I was speaking to a SEO newbie recently on establishing a solid foundation on SEO/SEM, and included in this discussion was how to view search engines from a marketing perspective rather than a consumer perspective. I do admit, he had some great questions to ask, and was very inquisitive on question upon question. I enjoy those kinds of discussions, especially when it makes me sharpen my foundation as well. With their permission, I am able to share a few keynotes on this discussion.
I've had multiple conversations in the past few days about the foundations of web design in a marketing-centric world, and it's very interesting to hear other people's take on the effectiveness of web site design. I've talked to one who was completely downplaying site design and instead focusing on content mostly, and on the other extreme, I've had back and forth discussions with one whom site design is the key to a relevant marketable site. So, is there a right or wrong answer? While I believe that relevant content is definitely going to keep the user in the site, the design plays a role in determining whether or not the user is going to even want to try to stay there. Here's my 2 cents:
What is your favorite/top ten applications that you use for marketing? Or maybe I should phrase it this way: What applications would you use if you were going to use it for marketing? What are the requirements and prerequisites of these applications to qualify? Exposure? Usability? Marketability? Communication reach? etc... And this is just excluding any type of word of mouth and/or guerilla marketing...
A friend of mine back in Seattle retweeted a URL a few days ago about using Twitter for marketing and PR, and the main page has very insightful thoughts and commentary about the issue. In fact, I laughed out loud at this site, and I could tell it has great marketing presence to it. What is very interesting (and funny) to me is how this site is questioning the usage of Twitter. Let me explain.