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Eliza Steely

18 More Amazing Search & Digital Marketing Takeaways from #MNSummit

Eliza Steely on Jun 27th, 2014     Online Marketing, Other Events

#mnsummit

Personally, public speaking scares the crap out of me. People staring at me for almost an hour, trying to not stutter or talk too fast, and striving to meet the expectations of a session description would turn me red and shaky for hours.

Apparently, none of the MN Search Summit speakers are subject to those nerves (or if they are, they hid it with the skill of a magician).

Since early this morning our team has been bustling around the University of St. Thomas listening to speakers from brands like TopRank Marketing clients LinkedIn and Dell as well as Moz, Distilled and several others. Each session was full of advice, tips, tools, and laughs—no shaking or red faces.

Eliza Steely

15 Snippets of Digital Marketing Advice from #MNSummit

Eliza Steely on Jun 27th, 2014     Online Marketing, Other Events

#mnsummit @toprank

HOOOOOOOOONK.

That’s how our morning started—honking cars as we inched our way through the rush hour traffic moving towards downtown Minneapolis. The gorgeous peach-colored sunrise coupled with the intoxicating smell of coffee helped us relax despite the stress of a morning commute.

Today’s drive was different than the rest. Instead of driving to our offices with views of Lake Minnetonka and the occasional deer, we headed into the bustle of the University of St. Thomas to attend the inaugural Minnesota Search Summit— an event focused on search, social media and digital marketing.

Fourteen of my TopRank coworkers and I are spending the day hearing advice from local experts, gleaning insights from industry thought leaders, and networking with some of Minneapolis’s savvy online marketers.

Eliza Steely

What Google Hummingbird Really Means and What Marketers Can Do About It

Eliza Steely on Feb 5th, 2014     Google, Online Marketing, Other Events, Search Engines, SEO

Google Hummingbird

Note from Lee: You know the phrase, kill two birds with one stone? That’s what we’re doing with this post format and the topic of Hummingbird.  Our team at TopRank is known for liveblogging conferences, but this co-created blog format is something new. At the same time, we’re covering a topic (Google Hummingbird) and search + social media that I think warrants some clarity and practical advice. In this post, you’ll see insights our team members took from the SMBMSP event followed by “TopRank Tips” from Eliza and myself.

In the digital marketing world, change is inevitable. At some point in life we are all forced to adapt, change paths, learn new skills or face something we definitely weren’t expecting.

Lee Odden

Social Media Workshops & Training – A Journey, Not a Destination

Lee Odden on Nov 14th, 2013     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media

AudienceIn a past life during my career in the business world, I was a corporate trainer. Interestingly, I received training on becoming an instructor from the Army (Reserves) and the corporate world at the same time. Many of the core principles were very similar (understand your audience, clear learning objectives, inform and interact, evaluate for competence), although the subject matter was clearly different.

One of the key lessons I learned after developing various training programs and running hundreds of people through them is that skills development is never finished for a company. The temptation to create a certification program and then consider your staff “trained” is simply not realistic. This is especially true when it comes to the multi-dimensional aspects of social media and what it means for improving business.

Brian Larson

2013 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum Preview – And a ‘Cheers’ Plug

Brian Larson on Oct 10th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Other Events

Cheers to B2B Marketing Forum

Let me start by saying that any trip to Boston has high expectations. Just a few months ago I, along with our Executive Director of Operations Jolina Pettice, traveled to Boston to meet with one of our favorite clients.

During our stay we dined at the ‘Cheers’ bar and later ‘ran into’ NBC’s Lester Holt (ran into = sat in the same hotel lobby). In regards to the latter, one of us may have gone a little fan crazy. I won’t say who, but their name rhymes with ‘Molina’.

Suffice it to say that while attending MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum in Boston I fully expect to run into more celebrities while carving out time to revisit America’s favorite bar to perform my best ‘Naarm!’ call (to this day I don’t change the channel when it comes on).

Eliza Steely

Social Media & The Law – 11 Things You Need to Know Now

Eliza Steely on Oct 3rd, 2013     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media

social media and the lawAt TopRank Online Marketing, our Monday mornings are usually filled with lots and lots of coffee, the clicking and clacking of keyboards being furiously typed on, and the chatter of internal meetings. But this week, our Monday was full of bacon, social media, and the law.

Several of our social media savvy team attended the monthly Minneapolis and St. Paul Social Media Breakfast that delved into how social media and the law intersect.

A panel of lawyers, Emily Buchholz and John C. Pickerill, answered questions about everything ranging from copyright infringement and employers asking for account logins to what photos are ok to post and how to deal with negative comments online. If you’re involved in the social media world, legal issues can and will affect you.

KatieBresnahan

The Future of Content Marketing According to Lee Odden at #CMWorld 2013

KatieBresnahan on Sep 11th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Search

Lee Odden - Content Marketing World 2013“Content is storytelling – storytelling that creates experiences. Customers and communities are insatiable, so you have to feed them content.”

At Content Marketing World in Cleveland, Ohio – one of TopRank’s fearless leaders, Lee Odden, spoke with Content Marketers from over 40 different countries on “The Future of Search & Social” in the first breakout session of the day.

1. Content is more than information – it is storytelling that provides meaningful experiences.

Setting the stage with, “Content isn’t King – it’s the Kingdom,” Lee positions content as the reason search exists in the first place. 16% of all search queries have never been seen before. Could that possibly mean that they, or (gasp) you, are potentially creating content no one cares about?

Miranda Miller

Inside #NASASocial: How Real-World Events Build Social Media Advocates

Miranda Miller on Feb 21st, 2013     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Media
Tom Marshburn, Kevin Ford and Chris Hadfield chat live with #NASASocial participants.

Astronauts Tom Marshburn, Kevin Ford and Chris Hadfield chat live from the International Space Station with #NASASocial participants.

February 20th, NASA hosted a special event at their Washington headquarters in which a group of their social fans attended a day of tours, expert talks and even a livechat with astronauts on the International Space Station. My son and I are fortunate to have participated and on top of the insider look we had at NASA research, we learned a great deal about the power of social media advocacy, as well.

So what happens when an organization puts 150 of their loyal social media fans in one room for a fantastic, exclusive experience? Brand building and social reach magic, judging by the results of yesterday’s #NASASocial.

Lee Odden

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute

Lee Odden on Aug 27th, 2012     Content Marketing, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events

Joe PulizziTopRank’s Online Marketing Blog has partnered with Joe Pulizzi and the upcoming Content Marketing World conference to help promote the event and sessions by doing a series of interviews and creating an eBook: “The Secrets of Content Marketing and the Undercover Agents Who Shared Them”.

Successful content marketing that works efficiently, effectively and that can scale is a very big secret for a lot of companies. This series of interview posts and the eBook will shine a light on what some of the top brands (Intel, Kraft, SAS, Cisco, Ricoh, Kelly Services, SAP and more) and thought leaders (Jason Falls, Joe Pulizzi, Robert Rose, Michael Stelzner, Ardath Albee, Ann Handley, Jim Kukral, Mark Schaefer and more) have up their sleeves (or on a microdot).

Ashley Zeckman

5 Tips For Marketing Yourself & Your Team At A Networking Event

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 17th, 2012     Online Marketing, Other Events, Social Networking

Grow your professional network both online and offline.

During the summer months it seems that there is always so much to do.  By the time the work day is done, meeting strangers and discussing what you do may be the farthest thing from your mind.  However, local networking events present a plethora of opportunities for individuals and organizations as a whole.

As of May 2012 Facebook had approximately 901 million active users on a monthly basis.  Think of your own Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn connections.  Of those connections how many of them are local?  On my own personal LinkedIn network for example roughly 65% of my contacts are local connections.  Many of which I hadn’t met in person until I started attending more local marketing events.

Lee Odden

Optimize Minneapolis Book Launch – How to Attract, Engage & Inspire the Customer Journey Online

Lee Odden on Jul 9th, 2012     Online Marketing, Other Events, TopRank Agency News

Optimize Minneapolis

Over the past 2 months I’ve given book presentations in New York, the UK, Belgium and Toronto. And now, we’re finally going to have a proper book launch for Optimize in the great state of Minnesota.  Since summer is in full swing and people are already sharing that Optimize is their preferred lakeside reading material, why not combine great networking, food, drink and a little info-tainment with a beach themed book launch party?

TopRank Online Marketing along with Vocus, Digital People, MIMA, Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis/St. Paul, PRSA Minnesota, Minnesota AMA, IABC Minnesota and the Minnesota Blogger Conference are sponsoring a little get together on July 25th at Aria Jeune Lune in Minneapolis.  With that kind of sponsorship and promotional firepower, this will be one heck of an event.

Ashley Zeckman

Haters Gonna Hate: Tips on Brand Management from McDonald’s #BWENY

Ashley Zeckman on Jun 6th, 2012     Brand Management, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events

Rick Wion (@rdublife) didn’t waste any time jumping in and telling the audience how tricky brand management can be for a large corporation like McDonald’s.  He opened his presentation by teasing that he was sure we had all eaten McDonald’s for lunch and drank a 16oz soda before the ban takes place and they are no longer available.

This post is a mixture of tactical tips shared by Rick, stories specific to McDonald’s and the way they have handled certain situations, as well as a few questions I was able to ask Rick myself.  So sit back, relax, & enjoy your McDonald’s Fruit & Maple oatmeal while I share some highlights from Rick Wion, Director of Social Media at McDonald’s.

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