Suds and Search

Suds and Search 58 | Mark Traphagen, VP of Product Marketing & Training at seoClarity

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My guest on this week’s episode of Suds & Search is Mark Traphagen, Vice President of Product Marketing & Training at seoClarity.

Mark is an indispensable member of the SEO community. He is ubiquitous on the conference circuit, a prolific blogger, vlogger, educator, and thought-leader.

A very short list of the conferences you may have heard Mark present at includes Pubcon, State of Search, MozCon, and all the different SMX events.

He is a frequent columnist at Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land, and on the seoClarity company blog.

Where I think his talents shine brightest are on video series and webinars. Earlier this year, Mark put out a webinar titled the State of the Enterprise SEO Industry. I’m going to spend a lot of our conversation talking about the findings in that webinar.

For years, he and his Eric Enge co-hosted the terribly impressive and often hilariously funny web series “Here’s Why.” I’m going to ask Mark about the video series. Between when I visited with Mark and this episode aired, Mark and Eric brought the band back together (pun intended) for a great episode about the power of user intent.

There aren’t many people like Mark Traphagen. He is considered by many of his peers one of the smartest and kindest professionals working in digital marketing. That was on display when my four-year-old son decided to make a cameo appearance during our discussion.

Join me for a conversation with Mark Traphagen. We’ll talk about Core Web Vitals, SERP Feature Changes, a nuanced view of rank tracking seoClarity calls visibility share, and we’ll spend a little time talking about lavender martinis.


Suds and Search 57 | Mat Siltala, founder of Avalaunch Media

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My guest on this episode of Suds and Search is Mat Sitala, founder of Avalaunch Media, Co-Founder of The Business of Digital Podcast, and the man behind one of the most famous beards in all of digital marketing.

Digital.com recently named Avalaunch agency of the year for 2020. Avalaunch was chosen after digital.com interviewed and screened 280 other agencies.

Mat co-hosts the extremely impressive podcast The Business of Digital with Dave Rohrer. After you’re done watching this episode, I highly encourage tuning into Mat’s podcast. The information is really good and Mat and Dave have great chemistry.

Mat is an in-demand conference speaker, presenter, and podcaster. A shortlist of the conferences you may have seen him present at includes Brighton SEO, Pubcon, Search Fest, and State of Search. If you’ve never seen Mat present, check out his SlideShare account. He’s got some of the best looking slides I’ve seen.

Mat is a serial entrepreneur. In addition to owning his agency, Mat has owned several small businesses including a mattress retailer. We’ll talk a little bit about his entrepreneurial journey during our conversation.

Join me for a fun conversation with Mat Siltala. We’ll talk about how to leverage your content for max capacity, how to avoid common client relations traps, and the Twitter account @siltalasbeard.


Suds and Search 56 | Paula Keller French, Director of Sales and Marketing at Search Influence

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Paula Keller French, Director of Sales and Marketing at Search Influence, a digital marketing agency located in New Orleans. Paula started at Search Influence in 2009 on the then-9 person team. Today, the team at Search Influence has grown considerably expanding on their SEO and PPC services to offer clients ROI-focused funnel-funnel marketing strategies with a particular focus on higher ed institutions as well as the medical and tourism industries.

Paula is a popular conference speaker, blogger, and trainer. A shortlist of the conferences you might’ve heard her speak at includes MozCon local, Local U, Pubcon, State of Search, and Engage. She’s also led training sessions at her alma mater LSU.


Suds and Search 55 | Joe Laratro, Owner and President of Tandem Buzz

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Joe Laratro, President at Tandem Buzz, a boutique digital marketing agency based in Hollywood, Florida that specializes in SEO and PPC.

Joe’s agency recently celebrated their 15th anniversary. Tandem Buzz has received several accolades including winning the US Search Award for best small agency in 2018.


Suds and Search 54 | Barry Adams, Founder of Polemic Digital

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Barry Adams, owner of Polemic Digital, a specialized SEO Consultancy based in Northern Ireland.

Barry is an in-demand conference presenter and frequent trainer on topics related to Technical SEO. A few places you might’ve heard Barry present include Brighton SEO, Ungagged, SMX Munich, SMX Paris, Pubcon, Chiang Mai SEO, and many other places.

His consulting business has worked with some of the world’s largest brands. Polemic Digital has won several awards including the UK Search Awards, DANI Awards, and the coveted Global Business Insight Award.


Suds and Search 53 | Joy Hawkins, Owner of Sterling Sky, LocalU, and the Local Search Forum

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Joy Hawkins. Joy is the Owner and Founder of Sterling Sky. She is one of, if not the, most recognizable Local SEO personalities in the world. It’s hard for me to think of anything in Local SEO that Joy isn’t at least somewhat involved in.

She has spoken at every major Local SEO conference… most of them multiple times. A shortlist of places you might’ve heard Joy present includes Mozcon Local, SMX, Pubcon, and Whitespark’s Local Search Summit.


Suds and Search 52 | Ginny Marvin, Google Ads Product Liaison

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Ginny Marvin, the former Editor-in-Chief at Third Door Media. Third Door Media is the publisher of Search Engine Land, Marketing Land & MarTech Today. They also host the popular conference series Search Marketing Expo with nine events scheduled in 2021.

At the time our episode was filmed, Ginny had just finished her tenure at Third Door Media and we spend most of our conversation reflecting on her time there. Very recently, Ginny announced that she has accepted a role at Google as its new Ads Product Liaison.

Over the course of her career, Ginny has had a truly unique perspective on the industry. I started reading Search Engine Land back in 2008. It has remained the go-to destination for search marketers seeking daily news coverage, breaking stories, industry trends, feature announcements, and product changes.


Suds and Search 51 | Carrie Hill, Local Search Analyst and Community Manager at Sterling Sky

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Carrie Hill. For over 13 years, Carrie has been one of the most important voices in digital marketing for small and medium businesses. Carrie has contributed her talents at industry conferences, on podcasts, webinars, and blogs.

She has presented at virtually every Local SEO conference including LocalU, Whitespark Local Search Summit, and all of the different Pubcon events. She’s a prolific writer as well. She has contributed to Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch, and on the Sterling Sky company blog.


Suds and Search 50 | Lee Manning, Co-founder of Armchair Marketing

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Lee Manning, Co-founder of Armchair Marketing. Lee is generally considered one of, if not the top automotive digital marketers in the UK. Prior to starting his own agency, Lee had an amazing run at a UK top 20 automotive dealer group. His work quickly garnered attention and the group he was responsible for began winning awards…lots of awards. Over an 18 month span, Lee and his team won 18 prestigious industry awards.


Suds and Search 49 | Jim Ziegler, founder of Ziegler SuperSystems

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My guest on this episode of Suds & Search is Jim Ziegler, owner of the Ziegler SuperSystems and a legend in the automotive industry. For over 44 years, Jim has contributed his talents as a writer, magazine columnist, professional speaker, and turnaround artist at some of the biggest auto dealerships in the United States.