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Another SEO tool drops the word “SEO”

This guest post is by Majestic’s Marketing Director, Dixon Jones, who explains the reasons for their recent name change.

Majestic, the link intelligence database that many SEOs have come to use on a daily basis, has dropped the “SEO” from it’s brand and from its domain name, to become majestic.com. Since most people won’t have used Google’s site migration tool before, here’s what it looks like once you press the “go” button:

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In actual fact – there’s a minor bug in the tool. The address change is to the https version of majestic.com (which GWT makes us register as a separate site) but that message incorrectly omits that. Fortunately, elsewhere in GWT its clear the omission is on Google’s side, not a typo from the SEO. It is most likely that the migration tool was developed before the need for Google to have separate verification codes for http and https versions of the site.

Trackur launches Senfluence.com: big data APIs, small price tag

senfluence-launch“Everybody’s talking Big Data, I don’t hear a word they’re saying….”

That’s how the song goes, right?

Well, if you’re SaaS developer you’ll be singing some kind of happy tune with news that Trackur is bringing its affordable APIs to more people. As chief bottle-washer, I’m pleased to share that we’ve today announced that our APIs for social media monitoring, sentiment and influence measurement will be available at Senfluence.com.

We made the decision to separate our APIs from our dashboard plans so that we can focus on building out API offerings that may not fit with our social media monitoring tools. At launch, Senfluence will offer two types of API:

  1. Full social media monitoring – give us a keyword and tap into millions and millions of fresh results via either JSON or XML

Yahoo Makes Advertising Easier, but Can It Make It Better?

Yahoo AdvertisingTaking a hiatus from her recent spending spree, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer used her CES platform to announce a rebranding of Yahoo’s various advertising products.

The new “Yahoo Advertising” brand has already won me over by not insisting we call it “Yahoo! Advertising”–boy those exclamation marks get old. As part of the rebrand, Yahoo is bringing together all of its advertising platforms under one umbrella–although it appears not all umbrellas will be the same.

First we have…

These new native and display ads are now available to large and small advertisers through a new simplified platform, Yahoo Ad Manager. Yahoo Ad Manager gives advertisers direct, hands-on access to Yahoo’s advertising products. Yahoo Stream Ads, Yahoo Image Ads and Tumblr Sponsored Posts powered by Yahoo Advertising are available today through a simple user interface that helps advertisers get ads online in a matter of minutes, with insights and analytics built in.

The ROI of Marketing Automation

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This post comes from our Marketing Automation channel sponsor Marketo.

Marketing automation is a technology that streamlines and automates marketing tasks so companies can increase operational efficiency and grow revenue faster.

In other words, companies don’t buy marketing automation to automate their marketing. They buy it to:

  • Grow revenue faster
  • Generate more high quality sales-ready leads
  • Measure and prove marketing ROI
  • Save time and money in marketing

But while some companies achieve amazing ROI (100%+ improvements) from marketing automation, others achieve more modest gains, and a few fail to get value at all.

In this blog, I’ll summarize:

  • The latest research on the ROI of marketing automation,
  • Explain how varying levels of sophistication in usage (e.g. maturity) means some companies achieve wild success while others do not, and

How to Simplify Your Complex Event Programs Using Marketing Automation

This post comes from our Marketing Automation channel sponsor Marketo.

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The night our team put the final touches on our 2013 Marketing Nation JumpStart Tour program, I had a dream that I gardened with tokens. I put tokens all over in my barren backyard, and updated them once with a beautiful pink flower – and suddenly my backyard was covered in flowers. Imagine planting a flower only once and seeing it everywhere – if only it were as easy for gardens as it is in our marketing programs!

So, What is a Token Anyways?

A token is a variable in your marketing automation platform–a shortcut to a specific value you want to use. They can be set at the program level, the campaign level, the lead level. They save time and help you populate your content with personalized info.

Marketing Automation Has Plenty of Room for Growth

We talk a lot about marketing automation these days and for good reason. In the new world order of Internet marketing it is a volume game.

Marketing is no longer about creating an ad or even a series of ads that will ‘run’ in a variety of places in the hopes of someone seeing it at the time they had a need. Those were the easy days because the standard line was that it was for branding and it couldn’t be measured very well at all but it had to be done.

Those days are long gone and have been replaced by highly measurable techniques in the online world that require marketers to create ridiculous amounts of content that are aimed at specific groups and designed to ‘show up’ when someone is looking for that product or service at the time of their need.

There are now many marketing automation systems that help marketers manage and measure these efforts and you would think that with the level of importance it has in the process of gaining new customers that everyone would be getting involved. Well, on some levels yes and but on others no. Look at these numbers from Research Underwriters and Ascend2.

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How NOT to Derail Your New Marketing Platform

This post comes from our Marketing Automation Channel sponsor Marketo.

train-imageSo, let’s say your company has decided to adopt marketing automation. What’s the #1 thing that will derail your new platform?

I’ll start with a little story:

I was working as a consultant for a client – let’s call them Client X. Client X had purchased a nice services engagement to get them started. This included a 2-day discovery session, which got them up to speed and formed a base for how they’d use their new marketing platform. Afterward, Client X asked, “Why don’t you just build it all for us?”

We felt a little concerned, but we did as they asked. One year later, we were back on their site. Client X now needed help to start using their marketing automation platform properly. To summarize: The client had a 1-year execution detour!