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February 24, 2015

​Getting Things Done the Enterprise Way #SEJSummit Liveblog

Jeff Preston at Search Engine Journal Summit

Jeff Preston is the senior SEO manager at Disney Interactive. Disney Interactive includes the company’s websites, video games, mobile apps and more. In the “Getting Things Done the Enterprise Way” session at Search Engine Summit in Santa Monica, Preston discusses the criticality of technical excellence, team culture, winning influence and more. Get the full story.




Neil Patel’s 6 Unorthodox Conversion Tactics #SEJSummit Liveblog

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Neil Patel is the co-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics, analytics and conversion optimization tools and platforms. He’s been doing business online for 11 years and he does at least four new A/B tests a month. He’s a CRO master.

A lot of businesses aim for one thing: driving traffic. Long-term ethical traffic driving tactics costs a lot of money. If you can optimize your conversions, you’re going to make more from the traffic you have.

  • How to think about conversion optimization the right way. This will help you get more wins.
  • How to come up with tests. Create tests based on what you see as problems, not based on what you want. Tests have to be data driven.
  • Suggestions on tests you can run that should help boost your conversion rate.

Read on for Patel’s six unorthodox conversion tactics.




February 23, 2015

‘Online Reviews on Purchase Pages Increase Conversions’ — A Conversation with Bill Tancer

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Search Marketing Expo (SMX) audiences are in for a treat next week when New York Times best-selling author and general manager of global research at Experian Marketing Services Bill Tancer delivers the keynote address. His keynote, like his latest book “Everyone’s a Critic: Winning Customers in a Review-Driven World,” will explore the staggering effect of online reviews. Today, he joins us on the blog for a review on reviews. Read on to find out:

  • how reviews affect purchasing decisions
  • what industries are review-challenged
  • why even negative reviews are a positive
  • mistakes big brands make when engaging online
  • and much more!



February 18, 2015

#SMX Series: The Lowdown on Link Building with Debra Mastaler

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All month long, we’ve interviewed select Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West speakers. Each exclusive interview offers a sneak peak of what’s to come when these SEO powerhouses take the SMX stage next month. Today, we welcome president of Alliance-Link Debra Mastaler. She’ll be sharing her insights on link building with the SMX audience in “Link Building Fundamentals.”

“I came into the SEO industry in late 1999 by way of owning a directory called TheOrganicWayMarket.com. Within six months of launching it, I dominated almost every organic term being used in the directory. I was practicing SEO, but didn’t know it at the time,” Mastaler explained. “Once I figured it out, I closed the directory and concentrated on link building full time. It’s been fun and I’ve never looked back.”

Read on to discover Mastaler’s thoughts on the search, social, link building and more.




February 12, 2015

SMX West 2015: The Conference, The Liveblog Schedule and More!

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Search Marketing Expo (SMX), one of the search marketing industry’s biggest events, comes to San Jose next month March 3-5. As always, the Bruce Clay, Inc. team will be there. Read on to find out where you can find Bruce Clay and the rest of the team throughout the conference! If you have yet to register, make sure to use our exclusive discount code to save 10 percent: BRUCECLAYSMXW15.

Read on to find out where the Bruce Clay team will be all conference long, including Virginia Nussey and Kristi Kellogg’s liveblog schedule.




February 11, 2015

SMX West Speaker Series: A Taste of Marty Weintraub’s Contagious Inspiration

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If you keep tabs on the Internet marketing industry’s thought leaders, you’ve heard of aimClear president Marty Weintraub. Weintraub has written two books, publishes a widely successful blog and was named the 2013 Search Personality of the Year. He’s speaking at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) next month in “Keywords are Dead — Long Live Concepts, Entities and Audiences!” on March 3.

In this exclusive interview, Weintraub candidly discusses:

  • The death of keywords and the new means of targeting
  • The biggest marketing mistake that can be avoided in 2015
  • The origins of his company and its effect on his company’s culture
  • Advice for starting a blog and being perceived as a thought leader



February 9, 2015

SMX West Speaker Series: Driving Human Behavior with HubSpot’s Luke Summerfield

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Luke Summerfield is on a mission to help others achieve their peak level of performance. It’s what he does every day at HubSpot as the partner services manager.

“I’m inspired to help others unlock what they are fully capable of and see the impact that makes on their mindset and life,” Summerfield explained.

For brands and businesses, unlocking potential in the digital realm means healthy conversion rates, which is one of Summerfield’s specialties. He will take the SMX West stage next month to share his strategy and insights in “Conversion Rate Rock Stars.”

In a preview of what’s to come in his March 2 session, he joins us on the blog today for an exclusive interview. Read the interview and find out what Summerfield has to say about:

  • Performance coaching
  • Driving human behavior
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Brands that are winning marketing
  • And more!



  • February 2, 2015

    SMX West Speaker Series: Mindy Weinstein Talks Keyword Research — and the Critical Missing Step

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    The Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West Speaker Series continues with Mindy Weinstein — Bruce Clay, Inc.’s own director of training. Alongside Bruce Clay, Weinstein leads the acclaimed SEOToolSet® Training and speaks on the latest digital marketing trends at major industry conferences, including SMX, Pubcon and others.

    Audiences are in for a treat when she takes the SMX West stage on March 2 for “Keyword Research for Better Content & Audience Engagement.” Her presentation, entitled “Becoming a Mind Reader First,” will focus on the steps digital marketers should take — before wielding their favorite keyword research tools. Weinstein will discuss how to use customer and prospect data to begin a keyword list.

    Jump into Weinstein’s interview and discover her thoughts on what’s missing from keyword research, plus the most common SEO questions she encounters, her top tips for creating content, insight into SEO tools, her thoughts on social media and more. .




    January 16, 2015

    21 Liveblog Reads that Will Make You a Better SEO: Virtual Internet Marketing Conference

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    You may have some SEO goals in your 2015 queue, whether it’s getting your site’s mobile experience tight and right or finding the time to bring a local presence to life on Google My Business. If you’re a driven, self-led learner and are hungry for some SEO insights to power up your 2015 digital marketing agenda, we’ve got a buffet for you.

    Last year, BCI bloggers covered 69 keynotes, sessions and mini-sessions from digital marketing conferences SMX West and SMX East, Pubcon New Orleans and Pubcon Las Vegas. Attending a conference can be pricey but the takeaways gleaned can be priceless as far as improving your ability to do your job better. Consider this post the shortcut track of the best sessions and speakers from these events. It’s your CliffsNotes of the best of Search Conferences 2014.

    Jump into the Virtual Internet Marketing Conference of 2014.




    January 9, 2015

    Drive Social, Spike Traffic: Social Media’s Effect on SEO

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    Yesterday, Bruce Clay, Inc. hosted the first #SEOchat of 2015 and the topic inspired hot conversation. “Drive Social, Spike Traffic” honed in on the impact of social media on SEO initiatives. Guests, including some well-recognized and respected digital marketers like Andy Crestodina and Lisa Buyer, talked about their 2015 social strategy as it relates to SEO. Read on to find out what they had to say about social media in 2015, traffic-driving tools, the value of social media links, content discovery via social, determining social ROI and much more.




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