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3 Lessons in Content Marketing From the Past by @BrianHonigman

Content marketing seems to be all anybody in the marketing world talks about these days. Although it seemingly took the industry by storm overnight, content marketing has actually been around for a very long time. This is partially because content marketing is pretty loosely defined. To paraphrase the Content Marketing Institute’s definition, content marketing is essentially creating something (content can come in many formats) that you think will be of value to a target group in hopes of attracting customers and driving future profitable action. Given that rather nebulous definition, it only makes sense that if you look back at marketing […]

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Using The Past To Predict The Future For Local Search

What does local SEO have in store for us? Columnist Myles Anderson takes a look at how local ranking factors have changed over time.

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An SEM Christmas Carol: Q4 Past, Present & Yet To Come

SEM no longer lives in a vacuum, Columnist Susan Waldes argues. Do you have the resources to thrive in an increasingly complex future?

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Seo Taiji opens up about past scandal + wishes ex-wife Lee Ji Ah happiness – allkpop

Seo Taiji opens up about past scandal + wishes ex-wife Lee Ji Ah happiness
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During this episode, the panel carefully asked Seo Taiji about his former wife Lee Ji Ah. Starting at the 0:38 mark in the video above, Seo Taiji opened up about his feelings regarding the scandal, and thought back to when it first broke out. "At that

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Past, Present, And Future: Why SEO Might Transform, But Will Never Die – Forbes

Past, Present, And Future: Why SEO Might Transform, But Will Never Die
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Search engine optimization (SEO) has been around for as long as search engines have been popular, but the constantly evolving complexity of search algorithms have digital marketers wondering what's next for their ranking strategies and if they'll even
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Google’s Amit Singhal Shares The Top 10 Search Milestones Of The Past Decade by @mattsouthern

Amit Singhal, Google’s head of search, posted about his 14-year work anniversary on Google+ today and also shared what he feels are the 10 biggest Google search milestones since 2004.  In 2004, 4 years after Singhal started working for Google, the company introduced their IPO. They’ve made a range of big bets since then, Singhal says, but the heart of Google is still search. Singhal also shares that there were a whopping 890 improvements to Google Search last year alone, and the company intends to keep moving forward and making things better. “In 2024, the Google of 2014 will seem ancient, […]

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Google Made 890 Improvements To Search Over The Past Year

In a Google+ post from Google’s head of search, Amit Singhal, Google shares they have made “more than 890 improvements to Google Search last year alone.” In 2009, Google told us they made between 350 to 400 changes to search and in 2010, they said they made 550 improvements to…



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Nest’s Smart Home Ambitions Extend Past The Thermostat With Thread

The smart home, an Internet of Things movement to connect your household appliances, has an ironic problem: communication. Numerous approaches, platforms and standards have sprung up to thoroughly confuse consumers, making it difficult to know which devices can actually talk to each other. 

Google-owned smart thermostat company Nest and its band of partners—Samsung Electronics, Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, computer processor licensing company ARM and ceiling fan maker Big Ass Fans—think they have a way to make things easier. The companies have joined forces to announce the formation of Thread, a non-profit group established to promote a new wireless networking protocol for the smart home.

The main difference between Thread and other types of smart homes is the technology at its foundation. Although it uses IPv6, an Internet protocol that identifies devices on a network, it doesn’t communicate over Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth. Thread uses 802.15.4, a short-range standard that draws very little power. And for gadgets that use it, such as ZigBee—a common smart home wireless specification— or 6LowPAN, support does not require any changes in hardware. Manufacturers that use ZigBee can make their devices Thread-compliant through a software update. That means even existing gadgets can support Thread. (Nest thermostats already come with a version of Thread support baked in.) 

Nest smart thermostat

Consumers may be uniquely interested in Thread’s mesh networking capabilities. With a mesh network, a smart home wouldn’t require a hub as the intermediary between home devices. That means a glitch in the central hub or a glitchy Wi-Fi network won’t take down your entire smart home. Your devices would still be able to connect with each other, to kick on lights, turn on speakers or unlock your door when you arrive home. 

According to Nest’s Chris Boross, president of Thread, the group aims to solve the interoperability quandary. Plus, Thread uses very little energy and offers tight security, “connecting up to 250 devices” and sealing them using “banking-class encryption.” Security’s a key issue, considering consumer fears over security could hinder smart home adoption. The other is clarity: By seeing Thread compliance listed, consumers could have an easier way to identify devices that work together. 

The battle for wireless standards in the smart home of the future has become intense in 2014. The Open Internet Consortium vows to create the one true wireless standard, with Samsung, Dell and Intel at the fore. So does the AllSeen Alliance, with 51 members led by Qualcomm. The Industrial Internet Consortium features the likes of AT&T and General Electric. Large companies like Samsung belong to several of these industry groups, hedging bets to see which standard emerges on top.

See also: ZigZag Wants To Build A Lingua Franca For The Internet Of Things

It’s a different approach than Apple’s attempt to unify devices. Whether it’s better, however, isn’t clear. Apple’s HomeKit protocol doesn’t inherently restrict itself to certain technologies. Meanwhile Thread works primarily with ZigBee devices, leaving out the other two major smart home specifications, Z-Wave and Insteon, as well as numerous other Wi-Fi-only appliances. That means thousands of products are left out of this loop. So much for communication. 

Feature image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Wilcox. Inset images courtesy of Flickr user Bit Boy and Thread Group. 

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How Google’s Early Release Of Android L Breaks With The Past To Fix Its Future

Google took major steps last week to boost adoption of Android L, the latest version of its mobile operating system. In fact, the company did something it has never done before: It released a developer preview. 

Since the beginning, Google’s approach to major Android releases followed roughly the same format. The announcement typically involved a partner making a Nexus flagship reference device, with the newest version of the platform shipping to developers and other manufacturers so they could build apps and devices for it.

This process actually slowed adoption by consumers, manufacturers and developers. After Google announced a new version, it often took companies such as HTC and Samsung as long as three to six months to build new devices for it, or ship software updates for older phones and tablets. Meanwhile, developers hesitated to build apps optimized for it because so few consumers had the latest version

For instance, the latest version of Android—version 4.4, dubbed “KitKat”—was announced eight months ago, on October 31, 2013. Since then, only 13.6% of Android devices that touch Google’s servers run KitKat. In comparison, 14.9% of devices run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was announced in December of 2010. 

Now with Android L, developers and manufacturers will have the entire summer to get apps, smartphones and tablets ready for release when L drops this fall (presumably with a new Android Nexus device). The approach is more akin to how Apple and Microsoft release major updates for iOS and Windows Phone, respectively, and marks a major shift in strategy for Google. 

Source: Google

Source: Google

So, why did Google change course and offer a developer preview months ahead of Android L’s official commercial release? Google’s head of Android engineering Dave Burke elucidated the company’s thoughts in an interview with ReadWrite at Google I/O last week.

“I think the scope of the platform got so big—and the application ecosystem got so big—that it is kind of near impossible to do a big release, and QA, and test it internally, and know you nailed it,” Burke said. “Of course, we’ve got a great QA team … but the reality is that if you launch, you’re going to break something unless you have developer feedback. We’ve just reached critical mass where we had to change the model, so myself and a couple other people were pushing strongly for this.”

Will It Increase New Android Adoption?

The biggest test for Android L’s developer preview will come in the form of rapid adoption. Will manufacturers be able to ship the new version to older phones more quickly? And will they have their brand new devices ready when Android L drops commercially, just in time for the holiday shopping season?

Google's Sundar Pichai on stage at I/O 2014

Google's Sundar Pichai on stage at I/O 2014

Historically, this hasn’t been the case. Android 4.4 was announced on Halloween 2013, and the first round of major KitKat devices didn’t come until the late winter and early spring of 2014. Previous versions of Android saw similar release patterns. 

Developers and handset makers didn’t have the early access they needed for timely product roll-outs, largely because Google didn’t want to release unfinished software. “We have this challenge that, when we are developing stuff internally, we want to keep it confidential,” said Burke. “Because some of the time, you are just iterating. You are not ready to show it to the public, because you are still experimenting.” 

Now, he believes the company’s new tack should expedite adoption. Partners equipped with the developer preview will be able to “move in parallel” with Google, he said. “My expectation is that L will have faster adoption than previous versions of Android.

“We’ll see, but I think it has a good chance,” he said.  

Android Adoption Rate Is Important For Developers

Android is a fragmented system by nature. Google releases the Android Open Source Project—or AOSP, the code that manufacturers use to build Android devices—for nearly every version of the operating system (except for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update). 

While the open source strategy of Android led it to be the world’s most used operating system, it also created an incredibly diverse system, fraught with hardware variations that don’t always mesh well (or sometimes at all) with the platform’s apps. 

This hardware diversity creates significant problems for developers. Because, sometimes, you just need the compass to work like it says it is going to work. (You know, point to true north.) To a certain extent, hardware fragmentation will be practically impossible for Android to solve in its current open-source state. Google can try to streamline adoption of hardware standards running the most current version of the operating system with its the low-end Android One and the Android Silver project to come next year, but Silver will only affect the top of the market.

Operating system fragmentation causes a different kind of headache for developers, something that Google can address more directly with the developer preview of Android L. In Android, certain technologies are not supported in older versions of the operating system—such as advances in Bluetooth Low Energy and Near Field Communication (NFC). For instance, if a developer wants to support Bluetooth LE in an app, that developer’s potential user base will be severely limited by the number of Android devices that are actually equipped with the technology. 

Android team talks all things L at I/O

Android team talks all things L at I/O

Android L could help ease many of these issues—that is, if the developer preview succeeds in speeding up adoption cycles for new Android smartphones and operating system upgrades. 

If you add up everything that is in Android L—including the new material design for streamlined user experience across apps and devices, the Android One reference design project, and the developer preview that lets manufacturers and developers catch up to Google—the company has added a lot to Android while also simplifying it for everybody. Or, at least, that’s what the company hopes. 

“The thing that I observed is that, early in Android, people [manufacturers] went way off, and now everything has become tighter,” Burke said. “People are really starting to appreciate simplicity. Keep it simple and don’t get in the way of the user. It is just like a learning process that the industry is going through and it is just a learning process. It is great to see.”

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The Best of MozCons Past: 7 Future-Facing Videos

Posted by EricaMcGillivray

The countdown to
MozCon—July 14-16 in Seattle—is on! We’ve finalized the agenda and our speaker selection, put in our swag orders, and choreographed happy dances for Roger. We’re also counting down as ticket sales speed up and are getting closer to selling out. That means:

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To get you a little more excited, we’re sharing these seven future-forward videos from talks from our past two MozCons. This is the first time that these videos have been available for free! That’s right, all-new content just for you because we love you. 

If each of these videos doesn’t make you a little more happy to be part of this industry, thrilled to dive into your work, and overly-eager to attend MozCon yourself, then I suggest some
cat video therapy. ;)

1. Building a Winning Video Marketing Strategy with Phil Nottingham

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Want more Phil? He’ll be back on stage with “YouTube: The Most Important Search Engine You Haven’t Optimized For” this year.


2. The D-Word: Leading the Way to Great Design with Jenny Lam

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You can never spend too much time thinking about your design and how to make it better.


3. Beyond 10 Blue Links: The Future of Ranking with Dr. Pete Meyers

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Noted as the scariest presentation from last year, Dr. Pete takes you on a journey through the SERPs. Don’t miss his “How to Never Run Out of Great Ideas” this year.


4. 35 Ways to Get Links with Paddy Moogan

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And pencils down… Paddy will be bringing his great ideas and beer challenge back this year with “Beyond SEO – Tactics for Delivering an Integrated Marketing Campaign.”


5. Next Level Local Tactics: Making Your SEO Stand Out with Dana DiTomaso

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“Wow.” That’s pretty much what I thought after seeing this presentation live. Dana will be give a talk titled “Prove Your Value” this year.


6. A New Form of CRO with Joanna Lord

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You’ll never look at conversion rate optimization the same way again.


7. Strings to Things: Entities and SEO with Matthew Brown

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Yep, Matthew basically predicted Hummingbird before it hit Google’s Algo.

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