Online Marketing

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Farewell To Twitter Favorites, Facebook Makes The Grade, Rich Answers Get Richer

Ben Brausen on Nov 6th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How Do You Compare To Serious Business Bloggers?

How Do You Compare to Serious Business Bloggers? [Infographic] – Are people spending more time blogging than before? Are people writing longer or shorter posts lately? Has publishing frequency changed for the typical blogger? We asked 1074 bloggers the same 11 questions. We learned that the business of blogging is changing. Some things are consistent, but a trend has emerged. Orbit Media Studios

B2C Content Marketing Report: 94% Of Marketers Use Facebook, But Only 66% Rate It Effective – Content Marketing Institute’s latest report lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as the most popular social platforms for distributing content. Marketing Land

Shopping Campaign Click And Ad Spend Growth Far Outpaced Text Ads Across Engines In Q3 [Study] – Merkle RKG’s Q3 Digital Marketing Report finds clicks share from Shopping campaigns on Bing Ads and Google AdWords on the rise. Search Engine Land

Ashley Zeckman

How to Pick the Best Content Marketing Tools for your 2016 Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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To remain competitive, brands have become increasingly focused on creating a higher quantity of content, while still striving to maintain quality. Unfortunately, the quantity and quality struggle is real for so many B2B and B2C marketers alike.

Along with finding the right people and creating a sound content strategy, there is the matter of finding the right tools to integrate with your process and help you reach your goals. With the help of Alan Belniak (Content Marketing Manager and Social Media Lead at Alignable), we reviewed 12 of today’s top content marketing tools to save you the legwork.

Below you’ll find key benefits for each tool as well as the “wow factor” that is unique to their solution. As an added bonus, we also asked experts from each of these companies to share their best content marketing tip to provide you with some additional information to add to your content arsenal.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Google Gets AI, Twitter Hubbub, Facebook Bests YouTube

Ben Brausen on Oct 30th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The 5 Biggest Trends Being Predicted at the End of 2015

The 5 Biggest Trends Being Predicted at the End of 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] – It’s almost the end of the year, which means time to check in and take stock of what has happened and what is to come. This year was a big one for social and publishing, with Facebook’s Instant Articles and immersive mobile ads making it easier for brands to publish original content directly on social. Mobile and video are both considered the future of marketing, but what else can we expect? Given what we know now, what predictions can we make for what’s to come? Social Media Today

Instagram Organic Engagement Continues to Fall (Report) – The good news is that Instagram ads are now open to all brands. The bad news is that those ads may soon be the only effective way for brands to reach users. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

Brands Share Their Most Hair-Raising Content Marketing Horror Stories

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 29th, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

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If content marketing stories were movies, most of the ones we hear today would be romantic comedies. Brands all over the world are telling stories of how they overcame obstacles and beat the odds to make their customers fall in love with them.

While these stories are inspiring, sometimes content marketing isn’t all flowers and chocolates and happy endings. Sometimes well-intentioned marketers end up in a cabin in the woods, hearing the unmistakable roar of a chainsaw approaching.

While they’re not pleasant for any marketer to experience, content marketing horror stories can teach valuable lessons. We can learn as much from failure as we do from success–perhaps even more so.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: YouTube Sees Red, Mobile Leads The Search, Twitter Gets New Tools

Ben Brausen on Oct 23rd, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

The Anatomy of the Perfect Blog Post from Headline to CTA

How to Write a Perfect Blog Post [INFOGRAPHIC] – Once upon a time, not too long ago, I wanted to write the perfect blog post. I wanted to write the most shareable, clickable, readable, memorable post that I could. But how? The first stop in my quest? An infographic from Salesforce Canada. Salesforce

Twitter Introduces Conversion Lift Metrics to Improve Ad Effectiveness Tracking – Twitter is providing their own conversion lift metrics to improve the accuracy of their data tracking and highlight the effectiveness of Twitter ads on the bottom line. Twitter

Study: Mobile App Ads Don’t Lead to High User Retention — Organic Does – The main goal for app developers today isn’t simply the install — it’s retention. According to Nielsen, the average device has 42 apps, while the iOS app store has a 1.5 million app catalogue (and Google Play gives 1.4 million choices). SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

13 Considerations for Creating Successful Landing Pages from Oli Gardner of Unbounce #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 22nd, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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While B2B marketing KPIs such as views, shares and impressions are important in helping to determine your digital marketing strategy, conversions will always be more important. You have to provide enough value to encourage people to click on your content, and then once they reach your destination, you have to convince them again that it is worth providing their contact information.

Landing pages can be an incredibly powerful tool for moving prospects through the sales process but they are not all created equal. Oli Gardner of Unbounce provided an incredibly amount of information on the four corners of conversion for landing pages in his presentation at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum.

Ashley Zeckman

Case Study: How IBM Changed Perception & Increased Revenue by 20% YOY #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 22nd, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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“Why not let every client who sets foot in the door know that this agency has entered the future?” – Don Draper

If you ask most people what they think a mainframe is, most will likely get visions of black and white photos of antiquated computers housed in an IBM backroom. As the Vice President of Z Systems Marketing for IBM, it’s Deon Newman’s job to change that perception.

Believe it or not, all of us are connected to a mainframe multiple times each day. The stats might actually surprise you. For example:

  • 80% of all corporate data resides or originates on mainframes.
  • 55% of all enterprise applications need a mainframe to complete transactions.
  • 30 billion business transactions are processed on mainframes every day.
Ashley Zeckman

Digital Marketing That Focuses on User Intent – Avinash Kaushik #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 21st, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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“It’s not the ink, it’s the think.”

This quote was the basis for Avinash Kaushik’s opening keynote at MarketingProf’s B2B Marketing Forum. For those of you that don’t know, Avinash is a Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google and best-selling author.

According to Avinash, the difference between companies that will be great and those that will die (either quickly or slowly) are the ones that understand how to obsess about the think. Thinking about how your company can connect with people and execute process and structure will make you masters of marketing. Below are some of the many highlights from his entertaining, informational and inspiring keynote.

Ashley Zeckman

How Does Katie Martell of Cintell MAKE Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 19th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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Our biggest job as marketers is to lead customers to the conclusion that we are the best answer for their business problems. The first step in leading your customers down the logical path to choosing your company, is understanding who they are, what they care about and the things that impact their purchasing decisions.

Creating buyer personas can help you identify your best customers and create a marketing strategy that targets their needs. Recent research has found that incorporating buyer personas made websites 2 – 5 times more effective and easier to use by targeted users.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Twitter Tightens Up, In-App Indexing, Pinterest Improves Pinned Places

Ben Brausen on Oct 16th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

How Content Marketing Impacts Your Bottom Line

How Content Marketing Impacts Your Bottom Line [Infographic] – Take a closer look and outlined how content marketing can increase awareness, build trust, and convert leads — all important in driving consumers to the bottom of the funnel and ultimately having a positive impact on your bottom line. HubSpot

Twitter Cuts 8% Of Its Workforce – In Jack Dorsey’s first major action as CEO, Twitter has laid off 8% of its employees. Twitter said it is cutting 336 staff members, mostly from the product and engineering teams, in order to focus on the company’s top product priorities and become more efficient. CNN Money

Google: Shy Away From Repeating The Same Words On The Same Page Too Often – In a Google+ hangout from Friday, Google’s John Mueller addressed a common thing you see on some e-commerce sites, the repetitive nature of category landing pages. Search Engine Roundtable

Ashley Zeckman

Holiday Marketing Must Haves for Online Retailers [Checklist]

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 15th, 2015     B2C Marketing, Online Marketing

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The air is crisp and the leaves are falling which means that the holidays are just around the corner. And for many online retailers, the holiday season is the busiest (and most stressful) time of year. Proper planning can be the difference between a poor or pleasant experience for your customers, gift recipients and staff.

In 2014, overall online sales during the holiday season increased by 13.9% from the previous year and that number is only expected to increase in 2015. With holiday sales accounting for approximately a quarter of all online purchases during the year, it is essential that your business is prepared to take advantage of the opportunity and meet market demand.

Joshua Nite

A Digital Marketing Odyssey: 20 Essential Lessons I Learned in my First 6 Months at TopRank Marketing

Joshua Nite on Oct 13th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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I used to be famous on the Internet. Now I’m writing content for TopRank Marketing. This is better.

Before starting at TopRank Marketing, I spent a decade working for my best friend from high school. We ran an online game, a passion project that somehow turned into a full-time gig for both of us. I made a comfortable living working from home, writing puns and pop culture references for an appreciative worldwide audience. I went to comic conventions, did interviews, traveled to London and Paris and was occasionally asked for my autograph in public.

Then the money ran out. I was 37 years old, with one kid in kindergarten and a second on the way. My unconventional resume made looking for work a tricky prospect. I signed up as a writer on freelance sites and balked at ads like, “need 30,000 word romance novel in which protagonists are sentient airplanes. $150.”