The Google Analytics mobile app makes a complicated platform much easier to use and incredibly useful, especially for business owners and managers. Last week we reported on the release of the Google Analytics iPhone app, and this week I’m here to tell you why this might save your life if you are a business owner or manager. [Read more...]
Google is giving you another reason to dust off your Google+ password. Google recently announced that they are letting users choose their name. When Google+ first started, you could only use your real name, which meant your real name would be attached to everything you did with Google+, from uploads to comments. This raised a lot of questions from the start and made a few people shy away from the popular social media network. The use of real names was bent a few times, but for the most part Google wanted you to use your real name at all times. [Read more...]
This past week Google Analytics, the lifeblood of the SEO industry, was released onto Apple’s iDevices for the first time in a condensed and simple to read format. The Google Analytics app actually makes it easier to understand the most important metrics of your site’s performance, especially if you aren’t a wizard with the desktop version of Analytics.
Big news everyone! Huge news. Probably the largest news report since sliced bread: mobile usage outnumbers desktop usage. What does that mean? For one, this hugely affects online B2B marketing.
As an agency we are constantly creating new Google accounts for clients. With the limits Google sets on how many accounts can be verified by one phone number, Google account verification can become a real chore. I know I have verified as many accounts as possible via my work phone, my cell phone, and my Google voice number. In the past, I have tried online methods for creating new phone numbers without much success. By far the best solution has been the Burner phone app.
This method isn’t free (well the first number is), but it is very inexpensive. Three credits ($1.99 or less depending on how many credits you buy at a time) will create a phone number for 14 days with 60 texts. With Burner, you can name phone numbers, so you know which number is used for what if you have multiple numbers at the same time.
Now you see it, now you don’t. Earlier this week Google announced that they would be removing author photos and Google+ view counts next to search results. They are going from this:
Note the lack of a photo, if you can withstand the horror. [Read more...]
GIFs (those endlessly looping video clips that you see on Buzzfeed lists all the time) can now be posted on Twitter! The ability to post GIFs on Twitter is a huge advantage to any business that uses Twitter to engage its customers because it allows for greater creativity with an eye catching tool. If a picture says a thousand words, think about how many words a video clip says. Sometimes a GIF can capture more than 140 characters can.
Do you like the ads you’re seeing on Facebook? Yes? No? Burn it with fire? No matter what you answered, you’ll now have the power to control what ads you see on Facebook. This Week in Review will take a look at how ads are changing on Facebook.
Recently, Google introduced its “new platform,” Google Places. Wait, I mean Google+ Local. No wait, I mean Google My Business. The latest evolution of Google’s business directory re-organizes many of the separate services they already offered into a single dashboard, plus includes some new reporting and analysis features, and glosses everything with a branding face lift focusing on simple language targeted toward small business owners.
The hope is that those business owners who have found it too difficult, or too much hassle to create a Google + profile, or the older Places listing, will be encouraged by the usability changes made to help them “Get on Google.”
The popular professional social media site LinkedIn unveiled a sleek new look this week. It might be time to polish your profile!