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March 12, 2014

#SMX Liveblog: Evening Forum with Danny Sullivan on Google and SEO

Danny Sullivan at SMXW14

We’re here at the evening forum. Danny doesn’t have a presentation or agenda; he walks around and talks. Everyone here may be called upon to participate. We’re going to hear the assorted issues that the assembled community is experiencing.

Question: If you have $500 to spend on marketing, where would you spend it? Context is small non-local brand.
Danny: First he’d make sure there’s a website. A lot of small businesses don’t even have that. Spend some of that money on your own domain name (instead of somesite.tumblr.com). He’s spend some time educating himself on SEO. He’d read Google’s own SEO tips guide. You never go wrong starting off with the things Google’s recommending. He’d spend time opening social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and possibly LinkedIn. If it was a location-based business he’d make sure he had a Google+ Biz page. As part of the SEO process he’d spend time understanding the key terms for his site. AdWords might be good to dip into to get a sense of the kind of traffic coming from those terms, but he’d probably spend more time learning about organic.

Read more of the questions SEOs are asking today in #SMX Liveblog: Evening Forum with Danny Sullivan.




March 11, 2014

#SMX Liveblog: Email Marketing & The Audience Imperative (#ms5)

The Audience Imperative

Don’t let social media make you blind to the sustainable online marketing power of email. In this 25-minute mini-session Jeff Rohrs, author of “AUDIENCE: Marketing in the Age of Subscribers, Fans & Followers” discusses the future landscape of email marketing and why you need to consider your audience a prime asset.

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#SMX Liveblog: The Coming Paradigm Shift In Mobile Marketing (#ms2)

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Mobile devices like smartphones and iPads are cheaper, faster and more accessible than ever. For marketers this means a major shift in the way we conceptualize, approach and actualize online and offline marketing strategy will soon be in order. In this 25-minute #SMX West session MobileMoxie CEO Cindy Krum will discuss the future of mobile marketing with a specific focus on the importance of cross-device compatibility and big data.

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March 5, 2014

Why Local Businesses Need Reviews and 12 SEO-Approved Ways to Get Them

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The local search algorithm is so complex that a good local SEO has to look at almost every aspect of the business’s marketing, from the website and ads that the business controls to external citations, links, social media, online directories, and more. Customer reviews and ratings are essential items in the SEO’s tool belt, especially when optimizing local businesses.

Ratings and reviews hugely impact conversions by increasing the trustworthiness of a search result. But recent innovations in search engines, such as the latest Google Map Search layout, have created new reasons that SEO-minded local businesses need reviews and ratings.

This article draws from a conversation between some of the most respected marketers in the local SEO field. Focusing on why customer reviews are important today and how to do them right, here are 12 tips for getting reviews in a way that’s search engine friendly and SEO-approved.

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February 25, 2014

SMX West 2014: Liveblog Schedule and Where to Find Bruce Clay

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We’re two weeks out from SMX West San Jose. For those in attendance, we’re sharing the Bruce Clay, Inc. schedule here and hope our paths will cross at some point between the expo hall, conference sessions and networking events.

If you haven’t yet registered but plan on attending, get 10% off the cost of any pass and/or workshop by registering with code BRUCECLAYSMXW14. If you won’t be at the show, we’ll be delivering the show to you with liveblogged reports on the BCI Blog from the sessions listed through the click.

Read SMX West 2014: Liveblog Schedule and Where to Find Bruce Clay.




February 20, 2014

Should You Attend a Search Marketing Conference in 2014?

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It can be lonely living in a world where the majority of folks immediately zone out when they hear the words “algorithm” or “Excel.” It’s hard trying to explain to your husband who Matt Cutts is and why he matters. And it can feel downright isolating always having to turn to online peers for strategy feedback because the people sitting around you have no idea what it is you do.

All that to say, there’s real value in spending three whole days immersed in a world where everyone understands you.

For comic book fans it’s Comic-Con; for roller derby girls it’s RollerCon; for search marketing professionals it’s industry events like SMX and PubCon.

Read Should You Attend a Search Marketing Conference in 2014? to learn more about why we think attending a search marketing conference is never a waste of time.




February 18, 2014

Your Web Visitor’s Just Not That into You: 7 Lead Generation Mishaps

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You may have heard a statistic that SEO is a top marketing channel for generating leads, second only to word of mouth. But have you found that your website is not a lead generating machine you thought it would be?

Why are other businesses finding such success when it comes to lead generation with their websites and you’re not? Sorry to be the one to break the bad news, but it could be that your web visitors just aren’t that into you.

There could be many reasons why your web visitors are choosing not to engage with you. It’s your job to get to the bottom of why they might not be buying, hiring or even contacting you. It also takes avoiding the common mishaps that people make, which turn off web visitors before they convert into leads. Let’s take a look at these frequent mistakes.

Read Your Web Visitor’s Just Not That into You: 7 Lead Generation Mishaps.




February 5, 2014

The Biggest Video Mistake? Not Getting Started! Alyce Currier, Wistia’s Video Queen, Tells Us How

Alyce Currier

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.

Read The Biggest Video Mistake? Not Getting Started! Alyce Currier, Wistia’s Video Queen, Tells Us How.




February 3, 2014

How to Stand Out in the Upcoming Content Marketing Glut

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Content marketing: everybody’s doing it. In fact, a survey last year by Content Marketing Institute found:

92% of marketers use content marketing and
Close to 60% of marketers (both B2B and B2C) had plans to increase their content budgets in coming months.

While it’s you’ve likely heard of “content marketing” by now, the challenge facing businesses and marketers is how to make one’s content stand out, especially in this competitive age of content overload.

This was the topic of a Google+ Hangout last Thursday hosted by Eric Enge: “Thriving During the Upcoming Content Marketing Glut.” With Eric, guest speakers Peg Fitzpatrick and Marilyn Moore tackled a tough challenge for today’s small business owners and marketers: if everyone starts doing content marketing, how can my brand stand out?

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January 30, 2014

Content Marketing Strategy: More than a Dozen All-Star Professionals Reveal Insights and Tips

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More than a dozen experts share their content marketing strategy insights and tips within the pages of Bruce Clay’s and Murray Newlands’s new book, “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals” (now available on Amazon) — the ultimate content marketing strategy guide for any content creator, marketer or social media manager that wants to stop wasting words.

In addition to Clay and Newlands’s experience-driven and field-tested knowledge, “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals” taps into case studies, articles and anecdotes from Internet marketing powerhouses, renowned for their savvy in content strategy, marketing, public relations, media and SEO. Read on for sneak peek of what content marketing advice each of these experts’ revealed in “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals.” Among the contributors? A Webby award winner, CEOs, journalists, authors, brand managers and even a Dragon.




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