Why is SEO So Hard? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In this episode of Here's Why, Mark & Eric tackle the biggest obstacles of successfully implementing a sound SEO plan for your company’s overall marketing strategy. Your CTO will probably have different goals from your CFO, while you and your CMO might have different opinions on the best way to move forward. Knowing how to address … [Read more...]

What If Our Brand’s “Face” Breaks Bad?

What if our brand's "face" breaks bad?

Is having a personal brand that represents your company brand too risky?  I'm on a crusade. A #PBR crusade! No, not for the favorite ironic beer brand of hipsters. My #PBR is what I call a Personal Brand Representative. I described the role in depth in my post for Moz titled "Personal Brand Punch: Why Your Brand Should Be … [Read more...]

I See Content Everywhere! How to Never Run Out of Great Content Ideas

I see content everywhere! How to never run out of great content ideas.

Do you have a "sixth sense" for great content ideas? In the smash hit movie The Sixth Sense, eight-year-old Cole Sear has a problem. He sees something no one else sees: dead people. Though the boy is terrified by these visions, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist (played by Bruce Willis), helps him to see his ability as a gift. … [Read more...]

The Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google Now vs. Siri vs. Cortana

How Many Quarts in a Gallon

Google's Knowledge Graph has been the center of much attention lately. We have been hearing a lot about another concept called the Knowledge Vault as well. But just how extensive is Google's capability? And what about Siri and Bing/Cortana? How do they stack up? To find out, we loaded the Google App onto an iPhone (Google Now is part … [Read more...]

Facebook Post Types: Picking a Winner Isn’t Easy

Which Facebook Post Types Perform Best?

It’s no secret that at StoneTemple we are Google+ enthusiasts. It’s widely known in the Google+ community that image posts are the most effective. And it makes sense; today’s users expect a rich experience when they interact with the web, with quality, eye-catching visuals that convey the tone and message of the content.  For most … [Read more...]

The Power of the Personal: If You Liked It Then You Shoulda Put Your Name on It

Power of the personal in online marketing

"If ya liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it" sings Beyonce. She's saying, if you really want someone, be willing to have your name associated with them. I won't sing to you (believe me, you should be thankful), but I am going to tell you: if your want to be known for something, then you shoulda put your name on it. I'm … [Read more...]

Authorship Adoption Fail – Detailed Stats

One reason why Google Authorship failed: lack of adoption

  On August 28, 2014, Google's John Mueller announced the end of the Authorship markup program (also known as rel=author markup). In today's post I will: Show you data on how authorship data was used (or not) by 150 top media sites Outline why we think this contributed to Google's reasons for canceling the rel=author … [Read more...]