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Jolina Pettice

SES New York: Universal Search Panel

Jolina Pettice on Mar 18th, 2008     Google, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines, SEO

Universal Search Session

Today’s Orion panel at SES NY really took a different spin on the topic of universal search. I went in expecting to hear the same info  about what it is, how info is gathered and how to optimize for universal search. Which, if you are interested, can be read about in a previous SES Chicago post regarding universal search.

This session was moderated by Kevin Ryan and Mike Grehan. The session was lively and engaging. Panelists included:
John Battelle from Federated Media, James Lamberti from comScore, Lyndsay Menzies from Big Mouth Media and Jack Menzel from Google.

James led the group by presenting not-seen-before data about universal search from a study comScore recently conducted.

Of the 1.2 billion queries studied, 220 million contained a universal result, categorized as news, video, images etc.

Lee Odden

Day One SES NY 2008 Summary and Photos

Lee Odden on Mar 18th, 2008     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

SES New York Audience

Yesterday proved to be an interesting kickoff to this year’s Search Engine Strategies conference here in New York. The Organic Listings panel was entertaining and informative as always and the Build Investment Interest in your SEO/SEM firm was an early indulgence for myself that offered great tips for those looking at the future liquidity and monetization for their agency.

Jolina weighed in with her posts on excellent sessions, Four Ways to Redfine the Customer and Three Tips for Successful Analytics. There was also a spontaneous goofball interview with Mike McDonald of WebProNews offering a few insights about the future of SES/SMX.

Lee Odden

SES London Day Two Photos

Lee Odden on Feb 20th, 2008     Search Engine Strategies

Here’s a roundup of photos from day two of Search Engine Strategies London 2008:

Anne Kennedy Bryan Eisenberg
Anne Kennedy and Bryan Eisenberg

Jim Sterne Andy Beal
Jim Sterne and Andy Beal

Raise your hands if you love SEO
Audience

Massimo does his magic
Massimo does his magic as Amanda looks on

Competitive Intelligence Panel
Competitive Intelligence panel

Lee Odden
Blog SEO session

SEO Lovebirds Rob Kerry & Lisa Ditlefsen
Lisa Ditlefsen and Rob Kerry

Chris Leggett Jon Meyers
Chris Leggett and Jon Meyers

SES London Hilton Bar
Post conference activities

Here’s a day SES London day one wrap up video from Incisive:

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And here’s a wrap up of day two SES London blog coverage, images and video on Search Engine Watch

Lee Odden

SEO Through Blogs & Feeds at SES

Lee Odden on Aug 28th, 2007     Blogging

Blogging MonkeysWhile out at SES San Jose, I couldn’t pass up the SEO Through Blogs & Feeds session. On the panel were Stephan Spencer of Netconcepts, Rick Klau from FeedBurner (now Google), Doug Hay of Expansion Plus Inc. and Greg Jarboe of SEO-PR.

Here are a few of the blog optimization tips they gave out.

  • Ensure your feeds are showing the full post, not just excerpts.
  • Up the number of items in your feed from 10 to 20 to give users more.
  • Consider promoting other feeds such as categories & comments.
  • Be sure your blog has a good internal linking structure. This can be done through category names, tag names or linking to your other posts inside new posts.
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SES Keynote: Marissa Mayer of Google

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Google, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines

Day three of Search Engine Strategies San Jose started off with Danny Sullivans’ last keynote presentation where he talked to Marissa Mayer of Google, who was giving her first keynote. Overall they talked about universal search, touch on video, personalized search, iGoogle and the iPhone.

Wednesday Keynote with Marissa Mayer

Marissa sated that they felt users were happy with the new universal search. A lot of work had to go into chainging the algorithm to incorporate the additional sources but they were happy. She did say that they had a long way to go yet and other sources, such as scholar, may be added in the future. Google’s goal with universal search is to be more like an encyclopedia with as much relevant information right at your finger tips.

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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

Session: Searcher Behavior Research Update SES 2007

Lee Odden on Aug 21st, 2007     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

The core message of the Searcher Behavior Research Update at this year’s SES was that there are missed search marketing opportunities as traditional marketers fail to take into account the exponential growth of online marketing.

Each study presented valuable data and insight into how search engines can help reach your targeted audience.

For example, Pavan Lee of Microsoft described how marketers of the “soccer mom” segment may miss considerable opportunities by utilizing only traditional marketing. Lee presented a study indicating, that of their sample of “soccer moms”:

  • 90% Use search engines at least 2 times a day
  • 60% Possess an education past high school
  • One -third make a total house hold income of $100,000 or more
  • 57% Use search engines to make a purchase offline
Lee Odden

Heading out to SES San Jose

Lee Odden on Aug 17th, 2007     Blogging

Myself, along with a few members of the TopRank crew, will be traveling out to SES in San Jose next week. This is my second time to California for SES and I’m excited to get the opportunity.

While out there, I’ll be covering a few sessions over on the Online Marketing Blog so be sure to watch that next week. I may also post a few here too during or after the conference. :)

If you’re going to attend too, look me up and say HI!

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Lee Odden

Vintage Search Engine Strategies San Jose

Lee Odden on Aug 2nd, 2007     Business of SEO, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

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While moving some of the material from my home office to our Lake Minnetonka office, I recently came across the SES San Jose 2004 Conference Handbook (dust and all) which was the first SES conference I ever attended. Paging through my notes was a trip down memory lane (in internet time). People talk about how things change so quickly with search marketing, but looking at the content from this event 3 years ago was tangible evidence.

For example, the session on “Web Feeds, Blogs and Search” with Danny moderating and speakers: Scott Rafer of Feedster (Now with MyBlogLog/Yahoo), Amanda Watlington of Searching for Profit, Jeremy Zawodney of Yahoo, Chris Tolles from Topix and Mark Fletcher from Bloglines (Now an Ask.com property). In my notes it mentions that there were 4.1 million blogs and that the number would hit 10 million by the end of 2004. Now in 2007 Technorati reports over 92.4 million blogs. Who knew then blogs would take off? Amanda did.

Lee Odden

SEO Training: Small is the New Big

Lee Odden on Feb 21st, 2007     Online Marketing

Have you noticed the number of regionalized or small scale search marketing conferences that are popping up?Jill Whalen has been running her High Rankings Search Engine Marketing seminar for a few years now (disclosure: I am a speaker for the Mpls event and my PR agency works with Jill) that is very hands on focused. The speakers all share a very similar philosophy about search marketing so there are not the mixed messages you get at larger events.

Danny Sullivan has started his SMX event (is that name a subliminal play on Search Marketing Sex?) starting in Seattle this summer as well.

There’s also Elite Retreat with a $5,000 price tag that includes: Guy Kawasaki, Aaron Wall, Lee Dodd, Darren Rowse, Jeremy Shoemaker, Kris Jones and Neil Patel. The marketing is getting slick on this one along with the all-star speaker lineup.

Lee Odden

TopRank SES Chicago Wrap Up

Lee Odden on Dec 9th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Google Webmaster Central Audience
Last week’s Search Engine Strategies conference was jam packed with information, networking, some fun and a little business too. What I like about conferences in Chicago is that it’s only an hour flight from Minneapolis, so I can leave on the last day of the conference and get home at a decent time. These days with a growing family and the biz, I need all the productive time I can get.

For anyone that reads this blog, you know we try to do our part and walk the talk on the social media front by offering photos on Flickr, videos, tags and bookmarks – and the SES Chicago conference was no different. We blogged 14 sessions, did 7 video interviews and posted 61 photos (so far). Our SEO Designer and go-to guy for anything related to blogs, Thomas McMahon joined me on this trip and earned his keep by doing a great job blogging most of the sessions covered here.

Lee Odden

Blogging Search Engine Strategies Chicago

Lee Odden on Dec 3rd, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, TopRank Agency News

Later this afternoon Thomas and I will fly out to Search Engine Strategies in Chicago where I’ll be covering some sessions, doing more video interviews, taking lots of photos and the best parts: learning and networking. I will also be sitting in on the Social Media Optimization panel with Neil, Rand, Andy and Todd.

The session topics I am most interested in involve social media (of course!) as well as video optimization, B2B, big site SEO/SEM, regulated industries and conversions/analytics.

Thomas from TopRank (see his video on YouTube here) will be posting coverage of at least one session per day here at Online Marketing Blog and I will be posting 1-2 per day plus videos and photos. You can see post conference videos here and conference photos here.

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