Friday, December 10, 2010

Holidays and Internet Shopping

Holiday Shoppers are Shopping on the Internet

No parking hassles or gas costs, no going to stores only to be told the toy or electronics you are looking for are sold out or not in stock, and best of all comparison shopping for the best price from the comfort of your laptop, computer or mobile device.

Yes mobile devices are also being used more and more to complete online sales transaction. Ecommerce stores are advised to include a mobile component to their online offerings to reach the widest possible audience. Although there are several hitches to a smooth user experience using an ecommerce store with a mobile app, the software and programming are getting better every day to make this more of a seamless experience.

Online retailers need to be more diligent about informing consumers of exact delivery times prior to the sale including up front delivery costs and any other potential costs so that consumers can gauge the true cost of an item. Once that is transparent, orders can easily flow as long as the merchant is a trusted merchant which can be verified by trust symbols on the vendors site.

Happy Holidays to All and a prosperous New Year 2011


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Facebook Fan Page Setup

Does your business have a Fan Page?

Many are late to the party already as Facebook has launched massive changes starting 6 months ago last March. The birth of the Facebook like button is changing the way search works on the internet. Social votes are now the link juice for companies that want to become more visible on the internet.

A facebook fan page is different than a personal profile. It is actually against the Facebook terms of service for a business to pose as a personal profile. Unknown to most, facebook can actually allow business to build a following and then confiscate their fans and page and turn it into a community page while locking out the owner. Another facebook policy is for only one user to have one account. Multiple personal accounts are against the FB terms of service also.

With all of the new developments, contact to help set up your online business profile.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Facebook vs Google

Facebook vs Google

The recent scuffles between Facebook and Google are accelerating their respective tug for internet users. Facebook has just surpassed any other site on the web including Google for time spent on the site.

Google had previously introduced Google Wave which was to have been the combining of web and social, but it did not have enough time or backing to grow and was abruptly cancelled.

Although Google Buzz continues to strive to capture more social media attention, Facebook is the 100 pound gorilla in the room. With Microsoft hastily investing huge in Facebook, the new Facebook-Bing-Yahoo combination is trying to muster up all of their power to create viable competition for Google.

Only time will tell but one thing is certain, Facebook is no longer just for teens chatting about what to wear, but is turning into a cornerstone for business presense.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Men's Hair Salon and Barber Shop opens in Oakville

Fortelli for Men is a new hair salon for men that just opened October, 2010 in Oakville, Ontario Canada. Owner Renato has been successfully operating the neighboring salon and spa Fortelli salon and spa for nearly a decade. He had many requests from men to create a "man salon" that caters to the grooming needs of men. So he created this new barber shop style men's salon tastefully decorated and outfitted with modern salon and spa equipment including the new style, comfortable red barber chairs.

Visit the new salon in Oakville at 1540 North Service Road W., Oakville Ontario L6M 4A1 Canada (905) 847-0706.

Monday, September 27, 2010

To SEO or Not to SEO Toronto, That is the Question!

Do you SEO your website?

Let us take a closer look at what SEO means. Search Engine Optimization is but a small part of online promotion, but it is misunderstood by many including so called SEO experts, web designers and business owners.

Sometimes, such as with the autotrader websites and other cookie cutter, company built websites, the one for all approach usually leads to mediocre results. Some of these services are extremely expensive but they have a monopoly on their full range of advertising, so by forcing companies to commit to one part of the business, they bring results in another. Don't get me wrong, having something like this is better than not having anything at all, but we are talking about Optimization.

An optimized website has all of their on-page factors in order. Having looked over some of the cookie cutter service companies, their code is lacking when it comes to meeting the current standards as set forth by, and also the on-page code does not even validate. There are many factors that contribute to search engine rankings including page loading speed, errors, duplicate tags and content across pages and more.

Not using the best possible site structure and layout for your site already does not give you a maximum leg up when it comes to outranking the competition. Luckily for some, many competitors are asleep at the internet switch as well. But once they wake up, or as algorithms continue to change, a poorly optimized website will easily be outperformed by an optimized one.

So understanding the factors that go into search engine optimization first will help pinpoint those areas of a website that need further attention in order to make the off-page promotion factors more effective.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Marketing Toronto

Marketing in Toronto Ontario Canada

Smart business owners of both small and medium sized businesses in the Greater Toronto Area realize they need to fill the company coffers with more income by attracting new clients and maintaining existing clients.

Sure the 20-80 rule says to focus on the 20% of your clients that are bringing in 80%of your business. The problem with hiring freezes and limited employees is that there are only so many productive hours a day to achieve sales goals and other goals for the company.

The answer is that you need to be able to do ALL of it; maintain existing important clients and keep them happy plus constantly receive new business to maintain the growth track. Using up most of the companies resources to maintain business is not good enough as inevitably, things change over time and relying on the same business partners over time at the exclusion of new business will lead to a companies eventual demise.

Instead companies understand they need to constantly be receiving new clients into their sales funnel. The most efficient and economical sales funnel available today is using the power of the internet. Between email marketing and list building, social media presence and conversation monitoring, website marketing and promotion, organic and paid search options to attract new clients and a host of other online activities companies should be engaged in, it really pays to use the full time services of a company that specializes in online marketing and lead generation.

Jobs are available in the Toronto area online as well. Even Craigslist Toronto and other online classified sites have some postings that may be of interest.

Keep you company growing by increasing your activities online during the gold rush of online marketing opportunities.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Faster Google Search

Google Instant is the new feature just rolled out today that produces search queries in real time. It even tries to guess what you are searching for before you complete your query. The idea is to save the searcher time so they do not even need to hit the enter key.

Adwords advertisers get counted an imprint if the query stays on the page for more than 3 seconds. The new algorithm changes are intended to save a searcher about 5 seconds per search and allow for narrowing in on search terms instead of retyping them.

Only time will tell both the SEO-search engine optimization effects as well as the search habits of searchers, but with Facebook becoming more and more popular for businesses and also as an alternative advertising platform to Google Adwords, Google is not resting but continuously turning their knobs and dials to try to produce the next - best search experience.

Currently you have to be logged in to your Google account to experience Google Instant search. Then just start typing a search query and watch the suggestions fill up the search results page as you type.

Webmad is an Oakville, Ontario internet marketing specialist staying on top of search trends and helping local businesses maximize their online presence.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Website Toronto - Online Internet Marketing and SEO Ontario Canada

Website Toronto

Online Internet Marketing and SEO Ontario Canada

Many companies in the GTA Toronto area do not even have a website yet and are missing the growing online opportunity for 2010 and beyond. As 2011 approaches, many companies are trying to analyze their businesses and growth prospects and are sometimes stuck with so called "paralysis by analysis". Just today, we fielded an inquiry from a medium sized corporation that wanted to get leads from the internet, but was mired in a quagmire between their IT and marketing departments.

This situation presents a golden opportunity for small businesses and local businesses to compete against larger companies that are stuck in the mud. Nimble small businesses can quickly setup and manage an online marketing campaign for low cost that can generate more targeted leads and drive more traffic and business to their online and offline sites.

Any company trying to increase sales and profits in these times within the Ontario, Canada area that is not developing or increasing their online presence is missing the best opportunity of the coming decade - to position your company and brand online in front of a growing internet audience. Not just email marketing, but social media, website marketing, interactive marketing, blog and article marketing, mobile marketing and a host of other ways to engage potential clients and perspective customers.

Good luck building those websites! If ou need a website in Toronto, call the website Toronto experts:


Sunday, June 13, 2010

SEO Oakville Toronto

SEO is becoming more needed for local Canadian businesses in order to maximize leads from the internet. Search engine optimization can mean different things to different people.

Web designers may think that changing a few metatags might do the trick. SEO experts may focus more on the on-page factors vs. off-page optimization.

In an ever increasing minefield of duplicate content issues, Google slaps and penalties, sites being deranked "willy nilly" based on an algorithm that is constantly being tweaked. One cranky day Google wakes up and issues one way blame for things that may or may not really be happening with your site.

Just recently we received notifications from Google about 2 of our websites having possibly been the victims of phishing attacks. After reassuring that our servers were indeed secure, it turns out it was enough for some random person to include the domain name plus /~otherdomain after it in order to fool Google into thinking our site may be a source of malicious code.

So it goes to show no matter how sophisticated the Google machine becomes, it still makes plenty of incorrect accusations and mistakes. Not being a 2-way communication experience, it can frustrate webmasters or business owners who do not have the time to constantly monitor the comings and goings of Google tweaks.

That is why it is important to have a local web SEO expert on your side 24/7.

Webmad provides internet marketing, lead generation and SEO Oakville, SEO Toronto web services in Canada.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Web Design Oakville

Web Design in Oakville Ontario is becoming more and more popular as companies recover from the global economic downturn.

There are several phases for a local company to become visible on the internet. To create a good web design Oakville Ontario Canada, there are several steps businesses must consider.
The first step is to create an appealing website that has the information that web searches want. Secondly, the website needs to be structured so the content can easily be found by a business' target audience.

And finally, the website needs to be promoted so more targeted traffic will find the qualified and relevant business.

Very few companies handle the entire process. One company known as the "Golden Ticket" in the Oakville, Ontario Canada area is called Webmad Internet Marketing and Design.

Oakville, Ontario is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada.