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MarketMix 2011, Event Pre Game

Join me at MarketMix 2011 Wednesday March 9th. I’ll be co-presenting along with Stuart Jenner from Marketek Consulting Group on the topic of improving your analytics (See full MarketMix 2011 agenda here)

Analytics and paid search should be on every team’s radar. Making assessments can be tough, but using every tool available to you can make all the difference. Great coaches continually gather and review stats on every player, because you have to know what’s working and what adjustments need to be made to your game plan. With optimization, the biggest change from a year ago is the way Google is, in some instances, integrating results from a number of different data sets. Businesses that care about local marketing are most impacted by this. Coach Jenner will cover local ads, local optimization, ads targeted to local sites (PI, Times, blogs) and guerrilla PR techniques for blogs and press.

In this session we will drive into some straight-forward strategies, along with some specific tactics for segmenting your message and refining your target.

In a nutshell, I’m going to

  • push audience members to rethink what areas they are looking at to measure ROI.
  • define segments of social media; including influencers and priority prospects.
  • challenge attendees to establish new models for executive stakeholders to think about.
  • make marketers think outside the box by removing ‘the box’ from the equation.

I’m open to virtual questions and answers both before and after. If you would like to get a specific digital analytics question answered, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly.

You can gain some additional insight on this topic by reviewing some of my other articles:

You can check out a full list of speakers @ MarketMix 2011 here.

Rod Brooks
VP, Chief Marketing Officer
PEMCO Insurance
@NW_mktg_guy

Shannon Burley
VP of Marketing
Seattle Storm
@SeattleStorm

Stephanie Gray
Marketing Manager
Seattle Seahawks/Seattle Sounders FC
@Seahawks
Gregg Greene
Director of Marketing
Seattle Mariners
@TheRealMariners

Porter Gale
VP Marketing
Virgin America
@VirginAmerica

Paul Anderson
Columnist, Speaker
Career Psychology Consultant
@ProLango

See you @ MarketMix 2011 !

Understanding Page One Results

It wasn’t that long ago that the concept of searching the web gave a visualization of finding the desired information in a like-minded format with our ‘search term’ at the top of the page and results listed out in a pretty basic format. Every business wants the sacred ‘1st page result’ on search engines (hopefully earning the fabled revenue that comes with it.)

The search engine struggle also became like a big game of poker: some businesses risked everything on the wrong hand only to have search giants such as Google ‘change the game’ on them. This made progress and expertise in winning the game a difficult proposition (when the house knows the players are winning, it wants to change the rules…)

As search engines like Google began indexing more and more information, the format and availability of non-text information became available. The influx of different types of information give search engines a continual excuse to change the game. It leads to a constant shift of how page one results appear; having visual elements inserted into the mix, along with information that was ‘related’ to the search.

Understanding the game

If we take this basic concept and then visualize the fact that people are simply creating millions of pieces of data every single day, search engines have an infinite playground to test different formats and functionality.

The shift of different formats affects the functionality that businesses rely on for promotional and brand exposure. Every shift creates a gap in learning and opportunity. Depending on the nature of your service and profession, how search engines present your information alongside of competitors and related businesses can drastically alter the way you need to coordinate your online presence. Read more

Dangers of Social Media – ask, experience, measure, understand or feel?

This is a personal insight as a social media trainer. I hope you can gain some enlightenment from it.

As the world of social media has accelerated in the past few years, we have been begun to see what I refer to as the ‘wisdom of fire.’

To begin to analyze social media and derive value from the metrics being generated- you have to understand all of the invisible things happening right in front of you.

You also need to understand the inherent dangers of social media. Read more