B2B Marketing

Ashley Zeckman

4 B2B Social Media Marketing Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Their B2C Counterparts

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 30th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Social Media


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.

Ashley Zeckman

Join The TopRank Marketing Book Club

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 10th, 2015     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing


“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson

Each person that picks up a book has a different experience when they consume the information. Our team at TopRank Marketing is filled with individuals that thirst for knowledge. That is why we are so happy to announce the launch of the TopRank Marketing Book Club.

Not only is this a great opportunity for our team to consume information, bond and discuss our views on the material, but we would like to invite you to participate as well. Want to learn what it is all about?

How TopRank Marketing Book Club Works

The first rule of book club: we want everyone to talk about book club. This club wasn’t just created for our internal team; our goal is to have it made up of other people around the globe with similar interests that want to join our discussion.

Ashley Zeckman

TopRank Marketing Top Takeaways & Words of Wisdom from MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 27th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


Last week, the amazing Ann Handley and her team at MarketingProfs put on a phenomenal conference for B2B marketers from all over the country. The information, networking, events and even the swag were all top-notch.

On the first day, Ann set the stage and asked everyone in attendance to find their squad of other marketers at the event, and to take their work seriously, but not to take themselves too seriously. I’m so thankful to have gotten to know some familiar faces a little bit better, and to make some new fast friends in a short amount of time.

This great conference inspired me to share what I thought were the top takeaways and words of wisdom from the speakers for those of you that weren’t able to attend.

Ashley Zeckman

How B2B Marketers Can Use Facebook to Drive Engagement & Generate Leads

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 26th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Facebook


Time and time again, B2B marketers have heard, “Facebook doesn’t work for B2B”. That statement could not be further from the truth. What B2B marketers should ask themselves is; am I truly engaging my Facebook audience by sharing things they want to see and interact with?

Facebook can be an incredibly powerful tool, if used correctly. In fact SteamFeed found that 60% of all social media traffic to B2B websites comes from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. So, there is proof that Facebook for B2B marketers works, but now it’s time to figure out how to create better engagement and make more meaningful connections.

Last week at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, Andrea Vahl took the stage and shared some fantastic insights into how B2B brands can improve visibility, track leads and improve Facebook Ad targeting. Below are some of her best insights.

Ashley Zeckman

How To Tap Into the Social Media Power of Employees for Content Amplification

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 26th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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Social media has evolved significantly in the past six years. At the beginning, businesses focused solely on just having a presence on social media. Then, brands beginning honing in on social listening and figuring out the “science” of a good social media campaign.

Marketers then realized that social media was a great tool not only to engage their audience, but a prime opportunity to amplify their content and draw even more people in to consume, engage with and share that content. Recent studies have found that social networking accounts for 30% of all time spent online.

Ashley Zeckman

If you want B2B Content to be Great, Ask Your Community to Participate! #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 23rd, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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The bar for great B2B content marketing is being raised since brands have become publishers and no longer need to rely on traditional media sources for exposure. Unfortunately, budgets and resources don’t always match the required output.

Not many B2B marketers realistically have the budget to hire journalists to compete with industry publications. Even those that do, are still struggling to create engaging content on a consistent basis, improve content effectiveness and provide a variety of content.

The wisdom of your community is a bank rich with useful marketing content and can help scale a B2B content marketing program. In his session at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum, TopRank CEO Lee Odden made the case for why adding participation to your content can help solve the problems above, and three examples of content co-creation in action.

Ashley Zeckman

13 Considerations for Creating Successful Landing Pages from Oli Gardner of Unbounce #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 22nd, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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While B2B marketing KPIs such as views, shares and impressions are important in helping to determine your digital marketing strategy, conversions will always be more important. You have to provide enough value to encourage people to click on your content, and then once they reach your destination, you have to convince them again that it is worth providing their contact information.

Landing pages can be an incredibly powerful tool for moving prospects through the sales process but they are not all created equal. Oli Gardner of Unbounce provided an incredibly amount of information on the four corners of conversion for landing pages in his presentation at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum.

Ashley Zeckman

Case Study: How IBM Changed Perception & Increased Revenue by 20% YOY #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 22nd, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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“Why not let every client who sets foot in the door know that this agency has entered the future?” – Don Draper

If you ask most people what they think a mainframe is, most will likely get visions of black and white photos of antiquated computers housed in an IBM backroom. As the Vice President of Z Systems Marketing for IBM, it’s Deon Newman’s job to change that perception.

Believe it or not, all of us are connected to a mainframe multiple times each day. The stats might actually surprise you. For example:

  • 80% of all corporate data resides or originates on mainframes.
  • 55% of all enterprise applications need a mainframe to complete transactions.
  • 30 billion business transactions are processed on mainframes every day.
Ashley Zeckman

Digital Marketing That Focuses on User Intent – Avinash Kaushik #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 21st, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing


“It’s not the ink, it’s the think.”

This quote was the basis for Avinash Kaushik’s opening keynote at MarketingProf’s B2B Marketing Forum. For those of you that don’t know, Avinash is a Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google and best-selling author.

According to Avinash, the difference between companies that will be great and those that will die (either quickly or slowly) are the ones that understand how to obsess about the think. Thinking about how your company can connect with people and execute process and structure will make you masters of marketing. Below are some of the many highlights from his entertaining, informational and inspiring keynote.

Ashley Zeckman

Is There Really A Secret to MAKING B2B Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 21st, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


Every industry experiences evolutions. For some it’s hundreds of years before innovations are made, whereas others change in the blink of an eye. Like a well timed magic trick, one minute you see something, and the next minute it’s completely transformed.

Digital marketing is one of those industries that is always on the cusp of something new and exciting. Personally, that is one of my favorite parts of working at an agency like TopRank Marketing. Each day is an adventure with exciting new things to learn.

Many digital marketers today seem to think that they’ve nailed making marketing magic, but have they really? There are some that in my opinion are constantly making magic (Michael Brenner, Ann Handley and Lee Odden to name a few), while the vast majority are just trying to keep up.

Ashley Zeckman

How Does Mark Schaefer MAKE Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 12th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


If someone asked you what your mission is as a marketer, what would you say?

My response would go something like this: To create a meaningful connection with customers that engages them with my businesses and encourages them to take the next step in working with us. I’d venture to say that many of you out there would have a similar response. However, even with all of the tools at our disposal today, this mission is much easier said than done.

In fact, 60% of marketers are still struggling to produce engaging content, but 72% have it at the top of their list to focus on in the future.

Lee Odden

140 B2B Content Marketing Statistics for 2016 Strategy Planning

Lee Odden on Sep 30th, 2015     B2B Marketing

B2B Content Marketing Report 2016

The best content marketing strategies are informed by data and one of the most consistent B2B marketing research reports chock full of data comes from Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs.

Today the 6th edition of the B2B Content Marketing – 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America report was published revealing a canyon of difference between successful content marketers and those that seem to be lost in the wilderness. This report is also a reality check for content marketers that drink too much of their own kool-aid, offering a mix of slightly downward trend data right along with numerous reasons for future content marketing optimism.

What do I mean by reality check? Fewer marketers have a documented content marketing strategy than last year 32% vs 35% and less marketers see their content marketing as effective 30% vs 38%.