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Why We Can’t Teach SEO

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From Click Consult's Benchmark Search Conference 2017, The Bridgewater Hall, 21st September. Presented by David Edmundson-Bird, Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise Associate Director: Digital Innovation, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Why We Can’t Teach SEO

  1. 1. Why we can’t teach SEO David Edmundson-Bird Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. 2. Who the hell do I think I am? • Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise • Course Leader for MMC PT MSc Digital Marketing and FT MSc Digital Marketing Comms • Original background AI systems for strategic management decision- making (I was a backward-chaining, case-based reasoning and pattern-matching specialist) • Formerly Chief Learning Architect at Academee • I helped set up Manchester’s 2nd web design agency in 1995
  3. 3. Where this rant comes from • Every networking event ever: • “Hey Dave, why don’t you teach students how to do programmatic on your course?” • “Hey Dave, why don’t you teach students how to do PPC ad buying on your course?” • “Hey Dave, why don’t you teach students how to use Radian 6 on your course?” • “Hey Dave, why don’t you teach students how to do SEO on your course?”
  4. 4. So why can’t we teach SEO at University? • I asked my friends in the SEO world what was technique in 2014 and what was technique in 2017 • Imagine I’m teaching about SEO to first years in 2014 • If they did a 4 year sandwich they’d just have graduated and be in their first roles • So what would I have been mentioning to students learning about SEO for the first time?
  5. 5. Teaching SEO in 2014 • Yeah site speed is not a big factor • The PR team do all the outreach stuff, that’s why there’s a PR course • What do people type into the search engine? • Hey – no shitty links m’kay? Find them all and get rid of them • Think about keywords and phrases
  6. 6. Teaching SEO in 2017 • OMG SITE SPEED MOBILE AAAARGH • OMG You need to do proper PR outreach as an SEO • OMG You need to think about the user experience • OMG You should be doing AMP • OMG You should be thinking about voice • OMG people type words that have meanings and are questions • OMG this thing called Knowledge Graph • OMG schema • Oh - and no one is bothered about shitty links, they don’t do much anyway
  7. 7. My Dilemma • I want to make my grads work-ready • I want to give them skills that have a shelf-life beyond 24 months
  8. 8. Work-ready SEOs • University might be the best place to learn about • WHEN to do SEO • WHY do SEO • WHAT SEO is • WHERE SEO fits • WHO does the SEO • The best place to learn about HOW to do SEO (and how we do all the other tactics and channels) is ‘on-the-job’
  9. 9. Where to learn HOW to do SEO • On-the-job • Short-term and basic • In-course internship (gains live skills) • In-course live projects (gains live skills) • Part-time work (supplements income, gains live skills) • Medium-term and intermediate • Summer job (supplements income, gains live skills) • Long term and deep • Year-long placement (Provides a salary, gains live skills) • Degree apprenticeship (Provides a salary, gains live skills)
  10. 10. On the University Programme • WHEN to do SEO • On advanced units about understanding the role of tactics in the digital marketing mix and the customer journey • WHY do SEO • On introductory units about channels and platforms • WHAT SEO is • On introductory units about channels and platforms • WHERE SEO fits • On advanced units about understanding the role of tactics in the digital marketing mix and the customer journey • WHO does the SEO • On advanced units about understanding the role of tactics in the digital marketing mix and the customer journey
  11. 11. Your Takeaways • I need you to give them on-the-job and live experiences in SEO • I will give them the intellectual tools to be in a state of constant curiosity about SEO and its role in the broader digital marketing environment • I need some specific SEO projects (short-term and basic) right now https://goo.gl/XfE76e
  12. 12. Thank you – Ask Me Anything! • Connect with me @groovegenerator • Or search for ‘David Edmundson-Bird’ on your search engine of choice • Or search for ‘groovegenerator’ on whatever is the latest social platform • Or give me one of those SEO projects (short-term and basic) https://goo.gl/XfE76

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