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Best SEMRush alternatives in 2019: Paid and Free Tools

In the world of SEO, and digital marketing in general, SEMRush is one of the most prominent tools available with a well-rounded set of features for all your SEO needs. It has a powerful keyword research and keyword suggestion tool, in-depth domain analytics with versatile (and real-time) reporting, and a very useful backlinks analytics feature, among others. However, SEMRush certainly isn’t perfect by any means. There are plenty of SEMRush alternatives with lower price tags (or even totally free), and there are tools that are better in certain aspects. Here, we will......

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Social media marketing nowadays is getting more complicated than ever due to the saturation and diversity. Saturation, because the market is now so saturated with so many prominent experts and influencers, and so it’s harder to get our voice heard amidst all the noise. Diversity, because nowadays we can no longer focus on just one social media platform, as each major platform from Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter among others has their own benefits. The solution? Personalization, automation, and scheduling management, and these are where a social media management tool like Hootsuite......

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How to Teach Digital Marketing to University Students

Ask any student how they feel about marketing textbooks and you’ll get the same answer: they are darn boring! All those theories with nothing but a few practical examples scattered around… that’s not fun to read! The students get a case study or two, but everything is written in an outdated, boring format that’s based on the traditional way to transfer theoretical knowledge.  Of course; theories are important. That’s the foundation of marketing education, and all practices are built upon that foundation. But when you have so many options to make digital......

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It’s no secret that more and more people are now using Google Maps. From finding walking directions to driving assistance to finding a new place to dine in, Google Maps is arguably the most important app provided by Google at the moment. If you are a brick-and-mortar business, or a business serving a local niche, not optimizing your listing on Google Maps is, put simply, missing out on a huge chunk of market, but yet many marketers are neglecting Google Maps marketing for one reason or another. In this guide, we will......

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Why SEO Competitive Analysis is Necessary SEO, by nature, is a competition where you try to outrank other sites. This is why an initial competitive analysis is an essential part of any SEO implementation. When done correctly, you can get valuable insights into how your competitors are approaching their SEO strategy, which can generate various benefits such as: Get inspirations and ideas on how to build better content, which backlinks you should pursue and how, and which keywords that can be good opportunities, among other aspects Figure out your competitors’ strengths and......

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12 Effective Digital Marketing Tactics and Strategies in 2019 and Beyond

When it comes to digital marketing strategies, you can create a lengthy scroll of every available technique or technology available today. While you’ll likely hear plenty of suggestions that all or some digital marketing strategies are better than others, which ones are the most essential? To compete in the overly competitive digital landscape of 2019, you’ll need to focus on twelve specific areas. While you’ve probably heard about these, how many details do you really know to make each one effective? They’re all the standards for this year and into the coming......

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For many small businesses, one of the biggest struggles is getting more prospects and customers, especially during the early stages of the business. Local SEO can be an effective solution for that problem: by ranking high on Google Maps, we can get more traffic, prospects, and ultimately, visitors. Yet, how can we effectively implement it? In this guide, we will learn how, from registering your Google Maps listing to optimizing your listing. First, however, let us begin by discussing the concept of local SEO.   What is Local SEO? Local SEO, in......

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For most marketers and organizations, the most common goal for their marketing activities is to drive more sales. Yet, surprisingly many marketing tactics and strategies are not aligned well with that goal. Many marketers assume that all “common” marketing activities, when done right, will in the end produce sales. While there’s some truth to that statement, there are certainly tactics that can drive conversions better than others. In this guide. we will share seven of those tactics, and by the end of this guide, you will be able to develop a marketing......

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Why Traditional Marketing Doesn’t Work Anymore Back in the days, the term “marketing” usually refers to buying advertising space in magazines, newspapers, TV spots, or billboards, or buying email and phone number lists to broadcast our promotional messages.  However, these  “traditional” marketing activities are no longer effective today, thanks to various reasons such as: Resistance to intrusive marketing, especially by younger people Various forms of ad blocker, even by Google itself,  rendering online advertising ineffective People care for social proofs like online reviews and peer recommendations more, no matter how good your......

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Without a proper marketing plan, it is arguably impossible to achieve optimal growth for any businesses, much less for B2B businesses where the size of the market is fairly small yet the competition is high. With that being said, this guide will discuss the necessary steps required to develop a B2B marketing plan: from figuring out the right channels to measuring their effectiveness. Let us begin.   Defining Your Goals Every plan is, in essence, made to accomplish a certain goal or goals. So, if your goal is not totally clear, not......

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