5 things I’ve learned at SMXL 2017

SMXL 2017

First, I’ve learned that the Italian SEO community is small circle of badass experts, has a huge reputation and is super respected internationally. I’ve met lots of incredible SEO folks and I’ve attended so many great sessions. The level of SEO knowledge here is just impressive. I’ve learned a lot, and I invite all of you (the 5 readers of this blog) to get to the SMXL site and to look for the presentation decks once they will be made available. Some were really remarkable. Hat tip to the Italian SEO community.

Second, I’ve learned that the folks who have organised this event are a small team of professionals who have put a lot of passion with the event organisation and have made something special with a very personal touch. Yes, there might be some space for improvement, but what on earth hasn’t things to be improved? Well done, Sante and team. And thanks again for having me as part of SMXL speakers lineup.

Third, I have learned that most of the Italians attending were super-fluent in English and the simultaneous translation was used mainly by non-Italians to understand local speakers. And I was very proud of it.

Fourth, I’ve learned that very few speakers have addressed content marketing or content strategy as a topic; and that there is still a lot of confusion about content and social media. Social media are a content distribution channel. One of the many. Without a solid content strategy you won’t go anywhere. But still many presenters addressed social media as they were the atomic particles of their strategy. That should be content, instead.

Fifth, I’ve learned that there are still social media stars in Italy. They talk about stuff like hashtag, impressions and viral things. One session was even called “meet the media stars”… And the worst thing was that I saw many youngsters taking selfies with them (while they’d have spent a much better time attending SEO sessions).

Finally, my session. I’ve learned that after presenting so many times in English, I need to make a much better job whenever I switch to Italian, which ironically is my mother language. Also, I’ve learned that the topic (how to apply principles of psychology to design, content and social media) has generated lot of interest, questions and contacts. The deck is here (http://bit.ly/psychologysmxl) just in case you want to have a look.

Strange days

Strange days. Strange weeks, the last four weeks. Many changes. Good and bad changes, but let’s (always) try to see things from the positive side.

Lot of content marketing strategy projects. Different firms. Different sectors. Different scenarios. Technology. Finance. Industry. This is just fascinating.

Investigating new domains too. Design, psychology and human behavior. This is what I am going to present, for the first time, next week in Milan. Moving away from global content strategy stuff – but just momentarily.

I miss spending time with my girls but I know that there will be a time when things will change and I will recover all time lost.

Strange days are not always bad days. You need to stop. View things from all available perspectives. And learn.

Psychology of Design, Content Marketing and Social Media

Really becoming mad with this stuff. The more I read about the topic, the more passionate I become. Applying psychology elements and influence principles to content marketing and social media design (in general: to web design) is probably the most advanced marketing technique I have ever tested. I will talk about the argument in details in Milan in a few weeks @SMXL17. Hope to see you there.

Meeting old and new friends in Milan

Just posted this short note on LinkedIn and now using my blog to let all of you (the few readers) know that I will be in Milan on 13/15 of November as a speaker of SMXL Search and Social Media Conference Milan! Specifically I will talk about how to use psychology of design to attract new audience, transforming good into epic content marketing & social media.  If you are in town that week and want to have a chat, just let me know!  : )

New Lonely Planet Destinations

The new Lonely Planet beta destinations pages are simply gorgeous. The full story of the new redesign can be found here. Via Medium.

Photography is one of the most effective tools in helping people understand a destination. That’s why we’ve developed new partnerships with wonderful people like 500px to help us surface the best travel images on the web. Each destination page begins with photography that tells a story of the location.