Melissa Garner

Melissa Garner is the SEO Analyst at CallRail.

by Melissa Garner  Mar 24, 2020

How to measure GMB performance

Potential customers look over your Google My Business (GMB) profile before deciding whether to visit your business, buy your products or use your services. Therefore, knowing how to make the platform work for you is important. Along with a robust social media presence, GMB is a vital part of every local business’s SEO efforts. It…

by Melissa Garner  Mar 17, 2020

How to Do Local SEO for Multiple Locations

The internet has fundamentally transformed much of the business world in the twenty-first century. And its revolution has provided businesses with incredible opportunities for innovation, access to new customers, and growth. But like any technology, the internet is most valuable when leveraged effectively. One way that businesses can make the most of this technology is…

by Melissa Garner  Mar 16, 2020

3 reasons call tracking is critical for local service businesses ready to grow

This is a guest post by Keith Brown, the CMO of Today’s Local Media, a full-service marketing agency serving customers nationwide with a mission to bring new leads to businesses and accelerate their growth.    Over the past year, there is one thing every business has their sights set on. Growth. Whether you are looking…

by Melissa Garner  Mar 2, 2020

The ultimate list of SEO directories (plus 4 tips for maximizing your placements)

Consumers may not even notice that they are using local SEO directories, but they reference them all the time. Think about the last time you looked up a new restaurant you wanted to order takeout from — did you call directory assistance to get a phone number, or did you use a search engine via…

by Melissa Garner  Feb 27, 2020

Google’s Local Pack: What you need to know

Digital marketing and advertising offer excellent opportunities to expand your company’s reach around the globe. But they can also help you build up your audience in local communities and open your business up to potential customer in your area. Google reports that about 46% of all online searches have a local intent behind them, meaning…

by Melissa Garner  Feb 25, 2020

How to resolve your Google My Business listing suspension

A Google My Business (GMB) account suspension is a serious setback for any business seeking to improve its local organic traffic. Business owners can find themselves in hot water if their GMB accounts provide incorrect or inconsistent information about a business’s service area or address, service or product offerings, operating hours, and so on. Having…

by Melissa Garner  Feb 18, 2020

How to manage GMB customer reviews 

Online customer reviews, and even more so reviews through Google My Business (GMB), are a critical part of digital marketing efforts for businesses with physical offices or retail locations. According to BrightLocal, the average consumer reads at least ten reviews before making a purchase, with 91 percent of consumers relying on positive reviews to make…

by Melissa Garner  Feb 6, 2020

Next-level tips for tracking leads from offline sources

The ongoing evolution of digital marketing channels, strategies, and technologies has yielded the deepest, most advanced metrics in marketing and sales history. With just a few little clicks from a prospect, you learn so much — from where the lead found you to what you should do to nurture the relationship. This ease of data…

by Melissa Garner  Feb 4, 2020

How to Improve Click-Through Rates for Local SEO

A local SEO strategy is vital for every small business, drawing in website visitors and customers searching for goods and services in their own cities or towns. According to Google, 46 percent of all search queries have a local intent. For any local business, if you aren’t optimizing your website for local searches, you’re missing…

by Melissa Garner  Jan 31, 2020

How to talk to your clients about lead attribution reporting

Businesses invested in their marketing and sales processes can gain much from attribution reports. The data yielded by lead attribution can drive new marketing strategies, inform current campaigns, and ensure that underperforming channels aren’t languishing. These marketing analytics come with one little problem: To the average client, they might seem too advanced. Although the various…

by Melissa Garner  Jan 27, 2020

SEO vs Local SEO: What’s the difference?

For your site to be seen by online customers, you need to optimize your website for search engines. This is where SEO comes into your marketing strategy. Without a strategy for search engine optimization (SEO), your business could be and is missing out on a slew of prospects who are local to you, but unaware…

by Melissa Garner  Jan 14, 2020

Points-based retainers vs. flat-rate pricing for your agency

Let’s talk about agency pricing. Value-based retainer pricing models are a hot topic in today’s agency world. The idea that you charge clients based on the value you provide rather than a flat rate has emerged as a remarkable step toward delivering outstanding, innovative results for your customers. From this concept, points-based retainers emerged. Point…

by Melissa Garner  Jan 2, 2020

Ultimate Guide To Google My Business: Optimizing Your Company’s GMB Profile

Many people don’t realize that small, local businesses have a major advantage when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO). Unlike big corporations or e-commerce sites that need to rank for the most competitive keywords nationally or even globally, small enterprises can focus on what they do best: reaching customers in their own backyard. To…

by Melissa Garner  Dec 19, 2019

How agencies can manage client expectations

The modern marketing agency faces plenty of challenges when it comes to dealing with clients, building a positive reputation, and maintaining success. With some agencies, the challenges are winning. Consider these findings from HubSpot’s 2018 Marketing Agency Growth Report: 15 percent of responding agencies don’t customize their service offerings and don’t deliver services on time.…

by Melissa Garner  Dec 16, 2019

9 tips for creating an ironclad marketing agency scope of work

Most marketing agencies want to do right by their clients, delivering outstanding work on time, and reasonably going above and beyond as needed. However, any collaboration between agency and client runs the risk of miscommunication and misunderstanding. Expectations between the two parties may differ, and presumptions such as, “I thought you were responsible for that,”…

by Melissa Garner  Sep 30, 2019

What is a heat map?

A heatmap is a data visualization tool that displays user data captured on a website in the form of color density maps to convey user behavior and traffic patterns. The more intense the color values of certain areas, the more traffic that location of a page has received.   Benefits of using a heat map…

by Melissa Garner  Sep 25, 2019

What is a featured snippet?

A featured snippet provides a summarized answer to a users search query at the top of the Google search engine results page (SERP), right above position 1. These answers are scraped from other sites content that best satisfies the user’s search. Also referred to as position zero, the featured snippet answer is contained in a…

by Melissa Garner  Sep 18, 2019

What is latent semantic indexing (LSI)?

Latent semantic indexing (LSI) is a complex system used by search engines to analyze the relationships between terms and concepts on a page in an effort to provide the most accurate and relevant search results.   The importance of latent semantic indexing for search Latent semantic indexing uses natural language processing (NLP) to help a…

by Melissa Garner  Sep 12, 2019

Time management advice for digital marketers from digital marketers

Managing your time wisely is one of the most important skills for successful people in any industry. If you work at a marketing agency, it’s the difference between gaining and losing clients. We submitted a small survey asking agencies in our Agency Partner Program for insights they’ve gained while working in an agency’s fast pace…

by Melissa Garner  Aug 27, 2019

5 Marketing and Sales Problems You Can Solve with CallRail + HubSpot

Video Transcription   Hey, guys.  Thanks so much for joining. My name is Anna and I’m here with Madelyn. We’re going to go over five sales and marketing problems you can solve with CallRail and HubSpot. So, right now we are going to talk through a couple of different things.  I’m a product marketing manager…

by Melissa Garner  Aug 25, 2019

What is information architecture?

Information Architecture, often written as IA, is the organization of information into a hierarchy to make it easier to use. IA gives structure to information including content organization, site structure and navigating hierarchy in website redesigns. The importance of Information Architecture to the user’s experience The term ‘Information Architecture’ dates from 1975 and is attributed…

by Melissa Garner  Aug 13, 2019

What is lead generation?

Lead generation is a marketing strategy that aims to generate interest in a product or service from prospective customers and turn them into qualified leads ready to make a purchase.   The importance of lead generation Lead generation is a critical marketing strategy for sustainable long-term business growth as it not only works to generate…

by Melissa Garner  Aug 8, 2019

What is a sales funnel?

A sales funnel, also known as a purchase funnel, is a consumer-based marketing model designed to replicate a potential customers journey through the stages of the buying process for any product or service. The typical stages of the sales process include: Awareness Interest Decision Action   The importance of the sales funnel process A sales…

by Melissa Garner  Jun 4, 2019

Keyword-Level Tracking 101

Video Transcription [Josh] Welcome everyone, we’re going to go ahead and get started, looks like we have a good bit of participants so far, and people will still have a chance to join. So today, we’re going to be talking about CallRail keyword-level call tracking and the other type of call tracking that we offer,…

by Melissa Garner  Jun 3, 2019

How messaging platforms boost marketing performance

Introduction [Rachel] All right. Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining us for today’s webinar. My name is Rachel and I’m the partner marketing manager here at CallRail. For those of you unfamiliar with CallRail, we provide attribution software to more than 100,000 businesses and marketing agencies to help improve marketing ROI. Today, we are discussing…