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.

 

Caitlin Burgess

Beyond Google Keyword Planner: 7 Easy-to-Use SEO Research Tools for Generating Content Ideas

Caitlin Burgess on Sep 27th, 2017     Online Marketing

As a content marketer, you know that your target audience needs to be at the center of your content strategy. After all, modern content marketing was born to help you create valuable content that satisfies your audience’s quest for answers throughout their customer journey.

However, as the digital landscape becomes increasingly crowded with content — and you feel more and more pressure to create content in less time — you’re likely looking for quick and dirty ways to create SEO-friendly, best-answer content that doesn’t require loads of your precious time. As a result, your first stop on the research train is likely Google’s Keyword Planner tool. But, let’s face it, while it’s an excellent tool, it can only get you so far.

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Predictive Analytics, Blockchain and Email Marketing Industry Report

Tiffani Allen on Sep 22nd, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Predictive Analytics: Predicting Customer Behavior to Improve ROI
As marketers, we’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve. But, does that curve factor in what customers or clients are looking for? This infographic shows us how predictive analytics can help do just that. Business 2 Community

IAB sets up Blockchain Working Group for advertising
Does blockchain have a place in marketing? According to recent reports, blockchain is no longer only for those trading bitcoin, it can provide a highly secure and transparent way to manage funds. MarketingLand

2017 Email Marketing Industry Report
Marketers are feeling overwhelmed. They don’t have the resources needed to do the marketing they’d like to do. This is evident in email marketing particularly because many marketers surveyed say email marketing drives ROI but it’s not integrated with their marketing strategy overall. Digital Marketing Depot

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Better Text Ads, Lifestyle Templates & AMP for AdWords

Tiffani Allen on Sep 15th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Seven Tips for Writing Better-Performing Expanded Text Ads [Infographic]
Writing text ads is a challenge – how can you be compelling enough to drive a conversion with such limited space? There are several tricks of the trade explored in this new infographic. MarketingProfs

Google to Advertisers: Get Your Mobile Landing Pages Ready
Google recently announced that in two weeks, AdWords advertisers can use AMP pages as landing pages for their ads. This provides a seamless user experience when searching through Google and could have implications for page rank. Search Engine Journal

Joshua Nite

How to Find the Stories in Your Data for Compelling Reporting

Joshua Nite on Sep 12th, 2017     Content Marketing World, Google, Online Marketing, Web Analytics

Our hyper-connected digital world is defined by an overabundance of data. Everything’s measurable, trackable, and quantifiable. Want to know how many people died on screen in your favorite movie? Or how much ice cream the average American eats per year? The data’s at your fingertips.

The ready availability of data is great for marketers. It helps us optimize performance, personalize content, and prove our value to the business.

But data in a vacuum isn’t informative or useful. It’s not about the facts and figures themselves; it’s about how we shape that data into compelling stories.

As an Analytics Advocate at Google, Adam Singer has years of experience finding and revealing the meaningful narrative in datasets. His presentation at Content Marketing World 2017 was all about how to create clean, informative, compelling data visualizations.

Amy Higgins

Stop the Marketing Killjoy: 5 Ways You’re Turning off Audiences with Bad Video

Amy Higgins on Sep 11th, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing, Video

It might only be 1pm in the afternoon, but it’s five o’clock somewhere – a perfect time for a great dry martini.

Research “how to make the perfect dry martini”, and you’ll get over 1,560,000 results. Ask a content marketer “how to tell a good story”, and you’ll get about the same quality of results — except when you ask the fabulous Tim Washer. Like the perfect dry martini, Tim’s strategy for how to tell a good story is simple, neat, and well…perfect.

In his session at Content Marketing World, Tim not only shared how improv can help your B2B marketing, but he shared the five ways you can kill the joy in your videos.

What are his simple rules of how to stop the marketing killjoy?

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Visual Content Trends, Facebook Ads Controversy & Bing Retargeting

Tiffani Allen on Sep 8th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Hottest Visual Content Marketing Trends in 2017 [Infographic]
Visual content can help you boost your content marketing efforts in terms of engagement and resonance. This infographic shows the most common types of visual content marketing, what type of visuals consumers prefer and more. Social Media Today

Facebook’s Ad Metrics Come Under Scrutiny Yet Again
There’s been some recent controversy over Facebook’s estimated audience size that it gives to advertisers. A research firm recently compared their estimated audiences in the U.S. against the Census and found discrepancies totaling in the tens of millions in some cases. Fortune

Bing Ads Now Shows Remarketing Bid Adjustment Suggestions Based on CPA Data
Bing has announced that they’ll be using advertisers’ data to help them drive more leads through retargeting bid adjustments. This includes giving recommendations to advertisers and helping them estimated the changes in conversions they can expect. Search Engine Journal

Tiffani Allen

The Secret to Achieving Enterprise-Wide Content Marketing Buy-In? Understanding Your Cast of Characters #CMWorld

Tiffani Allen on Sep 7th, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

It’s certainly no secret that quality content is the foundation of every marketing strategy. And you may think the success of your content marketing initiatives rests in the capable and creative hands of your marketing team members. But you may be missing out on a big internal opportunity.

During her session titled “Driving Content Marketing Success in Your Organization: Sales, Product and Global-Regional Collaboration,” Jillian Hillard, the Director of Brand and Product Marketing for Electrolux Home Care and SDA, North America, emphasized the importance of enterprise-wide buy-in.

Using three rebranding case studies as examples, Hillard walked us through her process for getting key players from multiple departments to buy-in, get excited and see the value in content marketing.

Joshua Nite

Tips for Making Video Content that Earns Attention from Andrew Davis #CMWorld

Joshua Nite on Sep 6th, 2017     Content Marketing World, Online Marketing, Video

The inimitable Andrew Davis is the best-selling author of Town, Inc. and an in-demand marketing speaker. After his presentation at Content Marketing World 2017, I can see why.

He made me feel stupid. And I’m incredibly grateful.

The best presentations make you feel stupid in retrospect. Of course! It’s so obvious that this is the way to do it! Why haven’t we been doing it this way the whole time? Feeling stupid after-the-fact means you just got smarter.

You see, video content marketing has gone from the next big thing to the current big thing. Brands that pump out a ton of text-based content are now flooding the attention marketplace with video. And just as we had to learn how to make content work for marketing, we’re all still figuring out how to make effective marketing video.

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: SEO for Bing, Uncool Apps and Facebook’s Engagement Drop

Tiffani Allen on Sep 1st, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Is it Worth Doing SEO for Bing? These Usage Stats May Surprise You [Infographic]
In the SEO world we, unsurprisingly, hear about Google a lot. How much time have our collective SEOs devoted to Bing? With more than 5 billion searches per month and 59 million users, it’s time for us all to take notice. This infographic outlines some interesting usage stats about Bing. Social Media Today

New Report: Millennials Hate Apps With Uncool Design
A new Comscore report shows that logos matter to millennials, and that they’re eager to delete apps from their phone if they don’t like how they look on their screen. Other findings from the report include Snapchat’s return to popularity with millennials and Facebook’s continued dominance of the mobile app market. Ad Age

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Employee Advocacy, The Engagement Gap and Mobile Search Domination

Tiffani Allen on Aug 25th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Power of Employee Social Advocacy [Infographic]
The topic of employee advocacy is in no way new to the digital marketing realm, but there’s still a somewhat vague understanding of how powerful it can be for your marketing efforts. This new infographic shows how that advocacy and help you reach new audiences and amplify your message. Social Media Today

The Engagement Gap: How B2B and B2C Firms Are Missing the Mark
A recent survey of 1100 marketers found that 86% claim to have a deep understanding of how their customers want to engage — meanwhile, their actual customers disagree. 65% of B2B and 47% of B2C consumers say that marketers do not, in fact, understand how they want to engage. And that’s just the beginning. MarketingProfs

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Programmatic Ad Challenges, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence

Tiffani Allen on Aug 18th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Challenges of Programmatic Advertising and How to Overcome Them [Infographic]
A new infographic reveals that quality is the biggest issue in programmatic advertising. This includes brand safety, ad fraud and viewability. The good news? There’s a way to overcome those challenges using a multi-layered human and technical approach. MarketingProfs

Industry Vets Build A Search Engine On Blockchain To Displace Google
MediaPost reports: “Colin Pape, project lead at Presearch.org, plans to release what he calls a decentralized search engine where no one company controls the content and the data and community members contribute to building the tool.” Read on to learn how it will work. MediaPost

Anne Leuman

Learn how to Become a Better Storyteller with Insights from GoDaddy’s Shawn Pfunder

Anne Leuman on Aug 17th, 2017     Online Marketing

Storytelling is a buzzword that has made it’s way around the marketing block several times. And as GoDaddy’s Editor in Chief, Shawn Pfunder, shared, storytelling continues to be relevant because our brains are insatiable for stories.

Through stories of his own ranging from Christian Slater impersonations to a death-defying Grandfather, Shawn showed attendees at Digital Summit Minneapolis how to become more compelling storytellers.

Stories Are What Make Us Who We Are

The stories we’re told affect our actions. As Shawn pointed out, after we watch an action movie like Fast and Furious, we might drive a little faster and pretend we have a stick shift once we leave the movie theater. But it can go beyond that.