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Online Marketing News: Digital Agency of the Future, Facebook Hashtags, Google Gets Waze, Apple Money, Amazon Grocery

6 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 14th, 2013 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |
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Image: Detail of Skyword Infographic

The acceleration of social technologies along with continuously evolving consumer behaviors has many agencies in a state of flux and asking: Where to invest resources? Which positions to staff and how to structure the agency to be adaptable and to grow?

For the past few years we’ve been modeling our agency at TopRank Marketing to better adapt and integrate. The holistic approach I talk about here and in Optimize are a reflection of the changes we’ve made to better integrate content, social media and search optimization. With this context, I was happe to see this week Skyword released their Digital Agency of the Future Report. When I shared the accompanying infographic with my business partner, Susan Misukanis, her reply was, “That looks like us!”. Exactly.  

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Online Marketing News: 7 Social Media Sins, Matt Cutts Warns on Links, Rise of Vine

2 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 7th, 2013 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

Gluttony, sloth, greed, wrath, lust, envy and pride. Most of us know that committing these sins is wrong. The rest of us were terrified into acknowledging that committing these sins is wrong by Kevin Spacey years ago. So if we know that something is wrong in the real world, why do so many continue to follow the path of the wicked online? Start your Friday off on the path of the righteous by avoiding these seven deadly social media marketing sins, as preached by XPLAIN.

In Other Online Marketing News…

Warning From Matt Cutts: Paid Advertorial Links Are Still Paid Links
Advertorial links, dressed up pretty to look like content, are appearing in greater frequency throughout the web. But just because it feels like content and looks like content, doesn’t mean it smells like content. And if you are considering this tactic, ensure you heed the warning of Matt Cutts in this new video, and avoid the risk of emitting a foul odor to the bots. ClickZ

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Mobile Web Analytics Apps – Measure Web Stats on the Go – Google Analytics & Piwik

Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 18th, 2012 in Mobile, Web Analytics |

Staying up to date with your website’s analytics can seem like a full-time job. If you use Google Analytics, this past summer you were forced to adopt the newest version. Google Analytics version 5 brought a new interface and new reports. For some, that meant learning where all the reports moved. Aside from the obvious learning curve, many people had to spend more time to accessing simple metrics.

Today’s fast-moving business sometimes requires you to do a lot more while you are on-the go. Unfortunately, like most Web-based analytics graphs, the graphs in Google Analytics require Flash to render properly. Adobe Flash doesn’t fare so well on mobile browsers, especially those mobile browsers running on Apple mobile devices. So how do you stay connected to your Web analytics while on the go?

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5 B2C Brands That Are Effectively Filtering Photos to Customers Using Instagram

7 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Sep 10th, 2012 in Online Marketing, Social Media |

Chances are by now you are either an avid user of Instagram, or know someone who is.  Instagram is a photo sharing site that allows users to upload snapshots of their daily lives through the magic of sepia filters. This enables even the most amateur photographers to send artistic images out into the world.

ComScore recently released their ‘Top 50 web properties in the US’ report which revealed that Instagram is the 56th most popular site in the US. And if that wasn’t enough, Instagram officially became part of Facebook as of early September.

Many brands are taking advantage of Instagram and seizing the opportunity to share a more personal perspective with their customers.Instagram has seen significant growth in 2012, going from 15 million users in early 2012 to 80 million as of July. This post takes a deep dive into 5 B2C companies that are putting Instagram to work for their brand.

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Matt Cutts Stops By SES To Talk Google & Answer Some Difficult Questions- #SESSF

3 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 16th, 2012 in Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies |

Hot off the heels of Avinash’s SES opening keynote, day two of SES San Francisco 2012 included another famous Googler to start the day. Matt Cutts (@mattcutts), Distinguished Engineer for Google, is the head of the Web spam team. He and his spam fighters, as he refers to them, make up part of the Google Knowledge Group.  He was a last-minute addition to the SES schedule, interviewed by Mike Grehan, VP and Global Content Director for Incisive Media, as part of the day two kickoff.

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5 Tips For Marketing Content To Online Marketers

5 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 9th, 2012 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing |

content marketingIf you were to see a publication date on this post older than 90 days, would you still read it?  If you saw more than 2,500 words sprawled in front of you – would your eyes be enthralled or glazed?  And perhaps just as importantly, would you still consider this post useful if you had to dig deep through search and social results to find it?

All questions above, of course, can be taken as subjective – adding another wrinkle entirely to the subject of content marketing to other online marketers.  Speaking as an online marketer, what I look for in content may not match exactly what you are seeking in terms of length, format, tone or design.  That said, my experience working with numerous clients that are themselves, online marketers, within this space has led me to believe that there are at least five constants that should be adhered to in order to successfully attract and engage:

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Square Zero: 5 Survival Tips for Better Keyword Research

8 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Jun 21st, 2012 in Keyword Research, Online Marketing, SEO |

It’s a situation you have never before found yourself in.  It is fraught with anticipation – and potentially –danger.  And oftentimes – it can be the difference between success or failure.

It is the square zero experience – and if you find yourself developing a keyword glossary that will drive your online marketing campaigns for an indefinite amount of time – you might be in one.

For a good primer on keyword research, check out chapter 7 of Optimize, of which I am a contributor.  But showing you the implementation steps for keyword research alone isn’t enough to prepare you for the reality of creating the topical framework that will define your entire online marketing strategy – and could help shape the life of your online business.

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Essential Tips for Social Media & Content Marketing

22 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 15th, 2010 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media |

marketo user summitContent marketing is essential for B2B businesses providing both qualitative and quantitative returns.  And while 6 in 10 marketers are planning to increase content marketing spends this year, success-rates still vary greatly as it’s a new concept for most.

Maria Pergolino, director of marketing for Marketo (a TopRank Online Marketing client) shared a presentation at the Marketo User Summit on getting the message out, focused on social media and content marketing tips/tricks.

How do you succeed in content marketing?

  • Create content that sells
  • Create a content map
  • Optimize content for search
  • Repurpose content
  • Learn to succeed even in situations with little or no content
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How Salesforce.com Aligns Marketing and Sales

3 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 14th, 2010 in B2B, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing |

Todd ForsythTodd Forsyth, Vice President of Global Campaigns, Salesforce.com gave an energetic presentation at the Marketo 2010 User Summit (Marketo is a TopRank Online Marketing client) on how Salesforce aligns marketing and sales.  Following is a summary of the highlights of his presentation – which includes key takeaways for B2B marketing and sales teams:

Sales and marketing alignment are second nature at Salesforce.  Today, we’ll explore how as a brand, Salesforce integrates sales and marketing throughout all of our tactics and why this is also vital for your B2B brand.

Thriving in a rapidly shifting media landscape

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Can Geotagging Blog Posts Increase Local Search Marketing Performance?

13 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 1st, 2010 in Blog Marketing, Blogging, Local SEO, MIMA Summit |

This post is one of a series of liveblogs from the 2010 MIMA Summit.

WordPress GeoTagging When you think of geotagging, or checking in, what do you think of? Probably GPS, FourSquare, Facebook Places or letting a photo site like Flickr know where a photo was taken. But it can also be done for blog posts.

Geotagging in blog posts is still relatively new, but it well on its way.

WordPress.com already supports geotagging on profiles and posts so that you can let others know where you are posting from. They will also soon launch a Geo Search feature that will allow people to find posts based on their location.

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How to: Use B2B Social Media for Lead Generation

7 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Sep 30th, 2010 in MIMA Summit, Online Marketing, Social Media |
Kipp Bodnar

Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot

This post is one of a series of liveblogs from the 2010 MIMA Summit.

B2B social media can be surprisingly successful with a specific focus on lead generation.  If social media is to be taken seriously for B2B by marketing decision makers, it needs to maintain a focus on business objectives and driving sales vs. “fluff”.

B2B companies are actually in a much better position to use social media as a marketing channel than B2C companies.  They often have a much clearer expectation for what a customer does and what they want.

B2B companies also have deep internal expertise.  It’s not uncommon for top B2B companies to employ thought leaders in their specific industry.  However, there’s a solid argument that for many B2B companies, online marketing and social media might not be a fit.

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Solving Duplicate Content And Multiple Site Issues

16 Comments | Posted by TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 24th, 2010 in Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO |

More and more website owners are concerned that they might get penalized accidentally or overtly because of duplicate content.  For example, if you run mirror sites, will search engines ban you? If you have listings that are similar in nature, is that an issue?

What happens if you syndicate content through RSS? Will other sites be considered the “real” site and rob you of a rightful place in the search results? This Search Engine Strategies San Francisco session looks at the issues and explores solutions.

Moderator:
Adam Audette, President, AudetteMedia, Inc.

Speakers:

  • Shari Thurow, Founder & SEO Director, Omni Marketing Interactive
  • Kathleen Pitcher, Senior Manager, Acquisitions Marketing, Pogo.com/Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • Michael Gray, Owner, Atlas Web Service

Shari Thurow, Founder & SEO Director, Omni Marketing Interactive

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