How We Became Digital Marketers in Just One Summer

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Posted by rootandbranch Editor’s note: This blog is from the perspective of five University of Pittsburgh students — Kirsten , Steve , Darcie , Erin , and Sara — who completed a class this summer called "Digital Marketing Search Fundamentals", taught by Zack Duncan of Root and Branch. Introduction Our digital marketing class this summer did not give us credits that count towards graduation (in fact, some of us graduated in Spring 2020), nor did it give us a grade. Instead, we learned about paid search and organic search along with some of the key concepts central to digital marketing. We also became certified in Google Ads Search along the way. We each had different reasons for taking the course, but we all believe that digital marketing will have value for us in our lives. At the beginning of the term, in June 2020, we were asked, “What is one thing you’re hoping to get out of this class?” Here are some of our responses to that question: I hope to gain a strong understanding of SEO and Google Ads, and to get hands-on experience to understand how both would be used in a work setting. I want to learn something about marketing that I might not learn in the classroom. I'm hoping to become more competitive in this difficult job market. I hope to build on my resume and develop skills for personal use. I want to learn a foundational skill that can be applied in many different aspects of business. Now that we’ve completed the class, we wanted to share our thoughts on why we believe digital marketing matters — both for our lives today and as we look ahead to the future. We’re also going to cover five of the most important building blocks we learned this summer, that have helped us see how all the pieces of digital marketing fit together. Part 1: Why digital marketing matters Why digital marketing training matters now To become more competitive candidates in applying for jobs Some of us are recent grads in the midst of searching for our first jobs after college. Some of us are still in school and are actively looking for internships. We’ve all seen our fair share of job listings for positions like “Digital Marketing Intern” or “Digital Marketing Associate”. Given that the majority of us are marketing majors, you might think it’s safe to …

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A Simple Guide to the SERPs

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The SERPs (search engine results pages) are the listings you see whenever you type a query into a search engine. For most of us (63%, plus 90% of mobile searches), that search engine will be Google, so if your website does well in Google’s SERPs, you’re going to see a lot of organic traffic. When it comes to digital marketing, organic traffic is something of a Holy Grail. Why? Because as opposed to paid advertising, where you pay to get eyes on your content, organic clicks = free clicks. However, the SERPs aren’t as straightforward as they once were, and there are several ways they can influence the amount of organic traffic you get. So, let’s take a look at some of the different forms of traffic, how the SERPs affect them, and how you can get your website noticed in SERPs. What Types of SERP Results Are There? When …

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How People Use Google Search (New User Behavior Study)

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We analyzed 1,801 Google user behavior sessions to better understand how people interact with modern Google SERPs. Specifically, we investigated: How many people click on ads vs organic results Percentage of clicks go to local, video and Google Shopping Average search session length Number of users that make it to the bottom of the first page Lots more And now it’s time to share what we discovered. Here Are Our Some of Our Key Findings: 1. Google searchers use one of Google’s autocomplete suggestions 23% of the time. People that search for informational and local searches tended to click on an autocomplete suggestion more often than those searching with commercial queries. 2. 50% of Google users click on their result within 9 seconds of searching. And the average amount of time it takes a Google searcher to click on something is 14.6 seconds. 3. Only 9% of Google searchers make …

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How Google SERP Layouts Affect Searching Behavior

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Posted by Stephen_Job There are several studies (and lots of data) out there about how people use Google SERPs, what they ignore, and what they focus on. An example is Moz’s recent experiment testing whether SEOs should continue optimizing for featured snippets or not (especially now that Google has announced that if you have a featured snippet, you no longer appear elsewhere in the search results). Two things I have never seen tested are the actual user reactions to and behavior with SERPs. My team and I set out to test these ourselves, and this is where biometric technology comes into play. What is biometric technology and how can marketers use it? Biometric technology measures physical and behavioral characteristics. By combining the data from eye tracking devices, galvanic skin response monitors (which measure your sweat levels, allowing us to measure subconscious reactions), and facial recognition software, we can gain useful …

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How to Increase E-Commerce Sales Through Paid Search & Social Media Campaigns

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The move from brick-and-mortar retail shopping to e-commerce sites has continued steadily over the last decade. Between 2014 and 2023, global retail e-commerce sales are expected to increase by $5.2 billion . As online shopping integrates seamlessly with search and social platforms and as UX improves, more users are inclined to make their purchases online. This shift has made retail brands rethink their marketing and advertising strategies, allocating more of their budgets toward SEO and paid search campaigns. In 2020, advertisers spent almost $200 billion in paid search ads , with retail spending over $15 billion , and this number is expected to increase moving forward. If you’re behind in your paid search and social ad spend, don’t worry. Paid ads for e-commerce sales are pretty easy to jump into, and you’re likely to see faster results than you would with SEO. In this article, I’ll discuss everything you need …

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An Inside Look at My Digital Marketing Agencies Around the World

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My blog attracts millions of viewers, and accolades have stacked up for entrepreneurship, marketing, and influence. You may not know that behind the Neil Patel brand is a powerful and growing network of digital marketing agencies with offices around the world. NP Digital is a performance marketing agency built by marketers, and our global offices allow us to deliver our specialized services to clients worldwide. Below is more information about our agencies, as gathered by one of our writers. Meet our Co-Founders: Neil Patel and Mike Kamo Neil Patel, CMO and Co-Founder, is a New York Times Bestselling Author and is recognized as a top influencer by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes’s top ten marketers. Entrepreneur magazine credits him with creating one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He has been recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under 35 …

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What the SERPs Will Look Like in 2021?

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Google continually updates its SERPs (search engine results pages). With the constant addition of new features, like passage indexing and mobile-first indexing, the SERPs of 2021 look far different than they did just a year or two ago. It makes sense—Google’s entire business model is based on providing users with the best possible experience. For marketers, though, it can be frustrating. Every year there are dozens of updates, new features, and updated strategies. How do you keep up? Preparation is the key to search engine success. Here’s what you need to know about SERPs in 2021. SERP Result Trends in 2021 According to Moz, Google updates its algorithm thousands of times a year . Most of the changes are small adjustments with no significant impact. However, you can expect at least a few of those updates to cause major SERP changes. What SERP result trends should you pay attention to …

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5 Common Objections to SEO (& How to Respond) - Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by KameronJenkins With marketing budgets taking a hit under the economic strain of COVID-19, advocating for the value SEO can bring to a struggling business is a new take on an old battle. This popular Whiteboard Friday episode by Kameron Jenkins covers five common objections you'll hear to SEO and how to counter them with smart, researched, fact-based responses — an important skill to brush up on now more than ever. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everybody. Welcome to this week's edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron Jenkins, and today we're going to be going through five common objections to SEO and how to respond. Now I know, if you're watching this and you're an SEO, you have faced some of these very objections before and probably a lot of others. This is not …

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How Low Can #1 Go? (2020 Edition)

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Posted by Dr-Pete Being #1 on Google isn't what it used to be. Back in 2013, we analyzed 10,000 searches and found out that the average #1 ranking began at 375 pixels (px) down the page. The worst case scenario, a search for "Disney stock," pushed #1 all the way down to 976px. A lot has changed in seven years, including an explosion of rich SERP (Search Engine Results Page) features, like Featured Snippets, local packs, and video carousels. It feels like the plight of #1 is only getting worse. So, we decided to run the numbers again (over the same searches) and see if the data matches our perceptions. Is the #1 listing on Google being pushed even farther down the page? I try to let the numbers speak for themselves, but before we dig into a lot of stats, here's one that legitimately shocked me. In 2020, over …

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How to Get Quick Results With SEO Sprints: The DriveSafe Case Study

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Posted by ChristopherHofman Currently, many businesses face challenging times and are moving their SEO budget to disciplines which offer quicker wins. But you can also create instant results with SEO, and it can be done on a small budget even when you are up against bigger players in your industry. In this blog post I will show you my framework to do SEO sprints. I will show you how you can use Google’s ability to index and rank faster to your advantage. Later, you will be presented with a case study, where we used SEO sprints for a chain of opticians. The result: an increase in bookings of vision tests of 73%. But first, let's have a look at the layout on page one of Google (for most queries). Google never took SEOs into account when designing for the user. As a result, their transformation over the last few years …

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How to craft a winning SEO proposal and avoid getting a silent ‘No’

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Let’s take a typical story of how the pitching process works. Sarah, the CEO of a successful SEO agency, gets introduced to the CEO of another successful e-commerce company through a common friend. She rallies her team and meets the client over Zoom. They have a wonderful conversation, and both of them are excited to start a great partnership. Filled with optimism, Sarah assigns her best colleagues to craft an insightful SEO proposal. They analyze the competitors, do the keyword research, take the organic opportunity into account, and form a unique strategy on how they can reach impressive results. The day of the presentation comes, and the e-commerce team gathers around, continuously nodding along with each slide. By the end of it, everyone feels excellent. Sarah is thrilled. Checking emails stopped being a chore for Sarah. She quickly scans all of them, looking for confirmation on starting the project. She …

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