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Live from SMX Advanced: Doing Mobile SEO Right

<< by Amanda Sides on June 6th, 2012

01 Seattle skyline tcm7 154634 Live from SMX Advanced: Doing Mobile SEO RightIn this “hardcore” mobile session, we learn from the pros on how to optimize your mobile sites for SEO purposes. We’ll also hear from Pierre Far, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, getting Google’s official recommendations on which route to take.

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An SEO Case Study in Getting Store Locations Found in Natural Search

<< by Tad Miller on November 22nd, 2011

Changes in site architecture and Search Engine Algorithms had a decimating effect on our client’s rankings for its over 600 store locations.

The Problems

Enter Zip Code An SEO Case Study in Getting Store Locations Found in Natural Search

Search Engines can’t fill out a store locator box.  Google-bot can’t type a zip code.  So even though users can easily use these kind of interfaces to find their nearest store location, a search engine can not do that.

As a result, a directory of store locations had to be developed as a path that Search Engines can use to find the store pages.  This was effective until one day in May.  The An SEO Case Study in Getting Store Locations Found in Natural Search directory structure could only be accessed from one link on the site, deep in the site map page.  When the Google May Day update hit, the directory structure had all of the store locations 4 clicks away from the home page.  Ever since the May Day update you really need to try to have your content within 2 clicks of your Home Page.

The client also used JavaScript to dynamically pull the addresses, phone numbers and store names from a database and then put that content in JavaScript on the store location pages.  Search Engines can’t really read JavaScript content.  So if a Search Engine somehow did bother to index all the way down to the store location page level (which they didn’t) their wasn’t any readable content with regard to the location of the stores.

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SMX Advanced 2011 The SoLoMo Revolution

<< by Tad Miller on June 7th, 2011

The SoLoMo Revolution (Social-Local-Mobile) is already here and were are all supposed to be combining and aligning social, local and mobile as part of our online strategy.  But many are missing some of those pieces in their marketing mix.

Mac Ling, Kelly Gillease, Jennifer Grappone, Nicola Smith and Daniel Lemin are the speakers and Greg Sterling is the moderater.

Nicola Smith from Performics – Purchases are conversations.  42% of 18-34 year olds enjoy sharing their purchases online.  Blippy and Swipely actually connect to your credit card share your purchases online.

There is a 400% increase in mobile searches, 74% of people use mobile phone to search while running errands. 59% of those that search on mobile show up at the location where they searched.

Mobile-Social-Local allows for hyper-targeting.  Right person – Right Place – Right Time.  Gives a shot at measuring and tracking loyalty to brands and products.

Location based check-ins, Content Check-ins (Miso), Conversation check-ins with Checkin.

Their is a lot of fragmentation among all the check-in services – serious need for aggregation.

Driving repeat purchases is hard with Groupon – LevelUp allows the same type of deal, that allows users to keep uping the Ante with new and better deals.

Need to think beyond the offer and discount.  Content can be location triggered, not just deal oriented.

Loyalty+Proximity=Currency with SoLoMo.

Kelly Gillease from Viator – Viater is a Travel company.  Her focus is on the paid side of advertising in the SoLoMo space.

She uses Facebook paid advertising to drive fans and likes with her brand.  You can use the fan list like an e-mail list or marketing list.  Sponsored Stories are ads endorsed by follower friends.  It targets friends of connections.  Great for contests and sales.

Contests are a great way to grow a fan base.  Wildfire will manage the contest for you at a low price.  Some advertisers have tripled their fan-bases this way.

They also use promoted tweets and promote account advertising on Twitter.  Promoted trends are pretty expensive though.  More people need to utilize video links in promoted Tweets, it’s very effective.

Tracking ROI is pretty easy.  You need to figure out the value of a follower or fan.  Then figure out how much you are willing to pay to acquire them.

Mobile Search:  replicate your PPC accounts, but be aware how location plays into your mobile search.  Mobile app launches need to be supported by mobile advertising.  iAd, AdMob, Jumptab, takeovers are good but you need a lot of advanced coordination to get them going.

Daniel Lemin from Social Studio:  Local is a big challenge for national brands with no local presence.  He has experience in driving local search with brands that don’t have local presence.

POE – Point of Engagement – helps you enter the conversation by word of mouth.  Drives awareness.

POS – Point of Sale.  The direct line of purchase.  The place to drive incremental sales.  Check-ins fulfill this.

SoLoMo – helps you fulfill you lower funnel conversions.

M&Ms has no local presence.  The “Find Red” campaign in Canada helped the other M&Ms find the missing red M&M.  Used QR codes to get clues to find Red.  4 Square check-ins also gave clues.  Used local tracking as a means for delivery of clues.  The prize was a Smart Car.

Loyal customers spend more.  Better connections with core customers help.

Jennifer Grappone from Gravity Search Marketing – has case studies for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never the movie and an Ice Cream Store.

Movie sites need SEO usually before they are even put up.  Very fast time-frame to work in.  They used “share-bait” to keep kids interested in the film well before the release date.  They used “hand raiser” forms to get information on the site users early.  Teen age girls were happy to do it and even gave their mobile phone numbers.

They promoted local screenings with RSVPs on Facebook.  Many RSVP’d even though they couldn’t even go.

Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck started with one truck and a twitter account.  All of the marketing takes place on social channels – the website isn’t even that good.  They have limited resources, so they use SoLoMo to advertise.  They tweet their location and coupon codes.  Coolhaus adopted their tweet schedule to each location.

They use Geo-targeted Flattery.  They research a social influencer within the area they will be in with the ice cream truck.  They court the influencer and the influencer does all the work for them in letting others know about it.

Mac Ling from iCrossing – we are at a new point where SoLoMo is changing business.

Group Messaging businesses are starting up everywhere.  Group Messaging is about shared interests within closed sites.  New sites use group messages, Conference calls, photo sharing and location sharing. The mobile device is the corner-stone of the new group messaging.

Is this the SoLoMo revolution – or just the evolution of tools (specifically mobile).  It’s just the next iteration of the marketers tool box.

We are better at using technology to create communities where there aren’t any.

5 Tips to Boost Your Mobile Efforts

<< by Amanda Sides on February 11th, 2011

thinkmobile1 5 Tips to Boost Your Mobile EffortsAbout 300 lucky Googlers were able to be in attendance at the Google New York office for the Think Mobile with Google one-day conference, but about 2,000 others were able to attend a few of the afternoon keynote sessions yesterday by viewing the live streaming video, myself included. So, thanks to the live stream offered by Google, I was able to get the same information from the comfort (and free-ness) of my Search Mojo desk down here in Charlottesville, VA… I love technology.

I’ll be recapping Jason Spero’s presentation, “The Time for Mobile is Now.” Jason Spero works with Google as the Head of Mobile Ads for the Americas. You can follow him on Twitter at @Speroman. You can also follow the hashtag #thinkmobile to catch more information filtering through from the Think Mobile event.

Google stated that 79% of the top 800 brands that advertise with Google do not have a site that is optimized for mobile.  So if you haven’t jumped on the opportunities that mobile offers yet, you definitely aren’t alone.

“It’s not too late to be early.” -Google thinkmobile

Jason Spero provided 5 great things to do in the next 90 days to improve your mobile efforts:

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DMF 2011 | Leveraging Location-Based Services to Engage with Customers, Prospects and Advocates

<< by Amanda Sides on February 4th, 2011

DMF logo4 DMF 2011 | Leveraging Location Based Services to Engage with Customers, Prospects and Advocates

With the growing mobile industry, I’m glad to see so many sessions based around mobile marketing.  This session focused on location-based marketing on platforms such as Foursquare.

Speakers that made it down to Austin for this session (a lot of speakers this year got stuck because of the weather and unfortunately couldn’t make it) were Asif R. Khan, Founder & President of Location Based Marketing Association, and Sarah Atkinson, Marketing Manager of FohBoh.  You can follow Asif on Twitter at @theLBMA, and Sarah at @FohBohGal.

From a brand point of view using location-based marketing, you’ll want to know where your consumers are, send them your brand message, give them offers and incentives to ultimately drive sales and measure ROI.

A few stats on who uses location-based services…

  • 80% male
  • 70% 19-35 yrs. old
  • 70% college grads
  • 20% more likely to do mobile research

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