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Marketers say creating relevant content is the most effective search engine optimization (SEO) tactic, according to recent research from Ascend2.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in November 2016 of 256 marketers (45% of whom work for B2B-focused companies, 36% for B2C-focused companies, and 19% for hybrid companies).

Some 57% of respondents say relevant content creation is a highly effective SEO tactic.

Other top tactics cited are keyword/phrase research (49% cite as highly effective), social media integration (39%), and external/internal linking (36%).

Marketers say the most difficult to execute SEO tactics are relevant content creation (48% cite it as one of the most difficult to execute), external/internal linking (45%), keyword/phrase research (35%), and increasing webpage load speed (32%).

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in November 2016 of 256 marketers (45% of whom work for B2B-focused companies, 36% for B2C-focused companies, and 19% for hybrid companies).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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