Raven Wrap-up: June 2013


A lot goes on every month at Raven. We’re constantly working to come up with new features you’ll love in your Raven account, and new resources to help you make the most of our 20+ Internet marketing tools. (Oh, and we sometimes get new office toys too. That’s what’s going on in the pic above.)

Here’s a recap of what we did in June.

What’s new in Raven

This month, we rolled out a few notable updates that came from customer requests, including:

  • SEO metrics column sorting
  • Ability to remove filtered keywords from PDF reports
  • Ability to remove sentiment from Social Monitor PDF reports
  • Color coding in Event Manager

Read all about these updates – or better yet, join us at one of our many Raven Q&A sessions or Raven 101 walkthroughs each week to see these and our 20+ Internet marketing tools in action.

Blog highlights: How to do stuff with Raven

How to Create Custom Link Types and Website Types

At the heart of every successful thing – Internet marketing, writing, deciding what to watch in your Netflix queue – there’s some kind of a system. For link building, Raven provides that system in the form of Link Manager. While we’ve made a pretty good guess at the ways you might want to categorize your links, you may want to create your own custom labels. Did you know that you can create customizable Link Types, Website Types and Link Statuses?

How to Identify Quality Websites With Raven

When you’re building links, quality is everything. Even if we leave search signals out of the equation, it boils down to this: If you get a mention on a website, you want to make sure that website is the highest quality it can possibly be. Finding high quality, relevant websites to seek mentions and links from can be a hurdle for anyone marketing a site. Let’s look at a quick and easy process for locating quality websites using three of Raven’s best-loved tools.

How to Find Out if Raven Supports Your Country

We have Raven users from all continents (except Antarctica). So customers not in The States, where Raven is based, often want to know whether Raven will work as a solution for their country and language. The answer, for the most part, is: yes!

How to use Raven’s Site Performance to Improve Client Communication

Client communication is one of the biggest challenges of SEO.  With Raven’s Site Performance tool, you can answer client questions in a matter of seconds – and focus your time on doing great work, not reporting it.

How to Create and Send Template Messages in Raven

Templates are typically easy to use and can be a huge time saver. Did you know that you can  create template messages in Raven’s CRM to assist in your outreach efforts, work more closely with clients and more?

How to Connect Google Analytics and Google AdWords to Raven

Let’s say you landed a new client – a car dealership that wants to ship more cars. You’re going to present a strategy for breaking into social media marketing, but first you need to measure how they’re currently doing. To get started, let’s pull their Google AdWords and Google Analytics data into Raven and start centralizing the data so we can see what’s going on.

Who’s talking about Raven

Digging Deeper With Raven

Raven customer Wayne Barker of Boom Online Marketing digs into his Raven subscription (with a little help from Raven CMO Jon Henshaw) and finds a lot to like.

Raven Tools has always been more than a rank checker, it is a full internet marketing suite of tools. In today climate you need a more holistic strategy and the tool set to match it.

Search News Central’s Social Media Measurement Hangout

As Raven’s Community Manager, I had the pleasure of joining Digital Always Media partner Alan K’necht, Firestarter Social Media President Michelle Stinson Ross, Cirrus ABS Director of Visibility and Social Media Kevin Mullett, and Sensei Marketing Partner Sam Fiorella for a spirited and fun discussion on social media metrics. You can watch it here:

How to Use Raven Tools for Affiliate Management & Affiliate Recruiting

Raven customer Adam Riemer came up with a cool use for Raven that we hadn’t even thought of: affiliate management.

Raven Tools ended up becoming a pretty cool Affiliate Management Software that helps you to manage a program. It …gives you a way to manage your day, follow up with partners, monitor them, group them, reach out to them and keep up with everything you need to do to make yourself an effective Affiliate Manager.

How to Leverage the Social CEO

On Search Engine Watch, Lisa Barone about how tools like Raven can help get your CEO into social media.

With the number of CEOs participating in social projected to increase 50 percent over the next five years, it seems the days of the elusive CEO hiding in the boardroom are over. In today’s social economy, visible storytelling sells, and who better to tell your story than the person responsible for leading the charge? How do you convince your CEO to drop the hate and get on the social media soapbox?

Raven Tools Hangout: Metrics That Matter

Raven also held our own Hangout un June, gathering a ton of smart marketing minds to discuss the metrics that matter today. Watch it here:

Raven’s 30 Social Metrics for Success

Search News Central’s Michelle Stinson Ross reviewed our recent guide, 30 Social Media Metrics That Prove Real Value, and found a lot to like.

Can the rate of real business returns on social media marketing efforts be quantified? Can we explain HOW we quantify social media activity in a way that small business owners and corporate executives can understand and appreciate? The answer is absolutely, YES. And the team at Raven Tools has provided an excellent guide defining 30 valuable social metrics that take the mystery out of reach, engagement, and even the ever elusive social conversion.

Maps & Metros: Surviving And Thriving In Local Search

Chris Silver Smith, reporting from the conference SMX, writes on Search Engine Land that Raven’s Schema Creator is one tool that makes it easy to create schema code.

SEO Experts Interview: What’s the Hottest New SEO or Social Media Tool This Year?

What new SEO or social media tool is the most exciting in 2013? Amanda DiSivestro asked a bunch of industry folks including Raven’s own Jon Henshaw. Find out what he had to say.

And finally, happy Raven customer Anthony Pensabene sent us this lovely postcard testimonial from the beach. Thanks, Anthony!

Most popular blog posts this month

And to wrap it all up, here are the five posts readers liked most on our blog this month. If you missed them, catch up now!

48 Tips for SEO Newbies From 48 Experienced SEOs

We asked you on Facebook for your best SEO advice to a newcomer, and boy did you give it to us. Here’s a wrapup of yours words of wisdom.

10 Lessons Journalists Can Teach Content Marketers

Marketers can learn a lot from the original wordsmiths, journalists. Guest writer Rebecca Flynn breaks it down.

The Metrics That Matter for SEO and Social Media

Raven CMO Jon Henshaw walks you through his recent presentation at Interactivity Digital on how Raven’s marketing team focuses on the metrics that matter.

The 82 Unlikeliest Sources to Help you Learn Online Marketing

We gathered up every “What X can teach you about Y” marketing post out there for an ultimate resource.

When SEO Takes the Blame

At some point in your marketing career, you’re going to get blamed. What then? Guest writer Melissa Fach explains.

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  • Sander

    Nice post, do you also think about an update of the roadmap soon?

    • RavenCourtney

      That’s a good idea! We have some surprises in store coming up, but it may be time to revisit the roadmap post and give some updates!

      • Sander

        Thanks for your reply, I’m curious.