Movers and Groovers : “Jennie Formby’s appointment will delight Jeremy Corbyn”

Jennie Formby’s appointment will delight Jeremy Corbyn | Coffee House — Will Corry (@slievemore) March 22, 2018

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Facebook and its advertisers can still track you after you remove your account – here’s how to stop it

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Laughter Spot : “Tell me Mary Margaret, who created the universe?” 

Little Mary Margaret was not the best student in Catholic School, usually she slept through the class. One day her teacher, a Nun, called on her while she was sleeping. “Tell me Mary Margaret, who created the universe?” When Mary Margaret didn’t stir, little Johnny who was her friend sitting behind her, took his pencil [more…]

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The Definition of SEO in 100 Words or Less [FAQs]

Search engine optimization (SEO) seems pretty straightforward. You pick a few keywords, and voilà! Your page is optimized for SEO, right?

Not yet.

Many people understand the basic principles of SEO, but a lot has changed in the last decade. Free Interactive Lesson: How to Find the SEO Strategy that Fits Your Business

The SEO that we know and love today is not the same SEO that we knew and loved (or hated) 10 years ago. And that’s why SEO is something marketers should continue to define, and redefine. Here’s a brief definition in under 100 words:

What Is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimization — that much has stayed the same. It refers to techniques that help your website rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). This makes your website more visible to people who are looking for solutions that your brand, product, or service can provide via search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing.

What hasn’t stayed the same are the techniques we use to improve our rankings. This has everything to do with the search algorithms that these companies constantly change.

Here are some other frequently asked questions about this critical practice today.

Looking deeper: There are a ton of ways to improve the SEO of your site pages, though. Search engines look for elements including title tags, keywords, image tags, internal link structure, and inbound links (also known as backlinks). And that’s just to name a few.

HubSpot customers: you can check out the SEO panel in your HubSpot account to see how well you’re optimized for those things.

Search engines also look at site structure and design, visitor behavior, and other external, off-site factors to determine how highly ranked your site should be in their SERPs.

Looking deeper: In present-day SEO, you can’t simply include as many keywords as possible to reach the people who are searching for you. In fact, this will actually hurt your website’s SEO because search engines will recognize it as keyword stuffing — or the act of including keywords specifically to rank for that keyword, rather than to answer a person’s question.

Nowadays, you should use your keywords in your content in a way that doesn’t feel unnatural or forced. There isn’t a magic number — it all depends on the length of your keyword and article — but if you feel like you’re forcing it, it’s better to ignore it and continue writing naturally.

Looking deeper: Before you create a new site page or blog post, you’ll probably be thinking about how to incorporate your keywords into your post. That’s alright, but it shouldn’t be your only focus — or even your primary focus. Whenever you create content, your focus should be on the intent of your audience, not how many times you can include a keyword (whether it’s long tail or short tail) in your content.

To satisfy intent and rank well in the long term, build your SEO marketing strategy around topics, not keywords. If you do that, you’ll find you can naturally optimize for important keywords, anyway. Understanding your target audience (aka buyer personas) and what interests them is key to attracting relevant visitors to your website through search engines.

Looking deeper: One of the biggest changes in the last decade is the way other user behaviors shape the SERPs a user sees on search engines. And today, social media can have a big impact on your organic traffic trend line. Even just a few years ago, it didn’t make a difference who was finding your content through social search. But now SEO takes into account tweets, retweets, Google+ authorship, and other social signals.

Social search also prioritizes content and people that are connected to you. That could mean through a Facebook friend, Twitter follower, or connection through another social network. Sometimes social search will even prioritize content that has been shared by an influencer. Social search understands that you may be interested in content that your network feels is important to share, and therefore it’ll often get surfaced to you.

This all means when you’re thinking about your SEO strategy, you need to think about how your social media strategy fits into the puzzle, too.

Looking deeper: Think of search engine optimization as “search experience optimization.” It’s not just important for your users to find your website — it’s important for them to stay on your website, interact with your content, and come back later. Direct traffic doesn’t just increase your “page authority” in the eyes of Google; it creates more opportunities to turn someone, who first discovered you organically, into a customer.

SEO actually takes into account whether or not your visitors are staying on your website and engaging with other content. If you rank well for a keyword and attract a visitor who isn’t relevant, it won’t actually help your website.

Think about your visitors and the content they are looking for more than how many people you can attract to your website.

Looking deeper: In the past, SEO success was measured by whether or not you were ranked high on the first page of Google. But even if you ranked well for a term, does that actually mean you’re going to see results?

Not always. You might rank really well for terms that aren’t ideal for your business. So you appear high on search engines, get a ton of traffic, but then your website visitors realize your company isn’t what they were looking for. You don’t convert customers from this traffic, and ranking high for this particular keyword is essentially fruitless.

Also, you don’t necessarily need to be in the top three slots to be successful. In fact, if you rank well on subsequent pages, you may still have a high clickthrough rate, albeit less traffic. That’s great news for marketers who can’t seem to bring pages into those top slots or off the second page.

We said it before and we’ll say it again: The amount of traffic to your page is less important than how qualified that traffic is.

Looking deeper: An SEO cost can mean one of two things: the investment in your organic search strategy, or how much you pay for paid search engine marketing (SEM) services like Google AdWords. If you’re paying for a tool, consultant, or marketing agency to help you optimize your web content, your bill can vary wildly with the depth of the services you’re receiving.

Yes, $10,000 sounds scary, but 40% of businesses today are actually spending less than $1,000 a month on SEO.

Looking deeper: You can actually pay for top rankings on Google SERPs by registering for a free account on Google AdWords. You’ll then select various keywords you’d like to rank under, and pay Google each time a user clicks on your result. This is called PPC search engine marketing, and your ads will be noticeably different in their appearance than the organic results below them.

The average cost of a paid search campaign on Google can be less than $1 per click, but, naturally, the more popular the keyword, the more you might pay.

It’s still the same thing it was 10 years ago — a bunch of tactics that, if you employ them, will help you rank better in search engines. It’s just the tactics we now use that have changed.

It’s up to us to stay on top of the rapidly changing trends, and remember that ultimately, the goal of search engines is to deliver the best experience possible to their end-user — searchers. If you keep that goal in mind with your SEO strategy, you’ll find your choices pay off, even if you’re not totally up to date on every single nuance of search engine algorithms.

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Here’s Mark Zuckerberg’s Statement on the Cambridge Analytica Situation

After several days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally issued an official statement on the misuse of user data by analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

The statement is of particular interest to the many people who have wondered why the two Facebook executives with the greatest name recognition — Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg — remained silent on the situation since the news first broke last Friday evening. 

On Tuesday, a representative for Facebook issued a statement to the Daily Beast that “Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward.”

Finally, this afternoon, Zuckerberg posted an official written statement on his Facebook Page, where he opened with:

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”

Zuckerberg’s Timeline of Events

In the statement, he provided an outline of events leading up the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s possession of the user data, which we covered in-depth here. Here’s a quick timeline of his account:

2007: The Facebook Platform is launched.

2013: A Cambridge University professor named Aleksandr Kogan develops a personality quiz app that was installed by roughly 300,000 Facebook users, allowing the app developers to access their data and their friends’ data. At the time, Facebook allowed this activity.

2014: Facebook institutes new rules changing the way apps can capture and use member data.

2015: The Guardian reports that Kogan shared data with Cambridge Analytica, which violated Facebook’s rules about the transfer of user data to third parties. In the months following, Facebook “demanded” the deletion of any user data in Kogan’s or Cambridge Analytica’s possession, as well as certification that it had been destroyed.

2018: The Guardian, New York Times, and British television Channel 4 all produce reports indicating that Cambridge Analytica may not have destroyed the user data, even though it provided Facebook with certification that it had done so.

How Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Fix This

While Zuckerberg’s statement does claim that Facebook “already took the most important steps” to prevent the misuse of personal user data in 2014, he also admitted that “there’s more we need to do.” The solution, he says, exists in three key steps.

1. “Investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information.”

This applies to the apps that were able to access personal user data before Facebook changed its rules in 2014. It will also include an investigation of “any app with suspicious activity,” and app developers that do not consent to an investigation or audit will be banned, as will those who are discovered to have abused user data.

2. “Restrict developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse.”

For this step, Zuckerberg says that if a user hasn’t engaged with an app in three months, the developers’ access to it will be revoked. Plus, Facebook will limit the data these apps can access to the user’s name, profile photo, and email address. Developers requesting access to this data will have to sign a contract and receive approval — more changes here are expected as the story continues to unfold.

3. “We want to make sure you understand which apps you’ve allowed to access your data.”

Within the next month, Zuckerberg says Facebook will roll out an app dashboard of sorts appearing at the top of the News Feed, which will display all of the apps someone has used, along with a simplified method of revoking their access to personal data. According to the statement, that feature is already available in user privacy settings, but now, Facebook will make it more visible and easier to access. 

The full text of Zuckerberg’s statement is below.

This is a developing story that I’ll be monitoring as it unfolds. Questions? Feel free to weigh in on Twitter.

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bigdog creates TV spot for new Vax product launch

Integrated advertising and marketing agency bigdog, today launches a new campaign for iconic household brand Vax’s latest product – Vax Platinum Carpet Washer. This is the first piece of work for Vax produced by bigdog to go live, following the agency’s appointment as the brand’s lead creative agency in November last year. The ‘What lies [more…]

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Facebook & Instagram video viewability to be verified by Meetrics

Meetrics has become the first firm outside the US to verify viewability metrics for videos served on Facebook and Instagram. The European ad verification firm will show advertisers how viewable video ads are in terms of what percentage of the ad is in view and for how long – on both mobile and desktop.  Crucially, [more…]

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