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Mobile E-mail Marketing: Now, Too Critical to Ignore

E-mail marketers operating without significant, robust accommodations for mobile device users are leaving trunks of money at the table, according to two new reports on e-mail usage.A full 41% of all e-mail is now read on mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—and that’s a spike in preference that will continue to rise for the foreseeable future, according to the “Mobile E-Mail Opens Report, 2nd Half 2012,” released by Knotice, a marketing firm.

SEMA News—September 2013

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By Joe Dysart

YouTube’s Redesign

Getting Your Business to Look Good on All Computer Devices Just Became EffortlessBusinesses looking for a quick fix to the increasingly vexing challenge of getting their web presence to look good on all screen sizes—including smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs—may want to turn to YouTube. The online video goliath is rolling out a major upgrade this spring specifically designed to ensure that a company’s website on its service, which YouTube calls a “channel,” looks great no matter how visitors decide to view it.“The main focus of this update is to make your new channel look great on browsers across all screens and devices,” said Jeb Havens, a product manager at YouTube.

SEMA News—July 2013

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By Joe Dysart

YouTube’s Redesign

Getting Your Business to Look Good on All Computer Devices Just Became Effortless

Old Is New

Feature Articles Now the Top Digital Marketing ToolThree new studies have unearthed a startling trend in online marketing: The traditional feature article—used for centuries to market brands in conventional media—is now the go-to digital marketing tool for 2013. Driving the trend are changes Google has made to its search engine during the past few years. Essentially, the revamp rewards websites that post interesting, quality content and heavily penalizes sites that cough up yawn-fests stuffed with keywords only a search robot could love.

SEMA News—June 2013

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By Joe Dysart

Old Is New

Feature Articles Now the Top Digital Marketing Tool

Easy Prey

New Wave of Hacker Technology Threatens Unsuspecting BusinessesRegularly making chump meat of the most sophisticated of computer defenses, hackers will be unleashing a new wave of malware in the coming year on the unsuspecting—many of whom will be completely unprepared, according to Sophos, a computer-security firm.“Cybercriminals tend to focus where the weak spots are,” said Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer at Sophos. “Protecting data in a world where systems are changing rapidly and information flows freely requires a coordinated ecosystem of security technologies.”

SEMA News—May 2013 

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By Joe Dysart

Easy Prey

New Wave of Hacker Technology Threatens Unsuspecting Businesses

Your Strategy for 2013

Search-Engine Optimization The single most critical factor to search-engine optimization (SEO) success is creating amazing content—‘share-worthy’ content that is so useful, meaningful and interesting to your target audience that they want to consume it, share it with their own audiences and talk about it,” said Susan Gunelius, author of Content Marketing for Dummies.

SEMA News—April 2013

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By Joe Dysart

Your Strategy for 2013

Search-Engine Optimization

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Recruiting With Social Media

For Many Businesses, Better Candidates at Reduced Cost Social media is now a serious player in employee recruitment, in many cases significantly reducing the cost per hire for companies while simultaneously bringing in higher-quality talent, according to many recruiters. “Underneath the iceberg of vacant jobs advertised on job boards and newspapers, a strong, invisible current of talent is ingeniously using social media to identify and strategize their next career moves,” said Charles Van Heerden, general manager at WaveBox Consulting.

SEMA News—March 2013

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By Joe Dysart

Recruiting With Social Media

For Many Businesses, Better Candidates at Reduced Cost

Windows 8

Microsoft’s Big Bet Sporting a radical redesign that’s expected to charm some and disappoint others, Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system (OS) faces a tough slog, including a slow adoption rate, analysts said recently. “The challenges of a new user interface, a complex set of processor choices and a long ramp to a compelling set of app offerings in the Microsoft Store will translate to a slower-than-usual Windows upgrade cycle,” said Frank E. Gillett, an analyst with research and advisory firm Forrester.

   
   
SEMA News—February 2013

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By Joe Dysart

Windows 8

Microsoft’s Big Bet

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Making Sure Your Mobile Website Looks Good on All Devices

Businesses must also verify that their mobile sites look good on as many mobile devices as possible. New research from Pew Internet Research and others indicates that the United States is still in a frenzy over all things mobile—and that you’re losing money if your mobile website is not rendering properly on all devices. It’s not enough to simply have a mobile-optimized website these days. Businesses must also verify that their mobile sites look good on as many mobile devices as possible.

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Home-Run Slugger

How to Optimize YouTube Videos for Search Engines   Google employees like this one will reward businesses that follow some basic, YouTube optimization best practices.     While search-engine optimization on YouTube often comes off as modern-day mysticism best reserved for the high priests of the digerati, it’s actually fairly straightforward if you know what you’re doing. Essentially, you’ll be able to ensure that your YouTube videos pop up higher in search-engine returns if you follow the guidelines below, as recommended by Bobbi Dempsey, author of the MarketingSherpa Report, “30 Minute Marketer: How to Create SEO-Friendly YouTube Content." 

SEMA News—December 2012

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By Joe Dysart

Home-Run Slugger

How to Optimize YouTube Videos for Search Engines

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