Guest Post: John Pryor, How Rugby Taught Me Best Practices in Adapting to Evolving SEO Strategies

Enjoy this guest post from John Pryor who has turned his career from successful Rugby coach to digital strategist:

"Every industry is subject to sweeping changes from time to time, and it is indeed rare that any industry can point to any constant that has remained solidly in place over time. With regard to SEO and digital marketing, the only identifiable constant thus far has been its consistent evolution. SEO and digital marketing pros have to remain keenly aware of the changing nature of the industry and must work to develop new strategies that are highly effective and in keeping with any and all new developments.

Through research and statistical analysis, industry professionals can remain in an ideal position to generate consistently outstanding results even in the face of constant change. For John Pryor, strength and diligence regarding statistical analysis is particularly important to ensure consistency in any industry, and a number of recent stats seem to telegraph the direction in which the SEO and digital marketing industries seem to be headed.

Out of all of the currently available stats, however, one seems to stand out from all the rest: While 47 percent of digital marketing professionals recognize SEO as one of the most clearly and consistently effective strategies at their disposal, 39 percent of industry professionals also cite its difficulty in implementation. To paraphrase John Pryor, rugby and SEO are not all that different, particularly considering the fact that many recognize the importance of rugby strength and conditioning but simply do not know how to properly train for improved performance.

Clearly, the same issue is becoming increasingly apparent in the SEO industry. Digital marketers are all too aware of the efficacy of SEO but have found it difficult to keep up with all of the rapid changes that affect SEO strategy with such great frequency. While it is indeed necessary to continue to ensure that digital marketers are aware of best practices for SEO, the most ideal measure is to demonstrate how to analyze recent developments for the sake of creating new strategies for generating consistently exceptional results.

For anyone who has been able to stay ahead of the curve in SEO, this is not incredibly difficult to accomplish when there is a clear commitment to incremental adaptation. However, those who are less attuned to these consistent changes may find it difficult to completely overhaul their SEO strategy based on broader developments. In these circumstances, the importance of constant and incremental adaptation has to be reiterated and reinforced. It is especially critical to emphasize the benefit of focusing on making minor updates with increased frequency as opposed to making major updates with reduced frequency."

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Andrew Ford

Social Star, Level 4, Suite 402, 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia

Marketing expert Andrew Ford, the founder of Social Star, has discovered the secret of ‘Powerful Branding’. With a fire for unleashing people’s inner brand and developing business models to generate profit from an individual’s passions, Andrew leverages ground-breaking digital and social media marketing techniques to create digital strategies for clients to attract maximum opportunities. Having established a strong name for himself in the field, Andrew blends traditional business techniques with now-necessary tools for entrepreneurs to achieve scale, quality, and influence in their niche. Andrew’s comprehensive business background and qualifications consist of a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (RMIT 2003), a Graduate Certificate in Management (MBA Executive Program, University of Sydney 2005), and a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Swinburne University 2011). Continually on the cutting edge of his own education, Andrew has tested his marketing theories in forums such as the BCG Business Strategy Competition, which he won in 2005 against all Victorian MBA schools, and the Venture Cup Business Plan Competition (Swinburne University 2003), which he won in the Masters category. With experience working at Hewlett-Packard, Sensis (Telstra) and IBM, Andrew also has mentored dozens of junior staffs to help them achieve their professional goals. Meeting and influencing high-profile public figures helped Andrew to realise just how many professionals require more understanding and control of their public brands or appearance, and need help with the skills to use the many amazing free tools at their disposal to generate success. At Social Star, Andrew consults with clients to uncover their personal brand – both where it is today and where it can be tomorrow – and refine and define how that should be displayed in social media in order to attract their perfect target audience. Andrew mentors his clients to rapidly grow their business’ audiences, resulting in larger potential client bases and higher revenue. Applying formulas that integrate over twenty years of Andrew’s business experience and fifteen years of formal business education, Social Star specialises in building clarity and velocity for clients’ brands using the ‘Understand, Build and Leverage’ methodology. ‘Having a Personal Business enables people to have an authentic, congruent connection with their valued clients and partners, using their brand as the bridge,’ says Andrew. ‘I’m highly driven to work with the new breed of entrepreneurs and small business owners – people who have a passion for making the world a better place. Traditional business models are stepping aside as people follow their innermost dreams and my role is to see them operate within their values while creating wealth. Some people think you have to sacrifice what you love to be successful in your business, yet it is actually the opposite. Follow your passion and success will come.’ Lecturing at Swinburne University from 2009 to 2011 on brand dynamics and digital marketing, presenting at numerous conferences, and consulting to hundreds of clients, Andrew has seen his philosophy work that if you follow your unique path, based on your skills, experience, values and goals, you will automatically attract the opportunities you desire and achieve the success you deserve. Living his mantra, Andrew has created a successful business and attracts high-profile clients including musicians, athletes, authors, models, entrepreneurs, professionals and small business owners, helping them find their ‘why’ in their business and fulfilment in their lives. Business for Andrew is more than work, it’s personal. Running a personal business means that he is able to fulfil all of his values rather than separating his life from work. It supports his two boys while providing social opportunities, educational development, fitness opportunities, spiritual fulfilment and many valuable friendships. Social Star has now become the vehicle for Andrew to crystallise his mission in the world, to help people love what they do, supporting his ‘why’, that if more people loved what they did, the world would be a better place.