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Enterprise SEO Services and How They Vary

To some the definition of enterprise SEO services may be unclear. If you’re a marketer at a fortune 500 company chances are you’re dealing with a massive marketing strategy that has several different moving parts. What you need most is a strategic partner that does effective enterprise SEO and gets results. You need to be able to easily present those results on a regular basis in a format that makes sense for meetings and in conjunction with other aspects of your marketing strategy.

We don’t have any fancy proprietary software, we don’t charge outrageous rates, we just deliver real results. Our primary goal is to make our clients life easier! This is the inherent value that our enterprise SEO services provide.

The Varying Definitions of Enterprise SEO Services

While enterprise SEO is technically any SEO work that is done on a site with more than 1,000 pages, a quick search in google will reveal that there are several different schools of thought. There are some SEO companies that rely solely on a proprietary software, others have entire offshore teams doing tedious digital labor across thousands of pages and some companies simply do high quality SEO work at a large scale for larger companies or sometimes simply larger websites.

Enterprise SEO Services That Use Proprietary Software

The upside of a service of this nature is that they are typically fast and cheap. The software will likely perform audits that show areas within your site or among Google’s search engine result pages (aka SERP’s) that you can improve.

The downside is that most of the time these companies don’t actually implement the changes for you. You have to look at the data their software compiles and then hire a firm to make adjustments to your website, pay your existing techs, etc.

Enterprise SEO Services That Use Offshore Teams

This used to be a standard among SEO firms but is a bit less popular now days. The reason being is that Google’s algorithms have become more human. When you hire an offshore team for SEO you typically get what you pay for. It’s much cheaper but the work is usually shoddy and written in broken English. In modern SEO you need to speak smoothly in your writing just like a human would. Google can see when you are attempting to game their algorithms and a lot of times offshoring important copy writing tasks can hurt your search rankings more than help them.

Local Enterprise SEO Services That Work at Scale

The third and final school of thought we will cover for enterprise SEO services is local agencies that work at scale. Apex Digital Media would fall into this category. So what does it mean?

We write frequently about the subject of enterprise SEO services as these are something a lot of our clients utilize. For more detailed information read our original Enterprise SEO guide here.

Our team can show you countless examples of the companies for which we’ve gotten stellar results. We have been tried and tested, and we have proven our ability to keep up with the SEO industry and stay on top of changes. You won’t find any SEO expert waiting to be hired by a private company who has a track record like ours. If you want the best enterprise SEO services available, you simply cannot do better.

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Organic SEO – 5 Reasons to Take it Seriously in 2018

Organic SEO is one of the most important tasks any modern business will undertake. Maintaining visibility in organic search for relevant terms, that is the goal. Sure there are other avenues to advertise but search has real intent behind it! If someone types “buy a car” into Google and you sell cars appearing in those results is a no brainer.

Search is also trusted. In fact, in a recent Forrester Research poll, it ranked as 3rd being beat only by email from people you know and consumer product reviews.

Organic SEO is the #3 most trusted way customers can find you

Everyone uses Google but some marketing experts will argue that the value of search is diminishing. As they grow Google offers more and more to their users directly on the results page. Studies show that click rates have decreased over the years, mobile search is on the rise… so is it still really worthwhile to invest in great organic SEO? Here are a few statistics we think prove that it is…

1. In 2017, Google accounted for over 79% of all global desktop search traffic – that’s substantial.

2. More Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the U.S. and Japan.

3. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day.

4. 72% of consumers who did a local search visited a store within five miles.

5. According to Andrey Lipattsev, Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google, high-quality content and link building are the two most important signals used by Google to rank your website for search.

So there you have it… don’t neglect one of the most important factors in your marketing arsenal. Invest in organic SEO.

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The Top Digital Media Companies Are Set Up to Never Stop Innovating

Is it true that the top digital media companies are set up to never stop innovating? Harvard Business Review thinks so.

But let’s venture outside the business world for a moment to the realm of esoterics and philosophy. A very wise man known as Bruce Lee, (you may have heard of him) once said:

心無旁騖, 柔若流水, 無形無相
“Don’t think, feel… Be like water, my friend.”

To be successful in the business world the top digital media companies have to be fluid – like water. Constantly able to change and adapt to a marketplace that can switch gears at lightning speeds. It doesn’t show any chance of slowing down either. As technology continues to make huge jumps forward many of the businesses to steeped in old ways loose footing to younger, more nimble competitors.

Here is a list of traits that Harvard Business Review cites as advantages companies who continually evolve will have over competitors.

  • Dramatic reductions in the time it takes to make critical product enhancements
  • The ability to test new ideas quickly and cheaply, run experiments, and back out if there are any problems
  • Large decreases in costs by eliminating the waste of fully developing features that fail in the market
  • Rapid revenue increases from products that are continually on target, with more and better features, or functionality, every day
  • Improvements in quality, reductions in errors, and greater reliability.

These are all traits you can visibly see in today’s top digital media companies – not only here in the US but in the world at large.

Another quality that top digital media companies share is the ability to keep solid ongoing customer relationships. Author Brad Power of HBR puts it like this:

To maintain perpetual customer relationships, they emphasize services over product transactions. Companies that sell physical products such as computers, cars, and refrigerators often lose touch with their customers soon after the purchase — or at least when the warranty period lapses. (“No news from customers is good news,” the thinking can go.) But companies selling online products and services need to regard their customer relationships as continuous ones: “We track how our product is performing for you as long as you own it, and if it’s not performing, it’s our obligation to fix it.”

At the end of the day the argument is that top digital media companies are, like most companies in the digital age, the ones who are constantly evolving and have the ability to pivot quickly. The future of business is online and so the companies able to streamline and be successful in these areas are the ones who will eventually come out on top. As you might guess, Apex Digital Media is one of these companies.

Read the full piece at Harvard Business Review here.

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The 3 Types of Los Angeles Social Media Management Agencies

I have worked in digital marketing in one form or another for over 15 years. So I’ve witnessed the evolution of different technologies first hand and seen “the next big thing” come and go a few times. I have been a participant in the Silicon Beach economy where tech meets entertainment. I’ve also watched, and participated in, the evolution of Los Angeles Social Media Management Agencies.

As this evolution came about I noticed something interesting. Just about every agency calling themselves a “Social Media Agency” falls into a category. That is there are different types of Social Media Agencies. They have different skillsets and different value propositions. None of them are necessarily better than the other, each just specializes in different areas.

3 Main Categories for Los Angeles Social Media Management Agencies

As a service to the public at large we thought it would be worthwhile to break down the 3 different kinds of Los Angeles social media management agencies as we see them. This is a quickly growing field of expertise and could evolve further in 2018 – but this is where we are at today.

1 – The Social Media Influencer Agency

I got my feet wet working at a social media agency in Hollywood called Digital Media Management. They are still around and still doing big things. When I first began working for Luigi back in 2011 there weren’t really any of these types of agencies in existence. He was definitely one of, if not the first in this space. Now you can find them everywhere – The Audience & IZEA are a couple more that come to mind. The premise is simple – if you’re famous or have any degree of fame (actress, sports icon, YouTube star, etc.) you can use this influence to make money. A famous actress has a huge social media following and it can be another stream of income in addition to what she’s making from TV, Movies, voiceovers, etc. That was the premise of the influencer agency initially. Over time as social media has evolved so has the influencer agency model. A celebrity can be their own brand now and command high dollars from product endorsements or simply leveraging their social channels in existing endorsement deals they may have.

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2 – The Strictly Social Media Agency

As social media evolved into a more relevant part of the marketing landscape we saw the simultaneous rise of the strictly social media agency. Agencies like Stark, HYFN or Social Vantage are almost strictly social media management & advertising agencies. Their core is social media and social media only… they don’t do much else. Due to the changing landscape a lot of these agencies now also offer content & SEO, a lot of them website design services as well.

The saturation of this market proves something – the importance of social media. When social media first became a mainstream item I remember people laughing at the idea of having a “social media manager.” “You mean like someone to do my tweets for me? bah ha ha ha ha” was usually the tone. Those people aren’t laughing anymore if they run a business. In 2017, 2018 and beyond the importance of having a strong social media presence is only growing.

3 – The Full Service Digital & Social Media Agency

Finally in our list of los angeles social media management agencies, we reach the peak. The full service digital & social media agency. Apex Digital Media falls into this category so we obviously think it’s the best and we’re obviously a little bit biased. Allow me to explain the rationale behind this judgement – and then you can decide whether or not our bias is warranted.

In the modern digital economy you have a digital brand that is completely interconnected. From your website & blog to your social media channels, SEO & paid advertising, customer service & community, etc. All aspects of your digital brand should be working in concert. The benefit of a full service agency like us is that we carefully consider your digital marketing strategy with all of these brand assets in mind. The website is the foundation, You have to have great SEO and a mobile optimized website. From there you want that SEO to carry over to your social media channels and landing pages for pay per click. The reason we believe a full service approach is the best is that in our experience it is the most thorough. It positions a brand to develop a higher level strategy and execute more efficiently as everything is working together and rowing in the same direction.

We understand that these categories are pretty general. There are so many agencies in today’s market that of course we may have glossed over some of the more obscure, niche specific agencies but we feel like these 3 categories are an accurate representation of los angeles social media management agencies on the whole. If you have something to add please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

If you are looking for a top notch agency to manage your marketing and social strategy, look no further. Fill out the form below and start a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Content and SEO – The Undeniable Connection

Content and SEO are undeniably intertwined in today’s online ecosystem. To be a good content marketer you need to understand SEO. To be truly great at SEO you need to understand content marketing.

If you doubt the value or effectiveness of content on any level I urge you to read this report by Ascend 2 on “The Most Effective SEO Tactics.” Here you will clearly see how content and SEO work together. For a 57% majority of marketing influencers, on-page content development is effective. This ranks it as the most effective means of SEO.

content and seo are the most effective combination

Organic search is still where the largest amount of traffic is available. Some may argue that the user intent behind search is also the most valuable type of traffic out there. A person who is searching for something is more likely to click through and interact with your brand once they find it. Think about it, if you are optimized for keywords like “buy a car” and you’re an auto dealership – you’re sitting in a great spot. A person searching “buy a car” is more than likely looking to buy a car. This principle gets a bit more dicey once you move to venues like social media or banner advertising. It’s been proven that there isn’t much real intent behind banner clicks. Some studies have even found blank banners actually get more clicks than banners with actual images on them. Go figure.

Content and SEO Should Be Your Bread & Butter

Knowing what you know now, content – search engine optimized content should be your core discipline when it comes to marketing. Content can take on a variety of forms. It can be blog posts, it can be video shorts, it can be long videos, infographics, etc. Google’s algorithms pay close attention to several factors when ranking web pages. One of them is shelf life. If you have a search optimized piece of content that’s shinier and newer than someone else’s the chances are good you will get some quick visibility from that initial publishing. On the other hand, sites that have been up longer tend to have a larger amount of backlinks as a result. So content is both your long and short game – new content gets you visible quickly, and the proliferation of content day after day spreads your brands tentacles out into the web… making you visible in corners of the web you never even dreamed existed.

Content and SEO – Images & Video

While keyword optimized articles like this one are a great way to get your foot in the door don’t forget the future is video. YouTube is also the world’s 2nd largest search engine. So think about this – if you have a keyword optimized article, with a keyword optimized video embedded in it – you’re now double visible in both Google search and YouTube video search.

Images are another area that is heavily overlooked by marketers. Google Image Search gets a huge volume of searches. If you are not optimizing your images with alt tags and making sure they are visible in search you are missing out on another big stream of potential traffic.

Declining Click Through Rates in Search

A recent comment from Rand Fishkin:

34% of searches get no clicks at all. If we look at all search queries (not just distinct ones), those numbers shift to a straight 60%/40% split. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that over time, we get closer and closer to Google solving half of search queries without a click.”

Due to mobile use and several other factors click through rates are declining in search. So while SEO can help you be visible how do you get the user to the page? The smart money is on Google Rich Answers – which will allow you to pipe elements of your content directly into the SERP via SEO tactics. Area’s like this are why just knowing how to create content isn’t enough in today’s world. You have to have a little bit of science behind you as well.

So as you can see, content and SEO are very closely linked. Any wise marketer knows how to combine these two disciplines for maximum effectiveness.

If you need help with your digital marketing don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Rise of the Social Media Agency

Social Media didn’t really become mainstream until the advent of MySpace. Before that there were obscure social networks like “Friendster” and Facebook existed but was only available to college students. Once Facebook opened it’s doors to the public around 2007, you began to see the real power of social media. With the rise of social platforms – came the rise of the social media agency.

Around 2011 I helped to build “The Women’s Influencer Network” while at Digital Media Management. At that time a social media agency was almost a laughable prospect. Instagram was barely a year old and social media in general belonged to the youth. YouTube influencers were beginning to become a thing but overall Google search had an almost unmistakable monopoly on real web traffic.

With the advent of the smartphone and the gradual shift of the public to mobile devices social networks have increasingly become a destination. Platforms have evolved accordingly, Facebook had zero advertising when it originally launched but is now arguably one of the most effective digital advertising channels available to marketers. Over time they organically introduced ads that while visible are not incredibly obtrusive to users. It’s easy to scroll past or skip most of the ads. The ads keep the platform free to users and give advertisers worlds of data they never dreamed they’d have access to.

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To see real success on Facebook, though, requires advertising experiments and a working knowledge of the digital landscape. This is where the social media agency becomes a real value to a business.

You may not be ready to wear a lab coat, but you can hire a team of certified scientists to help give you an edge. Facebook targeted ads are more in line with “interrupt advertising” as opposed to search, which is intent-driven based on the keywords that are entered by the user. A strategic campaign integrates all elements of a company’s digital brand. Social channels are now one of the most important.

But all audiences are different, they respond differently to different things. This is another place that a professional social media agency can provide real value. As a business you don’t have time to experiment with social campaigns and data. Hiring out to a professional agency not only takes this task off your plate – a real agency has multiple clients that they can compare your data against. A lot of times this can make a social media agency even more effective than an in house team.

No two audiences are the same. At the end of the day effective social management is about drawing in the people that care most about your brand and doing the things that work best with your audience. Any great social media agency will sit down with you and ask questions that can be answered with data. Once those questions have been answered they will be able to execute in the most effective way possible.

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The Value of Enterprise SEO Services

We write a lot about enterprise SEO services. The reason being some of our oldest clients happen to be enterprise SEO jobs. One client in particular – we have been working on for almost 3 years now continually.

Why Enterprise SEO Services are Important

This client is an e-commerce company. They sell a ton of products and have a huge website with over 70,000 pages. As you can imagine this is a lot of work, there are a ton of images and a whole lot of text to be optimized. That’s where professional enterprise SEO services, from a company such as ours come in to play.

Aside from being a massive sales funnel, this website is also tied to a brick and mortar store. A lot of the inventory and the pages on the site could also be locally optimized if the brand so chose. Instead what they tend to do is use the e-commerce site as a means of selling additional inventory. In some cases items they’re not already selling in their brick and mortar store. Not only does this give them additional channels to liquidate inventory through, it also makes their business much more diverse as a whole.

We have been doing work for this company for going on three years. Their website has over 70,000 pages and is one of the larger jobs we have done. If all goes well, we will probably still be doing it in another couple years as long as the company continues to sell products. We have seen other vendors come and go, but we continue to do what we do best and they continue to give us work.

A Case Study on Enterprise SEO Services

Let us show you firsthand the value of the work that we are doing for this company. The company itself spends a lot of money not just on our enterprise SEO services but also on other means of advertising themselves. They spend money on pay per click in Google AdWords.  So how can we clearly and decisively show the difference between the results of our enterprise SEO services and the advertising the company is doing?

enterprise seo services - knives

That is where “knives” come in. At the time we started to do SEO for this brand, Google AdWords would not allow you to advertise certain items they had deemed unfit for their ecosystem. Knives  were one of those items at that particular time. As a result, our client was not advertising the knives and any increase in traffic on those knives would have to have been from the enterprise SEO services performed by Apex Digital Media.

Analytics from Apex Enterprise SEO Services

We started the job in July of 2015. As you can see from the analytics screenshot above, there was clearly an increase in traffic to the brands “knives” page. We can also show direct google search traffic coming to several of the sub-pages underneath this root category. It is safe to assume any increase in traffic to these products is a direct result of the enterprise SEO services performed by Apex. Since these products were not being advertised on Google AdWords and no budget was being spent to advertise them in any other venues.

Additionally, this company is still a client and has been for almost 3 years they obviously see the value of the work that we are doing. If they did not they would have stopped using our services a long time ago.

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Westlake Village SEO Companies w/ Proven Results

When you search for the keyword Westlake Village SEO A couple of things are apparent. First, there aren’t a lot of SEO companies in Westlake Village. Second, there is no content available about SEO by Westlake Village companies. Apex is based in Beverly Hills but my home office is in this general area so I thought it would be interesting to check the results for Westlake Village. Rather than writing more general SEO tutorial type stuff you can already get from just about anywhere, I thought we would look at the results for this search term and walk through them.

Maps Listings For Location Value

The first area most serious SEO customers are going to look at is Google maps. This is usually a pretty good indicator of which company has an actual location in the area.

Westlake Village SEO - Google Maps

We can see right away that there’s a company called Sachs Marketing Group and they have about 8 reviews. I am pretty familiar with the online marketing space so when I see a company like this without any name recognition there are a couple of concerns I have. Usually I will check to see if there is a person’s name on their website and a physical address. In this case they have a physical address but there’s no name or a picture of any individual person on the “contact us” page. There are no pictures of the actual office, nothing to signify the personality of the company. To me this right away makes it look like a lead gen site more than an actual agency style business. The website is sort of an online storefront designed to channel a lead somewhere. I didn’t call them, so I am not attacking them – they obviously know what they’re doing. This is just usually the snap judgment I make when I see this type of a business online without any real names or images.

Westlake Village SEO - Aerial View of CityThe next company listed in the map is CJ search. CJ search is a part of Conversant Media, what used to be ValueClick Media it is now owned by a company called Epsilon, which is under the corporate umbrella Alliance Data. CJ Search no longer has a visible website… that’s how thin these results are.

I have several friends and even a family member who worked at CJ search and I worked for ValueClick Media in this exact building where CJ Search is located in Westlake Village. I can definitely say CJ Search was a legitimate company but they are obviously not doing SEO work anymore these days. They are only coming up under the search term westlake village SEO out of historical value and location.

Moving on, the next listing is called “Boost Local” looking at their website it’s very nice and well done it’s a typical marketing industry site. When I click on “About Our Agency” it describes what they do and who they are. The next thing is to look at the “Contact Us” page and see if there are any actual people’s faces or names on the website. There are not, which again doesn’t mean that they’re not a legitimate business but it also gives them less of a personality. The business looks more like a lead-gen site than an actual company with people who are looking to help you meet your marketing needs.

Standard SERP Results for Westlake Village SEO

In the search for westlake village seo – the next few listings are for companies that fit a similar description but also who have no reviews. If a company does not have a visible personal presence on their site you can at least fall back on the reviews to give you an idea as to how they operate in their past experience. In the case of these two companies into works one and approach SEO. There are no human beings shown or listed on the website anyone can take a stock photo of an office and throw it on the site with the contact form and a one 800 number. I want to see who you are, what your credentials are and why you are a legitimate SEO company that I should trust with my marketing budget. None of these companies give me that vibe.

A little further down the list we have a company called National Positions. I can say with great confidence that National Positions is NOT a good company. I used to work for them briefly and they are a turn and burn sales organization that focuses solely on getting a sale. While they may have a couple customer success stories to tout, the vast majority of the people I know who have worked for or with National Positions have a lot of bad things to say about them, myself included. I’m sure there are some good, well-meaning people there but they have a very poor track record on the whole as a company. I’ll leave it at that.

The rest of the results for westlake village SEO include companies like SEO Tuners who, once again, have no reference to any actual people on their website. The contact us page is a lead form and a bunch of stuff about how awesome they are.

Dig Deeper Into Who Is Behind the Reviews

Even reviews can be loaded so I am skeptical no matter what. Sometimes I’ll go as far as to see who the Westlake Village SEO - Conversant Mediareviewer’s are and how many actual reviews they’ve done outside of the one that I’m currently looking at. If this is their only review the chances are good that they are loaded or that the company paid or incentivized someone to do it. Whatever the case, Google’s review system is much more trustworthy than Yelp! who fought openly in court to favor merchants who pay them in their results.

Get a little further down the list you start to see Conversant Media and some other local companies that are pretty decent businesses such as Custom Creatives and JD Power.

Most prospective customers will search wider than just Westlake Village SEO. They may expand to Ventura county or Los Angeles county as a whole. Our goal was to see what the results for SEO services look like for an area like Westlake Village, and to be honest they are not great.

Hopefully we can contribute something of value. 😉

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Google Maps Messaging – Customers Direct Message From Your Listing

A New Channel for leads, Google Maps Messaging

Great news for businesses – Google Maps Messaging now allows customers to direct message you via your maps listing. As the general public at large shifts to mobile devices this is a fantastic addition by the team at Google that should help businesses of all types to better interact with customers searching for goods & services.

If you have a published Google Business listing (based in the US only for now) you are able to set up a verified phone number to receive live SMS text messages. The message comes directly to your phone from your Google business listing! This way you can instantly answer questions and interface with prospective customers. A brand new channel for leads and new business.

In addition to being a new channel for leads, it also enables you to better communicate with other local businesses. If you don’t already have a Google Business listing it is highly advised! In addition to the many opportunities to connect with local customers, the business listing will also help to improve your local SEO presence.

Fantastic upgrade for SMB’s Google!

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Brand – The Origin & History From Cattle to Computers

Brand – it’s a term we all know being part of a consumer culture. Where did the term come from though, what are it’s origins?

cattle brandA few weeks ago I went with my daughters class on a field trip to an old cattle ranch. One of the exercises we did was to create our own logo brand. Ranchers back in the day identified their cattle with a unique logo that was burned into their skin or a “brand.” This little exercise made me realize that the term “brand” comes from cowboys. In it’s origin, a “brand” was originally a way to identify your cattle, it was your logo. The idea of livestock branding goes back even further than the old West. When you factor all this in, “branding” dates all the way back to ancient Egypt! Until my daughter’s field trip I had never even made the connection between cattle branding and modern day digital advertising & branding but that’s really where it all comes from.

History of the Word Brand

The word “brand” is of Germanic origins from the same root also comes “burn.” It originally meant anything hot or burning in the same sense as “firebrand” or a burning stick. By the Middle Ages, it commonly identified the process of burning a mark into stock animals with thick hides, such as cattle, so as to identify ownership. This practice became widespread in countries with large cattle populations, such as Spain.

These terms and customs were eventually brought across the ocean to North & South America. They were further refined by the vaquero tradition which dominated what is now the southwestern United States & northern Mexico. In the Old West, a “branding iron” became the tool of choice for cattle ranchers. It was a basic iron rod with a simple symbol or mark – eventually known as a “logo.” Cowboys would heat the rod in a fire. Once the iron had become red hot, it was pressed against the hide of the cow. Once livestock was emblazoned with a unique brand cattle owned by multiple ranches could graze freely together on the same open range.

Modern Day Marketing & Branding

Branding is a set of marketing and communication methods that help companies to set themselves apart. The long term goal is to create a lasting impression in the minds of customers. There are several aspects involved including identity, communication (via logos & trademarks), awareness, loyalty, and other management strategies.

 

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Apple’s Brand is Distinct

Apple is a great example because they are the most profitable company in the world right now… (or at least in the top 3 depending on what day it is.) What they’ve been able to do as a brand is truly remarkable. Apple instantly associated itself with revolutionary thought. From the day they burst on to the computer scene they billed themselves as an alternative to the stale corporate world of personal computers. “Think Different” those 2 words combined with the silhouette of a bitten apple have grown into a technology empire. Apple’s success is of course due to many factors beyond their logo and ad copy but these are important parts of how a business like Apple makes the jump from garage to empire.

Clearly Defining the Value of a Brand

In accounting, a brand defined as an intangible asset is often the most valuable asset on a corporation’s balance sheet. Companies need to manage their brands carefully to create shareholder value, and their valuation is an important management technique that ascribes a money value to a brand. This allows marketing investment to be managed so as to maximize shareholder value.

Yes it’s true, a brand on it’s own can hold value. Going back to my Apple analogy – think about the weight that their brand now carries. Anything Apple puts out will instantly be bought by it’s loyal following. This is not just due to the logo and marketing though – Apple has spent years delivering quality products to it’s customers and their brand has a reputation for this. So while the logo and the messaging are important what’s even more important in marketing is delivering on that message and retaining the customers that your brand marketing attracts.