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Why content is (still) King; aligning navigation with user intent, and using research to influence what you think; designing with content in mind. ...

Why content is (still) King; aligning navigation with user intent, and using research to influence what you think; designing with content in mind.

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  • The center of gravity for content marketing is a brand website — whether it be a branded URL or a microsite for a brand’s specific product.
  • Over optimization - This is very important. People who don't have quality content over optimize their websites. So you should do what is necessary, and no more!High keyword density - This is like calling out loud to search engines; "check me! check me! I have the most keywords!". And they don't like it when you call them. Using excessive keywords is also a form of spamming, since you are seeking for search engines' attention. In the past, pages were ranked according to the number of keywords they had. Not anymore though. Always keep that in mind.Virus and malware - People simply hate it when they land on a website infected with a virus. And so does Google. Having a virus on your site, or even having too many spam or bot scripts can trigger the alarm bells for Google. Please review your website regularly from now on.Lack of user experience - Now this is very crucial, and Google has been stressing on this a lot lately. Pleasing the search engine is one thing. Pleasing the visitors is another. Even with adequate SEO, a website that lacks a good user experience might have been hit by Google.Duplicate / copied content - Yeah you think you are making things easier for yourself when copying content, but actually, you aren't. In fact, quite the contrary, you are axing your own feet. Google hates it when it finds duplicate content on your website. Never copy from another source, and never use redundant content.High Bounce Rate - Make sure to reduce the number of banners and other heavy graphics as much as possible to make sure your site loads faster. Slow loading blogs are hated by visitors and so by Google. Do not reduce the size of the page so much that it may begin looking dull and grey. Be creative yet smart!
  • Why content is (still) King-Panda's Penguins and PenaltiesAligning navigation with user intent, and using research to influence what you thinkDesigning with content in mind-If you build it, will they come?
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  • 1. Website (Re)DesignContent marketing best practices
  • 2. Agendao Why content is (still) King - Pandas Penguins andPenaltieso Aligning navigation with user intent, and usingresearch to influence what you thinko Designing with content in mind-If you build it, willthey come?o Extraswww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 3. Content Is (still) King!• Why Should You Care?• 82% of B2B marketers now employ content marketing asa strategy in their marketing programs. Source: HiveFire 2012 studywww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 4. Make Content Part of Online StrategyB2B marketers know theircustomers and prospects areonline, which is why theyrefocusing their marketing effortson the Internet.How Content MarketingBenefits B2B Marketers:• Engages prospects• Increases brand credibility &thought leadership• Generates qualified leads & sales• Relatively low marketing costwww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 5. Components of ContentMarketingContent Creation ContentManagementBlogger OutreachThis includes writingblogs, resource articles,infographics, landingpages, etc.Content that is eithercreated by the client orby 3rd party and isoptimized and postedon the clients’ blog orweb pages.Finding influentialbloggers and creating alist of potentialbloggers.www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 6. Pandas, Penguins, and Penalties• Google Panda (2011) - filter “low qualitycontent”• Google Penguin (2012) - discourage / punishspam• Reasons for Penalties• Over Optimization• Bad or Suspicious Links• Virus & Malware• Lack of user experience• Duplicate/copied content• High Bounce Rate• PSST, don’t forget to talk about Authorship!! www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 7. What’s next…www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 8. User Intention – What is it theyseek?Research what your buyers want. You Are Not The Target.Consider what questions your prospects ask during the sales processUse Google analytics to uncover what makes users land on a page (&then blow it up!)• what keywords are they using• what are people entering in your site search box.“blending solutions forplastic packaging”“remote IO installations”“stereo 3D camera”www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 9. Build Content For Maximum EffectDesign your website with contentin mindDevelop & Optimize Content• Develop your own content• Obtain content from crediblesources• LinkedIn Posts• White papers• Guest Bloggers/Blogging• Webinars/How-to VideosTo reach as many people as youcan, you need to serve yourcontent up in different ways.www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 10. Challenges B2B Marketers Facewww.BeFoundOnline.com64% of B2B marketers say that producing enough content was their#1 challenge.43% of B2B marketers are developing both in-house andoutsourced content.• Outsourcing vs. Hiring• Ongoing process• How much is enough?Source: Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs Study of 1,416 B2B marketers in North America
  • 11. Integration Matters, Especially in B2BAlign navigation with content goalsIntegrate Content• Use flexible CMS to tie content to aproduct/category• Consider page lay out with case studies• Integrate content using best practices• Ability to share content directly to socialmedia channelsBest Practices for Article OptimizationIf you really want to convert visitorsand nurture your audience, you mustbuild trust with them www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 12. If You Build It, Will They Come?Reach your target marketPath To Your Prospects• Multiple touchpoints• Social elements• 3rd Party EngagementResults• Higher page rank• Leads & conversions!How an optimized article can find its way toyour target audience.www.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 13. Remember These Three ThingsContent Marketing is a Popularity Contest• The more credible “friends” you have, the higher you’ll be rankedYour Competition is Focusing Efforts on ContentMarketing• What is your strategy for 2013?Make Sure Content Strategy is Part of Your Website(re)design• Integrate content alongside your products. Add videos, blog posts,articles – they don’t have to be yours, just make sure you cite thesourcewww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 14. Gratuitous Site Launch GuidelinesRule Numero Uno – Redirect 80% of your Organic Traffic• If Google can’t find the new pages, they can’t send trafficRobots.txt is your friend!• Use to keep search spiders from finding unwantedcontent• Also comes in convenient Meta tag formKeep your content close!• Never move products extra clicks away• Shorten the distance between the Top and Products ifyou can• Avoid assigning products to multiple categories ifpossibleManage your Meta• Page Titles are still a very important tag for Google(others too, but I’m out of space…)Random Thinkages• Don’t outsmart Google• Crawl the site yourself(Visual Web Spider,Screaming Frog,Xenu)• Watch indexation &use Webmaster tools• Check “site search”behavior immediatelyafter launch• Analytics is not just afriend, it’s your bestfriendwww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 15. Gratuitous Upper Management SlideIt’s not an Expense, it’s an Investment• Websites cost money – Online Marketing prints itAim for Efficiency• New platforms need to do more than be a prettysite – it has to make life easier in several waysMake the Kool-Aid, don’t drink it• Remember, they are marketing to you, same asyou are them…look under the hood, talk to users,check out user groups (get your nerd on)Objectivity pays the rent• Pet platforms are great and so are pet developers,but pick the one that’s truly right for the jobRandom Thinkages• There’s often no cure for“El Jefe’s” pet platform!• Support your decisionswith metrics: ConversionRate, Bounce Rate andLifetime/Average Value• Save yourself from anROI calculation if youcan• Analytics is not just afriend, it’s your bestfriendwww.BeFoundOnline.com
  • 16. Be InspiredBe PassionateBe CreativeBe AmazingWhy BFO?◦ Search tailored to your businessgoals◦ Success across many platforms◦ We solve technical SEO problemsevery day◦ We do more than SEO◦ We love helping clients makemoneywww.BeFoundOnline.comSteve Krull◦ Steve@befoundonline.com◦ 877.553.6863 (call the office)◦ 773.904.1182 (or hit me directly!)◦ http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevekrull/