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CircleClick CEO Anne A. Ward to Speak at DevOps Day

June 23, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick, will be presenting an Ingite session at DevOps Days Silicon Valley tomorrow, June 17th, in Mountain View. Her topic is “Goodbye WWW, Hello GGG!”

DevopsDays is a technical conference, aimed at developers, sysadmins and anyone else involved in technology, whether expert or beginner. Truth is that agile techniques used in development have an impact on the way operations organizes its work. Similar, operations and sysadmins are becoming programmers because of the virtualization and automation trend where everything is managed through an API. Some call this phenomenon devops, others agile system administration.

Anne also spoke today at the Integrated Marketing Virtual Conference for a 30 minute session about SEO.

Anne says, “The CircleClick team has attended DevOps Days in the past and I am honored to be a speaker this year. I’m looking forward to the conference and am excited to speak about what I am passionate about in anticipation of my upcoming book.”

She recently spoke about the SEJ Summit in April, and as an IBM Futurist, she spoke last October at IBM Insight. The conference trended nationally and there were over two billion tweets with using the conference hashtag (#IBMInsight). IBM also sent Anne to #TEDatIBM in San Francisco, where she was part of a small group of folks to get the conference nationally trending. TED conferences do not allow audience members to use their electronics, with the exception of press and in this case, IBM Futurists.

Anne is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published October 2016. The book is available for preorder on Amazon.

ABOUT ANNE A. WARD

Anne Ahola Ward is an SEO, Futurist, and CEO of CircleClick Media, founded in 2009. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on the web in various functions, having mastered almost every role in web development: DBA, webmaster, developer, graphic designer, and video editor. She was a developer for 10 years, and through her love of analytics, Anne transitioned into the field of SEO as the field was forming. Anne now specializes in SEO, analytics and social media. She is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published October 2016.

Anne was named as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 27 Top Masters of Marketing and PR that everyone can learn from. In 2015, she was invited to be a part of the elite IBM Futurist program, as a Commerce Influencer. Anne has previously been a speaker at IBM Insight, PR Summit, Developer Week, and the Search Engine Journal Summit.

A Tech Conference with a Sense of Humor?

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1st — FunnyBizz Conference is out to prove business doesn’t have to be boring. Modern businesses succeed or fail based on their ability to connect with consumers through content, social media, and viral marketing. FunnyBizz is a conference dedicated to teaching those businesses the essential principles of comedy, improv and storytelling. The goal? To use humor to make an impact, add value and connect with customers on a level that not only inspires loyalty, but causes coffee to shoot out their noses.

After years of suffering through the cacophony of meaningless business-speak native to typical conferences, former marketing consultant David Nihill stopped stuffing corporate giveaways in his ears and came to a powerful conclusion: business has no idea how  to properly harness one of the most powerful tools available to mankind- humor.

“Business works better with a level of entertainment. People open emails with funny subject lines at a 5x higher rate than ones with subject lines like “Global High-Level Leadership for the Digital Enterprise.” You want people to engage with the content you spend the time and effort to put out into the world, right? We help companies do that,” Nihill said.

Science it seems is in agreement. John Medina, a biologist and author of the best-selling book Brain Rules says, “The brain doesn’t pay attention to boring things. Laughter triggers a dopamine release, which aids memory and information processing. It’s like a mental post-it note that tells your brain: remember this.”

“Today’s generation has been socialized to receive info via humor. They want infotainment, not information. They expect data to be delivered with a punchline. Whenever anyone steps on stage they become an entertainer;when they blog they’re a writer and when they market they better be shareable. One of the best ways to stand out from the noise across these mediums is to be funny,” said Nihill.

“Humor is neither understood nor embraced by most companies. Most are worried about alienating their customers. You know what’s truly alienating? Being boring,” Nihill says.

Turning funny into money.

Marketing costs money. Failing at it costs even more. FunnyBizz brings leading thinkers from the seemingly disparate worlds of comedy and business together to demonstrate the many ways humor can make any organization’s communications more powerful, effective, and above all, fun.

The next full day FunnyBizz Conference will be held Thursday June 9th, at the Chapel in San Francisco. Speakers include creative directors, humor experts, founders, content marketers, TED speakers and the Founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers.

In the words of Mark Twain, “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” If your organization has ever found itself babbling incoherently about “global leaders, leading globally,” it’s time to take up arms.  It sure beats stuffing stress balls in your ears.

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About The FunnyBizz Conference: 

FunnyBizz is the only conference of its kind, bringing leading thinkers from the seemingly disparate worlds of comedy and business together to help the world stop synergizing its value-adds and learn to find its funny. http://funnybizz.co/funnybizz-conference/

For more information on the event contact FunnyBizz Conference founder David Nihill at [email protected]

Anne A. Ward, CircleClick CEO, to Publish O’Reilly Media Book Entitled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs

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San Francisco, CA – May 9, 2016 – Anne Ahola Ward, CEO of CircleClick Media, has signed a contract with O’Reilly Media to produce a book on search engine optimization (SEO) entitled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, with an anticipated final release date of October 2016.

In this book, Ward will bring to bear her nearly 20 years of industry experience and SEO insight, deconstructing SEO theories into an understandable and practical guide. The goal of the book is aimed at problem solving and establishing new SEO programs from both a development and marketing point of view. Increasing traffic, establishing search prominence, and SEO methodologies are among the topics Ward will demystify, and she will provide real-life examples of how to incorporate and put them into practice.

“I am elated to be writing a book on SEO, a topic so near and dear to my heart,” said Ward. “I entered the field as it was becoming one and haven’t looked back since. I’m excited and proud to join the O’Reilly community. It’s an honor to share my ideas with the world from such a prestigious platform.”

In anticipation of the book, Ward recently spoke at the Search Engine Journal Summit in Santa Monica. Her topic was “SEO in the World of Mobile: What Does That Mean?” She will be speaking at future events as well to promote her book; stay tuned on CircleClick.com for speaking announcements.

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ABOUT ANNE AHOLA WARD 

Anne Ahola Ward is an SEO, Futurist, and CEO of CircleClick Media, founded in 2009. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on the web in various functions, having mastered almost every role in web development: DBA, webmaster, developer, graphic designer, and video editor. She was a developer for 10 years, and through her love of analytics, Anne transitioned into the field of SEO as it was forming. Anne now specializes in SEO, analytics and social media. She is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published October 2016.  

Anne was named as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 27 Top Masters of Marketing and PR that everyone can learn from. In 2015, she was invited to be a part of the elite IBM Futurist program, as a Commerce Influencer. Anne has previously been a speaker at IBM Insight, PR Summit, Developer Week, and the Search Engine Journal Summit.

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ABOUT O’REILLY MEDIA, INC

O’Reilly Media is an internationally recognized, multi-faceted media company that has played a seminal role in the Internet revolution. Through its books, events, online training courses, webcasts, and evangelism, O’Reilly has educated a generation of technologists and entrepreneurs and shaped the dialogue about the future direction of the industry. The company has played an enormous role in the evolution and adoption of the World Wide Web, open source software, big data, and the Maker movement. www.oreilly.com

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CircleClick CEO Anne A. Ward to Speak at SEJ Summit in April

March 1, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick, will be presenting at the Search Engine Journal (SEJ) Summit in Santa Monica on April 13, 2016. Her presentation is “SEO in the World of Mobile – What Does That Mean?” and she will provide an explanation of the latest SEO trends as they relate specifically to mobile and the Nth screen.

The SEJ Summit is a unique conference experience tailored for search marketers, and thee event features a single track of vetted, keynote-style presentations given by industry experts and over three hours of high-quality networking opportunities. Topics covered will include: SEO, paid search, social media, content marketing, CRO, UX, Google happenings, actionable tips on linking, and how to make things happen in house. She was also a speaker at SEJ Summit in 2014.

Anne has spoken about the Nth screen about previous events with a positive response from fellow panelists and attendees. As an IBM Futurist, she spoke last October at IBM Insight. The conference trended nationally and there were over two billion tweets with using the conference hashtag (#IBMInsight). IBM also recently sent Ahola Ward to #TEDatIBM in San Francisco, where she was part of a small group of folks to get the conference nationally trending. TED conferences do not allow audience members to use their electronics, with the exception of press and in this case, IBM Futurists.

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Anne says, “I’m looking forward to speaking at the Search Engine Journal conference once again. I had a tremendously fun and enriching experience a couple of years ago at the SEJ event in San Francisco, and am excited to speak about what I am passionate about in anticipation of my upcoming book.”

Anne is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled Mastering the SEO Battlefield, due to be published October 2016. More information about the SEJ Summit can be found here.

ABOUT ANNE A. WARD

Anne Ahola Ward is an SEO, Futurist, and CEO of CircleClick Media, founded in 2009. She has nearly 20 years of experience working on the web in various functions, having mastered almost every role in web development: DBA, webmaster, developer, graphic designer, and video editor. She was a developer for 10 years, and through her love of analytics, Anne transitioned into the field of SEO as the field was forming. Anne now specializes in SEO, analytics and social media. She is currently writing the next SEO book for O’Reilly, entitled SEO for Developers, due to be published October 2016.  

Anne was named as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 27 Top Masters of Marketing and PR that everyone can learn from. In 2015, she was invited to be a part of the elite IBM Futurist program, as a Commerce Influencer. Anne has previously been a speaker at IBM Insight, PR Summit, Developer Week, and the Search Engine Journal Summit.  

ABOUT SEARCH ENGINE JOURNAL

Launched in 2003, SEJ is unique in its community-based approach to search marketing content. Virtually all of our contributed articles come from real online marketing experts, both independent and in-house.

Search Engine Journal spotlights the important trends, news, strategies and personalities in the industry. We make it easier for the interactive-marketing community to collaborate and innovate its way to success.

CircleClick CEO, Anne A. Ward, to Speak at IBM Insight in Las Vegas

October 26, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – Anne Ahola Ward, CEO of CircleClick, is attending IBM Insight from October 25-28, 2015, as part of IBM’s newest Futurist class. She will be speaking on the panel “Futurists Debate Big Data Impacts on Social, Mobile and Commerce” on Tuesday, October 27th at 10:30am. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend this conference.

Ahola Ward was recently recruited to be part of an elite group of influencers in the IBM Futurist Program – not only as a member, but as a driver, amplifier, and engager in the “Future of Commerce” conversation. She is also a featured speaker on IBM Insight’s homepage:

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She says, “I am honored to be invited into this influential program for Futurists, and am excited to speak at such a prestigious conference. I am confident with my years of experience in the field that I can share some unique observations.”

IBM also recently sent Ahola Ward to #TEDatIBM in San Francisco, where she was part of a small group of folks to get the conference nationally trending. TED conferences do not allow audience members to use their electronics, with the exception of press and in this case, IBM Futurists.

IBM Insight, the premier data and analytics conference, offers a unique educational experience from business and industry solutions to deep-dive technical sessions. For more information about the conference or to watch the live stream, tune in here.

CircleClick Offices Expand into San Francisco’s Historic Hearst Building

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September 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – CircleClick Media, boutique SEO and digital media agency, has expanded its headquarters into the Hearst Building at the corner of Third and Market Streets in downtown San Francisco. Known to many locals as the former home to the San Francisco Examiner owned by George Hearst, the Hearst Building is a landmark building that has retained its unique and beautiful architectural features designed by famous architects of their time, but with modernized operating systems.

CircleClick CEO, Anne Ahola Ward, says,

Our newly expanded office means yet another milestone for CircleClick. This is our largest office expansion to date. I’ve admired the Hearst Building for years and am proud to call it CircleClick’s new headquarters.”

The CircleClick team was given a private tour by the building manager after move-in into the sub-basement where the SF Examiner’s printing presses once were, to sound-proof rooms where musicians once rented, and to the somewhat spooky room which holds the phone systems – present and past.

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The seven-story Hearst Building was originally constructed in 1898, but was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake. In 1909, construction began to rebuild it and the building officially reopened in 1911. The building boasts many of its original features and is a remarkable part of San Francisco. The CircleClick team is proud to contribute to its rich history.

Summer Intern Program to Begin in June 2015

MAY 5, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO – Beginning in June, a team of technically-focused international students will be working alongside the CircleClick team as part of a new summer intern program. The interns’ first projects will be learning about CircleClick’s main services, SEO, ASO, Analytics and Content Marketing. While the interns individual skills vary widely, they are all non-natives of the United States. The theory being that there will be a sharing of ideas between both parties.

Ideally, the learning that happens will help to further enhance the collective brain trust that CircleClick is known for.

Once a person learns how to do something or establishes a skill, it’s likely that the person will continue to do it the same way. Interns have had the opportunity to grow up with technology and use it every day to make complex tasks easier and to solve problems in new and innovative ways. While it takes some effort to create an internship program, but it will no doubt help the company to improve and expand horizons.

According to CEO of CircleClick, Anne A. Ward,

I’ve always believed that a crucial part of learning is teaching. This is a big step for the CircleClick team and we are thrilled to start working with these exceptional students. I’m confident that working with CircleClick and our partners will provide invaluable experience for the interns and we are privileged to work with them as well.”

The interns will work with CircleClick throughout the summer on a variety of projects yet to be determined. Stay tuned to find out how the interns are progressing!

If you are interested in becoming a student of SEO, ASO or Analytics and have the necessary fundamentals, please send an email to interns at CircleClick dot com with your resume and two professional references.

 

Wearable World’s Technology Startups Win Third Annual PitchMyHouse.com Contest for SXSW Interactive

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March 11, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – The third annual Pitchmyhouse.com contest is now closed and the winners are Kyle Ellicot and Rose Dawudiak-Rapagnani of Wearable World, Patrick Henshaw of Strap, Greg Summerlin of Arrive, Yaser Masoudnia of WiActs, John Valiton of Playtabase and Joanna Montgomery of Little Riot.

Wearable World is a media, technology, and accelerator company in the Wearable and the Internet of Things (IoT) space dedicated to supporting startups, educating brands, and informing the population on how wearable technology will change their lives. The startups who won are incubated in Wearable World’s program and range from providing deep connections to long distance partners via a wearable device to enabling gesture control with the Internet of Things.

The concept behind the contest was to pitch Austin home owner and CircleClick CEO Anne A. Ward with a plan to promote either MobileFOMO, a mobile marketing blog in which she is editor-in-chief, or Social Rundown, her new social media reporting tool, at SXSW Interactive 2015. The folks with the best pitches have been declared the winners and are staying at her Austin home during SXSW Interactive free of charge.

Some entries simply blew me away,” Ward says. “The most ‘out there’ pitch was for taco coupons, and during last year’s contest someone offered to be my personal bagpiper. But I am truly excited to be hosting these incredibly creative professionals at my house and seeing what they bring to the table.

2014 winners were Change.org, Helpshift, The Loveumentary and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, otherwise known as McLovin’, and his band The Young Rapscallions. Funny or Die also won for the second consecutive year and published a piece mentioning the MobileFOMO house party with Pitch My House winners and many other notable guests. In 2013, Funny or Die created relevant and funny tweets for their audience of over 7.8 million Twitter followers and also certainly provided great company.

Some recent criticism of SXSW has been that it is too commercial. The Pitch My House contest is a move away from that. It was designed to spark innovation while providing people with a place to stay, especially given the fact that a major reason people do not attend SXSW now is the expense and inconvenience of hotel accommodations in Austin.

Teams of up to six were allowed to enter, but majority of entries ranged in size from about 1 to 3 people. Most contestants were looking to stay during interactive rather than music or film. As far as pitches, the most common was to provide MobileFOMO with social media assistance, specifically strategy.

“We received lots of entries this year but these pitches stood out for many reasons,” says Ward, “I’m inspired to work with these individuals and to see what we can accomplish together at SXSW.”

About MobileFOMO

MobileFOMO began in November of 2012 when founder Anne A. Ward noticed that most online tech magazines covering ‘mobile’ are covering the basic aspects such as hardware, apps, etc. We think this coverage is great, but there is a whole world of possibility out there for the mobile marketer of today. FOMO has got your back. MobileFOMO was founded in late 2012 with the assumption that mobile marketing is going to be big (it already is) and we don’t want anyone to feel held back by a Fear Of Missing Out, aka FOMO. Forming a mobile marketing strategy has many facets to it and we are here to help.

About Social Rundown  

Social Rundown is the solution to your social media reporting needs. While many company’s embark upon launching social media programs, very few understand how to rate the effectiveness. This affordable, all-inclusive and customizable platform allows you to create branded reports to give your company or clients the information necessary to understand and initiate effective social media strategies. Lead by an agency owner and former web developer, the Social Rundown team is in a unique position to understand the type of social reporting that agencies want while attaining the necessary skill sets to bring those reports to life.

 

3rd Annual Pitch My House Contest Now Open for Submissions

February 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – South by Southwest (SXSW) has long been the hub of creativity and innovation. Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick and Austin native, is committed to inspiring that innovative nature by providing people with a place to stay through her 3rd annual contest, Pitch My House, now accepting proposals for 2015 SXSW Interactive.

With SXSW only 5 weeks away, many people are seeking very limited accommodations during the Interactive portion of the festival from March 13-17, 2015. The past two contests have focused on building awareness around and promoting her mobile marketing blog, MobileFOMO, but this year the contest is taking a new direction. Ward and her team are in the beginning phases of building Social Rundown, a customized social media reporting application. Ward explains,

As the owner of an agency and as a developer, I am in a unique position to recognize what current social media reporting tools are missing, how they can be optimized, and also, how to build them. Ultimately this will help not only my own agency, but other agencies who are seeking to provide customized, all-inclusive, affordable reports to their clients.”

Ward is seeking applicants who will be able to help with marketing, engineering, or any other creative way they think will help with this project. Those with the best idea(s) win a free place to stay at Ward’s four bedroom, two bathroom house in Austin for up to 5 days during the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival. The winner(s) will be announced early March. Read More »

Anne A. Ward Named in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “27 Masters of Marketing and PR Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From”

October 27, 2014- San Francisco, CA – Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick, has been named as one of the “27 Masters of Marketing and PR Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From” by Entrepreneur Magazine. The list, in no particular order, highlights the marketing and PR professionals who have achieved success in this challenging field by showcasing the same necessary fundamentals:

  • Willingness to learn and try new things
  • Patience with people
  • A strong sense of pride in what they do
  • Always able to overcome adversity

Coming in at number seven, Entrepreneur regards Ward as “an author and entrepreneur who understands what it takes to succeed in the business world. She has quite a few publications, including her most popular ones “7 Reasons Why You Have to Fire Yourself” and “Desktop is Dead, not SEO.” She knows what works in online marketing and shares tons of tips.”

“I am very honored to be considered someone who others can learn from, especially in such a challenging field. I hope to continue to be an inspiration in the future,” said Ward, “Plus, I am in some great company on this list.”

To read more about each mastermind featured, check out the “27 Marketing and PR Professionals Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From” article in full.

ABOUT ANNE A. WARD

Anne A. Ward has 15 years of experience developing business on the web. She is a Futurist, Growth Hacker and Co-founder of CircleClick Media. Established in 2009, CircleClick Media is a full service digital agency providing web development, SEO, social media and PR with a focus on lead generation. As an early entrant into the field of search engine optimization, Anne has helped many clients monetize their SEO programs. She has helped clients to exceed their previous lead generation goals. More recently Anne has been focusing on mobile marketing and customer acquisition for b2b tech companies.

Ward has contributed to and been interviewed by Search Engine Journal several times, including:

How to Not Be Offended by Algorithms

The Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Content Management

How to Not Be a Remarketing Creeper

“The Desktop (not SEO!) is Officially Dead” and Other Matters: @annebot of @CircleClick