Archives for December 2008

TopRank Brings 2 Speakers on 2 Panels at SES Chicago


TopRank Online Marketing will have two speakers presenting on two panels at SES Chicago this week.

On Tuesday, Senior Account Manager Jolina Pettice (who recently spoke on a panel with Yahoo’s Ron Belanger and Anne Kennedy at DPAC) will be speaking on a session about how to use Public Relations tactics to improve SEO results.  On Wednesday I will be speaking on a panel about Blog SEO.

Here are the session details. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – 2:45pm-3:45pm
“Turning PR Efforts into SEO Results”

SES Chicago Winds of Change

SES Chicago

Today kicks off another Search Engine Strategies conference, this time in the windy and bleeping cold city of Chicago. 

Change has been in the air for SES with the naming of Stewart Quealy as VP of content development, responsible for creating conference program content for all SES events and training. Also, Marilyn Crafts (whom I like to call “Super Star”) was promoted to senior program director and will work with program development, speaker selection and event strategy.  

Mr Publisher. Matt McGowan

Then there’s the really big news of Matt McGowan being promoted to VP/Publisher for Incisive Media’s Digital Marketing Businesses which includes the ClickZ network, Search Engine Watch and the Search Engine Strategies conference.

Get Social Media Smart with 26 Tips on the Social Web

Day one of the DMA / Social Media Smarts workshop kicked off covering a tremendous amount of information including defining social media, practical examples & case studies and blogging soup to nuts. Creating, marketing and measuring blog results was covered in 3 different modules.

Social media and making sense out of the social web is a hot topic and I applaud the organizations that sent people to New York this week for our workshop.

During the first day I asked attendees what their learning objectives were which I thought were consistent with most people entering the social media space:

  • Build a social media strategy for our organization
  • Learn what social media tools to pay attention to and which to ignore for a specific industry

Roadmap for Social Media Marketing Strategy

Central to the notion of effective social media participation is the ability to create, publish and share content. The sheer volume of information on the topic of social media marketing makes filtering and prioritizing what’s most important to a specific organization a challenging task.

There’s a lot of excitement from marketers and companies but not everyone is exactly sure how to go about it.

I think it’s important to focus on the key components of what it takes to deploy an effective social media strategy individually and as a whole. By understanding the social web as it relates to fundamental marketing principles, tactics, tools and best practices, you can create a framework or roadmap for the development of a working strategy.

Social Media Interview Shonali Burke

Social Media Smarts Interview with Shonali Burke


I first ran into Shonali Burke right before she presented with Katie Paine at the PRSA International conference, “True Tales From the Social Media Measurement Trenches”. We had not met in person before but were connected on Twitter. Social media will do that – facilitate real world connections.  Based on her PR and social media metric savvy, I thought it would be interesting to do an interview as part of our Social Media Smarts posts.

Shonali Burke, ABC, is an award-winning communications consultant and self-confessed measurement fiend. She was formerly a vice president of media and communications at ASPCA. She and her husband are owned by three shelter dogs and live in the Washington, D.C., area. You can also find her on Twitter.

Reader Poll: Best Blog Analytics Software

There are more companies blogging now than ever. How do you measure results? Measuring the social web is a different thing than what most web analytics packages offer. It can be easy to start a blog, but making it successful requires an excellent feedback mechanism. Blog analytics is one of those sources of feedback to know what’s working and what’s not.

We’ve listed interesting blog analytics tools of various types before, but now’s your chance to vote for (up to two) of the best software focused on measuring what happens on blogs.

What are your 2 favorite blog analytics software tools?

  • Google Analytics (43%, 169 Votes)
  • Woopra (10%, 41 Votes)
  • Feedburner Stats (10%, 40 Votes)
  • StatCounter (9%, 37 Votes)
  • Wordpress Stats (7%, 28 Votes)