Archives for December 2007

Reader Poll: Trends in Search Marketing for 2008

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In order to tap into the “wisdom of our crowd” and much appreciated readers, we run polls to find out what client and agency side marketers are thinking. Popular polls have included the rating of favorite resources like whether multiple search conferences can exist and succeed to the best keyword research tools.

It’s the end of the year and predictions will soon start to fill the search marketing blogosphere. In anticipation of what the next year will bring to the search marketing industry, I ask this question to stimulate some ideas and conversation:

What will be the big stories in search marketing in 2008?

  • "Real" Solutions to Click Fraud (20%, 26 Votes)
  • Mobile Search Explodes (14%, 18 Votes)

Marketing Sherpa Email Summit

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This announcement might be a bit early, but I think the last Marketing Sherpa Email Summit sold out pretty quickly. This is an event (in Miami February 24th-26th) that’s near and dear to TopRank’s marketing consulting services which are made up of: search, PR and email marketing. Out of those three “legs”, email marketing is by far the most productive in terms of ROI and conversion rates.

What’s great about this conference is that it’s all about email and nothing else. Sliced and diced into 3 tracks (BtoB, Advanced BtoC and Operations) as well as 5 general and 36 breakout sessions, there’s “something for everyone”, as they say. There’s also an opportunity to get “certified” as an email marketing expert through a package that includes both the Summit and an online course.

David Berkowitz & Gord Hotchkiss – Search Insider Summit Utah

A whirlwind conference schedule winds up this year with Mediapost’s Search Insider Summit being held in Park City Utah at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Dec 12-15, 2007.  As part of our media sponsorship duties, I caught up with conference chair, David Berkowitz from 360i and the host/MC, Gord Hotchkiss of Enquiro for a quick interview:

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Please tell us a little about yourself – a mini bio if you will.

David: I’m Director of Emerging Media and Client Strategy with 360i, the search-focused digital agency. I’ve been writing a weekly Search Insider column for MediaPost since it launched in mid-2004. For fun, I have my own blog at MarketersStudio.com, and I do a fair amount of speaking at industry events. It’s a great gig, especially with the clients I get to work with.

Pubcon Images: The “pub conference”

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The last day of WebmasterWorld’s Pubcon is literally a gathering in a pub. This is the genesis of how Pubcon was started, an informal gathering of members from WebmasterWorld. Through the efforts of Brett Tabke and the community, it has grown into one of the finest search marketing conferences with thousands of attendees, major corporate sponsors, top notch speakers and a spirit like no other event. There’s a real sense of community and “co-opetition” amongst participants that makes it a great place to learn and network.

Here are my final favorite photos from Las Vegas Pubcon and a few with friends from iEntry afterwards.

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Wynn Las Vegas

Brian Prince Lee Odden
Sport coating the BOTW colors

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Danny Sullivan and Melanie Mitchell

Greg Boser
Greg Boser and friends

BIGLIST Search Marketing Blogs Update 120807

SEO Blogs

This BIGLIST search marketing blogs update is going up on a Saturday as we had more than enough posts go up yesterday. There are quite a few additions. Enjoy some weekend SEO reading:

  • Social Blog Roll – This is a cool tool from Nick Wilsdon of einternet that enables you to stay on top of what’s happening in the search marketing world by polling the blog rolls of popular search marketing blogs and ranking them based on the number of votes they get.
  • Online Marketing Mavens – Minnesota based Lisa Raehsler, a SEM guru, and Sarah Zielie, an Interactive Media enthusiast, join forces to study and share insights, secrets, and tips in their respective fields.

SES Chicago 2007 Wrap Up

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Jolina and Mike had a great time at the Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago. Not only is it the windy city, but a festive, cold and snowy one too by the sounds of it. 🙂

Here is a recap of the SES Chicago posts in case you missed any:

Pubcon 2007 Round-Up

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Looks like Lee has been working hard trying not to get in trouble out there in Las Vegas at the WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference this week. At least, his posts show he has been productive!

Below are the Pubcon session overviews, photo posts and video interviews with other folks hanging out in Vegas. Lucky!

Pubcon 2007 Sessions:

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Pubcon Images: Microsoft Party at ghostbar

Ghost Bar

It was my first Microsoft party last night and it turned out to be a doosy. I went with Rich Ord, Mike McDonald (who won a Zune) and Tiffany Doughty from iEntry (WebProNews). We arrived at about 7-7:30 to see lots of familiar faces. There was a Guitar Hero competition, sushi, glowing drinks, mini hamburgers, a huge outdoor patio and from 55 floors up, the view was amazing. There were bad Billy Idol and Gwen Stephani lookalikes, dancing, a little debauchery and plenty of conversations.

There were indeed a few photos that I could not upload to Flickr. 🙂 However, please enjoy these:

Ghost Bar
Blue bar

Las Vegas at Night
Vegas from 55 floors up

Todd, Gillian, Rand, Lee
Todd Friesen, Gillian, Rand and Lee

Sushi
Sushi anyone?

Mel Carson Lee Odden
Mel Carson from Microsoft and moi

Pubcon Session: Press and Public Relations Campaigns

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The last session of the day for me was “Press and Public Relations Campaigns” with Robin Liss of Reviewed.com and Joe Beaulaurier from PRWeb. Moderation duties were scheduled to be handled by Brett Tabke but were switched at the last minute to Melanie Mitchell, VP of SEO/SEM at AOL. Sorry Brett, but I don’t think anyone had a problem with the switch. 🙂

Robin presented a case study for a promotion on the iPhone her site wirelessinfo.com did using multiple channels including Digg and a YouTube video that went viral. Joe presented the multiple media format press release options offered by PRWeb.

Pubcon Session: Blogger Reporter Panel

Blogger Reporter Panel
If someone has a better photo, please link in the comments

On day three, the last day of sessions at WebmasterWorld Pubcon here in Vegas, I participated on a panel called, “Search and Blogging Reporters Forum” with Rand Fishkin and Andy Beal.

Mike McDonald
Moderation duties handled by Mike McDonald. Basically, it was a round table-style discussion about blogging in the SEO industry as well as blogging as a marketing tool. There were some good points about using blogs as a public relations tool as well as some debate about hosting team blogs separately or all under the company domain name.

Rand Fishkin
There was some nice back and forth with Andy and Rand plus great questions from Mike and the audience.

Celebrity Audience: Bill, Lisa, Jane, Tamar

Pubcon Video: Melanie Mitchell AOL

I met Melanie Mitchell at last year’s Pubcon and was amazed at what a job being a Vice President of SEO/SEM at a company like AOL must be. The insights she shared in a keynote presentation at the WebGuild’s Searchnomics conference were impressive so I was fortnuate to get a few minutes of her time to do a short video interview on what she does for AOL and what some of her challenges and accomplishments have been.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2_eUI7SbUQ[/youtube]

Be sure to check out the TopRank SEO video channel on YouTube for interviews from Pubcon and many other search marketing event.

Do Your Keywords Account for Local Vernacular? SES Chicago Session

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Different regions of the country have very different ways of saying the same thing. Maybe it’s because our country is spread across such a large land mass, because we’re a melting pot or maybe it’s because we all love creating new words and coining new phrases.

Whatever the reason, there are various ways to say the same thing and most often the word chosen is dictated by the region, creating an opportunity for every website to capture more visitors, if they are indeed optimized for the variations.

For example, here are all the different ways one might search for a ‘cabin’ in which to spend some vacation time:
Cottage
Chalet
Retreat
Country house
Camp
Cabana
Shed
Villa
Lodge
Log house