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The SEO Battlefield, Anne A. Ward’s Book to be published this April

Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick, will be publishing a book on April 25, 2017. The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs is a guide for navigating the ever-changing landscape of search engine optimization (SEO). No matter the size of the company, whether it’s a startup or a large corporation, SEO can make or break a business and knowing the best practices is crucial to survival.

“When used correctly, SEO can be a powerful tool that gives companies a competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Anne A. Ward. “I am excited that my book will be released soon and hope that businesses of all sizes will benefit from the methodologies I outline in my book.”

There are a number of tools that can give players an advantage in the SEO game. Anne shares the tactics she has amassed over the last 20 years as an SEO expert. SEO Battlefield gives readers the building blocks to spot the latest search trends, develop an SEO mindset that will help create campaigns that generates traffic, and to develop a site with SEO in mind. Anne provides examples of successful SEO cases and instances where companies could have applied SEO techniques that boost their marketing efforts.

Since the announcement of her book, Anne has done two signings at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is scheduled to appear in San Francisco, California, Houston, Texas, and New York, New York later in the year. Follow SEObattlefield.com to receive notifications when the book is published, or preorder on Amazon today to get a 1st Edition copy.

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.

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 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. http://www.oreilly.com

CircleClick CEO Anne A. Ward to moderate Panel at IBM Interconnect

Anne A. Ward, CircleClick CEO, moderated a talk at IBM InterConnect on March 20, 2017, in Las Vegas. She will also be attending the conference as an influencer.

The panel she moderated is titled, “The Power of Enterprises and Startups Collaborating in IBM Innovation Spaces.” Three CEOs, Tanya Seajay from Orenda Software Solution, Inc, Olivia Simmons from ConferenceCloud, and  Yulia Vasilyeva from InteLocate, come together to share how IBM is helping Startups and enterprises partner up to test out new ideas.

IBM InterConnect takes place from March 19 to 23, where attendees can explore the internet of things, cloud-computing and more. Featuring speakers such as the actor and philanthropist, Will Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty, President, and CEO of H&R Block, Bill Cobb, and Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, InterConnect has a smorgasbord of content for everyone.

Anne has spoken at other IBM conferences in the past, including the 2016 IBM World of Watson Conference, also in Las Vegas, where she gave a talk on how the Internet of Thing has impacted business.

Anne is publishing her first book The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs for O’Reilly Media. The book can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com and is expected to be released by April 14, 2017.

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, titled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published early 2017.

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 IBM

IBM is a multinational technology company based out of Armonk, New York with business operations in more than 170 countries worldwide.  IBM’s Watson famously won Jeopardy against two famous winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, taking the $1 million prize.  IBM manufactures and markets a wide range of technology hardware while offering hosting and consulting services to customers. IBM employs more than 380,000 employees who have won multiple Nobel Prizes, Turing Awards, National Medals of Technology, and National Medals of Science.

Anne A. Ward to Speak at World of Watson Conference

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Anne A. Ward, CircleClick CEO, will be presenting at IBM World of Watson on October 24, 2016 in Las Vegas. She will also be attending the conference as an influencer.

Anne’s presentation, titled, “The Internet of Now: Connecting Businesses, Bots, Things and People” will highlight the many ways that the Internet of Things is having an impact on business today and looking far into the future. She is also an IBM Internet of Things Futurist, predicting the next trends and technologies that will propel us into the future.

IBM World of Watson takes place from October 24- 27 and will showcase the power of data, analytics, and cognitive understanding. Featuring speakers such as three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Thomas Friedman, the U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., and Yizhak Peterburg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceuticals, there is something for everyone at World of Watson.

Anne has spoken at other IBM conferences in the past, including the 2015 IBM Insight Conference, also in Las Vegas, where she was a member in the discussion “Futurists Debate Big Data Impacts on Social, Mobile and Commerce” again looking to the future and what it may hold. She plans to attend Web Summit in Portugal in November, also as an influencer.

Anne is currently writing The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs for O’Reilly Media, due to be published January 2017. The book can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com.

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, titled The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published early 2017.

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 IBM

IBM is a multinational technology company based out of Armonk, New York with business operations in more than 170 countries worldwide.  IBM’s Watson famously won Jeopardy against two famous winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, taking the $1 million prize.  IBM manufactures and markets a wide range of technology hardware while offering hosting and consulting services to customers. IBM employs more than 380,000 employees who have won multiple Nobel Prizes, Turing Awards, National Medals of Technology, and National Medals of Science.

CircleClick CEO Anne A. Ward to Present at Search Engine Journal Webinar

August 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – Anne A. Ward, CEO of CircleClick, will be presenting at the Search Engine Journal webinar on August 24th. Her presentation is “SEO in the World of Mobile” and she will provide an explanation of the latest SEO trends as they relate specifically to mobile and the Nth screen.

Anne has spoken about the Nth screen about previous events with a positive response from fellow panelists and attendees. She recently spoke in April at the Search Engine Journal Summit in Santa Monica about a similar topic. As an IBM Futurist, she also 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 The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs, due to be published early 2017.  

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 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.