Ashley Zeckman

5 Ways to Exercise & Develop Your Digital Marketing Muscles

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 20th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Minnesota summers are so short that they often fly by in the blink of an eye. To make the most of the gorgeous weekend we just had, I found a bunch of active things to do. On Friday we went to the gym, Saturday consisted of Disc Golf and Sunday sent us to one of the local lakes to go paddle boarding.

I’ll admit that I’m more than a little tired, but it felt good to be so active.

The same logic can be applied to exercising your digital marketing muscles. The first couple days you might be “sore” but once you get into a routine, it’s easy sailing. The digital marketing landscape changes so quickly that the tactics that your team is deploying currently, may be vastly different in the matter of a few months.

Joshua Nite

5 Common Writing Clichés to Avoid for Better Content Marketing

Joshua Nite on Jul 14th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing

blogging clichesEvery piece of content we produce as marketers makes an implicit promise to our audience. From beginning to end, each asset that is researched, created and published should be interesting, relevant, help solve a current pain point. The content will be informative, easy to read and provide value.

We must honor that promise to hold the reader’s attention and provide them with useful information. As Copyblogger founder Brian Clark says, “A great headline mixed with a lame opening is like inviting someone into your house, only to slam the door in their face as they approach.” Once you slam the door in a reader’s face, they’re not going to accept future invitations.

Ashley Zeckman

7 Ideas for Keeping Your Brand’s Content Marketing Fresh & Relevant

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 7th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

 

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Have you ever opened the fridge and realized that all of the produce that you painstakingly picked out at the farmers market had gone bad? Maybe there were a few items that were salvageable but the rest had to be tossed. You wouldn’t want to serve your guests a rotten ratatouille would you?

Today’s content marketers should be using only the freshest of ingredients (tactics) to keep their audience engaged and coming back for seconds.

Keeping an online audience engaged is getting harder and harder. They are constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of content which makes it very difficult to hold their attention. In fact, the Statistic Brain Research Institute found that the average attention span in 2015 is 8.25 seconds and only 4% of page views on the internet last longer than 10 minutes. Remember that blog post it took you 3 hours to write? Chances are your customers are speed reading and moving on.

Ashley Zeckman

Content Marketing Measurement & ROI Advice From Experts at Kraft Foods & 3M

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 6th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Understanding the potential risk and return on any investment is imperative for making a sound business decision. It doesn’t matter if the investment is monetary or that of time or resources.

In recent years, marketers have begun investing more and more into digital marketing programs. Content marketing investment specifically has been on a steady uprise and will only continue to increase in the coming years.

However, only 21% of B2B marketers say that they are successful at tracking content marketing ROI. That means that 79% of B2B marketers are investing in strategy and execution but are not able to track the success of their programs.

Have no fear, we brought in reinforcements. TopRank Marketing recently had the opportunity to interview Julie Fleischer of Kraft Foods and Carlos Abler of 3M as part of our Content Marketing World eBook series.

Ashley Zeckman

Engage More Customers By Becoming a Content Marketing Sommelier

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 1st, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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A sommelier is known for having extensive knowledge about wines, and how to complement the sensory experience of each type with perfect food pairings. Many train for years in hopes of finally becoming a Master Sommelier.

When embarking on a content marketing initiative, it’s important to know how to maximize the sensory experience of your content. A Master Content Marketing Sommelier knows what will best engage their customers, be it a complex, full-bodied blog post or a light, crisp infographic.

Demand Metric found that content marketing generates 3 times as many leads as traditional outbound marketing but costs 62% less. This means marketers have a ripe opportunity to create content that expertly meets the needs of their audience.

Below are 6 tips to help you become a sommelier of content marketing.

Joshua Nite

Content Marketing: 4 Tips for Creating B2B Content When You’re at a Loss for Words

Joshua Nite on Jun 25th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing

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Content marketing has rapidly become an essential piece of the B2B marketing puzzle. Buyers are more connected and more self-directed than ever before, and informative, engaging content is key to making sure your organization becomes part of the buyer journey.

Creating a steady stream of quality content can be challenging for any marketer, but especially for those in B2B marketing, where buyers expect to be informed and entertained at the same time. So it’s no surprise that Content Marketing Institute’s latest report found that 54% of B2B Marketers rated producing engaging content as a top challenge, and 50% said producing content consistently is a challenge.

Lee Odden

Blockbuster Content Marketing Success: Xerox Marketing VP Jeannine Rossignol #CMWorld

Lee Odden on Jun 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

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Everything is bigger on the silver screen: hopes and dreams, heroes and villains, successes and failures. Simple human drama can become mythical when projected onto a giant movie screen. We go to the movies to laugh, cry, and gasp along with our fellow moviegoers, all of us sitting in the dark together sharing the experience. It’s a powerful example of how great content can create an experience that not only informs, but makes you feel. Creating those experiences is a whole crew of specialists, actors, director and producers, each playing their part.

Similarly, every successful content marketing program has a team of people working behind the scenes to create quality content that connects with customers. One trailblazing example of a marketing leader creating great content experiences is Jeannine Rossignol, VP of Marketing for Large Enterprise Organizations at Xerox.

Ashley Zeckman

Marketing Superstars Tell All: Measuring Content Marketing Box Office Success

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 22nd, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World

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“Show me the money. Show me the money!” – Jerry Maguire

In the summer of 2010, the Internet was abuzz about the upcoming movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. It was based on a comic book with a rabid cult following and directed by the indie darling behind Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When the movie was released, the buzz intensified, dominating social media for its opening weekend. By almost every measurement, it was a blockbuster success. Unfortunately for the film, the one metric it missed was number of tickets sold. Scott Pilgrim was very good at generating excitement, but failed to deliver on the one metric that mattered.

Lee Odden

How to Create Oscar-Worthy Content Marketing: Ann Handley of MarketingProfs #CMWorld

Lee Odden on Jun 17th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

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My pal Ann Handley has made it her life’s work to, in her words, “wage war on mediocrity in content.” Her best-selling book, Everybody Writes, is a practical guide to writing the kind of content that truly engages an audience.

As the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs (the world’s first Chief Content Officer, in fact), Ann advocates quality over quantity in all of her content ventures. She also spreads the gospel of good content at speaking engagements around the world, including the upcoming Content Marketing World conference September 8-11 in Cleveland.

To get a sneak preview of Ann’s Content Marketing World presentation, Good Content Vs. Good Enough Content: A Fight For Sore Eyes, I did my best to catch up with her during some pretty crazy travels. Along the way, she shared her journey on learning to write compelling content, the role of technology in content marketing, and the death of the marketing funnel.

Lee Odden

Learn How to Land Your Content a Leading Role: Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures #CMWorld

Lee Odden on Jun 16th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

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A talented movie director makes sure that actors give an authentic performance that will emotionally affect the intended audience. A good content marketing strategist has the same goal: authenticity that creates audience engagement. And just like a movie director, content marketers are expected to deliver on time, under budget, and follow up each hit with a fresh blockbuster.

Jay Acunzo, VP of Platform & Content at NextView Ventures, has built his career on getting star-making performances out of content. He began as a Digital Media Strategist at Google and has spent time managing content for Dailybreak Media and HubSpot. In his position at NextView, Jay helps startup entrepreneurs with education and business development including content marketing strategies that addresses tech startups’ unique marketing challenges.

Ashley Zeckman

13 Experts Discuss Making Content Marketing the Star of Your Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 15th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

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“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” –Mae West

We may not know the names of actors like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and Jon Heder if it were not for their breakout roles in movies like Rocky, Mad Max and Napoleon Dynamite. Not only did these movies serve as a launching pad for major acting careers, but they also have something else in common. They were all low budget films that ended up being a phenomenal success.

Lee Odden

Where Social Media and SEO Fit in Today’s Content Marketing Mix

Lee Odden on Jun 11th, 2015     Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing, SEO, Social Media

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Whether your role is in search, social media, marketing communications or PR, the importance of content marketing is unmistakable.

Brand content budgets and participation are up with the vast majority of B2C and B2B marketers now using content marketing. The industry is coming together on best practices and organizations are evolving their structures to include roles like Chief Content Officer and Brand Journalist.

While there is growing synergy between search, social media and content marketing, they don’t often function collaboratively in organizations. There are also some misconceptions about what content marketing really is.

This post will dig in to some of the realities of incorporating an integrated approach that leverages the best of search, social media and content marketing, while dispelling some of the myths that keep integrated efforts apart.