DSDET: Day 2 Morning Speakers

After a great first day, we hit the ground running on so much great information. Here are the recaps from our morning sessions:

Snapchat for Business

By Carlos Gil, Head of Global Social Media, BMC Software

With more than 60% of smartphone users between the ages of 13-34 on Snapchat and over 8 billion daily video views, it’s safe to say that the platform is here to stay. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, we’ll get you up to speed on how to use Snapchat for your business.


Snapchat has become a big business, it’s a legitimate marketing channel. If you’re still thinking it might not be, just ask Gatorade. Gatorade spent $500,000 on a one day ad during the Super Bowl for animated lenses. They saw more engagements and impressions than the amount of people who watched the Super Bowl.

Demographics Rule – When it comes to choosing which social media channels are right for you, you should be where your customers are. And if your customers are between 18-35, Snapchat could be great for you. On that same topic, if your audiences are old, it might not be for you. Snapchat reaches 41% of millennials!

Why Snapchat matters?

  • 200 million users and 10 billion video views daily
  • Most active social network behind Facebook
  • Brand adoption exceeding Twitter and LinkedInsnapchat_logo

Understanding the Basics

  • Mobile app for micro-content storytelling
  • Photo and video is 1 to 10 seconds long
  • Content posted disappears within 24 hours

Snapchat is Twitter meets Youtube

  • It’s micro content

Creating Content as a brand, it must be:

  • Fun
  • Creative
  • Informative
  • Engaging

Geofilters & Business: You don’t have to be on Snapchat with Geofilters as a business. This is a great tool for event marketing.  

Converting and measurement

  • Great for flash sales
  • Make sure you implement Bitly URLs for proper tracking

The future of Snapchat:

  • It’s definitely growing
  • It’s working on better ad platforms
  • Looking to go public in the next year
  • Looking to sell more than a billion dollars in ad revenue

Using Intent Signals to Understand, Develop and Measure Audiences

By Mike Clarke, Head of Brand Measurement, Google

In this session, attendees will learn about some of the ways we can use search data to accomplish all of this.

Google emphasizes the meaning of moments, and how can you be there during these moments. Here is the breakout of these moments:

  • I-Want-To-Know Moments = Two thirds of question-related searched “what, when, where, how, why, who” are happening on mobile.
  • I-Want-To-Go Moments – 90% of searches for “what time does ____ open/close” are happening on mobile.
  • I-Want-To-Do – Two thirds of “how-to” searches on YouTube are on mobile devices.
  • I-Want-To-Buy – Mobile phones saw 115% year over year in shopping ads.
  • I-Want-To-Watch-What-I’m-Into – The number of hours people spent watching videos on mobiles is up 100% year over year.

Intentions help unlock insights

  • What types of insights can Google help you with?
    • Consumer
    • Category
    • Brand
    • Zeitgeist – Culture
  • Google Predict – Google searches are getting intimate and a lot of it is happening on a mobile device.
  • Google Trends & Google Correlate – Search terms over time and in relation to one another.
  • Google Consumer Surveys

Make sure you are testing out the free tools that Google offers to help increase performance and tracking.

Death to Boring B2B Marketing: How Design Thinking Drives Success

death-to-boring-b2b-marketingBy Cliff Seal, Lead UX Engineer, Salesforce

Today’s Lineup:

  • The issue
  • The solution
  • The plan of action

B2B Marketing is hard. Why?

  • You’re selling to opaque audiences
  • You get complacent or end up doing what works, or what everyone is saying what works.

“What is the biggest problem marketers face?”

“How to keep up with trends to drive higher quality leads.”

Keeping up with Twitter is not following the trends. Maybe you’re bored. Trends aren’t challenging. Vendor balancing isn’t interesting. Ridgid tools aren’t supportive.

#B2BProblems – Just own it

  1. Grow into its own creative potential
  2. Put data in its place
  3. Compete in relevancy not volume

Teach the business owner something new about their needs and challenges.

Design thinking lets the best ideas float to the top. Your ideas don’t necessarily mean your own, but helping facilitate good ideas. Think past the obvious and start asking the right questions is the first step.

Here’s how to start:

  • Redefining goals – What is it that I am trying to enable my customer?
  • Knowing and embracing your constraints – Frame your creativity by defining what the boundaries are.
  • Identify the contexts that can accept failure.
  • Start talking to actual people to get insights.

Click the link below to see Cliff’s presentation:

Death to Boring B2B Marketing: How Applying Design Thinking Drives Success

As the morning comes to a close we are extremely excited for the last half of the day, and definitely ready for some lunch!

Digital Summit Detroit: Day 1 Afternoon Summary

It has been an exciting afternoon here at Digital Summit Detroit! We started out the afternoon with Michael King, Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant for iPullRank, then a roundtable discussion on social media and ended Day 1 learning about landing pages with Oli Gardner, Co-Founder at Unbounce.

Futureproofing your SEO by Michael King, Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant, iPullRank

It takes a content effort to do effective white hat link building. Most of the time, client’s don’t want to do that, until Google holds an algorithmic gun to your head. There’s a lot of misinformation about SEO like:

  • SEO is just make upDSDET
  • SEO is not technical

@audette “SEO should be invisible”

New stuff:

  • Accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
  • Mobile-friendly updates
  • Feature snippets
  • Structured markup for voice search

What’s the future?

  • Local, quick, fast and when you need it.

Rankings are not the right measure, it does not show how SEO impacts your business. Success metrics: Leads and conversions.

For those who are even measuring rankings, how are you even reporting on actual rankings? It’s not really possible.

The big shops, just source out the SEO to small shops.

Find the right SEO partner:

  • Make effective business cases – Speak in terms of money based on recommendations.


Roundtable: Key 2016 Trends in Search and Social

  1. Matthew Capala – Founder & Managing Director, Alphametic, Author
  2.  John Colucci – Director of Social Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  3. Leslie Drate – US Consumer Print Social Media Marketing, HP
  4. Jason Drove – Senior VP of Sales, SocialCentiv

Roundtable Discussion:

Programmatic: Testing different segments against tRT_DSDhe creative for ultimate results.

Social Media: Facebook has shown the best results for HP.

Instagram: Not as much CTR because of the medium.

Facebook: At work messenger.

Twitter: Has seen better days…everyone agrees.

Discussion about Salesforce acquiring Twitter and how that may affect marketing on Twitter: If you’re looking at acquisition, might not be good for marketers. They are putting more focus on live and on sports.

  • Twitter needs to figure out a way for your to find what you’re looking for easier. Feed curation may negatively affect the engagement, and be more pay-to-play.
  • Salesforce and Twitter may be a good match when considering customer satisfaction and customer care. It could turn Twitter into a different tool.
  • Currently debates are the largest thing on Twitter. It is also the current police scanner. It’s the most real-time, up-to-date information. Facebook is not as current, not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s just a different medium.


  • Instagram algorithms are amazing, crazy accurate and personalized.
  • Google + does not correlate to rankings, but it does rank by itself.
  • Google indexes Twitter.
  • Put copy over your videos on Instagram and Facebook – Not a lot of people are viewing the content with sound.
    • People view videos for :30 or longer with no sound
  • Snapchat has officially transformed into the Instagram for Stories.
  • Snapchat is winning with millennials and geofencing.
  • Experts say: not the best results with LinkedIn campaigns.

Frankenpage: Using A Million Little Pieces of Data to Reverse Engineer the Perfect Landing Page by Oli Gardner, Co-Founder, Unbounce

If you’re going to do ads, you better have specific pages for them on your website.

  • Links that are ok:
    • Anchor Navigation
    • Terms & Conditions
    • Privacy Policy
    • Just make sure everything keeps you on the same page.
  • Immediacy:
    • Can people understand your value proposition within 5 seconds?  – IF the answer is no you’re failing.
  • Visual Identification:
    • Can people figure out what you offer right away? Do they understand what the page is about?
    • Take away the copy, can you get it the point of the page? If the answer is no, you’re failing.
    • Running experiments with limited creative resources?
  • Discussion on designing forms:
    • But how many form fields? 4 and 7 have over 7% conversion rates so you might as well get more information!
    • Top performing forms are in zone 3 – top fold.
    • Encourage hunting by moving call to action lower on the page as well.
    • What’s the most persuasive word in the english language? It’s because 
      • Conversion rates increase 25% when you add it to your landing page!
      • Free vs. non free verbiage on a landing page – Word free decreases conversions— say what?!? 

In closing, there were some excellent speakers today, Seth Godin was absolutely fantastic. We may have to go and read all of his books, after today. Meeting Siri, was amazing and we had a blast seeing lots of familiar faces. We look forward to another day of digital marketing tomorrow!

Day 3 of SMX: Morning Recap

What an amazing few days and the Landy Awards last night were nothing short of amazing. This morning we kicked off with some mobile tips. Here’s the recap:

Session #1 – Your Mobile PPC Sucks But It Doesn’t Have to 

More activity is happening on mobile than ever before.

Take aways:maddiecary

  • Mobile e-commerce is growing 300% faster than non-mobile e-commerce.
  • 42% of searchers have started using voice search in the last 6 months.
  • Voice search is more conversational so your keywords need to leverage that.
  • Leverage third-party bidding tools for optimum performance.
  • Try out price extensions (only available on mobile).
  • Searches containing “near me” have doubled in the last year.

Session #1.1 – Your Retargeting Sucks (But It Doesn’t Have To!)

Remarketing is not a new concept. It really has been around since 1885, when advertisers figured out the number of touchpoints they needed before their consumers would make a purchase. Here are a few things to consider with a remarketing strategy:

  • Pick the right network (there is more than one!)
    • PLAs, GDN, Facebook, etc.
  • Use smart lists – There are studies showing smart lists out performing cart abandoners in remarketing
  • Use frequency capping
  • Use separate campaigns for text and images
  • Test multiple ad layouts
  • Watch for defaults

Click the link below to see Maddie Cary’s presentation:

Your Mobile PPC Sucks (But It Doesn’t Have To!) By Maddie Cary

Session #1.2 – Location Targeting: The Benefits Of Thoughtful Segmentation

This session focused on setting up geographical structure based on business KPIs.

Take aways:

  • Google can track over 70% of impressions to the zip code level.
  • On Mobile 66% of impressions can be traced to the zip code level.
  • Advanced location options – Don’t forget about this option on your PPC account, and make sure you don’t leave it on default.
  • Over 4% of spend could be wasted on searches outside your target locations.
  • Increase conversion rates by location bidding.
  • Increase lift to ad and landing page on geo (skyline) and call outs. Look at your most important geographics for this.
  • Review requests by location and cater ad copy to that.

Click the link below to see Kevin Fleming’s presentation:

Location Targeting: The Benefits of Thoughtful Segmentation By Kevin Fleming Jr

Session #2 – Optimizing Content For Voice Search & Virtual Assistants

In the age of mobile devices and personal online assistants, the future of SEO lies in optimizing content for the spoken word. Even today, 20% of queries on Google’s mobile app and Android devices are voice searches. Marketers and merchants should prepare now for a future in which voice search and virtual assistants play a much larger role in content discovery and conversions. This session explores how to optimize your content for voice and the coming wave of “hearing enabled” virtual assistants.

Discovering the love for voice search:

  • By 2020, 50% of search will come from voice. comScore.
  • 22% of people use voice search in the bathroom.
  • Most used voice search is when you experience typing challenges, quick answers or are on-the-go.
  • Faster compared to typing 30 vs. 150 words per minute.

d3_panelHow to start optimizing for voice search:

  • Rethinking intent
  • Review the why, when, who, are, where, etc.
  • Schema
  • Think of questions like:
    • Where should I go for…?
    • What time does my flight land?

Some Fun Stats:

  • 76% of smartphone searches have used a store location or location extension to help them find and visit a local store.
  • 77% of searches mentioning “coupon” are on a smartphone.
  • 20% of all mobile queries are voice and it is growing! Last year, the numbers have doubled.
  • Over half of US teens & 41% are using it daily.
  • 30X more action queries with voice search – Google stat.

Quick Voice Search Checklist

  • Analyze search term reports to check for question/long-tail phrases.
  • Start to think about intent and action in response to Voice Search.
  • Re-visit your keyword, creating and targeting strategy.

RankBrain & Voice Search – What You Need to Know:

  • Stronger influence on 15% search queries Google.
  • It’s conversational, the queries are much longer.
  • Less competitive queries.
  • Although long tail keywords are searched for less they have a higher intent.
  • Add landmarks to your strategy.
  • Need to find more keywords? Try SEMRush and Moz tools.
  • Use Wikidata profile to help feed Google’s knowledge graph.

Content ideation – Start data mining by commonly asked questions from customer via call centers, email and live chat. This includes brand and generic questions. Use suggested ideas, or other third-party tools to find the best questions for your brand or industry.

Click the links below to see their presentations:

The Evolution of Voice Search By Purna Virji

Content Optimization For The Voice Search Generation By Jennifer Slegg

Optimizing Content For Voice Search & Virtual Assistants By Tony Edward

Day 2 of SMX: Afternoon Sessions

Lunch today was filled with great conversations about international SEO and what a world without Google looks like. We are making friends in NYC and seeing lots of familiar faces now in day two.

The next set of sessions were broken into mini-sessions. Here is the recap:

Session #3 – Everything You Need To Know About Redirects

Take aways:

  • Google_SMXOnly 302 is fast and helpful for site migration and ranking
  • Not all redirects are the same
  • Don’t use 301 or 307 redirects (not recommended)
  • PageRank officially shut off by Google in April 2016
  • You need to analyze your incoming redirects for SEO purposes
  • 303 is for mobile

Click the link below to see Christoph C. Cemper’s presentation:

Everything You Need To Know About Redirects By Christoph C. Cemper

Session #3.1 The Power of Google Featured Snippets in 2016 – Analysis, Case Studies, and Recommendations

If you can get a featured snippet, it can drive a ton of traffic. 73% of Google traffic came in through this during a test conducted. Knowledge graph can also provide a big impact.


  • You don’t have to rank to get the snippet in SERPs
  • No! Structured data is not a factor – They surface organically
  • Provide a concise and clear introduction for each page on their site (located at the top of the each page)
  • Snippets can be personalized  – location, personal data, etc.
  • Bulleted list – can turn into featured snippet
  • Favorite tools – SEMrush SERP features module
  • What’s better than featured snippets? Featured videos!

Final tips:

  • Know your site. Surface your own featured snippets (you can also check Google Search Counsel)
  • Analyze pages and content
  • Find more in your industry/niche
  • Track the traffic changes
  • Use images, bullets, and numbering
  • HTML Tables

Click the link below to see Glenn Gabe’s presentation: 

The Power of Google Featured Snippets in 2016: Analysis, Case Studies and Recommendations by Glenn Gabe

Session 3.2 Better Safe Than Sorry With HTTPS

The good, the bad and the terrifying. HTTPS Everywhere. Google has been promoting this. It is a ranking signal (maybe not a strong one) but one of. They started showing https by default (unless you have conical setup). There’s a lot of guides and checklists for this if you are interested (see the slides for details).

Click the link below to se Patrick Stox’s presentation:

Better Safe Than Sorry With HTTPS By Patrick Stox


  • Don’t recommend against HTTPs as an SEO
  • People are not adopting to HTTPs (.1% have made the switch)
  • The goods:
    • Authentication
    • Data integrity
    • Encryption
  • It’s scary because it’s a site migration and a lot of things can go wrong
  • Everyone is talking about AMP because it loads content for HTTP/2 and caching (of course)
  • Many sites do not have HTTPs set up properly

Session #4 – Automate Your PPC With AdWords Scripts

This session involved helping make scripts seem simpler. Upload to Google AdWords to make Bulk Operations that you can still manage.

Click the links below to see their presentations:

Step Into The Future: Automate Your PPC With AdWords Scripts By Marcela De Vivo

The Secret Codes of AdWords Scripts By Steven Hammer

Advanced Tips for Working with AdWords Scripts By Frederick Vallaeys


  • Simple to work with – Simple Javascript code running on the Google infrastructure, which can be used for reporting, automation and optimization.
  • Scripts can – schedule and execute task, fetch urls and send emails, talk to external data sources like Google drive and spreadsheets. Some examples are:
    • Modify bids by weather – Increase or decrease by weather.
    • Link checker – Bad URLS – *some are free by the AdWords script team.
  • You can use them to track Quality scores and help to generate reports, manage keywords by increasing and decreasing bids, etc.
  • Code makes us sound like secret agents.
  • Think about script in the sense of what we do everyday. We manage ads by rules. It can be simple or more complicated.
  • There are variables to consider when developing scripts.

Quick tools:

  • Freeadwordscripts.com
  • devlopers.google.com/adwords/scripts/docs/solution/
  • rankhammer.com/blog/2541/i-heard-you-like-adwords-scripts
  • You get better results when you combine computers and humans.
  • You have to update scripts as adwords updates.
  • Execution time limits
  • Find trends between different accounts.
  • Upload scripts into your MCC to avoid your clients from stealing them.
  • So much techy goodness today! We are definitely geeking out here at #SMX. Excited for another day of search fun tomorrow!

Day 1 of SMX: Morning Break Down

Two sessions down, so many great conversations, and still so much more to uncover. Here is my quick recap of this morning’s sessions.

Session #1 – Enterprise SEOs, Unite!

1. Simon Heseltine – Global Head of SEO, Hewlett Packard – @simonheseltine
2. Scott Nickels – Director, Audience & Engagement, Hearst Autos – @scott5cents
3. Amber Fehrenbacher – Chief Marketing Officer, SuretyBonds.com – @afehrenbacher
Moderator – Chris Sherman – Partner & VP Event Programming, Third
Door Media, Inc., – @CJSherman

This session covered how these speakers solved their own unique technical and structural issues and helps us think how we can solve our SEO problems.

My take:
It is refreshing to hear from other leading professionals, at larger enterprise level companies with robust internal teams – who run into some of the same challenges agencies do. It is not uncommon for people to launch a website and ask SEO questions later, only to find out they aren’t getting the traffic results they anticipated. Segmenting your data is just as important, maybe even more so in understanding top performing marketing results. Team communication is just as important, SEOs need to talk with the designers, developers, copywriters, marketers from conception of a Web project. The big companies accidentally no-index their sites sometimes…whoops. Mistakes do happen, I think it’s great to know that as search professionals, we are all in this together.

Take aways:SMX panel

  • Get your teams certified— all of them
  • Get a communication plan place
  • Work closely with your developers
  • Everyone runs into issues, no matter the size of the company or team

Click the links below to see their presentations:
How To SEO In The Enterprise By Amber Fehrenbacher

Enterprise SEO: The Final Frontier By Simon Hesel

You Might Be An Enterprise SEO If…By Scott Nickles

Session #2 – Getting AMPed: What You Need To Know About Accelerated Mobile Pages & Google


  1. John Shehata – VP, SEO, Conde Nast – @jshehata
  2. Elite Truong – Product Manager, Partner Platforms, Vox Media – @elitetruong
  3. Adam Greenberg – Global Product Partnerships, Google – @adamgreenb
  4. Moderator – Danny Sullivan – Founding Editor, Search Engine Land – @dannysullivan

This session focused on what you should be doing to take advantages for accelerated mobile pages to help drive new traffic opportunities on Google.

My take:
Wow! This was a motivating session! There is so much happening in the mobile world. This new Google project is increasing speeds on the mobile content tenfold! This new project was developed because of the following mobile issues:

  1. SMXSlow page load time
  2. Scrolling issues that were non-responsive
  3. Content that shifts around

What AMP intends to deliver:

  • Increase page speed – Faster delivery times
  • A solution to caching
  • Easy implementation
  • Enable monetization
  • Embrace the open Web – AMP is open-source AMP – Open source github.com/ampproject/amphtml

Did you know??? 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.

  • AMP Page Load Time Average – .7 seconds
  • Mobile Page Load Time – 22.0 seconds

Take aways:

  • SERP results start showing AMP pages – September 16, 2016
  • Large increase in rankings and CTRs are seen across those who are currently testing

Click the links below to see their presentations:
Getting AMPed!! By John Shehata

Storytelling on Google Search By Elite Truong

AMP: Above & Beyond By Adam Greenberg

Stay tuned for SMX Day 1 Afternoon Recap!

Monitoring the Social Media Chatter

Monitoring the Social Media Chatter

Perception is everything. No matter the industry you represent, the way consumers perceive your name has a lot to do with the success of your company. In the world of social media, opinions and perceptions have the ability to travel miles within seconds.

Is your business shaping the conversation or are others determining the perception of your brand? To survive in the digital world, it is crucial to proactively take measures to monitor the social media chatter for your brand and industry. Follow these tips to ensure that you’re in control of your perception, not that your perception controls you.

RELATED: What is a Business Blog Post and How Do I Write One?

Follow the Trends

Write content that is relevant to your target audience that can spur a response.

Are you writing great content but having trouble finding an audience that will engage? While promotional posts are great for showing off a new product or service, sometimes they don’t perpetuate the buzz you’re looking for. Relevant engaging content doesn’t away directly relate to your product or service, but it can get consumers engaged in a dialogue on your page, which in turn helps promote your brand as an authority in your industry.

Respond Appropriately

When consumers actively reach out to your page, it is crucial to make them feel as if their opinion is valued. There are different etiquettes to follow for different social platforms:

Facebook: Quick answers can boost your page’s rating

monitor social chatterFacebook allows for consumers to voice their opinion in a more descriptive manner due to no character restrictions. Be sure to answer these opinions with descriptive comments of your own since these conversations are available to the public. 

Also, if you own a business page on Facebook, you get rated based on your message response rate and time. Try to answer messages within a 2-3 hour timeframe if possible to help boost your rating.

Twitter: Limit characters, engage followers

Unlike Facebook, Twitter has a limit of 140 characters per tweet. This means that opinions and chatter are less descriptive and usually require a somewhat witty response. When tagged in a tweet, try to reply as soon as possible. Consumers really appreciate a well-constructed, timely reply and these can typically get a lot of retweets, giving your brand more exposure.

Monitor Your Own Chatter

Ensure that employees are aware that they are representing your brand in everything they post online.

keep chattingEven professionals like to get personal sometimes. Today, almost everybody has some sort of personal social media account, even your employees. On websites like Facebook and LinkedIn, you are even able to identify your employer and title on your personal page.

Nothing hurts brand image more than a sour employee taking out their rage of working a 10-hour shift on social media. Make sure your employees are aware of the brand they are representing and that they understand the consequences of poor social media etiquette.

SEE: How Not to SEO

Keep Chatting

Keep relevant, stay consistent, and never stop posting.
Just like how Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is a good social media plan. It looks artificial to consumers when you have a string of posts or tweets followed by silence. The key to a successful social media campaign is to consistently update your followers with new posts and engagement. Be active on your social pages so you can control the things being said! It is impossible to control your perception if you are never adding anything to it.