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Reflections on Rebranding: 2 month update

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

I “rebranded” myself in August of this year, announcing my name change (it’s Logan now!) to my family, staff and clients. And the world, of course! It went better/smoother than I’d expected, and the brand stakeholder (that’s me!) is delighted with the results, all of which is pretty much the best you can say of any rebranding effort. Now, two months out from the announcement, I’m reflecting on that rebranding as I watch my friend and colleague Amanda rebrand her business. Rebranding a business is, as I said in my original post, very much like rebranding yourself. You must identify…

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Does blogging really help to support my business website?

Posted by on October 7th, 2019

The short answer: YES! Ready for the long answer and the proof? While browsing a Facebook group the other day, I was surprised to hear that a poster commented saying something along the lines of “no one wants to read a blog”. This shocked me, but at its essence, it told me that this poster (and everyone agreeing with them) had convinced themselves that blogs have no value, and therefore give no value, which means that people shouldn’t spend time on them. This comment couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Claim your Google My Business Short Name Now (Before Someone Else Does)

Posted by on July 2nd, 2019

As Google sunsets programs such as Hangouts and Google+, we may find some of the better features managing their way over onto our new platforms like Google My Business. We’ve already seen posting on Google My Business happening, now we’re seeing a new feature: short names. What is a shortname? “Short name” is just a fancy word for “username”, the same way you would have a username on Twitter or a page slug on Facebook. Google My Business is giving you the opportunity (much like we were able to on Google+) to choose your own short name. What does it…

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2018 In Review – Our Accomplishments for the Year!

Posted by on December 29th, 2018

We’re really excited for the new year, and we know you are too! That’s why we’ve compiled this quick video with some stats of what we’ve done for 2018 and what kind of absurdity we’ve been up to!

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Google’s New Agency Accounts are Kind of a Mess

Posted by on October 3rd, 2018

Listen, we’re Google users at hasOptimization. We talk great things about Google. But let’s face it… Google doesn’t always do everything well. Whether it’s having a myriad of unnecessary messaging apps for no good reason, or half-way phasing out an interfaced platform but not entirely that businesses and users alike use… Google has a history throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. So we come to Google’s new Agency accounts for Google My Business.

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Instagram Works Best with You In It!

Posted by on July 31st, 2018

As a client of hasOptimization, we want you to do your best. We’re here to guide you on all things web, marketing, and social media. With that being said, there are some things that we can’t or shouldn’t do for you. Some of these are no-brainers: answering detailed customer questions, giving quotes or estimates, making sales pitches — those are all things you would want to take care of yourself, within the business, as you have the detailed information to give these answers as accurately as possible. Sometimes, the lines get blurred when it comes to social media. Most social…

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Reviews: What to do and what not to do

Posted by on March 27th, 2018

One of the biggest sticking points when it comes to small business is reviews. While we have guides on what to do with bad reviews, and guides on how to ask for reviews, we need to also talk about the importance of reviews, especially when it comes to running a small business. Why are reviews so important? Reviews can make or break a small business. Online reviews are now “word-of-mouth” advertising on the internet. When you Google a business, often times you will see an aggregate of Yelp, Facebook, and Google reviews, showing off blurbs from reviewers as well as…

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Google Built-In Websites

Posted by on March 5th, 2018

We’ve had a lot of notifications about this particular feature on Google My Business. When managing a lot of different locations on Google, Google can get obnoxious with reminders sometimes. However, any other owners on these accounts will also get notifications, which means that the business owners may be getting confusing notifications from Google as well. Don’t worry, business owner! We have it handled. What is it? Google has integrated the use of a “website” on their own server. This is great if you don’t have a website, and Google gives you the tools to build one without worrying about domains or server space….

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Brand Reputation: When to Throw Shade

Posted by on March 5th, 2018

One thing small businesses struggle most with is brand reputation. Specifically, bad reviews. One bad review can really do a number on your reputation across the internet, depending on what it says and how it was received. While we do have guidelines on what to do with bad reviews and how to best handle them, we always advise our clients to let us respond rather than have the client respond themselves. Recently we had a couple of clients who did come down with bad response/bad review syndrome. The first case was a bad review that our client wanted to respond…

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Updating Your Website and Your Brand for 2018

Posted by on February 13th, 2018

When making websites, we understand that a website we build for you today may be outdated as soon as a year from page launch. Because the internet is a part of technology, new things and ways to consume data and information routinely come out. A page that we made five years ago may not have the same functionality as a page that is created today. That’s why we offer website development services to update your brand website and attempt to add functionality where none exists. Many times we do this to conform with best practices for responsive website building, since…

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