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October 15, 2014

What Are Social Meta Tags? Open Graph and Twitter Cards Made Easy

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The key to maximizing your social distribution is controlling the way your content is displayed in social media feeds rather than letting Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms decide for you.

To learn how social meta tags can provide optimal titles, descriptions and images when content is shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, read How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.




October 9, 2014

Pubcon Liveblog: Utilizing Personas in Social Media Contests

Kendall Bird and Katy Katz at Pubcon Las Vegas 2014

Persona research is taking data and turning it into a person. That person is your persona and you think about him/her whenever you’re creating your content.

What do personas have to do with social media contests? If you don’t understand your personas, your social media contest is likely to fail. One of the most common reasons why business fail to gain ROI from their social media marketing efforts is their failure to fashion their content to target specific personas.

Read Pubcon Liveblog: Utilizing Personas in Social Media Contests.




October 8, 2014

Pubcon Liveblog: Pinterest and Other Missed Social SEO Opportunities

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Have an interest in Pinterest? You should – there are 70 million users are Pinterest, and their business is up for grabs. John Rampton, editor-at-large at Search Engine Journal, Stephan Spencer, vice president of SEO at Covario, and Cynthia Johnson, director of social media marketing at RankLab, share their insights on wielding Pinterest for to drive traffic, build community and boost sales.

Read the full liveblog coverage of this tip-packed session that will rock your board.




October 3, 2014

What Content Goes Hot on Google+?

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In the keynote at SMX East this week, BuzzFeed Founder Jonah Peretti talked with Search Engine Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan about social media, SEO and going viral. In the middle of the conversation, Peretti talked about Google+ in less-than-flattering terms.

I think we (the Internet marketing community) should talk about what he said. Not because his criticism mocked the social network, but because it was constructive.

Some of Peretti’s comments on Google+ became Twitter soundbites that sounded pretty negative. However, context is everything …

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September 30, 2014

SMX East Liveblog: Twitter Cards & Facebook’s Open Graph

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Take your social game to the next level by implementing Twitter Cards and Open Graph Tags. The speakers in this panel assert that social strategy means thinking about social posts as if they were ads (and therefore crafting them with the same amount of care and creativity). Learn how to wield OG tags, discover the nine different types of Twitter Cards and how to best utilize them, and find out what unique project The New York Times is using Twitter Cards to promote.

Speakers Merry Morud (Social Advertising Director, aimClear), Evan Sandhaus (Lead Architect, Semantic Platforms, NY Times) and Courtney Seiter (Head of Content Marketing, Buffer) present the latest essential tips and advice, captured in this liveblog from SMX East.

Read more in Twitter Cards & Facebook’s Open Graph.




SMX East Liveblog: All Search is Now Social

Tami Cannazzaro

Think of an apple and a bag of marbles. Both simple images, and when you compare the two you’ll get an idea of the shift that social media has caused brands to make to stay relevant today. An apple is the old way of thinking of your brand, unified and on-message. The bag of marbles is a little more assorted, a collection, not a unified message but it has 300% more surface area. If you’re able to increase the surface area of your brand by releasing individual advocates. Social media advocacy gives your business authentic reach. Speaker Tami Cannizzaro explains.

Read more in All Search is Now Social.




June 11, 2014

SMX Liveblog: 25 Social Media Ideas for the Advanced Search Marketer

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Get the skinny on social media tools, tactics and more in this session geared towards savvy search marketers. This session’s speakers are Lisa Williams. Michael King, Matt Siltala and Mark Traphagen. The session kicks off with Williams, the director of digital marketing strategy at Search Discovery.

Williams tells us to start with the actual product and make a connection to the product with great storytelling. Look at search technology as a way to tell a story about your product. Communication strategy should be your first step to making that connection and storytelling. Come up with a communication strategy that’s specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and timebound.

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May 14, 2014

SMX Advanced 2014 Series: Search and Social Strategy with Lisa Williams

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SMX Advanced is fast approaching — come June 11, SEOs and Internet marketers will flock to Seattle for the much-anticipated conference. Bruce Clay, an official SMX training partner, is gearing up for his SEO Training workshop and Jayme Westervelt is working out her fingers in preparation for some serious liveblogging action (check out our liveblog schedule). With more than 30 sessions focusing on organic, paid, local and mobile optimization, Internet marketers can’t wait for SMX Advanced — we can’t wait either … which is we bring to you the SMX Advanced 2014 Series.

This series will highlight select SMX Advanced speakers. They’ll give us a sneak peak at what their top Internet marketing insights they’ll be sharing at this year’s conference. Today, we’re putting Lisa Williams, director of digital marketing strategy at Search Discovery, in the hot seat. Williams, an Internet marketing veteran with more than 17 years of experience, has been featured in publications such as Glamour, The Boston Globe, Kiplinger, and the Oregonian. shared her expertise at conferences across the world.

Williams is a featured presenter in 25 Social Media Ideas For The Advanced Search Marketer (June 11 at 9 a.m.) — this session will feature actionable ideas and techniques that will help you implement and optimize that sweet spot where search and social intersect.

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April 18, 2014

SEO Newsletter: AdWords + Social Media = Amplified Reach

Internet marketing is evolving — are you? This month’s SEO Newsletter focuses on amplifying your business’s online reach with articles explaining how to use an underutilized and under-publicized paid, local search marketing platform, AdWords Express, and a guide intended to help a business choose which social networks are a good fit for their audience and investment. The strongest SEO campaigns work hand-in-hand with paid campaigns and social media marketing, both of which amplify a brand’s reach among new audiences.

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March 28, 2014

How to Build Your Brand with Google+ Hangouts On Air

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Most businesses today have accepted social media as a necessary part of a content-based marketing strategy. On Twitter you can communicate short-and-sweet deals, tips, news headlines, and photos of the flavor of the day. On Facebook you can run contests, post pictures, and link to blog posts. But how many businesses realize the opportunity that is Google+?

More than just another social platform, Google+ offers SEO, branding, and audience-engagement benefits. Its integration with Google search and all Google products brings undeniable SEO benefits beyond those of other social media platforms. But its Hangouts On Air feature, in particular, can be a real game-changer that helps brands build traction and expertise in their field faster and more cheaply than any other way. Here you’ll discover:

• Why you need to be on Google+ (and why it’s “just dumb” not to)
• How to host a Hangout On Air for maximum brand benefit
• How to build your brand by attending HOAs, too

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