Online Marketing

Evan Prokop

Top Digital Marketing Takeaways From Authority Rainmaker

Evan Prokop on May 20th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Brian Clark Authority Rainmaker Cover

What does it take to become an authority in your industry? How can we make better sense out of an integrated approach to digital marketing?

According to the presentations we saw at Authority Rainmaker 2015, it takes the passion to learn and pursue knowledge, the expertise that warrants credibility and respect of your peers and the time and effort to earn your place as an industry thought leader.

While only in it’s second year, Copyblogger’s Authority conference brought the passion and expertise that will no doubt result in achieving authority status among digital marketing events in the industry.

Alexis Hall, Lee Odden and I had the pleasure of representing TopRank Online Marketing for this informative and entertaining event, which took place at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver Colorado. We met interesting people, created great blog and social content and learned lots of great digital marketing tips to share with our agency team.

Alexis Hall

Good Content Vs. Good Enough Content: A Fight for Sore Eyes with Ann Handley

Alexis Hall on May 19th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Ann Handley Authority Rainmaker 2015

“Do you have any mustard?”

“Give me the mustard.”

“Pardon me: Do you have any Grey Poupon?”

These three statements mean the same thing, but each is a unique way of asking for the desired item. Often, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

In her session at Authority Rainmaker 2015, Ann Handley shared the belief that brand voice is key to creating good content marketing that will set you apart.

There is this idea that as quantity of content increases, quality takes a nose dive. So how do you maintain or increase quality of content while increasing quantity?

It starts with being really good at the basics, like brand voice.

Not More Content…Ridiculously Better Content

Alexis Hall

Stand Out or Don’t Bother: Sally Hogshead on Harnessing Your Fascination Advantage

Alexis Hall on May 18th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Sally Hogshead Keynote

Why is Jägermeister the bestselling liquor brand that no one likes?

Because it’s toxic taste is what sets it apart from all the other liquor choices behind the bar. The worst it tastes, the more people talk about it. That creates a unique experience that people seek out.

This illustrates what Sally Hogshead suggested in her opening keynote at Authority Rainmaker – different is better than better. Sally is a best selling author, keynote speaker and marketer who has consulted for brands ranging from BMW to Target.

Sally says that the uniqueness of a brand is what can be translated into their competitive advantage. When you are able to put that competitive advantage into words, it translates into something people will evangelize and purchase.

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

Michael Bak

Social Media Advertising: Don’t Be Tardy for the Party

Michael Bak on May 12th, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Advertising

Social Media Advertising

Social media advertising presents many exciting opportunities for marketers regarding media, targeting and general flexibility for reaching customers where they hang out.

However, having seemingly unlimited options can make paid social a daunting channel to tackle. Just like you may feel after a long week, it’s sometimes easier to just stay home on a Friday night. But in today’s social media driven world, having a quiet evening at home just isn’t an option.

According to a recent report from Salesforce, 70% of marketers plan to increase their social media ad spend in 2015. Over the last couple of years, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have made numerous updates to their algorithms. These updates have made it even more difficult to engage with your current followers, let alone attract new audiences.

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

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

Ashley Zeckman

Infographic: 14 Online Marketing Tips to Improve Design, Content & Conversions

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 30th, 2015     Online Marketing, Other Events

Winning With Authority Infographic Header

A trusted resource can be a friend, colleague or industry expert and we may turn to them from time-to-time for guidance.

Today’s online marketing landscape is crowded with advice from marketers that may have the power to influence you, but not necessarily the authority to give you sage advice.

In our eBook “Winning with Authority – 15 Experts on Integrated Online Marketing”, we pulled together advice from trusted thought leaders in the marketing field. Now we present you an infographic with even more insights from the industry experts that will be presenting at the upcoming Copyblogger Authority Rainmaker conference.

Ashley Zeckman

Behind the Curtain: 4 Tips for Creating Landing Pages That Convert

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 29th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

Behind the Curtain

 

Landing pages are still somewhat of a mystery to many marketers. In theory they sound simple, but it may feel like there are secrets or some mystic formula that has to be cracked in order to be successful.

Now you not only need a website that is filled with stellar content and optimized for conversion, but you must also create landing pages for different marketing tactics. The question is, how effective are they really?

According to Marketing Sherpa, 64% of marketers say that landing pages are the most effective way to test value proposition. Additionally, they’ve found that 48% of marketers build a new landing page for each marketing campaign.

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

Ashley Zeckman

4 Essential Tips for Content Marketers to Survive Mobilegeddon, Google’s Mobile Friendly Update

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Mobile, Online Marketing

Accessing content on mobile device

Internet users are spending more time than ever on their smartphones, which means Content Marketers must adjust their strategies to create a better user experience for those drawn to the small screen.

The release of Google’s new mobile-friendly update, aka “mobilegeddon”, has drawn a firestorm of attention to the need for improving website responsiveness and user experience on mobile devices.

There’s a good reason for this: A recent study by ComScore and Millennial Media found that approximately 56% of digital content is now consumed via smartphones. Knowing that a large portion of your audience likely searches, consumes and interacts with content on their mobile device should inform how you execute on your Content Marketing initiatives.

The good news is, despite the apocalyptic headlines on many blogs, Google has stated that the new mobile-friendly update only affects:

Ashley Zeckman

Rejoining TopRank Marketing: 5 Career Lessons That Brought Me Back

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 22nd, 2015     Online Marketing

Team TopRank Marketing

Note from Lee: I am happy to welcome back, Ashley Zeckman to the TopRank Online Marketing team as our new Director of Agency Marketing!

One of the most exciting parts of life is uncertainty. You never really know where the decisions that you make will lead you. Sure, you have a rough idea of where you may end up but there are always unforeseen factors outside your control.

In my first stint at TopRank Marketing, I was the agency Marketing Manager. This was a unique and very creative position that allowed me to work closely with our CEO Lee Odden. In that time, In that time I focused on being a sponge and soaking up as much as I could from the years of digital marketing knowledge contained within the walls of the TopRank office.