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Lee Odden

How SEO and Inbound Marketing Can Grow Your B2B Marketing Performance

Lee Odden on Jun 26th, 2014     B2B, Online Marketing, SEO

B2B SEO Inbound Marketing

Call it organic marketing, call it inbound marketing or even content marketing – the practice of creating useful information to generate demand and attract an audience of buyers vs. buying ads to push messages out to them is one of the highest impact, low cost approaches to digital marketing a business can take.

The practice of optimizing content for better search visibility goes hand in hand with the broader approach of inbound marketing. SEO best practices can be applied to content across the entire sales cycle to surface brand content during awareness, consideration and purchase behaviors as well as after the transaction to reinforce retention and advocacy goals.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Twitter Gets GIFs, Microsoft Makes Promises, No Budget For Mobile

Ben Brausen on Jun 20th, 2014     Online Marketing

Twitter Brings Tweets To Life Through The New Support Of Animated GIFs - Twitter may start looking a lot more like Tumblr soon thanks to the new support of animated GIF files. Across the web, Android & iOS platforms users will be able to view their favorite GIF images in full motion. Marketing Land

Facebook to Use Web Browsing History For Ad Targeting - Through its ubiquitous “like” buttons on publisher sites across the web, Facebook has long been able to watch the web surfing behavior of its 1.28 billion monthly users. Soon it will begin to use that information for ad targeting on Facebook. AdAge

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Twitter’s COO Is Out, Google Shopping Is In, Are We Smarter Than 5th Graders?

Ben Brausen on Jun 13th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

COO of Twitter Resigns via Tweet - The COO of Twitter, Ali Rowghani, announced his resignation on the social network yesterday. The announcement comes a day after Re/code reported on internal tension over Rowghani’s role at the company. Charged with overseeing user growth, Rowghani has not been able to stem its decline. SocialTimes

Google Introduces New Content API For Google Shopping - Last week, Google introduced a new version of the API that allows retailers to manage product feed content programmatically, as opposed to through manual updates to Google Merchant Center. It’s the first version update of the API since Google first launched it in 2010, before Google Shopping became a paid platform. Search Engine Land

Evan Prokop

New LinkedIn Profile Features: 4 Tips to Optimize Your Presence

Evan Prokop on Jun 11th, 2014     LinkedIn, Online Marketing, Social Media

LinkedIn Profile Optimization

Never one to rest on its laurels, LinkedIn recently announced some interesting new profile features that can help you stand out, be found and measure the impact of your LinkedIn presence (disclosure, LinkedIn is a TopRank client).

Here are 4 ways you can take advantage of the new LinkedIn profile updates: 

Stand out With New Profile Image Options

The trend towards getting more visual has taken hold of all aspects of social media and LinkedIn profiles are about to get the same treatment.

Some new image features to be on the lookout for are:

  • Larger headshot photos
  • Expanded profile headers
  • Free gallery of background images
Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Mobile-Only Madness, Marketers Top Networks, Fark Beats Google+

Ben Brausen on Jun 6th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

30 Must Read Blogs About Content Marketing - Catherine Pham’s from InfograpgicB2B brings us 30 of the best blogs covering content marketing, including the TopRank Blog.  These blogs provide tons of valuable insight into content marketing and how it fits into the overall marketing picture. SlideShare

Report: 60% Of Social Media Users Vary Their Actions & Connections Vastly Across Social Sites - Looking for proof that you shouldn’t just spray a message out across all social networks verbatim? Well, 140 Proof partnered with IPG Media Lab to find an answer by studying the cross network usage of 500 social media participants. It turns out that users have a strong delimitation between each, something that the study calls “Social Hygiene.” A whopping 60% of users agreed that they connect with different types of people, brands and media based on the platform. Marketing Land

Lee Odden

Disruption in Digital Marketing and Communications – Insights from 19 Major B2C and B2B Brands

Lee Odden on Jun 5th, 2014     Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

Digital Convergence Marketing PR

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at an Integrated Marketing Communications conference called INTEGRATE with an audience of Master’s Degree students and faculty at West Virginia University.

It was an impressive conference because of the passionate and talented faculty presenting but especially the students – most of whom work full time jobs as they earn their Master’s Degree in IMC.

Here is the presentation I gave: Digital Convergence: The Integrated Marketing and Public Relations Imperative - Disruption in the digital media world has reached every aspect of marketing and communications. Brands compete with publishers and consumers are empowered to publish and influence like never before. The convergence of marketing and PR creates all new opportunities for brands to build authority and grow business while competitors continue to work in silos.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Twitter Heading Over The Pacific, Facebook Gets Private, Most Don’t Automate

Ben Brausen on May 30th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Facebook Adds Audio Matching to Get You Posting More About TV - Facebook wants you to post about TV so much that it will now start writing the posts for you. The social network today announced a new feature that uses a phone’s microphone to identify a show or movie airing on one of 160 TV channels. AdAge

Only 16% of B2B Companies Use Marketing Automation: Study - A paltry 16% of North American B-to-B companies use marketing automation technology, according to new study by SiriusDecisions. AdAge

Facebook Introduces Privacy Checkup Tool, And New Default Privacy Settings - Today, Facebook announced some changes to their default privacy settings for new users, as well as a new privacy checkup tool for current users. Search Engine Journal

Lee Odden

How Content Curation and Tools Can Fit In Your Digital Marketing MIx

Lee Odden on May 27th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

content curation marketing

There are many types of content a business can create to attract, engage and convert customers: Evergreen, Repurposed, Curated and Co-Created.

Of those content types, curated content offers numerous benefits that many companies are not taking advantage of. While content curation has grown in popularity since we first started writing about it in 2010, the question remains: Does it belong in your digital marketing mix?

The practice of collecting and filtering information and then adding value to it has been around a long time. Classic blogging often follows this “oreo cookie” format of sandwiching an excerpt of someone else’s information with your own. Doing so on a continuous basis is content curation and is as old as blogging itself.

I think there are three main reasons for the increased popularity of content curation for marketing:

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Panda Gets New Fur, Facebook & Twitter Take The Shares, Loyalty Is Queen

Ben Brausen on May 23rd, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Google Panda 4.0 Now Rolling Out; A New Panda Algorithm - Last night was pretty wild, with Google confirming an update over the weekend targeting spammy queries and also Google’s Matt Cutts posting on Twitter that Panda 4.0 was released. Search Engine Roundtable

2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report - In the sixth annual social media study, more than 2800 marketers reveal where they focus their social media activities, which social tactics are most effective and how content plays a role into their social media marketing. Social Media Examiner

Mobile Devices Drive 66 Percent Of Email Opens — Report - According to Movable Ink’s Q1 2014 US Consumer Device Preference Report email opens continue to migrate away from the desktop, which now represents a minority of all email opens. In addition, the tablet share of email opens continues to grow. Marketing Land

Lee Odden

SEO Storm or Light Shower? Google’s Panda 4.0 Update

Lee Odden on May 22nd, 2014     Google, Online Marketing, SEO

Google Panda 4.0

The thunder clap of Google’s Matt Cutts’s Twitter post could be heard across the web this week with the announcement of the search engine’s latest update, Panda 4.0.

Of course the type of Panda I’m talking about isn’t a cute bear from China. It’s the name of an algorithm used by Google to filter out low quality content from search results.

The first Panda update in Feb, 2011 was fairly aggressive, affecting about 11% of queries on Google and millions of searchers. Panda also had an impact on more than a few website owners who fell from the search results like hail from the sky.

Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable reports that this most recent Panda update is expected to affect 7.5% of English search queries and with 12.5 billion searches per month on Google, that could be a pretty big storm for the SEO world.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Fridays For Engagement, People Don’t Know Ads Are Ads, Tablets Everywhere

Ben Brausen on May 16th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Google In-Store Behavior

Google: Local Searches Lead 50% of Mobile Users to Visit Stores [Study] - Searches with local intent are more likely to lead to store visits and sales within a day. New Google research says that 50 percent of mobile users are most likely to visit after conducting a local search, while 34 percent of consumers on tablets or computers will go to a store. Search Engine Watch

Facebook, Google+ Lead Twitter, Instagram For Reach Amongst Young Adults [STATS] - Facebook’s reach amongst young adults is still unmatched when compared to all other social networks, reports Statista, citing a recent study from Harvard University’s Institute Of Politics. AllTwitter

36% of People Still Don’t Realize That Google Adwords Are Ads - Last year, we published the results of user tests which found that 41% of users were unaware of the distinction between paid ads and organic listings.  Econsultancy

Lee Odden

What Makes a Business and Marketing Conference Great?

Lee Odden on May 14th, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Marketing Conference

According to the Convention Industry Council (pdf), in 2012 there were over 1.8 million business meetings, events and conferences held in the US attended by 225 million participants generating over $280 billion in spending. The volume of participants has grown 10% since 2009.

Clearly, the business conference industry is booming. The number of marketing and communications conferences alone is overwhelming compared to when I started attending and speaking at conferences in 2005.

Attending and speaking at business, marketing and client user conferences is a big part of our marketing and while there are changes with so many new, niche events popping up, I don’t think our conference participation will change. The challenge is, with so many conferences to choose from, which events provide the best return on investment? What makes a great business conference?

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