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.

 

Joshua Nite

What Does ‘Mobile-Friendly Content’ Really Mean?

Joshua Nite on Jul 28th, 2016     Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing

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If you’re a 90’s kid, you likely have fond memories of Saved by the Bell and its star, precocious Ferris Bueller type Zack Morris.

You could tell Zack was unique among the students at Bayside High. For one thing, he could stop time and address the camera directly. But more importantly, he had a cellular phone. Sure, it was the size (and probably weight) of a brick. But it wasn’t connected to a landline! That big rubberized antenna didn’t connect with a corded receiver nearby—it pulled connectivity out of thin air. Magical.

Fast forward to today, and kids who were born after Saved by the Bell went off the air are now entering the workforce. If they met Zack Morris, they would probably make fun of his hair, his clothes, and his giant phone.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing World Keynote Interview: Stephanie Losee, Visa

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The digital world is often a small world. For example, when working with Dell on an influencer content program I met Dell’s Managing Editor at the time who seemed to be a cocktail of sophistication, intelligence and just a lovely person. She reminded me very much of Rebecca Lieb, another force of nature in the content marketing world. Why does this make digital a small world? Despite being based on two different coasts, they’re great friends!

This serendipitous content sage is none other than Stephanie Losee, who is now Head of Content at Visa, Corporate Communications. Along with many others, I’ve learned many important insights from Stephanie and I can’t wait to see her keynote panel at Content Marketing World in September.

Joshua Nite

Now Hear This: 10 Digital Marketing Podcasts to Educate and Entertain

Joshua Nite on Jul 20th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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How much time out of your life do you sacrifice to your commute? It’s amazing how quickly it adds up.

If you drive/bike/bus just 30 minutes each way, that’s five hours a week. Do that 50 weeks out of the year, and it’s 250 hours, more than six full work weeks. Yeesh.

Now, I don’t mean to bum you out. Just pointing out an opportunity. Most of us spend hours a week trapped in one form of conveyance or another. Why not use that time to continue your marketing education with a good podcast?

Joshua Nite

Learn How to Master Your Content Marketing Supply & Demand

Joshua Nite on Jul 18th, 2016     Content Marketing

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Marketers who are far smarter than I am have talked a lot about “content shock.” The idea is that content creators keep churning out more and more content, but readers have the same limited time and attention to consume it. It’s simple supply and demand: Supply increases, demand stays the same, and content gets devalued.

It’s definitely true that there is more content out there than ever before. And over 75% of B2B and B2C marketers plan to create more this year than they did last year. So the amount of content will only increase over time.

The question, though, is whether the rules of supply and demand apply to all content equally.

Caitlin Burgess

Snapchat for B2B: Examples of Brands in Action, Best Practices & Tips

Caitlin Burgess on Jul 13th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media

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From its beginnings as a disappearing photo app to adding interactive—often hilarious—filter options and storytelling capabilities, Snapchat has come a long way in it’s nearly 5 years of existence. In fact, the social media platform has seen tremendous user growth, boasting 150 million daily active users, which is more than Twitter, according to Bloomberg.

While Snapchat is a major hit among pre-teens and teenagers, usage of the platform is growing among adults—especially Millennials. According to a BI Intelligence report, 45% of adult Snapchat users are 18-24, with another 26% between 25-34 in age. And recently there’s been a big uptick in users over the age of 35.

Ashley Zeckman

Celebrate Your Freedom From These 4 Tired Content Marketing Tactics

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 4th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Freedom is an expression that you’ll hear a lot this week as we celebrate America’s independence. Our forefathers had a vision for a country that provided citizens with certain rights and responsibilities for themselves and their neighbors.

Marketers today have a unique opportunity to sign their own declaration of independence to free themselves of tired content marketing tactics. This is a declaration that removes antiquated approaches to content marketing and instead focuses on creating value for their customers in a way that builds a better future.

Recent research has found that over 80% of marketers are creating content,which means that the competition for customer attention is becoming increasingly difficult. Now is the time for marketers to break free of tired content tactics and begin creating more memorable interactions with customers. As you continue to execute and refine your approach to content marketing, make sure that you avoid making the following mistakes. 

Joshua Nite

How to Turn Undervalued Content into Content Marketing Gold (The Trick is Repurposing)

Joshua Nite on Jun 30th, 2016     Content Marketing

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Have you ever lost hours watching Antiques Roadshow marathons? Or do you lead a substantially more exciting life than I do?

I can’t help it; there’s something so compelling about finding treasures in your attic. That ashtray is really a Civil War-era candy dish! That punch bowl is really a 12th-Century chamber pot (we sincerely hope you washed it first)! Even though the most exciting thing I ever found in my attic is a dead squirrel, it’s fun to dream.

Think of your existing content library as one big, overstuffed attic. All the great stuff your team has written is still there. It may occasionally attract a visitor or two, but for the most part it’s just collecting virtual dust. So why are we in a constant mad dash to create new content? For most organizations, there is plenty of value left in the old stuff. With the right repurposing, content that proved valuable to your audience once can attract a new wave of traffic.

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-Focused 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.