Content Marketing

Content marketing is the planning, creation, promotion and measurement of content for a specific audience and intended to inspire a business outcome. With over 90% of B2B and B2C marketers engaging in content marketing, it’s more important than ever to make sure your content stands out from the crowd.

 

As the only blog to be named #1 content marketing blog three times by Content Marketing Institute, TopRank is dedicated to helping marketers understand the opportunities, best practices and current trends in the world of content marketing.

 

Browse our content marketing articles to find tips, guides, expert interviews, conference liveblogging and best practices.

 

Kevin Cotch

SEO Cheat Sheet for Better Content Marketing

Kevin Cotch on Jun 16th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO

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It is our job as marketers to provide our customers with quality experiences. One way we can provide a quality experience is by implementing a customer focused content marketing program. Content marketing comes in all shapes and sizes, including blog posts, infographics, email, podcasts, and many other content types. Every online channel provides a unique way for us to reach our audience. With that idea in mind, we need to optimize each content asset to make it easier for people to find.

Competition for your audience’s attention has never been higher and many marketers are finding it challenging to get their content in front of the right audience. This challenge will continue to become more difficult with about 91% of B2B marketers claiming that they are already using content marketing. Although that number is high, many have the opportunity to better optimize the content that is already being created.

Caitlin Burgess

[Free Webinar] Patient-First Marketing: 4 Steps for a More Effective Strategy

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 15th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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The healthcare industry is changing and creating new requirements that leave many healthcare marketers searching for a viable solution.

Changing reimbursement models and new policies, regulations, technologies are some of the most talked-about changes. But the rise of consumerism is one of the biggest drivers of change as consumers become increasingly empowered and interested in taking an active role in managing their health. In fact, Google reports that 1 in 20 searches are for health-related information.

To help healthcare marketers not only adapt, but thrive under these new changes, TopRank Marketing and Medicom Health Interactive have partnered to bring you a free webinar that will dive deep into each component with real-life stories, advice and tactical suggestions from three marketing professionals.

Caitlin Burgess

7 Content Marketing Lessons Brands Can Learn from Journalists

Caitlin Burgess on Jun 1st, 2016     Content Marketing

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Before making my debut in the content marketing world, I was a journalist living out her days at coffee shops, city council meetings, ribbon cuttings and community gatherings. The daily grind was grueling at times, but it was also exciting. The prospect of breaking news always kept me on my toes and every day I worked to give my readers the latest and greatest news and information. And of course, I aimed to deliver that news and information before the competition.

Now as a content marketer, I find that while my job title has changed, the essence of what I do hasn’t. Like journalism, content marketing is all about providing your audience with quality content that informs, engages and develops your brand as a trusted go-to resource.

Ashley Zeckman

4 Tasty Content Marketing Recipes to Grill Up on Your Day Off

Ashley Zeckman on May 30th, 2016     Content Marketing

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If you’re like most business professionals, you are likely enjoying today off, spending time with friends and family and celebrating the lives of those that have served our country. Memorial Day marks one of the first holiday’s of the summer that give busy professionals a chance to take an extra day to unwind and enjoy the warm summer months.

If you’re taking the time to read this on your day off, the least I can do is offer you some helpful content marketing recipes for a successful holiday BBQ. A successful meal and content marketing plan both require a full range of elements to meet the needs of your audience, whoever they may be. The four recipes below will help you get started.

Joshua Nite

7 Infographics Every Digital Marketer Needs to See

Joshua Nite on May 26th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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I love infographics as a marketing tool, don’t you? They can convey a huge amount of information in a compact form. It’s an easy way to hit the highlights of your chosen topic without losing the reader to text fatigue. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, so it makes sense that infographics are more effective than text alone.

Where did I get that 90% stat? An infographic, of course!

Because as much as I enjoy using infographics as a marketing tool, I enjoy reading them even more. We marketers have brains that operate the same way as anyone else (well, maybe we’re more creative and a tad bit more clever). So we get the same value out of good infographic.

Knute Sands

[eBook] Easy-as-Pie Guide to Content Planning: 3 Recipes for Success

Knute Sands on May 25th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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Ever been to a busy restaurant and waited what seemed like forever for your food to arrive? Or, bought a loaf of bread only to bring it home and realize it was stale? It’s not easy to run a restaurant, or churn out dozens of perfect pastries. Cooking up quality content isn’t easy either. Much like crafting a perfect pastry, creating content that inspires an audience to action takes great skill.

Truthfully, most content kitchens are facing big problems. According to Content Marketing Institute, a mere 30% of B2B marketers and 38% of B2C marketers feel their content marketing is effective. Which is why we partnered up with DivvyHQ and created an eBook to help content marketers take their content planning from messy to simple.

Caitlin Burgess

6 Ways to Use Video to Add More Value to Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Caitlin Burgess on May 18th, 2016     Content Marketing, Video

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Humans are highly visual beings, so it’s certainly no surprise that online video content is becoming a favorite source of information and entertainment across the digital landscape—and it shows no signs of slowing down.

According to a HighQ infographic, experts believe that 69% of consumer Internet traffic will be from video by 2017—and that number will rise to 79% by 2018. As a result, video is becoming an increasingly important tool for marketers as they work to capture audience attention, provide value and increase engagement across their digital properties. In fact, the same infographic reports that 52% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI.

Ashley Zeckman

LinkedIn Publishing: 3 Tips for Creating Better Content & 6 Marketers Setting a Great Example

Ashley Zeckman on May 17th, 2016     Content Marketing, LinkedIn, Online Marketing

 

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Let’s face it, our online audiences are being force fed an incredible amount of content on a daily basis. Sadly, it doesn’t matter if they bookmark or subscribe to blogs, find things in search or locate articles in their Twitter or Facebook feeds; it’s overwhelming.

And it’s not going to slow down. In fact, 76% of marketers recently surveyed shared that they planned to create even more content in the coming year.

Part of the problem is that despite best efforts, content is not always as targeted as it should be. So while readers may stumble into an article thinking it can help solve their problems, they often make it halfway through the content before realizing the material is not for them (hopefully that is not happening in the case of this article).

Joshua Nite

8 Ways to Build Credibility & Trust with Content Marketing

Joshua Nite on May 16th, 2016     Content Marketing

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Imagine if the Nigerian prince—you know, the one spamming your email—really did have millions of dollars he needed to smuggle out of the country. Imagine he was legitimately offering you a generous portion of the cash to help you out. Think how sad and baffled he would be as yet another email went unanswered, even unopened. His motives are pure—but he lacks credibility, and so he cries himself to sleep on a mountain of landlocked money.

You are offering something of value to your audience (aren’t you?). You’re striving to be authentic and transparent and customer-centric and every other buzzword. But like the theoretical Nigerian prince, your content can be ignored if you don’t establish credibility and build trust.

Joshua Nite

Hello, It’s Me: How to Add Conversation Back Into Content Marketing

Joshua Nite on May 3rd, 2016     Content Marketing

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It was the video sensation of last year, currently sitting at over a billion views on YouTube. It features a smoky-voiced chanteuse in a big fur coat and a thoroughly obsolete flip-phone. And it’s a great example of what’s wrong with the current state of content marketing.

I’m referring, naturally, to Adele’s video for “Hello.” In case you missed it, or any of the hundreds of covers and parodies that it inspired, here it is:

Ostensibly, the song is about trying to make a connection with an old flame. But if you listen closely, it’s the most one-sided conversation imaginable. “Hello, it’s me,” Adele sings. “I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…they say time’s supposed to heal you, but I ain’t done much healing.” Notice how many times she says “I” in those opening lines?

Lee Odden

38 B2B Content Marketing Case Studies for 2016

Lee Odden on Apr 26th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

B2B Content MarketingThere was a popular article on TechCrunch recently claiming marketers in the inbound and content marketing space have no idea what they are doing and don’t know marketing. For some, that might be true.

When you’re not viewing the world through the lens of a cynic, it’s amazing what you see. Marketers at companies all over the world are planning, implementing and optimizing customer and content centric marketing programs that are achieving results.

For example, each year at the Content 2 Conversion conference, the Killer Content Awards recognize B2B marketers implementing effective content marketing campaigns. And each year, we highlight many of those examples here.

Ashley Zeckman

Keeping it Real with Content Marketing: Why Integrity, Storytelling & Creativity Reign Supreme

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 12th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Marketing is often seen as a game. A game in which the marketers are the strategists and the customers are the pawns. Unfortunately, that is a game in which nobody wins. Marketers may feel a quick rush due to their success but customers that feel duped or mislead will surely, and quickly spread news of foul marketing practices.

There is no shortcut to providing value to customers through your marketing. In fact, now more than ever self-directed buyers are relying on the content they read online to lead their purchasing decisions and if something “feels fishy” they’ll quickly move on to a more reputable source.

Because of the amount of content being created today, that also means that not only integrity, but creativity and storytelling are an incredibly important part of creating content that connects your customers to your brand.