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.

 

Nick Nelson

A Marketer’s Guide to Minneapolis: Gearing Up for #DSMPLS + Exclusive Event Invite

Nick Nelson on Aug 8th, 2017     Digital Marketing, Digital Summit, Online Marketing

Next week, Digital Summit will arrive in Minneapolis, drawing in distinguished speakers and attendees from far and wide while placing our hometown at the center of the marketing world for a few days.

Whether you’re coming into town to join the festivities, or simply curious to learn more about the Twin Cities and why TopRank Marketing is proud to be planted here, let this post serve as your guide to the Mini Apple and beyond.

More Than Meets the Eye

If you’ve seen the movie Fargo or other representations in pop culture, you might be led to believe we Minnesotans are a bunch of hot-dish devouring, “OHHH-kay den” saying, lutefisk loving northerners.

Anne Leuman

How 6 B2B Brands Climbed to New Heights with Content Marketing

Anne Leuman on Aug 7th, 2017     Online Marketing

Eighty percent of the fastest growing B2B companies employ content marketing, according to data from Mattermark and Drift.com. But not all B2B marketers are seeing fast results.

In fact, the Content Marketing Institute surveyed B2B marketers and found that only 34% of them believe their content marketing strategies were effective or extremely effective. The remaining 66% of B2B marketers feel their content marketing efforts are unsuccessful.

If you’re among those 66 percent-ers, it’s okay. After all, failure is just a stepping stone on the path to success. To help you recalibrate your content strategy for high-flying results, we’ve highlighted how six B2B brands use content marketing to fuel their business and what you can learn from each one.

#1 – Cisco

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Social Video, Google Consumer Confidence & Content’s Influence

Tiffani Allen on Aug 4th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Everything You Need to Know About Using Video in Social Marketing [Infographic]
We often hear how engaging videos are on social media – but there’s certainly a trick to getting it right for your audience. This infographic shows highlights from a recent study from Animoto, where 1,000 consumers sounded off on what they wanted to see. MarketingProfs

2017 Google Consumer Confidence Report
Digital Examiner recently conducted a survey to determine how much consumers trust the information they are served in Google search results. The trust for Google remains high despite recent commentary surrounding alleged biases, with 72% of consumers saying they trust search results. Digital Examiner

Joshua Nite

20 Jokes Only a B2B Marketer Will Get

Joshua Nite on Aug 2nd, 2017     Online Marketing

Lately, there’s been a big push for adding humor and personality into B2B marketing. I’m all for it—not only does it play into my natural strengths, it means that B2B marketers can bring more creativity and fun into their day-to-day.

It may be hard to cast off the idea that we on the B2B side have to be buttoned-down, professional, and above all, inoffensively bland. But if our content is going to stand out in the crowd, we’ve got to get in touch with our funny bones.

With that in mind, here are 20 brand-new jokes that only a B2B marketer could love. As I said in my last funny post, there’s nothing like a good joke: And these are, believe me, nothing like a good joke.

Ashley Zeckman

[Infographic] The In-Flight Guide to Content Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 31st, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing

Marketers who plan appropriately significantly increase their likelihood of success. Seems like a novel concept right?

You’d think so, but unfortunately the day-to-day grind can cause many marketers to lose sight of what’s important and essential for content marketing success. In today’s competitive landscape, everything from your strategy to the actual content experience and the way that you amplify content that is created (or co-created) are key factors in the success of your content program.

To help you take your content to new heights, we have topped into some of the top B2B and B2C marketing minds that will be speaking at this year’s Content Marketing World conference in September. Over the past months we have published a series of eBooks that take a deep dive into the content skills and tactics necessary to meet the needs of the modern customer.

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Data by the Minute, Email in 2017 & New Instagram Features

Tiffani Allen on Jul 28th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How Much Data is Generated Every Minute? [Infographic]
This infographic reveals what happens online every minute. The world internet population now represents 3.7 billion people. The findings on data usage includes social media platforms, video usage and the other most popular data generation websites and apps happening right now. Social Media Today

How Email Is Accessed in 2017: Top Devices, Platforms, and Clients
The report that was based on 27 billion emails opened between May 2016 and April 2017 highlights the devices on which email is accessed most frequently, the most popular email clients and the most popular email platforms that consumers are using. MarketingProfs

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Email Marketing Facts, Gen Z Media Usage & Snap Publisher Tool

Tiffani Allen on Jul 21st, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

119 Facts About Email Marketing [Infographic]
Discover 119 facts you didn’t know about email marketing including, why email marketing works, biggest email trends for 2017, most common types of emails, most used email marketing tactics, segmentation and personalization, mobile email statistics and more. (MarketingProfs)

Gen Z is The Largest, Most Diverse Group of Media Users, According to a New Report From Nielsen
A new report from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report for the first quarter of 2017 highlights how unique and diverse Gen Z is in media consumption. This report shows a device ownership and other technology breakdown by generation, and why Gen Z is more able to adapt to new technologies than other generations. (AdWeek)

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Short Attention Spans, Instagram Retargeting and LinkedIn Notifications

Tiffani Allen on Jul 14th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Short Attention Span Solution for Marketers (Hint: It’s Email) [Infographic]
Email subscribers are spending more time reading the emails they receive. This infographic looks at email analytics over the past 6 years, and includes statistics and research on how email has evolved, how consumers interact with email and tips to optimize your emails for readers with short attention spans. (HubSpot)

Facebook Adds Instagram Retargeting Options to Custom Audience
Facebook’s Business Manager has added 3 new retargeting options for Instagram that appears under the “Engagement” objective when creating a custom audience. Video lets you create a list of people based on how long they watched your video, lead form creates a list of people who have opened, completed or started a form and Instagram business profile creates a list of anyone who’s interacted with your profile page. (Social Media Today)

Emily Hinderaker

25 Influencer Marketing Platforms & Marketplaces

Emily Hinderaker on Jul 12th, 2017     Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

Marketers around the world are searching for ways to better connect with their audiences and it’s become very clear that consumers place more trust in consumers than brands. That means, the true power lies with the customer, which means many brands have had to adapt their marketing strategies to create better experiences for their audience.

One way to do so is by incorporating influencer driven content into the digital marketing mix.

For B2C brands, incorporating influencers is already a well-established practice. But for B2B brands, the concept is much newer. In a recent report that we developed with Altimeter Group and Traackr, we found that only 11% of B2B companies are running an ongoing influencer marketing program, yet 80% of these marketers rate content marketing most impacted by influencer marketing.

Ashley Zeckman

CMWorld Interview: Citrix’s Justin Levy Takes a Dive into Top Social Media Opportunities

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 10th, 2017     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World, Online Marketing, Social Media

The lines between long-form content and social media marketing are becoming blurrier each day. Social networks now allow for native video viewing, live video and even some long-form content. They have essentially become their own content platforms competing with blogs and brand websites.

Facebook alone is on pace to hit approximately 2 billion users this year and other social networks are growing at a rapid pace as well.

To better understand the role that social media marketing plays in today’s digital world, I decided to pick the brain of one of today’s top social media leaders, Justin Levy. Justin is the Director of Social Marketing at Citrix and in addition to being an incredibly talented marketer, he’s very open to sharing what he knows to help other marketers learn and grow.

Tiffani Allen

Digital Marketing News: Sustainable Social, Mobile Search Makeover and The Hiring Climate

Tiffani Allen on Jul 7th, 2017     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


How to Build a Sustainable Social Marketing Strategy [Infographic]
Maximize your marketing efforts by understanding core best practices including, emphasize visual content, use infographics if you’re a B2B brand and avoid clickbait titles. This infographic also shows stats that will help you understand audience behaviors and interests on social media. (Social Media Today)

Google is Testing a New Design for Mobile Search Results
Google is testing a new design for both paid and organic search results. Some changes include the URL is now at the top of search cards, there are fewer ads and more color has been added to organic search cards. (Search Engine Journal)

Ashley Zeckman

The TopRank Marketing Team Explores the Meaning of Great Work

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 5th, 2017     Online Marketing

When you hear the names Tesla, Einstein, Da Vinci or Earhart, what comes to mind?

For me, these are people who pushed boundaries, didn’t settle and changed the world. In the end, what they really have in common is that they all produced “great work”.

Today more than ever, marketers are challenged to constantly push themselves to be more innovative and agile to create great work quickly. Competition is becoming increasingly fierce and brands and agencies alike are trying to stand out to attract customers and clients.

But what does great work really mean?

At the core, in order to actually produce great work you must always be learning, growing and practicing your craft.