Spending More Time on SEO Than Adding Value to Google? – @B2Community


I met my buddy Adam Viener for breakfast on Friday morning at the Reston, Virginia, Silver Diner. This is something we do seasonally. Adam’s an affiliate and an AdWords guru, par excellence, by profession; however, he also stays on top of organic search religiously just as part of creating content sublime enough to compel all the folks who click through from sponsored search, contextual ads, and display ads.

Hummingbird’s Secret

I asked him what he thought of Hummingbird, Google’s latest search algorithm, and he said:

“Aside from just making sure you have all of the share and +1 buttons sorted out on your sites and committing to Google Authorship, the only thing that’s left is simple: creating content that gives value to Google.”

Give Value to Google

The reason why so many companies, brands, and sites need to spend so much time and money on advertising and SEO consultants is because they’re also spending too much money on minimalist web designers who chop, cut, deforest, raze, and hilltop-remove “wordy” first- and second-generation website content down to simple, minimal, stock-photograph-splashed slideshow emblazoned front pages that have become so light on copy and textual content in service of being modern and designerly that there’s no there there for Google.

Google Needs Copy and Content More than Inbound Links

Spending More Time on SEO Than Adding Value to Google? image 8412619295 6f16a18d0b o 150x150Yes, Google does care about Google Authorship; inbound links and keyword terms; the proper use of headline, bold, emphasis, italics, and bullet points to describe content; meta tags and alt tags to help describe the foundational architectural metadata of the site; share me buttons, especially Google +1; and Google Analytic script embeds. All that is mechanics, is back room, is what goes on in the boiler and utility rooms and not in the front office, the lobby, the reading room.

No matter how well-lit, well-appointed, well heated, and inviting your library is, it’s really not a library unless there are books to read, content to consume and comprehend, be it multimedia, textual, spoken word, visual, etc.

Google Still Believes that Books Make the Library

Google needs the content of your library much more than it ever needed your library building; unfortunately, we all spend more of our time choosing the perfect platform (WordPress, Drupal, Squarespace?), the perfect template (Responsive, HTML5, swipeable?), and the perfect plugins (AddThisW3 Total CacheYoast‘sWordPress SEO?) than we do writing all the copy, storytelling, background… Leer más “Spending More Time on SEO Than Adding Value to Google? – @B2Community”

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The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive – @gigaom


SUMMARY: The current middleman services that link connected devices and different web platforms are just the first step in building out a context-aware internet of things.

by Seema Jethani, Enstratius

The next generation of integration platforms will be prescriptive where they will be able to observe our behavior across various facets of life and automatically build or recommend integrations for us.

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The popularity of APIs today has given rise to vendors such as IFTTT and Zapier that help us tie various services together very easily, without requiring us to program to the APIs ourselves. Gartner likes to call such vendors iPaaS or Integration Platform as a Service providers.

The beauty of Google NOW is that it passively delivers information to us that it predicts we will want, based on our search habits… Leer más “The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive – @gigaom”

¿Workaholic o productivo? – @ThinkWasabi


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El adicto al trabajo suele crear más problemas de los que soluciona. Y al profesional hoy se le mide justo por lo contrario, por su capacidad para crear ideas y solucionar dificultades.

El adicto al trabajo no tiene objetivos. Convierte su lista de tareas en sus objetivos y le “dispara” a todo lo que se mueve. Su mayor meta es «terminar todo lo que hay que hacer».

Un profesional aprende y crece desarrollando nuevas habilidades, aceptando retos, ampliando conocimientos, colaborando mejor… Y ninguna de estas cosas implica “salir cuanto más tarde la oficina mejor”.

El frenesí de la actividad sin fin le hace creer que está consiguiendo mucho. Pero el objetivo final de todo trabajo no es hacer y moverse, sino conseguir resultados dirigidos.

El exceso de horas lleva al cansancio, el cansacio a cometer errores y los errores a la mediocridad.

Vivir en la oficina saliendo tarde hace que no descanse, que no haya desconexión y que al día siguiente se empiece sin energía y entusiasmo; lo que lleva a trabajar peor y a salir más tarde. Es un círculo vicioso.

Trabajar muchas horas como forma de vida suele conllevar otros malos hábitos: desde no planificar y no distinguir las tareas, no hacer ejercicio y descansar, hasta abusar de los estimulantes (café, bebidas energéticas…)

Vivir colgado del trabajo siempre ocupado haciendo cosas lleva a descuidar, maltratar o ignorar (o las tres cosas) la parte más importante de la vida: tú y tu familia. Podrás sustituir un trabajo pero lo otro es irrepetible.

Echar más horas no significa que te preocupes más que yo, o que tengas más rigor profesional, o que incluso tengas más hambre de hacer y aprender. Sólo significa que trabajas más horas que yo. (Como apunta 37Signals en el libro Rework.)

Todo esto no lo escribo como crítica, sino como pura reflexión. Y lo hago con conocimiento de causa. Porque yo fui un adicto al trabajo durante casi 10 años de mi carrera profesional. Y así me fue. Afortunadamente me di cuenta a tiempo y pude reaprender a trabajar. Pero la realidad del mundo es bien distinta. No hay semana que no me encuentre con algún profesional que, además de serlo, enarbola la bandera del «workaholic» con orgullo.

— Berto Pena

¿Cómo se comportan los argentinos en Internet?


Una radiografía de los 17 millones de usuarios locales refleja que pasan unas 22 horas mensuales on line, en su gran mayoría desde una computadora personal, según un informe de la consultora comScore

Con unos 17 millones de usuarios de Internet, Argentina se posiciona como el tercer país con más presencia digital en América latina, detrás de México con 24 millones y Brasil con 64 millones, de acuerdo al reporte Futuro Digital Argentina 2013, realizado por la consultora comScore .

El sector de mayor peso dentro de la población on line está comprendido en el grupo de 15 a 24 años, con el 29,2 por ciento, seguido del de 25 a 34 años, con el 27,4 por ciento y luego, con 18,9% el de 35 a 44 años. Sin embargo, en una vista general, sobre el total los mayores de 45 años se posicionan como el 25 por cierto de los usuarios on line de la Argentina.

Los argentinos están unas 22 horas mensuales conectados a Internet, y son las mujeres mayores de 55 años las que pasan más tiempo on line, con un promedio mensual de 25,5 horas, el segundo valor más alto de la región en esa franja etaria, detrás de las brasileñas, que tienen un promedio de 28 horas mensuales.

Asimismo, los usuarios argentinos tienden a estar entre los países más involucrados en las redes sociales , al registrar unas 9,1 horas mensuales en las redes sociales, detrás de Brasil e Italia, con unas 13,1 y 9,5 horas mensuales, respectivamente. Aquí, toda la atención se la lleva Facebook, con el 94 por ciento, seguido por Twitter con el 1,3 por ciento. Leer más “¿Cómo se comportan los argentinos en Internet?”

Social Media Advertising Not Making Friends With Consumers – thnx @david_vanamburg


In spite of a staggering 20% increase in user volume over the past year, user satisfaction with social media websites at 68 is still one of the lowest-scoring industries among all those measured by ACSI. It surpasses only Internet service (65), which indicates that users are displeased with multiple components of their online experience.

By David VanAmburg
Vía acsimatters.com

So what reasons do users most often cite as the cause for their low satisfaction? According to ACSI’s July 2013 report, the main contributor is an increase in advertising on social media sites. Other concerns include wariness about privacy violations and unhappiness with the ease of interface use.

Wikipedia, the leading company for a fourth straight year at 78, is notable for its lack of advertising and easy-to-use interface. Pinterest, at 72, was the only site to make a significant gain (+4%) and also benefits from a streamlined interface that allows users to create and access their accounts via Facebook and Twitter.

Social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are at the bottom of the category in spite of their popularity. Sites like these will likely need to step up their efforts in the crucial areas of advertising and interface development to improve customer satisfaction. In the meantime, they remain the lowest-rated companies in the e-business category.

My selection as a lector: “MIT Sloan Management Review” | Vía @mitsmr


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  • Four Ways Social Data Can Generate Business Value
    Full article: http://goo.gl/387coA

    Big data has been described as the new oil, but perhaps a more apt metaphor is the new solar — it is a renewable source of energy, but must be cost-effectively captured and processed to be converted into new forms of value.

    Companies both large and small have access to a growing stream of social data from an increasing number of sources. This stream is continually being enriched and renewed as our interactions unfold over time and as our ability to efficiently capture data about those interactions increases.

    While many firms are investing time and resources into mining this data, the bulk of the attention thus far has been placed on how social data can help public relations, marketing and sales engage more relevantly with consumers. Indeed, the amount of data available for this purpose is staggering: according to a Forrester blog from 2010, American consumers were already posting more than a 1.6 billion reviews of products and services online in 2009. That number continues to climb as more sites enable user-generated reviews and ratings.

    We believe, however, that firms are missing a significant opportunity to use social data to gain intimate and real-time knowledge about what is going on within, not just outside, the organization.

    Today, many organizations take either a 30,000-foot view of social data or an intensely granular, technical approach. Few firms have tapped into social data in a way that allows them to connect it explicitly to operating performance data and execute on it effectively.

    Social data science leaders and business thought-leaders must meet in the middle to collaborate on both how to analyze the data and why such analysis would be meaningful. We have only begun to understand social data’s potential value in the workplace, but much of this potential is dependent on having the mindsets and methods in place to make the most of our newest natural resource.

  • Social Business = Social Bonding
    Full article: http://goo.gl/UH0PAk

    A study by FedEx and Ketchum found that 52% of respondents said social business was strengthening relationships with the general public; 51% said it was strengthening relationships with clients; and 40% said it was strengthening relationships with partners and suppliers.

    Social business activities can pay off in various ways. Earlier this year, MIT Sloan Management Reviewand Deloitte highlighted benefits related to better market intelligence, faster customer service as well as improvements to internal operations, such as finding expertise, distributing knowledge and more effective project collaboration. (See our 2012 Special Report, Social Business: What Are Companies Really Doing?)
    While building stronger relationships is naturally fuzzier and harder to pin down benefit than, say, “customer response time” or even something like “increased market intelligence,” improved relationships means a stronger business across and beyond the organization. (We’ve previously published on the importance of building trust with employees and customers and suppliers; see, for instance: “Unconventional Insights for Managing Stakeholder Trust,” by Michael Pirson, and Deepak Malhotra, from the July 1 2008 issue of MIT SMR.)

    The FedEx/Ketchum study’s report of the connection between social business and improved stakeholder relationships is supported by other researchers in the field. In a recent interview withMIT SMR, strategy and management consultant Nilofer Merchant discussed how her research found that social enhances a firm’s relationships with employees and customers. Jacob Morgan, principal of Chess Media Group, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm on collaboration and the author of The Collaborative Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2012), told us that based on his observations, the benefits of collaboration even positively impacts the quality of life of employees at home, outside of the workplace. And Dion Hinchcliffe, in his four-stage Capability Ladder of Social Business, says that the highest level in the ladder is also relationship based, what he calls the ability to “partner with the world.”

Association of National Advertisers and Nielsen – @Nielsen

ABOUT THE ANA

Founded in 1910, the Association of National Advertisers leads the marketing community by providing its members with insights, collaboration and advocacy. ANA’s membership includes more than 525 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend more than $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA strives to communicate marketing best practices, lead industry initiatives, influence industry practices, manage industry affairs, and advance, promote, and protect all advertisers and marketers. For more information, visithttp://www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

ABOUT NIELSEN

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.nielsen.com.

PRESS CONTACTS:

CooperKatz & Company for the ANA: Marcus Hardy; (917) 595-3043; mhardy@cooperkatz.com
CooperKatz & Company for the ANA: Luna Newton; (917) 595-3061; lnewton@cooperkatz.com
Nielsen: Anne-Taylor Adams; (646) 654-5759; annetaylor.adams@nielsen.com


Media spend attributed to multi-screen advertising campaigns is expected to grow from 20 percent of budgets today to 50 percent in the next three years, according to a new study by ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and Nielsen conducted among client-side marketers, agencies and media sellers. Multi-screen campaigns were defined as those that run during a similar timeframe across two or more screens including TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone and digital place-based media.

Emphasizing the significance of multi-screen advertising campaigns, 48 percent said they believe these campaigns are very important in effectively delivering marketing messages today.  And a vast majority of those surveyed (88 percent), predict that multi-screen campaigns will be very important in three years.

“Measurement is the biggest issue that will influence the rate of growth for multi-screen advertising,” said Bill Duggan, Group Executive Vice President of the ANA. “The industry needs to adopt measures that are consistent, comparable, and combinable across screens to provide a complete picture of a campaign’s effectiveness.”

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“At Nielsen we work closely with our clients to help them deploy consistent, multi-platform measurement against their advertising initiatives, so these findings confirm what we’re already seeing in the market. The potential for marketers and the industry as a whole is significant as multi-platform measurement is embraced in the marketplace,” said Randall Beard, Head of Global Advertiser Solutions for Nielsen.

“We at Nielsen are committed to providing multi-platform measurement capabilities in order to make marketing spend more effective and to grow the industry as a whole. Studies like this done in collaboration with respected industry organizations like the ANA are incredibly useful for those of us who are tasked with developing the next-generation measurement tools that inform the important decisions marketers, agencies and media sellers are making every day,” said Megan Clarken, Executive Vice President of Global Product Leadership for Nielsen.

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