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Breaking Content #42: Purposeful Content, Advanced LSI Optimization, AMP Alert & More

I’m back.Dainiuscircle

Apologies for a late Breaking Content issue. I got pulled away by other priorities and so had to hold off on writing.

I started working on this issue in December and was halfway through it before I had to take a break. For this reason, most of the stories in this Breaking Content are a couple of months old.

However, they are all still relevant. So instead of scrapping the draft, I decided to go ahead and finish what I started back then.

I’ll be back within a month with more recent updates and advanced tips.

Just one last note before I go. Many of you suggested that stories in the paid acquisition and strategy categories/funnel would be more related to content marketing. So from this issue on, stories in all categories will be strictly tied to content marketing.

For instance, if the story is about PPC, it will be presented in the context of content distribution or SEO, both of which impact your content performance.

Thank you for your feedback and involvement. And as always, if you have any further suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

#SEO

A Guide to Advanced Semantic Keyword Optimization (According to Google Patents)

Why it matters: Google’s algorithm is getting increasingly good at understanding the context of queries. That’s why your content must provide context by way of semantically related phrases. 

Key takeaways:

  • Add phrases that suggest the context of your keywords.
  • Look for common phrases on pages that rank high for your target keywords.
  • LSI keywords are phrases that are used to describe the target keyword (eg. “President of the United States” is semantically related to “White House”).
  • Use semantically related phrases in anchor text for more organic linking.
  • Pay close attention to words with multiple meanings (eg. “Jaguar” can be a car, an animal, or an NFL football team).
  • Keep in mind that semantic search also personalizes search results based on the user’s search history, location and etc.
  • Today search results are based on what we type and say. In the future, personalization will extend into what we see and capture with our smartphones and other gadgets like Google Lens.

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The Fall of Featured Snippets

Why it matters: Featured snippets rank above organic search results, so understanding what’s going on with them is critical to SEO success.

Key takeaways:

  • Over 16% of keywords return search results with featured snippets, according to Moz data.
  • The number of search queries with featured snippets has been dropping lately.

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  • This drop coincides with a dramatic increase of knowledge panels appearing in search results.

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  • One of the takeaways from this story is that Google potentially sees more value in knowledge graphs than features snippets.

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UX Is the Focal Point of SEO This Year

Why it matters: User experience is becoming an increasingly important ranking factor, according to many studies and statements from Google’s employees.

In the key takeaways, you’ll find actionable tips and quick UX tweaks that will improve your SEO rankings.

Key takeaways:

  • Use headings (<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, <h5> and <h6>) appropriately. They should reflect the hierarchy of information and follow the page structure. One of the most common mistakes is to use H1 tags for all headings.
  • Improve your site’s structure and navigation. Although it seems obvious, many sites forget about navigation on deeper-level pages. It’s critical for SEO because your inner pages are the first encounter with the user from organic search.
  • Site speed, especially on mobile, remains one of the most critical SEO and UX factors.
  • I’ve been banging this drum for the last three newsletters, but here we go again: a good mobile user experience should be your #1 priority right now. Mobiles search has already surpassed desktop a long time ago. Mobile friendliness is one of the most important ranking factors after Google’s 2015 update. Plus, Google is rolling out the mobile-first index in a not too distant future.

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Google: AMP Canonical Pages Must Match (ALERT)

Why it matters: 25M sites employ AMPs, so Google’s recent policy change with regard to AMPs will affect a lot of you.

Key takeaways:

Content on the AMP page and the original page (canonical) must match starting Feb 1, 2018. If the AMP page is not identical to the original one, Google is likely to remove it from the index.

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The Ultimate Guide to SEO in 2018 from Backlinko

Why it matters: Backlinko is known for one of the longest and most thorough digital marketing guides. Their SEO guide for 2018 is not an exception.

Key takeaways:

  • Google’s AI-based query processing technology called RankBrain will be a key ranking factor in 2018. RankBrain currently evaluates content quality based on time spent on the page and the organic click-through rate.
  • As a result of knowledge graphs, featured snippet and other forms of instant answers in Google’s search results, the organic CTR is down 37% since 2015. That’s why optimizing this metric is of critical importance.
  • Context-based content optimization will trump keyword placement, which means more focus on long-form content and LSI keywords.
  • Again, get ready for Google’s mobile-first index, which means optimizing content, navigation and the whole UX for mobile.
  • More and more videos are appearing in Google’s search results, so double down on video content. Upload videos to Youtube and embed them to articles to enrich content and give more context to Google’s crawlers.
  • Voice search is on the rise. 40% of adults do at least one voice search a day and over 20% of all mobile searches are already voice searches. It’s time to think about SEO optimization in the voice context. This actually doesn’t differ a lot from content optimization for featured snippets (I covered it in my previous newsletter, which you can find here).
  • Don’t forget that links and the content itself are still key to success in SEO.
  • Publish content that is based on proprietary data to attract journalists and backlinks.
  • Encourage comments on the site, which directly affect your rankings, according to Google.
  • Do podcasts for backlinks.

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Study: How AMPs Impact Your Organic Search Results

Why it matters: Accelerated mobile pages (AMPs) allow for fast page rendering and delivery on mobile, which affects Google rankings and bottom-line results.

Key takeaways:

First off, some mind-blowing data on what impact even a mere one-tenth of a second could have on sales:

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  • After AMP implementation on 90% of pages, Thrilist saw a 70% increase in organic search traffic.
  • A big media company in the study converted 95% of pages to AMPs and saw a 67% lift in organic search traffic.
  • Ecommerce site Myntra saw a 40% drop in the bounce rate on pages transformed into AMPs.
  • Event Ticket Center saw a drop of 10% in the bounce rate, an increase in pages per session of 6%, a lift of 13% in session duration, and a huge 100% rise in sale conversions.
  • Here’s also a summary table with results from the 10 sites that participated in the study:

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How Google Gives Us Clues about Keyword Intent in Search Results

Why it matters: Google’s RankBrain is surprisingly good at identifying the intent behind search queries and serving search results accordingly. As such, if you optimize your SEO content for the wrong intent, you will have a hard time ranking in top positions.

Key takeaways:

  • Don’t target keywords without understanding the intent of the searcher.
  • Google your keyword, look at the search results on the first page, and identify top two to three intents behind that search query.
  • Pay attention to the “intent to position ratio”, which means the higher the intent is in organic results, the bigger percentage of searchers have this intent.
  • Look for intent clues in related searches and autocomplete suggestions.
  • If images are ranking at the top, you should be doing image SEO for that keyword.
  • If you see highly authoritative sites or social networks, such as Pinterest or Youtube, dominating the first page, it may be better to do SEO on their platforms instead.

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Google: Anchor Text in Internal Links Matters

Why it matters: Internal linking is an important part of on-site SEO optimization that could have a big impact on your rankings.

Key takeaway:

Anchor text in internal links matters. Google’s John Mueller implicitly confirmed this in a tweet at the end of last year: “Most links do provide a bit of additional context through their anchor text. At least they should, right?”

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#Paid Acquisition

How Google Adwords Affects Organic Search Results

Why it matters: There’s a lot of indirect intersection between SEO and Adwords that you must take into consideration when evaluating the ROI of paid search.

Key takeaways:

  • Adwords does not directly affect page rankings, contrary to popular belief. But paid has an indirect effect that influences organic search performance.
  • The searcher is more likely to click on an organic result if the page has an ad.
  • Searchers who were exposed to your brand via Adwords ads before are more likely to click on your organic listings in the future.
  • Having both paid and organic listings for the keyword strongly affects the organic CTR. And as we know, the CTR is a big factor in SEO.
  • Paid traffic increases site visits, social signals, mentions, and other factors that directly affect the page’s ranking.
  • Paid could disrupt the dynamics of organic search queries in the industry by attracting or deterring competition, and altering rankings in the process.

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#Editorial

How Problogger Staff Edits Their Own Content

Why it matters: Good editing makes content clear, concise, and easy to read. However, few companies have a good editing workflow in place, which often results in poor quality copy and articles.

Key takeaways:

  • Check your article’s introduction and make sure it has a strong enough hook that convinces to read further. Also, avoid lengthy intros.
  • Add subheadings and break the content into sections that contain a single idea. This is critical to retaining the majority of readers who will skim your content.
  • Create visual breaks in the form of bullet points and short paragraphs. Don’t hesitate to use one-sentence paragraphs, especially for punch-line sentences or other critical information.
  • Remove redundant and irrelevant information that could bog down the average reader. A common mistake is to include a lot of details for beginners and professionals. To accommodate more readers, it’s better to include links to further information instead of cramming everything into your article.
  • Make sure there is a conclusion that gives the reader a call to action. This makes your content purposeful.
  • Remove and replace lengthy and complex words. My rule of thumb is to use words with as little syllables as possible. As a reference point, use the Flesch–Kincaid readability test (you should aim for a score of 60 or higher).
  • Link to your other related articles to retain readers who are seeking further information.
  • Before publishing, do one more round of edits to make sure the article is error-free and as concise as possible. (If you are self-editing, take a break and do this last step with fresh eyes.)

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#Strategy/Funnel

Top 2018 Marketing Trends from Top Experts

Why it matters: Well, it’s self-explanatory.

Key takeaways:

  • Traditional SEO strategies, such as links, on-page SEO, keywords are losing importance. Google’s RankBrain, an AI-driven ranking algorithm, will play a key role in organic rankings moving forward (Brian Dean, Backlinko).
  • Semantic relevancy and features snippets will be huge in 2018, which presents a lot of growth hacking opportunities in SEO (Casey Armstrong, BigCommerce).
  • AMPs will gain more importance this year (Lars Lofgren, I Will Teach You To Be Rich).
  • Understanding email deliverability, inboxing strategies, and personalization based on behavior will be key to email marketing success (Barron Ernst, Showmax/Growth Consultant).
  • First-click attribution will trump last-click attribution in data analysis (Benji Hyam, Grow and Convert).
  • “Google Analytics + Salesforce integration could be a game changer for B2B Marketing” (Melinda Byerley, Timeshare CMO).
  • More companies will be optimizing the entire sales funnel for mobile as users are getting increasingly comfortable with shopping using mobile devices. (Logan Young, BlitzMetrics).
  • Videos will truly become the primary medium of marketing (Dennis Yu, BlitzMetrics).
  • Branding will be a key CRO hack: “Focus on improving your brand. Work on improving your image, trust, and authority. This is the stealth CRO hack that no one can steal from you and it will improve your conversion rates across the board (Sean Work, Crazy Egg).

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How to Create Stellar Content for Your Funnel—and Measure Its ROI

Why it matters: All too often marketers create content that has no specific purpose in the funnel, and that is a critical mistake in content marketing.

Key takeaways:

  • There’s no need to create stellar content if it has no purpose in the sales funnel
  • Each piece of content must have a specific goal aimed at impacting one of the stages in your sales funnel (eg. bring traffic, generate leads, convert, etc.):

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  • As you go down the funnel, content becomes more specific and less scalable (eg. individual presentations).
  • Today marketing is responsible for both the top and the bottom of the funnel:

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  • The key metrics to measure are ROI (the ultimate goal), traffic and reach (are you reaching enough people? engagement and behavior (is your content achieving its purpose?), repeatability (in case of success, can this campaign be reproduced?)

Watch the full keynote panel below:

3 Marketing Myths Debunked by Analysing Youtube’s Audience

Why it matters: prejudices and stereotypes can often kill creativity and misguide our strategic decisions. This piece of content will serve as inspiration for being truly open-minded and question everything.

Key takeaways:

  • One of the most common parenting stereotypes is that moms are the main caregivers. However, Google’s studies show that 86% of millennial dads seek out parenting advice on Youtube. More interestingly, dads watch more parenting-related content on YouTube than moms do.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Youtube is quite popular among Gen Xers. 75% of them watch Youtube at least monthly.
  • There’s a generational stereotype that millennials are an immature and dependent demographic that only seek for entertainment. However, research shows that 93% of millennials go to YouTube to learn how to navigate through adulthood, from tips on growing an herb garden to parenting advice. You shouldn’t forget that millennials are now the biggest demographic in the US, and the largest group of homebuyers.
  • The key takeaway here is that you should trust nothing but data and hard facts in making assumptions about your audience and acquisition channels.

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Breaking Content #41: Storydoing, Offline Retargeting, HTTP/2, Multi-Purpose Headlines & More

First of all, I’m super pleased with your engagement and all the feedback I’ve received over the last few months.

Now, to address your most common requests, I’m slightly changing the format of my newsletter.

From now on, each story will come with the argument as to “why it matters” to you and the bulleted list of key takeaways that will help you understand the core message/main advice from the story without reading it.

I think this week’s issue turned out super well. Much food for thought for sure. As always, I’m looking forward to your feedback!

In the 41st issue of Breaking Content, you’ll learn:

  • Why you should bring back comments to your site
  • Google’s official guidelines for quality content
  • Why you should switch to HTTP/2
  • Top SEO trends to watch in 2018
  • How to create data-driven stories that spread
  • How to write multi-purpose headlines that work for SEO/social/inbound
  • What is offline retargeting and why you should start bidding on branded keywords
  • Main takeaways from Adobe Think Tank forum on “The Future of Advertising”
  • Main execution mistakes in PPC for e-commerce
  • And much more…

Let’s jump in!

#SEO

Google: Comments Better On Your Site Then On Social Networks [News]

Why It Matters: This article explains why most marketers are shooting themselves in the foot by removing comments on the site.

Key Takeaway: Keep comments on your site instead of moving them over to social media for SEO.

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‘High-Quality Content’ Tips from Google’s Own Style Guides [Advice]

Why It Matters: There’s an ongoing debate among SEOs about what Google regards as quality content. This list of recommendations based on Google’s own style guides comes closest to the truth.

Key Takeaways:

  • Use a friendly, conversational tone with a clear purpose — somewhere between the voice you use when talking to your buds and that you’d use if you were a robot
  • Use standard American spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Craft clear, concise, short sentences with simple words that users will understand
  • Use descriptive link text (don’t use “click here” as anchor text)
  • Consider numbered lists for sequences of events
  • Ensure that outbound links are to sites that are “high-quality, reliable, and respectable”
  • Use .png images with ALT attributes
  • Use <strong>, <b> tags for emphasis
  • Use tables and bullet points where they are needed
  • Avoid technical jargon, placeholder phrases, or buzzwords

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How Google Indexing Really Works [Research]

Why It Matters: It’s a thorough write up of a series of tweets from Google’s Ilya Grigorik that gives a glimpse into how Google indexing works.

Key Takeaways:

  • Googlebot doesn’t support IndexedDB, WebSQL, and WebGL.
  • HTTP cookies and local storage, as well as session storage, are cleared between page loads
  • All features requiring user permissions (like Notifications API, clipboard, push, device-info) are disabled
  • Google can’t index 3D and VR content
  • Googlebot only supports HTTP/1.1 crawling
  • Webmasters can use Chrome 41 for instant SEO debugging!

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7 SEO Trends to Watch in 2018 [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: This is a well-grounded round-up of emerging SEO trends to watch out for in the near future. It’s definitely good food for thought.

Key Takeaways:

  • The rise of voice search
  • Link building will continue
  • More focus on user experience
  • More Q&A content optimised for featured snippers
  • The roll-out of the mobile-first index and a massive shift to AMPs
  • The rise of visual search
  • More personalized and contextual SERPs based on machine learning

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How HTTP/2 Benefits SEO [Research]

Why It Matters: HTTP/2 is a relatively new protocol that was introduced back in 2015. It’s still not widely adopted, so switching to it now may give you a head start against your competition in terms of SEO.

Key Takeaway: Shifting to HTTP/2 will ensure a more frictionless and faster user experience on your site, which will indirectly translate into SEO benefits.

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#Editorial

VIDEO: Using Data to Create Content That Spreads [Advice]

Why It Matters: This is one the best pieces of content about creating quality content that catches on—and I mean it.

Key Takeaways:

  • You have to create content with distribution in mind
  • Build content on proprietary data/information that you possess
  • Types of data-driven stories that spread: geographic comparisons, secret data, timely data related to the news, valuable data to businesses, rankings, etc.
  • The most shareable stories are built on a single premise (one key takeaway per article) and are clearly structured
  • Breaking down data (e.g. by cities/professions) and comparing it will increase your chances to get it picked up by the local/niche media
  • The title should get across the main point of the story, so readers know if it’s worth their time

VIDEO: Writing Headlines that Serve SEO, Social Media, and Website Visitors All Together [Advice]

Why It Matters: Successful content does well on multiple channels: search engines, social media, your site, etc. However, each of these channels requires vastly different headlines. In this Whiteboard Friday video, Rand Fishkin explains how to write winning multi-purpose headlines.

Key Takeaways:

  • Define your target audience and the primary channel for that particular piece of content
  • Use Twitter card, Facebook’s open-graph mark-up to separate titles for website/SEO and social
  • Write two versions of the headline: the most straightforward (SEO version) and the most click-baity (social media version). Then combine them into one

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#Paid Acquisition

Facebook Will Target Ads to People Based on Store Visits, Offline Purchases, Calls to Businesses [News]

Why It Matters: Offline retargeting is a new, authentic way to engage/re-engage with your potential or current customers.

Key Takeaway: Facebook has rolled out a feature that allows marketers to target people based on offline behavior, such as store visits, calls, etc.

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E-Commerce PPC Campaigns: Common Execution Mistakes and How to Avoid Them [Advice]

Why It Matters: Most e-commerce PPC campaigns fail due to poor execution. This article from Scube Marketing covers the most common mistakes and misconceptions about PPC campaigns for e-commerce and explains how to avoid them.

Key Takeaways:

  • You are not reaching your target audience because you treat keywords as search terms and geographical locations as the location of interest
  • You are drawing false conclusion from A/B test by ignoring the concept of statistical significance
  • You are not doubling down on your winning campaigns

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13 Reasons Why PPC Brand Bidding Is a No-Brainer [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Most SEMs take branded keywords for granted and so bidding on them is the last thing on their mind. It turns out brand bidding has a lot of merits.

Key Takeaways (reasons for bidding on branded keywords):

  • You can present your brand accurately
  • You can ‘compete’ with affiliates and partners
  • You won’t let competitors piggyback on your branded keywords
  • You might uncover new customer segments
  • You might improve your organic search results
  • You might minimize the impact of negative content

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Linkedin Launches Autoplay Mobile Video Ads [News]

Why It Matters: Video is king and it’s a great way to tap into the Linkedin audience while the platform is still not over-saturated with video content.

Key Takeaway: Linkedin has rolled out autoplay mobile videos ads. “Advertisers can upload videos through the Campaign Manager, their Company Page or their Showcase Page and promote them with a Sponsored Content campaign.”

Marketers will be able to use the same targeting options as for other Linkedin ads.

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#Strategy/Funnel

The Destructive Switch from Search to Social [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: This article helps to understand the underlying forces that shape what kind of content we consume and how.

Key Takeaways:

  • The most popular 10 websites in 2006 were search-based, while most top sites today are content-driven social networks
  • Most information that we consume today is forced onto us instead of being sought for
  • The endless stream of forced information has reduced our attention span and created an addiction
  • This gave rise to click-baity, low-quality content

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Voice Assistants Could Transform Local — But Not Necessarily How You Might Think [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Voice search is the next big thing in SEO, so understanding and being prepared for this shift is of vital importance.

Key Takeaways: 

  • 20% of mobile searches are voice, according to Google
  • Google Assistant is now at 95% accuracy, according to Google
  • The biggest scale of voice search may happen not on voice-activated home speakers (as many think), but mobile!

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Return on Ad Spend Is Out, Customer Lifetime Value Is In [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Most companies still prioritize marketing campaigns based on short-term return on ad spend. However, this evaluation method is short-sighted, as businesses may be missing out on customers that matter most in the long run.

Key Takeaway: Marketers should switch to customer lifetime value (CLV) in measuring ROI. “If you don’t have some type of lifetime value calculation, even at a broad level, it will soon be impossible to compete.”

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How Brands Are Using Hyperlocal Marketing to Reach Millennial Shoppers [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Millennials make 25% of their purchases on mobile, which creates more opportunities for more personalized location-based targeting.

Key Takeaways (case studies):

  • Barneys New York, a luxury clothing company, released an app that helps their customers navigate through its flagship store in Manhattan and sends personalized notifications/recommendations based on their online activity
  • America’s Mattress, a chain of mattress stores, uses location information from incoming calls to determine what cities and neighborhoods to target through digital advertising
  • Taco Bell partnered with Waze, a real-time map data app, to place location-based ads for their offers during football season
  • Loacker, an Italian wafers and chocolate company, offers different products based on local tastes

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8 Genius Examples of Empathetic Content Marketing in Action [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Empathy is one of the best ways to establish an emotional bond with your readers, which is key to content marketing success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Lush, a beauty brand, created a video about every part of their product manufacturing process to assure their health-conscious customers that their products are truly natural
  • Linkedin created an ebook about how they do advertising on Linkedin themselves, so marketers can learn the ins and outs of this platform from people who know it best
  • Home Depot, a home and garden supply store, created an infographic that encourages the aspiring DIY-ers among their customers to grow their own salads using supplies from the store
  • Extra, a gum brand, encourages their customer to submit photos of their special moments on their interactive site. The select ones are turned into sketch art that appears on a gum wrapper on the inside of Extra packaging. With this campaign, the brand honors and give meaning to everyday moments of their customers
  • Microsoft created an interactive microsite that put their customers in the hacker’s shoes and shows them their main vulnerabilities, which helps them to better protect themselves against data breaches
  • JetBlue airlines created content that acknowledges the struggles that come with air travel and educates on how to minimize or solve them
  • J.Crew, a clothing company, created visual content that educates their customers on how to make a good first impression and express themselves through clothing

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Key Takeaways from “The Future of Advertising” [Food for Thought]

Why It Matters: Adobe Think Tank has brought together the top marketing executives, thought leaders, and influencers in the world to discuss the future of advertising. This forum is a must-watch for all marketers.

Key Takeaways: 

  • 80% of all advertising will be automated by 2022
  • Contrary to popular belief, automation will create more marketing job opportunities
  • We will see a shift from storytelling to “storydoing”
  • Psychographics will largely replace demographics in segmentation
  • Emerging technologies may give us a new metric beyond clicks and impressions
  • The rise of brandless, data-driven companies

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#Social Media

Twitter Announces What’s ‘Happening Now’ for Sporting Events, and Plans for a Bookmarking Feature [News]

Why It Matters: One of Twitter’s new features may be put to use in event advertising.

Key Takeaway: Twitter has introduced two new features: “Happening Now” and “Save for Later”. The former will allow Twitter users to find information about events in real time. The latter is a bookmarking feature that will allow Twitter users to save tweets for later reading. This feature has not yet been rolled out to all users.

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Twitter Tests Doubling the Length of Tweets to 280 Characters [News]

Why It Matters: It may be the biggest change in Twitter’s history that could determine the future of this social network.

Key Takeaway: Twitter is testing tweets of up to 280 characters.

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Now You Can Order Food with Facebook [News]

Why It Matters: Facebook is making a more serious push into e-commerce, creating new opportunities for advertising.

Key Takeaway: Now you can order food from your favorite vendors for pick-up or delivery directly on Facebook.

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Breaking Content #40: Contrast Storytelling, Thinking Beyond Intent, Facebook Ad Hacks & More

#SEO

Google’s Ranking Factors Depend on the Keyword Intent [Actionable]

Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed my hypothesis on SEO ranking factors I had been pondering on for quite some time, which is that ranking factors differ depending on the intent behind the keyword.

For example, for keywords with the clear buying intent, Google would prioritize ecommerce pages instead of educational content, even if it’s on a high DA page like Forbes.

Conversely, if someone is clearly looking for information by typing in long-tail keywords with interrogative words like “how to clean my laptop keyboard”, Google would more likely return in-depth, long-form articles to the searcher.

The 3-Step Process to Discovering the Real Keyword Intent [Actionable]

Christian from Tenscores shares a very simple yet ingenious approach to determining the real intent behind any keyword phrase.

The process in a nutshell:

The first two layers of this approach are quite well utilized, but the third one, which is the real “gold mine”, is often overlooked.

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Google Revealed the Best Ways to Switch from M-Dot to Responsive Pages Before the Mobile-First Index [Actionable]

If you are still redirecting mobile users to m-dot pages, you should switch to responsive mobiles pages ASAP—before Google rolls out its mobile-first index.

To make things even easier for you, Google has released an official guide on how to do that without losing link equity.

1 MIN READ

HTML ID Attributes Have No Effect on Your Rankings, According to Google [News]

Google’s John Mueller has confirmed that keywords in HTML ID attributes don’t affect your rankings.

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A Guide to Advanced, Intent-Driven Keyword Research [Actionable]

Keyword queries have evolved drastically in the last few years, as did user expectations. Today searchers want to be served with instantaneous solutions and highly contextual information. As such, your keyword research must go above and beyond semantics.

This article breaks down the process of advanced, intent-based keyword research. A must-read for all SEOs.

How to Predict the Value of Traffic from Your Targeted Keywords [Actionable]

Winning rankings takes time. As such, SEO is a long game with even longer feedback loops. Or I would put it another way, it’s an informed long-term investment with no guarantees.

But there’s a way to make it a little more predictable and test out the keyword’s effectiveness before putting time and effort into content and external SEO efforts around it.

Here’s the idea: run an SEM campaign on the keyword you want to rank organically and observe how traffic from this campaign engages with your site and converts. If the results are encouraging, go ahead and do your best to rank for this keyword organically. Otherwise, pick another keyword and repeat.

Loved the idea.

7 MIN READ

Advanced Techniques for Speeding Up and Designing Sites for SEO in 2017 [Actionable]

This article covers quite a lot of SEO techniques that I haven’t heard of before, from advanced technical tips for optimizing websites to contrarian opinion on where your SEO efforts should be focused.

Even if you don’t take anything from this, which is unlikely, it will be a good exercise to step outside the conventional SEO mindset.

9 MIN READ

#Paid Acquisition

A Step-by-Step Guide To Ditching Audience Duplication in Facebook [Actionable]

If you run numerous Facebook campaigns against multiple audiences, you are at the risk of targeting the same users in multiple ad sets, which can lead to ad fatigue, skewed results, and ultimately false conclusions without you even knowing about it.

This actionable guide from AimClear will teach you how to avoid audience overlap and make your campaigns laser-sharp targeted.

5 MIN READ

Using Storytelling in Facebook Carousel Ads for Better Performance [Actionable]

Storytelling is king in the attention economy—that’s no news, I know. But we often forget that storytelling is not limited to articles, videos, and podcasts.

Facebook Carousel Ads are commonly used to introduce products or services from multiple angles in a single interaction. However, essentially, that’s no different from a bland banner.

This article discusses how to use storytelling in carousel ads to make your creative pop and take this medium to the whole new level.

6 MIN READ

36 Facebook Ad Hacks [Actionable]

The title is self-explanatory, but I will only add that this article is as actionable as it can get. Although some of them may be quite basic, I’m sure you will take away from it at least 5 techniques to incorporate in your next Facebook campaign. And I mean it.

My favorite “hack” from this article:

Facebook ad hack #21: Use the curiosity gap.

Uber

#Editorial

How to Supercharge Your Copy with Contrast Storytelling [Actionable]

This article discusses the concept called “contract storytelling”, which is, in effect, contrasting product benefits with pain points related to the product in order to psychologically inflate its value.

This technique taps into the natural human tendency to compare and evaluate things in relative terms. Be sure you start with pain points and follow with benefits as it will amplify your solution rather than the problem.

The Biggest Collection of Email Copywriting Formulas [Actionable]

Drawing from his experience sending out thousands of newsletters, senior copywriter Daniel Benyo compiled what is probably the biggest compilation of time-tested email marketing formulas.

Yet another huge compilation to bookmark and refer to in your future campaigns.

3 Little-Known Conversion Triggers for Your Email Campaign [Actionable]

As more marketers deploy “urgency” and “scarcity” components in their drips, consumers get increasingly immune to them.

In this article, you’ll learn three lesser-known techniques that will prime leads to convert and make your messaging stand out in today’s overly-crowded inboxes.

#Strategy/Funnel

What Does the Future of Content Marketing Look Like? (Spoiler: Still Less Content) [Food for Thought]

Content marketing has matured.

Consumers are overloaded with content. A decent organic reach is almost impossible. Engagement is dropping. Content doesn’t drive as many leads as it used to.

“Here is the most important takeaway: the top 10% of our posts were responsible for 90% of the results.”

As such, content marketing is morphing into a more targeted, more focused, more intent-based, more proactive, more consumer-centric, more inward-looking form.

The following article from Janessa Lantz covers the 4 biggest trends in content marketing as its effectiveness decline.

Here’s a rundown for quick reference:

  • Content marketers are acting more like product managers
  • More time is spent on optimising existing content than creating new content
  • Content delivery and distribution is getting more focused and sophisticated
  • The composition of content marketing teams is changing

Forbes’ Branded Content Chief: The 2 Most Important Content Marketing Metrics [Food for Thought]

In an interview with Joe Lazauskas from Contently, Ann Marinovich, SVP of Content Strategy and Partnerships at Forbes, revealed her top content marketing metrics, which are:

  • Views from people who are in market for your product — not total views
  • Engagement metrics: time, scroll depth, scroll velocity (in Layman’s terms, the number of people who actually read content as opposed to skimming through it)

This interview just reaffirms the importance of producing quality content that speaks specifically to your bottom-funnel audience.

How Google Is Using Contextual Signals to Break Through with Mobile Users [Food for Thought]

This article inspired me to think of the context in SEM and SEO beyond intent, especially with mobile users. Good food for thought, which also suggests where SEM/SEO are headed to.

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8 Big Questions From Content Marketing World to Ask Year Round [Food for Thought]

Joe Pulizzi shared some of the “what-if” questions keynote speakers at this year’s Content Marketing World asked themselves, which led them to unique marketing discoveries and breakthroughs.

Here are the questions for quick reference (read the full article for backstories and what breakthroughs these questions have led to):

  • What if … we look for unexpected audiences?
  • What if … our audience tells our brand story?
  • What if … we pay more attention to our customers than our industry?
  • What if … the story was more important than the brand?
  • What if … we listened to our audience, not just their data?
  • What if … we grow a community not just to connect but also to create?
  • What if … our audience can be our brand’s most valuable asset?

A mind-expanding exercise that challenges you to reevaluate your content marketing strategy from multiple angles.

8 MIN READ

#Social Media

Instagram Tests Sharing Stories Directly to Facebook [News]

The line between Facebook and Instagram is getting blurrier. Instagram has been spotted giving users the option to share stories directly to Facebook. Instagram has confirmed the test, but the details as to when or if it is going live in the future are still not clear.

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Snapchat Brings Bitmojis to Life with New AR Update [News]

Snapchat steps up its AR game with an update that integrates Bitmoji—which it acquired last year for $64 billion—into the app. Now you can create stories projecting your animated three-dimensional avatar into the real world.

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Yet another medium for brands to creatively engage with their audience and connect on the whole new level.

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Breaking Content #39: New SEO Ranking Factor, Facebook’s Household Targeting, Q&A Content & More

#SEO

“Searcher Task Accomplishment”: The New Most Important Ranking Factor [Research]

Rand Fishkin of Moz came up with a Google ranking concept called “searcher task accomplishment”, which may be the single most important ranking factor from now on.

Put simply, every search query carries a goal. How well your content helps the searcher accomplish it determines your rank.

Wondering if it can be measured at scale? Yes, it does.

If the searcher clicks through to your site and finishes his search with that, that indicates your content most likely helps accomplish the intent behind the search query.

Conversely, if the searcher comes to the site, bounces, and goes to other sites, that would signal your content doesn’t answer the question.

Simple, genius, and quantifiable.

9 MIN READ

Youtube and Google Rank Videos Differently. This Study Shows How and Why [Research/Actionable]

To this day, most marketers have assumed Google is ranking videos on Google and Youtube similarly. However, it turns out ranking algorithms for videos on each platform differs vastly.

This article is an in-depth write up of the experiment conducted by Steon Temple along with extensive checklists for video SEO optimisation on both Google and Youtube.

Here are some takeaways:

  • For Google queries that show YouTube videos, 75% are in the top 10 results;
  • More than half the time, a video that ranks #1 on YouTube isn’t #1 on Google for the same query;
  • More than half the time Google results have multiple YouTube videos, they rank differently than on YT;
  • The more YouTube videos show in a Google result, the more different they rank than on YouTube;
  • Search intent is key to understanding why videos rank differently between Google and YouTube.

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Optimising Sites for Featured Snippets with Q&A Content [Actionable]

Featured snippets are the new position #1.

They are already stealing up to 10% of traffic from top positions on the first page. With growing structured data adoption, featured snippets will become more accurate and precise in answering different queries.

That will render other positions less relevant and further deprive them of traffic.

The following case study from Moz introduces and dissects the idea of creating Q&A type of SEO content that fits in well with the changing landscape of SEO.

Spoiler: 

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Google Is Testing Auto-Playing Videos in Search Results [News]

Rumour has it that Google has been testing auto-played videos in search results. Google has confirmed the experiment but hasn’t provided a lot of details on it.

According to a Google spokesperson, this is a limited test and they have no plans to rolls this out to all users as of yet.

However, you should keep an eye out for it, as the implications of such a move would be enormous and open many opportunities for SEOs and content marketers.

1 MIN READ

How to Structure and Design Your Content for Google’s Mobile-First Index [Actionable]

Google’s mobile-first index is probably just months away. That basically means your mobile pages will soon become the default versions used in ranking pages.

And as we all know, user experience plays an important role in rankings.

This article gives 9 spot-on tips on structuring content for a better mobile user experience. I believe preparing your site for this paradigm shift is the single most important task of SEOs in 2017, which will determine your rankings for 2018.

Here’s an outline for quick reference:

Table of contents
HTML headings
Expandable content
Tabs
Filters
Summary, highlights, TL;DR
Bullet points or lists
Bold or italic text
Highlight important points

 4 MIN READ

Google Quality Raters Review Algorithms, Not Individual Web Sites [News]

To those obsessed with Google quality raters, John Muller of Google recently denied that they evaluate individual sites.

“Trying to review our algorithms in general, we’re not trying to evaluate individual sites.” That is the essence, they do look at individual sites but all of that is aimed at the review of the algorithms, not of the individual site.

Add Badges to Your Images in Google Search with Structured Data Markup [News/Actionable]

Google has rolled out a new feature that lets you add badges to images in image search results using structured data markup. This is a great way to stand out and drive more organic traffic to your site through images.

Google currently has badges for recipes, videos, products, and GIFs.

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1 MIN READ

Google Confirms That Sticky Footers Are OK [News]

Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed that sticky footers are acceptable and should not have any effect on SEO rankings.

He also added that webmasters should keep those footers as unobtrusive as possible to ensure a frictionless user experience.

Reminder: Google’s is releasing its official ad blocker for Chrome later this year that will reportedly block intrusive ads—even if they are served by Google. Ads will be qualified based on the better ads standards.

According to those standards, a sticky ad that takes up more 30% of screen space will be considered obtrusive. So keep your sticky footers within this limit, and you’ll be fine.

1 MIN READ

Google Boosts AMPs Internationally [News]

Rank Ranger recently noticed a spike in the number of accelerated mobile pages (AMP) being displayed in News Cards in Google across multiple international markets.

AMPs seem to be increasingly adopted globally and I believe will soon become the new standard for mobile pages, especially when Google rolls out its mobile-first index. For those who haven’t marked up their mobiles pages yet, here’s a primer on how to do that:

http://searchengineland.com/get-started-accelerated-mobile-pages-amp-240688

#PAID ACQUISITION

Facebook Has Launched Pre-Roll Ads [News]

Facebook has started selling video ads that will show up as pre-rolls in Facebook videos. The format is identical to Youtube’s pre-roll ads.

“Marketers will be able to choose to have their ads appear as mid-roll ads within live and on-demand videos on Facebook or as pre-roll or mid-roll ads within videos across Facebook’s Audience Network ad network.”

It looks like Facebook is launching new ad features by the month and quickly catching up with Google in the battle for ad dollars.

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Facebook Will Soon Let Brands Target Ads at Entire Families or Specific People Within Households [News]

Facebook will soon roll out a feature that allows you to target the household members of your source audience. It’s yet another step from Facebook in an effort to win over billions in advertising revenue still flowing into TV, which has been famous for its power to influence the entire household at once.

This feature will definitely open up many opportunities for new targeting variations and ad optimisation.

3 MIN READ

How Switching to Automated Bidding Can Increase CTRs in Adwords by 10.9% in One Week [Actionable]

Are you still managing CPC bids manually?

It may be hard to admit that machine learning-based algorithms can replace part of your job and do it much better, but that’s the reality—well, in most cases.

Need one more case study to convince you? Here you go. This one shows how one agency has managed to achieve an overall increase of 49.57% of clicks and held 53.34% of search impression share by shifting from manual to automatic bidding.

3 MIN READ

5 Advanced Adwords Optimisation Tactics [Actionable]

Tom Bukevicius from SCUBE Marketing laid down five advanced tactics for optimising Adwords campaigns when you hit the brick low-CPL wall.

A very prescriptive and actionable guide with examples, screenshots, and action items that most of you working with Adwords will find useful.

Here’s a quick rundown of the tactics covered:

1. Reach people who ignored you due to your budget

2. Improve market share lost due to low Ad Rank

3. Expand into a new buyer stage

4. Expand into new locations

5. Expand your offer

10 MIN READ

How Matching Ad and Landing Page Messaging Can Lift Conversion Rates by 212.74% [Actionable]

PPC heads know that Adwords’ Quality Score directly affects the effectiveness and cost of ad campaigns. An ad that scores below average can cost 64% more than the ad that scores a 5 and more. Conversely, ads with high Quality Scores cost less and secure higher-positioned placements.

In a recent case study, Moz dug deeper into this concept and studied how matching messaging across ads and landing pages can reduce the cost per lead by nearly 70%. They also shared techniques and tools that allow marketers to scale this approach by dynamically changing landing page copy based on ad variations.

A highly-recommended actionable read for those working with Adwords.

9 MIN READ

#Content

6 Psychology-Backed Hacks for Making Engaging Videos [Actionable]

Video has been reigning content marketing for quite some time now. With ever-growing video consumption, every content marketing strategy must involve this medium in one way or another.

One of the keys to success with video content is viewer engagement, as it directly determines how much of the organic reach you will be rewarded with from a platform.

There are a plethora of articles with tips for engaging videos, but the following one from HubSpot has stuck with me in particular. Each argument in this article is backed by specifics scientific studies and psychological theories—and most of them are truly spot on.

4 MIN READ

9 Effective Strategies for High-Impact Data Visualisations [Actionable]

Every day I get an email notifying me about a new article by Avinash Kaushik I know this is going to be a special day. Because every article of his—no matter the topic—is as insightful as it can get. Because every day I read him I learn something new and my as a marketer’s perspective expands to new horizons.

This time, Avinash takes on data visualisations and goes very deeeeep into it… He laid out nine strategies to make them impactful and engaging. To those who work with visual information, this is your most important read of this month—or maybe this year—for sure.

16 MIN READ

#Strategy/Funnel

Scaling Creative with Chatbots: 7 Companies That Use Chatbots in Their Marketing Right [Research]

Chatbots are like VR. Everybody talks about it, but few use.

Yes, chatbots are still in the early stages in terms of their adoption in marketing. But the hype is real. There’s already a number of case studies from companies adopting chatbots and seeing enormously high engagement.

In a few years from now, most brands will be using them.

Where’s the rush? The reward. The reward of being early on in the game is unproportional.

Hence I highly encourage you to read through this great round-up of case studies with brands that successfully implemented chatbots in their marketing mix and take the first step yourself.

This article will serve as a great source of inspiration.

 5 MIN READ

#Social Media

Now You Can Go Live with a Friend on Instagram [News]

Instagram has taken their live videos to the whole new level. Now you can invite a guest to your broadcasts. That opens a plethora of new authentic ways for engaging with your audience.

Again, being early on in the game is highly rewarding. So hit up an influencer in your field and collaborate on a series of live videos together. I’m sure the engagement will be enormous.

1 MIN READ

Linkedin Has Officially Rolled Out Native Videos Worldwide [News]

It’s official! Yet one more way to double down on videos. Yet it’s still not available to company pages…

 3 MIN READ

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Breaking Content #38: Google’s Ad Blocker, PPC Automation, Email vs. Facebook Messenger & More

Breaking Content was a newsletter before. This is the first issue posted publicly.

#SEO

How to Structure and Format Your Content for Google’s Featured Snippets [Actionable]

Google’s featured snippets (aka position #0) are reigning the first page. Some studies show that they steal about 7% of traffic from the once-mighty first position, not to mention the rest of the page (see the graphic below).

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With the growing adoption of structured data markup, instant answers in featured snippets will become more thorough and accurate over time, capturing even a higher percentage of traffic.

I could go on, but it’s obvious that position #0 is the new #1—and it will be more so in the future.

So I studied a lot what makes sites appear in Google’s featured snippets lately. I’ll skip the obvious part about the quality of content and instead zero in on more technical aspects. One study has stuck with me in particular due to the amount quantitative analysis put into the research. It’s from HubSpot.

Here are the main takeaways from the article for optimizing content for featured snippets:

  • Backlinks still matter;
  • The search query should appear in a header (h2, h3, h4, etc.);
  • The answer to the query should be placed in a <p> tag directly below the header mentioned above. This answer should be between 54–58 words long;
  • Google doesn’t always pull a whole paragraph into the featured snippet. If you add “Step 1,” “Step 2,” “Step 3,” etc. to the start of each subheading within a page (h2) then Google will sometimes just pull through the subheads and list them chronologically.
  • Generic keywords (e.g. “Inbound Sales”) are more likely to display a featured snippet with a whole paragraph, while more question-oriented keywords will, in most cases, display a step-by-step list generated from your headings.
  • Google prefers that paragraphs begin as a natural answer would. So don’t twaddle and get straight to the point, particularly at the beginning of a new section under a heading.

Please note that only pages ranking on the first page can show up in these snippets. So I’d suggest the following process for finding featured-snippet opportunities:

  • Compile a list of all your pages ranking on the first page;
  • Identify the type of search queries returnings these pages (is it a generic query like “content marketing”, a how-to question etc.?);
  • Analyze pages ranking in the featured snippet for those queries;
  • Optimize your page better according to the bulleted list above.

 

7 MIN READ

 

Google Treats 301 Redirects to a Non-Identical Page as Soft 404s [News]

Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that websites should use 301 redirects only for identical pages. If the page you 301 redirect to isn’t a 1:1 replacement, Google is likely to treat it as a 404.

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The Usability Push Continues! Google Has Updated Its Test My Site Tool [News]

Google has updated its Test My Site tool with new features. The updated version shows the percentage of visitors you may be losing due to page speed issues and how your site stacks up against the competition in your industry.

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This tool also gives recommendations on how to speed up your site—definitely an instructive tool to utilize for site optimization.

 

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Google Adds “Posts” to Local Business Listings [News]

Google has made Google Posts available to all businesses. This feature lets companies with Google My Business listings post content directly into the search results, in real-time. Posts will appear in both Google’s rich search and map results.

The caveat is that there’s currently no way to automate these posts as there’s no public API yet. In any case, it’s a promising new medium for local businesses.

Plus, this roll-out presents a short window of opportunity to stand out and possibly rank higher for local queries before the feature is widely adopted.

 

2 Min Read

 

Google Will Roll Out Its Mobile-First Index to Sites That Are Ready for It [News]

The same John Mueller from Google also confirmed that they’d roll out their mobile-first index in stages, starting with mobile-optimized sites that are ready for it.

Nobody knows when Google will flip the switch. It’s probably months away. However, one thing is for sure. Making sure your site is 100% optimized for mobile has never been more important than now.

 

1 Min Read

 

#PAID ACQUISITION

Robots Are Taking Over PPC: 3 Automation Features You Must Utilize Now [Actionable]

“Smart” features based on machine learning have been one of the biggest trends in the PPC industry this year. Artificial intelligence now drives about every aspect of innovation in this domain.

Earlier this year, Google has rolled out “Smart Display Campaign” and automatically curated “in-market” and “similar” audiences.

Keeping pace with the industry’s standards, Bing also released its “in-market” and “custom” audiences a few weeks ago.

This article breaks down the most important machine learning-based features in PPC and gives some great advice on how to put them to use. (Note: skip through to the section “New Machine Based Featured”.)

 

4 min read

 

Ads That Google’s Blocker Will Block Starting 2018 [Alert]

Early next year, Google will release an official ad blocker for Chrome to put a stop to intrusive ads, even if they are owned or served by Google. Acceptable ads will be qualified based on the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads.

You can find a list of unacceptable ads for both mobile and desktop along with their mock-ups and descriptions on this page.

Below are screenshots for quick reference:

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3 MIN READ

 

How to Choose the Right Bid Management Automation Tool [Actionable]

When you have dozens of PPC campaigns across multiple platforms under your supervision, manual bid optimization is nearly impossible.

This is where bid management automation tools come in handy. However, there’s a myriad of them, and without a proper understanding of what to look for, picking one out may be overwhelming.

This article does a great job dissecting PPC bid management automation tools and laying out the process for choosing the right one for your campaigns.

 

4 MIN READ

 

10 Adwords Scripts That Will Take Your Adwords Campaigns to The Next Level [Actionable]

Adwords scripts are a great way stay on top of your campaigns when scaling.

For those not familiar with these scripts, those are JavaScript code snippets that you add to your Adwords account to perform specific tasks, e.g. keep a record of your data, automate bidding, do competitive analysis, etc.

This article from Adstage lists 10 very handy scripts along with in-action screenshots and application examples. It’s one of the best write-ups on Adwords scripts I’ve come across so far.

Here’s the list with links to original sources for quick reference:

Quality Score Tracker by PPC Epiphany
Automated Ad Testing AdWords Script
24-Hour Bidding Script
Weather-Based Bidding AdWords Script
Disable Ads for Out-of-stock Items in Search
N-Gram Search Query Reports
Competitor Tracking Script
“Split Test Anything” Script
24-Hour Heat Map Script
Analyze Quality Score in Detail

If you haven’t set up scripts in Adwords before, here’s a good primer on how to do that: http://www.beyondthepaid.com/learning-adwords-scripts/

 

4 Min read

 

#EDITORIAL

How to Use Udemy to Validate an Idea for Your Next Long-Form Article/Lead Magnet [Actionable]

Oh, I just loved the first piece of advice in this article, which is how to use Udemy to validate content ideas. I’d like to note that this method is more suited for evergreen long-form content, which is what courses are by their nature.

Why is it important?

All too often, we let intuition take hold of our editorial strategy. But with so much noise out there, success in content marketing comes down to consistency and a data-driven editorial approach.

So here’s the idea on how to use Udemy data as a guide in your editorial decisions:

  • Go to Udemy and search the topic you’d like to write your next article, ebook or whatever about;
  • Pick courses around that topic with the most reviews/the best reviews/the most students (use your judgment for quality criteria);
  • The curriculums of your selected courses will suggest you a proven structure for a piece of content on that topic.

People pulled out their wallets and actually paid for that content, which means the content is compelling, important, and, most importantly, in demand. I can’t think of a stronger validation than that.

This article covers more great ideas for creating shareable and SEO-friendly content, but a lot of them fall into the 101 bucket, so I won’t cover them. But the link is below if you are interested.

 

16 min read

 

#Strategy/Funnel

The Case for Switching from Email to Facebook Messenger for Interaction with Leads. (Hint: a 477% reduction in CPL[Research]

Email is dying.

Inboxes are more cluttered than ever. Open and click rates are in decline.

In search of new mediums, Hubspot has recently put Facebook Messenger to test as a channel to interact with their prospects. They conducted three experiments in which Facebook Messenger was stacked up against email in the following applications.

Using Facebook Messenger as a content delivery channel

Results:

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“The Facebook Messenger broadcasts had an average open rate of 80% and average CTR of 13%. That was 242% and 609% better than our email controls, respectively.”

Using Facebook Messenger in place of forms

“The results here were even better than we anticipated. We saw a staggering 477% reduction in our cost per lead, while lead quality only slightly decreased.”

The third application was sending updates to event attendees via Facebook Messenger. I’m not covering it because the use is quite niche and HubSpot didn’t provide email results for comparison.

 

4 min read

 

Controversy Alert: Stop All Organic Social Media Activity [Research/Opinion]

Avinash Kaushik (Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google) has literally taken the words out of my mouth with this article.

His premise is that organic social media is dead, and so there’s no reason to invest in it anymore. I second him a hundred percent. (That’s the reason we don’t have social handles for Breaking Content.)

This Facebook post from Expedia paints the picture best:

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Note: Expedia had 6,462,977 fans on their Facebook page when this screenshot was taken. Divide 75 engagements by 6,462,977 and you’ll get an organic reach rate of 0.00113%.

I can’t find a strong enough word to convey how dismal it is.

The takeaway: Don’t invest in organic reach anymore. Instead, shift your focus to creating irresistible content and amplifying its distribution with paid reach.

 

16 min read

 

#Social Media

Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm in Fight Against Clickbait Links [News]

Facebook recently announced an update to their news feed algorithm that will address the issue of high volumes of clickbait content.

Adam Mossery, VP of News Feed, wrote: “By taking steps like this to improve News Feed, we’re able to surface more stories that people find informative and reduce the spread of problematic links such as clickbait, sensationalism and misinformation.”

They added that this update will apply to individual links and won’t have an effect on a domain level.

If you do content marketing right (and I believe you do), this update will work only to your advantage.

 

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