02.09.2014 in Digital Marketing, Social Media by 0

Personal Branding in Social Media for Photographers

Though not a photographer, it feels great to be invited to a photographer’s event and that too at my hometown in Kolkata :)

The last weekend Kolkata experienced a first of its kind event in Social Media for Photographers – a two day event, organized by a very young and passionate group of photographers. The event saw an ensemble of some of the most well known photographers in India and though not a photographer, I was invited to speak at the event to give a talk on Personal Branding for Photographers in Social media. There were a couple other sessions related to branding and digital marketing by two of my good friends Suprit Patra and Aji Issac Mathew. It was indeed a good experience to share the platform with this guys as well as some of the eminent photographers like Hari Menon, Soumya Shankar Ghosal, Neelutpal Das.

The presentation on personal branding though oriented towards photographers, contains certain basic principles that are applicable for anyone and everyone looking to focus on personal branding. Of course without the live narration the content might not be as appealing as it is meant to be, but I am sure you will find some interesting stuff to pick up from this.

A big “Thank You” to Anirban and his team for organizing such a fantastic event. I am sure the momentum will continue and we will see a lot more of this initiatives happening in Kolkata.

25.07.2014 in SEO by 0

Google Screws Up with President of India

I couldn’t believe my eyes ! I saw this first on Facebook but thought it would be another of those Photoshopped pranks but then thought to check it out myself and whoa!! Google shows some unknown District Panchayat president, Riti Pathak’s name and details when you search for “President of India”. The entity search is completely screwed up..

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By the time I completed the posts and redid the search that result is gone.. in fact it does not show any entity search results at all but shows the official site of Indian Govt. Not sure what triggered such a ridiculous results for the short while but it would be interesting to know how that happened.

27.05.2014 in Social Media by 0

+ Post Ads : Another Master Stroke By Google Marketers Should be Excited About

Google Plus Post AdsWith zillions of content being posted on various social channels it is a serious pain for the users to separate signals from noise. On the other side of the table, marketers are striving hard to ensure that there content doesn’t get lost in all the noise and is visible to their target audience. Adding to these woe, social platforms like Facebook are limiting organic reach of your content, forcing marketers to adopt paid channels to ensure enhanced visibility of their content.

Google has been going out of their way to promote Google Plus though the platform never gained as much traction as they would have liked it to. However, things could now change with the + Post Ads.  To put it simply Google now gives you an option to use your Google Plus posts as advertisements on their Display Ad Network. The best part however, is that +Post Ads are not displayed in Google Plus stream but on relevant websites in Google’s Display Network, which basically means with + Post Ads, your content is no longer limited to the Google Plus audience but would have a much broader reach encompassing millions of sites in Google’s Display Network.

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26.05.2014 in Digital Marketing by 0

Why Copying your Competitor’s Website is a Bad Idea

Competitor analysis is an integral part of any marketing campaign and coming from a Search Marketing background I can vouch for how effective it could be to analyse your competitor’s campaigns using tools like SEMRush, Spyfu etc. It is also quite common while creating a new website to review your competitor websites and understand their strengths and weaknesses, so that you can carefully utilise / avoid those in your design. However, it is often a problem when your client is head over heels for some web site design he has seen on the web and wants you to copy it. From a designer’s perspective, while it might not be so much of a problem ( though it substantially limits and undermines their creativity), from a marketing perspective this could often be more detrimental to your business than you would think of.

Linkedin has recently invited me to publish on their platform and my first article on Linkedin talks in depth on Why Copying your Competitor’s Website is a Bad Idea . Do leave your thoughts in the comments section.

23.05.2014 in Social Media by 0

My Love for Buffer – Scheduling Social Posts Makes Life Easy

Buffer Social Sharing AppThis post is all about my new found love for Buffer ( https://bufferapp.com/ ). As a digital marketing professional it is essential for me to be active on the social platforms. While I do make sure to follow the right type of people across my social channels so that my time line is mostly filled with high quality content of my interest, I have always been a little too lazy to share content on all the social platforms – I mostly share on Facebook or Twitter but then all my followers on Google Plus and Linkedin gets completely ignored. And then there are some days when I am actually too busy to share content on any of my social profiles. Now with Buffer this is a thing of the past.

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16.05.2014 in Social Media by 0

The Messy Affair of Google Plus and Google Places

Google Places, erstwhile known as Google Local has always been a vital service both for users as well as marketers, Google Plus on the other hand has never gained the amount of traction that Google wanted it to have in spite of desperate attempts to force users across almost all popular Google properties to join Google Plus. While the web is abuzz with Vic Gundotra leaving Google and Google Plus being a walking dead, in the last couple of years attempt one thing that Google has successfully done is to mess up the Google Plus and Google Places inter relation, leaving marketers in a “don’t know what to do” state.

When Google Plus was introduced there was no talks of integrating with Places, thus many marketers went on to create their own pages in Google Plus. Later Google wanted Places to be integrated with Google Plus and as a result, for all the existing Places listing a corresponding Google Plus page was created – IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT WHETHER THE BUSINESS HAD A GOOGLE PLUS PAGE OR NOT.

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12.05.2014 in SEO by 0

Why You Don’t Need Keyword Rich SEO Content Writing

SEO Content Development“Content is king” – this cliché phrase has been beaten to death by any one and everyone in the SEO industry and to take this a step further SEO consultants have always been stressing on “SEO Content” or “SEO optimized Content”. While the digital marketing world is rapidly changing and especially the SEO scene has taken a massive blow to its traditional methodologies in recent past, most SEO consultants today are still stuck to their fascination for keyword rich SEO content.  So why don’t I feel the need for search engine optimized content?

  1. Social Influence on Search Ranking: The influence of social media on search rankings has been proven beyond doubt. While we are yet to get more clarity on the extent of influence, the mass consensus is that social votes (likes, shares, tweets, plus ones etc.) across platforms and may be some platforms like Google Plus in more specific is going to be the next big currency to influence your search rankings. Social media being a manually curated environment doesn’t really favor keyword rich content that is specifically created to feed the search bots. We human beings don’t need keywords to make sense of content, we care for content that adds value to our life, something that we care to share irrespective of the fact whether they have keywords in them or not. So if you want your content to gain traction in social media, you will probably like to go easy on the keywords. Read More >>
11.05.2014 in Blogging by 0

How a Single Useless Blog Post Can Ruin Your Reputation

Online-Reputation-ManagementI have not been very regular with my blog posts as usual and one of the major reason for the same is that I don’t like to post useless blog posts that don’t add value to my readers and to write quality posts, requires serious time and effort commitment, which I am often not able to give this days. However, at times I do feel tempted to write some easy posts, often times I also do some nonsensical stuff for verifying certain hunches – you can call them my experiments. But at times these things really come to bite you back.

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21.03.2014 in Digital Marketing by 0

Selective Tweets from AdTech India

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27.02.2014 in Social Media by 2

This Guy Read About ClickBait and You Wont Believe What He Did Next

Seriously marketers come up with one trick after the other and the unsuspecting users fall prey to it. I have been observing the irresistibly click-able articles on my time line for last couple weeks and spending some good time on sites like Viral Nova and Upworthy. I knew about optimizing content for clicks, however it is only after reading this Econsultancy report on Click Bait and few other I realized the elaborate plan that goes behind it

So what did I do ?

Why this image ? Because I liked it and I felt the apparent mismatch between the headline and the photo might make readers even more curious to click.

Why this image ? Because I liked it and I felt the apparent mismatch between the headline and the photo might make readers even more curious to click.The image has been taken from runawayjuno.com

Though most of the time I like to post quality content on my blog, I just thought of trying out the clickbait trick here on this post and see how many people actually clicks. Does clickbait work for marketing blogs ? Well, will know after a week! You can bookmark this post as I plan to update the post after a week and again after a month with the number of visits it received in all.

If you are feeling bad about reading this post ( feeling tricked?), consider that this is just an experiment and your participation is appreciated. Also, there’s plenty of good quality articles in this blog on different subjects like SEO, Adwords, Email Marketing, Social Media etc.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.