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Archive for November, 2013


Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Mastering StumbleUpon, Is Your Content Ethical?, Twitter’s New Design, Must See Mobile

Nicolette Beard on Nov 29th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

StumbleUpon Marketing: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Content – In this podcast, Michael Stelzner interviews Nick Robinson, co-author of StumbleUpon for Dummies. Nick shares how StumbleUpon works and why it’s different than other platforms, how to discover shareable content and the type of content that works. Social Media Examiner

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote Your Professional Services – Build a routine, deepen your network, and share. These practices have worked for decades in helping professionals earn new clients and matters. Now this same process can be done online, on LinkedIn. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity. MarketingProfs

Ethical Content Curation: A 10-Step Checklist – Curation iContent Curation Checklists nothing new, but many content curators are still unsure about what constitutes ethical content curation. Use this 10-step checklist as a guide. Content Marketing Institute

Lee Odden

Beyond Content Marketing Basics: Optimize & Socialize Your Digital Marketing for 2014

Lee Odden on Nov 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Optimize Book

optimize socialize integrateFigure out what your customers want, and give it to them. Monitor what works and what doesn’t. Adapt and optimize performance.

This would appear to be common sense marketing and yet, when you examine a lot of what gets published in the name of content marketing, social media and SEO, the “makes sense” doesn’t seem so common.

Over the past 3 weeks I’ve given presentations to audiences in the U.S., Spain, Russia and the UK.  For just about every audience, there is a common language everyone seems to understand and if you can connect with that, it’s amazing what progress you can make.

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Press Releases: Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 26th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization

Press Release Best PracticesWhen Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team, announced that links in press releases have no value for SEO, it created a lot of discussion and debate in the SEM community. But, if you look at his comments in their entirety, you’ll notice that he also said press release sites do have value for press and marketing reasons as Cheryl Conner, contributing writer at Forbes, so eloquently points out.

Consider,

  • 92% of journalists use search engines to research stories and 81% of journalists use search engines daily (MarketingSherpa)
  • Blog readership, RSS feed subscriptions and social media sites are visited in record numbers
  • Journalists using Google News surpass usage of major networks, like MSNBC & CNN!
Eliza Steely

3 Tools to Help You Find Influencers in Social

Eliza Steely on Nov 25th, 2013     LinkedIn, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Tool

Finding Influencers on Social MediaInfluencers are influential. They have a significant following on their social channels and are so knowledgeable about a topic that people not only like to consume their content, but share it. Engaging an influencer and being promoted by them is a great way for your brand to increase visibility, grow a following, and rank in search. Sounds simple right? It’s actually something many brands struggle with.

There are over 500 million registered Twitter accounts, 300 million active monthly Google+ users, and 1.26 billion Facebook users. Add to that the 150 million people that are active on Instagram in any given month, the 70 million on Pinterest, and the 238 million members on LinkedIn and it’s no wonder finding influencers is a bit like playing “Where’s Waldo?”

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: 15 Eye Popping Social Shopping Stats, Thanksgiving Social Media Facts, Killing Content Marketing Myths

Nicolette Beard on Nov 22nd, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Tips From Women Who Have Broken the Glass Ceiling – Barri Rafferty, Senior Partner and CEO, Ketchum North America, kicks off the ‘Real Women Fostering Women’s Leadership’ now in its fifth year. Hear the most dynamic women in the digital marketing world discuss overcoming obstacles. Women rock at TopRank! CommPro

Just 71% of Companies Test Their Websites – Companies whose conversion rates have improved carry out 50% more tests on their websites than companies whose conversion didn’t improve. However, 7% are testing nothing at all. eConsultancy

Digital Marketing Tactics for 2014 – This article examines a few trends that must be taken into consideration for any digital marketing endeavor in 2014, including visual content, Google+ and SlideShare and 3D printing. Social Media Today

Eliza Steely

6 Cleverly Creative Marketing Campaigns of 2013

Eliza Steely on Nov 21st, 2013     B2C, Online Marketing, Visual Marketing

Online MarketingWe all have friends. One thing that makes us friends is that we have things in common, and what we have in common are our personalities and our interests. We interact with others based on those things—and with the social atmosphere so crucial to a brand’s persona, they want to be our “friends” too.

2013 has been a great year for content marketing. Savvy marketers have come up with new, unique ways to create bonds with their audiences, encouraging interaction and ultimately intent to purchase. Viral has become a buzzword that many strive for, yet few achieve. But regardless of how frequently online marketing changes, one thing will remain the same: brands will continue to use stories, interaction, and creativity to attract customers.

Eliza Steely

5 Tips You Should Be Leveraging for Event-Based Content Creation

Eliza Steely on Nov 20th, 2013     Blogging, Online Marketing

Event-Based Content CreationCreating event-based content can be tricky. The room is full of extremely smart people. And they’re all talking. Loudly. You find a chair in front between two people you don’t know, but who smile and offer a handshake and a name. Looking around, everyone is working on a laptop. Or a smartphone. Or both.

A hush falls over the crowd. A speaker stands up at the microphone, offers an introduction, and launches into a mind-blowing presentation full of statistics, facts, tips and tools. There are dozens of keys being typed, tweets being sent, and people whispering.

And you have to make sure you catch it all.

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Microsites: Pros, Con, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 19th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Microsites exampleIn the past, the term microsites had often been used interchangeably with mini-sites, those one page stand-alone Web pages used by direct marketers in the 90s. Mini-sites became popular with the introduction of Google’s revolutionary (at the time) pay-per-click business model.

Microsites are perfectly acceptable to serve as landing pages or hubs for search engine advertising. This is one main reason for creating microsites – to create a hyper-focused website that meets the needs of a specific search query – and to satisfy Google’s Quality Score criteria.

B2B lead generation is another prime example for why marketers create microsites; they don’t want their prime prospects to get lost on the parent website and thus lose a lead. In TopRank’s experience with Marketo, optimized landing pages improved conversion rates by as high as 200%.

Lee Odden

B2B Social Media Marketing Trends & Tips for 2014

Lee Odden on Nov 18th, 2013     B2B, Social Media

B2B social media marketingAre you a B2B Marketer that’s not fully on board with being social with your marketing? Have you started and you’re looking for a little inspiration?

Here’s a short presentation I’ll be giving this week in Moscow (in addition to a 3 1/2 hour social media marketing workshop).

While there are flavorings towards a Russian audience, (Yandex, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki) there’s also plenty of good advice for any B2B company that hasn’t fully embraced opportunities on the social web.

In particular, I think newer B2B marketers will appreciate the Social Media Marketing Maturity Model that outlines various stages that companies will experience as they gain more experience and confidence with social media.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Creating Knockout Infographics, Must Have Google+ Tools, Facebook Star Ratings, Real Time Social Monitoring

Nicolette Beard on Nov 15th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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7 Super Tips for Creating Powerful Infographics – What better way to demonstrate the power of the infographic than with an infographic! Follow these steps to consider when planning, creating and sharing infographics that get shared and drive traffic on the visual web. Create knockout infographics that can give your marketing a visual flair. Entrepreneur

How Facebook is Building a Global Marketing Ecosystem Around its Products – Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) network has been around in its current form since April 2012. The aim of the group is to help connect brands and advertisers with developers who can make their marketing campaigns more engaging and comprehensive. Read the interview with Mike Randall, new global head of PMD, to learn what changes we can expect from this program next year. TheNextWeb

Lee Odden

Social Media Workshops & Training – A Journey, Not a Destination

Lee Odden on Nov 14th, 2013     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media

AudienceIn a past life during my career in the business world, I was a corporate trainer. Interestingly, I received training on becoming an instructor from the Army (Reserves) and the corporate world at the same time. Many of the core principles were very similar (understand your audience, clear learning objectives, inform and interact, evaluate for competence), although the subject matter was clearly different.

One of the key lessons I learned after developing various training programs and running hundreds of people through them is that skills development is never finished for a company. The temptation to create a certification program and then consider your staff “trained” is simply not realistic. This is especially true when it comes to the multi-dimensional aspects of social media and what it means for improving business.

Lee Odden

It’s Not the Moment, It’s the Story – A Bigger Picture View of Personal Social Media Participation

Lee Odden on Nov 13th, 2013     Social Media
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My favorite personal socnet: Instagram!

Social media technologies and platforms are now everywhere internet connectivity exists: desktop, tablet, smartphones and even kitchen appliances, cars and wearable devices.

While social technology usage has matured significantly, there are many business professionals who either haven’t started or aren’t comfortable with the behavior of public sharing.

One of the most common criticisms or objections I hear is that an individual Tweet, Facebook post or image on Instagram isn’t going to make a difference amongst the stream of social noise published every second. In fact, it can seem pretty overwhelming to executives my age, because expectations of their position are generally high and so is their own uncertainty about the impact of social media participation.

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