- Westminster Theological SeminaryM.A.R. in Biblical Studies, 2004 - 2009
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As Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting, I'm responsible for raising the awareness of STC's renowned services for our many Fortune 500 level clients.
What can you expect me to talk and engage about? Social Media Consulting + Social Media Marketing + Content Marketing + Inbound Marketing + Internet Marketing + Google+ Business Pages + Paid Search Advertising and anything to do with connecting on the web!
My mission is to help you get seen and heard, to get your message out and bring in people who want and need what you have to offer. My special know-how is in the intersection of social and search.
I'm the Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting, one of the leading online marketing agencies in the United States.
On Google+ you'll see me posting and sharing mostly about social media and how we can more effectively use it to collaborate and transform our world.
- Active user every day since Google+ Day 3
- In the Top 500 of US G+ users according to CircleCount.com
- The Stone Temple Digital Marketing Excellence Blog
- Social Media Marketing columnist for Marketing Land
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- All my LinkedIn Pulse articles
- Speaker at major conferences across the US, including MozCon, SMX, and Pubcon
Read and subscribe to my Flipboard Magazines. I daily curate there the best online marketing related news, tips, and articles I run across all over the web:
- Google+ Plus Power http://flip.it/IxUeA
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- SEO Search Engine Optimization Daily http://flip.it/7LvQK
Available to speak at your conference! Also for press, podcast, and webinar interviews. Contact me through this profile or the email address below.
All posts and opinons expressed by me on Google+ are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or any other organization with which I might be connected.
My home blog is at Stone Temple Consulting. I write the Social Media Marketing column for Marketing Land, I also contribute to Moz, Search Engine Land, Maximize Social Business, Social Media Today and many other top digital marketing sites.
I have spoken at numerous industry conferences, including MozCon, Pubcon, SMX (Advanced, East, West & Social Media), and SearchExchange.
I tweet at @marktraphagen
Finally, let me leave you with a benediction, courtesy of my friend Eli Fennell:
In nomine Google, et Long Tail, et spiritus AuthorRank.
- Stone Temple ConsultingSenior Director of Online Marketing, 2014 - presentResponsible for strategic planning and implementation of the online branding, promotion, and reputation of Stone Temple Consulting, as well as specialized consulting with selected Stone Temple clients.
- Virante Inc.Director of Digital Outreach, 2011 - 2013
- Virante Inc.Internet Marketing Analyst, 2009 - 2011
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- The Covenant School (Charlottesville VA)Assistant Administrator of Lower School
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from Google says the mobile factors coming to the algo will be rolling and will be a PAGE BY PAGE basis, not site based.
Will there be a separate tablet only ranking factor? According to Gary, Google has no plans for a anything specific to tablets.
When asked how strong mobile friendly signals would be, Gary says he can't really elaborate past "significant" effect on serps.
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This is really, really nice.
today announced the release of Google Contacts (in Preview). Google Contacts allows you to organize and manage your Gmail contacts quickly and easily, and with a very beautiful UI.
Check it out at contacts.google.com
If people called Google handouts it will be butter that way
Os people can live message or thay are given a code to live voice mail ones
You set it up callers will have use the code live there massage
If you have 5 minutes to contribute to this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZTMNLQJ we'd greatly appreciate it! We're looking to see how accurate tools like Compete, Quantcast, Alexa, SimilarWeb, Google Trends for Websites, etc. are at estimating web traffic.
gave a fascinating presentation yesterday at SMX West showing how quickly Google is growing in its ability to answer questions directly in search results, as well as the vast variety of methods it uses to provide those answers.
I presented my take on rich answers in search at SMX West yesterday morning. The full presentation is shown at the link below.
In our study of 855K queries, we found that Google responded to more than 19% of them.
My prediction is that when we rerun that query set at the end of the year that this number will scale up to 40% or more. I am expecting big things in this area from Google this year!
Below is my LinkedIn post from a couple of days ago which has now become my most-viewed-ever LI Publisher post. I'm sticking with the original title out of integrity, even though it is now pretty clear that there actually is no user-facing "split up" of Google+ coming.
Nevertheless, my post gives my take on the change of leadership from Dave Besbris to , as well as some other thoughts on the future of Google+.
But don't treat it as a literal drinking game. You'll be fired for being intoxicated at work in the first day!
Ok, don't become an alcoholic. And please, know your limits and drink responsibly.
But admit it: responding to RFPs has in the past driven you to drink.
Now you have a game to play (or at least a few laughs)!
(one of my favorite posts from the archives)
We've chosen to not (so far) have guest posters on our STC blog because we want everything there to directly represent our native expertise and authority.
That's not a "better way," but it is a conscious choice we made for clear strategic reasons.
That seems to be the message from Googler in this comment on a Google+ thread about the alleged splitting off of Photos and Hangouts from Google+ (see https://plus.google.com/+AmyBethInverness/posts/67gicvzi8VV)
Zunger says this is just an "internal org" renaming, and that there will be "no big user-facing changes."
The widely-reported breakup seems to have begun with a Forbes interview with Google's . The pertinent part of the article is:
But Pichai said that two important parts of Google+, Photos and Hangouts, may soon be separated from the main product. “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area,” he said.
Notice that Pichai is only quoted as saying that the individual areas will get "focus...as three important areas." It is the Forbes reporter who says that he "said" that they "may soon be separated from the main product."
Of course, Pinchai does say, "....rather than being thought of as one area" which only adds to the ambiguity.
Would love to hear further clarity from confirming that there are NO plans to spin off Hangouts and Photos as separate entirely from Google+.
My take on the big news today about the breaking up of some of Google+'s key parts, as well as the shift in leadership (again).
On LinkedIn at >> https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/google-split-up-what-does-bode-future-mark-traphagen
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