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Miranda Miller

Online Marketing News: Most Effective SMB Social Sites, Converting Customers Prefer Video

Miranda Miller on Mar 29th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Digital accounts for 57% of media time daily

Digital Now Accounts for 57% of Daily Media Consumption

Consumers now spend more time each day consuming digital than traditional media, according to the most recent GlobalWebIndex. Overall, consumers now spend an average of 10.7 hours a day with all forms of media and 5.6 hours of that on digital. People are turning to online channels for radio, TV, social and other forms of content consumption in record numbers, especially in China and UAE. Social increasingly dominates the time that consumers spend online; globally, social accounts for 48% of total digital time.

Digital 2013 – A Global Analysis of How Consumers Spend Their Media Time is based on more than 32,000 internet users from 31 countries, with surveys answered in the final quarter of 2012.

Miranda Miller

Creative Content Marketing at Scale: Lee Odden at #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 28th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Creative Content Marketing: Winning Hearts, Wallets and Minds - Lee OddenContent marketing is all the rage, though brands still struggle to attract the right audience, engage readers and convert them to buyers. Simply publishing content is no guarantee anyone is going to see it – or that they’d even want to, if quantity is currently trumping quality.

Great content isn’t great until it’s discovered, consumed and shared, says Lee Odden, our CEO at TopRank Online Marketing and SES New York speaker. Lee gave his Creative Content Marketing: Winning Hearts, Minds & Wallets presentation this morning to a room packed with marketers striving to improve their content strategy.

Miranda Miller

The Secrets to Driving Social Commerce: Google & Mel Carson on Social ROI at #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 28th, 2013     Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

Secrets to Driving Social CommerceIn advance of their SES New York session on social commerce, I wanted to see what tips and tricks moderator Mel Carson and speaker Deitra Mara could share with our readers. At 9:30 am March 28th, the two will join Tami Dalley from Salesforce to present Social Media Meet ROI: The Secrets to Driving Social Commerce.

Carson and Mara graciously participated in interviews prior to their session, to share their experience and advice with marketers looking to improve their social media channel awareness, content creation and social ROI.

Carson, formerly of Microsoft, is the founder of social, PR and personal branding consultancy Delightful Communications. As moderator, he’ll have his hands full with the two powerhouse speakers.  Carson told us, “I’d encourage anyone to come to see two very powerful women in the industry speak. Deitra and Tami bring a lot of insight into different tools and products, best practices and disciplines on how to prove the ROI in social media commerce exists and how to get more of it.”

Miranda Miller

Real-Time Marketing Tips from Twitter’s Joel Lunenfeld at #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

Twitter's Joel Lunenfeld“We’re moving from a world where we plan campaigns for the future, to one where we adapt campaigns to the moment.” – Joel Lunenfeld, Twitter’s VP of Global Brand Strategy and the keynote speaker this morning at SES New York.

Lunenfeld shared his vast experience and insight in real-time marketing in Optimizing Second Screen Engagement: Trends, Data & Insights. Mobile has certainly changed the way people find, consume and engage with information. Twitter came of age with the right tools, at just the right time, to answer the need for a real-time communication platform.

Now, said Lunenfeld, 85 percent of users say the phone is their primary way to access Twitter and the average mobile user follows 11 brands. Every 2.5 days, there are a billion tweets sent and over the past year, the amount of Twitter users has doubled.

Miranda Miller

A to Z Tips for Improved B2B Digital Marketing ROI #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 27th, 2013     B2B, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

Maura Ginty and Laura Roth on B2B Marketing ROIIn Driving ROI Across B2B Marketing Strategies at SES New York yesterday, Maura Ginty from Autodesk aimed to teach marketers the context of B2B digital, alongside the principles of B2B marketing. In sharing her A to Z tips on B2B ROI improvements, Ginty gave marketers 26 great takeaways to help prove and build the value of their digital marketing strategy.

With host Laura Roth, Senior Conference Manager, SES Conference & Expo on hand to guide the conversation and Lauren Vaccarello, Senior Director of Online Marketing, Salesforce.com at our digital disposal (she was tweeting in to the session), there was a lot to be learned from these experienced marketers.

A- Audience. You have to be able to reach the right audience members with the right message, at the right time.

Miranda Miller

Mobile Marketing Tips from Google, ESPN & Medialets: Connect with Your Audience on the Go

Miranda Miller on Mar 26th, 2013     Mobile, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

SES New York Mobile MarketingThe afternoon of Day One at SES New York featured a high-level mobile marketing panel  hosted byDana Todd, SVP of Global Marketing at Performics.  Michael Bayle, Senior VP and General Manager at ESPN Mobile, Eric Litman, Chairman & CEO at Medialets and Brendon Kraham, Head of Global Mobile Sales and Product Strategy at Google shared the stage and their extensive knowledge on the current and coming states of mobile marketing.

The following is a collection of mobile marketing tips and takeaways based on today’s presentation, plus liveblog selection from the panel. Note that this is not a verbatim transcript, but the highlights from the panel discussion.

Miranda Miller

Building the B2B Social Media Machine with Adriel Sanchez and Jasmine Sandler at #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 26th, 2013     B2B, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

Lee Odden, Adriel Sanchez and Jasmine SandlerSocial media marketing for B2B brands requires creativity, scalability and buy-in across the organization. Just after the Tuesday morning keynote at SES New York, Adriel Sanchez, Senior Director of Demand Generation at SAP and Jasmine Sandler, CEO at Agent-cy, shared with attendees a framework for building a B2B social media machine in their session led by TopRank Online Marketing CEO Lee Odden.

Social media management changes constantly, Sandler reminded participants as she took the stage. The opportunity for B2B brands continues to grow; one-to-one conversations are happening across social platforms, blogs, forums, and elsewhere across the web.

Companies need to first understand the social media landscape – where are we today. where are we going, who is already here? If you’re into social media, you need to have a global perspective, Sandler said. Marketers must be thinking of social and its relationship with:

Lee Odden

5 Online Marketing Essentials for Small Business Marketers

Lee Odden on Mar 26th, 2013     Blogging, Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

America the Digital

As new businesses are started every day across the U.S., many of those entrepreneurs are grappling with the realities of how to market their ideas, products and services.

Limited resources and an overabundance of options requires filtering and prioritization when it comes to where marketing investments are made, whether it’s content, blogging, social media, or SEO.

Common questions include: What to measure? What if it fails? What should we outsource?

Here are a few answers to those questions that I was asked as prep for an interview:

What advice do you have for business owners or entrepreneurs who are staying out of blogging and/or social because they don’t feel they can produce enough content on a regular basis to keep things interesting?

Miranda Miller

Maximizing Twitter and Facebook Ads for Lead Gen, Engagement & ROI at #SESNY

Miranda Miller on Mar 25th, 2013     Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

SES New York 2013Recent changes to social ad platforms mean marketers may have a bit of catching up to do in the social advertising arena. Twitter recently launched their new advertising API, allowing marketers to work with Ads API Partners to manage Promoted Products and Accounts ads; eMarketer expects Twitter ad revenue to grow to over $800 million by 2014, to account for 12.7% of all social network ad revenues.

Meanwhile, Facebook doubled their mobile ad revenue YoY in Q4 2012. Their emphasis on mobile, added capability for targeting based on web browsing history and the debate over ROI have even seasoned marketers on the lookout for advanced ad optimization and performance advice. The opportunity for lead gen and customer acquisition through paid social is massive, with proper planning, quality content and great optimization.

Miranda Miller

Online Marketing News: YouTube Hits 1 Billion Users, Twitter Turns Seven, Marketing Budgets Grow

Miranda Miller on Mar 22nd, 2013     Online Marketing News

YouTube infographic shows generation C connection across devices.

YouTube Gen C Stats Show Cross-Device Connectivity as Video Giant Reaches 1 Billion Monthly Users

YouTube made two interesting announcements this week, one each on the YouTube Global and Google Agency blogs. In a study of  Generation C multiscreen behavior, Google researchers found:

  • 47% of Gen C users interact with YouTube as a destination site by actively searching for videos.
  • The amount of time Gen C spends watching YouTube on their smartphones is up 74% from last year, when the number of Gen C viewers who regularly watch YouTube on smartphones caught up to the number of viewers tuning in on their PCs.
  • 67% of Gen C watch YouTube on two devices or more, compared to 53% of the general population.
Brian Larson

Use Content Curation to Grow Your Company Beyond Being a Me-Me-Me Brand

Brian Larson on Mar 21st, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Don't be that guy who talks only about his brand or sells, sells, sells. Most children are taught at an early age to share and that everything is NOT all about them. It can be a painful life lesson for some to grasp – especially if they don’t pick it up until later in life – but it’s an important one nonetheless.

This particular life lesson also applies to how brands approach content marketing. In the age of brands-as-publishers and empowered consumers, companies need to understand that what they publish cannot only be about themselves.

Why Drop the Me Me Me Act?

Because you don’t want to be “that guy.” You’re so much better than this.

Lee Odden

How to Integrate Blogging With Content Marketing that Inspires Action

Lee Odden on Mar 20th, 2013     Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

blogging inspires actionCompanies all over the social web are confronted with the need for  ROI in corporate blogging.

Despite blogs being named as more influential than social networks in shaping consumers’ opinions and purchase decisions, many marketers and communicators  are falling short.

Why? A focus on self-promotion has many brands running out of content  ideas and time to show a return on their blog content investment. Tolerance for quantity of content and superficial social engagement metrics as a basis for results is diminishing.

Despite these challenges, blogs provide an incredible content marketing platform for connecting directly with prospects, the media, customers, new employees, investors and the industry at large.

To offer companies a roadmap to realizing these business blogging and content marketing benefits, I will be giving a presentation at the inaugural Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego on Tuesday, April 9th.

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