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Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Facebook Paper, Super Social Bowl, Vine Rising, Olympic Tweeple

Nicolette Beard on Feb 7th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


9 Principles for Influencer Marketing – Based on the influencer marketing programs their customers have built, this reputation management firm analyzed the drivers behind their success and identified 9 guiding principles to influencer marketing. From “Think beyond demographics” to “Create experiences”, they’re simple tips that will help you find the right influencers and build relationships with them. Traackr

Squandered Bowl? Or Branding First? With precious few interactive call outs and even fewer mobile calls to action in this year’s Super Bowl advertising and programming, many mobile agency executives were left wondering this morning if brands missed a great opportunity to truly engage customers at this year’s big game. MediaPost

Lee Odden

Content Strategy Interview with Jonathon Colman of Facebook

Lee Odden on Feb 3rd, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing

Jonathon Colman1.3 Billion.

As of February 2014, that’s about how many active monthly users there are of Facebook. Imagine the content that gets created amongst all those connections – updates, photos, videos, blogging and plenty of cats.

But Facebook isn’t what this post is about. Not exactly.

The subject of today’s post is Jonathon Colman, a Content Strategist at Facebook. Jonathon and I first met when I was programming a Search Marketing track for ad:tech. I had known of him through his participation in the search marketing industry and really appreciated his results focused approach to optimizing online marketing performance.

As a SEO at REI, Jonathon could not only show much revenue per keyword the company was making but also how much revenue was being lost because of slow loading web pages.  I noticed he was also very attune to customer experience and content – something many SEOs are just catching on to now.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Top Vine Brands, Google DeepMind, Pinterest Gives GIFs, Google Dumps Smartphones

Nicolette Beard on Jan 31st, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How do colors affect purchases

How Do Colors Affect Purchases? –  For retailers, shopping is the art of persuasion. Though there are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy, a great deal is decided by visual cues like color. When marketing new products it is crucial to consider that consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors such as sound, smell and texture.  KISSmetrics

Pinterest Gives the Gift of GIFs, Recipe Search – Pinterest news this week includes the launch of a new recipe search feature for special dietary requirements, personalized home pages (still being tested) and functionality for GIF images. ClickZ

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: New LinkedIn Marketers Guide, Instagram is HOT, Twitter Social Shopping, Bitcoin Basketball

Nicolette Beard on Jan 24th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

LinkedIn Marketing Soluitions eBook

The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn – Today’s successful marketers aren’t just good at one thing; they are multifaceted. They are a new breed of socially savvy practitioners grounded in timeless, Mad Men-era tactics as well as new, modern technologies. They constantly strive to be the best at what they do by combining proven strategies with the latest and greatest tools to crush their marketing objectives. This guide is as comprehensive as it gets. Download it here. You can also register for a webinar to be held February 19, 2014. [TopRank client]

Lee Odden

Rock & Roll Social Media & Content Marketing Interview with Jason Miller of LinkedIn

Lee Odden on Jan 20th, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Social Media

Jason MillerAs Senior Manager, Content Marketing & Social Media at LinkedIn, Jason Miller is responsible for leading the content and social media marketing efforts for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. (Disclosure: LinkedIn is a TopRank client)

Not only is Jason an avid fan of 80′s rock and roll, but he’s a marketing rockstar by any definition – with a digital marketing “catalog” that would make any marketer envious.

I can’t count how many times I’ve had discussions with industry thought leaders about creative content and high impact social where Jason’s name was volunteered to me as a go-to resource for best practices in action. But that’s no surprise, as our history with Jason goes way back.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Facebook Trending, Got Jelly?, Twitter Targeting, Mobile Explodes (Again)

Nicolette Beard on Jan 17th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Definitive Guide to Lead GenerationDefinitive Guide to Lead Generation – Lead generation is essential for today’s marketers as they strive to create demand and get their messages heard by increasingly sophisticated, multi-channel buyers. Lead generation helps build brand awareness, nurture prospects and customers, qualify leads, and ultimately generate measurable revenue and you can learn all about it in this new 160 page eBook from Marketo

Facebook Will Now Tell You What’s Most Popular on Facebook – Facebook will now surface trending topics alongside the News Feed, using a new product the company simply calls “trending”. Trending will show a personalized list of popular topics for each user, combining their interests with content getting the most attention across the entire platform. Facebook will determine which topics are trending with an algorithm intended to recognize “a sharp increase in popularity,” not necessarily a large volume of posts or articles about a particular subject, according to a spokesperson. Mashable

Lee Odden

Content Plus Social is A Sweet Song to Sing – Interview with Amy Higgins of Concur

Lee Odden on Jan 15th, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing, Social Media

Amy Higgins ConcurOne of the truly great things about working at TopRank Marketing are our clients. On a daily basis we get to connect with and solve marketing problems with some of the smartest marketers on the web.

Take for example, Amy Higgins, an ex-Googler that is now the Content and Social Media Manager for Concur SMB. Concur is an automated expense tracking solution that is growing by leaps and bounds. Amy is super smart, goal and customer focused, very nice to work with and highly networked.

While I could talk about the successful engagement we’re having with Amy and Concur, this interview will instead focus on Amy and her unique and valuable insights as an accomplished content and social media marketer. We need more Amys in our world!

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Google+ Gmail Free for All, State of Marketing 2014, See CES, In App Ads Explode, #NMX Wrap Up

Nicolette Beard on Jan 10th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

State of Digital Marketing 2014

What can a survey of over 2,500 global marketers tell you about the future of digital marketing? Turns out a lot.

Here are summary stats from the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud report just released yesterday:

Top three digital marketing priorities for 2014 are:
· Driving increased conversion rates (47%)
· Increasing and improving brand awareness (46%)
· Collecting, measuring, and using behavior (29%)

Top three metrics used to track success:
· Conversion Rates (67%)
· Engagement Rates (opens, clicks) (64%)
· Return on Investment (61%)

Insights on Digital Marketing spend:
· 98% of marketers plan to increase or maintain their spend for 2014
· Four key areas where marketers plan to increase spending in 2014:
· Data & analytics (61% plan to increase)
· Marketing automation (60% plan to increase)
· Email marketing (58% plan to increase)
· Social media marketing (57% plan to increase

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Ultimate Guide to Instagram Marketing, Social Media Resolutions & Predictions

Nicolette Beard on Jan 3rd, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Ultimate Guide To Instagram Marketing – If you believe the buzz, Instagram is the leader in photo sharing social networks. Lee certainly thinks so! Instagram offers marketers a great chance to connect with their target audience and tell their story in a visual way. If you want to get up to speed with Instagram quickly, here is an excellent guide promising the ultimate in the insights you need to get started and stand out. Ross Simmonds

6 Predictions for Social Media in 2014 – It’s time to start thinking about what the next big thing is going to be across the social media world. Here are new areas and trends that will be the focus of social media in 2014. Business2Community

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Twitter Engagement Explodes, Yahoo Falls Behind Facebook, Mobile Drives Paid Search Clicks

Nicolette Beard on Dec 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Increasing Twitter Engagement

How To Increase Twitter Engagement By 324% – This infographic from Quicksprout has an absolute wealth of statistics and tips on how to generate a better ROI on Twitter – implement some of these suggestions into your strategy and watch those engagement rates climb. MediaBistro

62% Of Marketers Say Local Search Is Getting Harder – Read the opinions of hundreds of search agencies, consultants and business owners who logged in during a recent InsideLocal webinar. Search Engine Land

14 Stats to Inform Your 2014 Social Marketing Strategy – While no single industry statistic should stand alone in informing future plans and strategies, a broader snapshot of social network trends, social consumer behaviors and brand social media results can help reveal the big picture of social as we head into 2014. Social Media Today

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Holiday Stats, Content Marketing Predictions, Hummingbird Impacts Local, Facebook’s New News Feed

Nicolette Beard on Dec 20th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

47 Stats to Supercharge Your Holiday Marketing – Gain some insight into a number of intriguing statistics about holiday marketing. It may be too late for you to shift marketing dollars now, but it always pays to plan early for next year. Hubspot

50 Content Marketing Predictions for 2014 – Part of the fun of getting to the end of 2013 is predicting the trends for 2014. Find out what Joe Pulizzi and 50 other content marketing thought leaders see ahead. Content Marketing Institute

Advertisers to Spend $5.60 Billion on YouTube in 2013 Worldwide – YouTube takes home $1.96 billion in net global digital ad revenues and a 20.5% share of US video ad market. eMarketer

Lee Odden

Why A Transition From Optimizing for Search Engines to Optimizing for Customers is Essential

Lee Odden on Dec 18th, 2013     Marketing & PR Industry, Online Marketing, SEO

optimize for customersJudging by the daily new business inquiries we get every day, there’s a groundswell of companies that have become frustrated at the lack of cause and effect data from their SEO programs.

Sure, there are workarounds for things like “not provided” keywords, but the lack of information and uncertainty about what Google will take away next is causing many marketers to diversify into other owned, earned and organic areas: social media, content marketing, online public relations, and certainly into online advertising.

At the same time, as SEO practitioners have matured as marketers, the shift from keywords as the driver for content optimization and creation have been displaced by a focus on answering customer questions along the sales cycle.

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