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Slides from SMX West presentation. Covers in-house SEO, project management, Agile methodology, maturity model for Agile adoption, and how to execute on Agile internally. Follow me at @davelloyd1

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Acrobat XI SEO Launch Plan

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SMX - Agile Marketing - Dec 13, 2012

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Dave Lloyd Senior Manager, Global Search Marketing

Global team delivering Organic & Site Search strategies for all Adobe products Team charter

Deliver industry best practices Drive KPI-focused results Align with Marketing Cloud product teams

@davelloyd1

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"Business has only two basic functions: marketing and innovation. Peter Drucker

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Learning Organizations Agile

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The only sustainable competitive advantage is your organizations ability to learn faster than the competition. Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, 1990

http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html (2001)

2004

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2nd Law of Thermodynamics

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Over time, all systems naturally move toward chaos.

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Optimize team focus to SEO signals

SEO Algorithm Team Priorities

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Challenging of adapting quickly

Penguin

Panda

Schema.org

Google+

Href Alt Lang

Authorship

Knowledge Graph

Canonical

Not Provided

Digital Customers

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Big Data

Adobe Analytics

Google Analytics

SEOMoz

Majestic

ScreamingFrog

Countless Plug-Ins

SEO Dashboards (BrightEdge, Conductor, Covario, Search Metrics)

Adapt how

Adapt to Adapt with

Smarter thinking

More resources

Learning faster

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Common Pain Points in Organizations

Dont know the strategy

Not moving fast enough

Not aligned and on the same page

Not improving efficiency

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Agile is a proven & repeatable process over 12 years

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Being Customer Centric INSPIRES Product Vision &

Sustainable Project Plan

Teams EXECUTE & ITERATE on simple,

short, and incremental Sprints (2 weeks)

Sprint Learnings & Customer Feedback INFORM next Sprint

deliverables

Project Plan REQUIRES Agile-aligned Lean

Teams

Quick Fixes Immediate Gratification Limit Big Problems Always be WIPing

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Maturity model for Agile Marketing adoption

Modified Agile

Weekly Scrum meetings

Consistent Sprints

Shared accountability

Optional daily stand-ups

Optional user stories

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Agile Methodology + Scrum

Full stakeholder alignment

ScrumMaster leads daily stand-ups

Customer feedback loop

Basic Project Management

Clear goals

Defined owners

Agreed on deliverable dates

Integrated Project Management

Shared ownership & KPIs

Regular meetings

Getting Things Done mentality between groups

Firm Loose Stakeholder Commitment

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Our Basic Methodology

Benefits Adaptable Collaborative Accountable Organized Celebrate Quick

Wins Weekly

Twice-weekly stand up meetings 1. what you did? 2. what youre doing? 3. challenges?

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#1: Quarterly Project Planning (Be Agile or Be Tactical)

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CHALLENGE 200+ major projects on the SEO teams project list Difficult to determine which projects are a priority High task & people dependency Multiple tools being used to manage projects within the same team

SOLUTION

Quarterly half-day planning meetings to prioritize projects Weekly Sprint planning meetings to discuss tasks completed, next steps, obstacles Standardized project templates for large SEO projects Usage of project management tools (i.e. Acrobat.com, AtTask)

BENEFITS Completed 183 projects based on Revenue Impact & Team Priority Easier to justify project priority with Stakeholders Management insight into timeline & resource management Quicker project planning due to standardized project planning templates & tools

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#2: Domain Migration (Be Agile or Be Overwhelmed)

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CHALLENGE Executive Directive Migrate 15 Acquired-Company Domains 6 Months

SOLUTION

Dedicated cross-functional team Sprints every 2 weeks Continued learning & agility Used shared real-time platform (Acrobat.com)

BENEFITS Every SEO best practice incorporated Aligned to CEO & CMO vision On time & under budget

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#3: Product Launch Planning (Be Agile or Be Behind)

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CHALLENGE Product Launch 73 unique SEO projects

SOLUTION

List and categorize all projects Prioritize projects (each team member prioritizes by assigning a 1, 2, or 3) Revenue Impact (each team member has input into each project High, Med, Low) Impact (each team member categorizes each project by Impact High, Med, Low) Each project categorized by size (i.e. XL, L, M, S) Assign Owners & Completion Date to each project Highest prioritized projects are transferred into smaller project plans.

These are broken into tasks that are reviewed in weekly sprint planning meetings BENEFITS

Hyper-responsive to frequent content updates & review cycles Excellent results aligned to BU goals Retrospective/Post-Mortem what worked, what didnt, whats applicable to future

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Project Planning using AtTask

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Watch out for

Perfection or over-complicating

It doesnt have to be perfect, it just has to get started

Be sophisticated with recommendations. Execute on doable tasks

DO NOT boil the organizational ocean

Execute first on your team stakeholder alignment is not critical at first

Ineffective process

Must have: 1. Weekly Scrum meeting & 2. Projects have a 2 week deadline

Daily stand-up - critical for complete visibility, not always realistic

Constant sprinting without a pause every 2 weeks

Otherwise the pace is not sustainable

Scope creep

New requests & requirements added to the bottom of the queue for reconsideration

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Meet someone new

2 minutes

End

1 minute each

Whats keeping you from using Agile in your org?

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Resources

http://www.slideshare.net/jcolman/agile-marketing-4-principles-and-13-hacks-seomoz-mozcon-2012

http://chiefmartec.com/2012/06/everything-is-marketing-everyone-must-be-agile/

http://blogs.gartner.com/jake-sorofman/is-agile-the-last-remaining-competitive-advantage/

http://blogs.gartner.com/jake-sorofman/agile-isnt-just-for-geeks-anymore/

http://searchengineland.com/have-you-adopted-agile-marketing-yet-2-127247

http://www.customerthink.com/blog/everything_is_marketing_everyone_must_be_agile

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White Paper Valtech & Adobe

http://www.valtech.com/agile-marketing-new-imperative

Principles of Agile apply to any discipline that operates in conditions of complexity, uncertainty and change. 5 years from now, Agile will broadly influence Marketing departments

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Key Takeaways

Carve out time with team to generate a thorough shared project list

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Filter on Team-driven AND Revenue-focused priorities

Commit to overcome Entropy of your projects

Innovate & start on yourself first with Agile principles - then immediate team

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Dave Lloyd Senior Manager, Global Search Marketing

Thank you!

@davelloyd1 slideshare.net/dalloyd

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SMX - Agile Marketing - Dec 13, 2012Slide Number 2Slide Number 3Learning Organizations Agile2nd Law of ThermodynamicsOptimize team focus to SEO signalsChallenging of adapting quicklyCommon Pain Points in OrganizationsAgile is a proven & repeatable process over 12 yearsMaturity model for Agile Marketing ado