Apple Puts Shutter On Topsy

  • By Ben Munger
  • 31 Mar, 2016

15th December, Tuesday marked the end of a Twitter monitoring tool that is Topsy. Topsy officials made the announcement by quoting that “we’ve searched our last tweet”. Till now, many of you must be aware that the site shut down and redirects directly to a page promoting iOS 9 search capabilities. Apple purchased this tool two years back in 2013 for more than $200 million. The reason for the sudden shut down is still under veils.

Now that it’s official that Topsy will no longer be working, people are making efforts to search for its alternatives. To make it easier for you, we have listed down some of the most effective options for Topsy.

  1. Twitter Advanced Search: The tool is an official alternative for Topsy. Twitter provides a wide range of information and sometimes it becomes difficult to search for a related query. This tool allows you to filter the information according to your convenience. You can search for the terms like works, hostage, languages of certain accounts,date and sentiment. The tool provides initial briefings to pen down some of the trending keywords ideas. It gives a proper insight of the current scenario and helps to outreach the targets.

  2. Social Mention: This tool is an amazing way to learn about the online mentions of your brand and interactions about it in an easy to digest visual format. It allows you to find your brand’s strength. You can also calculate the sentimental value of the post and measure the influence of your product or service. This free online service also provides you an RSS feed whenever and wherever your brand is mentioned.

  3. Talkwalker:  This alternative for Topsy provides you with the number of times your brand was mentioned. Talkwalker provides sources where these mentions occurred. Apart from giving you the performance of your brand mentions, the tool allows you to learn about the engagement level, influencers and sentiment analysis of your product. Whether your brand’s mention is on a social media site or in the news, you are able to track it all here. You can also learn about the location from where conversions originate. Just hover your mouse over any location in the world map and know the sentiment score.

  4. Agorapulse:  The social media management software gives you an opportunity to identify and interact with people who are mentioning you or your brand’s name on the social media websites. Using the platform, you can widen your reach easily and efficiently. The tool is a comprehensive manager of all your social media needs. It brings all your social media accounts under one presentable dashboard. With this tool you can also get a glimpse of metrics of your competitor’s page.

  5. Twazzup:  The free online twitter monitoring analytics tool allows you to monitor the performance of the service or product by entering your brand’s name, keywords or just a hashtag. This tool provides all the basic information regarding your top influencers, all recent relevant tweets, photos and links.

  6. Netbase:  This platform is one of the industry’s fastest and most accurate social analytics platforms. The award-winning patented language technology allows you to check and understand the social insights of your business. You can access the real time performance of your campaign. The tool gives you a brief idea about the top performing elements of your campaign so that you can work more on them to reel in profit. You can also track and target your target audiences. Whether you are in digital marketing industry or medical brands, a pioneer in public relations, you can fetch data for all your queries from this tool.

  7. Sprinklr:  The tool was one of the biggest competitors of Topsy. Sprinklr offers you historical data and performance metrics by comparing it with almost more than 1,30,000 social media related accounts. It provides comprehensive insights of all the social activities that are affecting your business. You can export reports for your queries within a short period of time. You can easily detect sentimental score, influence, mood, intent, engagement and relevance of your brand.

  8. Hootsuite:  You get a free 30 day trial for this easy and most common brand conversation monitoring tool, some of the basic plans of this tool are free. You can get a brief glimpse of topics trending on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin. For efficient use of this tool you just need to craft your search queries in the form of a keyword. Firstly, you have to define your industry type and then type your selected keyword. Next you need to select the account of which you want to track the performance. After selecting the keyword, you need to type the keyword along with the stream.

  9. Keyhole:  This tool bridges the gap that has been left behind Topsy shutting down. You get the results for popularity and influence of hashtags, keywords and URLs. The perfectly designed interface of keyhole is easy for everyone to understand. The Klout score feature determines how recently you or your business was mentioned on a social media platform. The tool is an ideal alternative for Topsy as it provides clear statistics for your top influencers, top posts gathered through retweets and likes. The dashboard of tool also provides an exact number of impressions generated by your campaign. A quick insight of data can be taken for free.

  10. Social Bearing:  Very easy to use and a powerful tool for determining the real time statistics for Twitter. Limitation of this tool is that you can fetch data of tenure of just 7 days. You can filter the data on the basis of type of tweets such as retweets and replies, sentiments and language. You can also find interesting tweets regarding your niche from this tool. You can filter your home timeline, mentions and engagements. A feature for filtering the tweets and map according to locations is going to be added soon.All the above mentioned tools help you monitor the performance of your brand and keeps you in touch with your top influencers. These tools don’t go heavy on your pocket and provide real time tracking in a small period of time.So what if Topsy is down, these tools are as effective as Topsy. Start using them to gauge performance of your campaign on the social media platforms.
By Development Team 20 Oct, 2016

The success of your business in the online space is dependent on many factors. While the quality of your product or service is one of the prime focus, establishing your business as a force to reckon with online goes way beyond that.

Establishing a strong customer base and earning their patronage, while still continuing to attract new ones, calls for taking into account many different features of your business. And, in a highly technology driven world, your company’s website is one of your greatest assets.

As a small business owner if you think building a fan base on Facebook, sharing content on Twitter, or posting images on Pinterest and Instagram is good enough for your business, you are highly mistaken. A central digital home is essential for your business, or else you risk scattering your efforts and missing out on an incredible opportunity to engage with your current and potential customers.

What happens when a user lands on your website and does not know what to do? They bounce out of there, leading to a high bounce rate for your website, which ultimately hurts your SEO strategy. According to Neil Patel,  " often, high bounce rates are due to the primacy of design over function "

Many a times businesses redesign their website to make it look current or aesthetically pleasing, only to experience higher bounce rates and lower rankings after its launch. The mobile bounce rates are as important as the desktop bounce rates.

Your website has to do more than just look good; it has to work well. This brings to the fore the importance of its many features. Does your website give your customers what they are looking for in a minimum amount of time? Is it clean, simple, and uncluttered? Does it represent your business in the best light possible? These are some of the questions that will help you decide if your website design is helping or harming your business.

Designing a website that appeals to your customer’s sensibilities while also being a problem solver for them is a very crucial task for any small business. Discussed below are 20 best practices in website designing that you should follow to grow your business with a sound online marketing strategy.

Fresh, Unique Design

Look at your website as a reflection of your brand. What you put out there is what your customers will think of your brand. And, for a first-time visitor it is the first impression of your business. If you use an off-the-rack template to design your site, it is going to end up looking like one of the million websites out there, failing to create that unique impression you were hoping for.

Use great color and contrasts along with soothing fonts to grab the audience’s attention. Lots of white space with well-balanced colors, stunning images, and visual elements that talk about your service or products are a great way to engage your audience. Choose design patterns that are comfortable and easy to navigate. Your brand needs to stick in your customers’ memory, so you have to be unique.

Responsive Website

As Eric Portis says,

" when you design responsively, your content elegantly and efficiently flows into any device. "

There is a growing generation that is moving away from desktops and taking to mobile technology like their mobiles and tablets. So, your website design needs to be accessible on all the different devices that your potential customer might be using.

You can choose from designs that fit perfectly with assorted new sizes given their layout and structure. Use simple HTML codes for the core layout, use simple mechanics for the core elements like navigation and menu bar options. Using complex divs and fancy JavaScript or flashy designs and pop-ups will complicate the set-up. So, use them only where necessary.

Organized Site

Apart from earning you brownie points from the search engines, it will also help boost your customer base. Potential customers come to your site looking for specific information, and rarely to read everything on there. A website visitor usually skims through the headlines and looks at graphics and images.

Add text color if you want to emphasize any information. Make the headlines interesting as customers usually do not go beyond to read the content if they do not find the headline interesting. The action buttons and links should be unambiguous.

Effective Call To Action

You want every visitor to convert into your customer, thus, boosting your sales. Your CTA is what prompts them to take that next crucial step, so, it is imperative that it is well placed. Ideally your CTA should be located in the header and footer of each page as well as inserted throughout the site content.

There should be a sense of urgency in your CTA. Something like “Sign Me Up” will get you far more conversions than a straight hyperlink. Include a CTA after the product or service description. Asking the user to get in touch and sign up for more information should be accompanied by a link to help promote this action. It should direct them to a contact form, your email or phone number.

Loading Speed

" Load time is enormously important for SEO, not to mention conversions "

opines Neil Patel. This means there are two major speed fans you’ve got to be looking out for: search engines and your customers. The reason why any customer would love a fast loading website is pretty obvious. And, search engines love what website users love.

People today are pressed for time and are an impatient lot while browsing websites. So, slow load time will directly impact your conversion rate. If you have a site design loaded with graphics, make sure you have the hardware infrastructure and bandwidth to support the designs. If you have a large customer base and expect substantial traffic to your website, picking good hosts to improve the site load time becomes even more crucial.

Design And Development

You need to both design and develop your website to get it up and running. However, the skills needed for design and development are typically different. Hence, you may want to leverage different people for both the jobs. Front-end developers focus on what your users see when they visit your site and back-end developers focus on interaction between the server and databases.

Get a competent web developer and designer who can work on multiple areas of web design, information architecture, usability engineering, web content management systems, web server and database administration, project management, network security, and SEO.

Domain

Your domain could tell the visitors what your business does or could also be used as an effective way for people to easily reach your site. Finding the perfect domain for your business could be a frustrating experience. If you are unable to find a URL that matches your business name, try changing the name or finding an alternative URL that includes or complements the name.

Consider how the URLs will look to the search engines and your users. Try to use natural sounding names for your URLs and titles which should not be a problem if you use content management systems like a WordPress blog.

SEO And SEM

For a small business, efforts spent on one marketing initiative could take away from other initiatives. SEO and SEM are highly specialized fields and require considerable efforts and time to perfect. However, SEO and SEM campaigns can provide great leverage to small businesses, hence, should not be overlooked.

Consider the search engines when you design your website. Bear in mind all the factors that appease the search engines so that your business gets higher rankings and, thereby, attracts more customers.

Images

Images are capable of triggering strong emotions. People tend to resonate strongly to specific forms that look similar to what they know and like. Placing the background images wisely is crucial to drawing the readers’ attention. Avoid using images below texts. Use a good fit of image size and quality to file size. Choose images that fit seamlessly with your design and have high enough resolutions.

Also ensure the selection of your images are not slowing down your website loading time. Don’t design for style’s sake, but design for your users.

Extensions

Website’s extensions are used to enrich the site with additional comfort functions for the users. Include social media tabs so that if your users want to share your articles, this makes it easy for them. Build your website as a dialogue platform to increase user engagement. Comments are a great way to open the doors for dialogue to happen.

So, incorporate these neat little features to help extend your website in making it more user friendly for your customers.

Icons

Icons are a great way to provide ease of use to your customers. People comprehend images a lot faster than reading lines and lines of texts. Between text and images, they will naturally be drawn to recognize images before anything else. So, use icons to make the website navigation a breeze.

There are different kinds of icon sets available for different design styles, like flat icons, elegant icons, and hipster icons.

Layout

The layout of the website determines how the site’s elements are aligned. Creating a proper layout is akin to clearing the chaos. Minimization is the key. It does not mean you only put half of your functions in there. Rather, put all the functions, but sort, cluster, and align them. The shorter and easier the website, the better your conversion rates will be.

If it helps your users, then follow conventions where appropriate. This way you are giving your users what they automatically expect out of you. Being consistent with your layout eases the use and allows faster navigation.

Mobile Device Accessibility

One of the foremost principles of a responsive design is to ensure the browsing experience is evenly matched for all devices and every user. This means your site’s visual appearance should change without causing any content or function loss, no matter the device your user is logged into. Given that in the present times more than half of the traffic come from mobile devices, it is best to check your website for mobile flawlessness.

You can test your site by grabbing your browser window and dragging it to become smaller. Reload the website and explore the result.

Continuous Testing

The importance of testing your website on a regular basis cannot be emphasized enough. It is a key factor for creating a great website or web application. A polished product or service will get you satisfied customers if nothing else, and that should be the key priority for your business.

Testing will help you avoid having to deal with customer complaints. Even adding a small plug-in or any small update can cause interference with your core service. So re-test after you have added any feature.

Easy Accessibility

It is essential for you to know that users of all kinds visit your website. This means the design of your website cannot be heavily focused on one segment of users. Small businesses or businesses in local markets, should especially consider users with slow internet connection. Catering to their needs in the spirit of being accessible to all will make your business more endearing to your clients.

Keep the design and navigation consistent throughout the site. Do not create unrelated designs for different pages. Keep the overall design and layout similar for all the pages.

Documentation

This is an important aspect of collaborate web projects. Without documentation your chances of failing are much higher. Include a tool your team can access in the development process. Also use the comment functions in the programming language to explain your sections.

Bad documentation can result in exponential communication needs, task repetition, and can lead to much confusion.

Balanced Design

As Brian Dean says,

" you can have the best design elements in the world. But, if they are squished and cluttered, the… "

Simplicity and symmetry is what you should be aiming for. You can achieve balance even with asymmetrical layouts if you consider weights and position of elements in your design.

Your visitors should be able to browse your site without a single thought. Help your audience be lazy and invest in their comfort if you want to earn more customers. Striving for simplicity is an investment not to be underestimated.

Content

The whole reason you are building a website is to deliver information about your product or service for which you need informative content. Creating quality content is crucial for users and for search engines to index your site. Poor content will cause a visitor to quickly leave your site. So, keep the content current and relevant to what the user is looking for.

Avoid duplicate content as you will be penalized by the search engine. Also, do not overload your site with content. Keep the content limited, but rich and well presented.

Mockups

Planning ahead will save you time and money. Doing mockup gives you opportunities to correct all the errors. If these errors crop up and have to be corrected at a later stage, it could cost you multiple digits. It is best to discuss the mockups with everyone involved in the project. This way you can get on a common ground and then start building afterwards.

This is a real time and money saver, and will give you a website that is error-free and running smoothly.

Trusted Brand

Your website is a reflection of your brand. How you design your website speaks volumes about your brand. So, it would help to keep that in mind while choosing the design aspect of your website. Every design aspect should further the credibility of your business. Optimizing your site’s search ratio is the best way to make your site visible to your audience. So, ensure your website plays its part in helping your users comprehend your brand’s goal.

Designing a functional and user-friendly website is definitely a necessity. Your customers will want to know more about your products and services, and how it can benefit them. A dedicated website is the easiest and fastest way for them to do so.

A company’s   responsive web design   is one of its biggest marketing tools. It acts as a medium between the business and their audience, and helps them determine if they want to do business with your company or not. Your website has the potential to grow your business, not just locally, but even globally.

Design a website that makes your users go “wow” instead of “how”.

By Development Team 30 Aug, 2016
Social media is taking over the world, one selfie at a time. With people glued to their favorite apps, platforms and websites, companies are desperately trying to use social media as a profit-churning tool. With an endless array of platforms to explore, corporate firms can find the right platform to effectively promote their products or services. Businesses are strategically reaching out to the influencers in their industry to attain promotional aid.
By Ben Munger 04 Jul, 2016

Companies are making the safe move to the digital marketing world, and paring back their budgets on traditional marketing methods. Customer engagement has moved to the online world given the rise in devices connected to the Internet. Hence digital marketing expenditure in many organizations account for a major part of their marketing budget.

By Ben Munger 31 Mar, 2016

15th December, Tuesday marked the end of a Twitter monitoring tool that is Topsy. Topsy officials made the announcement by quoting that “we’ve searched our last tweet”. Till now, many of you must be aware that the site shut down and redirects directly to a page promoting iOS 9 search capabilities. Apple purchased this tool two years back in 2013 for more than $200 million. The reason for the sudden shut down is still under veils.

Now that it’s official that Topsy will no longer be working, people are making efforts to search for its alternatives. To make it easier for you, we have listed down some of the most effective options for Topsy.

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