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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 […]


Heartbleed Bug: What It Is & What You Should Do

As many of you are probably aware, a bug was recently discovered in the OpenSSL software used by roughly 2/3 of the sites on the Internet for SSL encryption. This is known as the Heartbleed bug. You are likely wondering if your site hosted by Smart Solutions is affected by this problem. That answer depends […]


Sign-up for Bend WebCAM 2014 before May 6 and Save!

For those of you who have attended Bend WebCAM (Web + Creative and Marketing) conference, you know what an amazing brain-boosting experience it is. Dates are set for this year’s two-day event on October 13-14, 2014. And we want you to be the first to know about this great registration deal: Temporary Insanity Pre-Agenda Special […]


Big Takeaways from SearchFest 2014

SearchFest is always a conference that we look forward to attending. It’s a full-day of insightful and powerful presentations on trends that are shaping Search Marketing and Social Media. The conference organizing body, SEMpdx’s, original mission was to “put search on the map in Portland, and Portland on the map in search.” Not only have […]


Google AdBirds

We received a notification in Adwords today about a new feature – AdBirds. According to Google, “AdBirds is a new ad format that allows you to take your campaign to new heights by placing ads on real birds.”  How cool is that?! *chirp chirp* How to Create an AdBirds ad Select an ad group Pick […]