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Lee Odden

Listen Learn Change Grow

Lee Odden on Nov 28th, 2008     Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

internet marketing strategyThe thing about internet marketing is that there is no “one right way” to solve a single problem. So much of the advice and commentary about content optimization for search engines at conferences and on blogs is tactical. Five tips for this and 10 ways to do that. We do it too, because people that are new or just dipping their toe into the stream of internet marketing knowledge need information packaged in an easy to understand and actionable format.

Between the changes and improvements that happen on search engines, adoption of new web technologies/applications and changes in the way people use search, tactical advice can get outdated pretty quickly.  

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Best Books on Social Media

Lee Odden on Nov 26th, 2008     Online Marketing, Social Media

Recently I had the task fo creating a resource for direct marketers on social media marketing and print books are something many people rely on as a portable source of information. The challenge with print sources on internet marketing related topics of course, is that they can become outdated more quickly than other topics.

As a result, I tried to focus on books that would retain thier usefulness to readers over time. The following list was researched from the stack of books on my desk, from the good Tweeple following @leeodden on Twitter and a few private recommendations. Fortunately, we’ve interviewed almost half of the authors on this list, so I’ve included those links as well.  Enjoy!

Lee Odden

Cirque du Soleil Jessica Berlin on Social Media Marketing

Lee Odden on Nov 24th, 2008     Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Smarts

One of the opportunities from speaking at the Pubcon conference in Las Vegas recently was meeting many client side social media marketing practitioners. Jessica Berlin, one of my co-panelists and social media manager from Cirque du Soleil, offered excellent insights into online reputation management and social media. I’ve invited her to take part in our “Social Media Smarts‘ series of interviews with social media marketing practitioners.

Jess has worked with Cirque du Soleil as a publicist and now as a social media marketing manager. She’s active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and has received kudos from social media kingmakers like Chris Brogan, who offers an insightful perspective on Jessica as a “trust agent” for Cirque du Soleil and a great story on what to do with 100 bloggers in Las Vegas.

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Hands On Social Media Smarts for Direct Marketers

Lee Odden on Nov 19th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media, TopRank Agency News

DMA TopRank Online MarketingTopRank Online Marketing is pleased to announce a parternship with The Direct Marketing Association to develop and present a series of 2 day workshops on social media marketing for direct marketers. 

On December 4th in New York the new course entitled: “Social Media Smarts: An Introduction to the Social Web, Tools and Strategies” will introduce participants to the marketing and communications channel opportunities of social media through practical demonstration of social media tools, case studies and exercises. The first 3 workshops will be held in New York, Chicago and then again in New York.

Decreasing marketing budgets and increased consumer skepticism towards traditional advertising is driving many companies to new ways of attracting and engaging customers.  At the same time, new communication channels such as social media represent the most significant change in marketer/advertiser communications with customers in the history of marketing.

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Post PubCon: Real-World Winning Tactics for Content Creation

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 19th, 2008     Online Marketing, Pubcon

Content CreationEditor note: In order not to overwhelm readers with posts during Pubcon, we’ve saved a few additional sessions for posting this week. Enjoy!

Content is king. In spite of all that has changed in the online sphere since its inception, content is still the critical element to a compelling website. Providing relevant, fresh content on a regular basis can increase site traffic and improve search engine rankings, which in turn increases ROI. Yet delivering well-structured content of interest to your audience can be difficult. In Real-World Winning Tactics for Content Creation, three content experts gave their tips and advice for effective content creation, from blogs to mobile websites.

Lee Odden

Top Content Marketing Blogs from Junta42

Lee Odden on Nov 16th, 2008     Blogging, Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

content marketing blogs
Over at Junta42 Joe Pulizzi has announced the quarterly update of his Junta42 list of content marketing blogs. I’m happy to say Online Marketing Blog was again included in the list. This time in a slightly improved position as you can see below. I must say, being included on a list with Brian Clark, Jeremiah Owyang, Brian Solis and David Meerman Scott is very humbling.

Lists are always controversial by nature as they exclude and include based on criteria that rarely satisfy everyone. But we’re happy to be included all the same and a BIG THANKS goes to the TopRank team that’s been liveblogging conferences over the past two months of consideration for this list.

Here’s the complete list of 42 top content marketing blogs:

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PubCon: Earning Big Bucks with Social Media Traffic

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 15th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Pubcon, Social Media

PubCon Earning Big Bucks with Social Media Traffic

Have you considered developing content specifically to drive traffic from social media sites? Have you also considered what you want from that social media traffic, and what to do with it once you have it?

In a session titled, “Earning Big Bucks with Social Media Traffic“, Social Media Marketing advocates including Rank Fishkin, Vanessa Fox, Michael Gray and Alexander Barbara gave some great tips to drive traffic via social media channels and how to monitize that traffic.

Michael Gray kicked off the session discussion how making a connection within the social media world is key to drive traffic to your website. Michael stated that monetizing social media traffic is harder than most other types of traffic and you should only try to make money from this type of traffic if you truly grasp the concept of social media and monetization.

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PubCon: Universal & Personal Search – This Changes Everything

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 14th, 2008     Digital Asset Optimization, Pubcon, Search Engines, SEO

Universal & Personal Search

Universal search has been touted as the biggest change to happen to search in recent years. Certainly universal and personal search have altered the search landscape to an extent, however to what extent is up for debate. In Universal & Personal Search: This Changes Everything, panelists moderated by Jake Baillie brought differing perspectives to the adjustments SEOs should make in light of universal search.

Brian Combs of Apogee Search began the session with an overview of Universal search. The biggest change, according to Combs, is that search is no longer just about text. Now images, videos, and local results can all rank, and rank highly, for any given keyword term.

Lee Odden

Pubcon: In-House SEO and PPC

Lee Odden on Nov 13th, 2008     Enterprise SEO, Online Marketing, Pubcon

Jessica, DAn, Ana, Allison & Jill

The last regular session of the day I decided to attend was on In-House SEO and PPC which was moderated by Melanie Mitchell and included Jessica Bowman, Dan Perry, Ana Schultz, Allison Fabella and Jill Sampey. The issues that in-house search marketers experience are the same issues that SEO agencies experience when performing enterprise SEO and PPC programs.

I walked in at the start of Jessica Bowman’s presentation who was talking about roadblocks to internal search engine marketing efforts:

  • Adds projects to man hours
  • Inconsistent with other goials
  • Goes against existing progrtamming standards
  • Were not technically feasible
  • Added to the project timeline and cost

Once you get executive buy in, you cannot stop. Most opposition stems from lower and middle management. Middle managers need to get upper level support.

Lee Odden

Pubcon: Top Secret SEO Tools

Lee Odden on Nov 13th, 2008     Online Marketing, Pubcon, SEO, SEO Tools

Rand Fishkin, Andy Beal, Todd Malicoat

The first post-lunch session of day 3 of Pucon brought together a great mix of SEO experts including: Todd Malicoat, Rand Fishkin and last minute fill-in for Jessie Stricchiola, Andy Beal. Moderator duties were handled by Joe Laratro.

First up is Todd who covered 30 different tools which are too many to mention here but included tools for: browsers, domain server, keywords, competitive research, ranking checkers, backlink checking, on page optimization, spidering, productivity and tools for fixing duplicate content. but the most interesting included:

  • User agent switcher allows you to surf the web as if you were a bot from an engine so you can see sites the way search engine spiders see them.
  • Search Status Firefox plugin shows you various time saving information all in one place 
Lee Odden

Pubcon Day 2 Favorite Photos

Lee Odden on Nov 13th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Pubcon

The second day of WebmasterWorld Pubcon didn’t dissapoint with great sessions throughout the day.  In between sessions, I was able to take a few candids and had help from Lisa Barone and Ashley Bruce during the sessions where I was speaking.

Alex Bennert and Elisabeth Osmeloski
Elisabeth Osmeloski and Alex Bennert

Barry Schwartz and Ken Jurina
Barry Schwartz and Ken Jurina

Jessica Bowman and Heather Lloyd Martin
Jessica Bowman and Heather Lloyd Martin

A taller Matt Cutts and Lee Odden
A taller Matt Cutts and Lee Odden

Lisa Barone and Tamar Weinberg
Lisa Barone and Tamar Weinberg

Andy Beal, Jane Copeland and Mike McDonald
Andy Beal, Jane Copland and Mike McDonald

Jake Baillie and Eric Enge
Jake Baillie and Eric Enge

Dante Monteverde Website Magazine
Dante Monteverde 

Susan Esparza and Rebecca Kelley
Susan Esparza and Rebecca Kelley

Google Booth
Google Booth

Take a look at all the Pubcon photos from TopRank opn Flickr.

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PubCon: Online Reputation Management

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 12th, 2008     Digital Asset Optimization, Online Marketing, Online PR, Pubcon, Reputation Management

Lee Odden Speaking on Reputation Management

The sheer quantity of different information sources online has resulted in a media circus. The various blogs, tweets and mainstream media outlets are like different acts vying for user attention. Online reputation management amid all the chaos can be difficult. It seems only appropriate that a circus insider, Jessica Berlin of Cirque du Soleil, weighed in with some tried and true advice in Reputation Monitoring and Management.

Andy Beal, Internet Marketing Consultant with Marketing Pilgrim and Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing and primary author of this blog, also contributed their advice for keeping the positive spotlight on your brand in this session moderated by Todd Friesen.

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