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SES San Jose: Social Media Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Microblogging, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media, Social Networking

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is fast emerging as a must-have in search strategies. In this session, industry experts Vanina Delobelle, Global Product Director for Monster, Erik Qualman from Search Engine Watch and Global VP of EF Education, along with Brnet Csutoras, Online Marketing Consultant offered some tips to successfully integrate social media into your search marketing mix.

Vanina kicked off the session this morning discussing what social media is and how, when used correctly, it can benefit your business.

So, what is social media?
- Social networks like MySpace, Facebook and Xing
- Forums such as Phorum and phpBB
- Microblogging with twitter or pounce
- Multimedia sharing sites like YouTube, Flicker and Slideshare
- Diggs with Wikio and digg
- Blogs and live casts
- Virtual Universes like Second Life

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SES San Jose: Ads in a Quality Score World

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing

quality score image

“Quality over quantity” applies to almost everything we encounter, from the foods we eat to the people we interact with. It certainly applies to pay-per-click ads, in which the quality of your campaigns, from keywords to ads to landing pages, takes precedence over the quantity of money you bid. Your keyword quality scores can be either a barrier of entry to ad rankings or your free pass to the head of the line. This session explores everything quality score, from what affects your score to how to improve it.

Dana Todd, CMO of Newsforce, directed a panel of four industry leaders in quality score, who take the discussion from the basics to detailed, actionable advice.

The Basics of Quality Score

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SES San Jose: Search Behavior Update

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

The famous eye tracking heat maps are just the start of understanding search behavior. What about what happens before they get to your site? Or while they are on your site? Search behavior is something a site needs to understand to get more users to their site.

Search Behavior Update Panel

Here are a few of the thoughts shared:

John Marshall

  • It’s hard to get good search behavior update unless you have access to a search engine or HitsLinks.
  • Lots of people look at the keywords area in analytics. This shows a narrow view of activity.
  • We should be using site search data from your website to get visiter intent. This is very valuable.
  • Often times, free data like this is often ignored and it shouldn’t be.
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Internet Marketing Conference Tips: David Berkowitz Search Insider Summit

Lee Odden on Aug 20th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Insider Summit

It’s hump day during SES San Jose week and it reminds us there are many avenues for interacting with marketing conferences. It’s one thing to focus on programming events like our last few tipsters, it’s another thing to have spent numerous conference hours in the shoes of an attendee, speaker and conference programmer.

David Berkowitz is Director of Emerging Media & Client Strategy at 360i and Programming Chair of MediaPost’s Search Insider Summit with a short but very important tip:

Make time for the activities and dinners. The [SIS] Summit has far more shmooze time than time in sessions, and that’s for a reason. As excited as I am about the program and the speakers, the lasting relationships come during the downtime, as do the most meaningful conversations.

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SES San Jose: Getting Vertical Search Right

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, SEO Tips

Google may be the giant in the search industry, but they may have to much data to get you want you want to find. A previous session talked about semantic search and how it’s being worked on, but if you can’t wait, vertical search is something you can use today.

Getting Vertical Search Right Panel Vertical Search Growth

Philip James from Snooth was the first presenter. He said that back when the web was smaller, regular search engines worked better as they had fewer pages to work with. Now, with trillions of pages, it’s getting harder and harder to get good results. This is where vertical search comes into play. They have a smaller index and can provide a higher quality result. As an example, if you are on a food vertical search site and search for ‘spicey’ it already knows it has to do with cooking.

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SES San Jose: Landing Page Utopia Expert Roundtable

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 20th, 2008     Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, SEO

Segmented Landing Page: Landing Page Utopia

Continuing the day’s trend, I attended another landing page-related session to round out Day Two of SES San Jose. The Expert Roundtable brought together four ‘knights’ of landing page optimization, armed with their tips and tricks to achieving the ‘holy grail’ of pay per click ads: Landing Page Utopia.

Moderator Ron Belanger, Vice President of Agency Development at Yahoo! Search Marketing, helmed this team of experts. Each speaker had their own unique ideas as to what achieves the most effective landing pages, and I’ve highlighted some of their original ideas and basic tips.

Scott Brinker, President and Chief Technology Officer at Ion Interactive, began the session with a challenge to the typical landing page format. “Landing pages look the same today as they did five years ago,” he observed. Scott offered three ways marketers can move beyond the standard with their landing pages:

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Internet Marketing Conference Tips: Chris Sherman Third Door Media

Lee Odden on Aug 20th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo

Figuring out how to get the most out of internet marketing conferences takes experience with plenty of conferences, including events like Search Engine Strategies happening in San Jose this week. So it seems fitting to follow up on Danny Sullivan’s advice with the insight of fellow Minnesotan, Chris Sherman.

Chris is co-founder of Third Door Media as well as the SMX conferences, has a search marketing consulting business and has been as involved with the details of conference programming, moderating and speaking as anyone you can find.

When torn between going to one session over another, go to the one that has fewest attendees. With so many people live blogging conferences these days, the odds are good that someone (or many) will be covering the popular session, so you’ll effectively get a two-fer even without personally attending both.

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SES San Jose Day Two Roundup

Lee Odden on Aug 19th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Tech Giants Keynote

A full featured and information packed day is how many SES attendees would describe day two of the conference in San Jose. I know the TopRank Blogging team would agree with 13 new posts today!

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SES San Jose Session: Advanced B2B Search Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, SEO

Advanced B2B Marketing

If you are in the market to harvest leads from your web site, then this is the session for you! Industry experts Barbara Coll, CEO of WebMama.com, Patricia Hursh, President and Founder of SmartSearch Marketing and Adam Goldberg, Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsaleing gave some tips and insight to help B2B marketers develop search strategies to increase the number of qualified leads from their search campaigns.

Patricia kicked off the session with 10 tips for B2B Marketers!

1. Reach prospects early in the buying cycle
The sales cycle can often be long and complicated. B2B marketers rarely face the fact that people are conducting product searches at the beginning of the buying cycle. Reality is, your customers are looking for your product information way before they are ready to convert. You have to be there early!

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SES San Jose: Identify, Analyze, Act: SEM by the Numbers

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies, Web Analytics

SES Analytics Session : PowerWhat is it about web analytics that that intrigues and yet scares companies at the same time? Everyone want to understand analytics, yet once one starts digging in, it can get complicated. In Identify, Analyze, Act: SEM by the Numbers, they gave tips on what you should be looking at and what you should be paying attention to.

Here are a few of the tips & thoughts that were shared:

Craig Danuloff

  • Invisibility; what can’t we see?
  • Every search is a question, every ad is an answer. Keywords simply connectors.
  • ROAS is a ‘feel good’ metric. don’t take it seriously.
  • Deception – Can you trust what you see?
  • Accuracy – What’s the margin of error. Is there statistical significance?
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SES San Jose: What’s New with Google Analytics and Website Optimizer?

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Google, Search Engine Strategies, Web Analytics

What's New with Google Analytics

Google is the Wizard of search marketing’s Oz. The all-powerful being around which our universe orbits, and the all-knowing guru to whom we turn for website advice. While Google, like the wizard, may guard its own secrets, it lifts the curtain and lets us look at the inner workings of websites. In this session, two of Google’s own, Avinash Kaushik and Tom Leung, gave us an insider’s tour of changes in Google Analytics and Google Website Optimizer, two tools of incredible value to search marketers and webmasters alike.

Google Analytics

Avinash, author of Analytics Evangelist, outlined a few key uses of Google Analytics that can make a huge impact on the success of your website.

Bounce Rate

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SES San Jose: Global Search for the B2B SEM

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

Global Search for the B2B SEM

The global market represents a huge opportunity for those who can master the nuances of local customs and languages.

In this session, leading global B2B search marketers Patricia Hursh, President of SmartSearch Marketing, Kevin Lee, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder for Didit, and Jeffrey Pruitt, President of SEMPO and VP of Corporate Sponsorships for iCrossing share their advice on how to optimize your global search efforts to improve ROI for global B2B campaigns.

Patricia Hursh kicked off the session, giving tips on how to get started in global B2B search.

Before launching a global B2B search campaign, consider:

  • Which search engines to focus on
  • The importance of translation
  • Regional search trends
  • Ease of PPC campaign set-up

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