April 15, 2015

Google Webmaster Tools part 2: Sitemaps & data highlighting

This is the second of a series on how to use Google Webmaster Tools. Also see part 1:

Google Webmaster Tools for dummies

Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists.

Chris AbrahamLast week I shared some Google Webmaster Tools tips and tricks with you. This week, I have two more: sitemaps and data highlighting. Sexy stuff, huh?

If you’ve been obsessing about your Google Analytics numbers, cruising the SEO boards, and picking through Moz and Woorank, wondering what Google wants and needs from you, then let me enlighten you.
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April 7, 2015

Google Webmaster Tools for dummies

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Add this key weapon to your analytics arsenal

This is the first of a series on Google Webmaster Tools. Don’t complain about the headline, I didn’t write it!

Target audience: Businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

Chris AbrahamFor most webmasters, their knowledge of Web analytics begins and ends with Google Analytics. And that’s a shame.

Google Webmaster Tools is all you really need to become a Google-whisperer. Why spend all this time and money on Moz and Woorank to interpret how your brand is doing on Google when you can hear it directly from the mouth of God? (I exaggerate, but only slightly.)

I have been using Webmaster Tools a lot lately since I have been doing a lot of SEO strategy work and I have really had some serious fun working through some of the tools that Google basically begs you to adopt in order to make things super-easier for them — and therefore better for you, the site owner or manager. Continue reading

April 2, 2015

20 ideas to keep your social media fresh

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Make collaboration an integral part of your strategy & campaigns

By Rohan Ayyar
E2M Solutions

In spite of the incredible amount of time we spend on social media, we sometimes forget the most fundamental thing about the platform.

Hello! It’s supposed to be social! It’s about getting people involved, inspiring conversations, connecting people who would not normally be able to reach out to each other. The best brands in the business of social media marketing do just that. So what’s stopping you?

Four of the top 10 challenges that continue to frustrate social media marketers are related to how to get their organizations to work together to create and stick to a collaborative, effective and profitable social media strategy.

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The four gripes that deserve further attention here are:

  • Designing an overall social media strategy
  • Educating staff on how to use social media
  • Aligning social media strategies throughout different departments within the company
  • Creating buy-in among executives at my company about the importance of social media

So what kind of content makes sure that once you have set up airtight processes for cross-functional contributions, the variety of voices that come together create a winning melody instead of a cacophony? Continue reading

March 21, 2015

3 Ways Your B2B Social Media Marketing Needs to Be Helpful

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Illustration by Duncan Hull

Post by Daniel Kushner
Founder, Oktopost

The rise of social media over the past decade has forever changed the way businesses go about capturing, pursuing and closing leads. Nowadays, B2B purchasing only takes place once prospects have begun to truly trust a vendor that they’re looking into, as relationships are now formed far earlier in the purchase cycle, with buyers investing heavily in self-service research – often across several digital channels.

For vendors, this changing dynamic calls for enabling the research process. Today’s digitally connected B2B vendors know that educating and being generous with helpful advice on social media is the most effective way to position their companies as valuable partners. Continue reading

March 5, 2015

Gary Vaynerchuk at Launch: Traditional media holding on for dear life


Gary Vaynerchuk at Launch: “We adore human interaction.” (Photo by JD Lasica)

JD LasicaThere were lots of remarkable moments at the eighth Launch Festival, which ended a three-day run Wednesday at Fort Mason in San Francisco: Investor legend Peter Thiel exhorting entrepreneurs to find a space and “create a monopoly.” Pundit Glenn Beck declaring, “We don’t need the media. I trust my neighbors.” Forty or so founders taking to the stage to launch interesting new startups.

But there’s only one Gary Vaynerchuk, and he made his first appearance at Launch a lively one.

Turns out garyvee is a big fan of the Taylor Swift brand of social media marketing. When Swift randomly sends gifts at Christmas or shows up to interact with ordinary fans — to their delighted screams — it all gets amplified through social.

“We adore human interaction,” he told about 2,000 attendees at Launch. “It’s real.” And it’s what the most powerful kind of social media marketing consists of — even if it’s a fleeting 14-second video message. It’s the personalization that makes it real and leaves a lasting impression. Continue reading

February 27, 2015

Why community & marketing should be best buds

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Maria Ogneva of Sidecar, right, with Evan Hamilton of Zozi and moderator Irene Koehler (Photo by JD Lasica).

Target audience: Community managers, businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaHere, in the year 2015, the term community building no longer seems to command the heft and respect it once did. Today it’s all about growth hacking and social sharing and co-creation.

But, old school or not, community building still matters. For startups. For small businesses. For brands. For corporations.

Yesterday, we put on the 25th Social Media Breakfast East Bay in Oakland, sponsored by Lithium — I was the guest speaker at the first one, six years ago this month in Berkeley — and tackled the topic, “Secrets/Myths/Opportunities of Community Building.” Continue reading