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Meyer Computer, Inc. Presents Its Next Google Event

Join us for our next informative Google Partner Event in September!
August 30, 2016

Calling all local Maui businesses! We here at Meyer Computer, Inc. will be hosting our next Google Partner Event on Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00am in Wailuku! Together with Google, we want to help businesses in the community maximize their online marketing and advertising efforts towards positively growing their online presence.

During the first portion of the workshop, Google Speaker Tim Reis, Director of Performance Agencies, will be sharing mobile trends, research, and insights in this ever-changing, mobile-centric world.

Following this informative chat on digital marketing, we will be focusing on helping you get your local business Google Map verified. Only 37% of businesses have verified their business listings. Have you?

This section of the workshop will demonstrate how easy it is to get your business verified on Google and why it's important to do so! After the presentation, we will also be available to assist you with verifying your business. And because we're an official Google Partner, we can expedite your verification process!

If you're interested in attending, make sure to RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited! We hope to see you there!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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MCI Web Design Spotlight - Asdru Sierra

Asdru's site has us tapping our toe to a snazzy new beat.
August 26, 2016

We've recently had the privilege of creating a website for the musically gifted, Asdrubal "Asdru" Sierra. AsdruSierra.com features a sleek and visually appealing design.


AsdruSierra.com // Desktop View

Easily navigate through Asdru's page as you listen to a few tracks from his various successful collaborations and learn more about his extensive (and impressive!) musical background. An accomplished and talented musician, composer, and singer/songwriter, Asdru also represents our country together with his musical group Ozomatli, as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. 


Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet)

If you love the look of Asdru's website as much as we do, and you're looking to set yourself up with a shiny new site, give us a call at 808.249.0970 or use our Contact Form! We'd be happy to schedule you in for a free consultation. Keep flyin'!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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MCI Web Design Spotlight

Maui Realty Associates and Maui Estates Online get a shiny new look!
July 08, 2016

Searching for Maui real estate can be an intimidating task, so having a website that can help ease the stress of finding a home is of particular importance. This is why we're happy to announce that MauiRealtyAssociates.com and MauiEstatesOnline.com have recently been redesigned to incorporate a simplistic and visually appealing design.


MauiRealtyAssociates.com // Desktop View


Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet)

Both websites are fully responsive which makes viewing them on tablets and mobile devices a pleasant experience. Quickly navigate through each website to find out more about Maui real estate, Maui condo information, information for buyers and sellers, and more.


MauiEstatesOnline.com // Desktop View


Left to Right: LG G5 (Mobile), Apple iPad 4 (Tablet) 

If you're in the market for a new website for your business, we'd be happy to help you pull it all together. Feel free to give our office a call at 808.249.0970 or use our Contact Form to tell us exactly what you're looking for. We hope to hear from you soon, stay shiny!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Presenting Meyer Computer, Inc.'s Next Google Event

Meyer Computer, Inc. presents its next Google Partner event on Molokai!
June 21, 2016

In partnership with the County of Maui, Meyer Computer, Inc. is excited to announce that we will be holding a free Google Event on one of our beautiful neighboring islands: Molokai! The workshop will discuss interesting marketing topics ranging from how to get your business verified through Google My Business to how you can increase traffic towards your business through social media strategies.

We'll be offering two session options for the convenience of our attendees, so be sure to RSVP by calling (808) 553-8100 early to secure your seat for your desired time. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Mobile vs Desktop Search Results

Learn the basic differences between mobile and desktop search to-date.
June 08, 2016

When asked what the characteristic distinctions between Mobile and Desktop search results, there are a bunch of little divergences that come to mind, but we'll cover three main subjects today. Because mobile user searches are headed to top those of desktop, the search engines understand that they need to keep a close eye on what those users want and need. That's where these next topics come into play.

The Searching User's Intent

Through research, it has been found that desktop search objective tends to be going after lengthy answers and are ready to spend the time to research a topic.

In comes the mobile users who, for most intents and purposes, are more in search of a short and in the moment type of solution. Mobile search users are high up on the list for "what is near me?". Someone out-and-about searching on their smartphone tends to have a more immediate need for fast info.

Functionality

How people can physically search varies between desktop and mobile as well. Mobile provides more swiping movement and the ability to easily move horizontally which comes in handy when you have a small screen. But back at home on the desktop with more screen real estate, you are able to have a bunch of mouse scrolling fun.

Another mobile functionality that is gaining tons of traction - Voice Search. Although available on desktop, mobile reigns in this area. As more and more people become comfortable with this function, other interesting differences come up -- such as the keywords used to find a website. People tend to be more succinct and brusque in manner when typing in a search i.e. "maui coffee shop" vs asking your phone "where can I get a supper mocha frappa ding dong NOW?".

Search Result Appearance

When you consider the functionality and screen size differences between mobile and desktop, it's no wonder there is a deviation in the way search results are displayed on the two. A few examples :

  • Mobile search results will not only tell you if a site is mobile-friendly, it offers those sites a boost.
  • Mobile results will also tend to give you more local related information over desktop search -- so you can quickly call a plumber to fix the faucet or map that new restaurant you want to try out.
  • When shopping, you may notice a lot more product image results on mobile. Even going so far as to help you refine your search by price, material, etc.
  • For desktop search, related searches are at the bottom as opposed to the related search suggestions at the top of Mobile results.

Mobile is here to stay and it's only gaining market share as time goes on. I'll stress it again, as I have in the past, it's very important to prepare your websites and online presence in general for the mobile user.

April Chang
Author: April Chang
Internet Marketing Specialist at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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A New Addition at Meyer Computer

Meyer Computer, Inc. welcomes another team member!
April 15, 2016

Meyer Computer, Inc. is excited to introduce the newest addition to our marketing team: Avril Dunleavy!

A few years ago, Avril decided to visit Maui and fell in love with the island. She continued to visit Maui frequently until she finally decided to make it permanent and moved from Salt Lake City, Utah to Paia in June 2015. Graduating from Bates College with a degree in Rhetoric, Avril also had an exciting skiing career, skiing competitively for 16 years. She also enjoys pizza, watching TV, and surfing. We look forward to working with Avril and are happy to welcome her to the Meyer Computer team.

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Meyer Computer, Inc. Presents Our Next Google Partners Livestream Event

Join us for this informative livestream event!
March 24, 2016

As an official Google Partner, Meyer Computer, Inc. will be hosting another special livestream event in our office on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:00 AM. Google is holding this special event during National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of the countless entrepreneurs and small business owners in the nation. During the livestream, Google AdWords Expert Fred Vallaeys will be sharing how small businesses can better navigate the web and expand their presence online.

Space is limited for this event, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible! We look forward to seeing you there!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Just Say No to Duplicate Content

All about duplicate content and why it is a big no-no.
March 20, 2016


no duplicate content

What is this Duplicate Content Thingy You Speak Of?

Duplicate content is basically the republication of your text content somewhere else on the Internet. If any of the text on your site is copied and appears anywhere else - even if it's only a paragraph or just slightly similar - search engines are going to have a hard time deciding which version of the content is most relevant. Being that a search engines primary role is to provide the best search experience possible, they rarely show duplicate pieces of content. They are forced to choose which version to present as the original/best, which may not be the version you want them to pick!

I cannot stress enough, the importance of having unique, comprehensive content on your website.

Many people want their site to represent leadership in its field, not to be mere copies of what other sites have. If someone were to take your hard work and copy and paste it into another place, it would devalue and dilute the importance of your original content.

When duplicate content is discovered, in many cases the original content/site owners suffer search ranking and traffic losses, while your competitor's sites enjoy a ranking boost thanks to YOUR CONTENT.

Are You Creating Duplicate Content Without Even Knowing It?

You could have unintentional duplicate content and not even know it. Here are some common examples:

  • If you haven't specified your preferred domain, you have duplicate content.
    domain.com, domain.com/index.php, www.domain.com & www.domain.com/index.php
    Search engines see these as four different URLs which of course all have the same content.

  • Printer-friendly versions of a web page.

  • URLs that use variables (databases & WordPress sites) to find the same content but in different ways.

    Other examples that we have seen over the years...

  • Accommodation sites using a weblink feed to send data on their rentals to places like TripAdvisor, FlipKey, HomeAway, etc need to BEWARE. If you don't fill out the description area they provide you with, they will typically use content from your page(s) within the listings on their sites. Once that happens, Google sees the content on your page as theirs, making the page on your site (with your original content) redundant. This creates a situation where it becomes virtually worthless to keep your original listing content; as Google will undoubtedly rank them higher than you - unless you're lucky enough to be the bigger badder site.

  • Real estate sites copy and pasting info from their site into the MLS database for a property listing. Guess what? Now that content is on thousands of websites.

  • Business profile pages. It's hard to write about your business over and over. Why not just fill out that business profile on LinkedIn, Yelp, YP.com, etc. by copy-and-pasting from your About Page? Don't do it!

Be the authority in your industry! Don't cripple your site by reusing its content elsewhere. If you're having a hard time thinking about how many times you need to write about the same thing over and over and over again, just consider this: come up with the most unique, compelling and comprehensive content for your website. For all those other places, create a very different, short, concise yet enticing text about your service. No more than a few paragraphs. Perhaps talk about things that don't tend to change so you don't have to worry about updating it often... just don't give them the whole kit and caboodle.

To have a good strong presence on the internet, this is an area of importance that needs to be considered and checked from time to time.

Need help in figuring out how to combat this issue on your website? Contact us today and let us help you make your site the best it can be!

April Chang
Author: April Chang
Internet Marketing Specialist at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Meyer Computer, Inc. Welcomes Two New Team Members

The Meyer Computer family is growing!
February 27, 2016

The Meyer Computer team has brought aboard two new employees! Shane Tajima joined the Meyer team last fall as a Software Engineer. Shane's knowledge in programming has been learned primarily through self-study, on-the-job learning, community projects, and projects with mentors. He is also an Oracle Java SE 7 Associate Programmer and is CompTIA Security + certified.  After moving to Maui at a young age, Shane enjoys the island lifestyle and likes to work out, practice martial arts, and travel.

We would also like to welcome Jayvee to our Web Development team. Jayvee completed his schooling at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with his Bachelors in Information and Computer Science. Jayvee moved to Maui in his teenage years and enjoys living on Maui. When not playing a recreational game of basketball, Jayvee also enjoys video games and several popular television shows!

From all of us at Meyer Computer, we'd like to welcome these two bright minds to our team and we look forward to working with them in the future!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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SEO and Social Media Marketing News

Discussing the latest news from the island of Maui
January 14, 2016

Latest Search Engine Market Share

For November 2015 USA Desktop Search Engine Rankings market share, comScore is showing Google at 63.9%, Bing/Microsoft Sites at 20.9%, and Yahoo at 12.5%. Google's share has been dropping over the last year. This time last year they were at 67% which means a loss of a little over 3%. What they have lost has mostly been picked up by Microsoft/Bing and Yahoo.

This spreadsheet shows November 2015 vs October 2015 where there was little is any movement.
Nov 2015 Search Engine Market Share

Mobile for the Holidays

While desktop retail traffic has been seeing gains, those gains are modest and in the single-digits. It's basically what you would expect given the overall growth of the online population.

The same cannot be said for mobile. The mobile online population looks to be exploding. As a matter-of-fact, comScore put out a niffty Mobile Retail Visitation Growth Rate for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday and it's showing some interesting percentages. Growth rates on the key shopping dates are running anywhere from 40%-80% increases from the previous year. That is a impressive inundation of mobile traffic!


I'd say this is another good kick in the `okole to those of you that don't have a mobile friendly website yet!

Facebook Professional Services

Find local businesses with the best Facebook reviews and ratings.

Facebook is quietly rolling out a new local business area called "Facebook Professional Services" where the company is ready to compete against the likes of Yelp and Google. The new feature is desktop-only and hasn’t been officially announced by Facebook probably because it's not ready for prime time.

Search results are displayed in a way that takes Facebook’s 5-star rating/review system into account, but the results you receive aren’t stringently ranked only by how many stars a business averages. Facebook is going to take their knowledge of your personal preferences and the results you receive will most likely be customized depending on things such as your previous interactions with a given business’s page and/or whether one of your Facebook friends has interacted or reviewed a business on Facebook.

It should be interesting to see how Facebook Professional Services integrates with their current social network local search directory, Facebook Places - if at all.

April Chang
Author: April Chang
Internet Marketing Specialist at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Blogs for August 2016

Meyer Computer, Inc. Presents Its Next Google Event

Posted on August 30, 2016

Calling all local Maui businesses! We here at Meyer Computer, Inc. will be hosting our next Google Partner Event on Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00am in Wailuku! Together with Google, we want to help businesses in the community maximize their online marketing and advertising efforts towards positively growing… Continue Reading

MCI Web Design Spotlight - Asdru Sierra

Posted on August 26, 2016

We've recently had the privilege of creating a website for the musically gifted, Asdrubal "Asdru" Sierra. AsdruSierra.com features a sleek and visually appealing design.


AsdruSierra.com // Desktop View

Easily navigate through Asdru's page as you listen to a few tracks from his various successful collaborations and learn more about his extensive… Continue Reading

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