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Come Swivel With Us!

It’s that time again. Time for the Bend WebCAM Conference in Bend, Oregon. This year we’ve put a spin on the conference… and on the name. Swivel, formerly known as Bend WebCAM, is taking place in Bend, Oregon from October 12-13th, 2015. If you’ve attended in past, you’re aware of the benefits that this conference […]


The Facebook Bluetooth® Beacon: How this Small Device Can Bring You BIG Business

The Facebook Bluetooth® beacon recently became available to the public. The idea behind the beacon is to provide customized suggestions for places to go within one’s surrounding area. ‘Place tips’ are customized based upon one’s Facebook friends, upcoming events, and advertisements from businesses that have a Bluetooth® beacon. Whether a person is on vacation or […]


Understanding and Stopping Referrer Spam

Having a great looking and user friendly website is essential for an effective web presence. But even more important may be the need to measure this “effectiveness”. Google Analytics is currently the most widely used tool for analyzing website traffic, and it provides an excess of data to glaze over the eyes of many SEO […]


Google Mobile Update – Is Your Site Mobile Friendly?

Google has announced that on April 21st, 2015 they are making a major update to their mobile search algorithm that will use mobile optimization as a ranking signal. This will result in more mobile friendly sites showing up in mobile search results. According to Google, this “will have a significant impact in our search results”. […]


3 Ways to change how mobile affects your business

Mobile use is on the rise, and Google is doing plenty to keep up with the demand. Recently Google rolled out some changes that will make marketing to your mobile audience easier. Not only will marketing to mobile users be more efficient, but you can also market FROM your mobile device! Here are 3 ways […]


Smart Solutions Travels to SEMA

Here at Smart Solutions, we’re big fans of all things automotive. So when it was time for the SEMA Show this year, it was a no brainer for us to go. With automotive clients including leaders in aftermarket performance exhaust, a garage equipment manufacturer and retailer, and aftermarket RV and truck parts manufacturer and distributor, we have an […]


We’ve Moved!

We are excited to announce that we have moved our office to The Old Mill District in beautiful Bend, Oregon! After 15 years on Twin Knolls Road in Southwest Bend, we are thrilled to be starting the fall season in our stunning new space. Located above Gymboree, Motherhood Maternity, Tumalo Art Co. and Zumiez in […]


SMX Advanced 2014 Top Takeaways

It’s been a few weeks since the SMX conference took up residency in Seattle focusing on advanced search marketing tactics. As with most conferences, it has taken us a couple weeks to wrap our heads around all the great information we received over the two days. This year’s conference definitely did not disappoint and was […]


Google Updates: My Business, Shopping Ads, Panda 4.0

It seems that almost every week there is a new or anticipated update from Google. Whether it’s an algorithm update for hummingbird, penguin or panda – or changes related to their many ‘products’ – one thing is for certain, Google’s practices are always changing. The last 6 weeks has brought a variety of changes to […]


Google Is Judging You by Local Citations

Similar to how scientists are judged by the number of times their work is cited by others. Google is using local citations as a way to decide the validity of your business. These local citations, which can include your business name, address and other information, can directly improve your local search marketing results. This is […]