We have the chance to present some exclusive data at next year’s SxSW Festival. If you’re not familiar, South by Southwest (SxSW) is a multi-day music, film and tech festival that draws thousands towards Austin, TX every year. This year 3,200+ speaking pitches were submitted, and only a tiny fraction will be selected to present.
What you can expect in our SXSW talk
“Be Bold, Stay Above the Fold” thesis is summed up as,
While much research has been devoted to demonstrating and measuring the strong correlation between organic search and traffic and conversion benefits, the branding potential and consumer influence of appearing in search results has largely been ignored.
In other words, we’re presenting data that shows a new paradigm of marketing – the first time anyone has actually measured the value of SEO’s effect on both branding and consumer intent to purchase. (See more data: branding value blog post and our branding value report.) Other things we intend to address in our SxSW panel:
- What is the link between natural search engine results and brand awareness?
- How important is it for brands to appear above the fold on page one of search engine results?
- Can you measure the ROI for brands appearing above the fold on page one of search engine results vs. those that do not?
- Why don’t most brand marketers view search as an important branding tool? Will this change in years to come and why?
- What are the key components of the new brand development paradigm?
If you think this talk provides value and support for the SEO community, we ask you to vote now so we have a chance to present this research:
Luckily you can upvote more than one: other awesome SxSW panels on search
Now that we’ve taken the risk of sounding terribly self promotional, there’s hundreds of other excellent SxSW pitches. Here are some particularly relevant choices:
“Ever wonder why your website rank is low on search engines? Wish you knew how to optimize your site? Join blekko’s CEO, Rich Skrenta, for insights into web analytics, elegant solutions, and applying meaningful data.” (Blekko)
“Join us as we narrate through five (5) evolutionary phases of website search. Starting with a simple text box and ending with aggregating live twitter feeds to rank search results in real time. All sketches will have downloadable and runnable code that demonstrates the search feature.” (HUGE)
“The semantic web will deliver increasing value by allowing mashups of opinions, not facts, allowing applications to deliver facts about opinions, leveraging the wisdom of crowds. We show how semantic opinion data can, in aggregate, answer questions of interest to market researchers, advertisers, politicians, and psychologists, as well as the average iPhone user.” (USC + Ranker.com)
“Algorithms now govern the market and define whether you have a successful or unsuccessful campaign. Brands must respond to this reality. For now, these systems still lack deep intelligence and creativity, so conceptual creativity can outsmart the computational brute force of algorithms. If you beat the algorithms, you beat the market. If you don’t, then you are at their mercy” (R/GA)
“The most well known social media activities are flashy campaigns. We’ll uncover the less sexy but more valuable (long term) underbelly of SEO + social.” (Razorfish)
“SEO is dead; you’ve heard it before (at SXSW 2012 perhaps). You’ve heard that ‘social’ is the new SEO. Then, why is it so hard to establish a socialized content marketing program that delivers the ROI of a focused SEO effort?” (Rackspace + Slingshot SEO)
If you have a search-related SxSW panel up for voting, be sure to post it in the comments. Remember, voting for SxSW ends August 31st.