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Ruminations on 5 Future Trends in Content Marketing May 9, 2013

Posted by Edwin Ritter in E-Commerce, Trends.
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Today, I came across this presentation on SlideShare that enumerates five trends in B2B marketing. The presentation is titled ‘The Future of Content Marketing: 5 Beyonds‘ and I hope the link works for you. There is a lot of great insight here along with humor and some foul language for those easily offended. I hope the message resonates with you and I’m glad to see someone talking about moving the state of the art for content marketing forward.

Here is a brief summary of the 5 Beyonds mentioned and my comments.

1) Beyond Guttenberg – we continue to use print as the reference for content marketing. Move on! We have smart phones, tablets – all this computing power at our fingertips to present static content. I think responsive web sites will accelerate this change to present more dynamic content.

2) Beyond Search – Let Google change the SEO algorithms. You need to build a community around the brand. SEO Moz is mentioned as a great example. Well deserved shout out and kudos to Rand and the team.

3) Beyond One Size fits All –  About time. Gets to the 1st beyond as well. Dynamic and personal content. B2C is already doing this and so is banner ads. Show that you know me and present content that is of interest to me. Not the masses. Having a personalized experience also provides motivation to come back.

4) Beyond Teaching – Don’t just explain it. Provide a way to use it.

5) Beyond Faceless Brands – Put your name on it. And your face. Establishing a relationship aligns with the community concept and builds credibility and authenticity.

The Future of Content Marketing: 5 Beyonds from Velocity Partners

When you flip through the deck, you will find that there are more than 5 beyonds. As a tease, there actually are 10 and I’m not going to list them here…use the link above. I will mention that I do like the implications of content islands and platform silos.

Thanks to Velocity Partners for sharing.

For those that take B2B marketing seriously (and, of course you should), this should stir some ideas of your own. What take-aways do you have? How does your B2B strategy align with these trends? Will it change your approach?

10 ways big data changes everything May 9, 2012

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, SEO, Trends.
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As 2012 reaches the half way mark, here is a post on one of this years’ hot topics. This is the first of three.

What is big data? How big is big? Think Yottabytes. So much data is now collected that 90% of the online data was created in just the last two years. Simply stated, everything you do on the web is tracked and creates data. It is then stored, sliced, diced and analyzed. The growth in data is due to proliferation of smart phones and tablets, lower storage costs and improved analytical tools. This article reveals 10 ways in which big data will have an impact.

Gigaom

A yottabyte isn’t what happens when the Jedi master starts gnawing on your leg. It’s the information equivalent of one quadrillion gigabytes, and is enough digital data to fill the states of Delaware and Rhode Island with a million data centers, according to Backblaze. While the world hasn’t yet seen many yottabytes, industries like Internet search, genomics, climate research, and business analytics are starting to create massive data sets — in the peta- and exabyte range — that are requiring an entirely new set of big data tools to manage.

The emergence of this so-called big data phenomenon is also fundamentally changing everything from the way companies operate, to the way people interact, to how the world deals with outbreaks of infectious diseases. On March 21st and 22nd, GigaOM is throwing an event about the future of this big data ecosystem in New York, Structure:Data, and for…

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Ruminations on optimum SEO April 24, 2012

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Let’s agree first off that you can never fully optimize a web site. As the site changes, revising the search engine ‘spider-food‘ occurs at the same time and is always a good thing. Second, let’s also acknowledge that every so often, google makes changes to its’ search algorithm. Keeping your site visible to the search engines and aligned to the latest algorithm is all for the good.

But, you don’t want too much of a good thing. As the search algorithm changes and sites are re-indexed using the new criteria, having an over-optimized site may not provide the results you had in the past, or, want going forward. In fact, sites that are not changed may see a penalty.

I recently found this video from SEOmoz* that lists 6 ways to avoid over optimizing a site for SEO :

  1. Be authentic – simple and easy but not always common.
  2. Manipulative internal links – don’t do that.
  3. Link filled footers – don’t do that either.
  4. Text blocks aimed at search engines – yeah, don’t and what a bad user experience.
  5. Back links from non-reputable sources – another black hat technique**
  6. Large amounts of pages targeting similar links – keep it simple.

*SEOmoz is a great resource for organic SEO tips, tools and best practices. Each week, they post a video in their ‘White Board Friday (WBF)’ series.

**Black Hat SEO involves the worst practices and techniques frowned on by the search engines. White Hat SEO is good and rewarded. Always wear a white hat while practicing SEO. And, goggles.

Avoid the penalty. Put on your White hat and check if your site(s) are over-optimized.

Search Basics for Images October 18, 2010

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Baby steps here on ways to improve SEO results with images. I have ruminated before on communicating sans words.   Improving search result with your images can be achieved by adding a few meta terms.

Here is a recent post from SEOMoz on somebasic ways to improve search results for images. The video clip talks about the following SEO topics:

  1. File Name – descriptive
  2. Duration – specify how long the video is
  3. Alt Text – variation summary
  4. Surrounding text – brief overview about the piece

Metrics can be collected on each of the topics above. Also, you can collect data on various forms of engagement

  1. # watched only the beginning
  2. # watched to the middle
  3. # watched entire clip

While not a great embedd, as an alternative to the above link, you can use the link to watch the White Board Friday video :

 

http://seomoz-cdn.wistia.com/flash/embed_player_v1.1.swf

// SEOmoz – SEO Software

Using YouTube for SEO research October 8, 2010

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Interesting take on using a well known resource in ways you may not think of. Turns out that YouTube can be a great source for SEO keyword research. With so much information posted to YouTube every day, it actually makes sense to use as a keyword rich resource. Here is article that walks through the process. Note that it was posted on SEOMoz by a member, not one of the staff.

Clearly thinking outside the box here to use a great resource in another way.  I like the way the research can also be used to define the site hieararchy. Here is a tangible benefit of the research so clients can understand the benefit or keyword research.

Also, it’s fun to say to your boss “I’m doing research while watching YouTube”.

Manage your local business listing to improve SEO October 7, 2010

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When it comes to boosting your local search results, having an active business listing is easily overlooked. Business owners can use these ‘interactive yellow pages’ to improve customer awareness. This can be a great word of mouth (WOM) referral for new business. Here is a recent article from SEJ that talks about what to do after you list your business.

For the small business owner, managing your business search results is protecting your interests. Make sure it is on your SEO to do list. If you don’t have the time or experience, hire someone to assist you.

Google Instant Search – It’s new and it’s improved. Is it different? September 17, 2010

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Any time google does something, people notice. And, people talk about it. True to form, when google instant recently started a phased release, the digerati posted numerous articles about it. One amusing aspect from these is the reaction people have to this enhanced search capability. I’m sure you have seen or heard some of the exaggerations:

  • It’s a game changer!
  • It will end search as we know it!
  • There is no need to do SEO anymore!

Easy, now. This is not that big of a change. While the search experience using google instant is improved, it is not a quantum change. In fact, it is more of the same, only faster.

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shot of google instant

One benefit with google instant that I like is the predictive set of results shown while typing. While some results are laughable, many are close, if not exactly the term sought. This is how your time is saved while searching. For searchers, the speed increase is the biggest impact – it decreases the time spent on search by a lot. But, the actual results and mechanics involved on how to get ranked for SEO terms does not change.

I think google instant will improve our search habits. It will encourage us to be more selective in terms used and symbiotically this will lead to improved results shown. We will be smarter in use of search and so will the google search index.

I saw this article that succinctly talks about the impact and what it really means for businesses going forward. Check it out and share it the next time you hear someone say google instant means we don’t have to do SEO anymore.

Currently, google provides the option to dis-able using instant. So search can be the same as it ever was. I suspect that once you get used to the increased speed, you will always use instant. And, when using other search engines, showing the results will seem s-l-o-w-e-r, zzzzzz.

Connecting Twitter with SEO March 5, 2010

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I just came across an interesting vlog that talks about using twitter with Search Engine Optmization (SEO) efforts. It is very timely and the vlog is fairly short. This is what makes working in this space so interesting and fun The vlog talks about using twitter as a research tool for SEO and is included in a series titled ‘White Board Friday’ by the SEOMoz group. As the title implies, each week, there is a video on a specific SEO topic. This week’s entry caught my attention as I use twitter and have been working on organic SEO for some time now. Watch the video here.

WBF video from SEOmoz

Video on using twitter for SEO Research

The main message is how to use information from twitter such as trending topics to determine the proper timing for your blog posts. The key is to post in the right window -not too soon, not too late. Another takeaway is in leveraging a Google algorithm based on content freshness. By posting within the window, you take advantage of the spike in real time search for a popular topic such that your blog post will be found using their Query Deserves Freshenss (QDF) algorithm. As that content is fresh and trending, your chances for getting indexed are higher and will be found sooner. Brilliant! Part of the same storm lifting all boats, to use an old phrase.

I have used twitter for quite a while and was aware of the trending topics shown on Twitter. Until watching this video, I did not make the connection on how to use this information.

What other tools can we use in combination to gain further insights into web traffic and behavior? Have any favorites you’d care to share?