Vary Keywords for Good Search Engine Optimization Strategy

A Smart Search Engine Optimization Strategy Can Help Economy-Proof Your Business

Don’t Put All Your Keywords Into One Basket

Last week, we met with one of our construction clients, and the CEO of the business was in the meeting. While online marketing is not his thing, he honed in on something that really stood out in my mind. In a nutshell, he said that their business, like most, fluctuates based on the economy, so he wants to make sure that they are visible for the complete range of their offerings in all of the geographies that they serve. He doesn’t want to put all of their eggs in one basket. Just like it’s good to diversify your financial investments, the same is true with your search engine optimization strategy. Smart search engine optimization (SEO) allows your business to be visible for everything you offer, everywhere you offer it.Vary Keywords for Good Search Engine Optimization Strategy

Even in today’s Google-driven world, there are companies, and not just small ones, that haven’t scratched the surface of online marketing. While they dream of the idea of being found online and not having to hunt business down so aggressively, figuring out how to actually do this is put on the back burner year after year. The truth is that effective SEO is a lot of work. You need someone who knows what they are doing. And, you’re never done with it. To reap the benefits of being found online for what you do, where you do it, requires a big picture strategy, a monthly plan and weekly efforts. That’s the hard reality. But the upside is that if you get this machine in place, it can be one of the best ways to economy-proof your business and keep opportunities coming in from all different angles.

Where do we start with a search engine optimization strategy? First, we focus on understanding a client’s services and offerings. Then, we gain insight into the vertical markets that they target. Next, we define the geographic areas that they want to be visible in. Finally, we research their top competitors.

We then take this information and run it through various software tools that we use for keyword research to hone in on the keywords and terms that present good opportunities for achieving visibility. There is an art and a science to this effort. Using the findings from our research, we start by identifying a primary list of keywords to architect their website around and then develop content aligned with these keywords. This is the heart of the search engine optimization strategy.

Once a site is optimized, we use other keywords from our research efforts to begin spinning a web online. This is done by creating additional pages within the site as well as blog posts. We use monitoring and analytics tools to keep an eye on the performance of these keywords and continuously create new pages of keyword-focused content aligned with the client’s business and visibility goals. The spinning of the web never ends, but it works. Within months of getting this effort rolling, opportunities start coming in more regularly due to increased visibility online.

Your company’s website is your most powerful marketing tool. Invest in it with a smart search engine optimization strategy, and you’ll keep business flowing during the inevitable ups and downs in the economy.

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Tracking and Proving That Your B2B Marketing Plan Works - Marketing That Doesn't Suck - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Doesn’t Suck: Part 5

Tracking and Proving That Your B2B Marketing Plan Works - Marketing That Doesn't Suck - Pomerantz Marketing

Example #5: Tracking and Proving That Your B2B Marketing Plan Works

It takes a lot of time and effort to set up a successful B2B marketing plan, so once you’ve got those building blocks in place, track that success and prove that your strategy is solid. The most successful marketers are able to show what their strategy has achieved for their companies, and even more importantly, fix and improve on what could be better. Despite this, less than half of B2B marketers use analytics effectively.

With the tools available today, from Google Analytics to marketing automation software to call tracking, there are countless ways to measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. It’s easy to get busy with the day-to-day implementation and planning, but tracking is important. Make sure that your team formalizes what it measures, and set up metrics for both overall performance, such as YTD numbers, as well as metrics for individual program or specific campaign performance.

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of metrics that you could be (should be) giving your attention. You can track everything from form fill-outs on your website, content downloads, demo requests and event sign-ups to calls via tracking numbers, which emails work better (try A/B testing a couple of different versions) and which banner ads or remarketing campaigns are succeeding. Successful marketers stay aware of the metrics that matter to their businesses, and they use the tools available to them to analyze and shift their strategies.

That leads to the second, and most important, part of this message: once you know what is and isn’t working, tweak and change your B2B marketing strategy and plans based on the data gathered. What’s the point in learning something isn’t working if you don’t make it better?

Constant improvement should be a key component of your B2B marketing plan. By measuring and paying attention to the metrics, you’ll see where you have gaps in your strategy or where a campaign has missed the mark. You can also show what is working, and apply the strategy behind those wins to other areas. This will allow you to align your strategy with industry benchmarks and meet the demands of marketplace.

This also means that you’ll spend your money wisely, refocusing resources where you know you’ll succeed. Your budget will thank you, and so will your CEO! Proving the value of your work also proves the value of you and your entire marketing team. Sounds like a win!


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Businesses That Give in to the Chaos and Don’t Implement a B2B Marketing Strategy - Marketing that Sucks - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Sucks: Part 5

Businesses That Give in to the Chaos and Don’t Implement a B2B Marketing Strategy - Marketing that Sucks - Pomerantz Marketing

Example #5: Businesses That Give in to the Chaos and Don’t Implement a B2B Marketing Strategy

If you’re in charge of your company’s B2B marketing strategy, you know how complicated it can be to get it right. After all, you’re not just trying to convince one guy to buy this one product. You have to prove the worth of your company’s service or product to multiple people on different teams within your target market (or markets!). Many companies find it difficult to nail it all down, so they just end up making marketing mistakes and wasting money. This is why you need a B2B marketing strategy that takes into account the many factors that go into a sale or new contract.

A successful B2B marketing plan should start with basics and build from there. So what are those basics? Here are four building blocks that should be part of every B2B company’s marketing strategy:

1. Know your audience.

What’s the point of trying to sell your business if you don’t know the buyer? B2C companies can often identify their target easily, but like I mentioned above, in the B2B world you’re selling to various decision makers in multiple industries. So think it through, and write it down. Pay attention to everyone in the decision chain, and note what makes each one different. What’s important to the procurement department may not matter to the CEO or the end user of your product or service.

2. Provide value to that audience.

Once you’ve fine-tuned your list of audience members, think about what they want or need to hear. Some members of the audience may care about cost savings while another just wants a product that’s easy to use. Your marketing messages should reflect these various perspectives.

3. Explain how your offerings are unique.

Match your company’s strengths and differentiators to those value messages. You’re not just telling your audience what they want to hear – you’re explaining why your company is the one that can deliver.

4. Convert that message into new leads…and new business.

Your message resonated with your target audience – congrats! But now what? You need a solid platform in place to convert that into concrete leads. That could be a) a well-designed responsive website, b) a sales team supported by stellar marketing materials, c) a social media presence that makes it easy to get in touch, or d) all of the above (and more)!

That sounds like quite a lot of balls to keep up in the air at once, doesn’t it? Add to that brand positioning, content marketing, event marketing, and all of the other pieces that go into a comprehensive B2B marketing strategy, and it’s beyond overwhelming. Don’t be that company that ends up in marketing chaos. Get started on your strategy, and reach out to the experts (I’m raising my hand!) if you need help.


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Use an Outsourced Marketing Partner to work with your marketing director as an extension of your company without having to staff up.

Marketing that Doesn’t Suck: Part 4

Example #4: Companies that Utilize an Outsourced Marketing Partner as a Part of their Growth Strategy

I just had a call today with the Director of Marketing for a mid-size technology company that is looking for an outsourced marketing resource to help them update their company’s positioning in order to be more relevant in today’s market. She has been with the company for six years and felt they needed professionals that specialize in technology marketing to take a hard look at their company and competitive environment and provide them with insights and strategic guidance. She said they were too close to be unbiased. I asked her if they have an in-house marketing department and she said, “I am it.” She works with a variety of freelancers in order to make their marketing happen. I asked her if it was hard not having a dedicated team that was all working from the same sheet of music and she said “it’s exhausting.” I bet it is.

There is a way to utilize outsourced marketing services to support a company’s growth and there is a way not to. The modern, effective way is to have a Director of Marketing or Marketing Manager at the helm internally at your company and then an outsourced marketing partner that provides all of the possible talent needed to market efficiently and effectively. This partner is dialed into your company, offerings, target audiences, customers, competitive environment, team, business objectives and strategic marketing plan. They have one or two people that are your everyday points of contact and that orchestrate all of the initiatives that you have underway. This way, your Director of Marketing or Marketing Manager, can focus on wrangling what he/she needs internally to keep things moving without having to make heads or tails out of communication from an unintegrated team of freelancers. Ultimately, the dynamic between your internal marketing person and your outsourced marketing partner becomes yin and yang, where each is using their strengths to make your marketing machine hum while getting each other’s back.

The other, more “exhausting” way is to piece things together with a hodge podge of freelancers who don’t typically interact with one another and are task driven instead of strategy driven. Sure, many of the freelancers are talented individuals who do a good job but that’s just it, it’s a job, a project, not an integral component of your strategic marketing program that they are actively living every day.

It’s understandable that companies today don’t want to staff an entire marketing department with all of the talent that is really required. They don’t want the headaches or the overhead. So they find one person with a marketing background, give them some sort of budget for freelance talent and expect marketing miracles to happen. Piecing things together is penny wise and pound foolish. If you’re going to outsource your company’s marketing, find a partner who can become an extension of your company, a participant in your total success. Otherwise you’re just treading water. and limiting your company’s growth potential.

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Companies that Make their Marketing Managers Carry Too Heavy a Load and that Should Really Consider Outsourced Marketing Services - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Sucks: Part 4

If you’re a company that embraces marketing but doesn’t want to staff up, consider outsourced marketing services. - Pomerantz MarketingExample #4: Companies that Make their Marketing Managers Carry Too Heavy a Load and that Should Really Consider Outsourced Marketing Services

Companies outsource a whole lot of stuff today and this includes outsourced marketing services. But outsourced marketing services still haven’t caught on as much as they need to with small to mid-size businesses. The most common situation we see out there in Marketing Land today is small to mid-size companies that embrace marketing but terribly understaff this function in their business. They hire one Marketing Manager and expect them to function as their entire marketing department. Let me tell you, it isn’t pretty. These are some of the most stressed out people you will ever meet. They are wearing so many hats and are responsible for having more specialized skills than any human should be required to have in a lifetime.

On top of all of this, these very same Marketing Managers are expected to prove their worth by making sure their marketing efforts are producing ROI. Sounds like fun, huh? That’s why so many of these talented individuals last for a year or two and then find a healthier, more supportive work situation. But then there are the savvy Marketing Managers that seek out agencies like ours that provide outsourced marketing services to small to mid-size businesses. They work with us to help make the case to management that they can’t do it all on their own and that their company can have the benefit of a dedicated marketing department for significantly less than the cost of staffing one simply by retaining an outsourced marketing agency. Plus, this type of arrangement will up their company’s marketing game on every level, enabling them to achieve the results they are seeking.

The moral of this story is one person does not a marketing department make. Marketing in today’s complicated world requires a massive amount of different skills and talents to be done well and achieve results. If you’re a company that embraces marketing but doesn’t want to staff up, seriously consider outsourced marketing services so you don’t have a revolving door of marketing managers.


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Social Media for Business to Business that Has No Strategy Behind It - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Sucks: Part 2

Example #2: Social Media for Business to Business that Has No Strategy Behind It 

Social media for business to business is pretty much a total wash without any strategy behind it. Sure you can show a pulse for your company online by posting articles, videos, infographics, etc. (we do this) but to really reap the big benefits of social media for business to business, think Search Engine Optimization. Search engines are always hungry for fresh, relevant content. The more relevant (keyword-focused) content you put out, the more links there are driving people to your website. You want to create a web of relevant links online that drive people to your website for your offerings. There are lots of ways to put out content online —blogs, social media, directories, public relations, etc. If you’re serious about being found online, SEO should be factored into your social media strategy. They key to this is to make your blog the heart of your social media strategy. A blog provides a central channel for you to push out content to all of your social media channels. To make life easier come up with a 6 to 12-month strategic content plan that is aligned with your business goals. Then, do 6 months of keyword research for all blog post content. Develop a list of words, phrases and questions by looking at your website, reviewing social media sites your prospects use, looking at your competitions’ websites, analyzing industry blog posts, having sales staff provide you with the FAQs they hear the most, etc. Use Google Trends (unpaid), Word Tracker (free 7 day trial) and SerpStat (free and paid options) to find keywords with good search volume and low competition. Then, plan your content by using a content planner (you can download one here). Post your content according to the schedule on your blog. Be sure to consistently optimize the URL, the title in your blog post and make sure keywords are in your first paragraph and that any images are also optimized.

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The “We Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are” Responsive Website - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Doesn’t Suck: Part 1

Example #1: The “We Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are” Responsive Website

Hopefully you saw our first “Marketing that Sucks” email a couple of weeks ago featuring our agency’s old, non-responsive website. If you didn’t, you can check it out here.

To launch the “Marketing that Doesn’t Suck” version of our campaign, we are featuring our new, 100% responsive website. We finally put our money where our mouths are and hooked our agency up with a website that tells our story, communicates what we’re really good at and provides a great user experience on all devices.

Did you know that having a website that is responsive on all devices will improve your SEO rankings with Google? It’s a fact. Also, responsive websites load faster than a mobile website, so fewer people will abandon such sites. Plus, as we discussed in the last post, no one wants to maintain multiple sites – the old way of doing things, having a mobile site and main site – has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Responsive is the present and the future!

Here’s another fact for you: 75% of Americans bring their phones to the bathroom. That’s gross. But no matter where you browse, you should at least have a positive user experience. Go responsive!

Check out our new, responsive website:

Are you reading on your desktop? Your phone? Maybe a tablet? If you have a second, open our new site up on a couple of different devices to really see what we mean by responsive design. If you’re on desktop, shrink and then increase the size of your browser window. You’ll notice how text wraps differently, modules align in new ways and image size changes to adapt to those adjustments. That’s high quality responsive design!

Here’s a recap of some of the many reasons to go responsive:
1. Increase your overall traffic (not split between a mobile and main site)
2. Lower cost and maintenance with just one site
3. Provide a seamless user experience across all devices
4. Adapt to any screen or device size
5. Improve SEO rankings

So what are you waiting for? If you need a partner to help you design a new responsive site, reach out now! Put Pom on it.

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How Does A Marketing Agency Not Have a Responsive Website? - Pomerantz Marketing

Marketing that Sucks: Part 1

Example #1: “How Does A Marketing Agency Have a Non-Responsive Website?”

To launch our “Marketing that Sucks/Doesn’t Suck” email campaign featuring, well, marketing that sucks and doesn’t suck, we thought it was only fair to start with ourselves.

Until about a month ago, we were a marketing agency that had an old-school, non-responsive website. What is a non-responsive website? It’s what pretty much every website was until a few years ago. It’s a site that was designed to look good on just one screen size – the desktop. If you increased the size of your browser window, you just got extra white space. If you opened our site on mobile devices, it wasn’t user-friendly there, either. You had to do a lot of fancy finger work to actually read our site, and often, section of the site got cut off.

This is a big no-no in this day and age, especially since 55% of web traffic today is from mobile devices. Many people will immediately leave your site if it isn’t easy to view on mobile, so it’s important to develop a site that works on all devices. You may remember (and may even still have) when mobile sites were developed and maintained separately from main websites. This is not only a pain (who wants to maintain and optimize more than one site!?), but it also just doesn’t make sense anymore. Responsive sites, when well-designed, look great on all platforms, so you can put your time, money and focus into building just one awesome website.

Our only excuse for not having a responsive website until now? We’ve been busy creating ones for our clients! Not a great excuse, but there you are. Here’s what we mean about our old site:

Here’s what we mean about our old site:

See how the site is either too large or too small to fit the various screen sizes? Notice how difficult it can be to read certain sections? That’s old-school, non-responsive design.

But we’ve finally put some time into ourselves (you know what they say about the cobbler’s kid who has no shoes), and we’re excited to show off that shiny, new, responsive design in our next blog…
How Does A Marketing Agency Have a Non-Responsive Website? - Pomerantz Marketing

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Stay tuned to read our post about our newly launched, responsive website. In the meantime, if your company’s website sucks, we’re here to help.


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Don't Be Lame on LinkedIn - Your LinkedIn Profile Matters - Pomerantz Marketing

Don’t Be Lame on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn Profile Actually Does Matter

The first thing I do when a new business prospect, potential strategic partner or prospective employee crosses my path is check them out on LinkedIn. If their LinkedIn profile is lame, it provides me with good insight. If it’s a prospective client, it shows me that they need some help in this department. If it’s a strategic partner or prospective employee, it shows me that they don’t take their professional presence super seriously. So why should I take them seriously?

Maybe this is harsh, but the reality is that these days LinkedIn is the single most important place to showcase your professional presence. If you put little to no effort into your profile, it’s like showing up to a meeting with bedhead and rumpled clothes. Not a good look!

If you’re not one that likes writing a resume and tooting your own horn, hire a professional to help you. Our agency does an amazing amount of LinkedIn profile updates for our clients. We’ve got it down to a science. At any given time, we’re retooling the profiles for 10-15 people within an organization. Many of the companies we work with are realizing that their public facing staff’s LinkedIn profiles are as important as their corporate website. They are investing in making certain their team presents a professional, polished and consistent presence on LinkedIn. Sometimes we even hold “headshot parties” where we hire a photographer to come in and take headshots for a group of individuals within a company. After all, not only should your profile be buttoned up, so should your personal photo. Please, no photos of ex-girlfriends so obviously cut out! Invest in a decent headshot people!

Remember LinkedIn is your professional face to the world. Make it a good one.

Need help retooling your LinkedIn profile or the profiles of your team? Feel free to reach out to me at or 410.216.9447 x 106.