I've always thought (OJT) On The Job Training was always better than classroom work or study. When it comes to selling Scottsdale Homes, I've always found it better to show the new Agent instead of telling them.
It gets increasingly tiresome this continual harping on about the 'death of seo'! You are correct that it is changing, evolving, adapting to new technologies. It always has done.
Of course, there has been and probably still will be some who will attempt to game the system but as in the past they will be eventually found out and penalised.
You say, with some surprise or even disappointment, that "this gave rise to the trade of SEO and to black hat SEO, and required that Search Engines such as Google, continuously evolve the criteria to rank websites as most relevant". It is not surprising; it is the way evolution works, - it's an 'arms race' and it drives both benefits and developmment.
I agree, in principle, on the objectives of SEO, ie achieving higher and even page 1 rankings but disagree that was the primary and even only objective of carrying it out. As far as I am concerned SEO is only 1 side of a 'multi-sided' coin and always has been and don't agree with the statement, "true measurement of success in 2015 is Optimisation".
The true measurement of success is achieving the goals and objectives and the reason for carrying out the work in the first place. CRO is one of the other sides of the coin and as you highlight, base visitor numbers are in themselves meaningless.
The important measure is the conversion rate which is more likely to be a better starting point than any attempt to drive 'more' traffic. The KPIs/metrics outlined are a measure of how successful these tactics are in achieving these objectives. Improving conversion rates is 'easier', less costly and provides a far quicker return on investment.
'Content is King', hackneyed phrase as it is, always has been and always will be of primary importance and the current focus on 'content marketing' is just another way of saying the same thing.
Some of the points raised I feel need a bit more qualification in their statement. As the project manager on TEEN ZONE and HYPE which are brands positioned to the future forward generation in SA, I have to say that the solution is not just digital.
TEEN ZONE saw a 40 % magazine circulation increase over 2014. That disqualifies the blanket statement of teens not reading magazines. Hype magazine with post grad institutes is the most credible lifestyle for Loxion Dreamers.
If a magazine has a strong connection to its audience and is relevant, I believe it is going to deliver better than any other medium to teens. We are a sold monthly magazine and a hub where the teen community of trend setters love our magazine.
I think it would be fair to say that the only sold consumer teen magazine is TEEN ZONE with others in its category having closed down.
We believe that the always on consumer must be reached through a 360 solution and that is what these brands do best.
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Superb read Sophie. Really accurate in my opinion. Just to answer Jean Pierre question. Old fashion link building is dead, such as poor directory listings, blog spamming and the like, very often this will have a negative effect on your websites ranking. However, quality link building is still of benefit, yet this should come naturally to a degree. If you create content that is useful and informative, people will want to share this, across blogs, social media, forums etc. Thus doing the link building for you.
About the Duster ad, I can only echo what I found on Hubpages: "Men have become tired of negative portrayals of males in the media, and even some women are starting to speak out against this, as the women's roles in these ads is not flattering either. Here is the simple rule: If the male/female roles in the ad were reversed, would there be outrage? If yes, then the ad is sexist, male-bashing or discriminatory." Male bashing really is so last season.
A question re Design Indaba. I understand that to exhibit at Design Indaba can cost many tens of thousands (Rands), and you cannot just exhibit proto-types but have to have inventory (correct me if I'm wrong). So how does an aspirant designer, who basically earns squat, afford to exhibit? Isn't it about time there was an aspirant designer's exhibition? And, even better, how about an on-line exhibition so that designers don't even have to get stuff to Cape Town. There you are BizComm - an idea for you. Every quarter have a page / site for aspirant designers, the only limitation being the number of "exhibitors" (first-come-first-served) and you could totally renew the site every time and not let people exhibit more than once a year. You could even have a vote for the best product each quarter. You can have the idea for nothing and let's try to help the numerous designers battling to become recognised. Regards Douglas
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