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Corey Morris Speaking at SMCKC

September 2017 Social Media Club Presentation

I recently had the privilege and honor of speaking for a second time at a Social Media Club (SMCKC) breakfast here in Kansas City. It is fun talking with such an engaging, smart, and connected group of digital marketers and I’m proud to be a member. My topic was a popular one and one that my team continues to work on as we harness the amount of data that we have at our fingertips.
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Digital Summit Kansas City: Team Recap

Digital Summit Kansas City 2017

Our team had the opportunity to come together with the local digital marketing community at the recent Digital Summit conference. This was the first year that Kansas City was added to the lineup and it was a great event featuring opportunities to learn and network in our backyard at a conference that was formatted like those we often have to go to the coasts to attend. If you weren’t able to go or want a quick recap of our digital marketing team’s takeaways, I have summarized them here.

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Integrating Your Digital Marketing

KCDMA Bootcamp Logo

I recently had the opportunity to speak on this topic for a session at the annual KCDMA Bootcamp. It is always an honor to present among the quality lineup of speakers which this year featured the topics of SEO, email marketing, networking, mental toughness, and analytics. I proposed and accepted the challenge to tackle the “integrated” topic as it is one that I see becoming more and more important in the current era of marketing.
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Setting PPC Performance Expectations

Seeing Success

PPC can be an incredible source of web traffic that drives lead generation, direct sales, branding, and overall engagement. The ability to get it set up and running quickly and gain data that can be applied to other digital marketing channels is often a good enough reason alone to justify it.

However, despite the fact that digital marketing has simply become the new “marketing” and there are seemingly limitless case studies on the value of Google AdWords, many marketing decision-makers are not convinced it is worth adding to their mix. Through understanding the true cost of traffic and creating fact-based projections, we can do our part to make the case for evaluating PPC and setting proper expectations on what AdWords can do for the bottom line of our businesses.

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Larry Kim’s “How to be a PPC Unicorn”

How to be a PPC Unicorn

I recently had the privilege of hearing what Larry Kim noted might be his final speaking appearance ever on the topic of PPC due to a career move into a different space. He has been an incredibly engaging and informational speaker and and even more importantly, very influential in the SEM industry over the years through is founding of Wordstream and current company–MobileMonkey. His talk at SEJ Summit in Chicago in May was aptly titled “How to be a PPC Unicorn.”

The concept of being a “unicorn” at anything in digital marketing is important to me as so many marketing channels are being commoditized in ad agencies, marketing firms, and pretty much any other business that feels like they can “throw in” some SEO or PPC with a deal. It still amazes me how many AdWords accounts I see that are poorly structured and don’t even meet the basics of 101-level management. All of that aside, I wanted to share the highlights from what might be Larry’s very last PPC presentation.

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The Biggest Key to a Strong Organic Presence

The actuall key, get it!?

Sometimes you just come across something on the interwebs that you want to share, and while Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are great forums for that, it can be hard to add some thoughts/comments.

Eric Enge recently wrote a great piece titled “Why CTR Is(n’t) a Ranking Factor.”  I strongly suggest taking the 10-15 minutes to read it before reading all of this blog post.  Just make sure you come back!  :)

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The Adpocalypse Revisited

Google dropping the sidebar on a digital marketer

Last month, I wrote about Google dropping right sidebar ads from their SERPs.  While this was a big change, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • This was not a knee-jerk change.  Google had plenty of data suggesting to them that making this change would prove to have positive results from a user experience (and Google revenue) standpoint.
  • Right side ads only accounted for 14.6% of paid clicks anyway, according to this article from Search Engine Watch.
  • It has been about 5 weeks since the change was made – while there have been several studies done (with updates), we still don’t know anything conclusive.

 

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