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The Difference Between SEO & SEM

Cody Ward

Originally posted here on USSCO Speaks blog. It’s hard to keep track of all the digital marketing buzzwords that are flying around the internet today. For those of you just starting to dabble in online marketing, we wanted to provide a quick explanation as to the difference between SEO and SEM. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it refers to the process of increasing your website’s search engine ranking for a specific keyword or set of keywords.

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What Kind Of Tools Do Marketers Need?

Small Business Mavericks

Sometimes you pick up something at a flea market and have to guess at what it does because you have no idea why that tool exists, but it exists for a reason. It also works for tools you won’t find at a flea market. Kelsey Jones came up with 14 of The Best Paid Search and SEO Tools for Search Engine Journal, and it looks to me like they fit my list of “good tool” characteristics. I love tools.

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[DIGITAL TIPS] Combining SEO And PPC To Advance Your Marketing Strategy

SocMed Sean

SocMedSean - Social.Media.Sean [DIGITAL TIPS] Combining SEO And PPC To Advance Your Marketing Strategy The world of online marketing is a dynamic and ever-changing one. A digital marketing strategy that works fine month can perform poorly in the next. Social networks change, trends change, people change…and their appetite for a specific marketing message can go out the window at the drop of a hat.

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The 6 Step Inbound Marketing Process [Infographic]

Cody Ward

I wanted to share this fantastic and easy to understand infographic I came across outlining the Inbound Marketing Process. According to their website, Impact Branding & Design is a “Creative team of inbound marketing professionals that develop and execute highly effective online marketing campaigns.” ” The Inbound Marketing Process infographic can be found on their original blog post here. “A blog gets you 55% more traffic!”

10 PPC Blogs Every Marketer Should Read

Convince & Convert

When I first started my own digital ad agency, all I had was a strong passion for marketing. ” That was when I came across these words in a Moz blog: You offer SEO, Web Design, and PPC. If there was one thing I wanted to do in my life, it was digital marketing. I didn’t just survive—I flourished, and I owe my existence to these PPC blogs. To this day, I read every single article by these blogs. Specialization: PPC + Paid Marketing Strategy.

10 Premium SEO Tools That You Can Try for Free (or Cheap)

Kikolani

If you don’t do SEO for a living but want to do some major search marketing work with your website, you’re in luck. The following are awesome SEO tools you can use for free or cheap for a limited time to do your search marketing research. Premium SEO Tools with Free Account Options. First off, let’s start with premium SEO tools that offer free accounts for basic functionality. Paid subscriptions start at $49 per month.

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102 Compelling Social Media and Online Marketing Stats and Facts for 2012 (and 2013)

Webbiquity SMM

With 92% of companies now incorporating social media into their marketing efforts, it’s no longer sufficient to just “be there” on social networks. Today’s most effective marketers are optimizing content across channels, coordinating search and social marketing activities with traditional PR, and measuring their web presence and performance with sophistication. What do buyers really want from social media marketers? Marketing Charts ).

2 Social SEO Stories You Need To Read This Week

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Conversation: Out of the IUPUI classroom and into YATS | Main | Firebelly Marketings Upcoming Speaking Engagements » March 12, 2010 2 Social SEO Stories You Need To Read This Week Helping our clients optimize their websites, content, social media assets and brands for social search results - call it Social SEO or Social Media Optimization (SMO) - is something we do everyday at Firebelly.

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The History of Marketing [Infographic]

Cody Ward

If you’re looking for a quick and easy Marketing 100 class then look no further than this great infographic created by HubSpot and designed by BlueGlass. Quick summary: It’s amazing to see how marketing has transformed over the years and even more impressive is the rate in which a single message is distributed instantly to millions or billions of people. Search engines jump onto the scene in 1995 and 1997. The History of Marketing From: HubSpot Marketing Software.

BrightEdge Awarded Patent for Operationalizing SEO

Bill Hartzer

BrightEdge , a company that provides enterprise SEO, has been awarded its first patent issued by the United States Patent Office. The patent, #8,135,706, is titled “Operationalizing Search Engine Optimization,” and grants BrightEdge the ability to use its unique method for measuring share of voice in search engine rankings. This patented capability helps companies discover new competitors and create winning competitive SEO strategies.

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Firebelly at Blog Indiana

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « 5 Helpful Social Media Must Reads | Main | YouTube Tuesday: Checking In With Facebook Places » August 18, 2010 Firebelly at Blog Indiana Tweet Blog Indiana is a blogging and social media conference held in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex on the IUPUI campus this Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, that aims "to promote education, innovation and collaboration among Indianas fast-growing social media community."

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The Top B2B Marketing Trends for 2018 – A Meta-Analysis

Webbiquity SMM

Yet another post about 2018 B2B marketing trends? This piece compiles and analyzes the predictions of more than 100 B2B marketing professionals as published in 10 highly-ranked posts over the past month (best!). The predictions ranged from honing content marketing strategy (popular) to sales-marketing alignment (a bit old?) Here we go… Content Marketing Trends. Content marketing itself first started emerging a hot trend five years, at the end of 2012.

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2010

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

2010 by far was the biggest year yet in the Internet Marketing realm. Here’s how I do it : I read and review hundreds — thousands — of articles yearly, on all Internet Marketing topics from SEO to social media to general entrepreneurship (new for 2010!), Since I can’t read everything written by the Internet Marketing community, I ask my Twitter and Facebook followers for their own recommendations. Blogging. Content Development/Marketing.

Best Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2007 » Techipedia | Tamar.

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This year, I present you my favorite timeless posts of 2007, complete with descriptions about each blog post (which more than quadrupled the workload for me this time around, especially because I tripled the amount of links, but I had fun!) ( Disclaimer : I’m certain that even with this list in excess of 250 links, I forgot a bunch of posts, so if you have any additional recommendations, please feel free to comment and I’ll add them!) What elements make blogs successful?

Online Ad Metrics & the Google Activate Initiative

Cody Ward

Marketers can immediately increase their campaign success by using metrics and a payment model that is closer toward the end of the sales funnel. The advertiser that only pays if they get a customer uses the CPA (cost per action / acquisition) model and is popular for affiliate marketing where publishers are willing to drive traffic to high quality brands and only expect payment when an action is completed.

Firebelly VP Co-Authors Corporate Blogging for Dummies (Out Now!)

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Fridays 5 Fun Social Media Finds | Main | 5 Helpful Social Media Must Reads » August 11, 2010 Firebelly VP Co-Authors Corporate Blogging for Dummies (Out Now!) Corporate Blogging for Dummies , co-authored by Firebelly Vice President Chantelle Flannery is now available for purchase! It shares best practices of corporate blogging - including tricks of the trade, what works, and traps to avoid.

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Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

In January of 2011, I said that I’d make our Internet Marketing Posts of 2011 subscriber only. Many loyal readers have checked in on the newsletter throughout 2011 to get both evergreen content , the content that typically embraces these monthly updates, in addition to something completely new, monthly digital trends – the stuff you use for presentations and proposals, for arguing that social media and online marketing does have a firm place in today’s landscape.

Marketing Thought Leader: Tom Bukevicius – Principal @ SCUBE Marketing, Inc.

Cody Ward

Principal @ SCUBE Marketing, Inc. Tom is the founder and Principal of SCUBE Marketing, Inc., a digital marketing firm that specializes in PPC management and data analysis for mid-market companies. What brought you into the field of marketing (tell your story) and what makes you feel so passionately about it?: My story as a marketer can be divided into three phrases: BIRTH It all started with a hobby project – I created an entertainment website.

101 Vital Social Media and Digital Marketing Statistics for (the Rest of) 2013

Webbiquity SMM

As marketing becomes more data-driven, it’s vital to use data to keep up with trends, competitor strategies, and developments in your market. of all marketers love blog posts about marketing statistics. Okay, that statistic was made up (though probably not far off the mark), but the social media and digital marketing facts and statistics below are real (or at least from generally reliable sources). 93% of marketers use social media for business.

Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity SMM

companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)? ” Or that49% of B2B journalists write blogs, and 84% are on Twiter? Or that a third (or more, depending on which study you believe) of all clicks go to the top result on a search engine query? Social Media Stats, Facts and Research Does Facebook Need To Build A Search Engine? companies now use social media for marketing.

Will SEO Exist in 2015?

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

SEO used to be a self-standing marketing discipline, having a well defined, generally accepted set of activities and objectives. Today, SEO is much more intertwined with other marketing activities, making it difficult to know where SEO ends and where social media, for example, begins. Taking all of this into account, I’m really beginning to wonder if SEO as we know it will be around in 2015. Google’s SEO Mindset. The rise of personalized search.

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31 Expert Guides to Maximizing Online Brand Visibility – WPO

Webbiquity SMM

Given all of the changes Google has made affecting organic ranking factors (asking webmasters to disavow low-quality links, reducing the value of guest blogging , ignoring links in press releases , etc.), the practice of SEO—optimizing owned content for search—is no longer sufficient for maximizing a brand’s online visibility. This is not to say “SEO is dead” or that it no longer has value, only that it can no longer stand on its own.

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What Does Integrated Marketing Mean to the Future of the PR Professional?

Social Media Strategery

For years, marketing, advertising, and public relations folks fought over budgets, scopes of work, ownership, and talent. There was paid media, and there was earned media — and for the most part, everyone understood their role. Today we have Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Managers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) analysts, Digital Analysts, Community Managers, Content Marketing Specialists, and way too many social media ninjas, gurus, and rockstars.

10 Simple and Reliable Digital Marketing Metrics

Convince & Convert

Although all projects are different, here are some great, mainstream metrics that I measure as a rule of thumb: 1-5: Digital Marketing Staples. Search Trends. Digital Marketing Staples. Why: Looking at your top mediums is important to measure for full-scale digital marketing campaigns. Channels to Watch: Direct: This is when people directly type in your URL to visit your site or who began to search in the omnibox but visited your site before. Search Trends.

Social Media Marketing Madness [Cartoon]

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Facebook Fans Mean Business (And Are More Likely to Buy) | Main | Hook A Facebook Fan Up: Theyre Looking For Discounts » March 19, 2010 Social Media Marketing Madness [Cartoon] It has been uber busy in the Firebelly office this week. I would generally post a weekly blog roundup today for you, our readers, but I honestly have not had the time to read many posts - let alone compile my favorites this week.

Learn More About Internet Marketing – Free Course

Kikolani

If you’ve been interested in learning more about Internet marketing for your blog, brand, or business, there are a ton of resources out there, from blogs to ebooks, classes to conferences. But if you want something structured without any expenses involved, why not start with a free 10 week Internet marketing course ? Everyone from beginners to advanced Internet marketers should find something that helps them improve their strategy.

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10 Insightful Marketing Charts from 2015

Convince & Convert

That’s why marketers should be paying more attention to the numerous marketing charts being produced each month from every corner of the Internet. Let’s look at 10 of the more interesting marketing charts to emerge since January 2015, and what they imply for the state of marketing in 2015. Marketing Spending Plans for 2015. First, let’s look at the state of the marketing world, and where marketers are planning on spending their money. search.

Why The Long Tail Is Still Important

Small Business Mavericks

If you are still targeting generic keywords, chances are you aren’t going to get a lot of traffic to your blog. But if you go after a couple of hundred long tail keywords, you’ll stand a much better chance at attracting readers, links, and attention to your blog. If you are in the floral business and you target “florist in Minneapolis,” how many florists are also going after that phrase in the organic and paid search results?

Fetching Friday the 13th – 25 Marketing Links

Kikolani

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com. Blog Post Promotion is LIVE! An Introduction to Paid Search Marketing for Small Businesses – If you’re looking to boost your traffic, or you’ve lost your search engine rankings in one of the latest Google algorithm updates, then paid search marketing could be a good option for your business.

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The 7 Deadly Sins Of Digital Marketing In 2014

Twist Image

Have we solved the most basic of questions for our digital marketing efforts? I would argue that the vast majority of brands engaged in digital marketing have left the fundamentals behind them. You can pick a brand (any brand) and benchmark them against these 7 deadly sins of digital marketing in 2014, and you will see where the real gaps truly lie. Here are the 7 deadly sins of digital marketing in 2014. Not being powerful in SEO and SEM. content marketing.

Social Media Marketing Checklist from SES Chicago

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Cyber Monday Is Here! What is your overall marketing strategy? What are your marketing/business goals for your social media marketing? What types of supporting marketing will you use to promote and extend the reach of the program? Main | SES Chicago 2009 Video: Were you naughty or nice?

Teens & Young Adults Prefer Facebook Over Blogs

Firebelly

Blogging by teens (ages 12-17) has been cut in half - from 28 percent in 2006 to 14 percent in 2009. Image: Pew Internet ] Chad Richards Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Posted | Permalink Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del.icio.us | TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Teens & Young Adults Prefer Facebook Over Blogs : Comments Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by: | This is only a preview.

Firebelly's Top 9 Blog Posts of 2009

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « 5 Ways to Fan the Viral Flame | Main | Social Search: Tempur-Pedic "Ask Me" Commercial » January 06, 2010 Firebellys Top 9 Blog Posts of 2009 I wanted to do a brief recap and share with you the most-viewed posts on Firebellys Digitalia blog in 2009. Why Michael Jacksons Death Gave Us "Blackbird" By The Dandy Warhols & Other Social Media Marketing Chat [September 1] 8.

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5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read This Week

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Firebelly Work: J.C. Hart "Show The Love" Facebook Sweepstakes | Main | YouTube Tuesday: Digital Ethnography » February 26, 2010 5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read This Week Theres a lot going on in the social media space and so much can get lost or overlooked in your RSS feed reader. Here are 5 news items or blog posts that I wouldnt want you to miss: 1.

5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read This Week

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Social Media Bootcamp: Facebook For Business | Main | The New Dork - Entrepreneur State of Mind » March 05, 2010 5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read This Week Theres a lot going on in the social media space and so much can get lost or overlooked in your RSS feed reader. Here are 5 news items or blog posts that I wouldnt want you to miss: 1. Chad Richards is the Social Program Manager at Firebelly Marketing.

7 Content Distribution Ideas to Proliferate Your Brand’s Reach

yMarketingMatters

Also known as “CONTENT MARKETING” — A strategic marketing approach to attract and retain customers by consistently creating and distributing relevant and valuable content and drive profitable customer action. Content Marketing Institute ). Content marketing is the way to proliferate your content and your brand’s reach. Simple, but effective SEO techniques: Research your target market. Paid content distribution.

Nine Expert Marketing Strategy Guides

Webbiquity SMM

How has the way buyers in your market make procurement decisions changed? Find the answers to those Big Questions and more here in nine expert marketing strategy guides from the past year. Why Social Is So Disruptive to Traditional Marketing by Social Media Today. In the spring of 2009, the notion that digital would account for the majority of marketing budgets within just a few years seemed like a laughable proposition.

5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Dentyne "Friend Request" Commercial: 60 Connections In Every Bottle | Main | Social Media & The Super Bowl » January 29, 2010 5 Social Marketing Stories You Need To Read Theres a lot going on in the social media space and so much can get lost or overlooked in your RSS feed reader. Here are 5 news items or blog posts that I wouldnt want you to miss: 1.

social media marketing's good news

Firebelly

Digitalia | Indianapolis Social Media Marketing « Twitterese — The new way to speak online | Main | Too much flash turns google off » November 13, 2009 social media marketings good news Interview with Dave Evan, Digital Voodoo and author of social media marketing, one hour a day Here's a quick recap of the video. Marketing is focused on listening and paying attention to what kinds of experience people are having. Social Search.

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Women in Blogging: 125 Fearless Female Bloggers

Kikolani

I took a look at 14 lists that have come out over the last year for the top bloggers, social media marketers, search marketers, and entrepreneurs. So without further ado, here are the fearless females in blogging, organized alphabetically by first name (as a few in the list go by pen name or don’t publicize their last name). Her blog, But You’re a Girl , covers a ton of topics including blogging, business, events, technlogy, Google, WordPress, and more.