Hey, this is your host, Stephan Spencer. Today, I'm going to try something a little different. I'm going to do a solo episode and I want your feedback to let me know, is this format great for you or just okay? Should I stick to the interview format or should I intersperse some more of these solo episodes? The topic for this episode is how to hire an insanely great SEO, whether that person or that company is an outside firm or it is an in-house person. If you're an agency or you are a client-side company trying to get your website to the top of Google, doesn't matter. What we're going to go over is going to be super valuable. I'm basing this episode on a talk that I gave at Brighton SEO called, How to Hire an Insanely Great SEO. Each one of their talks are only 20 minutes, thus the recording is only going to be 20 minutes. If you want, that's on my website, stephanspencer.com, in the press area. I want to, first of all, frame this as there's a seven-step process. I do also have a download, which you can get at marketingspeak.com/210. That's the episode number for this particular episode. That has the show notes as well as all the links I'm going to mention through this episode. The download is a 10-page PDF, it's got a seven-step process that I use, and I'm going to walk you through these seven steps.
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What if everything you know about marketing is irrelevant in the 21st century? What if traditional marketing is dead, and marketing is evolving into something completely new and unexpected? That's the premise of Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi's provocative book, Killing Marketing. It's a fascinating read that makes the case for killing off traditional marketing initiatives and transforming your marketing department from a cost center to a profit center. If that sounds a little heretical, it is. Robert Rose is my guest for this episode number 209 and he will explain exactly why he thinks you should rethink your approach to marketing and how you can turn a profit from it. To give away a little spoiler, one secret is that you need an innovative content marketing strategy. If your marketing team can create content so awesome that people get massive value out of it, you can easily monetize your marketing and start generating revenue from it. Robert is a master content marketer. As the founder of The Content Advisory, Robert has worked with hundreds of companies including 15 of the Fortune 500. We all know that content is king, but if you want to make your content go ka-ching, stay tuned as Robert and I guide you through his ingenious strategies to monetize your marketing.
Is email the fax machine of our era? Are we living through a tectonic shift in how people communicate online? Can a chatbot really get you conversions? There are many commentators who have proclaimed chat and chatbots as the future of marketing. But today I'm talking to someone who is actually creating that future. Larry Kim is the founder of Mobile Monkey, a Facebook Messenger marketing platform. And he's the founder of WordStream, a PPC marketing software company employing over 300 people and managing over $1B dollars in ad spend for tens of thousands of customers. Larry has been working at the coalface of AI innovation and natural language processing and has gleaned many important insights about the benefits and limits of automation and its role in marketing, along with some startling stats on the effectiveness of email marketing versus chat marketing. If you're interested in cutting through the hype and hearing from someone who has grappled with the real-world implications also implementing these technologies, then this episode number 208, is a must-listen. Similarly, if you've been on the fence about chat and chatbots, you won't want to miss what Larry has to say.
Jay Abraham is a marketing legend and for good reason. This is a man who's literally made billions of dollars for his clients. If you're serious about marketing and I know you are, I would suggest you read any and all of his dozen books or better yet sign up for one of his live events to see him in action. But Jay's genius isn't limited to marketing. He is someone who is constantly monitoring trends in business, culture, and society at large. And you better believe he has some fascinating takes on the bigger picture, the problems that face us and ultimately where the human race is headed. I first heard of Jay way back in the mid-90s. Back then, he was a towering figure and I never dreamed I would ever be able to have the privilege of calling him a friend, yet now I do. Our conversations have really enriched my life in so many ways, and I'm grateful to be able to share this one with you. Now, this is the third time Jay's been on Marketing Speak. Those first two are must-listen episodes too. In this episode number 207, I'm confident you'll find unique out of all of Jay's many interviews over the years. Jay opens up about his personal journey and beliefs, what's really shaped him into the person he is today. We also dig into how to live a full and rich life where your business is just one piece of a puzzle that includes health, vitality, spirituality, and dedication to serving others. This is a raw and real discussion about drawing true fulfillment from your life's work and infusing into your business's purpose and meaning. I hope you enjoy listening as much as Jay and I enjoyed creating it. Jay loved this interview so much he aired it on his Ultimate Entrepreneur Podcast. I also published this episode over on my other show, Get Yourself Optimized so it's possible you may have already heard it. Even if you have, listen again. I promise it'll be worth your time. The insights you glean will undoubtedly bring tremendous value to your business and to your life. And now, on with the show.
In last week's episode, I interviewed an ex-Googler from the organic side of business. This week, I interviewed another ex-Googler, but from the advertising side of Google. You, my friend, are getting the inside scoop for two weeks in a row. If you have anything to do with the PPC or pay-per-click account for your business or for your clients' businesses, you know that it can be tedious and time-consuming work. Keyword research, optimizing bids, writing ad copy, doing A/B testing, or logging onto your account, may feel like falling into a black hole where time disappears. Kind of like going on to YouTube, but not nearly as fun. If you've struggled with PPC in the past, you may have asked yourself how a PPC expert would manage their account. An even better question might be how would the person who developed the system of AdWords run their account? Today, you're extremely lucky as you're going to get the answer to that very question. My guest for this episode number 206 is Frederick Vallaeys. Frederick was one of the first 500 employees at Google and he spent 10 years building Google AdWords, now known as Google Ads, and teaching business owners how to use it as an AdWords evangelist. To say that Frederick is an expert in Google Ads is an understatement. In fact, the company he co-founded, Optmyzr, is all about helping business owners increase the efficiency of their Google Ads accounts through automation, enhanced reporting and a lot more. If the idea of automating your PPC sounds enticing, then you want to stick around for some highly valuable insights. Frederick and I will be talking all about things like remarketing, attribution, even Amazon ads, and a host of other advanced tactics and techniques that will make PPC management a breeze.