Category: Content & Writing

The five facets of media

The five facets of media

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I recently overheard a conversation amongst a group of interns tasked with mapping the new media landscape: “Uber is clearly a medium, not a service!” argued one eager participant. “It’s a platform that mediates interactions between users; if Facebook and Google are media companies, then so is Uber!” When I started in the advertising industry, […]

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Attention + intensity: Tips for navigating the new age of media strategy

Attention + intensity: Tips for navigating the new age of media strategy

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As marketers and brands have seen, the prevalence of digital video has transformed how consumers access media and content. Essentially, video is not the future, it’s the “now”. According to Cisco, global IP video traffic will represent 82 percent of all consumer internet traffic by 2021, up from 73 percent in 2016. Consumers no longer […]

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Beyond keywords: What really matters in SEO content

Beyond keywords: What really matters in SEO content

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Just when we thought the saying “Content is king” was gone for good, there it goes showing its sneaky little face again in the search engine optimization (SEO) world. Bearing in mind also that “Content is queen,” it appears that content is, in fact, pretty danged important — so important that a new sub-industry has […]

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Why do we overcomplicate link building?

Why do we overcomplicate link building?

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People regularly ask me what tactics and strategies I can share with them about link building. When I answer, “Well I just search the web for good sites and reach out to them,” I tend to get a lot of disappointed looks and long faces. I don’t have any top-secret methods for finding good linking […]

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7 ways protections for online content are being eroded

7 ways protections for online content are being eroded

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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is critical to the foundation of online commerce as it’s exercised today. That’s why the recent debate about tweaking it to tackle online sex trafficking pitted some of the biggest online players against the interests of some of the most vulnerable victims in our society. In the […]

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Already doing SEO? Add these two things to optimize for voice search

Already doing SEO? Add these two things to optimize for voice search

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How do you optimize content for voice search in 2018? That’s a popular search engine optimization (SEO) question these days as everyone looks to take advantage of the surge in spoken queries. Take a look at recent trends: The answer to the popular question, “How do you optimize for voice search?” is this: Do what […]

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What's different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

What’s different about digital marketing in the cannabis industry?

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The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing in the US, with a diverse and exciting startup landscape. And yet, it faces an uphill battle when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and marketing. There are no AdWords or Facebook advertising programs available and no current opportunities to advertise a cannabis company […]

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SEO Ranking factors panel: SMX West session recap

SEO Ranking factors panel: SMX West session recap

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I attended the SEO Ranking Factors session at this year’s SMX West and enjoyed listening to the panelists present their opinions, experiences and ideas. Any discussion of ranking factors raises a lot of emotions and controversy, and this was no exception. It is important to understand how to use information from these types of sessions: None […]

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5 easy but smart SEO wins to boost content and link-building efforts

5 easy but smart SEO wins to boost content and link-building efforts

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Are you looking for some smart and easy SEO wins in 2018? Who isn’t? This is a great time to knock down the cobwebs in your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts with some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Sure, producing great content can be loads of fun, and link building can deliver powerful results, but sometimes you […]

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7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered

7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered

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It’s no secret a well-executed content marketing campaign can deliver a solid return on investment. According to Demand Metric, content marketing generates three times more leads than most outbound marketing strategies at 62 percent less cost. As marketers pad their budgets with more money to invest in content marketing this year, one strategy that often […]

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Creating the best lead-gen website, step by step

Creating the best lead-gen website, step by step

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Before I graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Lynda Weinman was my teacher for web design. Yes, THAT Lynda — who created Lynda.com and sold it for $1.5 billion to LinkedIn (just to give you some perspective on where I’m coming from). Back then, I was fortunate enough to be around creative geniuses tackling […]

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8 steps for avoiding disaster

8 steps for avoiding disaster

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Clients are taking more and more of their programmatic work in-house, and that migration is now increasingly moving beyond media buying to include creative work. In fact, here at our company, we’ve seen at least half a dozen major clients in the last 12 months take meaningful steps to bring digital creative in-house. Unfortunately, many […]

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