Creating Content To Please Customers & Google Hummingbird: Interview With Greg Secrist At #SMX West

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Greg Secrist

As part of our SEJ interview series, Greg Secrist of BKA Content joined us at SMX West to share tips on creating content that pleases both customers and Google’s Hummingbird algorithm.

Hear Greg’s advice in the video below:

Here are some key takeaways from the video: 

Greg’s number one tip is to create focused content by knowing who your buyers are. If you don’t know who your buyers are, you need to find out before beginning your content marketing campaign.

Greg finds businesses tend to go into their content marketing campaigns looking to create content that’s far too general. Greg suggests creating content that’s very specific.

Understand the buyer personas of the audience who will be visiting your site, and create specific content around exactly what they’re looking for. Nobody wants to read content that’s too general because there’s no value in it. Content has to be interesting, engaging, and trigger some kind of emotion in the person reading it.

Greg’s second most important tip is to use basic SEO best practices when publishing your content. This includes title and description tags, heading tags, image alt tags and so on.

Mobile-friendliness has become a basic part of SEO, and Greg says this needs to be considered as well. Your content has to be easily viewable on all devices.

Greg’s third most important tip is to make sure you’re answering specific questions for Hummingbird. If you’re not answering your customer’s frequently asked questions, Google isn’t going to find your content.

Google’s Hummingbird algorithm looks at the meaning behind a query, rather than delivering search results based on matching a few key terms. If the meaning if your content doesn’t match what the user is looking for, Google is going to have a hard time finding it.

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Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands FRSA is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. Newlands is also an adviser to the Draper Nexus Network of Things Fund that invests in IOT companies. He advises entrepreneurs and start-ups on various subjects from funding to growth strategies. Newlands received a Bachelor of Laws and he is qualified as a Lawyer. He gained his Green Card by being recognized by the US government as an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Newlands is the author of “Online Marketing: A User’s Manual” published by John Wiley & Sons. Murray regularly contributes to Forbes and Entrepreneur. Murray co-authored Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals with Bruce Clay. Murray runs the agency Influence People based in Palo Alto.
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