Observations

Franchises and SEO

Franchises and Search Engine Optimization A major problem for most franchisees is lack of local and regional discovery via search engines for individual franchises and their websites. This is compounded with financial services franchises typically limited in the kinds of external advertising allowed by the franchiser. The Catch-22: The franchiser limits independent marketing initiatives and the franchisee suffers because of their difficulty in drawing localized traffic to their website. Often the financial services franchisee is shackled by legal restrictions, a specific eCommerce market...
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Brainerd MN Resort Cabins near Gull Lake | 218-963-2224

There are a lot of nice resorts in the Brainerd Lakes area and throughout Minnesota. There is none better than Agate Lake Resort near Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN. Theresa and Bill Garry own and operate this beautifully maintained facility with eleven cabins and tons of amenities. It sits on the shores of crystal clear Agate Lake. They said they needed a new look. It was mid-February when we first met. I knew from other hospitality sites I have that this is a critical time of year for any resort. Website traffic for all resorts and lodging begins to accelerate as people begin their search fo...
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New Emerging Mobile Marketing Trends – Peaking Over the Fence

Marketing technology is moving so fast it's impossible to keep up with. Here's just some of the opportunities you have to choose from today: Google Places Google Adwords - Online Google advertising Similar Ad programs from the "other" search engines Social media advertising Check-In programs: FourSquare, Facebook Places, etc. SMS - Text messaging advertising, if you are interested in SMS check out SMS reseller white label software for the best prices. QR Codes Mobile Coupons Mobile Ads Reviews What are the key new components that every small local business...
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Brainerd MN Auto Body, Painting, and Prop Repair

Back to Exact is their tag line and that's what they do. Back to Exact or Lakes Area Auto Body provides professional auto body, painting and other related repairs to vehicles, boats, and trailers.They also provide propeller repair and sales of both new and reconditioned props. BAMsites welcomes Rick Besmehn and, with his son Ricky, own and operate Lakes Area Auto Body. We just updated their website and positioned them to show up on the search engines. It will take a couple of more weeks, but they'll get there. They provide auto body repair and painting services as their primary services....
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Kushel Realtor Marketing Team

BAMsites welcomes Albie and Dustin Kuschel to our network of business websites. AlbieKuschel.com is designed as the most user friendly realtor website in the Brainerd MN Lakes area. Their slogan is: "Your Realtor for Life". The Kuschels pride themselves in customer service backed by the experience of 20 years in the business. They know the Brainerd-Baxter and surrounding communities very well and strive to separate themselves from their competition by providing a knowledgeable, personalized service that goes beyond just words. Check out the hottest real estate team in north central Minne...
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Email, Androids, and Outlook

I just got done battling with a new Android phone that has a portable charger, setting up email, trying to avoid the suction created by Google to make them the center of everyone's universe. I don't mind Google, I just don't like them forcing me to use their applications, as they try to do through their Android mobile operating systems. They are trying to force Android users to use Google Calendar and other similar apps. They are trying to wrest marketshare from Microsoft Exchange and other business applications through their new line up of business applications. Android phone set up forums ...
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Facebook vs. Twitter

When a new company decides to start engaging in Social media, it can be difficult to understand the difference between a Facebook status update and a tweet. One question we hear a lot is how do I strike a balance between getting my message out and annoying people? If you overexpose yourself on Twitter and Facebook people will hide from you and you will never know it. The first thing to remember when starting out in social media is that Facebook and Twitter are not the same. On Twitter your Tweets are flowing into a massive river of communication, while on Facebook you are sending them down nar...
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Video and SEO

Video is the hottest thing going on the web. If you’ve been thinking lately about starting a blog or setting up a Twitter account, you’re still slightly behind the curve.  Everyone’s talking about video now… and with good reason.  It’s entertaining, it’s easy to find and consume, and it engages viewers in a way that text simply cannot. Video is on a meteoric rise, and shows no signs of slowing soon.  Along with that trend, there is a growing segment of the online audience that has begun favoring sites that use video over sites that just have text. Additionally, vide...
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