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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March 31, 2016: Last week we had the good fortune to attend MarTech USA, a two day conference discussing the role technology and innovation play in strategic marketing for organizations large and small. A few key themes arose throughout sessions and conversations during the event.

Marketing Technology Landscape 2016

The 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape

  1. The marketing technology landscape is rapidly growing. Per MarketingLand coverage, and exemplified through Conference Chair Scott Brinker‘s infographic, the 2016 marketing technology landscape, 3,874 organizations are represented in today’s marketing technology ecosystem, compared to about 2,000 last year and 150 for its inaugural version in 2011.

March 1, 2016: Last year Casie wrote a post on how to generate keyword lists and ideas. The objective was to provide resources and tactics for coming up with as many keyword phrases as possible around a particular topic.

Developing a list of good keyword opportunities can be both time consuming and challenging. Once completed, B2B marketers face a different challenge: making certain the generated keyword list matches content marketing tactics as best as possible.

This actually leads to two lists of keyword priorities:

  • Keyword targets that can be applied to existing content marketing assets.

February 2, 2016: Missing Puzzle PiecesLast month, I presented our online marketing capabilities to a set of decision makers interested in working with us. They were skeptical of the impact SEO and content marketing could have on actual lead generation, and ultimately sales performance.

I understand their skepticism.

Sure, we [KoMarketing] have a bias in believing SEO, content marketing, or “inbound marketing” (as they called it), are critical aspects in B2B marketing programs and sales enablement.

January 5, 2016: GoogleIn early December, Google dropped the “followers on Google+” social annotation for AdWords advertisers, as uncovered in an article from The SEM Post. This is announcement was just another indicator that B2B marketers can focus less on activity directly associated with Google+ in the new year.

This is also just one of hundreds of changes Google made in the past year when you take into account search updates, product announcements, and organizational changes. While its practically impossible to stay up to date with every major announcement from Google, there are certainly are a few that deserve more attention than others.

December 29, 2015: 2015 has been another amazing year for KoMarketing. We have had a lot to be thankful for, having experienced tremendous success in both client programs and the development of individual team members.

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Three years ago our leadership team made it a point to treat our online marketing experience as a priority in organizational strategy and business development.

I am proud to say that traffic to our website has more than quadrupled since that priority was established, and we are crushing aggressive goals for traffic, leads, and brand development, again in 2015.

December 22, 2015: Christmas TreeOne of the ways our team remains competitive and successful is through the constant review and distribution of industry-related information discovered online.

We make it a point to regularly communicate new discoveries, innovation, and industry news meant to improve performance on behalf of clients and in our own individual growth.

We’re fortunate to work in an industry where so many other colleagues and experts contribute and provide perspective on industry changes and the challenges faced daily.

December 8, 2015: It is that time in the year again. As we wind down 2015, marketing budgets and planning for the new year begin to take focus. Hopefully, the performance metrics associated with your organization’s marketing programs have yielded success and validation for tactics proposed at the beginning of the year.

B2B Marketing Budgets

But even if last year was a dramatic success, performance metrics from the past should only create part of the picture when planning for the future. It is also important for B2B marketers to evaluate new and emerging trends, as well as shifts in the competitive landscape, to help determine where to set budgets and forecasts moving forward.

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:

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