Author Archive: Derek Edmond

derek-edmond-150 Derek Edmond is Managing Partner and Director of Search Engine Optimization of KoMarketing. Learn more about Derek's background and experience on his about page.

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November 24, 2015: B2B BloggingWith the end of the year rapidly approaching, and 2016 planning underway, business owners are assessing where they are with respect to B2B search engine marketing goals and objectives. Hopefully your organization is well ahead of performance benchmarks this year.

One of the most effective content marketing tactics we recommend, for SEO and broader online marketing performance, is a B2B blogging initiative. If you have not already engaged in a blogging initiative, or are looking to re-evaluate the objectives in your existing program, here are ten reasons B2B blogging could be important for achieving your goals with SEO, social media, and online marketing in the new year and beyond.

November 12, 2015: computer-mobileIt is pretty common to email survey and customer feedback requests to customers after a purchase is made online. While I often just delete these communications, I may consider them if I’ve had either exceptional or horrible experiences.

For one recent purchase, I was disappointed to see that the actual flow between the link to review in email and the actual opportunity to review simply took me to the organization’s home page, requiring login. The downside is that users will often ignore the opportunity to provide a rating because there are too many steps in the process, even if that is only a perceived notion.

October 12, 2015: This past week, members of our team participated in U.S. Commercial Service’s Discover Global Markets Program: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters in Dallas, Texas.

Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies

In addition to sponsoring the program and participating in roundtable discussions on social media and online marketing initiatives, I spoke on a panel discussing trends and best practices in digital marketing, with a focus on social media and mobile device adoption.

From the conference agenda:

September 8, 2015: Organizations request information from KoMarketing for a range of business reasons. Sometimes its only for one specific problem or program initiative, but in others, it is a much more comprehensive program request.

For example, one prospect recently contacted because they felt their existing PPC vendor was failing to grow with their organization. Another inquired on SEO because they were about to engage in a site redesign. Still another was interested in learning about our perspective on optimization for LinkedIn.

September 3, 2015: Packages on Conveyor SystemsA couple weeks back, a small business owner, that had found my information through my columns on Search Engine Land, emailed looking for guidance on how to make a decision on SEO services.

They were redesigning their website. Their web developer was offering them a monthly SEO package as a component of the entire sales process. Not having researched SEO in-depth, they were reluctant to make the investment (just under $600 / month) without more information.

August 5, 2015: TrustOne of the key takeaways uncovered in our 2015 B2B Web Usability Report was that trust and credibility were significant attributes required in the B2B website experience. But beyond the website, it seems like the most successful vendors establish trust and credibility across all areas of the online marketing experience, right down to the individual level when possible.

Trust is a core component of a successful search engine optimization initiative as well. Without it, your communication efforts surrounding link building and content marketing may fall flat and your message go unheard or unread.

July 28, 2015: Small Conversion Actions are Better than No Conversion ActionsWhile researching keywords for a client, I came across an excellent resource (from one of their competitors) that performed well in organic search for a particular keyword opportunity. Based on competitive SEO research from SEMRush, I’m pretty certain the site receives a fair amount of organic traffic for its position.

However one critical issue arose in page evaluation: there was nothing left to do when I was finished reviewing the content marketing asset in question. With limited navigation and no easy-to-find action at the bottom of the page, it was too easy just to click away.

July 21, 2015: Landing Page ConceptOne of the most direct ways B2B marketers can improve SEO, PPC, and ultimately lead generation initiatives is through the development of landing pages, designed to showcase individual content marketing assets.

Basically, every content marketing asset can serve as an opportunity to be found in search results. As such, they need a unique place online, through the B2B organization’s website, to serve as a “home base” for lead generation and search visibility.

Why build individual landing pages? Consider the following benefits (among others):

  • An opportunity to define a unique keyword strategy for SEO, or support an existing strategy.

June 30, 2015: Link BuildingIn my last post, I wrote about the fact that there are two key components of successful link outreach. The first component is getting people to actually open your link requests and what elements online marketers should consider.

In this post, I want to address the second component of successful link outreach: how to increase the likelihood that publishers will actually say “yes” when you have successfully started a conversation about link acquisition.

Yes, there are elements of your email communication that increase the likelihood someone will open your message once received (see my last post). But the reality is that savvy online marketers start the communication process weeks, if not months in advance.

June 18, 2015: Oliver, circa 1967Last week I had the good fortune to participate in a content marketing meetup hosted by the team at Curata. As we discussed the history of search engine technology and ended with the importance of both content and links for SEO, the question was ultimately asked, “how do you actually get links?“.

Somewhat off the cuff, I replied “I ask for them“. While this may seem either obvious, possibly too direct, or even flippant, the reality is that in today’s SEO environment, shortcuts and short-sighted tactics designed to “game” Google’s search results in particular simply don’t work.

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"We have a successful online business, and wanted to take the next step. We approached KoMarketing with the notion of leveraging its expertise in building better search rankings. Both in our defined critical areas and across the board, KoMarketing has helped us grow our presence. They were hired to expand our visibility, but took extra steps to provide many useful recommendations for other areas of our online presence that have had positive impacts. Derek and his staff work hard and take extra steps to ensure you succeed. They are an outstanding partner." - Scott Stone, Advertising & E-Business Manager, Cisco Eagle

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