Virginia Nussey, Content and Media ManagerFebruary 25, 2014
Heads up savvy marketers: add Andy Crestodina to your Google+ circles. By following Andy on Google+ you’ll be keyed into a range of weighty and forward-looking content marketing topics, but one place where he’s carved out a niche as an expert is that SEO-critical and evolving frontier, Google Authorship. Yesterday Andy posted findings that authorship rich snippets are on the rise, showing on about 23% of Google SERPs.
If you already know Andy, you know he’s an insightful and prolific contributor to the online marketing industry. Andy published Content Chemistry: An Illustrated Guide to Content Marketing after thousands of conversations with hundreds of companies in over a dozen years of web marketing. In 100 pages filled with illuminating illustrations, the handbook makes accessible the social, analytical and truly enjoyable facets of marketing online.
We tapped Andy to contribute his expertise to Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals, which you’ll find in chapter 9′s selection “Google Authorship: How to Do It and How it Effects SERP Rank.” Read on for a Q & A with Andy for advice on:
- How to include testimonials on your site so they make the greatest impact.
- How to contribute to publications and best optimize your guest content for authorship benefits.
- How to avoid the most common misunderstanding of content marketing in 2014.
February 11, 2014
Where to Read and How to Write Social Media Case Studies — From Social Media Process Master Ric Dragon
Social media marketing — everybody’s doing it. But what the heck are you doing with it!? In Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands’s Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals we turned to social media process master Ric Dragon for guidance in turning social marketing mantras into action. That, it turns out, is one of Ric’s fortes. Read on for:
- 3 things to do first when content marketing in 2014. Spoiler: Have you defined your biz’s passion point?
- A major content marketing misconception that may just be the problem you’re wrestling with.
- Sources of inspiration for your own content.
February 5, 2014
Video is seeing an eruption of consumer popularity and marketing interest. Sitting atop this volcano is Alyce Currier. For Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands’s Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals, we tapped Alyce as our go-to expert to help readers ramp up video marketing production. To be honest, it was obvious we were only skimming the surface of Alyce’s video production expertise, so we asked if she’d be so generous to share more tips and resources with us. Read on for:
- 3 tips to get you rolling if you just make the time
- the most common mistake she sees
- an incredibly educational primer on lighting
- her favorite video examples we can take notes from, and more.
December 12, 2013
Renowned conversion optimization expert Tim Ash pulled together a website of resources to use to improve your site. Conversion Ninja Toolbox http://conversionninjatoolbox.com is a free directory from SiteTuners that lists tools for organizations of all sizes and budgets. You can find solutions in five categories to create, diagnose, engage, test, improve and learn. Watch a short video on the toolbox and read more.
November 6, 2013
I just got out of the G/H ballroom for the first session on Day 2 of SES Chicago 2013! If you want to roll through my presentation deck, I’ve embedded it here. The version of the presentation posted here has my speaking notes; hopefully they help explain what the heck dinosaurs have to do with blogging, if you find the slides alone a little disjointed. Enjoy!
Click to see the presentation deck of #SESCHI Bad*ss Blogging.
October 24, 2013
Scott Stratten has given us all a copy of his latest book QR Codes Kill Kittens. It’s a book about telling people off. Scott’s world is “unmarketing” – Twitter name, website name, his first book. Scott has been online since 1994 and that button is what he’s known for, he rants. The average visit duration is 27 seconds. The “Noo!” is 3 seconds. What are people doing for 24 seconds? 29% of visitors are repeats! He thanks them. He shows us the keywords he ranks for. Basically any version of “no” with more than one “O”. The audience laughs at the slide of a list of “nooo”s and he says we’re the only crowd he’ll speak to who will ever enjoys that slide. Scott has been doing viral WOM marketing for a decade. There’s no secret to it. Do something worth talking about. The biggest myth of social is that you have to be there.
October 23, 2013
Matt Cutts asks the Vegas crowd at 9 a.m. how we’re doing and there’s a rousing cheer. That shows the level of interest this webmaster audience has in hearing Matt, what’s going on with Google and what direction Google is moving in.
He’ll start with moves over the last year.
Matt Cutts keynote
Matt Cutts presents a keynote at PubCon Las Vegas 2013.
Larry Page says “think big.”
- Knowledge Graph: Things not strings. Knowing what’s really behind a query
- Voice search: Getting better and better
- Conversational search: think pronouns
- Google Now: looking steps ahead where people may not even be querying
- Deep learning: Thousands of computers being used to learn neural networks
You can voice search “Who is the prime minister of Turkey?” – and Google knows Turkey is a proper noun here because of Knowledge Graph. It will give you the answer. Then you can say “how old is he?” and it will give you the next answer. That’s Knowledge Graph, voice search and conversational search working together.
Read more of Matt Cutts Keynote at #Pubcon Las Vegas 2013.
October 22, 2013
Good morning from the Las Vegas Convention Center. Last night Pubcon started with a warm reception and today the meat of the marketing material launches with a keynote address by Jason Calacanis, founder of Mahalo and a long-time VC investor in the industry. Brett Tabke welcomes the crowd calling this “the networking conference where you […]
October 20, 2013
Las Vegas. There’s no place Internet marketers love more. We’re a work hard – play hard crew, and PubCon Las Vegas has year-and-again proved to be the industry networking event to fight for. After six years at Bruce Clay, Inc., I’ve moved my way up the ranks of the content department to secure a spot at next week’s Vegas happening. For my first Pubcon outing I’ll be wearing a number of hats as an exhibitor, member of the press and socialite-sponsor. Also repping BCI blue at PubCon LV is Bruce Clay, the man, and Mindy Weinstein, our SEO manager.
Business first. There’s a Bruce Clay, Inc. booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center where you’ll find Mindy and Bruce during office hours most of the week.
October 3, 2013
But, as all good things come to an end, we’re going to be wrapping up our conference coverage with a long-view look of paid search and online advertising. The session description hints at how many new considerations may increasingly affect advertising online.
“Paid search marketers have a lot of new things to consider:
- the impact of Google’s Enhanced campaigns,
- sophisticated new retargeting options,
- new ad formats and changes in results page layout,
- and paid inclusion in shopping search.
Join us for this PowerPoint-free discussion on how these significant developments will change PPC campaigns efficiency and effectiveness in the coming year.”
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