Lead Generation

Return On News: 100 Blogging Lessons, SEO Pitfalls, & More

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearly a wrap. And what a year it has been! From the sunsetting of Google Authorship and PageRank, to the digital war on Sony about their new movie The Interview, we have certainly had tons to talk about. With the year winding to a close and a short week…

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8 Books Every Entrepreneur and Growth Hacker Should Read

I brandish myself a perpetual student of life, and of business. After all, life is about making mistakes, learning from them, and growing as a result of our life lessons. For most of us, the biggest lessons come from experiences themselves. But we can take a shortcut by reading and staying up to date on…

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Grow Your Business With Social Media and Content Marketing [SlideShow]

Thank you to everyone who attended the social media training yesterday at the SCORE-Austin offices. As one of three components underneath SCORE’s local content marketing workshop series, this session took a deep dive into the following topics: What is social media Why use social media for marketing What are the types of social media available…

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What Marketing Schools Should REALLY Be Teaching Students

When I went to business school (more years ago than I will voluntarily admit), our marketing coursework focused heavily on the basics. For example, we spent a great deal of time digging into the Four P’s (Product, Price, Placement, Promotion). While the basics of marketing are absolutely still valid concepts to understand, the underlying techniques…

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Which Google AdWords Conversion Rate Should You Be Tracking?

After working with Google AdWords for over a decade, I’ve seen many changes rolled out to their user interface. It seems they make an update nearly every week. Earlier this year, they made a nomenclature change to how data is reported on an account’s AdWords conversion rate. In the old reporting UI, they had the following: Conversions (1-per Click) Conversions…

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AdWords Dynamic Search Ads: Say Hello to Semantic SEM

Back in late 2011, Google rolled out a feature for Adwords called Dynamic Search Ads. Originally announced as a beta test, Dynamic Search Ads have survived to this day and are available in AdWords. The premise behind why these were introduced is that we can’t read the minds of searchers. Google estimated back in 2011…

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Content Marketing: Grow Your Business With Social Media

Today I presented the third installment of the Content Marketing series on behalf of SCORE-Austin at their offices here in town. It was good to see some familiar faces from my previous session, and also good to welcome in some new folks for the material. We covered a lot of ground in the class, most…

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Negative Keyword Master List for PPC Advertising

Search Engine Marketing, also known as Pay Per Click Advertising in many circles, can drive some outstanding results for businesses of all sizes in pretty much any industry. The key is to build the campaigns properly, including both the overall structure, the keywords targeting, and finally, how you work to discourage bad clicks. Negative keywords…

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Content Marketing: Internet Marketing Basics [Slides]

Thanks to everyone who signed up for and attended yesterday’s SCORE Austin seminar, which served as the first of three in this year’s newly crafted Content Marketing Workshop Series. The first session was focused on the basics of internet marketing, and we started pretty basic indeed. I’ve included the training slides below. In it, you…

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SEM: New Features for Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns

This week, we saw an announcement of some new SEM features that are about to be rolled out for Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns. The last major update to Google’s flagship SEM platform was back in July, when they forced all advertisers to upgrade their AdWords to enhanced campaigns. Of course, there was some pushback at…

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