How to Survive in a 'Not Provided' World

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If you are using Google Analytics (and who isn’t, right?), you have been noticing for quite some time now, an increase in the dreaded ‘not provided’ term. Google has been on a mission to encrypt all search data and if the trend continues we very well may see keyword data 100% ‘not provided’. Read More...

Ecommerce Tracking Shows Great Results

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ICND is not only a website development and design firm, we also specialize in different avenues of online marketing. The below case study discusses one of ICND’s clients who increased their marketing efforts 6 months ago. It often takes more than 6 months to see drastic results, but this client chose to work with ICND on SEO, PPC, Social Media Marketing and Email Marketing. All of our efforts worked together to show fantastic results!  This is a vacation rental client, who we have set up on Ecommerce Tracking with Google Analytics. With Ecommerce tracking you can see down to the penny what properties were booked and produced revenue, and what outlet the leads came in from. Read More...

One Year of SEO, Double the Traffic!

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Ever wonder if SEO is worth while? ICND is here to show you how Search Engine Optimization can truly help your business grow! January 1 2014 marked the one year anniversary of one of our Wilmington, NC clients SEO plan with ICND. This client in particular is on a 12 hour per month plan. We compared their traffic from January 2013 to January 2014, and are very pleased with the results! Just as we expected, their traffic has drastically grown. In fact, it has near doubled what it was the prior year.  Please see below screen shot from Google Analytics showing traffic. Read More...

The Pragmatic Approach for Targeting Vacationer Demographics

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The vacation rental industry is an 85 billion dollar industry with virtually every demographic planning a dream vacation, year after year. A majority of vacation rental managers often realize too late about vacant inventory. Focused solely on families (or vice versa) this late realization leads to last minute price slashing with mixed results. Wouldn’t it be nice each year to be ahead of the curve and guarantee a larger percentage of bookings? Read More...

Big Google News: Not Provided Hits 100% & Hummingbird Update Announced

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Summer is over and that means news and announcements in the SEO world are heating up. In the last few weeks Google has made some changes leaving many SEOs and marketers lamenting days gone by. Let's look at the announcements and what that means for us: Read More...

Latest Factors That Affect Your Organic Rankings

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Contributed By:  Vanessa Humes   |   @VanessaICND  |    Vanessa on LinkedIn As an Account Executive for a InterCoastal Net Designs, an Internet Marketing Firm, I often get the question, “What are you doing with the time we’re paying for SEO”.  Many times, when we tell them everything we’ve done, they look at me with their eyes crossed and head spinning, wondering, “What does this all mean and will it help my rankings?”  Recently, our SEO Director passed around the link to Search Engine Land’s Periodic Table of SEO Elements to explain the different factors and how each affects your site’s organic rankings. In this table, they’ve identified 34 SEO elements or “signals” that are divided into groups.  Just like in chemistry, there are elements or “signals” out there that are yet to be discovered, but can be predicted based on what’s currently been discovered and latest trends.

The three major groups of SEO are On the Page SEO, Off the Page SEO, and Violations.  The Search Engine Land Periodic Table weights each signal from -3 to -1 and 1 to 3.  3 having the most positive influence, and -3 having the most negative impact. Read More...

Google Business Photos Are A Great Way to Showcase Your Business

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Contributed by:  Vanessa Humes @VanessaICND   Some team members at ICND met with a Google Trusted Photographer to learn more about #IndoorStreetView aka Google Business Photos.  Basically, it’s like the Street View function of Google Maps that will take the guest on a walk through of your business, area by area, floor by floor! =&0=&

Social Signals have Major Search Engine Implications!

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What’s new and changing in the world of Search Engine Optimization you ask? – Social Signals!  It’s been known for quite some time now that Social Media has a major influence on Search Engine Optimization and can be the key missing piece to help you rank higher; but how much does social matter?  Well there are tons of benefits to social media but today we will focus on search engine implications. Read More...

Yelp, Bing, Siri. They all want a piece of the Google pie. Will they get it?

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Monday marked Apple's Worldwide Developer’s Conference keynote, where they announced the latest versions of its Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. During the keynote, the largest announcement stemmed from Apple's decision to integrate Bing, not Google, into Apple's Siri tool. This marks a fundamental shift in thought and leaves others skeptical as to why Apple would partner with a Microsoft anything given the two's history.  Read More...

ICND Spring 2013 Online Marketing Workshop Success!

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If you didn’t go to our Spring 2013 Online Marketing Workshop in Myrtle Beach, SC, you missed out on a great time! The workshop was held at the ITT Technical Institute of Myrtle Beach where we found the space plentiful and staff very helpful. A big thanks to Courtney DePaul for her support of our workshop. We opened up the event with friendly registration by Summer Adams as she gave everyone an itinerary and USB key of all the presentations to take home. Read More...