In A Content Economy the Real-Time Analysts Win

2013 was the year of the real-time analysts. Analysts making the content economy move forward from the digital sphere of awareness and social awkwardness. Thanks to savvy growth hackers our content marketing selfs turned the content economy upside down on its head.

Or…

The Content Marketer meme

Buzzwords exist with the sole purpose of intimidation. Or better yet, to make people outside of our own business or field of knowledge feel small. Make us stronger, wiser, more advanced and, hopefully one day, thought leaders for a buzzword.

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SlideShare Profile Views with StatCounter

It’s fun to measure things. The downside is that people and services know that we like to measure things and, therefore, they want to charge us for every small bit of data we would like to collect. And as we are a curious kind, mankind, we want to measure and learn from every aspect of life. As I’m into web analytics, I sometimes think about what I would like to measure instead of what I actually CAN measure. And as I use SlideShare from time to time, without paying for a PRO Account – I still want some kind of idea of what’s happening over at SlideShare.

SlideShare profile views for free with StatCounter

Enter, StatCounter.

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Searchmetrics Free SEO Suite

I’ve been working with the Searchmetrics Suite for over a year now. There are a lot of SEO tools and services online, but Searchmetrics have been one of the few I really liked and then spent time working with. For an SEO, the Suite is really good. I want to show you the features that make the hair on my arms rise and my heart pound a little bit faster.

Searchmetrics SEO Suite

I will go through the free version of Searchmetrics Suite so that you can start using everything, right away.

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Push Your Ads Live (Already)!

Google AdWords campaigns

Today I’m down in Helsingborg (Sweden). I’ve been speaking about Google AdWords and Facebook Ads at Mindpark for about 30 companies from my point of view when it comes to search engine marketing: Just push your ads live already.

Before you get me all wrong and start ranting about how it takes a minute to set up, years to learn and a lifetime to master, relax. I told the audience that as well. But my point was, and is, that a lot of businesses needs a kick in the butt. A push in the right direction. Get up, get going and then get stronger – wiser – better.

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Why I’m never going to grow my followers count

I love social media. It enables me to connect with industry peers, find new interesting connections and keep up with, pretty much, life in general. But I don’t understand this whole follow me – follow you – follow back – thing we’ve got going on. I got fed up with the discussion of the most followers equals the bigger man/woman. Mainly because your following count can be played like a game and the real game is called engagement. Which doesn’t come with buying followers. Numbers.

When I started using social media I connected with everything. I was following a brand selling smoked fish in Canada and connecting with random strangers on Linkedin. Until I realized that my whole network was a clutter. And I had to change that. The following step was to clean up my social media profiles.

My god, that took ages!

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SEO’s about answering the right questions and helping people

Answering questions and helping people

Is SEO a good career choice as of late 2013? I would say so. SEO is still very important and more brands understand that they need to be digital if they want to succeed. I see a shift where, before, marketing teams had one or two “digital marketers” and now it’s getting more and more integrated. Everything is more or less connected to the web these days. From sales, customer services to the CEO tweeting.

And all types of content needs to be optimized. Because search engines are still (or should be) the largest traffic source for almost any website out there!

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Alternatives to Google Reader

There must be at least a couple of good alternatives to Google Reader, right? Well, yes and no. On the 1st of July Google Reader will shut down it’s services and prior to this, you must migrate your subscriptions to a new service.

Friends of mine talk a lot about Feedly, and I’ve given it a go since last year. Both the app for Android and iOS as the web interface is working good. I like it. But as I’m getting the option to log in with my Google account, what will happen when Google Reader goes offline? Will my subscriptions vanish into thin air? No. Feedly have been working on a project called Normandy which is a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. So when Google Reader shuts down, Feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user, as me, and want to use Feedly – you are covered.

Feedly view of postsFeedly looks pretty slick.

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