Even with the best protection no WordPress website is 100% protected from trouble, specifically MALWARE.
Are you a podcast person? Millions tune in daily to the podcastsphere. Here are 20+ of the most popular business and marketing podcasts.
If your website runs on WordPress you probably know that it must be kept up-to-date or you risk being infected by hacker injected malware and a host of other security issues.
Here are three things you can do to BUILD YOUR OWN permission-based email list as part of your participation at a bridal show.
Download this worksheet to define and optimize the benefits vs. features marketing copy at your website. This is a simple exercise that will dramatically improve the number of inquiries you get from your website, I guarantee it!
If you want more inquiries and you want to book more weddings optimize how you use TARP!
More than 1/2 of your website traffic today is probably visiting from a smartphone or mobile device. Here’s a great tool for WordPress websites.
Better results from your website don’t come magically – it takes a lot of work. Here are 20 things to look at.
There are many reasons wedding businesses don’t get more inquiries from their websites. Based on my experience, here are the 6 biggest reasons websites in the wedding industry don’t get more inquiries.
Social media “exclusive” promotions, particularly boosted posts at Facebook and Instagram, are an inexpensive way to advertise special offers. For as little as $10.00, you can run a boosted post for a day or two.
Yelp! has a reputation for bogus reviews and hyper-aggressive sales people. That said, I have consistently seen Yelp! as a good source of website traffic and increased online visibility for wedding businesses.
In many ways the foundation of your visibility at Google starts with your Google My Business listing.
Online chat tools, that give your website visitors the option of “chatting” with you online real-time, are becoming more and more popular. You’ve probably used them yourself for online banking or to get online support from your website hosting company.
The right tools make any Internet marketing you do easier and more effective. These are “must haves” tools and they are all free from Google.
You have probably seen infographics on the Internet, they are eye-catching, usually fun and informative. Not many people use them in the wedding industry so if you create one it will make your business stand out.
Whiteboard videos are eye-catching, fun, and informative at the same time. Not many people use them in the wedding industry and if you create one it can make your business stand out.
Does your web site pass the Google mobile-friendly test? Here is how to find out.
By creating and posting videos, or informational video slideshows, you will be creating more online visibility for your company, brand, website, and creating a long-term traffic generating machine.
Showing support for the LGBTQ community, and marriage equality, is an important business and marketing strategy. Do you have a statement of support showing your business is open to the LGBTQ customer on your website? Here’s an example and ideas for where you can use it.
Good search engine optimization, and the resulting top rankings, last a LONG time, which will lead to hundreds of high-quality leads over time.
A Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is a key factor in getting the engaged couples who visit your website to make inquiries, and ultimately book your company.
The right tools make a challenging job easier. Here is my favorite tool to use with social media. It saves me a lot of time managing my Facebook and Instagram social feeds.
Reviews are one of the most powerful ways to convert engaged couples who find your brand into inquiries and sales. Here are 10 ways to use reviews and testimonials that have BIG impact and consistently deliver GREAT results.
Keeping your finger on the pulse of what brides (and a few grooms) are talking about and exposed to online is basic marketing intelligence. Here are some of the big wedding planning Facebook pages, measured by followers or “Likes.”
There are dozens of Facebook groups focused on the business of weddings. Here are a handful that are definitely worth checking out.
Public Service Announcement: Even if your hosting company tells you they are backing up your website, create your own backups.
Unfortunately, this website is often overlooked to increase online visibility and reach more “high-end” couples by people and businesses in the wedding industry.
Does your website have “secured” end-to-end encrypted hosting, the type with https:// security and certification? If not it WILL adversely impact your conversion and may impact your Google rankings.
Improving your Facebook content, and social media content in general, will deliver better results, drive more traffic to your website, and generate more inquiries and sales!
Checking your website from time to time to make sure it’s in good standing with Google is an Internet marketing best practice. Here is how you do it.
Long inquiry forms with too many fields usually don’t create the most mobile friendly user-experience and may result in fewer inquiries.
11 High-impact Facebook post ideas that are guaranteed to get an engaged couple’s attention.
If you use Google Analytics (GA), and you should be, one of the tracking points is called “Bounce Rate.” Bounce rate is an indication of how many REAL people came to your website and left after visiting just one page.
Does your post include/use a call-to-action? Are you monitoring and measuring key metrics using Facebook Insights? Facebook Best Practices part four of four.
Does your post properly reflect your expertise? Does someone reading it say “Wow, this person/business really knows their stuff.” Part Three of Facebook Best Practices.
More techniques and tips to get better results from your Facebook business page. Part Two of Facebook Best Practices.
When I speak to a lot of people they tell me that they don’t get very good or consistent results from Facebook. In most cases the reason is they are not using it properly. Here are some of the BEST PRACTICES I use when managing a Facebook business page for a client.
Get an outside and objective review of your website, as well as your overall Internet marketing strategy. Don’t look at this as an expense, instead look at it as an investment that will help you book more weddings.
Blogging has many benefits, but my favorite is that it promotes you as the expert that you are – and that leads to closing more sales more easily.
“Friends” pages show you are active in the marketplace and others you link to are more likely to do the same for you, thereby creating a SEO-friendly INBOUND LINK to your website.
A frequently asked questions (FAQ) page at a website is a double win. First, it answers the commonly asked questions that couples have when thinking about hiring your company. It also acts as a powerful sales page to qualify engaged couples.
Instagram gives you the option of changing a personal account into a business account. It’s a good thing to do for your business feed at Instagram. It is still free.
An auto-responder can be a very powerful tool that allows you to automatically and quickly respond to the engaged couples that make an inquiry at your website.
Social Proof is one of the things engaged couples are looking for at your website as well as your social media touch-points. They want to see reviews, testimonials, awards, and membership in professional associations.
Is it time for your website to get a “fresh coat of paint?” Maybe it’s time for a complete overhaul? Maybe the marketing copy needs to be improved? In many cases the first impression a bride or groom gets about your company is going to be from your website.
Tracking your search engine rankings manually can be a time-consuming task. It’s not the most effective way to track your rankings – or use your time. Here is the tool I use.
Videos undoubtedly get more organic non-paid reach when compared to simpler text with image posts, at both Facebook and Instagram.
You’ll get better results and more ENGAGEMENT from your social media posts if you post high-quality helpful wedding planning information. When you do this you automatically become THE EXPERT.
It’s important to keep tabs on what your competition is doing. You don’t want to find yourself at a competitive disadvantage six months after the fact.
Exchanging website links with the other wedding vendors you work with is a great way to get more online visibility, build traffic to your website, and book more weddings. Inbound links to your site will also help your rankings at Google.
An often overlooked yet powerful way to promote your products and services, and drive traffic to your website.
Why do you need to measure everything? Because if you don’t know that something is broken, you won’t know that you need to fix it.
Using the appropriate hashtags will help you reach more couples in your geographical marketplace who are planning a wedding. Hashtags increase your social findability and social visibility.
Studies show that the first company to follow-up on a web-based inquiry has an immediate and significant competitive advantage. Companies that are the first to “help a customer along their buying journey” are 72% more likely to get the sale.
The right hashtags will make your social posts more “findable” for engaged couples who are searching for content related to those hashtags.
While there are dozens of questions you might ask a couple that you are speaking with, here are 10 questions that are proven to build rapport and get the ball rolling in the right direction.
You may hate them, and I do too, but the hard-cold facts are that pop-up boxes work! They increase conversion and they generate leads.
Reviews and testimonials are “social proof” and they increase conversion and will help you book more weddings. Here are 10 ways to use reviews and testimonials more effectively.
Conversion is really what Internet marketing is all about. Your website is ultimately responsible for turning visitors into some type or form of action. In most cases, the action you want an engaged couple to take after visiting your website is filling in your inquiry form.
Giving couples the option of text messaging you will help you book more weddings.
So many choices and so many shiny objects! The problem quickly becomes that you simply don’t have the resources to chase them all. Nor do you need to.
How often should you post to Facebook and Instagram? Properly, effectively, and aggressively using social media marketing will help you build your brand, drive traffic to your website, and book more weddings.
A Frequently Asked Questions page is one of the most powerful pages you can put on any website. After a Pricing page it is almost always one of the most visited pages at any website.
Review Your Website for Basic SEO (title tags, description tags, and targeted keyword-rich page content)
When you rank well at Google you’ll get more high-quality website traffic and better inquiries – you’ll book more weddings. I could argue that Google traffic is better quality traffic and more likely to turn into an inquiry and sale than traffic from WeddingWire or The Knot.
“Dusty” brands are not only at a significant competitive disadvantage, but typically they can’t command premium pricing for their services in any competitive marketplace.
Generally speaking, when making a buying decision, people like packages. Packages will help you book more weddings.
A lot of businesses in the wedding industry get reviews at The Knot or WeddingWire, but what about Google Reviews, the reviews that show up with your Google My Business business listing?
Sure, it’s frustrating when couples don’t return your follow-up to their initial website inquiry, email messages, phone calls, or text messages – but don’t give up so easily (and don’t take it personally).
Effectively using calls-to-action throughout a website has been shown in study after study to improve conversion and increase inquiries. Don’t make people have to think.
Each Fall in Las Vegas thousands of people who work in the wedding industry attend the Wedding MBA at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Cheap hosting isn’t saving you money. There are all kinds of issues. You might think you’re saving $20/month but really losing THOUSANDS of dollars in lost sales.
If “bridal bailout” isn’t enough to convince you to choose high-performance website hosting, maybe this will. Google now uses page load times as a ranking factor.
Slow loading pages are the number one reason brides and grooms will leave your website. People these days simply don’t have any patience, brides probably even less.
Engaged couples are planning the most important day of their lives. They want the very best and your website absolutely must make a great first impression.
Print advertising is NOT dead, but for print advertising to be cost-effective it now requires very careful integration with your Internet marketing.
Perform a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis on your current situation, with a focus on Internet marketing.