Virginia Nussey, Content and Media Manager
Virginia Nussey is the content and media manager at Bruce Clay, Inc. She joined the company in 2008 as a writer and blogger. Today she produces and manages content for clients and BCI, including the company's website, blog, weekly podcast, monthly newsletter, multiple book titles and social media presence.
Posts by Virginia Nussey
March 2, 2016
There’s an invisible web. Just because it’s out there doesn’t mean the search engine can see it and attribute it correctly. The invisible web is a concept that was introduced in Chris Sherman and Gary Price’s “The Invisible Web” in 2001.
In 2013, search marketers saw a big spike in direct referral traffic. Our speaker Marshall Simmonds (@mdsimmonds), Founder and CEO, Define Media Group, Inc. explains what is causing dark search and social traffic, traffic with no referrer data in analytics. Search marketers need to protect their budget by understanding it and explaining it to non-technical people.
The speaker for this SMX West mini-session titled “Understanding Your Consumer’s Journey – Using Search Science for Keyword Research” is Tony Verre, founder of DreamFire Digital Marketing.
He opens with a question: Does anyone here use consumer surveys as a major data point when creating your strategies? You can only believe half of what you hear and read. Accept that consumer surveys don’t always tell the truth.
Find out how to use 4 “search science” keyword research tools to find reliable data points for understanding the consumer’s search journey.
SEO is very tactical. We always try to look behind the curtain of Google’s algorithms. So, it’s no surprise that we all want to know more about RankBrain, Google’s machine learning system that they confirmed out of the blue in October 2015 was “the third most important ranking signal” in their algorithm.
In this SMX West session, we’ll learn about RankBrain based on studies done by the speakers: Marcus Tober of Searchmetrics and Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting. They’ll present findings as well as the implications for SEO.
March 1, 2016
Cleo Hage, Paid Search Strategist, Wordstream, is going to talk about the future of email marketing. Yes, this is an SEM presentation.
Email is the OG of digital marketing.
Email is cluttered.
Email is growing.
Emails aren’t going anywhere.
You log into things, get updates and receive shipping notifications through email. Even a GOOD email campaign has a 20% open rate. And then a click-through rate of 5% on top of that. You’re left with FOMO — 80% of unopened email and 95% of lost leads.
The answer is Customer Match, the ability to upload lists of email into AdWords to create audiences for precision targeting!
Read about how to use Customer Match to target individual specific people in search ads, YouTube Ads and Gmail Ads in our liveblog coverage of this session from SMX West.
A favorite Googler and SMX presenter, Maile Ohye, senior developer programs engineer at Google Inc. (@maileohye), explains that in 2004 and 2005, Matt Cutts used to say that search engines are chasing the user. In other words, the engine wants to serve the user first and then everything else (rankings, results pages) follow. A problem occurs when when websites then chase the search engines.
An alternative view is when search engines and websites both chase the user, but this is oversimplified. Today she suggests a cultural shift to serving the customer, not the user.
Read about how that all plays out in real life in this liveblog SMX West coverage of Doing What Matters for SEO & Google in 2016.
From the SMX West agenda: “A search marketer’s ultimate goal is to create a personalized ad for every searcher. While we aren’t quite there yet Ad customizers, DSAs, and Dynamic Remarketing can automatically personalize ads based on website content, user behavior, time of day and many other criteria. In this session, we will examine tactics and tools to create personalized ads at scale.”
Read our coverage of this session with moderator Brad Geddes and speakers Sahil Jain and John Lee.
One hot topic these days is AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages.
At SMX West, Danny Sullivan moderates as Google VP of Engineering Dave Besbris and Paul Shapiro, organic search director at Catalyst and an early user of AMP, give in-depth presentations followed by a Q&A period to cover:
- What AMP is
- Pros and cons of using AMP
- Features of AMP (what it’s good for, what it’s not)
- Technical details about implementing AMP (such as components, analytics tracking, including ads with AMP, etc.)
The three are on stage, and Danny Sullivan introduces us to our presenters by telling us that Dave goes by Bes and that Paul wrote this SEL article: “How to Get Started with Accelerated Mobile Pages.”
Dave “Bes” Besbris is our first speaker. Shapiro says Danny Sullivan told him there is a speaker dress code, so he wore his formal hoodie today. ;)
You may have noticed the change to a SERP where there’s an AMP carousel at the top of the page. The reading experience inside an AMP document is excellent. They didn’t want to reinvent something new, they wanted the experience to be the web.
Is it possible to gain trust online without links? And if so, what are links good for? BCI’s Duane Forrester sets the record straight in this brief but valuable #SMX West 2016 theater presentation.
Read the liveblog Linkless Attribution: Why What People Say Will Matter More Than Ever.
You’re tuned in to the BCI blog where we’re liveblogging SMX West all week. This is the show’s opening keynote, a demo-heavy presentation by Behshad Behzadi, Principal Engineer, Google Zurich.
Behzadi is the director of conversational search. Danny Sullivan says that Behzadi previously did this presentation at SMX London, and it was a mind-blowing presentation into what’s possible with conversational search. Behzadi has been at Google for 10 years, the first 7 years working on ranking, and the last 3 years working on future tech including Now on Tap.
For what Behshad Behzadi explains is the future of search, including voice search and Now on Tap, read this opening keynote of SMX West.
February 4, 2016
Considering Google AMP for SEO? Why Accelerated Mobile Pages Is Not the Speed Solution for Every Business
Google is pushing AMP hard right now.
“At State of Search in Dallas, Gary Illyes from Google revealed what the next big thing for 2016 would be, and it is AMP, also known as Accelerated Mobile Pages. And he said they will be pushing it aggressively in 2016.” —Jennifer Slegg, TheSEMPost.com
Typically, when Google says “this is important and you should do this,” the SEO community jumps to it – especially with today’s focus on mobile SEO.
But AMP is NOT for everyone. Let’s be clear on who AMP is for and the limitations it poses to every other business.
Read the advantages, drawbacks and technical requirements of Google AMP in “Considering Google AMP for SEO?“