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Best of 2007: SEO Analysis Tools

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Welcome to the first in a series of posts on the best blog posts, articles and websites from 2007 covering various marketing topics. To start off, here is a list of the best tools for analyzing and optimizing SEO efforts. Free SEO Tools Search Engine Spider Simulator from the Webconfs SEO Toolset Spiders and people don't see things the same way.

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7 Reasons Every Business Needs to Twitter

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Despite the fact that Twitter has more than 32 million users , has received massive publicity from both celebrities and government , and produced remarkable results for companies like Dell and Zappos , many business executives still don't "get" Twitter. Here are seven reasons every business needs to be on Twitter. Growing existing customer business requires ongoing communication. Social Tagging

Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips from ooVoo

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As new technologies evolve, so do the etiquette standards of accepted behavior associated with them. Ever gotten an email in ALL CAPS, from someone not realizing they were virtually shouting? What about talking loudly on cell phones in a quiet train car or other public place? While you may be able to get away with no pants, please DON’T remove articles of clothing while on a video conference.

The ROI of Website Redesigns per Forrester

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Forrester Research makes a collection of its past webcasts on various online marketing topics freely available (registration required). recently checked out one of their presentations from about a year ago titled "The ROI of Web Site Redesigns Made Simple" by Harley Manning and Jeffrey North. Forrester's key findings from their website redesign research: By Forrester's standards, 97% of business websites fail to earn a passing grade for usability. Among the biggest sins—79% fail at basic legibility (adequate font size and contrast with background). Total ROI varied from 70% to 500%.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

How to Suck at Twitter (And Still Look Successful)

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There are a lot of great b2b marketers and social media contributors worth following on Twitter, like Ardath Albee , Mark Schaefer , Eric Fletcher , Jennifer Kane and Rob Rose to name just a few. These are people who definitely do not suck at Twitter. They are intelligent, discerning, helpful and social. All have respectable, even impressive, but not gargantuan numbers of followers. Social Taggin

7 Ways NOT to Select an SEO Consultant

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The importance of search engine optimization—helping websites stand out in an increasingly cluttered online world amid rapid growth in global search volume —combined with the fact that search is one of the few growing areas in an otherwise brutal economy has led to an influx of new providers in the space. Nothing wrong with that, competition is good! Particularly for buyers.) Irrelevant experience.

Diving into Social Media Marketing? How a Social Media Consultant Can Help

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Interest in social media marketing is surging, with several recent studies showing that a majority of companies, of all sizes, are now using social media in some form for business purposes. I've also seen dramatically increased interest in hiring social media consultants. But if most companies are already using social media in their marketing/PR mix, why is a consultant necessary? Social Tagging

Generating B2B Website Traffic Through Social Tagging: Follow Up

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Back in May of this year, I reported the results of a test of the impact on B2B website traffic growth using Web 2.0 social tagging. That experiment showed that tagging B2B thought-leadership content on social media sites increased traffic growth for B2B websites by 50%, and on a B2B marketing blog by more than 100%, over 60 days. So—how do the numbers look six months later?

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4

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With the rapidly increasing use of social media tools for marketing and PR comes growing pressure to demonstrate results. But what metrics are really most appropriate for social media measurement? How can you monitor everything that's being said about your company, competitors and key industry topics across the social media landscape without spending a fortune on monitoring software?

A Unique Approach to Integrated Advertising Campaigns: Nabbit

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In March of last year, I highlighted Nabbit as a cool online tool for tagging songs on the radio using your cell phone. It still is, though there are now competing technologies available. But what sets Nabbit apart, and makes it interesting to both b2b and b2c marketing professionals, is the tool's ability to serve as a platform for integrated advertising campaigns. Here's our discussion.

Does More Twitter Followers Equal More Traffic?

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Until recently, I've believed that, for the sake of Twitter etiquette, I should follow back pretty much everyone who follows me on Twitter (as long as they used a real name, real photo, and weren't peddling an "Internet dating site"). thought it would be rude not to do so. But two items recently got me re-thinking that rule. So maybe I need to rethink my policy on following, I thought.

Best of 2008: SEM Landing Pages

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Once you've optimized the list of keywords in your search engine marketing campaign, tweaked the bids and crafted stellar ad text to bring visitors to your site, landing page design is critical to converting those visitors into sales or leads. Here are a few of the best posts about SEM landing page design from last year. clutter) from good (a clear call to action among other attributes).

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy

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In It Came from Facebook! Here's some research on how to do that. MarketingSherpa's 2009 Social Media & PR Benchmark Guide (PDF) provides a wealth of useful statistics and guidance. technologies." (If you parse that, it matches up pretty closely to the 4 C's model of social media marketing.) There's little difference in the responses between large and small companies.

It Came from Facebook! The Social Media Marketing Challenge that Can't be Ignored

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Several recent studies have put the challenge that social media presents to marketers into stark relief: social media is huge. It's growing at an astounding rate. And most marketers still haven't figured out how to capitalize on it. In social media, where viewers are often creating the content, that bargain doesn't hold up. So how big is the opportunity? After all, it is social media.

The 4 C's of Social Media

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Social media is a bit like art—most of us are pretty sure we know what it is, but articulating a common definition can be challenging. There are many definitions of social media floating about of course, they just aren't consistent. Social media "are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information" according to Wikipedia. Social Tagging

What's Next for B2B Social Media? FYIndOut Now

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It's been obvious for some time that social media has an increasing role in b2b marketing , and that b2b companies will increasingly invest marketing dollars there as social media marketing practices become more standardized. Still, most of what's being done today, from creating a company Facebook page to using a social media email signature , is extremely tactical. Social Tagging Web Marketing

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

Can Social Media Save Detroit?

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Roxanne Darling at Bare Feet Studios recently wrote an outstanding piece on the use of social media at Ford. In How Ford Can Ramp Up It’s Social Media Turnaround Story of 2009 (nicely summarized by John Cass on Social Media Today ), she outlines a social media strategy to help Ford become more transparent and connect more effectively with customers. Social Tagging

SEO Is Not Dead, Just Changing: What This Means

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"SEO is dead." Making a statement like that is a great way to generate lots of traffic, and comments, as Micah Baldwin and Mike McDonald have recently demonstrated. But it's still nonsense. As I noted in my comment to comment Michah's post on Learn to Duck, articles like this have been appearing since at least 2003, so if SEO is dying, it's an awfully slow death.

Twitter Twaddle, Part 2: Best Practices, Tools and The Future of Twitter

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This is the second of a two-part series. Part one covered what Twitter is and why it's cool ; this post discusses Twitter etiquette, tools, and speculation about its future. How to Twitter Properly Like any other social setting, Twitter has its own etiquette. This can be confusing to new users. That's because you probably are. In fact, I only follow back about half the people that follow me. Sorry.

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Twitter Twaddle, Part 1: What Twitter Is and Why It's Cool

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Most Web 2.0 sites fall into one of a few increasingly well-defined categories, such as social bookmarking (Digg, del.icio.us, Searchles), social networking (LinkedIn, Facebook) or file sharing (YouTube, Flickr, podOmatic ). Twitter, however, stands alone. Okay, there's also Pownce , but Twitter is better.) Twitter can be difficult to explain to those unfamiliar with it. variety. sites. sites.

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

Fishing for B2B leads? Choose the right bait.

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Fishermen (fisherpeople?) choose their bait based on the type and quantity of fish they hope to catch. On the lakes of Minnesota, worms and small leeches are great for catching sunfish, and if find a good spot, you can catch a lot of them in a short time. However, it's likely that you'll also end up throwing many of them back because they're too small to be "keepers."

Blogger Outreach for PR - Worst Practices

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Despite the fact that several smart PR bloggers, including Cece Lee , Laura Moncur and Elge Premeau have written about what works in blogger outreach for PR, there are still a lot of agencies and PR people who just don't get it. Their efforts at appealing to bloggers are awkward at best, counterproductive at worst. Want bloggers to write nice things about your product, service or company?

How to Get Bloggers to Write About You

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Getting blog coverage for your product or service is now just as (if not more) important than getting written about in traditional media. Blogs are now mainstream, as almost 80% of Internet users report having read a blog within the last year. Blog coverage helps increase awareness, build credibility for your brand, and helps with SEO. But how do you get beyond the basics? It's bad for bloggers.

New on WMC: Marketing Webcasts and Videos

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WebMarketCentral, the portal site with resources for interactive marketing professionals, continues to expand with the recent addition of marketing, sales and CRM-focused webcasts and videos powered by Insight24. It's a one-stop page for marketing-focused intelligence from market leaders. Looking for engaging content from leading sales and marketing experts?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEM

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Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of the fastest-growing categories in all of advertising, because it is both measurable and logical: present your ads when people are searching for what you're selling. well-crafted search marketing program can provide not only broad brand exposure at a very reasonable cost (with CPMs of $10 or less), but also high-ROI lead generation. PPC Outsource or In-House?

How to Write a Strategic Marketing Plan

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With so little written on this topic (at least according to Google Blog Search ), one could easily conclude that marketing professionals must be born with knowledge of how to write a strategic marketing plan embedded in their genetic code. If you didn't enter the world with this capability hard-coded into your DNA, you may find the following helpful. and new prospects.

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TechTarget Acquires KnowledgeStorm: The Impact on B2B Lead Generation

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On November 7, TechTarget announced that it had acquired KnowledgeStorm for $58 million. The acquisition gives TechTarget--which gives them, in addition to their own huge opt-in base and network of portal sites, access to KnowledgeStorm's 800,000 subscribers, web properties and partners sites. Supplier consolidation is rarely good for consumers (in this case, B2B media buyers).

New Report: How to Successfully Launch B2B Products and Services

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A new survey produced by Schneider Associates and the Center for Business Innovation at Babson College details some very interesting findings on what makes for a successful B2B product or service launch. The free report, entitled Business-to-Business Launch Survey , profiles the ten key lessons B2B companies can use to improve their odds for launch success. There's lots more.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events

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Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Cece has previously guest-posted here on best practices in PR and blogging outreach. Virtual events have received a lot of attention recently as an effective way to communicate with your audiences without the costs associated with an in-person event. One argument against virtual events is that you would lose the intimacy that face-to-face interactions provide. Proponents state that social networking technology can help promote similar interactions in a virtual environment.