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Cotton & Company’ MacLees Named as Google Engage All-Star

By media Posted in - Media & Web on August 9th, 2013

Cotton & Company, real estate marketing specialists, announced Friday that Media Director Renee MacLees has been selected by Google as an Engage All-Star for 2013. To achieve this prestigious award, high benchmarks and strict criteria were reached in several advertising areas including pay per click text and display digital advertising. “Being named a Google Engage All-Star winner is a well-deserved honor for Renee, “ says Laurie Andrews, Chief Operation Officer for Cotton & Company.  “With the rebound of the real estate market, creating a strong digital footprint is critical to our client’s success. Our digital service team is among the best in the business, and we proud to have Google recognize Renee’s performance.” Cotton & Company celebrated its 30th anniversary… Read more »

The World Has Changed Since the Last Real Estate Cycle

By Laurie Andrews Posted in - Real Estate on April 29th, 2013

It’s been a long road back for the real estate development industry. When the down slope for residential real estate began in 2006, the world was a very different place. It’s hard to believe that Facebook only existed on college campuses, and the first generation of the iPhone wasn’t introduced until 2007. But it was the iPad introduction in 2010 that really changed the world for real estate developers, bringing the wealthy discretionary buyer into the digital realm. Today, as many developers begin to reenter the market, they are recognizing new marketing challenges as a result of changing technology. Top 10 Changes: 1. Website infrastructure and design must prioritize tablet interaction. This means a more focused navigation plan that emphasizes… Read more »

First Thoughts on Google+

By media Posted in - Public Relations & Social Media on July 26th, 2011

Just as I’ve settled into the social media world on Facebook, with my thousands of pictures and conversations preserved, Google+ has to make an appearance and cause me to question my whole social media presence. Google+ confused me even more than Facebook had when I first created my profile, with it’s clean layout and simple color scheme (in comparison to Myspace), I found myself a little overwhelmed just thinking about creating a whole new internet profile. Sharing my concerns with a friend who had made his Google+ account as well, he responded with, “It is Beta right now. Chill out…Send some feedback…” So I did. One aspect I love about the new outlet is that it enables me to take… Read more »

Jump onto the Platform or Drown: Social Media Platforms

By media Posted in - Media & Public Relations & Social Media on July 11th, 2011

If you were to ask businesses across the country about market research and advertising 20 years ago, they would have said, “I think we know what people want.” Well, 20 years later they know what consumers want, and in a big way. The marketing and advertising schemes involving door-to-door sales and community events are definitely coming to a screeching halt. The internet is now the community and social platforms are now the marketplaces. As businesses develop, they understand that they can no longer afford to be one-dimensional. For every one customer in person, companies can obtain 10 at the same time via social communities online. As long as a company has a product that the right people want, they will have… Read more »

What is the future of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

By developer Posted in - SEO on May 9th, 2011

A mistake was made long ago when someone decided that the skill-sets used to generate website traffic should be named, “Search Engine Optimization.” That shortsighted, naïve individual failed to consider the numerous elements that play an important role in the traffic-building process. Even the term “traffic-building” is a misnomer. Few website owners would be satisfied with huge increases in website traffic. That, alone, has little value beyond bragging rights (My website had 15 million visitors last year!). When the sales manager encouraged his sales team to make more calls each day, one man took it to heart. Bedraggled and worn to a frazzle, he stood tall and thrust his chest out as he reported on Friday afternoon that he had… Read more »

LivingSocial Buys a Few Million Friends

By media Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Social Media & Uncategorized on March 28th, 2011

Hello. It’s nice to meet you. Wanna be friends? I mean life-long friends who will always need one another.The most simplistic explanation of advertising is the desire to introduce a brand to a target audience. Brands go about this by creating awareness, enticing trial, building loyalty and, hopefully, enlisting brand ambassadors to help spread the gospel. In advertising we look at people’s wants and turn them into needs. Because when I need something, I buy it. A great example of a company introducing themselves to potential customers was seen recently with LivingSocial. By now most everyone has heard of Groupon. If not for their group coupon offerings, then for their ability to decline a $6 billion buyout bid from the nice… Read more »

Online Business Resource Sites

By media Posted in - Media & Networking & Public Relations & Social Media & Uncategorized & Web on February 17th, 2011

It’s Easy to Forget the Little ThingsIt is easy to forget the little things. When you are part of a large organization and have multiple clients sometimes things can fall through the cracks. For example, your website and your Facebook may remain up to date, but those aren’t the only places where potential customers can find you online. There are numerous online resource sites that show local and national business listings. Many of those sites post business information without actually contacting the company. It is then your job to go online, find those sites and check your company’s profile. Are you listed? If so, is the contact information correct? Are your company’s services correctly explained? For some sites it is simply a… Read more »

Do Not Get Overwhelmed

By media Posted in - SEO on January 21st, 2011

Simplifying the Web World Your website is now live. Don’t just sit there waiting for people to come and visit it. There are too many websites out there already. Your website will not be suddenly overwhelmed with visitors. Building traffic is a slow process. Only those who patiently work to make their websites successful will reap real benefits. There are only three sources of website visitors: Direct Traffic – Those who type your web address into the browser address bar and click. Search Engines – Responding to a query, search engines deliver results that are relevant. If your website appears close to the top of the list, and if the title and description are intelligible, there is a possibility that the searcher… Read more »