A Proper Rethink: Why Businesses Should Revisit Their SEO Strategy From Time to Time

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In the business world, some departments have it far easier than others. The HR and the finance department for example is usually static and unchanging, there might be certain periods where they’re much busier than the usual but you’re usually juggling around the same things. Contrast this to those working on the field of marketing, where trends change as often as the pop culture fads. In one moment, you might be making references to the latest Avengers film while in the next; you might be talking about something else entirely.

Marketing has always been about the zeitgeist, searching for something that’s currently dominating our current discourse and if appropriate, using them for our own benefit. This has been the case for decades and will probably remain true for the foreseeable future. As a relatively new branch of marketing, SEO is also bound by the same rules and as we go further into this discussion, I’m going to outline several reasons why it’s a good idea for businesses and SEO services alike to revise their SEO strategy from time to time to keep up with the ever-changing landscape.

Adapting with the latest marketing trends

Before the start of the final season of Game of Thrones, Mountain Dew aired a commercial featuring some of the brand’s usual collaborators humming the series’ theme song. During the Marvel-related euphoria that coincides with the latest Avengers two-parter, Infinity War and Endgame, my social media feed was also filled with so much Avengers-related content that you can’t swing a metaphorical dead cat without hitting Thanos’ absurdly large chin. The same thing also happened during the run-up to Harry and Meghan’s first child.

Taking advantage of the latest pop culture trends has been part of the marketing playbook for as long as that playbook has existed but it’s pretty common for brands to give the same treatment to their whole SEO strategy in general. Making fresh & original contents does help with SEO but that’s far from enough as SEO as a field encompasses a whole lot more than just content. SEO has one foot in technology and the other in marketing and the fact that these two fields never stay rooted in place should be enough to convince you.

Google’s algorithm are constantly updated

Search engine algorithms are constantly tweaked based on the data they’re getting from queries submitted by their public. Most of the time, these tweaks are minor but every now and again, Google rolls out one major update or two that should definitely prompt a proper rethink on your part. These major updates are usually announced beforehand and while the technical details of what the update would change is kept strictly confidential, some general information revolving around the update would typically be published to keep businesses from being caught off-guard.

To keep you abreast of what’s cooking at Google, it’s a good idea for business owners to subscribe to the Google Webmaster blog as that’s where news around Google’s search technology is published. Even if you aren’t fully in control of your SEO strategy, you have a contract with an SEO services company that does the heavy lifting for you, say, it’s still a good idea to at least keep yourself informed so you could tell when they’re doing the job you paid them to.

The world of web development are constantly updated with new technologies

SEO is broadly divided into two categories, on-page SEO and off-page SEO. The latter refers to things you do outside your webpage for the purpose of generating traffic such as posting on social media platforms while including a link to your website. Meanwhile, the former relates to the things you do inside your website such as uploading blog posts to your website and optimizing how your website is displayed and loaded, which directly revolves around the world of web design & development.

A decade ago, when a webmaster wants to optimize their website for mobile devices, they have to go through the painstaking process of stripping the more sophisticated elements of their website and adapting the size of the remaining elements to small screens and a portrait landscape. Eventually, with the advances made in mobile devices and web development, the concept of responsive web design becomes the new normal with websites now simply adapting to the size and orientation of the screen they’re displayed on.

Responsive web design is just one example in how web development practically changes the world of SEO as Google at the moment considers responsive web design to be the model for mobile optimization. However, this could change in the future as companies experiment with new display models such as folding phones and VR, which is why it’s important for business to adapt their on-page SEO strategy with the latest news in web development. What is considered a best practice now might turn obsolete in just a couple of years.

Being on the first page is good, being first period is better

Another reason why businesses might want to take a second look at their SEO strategy is simply because there might be a better way of doing things or because your current strategy just isn’t working. Comfort is the enemy of progress and thanks to the somewhat esoteric nature of SEO, there’s always something you could do in order to achieve a better result. It’s possible for example that the keywords you’re optimizing for is slightly too generic and your effort is practically being bulldozed by bigger brands with considerably more brand recognition. It’s also possible that your contents just aren’t relevant enough to be given top billing on search engine results.

The business of optimization is akin to a true friend’s work; it’s never done. There’s always something you could to increase efficiency, either by getting more results using the same amount of resource or getting the same amount of results by using less resource. Even if you feel your current SEO strategy is working well enough, it’s never a bad idea to take a second look as there are probably a couple of things to try out that you might’ve previously missed.

Feelings of Miracle: How You Can Change Your Audience’s Mood with Design

I’m not the type to get moody. If I want to eat, I eat. If I want to sing, I sing. I never make it difficult for me and for everyone around me. That’s why I am never fond of those who make things difficult because of their moodiness. However, when it comes to business, we can’t help but adjust to customers’ mood. I have been working at a creative agency that provides web design and web development services for business, I was taught to never underestimate the power of our audience’s mood. A mood can even determine people’s buying behaviour and action. When I was conducting a research on audience’s mood, I found that a design is the most effective factor that can change someone’s mood from being uninterested to being excited. If you are a business owner, it is important to know how to impress your audience to increase the chance of them being your real paying customers. So, how does design affect your audience’s mood? Keep reading to find out!

Establishing a mood

Let me be honest with you, I’m not the type for a long walk. I simply have no mood for it and it’s too troublesome for me. I would never bother walking through some complicated route to get to a store just to buy few things even though I am walking with my friends. I prefer to use car instead. However, when I went for a vacation a while ago to a private island, I was so excited that I walked around the whole island for hours without getting tired and not even complaining. Why? Why was I so willing to take a long walk, something I am not fond of, during my vacation, but didn’t want to take even a short walk on regular days? Yes, there is something about the vacation that made me interested in it! The same can be said to your audience. They need something to encourage that lazy part inside them that makes them willing to do anything (even do something they don’t like) to get it. Yes, the design in your content should be attractive and able to encourage them to take action. Interactive content can establish your audience’s mood and make them excited to engage with your content to the point of purchasing your products or services.

Colour design has different effects on mood

It is no surprising fact that colour has a psychological impact on audiences. Certain colours can affect different kinds of people and evoke different kinds of emotions and reactions from them. Blue, for example, is a colour of tranquillity, love, trust and even loyalty. This should be good for B2B companies that provide supports and reliability for other businesses. Green is the symbol of healing, growth, money, freshness and fertility; therefore, it should be suitable for companies that engage in the field of accounting, finance, green energy, or environment-friendly companies. That being said, the colour meanings I have mentioned only act as references to inspire you for your business’ main colour. Therefore, make sure you adjust the colour to your brand values – the colour that holds values for your brand. Let me tell you some real example, a few months ago, I was having a very bad headache when I was working. However, when I went to this unique café near my office, my headache suddenly disappeared because I was so amazed by the unique place that I took many pictures of it and forgot my headache. The unique place has a perfect combination of dark purple and a gradient of light purple with a little bit of pinkish colour as well as some fading blue. So, from this story, can you see that the perfect combination of colours can hold such a powerful impact on my condition at that moment? Not only did that boost my mood, it also made my headache slowly fade away.

That’s how design can make or break someone’s mood. If you have a business, you have to read your target audience first and conduct a research on them too. When you’re done observing, you can use the information you have gathered to design for your audience and make them interested in your products or services. When you understand your target audience better, you will also produce better and well-designed products or services, social media content as well as website design.

 

How to Design for Engagement by Making Use of Colour, Type and Space

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I don’t know about you but I see design as something personal – something that moves the heart. If a design was a real person, I’m pretty sure it would be multi-tasking. Not only can a design show beautiful art to the eyes, a design can also be useful for many things. I’m sure you guys know why someone invented card holders. Yes, card holders are designed to keep your cards secure and neat. Aside from that, a design can also change the mood of a person. Trust me, I was all grumpy and upset when the Uber driver I booked was impatient to wait for me this afternoon that he left me after I walked far to get there. However, soon as I got another Uber driver, I was mesmerised by his car design that made me comfortable and even forget my anger. It is the power of design. If you have a business, surely, design is something you should prioritise. Whether it is your product design, packaging design, or even your web design; you should prioritise its usability, not its design looks only. In this article, I’m going to tell you how to design your website with engagement in mind using colour, type and space. Keep reading to find out!

Colour

Colour is a powerful tool in a design. When it comes to visual communication, few features are more effective at attracting attention and influencing our feelings and perceptions—which is what makes colour such an important part of establishing a mood in your design. Colour also has a way to understand your language. Why do we say people are “seeing red” when they’re angry or “feeling blue” when they are sad? That’s because colour can connect to our moods and emotions in a unique way. So, how do we create a mood using colour? In design and branding, pure or bright yellow can attract attention well, much like red, but generally creates more friendly and fun feeling. Yes, we have to choose colour carefully.

Type

When I say “type” in this article, I meant “fonts” or “typeface.” Yes, this is also an important part of design. If colour was the face, type was the language you would use for speaking with your audience. Font choices often set the tone for the whole design and can influence viewers’ feelings toward and interactions with your design, which is why it is so important that a font’s mood fits with the context of your project.

Space

If colour was the face, type was the language, then space was the…space you were giving to your audience. We’ve probably all seen designs that are so packed with text and imagery that it’s hard to even know what you’re looking at. How did that design make you feel? Confused? Stressed? Repulsed?

The visual space in a design can have a big impact on how viewers interact with and perceive your design. A good composition that’s easy to navigate will help viewers feel comfortable and encourage them to spend more time with your design. A cluttered or messy layout, on the other hand, may cause your audience to decide not to engage with your design at all. The space you are using is how you make it easier for your audience to understand your content.

When you understand the meaning of space, type and colour, you can also understand your customers as a whole. Therefore, you can also engage with your customers in a more effective way and fun at the same time.