Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman

New Content Planning Report: Is Your Content Planning a Smashing Success or Misadventure?

Ashley Zeckman on May 8th, 2017     Content Marketing

It wasn’t too long ago that many brands were hesitant to truly incorporate content into their marketing mix. Instead, they focused solely on website copy, SEO, PR and Digital Advertising.

Today however, if someone told you that they aren’t “doing” content, they’d likely receive a befuddled look in response. Content (and especially great content) have become the cornerstone of most digital marketing programs.

But even though brands have jumped on the content bandwagon, that doesn’t always mean that they’re successfully incorporating content into their marketing. The cause? What it really boils down to is a lack of planning.

In order to tackle some of today’s top challenges and opportunities head on, our client DivvyHQ recently conducted a survey of marketers to uncover what’s working, and what’s not.

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In-Flight Content Guide: Prepping for Your Content Marketing Expedition to #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on May 3rd, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World is closer than you might think and there are so many items to plan for before jet setting to Cleveland in September. Are your bags and business cards packed? Got snacks and supplies for the flight? Uploaded a new oh-so-dapper Twitter photo? And what about picking a track, and some favorite speakers?

To help you prepare for the what you’ll learn (or give you some helpful insights if you’re unable to attend), TopRank Marketing and Content Marketing Institute have partnered to bring you insights from 14 of our most talented “content crew members” that will be speaking at this years conference.

Why?

Well, according to the latest joint CMI and MarketingProfs research, a full 89% of B2B marketers, and 86% of B2C marketers utilize content marketing.

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15 Inspiring & Actionable Social Media Marketing Tips for the Modern Marketer

Ashley Zeckman on May 1st, 2017     Social Media

After years of using “fuzzy math” to calculate the value of social media marketing, marketers are being tasked with generating and showing true ROI. But the truth is, ROI isn’t always just about revenue.

Depending on brand objectives, social media ROI could mean everything from awareness and social engagement to visitors to the company website from social media platforms.

If you really want to make social media marketing a major part of an integrated and omnichannel digital marketing strategy, use the tips below to lead your way.

Know What You Want to Accomplish

Without a clear strategy in place, tools won’t make any difference to you. @IanCleary Click To Tweet

Set goals. As with any digital marketing tactic, knowing what you want to accomplish before you start will help guide your way.

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Squashing the Influencer Marketing Buzz(words): What You Really Need to Know

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 27th, 2017     Influencer Marketing

On Google, there are more than 14 million results for the phrase “influencer marketing”. And within those result, most of what you’ll find are “What is Influencer Marketing?” posts (P.S. you can find one from us here). But the problem is that most of these posts have a different variation of what influencer marketing is, who needs it and what you should do. Talk about confusing!

Some of the types of definitions you’ll find include:

  • Using influencers to spread your message on your behalf.
  • A form of marketing that focuses on specific individuals.
  • Promoting services through influencers that can have an effect.
  • Incorporating influencers with a large social reach into marketing.
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New Report: Top Content Marketing Growing Pains for B2B Enterprise Marketers

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 13th, 2017     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

Every organization experiences growing pains when it comes to growing their content marketing program. Customer needs quickly evolve which means that brands need to be agile enough to meet consumer demand.

The group that maybe has it toughest of all is B2B enterprise marketers. The added complexities of supplying content for multiple business units and product sets, geographical locations and therefore, multiple customer groups is no easy undertaking.

While many B2B enterprise marketers have managed to crack the code for successful content marketing, others are still struggling to manage expectations with reality. The new 2017 B2B Enterprise Content Marketing report from Content Marketing Institute, MarketingProfs and Knowledge Vision helps to uncover some of the top opportunities that exist for B2B enterprise marketers.

Below, I’ve pulled out four of the top opportunities uncovered by the report as well as some helpful tips for overcoming these common hurdles.

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20 Inspiring & Actionable Influencer Marketing Tips for The Modern Marketer

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 10th, 2017     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing

The heat is on for marketers to incorporate influencers into their marketing strategy. The problem is, the sheer amount of bad advice about influencer marketing can make it difficult to separate the good from the bad.

While the pursuit for influencer marketing success doesn’t appear to be slowing down, many marketers are unsure which direction to go. In fact, the new Influence 2.0 report that we developed in partnership with Altimeter Group and Traackr, 48% of marketers are still experimenting with incorporating influencers into their marketing.

The way that different organizations define influencer marketing vary greatly. However, TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden describes influencer marketing as:

“Developing relationships with internal and industry experts with active networks, to co-create content that helps drive measurable business goals.” 

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Top Tips for Making the First 30 Days in Your New Content Role Really Count

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 6th, 2017     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

For me, starting a new job is always a steady mix of overwhelming excitement and sheer terror. I think about all of the things that I am going to accomplish (very quickly of course) and then at some point realize that the comfort of knowing the in’s and out’s of my previous job, are now gone.

As someone that has worked in numerous marketing and content roles throughout my career, I’ve learned some easy (and some very tough) lessons. In the end, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how much I think I know walking in on my first day, it’s how I take advantage of the training and onboarding available that has the biggest impact. 

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The Queen of Facebook Tells All on Generating Facebook Marketing ROI

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 27th, 2017     Facebook, Marketing PR Conferences

True to form, Mari Smith kicked off her presentation at Social Media Marketing World last week by sharing her full bio in the form of emojis and poking fun at her own mixed accent which immediately put the packed room at ease. When someone with experience like Mari takes the stage, you perk up and get ready to have a deluge of knowledge dropped on you in a short amount of time.

Her session (which seemed like mere seconds) was packed with helpful information and actionable insights that marketers can begin implementing on Facebook now. Below are some of the actionable highlights from Mari’s session. 

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10 Conference Hacks to Help You Crush Marketing Event Attendance

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 13th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

In my career as a marketer, I have attended more events and conferences than I can count. Events (especially those that span multiple days) are filled with so much information and it can quickly become overwhelming. By the second day you may feel that your brain is bulging with new information and you can’t possibly retain what you’ve learned.

Early on when I started working for TopRank Marketing, our CEO Lee Odden gave me a crash course on making the most of attending an event. His experience attending and speaking at events was an incredibly valuable resource for someone like me that wanted to take advantage of the awesome opportunity to attend events.

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5 Digital Marketing Brain Training Exercises to Keep You Sharp

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 6th, 2017     Digital Marketing

Over the years, we’ve all developed some bad habits as marketers. Some may be a result of our environment, while others have been self inflicted. As more and more bad habits enter our digital marketing routine, there is less room for healthy exercises to keep us strong.

The most recent CMO Survey uncovered that CMOs consistently rate the level of their staff’s marketing knowledge as average. So while marketing spend and production are increasing, the level of marketing knowledge isn’t following suit.

Avoid a marketing rut by beginning a digital marketing training routine to build strength and endurance over time. To give you a kickstart, we’ve provided the 5 brain training exercises below that will help you down the path to building your marketing muscles.

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Agency Life: My Top Tips for Thriving at a Bustling Digital Marketing Agency

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 2nd, 2017     Digital Marketing

When I tell people that I work for a digital marketing agency, I’m sure they envision a version of the scenarios below:

Photo Credit: The Hotel Marketing Blog

Perception of what you do, versus what you actually do are two completely different things. For most of us, our time isn’t spent sipping martinis and developing large-scale ad campaigns for major B2C brands. Realistically, we’re all juggling many tasks and clients, trying to do the best work that we can.

While working for a top tier agency like TopRank Marketing is hard work, it also offers some incredibly rewarding opportunities. As someone that has been fully ingrained in agency life for many years, I’d like to shed a light on five lessons I’ve learned that have helped me not only survive but thrive in an agency environment.

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Social Media Touchdown: How 20 Smart Brands Won the Biggest Content Game of the Year

Ashley Zeckman on Feb 6th, 2017     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Yesterday was a huge day for sports fans and brands across the nation. Diehard football fans wait all year for this special game and hope that their team (or at least a team they support) hits the turf for the big game.

Let me preface my next statement by saying I mean absolutely no offense to the amazing athletes that played their hearts out yesterday. But if you’re like me, the day is really about the cheesy/gooey/delicious food, the Puppy Bowl and of course, the ads.

On this day, brands hope that their creative and entertaining ads will reach an engaged and attentive audience as they’re glued to the television. In fact, the average commercial costs approximately $5 Million for a mere 30 seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl. That is some serious cheddar!