Does your Website need an AMP to Affect SEO

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A faster and more responsive mobile web is a feature that any user could get on board with. In response to this, Google has developed an open source solution entitled AMP i.e. the Accelerated Mobile Pages. The AMP framework is out and has been speculated to have two benefits for SEO. It is a free, open-source framework that allows you to create mobile pages that deliver content quickly. It consists of HTML, JS, and Cache libraries, specific extensions and AMP focused properties, accelerate load speed for mobile pages, even if they feature rich content like infographics, PDFs, audio or video files. The aim for AMP is for publishers to be able to load their sites faster on mobile since mobile responsive could be clunky and slow because desktop resources are heavy. Also, there is no deny the fact that most of the elements of a desktop website are unnecessary for a mobile site. Until the past, AMP was just for user experience, but now Google has backed it up and is motivating websites to follow it. Once Google has cached the AMP version of your site, the content lives on Google’s servers as well as your own.

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Fundamentals of Distribution Marketing

Article | August 8, 2022

Are you looking to expand into new markets, boost your sales pipeline, and increase conversions? Whatever your business growth objectives are, a distribution partnership is your answer to all of them. Why are distributors becoming a vital component of business expansion strategies and what is the importance of distribution in marketing? Let us take a look. Distribution Marketing Channels: Achieving More with Distribution Partners The process of making a product or service available to a consumer through a direct channel such as a manufacturer or an indirect channel such as a distributor constitutes a distribution marketing strategy. B2B marketers decide on which type of distributor channel they want to use based on their product and the revenue targets they have in mind. Global suppliers have eroded margins and created an explosion of products catering to even the tiniest market niches. They have disrupted local markets. Consequently, sophisticated logistical systems have been developed to shorten delivery times. Businesses have expanded their distribution network to get closer to their B2B clients. The following statistic says a lot about why B2B businesses are keen to embrace distribution marketing and develop their indirect distribution network. 75% of the world’s commerce is transacted indirectly, meaning goods are sold through distribution channels. (Source: Forrester) In this article, we will be focusing on distribution partners, as channels of distribution marketing, and how they are creating a foundation for businesses like yours to expand and grow while helping you bring your products to your target customers. Distribution Marketing Strategy: Types of Strategies & Things to Consider B2B businesses embrace a new channel of distribution marketing or improve their existing one based on their marketing and management requirements. You can consider going down the same road if you have a new customer segment in mind, are planning to release a new product or want to aggressively grow your revenue. Here are the broad types of distribution in marketing: Direct channel: A direct sales channel is any company or manufacturer that creates its product and sells it directly to customers without the involvement of third parties or intermediaries. The product is sold through a shop, online channels, door-to-door or through any other method. Indirect channel: An indirect sales channel is comprised of—distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and VARs (value-added resellers)—who sell products made by other companies. At times, there may be more than one middleman between the consumer and the product’s producer. Apart from these two main strategies, there are other specialized strategies that fall under these categories, like exclusive distribution, intensive distribution, selective distribution, dual distribution, and reverse distribution. Of these strategies, manufacturers use the product distribution strategy that suits their product and revenue goals the most. Consider the following factors when planning your distribution strategy in marketing: The Type of Product You Sell Your distribution channel marketing strategy should depend on the type of product. Purchase decisions that customers make are classified into three types: routine, limited, and extensive, based on the number of times businesses buy a product, its cost, and the time taken by the customer to make a purchase decision. Capitalize on this information and decide on the strategy that will work best to position your product. Customer Base Based on the types of purchase methods that your target demographic may use, where they make their purchase decisions, and what kind of technology influences them, you need to choose your distributor. Ensuring that your customer base gets access to your product based on its preference is crucial to attracting customers to make a purchase. Logistics and Transportation Whether you sell a software product to streamline business processes or spare parts that automobile businesses require, your product needs to reach your end user safely and on time from locations where your distributor stores it. Understanding a prospective distributor’s logistics and transportation capabilities should be a priority while finalizing a distribution strategy in marketing. Focus on cost-saving and increasing revenue while choosing your distributor. A Strong Game Plan & Bigger Market Reach with Distribution Partners Product, place, price, and promotion are the four Ps of marketing. A B2B company cannot successfully sell its product or service unless it determines its four Ps. This is where distribution comes in. It is the ‘place’ part of every marketing strategy. Distributors are channel partners who are experts at getting your products into as many markets as possible as quickly as possible so that they can be used by end customers. There are tactical and logical advantages to having a strong distribution partner network. Let us explore them in brief. You Can Focus on Your Expertise Your expertise lies in creating the product. Setting up a sales system to facilitate end customers doesn’t categorically fit your skillset. With the help of a good distribution partner, you can limit your sales risk and use your time and resources to make your manufacturing processes and techniques more efficient. Streamline Market Expansion Selling to a new geographical market with the help of a distribution channel partner who has an established retail network can instantly get you more leads and boost your sales. Especially when entering a new international market, you can trust your distribution partner to take care of international trade law compliance, shipping and customs laws, and the culture of the new market. Limited Involvement in Customer Service Distribution marketing reduces your involvement and investment in customer service considerably. All you need to do is be in touch with your distributor partner. You don’t have to think about exercising administrative duties and investing in operations because your distributor will be your face while dealing with end customers. Distribution Partners Fire-up Your GTM Strategy In your go-to-market strategy (GTM), your distribution partners can market your product to large numbers of geographically dispersed customers. Distributors, especially VARs customize your product and complement it with prompt support and specialist services. Here’s how you can go-to-market confidently with the help of distribution partners: After you segment your target market into customers and prospects, identify which of these segments you can reach with the help of distributors. They can utilize their customer base to get you sales in territories with good sales potential. Distributors with experience can cover the market sectors you want to target. Choose distributors who do not market products that compete with yours. To get the most out of the channel partnership, describe the market opportunities for the distributors and talk to them about what you expect and what you need from them. Decide on whether you want to share marketing rights with distributors. Create solid and binding commercial terms such as stock levels, discounts, selling prices, and marketing support beforehand so the distributors are motivated to give their best to sell your product. Distributors develop sales and marketing plans, provide support in the form of marketing collateral, funds, or marketing campaigns. To support their efforts, run marketing campaigns that target your customers and promote your distributor network. Communicate the advantages of buying from your authorized distributors so that you can create and maintain sales leads for your entire distributor network to make your GTM a success. Distribution Management: Refining Distribution Partner Performance Just as it is important to set up a distribution network, it is also important to manage it, optimize it through consistent efforts, and make sure it is a smooth-functioning ecosystem. Managing distribution businesses can empower your distribution teams to manage distributors and the way they sell your product. They can also enable partners to do more for the sales. Distribution management can be streamlined using a distribution management system (DMS). With the help of the following features, this platform helps you run your distribution network well: Partner Recruitment Easily deploy partner recruitment campaigns through single or multiple distributors. Target specific groups of partners through these campaigns to get them involved. Partner Onboarding Help your distribution partners bring on channel partners for short-term channel programs with high returns and low costs. Partner Training Enhance partner competency and development using partner training through the DMS system. Pipeline Management Keep track of how each distributor contributes to your pipeline growth and engage with distributors to increase revenue. Partner Enablement Use your distribution partners to drive multi-partner demand generation activities with co-branded content that your channel marketing teams create. Partner Incentives Deploy partner incentives to motivate distributors and partners they manage. Review their performance and approve their claims. Performance Optimization Get insights into how distribution partners are selling through business analytics and reports so you can accelerate sales, and in turn, boost your revenue. When you use a good distribution management system, you can manage multiple stakeholders, including resellers, distributors, and partners, along with your internal marketing, sales, and finance teams. Your distribution teams can look at sales through distributors and forecast future performance and partner pipelines. They can also use the system to run different programs and campaigns to meet the changing needs of their business. A U.S. Manufacturer Uses ZINFI Platform for Efficient and Effective Channel Marketing VERSATEX, a PVC building products manufacturer, used ZINFI’s partner portal to streamline its marketing so its partners could be more engaged. "We are using the ZINFI portal as our VERSATEX CRM, and it's been working out amazingly. We can track how the salespeople in the field are selling and quickly determine what's working and what's not," said Cassidy Huff, Channel Marketer at VERSATEX. Summing it Up A distribution strategy can revolutionize the way you sell your product in different markets. With the correct distribution channel and strategy, your product can reach your buyer considerably more quickly and help you achieve your revenue goals. FAQ What is a distribution channel? A distribution channel is a network of intermediaries like distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, and VARs that a company uses to get its product to its end user. What is the impact of distribution management on business? Efficiently managing distribution partners boosts company sales and profitability as it helps businesses streamline how fast and efficiently they distribute their products in the market. What is the difference between direct and indirect distribution channels? In a direct distribution channel, a company allows its manufacturer or service provider to deal directly with the end customer, whereas in an indirect distribution channel, a company relies on a network of distributors, wholesalers, and retailers to sell its products.

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Kentucky Teen Once Subject of Viral Video Warns Republicans of 'Outrage Mob'

Article | July 29, 2022

A Kentucky teen who became the subject of a viral video after an incident during a class field trip to Washington, D.C., warned viewers of the Republican National Convention Tuesday of an "outrage mob" that threatens to silence conservative viewpoints. After Nick Sandmann attended the March for Life anti-abortion rally with his former classmates from Covington Catholic High School in January 2019, a cellphone video of a close, face-to-face interaction between the students and a Native American demonstrator spread quickly online.

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How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Article | August 16, 2022

Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Many of these efforts are rooted in long-standing partnerships across sectors and institutions. As COVID-19 disrupted the lives of students, educators, and families earlier this year, EdClusters sprang into action, leveraging their capacity and reach in ways their networks were uniquely ready to do. Their collective efforts are meeting a range of needs—from internet access to devices to social-emotional supports. As schools prepare for uncertain and complex reopenings, we turn to Kansas City and Rhode Island for powerful examples of community in action.

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How Educators Kept Students on Track During Remote Learning

Article | August 21, 2020

This spring, COVID-19 led administrators across the country to close school buildings and support students learning from home. We asked three educators about how they handled this disruption and found creative solutions to keep students motivated and engaged using the online literacy program, Reading Plus. We looked at what we had at our disposal that would help with reading, the overall environment, and engagement. In the past, we used Reading Plus as an intervention. We considered how we could utilize it with more students during distance learning.

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Reprise Named to Ad Age Best Places to Work 2022

Reprise | January 25, 2022

Reprise, the performance marketing and eCommerce specialty agency of the IPG Mediabrands network, announced it was named to the Best Places to Work 2022 list by Ad Age, an influential publication that reaches key decision makers and disruptors across the marketing and media landscape. In this annual ranking of companies that lead the industry in areas including company culture, leadership, pay, and workplace benefits, Reprise was awarded for its high overall scores amongst companies with more than 200 employees. This award was chosen by the people who experience the company most closely. Ad Age conducted an analysis of survey responses from employees and questionnaires filled out by employers to determine the winners. The full list of winners is available in the print issue and online. Our team at Reprise makes our workplace what it is today and are helping to shape it for the future. We are in a unique position where our agency’s success is fueled both by the relationships with our clients and the strength of our partnerships across our network. Thank you and congratulations to our employees on earning this recognition, which is a celebration of their creative approach to our business and commitment to a vibrant and inclusive culture.” David Mataranglo, US CEO, Reprise Ad Age Best Places to Work 2022 honors 50 companies that did a standout job over the past year as the ad business rebounded, the talent pool tightened and the specter of COVID-19 remained omnipresent at work, at home—and at work at home. Reprise continued to grow at an accelerated pace through new business and organically, while the agency also welcomed talented new hires across the U.S. amidst a highly competitive marketplace. From senior leaders to early career professionals to career changers, Reprise attracted nearly 300 people to its community of specialists developing and applying their crafts in search, social, SEO, experience, commerce, media, and more. Together the team delivered industry award-winning work and created Flow for clients. Despite the pandemic’s difficulties, the Reprise team rose up to support each other, gave back to those in need, reconnected, and engaged on issues that mattered in the world and in their daily lives. Their joy and resilience also made it among the Best Places to Work. “The advertising business saw a healthy comeback and ad tech firms and health care agencies thrived, making 2021 a decidedly strong year for the industry,” said Dan Peres, associate publisher and editor-in-chief, Ad Age. “The pandemic continued to impact—and permanently change—how we work, and this year’s Ad Age Best Places to Work winners created the right culture and opportunities for their teams.” Ad Age’s Best Places to Work Methodology Ad Age’s scoring system factors in employee responses on topics including pay and benefits and seven other core focus areas (75% of the score) and a company’s policies and practices on areas including pay and benefits, work/life balance, recruitment, training and development (25% of the score). Ad Age produced Best Places to Work 2022 in partnership with Best Companies Group, a research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. The competition was open to agencies, ad tech firms, brand or corporate marketing departments or groups and in-house agencies of marketers. About Reprise Reprise is one of the world’s largest performance marketing networks, with over 3,000 experts across 68 offices in 45 markets. We offer a complete suite customer-centric performance marketing services including, but not limited to, Strategy, SEO, Paid Search, Social, eCommerce and Creative. Part of the Mediabrands division of the Interpublic Group, Reprise is headquartered in New York. To learn more about how we can empower your business, please visit www.reprisedigital.com now. About Ad Age Created in 1930 to cover a burgeoning industry with objectivity, accuracy and fairness, Ad Age continues to be powered by award-winning journalism. Today, Ad Age is a global media brand focusing on curated creativity, data and analysis, people and culture, and innovation and forecasting. From vital print editions to must-attend events and innovative platform offerings, Ad Age’s industry-leading content includes the coveted A-List & Creativity Awards, the Ad Age Next conference series and proprietary data including the Leading National Advertisers Report from the Ad Age Datacenter.

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Digital Marketer Spot On Acquires Smart Traffic Consulting

Spot On Agency | January 24, 2022

The Spot On Agency recently acquired Smart Traffic Consulting, known for its SEO/SEM expertise, in a move that continues to expand the agency's digital strategy and healthcare marketing services. Over the past four years, Spot On has partnered with Smart Traffic Consulting on a project basis, frequently working jointly on SEO optimization, site strategy and pay-per-click campaigns. Recently Spot On and Smart Traffic Consulting helped a healthcare SaaS company go from 800 monthly site visits to 20,000 and increase its domain authority by 416%. Given our strong track record of project wins over these past few years, we're very excited to cement our relationship with Smart Traffic and bring additional expertise and resources to our growing client base." Susie Kelley, Spot On's co-founder Spot On primarily serves companies in the healthcare software space, with an emphasis on digital marketing, web strategy & design, lead generation, content creation and branding. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Spot On focuses on sound digital strategy, providing a foundation for improvements to achieve performance goals, notes Kelley. As a HubSpot Solutions Partner, Spot On brings a data focus to all content marketing and advertising efforts. "We help companies define their ideal audience and think bigger, examining where prospects are feeling pain and identifying the ideal interaction, so we can create an optimal, data-driven plan together to best grow audience and convert into sales," she says. Smart Traffic Consulting was founded by Brian Cauble, a digital strategist who brings a wealth of experience in search advertising, site optimization and social. "I'm excited for the many new opportunities we'll have to help businesses gain more traffic and smarter traffic," Cauble says.

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Top SEO Agency determined to Improvise Industry Reputation for SEO

Outpace | December 30, 2021

After having several years of expertise in both the corporate and agency worlds, Summit Ghimire joined Outpace SEO in early 2020. Summit's ROI-driven approach aims to make him the best SEO business for his clients' long-term goals. Before the establishment of Outpace in 2020, Summit worked for various reputed organizations like AndWhat Media, Paycom, and Online Jewelry Store as the Head of SEO. The founder of Outpace, Summit Ghimire, completed his graduation degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Computer Science and possessed a Google Analytics certification. Summit manages the optimization strategy design, directing, and implementing SEO programs and initiatives as a head of SEO. Summit launched his own SEO company, Outpace, after gaining experience optimizing websites for both small and Fortune 500 companies. He is on a quest to improve the industry's reputation and the quality of SEO services. Many SEO firms over-promise on their outcomes, leaving clients disappointed. Summit and Outpace concentrate on and do an in-depth study on search engine algorithms in order to eliminate the guesswork associated with improving search rankings. In less than two years, Clutch Outpace has become the best SEO agency in Oklahoma. Summit's enthusiasm for SEO stems from successful campaigns he's run for hundreds of customers in various industries.

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Reprise Named to Ad Age Best Places to Work 2022

Reprise | January 25, 2022

Reprise, the performance marketing and eCommerce specialty agency of the IPG Mediabrands network, announced it was named to the Best Places to Work 2022 list by Ad Age, an influential publication that reaches key decision makers and disruptors across the marketing and media landscape. In this annual ranking of companies that lead the industry in areas including company culture, leadership, pay, and workplace benefits, Reprise was awarded for its high overall scores amongst companies with more than 200 employees. This award was chosen by the people who experience the company most closely. Ad Age conducted an analysis of survey responses from employees and questionnaires filled out by employers to determine the winners. The full list of winners is available in the print issue and online. Our team at Reprise makes our workplace what it is today and are helping to shape it for the future. We are in a unique position where our agency’s success is fueled both by the relationships with our clients and the strength of our partnerships across our network. Thank you and congratulations to our employees on earning this recognition, which is a celebration of their creative approach to our business and commitment to a vibrant and inclusive culture.” David Mataranglo, US CEO, Reprise Ad Age Best Places to Work 2022 honors 50 companies that did a standout job over the past year as the ad business rebounded, the talent pool tightened and the specter of COVID-19 remained omnipresent at work, at home—and at work at home. Reprise continued to grow at an accelerated pace through new business and organically, while the agency also welcomed talented new hires across the U.S. amidst a highly competitive marketplace. From senior leaders to early career professionals to career changers, Reprise attracted nearly 300 people to its community of specialists developing and applying their crafts in search, social, SEO, experience, commerce, media, and more. Together the team delivered industry award-winning work and created Flow for clients. Despite the pandemic’s difficulties, the Reprise team rose up to support each other, gave back to those in need, reconnected, and engaged on issues that mattered in the world and in their daily lives. Their joy and resilience also made it among the Best Places to Work. “The advertising business saw a healthy comeback and ad tech firms and health care agencies thrived, making 2021 a decidedly strong year for the industry,” said Dan Peres, associate publisher and editor-in-chief, Ad Age. “The pandemic continued to impact—and permanently change—how we work, and this year’s Ad Age Best Places to Work winners created the right culture and opportunities for their teams.” Ad Age’s Best Places to Work Methodology Ad Age’s scoring system factors in employee responses on topics including pay and benefits and seven other core focus areas (75% of the score) and a company’s policies and practices on areas including pay and benefits, work/life balance, recruitment, training and development (25% of the score). Ad Age produced Best Places to Work 2022 in partnership with Best Companies Group, a research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. The competition was open to agencies, ad tech firms, brand or corporate marketing departments or groups and in-house agencies of marketers. About Reprise Reprise is one of the world’s largest performance marketing networks, with over 3,000 experts across 68 offices in 45 markets. We offer a complete suite customer-centric performance marketing services including, but not limited to, Strategy, SEO, Paid Search, Social, eCommerce and Creative. Part of the Mediabrands division of the Interpublic Group, Reprise is headquartered in New York. To learn more about how we can empower your business, please visit www.reprisedigital.com now. About Ad Age Created in 1930 to cover a burgeoning industry with objectivity, accuracy and fairness, Ad Age continues to be powered by award-winning journalism. Today, Ad Age is a global media brand focusing on curated creativity, data and analysis, people and culture, and innovation and forecasting. From vital print editions to must-attend events and innovative platform offerings, Ad Age’s industry-leading content includes the coveted A-List & Creativity Awards, the Ad Age Next conference series and proprietary data including the Leading National Advertisers Report from the Ad Age Datacenter.

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Digital Marketer Spot On Acquires Smart Traffic Consulting

Spot On Agency | January 24, 2022

The Spot On Agency recently acquired Smart Traffic Consulting, known for its SEO/SEM expertise, in a move that continues to expand the agency's digital strategy and healthcare marketing services. Over the past four years, Spot On has partnered with Smart Traffic Consulting on a project basis, frequently working jointly on SEO optimization, site strategy and pay-per-click campaigns. Recently Spot On and Smart Traffic Consulting helped a healthcare SaaS company go from 800 monthly site visits to 20,000 and increase its domain authority by 416%. Given our strong track record of project wins over these past few years, we're very excited to cement our relationship with Smart Traffic and bring additional expertise and resources to our growing client base." Susie Kelley, Spot On's co-founder Spot On primarily serves companies in the healthcare software space, with an emphasis on digital marketing, web strategy & design, lead generation, content creation and branding. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Spot On focuses on sound digital strategy, providing a foundation for improvements to achieve performance goals, notes Kelley. As a HubSpot Solutions Partner, Spot On brings a data focus to all content marketing and advertising efforts. "We help companies define their ideal audience and think bigger, examining where prospects are feeling pain and identifying the ideal interaction, so we can create an optimal, data-driven plan together to best grow audience and convert into sales," she says. Smart Traffic Consulting was founded by Brian Cauble, a digital strategist who brings a wealth of experience in search advertising, site optimization and social. "I'm excited for the many new opportunities we'll have to help businesses gain more traffic and smarter traffic," Cauble says.

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Top SEO Agency determined to Improvise Industry Reputation for SEO

Outpace | December 30, 2021

After having several years of expertise in both the corporate and agency worlds, Summit Ghimire joined Outpace SEO in early 2020. Summit's ROI-driven approach aims to make him the best SEO business for his clients' long-term goals. Before the establishment of Outpace in 2020, Summit worked for various reputed organizations like AndWhat Media, Paycom, and Online Jewelry Store as the Head of SEO. The founder of Outpace, Summit Ghimire, completed his graduation degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Computer Science and possessed a Google Analytics certification. Summit manages the optimization strategy design, directing, and implementing SEO programs and initiatives as a head of SEO. Summit launched his own SEO company, Outpace, after gaining experience optimizing websites for both small and Fortune 500 companies. He is on a quest to improve the industry's reputation and the quality of SEO services. Many SEO firms over-promise on their outcomes, leaving clients disappointed. Summit and Outpace concentrate on and do an in-depth study on search engine algorithms in order to eliminate the guesswork associated with improving search rankings. In less than two years, Clutch Outpace has become the best SEO agency in Oklahoma. Summit's enthusiasm for SEO stems from successful campaigns he's run for hundreds of customers in various industries.

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