How Yinz Doin?

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Jason Falls, surrogate Yinzer, provides straight talk about social, PR and SEO to the VisitPittsburgh Social Media Event from June, 2014.

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  • First, let’s start with a few myths.
  • But, there’s no doubt that it has changed dramatically. I’ve been involved in search marketing for more than a decade. And, in the past three years, I’ve seen some very fundamental shifts in what it takes to achieve higher rankings, more traffic and more conversions.
  • Strategies designed to increase the visibility of a site in the organic search results for specific search terms.

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  • When Google entered the game, they revolutionized how search engines worked. Their ranking system was based on links. They looked at how scientific papers were ranked – by citations – and applied the same principle to the Internet.

    And, for a long time, it was great, especially for those in my line of work. You could fairly easily manipulate rankings. It was really easy. Submit your site to some directories. Pay a guy in his basement to add your site to a bunch of spammy article marketing sites and maybe buy a few hundred links and, BAM! You’re an SEO superhero.
  • Of course, that couldn’t last. Google released some updates to change how they ranked sites. Their mission is relevance. And, they thought that the deluge of spammy content and links were hurting users. Which it was. So, they cleaned house. They started punishing sites that had “bad” links. And, nearly overnight, brands large and small that had been using these tactics found their visibility dramatically reduced.
  • Links still matter, but how you get them – how you earn them, has fundamentally changed how marketers should think about SEO in 2013 and beyond.
  • FACTORS: CONTENT, RELATIONSHIPS, SOCIAL, DASH OF TECHNICAL
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  • Meaningful content delivered to a specific audience, designed to elicit a specific outcome.
  • Meaningful content delivered to a specific audience, designed to elicit a specific outcome.
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  • First, let’s start with a few myths.
  • First, let’s start with a few myths.
  • How Yinz Doin?

    1. 1. HOW Y ’ I N Z DOIN’ ? Driving Engagement and Action Online To Bring People To Pixburg CEDAR CREEK PROPOSAL | JUL XX, 2012 1
    2. 2. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 TODAY TWO KINDS OF MARKETING HOW DO DESTINATIONS LEVERAGE THEM? SEARCH, SOCIAL & PR CONVERGENCE MEASURING SUCCESS 1 2 3 4
    3. 3. TWO TYPES OF MARKETING BRAND MARKETING IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 DIRECT RESPO NSE
    4. 4. OUR OBJECTIVES How do I get their attention? (Brand) How do I raise their curiosity? (Brand) How do I get them to raise their hand? (Direct) IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 1 2 3 4
    5. 5. BUT NOT JUST WITH SOCIAL!!!
    6. 6. SEO HAS EVOLVED. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    7. 7. HOW GOOGLE WORKS When a search is entered, Google uses ALGORITHMS To rank the results and deliver users the most relevant results. We use +200 factors to rank the results IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    8. 8. THE ROLE OF SEO IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Enquiro (2007) Chitika (2010) Slingshot (2011) CTR BY POSITION
    9. 9. TO BE AN SEO SUPERHERO GET MORE LINKS IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    10. 10. GOOGLE: NO LONGER FOOLED > In 2011, Google launched major updates designed to stop spammers – specifically unearned links > As more updates rolled out, tactics that had been effective became a liability > As a result, SEO has become an earned media approach IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    11. 11. HOW GOOGLE WORKS Ranking in 2013 1 Become a thought leader 2 Create great, unique content that your audience will care about 3 Market your content to promote it with your audience. Share it in social media 4 Do the basic technical stuff right IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    12. 12. LET’S DISTILL THAT: WHAT DOES IT TAKE? 1. Creative content 2. A great user experience 3. Relationships + Storytelling 4. A dash of technical geekery IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    13. 13. WE’RE ALL IN THE CONTENT BUSINESS IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 Public Relations Messaging Press Releases Pitches Blog Posts White Papers Social Content Events Digital Marketing Blog posts Social media Ad Copy Website copy Email marketing Video White papers Slide inspired by @leeodden at @TopRankMarketing
    14. 14. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 “Content is the currency for building social relationships that boost earned media.” -- @leeodden
    15. 15. SO, WHAT MAKES CONTENT “GREAT” Original Simple Valuable & Useful IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 Entertains Emotional
    16. 16. ABOVE ALL, CONTENT IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 MUST BE RELEVANT TO YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
    17. 17. KEY CONSIDERATIONS Who is the audience that you need to reach? Why will they care about you? What are you doing to earn their interest? What incentive do they have to share? IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 Finding Topics > Ask your sales team > Map the buying cycle > Q/A Sites – Quora, Yahoo! Answers, etc. > Mine social media > Follow industry, peers
    18. 18. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    19. 19. TELLING YOUR STORY IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 Leveraging PR > PR should be involved from outset > Ensure content aligned with audience > Build and nurture relationships > Custom pitches > Utilize social media
    20. 20. ROLE OF SOCIAL: IT RANKS WELL F500 Brands with Social Media on First Page of Google IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 90%
    21. 21. IT LENDS SOCIAL PROOF & AUTHORITY IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    22. 22. THE TRUTH ABOUT ORGANIC REACH IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    23. 23. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 CONTENT IS FIRE SOCIAL MEDIA IS GASOLINE - Best-Selling Author Jay Baer
    24. 24. TWEET THIS: YES, SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTLY IMPACTS HOW SITES RANK. (ACCORDING TO GOOGLE) IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    25. 25. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
    26. 26. HOW DOES THIS TRANSLATE? > It’s more than sharing recipes, events or your product > It’s more than your specials, deals or facilities > It’s about creating compelling reasons to dine/visit/talk/share > It’s about making a compelling argument they MUST visit > What makes your audience say “Holy Smokes?” Do that. A lot. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 > Examples … 1 2 3 4 5 6
    27. 27. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    28. 28. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    29. 29. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    30. 30. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    31. 31. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    32. 32. CONVERGENCE Content Marketing SEO & Public Relations IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 Social Media WO M
    33. 33. WHAT TO MEASURE IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    34. 34. MEASURE TO YOUR GOAL IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013 > Conversions > Leads > Awareness > Referrals > Feedback/Custom Service > Content Accumulation 1 2 3 4 5 6
    35. 35. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    36. 36. TWEET THIS: The only way to truly win search & social is to ultimately deserve it. Be awesome and do things that make people want to talk about you. IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013
    37. 37. BEAT ‘EM BUCS IABC OMAHA OCT 17, 2013

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