How to get buy-in from the C-suite

30-second summary: Often SEOs and search marketing managers struggle to convey value to the board which hampers funding and support for relevant strategy implementation There are three aspects you need to balance in order to win over C-suite Kevin Indig, Director of SEO at Shopify helps you navigate these crucial conversations Your best ideas aren’t worth a dime without funding.

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Now is the best time to stitch your search marketing loopholes before 2022

30-second summary: Confused users don’t spend money Your search marketing needs to thread in your brand’s messaging, targeting, design, and overall experience to ensure trust, clarity, and eventual sales SEO pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and best selling author, Kris Jones helps you weave a tight SEO and search marketing strategy before 2022 ushers in If you spend enough time in the digital marketing space, even if you focus on just one area of it, you’ll eventually catch wind of the intersection of SEO, paid media, web design, and link building. There’s no avoiding it since all these areas run together to ideally form a strong online presence for a business. Within that context, if you’ve ever been the one to devise a digital strategy for yourself or your clients, you’re probably familiar with the types of market niches that would push a business to focus more on SEO or paid search marketing

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Seven first-party data capturing opportunities your business is missing out on

30-second summary: Third-party data is being phased out by big tech, making first-party data indispensable First-party data is willingly provided by users, helping you build a consumer profile Internet users are cautious about providing their data but will do if rewarded Tracking pixels, CRM platforms, surveys, and encouraging interaction and registrations are all effective ways to capture first-party data First-party data must be used responsibly, repaying the trust placed in a business by consumers When doing business online, data is arguably the greatest currency of all. By obtaining reliable data about your target audience, an effective and bespoke marketing plan can be devised. This will convince customers that you understand their unique needs, desires, and pain points.

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Going beyond keywords: how conversational insights take the guesswork out of marketing

30-second summary: Keywords represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding consumer intent Using AI-powered chatbots, conversational data that occurs over messaging channels like Facebook Messenger and Instagram Messaging can give businesses a deeper understanding of what consumers want Below, we’ll discuss how conversational marketing platforms like Spectrm use natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide customers through the buying funnel A robust conversational marketing platform makes it possible for companies to build chatbots that engage and convert customers on the websites, apps, and social platforms where people spend their time For more than two decades, Google and other search engines have attempted to crack the consumer intent code. The entry point for a search marketing campaign is the keyword list.

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Mobile-first and Core Web Vitals: connecting the dots for page experience success

30-second summary: The Mobile Experience is critical for all categories when looking at Core Web Vitals (CWV) Image compression seems to be a leading challenge for leading brands Pages doing well for CWV tend to be informational in nature Retail, in particular, could see significant disruption if second-tier retailers receive a boost Across all sectors, there is opportunity and time for improvement and preparation as long as issues are addressed as a business priority Enterprise Search and Digital Marketers need to prescribe the right course of action to meet core vital benchmarks They must also convince the rest of the organization that the efforts will be worth the results The long-awaited implementation of mobile-first indexing is now upon us, meaning that content visible only on desktop will be ignored from this point on by the world’s largest search engine. Mobile-first has been a priority of Google’s for years as the beat of the user experience drum has grown to a crescendo. A few short months from now, the Page Experience update as a whole will roll out, too.

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Four ways to use your website data to discover missed sales opportunities

30-second summary: Analyzing and understanding website data helps enhance potential sales and conversions Google Analytics records the exit rate of specific website pages, helping you pinpoint exactly where users abandon your sales filter Google Tag Manager can help identify if users are leaving forms uncompleted, leaving you tantalizingly close to conversion without sticking the landing Recording and analyzing common user search terms on a website will reveal if consumers are seeking services they are willing to pay for but you do not provide Search analysis tools will shine a light on any underutilized and under-monetized website pages, helping you make the most of your PPC budget In the age of online marketing and data intelligence, every click matters. Traffic is a great metric for the potential success of your business, after all. Alas, traffic means little without conversions

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Get more subscribers with these seven podcast SEO tips

30-second summary: Did you know that, as of 2020, upwards of 68 million people listen to a weekly podcast ?  Your podcast can easily reach more subscribers if you take some time to do some off-page SEO tactics and a few other best practices along the way Check out these seven podcast SEO tips to help you get in front of more people and get more subscribers If you have a podcast for your business, something you’ve probably thought about is how to get more subscribers to tune in to future episodes.  After all, unlike with traditional blogging where you have a dedicated space for your content, your listeners are accessing your podcast episodes through a third-party streaming service or podcast directory. And these services often carry hundreds of thousands of other podcasts in their network.  So how can you get your podcast discovered by more of the right leads and future customers

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The Panda anniversary and what we desperately must remember about search

30-second summary: This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Google’s landmark web quality algorithm Panda It was a seminal moment for the SEO industry with 12% of US sites being targeted for poor quality and manipulative optimization practices Despite removing much of the worst black-hat tactics SEO is still hasn’t lived up to its experiential potential ten years on Many clients and practitioners still use outdated language and practices to position the value of Search in this vastly more mature marketing landscape To escape this pre-Panda legacy SEO needs to take the best of its constituent parts and shape a new customer-centric Search future once and for all I was recently notified of a significant work anniversary which transported me back in time to the turbulent start of my SEO career just over 10 years ago.  I was prompted to reflect on the industry I love, where it continues to fall short, and ultimately where I see it going. This professional milestone closely corresponded with what was a seminal event for the immature SEO business. On February 24th, 2011 the ‘Death Star’ took aim, and with a typically understated Tweet from the Head of Google’s Web Spam team, Matt Cutts confirmed it .

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Cross-channel and cookieless: How measurement will evolve in 2021

30-second summary: The pandemic has caused major shifts in the way that advertisers operate, making it more critical than ever to be able to prove ROI and make every ad dollar count The inability to track reach and frequency is one of the biggest problems with cross-platform ad measurement that marketers face As marketers enter the new year, they will need to have measurement solutions in place that account for cross-channel, cookieless, privacy, and walled gardens Early adopters of cross-channel measurement, truly cookieless solutions, privacy, and consumer-centric policies, and data collaboration will gain insights needed to ensure future success Marketers have faced an incredible number of challenges over the past year. The demise of third-party cookies, the loss of device identifiers, and evolving privacy regulations have forced the industry to come up with new solutions for identity. With consumer behavior shifting rapidly and market volatility expected to continue this year, proving ROI with accurate measurement will be more important than ever

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A marketer’s guide to Core Web Vitals and page experience

30-second summary: Google has always placed its emphasis on the user experience Core web vitals (CWV) and the Page Experience Update are part of that evolution Sites that already recognize the importance of fast loading times and exceptional UX are best positioned to benefit The prospect of having searchers warned off from clicking on your organic listings is real Optimizing user experience makes for a more delightful web experience for all. Back in May 2020, Google announced a major Page Experience Update was on the horizon, based on information taken from internal studies and industry research that demonstrates how users prefer sites with a great page experience. This new set of search ranking signals incorporates user experience metrics including mobile-friendliness, safe browsing, SSL certification, and intrusive interstitials, as well as Core Web Vitals.

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