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YouTube app on phone with blog article title graphic Ads Are Showing Up On My YouTube Videos! Now what?

In the last 10-plus years, we’ve worked with a lot of companies to develop robust YouTube channels to showcase their products or brands.  For as long as I can remember, YouTube has had a partner program that has allowed creators to place ads on their videos and monetize them. But up until recently, marketers that didn’t want ads on their videos were able to upload their videos and embed them in their websites without ads appearing.  That has started to change recently. According to YouTube Help documentation “Ads may appear on your uploaded videos even if you haven’t monetized the videos yourself.” So what does this mean for brands that are not trying to monetize their videos?  I guess that depends on if you are a glass-half-empty or a glass-half-full kind of person.   Pros and cons of this change If you have a competitor that is heavily invested in YouTube video, you could target them and run ads on ...

Posted in: General, News, Online Advertising by Colton Mosley on December 6, 2021

10things-redesign.jpg 10 Tips From A Designer For Efficient Website Redesign

So, you’re ready to redesign your website, but you aren’t sure how to get the process rolling? This is an exciting time, and surely you are eager to get working with your web design team to get the project started. With that in mind, we asked our designers here at Foremost Media for a list of 10 things that can prevent hangups and help have your new site rolling out as fast as possible. We know not every client can provide all of these things for their project. After all, that is why you hired a web designer in the first place. But cross even just a few of the items off this list, and your redesign will be off and running. Vector or layered logo files - So many clients do not have proper logo files or do not provide them. Why is it important? They will be scalable for responsive websites, they look crisper, and ...

Posted in: General, Online Advertising, Web Development by Adam Zellmer on November 8, 2021

Do-it-yourself UX Audit Tune Up Your Website With Our Do-It-Yourself UX Audit

Do you like your website, but feel like it could look or perform better? Maybe you are looking for a bit of a tune-up, because a full-blown UX Audit, complete with prototyping, testing, and costs sounds a bit daunting. You are in luck. The Foremost Media design department has put together a short list of items that might be stunting your website's growth. Use this handy guide to identify potential roadblocks and correct them to bolster the user experience (UX) for your site's visitors. What is the goal of a UX design audit? To evaluate the website/app based on the characteristics of good UX design according to Google — usable, equitable, enjoyable, and useful: usable — the design, structure, and purpose of the site/app are clear and easy to use equitable — the designs are helpful and marketable to people with diverse abilities and backgrounds enjoyable — the design delights the user and fosters a positive connection with them by addressing user ...

Posted in: General, Search Engine Optimization, Web Development by Stephen Cardwell on November 3, 2021

statistics-good-design-blog-top-image.jpg 9 Reasons Why Good Web Design Is Important To Your Business

Are you looking to launch a new website or app? Do you have a current site or app that is in need of a redesign? The designers at Foremost Media know what it takes to make a user’s digital experience interesting and profitable. Contact us today to discuss a quick site audit or our UX testing services. What are my next Steps? If your current website is costing your company money instead of making money, let the Web marketing experts at Foremost Media take your website to the next level, contact us or learn more with these options below. View Our Website Design Gallery Better search visibility in 15 minutes Learn about Foremost Media Get more conversions ... more leads!

Posted in: Conversion Rate Optimization, General, Manufacturing Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Web Development by Stephen Cardwell on October 26, 2021

Website page with ADA compliance article You Received a Letter for an ADA Website Compliance Violation: What to do Next

Apex Trial Law continues to disseminate letters to website owners based on ADA compliance violations. Many small businesses without large budgets may be in violation of these accessibility requirements without even knowing it.  If you received a letter from Apex Trial Law or another law firm concerning ADA website compliance, it can be concerning and confusing. However, these lawsuits are getting more and more common. In 2017, 816 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed, but that number jumped to 2,200 cases in just the next year. These lawsuits are only continuing to grow, so don’t feel ashamed if you receive a demand letter — you just need to know how to fix the problem.  First of all, don’t panic. We’ll point out some of the factors that could have caused the delivery of the letter and direct you to a quality resource to optimize your site for ADA compliance with legal assurance.  ADA Compliance Factors Just like wheelchair ...

Posted in: General, Reputation Management, Web Development by Colton Mosley on October 20, 2021

manufacturing website on tablet with icons Duplicate Manufacturer Product Descriptions: Google’s Take

For manufacturing websites with a plethora of products, it may seem daunting to write separate descriptions for each and every product type, size, material, etc.  However, with Google’s private nature regarding penalties for duplicate content, many businesses with huge inventories were not sure if unique descriptions were necessary. After all, Google has mentioned in the past that they penalize users for duplicate content.  So, what’s the answer?  Luckily, John Mueller, Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, gave some insight into Google’s algorithm that judges duplicate content in a recent SEO Office Hours chat. Let’s get into his comments and what it means for your manufacturing site.  Duplicate Content Does Not Apply to Individual Products Mueller’s comments detailed that there in fact is no algorithmic penalty doled out for duplicate content under these circumstances. Here are Mueller’s full comments: “So there are two aspects here when it comes to duplicate content. “First of all, you don’t get a penalty for duplicate content. “So ...

Posted in: General, Manufacturing Marketing, News, Search Engine Optimization by Colton Mosley on October 12, 2021

UX vs. UI design UX vs UI Design — What’s the Difference?

Have you heard the terms UX and UI being thrown around when researching your products or your website? Many times, the lines are blurred and those terms get used interchangeably, but there really are some big differences between the two. Although UX and UI design work closely together in creating a successful product, they are very different pieces to the process. Let’s break it down ... What is UX? UX stands for user experience. This is the overall experience a user has with a given product or environment. Having a well-designed product as opposed to a poorly designed product can mean the difference between a wonderful experience and pure frustration. Cognitive scientist Don Norman is credited with describing “user experience” as something that, “encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.” So, UX design doesn't just mean apps and websites. UX can be used to improve the experience of an app on your ...

Posted in: General, Web Development by Adam Zellmer on September 29, 2021

apple mail security alert Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection is Coming: How to Prepare

In early June, Apple announced a variety of privacy protections that will be available for iOS 15 updates this fall. Among those protections is the Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) function that is causing email marketers to worry.  Mail Privacy Protection is an opt-in feature of iOS 15 that allows users to hide their IP address and privately load the content of any email they receive through the Apple Mail app.  Doesn’t seem so bad, does it? A little privacy never hurt an email marketer, right? Wrong, unfortunately. Email senders capture open data through an “open pixel” that is within the content of the email. If a user opens this content privately, marketers will be unable to determine when, or even if, it happened. Every email you send to Apple Mail will appear as “opened,” and location and open time will not be available.   But think about it, a 100% open rate! An email marketer’s wildest dream! Your ...

Posted in: Email Marketing, General, News by Colton Mosley on September 16, 2021

SEO Strategy vs. Business Directory Listing Is a Business Directory Right for You? Know and Track Your Options

Put your focus on search engine optimization? Pay to list your business in a large well-known directory? Target new leads through pay-per-click or email marketing campaigns? You need your business to be noticed, but what direction do you turn? And at what price, for what return on your investment? If only there were easy answers to all of those questions. The truth is, the answers to each are as unique as your company. While simply paying for a listing might pay off well for one company, another might generate almost no leads from a registry and find nearly all of its success from Google searches and ad campaigns. And for many companies, the answer is a combination of “all of the above.” This blog will hopefully help you understand your options and how to determine the best route for you.  What is ThomasNet and is it right for you? If your business-to-business company has been around 20 years or more, ...

Posted in: General, Manufacturing Marketing, Search Engine Optimization by Eric Schmoldt on August 17, 2021

Septic Cleaner Pay Per Click Case Study Keys To Building A Trusting, Successful PPC Campaign

Nobody likes a clog. For nearly four decades, one of Foremost Media’s clients (they asked to remain anonymous) has prided themselves on formulating and providing 100% natural biological products that keep things like septic tanks and wastewater treatment products running clear and smooth. When it comes to pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, however, the company spent years running amok and needed to be unclogged. Through the first five months of 2021, their PPC campaigns are running smoothly, including a 55% jump in return on their advertising spend (ROAS) and an increase in overall revenue despite a 37.5% drop in money spent on PPC. Building Trust in PPC Campaigns From carefully selecting quality keywords and crafting solid campaigns to managing a budget and tracking results and progress in order to optimize the process, a lot goes into a PPC campaign. When you are a business owner, putting all that in the hands of someone else requires a great deal of trust. And in ...

Posted in: General, Online Advertising by Eric Schmoldt on July 12, 2021

glossary.jpg The Complete Marketing Glossary for Manufacturing Companies

Much like the manufacturing industry, the digital marketing world contains a lot of industry jargon that can be confusing to those unfamiliar with it. So to help, we’ve compiled a digital marketing glossary with some of the most valuable industry terms to help with your understanding of how all of this works. Keep this link handy or better yet bookmark this page to give you easy access whenever you need it. You can thank us later. Digital Marketing Terms A A/B Testing A/B testing, also known as split testing, allows you to compare two versions of a web page, email, advertisement, or any other marketing asset and measure the change in performance. The goal here is to figure out what works (and what doesn’t) in terms of optimizing your assets. To do this effectively you need to isolate the variable you are testing and run the test until you see a statistical relevance. You can then implement the best ...

Posted in: General, Manufacturing Marketing by Seth Clayton on June 29, 2020

Illustration of Camera Best Videos for Your Company's Online Marketing

Adding different types of videos to your Online Marketing arsenal is a great way to convert sales and inform your audience about things that may otherwise take time out of your busy schedule. Here are a few of my favorite video types to add to your website, social media or other digital marketing platforms.  #1. MOVIE OR CINEMATIC TRAILER VIDEO Consider a more graphic and cinematic video previewing your business and what you do. Get people excited about working with you. This approach is best for marketing to your existing clients rather than trying to explain your services to a new audience. These would work great for social media posts or even a background landing page on your website. Think of it as a movie trailer for your company. Check out our Home Page Video.  #2. FAQ or TUTORIAL VIDEO I bet you get a lot of the same questions over and over again. Sometimes your website may ...

Posted in: General, Online Advertising by Adam Zellmer on May 12, 2020

zoom-bg.jpg Free Zoom Backgrounds For Your Next Meeting

Virtual meetings are the new normal. And while there isn't anything fun about the reason for this, it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun while we are all adapting to the standardization of virtual meetings.  To help, our design team had a good time coming up with Zoom backgrounds you can download and use for free.  Choose your virtual living conditions Want to look like you’re in Don Draper’s office? What marketing company wouldn't love that?  Download this Mad Men style Zoom background.    Is your office extravagant and you are afraid your coworkers and customers will be jealous? No problem! Download this basement dungeon office, and you can guarantee that no one will be jealous. Full disclosure, this is someone’s home office at Foremost. Feel free to tweet us to guess who it is.    Are you not sure how a meeting will go and want a quick out? Download the same basement background with preinstalled tiling. That way, you ...

Posted in: General by Evan Facinger on April 16, 2020

remarketing-google-ads.jpg Remarketing with Google Ads

Remarketing is a term that you may have heard marketers throw around a lot lately. It is a very powerful asset to have in your advertising playbook, as it helps you reach people who have visited your website, interacted with your in-store business or talked to you at a trade show. These are just a few examples of ways that users can interact with your business. These are the users that you should try to target because they are familiar with your business and have already expressed interest in you. Remarketing allows your targeted users to see your ads while surfing the internet (Google Display Network) or searching on Google (Google Search Network). Remarketing can be confusing because there are many types of remarketing options.  This guide will help walk you through some of the remarketing options you can use with Google Ads: Standard display remarketing Dynamic display remarketing Customer Match Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSAs) Video/YouTube Remarketing  Standard Display ...

Posted in: General, Online Advertising by John Anderson on October 24, 2019

Grow-followers.jpg The Importance of Local SEO & How to Grow a Social Media Following

Having an online presence for your business is extremely important. A study conducted by Market Force found that 81% of consumer’s purchasing decisions are influenced by social media posts. Being active on social media will keep your current followers engaged and will grab the attention of potential followers. Taking advantage of Google My Business, using social media tools, and posting relevant content will increase your followers and help to grow your business.  Google My Business Google My Business (GMB) is a free service through Google that allows business owners to keep updated information on their business. It is essentially the Yellow Pages of Google. When a business is searched on Google, this is all of the information that shows up about the business. It displays the business name, hours, location, reviews, and photos. GMB is a good place for business owners to start optimizing their local SEO. It is important to fill out all of the ...

Posted in: General, Local SEO, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media by Abby Hughes on October 22, 2019

manufacturing website redesign illustration Website Redesigns For Manufacturers

If you are considering a website redesign, it may feel overwhelming at first. However, some careful planning will ensure that your new and improved site provides optimum user experience and increased sales or lead generation.  Set the Bar Before you begin your redesign, make sure to get a good idea of how your metrics are performing. Using a tool like Google analytics, analyze historical data like the number of visits to the website, amount of time spent on the website, form submissions and goal conversions, bounce rate, keyword rankings, and domain authority. If you do not have anything setup to measure metrics, make sure to do so immediately. Measuring the performance of your website, especially when transitioning to a new website, is crucial to your marketing efforts.  Define Your Audience and Goals It is important to determine what your goals are as a manufacturing company and how your website will help to accomplish these goals. Perhaps you want ...

Posted in: General, Web Development by Seth Clayton on October 7, 2019

Specify Alternate Text Website Request For Proposal Process

Get through the hassles and headaches of finding a web developer by having a well thought-out Request For Proposal or RFP. If you haven’t been through the process before, this article should get your wheels spinning on how to begin. “We need a new website!” So, the boss just asked you to head up the project for a new website. Super! Depending on your business’ market, it’s going to be time consuming. Hiring the best web design and development company isn’t as easy as searching Google for “best website designer”. It’s important to understand who you are investing time and money with. A web design company worth their salt will know how to respond to a Request For Proposal (RFP). Start With The RFP Process Starting out a new web development project using the RFP process sets the ball rolling for success. An RFP helps your organization evaluate your actual needs, timeline and budget you have to allocate.  ...

Posted in: General, Web Development by Noah Lamson on July 1, 2019

Specify Alternate Text Best Practices for Manufacturing Websites

Your company’s website acts as an online storefront. It’s your chance to make a great first impression with potential new customers. Having a great website can be the difference between a growing business and spinning your wheels. Our recent post, Five Pillars of an Effective Digital Marketing Campaign for Manufacturers, introduced you to the five most important elements of growing a manufacturing business online. The first, and probably most important, is a mobile-friendly, responsive website. Today’s buying process is complex, even in the B2B marketplace. Buyers, product developers, engineers, and even marketing staff may have input in the buying process. Designing a manufacturing website that informs and appeals to a range of backgrounds is imperative in 2019 and beyond. Prospective customers are looking for a website that performs well, is easy to navigate, and is loaded with helpful information presented in an easy to digest manner. Your Website Beyond Web Design Website performance is vital to getting a ...

Posted in: General, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Web Development by Jon Ballard on May 7, 2019

illustration of utm parameter Using UTM Parameters to Capture Lead Source

UTM parameters are tags you add to a URL. Marketers use them to be able to track traffic from a wide range of sources such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, email, display ads, paid ads and more. These specific UTM tags are sent back to Google Analytics and can track stats such as users, sessions, time on site, number of pages, bounce rate, conversions/goals from those campaigns. These metrics help see the effectiveness of the campaigns and which campaigns are driving the most conversions and assisting in the most conversions. The five UTM parameters that Google Analytics can register are: Utm_source (google, facebook, linkedin, youtube, pinterest, etc) Utm_medium (post, pin, cpc etc) Utm_campaign (name of campaign or specific promotion) Utm_term (used for text ads to tell you which keyword) Utm_content (used to differentiate ads) You might already be using UTM parameters to track your marketing campaigns in Google Analytics, but are you capturing that information when a lead comes into your database ...

Posted in: Conversion Rate Optimization, General, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media by John Anderson on April 19, 2019

Specify Alternate Text 6 Online Marketing Articles You Should Read Heading Into 2019

As 2018 comes to a close and you're ramping up your marketing plans for 2019 we wanted to share our top 6 marketing article picks with you of things that should be on your radar for 2019:   14 ranking signals you need to optimize for in 2019 If you're looking to step up your search rankings for 2019 make sure you're looking at these items.   Facebook B2B Advertising Comes of Age Thanks to its retargeting and similar audiences features, Facebook has become a powerful tool for B2B advertisers seeking new customers who are similar to their existing customer base.   9 Analytics Insights to Help Grow Your Business Analytics data can go far beyond the number of visits and time on site. Did you know you can tap into your analytics data to find insights into your customers, your marketing, and your business that you can use to grow?   5 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2019 One thing that is constant ...

Posted in: General, Search Engine Optimization by Jon Ballard on December 31, 2018

Specify Alternate Text WHAT ARE UTM PARAMETERS? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? AND HOW DO YOU IMPLEMENT THEM?

Have you ever run a campaign and wondered how effective it was at driving traffic to your website? You did append UTM tags to the links in the campaign, didn’t you? If not, Google Analytics reports will not contain the data you need to measure campaign performance. That’s why UTM codes (also known as UTM tags or UTM parameters) are so important. UTM Parameters: What Are They? UTM parameters are attributes you append to hyperlinks (destination URLs) for marketing campaigns sending traffic to your website. When the link is clicked and the visitor arrives on your site, tags are sent back to your Google Analytics Account and appear in your Analytics metrics. Here is a sample link we could use when this blog is shared in an email blast; the UTM parameters are appended to the URL): https://www.foremostmedia.com/?utm_source=act-on&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=october2018newsletter&utm_content=linkclick Why Use Them? Failure to append UTM tags to hyperlinks will do more than simply hinder your ability to do effective ...

Posted in: Conversion Rate Optimization, General, Inbound Marketing, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media by John Anderson on December 3, 2018

Specify Alternate Text Google Just Revolutionized GMB Posts

In an announcement from its blog on October 24th, Google announced that users can now follow businesses in the Maps app. This will allow followers to see a businesses’ latest news including events, deals, and more. This information will be readily available for users in the “For you” tab. It is unclear when this feature will be available on iOS, but it’s safe to assume it should be active soon. This is big news for existing businesses as there is now an opportunity to share information with your customers directly without using social media. Users who follow neighborhoods will also receive personalized recommendations based on their preferences. for mobile-first indexing. Though being indexed mobile-first has no ranking advantage, Google strongly encouraged webmasters to make their content mobile-friendly. Image Courtesy of Google "Places that are opening soon can create a free Business Profile that will appear to people up to 3 months in advance of opening—letting trendsetters know ...

Posted in: General by Tyler Reynolds on November 6, 2018

Specify Alternate Text Google Reviews - The Best Defense is A Good Offense

No matter how hard you try, sooner or later your business will face a negative online review.  Former employees, competitors, or unreasonable customers all have instant access to leave unwarranted feedback about your business. It's time to get proactive about collecting positive online reviews in preparation for drowning out that occasional negative review. So what is a business owner to do? Go on the offense and generate an avalanche of positive reviews. A good rule of thumb is that it takes about ten positive reviews to offset one negative review. I know this sounds like a lot of work for a B2B business that doesn't generate a lot of reviews organically. But if you follow the steps below, you should be able to get this done in an hour or less, and the return on investment is great!   1. Craft a letter to your personal contacts Here is one that I used: “Subject- Need Your Help or Big ...

Posted in: General, Local SEO, Reputation Management, Social Media by Jon Ballard on October 11, 2018

Specify Alternate Text NOP Commerce Customization FAQ's

NOP Commerce is one of the most flexible and customizable aspdotnet shopping carts available.  With so many built-in features, it handles most companies' e-commerce needs out of the box.  But one of the real selling points for this code base is its ability to build out additional customized functionality. For this blog post, I thought we would start a list of customization questions that we receive from time to time along with our answers to customers. This blog post will be updated as new questions come in, so please check back.  Question - Can we configure a price list in NOP that’s different than standard pricing?  Out of the box, NOP Commerce has the ability to do different tiers of pricing. For example, you could set up a "Distributor A Price List" and then set discounts off standard rates by category or all the way down to the product level. Once this is set up you can then apply this ...

Posted in: General, Web Development by Jon Ballard on October 8, 2018

Specify Alternate Text Design Email Campaigns That Get Results: 10 Tips and Tricks

Every day we are deluged by emails attempting to get our attention. Cutting through the clutter and getting to the heart of what your customers desire without alienating them in the process is as much art as it is science. Email personalization, robust list management, and a little common sense strategy can make the difference between killer open and click-through rates or ongoing frustration. After years of testing, here’s what we’ve learned: 1. Use a sender your target recognizes If you want to grab attention, send emails from a name that the receiver recognizes. At Foremost Media, emails sent from key members of our leadership team get the best open rates, as almost all customers know the team and no one likes to risk ignoring a personal contact. No time for your CEO and top management to respond to emails? Using gender-neutral names like Pat or Sam in place of sales@ can help improve open rates. ...

Posted in: Conversion Rate Optimization, Email Marketing, General, Marketing Automation by Jon Ballard on June 16, 2018

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