Marketing PR Conferences

Joshua Nite

How to Create Content that Abides, Dude: Content Marketing Lessons from the Big Lebowski at #MNBlogCon

Joshua Nite on Nov 17th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


Does pondering content marketing strategy make you feel a little out of your element? Are you missing the key components that really tie a strategy together? Do you sometimes feel like stepping away from the laptop, pouring a White Russian, and zoning out to Creedence Clearwater Revival?

You’re not alone. Only 30% of B2B marketers believe they are effective at content marketing, and more than half don’t know how to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. And as buyers are inundated with more and more content, it can be difficult to get your message out there.

Fortunately, when it comes to content marketing success, there are rules. And at the 2015 Minnesota Blogger Conference, TopRank Marketing’s Directory of Agency Marketing Ashley Zeckman laid down the law, Big Lebowski-style. Here are the key takeaways:

Ashley Zeckman

Why Ongoing Digital Marketing Training Creates More Engaged Employees

Ashley Zeckman on Nov 9th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing


When you hire a new employee, the first few months of their employment is typically a whirlwind of trainings on process, procedure and industry best practices. A strong onboarding strategy is key to team members successfully integrating into your business and gaining an understanding of what is expected of them. Unfortunately, once the initial training is complete, employees are often deprived of quality ONGOING training.

A workplace survey found that employees that feel valued by their employer are 60% more likely to report they are motivated to do their very best. One way to show your employees that you value them is by investing in their ongoing professional development. This can include everything from marketing training related to their expertise, to leadership training for company managers.

Ashley Zeckman

TopRank Marketing Top Takeaways & Words of Wisdom from MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 27th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


Last week, the amazing Ann Handley and her team at MarketingProfs put on a phenomenal conference for B2B marketers from all over the country. The information, networking, events and even the swag were all top-notch.

On the first day, Ann set the stage and asked everyone in attendance to find their squad of other marketers at the event, and to take their work seriously, but not to take themselves too seriously. I’m so thankful to have gotten to know some familiar faces a little bit better, and to make some new fast friends in a short amount of time.

This great conference inspired me to share what I thought were the top takeaways and words of wisdom from the speakers for those of you that weren’t able to attend.

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

IBM mainframe

“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


“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

Is There Really A Secret to MAKING B2B Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

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


Every industry experiences evolutions. For some it’s hundreds of years before innovations are made, whereas others change in the blink of an eye. Like a well timed magic trick, one minute you see something, and the next minute it’s completely transformed.

Digital marketing is one of those industries that is always on the cusp of something new and exciting. Personally, that is one of my favorite parts of working at an agency like TopRank Marketing. Each day is an adventure with exciting new things to learn.

Many digital marketers today seem to think that they’ve nailed making marketing magic, but have they really? There are some that in my opinion are constantly making magic (Michael Brenner, Ann Handley and Lee Odden to name a few), while the vast majority are just trying to keep up.

Lee Odden

12 Ways to Crush the Competition with Content from Events

Lee Odden on Oct 20th, 2015     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

Crush Competition Events

Creating engaging content on a consistent basis in the face of information overload pretty much sums up many of the top content marketing challenges companies are facing today.

Virtually every company in business is creating content of some kind and many of those same companies are attending industry conferences too. Imagine being able to solve a big part of your content marketing problems while getting even more value from industry event investments!

That’s what this post is about.

Here are 12 things you can do to create content before, during and after events in ways that will distance your content brand from the competition without adding new resources to your marketing team. That is, assuming your competition is not also reading this post.

Ashley Zeckman

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

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


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.

Ashley Zeckman

How Does Mark Schaefer MAKE Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 12th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


If someone asked you what your mission is as a marketer, what would you say?

My response would go something like this: To create a meaningful connection with customers that engages them with my businesses and encourages them to take the next step in working with us. I’d venture to say that many of you out there would have a similar response. However, even with all of the tools at our disposal today, this mission is much easier said than done.

In fact, 60% of marketers are still struggling to produce engaging content, but 72% have it at the top of their list to focus on in the future.

Ashley Zeckman

How Does Uberflip’s Hana Abaza MAKE Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 5th, 2015     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing


Individuals that are new to B2B marketing often make the mistake of marketing to target businesses, instead of the individuals within the business. Unfortunately, more seasoned marketers are sometimes guilty of the same blunder. Understanding how best to target and personalize marketing isn’t always easy, and can require additional training and direction from industry experts.

The upcoming MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum (October 20 – 23) will help newbie and experienced B2B marketers alike find their way through the clutter to create marketing programs that truly speak to the needs of their customers. We had the fortunate opportunity to partner with MarketingProfs to bring you insights from some of the top speakers that will be presenting at the upcoming conference.

Ashley Zeckman

How Does LinkedIn’s Jason Miller MAKE Marketing Magic? #MPB2B

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 28th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


Effective content creation requires more than setting goals, implementing a strategy and creating your assets. For content to really be great, your audience needs to see it. One of the most effective content promotion mechanisms is the use of social media.

MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute recently found that LinkedIn is the most effective social media platform for B2B marketers to distribute and promote content marketing assets. Instead of searching through countless websites looking for best practices, we’re taking you straight to the source.

We have partnered with MarketingProfs to bring you insights from some of the top speakers that will be presenting at MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum (October 20 – 23).