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.

 

Caitlin Burgess

5 Interesting Insights from Buffer’s The State of Social 2016 Report

Caitlin Burgess on Nov 15th, 2016     Marketing & PR Industry, Online Marketing, Social Media

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What does the social media landscape look like in 2017? What networks are going to help me drive awareness, conversation and conversions? What types of content will have the most impact on my audience? Is Snapchat a good investment?

As we near the end of 2016, these are likely just a few of the questions being asked by marketers everywhere. While I’d love to say there’s a magical crystal ball with all the answers out there, we all know that nothing is permanent or sure-fire when it comes to social media. But we do have some data and insights that can help.

In it’s The State of Social 2016 report, Buffer surveyed more than 1,200 B2B and B2C marketers to better understand how they’re currently using social media and where they plan to go in 2017. Those who participated work for companies of all sizes and across a variety of industries.

Ashley Zeckman

50 Influential Women in Digital Marketing: North Stars & Rising Stars

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 14th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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Having people that we can look to for guidance and inspiration is an incredibly important part of our professional development. In this post, I would like to shine a light on some incredibly talented and inspirational women that are making moves and serving as a shining examples for other digital marketers.

To create this list of inspirational women in digital marketing, we pulled 25 of the top brand marketers from our list last year (our North Stars), and asked each of them to nominate someone (our Rising Stars) that they thought were deserving of having a light shone on their awesome work.

In addition to featuring insights about these savvy digital marketers, we asked each of our North Stars to share their inspiration for their own work, and asked what inspired them about their Rising Star nominations.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Unwrapping Shoppers, Growing Ad Revenue & Millennial Loyalty

Tiffani Allen on Nov 11th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Unwrapping the 2016 Holiday Shopper [Infographic]
The holiday season is undeniably important for eCommerce brands — especially this year with a 17% YOY revenue increase. But how do holiday shoppers go about their research and purchasing? This infographic shows how users are browsing and shopping for their holiday purchases. Signal

Digital Ad Revenues Grow 19% Year-Over-Year in First Half of 2016, Hitting Landmark High of $32.7 Billion
IAB reports: “digital advertising revenues in the United States for the first half of 2016 have reached an all-time high, scaling to $32.7 billion […] This represents a 19 percent increase over last year’s then record-setting half-year revenues of $27.5 billion.” This and many more insights can be found in their full report. IAB

Joshua Nite

7 Steps to Documenting Your Content Marketing Strategy

Joshua Nite on Nov 9th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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There is one thing that nearly 2/3rds of top-performing content marketers do, but only 13% of the least successful do. It’s a clear driver of content marketing excellence. Yet only 37% of all B2B content marketers are doing it.

That one thing is to developing a documented content marketing strategy. It’s that simple. Lay out your strategy, write it down, and you’ve drastically increased your odds of running a successful content marketing enterprise.

Documenting your strategy prevents random acts of content. It helps get buy-in from your whole team. Most importantly, it starts your content initiative with measurable goals and a plan to achieve them. It just makes every aspect of creating content and distributing it easier and more effective.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Shareable Infographics, Instagram Buyable Tags & YouTube End Screens

Tiffani Allen on Nov 4th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Shareable Infographics Using PowerPoint or Keynote
Infographics work to capture the attention of your audience and convey information in a digestible way. It can be tough to find the resources to creat them. But, what if creating infographics yourself was suddenly easier? This infographic will show you how. HubSpot

Instagram Is Letting Brands Test Taggable, Buyable Products in Photos
Instagram is letting select brands — like Kate Spade — test organic posts with taggable, buyable products in their photos. Brands can tag products for sale within their organic posts that will link interested viewers directly to their website to purchase. This, according to Instagram, is a play to make the user’s purchase experience frictionless. AdWeek

Ashley Zeckman

“Make Good Choices!” And Other Reasons Why We Celebrate Ann Handley

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 3rd, 2016     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing

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Ever so often, you come across someone that inspires and motivates you to be better, to reach for more. Sometimes this will be someone that you know, but often, it’s someone that you admire from afar. For me (and many other marketers), that person is MarketingProfs’ Chief Content Officer, Ann Handley.

In addition to being an incredibly talented and brilliant B2B marketer, Ann is a wonderful person. Her wit, charm and friendly demeanor will wrap you up in a ball of marketing love and make you feel like you’ve known her your whole life.

Our team has had the distinct pleasure of partnering with with Ann on several projects. As busy as Ann is making B2B marketing magic, she is a fantastic collaborator and co-creator. I have been given the opportunity to work with her on several ocassions and have reveled in every minute of it.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: The Art of Stealing, Twitter Closes Vine & Helpful Chat Bots

Tiffani Allen on Oct 28th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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How to Improve Blog Writing Through the Art of ‘Stealing’ [Infographic]
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or at least that’s the rumor. So, how can you (legally and ethically) ‘steal’ the high-performance content mojo from a fellow writer to help improve your work? This infographic explains how. MarketingProfs

Important News about Vine
Twitter announced on Thursday that they’ll be discontinuing their Vine app. The platform, which just announced a round of layoffs last week, says they’ll be ‘doing this the right way’ by keeping the website online so users can continue to access their content. Vine on Medium

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Google Has Changed, B2C Content Marketing and Video Ad Metrics

Tiffani Allen on Oct 21st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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How Google Search Has Changed in 2016 [Infographic]
As we all know, Google is no stranger to change. Keeping track of those changes and their connotations is an actual full time job. For example, MarketingProfs reports “Google’s search engine is displaying fewer organic results on it first page this year than it was last year, and it’s increasingly presenting different experiences for desktop and smartphone users.” MarketingProfs

[New Research] B2C Marketers Need to Give Content Marketing Time
Following their successful release of their B2B content marketing benchmarks report, Content Marketing Institute has shifted their research focus to B2C. What did they find? 60% of B2C marketers consider their organization’s approach to content marketing to be much more or somewhat more successful than it was just a year ago. Content Marketing Institute

Ashley Zeckman

A Preview & Exclusive Insights for the 2016 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 19th, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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This week, members of the TopRank Marketing team are off to Boston to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. It’s no mystery that this conference put on by Ann Handley and the incredibly talented MarketingProfs team is one of our favorites.

In addition to our CEO Lee Odden speaking at the conference on the topic of influencer marketing, a few of our team members will be live blogging some of our favorite sessions and connecting with other marketers.

Below is a preview of some of the sessions we’re most excited about as well as some exclusive conference insights from MarketingProf’s Marketing Manager, Rob Zaleski.

MPB2B Sessions You Can’t Miss

Session: Sexy Hot B2B Influencer Activation: The Art And Science Of Romancing B2B Industry Influencers To Collaborate, Co-Create, And Advocate Content Using Leading Influencer Marketing Tools

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Infographics in SEO Strategy, Google Pixel & The Value of UX

Tiffani Allen on Oct 14th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Why Infographics Should Be Part of Your SEO Strategy [Infographic]
It isn’t just readers who appreciate the value of a good infographic — search engines do, too. Infographics drive more engagement and social shares, signaling bots that content is relevant to the searcher and is a good answer for what they’re looking for. But how do you create a great infographic? Read on for 6 simple steps to make your own. HubSpot

Google Pixel marketing push is worth $3.2M in ads and much more
Google released Google Pixel, their new smartphone offering, to the market and has made quite a splash. Google has reportedly spent $3.2 million in their initial advertising push for TV ads, and experts in the field believe that’s just the metaphorical tip of the iceberg in terms of spending. Their Pixel product is rumored to be poised to connect with the iPhone, which begs the question, how will this affect marketing and design for mobile devices? TECHMalak

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Organic CTR Hacks, Annoying Social Habits and Expanded PPC Ads

Tiffani Allen on Oct 7th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Infographic: 11 Amazing Hacks that will Boost Your Organic Click-Through Rates
Organic search is one of the most important traffic channels for digital marketers. Optimizing your organic click through rate can only help increase the amount of organic traffic you see, and actions taken by those who arrive on site. But how exactly can one increase their organic CTR? This infographic has 11 tips to get you started. Search Engine Land

New Study Looks at What Makes People Unfollow Brands on Social
Your social followers are more likely to convert than those consumers who don’t follow your brand, so it stands to reason that a good marketer wants to keep them around. So, what annoying habits cause users to unfollow? Being too promotional, posting too frequently or too infrequently and sharing irrelevant content. Social Media Today

Kevin Cotch

How to Become a Better Search Marketer with Effective Communication

Kevin Cotch on Oct 3rd, 2016     Online Marketing

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Our job as search marketers is to provide the best results for our clients (both internally and externally). In order to provide the best results, we need to effectively communicate the value of everything we do. An effective communicator will be able to show the value of a search strategy/tactic to get the most out of a program for all parties included.

The search team needs to work together with the rest of the marketing team to educate them on potential risks or wins during any changes in strategy. Search engine optimization should be viewed as a part of the overall marketing strategy and cannot be a standalone solution. Instead, SEO can help all areas of marketing when done correctly. With that mindset, SEO needs to be a partnership between the search marketers and clients.