For the 3rd time, I've been invited to guest lecture at McGill University's School of Continuing Studies. I'll be guest lecturing to students enrolled in their Current Trends in Digital Communication course. Whereas past lectures covered Local SEO & Content Marketing Strategies and Using Social Media for SEO, this time I'll be focusing on an SEO Fundamentals & Best Practices.
Everyone and anyone will tell you that you have to create ‘good’ content, but what the hooter does that even mean? Some of your content might be really good at explaining your product/service’s value-proposition, but who effing cares? I mean, can you remember the last time you were like “Yeah, you know what I’m in the mood for right now? I’m in the mood for an internet salesman to knock on my browser window with an unsolicited advertorial in the form of a blog post or facebook ad.”?
Earlier this year, though, I had an opportunity to write a guest column for the Montreal Gazette. It was a learning experience, and it afforded me some first-hand insight into some the structural and cultural challenges that formerly print-publishers face as they continue to pivot into digital media. But it also made me better appreciate much of what I already knew as a content marketer. Here are a few of those tidbits of content marketing wisdom ;)
A little over a year ago, I was invited to guest lecture on Using Social Media for SEO at the McGill School of Continuing Studies. Well, I've recently started blogging about business for the Montreal Gazette, and have been invited back to lecture (next Tuesday, April 19th) on my inaugural post, Online Marketing: A roadmap for local businesses.
When it comes to SEO, there are best practices which are universal, immutable laws, and then there are a slew of strategies and tactics that you can/should employ depending on your industry, how competitive it is, and just exactly what it is that the competition is doing. While the travel industry is particularly competitive and widely varied, there are five (almost) immutable SEO laws that travel marketers should follow, regardless of the product/service they offer.
In a time when the adage “Content is King” is celebrated over and over as some kind of universal truth, many marketers fall into the trap of producing content for the sake of producing content. Just as your brand offers a unique selling proposition (USP) to its customers (e.g. user experience, loyalty rewards, etc.), so should its content; and by keeping your content strategy informed by your brand’s identity, voice, and USP, you can build a content strategy that helps you capture new customers and retain existing ones.
In this digital age, “Content is King” is a catch phrase that gets thrown around ad nauseum. After all, content is one of the most meaningful and effective ways to engage people through social media and get a brand in front of consumers. But while it’s great to produce content that people engage with and share and remember, what does that really do for a brand’s bottom line?
The McGill School of Continuing Studies has started offering a new certificate program in Digital Content and Community Management. I'll be guest lecturing tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 25, and the title of my lecture will be Using Social Media for SEO.
Content is king. Sure, whatever. Water is also wet, but who cares? Every marketer should know that you need content, and good content, but what does your content really amount to if it’s no different from what everyone else is doing?
Whether or not you agree with them, there are two cliches that digital marketers don’t seem tired of repeating: “SEO is Dead” and “Content is King”. I’m actually a little embarrassed to even mention them, but they’re gonna provide a nice little segue into the main narrative of this post — which is about how you can create better, more relevant content by mining search data to produce the kind of content that your actual potential paying customers might actually engage with.