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Ben Brausen

Guide to Surviving the Zombie Content Apocalypse #NMX

Ben Brausen on Jan 6th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Tamsen Webster NMX 2014Uh oh. The apocalypse is coming. It’s like impending doom, lurking closer and closer, threatening to take us down. What’s even worse is that we’re bringing it upon ourselves.

But there is still hope for survival. We can draw our proverbial swords, channel our inner hero and fight back. In her NMX session, Social Media Explorer’s Tamsen Webster taught how with The Content Apocalypse Survival Guide: How to Keep Your Content Alive and Kicking in 2014.

I thought this talk was about content. I never imagined what happened next.

Crap content and hoax headlines are starting to take over. They’re even being picked up by big media. You know the kind, headlines just to get the click. They’re zombies. We have to stop them before they kill us. Everyone is content marketing and so many are creating content just to get views without anything of value to the content. Readers are starting to get distrustful of what we’re offering.

Nick Ehrenberg

Unleash Your Inner Influencer with Content Marketing #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 6th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Chris Ducker, Content Marketing, InfluencerEveryone wants to be valued for their insights, and today’s content marketing-fueled age presents multiple opportunities for people to become influencers. I covered how to crowdsource these influencers in an earlier post, but what if you wanted to become one yourself? What does it mean to be an influencer? How do you reach a point where people in your industry are clamoring for your perspective? Finally, how do you build your business from such influence?

It’s not as difficult as you think, and it all revolves around efficient content marketing and re-purposing. Serial entrepreneur Chris Ducker outlined the process in an NMX super session, charting the path for people to build their influence.

Ducker, author of The New Business Manifesto, presented a plan for entrepreneurs to build personal/brand influence with content marketing, eventually seeking to launch a business from that attention.

Nick Ehrenberg

How to Create a Mobile Content Marketing Strategy #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 5th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

mobile content strategy, Greg Hickman, #NMXWhen was the last time your checked your mobile device? Ten seconds ago? A minute? An hour? (Wow, you have strong willpower.) Whatever the case, you know that mobile is already a significant influence in our lives. For businesses, it’s fast becoming a necessity for content marketing: 57 percent of mobile users wouldn’t recommend a business with a poorly-designed mobile website.

However, creating an effective mobile content strategy involves more than repurposing desktop content to fit on a smaller screen. The magic formula, according to MobileMixed podcast host Greg Hickman, involves a restructuring of control between businesses and customers.

Nick Ehrenberg

5 Tips on Crowdsourcing Your Brand’s Influence #NMX

Nick Ehrenberg on Jan 4th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing, Crowdsourcing, Dino DoganLeveraging your audience for blog post ideas is common practice in content marketing, and it can generate unique ideas from a customer-side perspective. But what does it take to use crowdsourcing as a tool for generating influence? Brands frequently target thought leaders to help amplify their content, but what is the best way to collect these resources?

Dino Dogan, founder of influencer marketing service Triberr, proclaimed a new age of crowdsourcing influence at his NMX content marketing super session. Dogan summarized his perspective with a simple question for brands: If your customers doesn’t know the brand, why would they trust its assessment of itself?

Lee Odden

11 Must Read eBooks to Get Content Marketing Smart for 2014

Lee Odden on Dec 16th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing SmartOver the past 12 months there have been a wide variety of eBooks published about every topic in the digital marketing mix from the newest mobile marketing strategies to better use of big data to the standards like content marketing, social media, online advertising, email marketing and digital public relations.

As 2013 winds down, it can be really useful to review some of the better in-depth resources on best practices and thought leadership. This post will highlight 11 of the eBooks and reports that I’ve been involved with that I think you’ll find useful.  As our content marketing business continues to grow, the body of resources and projects we get to work with is growing as well – why not share?

Nicolette Beard

Mobile Content Marketing With Apps: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Dec 3rd, 2013     Content Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing

Mobile AppsEarly adopters of mobile technology in their digital marketing mix have been experiencing great results by providing convenient methods for customers and prospects to find, consume and act on brand information. Mobile commerce success is here too: According to IBM, 25.8% of total online sales for Thanksgiving, and 21.8% for Black Friday were via mobile.

As companies discover innovative uses of mobile technology for marketing and communications, they can help differentiate their services, reinforce corporate culture, and build long-term customer loyalty.

With growing demand as a content delivery and customer experience channel, mobile applications represent a substantial digital and content marketing opportunity for brands. Mobile is now 28% of all web traffic and the smart money is on those companies and organizations that can attract, engage and convert through the creative content opportunities mobile apps provide.

Lee Odden

12 Killer Social Media & Content Marketing Blog Posts from 2013

Lee Odden on Dec 2nd, 2013     Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media
top content marketing social media posts

Metro statue from a recent trip to Moscow

This post marks number 3,401 on Online Marketing Blog. Did you know? December is our 10 year blog birthday month!

We’ve covered a variety of topics in depth over those thousands of posts, especially the integration of search, social media and content with marketing and public relations.

TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has been a top ranked marketing blog on AdAge 150 from day one and is the only blog to have been named the #1 content marketing blog 3 times by Junta42 (Content Marketing Institute).

Reflecting back over the past year there have been more changes in the digital marketing industry than seems reasonable to track best practices on. To help with that, I thought it would be handy to have a list of our top social media and content marketing posts based on traffic, shares and engagement.

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Press Releases: Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 26th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization

Press Release Best PracticesWhen Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team, announced that links in press releases have no value for SEO, it created a lot of discussion and debate in the SEM community. But, if you look at his comments in their entirety, you’ll notice that he also said press release sites do have value for press and marketing reasons as Cheryl Conner, contributing writer at Forbes, so eloquently points out.

Consider,

  • 92% of journalists use search engines to research stories and 81% of journalists use search engines daily (MarketingSherpa)
  • Blog readership, RSS feed subscriptions and social media sites are visited in record numbers
  • Journalists using Google News surpass usage of major networks, like MSNBC & CNN!
Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Microsites: Pros, Con, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 19th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Microsites exampleIn the past, the term microsites had often been used interchangeably with mini-sites, those one page stand-alone Web pages used by direct marketers in the 90s. Mini-sites became popular with the introduction of Google’s revolutionary (at the time) pay-per-click business model.

Microsites are perfectly acceptable to serve as landing pages or hubs for search engine advertising. This is one main reason for creating microsites – to create a hyper-focused website that meets the needs of a specific search query – and to satisfy Google’s Quality Score criteria.

B2B lead generation is another prime example for why marketers create microsites; they don’t want their prime prospects to get lost on the parent website and thus lose a lead. In TopRank’s experience with Marketo, optimized landing pages improved conversion rates by as high as 200%.

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing with Interactive Tools: Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Nov 12th, 2013     Content Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing, Online Marketing Strategy, Visual Marketing

Interactive Tool as Content Marketing TacticAt first glance, interactive online tools may not seem like a content marketing tactic. But, when you consider their educational and entertainment value, interactive tools offer exactly the kind of ‘stickiness’ marketers and brands are looking for.

From the early days of collaborative online learning to sophisticated interactive tools that allow consumers to keep track of their calorie count and fitness level, today, numerous institutions, governments, news organizations and brands have incorporated interactive tools on their websites to further educate and engage their customers and constituents.

Why incorporate interactive tools as part of your content marketing mix? Because education is such a powerful and important fundamental to improving the customer experience. The ability to invest in effort and receive output contributes to a customer experience that can differentiate your brand. At the same time, useful interactive tools satisfy a need for your target audience. Ultimately, tools that enable user interaction and feedback can drive sales, increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Eliza Steely

7 Tips and Tools to Craft a Killer Content Marketing Strategy #SESCHI

Eliza Steely on Nov 5th, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

#SESCHI Content Marketing SessionHave you ever created content that sucks? Or worked really hard on something, dedicating a ton of resources, only to have it under-perform or not earn the reach and impact you wanted? You’re not alone.

Despite the fact that content marketing has becoming increasingly popular among B2B companies this year, only 44% of them have a documented content strategy. This creates marketing silos that limit the benefits of creative and shareable content, which basically results in crappy content.

A diverse, creative, and strategic content plan can break down silos and help create content that resonates with your target audience while increasing social shares, network size and engagement.

Nicolette Beard

The Truth About Visual Content Marketing Tactics: Infographics

Nicolette Beard on Nov 5th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Visual Marketing

Infographics as Content Marketing TacticIt’s safe to say that Big Data is revolutionizing 21st century business. The big question for marketers, however, is how do you take the wealth of information at your disposal and effectively simplify and present it in an engaging and informative way? One answer is infographics.

Defining what entails a good infographic is complex. For one, not all data lends itself to creative and unique visual communication. Someone who’s expert in design may not understand your audience or how to map relevant data in a compelling way. Don’t forget: great content isn’t great until it’s discovered, consumed and shared.

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