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Is Bing A Thing? The Answer: It Depends

Leila De La Fuente on Nov 21st, 2016     Microsoft Bing, Online Marketing, Search Engines

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It’s no surprise that Google is the most popular search engine in the world. In fact, according to NetMarketShare, it owns over 75% of the desktop search engine market share and over 94% of mobile/tablet search engine market share.

Desktop Search Engine Market Share - October 2016

Desktop Search Engine Market Share – October 2016

 

Mobile/Tablet Search Engine Market Share - October 2016

Mobile/Tablet Search Engine Market Share – October 2016

And it’s stats like these that have SEO and digital marketing professionals everywhere focusing solely on Google, when looking to improve organic search visibility. Why focus on optimizing for Bing, or Yahoo, or AOL, when they take up such a small piece of our search pie?

So when we’re asked the question, “Is Bing a Thing?” we’re quick to dismiss the need for optimization focused on Bing’s ranking algorithm; but the truth is, the answer should be “It depends.”

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Get the Marketing Budget You Need in 2 Steps

Leila De La Fuente on Nov 10th, 2016     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing

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It’s November 10th and my Christmas lights are up. To be honest, I hung them November 1st, but don’t tell anyone.

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching, and for us marketers, it’s more than holiday parties and eggnog; that means it’s time to stake our claim of 2017 budgets.

In the review of any digital marketing budget proposal, executives are going to look for the answer to these two questions:

  1. What did you do drive business this year?
  2. How do you plan to drive business next year?

Your budget proposal presentation should hand these answers on a shiny silver platter to those responsible for approval. I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of marketing professionals as they prepare for this big moment, and there are two important elements that prove to be most effective at earning budgets year after year: proving your ROI, and mapping potential to dollars.

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Can Marketers Really Generate Sales on Social Media?

Leila De La Fuente on Oct 24th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Social Media

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At last week’s MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, Andrew Davis had the crowd roaring with laughter as he impersonated a marketer with a fresh piece of content.

“Let’s put it on the blog!” he exclaimed.

“Let’s put it on Facebook! And Twitter! And Pinterest! And Flickr! And Google+, for the two people still using it.”

It was funny, because for a lot of marketers, it’s true. Too many of us fall victim to the “spray and pray” approach to social media marketing. We push our content anywhere we can get it, and cross our fingers hoping one of these posts turn into an engagement, a new relationship, a sale. That’s why I was so excited to attend the session titled “How to Use Social Media to Generate Actual Sales”, led by social media gurus John Foley Jr. and Karen DeWolf of InterlinkOne.

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Learn How to Launch an Integrated Strategy for Account Based Marketing #MPB2B

Leila De La Fuente on Oct 19th, 2016     B2B Marketing

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“How do we start to synchronize all of the efforts between marketing and sales into a coordinated play through account based marketing?”

That is the question Jon Miller posed to an audience of 150 marketers in today’s first breakout session at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. As the CEO and Co-founder of Engagio and Co-founder of Marketo, Jon shared his passion of analytics and his experience in what he refers to as “account based everything.”

As he began, he explained the difference between traditional inbound marketing and account based marketing through a unique analogy:

“The demand generation method we historically used was similar to fishing with nets. We didn’t care which type of fish we caught, we were focused on getting a lot of fish.” He explained.  “It doesn’t make sense to just wait and see if a big fish swims into your net. Account based marketing is fishing with spears.”

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Dear Marketing Client: When You Succeed, We Succeed

Leila De La Fuente on Oct 6th, 2016     Digital Marketing

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Like pairing fine wine with artisan cheese, the client-agency relationship is a beautiful medley of innovation, execution and synergy.

Okay, it’s rarely that romantic. But in my five years working in the agency world, I have been witness to marketing programs that consistently outperform objectives, which are undoubtedly fueled by a winning client-agency relationship.

No matter the size or duration of the marketing program, effective communication and a level of trust continues to be attributes that fuel a successful agency-client relationship. Below are 6 pieces of advice from an Account Manager (me) to existing or future clients, in how to make the most of our ever-growing relationship.

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Must-Have Tips & Best Practices for More Effective Remarketing

Leila De La Fuente     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

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Over the past few years, online remarketing has transitioned into a no brainer practice in digital advertising; and for good reason. Typically associated with lower cost-per-lead and higher return on ad spend, remarketing has caught the eye of businesses and agencies alike.

At last week’s 2016 MNSearch Summit, Director of Paid Search at CommerceHub Elizabeth Marsten presented her session titled “Make Your Remarketing More than an Echo,” to a packed room of marketing professionals looking to learn how to make the most of their remarketing efforts.

In her quick-witted and authentically expert presentation, she blazed through the history of remarketing and best practices for Google and Facebook remarketing (almost faster than I could type!).

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Search Marketing at its Finest: A Preview to #MNSummit 2016

Leila De La Fuente     Marketing PR Conferences

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“There is no black magic to successfully attracting customers via the web.”
– Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz

For digital marketers, this quote rings all too true. For this reason, successful digital marketing requires constant self and team education and a willingness to experiment with groundbreaking tactics. In our quest to grow online ranking, traffic and leads, conferences like the 2016 MNSearch Summit help to guide us to these goals.

Friday’s conference is a digital marketer’s dream. In-person lessons on analytics, search and digital marketing from experts at Google, Microsoft, Moz and more. For four lucky members of the TopRank Marketing team, that dream will be a reality when we attend this sold out event in downtown Minneapolis.

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Should You Consider a Digital Marketing Agency That Follows Agile Marketing Principles?

Leila De La Fuente     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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A feature of mapping apps that I wish existed: agility.

We’ve all been there. At the moment you mapped your route to your next destination, there was no traffic. As you’re cruising down the road you notice of trail of brake lights distantly in front of you.

You pull up your map application only to find that your clear roadways have transformed into dots of red lines for the next five miles – and your arrival time has been set back 30 minutes. If the map application had the agile ability to automatically re-route based on the new traffic information, you’d be cruising along side streets to get to your destination at a reasonable time.

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3 Ways to Turn Marketing KPI Successes into Wins for Executives

Leila De La Fuente     Digital Marketing

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In my role as an Account Manager at a TopRank Marketing, I work directly with brand marketing teams to strategize and execute on digital marketing initiatives for a wide variety of KPIs: website traffic, leads, social engagement, brand awareness, ecommerce sales, etc.

In my earlier agency days, I believed that if we delivered results, on time and on budget, that the data would speak for itself. Executives would see how many pageviews we accrued, or the number of leads from the website and immediately see the value of our work. However, as I became more experienced, I started to understand the necessity of translating success into insights that brand marketing teams could quickly pass up the ladder.

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4 Must-Have SEO Hacks for Better Mobile Marketing

Leila De La Fuente     Online Marketing

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I’m in the process of finding a daycare. As a working parent, my lunches are spent perusing options on my phone as I eat my Jimmy Johns (sometimes Erberts & Gerberts if I’m feeling fancy). When I come to website that doesn’t render well, I leave. If the “Request a Tour” form is unmanageably long on mobile, I leave. The expectation of instant gratification when surfing is engraved in our mobile behavior.

With over 50% of all Google searches performed from a mobile device, it’s vital for website owners to ensure their websites are optimized for mobile.

Optimizing for mobile goes beyond just having a responsive website. Here are the 4 hacks for optimizing your site for optimal user experience.

#1 – Optimize Your Page Speed

Every. Second. Counts.

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Navigating Online Advertising: 6 Tips on Finding the Right Channels For Your Business

Leila De La Fuente     Digital Marketing, Social Media Advertising

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As the year winds down, most companies are putting the finishing touches on budgets and strategies for 2016. As a digital marketing agency, consulting with clients on matters like this is a huge part of our business. When the fiscal year winds down for most companies, we always see an influx in companies looking for consultation on where to spend their remaining marketing dollars.

“We’ve got X budget, which paid channel should we invest in?”

The answer is – there is no perfect answer. It depends heavily on the target audience and what goal you’re looking to achieve: impressions, clicks, downloads, online sales, etc. To help you determine which paid channels will work best for you business, we’ve created a snapshot of some of the options that are available today.

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7 Traits for Successful Digital Marketing Agency Client Relationships

Leila De La Fuente     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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The relationships that we form with other people are an inherent part of being human. Some relationships stand the test of time while others become a distant memory. Relationships (good and bad) are not bound to our personal lives. Every day your interactions with coworkers, customers and other business contacts work towards building strong professional relationships today.

One of the larger investments that many organizations make today is in partnering with a digital marketing agency. The job of an agency is to understand who you are as a client and translate that message in a way that helps your brand better connect with target customers. Unfortunately, while 90% of agencies say they truly understand their client’s business, only 65% of clients agree.