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You’ve Got an ...
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Wayfinding: Ho...
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Wayfinding: Ho...
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Where is Your ...
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         II. A...
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Optimizing Yo...
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The Difference...
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The Case for P...
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Originally presented at the United Jewish Communities Continuing Education Program in Philadelphia, PA on July 26, 2006. Covers basic theory of findability, an introduction to search engine optimization and search engine marketing, a walkthrough of keyword research, a primer on link solicitation, and even a bit about landing page design, testing, and online reputation management.

You can learn more about Jonathon Colman at http://www.jonathoncolman.org/

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Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead

  1. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead Not all those who wander are lost. — J.R.R. Tolkien Jonathon D. Colman Senior Manager, Digital Marketing The Nature Conservancy www.nature.org http://www.nature.org/ Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #1 of 106
  2. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Introduction to Web Marketing via Search Seven key topics we’ll be covering today: • Findability • Search engine optimization [SEO] • Search engine marketing [SEM] • External web marketing • Online reputation management • Landing page design • Web analytics Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #2 of 106
  3. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 I. Findability 101 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #3 of 106
  4. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 You’ve Got an Opportunity: The Web • But: It’s big, really big • And: It’s unstructured, ad hoc, random • By the way: No standards for quality, value, credibility, or usability • Did you know?: Your donors and competitors are already there. • Don’t forget: It’s growing like a weed Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #4 of 106
  5. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 You’ve Got an Opportunity Challenge! • Web publishing is not print publishing: Your users act as both information consumers and providers • Users decide what’s quality, what’s credible, what’s valuable • Your user experience is now part of your brand • Users decide how to navigate the web: • Users decide when (or if) to link to your site or your competitors • Inbound links to your site are “votes” of credibility and relevance Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #5 of 106
  6. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Wayfinding: How Users Get to Your Site • Accidental (discovering) User Your Site Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #6 of 106
  7. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Wayfinding: How Users Get to Your Site • Accidental • Purposeful (finding) User Your Site Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #7 of 106
  8. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Wayfinding: How Users Get to Your Site • Accidental • Purposeful • Your goal: provide findable pathways to your content for both User 1 Your Site User 2 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #8 of 106
  9. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 “Push” Content vs. “Pull” Content • Push content drives content outward toward incoming visitors • Great for purposeful wayfinders who need detailed info. • Standard means for showing & telling your org’s story • Ex. online magazine, news releases, e-newsletter article • Pull content brings visitors to your site from diverse venues • Brings visitors to your site from all over the web • Leverages strong external networks, online services • Ex. e-cards, volunteer events database, online quiz or poll • Bottom line: you need both types of content to build traffic and drive engagement Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #9 of 106
  10. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Don’t Forget: Offline findability Provide findable pathways to your online content in offline venues: • Magazines, journals, brochures • Annual reports, press releases • Marketing collateral products • Sign-up sheets at events • Signage at conferences and other events • Office voice-mail, business cards Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #10 of 106
  11. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Where is Your Audience on the Web? • Local portals, communities • News sites • Online stores • Partner sites • Blogs, social networks • Events, volunteering sites Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #11 of 106
  12. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Where is Your Audience on the Web? • News sites • Online stores • Partner sites • Local portals, communities • Blogs, social networks • Events, volunteering sites • Oh, yes, and... search engines Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #12 of 106
  13. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 II. All About Search Engines Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #13 of 106
  14. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Search Engines = The Means of Wayfinding • For many people, Google, Yahoo, and MSN are the Internet • About 60 million American adults use search engines each day • 61% of searchers think that organic listings are relevant • Why? Perceived credibility • Probably bring in a high % of visitors to your site • These can be very high-value leads due to contextual relevance • Fast, free, and useful for finding what you want Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #14 of 106
  15. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Your Business Case for SEO • Good SEO draws new visitors, audiences to your web site • Helps bring better leads to your web site • Improves your positioning against your competitors • Supports and builds brand strength, online reputation • Gives you more data on how your target audiences find you • If performed in-house, costs nothing but staff resources/time • Saves money when compared to buying search ads Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #15 of 106
  16. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 What Can’t SEO Accomplish? • Make your site the #1 top result for all searches, all the time • Purchase ads if you need a guaranteed top result • Be prepared to spend • Optimize your site for all keywords • Especially keywords you don’t use • Un-optimize competitors’ sites • Force people to visit your site Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #16 of 106
  17. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Vertical Search Markets to Consider • Niche markets can = better leads • Local • News • Images • Products • Maps • Travel Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #17 of 106
  18. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Submitting Your Site • Don’t need to do it for most search engines — they’ll find you! • Directories: • Yahoo! (free for non-commercial sites) • DMOZ Open Directory Project • Paid inclusion? Probably not worth it — buy ads instead! • Best way to make sure you can be found in search engines? • Build great content, link to it on your site • Get inbound links Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #18 of 106
  19. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 No Time for SEO? Out-source to the Pros • Many firms practice SEO responsibly using ethical tactics • But, caveat emptor: • No one can guarantee a #1 ranking • Be wary of SEO firms that send you e-mail out of the blue • Be careful if a company is secretive • You should never have to link to an SEO • Be sure to understand where the money goes • Make sure you’re protected legally Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #19 of 106
  20. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 5 Questions to Ask Your Prospective SEOs • Do you create pages that are not built into the navigation of my site? • Does your technique involve showing a different page to the search engine than to my visitors? • Do you guarantee that you won’t work with my competitors while you are working with me? • Outside of rank for a search on my keywords, how do you measure success and ROI? • What, exactly. does your service provide: rankings, traffic, and/or conversions? Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #20 of 106
  21. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 5 Basic Steps to a Great SEO Campaign 1. Research keywords 2. Build optimized content 3. Solicit new inbound links 4. Create a positive online reputation 5. Track your position and success Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #21 of 106
  22. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 III. The Basics of Keyword Research Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #22 of 106
  23. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Keywords: The Nucleus of SEO • Single most important part of SEO • The more effort you put into keywords, the greater your ROI • Drawing more traffic, better leads to your site • Determine whether or not you reach your target audience(s) • Can save you money when purchasing ads on search engines Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #23 of 106
  24. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Search Engines’ Analysis of Keywords • No one knows for sure; dynamic updates = no guarantees • Instances of exact keyword/key phrase • Keyword density • Keywords in near/far proximity to each other • Keyword word roots/stems • Other keyword variants, misspellings • Keywords occurring in HTML headers, link text, bold/italics, lists Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #24 of 106
  25. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Getting Started with Keywords • Brainstorm with your colleagues • Analyze your partners’ and competitors’ keyword choices • Use web analytics to examine referrer logs for keywords • Avoid ambiguous or overly broad keywords Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #25 of 106
  26. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Identifying Your Competitors • Off-line competitors vs. online • Once you’ve selected your keywords, search on them • Which oranizations/sites appears above yours? • What is their content like? • Who links to them… • And why aren’t they linking to you? Tip: To view a web page’s code, right-click anywhere on a page and choose “View Source” from the pop-up context menu Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #26 of 106
  27. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #27 of 106
  28. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Selecting the Best-Performing Keywords • Choose keywords for which you can produce compelling, useful, engaging content for your target audience(s) • Choose keywords that many users search for daily (popular) • Choose keywords that have less competitors than others (niche) • Ex. “stop climate change” vs. “climate change stop” • So: How do you discover this search data? Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #28 of 106
  29. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Demo: Using Wordtracker for Research 1 When you login to Wordtracker, you’ll see a lot of research options. Today, we’ll walk through the Keyword Universe function to look at how you can use Wordtracker to research keywords for your SEO campaign. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #29 of 106
  30. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Demo: Using Wordtracker for Research 2 Enter the Keyword Universe and type one of the words from your self- generated list into the textfield on the left. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #30 of 106
  31. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Demo: Using Wordtracker for Research 3 Wordtracker will return a list of terms that are related keywords for your original entry. These terms may be variants, synonyms, or otherwise related terms to your original entry. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #31 of 106
  32. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Demo: Using Wordtracker for Research 4 Click on one of the related keywords and Wordtracker will generate data on the most popular keywords in the table on the right side. Select the keywords that you’d like to research further to add them to your cart. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #32 of 106
  33. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Demo: Using Wordtracker for Research 5 Wordtracker shows you which keywords have the greatest potential for success via the Keyword Effectiveness Index (KEI) score. Strong keywords have a high amount of daily searches performed on the, yet have a low amount of competition. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #33 of 106
  34. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 IV. Introducing Search Engine Optimization [SEO] Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #34 of 106
  35. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #35 of 106
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  37. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 SEO Mechanics Work on Many Levels • Text: keyword density, coding practices Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #37 of 106
  38. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 SEO Mechanics Work on Many Levels • Text: keyword density, coding practices • Page: <TITLE>, META information, structure Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #38 of 106
  39. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 SEO Mechanics Work on Many Levels • Text: keyword density, coding practices • Page: <TITLE>, META information, structure • Site: architecture, navigation Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #39 of 106
  40. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 SEO Mechanics Work on Many Levels • Text: keyword density, coding practices • Page: <TITLE>, META information, structure • Site: architecture, navigation • Topical community/Sector: strategic linking, site positioning Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #40 of 106
  41. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 What Do You See on the Web? • Design • Page layout • Interactivity • Photos • Graphics • Colors • Type size Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #41 of 106
  42. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 What Does a Search Engine See? • Page <TITLE> • <META> content • Content (text-only) • Navigation • Headers • Links, link text • ALT text Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #42 of 106
  43. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Optimizing Your Page for Search Engines <TITLE> and <META> HTML tags: • 6-11 words, 60-75 characters • Place your high-priority keywords at beginning • Avoid repeating words, using the same word side by side Inline HTML tags: • Avoid excessive use of keywords in graphics, Flash, or JavaScript • Use keywords in text headers, bold/italics, list items, and link text • Use minimal coding, compliant with W3C standards Remember: Your content should still feel very natural, not spammy Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #43 of 106
  44. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Optimizing Your Site for Search Engines • Use search-engine friendly URLs • Avoid URL appends, dynamic URLs, and page-level redirects • Build links to your page(s) into site architecture • Make them a part of universal navigation • Use keywords as link text • Cross-link to your page(s) from within your site • Homepage link • Make sure your site’s search engine can find your campaign content Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #44 of 106
  45. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 When Will You See Results from SEO? • You will never see immediate changes • Well-ranked pages are re-indexed more frequently than others • It may take up to 3 months for significant changes to appear • You can speed along this process by soliciting new links from highly-ranked, relevant sites • The longer you wait to start SEO, the more time competitors have • Bottom line: optimize your site now Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #45 of 106
  46. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 V. An Introduction to Search Engine Marketing [SEM] Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #46 of 106
  47. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #47 of 106
  48. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 The Difference Between SEO and SEM • Findability, relevancy is not determined by organic results alone • Credibility vs. accessibility • Can’t compete on content, inbound links? • Buy your way to the top of the page! Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #48 of 106
  49. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 The Case for Paying for Ads • Size of the market: • 1999: $4.3 billion; 2005: $28 billion • 2007: expected to surpass all magazine advertising • Involvement of competitors • Difficulty of obtaining top results in organic listings • Organic results, paid ads not mutually exclusive • Investment, ROI easy to track; not so for SEO • Instant gratification Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #49 of 106
  50. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Two Basic Types of Ads • Cost-per-thousand (CPM) • Used primarily for affiliate advertising on other sites • Great for building brand awareness • Difficult to track; hard to measure ROI • “Spend and Hope” Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #50 of 106
  51. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Two Basic Types of Ads • Cost-per-thousand (CPM) • Cost-Per-Click (CPC) or Pay-Per-Click (PPC) • Used primarily for ads on search engine results pages • Great for driving actions, conversions • Highly trackable; many metrics recorded • “ROI Marketing” Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #51 of 106
  52. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Google vs. Yahoo Ad Networks • Overall: subtle differences; use what works best for you • Test, test, test • Upgrades/new releases: Google has more, quicker • Publishing ads: Google is faster, but Yahoo is less restrictive • Bidding for keywords: Yahoo is transparent • Reporting: Google has fast, automated, customized reports • Payments: Yahoo offers pre-pay Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #52 of 106
  53. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Anatomy of a Google AdWords Ad • Headline (25 chars. max) • Two lines of description (35 chars. max/each; 70 chars. max total) • Display URL (35 chars. max) • Destination URL Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #53 of 106
  54. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Best practices for writing AdWords ad text • Provide a strong, clear, and simple call-to-action • Inform user about what makes your site different or special • Use the keyword wildcard or manually include the keywords • Use short, clear, non-repetitive phrases • Always use correct spelling Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #54 of 106
  55. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Google’s Editorial Guidelines • Very different from traditional print or TV advertising • Programmatically enforced by Google prior to ad publication Highlights: • Landing page quality check; keywords must relate to landing page • Local services must include location • No unnecessary capitalization or repetition • No universal calls-to-action • No use of superlatives w/o third-party validation Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #55 of 106
  56. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Monitoring Budget and Performance • Campaign Summary screen shows current status and performance • Drill down into individual ad groups to see detailed data • Individual keyword results within ad groups show you how well ads are targeted Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #56 of 106
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  58. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 VI. Soliciting New Inbound Links Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #58 of 106
  59. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 How Search Engines Use Links • Crawlers, spiders, bots all follow links from one page to another • Only pages that have links pointing at them can get indexed • Pages with more high-quality links to them get indexed more often • Pages that are indexed more often gain a higher ranking Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #59 of 106
  60. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Links Support Your Business Goals • Every link is a vote of authority, credibility, relevancy • The more high-quality inbound links, the more trust in your content • High-quality links from trusted, optimized sources greatly help increase your search engine rank • More direct links = more sources of traffic • Local traffic • Traffic relevant to context (good leads) Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #60 of 106
  61. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Links Improve Your ROI • Gives you additional channels by which to reach target audience(s) • Builds traffic to your priority web content • Ex. Five minutes work = 50+ visitors in one day (Craigslist) • Ex. Five minutes’ work = 1,000+ visitors in one day (Wikipedia) • Builds greater search engine positioning • Without new inbound links, ranking can plateau, drop • Helps defeat traditional “slump” periods (summer, holidays, etc.) • Can lead to viral linking, traffic increases Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #61 of 106
  62. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Not All Links are Created Equal • All links help get you traffic, but not all of them help with SEO • More links are always better than fewer • Never participate in paid link submissions, link farms, etc. • More contextually-relevant links are always better than random links • Ex. Link from relevant blog outperformed by 3x link from NPR • A few very high-quality links to your page can out-perform many poor-quality links Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #62 of 106
  63. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 How to Get New Inbound Links • Make your own links Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #63 of 106
  64. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 How to Get New Inbound Links • Make your own links • Ask others for links Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #64 of 106
  65. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 How to Get New Inbound Links • Make your own links • Ask others for links • Piggyback on earned media coverage • When placing stories, don’t forget to place links • Include both traditional and new media outlets Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #65 of 106
  66. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Where Can You Create Your Own Links? • Directories: • Yahoo, DMOZ Open Directory • Discussion groups/forums: • Craigslist, Yahoo!Groups, enthusiast forums • Social networks, bookmarking tools: • Care2, Wikipedia, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon • Blogs • Local news, local publications, local forums and listservs Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #66 of 106
  67. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Choosing External Sites to Pitch • Relevant, high-quality sites • Sites that rank higher than yours in keyword searches • Partners’ sites — you may already be linking to them! • Sites with missions that are similar to yours • Sites that look professional, nicely designed • Sites that do not include ads, pop-up windows, spam, spyware, etc. Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #67 of 106
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  75. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 VII. Designing Your Landing Pages for Success Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #75 of 106
  76. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Know Thy Visitor • Profile your audience(s) • Survey and analyze demographics • Personalize, personalize, personalize • Consider source site/e-communication vs. target site (your page) • Remember: your user experience is your brand Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #76 of 106
  77. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Develop Strong, Measurable Goals • Take “typical” conversion rates with a grain of salt • Don’t guess/worry what your competitors are “converting at” • Focus on getting traffic, breaking down barriers to conversion Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #77 of 106
  78. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Common Errors When Designing Pages • Assuming that your audience is everyone • Assuming that visitors want to contact you • Assuming that visitors are ready to buy/donate • Assuming that your homepage is always the best landing page • Assuming that visitors have a lot of time to run through your process • Assuming that visitors want to read through all of your information • Assuming that visitors need lots of choices Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #78 of 106
  79. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Two Basic Approaches to Landing Pages • Don’t make visitors think = focus on simplicity Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #79 of 106
  80. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Two Basic Approaches to Landing Pages • Don’t make visitors think = focus on simplicity • Develop a strong case = persuade the visitor Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #80 of 106
  81. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Two Basic Approaches to Landing Pages • Don’t make visitors think; focus on simplicity • Develop a strong case; persuade the visitor • Both approaches are valid = test to see what works for you! Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #81 of 106
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  83. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 General Best Practices • Place key content above the fold • Don’t try to tell your entire story • Share key facts, be persuasive and credible • Spell-check and use simple grammar • Employ a non-cluttered layout • Give user a noticeable call-to-action • Focus visitor on completing a single task Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #83 of 106
  84. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Creating Strong Calls-to-Action • Effective writing: a strong hook provides incentive to click • Content re-use: repeat keywords from SEO organic result, SEM ad • Visual cues: looks “clickable”, uses strong color, pointer changes • Lack of competition: no other strong visual elements on page • Loads fast: “heavy” visual elements should load after this and/or below the fold Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #84 of 106
  85. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Improving Landing Page Performance • A/B testing • Swap in/out text, graphics • Remove unnecessary details • Sweeten the deal: digital freebies, exclusive content, contests, etc. • Offer second-chance for visitors who don’t buy/donate • Customize landing page(s) for different segments of inbound users Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #85 of 106
  86. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 VIII. Creating a Positive Online Reputation Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #86 of 106
  87. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 The Search Experience is Your Brand • Searchers gain a sense of your brand’s strength through search • 65% of donors visit the web sites of the charities they support • 40% always go online before making a giving decision • 92% of journalists use search engines to research stories • Comments about your brand are continually being published • These eventually end up in search results • All your good work can be undone very quickly • Just one super-activist can greatly affect your placement Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #87 of 106
  88. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 From Search Findability to Search Branding • 62% of searchers click on a link appearing in first page of results • 90% of searchers click on a link within the first three pages • Your goal: move from mere findability to dominating the entire search engine results page with your results or “friendlies” Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #88 of 106
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  90. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Organic Results vs. Ad Visibility Organic Ranking Visibility: Sponsored Links Visibility: • Rank #1: 100% • Ad #1: 50% • Rank #2: 100% • Ad #2: 40% • Rank #3: 100% • Ad #3: 30% • • Rank #4: 85% Ad #4: 20% • • Rank #5: 60% Ad #5: 10% • • Rank #6: 50% Ad #6: 10% • • Rank #7: 50% Ad #7: 10% • • Rank #8: 30% Ad #8: 10% • Rank #9: 30% Lesson learned: There’s more to SEO • Rank #10: 20% than just being the #1 result! Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #90 of 106
  91. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Organic Results vs. Ads • A question of budget • Organic results have greater credibility • Ads are much more easily controlled, tweaked, tracked • Page 1 of search results, page 2, page 3… Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #91 of 106
  92. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Build Your Brand’s Reputation via Search • Build first page of search results for your brand with your site(s) and friendly/partner sites • Move unfriendly/critical sites off the first page by optimizing your site, linking to friendly/partner sites • Saturate channels (regular search, news search, blog search, image search, etc.) with friendly content that links back to you • Pitch stories to new media along with traditional outlets • ID and enlist super-activists to help you • Start an organizational blog Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #92 of 106
  93. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Another Site Outranks Me… for My Brand! • If a legal use of search engine marketing, purchase ads and out-bid your competitors • If an organic SEO result: • Analyze competitors’ inbound links, indexed content • Optimize your pages, site for brand keywords • Solicit new inbound links using brand keywords as link text Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #93 of 106
  94. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Examples of Branding via Search • Good: Google Pontiac • Bad: Google Splenda Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #94 of 106
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  99. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 IX. Tracking Your Position and Success Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #99 of 106
  100. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Metrics to Watch in Search Engines • Total # of resources on your site indexed in search engines • Total # of inbound links, rate of increase in new links • Growth in the total # of results for a search on your keywords Note: The use of automated querying tools (such as WebPositionGold) to find your position is officially discouraged by search engines • Total # of places that your rankings rise • Total # of places that your competitors’ rankings fall Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #100 of 106
  101. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Metrics to Watch on Your Web Site • Total # of unique visitors to your optimized content • % of unique visitors arriving from search engines, rate of increase • Total # of referrers of traffic to your content: • Find domains that you contacted, compare # visitors from each • Look for domains that you did not contact (viral growth) • Search terms used by visitors to find your content • Cookie, segment all incoming visitors by source • Conversion rate by segment • “Bounces” Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #101 of 106
  102. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Helpful Third-Party Metrics • Google PageRank • Alexa rank, reach, and page views in relation to your competitors • Useful only as “directional data”, not a precise measurement • Use Alexaholic to compare many orgs at once • SEOmoz Page Strength • Age of your domain (via Wayback Machine, WHOis) Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #102 of 106
  103. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 X. Conclusions Hang on, you’re almost there! Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #103 of 106
  104. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 What Have We Learned? • The importance of making findable pathways to your content • The business case and goals for using search engines, SEO, & links • The five essential steps of SEO: 1. Research keywords 2. Build optimized content 3. Solicit new inbound links 4. Create a positive online reputation 5. Track your position and success • How search engine presence influences brand perception Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #104 of 106
  105. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Your Web Marketing Goals • To dominate: First get found, then get more and better traffic • Leverage existing networks to reach out to new sites/communities • Place priorities on most valuable audiences, sites/communities that work • Use both organic SEO results and SEM ads to increase targeted traffic • Saturate channels with friendly content, build positive reputation • Monitor online reputation, respond quickly to negative influences • Design landing pages for success on a per-audience/per-source basis • Analyze traffic to measure ROI, revise tactics, and set strategy Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #105 of 106
  106. Web Marketing for Fundraisers: Get Found, Get Traffic, Get Ahead United Jewish Communities CPE 2006 Contact Information Jonathon D. Colman Senior Manager, Digital Marketing 703/841.2048 jcolman@tnc.org The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/ 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203-1606 Jonathon D. Colman, The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/ Slide #106 of 106

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