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.


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


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

Joshua Nite

The 4 Essential Questions Your Content Must Answer in Less than 15 Seconds

Joshua Nite on Sep 14th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing


A rodeo cowboy gets eight seconds to become a champion. What can content marketers do with nearly twice that time?

HubSpot reports it takes less than 15 seconds for a reader to decide whether or not content is worth the effort. Think about that: In half of the Jeopardy theme, your reader’s mind is already made up.

You’re probably familiar with that statistic–it’s a marketing classic. But what exactly is happening in those 15 seconds?

There’s a series of subconscious questions anyone asks as they’re contemplating reading content. You ask them; I ask them; and our fellow human beings that we call an “audience” ask them, too.

Your content must answer these four essential questions, and fast.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Divine Email Delivery, Mobile Machine Learning & CMO Social Spend

Tiffani Allen on Sep 9th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Email Deliverability: Unveiling the Divine Path to Subscribers Inbox
Email marketing is one of the most effective digital marketing tactics, and one of the longest standing. But, nothing can be effective if it doesn’t reach your audience. This infographic shows the considerations marketers need to make when sending their emails to ensure the best deliverability and common email marketing myths. Social Media Today

Google Injects Machine Learning Into Analytics App
AdAge reports: “Google said Friday it will provide a new stream of automated insights in its Google Analytics mobile app, allowing marketers to see key data metrics in a matter of minutes.” This will allow marketers to view valuable insights on the go, whether it’s from an android or iOS device. Over time, the app can actually learn your data habits and pull reports automatically. AdvertisingAge

Ashley Zeckman

The Microsoft Factor: Scaling Influencer Marketing to Transform a Global Brand #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 8th, 2016     Content Marketing World, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing


Influencer marketing has proven to be a very effective way for brands large and small to build credibility and trust with their audience. However, many influencer marketing programs fail before they even get off the ground. But why?

There are many reasons that these programs don’t work according to Traackr CEO Pierre-Loïc Assayag in his presentation with Microsoft’s Amanda Duncan and Eve Psalti at Content Marketing World. These reasons include:


Often times, these transient interactions with influencers yield limited results. Think of it like a lot of first dates that don’t develop the relationship further or lead to a marriage.

True influence is based on trust and built on relationships. And the secret to influencer marketing ROI is to play the long game. But how do you scale intimacy?

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Millennials on Social, Digital Lead Generation & Email Secret Sauce

Tiffani Allen on Sep 2nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Survey: 41% of Millennials Use Facebook Every Day (Infographic)
A recent study showed that millennials spent the majority of their ‘online time’ on smartphones. The same study showed that Facebook was the most popular social network among millennials and non-millennials, followed by YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. SocialTimes

The Most Effective Digital Lead Generation Channels (Report)
A new report found that 45% of business people surveyed thought that content marketing and email marketing were the most effective online tactics used for lead generation. Following behind at a close second was social media marketing (39%) and SEO/landing page optimization (38%). MarketingProfs

Ashley Zeckman

Is Your Influencer Marketing Program Not Effective? Here’s Why

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 1st, 2016     Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing


At some point or another, we’re all guilty of falling into one fad or another. A fad is something that quickly blows up but is often short lived because people quickly realize that the quality simply isn’t there.

Many brands are in danger of allowing their influencer marketing programs to quickly become a passing fad. Why? Instead of taking the time to build relationships with influencers in a meaningful way, they’re just tapping them on the shoulder when they need something.

Let’s take a step back for a second and look at what influencer marketing programs should be. TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden defines influencer marketing as:

The practice of developing relationships with connected internal and industry experts to co-create content of mutual value to achieve measurable business goals.”

Joshua Nite

11 Common (and Avoidable!) Content Marketing Mistakes, As Explained by Memes

Joshua Nite on Aug 31st, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing


Question: How do you get better at content marketing?

Answer: You learn from your mistakes.

Follow-up Question: What’s even better than learning from your mistakes?

Answer: Learning from other people’s mistakes.

If you’re looking for bad content marketing, it’s a buyer’s market. Every brand is a publishing company now. Some are doing amazing work. Most are…not so much.

While bad content may not be of value to its target audience, it definitely is useful for content marketers looking to improve.

I know it’s no fun thinking about the (sometimes costly) mistakes content marketers make. And I definitely don’t want anyone to feel bad who has made these mistakes in the past. We’re not here to shame anyone; we’re here to do better.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Email Workflow, Google Cracks Down, Influencer Marketing Fails

Tiffani Allen on Aug 26th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


How to Optimize Your Email Production Workflow [Infographic]
This infographic takes a look at the email marketing production processes of over 900 marketers to help isolate helpful tips and tools to help optimize email marketing workflows. Helpful hints include the optimum production cycle, tips for strategy and goal setting, content creation, design and development. MarketingProfs

Google warns it will crack down on “intrusive interstitials” in January
Google has made another bold move on behalf of user experience — cracking down on intrusive interstitials. The platform says that these ads are problematic on smaller screens, like mobile devices. Sites affected are those that show a pop-up, either immediately or after the user has been browsing content for a while, after the user has arrived from search results and those that show interstitials that users have to dismiss to access content, among others. Search Engine Land

Ashley Zeckman

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

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


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


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

Content Marketing Summer Games Cover Image

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


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:


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.