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Marketing StrategiesWe get excited when anyone asks how us how we can help improve their overall digital marketing strategy! Regardless of whether you’re a small, medium or large-sized local business, digital marketing can help you gain more business and maximize your sales.

For a local business doing most if not all their marketing, online, it’s important to embrace a quality digital marketing strategy that is seen by all of their potential customers online. When it comes to digital marketing, we believe there are five main areas of focus for local businesses. (more…)

Posted by & filed under Digital Marketing, Touchpoint Marketing.

Digital touchpointsA “touchpoint” is any interaction a person has with your company or your brand, before during and after purchasing a product or service. In today’s world, the very first such interaction will most likely be a digital touchpoint.  So, we wanted to give you some examples of what these extremely important first and lasting impression opportunities might be.

The first digital touchpoint is one that we don’t often think of as being under our control. That is the listing that Google displays as the result of a keyword search. These search engine results pages (SERPs) will generally list 10 organic results per page with you and your toughest competitors all in a row. So, if this is to be truly the first impression many people will have of your company, it stands to reason that you would want to make that a positive impression. And you can! (more…)

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Making sure that prospects can find you is the first hurdle you must clear in online marketing. As a local business, you probably face competition, which may include national retailers with big marketing budgets and seemingly unlimited resources. The good news is that you have an edge – you know your market area and your buyers. The marketing experts working for large chain retailers are not spending time with the customers in your neighborhood. Your firsthand experience and knowledge gives you the power to make your marketing more effective. One way to apply that knowledge is in your choice of the keywords you target in your online marketing campaign. (more…)

Posted by & filed under Search Engine Marketing, Tech Updates.

Google is constantly rolling out new features to make online search more user-friendly, more informative, and more targeted to meet consumer needs. The latest development is a new question and answer feature that is now appearing on Google Maps for Android and mobile search.

How the Google Q&A Feature Works

When consumers use Google Maps or Search to find a product or service, local business listings appear. After clicking on a particular business listing the user will see a summary of information about the business, including location, hours, pictures, reviews, and more. This new listing feature will allow users to scroll down to a Question and Answer section, where they can browse FAQs or ask new questions about the business. (more…)

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There are several of us on the Upright team that are obsessed with watching Game of Thrones on HBO every week. Most of us have read the books as well, but now that we’re well past where the books left off in most areas, it’s fun to pontificate on some of the big moments to come. Here are some of the most popular theories from our team:

SPOILER ALERT! We’ve watched all the shows and well, we could be right…

Game of Thrones: Upright Theories

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RJ Horning

RJ pictured with one of his dogs – Juno

Upright is pleased to announce the addition of RJ Horning to our team of website development specialists.

As the newest member of the Upright team, RJ brings extensive marketing agency experience and ecommerce development expertise. He is highly qualified as a Full Stack Senior Developer, experienced in both front end and back end development. He is also well-versed in analytics and enjoys keeping pace with all of the newest technological developments.

RJ will be playing an important role in continuing our ability to offer Upright clients the very best and most up-to-date online technologies to help them achieve their marketing goals.

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Google PartnerThe Upright team is proud to announce our newly acquired status as a certified Google Partner Agency. Google Partners are specially qualified to provide a variety of Google related services ranging from AdWords account management to website optimization services.

Extensive training is required to become a Google Partner Agency. As a Google Partner Agency, we are positioned to enhance and empower your online marketing program through our expertise in leveraging the many Google platforms, including Google Search, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, You Tube, and more. Google Partner Agencies have the advantage of access to the most current Google data acquired from a breadth of industries involved with Google search and digital advertising. (more…)

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This is something we address regularly with our clients. It can be tough for folks to determine if a no-obligation audit email is actually legitimate. Do you know how to tell if an audit email that you received is spam or not?

Every month, we receive a forwarded email from our clients that says something along the lines of, ‘I received this free audit, do we need to do anything with the information enclosed’. We are 100% confident in the work that we do for our clients, so we have no qualms when a client sends us this information! However, more often than not, the ‘free audit’ that they send us rarely contains factual, helpful information for our client. (more…)

Posted by & filed under Website Design.

As you dive into the exciting waters of developing a new website, you may be surprised at the number of steps presented in the website development timeline. The most successful websites are launched only after detailed information gathering, research, planning, design, and testing milestones have been met. One of the terms you’re likely to see in a website development timeline is Wireframing. And while research and design certainly seem like straightforward tasks, what is exactly is a wireframe?

A wireframe is a visual representation, often called a skeleton, of a website layout. A wireframe’s purpose is to work out the functionality of a website, prior to beginning work on an actual aesthetic design. A wireframe essentially depicts the framework of a webpage by documenting all of the elements of a page including where and how they should be rendered on the page. Wireframes can also include notes on how specific components work. (more…)

Posted by & filed under Reputation Management, Small Business Focus.

There has been a time or two when someone wrote a review on a listing that is clearly not at the right business. You may be really worried about the negative review and your first instinct may be to remove the review. We really hate to be the ones to tell you this but you cannot remove a review on Google (at least at this time of this blog post is written). Google will remove a review if it doesn’t fit in the review policies. Google review policies state that the review cannot include advertising, spam, phone numbers / email addresses / URLs, off-topic review, conflict of interest, illegal content, copyrighted content, sexually explicit material, impersonation, personal and confidential information, or hate speech.

Google will need time, sometimes a few days, to look over the review on the listing but in the meantime we have some tips to help you handle the situation: (more…)