Author Archive: Casie Gillette

Casie Gillette Casie Gillette is Director of Online Marketing for KoMarketing. Learn more about Casie's background and experience on her about page.

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December 4, 2014: This April will be my 10th year in the search field. TEN YEARS! I know it’s hard to believe with how young I look (*cough), but it’s true. And in those 10 years, I have learned something new every year. Actually, I’ve probably learned something new every month. It’s why I love this industry.

So, as 2014 comes to a close and I look back on the year, here are a few things I learned about search, the industry, our business, and more.

1. Education is Still Needed

SEO Chalkboard

November 6, 2014: FRESH B2B STATSOne thing I love about the KoMarketing team is they keep me up to date on everything that’s happening in the online marketing and B2B space. From article sharing to tweets to bi-weekly training discussions, the team does a great job staying on top of what’s happening.

Perhaps most valuable for me though is our news section (if you haven’t seen it, I recommend you head over there). Each week, multiple news stories are posted featuring the latest trends, reports, and statistics in the B2B world. For someone who doesn’t have a lot of extra time to go out and find those, it’s a fantastic resource.

October 16, 2014: At the beginning of October, Derek and I headed down to New York for SMX East. I was fortunate enough to speak on two panels, Competitive Research for SEO, and what may be my favorite SMX session, SMX Takeaways.

Photo courtesy of Akvile Harlow

Photo courtesy of Akvile Harlow

The nice thing about the takeaways session is it lets you hear about sessions you may have missed and see what was important to others in the industry. It also makes it much easier to compile the blog post you’re reading.

September 9, 2014: In a few weeks, I’ll be heading down to NYC for SMX East where I’ll be speaking on the panel “Competitive Research for SEO.” The details of the panel are as follows:

Date/Time: Tuesday September 30th, 10:45am

Summary: Your competitors have top rankings in search results for some of your prime keywords. So how did they do it? Savvy SEOs know how to analyze and understand the strategies of the competition, and then use that knowledge to rev up their own efforts to achieve even greater visibility and reach. During this panel, our experts will discuss the tools and tactics they use to mine valuable competitive insights, and use that knowledge to maximize their own SEO strategies.

August 12, 2014: One of the key benefits of online marketing is having the ability to capture information about our site visitors in order to better understand our Unbounce conversion quotemarketing efforts. Thanks to analytics, we know the various mediums they use, what they search for, how they interact on our site, and so much more…including the actions they take before they actually buy. Or at least we should know that.

Conversion tracking can be tricky, in particular for B2B businesses, where leads can come in the form of several types of actions. To help you get your conversion tracking up to par, and to help your business make smarter marketing decisions, I’ve outlined below a few mistakes not to make.

July 17, 2014: With more businesses integrating SEO into their marketing teams (and with it increasingly becoming mainstream), SEO has moved beyond just keywords and links and it’s now, in fact, influencing all facets of marketing. It’s even creeping into other departments like IT.

While that opens the door for overlap, it also introduces full coverage and a better overall marketing program. And…just like SEO is influencing other departments, other departments should be influencing SEO.

I’ve talked previously about how the SEO team can use PR strategies to build links but there is much more that can be done to help a business be successful. Here are 3 other things your SEO can be doing right now:

June 19, 2014: One of the biggest challenges we hear about in the world of marketing is around the idea of silos. As companies grow, and new people and departments are added, it’s easy to become segmented and communication can become more difficult than it once was.

We end up finding the paid team working within the paid team, the communication team working within the communication team, the SEO team…well, you get it. As businesses (and marketers), we need to make sure we are breaking down these silos to see the bigger picture. We need to understand how each channel works, what is successful, and how we can use this information to enhance our own strategies.

May 27, 2014: When a major algorithm update happens like it did May 20th, it’s always interesting to see reactions from both the search community, affected businesses, and the media. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the only people who knew (or cared about) what an algorithm update was were those in the search industry.

However, with Google updates becoming more mainstream and large businesses drawing media attention when they are hit, more people are aware of, and asking questions about, algorithm updates. For this reason, I thought I’d address some basic questions that we often hear from partners, friends, and clients.

May 1, 2014: DMFB ConferenceWe have a busy May here at KoMarketing, with several conferences this month and summer officially kicking off Memorial Day weekend. That being said, I’ll be headed to Raleigh, NC next week to speak at the Digital Marketing for Business conference. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a 3-day conference featuring 40 sessions geared toward small businesses, enterprise marketers, and marketing experts.

While I’ve presented on a number of topics ranging from link building to WordPress to content marketing, I’m really excited about the topic for this show, “Building Your Online Brand Through Customers.” I’m a big believer that existing customers are one of the best (and most overlooked) assets of marketing and can play a major role in a company’s brand, especially online.

April 1, 2014: It was a busy month here at KoMarketing and it’s hard to believe that it’s already April 1st. More so, it’s hard to believe that SMX West was three weeks ago! Typically, I like to do my conference recap immediately after a show but this time I thought I’d use a different approach – take a step back and let things simmer for a bit.

I’m glad I did, because as I looked through my notes and read some of the recaps, I became much more aware and focused on the themes occurring throughout the show versus the tactical recommendations. These themes were certainly indicative of how the industry is evolving and it was interesting to see and hear.

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