9 reasons why search marketers have been at the cutting edge of marketing technology

As marketing functions increasingly rely on technology, Scott Brinker, aka “Chief MarTech,” laid out nine reason he believes search marketers are poised for leadership as marketing becomes increasingly technology-dependent in a keynote presentation at SMX East in New York City last week.
Search marketers, of course, employ any number of tools and technologies in their work, and the industry has spawned hundreds of products and solutions. Brinker outlined how the work of search marketers touches 22 of the 49 categories he has identified in the Marketing Technology Landscape infographic he has been compiling to track the growth in marketing technology companies.
Search marketers engage with the marketing technology categories circled in blue.
Brinker, program chair for the MarTech Conference series and editor VP platform ecosystem at HubSpot, highlighted the core functions of search marketing — testing, analysis, conversion optimization and so on — that encompass the overlap of marketing, technology and management.

With more and more companies creating the role of chief

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SEO Ranking Factors in 2017: What’s Important and What’s Not

As technology advances, search engines can refine their ranking algorithms to better determine relevance and return results that better align with searcher intent.
Because these ranking algorithms are constantly being improved and refined, search engine ranking factors are always evolving. Factors that might once have had a huge impact on search rankings may no longer matter all that much, and new ranking factors (such as mobile-friendliness or HTTPS) can emerge to reflect changing technologies and user behaviors.
So, what are the most important ranking factors today, in 2017? A panel at SMX East, “SEO Ranking Factors in 2017: What’s Important and What’s Not,” sought to answer that question. This panel featured data from large-scale studies performed by SEMrush and Searchmetrics, as well as case studies and practical advice for adapting your SEO strategies to current realities.
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The first panelist was Olga Andrienko from SEMrush, who shared the results of a large-scale study on ranking factors that examined

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The holidays arrived early for local marketers

The holiday season has arrived early for locally focused marketers. Consider the developments that have occurred just in the past week:

Google My Business API added new features, including the ability to manage your Google Posts.
Facebook announced a number of tools and partnerships supporting local discovery, including booking and food ordering.
Google said it now has 50 million Local Guides adding content to Google Maps and search.
Yext started an initiative to verticalize local business listings syndication with “Yext for Food.”

If you spend a lot of time trying to appeal to a locals-only market, SMX East features a number of sessions that you’ll find valuable above and beyond the great content you’ll experience over the full three days of the conference.
Dan Leibson of Local SEO Guide will walk you through the results of The Definitive Guide To Local Search Ranking Factors, one of the largest-ever statistical studies of the local search ranking factors. He’ll show you what they’ve learned about

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Faster & smarter: Moving from manual to automated SEM campaign management

Automating SEM campaigns is a smart move, thanks to the benefits you reap from eliminating drudge work, but also from the reductions in potential execution errors. Google has consistently built new tools that help with automation, and has recently beefed up capabilities within AdWords.
As Frederick Vallaeys recently wrote on Search Engine Land, AdWords Scripts are now available in the new AdWords interface, giving users a visual refresh, as well as some new capabilities that make management a bit easier, especially for advertisers with lots of scripts in their accounts.
With the new additions, you can see up to 500 script logs per page and filter by date, see a more precise time when a script will run, see who added a script to the account, filter scripts based on name or who created it and much more.
Want to learn more about automating your SEM campaigns? At SMX East, start with the all-new session, “Faster & smarter: Moving from

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Wanted: Session ideas for SMX West

We want your input to help us plan our upcoming SMX West conference, which will be taking place on March 13-15, 2018. Specifically, we’d love to hear from you if you have an great idea for a session that you think should be on the agenda. And if you’re interested in speaking at the show, the absolute best way to improve your chances of being chosen is to get involved at this point, by suggesting an awesome idea that really catches our attention.
We’re looking for two types of suggestions:
Session ideas for regular SMX sessions. Most sessions at SMX conferences are 60-90 minutes in length, and feature 2 to 3 speakers. Here, we’re not looking for solo presentations; rather, your idea should be a topic where multiple speakers can each weigh in with their own point of view, opinion and suggested tactics. You can let us know if you’re interested in speaking or would just like to

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SEO ranking factors: What’s important, what’s not

This week, Google celebrated its 19th birthday. A lot has changed in nearly two decades. Rather than relying primarily on PageRank to evaluate the quality of web pages, Google now uses a whole array of techniques to suggest a wide range of content in response to queries, from simple direct answers to multimedia audio and video files.
With loads of guesswork and assumptions, the debate about Google ranking factors is never-ending and evolves with every algorithm update. What’s on the rise, what’s on the decline, and what still works?
At SMX East, several sessions look closely at today’s most important ranking considerations. In SEO Ranking Factors In 2017: What’s Important, What’s Not, you’ll hear the results of comprehensive studies undertaken by Searchmetrics and SEMRush, which looked at millions of sites to determine what separated winners from losers. You’ll also hear a case study from Herndon Hasty, SEO for the Container Store, which battles with formidable competition from Amazon, Walmart

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Why going global is essential to your business

As the world becomes increasingly connected, it’s becoming more vital than ever for virtually all businesses, regardless of size, to have a global online presence. As Search Engine Land columnist Brendan McGonigle rightly notes, if you only advertise in the United States, you’re missing out on billions of potential customers. But taking a one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it.
For example, while Google has a considerable presence in Russia, you won’t want to overlook the SEO and SEM options offered by market leader Yandex. And if you want to venture into China, it’s critical to know the ins and outs of the dominant search platform that serves the country, Baidu.
At SMX East, three acknowledged global search marketing experts will discuss how to jump-start your multinational campaigns. In “Why Going Global Is Essential To Your Business,” you’ll hear Frederic Schaub, a partner at the Swiss-based Consultancy Group and former senior manager of global strategy for Marriott Digital Services, discuss the

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SMX East early bird rates expire Saturday. Register now!

The sun is about to set on SMX East early bird rates! Join thousands of search marketers and learn the latest SEO and SEM tactics at SMX East, October 24-26 in New York City. Act now for big savings. Here’s what’s in store:

58 sessions, keynotes and clinics featuring proven, actionable tactics on paid search advertising, SEO, analytics, mobile and social media
Panel discussions and interactive Q&As that solve complex search marketing challenges and inspire you with new ideas
Networking events where you’ll share experiences with like-minded colleagues and industry thought leaders
Demos from 30+ leading solutions providers including Google, Bing and Amazon Marketing Services that will make you a better marketer

Brands and agencies that set the standards for SEO and SEM are presenting at SMX. Here’s a look at who will be at the show:

Register today for an All Access Pass and you’ll get our early bird rate of $1,895 — a whopping $300 off on-site rates! With an All Access

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New goodies for online retailers at SMX East

If you’re an online retailer, you’re already ramping up for the busy holiday season ahead. The good news is that Google has rolled out several new features to AdWords to help with your shopping campaigns.
As reported by Ginny Marvin on Search Engine Land, the new AdWords features include a new metric, called absolute top impression share, and a new diagnostics report lets advertisers dig deeper into product status issues in AdWords.

Learn about these and other features exclusive to the new AdWords interface that are rolling out to advertisers through this year at the Shopping Campaign Tips Tricks You’ll Want To Own session at SMX East, where our SEM experts will share tips and strategies to systematically and creatively cultivate your Bing and Google shopping campaigns into healthy, productive year-round ROAS generators.
Other sessions you’ll want to attend at SMX East include:
Finding Feed-Driven Retail Success Beyond Bing & Google – In this session, our expert speakers discuss opportunities on

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Search marketers save $400 on SMX East until this Saturday!

Your search for actionable SEM and SEO tactics stops here. Join thousands of marketers at the largest search marketing conference on the East Coast — Search Engine Land’s SMX East, October 24–26, 2017, in New York City.
Register today for an All Access Pass and pay the super early bird rate of $1,795 — that’s a whopping $400 off on-site rates! You’ll get the total SMX experience:

Industry-leading speakers
Exceptional networking
Actionable tactics you’ll immediately put to use
Vendor demos and solutions
WiFi, meals and snacks!

P.S. These are the lowest-priced tickets for SMX East you’ll ever get your hands on. Hurry, super early bird rates expire this Saturday!
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