Internet Marketing

When speaking with clients we often receive questions about the difference between a Facebook Business Page’s posts, boosted posts and paid advertising because Facebook offers many ways for businesses to reach their customers.   Facebook Business Pages With your Facebook business page, you can post pictures, videos, links and plain text. Posting as your business […]

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Top 5 Can’t-Miss Builders’ Show Sessions

| Megan English

Every year we take a long, hard look at all the sales and marketing sessions on the IBS Education Grid and choose a few (5 to be exact) that we find to be the most compelling, cutting-edge, or just downright fun. It’s a daunting task, as there are so many great topics and even more […]

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Essential Ingredients for a Successful Blog Post

| Jenna Verrecchio

You probably already know how important content marketing is for your business; especially blogging, which can help increase search engine rankings and generate more leads. But blogging is more than just giving your customers information. Here are 9 essential ingredients to help you take your business blog from so-so to share-worthy and successful. Attention-Grabbing Headline […]

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Content Marketing: You’re Doing It Wrong

| Megan English

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault, you may not even be doing it at all. Maybe you just don’t know what the heck it is (hold on…we’ll explain). At any rate, content marketing has a lot of buzz, a vast definition and a big, fat gray area when it comes to results. Let’s break down […]

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Social media hits its stride.

| Beverly Bankert

If you have been following the annual Marketing Pulse over the past few years, you know we like to keep a close eye on the influence and effectiveness of social media campaigns. As a digital marketing agency specializing in the builder industry, it’s quite exciting to watch the community not only embrace Facebook, Google+,  Twitter, […]

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Facebook Webinar: Wed, December 17th at Noon CT

| Dennis O'Neil

Next Wednesday, December 17th at Noon Central Time, we are honored to be participating in Smart Touch Interactive’s professional webinar series. For about 40-45 minutes, we’ll be discussing builder social media participation trends, the measurable results they’ve seen (and not seen), and discuss specific tactics that have proved successful in driving traffic. I really, really, […]

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Mobile vs. Desktop. Who’s on the Ropes?

| Dennis O'Neil

In this final installment of the mid-year 2014 Builder Web Stats report, we dive into the trends of mobile device usage and traffic. Mobile device traffic has been on the rise since we’ve been measuring it, but has more recently hit some major milestones. Watch the video now for a can’t miss perspective on how […]

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Where Social Media wins and Twitter Fails

| Dennis O'Neil

For many many years now, marketers have been beating the social media drum. With hesitation, many home builders have adopted some level of social media in their overall strategy. Even today, and rightfully so, we’re so often asked about the ROI of social media. Does it work? Does it help? What networks do we have […]

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Do you need more traffic? Or the right traffic?

| Dennis O'Neil

All marketing budgets have their limits. I wish we could do it all. There are so many amazing opportunities in digital marketing, deciding where best to utilize those limited resources is not an easy decision. The best answers can only be given based on a personalized review of circumstances and goals, but the question is so […]

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Is a Bounce Good or Bad?

| Dennis O'Neil

We’re now in our 4th year of Builder Web Stats reporting, and this may be the last time we include a global bounce rate statistic. After logging more than 10,000,000 page views, the ability to learn something valuable from this number alone may not be possible. “How does our bounce rate compare with other builders?” […]

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We’ve already established in our post from yesterday afternoon that social media is easy to start, but hard to maintain, and even harder to maintain well. It seems as though, by analyzing our Pulse results, that more builders are leveraging outside help to manage, or at least supplement the management, of their social media efforts. […]

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Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

| Dennis O'Neil

If you haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine, I invite you to check it out here. It was a special honor to contribute again to this issue of the magazine. As part of a panel of Internet marketing leaders in our industry, I participated in a Q&A session lead […]

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This is How Home Builders Succeed with Live Chat

| Dennis O'Neil

Live chat can be a valuable tool to convert more website browsers into conversations. However, just like any conversation tool, it’s only as good as the conversationalist. Clients who have good salespeople at the other end of the chat request, by far, see the best results from the tool. I get asked a lot about […]

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A Glimpse into the (not so distant) Future? [UPDATED]

| Dennis O'Neil

A few week ago Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) tweeted a photo from inside the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The photo, as you can see below shows how the hotel manager rolls around the hotel while remaining stationary. As you can see, this rolling stand with an iPad mounted on top allows the hotel manager […]

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