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Engagement beyond likes 1024 683 admin

Engagement beyond likes

With the recent change to Instagram’s ‘like’ based structure it’s no longer a numbers game. While there are still plenty of numbers to study in the algorithms and insights behind the curtains, digital marketers are having to adapt to new ways of engaging audiences and tracking their engagement. Now more than ever, is a great time to hone in on your social media management. If your agency is looking to expand into this area of servicing, or need to scale your current workload, take a look at the social media service packages Agency Stack has on offer. 

Since this change it’s not just those posting content that have been subject to a behavioural shift. Without likes the way in which audiences engage, appreciate, and interact with content changes too. It’s possible that overtime as we get used to this new structure people may feel less and less inclined to dish out likes. If this is the case where does that leave us in the digital marketing sphere? 

Well, for this one feature the platform has lost, it’s made up for with an almost constant introduction of new ones. From polls, chat groups, swipe up features, and ecommerce links, there’s certainly no shortage of new creative ways to engage your Insta audiences. 

There’s still plenty of ways to track your reach too. You can see exactly who views your stories, and if you’re registered as a business instagram you have access to valuable insights about your profile impressions. 

A lack of likes shouldnt be the sign to throw up your hands or throw in the towel. Content, at its core, should be made to engage, interest, and inform, all with the end goal of raising brand awareness and traffic. Just because there isn’t a number next to that post doesn’t mean your content cant be validated. Those on the platform that are using this as a freeing rather than restricting change, are those making big strides ahead. 

As the platform strives towards a freer experience, not overshadowed by vanity metrics, adopt the same approach with your content. Experiment with new ways to incorporate calls to action. Widen your content scope. Spring clean your strategy and take it as an opportunity to rejig your drivers. Make content that has a variety of goals, not just to get likes. 
If you feel like you’ve exhausted all your creative CTA’s and run your existing campaigns into the ground, Agency Stack has a team of dedicated professionals waiting to take on your clients with you. Tailor your services to your needs and deliver your clients results that matter far more than likes.

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Search Engine Flop-timisation: 4 of the most common SEO mistakes 1024 683 admin

Search Engine Flop-timisation: 4 of the most common SEO mistakes

Optimising your client’s content to make the most of your audience’s search engine results doesn’t need to be a headache. If you feel like you can’t get on top of it yourself Agency Stack lets you scale your services, and offer your clients more. Imagine being able to offer your clients the results of a dedicated SEO freelancer who can perfect their content. While the concept of search engine optimisation is straightforward, here are some of the most common faux pas we see in the industry when it comes to execution.

Keyword stuffing 

Search engines have adapted to sift through copy and weed out those that try to stuff as many keywords as possible into their sites. These sites don’t actually offer any useful or valuable content. While techniques like this worked in the past, they’re now ranked lower and lower. This system works to reward hard work and consideration when it comes to SEO techniques, instead of the short cutters and quick fixers. Now that search engines have levelled the playing field it’s important to be clever when it comes to integrating your keywords. Craft well informed copy that makes sense with the inclusion of keywords and it will improve your SEO rankings.

Duplicate content

While duplicate content is not penalised it certainly isn’t ideal for optimisation either. Duplicate content refers to content that is either the same as or similar to content that already exists across the platform. Search engines will always rank sites with unique and original content that adds value and insight, higher than those that recycle. Ensure all your clients content is made specifically for them with an experienced and thorough SEO team.

Over optimisation 

Getting the right balance is crucial when it comes to SEO. While the aim is to optimise your content, it’s still possible to have too much of a good thing. In 2012 Google actually introduced a penalty for over optimisation. Since then, the days of over stuffing and spamming are long gone. When using external links be sure to exercise the less is more principal. Pick and choose valuable links to use. Stick to relevant keywords when optimising your content. You’re not going to get anywhere trying to steal someone else’s traffic. Get smart with your SEO and get more out of less.

Bad link building 

Building up backlinks to external sites can be great for your SEO results. It allows you to optimise your site off page, but if you’re too hasty it can have the adverse effect. It’s all about quality over quantity. Make sure you’re not linking to spam or illegal sites. These will instantly give your site a bad reputation. Buying links is another tactic to steer clear of. It’s not worth the penalty and there’s far more merit in doing things the right way and being recognised for your efforts. When it comes to link building take your time. Only do so where is necessary and logical and you should set your site up for success.