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Wrap Up of MIMA Summit 2008

Lee Odden on Oct 2nd, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, MIMA Summit, Online Marketing

Great Hall at MIMA Summit
The dust has settled, mountains of email have been sorted through and most of this year’s attendees of MIMA’s Summit, branded “FEED” are back into the swing of things.

As you can tell from the photo above, it was a sold out event and a very big venue. Both keynotes were informative and entertaining. Rebecca Lieb’s presentation was covered by TopRank’s Jolina Pettice and while we didn’t post on Ze Frank’s amazingly entertaining presentation, you can pretty much get a feel for it from his presentations at SXSW last year and from what he’s presented at the TED conference.

Those whose interactive marketing interests extend to the boob and penis humor category were likely satisfied by both keynotes as they touched on everything from jiggly French Maid “how to” videos to crowdsourcing creative phallic drawings.

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Still Trying to Figure Out a Blog for Your Business? Blog World Expo

Lee Odden on Sep 11th, 2008     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events

I wonder how many people reading this blog right now work for a company that:

1) Doesn’t have a blog
2) Has a blog but it’s on life support
3) Is considering blogging but not sure where to start
4) Has been blogging for a while, but wants to make it to the next level

Well, I’ve got some really good news.  On the heels of the OMMA New York conference Sept 18-19 comes Blog World Expo in Las Vegas Sept 20-21. What better place to have the world’s largest conference dedicated to blogging than the city that never sleeps because most of the active bloggers I know don’t sleep either.

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BIGLIST SEO Blog Reviews 090108 & Free DPAC II Tickets

Lee Odden on Sep 1st, 2008     BIGLIST SEM Blogs

SEO Blogs

It’s a new month and a bloggy bloggy world I tell you. So many blogs and so little time, and yet you’re drawn to the BIGLIST each week, aren’t you? Who made it? Who didn’t?

Admit your BIGLIST addiction and we’ll send two lucky souls free access codes to the DPAC II Conference (The Next Wave of Digital Content & Advertising) in New York Oct 27 & 28.

Now on to the good stuff of this week’s SEO Blog Reviews:

  • NVI Blog – You’ve got to love both the tag line, “professional, technical and a little bit twisted” and the RSS Icon (guy sitting on a toilet) of this Montreal based web design agency blog that also covers search and social marketing.
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BIGLIST SEO Blog Reviews 082508

Lee Odden on Aug 25th, 2008     BIGLIST SEM Blogs

SEO Blogs

Welcome back to the BIGLIST Update of SEO, SEM and Social Media Marketing Blogs. This week’s blog reviews include ecommerce, social media and PR as well as agency insights on industry trends. Enjoy!

eCommerce Optimization Blog – This ecommerce blog by eCopt (aka Matt Franklin) advises you’ll sell more online if you read the many tutorials, how to’s and tips on search optimization, usability and marketing.

Liberate Media Blog – This UK based agency blog with Andy Merchant, Tim Greenhalgh and founders Lloyd Gofton and Wendy McAuliffe covers emerging trends, industry observations, social media and digital PR topics.

Honorable Mention:

evilgreenmonkey – Rob Kerry is a British SEO consultant and editor on Sphinn, two things which must keep him terribly busy because we haven’t seen a blog post since July, something we’d love to see rectified. :)

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SES San Jose Day Four Wrap Up

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2008     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

TopRank Team @ Google Dance 2008

What a great conference for SES at San Jose and the many new people to the event in attendance. Below are the TopRank team blog posts for the final day. Another big thank you goes to (L to R) Jessica, Ashley, Thomas and Dana for a great job covering sessions. If you saw these happy faces at the conference, be sure to comment and say hello.  Thanks to SES too, for having us.

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Blog SEO Tips from SES San Jose

Lee Odden on Aug 21st, 2008     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, SEO Tips

Blogs have been abuzz for at least 4 years in the tech space and in the past 2-3 years in the business marketing world. Like many new marketing/communication channels, there continues to be a need to demystify shiny new objects and what they mean for businesses. Blogs and search engine optimization are no different.

One point I would make is that companies are wasting their long term time when setting up blogs purely for SEO purposes. It’s short term thinking and over time, results in difficulties with keeping momentum, new ideas and content. How do I know? Been there and done that, many times.

It’s far more realistic to implement blogs for specific purposes such as product communications, online newsroom, thought leader/strategy, customer support/communications, news, branding, advice/tips, aggregation of content in specific topics and many more. Regardless of the purpose, each blog implementation and ongoing management should have an intentional SEO effort.

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SES San Jose: Black Hat vs White Hat Playing Dirty with SEO

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

Black Hat White Hat SEO Panel

People love controversy, and that was clearly in evidence at this SES session covering the most controversial of SEO debates, White Hat versus Black Hat. Moderator Matthew Baily of SiteLogic and his crew of experts from both sides spoke to a standing-room only crowd. Panelists included:

  • Greg Boser of 3 Dog Media
  • Todd Friesen, Director of SEO at Range Online
  • Bruce Clay, President of Bruce Clay, Inc.
  • David Naylor, SEO of Bronco
  • Jill Whalen, CEO of High Rankings

The speakers were, for the most part, vague about what color their hats were, but each expert drew upon their own professional experience, techniques and observations when responding to questions posed by Matthew and the audience.

What is Black Hat SEO?

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SES San Jose Wrap Up Day Three

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

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Another fine day of blogging is under the collective belt of the TopRank team. Google Dance offered a very nice distraction last night and you can see by a quick search on Flickr the fun that was had. Thank you Google.

Here’s a wrap up of posts from the TopRank Blogging team for day three of Search Engine Strategies in San Jose:

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SES San Jose: Successful Tactics for Social Media Optimization

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

SMO Reputation Management

Entering the realm of social media can be a bit like trying to enter an exclusive club. There are barriers to entry, codes of conduct, and unwelcome outsiders are quickly identified and ostracized. Yet, like an exclusive club, the benefits of membership can be great. Marketers looking to benefit from social media would do well to heed the advice of the three presenters in this SES session, moderated by Pauline Ore of IBM Corporation.

As Kendall Allen, digital marketing and convergence media consultant, pointed out, social media has come a long way since the advent of the Internet. Listservs, user groups and chat rooms have given way to the networking giants of Facebook and Myspace.

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SES San Jose: SEO Rehab & Intervention

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

SEO Rehab & Intervention Panel

The SEO Rehab & Intervention was a great session oh how we are all addicted to something in our industry. Granted it was a bit of an un-structed session, but that’s what made it entertaining. The discussion flowed from chocolate cake to Twitter and SEO.

Here are a few good tips:

  • Spend your time on what your doing next. Things change, so should you.
  • Why check your page rank daily when it changes quarterly?
  • When page rank does change, and if yours goes down, check the sites in your industry. Did they all go down? If so, stop panicking.
  • Other time wasters include checking rankings, backlinks and pages indexed constantly.
  • Feed your addition with tools that will do the checking for you. Then you can get a quick overview.
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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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