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Content Marketing: You’re Doing It Wrong

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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The end of 2014 marked another banner year at ONeil Interactive. We welcomed new clients. We expanded our expert team.  And, most notably, we launched websites and digital marketing campaigns that reinforce our organization’s guiding passion and mission — to develop innovative solutions that connect homebuilders and prospective buyers. But all work and no play […]

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The Marketing Pulse, Stand Out, and IBS 2015

It has been a busy 2015, and we’re just getting started. January included both the release of insights from ONeil Interactive’s 4th annual Pulse report and my Stand Out! presentation with Dawn Sadler at the International Builders’ Show. If you were not able to make it to our Sales Central presentation, you can download the […]

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Social media hits its stride.

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 is Your Bridge to Mobile Users

Half of home shoppers are using mobile devices, but how do you make sure they find you on the small screen? Many people still feel like social media – Facebook included – isn’t necessary for marketing success. While that question can be debated, it doesn’t hurt to be found online outside of your website. Facebook […]

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To OSC, or not to OSC.

Two years ago in this very blog, we referred to the Online Sales Counselor role as a “short-term solution…and a dependency drug we’re dealing to our sales teams.” It was one of ONeil Interactive’s most discussed (and hotly debated) posts to date, but were these remarks off base? The jury is still out, but it […]

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Google, Mobile, and World Domination

How are people going to find your website? You might have your own ideas, but the data says if you’re looking to be found online…it’s likely going to happen via Google. Don’t believe us? Put your seat belt on! Traffic coming from Google to builder websites jumped from 52% in 2013 up to 62% in […]

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Did You Miss the Facebook Webinar?

If you missed Dennis’s webinar in December, then we have some good news. “Facebook Fact & Fiction. Real Numbers. Real Engagement. More Sales” is now available on YouTube in its entirety, and you can watch in just 34 minutes. If you don’t see the video below, click here to watch it now. You can download […]

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Take the Marketing Pulse Survey Today

The end of the year brings an extra kind of excitement for us data nerds. We’re reflecting on this year’s accomplishments and focused on next year’s goals, but we’re also excited about the hunt for hard numbers; the numbers that tell the story of marketing successes and failures in 2014, and point the way to […]

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Facebook Webinar: Wed, December 17th at Noon CT

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?

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

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?

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?

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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Awards. We got ‘em.

On Thursday, May 1st, the Home Builders Association of Maryland, our hometown association, held its annual MAX Awards. As usual, we were excited to attend the party. The MAX Awards are like the Oscars for our local industry. It’s the night we get to come together as an industry and celebrate our successes as well […]

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Just a Heads Up – Scheduled Downtime

Good news! Builder WebPress servers are getting an upgrade. This means an faster page load times and an even better user experience for your website visitors. This upgrade will be taking place this evening between the times of 7-10pm EST and may have a minor impact on your website’s availability. Never fear. This scheduled downtime […]

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Builders Adopt the Mobile Web in a BIG Way

Builders responded to consumers demand for mobile usage in BIG way in 2013, with 86% now reporting having a mobile friendly website, up from 53% just a year ago. Like we stated in the Sales & Marketing Pulse 2013, not having a mobile website now puts you in the minority, and provides a uniquely poor […]

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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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