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January 7, 2009

Cool trick for SEO heads: See Search Rankings in Google Analytics

Andre Scholten introduces a cool use for custom filters in Google Analytics. This method... while not exactly elegant... it does give you a way to see what page your most popular keywords rank on. The level of specificity leaves something to be desired. Are you ranking #1 on the first page, or #10 on the first page?

On a related point, I've never understood why Google Analytics doesn't integrate a search ranking tool. It was an integration I predicted when Google first purchased Urchin many years ago, but has yet to come to fruition.

Quick Note: You can view your custom reports in analytics in: visitors -> user defined

December 29, 2008

Marketing should drive your organization

Last week I was talking with a client who recently took a position at a new company. The new company was in the same industry that they'd worked in before. They were concerned about the lack of growth and poor revenue numbers for the product lines they managed. After some lengthy discussion it became apparent that nothing was wrong with their marketing tactics. In fact, they were implementing the tactics & programs that had previously driven growth.

The issue is a strategic one. The company wasn't positioned in a way that allowed them to differentiate from the competition. They didn't have a unique narrative that would persuade customers to choose them over the competition. They weren't the cheapest, and they weren't the biggest. They were a "me too" firm and had to work way too hard to win business. In their current incarnation, there wasn't anything unique about them.

The reality is that the only way they can succeed in their crowded marketplace is to re-orient their company. This means new messaging, but also operational changes that will re-inforce that message. And these changes are the real key to whether, or not they succeed. This is a big challenge for them. The marketing team has to drive major changes in the organization in order for their message to stick in the minds of their customers. They have to convince the internal skeptics that the risk in changing is worth it, and the risk in not changing is even greater.

Often you'll see a company re-brand and introduce a new message, but that's all that changes. This is great for the advertising company that charged for the re-brand, but it doesn't mean the company lives up to the message. And if the company doesn't meet the expectations of their messaging then consumers will see right through it.

December 23, 2008

Singing Squirrels & Happy Holidays

It's that time of year again. Time to fire up the yule log, cook up some latkes, and chow down on some fruit cake. And in the holiday spirit let's all gather round to listen to the timeless animated musical stylings of our very own Creative Director Jason Buff.

Jason recorded this track out of his home studio (distorting his voice to squirrel like registers), and then created & animated the squirrel of his holiday dreams.

Click Below to View the 2008 NeboWeb Holiday Greeting & We Hope You Enjoy:

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from NeboWeb

NeboWeb would like to wish everyone, especially our clients, employees, vendors, families, and friends, a happy Thanksgiving!   We hope that everyone is enjoying great food & drink, spending time with family and friends, relaxing, watching football, and having a great holiday.

NeboWeb has a lot to be thankful for.  We have wonderful clients.  We have talented, driven, and loyal employees.  We have been given amazing opportunities to work on exciting projects.  We are honored and thankful for the opportunity to work with each of you.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend and thank you again for allowing us to be part of your lives.