Did you know that search engine marketing could help a 501(c)(3) too?

I sat on the Board of the Edgewater Development Corporation for five years and co-chaired its Marketing Committee.  If you are familiar with not-for-profit organization you know that they are frequently (and increasingly) under funded.  So a Google Grant that I help arrange for the organization is coming in very handy.  It is an in-kind grant that powers an AdWords campaign on Google to up to $10,000 per month.  It has multiplied traffic to the website year-over-year again again. This goes a long way in promoting the mission of the EDC: to attract business to the Edgewater neighborhood.  It also has the benefit of increasing the total amount of funding to the organization that can be claimed in future grant applications.

Search engine marketing is effective for many small to medium sized for-profit businesses, too.  VisitSearchEngineMarketingChicago.com to read about some of the companies that we’ve helped market. Call 773.769.7362 to discuss what sem[c] can do for your business… be it for profit or non-profit.

The opposite of SEO is called “de-listed”

SEO can help if you get delisted!

What’s worse than Google not listing your site?

How about getting completely removed from any listing of your site on Google after you are on the first page of returns? This is called delisting. Unfortunately it can happen as it did to one of clients last week. SEO can help you get relisted after the problem that caused the delisting is solved. sem[c] can help you with both.

How could this happen to one of my clients you ask?  The answer is that this client had opted to not have us monitor their site. They had enjoyed first place SERP on the first page of Google for so long they didn’t think it was necessary. But, their webserver got hacked by what looked like a botnet which is a criminal software that spammers use to take over computers all over the world. The spamming activity it was performing certainly led to the delisting.

Why would you do? Would you even know? My client only noticed after I became involved in solving the problem. The website statistics show that the delisting occurred several weeks earlier. It must be noted that the graphic design company who designed the site as well as the coder that they employed to implement the site neither noticed the problems nor were able to fix it.

How do you recover? You need to make sure any and all problems are fixed properly.  Then you need to begin the relisting process which is just slightly more complicated than getting listed in the first place.

Have we seen the end of the cold call?

When’s the last time that you successfully reached a prospect with a cold call? With today’s sophisticated phone trees and voicemail systems you could make many, many calls before actually speaking to a human being let alone a person that could benefit your business. Then, what’s the odds that the person who you reach actually needs what you have right then?

On the other hand, it’s really nice when business comes your way from an inbound cold call, isn’t it? You can get more of that type of call with Internet marketing.

Internet marketing puts your contact information in a context that lets your self-qualified prospects easily find you. sem[c]’s effective integration of search engine marketing and optimization can get results right away. An attorney recently came to us after being with a large service provider who provided no leads at all in more than four months. The day after we started his campaign he made an appointment to discuss estate planning after receiving a cold call from our campaign.

That’s the kind of response that you can expect from SearchEngineMarketingChicago.com – contact us to start getting leads for you business.

You might never need to make a cold call ever again.

Why SEM?

Why not SEM?

It seems to me that while everyone has heard about Google and most people choose Google when they search for something, few people have discovered how great a tool it can be for getting new business by making the fullest possible use of your website.

You can improve the business results from your website by using the proved search engine marketing techniques that we’ve developed at sem[c]. In very competitive businesses you get more visitors when your name appears at the top of the list of search results at Google. We saw this happen recently with a big increase in clicks the first day that my personal injury attorney client appeared at the top of the page.

I have increased the traffic to a spa’s website by ten times very quickly and at a very reasonable cost without even waiting for Google to index the site.

No one can guarantee that people that visit your website will make you money. I do believe that people who will make you money will look at your website.

One great thing about the Web is that you can get great information about who is visiting a website, where they came from, what they were searching for and what they looked at. Let me know if you’d like to look at some real metrics.