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 >

How Major League Soccer Nails it In Social Media

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Major League Soccer (MLS) is active on many social media networks, including Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and YouTube. That is a lot of territory to cover, but the engagement level in all these networks is high. To learn more about MLS' strategy, I caught up with Director of Social Media for MLS, Amanda Vandervort. According to Ms. Vandervort, the key goal of these efforts is to grow the fan base, which means get more people watching games on TV, going to games, consuming ... Read More >

Google’s Matt Cutts: Understanding Social Identity on the Web is Hard

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How far along is Google from using social media identities as ranking factors? Can Google use engagement and follower metrics from Twitter and Facebook to evaluate the authority of an individual? To me these were the "buried headlines" in a Google Webmaster Help video by Matt Cutts released today. Here's the video. Scroll below the video embed to get my commentary and thoughts. Are Facebook and Twitter Signals Part of the Google Ranking Algorithms? That's the question that Matt Cutts chose to ... Read More >

Does Facebook Activity Impact SEO?

Does Facebook Affect Google SEO?

In today's post we are going to review the data we (Stone Temple) have assembled on the potential for Facebook actity to impact Google rankings. This is a follow up to the prior study we did to evaluate if Google uses Google+ Shares as a ranking factor. Let's dig in! Google Visibility into Facebook Likes When you Like a web page it does not show up on your profile. Google has no access to see what you have Liked. This means that Google cannot tell when a respected authority has endorsed something ... Read More >

How Are People Using Facebook? Survey of 325 Users

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How Do People Use Facebook? In this survey we polled 325 users to learn about the ways they are using Facebook. We don't pretend that this represents the entire population, and it certainly does not represent the largest user profiles on Facebook or any business pages. This is intended as a sampling of 325 randomly sampled users to see how much awareness they had of some specific aspects of Facebook. We asked 20 questions, and broke those down into these 7 sections: Baseline information on the ... Read More >

C’Mon Google, Women are Entities Whose Names Might Change!

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Back on November 23rd I put up a post asking people for their best holistic SEO tips, and this led to a very interesting side discussion about the online fate of women who change their names when they get married. My basic reaction to all this is C'mon Google, this is something you've gotta fix! Note that this change happens to men too! It started with a question from Lisa Heffernan who asked the following question: Any tips for women on changing their names and then disappearing from SEO? I have two ... Read More >

Direct Measurement of Google Plus Impact on Search Rankings

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Many of you know that I have been working for a long time on a study to attempt to directly measure the impact of Google+ Shares on Google's search rankings. This study has attempted to measure "causation", not "correlation" - i.e. to see if we could prove some impact on rankings from Google+ shares. This article presents the results of that work. This edition of the study was launched at SMX Advanced where I presented results I had from an earlier study we had done that convinced me that links in ... Read More >

Is Search Still the Dominant Way People Use to Answer Questions?

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Have you ever overheard a friend trying to remember that actor’s name from that one movie with the scary bad guy or a co-worker hopelessly wondering how to properly sauté spinach and you just want to say “Google it!” but it almost seems too obvious? While search engines provide instantaneous access to information, sometimes we yearn for a more personal answer from a trusted resource or a friend. In these circumstances one might turn to a social network, blast out an email or even go retro and make a ... Read More >

The new Newsfeed with Facebook's Jeff Kanter

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Key Points The goal of News Feed is to show people the most interesting and relevant content to them. As part of the News Feed redesign, Facebook made a lot of the stories bigger and brighter so that people could see the content that they really cared about. In addition to having a top news filter, Facebook introduced other customizable filters on the new homepage. Facebook has rolled out the updated News Feed to a small portion of their users to see what they like and don't like about ... 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 >