B2B Online Marketing Blog

September 9, 2014: In a few weeks, I’ll be heading down to NYC for SMX East where I’ll be speaking on the panel “Competitive Research for SEO.” The details of the panel are as follows:

Date/Time: Tuesday September 30th, 10:45am

Summary: Your competitors have top rankings in search results for some of your prime keywords. So how did they do it? Savvy SEOs know how to analyze and understand the strategies of the competition, and then use that knowledge to rev up their own efforts to achieve even greater visibility and reach. During this panel, our experts will discuss the tools and tactics they use to mine valuable competitive insights, and use that knowledge to maximize their own SEO strategies.

September 3, 2014: The other day members of our team had an informal discussion on how we choose keywords for our clients’ web pages. We base keyword selection on criteria that includes factors like relevance, competitiveness, and existing search results. The development of good keyword research also incorporates marketing prowess, data analysis, and experience working with SEO over time.

Keyword Determination

Keyword research is the life-blood of a search engine optimization campaign. The implementation of effective keyword research can lead to high quality traffic and leads over the long term, from organic search engine visibility. Poor keyword research leads to frustration and leaves site owners questioning the value of SEO.

While you can find a more comprehensive tutorial I wrote on keyword research here, in this post I’ll go over 12 questions to ask when performing keyword research, in an effort to drive better results and opportunity for client SEO programs.

August 28, 2014: B2B marketing isn’t a perfect industry (what industry is?), but the main arguments against B2B marketing, like unoriginality, competition, and boring products, are also the areas where a company can stand out most online. The following are some of the biggest problems with B2B marketing and how you can make your campaigns stand out.

It’s Not Original

b2b problemsBecause they aren’t forced to be innovative since their audience is so much smaller than the B2C market, B2B marketers (and usually their executive supervisors) may be used to just pushing the same postcards, email blasts, and online promotions over and over. However, it’s important to remember that those you are trying to reach from a B2B perspective are consumers as well, just in a business sense.

August 26, 2014: 18 Ways to Measure a Search Engine Optimization CampaignLast spring, I had the opportunity to instruct a course for MarketingProfs University’s Search Marketing School 2014. My contribution, “10 Measurement Tips for SEO Content” (now live on MarketingProfs University) focuses on key reports and analysis designed to connect SEO-related content marketing efforts with business performance.

While I’ve based my presentation for MarketingProfs on the performance of SEO-related content marketing assets specifically, there is a much greater range of SEO-related benchmarks B2B marketers should consider.

The following is a list of 20 performance metrics we recommend that B2B marketing managers use to establish goals and achieve success with their search engine optimization programs. Unless specified otherwise, all metrics are assumed to be tracked on a regular (at least monthly) basis.

August 21, 2014: As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, there has been a major shakeup in the world of Facebook advertising. The most notable change has to do with the increased size of ads on the right side of users’ news feeds. At first glance, this may seem like a minor change to an advertising platform that is constantly making changes and improvements.

Upon further inspection, however, this is a change that could have a huge impact on results if gone unchecked. Today, we will discuss the changes for Facebook ads and how you can best prepare to minimize negative impact.

August 19, 2014: If you’re an online quiz junkie like me, you’ve likely, at some point, taken a psychology test to determine whether you’re right- or left-brained. We all know we lean more to one side than the other, but isn’t it fun to tally up the points and find out for sure?

left-and-right-brained

As a writer, I’m of the mind that being right-brained is critical to the job (I’m not saying this just because my math skills are limited to basic arithmetic, but also because good writing involves a flair for the creativity). As a marketing writer, I’m convinced that it takes both the creative and the logical sides in order to execute an effective content strategy. Why? Because successful content marketing involves striking a certain degree of balance between campaigns that are both inspired and results-oriented.

August 14, 2014: Any time we bring on a new team member here at KoMarketing, one of the first things we do is get them up to speed on our clients, their products/services, industries, and much more. As a content marketer, fully understanding the ins-and-outs of these organizations and the industries they’re a part of is an essential step to take before the content strategy can take shape.

Content Strategy

August 12, 2014: One of the key benefits of online marketing is having the ability to capture information about our site visitors in order to better understand our Unbounce conversion quotemarketing efforts. Thanks to analytics, we know the various mediums they use, what they search for, how they interact on our site, and so much more…including the actions they take before they actually buy. Or at least we should know that.

Conversion tracking can be tricky, in particular for B2B businesses, where leads can come in the form of several types of actions. To help you get your conversion tracking up to par, and to help your business make smarter marketing decisions, I’ve outlined below a few mistakes not to make.

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.

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John Yeung

"The team at KoMarketing does a great job providing best practices, new ideas, and management of our PPC program. They went above and beyond to meet our needs. The decision to partner with them was one of the best thing that has ever happened to us" - John Yeung, Digital Marketing Manager, Stratford University

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