Seven Creative Local SEO Strategies for Small Businesses

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on October 8, 2015 at 9:49 AM

In this marketing era, one of the most important tools for your business is local SEO. Google (which is the most popular search engine) refines its algorithms regularly to ensure the customer gets most value…and so that business can’t “trick” the system and get ranked higher than they should within searches.  This has led to some previously-effective strategies being useless. However, some SEO strategies have remained efficient and you can use them to your advantage.

If you put enough time and effort into it, you can reap benefits of SEO your competitors can only dream of. The internet is a great starting point if you are looking for resources. This post aims to serve as a relevant and useful resource and gives you some of the most effective Local SEO strategies for your small business.

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Tags: Marketing Strategy, digital marketing

Social Media Marketing Tips: 4 Ways to Grow Your Instagram Following

Posted by Robin Newton on September 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Most people would consider Instagram the new kid on the block.  However, for a new kid, it’s one of the fastest growing and most often used social media sites.  As of December 2014, Instagram had 300 million users.  Almost 15 million more than its older, more established friend Twitter. 

Due to Instagram’s increasing popularity, there’s no surprise that business usage has also spiked.  The Instagram Intelligence Report evaluated 250 brands and found that Instagram postings have increased 23 percent over the last five quarters while brand posts on Facebook decreased.  As more users are spending time on Instagram and less time on other sites, the social media marketing opportunities become greater.  So here are a few easy tips for growing your business’ Instagram following.

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Tags: Trends, Social Media, digital marketing

Top 8 Digital Marketing Techniques for 2015

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on August 20, 2015 at 1:10 PM

 Most businesses, whether small or large, find themselves in the “digital world” in one way or another. Many of them put up blogs, create Facebook pages and Twitter handles, and post fresh, relevant content on a regular basis. This, however, is not enough since having your business on a digital platform alone is only half of the work. The other half lies in digital marketing. The basic rule of business is that if you don’t market your product your customer won’t know about it, and if they don’t know about it your product is as good as non-existent.

As the name suggests, Digital Marketing involves communicating your products and/or services in the digital space. However, it is a highly volatile place and trends can change quickly. What may be relevant today might become obsolete tomorrow and a new trend will take its place. Let’s look at the top 8 digital marketing techniques for the year 2015 which can greatly benefit businesses.


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Tags: Social Media, Mobile, digital marketing

Traditional and Digital Marketing: An Effective Combination

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on August 11, 2015 at 1:21 PM

The modern marketing environment is dynamic, fast-moving and challenging in many ways. Marketers have more options than ever about how to reach their target customer, but those options can be overwhelming. Often marketers find themselves asking which one is better, traditional or digital marketing?

The truth is modern marketers need to be flexible, choosing to incorporate the best of both strategies. It is no longer enough to simply post billboards, because customers want a two-way conversation, even a relationship with their favorite brands. Nor will it ever be enough to create a presence on digital media platforms without real world brand awareness to drive traffic.

Savvy marketers, regardless of budget, must combine the best of both traditional and digital marketing in order to maximize their potential reach.  Let me walk you through the strengths/weaknesses of both, and then I will discuss the most effective marketing strategy.  

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Tags: Marketing Strategy, Advertising, digital marketing

From Ad Age: The Last Click Attribution Fallacy Here...

Posted by Matt Mills on July 31, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Last_Click_AttributionWe recently posted an article on the subject of Google receiving all the credit for bringing customers to your company.  On the same day, posted a blog that just so happen to provide additional support for this very subject.

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Tags: Digital Advertising

The Consumer Journey: It’s Not All Google

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on July 27, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Imagine, if you will, the last leg of a relay race. Imagine the final hand off of the baton. Imagine the cheers from the crowd as the final runner hurls himself toward the finish line. 

He crosses the line, holding the baton over his head in an unmistakable gesture of victory.

And what next? Does that runner, and only that runner, climb onto the victor’s podium alone?

No, of course not. The entire team climbs onto the podium together, because each runner plays an integral part in the race.

So why then, do marketers give search engines like Google all the credit for their new customers? For all intents and purposes, search engines are only one of the final legs of a very long, complex journey to get consumers to a company’s website.


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Tags: Social Media, Advertising

Digital Marketing… Done Right

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on July 20, 2015 at 1:56 PM

2060Digital_logo_square-01Washington DC area marketing blogs, and, are written by marketing and advertising thought leaders from Hubbard Media, which owns radio, television and digital brands all over the country.  Here in Washington, Hubbard owns WTOP,, Federal News Radio and

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Tags: Social Media, Digital Advertising, Mobile

Register Now: Federal News Radio Online Chat with Industry Experts Anthony Robbins and Phil O’Reilly from Brocade

Posted by Stephanie Flax on April 28, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Register here for free to join Brocade's Anthony Robbins and Phil O'Reilly and WTOP/Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola for a free online chat to discuss The New IP and its role in Federal IT.  Some topics that may be covered include: why there is the need for the New IP, key features, and mega trends happening in Federal IT.

DATE: Friday, May 8th
TIME: 11-11:30 a.m.

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Tags: Federal Marketing, Thought Leadership

Integrated Marketing Opportunity Available At DC Marketing Pro

Posted by DC Marketing Pro on March 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM is developed and written by marketing and advertising thought leaders from Hubbard Media, which owns radio, television and digital brands all over the country.  Here in Washington, DC, Hubbard owns WTOP,, Federal News Radio and

These brands allow us to connect advertisers with over 2 million people each week.  Our touch points include radio, digital, mobile and social. 

We are excited to announce a new role in our growing sales department.  As the complexities of our marketing programs become more integrated and comprehensive, as opposed to mainly radio commercials, the need has arisen for us to create a position that activates and supports our campaigns.   This role will assist in the execution of the integrated marketing programs we develop for our advertisers.

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Tags: Integrated Marketing, Advertising, Media

Google Provides a VERY Important Secret to SEO Success

Posted by Matt Mills on March 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

It is uncommon, to say the least, for Google to publicly discuss the algorithms they use to determine search rankings.  For years now, companies did not know for sure what elements Google placed value on in determining search results.  This has made SEO very difficult. 

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Tags: Social Media, Digital Advertising, Mobile



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