Search Engine Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan fields questions from the Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East 2014 audience in the final session of the day. Find out what he had to say about authorship, markup, local SEO, how to teach SEO in college, and much more in this liveblog.
Read more in SMX Evening Forum with Danny Sullivan
Content may be king, but content marketing is a constant battle for information. Even if you make it to the top of the heap, someone’s gunning for your head. Most marketers fight this fact by creating more content, spending more money on content, and it’s asymptomatically impossible to break through.
Well, today we’re at the forefront of a movement to make technologists and marketers talk to each other. This session is called “The 4th Wave of Content Marketing: From Passive to Interactive” and it’s about the next thing in content. Don’t just publish more, make it interactive with marketing apps.
Read more in The 4th Wave in Content Marketing.
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 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.
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.
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.
Read more in Competitive Research for SEO.
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.
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.
Read more in How SEO & SEM Can Help Each Other.
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.
Read more in Branding Your Data Visualizations with Annie Cushing.
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.”
Read more in SEO Is Never Dead with Marshall Simmonds.