Lion’s Lair is an annual event put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it involves 10 Hamilton-area startups battling each other for $150,000 in cash and professional services. It’s been happening since 2011, and local tech/software firms are always well represented, both amongst finalists and the winners.
The actual Lion’s Lair evening at Carmen’s involves watching local business experts quiz the finalists on the viability and potential success of their business, over a nice dinner in a room filled with great people. Check out the top ten finalists below. Tickets are $60 for young professionals and $120 for regular early bird.
This year’s panel of experts possesses a truly unique set of knowledge and perspectives. We’re thankful on behalf of the entire community for their contribution.
As you probably know, there is a huge amount of high-quality blogs out there, but I decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the absolute cream of the crop.
Whether you’re a beginner blogger, a marketer or a business owner, these blogs will provide you with all the tools and information you need to improve your rankings with ease (even if you’re in an obscure niche).
This list of SEO bloggers is a great way to drill down, one by one to see what we/they have to say and you can of course bookmark the ones you find relevant too for your daily reading list. I added some already and I’m only what 1/3 of the way through the list!
So you’re getting visitors to your site….you’ve worked hard on learning how to do your own DIY SEO – or you’ve hired a Canadian SEO firm to help…no matter how the visitors get to your site your real job begins NOW!
To see if a visitor changes from a simple ‘drive-by’ to a real live prospect you’ll need to track to see what kind of conversions are happening on your site.
There are perhaps many methods and tools to do that, but for us, we use the following couple of old friends…
When you sell services or Web apps online, you should do exactly the same thing that a store does: show the product. It’s surprising how many websites that sell software for example, don’t actually show screenshots of their applications.
Sure, these are intangible goods, digital goods that you can’t touch or smell, but they’re still goods you can see.
Producing your own products boils down to 3 simple steps:
- plan it
- produce it
- and sell it
Create a marketing plan and complete your daily tasks. Not only will you eliminate procrastination, but you will give your product the best chance of success.
Not often I can count on using this blog to allow others to talk about SEO, but last week when I discovered that SEO Powersuite had produced a great 70+ page article on how to develop and use your workflow to gain SEO rankings – I knew I had to post it here.
Yes, this is “thick” material – you’ll probably need to google many of the terms used as you’ll not understand the lingo used.
Yes, you will need to make notes and a timeline for this to be read and understood.
Yes, you will need to think on some of the finer points as they are both not intuitive nor for that matter do they seem workable…but they are!
Using what gray matter we had this week was a bit tougher than in most weeks as the middle of the week was our nationlal holiday, but then this is something that at an age, you do learn to handle okay.
National holidays are great things but boy do I ever wish that they could always fall on a Friday or a Monday so we’d get the whole long weekend thingy going <Canuck rant off>!
Well, at least semi-competantly…so our clients are fine, our testing continues and yes, we did find some pretty cool new Infographics to share.
You’re a small SMB owner – say you’re a lawyer who has just hung out your shingle or a locksmith working out of your first ever retail store or a Mom & Pop sandwich shop and you’re thinking that this online world may be the way to get you some new customers or clients. Good thought!
And you realize that there’s already other legal firms out there in your city or other locksmith shops or sandwich stores and that as the “new” kid in town, you’re going to have to compete with them. So your next thought would be you wonder how they’re “doing” in the online world. Second good thought!
And finally, you know that if you can figure out what “already in the market” competitors are doing, you can copy that strategy to get a foothold at least in the local search world. Great final thought…but…how can you find out who else is “on the field” that you’d be ccmpeting against?
If you think that your call-to-action is the only way to get a prospective buyer of your products or services to actually click on that button then there’s this thinking that offers up some similar “pushes” towards that conversion (reprint here from our book “Online Marketing Success.”)
That said, some new things we’re watching over in GoogleLand…the changes to their main algo are interesting as we track for our clients; those new “buy” buttons too are interesting…as is their method of ranking for “quality updates” too….we’re watching and testing too…
So today I thought I’d start and end with a great site that I know well – www.socialmediaexaminer.com – and it’s wide wide content on yes, Social Media.
That said, did find a couple of great new infographics for you SMB owners who’re looking for some marketing help to pour over and learn from – all offer up great info in an easy-to-digest manner and I would recommend that you click each of the links below.
Well, if you want great Canadian SEO that is….
Here’s what you gotta know, that “Net neutrality, also called open Internet, is a principle that Internet networks are equally available to all types of legal content generators. Internet service providers (ISPs), mostly large cable or telephone companies, would be prohibited from discriminating against content by blocking or slowing transmission speeds and seeking payments in exchange for faster lanes of their Internet networks, a practice called “paid prioritization.”
Located here on www.e-commerceplatforms.com, it’s entitled “The Ultimate, Epic Guide to Create a Successful Online Business in 2015″ and it as I said is quite a long well done graphic that says it all – least as far as I’m concerned!
Not that it’s about SEO only – it’s not at all. In fact it’s a compendinium of the top 20 items to strategize upon, to help you get your own eCommerce site up and running and making you revenues.
Well, it was a heck of a holiday season, but we’re “back in the saddle” again and thinking that one of the first things to consider for any SMB owner in 2015 – is SEO itself and what that means for your site.
Search engine optimization can mean a lot of things to a lot of owners of online businessess – but to begin talking about this whole area one must remember that what I mean by same is meant to matter for the SMB owner who knows how to value his business and how to measure an ROI on any marketing dollars spent.
There. I said it. Again.
And for those of you who continue to call us SEO practitioners to ask how come your rankings vary when you look at them on your own office computer compared to our posted ranking reports on your SEO Dashboard – all we can say is yup!
And the difference, among other things yes, is that you’re looking at searches with your Google Personalised Search turned on – and we’re not!