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

Book Review: 5 Takeaways From Scott Brinker’s Hacking Marketing + Bonus Author Interview

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 13th, 2016     Book Reviews, Online Marketing

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Digital marketing is a very competitive race. The team that is nimble, creative and working smarter will almost always win and keep the business in the end.

Many tools and processes have surfaced over the years that can help marketers improve their efficiency and deliverables. However, there are still many antiquated processes that still exist that may be hindering success.

Scott Brinker’s new book Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster and More Innovative takes a much needed look at the areas of marketing that are broken and ways that they can be fixed.

Ashley Zeckman

Keeping it Real with Content Marketing: Why Integrity, Storytelling & Creativity Reign Supreme

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 12th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Marketing is often seen as a game. A game in which the marketers are the strategists and the customers are the pawns. Unfortunately, that is a game in which nobody wins. Marketers may feel a quick rush due to their success but customers that feel duped or mislead will surely, and quickly spread news of foul marketing practices.

There is no shortcut to providing value to customers through your marketing. In fact, now more than ever self-directed buyers are relying on the content they read online to lead their purchasing decisions and if something “feels fishy” they’ll quickly move on to a more reputable source.

Because of the amount of content being created today, that also means that not only integrity, but creativity and storytelling are an incredibly important part of creating content that connects your customers to your brand.

Ashley Zeckman

7 Influential Software Marketers Creating Great Content (& Where You Can Find it)

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 11th, 2016     Online Marketing

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How often have you met someone that walks the walk, but can’t quite talk the talk? Chances are, we’ve all encountered marketers that fit that bill. Fortunately, there are many influential marketers that are consistently creating great content that showcases their expertise.

Upwards of 60% of B2B marketers have stated that creating engaging content is their top challenge. However, that does not seem to be an issue for the rockstars on this list.

This is by no means a complete list, but merely a sample of how some of today’s most influential software marketers that are putting their content where their expertise is.

Michael Gerard

Michael Gerard

Chief Marketing Officer, Curata
@michaelgerard

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: A to Z of Content, Native Ads Dominate, Google’s Local 3-Pack

Tiffani Allen on Apr 8th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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A to Z of Content Marketing: A 40 Point Checklist [Infographic]
Creating great content and getting it in front of the right people is harder than it may sound. This fun infographic shows the A to Z of great content marketing, including curating relevant content, having a solid strategy, and social media recommendations. PageTraffic

Native Advertising Dominates Facebook Audience Network (Study)
A new study from Facebook and IHS showed that 83% of Facebook ads use their native advertising format. Facebook also admitted in an email to SocialTimes that “the percentage of apps using the native ad format on Facebook Audience Network has increased tenfold since the first quarter of 2015, and that CPMs (cost per thousand impressions) for native ads are seven times higher than those for banners.” SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

7 Tools to Uncover Customer Needs & Map the Customer Journey to Create Better Experiences

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 4th, 2016     Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing

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Marketers have become increasingly focused on the importance of understanding the customer journey and using data to lead their marketing strategies. Salesforce recently reported that 86% of senior-level marketers say that creating a cohesive customer journey is absolutely critical.

However, knowing where to start can be a daunting endeavour. But not taking action has the potential to put companies at serious risk as Gartner estimated that nearly 90% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience starting this year.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: MarTec Supergraphic, YouTube goes Live and AdWords’ New Look

Tiffani Allen on Apr 1st, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic
In one huge supergraphic, cheifmartec.com lays out key players in advertising and promotion, content and experience, social and relationships, commerce and sales, data, and management. As you can see from the image above, there are a huge amount of service providers in the industry, more than we may have even anticipated as few as five years ago. How will this landscape continue to change? Cheifmartec.com

Report: Google Building YouTube Connect to Compete With Periscope
Streaming live video is not a new concept in the marketing sphere, especially since Periscope hit the scene in 2014. But Video mega-star YouTube is jumping into the realm with both feet, launching their new live streaming app ‘YouTube Connect’ to compete with the success of Periscope and services like it. Interestingly enough, users will reportedly be able to watch live streaming video in the app itself, or on YouTube.com. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

[eBook] Influencer Engagement: 15 Ways to Fail & 25 Ways to WIN

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 31st, 2016     Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

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Schadenfreude (n.): Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.

Who doesn’t like watching a good fail? As long as the subject isn’t seriously injured, we can all enjoy a hearty laugh at the guy who slips on the banana peel, the woman who gets her shoe caught in a grate, or the kid getting bopped by the family cat. Even if you’re the one who fails, you know eventually it will be a funny story you can tell at parties.

While these minor pratfalls are all in good fun, failing at influencer engagement isn’t as entertaining. Instead of a few bruises and an amusing anecdote, an influencer outreach fail can end your campaign before it starts. And there are far more ways to fail than you might imagine.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Content Cocktails, Old School Email and 3D Printing in Space

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

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The Mixology of Content Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]
Content marketing is an art and a science, just like mixing a good cocktail. In this infographic, different types of content ‘cocktails’ are broken down into clear recipes for the marketing mixologist to follow. Each recipe also contains a measuring guide and a stat or helpful tip. My personal favorite is the White Paper Old Fashioned. Unbounce

This Study Shows Why Retailers Should Ramp Up Their Email Game for Millennials
Whether or not you agree that email is ‘old school’ aside, it is still one of the most effective digital marketing tactics in our collective tool kits. A new study from Epsilon shows that email is effective for Millennial shoppers in particular, with 43% saying they’ve been checking out retailers’ emails in the last 6 months. Millennial shoppers aren’t solely using social media to find what they’re looking for, this new research tells us that email needs to be in the mix. AdWeek

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Jaw-Dropping Stats, Instagram’s New Algorithm and Google Boosts Mobile

Tiffani Allen on Mar 18th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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5 Jaw-Dropping Social Media Stats (in Infographics)
In 5 small infographics, author Justin Kerby summarizes facebook’s gigantic user base, the prevalence of employee advocacy programs, how auto-posting on Facebook leads to increased engagement, social media ad spend and how long we really spend watching videos online. I’ll give you a hint, it’s more than an hour. Social Media Today

Instagram Is Adding an Algorithm to Reorder Feeds Based on the Posts Users Like
Instagram announced this week that they are adding an algorithm that will reorder the photos users see in their feed. According to Instagram, the plans are “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.” As expected, this change will roll out to a small group of users first and scale up, though the platform hasn’t confirmed a roll-out date. AdWeek

Ashley Zeckman

Book Review & Interview: 3 Marketing Lessons From The Big Data-Driven Business

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 17th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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How many times have you made a purchase either online or in a store and found that you either received recommendations or coupons after your purchase that seemed to be exactly what you were looking for? That experience is one example of how companies are using big data to create a better experience and more effectively target buyers based on previous behaviors.

The sheer amount of trackable activity that exists today has begun to make data collection and analysis a much more manageable task, and the impact is in the numbers. Research has found that for a Fortune 1000 company, increasing data accessibility by just 10% has the potential to result in more than $65 million dollars in additional revenue.

Ashley Zeckman

7 Ways Sales Emails Fail & 7 Ways to Win

Ashley Zeckman on Mar 16th, 2016     Email Marketing, Online Marketing

 

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Like you, my email inbox is filled with email marketing newsletters, requests for information, spammy emails that managed to make it through my filter and the urgent things I actually need to respond to. Each day as I watch the number of unread emails grow, it takes more and more convincing for me to open the emails that do not come from people I know.

In my role as the Director of Agency marketing for TopRank Marketing, I receive a steady influx of emails each day from sales reps at various companies trying to meet with me about how their solution will make me more effective at my job. Nine times out of ten, I have had no previous contact with these reps, nor have I signed up to receive emails from them.

Joshua Nite

What’s the Secret of the Most Powerful Content Marketing Strategy? Simplicity

Joshua Nite on Mar 15th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Imagine all the content created from the dawn of recorded history all the way up to 2003. Cave paintings, Renaissance artwork, Egyptian hieroglyphics, sacred texts, romance novels. The whole grand multicultural enchilada.

How long would it take us, in 2016, to replicate that staggering volume of content? According to Google’s Eric Schmidt: 48 hours.

Humanity creates more content every two days than our ancestors managed in 6,000 years. Those slackers.

Sure, that’s an impressive achievement for the human race (quality of the output notwithstanding), but it’s a challenge for every marketer hoping their content finds an audience. With multiple civilizations’ worth of data published every day, how can even the snazziest of infographics earn attention?