Lee Odden

Interview: Content Strategy Words of Wisdom from Kristina Halvorson #CMWorld

Lee Odden on Jun 9th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Interviews

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When it comes to content strategy for the web, Kristina Halvorson wrote the book. Literally. Now in its second edition, Content Strategy for the Web is widely recognized as the go-to resource for content strategists all over the world. Kristina is also the CEO and Founder of Brain Traffic, and the founder of the Confab conference series.

We sat down with Kristina in advance of her upcoming keynote presentation at Content Marketing World (September 8-11) for her no-nonsense, no-holds-barred-or-prisoners-taken opinion on the current state of content marketing. Read on for her thoughts on challenges content marketers face, how to really listen to customers, and why a sensible marketing approach is better than a sexy one.

When you first founded Brain Traffic, were you planning on becoming a content strategist?

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Buy Button Bonanza, Everyone’s Getting ‘Near Me’, Facebook Snags The Spend

Ben Brausen on Jun 5th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Engage Your Visitors

How to Write Better Titles Using Data-Driven Strategies [Infographic] – How much time did you put into the title of your last blog post? If your answer was, “Not much,” don’t worry — it’s often the most overlooked component of content. Check out this infographic to learn more. Search Engine Journal

Google Says “Near Me” Searches Have Doubled This Year – Search queries that contain a location qualifier such as “nearby” or “near me” have doubled in the past year, according to Google Trends data from March. Eighty percent of those searches come from mobile devices. Search Engine Land

STUDY: Different Engagement for Different Types of Content on Facebook – Do different types of content on Facebook lead to different types of engagement? Social media news aggregator NewsWhip has the answer. SocialTimes

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Search Shake-up, Mobile Reps Revenue, SERP Food

Ben Brausen on May 29th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Social Media Adoption Top Brands

Why Do We Follow Brands on Social Media? [Infographic] – Did you know that social networking is the top online activity in the US, with the average American spending 37 minutes per day on social media sites? It’s also a fact that around 46% of web users look towards social media when making a purchase. Find out more about Why we follow brands on social. GO-Gulf

Google Confirms Changing How Quality Is Assessed, Resulting In Rankings Shake-Up – Earlier this month, many webmasters noticed significant Google ranking changes. Google has finally confirmed those ranking changes with us. Search Engine Land

STUDY: The Impact of Age Range on Facebook Ad Auction Price Tags – What effect does the age range selected during ad targeting on Facebook have on pricing in the social network’s ads auction market? SocialCode, a Facebook Marketing Partner, sought an answer to that question. SocialTimes

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Feed Buzzes Businesses, Promoted Pins Get Powerful, Twitter Shows Search

Ben Brausen on May 22nd, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Influencer Marketing Golden Ticket

Is Influencer Marketing the Next Golden Ticket? [INFOGRAPHIC] – Influencer marketing is growing like crazy. Will it become the next golden ticket? Check out this infographic to find out. The Shelf

Google Webmaster Tools Rebrands To Google Search Console – Google aims to get more users on Google Webmaster Tools by renaming it to Google Search Console. Search Engine Land

Twitter’s Objective-Based Ads Are Now Available To All Advertisers – Company officially launches beta program that it says has helped improve efficiency and cut costs for advertisers who pay only for certain types of engagement, like website clicks, conversions, lead generation or video views. Marketing Land

Tweets Now Appear In Google Search – Twitter and Google announced that tweets now appear in mobile searches. They will make their way to desktop searches in the future. Find out more about how they’ll be appearing. Twitter

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Apple Users More Apt, Facebook In An Instant, Push Opt-In Dropped In

Ben Brausen on May 15th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Prioritizing CX

The Cost Of Not Prioritizing Customer Experience – CXM is the process of providing unforgettable experiences to your customers at every touchpoint – online, on the phone, on social, and in person. To find out what it will cost if you don’t prioritize your customer experience, check out this infographic. Inc.

STUDY: Android Users More Likely To Click Mobile App Ads, iOS Users More Apt to Install – What trends were established in the mobile advertising arena during 2014? Kenshoo, a Facebook Marketing Partner, has the answers in its latest report. SocialTimes

Less Than 20% Of B2B Buyers Say Social Media & Blogs Impact Vendor Discovery Process [Report] – New B2B web usability report shows considerable disconnect between what B2B buyers want on a website and what vendors provide. Marketing Land

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google+ Gathers Collections, Mobile Beats Desktop, Pinterest Pins New Platform

Ben Brausen on May 8th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Evolution Of Lifecycle Marketing

Turn Leads Into Brand Advocates in 4 Steps [Infographic] – Social media marketing provides many opportunities for lead generation, sale conversion, and creating engaged brand advocates. An new infographic from Bluenose, a customer success platform provider, demystifies lifecycle marketing and shows marketers each step in the journey. SocialTimes

Study: Accurate Location Can Boost Mobile Conversions By More Than 2X – Mobile ad platform Thinknear’s latest location accuracy report contains a variety of findings about the impact of location accuracy on consumer behavior and ad performance. Overall, the report says that the availability of location for mobile display campaigns is expanding but geo-accuracy is being diluted or degraded by a new influx of programmatic impressions. Marketing Land

Ashley Zeckman

Success Story: Jolina Pettice Promoted to TopRank Marketing Vice President

Ashley Zeckman on May 7th, 2015     Interviews, TopRank Agency News

Jolina Pettice

Note from Lee: My partner Susan Misukanis and I are thrilled to announce that Jolina Pettice has been promoted to Vice President at TopRank Online Marketing!

For nearly 10 years Jolina has helped TopRank Marketing clients and her consulting team achieve success through her fearless leadership, passion for digital marketing and an uncanny ability to “get sh*t done”. Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing smart, creative and results-focused professionals rewarded for their contributions and empowered to grow even more.

TopRank Marketing is on the cusp of some of the most exciting growth we’ve ever experienced in our 14 years in business and I am proud to see Jolina leading the way. Congratulations Jolina!  To learn more about Jolina, read on for Ashley’s interview with her:

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Comes Calling, Pin Partners, Highlighting Twitter

Ben Brausen on May 1st, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Time Spent Consuming Content

Exposing The Generational Content Gap: Three Ways to Reach Multiple Generations – With more people of all ages online than ever before, marketers must create content that resonates with multiple generations. Successful marketers realize that each generation has unique expectations, values and experiences that influence consumer behaviors, and that offering your audience content that reflects their shared interests is a powerful way to connect with them and inspire them to take action. Moz

Google Gets Into Content Recommendation With AdSense Matched Content – Google is getting into the content recommendation mix with a new tool for AdSense publishers. Matched Content gives publishers access to the familiar style of widget that appears at the bottom articles. Marketing Land

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Says Hello, Twitter Gets More Direct, Google Gets Mobile-Friendly

Ben Brausen on Apr 24th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Periodic Table Of Social Media Analytics

The Periodic Table of Social Media – There’s a science to social media. From content and metrics to terminology, here’s a fun way to test and verify your social marketing experiments. Direct Marketing News

New Direct Messaging Comes To Twitter – With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers. Twitter

Facebook, Twitter To See US Display Revenue Share Rise As Yahoo, Google Slip – Twitter is expected to supplant Yahoo as the third largest seller of display advertising in the US in 2015. Marketing Land

Lee Odden

eBook: Winning with Authority Rainmaker – Integrated Content, Search & Social Media

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When faced with the seemingly insurmountable odds of information overload, 63GB per person per day in the USA, how can brands, let alone enterprising individuals stand out?

Be the best answer wherever customers are looking.

And how do you do that?

By creating authority across channels and media from search to social to wherever content can be discovered, consumed or acted on.

To provide you with a clear roadmap on creating authority through integrated marketing, our latest conference eBook project launches today for Copyblogger’s Authority Rainmaker conference.

Featuring top experts including: Dan Pink, Ann Handley, Danny Sullivan, Sally Hogshead, Joe Pulizzi, Sonia Simone and many more, this eBook is both inspirational and tactically insightful. Both the eBook and the conference are organized by 4 key areas necessary for integrated online marketing success: Design, Content, Traffic, Conversion.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn Gets Elevated, Foursquare Gets Pinpointed, The Firehose Gets Cut Off

Ben Brausen on Apr 17th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Content Creation VS Content Sharing

Content Creation vs. Content Sharing [INFOGRAPHIC] – If there were a magic wand to conquer the online content strategy, most, if not all, would give it a wave–or two. Unfortunately, there is no one magical solution to mastering your brand’s online presence, but there are a few ways you can revitalize it. See what content creation and content sharing can do for you. Social Media Today

Facebook, Twitter to Claim a Third of Display Ads in Two Years – A new forecast from eMarketer sees the two leading social networks claiming some $14 billion in display ad spending in two years, or nearly 34% of the estimated $37 billion category. Facebook will account for the major portion of those sales, booking $10 billion to Twitter’s $4 billion. eMarketer sees Facebook display revenues almost doubling Google’s in 2015, $6.8 billion to $3.5 billion. Direct Marketing News

Lee Odden

An Authoritative Interview with Podcast Master Jerod Morris, VP of Rainmaker.FM

Lee Odden on Apr 16th, 2015     Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Jerod Morris Interview

Who is Jerod Morris?  I think that’s an important question and one deserving of a public answer because if you’re in the online marketing and especially, the podcasting world, you need to know Jerod.

So let’s get started. Jerod (@JerodMorris) is part of a small team that plans, produces, and markets the content for Rainmaker.FM, Copyblogger’s digital marketing podcast network. He hosts two shows on the network: The Lede and The Showrunner and also develops new shows. Jerod speaks regularly at industry conferences and produces Rainmaker Platform webinars. Simply put, Jerod is an Authority on podcasting and Rainmaker for Copyblogger Media.

As part of our ongoing series for the Authority Rainmaker conference, check out this interview where Jerod provides a view into his start and success with podcasting including tips, examples and some insights into the top talent at Copyblogger Media.