Online Marketing

Caitlin Burgess

7 Ways to Optimize Your Web Content for Humans & Search Engines

Caitlin Burgess on Jan 5th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, SEO Tips

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In case you haven’t heard, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not dead. In fact, SEO is an absolute must for successful content marketing, but gone are the days where the first two words dictate how you execute the third.

Ever since Google dropped its Penguin update in 2012, user experience has become the primary focus of good SEO. Yes. Today’s SEO is about finding the perfect balance between user-centric content and convincing search engine crawlers that your content is supreme.

Now, I’m pretty confident that everything I just said isn’t news to you. However, actually accomplishing that perfect balance may be something you’re still working on. And that’s where I aim to help.

Below are some best practices and tips for optimizing your on-page content for human users and search engines:

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Greatest Googles, Best Branded, Year Of YouTube

Ben Brausen on Jan 1st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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[Note from Ashley: Greetings readers! On behalf of the team at TopRank Marketing I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe start to 2016.]

18 Types of Backlinks Violating Google’s Guidelines [Infographic] – When doing SEO for your website, it’s vital to know what are the backlinks that are violating Google’s webmaster guidelines. Here’s a look at 18 types of backlinks that go against the Google guidelines. Monitor Backlinks

Google Shopping Policies Changing In February 2016 – Google posted a help document that discloses the upcoming changes to the Google Shopping Policy Center including changes to their shopping policies. Search Engine Roundtable

Ashley Zeckman

Reflecting on 2015 & Gearing Up For Digital Marketing Innovation in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 31st, 2015     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

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This year brought many opportunities for innovation, creativity and growth for the team at TopRank Marketing.

On a personal note, I was beyond excited to re-join the team and dive head first into my new role as Director of Agency Marketing. In this role, part of my responsibilities include ensuring that our team provides creative, engaging, actionable and innovative content for our blog readers each week.

In 2015, our team published nearly 300 blog posts and amassed over 1.4 million unique pageviews for our blog content alone. Keeping the content engine running is an essential part of what we do at TopRank Marketing and I’m pleased to report the numbers above. Nearly a million of the pageviews above were generated from Organic Search which means that our strategy to optimize customers and search engines has led people to our content.

Caitlin Burgess

Content Marketing Tactics: Earned Media Pros, Cons, Examples & Best Practices

Caitlin Burgess on Dec 29th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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For any brand, reputation is everything—and reputations are often built (or torn down) with earned media. From a glowing news article about one of your products to that horrific Yelp review, every brand experiences the benefits and drawbacks of earned media.

And in today’s socially connected world, marketers are increasing their use of earned media as a contact marketing tactic as it continues to be a crucial factor in consumer decision making.

In fact, a study by Nielsen and InPowered shows that expert content—credible, third-party articles and reviews—is the most effective source of information in impacting consumers along all stages of the purchase process across product categories. The study also showed that earned media is 88 percent more effective than owned media content alone.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Bing’s Biggest, Google Goals Get Smarter, Twitter Signals State-Sponsored

Ben Brausen on Dec 25th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Guide to 2016 Content Marketing Trends

A Complete Guide to 2016 Content Marketing Trends [Infographic] – Take a look at this infographic, which reveals their expectations for content marketing budgets, benchmarks and the key trends for 2016. Social Media Today

Bing Reveals The Top US and UK Searches of 2015 – Bing says we’re done collating stuff in 2015, and now’s the time to rank it all in order. What else are you going to do in December? Work? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Search Engine Watch

Why Sponsored Social Is One Of 2015’s Most Effective Marketing Tactics [Study] – Digital marketing is everywhere, but new research shows that sponsored social posts are actually getting noticed, explaining their growing popularity. ClickZ

Ashley Zeckman

How to Use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates to Jumpstart Content Promotion in 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 22nd, 2015     LinkedIn, Online Marketing

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2015 was the year that content marketing exploded. Brands have become publishers and are all competing in the same arena to provide a quantity of quality content for their audience. In the coming year, content capabilities and demands will only increase.

It’s time that marketers think beyond creation, and take advantage of the tools available for content amplification, promotion and measurement. With over 4million business pages housed on their platform, there is no denying that LinkedIn is a powerhouse for amplifying and boosting great content.

Today, LinkedIn released their newest guide to LinkedIn Sponsored Posts. This guide was composed by scouring LinkedIn to find the best examples of business sponsored content. In order to  take the leap into investing in sponsoring content, you first have to make sure that you have something worth promoting. Below are a handful of examples of businesses using great content on LinkedIn to capture the attention of their audience.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Adds Instant Article Ads, LinkedIn Introduces Interesting Insights, YouTube Tacks On Trending Tab

Ben Brausen on Dec 18th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

What Santa Can Teach You About Email Marketing

What Santa Can Teach You About Email Marketing [Infographic] – What can we learn from watching Santa and the way he organizes his work? A lot, actually. Every stage in the process that ends with a present under your Christmas tree has a parallel in email marketing. Let’s look at what Santa does and how we can apply those lessons to email marketing. FreshMail

AdSense Mobile Text Ads Get Another Facelift – Among several design updates, the newer version does away with the need to swipe in order to see the display URL. Marketing Land

Facebook Improves Their Name Process – This week, we will begin to test new tools that address two key goals. First, we want to reduce the number of people who are asked to verify their name on Facebook when they are already using the name people know them by. Second, we want to make it easier for people to confirm their name if necessary. Facebook

Ashley Zeckman

Spoiler Alert: How to Resist Falling to the Dark Side of Digital Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 17th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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“Fear is the path to the dark side.” – Yoda

On December 18th, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screen. Throughout the entire series we have cheered for our heroes and heroines to resist the dark side.

We’ve seen them face temptation, make the right (and sometimes wrong) choice, but at the end of the day, we’re rooting for their success. Similarly, digital marketers have faced some familiar and sometimes devastating challenges. But what can we do to avoid the path to the dark side and instead come out as heroes to our customers?

Spoiler alert, just kidding, this is a different type of spoiler. In this post we will explore avoidable mistakes in the galaxy of options available to us today. Arm yourself with your lightsaber and get ready to start building your digital marketing empire.

Ashley Zeckman

TopRank Marketing’s 2016 Social Media Marketing Predictions

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 16th, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media

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This year was a rollercoaster for social media marketers.

Let’s take a look at what changed in 2015 alone:

  • Facebook Pages took a big hit on organic views. In order to increase reach to just your existing audience, it is now a pay to play model.
  • Meerkat, Periscope and Blab all launched this year, making real-time video streaming and interaction a reality.
  • Twitter announced late this year that share counts would no longer be available through 3rd party applications, forcing marketers to find other ways to determine how much love their Twitter content was really getting.
Michael Bak

3 Remarketing Campaign Tips to Help You Engage Your Online Audience

Michael Bak on Dec 15th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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As technology advances we are provided even more tools and opportunities to deliver better information to our customers, no matter where they are searching. In today’s world, a prospect that visits your website and doesn’t convert isn’t always a lost customer.

Online advertising offers an opportunity to re-engage and capture the attention of those prospects, even after they’ve left your website. Incorporating remarketing into your online advertising strategy can help keep your business top of mind, for those customers that you want to target the most.

If you’re using Google Display Network (GDN) and building your marketing audiences from scratch, the opportunities are endless. Google Display network serves more than a trillion impressions are to over 1 billion users every month.

Joshua Nite

Creating Chemistry: Our Top 5 Content Marketing Posts of 2015

Joshua Nite on Dec 14th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Great content marketing is like chemistry: If you combine the right elements with careful timing and measurement, you can get a positive reaction. Get the formula wrong, and you could get no reaction at all. Or you could find yourself standing in a crater, smoke wafting up from your eyebrows.

According to the Content Marketing Institute and Marketo’s 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends, 76% of B2B and 77% of B2C marketers plan to produce more content next year than they did in 2015. But as the volume increases, effectiveness is still lagging. Buyers faced with an onslaught of information are opting out of all but the most exceptional content.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: A Look Back, The End Of The Track, and Steaming App

Ben Brausen on Dec 11th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Data Driven Holiday Marketing Strategies

A Guide to Data-Driven Holiday Marketing Strategies [INFOGRAPHIC] – How can your business gain a piece of the $650 billion pie? This infographic from Pixel Road Designs (the company of our Chief Social Media Strategist, Brent Csutoras) shows you how to supercharge your marketing and improve your sales this holiday. Pixel Road Designs

Facebook Is Using Surveys to Better Understand Viral Stories – As we work to improve News Feed, we make updates to the algorithm that help make sure you are seeing the most relevant stories at the top of your feed. We want to make sure that everyone who uses News Feed can understand what updates we’re making and the thinking behind them. That’s why we continue to publish News Feed FYI blog posts to explain major updates and how we’re working to get better at showing you the stories that matter most to you. Facebook