Tranquility: Palos Verdes Coin Exchange – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Palos Verdes Coin Exchange - for our Customer Spotlight of Tranquility, an Interfanatic Quality

…it is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation that give happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson

Tranquility gives happiness. Of course it does; the opposite of tranquility (whether it be good or bad) doesn’t let the mind rest.

We chose this quote as it’s a good reminder to let competent professionals take care of their parts of your business for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.

This Jefferson quote, from a letter to his newlywed sister, is actually kinda funny when taken in context. He’s almost making excuses for her new husband, allowing as how he doesn’t know the man to be great, but he will do for her. He’ll keep her happy through tranquility. Not through acts of greatness, but by keeping things calm and being occupied. It’s like he’s telling his sister, “Anna, I don’t this guy that well, but I’m sure he’ll be just fine.” Hardly the glowing platitudes you would hope for.

Ah, older brother looking out for his sister.

But the point of all of this is: Isn’t it better to not be stressed out? Yes, of course it is. So let Interfanatic do our job for you so you can focus on your greatness.

Tranquility: An Interfanatic Quality

In a crisis scenario, it’s easy to get excited. A website goes down, a credit card API breaks, a home page stops showing up in search results – these are all things that can stress a business owner out.

We don’t like being stressed out, either.

That’s why we have systems and procedures in place to make sure these bad things don’t happen often, and when they do, we fix them quickly. We keep this stuff from happening. Of course, stuff happens – you can’t always keep it from happening. But our policies and procedures help everyone keep a cool head and we minimize the impact to the businesses we work with so they don’t have to stress about them.

And that’s how tranquility is a quality and a virtue that we strive for. To keep things calm on our end so you can focus on other things. (It helps us keep our sanity, too!) There’s a reason there aren’t many businesses around like ours after twenty years. And there’s a reason we still are.

Palos Verdes Coin Exchange: Tranquility for Customers During a Stressful Time

Thus, we think of Ron and Vincent at Palos Verdes Coin Exchange. They’re coin dealers in Palos Verdes who know how to instill tranquility in transactions.

People go to coin dealers for a few reasons. The most popular are:

  1. Somebody they know has passed on, and that person had a coin collection.
  2. They’re a coin collector and they’re looking for a deal on a coin they need for their collection.
  3. They found something in their pocket they think could be valuable and are hoping they won the lottery.

None of these mindsets is tranquil. When you lose a loved one, it’s stressful. No matter the situation, settling an estate is stressful.

Shopping for coins is stressful. You don’t know if the dealer is being fair or if you can really afford to spend this much money on your collection even though you really want to.

Thinking you won the lottery is stressful – it’s exciting, and can be fun. But it’s still an experience outside the norm, and therefore, stressful.

Ron and Vincent know this – indeed they carry wisdom beyond their years. They look young, but the fact is – THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF.

I’ve known Ron for a long time. When I worked at PCGS, when I worked at a coin shop, when I used to collect, Ron always impressed me. Vincent has learned everything from Ron, and he knows his stuff, too. Ron knows how to buy coins and how to sell them. He’s settled plenty of estate coin collections, he deals with dealers and collectors daily, and he knows what coins are valuable and which ones are not, even as they confuse experienced and amateur collectors alike.

That all comes from years of experience.

So, it’s with great tranquility that those of us who know Ron and Vincent deal with Ron and Vincent. We know they’re pros. Their offers are fair. Their prices are fair. When we buy or sell coins, we know we’re getting a square deal – maybe better. And I always think of Palos Verdes Coin Exchange when I make a referral to a local. The other “dealers” around here who deal with the public don’t get my referral. (Shapiro is great, but he doesn’t have a public storefront.)

…it’s with great tranquility that those of us who know [Palos Verdes Coin Exchange] deal with [them].

I never hesitate to send collectors, estate settlers, and other professional dealers to Ron and Vincent at Palos Verdes Coin Exchange. We know the transaction will go as well as it can go.

When I found out Palos Verdes Coin Exchange had expanded into a storefront, I was thrilled and proud. Interfanatic does not help them with their website for now, but we are handling a modest digital advertising campaign for them, and it’s going extremely well. It is our great pleasure to deal with Ron, Vince, and PVCE, and to aid them in their success.

Interfanatic The Works Domain Concierge

One of those niggling things business owners have to deal with is their domain name. Keeping hold of your domain name is absolutely critical. A missed payment, or a payment to the wrong company can spell disaster. There are so many fraudulent practices out there, stealing, hijacking and holding hostage domain names.

That’s why it’s a valuable service we’re happy to provide for many customers. We know what’s real and what’s fake because we do this every day, and we know how to take care of domain names. We have hundreds in our accounts.

So, take a step toward tranquility for you and your business. Let us handle your domain names so you don’t have to worry. That’s what Interfanatic The Works Domain Concierge is all about.

Interfanatic and Tranquility

Jefferson is such an interesting character of his time. Many love, some loathe, but none rightly protest the idea that he was a man of action. Aside from being a President of this country, a revolutionary, and a Statesmen, he was a creative visionary. And yeah, he was other, not-so-positive things. But one thing he sought – not for himself, but for the people of his country (whether he considered them all or not) – was tranquility.

Today, we read his words, “…that all men are created equal…”, and I, for one, choose to interpret that phrase to say that “…all humankind are created equal…” A lofty ideal, which we take to be self-evident. Not everyone was or is treated equal, but it’s something to strive after. And I know not everyone shares that aspiration when they read Jefferson and Franklin’s Declaration. But that’s how I choose to view it. And for me, working for true equality among all people will create a great, global tranquility. It’s an idealistic, perhaps naive vision. But the work is worth it.


This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Tranquility, an Interfanatic Quality.
Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

This was a fun, old-timey still life I created for this week’s social. We see the Sea of Tranquility. Some old coins. Old stamps. When there was no TV, and when a radio in a household was yet a novelty, coin collecting was a great American pastime.

Humor: VDB Coins – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

VDB Coins - Interfanatic Customer Spotlight: Humor

Like a warm summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.“⁠

Langston Hughes

Humor makes everything better. As Hughes (one of my favorite poets) noted, humor can break the ice. No doubt, as he fought for Civil Rights, he had to break the tension more than once.

But humor is useful in business, too. In moderation, it makes business meetings easier to pass. It just makes dealings more fun.

And that’s where George Huber of VDB Coins uses humor to great effect.

George is a coin dealer. He works with only the nicest, most beautiful collectible coins. He doesn’t sell anything he wouldn’t want in his collection.

Because, as he puts it, “Life is too short to buy ugly coins.”

It’s memorable, it connects him to his customers, and it’s funny.

Coin collectors are picky, and sometimes very serious about the coins they buy. Light humor breathed into their consideration is a welcome respite from the seriousness of competition and strain of making just the right purchase.

And, George is a funny guy to talk to. Deadly serious about serious coins, but he just gets business.

Which is why we at Interfanatic were so pleased to design and build him a new website to replace his aging platform. George is great to work with. His customers seem to like his new site, too.

If you know nothing about the peak of collectible coins, but you find yourself piqued, take a peek into a worldwide traveling circus and multi-billion dollar industry:
https://vdbcoins.com

And if you know everything about collectible coins, check out VDB Coins. Talk to George Huber- he’ll teach you something. And you’re about guaranteed a chuckle, too.

Endurance: Bryant Sports & Entertainment – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Bryant Sports & Entertainment - Customer Spotlight: Endurance

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.“⁠

Maya Angelou

Ah, to be like a child. To not know better. To just do, and to try, and to not worry too much for consequences.

Growing up – experience – teaches us to be reticent, to be conservative, to go with care. Which is great! And terrible.

But when you don’t know better, you just go through it. You endure. You don’t know better.

Which is great! And terrible.

The trick, we learn, it learn when to endure and when to stop and move on.

LA is a tough place to endure anything. But if you think it’s tough running a business, try enduring in entertainment, or in sports. That’s exactly what Desi Bryant has done: endured.

Desi is a hustler of the best possible definition. He always has a few things going. But he’s able to single out and represent best his people through hard work and diligence.

Desi Bryant endures.

We do, too. Like Desi, we don’t give up. Interfanatic sticks with it until there are results. That’s why endurance is the virtue we highlight this week.

Interfanatic Content Marketing: How To Produce Content for SEO

Interfanatic Content Marketing

By Ryan Delane,
Interfanatic Digital Marketing with Web Site Maintenance & Design

As discussed in Content Marketing Basics, there are three major pieces to consider when producing content for your SEO Content Marketing campaign: Content, Technical Aspects of your Content, and Content Promotion.

What to write?

Let’s get into our first expansion of Interfanatic Content Marketing Basics with tips and tricks for producing content for SEO and your content marketing campaign. Content Marketing is crucial for digital marketing strategy. If you want to guide your website up the SERPs, establish your business as a subject-matter authority, and boost sales, make Content Marketing a key component of your digital marketing strategy.

Content marketing, done well, is difficult. It’s time consuming, it’s labor intensive, and executing beautifully may be complex. It’s also vastly rewarding. That’s why we offer it as part of our services – many of our clients simply don’t have the time to perform the arduous task list. They trust us to strategize and work, so their websites perform at a consistently high level.

Let’s get to it:

Content Selection for Impactful Content Marketing

You may already have a number of ideas for content you’d like to write. Perhaps you want to establish your business as a subject matter authority and you know exactly how to differentiate yourself. Perfect!

Whether you know what you want to write or not, consult your analytics. Do Google and Moz keyword searches to discover what Internet users are looking for, and take a look at what is already on offer. What does the playing field look like? Who are the major performers you’re going to compete against? Answering these questions not only help you further differentiate your content, the answers may also lead to strategy adjustments on your part.

Selecting Target Keywords and Key Phrases

From your research, you’ll learn which keywords and phrases you want to target. You’ll find out which questions your prospective customers are asking, and it’s up to you to devise an efficient method for answering those questions, expressing to them that you and your business are the answer.

Without goals, there is no direction. So allow your overall business strategy, coupled with target keywords and key phrases to provide direction and give you themes. You want to have many variations of keyword or key phrase in your content marketing. Change it up, but like a shark, encircle your target, keeping the theme constant.

You know, it used to be that a short article posted on your blog now and then was enough. Your content would find their way into the search engines, improving your web site’s authority for certain target keywords.

Until a few years ago, some companies would hire inexpensive services to post barely-readable articles on their sites. Others services linked to customer sites from mediocre articles on generic blogs. It was ugly, but it was cheap and it worked. It used to be companies could get away with this kind of cheapo service because it was a volume game. (We never tried to play that game, by the way. Quality is always better in search.)

That’s no longer the case. Major search engines have cracked down on garbage filler content. It’s still a volume game, but there’s so much information on the World Wide Web, you have to be relentless with content. Both Internet surfers and AI-powered search engines easily tell excellent content from junk. The Internet rewards efficient, valuable content.

Today, this is what works: write excellent content. Lots of it.

Topic Research For Content Marketing

No matter how well-versed you are on a topic, market research helps. Ask your colleagues what is missing in your marketing message so you can add it. Read what is already out there so you can fill in the gaps, or make yourself stand out by proving old ideas wrong and giving your prospective customers your own, successful, time-tested new ideas.

Write What You Know

The best place to start when writing anything is writing what you know. It helps get you into a flow. And, if there’s an aspect of your business you want to understand better, here is your opportunity to learn! There is no better way to learn than to teach. Writing an article about a subject will force you to be an expert on whatever new aspect you tackle.

But, say it in a different way. You have to differentiate yourself if you want to do excellent, results-driven content marketing. Don’t just say what has been said, add your own unique twist.

This is your opportunity to say something nobody else has said. Give us you or your business’ unique perspective on the topic.

The current search algorithms force Internet searchers to be specific with their queries. This is where the key phrase comes in. Think of questions searchers might type or verbally ask, and answer them concisely. Then broaden your answer, filling in details.

Pro Tip: Keep an active list of topics handy

You know that when you sleep, your brain percolates ideas and helps you formulate answers. Whenever you have an idea, write it down. Whether you jot it down in a to-do list app, a Google sheet, or make a list on a post-it, keep writing down your ideas. When your brain is ready to attack the full article, you’ll know. But keep a list, add to it and cross items off as you work through them.

Keep your idea list handy, so you can always come back to it, add to it, and revise ideas. Even if your ideas aren’t good and you know it, write it down. Writing is rewriting – revise the idea until it works.

Pro Tip II: Just write

When I get writer’s block, I fall back on advice I found years ago: just write. It doesn’t matter what comes out. Even if it’s stream of consciousness. Try to focus on the task and allow your theme to creep in. It may be terrible, it may be incoherent, but from the process of writing come ideas which can then be put into an orderly outline. Once you force the faucet open, ideas usually then keep coming. And if they don’t, you and I both are likely busy enough to find something else to do until they do. If you can, give your subconscious space to crunch on ideas while you sleep.

Change it Up: Both Long and Short Articles Are Critical to Content Marketing

Content Marketing with an eye on SEO is a long game. Build a strategy around your long term vision. Break that vision down into bite-size pieces. Then be relentless to produce high quality, efficient, interesting content.

In 2019, both long (1500+ words) and short form (~300 words) content are important. The content should be rich and engaging, it should be pleasing to the eye, and it must be easy to read.

When you need words and space to describe your idea, use them. Make sure your long-form content is engaging and efficient where it can be. Use that space to entertain and inform your readers. Last, but certainly not least, use that space for target keywords and phrases.

When you can, pack your ideas into a tiny, ultra-efficient package. Keep your readers interested with both long-form and short-form content. Efficiency is always best in writing, but long-form content with lots of keywords and phrases certainly don’t hurt.

Pro Tip: Spice Up Articles with Effective Images and Videos

Images and videos are both a critical part of SEO. Don’t ignore them.

Crack Down on Consistency with a Content Calendar

Content Marketing is a lot like Social Media Marketing in that if you must treat it like a garden. When you try a deluge out of nowhere, it might work for a little bit, but eventually everything fades away. When you water a little every day, your results flourish. Stay consistent.

Begin by producing a content calendar. You know you need both long-form and short-form articles. How long does it take you to produce each?

Depending on the competitive landscape of your topic, you might need to produce long-form articles weekly, and short-form almost daily. That’s simply not realistic for most businesses. And you don’t want to produce drivel. You must produce compelling content, so keep your goals realistic.

Most businesses are fine with one or two long-form articles per month and at least one short article per week. But the more you do, the more keywords (of course, without being spammy), the better.

Pro Tip: It’s Okay to Slow Down

If you find that your content calendar is too aggressive. Gently fall back. Remain disciplined – keep at it. But, if you can’t do a 1,500-word article once per week, make it 1,000. Or once every two weeks. If you fall back to a single 1,500 word article per month, try to post a 300 word article per week.

Again, it’s all about consistency.

But never admit defeat. There’s always somebody else out there ready to overtake you.

Pro Tip II: Revisit Old Content to Keep it Evergreen

Don’t be afraid to revisit great content. The world evolves. Your techniques, your opinions, your best way of doing things must also. It’s okay to reflect that in your writing with genuine authenticity. Don’t be afraid to revisit old content and bring it up to date, to make it more relevant to your reader today.

As you can see, Content Marketing is Hard Work. But it’s how we brought a newcomer to page one for key SERPs in six months. It’s not easy, but with careful planning, strategy, and relentless execution, content marketing for SEO can be effective. What it comes down to is hard work.

We’re available.

Interfanatic Content Marketing Basics

Interfanatic Content Marketing

By Ryan Delane,
Interfanatic Digital Marketing with Web Site Maintenance & Design

So you got your new website up. It’s a beaut! All of your pages are carefully crafted, all of your images represent your brand well. You check your analytics daily and… crickets. A carefully crafted Content Marketing program can fix that.

You have built it. When will they come?

The Internet used to be a blue ocean where you could be among the first, and users had no choice but to find your business.

Not so in 2019. It’s just not that easy anymore. The water is deep and intimidating, with many big fish, sharks and whales hunting your prey. Finding and guiding prospective customers to your wares is necessarily a complex process. But we’ve done this before. We’re here to help.

You have many ways open to drive traffic to your site. There are a few pieces of low-hanging fruit:

  1. You can do some content marketing,
  2. you can post links from your social media,
  3. you can pay for advertising – both in search engines and in social media,
  4. you can pay an SEO service to help you climb the ranks,
  5. you can learn and do SEO yourself, or
  6. you can pray.

#1, #2, #3, and #4 are all great choices.

Posting from social media helps – you should definitely do that. And if you’re in a rush, and have a substantial budget, ads are a great way to drive traffic while learning more about your target market and their digital interactions.

#5, learning SEO is a complicated and difficult process. One you should do! But most people are busy running their new business, to commit the time to learning SEO properly.

Almost all new business owners opt for #6 at one point or another. Seeing as the other options are complicated and difficult, this is not a bad strategy. Praying is, in my experience at least, a very normal part of business, whether new or old.

But today I’m going to talk to you about #1: Content Marketing.

We’re authorities on the subject. We’ve been learning from data, perfecting the craft of digital marketing for years for clients large and small, all over the world. We do exactly the content marketing we describe below, and it’s work. And, it works. Content Marketing helps our customers improve their performance in Internet search results.

Successful Content Marketing has three main pieces:

  1. Content,
  2. Technical Aspects, and
  3. Promotion.

1) Content for Content Marketing

First, you need to choose a topic. Ideas come from all over. Look at your analytics to see what people are searching for on your site. Talk to your colleagues to see what they feel is missing from your company’s messaging. Give us you or your business’ unique perspective on the topic. The good news is, you’re an expert in your field. Write what you know.

Content Marketing for SEO is a volume game that requires high volume of high quality. So be consistent: come up with a content calendar and stick with it. In 2019, both long and short form content are important. The content should be rich and engaging, it should be pleasing to the eye, and it must be easy to read.

Keep your readers interested with both long-form and short-form content. It takes time. It takes care. It takes practice. Produce excellent content.

2) Technical Aspects
of Content Marketing in 2019

Set out some target keywords to plan your campaign around and make sure they get used in your content.

Use those keywords and key phrases in headings and subheadings to break up long content. Keep it organized and easy to read.

And when you’re finished writing your fantastic article, make sure those search engines know how to find your new great content! You put a lot of work into it, so make sure it’s easy to find. Update your meta information and optimize your content for snippets.

3) Content Promotion in 2019

You’ve produced some beautiful content, now it’s time to promote the heck out of it. Make sure it’s easy to find on your site. Don’t bury it – I can’t tell you how many times companies claimed to be focused on SEO, but then they buried their blog or articles.

If you already have social media followers who trust you as an expert in your field of content, leverage that. If you’re just starting out, Content Marketing can be a great way to show the Internet what you know.

Get links from your emails into your new content. Not only do you get strong links in, you also keep your email marketing fresh and engaging.

Content Marketing
as Part of a Larger
Digital Marketing Strategy

And these points segue into the broader conversation of Digital Marketing Strategy. Understand how Content Marketing fits in and how to use it to tell your story. Don’t think “business post,” think feature film, with plots intertwining and you at the center. Don’t just have one great piece of content. Craft a complete strategy. Give each piece of content purpose to aid your search rankings, to tell your story, and to help you promote your business.

Always keep your users finding value in some fresh piece of content you create for them. And as your followers read your writing and click your links, your site will flourish and rise up in Search results.