Serious About Content Creation? Don’t Fear The Hummingbird!

As is usually the case, the announcement of Google’s Hummingbird algorithm update prompted a collective profanity from the world’s online marketing contingency. The thought that everything already in place in an SEO sense could be reduced to ashes in the space of a day or two is indeed enough to drive any professional to distraction. And when you consider that this is the biggest change to Google in the history of history, you can pretty much understand the blind panic it triggered.…

5 Sneaky Marketing Tricks that Always Work

Marketing is a sneaky business. It involves tapping into people’s primal urges and making them want products or services that they don’t need. It’s manipulative. But it’s also clever. We look at five marketing tricks that we know shouldn’t work, yet they always do. 1. Scarcity This really taps into two basic needs: our need for something we can’t have – if something is scarce there is the chance that we might not be able to get it; and our need to belong to the elite – if only a limited number of special editions are available, then how super awesome are we that we got one (or two or three)?…

How to Avoid Bias in Market Research Surveys

In market research, bias is a dirty word. It’s OK to be selective about participants in your research, but if the skew affects your results and jeopardises the validity of your conclusions, it could have serious consequences for profitability. So how do you avoid bias, and how do you learn to recognise it? Below, we’ll look at some easy ways to flag up loaded questions and recognise your own influence on market research. Removing Yourself From the Research No matter what your market research experience, you’ll need to follow some set rules about the way you collect results.…

A Guide to Successful Self Promotion

Self-promotion is essential if you are hoping to make yourself money online. We live in a world that is dominated by the internet and online businesses are so popular. Being a freelancer is a profession that appeals to so many people due to the flexibility and the chance to be your own boss, not to mention the fact that you make money from doing something that you love. We are in a period of economic downturn so it is very important that we all work hard in order make enough money to be comfortable.…