Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 7-5-15

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

 

Happy Fourth of July weekend to those of you in the US!  Hope your holiday weekend has been … exactly whatever it is you were looking for.

Building off of June’s “Pin of the Month”, this week’s #SundayMusings is dedicated to small businesses and small business branding.  The following stories caught my eye over the past few weeks.  If you own or work for a small business and you have recently updated your branding or turned up the notch, let me know as I’m happy to pass this along to readers and visitors.

#1 – “5 Digital Marketing Rules Every Small Business Needs to Know” – via Business2Community.com

Premise: Now is as good of a time as any to take a look at how you are promoting your small business, whether that be through paid advertising, social, and/or digital marketing.  Focusing on the last aspect, the author puts together five easy to follow steps on how to drive the results you want to achieve.

Thoughts: The steps here caught my attention because I am currently in the process of doing a few of these right now.  The first rule, “Freshen up”, is essentially what I am looking to do with your input in our satisfaction survey (please do fill this in if you have 2-3 minutes … and since you are reading this week’s #SundayMusings, I know you do …).

I am also a firm believer in #2 and #3 in this write-up.  Consistency matters, but so does your overall time and effort.  You’ll also find two solid recommendations for your advertising efforts in the write-up above.

#2 – “Utilize Local Resources to Increase Your Brand Awareness” via TimothyBrand.com

Premise: The author provides a real-life example of leveraging Meetup.com to build his network in his new hometown … leading to the crux of the write-up, networking with local businesses and other business owners is a great way to build your brand and learn on the fly from others at the same time.

Thoughts: Another article near and dear to me right now.  We are in the process of joining a local church and beyond this, I have had a desire to simply be ‘more involved’ in the local community in recent weeks and months.  That continues to be a work in progress and finding the right groups.  If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them.

#3 – “How to Be A Successful Entrepreneur At Tradeshows” via PurpleMoonCreative.com

Premise: Tradeshows are a great way to promote your business.  However, you have to be wise in selecting the right ones to attend and your message and booth need to be on point.  The author provides six simple steps to adhere to when attending tradeshows in order to get the most out of them.

Thoughts: While it may seem obvious, tradeshows almost never go off as smoothly as you would think and these tips are very rarely executed against in their entirety.  The tips for ‘streamlining your message’ and ‘having a takeaway’ are the two that I would agree with as being the most important.

I did like the thought behind visiting other booths if you have the time.  I would say, make the time.  What other tips do you have for tradeshows that have either worked for you or you have really enjoyed from others?

#4 – “What To Include On Your Small Business Website” via JillCeleste.com

Premise: Eight tips for your small business branding efforts on your website – which Jill states is or should be the main hub of your business.

Thoughts: Essentially, this is a nice reminder and snapshot of what your business needs to be communicating to prospects and customers.  These tips largely are there to build engagement and illustrate your expertise, while also making it easy for visitors to find out more about you on the site itself and across social media platforms.

Two quick thoughts from this list:

  • Small businesses absolutely should have a blog
  • The “As seen in” tip is definitely a nice to have, with the example image provided in the story being a little over the top

Tweet of the Week:

More tips on small business branding via infographic on Pinterest!  Somewhat related, it would be nice to have Twitter and Pinterest cut some type of deal where the pins that are shared can be seen directly on Twitter via expanding the tweet itself.

Hope you enjoyed our small business branding #SundayMusings!  Have a great Sunday and week ahead!

 

Brand in Focus – the NBA

The NBA logo, aka Jerry West via the NBA’s Twitter page

The NBA logo, aka Jerry West via the NBA’s Twitter page

With the NBA Draft this past Thursday night and my Minnesota Timberwolves owning the first pick of the draft (Karl-Anthony Towns), this feels like the right time to put NBA branding in focus!  The NBA’s branding efforts across social media have driven a nice niche for the sport, most specifically on Twitter and Vine.  Let’s dive right into it and start with the NBA’s own web site.

NBA.com ... please clean this up

NBA.com … please clean this up

For a company that does well for itself on social media, I don’t understand why the NBA’s web site always feels so cluttered and confusing.  The screenshot above was taken less than two days ahead of the NBA Draft and it is just a mess.  You have ads on the sides – which drives me bonkers across the web – and not enough focus on the one event that is in the immediate future.  I’ll save you the trouble of what scrolling down on NBA.com looks like – links everywhere, columns and rows that don’t blend nicely.

The one other item that I noticed is that the NBA has the Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ counts on the top of their page, but to find all of their social media pages, you have to drag your mouse over the “More” link towards the top right and a pop up of social media sites is provided there.

Let’s move on … quickly … to where the NBA is doing solid work and driving real engagement with its fans.

Twitter:

With 15.5 million followers on Twitter, the NBA is doing a tremendous job of promoting its brand on the network.  The NBA passes along news from around the league, RT’s pertinent information from team pages, NBA players, and finally, sister Twitter feeds that have been set up over the time – @NBAHistory, @NBADraft, @NBATV and more.  A generic search on Twitter for “NBA” gave me a compilation of all of these elements:

NBA on Twitter

The league has truly embraced Twitter and has somewhat “forced” its TV partners to follow suit.  My personal Twitter feed is full of NBA news and notes from around the league no matter what time of day or night it is.  The NBA received 100’s of RT’s and Favorites when it posts its own content and is directing followers to many other pages as well with its RT efforts.

The efforts by the league’s Twitter team has also done a fine job of carrying over engagement with fans on Twitter’s Vine platform …

Vine:

With 1.1+ million followers on Vine, the NBA is blowing other US professional sports leagues out of the water on the micro-video network.  I don’t think anyone can argue that the NFL is the #1 professional sport in the US right now and they only have 350K+ followers, while MLB has over 330K.  Essentially, the NBA has three times as many followers on Vine vs. the two leading professional sports here in the US.

Need more proof on the NBA’s branding efforts on Vine, well, I actually wrote about this a few months ago – click here.

Facebook:

27 million plus fans have Liked the NBA’s Facebook page and the engagement coming from these fans is immense.  While I see a lot of duplicative effort and cross-posting between Twitter and Facebook, the NBA typically receives thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on each Facebook post.  Note that this isn’t a once a day posting either, there are a handful of posts typically coming on a daily basis from the league to their fans.

I did notice one area of improvement to recommend … it looks like the page owner’s gave up on the milestone dates after 2011 per the screenshot below.  Please, fill this in!  I truly enjoy the history lesson that brands provide when they fill this in and maintain it adequately.  The NBA does a nice job of referencing championship teams in the timeline, but also major milestones in league history.

NBA on Facebook

Instagram:

While winning on the three prior social networks referenced above, the NBA seems to have some work to do if it is going to maintain a presence on Instagram.  With the deep following on Facebook, it would make a lot of sense for the league to consider going deeper on Instagram over its time and energy on Pinterest (see below).

The NBA has 8+ million followers on Instagram and the landing page screams “Help!”.  I’m not a big fan of how bland the landing page here is.  I have really enjoyed seeing brands create a banner that rotates images on the landing page and what you see below is a pretty basic, white landing page.

NBA on Instagram

That said, the NBA is clearly embracing the video features on Instagram, uploading a number of videos for the NBA Draft throughout the days prior, as well as snippets from the NBA Finals that just wrapped up a few weeks ago.

While I believe the league’s page could be cleaned up a bit, you can’t argue with the results, as most uploads are receiving hundreds of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

Pinterest:

Relative to other social media platforms, the NBA ‘struggles’ to build a highly engaged audience on Pinterest.  The league has slightly over 13K followers on the platform, well behind its other pages and networks.

However, I do like what the league has done on Pinterest and it might be better suited taking this style and approach over to Instagram.  If the NBA were to take the “off the court” approach that it uses on various boards and board covers on Pinterest over to Instagram, I think it could be a real winning formula.

NBA on Pinterest

Overall Summary:

The NBA is clearly doing a lot of good across social media.  However, there are a few, small tweaks worth considering in their digital marketing efforts to help build a strong brand image with (potential) fans.

Positives:

  • They have really built a nice niche on Vine
  • Consistent content is being sent to their followers on a daily basis
  • Driving engagement with fans through the use of images and video

Improvement Areas:

  • Pay attention to the details and nuances of each page – for example, keeping the milestones up to date on Twitter
  • Leverage its Pinterest approach on Instagram and maybe even consider dropping Pinterest given how far behind the NBA’s following is relative to Instagram

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the NBA’s social media efforts?  Where would you like to see the NBA make improvements?  Let us know in the Comments section below.

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 6/21/15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

This week’s #SundayMusings is dedicated to all the dads out there as we celebrate Father’s Day with a little Father’s Day branding summary.  Here are a few write-ups from around the web that caught my attention regarding today’s holiday here in the US.

#1 – “Father’s Day 2015: Here Comes the Dadvertising Deluge” – via brandchannel.com

Premise: With today’s holiday, brands have been rolling out their Father’s Day advertisements trying to breakthrough the clutter.  Brandchannel has put together a slew of these ads in this one write-up for you to compare and contrast which brands are using the right messaging and which aren’t.

Thoughts: Angel Soft took a unique way of celebrating Father’s Day, that’s for sure.  These Dove Men+Care ads for various holidays have been really, really good in recent months.  But the winner probably goes to Goody Hair …

#2 – “Celebrating Dads on Twitter” via Twitter’s Blog

Premise: Twitter’s blog put together a bit of text analytics behind Twitter profiles.  About 2.5 million profiles have “Dad” or “Father” in their profile and their analytics team took a look at tweets that included content on fatherhood-related topics.

Thoughts: One of the items that I like most about the Twitter blog is that they pull in their own tools and tricks without being very “salesy” in the approach.  This week’s Father’s Day write-up adds a nice touch with the inclusion of a number of fatherhood tweets from users.  I will have to agree with #1 on the “Fatherhood is …” list here.

#3 – “Infographic: Need a Father’s Day Gift? These Are the Top 10 Brands Dads Desire” via AdWeek.com

Premise: Y&R did a little research on the modern dad and put together the appended infographic in this write-up on what brands are driving the strongest levels of interest with this audience.  Spoiler alert: Apple has two of the top five brands on this list with “Apple” itself at the top and the “iPad” rounding out the top five.

Thoughts: I have to say that beyond Netflix, there isn’t a single other brand in the top ten that I have any interest in.  Completely understand why Apple is on the list, though it would be nice to see Android break the top ten list here.

Not to be a stickler, but do you see the typo in the infographic?  This type of stuff drives me crazy.

#4 – “Why We Should Get Rid of Dad of the Year Language on Father’s Day” via DannyBrown.me

Premise: Interesting read from Danny Brown on pushing out the Hallmark “Father of the Year” slogans and such and that how our kids turn out is really what will ultimately drive how you are viewed as a parent down the line.

Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if this was a rant at first against Hallmark, but I then read the comments to the article and it all fell together for me.  Danny does a great job of engaging with his audience and addressing their commentary.

At the very least, some food for thought as you go about your Father’s Day!

Tweet of the Week:

MLB, along with most national sports these days, do a nice job of raising awareness for various diseases, events, and such as their respective season progresses.  A nice effort here from MLB to celebrate dads but also raise a little awareness and salience for prostate cancer.  For those of you heading to the ballpark on Sunday, look for the blue ribbon decals throughout the park for these efforts.

Have a great Sunday / Father’s Day and hope you enjoyed our Father’s Day #SundayMusings!

 

Pin of the Month – Small Business Branding

Small Business Branding infographic by TailorBrands.com

Small Business Branding infographic by TailorBrands.com

June’s “Pin of the Month” comes to us from TailorBrands.com and takes a look at branding, specifically among small businesses.  What trends are happening right now in small business branding and where do I expect them to go from here?  Let’s dive in …

Looking at the four main sections of the infographic, I find half of the findings to be pretty surprising.

Right off the bat, I was caught a little off-guard at the first section of the infographic in that the majority say they prefer “stories over statements”.  While it might be great to have the full story or know/learn the story after an initial engagement with a brand, the attention span of today’s consumer isn’t going to take the time read a full page of text to get the crux of what your small business is and the benefits it provides over competition.  Get the to point, very quickly.

This segues nicely into the second point – that small businesses keep their brand names to one or two words the vast majority of the time – almost 90%.  If that would only translate over to the first point here.

The second surprise, to me at least, is that only 1% say they want to be a “big brand” in the future.  This feels counter-intuitive, unless “inspired” is or was too misleading of a word.  Who doesn’t want their business to grow to the size of a Nike, Apple, etc.?  Maybe they want to keep their small business feel while growing revenue?  What are your thoughts on this one?

The other piece that didn’t surprise me is that the color blue has become the most popular color for brands to use, replacing black.  Rounding out the top five is the color orange, which probably stands out more than any other among the top ten.

What catches your eye in this month’s “Pin of the Month”?  Let me know in the comments below or drop me an email at john@shorebranding.com.

For those unfamiliar with our “Pin of the Month”, every month we post one of the better infographics, pictures, etc. that we find on our Pinterest page and (over-) analyze it in our “Pin of the Month”.  If you have an infographic that you would like to promote here on Shore Branding, just let us know.  Thanks!

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 6-7-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

As we enter Summer and people head to the shore, I figured it was a good time to dedicate a #SundayMusings to the top Summer branding news entering the season.  The following stories caught my eye over the past few weeks.  What campaigns or brand positionings have caught your eye for this Summer?

#1 – “To Kick Off Summer, Miller Lite Stages a Mini Awards Show on Twitter” – via AdWeek.com

Premise: For the second consecutive year, Miller Lite is using the turn of the season to invest heavily in its Twitter advertising.  For $200K, Miller Lite was the ‘promoted trend’ on Twitter for a day, using a tweet with the hashtag #ItsMillerTime – a refurbished marketing message from advertising used years ago by the brand.

Thoughts: Aside from providing the cost behind what it takes to advertise on Twitter, there was a second nugget in here that piqued my interest; Miller Lite is NOT tying this Twitter campaign to a television ad.  The move to online advertising is real folks …

#2 – “7 Days to Building a Stronger Brand This Summer and Beyond” via hub.coxmedia.com

Premise: Many businesses rely on the Summer months to drive sales/revenue.  This write-up helps you think about ensuring you have done enough to drive brand resonance.  This was the start of a seven day series of write-ups regarding branding your business to further drive sales.

Thoughts: I thought this was a great idea to promote the free e-book being offered and to continue driving people to download their material.  I don’t think there is too much groundbreaking material here, but I did want to call out the 7th tip, “Be patient”.  In short, “cosign”.

#3 – “Marmite readies ‘summer of love’ campaign with flower-power logo design” via MarketingMagazine.co.uk

Premise: Marmite has filed a patent claim on a logo for the brand that includes the tagline “Summer of Love”.  Unilever has not provided any further information at this time, but the brand looks to pivot with a new campaign, logo, and tagline.

Thoughts: Had to go across the pond for more Summer branding news.  Have you ever tried Marmite?  The ‘love it or hate it’ motto/mantra seems to be very true.  I tried it on vacation once and let’s just say I fell into the latter category of that motto.  However, people swear by it.

#4 – “Target Branding 2015” via CargoCollective.com

Premise: The Target logo is nice and simple, but also rememorable.  Peters has created a new ad campaign for Target taking this theme to another level with vibrant images.  However, the red and white colors remain firmly in place.

Thoughts: There are a number of images from the various Target ads/campaigns but they all stay true to the Target logo.  I particularly like the ones that have the red polka dots that seemingly go over the person or object also in each piece of creative.

What do you think of these ads?  Too much?

Tweet of the Week:

I’m not going to lie, I laughed out loud when I saw this tweet from Captain Morgan.  Maybe it is a New Jersey thing, but I loved the hashtag #SunsOutRumsOut.  We have a winner for the best Summer branding hashtag of 2015!

Hope you enjoyed our Summer branding #SundayMusings!  Now go outside and enjoy the start of the Summer!

 

Shore Branding’s 2015 Satisfaction Survey

Our 2015 Satisfaction survey via SurveyMonkey

Our 2015 Satisfaction survey via SurveyMonkey

 

This is long overdue but I have created the survey that is linked to below on SurveyMonkey to get a better gauge of what readers like/dislike about the site, where you connect with Shore Branding across the web, and what opportunity areas you see for the blog.

Please click on this link to take the survey

The survey itself should take you no more than 2-3 minutes as it very straightforward.  I would genuinely appreciate any and all feedback you may have and will absolutely consider all improvement areas mentioned.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below or sending me an email at john@shorebranding.com.

Thank you in advance for any and all feedback!

Again, here is the link to the survey itself.

 

Loyalty to Brands – Dunkin’ Donuts

Loyalty to Brands - Dunkin' Donuts (Photo from Dunkin' Donuts Twitter)

Loyalty to Brands – Dunkin’ Donuts (Photo from Dunkin’ Donuts Twitter)

This quarter’s “Loyalty to Brands” write-up focusing on a brand/company that I have liked for a long time but have become loyal to over the past year and for a specific reason.  Dunkin’ Donuts has been around for a long time, particularly in the Northeast.

Everyone loves a munchkin (even if you have to cheat on a diet), and I strongly prefer their coffee over Starbucks and others.  However, it wasn’t until Dunkin’ Donuts launched their DD Perks loyalty program and corresponding mobile app that I really started to make frequent trips to the local stores.

Dunkin’ Donuts was one of the first brands to work with Foursquare, partnering with American Express.  When you checked into a Dunkin’ location on Foursquare and synced your Amex card to your account, you would receive a statement credit.  That started nudging me towards Dunkin’ at first.  When they decided to bring everything under their own roof and develop their mobile app, I was sold.

The ability to automatically refresh the balance on my card that is linked to the Dunkin’ Donuts app makes it an easy way to ensure I have the necessary cash in my account.  At the same time, I’m consistently earning points during purchases, which turns into free beverages once you have accumulated enough points.  (Note, as seen below, as of this writing 200 points = a free beverage and every $1 spent = 5 points.)

DD Perks from Dunkin' Donuts

DD Perks from Dunkin’ Donuts

Has a particular mobile app increased your loyalty to a brand or company like this?  Would any Starbucks fanatic like to refute this entire write-up and explain to readers why their brand of choice is superior?

As mentioned in the past, if you have a brand or service that you consider yourself loyal to and are interested in guest blogging on Shore Branding, please do reach out and let me know via the Comments section below or through the Contact page.  Thanks!

 

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 5-24-15

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone in the States!  In this week’s #SundayMusings we’re going to build off of last weekend’s “Pin of the Month” on mobile travel and link in loyalty-related articles, ahead of next weekend’s latest “Loyalty to Brands” write-up.  Here are several write-ups that I have found on brands that I have some level of loyalty to when booking travel.

#1 – “National’s App Adds “Virtual Aisle” Service” – via AutoRentalNews.com

Premise: Earlier this year National Rental Car deployed a “virtual aisle” to its Emerald Club members and users of National’s mobile app.  At specific airports around the US, National’s mobile app allows you to conduct a real-time inventory check on what cars are available at the airport.

Thoughts: National Rental Car has always been my preferred rental car provider for as long as I have been traveling for business.  The bypass of the counter feature was enough for me right out of the gate.  However, I’ve never had a negative experience with National, their customer service has been solid, and their mobile app includes just about everything you could possibly need.

#2 – “Hilton HHonors Rewards Program” via Wanderbat.com

Premise: Wanderbat provides a rundown on the Hilton HHonors program and all of its features, implied value, the encompassing hotel chains that fall under the program’s umbrella, and more.  The write-up suggests that earning points via your spend level at Hilton properties does not carry as much value as other hotels.  However, there are a number of partner programs that can be connected to your Hilton HHonors account.

Thoughts: This write-up provides quite the extensive list of benefits, how to earn and redeem points, and runs the gauntlet of coverage on the program.  Within a few clicks you will be able to find a similar rundown for your hotel of choice.

You may have already seen this but my loyalty in the hotel space has been with Hilton HHonors.  That will provide you with everything you need to know about why I am a loyal member to their program.

#3 – “Best Airline Rewards Programs” via USNews.com

Premise: USNews.com reviewed the top ten frequent flier / airline loyalty programs and came away with the ranking found in the link above.  JetBlue and Southwest are at the top of the list, respectively.  The bigger airlines – United, American Airlines, and Delta – find themselves in the middle of the pack.

The page linked to above provides a quick summary blurb for each of the ten airlines measured.  Each airline is then one, additional click away for a more comprehensive review of their respective loyalty program.

Thoughts: While I have preferences in airlines, I am not loyal to anyone in particular.  This is largely due to differences in flight destinations, convenience, and price.  Very rarely do I purchase an airline ticket without checking prices and flight times at each of the following locations – Newark, JFK, LaGuardia, and Philadelphia.  All four are anywhere from 30 – 90 minutes away without any major traffic issues.

It is incredibly tough to be loyal to an airline when you are traveling to various locations.  If you are traveling to one location for your job every week or month, it makes it a lot easier to rack up miles and eventually earn enough for reward travel.  However, I let my points accumulate with Hilton vs. any airline program due to what I view as stronger, more usable benefits.

Moving away from stories and reviews, I wanted to provide a few additional links for mobile travel.  Here are a few mobile travel apps that I find to be very helpful while I am on the road.  The links below are to the apps’ Google Play page.

  • FlightTrack: Offers free and paid versions – link is for the free version – and is typically ahead of airlines when updating delayed flights, gate information, etc.
  • Waze: When I run into issues with Google Maps and the navigation within it, I quickly turn to Waze.  This is somewhat ironic since Google now owns Waze and they should probably be better intertwined by now.  I digress.  Waze will provide you with the appropriate driving directions, alternative routes, and notify you when law enforcement may have been tagged by other users on the roads ahead.
  • 1Weather: I started using this weather app when I purchased an Android Wear smartwatch.  However, I wouldn’t recommend waiting to use this app for your weather and forecasts needs instead of The Weather Channel app.  It is far superior in my opinion.

Tweet of the Week:

Found Simplify’s tweet on a Twitter search for “mobile travel” and loved the link that is embedded here.  Tnooz.com provides a quick summary on travel and hospitality news, specifically with links to mobile and technology.  No surprise that the top stories connect mobile travel to the Apple Watch, as more brands look to make their mark in the wearables market.

That’s it for this weekend’s mobile travel-related #SundayMusings.  What apps do you find most useful when you are traveling for business or leisure?  Let me know in the comments below or via email so I can check them out.  Thanks!

 

Pin of the Month – The Modern Mobile Travelers

Infographic by Usablenet.com

Infographic by Usablenet.com

Building off of last weekend’s #SundayMusings, our “Pin of the Month” for May dives in on mobile, specifically the mobile traveler.  This month’s infographic coincides with a free ebook from Usablnet.com.  With an interest in mobile and a desire to always be traveling, this one was right up my alley.

The infographic takes a look at the mobile traveler and provides input and feedback as to how brands can better connect with them.  I particularly enjoy how each section of the infographic itself is followed by an insight blurb to put all of the pieces together for you.

After the demographic and background information, we get to the meat and potatoes of who the mobile traveler is and their respective behaviors.  This includes the very obvious differences across generations / age groups.

There were, however, two items that surprised me a little bit (read: I don’t fit the mold here):

  1. Consumers are consistently more likely to book travel on mobile web vs. a specific app.
  2. Approximately half of mobile travelers say they are influenced by loyalty programs.  I would have thought this would be much higher.

How are you using mobile when considering or booking travel?  Are you a multiple device researcher/planner and purchaser?  Does anything catch your eye in the statistics here like they did for me?  Let us know in the comments below or drop me an email at john@shorebranding.com.

For those unfamiliar with our “Pin of the Month”, every month we post one of the better infographics, pictures, etc. that we find on our Pinterest page and (over-) analyze it in our “Pin of the Month”.  If you have an infographic that you would like to promote here on Shore Branding, just let us know.  Thanks!

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 5-10-15

A mobile #SundayMusings w/ Shore Branding! (Photo credit: ZDNet.com)

A mobile #SundayMusings w/ Shore Branding!
(Photo credit: ZDNet.com)

We are focusing our efforts on mobile in this week’s #SundayMusings.  With the recent announcement from Google (Mobilegeddon) and its impact on web sites and search results, it feels like a good time to keep an eye on all things mobile.

#1 – “How to Ace the Google Mobile-Friendly Test & Score 100%” – via Moz.com

Premise: Google has begun to further roll out its mobile-friendliness rankings within its search algorithms.  This write-up focuses on the mobile test itself by Google, but also includes links to several other Mobilegeddon write-ups that were put on Moz.com.

Google’s mobile checking Chrome extension will rate your site and provide feedback on areas that may need improvement.  The write-up also goes into the five components of the mobile score and quickly what each represents.  The team at Moz wound up doing their own test across 4K sites to see who did well and who scored poorly on the new algorithm.

Thoughts: What caught my eye on this article vs. the many, many others regarding Mobilegeddon was the willingness to put together real-life examples from around the web and quantifying those results.  A well deserved “kudos” to the team at Moz that went through this effort!

Have you tested your site’s mobile ranking?

#2 – “Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm A Week Later: Was It Really Mobilegeddon” via SearchEngineLand.com

Premise: After all of the uproar, did the change in Google’s algorithm drive significant change in mobile search results?  According to this write-up and the coinciding mining, the answer is ‘not really’.  Tracking results from others around the web (links included within the story, including the work done by Moz) the author finds that while changes have been seen, they are not as significant as “feared”.

Thoughts: Similar to many stories seen on the news these days, Mobilegeddon was ramped up as a colossal event that would shake the world to its core (OK, maybe that is even a bit much), only to find that the changes in search results have been impacted, but not turned upside down.

#3 – “Notes From A Mobilized Marketer – It Isn’t The Young That Value The Smartphone The Most” via JeffHasen.com

Premise: Jeff cites research from Pew Research Center that states that the older you are, the more you value your smartphone.  The vast majority (82%) of those 65+ in age say their phones give them freedom.  That’s just one of a dozen or so headlines from the past few weeks included in this “musings”-like write-up.

Thoughts: While I tend to agree that as I get older, my phone becomes more prevalent, I don’t know if I think that is because I’m getting older as much as it is the fact that my phone is getting better.  What are your thoughts on this?

What really caught my attention here is actually the news that Meerkat jumped ahead of Periscope and was first to launch its app on Android devices, while Periscope remains an Apple-only product.  If I didn’t love Twitter and Vine so much, I would make a much bigger deal out of this, but come on Periscope … we’re waiting!

We’re going to move away from more news articles this week and embed a few items of interest.  First, take a look at the SlideShare below on Wearable technology and its role in mobile:

Next, I found this YouTube video (on DigitalTrends.com) and thought how true (and sad) this is in our everyday lives:

Tweet of the Week:

Have you seen this story yet?  A woman was in a hostage situation in Florida and placed an order to her local Pizza Hut with the emergency message for help.  Truly amazing that she was able to get this through, the employees were smart enough to act on it, and the situation didn’t escalate.  It’s a crazy world we live in these days.

That’s it for this weekend’s #SundayMusings.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!