Online Ads Are Pushing ‘BUY’ Buttons!


Automobiles, the Internet, auto-brewing coffee makers; every now and again there is an idea that sweeps the nation—or the world—and changes the fundamental way we live our lives. Though this idea may not change the world as a whole, it has been changing the digital marketing world for the better—the “buy” button.

Facebook started this call-to-action trend last summer, and Twitter soon followed with its call-to-action Twitter cards. Last week, we wrote a blog about Instagram’s new advertising changes, which included call-to-action buttons, and two weeks ago, it was announced that Pinterest was toying around with the buy button, as well. In addition to these top social media platforms, Google has recently confirmed the enabling of buy buttons on search ads. The idea is still in its inception phase, so specific details on how it will work are still mum; however, the general idea is that after clicking the buy button on a mobile search ad, users would be taken to a special Google landing page to complete the transaction.

This is moving Google from a search engine to a marketplace, similar to Amazon, and people are on edge. Some industry influencers feel this change on Google could hinder retailers by decreasing their website traffic and preventing them from obtaining consumer data, since the transactions will be happening through Google and not the retail website. However, Google’s intention is to speed up the mobile buying process in order to strengthen the consumer’s shopping experience, which in turn will increase the retailer’s mobile conversion rates that have stayed low even though mobile usage rates have continued to rise. Only time will tell.

Call-to-action and buy buttons have made it easier for retailers to capture leads and conversions in this social-media-newsfeed-surfing era. Call-to-action buttons, in most cases, will increase traffic and conversions to a retailer’s website by leading consumers directly to what they are interested in, but in some instances, such as on Facebook and Google, transactions will happen in a limbo land between the platform and the retail site, essentially allowing consumers to purchase items without having to leave the site they are on.

Back in September we wrote a blog about this “new idea” of a buy button and wondered if it would take off or not. I guess we have our answer! Have you seen any call-to-action or buy buttons while on your favorite social media network? Have you used them? We would love to hear from you!

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Mobilegedd-non: The apocalypse that wasn’t


Over the last several months Google has been pushing their mobile-friendly update, urging webmasters to make sure their websites were mobile-friendly to avoid seeing “a significant impact” in the search results. The buzz became apocalypse-esque once the mainstream media picked it up and was soon coined “mobilegeddon.” D-day was April 21, and webmasters and SEO specialists were scrambling to ensure their sites did not drop in the rankings. Well, that date has come and gone, and little impact occurred. It has now been a month since Google’s supposed cut-off date, and Mark Munroe of Marketing Land reports that mobilegeddon has barely made a difference in search results. He notes that there was a minuscule dip in results and that most of the impact was seen on the second and third of the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). So what happened?

Though there are a handful of theories as to why there was a lack of severity, one thing is for sure: Google has a sense of control over businesses, big and small. Google says, “jump,” and we ask, “how high?” Because of past algorithm changes that truly did change the face of the SERPs—Panda and Penguin, specifically—businesses don’t want to take any chances. So when Google warned “significant impact,” it’s no wonder we all reacted in an apocalyptic manner.

This is similar to an algorithm update they announced in 2014. Last year, Google announced HTTPS—a safer version of HTTP—would help with a website’s ranking. Following that announcement, scores of websites rapidly adapted to be more secure in fear of dropping in rankings. Yet, after the change, no shift in rankings occurred. Though no drastic changes occurred with either of these updates, a mobile-friendly Web presence and a safer website are not bad things. They are improving the Web experience for everyone, which is an obvious goal of Google.

Though the “punishment” was not as severe as promised, it is still heavily urged to have a mobile-friendly, responsive website. If you are interested in revamping your business’ web presence and creating a better user experience, call us at 912-921-1040. Robmark Web is proficient in creating responsive websites that work well and look great on any type of device, including mobile phones and tablets.

Mobile-Friendliness Ranking Change

The importance of responsive and mobile-friendly websites has been a known fact for a few years now; however, Google has finally drawn a line in the sand. On Tuesday, April 21, mobile-friendliness will be considered a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches worldwide and will have a significant impact on search results. This change is geared to have users find relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices. This change does not affect desktop search results, only Google searches performed on a mobile device, which includes tablets.

In order to ensure your website is not negatively affected by this change, it is important that your website is responsive, or utilizes another mobile site choice. Though a responsive web design is the recommended choice, it does not sway your rankings with Google if you use responsive over another mobile site choice. As long as it is optimized for a mobile device, Google doesn’t really care how. The mobile-friendliness of a website will be considered on a page-by-page basis and in order to pass the test, all of the pages on the website must be mobile-friendly. Another important note about this change mentioned by Google’s own Gary Illyes, is that Googlebots must be able to crawl both CSS & JavaScript. If the website blocks these elements, your site will not pass Google’s mobile-friendly test and could see a drastic change in your mobile rankings. You can use this Mobile-Friendly Test to see whether or not your website is properly optimized for mobile devices. We tested our new site and it passed the test!

The changes in ranking will happen immediately. As soon as the website is crawled and discovered as mobile-friendly, on a URL-to-URL basis, it will be updated. Don’t wait until April 21 to see if your website has been affected. Be proactive with the help of Robmark Web. Robmark Web is Savannah’s website development company that features in clean, responsive websites for any industry. Make sure your mobile website traffic doesn’t drop and give us a call today: 912-921-1040!

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Mobile Usage During Cyber Monday is Predicted to Increase by 30%

This year, for the first time ever, mobile Internet traffic now exceeds desktop traffic. This is a huge shift in the way people use the Internet and consume information. A few years ago, having a mobile website was a nice addition, but was not absolutely necessary. Now, if you do not have a responsive website that will optimize to any size screen, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Not having a responsive, mobile-friendly website leaves money on the table, especially if you have an e-commerce site.

With the biggest online shopping day, Cyber Monday, rapidly approaching, those who have mobile-friendly websites are sure to feel the love. AppLovin, a mobile ad personalization platform, is predicting that 30 percent of Cyber Monday transactions will come from mobile devices, possibly reaching or exceeding $750 million in sales. This is huge growth from 2010, when mobile devices only attributed 2 percent of sales on Cyber Monday. MarketLive reported that Q3 2014 Smartphone traffic to e-commerce sites grew by more than 62 percent and mobile-commerce revenue grew by 141 percent. Most mobile-commerce sites remain difficult to use, which can be frustrating to consumers, and 91 percent of respondents in a multi-country study said they would turn to a competitor after experiencing a bad mobile site.


Google has come out with official recommendations regarding responsive and mobile websites and recommends going with a responsive design when possible. By following Google’s advice, your website will be better optimized for mobile, in turn placing you ahead of others on mobile SERPs. Having a properly optimized, responsive site will make mobile purchases easier and provide a more seamless transaction for mobile consumers.

Make sure you’re not missing out on any opportunities by making sure your website has a responsive design.  Need a responsive website made? Call Robertson & Markowitz Advertising & Public Relations’ digital department, Robmark Web, for your website needs.


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Pooler Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon

Last Tuesday, Robmark Web’s team attended the Pooler Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon at the New Birth church in Pooler. Megan Alexa spoke about basic website health and some things to keep in mind if you are looking to update, redesign or build a brand new website.

Read below to see some of the suggestions that Robmark Web had in terms of website health.

Website Recommendations: Optimization, Mobile Support & Social Share Features

Having a great off-site marketing strategy is great, especially when it comes to social media. However, if you’re website is not set up properly, all of the gained traffic will be wasted. In order for a website to be a successful piece of your online marketing strategy, a few things must be in place in terms of website health.

1. Optimization for Search Engines & Users
First and foremost, the website must be properly optimized for search engines and users. This goes beyond just include optimization techniques for search engines by also ensuring the inclusion of relevant, engaging content and features for your users. Consider your business and the features that your website will need to cater to those users.

Also, over time, websites can get very cluttered as more and more pages are added. Always keep organization in mind by keeping your most relevant, high-level pages in the navigation, and categorizing sub-level pages from there.

2. Mobile Support & Responsive Design
Secondly, the website should be mobile-friendly or be fully responsive. As of 2014, mobile traffic has now surpassed desktop traffic to websites. Tablets and mobile phones are increasingly popular, and many people are opting to purchase a mobile device over a full-size desktop or laptop computer. Additionally, search engines, such as Google and Bing, have reported that those websites which do not conform to the latest technology and techniques for supporting mobile devices will see decreased rankings on mobile search results. With this in mind, mobile support is no longer optional, but a necessity.

The best option when looking for mobile support on your website is responsive design. If a responsive design is not an option for your business or budget, option for a fully-functional mobile website can solve this issue. If you are building a separate mobile website, two things must be managed: redirects for all URLs, and tablet-to-mobile responsive layout.

Often times, when a separate mobile website exists, redirects are not thought out in advance. For this reason, shared links through social media and email may be shared on a desktop device, then opened on a mobile device. If redirects are not in place, users will be pulled back to the mobile homepage, which then interrupts the user experience and often time forces a bounce.

Additionally, it is common for mobile websites to only cater to mobile phone users, and often forget the slightly larger display on a tablet device. A tablet-to-mobile responsive layout can alleviate this by providing a fluid layout for iPads, Kindle Fires, iPhones and more. With this solution, the website can cater to any device width, regardless of the viewing environment.

3. Social Share Features
Lastly, websites in relevant industries should include social share features throughout and include the appropriate social media tags to ensure proper display throughout user profiles online.

Social share features provide an easy way for users to share your content on their personal profiles, and by doing so generate traffic back to your website. Do this for industries that make sense. A restaurant or travel-related website may see huge benefits from this, but an insurance agency may not. It all depends on your users and the amount of social activity you’ve seen in the past.

Open Graph tags unify the titles, descriptions and photos of shared pages and encourage a higher click-through-rate. Have you ever shared something on Facebook and noticed the logo pulling as the default image? Or seen an empty description pop up? These kinds of things happen when Open Graph META tags are not properly installed or ignored altogether. Avoid this by asking your development team to ensure they are included in the launch process. Open Graph tags also present additional opportunities to improve your click-through rate from social media. Well thought out, eye-catching headlines and graphics encourage users to click to visit your website to learn more.

We hope that these suggestions help to address some basic website health questions for you. If you have additional questions or inquiries, please contact us through our website. We thank the Pooler Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to the luncheon on Tuesday.

Minimalist Web Design – Why Now?

Today, the minimalist philosophy that promotes living simply and efficiently has made its imprint on our culture. At the same time, in the web design world, the most cutting-edge websites are adopting their own sort of minimalist philosophy – color schemes of only one or two colors, fewer elements on the page, efficient uses of space – basically getting rid of “clutter.” But are the two trends related?

When it comes to their times of origination, yes, but only coincidentally. Today’s minimalist lifestyle can be interpreted as a reaction against the pre-Recession lifestyle of excess, embracing the rejection of luxuries such as unwatched cable TV channels and larger-than-needed houses. In that sense, the trends we associate with today’s minimalist lifestyle can be traced back to about 2008.

Coincidentally, minimalist web design first entered the scene at a similar time, but for different reasons. The first major smartphone, the iPhone, was released in June 2007. Before that time, most websites were filled with lots of copy, lots of design elements, and lots of what would today be considered empty space – in other words, clutter. But this has become less and less the norm over time. Since mobile web traffic accounts for roughly half of all web traffic as of this year, now more than ever, web designers are designing responsive websites with mobile display as a priority. On mobile devices with only a few square inches of screen space, spatial efficiency is highly important, and, generally speaking, there is no longer a need or desire for multiple paragraphs of text. So in that sense, as the minimalist lifestyle is a reaction against a lifestyle of plenty, minimalist web design is too a reaction against the old ways – archaic design methods that have no place in a smartphone world.

I would argue, however, that the rise of minimalist web design has less to do with any larger cultural phenomena and more to do with two harsh World Wide Web realities: 1) the “too long, didn’t read” mentality of the online community, and 2) Google rankings in an increasingly mobile world.

Anyone who has ever read through an online discussion has likely scrolled past somebody’s longwinded treatise and then seen someone who responded, “TLDR,” standing for “too long, didn’t read.” We all do this when surfing the Web, in some way. We are sometimes turned off by large blocks of text and choose not to commit the time to reading something we aren’t confident will answer our questions. We like to save time by moving on to find concise answers with helpful images. Savvy web designers know this truism and are shifting their copy and layouts accordingly to maintain their readers’ attention.

From Google’s perspective, in an increasingly mobile world, a website’s readability on mobile devices is a high priority, and it will adjust search engine rankings accordingly. Google grades a website’s mobile performance by, among others, two signals – bounce rate and page load speed. Bounce rate is defined by the percentage of users who leave a website after only viewing one page. Oftentimes, mobile users will “bounce” from a website that has not been configured for mobile devices – in other words, the “TLDR”-oriented user chooses not to take the time to zoom in on the tiny text on his/her smartphone and moves on to the next search result. Google takes notice when too many mobile users bounce, and it can downgrade the website in search rankings if it is interpreted as apparently not a top reliable source of readable content.

Likewise, page load speed, which Google says should be less than 1 second on mobile devices, can affect Google rankings. The fewer elements on the page, particularly photographs and graphics, the faster the page will load, especially on 3G-dependent mobile devices. What better first step toward improving page load speed than to get rid of excess images that lag a website’s load time.

Therefore, with our often-flighty readership encouraging minimal text on the one hand, and with our mobile Internet infrastructure encouraging minimal images on the other hand, web designers have endorsed minimalist design for very practical reasons unrelated to the spirit of the times.

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