Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman

13 Experts Discuss Making Content Marketing the Star of Your Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 15th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

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“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” –Mae West

We may not know the names of actors like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and Jon Heder if it were not for their breakout roles in movies like Rocky, Mad Max and Napoleon Dynamite. Not only did these movies serve as a launching pad for major acting careers, but they also have something else in common. They were all low budget films that ended up being a phenomenal success.

Ashley Zeckman

13 Marketing Stars Show The Big Picture of Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 8th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World

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“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” –Audrey Hepburn

Content marketing can quickly become a whirlwind of creation, promotion and evolution of tactics. New platforms are constantly popping up and directives can change at the top of a hat. So, it’s no surprise when content campaigns become disorganized and lose focus.

If your content marketing isn’t having the impact it could, you’re not alone: Only 37% of B2C and 38% of B2B marketers say their content marketing is effective.

If you are in the vast majority of marketers who aren’t sure their performance is Oscar-worthy, the Content Marketing Institute is here to help with a dose of old-school Hollywood magic.

Ashley Zeckman

The Digital Marketer’s Mobile Optimization Checklist

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 2nd, 2015     Mobile, Online Marketing

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Every good marketer knows that one of the key elements to success is making it as easy as possible for your audience to consume and share information. Part of creating ease of use is keeping in mind where and how your audience is spending their time.

What degree of success do you think a marketer would have if they were to plaster flyers at every Red Robin around the country, when the vast majority of their customers eat at In-N-Out in California?

So now we’re all hungry, but what does this have to do with mobile optimization? I hate to be the one to tell you, but mobile internet usage is something we need to be strategizing for now, not in the future.

Ashley Zeckman

5 Ways to Woo Your B2B Social Media Audience & 3 Brands That Are Doing it Well

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 1st, 2015     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

 

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Have you ever been in a relationship where one partner wanted more, and the other was hesitant to take the next step?

Many B2B marketers are facing a similar roadblock. They’re ready to ask social media followers to “marry” them, but some of those followers are beginning to question why they liked the brand in the first place.

A recent study found that only 20% of CMOs are using social media for engagement. Two thirds of CMOs also report that they’re not ready to cope with social media.

Ashley Zeckman

New Report Reveals the True Impact of Social Media Marketing for Business

Ashley Zeckman on May 28th, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media

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The way social networks have impacted our personal and professional lives is far greater than most of us could have anticipated. While we were battling with our friends over getting cut from their top friends list on their Myspace profile, we couldn’t have imagined the impact of social media today. The evolution of social networks in the past 10 or even 5 years has been truly remarkable.

Social Media Examiner’s 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report holds valuable insight into how marketers are incorporating social media, how much time they’re spending and what is on the horizon.

With  92% of marketers reporting that social media is important to their business, it’s clear that marketers believe social media holds weight, but what is the true impact on their business?

Ashley Zeckman

Why Digital Marketing Podcasts Belong in Your Learning Routine

Ashley Zeckman on May 26th, 2015     Mobile, Online Marketing

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Marketers are always looking for new and efficient ways to learn. As a marketer, I’ve recently begun working podcasts into my ongoing learning routine. I’ll admit, I resisted for awhile (which was dumb). I think it’s because I have an aversion to books on tape/CD, which comes from being forced to listen to children’s books on repeat during annual family trips up and down the Oregon coast.

A realization hit me one day when I was reading entertainment “news” and taking a quiz to find out my spirit animal. I spend an exorbitant amount of time consuming a lot of content-light when I’m on the go, when I should be using that time to keep up to speed with what’s going on in my industry.

Ashley Zeckman

B2B Content Marketing Playbook: Tips to Prepare You for the Big Content Game

Ashley Zeckman on May 21st, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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The 2015 B2B Marketing Report from Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs sheds a pretty bright light on the true state of B2B content marketing. While 86% of B2B marketers are using content marketing, only 8% rate their content marketing efforts as “very effective”. It’s not so different than teams participating in sports like football. Sure, everyone is playing, but who is actually really good at it?

Fundamental blocking and tackling are key for a winning football game. The same can be said for implementing a successful B2B content marketing program: mastery of the fundamentals is essential. With B2B content creation in particular, marketers must be prepared for everything from understanding the voice of the customer to developing the right mix of content assets.

Ashley Zeckman

Content Marketing Rescue: 4 Tips for Saving Your Brand’s Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on May 11th, 2015     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to give us the reality check we need when it comes Content Marketing strategy.

Popular shows such as Bar Rescue, Restaurant Impossible and Kitchen Nightmares feature industry experts that come into a business, determine the issues hindering success and help the business turn it all around.

When you boil it down, brand-side Content Marketers are facing many of the same issues as these failing bars and restaurants. It often doesn’t matter if you’re a team of one or twenty, sometimes it’s time to bring in the experts. Budget, time and resources can often hinder a brand’s ability to call in for the big guns. Luckily, we’re here to help give some tough love and sound advice for brand marketers looking to revive their Content Marketing strategy. Of the many things you need to keep in mind, here are four high level priorities.

Ashley Zeckman

Success Story: Jolina Pettice Promoted to TopRank Marketing Vice President

Ashley Zeckman on May 7th, 2015     Interviews, TopRank Agency News

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Note from Lee: My partner Susan Misukanis and I are thrilled to announce that Jolina Pettice has been promoted to Vice President at TopRank Online Marketing!

For nearly 10 years Jolina has helped TopRank Marketing clients and her consulting team achieve success through her fearless leadership, passion for digital marketing and an uncanny ability to “get sh*t done”. Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing smart, creative and results-focused professionals rewarded for their contributions and empowered to grow even more.

TopRank Marketing is on the cusp of some of the most exciting growth we’ve ever experienced in our 14 years in business and I am proud to see Jolina leading the way. Congratulations Jolina!  To learn more about Jolina, read on for Ashley’s interview with her:

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Check Your Pulse: 4 Video Marketing Tips for Healthcare Companies

Ashley Zeckman on May 6th, 2015     Video

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Healthcare marketers are responsible for attracting new customers, building trust and converting prospects into new customers. While following content marketing and SEO best practices can put you a step ahead of the rest, there is another opportunity that you may not have considered.

As far back as 2010, Pew Research found that approximately 80% of internet users have searched for information online about health topics, and 25% of all internet users have watched an online video about health or medical issues.

Could video marketing be part of the solution? Consumers buy from people that they like and trust, especially when it comes to their health. What better way to connect with your audience in a meaningful way than through video marketing that they can relate to?

Ashley Zeckman

Book Review & Interview: Social Content Marketing for Entrepreneurs by Dr. Jim Barry

Ashley Zeckman on May 5th, 2015     Book Reviews, Content Marketing

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How many times have you wished that someone would create a textbook filled with why’s and how to’s of digital marketing? If you’re like me, the answer to that is “Too many times to count!”.

Let’s face it, the work that we do and how we do it evolves so quickly it can be hard to keep up. Unfortunately, that leaves room for us to get swept up in “shiny object syndrome” and lose sight of what is really important; creating quality content that resonates with your audience and helps solve a business problem.

Dr. Jim Barry’s new book, “Social Content Marketing for Entrepreneurs” helps marketers realign their focus to some of the most impactful inbound marketing strategies.