In this first of a two-part series, SEO expert Luke Budka takes a basic approach to improving a company’s reputation using Google. For example, when you Google your business name, is it the first thing that comes up. Even better, everything Budka recommends here is free.
We’re guessing the sudden and untimely death of Deadspin (no pun intended) as a purveyor of no-holds-barred sports and social commentary will provide a case study for business students in what not to do with a successful endeavor. This post, from PR pro Dave Dykes and PRNEWS staffer Nicole Schuman, argues that the incident also offers a bevy of PR lessons.
On Oct. 25 Google debuted BERT, its biggest algorithm update since RankBrain in 2015. And BERT is definitely big. Google says BERT will impact one in ten search queries. In short, BERT improves Google’s understanding of language and should benefit authentic content that addresses readers’ pain points.
If it’s done right, SEO can improve both the quantity and the quality of your web traffic. SEO usually plays off of communications quite well, too. When used cohesively, you can build a powerful, integrated marketing campaign that produces data-driven results. If you recently started an SEO campaign, you’ll need a way to track the performance—and success—of your work. But which analytics are the most important to track? Here are five SEO metrics you simply can’t afford to ignore.
The privilege of pulling the data can sometimes cost thousands of dollars. With top-flight offerings requiring a significant buy-in, it’s easy to believe that SEO requires deep pockets. With a little effort, what’s freely available online can give you the same results as the heavy hitters in the industry. The expensive tools will do all the analysis for you, taking all the disparate data points presenting them in one place. But if you’re willing to do the work, you can avoid the big spend.
Nearly everyone in PR has heard the order from someone in the C-suite: “I want to be in The NY Times or the Wall St. Journal.” Getting your story in a major outlet is not a media relations strategy. Michael Brito, an EVP at the Zeno Group, proposes a balanced media relations approach, including pitching stories to smaller publications where they may resonate better with readers. He uses data to bolster the logic of his proposal.
More, more, more seems the catchphrase of the digital way of life. Perhaps, though, we’ve reached an inflection point. Several social media and digital thinkers lately have started to espouse the need for a less-is-more viewpoint. The latest is John Shehata, a Condé Nast VP, who argues that instead of creating more and more content that few will read, a path to success is to use SEO analysis to pick evergreen content that can be strategically refreshed and re-published.
So, the White House plans to host its first ever social media conference this Thursday. But Facebook or Twitter have not been invited. What does a social media summit look like without two of the biggest platforms participating? And who’s going to this thing, anyway? The White House has been mum. But based on what we do know, we take look at what might be discussed.
Here at PRNEWS, we regularly meet communicators who just can’t get enough SEO training. We want to know best practices for SEO, but don’t know where to begin—and the rules keep shifting! Ahead of our Digital Boot Camp: Using Google Tools for Communicators immersion class later this month at NYC’s Yale Club, test your understanding of what SEO means for communicators with this handy quiz.
Google has several enterprise-level tools that require a budget, but many of its tools—including Data Studio, recently graduated from beta—are completely free for the time being. Our roster of SEO and Analytics pros will be discussing some of these tools next month at PRNEWS’ Digital Boot Camp: Using Google Tools for Communicators, July 17 at NYC’s Yale Club. Ahead of the boot camp, though, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel empowered to start familiarizing yourself with these tools now. Communications professionals would be well-served to start experimenting with Google’s latest offerings, tinkering with messaging placement and delivery to see what resonates most with audiences.