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Is Paid Search Worth Your Investment?

A lot of buzz has been heard lately about whether paid search advertising makes financial sense to today’s markets. With a simple internet search on the topic, you can find just as many articles saying “Paid search is dead” as you can those that say “Paid search is stronger than ever.”

Like any other marketing component, it all boils down to an individual decision. So, instead of getting mired in the debate over whether paid search is dead or alive, let’s talk a little bit about what good paid search involves and how to effectively implement it if you decide it’s a good choice for your business.

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Why Walsworth’s G7 Certification is Good for You

You may have noticed from our website that Walsworth is a certified G7 Master Printer and wondered, “What’s that? And why does it matter to me?”

What is G7?
G7 is a color calibration method developed by IDEAlliance that allows printers to reliably repeat color quality across the gamut of printing devices and substrates. The “G” stands for the gray balance required to achieve the standard, and the “7” stands for the seven ISO colors, CMYK and RGB.

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Key Components of a Winning Strategic Plan

If your professional experience is anything like mine, you probably find yourself spending more time on daily issues than you would like. And this pattern probably prevents you from doing the long-term planning that would make your job easier in the future.

Organizations often experience this potentially crippling dynamic as well. With so many people focused on putting out the “fires” of the day, it can be difficult to dedicate the time and resources necessary to plan for the long-term and develop strategic direction for the organization. Unfortunately, without a winning strategic plan to guide it, any organization is likely to flounder in the wake of quickly shifting priorities.

So, what is an organization to do?

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How to Find the Best Keywords or Phrases

Want an intriguing riddle for your next social event? Here it is: What do chinchillas, bats and Google searches all have in common? Answer: They all have short-tail and long-tail varieties. Get it?

OK, maybe that’s not all that intriguing, and maybe the members of your social network would simply find this bit of trivia boring or just plain odd. So let’s forget about impressing your colleagues and friends and focus instead on how Google’s new search algorithm, dubbed “Hummingbird,” looks at both short-tail keywords (broad one- to two-word phrases, like “t shirt”) and long-tail keywords (three-plus word phrases, like “mens cotton t shirt”) and how you can use that knowledge to your advantage.

As noted in my earlier post, How to Approach SEO in a Hummingbird World, Hummingbird focuses a lot more on context than on specific phrases or keywords, generally known as short-tail search terms. This means the act of populating your webpages with a bunch of oddly worded keyword phrases (something that might have helped your search engine optimization efforts in the past) is now more likely to harm your SEO. Instead, what Hummingbird likes to see are more conversational terms that reflect real, natural-sounding phrasing. That’s where long-tail terms come in.

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Five Steps to Creating Great Interactive Content

As covered in our two previous blog posts, Your Opportunity with Walsworth Apps and How Apps Can Help You Reach More Readers, your app can offer value above and beyond your print publication. Much of that value is realized through a rich, interactive reading experience – touching, swiping, zooming, animation, video, etc.

The possibilities are vast, and for those transitioning from print design to the world of interactive media, it can be hard to know where to begin! Here are five simple steps to transform your print publication into an interactive powerhouse:

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