Content Strategy: What You’re Missing

By Derek Schmidt / August 2, 2017

Having a solid, results-driven content strategy is essential to the success of your web design. Though well-written content and superb images are a good start it is only the beginning of something great. Here are 4 things you might be missing from your content strategy:  1. Knowing your audience Always craft your content for a specific audience.  Guessing…

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How to use “white hat” SEO techniques for better ranking

By designloud / July 9, 2017

Derek Schmidt is the owner of DesignLoud, Inc located in Wilmington, NC and tekMountain. Derek and his team provide white label digital marketing services to clients and other web agencies throughout the United States. The team at DesignLoud is responsible for delivering results that convert users and engage search engines through SEO and other methods…

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How to turn your website traffic into customers and repeat business

By designloud / July 5, 2017

Derek Schmidt will be presenting on how to turn your web traffic into customers and repeat business! Derek Schmidt lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. For over a decade he has worked in the digital landscape and print media. His company DesignLoud, takes pride in offering a personalized approach to web design and digital marketing. By…

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Building your e-commerce network using WordPress & Woocommerce

By designloud / July 1, 2017

In this session we are going to go through a demonstration on how you can setup an e-commerce website using WordPress and WooCommerce. We’ll go through everything from setting up various products and product types, setting up taxes, payment gateways and shipping rates. We’ll also briefly get into the “sales funnel” with how you continue…

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Optimizing your website for page speed

By designloud / June 20, 2017

Source: Wilmington WordPress Meetup

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Google Fred Update

How the Google Fred Update may affect your business

By designloud / June 8, 2017

In recent years Google has been continuously committed to clean up it’s rankings by ridding itself of websites using spam and keyword stuffing as a way to get to the top of this list. The Google Fred Update is having a lasting impact on the search ability and rankings of sites across the web. There are…

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Email Marketing

Nurture & Convert Leads With Email Marketing

By designloud / May 25, 2017

It may not be as trendy or thrilling as Snapchat or Instagram, but email marketing is still the most reliable way to build trust and nurture leads. In fact, 59% of B2B marketers say email is the most effective channel for generating revenue. You may be wondering, “If that’s true, then why aren’t my emails…

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How To Write A Business Blog For SEO In 4 Steps

By designloud / May 4, 2017

Are you considering a business blog for SEO? Don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re not sure whether or not your business needs a blog at all. After all, writing for SEO seems like a lot of work piled on top of managing your own business or busy marketing department. Fear not! Creating a blog…

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Competitor Analysis for SEO in 5 Painless Steps

By designloud / April 14, 2017

Doing competitor analysis for SEO is like sizing up your opponents in any race. If you entered a marathon today, would you win? Well, that all depends on your competition. To increase your odds, you’d want the best running shoes, most technical clothes, and a strategy for pacing yourself and staying hydrated. But with so…

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The World’s Easiest Guide to Local Business Listings SEO

By designloud / April 1, 2017

Enhancing your local business listings for SEO is a valuable extension of your garden variety on-page SEO. A surprising number of your competitors are more focused on their website than their Google My Business or Facebook page. However, the ones who know how to get into local listings have a startling advantage. Today, 80% of…

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Will Social AI Replace B2B Marketers?

By designloud / March 25, 2017

Social Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot new social media management (SMM) tool on the horizon. While other social media management tools like Hootsuite continue to acquire more advanced tools like AdEspresso and Naritiv for content scheduling, automation, competitor feeds, and data insights, they will not be able to keep up unless they begin to…

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing A Web Design Agency

By designloud / March 10, 2017

When it comes to your business, you want the best. You don’t have time to waste with trial bases. You don’t have money to dump into poor investments. When it comes to choosing the best web design agency for your business, you want to know exactly how to size up your options. At this point,…

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Generate More Leads With Your Website in 3 Easy Steps

By designloud / February 27, 2017

Your website is your best lead generation tool. It’s always available, chock full of information, and easily accessible. Your website has the potential to be your best salesperson.   So what are you doing wrong? You have a few visitors every day, but your bounce rate is high and they rarely leave their information on…

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Facebook Marketing Strategy: Organic vs. Paid

By designloud / February 3, 2017

Your company needs a Facebook marketing strategy. Not just a business page. Not just a few good posts.   Are you wondering if Facebook Ads are worth the investment? Not sure if maintaining a Facebook business page is enough? The truth is that amazing things happen when you have an optimized business page complementing stunning…

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Top 3 Reasons You Need An SSL Certificate

By designloud / January 27, 2017

Before you read this article, take a look at the address bar on your web browser. Do you see a padlock or a green bar ahead of the URL? Does your URL read “http” or “https”?   Get into the habit of checking for a padlock, green bar, and “https” before you shop, log in,…

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Review: 3 Pros and Cons of SEMrush

By designloud / January 2, 2017

SEMrush is an all-in-one search engine optimization (SEO)/search engine marketing (SEM) suite geared toward digital marketers. SEMrush calls itself “more than a keyword tool” as it includes competitive business intelligence data, social media listening tools, position tracking, site auditing, and backlink auditing capabilities. Regardless, SEMrush’s keyword research tools are the shining star of the suite,…

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7 Ways to Use a CRM as a Digital Marketing Solution

By designloud / December 14, 2016

A well-implemented CRM (customer relationship management) or Enterprise Solution application will keep your team focused and improve your bottom line. Like all departments, your marketing team needs to have clear goals. Stay on top of them with a CRM. Digital Marketing Management Today’s breadth of multi-channel communication avenues is a blessing and curse. On one…

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Google Retires Content Keywords in Search Console

By designloud / December 3, 2016

Google has officially done away with Content Keywords as a feature in its Search Console. Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller, who made the announcement on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, suggested the move back in May. He cited webmasters’ confusion about the purpose and usefulness of Content Keywords. Content Keywords No Longer in Search Console…

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5 Steps to Google AdWords Success

By designloud / November 28, 2016

Google AdWords can be an extremely effective form of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, or a big waste of money and time with a low ROI. It all depends on how you use it. Creating a campaign and making it profitable are two very different challenges. This five step guide can help you create a high ranking…

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Tools For Speeding Up Custom Theme Development |

By designloud / November 16, 2016
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3 New Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for 2017

By designloud / November 13, 2016

Have you optimized your LinkedIn profile for the coming year, or is it sitting idly like an old resume in your digital desk drawer? Too often, LinkedIn is treated like a static CV only to be referenced when job hunting. If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, or you’re thinking of a job change in the next…

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