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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April 21, 2015: Google on MobileLast week my colleague Brendan Cottam detailed key aspects of Google’s Mobile Friendly Update, being released today. This update will potentially give a ranking boost to mobile-friendly pages in Google’s mobile search results.

We’ve received questions about this update from clients and partners and the reality is that for the most part, the percentage of traffic from mobile devices, smart phones in particular, is much more limited than in other industries and markets.

That said, we can practically guarantee percentages will increase over time as technology evolves and adoption to continues to increase as well. So this shift in focus and behavior to a mobile friendly browsing behavior must be part of the long-term online marketing strategy for B2B marketers.

April 16, 2015: Late last year I wrote about important changes Google has launched for B2B marketers to be aware of (you can read that post here). Needless to say, Google continues to launch new functionality and change product offerings. In this blog post, I wanted to highlight eight key (and free) Google resources that B2B marketers should keep bookmarked for future reference.

Google AdWords Features History

Google AdWords Feature Announcements

The recent launch of Google’s AdWords Features History timeline was what prompted me to write this piece in general. With AdWords becoming such a significant part of many of our clients’ online marketing initiatives, keeping up to date on changes and enhancements is critical.

April 9, 2015: 2015 B2B Web Usability ReportGoogle Analytics and other reporting tools can tell you a great deal about what buyers do once they get to your website – which pages they click, the flow from one page to another, conversions, etc.

But B2B marketers also need to know what buyers actually want from a vendor website. Which content elements are most important to their target audiences? What causes them to leave a website and not return? And most importantly, what website factors will encourage the prospective buyer to take the next step in the sales process?

March 31, 2015: We’re closing in on the launch of our second annual B2B Website Usability Report. Last year, we learned a lot about the objectives of the B2B buyer and how vendors may miss opportunities to connect and provide further value through their website presence.

This year, not only did we want to see if B2B vendors had improved their efforts, but we wanted further clarity in several points of respondent feedback that left us scratching our heads. One of those points was in the impact of social media and blogging on the vendor selection process.

March 17, 2015: One of the significant discussions happening in the search community, and highlighted at SMX West earlier this month, is the evolving look of the search engine results page. There is rarely a classic, “ten pack” of organic search engine results when searching Google.

Evolution of Google SERPs

This change has become even more pronounced in the past few years, with the influence of several key factors.

First, and often through the webmaster integration of structured data, Google is able to provide a more detailed search result experience. Oftentimes, searchers will find everything from ratings to site-specific cross-links to supporting e-commerce information within individual organic and paid search engine results.

March 12, 2015: Last summer I wrote about the importance LinkedIn can be for executing B2B SEO link building. Success derives from the amount of trust and authenticity one conveys when actively networking. And the first place to start is through your LinkedIn profile.

While I detailed several key LinkedIn profile elements that help convey trust, the objective of this post is to provide even more examples through exemplary LinkedIn user profiles found online.

Why LinkedIn Again?

As illustrated in the 2015 B2B Content Marketing report, put out by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 94% of B2B content marketers are using LinkedIn to distribute their content. And in Holger Schulze’s 2014 B2B Content Marketing Trends Report, LinkedIn tops the list as the most effective social media platform for delivering content.

February 24, 2015: 6 Search Engine Marketing Tactics for Manufacturing and Industrial Marketers

A while back we detailed several tactics B2B manufacturers and distributors should consider when seeking to improve their visibility in search engines and social communities. It is encouraging to note that all but one of those tactics remains relevant more than half a decade later, albeit with a few modifications to specific steps or updated resources.

Those tactics in summary:

  • YouTube Integration
  • Trade Show Appointments
  • Generate Leads for Exports
  • Local Optimization (Office / Dealer Locations)
  • Leverage Technical Support
  • eBay As An Additional Channel

February 9, 2015: Multilingual Web TranslationIt is becoming more common for B2B organizations to offer website visitors content accessible in multiple languages. That doesn’t necessarily mean the organization wants to market to multiple countries either. Rather, an organization – particularly one based in a country outside the United States – will need to market their solutions to visitors using their native language and other languages in proximity of their country, as well as English potentially.

January 22, 2015: There is no escaping it. You are executing a content marketing initiative as part of your broader B2B marketing program in 2015. If you are a regular reader of this blog, SEO performance is likely part of the reason content marketing has become a priority as well.

But guess what? According to The Content Marketing Institute, at least 86% of B2B marketers are now engaged in content marketing as well. That number swells to 93% if we only classify content marketing as “creation and distribution” and not a more formal business discipline, as detailed in CMI’s 2015 B2B Content Marketing Report.

January 6, 2015: It’s (fortunately) not a surprise that as the fourth quarter drew to an end, our team was (and still is) engaged in several discussions with prospects about SEO projects kicking off in the New Year. A few weeks ago, I prepared for three, back-to-back-to-back, preliminary sales discovery meetings.

One Size Fits All Products on Conveyor

As I reassessed those discussions, I thought about how different each program could be. Even though the broader goals and objectives appeared very similar at the start (traffic, leads, conversion improvements, etc), each meeting revealed vastly different tactical objectives, competitive environments, organization-specific resources, and ultimately scopes of work.

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"I worked with KoMarketing during my time at Pongo in a variety of roles. At first, they were doing the work for us, but in the end, they trained my growing team on Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Their education of the importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) led to us launching a job search blog, over 30 learning center articles, and a social media campaign. I would not hesitate to recommend the KoMarketing team for any size project you may have." - Jodi Coverly, Marketing Manager, Pongo LLC

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