Operational benchmarking was one of the “flavours of the month” for a long time in the nineties, until people realised that finding  out what the best in class were doing, then expending resources to copy them, just ensured you never caught up, and at best, were one of a number who were doing OK. 

Search Engine Optimisation strikes me a bit the same way.

Making sure you put often used terms into your posts, sites, and tweets is supposed to get you noticed, come up the top of the Google page, but at best, you will share the spot with all the others slavishly following the boring mantra of spicing up all communications with what rapidly become ‘net clichés.

The marketing challenge in the e-world is the same as in the physical one, to be noticed, you must be doing something that is sufficiently different so that at least some of the potential audience is drawn to the spot,  then you have a chance to impress with the quality of your thinking, writing, photographs, product, or whatever else it is you are there to do.

Be different, daring, creative, and stand out from the crowd.