Bruce Clay, Inc. sent livebloggers Virginia Nussey and Kristi Kellogg to Pubcon Las Vegas and Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014 to report live on 36 key digital marketing sessions. Whether you’re interested in SEO, SMM, PPC, mobile optimization or content marketing, you’ll find coverage of the most important sessions coast to coast. Read on for an overview of each liveblog post and click through to read what piques your interest — or read them all.
Check out all the liveblogging action in 36 Coast-to-Coast Liveblog Posts Covering Pubcon Las Vegas & SMX East 2014 .
October 16, 2014
On September 22, the Google Research Blog announced Structured Snippets, a feature that “incorporates facts into individual results snippets in Web Search.” What it amounts to is elements from an HTML table being shown right in the SERP. If this sounds at all like Structured Data, it should. Sort of. Google displays data from your website on their results page, yet it doesn’t require schema markup or any other specialized coding. All you need is a table. Oh, and relevant data.
October 15, 2014
The key to maximizing your social distribution is controlling the way your content is displayed in social media feeds rather than letting Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms decide for you.
To learn how social meta tags can provide optimal titles, descriptions and images when content is shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, read How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
October 9, 2014
It’s Pubcon’s 15th birthday (and the final panel), and you know it’s a party when there’s beer and cake and an SEO Mosh Pit, a Q&A session where conference attendees get to ask their questions of some of digital marketing’s best minds and leaders, including Bruce Clay, about the current SEO state of affairs.
Is SEO dead? Does Google have too much power and influence in our lives? What would be the top recommendations for earning money in the coming year?
Read the answers to these questions in Pubcon Liveblog: SEO Mosh Pit.
Persona research is taking data and turning it into a person. That person is your persona and you think about him/her whenever you’re creating your content.
What do personas have to do with social media contests? If you don’t understand your personas, your social media contest is likely to fail. One of the most common reasons why business fail to gain ROI from their social media marketing efforts is their failure to fashion their content to target specific personas.
Rhea Drysdale, CEO of Outspoken Media, Joe Youngblood, founder of Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, and Russ Jones, chief technology officer at Virante,,are going to talk link building in this Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 session. But first a disclaimer from Bruce Clay, session moderator and Bruce Clay, Inc. president: if you are going to build links, proceed with caution. The tactics mentioned herein are for your information – we do not endorse any of these tactics.
“When you’re dealing with inbound links you have to consider whether the links are organic or inorganic to your site’s theme. You have to understand the policies of the search engines relative to possible penalties. You wouldn’t want to overwhelmingly support a single technique. You have to use any technique in moderation,” Clay advises. “You shouldn’t go from one to sixty links overnight on one technique – that sends a signal to the search engine that you’re involved in a heavy link development program and it could ultimately lead to a penalty. Follow the Google Guidelines. Links should be good for your users, contribute to your site content and make sense.”
Marketing is more challenging than ever — attention spans are shorter, consumers demand more knowledge, and what worked twenty years ago won’t work today. In a session packed with real world examples, Baer shows how brands are wielding transparency and “Youtility” to build trust and business.
October 8, 2014
When it comes to wearables, devices and technology are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and Internet marketers are embarking on a new frontier: real-time marketing. Rob Garner, Chief Strategy Officer at Advice Interactive, is going to take the Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 audience on a tour of the real-time marketing landscape in this afternoon session.
Read the full liveblog coverage to hear the elements that make marketing real time and technologies driving the wearable technology change.
Rob Woods, SEO consultant, will share insights on press outreach that leads to strong links in this Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 session.
Why do press outreach? Mentions and links from press are one of the few authoritative links left that are guaranteed to stay safe for the foreseeable future. Press links have good link equity. One link can lead to many links. Press links are important for small, local sites as well as big, national sites. Caveat: Going after press links are hard work, take time and money, and you are going to face rejection from reporters.
Read how to get ready for an interview, find the right journalists and perfect your pitch in Pubcon Liveblog: Link Building through Press Outreach.
Jason Calacanis is an angel investor who has invested in companies including Uber, ChartBeat, Whisper, SignPost and Thumbtack. He invests $10 million a year and meets with 15 companies a week.
“I spend a lot of my time thinking bigger,” Calacanis says. “And a lot of that has to do with watching Google say ‘I have absolutely no limit to my ambition.’ I spend a lot of time meeting with startups and founders … And that puts me in a unique position to be optimistic and opportunistic.”
Calacanis’s keynote is unique – it’s not tactical or strategy-driven. It’s steeped in reality and meant to simply inspire and inform the audience of the amazing progress that startups and forward-thinking companies are bring to the world in the areas of six global problems. Startups, he asserts, will solve our world’s problems rather than governments. His keynote, that is meant to inspire us, will cover major advances by tech and startup companies.
Read more of Jason Calacanis’s Pubcon Keynote