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franchise business This month, thousands of franchise business leaders and entrepreneurs came together in Las Vegas for the International Franchise Association 2015 convention. Rio SEO was there in the expo hall and had a steady stream of franchise executives and owners dropping by, many expressing that they still don't understand local search and how it works. continue reading
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IFA Convention 2015   This year’s Convention theme is “Connect. Innovate. Evolve.” In light of current legislative, regulatory and economic pressures, now, more than ever, it is essential that we expand our networks and strengthen our existing connections to unite our industry and promote innovation. IFA’s Convention—specifically designed for franchisees, franchisors and our steadfast supplier partners that support the franchise industry—is the forum to build and enrich these relationships and ideas. As always, IFA’s Convention offers top speakers who will share best practices as the industry continues to work its way out of these still challenging economic and public policy times. Our Convention is filled with educational sessions, roundtables, summits and mini-super sessions designed to give you the latest trends and information in the areas of franchise relations, management and leadership, financing, multi-unit growth, international growth, franchise development, social media and more.   View this event!
Personalization is more than the latest advertising buzzword – it's a movement, driven by consumers' expressed desire for a more relevant, seamless online experience.   Ad technology has made it possible to get ever more granular with our targeting, to the point you can hone in on a single user and personalize to the point of creepiness, if you're so inclined. (But you're not… right?)   Whereas retargeting and any other sort of informed ad seemed to cross the line with consumers even five years ago, today they not only expect a tailored, relevant experience – they demand it. For local brands, personalization is an important tactic to include in an overall local search marketing strategy.   In a recent Yahoo study, 78 percent of consumers expressed a desire for some kind of content personalization, yet just 37 percent have found online desktop ads relevant to their interests. Mobile advertisers fared worse, with 30 percent of consumers responding they felt ads on their smartphone were relevant, and just 27 percent of mobile app ads resonated with users.   continue reading
There is possibly no trend less relevant to my day-to-day than #DeflateGate, yet I am fascinated by the trend – from the sheer volume of information available to me to the experts weighing in. continue reading

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Local SEO has evolved at rapid-fire pace over the last three years, a trend that will continue into 2015. Smart marketers have their eyes on upcoming trends in local and are getting in position to reap maximum benefit.   continue reading
During the last few weeks, my unfiltered social media (Twitter, Instagram) has been flooded with national current events, largely the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and then the equally contentious trial of Daniel Pantaleo. In both cases the outcome of non-indictment brought a severe public backlash that flooded my inbox, phone, television and social feeds. In both cases, there was a lack of brands’ understanding that though their content was good, they failed to respond to the context of current events. Audience relevance and timeliness are important to understanding how your message is received, not just what the message itself should contain. continue reading
Online holiday shopping has become a retail phenomenon, with 2014 Cyber Monday sales projected to reach $2.6 billion, according to the Adobe Digital Index. With more and more consumers utilizing their mobile devices to search online for the best deals and sales offers, many marketers are optimizing their local search strategies by implementing best practices in organic search.   continue reading
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Why Attend? Join the best minds in the search marketing industry get together to share cutting edge information and experience on search marketing in a think-tank environment, exploring new technology, strategies and tactics for effective campaigns, challenging what’s working (and what’s not), and taking an in-depth look at where the channel is going. Afternoons and evenings are filled with adventurous networking activities, fabulous dining experiences and cocktail parties with top marketing and agency executives.
apple-maps-google-maps   In our last blog post for Local Search Insider, we shared creative ways to win the holiday shopping season with top rankings in paid, organic and maps listings. The accuracy and rankings of map listings are critical to connect and convert consumers with immediate needs, as they search for information from within the proximity of a business.   continue reading
Best PracticeIn the constantly shifting local search landscape, where it can feel like the targets are forever on the move, marketers are scrambling to measure the ROI or their efforts. For local SEO, marketers utilizing best SEO practices are critical to driving maximum impact before and during the upcoming holiday season.   continue reading

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