Your SEO May Be More Important Than Your CEO -- NMI Explains the Importance of Search Engine Optimization

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Search engine optimization professionals are in high demand. For a company to be successful online, a creative SEO strategy must be implemented. This release explains the importance of an effective SEO executive.

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Your organization needs to be found when potential customers are looking for information online.

In this new media age, if a company's products or services can not be found within the first page of search engine results, they may be doomed to failure. Search engine optimization should be a major focus for any company that relies on attracting new customers.

"If your company does not have a solid search engine optimization strategy, your CEO may be looking for a new job," warned John Spagnuolo, President of the New Media Institute. "Your organization needs to be found when potential customers are looking for information online."

What is Search Engine Optimization?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art and science of optimizing a web site or specific content to be found in search engines and placed higher in natural organic search results.

Reputation Management

Companies are also using SEO when managing the reputations of brands, products and executives. When searching for a company, product or person, most people search online. Negative messaging could be at the top of search results. A good SEO strategy can boost a company's web site and messaging to the top of those results.

IT or Communications Function?

Many companies are trying to figure out where the SEO should sit in the organization. Typically, the SEO position will exist within IT or communications. "Wherever the position is filed within an organization, a good SEO executive should have both a strong technical background and strong marketing/communications skills to be able to develop an effective SEO strategy.

Learning About Search Engine Optimization

The New Media Institute holds full day workshops on search engine optimization. Registration is now open for the next workshop being held in New York City on June 20, 2008. Register @

About NMI

The New York-based New Media Institute (http: is a research and fact-finding organization whose mission is to improve public understanding of issues surrounding the Internet and other forms of new media communications. Recent white papers have focused on best practices in mobile marketing (released in partnership with Gold Mobile), and new media censorship.

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