5 secrets to design the perfect homepage

I believe there won’t be a single person that can deny that the homepage is the most important page on any site. It’s most likely the first thing a person sees from your site, it’s your front door, your professional card, if you will. So, you shouldn’t be surprised by how obsessive people can get when designing their business homepages – everything’s gotta be perfect, eye-catching, spectacular.

But how can you translate those terms into a single page on your site? It’s a matter of colors, of shapes, buttons, forms, text? How do you do it? It’s hard to tell since there isn’t a mathematical formula for it but there certainly are a few secrets that can optimize your homepage to make it more engaging and, ultimately, to increase revenue. Enough chit chat – the introduction is gone, here come the secrets!

5 reasons why you should start a blog for your business – and 5 why you shouldn’t

In a time where Content is king has become almost a natural law in digital marketing, having a blog is something everyone will encourage you to do. In fact, most marketers already understand it as a must, a basic you simply can’t overlook and upon which you’ll base almost your entire content strategy. There’s a lot of truth to that. But there’s something else those marketers aren’t telling you – perhaps it’s best if you don’t have a blog.

How can that be? Well, it really depends. A blog can be great for your business for a lot of reasons but doing it wrong can do more harm than good. How can you know if your business is ready for a blog, then? Easy. Just read the reasons why you should start a blog and why you shouldn’t and think about where you’re standing.

SEO – what is it and why should do it

If you are getting a brand new website for your small business for the first time, you’ve surely heard one word that repeats on and on in digital marketing – SEO. Perhaps you already know that SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, perhaps you don’t. But do you actually know what that even means? You don’t have to pretend around here, we won’t judge if you don’t know. But we are going to say this – without a sound SEO strategy, your new website is doomed.

Lis7o gearing up for upcoming L.A.’S Largest Mixer

Attention, L.A.! Lis7o is coming to the ultimate business networking event in Los Angeles County –  L.A.’S Largest Mixer! Come join us as we meet the chambers and business organizations of the area and check out hundreds of exhibitors from small companies to large corporations. And while you’re roaming around the expo, don’t forget to drop by Lis7o’s booth as we are preparing some amazing offers for you and your business!

Micro-moments – the millions of daily marketing opportunities you’re missing

The consumer journey was never a predictable path a marketer could anticipate. There were as many ways to approach consumerism as people are out there. Yet, in spite of that variety, there were some patterns in that consumerism that made it easier for marketers to identify key moments and engagement opportunities. There were “moments of truth” – stages that any consumer would go through in his transactions, which provided a basic layout for marketing opportunities.

Then came mobile. And all of the above exploded in literally millions of pieces. The rise of powerful smartphones change the way people consume media in a profound way. Those stages so neatly arranged in theory turned into millions of fragmented interactions that happen anytime, anywhere and, intertwined between them, are the marketing opportunities we all seek for our businesses.

The marketing scenario has thus changed and it’s up to the marketers to pick up the pieces and make sense out of them in a context where short attention span is the rule and ruler. Fortunately, Google has already shed some light in that chaotic path and found an interesting notion that some are calling “game changer”. We’re talking about micro-moments.

5 questions to find out if you need to update your website

Having understood that owning a website is a must for any business, it’s now time to learn another almost-mandatory thing about websites – they need to be updated fairly regularly. And we aren’t talking about content, mind you. Uploading a couple of blogposts a week is OK to keep it updated for a while, but once enough time has passed, some of its functionalities and the design choices you’ve made will be outdated and in need of a refresh.

Though there aren’t specific rules to how often do you have to update your site, there are some indicators you can search for in your site that will point towards an urgent revamp. Want to know which are they? Answer these questions and you’ll find out soon enough.

5 ways you can make Periscope and Meerkat work for your business

As weeks go by, more and more companies are starting to understand what Periscope and Meerkat actually are in the grand marketing scheme – the soon-to-be major players in digital and social marketing. It isn’t that live streaming is something new (from YouTube and Twitch to cable companies streaming) but apps like those two have put it in the spotlight in today’s marketing landscape.

As with all the tools and apps that promise to be the future of anything, everyone is jumping on board. But unlike many, oh so many others that have failed to live up to their promises, Periscope (and Meerkat, to a lesser extent) are actually showing how any business can benefit from its potential. The great thing about those services is that your business can also use them to rock the marketing world. You just have to learn what you’re doing and put that big brain of yours into action. Here are some suggestions.

Small businesses aren’t marketing to millennials – and they totally should

There are three things that define millennials. The most obvious one is that they are the generation born between 1980 and 2000. Keeping with the obvious stuff, the second one is that they LOVE technology in all of its forms. The third one isn’t a secret, really, but big companies are perhaps the only ones that have understood it and taken advantage of it – millennials are incredible spenders.

A quick Google search should bring tons of articles taking about that last characteristic and how businesses can make the most out of it. Yet, even with that widespread attention, small businesses aren’t marketing to millennials at all. At least that’s what a recent survey conducted by Manta has revealed. According to it, only 15% of small businesses across all industries are marketing to millennials which, of course, means that most of them are missing out on perhaps the most important consumer demographic today.

Why you should be using influencer marketing

Having influential people talk good stuff about your brand, company or service isn’t a new marketing strategy. We’ve seen actors, actresses, athletes, TV personalities and many other famous people speak on behalf of some product. The idea is obvious – the product wants to reach that famous person’s fanbase and appeals to his or her influence to do so. Basically, it’ trying to look cool just by hanging around the cool kids – being cool by association.

But with the Internet swooping into the marketing scene and changing everything forever, this kind of influence took an unexpected turn. Sure, famous people are still great to market product and services but the Web has empowered “regular” people to a point where they too can become influencers, albeit in the digital world. Thus, people with enough followers and leverage in social media are now being seen as key for marketing. That’s what influencer marketing is all about.

3 critical moments of designing a new site for your small business

Does your site still has that Flash intro you devised to wow your visitors? Does it still have all kinds of tables and fonts all over the place? There are blocks of text in all of its pages? Then perhaps, my friend, you should consider tossing it out and starting a new one. A lot has changed in the Internet in recent years – and a lot  is still changing. And if you fail to adapt to the flow, you’ll definitely drown.

That’s why you should refresh your site once in a while to make it look modern, up to date and, of course, active. People won’t spend much time on your site if it looks like it was developed in 1999 or isn’t easy enough to navigate. So, if you feel like that’s your case, then it’s time for a major makeover. There are lots of things to consider when creating a new site for your small business but, to us, there are 3 crucial stages that will make or break your project.