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Wisconsin entrepreneurs and Wisconsin business owners already wear many hats, are pulled in every direction, work non-stop, put out fires, pay bills, and manage payroll all in an average day of work.  The added responsibility to ensure that the business is found in local search is not just another task, but a critical one for the survival and successful longevity of the endeavor.

There are two ways to label your images:  In the context of search engine optimization, most people seem to “get” the importance of keywords and links but images are often overlooked.  I’m not just referencing images on the company website, but also those used for social media posts, content, and just about anything that can be posted and shared online.  Labeling your images can be accomplished by using “alt text,” (alternative text), and/or “image title.”  Both are considered ‘tags.’   Depending upon the browser you’re using, you’ll likely to see one or the other when ‘hoovering’ over a picture. In regards to their purpose, however, these two labeling actions are not created equal when attempting to optimize for better Google Search Results.

Picture Titles vs Alt Text for Images:  Adding an image title is a simple task, usually found through basic image display settings.  Just as it sounds, it’s basically just a label that’s relevant, short, and catchy.  An image text is meant primarily for visitors.

Alt text or alternate text is an attribute added to an image tag in HTML and is more important for crawlers.  Depending where you’re placing your image, you may need to select the “gear” logo or “advanced image settings” drop-down. After completion, your “alt text,” will show inside the image box outline when the image can’t be displayed. It helps search engines understand what your image pertains to.  Alternate text is also very helpful in case images on a page cannot be found, or if someone has chosen to disable images on their browsers.  Without it, your photo may be seen as an empty box icon.  (Not ideal.)  In addition, Google can’t see your photo, but it can see your alt text!

 Image Tagging Best Practices:  If you’re still confused about how to tag your images to provide the most results, do both! Use just a couple of keywords, keep them short and sweet.   Adding a title and alt text to your images will help search engines “read” them and add value to your efforts. It never hurts to include a title for those looking at the image, and an alt text for crawlers indexing the image.

For more information, digital strategies and services for entrepreneurs and business owners, visit The Leaning Tree Marketing website, and follow the links below.

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IT and Marketing Merge Creating a Diversified Skillset

Marketing and IT people have traditionally been located at different ends of the corporate building.  This is because they were truly focused on different aspects of business and spoke different languages.  Marketing people were seen as more creative, and IT people more ‘process-driven.’  Today, that scenario is changing, and it’s changing fast.   Only those business leaders who understand the IT and marketing merge are setting the foundation for shared objectives and long-term digital conversion success.

marketing-technology-previewCurrent Demands:  There’s no doubt about it…marketing and IT worlds have begun to merge!  It’s happening naturally and maybe even accidentally?  Current demands are that marketing professionals create effective campaigns that are dependent on customer experiences and the integration of advanced technology; constantly learning and re-inventing the wheel to meet initiatives.  CMO’s and CIO’s have to come together as leaders and communicate in order for any digital marketing process to be effective.

Digital Marketing:   Digital marketing technologies enable marketers to drive customer engagement through an evolution of online customer acquisition channels. Although they may be more difficult to quantify, these digital trends use IT components to influence potential prospects into conversions:  Content marketing, Mobile marketing, Social Media marketing, Marketing Automation and Target Marketing over online ad channels.

Search Engine & Conversion Rate:  Optimization of these two digital marketing trends have an enormous effect on success vs failure of any campaign.  Both are managed through the understanding and interpretation of analytics.

The Expectations:  Marketers have to be on top of the fast-paced data driven environment to remain relevant.  Digital marketers like myself who thrive on this skill set, have the opportunity to become far more influential and valuable than those who do not.  Graph by www.forrester.com/home

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