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Stephen Cannon

Stephen is the President and Strategist for Right Foot Forward Marketing & Design. When not at his desk, he is either locked in an epic lightsaber battle with his two young boys, gardening, or hanging out with his awesome wife.

Recent Posts

How to Up Your Social Media Game

Posted by Stephen Cannon Aug 26, 2016 2:23:49 PM

Social media may have been considered a passing fad at one time, but the verdict is in and social media is now widely recognized as a vital part of your marketing stratgy. If your goal is to be an impersonal business that has no relationship with its customers and does not to wish field customer input, then you can skip the rest of this post. However, if your goal is to build a community that promotes your business while letting customers contribute, keep reading.

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Topics: Social Media

How to Avoid Losing Your Reader Due to Website Clutter

Posted by Stephen Cannon Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How many times have you been on your way out the door to work and you can’t find something you need for the day? Or when you’re in a rush and start digging through a cluttered basement or bedroom to find something in order to not be late?

The same thing happens to busy, overwhelmed internet users when they encounter website clutter.

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Topics: Responsive Design, Websites, Web Design

SEO For The Business Owner

Posted by Stephen Cannon Aug 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM
When it comes to growing your business, one of the first tactics that come to mind is SEO. You know it’s important, but what exactly is SEO? How does it work? How do you sort through all the companies, freelancers, and overseas spammers claiming they can improve your search rankings? With so many questions, business owners are understandably anxious when investing in SEO. While I can't answer all the questions surrounding the enigmatic topic of SEO, I can help you understand the fundamentals of SEO.
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Why You Need to Be Using Long Tail Keywords

Posted by Stephen Cannon Aug 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you’re skeptical about long tail keywords, imagine being a customer with a question. You approach your computer, pull up Google, and start typing in the nature of your inquiry: “video conference.”

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Topics: SEO, keywords

How Important is Having a Responsive Website?

Posted by Stephen Cannon Aug 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It's well known, and we have discussed it a few times, Google announced in April 2015, that more preference will be given to mobile-optimized websites in search results. Considering Google owns nearly 90% of search engine share worldwide, any update of theirs draws a crowd, let alone an algorithm change this matter-of- fact.

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Topics: SEO, Responsive Design, Web Design, User Experience

What is an Inbound Website?

Posted by Stephen Cannon Jul 20, 2016 4:22:40 PM

One term that has always made me cringe a bit is a “brochure website.” What I read between the lines when someone says, "all I need is a simple brochure site," is that they do not value their website as a tool, but see it as a box to check. Even if subconsciously, this person does not see their website as the marketing and sales asset that it should be.

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Topics: Websites, Inbound, Web Design

Which Marketing Strategy Is Best For Your Business?

Posted by Stephen Cannon Jul 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

These days marketing is typically divided into two arenas: inbound and outbound. Outbound is what generally comes to mind when you think of marketing. It’s what everyone has done to drive their business for the better part of forever.  Inbound is a relatively new term that takes into account that buyers are more educated and less susceptible traditional advertising tactics.

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Which Website Redesign Process is Right For You?

Posted by Stephen Cannon Jun 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s time to give that old website a facelift. Your customers complain about it, your sales team is embarrassed by it, and there has been a spelling error on the homepage for 3 years, and no one knows how to fix it. Sound familiar? So, you have decided that it’s time to have the site redesigned, but where do you start?

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Topics: SEO, Websites, website redesign

How To Build Inbound Links For Service Companies

Posted by Stephen Cannon Jun 28, 2016 8:08:01 AM

In an ideal world, every business, no matter how small would have a budget big enough to hire a marketing company. Someone to build their business and navigate the world of SEO, keywords, link building, social media presence, and the list goes on. Realistically speaking, that’s not attainable for many businesses, especially service companies. Don’t panic, there are lots of things you can do to promote your services online. Some of these things you may already be doing and simply aren’t capitalizing on them through the right promotion avenues.

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Topics: SEO

SEO Adjustments for Google's "Mobile Friendly" Update

Posted by Stephen Cannon Jun 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A little over a year ago Google  implemented its "mobile friendly update" (a.k.a Mobilegeddon). This update made the mobile compatibility of a website an actual ranking signal in Google's algorithm. Most of the discussion leading up to the update was the importance of websites being "responsive." This caused a lot of businesses to scramble to make their sites responsive, or it created a false sense of security for those whose site was already responsive. There is a little twist to the story...

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Topics: SEO, Responsive Design, Mobile