How to Choose the Best Marketing Consultant

Are You Finding the Right Consultant/Agency for Your Business?

Has the deluge of noise in digital marketing become too much for you to bear? Well, hang in there because all you might need is a few pointers and some enouragement to get some clarity.  Since marketing is pivotal to success now, picking the right consultant or agency is particularly important.

The right agency or consultant or agency will stand out through their plentiful questions that show they understand your business. They may be thought leaders.  

They’ll also be more helpful and generous with insight, and they’ll show a willingness to learn and adapt to the actual needs/challenges you describe. On their website, you’ll understand their value proposition quickly and they will stand out as unique and capable.

Right off the bat, you’ve got some good indications, but you need to dig deeper.

The Key Business Asset – Your Agency or Consultant

The best won’t often be the wealthiest ones you speak with, however if they have a wealth of talented staff, good software, and other assets, it can make a difference.  Besides brains, energy, drive, and experience, what is it about them that will make them the most important business asset you’ll have? Let’s take a look.

Does your current marketing agency listen to you? Do they encourage you? Do they find the right solution, or just the ones they sell? Is their focus short term? Do you think they’re ready for the future?




Every Executive’s Challenge: How to Achieve Clarity

Your mind is frazzled and you’ve become entrenched in a losing position, so I thought I’d give you a simple, focused list of marketing services provider attributes, and a plan of action.

Expert Opinions: “Instead of understanding the buyer, and presenting a solution from a buyer’s perspective, too much emphasis is placed on the features and details of the product/service that’s being sold and on the credentials of the provider themselves.” — Richard Young of Pipeliner Sales

Having the Right Questions

  • do they have real expertise in the key areas you’re failing in?
  • can they provide a complete assessment so you know they understand your business, what is failing, and how they will fit in?
  • what is the cost vs revenue of their solution?
  • is their content marketing good enough?
  • are they an actual expert in their digital marketing field?
  • are they creative geniuses?
  • are they an expert in your field?
  • have they become a master in other client industries?
  • are they offering temporary or long term results?
  • what does their website/social activity indicate about them?
  • how will they add value?
  • are they up on the latest strategies and software?

Certainly, a track record of success, decades of experience and client testimonials can help. And complete money back guarantees are quite an incentive for cash strapped, nervous SMB owners. However, these would come after you’ve answered the basic “can do” abilities in the list above.

As a digital marketing services provider, it’s easy for me to see through the promotional tactics used to lure client prospects. The top ones involve hiding behind cool trendy web design, buzzwords, and “staff party photos.”

Perhaps the key is finding a modest provider with multiple skills/services who is willing to dedicate to your business. Most agencies can’t do that because of their massive overhead and a staff with a limited range of expertise. Yet, keeping up isn’t easy and agencies have a difficult time finding good people.

It’s wise to find a marketing provider with impressive skills and a willingness to become an expert in your field. Industry expertise is a saleable benefit for marketers. Technological expertise, thought leadership, and the ability to write persuasively and in an engaging manner can make a big difference in content strategy results for instance. Ask yourself whether this provider is going anywhere.

Your New 5 Point Plan of Action

1.  find a digital marketer with demonstrated skills and ask them to do a thorough digital marketing assessment
2.  assess their skill and knowledge of your industry
3.  listen to their questions – it tells you whether they understand your business and your needs
4.  build a digital marketing strategy and prioritize which channels will make a difference
5.  hire a digital marketer who is eager to dedicate themselves to your company

I hope this list of attributes of a dedicated, digital marketing provider helps you focus on what you need to do. Right now you’re probably feeling good so use this moment to move ahead, investigate and make a decision.

That’s the gist of good decision making. Slow down, be calm, find the essentials, and buy the services that match your actual needs.

If you have me conduct your digital marketing audit, I can explore and discover those missing gaps and what the causes are.  Your assessment is one great way to quieten all the noise.

Get focused and feeling good then contact me when you’re ready at 416 998 6246.

I’m looking forward to seeing you smile.




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Content Personalization Software

Should you Personalize your Content for Each Visitor?

Trends happen. Content personalization is one of the most important and exciting trends in digital marketing in 2017. In 2018, it may be that personalization is a top factor in impact, engagement, and sales.  In a nutshell, this is about delivering unique customer content experiences and using it as a way to learn more about your customers.

It’s not easy to meet visitor’s demands and make digital marketing work in the era of extreme attention scarcity.  Yet we do have a way to create awesome, epic content experiences that make an impact.

That’s to use Content Personalization Software. Let’s take a good look at why you might want to use it.

If Customers Believe They’re Special — Maybe We Should Too

Artificial intelligence software can help with personalized content however, it’s a little pricey. This is why content personalization software is likely the right entry point to a massive shift in how you do marketing. Let’s discuss why and how content personalization will help your business. Powerful software combined with the strategies I cover in The SEO/Content Strategy Guide delivered could be a game changer for your business.

Content personalization has been around for a while. Today, they’re adding AI driven testing to speed up results. Personyze, Onespot, and Ezoic are a few notable solutions you can get familiar with to help you customize your content and grow your revenue.

Back in the year 2000, website visitor attention span was 12 seconds. Today it’s about 8 seconds! Visitors scan quick to see if your content is relevant

 




A Perfect Fit for Your Content Success

Here’s the real goal of your digital marketing process:

Build high volume visitors via SEO or PPC, identify the few visitors who really matter, then build high quality content to suit their needs personally.

I’m not going to say your content sucks.  However, would you agree that it could be better? Would you also agree that visitors likely are bouncing because they feel they’re wasting their time? Content engagement is crucial to Google rankings and conversion rate success and we can never be good enough.

Feeling a Little Dubious About Automating Insight?

3 Reasons Why Your Current Web Content Doesn’t Work

Number 1 Reason: Your content topics and presentation of them do little for 90% of your readers, including your top prospects. To discover those interests, you must test to find them. The personalization software speeds that process up, and can actually respond to each individual visitor. You can’t accomplish this any other way.

Typical site bounce rate: 80%.  Each of your visitors have their own unique interests so responding to them manually is impossible. With content personalization software, we can learn what each visitor wants based on the landing page they arrived at, the combination of content they did see, layouts, types of images, videos, data, downloads, copy, headings, keywords used, page load speed, their click path through your site, how long they engage with certain pages, and more.

The software can collect, process, and remember a lot about a particular visitor. And with some Artificial Intelligence learning, it can help us discover the best content paths overall, which could open up the volume of leads and sales you are hoping for.

Number 2 Reason: Your traffic is low volume and low quality. The few visitors you’re getting aren’t well-qualified visitors, just people surfing who stumbled on your site via some extraneous topic. You need better visitors and that’s done through PPC, organic search engine optimization and content optimization.




Number 3 Reason: You’re going it alone without fresh ideas, professional help, software, or a focused strategy. This is why most small business people avoid SEO and Content Strategy and digital marketing. If you’re unsure who to ask, just starting asking anyone and work your way through to the best content strategist.

 

Are You Getting the Results you Need?

Is it time to assess your website, SEO, and content strategy and get revved up for a better year in 2018? Contact me now at 416 998 6246 to discuss your goals and needs.

 

Do you need New, more Relevant Content?

Or can you use what you already have? You can modify whatever you have if it’s appropriate. However, all this data below suggests you need content built for your best prospects.




A study conducted by OneSpot discovered that 87% of respondents reported that personally relevant branded content positively influences how they feel about a brand.

Demandbase Content Personalization

Personalization Software Advantages

The advantages of personalization software is impressive. You can tailor your content experience for each visitor, or visitors from a specific city, create custom promotions, and test constantly to improve your lead success. You can identify your most important visitors and serve the ideal content for them.

  • deeper engagement of visitors/customers
  • content sequencing
  • behavioral targeting
  • hooking your visitors on arrival better
  • lower cart abandonment
  • reduce wasted time/cost of ineffective content
  • create dynamic landing pages
  • perform multivariate tests
  • discover real KPIs
  • customized promotions
  • recommend relevant content
  • improve remarketing emails
  • improve socialmedia engagement
  • personalize your content and content marketing

The advantages of content personalization go further. When content is relevant, visitors are more likely to share on social media, more likely to create links to your site, and boost your authority and brand value to customers. And more content isn’t the goal. It’s creating the right content that matters that generates real sales.

Graphic Courtesy of Onespot.com

Onespot is just one provider of content personalization software. Have a look at their features and new developments at onestpot.com. Does content personalization really work? Delta Faucet boosted pageviews by 49%, created 4X more clicks on CTAs, and quadrupled on-site engagement.

Creating, designing, and managing a content strategy is hard work. But when you automate this and make it work for each individual visitor, you’re giving your value proposition a healthy booster shot.

This software could provide an excellent learning process for you too. We can conduct a content audit, measure key statistics, find the best targets/segments, create content for them, then continually optimize it to improve sales.

By using your CRM and analytics reporting, you can discover which content is generating the best results. And it won’t take long to improve your content and grow your visitors interest in you or your business.

Ezoic Ad Testing

Ezoic is an artificial ad testing software for publishers. However, they will soon provide a level of content testing too. They do this for FREE! If you’re a publisher who makes money off of ads, the Ezoic is a great choice.  By testing your content, and personalizing it using ezoic, you could increase your ad revenue significantly.




Content Personalization has been a big priority for several years now, and the pace is picking up considerably along with the arrival of more artificial intelligence marketing software. This is one more way I can add value to your marketing campaigns.

With all these strategies, software and opportunities available, you can create a superior market position and start giving the market leaders a rough time of it. You can be competitive and create a unique niche that competitors can’t mimic.

It’s time to take content strategy seriously by combining software with high quality content.

Call me at 416 998 6246 so we can get started.

 

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Hotel SEO – Creating Customers out of Travellers

Whether it’s cheap flights or business class hotel bookings, you know how searchers look hard on Google for the right rates and locations.  

And while expedia, hotels.com, trivago, and airbnb are also well aware of the power of Hotel SEO and have big outreach via social media, there’s plenty of opportunity to build traffic for your hotel or B&B Inn.

Today, it’s all about the customer journey, the experience they have while searching. That search may begin with “cheap hotel rooms” but with excellent search engine optimization and expert content strategy, the path that travel consumer takes can be managed. We an show them a better solution than cheapest hotel rooms, New York, or San Diego hotels.

SEO is just the beginning. Content strategy and content engagement pave the way to hotel bookings and revenue




How much Traffic can Hotel SEO deliver? A lot.

In fact, I doubled a major hotel’s traffic and made a big impact on their bottom line. This was traffic generated via Google, Yahoo, direct visits, and other website referrals. Adding a million new visits per year makes Hotel SEO a respected profession. I’d be delighted to perform SEO for your hotel brand.




I do love travel and hotels are recognized as convenient, safe, and comfortable accommodations. Your SEO specialist should have a passion for destinations. My personal favorites are Banff, San Diego, Costa Rica, Whistler BC, and Florida. Any many more locales await!

And while AirBnB has put a good deal of pressure on the hotel industry, hotels have innovated.  Years ago, hotel marketing communications were formal and narrow thinking. Yet today they’ve opened up to more personal and creative interactions with travellers looking for fun, helpful and engaging content.  There are alternate paths on the hotel customer journey.

AI Solutions for Hotel Marketing

With artificial intelligence marketing software beginning to roll out, the role of Hotel SEO specialists will evolve. The new AI marketing software brings unbelievable insight and power to SEO specialists. Now we can test content for impact, clickthrough conversion rates, and engagement improvement. AI marketing and content personalization software is a godsend to those looking for big improvements.

How to Build Hotel Search Rankings?

Achieving rankings, wide and deep, actually requires a lot of content, ingenuity, and social connectedness.  There is original content and then there’s more content that we might glean from your property databases. Whatever can help us generate rankings and build our relevance to RankBrain and searchers.

The strictness and avoidance of risk that major brands have as their achilles heal, is just one area where your small hotel can exploit. On a local level as well, many hotels won’t play the give and take that high performance SEO takes. So whether it’s local SEO or large scale Hotel SEO, there are niches and opportunities where you can beat the big brands and get solid exposure.

What do You Need to Win your Google Rankings?

  1. bold, confident keyword selection (head and longtail both)
  2. clever, engaging content constructed as a whole on your website
  3. high performing EPIC level visual content
  4. high quality, sharable blogs, pdfs, videos, photos
  5. interesting, engaging blog posts using semantically relevant copy
  6. high quality travel-related stories

Good Content for Engaging Behavior

Yes, as I demonstrate in my new SEO Book, there is no dichotomy between SEO and Content Strategy. You can align and combine to make Google and customers have the same pleasant and and convincing experience. Let’s get your Web presence optimized from top to bottom.




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Searchlove SEO Conference

Lots of Great Speakers for Searchlove 2018 in San Diego

If you’ve ever needed a reason to go to San Diego, well, you’ve got one more now. It’s Searchlove 2018! It will be held at the beautiful Paradise Point Resort this coming  26th & 27th of March, 2018. Paradise Point Resort and Spa is very close to Mission Beach, Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove, and Seaport Village.

You may want to take a full week for this one. Take a good look at what you could enjoy in San Diego.

What Could You Learn at Search Love San Diego?

  1. that search marketing is fun and you’ll meet some great people in the industry
  2. how the visitor experience affects search
  3. finding your brand voice
  4. how to promote your content
  5. the latest in search engine optimization tips and discussions

The theme for Searchlove San Diego is “Get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more.” That’s not a bad value proposition when you put it in the middle of this amazing city. And in the dead of this coming winter, we’ll all be thinking about how we could have attended.




It’s a great experience for digital marketing specialists, SEO specialists, small business owners, entrepreneurs, ecommerce shop owners, copywriters and of course content strategists!

You’ll be enjoying an unbelievable range of notable experts to listen to in San Diego including Rand Fishkin,  Larry Kim, and Oli Gardner. Check out the cool videos below.

Paradise Point Resort San Diego

The name Searchlove implies the love we all have for the art and science of SEO which you’ll get the gist of when you read my new book on SEO and Content Stategy. Check Searchlove in San Diego for sure.




Back to San Diego, this is one event that could really perk up and reignite your interest in search engine optimization and content strategy in 2018. Stats show SEO is growing in budget and although Google has made it more difficult to rank and get traffic, it is a smart choice to continue pursuing visibility in Google SERPs. Google organic serps still drive the lion’s share of web traffic.

Top speakers at this convention include Rand Fishkin of Moz (the King of SEO videos and 10X content), Oli Gardner of Unbounce, Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive (first guy to use the term keyword reputation), Justin Cutroni of Google (Analytics guy I studied with in Boston), Larry Kim of Mobile Monkey Chatbots, Will Critchlow of Distilled, Marcus Tober of Search Metrics, among other SEO, analytics and content people.

Here’s Rand Fishkin talking about sharing and learning at Searchlove

Here’s more from Rand Fishkin about SEO and his personal journey, on Business and Burgers. Very interesting.

And here’s Oli Gardner explaining how to grow conversion rates with his complete conversion equation. Wow.

I’m a little disappointed that someone from the artificial intelligence marketing community isn’t attending. The impact of artificial intelligence is a dominant topic going into 2018. Google is fully committed to developing RankBrain further.

And once it is, RankBrain won’t be just the master controller, it will start to make content, authority, and engagement valuations on its own. That has to make it one of the most important topics for any SEO Company or marketing agency too.

There doesn’t appear to be much coverage on visitor engagement yet it won’t be long before it’s covered in depth.

So have another look at my favorite place, San Diego California. I hope to be there in February too! Anyone want to carpool?  Find out more about Search Love San Diego at their conference website.

Sharing is Caring!  Let your friends and colleagues know about this event via Linkedin or Facebook.

 

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Canadians Buying US Real Estate

Lucrative Canadian Real Estate Market Spilling over into the US

Foreign buyers are buying up US properties and the biggest increase is coming from Canadians. Even NAR’s Chief Lawrence Yun was surprised by the growing demand from Canadians given the low Canadian dollar. Yun is quoted in an LA Times report that the high housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver were also behind the movement of investment money to buy US real estate.

Chinese Buyers looking to buy real property

Canadians are now the biggest buyers of US real estate at $20 Billion per year next to the Chinese at $31 Billion. There’s no reason to believe it won’t continue right through 2018.




Canadians are buying in Arizona, Florida, and Nevada and many are investing as vacation homes or as rental income properties. Interested in income properties? Check out the best cities for investment and the best US Cities to Live.

One Toronto real estate agent was quoted as saying buyers are cashing out in Canada and then buying second houses to vacation in the United States, usually in Florida. “The Canadians love your weather.  We have more money because of our real estate market here — that’s really the answer.

Canadian Investment in US Property up 50%

Purchases from foreign buyers in the US has grown 50% in the last year.  This is a big trend which US real estate agents should be aware of. The lack of housing supply in the US is putting upward pressure on prices, which perhaps Canadian buyers are hoping to gain from.

Many Canadian and Chinese buyers go online to find suitable investment properties. Is your website visible online? Is it truly engaging for buyers and sellers? Take a good look at these real estate marketing packages to gauge where you should aim your strategy.  There’s never been a better time to plan your real estate sales future.

Call me at 416 998 6246 and let’s get your career launched properly.




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Marketing Agency San Diego Los Angeles San Francisco – Blueprint for Success

Understanding The Marketing Service Ecosystem

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If you’ve ever wanted to launch your own marketing agency, in San Diego, Los Angeles or Boston, you’ll be glad to know I’ve worked for those who have done it. They became quite wealthy and enjoyed fantastic exposure to the latest technology, ideas and had money to travle worldwide. There’s a lot of benefits.

If you like the idea, then Paul Roetzer’s new book The Marketing Agency Blueprint should be a vital and fascinating resource. And I might add that my new book and services might be part of your future too.

The Marketing Agency Blueprint is chock full of ideas, advice and resources on how to build a successful digital marketing agency. The market for marketing agency services is increasingly complex so this type of book is excellent for clarifying goals and building a plan of attack.

Just about everyone and their grandmother is launching a marketing company today, so if you’re serious, you’d better get a copy of this book. Roetzer describes a new type of agency that uses the best available media channels to win. He says pure play digital agencies will likely go out of business along with traditional agencies.

This is a disruptive, bold approach for marketing businesses, and I suspect it will require a good deal of confidence for many agency owners to implement his new era plan. Even if you don’t follow it, you’ll learn a good deal from this book.




The Marketing Agency Blueprint

What’s exciting about Roetzer’s treatise is its insight into the marketing services ecosystem. You’ll understand how marketing is changing and how agencies must evolve to excel in this era.  Roetzer emphasizes an agency’s willingness to be entrepreneurial, tech savvy, open to change, and execute faster than competitors as keys to success.

I would counter that excellent new business development strategies, powerful UVP, a relevant brandgiving, networking,  reaching influencerscustomer awareness, and excellence in choosing clients are vital. But you’ll find he does address some of these matters.

He says top agencies will pivot on the depth, versatility, and drive of their talent. Yet that discussion actually opens up the weakness of the book and some of his recommendations, as I’ll point out below. As much as I like a book, idea or venture, to not understand its weaknesses is unwise.

The Real Problem: Clients are Doing Things In-house

Roetzer doesn’t get into too much about how to get rid of the current nemesis —- the in-house specialista. In-house specialistas are replacing marketing agencies. They’re in the driver’s seat, have lots of time, inside knowledge of the client’s business, and the boss’s belief that in-house is the way to go.

Another issue is that clients are giving up on traditional advertising and turning more to integrated, multichannel marketing.  However, this book does guide you in how to become relevant again and build the confidence to really delve into clients mindset so you can “create” a new client out of one you’re losing your grip on.

What is his solution really? Hire versatile, skilled talent and use a marketing platform to provide solutions faster and more adeptly.

Hybrid Agency – Adapting to Provide the Ultimate Service

The book discusses how a new hybrid agency business model will guide successful new agencies. This isn’t really new, but I do think his book clarifies the matter.

In Chapter 2, he describes agency models and which attributes of them are worth saving.  Strangely, in Chapter 1, he suggests revenue production should replace billable hours as the payment model.  This bizarre reordering of Chapter materials is disorienting, but I’d advise skipping past Chapter 1 and come back to it later. He offers plenty of other disruptive ideas which you and your clients may or may not like.

In Chapter 3, a very good one, he discusses how to assess excellent talent which he dubs “Hybrid Pros.”  However, he doesn’t discuss how to motivate and compensate Hybrid pros. This last point hurts his credibility a lot. Are we supposed to keep compensation strategy old school while we change everything else? How does that make sense? It’s almost as though he doesn’t like where his own disruptive, innovative system is leading, or that his own employees will be reading his book.

Here’s Some More Money. But I Don’t Want Money

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Old School Motivation is Going the Way of the Suit and Tie

I’ll help Paul out on this one. If you’re going to motivate employees to learn, perform, be creative and engaged, keep them from jumping ship, and dedicated to the “team is everything” theme, you have to compensate them and let them create a work life that lets them access 100% of their potential.

Star Hybrid Pros will want a good salary but they want other benefits too.

 

Employees and their specific lifestyle, learning style, desire for experience and engagement, and unique motivational rewards have to underpin  your business model.

Such incentivizing is certainly part of Google’s business model and is how they foster creativity and imagination.

Optimally, you have to give them freedom to add value, grow and feel empowered. This way, they will generate the revenue you’ll need to pay them. Basically, they’ll pay themselves and you’ll get a sizable cut.

There are 7 more chapters including building a scalable infrastructure, controlling the sales funnel, and optimizing inbound marketing strategy. There’s plenty more insights from Roetzer to filter through. I’m going to explore all of it further chapter by chapter because I think it answers a lot of questions, and stimulates interesting thought on how to run a business today.

The Marketing Agency Blueprint is a good read for anyone in business, even those who don’t need a marketing agency.

 

I hope we’ll speak soon to collaborate to help you build the most cost effective yet productive digital marketing agency.  Let’s talk now at 416 998 6246.

I serve local businesses in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, and Phoenix.

New SEO Book

The SEO / Content Strategy Book 1.0 is Out!

It’s not available at Amazon, Google Shopping, or Barnes & Noble yet, but you can learn about the latest development in Search Engine Optimization and Content Strategy, all in one book.

SEO Content Strategy Guide by Gord CollinsThe SEO / Content Strategy Guide 1.0 epitomizes the new approach to marketing where products need to be evergreen assets and work in tandem with artificial intelligence.

Besides the basics of SEO explaining how to build a powerful keyword strategy and linking sophistication, you’ll discover how to align your content with how Google spiders and ranks your webpages. There’s so much more to learn about advanced SEO in the book. It’s readable and a fascinating topic.

Whether you’re an eCommerce shop owner, dentist, landscaper, plumber, auto shop owner, Realtor or mortgage agent, or marketing agency manager, this is one book you need to read.

From Value Props to AI Robots

Marketing is going online and it’s increasingly driven by AI robots and a sophisticated presentation of your digital content. Your business and brand is your content. This guide will help you understand what your marketing goals should be and what assets and strategy will help you get your message across with laser clarity.

It’s all about making your customer feel good.  That one single emotion they feel before buying is the key. That’s where all friction, doubt, and fear subside, and where the customers commits completely to buying. This book will help you generate that one single emotion.

You’ll discover this is much more than your usual SEO Book or Content Strategy Book. It’s a system of strategic digital organic marketing. Because FREE is a powerful inducement. Save some money doing SEO so you have more for your marketing staff, PPC, and content development. Watch your complete marketing mix be amplified through this amazing strategy system.

Order the SEO / Content Strategy Guide Online Now!

 

Coffee Shops

Find a Coffee Shop Near You

Below you’ll find a large interactive map of coffee shops in your location. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Seattle, Sacramento, Orange County, San Jose, Las Vegas, New York, Boston or Miami, no worries.

Cool Social Coffee Shop in Los Angeles – courtesy of LA Confidential Magazine




If the coffee shop for you isn’t there, they don’t want to be found! And while you might find Starbucks shops and McDonalds Cafes galore in most cities intown or on the road, the most popular and prevalent, you should check out other shops and bistros for a special organic or Costa Rica flavor.

Some independent coffee shops offer exceptional atmospheres, fun, relaxing and with views!  Find one below, local to your specific geolocation.




Where are the most popular coffee drinks?

  • Americano. A shot or two of espresso with a little added hot water.
  • Cappuccino. is an Espresso with some steamed milk topped with foam.
  • Café au Lait. Half coffee with half steamed milk.
  • Espresso. Brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
  • Latte. Made with espresso and hot steamed milk, but milkier than a cappuccino.
  • Breve. American variation of a latte: using steamed half-and-half mixture of milk and cream instead of milk
  • Macchiato. Espresso macchiato, is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed
  • Chai Latte. a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs

What is your Favorite Coffee Shop and Coffee Drink?

Global coffee drinkers consumer more than 2 billion cups of coffee per day, and the coffee industry employs 5 million Brazilians, and millions more workers in Costa Rica, Columbia, and Vietnam. Coffee sales represent about 80% of revenues for many restaurants worldwide. And let’s not forget how many workers it employs right here in the US from Los Angeles, to Miami to New York and Chicago. Literally millions of jobs depend on the sale of coffee.

Which coffee shops brands have the most locations?

  • McDonalds McCafe – 1300 locations
  • Costa Coffee – 1700 locations
  • Tim Hortons – 4300 locations
  • Dunkin Donuts – 10,000+ locations
  • Starbucks – 20,00+ locations

Coffee is big in America (Starbucks had an income of 4.2 Billion dollars last year) and it’s becoming big in China too. And that means thousands of coffee shops are springing up in countries that have normally not been big consumers of java.

America Divided on Which Coffee Shop Brands They Prefer

Coffee Brand Map courtesy of Maptitude.com




Most searches for a coffee shop near me are likely to involve a Starbucks downtown, on a highway, or near an airport. The map below plots them out in detail with driving directions, sometimes a picture, and a menu.  You may have to push the “+ button” until you drill down to specific areas where coffee shops near you will appear.

 

Find Coffee Shops Near Me

Find restaurants near me Los Angeles, restaurants near me in San Diego, and restaurants near me in Toronto. Enjoy dining out tonight with the food, drinks and atmosphere you’re hoping for. Enjoy your visit and make some beautiful memories.

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If you’re a vacationer in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas or San Francisco, you’re likely on a highway right searching with your smartphone for a great place to eat with just the right atmosphere.

Where to eat right now? The right food at the right location. It’s the same for anyone visiting Boston, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle or New York too only you might be in a cab or uber car frantically hoping to find a good restaurant or even a nice coffee shop.

What you’re hoping for is the food you feel like eating now, in a restaurant in a safe area of the city with the right ambiance and great service that makes you feel wanted. In the local restaurant listings provided in the map below, you can see reviews and ratings that might help you pick a good one.

Don’t forget to click on the audible directions and Google will take you right to the restaurant’s doorstep.




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Never fear, you can scroll down this page and find a large interactive map of fine restaurants, bistros, coffee shops, burger joints, fast food joints, or bars with a menu and a view, and  local to your specific geolocation. What type of food you might enjoy near you? Here’s a list:

 




  • Thai
  • American
  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Seafood
  • Vegan
  • Chinese
  • Bar & Grill
  • Subs and Sandwiches
  • Salad Bar
  • Sushi

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Which Are the Best US Cities to Live in?

Dreaming of a better place in US to live in 2018? You’re not alone. Millions of people think about moving to another city, but aren’t sure of which US cities hold the most promise for enjoyment, lifestyle, housing, health care, education for kids, and future job prospects.

If you were going to move anywhere in the US, which cities would you choose?  Are you ready to sell your home for the best price, use a system to find the best house, search for a great job, and finally enjoy a new lifestyle? Check out the list of best cities to live in below.




Americans are more mobile than ever, and migration has been strong to  some states such as California.  The Millennial generation in particular are more open to moving to another city to launch their careers.  And too, baby boomer retirees are looking for places to raise the quality of their lives.

It’s wise to know if your state is a dead end in terms of employment and economies.  Ask Michigan Millennials and Gen Xers if opportunity in a state can dry up. And ask Californians if high tech fortunes can draw Millennials. The answer is a resounding yes, and people will migrate to capture those jobs and other opportunity. Check the US job forecast for US Cities and the US housing market too.



However, it’s not always about an affordable retirement or great jobs. Sometimes what people want are better communities, nicer weather, and a higher quality of life. But which cities are best for combining all of these benefits?

Whatever version of a better life draws your attention, you’ll find the best cities to live in ranked below by three different organizations. If on different lists you find one city keeps popping up, you might want to drill down to find out more about it. Find out why it’s sending out good vibes and what it is that makes it so special.

And for retirees, which cities offer affordability, safety and health care?

Which are the best States to Live?

Some states have zero income tax, such as Florida and Texas, but other than that big incentive, is the attraction of a state important enough to draw you to one of its cities?




Best Cities Lists from Niche.com, BusinessInsider, and US News.

Here are the ratings of the Best US cities to live, as taken from 3 different surveys. It appears the city of Austin Texas draws a lot of votes as the best place to call home.  Why they choose Austin might be a good cue for your own rankings.

Why is Austin considered the best city in the US? It could be job prospects, climate, low cost of housing or renting, low unemployment, and short commute times. Austin is also considered somewhat of a boomtown, despite the lower price of oil which has driven the Texas economy. Texas has no state income tax which could be a big incentive for many start-ups and workers considering relocating there. The more you check out the lifestyle in Austin, the more you’ll agree, that overall, this place is perhaps the best city in the US.

City Rank   Niche.com Business Insider US News
1 Ann Arbor, MI Denver, CO Austin, TX
2 Naperville, IL Austin, TX Denver, CO
3 Arlington, VA Fayetteville, AK San Jose, CA
4 Columbia, MA Raleigh-Durham, NC Washington, DC
5 Berkeley, CA Colorado Springs, CO Fayetteville, AK
6 The Woodlands, TX Boise, Idaho Seattle, WA
7 Plano, TX Seattle, WA Raleigh and Durham, NC
8 Overland Park, KS Washington, DC Boston, MA
9 Boulder, CO San Francisco, CA Des Moines, IO
10 Irvine, CA San Jose, CA Colorado Springs, CO
11 Cambridge, MA Des Moines, IA Boise, ID
12 Richardson, TX Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Nashville, TN
13 Bellevue, WA Grand Rapids, MI Charlotte, NC
14 Alexandria, VA Sarasota, FL Dallas Fort-Worth, TX
15 Sunnyvale, CA Charlotte, NC San Francisco, CA
16 Round Rock, TX San Diego, CA Minneapolis, MN
17 Madison, WI Houston, TX Madison, WI
18 Rochester, MN Omaha, NB Grand Rapids, MI
19 Raleigh, NC Charleston, SC Houston, TX
20 Fort Collins, CO Portland, OR Sarasota, FL
21 Columbia, MO Dallas-Fort Worth, TX San Diego, CA
22 Austin, TX Nashville, TN San Antonio, TX
23 Sandy Springs, GA San Antonio, TX Richmond, VA
24 San Francisco, CA Madison, WI Omaha, NB
25 Seattle, WA Harrisburg, PA
26 Scottsdale, AZ Honolulu, HA
27 Carlsbad,CA Salt Lake City, UT
28 College Station, TX Richmond, VA
29 Santa Clara, CA Portland, ME
30 Thousand Oaks, CA Boston MA
31 Charlotte, NC Oklahoma City, OK
32 Torrance, CA Little Rock, AK
33 Tempe, AZ Tulsa, OK
34 Charleston, SC Jacksonville, FL
35 Lincoln, NB Greenville, SC
36 Minneapolis, MN Albany, NY
37 Boise, ID Cincinnati, OH
38 Huntsville, AL Fort Myers, FL
39 San Diego, CA Winston Salem, NC
40 Lexington, KY Melbourne, FL
41 Denver, CO Albuquerque, NM
42 Omaha, NB Tampa, FL
43 St Paul, MN Indianapolis, IN
44 Provo, UT Orlando, FL
45 Pasadena, CA Louisville, KY
46 Durham, NC Columbia, SC
47 Virginia Beach, VA Pittsburgh, PA
48 Gainesville, FL Phoenix, AZ
49 Fargo, ND Kansas City, MO
50 Kansas City, KS Columbus, OH




Best Cities to Retire in the US

If you’re retiring in the next few years, you might come to a different conclusion. In that case, Albuquerque, San Diego, Sarasota, or Fayetteville NC might be to your liking. It

seems many of the favorite retirement towns are college towns in the US southeast.  Check out AARP’s list of best cities to retire in the US.

Best Cities for Graduates to Move To

The preference for college graduates to move to might be significantly different than retirees. Look for cities with the best jobs forecast for the next 5 years. Also a factor is the rental market and property investment in those locations.

There you have it, a full resource list and a ranking of the best cities in the US to live.  If you’re a graduate or retiree, good luck choosing the city that will host the next phase of your life. Have fun and live well!




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