Archives for June 2016

How to Turn Undervalued Content into Content Marketing Gold (The Trick is Repurposing)

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Have you ever lost hours watching Antiques Roadshow marathons? Or do you lead a substantially more exciting life than I do?

I can’t help it; there’s something so compelling about finding treasures in your attic. That ashtray is really a Civil War-era candy dish! That punch bowl is really a 12th-Century chamber pot (we sincerely hope you washed it first)! Even though the most exciting thing I ever found in my attic is a dead squirrel, it’s fun to dream.

Think of your existing content library as one big, overstuffed attic. All the great stuff your team has written is still there. It may occasionally attract a visitor or two, but for the most part it’s just collecting virtual dust. So why are we in a constant mad dash to create new content? For most organizations, there is plenty of value left in the old stuff. With the right repurposing, content that proved valuable to your audience once can attract a new wave of traffic.

6 Things Brands & Publishers Need to Know About Native Advertising

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As brands look to create deeper connections with their audience and publishers search for new ways to generate revenue, native advertising as re-emerged as a tactic that both can take advantage of.

For those who aren’t familiar, native advertising, also referred to as sponsored content or advertorials, has taken on many forms over the years—from advertorials in newspapers in the 1940s to infomercials and paid programming spots on television. Today, native advertising is a content marketing tactic that typically involves publishing informational and educational articles and videos (with an underlying advertising message) in print or digital publications and blogs.

For publishers, native advertising allows them to generate revenue by not only lending advertisers their platform, but also offering their editorial expertise, brand reputation and audience. For brands, native advertising allows them to create valuable content and another touchpoint within in the buyer’s journey as they work toward being the best answer for their audience.

4 Pieces of Sage Healthcare Marketing Advice from Healthcare Marketers

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Healthcare marketers are intensely aware of the changing industry landscape. From new regulations and technologies to the rise of consumerism, many find themselves retooling their strategies and looking for valuable advice along the way.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 TopRank Marketing and Medicom Health Interactive are partnering for a free webinar to offer that advice and help healthcare marketers navigate, adapt and thrive in the new environment.

The event will feature a deep dive into the four-must have components of an integrated digital marketing strategy outlined in our recent eBook: Patient-First Marketing: Understanding the Anatomy of a Successful Strategy.

To whet your appetite, we’ve tapped into the expertise of four awesome healthcare marketers (who also appeared in our recent eBook) to share their biggest piece of advice for other healthcare marketers.

3 SEO-Changing RankBrain Tips Marketers Can’t Ignore

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The way that marketers think about, talk about and implement SEO is constantly evolving. Blackhat SEO tactics that once were incredibly successful, no longer garner the results that they once did. Both search engines and online audiences have become much more sophisticated, forcing marketers to ditch the slimy SEO tactics and focus instead on providing real value.

According to TNW News, 47% of digital marketers name SEO as one of their most effective tactics, but 39% also identify it as one of the most difficult.

Must-Have Tips & Best Practices for More Effective Remarketing

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Over the past few years, online remarketing has transitioned into a no brainer practice in digital advertising; and for good reason. Typically associated with lower cost-per-lead and higher return on ad spend, remarketing has caught the eye of businesses and agencies alike.

At last week’s 2016 MNSearch Summit, Director of Paid Search at CommerceHub Elizabeth Marsten presented her session titled “Make Your Remarketing More than an Echo,” to a packed room of marketing professionals looking to learn how to make the most of their remarketing efforts.

In her quick-witted and authentically expert presentation, she blazed through the history of remarketing and best practices for Google and Facebook remarketing (almost faster than I could type!).

What You Need to Know About the Voice Search Revolution From Microsoft’s Purna Virji #MNSummit

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We may not already notice the change, but voice search is all around us. Voice search can help us complete tasks when we are occupied or busy multitasking. We unconsciously change the way we search on a computer or a text search compared to when we search with our voices. With the growing interest of voice search and digital personal assistants growing, we must ask ourselves as marketers how is voice search going to change the world for advertisers?

In her presentation at MNSearch Summit, Purna Virji from Microsoft stated that by 2020, 50% of search will come from voice (comScore). She outlined the steps to get prepared for voice search for paid and organic search queries. Since the growth of voice search is growing, now is the time to get ready for voice search and to become an early adopter.

Online Marketing News: Perfect Headlines, Lonely Tweets and Virtual Reality

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Creating the Perfect Headline [Infographic]
80% of readers never get past the headline, it’s important to make it count. So, how do you create the perfect headline? There are a handful of rules, keep it short, be interesting, and use numbers to name a few. This infographic has the formula to make a great headline, and some helpful explanations along the way. Social Media Today

59% Of Content Shared On Twitter Will Never Be Clicked
According to a recent study by Columbia University and the French National Institute, 59% of Tweets are never clicked. That’s not great news for marketers, especially those who rely on Twitter as an integral part of their marketing strategy. The good news? There are types of content that encourage engagement on Twitter, like using a helpful and interesting headline. To do well, make the most important point of your story be your headline. Search Engine Journal

Search Marketing at its Finest: A Preview to #MNSummit 2016

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“There is no black magic to successfully attracting customers via the web.”
– Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz

For digital marketers, this quote rings all too true. For this reason, successful digital marketing requires constant self and team education and a willingness to experiment with groundbreaking tactics. In our quest to grow online ranking, traffic and leads, conferences like the 2016 MNSearch Summit help to guide us to these goals.

Friday’s conference is a digital marketer’s dream. In-person lessons on analytics, search and digital marketing from experts at Google, Microsoft, Moz and more. For four lucky members of the TopRank Marketing team, that dream will be a reality when we attend this sold out event in downtown Minneapolis.

8 Smart Social Media Platform Marketers Creating Awesome Content

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There is an art to planning and executing on a successful social media marketing strategy. Social algorithms are constantly evolving, new networks popping up and users are adapting the way that they use social platforms.

Keeping up with a steady and quality publishing schedule and engagement strategy for social media is no easy undertaking. To find relief, marketers have begun taking advantage of the many social media monitoring and publishing tools available on the market today. These tools help with everything from scheduling and publishing social posts, to providing insights into content performance and audience segmentation.

To help you keep abreast of the latest social news, I’ve uncovered 8 awesome content creators that work for some of today’s top social media monitoring platforms. In this post you’ll find information about these social media mavens as well as insight into some of their killer content.

12 Powerful Tips for Hosting a Successful Twitter Chat

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Brands are always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with their audience, build awareness and showcase what they have to offer. Over the past couple years, Twitter chats have emerged as a marketing tactic that allows brands to do just that and more.

Twitter chats are public Twitter conversations that take place surrounding a specific hashtag at a predetermined date and time. The hashtag often provides some context for the topic or theme of the chat, and allows people to easily find the conversation and participate. Most often, Twitter chats are not one-off discussions, but rather recurring events.

5 Dangerous Myths About Influencer Marketing – Busted!

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The popularity of influencer marketing has made the field ripe for opportunists to capitalize. That’s what happens when new trends emerge into mainstream marketing: advice and experts start popping up everywhere.

Some of that advice is good, some is suspect and plenty is just pure mythology. Like a dragon – just as mythical but also potentially dangerous to your marketing.

Fantastic tales of fame and success ala the latest marketing tactic du jour rarely lead marketers to business success. Realizing the potential negative effects of alluring speculation and misinformation to marketers, I decided to take the pulse of our community on what the most common and dangerous myths about influencer marketing are.

Online Marketing News: Marketing Excellence Journey, YouTube Director and Emoji Targeting

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How to Make Progress on Your Marketing Excellence Journey [Infographic]
Successful marketing comes down to a simple concept: Being able to measure what people want, and being able to deliver it. This inforgraphic shows how to make progress toward successful marketing. According to MarketingProfs, “the hard lesson here is that marketing organizations that want to earn or keep their seat at the corporate leadership table must focus on both sides of the analytics coin: data and metrics.” MarketingProfs