Video Micro Moments Amplify User Intent

Video Micro Moments Amplify User Intent

Video Micro Moments:


Yep, Its official now in ways we could never have imagined, mobile has obliterated desktop search, and although we saw that coming we could not have prepared for the new video trend that is set to shake the very ground on which written content depends.

This is by no means meant to jilt you, this is meant to scare you, force your mind to a dark place, If you realise like most publishers here in the southern African tip, you don’t have video content, nor do you know how to create it or monetize it let alone optimize it or market it….

Let’s be fair and take into consideration we have more cell phones than we have people in SA (59,474,500 vs 50,586,757), and knowing that mobile search outranks desktop, even Ad inventory is suffering!

What the 4,5 and 6 is a Video MICRO MOMENT… It’s a moment that happens in a … well, micro moment, there are many kinds of micro moments, they pop up in weird situations, but for relevance and in the light of giving you value and not confusion, we will look at the most important 4 for consideration when planning your video strategy, and the USER INTENT behind it. Understanding this could only benefit.

Micro Moments you can bank your strategy on:


Video Micro Moments

The “I- want-to-watch-what-I-am-in-to” MOMENTS

53% of online video viewers watch to be entertained or inspired

User Intent – Feeding passion or interests

Your responsibility – KYA : Know Your Audience not their demographics




The “I-want-to-know” MOMENTS

70%  of Millennial’s WILL find a YouTube video on ANYTHING they want to learn

User Intent – Learning, researching, and exploring

Your responsibility – KYA : Know Your Audience not their demographics



The “I-want-to-do” MOMENTS – Seeking instruction and how to

“How to” searches on Youtube are UP 70% year on year!

User Intent – Seeking instruction and how to’s

Your responsibility – KYA : Know Your Audience not their demographics



 The “I-want-to-buy” MOMENTS

Best place to learn about products or services that interest 18-34yr olds.

User Intent – deciding what and how and where to buy

Your responsibility – KYA : Know Your Audience not their demographics

If you want to have a meaningful role in your audiences online consumption, you best figure out who they are, when they come, what their journey is etc… ‘

As I own a Beauty property, and nurture my social platforms, I know that YouTube experienced an unlikely trend, BEAUTY content grew by a whopping 50% between 2014 and 2015. How TO search went up 70% YOY. Knowing that, I grew my social audience without even trying hard. Winning ratio 60% Video, 40%% How To’s, 10% written content.

Key note:

If you have all these tools available to you, BE there when your audience is looking for “instant gratification” and build long-term satisfaction in the process. You need to rank in organic search first, then you need to add some paid search, use intent and context when creating video content, align your advertising natively and you have the winning formula.

The splintered users purchasing journey is now scattered in to copious micro moments, infinite supply of choices and messages, so brands best be there if they want to compete in the video revolution, or your competitor will be.

The Blurred Line between Content Marketing and SEO

The Blurred Line between Content Marketing and SEO

The fact that content marketing and SEO have been thrown in the ring as opponents is not unknown to us, however the truth is that SEO and Content Marketing work hand in hand like a well-oiled machine. SEO has always been about the content, once you get down to the nitty gritty, as terrible content won’t rank no matter how well your site is optimised. In my line of work, the 2 cannot exist without each other. In a nutshell, they do not compete with one another in any way.

My practice and belief on this matter is that SEO and Content Marketing are one output, we could also say that SEO should be termed “Content Optimisation” as if there is no content, there is no SEO. It’s that simple.

If you practiced content marketing without SEO, you would be creating “vacuum content”, this is content that is created and pushed onto multiple platforms, repurposed and redistributed, but unfortunately wasn’t optimised, therefore a total waste of resources and effort. All content that is created for distribution across any platform should be optimised.

The dilemma that agencies and businesses are faced with is where do they put their marketing spend? In content marketing or SEO? To add to this is, another  issue that we are presented with is that SEO and Content Marketing are separated across our industry. There is a disconnect. There are few digital marketers that have both skillsets in one output.

True digital marketers will know that content marketing and SEO are a pre requisite and critical for any marketing strategy online, and that they work together like your mind and your body.

I’m not saying that there aren’t any differences between the two disciplines, SEO is the technical approach to holistic content. Channelling the technical efforts into content marketing is the way to apply SEO, see the secret to content marketing success is to apply SEO techniques.

The bonuses with content marketing and SEO is the backlink opportunity, both disciplines need these to be effective. Content marketing provides the opportunity of the backlink that SEO demands. Then to add to this, content marketing demands great UX, SEO and UX are part and parcel of the SEO process. The UX is important as it helps the user find the content easier and faster, but still it all comes back to same thing… CONTENT.

An output both SEO and content marketing share. SEO requires consistent output to gain its velocity where content marketing requires this consistency to be effective, as fresh content has better chance of being quickly indexed and will register higher in SERPS.

SEO and Content Marketing are a marriage made in heaven, a true convergence, it would make sense to start thinking of the two as one output, that way you get the best out of both disciplines.

Rules Of Engagement For Effective Content Marketing

Rules Of Engagement For Effective Content Marketing

We have all heard that content marketing is new wave of marketing, and that if you are not in content marketing you stand to fail miserably. However, there are a few golden rules that, if followed correctly, could make this transition into content marketing far easier and show some results faster than you would have received otherwise. The tips herein are designed for anyone to use, you don’t have to be a huge publisher or agency to make content marketing work for you. Just be sure to remember that each of these points are to be practiced all the time, there is no once off application. 

  1. The reflection of perfection:

Creating content should not be based on how well the sentence is structured, or how a search engine will find it. Content is written by people, for people, not search engines. Perfection is only a temporary “phase” online anyway, as the rules of engagement keep evolving, just like the audience. This is not to say you should publish sub-standard content, rather get the piece published, you can edit, condense, expand and contextualize a couple of hours later. Read what you’ve published, then decide what needs to be fixed.

  1.  Reduce, reuse, recycle:

Lets look at a free publication of say an E Book. Every single page and possibly paragraph could become an, info graphic, chart, social post, video, how to, and so forth. We often have no idea how much content we actually have at our fingertips. In this infographic I have used an article and broken it down into an easy to understand 4 part infographic set that was published via social media. So from a couple hundred words, I created 4 separate pieces that each ranked individually for a week. Now that makes more sense, especially if you create your own content.

  1.  Slice and dice it:

We content marketers are always looking for ways to extend our content to prospects, partners, publishers, bloggers, etc. Re-purpose old content through quizzes, surveys and polls. There are tools like SnapApp that can assist you in this, however it’s not a free tool. Leverage SEO, through tools or a professional that will boost your efforts. Enable sharing of the content through partners, and social media. If it can’t be shared it won’t be seen. Bite sized portions suitable for the on the go mobile user.

  1.  Pictures share faster than words:

They always have… Most publishers have access to image galleries, free and paid versions. Free versions are duplicated incessantly all over the web, it’s even worse when you’re in a competitive industry, this should not stop you though. Images have always had greater impact than anything else online, just look at the birth of the meme, and then the platforms dedicated to pictures like Pinterest and Instagram to name just 2. Infographics are generating 45% more search volume and traffic than most content online – Why? I’ll tell you, information x image = Informative image that is easy to understand, identify, and SHARE! It contains data in pictures, and I’ll let you in on a secret here, the brain naturally retains more information from an image than it does a 1000 word article.

  1.  Mobile missiles:

We all heard about the Google mobile update that in essence, enforces that your site is mobile friendly. Did you know that Africa has more mobile devices that toothbrushes! We can safely assume they access via mobile right? In January this year, 3 out of 10 “Facebookers” access the platform through their Mobile device, and that is exclusively, in fact, just last week I saw that Facebook had reached 1 billion consecutive users at one time. That’s insane. But my point is this; your content marketing efforts should include social “versions” that can support. Collaborate, cement and amplify your content marketing campaign.  The most consumed content on Facebook is VIDEO, so consider short 1 min inserts that natively support the other content, or supplement with an image that can be quickly imprinted and shared.

  1.  The authenticity factor:

I have heard this term thrown around more often than I care to admit, “the internet is nothing but copy and paste” and in the past it may have been 100% correct, but the search giants have an algorithm that can tell if you have plagiarized, copied, scraped and stolen content. This will flag your site as LOW QUALITY and then its game over for your search ranking.

Be authentic, if you find information you wish to relay, read it, validate and authenticate the source, and relay it in your own words. Mention your source. You could always just ask if you could publish it on your site, most publishers don’t mind. People and search engines prefer that, i promise.

  1.  The “How to”:

Ever search for a “How to” article? I’m sure you have. I am an avid DIYer and gardener, and i often search for “DIY or How To articles, these are generally the easiest to find aswell and since last year are doing wonders for the SEO (that means ranking) of the sites who published them. This directly ties in the Google Knowledge Graph, the Hummingbird algorithm. This algorithm is set to amplify the usefulness of the internet as this is primarily what people search for, useful relevant information. You don’t need the knowledge graph to make this work though, just publish some good quality how to content. Assuming search volumes are in sync, If you were a baker, I would opt for “How to make butter cream icing like a pro”, and link that article to another one with “Icing ideas for buttercream icing”….

You can see where I am going with this right?

  1.  Content Marketing the SEO way:

The best way to explain how SEO works is by thinking of a spider and how he builds his web. He starts in one corner and moves to the next corner, and then the next…. Creating a support structure to build on. Then he spins his web connecting each and every strand to each other. In the early morning the web has dew drops all over it, these would be the data points, but when a fly lands in the web, the spider is able to identify by that web he built, where the fly is caught. He quickly moves towards they prey to immobilize it. That’s how SEO works. It’s a spider web of security for your site and all the people to come to it, and can find it.

How much of your content marketing efforts should be focused on SEO?

Tracking where your traffic comes from is a great start, so you would go to Google Analytics and then to Audience acquisition and then to the overview. You should be able to track 7 traffic sources. Organic search, Email, Direct, Referral, Social media, Paid search and other. Don’t rely solely on Google Search that would be impeding any efforts. SEO is not just Google, neither is content marketing. G+ is a great tool for authenticity and authorship, RiteTag is perfect for Social media monitoring and amplification, and Facebook has Insights you could delve into, just be cautious of the 7 day data cycle.

There are 8 different formats you could create that have SEO value to your content marketing campaign, like Video’s, Article’s, Infographic’s, free E Books & PDF’s, How to guides, expert interviews, embed Tweets and memes.

  1.  Socially speaking:

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram have ALL updated their algorithms to combat spam on the web, but more specifically here it’s to stop brand spam.

The gravy train for businesses and brands in Facebook is over. Brands and agencies have long exploited the social algorithms, from both ends, by spamming the audience with far too many organically seeded over promotional posts, charging clients stupid amounts of cash for “posts” to the audience based on the average of 0.04% CTR. That’s all in the past now, the search giants woke up, know what is happening and will be swift with penalization. The penalty? Only 10% of ALL over promotional posts will ever be seen by your audience, unless you pay for your audience to see it.

Search Wars defines and outlines all the changes that have occurred within Facebook and Twitter, as well as the penalties and other titbits of useful info. In this document I outline the do’s and the don’ts with key guidance and insight.

  1. SEO long tail

It’s unrealistic to expect any real search volumes when you just start content marketing, by incorporating social you could grow that traffic much quicker. When you start to see increasing volumes through search efforts you apply, the residual affect could be long lasting.

As I work with news publishers, we have some great examples of good content marketing. We all know the Oscar Pistorius saga, every time he makes it back in the media spotlight, all the old content on the site gets a new insurgence of traffic. This is the long tail effect of content marketing. If you’re really savvy you will anticipate the wave of interest and be prepared with social media amplification content, that provided this “social content” is a new spin, on an old  tale, the search volumes should sky rocket for at least 48hrs. If planned well with a water tight lateral content strategy, you could retain and or re-target half of that new audience.

Amplify your visibility through Google Knowledge Graph and Twitter. 

Amplify Your Search Visibility

Amplify Your Search Visibility

You can now amplify your search visibility with Google Knowledge graph and Twitter.  In the advent of Social Search and the new buzz term “Visibility” in SEO, its a breathe of fresh air seeing that all these search engines are finally working together, or at least it appears that way. This article will outline how to optimize like a PRO. Social media in 2015 is changing so fast that even well established brands and agencies are suffering with the latest algorithm updates. In this article we are going to have a look at how Social Media can be amplified via simple little tools and tricks.

Seeing as tweets are now available on Google search results, it makes sense to use Twitter to amplify not only SEO but SMO at the same time. Take a look at the below images.

Social Media Optimisation

Google knowledge graph and Twitter

We can see how the Knowledge Graph and Twitter and Facebook all come together…. A simple yet effective way of owning the google search space visibility and the organic listing.

Social Media Optimisation

Search appearance of knowledge graph and Twitter

Below is an image of the new Twitter dashboard offering so much more than average, their analytic dashboard is now actionable with ability to extract better ROI.

Twitter Amplification

Twitter is now for Brands in such a big way!


Is Syndicated Content Flagged As Duplicate Content In SEO?

Is Syndicated Content Flagged As Duplicate Content In SEO?

One of the biggest costs and investments for publishers is in content, and with the ability to make revenue out of content only really happening two years down the line, after massive financial and human investment, it’s easy to see why publishers large and small opt for syndicated content.

What is clear to me over the last few years working in the news publisher’s environment is that there are downfalls to the magic solution that is called SYNDICATED CONTENT. Not downfalls that most publishers are even aware of. The downfalls are squarely footed in SEO.

The question is simple, is syndicated content flagged as duplicate content in terms of SEO?

The answer is not so simple.

This is what Google says:

” . . . in some cases, content is deliberately duplicated across domains in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or win more traffic. Deceptive practices like this can result in a poor user experience, when a visitor sees substantially the same content repeated within a set of search results.

In the rare cases in which Google perceives that duplicate content may be shown with intent to manipulate our rankings and deceive our users, we’ll also make appropriate adjustments in the indexing and ranking of the sites involved. As a result, the ranking of the site may suffer, or the site might be removed entirely from the Google index, in which case it will no longer appear in search results.”

~ Google Webmaster Tools

So although there are no real penalties from Google, for using duplicated content, the SEO issues are real. Google will only show the article version that is most alike the users search term, as Google only wants to show one version of that article, and obviously we would prefer that version shown is the original, right? Well this is what Google says:

“If you syndicate your content on other sites, Google will always show the version we think is most appropriate for users in each given search, which may or may not be the version you’d prefer.”

With everything being equal, in the case of syndicated content, the site that has the most DA ( Domain Authority), most backlinks, that is perhaps even older than the originator, the chances of the search engine ranking the version on the site that is stronger is very high.

There are simple SEO rules and tactics that can be used to prevent the issues mentioned above, methods that will allow you to rank individually and separately for the same content.

Author: Dee Stephens

MD: ClickAss Pty Ltd

How Long Does SEO Rank Take?

How Long Does SEO Rank Take?

In this arena there is a misguided misunderstanding of how SEO will affect your ranking. One of the many questions asked is How Long Does SEO Take To Rank Me At #1 .

In essence the answer is not as simple as one might think, as the question is seriously misguided. That question and the SEO rank practice has long out dated that kind of mind set. In the not so distant past, that was entirely true.

Lets look at how things have changed.

In the past the strategy was to identify keywords relevant to your business, then we identify keywords that get the most traffic, and after that we identify keywords that were not very competitive…thus highlighting and exposing the 5-10 “golden keywords” that would bring about almost all of your traffic?

SEO rank

” I need to be #1 for my keywords” When approached with that very question, I know that the person is stuck inside that paradigm of thinking. For in comparison to the long tail of search, that particular keyword strategy is all wrong. There is no golden metric, single rule or small group of keywords that is or will drive a lot of traffic to your site. In a nutshell, if you are focused on a small batch of keywords generic to your business, chances are you’re not being found by those searchers who ARE looking for you.

Natural Language Search is increasingly driving SEO, as real people are asking the long question, using more detail in their queries and voice search ( Google NOW) is fast coming up in the way SEO is done. So as the searchers are including more and more detail in their search terms, it makes sense that we should cater for these “long tails” by being more relevant. Keep in mind that these are REAL people asking a search engine the question, exactly what Google Hummingbird Algorithm is designed for. In addition, the reality is that the number of searches we get from the long tail search is far greater than what we would hope to get for a batch of “golden keywords”

Rankings… yes they matter, but not as much as you think they do. Well they shouldn’t be your primary focus. Seer Interactive founder, Wil Reynolds has a saying he is fond of: “If, by asking “How long does SEO take to start working?” you mean “How long will it be before I get top rankings?” then you’re mistaking outputs for outcomes.”

Now the question becomes: How long does SEO take to start working? The right question and there is no simple answer. What I can tell you is that it depends on a few factors like what SEO already has been done, how trustworthy your site is, how long your site has been around, quality of site, content ratio’s, link profiles, technical SEO, validation, only to name but a very few.

SEO only works once it has gained VELOCITY. It generally takes about 4-6 months to start seeing results, but this is only the start, as you should be expecting to see double the traffic in month 12 rather than expecting it in months 1-6. Its a clear factor, SEO must be done continuously, its not a once off application. You do not just plug and go.

So many times I have heard the following; “Sorry we are just not getting the results we wanted to see to justify the cost”, and this tells me that these people have a unrealistic expectation. If you cannot afford top budget for a good SEO consultant or firm for MIN 12 months, you’re better off investing that budget in something else. SEO is a LONG TERM online marketing tactic, and should never be seen to be a quick fix.

With proper investment in SEO, coupled with a strategy for the LONG HAUL, SEO is the marketing tactic with one of the BEST ROI’s out there.