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.


Joshua Nite

How B2B Marketers Can Rise Above Roadblocks with Influencer Marketing

Joshua Nite on Aug 10th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing


As the old joke goes, there are two seasons in my home state of Minnesota: Winter and Road Construction. Right now, we are smack in the middle of the latter.

I’m a guy who doesn’t like pony-sized potholes on my streets. So I try to make peace with the endless lane changes, reroutes, and slow-downs. But sometimes it seems like they go out of their way to mess up our routines, doesn’t it?

If you’re a B2B marketer, you may feel similar desperation looking at your marketing channels. It seems like every route between you and your audience is getting blocked or traffic jammed. Organic social visibility is way down: Each Facebook post you make will reach between 2-6% of your followers. A quarter of those who might be interested in your display ads are using ad blockers. Your content can only engage readers if they can find it, and there’s a lot of commodity content clogging the roads.

Caitlin Burgess

9 Dos & Don’ts for Writing Compelling, Clickable Headlines to Draw in Your Audience

Caitlin Burgess on Aug 9th, 2016     Blogging Strategy, Content Marketing, Online Marketing Strategy


Well, hello there. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by the TopRank Marketing blog today. I’m pretty sure I know why you’re here — you’ve been searching high and low for the most adorable cat video of the day. Well, here it is:

Okay. Okay. Just kidding. But I really do know why you’re here. You’re looking for a little headline help. And regardless of how you found this blog post today, you believed something valuable, educational and actually on the topic of writing headlines (not cat videos) was waiting for you when you clicked—and that’s all thanks to the headline.

Headlines are arguably the most important aspect of any piece of content. It’s the first thing—and often the only thing—users will read. In fact, 8 out of 10 people read headlines, but just 2 out of 10 will actually continue reading the rest of the content, according to Copyblogger.

Joshua Nite

Online Marketing News: Facebook Livestream Ads, Native Video on LinkedIn, & Ad-Blocking Myths Busted

Joshua Nite on Aug 5th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

Marketing News Video Marketing Infographic

The smart and talented Tiffani Allen will return for next week’s roundup. While we wait, let’s dive into what’s been happening in the news this week.

The Future of Social Video: A Brief Look into What’s Next [Infographic]
Video. Is there anything it can’t do? First it kills the radio star, and now it’s taking over social media. According to research from Adobe, over half of marketers say video content has the best ROI. If you’re feeling left behind, don’t worry: one out of four marketers and small business owners feel they’re not up to speed on video marketing. Check out the full infographic for a breakdown of video marketing by social media platform. Hubspot

This Week’s TopRank Marketing News Video Roundup

Ashley Zeckman

Boost Content Marketing Results & Learn How LinkedIn Grew Their Blog by 30X

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 3rd, 2016     Blog Marketing, Online Marketing


Conversations between digital marketers are always abuzz with the latest, greatest and most innovative content marketing techniques. Everything from different content types, to the newest ways to promote content are never far from their lips.

There is no doubt that content plays an incredibly important role as part of an integrated digital marketing program. And one of the most tried and true content marketing tactics that has stood the test of time is blogging.

In fact, 45% of marketers still say that blogging is the most important piece of their content strategy and marketers that use blogging as part of their strategy, generate 67% more leads than those that don’t.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Critical Personalization, Social Strategy Research & Marketers on Reddit

Tiffani Allen on Jul 29th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Why Creating a Personal Online Experience for Your Visitors Is Critical [Infographic]
Did you know that 87% of companies that have implemented web personalization have seen an increased return in key metrics? There is certainly a strong case to create a personal experience for visitors to your website or blog. This handy infographic explains why one size doesn’t always fit all. MarketingProfs

What 51 Million Pieces of Content Say About Your Social Media Marketing Strategy [NEW RESEARCH]
TrackMaven analyses “the social media content from over 40,000 companies across 130 major industries on four major social networks —Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn — to provide businesses with relevant benchmarks for social media audience size, posting frequency, and engagement at an industry-specific level” in this new report. TrackMaven

Michael Bak

Find Success By Putting Your Digital Advertising to the A/B Test

Michael Bak on Jul 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing


Testing different variations is one of the quickest ways to learn, and Digital Advertising is no exception. When you begin talking about A/B testing, many of us get nervous and all sorts of possible catastrophes begin swimming around in our heads.

But the truth is, advertising is a quickly evolving tactic, and in order to gain momentum, testing has become a necessity. Whether your advertising is social, display, native or search, the key to better results and return on investment is testing.

To help you navigate the sometimes-confusing world of digital advertising testing, we’ve provided some helpful resources below.

What is A/B Testing?

An A/B Test is simply a test between two variants, a control and a variation, or as Google likes to call it, an experiment. Examples might include creating two different:

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Millennial Psychology, Influencer Misconceptions & SEO Issues

Tiffani Allen on Jul 22nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


The Psychology of Successfully Marketing to Millennials [Infographic]
Marketing to Millennials can be a unique challenge. The University of Southern California found that “the younger demographic values authenticity and their peers’ opinions. Consider that 84 percent of millennials say that user generated content influences what they buy. Plus, 82 percent are comfortable enough with brands to interact directly with them.” PR Daily

Dispelling Common Influencer Marketing Misconceptions (Report)
Influencer marketing is a broad topic with many facets and interpretations. As with any complicated concept, there will be misconceptions. When it comes to influencer marketing, TapInfluence found the most common misconceptions are it’s too manual, it can’t be measured, and it’s for big brands only. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

Should You or Shouldn’t You: 3 Ways to Tell if Influencer Marketing is Right for Your Brand

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 21st, 2016     Digital Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Online Marketing


Reaching and connecting with customers in a meaningful way has become incredibly challenging. There I said it.

It’s no wonder with the sheer number of  flash-in-the-pan marketing practices have somehow made their way into brands large and small only to leave marketing teams throwing their hands up in frustration. The amount of knowledge and data that we have access to today really is incredibly. Unfortunately, it can be hard to filter out the sage advice from that which is better left undiscovered.

It wasn’t so long ago that everyone started saying: “brands need to be on social!”, so companies jumped at the chance and signed up for every social platform available (even those that didn’t make sense). Then, when people said: “we need content!”, it led to a huge boost in the amount of content created and even today 76% of marketers plan to create more content this year than the year before.

Caitlin Burgess

Going Native: Tips & Examples for Effectively Incorporating Native Video Into Your Social Strategy

Caitlin Burgess on Jul 19th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing, Video


These days, it’s pretty safe to say that all marketers understand that video is an increasingly important marketing tool for capturing audience attention, showing value and encouraging engagement across the digital universe. In fact, 87% of online marketers use video content, according to an infographic from Hyperfine Media.

However, when it comes to promoting that video content on social media, marketers often ask users to click a link to a website, blog or another outside platform to watch, rather than just giving them the content outright. But as social media platforms improve their video shooting, editing and uploading capabilities, many brands and marketers are going native with their video content.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Brands Killing Passwords, Pokémon Go and Twitter Tells All

Tiffani Allen on Jul 15th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

online marketing news businesses dropping passwords

72% of Businesses Plan to Kill Passwords By 2025 (Infographic)
According to a survey by Telesign, 70% of business security experts surveyed believe that passwords are not a sufficient security measure. That same survey found that 90% of businesses surveyed had been victims of fraud. In light of this, many companies are changing their ways in terms of security. SocialTimes reports that “by 2025, 72 percent of companies will stop using passwords, and 36 percent will stop using them in as little as four years. The two main avenues of change are two-factor authentication and behavioral biometrics.” SocialTimes

Kevin Cotch

21 Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Tools to Increase Your ROI

Kevin Cotch on Jul 14th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing


Today’s savvy marketers have moved beyond just collecting website analytics, and are instead focusing on how to inspire customers to take action based on their digital marketing. Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is essential for any marketer and proper CRO is how you will make your marketing as actionable as possible for your customers. No matter what your role is within your marketing department, it is important to understand the key Conversion Rate Optimization tactics to improve your ROI and to grow your business. If fact, only 22% of companies are satisfied with their conversion rates according to Econsultancy.

Improving your conversion rate is a never ending battle that requires testing and optimization. To make your conversion rate optimization efforts easier, we have selected 21 tools to get a better ROI on your website. 14 of the tools are either free or have a free version to get you started on optimizing for conversion rate.

Joshua Nite

New Short Story: How GREAT Marketers Win at Digital Advertising

Joshua Nite on Jul 12th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

Great Marketers Win at Digital Advertising

How can you help your brand knock out the competition and win customers’ attention?

Sometimes great content and a solid content marketing strategy aren’t enough to achieve the results you hoped and planned for. Despite all your training and drilling on tactics, you enter the ring and end up hitting the mat face-first.

It’s nice to think that people would be magnetically drawn to your content. That every search for a relevant term would return your brand at the top of the SERP. That word-of-mouth or a couple of posts on social media would create a stampede of partygoers to your site. But a strictly organic approach can lead to lukewarm and limited engagement.