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December 18, 2015

SEO in 2015: A Retrospective for the Introspective – Virtual Conference Recap

SEO in 2015

If TIME Magazine were to do an issue on the SEO industry in 2015, the table of contents would look like this.

• 2015 SEO Story of the Year: Mobilegeddon

• Runner-Up: More Mobile – App Deep Linking and Indexing

• Runner-Up: The Penguin that Never Came

• Runner-Up: RankBrain AI

• 15-Minutes-of-Famers in 2015: Millennials are the moment’s hottest market segment, but it’s an attention to audience that has staying power

We don’t publish TIME Magazine, but on the BCI blog, we do publish the SEO industry’s major news stories and marketing practices. A mobile-focused marketing perspective, Google’s MIA Penguin and link removal practices, and a search engine ranking algorithm that learns are the topics covered on today’s Virtual Conference SEO track.




December 15, 2015

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

2015 Virtual Conference(1)

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.




October 14, 2015

SEO & SEM in the Competitive Automotive Space – Pubcon Liveblog

greg gifford and ira kates at pubcon

The automotive industry is incredibly competitive when it comes to search engine marketing. To rise to the competition requires in-depth local SEO knowledge and PPC know-how. This session offers strategies for local search marketing, both paid and organic, that all marketers can use. Our speakers are Ira Kates, who will speak to paid search, and Greg Gifford, who addresses organic SEO.

Read the liveblog from Pubcon.




October 12, 2015

Social and Mobile PR Secrets – Pubcon Liveblog

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Do you want press for your business? Yes please! Here’s how to use social media in traditional and new ways to reach and influence the media. New opportunities to be covered by today’s speakers include making sure your content is mobile friendly and targeting the media through paid Facebook promotions.

Read the liveblog Social and Mobile PR Secrets.




October 9, 2015

Personal Branding & Social Strategy Advice You HAVEN’T Heard, Live from #Pubcon

Branding and Social Strategy from Proven Experts(1)

Personal branding and social strategy – it’s a subject close to all digital marketers’ hearts. Mark Traphagen, Matt Craine and Mel Carson are speaking on this hot topic at Pubcon Las Vegas. Hear what they have to say on the importance of personal branding in a world
where everyone is Googling everyone else in the this in-depth liveblog. Trust us, you don’t want to miss these tips!




Building an SEO/SEM Agency – #Pubcon Liveblog

Building an Agency session liveblog

What makes a great SEO or SEM agency? This question applies to companies looking to hire an agency, since they need to make sure they’re working with an agency team that can not only write a good RFP but also drive their KPIs. However, in this Pubcon Las Vegas session the speakers come at it from the agency’s point of view: How can you plan, start, hire, train and grow a successful agency team that can produce as well as sell?

Read the full liveblog with slides.




Millennial Expectations and Search Behavior Trends with Google’s Gary Illyes

Googler Gary Illyes_ Generation Y

Getting to know Millennials has been a hot topic at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015. Everyone’s talking about Millennials, including Google’s Gary Illyes (who’s a millennial himself!). He took the stage to deliver the grand finale keynote, and he’s going to tell us how Google is thinking about Millennials and how they’re shaping the future of search.

Read the liveblog report of Googler Gary Illyes’ keynote address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015.




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