Core Web Vitals and Why Care with @Brad_Bauer #vcbuzz

Core Web Vitals and Why Care with @Brad_Bauer #vcbuzz

“Core Web Vitals” is a weird word combination we have heard a lot this year.

No, it is not a medical term, thankfully.

But what are Core Web Vitals and how will the related Google’s search update impact the search industry? Let’s discuss!

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About @Brad_Bauer

@Brad_Bauer is digital marketing leader with expert level knowledge of strategies & tactics in Programmatic, SEM, SEO, paid social, affiliate, content, and retail channels marketing.

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Questions we discussed

Q1 How (and when) did you become a digital marketer? Please share your career story!

I started very early – 1995/1996. I remember when Netscape Launched and when 14.4KBPS was as fast as your connection could be. Yep, I’m super old.

I saw a lot in those days & was in the thick of the run-up to the first dot-com explosion and ultimate implosion.

We had a front-row seat to a lot of really cool things (which seem mundane now), having spent my formative years at USWeb, which later became marchFirst before spectacularly imploding – a lot of those people are still friends today.

I learned a lot from people like @vkellen & @LorenMcDonald – watched @jason become well…whatever he is now, through his Silicon Alley email newsletter antics and so much more

That experience plus working with people like @phixed, @sspencer and so many others over the years really provided a rich experience professionally & helped me get to where I am today, leading the digital marketing team @IAA_Auctions

Q2 Is there a way to explain “core web vitals” in a way everyone can understand? And why should we care?

I talk to Sr Exec’s about topics like this all the time so being able to break it down to “everyone can understand” is a key part of my job

Core web vitals about providing outstanding user experience – fast page loads, ease of user interactions, and stability of a page, visually – that last one is a bit more challenging than the others for a lot of companies, given today’s technical environments.

100% tools are nothing without people to interpret the results

More on that stability thing – web personalization (as ONE example) has been around for a long time but, its still not great when it comes to “stable” user experiences so our friends at Google are pushing on that – its not the only reason or example though.

Q3 How to check your site core web vitals?

There are a TON of tools out there that claim to help measure CWV but I trust Google’s view

Search Console and smart humans doing analysis is always more valuable IMHO than 3rd party tools. If you need or want a tool, Google’s Lighthouse is free and does the job.

Humans know your technical environments and business environments – tools don’t necessarily know the intricacies of the org

If you need or want a tool, Google’s Lighthouse is free and does the job – in conjunction with GSC, you’re pretty close to good, tools wise

Q4 Is there a way to improve your core web vitals without turning to a developer?

Of course there are ways to improve without investing in dev time. However, if you have an enterprise-scale transactional website, like we do @IAA_Auctions you’re going to have to engage your development teams, design teams and likely infrastructure teams too.

If you’re using WordPress, SquareSpace or Shopify you’re going to need to stay on top of a wide variety of things.

Q5 What are your favorite technical SEO tools?

My favorite technical SEO tools are actually not tools at all – rather, smart humans that have been solving sticky technical & business problems for a LONG time.

We rely on @jillkocher and her team @JumpFly to help. We also use @screamingfrog, @semrush, and a few others [beyond our GA360 data and Google Search Console Data] but, tools are highly personal to a lot of marketers and there really is no one-size-fits-all.

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