Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn Gets Elevated, Foursquare Gets Pinpointed, The Firehose Gets Cut Off

Ben Brausen on Apr 17th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Content Creation VS Content Sharing

Content Creation vs. Content Sharing [INFOGRAPHIC] - If there were a magic wand to conquer the online content strategy, most, if not all, would give it a wave–or two. Unfortunately, there is no one magical solution to mastering your brand’s online presence, but there are a few ways you can revitalize it. See what content creation and content sharing can do for you. Social Media Today

Facebook, Twitter to Claim a Third of Display Ads in Two Years - A new forecast from eMarketer sees the two leading social networks claiming some $14 billion in display ad spending in two years, or nearly 34% of the estimated $37 billion category. Facebook will account for the major portion of those sales, booking $10 billion to Twitter’s $4 billion. eMarketer sees Facebook display revenues almost doubling Google’s in 2015, $6.8 billion to $3.5 billion. Direct Marketing News

Lee Odden

An Authoritative Interview with Podcast Master Jerod Morris, VP of Rainmaker.FM

Lee Odden on Apr 16th, 2015     Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Jerod Morris Interview

Who is Jerod Morris?  I think that’s an important question and one deserving of a public answer because if you’re in the online marketing and especially, the podcasting world, you need to know Jerod.

So let’s get started. Jerod (@JerodMorris) is part of a small team that plans, produces, and markets the content for Rainmaker.FM, Copyblogger’s digital marketing podcast network. He hosts two shows on the network: The Lede and The Showrunner and also develops new shows. Jerod speaks regularly at industry conferences and produces Rainmaker Platform webinars. Simply put, Jerod is an Authority on podcasting and Rainmaker for Copyblogger Media.

As part of our ongoing series for the Authority Rainmaker conference, check out this interview where Jerod provides a view into his start and success with podcasting including tips, examples and some insights into the top talent at Copyblogger Media.

Lee Odden

Four Ways CMOs Can Differentiate & Optimize Their Content Marketing Strategy

Lee Odden on Apr 15th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

CMO content marketing

Content isn’t King, it’s the Kingdom

Taking inventory of the content we’ve produced over the past 10+ years, I realized I’ve written 1.4 million words myself on this blog as well as a book and numerous articles for industry publications.

Looking to the future of our own content marketing strategy and the need for more visually creative, data-informed and cross platform content that’s highly specialized for our audience, it’s clear that simply creating “more” content isn’t the answer.

I’m not alone in that assessment after having the opportunity to discuss pressing content marketing challenges with a group of CMOs and senior marketing executives recently. Thinking about some of these key issues, I think there are 3 key trends in the content marketing world to be aware of:

Lee Odden

Content vs. Advertising – Is There Really A Debate?

Lee Odden on Apr 13th, 2015     Content Marketing

content marketing advertising

Recording last night’s BeanCast, Altruism or Consumerism, hosted by the talented Bob Knorpp brought up the topic of Content Marketing and whether paid placement of content is just advertising – among many other topics from Dove to Amazon Dash.

This content vs. ad question was inspired by commentary from Mitch Joel in his post, Your Content Is Kidding No One where he states, “if you have to pay to have it placed, it’s not content. It’s an ad.”

While I agree with what Mitch says in the post in terms of brands failing to create engaging, share-worthy and conversation-starting content, I’m not on board with the pay to play statement.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: No Millennial Trust, LinkedIn Gets Lynda, 5 Years Of YouTube Ads

Ben Brausen on Apr 10th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Visually Appealing Content

Content With Relevant Images gets 94% More Views [Infographic] - Do you want more eyes on your online content? It could be as simple as adding a photo or a video to your post. Visual storytelling is incredibly powerful. The good folks a Quicksprout recently published an infographic (below) outlining a few stats suggesting just how important “the visual” is on social media. Quicksprout

Facebook Launches Messenger For Web Browsers - Facebook offers web users separate messaging option, but has no plans to remove chat from main desktop experience. Marketing Land

84 Percent of Millennials Don’t Trust Traditional Advertising - Social media has changed the way brands engage with their consumers, say marketing experts from Crowdtap, Weight Watchers, and MRY, who believe brands must put people at the heart of their marketing strategy to create authentic social content. ClickZ

Lee Odden

A Dangerous Threat to Your Small Business: Mediocrity.

Lee Odden on Apr 9th, 2015     Online Marketing, Small Business

Einstein

I think it’s safe to say that no one starts a new venture or a business simply to be average. There’s a drive, a passion and a vision of possibilities. There’s also confidence that great things can be achieved.

People who start new companies often risk a great deal with substantial investments in time and money to make their ideas a reality. Having some skin in the game also drives many entrepreneurs to succeed because it’s all they have.

Seasoned employees who join a small business also take some risks. But at the same time, they can have a substantial impact on the company through the investment of their experience and skills.

But what if you don’t have that kind of risk or investment at stake? What motivation is there to rise above the minimum?

Lee Odden

Content Marketing Tools A to Z That You Can Use in 2015 and Beyond

Lee Odden on Apr 8th, 2015     Content Marketing

content marketing tools 2015

Tools are only as effective as the skills of the person using them.

In a world of digital marketing that’s 24/7 with ubiquitous connectivity from anywhere, anytime, marketers’ need for tools is greater than ever. Content Marketing in particular offers a competitive landscape where the effectiveness and efficiency offered by the right mix of tools can make the difference between feast or famine.

There are many categories for content marketing tools since content and consumer pursuit of information are the backbone of the web experience. Here are some of the content marketing tool categories that come to mind (not too different than a high level list of marketing tools actually).

  • Content Planning
  • Content Research
  • Content Creation
  • Content Curation
  • Content Distribution
  • Content Promotion
Emily Bacheller

Best Practices for Video Marketing on Social Networks from Cisco, SAP & Bally Switzerland

Emily Bacheller on Apr 7th, 2015     Social Media, Visual Marketing

video marketing social networks

Driven by consumers’ insatiable appetite for video content, video marketing has become an important part of social media marketing. With platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram launching their own video applications, videos can be optimized for success beyond web pages and YouTube to where customers are actively seeking, consuming and sharing video content: social networks.

Whether you’re a video marketing pro, or unsure of where to begin, here are several useful tips for launching video marketing campaigns on multiple social networks.

But first…

Is Video Marketing Really Worth It?

Internet users have been watching videos to entertain or inform themselves for decades, but most marketers are only now beginning to take advantage of the power of video marketing. Video is becoming increasingly democratic, with self-service video editing programs making it so that you don’t have to have deep pockets or a degree in cinematography to create an effective marketing video.

Lee Odden

Not Happy With Your Business Blog Performance? Try These 5 Tips:

Lee Odden on Apr 6th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing

business blogging tips

For many companies, blogging is akin to content marketing. Of course there are many other content marketing tactics besides blogging, but because of the ease of publishing, promotion and optimization, it’s one of the more popular ways to connect with customers through content.

And yet there are challenges for many of the businesses that rely on blogging as an essential part of their content marketing mix. If you’re not happy with the performance of your business blog, here are 5 basic, yet often overlooked steps for making your blogging more effective.

1. Revisit Your Blogging Goals

Of course you’ve set goals for your blog. But how long ago was that? When was the last time you revisited those goals?

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Twitter Gets Curating, Happy Birthday Pinterest!, Facebook Gets Riffing

Ben Brausen on Apr 3rd, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Evolution Of Keyword Tools

The Evolution of Keyword Research Tools [Infographic] - Keywords, phrases and topics are at the heart of search engine marketing. In a sense, words are the backbone of the Internet because without them, websites wouldn’t likely exist. Every website is built on “keywords” and topics. Check out this infographic to see how things have changed over time. Search Engine Journal

Link Encoding Goes Mobile With Deep Links From Bitly - As the market for apps gets more saturated, tracking impressions across platforms becomes harder. Companies like Facebook and Google have been competing to bring the best solution for tracking deeplinks. This week, Bitly announced its own linking encoding answer to the deeplink challenge. SocialTimes

Emily Bacheller

Social Media Marketing Case Studies: Learning Moments and Key Takeaways From #SMBMSP76

Emily Bacheller on Apr 2nd, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media

TopRank at #smbmsp76

Here at TopRank Online Marketing, we believe in the power of collaborative learning. Our team members’ backgrounds in diverse aspects of marketing; including PR, communications and SEO; allow us to work together to manage all aspects of digital marketing for our clients, including social media marketing.

However, the social media marketing industry is unique, in that the majority of social media expertise is learned from experience: either ours or that of our peers. That’s why we love attending industry events to get the scoop on creative new social media marketing best practices.

One such event is Social Media Breakfast, which is hosted in downtown Minneapolis’ 514 Studios. Last week, eight TopRank employees attended a Social Media Breakfast session on social media case studies that explored some inventive social media campaigns that local marketers are running for their B2B and B2C customers.

Brooke Furry

Social Media Marketing World 2015: Memorable Moments & Top Takeaways #SMMW15

Debbie Friez and Brooke Furry at Social Media Marketing World 2015

They say that the third time’s the charm. According to the word on the street (and our own opinions), Social Media Marketing World 2015 may have been the best party Michael Stelzner and his team have thrown since the conference’s inaugural event in 2013.

Three of TopRank Online Marketing’s team members – Debbie Friez, Brooke Furry, and of course Lee Odden – flew out to this year’s event in gorgeous San Diego. Hanging out in SoCal definitely makes you want to wear sandals and sit in the sun – which made us ecstatic, coming from still-snowy Minnesota.

But we didn’t completely enter vacation mode. Our goal was to make friends, increase our social know-how, and mingle with fellow marketers. Lee gave a presentation Friday afternoon entitled “Repurpose on Purpose: Personalized Content for your Target Audience,” while Debbie and Brooke live blogged and tweeted the event’s top takeaways.