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Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Panda Gets New Fur, Facebook & Twitter Take The Shares, Loyalty Is Queen

Ben Brausen on May 23rd, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Google Panda 4.0 Now Rolling Out; A New Panda Algorithm - Last night was pretty wild, with Google confirming an update over the weekend targeting spammy queries and also Google’s Matt Cutts posting on Twitter that Panda 4.0 was released. Search Engine Roundtable

2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report - In the sixth annual social media study, more than 2800 marketers reveal where they focus their social media activities, which social tactics are most effective and how content plays a role into their social media marketing. Social Media Examiner

Mobile Devices Drive 66 Percent Of Email Opens — Report - According to Movable Ink’s Q1 2014 US Consumer Device Preference Report email opens continue to migrate away from the desktop, which now represents a minority of all email opens. In addition, the tablet share of email opens continues to grow. Marketing Land

Lee Odden

SEO Storm or Light Shower? Google’s Panda 4.0 Update

Lee Odden on May 22nd, 2014     Google, Online Marketing, SEO

Google Panda 4.0

The thunder clap of Google’s Matt Cutts’s Twitter post could be heard across the web this week with the announcement of the search engine’s latest update, Panda 4.0.

Of course the type of Panda I’m talking about isn’t a cute bear from China. It’s the name of an algorithm used by Google to filter out low quality content from search results.

The first Panda update in Feb, 2011 was fairly aggressive, affecting about 11% of queries on Google and millions of searchers. Panda also had an impact on more than a few website owners who fell from the search results like hail from the sky.

Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable reports that this most recent Panda update is expected to affect 7.5% of English search queries and with 12.5 billion searches per month on Google, that could be a pretty big storm for the SEO world.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Fridays For Engagement, People Don’t Know Ads Are Ads, Tablets Everywhere

Ben Brausen on May 16th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Google In-Store Behavior

Google: Local Searches Lead 50% of Mobile Users to Visit Stores [Study] - Searches with local intent are more likely to lead to store visits and sales within a day. New Google research says that 50 percent of mobile users are most likely to visit after conducting a local search, while 34 percent of consumers on tablets or computers will go to a store. Search Engine Watch

Facebook, Google+ Lead Twitter, Instagram For Reach Amongst Young Adults [STATS] - Facebook’s reach amongst young adults is still unmatched when compared to all other social networks, reports Statista, citing a recent study from Harvard University’s Institute Of Politics. AllTwitter

36% of People Still Don’t Realize That Google Adwords Are Ads - Last year, we published the results of user tests which found that 41% of users were unaware of the distinction between paid ads and organic listings.  Econsultancy

Lee Odden

What Makes a Business and Marketing Conference Great?

Lee Odden on May 14th, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Marketing Conference

According to the Convention Industry Council (pdf), in 2012 there were over 1.8 million business meetings, events and conferences held in the US attended by 225 million participants generating over $280 billion in spending. The volume of participants has grown 10% since 2009.

Clearly, the business conference industry is booming. The number of marketing and communications conferences alone is overwhelming compared to when I started attending and speaking at conferences in 2005.

Attending and speaking at business, marketing and client user conferences is a big part of our marketing and while there are changes with so many new, niche events popping up, I don’t think our conference participation will change. The challenge is, with so many conferences to choose from, which events provide the best return on investment? What makes a great business conference?

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Instagram is 120x Better Than Twitter, Foursquare Removes Check-ins, YouTube Gives You 3-Seconds

Ben Brausen on May 9th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Vine New Look

Vine Website Relaunches With New Features, Search, Better Discovery - Vine, the short video mobile sharing app that was acquired by Twitter in 2012, has debuted a new look for their website, with new features and a greater emphasis on discovery. AllTwitter

1/2 Older Mobile Users Now Own Smartphones - Just over half (51%) of mobile phone owners over the age of 55 now have smartphones, up 10% from 1Q13, according to a recent report from Nielsen. MarketingProfs

AOL, Google, Facebook, Twitter Launch TrustInAds.org To Take On Ad Scams - In an effort to address the plague of deceptive advertising which pocks the online ad industry, several of the biggest players are pooling their resources. Today, AOL, Facebook, Google and Twitter announced the launch of TrustInAds.org to expose and educate consumers about malicious advertising. Marketing Land

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News – Facebook Gets Anonymous, Schema Gives You A Boost, Bye Bye Google Search Terms

Ben Brausen on May 2nd, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Guided Search: a new way to find what you’re looking for - Pinterest is introducing a new search feature that it claims has a leg up on the Bings, Googles, and Yahoos of the world. Pinterest Blog

Say Goodbye to Paid Search Terms from Google - We’ve long worked to keep your searches on Google secure. We provided SSL encryption for signed-in searches in 2011 and have rolled that out to searches from the omnibox in the Chrome browser. Today, we are extending our efforts to keep search secure by removing the query from the referer on ad clicks originating from SSL searches on Google.com. Google Ad Developer Blog

Facebook Launches Anonymous Logins - On Wednesday at the F8 conference, Zuckerberg announced the change to the social media platform, which will make it more difficult for your company to access user data. Inc.

Eliza Steely

Social Media Marketing Lessons From the Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty Woman, Spaceballs & The Blues Brothers

Eliza Steely on Apr 30th, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media

Social Media Lessons from Movies

Chances are you’ve seen at least one of these movies:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty Woman, Spaceballs or The Blues Brothers. Chances are even stronger that you’ve quoted one of them at least once or could describe a scene in one.

I grew up with a Blues Brothers poster on my wall, had memorized the songs from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by the time I was five, have a weird habit of watching Pretty Woman almost monthly, and know every line of Spaceballs. Needless to say, I like classic (and funny) movies.

The cool thing about classic movies like these is that they can teach us lessons and inspire us to think about things in new ways.  I had a that kind of experience after attending a recent Minneapolis/St. Paul Social Media Breakfast where I was inspired by Tony Saucier, George Fiddler and Sarah Panus’s insights into social media marketing.

Lee Odden

What is Creativity? The Answer Could Grow Your Business

Lee Odden on Apr 29th, 2014     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

What is Creativity
A big part of our identity and the nature of our work at TopRank Online Marketing is focused around creativity. In fact, the tagline on our company website is: “Smart, Creative, Focused On Results”, three key principles that drive a lot of what we do and what we stand for.

Of course creativity comes in many forms – not just the aesthetic, but with problem solving and lateral thinking to innovate and succeed despite obstacles, limited resources and competition.

This is why I think the new eBook that my friend Shelli Walsh (@shelliwalsh – formerly @shellshock) that asks and attempts to answer a really important question for marketers: What is creativity?  is so timely and relevant.

Lee Odden

If Google+ Is The Walking Dead, Should Your Brand Run?

Lee Odden on Apr 28th, 2014     Marketing & PR Industry, Online Marketing, Social Media

Google Plus

A flurry of online media has covered the recent news that Google+ head Vic Gundotra is leaving Google and that about 1,000 of the team that worked on Google+ will now be assigned to different teams. Techcrunch ran the sensationalistic title “Google+ is Walking Dead” which has received more than a little pushback from Google reps.

So, what does this shift in leadership and staff mean for the Google+ platform? What does it mean for people and companies attempting to use Google+ for marketing?

An article in the Huffington Post offers a punchline: “The Google+ profile you haven’t looked at in months isn’t going away anytime soon. The difference is that Google is going to start paying a lot less attention to it, too.”

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: 1/3 Of Us Had No Plan, Facebook Reigns Supreme, Twitter Gets Fresh

Ben Brausen on Apr 25th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Evolution Of Digital Media

34% of Marketers Did Not Have a Documented Plan Last Year - Just over one-third of marketers (34%) did not have a documented marketing plan last year, according to a recent report from Marketo. MarketingProfs

Mobile Now Makes Up 59% of Facebook’s Advertising Revenue - Facebook’s investments in mobile are paying off. The world’s largest social network reported $642 million in profit in the quarter ending March 31–a 193% increase from the same period last year. With $2.5 billion of revenue, the company’s top line jumped 72% year-over-year. Fast Company

Twitter Sharing Outpaces Other Platforms as Email Falls - In the first quarter of 2014, Twitter sharing is up by 43 percent, while email falls 25 percent. Social sharing on Twitter has outpaced other platforms, while email has taken a large nosedive, according to ShareThis’s Q1 2014 report. ClickZ

Lee Odden

Tweetiquette – Turn Twitter Pet Peeves Into Best Practices

Lee Odden on Apr 23rd, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media

Tweetiquette

With over 240 million users and 500 million tweets sent per day, Twitter is as ubiquitous as it gets in terms of social media.

With all that use comes a variety of opportunities as well as opinions about what to do and what not to do. There’s nothing static about best practices on social networks and Twitter is no different.

Of course some things stay the same. In 2009 a study was done of Twitter content and 40% was deemed “pointless babble“. I suspect many Twitter users would agree that a certain portion of today’s tweets fall in that same category. This got me thinking about what it is that annoys people about Twitter? If we discover the things people don’t like, perhaps the opposite or removal of those behaviors can point us in the right direction.

Lee Odden

The Importance of Story Before Marketing

Lee Odden on Apr 22nd, 2014     B2C, Online Marketing, Small Business

Tootsie Lou Lou Dolls

Recently my sister in-law, Melanie, shared with me the success of her initial ventures into a new business selling a collection of handmade dolls, stuffed animals and blankets. A successful medical career working at a hospital keeps her more than busy, but the side venture is enabling her to make her creative hobby into something more.

Our recent discussion about turning this venture into a business surfaced many questions that a lot of new business owners face: What might be involved with hiring, manufacturing, logistics, taxes, incorporation and of course marketing.

Melanie has a knack for writing about her creations on Facebook and Pinterest in an enthusiastic, helpful way rather than promotional.  But there is something that Melanie, who is a self-proclaimed neophyte to business and marketing, did that the majority of companies do not do that gives her an advantage. This is something many mid-market companies and large enterprises forget.

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