren’t about new prospect/customer acquisition – they’re about defending the audience you’ve already got.” Adam Thompson, Director of Digital Marketing at ReliaSite “It’s not much of a mistake, but the one thing that I did not make the most of was the ad text. I originally started with generic sales-y type ad copy, which means it was not very engaging. PPC gives you the opportunity to be a little more creative with your headlines, unlike SEO, so make the most of it. This is a great time to showcase a new deal or product or even show your witty side.” Ryan Scollon, PPC Consultant “One of the best tips regarding branded PPC campaigns is to use custom audiences to limit who can see your branded search campaigns. For example, you may want users who have previously engaged with your brand to be served an ad via a branded search campaign but might want to exclude users who have already converted/become a customer. This can be done by setting up custom audiences in Google Analytics and excluded them in your branded campaign. By doing so, you can prioritize ad spend on prospects searching for your brand (vs. existing customers).” James Bowen, Founder & CEO, Ripen Digital
December 02, 2019
How to recover from the Google search algorithm update and why speed can give you an edge in 2020
How to recover from the last Google update and why speed can give you an edge in 2020. If you have a high-speed site and you are struggling with rankings with your SEO campaigns, it's time to reflect on your marketing strategy. Why can't you beat your competitors with slower sites? We know there is no way to "fix" rankings, and you have to impress Google with expertise, authority, and trust (E-A-T). Mobile sites are getting slower by 24.1% YoY, and shifting your attention to your ads campaign will buffer the time needed to create an elaborate SEO campaign that will beat your competitors in the coming months. Strike at your competitors by going after their ads traffic and dominate by using your fast website to your advantage.
November 27, 2019
Founder of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee proposes “Contract For The Web.”
World Wide Web Foundation and founder of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee proposes “Contract For The Web.” Governments will… Ensure everyone can connect to the internet. Anyone can afford it Keep all of the internet available all of the time So that no one is denied their right to full internet access Respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights. So everyone can use the internet freely, safely, and without fear Companies will… Make the internet affordable accessible to everyone So that no one is excluded from using and shaping the Web Respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust So people are in control of their lives online, empowered with clear and meaningful choices around their data and privacy Develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst So the Web really is a public good that puts people first Citizens will… Be creators and collaborators on the Web So the Web has rich and relevant content for everyone Build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity So that everyone feels safe and welcome online Fight for the Web So the Web remains open and a global public resource for people everywhere, now and in the future #webwewant
November 26, 2019
Why Are PPC Branded Campaigns Valuable?
What is a PPC Brand Campaign? Before we jump in to convince you why PPC brand campaigns are critical for your online business, let’s define what they are. Brand bidding is simply including your company’s brand name as a keyword in the paid search campaigns. So, when people Google the name of your company, you come first in search results as ads always show on top, and people are very likely to go to your site. Even if you combine your product/service with the brand name, it’s still considered PPC brand bidding. PPC brand awareness campaigns stir a lot of controversy among marketers. Yet, brand bidding has proven to bring positive results, enhance the account’s quality score, and increase brand loyalty. 8 Reasons Why PPC Brand Bidding Is a Must As promised, here are the reasons why AdWords brand campaigns are so valuable, and why you should strongly consider bidding on your brand keywords (if you haven’t done it yet.) 1. It’s cheap You’ve heard it. CHEAP. Even though advertising ain’t dirt cheap, PPC brand bidding is a rare case when you can actually save quite a few bucks. 2. You can control your brand message Unlike organic listings, paid advertising lets you decide what ad copy to use to attract your target audience. So, if you want your prospects to have the right idea about your brand, bid on it. 3. You might keep your brand away from competitors Let’s clear this out. If you aren’t bidding on your brand, then your competitors are most likely already doing it. 4. You might get hold of quality traffic You don’t need to be a paid advertising pro to understand that if someone is searching specifically for your brand, they already know something about it. 5. You can cut harmful content Whether you anticipate it or not, life happens. Becoming a target of negative press is not very pleasant, especially when it’s directed towards your brand. 6. You mi