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Ashley Zeckman

Break the Cycle of Content Marketing Addiction: Turn Regular Content Into Extraordinary Success

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 15th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


“Our content marketing success is not defined by the height of our peaks…it’s defined by the depth of our valleys.” – Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis the author of “Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships” has such an infectious energy that it is impossible not to sit up and listen when he is speaking. Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting front and center for Andrew’s presentation at Content Marketing World. Sadly, none of the Muppets from his previous work made a cameo, but this was by far one of my favorite sessions at the content rich conference.

According to Andrew, companies need to start rethinking the way that they “do” content marketing. This means breaking the cycle of content marketing addiction that plagues many of today’s marketers.

Alexis Hall

5 Tips to Help You Become a Prolific Content Creator

Alexis Hall on Sep 15th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


The demand for consistent content creation has forced many marketers to take shortcuts. Shortcuts may enable you to get to an outcome faster, but it is often a worse outcome. Using shortcuts to create more content faster can help you to achieve more volume, but at some point, the quality goes through the floor.

Quantity and quality are not opposites. They can exist simultaneously. In fact audiences today demand that they do. To meet that demand, Jay Acunzo, Vice President of NextView Ventures, identified in his presentation at Content Marketing World 2015, that you must be, or nurture in your organization, the prolific content creator.

Being a prolific content creator doesn’t just mean creating more “stuff”, working faster or tapping into some secrets of the interwebs. Being a prolific content creator is something different. According to Jay there are 5 things which prolific content creators do really well in order to achieve the elusive quality and quantity of content.

Ashley Zeckman

4 Ways Brands Can Use Creativity & Comedy to Create Award-Winning Content Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 14th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


“For those of you that think comedy won’t work for your brand, ask yourself: will it work for your customers?” – Tim Washer

Most the time, if you ask a group of people “do you like to laugh?” 100% of your audience will respond with a resounding “Yes!”. Seeing that, you’d assume that incorporating comedy into your content marketing would be a no-brainer, but that’s much easier said than done.

There is often the struggle between knowing how far to take humor, and incorporating comedy that speaks to your larger audience. Last week, Tim Washer of Cisco Systems provided a giggle inducing presentation at Content Marketing World aimed at helping marketers smartly inject comedy into their content marketing programs. Here are 4 ways according to Washer:

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: A More Goal-Friendly Facebook, AdWords Gets Structured, Instagram Adds More Ads

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

Google Algorithm Updates

Google Algorithm Updates – 2003 to 2015 [Infographic] – Having trouble staying up with Google’s algorithm updates? Not sure if you’re dealing with Pandas or Penguins – or even Hummingbirds, for that matter? No idea what I’m talking about? Have a look at this infographic to see what’s happened and where we’ve been. OnCrawl

New Study: Data Reveals 67% of Consumers are Influenced by Online Reviews – A new study revealed that online reviews impact 67.7% of respondents’ purchasing decisions. More than half of the respondents (54.7%) admitted that online reviews are fairly, very, or absolutely an important part of their decision-making process. Moz

Instagram Ad Rollout Will Make It the Top Media Buy: New Research – Instagram just began offering paid advertising opportunities through select developer partners. In the coming months the platform is expected to create a Facebook-like self-serve option for any budget. Social Media Examiner

Alexis Hall

Creating a Content Galaxy: How to Save Time and Improve Quality with Repurposing from Amy Higgins #CMWorld

Alexis Hall on Sep 10th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

Amy Higgins ImageOn the second day of Content Marketing World, it is apparent that one of the huge pain points of this industry is the struggle between quality and quantity of content. We all seem to feel the need to create more content and publish more often, in order to be seen. However, we also feel the squeeze of resource and time constraints.

Given this struggle, it is no surprise, that the room is packed front to back for 101 Ways to Repurpose Content, a session from Amy Higgins, Senior Manager of Social Media for Zendesk.

Amy opens by assuring the room that with proper planning you can have it all, quantity and quality of content. She shares three primary ways to gain efficiency to ramp up volume and create better content.

Ashley Zeckman

Incorporate Participation Marketing for More Scalable Content Marketing – Lee Odden #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 10th, 2015     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


“The best should win, but creating the best is a challenge.” – Lee Odden

Yesterday at Content Marketing World, TopRank Marketing CEO Lee Odden delighted a packed room of marketers by providing inspiring and actionable advice on how to successfully approach participation marketing. Lee assured marketers that if they wanted to produce quality and scalable content, without having to scale marketing budgets, this was the place to be.

So, how can we get some relief from all of the hard work it takes to create a truly impactful participation marketing program?

Among the many things covered in his session were:

  • A methodical approach for deconstructing and repurposing marketing to make it more useful.
  • How to integrate influencers, social and SEO into your content plan.
Alexis Hall

5 Step Algorithm Hack to Achieve Greater Social Visibility from Erin Monday #CMWorld

Alexis Hall on Sep 9th, 2015     Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


I would consider myself an excellent Googler. As a consumer and a digital marketer, I have believed that you can find almost anything with a few quick keystrokes into the search engine.

However, recently I found myself querying “healthy smoothie recipes”. Millions of results, but the first page of results were mostly mass produced round ups, not what I was looking for. I opened Instagram on my phone and searched again “healthy smoothie recipes”.  Bingo. Hundreds of beautiful foodie images appeared. I become a follower, consumer of content and a prospect of at least 5 new brands.

User behavior, like mine, is evolving. Whether social media provides better results or is just more convenient because you’re already on the app, more people are using social media to research and discover than ever before. According to Twitter, there are 19 billion searches on Twitter every month.

Ashley Zeckman

Cleveland Rocks! TopRank Marketing Kicks off Content Marketing World – #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 9th, 2015     Content Marketing World, Online Marketing


It’s fitting that the kickoff for Content Marketing World is at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year’s speakers and workshop leaders are rock stars of the industry. Each one has a solid back catalog of hits; together, they’re a content marketing supergroup.

So for those about to rock, we salute you. Team TopRank (Alexis, Ashley, and Josh) will be bringing you highlights, insights, and takeaways throughout the event. Keep an eye on the blog if you can’t make it to the big show, and if you’re here, please seek us out.

Here are just a few of the presentations we’re excited to attend over the next few days:

15 Essential Tools to Optimize Your Content Marketing

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn & Instagram Get The Message, 1 Billion Facebook, Google Penalizes Pop-Ups

Ben Brausen on Sep 4th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Emojis By State

United States Of Emoji – The Most Popular Emoji in Each State [Infographic] – Which emoji does each state use more than others? SwiftKey put together an interactive infographic that allows you to see which emojis are used more or less in each state and compare your state to any other. SwiftKey

Instagram Direct Messaging Features Get Significant Update – Facebook’s focus on messaging has trickled down to Instagram, which announced several enhancements to the Instagram Direct messaging features it introduced in December 2013. SocialTimes

Top 100 B-to-B Advertisers Spent $4.8 Billion on B-to-B Ads – The 100 largest business-to-business advertisers spent an estimated $4.8 billion on U.S. b-to-b ads last year, up 0.9% from 2013, according to Ad Age Datacenter’s analysis of measured-media spending from Kantar Media. Ad Age

Debbie Friez

3 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Social Media Marketing Program

Debbie Friez on Sep 1st, 2015     Online Marketing, Social Media


Inherently knowing that there is value in social media marketing and being equipped to show value are two different things.

Social media provides a unique and often-challenging opportunity to connect one-on-one with customers, prospects and fans of your business. However, only 42% of marketers feel that they are able to accurately measure the value of their social media efforts.

“Social media enables relationships to be built regardless of traditional barriers like distance or language. For brands, this provides a forum to listen and learn – and if you’re smart, take action based off of what you learn,” says Alison Herzog, Marketing Director, Global Social Business & Digital Strategy at Dell, (a TopRank Marketing client).

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Gets An Assistant, Tweets Show In Search, Native Beats The Rest

Ben Brausen on Aug 28th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How & Where Are Brands Placing Their Content Budgets

The Big Content Spend: How & Where Are Brands Placing Their Content Budgets [Infographic] – In this infographic, we’re taking a look at just how big of an investment companies are putting into content marketing this year. What kinds of brands believe in content, and invest in it as a major form of marketing? What kind of investments are being made? With numbers in the billions, the findings may (or may not) surprise you. Social Media Today

Twitter Introduces New Audience Platform – Twitter continues to push out updates in its ongoing efforts to improve the functionality of its offerings. Twitter

Native Videos Beat Out Every Other Video Format on Twitter – Of all branded videos on Twitter, only 31% are posted natively – but those account for 67% of total video engagement. Socialbakers

Ashley Zeckman

Book Review & Interview: Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 27th, 2015     Book Reviews, Content Marketing, Online Marketing


The Godfather of Content Marketing has struck gold again. Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi has a new book that will hit shelves and Amazon carts this September.

His newest book, Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses is a delightful blend of inspiration from Joe’s personal experiences building Content Marketing Institute and advice businesses can follow to create an actionable content business model.

Content Inc. takes readers down the logical path from starting their journey, to monetization and creating next-level content.

When the Godfather releases a new piece of content it is always worth a read. If you don’t, you may have to answer to his loyal base of subscribers and followers. Below are some highlights of Content Inc. as well as an exclusive interview with Joe on his new book.