2023

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2024 Predictions: Better customer experience is on the way

Martech

Marketers will improve customer experience in 2024 so brands can remain competitive and demonstrate to customers that they matter. Every year the bar gets raised. In 2024, keys to customer success will include better personalization delivered at scale by ramped-up automation and generative AI. And better digital content will surface, if organizations put in place the necessary guardrails for generative AI to fuel the anticipated content surge.

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Google’s shifting approach to AI content: An in-depth look

Search Engine Land

The prevalence of mass-produced, AI-generated content is making it harder for Google to detect spam. AI-generated content has also made judging what is quality content difficult for Google. However, indications are that Google is improving its ability to identify low-quality AI content algorithmically. Spammy AI content all over the web You don’t need to be in SEO to know generative AI content has been finding its way into Google search results over the last 12 months.

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4 pillars of an effective SEO strategy

Search Engine Land

SEO can be complicated – in many cases, overcomplicated. It’s easy to get lost in the SEO rabbit hole, spending significant time with minimal results. This article will help you cut through the noise and focus on the four key pillars of SEO that will help you improve visibility in 2024 and beyond. The four pillars of SEO The four key areas of SEO that site owners need to consider are: Technical SEO : How well your content can be crawled and indexed.

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Top tips for building a successful brand strategy in 2024 and beyond

Martech

In this two-part feature, Jade Bunke offers a step-by-step guide to building a successful brand. A brand is an organization’s most valuable asset. The art of capturing the hearts and minds of your customers starts with crafting a brand strategy that evokes emotions and behaviors that benefit your company. Brand is more than a collection of logos and colors — it’s the personification of your organization.

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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Email marketing 101: The five basics

Martech

Inboxes are overflowing and attention spans are shrinking. Crafting emails that resonate with your audience and drive conversions is more challenging than ever. To stand out and build lasting connections, you’ll need to make them as personalized as possible. At the same time, repetitive tasks can take 10 or more hours per week. No wonder many companies go for automation.

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Trick or Trailhead: Mystery at AI Manor

Salesforce

For Trailhead’s 9th annual Trick or Trailhead celebration, you’re invited to complete the first-ever hands-on mystery module. Attend a mysterious dinner party where you’ll get hands-on with flow and help solve a classic whodunnit. Uncover the culprit, and you’ll earn a spooky limited-edition Trick or Trailhead badge and a whopping 2,500 points. Trick or Trailhead at AI Manor How to participate Join the Trick or Trailhead Quest Trick or Trailhead at AI Manor You are cordially invited to join Astr

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4 Types of Sales Positions That Can Never Be Replaced by AI

Understanding the Sales Force

I began debunking sales articles when the first ones predicting the death of selling appeared circa 2008. Back then, new digital marketing companies were telling everyone that salespeople would be replaced by inbound marketing. "Inbound is King," they said. Later, articles predicting the end of selling became both more prolific and more specific including the certain death of: Solution Selling Cold Calling Consultative Selling Sales Process SPIN Selling and more.

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Acquisitions — If You Do Sell, Try to Make Sure It’s At a Local Maximum

SaaStr

Have a strong M&A offer? Not sure what to do? Look at this pic or a similar one Do you want it? If so, say No If not? Probably just say Yes pic.twitter.com/K483lKnyzd — Jason ✨Be Kind✨ Lemkin  (@jasonlk) April 21, 2021 So I wrote a version of this post years ago, about when to think about selling your startup, if you do get an attractive offer.

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How Interactive Emails Can Boost Your Marketing ROI

G2

The future of email marketing is here!

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Google November 2023 core update rollout is now complete

Search Engine Land

Google confirmed that the November 2023 core update – the fourth core update this year – has completed rolling out. The update started on November 2, 2023, only a couple of weeks after the October 2023 core update , which started rolling out on October 5 and was completed on October 19. The November core update finished on November 28, 2023, 26 days after it started to roll out.

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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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Google Search ranking improvement aims to surface hidden gems

Search Engine Land

Google has rolled out ranking improvements aimed at showcasing more content from social media, blog posts, forums and more that share personal insights and experiences. This is the hidden gems announcement Google made back in May, but this update is not part of the helpful content system. It is part of the Google core ranking system, Brad Kellett, Senior Director on Google Search product and engineering told us.

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Google says mobile-first indexing is complete after almost 7 years

Search Engine Land

Google’s mobile-first indexing initiative that started just about seven years ago is now complete, according to Google. “It’s been a long road, getting from there to here. We’re delighted to announce that the trek to Mobile First Indexing is now complete,” John Mueller from Google wrote on the Google blog. History. As a reminder, Google started mobile-first indexing over 6.5 years ago , and eventually, after publishing deadline after deadline, Google removed the dea

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Google introduces Google-Extended to let you block Bard, Vertex AI via robots.txt

Search Engine Land

Google today announced a new “standalone product token”, Google-Extended, that lets you control whether Bard and Vertex AI can access the content on your site. This seems to be the end result of a “ public discussion ” Google initiated in July, when the company promised to gather “voices from across web publishers, civil society, academia and more fields” to talk about choice and control over web content.

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Google October 2023 Core Update rollout is now complete

Search Engine Land

Google has confirmed that the October 2023 Core Update – the third core update this year – has completed rolling out. The update started on October 5, 2023, a day after the October 2023 spam update was released, and completed 14 days later on October 19, 2023. Lots of volatility. This update, like most previous core updates, felt big in terms of the number of sites that saw ranking volatility and the complaints from SEOs I spotted over the rollout.

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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 September 2023 helpful content system update rolling out

Search Engine Land

Google has begun to push out an update to its helpful content system , the last helpful content system update was the December 2022 helpful content update. The update started on September 14 and should take about two weeks to fully roll out. What is new. Google said , “The September 2023 helpful content update is rolling out with an improved classifier.

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Google’s 2023 Search quality rater guidelines update: Here’s what changed

Search Engine Land

It’s been nearly a year since Google last updated its Search Quality Rater guidelines. Unlike previous edits to the Search Quality Guidelines, which have introduced significant, new concepts ( like the new E for Experience last year ), the latest updates to the Search Quality Guidelines seem much more focused on user intent and needs met. Google is: Refining what it means to provide high-quality search results.

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Google August 2023 Core Update rollout is now complete

Search Engine Land

Google has confirmed that the August 2023 Core Update – the second core update this year – has completed rolling out. The update started on August 22, 2023, and completed 16 days later on September 7, 2023. Why we care. Google algorithm updates are critical for all brands, businesses, and organizations to be aware of because they can impact how your site performs in search results.

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How to fix unassigned traffic in GA4

Search Engine Land

Unassigned traffic in Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is a common headache for digital marketers. It’s like trying to solve a puzzle with missing pieces: your data is incomplete, making it hard to measure the success of your marketing efforts. This article covers the common causes of unassigned traffic in GA4 and tips to ensure your campaigns are accurately tracked and optimized.

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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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Google-Extended does not stop Google Search Generative Experience from using your site’s content

Search Engine Land

Google-Extended , the new standalone product token, to tell Google through your robots.txt to not use your site content for Bard and Vertex AI and other AI projects does not work for the AI-answers and snapshots provided in the Search Generative Experience. Google told us that Google-Extended does not work for SGE. “SGE is a Search experiment so website administrators should continue to use the Googlebot user agent through robots.txt and the NOINDEX meta tag to manage their content in sear

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Survey: 51% of Gen Z choose TikTok, not Google, for search

Search Engine Land

TikTok is the search engine of choice for more than half of Gen Z and influences their purchase decisions more than any other platform. That’s according to a new survey from Her Campus Media, a Gen Z media and college marketing company. Why we care. Although Google dominates search in the U.S. (77.5%) and globally (83.5%), Google has acknowledged TikTok search as a growing threat.

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Google quietly increases ad prices to meet targets, claims exec

Search Engine Land

Google has admitted to quietly tweaking advertising auctions to meet revenue targets. The search engine “frequently” changes the auctions it uses to sell search ads, increasing the cost of ads and reserve pricing by as much as 5% for the average advertiser. For some queries, the tech giant may have even raised prices by as much as 10%, according to Google Ad executive, Jerry Dischler at the federal antitrust trial.

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AMA with Google’s Gary Illyes: 15 quick SEO takeaways

Search Engine Land

Google’s Gary Illyes fielded several questions during an AMA at Pubcon Pro in Austin this afternoon from moderator Jennifer Slegg. Here are some of the highlights of the interview. 1. Does Google use user click data in ranking? “Technically, yes,” Illyes said. This is because historical search data is part of RankBrain. 2. Unlaunches happen ‘a lot’ Things change a lot (emphasis his) in search ranking at Google, Illyes said.

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1st, 2nd, and 3rd Party Intent Data: Which Is Right for You?

How do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party intent data compare? 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data each have specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to four factors: accuracy, cost, control and quantity. This infographic explains the pros and cons of each and helps you understand which one is best for meeting your business objectives. Intent data can be a great way to fill your pipeline and close more deals.

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How the August 2023 Google core update compared to March 2023 core updates

Search Engine Land

Now that the Google August 2023 Core Update is done rolling out , we wanted to take a deeper dive on how this core update differed from previous Google core updates, specifically the March 2023 broad core update. This update was indeed a big one, and caused a lot of ranking volatility across many verticals in the Google search results. But this update was also surrounded by a very volatile set of weeks prior to the update, making the update itself feel a bit more muted than previous updates.

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Yahoo Search to start rolling out in the first weeks of 2024

Search Engine Land

Yahoo Search is expected to start rolling out aspects of its new search engine in the first weeks of 2024. Brian Provost, the Senior VP and General Manager of Yahoo Search, said Yahoo Search will be launching in the very early days of 2024. Brian Provost said this at Search Marketing Expo Next event during the question and answer portion of his talk today.

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Google algorithm updates 2023 in review: Core, reviews, helpful content, spam and beyond

Search Engine Land

Google launched nine confirmed algorithmic updates in 2023, as well as a new AI search engine, the Search Generative Experience. In 2022 and 2021, Google had 10 confirmed algorithmic updates. Unless Google rolls out a new update this week, Google would have rolled out one less update in 2023 than it did in 2022 and 2021. Google confirmed algorithm update summary We whipped up this timeline documenting all the confirmed Google search algorithm updates in 2023, so you can visualize the updates ove

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Google rolls out automatically created assets to all advertisers

Search Engine Land

Google has rolled out automatically created assets (ACA) for general availability. The search engine has also expanded the feature to seven new languages: Dutch French German Italian Japanese Portuguese Spanish Previously, ACAs were only available for advertisers running campaigns in English in open beta. What are automatically created assets? Automatically created assets is a campaign-level setting that enhances the relevance of your Search ads by generating custom headlines and descriptions ba

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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How to use Quora for SEO and research

Search Engine Land

Assessing and researching what people want and need is one of the most important SEO tasks. However, traditional SEO tools can’t always capture the diversity of a query. Often, keywords, questions and phrases can be asked differently and SEO tools can all report them as “zero volume” keywords. In reality, these keywords have high engagements on other platforms such as Quora, in the form of likes, reshares and upvotes.

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How Google SGE will impact your traffic – and 3 SGE recovery case studies

Search Engine Land

Much has been written about Google Search Generative Experience (SGE), but the most important questions remains unanswered: If and when Google SGE goes live, how will it impact organic traffic? Will our traffic drop, and if so, by how much? And what can we do about it? This article presents a framework that can provide clear answers to these questions.

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Are you being manipulated by Google Ads?

Search Engine Land

Do you know when you’re being manipulated? Most of us get the ick around used car salesmen and high-pressure tactics, but subtler persuasion techniques can be far more powerful. Consider the unassuming Google Ads interface. Though it seems like a benign management tool, its crafty design subtly shapes user behavior, contributing to $224 billion for the tech giant last year alone.

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X (Twitter) partners with Google Display Network

Search Engine Land

X (formerly known as Twitter) has joined forces with the Google Display Network. Following a steep decline in advertising revenue earlier this year, the social platform has decided to start outsourcing the sale of some of its ad space. Moving forward, advertisers will be able to tap into the X home feed inventory through Google Ads Display campaigns – however, exact details of the deal terms remain undisclosed.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.