ION Search 2013: Keyword Research Presentation

On Friday 18th April I spoke at ION Search on the Keyword Research panel, alongside James Murray of Experian/Hitwise, Stephen Emerson of The Scotsman and moderated by Kevin Gibbons of BlueGlass UK.

My short presentation looked at how one element of keyword research (looking at existing organic search visits by keyword) is becoming less and less meaningful, thanks to how much of that data is no longer provided. I presented some “hacky” solutions to extract some meaning from that data but on the whole my focus was around accepting that this data-source is no longer statistically viable and instead we should be looking more towards researching what our potential customers want to know in relation to our products; what problems are they seeking to solve – and by that token what keyword inform these requests for information.

My premise is that we need to move away from keyword research towards a rounded-content research process that identifies topics/keyword ideas that speak to all stages of your customers’ purchase-journey (through search.)

Not Provided? Get Over It! Moving from Keyword Research to Content Research from theMediaFlow

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Nichola Stott

Nichola is Founder and Director of theMediaFlow; with over 10 years experience in online marketing, over six of which in search. Nichola learned all about search at Yahoo! as head of UK search partners.

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