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Archive for September, 2013


Lee Odden

10 Embeddable Media Sources for Content Curation – Oreo Cookie Style

Lee Odden on Sep 30th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Embeddable Media SourcesCreativity with content marketing is the trend, especially with a focus on visual marketing. Consumers are 44% more likely to engage with brands if they post pictures than any other media and viewers are 85% more likely to purchase a product after watching a product video.

Creative sourcing of content is important too, especially when it doubles as a way to improve efficiency and boost relationships with members of your community and industry thought leaders.

A classic form of this type of efficient content sourcing is the Oreo Cookie blog post: Find a compelling, informative article written by someone you’d like to better connect with and pull an excerpt of it into a blog post (the stuff in the middle). Then write an intro paragraph to identify a problem that empathizes with the reader and a conclusion offering insights into the way forward (the top and bottom of the cookie). Cite and link the source of course.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Google Dumps Keywords & Adds Hummingbird, Social Commerce Boom, Fake Reviews Spanked, Apple’s Big Bite

Nicolette Beard on Sep 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Building An Online Community That Begs For More – If you like to hobnob with rock stars like we do, then you’ll be happy to read through this Slideshare that was presented at the Social Media Rockstars event a few weeks ago in TopRank’s home state of Minnesota. Discover core engagement principles and how they can be translated across multiple platforms. Acknowledging and nurturing your online community members provide ample opportunities for authentic conversations. That’s the first step toward extending your online reach and creating ‘real life’ customer conversations. By Mykl Roventine

Lee Odden

Not Provided – What Google’s Omission of Organic Keyword Data Means for Online Marketers

Lee Odden on Sep 26th, 2013     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, SEO
Not Provided Keywords

Something is missing! Can we fix it?

We started this week off with a bang – at least in the search world, with Google now redirecting all traffic to https, i.e. encrypted search.

What that means is, if you were wondering what keyword phrases people use on Google organic search to find your website, you’re out of luck.  While keywords are an important answer to the relevance of your website to buyers, now those answers are simply listed as (not provided).

Google has been masking keyword data for logged in users for about 2 years, so dealing with omitted keyword data is nothing new to agencies like yours truly at TopRank Online Marketing.

Lee Odden

For Epic Content Marketing, Subscription Needs to Top Your Marketing Objectives

Lee Odden on Sep 25th, 2013     Content Marketing, Guest Posts, Online Marketing

Amazon Affiliate Link - Epic Content MarketingWhen Joe Pulizzi first contacted me to talk about his first book, Get Content, Get Customers, the conversation and ensuing connection over the following years proved to be a positive and productive influence on my approach to digital marketing.

Even if this blog wasn’t named the #1 content marketing blog three times by Junta42, our involvement with events like Content Marketing World as a speaker, media sponsor and creator of the Speaker EBooks (Content Marketing Secrets and Content Marketing Rocks!) would still have manifested in one way or another. Joe has been an incredible influence on many and has made a significant impact on the quality of marketing found within many major brands.

Nicolette Beard

How Does B2B Marketing Work on Google Plus? 4 Top B2B Tech Company Examples

Nicolette Beard on Sep 24th, 2013     B2B, Online Marketing, Social Media

B2B Technology Google PlusWhile sports teams, news outlets, car companies, universities, non-profits and the entertainment industry dominate the top 200 business pages on Google+, a growing number of B2B technology companies have embraced Google+ as well.

As with any top consumer brand, consistent engagement is crucial to success. B2B technology brands are developing relationships with prospects just like on any other social platform.  In the world of optimizing customer experience across the B2B sales cycle, Google+ for businesses offers B2B marketers  an opportunity to connect with buyers in a meaningful way and provide relevant information.

Thought leaders and subject matter experts increasingly serve as trusted sources to help business buyers determine the best solution to solve a business need. Knowledge and expertise combined with social media have trumped the peer influencers of the traditional buyer, giving rise to the “B2B Social Buyer”. [Source: ITSMA pdf]

Lee Odden

The Newest Rules for Marketing & PR: Optimized – David Meerman Scott Interview

Lee Odden on Sep 23rd, 2013     Interviews, Marketing & PR Industry, Online Marketing

New Rules of Marketing and PRThe convergence of digital marketing and public relations has been in motion for many years, but in 2013 and onward, there’s more momentum than ever. Changes in technology and consumer behaviors in how information is discovered, consumed and acted upon has turned brands into publishers and publishers into marketers as they seek new ways to connect with audiences and monetize.

Don’t blink during this monumental shift or you’ll be left behind. That’s why it’s important to find trusted sources to guide your point of view to stay ahead in the digital marketing game.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Viral Anger, Google Tosses Cookies, Bing Facelift, Offline YouTubing, Pinterest Adds Ads

Nicolette Beard on Sep 20th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Tracking Pinterest Metrics
17 Pinterest Metrics Every Brand Should Track
– If you’ve ever needed a cheat sheet on the top metrics to track, Branderati and Shareroot created this colorful and helpful Infographic. For more detail, visit SocialMedia Today who created a text version of the content.

Google Buys Bump to Share Anything Between Your Phone and Laptop – The app allows you to select anything on your phone — photos, files — and transfer it to your computer simply by “bumping” the space bar of your laptop. And, vice versa, you can select just about anything on your computer, bump your space bar, and get it on your phone. VentureBeat

Lee Odden

Content Marketing World 2013 Wrap-Up – TopRank Style

Lee Odden on Sep 18th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences
Joe Pulizzi Content Marketing World 2013

Joe Pulizzi Rocking the Stage at Content Marketing World

Wow. Again!

The great thing about Content Marketing World was having been there for the first and second years’ events only to have an even better experience the third time around. Hats off to Joe Pulizzi, Pam Kozelka, Robert Rose, Joe Kalinowski, Cathy McPhillips, Michelle Linn and the entire CMI team on a fantastic conference. I’ve seen and heard nothing but glowing reviews about it.

There were so many moving parts to the success of the event from great keynotes by Jay Baer, Jonathan Lister of LinkedIn, Jonathan Mildenhall of Coca-Cola and the big one, William Shatner, who surprised everyone by having relevant marketing stories to tell.  The networking was great (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and House of Blues) and it was a pleasure to connect with friends, clients and make many new acquaintances.

Nicolette Beard

How to Use Email Marketing to Engage & Convert Customers

Nicolette Beard on Sep 17th, 2013     Email Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing

Email Marketing Customer Life CycleEmail marketing is one of the most effective marketing tools for many businesses. According to a study by ExactTarget, 77% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communications through email.

Email Marketing is also a way to reinforce relationships through special offers or bonus content and to keep your product or service top-of-mind.

Email client service providers have worked diligently over the years to minimize spam and spam complaints by establishing best practices that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can trust because they are inundated with so much unsolicited email. Depending on your inbox provider and/or your email solution provider, your newsletter may not even make it into your customer’s inbox.

KatieBresnahan

Jonathan Lister Keynote on Why LinkedIn is going “All-In” with Content Marketing

KatieBresnahan on Sep 16th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Jonathan Lister Content Marketing WorldThe Day 2 afternoon keynote address at Content Marketing World in Cleveland was given by Jonathan Lister, the Vice President of Sales Marketing Solutions for North America at LinkedIn, speaking on why their company is going “all-in” with content marketing.

This is an incredible time for both LinkedIn and for TopRank Online Marketing, since TopRank provides content marketing services for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

Did you know? Consumers are 60% through the decision making process before ever reaching out to a business.

“LinkedIn is a members-first organization –making members happy and satisfied is more important than anything we do.”

Alexis Hall

How to Dominate Search Results With Your Brand – Brian Clark Tells All

Alexis Hall on Sep 16th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, SEO

Brian Clark - copybloggerIf you create content and no one can find it, then what is the point?

On TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog we know that SEO is a crucial step in the amplification of content.  As Lee likes to say, “Content isn’t really great until someone finds, consumes and acts on it.”  Yet, I know from working with clients ranging from enterprise to small business, SEO is not always part of the content development process.

Whether it’s a lack of SEO know-how or a fear of old fashioned ideas like keyword stuffing, Brian Clark, CEO of Copyblogger Media aimed to break down those walls and show online marketers how to dominate search results with content.

Alexis Hall

Andrew Davis Offers 5 Secrets to Bigger, Better Marketing Results with Less Content

Alexis Hall on Sep 13th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Andrew DavisInformation Overload:

17 new web page are published every second.

2 million blog posts are published everyday.

As marketers and content producers, we are indeed, contributing to the information overload of the consumer.  Digital marketers spend a huge amount of time churning out and branding content. However, we don’t spend nearly enough time thinking of creating a content brand.

Yes, there is a difference between branded content, and a content brand. Branded content is created for a company. It typically takes a corporate-centric view of the world and hopes consumers embrace the brand.

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