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15
Dec 2015

Why leadership campaigns are important to nominees and those nominating

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With the announcement of the 40 Most Inspiring Leaders in Sales Lead Management, Jim Obermayer and Susan Finch discuss the not so obvious reasons campaigns like this are important. It's not just about building your contact lists, email lists and gaining members. It goes way deeper than that.

They will cover the evolution of such recognition campaigns within the history of the SLMA and other organizations. Points to include the value to the nominees, their companies but also to those who are nominating people. Join them for this, tweet your questions and comments before, during and after this episode. 

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1
Jun 2015

How to connect SEO directly to revenue!

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Revenue is rallying cry for marketing, as it has been since the last recession and seems to be accelerating.  In this episode Eric Kronthal of periscopeUP discusses how SEO is not simply a long term strategy for visibility, but it can be tracked for contributions to revenue. The host this week is Jim Obermayer.


About Eric Kronthal
 
Eric Kronthal is an experienced online marketer proficient in building custom solutions to meet online advertising and marketing objectives since 1996. Eric left PricewaterhouseCoopers' consulting services to become one of the early employees at Advertising.com (acquired by AOL) and he is credited with the launch of several industry leading online advertising solutions including Behavioral Targeting, Interactive Television advertising, and several self-service applications. Among the companies he worked with were Snap-on Tools, NASCAR, Match.com, USA Networks, H&R Block, PGA Tour, Southwest Airlines, TV Guide, and Comcast Cable. 
 
Eric started periscopeUP in 2009 to guide marketers toward accountable Search Engine Optimization. He and the team at periscopeUP believe success should be measured by the number of leads and sales generated, and not by search rank, clicks or visits. Customers include Trump Entertainment Resorts, Bon Secours Health System, Carnegie Mellon University, The Gettysburg Foundation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and CARCHEX. 
 
Eric, his wife and two children, live in Chevy Chase, MD. 
 
About periscopeUP
 
SEO services are just one of many offered by periscopeUP, including: Pay Per Click Search Advertising, Search Reputation Management, Display Retargeting, Web Development and Web Analytics. Regardless of the channel(s) used, periscopeUP's philosophy for increasing website conversions and leads is to optimize the marketing message for customers and prospects first and the channel or platform second. Month over month periscopeUP's analysts track, measure and report on tactics to continually improve.
 
While based in Washington, DC, many of periscopeUP's employees work virtually from Boston, New York, and Houston.
5
May 2015

Organic Mobile Search is Within Your Reach - Stop Pointing Fingers at Google

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CMOs, SEO companies, Web Developers - stop pointing fingers. Smart phones and mobile search are not new. Weren't you ready? What about third party applications you are using or married to? Instead of wallowing in "It's not my fault, we only had three months to plan!" - why not look at it as an opportunity to REVIEW, REVISE and RENEW your site?
Highlights include: 
00:23 It is not google's fault. It's about what the users want from their experience.
00:58 Google wants to give the users the best search results - the best experience.
01:15 What is the differentiator between #1 and #10 results?

01:34 #1 gripe when searching from mobile is the results don't lead to sites that are mobile friendly.

Browser vs. Search engines - the two have to play nicely to give you the best results.
03:38 - It's the Web Developer... it's the SEO company... it's the marketing team... Who is at fault? ANSWER: THEY ALL ARE!
04:43 The mobile search market has really heated up in the last year. 
05:30 Assuming you have looked at your analytics. Where are your visitors/searchers coming from? You need to know. 
06:07 CASE STUDY: Cost benefit analysis. Local brick and mortar: butcher shop.
08:40 You never know when someone will pick up their phone for an immediate query they have. You don't know when they have the time for this query that's bothering them. They will go from searching, reading to calling or walking in your doors within 24 hours. THIS is the conversion we are looking for. 
09:30 You have to be there for your customers when they want what you have. BE their solution, give them the answers they seek.
12:40 Even in small companies where one person or vendor wears many hats: media buy, design, SEO, marketing - we have a responsibility to know better and ask the question, know where their customers and searchers are coming from.

14:06 "It's (website) is doing what it's supposed to be doing." Are you sure?

14:36 - Provide your customers with custom dashboards to serve their needs, or take them on a tour of analytics so they know what's going on and have the answers as to where their customers are coming from.
15:30 It bit those in the butt who just put out a website and forgot about it. 
They treat their website like a shingle they hang outside their business. They hang it and it's just there.

What percentage of your traffic comes from organic search?

Is your website successful or not successful? Do you know?

16:21 Just because you have an eCommerce site with all of your products, you still need to TALK about your products - tell stories - tickle the search engines that you are active and engaged. The sole description in your product "more" needs to be more than the dimensions.
17:15 This is a wake-up call to all businesses if they are even paying attention.
17:30 What is your website about? What are you doing for it lately? It's more than just making it mobile friendly. It's about evaluating your goals, your marketing strategy, modifying it, updating it. 
18:08 It's a fabulous opportunity to refresh your online presence and get excited about your site once again.  Your old mailing lists may be drying up. Time to find a new audience for your products and services.
23:00 Find out from your Team in a GROUP CALL: who is doing this, what is the timeline and we need to get this done yesterday. Eliminate the shoulda wouldas and finger pointing - just solve it. 
24:00 You will have to most likely pay for these updates, especially if you have a custom site. The web changes so quickly, you have to be ready to invest to keep up. 
24:40 You need to check in with your web development team at least once a month. It needs to go on the list with the rest of your marketing and sales duties. This is the cog in a lot of these strategies.
25:00 It's time to get excited again about your website. Rebrand, review, renew!
25:45 Find David Kutcher at http://confluentforms.com and Susan Finch at http://susanfinch.com
4
May 2015

Mobilegeddon and other finger pointing, search and SEO nonsense.

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Susan Finch and David Kutcher of Confluentforms.com dove into this discussion as companies large and small are crying foul from Google with the new mobile friendly algorithms put in place for search results at the end of April. CMOs, SEO companies, Web Developers - stop pointing fingers. Smart phones and mobile search are not new. Weren't you ready? What about third party applications you are using or married to? Instead of wallowing in "It's not my fault, we only had three months to plan!" - why not look at it as an opportunity to REVIEW, REVISE and RENEW your site?


Related rant of sorts on LinkedIn >
Highlights include: 
00:23 Mobilegeddon is not google's fault. It's about what the users want from their experience.
00:58 Google wants to give the users the best search results - the best experience.
01:15 What is the differentiator between #1 and #10 results?

01:34 #1 gripe when searching from mobile is the results don't lead to sites that are mobile friendly.

Browser vs. Search engines - the two have to play nicely to give you the best results.
03:38 - It's the Web Developer... it's the SEO company... it's the marketing team... Who is at fault? ANSWER: THEY ALL ARE!
04:43 The mobile search market has really heated up in the last year. 
05:30 Assuming you have looked at your analytics. Where are your visitors/searchers coming from? You need to know. 
06:07 CASE STUDY: Cost benefit analysis. Local brick and mortar: butcher shop.
08:40 You never know when someone will pick up their phone for an immediate query they have. You don't know when they have the time for this query that's bothering them. They will go from searching, reading to calling or walking in your doors within 24 hours. THIS is the conversion we are looking for. 
09:30 You have to be there for your customers when they want what you have. BE their solution, give them the answers they seek.
12:40 Even in small companies where one person or vendor wears many hats: media buy, design, SEO, marketing - we have a responsibility to know better and ask the question, know where their customers and searchers are coming from.

14:06 "It's (website) is doing what it's supposed to be doing." Are you sure?

14:36 - Provide your customers with custom dashboards to serve their needs, or take them on a tour of analytics so they know what's going on and have the answers as to where their customers are coming from.
15:30 It bit those in the butt who just put out a website and forgot about it. 
They treat their website like a shingle they hang outside their business. They hang it and it's just there.

What percentage of your traffic comes from organic search?

Is your website successful or not successful? Do you know?

16:21 Just because you have an eCommerce site with all of your products, you still need to TALK about your products - tell stories - tickle the search engines that you are active and engaged. The sole description in your product "more" needs to be more than the dimensions.
17:15 This is a wake-up call to all businesses if they are even paying attention.
17:30 What is your website about? What are you doing for it lately? It's more than just making it mobile friendly. It's about evaluating your goals, your marketing strategy, modifying it, updating it. 
18:08 It's a fabulous opportunity to refresh your online presence and get excited about your site once again.  Your old mailing lists may be drying up. Time to find a new audience for your products and services.
23:00 Find out from your Team in a GROUP CALL: who is doing this, what is the timeline and we need to get this done yesterday. Eliminate the shoulda wouldas and finger pointing - just solve it. 
24:00 You will have to most likely pay for these updates, especially if you have a custom site. The web changes so quickly, you have to be ready to invest to keep up. 
24:40 You need to check in with your web development team at least once a month. It needs to go on the list with the rest of your marketing and sales duties. This is the cog in a lot of these strategies.
25:00 It's time to get excited again about your website. Rebrand, review, renew!
25:45 Find David Kutcher at http://confluentforms.com and Susan Finch at http://susanfinch.com

21
Apr 2015

A New Marketing Term is Born: Mega Content

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I love this “digital  commentary” by Paul Salvaggio. This month he tackles the thought that content marketing is part of what Gardner Research calls an over-hyped term deep in the “hype cycle”.   Paul gives us seven reasons why recent content management strategies are severely flawed and what he means by Mega Content and how it can benefit the user.   This is a very thought provoking commentary.

About Paul Salvaggio 

Paul Salvaggio is the VP of Operations for Backbone Media, a digital marketing agency based in Boston – Paul provides the tools, processes, services, and teams to best serve their B2B clients in the areas of data, technology and content. He leverages his nearly ten years of experience in the industry to help clients get their message out so they can focus on creating and fostering relationships. Contact: paul@backbonemedia.com
9
Feb 2015

Content and Lead Generation through RSS Feeds

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The Geekspeak Guides, Susan Finch and Yvonne Heimann, are at it again giving you ideas of how to use your own site content, content from other sites and from venues such as Youtube, Pinterest and more to populate your site, your podcasting venues such as iTunes and Stitcher. These ideas will help create that fill in content for your social media posts to give you more time to REALLY engage with people in real conversations. This episode was recently featured on Blubrry as a valuable episode.

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is your simple pipeline of information. In a nutshell, it’s a properly formatted text file created dynamically by websites such as blogs and other content management systems. They don’t all create them, but most do. There are even tools you can use to create one on your own. THIS is the file you want so you can PUSH your content and reuse it, reshape it and share it better with MANY more venues including iTunes. You may use this superpower whether you are gathering content from your website, Pinterest, podcast or other online sites and services.

This video will give you several ideas and teach you how to find your RSS feed on your own site, and where you can use it.

Did you know that PINTEREST is actually a BLOG with CATEGORIES? That means that your entire Pinterest account and individual boards can all be treated as an RSS feed. 

Google offers a great FREE tool to generate a feed post, allow subscribers, manage subscribers and allow you to bring in content from other sites into your own, share your content with others with just a few lines of code and it is all DYNAMIC using RSS.

Having a feed address gives you something very specific to submit to Google on one specific topic. 

Podcasts use XML/RSS feeds, as well. It's a text file with useful fields for these various venues. For a podcast, it knows to look for the associated media file, episode art and excerpt. Depending on the podcasting service you use such as Blubrry, Podbean, Lipsyn, you'll be given different options before they send your fabulous content off to venues such as iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and more.

This 20 minute show gives you some great ideas to use your content to generate more interest, more credibility, more leads and ultimately more sales. Trust us, we know this works.

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stitcher:  http://bit.ly/gsgstitcher
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13
Jan 2015

Images and Graphics for Marketing: Which format works best and WHY?

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Images done right – What’s the difference? png? jpeg? gif?
 
It is hammered into your head that EVERY blog post, every article and update needs an image.
We know those posts generally get the most activity – but only if they are quality and interesting images. But what about the format of those images and graphics, especially when they need to be LARGE such as on Google+ and Pinterest? There are several formats for online images: jpg/jpeg, gif and the current favorite, png.
 
Instagram allows 15 second marketing videos, Pinterest allows you to pin all images, some videos and animated graphics - but what makes the most sense to get your message out there?
 
What’s the difference?
How do we know which we want?
Can we simply rename an image?
What about saving as, a save as after saving as?
 
A copy of a copy of a copy – even digitally – begins to lose quality. We’ll give you tips on how to avoid that issue and keep your images as crisp, clear and lovely as possible.
 
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Helps:
Here is the link to Stackoverflows site, nicely describing differences:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2336522/png-vs-gif-vs-jpeg-when-best-to-use

And for crazy nerds, Google Developers "Image Optimization":
https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/performance/optimizing-content-efficiency/image-optimization
 
Free programs to edit images:
PicMonkey, Canva
 
Apps to edit images on your phone or tablet:
A Beautiful Mess!, Photoshop Express
 
Tips highlighted:
Start with the largest possible image and use SAVE AS to create variations and other formats. Name them all the same at the front and add: _500-lowres, _1200-highres, etc. so when you sort them they stay in a group and are easier to find.
 
Just because you can animate things, doesn't mean you should. Let's go back to that gooey baby from 1992!
 
Comment from event attendee, Brian Shea:
For those going back to the old days of dial-up in the 90's, keeping file size small was one of the most important lessons, as we had to upload those images via 28.8/56k.  So, we quickly understood and appreciated filesize.  When broadband came in, and digital cameras, all the new designers thought nothing of using photos directly out of the cameras.
Yes, I've seen 4mb files being used on websites.
Even for some old timers, they didn't get the concept that even though 'everyone' has broadband, the images still need to be optimized.  It wasn't until they got hit with major mobile data charges that they realized that filesize is not just about performance and speed. It's also costly.
9
Dec 2014

Why would you want to convert your audio podcast to video and visa versa?

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So you made a video show or tip or guide, but you want to turn it into a podcast. You can do that as a video – depending on your hosting account set up for your podcast station, or you can convert it to audio.
 
Which is a reminder, that not everyone sits watching you like they would The Voice. They may just want to listen. Don’t rely on screen shares and visuals if you want your content to be more versatile. But also, don't miss the opportunity to expose your video or audio content to a new audience easily.
 
What if you were a guest on a radio show and want to turn that content into video for YouTube? There are simple steps, including making sure you have permission from the original source to re-purpose the content. We will cover steps and ideas of how to best turn your content around to give you more options to get it out there.
10
Nov 2014

Vaccinate your marketing team against social media overwhelm

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As the director of marketing, Erika Goldwater manages the strategy and execution of the demand generation, communications, social media and content marketing programs for ANNUITAS. She has extensive experience in several companies and has learned a lot about bringing the team along the social media map and schedule.
 
Know your team, where they gained their knowledge and experience so you are able to bring them into your vision.
  1. Present a plan and show the full strategy.
  2. Baby steps to explain the steps of what they are, why they need them and how they can implement them.
  3. There is regular cadence, ground rules. Those need to be known - a guidebook they can refer to when you are not right with them.

"After those first couple of tweets, they feel more comfortable and are usually good to go." - Erika Goldwater

"Meeting a tweet quota is not social media engagement." - Susan Finch

Determine, what are the strategic goals of the company? Don't spend the time peppering venues where your buyers don't usually engage.
 

The goals: 

Engagement & Trust
Further your brand
Share information value to your customers.
 
If you aren't going to do that, please don't start social media.
 
It's social dialogue in real time.
You have to be dedicated to it. If you don't have a team willing to back you up, 
Teams have to be aligned with the activity - there has to be a commitment to it.
One tweet, one post - isn't enough.
 
Erika Goldwater drilling down social media to basics:

"Social media - be gracious. If you find something worth sharing, DO IT and give credit to the person who created or originally shared it with you."

 
Be careful about re-tweeting blindly without actually checking and READING the linked article. Same with pinning - where did it originate? Did you read it all the way through? You may get bitten in the fanny if you don't.
 
 
5
Sep 2014

Reputation Management: It’s more than reviews on Yelp!

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Join Susan Finch as she interviews  Director of Marketing and Joe Ibanez, Director of Sales for Reputation Impression. They will be discussing:

~ What is reputation management?
~ How do we control or respond to negative reviews?
~ How can we prevent negative reviews - or at least cut them WAY back?
~ Who is most likely to review your business and sully your reputation?
~ Who can help you BUILD it up?

This is geared toward service industries including auto, home services, hospitality, medical, legal and wellness.

Many business owners think that simply responding to reviews you receive on Yelp! is enough. It goes way beyond that. There are several venues that collect reviews, plus atypical places.

*ASK YOUR QUESTIONS* in the event stream in case you can't make it. Please reply YES or MAYBE so you stay current on this discussion and don't miss the live event!

*About our guests:*

Brigitte Rubidoux is the Director of Marketing at Reputation Impression, creating & managing all aspects of the company's digital brand. After attending the University of California Santa Cruz, she returned to San Diego to pursue a career in marketing. Brigitte is one of the early employees of the company and with her get it done attitude, has moved up from executive assistant to the Director of Marketing. She is always looking forward, trying to stay up to date with best practices and new ideas related to Internet Marketing.

As the Director of Sales for Reputation Impression, Joe has been able to utilize his Sales Training and his Personal Coaching skills learned while under the employment of Anthony Robbins and SBC Communications (now AT&T) to help Reputation Impression improve its Sales and Skill sets of employees under his direct supervision. Joe's skills are mainly focused towards Customer Service and satisfaction while having a proven track record in the sales arena as well.


This will be a live event on YouTube LIVE, Wednesday, September 10 9am Pacific.