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Lee Odden

Influencer Marketing and Content FTW! 7 Steps to Co-Created Awesome

5 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 24th, 2014 in Influencer Marketing |

Influencer Marketing

What’s a faster way to connect with a target audience than building thought leadership from scratch? Working with influencers that already have authority and credibility with the target audience you want to reach.

Why so many companies focus only on buying their way into new markets and audiences I may never know. Working with industry influencers through networking, interviews co-created content has been an instrumental approach for our boutique and specialized agency. By connecting with influencers and working with them to achieve mutually beneficial goals, we’ve grown our business substantially.

This post is an in-depth look at how your business can tap into the power of influencers and co-created content through 7 steps that go from planning to implementation to measurement.

Lee Odden

What Marketers at Dell, IBM, Optum, General Mills and Bank of America Think About the Future of Search Marketing

4 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 23rd, 2014 in Digital Marketing, Search Marketing |

Future of Search Marketing in Digital

As the search marketing industry continues to feel the sting of Google narrowing down what passes as acceptable search marketing practices, more practitioners find themselves having to defend the channel. This is more true with SEO than Search Advertising, but for many, search marketing isn’t exactly the poster child it once was.

But that’s not how the panel of digital marketers we polled from major corporations including Optum, General Mills, Bank of America, Carlson, Dell, IBM and AOL see it. Their view is far more optimistic.

As companies begin to plan their strategic marketing initiatives, it can be tough sorting through the “propaganda” from search engines and search marketers alike. I’m a fan of going to the source whenever possible for clarity on marketing trends and besides your own data, what better source than companies making choices about marketing budgets, developing strategy, implementing tactics and defending marketing performance on a daily basis?

Lee Odden

Learn, Network, Create – Upcoming Digital Marketing and PR Conferences in 2014

2 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 21st, 2014 in Marketing & PR Industry, Marketing PR Conferences |

TopRank Marketing Events 2014

Continuous learning is the key to stay ahead in the digital marketing and PR world. Besides learning from your own experiments, connecting with other industry subject matter experts and peers can be a great way to expand your knowledge network. You ARE building a knowledge network, right?

Events are a big part of how I stay connected in the industry and create content. I also get to learn a lot from the awesome people I meet at conferences – both offline and online.

In fact, I must REALLY like learning and building my network because over the next 3 months at least 8 events are in store and unlike the top photo from a recent event in London, all are in the U.S.!

Lee Odden

Digital Marketing – What Does It Really Mean? Insights from 9 Brand Digital Marketers

7 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 16th, 2014 in B2B, B2C, Digital Marketing |

Digital Marketing

Have you noticed the phrase “digital marketing” being bounced around a lot more lately? Me too.

I admit that I’m one of the sources of that bouncing. With the rate of change occurring in the marketing world, I think describing what we do is something that isn’t really satisfied by just one phrase.  Content, Search, Inbound, Multi-Channel, Integrated, all seem to have their place, but “Digital” seems to express what most companies are creating in their marketing right now.

As much as people toss around “digital marketing”, I get the impression that we’re not all on the same page in terms of what it actually means. Just a few weeks ago, we posted a digital marketing predictions post that now has nearly 8,000 social shares. Both the answers and the feedback were quite varied.

Lee Odden

Two Marketing Tips for Creating More Meaningful and Profitable Content

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 14th, 2014 in Blogging, Content Marketing |

Content Tips

Understand Globally, Communicate Locally

Literally and figuratively.

While at networking event in Bucharest I met the head of global business development and partnerships for a well known video hosting platform. Working with professionals from so many different countries, cultures and customs requires careful attention to communications and behavior – not entirely unlike how marketers who create content need to flavor their message according to the unique needs of each target audience.

He shared with me how things like accepting a business card from someone in China and then writing on it or not greeting the most senior person first in a Middle Eastern country, can kill a deal. He also talked about the importance of structuring engagements in a way that not only empathizes with the business customs of the region, but also makes money for all involved.

Lee Odden

10 Real Time Content Discovery Tools for Curation, Engagement and Sharing

17 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 10th, 2014 in Content Marketing |

Real Time Content Discovery

The influence of search on content beyond Google, Bing and Yahoo is pretty amazing. Just think of all the social media monitoring platforms that have launched – they’re all essentially search engines.

Another category of online tool that relies on search are content discovery tools (just like Google is a content discovery tool).  Except this category of content discovery weights content shared on social media channels more heavily and often provides the ability to organize and flavor search results based on an analysis of what your own social networks are posting and sharing links to.

Lee Odden

Attract, Engage, Convert – How to Better Measure and Optimize Content Marketing Performance

2 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 9th, 2014 in Content Marketing |

Safe is Risky - Tom Fishburne Cartoon

The obstacle in front of most large, or mature companies of any size when it comes to digital and content marketing, is the battle with status quo. From strategy to tactics and especially measurement, change is often seen as interruptive and risky vs. adaptive. But without adaptation, we can hardly evolve, can we?

As Tom Fishburne implies in the cartoon above, change isn’t risky, safe is risky.

Companies evolving from Stasis to Production and into Utility and Storytelling modes of content marketing maturity begin to broaden the scope of what business goals content can deliver for a company.

Lee Odden

Is Your B2B Company Getting Ahead or Dead on these 21 B2B Marketing Basics?

5 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 7th, 2014 in B2B, Online Marketing |

B2B Marketing Tactics

Staying competitive in the B2B marketing space seems overwhelming for a lot of marketers right now with all the hype about everything from content marketing to programmatic ad buying.

While I am a firm believer companies do need to stay on top of what’s new, continuously experiment, adapt and evolve, there’s still quite a bit of low hanging fruit when it comes to B2B marketing tactics.

What are those easy pickings you ask? It’s marketing fundamentals! But you say, “Nah, we’ve been to the basics mountain, summited and back. Been there, done that.”

Here’s the thing about online marketing basics: the nature of the tactics persist, but the data that supports them along with execution have undoubtedly changed.

Lee Odden

A SEO Guru, Social Media Expert & PR Pro Walk Into a Bar… A Smarter Content Marketing Mixology

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jul 3rd, 2014 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing |

Content Marketing Mixology

So, a SEO guru, a social media expert and a public relations pro walk into a content marketing bar.

The search marketer says to the bartender, “I’d like 35 shots of of the same tequila, but each needs to be in a slightly different glass, in different amounts and chilled at slightly different temperatures.”

The social media marketer says, “I’ll buy a round for all my friends and get one for yourself too. Oh, and let’s take a selfie while we drink. #socialdrinking”

The public relations pro joins in the fun too and winks at the bartender saying, “I’ve heard you have some really good microbrews here. If I could try a few, I’lll text all my friends this is the place to be.”

Lee Odden

How SEO and Inbound Marketing Can Grow Your B2B Marketing Performance

6 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jun 26th, 2014 in B2B, Online Marketing, SEO |

B2B SEO Inbound Marketing

Call it organic marketing, call it inbound marketing or even content marketing – the practice of creating useful information to generate demand and attract an audience of buyers vs. buying ads to push messages out to them is one of the highest impact, low cost approaches to digital marketing a business can take.

The practice of optimizing content for better search visibility goes hand in hand with the broader approach of inbound marketing. SEO best practices can be applied to content across the entire sales cycle to surface brand content during awareness, consideration and purchase behaviors as well as after the transaction to reinforce retention and advocacy goals.

Lee Odden

12 B2B Content Marketing Examples and Case Studies for 2014

4 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jun 25th, 2014 in B2B, Content Marketing |

Killer B2B Content Marketing

Content Marketing has long been a staple for the B2B Marketing world with an increased boost in popularity due to changes in consumer information discovery and consumption. Over 90% of B2B marketers are using content marketing according to CMI and MarketingProfs. Far more research is conducted before sales contacts are made providing B2B companies an opportunity to satisfy buyer information hunger with some killer content.

But what works and what doesn’t? What are B2B brands, big and small, doing to achieve results with content marketing? Those are great questions we’re answering every day through our own work with B2B companies and through industry examples.

For some inspiration for your B2B content marketing programs, check out these mini-case studies from the 2014 C2C Killer Content Awards, which include a mix of brand content marketing program examples and the results they produced. From print to video to coordinated multi-channel content programs, there’s a nice variety here.

Lee Odden

Curation and Repurposing to Extend the Life of Your Content Marketing

3 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jun 23rd, 2014 in Content Marketing |

repurpose curate content

Ever have one of those dreams where you’re running a race and if you don’t win, you’ll turn into a big blue chicken? Hmm, maybe not.

How about running a race only to find you never actually finish because you’re on a treadmill? That’s how a lot of marketers feel about their Sophomore content marketing programs about now. The need for more and better content is never ending. Quarterly editorial plans make it feel like the end is near, but this isn’t a race. It’s a journey full of twists and turns, hits and misses. Maybe even a few blue chickens here and there.

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