Previously, we looked at how PR and SEO are inextricably intertwined in the modern content marketing world. Here, we will take a look at some strategies companies can use to integrate their PR and SEO marketing.
What might a combination of PR and SEO look like? Robin Swire recently wrote on Moz about a PR stunt his firm orchestrated for a client specializing in parking lots. The “Bonkers for Conkers” promotion allowed drivers using the company’s parking lots to pay using conkers, or horse chestnuts, which were then donated to a nature reserve.
The first step to getting the word out was issuing a press release that integrated strategies such as keywords and links to the client’s website. The story was soon running in the national media, then international outlets. Online, the response could be seen in new visitors to the company’s website and in thousands of people engaging with the car (more…)
Traditionally, search engine optimization (SEO) and public relations (PR) had little in common; each had distinct goals and required distinct approaches and skill sets. That is no longer the case. Thanks to changes in search algorithms and in how the public consumes content, PR and SEO are now inextricably intertwined. As Moz recently reported, a good PR strategy should draw on SEO, and can boost SEO; similarly, SEO and content marketing should not neglect PR.
Part of the shift is due to Google algorithm updates. The most recent updates, Penguin and Panda, reward quality content over SEO tricks. While SEO is still important, methods designed to boost search engine ranking without providing quality content, such as SEO footers and hidden content, are punished in Google’s results.
As a result, SEO and PR now have similar, mutually compatible goals. SEO marketers seek to create high-quality content that captivates the audience, and which may also (more…)
Google released a new algorithm, nicknamed Pigeon, which alters the way local search results are generated in Goog Maps and Google Web.
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