Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Gets An Assistant, Tweets Show In Search, Native Beats The Rest

Ben Brausen on Aug 28th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How & Where Are Brands Placing Their Content Budgets

The Big Content Spend: How & Where Are Brands Placing Their Content Budgets [Infographic] – In this infographic, we’re taking a look at just how big of an investment companies are putting into content marketing this year. What kinds of brands believe in content, and invest in it as a major form of marketing? What kind of investments are being made? With numbers in the billions, the findings may (or may not) surprise you. Social Media Today

Twitter Introduces New Audience Platform – Twitter continues to push out updates in its ongoing efforts to improve the functionality of its offerings. Twitter

Native Videos Beat Out Every Other Video Format on Twitter – Of all branded videos on Twitter, only 31% are posted natively – but those account for 67% of total video engagement. Socialbakers

Ashley Zeckman

Book Review & Interview: Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 27th, 2015     Book Reviews, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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The Godfather of Content Marketing has struck gold again. Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi has a new book that will hit shelves and Amazon carts this September.

His newest book, Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses is a delightful blend of inspiration from Joe’s personal experiences building Content Marketing Institute and advice businesses can follow to create an actionable content business model.

Content Inc. takes readers down the logical path from starting their journey, to monetization and creating next-level content.

When the Godfather releases a new piece of content it is always worth a read. If you don’t, you may have to answer to his loyal base of subscribers and followers. Below are some highlights of Content Inc. as well as an exclusive interview with Joe on his new book.

Ashley Zeckman

3 Examples of How Partnering with Influencers on Content Creates a Winning Combination

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 26th, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

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“Influencer Marketing” is a phrase that has gained momentum over the past few years. It seems that everywhere you turn, marketers are telling you that you need to incorporate influencers as part of your integrated digital marketing strategy. But the question is, does it really work?

Many companies may not have the staff or resources to run a full-fledged influencer marketing strategy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin dabbling in influencer marketing campaigns to help meet marketing and business objectives. A successful approach to influencer marketing provides value for both the company, and the influencers that participate. 

One ripe opportunity for building awareness and integrating influencer marketing into your marketing mix is to use it as a means to help promote events. 

Below are three stories of how TopRank Marketing helped three companies incorporate content and influencer marketing to create a winning combination for event promotion.

Leila De La Fuente

How 3 Mega E-Commerce Websites Approach Title Tag & Meta Description Optimization

Leila De La Fuente on Aug 25th, 2015     Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO

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Here’s a test: Google “fairy wings” right now. Your job is to quickly find which result will sell you a set of glitter fairy wings and preferably include free shipping.

Now that you’ve begun your search, how do you know which result will bring you to the most qualified products? One way is to visually scan the title and description snippets in your search results.

There are nearly 12 billion Google searches per month. Consumers conduct searches for products or services they need, and often use the snippets in search results as deciding factor on whether to click, or keep scrolling.

The examples below show how three mega e-commerce sites approach title tags and meta descriptions, what they’re doing right and some additional opportunities.

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Ashley Zeckman

The Future of Content Marketing: Integration, Optimization and Participation

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 24th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

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In 2015 the world celebrated the 126th birthday of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower. This important piece of history is comprised of over 18,000 individual pieces and was built by nearly 300 people participating in the project.

Developing content for content marketing programs can be approached with a similarly participative framework and in a way that satisfies some marketers’ top needs. According to Altimeter Group, 60% of surveyed marketers said that content creation was a top need while 53% named distribution. That means it’s time for organizations to begin looking outside of their marketing teams for content co-creation partners and to improve content promotion at the same time.

But how does an optimized, socialized and co-created content program work?

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Less Are LOLing, Move Over Non-Mobile-Friendly, LinkedIn Gets Lookedup

Ben Brausen on Aug 21st, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How To Engage Instagram With The Right Content

Engage Your Instagram Following with the Right Content [Infographic] – If you focus on one social channel in 2015 it better be Instagram. With over 300 million active users and 3x more engagement than Twitter, it offers the richest opportunity for exposure and conversation around your brand. Learn how you can engage your Instagram audience from this great infographic. Social Media Explorer

Instagram Tops Snapchat, Vine in Satisfaction, Buzz (Report) – Consumer satisfaction and buzz is trending as follows, according to YouGov BrandIndex: Instagram up, Snapchat steady, Vine down. SocialTimes

Only 21% of Marketers Include SEO in Their Budgets [Study] – Nearly 80 percent of marketing decision-makers fail to include SEO in their budgets, according to new research from global tech public relations agency Hotwire. Search Engine Watch

Ashley Zeckman

25 Inspiring & Actionable Content Marketing Tips For (Almost) Any Situation

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 20th, 2015     Online Marketing

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The dreaded content marketing rut, we’ve all been there. Everyone from copywriter to CMO has experienced content marketing fatigue at one point or another. Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard you try you can’t quite seem to:

  • Create enough content
  • Get the engagement you need
  • Find interesting ways to innovate

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Recent research has found that, 70% of B2B marketers are creating more content than they were a year ago and 54% find producing engaging content to be a challenge.

If only there were a list of tips that you could reference from time to time when you need a content marketing pick-me-up.

Well, look at what we have here! Keep this list of 25 content marketing tips handy for whenever the need strikes.

Lee Odden

Digital Marketing Spotlight: Tami Cannizzaro, Senior Director at eBay

Lee Odden on Aug 19th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Interviews

Digital Marketing SpotlightToday we begin a new series of interviews with digital marketing professionals from the front lines of marketing to executives in the C-Suite. Our goal? To shine a light on the secrets to digital marketing success through strategy and tactics, challenges and wins, technology, operations, best practices and a little social media fun.

Starting off the series is Tami Cannizzaro (@tamicann) Senior Director of Marketing at eBay where she is responsible for global demand generation and driving lead targets across four major business units.

In this interview, Tami talks about what she’s learned from her years at IBM in her new role at eBay, tips on choosing marketing technology, outsourcing vs. insourcing, the convergence of earned, owned and paid media and insightful career advice for rising digital marketers. Plus we learn what she really thinks about the top social networks.

Ashley Zeckman

Learn How to Harness the Power of Millennial Employees

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 18th, 2015     Online Marketing

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The dynamic in today’s workforce has changed, and some employers aren’t quite sure how to handle the shift. Millennials are different than any generation that has come before them and sometimes get a bad rap in the professional world.

As a millennial myself (yes, 1985 makes the cut), I can confidently say that we are a largely misunderstood generation. Drive is often mistaken for entitlement, and savviness mistaken for pompousness. While there are undoubtedly some millennials that have been protected from the harsh realities of life, the vast majority do not fall into that category. We’ve grown up with technology at our fingertips, move at a quick pace and learn differently than the generations preceding us.

Evan Prokop

The New Era of SEO: Optimize for People Before Searchbots

Evan Prokop on Aug 17th, 2015     Online Marketing, SEO

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Dating back to when the first mainstream consumer search engines became available in the mid-nineties, digital marketers have desired to see their businesses succeed in the lucrative but often confusing search marketing landscape. And thus search engine optimization (SEO) was born.

Twenty years later, we’ve certainly come a long way, both in terms of the capabilities of search engines and in the strategies that SEO professionals implement in their attempts to master them. Given the complexity of modern search engine algorithms, it takes a lot more than just sticking keywords on your website in order to achieve prominent search rankings.

So, what does it take to win in search in 2015 and beyond? With hundreds of complex algorithms working 24 / 7 to serve up answers for over 5 billion Google search queries per day, that’s a question that can get very complex, very quickly.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google Goes ABC.XYZ, Twitter Without Limits, Search Factor Findings

Ben Brausen on Aug 14th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Effectively Use Visual Storytelling

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling for Your Brand (Infographic) – According to a new infographic from Widen, you only have 8 seconds to capture the reader’s attention with great creative before they scroll away. Check out the infographic to learn more ways to integrate visual storytelling into your brand’s marketing. Widen

The Moz 2015 Search Engine Ranking Factors Study – Moz announces the results of their biannual Search Engine Ranking Correlation Study and Expert Survey, a.k.a. Ranking Factors. Moz

Google Moves Under Umbrella Company Alphabet – Google is listening to Wall Street, while also trying to keep its innovation going. The Silicon Valley behemoth is reorganizing under a new name — Alphabet — and separating its moneymaking businesses from the moonshot ones. Google

Alexis Hall

How to Avoid Marketing Automation Disaster: 6 Essential Pre-Planning Steps

Alexis Hall on Aug 13th, 2015     Content Marketing

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As sales cycles increase and buyers become more informed, marketing automation is on the tip of the tongue of almost every marketer you talk to today. In fact, research has found that 79% of top-performing companies have been using marketing automation for more than 2 years.

Over the past five years, I’ve consulted with clients as marketing automation conversations evolved from “what’s that” to “someday” through to the vendor selection, planning, implementation and measurement of a system. Interestingly, 78% of successful marketers cite marketing automation systems as most responsible for improving revenue contribution, but getting from the “someday” to the “planning” can be daunting.