While SEO may be viewed as a more technical field, these three speakers demonstrate the importance of the people behind both sides of search. In SEO your team must constantly adapt to discover solutions for the current problem at hand. In the end it is all about proving ROI, however you can’t get to ROI without well thought out strategies and tactics.
In part 2 of our Power Presenters series on Conductor’s C3 Conference, check out what Matt Wallaert, Jeremiah Andrick and Josh Braaten told our PR Director Allie Freeland about what takes place behind the scenes of SEO.
Matt Wallaert: Behavioral Scientist at Bing
Topic at C3 2013: Inside Bing.com: Competing Pressures: The Struggle for the Future of Attention
1) In one sentence — What did your presentation at C3 cover?
At C3, I argued that as the number of demands on our attention go up without our actual attention expanding, it will be increasingly important to help people accomplish more without increasing the attentional price you ask of them.
2) How does behavioral psychology play into SEO/digital marketing?
Search engines have always been about organizing information for human consumption. In the beginning, this was a technical program, but it has become increasingly a problem of understanding how humans work with and evaluate information. Psychologists study those basic perceptual processes and so increasingly, marketers are learning that if they want to try to look forward to what search will be, they need to be talking to us.
3) How can smart marketers capitalize on the “cognitive overload” most people experience in this day in age?
Think of it as a ROI calculation. You want to a user to take some action and they want that too. So the question is, how can you get them to that action with the minimal ask on their cognitive resources? The more they have to think about it, the higher the investment. So in a world of fixed returns, you have to get back at lowering the investment, making it cognitively cheaper for them to do the things they want to do.
Jeremiah Andrick: Senior Manager Online Customer Acquisition at Logitech
Topic at C3 2013: Looking Forward in Search
Josh Braaten: Senior Inbound Marketer at Collegis Education
Topic at C3 2013: Inside Collegis Education: The Little Things in SEO Team Building That Matter Most
1) List three ways an in-house SEO team can work together for optimal success
i. Review and discuss common KPIs early and often to make sure everyone knows what victory looks like to the team.
ii. Take a personal assessment like the Clifton Strengths Finder test to develop a deeper understanding of your team and a better vocabulary to describe the strengths and tendencies of your colleagues.
iii. Review and revise your workflows constantly. Change the process if you’re making the same mistakes from project to project. Where there’s team friction, there’s room for better processes.
2) Why is team cohesion so important?
Content and teams are both only as strong as their weakest links. The things you publish need to be firing on all cylinders to break through today’s cacophony of content. Search, content, social, technology, UX and analytics all have to be working in perfect harmony, and so does your team. If there is team strife, your content will suffer. If you have inefficient workflows, your content will suffer. And if people don’t believe in your mission and values, your content will suffer. Strong individuals build great teams. Great teams build great companies.
3) Are there any tips on how an Inbound leader should organize his/her team for maximum effectiveness?
Organizing your team is one of the most important things you can do. Done right, it’s finding the right balance of meeting business objectives, helping your team members thrive, and scaling your model. Your current business strategy should define the core structure of your team — structure always follows strategy, as my boss likes to say. Hire the right people to perform the work that will help you succeed. As you begin to see success, notice what your team is good at and what they like to do. If you’re lucky, you’ll soon have an opportunity to re-assess your strategy and restructure the team based on the growing assets within your organization.
What happens behind the scenes on your SEO team that helps you work more effectively? Let us know in the comments.