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Session: Web Analytics & Measuring Success

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 21st, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Web Analytics

Analytics is a big part of a website’s success, However, even though analytics software is getting better and cheaper, website owners still don’t really know what to do with it.

Matt Bailey with Site Logic is an excellent speaker on this topic. He talks about how analytics is more than just hits, it’s about segmenting and tracking and learning how your visitors are using the site. Tracking things like page views, top 10 entry pages, keywords and hits are just scraping the surface. There is so much more that should be happening. What are the KPIs? Analytics numbers are just numbers with no action and figuring out what they mean is the key to success.

Lee Odden

SEO Seminar Minneapolis

Lee Odden on Feb 5th, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, SEO

Renowned search engine optimization expert, Jill Whalen of High Rankings is bringing her traveling SEO experts roadshow to Minneapolis this coming March 15th and 16th. I am honored to say that Jill has asked me to participate in the training as well.

The Minneapolis High Rankings Seminar will feature some of the most experienced and talented search marketing trainers, most of which have spoken at major conferences such as Search Engine Strategies:

  • Jill Whalen – High Rankings
  • Scottie Claiborne – Successful-Sites
  • Matt Bailey – Site Logic Marketing
  • Christine Churchill – KeyRelevence
  • Karon Thackston – Marketing Words
  • Lee Odden – TopRank

Topics to be covered in the two day seminar include:

  • Search Engine Optimization Overview
  • Technical Design Issues
Lee Odden

Jill Whalen Search Marketing Seminar Hits Dallas

Lee Odden on Sep 29th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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Debra Mastaler, Christine Churchill, Jill Whalen at SES San Jose

I got a ping from another old school SEO, Jill Whalen recently about her next search engine marketing seminar. Jill’s group of instructors include: Scottie Claiborne, Karon Thackston, Christine Churchill, Debra Mastaler and Matt Bailey (who is also going to be doing one of the modules for the DMA SEM Certification.

Here’s a fun, short video of Matt from SES San Jose this past summer. (sorry Matt, you crack me up)

Jill and company are very focused on practical, takeaway tips for company marketers:

“Each speaker will build upon the info provided by the previous speaker, giving you a cohesive plan of action you can begin to implement as soon as you’re back at your office.”

Lee Odden

SES San Jose Videos Part 2

Lee Odden on Aug 11th, 2006     Google, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Video Interviews

Here are a few more videos from Search Engine Strategies San Jose. Matt Bailey – SiteLogic, Andy Beal – Marketing Pilgrim and a short clip from Danny Sullivan’s talk with Google CEO Eric Schmidt. You can listen to the full discussion over at WebmasterRadio.FM.

Matt Bailey
Matt Bailey in between sessions talks about wookiepedia. I had no idea Matt was a Star Wars fan. :)

Andy Beal
Andy Beal before the Ask.com blogger dinner talks about the “lunatic fringe” of search marketing.


And here’s a short clip of Danny Sullivan and Google CEO Eric Schmidt answering a question from the audience about whether Google will start allowing users to monetize the use of their own clickstream data.

Lee Odden

Two Peas in a Pod: Usability and SEO

Lee Odden on Aug 9th, 2006     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

SEO and Usability SES San Jose

Moderated by Rebecca Lieb of ClickZ with presentations by Matt Bailey of SiteLogic and Shari Thurow of Grantastic Designs. First up is Shari who answered questions about usability and search.

What is usability? Shows term highlighting in Google search results. Titles, snippets and web address.

Web site usability serves two purposes: Relevancy and encouraging clicks to your site.

Usability addresses all search behaviors.
- Querying (refining, expanding)
- Browsing, surfing
- Pogo-sticking (Jared Spool)
- Foraging
- Scanning
- Reading

What is web site usability? Shari believes usability is a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use (Jakob Nielsen). Usability is task oriented. Usability meets a balance between satisfying users and business goals.

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