Who Should Take a Search Engine Optimization Training Course?
You might be surprised to hear this, but a search engine optimization training course can benefit many different roles within a company — not just the obvious ones like marketing.
That is because for SEO to really succeed, everyone in the company has to be on board, from the C-suite all the way down to IT. That includes all decision makers and everyone who touches a company website.
In this article, I’ll briefly explain the roles that can benefit from a search engine optimization training course and why.
Business Owners / C-Suite
If you own a small business or are an executive at a mid- to large-sized company, you are a decision maker. That means you set the priorities and, often, allocate the budgets.
If you do not understand the fundamentals of search engine optimization and how it can drive revenue for your business, you likely won’t:
- Prioritize SEO
- Make good decisions about SEO
Sure, you could rely on your team to make a case for SEO to get buy-in, or you could take an SEO training course at your own pace to really boost your digital marketing know-how. (Tip: We have a Free Executive Guide to SEO one-hour video course that gives you the basics. And for you SEOs out there, get your boss to take this … it will make your life much easier.)
Given that many C-suite positions do not require technical digital skills, a search engine optimization training course is a good complement to continuing education company goals.
Managers hire the right people with the right skills, and then they often stay out of the details. But first, marketing managers need to understand what are the right SEO skills they need to hire.
And, once they hire the right person or people, they need to be able to have intelligent conversations about the company’s SEO strategy and where it’s headed.
These conversations need to be tailored to both the teams working on SEO and to the C-suite. Research shows that when CMOs are able to master marketing strategy, their budgets are more likely to be protected during a downturn, and they enjoy a 48% longer tenure.
Marketing managers and all of their staff and contributors should consider our SEOtraining.com membership site. No matter how senior you are, you will find that a quality program like ours that standardizes the training across your teams can change your life even more than you would expect.
Content Strategists / Creators
Getting the content piece right in your company’s SEO strategy is one of the most important steps you can take.
Eighty-six percent of B2B companies are already using their website and blog to distribute content as part of their content marketing plan, according to data from the Content Marketing Institute’s 11th Annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report.
Yet the majority of respondents reported their content marketing strategy was only “moderately successful.” What’s more, 60% said the creation of new web content contributed to their success. But only 37% reported search engine rankings as a marker of their results.
So content strategists and creators need to be able to understand:
- The importance of content in SEO
- What types of content matter in SEO
- How to create quality content for SEO
- How to optimize content for SEO
- How to track content performance in SEO
Creating quality content that can compete in the search results is the No. 1 reason that content strategists and creators take a search engine optimization training course.
This one might be the most surprising to you. But we find that in many companies, the IT department often slows down SEO initiatives.
It is absolutely essential that IT folks understand why they are receiving requests from the SEO team to make updates to the company website.
IT people usually have a packed schedule filled with fixing bugs, putting out fires and addressing people’s requests. If they do not understand the importance of making changes for the SEO team, those SEO requests can get put on the “lower priority” list.
I wrote about this issue in an earlier article here and highlighted data that showed technical fixes can take up to a month or more to get implemented on a website.
So if you can swing it, make sure your IT people take a search engine optimization training course too.
Professionals who want to add SEO to their skill set, who are new SEO hires at a company or who are switching careers can benefit from a search optimization training course. In fact, SEO training is one of the best ways to get up to speed quickly on the fundamentals of SEO.
Why would an experienced SEO take an SEO training course? As a refresher, of course. While the fundamentals rarely change, how we go about doing them does. Plus, search engines and the industry as a whole are fast-moving, so there is always something new to learn.
In fact, we’ve had SEOs with many years of experience under their belt come back to Bruce Clay Inc. for training once per year as part of their continuing education. It’s also why we continually update and expand our course materials.
Anyone who touches your company website should understand SEO. This is especially important when you have multiple departments and teams all making decisions about the website.
That means every decision should consider the question: How will this impact our SEO? The downside of not doing so is that one ill-fated change can ruin a company’s rankings and traffic, which can directly impact revenue.
See a demo and find out more about what’s included in our SEO training and membership program.