B2B Online Marketing Blog

August 7, 2014: LinkedIn Announces Unique Content Marketing Score For UsersIn my latest column for Search Engine Land, I discussed how we use LinkedIn as a B2B link building tool, designed to research, identify, and communicate to potential third party publishers.

But at the foundation of all effective LinkedIn outreach is a well designed, fully developed LinkedIn profile. Without this, your outreach initiatives lack trust and credibility.

This post highlights ten key elements that every LinkedIn member should consider, whether you’re using LinkedIn for B2B link building, professional networking, or looking for your next job opportunity.

July 31, 2014: While competitors may seem intimidating, some marketers fail to realize there are opportunities lying discretely in their online footprint. One such location is in your competitors’ Twitter profiles. By analyzing both their successes and failures in the area, your company may be able to gain a significant competitive advantage.

One of my favorite quotes, from Niccolo Machiavelli, is, “Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

Instead of being consumed by the existence of a threat (IE, the competition), opportunistic marketers will turn such to their advantage. And Twitter is a good place to start.

July 24, 2014: We’ve all heard it: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around, does it still make a sound?” While you may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, I have. Why is this the leading sentence in a marketing blog?” think of it this way: “If a content marketer writes an outstanding piece but fails to consider promotion and their target audience, does anybody notice?”

Falling Tree

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

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