Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman

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

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

Social Content Marketing Book Review

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.

Ashley Zeckman

Infographic: 14 Online Marketing Tips to Improve Design, Content & Conversions

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 30th, 2015     Online Marketing, Other Events

Winning With Authority Infographic Header

A trusted resource can be a friend, colleague or industry expert and we may turn to them from time-to-time for guidance.

Today’s online marketing landscape is crowded with advice from marketers that may have the power to influence you, but not necessarily the authority to give you sage advice.

In our eBook “Winning with Authority – 15 Experts on Integrated Online Marketing”, we pulled together advice from trusted thought leaders in the marketing field. Now we present you an infographic with even more insights from the industry experts that will be presenting at the upcoming Copyblogger Authority Rainmaker conference.

Ashley Zeckman

Behind the Curtain: 4 Tips for Creating Landing Pages That Convert

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 29th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

Behind the Curtain

 

Landing pages are still somewhat of a mystery to many marketers. In theory they sound simple, but it may feel like there are secrets or some mystic formula that has to be cracked in order to be successful.

Now you not only need a website that is filled with stellar content and optimized for conversion, but you must also create landing pages for different marketing tactics. The question is, how effective are they really?

According to Marketing Sherpa, 64% of marketers say that landing pages are the most effective way to test value proposition. Additionally, they’ve found that 48% of marketers build a new landing page for each marketing campaign.

Ashley Zeckman

4 Essential Tips for Content Marketers to Survive Mobilegeddon, Google’s Mobile Friendly Update

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Mobile, Online Marketing

Accessing content on mobile device

Internet users are spending more time than ever on their smartphones, which means Content Marketers must adjust their strategies to create a better user experience for those drawn to the small screen.

The release of Google’s new mobile-friendly update, aka “mobilegeddon”, has drawn a firestorm of attention to the need for improving website responsiveness and user experience on mobile devices.

There’s a good reason for this: A recent study by ComScore and Millennial Media found that approximately 56% of digital content is now consumed via smartphones. Knowing that a large portion of your audience likely searches, consumes and interacts with content on their mobile device should inform how you execute on your Content Marketing initiatives.

The good news is, despite the apocalyptic headlines on many blogs, Google has stated that the new mobile-friendly update only affects:

Ashley Zeckman

Rejoining TopRank Marketing: 5 Career Lessons That Brought Me Back

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 22nd, 2015     Online Marketing

Team TopRank Marketing

Note from Lee: I am happy to welcome back, Ashley Zeckman to the TopRank Online Marketing team as our new Director of Agency Marketing!

One of the most exciting parts of life is uncertainty. You never really know where the decisions that you make will lead you. Sure, you have a rough idea of where you may end up but there are always unforeseen factors outside your control.

In my first stint at TopRank Marketing, I was the agency Marketing Manager. This was a unique and very creative position that allowed me to work closely with our CEO Lee Odden. In that time, In that time I focused on being a sponge and soaking up as much as I could from the years of digital marketing knowledge contained within the walls of the TopRank office.

Ashley Zeckman

Feeling Lost In LinkedIn? 5 Elements of An Optimized LinkedIn Profile

Ashley Zeckman     LinkedIn, Online Marketing, Social Media

5 Elements LinkedinLinkedIn has quickly achieved top status as “the” business to business social networking destination.  In fact, less than two years after going public, LinkedIn’s value has risen from $4 billion to over $18 billion.

Not only has LinkedIn’s value increased significantly, but their capabilities and engagement have as well.  The same Wall Street Journal article that included the valuation above also shared the following insight:

  • In the most recent quarter LinkedIn’s page views have risen 67%
  • LinkedIn’s new “content” features include news aggregation and hosting of expert blog posts

If your company hasn’t quite figured out the secret sauce needed to really make your executives’ LinkedIn profiles shine or how to make meaningful connections, you’re in luck.  Whether you want to increase your brand or individual online visibility, this post shares insights into the 5 elements of an optimized LinkedIn profile.  

Ashley Zeckman

2013 Oscars: The Best & Worst Dressed Social Media Marketing Moments

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, Social Media

The red carpetIf you are like most Americans, Sunday night was spent in front of the television watching Seth McFarland sing songs that ran much too long and make awkward jokes.  I was actually one of the few that did not watch the Oscars (I don’t have the attention span) but I did follow the buzz online.

As an online marketer, it’s always interesting to see how companies take advantage of events such as the Super Bowl, Oscars, Grammy’s, etc.  Many viewers are just as interested in seeing the glamorous outfits and train wrecks which can all be found on the red carpet.  Similarly, there were a select number of companies that successfully carried off an integrated Oscars marketing campaign, as well as some that just didn’t hit the mark.  Below you’ll find what I consider to be the best and worst “dressed” social media marketing moments from the Oscars.

Ashley Zeckman

Social Media Night Out: 8 Tips To Get You Through The Evening

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, Social Media

DJ NightclubAfter a long and stressful week at the office it’s time to kick back, relax, and make the most of your weekend.  The easy option might be to stay in, order take-out, or watch Golden Girls reruns.  However, you might also be ready to blow off some steam.  Let’s face it, as attractive as a lazy night on the couch sounds, you know once you put in the extra effort a night out will be much more fun.

Comparatively, there are two ways to plan a social media strategy.

  • Plan 1 consists of a lazy and solo mission where you simply share a few things here and there that are just a regurgitation of social media stories and promotions that your readers have already heard.
Ashley Zeckman

The Warrior Way: How to Improve Email Marketing Engagement, Ninja Style

Ashley Zeckman     Email Marketing, Online Marketing

NinjaStriking down opponents with your ninja online marketing skills can provide a sense of satisfaction that many marketers crave.  However, there is danger in focusing all of your efforts on the front end of the customer buying cycle.

Do you know how much it costs to acquire new customers versus retaining those that have already signed with you?  According to a recent study it costs roughly six to seven times more to gain a new customer, than to keep an existing one.  Email marketing is one of the many ways that we can communicate with customers on an ongoing basis.  If you’re tired of the same old ninja stars and nunchuks, I’ve uncovered 5 email marketing tips to add to your arsenal.

Ashley Zeckman

How to Optimize Facebook Content For Business: Variety, Engagement & Tools

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing

multiple content typesSocial media marketing for business has become a necessity, not an option.  However, with quickly evolving social graph algorithms, applications, and platforms it can be hard to keep up.  An essential part of marketing any product or solution is ensuring that you reach as many of your prospects and customers as possible.

In recent months Facebook has made several changes which affects which of your fans see specific content that you post.

According to Mari Smith (one of our favorite Facebook marketing gurus), “The way Facebook’s Edgerank algorithm works is that each piece of content – whether posted via a personal profile or fan page – passes through a three-part filter and has a different score for each user or fan. In other words, we all see content from fan pages differently.” So when every post counts, what can you do to better attract and engage your Facebook fans?

Ashley Zeckman

How 4 Consumer Brands Are Using Visual Content To Tell Stories & Engage Customers

Ashley Zeckman     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Las Vegas Palm TreesAs the online landscape becomes increasingly more competitive, marketers are finding that great content isn’t just about what you say, but how content is presented as well.  Content marketing that is injected with visually appealing images not only attracts readers to your message, but it helps to tell the story you’re trying to convey.

Visually pleasing content, videos, eBooks, or graphics (to name a few) can make your customers feel a connection to your brand that they might otherwise not.  This post shares examples from  four consumer brands that have integrated visual content to help tell their stories, and engage customers.

#1 – Kraft Foods: Recipes For the Modern At-Home Cook

When many of us think of Kraft Foods a nostoligic picture of childhood favorites comes to mind.  Whether it be Mac-n-cheese, Jello, or Kool-Aid we have all craved their products at one time or another.