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SEM or Search Engine Marketing

Search Engine Marketing is one of the things we do best here at Windy City Strategies.  But sometimes, people don’t exactly know what that is.  So this blog post is to help explain it to our clients who may not know for sure.

A search engine is something going to www.google.com and putting in a search term like “Chinese Food” in the search bar, or searching for something on the web on Yahoo, or Bing.  Google is the most popular search engine, so we will use this as our example.

According to Google:  “The primary objective of any search engine is to help users find the information, products or services they’re looking for online, quickly and accurately. When the user types a word or phrase, called a query, into the search engine, a set of results that are relevant to the query is displayed.”

So- if you wanted to find a law firm in Crystal Lake- you might type in the search field “Law Firm, Crystal Lake”.

Windy City Strategies provides consultation and services in all areas of Search Engine Marketing-

The shaded area at the top of the page is called Pay-Per-Click advertising- this is a paid section, where your advertising will be posted to the top of the search engine.

The paid results are in the pink area, and the organic  (or Google selected) results are in the green area.  You will notice that there are local listings first in this green area.  That is the location portion of Google’s results- which displays local results from where your computer is searching from.

Windy City Strategies will help your business soar in the ultra-competitive web marketplace through our proven Internet marketing campaigns. We manage Google, Yahoo, and Bing accounts and we offer pay per click campaign management services as well as search engine optimization, website development, and internet marketing consultation. Please contact us for a free proposal and analysis.

Windy City Strategies Named One Of The Top Digital Marketing Agencies

Windy City Strategies was named one of the top 19 digital marketing agencies in the Chicago area for 2017 by Expertise.com.

In order to be at the top of the list, the digital marketing companies that were reviewed had to meet certain criteria, such as:

  1. Reputation- A history of outstanding customer service and happy customers.
  2. Credibility- Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.
  3. Experience- Based on years of experience and education.
  4. Availability- Approachable and responsive to their customers.
  5. Professionalism- Provides service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

According to Expertise, Windy City Strategies made the list due to the following:

“Windy City Strategies has been one of the city’s premier digital marketing firms for more than a decade, providing targets solutions and innovative tools designed to help businesses succeed and grow. The award-winning company’s range of services includes customized website design, local and national search engine optimization, and pay-per-click advertising to draw in revenue and reach broader markets. The company also offers a free AdWords audit to first-time customers, giving businesses valuable insights into ways to improve current online tools and strategies.”

If you are interested in learning more about why Windy City Strategies is one of the best digital marketing companies in the Chicagoland area, then contact us for more information today!

Are You Investing In A Google AdWords Campaign?

Gaining leads can be a difficult task for small businesses, especially when competing against more established and well known businesses. This often leaves these businesses wondering what they can do to effectively gain an audience, and grow their business.

Perhaps one of the best ways to do this is by investing in a Google AdWords campaign.

What Is Google AdWords?

Google AdWords is Google’s exclusive advertising program that allows businesses to advertise online, targeting the people that are using Google’s search engine, an its affiliates, to search for your products and services.

With a Google AdWords campaign, you must bid on keywords that are related to your products or services. When a person plugs in your keywords into the search engine, your business’s ad will appear as a sponsored link.

What Are The Benefits Of A Google AdWords Campaign?

Big or small, regardless of the size of your business, an effective Google AdWords campaign can drive traffic to your website every day, which not only increases your audience, but your profitability as well.

You only pay for results. When a business advertises on Google AdWords, they have the ability to only pay when someone clicks on their ad. This guarantees that the money that you’re paying is at least generating visits to your website, which allows for immediate interaction with customers, hopefully producing immediate results, or conversions, as well.

You can track your results. Google allows its users to track a variety of metrics. The most important of these metrics, however, is the conversions. Conversions can help to determine the effectiveness of pay per click campaigns, making it easier for businesses to track the return on their investment with a Google AdWords campaign.

You can time your ads. Advertising on Google AdWords allows you to advertise to your audience, when you want. With ad scheduling, you have the ability to show your ads to customers’ at the most ideal times, targeting them on specific days and hours, as well as increase keyword bids for specific days and times.

You can gain web traffic. Even if your website is effectively optimized to appeal to the search engines, there is the possibility that you are not ranking as high as some of your competitors. Since this can put you at a disadvantage, it is important to find a way to gain your website more traffic, which will help to increase your rankings. This is where Google AdWords can help you to draw an audience, attracting them to your business and website.

You are in control. With all of the tools, features, and options that are provided, the amount of control that you have is one of the biggest benefits advertisers can have when investing in a Google AdWords campaign. From the ability to set a budget, to being able to view and act on real-time data, as well as create tests to analyze the most effective landing page and ad copy, Google Adwords allows you to control your own advertising campaign.

It is important to realize that Google AdWords requires a lot of time and patience. If you interested in a Google AdWords campaign, or would like our Google AdWords professionals to manage your account, contact Windy City Strategies today!

Drive More Traffic To Your Site With Pay Per Click

Pay per click marketing (PPC) has become one of the most popular forms of online marketing. With these paid keyword search campaigns, when a user clicks on your business’ ad, and is directed to the business’ website, the advertiser will pay a fee each time the ad is clicked.

However, with a good PPC campaign, it is imperative that you have the right keywords; otherwise your campaign will be less effective and will result in a loss of potential traffic to your site.

By doing the following, you can help drive more traffic to your site with your PPC marketing campaign:

  • Change and improve your campaign ads
  • Expand your keyword lists
  • Organize your keywords and ad groups
  • Analyze the data, improving your actions based on these results
  • Filter unwanted keywords, create a negative keywords list to refrain from using these again
  • Continually monitor your campaign’s progress

It is critical to stay on top of managing your PPC campaign, which will also help to ensure you are staying a step ahead of your competition. In order to properly do so, it may be essential to hire a PPC and Internet marketing firm, like Windy City Strategies. Contact Windy City Strategies today to get started on an Internet marketing campaign to help improve your business.

How A Healthcare Practice Can Succeed Online

No matter if you are a plastic surgeon, chiropractor, dermatologist, or any type of dentist, it is important to make sure you are being found online if you have a website. More and more people are using their mobile phones and tablets to research a company and you want to make sure you are being found when people are searching you. When done correctly, medical marketing can effectively improve the number of patients visiting your website and build your brand reputation. With the help of our carefully strategized approaches, Windy City Strategies’ Internet marketing specialists can help you achieve this goal.

Some ways to increase traffic on your website are to make sure you have the right online marketing campaigns to drive up the number of people seeing your company name. In order to have a successful online medical marketing campaign, it is important to continue (or start) writing blogs, articles, newsletters, etc. This will allow patients to see your name and may end up being a potential client if they click on one of the links attached within each blog or article.

We encourage our clients to have well-written, original content on their websites. It will allow you to stand out not only from your competitors, but in the eyes of Google as well.  If you and 20 other orthodontist websites all have the same content, the odds of you ending up on the first or even second page are slim to none. The more content you have available, the higher your chances are of being ranked higher within the first few pages of Google.

Every doctor or dentist would say they would like more referrals. In reality, many healthcare professionals miss the opportunity to care for critical patient care because their staff was tracking them on paper or in Excel and about 60-70% of the referrals were not being received and the practice ended up losing money. In order to avoid this issue, an electronic referral program would help you keep track of each referral better so you are not losing any potential patients and your patients are getting the care they need.

If you would like your healthcare practice to succeed online, using these few tips are a great start, or contacting an Internet marketing specialist at Windy City Strategies. We will work with you and your practice to ensure you have a successful online practice.

Behavior Flow New To Google Analytics

A new exciting feature that Google has recently released is the behavior flow tool which allows advertisers to see how customers are coming to their website and how they are moving through their website. Google has recently enhanced these results by adding the functionality of Content Groupings support.

Content Grouping lets you group content in a way that reflects how you think your site should be navigated. You then have the ability toe view and compare the metrics. You are also able to drill down into specific URLs and pages.

Here is a video further explaining how this works.

The behavior flow tool is a great opportunity to leverage the data and in turn use that to better optimize websites and improve conversions. Windy City Strategies highly recommends this tool and has been using it for all of our clients. For more information about behavior flow or to find out how to optimize your website better, contact us today.

Google Partners Certifications

Being a Google Partners, means agencies like Windy City Strategies have put an effort into making their businesses relationship with Google a top priority. As a Google Partner, agencies, online marking consultants and web professionals have exclusive access to a large range of benefits  which include beta programs, technical support, networking opportunities, training and additional tools just for agencies.

Windy City Strategies gained its partner status over a year ago when the program changed names and was a certificated company before that. The advertising professionals at Windy City Strategies have completed and received high honors in Advertising Fundamentals, Advanced Display and is now taking the new test for Video Advertising.

Google Partners Video Advertising certification will give Windy City Strategies the recognition for expertise specifically in video advertising for YouTube and Google Display Network. With the new certification we will be able to reach brand new clients who are specifically interested in video advertising and help give better support to our current clients who are running this form of advertising.

If your company is interested in video advertising or looking for a reputable company who is a Google Partner, contact the professionals at Windy City Strategies. We are a full service Internet marketing companies who has helped thousands of client succeed online.

Google Released New Features And Tools

Google announced today that they are going to release new features and tools for Google search ads and more.  These new features will allow advertisers to target people based on the apps that they use and how often they use them.

They also released a new “app re-engagement” campaign in AdWords. What this does is allows users to open an installed app from a search ad rather than go to the app’s landing page. They are hoping that with this new feature people will increase the use of their apps since many are so often abandoned after being downloaded.

The focus on estimated total conversions is still a high priority according to Google, and is continued to be a high priority. They have had an increase of 60% of total mobile to desktop conversions from the photo-printing site Shutterfly and have converted its keyword list completely to mobile.

Many of the new features will benefit advertisers such as tools to improve workflow, reporting and optimization. By introducing these new tools, it will allow campaign settings to be managed in bulk across campaigns. There has been a change in the automatic bidding and advertisers are now allowed to bid based on the total number of conversions.

Another exciting tool that has rolled out is a new reporting feature that allows you to make tables and charts so it is easier to graph your data. Google AdWords will also allow advertisers to run live tests on anything in a campaign including bid changes, keywords, campaign settings and more. To learn more about what Windy City Strategies can do to increase your Google AdWords campaign contact us or visit our website.

How “Other Services” Can Help Your Internet Marketing Strategy

Often times when we think of Internet marketing solutions, things like SEO and PPC come to mind. While these services are essential to an effective Internet marketing campaign, it is important to not forget about the additional services Windy City Strategies can provide your website, taking your business to the next level.

Video Creation- Not only is this an eye-catching and effective way to capture your audience, but video creation also gives you an edge on your competitors and sets you apart form others.

Image Ad Creation- Another effective tool used to capture your customer’s attention is by creating a memorable image. Our images are not only customizable, but is designed with you are your business’ needs in mind. Additionally, using a pay-per-click image ad can help to further reach your target audience.

Google Map Listing- In order to ensure your business is found, it is essential to place your business listing online, especially on Google maps. Not only do we optimize your Google map listing to be search engine friendly, but will help you to maintain an online presence.

Blog Creation- Blogging is gaining popularity in being used as a key component in an effective Internet marketing strategy. Blogs are index-able pages that gain more credibility with search engine, increasing your rankings. Additionally, blogging helps you to become an expert in your industry and will keep your customers and visitors coming back.

Content Writing- By arranging relevant content and adding specific keywords and phrases to your website, you will enable your website to rankings within the search engines and allow for your visitors to find the information they are looking for right away.

Press Releases- Since press releases are picked up by hundreds of search engines, this is an effective way for businesses, big and small, to give their brand exposure and draw in potential customers.

Windy City Strategies specializes in working with you to create an individualized marketing strategy for your business’ unique needs. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business grow.

By Stephanie Brown

The Advantages of Pay Per Click Advertising

When developing your digital marketing plan, it is important that you stay informed and make decisions based on your business’ needs. When it comes to ensuring you can be found on the search engines, there are limited options to provide you with results. While paid searches, like search engine optimization, takes time to deliver results, using pay per click, or PPC, can help you get the results you need almost immediately.

While every business has different needs, pay per click advertising may not be for everyone, or just a stepping-stone for their future. Here are a few other reasons why you may want to consider using a PPC campaign:

Affordability- Since PPC campaigns are not only tailored to your budget, but you essentially pay per click on your ad.

Faster Results- Unlike organic search engine methods, PPC campaigns show almost immediate results since your ad will automatically receive top placement.

Real-time Tracking- With your PPC campaign, constant monitoring of your campaign will be performed. We will track things like the keywords that are, and are not, working, conversion rates, and which ads are driving the most traffic.

Exposure- Since your ad will be placed on Google, Yahoo, and Bing, your ad will be visible on well-known and reliable search engines, which reaches the vast majority of Internet users.

Target Your Customers- By placing a specific and eye-catching ad, you can directly target your customers and draw in only qualified and relevant traffic to your site.

Pay per click advertising is one of the fastest growing marketing techniques used today. Unfortunately, building and maintaining a successful pay per click advertising campaign can be a difficult task, especially when you don’t understand how to manage these services. By hiring an experienced Internet marketing firm, such as Windy City Strategies, you can rest assured that your PPC campaign is not only managed, but provides your website with your optimal results.

By Bjorn Torling