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Nick Ehrenberg

The Hashtag Test: Best and Worst Practices for Social Media Marketers

Nick Ehrenberg on Apr 8th, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media

Hashtags

Hashtags are wonderful social media marketing tools. They can highlight trends, tie campaigns to chosen keywords, and isolate conversations. The allure of the hashtag is strong, especially for brands that desire a customized platform for their content. Twitter (and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, Instagram and Google+) thrives on hashtags for everything from primetime TV shows to organic political movements.

However, like all good things in life, the hashtag should be used in moderation. The pound sign carries great power, but only if deployed responsibly. TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook bluntly referred to users who abuse the hashtag as “hash-holes.” Avoiding that label requires an understanding of where the hashtag is most beneficial in messaging – and where it should never be deployed.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Mobile Dominates Search, Google+ Popularity Contest, The Most Engaging Social Network

Ben Brausen on Apr 4th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn Drive More Engaged Referrals Than Facebook, Twitter [STUDY] - Shareaholic looked a six months of data from more than 200,000 websites between September 2013 and February 2014 and discovered that the most engaged referral traffic comes from YouTube, which delivered 3 minutes 47 seconds and 2.99 page views per visitor. AllTwitter

Google Tests Product Images Within Organic Listings - It seems Google is testing showing product images in the organic, free search result listings, for certain e-commerce sites. This was first spotted in a Moz thread for a site that sells ski equipment named evo.com. Search Engine Land

Twitter Ad Revenue Forecast To Exceed $1 Billion In 2014 [Stats] - Twitter’s advertising revenue is on track to exceed $1 billion in 2014, up from $594.9 million last year, with further accelerated income from ads envisaged through 2016, reports eMarketer. AllTwitter

Lee Odden

Social Media Smarts Interview: Charlie Kautz of TaylorMade Golf

Lee Odden on Apr 2nd, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Advertising, Social Media Smarts

Charles Kautz

Social Media at a major brand – I think many people in the social media marketing industry would consider such a position a dream job. Or in the case of Charlie Kautz from TaylorMade Golf, the best job in social media (according to Jay Baer).

While Charlie provided a very useful tip for the recent Social Media Marketing eBook we created for SMMW14, I reached out to him after the conference to get more of a deep dive into his role at TaylorMade Golf, lessons he’s learned, how marketing and PR work together, the importance of SEO and what he really thinks about Facebook.

What makes your job at TaylorMade-adidas “The Best Job in Social Media”? 

Evan Prokop

Wrap Up: Waves to Remember from Social Media Marketing World 2014

Evan Prokop on Mar 31st, 2014     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing World

Social Media Waves

Social Media Marketing World (SMMW14) was quite a ride for over 2,000 people from 40 different countries that attended, especially the team at TopRank Online Marketing.

From an opening night reception on an aircraft carrier (The USS Midway) to surfing lessons to over 120 different speakers presenting across 5 to 6 different tracks, this event was one of the biggest mackers of social media conferences. (macker is surfer for “big wave”).

I’m happy to share that TopRank was actually the first and sole media sponsor for SMMW14 and our CEO Lee Odden gave a captivating presentation to a packed room as you can see below. Lee’s talk focused on how content plus an influencer network can help grow your business using the SMMW14 conference eBook he co-created with other speakers as a practical example. Both the eBook and the presentation were mentioned throughout the conference by other speakers, attendees and of course the lightning-paced conference Twitter stream.

Evan Prokop

4 Essential Trends in Social Media Marketing in 2014

Evan Prokop on Mar 30th, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Media Marketing World

michael stelzner

The energy was sky high at Social Media Marketing World this year.

Marketers, brands, consultants and business owners from over 40 different countries gathered together to learn about the latest innovations in social media marketing, rub shoulders with social media rockstars, and enjoy unprecedented networking opportunities. Having the event in beautiful San Diego CA didn’t hurt either.

I had the pleasure of sitting in the opening keynote speech from the conference organizer Michael Stelzner, and he did not disappoint. Setting the tone for the days to come, Michael discussed the trends that he thinks will be making the biggest impact in social media marketing in 2014. Smart marketers should take note, because his presentation was chock full of excellent opportunities for businesses to increase the value they are getting from social throughout the coming year and beyond. Below are four key takeaways:

Evan Prokop

5 LinkedIn Marketing Tips That Rock from Jason Miller of LinkedIn #SMMW14

Evan Prokop on Mar 29th, 2014     LinkedIn, Online Marketing, Social Media

Jason Miller LinkedIn Marketing #SMMW14

Once called the “ugly duckling of social media”, rising stock prices, an active community, a lucrative advertising platform and a heavy focus on content have made LinkedIn into one of the most attractive platforms for b2b marketers today. (Disclosure: LinkedIn is a TopRank Content Marketing client)

In a fast paced, entertaining and metal-infused presentation (the Kiss army appeared on several slides), Jason Miller of LinkedIn Marketing Solutions showed off the compelling opportunities which LinkedIn offers to marketers and businesses at Social Media Marketing World 2014.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the awesome marketing power of LinkedIn for your business, there has never been a better time to start. Here’s how:

Evan Prokop

SlideShare for Business: Tips and Tricks for Success from #SMMW14

Evan Prokop on Mar 29th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Todd Wheatland SlideShare Presentation #SMMW14

If you’re not using SlideShare in your digital marketing tactical mix, you are missing out. As Todd Wheatland said in his session at #SMMW14, ‘whatever you’re selling, there’s a business case here.’

SlideShare is a fantastic opportunity for marketers and businesses for many reasons, including:

  • Huge visibility: over 60 million unique views / month
  • Relevant audience: heavily business focused
  • Improved search visibility: presentations posted on SlideShare tend to rank high in organic search

Below are 3 tips to help you achieve success in SlideShare:

Optimize Your Content Within SlideShare

Similar to search, great content is a prerequisite, but optimization techniques provide the extra secret sauce that result in improved visibility and views within SlideShare. Because SlideShare content also ranks well in organic search, optimizing is a no brainer. Some key things to think about:

Evan Prokop

5 Content Marketing Best Practices Most Businesses Aren’t Doing, but Should! #SMMW14

Evan Prokop on Mar 28th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Content Marketing Best Practices from Joe Pulizzi #SMMW14 v4

(Image credit: @aaronnak)

George Carlin famously said, the goal of human beings is to acquire stuff, then to store it somewhere.

Unfortunately, many businesses have treated their corporate content the same way, as stuff to be acquired, and used their websites, blogs, and social channels as the places to store it.

‘If we only talk about ourselves, we’ll never reach customers’ says the always entertaining Joe Pulizzi in his packed-room presentation at Social Media Marketing World 2014.

The answer to this pathological content hoarding problem is content marketing, or at least it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, many businesses are not following important content marketing best practices and are seeing disappointing results because of it. According to research from Content Marketing Institute, 90% of businesses today are engaging in content marketing, but only 45% report it to be effective.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Tag – Twitter’s It, Social Media Giants Play Nice, Instagram Hits 200 Million and 20 Billion

Ben Brausen on Mar 28th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Click Fraud

Twitter Adds Multi-Photo Posts and Tagging - We’re rolling out two new mobile features that make photos on Twitter more social. One is photo tagging, which lets you tag the people in your photo; the other is the ability to include up to four photos in a Tweet. Twitter

Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn combine to launch WebScaleSQL - Facebook’s oft-stated mission, per Mark Zuckerberg, is to make the world more open and connected. The social network joined tech giants Google, Twitter and LinkedIn to make this happen faster. The four companies announced Thursday the launch of WebScaleSQL, described by Facebook Software Engineer Steaphan Greene as, “a collaboration among engineers from several companies that face similar challenges in running MySQL at scale and seek greater performance from a database technology tailored to their needs.” Inside Facebook

Brooke Furry

Email Marketing Essentials: A Checklist for Writing Emails That Get Opened

Brooke Furry on Mar 26th, 2014     Email Marketing, Online Marketing

Email Marketing Tips

Note from Lee: It is with great joy that I get to  introduce new TopRank Marketers to our readers here at Online Marketing Blog. Ever since Brooke Furry joined our team, she has been opening up smiles on the people around her. Turns out, she’s pretty good at getting people to open emails too.  Please welcome Brooke as a contributor to Online Marketing Blog! 

If an email arrives in Judy’s inbox and she never opens it, was it worth the send?

Email Marketing is all about the open. Digital marketers who throw their hearts and souls into creating email campaigns with real personality and value know that regular, consistent email campaigns can accomplish great things. But even if you’re sending something you think your target audience will love, who’s going to know, care, or click if you can’t get them to open it?

Lee Odden

5 Must Read Perspectives on Social Media Marketing Strategy

Lee Odden on Mar 24th, 2014     Online Marketing, Social Media

social media marketing strategy

The eternal debate in marketing: Strategy before tactics vs. Tactics to develop strategy.

So many companies have become comfortable reacting to industry trends and competitors with tactics, that they end up with wasted effort, poor performance and plenty of frustration. This is especially true in the world of social media marketing as companies roll out social media tactics only to be left wondering in 6 months what the ROI is.

Answering Why, for Who and with What tactics is essential for any marketing initiative. A confident and clear sense of purpose is highly motivating and inspires more meaningful and effective marketing.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Facebook Eats Google’s Pie, Softer Panda Coming Soon, Smartphones Beat TVs

Ben Brausen on Mar 21st, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Study: Twitter Reveals Which Tweets Get The Most Engagement - We’ve seen third-party studies on what makes a tweet succeed, like this one, for example. But Twitter went ahead and did a study of its own, looking at more than 2 million tweets from verified accounts in the United States. What it found was that adding video, links and photos all result in “an impressive boost in the number of retweets,” Twitter said. Search Engine Land

Twitter Quickly Shapes Public Opinion (And It’s Touch To Change) [Study] - Does your opinion change based on the tweets you read? A new academic study shows that opinions are formed very quickly by the Twitter hivemind, and once formed, they’re difficult to change. As International Business Times reports, a new journal article in Chaos from Chinese researchers Fei Xiong and Yun Liu explores how tweeters’ opinions are formed and how they change – if at all. AllTwitter

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