Content Marketing

Nick Ehrenberg

Influencer Marketing: Should You Pursue High Profile or Socially Authoritative Brand Advocates?

Nick Ehrenberg on Sep 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing


We’ve been talking a lot about influencers lately – and with good reason. The right mix of thought leaders and valuable content can catapult any integrated marketing campaign into vast new heights and audiences. Finding and connecting with those ideal influencers, however, has always been the challenge.

While there are multiple discovery tools available for influencer marketing research, identifying your influencers is only part of the battle. The next part is reconciling them with your overall program objectives. It’s here that we’ve witnessed disconnects between marketing teams and their executive leadership – and where the need for executive buy-in is crucial for any influencer marketing campaign. Executives may crave big names – chief executives of major industry organizations who may/may not have an active social presence.

Ashley Zeckman

Book Review & Interview: Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 27th, 2015     Book Reviews, Content Marketing, Online Marketing


The Godfather of Content Marketing has struck gold again. Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi has a new book that will hit shelves and Amazon carts this September.

His newest book, Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses is a delightful blend of inspiration from Joe’s personal experiences building Content Marketing Institute and advice businesses can follow to create an actionable content business model.

Content Inc. takes readers down the logical path from starting their journey, to monetization and creating next-level content.

When the Godfather releases a new piece of content it is always worth a read. If you don’t, you may have to answer to his loyal base of subscribers and followers. Below are some highlights of Content Inc. as well as an exclusive interview with Joe on his new book.

Ashley Zeckman

3 Examples of How Partnering with Influencers on Content Creates a Winning Combination

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 26th, 2015     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing


“Influencer Marketing” is a phrase that has gained momentum over the past few years. It seems that everywhere you turn, marketers are telling you that you need to incorporate influencers as part of your integrated digital marketing strategy. But the question is, does it really work?

Many companies may not have the staff or resources to run a full-fledged influencer marketing strategy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t begin dabbling in influencer marketing campaigns to help meet marketing and business objectives. A successful approach to influencer marketing provides value for both the company, and the influencers that participate. 

One ripe opportunity for building awareness and integrating influencer marketing into your marketing mix is to use it as a means to help promote events. 

Below are three stories of how TopRank Marketing helped three companies incorporate content and influencer marketing to create a winning combination for event promotion.

Ashley Zeckman

The Future of Content Marketing: Integration, Optimization and Participation

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 24th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


In 2015 the world celebrated the 126th birthday of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower. This important piece of history is comprised of over 18,000 individual pieces and was built by nearly 300 people participating in the project.

Developing content for content marketing programs can be approached with a similarly participative framework and in a way that satisfies some marketers’ top needs. According to Altimeter Group, 60% of surveyed marketers said that content creation was a top need while 53% named distribution. That means it’s time for organizations to begin looking outside of their marketing teams for content co-creation partners and to improve content promotion at the same time.

But how does an optimized, socialized and co-created content program work?

Alexis Hall

How to Avoid Marketing Automation Disaster: 6 Essential Pre-Planning Steps

Alexis Hall on Aug 13th, 2015     Content Marketing


As sales cycles increase and buyers become more informed, marketing automation is on the tip of the tongue of almost every marketer you talk to today. In fact, research has found that 79% of top-performing companies have been using marketing automation for more than 2 years.

Over the past five years, I’ve consulted with clients as marketing automation conversations evolved from “what’s that” to “someday” through to the vendor selection, planning, implementation and measurement of a system. Interestingly, 78% of successful marketers cite marketing automation systems as most responsible for improving revenue contribution, but getting from the “someday” to the “planning” can be daunting.

Lee Odden

Where to Find Useful Signal in the Noise of Content and Digital Marketing Events

Lee Odden on Aug 12th, 2015     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

content marketing signalIn the Digital Marketing and PR world, success requires a continuous effort to stay sharp and on top of what’s working and what is not. Information overload from social media has brought an exponential increase in noise, causing many marketing and PO pros to “overdose” on digital content or shut it out altogether.

I like to think that we’ve done our best to provide you with a nice, clear signal here on TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog and at industry events.

Speaking of events, we’re providing several options for a clear digital marketing and PR signal across 11 different conferences over the next few months. Topics include:

  • Digital & Integrated Marketing
  • Personal Branding With Content & Social Media
  • B2B Content Marketing & Blogging
  • Participation & Influencer Marketing
  • Modular Content Planning & Repurposing
Lee Odden

Study: Content Marketing Inefficiencies Cost BtoB Companies Nearly $1 Billion

Lee Odden on Aug 10th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

Content Marketing InefficiencyHow Efficient is Your Content Marketing? That’s the question Sharon Goldman asks in the August issue of BMA Buzz that Robert Rose and I did our best to answer. The article was inspired by a new study that finds content marketing waste and redundancy cost business to business companies nearly a billion dollars a year.

Not only are companies challenged to create a variety of engaging content on a consistent basis with clear ROI, but the making of the content is wasteful as well.

Whether you’ve made progress towards increasing the effectiveness of your content for marketing or not, I think there are some important choices to be made when it comes to marketing organization, leadership and strategy. Here’s the full article:

Ashley Zeckman

The Mortified Marketer: 8 Lessons To Help Evolve Your Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 4th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

The Mortified Content Marketer

Blogging, Day 1
Dear Diary,
Today I wrote my first blog post. Everyone is going to love it! I am going to blog every day.

Blogging, Day 10
Dear Diary,
I can’t think of anything to write. I’ve published one post, and the only person that read it was my mom.

The format above may sound familiar if you’ve ever heard the Mortified podcast (if you haven’t tuned in, you’re really missing out). In this podcast, adults get on stage and read passages from their journals, plays or fan fiction, all penned when they were children or teenagers.

Their understanding of how the world works (and their place in it) has vastly evolved from the time they wrote these entries, to the time they read them on stage.

Lee Odden

4 Ways to Build Content Marketing Authority with SlideShare

Lee Odden on Aug 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing

SlideShare Content Marketing

Managing different types of content and where they fit into an integrated marketing mix across customer segments and stages of the buying cycle can be overwhelming. Amongst all the content that brands, publishers and consumers create, only the most authoritative sources are able to capture consumers’ attention.

Why is authority important in content marketing? Authority engenders trust, confidence and can motivate people to take necessary next steps.

Becoming authoritative in an age of information overload requires more than simply creating additional content. It requires content that attracts relevant audiences and engages readers to take action. Creating content authority also requires strategy, process and the right tools.

Lee Odden

Why Content Marketing is Imperative for the Future of Public Relations

Lee Odden on Jul 27th, 2015     Content Marketing, Public Relations

Content Marketing Public Relations

Whether you’re considering media relations, brand journalism or managing corporate communications, content has always played an essential part of effective Public Relations.

However, PR pros that don’t accelerate their ability to develop content strategy, development and measurement quickly and effectively are being left behind as the future of digital PR evolves. This is a topic I’ve advocated for the past 3 years, starting out as a warning and now a reality.

Major changes in the digital marketing and PR world have revealed how social technologies, devices and ubiquitous internet access have opened the doors for all-the-time, “everywhere” connectivity to the web.

That connectivity enables consumers and brands alike to:  Create, Consume, Publish, Interact and Transact anywhere, anytime. From tablets to smartphones to getting digital content via your car, the relationship between technology and people has had a major impact on how information is discovered, consumed and shared or acted upon.

Ashley Zeckman

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Content Marketing Sundae

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing


There’s almost nothing better on a hot day than a frosty ice cream (or frozen yogurt) sundae that uses quality ingredients and just the right balance of toppings. You have to be careful not to overdo it with a blast of different flavors which can cause the sundae to become muddled and headed for the trash can.

Content marketing programs often start strong with a great base, but the desire to create a quantity of content instead of focusing on the quality of ingredients can cause it to fall short.

In 2011, Gartner predicted that by 2020, 85% of of customers will manage their relationships without even talking to a human. Content marketing plays one of the biggest roles in this trend. Good content marketing enables customers to self qualify themselves for your services and begin building a connection to you, before an email, phone call or in-person meeting ever takes place.

Brooke Furry

Find the Right Content Marketing Agency for a Happily Ever After

Brooke Furry on Jul 21st, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

content marketing agency happily ever after

Heartfelt vows. First dances. Sparkler send-offs. Nothing says happily ever after quite like a romantic wedding. When it comes to finding “the one,” weddings beautifully illustrate the success of two people making a perfect match.

When you’re looking for love and the match is right, you just know. It might be the way your personalities meld, how you never run out of things to talk about, or the ease you feel when you’re with your Prince (or Princess) Charming.

Finding the right content marketing agency is a lot like finding your perfect match. From choosing a content partner that measures up to your dream list of qualities, to ensuring the agency really is who/what it claims to be, marketers are looking for a relationship that’s going to last. However 32% of marketers say they are challenged with finding trained content marketing professionals in 2015, which is over three times greater than the number of marketers who cited it as a problem in 2014.