Ashley Zeckman

The Force is Strong with Content Marketing World 2016 #CMWorld

Ashley Zeckman on Sep 7th, 2016     Content Marketing, Content Marketing World


It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we traveled to Cleveland for Content Marketing World 2015. These days, it seems that time (and content marketing) travels at the speed of light.

For those of you that don’t know, Content Marketing World is the largest content marketing conference in the galaxy (as far as we know), and marketers have traveled from all over the globe to spend the week learning and connecting on the topic of content marketing. In fact, Luke Skywalker has travelled all the way to Cleveland to give this year’s closing keynote!

To help you fight against the Galactic Empire (otherwise known as your competitors) here are some must-attend sessions at Content Marketing World.

Lee Odden

50 Top Content Marketing Influencers in 2016

Content Marketing Influencers 2016
Without question, the Content Marketing World conference is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things content. This is where I should segue into a Death Star reference and something about a love child between Joe or Robert and Princess Leia. Or was it Chewbacca? I kid.

What I’m not kidding about is that there are over 150 speakers at Content Marketing World that have spent numerous hours researching, planning and crafting presentations as well as practicing and coordinating their travel and stay at the event. When you think about it, the cumulative amount of content created amongst all those speakers isn’t just formidable, it’s outright impressive.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing World Keynote Interview: John von Brachel, Bank of America

Lee Odden on Aug 8th, 2016     Content Marketing World, Interviews

John von Brachel Bank of America

One of the most valuable resources for just about any company is the talent, expertise and insight from internal experts and executives, especially when it comes to content marketing. However, understanding the best practices and putting them into action within a large, complex organization is another thing entirely.

That’s why we are fortunate to hear from Content Marketing World 2016 keynote speaker John von Brachel. John has a deep editorial background at companies ranging from Time Inc. to Merrill Lynch to his current role as SVP and Content Marketing Executive at Bank of America. These roles have positioned him with very unique insight into the role of content marketing at the enterprise level.

In this interview, John talks about his editorial background, how he stays current, motivating executive participation with content and a preview of his keynote and breakout session presentations at CMWorld.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing World Keynote Interview: Kathy Sterio, GE

Kathy Sterio GE

Update: Kathy is unable to make it to Content Marketing World and Jenifer Walsh, director of customer engagement marketing for Current, powered by GE will be taking the stage in her place. 

Content Marketing within large, complex organizations is not for the faint of heart. Many big companies are legacy brands with years of history behind marketing status quo. Today’s business environment calls for constant innovation and for marketers that can champion the necessary change, there can be significant impact.

In that context, I introduce you to Kathy Sterio from General Electric. Her time with GE has spanned several decades and undoubtedly, she has observed and championed her share share of marketing innovation.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing World Keynote Interview: Stephanie Losee, Visa

Stephanie Losee
The digital world is often a small world. For example, when working with Dell on an influencer content program I met Dell’s Managing Editor at the time who seemed to be a cocktail of sophistication, intelligence and just a lovely person. She reminded me very much of Rebecca Lieb, another force of nature in the content marketing world. Why does this make digital a small world? Despite being based on two different coasts, they’re great friends!

This serendipitous content sage is none other than Stephanie Losee, who is now Head of Content at Visa, Corporate Communications. Along with many others, I’ve learned many important insights from Stephanie and I can’t wait to see her keynote panel at Content Marketing World in September.

Julia Ramos

3 SEO-Changing RankBrain Tips Marketers Can’t Ignore

Julia Ramos on Jun 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences


The way that marketers think about, talk about and implement SEO is constantly evolving. Blackhat SEO tactics that once were incredibly successful, no longer garner the results that they once did. Both search engines and online audiences have become much more sophisticated, forcing marketers to ditch the slimy SEO tactics and focus instead on providing real value.

According to TNW News, 47% of digital marketers name SEO as one of their most effective tactics, but 39% also identify it as one of the most difficult.

Leila De La Fuente

Must-Have Tips & Best Practices for More Effective Remarketing

Leila De La Fuente on Jun 27th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences



Over the past few years, online remarketing has transitioned into a no brainer practice in digital advertising; and for good reason. Typically associated with lower cost-per-lead and higher return on ad spend, remarketing has caught the eye of businesses and agencies alike.

At last week’s 2016 MNSearch Summit, Director of Paid Search at CommerceHub Elizabeth Marsten presented her session titled “Make Your Remarketing More than an Echo,” to a packed room of marketing professionals looking to learn how to make the most of their remarketing efforts.

In her quick-witted and authentically expert presentation, she blazed through the history of remarketing and best practices for Google and Facebook remarketing (almost faster than I could type!).

Kevin Cotch

What You Need to Know About the Voice Search Revolution From Microsoft’s Purna Virji #MNSummit

Kevin Cotch on Jun 24th, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences, SEO


We may not already notice the change, but voice search is all around us. Voice search can help us complete tasks when we are occupied or busy multitasking. We unconsciously change the way we search on a computer or a text search compared to when we search with our voices. With the growing interest of voice search and digital personal assistants growing, we must ask ourselves as marketers how is voice search going to change the world for advertisers?

In her presentation at MNSearch Summit, Purna Virji from Microsoft stated that by 2020, 50% of search will come from voice (comScore). She outlined the steps to get prepared for voice search for paid and organic search queries. Since the growth of voice search is growing, now is the time to get ready for voice search and to become an early adopter.

Leila De La Fuente

Search Marketing at its Finest: A Preview to #MNSummit 2016

Leila De La Fuente on Jun 23rd, 2016     Marketing PR Conferences


“There is no black magic to successfully attracting customers via the web.”
– Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz

For digital marketers, this quote rings all too true. For this reason, successful digital marketing requires constant self and team education and a willingness to experiment with groundbreaking tactics. In our quest to grow online ranking, traffic and leads, conferences like the 2016 MNSearch Summit help to guide us to these goals.

Friday’s conference is a digital marketer’s dream. In-person lessons on analytics, search and digital marketing from experts at Google, Microsoft, Moz and more. For four lucky members of the TopRank Marketing team, that dream will be a reality when we attend this sold out event in downtown Minneapolis.

Ashley Zeckman

Social Media Marketing World 2016: Insights, Top Blog Content & Words of Wisdom


Last week, we had the privilege of participating in the annual Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego. We joined over 3,000 other marketers and marketing influencers who were looking to explore the latest trends and best practices for social media marketing.

From the moment (literally) that I stepped on the plane, I had a conversation about the upcoming conference with the woman next to me. It was her first time at a conference like Social Media Marketing World and she planned on spending the flight trying to figure out which sessions made the most sense for her to attend.

Ashley Zeckman

Learn How to Create a More Effective Influencer Marketing Strategy

Influencer Marketing Lee Odden

“Who is more influential to you than the people closest that you respect and trust?” – Lee Odden

In the time that I’ve been at TopRank Marketing, I’ve had the opportunity to witness first-hand how influencer marketing can be an incredibly powerful way to build credibility for a brand, and create connections with the right people.

I remember that one of my first experiences with influencer marketing was an interview that I did with Avinash Kaushik (that was of course facilitated by Lee Odden). I was overwhelmed by how humble and happy he was to collaborate with me. Why? Because Lee and the team at TopRank Marketing had found ways to feature him previously and begin building that relationship.

Jolina Pettice

8 Building Blocks to Create a World-Class Social Care Program


We’ve all heard the stories of brands failing and flailing on social media as they try to respond to customer service inquiries.

And here’s why. Most companies are barely set up to meet expectations, let alone exceed them. So when they fall short, they are falling short of the bare minimum, creating friction and negative experiences between the brand and its customers for everyone to see.

Add that to the fact that some companies are doing it so well and therefore aiding an increase in customer expectations. In fact, customers now expect a response in an hour or less after reaching out to a company.  

Social Care Expectations

For the first time at Social Media Marketing World, there were sessions dedicated to building a social infrastructure to enable your company to exceed customer expectations.