So at weeks end, what have I got this time to have you spend your weekend thinking on – well, it’s a site by two of the globe’s best known online marketers – Rand Fishkin and Dharmesh Shah whom you must have heard about, right?
Well their site is www.inbound.org and what a great way to spend the weekend catching up on marketing knowledge, eh!
If it’s one guy I especially like when it comes to reading his “take” on all things marketing, it’s Oli Gardner of unbounce.com – and yes, he’s done it again! His take on the latest infographic, published by Wordstream entitled “24 Hours in the Google Economy” is pretty dang spot on and you must both go to look over the longish infographic here first….then read Oli’s take here.
See what I mean?
Google has finally released it’s Disavow tool…and for those of us in the trenches of the SEO world, it’s getting to be a very interesting time! Here’s what I’ve learned and here’s what I think you need to consider.
Of course I’m assuming that as an SMB owner, you know about SEO. You know the real value of an SEO Campaign for your marketing strategy and you know about the value of IBLs…inbound back links. You know how hard it is to craft a link acquiring set of tactics to both engage your channel community and you work hard at doing just that – or you have an SEO firm doing that for you.
Simply put, because I was so dang busy with clients first and speaking engagements secondly….and this post today is yes, late…but on just where I’ve been lately passing along our knowledge of online marketing!
And I’ve got two seperate events to talk about today…so here’s the one on the weekend just past!
Okay, so you’re just searching for something – say it might be news on that Hamilton Lion’s Lair event just of a week ago. So you type into your Google search field “Lion’s Lair 2012″ and click on SEARCH….and up come the hits.
And guess what….one of them, the top one in this case as the #1 hit, has a picture of the “author” as well as the normal search snippet that Google adds to the description area.
Wouldn’t it be nice if that photo was of YOU?
Yes that’s right….today is the second annual Lion’s Lair Gala event where the winners of the contest will be announced….and Snappay is one of those in the running for $100,000 in cash and prizes – and we’re pumped!
And the #HamOnt Spectator, our daily newspaper covered same in a full-page spread on those top ten finalists and can be seen here too (big shout-out to Meredith MacLeod for the great reporting too!).
And a small reminder/disclaimer, that Snappay is a new mobile app that I’ve invested in and I am the CEO so it was myself that did the “pitch” to the Lions back in late August so as you may be able to tell, I’m very proud of what the company has done in the past 5 months since our launch!
Perhaps from the title alone, you’ll guess that what I really mean is not do you actually “have” an SEO routine – but why would you have one? Yes, that’s right….what I mean by that is that in the SEO world, there can be no “routines” at all!
What I’m not talking about is the spammy emails that we all get asking for a link, generated as always by one of those phony SEO tool firms that promise that they will first help you “find” the sites to link to – and then you just click away on that list to send out boilerplate “can we have a link” emails to hundreds and hundreds of link candidates.
Those of us who follow the online marketing world know – and have had it pounded into our conciousness – that the SEO channel is growing by leaps and bounds, and a new survey and it’s subsequent report over at Conductor shows just why that is, eh!
As noted in the preamble, organic SEO drives about 50% of all traffic to websites, which is 500% more than all the Social Media channels combined. Think about that for a second…5x greater than ALL the branded tweets, LI groups, Facebook page likes….5x greater. There’s a statistic that made me whoop right out loud, eh….and the survey has lots more to say on that too!
Okie-dokie….you know by now about Negative SEO. You’ve read up on same all over the web, right? A simple google for same brings up almost 10,000 links to stories, blog posts, forums and the like explaining what it is and how it works.
And the fact, that yes…it’s truly something to think about. While I’m too chicken to actually google for “pay to have someone negatively SEO my competition” — okay, I lied…I just did that and got 2+million hits…sigh..what it means is that yes, your site can be negatively affected by a competitor or their SEO firm. That’s true. You should know that.
Most likely you already know what an “Elevator Pitch” is – that supposedly, it’s a short very to-the-point pitch that you give to an investor prospect in less than a minute….say the same amount of time it’d take to ride up to an office in a downtown skyscraper.
Least, that’s the thinking and what you can find all over the web….but I think – and hopefully can make the case here, that in reality an Elevator Pitch is “it!” It’s the single most important piece of early marketing that any startup founder can use to try to get interest and momentum in their new company!
Okay, you’ve most likely heard tons of stories about how some app developers on either the iOS or Android or even the RIM platform have made tons of money, bought the Maserati and retired to the beach on Nevis….and you’re figuring that this may just be the biz model to clone and follow.
Okay, you may want to know first, what prompted this blog piece and to be totally honest it was the comments of an attendee at a workshop I gave yesterday down at MIPs for the Innovation Factory StartupWeekendHamilton:2 runnerup winners.
The prize that they won that we donated was to get a workshop on Online Marketing and SEO & how to use same to gain new traffic and users, and we did same in the Boardroom of the Innovation Factory here in #HamOnt.
I am so proud of this young man – and yes, a reminder that I’m also involved with Snappay as their CMO and have been working hard for Lorne to help market Snappay, our mobile POS application that allows a user to charge a customer’s credit cards with no hardware!
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You are a small biz owner and you’ve heard that this “Twitter” online service is pretty much anything BUT business….and so why should you even consider adding this media outlet to your marketing mix?
So….with time being the major constraint in your world….why indeed?
Well, answer is….there’s more – much more to Twitter, than simple personal revelations like “I had Cheerios this morning” and “Didn’t like John Carter very much…” and to combat that thought alone you are in luck!
On March 8th, the group of US Congress bills, collectively called the JoBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups) passed the House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate….and IMHO, that spells trouble for our Canuck startup futures…but let me explain! You already know as a reader, that we’ve been watching closely on HR 2930, the Crowdfunding Bill, but this group encompasses much more opportunity for both startups and investors and here’s a simple one-pager on the Act itself…
Right now, it’s illegal for a US or Canadain startup to solicit investors on platforms like Twitter or Kickstarter. But the US-onlyJOBS Act would change that south of the border only!