How to Avoid the Google Fred Update

by Al Sefati
Google Fred update

Google’s algorithms are not set in stone. Actually, they change quite frequently—usually in minor ways that hardly warrant mentioning. Every now and then, though, Google changes its inner workings in a way that has a major impact on Web gurus and digital marketers—and one such update has happened just recently. It’s been called the Google […]

Is Search Experience Marketing Replacing SEO?

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SEO & Customer Journey Marketing

For a long time, online marketing has effectively been dominated by SEO—where the benefits are numerous but the basic goal is fairly straightforward: Getting your website to rank so that it can be found by online search engine users. Nobody denies that search engine visibility is important—imperative, even. Increasingly, though, digital advertising professionals view it […]

What is Integrated Digital Marketing?

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Integrated online digital marketing

Increasingly, the conversation about online marketing is turning toward the concept of integration—specifically, of developing an integrated marketing strategy. Certainly, every business needs its own integrated marketing strategy, but exactly what does this mean, and what makes it so indispensable? Simply put, integrated digital marketing rests in the idea of cross-channel effectiveness—that is, in the […]

Is Donald Trump Right About CNN Being Fake News? A Digital Marketer’s Perspective

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CNN President Trump

Fake news.If you’ve paid any kind of attention to recent headlines, you’ve heard the term before. Long before ascending to the presidency, or even winning the election, US President Donald Trump made far-reaching allegations about fraudulent news sources—including even mainstream news outlets such as CNN. Meanwhile, Facebook has pushed against the idea of fake news, […]

Why Outsourcing is Good – 5 Reasons Smart CMOs Choose Distributed Teams

by Al Sefati

There was a time when all the members of a professional team would work together in the same office—but the workplace is changing, and it’s changing fast. In today’s world, it is increasingly common to have distributed teams, including not only virtual employees but also vendors to whom you outsource key responsibilities. Thanks to major […]

6 SEO Predictions for 2017

by Al Sefati

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s our prediction for 2017, at least on an SEO front. While SEO, as a field, seems like it’s constantly shifting, squirming, and changing, many of the biggest trends that we expect for the coming year actually reflect a deepening, or a doubling down, of […]

Local SEO Tips for Practitioners

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Different industries and niches have their own unique requirements for local SEO. Today, we’re going to turn our attention to practitioners, and show how they can boost their visibility on Google by implementing the best local SEO principles. What is a Practitioner Listing? When we talk about practitioners, what do we mean? In the lingo […]

What is Semantic Search?

by Al Sefati

It’s easy for us to think of Google as a sentient entity—almost as a person. We talk about how smart Google is. We praise Google for helping us. We view Google as a trusted friend. It can be difficult for us to remember that, for as smart and as helpful as Google is, it’s not […]

Boost Your Results in Amazon Search Engine Optimization

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You may not think of Amazon.com as a search engine—but it is one, and a significant one, at that.  Consider it this way: When people need to find an answer to their question, they tend to use Google, the world’s largest search engine. But when people need to find a product, they tend to use […]

Amazon Continues Domination as Product Search Engine of Choice

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Where do you turn when you’re looking for information? For most of us, the answer is simple: Google. Though Bing commands a respectable market share, there’s no questioning that Google is the search engine of choice. But what about when you’re looking for products? The product search engine of choice is not Google, but rather […]