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The Marketing Guy That Speaks Techie

Online marketing information can change quickly This article is 14 years and 282 days old, and the facts and opinions contained in it may be out of date.

A good SEO is both a geek and a suit, and is able to speak the language of both worlds. Providing SEO services without understanding both business and techie principles is the equivalent of trying to teach english to spanish children without knowing both languages and cultural mores of both fluently.

A few ways to judge if you may even be a tech guy that speaks marketing:

1 – You’re a card carrying member of the DMA, AMA, or MMA and know what USB, C-class IP, DNS, WHOIS, PPC, and G stands for.

2 – Every morning you recite the 4 P’s of the marketing mix as well as all mnemonics for the OSI Model including how it is like a 7 layer burrito.

3 – You know what city Madison Avenue is in as well as who invented the altair, TI, and Atari.

4 – You dream about purple cows and have listened to pink floyd synched with the wizard of oz after consuming various forms of caffeine.

5 – You read Adweek, Adage, Brand Republic, Fast Magazine,, Linux Journal, Linux Mag, and Apache Week.

6 – You use linkedin and 2600 in the same day.

7 – You’ve heard of Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, BBDO, and can speculate how many boxes they run, their bandwidth speeds and marvel at how well Grand Theft Auto would run on their intranet infrastructures.

8 – You buy text links and optimize webhost performance.

9 – You are a certified Ambassador, Adwords professional, A+, network +, and cisco certified MCSE (marketing computer speak explainer).

10 – You can name the top 5 most run banner ads of all time, and still surf with javascript off from a proxy, and cloaking your user agent

Your marketing guys and gals need to communicate the how’s and why’s of both marketing and SEO to their caffeine and sugar sipping cohorts coding databases down the hall.

SEO/SEM is getting your marketing guys to talk to your techies (and maybe even hang out and ENJOY their differences of world and work views). SEO is bridging the business/ technology communication digital divide. I really enjoy both worlds, and training on the areas that oftentimes get missed when the dialogue is incomplete or strained due to how different they have traditionally been. Think of the stereotype of both groups (while stereotypes are not great, they are often based somewhat in reality), and you couldn’t have two more different type of people. These differences cause the cognitive dissonance that IS SEO.

This is the essence of SEO – project management that improves the communication between folks who specialize in marketing and those that specialize in technology for a better understanding of improving the relevance of a website for optimial search performance. This is a new idea, and even the personality type is a completely new one (thus the demand right now). If you work for a marketing company, ad agency, PR firm or SEO company that needs some strategic advice – I have a deal for you, Drop me a line, and I’ll fill you in, or point you in the direction of some good folks and information that may be able to help you.

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  • Bill

    Nice post. :)

    I did get a little worried when I saw “Whois PPC” with no comma between them and wondered for a second if ICANN was on to something new. Frighteningly, it might be thoughts like that which make me an SEO.

  • Anthony Ettinger

    6 – You use linkedin and 2600 in the same day.


  • Xenith

    “it might be thoughts like that which make me an SEO”

    I’d say so bill ;-P

  • Stuntdubl SEO

    >whois ppc

    That’s EXACTLY what makes you a great SEO;)


  • Typo3 seo

    >4 – You dream about purple cows and have listened to pink floyd synched with the wizard of oz after consuming various forms of caffeine.
    Hehe, great one. Im well known in the coffee shop here ;)

  • Maurice

    7 Layer OSI Stack

    Do you get more points for realy knowing what they are for and worked on real OSI networking projects – hint Cisco get The presentation layer wofully wrong in their CCNA courses.

  • Everett

    I dugg this just now and was amazed that it wasn’t a duplicate story. Really? The same goes for Delicious. Well you’ve got some tag love now Todd. ;-)

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  • Bonz

    Absolutely Great!!

    May I add?

    “you are too buried in SEO, code, and studying Genomics so as to mod your DNA so it makes its own caffeine [that] you don’t even think about fixing own site.”

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