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, 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.

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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.

December 30, 2014: Last week I shared a few thoughts on what made 2014 a success at KoMarketing as well as our most popular posts and columns from the past year. But our broader online marketing community helps drive our determination for success and provide inspiration to work harder.

We’re fortunate to be in an industry where ideas and insight are so freely shared, explored, and discussed by talented professionals and writers. Here is a look back at some of the articles and blog posts that influenced our team members this past year.

December 22, 2014:

As we approach the end of 2014, we have a lot to be thankful for here at KoMarketing. 2014 was our tenth consecutive year of impressive growth and we are fortunate to be able to share more client success stories and witness the continued professional development and accomplishments of our team members.

A Few Key Highlights:

  • In coordination with Dianna Huff, we launched our inaugural B2B Web Usability Report, exceeding 2,000 downloads and mentions in more than a dozen notable marketing publications.

December 16, 2014: Earlier this month, MarketingSherpa’s chart of the week covered survey results on the types of content sources B2B marketers trust most, as they pertained to the quality of the source publishing third-party contributed content. For those of us working specifically in the online component of content marketing, the results might be surprising, and are certainly worth noticing.

Chart: What Content Sources Do Customers Trust?

Q. What do you think is generally higher quality?

What content sources do customers trust?

Articles found in printed publications ranked higher in perceived quality than those generated online. Even print-based advertorials, where the intent should clearly be understood as promotion, were considered of higher quality (at least by those surveyed), than all but one of the four forms of digital publication choices offered.

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