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7 Benefits of Partnering SEO & PR

Lee Odden on Jun 10th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, SEO

There are many intersections between earned media and organic search engine rankings, so it makes sense that they would work well together. The PR industry is in an interesting situation right now with so much of the traditional media world moving to digital media.  Whether they admit it or not, journalists rely on PR professionals for a pipeline of stories and information. When journalists lose their jobs, media relations professionals lose an essential reason for being in business.

Even if PR departments and organizations are digitally savvy, there are a good number of reasons (7 in fact) to incorporate search engine optimization into their processes:

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SESNY: 5 Tips To Optimize Press Releases For Search

TopRank Online Marketing on Mar 24th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

TopRank Online Marketing has been working with PRWeb providing SEO consulting services starting in 2008. PRWeb was founded in 1997 to help small businesses and communications professionals leverage the web to share their news directly with the public. As part of this process PRWeb lead the way for the “direct-to-consumer” press release, enabling companies to communicate their news directly to customers, prospects, analysts and the media.

During the past decade, PRWeb has reshaped the traditional press release and changed how companies large and small distribute news. Innovations of PRWeb over the years include:

  • Search engine optimization (SEO) for press releases to increase the visibility of news in search engines like Google and Yahoo!
  • Social bookmarking tools like trackbacks and bookmark links to take advantage of the explosion in social networking
Lee Odden

How Journalists Use Search & Social Media

Lee Odden on Feb 24th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, SEO, Social Media

TopRank ran a survey of journalists, reporters and editors on their use of search and social media in 2008. We found 91% use search engines like Google to do their job. 64% use social networks.  Published in Jan 2010, a George Washington University and Cision survey of journalists reports 89% use blogs and 65% use social networks to research stories.

As prep for a presentation I’m giving Thursday at Online Marketing Summit on the intersection of SEO, Social Media and PR, I reached out to a few local journalists and industry news contacts and asked for examples of how they used search engines or social media to do story research.

Lee Odden

3 Reasons PR & Communications Pros Need to Know SEO

Lee Odden on Feb 16th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Public Relations

The PR industry is in a state of flux with increasing importance on getting into the content and social web business. Consumers are spending more time with digital and social media. Advertising dollars are following. That means less budget to staff newsrooms and reporters, journalists and editors to pitch.

Understanding the needs of their “customers’ customer” is essential for PR agencies and communications professionals to remain relevant and productive. “Push PR” is increasingly being complemented by “Pull” tactics – optimization for discovery. Being able to provide value is essential and here are 3 ways a better understanding of SEO can do just that.

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7 Answers to News SEO Questions You Should Know

Lee Odden on Feb 11th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Other Events, Press Release Optimization, SEO, SEO Tips

Recently I was invited to give a basics webinar on optimizing news content  for search.  The intersection of search and PR/communications are obviously something quite familiar.

The outcome exceeded all expectations thanks to the excellent promotions by PRWeb and SEW plus Mike Grehan’s smooth handling of moderator duties amidst technical difficulties. Over 7,000 people registered, there were over 400 questions and 650 Tweets using the #prweb hash tag during the webinar.

The way it goes with many webinars when you’re invited by an organization to participate, is that the topic and title/description are determined beforehand. The speaker adapts themselves to that.  This presentation content focused on optimizing writing for the web with a particular emphasis on optimizing content common to public relations.

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3 Steps for Effectively Using Social Media For PR

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 23rd, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, Public Relations, Social Media

social-media-prPreviously, I explored the intersection of social media and PR and explained why it is so important communications professionals leverage digital channels. In that post I touched on the following key points:

  • Authenticity/personality – the world and web crave it
  • It scales – popular brands just get more popular
  • Long-term storytelling – build a permission asset
  • Leverage – digital PR is your social proofing
  • Intersection with SEO – links are by-product
  • PR has changed – pull is now more effective

Next I’d like to explore a brief outline of how you can effectively use social media to accomplish your PR objectives. I’ll run through 3 key steps as a primer, however I challenge you to consider a unique entry point for your own brand. The social web is as flexible as you want it to be, and there is no single “right answer”. The following are learnings for how you could potentially approach a social media PR strategy.

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Why Use Social Media For Public Relations

TopRank Online Marketing on Nov 16th, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, Public Relations

PR-social-mediaRecently, I presented at PubCon on the intersection of social media and PR.  The session title was “experts on PR and Twitter,” however the session description went on to discuss a variety of networks.  Therefore my interpretation was to speak on the intersection of social media and PR, and not just PR and Twitter.

The social web is far more than just Twitter, and if Twitter is the extent of your participation you’re missing out.  Lee’s diagram of social media and channels of distribution presents a visualization of a strong approach, where the centerpiece is a blog.  The centerpiece could be anything of course, not just a blog – but the essential element is that it’s a place you control and not an external network.  Using Twitter or any network you don’t control as the centerpiece is a mistake, because you’re building the value of a digital asset that isn’t really yours (no analytics, no control, no SEO benefit and if that network falls out of favor all your hard work is devalued).

Jolina Pettice

PRSA09: Top 10 SEO Tips for Public Relations

Jolina Pettice on Nov 10th, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, PR Conferences, Press Release Optimization, Public Relations, SEO Tips

Lee Odden Today at the PRSA 09 conference, it was a packed room for TopRank CEO (and author of Online Marketing Blog) Lee Odden who gave a presentation on SEO for Public Relations.

He started by explaining why SEO is/should be important to PR Professionals.

In a 2008 Journalists Use of Search Survey by TopRank, we discovered that 91% of journalists use standard search to fulfill a component of their job whether researching a story or locating a subject matter expert.

With journalists writing for more channels and with less resources making your content visible within search is critical.

Here are Odden’s 10 SEO Tips:

Jolina Pettice

PRSA09: Social Media Measurement – Katie Paine on Establishing ROI

Jolina Pettice on Nov 9th, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, PR Conferences, Public Relations, Social Media

The first day of the 2009 PRSA International Conference in San Diego kicked off general sessions today.

One session I’ve really been looking forward to was the one on social media measurement featuring Katie Paine of KDPaine & Partners. She started the audience off with some numbers, that we all might find useful:

  • 48% of respondents to a PRWeek study said that they were moving money from advertising to social media – only 18% said they were taking money from PR
  • 78% of people trust peer recommendations, 14% trust advertising
  • 91% of Inc 500 companies are using social media
  • 38% aren’t monitoring their brand, product or reputation in social media

Next, the audience had to grapple with the idea (read truth) that it’s the end of measurement as we know it. Here are ten supporting facts:

Lee Odden

Book Review: Putting the Public Back in Public Relations

Lee Odden on Oct 21st, 2009     Book Reviews, Online Marketing, Online PR, Public Relations

Putting the Public Back in Public RelationsWhen Brian Solis asked me to do a review of Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, the book he and Deidre Breakenridge published earlier this year,  it didn’t take a second to say yes. Putting that decision into action took a little longer and it finally took some time on a plane to get it done.

I’ve known Brian Solis through our common industry involvement with social media and the Public Relations world for several years.  Brian is a thought leader not because he’s popular on the social web or because he’s the cool-guy host of the Tech Set parties, or even because of his successful PR business, board memberships with up and coming companies, keynote presentations or the popular blogs he publishes at briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us.

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MiNterview on Future of Digital PR With Albert Maruggi

Lee Odden on Sep 16th, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, Public Relations, Social Media
Albert Maruggi

Albert Maruggi

Minnesota is home to one of the most vibrant social media communities in the country, with attendance at Social Media Breakfasts exceeding 300+ (more than NYC or San Francisco).

With all that local interest and talent, I thought I would do a few interviews with some of the Minneapolis social media set that I’ve come to know.

Albert Maruggi is a 30-year communications practitioner whose career spans journalist, public affairs adviser in national politics, global marketer for technology companies and founder of Provident Partners. Through PRSA & Media Relations conferences—as well as through hair-raising driving in the hills of San Francisco—I’ve had the chance to get to know Albert and his keen insight into the future of digital marketing and PR.

Lee Odden

5 Tools for Your Digital PR Toolbox

Lee Odden on Aug 24th, 2009     Online Marketing, Online PR, SEO, Social Media

News SEO ToolsThe transition from old to new technology creates both challenges and opportunities for communications professions.  The field of public relations is directly tied to the publishing industry which of course, is directly connected to business and consumer information discovery and consumption.  The migration from offline to online has left these industries in a state of flux and traditional PR becoming increasingly digital is no exception.

There are tactical challenges as well as strategic. For example, the shift towards digital communications means a new set of tools must be learned in order to accomplish today’s PR goals.  Now more than ever, public relations professionals need to familiarize themselves with a new arsenal of tools to adjust and thrive in a digital world.

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