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January 13, 2016

43 Reasons SEOs Can’t Fear Change: 2016 Digital Marketing Predictions

2016 SEO Industry Predictions

There’s a word for fear of change: metathesiophobia. The way search, media, technology and consumer behavior change from week to week, it’s not a phobia that SEOs can afford to harbor.

Instead, digital marketers race to get ahead of competition, ahead of algorithm updates, and ahead of upcoming technologies with early adoption and forward-looking strategy.

Where to start? Right here. Bruce Clay is joined by Duane Forrester, David Szetela, Cindy Krum, Eric Enge, Larry Kim, Maddie Cary, Dan Petrovic, Richard Baxter, Marcus Tandler and Andre Alpar in sharing annual predictions for the online marketing industry. What will you do with this foresight into the year ahead?

Read 43 Reasons SEOs Can’t Fear Change: 2016 Digital Marketing Predictions.




December 29, 2015

Internet Marketing Highlight Reel: SEO, PPC & SMM

Internet Marketing Highlight Reel Feature Pic

Dear marketing director, business owner, and digital marketing client: It’s been a pleasure working to make your website a well-oiled sales machine and useful resource for your customers this year. We spent time tuning up your website to be in line with established marketing best practices. We also followed the search engine’s announcements and new guidelines along with global marketing trends to make sure your business received every competitive advantage. To share our thoughts on digital marketing’s evolution and productive ways of thinking, we published our findings and recommendations on our blog for all to read.

Looking back on our blog posts of 2015, a story is told – a big picture of Internet marketing today. Let’s look at the story of the last year to remember where we are and what’s expected of your business (and ours) when serving customers and attracting new ones online today.

Here’s our Internet Marketing Highlight Reel.




December 23, 2015

What We Learned in 2015: Your Favorite Experts Share

2015 Lessons & 2016 Resolutions Feature

What do your favorite digital marketers resolve to do in 2016?

“Be the change I want to see in the social media world by advocating positivity, productivity, mindfulness and balanced best practices in business.”

“Next year in terms of work, I’m going to focus more time and energy on learning mobile apps, online video, and Facebook/Instagram ads.”

“I do believe folks “can’t be what they can’t see” so I intend to be a more visible role model for local young women in STEM.”

“Understanding their (millennials’) different values and online fluency was very helpful to designing many of our conversion rate optimization initiatives.”

“If public speaking is something that you too, are looking to improve upon, I highly recommend attending a meeting (of Toastmasters International) in your area. ”

Read the 2015 lessons and 2016 resolutions of Neil Patel, Tim Ash, Lisa Buyer, Jim Yu and many more of your favorite marketing personalities.




December 15, 2015

SEO, PPC & Content Virtual Conference: 2015’s Liveblog Recap

2015 Virtual Conference(1)

Here on the BCI blog, we publish updates to keep digital marketers current on new tactics and evolving perspectives. To do so, we send livebloggers to major digital marketing conferences so readers can get the 411 from the industry’s search marketing, content, conversion and advertising experts. This year, Virginia Nussey and I covered more than 85 sessions live from SMX West, SMX Advanced, SMX East, Pubcon, SEJ Summit Santa Monica and BIA/Kelsey NEXT in Local.

As we wrap up the year, we present an early holiday gift. We’re packaging up the most high-impact liveblogged sessions of the year to create a virtual conference you can follow along with each day this week. Or, pick and choose the tracks that interests you. Either way, this virtual conference is your fast track to getting up to speed on what happened in digital marketing in 2015:

• Wednesday, Dec. 16: Content, Social Media & Understanding Your Audience
• Thursday, Dec. 17: Search Engine Marketing, PPC Advertising
• Friday, Dec. 18: SEO Milestones of 2015

Read SEO, PPC & Content Virtual Conference: 2015’s Liveblogged Lessons




December 10, 2015

Are Millennials That Different? USC PhD Discusses Millennial Motivation – #BIAKNEXT Liveblog

Dr. Karen North speaking

As digital marketers, we’re always trying to learn more about millennials’ behavior — they are, after all, the largest demographic in existence. But is the super social behavior of millennials really that different from other groups?

“We are all social animals: this has never changed and it never will. People don’t change. The only thing that changes is the technology that mediates our social actions. And everything we used to do in person we now do digitally,” posits Dr. Karen North, director of USC Annenberg’s Digital Social Media Master’s program. “Social media is how we connect and communicate. And it is blind to geographic proximity. We live in both our local communities and our digital online communities.”

In this morning’s keynote address at BIA/Kelsey’s NEXT conference in Los Angeles, North talks about millennial motivation, marketing and media …

Our Kristi Kellogg was there, so you can read the liveblog.




The Post Mobile Era: Keynote with Robert Scoble at #BIAKNEXT

Robert Scoble at BIAKNEXT

Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer) studies the future — that’s literally his job description as a futurist at Rackspace.

In this keynote for the #BIAKNEXT conference in Los Angeles, Scoble is going to share what’s on his radar as the major disruptors and game changers headed our way, including:

  • Beacons
  • Tapingo, the app many college campuses use for transactions
  • Many other future tech products

Read Scoble’s predictions in this liveblog about the Internet of things.




November 25, 2015

What Bruce, Duane & the BCI Gang Are Thankful For! #Thanksgiving

BCI Thanksgiving 2015

From family to friends, travel to great jobs, babies to weddings, there’s a lot to be grateful for this year. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and in honor of the holiday, some of us on the Bruce Clay, Inc. team shared what we’re especially thankful for.

We are also particularly thankful for the new additions to our team: Duane Forrester, VP of Organic Search Operations, and David Szetela, VP of Search Marketing Operations. Bruce Clay said it best when he said: “I am thankful that the company was able to add key leaders to our roster. Along with myself and the BCI team, we form a powerful force in the SEO and PPC space.”

Click through to read what Bruce and folks on our team are thankful for.




November 17, 2015

Search Expert Duane Forrester Joins Bruce Clay, Inc. as VP of Organic Search Operations to Take the Road Less Traveled

Duane Forrester Headshot

Where does the former lead SEO at Microsoft/MSN and leader in the development of Bing Webmaster Tools go after an eight-year tenure at Microsoft? If the corporate world is a freeway, Duane Forrester heads for the exit, takes the road less traveled, and joins Bruce Clay, Inc. in a newly created position as Vice President, Organic Search Operations.

Bruce Clay, Inc. added Duane Forrester to the team in order to provide businesses with an exclusive advantage in search engine optimization methodology and digital marketing strategy. Forrester was awarded Search Personality of the Year at the 2014 U.S. Search Awards.

“Everyone knows that Duane could have gone to work for any company he wanted,” said Bruce Clay, president of Bruce Clay, Inc. “It is an honor that he chose to work here.”

Get the story behind why Forrester chose BCI over any other agency: Former Bing Sr. Product Manager and Search Expert Duane Forrester Joins Bruce Clay, Inc. as VP of Organic Search Operations.




November 3, 2015

Latest on Mobile: Essential Takeaways for Marketers from SMX East & Pubcon

Latest on mobile for marketers

It’s becoming clear that mobile friendliness is more than a responsive website that gets a passing grade on the Mobile-Friendly Test.

The concept of mobile friendliness covers increasingly advanced digital media territory:

  • Mobile apps: Do you have a mobile app? Is it indexable by Google?
  • Mobile conversions and personas: Is mobile traffic failing to convert? That’s to be expected if mobile personas, mobile-specific conversions and calls to action haven’t been identified.
  • Mobile advertising: Are you utilizing mobile search PPC features like call extensions and call-only campaigns?

At the two biggest search-industry conferences this fall, SMX East in New York and Pubcon Las Vegas, search engine reps and renowned speakers covered the full range of Internet marketing topics, especially mobile issues — everything from Google’s mobile-focused features to app indexing to mobile ads. We published 46 sessions and keynotes from these conferences on the BCI blog. Here we distill the most important news and advice related to mobile.




October 14, 2015

SEO & SEM in the Competitive Automotive Space – Pubcon Liveblog

greg gifford and ira kates at pubcon

The automotive industry is incredibly competitive when it comes to search engine marketing. To rise to the competition requires in-depth local SEO knowledge and PPC know-how. This session offers strategies for local search marketing, both paid and organic, that all marketers can use. Our speakers are Ira Kates, who will speak to paid search, and Greg Gifford, who addresses organic SEO.

Read the liveblog from Pubcon.




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