Alert, SEO Masterminds: Google Changed Its Search Formula

Up to 90 percent of search results will be affected by changes that Google has just made to its much-analyzed SEO algorithm. This update is hugely important — and perhaps alarming — to marketers who make it a business to understand search engine optimization techniques in order to direct traffic to their clients’ websites. This […]

VMA Social Media Stats Reveal More Than Miley Cyrus?

While the big topic of conversation following last Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards was obviously Miley Cyrus and her hip-gyrating, tongue-wagging antics, there is another important item that advertisers may want to be focusing on. AdWeek reports that, in a surprising turn, Tumblr and Twitter reported nearly comparable activity levels with posts about the big […]

Super Bowl XLVII Commercials — The Scorecard

Last week, we talked about how social media was playing a big role in this year’s Super Bowl. But who’s really the standout in social networking, now that it’s all said and done? Despite the analysis of popularity (Facebook fan page “likes”) and views (YouTube re-watches), Twitter was arguably a winner due to its sheer […]

Facebook Competes with Google: Graph Search

Continuing a trend of using members’ profile information for such purposes as targeted advertising, Facebook is now taking those analytics and applying them to a user-friendly new tool: targeted searches. It’s known as Graph Search. Yesterday, Facebook revealed that it’s now in beta testing for an internal search option that allows users to receive results […]

Black Friday & Cyber Monday – Online Holiday Shopping Stats

Every year, e-commerce sales continued to skyrocket during the big holiday shopping days following Thanksgiving. And this year was no different. On Black Friday 2012, plenty of deals were available online that kept buyers from going out into the cold in the middle of the night and waiting on long lines. This year saw a […]

Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users

Everyone’s favorite social media can-do giant Facebook hit 1 billion users last week. Despite shaky ratings in recent months – and its notoriously troublesome debut on the stock market last May (as of August, it fell to half its public offering price) – the landmark prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to announce it as his own […]

Step-by-Step: Creating Google Alerts

Last week we talked about why and how Google Alerts is an important tool when it comes to brand marketing and management. So now are you ready to try it out? Here’s how to do it: 1. Visit Google.com/alerts 2. There are five forms to fill out: • Search query (the word or phrase as […]

How to Create a Google Alert – and Why

Whether it’s from a vendor, customer or your competition, you want to know about the word-of-mouth buzz going on about you. And honest feedback isn’t always easy to receive. People are not always going to head to the source by calling you, visiting your website or putting a message on your Facebook business page wall. […]

Google AdWords: New & Upcoming

Starting this month and continuing over the next few weeks, Google AdWords is introducing some changes that are meant to make it even easier to use the popular website-promoting and ad-placement tool. As ever, the latest slew of updates targets two critical factors: becoming more accurate and becoming more user-friendly. The primary adjustment is to […]

M4M: Looking Ahead at 2012

As the new year kicks off, we’re looking at some exciting growth and new developments around the office at Mad 4 Marketing. One thing we started at the end of 2011 was staffing up the company, which included introducing new team member Damon. Damon has been professionally involved with the Internet since the early 1990s […]