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March 11, 2014

#SMX Liveblog: Why The Display Ad Of The Future Is All About You (#ms4)

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This session is all about the future of online display advertising, or, as the SMX agenda puts it: “A landscape very different than today’s, and one that disrupts current advertiser practices and beliefs.”

Pre-session side muse observation: I’ve got to say, so far my first three hours at SMX West 2014 have been filled to the brim with talk of big change – from “paradigm shifts” to “revolutionizing” the way we collect and parse analytics data, it sure sounds a lot like the end of the world as we know it is upon us. As REM did back in 1987, I feel fine, but, man…. it’s worth reiterating that now is not a great time to be one of those marketers who are stuck in their ways; happy doing things the way they’ve always been done. The times they are a changin’ and, from what I’ve gleaned this morning, we’re at a major turning point where marketers have two options: take action or get left behind.

Read more of How You Can Prepare for the Display Advertising Revolution.




#SMX Liveblog: The Coming Paradigm Shift In Mobile Marketing (#ms2)

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Mobile devices like smartphones and iPads are cheaper, faster and more accessible than ever. For marketers this means a major shift in the way we conceptualize, approach and actualize online and offline marketing strategy will soon be in order. In this 25-minute #SMX West session MobileMoxie CEO Cindy Krum will discuss the future of mobile marketing with a specific focus on the importance of cross-device compatibility and big data.

Read more of #SMX Liveblog: The Coming Paradigm Shift In Mobile Marketing (#ms2).




#SMX Liveblog: Shifting From Content Marketing to Media Company (#ms1)

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What does it mean to adopt a “media-first” business strategy?

In this session Copyblogger Media Founder and CEO Brian Clark is going to tell us (in 25 minutes or less) the ingredients of engaging content, what it means to adopt a media-first business strategy, and the changes organizations must make to survive in the era of content-first marketing.

Read more of #SMX Liveblog: Shifting From Content Marketing to Media Company (#ms1).




February 20, 2014

Should You Attend a Search Marketing Conference in 2014?

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It can be lonely living in a world where the majority of folks immediately zone out when they hear the words “algorithm” or “Excel.” It’s hard trying to explain to your husband who Matt Cutts is and why he matters. And it can feel downright isolating always having to turn to online peers for strategy feedback because the people sitting around you have no idea what it is you do.

All that to say, there’s real value in spending three whole days immersed in a world where everyone understands you.

For comic book fans it’s Comic-Con; for roller derby girls it’s RollerCon; for search marketing professionals it’s industry events like SMX and PubCon.

Read Should You Attend a Search Marketing Conference in 2014? to learn more about why we think attending a search marketing conference is never a waste of time.




February 17, 2014

Is iBeacon a Wearable Technology Gateway Drug?

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Now companies have a new way to learn your secrets, er, we mean help you get the most out of your brick and mortar shopping experience. It’s called iBeacon and it’s an indoor positioning system that allows in-store transmitters to send signals to nearby iOS 7 and Android devices.

iBeacon technology lets marketers do amazing things (four of which we cover in this post), but is it also a wearable technology gateway drug?

(Spoiler alert: I think it is. Do you?)

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February 13, 2014

10 Link Building Tips We Love From SMX Panelists Past and Future

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In 2014 “inbound marketing” is all the rage; but does that mean traditional SEO techniques like link building are becoming outdated or irrelevant? Absolutely not. We at Bruce Clay, Inc. don’t think so, and, based on the conferences we’ve attended in the last eight months, neither do the SEO thought leaders that teach thousands of rank-hungry professionals at search marketing conferences like SMX, ClickZ (formerly SES) and Pubcon.

That said, there is undoubtedly a right way and a wrong way to approach link building – or “link acquisition” as it’s commonly called in 2014. And, like all other optimization techniques, there’s an etiquette to the art that can take some training.

If you’re ready to start your training today consider these 10 link building tips a healthy dose of SMX room service. Soak up the panel wisdom; wrap your head around how to ethically approach link building; get your feet wet; feel out the waters; and, if you like where we’re going with this, we encourage you to consider attending the Link Building Fundamentals portion of the SMX Search Marketing Boot Camp coming up just around the corner in March. Code BRUCECLAYSMXW14 will get you a 10% discount on any pass and workshop at the conference.

Read the 10 Link Building Tips We Love From SMX Panelists Past and Future.




February 12, 2014

10 Social PR Tips from SMX Social Media Boot Camp Speakers Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer

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Your consumers are on social media – and so are journalists, bloggers, influencers and other spreaders of industry news. So much so, in fact, that not including social media as a part of your PR strategy should be considered a drastic wasted opportunity.

To help you get your head in the social media PR game, I’ve asked two of my favorite social media marketing experts – Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer – to let us in on their top 10 quick and dirty social PR tips.

Use this list as a starting point, then for a deeper dive into social PR – or if you want the chance to run your PR questions by either Ric or Lisa face to face – consider asking your boss to send you to San Jose in March for SMX West and the SMX Social Media Marketing Boot Camp. Both Ric and Lisa are boot camp presenters speaking about social media, how to do it right, and how it can be an effective tool for PR. Code BRUCECLAYSMXW14 will get you a 10% discount on any pass and workshop at the conference.

Click through for the full post of 10 Social PR Tips from SMX Social Media Boot Camp Speakers Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer.




February 6, 2014

11 Technical SEO Elements to Help Your Site Win a SERP Rank Gold Medal

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Like the sizable number of factors that contribute to whether an athlete is able to snag the gold for her home country, there’s a corresponding list of ranking factors that contribute to whether a web page is able to beat out the competition and seize the golden first SERP spot.

At the top of both those lists not to be overlooked is qualifying to compete. For athletes this means training and paper work; for optimizers this means technical SEO. In both cases, you can’t just show up before a series of met requirements deem you eligible to stand at the starting line.

Make sure you content gets to the game on time with this 11-point technical SEO guide.




January 29, 2014

6 Lessons You Can (and Should) Learn from Matt Cutts’s Boss, Amit Singhal

Amit Singhal speaking at SXSW 2013.

Amit Singhal is funny, he loves his life, he loves his job, he’s a founding father of the modern search industry, and to say he’s kind of a big deal is a grave understatement.

In March 2014 Danny Sullivan will lead a keynote chat with Amit at SMX West in San Jose.

In anticipation of this SMX hour of power, I reviewed the last keynote interview Mr. Singhal had with Internet marketing mogul Guy Kawasaki at SXSW 2013. Below are six lessons I learned from listening to Amit Singhal talk shop for an hour; all of which will help you do your job better, and two of which (the first and the last) may even make you a better person.

Read 6 Lessons You Can (and Should) Learn from Matt Cutts’s Boss, Amit Singhal.




January 23, 2014

Google is Not Currently Considering Social Signals, But Change Could Be On the Horizon

Still shot of Matt Cutts From a recent Webmaster Tools Video

“Are Facebook and Twitter signals part of the ranking algorithm?” According to a Google Webmaster Help video Matt Cutts released yesterday, the answer is a very definitive no (for right now).

Learn what Cutts has to say about social signals and their affect on ranking in 2014, correlation versus causation, and how the future of Web identity could very well change everything.

Read Google is Not Currently Considering Social Signals, But Change Could Be On the Horizon.




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