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Being Signal Amidst the Noise: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Web Marketing Field

  1. Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz | @randfish | Being Signal Amidst the Noise
  2. Get the presentation:
  3. 5 Minutes OnlineOnline
  4. Let’s see what’s going on…
  5. Sounds fun, but no time Meh. Don’t need it. I know I should read this… Meh. Saw that earlier. Yeah, yeah. Not causation blah blah.
  6. Meh. Maybe later. Meh. Thanks Richard! I should check these, but… Cool. Older post. I can probably skip.
  7. At some point, I need to read through these… Ad. Ignore.
  8. Why are there so many @#$%! kinds of notifications!? 283? I’m never going to have time for this…
  9. Whoa. I should really comment on this, and maybe send my friends an email to say congrats.
  10. @#$%! Assholes are trying to ruin the gender-balance progress we’ve been making as an industry. Whoa! Friends are having babies! I should really drop them a line…
  11. Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh.
  12. I might read this one… The rest of these… Meh.
  13. This sounds interesting.
  14. Ugh. Email’s overloaded again.
  15. Actually, that only took me 4 Minutes4 Minutes
  16. More People Online Spending More Time Clicking More Stuff+ + = Easier to Get Web Traffic!
  17. More People Online Spending More Time Clicking More Stuff+ + = Easier to Get Web Traffic! x Harder
  18. The Law of Shitty Clickthrough Rates Via Andrew Chen’s Blog
  19. Part of brain that pays attention Internet
  20. Via Has Technology Changed Us Research into brain plasticity suggests that screen engagement is literally rewiring our minds
  21. This Leaves Marketers in a Scary Predicament Why isn’t anyone paying attention to me?!
  22. Stand out from the crowd
  23. Or Become the Noise Everyone’s Trying to Filter Hello?
  24. Strategies to Become Signal Amidst the Noise 5
  25. Pursue Less Accessible Opportunities #1
  26. Everyone is Chasing the Same Keywords
  27. AdWords Hiding Data Spells Opportunity for Those Who Broaden their Keyword Sets
  28. AdWords Hiding Data Spells Opportunity for Those Who Broaden their Keyword Sets Clearly, they have search volume…
  29. UberSuggest & are Used by Many Folks
  30. Google Suggest + WildcardsAre Rarely Used
  31. Related SearchesAreAlso Underutilized
  32. As is Google Correlate
  33. Manually Extracting Topics, Interests, and Language from Online Discussions Is Hardest (and least pursued) ofAll
  34. Top Influencers Attract Everyone’s Attention
  35. But these folks have massively busy streams, often teeming with “outreach attempts”
  36. Perhaps, we could look at who influences them…
  37. Or sort our influencers by more useful metrics
  38. Or scroll further down the list to find those who’d be more receptive
  39. Marketers Are Told to Pursue Channels & Tactics that Scale
  40. Via the GrooveHQ Blog Which means the tactics that don’t scale stand out from the crowd
  41. Apersonal email from the CEO/founder to every single new customer?
  42. This is not a man, but rather, a machine intelligence, simulating a human, sent to show us all what incredible participation on a social network looks like.
  43. My non-scalable activity is to answer almost every request I get – to meet, to answer questions, to do an interview – doing that for a decade has built some hard-to-replicate goodwill connections.
  44. Invest in Formats that Others Avoid #2
  45. The Easier Content is to Create; The Harder it is to Stand Out
  46. Blog Post Tweet Useful Guide Interactive Tool Guest Contribution for aNotable Publisher Photo MobileApp Video Custom Illustration Physical Product Successful, scalable community Easier Harder
  47. The Fastest Growing Social Platforms Are Based on Visuals: Via Global Web Index
  48. Visuals are often perceived as more trustworthy and accurate than text alone. Chart from NYMag’s Science of Us, Data from Prof. Brendan Nyhan
  49. Unfortunately,ALot of Marketing Investments in Visuals… Well… Suck.
  50. “Stockneric”
  51. “Borporate”
  52. “Illedgfographic”
  53. If You Can Stand Out Amidst this Crowd, Amplification is Far Easier toAchieve Data from Stone Temple Consulting’s Dec. 2014 Twitter Engagement Study
  54. Weirdly,Authentic &Amateur seems to often outperform Polished & Professional Via T-Shaped Web Marketer and Why SEOs Need to CareAbout Correlation
  55. The Less Directly a Tactic Leads to Sales, the Less the Competition
  56. Most Marketers and Sites Focus on Optimizing for Conversion Get More and More People Through These Steps And Get Paid $$
  57. But Investments in Education and Entertainment are Often Less Crowded Overrun with ads; hypercompetitive No ads; plenty room for new players
  58. Playing Games Browsing Social Reading News Engaging in Discussions Following Influencers If you get to know your audience well enough, you’ll know what they do before they ever reach the funnel
  59. Research If You Don’t Know… Via Growing Your Audience w/ Random Affinities Via Use Customer Surveys to Define Your Content Marketing Efforts Ask
  60. Adopt Early, While Competitors Delay #3
  61. Facebook’s Ads Are Finally Reaching Saturation
  62. But These PlatformsAren’t (Yet) Via Instagram Starts LettingAds Be Clickable
  63. SeeA Pinteresting New PPC Platform
  64. Excellent article fromAJ Kohn on using StumbleUpon + Remarketing with Great Results
  65. See Native or Not, Gum Gum’s In-ImageAds Work, and That’s What Matters
  66. See TheAdvertiser’s Guide to Surviving Reddit
  67. Mobile-Friendly is Table Stakes, But Mobile-First is Still in Infancy
  68. Via Benefits of a Mobile-First Design Strategy
  69. Tinder is one of the most powerful examples of a mobile-first design success.
  70. Via What Can We Learn from Tinder
  71. CNNhasrecently beenexperimentingwith mobile-firstcontentformats that createunique,engagingexperiences aroundcontent.
  72. Target Keywords, Sites, & Influencers BEFORE they Become Popular
  73. As an early Niice supporter, Mailchimp got a sweet ad deal to a great audience
  74. Today’s news forms tomorrow’s keyword demand Via PopURLs
  75. When stories like this becomes popular, keyword demand skyrockets, and fresher content has a better chance to rank.
  76. ReachingTop Influencers Can Feel Almost Impossible
  77. I may not be able to get Nilofer’s attention, but I can probably get in front of her up-and-coming influencers (via followeronk)
  78. Socialbakers will show you the fastest- growing profiles on Twitter, G+, & Youtube in given categories and countries
  79. Pay Attention to Correlation as Well as Causal Inputs #4
  80. In Social Media, Correlation Data is Well-Accepted Via Stone Temple’s Study of 4M+ Tweets
  81. e.g. Social Shares are Poorly Correlated w/ Content Engagement Via What You Think You KnowAbout the Web Is Wrong (from Chartbeat)
  82. e.g. Facebook Likes of Movie PagesAre Well-Correlated to Box Office Returns Via CitizenNet
  83. Via Experience the Blog Little Correlation Between Facebook Activity and Stock Performance
  84. We Use Correlation Data Intelligently in CRO Via Wordstream & KISS Metrics
  85. And InAdvertising Via Comscore & MarketingLand
  86. But, For Some Reason, When We Observe Correlations in SEO…. Via SearchMetrics Google UK Correlations
  87. Everyone Loses Their Minds
  88. Via Northcutt Blog
  89. When You Hear This: “Just because you implement doesn’t necessarily mean you should rank higher.” Via Does Use of Markup Create a Ranking Benefit
  90. Think This: “Schema might boost your rankings, because CTR, which is improved by schema, can directly or indirectly affects rankings.” Via Does Use of Markup Create a Ranking Benefit
  91. Then ConsiderAnalyzing the Data: Via SchemaAnalysis in SERPs from SearchMetrics
  92. Correlation doesn’t tell us why a site/page ranks higher than another.
  93. Correlation tells us what features & metrics sites/pages that rank higher have that lower ranking sites/pages don’t have.. More in this post: Why SEOs Need to CareAbout Correlation
  94. I want to know what top ranking sites are doing differently than lower ranking sites, even if it’s not a directly causal input to Google’s algorithm! More in this post: Why SEOs Need to CareAbout Correlation
  95. Invest in the Hardest Tactic to Measure: Brand #5
  96. Via Microsoft Research’s Domain Bias in Web Search Web SearchersAre Strongly Biased by Brands Searchers clicked WebMD 25%+ more often, even when it was given a less relevant snippet
  97. Via Queries & Clicks Can Influence Google’s Results Given that Queries & Clicks Can Influence Rankings… A few hundred clicks moved this result from #7 to #1 in under 3 hours.
  98. And thatTopical DomainAuthority is Such a Powerful Influencer of Rankings: Via Cognitive SEO’s Panda 4.0Analysis
  99. Via Forbes’Top Brands List Brand May Be a HugeAsset
  100. Via SEER Interactive’s Post on OfflineAdvertising Influencing Organic Search In the Future, BrandAdvertising May Be a Part of How SEO CampaignsAre Done:
  101. Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz | @randfish |
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