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Please Welcome Social Media Manager Allyson!

Posted by on March 27th, 2020

Hiring in the world of COVID-19 2020 is, well, kind of a trip. Many companies are laying off staff, and here we are hiring. In many ways, this reflects hasOptimization’s relatively privileged position in this wild ride: We were already a fully remote company, focused on web-based marketing efforts. We will, ultimately, be able to weather this and come out in good shape. And in the meantime, we needed a Social Media Manager.

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Things you can do NOW to prep your business for the online world

Posted by on March 23rd, 2020

Getting stir crazy? Not sure how your business will fare during this time of uncertainty? Don’t forget about all things internet that can help you continue growing your business even when people can’t come through the door!

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The Optimal Google My Business Star Rating is not 5 Stars

Posted by on November 9th, 2019

Did you know that a 5-star rating on Google My Business is not actually the best star rating for your business? It’s something we’ve been saying for a long time, but this time we’ve got a report to prove it! A study conducted by Uberall determined that businesses who had 5-star ratings on Google My Business suffered from less conversions than businesses with less than a 5-star average. For this study, Uberall compared data from 64,000 third-party managed business listings for the first half of 2018 with the first half of 2019. The Sweet Spot While we can understand why businesses would strive for a perfect 5-star review score, the sweet spot for Google My Business reviews seems to lie between 3.7 stars and 4.9 stars. Many businesses “freak out” when a bad review comes in, but as long as the business is not actively being review bombed, those business owners should take the lower rating in stride. One bad review, or some lower rated reviews, can actually be good for increasing business. What is this phenomenon? Why is the jump so signifcant? Perhaps consumers view anything below a 3.7-star rating as untrustworthy, which would position a 3.7-star rating as the moment where consumers decide that a brand may be worth the risk. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that a 3.7 rating should be the minimum benchmark that all business locations strive for. Uberall There’s no telling exactly why this phenomenon occurs, but we can take an educated…

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Where did Facebook post scheduling go?

Posted by on October 21st, 2019

If you manage a single page or a small handful of pages on Facebook, you may have noticed something has gone missing the past few weeks. We’re here to help solve the mystery of the missing post scheduler on Facebook.

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Calm Down, Internet: Facebook’s New Changes

Posted by on July 22nd, 2019

Yesterday I came across an interesting post in a group I am part of. This post linked to another post on a forum, which described various ways that Facebook is going to be changing. Basically the post, which can be viewed here, said “a friend of mine was at a place and this is what they believe they heard”.

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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 do? Your “short name” will be an easier way that people can find your Google My Business listing without that huge, long string of characters that we normally see when sharing Google My Business listings. Here’s a great example. We claimed “hasoptimization”, and now our Google My Business listing can be accessed from https://g.page/hasoptimization/ That’s a much nicer looking URL than the one it redirects to: https://www.google.com/maps/place//data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e26add098f4d89:0x1e02af670eb22801?source=g.page.default Wouldn’t you agree? Google has also made it easier to ask for reviews Typically, in the past, we have either created custom redirects for clients (say, https://www.domain.com/google) to hand out to their customers so they can ask if someone wants to give them a review. If you don’t have a website, or you don’t know how to set up a redirect, this is an easy way that you can point people to where they can leave you a review. Google supplies this, for…

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Brand Altruism – What is it, and why do it?

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

Hi, Morgan here! I’m the social media manager for hasOptimization and I’m here to tell you about the idea behind brand altruism. Every day, I do research, gather content, share posts, update social media, and more. Sometimes, the question comes up: “Why post a link to this site that doesn’t link back to my product?” or, “Why post to this blog when it is only half related to what we do?” The answer, you guessed it, is brand altruism.

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3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Social Media More Accessible

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

A problem with the internet, and the world in general, is that we put preferential treatment into those without disabilities. We have countless apps and social media platforms that focus on visual aspects… But what about people who have limited vision or may be blind? How can we try to make the web — more specifically, social media — more available to them? In this blog post, we’ll cover some easy changes that you can make right now that will drastically help you improve accessibility on your social media. We also cover accessibility on websites and what you can do to help improve accessibility on your website.

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What is the Facebook Algorithm and how does it work?

Posted by on March 11th, 2019

Chances are, if you’re on the web in 2019, you have heard of the dreaded algorithm. Facebook is not the only social media channel that utilized “the algorithm”… Subsidiary Instagram also utilizes “the algorithm” over recent posts. Twitter has also begun to adopt the same idea, and other social media programs are falling into line as well. While many of us hate the algorithm (us included; give us a most recent posts timeline!), unfortunately it has become a bit of “web standard”. Understanding how the algorithm works is one way to ensure that you can try to create the very best content and maximize your visibility.

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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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