Bruce Clay Blog : StrategyApril 27, 2012
In a perfect world, site owners would consider SEO from the very start, before the Web design and development of the site was even a twinkle in their eye or a symbol in their code. We all know this isn’t the case, but every once and a while, we get lucky enough to build SEO in the site from the ground up, and it’s a beautiful thing.
When people think “Web design,” they often think of the look and feel of the site, the colors, the graphics, etc. From an SEO perspective, the design of the site includes that and so much more. It’s the architecture of the site that ensures it’s as search engine-friendly as possible, and it touches everything from the code to the content to the navigation and more. In this post, we’ll look at what it takes to build SEO into Web design and development.
Read more of How to Do SEO Web Design and Development.
March 29, 2012
Every time a new media channel emerges, gains popularity and shows data on reaching people and potentially driving revenue, everyone wants a piece of the pie. A B2C company might not have to think twice about joining Pinterest, but what about B2Bs? What if your product is “services” – does it make sense for you to use Pinterest to reach your target market?
The allure of Pinterest from a Web marketing perspective and one of its main selling points for B2Bs is to drive traffic to your site (and then hopefully convert community members into clients someday – right?).
While we can’t argue the value of social, it’s not always directly related to the bottom line, so it would seem reasonable that Pinterest could be yet another avenue to reach and connect. But, before you go jumping on the bandwagon, remember that money is on the table.
Read more of I’m a B2B Company, Should I Be Using Pinterest?.
March 8, 2012
Social media is all the hotness when it comes to online branding. But what if your biz doesn’t exactly lend itself to the sexy sharing medium? That was the topic of my conversation with Check n’ Go’s Rachel Colonel. Check ‘n Go is a pay day lender, and, as Rachel points out, that’s not exactly the kind of place you check-in to on foursquare. So, with high hopes, she came to SMX West poised to learn about how other businesses in similar situations are leveraging social channels for customer outreach and brand building. Click through for the video interview and transcript.
March 7, 2012
Our first video from SMX West is ready for its close-up! And as you’ll see, I mean real close up! I interviewed Akvile Harlow, @Hyph_En, Internet Marketing & Ad Operations Manager at Third Door Media. If you’re a fan of SMX on Facebook or follow Search Engine Land or Marketing Land on Twitter, you’re familiar with Akvile’s work. She’s the voice of the brand’s social media marketing, and in the weeks leading up to the conference in San Jose, Akvile’s stewardship of the attendee community on Facebook had me taking notes.
So I wanted to know, what was she thinking as she performed her role as brand rep? What was it about her community engagement that amplified my anticipation in a way that seemed so natural, with never a hint of business-minded motivations? From our quick convo I think you’ll see that finding the right match for a brand’s personality plays a large part. Click through for the video and a transcript of our interview.
Read more of SMM Strategy and Facebook Engagement at SMX West.
February 13, 2012
Bruce Clay Australia’s SEO Factors and Trends report is out, packed full of information on the key factors in 2011 that impacted search engine optimization, including tips on how to address them, plus a look into 2012 trends. The 25-page report is a handy reference guide for professionals and business owners who want a high-level overview of the issues in search marketing that websites need to address to help shape Web marketing strategy. The report is free and available for download here.
November 3, 2011
Today on the SEM Synergy webcast, guest Kristy Bolsinger of Ant’s Eye View touched on the topic of business and social media policy. It certainly seems to be a hot topic these days, as more and more companies try to get a handle on what social media means to them. And while I “get” the need for policies in certain instances for certain companies, I often think many of them come from a place of fear and misunderstanding about what social media really is: a channel that facilitates a shift in the way businesses, friends, families — humans — connect and communicate.
Read more of Social Media Policy: Killing the Messenger .
October 24, 2011
Many businesses spend hours upon hours of blood, sweat and tears on their newsletters (I speak from first-hand bloodletting, sweating, crybaby experience). But what many businesses may not be doing on a regular basis is tracking and measuring their newsletter efforts, to ensure they get the most out of what they put into it. A newsletter should have a clearly defined purpose, goals and metrics, to ensure that all those efforts work for your business, not against it. If you’re looking for some insight into how to get a handle on your newsletter ROI and its metrics, read on, because that’s what we’re here to talk about today.
Read more of 4 Steps to Understanding the ROI of Your Newsletter.
October 11, 2011
As old channels of communication begin to change, just as radio transitioned to television, so does the public relations practitioner. What public relations professionals already know is that the Internet is the primary source of information for most people, and that Google is the default search engine to gather that information. As the gatekeeper of information shifted from traditional media to the Internet (this shift really only started sinking in over the past few years in the PR world), Web marketing tactics became the new public relations. Once, the editor of a publication or news channel determined what was noteworthy, today, it is an algorithm. Once a one-way conversation, now it is two.
Read more of The Evolution of Public Relations Through Web Marketing.
September 13, 2011
This session is all about SEO operations in house. Jessica Bowman of SEOinhouse.com is our moderator. Jessica asks how many in the audience are in-house marketers and how many are in agencies? Simon throws goodies at the in-house marketers.
September 7, 2011
In real estate they say that location is everything, which is true to a large extent. But the same also applies to digital space. That’s why there’s such thing as a search engine marketing industry. Location gets you seen, location can make you money, and location will make competitors desperate. In the case of Google Places, having a business catalogued as permanently closed can mean the loss of loyal customers, online traffic and revenue-much-needed-revenue in today’s economy.
Recently, fraudulent closings on Google Places have become a commonplace tactic employed by business competitors, and it turns out it’s rather easy to do. On a Google Places listing, you’ll find basic business information: name, address, hours of operation, reviews, etc. At the bottom of the listing, there is a link to “Report a problem.” From there, you can report that a business is permanently closed, which for all intents and purposes, serves as an important function. What is being discovered is that if enough people report a business as being “permanently closed”, the business is closed, in an online sense of the word.