Posts By: Barb Cobbledick

Google Analytics Update: Data Retention Solution to Protect Sensitive Customer Information

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Headlines during 2018 have been full of big tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn having security breaches. It’s been a problem that many people have been concerned with, data is important in today’s online economy and governments around the world are introducing laws to protect citizens. The European Union are in the process of introducing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the goal of the legislation is to provide protection on data is stored and managed. This has caused many companies to question their own processes and review their policies on how long data is stored.

Recently, Google announced that some changes to their Google Analytics tool. Users will now have the ability to set the amount of time before user-level and event-level data is automatically deleted. The update is scheduled to launch to the public on May 25th, the same day the European Union’s new online security is officially active.

After logging into Google Analytics, users will have the ability to tell Google how long they want their web traffic data stored for. There will be options for 14 months, 26 months, 38 months, or 50 months; after this point, all data will be automatically deleted. Any aggregated data will remain when the user data is automatically deleted. Other Google Analytics data affected by this update includes cookies, user identifiers, advertising identifiers, DoubleClick identifiers, Android identifiers and Apple identifiers. These elements could be important to your online marketing tracking and you’ll want to ensure they are properly backed up if you want to keep them.

Many website owners have a lot of Google Analytics data stored on the company’s cloud, especially with the more sophisticated tracking options offered over the last few years. It’s important to ensure you have a plan to keep your historical analytics data over the next couple of weeks. The upcoming update from Google will not only help the company comply with new European data policies, it will help the tech giant save a lot of money by decreasing server strain.

Historical analytics data can provide your company with some excellent insight into the growth of your online brand. Keeping more data than needed can open the door to potential breaches when your Google Analytics account is not properly secured. Evaluate your need and determine the best Google Analytics storage policy for your company and be sure to adjust your settings accordingly before the May 25th launch date.

Designing a Website for the Mobile World – Why Mobile Designs Matter and Why You Should Care

Mobile Design

Mobile Design

The Internet is going mobile and it’s happening more and more every day. If you don’t have a mobile design or mobile version of your website, you’re losing a large percentage of your web traffic. Regardless, of the industry you work within, people of all ages are using their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to view content online.

It’s estimated that there are 1.2 billion mobile web users online and some of them no longer use a desktop on a regular basis. The data also shows that more and more people enjoy shopping online from their mobile device. It’s easy to see why more smartphones are sold yearly than desktop computers. Computers aren’t going anywhere, but people are using their mobile devices a lot more than ever before.

Taking mobile-first strategy with your website design is something we recommend to all of our Toronto clients. With so many different mobile devices and screen sizes it can almost be impossible to have a custom design for each mobile user. Basically, a responsive mobile design allows adapting to any screen it is being viewed on. A responsive website design is usually the best way to make your site look great on any device. It can be the best way to ensure that all the important elements of your website appear correctly for your entire audience. It doesn’t matter what the hottest phone on the market is, or if people are using Apple or Android; your site will look great.

SEO & Google Rankings – Insiteful Solultions SEO

SEO & Google Rankings

Understanding SEO and Google Rankings: Markham and Toronto Business Should Answer the Customer’s Questions

Google is now a part of everyone’s daily life. In the beginning, it was accessed by a web browser on a computer, but today, it lives on your mobile devices, in your home with technology such as Google Home and even in your car when you’re driving to work.

Everyone searches the Internet for different things. Some searches cure hungry such as; how long should I bake an apple pie, some answer random questions such as; who won the first Stanley Cup; the sky’s the limit in regards to information people seek on Google. We are all curious about different things, and Google is used daily to find answers.

Yes, it’s important to rank high in Google’s organic search results. The higher your site appears, the more visitors to your website. It’s important to ask yourself – what are people asking before they load up your site. Once you have answered these questions, you’ll want to ensure that your website quickly addresses answers these searches as soon as people arrive on your landing pages.

Google is a source of information that’s universally trusted. When someone asks Google how to bake chocolate chip cookies, they expect to see a recipe, if a page appears that doesn’t give the information quickly, they bounce (literally) back to Google. Lots of websites have excellent content, but if it doesn’t answer the searches of their audience, it’s never going to as efficient as it could be. Understanding your audience and providing relevant and definite content is a powerful way to stand apart on the Internet and help your bottom line at the same time. Manners don’t exist when there’s a mouse or a swiping thumb if you don’t answer a person’s question they will go to the next website.

We’ve been providing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services for a wide range of clients throughout Markham, Toronto and surrounding areas since 2002. In the beginning, the goals for SEO were pretty straightforward. Develop a strategy that helps a website rank on the sought-after first page of Google. Today, it’s a little more involved; not only does content need to rank high in Google, but it also needs to keep visitors engaged. Gone are the days when more traffic to a website was the primary goal, a click from Google is only the beginning now.

Authority is one of the most significant factors in a person’s online research process. It’s important to establish your brand as a source in your market; relevant content is the best way to gain this respect. Study and after study concludes that people are visiting multiple websites in their online search; brand authority will help keep you top of mind.

Many homepages are underutilized on the Internet. How many times have you landed on a website only to find content that talks about how long a company has been in business, or a breakdown of their business philosophy? This material is all great information, but it probably didn’t answer the initial question that brought you to the website in the first place. The person already landed on your site, they’ve picked you in Google; there’s no need to sell them. Anyone visiting your site should have the information they are looking for in front of their eyeballs right away, once they have it, they will dig deeper and learn more about your brand.

Take a step back and put yourself in the shoes of your potential customer. Ask Google a question that’s related to your business. Maybe you’re a plumber, try asking Google how to fix a leaky faucet. Ideally, you’ll appear on the top of Google’s search results page.

The real test begins after you click your link. You should land on a page that explains how someone can have a leaky faucet repaired. Online video is an excellent way to present content in an attractive and highly engaging format. Show as much visual content as you can, keep your tone simple and inviting.

SEO is just as important today as it was when we were first started providing online marketing services in Markham, it’s just different. Make sure your website addresses the questions of your audience and save the other stuff until later in the process. Establishing your brand as a source of online information is a great way to create a unique online experience and generate more business.