Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn & Instagram Get The Message, 1 Billion Facebook, Google Penalizes Pop-Ups

Ben Brausen on Sep 4th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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United States Of Emoji – The Most Popular Emoji in Each State [Infographic] – Which emoji does each state use more than others? SwiftKey put together an interactive infographic that allows you to see which emojis are used more or less in each state and compare your state to any other. SwiftKey

Instagram Direct Messaging Features Get Significant Update – Facebook’s focus on messaging has trickled down to Instagram, which announced several enhancements to the Instagram Direct messaging features it introduced in December 2013. SocialTimes

Top 100 B-to-B Advertisers Spent $4.8 Billion on B-to-B Ads – The 100 largest business-to-business advertisers spent an estimated $4.8 billion on U.S. b-to-b ads last year, up 0.9% from 2013, according to Ad Age Datacenter’s analysis of measured-media spending from Kantar Media. Ad Age

Nick Ehrenberg

Influencer Marketing: Should You Pursue High Profile or Socially Authoritative Brand Advocates?

Nick Ehrenberg on Sep 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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We’ve been talking a lot about influencers lately – and with good reason. The right mix of thought leaders and valuable content can catapult any integrated marketing campaign into vast new heights and audiences. Finding and connecting with those ideal influencers, however, has always been the challenge.

While there are multiple discovery tools available for influencer marketing research, identifying your influencers is only part of the battle. The next part is reconciling them with your overall program objectives. It’s here that we’ve witnessed disconnects between marketing teams and their executive leadership – and where the need for executive buy-in is crucial for any influencer marketing campaign. Executives may crave big names – chief executives of major industry organizations who may/may not have an active social presence.

Lee Odden

Digital Marketing Spotlight: Jeff Marcoux, CMO Lead at Microsoft

Lee Odden on Sep 2nd, 2015     Digital Marketing, Interviews

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What is predictive marketing and what are the future marketing technologies we should be paying attention to?

To answer those questions and more, I am happy to share the next in our series of digital marketer interviews featuring Jeff Marcoux (@jeffmarcoux), CMO Lead, Worldwide Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft.

In Jeff’s role at Microsoft, he has driven cross product and team collaboration, supported multiple product releases and believes that every touch point with a customer is a marketing experience – from marketing to sales to customer service.

In this interview, Jeff talks about the most fun job in the world at Microsoft, marketing technology and predictive analytics, marketing executive career advice and how he stays current in the digital marketing world. We also get to peek into his crystal ball for upcoming digital marketing trends.

Debbie Friez

3 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Social Media Marketing Program

Debbie Friez on Sep 1st, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media

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Inherently knowing that there is value in social media marketing and being equipped to show value are two different things.

Social media provides a unique and often-challenging opportunity to connect one-on-one with customers, prospects and fans of your business. However, only 42% of marketers feel that they are able to accurately measure the value of their social media efforts.

“Social media enables relationships to be built regardless of traditional barriers like distance or language. For brands, this provides a forum to listen and learn – and if you’re smart, take action based off of what you learn,” says Alison Herzog, Marketing Director, Global Social Business & Digital Strategy at Dell, (a TopRank Marketing client).

Lee Odden

How to Improve Influencer Engagement? Avoid These 50 Fails

Lee Odden on Aug 31st, 2015     Influencer Marketing

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Brands: Stop Doing These Things!

Influencer Marketing is hot and that means the value of influencer relationships is higher than ever.

Working hard to romance in-demand experts to collaborate, co-create and even advocate can be a substantial investment. The mutual benefit from these long term relationships can mean anything from hugely successful marketing programs for brands to top billing at speaking events, book deals and consulting work for the influencers.

Unfortunately, outreach communications, expectations and negotiations with influencers to work together are often so lacking of empathy, relevant context or even courtesy that the industry expert “checks out”. Losing influencers is sad and wasteful.

But it doesn’t have to be that way if you know what makes them leave. Trust me, I work on influencer outreach nearly every day (sending and receiving) and am both guilty of committing some of these influencer marketing sins and having them committed against me.

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.