Online Marketing

Online marketing encompasses a broad range of strategies and tactics, but the overall goal remains the same, attracting new business, engaging with customers and converting more leads to sales. With nearly three billion Internet users, online marketing is the key to attracting new eyes, spreading brand awareness and growing your business online.


Named a top Marketing Blog by Advertising Age, the experts at TopRank Marketing are here to teach you how to become an online marketing master!


Browse our online marketing news and articles to find, tips, guidelines, and current best practices.


Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Google Has Changed, B2C Content Marketing and Video Ad Metrics

Tiffani Allen on Oct 21st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


How Google Search Has Changed in 2016 [Infographic]
As we all know, Google is no stranger to change. Keeping track of those changes and their connotations is an actual full time job. For example, MarketingProfs reports “Google’s search engine is displaying fewer organic results on it first page this year than it was last year, and it’s increasingly presenting different experiences for desktop and smartphone users.” MarketingProfs

[New Research] B2C Marketers Need to Give Content Marketing Time
Following their successful release of their B2B content marketing benchmarks report, Content Marketing Institute has shifted their research focus to B2C. What did they find? 60% of B2C marketers consider their organization’s approach to content marketing to be much more or somewhat more successful than it was just a year ago. Content Marketing Institute

Ashley Zeckman

A Preview & Exclusive Insights for the 2016 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 19th, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing


This week, members of the TopRank Marketing team are off to Boston to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. It’s no mystery that this conference put on by Ann Handley and the incredibly talented MarketingProfs team is one of our favorites.

In addition to our CEO Lee Odden speaking at the conference on the topic of influencer marketing, a few of our team members will be live blogging some of our favorite sessions and connecting with other marketers.

Below is a preview of some of the sessions we’re most excited about as well as some exclusive conference insights from MarketingProf’s Marketing Manager, Rob Zaleski.

MPB2B Sessions You Can’t Miss

Session: Sexy Hot B2B Influencer Activation: The Art And Science Of Romancing B2B Industry Influencers To Collaborate, Co-Create, And Advocate Content Using Leading Influencer Marketing Tools

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Infographics in SEO Strategy, Google Pixel & The Value of UX

Tiffani Allen on Oct 14th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Why Infographics Should Be Part of Your SEO Strategy [Infographic]
It isn’t just readers who appreciate the value of a good infographic — search engines do, too. Infographics drive more engagement and social shares, signaling bots that content is relevant to the searcher and is a good answer for what they’re looking for. But how do you create a great infographic? Read on for 6 simple steps to make your own. HubSpot

Google Pixel marketing push is worth $3.2M in ads and much more
Google released Google Pixel, their new smartphone offering, to the market and has made quite a splash. Google has reportedly spent $3.2 million in their initial advertising push for TV ads, and experts in the field believe that’s just the metaphorical tip of the iceberg in terms of spending. Their Pixel product is rumored to be poised to connect with the iPhone, which begs the question, how will this affect marketing and design for mobile devices? TECHMalak

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Organic CTR Hacks, Annoying Social Habits and Expanded PPC Ads

Tiffani Allen on Oct 7th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Infographic: 11 Amazing Hacks that will Boost Your Organic Click-Through Rates
Organic search is one of the most important traffic channels for digital marketers. Optimizing your organic click through rate can only help increase the amount of organic traffic you see, and actions taken by those who arrive on site. But how exactly can one increase their organic CTR? This infographic has 11 tips to get you started. Search Engine Land

New Study Looks at What Makes People Unfollow Brands on Social
Your social followers are more likely to convert than those consumers who don’t follow your brand, so it stands to reason that a good marketer wants to keep them around. So, what annoying habits cause users to unfollow? Being too promotional, posting too frequently or too infrequently and sharing irrelevant content. Social Media Today

Kevin Cotch

How to Become a Better Search Marketer with Effective Communication

Kevin Cotch on Oct 3rd, 2016     Online Marketing


Our job as search marketers is to provide the best results for our clients (both internally and externally). In order to provide the best results, we need to effectively communicate the value of everything we do. An effective communicator will be able to show the value of a search strategy/tactic to get the most out of a program for all parties included.

The search team needs to work together with the rest of the marketing team to educate them on potential risks or wins during any changes in strategy. Search engine optimization should be viewed as a part of the overall marketing strategy and cannot be a standalone solution. Instead, SEO can help all areas of marketing when done correctly. With that mindset, SEO needs to be a partnership between the search marketers and clients.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Bird’s Eye View, FTC Skepticism and Facebook for Business

Tiffani Allen on Sep 30th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Infographic: Latest Twitter Study Sheds Light on Just How Well Video Is Doing
Based off of Twitter’s annual Online Video Playbook, this infographic shows what’s cleverly referred to as ‘The Bird’s Eye View of Video’ on Twitter. For example, 93% of the video views on Twitter are on mobile. Users who watch video want breaking news, information, and viral content the most, followed by entertainment and celebrity content. AdWeek

The FTC Is Skeptical When Celebrities Are Paid to Like Your Product
The FTC is investigating a few big name brands for bending the rules that govern paid celebrity endorsements. Of course, rules regarding endorsements from celebrities aren’t news to marketers, but the onset of digital marketing did prompt new rules and regulations. The one thing that hasn’t changed? Disclosure. Entrepreneur

Joshua Nite

5 Cool Ways to Make Marketing Magic with Interactive Content

Joshua Nite on Sep 29th, 2016     Content Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing


On the occasion of the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I was thinking about the fantastical wizarding world of Harry Potter. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world with magical items like pictures that move, newspapers that automatically update themselves, portraits that speak?

Then it hit me: My smartphone can show moving pictures and auto-updated news, and it doesn’t have to be delivered by owl. AND it’s a lot more compact than the average Daily Prophet issue. Sure, we can’t play proper Quidditch yet—someone get Elon Musk on flying broomstick development—but as far as interactive content goes, Muggles have got it on lock.

Joshua Nite

What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook Live

Joshua Nite on Sep 27th, 2016     Blogging Strategy, Facebook, Online Marketing, Social Media


In the age of Netflix and DVRs, it’s weirdly ironic to watch the growing popularity of live video for social media marketing. Sure, most of it is recorded so you can access it later, but it has far more in common with the nightly news than with modern on-demand, personalized content.

It turns out, there’s something about watching an event unfold live that’s hard to replicate. To be there as it’s happening, in the moment with a group of friends and strangers, sharing a singular experience. It’s powerful. And it never really went out of style—it just took a while for technology to create a compelling modern version.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Emotional Connections, Twitter Goes Long & Better Ad Coalition

Tiffani Allen on Sep 23rd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How Emotional Connection Increases Customer Satisfaction [Infographic]
Did you know that customers with a higher degree of emotional connection have a higher lifetime value than those that aren’t? And 50% of a person’s perception of an experience is based on emotions? This infographic and supporting statistics help to illustrate the need for marketing messages that truly resonate with your market. ClickZ

Marketers Rejoice: Twitter No Longer Counts Photos, GIFs, Videos Toward 140-Character Limit
It’s official as of Monday, September 19th — Twitter is no longer counting images, gifs, or videos in their 140 character count. This is a big break for social marketers. What’s next for the platform? Eliminating @handles from the character count as well. This change is slowly rolling out to all users but isn’t official platform wide. AdWeek

Joshua Nite

Avoid Content Ennui: 10 Creative Blog Types to Serve Your Audience

Joshua Nite on Sep 22nd, 2016     Blogging Strategy, Content Marketing, Online Marketing


When it comes to blog content, a lot of us are serving breakfast when we should be serving dinner.

Let me explain. Odds are you have a go-to breakfast that you eat nearly every day. A bowl of cereal with a banana, some oatmeal with maple syrup, a haunch of beef seasoned with the tears of your enemies—generally there’s not much variety from day to day. On the other hand…


For dinner, we generally require some variety. Maybe it’s that no one is fully awake for breakfast, so it doesn’t matter what you eat. Maybe it’s the realization that eggs and bacon are perfect foods.

Caitlin Burgess

A Fresh Start: Learn How to Put Your Social Media Strategy on A Paleo Diet

Caitlin Burgess on Sep 19th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media


From the rise of Snapchat to the debut of Instagram stories to changes in Facebook’s News Feed algorithm, the social media landscape is constantly changing—giving us marketers more than enough “new” to snack on each week.

But sometimes we bite off a little more than we can chew, thinking that a healthy social media strategy needs to incorporate a little bit of everything in order to drive growth and engagement—and ultimately ROI.

However, according to Social Media Examiner’s 2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 92% of marketers said they’re unable to say which social media tactics are the most effective. So, stretching your strategy to include every platform and tactic may not be the best way to drive the results you’re looking for.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Social Changing SEO, Science of Content, Facebook Live on Desktop

Tiffani Allen on Sep 16th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


How Mobile, Voice & Social Are Changing SEO [Infographic]
With SEO being a growing area of investment and interest for digital marketers, we tend to keep a very close eye on any changes that may affect organic search visibility. So how are mobile, voice and social changing SEO? HubSpot’s latest infographic, based on their State of Inbound Marketing report, has the details. HubSpot

The Science of Content: TFM Research Report On Content Across 10 Industries
Technology for Marketing just released a new study of content that resonates across 10 different industries. The report found, among other things, that understanding your specific industry and audience is the key to successful content. This means knowing what type of content they like best, the best time to post, and even what headline words will get their attention. Buzzsumo