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September 30, 2014

SMX East Liveblog: Competitive Research for SEO

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This SMX East session dives into competitive research that will help you identify your true competition (it isn’t always who you think it is) and then assess why and how they are outranking you. Armed with this information, you can fight back and rise to the top of the SERP.

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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.

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SMX East Liveblog: How SEO & SEM Can Help Each Other

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When SEO and SEM work together, the outcome is stronger campaigns for both sides. SEO and PPC VIPs Lisa Williams, Aaron Levy and Brett Snyder break down the relationship between SEO and SEM from an operational and tactical level during the first session of Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014’s Tactics Track.

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SMX East Liveblog: Branding Your Data Visualizations with Annie Cushing

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Data is powerful and empowering, sure. But raw data or too much data coming at you is just another email in the archive of the person you’ve delivered it to. Data that isn’t packaged in a way that supports someone’s understanding of it or that doesn’t fit your brand identity is an eyesore on your website. Annie Cushing makes data pretty and meaningful for her clients with Excel dashboards customized in their colors and fonts and will be imparting her guidelines for making your data visualizations fit your brand, making it a brand identity tool online. You may not know even realize the mistakes you’re making when you use Excel to create a chart and post it up to your blog. Read on to find out the common oversights of data visualization and the solutions.

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SMX East Liveblog: SEO Is Never Dead — Marshall Simmonds

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In this opening Summit session at SMX East, the SEO thought-leading veteran Marshall Simmonds puts to rest the popular critique of search engine optimization, “SEO is dead.” He explains: “If Google is constantly changing, we [search marketers] have to be constantly moving to meet those changes. SEO can never have a beginning, middle and end because it’s constantly changing. The second upper management believes SEO is dead is the moment you start failing.”

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September 25, 2014

Summing Up a Summer of Search Engine Shuffling for SMBs & DIY Marketers

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Odds are good that maintenance and promotion of your website fall somewhere in the middle of your skill set, from expert to overseer. Even if you’re hands off, it would do you good to know what’s new and next in SEO. That way, you can make sure your web presence is capitalizing on opportunities. To that end, you’ll find the latest SEO info from the last few months, and the search engine optimization tips it necessitates, in this article that covers:

  • The Google Quality Rating Guidelines, a brilliant resource that illuminates Google’s quality assurance program for its search results. Written for human QA reviewers, the document explains how to judge quality, on-page elements and reputation of websites in a variety of categories. Here we shed light on new ways to understand how Google determines expertness, authority and trust.
  • Google’s abandonment of Authorship markup. Author photos and bylines next to search results are gone, and the 35% click-through rate increase those photos seemed to generate. Do you have authorship markup on your site? Will you remove it? Maintain it? Nofollow links? Find out what to do about authorship markup here.
  • A new minor ranking signal in HTTPS (secure encryption). When Google confirms anything to be a factor in their ranking algorithm, businesses seeking a competitive edge take note. But before you demand your webmaster secure your entire site, learn the costs and requirements of HTTPS.
  • An adjustment to the local ranking algorithm known as the Pigeon Update. Google says the new local algorithm has improved distance and location ranking parameters and that the new local algorithm now more closely resembles the standard web algorithm. So, what does that mean for getting your business ranked in Google’s local search results?

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Getting Started with Google Webmaster Tools & Analytics

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How well do you understand how your own site is performing? Many website owners know when their online business is up or down, but have only a vague sense of why. But it is possible to know specifics, the kind of analytics and facts you need to make informed decisions that will improve your site’s […]




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.

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September 22, 2014

SMX East 2014 Speaker Series: Joanna Lord on Authenticity in Internet Marketing

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Joanna Lord has made a name for herself carving out marketing strategies at BigDoor Inc., moz and, now, Porch.com, where she recently signed on as vice president of marketing. Lord has a longstanding passion for all things involving Internet marketing, brand management and community growth.

She’ll be speaking at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014 in “The Future Of A Brand” on Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Come with tablet (of the digital or paper variety) in hand, because you will definitely want to take notes when Lord is onstage! Read on to discover some of Lord’s thoughts on marketing and authenticity in this exclusive pre-SMX East 2014 interview.

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September 19, 2014

SMX East 2014 Speaker Series: What Matters Most in Mobile SEO with Cindy Krum

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Earlier this year, the landscape of SEO and Internet marketing shifted in a significant way when mobile search traffic overtook desktop search traffic. Mobile traffic will only continue to rise, and brands and businesses simply cannot afford to miss out on mobile opportunities. If you have not yet incorporated mobile SEO and mobile social strategy, the time is now.

Cindy Krum, CEO of MobileMoxie, travels the globe educating major businesses and brands on what matters most in mobile marketing, chiefly in the areas of SEO and social media. She’s also the author of “Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are.” She’ll be sharing her insights onstage at this month’s Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014 in “What SEOs Should Be Doing With Mobile” on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.

Read more of SMX East 2014 Speaker Series: What Matters Most in Mobile with Cindy Krum to discover key insights from this mobile maven as I interview her on all things mobile.




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