2024

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Best Practices for Podcast Guests: How to Make a Lasting Impression

Trade Press Services Newsletter

Podcasting is a powerful media platform for sharing ideas, stories, and expertise. More than 504 million people listen to podcasts around the globe and almost half of listeners reside in the United States. Research shows that around 144 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly. As podcasts continue to grow in popularity, thought leaders and marketers are recognizing the value of being a podcast guest as part of an effective marketing program.

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Google starts testing AI overviews from SGE in main Google search interface

Search Engine Land

Google is now testing AI overviews in the main Google Search results, even if you have not opted into the Google Search Generative Experience labs feature. Google said this is an experience on a “subset of queries, on a small percentage of search traffic in the U.S.,” a Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land. In May 2023, Google opened up a Search Labs section for searchers to opt in to see and use the Google SGE results, that contained AI overviews.

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A complete guide to the Search Generative Experience (SGE)

OnPassive Marketing

The future of search is undergoing a significant transition in the rapidly changing digital world. Google is the industry powerhouse in the field of search engines. It is leading the drive with its AI-powered search feature, Search Generative Experience (SGE), which is destined to transform how we access information online. We’ll look into what SGE is in this blog article, discuss how it can affect organic traffic, and discuss how website owners can adjust to this major change in the digit

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Why B2B marketing needs brand building more than lead gen

Martech

B2B marketing has become overly focused on measurement and attribution, appearing and claiming to be more science than art. Everyone wants to believe it’s a science. Investors, boards and leadership expect marketing growth to be measurable, predictable and projectable. But the truth is that marketing is not a hard science. Experiments are not repeatable and playbooks are not fully transferable between companies.

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How to Leverage Behavioral Science Insights for Direct Mail Success

Speaker: Neal Boornazian, President and Nancy Harhut, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer - HBT Marketing

Direct mail has consistently remained a powerful tool in the marketer's arsenal, but in an age of digital dominance, its effectiveness hinges on the strategic integration of behavioral science. 💡 When you incorporate powerful behavioral science principles into your direct mail marketing strategies, you can prompt the hardwired decision-making shortcuts your audience relies on — and that automatically unlocks new avenues for engagement, conversion, and brand loyalty.

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The Ultimate Guide To Email Marketing

CopyBlogger

Email marketing is one of the most popular marketing channels because it’s relatively easy to use, highly effective, and cheap. Continue Reading The post The Ultimate Guide To Email Marketing appeared first on Copyblogger.

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What’s Next? Reflections on #SXSW 2024

Businesses Grow

SXSW 2024 was a gathering of thought leadership, providing a glimpse of “what’s next” in media, technology, and marketing, among other topics. I’ve been attending SXSW since 2010. It’s expensive, crowded, and — with 500 sessions a day — overwhelming — but I regard it as an essential part of my professional growth.

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Our First Fixathon: How We Squashed 44 Bugs in One Week

Buffer Marketing

Buffer, as a company, closes the last week of the year every year, and historically, as an engineering team, we’d do a code freeze for the week before we’re closed so nothing broke heading into the holidays. (Pretty smart of us.)  This year, we did something different, and it still worked out. We used the last week of the year as a “fixathon” for our whole engineering team.

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How to Optimize Web Copy: 3 Steps for Semantic SEO (plus a helpful AI prompt)

Orbit Media Studios

By Andy Crestodina Once upon a time… SEO was mostly about just using a keyphrase a certain number of times. Not too many times or you look spammy. Not too few or you don’t look relevant. I did SEO back then. It was very weird and search results were bad. Those were dark days online. Today… Search engines are much better and SEO has evolved. Through research and experimentation, SEOs learned that it isn’t just about using the target keyphrase.

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How Luxury Brands Market and What You Can Learn

Hubspot Marketing

I don’t easily fall for ads or grab products because of marketing tricks. Okay, okay…unless it’s a suitable luxury brand marketing strategy like a catchy video. In that case, I transform from someone who ignores ads to someone who needs that head-turning perfume as soon as possible. Do I really need it? Not at all. Do I still put it in my shopping cart?

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How To Build A Successful Online Community

Duct Tape Marketing

How To Build A Successful Online Community written by Tosin Jerugba read more at Duct Tape Marketing The Duct Tape Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interviewed Andrew Guttormsen the Co-founder of Circle : the All-in-one community platform for professional creators and world-class brands. Formally the VP of Growth at Teachable, Andrew has a deep background in courses, online marketing, memberships and building growth marketing teams.

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Sales & Marketing Alignment: How to Synergize for Success

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Exhaust, Author, International Keynote & TEDx Speaker

Recent research shows that only 50% of B2B organizations state that they have good alignment between their marketing and sales teams. This lack of alignment tremendously impacts the ability to meet business goals, and is a limiting factor for building and maintaining customer relationships. While many B2B organizations continue to struggle with aligning their marketing and sales teams, they can take practical steps to unify both teams and simplify their overall approach.

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New White Paper: Breaking into Publishing – What It Takes to Write, Produce, and Market Your Book

Trade Press Services Newsletter

Have you ever dreamt about writing and publishing a book? Many aspiring authors have a story or message they want to share with the world but don’t know where to start. Writing a book takes a monumental investment of time, energy, and resources. For many, the dream of finishing a manuscript and publishing it can seem out of reach. Still, millions of aspiring authors strive to embark on a literary journey at some point in their lives.

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Google March 2024 spam update done rolling out

Search Engine Land

Google’s March 2024 spam update rollout is now complete. The spam update started March 5, about 15 days ago. The March 2024 core update is still rolling out and will likely continue to roll out for the next couple of weeks. The spam update took 14 days and 21 hours to roll out, starting on March 5, and ending on March 20. Google wrote this morning, “The rollout was complete as of March 20, 2024.” March 2024 spam update.

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14 Sprout Social features you might not know about

Sprout Social

Sprout Social features are designed to help you move at the speed of social. We release over a hundred updates per year that span across publishing, engagement, analytics, social listening and customer care. That’s a lot of social media tools at our customers’ disposal. Of course, there are a few fan favorites. The Smart Inbox, Approval Workflows, Tagging and more all get a lot of love on social and on review sites like G2, but there are some lesser known Sprout features that deserve some hype a

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2024 Predictions: Social media’s evolution

Martech

Marketers will continue to engage with audiences on social media through advertising and organic social campaigns. The space continues to diversify, with more user-generated content inspired by the emergence of TikTok in recent years. And for consumers with money to spend, there are new ways to shop through social commerce. How will these opportunities shake out in the upcoming year?

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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How To Optimize Your Website For Local Search in 2024

CopyBlogger

Most local business owners have tried a few local SEO tips, but it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. Continue Reading The post How To Optimize Your Website For Local Search in 2024 appeared first on Copyblogger.

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10 Non-Obvious Social Media Trends You Need to Consider Right Now

Businesses Grow

Annual social media prediction posts deserve their own category of boring. They usually name the same obvious trends over and over! This is the year of video! (yawn) And yet, we are in the midst of unprecedented, cataclysmic change. Let’s consider some non-obvious social media trends that are insightful, bold, and important! And you will be happy to know that I barely AI at all (too obvious!).

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Why Marketers Should Care About Google’s Potential HubSpot Acquisition

Content Marketing Institute

Google’s may buy HubSpot. But how likely is it the deal will get done? Why would Google want HubSpot? What would it mean for HubSpot customers? Understand the possibilities and take away the one reality for every marketer.

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Introducing our Open Salary System: Reflecting on a Decade of Transparent Salaries at Buffer

Buffer Marketing

Buffer has been in business for 13 years now, and we’ve had transparent salaries for 10 of those. This means that for over a decade, all Buffer salaries have been publicly viewable, and we’ve shared our approach to salaries and the formula we based them upon openly. We’ve maintained transparent salaries through significant market (and world) changes and through ups and downs in our performance as a business.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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13 Things To Remove From Your Website Immediately

Orbit Media Studios

By Andy Crestodina It’s a website. You can put anything there. But should you? People add all kinds of crazy stuff to their sites, often without a thought for strategy or their visitors. It’s common to see websites that distract, confuse or worse. On this blog, we’ve published research showing which website features are standard and how some of those features don’t align with best practices.

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Weird Words in English: 100+ Terms You Need to Know from 2023 and Beyond

Hubspot Marketing

In 2023, the Oxford English Dictionary again updated its lexicon, adding 80 new weird words and phrases. From technological jargon like “Bitcoin” and “Deepfake” to colloquial gems such as “Bestie” and “Binge-Watching,” the OED continues to capture the ever-evolving tapestry of the English language. The words newly added not only reflect technological advances but also capture the cultural zeitgeist.

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Mastering Email Deliverability: The Crucial Changes You Must Make in 2024

Duct Tape Marketing

Mastering Email Deliverability: The Crucial Changes You Must Make in 2024 written by Tosin Jerugba read more at Duct Tape Marketing The Duct Tape Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interviewed JT Beckham, a senior manager of deliverability at ActiveCampaign , leading the Deliverability team and collaborating with other teams across the organization.

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Google and world’s largest ad group announce landmark AI collaboration

Search Engine Land

The world’s biggest advertising group announced a major collaboration with Google that will see it utilize Gemini AI to help produce its ads, including: Ad narration. Voiceover script generation. Product image creation. The landmark partnership with WPP means that Google’s robots could potentially end up creating ads for some of the biggest brands in the world, such as the Coca-Cola Company, L’Oréal and Nestlé.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Google releasing massive search quality enhancements in March 2024 core update and multiple spam updates

Search Engine Land

Google is unleashing multiple measures aimed at improving the quality of its search results beginning today. Google is releasing the March 2024 core update and a number of spam updates (aka March 2024 spam update). Also, Google’s helpful content system has been incorporated into its overall core ranking system. In addition, Google announced several new and updated spam policies that it will begin enforcing through automated algorithms and manual actions.

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Google promotes Liz Reid to head of Search

Search Engine Land

Google is making a number of changes to its executive team running Google Search: Liz Reid , who was leading up core search experiences, will now be the Head of Search at Google. Cheenu Venkatachary will be the new lead of Search quality and ranking. With these changes, Pandu Nayak is stepping down as lead of search quality and ranking and will become Chief Scientist of Search.

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Article complaining about being outranked on Google being outranked by Reddit

Search Engine Land

How Google is killing independent sites like ours from HouseFresh talks about an ongoing complaint from smaller publishers and site owners about how they are constantly being outranked by larger publishers and site owners in Google Search. The irony here is that story is currently being outranked by Reddit – no joke. Google ranking Reddit above HouseFresh.

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Google Search officially retires cache link

Search Engine Land

Google officially removed the cache link from the Google Search results snippets last week and Google confirmed that it will remove the cache functionality completely in the near future. Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison told us that Google has “decided to retire it” and removed it from the Google Search result pages and will soon remove the cache completely.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Humans prefer AI-generated copy, survey finds

Search Engine Land

Humans are more likely to prefer content generated by AI than written by a human, according to a surprising new survey. Why we care. While AI can’t entirely replace humans in content creation, clearly generative AI can create content that resonates with consumers. Generative AI 6, humans 0. In six AI- vs. human-generated content battles, the generative AI version “won” each.

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Google updates its page experience docs to clarify ranking signals

Search Engine Land

Google updated its page experience help documentation to clarify how Core Web Vitals metrics are used as a ranking signal. Google also clarified that other page experience signals are not directly used for ranking purposes in Google Search. What Google wrote. The updated documentation is in the ranking section of the document and it now reads: Core Web Vitals are used by our ranking systems.

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Google says it took down 45% more fake reviews in 2023 thanks to new algorithm

Search Engine Land

Google has a new review algorithm that the search company says it better anf faster at taking down fake reviews from local listings in Google Search and Google Maps. “In 2023, this new algorithm helped us take down 45% more fake reviews than the year before ,” Google announced. Google receives a lot of contributions to its Google Maps and local listings, this includes reviews, photos, updates to listings and more.

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New Google structured data carousels (beta)

Search Engine Land

Google has added new search developer documentation for structured data carousels (beta). The new documentation can be found here and is under the “early adopters program.” This structured data is for a new carousel rich result that’s in beta, “which is a list-like rich result that people can scroll horizontally to see more entities from a given site (also known as a host carousel),” Google wrote.

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?