Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman

TopRank Marketing’s 2016 Social Media Marketing Predictions

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 16th, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media

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This year was a rollercoaster for social media marketers.

Let’s take a look at what changed in 2015 alone:

  • Facebook Pages took a big hit on organic views. In order to increase reach to just your existing audience, it is now a pay to play model.
  • Meerkat, Periscope and Blab all launched this year, making real-time video streaming and interaction a reality.
  • Twitter announced late this year that share counts would no longer be available through 3rd party applications, forcing marketers to find other ways to determine how much love their Twitter content was really getting.
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50 Influential Women in Digital Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 10th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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As marketers, it’s important to draw inspiration from many sources. This could include our internal team, clients, industry thought leaders and more. Today, I would like to shine a light on 50 influential women in digital marketing who are trailblazers and innovators.

There are many more women that are doing awesome things in digital marketing that didn’t make this list, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t kicking butt in their own right.

This list was developed by a rigorous combination of previous nominee’s from past Women Who Rock Social Media lists, awesome marketers we follow and additional influencers discovered using Traackr’s tool.

This final list is in no particular order and features career tips from ten of our featured marketers.

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Want Better Leads? 7 Tips to Achieve Sales & Marketing Alignment

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 3rd, 2015     Conversion Optimization, Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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There is often a struggle between sales teams and marketing teams to prove who is most valuable. However, when marketing and sales combine their efforts, that is when they can be the most effective and powerful.

Recent research has found that nearly 60% of the sales cycle completed before prospects even speaking to a salesperson. That means, now more than ever, marketing has become an even more integral part of the sales process.

Below are some tips to help sales and marketing teams collaborate in a meaningful way that meets both business objectives and marketing KPIs.

#1 – Communicate Well & Often

One of the biggest causes of misalignment between departments is infrequent communication. Some simple ways to begin collaborating more frequently include:

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4 B2B Social Media Marketing Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Their B2C Counterparts

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 30th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Social Media

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When social media first launched, many companies were skeptical that these new platforms could be used to support their business initiatives. Today, if you hear of a company that is not on social media, you find yourself wondering “What are they thinking?”.

According to NewsCred, 87% of B2B marketers use social media to distribute content. However, many B2B brands are still trailing behind their B2C counterparts when it comes to social media strategy and results.

There is no denying that social media can be used to build brand affinity and increase engagement for B2B companies. Below are a few lessons and examples that B2B companies can learn from successful B2C companies to increase their “likeability” on social networks. You’ll also find a few B2B companies that are already proving it’s possible.

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The TopRank Marketing Team Gives Thanks

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 26th, 2015     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

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Before you dig into the turkey, mashed potatoes and my personal favorite, stuffing, the team at TopRank Marketing would like to take a moment to give thanks.

In the word cloud above, you get a glimpse into what many of our team members are thankful for. We would also like to thank you our readers for consuming and sharing the content that we work hard to create. Also, a huge thanks to our awesome clients for entrusting us with their digital marketing strategy.

In addition to asking our team members what they are thankful for personally, I also wanted to shine a light on who has inspired them or they are thankful for on our own team, below are some of their responses:

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Want to Add More Participation to You Content? Follow These 5 Keys to Success [Guide]

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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By this point, there is no denying that content marketing should be an essential part of every brand’s integrated digital marketing strategy. Content enables brands to create a connection with current and potential customers that can also support many other digital marketing initiatives if optimized correctly.

Since we’re all on the same page about content, the question many marketers are wondering is: what does the next iteration of content marketing look like? Try this on for size: 84% of worldwide consumers will take action based on the reviews and recommendations of trusted sources above all other forms of advertising (Nielsen).

Based on that statistic alone, everyone reading this should have just had an “aha moment”. If consumers trust reviews and recommendations from sources that they trust, that means that you should be adding additional trusted sources outside of your brand to build credibility within your content marketing.

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Need Help With Content Topics? 5 Places To Find Inspiration For Blog Posts

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 18th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing

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Blogging is a low to no-cost way for marketers to create owned content on a consistent basis. A consistent blogging schedule of high quality information creates a great way for your customers and prospects to gain a better understanding of how you can help them and the smarts that exist within your organization.

In fact, B2B marketers that incorporate blogging as part of their content strategy generate 67% more leads than those that do not. So if you aren’t blogging, it’s time to start.

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How Collaborating With Influencers Generated Over 110k Views on SlideShare

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 16th, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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Brands large and small are searching for ways to separate themselves from the pack. At the same time, most marketers are struggling with everything from producing enough content, to measuring content effectiveness. As more and more brands become publishers, it has become increasingly difficult for brands to create a variety of engaging content on a consistent basis.

To stay relevant and continue learning, many marketers attend workshops, trainings and industry events. Unfortunately, there are so many to choose from it can be difficult to weed out those that may not be worth the investment.

Therein lies the challenge:

  • Quality conferences need to build awareness of their events
  • Influential speakers need to drive people to their presentations
  • Marketers need useful information presented in an engaging way
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Join The TopRank Marketing Book Club

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 10th, 2015     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing

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“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson

Each person that picks up a book has a different experience when they consume the information. Our team at TopRank Marketing is filled with individuals that thirst for knowledge. That is why we are so happy to announce the launch of the TopRank Marketing Book Club.

Not only is this a great opportunity for our team to consume information, bond and discuss our views on the material, but we would like to invite you to participate as well. Want to learn what it is all about?

How TopRank Marketing Book Club Works

The first rule of book club: we want everyone to talk about book club. This club wasn’t just created for our internal team; our goal is to have it made up of other people around the globe with similar interests that want to join our discussion.

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Why Ongoing Digital Marketing Training Creates More Engaged Employees

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 9th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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When you hire a new employee, the first few months of their employment is typically a whirlwind of trainings on process, procedure and industry best practices. A strong onboarding strategy is key to team members successfully integrating into your business and gaining an understanding of what is expected of them. Unfortunately, once the initial training is complete, employees are often deprived of quality ONGOING training.

A workplace survey found that employees that feel valued by their employer are 60% more likely to report they are motivated to do their very best. One way to show your employees that you value them is by investing in their ongoing professional development. This can include everything from marketing training related to their expertise, to leadership training for company managers.

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How to Pick the Best Content Marketing Tools for your 2016 Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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To remain competitive, brands have become increasingly focused on creating a higher quantity of content, while still striving to maintain quality. Unfortunately, the quantity and quality struggle is real for so many B2B and B2C marketers alike.

Along with finding the right people and creating a sound content strategy, there is the matter of finding the right tools to integrate with your process and help you reach your goals. With the help of Alan Belniak (Content Marketing Manager and Social Media Lead at Alignable), we reviewed 12 of today’s top content marketing tools to save you the legwork.

Below you’ll find key benefits for each tool as well as the “wow factor” that is unique to their solution. As an added bonus, we also asked experts from each of these companies to share their best content marketing tip to provide you with some additional information to add to your content arsenal.

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Brands Share Their Most Hair-Raising Content Marketing Horror Stories

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 29th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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If content marketing stories were movies, most of the ones we hear today would be romantic comedies. Brands all over the world are telling stories of how they overcame obstacles and beat the odds to make their customers fall in love with them.

While these stories are inspiring, sometimes content marketing isn’t all flowers and chocolates and happy endings. Sometimes well-intentioned marketers end up in a cabin in the woods, hearing the unmistakable roar of a chainsaw approaching.

While they’re not pleasant for any marketer to experience, content marketing horror stories can teach valuable lessons. We can learn as much from failure as we do from success–perhaps even more so.