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Lee Odden

Content Strategy Interview with Jonathon Colman of Facebook

Lee Odden on Feb 3rd, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing

Jonathon Colman1.3 Billion.

As of February 2014, that’s about how many active monthly users there are of Facebook. Imagine the content that gets created amongst all those connections – updates, photos, videos, blogging and plenty of cats.

But Facebook isn’t what this post is about. Not exactly.

The subject of today’s post is Jonathon Colman, a Content Strategist at Facebook. Jonathon and I first met when I was programming a Search Marketing track for ad:tech. I had known of him through his participation in the search marketing industry and really appreciated his results focused approach to optimizing online marketing performance.

As a SEO at REI, Jonathon could not only show much revenue per keyword the company was making but also how much revenue was being lost because of slow loading web pages.  I noticed he was also very attune to customer experience and content – something many SEOs are just catching on to now.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Top Vine Brands, Google DeepMind, Pinterest Gives GIFs, Google Dumps Smartphones

Nicolette Beard on Jan 31st, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How do colors affect purchases

How Do Colors Affect Purchases? –  For retailers, shopping is the art of persuasion. Though there are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy, a great deal is decided by visual cues like color. When marketing new products it is crucial to consider that consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors such as sound, smell and texture.  KISSmetrics

Pinterest Gives the Gift of GIFs, Recipe Search – Pinterest news this week includes the launch of a new recipe search feature for special dietary requirements, personalized home pages (still being tested) and functionality for GIF images. ClickZ

Lee Odden

Is Driving Traffic to Your Website Driving Customers Away?

Lee Odden on Jan 30th, 2014     Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing
Gourmet Cupcakes by Melanie

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The vast majority of digital marketing seems to be focused on creating content and experiences for customers with the ultimate measure of success being increased traffic to the company website, leading to leads and sales.

It’s a reasonable approach, since company websites typically provide the kinds of information that explain what a company does, the products or services they sell and some means for collecting inquiries or conducting transactions.

But here’s the problem with that in 2014 and beyond:  Consumer trends towards content discovery, engagement and interaction have evolved way beyond the common corporate website or online store.

Buyers can get the information they need to decide on a vendor or make a transaction from any combination of devices; smartphone, tablet, computer or web destination; social network, blog, microsite, industry publication, document hosting service.

Nicolette Beard

Podcasting: Storytelling for the 21st Century – Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Jan 28th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Podcasting

Podcasting for Content MarketingThe human voice can convey much more meaning through tone and inflection than the printed word ever can. It’s why millions of Americans sat, fixated, during the Golden Age of Radio – listening to everything from adventure, comedy and drama to classical music concerts, news and farm reports.

As broadcast radio gave way to television, television to cable and cable relinquishing to the internet of everything, it comes as no surprise to content marketers that, spurred by technological advancements, broadcast radio has come full circle with podcasting and represents a new platform for storytelling.

The average podcast listener stays connected for 22 minutes on average (Sticher). This is one of the reasons why including podcasting as part of a long form content marketing strategy is so powerful. You have the opportunity to build a deep, rich relationship with your target audience.

Lee Odden

25 Social Media Marketing Experts You Need to Know According to LinkedIn

Lee Odden on Jan 27th, 2014     B2B, Online Marketing, Social Media
25 Social Media Marketing Experts

25 Social Media Marketing Experts Recommended by LinkedIn

In the recently published eBook, The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Linkedin, eight digital marketing smarties were tapped for insights and practical advice on how to get the most out of LinkedIn from optimizing your profile to expanding your network.

My team at TopRank did some great work with this eBook, identifying, engaging and interviewing subject matter experts. I think it turned out well. It’s a timely topic for sure.

If you’re anywhere near the B2B marketing world, social selling or recruiting, getting to know LinkedIn is essential. Heck, mastering LinkedIn is essential.

Why? Check out these stats:

  • With over 259 million members in over 200 countries and territories, 1 out of every 3 professionals on the planet Earth is on LinkedIn.
Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: New LinkedIn Marketers Guide, Instagram is HOT, Twitter Social Shopping, Bitcoin Basketball

Nicolette Beard on Jan 24th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

LinkedIn Marketing Soluitions eBook

The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn – Today’s successful marketers aren’t just good at one thing; they are multifaceted. They are a new breed of socially savvy practitioners grounded in timeless, Mad Men-era tactics as well as new, modern technologies. They constantly strive to be the best at what they do by combining proven strategies with the latest and greatest tools to crush their marketing objectives. This guide is as comprehensive as it gets. Download it here. You can also register for a webinar to be held February 19, 2014. [TopRank client]

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Facebook Trending, Got Jelly?, Twitter Targeting, Mobile Explodes (Again)

Nicolette Beard on Jan 17th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Definitive Guide to Lead GenerationDefinitive Guide to Lead Generation – Lead generation is essential for today’s marketers as they strive to create demand and get their messages heard by increasingly sophisticated, multi-channel buyers. Lead generation helps build brand awareness, nurture prospects and customers, qualify leads, and ultimately generate measurable revenue and you can learn all about it in this new 160 page eBook from Marketo

Facebook Will Now Tell You What’s Most Popular on Facebook – Facebook will now surface trending topics alongside the News Feed, using a new product the company simply calls “trending”. Trending will show a personalized list of popular topics for each user, combining their interests with content getting the most attention across the entire platform. Facebook will determine which topics are trending with an algorithm intended to recognize “a sharp increase in popularity,” not necessarily a large volume of posts or articles about a particular subject, according to a spokesperson. Mashable

Lee Odden

Content Plus Social is A Sweet Song to Sing – Interview with Amy Higgins of Concur

Lee Odden on Jan 15th, 2014     Content Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing, Social Media

Amy Higgins ConcurOne of the truly great things about working at TopRank Marketing are our clients. On a daily basis we get to connect with and solve marketing problems with some of the smartest marketers on the web.

Take for example, Amy Higgins, an ex-Googler that is now the Content and Social Media Manager for Concur SMB. Concur is an automated expense tracking solution that is growing by leaps and bounds. Amy is super smart, goal and customer focused, very nice to work with and highly networked.

While I could talk about the successful engagement we’re having with Amy and Concur, this interview will instead focus on Amy and her unique and valuable insights as an accomplished content and social media marketer. We need more Amys in our world!

Nicolette Beard

What You Need to Know About Mobile Content Marketing: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

Nicolette Beard on Jan 14th, 2014     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Mobile Content StrategySuccessful mobile marketing is all about context.  A study by Nielsen and Google found that “in the moment” searches are by far the most popular with 85% of smartphone users looking for local information and 81% following up to take action.

But what kind of content makes sense on a mobile device vs. the content marketing being published online? What effect does mobile content have on creating compelling customer experiences and how does mobile fit with other online marketing efforts like SEO, social and ads?

One thing that has become clear is that since Google’s Hummingbird update, mobile can no longer be viewed as a separate channel. For forward-thinking marketers, the practice of optimizing for mobile across the span of customer touch points must be incorporated into your integrated marketing mix. If not, you risk alienating your customers.

Lee Odden

Native Advertising: Evil, Savior or Use As Directed? You Must Choose or You May Lose

Lee Odden on Jan 13th, 2014     Online Marketing

Native AdvertisingWhile organic search is still a critical channel for connecting consumers seeking solutions with the brands that offer them, Google seems to be slowly but surely displacing organic content with ads and it’s own content as well as removing any cause / effect signals for optimizing natural search placement. These changes have driven more companies to PPC and social.

The promise of social media has drawn huge investments from companies and brands of all sizes, and yet social networks like Facebook are making organic visibility the Yeti of the social media world. What to do? Run social ads. Create content!

Content Marketing is being touted by many as THE area for focus in 2014. At the same time, many companies are increasingly challenged to sustain brand content creation on pace with business growth goals.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Google+ Gmail Free for All, State of Marketing 2014, See CES, In App Ads Explode, #NMX Wrap Up

Nicolette Beard on Jan 10th, 2014     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

State of Digital Marketing 2014

What can a survey of over 2,500 global marketers tell you about the future of digital marketing? Turns out a lot.

Here are summary stats from the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud report just released yesterday:

Top three digital marketing priorities for 2014 are:
· Driving increased conversion rates (47%)
· Increasing and improving brand awareness (46%)
· Collecting, measuring, and using behavior (29%)

Top three metrics used to track success:
· Conversion Rates (67%)
· Engagement Rates (opens, clicks) (64%)
· Return on Investment (61%)

Insights on Digital Marketing spend:
· 98% of marketers plan to increase or maintain their spend for 2014
· Four key areas where marketers plan to increase spending in 2014:
· Data & analytics (61% plan to increase)
· Marketing automation (60% plan to increase)
· Email marketing (58% plan to increase)
· Social media marketing (57% plan to increase

Eliza Steely

#NMX 2014 Wrap Up: Top Tips, How To’s and Lessons Learned

Eliza Steely on Jan 9th, 2014     BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

NMX 2014 Wrap UpFlying is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me.

There’s just something so breathtaking about getting to see cities from above—their lights twinkling brighter than any nightlight—and being surrounded by clouds that look so fluffy cotton candy would be jealous.

Last weekend I got to experience it all while flying to Las Vegas for NMX with my coworkers Ben Brausen and Nick Ehrenberg. Needless to say none of us were sad to watch the cold fall away and land in a balmy 50 degrees.

After being teased by our taxi driver about our short sleeves and catching a few glimpses of The Strip, we arrived at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino to learn all we could about new media, blogging, and how people achieve success in both arenas.

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