Analytical marketers are obsessed with tracking metrics. As an industry, we’ve gotten very good at it. But when it comes to the more subjective elements of a content marketing strategy, like creating “high-quality content,” the to-do’s become a little more foggy.
You only need to go to a café or get on the subway to see that mobile use shows no signs of slowing down. (If you need more data-driven proof, however, a study recently showed that 50 percent of time spent on digital media is done through a mobile device.)
Topics: Mobile Content Marketing
If you have a team of stellar data analysts who can pull insights in their sleep, as well as a group of content writers who live and breathe the written word, you’ve got some killer assets in developing your content marketing strategy. The problem is, technical and creative teams speak different languages, so it’s up to managers to translate.
Topics: Content Marketing
In order to compete with and differentiate yourself from other online businesses today, you need to invest in content marketing. You have to go out of your way to develop original, helpful content that can build brand awareness, boost web traffic, and land more customers. But it’s not enough to simply publish mediocre blog posts on your website week after week. You have to take the time to create outstanding, memorable content that your followers, prospects, and customers will love. It’s the only to get any real ROI from your efforts.
As marketers know all too well, Google has been focused on cutting down web spam and rewarding high-quality content. As mentioned previously, Google rolled out the Hummingbird search engine update in 2013, putting an emphasis on Relevant Terms as the #2 factor determining Google PageRank. Another animal in Google's fearsome arsenal is the Panda; this post will focus on the Panda 4.0 update in late 2014.
If you’re a technical marketer, you likely spend your days knee-deep in the minutiae of your site’s data, analyzing conversions, optimal keywords, volume, and cost per click. In which case, you might have some trouble seeing the forest for the trees.
SEO company SearchMetrics has just released it's 2014 Ranking Factors Study, an analysis of what factors really matter in determining where your webpage ranks in search engines. And the results are in: Relevant Terms are the #2 ranking factor for determining where your webpage ranks on Google (second only to historical Click-Through Rate). This should give pause to both dyed-in-the-wool SEO experts and marketers completely new to web content, as it heralds a significant shift in your SEO strategy.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a tricky game, full of fads and gimmicks: new techniques emerge, get popular, and then get cut down by the search engines. Only a few white hat SEO techniques have proven to consistently increase your search engine rankings. Let's revisit some of the main techniques one-by-one:
Google is steadily moving towards determining page rank based on the topics in your content, and is focusing less and less on the backlinks. That means that content that covers a topic in a holistic, comprehensive manner will be rewarded by the Big G.