July 27th, 2021
You've created great content on your site that resonates with your target audience. New high-quality images accompany this content to emphasize the services you offer. But, here's the bad news, the link to this page is broken, and not a single user can get to it. Don't allow a potential sale to fall to the wayside all because you weren't actively auditing your website for potential issues.
 

Why Site Auditing is Important

Auditing your website is like a check-up at the doctor. Checking for broken web pages, links, headlines, etc., is critical to keeping a well-maintained website. Running weekly tests can help you spot errors and quickly correct them before your website traffic decreases, and you start to see negative consequences within your SEO search rankings.
 

Site Audit for SEO

Site auditing can also help you with your SEO optimization by alerting you to meta descriptions and titles that may be too long or short. If a meta tag is too long, it could be cut off within the search engine result. On the other hand, a short meta tag could give search engines extra space to plug in automated text that you have little control over. The audit can also allow you to add other important SEO elements where they might be lacking, like ALT tags for images.
 
Keyword cannibalization can also occur on your website without you realizing it. This happens when you use the same target keyword across multiple web pages. This can harm SEO because your web pages are battling to rank for the same keyword ? you?re basically competing with yourself. Site audits will show you exactly where cannibalization is occurring so you can make changes to the focus keywords on those pages. Close monitoring of changes within your site structure will maintain the search engine's view of your site as one of authority and allow you to have the opportunity to rank high for your target keywords.
 

Auditing Tools

There are many search auditing tools that will allow you to keep up with the search landscape as it is constantly evolving. Through auditing your site, you never have to worry you've missed something that could be costing you valuable leads and traffic. In addition, many of these tools allow you to set up reports that can be sent automatically on a weekly basis, so you never miss a beat.
 
OffWhite is equipped to help you develop an SEO strategy to fit your business needs. Get in touch with OffWhite to utilize digital marketing mediums to push your business towards success.
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June 14th, 2021
Advertising is a great way to get your business and your brand image out there for the world to see. However, if the whole world saw your ad would that be a good thing? The answer to this question would be yes, if the entire world is interested in what you are offering. But that's highly unlikely. Audience targeting can help you focus in on what category of people might be interested in your brand, increase your return on investment (ROI), and more.
 
Demographic and Behavioral Targeting
Each person, in some way, falls into a category. They might be, for example, age 20-35, live in the Midwest, and be interested in beauty and skincare. This combination of demographic and behavioral data can help narrow the scope of your targeting for advertising. If you own a skincare line the person described above is much more likely to be a potential customer than trying to target a whole region without including any demographic or behavioral data.
 
Tactics
Once you have an idea of who your target audience is, it's important to decide how you are going to engage with them. You can serve them ads that are relevant to them and their interests. The audience might also be perfect for delivering a targeted email based on the demographic and behavioral characteristics you've picked out.
 
Ad Segment Review
Analyze, analyze, analyze. It's not enough to simply serve an ad to your selected audience, you need to see if you are receiving your desired outcome. If your target audience had a low conversion rate it might be beneficial to go back to the drawing board and see if another audience might be a better fit for your business.
 
Where Companies Go Wrong
It takes time to get your audience targeting just right. The tendency is to lean too broad when creating a target audience. It's much more difficult to meet the needs of an audience that has an age range of 18-60 than it is one that is 18-35. While it might be exciting to see the increased traffic coming in, at the end of the day what matters to your bottom line is making the sale.
 
Frequency is another place that is easy to mess up when starting out with audience targeting. Customers get frustrated when they are served too many advertisements which could scare off someone that is ready to convert and buy your product. Finding that fine balance is crucial when serving ads to a specific audience.
 
Audience targeting is critical to any sustainable advertising campaign. Knowing who your target audience is and when they are likely to convert is the key to achieving success. Getting your brand not just in front of people, but the right people will prove to be a meaningful strategy that will breed financial success on the long term.
 

OffWhite can help you discover focused audience targeting that drives success. Our digital services are available to develop your brand using social media, email marketing, search engine optimization and more. Contact OffWhite today to begin your journey with digital marketing.

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May 19th, 2021
Bring Your Product or Service to Life
 
A product like a phone or bicycle starts off as an item. It is made of material extracted from resources found on this earth. There is really little meaning or worth that stems from these items that extends past them being matter that takes up space. It is only when the human connection occurs and nerve endings fire off in our brains about the potential uses and applications for these items that they gain value in our lives.
 
Need vs. Want
In today's hectic world with constant innovation and a plethora of choices of things to buy, it can be difficult to discern the difference between a true need and a want. A need is something that you can't live without. Food, water, shelter, and clean air would fall into the category of basic human needs.
 
When you get into wants, those are more of an expansion past your needs into things you aspire to have but don't need to survive like a new car or that purse you've been eyeing at the store. These are things that add to your life and oftentimes complement your personality.
 
As marketers, our job is to create a scenario of where a need and a want blur together.
 
Product Scarcity
Have you ever felt a major feeling of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? When a product has a limited quantity, or there is a sale on an item that is going away, customers feel like they need to take action. Keeping customers hooked to grab your limited time offer or service will keep them coming back for more.
 
Exclusivity
People want something unique and that has key differences to other competitors. Accentuate how your product differs from your competition by highlighting features that enhance the product and make it the premium choice in the eye of the customer.
 
Determine the Biggest Issues Facing Your Audience
Think about what issues or struggles the target audience of your product or service may be facing. For example, a laundry detergent brand's audience may be struggling to find detergent that doesn't irritate their skin. Use this information to prepare a marketing campaign that will be driven at providing a solution to the issues the consumer faces.
 
Your company may be holding on to the most innovative product or service anyone has ever seen. However, you have to dig deep into the benefits it will have to your target audience and use the appropriate marketing channels to push content out for them to interact with. There will come a time when your customers will be using your product and saying to themselves, "How did I ever live without this?".
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Published by Tina Merrill, March 29th, 2021
Why is the sky blue, the banana yellow? When asked by one of my kids at a young and tender age, I would answer, "God made it that way" if they ask me today, my answer will be much different. Honestly, they would probably tune me out within the first few seconds (I have teenagers). My answer today is a little harder to swallow. Without your eyes and brain, there is no such thing as color. All of the beautiful color around us is in our head. So, God didn't make the grass green. He made our eyes and brain see green. Are you with me?
 
Let there be light. Objects do not have a color. They give off light that appears as a particular color. So, to see color, you need a light source. Sir Isaac Newton was the first person to realize that white light contains all the colors. He discovered what we now know as the spectrum. But anyone who's ever mixed paints knows when you mix all the colors in your palette, you most definitely do not get white. Newton was not dealing with paint though he was dealing with light.
 
 
Additive color
The mixing of light is called additive color, known to us in the design world as RGB. Every color in the rainbow can be seen by mixing red, green and blue. Think of your computer monitors, tv screens etc. You obviously see a wide range of colors on your monitor. However, get really close to the screen, and you will notice that everything you see is composed of tiny dots of red, green and blue. The little dots are called pixels. Your eyes are mixing the colors for you from a distance - like a painter would on a pallet. With additive color, the more colors you add together, the lighter the color becomes. By mixing all colors, you make white light.
 
 
Subtractive color
Speaking of paint, remember the muddy mess you get when you mix too many colors on your pallet? This happens because you are dealing with subtractive color, also known as CMYK. CMYK is an acronym for the primary colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Yes, I said primary colors. Sorry, but your grade school teacher was wrong; we see colors based on the 4-primary color chart. These four inks are used in the 4-color printing process, also known as digital printing or full-color printing. When you combine CMYK, you get black or the subtraction of color. With subtractive color, what you're seeing isn't really there. Most objects will absorb (or subtract) certain colors and reflect whatever it doesn't absorb. Take your yellow banana, for example. The banana absorbs all of the colors of the spectrum and reflects what you see as yellow.
 
"In nature, light creates the color; in the picture, color creates light."
-Hans Hofmann
 
Color is amazing, beautiful and complicated. Different colors evoke different emotions, often on an individual level. Though we could get by just fine in a world of black and white, many of us are lucky enough to have the ability to see thousands of colors. I, for one, wouldn't have it any other way.
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Published by Kayla Lutz, February 24th, 2021
When people turn to search engines, they don't spend very much time contemplating the link they choose; I know I don't.
 
What usually catches my attention most is seeing the information I was looking for before I even click a link. These small previews of text that appear as part of your search results are called "rich snippets." Search engines like Google or Bing will take information from a website if they see it as valuable and place it as text clear at the top of the search result. This result will show as position 0 - meaning it's placed even higher than the typical number 1 position.
 
So how do search engines identify this copy as valuable enough for position 0? It all starts with SEO.
 

What is SEO?

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is all about improving your website traffic by getting more people to your website who actually want to be on your website. I like to think of SEO as adjusting your business to be more in line with what the consumer is searching for.
 
The tricky part - SEO is always changing and evolving to stay ahead of the latest search engine algorithm. There are, however, a couple of SEO best practices you can follow to help you stand out.
 

SEO Best Practices

Research Keywords

Before starting any SEO optimization, I utilize keyword research to determine what keywords will work best for the type of content on your site. Keyword difficulty and average monthly searches are components that I look at when thinking about if a keyword is the right fit. I also like to make sure the website has lots of rich content.
 

Include Rich Content

Rich content that is updated frequently will get noticed by search engines and the consumer. Writing blog posts, news sections, and overall updates to content throughout your website can help you stand out amongst your competitors. This type of content is more conversational than a product or service page and is more likely to be noticed by search engines.
 

Takeaway

As search engine algorithms continue to change, it becomes more and more difficult for in-house marketing teams to stay up with the trends. Companies have to do more than ever to attract their target audience.
 
It doesn't have to be difficult, though. We can help.
 
Contact OffWhite today and let us help you with your SEO strategy.
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