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.

 

Ashley Zeckman

A Year in Blog Posts: TopRank Marketing’s Most Popular Content Marketing Posts of 2016

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 15th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Each year, marketers are investing more time, effort and resources into creating content. The good news is that 45% of organizations believe that they have been more successful this year than they were last year.

The key indicators to this success has been largely due to increasing the quality of content, developing a strategy and prioritizing content creation.

As a content marketing centric agency, TopRank Marketing has covered various topics throughout the year that are aimed at helping other content creators find their way in a sometimes tricky industry.

Instead of just selecting our favorite posts of the year, we let our readers decide what was most useful. The 10 posts below represent our most shared content marketing posts of the year.

Ashley Zeckman

The Future of Social Media Marketing: Experts Share Social Media Predictions for 2017

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 12th, 2016     Online Marketing

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Social media platforms enable people from around the world looking to connect and build personal and professional relationships. Earlier this year studies found that there are currently over 2 billion active social media users.

If you consider the sheer number of people interacting on social networks, it seems like a no-brainer that both B2C and B2B brands should be spending time engaging with their audience, where they’re spending time. But finding a way to not only reach, but connect with audiences on social networks has become increasingly difficult.

Just a couple years ago, brands were able to build audiences on platforms like Facebook and get in front of the vast majority of their followers without investing in social advertising. These days, the average brand on Facebook will only reach 1-2% of their audience without boosting posts. Need proof? The amount spent on social advertising has increased by 234% in the past seven years. Ouch!

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Agile Marketers, Facebook Sends Waves & Faster Mobile Ads

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

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Marketers Are Clueless About Agile [Infographic]
Only 40% of marketers are using or planning to use agile task management systems in the next four years, while 40% aren’t sure. This isn’t a super surprising statistic, given that more than 20% of marketers don’t know what agile means. This infographic shows details of what task management systems marketers are using, their future plans for agile and more. Workfront

Facebook Testing ‘Send a Wave’ Feature Within Nearby Friends
Just when we thought the poke had retired, it comes back in the form of a wave. Users can now send a waving hand emoji to their nearby friends to help facilitate a meet up. The question here is when this feature will be available for business on a local level. Time will tell. SocialTimes

Joshua Nite

Content Marketing: 4 Ways to Make Sure Your Mobile Content Connects

Joshua Nite on Dec 7th, 2016     Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Online Marketing

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How often do you use your smartphone as a phone? Personally, I think of it as more for avoiding human interaction than facilitating it:
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These days my desktop and home laptop are gathering dust; I can do it all on my phone. The only reason we still call them “phones” is “personal computation device” sounds too nerdy.

All of which to say: Mobile is the current and next frontier for content marketing. Reports show that 65% of digital media time is now spent on a mobile device. Not only that, all digital growth is now coming from mobile usage—expect to see desktop traffic stagnate or reduce while mobile traffic continues to grow.

Ashley Zeckman

The Future of Content Marketing: Experts Share Content Predictions for 2017

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 5th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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At a time in the not so distant future 2016 will come to a close and many content marketers will reflect on 2016 and think, “Man was that unfair!”. They’ve tightened their belts, worked hard to develop a content strategy and tried to stay up on latest content trends. But the sad reality is that content still isn’t having the business impact that they had anticipated.

In order for us to look to the future of content marketing, we have to take a critical look at the past and present. One  that we have always known to be true is that creating content just to improve rankings and to say that you “do” content marketing is never going to be good enough. So many marketers get caught up in creating content for content’s sake and find that they’ve wasted hours, months or years developing messages that nobody will ever read or share.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Content Deluge, Spotify Data Stories and Cyber Monday Breaks Records

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

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What Can Be Done About the Content Deluge? Insights From 42 Content Marketing Influencers [Infographic]
Content marketing isn’t easy. Although it’s not a new tactic by any stretch of the imagination, marketers are still struggling to spread their message to an increasingly inundated audience. So, how can marketers make their content marketing stick? These 42 influencers, including our own Lee Odden, have some helpful tips. Business to Community

Spotify Crunches User Data in Fun Ways for This New Global Outdoor Ad Campaign
Spotify mined user data for a delightful purpose – a playful new outdoor campaign thanking 2016 for, frankly, being really weird. Some highlights include showing some love to the 1,235 guys who loved the “Girl’s Night” playlist this year, and wondering why someone would need to play “Sorry” 42 times on Valentine’s Day. AdWeek

Ashley Zeckman

Curb End-of-Year Marketing Burnout with These Digital Marketing Quick Tips

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 1st, 2016     Online Marketing

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For many marketers, the holiday season is one of their busiest times of year. But let’s face it, focusing on solving your top marketing problems when you have a holiday party to go to and a new year just around the corner isn’t always easy.

This year, let’s change our perspective. Instead of letting things slip with the notion that you’ll pick back up in the new year, finish 2016 with a bang!

This post has a little bit of everything to keep you motivated and ranges from social media marketing, to email marketing and SEO.

Pick the top one or two items that you’re struggling with most this time of year and commit yourself to maintaining a laser focus through the end of the year.

Joshua Nite

6 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Your Social Media Marketing

Joshua Nite on Nov 30th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing, Social Media

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“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact midpoint, everybody stops, and turns, and hugs, as if to say ’Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.’” -Doctor Who

Last night, I drove home from work in the dark. I hadn’t stayed late putting the finishing touches on another devastatingly brilliant blog post. It was just that, after the long Thanksgiving weekend, the darkness has finally caught up with the end of the work day. And there’s plenty more dark to go before the days get longer.

On the bright side, that means the holiday season is here. There are at least four major holidays and plenty of minor ones to go around.

Caitlin Burgess

10 Kick-Ass Cyber Monday & Holiday Deals for Digital Marketers

Caitlin Burgess on Nov 28th, 2016     B2B Marketing, B2C Marketing, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Digital marketers everywhere—especially our friends in the B2C marketing world—have spent the last weeks and months perfecting their marketing strategies for the holiday season. Now that the most wonderful time of the year is officially here, we want to make sure our fellow marketers don’t miss out on deals that can help them perfect their craft.

So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve put together this handy list of Cyber Monday and holiday deals that any marketer would absolutely love to scoop up. From books and conference tickets to free tool trials, you’ll find a variety of great deals.

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#1- $100 Bing Advertising Credit

Bing Ads Cyber Monday Deal

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Retail Holiday Social, Instagram Live & Online Shopping Accelerates

Tiffani Allen on Nov 25th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Retailers Will Get 30% More Social Messages This Holiday Season [Report]
What do customers expect from brands this holiday season? 38.8% are looking to brands to spread holiday cheer, followed by 19.5% who are looking for updates on promotions. In addition to looking to brands to help them make purchasing decisions, about 33% of survey respondents said they’re likely to post about a gift on social media. The takeaway? It’s time to spread that holiday cheer on social — before and after the holiday. Sprout Social

Instagram Launches Live Video on Instagram Stories: Here’s All You Need to Know
As part of the now seemingly ‘official’ war between Facebook and Snapchat, Facebook owned Instagram has released live video on Instagram stories. That’s not all — Instagram also announced the release of disappearing photos and videos from groups and friends. Buffer

Joshua Nite

Why Most Content Doesn’t Get Social Shares–And How to Get Yours Seen

Joshua Nite on Nov 23rd, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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It’s been a little over a year since Buzzsumo’s Steve Rayson dropped a bombshell on content marketers. After his company analyzed over one million blog posts, it was Steve’s sad duty to inform us that:

  • 75% of posts received zero domain links
  • 50% of posts received 8 shares or less
  • 75% of posts received 39 shares or less

In other words, that beautiful content we spent so much time crafting? Half of it didn’t attract enough people to fill a baseball roster. Three quarters of it didn’t attract enough people to fill a school bus.

It’s hard to feel good about numbers like that. But you don’t have to feel hopeless and you don’t have to take it lying down. Your audience is out there, waiting for great content to rise above the swelling tides of mediocrity.

Leila De La Fuente

Is Bing A Thing? The Answer: It Depends

Leila De La Fuente on Nov 21st, 2016     Microsoft Bing, Online Marketing, Search Engines

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It’s no surprise that Google is the most popular search engine in the world. In fact, according to NetMarketShare, it owns over 75% of the desktop search engine market share and over 94% of mobile/tablet search engine market share.

Desktop Search Engine Market Share - October 2016

Desktop Search Engine Market Share – October 2016

 

Mobile/Tablet Search Engine Market Share - October 2016

Mobile/Tablet Search Engine Market Share – October 2016

And it’s stats like these that have SEO and digital marketing professionals everywhere focusing solely on Google, when looking to improve organic search visibility. Why focus on optimizing for Bing, or Yahoo, or AOL, when they take up such a small piece of our search pie?

So when we’re asked the question, “Is Bing a Thing?” we’re quick to dismiss the need for optimization focused on Bing’s ranking algorithm; but the truth is, the answer should be “It depends.”