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Archive for August, 2012


Ashley Zeckman

Online Marketing News: Google+ Integration, Price of NOT Tweeting, Bing Facebook Photo Search, Take Advantage of LinkedIn

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 31st, 2012     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Restaurant Social Media Top 10

Have yu ever wondered how the largest restaurants in American stack up on social networks?  This recent infographic from QSRweb.com shares a glimpse into how your favorite fast food spots are fairing.  While the infographic provides insight into likes, fans, and followers, it would be great to see what sort of engagement strategy these companies have, or how they respond to feedback (good and bad).

Google Plus Goes to the Office
On August 29th Google announced that it is in the process of integrating Google+ with Google Apps.  The business application for this change may come sooner than you think.  It appears that Google is now integrating Hangouts with calendars, e-mail, and documents.  Perhaps companies will now have a one stop shop for video conferencing and document sharing?  It may still be too early to tell, but we have our fingers crossed. Via The New York Times.

Lee Odden

Free eBook: 29 Content Marketing Secrets and the Secret Agents Who Shared Them

Lee Odden on Aug 31st, 2012     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing Secret AgentThe world of content marketing is full of mystery and intrigue with companies leveraging every possible resource to achieve a competitive advantage.

In the fast changing world of digital marketing, no resource is more valued than the coveted “Content Marketing Secret Agent”.

These covert content operatives perform their customer segmentation, persona development and editorial planning in the dead of night while most marketers are asleep, snug in their beds. While the average content marketer dreams of page views and search engine rankings, Content Marketing Secret Agents are mapping the customer journey, crafting meaningful messages that pull prospects from awareness to measurable conversions.

Few have been able to crack the code of this elite group but if anyone could, it’s the content marketing smarties at TopRank Online Marketing. We’ve collected some of the best tips just for you.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Todd Wheatland, Kelly Services

Lee Odden on Aug 30th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Todd WheatlandIn order for Content Marketing Secret Agents to work effectively, they need more than tactical skills. They need to see the bigger picture and the context for how and why things need to happen. Industry trends come and go but the need for brands to connect with customers will never go away. Special operatives are necessary for the kinds of activities necessary for specific missions, like those requiring certain kinds of content like video for better engagement.

Today we are fortunate to have Content Marketing Secret Agent Todd Wheatland, Vice President of Marketing and Thought Leadership at Kelly Services, help us navigate the strategic to the tactical and goals to measurement of content marketing.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Robert Rose, Content Marketing Institute

Lee Odden on Aug 30th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Robert Rose Content Marketing Secret Agent

Within the Content Marketing Secret Agent community there are a number of operatives that really go above and beyond in their efforts to make an impact in their work. I’m not talking about double agents or moonlighting mercenaries, but people who can see the full spectrum of impact from great content marketing. From concept and creative to strategy and tactics to measurement and conversions, a well-rounded perspective towards content marketing will undoubtedly harvest an abundance of useful secrets.

That’s what we have with Robert Rose, Chief Strategist for the Content Marketing Institute and Founder and Chief Troublemaker at Big Blue Moose. In this interview he covers content marketing goals, the role of search and measurement as well as some great examples of how companies are integrating content marketing with other channels.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Ardath Albee, Marketing Interactions

Lee Odden on Aug 29th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Ardath Albee Content Marketing Secret Agent

There is no substitute for experience in the field when it comes to covert content marketing operations. Rest assured, your competitors are employing their best to achieve a content marketing advantage and for that reason it’s essential that we tap the experience of assets that have “been there, done that” to gain our own upper hand.

Thankfully, we have a content marketing pioneer, practitioner and thought leader in Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, speaker and author on our side. Pay attention to her Content Marketing Secret Agent advice and you may find yourself on the right side of content marketing ROI.

You have substantial experience in business and marketing and with your current role as CEO of your company Marketing Interactions, how has your work with content as a marketing asset evolved? What do you think about all the recent buzz about content?

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Julie Fleischer, Kraft Foods

Lee Odden on Aug 29th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Julie Fleischer Content Marketing Secret Agent

You know, once a great secret spreads, you get all kinds of “wannabe” corporate marketing types creating what they think is great content. And you know what? Most corporate content is flat out boring.  It’s all about “me me me”.  The best Content Marketing secret agents understand that it’s not all about the brand, it’s about what the customer wants that matters most.

Well, say goodbye to boring corporate content because Julie Fleischer, Director, CRM Content Strategy & Integration at Kraft Foods, has some excellent advice to share in advance of her presentation at Content Marketing World.  Her content marketing mission has been a tough one, but she joined us for this debrief:

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Jason Falls, Social Media Explorer

Lee Odden on Aug 28th, 2012     Blogging, Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Jason Falls Content Marketing Secret Agent There’s a lot of power in words and even more in secret words. This week we’ve been leaking content marketing secrets all over the web and hopefully you’ve been paying attention. In particular, you’ll want to tune in to the no-nonsense approach from this special agent of content marketing, Jason Falls, the CEO of Social Media Explorer.

Jason has been a vocal advocate of practical online marketing and PR for years and his experience with blogging and blog consulting may very well be the one thing you need to experience to justify your own secret mission to Columbus next week for Content Marketing World. For a sneak peek at Jason’s business blogging and content marketing secrets, check out the following interview.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Michael Brenner, SAP

Lee Odden on Aug 28th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Michael BrennerThey say three’s a charm and that’s certainly true with the third installment of our series investigating the top content marketing “secret agents” that will be presenting at Content Marketing World next week. “Mums the word” might be tricky with this one, since the data is coming from secret agent Michael Brenner, Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy at SAP. Michael is also the author of B2B Marketing Insider, the co-founder of Business 2 Community and the founding editor for the SAP Business Innovation blog.

This highly decorated content marketing secret agent will now share his take on all the content marketing hype, his session on one of the most pressing issues facing many marketing organizations ”Content Marketing: How to Transform Your Organization/Culture for Content Success”, top content marketing tools and his tips on managing long term creation of quality content.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Pam Didner, Intel

Lee Odden on Aug 27th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Pam Didner - Content Marketing World Secret Agent

Here’s the second in our series of Content Marketing World interviews. This time we’ve uncovered a secret stash of worldly wisdom from one of the most sought after global content marketing experts, Pam Didner, Global Integrated Marketing Manager at Intel.  Pam will be presenting at Content Marketing World on managing global, multi-lingual content on a large scale that will be a must see session for anyone involved with content marketing internationally.

Let’s dive right into our interview with Pam where she shares her secrets on the evolution of content marketing, where it fits in the B2B marketing mix, her session on global content management and how large enterprise organizations can scale long term content creation. Enjoy! But shhhhh, remember: It’s a secret.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute

Lee Odden on Aug 27th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events

Joe PulizziTopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has partnered with Joe Pulizzi and the upcoming Content Marketing World conference to help promote the event and sessions by doing a series of interviews and creating an eBook: “The Secrets of Content Marketing and the Undercover Agents Who Shared Them”.

Successful content marketing that works efficiently, effectively and that can scale is a very big secret for a lot of companies. This series of interview posts and the eBook will shine a light on what some of the top brands (Intel, Kraft, SAS, Cisco, Ricoh, Kelly Services, SAP and more) and thought leaders (Jason Falls, Joe Pulizzi, Robert Rose, Michael Stelzner, Ardath Albee, Ann Handley, Jim Kukral, Mark Schaefer and more) have up their sleeves (or on a microdot).

Ashley Zeckman

Evaluate & Energize Your Social Content Marketing Strategy #SMBMSP48

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 24th, 2012     Online Marketing, Online Marketing Strategy, Social Media

#SMPMSP48 Crowd

Note from Ashley: Please welcome this guest post from Shawna Kenyon, an Associate Account Manager with TopRank Online Marketing.

As I settle in for my first Social Media Breakfast #SMBMSP48 at 514 Studios, I survey the area and see some familiar faces and others less familiar. As the caffeine starts to kick in, the stage is set and the crowd welcomes presenter Lee Odden. As an Associate Account Manager at TopRank Online Marketing, this isn’t the first time I have heard Lee speak about social media as it relates to content strategy, but I always learn something new each time.

Ashley Zeckman

Online Marketing News: Facebook Tests Sponsored Search Ads, Google’s Page 1 Results Possibly Getting Smaller, Klout Revamps Metrics

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 24th, 2012     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Most Effective Advertising Online In 2012 [Infographic]

This recent infographic from Webstarts takes a look at online advertising in 2012.  With billions of dollars being spent on advertising each year it is difficult for some marketers to determine where their advertising dollars should be spent.

Facebook Testing Sponsored Search Ads – Google AdWords Watch Out?
It appears that Facebook is pushing even further into Google’s territory.  The social networking giant as discretely begun rolling out more search-driven advertising, including a new category of Sponsored search ads.  Via AdWeek.

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