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ByApex Digital Media

The Most Visible SEO Company in Los Angeles

When I personally think about the most notable marketing companies in LA a variety of different types of firms come to mind. Anything from Chiat Day to Wpromote… If you’re in the search engine optimization game you should be visible for seo keywords. Especially keywords that relate to your locale and competitive local markets.

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But when I think of an SEO company in Los Angeles the very first one that comes to my mind is The Search Agency. This is obvious for a few reasons… #1 being they have “Search” in their name which says a lot about what their area of focus is. One would also be lead to believe that this denotes expertise in the field.

Additionally, I know one of their former employees. He was my boss when I worked in the tech industry and here’s another thing – he now works for Google. So that’s probably another reason The Search Agency is the first name that comes to mind when I picture an SEO company in Los Angeles. I personally know that they have alumni at Google today. That’s a HUGE thing to say about any company… that their former employees now work for Google.

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All this credibility aside, when you search Google for an SEO company in Los Angeles – TSA (Shorthand for “The Search Agency”) doesn’t even make the first page!

And the Most Visible SEO Company in Los Angeles is…

So who is the most visible SEO company in Los Angeles? Right now it’s these guys: https://coalitiontechnologies.com/ – I had never heard of Coalition Technologies until recently but they obviously know what they’re doing because they’re the first name I get when I search for an SEO company in Los Angeles. They also have what looks to be a very large staff and multiple locations across the country. While a lot of their employees on Linked In are listed as “freelance” copy writers and developers it’s obvious they also have a lot of internal employees as well.

SEO is a constantly changing game so we don’t necessarily discredit anyone for not being visible in a search like this. A company like TSA doesn’t really need to focus on inbound business. They are a large enough entity that they aren’t relying on people searching for an SEO company in Los Angeles and calling them up.

Rest assured will be keeping an eye on this space and our fellow agencies though!

ByApex Digital Media

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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ByApex Digital Media

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?

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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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ByDustin Peterson

Social Media Marketing – Quality vs. Quantity

With social media marketing on the rise there are a lot of agencies out there with different methods to help you grow your audience. Some of them are extremely effective and others are not. When we work with companies on social media audience strategy we always focus on quality. Getting quality at scale is possible, especially if you have a decent advertising budget. Getting quality in social media marketing without a large ad budget is also possible though, if you are consistent and stick to best practices.

One of the more popular method in recent years is buying likes or followers. There are a lot of different services out there that can in fact grow your audience to be very large rather quickly. This comes at a price though and I often question whether or not that price is worth it.

The reason is that buying followers or likes is not a good long term investment. There are a few reasons for this, but in the interest of time I’ll give you the 2 most important.

  1. Purchased followers are typically fake accounts created by media companies. These profile farms are composed of people who are paid to click, like or follow or sometimes can be completely automated.
  2. Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram regularly purge their systems of phony accounts. One day you might buy a couple thousand followers for a great price. Then a week later all of those accounts will be deleted by the platform.

We discussed how the fraud ecosystem works at length in our video “The Wonderful World of Fake Traffic” a lot of the principals discussed here apply to social media.

For Businesses Social Media Marketing Should Be About Relationships

“Long-term relationship building is the cornerstone of any business and brand. Here, I think more than ever, organic and authentic conversation wins out over forced social media sharing through strategic plans and content management systems.”

The above statement from Jeremy Harris Lipshultz’s recent article at Huffington Post sums up the key to great long term, effective social media marketing. We tell our clients “think like a farmer” because a farmer has to get up and do a long list of things every day to keep their crops growing and produce a good harvest. Social Media marketing & content are no different. There are key things that you should be doing each and every day to help grow your audience.

So while you can “cheat” and buy followers or likes the value in that is greatly diminished. The numbers are impressive on the surface but once you look past that you will clearly see they are not real people. For a business if you’re going to invest in real social media marketing, you will want quality over quantity. Real, genuine conversation and interaction between potential and existing customers will win the day even if it comes in small amounts.

ByApex Digital Media

Fraudulent Traffic in Digital Advertising – The End is Here

If you’ve ever had a website you’ve no doubt seen people buying & selling traffic – or even done it yourself. There’s an entire LinkedIn group dedicated to it. (I am a member but admittedly haven’t used it for a long time). For years there was an entire market for cheap, sub-penny traffic / clicks via XML feeds and pop-unders. In recent days though these sources have come under intense scrutiny due to the fact that they are on the whole – fraudulent.

The fact is that traffic is money online. If you are a publisher who commands a large amount of traffic you should be making a decent amount of money from it, and rightfully so. Internet traffic is the modern equivalent of TV viewers or radio listeners. Advertisers will pay a premium for it and it’s what makes the world of “free content” go round.

With anything that has a profit motive, there is an incentive to cheat. If the goal is to make huge sums of money and you can do it easily through a loophole… why not? This mentality and the incentivization of traffic created a cottage industry for fraud that has thrived for several years. Myself and a lot of my colleagues in the online industry helped to perpetuate it, advertising agencies helped, even the brands spending the budgets – whether knowingly or unknowingly – helped to perpetuate it… but “it’s over Johnny,” and world of digital advertising will be a better place for it.

That’s not to say we see a day where fraudulent traffic will ever be completely eliminated. As long as there is profit attached to traffic there will be people cheating it. As for it being a cottage industry though, those days are over. We put together a video overview of how the world of “online advertising arbitrage” works. This video essentially explains why and how fake traffic is perpetuated.

The acquistion of Spider.io by Google, Gov’t raids of huge botnets like “Zeus” and pieces by Bloomberg Business and The Wall Street Journal seem to signal the end of the road for wholesale fraud. Along with technology, people’s willingness to look at the numbers has also helped. In a world where hundreds of websites were claiming to “have audience upwards of 100 million uniques per month” The actual real world web numbers don’t add up. As of 2014 there were approx 280 million internet users in the United States and about 3 Billion Worldwide – that would mean only 30 websites could legitimately say they had “100 million uniques per month”. So a large percentage of the hundreds of websites claiming to have 100 million uniques per month were either fudging their numbers, or buying A LOT of fraudulent traffic.