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December 16, 2015

Quality Over Quantity: Content & Social Media Marketing Lessons from 2015

Content Strategy, Social Media Marketing & Audience Research

If one lesson emerged regarding content in 2015, it was that a digital marketer’s strategy should revolve around quality over quantity. Quality necessitates editorial planning, audience understanding and persona research, as well as the social media marketing and PR outreach. Throughout the year, experts in our field (including Gary Illyes, Marty Weintraub, Wil Reynolds, Lisa Buyer and Mindy Weinstein) shared their tried-and-true tactics for creating what Rand Fishkin lovingly refers to as 10X better content.

In today’s content-focused track of the 2015 Virtual Conference, read up on these tactics and find out how you can apply them to your own content marketing.




December 15, 2015

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

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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

Connecting the Online World to the Offline World with Data: A Round-table Chat at #BIAKNEXT

Connecting the Online World and Offline World

About 90% of buying is offline, but it’s very influenced by online. Attribution, then, is more important than ever. BIA/Kelsey Managing Director Rick Ducey moderates a round-table discussion with three professionals, each offering a different perspective:

  • Grace Chan, VP Product at Wanderful Media
  • Sherry Thomas-Zon, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at Retailigence
  • Elliott Waldron, Director of Analytics at Placed, Inc.

They discuss how receipts data (vs. point of sale) can inform campaign planning and the purchase journey … how marketers handle large amounts of data … and what to expect in 2016 for the in-store experience.

Read the liveblog




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.




December 7, 2015

2015 Search Quality Rating Guidelines Checklist: Aligning with Google’s Focus on Usefulness

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Google’s latest update of its Search Quality Rating Guidelines shows a shifted focus at the search engine, and consequently, for SEOs. For years, the buzzword for search engine optimization has been “relevance” — making your site the most relevant result for a searcher’s query. But as Duane Forrester, our new VP of organic search operations, observed: “It’s all about usefulness today and moving forward. The goal of the search engine is simple: increase searcher satisfaction. That’s why ‘useful’ is the new watchword. Previously we said ‘relevant,’ but really we all meant ‘useful.’”

Google annually updates its internal guidelines document that tells hired human quality raters how to evaluate sites as part of Google’s ongoing experiments. The guidelines are not the algorithm. But they do show what Google’s focusing on, and that’s worth paying attention to. Here’s our checklist for making sure your SEO campaign aligns with Google’s priorities.

Review the 2015 Search Quality Rating Guidelines Checklist.




December 4, 2015

PPC New Year’s Resolutions: Power-up Your 2016 Paid Search, Display & Social Advertising Campaigns

New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year — the time to reevaluate your PPC campaigns in order to improve and strengthen your strategies. In the last quarter of 2015 alone, Yahoo, Bing, Google, Facebook, and Twitter debuted new extensions, features, and targeting abilities that have the potential to spruce up your campaigns well past the New Year. Resolve to read up on the latest advancements to outperform your competitors in 2016.

Read up on your PPC New Year’s Resolutions.




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 12, 2015

Is Google about to Unplug Its Penguin?

Unplug Penguin Feature Square

TL;DR – A theory: The next Google Penguin update will kill link spam outright by eliminating the signals of inorganic backlinks. Google will selectively pass link equity by topical relevance of linked sites, made possible by semantic analysis. Google will reward organic links and perhaps even mentions from authoritative sites in any niche. As a side effect, link-based negative SEO and Penguin “penalization” will be eliminated.

Is the end of link spam upon us? Read why we think it’s a good thing that Google is about to unplug its Penguin.




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