How to keep your professional network active during the pandemic

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It can be tougher to network during COVID-19. But there are some fresh ways to build (and maintain) a broader base of “who you know.” Professional networks can be critically important to everything from professional growth to job security. Jobvite’s 2020 Job Seeker Nation report found that most workers found out about job openings through professional connections (31%) and friends (45%). Read Full Story

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Help Your Community from Six Feet Away: Non-Marketing Tips from Mozzers

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray For the last few weeks, you’ve probably experienced an influx of emails from companies detailing how COVID-19 is affecting them and thus you, their customer. It's... a lot, isn't it? So today, we want to take a departure from the world of "how this affects us" and focus instead on actionable things we can all do to make things brighter for ourselves and our communities. This won't be your regularly scheduled programming — we won't be discussing SEO or marketing. Instead, we're sharing ideas and advice from the folks at Moz who've been finding ways to be helpers as we all navigate this new normal. Donate and shop For those who have steady income during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and charitable organizations. Many employers, Moz included, offer charitable donation matching to make use of as well. Food …

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I tried out Fitness+, Apple’s polished new exercise subscription

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I put Apple’s connected fitness service through its paces and came away impressed (but not surprised)—and quite sweaty. Apple’s new Fitness+ connected workouts service, which launches today, is polished and well-designed, with a rich content library full of workouts. I’ve been trying out the service for a few days and have found it to be a great way to exercise indoors during a pandemic without a large time commitment. Read Full Story

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Employers need to address their workers’ mental health. Here are 3 ways to start

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Since the pandemic started, some workers are in crisis and could be at risk for longer-term mental health issues, which can impact business productivity, healthcare costs, and disability absence. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout are creating nothing short of a mental health crisis for American workers, which isn’t surprising when you consider that more than 40 million Americans have recently lost their jobs and millions more have had their work hours or pay reduced. Of those fortunate enough to still have jobs, many are working long hours at home, away from colleagues but constantly connected through always-on digital channels and email. Others are in roles that require contact with the public and come with a higher risk of infection as a result. Read Full Story

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The Secret Guide to VSEO: Video and SEO

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Since the Google Penguin and Panda updates, a lot of SEOs finally have realized that ranking a website in the long term is not just about building a large number of links. It’s also about creating high-quality content that will attract links naturally over time. However, one type of SEO that still is underutilized is VSEO: video search engine optimization. Although a lot of brands are incorporating video content into their overall online marketing strategies, most SEOs don’t place a high priority on it. Usually, they opt for creating various other types of content (e.g., infographics, images, written content, etc.). If used correctly, video can be an extremely powerful form of content and make a significant contribution to your overall SEO strategy, in more ways than one. Avoiding a Common Trap and Defining Your Goals Although the idea of producing a video might seem like a “nice” idea, it’s important …

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COVID-related digital behaviors that won’t going away in 2021

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30-second summary: Market volatility and rapid shifts in consumer behavior will continue in 2021. The longer the COVID pandemic goes on the more ingrained digital behaviors become. Shoppers are buying more online and spending more when they do. Consumers are becoming more comfortable online experiences over with time. Taking in-store experiences and taking them digital is becoming more common. Search and market insights are becoming mission-critical for all marketers To say the last several months have been a roller coaster would be an understatement. This year has been one for the books as we’ve collectively experienced something no generation before us has: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a constantly connected, technology-empowered population. We’ve run the gamut of emotional states and economic impacts. As brands and consumers alike prepare for our most unusual holiday shopping season yet, it’s become clear that we’re in this for the long haul. While …

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Using the right data to understand consumer behavior

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30-second summary: Marketers who craft messages that match customer expectations and build trust will be more successful at connecting with consumers in a COVID-19 world. Data is increasingly being employed by marketers. However, with so much data available it can be difficult to separate useful insights from noisy data points. It is imperative for marketers to be thoughtful when choosing who they market to and how they drive outreach, and to be available to consumers who are in-market looking for guidance. Consumers that feel a brand is putting them first during COVID-19 are more likely to trust that brand to keep them safe, recommend that brand to family or friends and favor it over others. The more trust you can build, the more success you will have in the long run. Leveraging the right data has never been more important for marketers. COVID-19 has created a shopping environment unlike anything …

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Preparing E-Commerce for the Post-COVID Bounce Back

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Posted by MrLukeCarthy COVID-19 has switched up life as we know it, and it’s unlikely to stop doing so for some time. E-commerce shopping is a perfect example of how things have changed, and in a number of ways. If you feel like Shopify has been dropping huge, disruptive news bombs practically each week now, you’re right! And who’d have guessed that in the UK, the exclusively online supermarket, Ocado, is now worth more than brick-and-mortar grocers Morrisons, Sainsbury's, and Marks and Spencer combined. The speed of transformation in e-commerce since the COVID-19 outbreak (an already fast-paced industry) has been savage. Supply chains are under strain for many brands selling online (especially where demand is high and supplies are low). How do you best manage expectations and maximize every opportunity to sell to your target audience? With your consumers now relying on the world of online shopping more than ever, …

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2021 Local SEO Success: Expert Tips & Predictions

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Posted by MiriamEllis “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh , Buddhist teacher Image credit: Maulvi My warm New Year’s greetings to all local business owners and local SEOs reading my column today. Add to this my sincere sentiments of solidarity for what we went through together in 2020 — we won’t soon forget it, and our stories from the journey contain important teachings for our market and industry. I often find that the best local SEO takeaways sprout from the real-world anecdotes of colleagues and friends, and you’ll find those here today along with my personal predictions for the year ahead. Let’s get learning! Teachings from the real lives of local SEOs In a year when we were physically distant from one another in unprecedented ways, I’ve found memorable lessons in how local business owners broke down barriers to keep communities connected. …

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