I've been spending the better part of the last couple days really digging into the Internet marketing tools at Raven. I've heard about them for quite some time, but I just hadn't had a chance to give them a serious try.
There are a lot of really good things about these tools. You can tell Raven has thought about the user interface for a long time and has done a good job of anticipating users' needs.
When I first began using the tools, I felt that I probably could pull all this information together from sources that were either cheaper or free. I no longer think that's true.
The major value of these tools is that you don't have to cobble together a bunch of information from multiple places. The biggest thing I learned from this recession is that efficiency is absolutely key to the success of business.
The basic plan starts at $19 a month and would probably be plenty for the owner of a single site. For $99 a month, you can track up to 1,000 different key phrase rankings within many different international engines. You can track 1,000 phrases all in Google, or you can track 333 in Google, 333 in Yahoo, and 334 in Bing. Tracking more than 1,000 positions costs $.06 per keyword tracking.
As an agency, this pricing structure is great because I can have an unlimited number of domains. I'm just paying for the services I use across all my clients' websites.
Let's look at the key areas of the tool:
Raven does an excellent job of helping organize your traffic generating strategies into efficient systems across many sites. This is likely to become a major part of my arsenal of must-have tools.
Of all the things it does, I don't have any desire for them to work in a different way. This tool is clearly incredibly thought out. If anything, I just want more of what it does already.
I'm not sure if my wishes are even possible, but if I could dream of a Raven of the future, it might include things like:
The only reason I came up with these additional ideas is because the tool is so amazing already. I just want to see its amazingness continue.
Nice work Raven people!
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Sage Lewis is the president of SageRock Digital Marketing. SageRock has been a leader in Web marketing since 1999, offering search engine optimization, paid search marketing, social media marketing, and analytics.
Sage speaks nationally with SES and other prominent Web marketing organizations. He is one of the most sought after speakers and coaches in the field of Web marketing. From coast to coast, Sage has trained, coached, and consulted with some of the largest brands and conferences in the country.
Sage is also "The Web Marketing Video Guy" with nearly 500 Web marketing videos published. Sage writes as an expert for ClickZ in the "Search Engine Marketing" section. He lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife, Rocky, and son, Indiana.
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