Archives for June 2016

SEO Cheat Sheet for Better Content Marketing

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It is our job as marketers to provide our customers with quality experiences. One way we can provide a quality experience is by implementing a customer focused content marketing program. Content marketing comes in all shapes and sizes, including blog posts, infographics, email, podcasts, and many other content types. Every online channel provides a unique way for us to reach our audience. With that idea in mind, we need to optimize each content asset to make it easier for people to find.

Competition for your audience’s attention has never been higher and many marketers are finding it challenging to get their content in front of the right audience. This challenge will continue to become more difficult with about 91% of B2B marketers claiming that they are already using content marketing. Although that number is high, many have the opportunity to better optimize the content that is already being created.

[Free Webinar] Patient-Focused Marketing: 4 Steps for a More Effective Strategy

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The healthcare industry is changing and creating new requirements that leave many healthcare marketers searching for a viable solution.

Changing reimbursement models and new policies, regulations, technologies are some of the most talked-about changes. But the rise of consumerism is one of the biggest drivers of change as consumers become increasingly empowered and interested in taking an active role in managing their health. In fact, Google reports that 1 in 20 searches are for health-related information.

To help healthcare marketers not only adapt, but thrive under these new changes, TopRank Marketing and Medicom Health Interactive have partnered to bring you a free webinar that will dive deep into each component with real-life stories, advice and tactical suggestions from three marketing professionals.

Is Your Brand Likable? 7 B2B Technology Brands Taking a Creative Approach on Facebook

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Between Facebook constantly tweaking features to improve user experience and the saturation of posts from every other brand out there, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for B2B brands to reach their audience by utilizing Facebook marketing tactics. According to the Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs’ B2B Content Marketing: 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends—North America report, 84% of B2B marketers said they used Facebook as a content marketing tactic, but just 30% said their efforts were effective.

But this doesn’t mean it’s time to abandon the Facebook ship. It’s just time to reset your course and put some wind back in your sails. It’s time to get creative.

Should You Consider a Digital Marketing Agency That Follows Agile Marketing Principles?

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A feature of mapping apps that I wish existed: agility.

We’ve all been there. At the moment you mapped your route to your next destination, there was no traffic. As you’re cruising down the road you notice of trail of brake lights distantly in front of you.

You pull up your map application only to find that your clear roadways have transformed into dots of red lines for the next five miles – and your arrival time has been set back 30 minutes. If the map application had the agile ability to automatically re-route based on the new traffic information, you’d be cruising along side streets to get to your destination at a reasonable time.

Online Marketing News: Marketer’s Don’t Trust Data, Twitter Carousel and IBM Gets Smarter

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Survey: Most Marketers Use 6+ Measurement Tools But Don’t Trust the Data
New data has shown that most marketers use six or more measurement tools, but don’t trust the data they’re collecting. As it becomes increasingly popular to employ more than one analytics tool to help determine the ROI of your digital efforts, with 78% of marketers surveyed planning to adopt an attribution solution in the next two years, this comes as somewhat of a surprise. It begs the question, is it the data we can’t trust or the interpretation? Convince and Convert

Storytelling, Emotional Engagement, and Conquering the Status Quo: An Interview with Lee Odden

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“We make decisions emotionally and then justify them logically.” That statement is one of those unattributed, unattributable quotes that pops up everywhere from neuroscience to content marketing. There’s probably a poster of it you can hang on your office door. Probably with a picture of an adorable kitten, or perhaps a whale jumping over a rainbow.

But behind the cliché is an undeniable truth for marketers: Emotions matter. Emotional engagement is crucial for any kind of marketing, from presenting at a conference to writing a long-form blog post. That kind of engagement requires more than just a passing understanding of your audience. It requires genuine empathy.

[eBook] Patient-Focused Marketing: Understanding the Anatomy of a Successful Strategy

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Every function of the human body is supported by essential organs like the heart, brain and lungs. Without these vital organs, one simply can’t survive. Similarly, there are key components that are the lifeblood of a successful healthcare marketing strategy in today’s digital world.

Healthcare marketers are well aware of the major changes that the healthcare industry is experiencing. Not only are there new programs, regulations and technologies to consider, but thanks to the internet and mobile devices, consumers now have more power and desire than ever to manage their health themselves. According to Google, one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. In addition, Google’s The Digital Journey to Wellness Study in 2012 revealed that 61% of hospital patients visited more than two hospital sites before converting.

Is Pinterest Still Alive & How Are Brands Using It?

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Is Pinterest still alive?

With the rise of Instagram, Snapchat, Blab, and other visual social media networks and apps this is a question many marketers and brands may be asking.

The answer? Pinterest is most certainly alive. And, actually, it’s growing—even though it’s not getting as much press as it was getting a couple years ago.

Today, Instagram boasts more than 400 million active monthly users, with more than 80 million photos being shared each day. In addition, one of the newest visual phenomenons, Snapchat, just hit 150 million daily users, according to Bloomberg.

20 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Busy Digital Marketers

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The interconnectivity of today’s world means that digital marketers are never “off the clock”. Just because it’s a Saturday at 5pm, that doesn’t mean that there may not be a fire that needs to be put out, or a post that needs to go live.

Unfortunately, it’s not realistic for marketers to be constantly tied to their laptops and wifi (especially during the summer months). Thankfully, the invention of smartphones and the handy applications that go along with them, make staying connected on the go a breeze.

Below are 20 must-have mobile apps for marketers who can’t always be at their computer, but need to stay connected.

Category: Social Media Mobile Apps

If you’re a digital marketer that performs any sort of social media marketing function, then the apps below are no brainers to keep you connected.

Online Marketing News: Snapchat Unicorns, Periscope Moderation and Instagram Business

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How Snapchat Became a Social Media Unicorn (Infographics)
Unfortunately, SocialTimes isn’t referring to the mythical, fuzzy, four-legged cuddle stallions we’ve come to know and love. “In the tech world, unicorns are private startups that reach at least a $1 billion valuation. E-commerce has the most unicorns, with 25 percent of the total pool, while 18 percent are in internet software and services and just 5 percent are in social media. No social media unicorn seems to get more attention than Snapchat, which was recently valued at $16 billion.” It would appear unicorns are more common than we were led to believe. SocialTimes

Influencer Marketing Is (not) Dead: How to Breathe New Life into Your Program

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What’s a marketer to do? We heard that influencer marketing was the next big thing. We heard about companies getting amazing results with it. But it seems you can’t go anywhere online recently without seeing headlines like this:

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And this:

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Note the social shares on those two articles: 242,000 for the first one and nearly 50,000 for the second one. If influencer marketing is burning down, that’s a lot of people standing by with marshmallows to roast.

But don’t panic. These two articles, and many more like them, refer to a specific kind of influencer marketing. Generally speaking: the bad kind. Specifically, the practice of writing massive checks to teenagers with a lot of followers on Instagram or Vine in exchange for product promotion. That particular economy, which converted cash to “influence” or “awareness,” was pretty much doomed from the start. You’re in trouble any time you convert real money to something fundamentally unmeasurable.

7 Content Marketing Lessons Brands Can Learn from Journalists

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Before making my debut in the content marketing world, I was a journalist living out her days at coffee shops, city council meetings, ribbon cuttings and community gatherings. The daily grind was grueling at times, but it was also exciting. The prospect of breaking news always kept me on my toes and every day I worked to give my readers the latest and greatest news and information. And of course, I aimed to deliver that news and information before the competition.

Now as a content marketer, I find that while my job title has changed, the essence of what I do hasn’t. Like journalism, content marketing is all about providing your audience with quality content that informs, engages and develops your brand as a trusted go-to resource.