Here’s the most poorly-kept secret in the marketing, PR, sales, and religion world: conversion is a numbers game. Whether it’s getting into the NY Times or, going viral on YouTube, getting retweeted by @katyperry, or appearing on the 4th hour with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. Numbers matter and we depend not only on the generosity of strangers to keep the lights on, we also depend on the law of large numbers to make sure we reach enough people in general through our ads, our mentions, and reviews to make our end-of-month, quarter, and yearly numbers so that we secure that sweet bonus and the pool we promised the family. Eyeballs, viewers, readership, ratings — it’s all about getting in front of as many of the right people as humanly possible. N’est-ce pas? [Read more...]
If your brand has a website, more people are likely to come to it from search engines than anyplace else according to Forrester. That means Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a methodology of strategies, techniques and tactics used to secure a high-ranking placement in the search results pages, is as essential means of marketing for anybody doing business on the internet. [Read more...]
How do I earn and sustain top rankings in Google and Bing? This question, or some form of it, is probably the most common question I hear from brands and business owners. Unfortunately it cannot be answered as easily as it was asked. Depending on the business, the reply is usually quite complex and it requires a good deal of analysis to provide any kind of actionable insight. Creating and implementing a successful SEO strategy today requires a significant amount of collaborative effort on virtually every front of the business. In this post I’ll discuss 5 of the most common questions about SEO strategy that I hear almost weekly and I’ll provide insight on how an online business can improve its rankings. [Read more...]
One question we have gotten from our retail clients for years at The Search Monitor is: “How does my ad spend on SEM compare to the average for my retail category, and to other retail categories?” Yes, there is a lot of free data out there that has attempted to answer this question. But it’s free for a reason. It just isn’t precise. If a search marketer wanted the good stuff, the top-shelf accurate data that leads to smart business decisions, it usually required a significant amount of work to find and assemble the data. Then, the question was always: “Can I really trust this?” [Read more...]
There’s a joke going around based on Google’s many, many recent changes.
Q: Why are all of Google’s updates—Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird —named for animals?
A: Because managing SEO has become a frickin’ zoo.
How funny you find this joke depends on how badly this stampede of animal-themed algorithm updates—as well as the increase in “Not provided” traffic to your site—has hurt your brand and your business. And I suspect for many of you, it’s not funny at all. [Read more...]