Online Marketing

Knute Sands

Lee Odden Educates B2B Marketers on SEO for Content Marketing

Knute Sands on Feb 22nd, 2016     B2B Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO

As content marketing professionals, most of us would consider SEO a highly technical domain. Best leave that to the real nerds, right? Wrong. Google, Bing and all the other search engines have significantly altered their algorithms in the past few years. And these changes continue to favor the highest quality content, often rewarding smart content marketers with first position rankings.

With a bit of SEO sweet sauce, your content marketing sandwich will taste much better to search engines, and users too. Below, I will explore 4 major themes from TopRank Marketing CEO, Lee Odden’s recent Content2Conversion talk on SEO for Content Marketers, including:

  • The State of SEO in 2016
  • Understanding Self-Directed Buyer Behavior
  • How to, “Be The Best Answer”
  • How to Create Smarter Integrated SEO Content for The Web
Knute Sands

Content Marketing Lessons from Netflix: 5 Steps for Feeding the Content Beast From David Bruno

Knute Sands on Feb 19th, 2016     B2B Marketing, Brand Journalism, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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With more than 25 years of experience on the front lines of creative campaign development, David Bruno knows that, “content marketing” has been around for a long time, in one form or another.

During his Content2Conversion session, “Feeding the Content Beast” this past Wednesday, he artfully explained how content marketers can apply lessons from Netflix to their marketing.

Is Netflix “Content Marketing?”

Let’s back up. Many marketers wouldn’t consider Netflix a tale of content marketing success. Content marketing, they would argue, is meant to produce leads – and business results. Netflix is entertainment, not content marketing. Or, so the logic goes.

David argued (and I agree), that Netflix is a content marketing powerhouse. They mine user data, produce original content for a clearly-defined audience, and definitely drive profitable customer action. Consider the relationship between original content production, subscriber growth, and most importantly company profit:

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Mobile is Fruitful for Email, the Popularity of Influencer Marketing, and Digital Shopping Trends

Tiffani Allen on Feb 19th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Mobile is fruitful for email marketing

Mobile Proves to Be Fruitful for Email [Infographic]
Anyone who owns a smartphone will not be surprised to learn that more and more people are opening and interacting with email through their mobile device. The opening statement of the writeup accompanying this infographic says it all: “The mobile channel produces fertile results in terms of email opens and read time.” So what does that mean for digital marketers? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this reiterates the importance of focusing on designing for mobile first. That is, thinking in terms of what would look good on mobile, whether an image will look right, and whether the content will be as functional across devices. This is especially important when it comes to email, you’re sending something to somebody’s inbox which inevitably will result in some kind of notification — it should be worth it for them to open the message and see what’s inside. Direct Marketing News

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Reaching Customers on Valentine’s Day, How CMOs Use Twitter and Facebook Adds Automated Captioning

Tiffani Allen on Feb 12th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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How to Reach Your Target Customers on Valentine’s Day [Infographic]
With Valentine’s day fast approaching — and all the love and purchases that come with it. So how do you get the attention of the hordes of paramours in search of the perfect gift? This infographic is full of information to help guide your last-minute push. For example, did you know that Americans spent $18.9 billion on Valentines day in 2015, with the average man spending $191 on their loved one? 25-34 year olds spend the most on Valentines day gifts out of every other age group. Good news for you if your objective is to increase purchases from 25-34 year old men! SocialMediaToday

Joshua Nite

5 Tools to Help You Be a More Effective Communicator

Joshua Nite on Feb 11th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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Words. We like them. Words are good things. Words can make people buy our products through changing of their minds, which for revenue is also good. But this is depending on the just right perfect word to use for effectiveness. We must word better for results that are good.

As you may have just noticed, the ability to communicate clearly is an indispensable skill in marketing. Your thoughts must survive the journey from your brain to someone else’s intact, or they won’t have the intended effect.

Fortunately, good communication isn’t a genetic trait. It’s a learned skill. You can develop it with guided practice, and there are plenty of resources out there to help. Here are five tools we recommend investigating to increase your wording abilities.

Ashley Zeckman

Why Your Approach to Digital Marketing Should be Crafted Like a Well-Balanced Breakfast

Ashley Zeckman on Feb 10th, 2016     Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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I start each morning the same way: After feeding my spoiled dog his morning delicacy of premium dog food, hamburger, rice and veggies, I go about making my morning meal. I know that this is a luxury that many people will say that they don’t have the time to do and are instead getting ready, herding children and grabbing a pastry on the way out the door. However, I’m one of those people that loves a hearty, flavor-filled meal to start my day.

Many Americans skip breakfast saying they don’t have time or don’t need it, while foregoing what is arguably the meal that gives you fuel for the day, can seriously hinder your ability to be productive during the workday.

Tiffani Allen

Data-Driven Marketing from Mad Men to Rabbit Holes

Tiffani Allen on Feb 9th, 2016     Online Marketing

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Last week, the Business Marketing Association of Minnesota hosted an educational panel event: From Mad Men Advertising to Rabbit Hole Marketing. The panel consisted of four B2B marketing and data experts and was moderated by the brilliant Rebecca Ramsden of SmartBase Solutions. The panel included Patrick Dunn, director of sales and marketing for GetWireless; Mike Bernard, VP of services at Relationship 1; Jason McConnell, director of marketing communication for Sport Ngin; and Bob Peterson, research director for SiriusDecisions.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Algorithm Changes, Samsung Ad Blockers, and Snapchat Statistics

Tiffani Allen on Feb 5th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How are people really using snapchat

How are People Really Using Snapchat? [Infographic]
When it comes to any medium, but social media in particular, we tend to assume that everyone uses it the way we do — or worse, the way we marketers want them to. Knowing how someone else uses a social platform is one of the first steps to properly using it to attract and engage with prospects and members of your digital community. So how are the over 100 million daily active users spending their time on Snapchat? Check out this handy infographic to find out. Social Media Today

Ashley Zeckman

Social Media Images Part 2: Creating Brand Recognition & Learning From Inspiring Brand Examples

Ashley Zeckman on Feb 2nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Social Media

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Each day customers are becoming increasingly self-directed, and are using search engines, content assets and social media to help guide purchasing decisions. Need proof? The average person now spends approximately 8 hours each day consuming some sort of media.

There is an enormous amount of opportunity for brands today to incorporate strong visuals as part of their overall digital marketing strategy. One of the biggest opportunities is on social networks.

Recent research has found that people only retain 20% of text that is read without visuals. What that should tell you is that in order to help your prospective and customers retain information, you MUST include compelling imagery.

In Social Media Images Part 1 we discussed the proper image sizing, best practices and tools. In part 2 we will explore inspirational brand examples and tips for uncovering imagery.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Optimizes Audiences, Bots Cost Billions, Gentrified Google Guidelines

Ben Brausen on Jan 29th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

10 Types of Visual Content Your Brand Should Be Creating Right Now

10 Types of Visual Content Your Brand Should Be Creating Right Now [Infographic] – Over the past few years, we’ve seen content become more visual. Marketers have experimented with infographics, videos, and more — and they’ve made plans to keep it up this year. To help narrow your focus, check on this infographic from Canva below. From quote cards to infographics, this helpful list is designed to inspire your next visual project. Canva

Facebook Now Tracks Call-to-Action Clicks via ‘Actions on Page’ Insights Tab – Facebook is giving page owners a deeper understanding into how active those call-to-action buttons are. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

How to Decode The Connection Between Organic & Paid Content Promotion

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 27th, 2016     Content Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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We often have new customers ask us what the best approach is for breaking the code of content promotion. Is it purely organic reach, social amplification or is paid promotion the way to go?

The short answer is, all of these and more.

When content marketing first hit the market, brands used it as an opportunity to follow a formula for something they already knew, online advertising. Banner ads, spam emails and other forms of advertising were a precursor to the more recognized forms that we see today. In the mid-nineties, brands were spending upwards of $11,000 a week for banner advertisements.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: LinkedIn Links The UK, Google Patents Marketer Replacement, Facebook Enters The Stadium

Ben Brausen on Jan 22nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Top 16 SEO Tips

Top 16 Most Effective Search Engine Optimization Tips [Infographic] – SEO is a dynamic industry which requires keen observation and consideration in any kind of on-page changes, off-page activities or link-building strategies. The above infographic takes into account the “Top 16 effective Search Engine Optimization tips” recommended by Ahrefs. Social Media Today

Report: Retailers Missing Cross-Channel Personalization Opportunity – According to the 2016 Yesmail Channel Report, retailers are missing out on many opportunities for cross channel promotion and reactive marketing campaigns. SocialTimes

Google Announces “Real-Time Ads” So Marketers Can Jump On The Next Left Shark Moment – To help marketers take advantage of “micro-moments” — those events that everyone starts talking about — Google is today announcing online Real-Time Ads. Google