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Audacity, perseverance and business acumen are among the terms chosen by the Centre d’Accueil et de Référence sociale et économique pour immigrants St-Laurent (CARI St-Laurent) to illustrate Hernan Cespedes’ journey to become President of Amauta Marketing.

Hernan has the honour of being contacted by CARI St-Laurent to be featured in the book published for the organization’s 30th Anniversary. The book features profiles of 30 immigrant entrepreneurs who have become successful in their own business sectors.

Our President has gladly accepted the opportunity to tell his story. He recalls his journey from selling newspapers at a young age in Lima, Peru to the creation in 2010 of his web marketing company here in Quebec.

Hernan arrived in Quebec at age 13 without knowing either of Canada’s two official languages, but he quickly embraced his new life. At school, Hernan was known for his contagious enthusiasm and his sense of initiative, and he headed many student associations both in CEGEP and later at McGill University.

He was also a founder of the Holà Montreal virtual platform which congregates Quebec Hispanic companies. He worked for many years at Mediagrif, a Quebec company specializing in B2B digital solutions.

Hernan recognized the potential of digital marketing from the beginning and took the time to learn as much as she could about the medium before setting out on his own. Today, he takes enormous pleasure in working with clients from Quebec as well as other Provinces, but also from the United-States, Latin America, and Europe.

His goal is to serve his clients with consistency and relevance and to show that anything is possible if one listens to the marketplace and works hard. It is his way to give back to his adoptive country and encourage new immigrants to achieve their dreams.

2019 has just started and with it comes a series of innovations. Digital marketing keeps on quickly evolving, not only with the help of emerging technology, but also because of new demands from consumers.

Here are the essential five trends :

  1. Large scale personalization

Customer acquisition and retention increasingly depend on the quality of data you have on their profile. To attract new clients, segmentation techniques remain effective, but obtaining data on life stages instead of demographics can help you identify subgroups with similar habits. Mass personalization is the result where data and artificial intelligence work together.

  1. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Structured data (easily searchable patterns) are now being challenged by more and more unstructured data online (videos, images, social media postings). This vast amount of big data can make analysis a challenge. However, in 2019, advances in artificial intelligence are making the analytics easier and help develop digital marketing tools for the future. Stay tuned!

  1. The breakthrough of chatbots

To accompany your customers online experience, and answer frequent questions immediately, personal assistants, or chatbots, are growing in popularity. First seen in 2017 and 2018, chatbots will become a common presence on websites this year. To learn how to install and use chatbots effectively, get in touch with us.

  1. Vocal Search

Another trend that is gaining momentum: requests by voice input. The increasing use of digital assistants in the home make using voice commands a part of everyday life for many consumers. This is a functionality you should consider if you want to stay current with consumer habits. To properly introduce this technology, you will want to tweak your SEO strategy. For more information, get in touch with us and we can take you through the details.

  1. Local Influencers

Finally, using influencers is still worth considering in 2019. The real trick, is to use local influencers. Unless you are a multinational, or well-established e-commerce company, your marketing will be focussed locally. Look out for local influencers in your market region and consider establishing a partnership.

There is plenty to think about for the new year! Take some time to consider what might be best for your situation, but keeping up with your consumer’s habits is paramount to long-term success. Happy 2019!


For companies looking to take advantage of the web to grow their business they have a choice of two ways to drive traffic to their web site: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Web Advertising. SEO can be a slow process and companies in competitive markets cannot afford to wait to get ranked on the first page of search results. This is one of the reasons there is more and more investment made in web advertising. “Web advertising is a marketing strategy offering quick and measurable results, and with the biggest return on investment (ROI). ”In fact, it is a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) system, which means that you only pay when an Internet user looking for your products or services on search engines, clicks on your ad to access your website. It is recommended you contact a web advertising expert with technical competences to manage your web advertising campaign.

Here is what he/she can do for you:

  • List relevant keywords
  • Manage your Google Webmaster Tool account
  • Establish your monthly PPC budget
  • Optimize your sponsored ads
  • Create your landing page
  • Provide daily follow-ups of your ad campaign
  • Measure results of your campaign

A Google Ads campaign can be expensive if keywords aren’t relevant, or if you don’t have the knowledge or time to do the management and necessary adjustments throughout your campaign.

10 reasons to hire a web advertising expert :

  1. Finding the right keywords is not an easy task

The search for the right keywords is important for the success on the web. Right away your web advertising expert will spend a lot of time on this and continue to monitor it all throughout a web advertising campaign. If you choose a wrongly targeted or irrelevant keyword, your monthly budget will quickly vanish, bringing you few or no results.

Here are the sources to look for keywords:

  • Google Keywords Tool (free)
  • Within the corporate communication of your company
  • From your competition (websites)
  • In your field of activity


  1. The writing of your ad can generate a strong conversion rate

One of the main advantages of working with a web advertising expert is their capacity to do a web review and competitive analysis. They know the landscape and how to analyze your competition’s advertising and create ads that convert based on their expertise. An ad with Google Ads is not as easy as it may seem, each word is crucial to increase the number of clicks on your ad, generate qualified traffic to your website, and convert prospects into new clients.

  1. Campaign follow-up and data analysis requires expertise

The foundation of any good web advertising campaign lies in the follow-up and data analysis. A precise analysis will tell you which ads and keywords are more likely to attract more conversions.

Google tracking code placed on your landing page or website requires basic know-how in HTML programming. It is best to ask your webmaster or programmer to do the installation for you. If you also wish to follow your sale leads from telephone calls, additional programming and expertise is then required.

  1. Are you fluent in web advertising terminology?

You probably know what “Pay-Per-Click” means, but do you know the meaning of: CPM, CPC, CPA? Are you still with us? And what about the difference between impressions, views and requests? Do you know what remarketing means? It is crucial to understand these words and terms to properly manage your web advertising campaigns.

  1. Tweaking campaign parameters can be tricky

In your Google Ads account, there are many parameters that you should understand and adjust to ensure maximum visibility to your sponsored ads on search engines.

Here are some essential targeting parameters:

  • Geographic zone: city, region, country, area
  • Monthly budget
  • Google Search Partners
  • Devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.)
  • Languages
  • Bid strategy
  • Ad display mode (starting dates/end, schedules and days)


Without a thorough understanding of these parameters and sufficient web advertising experience, you run the risk of paying way too much for non-qualified traffic. A web advertising expert can help you avoid these pitfalls.

  1. What is an efficient landing page for you?


Relevance is not only a word used in SEO; it is equally important in web advertising. The more relevant your landing page, the less you’ll spend to convert Internet users into customers. A web marketing expert not only understands the landing page creative principles, they also know how to evaluate its relevance. An A/B test is a technique used by web marketing experts to compare many landing pages and improve conversions. In fact, this comparison can often reveal a conversion rate difference between 1% and 5%.


  1. Knowledge of your industry and experience with other clients

There is a strong possibility that your web advertising expert has previously worked with other clients in your category. The majority of web marketing agencies won’t collaborate with your direct competition. However, if they have run an ad campaign for similar companies like yours in the past, that experience could be beneficial to you.

  1. Stay on top of the latest trends in web marketing

A marketing specialist stays informed on the latest trends by reading blogs, news websites and specialized press. They go to events (including networking) and conferences in the field many times a year to stay current. They can also count on valuable advice from partners and colleagues who all have expertise and their own specialties (programming, graphic design, writing, strategy, etc.).

  1. Do you really have the time?

If you run a company, you probably already have hundreds of tasks a day. Do you really have the time to manage your own Google Ads account and give it the necessary attention? Many marketing specialists approach web advertising with a more relaxed attitude thinking that it is simpler than SEO.

  1. Save by hiring a web marketing expert

With web advertising, you pay each time an Internet user clicks on your ad. That means your monthly budget could increase every month. Bad management of your Google ads campaign can drive up costs and increase exponentially. Unless you have the technical expertise, or Google Ads certification and SEO experience, you should always ask a web marketing expert to assist you, it will save you time and money.  A web marketing expert has the know-how in data analysis of your web properties (by using Google Analytics in particular) and they can provide an objective snapshot of your web presence. Then, your consultant will make the recommended changes to reach your objectives (awareness, conversions, sales). With a web advertising campaign such as Google Ads, you will get quick results (compared to SEO). This will generate targeted, qualified traffic and increase conversions and sales (for e-commerce websites).

If you wish to improve your web presence, increase your sales on your e-commerce website, or generate new leads on the web, trust Amauta Marketing and learn more about our web advertising service.