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.

 

Ashley Zeckman

[eBook] How to Build Your B2B Marketing Empire From the Ground Up

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 24th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing

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Is your B2B marketing a skyscraper or a sandcastle?

It’s no fun to spend a day on the beach creating your dream house, only to have the tide wipe it out.

But if you were planning on moving in with your spouse and kids…well, that would be a problem.

It takes planning and strategy to build something that will stand the test of time. Right now, too many B2B marketers are building their empire–and betting the future of their business–on nothing but sand and water.

If your organization is building without a foundation, you’re not alone. We’ve all seen the stats: Nearly two thirds of B2B marketers have no documented content marketing strategy. So it’s not surprising only 30% say their efforts are effective. It’s time to develop a new blueprint for success.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: CEO Social Success, Influencers Love Instagram & Pinterest Video

Tiffani Allen on Aug 19th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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3 Things Every CEO Should Do to Succeed on Social Media [Infographic]
This new infographic from MDG Advertising illustrates three simple rules for CEOs on social media: Start with LinkedIn, pick a few networks outside of LinkedIn and stick with them, and avoid being boring. Why should CEOs be on social media in the first place? It gives the organization a human face, and it’s a great way to positively impact a company’s reputation. MDG Blog

Influencers: Instagram Is the Most Engaging Platform (Report)
A new report shows that 60% of influencers consider Instagram to be the most effective platform for engaging with their audiences, while only 18% said Facebook was the most engaging. The same study showed that 34% of influencers didn’t think that brands had a realistic understanding of the costs of influencer marketing. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

[eBook] Welcome to The 2016 Content Marketing Summer Games

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 18th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Every year, thousands of high school students head to the track, pool, or stadium dreaming of greatness. Hundreds make it to college-level competition. A handful become pros. But when all’s said and done, just one athlete takes the gold.

Likewise, content marketing has become a highly competitive landscape. Thousands of writers, brands, marketers and entrepreneurs compete day in and day out for attention on the web. But did you know that a single consumer is exposed to thousands of marketing messages every single day? And that 50% of content marketers don’t know what success looks like?

To have a shot at connecting with your audience, you must become a champion content marketer. But what does that look mean?

Joshua Nite

20 Must-Have Content Marketing Tools for Writing Better Blog Posts

Joshua Nite on Aug 17th, 2016     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Fans of high culture rejoice. We have finally realized our potential as a species. We have reached the pinnacle of creative expression.

That’s right. MacGyver is getting a reboot.

For those of you born in the 90’s, MacGyver was a TV show starring Richard Dean Anderson and his amazing mullet:

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Image via Telestar

Breathtaking, isn’t it? MacGyver was a secret agent who used the power of feathered hair (and an array of improvised gadgetry) to fight the forces of evil. Give the man a paperclip and some bubblegum, and he could make anything from a deadly weapon to a stylish evening gown.

Content marketers tend to be the MacGyver of the marketing world. We may not have the hairdo (or any hair at all, in my case), but we’re used to making miracles with an improvised toolkit.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Email Marketing CRO, Facebook Cripples Blockers & Twitter Video

Tiffani Allen on Aug 12th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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5 Email Campaign Ideas to Help Increase Conversion Rates [Infographic]
HubSpot reports: “Why is email is the most powerful channel for lead nurturing? Because it’s a one-on-one interaction, and it can be highly personalized based on where a lead is in the buyer’s journey. In terms of engagement, research shows that lead nurturing emails beat out individual email blasts by far.” HubSpot

Facebook Cripples Ad Blockers on Its Site, Gives Consumers New Control Over Ads
Facebook is making it easier for users to determine which ads they are served by allowing them to choose the ads they see based on brand and interest, and giving them the ability to opt out of ads from selected companies. For example, Facebook can tell a user if they’re on a brand’s email marketing list, and they’ll be able to opt out of seeing those ads in the future. AdAge

Joshua Nite

How B2B Marketers Can Rise Above Roadblocks with Influencer Marketing

Joshua Nite on Aug 10th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

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As the old joke goes, there are two seasons in my home state of Minnesota: Winter and Road Construction. Right now, we are smack in the middle of the latter.

I’m a guy who doesn’t like pony-sized potholes on my streets. So I try to make peace with the endless lane changes, reroutes, and slow-downs. But sometimes it seems like they go out of their way to mess up our routines, doesn’t it?

If you’re a B2B marketer, you may feel similar desperation looking at your marketing channels. It seems like every route between you and your audience is getting blocked or traffic jammed. Organic social visibility is way down: Each Facebook post you make will reach between 2-6% of your followers. A quarter of those who might be interested in your display ads are using ad blockers. Your content can only engage readers if they can find it, and there’s a lot of commodity content clogging the roads.

Caitlin Burgess

9 Dos & Don’ts for Writing Compelling, Clickable Headlines to Draw in Your Audience

Caitlin Burgess on Aug 9th, 2016     Blogging Strategy, Content Marketing, Online Marketing Strategy

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Well, hello there. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by the TopRank Marketing blog today. I’m pretty sure I know why you’re here — you’ve been searching high and low for the most adorable cat video of the day. Well, here it is:

Okay. Okay. Just kidding. But I really do know why you’re here. You’re looking for a little headline help. And regardless of how you found this blog post today, you believed something valuable, educational and actually on the topic of writing headlines (not cat videos) was waiting for you when you clicked—and that’s all thanks to the headline.

Headlines are arguably the most important aspect of any piece of content. It’s the first thing—and often the only thing—users will read. In fact, 8 out of 10 people read headlines, but just 2 out of 10 will actually continue reading the rest of the content, according to Copyblogger.

Joshua Nite

Online Marketing News: Facebook Livestream Ads, Native Video on LinkedIn, & Ad-Blocking Myths Busted

Joshua Nite on Aug 5th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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The smart and talented Tiffani Allen will return for next week’s roundup. While we wait, let’s dive into what’s been happening in the news this week.

The Future of Social Video: A Brief Look into What’s Next [Infographic]
Video. Is there anything it can’t do? First it kills the radio star, and now it’s taking over social media. According to research from Adobe, over half of marketers say video content has the best ROI. If you’re feeling left behind, don’t worry: one out of four marketers and small business owners feel they’re not up to speed on video marketing. Check out the full infographic for a breakdown of video marketing by social media platform. Hubspot

This Week’s TopRank Marketing News Video Roundup

Ashley Zeckman

Boost Content Marketing Results & Learn How LinkedIn Grew Their Blog by 30X

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 3rd, 2016     Blog Marketing, Online Marketing

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Conversations between digital marketers are always abuzz with the latest, greatest and most innovative content marketing techniques. Everything from different content types, to the newest ways to promote content are never far from their lips.

There is no doubt that content plays an incredibly important role as part of an integrated digital marketing program. And one of the most tried and true content marketing tactics that has stood the test of time is blogging.

In fact, 45% of marketers still say that blogging is the most important piece of their content strategy and marketers that use blogging as part of their strategy, generate 67% more leads than those that don’t.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Critical Personalization, Social Strategy Research & Marketers on Reddit

Tiffani Allen on Jul 29th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Why Creating a Personal Online Experience for Your Visitors Is Critical [Infographic]
Did you know that 87% of companies that have implemented web personalization have seen an increased return in key metrics? There is certainly a strong case to create a personal experience for visitors to your website or blog. This handy infographic explains why one size doesn’t always fit all. MarketingProfs

What 51 Million Pieces of Content Say About Your Social Media Marketing Strategy [NEW RESEARCH]
TrackMaven analyses “the social media content from over 40,000 companies across 130 major industries on four major social networks —Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — to provide businesses with relevant benchmarks for social media audience size, posting frequency, and engagement at an industry-specific level” in this new report. TrackMaven

Michael Bak

Find Success By Putting Your Digital Advertising to the A/B Test

Michael Bak on Jul 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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Testing different variations is one of the quickest ways to learn, and Digital Advertising is no exception. When you begin talking about A/B testing, many of us get nervous and all sorts of possible catastrophes begin swimming around in our heads.

But the truth is, advertising is a quickly evolving tactic, and in order to gain momentum, testing has become a necessity. Whether your advertising is social, display, native or search, the key to better results and return on investment is testing.

To help you navigate the sometimes-confusing world of digital advertising testing, we’ve provided some helpful resources below.

What is A/B Testing?

An A/B Test is simply a test between two variants, a control and a variation, or as Google likes to call it, an experiment. Examples might include creating two different:

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Millennial Psychology, Influencer Misconceptions & SEO Issues

Tiffani Allen on Jul 22nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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The Psychology of Successfully Marketing to Millennials [Infographic]
Marketing to Millennials can be a unique challenge. The University of Southern California found that “the younger demographic values authenticity and their peers’ opinions. Consider that 84 percent of millennials say that user generated content influences what they buy. Plus, 82 percent are comfortable enough with brands to interact directly with them.” PR Daily

Dispelling Common Influencer Marketing Misconceptions (Report)
Influencer marketing is a broad topic with many facets and interpretations. As with any complicated concept, there will be misconceptions. When it comes to influencer marketing, TapInfluence found the most common misconceptions are it’s too manual, it can’t be measured, and it’s for big brands only. SocialTimes