Neal Schaffer: Social Media in 2014 and Beyond

Neal Schaffer on the future of social media

Recently Neal Schaffer was our guest on our Digital Marketing Excellence Show. Neal has been a Forbes Magazine Top 50 Social Media Influencer for two years running, is an internationally-known keynote speaker on social media strategies, and is the author of several popular social media marketing books, including his most recent Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success. In the hour-long interview conducted by Stone Temple Consulting ... Read More >

Graph Search & Social Search With Bing's Stefan Weitz

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Key Points Initially when Bing launched social search, they wanted to carve out a distinct space for the social results. Later on it became clear that these worlds were blending together and it made less and less sense to keep them in a separate space. Bing is now indexing 30 times more data from Facebook than they had previously. On average, people will see about 5 times more results than before. While Bing is doing a much better job of harnessing user’s relevant friend information, they are ... Read More >

Link Pruning is the Key to Addressing Penguin

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With today's post I am happy to announce the launch of the Stone Temple Consulting YouTube Channel. And, we are kicking that off with a video interview I did with Bruce Clay on a hot topic - link pruning. As you probably know, Google's recent Penguin update focused on lowering rankings for sites that use questionable link building practices. This is a hot topic! If you have been hit by Penguin, or are worried about future variations of the algorithm, this is a video you can't miss. In ... Read More >

How Google Does Personalization with Jack Menzel

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Key Points One of the hot areas in search is personalization. Google recognizes that personalization is a way to offer people better search results. How this works has a big impact on SEO, and I had the opportunity arise to speak with Jack Menzel and jumped at it. Here are some of the key points from the discussion: People confuse context with personalization, and these are different things. Context includes factors such as language, location, and time of year. (Jack:) "A lot of people assume ... Read More >

Search Algorithms with Google Director of Research Peter Norvig

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Starting Up with Google Product Search, with Google's Mayuresh Saoji

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Key Points Google product search offers a rich array of opportunities for publishers to place their products in front of shoppers (there is a bulleted list of the opportunities right at the start of the interview). Mayuresh does a great job of spelling out the way to get started with Google Commerce in this interview. If you sell physical products this interview can act as a guide on how to get started and how to prioritize your efforts from an optimization perspective. Here are the key points: You ... Read More >

Real Time Quality Score Defined, with Google's Frederick Vallaeys

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Key Points Hoo boy! I went through this interview to try and extract the most important points made, and I will do the best I can here. However, if you are a serious AdWords professional, I'd suggest you read the entire interview from end to end. The main thing you will get from this interview is that the Quality Score you see in your Google AdWords account differs significantly from the Real Time Quality Score that Google uses to determine how your ad ranks. There is definitely a strong ... Read More >

adCenter Quality Score Defined, with Bing's Ping Jen

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Key Interview Points Let me start you with the big ones up front. This interview had two startling parts to it. These were: The huge weight placed by Bing on user interaction with the search results as a ranking factor. This was amazing stuff. Basically, Bing is willing to test any page by indexing it. In fact you can pretty much directly inject any URL you want into their search results using the Submit URL feature of Bing Webmaster Tools. Then they will test it, and if the click interaction data is ... Read More >

Danny Sullivan on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Social and Search

Published: August 8, 2011 Key Interview Points In this interview with Danny, we delve deeply into Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Social signals in search, and the value of a holistic approach to Internet marketing. There was just too much in this one for me to summarize everything in the key interview points below, so consider these a bit of a teaser for the good stuff you will find within this discussion. As always, many of the key points listed here are summaries of the conversation rather than ... Read More >