Archives for June 2012

Spy Vs. Spy: Search Marketing Competitive Analysis #SESTO

SEO PPC competitive analysisSES Toronto was full of great content from the keynote from Avinash Kaushik where he took local companies to task with their search visibility and user experience to breakout sessions like the content marketing optimization panel I presented on and this one: Spy vs. Spy: Competitive Analysis. There’s a plethora of tools available online to track, monitor and uncover information that could be used to gain a competitive advantage for both organic search optimization and pay per click.

This session provided a balance of both and included speakers Jim Yu of Bright Edge (@brightedge) and Matt Van Wagner (@mvanwagner) of findmefaster. Moderation duties were handled by Mike Grehan (@mikegrehan), Global VP Content, SES, Search Engine Watch, ClickZ.

Starting things off was Jim Yu of BrightEdge, which is an enterprise SEO platform that has over 2,000 brands using their product.

What Did We Learn? Key Highlights & Buzz: #BWENY From The Perspective of the Audience

Finding Beauty in NYC is All About Perspective & Vantage Point

Many of you might know that Lee Odden (@leeodden) and I attended BlogWorld in New York last week.  I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to interview many of the speakers that were presenting, and sit in on some really great sessions.

That being said, many of you have already seen the conference from my point of view.  So I thought it would be nice to share some of the feedback and highlights from attendees as a means to share:

  • Valuable takeaways from many of the most buzzed about sessions.
  • Places where you can find additional highlights on specific presentations.

9 Steps towards Optimized Content Marketing Nirvana #sesto

optimized content marketing nirvanaSearch Engine Optimization has been around for at least 15 years and has undergone many changes as search technologies and consumer behaviors evolve. At the same time, Content Marketing has captured the attention of companies and consultants in many industries as one of the latest areas of focus for better digital marketing performance.

As a practitioner of SEO and Content Marketing for many years, it’s interesting to see SEOs work to get their arms around building more content focused search marketing strategies. At the same time, content marketers are evolving their skills at SEO to attract qualified traffic to all the great content being created.

Online Marketing News: BlogWorld 2012, Facebook Still On Top, Twitter User Insight, Google Mobile Recommendations, TopRank In the News

BlogWorld 2012 – Day 1

TopRank Online Marketing CEO Lee Odden and I have spent the better part of this week at BlogWorld 2012 in New York City.  This was a great event in both the quality of the content, as well as the networking opportunities.  This video shares some insight into the attendees of this stellar event.  If you would like to learn more about what happened at BlogWorld be sure to take a peek at one of our posts covering the event:

Create a Stronger ROI: Return on Influence – Mark Schaefer #BWENY

ROI, it’s a term we’ve all heard.  Typically this acronym stands for Return On Investment, but in this case we’re referring to Return On Influence.  Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer) presented at BlogWolrd (on his birthday) on some of the key concepts in his new book Return on Influence: The New Rules of Creating and Leveraging Power on the Social Web.

At the very beginning of his presentation Mark made an interesting observation.  In the past a speakers audience was a group of people who passively sat in the auditorium and listened to what the speaker was saying. Mark Schaefer shares “Now, I am talking to an audience of audiences.”  What does that mean?  Not only are the bloggers in the room soaking up with is being shared but they are also sharing this information with their audience, in real time.  What did this session teach me about Klout, content, and creating more influence online?

Stand Out Above the Noise – Blogging Tips From Chris Brogan #BWENY

"There are plenty of crappy photographers out there, that is why they invented Instagram." - Chris Brogan (touche Mr. Brogan)

I must say the pre-keynote presentation was hilarious.  Tom Webster (@webby2001) from Edison Research shared some “feedback” his company had received from the post-session surveys that were sent out for evaluation of the speakers.  The comments were those that many bloggers experience on a daily basis: Poorly written, irrelevant, spam on your painstakingly written blog post.

Tom’s commentary was the perfect seguay into Chris Brogan’s (@chrisbrogan) keynote presentation.  First off, Chris is hilarious, second of all he is not afraid to poke fun at himself.  This wasn’t the sort of presentation that is easy to live blog (plus there was zero Internet connection) so I decided to share the information like I consumed it.  In bite sized chunks that are easy to consume and easy to share.

A No B.S. Guide to Mobile with Jason Falls – #BWENY

As a disclaimer before his session Jason Falls (@jasonfalls) admitted that there were probably 5-10 more qualified individuals in the room for the presentation.   But he was the one chosen for the job!  One of the reasons being that he could distill (similar to his favorite bourbon) mobile down into easy to consume information.

What we learned in the session was what we should be paying attention to, and what is the “star trek” B.S. that we shouldn’t be paying attention to yet.  Jason’s presentation was flush with factoids, his take on mobile, and a no B.S. approach to optimizing mobile for customer experience.

Spit-Balling Some Mobile Stats

Another disclaimer – Jason didn’t include his statistics on his presentation slides but did note that the majority of his information came from Tom Webster, comScore, Nielsen, and mobithinking.com.  Did you know:

Haters Gonna Hate: Tips on Brand Management from McDonald’s #BWENY

Rick Wion (@rdublife) didn’t waste any time jumping in and telling the audience how tricky brand management can be for a large corporation like McDonald’s.  He opened his presentation by teasing that he was sure we had all eaten McDonald’s for lunch and drank a 16oz soda before the ban takes place and they are no longer available.

This post is a mixture of tactical tips shared by Rick, stories specific to McDonald’s and the way they have handled certain situations, as well as a few questions I was able to ask Rick myself.  So sit back, relax, & enjoy your McDonald’s Fruit & Maple oatmeal while I share some highlights from Rick Wion, Director of Social Media at McDonald’s.

Common & Deadly Social Media Sins – Scott Stratten Author of UnMarketing #BWENY

Scott Stratten’s (@unmarketing) opening session at BlogWorld NY was one of the sessions that I was most excited about.  I even asked if I could walk in early and get a good seat (nerdy I know).

I was not disappointed.  Scott was one of the most entertaining and honest speakers I have seen to date.  In short, he keeps it real (and speaks in tweets which makes sharing easy).  Before his session I had the opportunity to ask Scott some questions of my own as and he was kind enough to provide me with some great and you guessed it, honest answers which I have also included at the end of this post.

A Recipe for Better Blogging: Optimize & Socialize #bweny

better bloggingOn Saturday I participated on a SEO panel at the first Minneapolis TECHmunch food blogger conference put on by Babette Pepaj with the help of local foodies like Stephanie A. Meyer. As prep for the event, I outlined a few things that I thought food bloggers might find useful for helping to improve organic search traffic to their content. Of course these tips aren’t limited in their usefulness to food bloggers, they apply to anyone interested in creating awareness, attention, interest and engagement with themselves or their brand.

I will be giving a track keynote at BlogWorld this week on Thursday morning (9am) covering bigger picture topics and specific tactics to help attendees to better use blogs as content marketing tools. Here’s the presentation info:

Online Marketing News: Facebook vs. Google Ads, 5 Conversion Tips, Google+ Local Launch, Google Penguin Refresh

Facebook Ads: Do they even work?

A recent infographic from WordStream asks the not so age old question: Facebook vs. Google, which is more valuable?  The findings of this infographic include:

  • Facebook: 51% reach of all Internet users
  • Google: 90% reach of all Internet users
  • Facebook Q1 2012 Revenues: $1.06 Billion
  • Google Display network Q1 2012 Revenues: $2.9 Billion

Featured Team Story

Jolina Pettice – 5 Conversion Marketing Tips – As Easy as Candy from a Baby?

I know from experience, wielding candy away from a baby (or in my case a toddler) isn’t actually that easy.  It takes purpose, planning and creativity. Easy or Not, here are 5 must-read tips for conversion marketing to make sure you outpace your competition and reap the sweet rewards.  Via Search Engine Land.