turbocharged - 1:42 pm on Dec 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Unbelievably we are now getting more traffic from direct email campaigns and Twitter, no one, absolutely no one, in our company ever expected that and the biggest doubter was myself.
This is precisely why we are seeing more clients shun Google entirely. No longer seen as a partner in the online world, more small business owners are realizing that Google is treating them as a competitor and favoring the very same large corporations that Google has *special* relationships with. At least with a handful of small businesses I know, Google has already lost its relevance to traditional marketing channels. I suspect that this trend will continue as Google finds it increasingly difficult to mask why some companies that Google has close relationships with have 2, 3 and up to 5 listings in a row while small businesses are nowhere to be found in Google's search results. It a slow but gradual awakening process, but it is indeed happening.