Ashley Zeckman

Would You Rather: 6 Ways to Tell if Your Digital Marketing Agency is the Right Fit

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 19th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

Today’s increasingly competitive landscape requires that marketers focus on activities that will have the biggest impact in order to capture and keep the attention of potential customers. With over 200 million people utilizing ad blocking technology, it’s clear that an integrated digital marketing strategy has to be implemented in order to reach target customers.

To develop and execute a successful marketing program, many brands large and small  look to digital marketing agencies to help guide their strategy and execution to maximize the impact of their efforts. However, as most of you have discovered at some point, those agency relationships don’t always work out as you anticipate. Once the wooing stage has passed, you may find that you have more work and results aren’t meeting expectations.

Caitlin Burgess

Working Together in Perfect Harmony: Digital Advertising + Content Marketing

Caitlin Burgess on Jan 17th, 2017     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Search Marketing

Content marketing has emerged as an incredibly effective way to arm consumers with the information they seek and need, increase brand awareness, enhance engagement, and ultimately inspire action and conversions. As TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden likes to say:

“Content isn’t King. It’s the Kingdom.”

But the kingdom is crowded. According to Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProf’s 2016 benchmark reports, 88% of B2B marketers and 76% of B2C marketers say they use content marketing.

With so many marketers in the content marketing game—many of them creating and publishing new content daily—competition is stiff. In addition, evolving algorithms for social media news feeds and search engine results make it even more difficult to get the right eyeballs on your content.

Caitlin Burgess

6 Influencer Marketing Lessons Marketers Can Learn from Journalists

Caitlin Burgess on Jan 5th, 2017     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Influencer Marketing

As some of you regular TopRank Marketing Blog readers may know, before making my way into the world of digital marketing, I was a journalist covering the wild news happenings in a handful of Twin Cities metro towns.

While I wore many hats during those days—from reporter to managing editor to social media maven—building strong community connections was probably the most important hat of all.

Truly, the people I engaged with were more than connections. They were lifelines. They represented untold stories, interesting perspectives, inside scoops and friendly gateways to new sources, allowing me to craft quality news pieces that people actually wanted to read, share and talk about.

Now as a digital marketer, my community connections and sources often go by a new name: influencers.

Ashley Zeckman

20 Tips to Help You Become A More Effective & Focused Marketer in 2017

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 3rd, 2017     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

The holiday season has officially ended and while some of us are still taking down our trees and packing away ornaments, 2017 is well upon us.

The break that the vast majority of marketers get at the end of the year helps us start the new year refreshed, replenished and ready to create some kickass marketing programs.

This year, instead of focusing on being productive, let’s change our approach to becoming more effective in our marketing. Truly effective people are not just focused on getting as many things done as possible. Instead, time needs to be spent prioritizing, pushing boundaries and finding ways to enjoy what you do for an extended period of time.

Caitlin Burgess

Content Curation 101: 7 Best Practices, Helpful Tools & Great Examples

Caitlin Burgess on Dec 26th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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In today’s digital world, marketers know that creating quality content is key to informing, engaging and inspiring action, as well as building authority and rapport with their audiences. And oftentimes that means creating original pieces and assets that tap into their audience’s interests, address pain points and answer burning questions.

But let’s face it: marketers are busy—and creating quality, original pieces that get results and position your brand as having the best answer is incredibly time intensive.

However, there is one tactic that can come to the rescue: content curation.

What is content curation?

Simply put, content curation is all about finding, gathering and sharing the best and most relevant content the web has to offer on a specific topic that your audience cares about.

Caitlin Burgess

Limited Resources? Here Are 9 Clever Ways to Create Live Video on Social Media

Caitlin Burgess on Dec 6th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Social Media, Video

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For many brands and marketers, video is becoming an increasingly important part of their overall digital marketing strategy, particularly when it comes to their social media efforts. And it’s not hard to see why.

We humans are visual beings, and these days we crave and expect video. According to a HubSpot infographic, one-third of all online activity is spent watching video. When used as a marketing tactic, compelling video content helps capture attention, encourages engagement and—in some cases—reaches a more prominent position in social media news feeds.

But quality video content is far more time consuming and costly to produce than other types of content, making it more difficult for marketers and brands with less manpower, time or budget to create video.

Caitlin Burgess

We Answer the Top 5 Questions People Have About Content Marketing

Caitlin Burgess on Nov 29th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing

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As marketers, it’s our job to know our audience. To understand their pain points. To empathize. To provide them with the answers or solutions they’re looking for.

So how do we do all these things? One way is through content marketing.

Over the past few years, content marketing has been increasingly embraced by marketers. In fact, this year 88% of B2B marketers and 76% of B2C marketers said they used content marketing, according to the 2016 Benchmark, Budgets & Trends—North America reports from Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs.

But there are still a lot people out there who are searching for some of the content marketing basics.

Ashley Zeckman

12 Reasons The TopRank Marketing Team is Thankful for Our Clients

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 24th, 2016     Digital Marketing

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Today is Thanksgiving and for many people around the nation, that means gathering with friends and family to give thanks for the things that they have, and the things they’ve learned.

This year, our team at TopRank Marketing would like to shine a light on some of our clients and give thanks for the many ways that they have inspired and guided our team over the years.

We are incredibly honored and thankful to work with such an amazing group of clients. To celebrate these great people, I’ve reached out to some of our team to share what they are thankful for and have learned from our rockstar clients.

Lee Odden – CEO

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Caitlin Burgess

7 Tips for Running a Successful Social Media Marketing Campaign

Caitlin Burgess on Nov 22nd, 2016     Digital Marketing, Social Media

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In today’s digital world, social media is a staple tactic within most marketing strategies, with 92% of companies considering social media important for their business. But as a widely adopted tactic, many brands and marketers are finding it more challenging than ever to stand out in news feeds, grow their follower base, and maintain or increase engagement. Of course, recent platform tweaks aimed at improving user experience have thrown a wrench into the mix, too.

If you’re nodding your head in agreement, it may be time to get more creative and deliberate with your social media marketing strategy. How? By designing and launching a unique social media marketing campaign or contest to liven things up.

Ashley Zeckman

50 Influential Women in Digital Marketing: North Stars & Rising Stars

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 14th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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Having people that we can look to for guidance and inspiration is an incredibly important part of our professional development. In this post, I would like to shine a light on some incredibly talented and inspirational women that are making moves and serving as a shining examples for other digital marketers.

To create this list of inspirational women in digital marketing, we pulled 25 of the top brand marketers from our list last year (our North Stars), and asked each of them to nominate someone (our Rising Stars) that they thought were deserving of having a light shone on their awesome work.

In addition to featuring insights about these savvy digital marketers, we asked each of our North Stars to share their inspiration for their own work, and asked what inspired them about their Rising Star nominations.

Caitlin Burgess

7 Tips for Making Your Brand More “Likeable” on Social Media

Caitlin Burgess on Oct 26th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Social Media

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For most brands and marketers, social media is an important and necessary component of their overall digital marketing strategy. Not only does social media help build brand awareness, but it also provides a conversational space for brands to engage their audience outside of their company website or brick and mortar stores or offices.

But let’s face it, competition for audience attention and engagement is stiff. With nearly all brands and marketers using social media, coupled with frequent platform changes to improve user experience, brands are fighting for organic visibility. In fact, 40% of marketers say social media marketing has gotten more difficult for them in the last 12 months, according to Social Media Examiner’s 2016 Industry Report.

Ashley Zeckman

100+ Digital Marketing Tools to Help You Become A More Effective Marketer

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 13th, 2016     Digital Marketing

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Here’s the honest truth: You’re busy and finding the time to be not only efficient but effective is a constant struggle.

Recent research from MarketingProfs has found that B2B companies plan to increase digital marketing budgets by 12 – 15% year over year. But are the funds being invested in the right place?

A healthy mix of talent, customer experience, process and digital marketing tools are a winning combination for digital marketing success. Below are insights into some of our tool related posts that we’ve gathered to help you choose which free or paid tools are the best fit for your organization.

Conversion Rate Optimization

Improving your conversion rate is a never ending battle that requires testing and optimization. To make your conversion rate optimization efforts easier, this post contains 21 hand-picked tools to get a better ROI on your website.