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Enjoy the presentation I facilitated at Conductor C3, 2012 on the topic In-House Search Team and Outside Agency, How To Make It Work

Enjoy the presentation I facilitated at Conductor C3, 2012 on the topic In-House Search Team and Outside Agency, How To Make It Work

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  • 1. IN-HOUSE SEARCH TEAM AND OUTSIDE AGENCY, HOW TO MAKE IT WORK Adam Dince VP, Director of Search & Content Strategy, MRM #C3ny#C3ny | September 19-20 | New York City
  • 2. Introduction – Meet Your Host, Adam Dince + VP, Director of Search and Content Strategy @ MRM, New York + Over 13 years in the digital space + Fortune 100-1000 clients + With expertise in: • Search account client services • Enterprise SEO strategy • Information architecture optimization • Search informed content strategies • Data visualization • Cross-channel optimization • Organic search branding • Blog developmentW: http://www.adamdince.com • Schema implementationsT: @adamdince • Server optimizationE: adam.dince@mrmworldwide.com • Social SEO #C3ny 2
  • 3. Today’s Agenda+ “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” - Carl Jung+ Today, we’re going to review must have’s to ensure that your in-house SEO and outside agency transform your SEO initiatives into SEO successes1 Fundamentals2 Operationalization3 Communication4 Education #C3ny
  • 4. A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he isnot dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not aninterruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not anoutsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing hima favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us anopportunity to do so.Mahatma Gandhi #C3ny 4
  • 5. FundamentalsThe basic principles that should be consideredwhen developing a cohesive client/agencyrelationship #C3ny 5
  • 6. Organizational Structure #C3ny 6
  • 7. Fundamentals for Brands+ Hire the right agency! • It’s important for brands to hire agencies with subject matter experts with a proven record o Search subject matter expertise is just the beginning. Your agency should also have expertise in creative, technology, information architecture, and analytics, because as we all know—SEO is no longer about just optimizing content for targeted keywords. It’s a holistic approach to Web development • It’s important to hire an agency that fits within your corporate culture o Since a solid client/agency partnership involves spending time together, it’s important that you like each other personally and share similar values #C3ny 7
  • 8. Fundamentals for Brands+ Position your SEO engagement well within the enterprise • It’s important to set up your agency for success o Have the right team in place within your organization to support an enterprise wide organic search program o Before launching an SEO initiative, it’s vital to get top brass to support your efforts #C3ny 8
  • 9. Fundamentals for Brands+ Know what you’re getting • Agree to a proposed strategy from your search agency o Before you sign a major contract with an agency, make sure you understand what they propose to do and that key performance indicators (KPIs) have been agreed upon o Make sure the agency provides an articulate and comprehensive SOW that outlines each deliverable , the purpose that each deliverable serve, and dependencies they require o Make sure the agency is clear about what deliverables or tactics are not included in the SOW that may be necessary for success #C3ny 9
  • 10. Fundamentals for Brands+ Set the right internal expectations about the engagement • SEO is a strategic approach to Web and digital asset development that generates highly accessible and relevant content, resulting in brand awareness, reach, engagement, conversion and socialization from search engine results pages. In order to be successful, a few fundamental points must be understood by your stakeholders: o This does not happen overnight o Results CANNOT be guaranteed o SEO is not paid search—so you can’t increase your visibility by simply throwing money at it o SEO engagements must have agile mobility as algorithms and guidelines change on a regular basis o Avoid sacrificing long-term benefits for short-term/quick wins #C3ny 10
  • 11. Fundamentals for Agencies+ Select the right team • The goal isn’t simply to win business—but to deliver and over deliver o Be honest with your current staff’s SEO abilities and hire as necessary o Ensure you staff your account with enough people to deliver on the work in scope o Again, chemistry is important and organizing the right client team can help foster a long lasting relationship o Let’s be honest---not all talented SEOs make effective client facing contributions #C3ny 11
  • 12. Fundamentals for Agencies+ Minimize turnover, people matter • If agency turnover is abnormally high, you may cause trust issues and the ability to deliver o It takes time to find good talent o Understand your staffs motivators o Reward appropriately o Career path o Give your team autonomy o Share your team’s successes #C3ny 12
  • 13. Fundamentals for Agencies+ Focus on adding value, not up selling • Often times, internal agency pressures to grow account revenue can put a strain on a solid agency/client relationship if not approached correctly • Since SEO performance is measurable, account growth should happen organically if objectives are being met • Trust in your on-the-ground team to inform you (the agency stakeholder) of opportunities #C3ny 13
  • 14. OperationalizationThe basic principles that should be consideredwhen developing a cohesive client/agencyrelationship #C3ny 14
  • 15. Organizational Structure Agency Client Side SEO Team Client-Side Program Manager & Agency Side Executive Sponsor/Brand Lead & Client side SEO & Agency Client Team SEO Lead #C3ny 15
  • 16. Team Staffing Recommendations+ Agency Side • Staff based on deliverables and the audience exposed to: o Your statements of work and/or contracts should contain outlined goals/objective and deliverables o When creating your list of deliverables, develop a staffing sheet that tracks the hours required by role for each deliverable o Ensure that you’re including enough time for ad-hoc requests and consultations Deliverable Search Manager Search Strategist Search Coordinator On-Page Optimization 25 70 300 Link Building 50 200 2,000 Social Search Optimization 10 20 50 Monthly Reporting 200 60 800 Consulting / Ad-Hoc Requests 200 400 400 Total Hours 485 750 3,550 Total Resources .30 .39 1.84 #C3ny 16
  • 17. Team Staffing Recommendations+ Client-Side • For an SEO engagement, the client-side will need: o A program manager (who understands the complexity of scheduling SEO projects and implementing recommendations) o An in-house SEO lead (must have a functional understanding of SEO) o The program manager and in-house SEO to work together to determine the number of resources needed to properly operationalize the SEO support efforts o Specific cross-functional department liaisons for: – Technical / Web development – Line(s) of business – Paid search – Analytics #C3ny 17
  • 18. Client/Agency Combined Responsibilities+ Search infused processes • At the beginning of an engagement, the agency and client must work together to ensure that SEO is involved within each process: o Examples: creative briefings, KPI development, CMS selections, analytics tagging, etc…+ Search infused project plans • Client should work with agency to ensure that the SEO project plan provided fits properly within already defined processes o Examples: – Is there enough time to execute the project successfully? – Have you padded enough time for proper sign-offs? – Are the SEO tasks ordered correctly (e.g., on-page optimization can’t happen before a copy deck has been developed)+ Identifying and understanding organizational structures • Both sides should exchange organizational charts and understand who key stakeholders are+ Identifying and understanding 3rd party agency landscape #C3ny 18
  • 19. CommunicationLike with any relationship, communication is keyto making an in-house SEO/outside agencyrelationship work #C3ny 19
  • 20. Communication #C3ny 20
  • 21. Tips for effective Client/Agency communication+ Regular meetings • Weekly status meetings: Keep a running status sheet (WIP) and ensure that this is reviewed on a weekly basis • Daily status meetings (depending on size of scope): For larger engagements with lots of moving parts, this is vital • Deliverable review meetings: o All deliverables submitted by agency should be reviewed with client o All deliverables created on the client side should be reviewed with the agency • Performance review meetings: o At the end of the day, a relationship between an agency and client can only succeed if desired results are achieved +/- o Agencies, ensure you deliver an implementation review with each report o Client s, ensure you have status of implementations requests at hand o Ensure that performance numbers have been thoroughly vetted between in-house SEO team and program manager before broadcasting results to larger enterprise • On-Site Meetings: o At a minimum, in-person meetings should happen once a quarter. Ensure you’ve negotiated a travel budget #C3ny 21
  • 22. EducationAn educated client is a proactive client. Aneducated agency can deliver in a more efficientway #C3ny 22
  • 23. Educate+ SEO 101 – Agencies and In-House SEO team should co- facilitate enterprise SEO 101 as well as line of business 101’s (as applicable)+ POVs – As we all know, search engines change ranking algorithms on a regular basis and it’s important that both the client and agency are aware of the implications+ Conferences – Clients and agency teams should attend search conferences together and strategize throughout the sessions+ Webinars – There’s so much information and so little time to consume it all. Agencies should help clients choose the right Webinars and facilitate a round-table post-mortem #C3ny 23
  • 24. In Summary+ Many of the same elements that maintain personal relationships are applicable to the client/agency as well+ Relationships take work, and they’re a two-way street+ It’s not too late to reverse engineer the fundamentals of client/agency relationships+ In order for a client/agency relationship to function properly, it must be operationalized correctly+ Communication is a must+ Education can help cement the foundation of the agency/client relationship #C3ny 24