Archives for August 2014

Infographic: How to Grow Your Audience -10 Tips from Facebook, MarketingProfs, ExactTarget, Copyblogger

audience development

How many millions or even billions have been poured into creating content over the past 5 years? Do you think that number will be less in the next 5?

And what percentage of those budgets were spent on audience development?

Making great content is important, but analyzing target audiences for insights and growing communities to receive that content is essential.

Sometimes the world of content marketing can seem as confusing as a Mad Hatter’s tea party. We may never know why a raven is like a writing desk, but we can certainly shed some clarity on the importance of audience development for content marketing.

To do that, I reached out to 10 of the top marketing minds in the content marketing world to get their insights into the importance of considering your audience for content marketing strategy as well as tactics for growing your audience.

Is Business Blogging Still Worthwhile?

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State of Blogging

When I started blogging a little over 10 years ago, there were about 1.5 million blogs (Technorati).  That’s about 1 million other people with no idea what they were doing – just like me.

Today, it’s hard to say how many blogs there are globally, but WordPress.com alone hosts 75.3 million blogs in over 120 different languages world-wide with 100,000 new blogs being created every day. In fact, WordPress.com blogs publish 40.5 million posts and 400 million people view 14.4 billion pages per month. (stats)  That’s a lot of blogging!

Tumblr as a blog platform, has over 170 million blogs and nearly 76 billion posts published.  You can continue this exercise with other blog hosting platforms like Google’s Blogger and Typepad too. And I’m not even mentioning the millions of blogs hosted on their own domains or blogs on platforms like Medium or LinkedIn’s publishing platform.

Audience Development for Content Marketing eBook

Audience Development for Content Marketing

“Publication is not distribution and a content marketing strategy without audience development is no strategy at all.” Jeff Rohrs @jkrohrs

Wise words from the guy who literally “wrote the book” on Audience. With all the investment in content creation, curation and repurposing being made, it’s amazing how little is actually invested in growing the audience and community for that content.

If you publish content uninformed by audience insight and without a community to receive it, does anyone care?  Sadly, no.

Nearly everyone in the business of creating content for marketing has made something amazing, a blog post, eBook or infographic, published it and experienced an underwhelming response. The content might have been awesome to you, but did the audience think so? Have you created anticipation amongst your community? And how much of a real audience was there?

Online Marketing News: Google Boosts Encryption, Facebook On Schedule, Presence Isn’t Enough

A Google Minute

What Happens In A Google Minute? [Infographic] – What takes place on the worlds largest search engine in just 60 seconds?  The above infographic shows what goes down in a single minute on the busiest site on the net.  Click the image to checkout the full-sized version. SocialTimes

Twitter’s Latest Experiment: Self-Explaining Hashtags – Twitter brought hashtags to the attention of the cultural masses, and it feels like hardly an hour passes now without seeing a hashtag plastered across a billboard, movie trailer or TV commercial. AllTwitter

Pinterest Adds to Its Functionality With Icebergs Acquisition – Pinterest has purchased Icebergs, a company that allows creatives to collaborate on projects online. This acquisition, along with a number of new features Pinterest has launched lately, will change how content is curated and utilized within the platform, say industry participants. ClickZ

Content Marketing Interview with Brian Kardon CMO of Lattice Engines – Strategy to ROI

Brian Kardon interview

What if you could tap the mind of a CMO who’s led marketing organizations at companies like Eloqua and Forrester Research to capture insights about content marketing strategy and ROI? That’s a big “what if”.

Well my marketing friends, today is your content marketing birthday because today we have with us Brian Kardon, CMO at Lattice Engines. Brian was formerly CMO at both Eloqua and Forrester Research as well as SVP of Marketing at Reed Business Information – one heck of a marketing pedigree.

As part of our series of #CMWorld Content Marketing Interviews, we’re talking with a few select speakers from Content Marketing World about content marketing strategy, audience development, the role of visual content, content ROI and of course, marketing lessons learned from favorite childhood stories.

Let’s dig in:

Content Marketing Strategy Infographic – 12 Tips from SAP, Boeing, CAT, Progressive, John Deere, charity: water

Content Marketing Infographic

Status quo is not a strategy.  For example, wandering around the world of content marketing like Alice wandering in Wonderland is hardly the way to succeed. And yet that’s how many marketers are approaching content and that lack of planning and direction brings costs in the form of fewer leads, lower revenue and little market differentiation.

“Only a few find the way, some don’t recognize it when they do – some don’t ever want to.” – The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

Content Marketers with a plan are more successful.  According to CMI and MarketingProfs, 66% of the most effective marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. But how do you apply this thinking in a practical way?

We’re Hiring! Content Marketing Manager for TopRank® Online Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing Lake Minnetonka

It’s an exciting time to be in the digital marketing world, especially when there is so much opportunity to learn, be creative and achieve amazing business outcomes.

I’d like to think we’re in the thick of that opportunity at our agency TopRank Online Marketing. Not only have we been advocating the value of editorial marketing aka content marketing for many years, but we practice what we preach.

When it Comes to Content, TopRank is on Top – For example, TopRank’s Online Marketing blog is the only blog that has been rated the #1 content marketing blog three times by Content Marketing Institute.

Experiment, Learn, Optimize – We also get to implement what we learn from our own social media and content marketing “experiments” for clients like Dell, LinkedIn, Concur, Capella University and even industry conferences that teach content marketing like Content Marketing World, MarketingProfs B2B Forum, and Social Media Marketing World.

Content Marketing Strategy eBook

Content Marketing Strategy eBook

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response.
‘I don’t know’, Alice answered.
‘Then’, said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.’”
— Alice in Wonderland

Does finding your way with content marketing feel like you’re living a personal version of Content Marketing in Wonderland?

Consider this: Over 90% of B2B and B2C marketers are on the content marketing path in 2014 according to Content Marketing Institute’s annual study. But did you know, only 44% of B2B marketers have a documented content strategy? Less than half have it documented where and how “they want to go”.

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn Makes You Good Looking, More Money More Traffic for Facebook, Organic Is Still King

2014 Digital Spending Trends

The 2014 Digital Dollar Shift [Infographic] – 58% of business to business (B2B) marketers are spending more on social media this year, with just one in fifty decreasing their spend in this area in 2014, reveals a new study. Find out all about the current state of digital spending trends in the infographic above. AllTwitter

Introducing the Internet.org App – Over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services. Facebook