dotdigital bags the 2019 Best Marketing Automation Partner Award at NORA Solution Partner Excellence Awards

dotdigital APAC emerged as winners of the Best Marketing Automation category at the recent NORA Solution Partner Excellence Awards, held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The awards, organized by the National Online Retail Association (NORA), celebrated behind-the-scenes heroes of the online retail industry. The winners were chosen through a voting process whereby retailers across Australia and New Zealand voted for their favorite technology vendor under each category.

A heartfelt congratulations to all the winners! This award is a great achievement for the entire dotdigital APAC team and reflects the commitment and effort that each one puts into servicing our customers and building the dotdigital brand within the Australian market and beyond.

Rohan Lock, Regional Director of APAC, was interviewed during the event and here are his thoughts after accepting the award!

The awards hosted by Paul Greenberg, Founder of NORA Network, and change and leadership expert, Nigel Collin, were the Australian retail industry’s first sustainable awards evening. Every aspect of the event had a high standard of sustainability, from food prepared with sustainably farmed produce, the use of recycled/recyclable materials, and a goal of zero waste. Well done to NORA Network for a hosting a fantastic evening. We are looking forward to next year’s gala already!


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Get the Bingeable & Shareable MozCon 2019 Video Bundle!

Posted by FeliciaCrawford

MozCon 2019 was an absolute blast. There were endless snacks. There were Roger hugs. There were networking opportunities and Birds of a Feather tables and search epiphanies galore. And there were a ton of folks in our community who watched it all unfold from the perspective of a Twitter hashtag — fun to follow along with, but not quite the same impact as seeing the talks unfold in real-time.

If you’re still wishing you could’ve joined us in Seattle this past July, you’ll be happy to know that you can recreate the MozCon experience from the comfort of your home or office (or your home office, but hopefully not your office-home — seriously, Karen, the quarterly reports will still be there in the morning!).

Yep, you got it: the MozCon 2019 Video Bundle is available for your purchasing and viewing pleasure!

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Tell me about the video bundle!

For those of you who attended in-person, good news: you’ve already got access! The video bundle is always included in the price of your MozCon ticket, so you can relive your three jam-packed days of learning as many times as you want — and if you aren’t too bummed that they already made you share your MozCon swag with them, be sure to share the vids with your team!

For the rest of us, the video bundle lets us enjoy the presentations at our own pace. It’s condensed MozCon-caliber information in a neat, on-demand package that you can — have we mentioned this? — share with your team. Seriously, we think they’ll like it. We were humbled to host some of the very brightest minds in SEO and digital marketing on our stage. With topics ranging from content marketing to technical SEO, PPC to local SEO, and just about everything in between, there are presentations to inspire just about any role in marketing (and your web dev just might be interested in a few talks, too).

What’s covered in the videos:

  1. The Golden Age of Search, Sarah Bird
  2. Web Search 2019: The Essential Data Marketers Need, Rand Fishkin
  3. Human > Machine > Human: Understanding Human-Readable Quality Signals and Their Machine-Readable Equivalents, Ruth Burr Reedy
  4. Improved Reporting & Analytics Within Google Tools, Dana DiTomaso
  5. Local Market Analytics: The Challenges and Opportunities, Rob Bucci
  6. Keywords Aren’t Enough: How to Uncover Content Ideas Worth Chasing, Ross Simmonds
  7. How to Supercharge Link Building with a Digital PR Newsroom, Shannon McGuirk
  8. From Zero to Local Ranking Hero, Darren Shaw
  9. Esse Quam Videri: When Faking it is Harder than Making It, Russ Jones
  10. Building a Discoverability Powerhouse: Lessons From Merging an Organic, Paid, & Content Practice, Heather Physioc
  11. Brand Is King: How to Rule in the New Era of Local Search, Mary Bowling
  12. Making Memories: Creating Content People Remember, Casie Gillette
  13. 20 Years in Search & I Don’t Trust My Gut or Google, Wil Reynolds
  14. Super-Practical Tips for Improving Your Site’s E-A-T, Marie Haynes
  15. Fixing the Indexability Challenge: A Data-Based Framework, Areej AbuAli
  16. What Voice Means for Search Marketers: Top Findings from the 2019 Report, Christi Olson
  17. Redefining Technical SEO, Paul Shapiro
  18. How Many Words Is a Question Worth?, Dr. Peter J. Meyers
  19. Fraggles, Mobile-First Indexing, & the SERP of the Future, Cindy Krum
  20. Killer E-commerce CRO and UX Wins Using A SEO Crawler, Luke Carthy
  21. Content, Rankings, and Lead Generation: A Breakdown of the 1% Content Strategy, Andy Crestodina
  22. Running Your Own SEO Tests: Why It Matters & How to Do It Right, Rob Ousbey
  23. Dark Helmet’s Guide to Local Domination with Google Posts and Q&A, Greg Gifford
  24. How to Audit for Inclusive Content, Emily Triplett Lentz
  25. Image & Visual Search Optimization Opportunities, Joelle Irvine
  26. Factors that Affect the Local Algorithm that Don’t Impact Organic, Joy Hawkins
  27. Featured Snippets: Essentials to Know & How to Target, Britney Muller

What you’ll get:

For just $299, you’ll get all of the MozCon education and inspiration with none of the air travel or traffic. The bundle includes:

  • 27 full-length presentation videos chock full of leading SEO innovations, thought leadership, and tips & tricks
  • Instant downloads and streaming to your computer, tablet, or mobile device
  • Downloadable slide decks for all presentations

If we could include a download of a Top Pot doughnut and some piping hot Starbucks, we would in a heartbeat. Alas, they don’t have the technology for that… yet.

Free preview – Running Your Own SEO Tests: Why It Matters & How to Do It Right by Rob Ousbey

Speaking of doughnuts, we wouldn’t expect you to buy a dozen sweet treats without taking a little taste first to see if you like ’em. It’s important to know that your doughnuts are both delicious, shareable, and relevant to your everyday work as an SEO — almost exactly like the MozCon video bundle. And just like the feeling of warmth and goodwill you receive when you come back to the office with a fragrant baker’s dozen, your teammates will thank you when you’ve got twenty-seven highly actionable talks to share with them — presentations that’ll hone your skills and level up your understanding of modern SEO and digital marketing.

That’s why we’ve released a talk we’re super proud of as your free preview of all the juicy goodness you can look forward to in the video bundle: Running Your Own SEO Tests: Why It Matters & How to Do It Right, presented by our very own Rob Ousbey. 

Google’s algorithms have undergone significant changes in recent years. Traditional ranking signals don’t hold the same sway they used to, and they’re being usurped by factors like UX and brand that are becoming more important than ever before. What’s an SEO to do? The answer lies in testing. Sharing original data and results from clients, Rob highlights the necessity of testing, learning, and iterating your work, from traditional UX testing to weighing the impact of technical SEO changes, tweaking on-page elements, and changing up content on key pages. Actionable processes and real-world results abound in this thoughtful presentation on why you should be testing SEO changes, how and where to run them, and what kinds of tests you ought to consider for your circumstances.

Gather the team, grab some snacks, and get ready to binge these presentations Netflix-Original-Series-style. 

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Take the 2019 Local Search Marketing Industry Survey

Posted by MiriamEllis

We couldn’t do it without you! In 2018, over 1,400 marketers responded to our State of Local SEO industry survey. We all learned so much from your responses about the day-to-day realities of marketing local businesses. This year, we can do even better because your answers will give us all valuable comparative data to analyze, YoY.

Who can take the survey?

Anyone who markets local businesses in any way is eagerly invited. Whether you market a single location, work for an agency with some local business clients, or are an in-house SEO for a brand with thousands of locations, we would love your participation! Whether you do just a little local search marketing or a lot, are a novice or an adept, your insights have value.

What is the survey about?

Unlike a typical local ranking factors poll, The Local Search Marketing Industry Survey digs deep into marketers’ experiences with tactics, challenges, clients, Google, and the working environment. For example, we learned last year that:

  • 90% of respondents felt Google’s emphasis on proximity was detrimental to SERP quality
  • 62% felt there aren’t enough quality local search marketing training materials available
  • 60% lacked a comprehensive review management strategy
  • 49% felt utilization of Google Business Profile features were impacting local rank
  • 35% had no link building strategy in place
  • 17% of enterprises had no in-house SEO staff

With your help, we’ll see what’s changed and what hasn’t. There are fresh questions, too, which we hope will uncover new stories to spark new strategies for local brands and their marketers.

There will be four lucky winners!

Everyone is a winner with access to the data we’ll be sharing from this large survey. But we’d like to offer a little extra thank-you for your time and knowledge.

Every respondent who completes the full survey will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four $50 Visa gift cards. Winners will be selected at random, and we hope they will use these gift cards to shop someplace local and awesome this holiday season!

Take the survey

Look forward to seeing the results in early 2020, when we compile them into our State of Local SEO 2020 Industry Report. Curious about last year’s insights? Check them out here, and thank you for participating!

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The 2019 Holiday Checklist for Local SEO Heroes

Posted by MiriamEllis



Right now, the shoppers nearest you are making some pretty long gift lists. US holiday sales are predicted to surpass $1.1 trillion, with 4.5–5% growth between November–January. That’s a lot of gadgets, garments, games, goodies, and gizmos to bought and sold.

Winter weather and long lines will be braved, traffic endured, tired feet soaked, and patience tested in the search for the perfect gift for everyone on everyone’s list. Holiday shopping can and should be cheery, but sometimes it can be a bit of an overload. The end of the year can put local businesses back in the black, but it can be kind of stressful, too.

And that’s why local business marketers need a list of their own. Your agency can be holiday heroes, both to clients and their customers. An organized approach can ensure that no mom with three kids in tow is inconvenienced by a wrong address on a Facebook listing, and no dad is doomed to wander lonely aisles for hours with no help in sight. Strategic planning can save your clients, too, from total holiday frazzle.

Be of good cheer! Download the Moz Holiday Local SEO Checklist, share it with each of your clients, and plan for reputation, rankings, and revenue to rise as a result of your well-orchestrated campaign:

Get your free copy!

Holiday marketing success in 3 segments

Part 1: The client

The local business owner provides the basic, raw materials and agrees to being ready with:

  • Knowledge of their customers and market
  • Sufficient, well-trained staff
  • Front door and indoor signage explaining hours and support availability for complaints
  • Adequate stock
  • Content for marketing
  • A joint commitment to ongoing local listing/social engagement during the holiday season

Part 2: The local marketing agency

Your agency knits up the online picture of local businesses and is ready with:

  • Accurate, complete, persuasive local business listings
  • Unique marketing ideas to set the client apart
  • A joint commitment to ongoing local listing/social engagement during the holiday season
  • Publication of holiday content, on time and in the right places
  • Analytics and post-holiday analysis

Part 3: The customer

The shopper is aided along their merry way by:

  • A great online experience
  • A great offline experience
  • An overall experience that’s exceptional enough to inspire them to leave a review, recommend the business via WoM, and return for more shopping after New Year’s Day.

A lot of time and care goes into crafting happy holiday customers. Ready for a detailed list of the finer points that could take your agency’s reputation to heroic proportions as we put a bow on 2019?

Download the holiday checklist!

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MozCon 2019: The Top Takeaways From Day One

Posted by KameronJenkins

Rand, Russ, Ruth, Rob, and Ross. Dana and Darren. Shannon and Sarah. We didn’t mean to (we swear we didn’t) but the first day of MozCon was littered with alliteration, takeaways, and oodles of insights from our speakers. Topics ranged from local SEO, link building, and Google tools, and there was no shortage of “Aha!” moments. And while the content was diverse, the themes are clear: search is constantly changing. 

If you’re a Moz community member, you can access the slides from Day One. Not a community member yet? Sign up — it’s free!

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Ready? Let’s make like Roger in his SERP submarine and dive right in!

Sarah’s welcome

Our fearless leader took the stage to ready our attendees for their deep sea dive over the next three days. Our guiding theme to help set the tone? The deep sea of data that we find ourselves immersed in every day.

People are searching more than ever before on more types of devices than ever before… we truly are living in the golden age of search. As Sarah explained though, not all search is created equal. Because Google wants to answer searchers’ questions as quickly as possible, they’ve moved from being the gateway to information to being the destination for information in many cases. SEOs need to be able to work smarter and identify the best opportunities in this new landscape. 

Rand Fishkin — Web Search 2019: The Essential Data Marketers Need

Next up was Rand of SparkToro who dropped a ton of data about the state of search in 2019.

To set the stage, Rand gave us a quick review of the evolution of media: “This new thing is going to kill this old thing!” has been the theme of panicked marketers for decades. TV was supposed to kill radio. Computers were supposed to kill TV. Mobile was supposed to kill desktop. Voice search was supposed to kill text search. But as Rand showed us, these new technologies often don’t kill the old ones — they just take up all our free time. We need to make sure we’re not turning away from mediums just because they’re “old” and, instead, make sure our investments follow real behavior.

Rand’s deck was also chock-full of data from Jumpshot about how much traffic Google is really sending to websites these days, how much of that comes from paid search, and how that’s changed over the years.

In 2019, Google sent ~20 fewer organic clicks via browser searches than in 2016.

In 2016, there were 26 organic clicks for every paid click. In 2019, that ratio is 11:1.

Google still owns the lion’s share of the search market and still sends a significant amount of traffic to websites, but in light of this data, SEOs should be thinking about how their brands can benefit even without the click.

And finally, Rand left us with some wisdom from the world of social — getting engagement on social media can get you the type of attention it takes to earn quality links and mentions in a way that’s much easier than manual, cold outreach.

Ruth Burr Reedy — Human > Machine > Human: Understanding Human-Readable Quality Signals and Their Machine-Readable Equivalents

It’s 2019. And though we all thought by this year we’d have flying cars and robots to do our bidding, machine learning has come a very long way. Almost frustratingly so — the push and pull of making decisions for searchers versus search engines is an ever-present SEO conundrum.

Ruth argued that in our pursuit of an audience, we can’t get too caught up in the middleman (Google), and in our pursuit of Google, we can’t forget the end user.

Optimizing for humans-only is inefficient. Those who do are likely missing out on a massive opportunity. Optimizing for search engines-only is reactive. Those who do will likely fall behind.

She also left us with the very best kind of homework… homework that’ll make us all better SEOs and marketers!

  • Read the Quality Rater Guidelines
  • Ask what your site is currently benefiting from that Google might eliminate or change in the future
  • Write better (clearer, simpler) content
  • Examine your SERPs with the goal of understanding search intent so you can meet it
  • Lean on subject matter experts to make your brand more trustworthy
  • Conduct a reputation audit — what’s on the internet about your company that people can find?

And last, but certainly not least, stop fighting about this stuff. It’s boring.

Thank you, Ruth!

Dana DiTomaso — Improved Reporting & Analytics Within Google Tools

Freshly fueled with cinnamon buns and glowing with the energy of a thousand jolts of caffeine, we were ready to dive back into it — this time with Dana from Kick Point.

This year was a continuation of Dana’s talk on goal charters. If you haven’t checked that out yet or you need a refresher, you can view it here

Dana emphasized the importance of data hygiene. Messy analytics, missing tracking codes, poorly labeled events… we’ve all been there. Dana is a big advocate of documenting every component of your analytics.

She also blew us away with a ton of great insight on making our reports accessible — from getting rid of jargon and using the client’s language to using colors that are compatible with printing.

And just when we thought it couldn’t get any more actionable, Dana drops some free Google Data Studio resources on us! You can check them out here.

(Also, close your tabs!)

Rob Bucci — Local Market Analytics: The Challenges and Opportunities

The first thing you need to know is that Rob finally did it — he finally got a cat.

Very bold of Rob to assume he would have our collective attention after dropping something adorable like that on us. Luckily, we were all able to regroup and focus on his talk — how there are challenges aplenty in the local search landscape, but there are even more opportunities if you overcome them.

Rob came equipped with a ton of stats about localized SERPs that have massive implications for rank tracking.

  • 73 percent of the 1.2 million SERPs he analyzed contained some kind of localized feature.
  • 25 percent of the sites he was tracking had some degree of variability between markets.
  • 85 percent was the maximum variability he saw across zip codes in a single market.

That’s right… rankings can vary by zip code, even for queries you don’t automatically associate as local intent. Whether you’re a national brand without physical storefronts or you’re a single-location retail store, localization has a huge impact on how you show up to your audience.

With this in mind, Rob announced a huge initiative that Moz has been working on… Local Market Analytics — complete with local search volume! Eep! See how you perform on hyper-local SERPs with precision and ease — whether you’re an online or location-based business.

It launched today as an invitation-only limited release. Want an invite? Request it here

Ross Simmonds— Keywords Aren’t Enough: How to Uncover Content Ideas Worth Chasing

Ross Simmonds was up next, and he dug into how you might be creating content wrong if you’re building it strictly around keyword research.

The methodology we marketers need to remember is Research – Rethink – Remix.

Research:

  • Find the channel your audience spends time on. What performs well? How can you serve this audience?

Rethink:

  • Find the content that your audience wants most. What topics resonate? What stories connect?

Remix:

  • Measure how your audience responds to the content. Can this be remixed further? How can we remix at scale?

If you use this method and you still aren’t sure if you should pursue a content opportunity, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will it give us a positive ROI?
  • Does it fall within our circle of competence?
  • Does the benefit outweigh the cost of creation?
  • Will it give us shares and links and engagement?

Thanks, Ross, for such an actionable session!

Shannon McGuirk — How to Supercharge Link Building with a Digital PR Newsroom

Shannon of Aira Digital took the floor with real-life examples of how her team does link building at scale with what she calls the “digital PR newsroom.”

The truth is, most of us are still link building like it’s 1948 with “planned editorial” content. When we do this, we’re missing out on a ton of opportunity (about 66%!) that can come from reactive editorial and planned reactive editorial.

Shannon encouraged us to try tactics that have worked for her team such as:

  • Having morning scrum meetings to go over trending topics and find reactive opportunities
  • Staffing your team with both storytellers and story makers
  • Holding quarterly reviews to see which content types performed best and using that to inform future work

Her talk was so good that she even changed Cyrus’s mind about link building!

For free resources on how you can set up your own digital PR newsroom, visit: aira.net/mozcon19.

Darren Shaw— From Zero to Local Ranking Hero

Next up, Darren of Whitespark chronicled his 8-month long journey to growing a client’s local footprint.

Here’s what he learned and encouraged us to implement in response:

  • Track from multiple zip codes around the city
  • Make sure your citations are indexed
  • The service area section in GMB won’t help you rank in those areas. It’s for display purposes only
  • Invest in a Google reviews strategy
  • The first few links earned really have a positive impact, but it reaches a point of diminishing returns
  • Any individual strategy will probably hit a point of diminishing returns
  • A full website is better than a single-page GMB website when it comes to local rankings

As SEOs, we’d all do well to remember that it’s not one specific activity, but the aggregate, that will move the needle!

Russ Jones — Esse Quam Videri: When Faking it is Harder than Making It

Rounding out day one of MozCon was our very own Russ Jones on Esse Quam Videri — “To be, rather than to seem.”

By Russ’s own admission, he’s a pretty good liar, and so too are many SEOs. In a poll Russ ran on Twitter, he found that 64 percent of SEOs state that they have promoted sites they believe are not the best answer to the query. We can be so “rank-centric” that we engage in tactics that make our websites look like we care about the users, when in reality, what we really care about is that Google sees it.

Russ encouraged SEOs to help guide the businesses we work for to “be real companies” rather than trying to look like real companies purely for SEO benefit.

Thanks to Russ for reminding us to stop sacrificing the long run for the short run!

Phew — what a day!

And it ain’t over yet! There are two more days to make the most of MozCon, connect with fellow attendees, and pick the brains of our speakers. 

In the meantime, tell me in the comments below — if you had to pick just one thing, what was your favorite part about day one?

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dotdigital at MagentoLive Australia 2019

The latter was the first event for us as dotdigital, where the tradeshow was an exciting stage to share ideas and network with some of the biggest innovators in ecommerce. MagentoLive was a proud moment for the dotdigital family, as our Founder and President, Tink Taylor, introduced dotdigital and took the room through our rebranding journey during his presentation.

While speaking to the Australian media present on site about the rebranding, Tink said, “When we started 20 years ago, dotmailer as it was had 4,500 lines of code. We’ve now got 1.5 million lines of code and counting. Over time the functionality and capability of the platform has grown, it’s gotten deeper, wider, and broader, meanwhile the perception of what we do has probably stayed the same.”

“dotdigital’s
platform, which we now call Engagement Cloud, allows for much more
sophisticated segmentation, personalisation, and automation than simply
batch-and-blast’
email marketing
.
Changing the name now gives the company a genuine
opportunity to explain all the stuff we’ve built over the years,”
added
Tink.

With a deep dive into dotdigital Engagement Cloud, the omnichannel customer engagement platform, he also touched on key findings from the annual report, Hitting the Mark Australia 2018.

MagentoLive took place at ICC Sydney with a keynote session from Mark Lavelle, CEO at Magento, an Adobe Company, providing an update on the growing momentum of Magento – a platform to connect with existing and potential customers. MagentoLive provided an opportunity to witness and discover new developments in the world of digital commerce and the Magento ecosystem in the APAC region.

Accolade Wines sees an exponential growth with dotdigital

With an increasing number of Australian brands adopting basic marketing automation, we had our very own Amy Goodsell, Business Development Manager at Accolade Wines, highlight the brand’s transformative experience with dotdigital.

Amy speaks about Accolade Wines’ marketing automation success story:

As our customer database grew over time, we were worried about the workload on each of our consumer team members. It was clear that in order to achieve our growth aspirations, we needed a scalable model to simplify the insanely complex business model and recreate a more personalized experience for our customers. We had no idea at that time, but what we needed was dotdigital.

Amy presenting at MagentoLive Australia 2019

A celebration to a promising year ahead

The annual pre-MagentoLive dinner, with exclusive invite-only, was a great way to settle into the conference. Hosted by Peter Sheldon, Senior Director Strategy at Magento, an Adobe Company, and Tink Taylor, Founder and President of dotdigital, it was a relaxed evening at Australia’s most awarded fine dining steak restaurant, Prime.

All good things must come to an end…after the afterparty

For the third year in a row, dotdigital has sponsored the MagentoLive afterparty and it has become one of the must-do events after the conference. We would like to say a massive thank you to the additional sponsors as it was a pleasure to stand alongside Braintree, Netstarter, and Shippit for the MagentoLive after party at the Watershed Hotel!

Here’s to an exciting year ahead for dotdigital’s operation Down Under!

Follow in the footsteps of Accolate Wines, and start your journey to marketing automation success: book a demo here.

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dotdigital Summit 2019: an interview with Vanessa Vallely OBE

Since 2008, Vanessa has been bestowing her business tips and advice on audiences – leaving them inspired and motivated. And, this year, she’ll be joining the amazing panel of speakers in our first-ever personal development track.

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, we could think of no one better to catch up with than Vanessa.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I grew up in Hackney, East London. I left school at
16 with an ambition to land myself a job in Banking in the city. Academically,
I didn’t do too well at school, as there were other things going on in my life
at the time. I managed to scrape a few C’s grades in terms of my GCSE’s, but it
certainly wasn’t reflective of what I could have got if things were different
and I would have been able to get my head down to study. I managed to get my
first job in a bank, which I subsequently lost after six months! At the time, I
thought the world was over! My early career taught me a lot of lessons from a
very early age, which on reflection was an invaluable education for the more
senior roles I would eventually go on to take. What followed was over 25
different job positions across nine financial organisations up to Chief Operating
Officer. I left the corporate world to pursue my passion to help to progress
the careers of women through my company, WeAreTheCity.  I am now CEO of two businesses, I sit on a
couple of boards and was recently awarded an OBE from Prince Charles for my services
to women and the economy.

What inspired you to get involved with gender equality and motivational speaking?

Definitely the lack of
women at senior levels within the organisations I worked for. I was often the
only woman at my organisations’ leadership table. Outside of my day job, in
2008, I set up WeAreTheCity to help women progress in their careers. It was
more of a hobby than a commercial business. I was frustrated as there was lots
of different activities going on for women who wanted to upskill but they were
spread all over the internet. I wanted to create a website that provided
resources and inspiration for women who were looking to progress. It was
actually my husband that pushed me to make WeAreTheCity a reality, as opposed
to a dream, as he bought me the website domain and built the website. We both
ran WeAreTheCity alongside our day jobs for six years before I finally plucked
up the courage to leave corporate and run WeAreTheCity full time. When I left,
we had a community of around 24,000 women and two corporate clients. Today we
have 120,000 members and we help over 120 companies to attract, retain and
develop female talent.

WeAreTheCity is now the one-stop-shop of information
and resources for professional women that I dreamed it would one day be. We
publish news that interests women and resources such as networks and events
where women can learn new skills. We also promote the activities of other
organisations who are running initiatives, programmes and events aiding female
progression and development.  Aside from
the website, we run over 15 learning events a year, two conferences for future
leaders
and technologists.
WeAreTheCity runs our annual Rising Star awards and TechWomen100
awards. We have a job board for clients
looking to attract female applicants, Gender Networks, which is a forum
and network for women running networks inside their firms, as well as a Careers Club
for women who want to really accelerate their career. We also generate various
different pieces of research each year, all focused on Gender.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

Like many careers,
there were high’s like promotions and there were low’s, like being passed over
for promotion. I think the best and most scary experience was actually leaving
corporate.

I thought when I left corporate,
given 25 years of experience that I would naturally have all the skills I
needed to set up and run a successful business. 
I was wrong!  It has taken me a
good five years to feel comfortable about Vanessa as a leader of her own
business as opposed to Vanessa as a corporate worker.

The highlight has to be when my
accountant told me the business had started to make a profit! It makes all the
hard work, sweat and tears worthwhile.

Other highlights include seeing
our Rising Star and TechWomen100 awards go from strength to strength. To think
what we do at WeAreTheCity has contributed in some small way to their ongoing
success is a truly amazing feeling. 

 What do you think the audience will gain from your talk?

My talk will
definitely provide the audience with food for thought as to how they can drive
their own careers. Their success is not just down to their line managers, it
has to come from them. Aside from sharing my own story, I will also share the
five component things that I believe accelerated my career. We will cover the
imposter syndrome, personal brand, networking, their digital footprint and the
importance of mentors and sponsors.  It
will be fast paced given the 20 minutes, however I can guarantee they will
leave inspired.

What are 3 top tips for success?

  1. Network to get work
  2. Your personal brand matters – be wary of the behaviours you exhibit
  3. Your personal brand matters – be wary of the behaviours you exhibit

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

I spent the first half
of my career convincing people to give me a chance. Often I didn’t have the
backstory they wanted, the accent, the academic qualifications etc.  It took a long time for my voice to be heard,
but I never gave up.  If you want
something in life, you have to work for it. 
You will need people around you to open up doors of opportunity (see
tips above) and above all be resilient and tenacious. Another challenge came
when I had children, I was wrapped up in a world of guilt of being ambitious
and also wanting to be the best mum I could be. I did what I thought was best
at the time, there is no book written that can guide you on that one. You have
to make your own decisions.  My kids
still talk to me, so it couldn’t have been that bad!

What influential female figures have been the most inspiring to you and your career?

I have many role models, Tamara
Box at Reed Smith and my own mentor, Lara Morgan, as I deeply admire her
tenacity and drive. From a tech perspective, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Professor
Sue Black OBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and Christina Scott, of News UK.  All of these are in senior tech roles and
continuously work to inspire other women. 
I also greatly admire Amanda McKenzie OBE, previous CMO at Aviva, was
heavily involved with WACL and now CEO at Business in the Community.  I have other women in what I like to call my
personal boardroom (see book by Zella King).  These are women I confide in on a weekly
basis, they know me, they get me and are not afraid to tell me if my idea won’t
work!

In your opinion, what is the largest barrier to women at work and how can it be overcome?

I have a bit of a thing about the
word barriers!  We can all say there are
barriers, things stopping us doing this, doing that etc, however it is how we
overcome our perceptions of those barriers that we need to focus on.  There are still a number of industries where
there are lots of women at the top, but no room for the next generations to
move in to their positions. These senior women should be clearing paths for
their future leaders and offering mentoring and sponsorship.  There are also a number of industries that
are still male dominated, and yes if the culture is stuck in the dark ages,
that can be hard.  However, if bad
behaviour is stopping you progressing, you need to call that out.   Often, and without generalising for every
woman, we are put off by a set of characteristics that we believe are needed
for certain roles.  We have to challenge
our thinking, disrupt the perception and take a risk.  We can bring our own unique style to any
role.  Sometimes the biggest barrier is
actually ourselves.  Ask yourself the
question, what is really holding me back! If it’s the firm you are in and its
culture, then make the move and go somewhere where your talents are both
appreciated and nurtured!

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

To just chill a little bit and
appreciate that things often take time. I was very ambitious when I was younger
and expected to climb mountains in months instead of years.  I would also advise myself not to beat myself
up to hard for the mistakes I made. These were not actually mistakes, they were
opportunities to learn and grow and that I wouldn’t always get things right!

And if you could meet any woman from history, who would it be?

It would have to be Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.


Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out on your chance to learn, grow and get inspired at this year’s dotdigital Summit. Get your tickets today.

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14 SEO Predictions for 2019 & Beyond, as Told by Mozzers

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With the new year in full swing and an already busy first quarter, our 2019 predictions for SEO in the new year are hopping onto the scene a little late — but fashionably so, we hope. From an explosion of SERP features to increased monetization to the key drivers of search this year, our SEO experts have consulted their crystal balls (read: access to mountains of data and in-depth analyses) and made their predictions. Read on for an exhaustive list of fourteen things to watch out for in search from our very own Dr. Pete, Britney Muller, Rob Bucci, Russ Jones, and Miriam Ellis!

1. Answers will drive search

People Also Ask boxes exploded in 2018, and featured snippets have expanded into both multifaceted and multi-snippet versions. Google wants to answer questions, it wants to answer them across as many devices as possible, and it will reward sites with succinct, well-structured answers. Focus on answers that naturally leave visitors wanting more and establish your brand and credibility. [Dr. Peter J. Meyers]

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2. Voice search will continue to be utterly useless for optimization

Optimizing for voice search will still be no more than optimizing for featured snippets, and conversions from voice will remain a dark box. [Russ Jones]

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3. Mobile is table stakes

This is barely a prediction. If your 2019 plan is to finally figure out mobile, you’re already too late. Almost all Google features are designed with mobile-first in mind, and the mobile-first index has expanded rapidly in the past few months. Get your mobile house (not to be confused with your mobile home) in order as soon as you can. [Dr. Peter J. Meyers]

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4. Further SERP feature intrusions in organic search

Expect Google to find more and more ways to replace organic with solutions that keep users on Google’s property. This includes interactive SERP features that replace, slowly but surely, many website offerings in the same way that live scores, weather, and flights have. [Russ Jones]

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5. Video will dominate niches

Featured Videos, Video Carousels, and Suggested Clips (where Google targets specific content in a video) are taking over the how-to spaces. As Google tests search appliances with screens, including Home Hub, expect video to dominate instructional and DIY niches. [Dr. Peter J. Meyers]

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6. SERPs will become more interactive

We’ve seen the start of interactive SERPs with People Also Ask Boxes. Depending on which question you expand, two to three new questions will generate below that directly pertain to your expanded question. This real-time engagement keeps people on the SERP longer and helps Google better understand what a user is seeking. [Britney Muller]

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7. Local SEO: Google will continue getting up in your business — literally

Google will continue asking more and more intimate questions about your business to your customers. Does this business have gender-neutral bathrooms? Is this business accessible? What is the atmosphere like? How clean is it? What kind of lighting do they have? And so on. If Google can acquire accurate, real-world information about your business (your percentage of repeat customers via geocaching, price via transaction history, etc.) they can rely less heavily on website signals and provide more accurate results to searchers. [Britney Muller]

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8. Business proximity-to-searcher will remain a top local ranking factor

In Moz’s recent State of Local SEO report, the majority of respondents agreed that Google’s focus on the proximity of a searcher to local businesses frequently emphasizes distance over quality in the local SERPs. I predict that we’ll continue to see this heavily weighting the results in 2019. On the one hand, hyper-localized results can be positive, as they allow a diversity of businesses to shine for a given search. On the other hand, with the exception of urgent situations, most people would prefer to see best options rather than just closest ones. [Miriam Ellis]

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9. Local SEO: Google is going to increase monetization

Look to see more of the local and maps space monetized uniquely by Google both through Adwords and potentially new lead-gen models. This space will become more and more competitive. [Russ Jones]

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10. Monetization tests for voice

Google and Amazon have been moving towards voice-supported displays in hopes of better monetizing voice. It will be interesting to see their efforts to get displays in homes and how they integrate the display advertising. Bold prediction: Amazon will provide sleep-mode display ads similar to how Kindle currently displays them today. [Britney Muller]

11. Marketers will place a greater focus on the SERPs

I expect we’ll see a greater focus on the analysis of SERPs as Google does more to give people answers without them having to leave the search results. We’re seeing more and more vertical search engines like Google Jobs, Google Flights, Google Hotels, Google Shopping. We’re also seeing more in-depth content make it onto the SERP than ever in the form of featured snippets, People Also Ask boxes, and more. With these new developments, marketers are increasingly going to want to report on their general brand visibility within the SERPs, not just their website ranking. It’s going to be more important than ever for people to be measuring all the elements within a SERP, not just their own ranking. [Rob Bucci]

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12. Targeting topics will be more productive than targeting queries

2019 is going to be another year in which we see the emphasis on individual search queries start to decline, as people focus more on clusters of queries around topics. People Also Ask queries have made the importance of topics much more obvious to the SEO industry. With PAAs, Google is clearly illustrating that they think about searcher experience in terms of a searcher’s satisfaction across an entire topic, not just a specific search query. With this in mind, we can expect SEOs to more and more want to see their search queries clustered into topics so they can measure their visibility and the competitive landscape across these clusters. [Rob Bucci]

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13. Linked unstructured citations will receive increasing focus

I recently conducted a small study in which there was a 75% correlation between organic and local pack rank. Linked unstructured citations (the mention of partial or complete business information + a link on any type of relevant website) are a means of improving organic rankings which underpin local rankings. They can also serve as a non-Google dependent means of driving traffic and leads. Anything you’re not having to pay Google for will become increasingly precious. Structured citations on key local business listing platforms will remain table stakes, but competitive local businesses will need to focus on unstructured data to move the needle. [Miriam Ellis]

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14. Reviews will remain a competitive difference-maker

A Google rep recently stated that about one-third of local searches are made with the intent of reading reviews. This is huge. Local businesses that acquire and maintain a good and interactive reputation on the web will have a critical advantage over brands that ignore reviews as fundamental to customer service. Competitive local businesses will earn, monitor, respond to, and analyze the sentiment of their review corpus. [Miriam Ellis]

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We’ve heard from Mozzers, and now we want to hear from you. What have you seen so far in 2019 that’s got your SEO Spidey senses tingling? What trends are you capitalizing on and planning for? Let us know in the comments below (and brag to friends and colleagues when your prediction comes true in the next 6–10 months). 😉

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dotdigital Summit 2019: an interview with Cate Murden

Cate Murden PUSH

The complex and ever-changing world we live in isn’t only impacting our ability to engage with our customers, it’s also having a significant effect on our lives at work. As a result, stress and stress-related illnesses are hugely on the rise.

Cate Murden, founder of PUSH Body and Mind, has been
affected by this, just like so many of us. During her talk, Cate will be
breaking down the importance of putting yourself first, and sharing with you,
the tools she used to improve her energy levels and shift into a positive
mind-set.

We sat down with her to discover a little bit more.

Hi Cate, can you tell us a bit more about what PUSH is?

PUSH Mind
and Body is a business consultancy grounded in human behavior. We answer
business problems with people-focused solutions and, consequently, help people,
teams and companies to work better.

What made you decided to start this new business?

After a
16-year career in media, I was signed off with stress. Having survived this,
frankly, awful period, I realized that I wanted to help ensure that no one else
went through what had happened. And, so, the concept for PUSH was formed – from
a genuine desire to help busy professionals live and work better.

Can you tell us about a favorite moment from your career?

We
created and curated an event in August last year supporting mental health and
resilience in the workplace. It was an incredibly sunny day and we were in a
rooftop venue with four unbelievable speakers and over 150 guests. It was an
amazingly powerful moment – firstly in what we were starting to achieve with
our vision and mission and, secondly, how far we had come as a business.

What are the biggest work goals you’re currently working towards?

What we
really want is to help companies realize that their people are their most
unique differentiator and yet, currently, corporate culture is slowly breaking
them.

We HAVE
to change this before more of the unthinkable happens and, you know what? That
means more successful companies and happier people. It’s really not that hard.

During your talk building resilience in the 20th century – what do you think the audience will gain from your talk?

I really
hope people leave my talk realizing they’re the most important people in their
worlds. And, hopefully, I can give them some valuable advice in how to be the
very best they can be.

What are your three top tips for success?

  1. Get a coach
  2. Start everyday with exercise
  3. Never accept no

What has been your biggest challenge over the last year?

My own
brain

Who or what inspires you most?

My partner. He inspires me, challenges me and helps me grow (and regularly drives me nuts too).

If you could predict one thing for the future what would it be?

The
fallout from Brexit is going to be really sh*t for everyone.

What advice would you want to give to your younger self?

Stop f*cking worrying – it’s always okay in the end.


Join Cate Murden for her personal development breakout session at the dotdigital Summit on Wednesday 20 March. Not got your tickets yet? Get them today.

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dotdigital Summit 2019: an interview with Richard Pacitti

As
part of our personal development track at the Summit this year, we will be
discussing many of these issues. Our speakers will be diving in deep and
showing us how to overcome and thrive in today’s complicated world.

We sat down with Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon. Richard will be helping us embrace change and giving us the power to start meaningful conversations about mental health.

What do you think are the main things we need to think about when talking about mental health in the workplace?

It’s important that we understand a bit about mental health problems, and how we can notice them within ourselves and our colleagues. We need to understand simple things that we can do to create mentally healthy workplace and how we let our staff and colleagues know that it’s okay to talk about difficulties that they might be having.

What are your key tips on getting a healthy work/life balance?

The best thing you can do to make sure you’re getting a healthy work/life balance is to turn your work devices off when you’re not at work. The more you let work encroach on your private life, the less healthy the balance becomes.

What advice would give someone who is experiencing mental health problems, but cannot or does not want to talk about it to people at work?

Firstly, mental
health problems are really common. One in four people will experience a problem
at some time in their life. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed, but there is
absolutely no need to.

You might think that talking doesn’t help, but all the evidence points to the contrary – taking to other people can be really helpful. You’ll probably find that your employer will be understanding and very helpful. And don’t forget, you can always talk to people outside of work. Friends, family or even people you don’t know and have never met. There are so many helplines out there, designed precisely for that reason.

What would you like people to take away from your talk?

As well as some general information about mental health problems, I would like people to leave my session with a good understanding of how to promote good mental health, not just at work, but in life in general.

I
also want people to start thinking deeper about the role that technology plays both
at work, and in relation to our mental health and wellbeing. If you can make
yourself aware of its effect on you, you can act to stop it before it damages
your health.

Who or what inspires you most?

I get a lot of inspiration from great musician and songwriters, but I also find that just getting outside for a walk can inspire me. Especially near big, green spaces. I find that very inspirational.

If you could predict one thing for the future what would it be?

It’s less of a prediction, and more of a hope. If we’re going to remain sane, we need to spend more time with real people, and real things, and less time connected to our gadgets.

What piece of advice to your younger self?

Have the courage of your convictions.


Join Richard Pacitti for his personal development breakout session at the dotdigital Summit on Wednesday 20 March. Not got your tickets yet? Get them today.

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