As a result, inbound marketing is not only gaining prominence among marketers but also is making marketing strategies more effective, as inbound organisations are 4 times as likely to rate their marketing strategy highly.
Precisely, this is one of the main conclusions of the eight annual study “State of Inbound 2016” conducted by HubSpot, which aims to give a comprehensive overview of the main trends, strategies and challenges marketers and sales representatives face today as well as to provide relevant data to figure out how the marketing and sales’ future will look like in an increasing mobile, technological and digital world. This report reflects the opinions of more than 4500 respondents (namely marketers and sales representatives) from 132 countries.
Consumers are regularly turning to their mobile devices to search. Basically, typing keywords in a browser and instantaneously getting a list of results doesn’t differ from the desktop experience. The various search results match pretty well with their questions and let them find, in the majority of cases, the perfect answer. However, the emergence of virtual personal assistants and voice recognition technology like Siri, Google Now, Cortana or Alexa might change the way consumers interact with their devices leading to re-think SEO requirements.
Is SEO dead? Yes and no. In principle SEO will exist in varying forms as long as there’s Google search. However, nowadays there is so little left of its former variety that it’s pretty fair to speak of a whole new discipline.
Ryan Stewart from Webris even goes a step further and advises SEO experts to give up their field. He has already done so and approaches the area of online marketing in a more holistic way now. He explains the new rule of the game:
I never get tired of ignoring the latest content marketing tricks. Basics like subheadings, paragraphs, or…wait for it – the use of pictures (!) get celebrated as though they were a new invention which will get readers all excited. People hardly dare to blog on the topic anymore because there are just too many pseudo-tips.
Very few articles on the topic actually have something new of offer. Mostly they just say what anyone who went to school should already know. At the moment, content marketing is rarely more than a basic writing course. Now that the trend is slowly subsiding, there are a lot of unaddressed questions.
Search Engine Advertisement isn’t rocket science, but is can get complicated enough. Efficient use of the available advertising budget should have highest priority. But there has to be a clear structure right from the start for this, e.g when it comes to multi-client centre accounts.
You have to identify the relevant leaver and make the right controlling decisions. This happens on the basis of enough data, which should be the foundation of every well-planned AdWords campaign. Multi-client centres (MCCs) can be helpful here for instance, as they also help you get a good overview. But what else does a successful AdWords campaign have?
Creating and managing advertisements is one of the main tasks of every SEA manager. A good, creatively designed ad text raises the click rate and brings more visitors to a page or shop. Optimising advertisements is not just important purely from a traffic perspective. The quality factor is also influenced by a high click-through rate, which has a positive influence on the ad ranking and cost per click.
The page speed – the loading speed of a homepage- has a direct influence on search engine rankings. The page speed can be improved greatly through data compression. Defining the expiration also leads to better loading speeds and so to better ranking with Google and other search engines.
In one month at the latest, Google will have permanently shelved the old product listing ads system, making the current feeds of many online shops no longer valid. High time then to adjust to the new Google shopping campaign. Because of the reworked interfaces, it is necessary to create completely new campaigns. An upgrade it not possible.
Everyone, who has dealt with SEO in any way shape or form, knows that the branch is once again in a state of radical change. The transition to high quality content is finally taking place, after many popular Google strategies were made impossible. However, no everyone has realised that there are still ‘old-school’ SEO agencies out there. How can you recognise if yours is one of them?
7 SEO recommendations, at which you should change agencies:
- The sentence “we know the secret to Google” is on the website
- An increase in page ranking is presented as a success
- The page is registered with search engines
- The agency gives guarantees on rankings
- They accept €500 per month for building up a shop’s coverage
- They concentrate solely on external factors and link building in this context
- In order to extend coverage, they focus on guest articles and link exchange, thereby busying themselves in sending emails to bloggers and online journalists
Additions are welcome 🙂