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  • Google changes SEO rankings based on mobile optimised site

    Mar 13, 2015 | Written by Joey Dorrington

    SEO is an ever changing beast, and Google has just announced a curly change that will hit in April this year.  The change is that Google will include a new signal in its ranking algorithim which looks at how optimised a site is for mobile devices.  This means that if you don't have a mobile friendly site your rankings will probably decrease, no-one is sure how much, but they will decrease.

    Full details are here

    There are a couple of ways you can check if your site is considered to be 'mobile friendly'

    Firstly, you can get on your mobile device, do a search for your brand term, and have a look at the Google result.  Sites that are considered mobile friendly have this next to their title.  This will give you a good indication about if this change will help or hinder you.  If you have the 'mobile friendly' tag, and the competition around you (particularly above you) don't then it is happy days for you.  

    See this example of one of our clients, Isuzu Australia, who we launched their mobile responsive site last year.  Isuzu has the 'Mobile friendly' tag next to their description.  Avis, in the position above Isuzu, does not have the mobile friendly tag and hence will potentially decrease in rank and lift Isuzu up.

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    13.03 2015
  • Measuring Display Media Performance - looking past CTR

    Feb 20, 2015 | Written by Joey Dorrington

    I've had a couple of discussions with people in the digital industry over the past few weeks about measuring performance of digital campaigns and I thought I would take this opportunity to clear up a few common misconceptions, and talk about a best practice approach to measuring digital media.

    Facebook Conversions don't match Google Analytics

    The first misconception I'll dispell is why your Facebook tracking pixel conversions don't match the conversions coming from Facebook on your website.

    Facebook has both view-through conversions, and click conversions.  A click conversion is when someone clicks on one of your ads and then converts into a lead, or a transaction on your website.  A view-through conversion is when someone views one of your ads on Facebook, and then converts on your website some time later.  Both conversion types can be set to 1 day, 7 days, and 28 days after your ad is viewed.

    Now Google Analytics on the other hand only measures conversions within a single session, and attributes that conversion to the source of the first visit in that session.

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    20.02 2015
  • The future of retail

    May 16, 2014 | Written by Joey Dorrington

    I was out shopping solo the week before last and I came across, what I think, is the blueprint for modern retail. The example I am going to share with you is a brand which has innovated and created an entire new product, and is now facing stiff competition as many competitors copy their product and find ways to do it cheaper and cheaper.  The example is Nespresso, the amazing way to have quality coffee at home.

    Let me explain why I think this is the blueprint for modern retail.

    Visually Appealing

    The stores are visually appealing to say the least.  Check out these images of the exterior and interior of the store.  Polished marble floors, amazingly high ceilings and everything neat and in its place.  Everything about it is inviting.




    Sensory Experience

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    16.05 2014
  • Networks Need To Get In Tune With Viewers

    Mar 24, 2014 | Written by Simon Antonis

    Well footy season is upon us again (thank god) and of course every fan has rationalised why 2014 is going to be the year for their team. Changes to their playing list, coaches, facilities, fitness levels, etc, etc. All these changes which will make their team better.

    But one thing hasn’t changed for the better for football fans over the summer. And that is they will still have to watch the majority (including every game of the Seven network) in Standard Definition, rather than the beautiful, and very available High Definition.


    It’s a great question. One the Seven network has refused to answer in any comprehensible way in the face of ongoing pressure in social media. The short answer can only be…they are trying to save a quid. They have bought the rights for 5 years, and clearly their contract does not specify the requirement to broadcast in HD.

    But I ask the question, does this make it right?

    Things change quickly in this industry, and it is always driven by changing consumer preferences. And in this instance, consumers have decided that watching their beloved national game in SD is no longer good enough. Particularly given we can watch sporting events from around the globe (Gridiron, Lingerie Football, fucking darts!) in HD…but not an event that is taking place 10 kilometres up the road.

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    24.03 2014
  • How not to do SMS marketing

    Aug 15, 2013 | Written by Joey Dorrington

    bad sms marketingSomething very frustrating happened to me the other day - I was the recipiant of some SMS spam.  Now email spam I can handle - I just write a rule and Outlook automatically takes care of it, but SMS spam, this is really intrusive.

    Now, the most frustrating part is the fact that I have never purchased anything from Lowes so they couldn't possibly have my details legitimatly, so they have simply bought a phone number list off a dodgy character and started to use it for their own marketing purposes.

    I tried to get myself removed from the list with the simple opt out command 'N' but alas this did not work.

    So anyway, it gives me some interesting fodder for a blog post - so here are the tips for digital marketers when doing SMS marketing.

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    15.08 2013