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Econsultacy wrote again a wonderful article.

1. SEO is dead

The most wantonly aggressive of the six.

Used: Whenever the surrounding context suits the demise of SEO: usually if it’s in the interests of an alternative or opposing service that should probably be rationally supplemented by SEO anyway.

Used by: This line is especially common, mainly used by bloggers and anyone not involved in search, but it’s also used by quite a few SEOs who try to make the conflicting point that SEO isn’t actually about search engine rankings anymore (why is it called SEO then!!!?).

Should be: Spammy and isolated SEO is dead (but then it probably should never have existed anyway).

2. Content is king

Can confusingly sound like an unwanted outburst of expletives.

Used: When the extremely simple point of making content ‘good’ needs to be expressed in a far grander and wiser way than the basic idea.

Used by: A wide range of bloggers and titles, but probably before a contradictorily-bland infographic is rushed out in the hope that it’ll then go ‘viral’.

Should be: Genuinely imaginative and well executed ideas are king (and this is far easier said than done).

3. They don’t get ‘social’

One of my favourites. I do genuinely like hearing this one in a perverse way.

Used: When a social media marketing pitch or key meeting has gone badly.

Used by: Anyone suffering from cognitive dissonance after either of the scenarios above.

Should be: We didn’t manage expectations or explain the purpose of the project clearly enough.

4. Social media ROI can’t be measured

Said with increasingly shaky conviction and self-doubt.

Used: When a highfalutin excuse is needed for a nebulous engagement strategy (or – more excusably – before analytical tools of any social-media-measuring nous were introduced).

Used by: The people selling the strategy, internally and externally.

Should be: Social media ROI can now (just about) be measured.

5. Let’s link SEO & Social (or PPC etc.)

Sometimes garnished with an intense stare and a joining of fists gesticulation.

Used: When a strategy or campaign ‘needs’ hastily tacked-on appendages from other departments and areas.

Used by: ‘Visionaries’ within agencies who have grander ideas than the layman.

Should be: Let’s make sure that everyone has a broad enough skill-set so that this doesn’t actually have to happen in such a clumsy way.

6: We should engage with key influencers

Annoyingly difficult to fundamentally disagree with.

Used: Whenever (another) piece of content for Steve’s Miniature Bonsais needs to be promoted to Mashable and TechCrunch.

Used by: Anyone involved in promotion or strategy.

Should be: We should find people who’ll realistically be interested and approach them authentically.

I was also going to include a seventh about content curation, but still don’t understand what it means despite barking the term at clients and colleagues on many occasions.


Better tomorrow,

PR Pret-a-Porter.


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