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

Online Marketing News: Siri vs. Google Assistant, Periscope 360 Video & Amazon Tests Product Listing Ads

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 30th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Infographic: Google Assistant vs. Siri: Which is the Best Smartphone AI?
Artificial Intelligence is not a thing of the future, it has become something that we rely on daily. Today’s smartphones are equipped with the latest in personal assistants, but they are not all created equal. See which one has the features that you’re looking for. Search Engine Journal

Periscope Launches Live 360 Video Broadcasting
Twitter’s Periscope is another in a long line of social networks enabling 360 video on their platform. As of today, everyone can view 360 videos but only a select group of partners can publish. What could this mean for your video marketing strategy in 2017? Marketing Land

Joshua Nite

Facebook Advertising: How to Get More for Your Budget

Joshua Nite on Dec 28th, 2016     Facebook, Online Marketing, Social Media

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Gather around, children, and let me tell you a story of Facebook advertising in the long-forgotten year of 2012. In that gilded age, whenever your page posted an update, up to 20% of your followers would see it in their feeds organically.

It was a simpler time. A gentler time. And a time when Facebook took in a lot less revenue from advertisers.

Then in 2016, organic reach fell off the cliff (Or was it pushed?), sinking to as low as 2% of a page’s followers.

The moral of the story is: If you want to reach a sizable audience on Facebook now, you’re going to have to pay. But as our friends (and clients) over at LinkedIn Marketing say, “Organic is good. Paid is better.”

Lee Odden

Lucky 13 – Happy Birthday to TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog!

Lee Odden on Dec 23rd, 2016     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

Happy 13th Birthday TopRank Marketing Blog

We have a lot to celebrate this time of year and I feel incredibly lucky that TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog gets to celebrate yet another blog birthday.

Happy Lucky 13 Birthday Online Marketing Blog!

And thank you to Ashley Zeckman for doing a great job managing our blog in 2016!

I have a confession: Starting a blog in 2003 was just another “thing” to explore for its marketing value, not some ephiphany-inspired marketing journey. The inspiration came from a drive to reach more people with fewer resources in a meaningful way. Could blogging be the solution?

In fact, the creation of TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog followed several other search marketing focused blogs that launched the same year including Search Engine Roundtable, Search Engine Journal and SEO Book. Two of those three are still going pretty strong with daily posts and large readerships.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Abandoned Carts, Email Benchmarks & 2016’s Most Popular Content

Tiffani Allen on Dec 23rd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Infographic: Average Cart Abandonment Rates for Q3 2016
Why, and at what frequency, are users abandoning their online shopping carts? Many folks are abandoning carts simply because they’re just looking or researching — 34% to be exact. 23% are abandoning carts because of issues with the cost or time required for shipping. ClickZ

3Q16 Email Marketing Benchmarks and Trends
Marketers sent nearly 20% more emails in Q3 of 2016 than in the same period of 2015. However, click through rates were 12.5% lower. This could be due to the rising share of mobile ‘clicks’ to marketing emails, meaning that the emails we send to our list need to be mobile-friendly and actionable from a mobile device. MarketingProfs

Ashley Zeckman

The Future of Influencer Marketing: Top Predictions for 2017

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 22nd, 2016     Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

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The buyer journey has changed, and will only continue to evolve. Clean funnels that marketers used to use to determine their digital marketing strategy are a thing of the past.

Today’s consumers can take many different paths (at their own pace) to discover the products and solutions that work best for them. This can create a lot of unpredictability for marketers struggling to keep their head above water.

For marketers trying to do more with less, or connect in a more meaningful way, influencer marketing can be an extremely effective method.

Influencer Marketing is the practice of developing relationships with connected internal and industry experts to co-create content of mutual value to achieve measurable business goals.” – TopRank Marketing

Ashley Zeckman

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

Ashley Zeckman on Dec 19th, 2016     Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing

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If you’re a marketer and haven’t been living on another planet for the past few years, influencer marketing is a term that you’re familiar with. The increasing popularity of influencer marketing has brought every person out of the woodwork sharing their “expertise” and trying their hand at building a program.

In fact, 84% of marketers plan to run influencer marketing programs within the next year. If you fall into that 84% or have already kicked off your influencer marketing initiative, there are some things you need to know.

First and foremost, you need to have a strategy for your influencer marketing program. That strategy should include building relationships with influencers that have mutual interests, audiences and goals.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: B2B Case for LinkedIn, The State of Content & Ranking Factors Study

Tiffani Allen on Dec 16th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Get Proof: The Case for B2B Marketing on LinkedIn [Infographic]
A new infographic from LinkedIn makes a compelling case for B2B Marketing on the channel. 92% of B2B marketers leverage LinkedIn over all other social platforms for their marketing efforts, and 80% of B2B marketing leads generated through social come from LinkedIn. LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Blog

Facebook Page Layout Changes: How Marketers Should Respond
Facebook pages have a new layout for visitors — bumping up videos and photos underneath shopping recommendations where popular content used to live. Not a fan? Not to worry! You can still edit the order of your page’s content by editing the order of the sidebar tabs. Social Media Examiner

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.