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Maybe my favorite TV series character of all time, Chris "Chris in the Morning" Stevens, on Northern Exposure, predicted the smartphone generation in 1993.
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As lists go, this is actually a good one, so I'm really honored to see +Eric Enge and me included.

Follow the whole list on Twitter with one click at In fact, here's the entire group in a Twitter list that you can follow with one click! https://twitter.com/StevenJacobs_/lists/seo-experts
Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Google+ Email PinterestAre you looking to get your website ranked #1 on Google? Join the club. When you’re looking for SEO news, where do you tend to turn to these days? Many of you will turn to blogs, communities, your own research and Twitter. With so much information out there from respected …
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LinkedIn continues to grow, BUT less than 25% of #LinkedIn accounts are active

By +Christopher Penn on +SHIFT Communications
LinkedIn, the former dark horse of social media, has not only grown past Twitter, but is a serious publishing platform in its own right. Let’s see what LinkedIn reported for its Q3 earnings. Growth LinkedIn’s membership continues to grow, passing 400 million registered users: Above, we see sustained 4% quarter over quarter growth, indicating a…Read More →
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Twitter Counts are Back on Social Warfare

At +Stone Temple Consulting we LOVE our +Social Warfare social sharing plugin! And we love it all the more now as they were able to bring back Twitter share counts on their buttons with this new update.

Social Warfare is simply the best social sharing app we've ever used. Super customizable from an easy-to-use control panel. And lots of nice extras, such as easy click to tweet quote boxes for your posts.

Give them a try!
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Thanks, Mark! Just updated.
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Google Search Changes Leadership: What's Next?

One of the most trusted analysts in search marketing, +Danny Sullivan, gives his take on the implications of the change at the top of Google Search.

"With Giannandrea taking over, there are many who will take that as a sign that the machine learning revolution for search is now the future. It’s both a shift in leadership and a shift in where the leaders have come from, in terms of tackling the search challenge."
 
My thoughts on changes with Google search in the departure of Amit Singhal.
After 15 years, Google search chief Amit Singhal is moving on. In his place, machine learning head John Giannandrea is taking over. The rise of the machines?
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Google tìm kiếm lãnh đạo mới ,tôi có ý kiến : lãnh đạo mới có học vấn cao,biết kỹ thuật cao ,am hiểu văn hóa, dân tộc thể giới, và v v.Tôi mạo muội là không thể một người lãnh đạo, có nhiều người ,lãnh đạo một mãng riêng biệt ,.Gồogle rộng lớn mà!!!
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Two years ago today with +martin shervington and +Eric Enge in San Francisco. 
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UNQUESTIONABLY IS LOVE, Grand and Big and with these photos, with this beautiful trio of eternal dimensional sharing, wonderfully fabulous. is these years with these beautiful photos full of sharing and achievements, even more, a sublime record, which transmits all sensational lights within Google+ and through our Internet world and all humanity, truly a vast love that is transmitted, thank you for this album, which is a huge connotation, full of transmissions and memories that unite and filled the ways that align with endless visions of sharing and technology.
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FREE Virtual Keynote with Google's Gary Illyes!

You'd pay a lot of money to see +Gary Illyes deliver a keynote at a conference (and you should if you get the chance!), but now you can watch a keynote level conversation with the most prominent spokesperson from Google Search for FREE from the comfort of your home or office!

+Eric Enge will engage Gary on LIVE streaming video, asking him about emerging trends in Google search.

Register today at the link below to get the following benefits:

▶ Ability to submit questions that may be asked live during the event.
▶ Email reminder before the event with the URL where you can watch it.
▶ Coupon code for huge discount on The Art of SEO book (Eric Enge, lead co-author)

Get the details and register at http://stonet.co/23cj66D

And PLEASE share this with your friends across social media! Thanks!
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Not Yet, I figured I would let others ask first.
as I always enjoy learning from the dialog of both +Eric Enge and +Gary Illyes 
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More Google+ Preview desktop updates
 
G+ Web Preview Update Feb 5
Today we're starting to roll out several fixes and new features on the Google+ Web preview including:

* 101 bug fixes
* View large profile images in a gallery
* Improved people search results
* An updated design for the Following screen
* Ability to see who you've muted and un-mute them in the Activity Log (found under Settings)

As always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item. We are continuing to listen and make changes.
Thanks~
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Don't miss this one!
 
FREE Virtual Keynote with Google's Gary Illyes!

You'd pay a lot of money to see Gary Illyes deliver a keynote at a conference (and you should if you get the chance!), but now you can watch a keynote level conversation with the most prominent spokesperson from Google Search for FREE from the comfort of your home or office!

Register today at the link below to get the following benefits:

▶ Ability to submit questions that may be asked live during the event.
▶ Email reminder before the event with the URL where you can watch it.
▶ Coupon code for huge discount on The Art of SEO book (Eric Enge, lead co-author)

Click below and register NOW!
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A truly epic post by +Eric Enge, founder and CEO of my company, +Stone Temple Consulting.

Learn about the greatest revolution in search since Google was created!

Published today by +Moz 

BONUS! Hear more about machine learning and other rising trends at Google when we present a FREE Live "Virtual Keynote" with Google's +Gary Illyes and our +Eric Enge on 11 February. Register NOW and you can submit your questions for Gary! See stonet.co/23cj66D
 
Machine Learning Revolution
How It Works & How It Affects SEO

My latest for +Moz.

Over the past few months I've been taking a deep, deep dive into what I believe is one of the most paradigm-changing technological revolutions since the invention of the Google Search algorithm: machine learning.

I haven't just been studying about it; I've been learning to do it!

In this extensive article for Moz I help you understand:

- What machine learning is.
- Why it really is a revolution.
- How it changes the world of search.
- How you can prepare for the revolution.

As a bonus, I reveal my first public application using machine learning: our new Twitter Engagement Predictor!

See it all at >> http://stonet.co/1S2yX47
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The inimitable +Todd Hartley drilled deep into my brain to find out what +Eric Enge and I learned during our first year of running a weekly video series.

Come learn from us and be ahead when you launch yours!
 
What We Learned from Launching a Weekly Video Show

A little over a year ago +Eric Enge and I committed to producing and publishing a new Here's Why video episode every Monday. Not only have we kept that commitment, but we've steadily increased the quality of those videos as we went.

That didn't come without some hard knocks and hard lessons. Recently video marketing expert +Todd Hartley of +WireBuzz asked me about those lessons, and now you can hear them in the 4th episode of his brand new video marketing podcast.

Listen now at http://www.wirebuzz.com/launching-a-video-series

And be sure to subscribe to Todd's Video Marketing Mastery Podcast on iTunes at http://stonet.co/1P3XrWU
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What We Learned from Launching a Weekly Video Show

A little over a year ago +Eric Enge and I committed to producing and publishing a new Here's Why video episode every Monday. Not only have we kept that commitment, but we've steadily increased the quality of those videos as we went.

That didn't come without some hard knocks and hard lessons. Recently video marketing expert +Todd Hartley of +WireBuzz asked me about those lessons, and now you can hear them in the 4th episode of his brand new video marketing podcast.

Listen now at http://www.wirebuzz.com/launching-a-video-series

And be sure to subscribe to Todd's Video Marketing Mastery Podcast on iTunes at http://stonet.co/1P3XrWU
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Nicely done +Mark Traphagen, I've much enjoyed watching the series develop! It's interesting you should share this too, I just shared a +B2C article this morning with 11 video marketing stats from the past month.

This struck me, "According to Wyzowl’s new survey, 'The State of Video Marketing in 2016,' 61% of businesses stated that they currently use video as a marketing tool. That’s impressive, but more impressive is this; of that 61%, 2/3 were not using video just one year earlier."

Not to mention this, "According to Pixability, a YouTube ad buying and video marketing platform, our nation’s biggest retailers are betting big on digital video ads. And fast. For example: between Q1 and Q4 in 2015, Walmart increased YouTube spending from $600,000 to $2,579,000. Similarly, Target’s increase between those same two periods catapulted from $57,000 to $1,889,000."
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  • Stone Temple Consulting
    Senior Director of Marketing, 2014 - present
    Responsible 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
  • Westminster Bookstore
    Manager of Online Marketing, present
  • The Covenant School (Charlottesville VA)
    Assistant Administrator of Lower School, present
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    IV Products Sales Representative, present
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    Account Manager, present
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Introduction

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 MarketingInternet 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.

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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:

Available to speak at your conference! Also for press, podcast, and webinar interviews. Contact me through this profile or the email address below.

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Married for over 30+ years to Karyn Louise Murphy Traphagen. Two grown-and-married daughters; six grandchildren. #nerdfighter #DFTBA!

I've competed in The Monti storytelling event (winning a StorySlam and runner-up in a GrandSlam), and joined a New Orleans-style second line band called the Bulltown Strutters.

Cover photo courtesy of Dustin W. Stout & Weal Media. Profile image by Jennifer Rich.

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.

Elsewhere

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.

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Old enough to have an Early Adopter Badge from Foursquare for Planet Earth | The Monti StorySlam Winner & GrandSlam Runner Up
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  • Westminster Theological Seminary
    M.A.R. in Biblical Studies, 2004 - 2009
  • Liberty University
    B.A. Interdisciplinary.
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Excellent service! Driver was 10 minutes early for a 5am pickup, which was great because my check in at the airport was going to be tight. I had a lot of luggage, and the driver hustled up to my door to bring it down to the car. Car was immaculate, and the driver extremely courteous. Kudos to the office staff as well, who were very flexible with an itinerary change I needed to make, and who followed through to make sure that everything was correct. Everything you could want in a limo service, and I will use it again.
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Absolutely amazing. Some of the best French food I've had anywhere. The owner is a delight.
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If you want to experience all the charm, elegance, and nostalgia of 19th century Lancaster PA first-hand, you'll do no better than a stay at Ascot House. My wife and I stayed two nights here while attending a wedding in a nearby town. We first fell in love with the town itself. Market Street, it's main street, is like a museum of 19th century architecture. You'll see it all there, from log cabins to Federal style, Duch Colonial, etc. But staying at Ascot House makes the experience even better. Owner Wendy has done an incredible job to restore this c. 1812 townhouse while subtly including modern conveniences that made our stay enjoyable. We arrived in the afternoon and after settling in enjoyed a fabulous wine and cheese snack on the veranda overlooking the spectacular back garden that Wendy created as her first project after buying the house. Part of a good B&B experience is an interesting and gracious host, and Wendy excels in those categories. She retains most of her delightful English accent though she's lived in the US almost 30 years. And she brings a touch of British polish and charm to the Americana of Ascot House, including to her delicious breakfasts that always have a Brit touch to them. We highly recommend Ascot House, and would definitely stay there again when staying in the area.
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The Sichuan is authentic and delicious. Be adventurous!
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I have found the dentist I've been looking for all my adult life. Not only was the entire staff friendly and highly professional, they and Dr. Gadol did everything possible to make me relaxed and for my procedures to be as pain-free and comfortable as possible. I particularly appreciate that Dr. Gadol explains everything she is doing and why. I would recommend this service to anyone I know.
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I just found my new regular dry cleaner. At 11:30 am today I found out I needed to leave early tomorrow for an event that would require my suit, which needed cleaning. I called Regency, knowing that I was way past their deadline of 10 am for same-day service. The woman who answered the phone couldn't have been nicer. She repeated their policy, but understood my plight, and found a way for them to get my suit into their schedule. With service like that, you know I will be back!
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We asked our relatives to recommend one of the best restaurants in Ithaca and they sent us to Mahogany. They called it right. We were so impressed with everything from the appetizers to the entrees to the cocktails. This is a place to be savored, so it upsets me that people took away a star because the service wasn't "fast." Try McDonalds.
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