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Blogging 101: Original Content vs. Duplicate Content

In this installment of our Blogging 101 series we’ll be discussing content — which are the words we use in each of our blog posts. We’ve already talked about content length and quality, and now it’s time to take a look at original content vs. duplicate content. Original Content So, this one’s pretty straightforward. Original content is exactly what it sounds like: made from scratch, unique, one of a kind. It’s content that you’ve written yourself, even if that means you’ve drawn from other material (which you can site in your blog post) for the information. Google likes this type of content, and so do readers. Duplicate Content Remember when […]

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Posted in Copywriting and Blogging, Search Engine Optimization, Tips

Blogging 101: Blog Post Frequency & Length

In the fifth installment of our Blogging 101 series, we’re gong to cover optimal blog post frequency and length. These are two more pieces of the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) pie that need to be understood so they can be used effectively to reach more readers. Blog Post Frequency So, you’ve decided to start blogging and you’re wondering how many posts you should produce each week. And while one is better than none, and two is twice as good as that, the sweet spot for most businesses is three times per week. Why? Because it provides your blog with a good amount of fresh content each week, without producing too […]

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Blogging 101: What are Tags & Categories?

In this installment of our Blogging 101 series, we’re going to talk about tags and categories —specifically what they are, and how to use them in your blog posts. Since tags and categories aren’t part of the actual writing of a blog post, they can easily be overlooked. But if you want to learn how to write a successful blog, you’ll want to make sure you include them in every post. Blog Tags Tags are keywords or keyword phrases that are placed in the tags region on the backend of your blog. Here’s what the input box looks like in WordPress: Tags are for search engines, and they let Google, […]

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Blogging 101: The Art of Writing Awesome Blog Titles

In our last installment of Blogging 101: How to Write a Blog Post, we touched upon how to create good, clear blog titles — also known as headlines — for your blog. Your title is a critical element in helping your blog get read. When someone searches for a particular topic, and you are among the list of search engine results, your title — also referred to as a headline — is a deciding factor on whether or not someone clicks through to continue reading. Your headline is also what helps you get found by the search engines in the first place. Here are three factors that go into awesome […]

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Blogging 101: How to Write a Blog Post

We’re often asked how to write a blog post in the most effective way. And although content will vary depending on your industry, customer base and company personality, there are certain contingencies you’ll want to meet to make sure each of your posts is awesome. How to Write a Blog in 6 Steps: Pick Your Topic This may sound obvious, but picking a topic in advance makes the process of writing a blog post more enjoyable, and less time consuming. We suggest creating a blog campaign for each month so you know all of your topics in advance. To do this, simply pick a topic for each post, create a […]

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Creating Memorable Tradeshow Marketing

Imagine for a moment that you’ve just arrived home from a tradeshow or networking event. There’s a good chance you’ve accumulated a stack of business cards and marketing collateral from the people you met. You’ve also handed out your share of marketing materials at the tradeshow yourself — but were they memorable? Whether it’s your business card, a one sheet, or a tote bag — which are all the rage at tradeshows these days — what makes an impression is always something unique. Of course it’s easy for me to suggest that you make your marketing materials original, engaging, clear and well produced. It’s another story altogether to produce said material. […]

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Posted in Tips, Tradeshow Marketing

Are You Using Your Website to Build Customer Loyalty?

Although most of our clients come to us for website design to attract new buyers, don’t forget your website can be a powerful tool for strengthening existing relationships, too. This can be a more important goal than you might realize. After all, it takes a lot more time and effort to find new customers vs. maintaining genuine relationships which those companies who have already purchasd from you. So, how are you using your business website to build customer loyalty? Here are seven of our favorite tools that help you keep buyers coming back and boost your bottom line: 1. Coupons and discount codes for repeat customers. Nothing says “thank you” […]

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Quick Tips for Maximizing Facebook Reach

Guest Blog from Wells Print & Digital Services For many businesses and organizations, Facebook can be an incredibly valuable tool for brand development and connecting with their fans for a relatively low expense. Whether you’re an international brand or a family-run small business, the ability to convey a personal side to your business is a necessary step in this growing age of digital marketing. Knowing how to effectively use Facebook, however, is a skill that requires a creative mind, in-depth analysis, and no shortage of patience. To determine your reach (how many people see your posts) Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank. EdgeRank is used to determine what content appears […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

10 Tips to a Better Website

Too many people create a website and then just let it sit and expect it to do all the work without any attention. In today’s competitive web environment and with the search engines placing a large degree of importance on recent web information this just isn’t a viable option. If you want to have the best website possible, you need to add updates on a fairly frequent basis. We’ve come up with 10 small tips that will boost the appeal of your website and make it more effective. 1. Call to Action. Don’t be afraid to ask for the sale. If your website is designed to have people do something, […]

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Posted in Branding, Tips, Website Design

Are You Making it Easy for New Customers to Find You Online?

If you’ve ever hired someone to work on Internet marketing or a search engine optimization campaign, you probably already understand how important keywords are to the visibility of your business website. But, do you know how to find the best ones… the terms and phrases that make it easy for new customers to find you online? Although a lot of business owners and executives don’t spend much time thinking about keywords, they can literally make or break your campaigns. When people search for information for companies on the Internet using sites like Google and Bing (or even social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn), the results are compiled and arranged […]

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Can You Picture Using Pinterest to Get More Customers?

Although it doesn’t get the attention that social media giants Facebook and Twitter do, Pinterest has quickly gathered more than 10 million users, and is one of the fastest-growing sites around. With image-based topics and posts, it isn’t just a different spin on social networking, but also a unique marketing forum for businesses of all sizes. In fact, some companies (and especially retailers) consider Pinterest to be the best social site for attracting new customers. Could you take advantage and use it to get people to think about your company and products? Here are Tingalls top seven tips for Pinterest marketing: 1. Spend some time with the site. As with […]

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What is Social Media Costing You?

If there’s one thing a lot of small business owners absolutely love about social media marketing, it’s that it usually carries a pretty low upfront cost to get into. You have to set up profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the other major social networking sites, of course, and add content, but it isn’t like pay per click advertising, which can mean big expenses to get your campaign moving. Make no mistake, though… social media marketing is going to cost you something. We’re not talking about a hidden expense, although there are more ways to advertise on sites like Facebook than there were in the past. No, what we’re […]

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Make Your Marketing Emails Count

Did you know that email marketing can be as much as 20 times more cost effective than other marketing methods when you’re trying to reach your customers?  But how do you create emails that get opened, engage the reader, and build value for your company? Tingalls Graphic Design has gathered a few tips to help you draft better emails and reach your customers with cost effective marketing. Be Trustworthy. People don’t want to open spam and they’re afraid of opening anything that might look suspicious. This means you have to identify yourself with a recognizable name. Make sure the from line in any email you send clearly identifies your company […]

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Posted in Advertising, Branding, Email Marketing, Tips

12 Quick Twitter Marketing Tips to Help Your Business Grow

Contrary to what some business owners and executives think, Twitter can be a great tool for attracting new customers and developing relationships with them – provided that you use it in the right way. That means it’s important to keep a few ground rules in mind, and then to keep at it until you start to see the right results (success on Twitter is rarely ever instant). In fact, there is an art and science to building your Internet marketing profile 140 characters at a time, and it amounts to more than just getting lots of followers. To help you out, here are a dozen of our top Twitter marketing […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

5 Signs You've Gotten Bad Search Engine Optimization Advice

Search engine optimization and Internet marketing have gotten to be big enough, and complex enough, that most businesses wouldn’t even dream of trying to manage things on their own. There are just too many concepts to take in, and details to stay on top of, for the average owner or executive to handle in-house. In most cases, they turn to businesses like ours who can help them increase their rankings on Google and turn search engine traffic into a stream of new customers. But what if the advice or service they are getting isn’t accurate, or up to date? Unfortunately, that situation is more common than you might think – […]

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Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Tips, Website Design

3 SEO Trends, What’s In and What’s Out

Ranking at the top of the search engines is the goal of many websites but not all of them know how to get to the top. There are a variety of different approaches you can take to improve your search engine optimization, some legitimate, others not so much. Tingalls Graphic Design stays on top of SEO trends and always recommends using best practices. To that end, we’ve come up with the latest SEO trends, what’s in and what’s out. IN – Good Content Content is king, especially in the world of websites. Targeting one or two keywords/keyphrases for each page and then using those keywords in content that is informative […]

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Posted in About Tingalls, Copywriting and Blogging, Search Engine Optimization, Tips, Website Design

What’s in a Color? The Impact of Color in Branding

Like it or not, people form opinions about your brand every day based of one simple thing: color. In fact, color can increase logo and brand recognition by up to 80 percent! Here are some reasons not to overlook the role of color in your branding efforts. Colors are seen by different age groups, genders and nationalities in many different ways. For instance, orange is highly accepted by young people, while people tend to dislike orange and green the older they get. Even men and women react differently to color. Females generally respond to red better than blue, while men prefer blue over red. Yellow has a higher effective value […]

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Posted in Branding, Color, Logo Design, Tips

5 Reasons Why You Should be Blogging

If your company isn’t blogging regularly, you may want to reconsider the blogging option. Below, Tingalls Graphic Design has collected five good reasons why you should have a company blog on your website and how it can help you promote your company, products, and/or services. SEO – Blogs help enhance your company’s search visibility or search engine optimization (SEO) in a couple of ways. Blogs give you a chance to use those all-important keywords in a legitimate way more frequently. Blogs should be touched regularly, showing that your website is current and still valid. Authority – Blogging about your industry and your products and  sometimes about topics that are only […]

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