Content marketing has become the secret weapon in a successful marketing strategy, with brands using different types of content to add value and grab their audience’s attention. It has become more important than ever to market with intent, using content and SEO to raise awareness, engage and convert. Conversion, in particular, is one of the biggest challenges for content marketing, but according to Curata, 74% of companies believe that their content marketing strategy helps them increase the quality and quantity of their leads. The rise of IoT and our constant connectivity to the online world through smartphones, wearables and social media have brought a wealth of new data. This serves as a great opportunity for marketers to understand what a modern consumer wants and how to include these findings in a content marketing strategy. Content marketing cannot be successful without data, as marketers risk guessing, rather than actually knowing, the habits of their target … [Read more...] about 5 tips to create a data-driven content marketing strategy
It seems like a small selection of tools just keeps traveling from article to article these days. Opening a freshly-published article on a popular blog, I feel like I’ve already read it, because I know all the listed tools. To celebrate “undercover” tools in the marketing industry, I picked six tools I use which I seldom or never see mentioned in other people’s articles. I think they totally deserve to be in the spotlight because they are as good as (or in most cases even better than) more discussed alternatives. 1. Cloudup to store your drafts and images I hate to think that anyone reading this isn’t using cloud storage for work. It makes your life so much easier, allowing you to access your work from anywhere in the world as well as giving you tools to easily share your content with other team members, like editors and designers. There’s no denying that Google is the Internet master for a reason, and their Drive service is hard for anyone … [Read more...] about 6 lesser known tools to power your content marketing
Content marketing is a highly viable digital marketing strategy, designed to attract and drive traffic to your website or specific landing pages. But you could be the best writer and still not attract qualified readers (or worse, any at all). The importance of an effective, attractive headline cannot be overstated. Think of your audiences as hunters and gatherers. They’re constantly scanning and searching online for what they need. And most of the time they don’t find it. A good headline that catches their attention and entices them to click through to read the rest solves their problem – and creates coveted lead generation opportunities for you. Make headline writing (and perfection) a key component of your content marketing strategy. Follow these simple rules and you’ll appeal to audiences as well as search engines. 1. Use keywords But just one. Including keywords in your headlines is important, as major search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing will … [Read more...] about How to write blog headlines that drive search traffic
A lot of people still rely on guest blogging as an ongoing part of their link-building strategy. If you think about it, getting links through guest blogging is much easier than getting links through some other channel. So it’s no wonder that a lot of bloggers and SEO experts still favor this method. The main question is, are these guest post links still safe and viable? The answer is yes. It is still possible to build our link portfolio by contributing on authoritative websites. However, there are certain rules that we need to follow in order to avoid any issues with Google. Guest blogging 101 One of the beautiful things about guest blogging is that it gives us the opportunity to score some great links from high-tier websites. To be honest, we probably couldn’t have gotten those links with any other method. This is why guest blogging is always worth bearing in mind as a link-building strategy. But, we need to be very selective when choosing the … [Read more...] about Still doing guest blogging? Keep these 4 tips in mind
Google is set to launch a competitor to Snapchat Discover, known as Google Stamp. This new product will bring with it a host of opportunities for publishers and advertisers alike, but it brings with it some challenges too. What do marketers need to know about this new service, and how successful will it be? Early in August, news leaked via the Wall Street Journal that Google has been preparing a direct rival to one of Snapchat’s most popular and profitable features, Discover. This new product will be integrated with Google’s core services, and will be known as Google Stamp. The name Stamp is a portmanteau created by uniting the abbreviation ‘St’ from the word ‘stories’ and the acronym AMP, from the Google-led Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative. That quite succinctly sums up the purpose of Stamp: it will be a publishing platform that allow brands to tell stories in a new fashion, optimized for mobile. It seems that after a … [Read more...] about What is Google Stamp and what will it mean for marketers?
The full power of the digital marketplace was realized less than a decade ago. Suddenly, customers had seemingly limitless access to engage with brands –– to voice their criticisms and critiques, or to become super fans. The importance of a website presence, blogging, social media posts and the other aspects of building an online brand seemed to sound the death toll for traditional communications and marketing strategies, like public relations. However, we are nearing the second decade of the 21st century, and public relations continues to prove itself as an essential element of marketing communications. Like other aspects of marketing, it’s a discipline that has morphed and evolved to fit into the changing digital ecosystem, in which the value of appearing at the top of the search engine results page is arguably equitable with yesteryear’s goal of a front page headline. Brands attuned to these changes and the importance of integrated, hybrid marketing will find … [Read more...] about The collision between PR, content, and SEO: How to make it work for you
Virtual reality (VR) has been the talk of the town for a little while now and its marketing potential is getting difficult to ignore. Whether using it to look around a potential new home without leaving your sofa, or to explore a popular scuba diving spot without touching a drop of water, the possibilities are endless and exciting. There is a proliferation of content on the web, and virtual reality offers a new and exciting way of presenting this content. Now more than ever, there is a need to distinguish yourself from the competition, to provide content that excites, inspires and influences. This is a chance to get creative and be different. With VR content, storytelling is immersive and messages more impactful. An experiment carried out last year demonstrated that VR drives engagement and empathy significantly more than traditional video. These factors make virtual reality a powerful weapon in a marketer’s arsenal. However, despite the clear benefits of VR, businesses are … [Read more...] about How to optimize VR content for search
Google is perpetually improving its understanding of natural language. Google Featured Snippets and the rise of voice search optimization has made optimizing your content for question based queries more important than ever. You may have seen these Featured Snippets pop up in position zero after asking or typing a question in Google’s search bar. The benefit of earning a snippet is now clear to businesses and brands. In fact, Google Featured Snippets have an estimated worth of $3 million dollars, according to snippet research presented by Rob Bucci. We all know what a snippet is… How do you get a snippet for your site, product, service, or blog content? The quick answer: Optimize your content for Q&A’s. However, there are no guarantees – even Google noted that there is no simple way to mark a page for a Featured Snippet: Google’s Featured Snippet support page explains that, “What’s different with a featured snippet is that it is enhanced … [Read more...] about How to optimize your content for Q&As
Whether in an agency environment or inside a business, your SEO team is affected by where it’s placed within the organization. But first, a caveat: there isn’t one correct answer for how every company or agency should do things. With that said, understanding the influences in play with certain organizational placements can help you make wiser decisions as you look at the logistics of categorizing an SEO team. So what are the options for where you locate your SEO team? Separate SEO department We’ll start with the obvious answer. Let SEO be its own department. This works for medium to large teams that are able to have their own leadership structure and growth opportunities. The benefits of having this team operate independently include being able to segment the department into functional groups, such as technical SEO, content marketing, link building, etc. Another benefit is that SEO processes are not biased by another department’s focus. When recommendations come … [Read more...] about Does it matter what department your SEO team is in?
Beginning in 2011, search marketers began to lose visibility over the organic keywords that consumers were using to find their websites, as Google gradually switched all of its searches over to secure search using HTTPS. As it did so, the organic keyword data available to marketers in Google Analytics, and other analytics platforms, slowly became replaced by “(not provided)”. By 2014, the (not provided) issue was estimated to impact 80-90% of organic traffic, representing a massive loss in visibility for search marketers and website owners. Marketers have gradually adjusted to the situation, and most have developed rough workarounds or ways of guessing what searches are bringing customers to their site. Even so, there’s no denying that having complete visibility over organic keyword data once more would have a massive impact on the search industry – as well as benefits for SEO. One company believes that it has found the key to unlocking “(not … [Read more...] about A world without “(not provided)”: How unlocking organic keyword data leads to a better web