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July 22, 2014: If you’re like me, you spend a good amount of time scrolling through content marketing blogs for advice and suggestions that will give your content a leg up. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for any blog title that begins with the words “How-to” or “Tutorial.” Why?

Don't get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Don’t get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Because, as a content marketer, I’m always looking for ways to make my content better.

Recently, however, I’ve started feeling like I have a bone to pick with these old, familiar blogging archetypes. I don’t mean to pick on “How-to” or list-style posts; we all know these types of blogs can be very effective in establishing credibility and providing an audience with specific information they might be looking for (here’s a How-to post I found helpful when writing this blog, for example).

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:

July 14, 2014: Baidu2014
In our last Baidu blog post, we introduced the basics for setting up a Baidu PPC account. Setting up a Baidu PPC account is just the beginning as B2B online marketers must consider the ongoing management and continued refinement of their Baidu advertising program. In this article, we present you 5 important tools essential to Baidu PPC Advertising: The Baidu Keyword Tool, Bid Estimate Tool, Search Terms Report Tool, Baidu Analytics and The Baidu Editor.

Baidu Keywords Tool:

July 10, 2014: Google+ recently celebrated its three year anniversary, and with it brought the appreciation of many marketers and social network users who thought Google+ would go the way of Google Buzz or Orkut, two of Google’s other former social offerings.

However, Google+ has utilized a clean, modern interface and many unique features (such as photo storage/editing and integration with other Google apps) to make it a useful social network that is getting used by more and more people. Because of this, there are several reasons why B2B marketers should be using Google+, both on a personal branding level and as an organization.

July 7, 2014: Video SEO Optimization

When thinking about the term “SEO,” the big 3 search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) immediately come to mind. Truthfully, I almost always optimize content according to Google best practices, however it’s important to realize that YouTube is actually the world’s second most popular search engine. According to YouTube’s website, “Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth.” And the world’s interest in video content is not slowing down. This Cisco report found that video content accounted for 66% of all consumer internet traffic in 2013, and that number is projected to reach 80% by 2018.

July 2, 2014: New Services EconomyAs more people turn to online services for entertainment, education and music, Avangate has conducted a survey to gauge their actual influence. The cloud commerce provider asked 1,046 U.S. adults questions pertaining to their online services use, as well as their product use.

What Avangate discovered was a large interest in online services from Americans – approximately 63 percent of the people surveyed claimed that they used services based on the Internet. About 61 percent they used them for entertainment, while 41 percent said they utilized them for work purposes.

July 1, 2014: Last week we wrote a best practice guideline for a client, on how to acquire quality links in today’s SEO environment. In preparation, I wanted to review a history of changes and shifts we’ve experienced and also validate, through third party and search-specific references, why we recommend certain tactics and best practices.

Google Webmaster Videos present a great opportunity to validate perspective on why B2B marketers should be focused on acquiring high quality, relevant links, focusing on appropriate target audiences, and understanding why certain tactics can be considered “questionable”.

I wanted to share some of the most appropriate findings for B2B marketers that I discovered in this blog post. In addition to healthy dose of Matt Cutts (Head of Google’s Webspam Team), these videos cover common questions, link building tactics, and the impact of link building schemes and questionable behavior. You can use the links below and also after each video to navigate through the videos and sections.

Common B2B Link Building Questions

June 26, 2014: Have you seen this joke make the rounds through your LinkedIn or even Facebook news feeds? As illustrated in this screen grab of a tweet from Shaun Moynihan in late 2012, @Moynihan received an astounding 2,300 retweets and 630 favorites for it, but The Atlantic actually covered “Twitter’s Best Joke”, among other humorous variations, nearly a year earlier.

Twitter

Unfortunately, the joke is based on a bit of truth. You see, variations of this tactic worked really well in the late nineties (and maybe in several years following). Check out the agenda for the very first Search Engine Strategies in November 1999. An entire panel was dedicated to writing meta tags! Yes,  this type of page optimization mattered back then.

June 23, 2014: Twitter Best PracticesOn June 18, English broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Paxman stated on Newsnight that Twitter is for people who “nothing going on between their ears, or nothing going on in their lives” as he left the show after 25 years on air. What would content marketers say in response to Paxman’s comments?

Power is in the numbers, and there is a slew of statistics behind the effectiveness of Twitter marketing. Here are some quick facts:

  • Companies that have 1,000 or more Twitter followers receive 800 more website visits per month, according to HubSpot.

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.

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Jodi Coverly

"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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