It is always nice to work with a Client with an eye for detail, as was the case when we were asked to design a logo and website for bespoke building firm D Sparham Ltd. The proprietor David Sparham did not want a typical builders logo using a classic rooftop shape but more a logo that embodied the modern style of buildings that his firm build in some unusual locations. So the illustration of an intricate wooden roof with square walls was to be the icon used as it is already the signature of his firm – a good visual fit as well as being a real point of distinction. We created version to work as white on black and white reversed out of a black background, which works better on stationery, clothing and on company vehicles.
This newly design logo with it’s illustrated icon adorns the website and can be seen here > DJSparham.co.uk along with some stunning photographs of very stylish buildings, conversions and extensions all created by D Sparham Ltd. The website aims to impress visitors with the style and quality through photos taken by David and colleague Tam Douglas and direct visitors to the extensive image galleries showing not only flagship new build projects but also conversions and extensions and other bespke building services whch also can be very stylish giving a feel of real contemporary living.
One of David’s new build projects at Coldingham Bay has been featured on Homes By the Sea which appeared on Channel Four (min 21 onwards). Selling at over £1.25m it is a series project and a view of the finish will explain why with “wood clad butterfly roof towering above colourful beach huts, 12 foot high widows, Welsh slate walls, uber cool German kitchen and Scandinavian suspended log burner…” Channel Four presenter Charlie Luxton was suitably impressed.
The website is also well built as a fully responsive WordPress site designed to work on desktops and mobile devices and to be updated by the Client as the ever growing portfolio of work expands. The website also has Google Analytics so we can track the webstats to fully understand web users needs.
Posted by Neale Gilhooley
Yes content is King, but there are challenges is making that content interesting and available. And this is where is starts to become a bit jargon filled and tecky. Have a look at the chart below created by Curata (a content marketing platform, site link below). But before you move to this stage you must be clear and state what your objectives are, then devise a strategy of how to achieve those objectives, by all means using the tools and tactics outlined below – to suit your needs and resources.Who in your organisation is going to provide this content? How do you balance that age old problem that web visitors tend to spend a lot less time on you page so you keep the content short and snappy BUT Google prefers you to have lots more text content that most visitors actually like, yes you can bullet point your key benefits/comm have extra links to more text but not at the costs of visitors needing to to click more times. Also don’t forget to consider how all of this extra content this will look on a tablet/mobile screen and our Google Analytics data will have told us how much traffic is coming from non-desktop devices as Google have openly stated that they favour responsive sites over sites that are non auto formatting, see our recent Blogpost on this subject. In most cases the content is either on the page or on a blog, some of the sites with most traffic have blogs and for example our client Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers who also send out branded e-mail campaigns with good relevant text and attractive images of chosen articles for sale to a mailing list of thousands each week, along with good use of social media (Twitter: @RamsayCornish) together brings in over 13,000 unique visitors every month, very good news of you are a seller as it widens your potential market considerably. The site also has Online Bidding so buyers from anywhere in the world can log in and bid. That is a good productive use of content, in an environment where each item is unique and for sale once only, on that day, so no second chances and the more bidders the higher the price achieved for the buyer.
Recently E-consultancy posted a good reminder that “content marketing isn’t SEO – and SEO isn’t just content”. Surely the best tip is that it is all about balance, and ongoing testing of the results to your chosen metrics and KPI’s to evaluate what will work best for your site to meet your objectives. Sounding like a full time job? And these objectives surely must be about more that consumer engagement they must be about enquiries, sales, lead generation; so some form of direct customer contact for most businesses.
The chart above produced by Stickyeyes (an SEO, Pay Per Click (PPC) and Biddable Media, Social Media Marketing, Digital PR, Content Marketing, Digital Consultancy, Blogger Outreach and Influencer Marketing, Design & Development, Video Marketing, Google Penalty Removal & Recovery, Mobile Search & App Store Optimisation agency), shows how little has really changed over this period, based on a mountain of data and metrics there has not been such a sizeable shift in any one real area (social has gone up-down-up a bit but ends not far from where it started). So balance is key and not being too dependent or skewed to one tactic alone seem to be the lesson here. Based on what works for your business!
There is a 160 page 8mb report from Google titled: Google search quality evaluator guidelines (dated 12 November 2015) available but you might prefer to skip to the Blogpost by Stickyeyes where they have broken it in down a much friendlier 1,324 words. Nicely written piece! If you want the full report PDF see link in article footer.
So with this in mind start by evaluating your own website page and blog content and social media content. Both have their own analytics and you may need to move into the test area first. It is going to take time but ought to provide benefits to your results and business over time. To get a better grip on the issues there is some further reading below:
E-consultancy post “Why content marketing isn’t SEO – and why SEO isn’t just content”.
E-consultancy post “Four marketing sinkholes and how to get unstuck”
Curata blogpost “content marketing tools ultimate list”
The Power of Blogging > “the irresistible business case for blogging” by Econsultancy
Google search quality evaluator guidelines (160 page report PDF)
And when you add content you also need to spend time on editing and updating this content, important housekeeping as Google will penalise you for broken links, so don’t send your visitors to cul-de-sacs when you can check here if your site links are 100% up to date > BrokenLinkCheck.com it’s fast and free!
Posted by Neale Gilhooley March 10 2016 (updated 30 Mar 2017)
Google keep changing the way they give you feedback on your own campaigns, often for the better. One incredibly valuable piece of information used to be buried so far within the data that you might have assumed it was being hidden on purpose, but now Google are publishing it in a place that anyone can find and make great use of, if you know where to look. It is given its own tab within Campaigns > Search Terms. What you can find he is actual search terms that people used when finding your advert and clicking through to your site – and costing you money. So it is very important that you check on these search terms for the obvious reasons of confirming what you are doing correctly, but also to see how Google send you a visitor based on their search terms which may not correspond with your own campaign objectives. In our case you can see a full search term used was “999 designs logo store”, this search is obviously not meant to be for Evolution Design but it triggered our as with its use of designs + logo. So for us it is a waste of our ad budget and worse the searcher will look at a single page and then leave again, or ‘bounce’ as Google ranks it making our bounce rate higher, which is bad when used as part of Google algorithm.
So the way to use this information is to take these actual terms and create a list of Negative Keywords. These are words when used along with others words amongst your bid terms will stop your advert from being triggered, so saving you money on what would have been a wasted click and stop your bounce rate from getting worse. You really ought to have added negative keywords at the outset of creating your campaign, but it’s never too late to do it and update the list based on what you learn from Google. You can add negative keywords in a flexible way either at campaign level or per different ad group. You probably ought to use both methods starting with some obvious words for all ads, such as job, recruitment, student, free etc. – words that you do not mind Google searchers using to find your site through organic/natural search but not when it is being paid for – and then add specific words for each ad group. It all saves you money and half the battle of media buying is to cut down on wastage and make your campaigns more efficient.