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Explaining Google Search in Under 8 Minutes
posted on APRIL 23, 2012
This video comes from Google’s Matt Cutts and attempts to answer a pretty big question in a very short period of time.
Part history lesson, part education in the indexing process and pretty well done, it’s worth a look. Of course, if you are a “rock star ninja maven master guru ” of the search world you may find this beneath you. Oh well! For those who want to take a look, enjoy.
Between the rise in location-based social networks, like Foursquare, and the mobile market’s meteoric growth, a new marketing avenue has opened up. Location-based marketing is a nascent frontier, and marketers are clamoring to take advantage of it.
Already, about 30% of smartphone owners access social networks via their mobile browser, and that figure will continue to grow, according to an infographic by Microsoft Tag. So, if your marketing plans include location-based networks, below are five ways to get started.
1. Push Notification Integration
One of the big reasons people don’t use location-based apps like Foursquare or SCVNGR is simply because they forget. Integrating push notifications into a location-based app is a great and simple fix.
Marketers often use these notifications to highlight activity, specials, announcements, and to further promote the app as well as the business. Allowing users to alter these notifications is an important way to give your audience some power. That ensures your messaging makes it to their phone without being a burden.
2. Loyalty Programs
Giving rewards to loyal customers for continuing to check in via a location-based networks is a great option. Arby’s marketing team did this on Foursquare by offering special reserved seating to their Foursquare mayors at 30 restaurants and 50% off on purchases. Ideas like these drive competition and increase use, which leads to greater exposure for the business being marketed on these networks.
Geofencing has been around for some time, but it’s increasingly becoming incorporated in more location-based networks. For those who aren’t familiar, geofencing is a virtual boundary set around a location, like a store. One way marketers are using geofencing on location-based networks is by sending messages to users who’ve opted in to a particular service.
Lets use Starbucks as an example. If a person crosses a Starbucks geofence, they will receive a message from their location-based app highlighting an offer, coupon, or just a reminder to stop by. This is similar to the idea of a push notification, except it’s only triggered by a person who comes into a geofence around a specific location. This messaging is more relevant to a user and more effective for a company.
4. Mixed Media
Apps like GetGlue and Foursquare both give you the ability to check in and incorporate other media. For instance, GetGlue allows a user to check in and share a favorite book, song or TV show. Optimize your content and forge partnerships with companies like GetGlue as a way to extend your reach among users that are more likely to view your content if recommended by their friends.
5. Better Content
As the king of the location-based space, Foursquare helps set the tone for innovation in this industry. Recently at South by Southwest, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley spoke about the future of location-based apps and how the company’s focus is shifting from checking in to other features that their audience uses more and that will help the company become more mainstream.
For instance, Foursquare’s “explore” feature is fairly new and allows a user to discover food, nightlife, shops, and more based on broad categories. It aggregates suggestions based on your checkin history as well as information available on the network about a location. This is why any content you add to Foursquare and similar sites should be optimized.
LAS VEGAS, NV – J Turner Research, a leading market research firm exclusively serving the multifamily industry and the National Apartment Association (NAA), the nation’s leading advocate for quality rental housing, today release the findings of one of the largest student housing surveys ever conducted. According to Survey Says: Apartment Features, Amenities and Programs That Sell to Students and Parents, 38 percent of students and 35 percent of parents say collegiate friends and roommates are the most common way they learn about an apartment community. The findings are based on responses from 11,195 students and 3,605 parents collected between January 20, 2012 and February 1, 2012.
Peak Campus Management, a leading student housing provider in 16 states nationwide, will deliver the survey findings during an innovative “Family Feud” style game show panel at the 2012 NAA Student Housing Conference in Las Vegas. The objective of the survey was to determine which apartment features, community amenities and resident programs are most preferred by both students living in student housing communities as well as parents whose students reside in campus housing. The survey aimed to provide developers, owners, operators, on-site staff and multifamily marketing executives with a clear understanding of the differences and similarities between these two audiences.
“The results of this survey provide some of the most compelling data we’ve ever seen regarding the student housing apartment industry,” said Joseph Batdorf, president of J Turner Research. “Clearly the power of referral is driving leasing decisions in student housing, and student housing professionals can certainly benefit by proactively delivering the amenities and customer service levels that translate to community recommendations.”
When it came to selecting an apartment, 47 percent of students cited rental rates and price as their top determinant, while parents pushed security to the top of their list. In fact, at 20 percent, rental rates and pricing ranked only third among parent respondents, who ranked security (34 percent) and location/proximity to campus (29 percent) as more important than price when selecting an apartment community for their student.
“NAA is extremely pleased with the phenomenal results of this particular survey,” said Doug Culkin, president and CEO of NAA. “It is my hope that these findings will provide our student housing provider members with actionable intelligence, and better insight as to how to meet the demands and needs of their core customers, which includes both students and their parents.”
Other Interesting Findings:
- Private bedrooms and bathrooms remain the most important apartment amenity among students and parents (40% and 62% respectively), followed by in-unit laundry (19% and 16%) and large bedrooms (11% and 8%).
- The number one way students communicate with their peers is – not surprisingly -with mobile phones, and primarily via text, where most students estimated sending more than 100 texts per day.
- When visiting an apartment community website, both parents and students are most interested in getting information about rental rates (parents 48 percent, students 57 percent) followed by photos of property, unit and common areas (parents 20 percent, students 21 percent).
- Besides pricing and locations, most students (19 percent) find professional leasing and management staffs to be most important to them.
- The top cable channels for students include ESPN, The Food Network, MTV, and FX.
Methodology: Four student housing owners/operators, Peak Campus Management, EDR, Campus Apartments and Grand Campus Living, participated in the survey providing access to both student and parent databases. More than 69,000 surveys were distributed to students attending 159 different colleges and universities across the country and more than 27,000 surveys were distributed to parents, Survey questions gathered information from students and parents on a variety of topics including community and unit design and amenities, social media, reception to student housing marketing programs and print and electronic media consumption patterns. The e-mail based survey was conducted between January 20 and February 1, 2012, generating responses from 11,195 college students and 3,605 parents, Survey Says: Apartment Features, Amenities and Programs That Sell to Students and Parents represents one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys on student housing trends to date.
To download an executive summary of the complete survey results, visit the NAA Website
Based in Houston, J Turner Research is the largest provider of off campus student housing surveys in the nation, representing more than 370 communities. The company specializes in developing and executing innovative and affordable research services for multifamily owners/operators of both student and conventional apartment communities. Utilizing an e-mail based survey program, J Turner Research accurately measures the perceptions of prospective and current residents to help owners better understand how to optimize operational and marketing efficiencies within a portfolio of communities.
The National Apartment Association (NAA) is America’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. NAA’s mission is to serve the interests of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multifamily housing industry to better serve the rental housing needs of the public.
NAA is a federation of 170 state and local affiliates, comprised of more than 55,000 multifamily housing companies representing more than 6.2 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. Members in good standing of any affiliated association are automatically considered members of NAA and entitled to NAA benefits.
NAA members represent all facets of the multifamily housing industry: apartment owners, management executives, developers, builders, investors, property managers, leasing consultants, maintenance personnel, suppliers and related business professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
Source: J Turner Research / #StudentHousing #Research