Incorporation of Company Branding and SEO

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SEO is not an exact science. This becomes apparent when trying to incorporate both SEO and branding into a strategy. This process is finicky to say the least. On the one side, SEO deals with the placement of keywords and phrases. On the other side, branding deals with company loyalty and culture. Incorporating both sides dilutes the prominence of both. But eliminating one or the other may not meet all strategic and marketing goals.

Once again, it should be emphasized that SEO is a series of guidelines rather than an exact science. Having said that, the following recommendation can be used to satisfy both sides of the equation. In general, keywords and phrases (i.e. SEO) should remain the focus of any early-stage company, while the incorporation of company branding should appear later in the evolution. This is simply a general statement and should not be taken word for word.

The reasoning is pretty straightforward. At first, no-one knows the name of your company, but perhaps they are searching for your products or services. In other words, you want to target keywords and phrases that focus around your offering rather than your company. As you build loyalty and credibility, branding becomes more important. It’s at this point that you may want to incorporate corporate messaging to strengthen the relationship with customers and instill trust in your brand.

One final thought about branding: if a searcher types in the name of your company, they are likely to find your website anyways. This is due mostly to anchor text and back-links. Therefore, optimizing for the company name is rather insignificant in most cases.

Andrea L. Allen is an expert Inbound Marketing Consultant at VineSocialMedia.com. She specializes in e-commerce, online marketing, lead generation and video marketing. With a degree in Information Technology and Business, and a Professional Diploma in Business Spanish from the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, she has made online branding and development her niche over the past 16 years, whilst working and traveling through 12 countries across Europe, the US and Latin America. Andrea is also the author of several books, including Awesome Viral Marketing Techniques That Win Clients And Grow Your Business and also, Why You're Not Selling More And How To Fix It: 28 Ways To Skyrocket Your Sales Conversions, as well as How To Achieve Lead-Generation Success Through LinkedIn: Harnessing The Marketing Power Of LinkedIn You can find all of her books on her author's page at Amazon.com and you can email her at Andrea@VineSocialMedia.com.

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