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Why Paid Social Media Deserves a Spot on Your Budget

29 Apr , 2015 | Marisa Head

paid social icons

Social media can be a crowded place, especially when you’re trying to get your message to the right audience. You’re not only competing against other brands on social media, you’re contending with each network’s ever-changing algorithms that dictate just how much reach your message has.

In fact, with Facebook’s recent changes to its algorithm, it’s going to be an even tougher space for brands to get their message out. However, there is hope if you have a strategy and the budget to support your social media program.

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Aficionados Favor Their Own Flavor of Brand Loyalty

23 Mar , 2015 | Marisa Head

loyalty-icecream

Customer loyalty comes in a variety of flavors.

For instance, there’s legacy loyalty: the brands you grew up with, the ones your family has trusted, are brands you’re likely to remain connected to as an adult and pass on as a household name for the next generation.

There’s habitual loyalty, like always stopping in at the same coffee place before work simply because it’s on your way and has a drive-through window. If a new business opened up with slightly better prices, better coffee, or a shorter wait at the window, you could be tempted away from your mainstay.

And at the far end of the spectrum, there are the brands that court a strong following of niche customers who are not only loyal, but consistently and personally engaged, even advocating for their favorite products out of their own enthusiastic interest.

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SEO Copywriting Elements That Matter

25 Feb , 2015 | Ryan Winiarski

seo copywriting elements that matter

This is the third part in Mason’s series on search engine optimization (SEO) strategy and tactics for ranking on results pages and driving traffic to your site. 

SEO has evolved far beyond a reliance on simple keywords, but the written content on your site, as well as the language hidden behind the scenes in the code, retain a great deal of influence on search engine algorithms. Here are the factors that make your content easy to digest for search engines so you can rank highly and capture as many clicks as possible.

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How the SEO Food Chain Affects Your Search Ranking

18 Feb , 2015 | Ryan Winiarski

illustration of seo food chain

In the first part of our discussion on SEO, we broke down the anatomy of a search engine results page, the appearance of different kinds of search results, some of the things search engines are and aren’t looking for, and how to begin thinking about implementing SEO into your own site. This installment will focus on defining our keyword phrases (or “thesis”) based on an understanding of the SEO food chain.

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Could Native Advertising Overcome Display Ad Blindness?

13 Feb , 2015 | Marisa Head

native advertising

Average click-through rates on display ads reflect a digitally savvy public that has learned to ignore or distrust them. Native advertising could prove an effective way of re-engaging that audience.

The last 15 years of Internet history have been a constant push-pull of online advertisers finding new ways to get their message in front of more eyeballs, and those eyeballs glazing over as users learned to ignore, avoid, or even block as many ads as possible. The result has been dubbed “banner blindness.

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Off the Radar: What to Do With ‘Dark Social’ Traffic

30 Jan , 2015 | Marisa Head

radar dishes

Social sharing platforms are a rich source of data and insights for brands, illuminating their audiences’ preferences, behaviors, attitudes, and interests to better inform the brand’s digital strategy. But there’s a layer of activity happening below the surface, unmeasured, that has been described as ‘dark social.’

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The Anatomy of a Search Engine Results Page (SERP)

23 Jan , 2015 | Ryan Winiarski

search engine optimization

Search engines act as a portal to the rest of the Internet – all 4 billion pages (and counting) of it. Getting found amid the crowd requires a careful blend of art and science commonly known as Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

In this guide, I intend to introduce you to what it is we’re talking about when we talk about SEO, and some of the things search engines are and aren’t looking for on each page of your website.

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Our View: Top 14 Memorable Ads of 2014

30 Dec , 2014 | Marisa Head

Hotels.com Captain Obvious

By the very nature of the business, advertisers have to be forward-thinking and planning ahead at all times. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate all that’s already been said and done.

As we take a moment to look back on what made this last year memorable, we asked around the Mason office to find out which ads stood out from the pack among our staffers. Below we present our favorite ads of 2014, in no particular order, demonstrating the power of humor and unexpected creative.

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8 Steps to SEO-Friendly Content Packages, Part 2: Deployment

22 Dec , 2014 | Marisa Head

8 steps to seo friendly content marketing package part two deployment

Packaging your content creates an SEO-friendly library of resources that you can use and use to engage your audience and build your brand. In part one, we guided you through the planning stages. In part two, put it all into action.

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8 Steps to SEO-Friendly Content Packages, Part 1: Planning

18 Dec , 2014 | Marisa Head

8 steps to seo friendly content packages for your content marketing and search strategy planning

Three givens about content marketing: it is the most effective search engine optimization (SEO) technique, it covers a lot of territory, and it isn’t easy. Few things are as intimidating as a blank canvas.

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