Spelling, Grammer, Proofreading Oh My! from Digital Marketing Manager’s Weekly SEO Update

Keep calm and SEO on Source:http://seogadget.com/beware-of-the-google-over-optimization-update/Everything on your website affects SEO, and as a Digital Marketing Manger, you want to do to as much as you can to help your SEO. As the different search engines make refinements to their algorithms and updates in order to deliver better search experiences for their visitors and try to increase their market share, you need to keep up with your SEO to drive traffic to your website from search engines, and you need to be aware of search engine updates and tweaks to see if it will affect the amount of traffic from search engines to your website.

This weeks SEO update from Digital Marketing Manager includes news on search engines:

Matt Cutts Explains How Comments With Bad Spelling and Grammar Affect A Page’s Ability to Rank– While providing the opportunity for your website visitors to comment on the content on your website helps SEO, comments often have spelling and grammar errors, but these errors will not affect your SEO. However, if your content contains spelling and grammar errors, your SEO could be affected.

Make sure to PROOFREAD.

Example, let’s say your website talks about different species of bears, and you type the word “bare” in multiple locations of on your website.  Since “bear” and “bare” mean different things, search engines may get confused. Search engines are not people, and search engines can’t tell the difference between “bear” and “bare.”  Therefore, you need to proofread your content and make sure that when you want the would “bear” to appear, the word “bear” appears.

My example may be a little silly, but it was the first thing that came to mind. However, it does illustrate my point to proofread and reinforces the idea that websites without spelling and grammer errors is important.

In other news SEO news,

Also, in SEO news:

Yahoo Improving Local Search through Partnership with Yelp – In order to improve the search experience on Yahoo, now you can see local listings, reviews, and photos when looking for local establishments.

Struggling with getting your SEO back on track with all of Google’s major updates from last fall? Check out this Infographic to help you wrap your head around how to implement your SEO strategies for 2014. This infographic brought to you by Just Go Web helps translate your old SEO strategies to the new SEO strategies after the search evolution from last fall.

Want people to link to your content? Check out these 7 Ways to Attract Higher Quality Links With Better On-Page Content. These tips not only will help you attract links to your website, but these tips will help you produce great content to create superior experiences for your target audiences.

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What is Content Marketing? See the Top Content Marketing Influencers Answers

How would you answer “What is Content Marketing?”

What is Content Marketing thought bubble Source:http://www.docstoc.com/article/163249665/What-Is-Content-Marketing
After reading this post, please share your thoughts in a comment.

As I scour the internet for information on how to improve digital marketing skills including content marketing, I try to provide information to help Digital Marketing Managers meet their objectives efficiently and effectively as well as provide information on how to create superior experiences for their target audiences.

Before my search, I already knew CONTENT IS KING!

BUT

What is Content Marketing?

Before this post, I had a basic understanding, but the goal in this post is to create a definition of Content Marketing for all marketing professionals to use.

The Top 25 Content Marketing Influencers Thanks for our friends at Onalytica, they did some research and collected many responses to develop a list of the Top 25 Content Marketing Influences located at Slideshare.

Who better to answer “What is Content Marketing?” then the top influencers of content marketing?

Here are the Top Content Marketers Thoughts on “What is Content Marketing?”

Juo Pulizzi Image Source:http://contently.com/strategist/2012/02/06/joe-pulizzi-content-marketer-of-the-year/ According to Joe Pulizzi at the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is owning, as opposed to renting, media. It’s a marketing process to attract and retain customers by consistently creating and curating content in order to change or enhance consumer behavior.

Jeff Bullas Image Source:https://twitter.com/jeffbullas In his The One Best Thing Some of the Best Content Marketers Forgot, Jeff Bullas refers to content marketing as the result of the successful intersection of search engines, social media, email, content and blogging. Done well it is a multidisciplinary approach to the challenge of making your content as visible to as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. It doesn’t matter whether you are a blogger, corporate marketer or a small business.

Michael Brenner Image Source:http://www.b2bmarketinginsider.com/about From Michael Brenner’s 9 Questions On Content Marketing Q&A, he states that the most effective content is that which best meets the needs of the audience. List posts and “How to” articles go a long way to building this kind of credibility but they aren’t enough. This kind of content needs to be balanced with deeper thought leadership that also inspires our customers to think differently about the challenges they face. He goes on to say the golden rule of content marketing is that it has to put the needs of the customers first and then the business results will be earned through trust and value already provided.

Doug Kessler Image Source:http://info.tracepoint.co.uk/blog/bid/188163/How-to-get-started-with-inbound-marketing-from-the-coalface-IMUK13-speakers During an interview, Doug Kessler of Velocity Partners explains what makes up great content. A brand creates great content from a variety of media that contains a point of view on it’s market. The content takes on issues that it’s audience cares about and puts a new spin on it, the brand puts some effort into producing special content. Great content is ambitious and confidant.  As a content producer you need to find your sweet spot which is the overlap between what a content producer is an expert at and what the audience cares most about.

Ann Handley Image Source:http://www.annhandley.com/about/ Ann Handley is “waging a war on writing mediocrity in 2014.” In her New Year, New You: 3 Things Every Marketer Should Be Doing in 2014 article, Ann stats ” I’m not talking about adhering to the rules of grammar; I’m talking about upping the importance you place on what you say, and how you say it. As a cornerstone of good writing (along with other things!), voice and tone are hugely undervalued in content and social media. Together, they constitute the secret sauce of great content, and I expect that more companies will pay attention to both in 2014.

Brian Clark Image Source:http://www.copyblogger.com/its-all-my-fault/According to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger, content marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers. The type of content you share is closely related to what you sell; in other words, you are educating people, so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

Conclusion

After looking at what the top influencers think about Content Marketing, the common elements are producing authoritative pieces that educates their target audience and meets their needs.

SO

When you prepare a piece of content marketing, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does it show that I am an authority or expert on the subject?
  2. Is it creative?
  3. Does it inspire OR is it motivational?
  4. Does it answer my target audiences questions OR does it fulfill my target audiences need?

If you answer YES to all of these questions, you have a piece of great content marketing.

Please leave comments with your answers to “What is Content Marketing?”

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Building a Social Media Army to Extend Your Reach Plus Updates and Tools for Social Media Networks

Building a Social Media Army Source:http://fingercandymedia.com/7359-building-a-social-media-army-3

Finding target audience members to follow your brands on social media networks can take time, but there are people within your grasp who can help. As another tool in your digital marketing toolbox for your social marketing efforts, you can recruit these people to become members of your social media army to help your brand extend it’s reach on social media networks.

Last fall, I attended a presentation by Jason Miller, Senior Manager, Content Marketing & Social, LinkedIn. During the presentation, Jason made a reference to using a social media army to promote your brand on social media networks.

With the help of Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Social Marketing,  I’ve taken Jason’s idea and put together a rough outline how you can recruit members and build your own a social media army to extend your brand’s reach.

Purpose of a Social Media Army:

Share your posts and retweet your messages in social media networks to reach army members’ connections and attract additional potential customers to experience your brand.

Think about what you want your army members to share and engage their social media connections to seek you out.

NEXT, start recruiting your own social media army.

Potential Social Media Army Members:

  • Internal Stakeholders
  • Employee Advocates of Social Media
  • Internal Thought Leaders
  • Top Industry Influencers
  • Brand Evangelists
  • Long-Time Customers

What’s in it for them to become a Social Media Army Members?

  • Personal Branding
  • Building personal social media marketing skills
  • Building relationships with your target audience
  • For Internal Members, building customer relationships
  • Increasing your company’s reputation as a thought leader

Train your Social Media Army Members:

Teach social media army members to create army strong stories Source:http://mashable.com/category/u.s.-army/

  • Provide background/history on the different social media networks
  • Explain the types of content that gets posted to each social media network
  • Outline the social media participation rules
  • Provide content tips
  • Instruct them how to post images, video
  • Provide formatting parameters for posts
  • Tell them how to optimize messages for SEO
  • Teach them how to create army strong stories to entice their connections to find your website
  • Tell them how their connections can give you their email addresses
  • Create a series of blog posts for your social media army members for communication and training

Think about the following quote from Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder of mashable.com, “We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency. Those who insert themselves into as many channels as possible look set to capture the most value.”

A social media army can get your messages inserted into as many channels and increase your value.

Facebook Like in Fatigues Source:http://www.army.mil/article/84850/You can’t do it all. HOWEVER, with a social media army, you can participate in more social media networks and your messages can reach more potential customers than if you tried to build a target audience on social media networks all on your own.

SO, recruit some help and start building your social media army today.

Sources: Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Social Marketing

To learn more about Building a Social Media Army, look at Jeff Bullas’s How to Get Others to Do Your Social Media Marketing for Free article.

Updates and Tools for Social Media Networks

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Google+

Instagram

Pinterest

Next Weeks Social Media Update Topic: Getting your Social Media Followers to Share your Brand’s Messages

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Take 7 Steps to Start Building Relationships at the Moment an Email Subscriber Gives You their Email Address

Building Relationships that leads to successfull Email Marketing Source: http://www.infogroup.com/resources/blog/inbox-success-3-things-to-keep-in-mind-for-your-next-email-campaignFor Digital Marketing Managers, building your email subscription list is one of several email marketing goals within your overall digital marketing objectives, but keeping a high percentage of your email subscribers engaged with you is another subject. To increase your email subscribers engagement with you and prevent an unsubscribes, you need to start building relationships at the moment an email subscriber gives you their email address.

From the beginning of an email subscribers relationship with your brand, take these 7 steps to start building relationships:

  1. Answer “What’s in it for Me?”
  2. Tell Subscribers what Type of Content you will Send
  3. Let Subscribers know the Frequency of your Emails
  4. Reinforce their Privacy
  5. Inform them about their Welcome Email
  6. Send the Welcome Email
  7. Give Subscribers Choices at a Subscription Center

1. Answer “What’s in it for Me” – Tell them right up front how you will meet their needs if they give you their email address.  Make sure your potential email subscribers can answer the “What’s it for me?” before they give you their email address.  This will decrease the number of unsubscribes on the welcome email because they know you can fulfill their needs.

2. Tell Subscribers what Type of Content you will Send – Inform your subscribers what type of information will appear in their emails.  Will you send product updates, general information, coupons, etc? You may even want to show a thumbnail email example. If they know what to expect, you can increase your chances of them opening your emails.

3. Let Subscribers know the Frequency of your Emails – Indicate how many emails they should receive from you in a week or in a month.

4. Reinforce their Privacy – Let your subscribers become comfortable and build trust in you.  Reinforce that their information is safe with you, and you will not share their data with anyone.

5. Inform them about their Welcome Email – When subscribers first give Welcome Email Example Source:http://sendsmarter.co/13-examples-of-beautiful-welcome-emails/
you their email address tell them that they should receive a Welcome Email. This is a good time to monitor delivery of your Welcome emails.

6. Welcome Email – You should include the following:

  • Thank You
  • Remind them about what they should expect from you and when to expect it
  • Ask them to whitelist your email address
  • Link to the Subscription Center where they control their subscription

7. Give Subscribers Choices at a Subscription Center – When Example of an Email Subscriptions Center Source: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/blog/post/1804/new-feature-let-your-subscribe/subscribers are logged into your website, give them access to a Subscription Center where they can edit their information, control what emails you send them, and control how frequently they receive emails from you.

By telling email subscribers what they should expect from you, they will start to build trust with you.  By allowing them to tell you what messages you send them and how often they receive your email messages, you give them control over your interaction with them.  Through these steps, you are starting a relationship at the very beginning. By creating a relationship, you create trust and can start conversations, and then, your email subscribers can start engaging with the emails you send and engage with your brands.

Experian Marketing Services just released it’s 2013 Email Marketing Study. Of the marketers included in the study, For Customer preferences, 60% of the companies do not give their customers an option in the types of emails they receive. If you start asking your customers what type of email they want to receive from you, you can separate yourself from everyone else and be unique.

Responses to the “Can your customers select the types of emails they want to receive?” from Experian Marketing Services 2013 Email Marketing Study.

Answers to Can your customers select the types of emails they want to receive? from Experians's 2013 email marketing study Source: http://marketingland.com/study-70-brands-personalizing-emails-missing-higher-transaction-rates-revenue-73241?goback=%2Egde_41352_member_5838131257690595331

If you establish a relationship in the beginning, you can increase your chances of engagement with your email subscribers and decrease the chance of unsubscribes.

Source:

Marketo‘s The Definitive Guide to Engaging Email Marketing

Experian Marketing Services 2013 Email Marketing Study

Additional Email Marketing Information

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SEO Monday: Earning Links with High Quality Content to Increase Search Rankings instead of Relying on Link Building Strategies

Don't Build Links Earn Them! Source:http://www.seo.com/blog/earning-links-vs-building-links/In reaction to Matt Cutts, Head of Google’s Webspam Team, announcement about guest blogging not being a good link building strategy, I felt there was a need to discuss link building, and how to deploy positive SEO tactics.  Also, recently, Google has made several announcements about poor link building strategies that will begin to affect your rankings, and Digital Marketing Managers and SEO Managers are struggling to find replacement SEO tactics to assist them in ranking high on search engine result pages.

Before we continue, the heart of the matter is that you need awesome content with an authoritative voice in order for any SEO tactic to generate results.

You need to become a thought leader as well as create awesome content that does one of the following:

Content is King Source:http://techtwisted.com/good-quality-content-can-beat-google-updates/

  • Offers a solution to your target audience’s problem
  • Answers a question
  • Teaches the audience
  • Consistently provides valuable information when needed
  • Content is shared and liked on social media networks
  • Consumed by your audience

Once you become a thought leader with your target audience and create content that meets one or more of the above criteria, you can start deploying SEO tactics to increase your rank on search engine result pages.

One of those SEO tactics will be Earning Links. Per Marcela De Vivo, we need to change the terminology. Instead to referring to Link Building Strategies, we should start using the term Earning Link Strategies.

Now, let’s take a look at different ways to Earn Links and get working on your SEO tactics for 2014:

  • Build an Engaged Target Audience on Relevant Social Media Networks – Create a community that possess the characteristics of your target audience, and then, amplify your posts to expand your reach to increase your followers.
  • Share your Content on Social Media Networks – Post your content on the Social Media Networks where your brand and target audience are located.  Any of your social media followers that Like, Retweet, +1, or shares your content on their pages, will signal Google to give you credit, and these signals will be taken into account in your site’s ranking in search.
  • Guest Blogging in Places with your Target Audience – If you find relevant and useful websites whose audience match your target audience, guest blogging/posting is appropriate, and Google will not reprimand you. Google’s new guidelines just restricts guest blogging on websites that aren’t relevant. Therefore, find websites with the same target audience as you, and do some guest blogging/posting with links back to your brand to help increase your exposure, branding, and reach. This will help your audience see you as a thought leader.
  • Create Offline Relationships with Industry Influencers, Journalists, and Bloggers – you can host an event or mail a four color post card to introduce them to your brand and content. The event and post card will start conversations about them linking to you and creating partnerships.  Also, you can urge industry journalists and bloggers to quote you in their articles to demonstrate your authoritative voice.
  • Lastly, if you have awesome content, you will earn links naturally, so it pays to produce great content.

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Additional Resource: I came a across a really great Infographic to help you and your organizations SEO strategies for 2014.  Given all of Google’s changes last year, SEO has changed, and this Infographic will help you reorganize your SEO strategies. For each old SEO tactic, the Infographic tells you the new SEO tactic.  I highly encourage you to look at this Infographic to help put your SEO worries aside and start deploying on tactics to increase your search ranking. SEO Evolution 2014: Quick Tips on How to Optimize Website in 2014

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