Ashley Zeckman

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16 Digital Marketing Resolutions to Make & Keep in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 4th, 2016     Digital Marketing

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Ah, the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Every year, just like clockwork we spend time putting together a list of things that we’ll do better or differently in the coming year. And just like clockwork, that list is soon forgotten.

When it comes to your digital marketing, you can’t afford to fall into the same bad habits that you may have in previous years due to the increasingly competitive landscape. Marketers today are getting increasingly savvy and motivated to beat the competition.

The important part of making digital marketing resolutions is that they are things that you can reasonably accomplish. You could spend time putting together a list of all the of things that you dream to do in 2016, but may not have the time, funds or resources to get them accomplished. That is a surefire way to find your digital marketing resolutions in the wastebasket.

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Reflecting on 2015 & Gearing Up For Digital Marketing Innovation in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 31st, 2015     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

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This year brought many opportunities for innovation, creativity and growth for the team at TopRank Marketing.

On a personal note, I was beyond excited to re-join the team and dive head first into my new role as Director of Agency Marketing. In this role, part of my responsibilities include ensuring that our team provides creative, engaging, actionable and innovative content for our blog readers each week.

In 2015, our team published nearly 300 blog posts and amassed over 1.4 million unique pageviews for our blog content alone. Keeping the content engine running is an essential part of what we do at TopRank Marketing and I’m pleased to report the numbers above. Nearly a million of the pageviews above were generated from Organic Search which means that our strategy to optimize customers and search engines has led people to our content.

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TopRank Marketing’s 2016 Influencer Marketing Predictions

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 30th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing

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This year, headlines throughout the marketing blogosphere proclaimed that influencer marketing is “the next big thing.”

At TopRank Marketing, we have been refining our influencer marketing strategy for nearly a decade. It’s our past, present, and next big thing. When done well, influencer marketing can boost brand credibility, provide valuable exposure for the brand and the influencer and create killer content your audience will love.

Now that influencer marketing has officially arrived, how will it evolve in 2016? We asked our in-house experts, and some of our favorite marketers outside the TopRank Marketing team, for their opinion. Here are the influencer marketing predictions for 2016.

Steve Rayson

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Director, BuzzSumo
@steverayson

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TopRank Marketing’s 2016 Content Marketing Predictions

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing

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Was 2015 the year content marketing died? A quick Google search for “the death of content marketing” pulls up at least five articles written in the last six months, each seeking to put the final nail in the content coffin. To confuse the issue, for every “content marketing is dead” article, there’s a “traditional advertising is dead. Long live content marketing!” piece to balance it out.

Is this a Schrodinger’s Cat scenario? Are we holding a wake, or should we be performing CPR? In reality, it’s non-strategic content marketing that’s on life support. Audiences are increasingly ignoring the glut of mediocre content tossed haphazardly onto the web.

That’s good news. It means exceptional content with strategic creation and promotion can thrive. Making quality content the new minimum requirement is good for marketers and customers alike.

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How to Use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates to Jumpstart Content Promotion in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 22nd, 2015     LinkedIn, Online Marketing

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2015 was the year that content marketing exploded. Brands have become publishers and are all competing in the same arena to provide a quantity of quality content for their audience. In the coming year, content capabilities and demands will only increase.

It’s time that marketers think beyond creation, and take advantage of the tools available for content amplification, promotion and measurement. With over 4million business pages housed on their platform, there is no denying that LinkedIn is a powerhouse for amplifying and boosting great content.

Today, LinkedIn released their newest guide to LinkedIn Sponsored Posts. This guide was composed by scouring LinkedIn to find the best examples of business sponsored content. In order to  take the leap into investing in sponsoring content, you first have to make sure that you have something worth promoting. Below are a handful of examples of businesses using great content on LinkedIn to capture the attention of their audience.

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Spoiler Alert: How to Resist Falling to the Dark Side of Digital Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 17th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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“Fear is the path to the dark side.” – Yoda

On December 18th, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screen. Throughout the entire series we have cheered for our heroes and heroines to resist the dark side.

We’ve seen them face temptation, make the right (and sometimes wrong) choice, but at the end of the day, we’re rooting for their success. Similarly, digital marketers have faced some familiar and sometimes devastating challenges. But what can we do to avoid the path to the dark side and instead come out as heroes to our customers?

Spoiler alert, just kidding, this is a different type of spoiler. In this post we will explore avoidable mistakes in the galaxy of options available to us today. Arm yourself with your lightsaber and get ready to start building your digital marketing empire.

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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.