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Nicola Peaty

The Top 2013 Global Brands.

By Nicola Peaty

The best global brands constantly review and update their attributes, especially during a time of constant innovation, technology and customer power. Every year, Interbrand publish a report with the top global brands. Interestingly, there was a switch in the top 3 this year, with Coca Cola falling to third place behind Apple and Google.

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The report comments:

Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but with its ethos. This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global Brands, Interbrand has a new #1 : Apple.

This clearly demonstrates how fundamental the brand attributes are for any company and the significance it can play in its success or failure.

The report by Interbrand outlines some great tips on how the best global brands are competing in today’s challenging times. It mentions extreme innovation by Google, the need to have a future vision, how design still really matters and the importance to be part of customers’ conversation within social media.

There are also some great quotes which reaffirm the importance of brand attributes and what impact they can have on the customer:

* Striking the right balance between heritage and modernity is key to Cartier’s success. It understands how to not only get the balance right in product, but also in the experience it creates around the brand.
* I wear H&M because I like more gender- neutral clothing. H&M offers smaller sizes and different styles that ?t my body type and make me feel comfortable — both physically and mentally.
* Sony is top-of-the-line. I have many Sony products. I even have a Sony 400-disc changer. As a collector of DVDs, I find this product to be amazing. It keeps my movies safe and saves me lots of storage space.

For a glance at the tops brands for 2013 go to: http://www.interbrand.com/Libraries/Branding_Studies/Best_Global_Brands_2013.sflb.ashx

To view a short video including some of this year’s top global brands introduced by Jez Frampton, Global CEO, Interbrand go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwaEgK03txQ

Nicola Peaty

Top Tips…How To Write Content For A Top Google Listing

By Nicola Peaty

All websites need to reflect the brand, tell the target market what you do and have effective ‘Calls to Action’ in place. But then, it’s all pointless if no one can find your site in the first place. This is where content is king – as is knowing how to write content for Google – which has changed and, we feel, improved over the years. 

When we wrote content for the first VG&A website in 2010, we probably went through at least five drafts before we decided upon the final ‘live’ version. We found it hard to write for our audience, comply with good SEO practice and at the same time, succinctly communicate our services. If only we knew then what we’ve learnt now! Ah, but we do know so much more now and that really helped when writing for our new website last year.

Write for your customers:

Firstly, we now know that content has to be written for your audience and not just a bunch of SEO terms. By writing in a language that your audience actually understands (and not just the Google bots) obviously also help attracts them to your site and gives your customer a good experience. Think about the search terms your users would use to find your website and make sure you incorporate these words within your content.

Quality:

Content should also be as high quality as possible. That means writing articles or blogs which are original and relevant. Where you can, give your own review, some depth and insight into your knowledge of a particular subject matter.  Your customers are looking for something unique and added value by choosing to visit your site and not just read duplicate content they can find on other sites. This will help reflect well on your business and give confidence to users who may be new to your site. Your objective is to engage your users so that they will stay on your site, return to your site and even recommend your site.

 Accuracy:

The last thing you want to do is deceive your users, so make sure the content you write is accurate so that visitors are not disappointed when they reach your site. This also relates to the <title> elements and ALT attributes which should give a very clear and exact description of what you are offering. There is no point including words which have no real relevance to your core site. Users will get annoyed and simply bounce straight back to the Google listing to find a site which delivers what it writes. This term is sometimes called cloaking and can lead to you ultimately being banned from Google, so be warned!

No more tricks:

When we first learnt about how to optimise a site nearly ten years ago, there was a completely different set of rules to make sure your site appeared on the first page of Google listings. Now Google is far more genuine to its users and it’s all about good user experience. No more should sites be using keyword density, copying duplicate content across multiple pages, using competitor trademark names for keywords or linking to spam sites to improve ranking.

Another ‘trick’ is Doorway or Gateway pages which have seen a recent rise in optimising techniques. This is when you create specific pages for certain key terms to attract users. They can hold very little content and are usually there in the guise to lead you on to other areas. This is not necessarily relevant, can be quite annoying and a waste of time. Google is far more sophisticated and will detect this and catch you out. It’s now all about being relevant and honest with your customers. Build a simple, well-structured site that keeps both your users and Google happy.

New ideas:

There will always be new ways to help get your site noticed and listed higher than competitor sites. It’s important to keep up-to-speed with these new ideas and try and stay ahead of the curve to take advantage of quick and easy (legitimate) techniques. For example:

  • Internal linking within your own site content on certain terms will help Google index and rank specific content.
  • Using Google+ will also help rank content, especially if you share content via Google+ and users click on the Google + to show they like your content.
  • Slideshare is a fairly new and popular way in how to display your content which Google can index in literally seconds.
  • Optimised images can often be missed but is another simple way of attracting visitors to your site especially if images are the best way to view your product. However, ensure to use the relevant keywords in the name, title and ALT tags so that users can easily find the images and Google can index the content.

 Ask the Experts:

Google has its own really useful guidelines for design and content as well as technical and quality: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?hl=en

Top Tips:

We posted this infographic on our Facebook page last year (Source: Content Verve). It’s a great list of top tips we think will help when writing content for SEO purposes. SEO-Copywriting-–-10-tips-for-writing-content-that-ranks-in-2013

Nicola Peaty – Director, VG&A

Nicola Peaty

User Generated Content…who knows best..?

By Nicola Peaty

Trip Advisor - user generated content driving purchasing behaviourMother? Experts? Peers? Well probably all three. Given the chance I’m sure they would all want to voice their opinions and maybe advice. My recent media spot in BA’s inflight magazine, Business Life, certainly endorses the value of peer opinion. In an interview with Steve Kaufer, President and CEO at Trip Advisor, he explains how his business model relies on the content from users together with cost per click advertising.
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