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October 6, 2014

Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 Liveblog Schedule & Where We’ll Be

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The Bruce Clay, Inc. team will be speaking, liveblogging and exhibiting at this week’s Pubcon Las Vegas. If you’ll be there, heads up that Google reps will be fielding questions about AdWords and Analytics at the the BCI booth 207 Wednesday from 12-2 p.m.

You can also catch our President Bruce Clay and SEO Manager Mindy Weinstein, SEM Manager Michael Shore and Lead Sr. SEO Analyst Robert Ramirez, in Booth 207 in the Exhibit Hall. If you have any questions on SEO, SEM, SMM, content marketing or anything else Internet marketing-related, stop by the booth and fire away. We’d love to find out how we can help you grow your business.

Get our liveblog schedule and Bruce Clay and Mindy Weinstein’s speaking schedules here.




October 1, 2014

SMX East Keynote: BuzzFeed Founder Jonah Peretti Talks Going Viral, SEO, Social Media & More

Jonah Peretti and Danny Sullivan at SMX East Keynote Conversation

The Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014 keynote speaker is Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed. Peretti has a history of Internet brilliance – before founding BuzzFeed, he was a co-founder of the Huffington Post. For tonight’s grand finale, Search Engine Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan will pick Peretti’s brain on the early days of SEO at the Huffington Post, the nature of social sharing, the nuances of different social networks, the role (or lack thereof) of SEO at BuzzFeed, native advertising, and more.

Three key takeaways, right off the bat:

  • When you try to make something that works for search and social instead of focusing on just one, you end up making something that doesn’t work for either
  • Users expect media to be broader than just hard news — having the comics alongside politics, or kitten videos alongside coverage of the Ebola crisis, are appropriate for news sites.
  • Don’t make assumptions about why something succeeds. Test it. Think you went viral because of X, Y and Z? Do X, Y and Z again. See what happens.

Read the entire keynote conversation with Jonah Peretti.




SMX East Liveblog: Deconstructing Pigeon, Google’s New Local Search Algorithm

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In July, the quality of Google local search results took a turn for the worse, experts say. The cause? A pesky little creature called the Pigeon Update crawled into the maps, local packs and authoritative one boxes. Learn what changed for searches with generic terms, geolocally modified terms, local packs, answer boxes and some of the wacky-broken results that have cropped up since Pigeon landed in this liveblog coverage of an SMX East session with local search experts Adam Dorfman, David Mihm and Andrew Shotland.

Read Deconstructing Pigeon, Google’s New Local Search Algorithm.




SMX East Liveblog: Creating, Testing & Optimizing Paid Search Ads

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In this SMX East session, PPC pros share their top tips on testing ads. Discover what matters most when it comes to creating, testing & measuring paid search ads. The full liveblog covers specifics on what to test, how to brainstorm ad ideas, ways to measure the true impact of mobile, and advertising must-dos from speakers Carrie Albright, Brad Geddes and Jake Stewart.

Read more of Creating, Testing & Optimizing Paid Search Ads




SMX East Liveblog: Learn With Google — Attribution Strategies

Justin Huskamp and Rachel Klooz in the Learn with Google classroom at SMX East

In the Learn with Google classroom, the first topic of the morning is: Attribution Strategies to Inform Your Search and Digital Investments.

Speakers Rachel Klooz and Justin Huskamp of Google DoubleClick show examples and new Google tools to explain: “Why is attribution essential? Because understanding the interplay of channels leads to smarter marketing investments.”

Read more of Attribution Strategies at #LearnWithGoogle at SMX




September 30, 2014

SMX East Liveblog: The Importance of Imagery

In a stream of consciousness presentation of images, SMX speaker Rhonda Hanson, Sr. Director of Digital Marketing, Global Marketing, formerly of Concur, thinks about using images to your advantage and points out a few dos, don’ts and trends. She specifically talks about images used in:

  • Website Design
  • Product Listing Ads
  • Facebook Ads
  • Stock Photos

Read more in The Importance of Imagery.




SMX East Liveblog: Search & Find: Marketing in the Age of the Internet of Things

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In this session at SMX East, speaker Erynn Petersen takes a high-level view of a future where we don’t go to a phone or computer to get online, but rather all the devices and appliances around us are online. How will marketers gather data and gain intelligence when our cars, watches and even the dust around us are Internet enabled?

Read more in Marketing in the Age of the Internet of Things




SMX East Liveblog: Automation Does Not Equal Strategy

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SMX speaker Kevin Ryan says that “a tool box does not a cabinet make,” and so marketing automation technology should not “remove people so we can communicate with people better.” In this SMX East session, Kevin’s going to speak on a bad habit: focusing on the new, shiny new technology and neglecting the strategy.

Read more in Automation Does Not Equal Strategy.




SMX East Liveblog: The Future of a Brand

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What is a brand and how are marketers in control of a brand? These are the questions she’s been tackling this decade, because things have changed and brand is now a business driver. As such, brand should have it’s own budget, it’s own team, it’s own conversation with the executives. Joanna Lord explains the best practices of what some better brands are doing. Marketers are in a position today to own, shape and share brands on our company’s behalf.

Read more in The Future of a Brand.




September 23, 2014

SMX East 2014 Series: Internet Marketing Lessons in the Kitchen & Beyond with Lisa Williams

There are Internet marketing lessons to be learned everywhere. Just ask Lisa Williams, director of digital marketing strategy at Search Discovery. The oft-cited marketer is gearing up to share her lessons on SEO and SEM in “Let’s Work Together: How SEO & SEM Can Help Each Other” and “Key SMX Takeaways” at SMX East 2014. And marketer that she is, Williams sees marketing lessons in unexpected places … like the kitchen.

“Pretty much every time I cook I learn a lesson about marketing. For example, proper knife techniques require the right knife and lots of practice. If your technique isn’t perfect, you can still get the job done, but the better you get at the technique the easier it becomes and the better the outcome. Also, that most great dishes start with great, fresh food,” Williams said, explaining that the ingredients you start with — whether they be in Internet marketing or chicken soup — matter.

With a book coming out before the year’s end and two SMX East 2014 sessions to prepare for (plus all that cooking), Williams still found time for an interview. Read on to discover her insights on SEO, SEM, relationship-building and more.

Read more of SMX East 2014 Speaker Series: Internet Marketing Lessons in the Kitchen & Beyond with Lisa Williams.




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