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
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Since it seems everybody does their own recaps of the sessions they attended at Search Engine Strategies, I like to take a different approach. Last year I ran a two-part series covering just a handful of the session speakers. I looked at how well each branded themselves in the search results of Google. First of all, I hope nobody takes these as an attack. I don't know your personal story, whether your dog died recently or if your business is two days old. This isn't a look at anybody's history, but rather a snapshot in time. Readers should think of this more like a case study. See where others succeed or, in some cases, fail, at branding their name in the search results. The goal here is to help readers understand the importance of branding in the search results while also providing ideas for how they can do so themselves. Last year I took a look at a handful of speakers from whose sessions I attended. This time I wanted to start with the list of SES's Featured Speakers. Kevin … [Read more...] about How Well Do Search Marketing Speakers Brand Themselves?
Here’s our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Facebook To Halt Mobile Ad Network Test With No Plans To Roll It Out Those of you looking forward to Facebook rolling out the mobile ad network it’s been testing can just keep looking forward for now. Though the test is wrapping up at the end of the year, the social media firm has no plans to expand it anytime soon, as first reported by AllThingsD and confirmed by […] IAB: US Interactive Ad Revenues Hit $9.3 Billion, A Record High, In Q3 Internet Advertising revenues in the US continue their upward trajectory, climbing to a record quarterly high of $9.3 billion in the July to September period, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) found in its latest report. That’s 18% higher than the same period in 2011 and a 6% increase from Q2 of this year. IAB execs […] How To Integrate Pinterest Into Your … [Read more...] about Marketing Day: December 19, 2012
Apparently talks between Google and the Associated Press aren’t going well, or so says Forbes today, with AP chief executive Tom Curley threatening to take his content and play elsewhere. Where that will be is hard to say. Part of the AP’s original issue with Google was that AP’s own member publications would reprint AP material (which they’re allowed to do as members), causing there to be no single source that could benefit from AP traffic. Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In Results covers how after a 2006 deal was struck, AP stories started being hosted on Google itself, as AP wanted (and has long hosted similarly at Yahoo). That would have seen to have solved the AP’s concerns, but apparently not. The AP wants more money, it seems. How much more is uncertain. Terms of the original deal were never disclosed, and the best I’ve ever seen was Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying for the first time in April that it was a … [Read more...] about Don’t Expect A Google Ranking Boost For The AP
We all know it's coming. Actually, many of us in digital marketing are surprised it's taken so long. I'm referring to a real Facebook search engine, which has the potential to turn the search industry upside down. Mark Zuckerberg explained at Disrupt a few weeks ago that Facebook will tackle search, and that they are "uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have." He also explained that Facebook sees about one billion searches a day, and that's without even trying. Last, and most importantly, he said, "At some point we'll do it. We have a team working on it." Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, also commented about Facebook search recently, explaining how the recommendations of your friends can be important for users looking for information. She spoke about how the social network can tap into the "wisdom of friends" over the "wisdom of crowds" in a recent interview with CNBC. Needless to say, with both Mark and Sheryl talking so publicly about search, you know it's only a … [Read more...] about Facebook SEO and BeastRank: 12 Potential Ranking Factors for the Upcoming Facebook Search Engine