Lee Odden

B2B Marketers Are Way Behind on Influencer Marketing and Here’s the Solution

Lee Odden on Mar 22nd, 2017     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing

B2B Influencer Marketing Catch Up

Influencer Marketing is a hot topic, but what is really working, what isn’t and what are the future trends for marketers? Those are the questions we set out to answer in the research report: Influence 2.0: The Future of Influencer Marketing.

With analysis from Brian Solis of Altimeter and a research partnership between Traackr and my agency TopRank Marketing, enterprise marketers in North America and Europe were asked about the role of influence including ranking their influencer marketing maturity level.

31% of B2C marketers reported that they are experimenting with influencer marketing and 48% are running ongoing programs. This is in contrast to B2B marketers where a greater number (49%) were still experimenting and only 11% were running ongoing influencer programs.

Why does this mean B2B marketers are behind?

Caitlin Burgess

12 Helpful Tips for Effectively Using Social Media at Events

Caitlin Burgess on Mar 21st, 2017     Social Media

From industry conferences to professional summits to intimate roundtables, most of us marketers have attended at least one real-world event to learn, be inspired, represent our brands, and network with one another.

And after attending the 2016 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum last fall, I can tell you one thing’s for sure: The face-to-face time you get with industry thought leaders, peers, customers, and prospects at these real-life events is simply priceless. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about your digital tools—especially social media—to make the absolute most out of your attendance.

With that said, as TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden, and team members Ashley Zeckman and Josh Nite, prepare to head off to Social Media Marketing World in sunny San Diego, CA this week—what better time to highlight some tips on effectively utilizing social media to engage, connect, and build personal and brand awareness at an event?

Lee Odden

50 Social Media Marketing Influencers to Follow in 2017 #SMMW17

Social Media Marketing Influencers SMMW17

The topic of Social Media Influence has really taken off since we first published this list.

Many changes have happened in the social media marketing world ranging from the surprisingly close competition between SnapChat and Instagram stories to the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft to the explosive growth of “creators” and micro-influencers.

On top of all that is the growth of the influencer marketing industry from platforms to brandividuals that use social media to create, publish, promote and engage communities.  Where is it all leading? Who is on the front lines and in the captain’s chair when it comes to making sense of social media marketing for brands big and small?

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Netflix Teaches B2B, Email Benchmarks & Facebook is a Copycat

Tiffani Allen on Mar 17th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

What B2B marketers can learn from Netflix [Infographic]
What could B2B marketers possibly learn from Netflix? It turns out, quite a bit. Namely, that scheduled marketing needs to take a back seat to content that’s packaged for consumption when your prospects are ready. LookBookHQ

Email Marketing Benchmarks: 4Q16 Average Open, Click, and Bounce Rates
A new study from Experian shows that email open and click metrics remained fairly stable year-over-year in 2016, but the average transaction-to-click rate grew by 10% and the average bounce rate increased by 11.8%. MarketingProfs

Facebook Messenger copies Facebook’s copy of Instagram’s copy of Snapchat Stories
Yes, you read that headline correctly. There is some truth behind all that sass. Last week, Facebook messenger rolled out it’s copy of Facebook Stories — a copy of the story feature owned first by Snapchat and later adopted by Instagram. They’re calling Messenger Day. Marketing Land

Joshua Nite

Broad Vs. Niche Content: How to Find the Right Content Marketing Balance

Joshua Nite on Mar 16th, 2017     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

’Cause whether you’re high or low, you gotta tip on the tightrope.” –Janelle Monae

Content marketing can sometimes feel like walking a tightrope through treacherous crosswinds. On one side, you have the need for brand recognition: Followers, likes, shares, all the metrics that make marketers feel good.

On the other, there’s the need to prove effectiveness through lead capture, conversions, and closed deals. These metrics used to be the sales department’s problem. As marketing becomes more data-driven, though, marketers are increasingly held responsible for proving their contribution to revenue.

Sometimes we end up swaying from one side to the other, constantly over-correcting. It’s hard to make forward progress if you’re just trying to keep your footing.

Lee Odden

What CMOs Need to Know About Data Informed Content Marketing

Lee Odden on Mar 15th, 2017     Content Marketing

Big Data

Driven by trends in lower performing advertising and changing consumer behaviors, many marketers have embraced content with the majority of companies adopting the practice.

According to CMI and MarketingProfs 2017 Content Marketing Benchmark report, the most successful B2B marketers spend an average of 39% of their marketing budget on content marketing and 39% plan on increasing spending in 2017.

However, even with the promise of greater marketing performance through content, organizations are challenged to produce a variety of engaging content on a consistent basis and there are a few key reasons why:

  • 41% of marketers are clear on what an effective content marketing program looks like
  • 36% are somewhat committed or not committed at all
  • 75% are minimally or moderately successful at content marketing
Caitlin Burgess

5 Key Insights from TrackMaven’s 2017 Digital Marketing Analytics Performance Report

Caitlin Burgess on Mar 14th, 2017     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing, Digital Marketing

In today’s changing digital landscape, marketers know that having good data and analytics are vital for understanding the impact of their digital marketing efforts. After all, in order to drive performance and prove ROI, you have to be able to measure what’s working and what’s not so you can address issues and capitalize on opportunities.

While digging into your brand’s own web and marketing analytics is an absolute must, understanding how you measure up to your industry peers can bring more insight and context—something TrackMaven’s 2017 Digital Marketing Analytics Performance Report aims to help with.

To create the report, TrackMaven used its digital marketing analytics platform to analyze a year’s worth of data—including social media performance, blog performance, public relations performance, and website health metrics—from over 700 businesses. The end product not only highlights trends, but also provides benchmarks and analysis of the most effective marketing channels across 13 industries and 39 sub-sectors.

Ashley Zeckman

10 Conference Hacks to Help You Crush Marketing Event Attendance

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 13th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

In my career as a marketer, I have attended more events and conferences than I can count. Events (especially those that span multiple days) are filled with so much information and it can quickly become overwhelming. By the second day you may feel that your brain is bulging with new information and you can’t possibly retain what you’ve learned.

Early on when I started working for TopRank Marketing, our CEO Lee Odden gave me a crash course on making the most of attending an event. His experience attending and speaking at events was an incredibly valuable resource for someone like me that wanted to take advantage of the awesome opportunity to attend events.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: State of Digital Marketing, New Geostickers & Top B2B Channels

Tiffani Allen on Mar 10th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

SEJ Annual Report: State of Digital Marketing 2017
Search Engine Journal conducted their annual study and found some fascinating statistics. For example, 42% of respondents allocate almost all of their digital budget to PPC and display advertising, and 62% of marketers surveyed listed Facebook as their preferred social platform. Search Engine Journal

New Geostickers in Instagram Stories for New York City and Jakarta
If you are using Instagram in New York or Jakarta, you may have noticed a new feature – Geostickers. When you take a photo, you can click on the sticker icon and the Geostickers will appear. This is coming from a long line of changes Instagram is making that look — probably non-coincidentally — a lot like Snapchat. Instagram

Lee Odden

How Marketers Can Thrive in the Post Digital World

Lee Odden on Mar 9th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Eric Yale Forrester DSPHX

When I first heard Eric Yale from Forrester suggest at the Digital Summit conference that we live in a post digital world, I have to admit. I thought he was a bit nuts. Or just being sensational.

I was wrong.

If you’re thinking the same thing, here’s a rundown of what Eric said to provide some clarity.

In today’s marketing world, it is increasingly important for brand and consumer interactions to be frictionless, anticipatory and immersive. This is what customers expect and in a post digital world, it’s what brands need to deliver.

To understand what this means for marketing, Eric suggested that there are three fundamental reasons we are “post digital”.

Caitlin Burgess

8 Important Questions Your Social Media Marketing Strategy Must Answer

Caitlin Burgess on Mar 8th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Social Media

Social media has become a necessary and important marketing tactic for nearly every business, helping brands and marketers build brand awareness, share and interact with customers and prospects, and create another vital touch point in the evolving customer journey.

But as the social media landscape continues to evolve, competition for audience attention is stiff. In fact, 40% of marketers say social media marketing has become more difficult for them in the last year, according to Social Media Examiner’s 2016 Industry Report. As a result, many brands and marketers feel their social media marketing strategy needs to incorporate a little bit of everything to compete.

Lee Odden

Evolve or Die: The Role of Purpose & Authenticity in Marketing

Lee Odden on Mar 7th, 2017     Digital Marketing

Mack Fogelson DSPHX

In a world where the average U.S. consumer is confronted with 64GB of data per day, I think it’s safe to say that marketing requires a very different approach.

Marketers all over the world are searching hard for silver bullets and ways to differentiate. And I think a lot of companies are wondering what it will take to realize substantial growth.

It will certainly take more than being “the best answer” at every touchpoint or simply outspending the competition. Who can really afford that?

Growing in today’s world of digital information overload will require something special: Building from purpose and authenticity.

It was purpose and authenticity that was the focus of a presentation I heard at Digital Summit from Mackenzie (Mack) Fogelson recently. Did you know?